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Briefs

Hawks RB nominated for All-American Bowl

Harding junior running back Rod Smith is among 400 nominees nationally for the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The game will be played Jan. 9 at San Antonio’s Alamodome and broadcast live on NBC.

The list will be trimmed to 90 invited players in December.

Smith, who should claim SAC career-rushing record next season, is among five players from Indiana on the list but the only one from the area. The last player from northeast Indiana to play in the game was Bishop Dwenger’s John Goodman two years ago.

Also from Indiana are Pike’s Dyjuan Lewis, Plainfield’s James Hurst, South Bend Clay’s Daniel Smith and Zionsville’s Blake Lueders.

AUTO RACING

Ex-NASCAR driver kills self, police say

Police in Richmond, Va., say former NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The 31-year-old was suspended from NASCAR indefinitely in 2006 because he refused to submit to a random drug test after a Busch Series race.

BASKETBALL

NBA suspends Alston, Fisher

Rafer Alston of Orlando and Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers have each been suspended for the next game of their playoff series. Both players will sit out games tonight.

Irish recruit headed to Team USA trials

Notre Dame recruit Skylar Diggins, Indiana’s Miss Basketball as well as the Naismith and Gatorade national player of the year, has accepted an invitation to participate in the USA Under-19 World Championship Team Trials. The South Bend Washington guard will attend the trials May 14-17 in Colorado Springs, Colo., in hopes of making the 12-player squad for the world championships July 23 to Aug. 2 in Bangkok.

FOOTBALL

Dolphins home Landshark Stadium

The Miami Dolphins are renaming their home Landshark Stadium as part of a partnership with singer Jimmy Buffett, whose Margaritaville enterprise includes Landshark Lager. The stadium, which is home to the Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and Florida Marlins, will be the site of the Super Bowl for the fifth time in February.

Other news

The Bengals have signed veteran safety Roy Williams, a five-time Pro Bowl player for the Cowboys. … Matt Millen, the former Lions GM who was the architect of the league’s first 0-16 team, is joining ESPN as a football analyst.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Northrop athletes select colleges

Three Northrop athletes have made college choices. Swimmer Aaron Hollenberg is headed to Alma, football player Tyler Powell to Manchester and track runner Sabra Shade to Wittenberg University.

SOFTBALL

Trine ousted from playoffs

Trine was eliminated from the NCAA Division III playoffs with a pair of one-run losses in the first round at DePauw. The Thunder fell 1-0 to Defiance and 4-3 to Ohio Northern in nine innings.

CORRECTION

Rugby player misidentified

Because of a source error, a rugby player was misidentified on Page 2B Thursday. One of the rugby players who assisted after an accident in Elkhart County was Vick Boyer.

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