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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Hoosiers' recruiting class ranked in top 10

Associated Press

Indiana is coming off the best recruiting week of the offseason. On April 30, Indiana Mr. Basketball Romeo Langford picked the Hoosiers over Kansas and Vanderbilt, immediately rocketing the team's freshman recruiting class into the Top 10 in the country.

Three days later, former St. Mary's forward Evan Fitzner announced that he would be playing his final year of college basketball for Indiana.

On Monday, Hoosiers coach Archie Miller released a statement commenting on the newest Hoosiers.

On Langford: “Romeo absolutely fits the profile of who you would want to represent the Indiana University men's basketball program as a person, an athlete and as a student.”

On Fitzner: “Evan is an experienced player who will have the ability to help us because he helps our team become older.”

With Langford in the fold, 247sports.com ranks Indiana's recruiting class is No. 9 in the country. Rivals.com ranks it No. 7. Fitzner's commitment gives the Hoosiers 13 scholarship players, closing the team's 2018 recruiting cycle.

AUTO RACING

Report: NASCAR could be for sale

Reuters reported Monday that the France family, NASCAR's majority owners, have entered into preliminary discussions about the potential sale of their majority stake. Reuters reported that while the discussions are exploratory in nature and no deal is imminent.

BASKETBALL

Van Gundy out with Pistons

Stan Van Gundy will not return to Detroit as coach or president of basketball operations. Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement that the team has not progressed over the past two seasons. Gores said Van Gundy wanted to return for a fifth season with the team.

Flite wins 3rd title in row

The Fort Wayne Flite won its third straight Central Basketball Association championship with a 98-95 double overtime victory over the Indianapolis Blaze on Sunday. Antonio Cannon, the CBA postseason tournament MVP, led the Flite with a game-high 33 points. The Flite is a semipro team that is coached by former IU player Rod Wilmot.

Ex-IPFW player to stay in Germany

Former IPFW standout Max Landis has re-signed with the Giessen 46ers in the German Bundesliga. Landis averaged 11.2 points and 2.4 assists for the team that finished 11th in the 18-team league with a regular-season record of 16-18.

COLLEGES

Cougars golfer Player of Week

Saint Francis' Marissa Singer was named the Crossroads League Women's Golf Player of the Week for winning a second straight Crossroads League championship by shooting a 228 over 54 holes at Glendarin Hills Golf Club in Angola.

10 Mastodons earn distinction

Ten IPFW men's volleyball players were selected to the 2018 Academic All-MIVA Team: Pelegrin Vargas, Kade Bontrager, Alex Dickmann, Richie Diedrich, Austin Gerwig, Max Hansen, Michael Keegan, Kolbie Knorr, Austin Neace and Colton Stone.

FOOTBALL

NFL news

Georgia Southern University honored Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, an alumnus killed by a drunken driver in February, with an honorary bachelor of science degree during Saturday's commencement ceremony. ...

Former Denver running back C.J. Anderson signed a one-year contract with Carolina. ... A person familiar with the decision says New Orleans has released veteran tight end Coby Fleener. ...

The NFL players' union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid. The NFLPA cites one team appearing “to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player's statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club's policy prohibiting demonstration” during the national anthem. League policy does not prohibit demonstrating during the anthem. Referring to the labor agreement with the league, the union notes that NFL rules supersede any conflicting club rules.

HOCKEY

Unbeaten US defeats Germany

In Herning, Denmark, the United States beat Germany 3-0 to stay unbeaten, and Russia shut out a third straight opponent at the world ice hockey championship. Russia routed Belarus 6-0.