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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Sexism, not racism, top World Cup issue

Staff, news services

MOSCOW – Sexism has been a bigger problem than racism at the World Cup in Russia, according to anti-discrimination experts advising FIFA.

Fans harassing female broadcasters while they worked are among about 30 cases of “sexism on the streets” reported to FIFA by the Fare network.

Analyzing the World Cup's issues at a briefing Wednesday, the head of FIFA's diversity program also acknowledged wanting fewer images of attractive women in stadiums to be shown on future broadcasts.

Federico Addiechi said FIFA plans to talk with national broadcasters and its own TV production team about the issue.

BASKETBALL

Purdue, BSU learn foes for tourney

Purdue men's basketball will play Appalachian State of the Sun Belt Conference at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 in the first round of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena in Charleston, South Carolina, ESPN Events announced Wednesday. The game will air on ESPN2. The winner will play Nov. 16 against either Davidson or Wichita State. Appalachian State went 15-18 in 2017-18 and 9-9 in the Sun Belt. Purdue has played the Mountaineers once before, winning 79-65 at Mackey Arena on Dec. 2, 2000. The Ball State men's team will also play in Charleston, playing the tournament's opening game at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 against Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game will air on ESPN2. The winner will play Alabama or Northeastern on Nov. 16, and the tourney's final games are set for Nov. 17.

Football

Ex-coach of Lions, Spartans dies

Darryl Rogers, who coached Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978 and later took the helm for the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83. He once famously asked reporters covering the Lions, “What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?” Rogers coached Michigan State from 1976 to '79, going 24-18-2. The 1978 team, which included star flanker Kirk Gibson, won its final seven games to finish tied for first in the conference.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Heritage names new boys coach

Adam Gray was approved as the new boys coach at Heritage by the East Allen County Schools board Tuesday. Gray replaces Barry Singrey, who coached the Patriots from 2016 to 2018.

Mishawaka to join NLC in 2020

The Northern Lakes Conference announced the addition of Mishawaka starting in 2020. Mishawaka will replace Elkhart Memorial to keep the conference at eight schools.

HOCKEY

Tech to open season Sept. 28

Indiana Tech will open the 2018-19 season opener Sept. 28 at SportONE/Parkview Ice House against Rochester. Other highlights of the schedule released Wednesday: Indiana Tech and Lawrence Tech will play for the Tech Cup in a four-game series Oct. 19-20 and Jan. 25-26. The I-69 Cup with Western Michigan will be Oct. 21 and Jan. 27. The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament will be March 8-10 at Michigan-Dearborn, and the national tournament will be March 14-18 in Nashville, Tennessee.

NHL news

The Red Wings agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million deal with restricted free agent Anthony Mantha, the 23-year-old wing who had a team-leading 24 goals last season.