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7-2 senior center says he’ll play at Purdue

Isaac Haas, a 7-foot-2 center out of Gadsden, Ala., announced his commitment to Purdue. He plans to sign with the Boilermakers before Wednesday.

Haas, who had originally committed to Wake Forest, is the highest-rated commitment in Purdue’s 2014 class.

He is the No. 83 prospect in the country, according to the 247Composite, a service from that compiles the rankings of,, and into one consensus ranking.

Haas is a four-star recruit and a top-10 player at his position, as well.

Haas will join a signing class that includes three-star prospects Vincent Edwards, Dakota Mathias and Jacquil Taylor.


MLB news

Jose Valentin, who managed the TinCaps the past two seasons, was named the San Diego Padres first base coach. He replaces Dave Roberts, who was promoted to bench coach. …

Two people familiar with the negotiations tell the Associated Press that Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies have agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract that will keep the former All-Star catcher in Philadelphia. …

San Francisco is working to finalize agreement on a $23 million, two-year contract with free agent right-hander Tim Hudson, the Giants said.


Summit League honors Jacobo

The Summit League named IPFW forward Luis Jacobo its Player of the Week. Jacobo averaged 22.0 points last week, his first two games of the season after missing the first three contests with injury. He shot 57.1 percent (16 of 28) from the field and pulled down 8.5 rebounds per game, including his second career double-double against Tennessee Tech with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

National semifinals on 3 cable channels

College basketball fans will choose from three different television broadcasts of the NCAA semifinals this season. The games’ main home will be on TBS on April 5. But TNT will offer coverage from the perspective of one of the teams for each matchup, and truTV the other. The semifinals will be on cable for the first time. The championship game will remain on CBS.


Cougars QB, kicker win league honors

Saint Francis backup quarterback David Yoder and placekicker Emerson Ueber were named Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Players of the Week for their performances against Marian on Saturday. Yoder threw for 224 yards and four touchdowns to rally the Cougars from a 10-point deficit to a 41-24 win. Ueber won the Special Teams Player of the Week honor for the second time this season after kicking two field goals and five extra points.

USF puts playoff tickets on sale

Playoff tickets are on sale for Saint Francis’ NAIA first-round playoff game against Faulkner (Ala.) on Saturday. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission pre-sale and $12 day of the game. Game time is noon at Bishop John M. D’Arcy Stadium.


HotelFitness tickets now available

Tickets for the 2014 HotelFitness Championship have gone on sale. The tournament is at Sycamore Hills Aug. 25-31. All tournament patrons will have access to free parking, and ticket prices include all service fees. Tickets may be bought online at, or at the Bobick’s Golf locations at 5200 Bluffton Road and 403 Coliseum Blvd. E.


Komets complete trade for forward

The Komets finalized their trade for forward Brett Lyon, who had been with Bakersfield. A 22-year-old, 6-foot-2, 195-pound tough guy, he had more than 20 major penalties for fighting last season, while totaling five goals, 10 points and 218 penalty minutes in 57 games with Bakersfield and Orlando. The Komets gave up cash to get him. … The Tip-A-Komet benefit will be at Applebee’s on North Clinton from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today Fans have a chance to be served dinner by a Komets player. All tips benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Former Bruin sets NCAA digs record

Former Northrop standout and Tusculum College (S.C.) senior Caitlyn Dean broke the NCAA Division II career record for digs with 3,114 on Saturday. Dean had 24 digs for the record in a 3-2 win over Coker College.