Version II of the IPFW men’s basketball program under the guidance of Tony Jasick will be unveiled tonight when the Mastodons face Alma in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at Memorial Coliseum.
IPFW is coming off an 11-19 season, Jasick’s first as the head coach after being elevated from the associate coach’s position.
Senior guard Frank Gaines leads the list of returning players for IPFW. The 6-foot-4 guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., averaged 21.2 points and was the No. 9 scorer among the nation’s NCAA Division I players.
The team’s only other senior is 6-8 forward/center Mario Hines, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds.
The Mastodons have eight new players on this year’s roster.
IPFW will open its regular season Friday at Auburn.
Raikkonen wins Abu Dhabi F1 race
Kimi Raikkonen won a crash-filled Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for his first victory since returning to Formula One this year, a result that throws open the drivers’ championship with two races remaining. Raikkonen held off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished second. Two-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel clawed back from last to finish third, his lead over Alonso cut to 10 points. Vettel was penalized for fuel irregularities after qualifying, forcing him to start from the pits. He tops the drivers’ championship with 255 points, followed by Alonso (245) and Raikkonen (198).
Purdue women cruise in exhibition
After falling behind 8-0, the Purdue women’s team rolled to an 89-33 exhibition victory over Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday at Mackey Arena. Senior forward Sam Ostarello scored 14 points and forward Drey Mingo, a graduate student who received an extra year of eligibility after a season-ending knee injury last year, added 12 points. The Boilermakers, who open their season at 7 p.m. Saturday against South Carolina Upstate, erased the 8-0 deficit with a 29-2 run.
Kentucky coach fired after 40-0 loss
Kentucky fired coach Joker Phillips on Sunday, a day after a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. Phillips, 49, is 12-23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky. He will finish this season.
Around the links
Ian Poulter won the HSBC Champions for his first victory of the season, overcoming a four-stroke deficit with a 7-under 65 to finish at 21-under 267 in Shenzhen, China, for a two-stroke victory in the World Golf Championship tournament.
In Scottsdale, Ariz., Tom Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first Champions Tour player to win the season points title two straight years. After shooting 68-63-62 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round, Lehman birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 65 and a six-stroke victory.
In Shima, Japan, Stacy Lewis rallied to win the Mizuno Classic for her LPGA Tour-leading fourth title of the year, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64, an 11-under 205 total and a one-stroke victory.
14-year-old wins Masters invite
Guan Tianlang won the Asia-Pacific Championship in Bangkok, making the 14-year-old Chinese star the youngest player to qualify for the Masters. Guan closed with a 1-under 71 at Amata Spring Country Club. Guan will be the youngest player at Augusta National in April. He easily surpasses the mark set by Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who was about to turn 17 when he played in 2010.
Progress made in NHL talks
A secret, long-awaited bargaining session did some good in the NHL labor fight – so much so that the sides have plans to get back to the bargaining table soon. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.
Mastodons fall in Summit final
IPFW’s record-setting women’s season came to an end Sunday when the Mastodons lost 2-0 to Oakland in the Summit League tournament championship game in Brookings, S.D. IPFW (10-8-1) set a school record with 10 victories. Oakland (11-5-3) took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute, and the Grizzlies withstood two IPFW chances before halftime when shots from Mastodons Cassie Egle and Tessa Edwards sailed wide of the Oakland goal. Nicole DeLuca scored Oakland’s second goal in the 74th minute. Rachel Good, Tylar Allison and Sydney Hoareau were IPFW players named to the All-Tournament team.
Indiana Tech women advance
Indiana Tech’s second-seeded Warriors defeated visiting and No. 6 seed Aquinas 3-1 in the semifinals of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament and will face top-seeded Davenport on Friday in the championship game in Grand Rapids, Mich. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid into the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship tournament. Tori Singstock scored the first and third Tech goals and assisted on Jess Stanton’s goal.