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Indiana center De'Ron Davis (20) drives on Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) during the first half of a game earlier this season in Bloomington. (By The Associated Press)

Indiana loses critical, yet struggling player

If there was ever a circumstance in which losing a guy who wasn’t playing well to begin with just crushes a team, the Indiana men’s basketball program may have just stumbled on to it. The Hoosiers have lost starting center De’Ron Davis for an indefinite length of time following his ...

Notre Dame associate head coach and defensive line coach Mike Elston works with his players during training camp last August at Culver Academy. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

Notre Dame defensive assistant has prepared for increased role

On two separate occasions, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly viewed Mike Elston in such a respected and trusted light that he felt comfortable turning his football program over to Elston to manage when Kelly wasn’t able to. The first was in 2009 when the two coaches worked together ...

Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin (81) makes a one handed catch in front of LSU defensive back Donte Jackson (1) for a 55-yard game winning touchdown during the second half of the recent Citrus Bowl game in Orlando. Notre Dame won 21-17. (By The Associated Press)

Notre Dame offense will survive the loss of its stars

It may sound foolish to diminish the loss of over 5,000 career yards of total offense, in addition to 35 touchdowns, but the Notre Dame offense is going to have to figure out a way to do just that in 2018. Leading wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and runner Josh Adams both declared ...

Saint Francis quarterback Nick Ferrer rolls out, looking for a receiver, during the team's NAIA semifinal win over Morningside on Dec. 2 at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)

REGGIE HAYES: Saint Francis QB Nick Ferrer working to attract NFL interest

Nick Ferrer's spring schedule shows he's embracing a new game plan: Have arm, will travel. Ferrer heads out this month on a football journey through tricky terrain. He’ll work to prove to scouts he can play quarterback at the NFL level. He’ll face skepticism, due to spending his college ...

Komets center Dennis Kravchenko screens Indy goaltender 	Marcoux, Etienne during the first period Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Whiteshark Photography.)

Komets blast Fuel to take over first place

The Indy Fuel were on the wrong ice at the wrong time, and the Fort Wayne Komets jumped all over them to take over first place. Two days after being embarrassed 8-3 at home by Kalamazoo, the Komets scored three first-period goals and cruised to a 6-4 win over the Fuel in Indianapolis. The ...

Bishop Luers' Libby Bierbaum looks for a pass during the Knights' win over Homestead on December 28 at the SAC Holiday Tournament. (Photo by Dan Vance of news-sentinel.com)

SHOOTER: The breakout players from this year’s SAC Holiday Tournament

They tell me that the holidays are officially over, but they can’t make me take any of my three Christmas trees down just yet. Furthermore, they can’t take away my personal reflections on yet another SAC Holiday Tournament away yet either. I get a week, right? Shooter has to get a week ...

Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter directs his players in the second half of a game against Maryland in College Park, Md. earlier this season. (By The Associated Press)

Purdue has a special one in Matt Painter and needs to reward him as such

You can forgive the Purdue fan base if it found the Boilermakers’ 82-51 men’s basketball victory over Rutgers Wednesday at Mackey Arena a bit mundane. After all, winning a game, particularly in West Lafayette, is routine for this program. Not that that is a bad thing. “Anytime that ...

Purdue's Isaac Haas shoots over Rutgers' Shaquille Doorson during the second half of a game Wednesday in West Lafayette. (By The Associated Press)

Twin towers stand tall as No. 13 Purdue routs Rutgers 82-51

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter first started using his two 7-foot centers together as an experiment. On Wednesday night, he went with them out of necessity. If Isaac Haas and Matt Haarms continue playing this well in tandem, they could become a big staple for the defending ...

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko speaks with a player prior to a practice in spring of last year at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex in South Bend. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

Notre Dame defense takes a huge hit in wake of bowl win

The euphoria following Notre Dame’s come-from-behind Citrus Bowl victory over LSU didn’t quite last 72 hours. That is because the Fighting Irish football program was rocked Thursday afternoon when it was announced that first-year defensive coordinator Mike Elko was leaving the program to ...

