Sports Digest: Valpo's Gough 30th in PGA Junior Series

2013-07-23T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:41:15Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Gough 30th in PGA Junior Series nwitimes.com
July 23, 2013 9:15 pm

Girls golf

VALPO'S GOUGH 30TH IN PGA JUNIOR SERIES: Valparaiso's Jennifer Gough was tied for 30th with a 167 after Tuesday's second round of the PGA Junior Series at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Crown Point's Tiffany Curtis was tied for 35th with a 169. Valparaiso's Harley Dubsky, who was tied for third after the first round, was listed with a justified withdrawal.

Jessica Porvasnik, of Hinckley, Ohio, owns an 11-stroke lead with a 5-under-par 139 heading into today's final round.

 

Pro baseball

POLLOCK, CORBIN LEAD ARIZONA OVER CUBS: A.J. Pollock doubled, tripled and drove in three runs, and Patrick Corbin scattered four hits over six innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 10-4 Tuesday night.

Corbin (12-1) allowed one run, struck out six and walked three for the Diamondbacks. In a matchup of All-Stars on the mound, Cubs lefty Travis Wood (6-7) started strong but faded late, giving up four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in 5 2/3 innings.

KEY ALDERMAN SAYS HE SUPPORTS WRIGLEY RENOVATION: The alderman whose ward includes Wrigley Field says he now supports a $500 million renovation of the iconic Chicago ballpark, clearing a path for final City Council approval.

Alderman Tom Tunney suggested Tuesday he won some key concessions from the Cubs. Perhaps the biggest is an agreement not to erect any outfield signs in addition to a Jumbotron in left field and another large sign in right.

Tunney says the Cubs also agreed to postpone indefinitely a planned bridge over Clark Street.

In a statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says "overcoming these remaining issues will allow the planned development to go forward so the Cubs can begin investing in Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville."

 

Pro hockey

HAWKS TRAINING CAMP FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Fans can purchase tickets for $5 on chicagoblackhawks.com, by calling (800) 745-3000 or by going to any Ticketmaster location.

The Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will be held at the United Center on Sept. 16.

 

Pro basketball

PONDEXTER HELPS LIBERTY RALLY PAST FEVER: Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points, and the New York Liberty overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat the Fever 77-72 on Tuesday night.

Briann January scored a season-high 21 points and had four assists for the Fever (7-9). Tamika Catchings scored 16 points but made just 5 of 17 field goals. Karima Christmas scored 10 points, and Erlana Larkins added seven points and a regular-season career-high 16 rebounds for Indiana.

BULLS WAIVE THOMAS: The Bulls waived forward Malcolm Thomas on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Thomas appeared in seven games for Chicago last season and averaged 2.5 points. Undrafted out of San Diego State, he has appeared in 15 career NBA games over two seasons with the Spurs, Warriors and Bulls.

 

Auto racing

NBC TO TAKE OVER PART OF NASCAR TV PACKAGE IN 2014: NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its eight-year partnership with both ESPN and Turner Sports.

The 10-year deal with NBC Sports Group announced Tuesday begins in 2015 and gives the network the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races of the season and final 19 Nationwide races.

NBC will air seven Cup races, while 13 will be on the NBC Sports Network. The Nationwide Series will have four events on NBC and 15 on NBC Sports Network.

 

Pro golf

FANS TO PICK HOLE LOCATION FOR FINAL ROUND AT PGA: If Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter don't like the hole location for the par-3 15th at Oak Hill in the final round of the PGA Championship, they might want to take it up with the fans.

After all, the fans are going to decide where to put the pin.

The PGA of America announced a contest called "PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus."

Fans can go to the PGA's website — www.PGA.com/pickthehole — through Aug. 10 to vote for one of four options for the hole location. The idea is to educate fans on how a course setup affects strategy, show them the kind of information on hole locations the players are given each day and let them take part in their own way in the PGA Championship.

The final major is Aug. 8-11.

 

Around the horn

Sky center Sylvia Fowles and Fever guard Shavonte Zellous have been named as reserves for Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game. ... All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career. A person with knowledge of the talks said Tuesday that Pedroia is in the process of agreeing to a deal adding $100 million over seven seasons through 2021. ... Penn State's nearly $2.3 million share of bowl revenue has been divided among the Big Ten's 12 member schools, including Penn State, to distribute for causes focused on child protection or advocacy.

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