IPFW forward Deilvez Yearby has been suspended for the opening game of the season Nov. 15 at Wisconsin, according to head coach Dane Fife.
Yearby, the Summit League Sixth Man of the Year last season, averaged 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds and tied a school record with 54 blocks while playing the post position a good deal of the time.
This season, Fife is hoping to move Yearby to the small forward position to create mismatches and improve the teams rebounding from more positions on the floor.
Fife declined to give a reason for Yearbys suspension, saying only that he has some things he needs to work out.
Ex-TinCap named tops in Arizona
Infielder Cody Decker – a late-season pickup by the Midwest League champion Fort Wayne TinCaps – has been named the George M. Trautman Arizona Rookie League Player of the Year. Decker batted .354 and led the league with 15 home runs and 63 RBI. He had already been named the Arizona League MVP. Decker joined the TinCaps on Aug. 29.
IPFW women seek to Pack the House
The NCAA has designated the IPFW womens basketball home opener against Wright State on Saturday as one of its Pack the House Challenge games. Tickets to the 1 p.m. start will be $1 apiece. The challenge is an NCAA initiative designed to pit Division I schools against one another to determine the Pack the House Challenge Champion.
Iverson leaves, weighs retirement
Memphis owner Michael Heisley says he is not sure what Allen Iversons plans are, though he hopes Iverson returns to the Grizzlies soon. Heisley granted the 10-time all-star permission Saturday for an indefinite leave to deal with a personal matter. The Commercial Appeal newspaper reported that Iverson is contemplating retirement.
Wizards backup guard Mike James is expected to miss up to five weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. Kings leading scorer Kevin Martin underwent surgery on his injured left wrist. Martin is expected to miss at least eight weeks. He is averaging 30.6 points a game.
Michigan AD cleared of assaults
Outgoing University of Michigan athletic director Bill Martin says hes apologized to two student security workers who reported he assaulted them during football games. Michigan student Jackie Turner says Martin pushed her Sept. 12 when she requested his ID as he entered the regents guest area of the press box during Michigans game against Notre Dame. Eastern Michigan student Arif Khan says Martin grabbed him when he asked for Martins ID Oct. 17 soon after the end of a game against Delaware State. The students werent injured, and neither pressed charges.
The Ohio State-Michigan game will be televised nationally by ABC. The game from Ann Arbor will kick off at noon Nov. 21. Coach Brian Kelly decided that Tony Pike will be Cincinnatis starting quarterback when hes healthy. Its unclear whether Pike will be ready to play against West Virginia on Friday night. Wisconsin wide receiver Maurice Moore has been indefinitely suspended by coach Bret Bielema after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend. Memphis has fired coach Tommy West, saying the school wants to go in a different direction after the season.
Taylor arrested in Miami-area crash
Former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor has been released on bond after his arrest in a Miami-area traffic accident. Taylor was charged Sunday with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, a misdemeanor. A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman says Taylor was involved in a hit-and-run crash Sunday in Hialeah. Taylor told investigators he thought he had hit a guardrail. There were no injuries and troopers didnt conduct a sobriety test.
Five join ranks of Hall of Famers
The Hockey Hall of Fames class of 2009 has been inducted in Toronto. Steve Yzerman, Luc Robitaille, Brian Leetch, Brett Hull and New Jersey Devils executive Lou Lamoriello make up the class. All four players are entering in their first year of eligibility. They are the first players who played after the 2004-05 lockout to be enshrined.
Blackhawks roll to home victory
Jonathan Toews and Troy Brouwer scored power-play goals in a 3:31 span early in the third period, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Chicago. Toews had been out with a concussion since Vancouvers Willie Mitchell leveled him Oct. 21.
Ronaldo wins suit against tabloid
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted libel damages from a British tabloid that claimed he drank heavily and danced at a nightclub while recovering from a foot injury in Los Angeles. Ronaldo, who says he does not drink alcohol, received an undisclosed amount and an apology from the Daily Mirror when the case came before the High Court.