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Komets’ Artur Tyanulin named to ECHL All-Star Classic

Though he's currently not with the Komets because of an American Hockey League call-up, forward Artur Tyanulin has been selected to participate in the Jan. 15 All-Star Classic in Indianapolis. Tyanulin, who turns 21 on Jan. 20, has scored nine goals and 22 points in 16 games with the Komets ...

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BLAKE SEBRING: ECHL continues dodgy “all-star” classic selection

Once again, the ECHL is misrepresenting its mid-season event by calling it an all-star classic. The league announced the rosters on Thursday for the Jan. 15 event hosted by the Indy Fuel. It includes Komets rookie Artur Tyanulin. Here's what the roster of all-star participants does not ...

Indiana men's basketball coach Archie Miller yells to his team during the second half of a game against Wisconsin on Tuesday in Madison, Wis. (By The Associated Press)

TOM DAVIS: Has Archie Miller improved Indiana basketball? Nope.

For the Indiana fan base that longed for a change in leadership of its favorite men’s basketball squad, well, your complaining was heard and Archie Miller is now leading the charge in Bloomington. But truthfully, is the program any better off? Based on Tuesday’s effort at Wisconsin I ...

Komets coach Gary Graham tried to turn the momentum with a time out after Kalamazoo took a 3-0 lead Wednesday night, but it was already too late. (By Blake Sebring of News-Sentinel.com)

Wings make a joke out of Komets’ winning streak

This game was so bad, every driver in the building volunteered to leave early and warm up the car — and by gosh it didn't matter that the second period had just started. No one in the building seemed to mind going back out into the cold, perhaps even willing to walk home just to get away. ...

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NS In-Depth: Snider’s Hannah Barnes

Hannah Barnes has consistently risen up the ranks of feared area shooters. Now a senior at Snider, Barnes was a true spot up star for a Panthers team that contended for the Summit Athletic Conference a year ago, giving Homestead two of their toughest games of the season. Her status was forced ...

Purdue center Isaac Haas (44) shoots over Northwestern center Dererk Pardon (5) in the second half of a game last month in West Lafayette. (By The Associated Press)

Purdue strategy is simple, start with Haas

The good news for the Purdue men’s basketball squad in its game with Rutgers tonight (7 p.m., BTN) at Mackey Arena is that the Boilers, as they are with almost every team in the country, are bigger than the Scarlet Knights in the paint. The bad news, however, is that Rutgers, despite ...

Xavier's J.P. Macura (55) shoots against Butler's Kelan Martin (30) in the second half of a game Tuesday in Cincinnati. Xavier won 86-79. (By The Associated Press)

No. 5 Xavier beats Butler 86-79 for 10th straight victory

CINCINNATI (AP) — With their balance, depth and wealth of experience, No. 5 Xavier aims to turn its very good start into something special in the Big East. J.P. Macura scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half to get Xavier rolling, and Trevon Bluiett had 21 points as the Musketeers won ...

Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Walt Lemon Jr. has started a trend this year by wearing mismatched shoes during games. He also leads the team at 23 points per game. (Photo courtesy of  Cary Gerber)

Mad Ants’ Walt Lemon Jr. leading in points and shoes

Two weeks ago, NBA stars Kyrie Irving and LeBron James created some national interest by wearing mismatched shoes during a game. But Mad Ants guard Walt Lemon Jr. has been donning different-colored shoes from the first game of the season. "I'm a fashion-type guy and I like to express myself ...

Professional soccer player DaMarcus Beasley talks with youngsters at his camp Tuesday at The Plex North. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)

REGGIE HAYES: World Cup qualifying failure still stings DaMarcus Beasley

We’re heading toward three months since the infamous loss and DaMarcus Beasley’s feelings remains raw. The United States men’s national soccer team lost to Trinidad and Tobago when it needed at least a draw and failed to qualify for the World Cup. In soccer terms, it was a national ...