Sports Digest: Colts, Indianapolis agree on stadium improvements

2013-04-08T21:15:00Z 2013-05-06T22:03:12Z Sports Digest: Colts, Indianapolis agree on stadium improvements nwitimes.com
April 08, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

COLTS, INDY AGREE ON STADIUM IMPROVEMENTS: Indianapolis taxpayers will pay up to $2 million to build two new luxury suites at the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

The city's Capitol Improvement Board on Monday approved spending the money on Lucas Oil Stadium, which currently has about 140 suites. The Colts will pay any costs over $2 million.

The Colts will pay the cost two new electronic message boards at the stadium and about $70,000 to the board to settle a dispute over concessions revenues.

The Colts also agreed to collect a 10 percent admissions tax at the stadium. The City-County Council raised the tax from 6 percent in January over objections from the team.

The Capital Improvement Board owns and operates the major sports venues in downtown Indianapolis.

Pro basketball

BULLS EXTEND THOMAS: The Bulls on Monday signed forward Malcolm Thomas for the remainder of the season. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

He originally signed a 10-day contract with the Bulls on March 19, followed by a subsequent 10-day contract on March 29.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Thomas has appeared in two games with the Bulls and averaged 2.0 ppg in 1.0 mpg. He also recorded three points and five rebounds in five games with the Golden State Warriors earlier this season.

College softball

PROMOTIONS THIS WEEK AT VALPO: A few promotions will be part of Valparaiso's home stand this week. Today's doubleheader with Bowling Green is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. First game starts at 3 p.m. Saturday's 1 p.m. doubleheader with Horizon League foe Illinois-Chicago is Youth Day. Children in grades eight and younger will be admitted free with their parents or coaches. Children will be on the field for the pregame festivities. Also, the Crusaders will be available for postgame autographs.

Pro golf

MASTERS UNVEILS YOUTH CONTEST: Golf is borrowing a page from football's "Punt, Pass and Kick" competition, with the finals held at the Super Bowl of golf courses — Augusta National.

The home of the Masters is opening its gates next year to 88 kids who reach the final stage of "Drive, Chip and Putt," a new program announced Monday aimed at drawing more juniors to golf by making it more fun.

The deadline to enter is April 30, open to boys and girls between the ages of seven and 15. There will be 110 local qualifying competitions in 19 states and Washington, D.C., in July. The top two boys and girls from the four age divisions will advance to 11 regional competitions in August.

College sports

RUTGERS REVIEWING ALL SPORTS PRACTICE VIDEOS: Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men's basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday.

The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review.

University President Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town hall meeting on the school's Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.

He also reiterated that he wished he had viewed the video where Rice — whom Gov. Chris Christie on Monday called an "animal" — shoved players and called them gay slurs when it first surfaced in November, saying he would have fired Rice then.

Pro baseball

RAYS BUS HIT MAKING TURN ON WAY TO RANGERS GAME: A bus taking Tampa Bay players and staff from their hotel to Rangers Ballpark was in a minor accident that didn't result in any injuries.

Rays manager Joe Maddon says the bus was making a left turn soon after leaving the team's Fort Worth hotel Monday when it was hit by another vehicle. Maddon describes the impact as "innocuous" and "really little, to the point where you didn't even know."

There was about a 15-minute delay while the bus driver got out and addressed the situation.

Maddon says the bus was turning when the driver suddenly said something. The manager, who had to ask to driver if the bus had been hit, says it was like two base runners colliding on a basepath.

Around the horn

Hillary Knight scored with just over six minutes to play and the United States advanced to the final of the women's hockey world championships with a 3-0 win over Finland on Monday. ... Billionaire Ron Burkle will not be part of Sacramento's bid to keep the Kings after all. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Monday that a conflict of interest forced Burkle to back out. Instead, Johnson said the Southern California businessman and co-owner of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins will focus on the development around a proposed new downtown arena — and not the arena itself.

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