Sports Digest: Valpo falls to Notre Dame baseball team

2014-03-26T21:30:00Z 2014-04-15T18:39:14Z Sports Digest: Valpo falls to Notre Dame baseball team nwitimes.com
March 26, 2014 9:30 pm

Pro basketball

PACERS USE LATE RALLY TO BEAT HEAT: Paul George scored 23 points, and Roy Hibbert had 21, leading the Pacers back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 84-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

The NBA's best home team ended a two-game losing streak, took a 2-1 lead in the season series against the two-time defending champions and rebuilt a three-game advantage in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed. Indiana (52-20) also clinched its second straight Central Division crown, something it hadn't done since 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

LeBron James scored 38 points, but missed a potential go-ahead 3 late. Chris Bosh had a jumper at the buzzer to win it but it hit nothing but air.

ROSE PARTICIPATING IN NON-CONTACT DRILLS: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says star Derrick Rose has been participating in non-contact drills in practice as he tries to work his way back from his second major knee injury.

Thibodeau also told reporters at practice Wednesday that the former MVP point guard will not play again this season, something the organization has said several times since he went down.

Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November.

College baseball

VALPARAISO FALLS TO NOTRE DAME: Valparaiso's Michael Morman was 2-for-4 with a run scored, but the Crusaders lost to Notre Dame 4-1 on Wednesday at Four Winds Field in South Bend.

Kyle Schneider added a double for the Crusaders (9-10). Kyle Fiala was 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Fighting Irish (9-14).

Also on Wednesday, Valpo announced that unplayable conditions at OU Baseball Field have forced the cancellation of the Crusaders' weekend Horizon League series with Oakland.

Pro baseball

CUBS' SAMARDZIJA SOLID IN FINAL SPRING OUTING: The Cubs' Jeff Samardzija wrapped up his spring training with a solid outing in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 14-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

Samardzija, the Cubs' opening-day starter Monday at Pittsburgh, went three innings, giving up a run on four hits.

ABREU HOMERS AS SOX BEAT REDS: Jose Abreu hit a three-run home run, and the White Sox defeated the Cincinnati Reds 9-5.

Abreu's homer, his third of the spring, came against Reds starter Brett Marshall in Chicago's four-run fourth.

Adam Eaton had four of the White Sox's 16 hits.

White Sox starter John Danks, in his final tuneup for the season, didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning and struck out five. He finished the spring with a 2.96 ERA in six starts.

MLB'S HIGH-TECH REPLAY ROOM OPENS SUNDAY: After deciding close calls on the field since 1876, baseball opens a high-tech control room this weekend where the fates of batters, pitchers, runners and fielders will be decided by umpires up to 2,600 miles away in the building where the Oreo cookie was invented.

Starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers' game at the San Diego Padres on Sunday night, the U.S. opener of the 2014 season, players, managers and fans will turn their attention to the ROC — the Replay Operations Center. In a dimly lit room of just under 1,000 square feet in the Chelsea Market in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, umpires and technicians will make the decisions that could decide games and championships.

Pro football

NFL TO TRY PAT KICKS FROM 20 FOR TWO PRESEASON WEEKS: The NFL will experiment with extra-point kicks from the 20-yard line for two weeks in the preseason this summer, but implementing longer PATs for the regular season has been tabled.

Team owners preferred to see how the longer extra points work in exhibition games before making any decisions on a permanent switch.

Adopted on the final day of the spring meetings were proposals to extend the length of the goalposts 5 feet to 35 feet to better determine if kicks are good, and no longer stopping the clock on sacks.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also says it's possible the playoffs could expand next season.

Pro golf

R&A ASKS MEMBERS TO ALLOW WOMEN TO JOIN: The Royal & Ancient Golf Club is asking its members to vote in favor of allowing women to join for the first time.

A statement from the R&A on Wednesday said the club will vote in September on a motion to admit female members. The club's committees are in favor of the rule changes and are asking the 2,4000 members to support it.

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