Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 2, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 2

Kokomo Tribune

---- — IUK basketball team drops season opener

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — The IU Kokomo men’s basketball team dropped a 75-62 decision to Trinity Christian in both teams’ season opener Friday night.

The Trolls led all the way. They jumped to a 20-2 lead and took a 40-21 lead into halftime. IUK closed to within 10 (52-42) with 10:56 left, but the Cougars were unable to draw any closer.

Spencer Khrin led IUK with 17 points. He made 7 of 9 shots from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-land. Jordan King added 12 points, Randall Lowe had nine and Jerome Campbell had eight.

IUK took care of the ball, committing just four turnovers and finishing with a plus-14 turnover differential. But Trinity dominated the glass. Trinity’s Jake VanDenBerg had a game-high 19 rebounds and the Trolls had a 54-25 rebounding advantage.

IUK volleyball squad falls in home finale

Marian spoiled IUK’s final home volleyball match of the season Friday night. The Knights beat the Cougars 25-17, 25-18, 25-22.

Rachel Allen and Micayla Speidel had eight kills apiece for IUK. Cortney Hanson had 23 assists. Lael Burrus had 18 digs.

IUK (27-10) closes its regular season schedule today with a road match against Purdue North Central. IUK will play in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament on Nov. 15-16.

N.Y. gives Jeter $12M; Nathan leaves Texas

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter and the Yankees worked out a $12 million, one-year deal that kept the captain from going on the open market, while Joe Nathan, Jose Veras, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kurt Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez were among the players who became free agents Friday.

The Mets declined their option on injured pitcher Johan Santana, while Boston exercised its option on pitcher Jon Lester.

Jeter, who turns 40 next June, was limited to 17 games this year after breaking his ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He spent four stints on the disabled list in the most frustrating season of his 19-year career. His deal had included a $9.5 million player option.

Across town, the Mets declined a $25 million option on Santana and will pay the two-time Cy Young Award winner a $5.5 million buyout. Santana, who turns 35 on March 13, went 46-34 with a 3.18 ERA while with the Mets, missing the 2011 and 2013 seasons because of shoulder injuries.

Lester, who gets $13 million, was the starting and winning pitcher twice during Boston’s six-game World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The 29-year-old was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in the regular season. He went 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA in the postseason, including victories in Games 1 and 5 of the Series.

Nathan, the Texas Rangers’ All-Star closer, declined his half of a $9 million mutual option. The pitcher, who turns 39 this month, was 6-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 43 saves last season and wants a multiyear deal.

Dolphins top Bengals on overtime safety

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton for a safety with 6:38 left in overtime, and the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals 22-20 on Thursday night.

On third-and-10 from the 8, Dalton retreated to the goal line and was tackled by Wake coming up the middle for the third overtime safety in NFL history. The officials signaled safety, and the call was upheld following a replay review.

Wake had three sacks, and Cincinnati committed four turnovers that might have meant a difference of 17 points.