Sports Digest: Valpo's Webb suffers hard-luck loss against UIC

2013-04-05T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:23:07Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Webb suffers hard-luck loss against UIC nwitimes.com
April 05, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

MORALES LEADS MARINERS PAST SOX IN 10: Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Jesus Montero tacked on a run-scoring single, leading the Seattle Mariners to an 8-7 victory over the White Sox on Friday night.

Franklin Gutierrez sparked the winning rally when he led off with an infield single. He advanced on Michael Saunders' sacrifice and came home when Morales drove the next pitch from Nate Jones (0-1) down the first-base line.

Montero then singled in pinch-runner Robert Andino as Seattle earned its fourth win in its last 20 games in Chicago dating to the 2008 season.

UPTON, FRANCISCO POWER BRAVES PAST CUBS: Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games, and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 4-1 on Friday night.

Juan Francisco had a two-run single, and Minor (1-0) won his first start of the season, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven.

Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had a fielding error in the fourth when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base.

CUBS, CHICAGO CLOSE TO WRIGLEY DEAL: Cubs fans may have something to cheer about, after all.

Two people with knowledge of the negotiations between the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs and the city say the two are near an agreement on a $500 million project at Wrigley Field. The people spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet finished and they are not authorized to publicly discuss it.

The deal calls for $300 million in renovations at Wrigley and a $200 million hotel nearby. The family will build a parking garage and the city will let the owners build a video scoreboard and another new sign inside. A city hall official says Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to let the team play more night games.

 

College baseball

HARD-LUCK LOSS FOR VALPO'S WEBB: Valparaiso starter Caleb Webb allowed two earned runs on six hits in innings, but still suffered a 2-1 Horizon League loss to Illinois-Chicago on Friday.

Webb also had seven strikeouts. Tanner Vavra and Billy Cribbs each had two hits for the Crusaders (10-18, 1-6).

 

Pro basketball

THUNDER WINS AT INDIANA: Kevin Durant overcame a bruised left calf to score 34 points, and Russell Westbrook added 24 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 97-75 victory over the Pacers on Friday.

The win capped an impressive back-to-back sweep for the Thunder, who beat the Spurs on Thursday night. They arrived at the team hotel in Indy on Friday at about 4 a.m., then went out and prevented the Pacers from clinching their first Central Division title in nine years.

But the Pacers (48-28) can clinch the title with a win today at Washington.

Indiana, which had its five-game win streak ended, was led by Roy Hibbert with 22 points and David West with 17.

 

College sports

RUTGERS SCANDAL BRINGS DOWN AD: Rutgers' coaching scandal spiraled deeper Friday, bringing down the popular athletic director and a school vice president while donors threatened to cut off their contributions to New Jersey's largest public university.

The day of mounting troubles for the school began with Athletic Director Tim Pernetti resigning over his failure to immediately fire coach Mike Rice, who was caught on video hitting, kicking and taunting players with anti-gay slurs at practice.

Rice was fired by Pernetti on Wednesday, but the athletic director immediately came under criticism for only suspending and fining the coach after the video was brought to his attention four months ago. Pernetti said Friday he wanted to fire Rice on the spot but did not because the consensus among school officials at the time was that it didn't warrant dismissal.

Rutgers President Robert Barchi came under harsh questioning from reporters at a news conference Friday over what he knew about the video months ago, but he got a nod of support from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the school's board of governors.

Also resigning was John B. Wolf, Rutgers' interim senior vice president and general counsel, who is believed to have recommended against firing Rice in December over the video. On Thursday, the school said assistant coach Jimmy Martelli had resigned.

 

Auto racing

RECORD RUN GIVES JOHNSON MARTINSVILLE POLE: Jimmie Johnson won the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway with a track record.

Johnson made his fastest lap around the 0.526-mile oval at 98.400 mph Friday. He broke the track record of 98.083 mph held by Tony Stewart. It is the 30th pole position of Johnson's career, and his third in 23 starts at Martinsville.

Around the horn

Inbee Park took the second-round lead Friday in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, making three birdies in a row early on the back nine and rebounding from a wind-blown bogey with four straight pars. Finishing in gusty conditions on another hot afternoon at Mission Hills, the 24-year-old South Korean player shot a 5-under 67 to reach 7 under. ... Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 and moved within three shots of the lead at the Texas Open on Friday, continuing his last-minute preparations for next week's Masters. McIlroy is three shots back of leader Billy Horschel, who birdied his last two holes to post his second straight 4-under 68. Three players are two shots back at 6 under.

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