Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 24, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 24

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Boston, St. Louis archbishops bet

BOSTON (AP) — At least one cardinal is rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, is wagering that the Boston Red Sox will beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the series that begins Wednesday at Fenway Park.

If the Red Sox win, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will donate $100 to Boston Catholic Charities.

Should the Cardinals win, O’Malley will donate $100 to the St. Louis archdiocese’s charity fund.

Catholic Charities in Boston and St. Louis provide a spectrum of social service care to thousands of people.

Felix hits an ace at Chippendale

Local golfer Steve Felix hit a hole in one Sunday while playing a round at Chippendale. Felix aced the third hole of the Championship Course. Don Wells, Larry Brown and Ed Dechart witnessed the shot.

Rams bring in QBs Quinn, Davis for depth

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis, quickly adding quarterbacks after losing Sam Bradford to a season-ending left knee injury.

Kellen Clemens, the backup the past two years, will make his first start since 2011 on Monday night against the Seahawks.

Quinn was a first-round pick by the Browns in 2007. He has bounced around and cut by the Jets on Monday.

Davis was among the Rams’ final cuts before the opener. He was the third-stringer for St. Louis last year and did not play.

Bradford, who had started every game since the start of the 2012 season, was placed on injured reserve. He injured his knee in the fourth quarter Sunday in a loss at Carolina and is expected to undergo surgery in a few weeks when swelling subsides.

Notre Dame women picked 2nd in ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has a new look all over in women’s basketball — except at the very top.

Once again, Duke is the preseason pick to win the ACC.

The league announced its projections Wednesday during its media day, and two voting groups — the coaches themselves, and a panel of media members and school representatives — picked the Blue Devils to win it again.

It’s the ninth time since preseason voting began in 1991 that the Blue Devils were selected as favorites and the 13th straight year they were picked in the top three.

Duke — which overcame a late-season injury to league co-player of the year Chelsea Gray and reached a fourth straight NCAA regional final — to a was voted first on 39 of 57 ballots cast by the panel and by 10 of the 15 league coaches.

The polls are near mirror images of one another: Notre Dame is second, followed by Maryland and North Carolina.

The panel voters had Georgia Tech and Florida State tied for fifth, while the coaches had the Yellow Jackets fifth and Seminoles sixth.

The Fighting Irish — who beat Duke in the regional finals in March to reach their third straight Final Four — received 14 first-place votes from the panel and the other five from the coaches. They join Pitt and Syracuse as newcomers to the league, and should have an immediate impact on the conference race.

“I think we’re part of the best conference in the country, and it’s a great experience for our team,” Irish guard Kayla McBride said, adding that the goal is to “show Notre Dame is still the same team.”