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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:00 am


Mastodons to play Buckeyes this season

Staff, news services

The IPFW men's basketball team will face a Big Ten opponent for the sixth straight season, heading to Ohio State on Nov. 7.

The Mastodons went 2-1 against Indiana the last three seasons and faced Purdue and Illinois in consecutive seasons prior to that.

The game will be the Buckeyes' home opener at Value City Arena.

IPFW, which will be known as Purdue Fort Wayne after July 1, beat IU 92-72 at Assembly Hall last year and 71-68 in overtime at Memorial Coliseum two years ago. The Hoosiers started the three-year series with a 95-65 win over the Mastodons in Bloomington in 2015-16.

IPFW lost at Purdue 63-43 in 2014-15 and at Illinois 57-55 in 2013-14.


Grace women hire new coach

Dan Davis has been named the new women's coach at Grace, succeeding Scott Blum. Davis has been the women's coach at Auburn-Montgomery, also an NAIA school, the last 11 years.


Indiana, Purdue reel in recruits

Indiana and Purdue football continued their strings of recruiting successes in the 2019 class as the Hoosiers received four commitments and the Boilermakers landed their seventh since Friday. The four Indiana players consist of three three-star players and a two-star recruit. The highest-rated is 6-foot linebacker Dorian Jones out of West Palm Beach, Florida. Jones is the No. 30 inside linebacker in the class per Purdue's commitment, also on defense, is Macedonia, Ohio, cornerback Nyles Beverly. He is the No. 41 player in Ohio and a three-star recruit. With the 5-foot-11 defensive back's commitment, Purdue's class numbers 15 and is No. 24 in the country. Joining Jones in committing to IU were three-star linebacker Kervens Bonhomme, three-star tight end Gary Cooper and two-star safety Sean Wracher. The Hoosiers' class has 12 players and is No. 32 in the country, up 28 spots since Friday.

Browns sign former No. 2 pick

The Cleveland Browns have signed offensive lineman Greg Robinson, a 2014 first-round draft pick with the Rams. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Robinson was the No. 2 overall pick that year out of Auburn.

Pro Bowl staying in Orlando

The NFL announced Orlando will host the 2019 Pro Bowl, keeping the all-star game at Camping World Stadium for another year.


5-time winner of British Open dies

Golf Australia says the family of five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson has announced his death. He was 88. Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died this morning at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members.

All-American wrestler shot

Iowa All-American wrestler Sam Stoll has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after he was accidentally shot in the knee. Iowa City police said say they responded to a report of a gunshot victim who showed up at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday. A preliminary investigation found he was shot by mistake in a residence and that several other people were present.

High schools

Area signing

Heritage's Nick Bosler is headed to Indiana Tech for baseball.


Neymar limps from training

Neymar limped out of Brazil's training session at the World Cup on Tuesday because of pain in his right ankle. The Brazilian soccer confederation said the injury was not serious, adding Neymar left as a precaution and would be back in training today.


Player banned for fixing 2 matches

Top-100 tennis player Nicolas Kicker has been suspended for six years and fined $25,000 for fixing two matches. The Tennis Integrity Unit announced Kicker's punishment Tuesday, saying that he can reduce his ban to three years if he “commits no further breaches.”

Kicker was kicked out of the French Open last month after an anti-corruption hearing officer ruled that the 25-year-old from Argentina arranged the results of two Challenger tour matches in 2015.

Murray loses in return to action

Andy Murray won the first set on his return from injury after almost a year away from competitive tennis before Australian Nick Kyrgios rallied to win 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the first round at Queen's Club on Tuesday. Earlier, Novak Djokovic's first appearance at the Wimbledon warmup tournament in eight years was successful when he was able to put away John Millman 6-2, 6-1.

Federer wins in Weber opener

Roger Federer opened his Gerry Weber Open title defense by seeing off Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday. The world No. 1 broke the No. 72nd-ranked Bedene at the first attempt and again for 5-4 in the second set to wrap up the win.