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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 22, 2019 1:00 am


PFW women's coach reinstated after probe

Staff, news services

Purdue Fort Wayne women's basketball Coach Niecee Nelson has returned from administrative leave following the university's investigation into allegations from anonymous source – centering primarily on practice drills and possible NCAA rules infractions – were determined to be unfounded, the school announced Thursday.

A university investigation that included input from student-athletes, assistant coaches, staff members, and Nelson, determined that no athletics department or university policies had been violated.

“We are working closely with coach Nelson and the student-athletes to move forward in a positive manner,” athletics director Kelley Hartley Hutton said in news release. “We are pleased this issue has been resolved.”


Pacers to face Pelicans' star

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says the club plans to have disaffected All-Star Anthony Davis, who has requested a trade, in the starting lineup tonight in Indiana. However, Gentry would not discuss plans for Davis beyond the Pelicans' next game. NBA rules forbid clubs from resting healthy players in any way deemed detrimental to the league, particularly for nationally televised games and road games.

NBA seeking to lower draft age

A person with knowledge of the matter says that the NBA recently sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association about lowering the minimum age to enter the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, as the sides continuing moving toward eliminating the “one-and-done” policy that has many elite players going to college for one season.

Tech, IU women honored

For the second straight season, Indiana Tech senior Kendall Knapke was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Also, Indiana redshirt juniors Ali Patberg and Brenna Wise were named to theDistrict 5 second team.

'Huskers coach apologizes

Nebraska coach Tim Miles apologized for saying he will still be a millionaire if he gets fired. The Cornhuskers (15-12, 5-11) have made the NCAA Tournament once in Miles' seven seasons. He is under contract through 2021 and would be paid $2.52 million if he is fired.


Purdue hires assistant coach

Purdue hired Greg Brown as its secondary coach. He spent the previous two seasons as the secondary coach at Auburn.

Bears cut TE

The Chicago Bears released tight end Dion Sims, who played in just eight games last season.


Break for Woods

Tiger Woods is skipping the Honda Classic next week as he tries to figure out a busy Florida schedule leading to the Masters.


Area signing

Carroll senior Jillian Gregory (rugby) will sign today with Ava Maria University in Naples, Florida.


Endeavor Games registration open

Registration is open now through April 12 for the third annual Turnstone Endeavor Games, an opportunity for athletes with physical disabilities to participate in various sporting events on a novice and a competitive level. The Turnstone stop – April 26-28 – is the first of the Endeavor Games series, with culminates with the University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games June 6-9.


Mastodons sweep

Pelegrin Vargas had 19 kills as No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne defeated No. 12 Ball State 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-20) in Muncie – the team's first 3-0 win at Ball State since 2000. Vargas' 19 kills is the third-most in a three-set match in the NCAA this season. This is the Mastodons' (9-7, 3-2 MIVA) first win over a team ranked in the AVCA Top 15 Coaches Poll this season, and their first win over Ball State (7-8, 1-4) since 2015.