Sports Digest: Valparaiso gymnastics class enrollment Tuesday

2014-03-15T22:00:00Z 2014-03-17T18:04:15Z Sports Digest: Valparaiso gymnastics class enrollment Tuesday nwitimes.com
March 15, 2014 10:00 pm

Pro basketball

NOAH LEADS BULLS PAST KINGS: Joakim Noah had 23 points and 11 rebounds; Taj Gibson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls held off the Sacramento Kings 94-87 Saturday night.

Mike Dunleavy added 16 and DJ Augustin 12 for the Bulls.

The Bulls, who are fourth in the Eastern Conference, improved to 3-2 on their six-game homestand.

PACERS RALLY TO BEAT PISTONS IN OT: Paul George scored 30 points, and the Pacers rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-104 in overtime.

Evan Turner added 20 points for the Pacers, and David West scored six of his 15 points in overtime. Indiana leads Miami by 3½ games in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Pro football

PEPPERS SIGNS WITH THE PACKERS: The Green Bay Packers defense has gotten a big jolt from a big name: Eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers.

The ex-Carolina Panthers and Bears defensive end signed a three-year deal with the Packers on Saturday morning, bringing one of the NFL's best pass-rushers to a team that has historically avoided major free-agent splashes.

"I haven't won a championship," Peppers told the Packers' website. "That's where my focus is. I feel like the team is set up to make a run and I feel I can help get it there."

The 34-year-old Peppers was released Tuesday by the Bears in a cost-cutting move. Peppers would have counted $18.183 million against Chicago's salary cap this season and had a base salary of $13 million.

NICKS REACHES DEAL WITH COLTS: Hakeem Nicks took the best bet he could find in free agency.

He's promising to cash in. Less than 24 hours after the former Giants receiver agreed to a one-year deal with the Colts, Nicks said he's so confident in his own skills that it was an easy decision.

"I didn't want to get myself in a long-term situation that I didn't like. This is the best situation for me, a great organization and a chance to come in and show them what I can do and what I can bring to the table," he said during a conference call Saturday. "I believe it's going to pay off."

Auto racing

KYLE BUSCH WINS NATIONWIDE RACE AT BRISTOL: Kyle Busch won his third consecutive Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway by holding off Kyle Larson on the final restart Saturday.

Busch now has 16 career victories at Bristol spanning NASCAR's three national series.

He swept the Nationwide races last season, and picked up where he left off on in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. It's Busch's second series victory of the season.

It's Busch's second series victory of the season. He also won at Phoenix two weeks ago.

Larson finished second to duplicate the finishing order from last March.

Pro baseball

CUBS GAIN SPLIT IN SPLIT-SQUAD PLAY: James Shields struck out 10 in six scoreless innings for Kansas City, but the Royals lost 6-5 to a split-squad of Cubs on Satrurday.

Brett Jackson hit a three-run homer off Kansas City's Jon Rauch in the eighth, and then had a go-ahead, two-run single against Tim Collins in the ninth.

Valparaiso grad Jeff Samardzija, who will start the Cubs' opener, gave up a home run to Jarrod Dyson on his third pitch. He was charged with four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Anthony Rizzo hit two solo home runs, but the Mets defeated the Cubs 9-4.

Pro golf

GARRIGUS HAS NARROW LEAD AT VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP: Robert Garrigus missed two short par putts over the last seven holes, and just like that, his four-shot lead dwindled to one in the Valspar Championship.

Garrigus had to settle for a 1-under 70 when he missed short par putts on the 12th and 18th holes, giving him a one-shot lead over Kevin Na.

Men's basketball

PURDUE STARTER JOHNSON TO TRANSFER: Purdue starting point guard Ronnie Johnson has decided to transfer.

Coach Matt Painter made the announcement in a statement issued Saturday. Painter said Johnson has been granted his release.

The 6-foot Indianapolis native appeared in 66 games, starting 59. He averaged 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his two-year career. This past season, Johnson averaged 10.8 points, shot 41.8 percent from the field and 30.4 percent on 3-pointers. Johnson's older brother, Terone, was a senior this season and is graduating.

It's unclear where Ronnie Johnson may end up next season.

Youth gymnastics

VALPARAISO CLASS ENROLLMENT TUESDAY: Enrollment for the next session of gymnastics classes will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Valparaiso High School Fieldhouse. Classes are open to children aged 5 and older. Classes will run at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes will begin March 31. The eight-class session is $48.

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