Sports Digest: Wright State ousts Valpo at Horizon baseball tourney

2014-05-23T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:22:08Z Sports Digest: Wright State ousts Valpo at Horizon baseball tourney nwitimes.com

College baseball

WRIGHT STATE OUSTS VALPO AT HORIZON TOURNEY: Valparaiso managed seven hits but couldn't produce any runs, bowing out of the Horizon League tournament Friday in Mequon, Wis., with a 7-0 loss to Wright State.

Spencer Mahoney singled and doubled for the Crusaders (25-28). Mario Losi took the loss, allowing four runs over five-plus innings.

Earlier Friday, the Crusaders blanked Illinois-Chicago 1-0 to stay alive in the tournament. Jake Hanson went 3-for-4 and drove in Karch Kowalczyk with the game's only run in the fourth inning. Ellis Foreman tossed eight innings of four-hit ball for his fourth win, with Kowalczyk throwing a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save. Andrew Bynum added two hits for Valpo.

Pro basketball

PACERS' GEORGE EXPECTED TO PLAY: Indiana's Paul George will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, which comes as no surprise to the Miami Heat.

They were expecting him there all along.

The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared "to return to normal basketball activity," a decision made three days after he was concussed in Game 2 of the Indiana-Miami series.

"Barring any unforeseen complications, he will play" today in Miami, the Pacers said.

SOURCE SAYS STERLING SURRENDERING CLIPPERS CONTROL: Donald Sterling is turning his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Clippers over to his estranged wife, and she is in talks with the NBA to sell the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the deal, said the couple reached the agreement after weeks of discussion.

Auto racing

GANASSI FINDS SPEED IN FINAL INDY 500 PRACTICE: Defending Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan turned the fastest lap of Carb Day, leading a stable of Ganassi Racing teams that have finally found some speed after a slow week of qualifying.

Kanaan turned a lap of 227.838 mph during the hour-long session. He was followed by teammate Scott Dixon, who had a lap of 227.773 mph. Townsend Bell, three-time champ Helio Castroneves and rookie Mikhail Aleshin rounded out the top five.

Juan Pablo Montoya was ninth fastest Friday in his return to the Brickyard. Kurt Busch was 15th in Marco Andretti's backup car after wrecking his own car during practice.

Pole-sitter Ed Carpenter was 13th.

Scott Dixon and his Ganassi Racing team won the annual pit crew competition by beating Sage Karam in the finals. The No. 9 crew serviced Dixon's car in a record 11.7 seconds to give the organization yet another win in the Carb Day staple.

CHAVES WINS INDY LIGHTS RACE: Gabby Chaves lost by inches last year. He won by a couple feet this time around.

The young driver from Belardi Auto Racing atoned for a heartbreaking defeat last year by passing Matthew Brabham on the final lap Friday to win the Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in one of the closest finishes in the history of the track.

Chaves put the nose of his red No. 5 car ahead of Brabham's blue and white No. 83 as the two cars zipped across the famed yard of bricks. The official margin was 0.0050 seconds, or just about twice margin that separated Chaves from winner Peter Dempsey a year ago in the closest finish in Indianapolis history.

Zach Veach finished third, followed by Luiz Razia and Jack Harvey.

Pro tennis

AT FRENCH, NADAL COULD FACE THREE WHO BEAT HIM ON CLAY: Rafael Nadal's path to a ninth French Open title could take him through a series of matches against men he lost to on clay this season.

The top-seeded Nadal was drawn Friday to possibly face No. 21 Nicolas Almagro in the fourth round, then No. 5 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

Nadal has three losses on clay in a season for the first time since 2004. He was beaten in the Rome final last weekend by Novak Djokovic.

Around the horn

Rookie Bria Hartley scored 15 points Friday in Washington's victory over the Fever. Maggie Lucas scored 12 points to lead Indiana. ... PGA Tour rookie Brice Garnett opened with an eagle on his way to a 4-under 66 and the second-round lead at Colonial. ... Tom Watson shot a 3-under 68 for a share of the lead in the Senior PGA Championship with fellow Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie and three other players. ... Catriona Matthew remained atop the Airbus LPGA Classic leaderboard, birdieing four of the last seven holes to take a one-stroke advantage over Charley Hull into the weekend.

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