The Journal Gazette
Monday, December 09, 2019 1:00 am


Irish lose to UConn, sinking below .500

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STORRS, Conn. – Megan Walker scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds Sunday to lead No. 4 UConn to an 81-57 rout of rival Notre Dame.

Walker hit 10 of her 18 shots for the Huskies (8-0).

Olivia Nelson-Ododa added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Christyn Williams had 12 points and Crystal Dangerfield, who returned to the Huskies starting lineup after missing two games with back spasms, chipped in with 10.

Anaya Peoples had 17 points and 11 boards to lead Notre Dame (5-6), which has a losing record for the first time in 16 years. Katlyn Gilbert scored 15 and Marta Sniezek added 14 for the Irish.

UConn never trailed, outrebounded the Irish 48-32 and had 21 second-chance points, while holding Notre Dame to just five.


Hot stove news

Outfielder Keon Broxton agreed to a minor league contract to return to the Milwaukee Brewers after spending last season with the New York Mets, Baltimore and Seattle. Broxton played for the Brewers from 2016 to '18, hitting .222 with 33 homers and 79 RBI. The 29-year-old batted .167 last season with six homers and 16 RBI in 155 at-bats. ...

Right-hander Junior Guerra and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $2.65 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Guerra was 9-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 71 relief appearances last season for Milwaukee. ...

The New York Mets hired Jeremy Hefner as pitching coach, Hensley Meulens as bench coach and Tony DeFrancesco as first base coach under new manager Carlos Beltrán.


McLaughlin leads Boilers with 34

In West Lafayette, Homestead graduate Karissa McLaughlin scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Purdue women's team to a 77-64 nonconference victory over Kent State. McLaughlin hit six 3-pointers and made nine of 15 shots overall. Ae'Rianna Harris scored 12 points and Cassidy Hardin had 10.

Heat downs Bulls in overtime

In Miami, Tyler Herro scored 27 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38.2 seconds left in overtime, and the Miami Heat held off the Chicago Bulls 110-105 to improve to 10-0 at home this season.


Hoosiers pick up 2 commitments

Indiana added a pair of commitments to its 2020 recruiting class. Tim Baldwin, a three-star running back from Nokesville, Virginia, chose the Hoosiers over Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia. Bryson Bonds, a three-star safety out of Crowley, Texas, picked Indiana over offers from Kansas and a host of military academies and Ivy League schools.

Coaching moves

Arkansas hired Georgia assistant Sam Pittman as its head coach, giving the longtime offensive line coach his first chance to lead a college program. ...

Memphis has named Ryan Silverfield as interim coach, and athletic director Laird Veatch will oversee the search to replace Mike Norvell after he was introduced as Florida State's new coach. The current plan is for Silverfield to coach the No. 15 Tigers (12-1) in the Cotton Bowl against Penn State on Dec. 28. ...

Missouri reached an agreement with Appalachian State coach Eliah Drinkwitz to take over the Tigers' program, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press.


Spartans remain 5th in girls poll

Homestead is tied for fifth with Fishers in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association girls basketball Top 20 poll. The Spartans (7-0), who have been ranked fifth for nearly a month, trail Northwestern and Crown Point, which are tied for first place, Lawrence North and Penn. Angola, Heritage and Warsaw also received votes.


Blackhawks fall in shootout

In Chicago, Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored in the shootout against Robin Lehner, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from two goals down to to beat the Chicago Blackhawks to improve to 5-2 in shootouts this season.


American gets World Cup win

In Beaver Creek, Colorado, American Tommy Ford glided through the fog and the falling snow to finish the Birds of Prey giant slalom in a combined time of 2 minutes, 31.25 seconds for his first World Cup win. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was second, 0.80 second back, while fellow Norwegian Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen took third.

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