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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 06, 2017 8:20 pm

Briefs

IPFW pair selected to all-preseason team

Staff, news services

IPFW’s John Konchar and Bryson Scott were named to the Summit League Men’s Basketball All-Preseason Team announced Thursday.

Konchar, a forward who averaged 14.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, was a first-team selection.

Scott, a former Northrop standout, was a second-team pick coming off a season in which he averaged 16.1 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Mastodons’ top guard.

Also, in the league’s preseason poll, IPFW was picked to finish fourth. In a vote of coaches, sports information directors and media, the Mastodons received 234 points. South Dakota finished first.

IPFW’s season opener is Nov. 10 at Oakland.

Baseball

Mets’ Wright has back surgery

New York Mets captain David Wright underwent back surgery, his second operation in a month as he tries to return to the major leagues after an absence of a year and a half. The team said Thursday that Wright had a procedure in Los Angeles in which a bony layer over the spinal canal is removed to treat nerve compression.

Basketball

Local 8th-grader receives IU offer

Ayanna Patterson, an eighth-grader at Memorial Park, received a scholarship offer from the Indiana women’s program. Andre Patterson, her father, confirmed the news in a Facebook message.

Tech women open Nov. 1

Indiana Tech’s women’s team will open the 2017-18 season Nov. 1 at Taylor. The Warriors’ home opener is Nov. 4 against two-time defending NAIA Division II national champion Marian. Tech’s regular-season finale comes Feb. 17 at Concordia.

Football

Raiders QB Carr returns to field

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returned to the practice field four days after breaking a bone in his back. Carr took snaps and threw a few light passes Thursday.

Remark gets Newton dropped

Yogurt maker Dannon said it’s splitting with Carolina quarterback Cam Newton over “sexist” comments he made to a Charlotte Observer reporter. At a news conference Wednesday, Newton said “it’s funny to hear a female talk about (wide receiver) routes” in response to a question from Jourdan Rodrigue, an Observer reporter who covers the Panthers. Soon after, those remarks were widely condemned as being sexist.

Golf

USGA OKs change to play in Opens

The USGA’s junior amateur champions and mid-amateur champions are now exempt into the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. The change is effective for 2018.

Olympics

Top Brazilian official arrested

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, was arrested Thursday amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

Soccer

Tech teams earn academic honor

For the fourth straight year, the Indiana Tech men’s team received the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, the association announced Thursday. The Warriors had a combined 3.3 GPA in the 2016-17 academic year. Indiana’s Tech’s women’s team also received the honor with a 3.53 GPA. It was the fifth straight year the Tech women’s team received the award.