IU BASKETBALL GETS PERFECT SCORE IN CLASSROOM: Indiana's men's basketball team earned a fourth straight perfect score and a second straight public recognition award from the NCAA based on academics.
Six teams on the Bloomington campus received the recognition award, which goes to all teams finishing in the top 10 percent on the annual Academic Progress Rate report and all schools finishing with a perfect 1,000.
The APR is billed as a real-time measurement of academic success. Each player on a team receives one point each semester they are academically eligible and another point each semester they remain enrolled in school. The most recent data, released Wednesday, covers the academic years from 2009-10 to 2012-13.
Notre Dame had 13 teams publicly recognized, Butler had six and Purdue had one. Eight Ball State teams scored 990 or better.
BEARS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK: The Bears agreed to terms with cornerback Kyle Fuller on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option Wednesday.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller started 42-of-50 games at Virginia Tech collecting 173 tackles (129 solos) -- including 4.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses, six interceptions, 21 pass break ups, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
COLTS SIGN FIFTH-ROUND PICK: Jonathan Newsome is ready to get to work with the Colts — and now he has the contract to do it.
The Colts signed their fifth-round draft pick Wednesday, two days before rookies are scheduled to be in town for a three-day minicamp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the process of signing rookies has become expedited with the slotting process under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Newsome is a 6-foot-3, 236-pound defensive end. He had 16½ sacks in two seasons at Ball State after transferring from Ohio State. Indy is hoping he will emerge as a pass-rushing complement for reigning sacks champ Robert Mathis.
WALL'S REVIVAL GIVES WIZARDS CHANCE AGAINST PACERS: The Washington Wizards need John Wall to stay aggressive if they're to complete a comeback against the Pacers.
Wall and the Wizards trail the Pacers 3-2 headed into today's Game 6. They avoided elimination Tuesday with a 23-point win in which Wall broke out of series-long slump.
Washington coach Randy Wittman says he told Wall before the game: "You've got to be aggressive.' When he's tentative, that's not John."
Now the Wizards need to figure out how to win at home. They are 5-1 on the road in this year's playoffs and just 1-3 at the Verizon Center.
HEAT RALLIES PAST NETS TO EAST FINALS: Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left highlighted a huge Miami rally, and the Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by topping the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night.
The Heat won the series 4-1, and will face either the Pacers or Washington in the East finals starting next week.
CALIFORNIA CHROME MADE 3-5 FAVORITE FOR PREAKNESS: Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has been made the heavy 3-5 favorite for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew a favorable post position in the 10-horse field.
Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race.
Social Inclusion was the 5-1 second choice of new Pimlico oddsmaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew the No. 8 post on Wednesday.
Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the co-third choices at 10-1. Bayern is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who will be seeking a sixth Preakness win.
MICHIGAN STATE AD SAYS NOTRE DAME SERIES FADING AWAY: Notre Dame and Michigan State have decided to play each other less frequently in football.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis says he and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick agreed their current contract is challenging because of conference games each school has to play every season.
The Fighting Irish will begin playing games against Atlantic Coast Conference schools this year. The Spartans will play nine games in the Big Ten each season starting in 2016.
Notre Dame and Michigan State were scheduled to play each other in four straight seasons followed by two-year breaks through the 2031 season.
Hollis says he expects games at Notre Dame in 2016 and 2026, at Michigan State in 2017 and 2027, plus a pair of neutral-site games.