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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

USF men's basketball to open season Nov. 1

STAFF, NEWS SERVICES

Saint Francis released its 2019-20 men's basketball schedule Monday.

The Cougars begin on the road in Iowa on Nov. 1 against Clarke University, the first of 30 games for the Cougars and head coach Chad LaCross.

USF plays the first of 13 home games Nov. 8 against Silver Lake of the Holy Family. USF will play its first NAIA Top 25 team at Hutzell Athletic Center on Nov. 15 against No. 3 West Virginia Tech in the Northern Lakes Insurance Classic. West Virginia Tech is the first of 12 games against teams in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll that came out at the end of last season.

USF will play seven teams from last year's 32-team NAIA Division II Championship field including two games against defending NAIA champion Spring Arbor University. This is the last season NAIA will have two division championships.

The Crossroads League Tournament begins Feb. 26.

Basketball

Purdue men to play exhibition

Purdue men's basketball will play an exhibition game before its season opener against Division II Southern Indiana at Mackey Arena on Nov. 1, the Boilermakers announced Monday. Tip time and broadcast information will be released. The matchup is Purdue's only exhibition game before the regular season starts Nov. 5 against Green Bay at Mackey. Southern Indiana went 26-9 last season and is coached by Rodney Watson, who was an assistant coach under Matt Painter at Southern Illinois.

Mercury's Taurasi medically cleared

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has been medically cleared to play after missing most of the season with a back injury.

Colleges

Trine football projected 2nd

The Trine football team was picked to finish in a tie for second in the 2019 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Preseason Coaches Poll. Hope (Mich.) College was picked as the favorite.

Huntington sweeps awards

Huntington volleyball's Paige Eakright was named the Crossroads League's attacker of the week, Ariene Butler was defender of the week and Jennings Tacosik was setter of the week.

PFW men's soccer picked for 3rd

The Summit League released the 2019 men's soccer preseason poll Monday and Purdue Fort Wayne was picked for third. Denver was picked to finish first.

Football

Witnesses say Benson speeding

Police in Austin, Texas, said Monday they are still investigating the weekend motorcycle crash that killed former Texas Longhorns running back and NFL player Cedric Benson and a female passenger. According to police, witnesses said Benson was driving his BMW motorcycle at high speed through a curving, hilly section of the city Saturday night when he collided with a van that was attempting a left turn. Police said a passenger in the van and a bystander tried to help Benson, 36, and his passenger, 27-year-old Aamna Najam. Both died at the scene. Police said the van driver is cooperating.

MVP of 1945 Rose Bowl dies

Jim Hardy, the oldest living University of Southern California and Los Angeles Rams football player who was the MVP of the 1945 Rose Bowl, has died. He was 96.

Miscellaneous

Turnstone alters call-out meetings

The call-out meetings for the 2019-20 Turnstone competitive sled hockey and wheelchair rugby teams have been rescheduled. The sled hockey meeting will be at Canlan Ice House at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and wheelchair rugby will meet at Turnstone at 7 p.m. Monday. All other call-out meetings remain as scheduled. Call-out meetings for Turnstone's competitive adaptive sports teams are open to interested individuals for the 2019-20 season.

Racing

Dale Jr. feels 'truly blessed'

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is “truly blessed” that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee. He issued a statement Monday on social media praising the “quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospital staff.” Investigators say the plane carrying Earnhardt and his family bounced multiple times during a crash-landing Thursday in Elizabethton and veered off the runway before ending up on a highway.