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POPE: NCAA shows progress with meals ruling

Timing is everything. One week ago, the NCAA Legislative Council announced Division I athletes could receive unlimited meals and snacks. Former Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix fired off a perfectly timed tweet. “Fifth year!” joked Nix, who was listed at 349 pounds last fall. …

 

On Campus: Nicole Steinbach, Audrey Bickel sparkle at Ball State

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Andrean grads seem to be popping up everywhere in spring sports at the college level, starting with Ball State’s softball team. Sophomore Nicole Steinbach (Merrillville/Andrean) pitched a five-inning shutout to knock off Mid-American Conference leader Ohio and improve her record to 11-9. Audrey Bickel (Munster/Andrean) …

HUTTON: Hoosier state throws up bricks in college hoops

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It officially was an awful year for the state’s big three — Notre Dame, Indiana and Purdue — in college basketball. It was the first time since 2005 that none of those teams made the NCAA. Throw in Butler, which finished 14-17 and also failed …

MUTKA: Tailback riches shift Valparaiso’s offensive outlook

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VALPARAISO — Valparaiso University football fans — what few are left — would like to forget about the last three years. If not for Campbell’s three contributions the Crusaders would be 0-and-33 since 2011. One of those victories snapped a 29-game losing streak, but none …

College Softball: Valparaiso earns DH split over Oakland

VALPARAISO — A heavy dose of right-handed pitcher Erin Kownacki helped Oakland salvage a split in Saturday’s double header against Valparaiso. The Crusaders prevailed 2-1 in the opener before the Grizzlies pulled out a 4-2 victory in eight innings to avoid the series sweep. Kownacki …

College Softball: LC grad Kaitlyn Ranieri excels in leadoff role for Valparaiso

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VALPARAISO — It did not take long for Valparaiso softball coach Jordan Stevens to gauge sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri’s potential ability. The first time that Stevens saw Ranieri come to the plate while scouting a Lake Central game, she drew a base on balls. While …

College Softball: Valparaiso is ‘O’ so good in win over Oakland

VALPARAISO — Entering the bottom of the sixth inning Friday, Oakland hitters thought they had one more chance against Valparaiso pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer with the Grizzlies trailing 4-3. That potential seventh-inning at-bat never came to fruition. The Crusaders exploded for seven runs in the bottom …

College Baseball: Valparaiso’s Dalton Lundeen has ‘the competitive spirit’ to succeed

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VALPARAISO — Dalton Lundeen always has been a competitive force on the baseball diamond. However, the adversity that the Valparaiso left-handed pitcher faced this offseason has lifted his motivation level to an all-time high. Lundeen’s father, David Lundeen, died of kidney failure in November. “It …

OSIPOFF: A.J. Hammons still a Boiler; Matt Painter ready to ‘move on’

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A little more than a month has elapsed since Purdue’s basketball season ended, with the Boilermakers losing seven straight games to finish with a 15-17 record, in last place in the Big Ten. On Wednesday, coach Matt Painter addressed reporters extensively for the first time …

Men’s Basketball: Bryce Drew downplays Tulsa speculation

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VALPARAISO — Was Valparaiso athletics director Mark LaBarbera concerned as Bryce Drew was connected to Tulsa’s coaching position? Absolutely. But LaBarbera also would have been concerned if Drew wasn’t included in such searches. “It’s a good problem to have, because it means we’re doing well,” …

Men’s Basketball: Branden Dawson to return for senior season at Michigan State

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Michigan State forward Branden Dawson, a Lew Wallace grad, is staying for his senior season. The school announced Dawson’s decision Tuesday. Dawson made the choice after he and his mother met with coach Tom Izzo, who gathered information about the 6-foot-6 forward’s NBA stock. “The …

Men’s Basketball: Lake Central grad Glenn Robinson to enter NBA draft

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Lake Central graduate Glenn Robinson III has decided to enter the NBA draft. Robinson, a sophomore, was joined by fellow sophomore Nik Stauskas in deciding to leave college for the NBA. Robinson, whose father, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, played in the …

Glenn Robinson III following in dad’s footsteps, Branden Dawson returning for senior season

Shantelle Clay knew she couldn’t contain the tidal wave of temptation that would certainly present itself this year for her son, Glenn Robinson III, when it came to the NBA. Professional basketball was in the genes for Robinson. His father, Glenn Jr., was picked first …

POPE: Notre Dame men’s basketball primed to bounce back

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Mike Brey isn’t moving to the West Coast. Never even gave it a serious thought. But I believe Notre Dame will be moving up the ACC standings in 2014-15. Brey swatted away rumors tying him to California after the Irish held their team award ceremony …

Robinson III to opt for NBA draft: reports

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Several news reports have suggested that Glenn Robinson III will leave Michigan and declare for the NBA draft. Monday, Jake Fischer, a freelancer for the Boston Globe and a writer for Slam Magazine, reported that Robinson had signed with an agent. The Detroit Free Press …

On Campus: Del Grosso gettin’ his kicks at Indiana

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Over the years Hobart has produced more than its share of college kickers. Think back to Bill Manolopoulos, who earned all-Big Ten honors at Indiana in 1993 and earned four letters as one of the best placekickers of his era. More recent, Mike Josifovski enjoyed …