Sports Digest: VU schedules girls basketball camps

2012-06-19T22:00:00Z 2012-08-28T23:24:58Z Sports Digest: VU schedules girls basketball campsTimes Staff Report
June 19, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

Pro basketball

MIAMI TAKES 3-1 LEAD ON THUNDER: LeBron James and the Miami Heat are one win away from an NBA championship.

James had 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds before dealing with leg cramps late; Dwyane Wade scored 25 and the Heat rallied from 17 points down to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

The Heat now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, and could win the title in Miami on Thursday.

Mario Chalmers scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half for Miami, which got 13 from Chris Bosh.

Russell Westbrook had a career playoff-high 43 points, and Kevin Durant added 28 for the Thunder. They were the only Thunder players to score in the last 16:46.

CONNECTICUT TOPS FEVER IN OT: Kara Lawson had 22 points and four rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun outlasted the Fever 88-85 in overtime on Tuesday.

Tina Charles had 14 points and eight rebounds for Connecticut (9-2), which leads the Eastern Conference. Renee Montgomery had 12 points and four rebounds, and Kalana Greene scored 12 points.

Katie Douglas had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds and four assists for the Fever (5-4). Tamika Catchings added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Connecticut has won six of its past seven games.


Pro baseball

RAILCATS SCORE LATE FOR WIN: An eighth-inning solo home run from Kyle Haines was the difference as the visiting RailCats edged Laredo 5-4 on Tuesday.

Adam Klein added four hits and two RBIs. T.J. Wohlever picked up his second win of the season, striking out the lone batter he faced in the relief appearance.


Pro football

EX-BEAR SPELLMAN OUT OF JAIL: Former NFL defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman has been released from the Tulsa County Jail after pleading no contest to a variety of charges.

Spellman pleaded no contest Monday to 10 counts filed in 2008 that include felony charges of eluding a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to one year in jail and was released after receiving credit for time served.

Spellman's attorney, David Phillips, called Spellman "a really, really, really nice guy" as long as he takes medication for mental health issues. Phillips said Spellman was not taking his medication at the time of the incident.

Spellman's NFL career ended in 2001 after playing for Chicago, Dallas and Detroit.

LUCK NOT WORRIED ABOUT UNSETTLED CONTRACT: Andrew Luck is keeping his focus on football.

The No. 1 overall draft pick says that even though he cannot attend training camp until he signs a deal, he is not worried about the lack of one becoming an impediment for reporting to training camp. The Colts report to Anderson University, an NCAA Division III school about 30 miles northeast of Indy, on July 28. Indy opens practice July 29.

Luck took a handful of questions Tuesday following a Play 60 appearance with about 90 children in downtown Indianapolis.

The Stanford graduate says he enjoyed going through last weekend's commencement ceremonies and now can focus exclusively on football.

COLTS SIGN MEWELDE MOORE: The Colts signed free agent running back Mewelde Moore and released quarterback David Legree on Tuesday.

They are the most recent moves in a busy offseason for the Colts, who have embarked on a major rebuilding project that includes a new coach, a new general manager and a new quarterback.

Moore is entering his ninth NFL season and adds depth to a backfield with few proven veterans. He spent his first four seasons in Minnesota, the last four in Pittsburgh and has rushed 494 times for 2,247 yards with six TDs in his career. Moore also has caught 214 passes for 1,875 and seven scores.

Legree was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts on May 17.


Pro bowling

KENNY PARKS MISSES CUT: Hammond's Kenny Parks failed to advance in Tuesday's PBA Northern California Senior Classic, finishing 28th with a 16-game pinfall total of 3,409 ($900).

Walter Ray Williams of Ocala, Fla., is the second-round leader at 3,790.


Men's basketball

VU'S BROEKHOFF INVITED TO BOOMERS CAMP: Valparaiso University's Ryan Broekhoff has been invited for a tryout with the Australian Boomers.

The Boomers' training camp is in Melbourne, and Broekhoff is vying for a spot on the team in a farewell series against Greece, which runs Sunday through June 27. The opener can be seen live on


College baseball

VU PLAYERS COMPETING ON SUMMER LEAGUE TEAMS: Valparaiso University has 21 players taking part in summer league play.

Chris Manning is hitting .333 for the Yarmouth Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Tanner Vavra is hitting .344 for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League, while Cole Webb has 1.50 ERA in four starts for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

Grant Yoder is hitting .400 for the Dodge City A's in the Kansas Jayhawk League.

Michael Morman is hitting .484 with two home runs and 12 RBIs for the Crystal Lake Cardinals of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League.

John Loeffler is hitting .333 for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen of the Midwest Collegiate League.

Bryce Hara, an incoming junior college transfer, is hitting .462 with a .533 on-base percentage for the Orange County Waves of the Orange County League.


Youth basketball

VU SCHEDULES GIRLS CAMPS: Valparaiso University will host three camps this summer. The Team Camp will be held Friday at The Courts in Chesterton. This camp is designed for high school varsity and junior varsity teams and their coaches. Each team will play four games and participate in an overtime tournament. The cost is $300. The Crusaders will host their Elite Camp, for grades nine through 12, from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. This is a teaching and competition camp for incoming high school students that will be run like a college practice. Cost is $60. A Day Camp for girls entering grades two to eight will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m June 27 to 29. The camp will teach basic fundamental skills of basketball with a strong emphasis on dribbling, passing and shooting. Cost is $140. Camp directors are Steve Helm and Renee' Turpa. For details, email or, or call (219) 464-5146.


Local auto racing

MUSGRAVE MEMORIAL MOVED TO SATURDAY: The 11th annual Musgrave Memiorial will take place Saturday at Illiana Motor Speedway. Last Saturday's inclement weather forced postponement.

Gates will open at 4 p.m.; time trials will be at 5, and the first race will be at 7. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children aged 8 to 12. For details, call (219) 322-5311, or go to

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