Sports Digest: Three Crusaders earn first team Horizon League baseball honors

2013-05-21T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:06:09Z Sports Digest: Three Crusaders earn first team Horizon League baseball honors
May 21, 2013 9:15 pm

College baseball

THREE CRUSADERS EARN FIRST TEAM HORIZON LEAGUE: Valparaiso shortstop Spencer Mahoney (.325), outfielder Chris Manning (.318) and utility player Andrew Bain (.301) were all named First Team All-League as the Horizon League announced its awards Tuesday.

The Crusaders' Karch Kowalczyk was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after recording a league-best nine saves and 0.42 earned run average. He was also named to the Second Team All-League along with Valpo pitcher Cole Webb (3.20 ERA), first baseman John Loeffler (.291, 38 RBIs) and second baseman Tanner Vavra (.337, 39 runs).

Webb, Valpo starting pitcher Chris DeBoo (2.80 ERA) and outfielder Bryce Hara (.265) were named to the All-Newcomer Team.


Pro baseball

QUINTANA DOMINATES AS WHITE SOX BEAT BOSTON: Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh before David Ortiz broke it up with a one-out broken-bat single, and the White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Jeff Keppinger hit a two-run homer off Felix Doubront (3-2) in the fifth. Alex Rios extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 with a single and RBI double, and the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games. They'll try to complete the sweep against Clay Buchholz today.

Quintana (3-1) was simply terrific.

The left-hander struck out five and walked two, and he had the fans thinking they just might be witnessing something special. The roars from the stands grew louder with each out as the game wore on, right until Ortiz's bat shattered on a bloop single to center with one out in the seventh.

SNIDER'S SLAM PROPELS PIRATES PAST CUBS: Travis Snider hit a pinch-hit grand slam during a five-run sixth and the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled a strong return to the mound for Matt Garza with a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.

Garza allowed one hit over five shutout innings in his first outing in 10 months, but the Pirates pounced on a Chicago bullpen that is 10th in the National League in ERA by sending 11 men to the plate in the sixth.

Snider's first career home run with the bases loaded was the first Pirates pinch-hit grand slam in five years.

Garza had been sidelined since July 21 because of a stress reaction in his right elbow and, later, a strained upper back.


Women's basketball

CHESTERTON GRAD GARDNER TRANSFERS TO IUN: Former Chesterton star Brooke Gardner has agreed to continue her education and basketball career at Indiana Northwest beginning this fall, the school announced Monday.

Gardner spent last season as a redshirt at Youngstown State. Penguins coach Bob Bolden moved on to Ohio University after the season, and Gardner expressed an interest in being closer to home, IUN said.

 “Brooke brings size and athleticism to our backcourt and will provide us a lot of versatility with our lineup this coming season," IUN coach Ryan Shelton said in a school news release. "Brooke will make an immediate impact on our team and program this season. We’re very excited to have her with us."


Pro basketball

EXPERIENCED HEAT, UPSTART PACERS READY TO GO: For LeBron James, it's a fifth trip to the Eastern Conference finals in seven years. For Dwyane Wade, it's a fifth trip in nine seasons to the NBA's penultimate round.

For the Pacers, this is pretty much uncharted waters.

Only one current Pacers player has appeared in a conference-final game, and that was Ian Mahinmi, who played exactly 71 seconds in one game of the 2011 West title series without so much as taking a shot.

So if experience means anything, then it's advantage Heat when this Indiana-Miami matchup opens tonight. It should be no surprise that the Heat aren't saying that matters, especially after how the Pacers tested them big-time in last year's second-round series between the clubs and went 2-1 against them in this regular season.

CAVS WIN NBA DRAFT LOTTERY AGAIN: Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.

The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years and have the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.

Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert's bowtie-wearing son, was on stage again for the victory. He won in 2011, a pick the Cavs used on eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

The Orlando Magic fell back one spot to No. 2, while the Washington Wizards vaulted from the No. 8 spot to third.

NBA, NBPA PLEDGE $1M TO TORNADO RELIEF: The NBA and the players' union are combining to donate $1 million to tornado relief efforts in the Oklahoma City area.

The league and the NBPA announced the joint pledge on Tuesday. The money will be going to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other disaster relief efforts after a tornado devastated the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday.

The donation follows $1 million pledges from the Oklahoma City Thunder and star forward Kevin Durant.

The Red Cross is accepting $10 pledges from people who text "REDCROSS" to 90999. People can also donate at the organization's website.

CLIPPERS WON'T OFFER DEL NEGRO NEW DEAL: Vinny Del Negro is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after their first-round playoff exit.

The team said Tuesday he won't be offered a new contract when his current one expires at the end of June. Del Negro had a 128-102 regular-season record in three years with the team.


Pro golf

GOLF ADOPTS RULE TO BAN ANCHORED PUTTING STROKE: Golf's governing bodies have adopted a new rule that outlaws the putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association announced Tuesday that Rule 14-1b would start in 2016. The new rule will make it illegal to anchor the club against the body when making a golf stroke.

By adopting the rule, they are going against two major golf organizations that argue long putters are not hurting the game. The PGA Tour and PGA of America spoke out against the rule.

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson feels otherwise. He says he believes the rule is the right decision for golf. The rule does not ban the long putters, only the way they commonly are used.


Around the horn

The New York Yankees are partnering with Manchester City to own Major League Soccer's 20th team, which will be called New York City Football Club and plans to start play in the 2015 season.

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