NBA PRESEASON

Washington 102 Detroit 97

Orlando 102 Memphis 86

Toronto 118 Brooklyn 91

Atlanta 130 San Antonio 127

Miami 140 New Orleans 128

Chicago 104 Indiana 89

Portland 116 Phoenix 83

LA Lakers 123 Golden State 113

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 7 Ottawa 4

Washington 5 Vegas 2

Arizona 3 Anaheim 2

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Louisville 3 Notre Dame 2

DePaul 3 Xavier 1

Marquette 3 Butler 0

Nebraska 3 Indiana 0

Penn State 3 Purdue 1

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Valparaiso 2 Eastern Illinois 1

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Earlham 2 Bluffton 1 OT

 

COLLEGE GOLF-IU EAST WINS FALL PREVIEW

FLORENCE, Ind. — IU East held off Asbury (Ky.) University and won the team title at

the River States Conference Women’s Golf Fall Preview, which had the final round

played on Tuesday (Oct. 9). The 36-hole tournament began Monday and was held at

Belterra Golf Course in Florence, Ind.

IU East shot a final-round team score of 339 to beat Asbury by four strokes in the

final standings. IU East opened up with a 330 on Monday to build a lead of 11 shots.

Asbury, which shot 341 in the first round, put together a round of 332 over the

final 18 holes, but IU East held on for the wire-to-wire win.

The top four teams in the standings remained the same after both rounds. Midway

(Ky.) University placed third with a scorecard of 344-341, and IU Kokomo was fourth

at 371-360.

Brescia (Ky.) University (391-368) and Point Park (Pa.) University (393-380) both

moved up one spot in the final round to finish in fifth and sixth place,

respectively. Cincinnati Christian University, University of Rio Grande (Ohio) and

Carlow (Pa.) University rounded out the nine-team event in order.

IU East’s Breanna Nowak, the first-round leader, won medalist honors as the

first-place individual. She fired a 1-over 72 for the low round of the tournament on

Monday. She held on for a two-shot win over Point Park’s Joey Walz with an 85 on

Tuesday. Walz (83-76) shot the low score of the final round with a 76.

Asbury had Faith Wiley (81-79) finish three shots off the lead and place third. In a

tie for fourth place and four shots behind Nowak were Asbury’s Hannah McCrabb

(81-80) and Midway’s Hannah Scroggins (78-83). IU Kokomo was led by Brandi Jones

(85-84), who placed seventh overall.

  

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL – SECTIONALS TONIGHT

AT GREENFIELD CENTRAL

Richmond – Pendleton Heights 6:00

Greenfield Central – Connersville 8:00

AT BATESVILLE

South Dearborn – Batesville 6:00

Rushville – Greensburg 8:00

AT LINCOLN

Hagerstown – Centerville 6:00

Union County – Lincoln 8:00

AT BLUE RIVER

Tri-Union City 6:00

Randolph Southern – Union 8:00

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER REGIONALS – SATURDAY

3A

AT CARMEL

Zionsville – Greenfield Central

Brownsburg – Cathedral

AT SEYMOUR

Castle – Roncalli

Floyd Central – Bloomington South

AT GOSHEN

Northridge – Hammond Morton

Chesterton – Penn

AT KOKOMO

Homestead – Hamilton Southeastern

Fort Wayne Carroll – McCutcheon

 

2A

AT GREENSBURG

Herron – Lawrenceburg

Frankfort – Indianapolis Ritter

AT HERITAGE HILLS

Washington – North Harrison

Evansville Memorial – Greencastle

AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN

West Noble – West Lafayette

South Bend St. Joseph – Hammond Noll

AT OAK HILL

Fort Wayne Concordia – Western

Eastbrook – Leo

 

1A

AT KNIGHTSTOWN

Covenant Christian – Central Christian

Seton Catholic – Greenwood Christian

AT PROVIDENCE

Vincennes Rivet – Providence

Rising Sun – South Spencer

AT ARGOS

Bethany Christian –Argos

Boone Grove – Bremen

AT TAYLOR

Heritage Christian – Eastern

Faith Christian – Fort Wayne Canterbury

  

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER REGIONALS – SATURDAY

3A

AT BREBEUF

Franklin Central – Avon

Lawrence North – Carmel

AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

Bloomington South – Center Grove

Evansville North – Floyd Central

AT SOUTH BAND ADAMS

Lake Central – Penn

Northridge – Valparaiso

AT LOGANSPORT

Homestead – Fort Wayne Carroll

Harrison – Fishers

 

