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SPORTS Briefs: Decision likely soon on road race at Indy

– A May road race at Indianapolis could become reality as early as next week.

With time running short to finish the 2014 schedule, Mark Miles, the CEO of IndyCar’s parent company, Hulman & Co., said he expects the board to vote before the end of September. Series officials are hoping to release next season’s schedule before this season’s final race, Oct. 19 at Fontana, Calif.

There are signs it will happen.

Miles acknowledged the series has prospects for potential title sponsors, and IndyCar drivers gave good reviews of the speedway’s road course after a test this month. The road course, initially installed for Formula One, has never been used for an IndyCar race.

“The drivers who drove it gave us really good feedback about possible changes that could be made and, of course, we’ve digested all that information,” Miles said Monday.

BASKETBALL

Around the NBA

Indiana President Larry Bird would not say whether the Pacers are close to a deal with swingman Paul George after Yahoo! Sports reported that they were nearing agreement on a five-year, $90 million contract. …

The Sacramento Kings announced that Shaquille O’Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. O’Neal will be introduced at a news conference today. … Some members of the Miami Heat have been told that the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear “nickname jerseys” for at least one of their matchups this season. Heat guard Ray Allen says he wants to wear “Shuttlesworth” as a nod to his character in the movie “He Got Game.”

Indiana freshman injures right hand

Indiana freshman Troy Williams is expected to miss a few weeks after hurting his right hand during workouts. Coach Tom Crean called the injury a minor setback. The 6-foot-7 forward signed with Indiana after playing at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

COLLEGES

League honors 4 Trine players

Four Trine athletes have been honored by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for their performances last week. Austin Granger and Ariel McCoy were named the MIAA men’s and women’s runners of the week. Setter Carly Searles was named Specialty Player of the Week for her play in three straight Trine volleyball victories. Placekicker Tyler Keck was named Special Teams Player of the Week in football after kicking a field goal and six extra points in a 47-41 victory over Concordia (Wis.).

FOOTBALL

2 Cougars named week’s best

In the wake of Saint Francis’ 38-37 win over Saint Ambrose, quarterback Josh Miller and punter/kicker Kollin Carman were selected as Mid-States Football Association Mideast League players of the week. Miller was named MSFA MEL Offensive Player of the Week after completing 25 of 37 passes for a career-high 412 yards, a total that ranks No. 3 on the Cougars’ all-time list. Carman had punts of 53, 52 and 54 yards in the second half and averaged 56.4 yards on kick- offs.

GOLF

2017 Solheim Cup to be in Iowa

The LPGA announced that the 2017 Solheim Cup will be played at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa. The biennial event, which is similar to the Ryder Cup pitting European and American golfers, was played in Colorado last month. Europe won 18-10.

HIGH SCHOOLS

US Army to honor Snider runner

Snider cross country runner Kaitelyn Vachon will be honored as a finalist for a national award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the U.S. Army at halftime of the North Side-Snider football game Friday at Spuller Stadium. Former Snider football standout and Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson will present the honor to Vachon, who is one of 10 finalists for the Award for Excellence, which is jointly sponsored by the Hall of Fame and the U.S. Army.

HOCKEY

Forward suspended 10 games for brawl

Toronto forward David Clarkson has been suspended 10 regular-season games without pay for leaving the bench to take part in a fight Sunday night. Clarkson’s automatic suspension results from the game misconduct penalty he received for joining the brawl with Buffalo.

VOLLEYBALL

IPFW player garners honor

For the second time this season, IPFW outside hitter Emily Spencer is the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week for women’s volleyball. She racked up double-digit kills in each of the team’s four matches, including 29 against Northern Illinois, which tied an IPFW four-set record. For the week she had 79 kills and was named to the Huskie Invitational All-Tournament Team.

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