VALPO'S VLASIC ADVANCES TO SENIOR MATCH PLAY SEMIS: Valparaiso's David Vlasic, seeded No. 13, upended two higher-seeded players and advanced to today's semifinals of the IGA Senior Match Play Championship.
Vlasic defeated No. 4 Steve Behrman 2 and 1 in the opening round and No. 12 Tim Kuzma 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals at Delaware Country Club. Vlasic faces No. 9 Gordie Rees at 8:08 a.m. today.
RAILCATS TOP T-BONES TO REMAIN IN WILD CARD LEAD: The RailCats held their 1 1/2-game lead in the wild card standings with a six-run first inning that led to a 10-4 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday.
Craig Maddox drove in four runs as part of a 3-for-4 day that included a home run and a double. The 'Cats, who had one hit in Tuesday's game, batted around in the first inning Wednesday. Morgan Coombs earned his sixth win of the season with five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
Winnipeg beat St. Paul 9-2 as the RailCats magic number dropped to four with five games remaining.
DODGERS SHUT OUT CUBS: Ricky Nolasco (11-9) pitched eight innings of three-hit ball; Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier hit solo homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday.
The first-place Dodgers earned their 21st victory in August, tying the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month.
BEARS STARS TO GET BREATHER FOR PRESEASON FINALE: The Bears got the balance they sought on offense last week. Now, their starters are getting a breather.
Don't expect to see Chicago's top stars on the field for today's final preseason game against Cleveland.
Their dress rehearsal for the opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 8 came last week, when they dominated Oakland in the first half. Now, Jay Cutler gets a breather. So does Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte along with every other star on both sides of the ball.
PRESEASON FINALE STILL MEANINGFUL FOR COLTS: Delano Howell and Caesar Raeford are preparing for the biggest game of their professional lives.
Play well tonight at Cincinnati, and they could end up making Indianapolis' 53-man roster. Play poorly, and their careers could end Friday.
Howell leads the team with 17 preseason tackles and was dubbed the "marathon man" by coach Chuck Pagano after participating in 106 plays in the Colts' preseason opener. Rayford has steadily progressed and leads the Colts with five sacks in three games.
CRIMSON WAVE MEN HOLD ON FOR WIN OVER LAWRENCE TECH: Nick Barango scored twice, and Matt Plawecki added the insurance goal as Calumet College's men's team beat Lawrence Tech 3-2 on Wednesday.
Jonathan Brenner made two saves in the second half, and Fernando Perez had one in the first half.
CAL COLLEGE WOMEN FALL TO ST. FRANCIS: Calumet College allowed a goal in the first 10 minutes of Wedneday's game, then failed to score as the women's soccer team lost to St. Francis 1-0.
Kaytlyn Owens made three saves for the Crimson Wave, and Amy Gasiorowksi had three saves.
IU SCHEDULE INCLUDES IRISH: Defending Big Ten champion Indiana will face longtime rival Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic in December and has 20 home games next season.
The full schedule was released Wednesday. Among the key dates is a Dec. 3 contest at Syracuse, a rematch of the regional semifinal game that ended the Hoosiers' NCAA tournament run last season, and a Dec. 14 game against the Fighting Irish. The Hoosiers also play twice at Madison Square Garden in November in a tournament that will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Hoosiers open the season by hosting Chicago State on Nov. 8.
VENUS LOSES THIRD-SET TIEBREAKER AT U.S. OPEN: Venus Williams dug herself out of deficits over and over again, until she simply ran out of solutions, exiting the U.S. Open before the third round for the third year in a row.
At 33, two-time champion Williams was the oldest woman in the second round at Flushing Meadows, and while she made things interesting after a poor start to the match and to the final set, she couldn't sustain her solid play all the way through and lost to 56th-ranked Zheng Jie of China 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday.
Around the horn
The Blackhawks' Brandon Pirri will sign autographs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Bridges’ Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar in Griffith. ... Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies' season-opener against Rice on Saturday for what the school said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs. ... A federal judge has sentenced a former White Sox scouting executive to two years in prison for accepting about $440,000 in kickbacks from Latin American players the team had signed. Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old David Wilder of San Francisco pleaded guilty to mail fraud in February 2011.