2A

AT NEW PALESTINE

South Dearborn – Cathedral

New Palestine – Danville

AT JASPER

Northview – Washington

Evansville Memorial – Silver Creek

AT PLYMOUTH

NorthWood – Culver Academies

Griffith – South Bend St. Joseph

AT MARION

Western – Fort Wayne Dwenger

Yorktown –Bellmont

 

1A

AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

Union County – Park Tudor

Southmont – Covenant Christian

AT FOREST PARK

Forest Park – Oldenburg Academy

Evansville Mater Dei – Providence

AT LAVILLE

Hebron –Argos

Wheeler – Lakeland Christian

AT NORTHWESTERN

Lafayette Central Catholic – University

Eastbrook – Fort Wayne Canterbury

 

IHSAA BOYS TENNIS TEAM STATE FINALS

October 12-13, 2018

[ Quarterfinals, Friday, 3 pm ET at Carmel HS, Carmel, Ind. ]

Floyd Central (22-1) vs. Center Grove (20-4)

Carmel (17-0) vs. Homestead (21-1)

[ Quarterfinals, Friday, 11 am ET at Center Grove HS, Greenwood, Ind. ]

North Central (Indianapolis) (15-2) vs. Culver Academies (18-4)

Columbus North (14-3) vs. Park Tudor (18-4)

[ Semifinals, Saturday, 10 am ET at North Central HS, Indianapolis, Ind. ]

[ State Championship, Saturday, 2 pm ET at North Central HS, Indianapolis, Ind. ]

 

TOP HEADLINES

Jimmy Butler to ESPN: I was ‘brutally honest’ with Wolves

Jimmy Butler is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his first practice of the season had fireworks.

He caused them – with his words and his play.

Butler, who asked for a trade more than three weeks ago, practiced with the Timberwolves for the first time this season in Minneapolis on Wednesday. ESPN reported that Butler verbally challenged players, coaches and even general manager Scott Layden in the practice, during which Butler dominated the team’s scrimmages even when going up against stars like Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

In an interview taped with ESPN after practice, Butler acknowledged that “a lot” of the network’s report was true and that the scene in practice was him just showing passion and being “brutally honest.”

“All my emotion came out at one time,” Butler said in the interview. “Was it the right way to do it? No. But I can’t control that when I’m out there competing. That’s my love of the game. That’s raw me. Me at my finest, me at my purest. That’s what you’re going to get inside the lines.”

The four-time NBA All-Star said he warned coach Tom Thibodeau before practice that he would let his emotions out if he played, and that’s apparently what happened.

“I haven’t played basketball in so long,” Butler said during the interview. “And I’m so passionate and I love the game and I don’t do it for any other reason except for to compete and go up against the best to try to prove that I can hang.”

This saga started in mid-September, when it became known that Butler told Thibodeau that he wanted a trade. Thibodeau has said the team will try to make Butler happy, but has cautioned throughout the process that Minnesota will only do a deal that it deems is good for Minnesota.

 

Cora sticking with David Price for Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros

Red Sox manager Alex Cora is sticking with David Price, saying Wednesday the left-hander will start Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against Houston despite an unprecedented history of playoff struggles.

Speaking on MLB Network radio a day after the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees from the AL Division Series, Cora said he plans to use Chris Sale in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series that begins at Fenway Park on Saturday night. The first-year manager said Price, the loser in the Red Sox only defeat in the ALDS, is still in line to start Game 2.

“We trust him,” Cora said last week after Price allowed three runs and got just five outs in a 6-2 loss in Game 2. “He bounced back before. We’ll talk to him and make a few adjustments and we’ll go from there.”

Nathan Eovaldi and 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello are expected to start Games 3 and 4, after picking up wins in the same roles against the Yankees. The current Red Sox staff entered the series with a 0-19 postseason record as starters, and now everyone but Price has picked up a win. Price has won two games in relief.

In all, Price is 0-9 as a starter in the postseason and his team has lost all 10 of his career playoff starts, the longest such skid in postseason history. The latest was a five-out cameo in Game 2 against the Yankees in which he gave up homers to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

 

College basketball fixer describes ‘black op’ payments

A cadre of fixers in the world of college basketball conducted covert “black ops” to funnel tens of thousands of dollars in secret cash payments to the families of top prospects like DeAndre Ayton to lure them to major programs, a former Adidas consultant testified Wednesday at a corruption trial.

Asked whose families he brokered deals with, Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola ticked off a list of five names, including Ayton, who attended Arizona for his freshman season before being drafted by the Phoenix Suns, and Brian Bowen Jr., who committed to Louisville before departing without playing amid the widening recruitment scandal. Gassnola also named Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa of Kansas and Dennis Smith Jr. of North Carolina State as the others.

