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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:00 am


K's send defenseman to Idaho for forward

Staff, news services

The Komets are continuing to try to improve their offense, trading defensemen Jeff King to the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday for 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward Justin Kea.

Idaho had acquired Kea in an offseason trade with the Florida Everblades.

“We're trying to amp up the offense and get a little bigger at the same time,” Komets general manager David Franke said. “Justin is a player that (coach Gary Graham) had been big on all summer. He was trying to get him at the beginning of the summer. Once Idaho was willing to make the move, we jumped on it. We're happy and persistence pays off.”

Kea, 24, totaled 18 goals and 41 points in 65 games for Florida last season. A third-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2012, he added six goals and 11 points in 15 playoff games.

King was scoreless in the opening weekend of the season, as the Komets went 1-1-0. They play Friday at Kalamazoo, Michigan, then play host to the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Komets also signed defenseman Chris Rygus, a rookie out of St. Norbert College, who played his first three professional games last season with the Indy Fuel in the playoffs. To make room, the Komets waived rookie forward Brandon Morley.

Auto racing

Driver docked

Kyle Larson has been docked 10 points by NASCAR for a rules violation that could bring an end to his championship chances. Chip Ganassi Racing was penalized for breaking NASCAR's policy on damaged vehicles during the race at Talladega Superspeedway. The points deduction drops Larson to 36 points below the cutoff for the final transfer position to the third round of the playoffs. NASCAR will cut the playoff field from 12 to eight drivers following Sunday's race.


MLB news

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora says lefty ace Chris Sale is still feeling weak and won't start in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against Houston. ... Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has undergone Tommy John surgery on his right elbow that is expected to keep him out of action for much of next season.


City team hasn't signed lease

The indoor football team slated to play at Memorial Coliseum beginning in March – the Indiana Blue Bombers of the upstart National Gridiron League – says on its website that it has a coach and players. However, the team has yet to return the license agreement that was issued to it by the Coliseum for review in early September, Coliseum general manager Randy Brown confirmed. When the license agreement is returned, a lease would still need to be approved by the Coliseum's Board of Trustees. The proposed lease is for three years. The NGL held a 12-team draft Oct. 1. The Blue Bombers' first-round selection was Seth Dooley, a defensive end from Virginia Tech. Former Saint Francis wide receiver Austin Coleman is among the 13 players listed on the Blue Bombers' roster. The coach is Kelvin Kinney, 45, who played defensive end for Washington in the NFL. 


Sweep for Davies

Laura Davies won the Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort to sweep the two senior major events of the year. Davies fired a 2-under 70 for a four-stroke win over Helen Alfredsson and Silvia Cavalleri.

High schools

Whitko baseball coach dies

Whitko baseball coach Mark Fisher died suddenly Monday the school announced. Fisher was entering his second year as the varsity head coach after serving four years as an assistant coach.


Kremlin results

In Moscow, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina secured the last two places at the season-ending WTA Finals. Pliskova lost to Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-2 at the Kremlin Cup, giving the idle Svitolina a spot in the tournament in Singapore. Kiki Bertens then lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, handing Pliskova the final spot. Also, Sloane Stephens was eliminated in her opening Kremlin Cup match by qualifier Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-2. In the men's draw, third-seeded Karen Khachanov defeated Lukas Rosol 6-4, 7-5, and Ricardas Berankis beat Aljaz Bedene 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to reach the quarterfinals.