BROEKHOFF SCORES A DOZEN: Valparaiso's Ryan Broekhoff scored 12 points to go with three rebounds and three assists in K&D Roundscaping's 91-67 win over the Norfolk Sports Club on Wednesday in the opening round of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Broekhoff went 5-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range, in 23 minutes. Norfolk's Will Clyburn (Iowa State) led all scorers with 25 points.
RAILCATS RE-SIGN CLOSER, ADD INFIELDER: Right-handed pitcher Marco Gonzalez, who led the RailCats with 10 saves in 2012, will return to Gary for the 2013 season.
The RailCats also announced that infielder Brandon Gregorich was received from Schaumburg to complete an earlier trade.
Gonzalez was 4-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 41 relief appearances in 2012. Gonzalez earned nine saves in his final 14 appearances. Over his last 18 outings, covering 18 2/3 innings, Gonzalez allowed five runs for a 2.41 ERA.
Gregorich was essentially traded for himself, as he comes to the RailCats to complete a deal from August of 2012 when he was sent to Schaumburg for a player to be named later. The rookie split time between the Boomers and the Sonoma County Grapes of the North American League last season and hit .302 with four home runs, 11 doubles and 30 RBIs in 56 games.
The RailCats roster sits at 27. The American Association roster limit during the preseason is 28.
GRANDERSON SET TO CLEAR ANOTHER HURDLE IN RECOVERY: Outfielder Curtis Granderson, recovering from a broken right forearm, could resume throwing today. He had follow-up X-rays Tuesday.
"Everything is looking good," said Granderson, a T.F. South graduate.
Granderson says he has not started swinging a bat yet, but hopes that later this week he could be cleared to swing a fungo bat.
The slugger, who led New York with 43 homers last season, was hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in his first at-bat of spring training on Feb. 24. Granderson could rejoin the Yankees next month.
BREWERS-CUBS POSTPONED: The game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cubs scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed because of inclement weather.
The game was called off about four hours before it was supposed to begin at Wrigley Field. No makeup date was announced.
STEEL WHEELS BMX EVENT SATURDAY: Steel Wheels BMX in Hobart will host races Saturday to raise funds for Warnicke Scholarships.
Registration for racing runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fees are $20 for Class or Cruiser and $5 for Open/Strider. For details, go to www.steelwheelsbmx.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (219) 406-9833.
REBUILDING TOGETHER BENEFIT POKER RUN SUNDAY: Rebuilding Together Duneland's ninth annual benefit poker run and party will take place Sunday at Leroy's Hot Stuff, 333 W. U.S. 20 in Porter.
Sign-up will be at 11 a.m. Donations are $15 per person or $25 per couple. All proceeds benefit the Rebuilding Together's work day April 27. For details, go to www.rtduneland.org, or call (219) 926-4276.
MARQUETTE'S BIBEROVIC SIGNS WITH IOWA CENTRAL: Marquette's Jasmin Biberovic signed his national letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Iowa Central Community College.
Biberovic averaged 7.6 points and 6.9 rebounds for the 18-6 Blazers.
COLTS SEE JUMP IN RENEWAL OF SEASON TICKETS: Colts fans are back on board after an unexpected season.
The Indianapolis Star reports nearly 95 percent of 2012 season-ticket holders have renewed their orders. That rate is similar to those of the Peyton Manning era.
The Colts had seen season ticket renewals drop to 87 percent after Manning was released and many veterans were purged from the roster.
Chief operating officer Pete Ward says it's heartening to see the renewed interest.
The Colts went 2-14 in 2011 while Manning was out with neck surgery. They posted an 11-5 record and earned a wild-card playoff spot in 2012 under rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
Around the horn
The Purdue Calumet men's tennis team (0-7, 0-2) fell to Judson 9-0 in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match Wednesday at Match Point Tennis Club. The Purdue Calumet women's tennis team (0-6, 0-3) dropped an 8-1 decision to Judson. ... Illiana Motor Speedway's first events of the season will be test and tune practice sessions from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and April 20.