The government cooperator, who’s also a former amateur basketball league director, said the he and other fixers referred to the deal-making as “black ops.” Asked what he meant, he responded, “It’s dark. Underground. You don’t want anyone to know about it.”

On trial are aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins, former amateur coach Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto. All have pleaded not guilty to charges that they defrauded basketball programs that passed out scholarships by concealing how they directed funds from Adidas to prospects considering schools sponsored by the sportswear company.

Gassnola has pleaded guilty. He was expected to return to the witness stand Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.

Earlier, the jury heard college administrators in charge of making sure Kansas and North Carolina State complied with NCAA rules say that they were unaware of payments that would have made some of their biggest players ineligible.

“I didn’t know anything about that,” Jeff Smith of Kansas responded about an alleged scheme to channel $90,000 to Preston’s mother.

Carrie Doyle of North Carolina State had a similar response when asked if the school knew about a $40,000 payment made to Smith’s father. She said there was some worry that former Wolfpack football player Eric Leak was involved in Smith’s recruitment despite the fact that he was barred from campus for providing improper benefits to two other players.

Smith spent one year at North Carolina State and now plays for the Dallas Mavericks; Preston left Kansas without playing a game and is under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in a developmental league; and De Sousa is still on the roster at Kansas.

Bowen, whose father testified at the trial about taking money, is playing professionally in Australia.

 

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus to split after 17 years

There will not be an eighth NASCAR title for Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus.

Hendrick Motorsports will split the driver and crew chief – the longest pairing in NASCAR – at the end of a disappointing season. Johnson has not won a race in 17 months and was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. Johnson and Knaus won their record-tying seventh championship in 2016 but have slumped in the two years since.

“It’s no secret that Chad and Jimmie have experienced their ups and downs over the years,” owner Rick Hendrick said. “They’re fierce competitors, great friends and have immense respect for one another. They also fight like brothers. All three of us agree it’s finally time for new challenges and that a change will benefit them and the organization.”

Johnson and Knaus were partnered in 2002 when Knaus built the No. 48 team as part of a Hendrick expansion. They won a record-tying seven titles and made the playoffs in all 15 years of its existence.

There has sometimes been tension between the two, and Hendrick more than once considered splitting them for the good of the organization. The time finally came Wednesday in a personnel shakeup announced by the rebuilding organization.

“Chad and Jimmie will go down as one of the greatest combinations in sports history,” Hendrick said. “They defied the odds by performing at a championship level for longer than anyone could’ve possibly imagined. What they’ve accomplished together has been absolutely remarkable and will be celebrated for generations. This has been an incredible, storybook run.”

 

Attorney: Ronaldo rape report documents altered, fabricated

Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer went on the attack Wednesday, saying documents cited in media reports about a rape claim against the soccer star were “complete fabrications” and the encounter was consensual.

In a statement , attorney Peter S. Christiansen blamed reports about the 2009 encounter on electronic data leaks of documents that he said were stolen by a hacker from law firms and other entities in Europe and then put up for sale.

Ronaldo “is accustomed to being the subject of press attention that goes along with being famous,” Christiansen said.

But the statement called it “absolutely deplorable that any media outlet would support or advance such an elaborate and deliberate defamation campaign based on stolen, easily manipulated digital documents.”

The statement acknowledged that Ronaldo and Kathryn Mayorga reached a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 after their encounter in Las Vegas.

Mayorga’s attorneys, Leslie Stovall and Larissa Drohobyczer, did not immediately respond to telephone, email and text messages.

Ronaldo, 33, of Portugal, plays for the Italian club Juventus and his home country’s national team. Some sponsors, including Nike and video game maker EA Sports, have expressed concern about the rape allegation.

Mayorga, 34, a former model, filed a lawsuit on Sept. 27 in Nevada acknowledging that she accepted $375,000 to keep quiet about the encounter with Ronaldo in a hotel penthouse.

The lawsuit seeks to void the agreement that her lawyers say she signed under pressure from “fixers” trying to protect the reputation of Ronaldo. The lawsuit also seeks monetary damages of at least $200,000.

 

Tex Winter, innovative basketball coach, dead at 96

Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96.

Winter’s family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at Kansas State in 1947 and led the Wildcats to two Final Fours and eight Big Seven/Eight titles as head coach from 1954-68.

“I learned so much from Coach Winter. He was a pioneer and a true student of the game,” Michael Jordan said in a statement emailed to the Chicago Tribune. “His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships with the Bulls. He was a tireless worker. Tex was always focused on details and preparation and a great teacher. I was lucky to play for him. My condolences to his family.”

Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant called Winter a basketball genius “in every sense of the word.”

