August 23, 2009 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Announced Former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight will be inducted into the university’s athletics Hall of Fame nearly a decade after he was fired for violating a zero-tolerance policy imposed by then-IU President Myles Brand.

The announcement by Indiana is the first move to bring the two sides together since Knight was fired in 2000 for what school officials called a “pattern of unacceptable behavior.” Whether Knight will attend the Nov. 6 induction ceremony in Indiana is unknown. He has not returned to IU since his firing, which caused a rift in Indiana basketball fans.

Injured Driver Will Power of Team Penske broke two vertebrae in his lower back and suffered a concussion after crashing into Nelson Philippe of Conquest Racing during a practice session for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (Calif.). Philippe also sustained a concussion along with an open fracture to his left foot that required surgery. The 28-year-old Power, the former road course specialist who finished fifth in this year’s Indianapolis 500, crashed into Philippe coming out of a blind corner at Infineon Raceway. He was scheduled for an MRI exam late Saturday, but IndyCar officials didn’t expect any further updates on his status until today.

Dismissed Running back Quentin Castille has been dismissed from the Nebraska football program for violating unspecified team rules. Coach Bo Pelini did not elaborate on the violations committed by the junior from La Porte, Texas. Pelini announced the dismissal following the No. 24 Cornhuskers’ practice Saturday, even though Castille has not practiced with the team for several days.

Touring Basketball star LeBron James gave fellow NBA All-Star Chris Paul a tour of his hometown – on two wheels. The U.S. Olympic teammates and close friends rode through the streets of Akron, Ohio, as James hosted his annual “King for Kids” charity bike-a-thon. James and Paul pushed the pace in the lead group of bicyclists, pedaling past James’ former high school St. Vincent-St. Mary and the city’s zoo on the 8-mile route. James, of course, was the first to cross the finish line. The Cavaliers’ superstar was joined by TV host Nick Cannon, Cleveland coach Mike Brown and Cavs general manager Danny Ferry.


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