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2013-02-18T21:30:00Z 2013-05-06T22:14:07Z Sports Digest: nwitimes.com
February 18, 2013 9:30 pm

Pro football

PACKERS RELEASE FORMER COLTS CENTER JEFF SATURDAY: The Green Bay Packers have released veteran center Jeff Saturday.

General manager Ted Thompson announced the move Monday. Saturday signed a two-year deal with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012 after playing 13 seasons with the Colts. He had been the Colts' full-time starting center since 2000. He became a fan favorite, a key figure in the NFL Players Association and one of Peyton Manning's closest friends.

Saturday, a six-time Pro Bowl selection in 14 seasons, was benched as a starter with two games left in the regular season in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith.

 

 

Pro basketball

LAKERS OWNER JERRY BUSS DIES AT 80: Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood.

After growing up in poverty in Wyoming, he earned success in academia, aerospace and real estate before discovering his favorite vocation when he bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. While Buss wrote the checks and fostered partnerships with two generations of basketball greats, the Lakers won 10 NBA titles and became a glamorous global brand.

With a scientist's analytical skills, a playboy's flair, a businessman's money-making savvy and a die-hard hoops fan's heart, Buss fashioned the Lakers into a remarkable sports entity. They became a nightly happening, often defined by just one word coined by Buss: Showtime.

"His impact is felt worldwide," said Kobe Bryant, who has spent nearly half his life working for Buss.

Buss, who shepherded his NBA team from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the current Bryant era while becoming one of the most important and successful owners in pro sports, died Monday. He was 80.

 

Olympics

PISTORIUS' GIRLFRIEND'S MOM WANTS TO KNOW MOTIVE: The family of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend wants answers, her mother told a Johannesburg newspaper, as South Africans braced to hear why prosecutors believe a national hero murdered the model who was shot multiple times.

June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's mother, told The Times in a front page interview published Monday: "Why? Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this?"

"Just like that she is gone," the newspaper quoted her as saying in what it described as an emotional telephone interview. "In the blink of an eye and a single breath, the most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here."

Pistorius, who remains in custody in a red-brick, one-story police station in Pretoria, is set to return to court Tuesday for the start of his bail hearing. It will be the first opportunity for the prosecution to describe evidence police gathered against the 26-year-old double-amputee runner and the reasons why he was charged with murder.

 

College basketball

NO. 25 NOTRE DAME RALLIES PAST NO. 20 PITT: Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley scored 13 points each and No. 25 Notre Dame overcome a horrendous shooting start and beat No. 20 Pittsburgh 51-42 on Monday night.

The Irish missed 18 of their first 19 shots and trailed 19-3 as late as 13:54 into the game. However, they rallied to take the lead in the second half and won going away.

Eric Atkins added 10 points and seven assists for Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 Big East), which has won five in a row over Pittsburgh (20-7, 8-6) and snapped a tie with the Panthers for fourth place in the conference. The top four teams get a double-bye in next month's league tournament.

 

Women's basketball

CALUMET COLLEGE OPENS CCAC TOURNEY WITH WIN: The Calumet College women's basketball team defeated Holy Cross 51-40 on Monday, opening the conference tournament with a victory.

Jennifer Walton and Karina Robinson scored 14 points each for the Crimson Wave. Dominique Edwards added 12 points, while Rebecca Dill had 9 rebounds.

The Crimson Wave now face No. 1 seed Roosevelt University on Wednesday in Chicago.

 

Men's soccer

CRUSADERS BETANCOURT PLAYING FOR PUERTO RICO: Valparaiso freshman midfielder Alvaro Betancourt has joined his Puerto Rico U20 national team teammates for the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship.

The 12-team tournament, which will run beginning Monday through March 3 in Puebla, Mexico, is divided into four groups of three teams, and Betancourt's Puerto Rico opened play Monday against Jamaica. Puerto Rico will play its second match of group play on Thursday against Panama.

Betancourt, a regular in the Puerto Rico national team throughout the qualifying process, will look to lead his team out of the challenging Group C and into the quarterfinals.

 

Youth sports

EXPO THIS WEEKEND AT PORTER COUNTY EXPO CENTER: The Northwest Indiana Youth Sports Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. Seminars and demonstrations will be held. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 children aged 5 to 12 and free for those under 5.

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