Sports Digest: Valparaiso women's golf team wins SIUE DoubleTree Invitational

2013-09-24T21:15:00Z 2013-09-30T20:45:14Z Sports Digest: Valparaiso women's golf team wins SIUE DoubleTree Invitational
September 24, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

BEARS SHAKE UP PRACTICE SQUAD: The Bears signed tackle Roger Gaines and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contracts of quarterback Jerrod Johnson and tackle Jamaal Johnson-Webb on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6, 329-pound Gaines entered the NFL this season with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee State.

Ozougwu appeared in two games for the Bears last season. He recorded three tackles and one tackle for a loss.

COLTS BEEF UP BOTH LINES, WAIVE ROGERS, WILLIAMS: The Colts signed defensive lineman Lawrence Guy and offensive lineman Xavier Nixon on Tuesday.

To make room for the players, Indianapolis (2-1) waived receiver Da'Rick Rogers and running back Kerwynn Williams.

Rogers joined the practice squad on Sept. 2 and was promoted to the active roster on Sept. 19 when Indy was hit by a rash of injuries.

Williams, a seventh-round pick, was on the practice squad until he was promoted to the active roster when Vick Ballard went down with a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.


Pro basketball


A person with knowledge of the deal says the forward agreed to a new long-term contract with the Pacers on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the details. A news conference is scheduled for today.

George was the NBA's Most Improved Player last season and had made it clear he wanted to stay with the team that drafted him with the No. 8 overall pick in 2010.


Pro baseball

GIAMBI'S 2-RUN HOMER BEATS SOX: Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi belted a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a stunning 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.

Giambi drove a 1-1 pitch from Addison Reed (5-4) into the lower deck in right field to save the Indians from a potentially devastating loss. Giambi's shot bailed out controversial closer Chris Perez, who gave up two homers in the top of the ninth.

As he rounded third base, the 42-year-old Giambi slowed down before being engulfed by his teammates as the Indians celebrated their 13th straight win over Chicago.

Before the game, the White Sox announced that infielder Jeff Keppinger will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

COLE, PIRATES TAKE WILD-CARD LEAD, BEAT CUBS: Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates took over the NL wild-card lead, beating the Cubs 8-2 Tuesday night.

The Pirates moved one game ahead of Cincinnati, which lost to the Mets 4-2. Pittsburgh remained two games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis.

One night after clinching their first postseason spot in 21 years, Cole and the Pirates showed few signs of a letdown. Cole hit a two-run single, Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs and Jordy Mercer homered.

Cole (10-7) won his fourth straight start, giving up two runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Cole's single came during a three-run second inning against Chris Rusin (2-6).


College football

NIU WILL PLAY NORTHWESTERN IN 2014: Northern Illinois's football team will play Northwestern in 2014, the first matchup between the two teams since 2005.

The schools say the game will be the eighth between the two programs since 1975. It's set for Sept. 6 at Northwestern's Ryan Field.

Northwestern has won six of the past seven games in the series. A 1987 matchup ended in a 16-16 tie.

The Wildcats beat the Huskies 38-37 during the 2005 game.


Men's soccer

PURDUE CAL PULLS PAST TRINITY CHRISTIAN: A second-half rally made the difference as Purdue Calumet defeated Trinity Christian 3-1 on Tuesday.

Christopher Delapaz, Andres Ayala and Thomas Hardy all scored goals for the Peregrines in the second half.


Women's golf

VALPARAISO WINS SIUE DOUBLETREE INVITATIONAL: Valparaiso rallied to win the SIUE DoubleTree Invitational on Tuesday, the second title in the program's history.

The Crusaders trailed Lipscomb by three strokes after Monday's opening round, but they closed with a final-round 315 to win by three strokes with a 639. Michelle Kleckner tied for third as an individual with a 157. Teammate Erika Pfaender was fifth with a 158.


Women's volleyball

PURDUE CALUMET'S MILLER HONORED: Purdue Calumet senior setter Jesse Miller was named the to the Concordia Chicago Fall Invitational all-tournament team. She totaled eight kills, seven assists and two block kills at the event.


Local running

OPEN RACE SATURDAY AT HIGHLAND: An open race will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, an hour before the start of the 46th annual Highland Invitational. Registration for the free event starts at 7.


Local sports

FRIEND HONORED BY IATA: John Friend, former Munster and Purdue Calumet athletic director, has been named Athletic Director of the Year by the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association. Friend will be honored at the IATA's banquet, which takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.


Around the horn

Indiana freshman Troy Williams is expected to miss a few weeks after hurting his right hand during basketball workouts. Coach Tom Crean called the injury a minor setback.

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