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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:00 am


Tech women expected to repeat in basketball

Staff, news services

The Indiana Tech women's basketball team was picked to repeat as champions of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference on Wednesday in the Coaches Preseason Poll.

The Warriors received 117 points and eight first-place votes after winning their first-ever WHAC title last season. Tech finished the 2017-18 campaign with a program-record 30 wins en route to their second straight appearance in the NAIA Division II National Championship.

Tech opens its season Oct. 30 hosting Huntington University in a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Schaefer Center.

Auto racing


Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus will end their working relationship – the longest pairing of a driver and crew chief in present-day NASCAR – after this season in a personnel shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports. Knaus and Johnson have been together 17 seasons and won seven Cup titles together. Knaus next year will crew chief William Byron and the No. 24 team. ... Matt DiBenedetto will drive for Leavine Family Racing, which currently uses Chevrolet, next season and the team will field Toyota Camrys.


Aces player ruled ineligible

Evansville forward Deandre Williams will not play this season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Officials denied the school's request for a waiver. The 6-foot-9 freshman will be allowed to keep his scholarship and practice with the team. He averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds at Nation Wide Academy in Oklahoma City last season.

Allegation upsets Clemson coach

Clemson coach Brad Brownell says he is disappointed in former Tiger Jaron Blossomgame, whose name appeared in documents during an ongoing college basketball corruption trial. Blossomgame allegedly received $350 from aspiring agent Christian Dawkins, a defendant on trial in New York.

'Triangle' guru Winters, 96, dies

Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, died Wednesday in Manhattan, Kansas. He was 96. He started his coaching career at Kansas State in 1947 and led the Wildcats to two Final Fours and eight Big Seven/Eight titles as head coach from 1954-68.

Winter published “The Triple-Post Offense” in 1962 and teamed with Jackson to use the system to great success with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Winter assisted Jackson on championship teams with the Bulls in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998, and the Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2009.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Butler talks about interview

Jimmy Butler returned to practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time this season, and told ESPN in an interview that he was “brutally honest” with teammates and other officials in that workout. Butler asked the Timberwolves to trade him elsewhere last month.


Ex-Saint honored

Emory University freshman Logan Ryan is the University Athletic Association Men's Golfer of the Week following his performance at the Gordin Classic on Oct. 1-2. The Bishop Dwenger alum finished runner-up in the 90-player field with a 6-under par 210.


Bruins move up starting time

The Boston Bruins have moved up the start of Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings, which was to start at 7 p.m., to 3 p.m. to avoid a conflict with the Red Sox playoff game.


US women roll

Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 in the Women's World Cup qualifying tournament in Cary, N.C. Ranked No. 1 in the world, the United States advances to the CONCACAF Women's Championship semifinals in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday. The U.S. rolled through round-robin play in Group A with a 3-0 record.


Top men advance

Roger Federer had to overcome a second-set stutter. Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev had to overcome illness. All three still advanced at the Shanghai Masters. Federer beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round. The third-seeded del Potro beat Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (7). The fourth-seeded Zverev beat Nicoloz Basilashvili 7-5, 6-4.