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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:00 am


Black athletes key in graduation success

Staff, news services

INDIANAPOLIS – Black athletes are earning college degrees at record rates, and it's pushing the overall graduation rate higher and higher.

On Wednesday, the NCAA's latest Graduation Success Rate report showed that 77 percent of black athletes received diplomas from 2014-17 and that 87 percent of all college athletes graduated. Both are all-time highs.

Indiana University's Graduation Success Rate is the highest score in the school's history at 90.6 percent. The percentage is up from 74.4 percent in 2011. Purdue's came in at 84 percent of the student-athletes coming to campus from 2007-08 through 2010-11. Analysis of the Boilermaker 2011-12 class indicates the GSR will improve to the department goal of 85 percent, according to a release on the school's website.

Notre Dame came in with the highest nationally with a GSR for all sports of 98 percent with 18 of the 22 programs analyzed posted rates of 100 percent and 10 produced federal rate 100 scores, according to the school's release. IPFW's overall GSR score is 81 for the second straight year.


Red Sox prospect, 17, dies of cancer

The Boston Red Sox say catching prospect Daniel Flores, 17, died Wednesday from complications during treatment for cancer. Flores, signed out of Venezuela in July, was considered one of the top young players in the Red Sox farm system, although he had yet to play a game in the minors.


Area roundup

The Indiana Tech men defeated Holy Cross 77-68 at Notre Dame. The Warriors (3-0) were led by Darren Groves' 15 points, Max Huber added 13 and Joel Wincowski and Nic Williams each added 12. ... The Huntington women's team defeated Holy Cross 77-64, also at Notre Dame. Sarah Fryman led the Foresters (3-1) with 23 points, and Brooke Saylor added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Bruins could start minus 3 players

UCLA faces the embarrassing prospect of opening its season without three freshman players who were benched after being released on bail following an alleged shoplifting incident in China. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill will not play when the Bruins open the season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai, coach Steve Alford said Wednesday.


Area honors

Saint Francis' Justin Green and Eric Dunten were named Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Players of the Week, the association announced Wednesday. Green scored three rushing touchdowns and a fourth on a 96-yard kickoff return, and Dunten earned the defensive honor after 13 tackles in the regular-season finale win over Taylor on Saturday. ... IPFW men's soccer's Zach Tom and Oscar Uyamadu were named to the All-Summit League second team, and Romain Lopez and Brendan Stangle were named to the all-newcomer team.

Low grades given for leadership

Leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivision schools continue to be dominated by white men, according to a diversity report released Wednesday. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave top-level college sports an overall grade of D+ for race and gender hiring in leadership positions, with a D+ for racial hiring and an F for gender hiring.


Around the NFL

Green Bay waived Martellus Bennett as the Packers cited a “failure to disclose a physical condition” for making the move. Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason and started seven games. ... Minnesota placed quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve after having surgery on his left knee and returned QB Teddy Bridgewater to the active roster after his knee injury in 2016.

Ex-IU player's charges dropped

A criminal homicide charge against former Indiana football player Camion Patrick has been dismissed by a Tennessee judge after a preliminary hearing. Patrick, 23, was one of four men facing criminal homicide charges in connection with the July 25 death of Caleb Thomas Radford of Maryville, Tennessee. Police said Radford had “multiple stab wounds.”