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Irish lose top recruit from their 2014 class

Notre Dame lost the top prospect from its 2014 recruiting class

Elijah Hood, a 5-foot-11, 224-pound running back from Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic, decommitted Tuesday.

The five-star prospect posted a statement on his Twitter account giving the reason for his decision, which was first reported by Blue & Gold Illustrated.

In his statement, Hood said, “This decision has nothing to do with football or academics. This decision has everything to do about my family.”

Hood led a group of four Irish commits in’s top 100 prospect list, which was released Monday, at No. 14.

Hood is ranked the No. 76 recruit and No. 7 running back in the nation by 247Sports.

With Hood no longer part of the class, offensive lineman Quinton Nelson is the highest rated prospect. He checked in at No. 19 in top 100.

Other Notre Dame recruits in the top 100 are offensive lineman Alex Bars at No. 36 and receiver Justin Brent at No. 74.


Cheaney leaves IU for St. Louis

Indiana director of basketball operations Calbert Cheaney left the program and accepted an assistant coaching position with Saint Louis University, the Hoosiers announced. Cheaney, a former Hoosier All-American and National Player of the Year, joins a SLU staff led by Jim Crews. Crews is also a former IU player.

NBA roundup

Cleveland signed Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, to his guaranteed rookie contract … Milwaukee gave center Larry Sanders, a former Mad Ant, a multiyear contract extension.


Ball St.s Newsome on 2 watch lists

Jonathan Newsome, a senior defensive end at Ball State, was selected to the preseason watch lists for the Rotari Lombardi Award for top defensive lineman and the Ted Hendricks Award for the top defensive end.

Tide CB suspended for season opener

Alabama coach Nick Saban suspended cornerback Geno Smith for the season opener with Virginia Tech after a weekend drunken driving arrest. Saban said Smith has some “in-house” things to do in order to return in time for the Sept. 14 game against Texas A&M.

Tressel to teach class on coaching

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is teaching a fall semester course at the University of Akron. Tressel, who has an administrative position at the school, will teach “General Principles of Coaching” this fall with former Zips coach Jim Dennison.


Till wins playoff to take senior title

Sam Till Jr. of Fort Wayne won the Indiana Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship, shooting a two-day total of 5-under 139 and defeating Terry Werner of Dyer in a playoff. Till shot a final-round 65. John Zitkovic of Fort Wayne tied for seventh at 1 over at Anderson Country Club.


Ducks defenseman has wrist surgery

Anaheim defenseman Sheldon Souray will be out four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, the club announced.


PBS show to take look at Trine resort

The soon-to-open Trine Recreation Area near Pokagon State Park will be featured on the TV program “Primetime 39” on northeast Indiana’s PBS on Friday. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the show will discuss the transformation of the resort.

State deer hunt deadline Sunday

The deadline to apply for this year’s state park deer reduction hunts is Sunday. Hunters can do so at Deer reduction hunts reduce ecological damage that deer cause in state parks.


Serena seeded No. 1 for US Open

Serena Williams will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open as she tries to do something she’s never done: win a second consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.

Around the courts

Defending champion Petra Kvitova survived a scare in the first round of the New Haven Open rallying to beat Annika Beck 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Second-seeded Angelique Kerber lost her second-round match 6-2, 6-4 to Elena Vesnina. … Mardy Fish retired from the Winston-Salem Open because of heat stroke during the third set with Jarkko Nieminen leading 7-5, 6-7 (3), 3-2.