VALPARAISO'S JEFTICH IN SELECT COMPANY: Valparaiso boys soccer coach Danny Jeftich was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday. Jeftich was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association's Hall of Fame last fall, and he's just the third prep coach to earn both honors.
The Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame focuses on coaches at all levels, not just high school. Fellow state-title coaches Greg Mouch (Fort Wayne Canterbury) and Jerry Little (Indianapolis North Central) have been so honored.
ROBINSON RALLIES BULLS PAST PISTONS: Nate Robinson had 11 points and seven assists in 21 minutes off the bench, leading a furious fourth-quarter comeback that carried the Bulls past the Detroit Pistons 85-82 on Wednesday night.
Joakim Noah sacrificed his body to save a loose ball, which Marco Belinelli converted into a game-winning basket with 7 seconds left. Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey each missed potential tying 3-pointers at the other end.
Robinson put the Bulls on his back, scoring nine straight points early in the fourth as Chicago overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Detroit for the 17th straight time.
Noah had 10 points and 18 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler added 18 points and nine boards.
SOSA SAYS HE AND MCGWIRE BELONG IN HALL: Sammy Sosa thinks he and fellow steroid-tainted star Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame.
Slammin' Sammy also said the Cubs should retire his number, and he left open the possibility of running for president of the Dominican Republic during an interview Wednesday on the website Ustream.com.
Asked if he thinks he or McGwire belong in the Hall, Sosa said: "I think so."
"I'm not going to come here and say anything that is going to jeopardize my future," he added. "But definitely time will determine everything. Right now whatever it is, it is. I am not (somebody who) is going to go out there and say anything I don't want to say. I'm waiting for my time. ... I don't like controversy. Definitely time will determine everything."
IDONIJE TO APPEAR AT OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY: Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije will be a part of the St. Mary Medical Center's open house Saturday.
The open house will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3800 St. Mary Drive in Valparaiso. Idonije will be on hand to sign autographs and meet fans from noon to 2 p.m. For details, call Mary Fetsch at (219) 947-6381.
SEAU'S FAMILY SUES NFL OVER BRAIN INJURIES: Add Junior Seau's family to the thousands of people who are suing the NFL over the long-term damage caused by concussions.
Seau's ex-wife and four children sued the league Wednesday, saying the former linebacker's suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football.
LI BEATS SHARAPOVA TO ADVANCE TO AUSTRALIAN FINAL: Li Na used the heat to her advantage and worked No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova around Rod Laver Arena in a 6-2, 6-2 win on Thursday that put her in the Australian Open final for the second time in three years.
Sharapova was the heavy favorite after conceding only nine games in her first five matches, a record at the Australian Open since it expanded to a 128-player draw in 1988.
CAL COLLEGE FALLS: Trinity International used an early second-half run to take control of its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game with host Calumet College and went on to post a 71-60 victory Wednesday.
Dominique Edwards led the Crimson Wave with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Karina Robinson and Rebecca Dill both notched 12 points, while Jennifer Walton contributed 11.
PLAY 4 KAY EVENT FEB. 16 AT VU: Valparaiso will host its fifth annual Play 4 Kay game Feb. 16. Female cancer survivors are welcome to attend the game at the Athletics-Recreation Center and participate in a pregame ceremony.
CHESTERTON-L.C. GAME MOVED TO TODAY: The Chesterton-Lake Central girls basketball game has been moved up a day and will be played today, with a 7:30 varsity start.
The contest was originally scheduled as a boys-girls doubleheader at L.C., but the girls game was moved ahead to accommodate Trojans girls coach Jack Campbell, who will be inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday night.
Youth baseball, softball
STATE PARK SIGN-UPS BEGIN SATURDAY: Sign-ups for State Park Little League baseball and softball will be taken from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chesterton Town Hall.
Sign-ups will also run from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Gelsosomo's and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the town hall. Children aged 5 to 16 are eligible for baseball and softball, children aged 5 to 21 are eligible for challenger division. The cost is $150 for junior/senior divisions (13-16), $120 for T-ball, $140 for minor/major divisions, $130 for instructional baseball (7-8) and $35 for challenger division. For details, contact Audra Peterson (email@example.com, (219) 926-2571), Duane Dibble (firstname.lastname@example.org, (219) 395-6112), or go to www.stateparklittleleague.com.
Around the horn
People familiar with the decision say the New Orleans Hornets have decided to change their name to the Pelicans next season.