Sports Digest: Valpo's Getz 16th in flight at NCAA East Regional

2013-05-24T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:03:15Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Getz 16th in flight at NCAA East Regional nwitimes.com
May 24, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro basketball

PACERS STEAL GAME 2 FROM HEAT: Roy Hibbert scored 29 points; David West knocked away two passes by LeBron James for huge turnovers in the final minute, and the Pacers evened the Eastern Conference finals with a 97-93 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 2 on Friday night.

Paul George scored 22 points; George Hill added 18 and West finished with 13 for the Pacers, who handed the Heat just their fourth loss in their last 50 games.

The series resumes with Game 3 on Sunday night in Indianapolis.

James scored 36 points for the Heat.

FEVER TOPS SILVER STARS TO OPEN TITLE DEFENSE: Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Fever opened defense of is WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.

Katie Douglas added 18 points, and Erlana Larkins had eight points and 12 rebounds for Indiana.

 

Pro baseball

VOTTO, HANIGAN LEADS REDS OVER CUBS: Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a homer, and Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Phillips also homered on Friday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to their fourth straight win, 7-4 over the Cubs.

The Reds have won 12 of their past 15 games, surging to a season-high 12 games over .500. They've dominated the Cubs, winning 15 of their past 17 in the series.

Chicago is last in the NL Central, having lost a season-high five straight. The Cubs (18-29) slid a season-low 11 games under .500.

Votto and Hanigan homered in the fourth inning off Scott Feldman (4-4). Phillips connected off Hector Rondon in the eighth.

Bronson Arroyo (5-4) gave up three runs in six innings, including Feldman's first career homer.

GRANDERSON BREAKS KNUCKLE: Yankees right fielder Curtis Granderson was hit on the left hand by a pitch, which X-rays showed a broken knuckle on his pinkie finger.

The T.F. South grad was hit by Cesar Ramos' pitch in the fifth inning of Friday night's game against Tampa Bay and at first stayed in the game. He later scored, but was replaced defensively by Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the inning.

New York manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 9-4 win over the Rays that there was no official timeline for how long Granderson will be sidelined, but indicated it could be a minimum of four weeks.

Granderson will see a hand specialist Monday in New York.

RAILCATS WIN ON PITCHING MISTAKE: Kansas City pitcher Jose Jimenez committed a balk in the eighth inning, which led to a 6-5 win for the RailCats on Friday.

Ryan Babneau singled with the game tied 5-5 and moved to second base on a sacrifice and third on a groundout before the balk allowed him to score.

RailCats starter Will Krout allowed five runs in seven innings, but Estevan Uriegas and Clay Zavada worked perfect eighth and ninth innings, with Zavada earning the save.

Alain Quijano will start for the RailCats as they continue the series at 7:05 p.m. today in Kansas City. 

 

Men’s track

VALPO’S GETZ 16TH IN FLIGHT AT NCAA EAST REGIONAL: Valparaiso sophomore Jeremy Getz competed in the javelin at the NCAA East Regional Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Getz’s best throw was 171 feet, finishing 16th in his flight and missing the finals.

 

College baseball

LOWE TRANSFERS TO PURDUE CALUMET: Andrew Lowe (Whiting) has transferred from Wisconsin-Whitewater to Purdue Calumet. Lowe helped the Oilers win three consecutive sectionals titles in high school.

 

Men's soccer

SOUTH SUBURBAN'S NAVARRO SIGNS WITH PUC: Former South Suburban College defender Sahid Navarro has signed with Purdue Calumet. Navarro was a NJCAA First Team All-Region IV selection last season and helped the Bulldogs go 30-9-3 in two years.

 

Auto racing

DEMPSEY MAKES LATE PASS TO WIN WILD FREEDOM 100: Ireland's Peter Dempsey beat Firestone Indy Lights points leader Carlos Munoz and three other drivers down the front straightaway Friday to win the closest oval race in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history by 0.0026 seconds over Colombia's Gabby Chaves.

Dempsey started to make an inside move, then steered outside as the cars came down the final straight four wide, overtaking the other three cars just yards from the finish. American Sage Karam, the pole-sitter, was third.

Munoz of Colombia took the lead at lap 13 and appeared headed to another Lights' victory until the final yards. Munoz was trying to become the first driver to win both Memorial Day weekend races at Indy. He finished fourth Friday and will start second, the middle of the front row, in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. He's the first Indy rookie to be on the front row since Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000.

 

Around the horn

Matt Kuchar was 10-under par on the 16th green when the second round of the Colonial was suspended because of an impending storm system. There were 18 groups still on the course, three still with eight holes to play, when play was stopped at 6:38 p.m. The second round at Hogan's Alley will be completed this morning. ... Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry each shot 5-under 66 at Bellerive Country Club to share the second-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship. ... Dick Evey, a tackle who played most of his eight seasons in the NFL with the Bears, has died at age 72. Evey played from 1964-69 with the Bears, who selected him out of Tennessee in the first round of the 1964 draft. Evey played with the Los Angeles Rams in 1970 and the Detroit Lions in 1971.

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