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Sports Digest: VU baseball loses to Sycamores

Valparaiso falls to Indiana State:Blake Billinger had a double and run scored Thursday, but Valparaiso lost 6-3 to Indiana State in Missouri Valley Conference play.

Sam Shaikin was 1-for-5 with an RBI for the Crusaders (18-30, 6-13).

Jon Tierman (5-5) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits over six innings.

PNW announces new SAAC officers: The Purdue Northwest Student-Athlete Advisory Committee determined its new officers, which were elected by current committee members.

Senior tennis player Cynthia Basu-Chavez (Merrillville) will serve for the second straight year as President, while senior baseball player Brendan Kelly is the new Vice President. Senior tennis player Moritz Gisy becomes the new Secretary/Treasurer, while junior golfer Meaghan Spalla (Boone Grove) will remain as the Community Service Chair. Senior soccer player Marissa Jayne will serve as the Social Media Chair.

Through various events, the SAAC raised $3,335.42 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the 2018-19 academic year, an amount that was nearly three times the amount the committee raised the previous year.

Ancona named to Summit League Academic team: Valparaiso sophomore Brandon Ancona was named to the Academic All-Summit League team.

Ancona holds a 3.87 GPA in computer science. He won 15 singles matches and 19 doubles matches for the Crusaders. He owns a career doubles winning percentage of .674 that currently ranks fifth in program history.

Knock, knock: Browns there; team set for HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’: Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up.

Coming off a historic, dismal 0-16 season, the Browns have been chosen to appear on HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series that gives NFL fans a behind-the-scenes look at training camp.

The Browns have turned down previous opportunities to be on the award-winning series. But with renewed optimism around Cleveland following the recent draft, and the selection of quarterback Baker Mayfield, the team is granting HBO unlimited access to its upcoming camp.

Cleveland is the 13th franchise to participate in “Hard Knocks,” which began in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were featured last summer.

Miguel Angel Jimenez leads Regions Tradition: Miguel Angel Jimenez matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Regions Tradition, the first of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major championships.

Jimenez birdied the first four holes and broke the front-nine record at 6-under 30 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The Spaniard took the outright lead with a short birdie putt on No. 13 after a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes.

Jimenez tied the course record set by Kenny Perry in the first round in 2016 and matched by Bernhard Langer in the final round a year ago. Jimenez also opened with a 64 in the Chubb Classic before finishing ninth.

“The only hole I didn’t play well, the 18th, but I missed my driver,” Jimenez said. “We were rushed looking at the weather coming or not and the gusting wind started to come in and I rushed myself.”

Leishman shoots 61 in debut of new course at Byron Nelson: Marc Leishman shot a 10-under 61 on the new links-style Trinity Forest course to take the first-round lead Thursday in the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Jordan Spieth was eight shots back in his hometown event, which returned to Dallas after 35 years at the TPC Four Seasons in suburban Irving. Defending champion Billy Horschel shot 68.

Fuve share LPGA lead after opening 65s at Kingsmill: Annie Park turned a blistering stretch on the back nine into a mistake-free 6-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead on a crowded leaderboard Thursday at the Kingsmill Championship.

Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz, In Gee Chun and Jaye Marie Green also shot 65. Park, Korda and Munoz played morning rounds in mild conditions, while Chun and Green played in rain that is expected to also be a factor Friday and Saturday on the resort’s already-soggy River Course.

Park, playing in just her third tour event of the season and seeking her first career victory, was 2 under when she hit the flag and birdied the par 4 14th hole. She then nearly holed her second shot on the par-5 15th after hitting “an OK 3-wood” that left her with a short eagle putt, and also birdied the par-4 16th.

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