Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 13, 2014

sports briefs for Thursday, March 12

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Shurn helps USF win tourney opener

SIOUX CITY, Ia. — Former Kokomo standout Skylarr Shurn led Saint Francis to a 57-37 win over Ashford of Iowa in the first round of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament at Tyson Event Center Wednesday.

Shurn led the Cougars with 17 points and three steals. She hit 7 of 11 shots and was 3 of 4 from the charity stripe. The senior guard also had four rebounds as the top-ranked Cougars improved to 34-0 on the season. They were the only team to enter tourney play unbeaten.

Saint Francis plays Siena Heights in the second round today at 11:15 a.m.

In another tourney game, Indiana Wesleyan won its opener 79-50 over Oklahoma Wesleyan. The game finished late and further details were not available at the Tribune’s deadline.

Purdue Calumet’s game with Oregon Tech finished too late for a report in today’s Tribune.

7 local hoopsters honored by IBCA

Three members of the Class 3A state champion Western squad as well as three Tipton players and a Kokomo player were named honorable mention Wednesday on the Indiana Basketball Coaches Associations’ girls all-state lists.

Western’s Raven Black, Caitlyn O’Neal and Carley O’Neal, Kokomo’s Jasmine Love, and Tipton’s Lela Crawford and Kacie Juday were named honorable mention on the IBCA/Subway senior all-state squad. And Tipton sophomore Macie Lively was named honorable mention to the IBCA/Subway underclass all-state squad.

Lakers’ Bryant to miss rest of season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant won’t be back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Bryant expressed only mild frustration Wednesday after the official announcement of the long-expected decision to shut him down for the year. Bryant’s broken bone in his left knee still hasn’t healed enough for weight-bearing exercise.

With just five weeks left in their miserable season, the Lakers elected to preserve their superstar guard for next year, when he’ll be 36.

“It’s disappointing,” Bryant said at the Lakers’ training complex. “You want to get out there and play and perform, but at the same time, you’ve just got to be realistic and go from there.”

Hockey player out for season after collapse

DALLAS (AP) — Rich Peverley will not play again this season after the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game.

One of Peverley’s doctors said at a news conference Wednesday that the 31-year-old will undergo a procedure that was originally planned for after the season. He was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in training camp.

Dr. Robert Dimeff said Peverley’s playing status beyond this season is unknown.

Peverley missed a game last week before going down in the first period Monday against Columbus, stunning players and fans.

Peverley was stabilized by doctors at American Airlines Center and taken to a Dallas hospital, where was in stable condition and undergoing tests. The game was postponed.

Sharper charged with sexual assault in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was indicted in Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs, authorities said Wednesday.

It was the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving the 38-year-old Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.

Sharper is currently in custody in Los Angeles, where he has pleaded not guilty to seven rape and drug counts in connection with two alleged attacks in Hollywood. He had been freed on $1 million bail until an arrest warrant was issued in a New Orleans case.

In Arizona, the Tempe Police Department said a grand jury in metro Phoenix had indicted Sharper after sexual assaults committed in Tempe in November.