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October 26, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 26

Volley sectional play resumes today

IHSAA volleyball sectionals will conclude today, with semifinal and title matches.

In the Class 3A sectional at Peru, Northwestern and Twin Lakes meet in the 11 a.m. semifinal with Maconaquah vs. West Lafayette to follow. The winners return at 7 p.m. to play for the title.

In Class 2A play at Southmont, Clinton Central faces the host squad in the 11 a.m. semifinal followed by South Vermillion vs. Frontier. The title match is at 7 p.m.

In Class 2A play at Alexandria, Madison-Grant and Elwood meet in the 11 a.m. semifinal followed by Tipton vs. Alexandria. The title match is at 7 p.m.

And in the Class A sectional at Clinton Prairie, Tri-Central faces the host Gophers in the 11 a.m. semifinal with Carroll and Frontier to follow. The championship is at 7 p.m.

Pacers end preseason with W

DALLAS (AP) — Paul George scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter and the Indiana Pacers used a 13-0 run to race past the Dallas Mavericks 98-77 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

Center Roy Hibbert had 14 points and eight rebounds as the Pacers (3-5) closed preseason play with three consecutive victories.

The Pacers trailed 51-43, their largest deficit, early in the third period before the 13-point run. They never trailed again, and the final margin equaled their largest lead.

Pacers small forward Danny Granger missed his third consecutive game with a strained calf.

Indiana coach Frank Vogel said Granger’s availability for the team’s opener on Tuesday at home against Orlando is unclear.

Hamlin claims pole for Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won the pole position Friday for the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin led the way as 18 drivers broke Jimmie Johnson’s track qualifying record with a speed of 99.595 mph. Johnson, the points leader who set the mark in April, and Kyle Busch tied for second at 99.344 mph, with Johnson getting the second spot for Sunday’s race based on the owner points tiebreaker.

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