You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Sports

Advertisement
Briefs

Border Wars Classic will switch to Sunday

The 22nd edition of the Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic will be moved – by just one day.

The annual high school all-star basketball game between northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will be played Sunday, April 27.

The games have traditionally been played on a Saturday. The girls game will be at 2 p.m., with the boys at 4:15 p.m. at Saint Francis’ Hutzell Center.

Coaching the Indiana teams this year will be South Side’s Juanita Goodwell for the girls team and North Side’s Shabaz Khaliq for the boys.

Goodwell is 95-26 in five years with the Archers, including a Class 4A state runner-up finish in 2013

Khaliq is 60-27 in four years with the Redskins with back-to-back SAC regular-season championships and a regional semifinals finish last year.

The games are co-sponsored by The Journal Gazette and McDonald’s.

AUTO RACING

US-backed team to join F1 in 2015

Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone says a U.S.-backed team headed by NASCAR’s Gene Haas is among two new teams the sport is likely to admit next season. The other 2015 bidder is believed to be an entry from Eastern Europe backed by Colin Kolles, who formerly was at defunct teams HRT, Midland and Spyker.

Hamilton wins duel with teammate

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after an intense race-long battle to take victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The two Mercedes cars were predictably in a different league to their rivals and recorded their second one-two finish in eight days after victory last weekend in Malaysia. Force India’s Sergio Perez was third.

BASKETBALL

North Dakota State coach Ohio-bound

Ohio University hired North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips as its men’s coach. Phillips led the Bison to an upset of fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament last month. He was 134-84 in seven seasons at North Dakota State. Phillips replaces Jim Christian.

Viewership fades for Final Four

The Final Four’s television viewership is down after its move to cable. The two NCAA semifinals Saturday averaged a total of 14 million viewers, an 11 percent decrease from last year’s games on CBS. That number included viewers of the main coverage on TBS along with the school-specific “TeamCasts” on TNT and truTV. Turner Sports and CBS did not receive network-by-network ratings breakdowns from Nielsen.

COLLEGE

NCAA president decries union plan

The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a “grossly inappropriate” way to solve problems in college sports while insisting schools have been working to get athletes more involved in decisions that affect them. At his news conference, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association was in no rush to come up with plans in case college players’ unions sprout up across the nation. He portrayed the recent decision in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize as a very early step.

SOCCER

National women’s coach fired

U.S. Soccer said Tom Sermanni was fired as coach of the U.S. women’s national team. The Americans beat China 2-0 in an exhibition game Sunday in Commerce City, Colo. Hours later, the U.S. soccer announced the move in a news release. Sermanni took over as coach of the U.S. women’s national team in January 2013. He previously he spent eight years coaching Australia’s women’s team. With the United States, he went 13-0-3 last season.

TENNIS

German Petkovic ends win drought

In Charleston, S.C., Andrea Petkovic ended a surprising week at the Family Circle Cup by winning her first WTA tournament in three years, outlasting Jana Cepelova for a 7-5, 6-2 victory. Petkovic came in seeded 14th and ranked 40th in the world. Petkovic earned $120,000 for her third career WTA victory, her first since 2011.

Federer puts Swiss in Davis semifinals

In London, Roger Federer moved closer to adding one of the few trophies still missing from his cabinet by putting Switzerland into the Davis Cup semifinals, while Italy and France also swept their reverse singles matches to complete come-from-behind victories. Federer won the decisive singles match to give Switzerland a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan and a spot in the semifinals. Federer cruised to a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev, after teammate Stanislas Wawrinka had beaten Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to level the series.

Advertisement