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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Patrick to join NBC for Indy 500 coverage

Staff, news services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Danica Patrick will join NBC Sports' inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as a studio analyst alongside host Mike Tirico.

Patrick retired from racing after last year's Indianapolis 500. She told The Associated Press that racing at Indy last year after an eight-year career in NASCAR refreshed her.

NBC Sports this season snagged the entire IndyCar package, including the showcase Indy 500 that had been broadcast exclusively by ABC since 1965.

Baseball

Tigers' Fulmer officially done

Michael Fulmer's 2019 season is officially over before it starts. MLB.com's Jason Beck reported that the Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher said Wednesday he will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, effectively rendering him out for the year.

BASKETBALL

IU-Arkansas rematch Saturday

Indiana will continue its NIT run with a second-round game against Arkansas (18-15) at Assembly Hall at noon Saturday, the Hoosiers announced. The game will air on ESPN. Indiana faced the Razorbacks in Fayetteville on Nov. 18, losing 73-72.

Around the NCAA

Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard is out “for an indefinite period of time” for violating school policy. ... Kentucky coach John Calipari expects scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington to play despite seeing a foot specialist.

China, Croatia to play in summer

The Chinese and Croatian national teams will join all 30 NBA clubs at this year's Summer League in Las Vegas from July 5-15.

COLLEGES

Kessler to coach All-Star Game

Grace's longtime men's basketball head coach Jim Kessler will get one more game on the sidelines before his retirement. Kessler was named coach of the East team for the 2019 NAIA All-Star Game, which will be Tuesday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. Joining Kessler on the East team will be Lancers graduating senior Logan Godfrey.

Warriors runner earns award

Indiana Tech sophomore Brandon Smiley was named the NAIA National Track Athlete of the Week. The native of Livonia, Michigan, hit two automatic qualifying standards in the 100 and 200 meters at the Jaguar Opener, finishing in 10.56 and 21.24. He also anchored the 400-meter relay to a win in 40.33, the fastest time in the country, while running the second leg of the 1,600-meter relay that took fourth in 3:23.68.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Spartans player is Junior All-Star

Zak Krueger of Homestead is among 24 players selected for the IndyStar Indiana boys Junior All-Stars for 2019. The Junior All-Stars will play two games against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars, the first tentatively set for June 1 at a Kentucky site to be announced and the second June 3 at Jeffersonville High School. The Junior All-Stars will play the Indiana All-Star senior boys June 5 at an undetermined site.

Area signings

Three East Noble standouts signed to play at Trine – Brent Cox (basketball), Kaiden Harshberger (football) and Nolan Mallas (football).

Hockey

Howard signs

The Detroit Red Wings signed goalie Jimmy Howard to a $4 million, one-year contract extension.

Soccer

Grass fields only for women's Cup

FIFA will only allow natural grass fields at the 2023 Women's World Cup. The stipulation is contained in requirements sent to bidding nations and follows controversy over the use of artificial turf at the 2015 tournament in Canada.