Sports Digest: Valpo's Cecchini selects his coaching staff

2014-01-14T21:15:00Z 2014-01-16T17:18:09Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Cecchini selects his coaching staff nwitimes.com
January 14, 2014 9:15 pm

College football

VALPO'S CECCHINI SELECTS HIS COACHING STAFF: Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini has named his coaching staff. Four assistants have been retained: Steven Donovan (tight ends), John Snyder (running backs), Kasey Teegardin (defensive line) and Eric Deutsch (defensive line assistant).

The list includes three assistants that he brought with him from Lehigh: Jason Miran (offensive coordinator), Vinny Giaclone (offensive line/recruiting  coordinator) and Justin Stovall (linebackers/special teams coordinator. Former University of Chicago defensive coordinator Ernest Moore will fill the same role with the Crusaders.

College track

VALPO'S DROZDOWSKI EARNS HORIZON LEAGUE HONOR: Valparaiso senior Sarah Drozdowski has been named the Horizon League Field Athlete of the Week. Drozdowski placed second in the weight throw (56 feet) and shot put (41-7 1/4) at Saturday's Hillsdale Winter Opener.

Men's basketball

GARRETT SCORES 21 AS DEPAUL EDGES ST. JOHN'S: Billy Garrett Jr. scored 21 points, and DePaul (10-8, 2-3 Big East) won its second straight, beating St. John's (9-7, 0-4) 77-75 on Tuesday.

SIU RALLIES PAST NORTHERN IOWA: Desmar Jackson hit a go-ahead jumper with six seconds left and blocked the ensuing layup attempt to complete Southern Illinois' 68-66 come-from-behind victory over Northern Iowa (9-8, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference).

Jackson finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds; Sean O'Brien had 15 points, and Anthony Beane added 14 for the Salukis (6-12, 2-3).

NO. 5 WICHITA STATE BEATS BRADLEY: Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven rebounds, and No. 5 Wichita State (18-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) remained undefeated with a 72-50 victory over Bradley.

Walt Lemon scored 12 points; Tyshon Pickett added 11, and Omari Grier had 10 for Bradley (6-12, 1-4).

NO. 20 CREIGHTON ROUTS BUTLER: Doug McDermott scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half, and No. 20 Creighton (15-2, 5-0) defeated fellow Big East newcomer Butler 88-60 for its 10th straight win.

Kellen Dunham scored 12 points, and Khyle Marshall added 11 for Butler ( 10-7, 0-5).

ANDREWS ADDS TO IUN SLUMP: Four players in double figures wasn't enough as the RedHawks (3-15) fell to Andrews College. Brandon Reyes, Drew Boetel and Devin Ellis had 14 points apiece for IUN. Cody Artuso chipped in 10.

Women's basketball

IUN WOMEN WALLOP ANDREWS: Megan Holland scored a game-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting Tuesday in leading the RedHawks (11-6) over Andrews College.

Women's tennis

VALPO PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN HORIZON LEAGUE POLL: Valparaiso has been picked to finish ninth by the Horizon League's preseason poll. Illinois-Chicago was picked to repeat its title.

Pro baseball

CUBS UNVEIL MASCOT: The Cubs' newly minted mascot made his debut at a Pediatric Developmental Center of a hospital near Wrigley Field.

Clark, a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and backward blue baseball cap, was accompanied Monday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center by a dozen team prospects.

The mascot is named after the North Side Chicago street on which Wrigley Field is located.

Clark will greet fans at Wrigley before and during games, and the mascot will have a Twitter account and Facebook page.

EX-CARDINAL CLARK WANTS PUJOLS' SUIT TOSSED: Former Cardinals first baseman Jack Clark is asking a court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by fellow former St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols.

The lawsuit followed comments Clark made on his St. Louis radio show in August. Clark said he knew for a fact that Pujols "was a juicer." Pujols has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

WGNU radio has canceled the radio show hosted by Clark and Kevin Slaten, and the station's owner broadcast a lengthy apology and posted similarly contrite statements on its website.

Pro football

LIONS HIRE FORMER COLTS COACH CALDWELL: Jim Caldwell got a ringing endorsement from one of his mentors when Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was doing his homework.

The Lions hired Caldwell on Tuesday to replace fired coach Jim Schwartz, ending a search that included a phone conversation between Mayhew and Tony Dungy.

"Martin called me and said we're looking for a leader who can help turn our locker room into a winning one and to help us get the most out of our investment in Matthew Stafford," Dungy recalled in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I told Martin that Jim Caldwell is exactly what you're looking for. He'll lead by making people accountable and by being a role model on and off the field. And with his attention to detail and history of developing quarterbacks, Stafford is going to flourish just like Peyton Manning did with us in Indianapolis."

Caldwell helped the Colts reach the Super Bowl after his debut season in 2009, but was fired two years later after a 2-14 season while Manning was injured, dropping his three-year mark to 26-22.

Pro tennis

BERDYCH INTO THIRD ROUND AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych became the first man into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 win today over Kenny de Schepper of France.

Berdych took advantage of five of his eight break-point opportunities while maintaining a perfect 13-0 record on his serve. He set up his first match point with a deft half-volley at the net, then clinched it on the next when de Schepper hit a forehand long.

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