Sports Digest: Valpo's Broekhoff taking part in Portsmough Invitational

2013-04-06T21:15:00Z 2013-04-10T20:43:34Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Broekhoff taking part in Portsmough Invitational nwitimes.com
April 06, 2013 9:15 pm

Men's basketball

VALPO'S BROEKHOFF TAKING PART IN PORTSMOUTH INVITE: Valparaiso forward Ryan Broekhoff is one of 64 collegiate seniors who will participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week.

Broekhoff's first game is at 6 p.m. Wednesday. For results, go to www.portsmouthinvitational.com.

 

Pro baseball

BRAVES RALLY PAST CUBS: B.J. Upton led off the ninth inning with a homer and his brother Justin followed one out later with another long ball that helped the Atlanta Braves rally past embattled Cubs closer Carlos Marmol for a 6-5 victory Saturday night.

Justin Upton went 3 for 5 with three RBIs. He also homered in the first and now has five homers in Atlanta's first five games.

The Braves rallied from a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth off Kyuji Fukijawa and two in the ninth off Marmol.

Justin Upton's solo shot in the first inning made it 1-all. He followed with leadoff double in the eighth and scored the first of three Atlanta runs that cut the lead to 5-4.

Marmol's blown save, his second in three chances this week, wasted what would have been a victory for starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva.

 

Women's basketball

GRINER, MCGRAW EARN TOP HONORS: Brittney Griner has had no equal in her stellar career at Baylor. Now she's part of a very select group.

The 6-foot-8 senior star earned The Associated Press player of the year award for the second straight season Saturday. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year.

Griner is just the third player to earn the award in consecutive years, joining Seimone Augustus of LSU and Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee. Connecticut's Maya Moore won it twice in a three-year span.

The three-time All-American got 37 votes from the 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike received two votes while Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins earned the other.

McGraw, who also won the award in 2001, received 24 votes. Last year's winner, Griner's coach Kim Mulkey, was second with seven votes.

 

College baseball

DEBOO PITCHES VALPO PAST UIC: Chris DeBoo tossed six hitless innings, teaming on a one-hitter with Ryan Kennedy and Ben Mahar in Valparaiso's 6-2 Horizon League victory over visiting Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.

Chris Manning, Billy Cribbs and Andy Burns (two triples) were all 3-for-4 as the Crusaders (11-18, 2-6) banged out 14 hits.

CRIMSON WAVE SWEPT IN DOUBLEHEADER: Calumet College allowed seven runs in the final two innings and lost 11-4 to St. Francis in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Thomas Mosley drove in two runs for the Crimson Wave in the first game.

Calumet College pitcher Sergio Esquivia was hit hard in the second game, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits as St. Francis won 10-1. Michael Dobosz drove in the Crimson Wave's lone run.

NORTON GOES TO 7-0: Adam Norton (Andrean) improved to 7-0 as Notre Dame rallied to edge Villanova 9-6 in a Big East game in South Bend.

Norton went six innings, striking out seven while allowing six runs, three earned, and 10 hits.

 

Pro basketball

WALL LEADS WIZARDS PAST PACERS: John Wall scored 37 points in a display of speed and flair Saturday night to lead the Washington Wizards to a 104-85 victory over the Pacers.

The Wizards spoiled a title celebration for the Pacers, who failed for the second night in a row to get the win they need to clinch their first Central Division crowd in nine years.

 

Auto racing

HUNTER-REAY EARNS POLE AT BARBER: Defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the pole at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Hunter-Reay grabbed the top starting spot for Sunday's race with a lap of 1:07.0871 around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course. He beat two-time defending race winner Will Power.

Hunter-Reay also ended the Penske Racing pole streak at Barber. Penske drivers Power and Helio Castroneves had won all three poles and all three races at Barber. Power qualified second.

 

Around the horn

Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson could resume throwing this week as part of his rehabilitation program for a broken right forearm. The T.F. South graduate said Saturday he will have follow-up X-rays Tuesday. He also hopes to be cleared to start swinging a fungo bat. ... Ball State hired James Whitford as its new basketball coach. He spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Arizona working under Sean Miller. The 41-year-old coach replaces Billy Taylor, who was fired March 14 after six seasons. ... Billy Horschel held off an experienced leaderboard to shoot 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round of the Texas Open. ... Inbee Park opened a three-stroke lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, twice hitting to 2½ feet to set up back-nine birdies in a bogey-free round. ... Serena Williams routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday, the most one-sided match in the sisters' long rivalry. ... Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife plan to donate $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.The commitment by Peyton and Ashley Manning represents the largest gift announcement made to the foundation since it was founded in November 2011 to help fight Alzheimer's disease. ... A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold for more than $2.1 million at auction.

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