The state's announcement Thursday that schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic school year means spring sports are canceled.

Greg Bell was a freshman at Butler University when one day in the early 70s, a fraternity brother friend decided it was time for an excursion. He wanted to give Bell, a sports junkie and Buffalo, New York, native, a taste of Indiana.

Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock, you're well aware of the growing concerns in the United States and around the globe concerning the coronavirus outbreak.

One day in late fall last year, Mitchell Gauger got a phone call from IUPUI athletic director Dr. Roderick Perry. Gauger, a former IUPUI diver, is still involved in activities at IUPUI so a call from Perry wasn’t out of the ordinary.

Northwestern’s Tayson Parker and Tipton’s Ben Humrichous lead five KT-area players honored by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday when the organization announced its boys basketball honor squads.

Northwestern’s inside-outside combo of Kendall Bostic and Madison Layden have played together since elementary school. In that time they’ve linked up thousands of times on court. Outlets, kickouts, post feeds, inbounds plays, on and on. One kind is their favorite.

We like to think that some good comes from all bad and with what’s going on in the world right now, we need to cling to that hope. Fortunately there have been some things folks have done to help ease the strain of absolutely no sports whatsoever.

UPLAND – Taylor University senior Mason Degenkolb has been named to the first team of the Academic All-America squad by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday announced its academic all-state teams, which are senior-only teams.

With the ongoing COVID-19 concerns in America, the chances of the NBA restarting the 2019-20 season appear increasingly slim. If the season does end up being lost, there are plenty of storylines that won’t be able to reach conclusions.

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Former Indiana football players Nick Westbrook and Reakwon Jones have scoured through their home state of Florida, looking for gyms that are open or fields to work out on.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver finds himself almost constantly looking at financial numbers and projections. And like the rest of a world that is dealing with the seismic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, he still isn’t sure how bad things will get.

With the ongoing COVID-19 concerns in America, the chances of the NBA restarting the 2019-20 season appear increasingly slim. If the season does end up being lost, there are plenty of storylines that won’t be able to reach conclusions.

The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.

Marcus Smart’s leaning bank shot in the final minute gave the Celtics the lead after the team blew a 19-point advantage and Boston then held on for a 114-111 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers to clinch a playoff spot for a sixth consecutive year.

Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored the game’s final six points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-109 on Sunday night.

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Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73.

William Byron led the most laps in NASCAR's first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills. The third time out, he got the win.

Scott McLaughlin’s real IndyCar debut is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian V8 SuperCars champion isn’t letting that stop him from learning how to virtually drive the cars.

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