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Posted on Wed. May. 21, 2014 - 12:30 am EDT

BRIEFS

Komets lose center to team in France

Center Dean Ouellet, who had 5 goals and 16 points in 25 games with the Komets, will play next season in Lyon, France.

He was picked up in the middle of this season after the San Francisco Bulls folded. Ouellet, a 6-foot, 180-pound Canada native, played 66 games with the Bulls in 2012-13 in his first ECHL experience.

His departure for Europe is the second by a Komets player since Cincinnati ended their playoff run. The Komets had already lost Brandon Marino, who will play in Hungary.

Ouellet, 26, scored four goals in nine playoff games.

AUTO RACING

Grand prix extends Chevrolet deal

The Detroit Grand Prix reached a two-year extension with Chevrolet to keep a race on Belle Isle through at least 2016. Auto racing returned to Detroit in 2012 after a four-year absence thanks in part to a three-year deal with Chevy. The Detroit Grand Prix will feature a pair of races on May 30 and June 1.

BASKETBALL

Boilers’ Versyp given extension

Purdue women’s coach Sharon Versyp agreed to a contract extension through the 2019-20 season, the university said. The Boilermakers have won the Big Ten tournament four times in Versyp’s eight seasons and appeared twice in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

BOWLING

Tackett tied for 8th

E.J. Tackett, from Huntington, is tied for eighth in the Professional Bowling Association Oklahoma Open standings. The top 18 after today’s Badger Open qualifying round advance to round-robin match play Thursday and Friday.

BOXING

Pacquiao plans November fight

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in November, most likely in Macau. He also signed a two-year contract with promoter Bob Arum that could take him to the end of his career. Arum said that Juan Manuel Marquez is his first choice for Pacquiao’s next fight.

FOOTBALL

No. 1 draft pick signs with Vikings

Minnesota signed first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater and seventh-rounders Shamar Stephen and Brandon Watts. The Vikings were also working on finishing first-rounder Anthony Barr’s contract.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Area signings

Bishop Luers senior Allison Butler will sign with the Walsh women’s basketball program. … Bellmont senior Emily Roman is going to sign with the IPFW cross country and track programs.

Coach hiring

Jeremy Rauch was approved as the boys basketball coach at DeKalb by the DeKalb Central School Board. Rauch had been the head coach at Southridge since 2010 and led the school to consecutive conference titles.

HOCKEY

Las Vegas to return to ECHL in 2015-16

The Las Vegas Wranglers said the ECHL team will return to play in Las Vegas for the 2015-16 season and that details regarding a new home arena for the team will be announced at a later date. The ECHL Board of Governors unanimously granted the Wranglers a voluntary suspension, which will allow the team time to complete plans to secure a new permanent venue, the Wranglers said in a statement. Boyd Gaming had announced it would not be renewing the team’s lease at Orleans Arena.

HORSE RACING

California Chrome ready to prep in NY

California Chrome arrived in New York to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will start training on the track daily beginning today. The 3-year-old colt is set to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. He owns a six-race winning streak.

TENNIS

USC captures 21st national title

Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento won their singles matches in straight sets and USC earned its 21st NCAA championship with a 4-2 victory over Oklahoma in Athens, Georgia.

TRACK AND FIELD

Irish coach to end 39-season career

Joe Piane is retiring after 39 seasons as Notre Dame’s coach for men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams and the men’s cross country team. The school announced that Piane will retire at the end of the outdoor track season as the second-longest tenured coach in Notre Dame history. He trails only former baseball coach Jake Kline, who served 42 seasons from 1934 to 1975.


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