“My mentor. I sat with Tex & watched every minute of every game during our 1st season together. He taught me how to study every detail,” Bryant posted on Twitter.

Winter published “The Triple-Post Offense” in 1962 and teamed with Jackson to use the system to great success with Jordan and Bryant. Winter assisted Jackson on championship teams with the Bulls in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998, and the Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002. He was a consultant with Los Angeles’ 2009 title team, and the Lakers also won in 2010.

 

Jaguars rule out running back Fournette for game at Cowboys

The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette for their game at Dallas. It will be the fourth game Fournette has missed this season.

Coach Doug Marrone says Fournette (hamstring), left tackle Josh Wells (groin) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) will miss Sunday’s road game.

The Jaguars (3-2) signed veteran Jamaal Charles on Tuesday with the expectation that Fournette would be sidelined for an extended period. They also placed third-stringer Corey Grant (foot) on injured reserve.

No one would be surprised to see Fournette sidelined until after Jacksonville’s bye week, potentially returning Nov. 11 against Indianapolis.

The second-year pro from LSU already has missed six of 21 regular-season games and left his only two starts this season because of hamstring tightness.

He has 71 yards rushing on 20 carries this season.

 

Wisconsin receiver sues university over discipline probe

Embattled University of Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus is suing the school because he says a disciplinary probe it is conducting while he’s trying to defend himself in a criminal sexual assault case violates his rights.

Cephus was suspended from the Badgers in August after he was charged with sexually assaulting two drunken women in his apartment. Cephus says the sex was consensual .

Cephus filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that a university disciplinary investigation against him launched in May is unfair because he can’t participate in it without potentially harming his criminal defense, the Wisconsin State Journal reported .

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for emotional and psychological harm and past and future economic losses, claiming Cephus is a likely high NFL draft pick.

University spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said school officials haven’t reviewed the lawsuit but believe their investigatory process complies with federal law.

Cephus’ attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, said in an email that Cephus “has had his rights stripped from him by this public school.”

Cephus, who is from Macon, Georgia, was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for his arraignment on the sexual assault charges. He was ordered last month to stand trial in the case.

 

Kuznetsov’s 4-point night helps Capitals beat Golden Knights

Evgeny Kuznetsov is dancing with the puck and celebrating when it’s in the net just like last June.

Kuznetsov continued his wizardry against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final.

Kuznetsov assisted on two goals by Alex Ovechkin and one by Nicklas Backstrom and scored his own on the power play. The leading scorer in the Cup Final with eight points in five games, Kuznetsov has seven points through the defending champions’ first three games of the regular season.

“If you play with the good players, you’re always gonna get points,” Kuznetsov said after one of the best all-around games of his career. “It’s just about have fun every night you go out there. If you don’t have fun and you don’t want to enjoy, you don’t want to play hockey, you should be retired. But you can see we always have fun.”

The Capitals are having plenty of fun right now with the franchise’s Stanley Cup banner in the rafters and almost the same team back. Perhaps most importantly, they still have Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, whose sublime chemistry from the playoffs was again on display against the Golden Knights.

“He knows when to pass, he knows when to shoot,” said Ovechkin, who has four goals in three games. “Sometimes he try to make crazy pass. You think, `What’s he doing?’ But he have his own mind. … You just have to be ready at any second.”

 

Former MLB star Lenny Dykstra indicted for drugs, threats

 A grand jury in New Jersey indicted former baseball star Lenny Dykstra on drug and other charges stemming from an altercation with an Uber driver in May.

The indictment handed up Tuesday charges the former Major League Baseball all-star with cocaine and methamphetamine possession, and making terroristic threats.

All three are third-degree crimes and punishable by up to five years in prison.

Dykstra claimed the driver threatened and tried to kidnap him early on the morning of May 23 after Dykstra asked to change the trip’s destination. At a news conference a few weeks after the incident, Dykstra said the driver locked the car’s doors and sped up, and that he was “literally in fear of my life.”

The driver told a different story. He allegedly told police Dykstra held a gun to his head, though no weapon was found. Police said they found the drugs among Dykstra’s possessions.

Dykstra was arrested outside police headquarters in Linden, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of New York City, after the driver stopped and ran out of the car.

Dykstra faces an arraignment on a date to be determined. An attorney for Dykstra didn’t immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

Dykstra played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets and was a member of the Mets’ 1986 championship team.

 

MLB: League should get cut from casino wagers on sport

Major League Baseball and the casino industry are entrenched in their views on a league proposal to get a cut from wagers placed on the sport following the repeal of a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year.

Representatives from both industries vigorously defended their believed right over the money wagered Wednesday during a panel at the casino industry’s top trade show in Las Vegas. The MLB and other pro leagues haves asked for a percentage of the wagers, and casinos have strongly opposed any direct payments.

