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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:00 am

Briefs

Pacers' Anigbogu returns to Mad Ants

Staff, news services

Ike Anigbogu, a rookie second-round pick of the NBA's Indiana Pacers, has been returned to the streaking Mad Ants in advance of Saturday's game at Memorial Coliseum against Westchester.

Anigbogu has played twice this season in the G League, averaging 12 points and 7.5 rebounds. The Mad Ants might also get Trey McKinney Jones for the first time this season, after he suffered a shoulder injury during NBA Summer League.

The Mad Ants are trying to win their ninth straight game, which would be a franchise regular-season record.

COLLEGES

Mastodon earns academic honor

IPFW's Oscar Uyamadu was named to the Summit League Men's Soccer Academic All-League team. Uyamadu was one of 14 student-athletes in the league to earn the honor. Uyamadu, a business, economics and public policy major, has a 3.52 GPA. Uyamadu, who received All-Summit League second-team honors for a second straight year, scored four goals while adding two assists.

Basketball

Mirotic accepts Portis' apology

Chicago Bulls forward Niko Mirotic says he has accepted Bobby Portis' apology, more than a month after the two teammates had an ugly altercation at practice. The Oct. 17 incident left Mirotic hospitalized with two facial fractures and a concussion. Portis served an eight-game suspension.

Football

OSU, Wisconsin top Big Ten team

Division champions Ohio State and Wisconsin have four players apiece on the coaches' All-Big Ten first team for offense. East champion Ohio State has quarterback J.T. Barrett, guard Michael Jordan, center Billy Price and tackle Jamarco Jones on the first team. West champion Wisconsin has running back Jonathan Taylor, tight end Troy Fumagalli, tackle Michael Deiter and guard Beau Benzschawel on the team. Also named to the first team were Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs and Maryland receiver DJ Moore.

Coaching changes

Oregon State has hired Washington co-offensive coordinator and former Beavers quarterback Jonathan Smith as its head coach, a person with direct knowledge of the decision says. OSU was 1-11 this season. ... Mississippi State has hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as its coach. Moorhead, 44, replaces Dan Mullen, who left to coach Florida.

The Game set for Fenway Park

The Game between Harvard and Yale will be played at Fenway Park next year. It's the first new site for the longtime football rivals since 1912. The 135th edition of The Game is also the 50th anniversary of the historic 1968 tie, when Harvard scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to escape defeat. The school paper commemorated the comeback with the headline: “Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.”

Edwards eyes Arizona State

Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards will interview for the vacant Arizona State coaching job this week.

Miscellaneous

ESPN eliminating 150 more jobs

ESPN says it is eliminating 150 studio and production employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future. The company says the layoffs don't include on-air talent. ESPN laid off 100 employees in April, including some on-air personalities.

OBITUARY

Jeff Washburn, journalist, dies

Hall of Fame sports writer Jeff Washburn, who spent five decades at the Journal & Courier in Lafayette and freelanced for The Journal Gazette, died Wednesday of esophageal cancer. He was 63. Washburn was named the 1991 Indiana Sportswriter of the Year and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and son Jade, a sports writer for The Associated Press.