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Posted on Wed. Aug. 06, 2014 - 12:30 am EDT

BRIEFS

Snider sophomore gets IU hoops offer

The first basketball scholarship offer for Snider sophomore Malik Williams was a pretty good way to start the process.

On his first unofficial visit to a college, the 6-foot-10 center received his initial offer directly from Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean.

“It was great,” Williams said of the offer.

Williams said he received the offer about halfway through the visit, which included a tour of the campus and watching a team practice. Crean and the Hoosiers have been watching Williams as he has played this summer for the Legit 15U AAU team.

“I like the program a lot,” Williams said.

It is Williams’ first visit to a school. He said he doesn’t have any more visits planned – for now.

Williams is the younger brother of heralded big man Devlyn Williams, Snider’s 6-6 senior All-SAC forward.

AUTO RACING

Bribery trial ends for F1 executive

Bernie Ecclestone is free to concentrate on running Formula One after a German court dropped a bribery case against him in exchange for a $100 million payment. The 83-year-old Englishman has continued running F1 while spending two days a week in a Munich courtroom.

BASKETBALL

Fans can sign banner for George

The Pacers are inviting fans to sign a get-well banner for injured star Paul George. The team says the banner will be available in the entry pavilion of Bankers Life Fieldhouse for fans to sign and write notes of encouragement until the end of the Indiana Fever’s WNBA game on Friday. The Pacers are also accepting cards and letters for George from well-wishers.

Warriors’ Speights charged with DWI

Golden State Warriors player Marreese Speights faces a drunken-driving charge in Florida. Tampa police say the former Florida Gator was arrested early Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence.

Cavaliers sign ex-Heat shooters

The Cavaliers officially announced the signings of Mike Miller and James Jones, two shooters who won NBA titles with LeBron James in Miami.

FOOTBALL

California sued in player’s death

The family of former California football player Ted Agu filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California, alleging “reckless and negligent behavior” by the staff toward an athlete known to have sickle cell trait.

Ohioan charged in Modell grudge

Police in Towson, Maryland, say disorderly conduct in a cemetery charges have been filed against 61-year-old Paul S. Serbu of Franklin, Ohio, who is accused of urinating on the grave of former Baltimore owner Art Modell and posting a video of it on YouTube. Modell died in 2012 at age 87. He move the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens.

Purdue gets punter for 2015 class

Joe Schopper, a punter at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, tweeted that he has committed to join Purdue’s class of 2015.

GOLF

Ex-champ leaves PGA with injury

Former champion David Toms has withdrawn from the PGA Championship because of a back injury. He was replaced in the field by Shawn Stefani.

17-year-old leads amateur qualifying

In Glen Cove, New York, Bethany Wu shot a 2-under 68 in the U.S. Women’s Amateur to top the 64 match-play qualifiers. The 17-year-old Wu, from Diamond Bar, California, finished stroke play at 3-under 137 at Nassau Country Club.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Area signing

Wawasee’s Paige Hlutke will sign with the Grace softball program this week.

HOCKEY

NHL roundup

Pittsburgh re-signed forward Brandon Sutter, who agreed to a two-year deal that will average $3.3 million per season. … Philadelphia signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year contract.

TENNIS

Venus, Federer advance in Rogers

In Montreal, Venus Williams rebounded from a shaky second set to defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Rogers Cup. In Toronto, Roger Federer rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over wild card Peter Polansky in the second round of the Rogers Cup, and Ernest Gulbis, Richard Gasquet and Fabio Fognini also advanced.


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