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Briefs

Girls state high jump champ out for season

Snider’s Shannelle DeJournett will not be around in June to defend her state high jump championship.

The junior will be out for three to four months after having surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus.

“I will be out of commission for three to four months, at least barring any complications,” DeJournett wrote in an email.

DeJournett went 5 feet, 8 inches to capture the top spot in last year’s state meet at Indiana University after entering the event as the top seed.

She beat out three other underclassmen who went 5-7.

She also won sectional and regional titles last season.

AUTO RACING

Ex-NHRA driver, innovator dies

NHRA Pro Stock racer Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, one of drag racing’s most influential stars, died. He was 81. Jenkins died on March 29. NHRA president Tom Compton said Jenkins played an integral role in the formation of Pro Stock. The NHRA said Jenkins was responsible for drag racing’s first dry-sump oiling system, the first kickout oil pans and Pro Stock strut-style front suspension, as well as gas port pistons, slick-shift manual transmissions, cool cans, and the electric water-pump fan.

Andretti adds Brazilian driver

Andretti Autosport has added Ana Beatriz of Brazil to its driver lineup for the Indianapolis 500. Beatriz will try to make her third Indianapolis 500 start in May as a co-entrant for Andretti Autosport with operational support from Conquest Racing. Beatriz has twice finished 21st at Indianapolis.

BASKETBALL

Purdue senior earns honor

Purdue senior Drey Mingo was named the recipient of the NCAS Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete Award. Mingo missed the 2011-12 women’s season after tearing her ACL. Purdue has submitted a request for a sixth year of eligibility for Mingo and is awaiting a decision from the NCAA. As a junior, Mingo was hospitalized in critical condition with acute bacterial meningitis but missed only four games and finished the season averaging 12 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Syracuse’s Melo opts for NBA draft

Syracuse center Fab Melo is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice got held out because of eligibility issues. The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

FOOTBALL

Arkansas coach won’t be cited

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino will not be cited in the motorcycle crash that sent him to the hospital Sunday night. Petrino’s accident report, released by state police, said he was with former Arkansas volleyball player and current Razorback Foundation fundraiser Jessica Dorrell, 25. Petrino, who is married with four children, didn’t mention he had a passenger at a news conference this week.

Three TCU players charged in sting

Three more TCU football players were charged with felony marijuana delivery after a six-month sting. Defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, linebacker Tanner Brock and offensive tackle Ty Horn are among the 23 now charged in the TCU drug investigation.

GOLF

1998 Masters champ withdraws

Mark O’Meara, the 1998 Masters champion, withdrew with an injury just before he was set to tee off for the first round at Augusta.

SOCCER

U.S. to play Canada before Olympics

The United States women’s team will play Canada on June 30 in Sandy, Utah, as a final tuneup before heading to the 2012 Olympics in London.

TENNIS

French, U.S. set Davis Cup lineups

France captain Guy Forget chose Gilles Simon to play singles against the United States in their Davis Cup quarterfinal today on clay. Sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will open against American Ryan Harrison at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Simon will play No. 11 John Isner.

Williams sisters reach quarters

Venus and Serena Williams both reached the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup with straight-set victories in Charleston, S.C. Venus defeated Anastasia Rodionova 7-5, 6-2 on center court shortly after Serena ousted Marina Erakovic, 6-2, 6-2.

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