LOCAL TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE FINALS: Calumet Christian and Victory Christian have advanced to the state finals of the Indiana Christian School tournament.
Calumet Christian is the top seed. Victory Christian (29-3) was undefeated in the South Shore Christian Conference, winning both the regular-season and tourney championships.
REDSKINS' MERIWEATHER'S SUSPENSION DOWN TO 1 GAME: Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has had his two-game suspension cut in half by an appeals officer.
Meriweather was suspended Monday by the NFL for repeated violations of player safety rules. But hearing officer Ted Cottrell reduced the fine to one game Wednesday.
Meriweather's suspension by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks came for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, including two in Sunday's Washington-Chicago game.
He was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit when tackling receiver Alshon Jeffery on a 28-yard completion with about two minutes left in the third quarter. And for a helmet-first hit on a defenseless receiver when he connected with Brandon Marshall in the end zone on an incomplete pass with a little more than four minutes remaining in the game.
He also was fined $42,000 for a helmet-first hit on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy in Week 2, forcing Lacy out of the game with a concussion. Later in that same game, another helmet-first hit left Meriweather with a concussion, knocking him out of the game.
Meriweather will lose about $70,000 in salary as he sits out Sunday's game at Denver.
BIG TEN HAS TWO BYES FOR FIRST TIME IN LATEST CHANGE: Big Ten football teams are getting two Saturdays off for the first time this year.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says there are a lot of unprecedented things happening these days in college football because of conference expansion.
The byes give players a chance to rest and relax during two weeks when the regular season starts in late August and ends after Thanksgiving. Coaches, meanwhile, evaluate their programs, players and plays before hitting the road for recruiting.
Teams — such as Indiana against Penn State — have taken advantage of having two weeks to prepare for a game they ultimately won.
The Nittany Lions, coming off a bye, hope the extra time they had last week helps them upset No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night.
NBA FINALS FORMAT CHANGED: NBA owners have unanimously voted to change the NBA Finals format from 2-3-2 to 2-2-1-1-1.
The change was approved Wednesday during the preseason board of governors meetings. It will take effect with this season's finals. The league will add an extra day between Games 6 and 7.
The current format was instituted in 1985 in part to ease the amount of cross-country travel with the Celtics and Lakers frequently meeting for the championship. But critics felt it gave an edge to the lower-seeded team, which had home-court advantage in Game 5, often the pivotal game in a best-of-seven series.
COACH SAYS NO BULLYING FOUND IN 91-0 WIN: A Texas high school football coach whose team won its last game 91-0 says a district investigation has found "no grounds" to support a bullying complaint filed by a parent of the losing team.
Aledo High School coach Tim Buchanan said Wednesday administrators told him they found no evidence of bullying before or during Friday's lopsided victory over Fort Worth Western Hills.
State law required the district to investigate the complaint.
A copy of the complaint obtained by The Associated Press accused coaches of "not easing up when the game was in hand."
The parent, whose name was redacted, said in the complaint, "I did not know what to say on the ride home" to his or her son to explain the behavior of the coaches.
HANOVER CENTRAL TO HOST COACHES CLINIC: Valparaiso University coach Tracey Dorow will be the featured speaker at Hanover Central's Fall Basketball Coaches Clinic on Saturday at Hanover Central Middle School.
Purdue Calumet coach Tom Megyesi and Wheeler coach Dustin Nelson will also have presentations. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $25 for one coach, $20 for each additional coach on a staff. For details, contact Doug Nelson at (219) 508-5145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.