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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, January 05, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Irish's Love, Mack to enter NFL draft

Staff, News Services

Notre Dame All-Americans Julian Love and Alize Mack announced Friday they would forgo their final seasons of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Love, a two-time All-American, holds the single-season and career records for pass breakups at Notre Dame and registered 63 tackles in 2018, including three for loss. He is projected to be drafted within the first three rounds.

Mack, a tight end, caught 36 passes for 360 yards, hauling in three touchdowns. He is projected as a mid-round draft pick.

BASKETBALL

James to miss 4 more games

LeBron James will miss at least four more games with the Los Angeles Lakers while he recovers from a left groin strain. The Lakers on Friday said James' injury will be re-evaluated in one week. The four-time NBA MVP already has missed four games after getting hurt during the Lakers' victory at Golden State on Christmas.

COLLEGES

Ball State ends Toledo's streak

In Toledo, Tahjai Teague scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and 12 rebounds, and Ball State ended Toledo's 10-game win streak with a 79-64 victory in a Mid-American Conference opener. Teague posted his second double-double this season. Toledo (12-2) lost for the first time in eight home games this season.

IU defender wins top soccer honor

Indiana senior defender Andrew Gutman and Stanford sophomore forward Catarina Macario won the Hermann Trophy as the top college soccer players.

Cougars land Bluffton star

Former Bluffton running back Everett Johnson will play college football for Saint Francis, he announced Friday on Twitter. Johnson was an AP All-State running back his senior season. He ran for 2,119 yards in 12 games in 2018.

On campus

Georgia quarterback Justin Fields, the No. 2 national prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, announced he is transferring to Ohio State. ... Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley and tight end Isaac Nauta are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft, as is Ohio State center Michael Jordan.

FOOTBALL

NFL news

New England linebackers coach Brian Flores and Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, were the first candidates to interview for Miami's coaching position. Owner Stephen Ross wants to rebuild after a 7-9 season. ... John Elway met with Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak about Denver's head coaching position. The New York Jets interviewed Andrew Gase for their coaching position. ... Cleveland interviewed New Orleans tight ends coach Dan Campbell.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Area signings

Three Carroll athletes will sign with colleges Thursday: Abby Green (cross country/track, Indiana), Meagan Hathaway (cross country/track, Purdue) and Draven Thompson (cross country/track, Purdue Fort Wayne). ... Homestead's Sydney Rybolt (Purdue Fort Wayne) and Kailey Behrens (Taylor) will sign Thursday to play college golf.