Pacers sign Hicks to 10-day contract
Stephan Hicks, the longest-tenured Mad Ants player, has gotten his shot in the NBA. The Indiana Pacers, who own and operate the Mad Ants, signed Hicks to a 10-day contract in advance of their game Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets in Indianapolis.
“He exemplifies everything we’re all about with the Mad Ants. He’s always done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s such a hard-working player and this is so well-deserving for him,” Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey said.
Hicks is the only player to start every game this season for the Mad Ants. He’s averaged a career-best 16.2 points with 6.9 rebounds in 27 games this season, his fourth with Fort Wayne.
He ranks among the top five in Mad Ants history in points (1,951), rebounds (822), field goals made (669), field goal percentage (47.3 percent) and free throw percentage (81.5 percent).
The signing is similar to last year, when the Pacers gave Trey McKinney Jones, a longtime Mad Ants player a shot with his first 10-day NBA contract.
Former IU great Jimmy Rayl dies
Jimmy Rayl, the 1959 Indiana Mr. Basketball at Kokomo and a two-time All-American at Indiana, died Sunday of an unspecified illness. He was 77. Rayl played for the Hoosiers from 1960 to ’63 and averaged 20.6 points per game in his career, including 29.8 points in 1961-62. He ranks 23rd in scoring all-time at Indiana and still holds the school record for most points in a game with 56, a mark he reached twice. He never played in the NBA, but was an original member of the Pacers, playing two seasons with the team when it was in the ABA.
Pacquiao wins for 61st time
In Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he’s still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40. With Floyd Mayweather watching from ringside, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Adrien Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes. Two judges favored Pacquiao by a 116-112 score, while the third had it 117-111. The AP scored it a shutout 120-108 for Pacquiao.
Tech athletes shine in Texas
Indiana Tech’s Kejavon Moore finished in third place in the 60-meter dash at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invite in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, running a season-best 6.70 seconds, the fastest time by an NAIA athlete this season. Moore also improved his best time this season in the 200 meters, taking fourth place with an NAIA “A” standard of 21.14 (converted to 21.59 for altitude), also the fastest time in NAIA this season. Qadir Muhammad finished fourth in the 400 at 48.44 and led off the 4 x 400 relay, which finished 10th. The women’s 4 x 400 team of Doshawn Franks, Antonishka Deveaux, Pamela Sanders-Booker, and Ayanna Moody finished eighth in 3:53.19 (converted to 3:56.74), the fastest NAIA time this season. Franks automatically qualified for indoor nationals in the 600, running a 1:25.65 (1:37.10 converted), which is also the fastest in NAIA this season. Doneasha Brewer finished seventh in the 200 meters. Long jumper Destiny Copeland broke her own freshman record with a jump of 19 feet, 6.25 inches and finished seventh at the meet while hitting the best mark by an NAIA athlete this year.
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Titleholder wins in 32 seconds
In New York, Henry Cejudo needed only a record 32 seconds to defend his 125-pound UFC title, defeating T.J. Dillashaw early Sunday. Cejudo was a buzz saw at Barclays Center and never let Dillashaw, the 135-pound champ, catch his breath in a blink-and-miss it finish.
Hall of Fame announces class
Li Na is the first player from Asia elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She joins Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the Class of 2019, which was announced today at the Australian Open in Melbourne. All three players won a pair of Grand Slam singles titles : one at Melbourne Park and the other at Roland Garros.