Thursday, October 8
3 injured Colts stay behind, but Luck heads to Houston
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made the trip to Houston but three of his teammates stayed home.
Team officials said linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Bjoern Werner and running back Tyler Varga did not travel Wednesday. None of the three practiced this week. Freeman is out with a groin injury, Werner has an injured hamstring and Varga will miss his second straight game with a concussion.
The bigger question has been Luck, who was limited in practice this week with an injured right shoulder.
He missed his first pro game Sunday, ending a streak of 57 consecutive starts including playoffs. Luck said Tuesday he is preparing to start.
If he can't go, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck probably would. Hasselbeck missed Tuesday's practice because of illness.
Pacers add rookie Kadeem Jack to training camp roster
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers signed former Rutgers start Kadeem Jack on Wednesday.
Adding the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward to the roster gives the Pacers 18 players in training camp.
Jack joins first-round draft pick Myles Turner, second-round picks Joe and Rakeem Christmas and C.J. Fair as the only rookies in camp. Christmas was acquired in a trade with Cleveland.
Indiana returns to action Thursday night when Orlando and former Indiana University star Victor Oladipo come to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The preseason game was originally scheduled for Friday but was moved to accommodate Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, which will be played Friday in Indianapolis.
NCAA meets with former Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The NCAA has talked with Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle, whose recruitment by Louisville is mentioned in a book by an escort alleging that strippers danced and had sex with Cardinals players and prospects.
OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed via email that Lyle met Tuesday with the NCAA, as first reported Wednesday by Yahoo Sports. The email did not mention Louisville, but noted there were no issues at Ohio State.
Former Cardinals forward Chane Behanan didn't have must to say Wednesday about allegations in Katina Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," that he participated in shows paid for by former basketball staffer Andre McGee.
Behanan says, "all I know is what I've heard" in the book, in which he is pictured with Powell.
Arrieta, Cubs silence Pirates 4-0 to win NL wild-card game
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and the Chicago Cubs rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night.
Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Friday.
Dexter Fowler homered and scored three times for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber added a towering two-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole as Chicago raced to an early lead and let Arrieta do the rest.
The largest crowd ever at PNC Park failed to rattle Arrieta or one of baseball's youngest teams. Manager Joe Maddon's club played with swagger and confidence and looked right at home while snapping a nine-game playoff losing streak that dated to the 2003 NL Championship Series.