Pro baseball

RailCats sign outfielder Ronnie Mitchell: The RailCats signed outfielder Ronnie Mitchell on Friday.

Also, the team placed right-hander pitcher Brendan Jenkins on the Seven-Day Disabled List retroactive to Wednesday.

A native of Southlake, Texas, Mitchell played in the Astros and Marlins minor league organizations since 2013. In 2016, Mitchell began the season with the Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston's Double-A affiliate), hitting .121 (4-for-33) with four runs, a homer, four RBIs, and two walks before signing a minor league free agent contract with Miami. Between the Jupiter Hammerheads (Hi-A) and Jacksonville Suns (Double-A), Mitchell hit a combined .300 with a .375 on-base percentage, 31 runs, 14 doubles, five home runs, 22 RBIs, 24 walks and three stolen bases in 66 games.

Jenkins signed his first professional baseball contract with Gary, following his redshirt-senior season at the University of San Francisco on June 16 and was 2-1 with a 4.35 ERA in relief appearances.


PNW approved for final year of membership process: The NCAA approved the next step in the process Friday for Purdue Northwest's Division II membership process.

The Pride is in its third and final provisional year.

Membership into NCAA Division II is a three-year process. PNW is anticipated to complete the provisional period at the end of the 2018-19 academic year and become an NCAA member in 2019-20.

"This is awesome news! The Pride student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, administration and PNW community worked very hard to achieve this milestone,” PNW Director of Athletics Rick Costello said in a news release.

Purdue Northwest enters its second year of competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this fall.

Pro football

2014 top offensive player RB DeMarco Murray retires: DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFL.

The 2014 Offensive Player of the Year made the announcement on ESPN on Friday, four months after being released by the Tennessee Titans.

Murray, 30, lost his job to Derrick Henry last season and was due to make $6.25 million in 2018 when the Titans let him go. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, dealt with a knee injury late in the year, and missed the Titans' final regular-season game and two playoff contests.

"I think you just wake up," Murray said. "I've always heard the saying when you know, you know, and one day that day will come, and for me it was the last year or two. ... I've been constantly thinking about this. Working out still, in great shape, feel great and it's time.

"I just woke up a couple weeks ago and it started to burn and burn and trigger and it got deeper, so this morning I decided to call it a career."

Pro basketball

Delle Donne, Atkins lead Mystics to win over Sky: Elena Delle Donne and rookie Ariel Atkins scored 25 points apiece to help the Mystics beat the Sky 88-72 on Friday night.

Allie Quigley scored 17 points and Courtney Vandersloot added 11 points and nine assists for the Sky (7-14), who have lost five of their last six games. Chicago, which ranks third in the WNBA in 3-point field goal percentage (36.0) this season, made just 4 of 21 from behind the arc against Washington.

Dream continue hot shooting, beat Fever: Tiffany Hayes had 16 points, and the balanced Dream beat the Fever 98-74 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.

Erica Wheeler's 3-pointer gave Indiana a 20-10 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter. But the Fever missed 10 of their next 12 field-goal attempts as the Dream went on a 36-6 run capped by Jessica Breland's jumper with a minute left in the first half.

Tiffany Mitchell led the Fever (2-19) with 17 points and Wheeler finished with 15.

Auto racing

Martin Truex Jr. wins pole at Kentucky Speedway: Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Truex clocked 188.890 mph to earn his first Kentucky pole and 19th of his career on Friday. He led 152 of 274 laps on his way to winning this race last July.

Truex's No. 78 Toyota led a front-row sweep of Camrys for the 400-mile race Saturday night. Erik Jones, who earned his first career Cup win last week at Daytona, will start second after turning a lap of 188.739 mph in the No. 20 Toyota.

Kevin Harvick (188.547) and three-time Kentucky winner Brad Keselowski (188.390) were next in Ford Fusions. Points leader Kyle Busch, a two-time Kentucky champion, rounded out the top five by clocking 188.206 mph in the No. 18 Toyota.