The Journal Gazette
 
 
Saturday, October 31, 2020 1:00 am

Briefs

Purdue lands state's top basketball recruit

Staff, news services

Power forward Trey Kaufman of Silver Creek, the No. 1 basketball recruit in Indiana in the 2021 class according to 24/7sports.com, committed to play at Purdue.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Kaufman is the No. 31 player nationally and chose the Boilermakers over Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana State. With his commitment, Purdue's 2021 class now contains the top two players from Indiana as Kaufman joins Fort Wayne native and Blackhawk Christian center Caleb Furst.

As a junior, Kaufman averaged 25.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 blocks.

Auto racing

Jordan team pairs with Gibbs

Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin's 23XI Racing team has joined in a partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota for the upcoming racing season.

Baseball

Contract news

Jon Lester's $25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined by the Chicago Cubs. … The Chicago White Sox declined options for Edwin Encarnación and Gio González. …

Cleveland declined contract options on Brad Hand, Carlos Santana and Domingo Santana for next season. … Milwaukee declined 2021 options on Jedd Gyorko, Eric Sogard andBen Gamel. … Texas declined the contract option on right-hander Corey Kluber. … Miami declined its option for 2021 on reliever Brandon Kintzler.

Basketball

Big Ten/ACC set

The Big Ten/ACC Challenge announced its men's basketball schedule for 2020. No. 24 Indiana will travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State on Dec. 9. Purdue will also play in Florida, traveling to Miami to take on the Hurricanes on Dec. 8. Also on Dec. 8, Notre Dame will host No. 17 Ohio State.

Nash adds to coaching staff

Mike D'Antoni and Amare Stoudemire are joining Steve Nash's coaching staff, bringing a glimpse of the old Phoenix Suns to Brooklyn.

Colleges

Grace postpones weekend games

Grace athletic contests scheduled for Friday and today in basketball, soccer and volleyball were postponed after the death of a school student. Makeup dates weren't available.

Football

Irish player exits

Notre Dame defensive lineman Ja'Mion Franklin is stepping away from football to work on his mental health and is entering the transfer portal, he announced on social media.

Golf

On the course

In Boca Raton, Florida, John Daly shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the lead with Jim Furyk in the PGA Tour Champions' TimberTech Champions. …

In Southampton, Bermuda, Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark survived ferocious wind in the Bermuda Championship to share the lead at 8-under.

Hockey

Former Komet official positive

Chuck Bailey, the Komets' longtime director of communications, has been hospitalized with COVID-19, though he's expected out in a few days. Bailey retired this summer after 27 seasons with the team.

Volleyball

Semistate change

The semistate matches scheduled to be played at Huntington North today have been moved to Logansport. Bishop Dwenger (31-2) will play New Prairie (25-7) in the Class 3A semistate championship at 6 p.m. That follows the Class 2A match between Wapahani and Fairfield, which starts at 4 p.m.


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