Saturday, April 30
Pacers force Game 7 against Raptors with 101-83 win
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 on Friday night to force a Game 7 of their series.
That will be played Sunday in Toronto, and the winner will advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph each had 15 points for the Raptors, who haven't won a postseason series since the first round in 2001.
Indiana trailed by as much as 12 early, never led until early in the third quarter and had to fend off a late third-quarter charge from the Raptors before blowing it open in the fourth.
Colts take Clemson safety T.J. Green in second round
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts decided to get younger in their secondary by selecting safety T.J. Green with the No. 57 overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Clemson defensive back was a former wide receiver who switched to the defensive side of the ball. Green surprised scouts at the NFL combine with a 4.34 second 40-yard dash. Veteran safety Mike Adams is entering the final year of his contract with Indianapolis.
Green recorded 95 tackles and one interception in 2015. Green started all 15 games in 2015 and 10 games in 2014 for the Tigers.
On Thursday night, the Colts took the first step in fulfilling their needs on the offensive line when they took Alabama center Ryan Kelly.
The Colts traded their second round pick, 48th overall, to the Packers for their second round pick and nabbed a fourth and seventh round pick from Green Bay in the deal.
Texans trade up again to get Notre Dame center Nick Martin
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have traded with Atlanta to move up two spots and take Notre Dame center Nick Martin with the 50th overall pick in the NFL draft.
The Texans gave up their sixth-round pick at Number 195 to the Falcons. It's the second Notre Dame player Houston has chosen in this draft after trading up one spot to take Fighting Irish receiver Will Fuller with the 21st pick in the first round on Thursday night.
The Texans had a need at center after they lost Ben Jones in free agency to the Titans. Jones started every game at center for Houston over the past two seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 299-pound Martin is the younger brother of another Golden Domer Zack Martin, who was a first-round pick by the Cowboys in 2014 and a two-time Pro-Bowler at guard.
Packers trade up in 2nd round, take Indiana's Jason Spriggs
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers traded up in the second round of the NFL draft to add offensive line depth, taking tackle Jason Spriggs out of Indiana.
Green Bay moved up nine spots on Saturday to the 48th overall pick in the draft by dealing three picks to Indianapolis. The Colts received the Packers' second-rounder, the 57th pick overall, along with selections in the fourth and seventh rounds.
The 6-foot-7 Spriggs made 47 starts at left tackle for Indiana. He allowed just two sacks in 475 pass attempts in his senior year last season.
The addition of Spriggs gives the Packers some insurance at a position that could see turnover after the season, when the contracts of guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang, as well as left tackle David Bakhtiari, expire.
Cowboys take Notre Dame LB Smith, who likely sits out 2016
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have taken Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft.
Smith isn't expected to play in 2016 after tearing ligaments in his left knee in his final college game against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. He skipped his final season of eligibility despite the injury.
The Cowboys went defense with their first pick Friday night after staying away from their biggest needs with the fourth overall pick on opening night and getting Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Dallas can afford to give Smith a year to heal with middle linebacker Rolando McClain returning for a second season and oft-injured Sean Lee coming off his first Pro Bowl season in 2015.
INDIANA BASKETBALL AWARDS
Lawrence North, Princeton stars win top basketball honors
(Information in the following story is from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawrence Central's Kyle Guy and Princeton's Jackie Young have been honored as the top Indiana high school basketball players.
Guy was named the 2016 IndyStar Mr. Basketball and Young as Miss Basketball during a ceremony Thursday night in Indianapolis.
The 6-foot-3 Guy is a Virginia recruit who averaged 23.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game during his senior season.
The Indianapolis Star reports Guy was selected on 123 of the 361 ballots submitted by coaches and media. Southport's Joey Brunk and Indianapolis Tech's C.J. Walker tied for second with 46 votes.
Young scored 3,268 points during her high school career, more than any other male or female player in state history. Young is a Notre Dame recruit who also was named Naismith girls basketball national player of the year.
Plans scrapped for IndyCar race on streets of Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Organizers are scrapping plans for an IndyCar race on the streets of Boston.
John Casey, president of the Grand Prix of Boston, told The Boston Globe on Friday that the relationship between promoters and the city isn't working.
The race was scheduled for the Labor Day weekend in the city's Seaport District. Organizers had hoped to construct a temporary street course around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Mayor Martin Walsh and organizers signed an agreement last May calling for annual races for up to five years.
Opponents argued the race would have negative impacts to the environment and neighborhood safety.
Casey said organizers are hoping to hold the race in a backup city in the Northeast.
He said promoters have had contact with two other cities, one of which is in New England.
Lug nuts and $35,000 fine still the talk around Tony Stewart
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — It's been an action-packed week for Tony Stewart following his return to a race car after a back injury sidelined him the first eight races of the season.
First, he was fined $35,000 by NASCAR for criticizing the series about safety surrounding lug nuts. He then ran his first race since November and participated in the final tire test of his career over two days this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Now he's scheduled for a short weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, where Ty Dillon will be his relief driver to help Stewart avoid hurting his back again.
But all the talk Friday was about his fine, which wasn't lifted even after NASCAR heeded to his concerns.
Stewart said he still doesn't understand what he said to warrant the penalty.