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Reports: IU’s Elston out with knee injury

Indiana senior forward Derek Elston could be out two months after suffering a torn meniscus, according to multiple reports.

Inside Indiana first reported the injury that occurred during practice. Elston could miss 4 to 8 weeks, according to reports. He is expected to have surgery this week.

The 6-foot-9 Elston appeared in 34 games last year and made four starts, averaging 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.3 minutes.

Elston was expected to play a role off the bench this season. Fellow Indiana forwards Hanner Mosquera-Perea (foot) and Will Sheehey (ankle) did not participate at Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria event last Saturday.


NBA drops centers from all-star ballot

The NBA is dropping the center spot from the ballot in a nod to the way the sport has changed. Fans will vote for three frontcourt players and two guards.


4-star recruit orally commits to Indiana

For the second time in a week, a four-star recruit made an oral commitment to Indiana. Rashard Fant, a cornerback from Our Lady of Mercy in Fairburn, Ga., orally committed to IU, according to multiple reports. Four-star recruit David Kenney, a defensive end from Indianapolis Pike, orally committed to IU on Sunday. Ben Davis safety Antonio Allen made an oral commitment in August.

Bounty players oppose Tagliabue

The players’ union and the four players suspended in the Saints’ bounties case filed motions to have former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue removed from hearing their appeals. They asked in U.S. District Court in New Orleans that Tagliabue recuse himself because of a conflict of interest and also asked for a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court. The players and their union contend Tagliabue should be disqualified because of his employment by a law firm that has handled bounty-related matters for the league and represented Goodell in Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against him.

Cutler to play

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler expects a rib injury suffered against Detroit will not be a problem Sunday against Carolina. Cutler is still having some pain but thinks he will be able to throw without trouble.

Around the NFL

Dallas linebacker Sean Lee (toe) was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season. … Detroit signed receiver Brian Robiskie and placed receiver Nate Burleson (broken leg) on injured reserve. … Carolina linebacker Jon Beason (knee and shoulder) was placed on injured reserve. …

Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams (wrist) visited a specialist to determine whether to have surgery. … Seattle’s Doug Baldwin (high ankle sprain) will miss Sunday’s game at Detroit. … Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert (non-throwing shoulder) expects to play Sunday at Green Bay. …

Denver linebacker D.J. Williams will serve 30 days under home arrest for driving under the influence but not until after the season. … Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita (neck) will be placed on injured reserve. … Browns guard Jason Pinkston was released from the hospital after treatment for blood clots in his lungs.


Harrington wins PGA Grand Slam

Padraig Harrington won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-shot win over Webb Simpson in Southampton, Bermuda.


Full season in jeopardy for NHL

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says it looks as if a full-82 game schedule “is not going to be a reality,” as the lockout nears its seventh week. Bettman has said that a deal needed to be in place by today for the season to begin on Nov. 2 and allow for each team to play a full 82-game slate. With no negotiations scheduled, reaching a deal appears unlikely.

Around the area high school rinks

Bishop Dwenger, led by goals from Colin Hire, Spencer Gillig, Tony Shupe, Justin Richardson and Matt Kuyvenhoven, defeated Snider 5-2. Snider’s Austyn Smedberg stopped 34 shots. … In Leo’s 4-0 victory over Northrop, Scott Jacoby, Preston Ray, Connor Hamilton and Lexi Grunden scored at Lutheran Health SportsCenter. … Landon Rody had four goals and Robbie Clay had a three more as Homestead beat Carroll 9-3.



Serena Williams beat Li Na 7-6 (1), 6-3 at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. … In Basel, Switzerland, Roger Federer edged Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5 at the Swiss Indoors tournament.


Gold medalist dies

Jeff Blatnick, who overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics, died in New York state at age 55.