The IPFW men’s volleyball team will be road warriors early and homebodies late this season.
The schedule released Wednesday opens with trips to the UC Santa Barbara tournament and to Pennsylvania, where the team has matches with Penn State and Saint Francis. The Mastodons return home to play Ball State before another Eastern swing takes them to Princeton and George Mason, followed by matches at Lindenwood and Quincy.
That’s in stark contrast to the end of the season, when IPFW plays 12 of its last 15 matches at the Gates Center. All told, the Mastodons play two of last year’s Final Four teams and nine matches against opponents who finished in the top 15.
Sponsors review deals with Waltrip
Two of Michael Waltrip Racing’s sponsors are reviewing their relationships with the race team following the organization’s attempt to manipulate the finish at Richmond. NAPA Auto Parts posted on its Facebook page it is disappointed a partner would make such a significant error in judgment. NAPA is the sponsor for Martin Truex Jr., who was kicked out of the Chase for the Sprint Car championship when NASCAR sanctioned MWR for its actions in Saturday night’s race. Also, Clint Bowyer sponsor 5-Hour Energy tweeted it is reviewing its sponsorship relations internally.
Irish freshman to have surgery
Notre Dame freshman forward Austin Torres will have knee surgery today, Irish spokeswoman Bernadette Cafarelli confirmed in an email. Cafarelli said she didn’t know what Torres’ status for the season would be. Torres signed with the Irish on Nov. 14 as part of a four-player class that includes former New Haven standout V.J. Beachem.
Status uncertain for OSUís Miller
Quarterback Braxton Miller’s status is still uncertain for when No. 4 Ohio State travels to California on Saturday. Miller suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee early in the Buckeyes’ win 42-7 over San Diego State.
Report: SEC stars received payouts
A report says five SEC players received impermissible benefits during their college careers, including former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. Yahoo Sports reported that text messages and financial records show former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis was a go-between for NFL agents and financial advisers for Fluker, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and wide receiver Chad Bumphis. The three schools all issued statements saying they are investigating the claims. Couch is a senior at Tennessee. Fluker, Bray and Cox are in the NFL; Bumphis was recently released by Miami.
Grambling State fires Williams
Grambling State fired head football coach Doug Williams, a former Super Bowl MVP with Washington, after the Tigers lost the first two games of the season. Grambling had a 1-10 record in 2012.
British Olympian to help Team USA
British Olympic star Ben Ainslie is serving as tactician with Oracle Team USA’s main crew on a training run on San Francisco Bay as the syndicate seeks changes to turn around its America’s Cup misfortunes. Ainslie won four straight Olympic gold medals and has five Games medals total.
U.S.-Mexico sets ratings record
The United States’ 2-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, drew a 1.9 overnight rating on ESPN, the highest preliminary television rating for a men’s national team game outside of the World Cup or Confederations Cup.
Cougars stretch unbeaten run to 6
Forward Jason Walcutt scored two first-half goals as host Saint Francis men defeated Siena Heights (Mich.) 2-0. It was goalkeeper Brad Buzzard’s third shutout of the season. The Cougars (5-1-1) pushed their unbeaten streak to six matches in a row.
Indiana Tech ends losing streak at 10
Indiana Tech earned a five-set victory over Marygrove at the Schaefer Center to snap a 10-match losing streak. The 25-11, 25-20, 20-25, 22-25, 15-11 win moved the Warriors to 2-10 on the season but 1-0 in WHAC play.