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Girls prep basketball teams prepare for season ahead at annual area media day

Area girls high school basketball teams opened their season Tuesday with the annual media day at Northrop High School. The afternoon gives players and coaches a chance to look ahead with local media. "We are going to take our hits, but we are going to get there," said Greg Friend, head coach ...

Butler coach is using the Big East as a great marketing tool

INDIANAPOLIS - For three years of his career as a college basketball coach, LaVall Jordan had to sell basketball recruits on living in Iowa City, so you can forgive him if he seems a bit giddy about now getting to deliver that same pitch on behalf of not just his alma mater, not just a major ...

Organized Youth Sports in Fort Wayne Brings $25M Impact

Youth sports is big business. How big? Visit Fort Wayne estimates that recreational sports tournaments will bring upwards of $25 million of direct spending to Fort Wayne in 2018. The money is good, the games are fun to watch. But the heightened market brings its own burdens to bear. The ...

The Tranquill family: Huntertown residents achieve greatness on, off the field

This is the first installment in a three-part series on the family of Tony and Shannon Tranquill, a Huntertown couple that has managed to raise five children through a sometimes chaotic, but always successful in the end, existence in their endeavors on the athletic fields, in the classroom ...

Saint Francis’ Dunten, Gardner earn NAIA honors

Linebacker Eric Dunten and kicker Gavin Gardner have landed national honors after top-ranked University of Saint Francis football’s latest win. Those two, plus running back Justin Green, also earned league honors. Dunten, a Carroll High School alum, has been named NAIA Defensive Player of ...

Indiana emphasizing ‘confidence’ as No. 17 Michigan looms

BLOOMINGTON — History is not Indiana's friend. Not against Michigan. The Hoosiers haven't beaten the No. 17 Wolverines in 30 years. With Michigan coming to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, coach Tom Allen said he doesn't care. He continues to push the break-through theme, in this series and for ...

Purdue’s improved defense faces big test at No. 7 Wisconsin

WEST LAFAYETTE — For the Purdue defense, what a difference a year makes. During a frustrating 3-9 season in 2016, the Boilermakers ranked 117th in scoring defense among 128 FBS teams, 114th in rushing defense, 89th in total defense and 31st in pass defense. After limiting Minnesota to three ...

Indianapolis still looking for solution to closing out games

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts coach Chuck Pagano has had enough thrilling endings for one season. Maybe for a whole lifetime. After watching the latest episode of the incredible shrinking fourth-quarter lead, Pagano and the Colts returned to work Monday still searching for that elusive finishing ...

Vikings hold off Bears in Trubisky’s debut

CHICAGO (AP) — Case Keenum led three second-half scoring drives in relief of Sam Bradford, and the Minnesota Vikings spoiled prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's debut with a 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal in the ...

When Luck finally returns, Colts should turn him loose

Andrew Luck won’t play again this week, so Indianapolis Colts fans sigh and wonder if Luck will – or should – return this year. Given the mediocre state of the 2-3 Colts, some on social media suggest the Colts should consider holding Luck out even if he becomes fully healthy. Write 2017 ...

Tailing the Komets: Four trimmed from roster

Besides the official signing of defenseman Daniel Maggio, which you can read more about by clicking here, the Komets have released four players from their training camp roster. They are forward Phil Bushbacher, forward Stephen Pierog, defenseman Blake Thompson and goaltender Alex ...

Peyton Manning’s return a salute to personal connections

INDIANAPOLIS – Peyton Manning's view whenever he visits his old home will forever be sweet. Manning can look up outside Lucas Oil Stadium and see his new statue. He can look up in the end zone and see his name in the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor. He can look up in the stands and see a ...

PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Concordia loses Byrd to injury; Luers gaining momentum

It’s never good to lose a starting quarterback. It especially hurts to lose one this late in the season. Concordia is dealing with that now as Jake Byrd confirmed via Twitter over the weekend that he is out for the season after suffering a broken thumb in last Friday's loss to Carroll. Byrd ...

Saint Francis football awaits word on injured receivers

After surviving an upset scare, the No. 1 University of Saint Francis football team heads into this week hoping for good news from the training room. The Cougars’ leading receivers, sophomores Rocky James and Dan Ricksy, were both sidelined as Saint Francis beat Concordia 35-18 on Saturday ...

NOTRE DAME NOTEBOOK: Injuries don’t slow Fighting Irish down

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly spoke with the media Sunday via teleconference in wake of his program winning its fifth game in six outings Saturday, as the now No. 19-ranked Fighting Irish throttled North Carolina 33-10 in Chapel Hill. Here are some of the topics that coach Kelly ...

Fort Wayne Tennis Hall of Fame to induct six

The Fort Wayne Tennis Hall of Fame will induct six new members on Nov. 18 during ceremonies at Wildwood Racquet Club. The inductees are Mary (Colligan) Stiff, the brother and sister duo of Todd Hacker and Brenda Freije, Ryan Keirns, L.W. "Bill" Dailey Jr. and Blake Sebring After graduating ...

Colts celebrate Peyton Manning’s return with win over 49ers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri brought the perfect gift to Peyton Manning's big celebration Sunday. Another game-winning kick. After Indianapolis blew a 14-point lead in the final eight minutes of regulation, the last remaining Colts player from Manning's first Super Bowl team easily ...