Former Ball State men's basketball player and Carroll graduate Kyle Mallers saw his final season of college basketball cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic, but he'll continue his career overseas.
Mallers this week signed a contract with S.C. Lusitania in the Portuguese Basketball League. The team is in Angra do Heroísmo in the Azores, a mountainous chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal.
“When the whole virus thing happened, I was still itching to play,” the Fort Wayne native said. “I didn't feel like we had any closure to our season, and I wanted to keep playing.”
Mallers is scheduled to report in September to begin preparing for a season that starts in October. It is an opportunity to continue playing basketball and experience a different part of the world.
“It's something a lot of people don't get the chance to do,” he said. “It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.”
The three-time Academic All-MAC selection averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds this past season while shooting 38% from 3-point range to help Ball State to a record of 18-13 (11-7 MAC) and a share of the MAC West Division championship.
Duke women's coach resigns
Joanne P. McCallie won't return for a 14th season as Duke's women's basketball coach. McCallie announced her departure in a six-minute video posted Thursday on the program's Twitter account. She said she was “choosing to step away” as coach, saying she wanted to bring clarity instead of uncertainty as she entered the final year of her contract.
Man Maya Moore championed freed
A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges. Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons.
NCAA punishes Texas A&M
Texas A&M's football program was placed on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher given a six-month show cause order by the NCAA on Thursday after the Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018.
PGA takes name off Smith Award
The PGA of America is renaming its Horton Smith Award after a review of history revealed Smith defended the Caucasian-only membership clause when he served as PGA president in the early 1950s. The PGA of America board voted to rename it the PGA Professional Development Award. It honors a PGA member for outstanding contributions to professional education.