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TinCaps split twinbill; Leo grad to join team


Reinforcements are on the way for the TinCaps’ playoff push, and one of them isn’t coming from that far away.

Pitcher Brandon Alger, a Leo graduate who played his college ball at Indiana Tech, is expected to join the team for the playoff series against Lansing. The lefty went 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA for short-season Eugene (Ore.), striking out 36 and walking six in 42 2/3 innings.

“It’s fair to say the expectation is that Brandon Alger will be on our roster,” TinCaps president Mike Nutter said in a phone interview Monday.

On the field, the TinCaps closed out the regular season with a doubleheader split against Bowling Green in Bowling Green, Ky.

In the opener, a 5-4 loss, Yeison Asencio went 1 for 2, putting his final season batting average at .323. That made him the first Midwest League batting champion in 20 seasons of professional baseball in Fort Wayne.

In the second game, a 5-2 win, Jace Peterson, Lee Orr and Mike Gallic drove in runs in the four-run third inning. James Jones (4-5) got the win.

The TinCaps open the playoffs at Parkview Field at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.


Rain forces NHRA to delay nationals

Facing hours-long cleanup and resurfacing of the drag strip and the threat of more rain, NHRA officials postponed the final two days of the U.S. Nationals until Saturday and Sunday in Clemont.


NCAA investigates UCLA freshmen

UCLA freshmen Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker are being investigated by the NCAA for potential basketball recruiting violations, according to a report. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has been the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation involving alleged improper benefits he received in his recruitment from boosters of his AAU program.


Dehydration slows USF quarterback

Saint Francis starting quarterback Josh Miller, who did not play in the second half of the Cougars’ 39-31 victory over Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday after complaining of dizziness, suffered from dehydration, according to Cougars coach Kevin Donley. Miller was removed from the game in the second half as a precaution because of concussion symptoms. He is expected to be available for the Cougars’ home game Saturday against Saint Ambrose.

Ex-Tiger to enroll for classes at LSU

Tyrann Mathieu’s adoptive father Tyrone Mathieu says the former LSU star plans to enroll in classes at LSU, even though he cannot play football there this season. The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist was kicked off the team at LSU on Aug. 10 for failing drug tests.

Urlacher aims to play in opener

Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher returned to practice for the first time since July 31, hoping to play in Sunday’s season opener. Coach Lovie Smith said the eight-time Pro Bowl player looked good considering he had arthroscopic surgery to his left knee Aug. 14.

49ers linebacker lost for season

San Francisco is down a key member of its defense heading into Week 1 after placing outside linebacker Parys Haralson on season-ending injured reserve.


Luers grad wins top caddy honors

Michaela O’Shaughnessey of Fort Wayne is the 2012 PGA of America Chip Beck Evans Scholar. O’Shaughnessey, a Bishop Luers graduate and caddy at Orchard Ridge Country Club, won top caddy honors for having the most loops of all Orchard Ridge caddies. She also played on Luers golf team for three years, was an instructor on the Special Olympics golf team and was a member of National Honor Society, World Culture Club, show choir and the Luers tennis team.

IPFW men place 5th in tournament

IPFW’s men’s golf team finished fifth at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate tournament at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. The Mastodons finished with a three-round team total of 891, 49 strokes behind winner Missouri. E.J. Tackett of IPFW finished seventh individually with a 75-71-70-216, and Drew Imel tied for eighth with a 71-75-71-217.


Pistorius sorry for outburst

In London, Oscar Pistorius apologized for the timing of his complaints about a rival’s blades after his defeat in the Paralympic 200-meter final, but insisted that officials need to change the rules to prevent some runners from getting an unfair advantage.