Women's track and field
ZIMMERLE TO JUMP FOR ST. JOE'S: Kouts high jumper Allie Zimmerle will sign a national letter of intent Tuesday to attend St. Joseph's College.
Zimmerle qualified for the regional in the event last season and placed fourth, one spot away from a state berth. She finished second in the Kankakee Valley Sectional with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches.
ND SAFETY DENIED 6TH YEAR: Notre Dame won't have veteran safety Jamoris Slaughter back as the Fighting Irish try to build on their best season in 19 years.
The university said Thursday it had received word from the NCAA that Slaughter's appeal for a sixth year of eligibility had been denied after he tore his left Achilles tendon in the third game of the season.
Slaughter, who did not play as a freshman, was injured in a 20-3 victory over Michigan State. He started 19 games in four seasons and played in 39, finishing his career with 98 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks.
OHIO STATE ESCAPES UPSET-MINDED WILDCATS: Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points, and No. 13 Ohio State (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten) used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 on Thursday night, the Buckeyes' 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats.
Pesky Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) led throughout the second half despite having only seven scholarship players due to injuries. Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 16 points; Reggie Hearn had 12, and Dave Sobolewski 10.
MARMOL HAPPY TO STILL BE WITH CUBS: Cubs closer Carlos Marmol thought he was headed to the Los Angeles Angels.
That was three months ago, when the Cubs asked Marmol to waive his limited no-trade clause because they were close to finalizing a deal to acquire Dan Haren from the Angels.
"They told me I was traded," he said. "The next day I was told, 'No, you're not going there.'"
Marmol is still with the Cubs, and his status is still unclear.
Marmol is entering the final year of a three-year, $9.8 million. The 2008 All-Star is certain to be trade bait for the rebuilding organization near the July 31 trade deadline if the Cubs are out of contention.
"He's our closer," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
WHITE SOX GM SETTLES IN: New White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says the job comes with new pressure.
Hahn says he didn't think his 13th year with the team at spring training would feel much different. But he says it finally occurred to him that there's more on his shoulders.
Hahn is an analytical, behind-the-desk systems and numbers cruncher who was also an agent. His first offseason since taking over for Ken Williams has been anything but flashy, with the free-agent acquisitions of infielder Jeff Keppinger and reliever Matt Lindstrom accounting for his biggest moves.
REDSKINS' GM SAYS TEAM NOT CONSIDERING NAME CHANGE: Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Thursday the team isn't considering a new nickname, adding that it's "ludicrous" to suggest that the franchise is trying to upset Native Americans.
"There's nothing that we feel is offensive," Allen said. "And we're proud of our history."
Opposition to "Redskins" has gained momentum following last week's symposium at the Smithsonian that was heavily critical of the use of the word, citing its history as an offensive term.
Speaking at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the team's new training camp facility, Allen also told reporters that Robert Griffin III was "progressing well" in rehabilitation from knee reconstruction surgery, but that the team doctors will ultimately decide whether the franchise quarterback will be ready in time for the start of the season.
Around the horn
Purdue Calumet women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Kedric Williams scored 24 points to lead Purdue Calumet (16-13, 12-11 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) past Olivet Nazarene 80-66 on Wednesday night in men's basketball action. ... Blackhawks defenseman Jamal Mayers will appear from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Charleyhorse in Munster. There is no cover charge. Patrons will be allowed one free autograph and may purchase additional autographs for $10. ... Matt Kuchar finished with back-to-back birdies at Riviera, holing a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole for a 7-under 64 that gave him the first-round lead Thursday in the Northern Trust Open.