Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 15, 2014

Sports Briefs for Thursday, May 15

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Eastern tennis squad beats Western 4-1

GREENTOWN — Eastern’s girls tennis squad beat Western 4-1 Wednesday night at the Howard County Indoor Tennis Center. The Comets (10-3, 4-1 Mid-Indiana Conference) swept the doubles and picked up two singles wins.

In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Megan Dean and Marie Holkenbrink won 7-5, 7-5, and the No. 2 team of Laura White and Marissa Evenson won 6-2, 6-1. Also, Riley Kanable won the No. 2 singles point 6-1, 6-2, and Claire Holkenbrink won the No. 3 point 6-1, 6-2.

“Obviously, first off we’re very fortunate to have the indoor facility because we’re in a time crunch,” Eastern coach Pat Rice said, noting schools need to get conference matches in and the Comet-Panther meeting was rained out the day before. “I was a little worried going in because we had such an emotional win on Monday [over Cass] and I didn’t see them [Tuesday, due to the rainout]. They came out and responded and played really good tennis.

“The No. 1 doubles team, they probably played their best match of the year. They played really well, really proud of Megan and Marie for that win.”

Brooke Jansen won the No. 1 singles point for Western 6-0, 6-0.

Colts sign 5th-round draft pick Newsome

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jonathan Newsome is ready to get to work with the Colts — and now he has the contract to do it.

The Colts signed their fifth-round draft pick Wednesday, two days before rookies are scheduled to be in town for a three-day minicamp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the process of signing rookies has become expedited with the slotting process under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Newsome is a 6-foot-3, 236-pound defensive end. He had 16½ sacks in two seasons at Ball State after transferring from Ohio State. Indy is hoping he will emerge as a pass-rushing complement for reigning sacks champ Robert Mathis.

IU hoops gets perfect NCAA APR score

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s men’s basketball team earned a fourth straight perfect score and a second straight public recognition award from the NCAA based on academics.

Six teams on the Bloomington campus received the recognition award, which goes to all teams finishing in the top 10 percent on the annual Academic Progress Rate report and all schools finishing with a perfect 1,000.

The APR is billed as a real-time measurement of academic success. Each player on a team receives one point each semester they are academically eligible and another point each semester they remain enrolled in school. The most recent data, released Wednesday, covers the academic years from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

Notre Dame had 13 teams publicly recognized, Butler had six and Purdue had one. Eight Ball State teams scored 990 or better.

California Chrome is Preakness favorite

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has been made the heavy 3-5 favorite for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew a favorable post position in the 10-horse field.

Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race.

Social Inclusion was the 5-1 second choice of new Pimlico oddsmaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew the No. 8 post on Wednesday.

Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the co-third choices at 10-1. Bayern is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who will be seeking a sixth Preakness win. Ride On Curlin finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.