Sports Digest: Valpo's Taylor earn Horizon League track and field honor

2014-02-18T22:00:00Z 2014-02-24T20:30:11Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Taylor earn Horizon League track and field honor nwitimes.com
February 18, 2014 10:00 pm

Men's basketball

FALLING METAL FORCES IU TO POSTPONE IOWA GAME: Indiana postponed Tuesday night's game against No. 15 Iowa after an 8-foot piece of metal fell from the ceiling and into the seats at Assembly Hall.

Athletic director Fred Glass said the school made the decision to call off the game after the piece, roughly 8 feet long and 14 inches wide, fell into the lower bowl of the arena and damaged seats in the northwest corner. The accident occurred about six hours before the scheduled tip time of 8 p.m.

No makeup date was announced.

"Safety is our No. 1 priority," Glass said. "Our university engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility."

The men's basketball team has only two other home games scheduled this season — March 2 against Ohio State and March 5 against Nebraska. Indiana's women's team is scheduled to play at Assembly Hall tonight against Michigan. Glass said no decision has been made about that game.

VALPO-CSU GAME MARCH 1 TO BE TELEVISED: Valparaiso's March 1 game against Cleveland State has been selected as a wild-card broadcast for the Horizon League Network Regional TV. The game has been moved up to 3 p.m. The game will also be available on CSN Chicago.

College track and field

VALPO'S TAYLOR EARNS HORIZON LEAGUE HONOR: Valparaiso's Jazmin Taylor was named the Horizon League's Athlete of the Week. Taylor set a school record in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and won the event at the Fred Wilt Invitational at Purdue.

College baseball

LINCK TO PLAY FOR NWI OILMEN: Cameron Linck has signed to play with the NWI Oilmen this summer. Linck plays for Hill College in Lamar Hillsboro, Texas.

College football

NORTHWESTERN QB SAYS FOOTBALL ALWAYS CAME FIRST: Northwestern University's quarterback testified at a federal hearing that playing college football is a job that schools make clear trumps academics.

Kain Colter spoke Tuesday at the National Labor Relations Board hearing. It's being held to decide whether to OK the players' bid to form a first-of-its kind union. Whether they qualify as employees is the core question the board must answer.

Asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded, "To play football. To perform an athletic service."

He said he'd aspired to study pre-med but abandoned that plan because of time demands the school makes on football players.

He told the hearing players have no choice but to sacrifice academics.

Auto racing

MONTOYA WOULD LIKE TO RUN BRICKYARD IN JULY: Juan Pablo Montoya would like to run the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway if Team Penske puts a ride together for a brief return to NASCAR.

Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000, and challenged for Brickyard victories in NASCAR in 2009 and 2010. He had the 2009 race won until a late speeding penalty on pit road.

"I think the Brickyard would be a good thing. I've been so close so many times, it would be a good way of closing that chapter with a good win there," Montoya said Tuesday at IndyCar media day.

Winter Olympics

AMERICAN WOMEN TAKE LEAD IN BOBSLED: Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers in USA-1 lead at the halfway point of the bobsled.

Williams, a two-time medalist in track at the Summer Games, and Meyers made two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 54.89 seconds to open a 0.23-second lead over Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse. USA-2's Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans are in third. American track star Lolo Jones is in 11th with teammate Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3.

In men's snowboardcross, Pierre Vaultier held off Nikolay Olyunin of Russia to win the gold medal on a chopped-up course slowed by drizzle. Alex Deibold of the U.S., a wax technician for the Americans in Vancouver four years ago, took the bronze. 

 Pro baseball

ABREU EAGER TO GET STARTED WITH WHITE SOX: It's beginning to feel real for Jose Abreu.

The White Sox's new slugger from Cuba met with the media Tuesday. It's two days before position players are due to report, but Abreu, eager for the season to begin, has already been hard at work on hitting and fielding at the Sox spring training complex.

Abreu says he hasn't had the opportunity to do much with his newfound wealth, after signing a six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox in October.

Around the horn

The Indiana Northwest women's basketball team defeated Andrews University 94-24 on Tuesday to improve to 20-8. ... The Indiana Northwest men's basketball team fell to Andrews 74-60 and dropped to 9-20.

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