RAILCATS DROP BACK-TO-BACK GAMES TO SAINTS: The RailCats fell 10-3 to St. Paul on Sunday, finishing a two-day exhibition swing to the Twin Cities with two losses. The 'Cats also dropped to the Saints, 4-3 in a late walk-off game Saturday.
In the Sunday game, the RailCats tallied two hits (from Cristian Guerrero and Drew Martinez) while the pitching staff gave up 13, including six each from Morgan Coombs and Michael Oros.
The 'Cats will end their exhibition season with a home game at 7:10 p.m. today against Schaumburg of the Frontier League. The regular season begins at 7:10 p.m. Thursday against Lincoln.
MELKY CABRERA TO RECEIVE WORLD SERIES RING FROM GIANTS: Melky Cabrera will receive his World Series ring this week when the San Francisco Giants make a two-game interleague stop in Toronto to face his Blue Jays.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday he intends to speak with Cabrera and thank him for his contributions to the reigning World Series champions. Cabrera was suspended for 50 games last Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone test.
Bochy will present Cabrera with his sparkly Tiffany & Co. ring, probably before the series opener Tuesday night.
BEARS AGREE TO DEAL WITH ROOKIE FREE AGENT JONES: The Bears have agreed to a contract with defensive back Maurice Jones, a rookie free agent from Temple.
The school announced the move on Sunday.
An occasional starter during his four seasons, Jones played in 11 games last year and had nine tackles. He also played on kickoff and punt returns along with the field goal defense unit.
REPORT: BOOGARD FAMILY SUES NHL IN COOK COUNTY: The New York Times is reporting that Derek Boogaard's family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the National Hockey League.
In the lawsuit, the family says the NHL is responsible for the brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as an enforcer in the league, and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.
Boogaard was found dead of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol on May 13, 2011. He was 28. He was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment that is caused by repeated blows to the head.
The Times reports the suit was filed late Friday by the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
ROOKIE TOPS INDY'S SPEED CHART IN PRACTICE: Carlos Munoz shot straight to the top of the Indianapolis 500 speed chart Sunday.
A little more than 24 hours after passing his rookie test, the Colombian narrowly averted a collision with teammate Marco Andretti in the first turn and posted the fastest lap in two practice sessions by going 223.023 mph on a cold, windy day.
Despite the near mishap, Andretti Autosport still claimed four of the top six spots Sunday. Defending series champ Ryan Hunter-Reay posted Sunday's second-fastest time at 222.825. Venezuela's E.J. Viso was third at 222.523. Andretti was fourth at 222.485 and James Hinchcliffe was sixth at 220.907.
The only non-Andretti driver among the top six was rookie AJ Allmendinger, who was fifth at 221.279. He drives for Penske Racing.
Speeds should increase later this week.
Women's track and field
DROZDOWSKI SETS VALPO HAMMER RECORD: Junior Sarah Drozdowski set a Valparaiso record in the hammer throw at the Grand Valley State Last Chance Meet on Saturday in Allendale, Mich.
Drozdowski’s final throw of the meet was her best, measuring 177 feet, 3 inches, good for third place. The toss beat Holly Hagen’s mark from 2005 of 177 feet.
CRUSADERS DROP TO UIC: Despite nine hits, Valparaiso sacrificed a 2-0 lead with five runs over the seventh and eighth innings for a 5-2 loss to UIC on Sunday.
Starter Dalton Lundeen was tagged for three runs before he was pulled in the sventh inning and reliever Connor Buxton allowed two runs in 1/3 inning.
Chris Manning hit a triple and went 2-for-4 for the Crusaders (24-26, 10-11 Horizon League) and Andrew Bain hit a double and scored both runs.
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