Sports Digest: UIC to officially open new Granderson Stadium

2014-04-16T21:30:00Z 2014-04-17T23:52:07Z Sports Digest: UIC to officially open new Granderson Stadium nwitimes.com
April 16, 2014 9:30 pm

Pro basketball

PACERS REST 3 STARTERS, CRUISE PAST MAGIC: Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Eastern Conference's top seed ended the season winning three of four to shake off a nasty late-season slump. The Pacers will open the playoffs against eighth-seed Atlanta.

Indiana held out Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West against the Magic. Also getting the night off was reserve Ian Mahinmi.

Maurice Harkless led the Magic with 14 points, and E'Twaun Moore, an E.C. Central graduate, added 13.

WALKER LEADS BOBCATS OVER BULLS IN OT: Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Bulls 91-86 and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games.

Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters.

Josh McRoberts made a key play in overtime, blocking D.J. Augustin's 3-point attempt. Walker grabbed the loose ball and raced the length of the court for a layup that gave the Bobcats an 88-81 lead with 1 minute left.

Augustin had 17 points for the Bulls, who are locked into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They will play Washington in the first round.

BUCKS OWNER REACHES DEAL TO SELL TEAM: Bucks owner Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens.

Kohl announced the deal Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center hours before the team was to play its final game of a dismal season. With the worst record in the NBA, Milwaukee is in position for a high draft pick.

Kohl is a former U.S. senator who has owned the team since 1985.

College baseball

UIC TO OFFICIALLY OPEN NEW GRANDERSON STADIUM: Officials from the University of Illinois at Chicago are preparing to officially unveil the school's new baseball stadium this week.

Festivities are planned for today at the $10 million Curtis Granderson Stadium, named for the New York Mets outfielder and three-time Major League Baseball all-star.

Granderson is a former UIC student and a T.F. South High School alumnus who contributed $5 million toward the stadium, the largest gift in UIC athletics history. He is a native of Lynwood.

UIC officials say the venue will be the new home for the university's Flames baseball team, and will be used by more than 38 Chicago youth organizations.

After an afternoon grand opening event, Granderson is expected to throw out the first pitch to kick off opening weekend — a three-game series against Wright State.

Men's track

CCAC HONORS MATT STEWART: The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced that Calumet College's Matt Stewart, a Hobart graduate, is the conference's Men's Field Top Performer of the Week for April 7 to 13.

Stewart, a freshman, placed second in the high jump among 11 competitors at the Chicagoland Championships with a jump of 6 feet, 6 inches.

“Matt has had a wonderful outdoor season, and we are both really excited for this honor. Matt is one of the top freshman high jumpers in the NAIA, and I have a feeling this won’t be his last CCAC honor," Calumet College coach Kevin Paterson said.

College sports

VU ATHLETES HONORED AT ANNUAL BANQUET: Valparaiso awarded 132 athletes with Presidential Academic Honors at the 21st annual Student-Athletes Academic Honors Banquet on Sunday in the Christopher Center.

Presidential Academic Honors are awarded to athletes who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher after at least two semesters at Valpo.

Men's cross country runner Michael Salguero received the Laurel Award, which honors the graduating senior who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average. Salguero was also one of eight individuals to earn the Finishing at the Top honor, given to graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher. Joining Salguero were Andrea Bretl (women’s swimming), Sarah Chrabaszcz (volleyball), Mickey Delcambre (men's track and field), Eric Honert (men's tennis), Michelle Kleckner (women's golf), Amanda Ulin (women's soccer) and Todd Vervynckt (men's soccer).

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