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IU Tailgate Tour set for city stop May 21

The Indiana Varsity Club has released dates and venues for the Tailgate Tour, an annual tour by marquee members of the IU athletics department.

The Tailgate Tour will come to Fort Wayne on May 21, its first stop of the summer, with football coach Kevin Wilson, men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley and athletic director Fred Glass in attendance.

It will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ceruti’s on Innovation Boulevard. Admission cost is $25.

The tour will also head to Evansville on May 28; Jasper on May 30; Indianapolis on June 4; Jeffersonville on June 5; Chicago on July 24; and Bloomington on a date in August that is yet to be determined.

Those who wish to attend the Fort Wayne tour stop should contact Lisa Chandler with the IU Alumni Association for more information. She is available at lis, 812-855-9263 or 800-824-3044. Registration for the event has not yet begun.


Illini, insurer team on naming rights

The University of Illinois sold the naming rights for Assembly Hall to State Farm Insurance Co. In a 30-year, $60 million agreement, the home of the university’s basketball teams will be known immediately as State Farm Center.

NBA resists Kings’ move to Seattle

The NBA says its relocation committee, made up of 12 owners, voted unanimously to recommend that owners deny the application for the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle.


Irish add two night games to 2013

Notre Dame’s game at Michigan on Sept. 7 and at Purdue on Sept. 14 will start at 8 p.m., ESPN announced. Those games will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

OSU on prime-time for 3 league games

Ohio State will play three Big Ten matchups as prime-time telecasts this season on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The night schedule includes home games against the Wisconsin on Sept. 28 and against Penn State on Oct. 26 and a road game Oct. 5 at Northwestern.

Wawasee hires Ekovich as coach

Josh Ekovich was hired as the Wawasee coach. Ekovich is a Saint Francis graduate and has been an assistant coach at Wawasee, DeKalb and Saint Francis. Ekovich replaces Tom Wogoman, who became the coach at Northridge.


Muirfield expands for British Open

The course at Muirfield, Scotland, will be lengthened by 158 yards for this year’s British Open. The changes mainly deal with new tees at the second, fourth, ninth, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes.

3 dead in Michigan in team’s van crash

A minivan carrying six members of the Grayling, Mich., High School boys golf team collided with another van on a rural road, killing the 30-year-old coach and a 17-year-old golfer, and a 27-year-old woman in the other vehicle.


Wayne gets grant for new uniforms

Wayne will receive $1,000 from the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program to buy new uniforms. Wayne is one of 85 public high schools in 38 states receiving a total of $101,500 for struggling athletics programs. The money is earmarked for the Generals’ girls and boys cross country teams.

Area signing

Carroll senior Mason Neuman is signing to play baseball at Manchester University today.


NHL roundup

Colorado won the NHL draft lottery. Florida has the second pick and Tampa Bay will be third. … Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby’s status remains uncertain for Wednesday’s playoff opener against the New York Islanders. … Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider has returned to practice, but his status for the first game of the quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks remained uncertain.


Baffert won’t start horse in Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will not be saddling a horse in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby for the first time since 2008 after announcing Governor Charlie would not run.


Nadal returns to Federer’s base

Rafael Nadal is scheduled to play at Roger Federer’s hometown tournament for the first time in nine years. Organizers of the Swiss Indoors announced their star attractions for the Oct. 19-27 event in Basel.