PACERS CUT TWO: The Pacers announced Thursday they have released guard Ron Howard, a 2006 Valparaiso University graduate, along with forward Darnell Jackson. The Pacers’ preseason roster is now at 15 players.
VALPO ACTIVE IN BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: The Valparaiso Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at five home events over the next few weeks as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness Week.
SAAC will be manning tables, selling T-shirts and accepting donations. Valpo teams will also be supporting the cause, wearing pink jerseys, socks, hats and shoelaces among ways to showcase the color.
The scheduled events are Saturday's football game against Morehead State (1 p.m.) and volleyball match versus Wright State (4 p.m.), the Oct. 26 men's basketball's exhibition opener against Hillsdale (7:05 p.m.), the Oct. 30 men's soccer's match with Western Michigan (7:30 p.m.) and the Nov. 1 women's soccer regular-season finale versus Green Bay (6:30 p.m.).
FOX BACK AS IRISH STARTING LB AFTER GRACE INJURY: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly likes how linebacker Dan Fox reacted to losing his starting job earlier this season.
Kelly says Fox was livid, but didn't let his anger disrupt the defense. Instead, he got to work.
Fox concedes to being upset when coaches started Jarrett Grace ahead of him after three games. The senior who had learned to play the middle linebacker position despite missing spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery says he focused on working through adversity.
He was ready when a broken leg ended Grace's season two weeks ago, responding with a fumble recovery and an interception for a touchdown against Arizona State.
The Irish (4-2) will be counting on Fox on Saturday as they try to beat USC (4-2) at home for the first time since 2001.
NOTRE DAME'S AUGUSTE OUT 4-6 WEEKS WITH BROKEN HAND: Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.
Auguste played in 25 games last season as a freshman, averaging 3.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.7 minutes a game. The school said he fractured the hand last week and X-rays this week confirmed the break.
Coach Mike Brey called the injury unfortunate, saying he expects the 6-foot-10 Auguste to be a key player for the Irish this season. Notre Dame opens the season Nov. 8 against Miami of Ohio.
AP SOURCE SAYS CUBS INTERVIEW RAYS COACH MARTINEZ: A person familiar with the situation says the Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job.
The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search.
The Cubs are looking for a manager to help develop their young players, a big reason they cited for firing Dale Sveum.
Martinez, who played for the Cubs in the 1980s, has spent the past six seasons as the Rays' bench coach. He could be a good fit with Chicago's management because Tampa Bay relies heavily on statistical analysis.
The Cubs have also met with San Diego bench coach Rick Renteria along with former major league managers Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch.
WILSON, LYNCH LEAD SEATTLE PAST ARIZONA: Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns; Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 33-22 on Thursday night.
The Seahawks (6-1) intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times, twice by Chris Clemons, who had been questionable for the game with a hyperextended elbow.
Arizona (3-4) got a touchdown and one of its three field goals after Wilson twice fumbled while being sacked deep in Seattle territory.
Around the horn
Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll. Notre Dame is No. 22 and Indiana No. 24. ... Orthopedic/sports medicine specialist and Purdue Calumet team physician Dr. Lorin Brown, M.D. discusses back injuries/ailments on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Fishing at LaPorte’s Pine Lake received a boost this month as the Department of Natural Resources stocked 4,018 walleye advanced fingerlings. The walleyes, stocked Oct. 8, averaged 7.5 inches and are expected to reach legal size for fishermen to keep (14 inches) in two or three years.