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Saturday, January 15, 2022 1:00 am


ACC chief: Not time to expand playoff

Staff, news services

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips says now is not the time for College Football Playoff expansion, citing an abundance of uncertainty throughout college sports and the NCAA.

“To the ACC, we don't have a College Football Playoff problem,” Phillips said Friday during a conference call with reporters. “We have a college football and collegiate athletics-slash-NCAA problem.”

Phillips said with the NCAA about to embark on a transformation of Division I, CFP expansion should not be a priority.

Phillips also cited the continuing need for federal legislation regarding name, image and likeness compensation for athletes, the lingering ramifications of last year's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the NCAA's limits on athletes' educational benefits, and the possibility of athletes organizing.

A 12-team playoff proposal has been on the table since June.


Mastodons add game Monday

Purdue Fort Wayne will play a newly scheduled men's basketball game against Michigan-Dearborn on Monday at the Gates Center, the Mastodons announced. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5. Season-ticket holders can get a free ticket in the Gates Center lobby before the game. PFW has had three games canceled this season.

Hardwick enrolls at Ball State

Former Homestead running back Braeden Hardwick has enrolled at Ball State to play football, the Cardinals announced. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Hardwick was a two-time All-SAC performer and ran for 2,760 yards and 33 touchdowns during his Homestead career, including 965 yards and 11 scores as a senior in 2020. He set a Homestead single-game record with 287 rushing yards against Carroll during his senior campaign.


Henley shoots 63; Na fades with 71

Russell Henley shot a 7-under 63 for a 15-under 125 and three-shot lead among the early starters at Sony Open in Honolulu. First-round leader Kevin Na shot a 1-over 71 and was seven strokes behind Henley.


Schedule updates

East Noble announced that the Knights and Snider have agreed to a four-year home-and-away contract for their football teams. The first game will be played at East Noble in Week 2 of the 2023 season. …

East Noble announced that Tuesday's nonconference swim meet against Goshen has been canceled. The meet will not be rescheduled. …

The Wayne-Bishop Dwenger boys basketball game scheduled for Friday was postponed. The schools will reschedule the game.

Huntington North honors grad

Huntington North honored graduate Abbi (Wilson) Rosen during halftime of Wednesday's game against Wayne after Rosen was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 2022 Women's Silver Anniversary team.


Huntington North senior volleyball player Maisyn Robrock will sign with Huntington on Jan. 26.


Chris Evert says she has cancer

Former tennis star Chris Evert says she was diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer. Evert, 67, revealed the illness in a story posted Friday on; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN. She learned of the cancer last month and began chemotherapy treatments this week. Evert was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1995.

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