Sports Digest: Valpo No. 3 seed in Horizon League baseball tournament

2013-05-18T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:10:05Z Sports Digest: Valpo No. 3 seed in Horizon League baseball tournament nwitimes.com
May 18, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

FELDMAN PITCHES CUBS TO WIN OVER METS: Scott Feldman pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and drove in two runs with a big two-out double, helping the Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-2 on Saturday.

The Cubs have won five of seven and can win three straight series for the first time with a victory on Sunday. Anthony Rizzo had two hits and his first home run since signing a seven-year contract on Monday.

Chicago was going for its first shutout since a victory over Colorado on Aug. 26, but Rick Ankiel broke it up with a two-run homer off Hector Rondon with one out in the ninth.

Feldman (4-3) won his fourth straight decision, pitching 6 2/3 innings while allowing seven hits and striking out six.

ANGELS END SOX'S WINNING STREAK AT FOUR: Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer in Los Angeles' five-run seventh inning, and the Angels beat the White Sox 12-9 on Saturday to end Chicago's four-game winning streak.

Callaspo also had a pair of sacrifice flies to give him five RBIs on the day. Mark Trumbo also went deep for Los Angeles, which finished with 17 hits.

 

Pro basketball

PACERS KNOCK OUT KNICKS: Lance Stephenson scored nine of his playoff career-high 23 points during a late 11-2 run Saturday night, leading the Pacers past the New York Knicks, 106-99 and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004.

The New York native also had 10 rebounds and the Pacers were spurred by the return of point guard George Hill two days after he was diagnosed with a concussion.

Next up is a rematch with Miami, the team that eliminated Indiana last season. Game 1 will be Wednesday at Miami.

 

College baseball

VALPO WINS REGULAR-SEASON FINALE: Chris Manning hit a solo home run as Valparaiso edged Horizon League foe Youngstown State 3-2 in the regular-season finale Saturday.

Tanner Vavra added two hits and an RBI for the Crusaders (28-26, 13-11).

No. 3 seed Valparaiso will face No. 2 seed Illinois-Chicago at 11 a.m. Thursday in the opening round of the league tournament in Niles, Ohio.

 

Pro football

COLTS LOSE FREENEY TO CHARGERS: The San Diego Chargers agreed Saturday to a two-year deal with aging star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.

The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a padless practice.

Freeney is 33 and entering his 12th season. He will make $5.25 million this season.

He was the Colts' career sacks leader with 107 ½ but the Colts decided not to re-sign him in the offseason.

 

Pro golf

BRADLEY KEEPS LEAD AFTER 3 ROUNDS AT NELSON: Keegan Bradley overcame two early bogeys and maintained his lead at the Byron Nelson Championship with 2-under 68 in the third round Saturday.

Bradley had a 13-under 197 total for a one-stroke lead over Sang-Moon Bae, and two-shot advantage over Tom Gillis. Bae shot a 66, and Gillis had a 67.

Today, Bradley will be trying to win at TPC Four Seasons for the second time in three years. He could also become the Nelson's first wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson led alone at the end of all four rounds in 1980.

After following his opening course-record 60 with a 69 on Friday, Bradley started the third round with a three-stroke lead.

 

Auto racing

MCMURRAY, STENHOUSE RACE INTO ALL-STAR RACE: Jamie McMurray has won the Sprint Showdown to transfer into the $1 million All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second Saturday night in the 40-lap race to earn the second transfer spot.

McMurray dominated both 20-lap segments to earn a spot in the Sprint All-Star race for the first time since 2011. It's only his seventh time making the All-Star race.

Stenhouse made it into his first All-Star race in his first season racing the Sprint Cup Series.

 

Around the horn

Jack McInerney scored his league-leading eighth goal in the third minute and the Philadelphia Union made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Fire on Saturday night. Chicago (2-7-1) lost its third game in a row to fall to 0-4-1 on the road. ... Chella Choi shot her second straight 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist, the Swede who broke the course record with a 61, in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

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