Sports Digest: Valpo's Taylor earns Horizon League track and field honor

2014-04-22T21:30:00Z 2014-05-01T21:21:08Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Taylor earns Horizon League track and field honor nwitimes.com
April 22, 2014 9:30 pm

Pro baseball

HAMMEL, OLT LEAD CUBS PAST D-BACKS: Jason Hammel pitched seven strong innings; Mike Olt hit a three-run homer, and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Hammel (3-1) allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.60.

Olt still is batting below .200 for the season (.195), but has four homers and nine runs batted in.

The Cubs, who've won three of four, have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They last won consecutive games on Sept. 9 and 10 of last season against the Cincinnati Reds.

CABRERA HOMERS AS TIGERS BEAT SOX: Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer; Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings, and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the White Sox.

Cabrera was 4 for 23 on this homestand before going 3 for 5 on Tuesday — including a homer and a double off Chicago's Charlie Leesman (0-1).

Verlander (3-1) had little to worry about after allowing a first-inning homer to Jose Abreu. He allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out seven and walking two.

Chicago's Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits, and Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the ninth to pull the White Sox within two. Joba Chamberlain got the final out for his first save, retiring Alexei Ramirez on a liner to left with one on.

SOX'S SALE RELIEVED INJURY DOESN'T APPEAR SERIOUS: Chris Sale figures his arm injury could have been a lot worse.

The White Sox believe Sale has a strained muscle in his throwing arm, and the ace left-hander was officially put on the 15-day DL on Tuesday. There does not appear to be any ligament damage.

Sale says it is similar to an issue he dealt with in 2012, and he "absolutely" expects to be back once he's eligible to come off the DL. The move is retroactive to last Friday.

Chicago also assigned right-hander Frank Francisco to Charlotte after a stint at extended spring training.

PUJOLS HITS 500TH HOMER: Albert Pujols has hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.

The Angels' slugger did it with a pair of shots against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. He hit a three-run homer beyond left field off starter Taylor Jordan in the first inning for No. 499, then added a two-run shot for No. 500 to left-center with no outs in the fifth, again off Jordan.

The 34-year-old Pujols is the first player to collect his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, according to STATS.

Pro basketball

PACERS EVEN SERIES: Paul George scored 27 points, and George Hill had all 15 of his points in the second half, leading the Pacers to a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

The Pacers and Hawks are tied at a game apiece heading into Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday.

George was especially effective even though he spent much of the night defending Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, who had 14 points. Paul Millsap finished with 19 for Atlanta.

The first 24 minutes looked like an exact duplicate of Game 1, but the Pacers pulled away with a 31-13 third quarter.

Women's track and field

TAYLOR LEAPS TO AWARD: Valparaiso's Jazmin Taylor has been selected as the Horizon League Athlete of the Week after a record-breaking performance in the high jump at the DePaul Invitational.

Taylor cleared a Horizon League-best 5 feet, 7 inches, breaking her own school record for the second time this season. The height was good enough to place her second in the meet.

Pro football

NFL PLAYOFF GAME TO AIR ON CABLE FOR FIRST TIME: An NFL playoff game will air on cable for the first time this season.

The league said Tuesday that a wild-card matchup will be broadcast on ESPN in January. As with "Monday Night Football," the game will be simulcast on local channels in the teams' home markets.

In the NFL's new TV deals that start with the 2014 season, NBC exchanged one of its wild-card matchups for one in the divisional round. It hasn't been determined yet whether NBC will show an AFC or NFC game in January.

Around the horn

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Colt Anderson has agreed to terms with the Colts. ... Kentucky forward Julius Randle will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections.

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