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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:00 am


Mariners turning to Ichiro after injuries

Staff, news services

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners finalized a $750,000, one-year deal with Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday after several outfielders got hurt.

The 44-year-old Japanese star can earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses.

Suzuki spent the first 11 major league seasons with the Mariners, earning 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP, winning a pair of batting titles and becoming a 10-time All-Star. He was traded to the Yankees in 2012 and spent the past three seasons with Miami.

He has a .312 average and 3,080 hits.


Free-agent camp set to end Friday

The spring training workout facility in Florida created for free agents by the players' association will close Friday. Forty-one players have attended the camp that opened Feb. 13 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton and seven have signed deals with teams, including reliever Tyler  Clippard, who signed Wednesday with the Blue Jays.

Around MLB

St. Louis closer Luke Gregerson is expected to be sidelined for at least several days with tightness in his oblique. ... The Rays intend to use a four-man rotation while filling a fifth starter's role with a combination of multi-inning relievers this season.


Athletes honored for academics

Leigha Brown (DeKalb), Rileigh Johnson (Huntington North), Ellen Ross and Caitlyn Ryan (Bishop Dwenger), Caleb Ballentine (Eastside), Marshall Beard (Hamilton), Aaron Hahn (Woodlan), Logan Kruse (DeKalb), Keegan McArdle (Canterbury) and John Reith (Bishop Dwenger) were named Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State.

Cuban denies allegations

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn't pursue, saying they didn't believe there was evidence to support the claim. 

Around the NBA

John Paxson, executive vice president of the Chicago Bulls, says the team will no longer rest Robin Lopez or Justin Holliday after receiving a reminder from the league office about player rest and tanking. ... The Spurs' Kawhi Leonard plans on returning “soon” from a leg injury. 

College news

Missouri standout Michael Porter Jr. will return to play at the SEC Tournament today in the second round – his first game since the season opener. ... Kansas forward Udoka Azubuike sprained his left knee in a scrimmage this week, ruling him out of the Big 12 Tournament and putting his availability for the NCAA Tournament in question.


IPFW golfer wins tournament

IPFW men's golfer Eric Brinker won the individual title at the Lonnie Barton Invitational, shooting a 36-hole score of 6-under-par 138 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman won by two shots over the Mastodons.

IPFW's star gets Summit honor

IPFW junior John Konchar was named to the Summit League's men's basketball all-tourney team.


Around the NHL

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is the most admired and appreciated player in the NHL, judging from the 2017-18 NHLPA Player Poll. A survey of more than 500 players had Crosby being the most difficult to play against, best role model, best team player, the player you'd want to win one game, and the player who would be a great coach upon retirement. Crosby was second to Connor McDavid for which player to start a franchise with, and to Wayne Gretzky to the question of picking anyone all time as a teammate. ... Boston's David Backes has been suspended three games for a shoulder to the head of the Red Wings' Frans Nielsen on Tuesday.