Leo graduate Andy Bayer was named the Indiana University male athlete of the year. Bayer won the 1,500-meter event at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. He earned All-America honors in three seasons and won three Big Ten individual titles.
Bayer is the 45th track and field NCAA champion in school history and the 141st NCAA individual champion in the history of IU athletics. The junior will run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.
“Andy has gone above and beyond all season for the team,” IU track and field coach Ron Helmer said in a statement. “… He has proved this year that he is one of the best runners in the country.”
IndyCar announced that it will not replace its canceled China race, leaving the season schedule at 15 events. IndyCar had been exploring a replacement since announcing earlier this month that event organizers had canceled the Aug. 19 race in China. Among the options was a race at Road America, but the track had a Sunday night deadline for an agreement.
Dallas and Boston will play exhibition games next season in Europe, including a homecoming in Germany for Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki. The NBA announced that the Mavericks will play eight-time German champions Alba Berlin at Berlin’s O2 arena on Oct. 6. The Celtics will open the NBA Europe Live tour Oct. 5 in Istanbul against five-time Turkish champ Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.
Atlanta introducted Danny Ferry as the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager. Ferry comes to the Hawks after two years as vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs.
The NFL has schooled some of its rookies on the dangers of concussions and potential long-term effects of head injuries. As part of a symposium designed to ease their transition as pros, NFC rookies attended a seminar on health and safety hosted Monday by Browns team physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz. He spoke about a number of topics, including concussions, which have become a major focus for the league in recent years.
New Jersey police say New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash Saturday. State Police Lt. Stephen Jones says Wilkerson was driving a 2011 Dodge Challenger northbound on the Garden State Parkway in Kenilworth, Union County. He attempted to change lanes and struck the rear left side of a 2011 Toyota Sienna carrying 11 people. Wilkerson’s vehicle flipped over and came to rest on its roof.
A former Baylor basketball player is facing federal extortion charges for allegedly threatening to release “derogatory information” about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Richard Khamir Hurd’s bond was set at $25,000 after his first appearance Monday in federal court in Waco, Texas. Court documents say Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about one of his clients unless he was paid a “substantial sum” of money.
Pittsburgh released QB Troy Smith, a former Ohio State star who won the 2006 Heisman Trophy.
Fort Wayne Community Schools board decided to move Steven Townsend from athletic director at Wayne High School to an undetermined classroom position. He will be replaced on an interim basis by retired Wayne basketball coach Murray Mendenhall III.
The head of the NHL players’ union says negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement will begin “very quickly” – perhaps as early as this week. New NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr was in Chicago for meetings. He says negotiations will begin after Wednesday’s meeting of the NHLPA’s executive board.