Women's cross country
VU'S RICHARDSON FOURTH AT HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jessica Richardson finished fourth (18:18) as Valparaiso University took seventh (163) at the Horizon League Championships on Saturday in Kenosha, Wis.
Loyola won the team title with 28 points.
Men's cross country
VU SIXTH AT CHAMPIONSHIPS: Valparaiso University placed sixth (176 points) at the Horizon League Championships on Saturday in Kenosha, Wis.
Matt Przybyla finished 26th (26:25) to lead the Crusaders. Loyola won the team title with 22 points.
VU EDGES GREEN BAY: Katie Gratzianna provided the game's lone goal as visiting Valparaiso University edged Green Bay 1-0 in Horizon League play Saturday.
Tara Ellis (Portage) had the assist. Goalie Kristen Manski earned the shutout with three saves for the Crusaders (10-5-3, 3-2-2).
VU FALLS AT MICHIGAN: Kyle Zobeck made two saves, but Michigan edged Valparaiso University 1-0. The Crusaders dropped to 4-7-5.
FIRE TO PLAY IN ONE-GAME ELIMINATION ROUND: Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute, and Bill Hamid made eight saves to help D.C. United rally for a 1-1 tie with the Fire on Saturday.
The draw gave D.C. second place in the Eastern Conference.
United (17-10-7) went 5-0-2 in its last seven matches to finish with 58 points, one more than New York and Chicago (17-11-6). New York finished third, ahead of fourth-place Chicago, on a tiebreaker.
With New York beating Philadelphia earlier in the day, the Fire needed to beat D.C. to avoid playing in the first-round one-game elimination round.
Instead, Chicago will host fifth-place Houston in that game. It will be played either Wednesday or Thursday. The winner plays Eastern Conference champion Kansas City in the second round.
KESELOWSKI INSISTS HE'S NOT FEELING TITLE HEAT: Brad Keselowski talks like racing continues to be business as usual.
The 28-year-old is leading the standings in NASCAR'S Chase for the Sprint Cup, and while his margin over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson is only seven points, and perennial contender Denny Hamlin is only 20 points behind, Keselowski quickly dismisses talk that being chased in the chase means pressure.
Keselowski qualified 32rd for today's race, which could make him vulnerable to getting caught up in an accident. But Johnson and Hamlin have both started back in the field here and rallied for good finishes.
Hamlin says Keselowski can hope to convince himself that there's no pressure on him, but says that the pressure will surely crank up as Keselowski gets closer to realizing his championship dreams.
VALPO SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER TODAY: Valparaiso Pop Warner and Cheer will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Elks 500 Club.
Tickets are $10. Money raised will help fund the Mitey Mite No. 2 team's appearance in an exhibition game Dec. 1 at the ESPN Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. For details, contact Ruth Anne Olson at (219) 548-8336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARIAN LOOKING FOR COACH: Marian Catholic is looking for a head football coach after Dave Mattio resigned from the position.
Varsity high school coaching experience and valid teaching certificates are requirements. A full-time staff position at Marian Catholic is negotiable with the football job. Interested applicants should send a letter, resume and references to Principal Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait by Dec. 1 at Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Details may be obtained by contacting Sister Kathleen via email at email@example.com.
Around the horn
Bo Van Pelt missed a chance at a rare 59 on Saturday when he had double-bogey on the 18th at the CIMB Classic, an unofficial PGA Tour event. Van Pelt had 11 birdies on the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club course. He needed one more to join an elite club. However, he hit his approach on No. 18 into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a 9-under 62 for a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16-under.