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Friday, October 12, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Tech men's basketball picked to win WHAC

Staff, news services

The Indiana Tech men's basketball team was picked to win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular-season title as the conference office released its Preseason Coaches' Poll on Thursday.

Tech received 115 points and seven first-place votes in the rankings after finishing second last season with a 17-3 mark and going 27-7 overall under first-year head coach Ted Albert. The Warriors qualified for the NAIA Division II National Championship as an at-large and finished ranked sixth in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25.

Tech opens on the road Oct. 27 against Mount Vernon Nazarene while its home opener is Nov. 10 against Saint Francis.

Baseball

MLB news

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with Adam Wainwright, bringing the veteran right-hander back to the only major league team he has ever pitched for. The 37-year-old made his big league debut in 2005 and is fifth on the team's career list with 148 wins and second with 1,623 strikeouts. He made just eight starts this season. ... Oct. 22 was set as the court date for former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra to face drug and threat charges in connection with an incident involving an Uber driver in May. He's charged with possession of cocaine and methamphetamine and making terroristic threats. All three charges are third-degree crimes punishable by up to five years in prison. Dykstra claimed the driver threatened and tried to kidnap him early on the morning of May 23. The driver allegedly told police Dykstra held a gun to his head, though no weapon was found.

Basketball

Roundup

Steve Kerr and Jay Wright will be assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich's staff. Pacers coach Nate McMillan will be the other assistant, ... The Pacers placed Omari Johnson and Elijah Stewart on waivers less than a week before Indiana's regular season opener against Memphis. Johnson is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward out of Oregon State who made his NBA debut in 2017. He did not appear any preseason games. Stewart, a 6-5, 194-pound guard from USC, averaged 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in the preseason. They are expected to join the Mad Ants.

Football

Illini remove safety from team

Illinois has dismissed sophomore safety Bennett Williams from the football team. He was suspended the first three games for a violation of team rules. He returned in Week 4 against Penn State before leaving with a hamstring injury.

Golf

Roundup

Justin Thomas birdied four of his last five holes for a 6-under 66 and was three strokes behind first-round leader and fellow American Bronson Burgoon at the CIMB Classic. Burgoon's 63 on the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur West Course gave him a one-stroke lead over Austin Cook. Americans Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel, and Taiwan's C.T. Pan were another stroke back after 65s. ... Eddie Pepperell recorded a hole-in-one on the way to claiming a tie for the lead on 5-under 67 after the first round of the British Masters. Tournament host Justin Rose struggled to a 74. ... Nasa Hataoka of Japan has fired a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea. Danielle Kang and Charley Hull were two shots back at the Sky 72 Ocean Course.

Soccer

Bradley returns, but US still loses

Carlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja scored second-half goals to lead Colombia over the United States 4-2 in Tampa, Fla., in an exhibition that marked the return of American captain Michael Bradley to the national team following a one-year absence. The U.S. is 3-3-3 under interim coach Dave Sarachan.

Tennis

Federer wins

Roger Federer was stretched to three sets for a second consecutive match to beat Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 but reached the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals.