CUBS' LAKE SLAMS BREWERS: Rookie Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam in Chicago's five-run first inning, and the Cubs held off the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Friday.
Lake was 2 for 4 and has five homers since being called up July 19.
Carlos Villanueva (5-8) was the winner in relief. Kevin Gregg got the final three outs for his 30th save in 35 chances.
DAVIS HITS NO. 48 AS ORIOLES BEAT SOX: Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 48th home run; Scott Feldman pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the White Sox 4-0, extending Chicago's losing streak to eight games.
VALPO TO MAKE SIX BROADCAST APPEARANCES: Valparaiso will host a pair of home games live on ESPNU and also host an HLN Game of the Week this season, highlighting six broadcasts.
ESPNU will air Valparaiso's Jan. 10 home game with Wright State and the Feb. 7 home game with Detroit. ESPN3.com will air the Jan. 2 home game aginast Illinois-Chicago, the Jan. 29 home game with Green Bay and the Feb. 25 game at Wright State. Valpo's Jan. 18 home game with Milwaukee will be broadcast on regional sports networks across the Horizon League.
HOOSIERS LOOK FOR IMPROVEMENT: Indiana coach Kevin Wilson set up the schedule as a stepping stone to success.
He wanted the Hoosiers (1-0) on center stage last week; he wanted two extra days to prepare for Navy's vaunted ground game, and he figured the extra practice time would help Indiana make that progression between Games 1 and 2.
Now they just have to satisfy Wilson after last week's 73-35 blowout of Indiana State.
Wilson counted 17 missed tackles, was upset about the defensive miscommunications or certainly didn't approve of three turnovers.
So this week has been about making corrections, fixes he expects to see today against the Midshipmen (0-0).
PURDUE, INDIANA STATE LOOK TO REBOUND: Purdue's Darrell Hazell and Indiana State's Mike Sanford are getting one of the rarest opportunities in coaching — a second chance.
While neither new coach can erase the embarrassing memories from last weekend's blowouts, both now have an opportunity to demonstrate how well they can rally players. Whoever succeeds today will walk away with his first career win at his new school.
WILLIAMS SETS UP MEETING WITH AZARENKA IN FINAL: Serena Williams moved a win away from her second straight U.S. Open title Friday, rolling through Li Na 6-0, 6-3 in the semifinals.
On Sunday, Williams will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of last year's final. She'll be playing in her 21st Grand Slam final.
GORDON WINS POLE AT RICHMOND: Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position.
The four-time champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season.
His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row. Busch and Gordon are among 10 drivers in a battle for the final spots in the Chase for the championship. The field will be set by today's race. Gordon is 11th in points, one spot — and six points — behind Busch.
Around the horn
Season championships and Fan Appreciation Night take place today at Illiana Motor Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m.; time trials are at 5:30, and the first race is at 7. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children aged 8 to 12. For details, call (219) 322-5311, or go to www.illianaspeedway.com. ... The South Bend Silver Hawks announced the gate at the city-owned park will identify the stadium as Four Winds Field at Stanley Coveleski Stadium. Financial terms of the 10-year deal between the Silver Hawks and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the owners of Four Winds Casino, weren't announced.