The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:00 am


Indiana lands another 4-star football recruit

Staff, news services

Indiana football added an elite recruit to its 2019 class Monday when four-star running back Sampson James flipped his commitment from Ohio State to the Hoosiers.

James, a 6-foot-1, 211-pound back from Avon, is the No. 8 running back in the country and the No. 163 player in the class, making him by far the highest-rated recruit in the Hoosiers' class, per 24/7 Sports. He joins defensive end Beau Robbins of Carmel as four-star recruits for IU in 2019.

James is the 16th commitment for the class, which ranks No. 38 in the country – the highest ranking for a Hoosiers recruiting class since 2000, per 24/7's composite rankings.

Indiana also received a commitment from three-star wide receiver David Ellis of Chippewa of Clinton Township, Michigan.

Ellis decommitted from Central Michigan on Tuesday and committed to the Hoosiers, giving them 17 recruits in the class. The 6-foot, 190-pound receiver is the No. 31 player in Michigan, per 24/7 Sports.


Around MLB

The Tampa Bay Rays, who won more games than any American League team that didn't make the playoffs, have rewarded manager Kevin Cash with a contract extension that runs through 2024, plus a club option for 2025. ... Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia had surgery on his right knee. Limited to 93 games because of discomfort in the knee, Garcia went from batting .330 in a breakout All-Star season in 2017 to .236 this year. ... The San Diego Padres have fired hitting coach Matt Stairs after one year as the team continued to rank at the bottom of the majors in key offensive stats.


Spartans punter done for season

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says punter Jake Hartbarger's lower-leg injury is likely to end his season. He was hurt Sept. 8 at Arizona State and was initially going to miss six to eight weeks.


Koepka named PGA's best

Brooks Koepka has won PGA Tour Player of the Year on the strength of his two major championships. Koepka is the sixth player in the last six years to win the award, the longest streak of different winners since the PGA Tour players began voting on the award in 1990. The tour does not disclose how many votes he received from a ballot that included British Open champion Francesco Molinari, FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau. Koepka won the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills to become the first player to go back to back since 1989. He won the PGA Championship at Bellerive by two shots over Tiger Woods to become the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA in the same year.


Komets moves

The Komets released two rookies, forward Mathieu Nadeau and defenseman Oskari Halme, and forwards Jake Hauswirth and Chase Phelps, bringing their roster to 22.

Concussion for Penguins goalie

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion he suffered during practice Monday. This is the third time the 24-year-old Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion.


3 spots up for winter of 2026

The International Olympic Committee has approved three candidate bids for the 2026 Winter Games – Calgary, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden; and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo – and will pick a winner in June. Erzurum in Turkey was dropped last week.



Novak Djokovic, the hottest player on the men's tour in the second half of the year, never faced a break point on serve in putting away Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters. Fifth-seeded Marin Cilic became the highest seed toppled in Shanghai when 48th-ranked Nicolas Jarry of Chile rebounded for a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 second-round win. ... Australian Open organizers have increased the prize money by 10 percent for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year to offset a drop in the Australian dollar. Tournament director Craig Tiley says the total prize money for the Jan. 14-27 tournament will be 60.5 million Australian dollars ($43 million). It was A$55 million this year.


New partner

Three-time beach Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings has a new partner as she tries to qualify for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. She will pair with Rio Olympian Brooke Sweat, a defensive specialist. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May-Treanor. When May-Treanor retired, she paired with April Ross in Rio and earned bronze.

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