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Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:00 am


Mad Ants trade for rights to NBA player

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The Mad Ants acquired the rights to Isaiah Hartenstein, along with a second-round pick in this year's G League draft, for the rights to Herve Kabasele in a trade with Erie on Friday.

The 7-foot Hartenstein was a second-round pick of the Houston Rockets in 2017. He has played 51 NBA games, averaging 3.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 9.6 minutes.

This season, he has played six G League games with Rio Grande Valley and averaged 21.3 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Hartenstein is on an NBA contract, so it's unlikely he'll be sent down this season.

Kabasele has played 15 games this season with Real Canoe NC in Spain, averaging 8.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. The Mad Ants had used an open waiver spot to acquire his rights before flipping him to Erie.

The Mad Ants also released Tre Kelley, who had averaged 5.9 points and 1.9 assists in 16 games.


Tackett top seed in PBA finals

Thirteen-time Go Bowling PBA Tour winner EJ Tackett of Bluffton compiled a 13-3 match play record and averaged 231 in Thursday's final two-match play rounds to earn the top seed for today's PBA Players Championship stepladder finals as he tries for his third major title. Tackett finished with a 19-5 overall record in match play and 10,242 42-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins to earn the top spot. He defeated Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte 213-201 in the final position round match to clinch the top seed. The stepladder finals for the season's second major will be televised live on FS1 at 5:30 p.m. Tackett and his opponent in the title match will bowl for a $1 million bonus if the winner of the match bowls a 300 game.


Washington cuts cornerback

Washington released cornerback Josh Norman with one year left on the big contract he signed in 2016, and wide receiver Paul Richardson after two disappointing, injury-plagued seasons. Norman struggled to live up to the expectations set by the $75 million, five-year deal he got after putting together an All-Pro season in Carolina and being released from the Panthers' franchise tag. Washington saves $12.5 million against the salary cap in 2020 by cutting him now.


Area signings

Adams Central senior Katilyn Hawkins will sign Monday to play softball at Adrian College. … West Noble seniors Raven Slone and Eion Fuleki signed to play football at Trine. … DeKalb senior Landon Miller signed to play football at Wabash.

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