Sports Digest:

2014-04-21T21:30:00Z 2014-04-23T01:49:07Z Sports Digest: nwitimes.com
April 21, 2014 9:30 pm

Pro football

BEARS SIGN EX-REDSKIN: The Bears on Monday signed wide receiver Josh Morgan to a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Morgan has appeared in 79 games with 54 starts in six seasons with San Francisco (2008-11) and Washington (2012-13), hauling in 199 receptions for 2,488 yards (12.5 ypc) and 11 touchdowns.

He has added 27 kickoff returns for 625 yards (23.1 ypr), eight punt returns for 59 yards (7.4 ypr) and 12 rushing attempts for 116 yards (9.7 ypc).

In 2013, Morgan caught 20 passes for 214 yards (10.7 ypc) with 12 kickoff returns for 239 yards (19.9 ypr) and eight punt returns for 59 yards (7.4 ypr) in 14 contests (seven starts).

He originally entered the 2008 NFL draft as a sixth-round selection (174th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers out of Virginia Tech.

Pro baseball

SOX WIN ON SEVENTH-INNING DOUBLES: Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Chicago scored three runs in the seventh off Anibal Sanchez (0-2) after managing only one hit in the first six innings. John Danks (2-0) allowed six hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings, but the Tigers could score only one run off him.

Ronald Belisario got five outs in relief for the White Sox, and Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth for his second save.

The White Sox scored three runs on four hits in a top of the seventh that took about 25 minutes. Abreu's tying double was upheld after a replay review, and Chicago scored another run when a call at the plate was overturned following a review.

Sanchez allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Pro golf

MELTON WINS EVENT: Defending Indiana Section PGA Player of the Year Brett Melton of the Country Club of Old Vincennes, proved he is ready for another successful year of Indiana golf Monday, firing a 3-under-par 69 at Prairie View Gofl Club in the first tournament series event of the season. Mike Liming (Youche) tied for 42nd with a 78 while Chris Wellsand (Creekside) placed 74th with an 84.

COURSE READY FOR TWO EVENTS: Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens.

In less than two months, it will play host to the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in consecutive weeks.

USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said Monday that he is expecting "a challenging test of golf, but ... a great test of golf" on the course designed by Donald Ross and recently restored to his specifications by Ben Crenshaw.

When the men tee it up June 12-15 and the women follow a week later, they'll find wider fairways, no rough and only two cuts of grass — green and fairway.

Davis says the course is "going to give the best players in the world some shots that they simply haven't had to make in past U.S. opens"

College sports

WEBB GEM: The Horizon League has named Valparaiso's Cole Webb co-Pitcher of the Week.

Webb set a career high with eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits and one walk over seven innings as the Crusaders ended Milwaukee's 20-game home winning streak. It also marked the first time the Panthers have been shut out in 99 games.

Webb shared the honor with Milwaukee's Cody Peterson, who followed up Webb's performance with a one-hit shutout of the Crusaders. The honor is the third for the VU pitching staff. Dalton Lundeen was named April 7 and 14.

Pro Basketball

THREE TEAMS LOOKING FOR COACHES: Mike Woodson and Tyrone Corbin lost their jobs, and Rick Adelman decided it was time to walk away from his.

The New York Knicks fired Woodson, the Utah Jazz fired Corbin and Adelman retired from the Minnesota Timberwolves, creating coaching openings for three NBA teams.

Woodson was expected to be replaced after Phil Jackson was hired last month as New York Knicks president during a disappointing season for a team that expected to make the playoffs. He informed Woodson and the entire coaching staff they were being dismissed Monday morning.

"The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond," Jackson said in a statement.

Auto racing

UNSER JR. TO RACE VINTAGE EVENT: Al Unser Jr. will race again at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during a Sportscar Vintage Racing Association event in June.

The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner will compete in the "Indy Legends Pro-Am." The June 8 feature on Indy's road course is for veterans of the Indianapolis 500 and already has an announced field that includes Lyn St. James, Willy T. Ribbs and Mark Dismore.

The 40-minute race of American muscle cars will include 1967 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs. The Indianapolis 500 veterans will be paired with amateur drivers, each taking a 20-minute stint. Five minutes will be allotted for driver change.

Unser Jr. is a two-time IndyCar champion. He has 34 career victories and won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994.

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