Kenny Gersh, the league’s executive vice president of gaming, told the crowd of casino executives that a proposed 0.25 percent fee – which some have dubbed an “integrity fee” – is essentially a royalty that casino companies should pay if they are going to make money off of the sport. He defended it as a case of “fairness” and partnership with casino operators.

“The state is going to designate these three, four, five very specific licensed entities: You guys get the right to make money from sports betting,” he said. “From a fairness perspective we think, if you are going to designate someone to be able to make money off of what at the end of the day is our sport and our events because if the Yankees weren’t playing the Red Sox last night, you are not betting on the Yankees and the Red Sox … we think we should be involved in that.”

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in May allowed states to legalize sports betting. Sports books have since then opened in New Jersey, West Virginia and other states.

 

Houston SS Correa struggles with back problem as ALCS looms

Carlos Correa is in pain.

Every swing and miss hurts, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable for the Houston Astros star shortstop to walk.

Correa often puts on a brave face but told The Associated Press how much this is affecting him as the Astros prepare to leave for Boston and the best-of-seven AL Championship Series that begins on Saturday.

“You’re a competitor so every time you step on the field you play it off like everything is fine,” he said Wednesday. “But obviously you’re hurting.”

Correa returned from a six-week stint on the disabled list on Aug. 10 and declared that he was better. But he has struggled to regain his top form. He hit just .180 in the second half of the season and managed a single hit – a home run – in an ALDS, looking nothing like the player who made the All-Star team last season and was the 2015 rookie of the year.

He said it bothers him most at the plate, and it’s been impossible to get back to how he felt before the injury.

“Not only to find my swing, just to feel comfortable at the plate when I swing,” he said. “Because I know every time I swing and miss it’s going to hurt. So, I try not to swing and miss and then I try to baby my swing and I don’t swing as hard as I usually do or as quick as I usually do. So, it’s definitely been tough.”

Correa said there’s been a domino effect of pain in other areas, most notably in his obliques, as he tries to avoid doing things that make his back hurt.

He’s receiving treatment “24/7,” but the pain remains. He’s using a foam roller at home and been sporadically taking anti-inflammatories.

 

LeBron, Lonzo take the floor together for first time

LeBron James watched Lonzo Ball play in Las Vegas during the 2017 NBA Summer League, taking in a Los Angeles Lakers’ game from a baseline seat as a spectator.

He had a better view Wednesday.

James and Ball were on-court teammates for the first time when the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 123-113, back in Las Vegas. Ball didn’t start the preseason contest, but replaced Rajon Rondo just 2 minutes, 13 seconds into the game.

“It’s just fun to have our full group,” James said.

James and Ball didn’t play very much. Ball has been recovering from a knee issue, and it was his first appearance this preseason.

James didn’t want to burden his new point guard with a lot of expectations, so he was keeping his approach very simple.

“He plays basketball,” James said of Ball before the game. “He knows how to play basketball.”

It was James’ first game against the Warriors since last season’s NBA Finals – when his second stint as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with Golden State sweeping its way to a second consecutive championship. But he downplayed the exhibition being any extension of his rivalry with the Warriors, or the rivalry between the California clubs.

“Preseason game,” James said.

 

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant to visit North Carolina, reports say

Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is set to take an unofficial visit to North Carolina this weekend, according to multiple reports.

Bryant announced he was transferring from the Tigers’ program after he learned freshman Trevor Lawrence was named the starting quarterback.

The senior played four games this season, but will be able to redshirt and maintain one year of eligibility due to a new NCAA rule.

Bryant led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff last season after they went 12-1 and won an ACC championship.

The Tigers lost to Alabama in the first round of the playoffs.

Bryant amassed 3,333 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 18 starts with Clemson. He also rushed for 987 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Bryant was a four-star recruit out of Piedmont, South Carolina.

 

Colts G Matt Slauson played through two broken vertebrae in loss to Patriots

The Colts lost to the Patriots on Thursday night, 38-24, but they also were in danger of losing a veteran player permanently.

Guard Matt Slauson played through most of the second half with two broken vertebrae, according to the Indianapolis Star. Not only that, but he also was “one play away” from possibly being paralyzed.

“I had no idea how close I was to changing my family’s life,” he said.

The Colts placed Slauson on injured reserve this week, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that the severity of his injury was revealed. Slauson said he felt he could play through the injury, not realizing how serious it was.

According to the Star, even though he is expected to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, the Colts want to keep Slauson, 32, and are letting him stay on the sideline and in the locker room so he can remain a leader to the team.