Sportshorts for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

YOUTH BOWLING

Bay rides big game to 2nd at state

Katlyn Bay opened her 10-game series at the IESA state meet with a record-setting 279 game and finished second with 1,834 total pins Saturday at Joliet Town & Country Lanes.

Bay led her Reagan Middle School squad to a seventh-place finish as a team. The 279 game is a new girls record and tied the boys’ mark, set by Minooka’s Kai Devine at last year’s state meet.

MLB

Sox’s Rios to miss time with stiff back

Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios said Monday he isn’t worried that his stiff back will affect his status for the start of the regular season despite heading to the hospital for tests.

Rios missed about 2 1/2 weeks of spring training because he played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. He hasn’t played since Friday.

No ligament damage for Cubs’ Baker

Chicago Cubs starter Scott Baker said he was relieved he had no ligament damage in his reconstructed right elbow, and believes he can return to his old form once he is able to throw again.

Baker isn’t supposed to start throwing for one month, which means he probably will have to start over again in his rehab. He’s earning $5.5 million.

NFL

Packers re-sign
mercurial TE Finley

Tight end Jermichael Finley is staying with the Green Bay Packers, and he won’t have to take a pay cut or restructure his contract, according to multiple reports Monday.

The deadline for making a roster decision on Finley, 26, was Monday. The Packers will pay him his $3 million roster bonus, which is due today. He also will receive his $8.25 million base salary for 2013.

The Packers had spoken to Finley’s representatives about the possibility of modifying his salary in 2013, which was the second year of his 2-year deal.

But Finley stuck with the $8.25 million, forcing the Packers to keep him at that rate or release him. He had 61 receptions for 667 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.

Bears re-sign tackle Scott for 1 year

The Chicago Bears have another player in the mix for competition at right tackle, as Jonathan Scott has been re-signed to a 1-year contract.

Scott started six games at the end of last season after former first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi had been benched.

Report: Gay player mulls coming out

A gay player on an NFL team is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months and would attempt to continue playing after doing so.

Interviews by columnist Mike Freeman with current and former NFL players indicated that the unnamed player in question is concerned about possible threats from homophobic fans but isn’t worried about reaction from inside the locker room.