Friday, August 28
NCAA rules Notre Dame DE Williams ineligible for season
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says defensive end Ishaq Williams has been ruled ineligible for the season by the NCAA, ending his college playing career.
Williams was dismissed from Notre Dame last fall after being investigated for possible academic dishonesty. He had sought a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play. Kelly says Williams remains on scholarship.
Senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell also was dismissed from school along with Williams last season but has been cleared to play. Kelly said Thursday all he could say about why Russell was allowed to play while Williams wasn't was there were different circumstances.
Kelly announced defensive lineman Sheldon Day, defensive back Matthias Farley, linebackers Joe Schmidt and Jaylon Smith and center Nick Martin have been named captains.
Crean questions leadership after latest legal problem
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A frustrated Tom Crean questioned the leadership of his Indiana team Thursday and said he was still contemplating punishments after two players were cited for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage last weekend.
The Hoosiers' coach was in Indianapolis to speak during a caravan for the Varsity Club and alumni association.
It's the first time Crean has spoken publicly since the Indiana State Excise Police said they found sophomore Emmitt Holt and freshman Thomas Bryant with bottles of vodka in a parked car and neither was in the driver's seat.
But Crean made it clear he's committed to cleaning things up. He acknowledged multiple times during a 17-minute interview that his players need to understand that they play for Indiana, not at Indiana, and that they need to make better decisions.
Gordon, Zeller return home as part of Pacers' preseason
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The return of two former Indiana Mr. Basketball winners highlights the Indiana Pacers' seven-game preseason schedule.
Team officials announced Wednesday that the Pacers will open the preseason Oct. 3 against Eric Gordon and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pacers will wrap up the preseason Oct. 22 at Fort Wayne against Cody Zeller and Charlotte.
It will be the first time Indiana has played in Fort Wayne since 2008.
The Pacers will host another familiar name, former Indiana University star Victor Oladipo, when Orlando visits Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Oct. 9. Detroit visits town Oct. 13.
Indiana also will play three away games: Oct. 6 at Detroit, Oct. 15 at Cleveland and Oct. 20 at Chicago.
The Pacers open the regular season Oct. 28 at Toronto.
AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing.
The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattles off a number racing deaths — Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Paul Dana, Dale Earnhardt, Ayrton Senna, sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. — and wonders "maybe we've reached diminishing returns at making this sport safer."
Letterman expressed his grief in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his Montana ranch. He spoke just two days after Wilson died from a head injury suffered when he was struck by a piece of debris at Pocono Raceway.
Letterman is part owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Oriol Servia to drive Justin Wilson's No. 25 Honda in finale
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Wilson's race car will return to the track for the IndyCar season finale.
Andretti Autosport announced Thursday that series veteran Oriol Servia will drive Wilson's No. 25 Honda at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.
Wilson died Monday, a day after a piece of debris from another car struck him in the head at Pocono Raceway.
"Justin was a true racer and advocate to our sport," team owner Michael Andretti said. "We will have Justin and his family in our hearts this weekend as we honor him in the way he would want us to, by doing what he loved — racing."
Servia and Wilson were close friends, which makes Servia's task "so difficult on so many levels for obvious reasons."
"I am honored and emotional with the opportunity of driving his car this weekend," he added.