Purdue Notes: Boiler coach Matt Painter enjoys being an early-riser

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DETROIT – The NCAA doesn’t take individual programs into consideration with its scheduling of NCAA Tournament games, but the decision to start its second round game at 12:10 p.m. suits veteran Purdue coach Matt Painter just fine. “We've actually been good this year in noon games,” ...

TOM DAVIS: Hey NCAA, what are you watching?

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DETROIT – During the second half of Michigan State’s eventual 82-78 victory over Bucknell in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, Spartan forward Nick Ward got tangled up on a fast break with Bison guard Kimbal Mackenzie, and the 245-pound behemoth fell directly onto his face ...

BLAKE SEBRING: Depleted Komets finish season’s roughest stretch

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The ECHL's nickname of "The Ever-Changing Hockey League" is never truer than late in the season. On Feb. 17, the Fort Wayne Komets defeated the Quad City Mallards 4-1 at Memorial Coliseum. Their lineup included players such as Michael Houser, Jamie Schaafsma, Justin MacDonald, Gabriel ...

Purdue overcomes early offensive struggles, moves on in NCAAs

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DETROIT – Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter laughed Thursday in regards to being asked ad nauseum about the extended lay-off that his team had endured following the earlier than usual Big Ten Tournament. “I've only answered it 500 times,” Painter said, “so I don't think ...

DAN VANCE: 5 things to watch for in boys prep hoops Semistate

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Two local teams survived the Regional round and will lace up their sneakers again this weekend, just one game away from a trip to Banker's Life Fieldhouse and a state title opportunity. Blackhawk Christian looks to return to the state finals for the first time since 2004 while Westview would ...

Butler rides defense to survive hard-charging Arkansas

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DETROIT – Butler picked the wrong team to jump on with a fast-and-furious 21-2 lead in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament Friday at Little Caesars Arena. And though he is only in his first season as the Bulldog coach, LaVall Jordan has been around the game long enough to know full ...

Bucknell senior blowing up big time opponents isn’t anything new

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DETROIT – Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was fully aware of what Zach Thomas was capable of on the basketball court. Perhaps the national television audience wasn’t, but it definitely knew of the Bucknell senior by halftime of his game against the Spartans Friday. Michigan State (29-4) ...

VIDEO: Semistate boys prep basketball preview

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Dan Vance is joined by Hall of Famer Reggie Hayes as the two breakdown Blackhawk Christian/Southwood in Class 1A and Westview/Oak Hill in Class 2A, who will play in Saturday's semi state round at Huntington North High School with a trip to the Indiana State Finals on the line.

Komets fall in overtime despite rookie goaltender’s heroics

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The Fort Wayne Komets might have a goaltending dilemma brewing. Despite 47 saves from rookie Cam Lanigan, the Komets lost to the Adirondack Thunder 3-2 in overtime Friday night. Though missing Garrett Thompson, Trevor Cheek, Michael Houser and Gabriel Desjardins to American Hockey League ...

All sorts of Komets roster moves

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Garrett Thompson has been called up to Iowa of the AHL, adding to the list of Trevor Cheek and Michael Houser with Tucson and Gabriel Desjardins with Laval. The Komets have activated Bobby Shea and Mason Baptista for tonight's game in Adirondack. They still have Jamie Schaafsma, Cody Sol, ...

Fort Wayne’s Tyler Eifert to remain with Cincinnati Bengals

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Tyler Eifert will be staying with the Cincinnati Bengals, as he confirmed Thursday on Twitter. Eifert, the former Bishop Dwenger High School and University of Notre Dame tight end who had become a free agent, has agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported. NFL Network's Tom ...

2017-18 All-Area Girls Prep Hoops

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In association with our 2017-2018 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, we are proud to announced our 16 player All-Area team. This year's team consists of 10 seniors, five juniors and one sophomore. The News-Sentinel All-Area basketball team is voted on by members of the ...