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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:00 am


3-on-3 tourney set for college seniors

Staff, news services

CHICAGO – All-Star teams of college seniors will compete for a $150,000 prize in a 3-on-3 tournament before this year's NCAA national championship game.

The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, announced Monday, will be played at the Mall of America in Minneapolis from April 5-7.

Only players who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility may participate. The championship team will earn a spot in the 2019 USA Basketball 3X3 National Championship in May.

Last year's tournament was won by the Big Ten team of Indiana's Robert Johnson, Minnesota's Nate Mason, Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate and Purdue's Vincent Edwards.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will include 3-on-3 basketball as a medal sport for the first time.


Olson in hospital after stroke

Former Arizona coach Lute Olson was hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke over the weekend. Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, said in a news release the 84-year-old Hall of Famer is in good condition, but will need some rehabilitation once he is released from the hospital. Doctors said five days after Olson's retirement in 2008 that the coach had suffered a previously undiagnosed stroke earlier that year. Olson turned an Arizona program that won four games the year before he was hired in 1983 into a national powerhouse. The Wildcats won a national title under him in 1997 and went to the Final Four five times.


Tech athletes win WHAC honors

Three Indiana Tech athletes won Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference player of the week honors in their respective sports: Senior Dylan Phair, men's basketball; sophomore Malik Johnson, men's indoor track and field; freshman Destiny Copeland, women's indoor track and field. Phair shot 70 percent in averaging 29 points in a pair of wins last week. Johnson won the long jump and triple jump at the conference indoor meet. Copeland won the long jump at the conference meet, setting a school and conference record with a leap of 6.06 meters (19 feet, 10.75 inches).

Woodlan grad wins MIAA honor

Albion sophomore Rain Hinton, Woodlan graduate, was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's women's basketball player of the week. She scored 20 points in the Britons' win over Kalamazoo on Wednesday and 21 in a win over Saint Mary's on Saturday. She shot 65 percent and had 21 rebounds during the two-game stretch.

Vanderbilt honors late AD

Vanderbilt is renaming its student recreation and wellness center in honor of former athletic director David Williams II. Williams, the first black athletic director in Southeastern Conference history, died Feb. 8 at the age of 71. His death came a week after he formally stepped down as Vanderbilt's athletic director. Williams had been in charge of Vanderbilt athletics since 2003 as vice chancellor of student affairs. He added the official title of athletic director in 2012.


Jags pick up Campbell option

The Jacksonville Jaguars have exercised a $12 million option on Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell for 2019. Campbell signed a four-year, $60 million contract with Jacksonville in March 2017. He made the Pro Bowl in both seasons with the Jaguars, totaling 139 tackles, 25 sacks and four forced fumbles.


Homestead 9th in final boys poll

Homestead will begin the final week of the regular season ranked No. 9 in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Poll. The Spartans (19-2) claimed a share of the SAC title with a win over Carroll on Friday. Blackhawk Christian (19-2) is ranked 20th in the statewide poll. East Noble (17-3) and Huntington North (17-4) also received votes. Carmel (19-1) is ranked No. 1.


Jagr, 47, returns to ice, scoreless

Jaromir Jagr is back again. The Czech winger and 13-time NHL All-Star has recovered from a series of injuries that prevented him from playing for more than a year and appeared in a game Monday for the Kladno Knights, the hometown club he owns in the Czech Republic. Jagr, 47, played on the top line alongside center Tomas Plekanec, another former NHL player. He didn't score in nearly 18 minutes but celebrated as Kladno, boosted by his presence, won 2-0 at Havirov in a Czech second-league game.