Saint Francis senior defensive tackle and former Leo standout Lance Carey received the 2012 Silver Helmet on Sunday at the team’s annual football banquet.
The award, selected by the Saint Francis coaching staff, recognizes academic and athletic achievement, as well as outstanding attitude.
Carey played four seasons with the Cougars, alternating between defensive end and defensive tackle.
The Cougars staff recognized 19 seniors at the banquet, including former Harding standout Austin Coleman, who received a special award for breaking the NAIA record for career kickoff return touchdowns (8).
Additionally, Saint Francis head coach Kevin Donley was presented a plaque that recognized him setting the NAIA record for career wins, which is 263 and counting.
Also announced during Sunday’s celebration was that part of the proceeds from the annual spring intrasquad game, to be played at 7 p.m. April 20 at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium, will be donated to the family of Noah Barbknecht, the Northrop freshman who was paralyzed in a skiing accident in Vermont on Dec. 24. Barbknecht was a member of the Northrop football team.
Scott Hairston, Cubs complete deal
Outfielder Scott Hairston and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract. Hairston, 32, hit .263 with a career-high 20 homers, 57 RBI and 25 doubles last year in his second season with the New York Mets.
Around the majors
Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland. Matsuzaka, who pitched for new Indians manager Terry Francona with Boston, must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.
Pitcher Armando Galarraga agreed to a minor league contract with Cincinnati and will try to win a job at spring training. The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts last year with Houston.
Left-hander Francisco Liriano is guaranteed $1 million under his contract with Pittsburgh and can earn up to $13.75 million plus award bonuses over two years if he pitches regularly and an injury to his non-throwing arm doesn’t land him on the disabled list.
All-Star closer Jim Johnson will make $6.5 million and pitcher Jason Hammel will earn $6.75 million under their one-year contracts with Baltimore.
Rising Stars game adds Magic rookie
Orlando rookie forward Andrew Nicholson was chosen as a replacement for the Rising Stars Challenge game at the All-Star weekend in Houston. Nicholson replaces Detroit’s Andre Drummond, who can’t play because of a back injury.
Bucks recall Mad Ants’ Lamb
Doron Lamb, the 6-foot-4 guard assigned to the Mad Ants from the Milwaukee Bucks, has been recalled by the NBA team. Lamb, who played at Kentucky, has appeared in six games for the Ants and has averaged 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Fans storm court, tear seats in Greece
In Athens, Greece, the Greek Cup basketball final was struck by violence Sunday, with fans storming the court and tearing seats apart, and police using stun grenades to contain the mayhem. The game was suspended for an hour before Panathinaikos defeated archrival Olympiakos 81-78 in front of nearly empty stands.
Austria hockey qualifies for 2014
In Frankfurt, Germany, Austria qualified for next year’s hockey tournament at the Sochi Olympics despite a 3-2 loss to Germany in overtime. Germany lost to Italy 2-1 a day earlier and needed to win in regulation to avoid missing out on the Olympics for the first time.
US loses to Italy, exits Fed Cup
In Rimini, Italy, the United States was eliminated in the first round of the Fed Cup, losing to Italy 3-2 when Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber in the decisive doubles match. Errani and Vinci, the top-ranked doubles team, won 6-2, 6-2. The U.S. was without Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens due of injuries.
Nadal loses in Chile
Rafael Nadal lost to Horacio Zeballos 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4 in three sets in the VTR Open final in Vina Del Mar, Chile, settling for a runner-up finish in his first tournament after being sidelined for seventh months with a left knee injury.
Player’s name misspelled
Because of a photographer’s error, Concordia basketball player Jacqueline Dixie’s name was misspelled in a photo caption on Page 1B Sunday.