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Stewart to be saluted during ‘Rumble’ races

Injured race car driver Tony Stewart will be honored at the “Rumble in Fort Wayne” indoor midget races Dec. 27 and 28 at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.

Stewart has won a record nine features on the one-sixth-mile Coliseum track, despite his superstar status in the sport.

As part of the “Salute to Tony Stewart,” he will greet fans and sign autographs. He will also enter two cars with Munchkin chasses for Mike Fedorcak and Lou Cicconi Jr.

“I really enjoy competing up in Fort Wayne and having a chance to run the Munchkin, so not being in the car this year is a bit different for me,” said Stewart, who has a broken leg. “But I’m still looking forward to it.”

Stewart was injured in an Aug. 5 sprint car accident.

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Maddux, Glavine lead Hall ballot

Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

A-Rod’s lawyers slam commissioner

Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers updated his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig, accusing the commissioner of cowardice for not testifying in the union’s grievance to overturn the 211-game suspension given to the New York Yankees star last summer.

Around the leagues

The Chicago Cubs acquired catcher George Kottaras from Kansas City for a cash consideration. … Cincinnati signed Skip Schumaker to a two-year, $3 million deal, giving the Reds a versatile player who can move to second base or any of the three outfield spots. … A person familiar with the negotiations said the agents for free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano met with the Yankees. … Free agent right-hander Joe Smith could finalize his $15.75 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels before the Thanksgiving holiday.


Indy to host ’16 Olympic trials

Indianapolis beat out Atlanta to host the 2016 Olympic diving trials. Indianapolis has hosted the trials five times since 1984. Purdue alum and Olympic gold medalist David Boudia attended the announcement in downtown Indianapolis.


College roundup

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he doesn’t know when Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will decide whether to enter the 2014 NFL draft. …

Florida Atlantic withdrew Carl Pelini’s resignation as football coach and has fired him instead, saying they had cause to do so because he failed to report certain conduct of a member of his staff. The letter, sent to Pelini’s home address by FAU Interim President Dennis Crudele, does not cite drug use as a reason for the firing. …

Kristopher K. Pratt, 20, of Detroit, the second of two suspects has been arraigned on a murder charge in the shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed at an off-campus apartment complex.


Indiana Tech lands ex-Saints forward

Indiana Tech now has nine recruits for the 2014-15 hockey season, the Warriors’ first. The latest is 6-foot-2, 180-pound forward Ryan Theisen, who played for the Bishop Dwenger club team from 2008 to 2012. He has since played for the Indiana Junior Ice.

Fairgrounds to be ECHL home for Fuel

The newest ECHL team in Indianapolis, the Indy Fuel, unveiled its logo and colors – orange, black and red – and will play next season at the newly renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum. The team is owned primarily by Jim Hallett. This rekindles a rivalry with the Komets that went defunct in 1999 when the Komets left the IHL.

Scoring flurry lifts Stars over Ducks

In Dallas, Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt scored in a 53-second span of the third period, and Dallas beat Pacific Division-leading Anaheim 6-3 for its first home win in more than month.


Wrong high school

Because of an editing error, the high school that football player Johnny Bright attended was wrong in a story on Page 2B Monday. Bright went to Central High School.