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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:55 am

Daytona ditches ban, offers flag exchange

Staff, news services

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.

Daytona President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag.

Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend.

Chitwood said there’s not enough time to plan and enforce a ban on the Confederate flag, which NASCAR Chairman Brian France does not want flying at NASCAR events.

NASCAR has taken a strong stance against the flag since nine black churchgoers were slain in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17. The suspect in the case, Dylann Roof, embraced Confederate symbols before the attack.


BASKETBALL




Sheehey playing for New Orleans


Former Mad Ants and Indiana University forward Will Sheehey will play for New Orleans in the NBA’s summer league.


COLLEGES




5 IPFW teams top academic list


Five IPFW teams were at the top of the Summit League’s Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. Men’s golf (86 percent), women’s golf (100 percent), women’s soccer (93 percent) women’s tennis (100 percent) and men’s cross country (75 percent) earned top honors in the conference. Percentages are based on the number of list-eligible (3.0 GPA or higher) players on the roster.


FOOTBALL




Lembo listed as coach on the rise


Ball State coach Pete Lembo has been named as one of the 15 college "Coaches on the Rise" by Athlon Sports. Lembo is 30-20 in four years with the Cardinals and has two bowl appearances.


Warrant issued for ’Noles QB


Suspended FSU quarterback De’Andre Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued. Johnson, 19, was suspended last week after allegedly hitting a woman at a bar in Tallahassee, according to a report released by the Tallahassee Police Department. The school confirmed in a release that Johnson was suspended indefinitely for violating an athletic department policy, but it did not specify the violation. The Florida state attorney’s office confirmed to the Sentinel it charged Johnson with misdemeanor battery.


St. Louis stadium plans fuel battle


A Missouri state lawmaker asked a judge to block Gov. Jay Nixon from working on plans to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis, calling the effort a misuse of taxpayer dollars for an "illegal purpose." Republican Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City represented a group of six lawmakers suing Nixon and officials who oversee the current Rams stadium. They want to block Nixon and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority from taking action on a new stadium, saying they don’t have the authority to do so. An attorney for Nixon asked Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem to dismiss the case, in part claiming that Nixon’s involvement is minimal. The lawsuit comes as Rams owner Stan Kroenke works to build a new stadium in the Los Angeles area, a former home to the team. That’s prompted concern that Kroenke will move the Rams as early as 2016.


Sam returns to Alouettes


After being away from the team for a couple of weeks, former Mizzou star Michael Sam is back with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. Sam practiced Monday after unexpectedly leaving the Alouettes last month. The team had put him on the suspended list, but Montreal general manager Jim Popp told the Guardian last week that he was in contact with Sam and expected him back. Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, and former Missouri swimmer Vito Cammisano have parted ways, six months after announcing their engagement. Sam has apparently deleted photos of Cammisano and himself on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.


MISCELLANEOUS




Reserved-hunt sign-up online


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is making online reserved-hunt applications available today. Hunters may apply online by going to www.hunting.IN.gov and clicking the "Reserved Hunt Information" link. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they would like to hunt.