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C. Young (2-0) 5.0 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K 0.90 ERA. 82 pitches, 51 strikes.

Chris Young (video) made what could have been his last start with the Padres a memorable one, throwing five shutout innings as San Diego blanked the Cubs 3-0.

But the story of the game was a pair of amazing catches by center fielder Will Venable. The former Princeton two sport star blocked 23 shots while playing basketball in college but his rejections of a pair of run-scoring plays last night may have been the defensive highlights of his professional baseball career.

In the top of the second inning Venable leapt full extension at the center field fence to rob Alfonso Soriano (video) and one inning later he pulled a sure home run out of the stands (video) while on the run to keep Chicago from tying the game. Not a bad night in the field for a guy who almost didn't play due to his sore back.

Because of Young and Venable the Padres remain in the playoff chase, trying to catch either Atlanta for the Wild Card or San Francisco for the NL West crown.

Northwestern has finally published their 2010-11 men's basketball schedule.

Princeton will welcome a 6'6" prospect to campus next weekend for a visit.

Center Desmond Hubert, who listed Princeton as one of his final seven schools said "everybody's even" when asked by about which direction he's leaning.

Bill Bradley is interviewed by Bleacher Report about the social impact of sports.

Georgetown's Austin Freeman was named Big East Preseason Player of the Year by Blue Ribbon.

An awkward attempt at a joke made by NRCC chief Pete Sessions behind closed doors has Princeton basketball as an indirect news item on Politico. Don't read the comments, or your eyes will start burning.

Rodney Johnson said,

September 30, 2010 @ 10:45 am

Armani Cotton, the prospect mentioned above, has a Facebook page claiming he is 6'7", and also that he plays ice hockey. Another two sport athlete?

Jon Solomon said,

September 30, 2010 @ 10:47 am

I hope he makes his decision soon, as web searches for "Armani Cotton" bring up far fewer basketball hits than deals on men's underwear!

R.W. Enoch, Jr. said,

September 30, 2010 @ 11:49 am

Can't really be a two sport athlete in basketball and hockey...

Rodney Johnson said,

September 30, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

Good point about basketball and hockey; I went for the quick joke without thinking it through. HOWEVER, he also plays soccer and baseball.

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