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Southwood High School senior quarterback Carson Blair looks over the Knights' defense during a drill in practice Thursday in Wabash. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

Southwood QB may have bright future, but his present is spectacular

WABASH – Wednesday opened the early signing period for high school athletes across the nation to commit to colleges in all sports aside from football (the first Wednesday in February is when that signing day occurs). Young people here, there and everywhere posted photos on Snapchat, ...

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) is congratulated by quarterback Andrew Luck (12) after intercepting a pass intended for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.(File photo by the Associated Press)

REGGIE HAYES: Vontae Davis release adds to Colts’ image problems

Vontae Davis’ sour ending in Indianapolis could have longer-term, even more bitter ramifications for the Colts. How are the Colts going to sell potential free agents Indy is the place to be? How are they going to persuade top-notch talent the Colts will have their best interests in mind? How ...

Snider running back Christian Covington  runs for yardage against Bishop Luers in the regular-season finale. Snider takes on Carmel in the regional championship game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Spuller Stadium. (Photo by Josh Gales for News-Sentinel.com)

REGGIE HAYES: Has SAC competition prepared Snider for Carmel’s impact?

The very thing that makes the Summit Athletic Conference the perfect regular-season high school football league sometimes works against its teams in the playoffs. It’s all provincial. Snider is about to be broadsided by something new Friday. Now don’t get me wrong. The Panthers might ...

News-Sentinel's Justin Kenny and Reggie Hayes joined by Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay. (By Dan Vance of The News-Sentinel)

NS VIDEO: Area prep football regional preview

News-Sentinel Hall of Famer Reggie Hayes and Multimedia Editor Justin Kenny take their show on the road this week. The duo break down the local regional football games from the campus of Bishop Luers High School. They also welcome in Luers coach Kyle Lindsay, who gives his thoughts on ...

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THE PIGSKIN PROPHET: The Pig’s Picks, Week 13

Isn't it funny how things work out? All the predictions. All the expert prognostications. All the games. Yet, here we are in regional week with the usual suspects — Snider, Dwenger, Luers and Woodlan. Oh, and toss in The Pig's Angola Hornets, of course. The more we expect things to be ...

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush scores a touchdown by running during the first half of a recent game against Wake Forest in South Bend. (By The Associated Press)

Notre Dame vs. Miami (Fla.) mid-week analysis

Third-week Notre Dame (8-1) is travelling to 7th-ranked Miami (Fla.) (8-0) Saturday at 8 p.m. (Abc). News-Sentinel.com college football reporter Tom Davis gives Fighting Irish fans some insight on what to watch for as their favorite team heads south for an epic challenge with its ...

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis takes up his position during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Indianapolis. (Photo by the Associated Press)

Indianapolis Colts release cornerback Vontae Davis

The Indianapolis Colts have released cornerback Vontae Davis, once considered the team’s best defensive player. Davis has been hampered this season by a groin injury, and a rift developed between Davis and coach Chuck Pagano after he was demoted from the starting lineup. Davis did not make ...

Indiana graduate student forward Collin Hartman speaks with the media following a recent game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. He is the lone Indiana native on scholarship with the program this season. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

Archie Miller sets about righting the wrongs of Indiana recruiting

There were a number of factors that played into the Indiana University men’s basketball fan base ultimately not embracing former Hoosier coach Tom Crean. There was the seven seasons (of nine) in which he finished fifth or lower in the Big Ten. There was the five seasons in which his ...

Veteran Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey speaks with the media recently in South Bend. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

Notre Dame finally getting some love for its recruiting efforts

You can forgive veteran Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey if he doesn’t pay too much attention to the annual rankings of the NCAA Division I recruiting classes each year. The Irish often are thought of in less than stellar terms by the recruiting evaluators, but some how, ...

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) runs for an 80-yard touchdown following a catch during last Sunday's win at Houston. (From The Associated Press)

With losing streak over, relieved Colts are all smiles

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Gore looked and sounded like a relieved man Monday. The veteran running back walked into the Indianapolis Colts locker room with a smile as he laughed and joked with teammates. He wasn't the only one. After spending almost one full month chasing their third victory ...

Mad Ants point guard Walt Lemon Jr. heads to the basket for a fourth-quarter lay-in on his way to 25 points in Fort Wayne's home-opening win Tuesday night. (By Blake Sebring of News-Sentinel.com)

Mad Ants pull together behind Walt Lemon to win home-opener

After an opening-game loss to Long Island on Saturday night, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants came home Tuesday night with a lot of questions to answer. Could they play together? Could they guard anyone? Could they rebound? Could they close out an opponent? Could they slow anyone down inside? They ...

Notre Dame offensive line Mike McGlinchey (68) and the Irish offensive line will be key in Saturday's showdown at undefeated Miami. (From The Associated Press)

Notre Dame-Miami showdown will pit strength versus strength

For Notre Dame and Miami, it is strength versus strength. Notre Dame has one of the nation's best rushing offenses and nearly twice as many touchdowns on the ground as it did last season. Miami's undefeated start and re-emergence in the national picture has been fueled by a defensive front ...

University of Saint Francis running back Justin Green, right, scans the field as he cuts outside for a touchdown in the Cougars' 40-20 win over Taylor on Saturday at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)

Saint Francis football remains No. 1, awaits Sunday’s playoff pairings

University of Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley gave his NAIA top-ranked Cougars a few days off after finishing the regular season 10-0. Now it’s back to work. Saint Francis will return to playoff preparations Wednesday at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium. “We’ve got to get the mojo ...