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Friday, February 14, 2020 1:00 am


Mastodons have new men's soccer coach

Staff, news services

Stephen Gorton is the new coach of the Purdue University Fort Wayne men's soccer program, Mastodon Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton announced Thursday.

“When talking to people connected to the men's soccer world, his name was one of the top ones on the list,” Hartley Hutton said in a news release.

Gorton most recently spent the 2019 campaign as the first assistant at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He spent the previous seven seasons at Horizon League member Oakland as associate head coach and first assistant.

Gorton was the head coach at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, from 2007 to 2011. He compiled an overall record of 56-21-3 for the Broncbusters. Gorton guided the program to a National Junior College Athletic Association Final Four, two regional finals, four regional semifinals and coached five All-Americans. He earned recognition as the NJCAA Plains District Coach of the Year in 2008 and was twice a nominee for National Coach of the Year.

Over 20 players Gorton coached are now playing professionally.

“This is an exciting time for the student-athletes at Purdue Fort Wayne and the city of Fort Wayne,” Gorton said. “With the university's entrance into the Horizon League I am eager to start working with the current student-athletes and begin leading this process immediately.”

Auto racing

NASCAR trophy honors Frances

The trophy awarded to NASCAR's champion will be called the Bill France Cup beginning this season. The renaming is a tribute to Bill France Sr, who founded NASCAR in 1947, as well as his son, Bill France Jr., who elevated the sport to national prominence as chairman from 1972 to 2003. “As the sport ushers in a new era, it's fitting that my father's name is associated with the highest mark of excellence in our sport,” said Jim France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “My father and brother's vision for NASCAR has been realized, many times over, as millions of fans follow and engage each week with the best racing in the world.”


Around MLB

Injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia won't report to spring training with the rest of the Red Sox position players next week. ... The Red Sox defeated pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez in salary arbitration, improving teams to 5-1 this year. Rodríguez will earn $8.3 million rather than his request for $8,975,000.


Criticizing refs costs George

The NBA fined Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers $35,000, two days after he was critical of the officiating by pointing out the Clippers were called for eight more fouls than the Philadelphia 76ers in a loss. The NBA said George was fined those comments, and noted that the amount of the fine “also reflects his multiple prior violations of the rule prohibiting public criticism of the officiating.” This marks at least the fifth time George has been fined in his career for such comments, and this came with the stiffest fine – topping the $25,000 he was docked on two other occasions.


LPGA leader has 7 birdies in opener

Defending champion Nelly Korda shot a 4-under 69 to trail Jodi Ewart Shadoff by three strokes after the first round of the LPGA's Women's Australian Open. Ewart Shadoff had seven birdies in her round of 66 at Royal Adelaide and held a one-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Jeongeun Lee, who had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, and Inbee Park. Marina Alex, Amy Olson and Jillian Hollis were tied for fourth with 68s. Ewart Shadoff has 20 top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour without a victory.


Snider signings

Three Snider athletes will sign with colleges on Tuesday including Nick Pezley (Olivet, football), Cameron Miller (Franklin, baseball), and Marqueesha Weeks (Florida International, track and field).

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