October 22, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 22


---- — Winamac volley nets senior night win

WINAMAC — Winamac’s volleyball team beat Caston 25-13, 25-22, 25-18 Monday night in the teams’ regular-season finale.

Ashley Eichelberger led the Warriors’ attack with 13 kills. Jaclyn Jacobs and Savanna Button combined for another 11 kills. Taylor Jones dished 19 assists and served seven aces. Bethany Brogdon, Winamac’s lone senior, had 13 digs and Eichelberger had 10 digs.

Winamac coach Cathy DeFries was happy for Brogdon to have a winning senior night.

“In the third game, we let her play the front row to give her a chance to hit. She did a great job defensively for us again and we will miss that effort every night that we see from her,” DeFries said. “The team truly loves Bethany B and they wanted to win this one for her.”

Winamac plays North Judson on Thursday in the Class 2A North Judson Sectional. Caston plays South Newton on Thursday in the Class A Pioneer Sectional.

Several NFL teams dealing with injuries

Reggie Wayne wasn’t the only big-name player to suffer a major injury Sunday.

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford tore his left ACL, which coach Jeff Fisher said was already in a brace. The former No. 1 overall pick had 14 touchdown passes and just four interceptions in his fourth season.

The Chicago Bears also suffered big losses. Quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least the next four weeks after tearing a muscle in his groin during a 45-41 loss to Washington. Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be out for around six weeks after sustaining a small fracture in his left shoulder.

Veteran Josh McNown will replace Cutler. Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman also left the game with a knee injury for the Bears.

Houston Texans Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a left knee injury that will require surgery. Cushing, who tore his left ACL last season, was injured in the third quarter of a loss at Kansas City during a low block by running back Jamaal Charles.

The Green Bay Packers lost tight end Jermichael Finley to a significant neck injury in their win over the Browns. Finley needs more tests to determine the severity.

— The Associated Press

Leyland steps down as Detroit’s manager

DETROIT (AP) — Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series.

Leyland announced his departure two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL championship series by Boston in six games.

“I’m going to be 69 years old,” he said at a news conference. “I’m not ashamed of that. I’m proud of it. The fuel’s getting a little low.”

Leyland has been working under one-year contracts the last couple years, saying he was content to wait until after the season to address his status.

He was a bit reflective late this season, mentioning to reporters that he had already managed the Tigers longer than he had expected they would keep him — but he also said in September that he still loved the atmosphere, the competition and his team.

Leyland was 700-597 with the Tigers. He led them to the World Series immediately after taking over in 2006, losing to St. Louis in five games.

The Tigers went to the World Series again in 2012 but were swept by San Francisco.

He is 1,769-1,728 overall during stints with the Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. He won the World Series in 1997 with Florida.