Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 9, 2014

Sports briefs for Thursday, Jan. 9

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Weather pushes back Kokomo events

Today’s North Central Conference diving preliminaries scheduled for Kokomo have been postponed for a second time due to this week’s snow storm. The event will now take place on Saturday at Ball State University in Muncie, prior to the full NCC boys and girls swim meet.

Also, Kokomo’s freshman girls basketball game at Carmel has been postponed. No makeup date has been decided yet.

NW calls off events due to weather

Today’s scheduled wrestling match between Northwestern and Oak Hill has been cancelled and will not be made up due to this week’s storm. Also, today’s scheduled Northwestern boys swim meet at Delphi has been called off and will not be made up.

In addition, today’s Northwestern’s freshman boys basketball game against Clinton Central has been postponed. No makeup date has been scheduled yet.

Western swimming meet postponed

RUSSIAVILLE — Today’s scheduled boys and girls swim meet between Western and Twin Lakes has been postponed due to this week’s storm. No makeup date has been announced yet.

Peru’s girls hoops game pushed back

PERU — Today’s Oak Hill at Peru girls basketball game has been pushed back to Friday and will now be partnered with the boys Oak Hill-Peru game as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.

The girls varsity game will tip at 6 p.m. in the Tig-Arena, followed by the boys varsity game at approximately 7:45. The boys JV game will tip at 6 p.m. in Peru’s auxiliary gym, followed by the girls JV game at 7:30.

Irish RB Atkinson enters NFL draft

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Running back George Atkinson III has become the third Notre Dame player this offseason to skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Atkinson joins defensive linemen Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt in declaring for the NFL after the Irish finished the season 9-4 and ranked No. 21. While Nix and Tuitt have been projected as potential first-round picks by some, Atkinson is projected as a later-round pick.

“He look at as an opportunity,” Atkinson’s father, former Oakland Raiders great George Atkinson Jr., said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “We did our due diligence and decided to roll the dice with it.”

Atkinson started the season listed as Notre Dame’s starting back, but finished second in yards and carries with 555 yards on 93 attempts. He saw his carries diminish as the season wore on and freshman Tarean Folston got more carries. Coach Brian Kelly said Atkinson didn’t consistently run tough enough.

The Irish already have a crowded backfield with Folston and leading rusher Cam McDaniel returning as well as Amir Carlisle and Greg Bryant, who sat out last season after knee surgery.

Atkinson was suspended from playing in the Pinstripe Bowl for violating an unspecified team rule. He tweeted he was suspended for texting friends and family during a team meal. His father said neither the suspension nor the crowded backfield played roles in his son’s decision.

Mattingly, Dodgers agree to new deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016. The Dodgers announced the deal on Wednesday.

Mattingly, an Indiana native and former New York Yankees great, has a 260-225 record in his first three seasons with the Dodgers.