Women's basketball

Eaton joins Valparaiso staff: Sean Eaton has been added to Mary Evans' staff at Valparaiso.

Eaton will be the director of basketball operations.

Eaton graduated from Valpo with a master’s in sports administration in May 2018 after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2016.

Eaton previously worked as a graduate assistant in Valpo’s sports information department.

Men's basketball

VU to Open Myrtle Beach Invitational Against Western Kentucky: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team learned Wednesday that it will open the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational against Western Kentucky at 4 p.m. Nov. 15. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

It will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Making its first appearance in an ESPN multi-team event, Valpo will face a Western Kentucky squad which is coming off of a 27-win season and advanced to the semifinals of the NIT last season.

The Crusaders, who went 15-17 last year, and Hilltoppers are on the same side of the tournament bracket as West Virginia, which has reached the Sweet 16 each of the last two seasons, and Monmouth. Saint Joseph’s, Wake Forest, UCF and Cal State Fullerton comprise the opposite side of the eight-team bracket.

Semifinal and consolation bracket games will be played Nov. 16, while all eight teams will conclude play in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 18, culminating with the championship game at 5:30 p.m. All 12 games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Nine will be on ESPNU or ESPN2. The other three will be on ESPN3.

All-session tickets will go on sale to the public Aug. 15.

Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over vacated national title: A group of former Louisville men's basketball players have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization's vacation of the Cardinals' 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four.

John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing former Cardinals captain Luke Hancock, the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and four teammates from that title team, said a lawsuit had been filed and described the NCAA as "a morally bankrupt organization" that exploits student-athletes during a Wednesday news conference.

Cross country skiing

Olympic medalist Kikkan Randall announces cancer diagnosis: Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall has been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.

The 35-year-old cross-country skier known for pink-highlighted hair said Wednesday on social media that "the color pink has taken on a new chapter" in her life. She said the prognosis is good, but she expects life to change significantly in the months ahead.

"I am going to bring as much tenacity, strength, and energy toward this challenge as I have throughout my entire career," she wrote.

Randall, the most accomplished American cross-country skier ever, made good on her nickname "Kikkanimal" by riding her bike to and from her first round of chemo Monday.

Pro hockey

Sabres hire Steve Smith to coaching staff: Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley has hired Steve Smith to his staff.

Smith was a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Edmonton during a 16-year career, also playing for the Blackhawks and Flames. He has nine years of experience as an NHL assistant, including the past four in Carolina.

Pro football

Colts tickets go on sale July 18: Single-game tickets for Colts games will go on sale at 9 a.m. July 18.

Tickets are available at Colts.com/Tickets, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or in person at the Ticketmaster Box Office at Lucas Oil Stadium.

NFL player Pacman Jones attacked by employee at airport: Police say former Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was attacked during a run-in with a facility-service employee at the airport in Atlanta.

Atlanta Police spokesman Jarius Daugherty says Jones confronted ABM Industries employee Frank Ragin after Ragin made a "gesture" toward the football player Tuesday night at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Police say words were exchanged before Ragin struck Jones with a closed fist, causing a cut to Jones' face.

Cellphone video footage shows that Jones and Ragin traded several punches with each other. Jones ultimately knocked Ragin down to the ground with a punch to the face then hit the employee one more time before a man broke up the fight.

Ragin was arrested on two counts of battery and taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.

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