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North Carolina's Michael Carter (8) runs while Notre Dame's Shaun Crawford looks to tackle him during the first half of a recent game in Chapel Hill, N.C (By The Associated Press)

Notre Dame report card: Irish defense is good – finally

Southern Cal was thought to be one of the top college football teams in the nation entering the 2017 season, however the Trojans got off to a shaky start in a harder-than-it-should-have-been win over Western Michigan and has been inconsistent at times ever since. Notre Dame is the hotter team ...

Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) strips Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) for a forced fumble during the Titans' 36-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at Nissan Stadium. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)

REGGIE HAYES: The five hardest parts of being a Colts fan

After the latest frustrating loss by the 2-4 Indianapolis Colts, it’s time to ask: What is the hardest part about being a Colts fan? Here are five answers, although the possibilities are truly endless: 1. FALSE HOPES Game after game after game, the Colts show flashes of being an average ...

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Komets Shawn Szydlowski, Bobby Shea hoping for a great hockey adventure

The first time Bobby Shea and Shawn Szydlowski remember becoming friends, they were 12 years old, though they had become aware of each other as hockey players before that. "Shawn was the guy who could take a slap shot and had a beard when we were like 10, and it was like, `You gotta watch ...

Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard (59) knocks Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) out of bounds to stop a Colts' drive late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Woodyard’s stop helps Titans end 11-game skid against Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wesley Woodyard squatted and folded his arms as his Tennessee teammates bowed in front of the veteran linebacker near midfield in celebration, deserving every bit of the attention. Woodyard had just forced Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett out of bounds shy of the first ...

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett rests on the turf after he was sacked in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

REGGIE HAYES: Thrills (and Luck) missing from Monday Night Football

With Andrew Luck still sidelined, tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans feels like nothing special. In other words, it’ll be like every Monday night game. NFL players often say how thrilling it is to be playing Monday Night Football, but ...

From  left to right. Ben Duvall, Kevan Chandler carried by Philip Keller, Tom Troyer, Robbie Barnes during the group's visit to London last summer. Prince Albert Hall is behind them. (Courtesy photo)

Friends and faith help Kevan Chandler live life

Because of spinal muscular atrophy, Fort Wayne's Kevan Chandler may be confined to a wheelchair, but thanks to his friends he is certainly not limited to one. Though the messages from his brain to his spinal cord are garbled and cause his limbs to atrophy, Chandler, 31, has an amazing core of ...

NS VIDEO: Girls prep hoops previews are coming

With the season just around the corner, The News-Sentinel crew will kick off girls high school basketball coverage with our preview starting on October 23 and running through the naming of the annual Fabulous Five team on November 2, just in time for games to kick off that weekend for most of ...

Fort Wayne men's basketball coach Jon Coffman instructs fifth-year senior guard Bryson Scott on positioning during a drill in a recent practice at the Gates Sports Center. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

NS VIDEO: Fort Wayne basketball coach talks defensive potential

Fourth-year Fort Wayne men's basketball coach Jon Coffman spoke with Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com Monday regarding the defensive potential of this year's squad. The Mastodons have eight newcomers to the 2017-18 roster and open the season Nov. 10 at former Summit League rival Oakland at 7 p.m.

Saint Francis running back Justin Green, right, returns a kickoff against Marian on Sept. 30 in Indianapolis. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)

Saint Francis’ Justin Green earns second-straight honor

University of Saint Francis running back Justin Green has earned player of the week honors for the second straight week. Green, who rushed for 142 yards (on 21 carries) and three touchdowns in Saint Francis’ 36-9 win last Saturday at Siena Heights, was named Monday as the Mid-States Football ...

A photo hangs on the back wall of a recently constructed press box at Tippecanoe Valley High School in honor of former and fallen Viking coach Scott Bibler. Bibler nad his coach at Valley, Charlie Smith, both passed away in a plane crash in October of 2015. The school recently and officially renamed the as "Smith-Bibler Memorial Field Home of Death Valley Football." The fundig for the press box was provided by Bibler's widow, Stephanie. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

Tippecanoe Valley honors legendary, fallen coaches

MENTONE - Tippecanoe Valley High School is wrapping up its 43rd season of playing football and the threesome of Jeff Shriver, Scott Bibler, and Charlie Smith has each served as the head coach of the Vikings in 86 percent of the program’s 434 games. So it was fitting that last Friday ...

Chicago Bears kicker Connor Barth reacts after kicking the game-winning field goal in an overtime period of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

Chicago Bears run all over defenseless Baltimore Ravens in uplifting victory

BALTIMORE — There may come a time this season when the Chicago Bears will have to rely upon the passing of Mitchell Trubisky to win. Until then, coach John Fox is quite content to ride Jordan Howard and the running game for as long as necessary. The Bears (2-4) ripped apart the Baltimore ...

Tyson Fawcett scores his second goal of the game on a first-period breakaway Saturday night. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)

Tailing the Komets: Observations on Game 1

Wow, does Tyson Fawcett ever love playing in Fort Wayne! Fawcett scored a hat trick in the Komets' 4-2 win over Toledo on Saturday night before 10,089 Memorial Coliseum fans. Including the previous games he played here against the Komets, that's a ridiculous seven goals and eight points in ...

Notre Dame running back Josh Adams (33) sprints to the end zone for a touchdown past Temple defensive back Sean Chandler (3) and Mike Jones (10) during the first half of a game last month in South Bend. (By The Associated Press)

Notre Dame report card: Offense much improved from a year ago

With Southern Cal having to rally from a 21-7 second-half deficit – at home, no less – to beat Utah Saturday, it isn’t a stretch to say that Notre Dame is the hotter team coming into this rivaled match-up that will be played Saturday at South Bend (NBC, 7:30 p.m.). The 16th-ranked ...

Komets goaltender Michael Houser forces Toledo's Shane Berschbach's scoring attempt away from the goal during the third period Saturday night. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)

BLAKE SEBRING: Hopefully new Komets now understand Toledo rivalry

Sorry to the players, this is probably completely unfair, but it's also the absolute truth about this Fort Wayne Komets season, and they need to hear it. Everything you do for the rest of the season will likely be judged on your success or failure against Toledo. Saturday's 4-2 ...

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, left, is thrown out of the game by umpire Mike Winters, during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of baseball's National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cubs bullpen gives it away in NLCS opening loss to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Maddon went to his bullpen, and two pitches later, it all began to implode for the Chicago Cubs. Jose Quintana gave Chicago five strong innings, but relievers Hector Rondon and Mike Montgomery couldn't make it count in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ...

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is tackled by the Purdue defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Defense holds up for No. 7 Wisconsin in 17-9 win over Purdue

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor and the offense stumbled after a fast start, and then finished strong in typical Wisconsin fashion by grinding out a clock-chewing drive. The seventh-ranked Badgers' defense, on the other hand, maintained its elite level of play throughout. Taylor ran ...