Sports Digest: Valpo men's soccer team picked seventh in Horizon League

2013-08-15T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:29:07Z Sports Digest: Valpo men's soccer team picked seventh in Horizon League nwitimes.com
August 15, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

HERRMANN'S HIT IN 9TH LIFTS TWINS OVER SOX: Chris Herrmann's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Doug Bernier and lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Friday night.

The Twins trailed 3-2 heading into the eighth, but Joe Mauer doubled and scored on a base hit from Justin Morneau to tie it. Herrmann came through against Ramon Troncoso (1-4) in the ninth to complete the comeback.

Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer, and Mike Pelfrey gave up three runs and struck out four in 6 1-3 innings for the Twins.

Paul Konerko had two hits and an RBI, and Andre Rienzo gave up two runs — one earned — on four hits with two strikeouts in six innings for the White Sox, who lost their 10th straight on the road.

RAILCATS RAINED OUT AGAIN: For the second time in three days, the RailCats and Wichita were rained out Thursday.

The makeup game will be played in Gary during a scheduled series Tuesday through Thursday. It will be the RailCats' fifth doubleheader of the season and third against Wichita.

MLB TO EXPAND REPLAY IN 2014: Major League Baseball is expanding its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had.

Commissioner Bud Selig calls it a historic moment for the game in a press conference in Cooperstown after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

Managers will be allowed two challenges over the first six innings of games and one after the seventh inning. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make the final ruling.

MLB vice president Joe Torre gave the replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams on Wednesday and it was discussed Thursday morning.

A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval and the players' association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system.

 

Men's soccer

VALPO PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN HORIZON LEAGUE: Valparaiso has been picked to finish seventh in Horizon League play this season in a poll of its eight coaches.

Six teams received first-place votes, led by favorite Cleveland State with three. The Vikings received 41 rating points, followed by Milwaukee and Oakland (34), Detroit and Illinois-Chicago (30), Wright State (25), Valparaiso (23) and Green Bay (7). The Crusaders went 2-2-3 in the Horizon League regular season in 2012.

 

Pro football

COLTS TO HOLD OUT SOME INJURED PLAYERS: Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry is likely to sit out Sunday's game against the New York Giants because of a knee injury.

He has missed more than a week of practice, and Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday he won't rush Landry back for a preseason game — if he can't practice Thursday or Friday. Pagano still expects Landry to be ready for the season-opener against Oakland.

Pagano also said linebacker Pat Angerer (right foot) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (right foot) would not play despite being activated from the physically unable to perform list earlier this week.

 

Track and field

U.S. LEADS MEDAL COUNT: It was a bountiful medal night for the Americans at the world championships Thursday in Moscow, with Dalilah Muhammad and defending champion Lashinda Demus finishing 2-3 in a 400 hurdles race won by Zuzana Hejnova in 52.83.

Michael Tinsley lost by a fraction of a second in the men's 400 hurdles as Jehue Gordon outleaned him at the finish in a world-leading time of 47.69.

That brings the U.S. medal haul to 14 for the championships, with Kenya and Russia tied for second at eight.

Mary Cain, 17, finished 10th out of 12 runners in a 1,500 race won by Abeba Aregawi of Sweden, with Jenny Simpson taking second.

 

Pro hockey

BLACKHAWKS ANNOUNCE TICKET SALES: Single-game tickets for Blackhawks regular-season home games will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at chicagoblackhawks.com, at any Ticketmaster location or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Blackhawks begin defense of the Stanley Cup on Oct. 1 against the Washington Capitals.

 

Pro golf

STROUD, FISHER SHARE WYNDHAM LEAD: Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher each shot 6-under 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship.

Eight players — defending champion Sergio Garcia, Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda — shot 65.

John Senden and Stuart Appleby were among the five players at 66 at the final tournament before the PGA Tour's playoffs begin next week.

 

Around the horn

Purdue Calumet men's soccer coach James Drzewiecki previews the upcoming season on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Valparaiso has been picked to finish seventh in Horizon League men's soccer play this season in a poll of its eight coaches.

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