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By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Boise State gets commitment from Rypien

Boise State landed one of the top high school quarterback prospects in the 2015 class Saturday when the nephew of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien said he would play for the Broncos.

Brett Rypien spurned his uncle’s alma mater, Washington State, to become the highest rated quarterback prospect to pick Boise State, according to the Spokesman-Review.

“For me, it came down to three things I was looking for,” Rypien told the newspaper. “I wanted a good coaching staff, good facilities and an atmosphere I could see myself being successful in for four years. Boise State definitely has all of that for me. I was really blown away by their facilities.”

Through his junior season, Rypien has thrown for more than 7,000 yards and 46 touchdowns.

Jeter eighth on all-time hits list

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved into eighth all-time in hits after a pair of singles in the first four innings of Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Those gave Jeter 3,320 career hits, one ahead of Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

Jeter tied Molitor with a single in the third inning and passed him with another hit in the fourth.

After entering Sunday’s game just 2-for-12, the two hits raised his average to .286.

Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season after 20 years with the Yankees, was 99 hits behind Carl Yastrzemski (3,419) for seventh on the all-time list.

Ohio hires ND State’s Phillips as coach

Ohio University officially hired North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips to fill its head coaching vacancy on Sunday.

Phillips replaces Jim Christian, who left Ohio on Thursday after two seasons to take the Boston College job.

In seven seasons at North Dakota State, Phillips led the Bison to a 118-71 record and two Summit League championships. This season, North Dakota State went 26-6 and upended fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to fourth-seeded San Diego State.

Indians, Dodgers swap pitchers

The Cleveland Indians acquired RHP Duke von Schamann from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in exchange for LHP Colt Hynes.

Von Schamann, a 6-foot, 5-inch right-hander opened the 2014 season at Double-A Chattanooga, where he made one start and earned a victory over the Jackson Generals. The 22-year-old split 2013 between Chattanooga and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga where he went a combined 11-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 27 games.

Von Schamann will report to Double-A Akron.

Hynes had been designated for assignment March 30 and had until Tuesday to trade him. The Indians acquired the 28-year-old Hynes late last year from San Diego where he appeared in 22 games.

Wizards expect Nene to be back for playoffs

Washington Wizards power forward Nene is expected to be cleared to play in time for the postseason.

Nene has been sidelined the past 21 games after spraining a left knee ligament on Feb. 23. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and three assists in 30.1 minutes per game before being injured.

During Nene’s absence, the Wizards have gone 12-9 and currently own the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Coach Randy Wittman said Nene might ease the 31-year-old back into the lineup and have Nene come off the bench, but isn’t letting on at this time. “I ain’t sharing it with you, but I’ve thought about it,” Wittman said.

Blue Jackets’ Horton out indefinitely

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a lower body injury.

Horton, who has missed the last three games, was set to participate in a solo skate Sunday.

Horton has four goals, 13 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 34 games with Columbus this season.


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