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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:00 pm

Patriots' Gronkowski could be out for year

Staff, news services

Rob Gronkowski’s season might be over.

The star Patriots tight end is having surgery for a herniated disk in his back, a person with knowledge of the details who spoke on condition of anonymity tells The Associated Press.

He’s likely to be out for eight weeks or more. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Houston on Feb. 5, should the Patriots get that far.

The injury is believed to have occurred during the Patriots’ loss to the Seahawks on Nov. 13, in which Gronkowski said he received "probably one of the hardest I’ve got hit in my career" from safety Earl Thomas.

Gronkowski has 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns.


IPFW signs player

The IPFW men’s basketball team has signed Cameron Benford (Seattle/Franklin Hight School/Hillcrest Academy) to a letter of intent for the 2017-18 season. Benford (6-foot-8, 225 pounds) is averaging 10.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game at Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix.

College roundup

In Storrs, Connecticut, Kia Nurse scored a career-high 33 points as No. 2 UConn routed No. 15 DePaul 91-46 for its 81st straight victory. … In Raleigh, North Carolina, Tyra Buss scored 38 points, making 10 of 14 shots and 14 of 15 free throws, but the Indiana women lost 84-70 to North Carolina State. … In Muncie, Renee Bennett and Destiny Washington had 18 points apiece and combined for 18 rebounds, leading Ball State to an 88-53 victory over Chicago State.

Clippers coach, Piston fined

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $15,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leaving the court in a timely manner on Tuesday night. … Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond was fined $15,000 by the NBA for striking the Charlotte Hornets’ Roy Hibbert in the back of the head with an elbow.


Homestead grad shoots 300 game

Homestead graduate Sydney Brummett had a 300 game en route to a 1,374 total over six games in winning at the National Collegiate Team Match Games in Fairview Heights, Illinois. She led the Wichita State women’s team to a 649-pin victory with a total of 11,737. There were 18 women’s teams in the Tier I United States Bowling Congress event.


On the course

In Gold Coast, Australia, Adam Scott closed with three birdies for a 4-under 68 and was three shots behind leaders Andrew Dodt, Harold Varner and Ashley Hall after a rain-interrupted opening round of the Australian PGA Championship. … In Malelane, South Africa, Charl Schwartel birdied the last hole for a 66 and a share of the first-round lead with Paul Dunne at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.


Around the NFL

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. … Former New York Jets running back and kick returner Joe McKnight was fatally shot Thursday afternoon following an argument at an intersection in Terrytown, Louisiana, his agent confirmed. He was 28. … The NFL is re-evaluating its scheduling process in a bid to avoid the short turnaround of having teams playing on Sunday night and then travel to play on Thursday.

Ex-Cadet honored

Tony Perugini, a graduate of Concordia, earned Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors. He is a junior linebacker for John Carroll University. To be eligible, he had to have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5,


IPFW signing

IPFW men’s volleyball program announced the signing of 6-foot-5 outside hitter Austin Gerwig of Doylestown, Ohio, and 5-11 libero Kade Bontrager of Wildwood, Missouri.