Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 15, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 15

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Western, TC to play for conference titles

Western and Tri-Central will play for conference football championships Friday night as the regular season draws to a close.

Western and Hamilton Heights are tied atop the Mid-Indiana Conference standings following the Panthers’ 35-14 takedown of the Huskies last week. Western (7-1 overall, 5-1 MIC) hosts Lewis Cass (5-3, 4-2) Friday in the rivals’ annual Week 9 clash. Hamilton Heights (6-2, 5-1) visits Peru (4-4, 2-4).

Western’s victory over Heights vaulted the Panthers into this week’s Associated Press Class 3A Top 10. The Panthers are No. 8, sharing the spot with the Huskies.

Class A No. 10 Tri-Central and Sheridan share the Hoosier Heartland Conference lead — and they will decide the hardware with a head-to-head matchup Friday at Sheridan.

The following is Friday’s area schedule. All games start at 7 p.m.

• Cass at Western

• Taylor at Maconaquah

• Eastern at Northwestern

• Kokomo at Anderson

• Hamilton Heights at Peru

• Tri-Central at Sheridan

• Tipton at Delphi

• Carroll at North White

• Clinton Central at Monrovia

Howard Co. Sports Hall of Fame tickets on sale

The Howard County Sports Hall of Fame has a limited amount of tickets remaining for its 2013 induction banquet, which is set for Oct. 26 at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event and Conference Center. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each, or an entire table of eight can be reserved for $200. Tickets are only available by calling Ron Barsh at 765-453-4739. The deadline is Thursday.

The 2013 induction class has Ty Calloway, Art Hammond, Dave Kitchell, Pat Kubly, Carroll Odom, Kylee (Wells) Retrum and James “Tod” Sloan.

NBA’s Sacramento loses Landry to hip surgery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Kings power forward Carl Landry will have hip surgery Tuesday and probably miss much of the season.

The former Purdue standout tore a left hip flexor muscle during a recent practice and is expected to miss three to four months. The team said Monday that Dr. William Meyers of Philadelphia will operate.

Landry signed a $26 million, four-year contract in July. He averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench to help the Golden State Warriors reach the second round of the playoffs last season.

He opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal with Golden State last month to become a free agent.

IndyCar’s Franchitti hassurgery on broken ankle

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti had surgery Monday on his broken right ankle.

It was the second operation on his ankle since Franchitti was injured Oct. 6 in an accident on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston. He also fractured two vertebrae and suffered a concussion.

IndyCar orthopedic consultant Dr. Terry Trammel said Monday’s surgery lasted just over three hours and was to repair the talus bone in Franchitti’s ankle. The talus bone connects the leg and the foot. The surgery was performed by Dr. Tim Weber, who told Trammel it “went perfectly and just as planned.”

“His post-operation X-rays looked great. Everything is positive at this point as Dario continues his recovery,” Trammel said.

Franchitti’s accident occurred when contact with Takuma Sato sent his car sailing into the fence. Debris from the accident injured 13 fans and one IndyCar official.

Franchitti, from Scotland, is a four-time IndyCar champion. He was moved from a Houston hospital last Thursday to Indianapolis.