Sports Digest

2008-02-27T00:00:00Z Sports Digest
February 27, 2008 12:00 am

The Associated Press

Major League Baseball

DEROSA EXPECTED TO RETURN NEXT WEEK: The Cubs issued no report on Mark DeRosa's visit to a Chicago cardiologist Tuesday, but manager Lou Piniella expects the 33-year-old second baseman back in camp on Monday.

DeRosa will miss at least four exhibition games, which will afford Piniella an opportunity to look at no less than six players at second base, including Alex Cintron, Ronny Cedeno, Mike Fontenot and Eric Patterson.

Pro basketball

YAO OUT: All-Star center Yao Ming is out for the season with a stress fracture in his left foot, a stunning blow to the surging Houston Rockets.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey made the announcement Tuesday, hours before the Rockets put their 12-game winning streak on the line against the Washington Wizards.

Yao was averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

WALKER WANTS OUT OF MINNESOTA: The NBA's trade deadline passed without movement for Mt. Carmel grad Antoine Walker, an accomplished if aging veteran stuck on the rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves without much opportunity for playing time.

The 31-year-old asked to be dealt to another team before the deadline last Thursday afternoon, but that didn't happen. So Walker has been hoping this week the Wolves will buyout his contract in time to allow him to clear waivers and join a playoff contender by Saturday. That would make him eligible for the postseason roster.

Pro football

PATRIOTS RELEASE COLVIN: Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, a Purdue grad and Bears draft pick who played on two Super Bowl-winning New England teams but was plagued by injuries throughout his time with the Patriots, was released by the team Tuesday.

Colvin, who went out with a foot injury after 11 games last season, was signed as a free agent from Chicago in 2003. He missed 14 games in 2003, then played all 16 games the next three seasons, registering 20.5 sacks in those seasons.

In other NFL news: Wide receiver Eddie Kennison was released by Kansas City after seven seasons there. ... Washington released disappointing receiver Brandon Lloyd, an Illinois product who had only 25 catches in two seasons with the team. ... Carolina is closing in on reacquiring WR Muhsin Muhammad. Muhammad's agent, Joel Segal, and Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday that they are close to a deal that would return the veteran to where he played his first nine NFL seasons. The two sides began talking shortly after Muhammad was released by the Bears last week.

College soccer

SEVEN PLAYERS TO JOIN VU IN 2008: Valparaiso men's soccer coach Mike Avery has announced that seven players will join VU in 2008. Valparaiso High grad Daniel Jeftich, a junior from IUPUI, headlines a group that also includes Garrison Draper (Lake Geneva, Wis.), Nathan Fitzgerald (Wichita Falls, Texas), Tyler Sellers (Hutchinson, Kan.), Chadd Sult (South Bend), Lenny Young (Tuxedo Park, N.Y.) and Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa).

College baseball

VALPARAISO'S RODEGHERO NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zach Rodeghero was named Horizon League Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a 2-1 record on opening weekend at Austin Peay.

The fifth-year senior hit .727 (8-for-11) and drew five walks for a .813 on-base percentage in three games. He drove in three runs, scored six and had two doubles.

College softball

CRUSADERS' WARNER NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Valparaiso University sophomore Whitney Warner was named the Horizon League's Softball Player of the Week after hitting 7-for-9 and hitting .778 with an on-base percentage of .800 and a slugging percentage of 1.222 at the Tulsa Invitational.

Warner went 2-for-2 against North Dakota State, 2-for-3 with an RBI, including a double, against Tulsa, then capped off the weekend with a 3-for-4 day, including her first career home run, and two RBIs against Eastern Illinois.

College sports

WVUR TO CARRY 40 LIVE VALPO SPORTING EVENTS THIS SPRING: WVUR (95.1 FM) will broadcast more than 40 live baseball and softball games this spring, beginning with the March 2 baseball game against Indiana at Clarksville, Tenn.

Every home baseball and softball game, along with selected road games will be carried by the station. Most games will be carried live on WVUR and online at, while several baseball games will be available only through

The first softball games scheduled to be aired will be the doubleheader against Wisconsin-Green Bay, March 22.

Coverage will also include live coverage of the postseason baseball tournament from Youngstown, Ohio, in late May.

College basketball

CAL COLLEGE ADVANCES: The Calumet College men's basketball team defeated Trinity International 78-75 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

After trailing by 19 with 12:30 left in the second half, the Crimson Wave came back to win. George Kelly (West Side) posted a team-best 23 points and added five rebounds for Cal College. Marcellus Phelps added 17 points, and Andy Anderson (Merrillville), Tom Radtke (Chesterton) and Wilfredo Escobar all had 10 points each. The Wave will travel to take on Judson University at 7 p.m. Thursday.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN ELIMINATES PNC: Trinity Christian dropped Purdue North Central out of the CCAC Tournament with a 92-64 win.

PNC trailed 49-22 at halftime. The Panthers got 18 points from Terry Polk (Lew Wallace), 14 from Brian Bogus and 10 points apiece from Adam Dobrzeniecki (Lake Central) and Sylvester James (Thornridge).

PUMAS TOP INDY: Devin Thomas scored 19 points, Austin Peebles added 14 and Andrew Helmer (Highland) had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team defeated Indianapolis 78-56.

SAINT JOE'S WOMEN FALL: Seventeen points from Kelsey Bess were not enough for the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team in a 93-47 loss to Indianapolis. Ronald Coleman (Thornridge) had nine points and four steals.

Pop Warner football

VALPARAISO POP WARNER SIGNUPS SATURDAY: Valparaiso Pop Warner signups will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Magic Sports. Football players must be present during signups in order to weigh in.

Youth softball

LAKE OF THE FOUR SEASONS SOFTBALL LEAGUE SIGNUPS: The league is having late sign-ups for the 2008 season, from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the LOFS Pro Shop, located just inside the main gate off 109th Avenue.

All area girls between the ages of 5 and 17 are welcome to join.

For more information, visit or call 219-226-0668.

Around the horn

St. Xavier sophomore women's basketball player and Marian Catholic graduate Kathlyn McClain was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Division I Player of the Week. The 2006 Times Illinois Player of the Year had 18 points, five steals, three rebounds and an assist in the Cougars 74-58 win over Robert Morris College. ... St. Xavier's men's soccer team announced that De La Salle's Adrian Guzman signed to play for the Cougars. ... Top seed and defending champion Venus Williams was upset in the opening round of the WTA's Cellular South Cup Tuesday night by qualifier Petra Kvitova.

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