SAMARDZIJA PITCHES CUBS PAST ROCKIES: Jeff Samardzija pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and Anthony Rizzo doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh, leading the Cubs past the Colorado Rockies 3-1 Friday night.
Alfonso Soriano added a home run, his 17th, and Junior Lake, recalled by Chicago from Triple-A Iowa before the game, had three hits in his major league debut, including a double in his first career at-bat. Darwin Barney drove in an insurance run with a ninth-inning double.
Samardzija (6-9) kept the Rockies in check by limiting them to one run on four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.
D.J. LeMahieu doubled off Kevin Gregg to start the ninth and advanced to third on a ground out by Carlos Gonzalez. Troy Tulowitzki walked before Gregg induced Michael Cuddyer to ground into a game-ending double play for his 18th save in 20 chances.
RAILCATS' LOSING STREAK REACHES FOUR: Marcos Rodriguez drove in seven runs as host Sioux Falls handed the RailCats their fourth consecutive defeat, 9-1, on Friday night.
Rodriguez went 3-for-4, including a grand slam in the fourth inning.
The RailCats' Drew Martinez was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
The RailCats continue their four-game set with Sioux Falls at 7 p.m. today (Lakeshore-FM, 89.1). Will Krout (2-4, 5.11 ERA) will start for the RailCats.
VALPO'S HENNING MAKES U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS QUARTERFINALS: Valparaiso University senior Kyle Henning reached Friday's quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va.
He lost 2 and 1 to Eric Sugimoto, a junior at Pacific and the 2013 Big West Conference individual champion.
"Kyle had a tremendous year as a junior for our team, this past season," Crusaders coach David Gring said in a school news release. "He has continued to work very hard on his golf game this summer, and the results are evident. Playing in top-caliber national tournaments like the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will prepare him well for his senior year."
It was the second USGA Championship in which Henning has participated. He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Amateur but didn't advance to match play.
CHESTERTON'S GRASSEL EIGHTH AT STATE AM: Chesterton graduate Kelly Grassel fired a three-round total of 224 to tie for eighth at the Indiana Women's Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Friday at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville.
Crown Point's Carolyn Kupchik tied for 42nd with a 246. Noblesville's Emily Podzielinski won the event with a 4-over-par 217.
HAWKS TO BEGIN TITLE DEFENSE OCT. 1: Now that the NHL knows for sure it will take a break for next year's Sochi Games, the league has released its long-awaited schedule that features realignment and a slew of new division names and rivals.
Shortly after the NHL said Friday it would send its players to the Olympics for the fifth straight time, it announced its regular-season slate. The season will be put on hold for 2½ weeks in February to accommodate the 2014 Games in Russia.
Opening night Oct. 1 will feature the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks hosting Washington. Beginning this season, Blackhawks evening games at the United Center will move to 7 p.m. start times. One of those night games includes a matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1 at Soldier Field.
The regular season concludes April 13, with the playoffs beginning three days later.
The league's four new divisions will be called Metropolitan and Atlantic in the Eastern Conference, and Central and Pacific in the West. No teams in what was the Atlantic Division are in the new group of that name.
The Central includes the Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.
ZELLOUS LEADS FEVER PAST MYSTICS: Shavonte Zellous had 16 points to lead the Fever to a 77-70 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
Briann January had 12 points, and Erlana Larkins had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Fever (6-8), who have won five of the last six games.
FROOME PRESERVES BIG LEAD IN TOUR: Rui Costa of Portugal won the mountainous 19th stage of the Tour de France with a solo breakaway on the final climb, while Chris Froome kept the overall lead in rainy conditions on Friday.
Costa secured his second stage win of the race after catching Frenchman Pierre Roland about a quarter of the way up the fourth and final major ascent of Col de la Croix Fry.
German veteran Andreas Kloeden was second, 46 seconds behind, and Belgian Jan Bakelants was 1:44 back in third. Froome and his main Tour rival Alberto Contador finished together several minutes behind Costa.
Froome maintained his lead of 5:11 over the Spaniard. He is two days from becoming the second British rider to win the race after Bradley Wiggins last year.
Around the horn
The Blackhawks agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Drew LeBlanc and on one-year contracts with defensemen Theo Peckham and Michael Kostka. ... Former winner Paula Creamer shares the lead, and top-ranked Inbee Park is lurking nearby through the second round of the Marathon Classic. Creamer, who five years ago won what was then referred to as the Jamie Farr LPGA stop, shot a 3-under 68 on Friday on the heels of an opening 66 to pull even with Beatriz Recari and Alison Walshe at 8-under 134 at the tournament's midpoint. ... Six players are tied atop a crowded leaderboard midway through the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Troy Matteson and Kyle Reifers are tied at 10 under in the clubhouse. First-round leader Daniel Summerhays also is at 10 under but only completed eight holes in the round Friday.