COLUMBUS – Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel has found another landing spot – Cincinnati.
The Indiana high school star told his hometown newspaper, The Columbus Republic, he told Bearcats coaches Wednesday he would be enrolling at the school.
Kiel originally committed to Indiana, then backed out and opted for LSU. When he backed out of that commitment, Kiel wound up enrolling at Notre Dame where he thought he would compete for the starting job. But Everett Golson won the job and led the Fighting Irish to the national championship game.
So Kiel opted to transfer. He chose Cincinnati over Kansas State, Mississippi and Ball State, though he will sit out this season because of the NCAAs transfer rules.
IndyCar returns to Pocono for testing
Open wheel racing finally made a return to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Marco Andretti was the first IndyCar Series driver to take a practice lap at the track, in preparation for the race on July 7.
5 new nominees for NASCAR Hall
NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett and racing magnate Bruton Smith are among the five new nominees for next years Hall of Fame class. Also on the list of 25 total nominees is engine builder Maurice Petty, five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion Larry Phillips and 1960 champion Rex White. The other 20 nominees carried over from last years group. Five will be selected for induction by a 54-member panel on May 22.
NBA early entrants
Missouri point guard Phil Pressey will enter the NBA draft. The 5-foot-11 Pressey had career highs with an 11.9-point average and seven assists per game. Syracuse sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams has decided to enter the NBA draft. Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 assists and 2.78 steals.
Around the NBA
Rap mogul Jay-Z is selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets so he can become certified as a player agent. The Knicks will be without Tyson Chandler (bulging disk) and Kenyon Martin (sprained left ankle) today when they bring their 13-game winning streak to Chicago.
Around the NFL
Colts fans are back on board after an unexpected season. The Indianapolis Star reported nearly 95 percent of 2012 season-ticket holders have renewed their orders. New England signed former Oakland defensive lineman Tommy Kelly. Cincinnati released cornerback Jason Allen, who was injured and played in only four games last season.
Florida defensive line coach Bryant Young resigned. Young joined coach Will Muschamps staff in 2011 after one year at San Jose State and another at Notre Dame. Kansas State rewarded basketball coach Bruce Weber for winning a share of the schools first conference championship in 36 years with a raise and a one-year extension.
Fall event winners get Masters invite
Masters chairman Billy Payne says winners from events played in the fall as part of the tours FedEx Cup season will get invitations to The Masters. The only PGA Tour events where the winner wont get an invitation to the Masters are those held opposite majors or World Golf Championships. Meanwhile, the cut will expand this year to take the top 50 and ties, plus anyone within 10 shots of the lead.
Around the NHL
Gregory Campbell scored twice in a three-goal first period and Boston regained first place in the Northeast Division with a 5-4 victory over New Jersey. In winning for the fifth time in six games, the Bruins scored three times against Martin Brodeur in the opening 8:12. Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the New York Rangers overcame another two-goal performance by Torontos Phil Kessel to beat the Maple Leafs 3-2. The Rangers moved back into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Williams sisters to lead Fed Cup team
Serena and Venus Williams will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Sweden on hardcourts at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on April 20-21. The team will also include No. 16-ranked Sloane Stephens and No. 27 Varvara Lepchenko.