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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Warsaw football gets ex-Mishawaka coach

Staff, news services

Warsaw announced Tuesday that Bart Curtis would be the school's new football coach, replacing the retired Phil Jensen.

Curtis was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2016 after coaching at Maconaquah in the 1990s, then spending 11 years at New Prairie and nine more at Mishawaka. He coached his 10th season at Mishawaka in 2017, winning his 200th career game in the process.

Curtis won eight sectional titles, two regionals and a semistate championship with the Cavemen in 2012.

Baseball

Gausman, Orioles avoid arbitration

The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Kevin Gausman, agreeing to a $5.6 million, one-year contract. Gausman had asked for $6,225,000 and the Orioles had submitted $5.3 million when proposed salaries were swapped last month.

Kershaw to get opening-day start

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.

Basketball

Tech women eye conference title

The No. 7 Indiana Tech women's basketball team will seek its first-ever outright Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular season championship today at the Schaefer Center in its home finale against Lawrence Tech. The Warriors are on a 17-game winning streak, their longest in program history. A win would give the program its first conference crown since the 1994-95 season.

IPFW women to visit veterans

The IPFW women's basketball team will volunteer from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System as part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program.

Colleges

NCAA could alter transfer rule

The NCAA is considering allowing athletes who are doing well in the classroom the ability to transfer with immediate eligibility and permitting incoming freshmen to get out of a national letter of intent if there is a head coaching change. The NCAA's Division I transfer working group will meet again in April and plans to then have a model it can present to NCAA membership for comment.

Football

Bears, Ravens to kick off season

The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game Aug. 2. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game.

HOCKEY

Red Wings able to hold off Ducks

Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen scored in the first two periods and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Anaheim Ducks for a 2-1 win on Tuesday night in Detroit. Detroit's Jimmy Howard held up to intense pressure in the first period stopping 15 shots, and he finished with 32 saves. Anaheim had two potential goals were waved off after video reviews.

Racing

Manning to drive Daytona pace car

Peyton Manning will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Manning will be behind the wheel of the Toyota pace car and lead the 40-car field to the green flag to start “The Great American Race” on Sunday that kicks off the NASCAR season.

Tennis

ATP looks into racial accusation

The ATP says it is reviewing accusations by Donald Young that Ryan Harrison used racially inappropriate language when the Americans had a heated exchange during their opening-round match Monday at the New York Open. Young posted on Twitter: “I'm shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match.”