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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 21, 2017 1:00 am

Briefs

Colts sign ex-VCU basketball foward

Staff, news services

RICHMOND, Va. – The agent for former VCU basketball forward Mo Alie-Cox says his client has agreed to terms with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

Joe Flanagan said the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox will fly to Indianapolis to sign the contract today. Flanagan did not discuss terms of the deal, but Alie-Cox will try to earn a spot on the team as a tight end.

Alie-Cox hasn't played football in nine years, since his freshman year of high school. The Rams do not have a football program, so Alie-Cox could negotiate with any team.

Most NFL teams sent scouts to watch Alie-Cox work out. He prepared less than a month for the workouts, not turning his attention to trying to get football-ready until after VCU was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.

Basketball

Whitko coach quits, cites family

Whitko girls coach Brandon Bradley has resigned, citing family considerations. Bradley was 88-55 in seven years with the Wildcats.

Hoosiers hire strength coach

New Indiana coach Archie Miller has hired Clif Marshall as head of strength and conditioning. Marshall, 36, comes to IU from Ignition Athletics Performance Group, a multisport training firm in Cincinnati. 

Around the NBA

Police are investigating an allegation of domestic violence against Utah center Jeff Withey. … Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (left knee) will not play in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

BOWLING

Homestead grad top collegian

Homestead graduate Sydney Brummett was named a Collegiate Bowler of the Year, the International Bowling Media Association announced Wednesday. Brummett, a junior at Wichita State, captured the all-events crown at the Mid-States Tournament in Wichita and the Tier 1 National Collegiate Team Match Games in Fairview Heights, Illinois. She also had four other top-10 finishes.

Football

Manning denies wrongdoing

An angry Eli Manning denies providing fake game-used memorabilia to a collector. A 2014 lawsuit accuses the New York Giants quarterback of doctoring jerseys, helmets and other equipment to make it look as if they had been used during play. Giants owner John Mara is among those named in the suit. Manning insists he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.

Around the NFL

Buffalo offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio was taken to the hospital for observation after police found him without any pants on in suburban Buffalo field. An Erie County Sheriff's spokesman said the player was cooperative and added no charges have been filed. ... The man who killed retired New Orleans star Will Smith and wounded his wife during a traffic dispute last year was sentenced to 25 years in prison for manslaughter.

Golf

Roundup

South African Branden Grace had a 6-under 66 and leads by a stroke after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. ... Bubba Watson fired a 6-under 66 in the first round to take a one-stroke lead at the Shenzhen International.

Hockey

Playoff-starved Sabres fire coach

Buffalo fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season.

Tennis

Murray bounced in Monte Carlo

Andy Murray blew a 4-0 lead in the deciding set and lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Former French Open and Monte Carlo champion Stan Wawrinka followed Murray out after losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4. Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-1, and two-time champion Novak Djokovic overcame Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.