Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 19, 2014

Sports briefs for Saturday, April 19

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Swain records KCC's first ace of 2014

Noblesville's Larry Swain hit the first hole in one of the new season at the Kokomo Country Club on Thursday. Swain used a nine-iron to ace the 160-yard hole No. 16, recording his first ever hole in one. Josh Maggard and Matt Lynch witnessed the shot.

Brown becomes 4th Bulldog to transfer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman guard Elijah Brown is transferring out of Butler's basketball program.

The son of Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was one of the prized recruits in Butler's freshman recruiting class. The 6-foot-4 guard is the fourth Butler player to transfer since mid-February, following freshmen Nolan Berry and Rene Castro, and sophomore Devontae Morgan.

Coach Brandon Miller thanked Brown for his contributions while making the announcement Friday.

Brown averaged 6.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season, playing in 30 games. He was the Bulldogs' top free-throw shooter at 85.4 percent.

Etherington says he'll transfer to Butler

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Hamilton Heights and Indiana University basketball player Austin Etherington announced Friday he would transfer to Butler to play the remainder of his collegiate career.

Etherington will earn his bachelor's degree from IU this year, his third at the school, and will be eligible immediate for the Bulldogs. He has two years of eligibility left.

Etherington was an Indiana All-Star out of Hamilton Heights in 2011. He averaged 2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10 minutes per game last season for the Hoosiers.

Etherington's father, Brett, was an Indiana All-Star out of Western High School in 1987 and played his college career at Butler.

"Obviously, with my dad playing there, that played a big role in the decision," Austin told the Indianapolis Star. "I'm happy to be following in my dad's footsteps and playing at such a great school like Butler."

TNT's Craig Sager to miss NBA playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) — TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.

A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager's sense of humor was intact in a statement released by Turner Sports on Friday.

Sager describes the postseason as "my favorite time of year - city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights." He says that "a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes."

Sager jokes about the often-terse in-game interviews with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop."

Reds continue Wrigley Field dominance

CHICAGO (AP) — Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at Wrigley Field.

Making his third start, Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss. Simon is in the rotation while Mat Latos recovers from elbow and knee injuries.

Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless ninth for his second save in two tries, completing a six-hitter for the Reds, who stretched their winning streak to a season-best three.

Jeff Samardzija (0-2) gave up three runs — one earned — and six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. He is 0-4 despite a 3.86 ERA in 10 starts since winning at San Diego on Aug. 24.

Luis Valbuena's RBI single in the seventh ended Chicago' 24-inning scoreless streak dating to Sunday's loss to St. Louis.