Sports Digest: Valpo wins Horizon League volleyball opener

2013-09-28T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T18:06:32Z Sports Digest: Valpo wins Horizon League volleyball opener nwitimes.com

Pro baseball

WAINWRIGHT WINS 19TH AS CARDS BEAT CUBS: Adam Wainwright earned his 19th victory in a tuneup for the NL division series opener, and Matt Holliday homered again as the St. Louis Cardinals showed no letup after clinching the NL Central, beating the Cubs 6-2 on Saturday.

Holliday homered for the second straight day and Yadier Molina drove in two runs for St. Louis (96-65), which entered the day tied with Atlanta for the NL lead in wins. The Cardinals have won five in a row.

Wainwright (19-9) allowed two hits in shutout 5 1-3 innings and tied for the league lead in victories with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, who lost his last scheduled start Wednesday in St. Louis.

Seth Maness earned his first career save by getting Darwin Barney on a double-play ball.

Edwin Jackson (8-18) leads the majors in losses.

PIRATES BEAT REDS FOR HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: Neil Walker hit two of Pittsburgh's six homers — its biggest power surge in six years — and the Pirates clinched home-field advantage for the NL's wild card playoff game by beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 Saturday.

Pittsburgh will host the Reds on Tuesday night in the Pirates' first playoff appearance in 21 years. They went 50-31 at PNC Park, the third-best home record in the NL.

Pittsburgh hit five homers off Bronson Arroyo (14-12), who had never given up that many in a game in his big league career. Walker homered twice off the right-hander, and Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Marlon Byrd also connected.

INDIANS OPEN AL WILD-CARD LEAD OVER TAMPA, TEXAS: The Cleveland Indians moved into the AL wild-card lead on the next-to-last scheduled day of the regular season, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday behind Scott Kazmir's strong start to extend their winning streak to nine.

Seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007, the Indians (91-70) took a one-game lead over Tampa Bay and Texas (both 90-71), who both lost Saturday.

Cleveland is assured of at least a tie for the AL wild card. With three teams seeking the two wild cards, today's results could decide the matter or lead to one or two tiebreaker games at the start of this week.

 

Pro hockey

SHAW'S OT GOAL LIFTS HAWKS PAST CAPS: Andrew Shaw knocked in a rebound at 1:47 of overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in the teams' preseason finale.

Defenseman Nick Leddy had two goals and an assist, and Jimmy Hayes also scored for the Blackhawks (4-0-2). Nikolai Khabibulin had 12 saves.

Blackhawks No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford didn't dress as a precaution because of lower-body stiffness, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Crawford is expected to start Tuesday. The Blackhawks will raise a banner in a ceremony before that contest to celebrate their fifth NHL championship and second in four seasons.

 

Pro soccer

DI VAIO, TISSOT LEAD IMPACT TO DRAW WITH FIRE: Marco Di Vaio and Maxim Tissot scored goals, and goalkeeper Troy Perkins made five saves as the Montreal Impact rallied to a 2-2 draw with the Fire on Saturday night.

The tie brought the Impact (13-9-7) its first point in three matches, while the single point for Chicago left the Fire (11-12-7) two points out of the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with four matches remaining.

Fire forward Mike Magee scored twice in a 16-minute span, putting Chicago ahead 2-1 in the 73rd.

 

Auto racing

LOGANO WINS NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE AT DOVER: Joey Logano won again at Dover International Speedway, taking the checkered flag in the track's Nationwide Series race for the fourth straight time.

Logano won from the pole Saturday. Kyle Larson was second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler. Points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was 17th.

Logano dominated at the end and was never seriously threatened for the win on the mile track. He has yet to transfer his success at NASCAR's second-tier level to the Sprint Cup series. He has had only one top-five finish in nine career Cup starts at Dover.

 

Pro basketball

GRANGER EAGER TO GET STARTED FOLLOWING INJURY: Danny Granger will be a full participant when the Pacers open training camp.

Coach Frank Vogel said Friday that Granger will be given extra rest in October, noting it's part of the doctors' plan to help Granger build up his endurance as he recovers a left knee injury.

The one-time All-Star missed all but five games last season, and finally had surgery in April. Doctors said then it would take Granger four to six months to recover completely.

During Indiana's media day, Vogel and Granger's teammates raved about how good the 6-foot-8 forward has looked in workouts. Granger dialed back the expectations, acknowledging he still has to prove he can withstand the rigors of two-a-day practices and in game conditions.

 

Women's volleyball

VU WINS HORIZON OPENER: Emily Campbell notched 12 kills, and Ellen Vanden Berg registered 11 as Valparaiso defeated Illinois-Chicago 25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 25-16 on Saturday in Chicago.

Kelsey Berrington set 25 assists, and Morganne Longoria picked up 22 digs for the Crusaders (12-3, 1-0). Morgan Beil and Sarah Dooms each contributed eight kills.

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