Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 25, 2013

Sports briefs, Sept. 25


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Source: George set to sign new deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George wanted to keep playing in Indiana. Larry Bird made sure he wasn’t going anywhere.

The Pacers star forward agreed Tuesday to a long-term contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it won’t be officially announced until today. Terms were not immediately available, but he is eligible for a five-year deal worth between $80 million to $90 million, depending on the salary cap.

George’s rookie deal was set to expire after next season and the 23-year-old All-Star almost certainly would have been one of most attractive players on the free-agent market.

The 6-foot-8 forward has made dramatic improvement in each of his first three NBA seasons.

He was a key player off the bench as a rookie, then emerged as a solid starter in his second season and last year averaged career-highs of 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists. George’s numbers actually increased during the playoffs as he led Indiana past Atlanta and New York and into the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers pushed the defending champs to Game 7 before eventually losing at Miami.

He was a third-team All-NBA selection, a second-team all-defensive pick, was named the league’s most improved player and earned a second straight trip to USA Basketball camp this summer.

Manning, Broncos roar to 3-0 start

DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Denver Broncos to another easy victory, 37-21 over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.

The Broncos (3-0) have outscored opponents 127-71 this season.

Manning hit Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for a score apiece.

The quarterback’s 12 TD passes are an NFL record for the opening three games, breaking Tom Brady’s mark of 11 in 2011. Manning has yet to throw an interception this year.

Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor finished 19 for 28 for 281 yards but played catch-up from the start. Oakland (1-2) trailed 17-0 before Pryor hit Denarius Moore for a 73-yard score.

Four plays later, Manning connected with Thomas for a 13-yard score to push the lead back to 17.

New athletic league set for 2015-16

Nine schools from six adjoining counties in Northern Indiana have announced their intentions to form a new athletic conference beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The Hoosier North Athletic Conference (HNAC) will include Caston, Culver, Knox, LaVille, North Judson, Pioneer, Triton, West Central and Winamac. The decision to start conference play in 2015-16 is designed to give member schools adequate time to align the schedules for each sport.

The conference is keeping open an option to expand to 10 teams.

Luttrell scores ace at Rocky Ridge

CRAWFORDSVILLE — Kokomo’s Garry Luttrell hit a hole in one Tuesday while playing a round at Rocky Ridge GC. Luttrell aced the 174-yard hole No. 6 while playing a round with friends from Kokomo. Steve Richman, Bob Cline and Tom Anderson witnessed the shot.

Stone hits hole in one at Green Acres

Norman Stone added to his long list of holes in one while playing Monday at Green Acres G.C.

Stone used a Cleveland No. 5-hybrid to ace No. 15. It was the eighth ace of his playing career — and the second on that hole.

Terry Hedrick, Paul Strauch and John Holmes witnessed the shot.