The Shindigz National Soccer Festival, which will be Aug. 22 to 24 at the Hefner Soccer Complex, will feature a final-night match between 2012 mens national champion Indiana and North Carolina, which won the title in 2011.
Schedules for the festival are at www.nationalsoccerfestival.com, and $5 advance tickets are available at Walgreens, 800 Degrees restaurants and Connollys Do it Best Hardware.
Tickets at the gate will be $7.
On Aug. 22, Indiana Tech will face Goshen in a womens game. In mens action, Michigan State will play North Carolina, and Marquette will face Indiana.
On Aug. 23, IPFWs women team will play Wright State, and Trine will play Anderson; in mens action, Indiana Tech will take on Indianapolis, and Loyola will play Xavier; and there will be the Snider Invitational for boys.
And on Aug. 24, IPFWs mens team will play Valparaiso, and the Snider Invitational for girls will take place.
5 Cougars earn academic honor
Saint Francis Kevin Bloom, Ethan Hussey, Brad Sneary, Scott Kohne and Zach Welkin were selected for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, which recognizes athletes for their academics. Homestead graduate Chris Ray, who plays for Hope College, also made the Honors Court.
Indiana will face Washington, and Connecticut will play Boston College in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 21 at Madison Square Garden. The championship game will be Nov. 22. Gonzaga will face Dayton in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational while Final Four participant Syracuse will meet Minnesota in first-round games Nov. 25 in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Michigan coach John Beilein signed a three-year extension that keeps him with the Wolverines through the 2018-19 season and pays him $2.45 million a year in total compensation. Minnesota announced that the NCAA approved a transfer waiver to allow senior guard Malik Smith, who came from Florida International, to play this season.
Around the NBA
The Los Angeles Lakers signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar, who returns to the team that drafted him in 2006 and played last season in Turkey. Toronto agreed to buy out center Marcus Cambys contract and place him on waivers.
Receiver commits to Notre Dame
Corey Holmes, a 6-foot-2, 178-pound receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., orally committed to Notre Dame. He announced his decision on his Twitter account. The four-star prospect is the 15th member of the Irishs 2014 recruiting class.
Ball State QB on O’Brien watch list
Ball State senior Keith Wenning was named to the watch list for the Davey OBrien Award, given to the best college quarterback.
Around the NFL
Detroit released running back Jahvid Best. Miami said team CEO Mike Dee is leaving to become president and CEO of the San Diego Padres. Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth will miss the upcoming season with a torn Achilles tendon. The team signed Lawrence Tynes as his replacement.
City player in 6th at Women’s Am
Ashley Kees of Fort Wayne shot an even-par 71 at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville and is in sixth place after the first round of the Indiana Womens Golf Associations Amateur Championship. She is one stroke out of the lead, shared by Anna Gleixner, Haley Kluth, Briana Midkiff, Molly Ward and Morgan Nadaline. Allison Curtis of Leo is 14th at 4 over.
Senior event set for July 27
Saturday is the entry deadline for the Senior Golf Association of Fort Waynes 2-Man Best Ball/Scramble at Cherry Hill Golf Club. There will be nine holes of each format July 27. Team entry fee is $30, plus $10 membership dues. Entry forms are at www.fwsrgolf.com.
TRACK & FIELD
Pregnant former Olympian dies
Meskerem Legesse, a former Olympic and professional runner from Ethiopia who was due to give birth in three weeks, collapsed and died Monday at a restaurant in Hamden, Conn., but doctors saved her baby, her friends said. Legesse, 26, was with her 2-year-old son when she collapsed. The cause of death was unclear. A friend said Legesse had previously suffered heart problems.
Federer rallies to win in Germany
Roger Federer rallied to beat Daniel Brands 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg. It was his first match since his second-round loss at Wimbledon.