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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am

Briefs

Big Ten tinkers with schedules in 2020-21

Staff, news services

The Big Ten will increase its number of conference football games in the opening weeks of the season in 2020 and 2021.

There also is a change in rivalry week in schedules announced Tuesday. Iowa will meet Wisconsin, and Nebraska will play Minnesota the last week of the regular season in 2020 and 2021. Iowa and Nebraska have closed the regular season against each other since the Cornhuskers joined the conference in 2011.

East Division teams will have five home conference games and West teams will have four in 2020. The split will be reversed in 2021.

The 2020 season opens Sept. 5 with Indiana at Wisconsin, Northwestern at Michigan State and Purdue at Nebraska.

Auto racing

Patrick switching teams next year

Danica Patrick announced via Facebook that she would not continue driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. She noted “a new sponsorship arrangement in 2018.”

Basketball

Beard gets WNBA defensive honor

Los Angeles Sparks guard-forward Alana Beard has been named WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in her 12-year career. Beard led the league in steals for the first time, averaging 2.09 while starting all 34 regular-season games.

COLLEGES

BSU announces induction class

Ball State announced a six-member Athletics Hall of Fame induction class that includes Matt Baccarani (men's tennis), Cary Chandler (men's track and field), Linda Fluharty (field hockey), Peyton Stovall (men's basketball), the 1994 women's volleyball team, and Ed Shipley (contributor). The group will be inducted Dec. 8 at the Ball State Alumni Center.

IPFW runner wins Summit honor

IPFW's Emma Rafuse was named the Summit League Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week. It is the second consecutive award for Rafuse, who finished third at Kentucky's Bluegrass Invitational with a time of 17:24.3. It is the fifth-best 5K time in Summit League history.

Football

Fleck clears up QB situation

Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has named Conor Rhoda as the team's full-time starting quarterback. He also says quarterback Demry Croft will not be with the team because of disciplinary issues when the Gophers (2-0) play Middle Tennessee State (1-1) on Saturday.

Cougar honored for special teams

Saint Francis cornerback Ryan Johnson was named the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Special Teams Player of the Week. Johnson blocked a St. Francis (Ill.) field goal attempt and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown. It was the first time in 20 seasons a blocked field goal was returned for a touchdown for the Cougars.

GOLF

IPFW women end in tie for 9th

The IPFW women carded a team score of 330 on the final day of the NKU Fall Classic to finish tied for ninth place with Belmont. Hosted by Northern Kentucky at the Elks Run Golf Club, a 6,053-yard par-71, UNC Asheville won the team title by four strokes with a two-day total of 914. Ellie Cronin of Dayton captured individual medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 9-over-par 222. Madison Chesnutt led the Mastodons on the final day with a 79 to finish tied for 13th with a two-day score of 233.

MISCELLANEOUS

Turnstone to host Para triathlon

Turnstone is playing host to a USA Para triathlon Military Program Friday though Sunday. There will be clinics, introductions to the elements of the Para triathlon and a mini race Sunday. There will be nine participants, including six veterans from Indiana, Colorado, Ohio and Illinois. Unless indicated, events will be held in the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone.

Olympics

Parties agree on revenue sharing

The U.S. Olympic Committee and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic organizers agreed to a revenue-sharing deal in which the USOC will receive a fixed amount over eight years instead of the 20 percent cut of gross revenues that had been agreed upon in the 2024 contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press.

VOLLEYBALL

Mastodons win

The IPFW women's team picked up a 3-1 (25-16, 13-25, 25-21, 25-22) win over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday. Nicole Rightnowar led the Mastodons (7-5) with 14 kills and 16 digs, Natalie Seiler had 12 digs, Sydney Boerst added 10, Elizabeth Britner had 22 digs, and Madison Jaqua had 46 assists.

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