Sports Digest: VU's weekend softball series postponed

2013-03-22T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:32:08Z Sports Digest: VU's weekend softball series postponed nwitimes.com
March 22, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

LB WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH THE BEARS:  The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker D.J. Williams, giving them a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher.

General manager Phil Emery said Friday that Williams has a chance to "restart his career" after he was suspended for part of last season in Denver.

The deal comes two days after the Bears said they couldn't agree on a contract with Urlacher, the eight-time Pro Bowl selection. Chicago also has an opening at strong side linebacker with Nick Roach signing with Oakland.

Williams has played middle and outside linebacker. He missed nine games while serving a pair of NFL-mandated suspensions last season and was released by the Broncos on the eve of free agency, freeing up his $6 million salary.

 

Pro basketball

HANSBROUGH LEADS PACERS PAST BUCKS: Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers to their third straight win, 102-78 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Paul George added 20 points, and had Roy Hibbert had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Pacers.

 

Auto racing

HAMLIN CAPTURES SECOND CONSECUTIVE FONTANA POLE: Denny Hamlin has won the pole for the second straight year at Fontana, turning a lap of 187.451 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Greg Biffle finished second and Brad Keselowski was third in Friday's qualifying session, but they'll start at the back after engine changes.

Hamlin earned his first pole of the season and the 13th of his career. He won three last year, and has won the pole three times at Auto Club Speedway.

Biffle was right behind at 187.217 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Keselowski was third, beating Kyle Busch's 187.130 mph in fourth place.

 

Pro baseball

RAILCATS TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1: Single-game tickets for the RailCats season will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 1 at U.S. Steel Yard.

Individual ticket prices remain $10 for box seats and $9 for reserved seats. Kids aged 12 and under and seniors receive a $1 discount. New for 2013, outfield terrace seats will cost $5 for Sunday through Thursday home games. They are $7 on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets will be available for purchase in person at the box office from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, by phone at (219) 882-2255 or online at railcatsbaseball.com.

BARNEY HOMERS AS CUBS BEAT BREWERS: Darwin Barney and Dioner Navarro hit consecutive homers with two out in the ninth inning to help the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Friday.

Barney belted a two-run shot before Dioner Navarro connected against Michael Olmsted for the final run of the game.

Carlos Villanueva, Chicago's fifth starter, allowed five hits in six scoreless innings.

MLB SUES FLORIDA CLINIC OVER BANNED PLAYER DRUGS: Major League Baseball is suing a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators, accusing it of providing banned performance-enhancing drugs to players.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch. Several other Bosch associates are named in the lawsuit. A phone message left for a Bosch representative wasn't immediately returned.

MLB contends the clinic's operators solicited players to use banned substances knowing that violated their contracts. The lawsuit says baseball has suffered costs to investigate the claims, loss of revenue and injury to its reputation among fans.

Several prominent players have been implicated, including injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriquez. He and most of the others have denied ties to the clinic.

 

Pro golf

ROSE KEEPS HIS NOSE IN FRONT AT BAY HILL: Tiger Woods still has plenty of work to do if he wants to defend his title at Bay Hill and go back to No. 1 in the world.

Justin Rose three-putted the final hole for bogey and a 2-under 70 to share the lead Friday with Bill Haas in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Haas never had a par putt longer than 4 feet in his bogey-free round of 66.

Woods was one shot out of the lead until he bogeyed the last three holes. He went from the sand to the water on the par-5 16th, went long of the 17th green for another bogey and had to lay up short of the water on the par-4 18th for his third bogey. Woods had a 70 and was four shots behind.

 

 

College softball

VU'S WEEKEND SERIES POSTPONED: Due to inclement weather, Valparaiso's weekend series with Horizon League opponent Wright State has been moved to April 1 and 2.

Also, the previously postponed Western Illinois doubleheader is now a home-opening single game, and it will be played Wednesday.

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