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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 04, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

IU basketball adds graduate transfer

Staff, news services

Former St. Mary's forward Evan Fitzner will become the final scholarship player on Indiana's roster next season, according to multiple reports.

Fitzner, a 6-foot-10 graduate transfer, will be immediately eligible to play, per NCAA transfer rules. He'll have one year of eligibility remaining. He played three seasons for the Gaels, putting up his best numbers as a freshman in 2015-16 – 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Fitzner started all 69 games his first two seasons at St. Mary's but was a reserve last season. He averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in about 16 minutes for a Gaels team that finished 30-6. He made at least 40 percent of his 3-pointers in all three of his seasons at St. Mary's.

Basketball

Knicks hire coach

A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks have agreed to hire former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale as their new coach.

COLLEGES

Cougar named golfer of year

Saint Francis golfer Marissa Singer was named the Crossroads League Player of the Year and was named to the All-Crossroads League Team.

Football

Georgia coach gets new deal

After leading Georgia to the national title game, coach Kirby Smart has been rewarded with a seven-year contract worth $49 million. 

High schools

Area signing

Concordia senior Eli Allen (lacrosse) is signing with Heidelberg.

Hockey

Ex-NHL GM dies

Bill Torrey, the general manager of the New York Islanders when they won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s and the first president of the Florida Panthers, died at age 83.

Olympics

IOC still mulling boxing ban

The IOC says boxing still risks being kicked out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid concerns about the sport's governing body. The International Boxing Association has been in financial turmoil, faced claims of fixed bouts at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and now has an interim president linked to organized crime. 

Running

Boston Marathon ups some prizes

The Boston Marathon has agreed to pay the equivalent prizes to five women whose net times would have placed them in the money if they had run in the elite field. Five women who ran in Wave 1 – which left 35 minutes after the elite women – had net times that were among the top 15 (or top 5 in the masters division). Race rules specify that only those women who had qualified for and run with the elite field were eligible for prize money. The total amount of additional prize money was $21,700.

Tennis

Roundup

Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open, saying she needs more time to train before returning. She returned to the tour in Indian Wells this year after a 14-month absence because of the birth of her daughter. ... Second-seeded Petra Kvitova advanced to the Prague Open semifinals after dominating fellow Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-3. She next faces sixth-seeded Zhang Shuai who defeated Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-3. ... Philipp Kohlschreiber reached the quarterfinals of the Munich Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mischa Zverev. Kohlschreiber next faces second seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated Norwegian wild card Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3.