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Briefs

North Side linebacker makes college choice

North Side senior linebacker D’Marcus Moon committed to Eastern Michigan on Sunday after making an official visit to the Mid-American Conference school.

“It was the place I truly wanted to be,” Moon wrote in a Facebook message. “The love I felt from the current players was unbelievable.

“My walk with EMU will be a story to tell. I have the opportunity to have an impact my freshman year, obtain a stellar education and represent EMU in the community. We all have a great opportunity to walk this road together as a family.”

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Moon led the Redskins to the SAC championship last year.

Moon spent his first three years at Bishop Dwenger at running back.

“Coach (Drake) Creighton has the passion and energy to truly turn things around at Eastern Michigan,” Moon wrote. “With the staff he is hiring around himself, EMU is destined for success. In addition, it was an honor for me to be Coach Creighton’s first commitment. This commitment was about choosing my family for the next four years.”

BASKETBALL

Pacers’ West fined for elbow to Griffin

Indiana forward David West was fined $15,000 for elbowing the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin in the jaw. West was assessed a flagrant 2 and ejected at the end of the first half of the Pacers’ 106-92 win Saturday. The league also fined Kings coach Michael Malone $25,000 for screaming at official Marc Davis after Sacramento’s 91-90 loss to Memphis on Friday.

FOOTBALL

98 underclassmen enter NFL draft

A record 98 underclassmen, including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, have made themselves eligible for the NFL draft in May. The league released the list of early entrants Sunday and said the number has risen six straight seasons. The deadline for underclassmen to apply was Jan. 15. Last year, 73 underclassmen entered the draft. The year before it was 65 and in 2011 it was 56.

TENNIS

Mastodons lose spring opener

The IPFW men fell to Ball State 5-2 in their spring opener in Muncie. Patrick Downs and Martin Muadi won their singles matches to give the Mastodons (0-1) their points against the Cardinals (2-0).

WINTER SPORTS

White wins halfpipe qualifier

Two-time Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White locked up a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in his signature event by winning the final qualifier in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. White, who will skip next weekend’s Winter X Games, posted a score of 96.6 to edge Danny Davis by 1.6 points. Ben Ferguson finished third. White, Taylor Gold and 2010 Olympian Greg Bretz earned automatic berths on the four-man team.

Russians sweep pairs titles

Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov retained their title in the pairs event at the European figure skating championships in Budapest, Hungary, despite a series of errors. The Russian pair had built a large lead ahead of the finale, following a season-best score in Friday’s short program. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov skated without mistakes and surged from fourth in the short program to claim silver ahead of the third Russian pair, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov.

Track stars make US bobsled team

Lauryn Williams, who won her first World Cup gold medal Sunday, and Lolo Jones were selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month’s Sochi Olympics. They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who helped the U.S. win a gold medal in the 400-meter relay in London. Jones is a two-time veteran of the Summer Games in the 100-meter hurdles, missing out on gold in Beijing after a late stumble. Williams and Jamie Greubel won a women’s World Cup race in Igls, Austria, the first gold medal for each this season. Greubel’s first gold as a pilot came with a two-run time of 1 minute, 46.28 seconds. For Williams, it was her first gold as a push athlete.

CLARIFICATION

Double winner at SAC meet omitted

Snider’s Gabe Swardson was omitted from a list of double winners in a story on Page 2B Sunday on the SAC swim meet. Swardson won the 100-yard butterfly (:51.51) and 200 individual medley (1:59.19). He broke a conference record in the 100 fly that had stood for 15 years.

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