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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 1:00 am


Roadrunners bring back Komets goalie

Staff, news services

Goaltender Michael Houser has been recalled by the Tucson Roadrunners of the higher-level American Hockey League. With the Komets, he's 25-10-2 with a 2.76 goals-against average, a .907 save percentage and two shutouts.

This is the third time this season Houser has been called to Tucson, the Triple-A team of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.

Houser was the ECHL's Goaltender of the Month for December.

The Komets haven't yet announced a replacement but, of course, have Garrett Bartus.

The Komets play at Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday before returning to Memorial Coliseum for games Saturday and Sunday against Cincinnati and Kalamazoo.

On Saturday, they will celebrate players from the nine championships they've won. On Sunday, doors will open extra early at 3:30 p.m. for fans wanting to see and take pictures with the Stanley Cup before the 5 p.m. inductions into the Komets' Hall of Fame and the opening faceoff.

Going into the Hall of Fame will be former players Jim Burton and Ron Leef, Ruth Wiegmann, who housed more than 80 players as the unofficial team mom, and media members Dean Pantazi of WPTA-TV and Kent Hormann of Fort Wayne's NBC.

Auto racing

Around the track

Jeff Gordon is among the new nominees up for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame next year. The four-time NASCAR champion was added to the list of 20 nominees in the first year Gordon was eligible. He retired after the 2015 season with 93 career Cup victories. Also added to the list this year were Harry Gant, four-time championship winning crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine, and car owners John Holman and Ralph Moody. ... Conor Daly will drive for Dale Coyne Racing in this year's Indianapolis 500 in a joint entry with Thom Burns Racing. 


Around MLB

The Arizona Diamondbacks will use an OnTrac bullpen cart to transport relief pitchers from both bullpens at Chase Field prior to entering a game. ... Outfielder Jon Jay agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Royals. ... Tigers left-hander Francisco Liriano threw two scoreless innings against the New York Yankees in his first start with a new team. ... Designated hitter Brandon Moss has been released by the Athletics. 


UConn wins AAC

Gabby Williams scored 19 points to lead No. 1 UConn to a 70-54 victory over No. 19 South Florida in the American Athletic Conference championship.

Player fined for criticizing officials

Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of officiating. Smart told the Boston Globe that “certain players” get “calls that other guys just wouldn't get.”

Summit League honors Gaines

IPFW graduate Frank Gaines (2010-2013) was named to the Summit League's all-decade team. The 10-player team was determined by a vote during the fan fest March 3 and 4 at the league tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

High schools

Baron an All-Star

DeKalb's Leigha Brown was named an IndyStar Indiana Girls Basketball All-Star. Brown, a 6-foot-1 guard and Nebraska recruit, averaged 28 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Barons this season. She completed her career with 1,798 points.


Leo's Easton Embry signed Monday to play baseball at Earlham. ... Concordia's Jacob Doll will sign Tuesday to play football at Hanover.


ESPN sued over harassment

A former on-air personality has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was subjected to sexual harassment at ESPN and then fired in retaliation for complaining about it. Adrienne Lawrence says in the complaint filed in federal court in Connecticut that she was subjected to unwelcome advances from anchor John Buccigross. She says he sent her unsolicited shirtless photos and used inappropriate nicknames for her. ESPN says it conducted an investigation into the allegations and they are without merit.