Ben Krikke hits milestone in Valpo win

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Roll Krikke, Valpo to win: Ben Krikke posted a career-high 28 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark as Valparaiso defeated Western Michigan 81-65 Sunday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Kobe King also had a career-high with the Beacons (1-1), finishing at 26. It was the first time Valpo teammates had scored 25 points or more since Brandon Wood (35) and Cory Johnson (33) accomplished the feat had against Oakland on December 21, 2010. Darius DeAveiro was another Beacon with a career high, finishing with 10 assists. Jerome Palm added nine rebounds as team-best. Valpo returns to action Wednesday in Chicago state. Tip off is 7 p.m

Finau wins again: Tony Finau, peppered with a four-stroke lead at Sunday’s Houston Open, extended it to eight strokes on the back nine and sailed to his third PGA Tour win of the year. He finished with a 1-under 69 and won by four points. Finau won just once in his first 185 tournaments when he joined the PGA Tour. Now he has four in the last 30 tournaments, including three this calendar year. He finished 16-under 264 and started the new season with a win – moving up to 12th in the world rankings.

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