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INDIANA-BLACKMON

Blackmon Jr. decides to return for another year at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. has decided not to enter the NBA draft this season.

The 6-foot-4 Indiana native finished second on team in scoring last season with 15.7 points and was one of the Big Ten's highest scoring freshmen.

The return of Blackmon, the earlier decision of 6-foot-7 forward Troy Williams to return next season and the recent signing of 6-foot-11 prep star Thomas Bryant gives the Hoosiers a solid core group of players for next season.

Indiana is still waiting on the decision of junior guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, the Hoosiers' top scorer last season at 16.3 points. He is scheduled to make that announcement Saturday in his hometown of Indianapolis.

COLTS PLAN

Colts sticking to long-term plan but still trying to win now

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — General manager Ryan Grigson acknowledges the Colts are going all in to win a Super Bowl this season.

At the same time, he's still building for the future.

It's a balancing act for Grigson, who spent millions of dollars on an aging group of veteran free agents during the offseason. He's still trying to determine what to expect from injured offensive linemen Gosder Cherilus and Donald Thomas, both potential starters, and running back Vick Ballard, who missed all but one game over the past two seasons.

And the Colts are doing all that as coach Chuck Pagano heads into the final year of his contract.

EMMERT-FRESHMEN INELIGIBILITY

Emmert: Freshmen ineligibility problematic, worth debating

NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says he is glad the Big Ten has sparked a debate about freshmen ineligibility, even though it is an idea fraught with potential problems.

Emmert spoke at a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday.

He says the NCAA helped Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with the conference's recent white paper on a so-called year of readiness for freshman football and men's basketball players.

Emmert says freshmen ineligibility could be a way to close the gap between those student-athletes who enter college lagging behind the rest of the student body academically.

Emmert says the question that needs to be addressed is: Are students sufficiently serious about being students as well as athletes and are they prepared to be successful as students?

BLACKHAWKS-PREDATORS

Predators force Game 6 beating Chicago 5-2 with 4 in 3rd

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the Nashville Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Thursday night.

A triple-overtime loss in Chicago early Wednesday pushed the Predators to the brink of elimination, and these teams appeared headed for the third overtime game of this series tied at 1-1 after two.

James Neal then got the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of the third to start a flurry of three goals in a span of less than 2 1/2 minutes and the Predators pulled to 3-2 in the series with Game 6 Saturday night in Chicago.

Forsberg finished his hat trick with an empty netter in the final minute. Colin Wilson also had a goal, and Neal had an assist.

Brad Richards had a goal and an assist, and Kris Versteeg also scored for Chicago.