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Lloy Ball’s conviction on DWI count upheld

– The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the drunken-driving conviction of Olympic volleyball gold medalist Lloy Ball.

The Herald-Republican reported that Ball, an Olympic gold medal winner and son of IPFW men’s volleyball coach Arnie Ball, had argued the Steuben Circuit Court abused its discretion during a trial last year when he was convicted of misdemeanor operating while intoxicated in a manner that endangers a person. He had argued that there was no legal basis for him being stopped in June 2011.

He was arrested after a state police officer said he was driving 49 mph in a 40 mph zone and driving left of center. Court documents indicate his blood-alcohol content was 0.13 percent. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.8 percent.

Ball was given a one-year suspended sentence and placed on probation.


Panasonic becomes Gordon sponsor

Panasonic Corp. reached a deal with Hendrick Motorsports that will make the company the primary sponsor for Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 team for two races each year for the next three seasons in the Sprint Cup series. Gordon’s Panasonic Chevrolet will debut this weekend at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.


Ball State transfer cleared to play

The NCAA granted Jeremiah Davis III a waiver, making him immediately eligible to play at Ball State next season. NCAA rules usually require transfers to sit out one full season before regaining their eligibility. But Davis requested the waiver after the Muncie Central graduate left Cincinnati to return home after his family was displaced by a house fire.


Athletic director leaving Penn State

Penn State athletic director David Joyner will resign Aug. 1. Joyner was appointed acting athletic director in November 2011 after Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave. He steered the department through the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the death of former football coach Joe Paterno.

NCAA defends amateur model

In Oakland, California, the NCAA began making its case for keeping the current model for college sports in the antitrust trial brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and others, with Texas women’s athletic director Christine Plonsky testifying that paying basketball and football players would tear apart the foundation the school’s athletics are based upon.


Oklahoma State player stabbed

Police in Stillwater, Oklahoma, said an Oklahoma State player reported being stabbed, kidnapped and robbed. Capt. Randy Dickerson said the player, who was not identified, was treated at a Stillwater hospital for knife wounds to his abdomen and his right arm.


City native to play at South Bend

Fort Wayne native Kristi O’Brien will play in the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend on Friday through Sunday at Blackthorn Golf Club. It is an event on the Symetra Tour. This is her fifth tour event. Her best finish has been a tie for 53rd in the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship, which ended June 9.


Canadiens’ Wiese signs 2-year deal

Montreal agreed to a two-year contract extension with forward Dale Weise. He made $750,000 this season and was set to become a restricted free agent July 1. He reportedly will earn a total of $2 million over the next two seasons.

Sabres to buy out forward’s contract

Two people familiar with Buffalo’s decision told The Associated Press that the team placed under-performing forward Ville Leino on waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining three years of his contract.


Olympian takes step in recovery

Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is transferring to a Colorado hospital to continue rehabilitation from injuries she suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident two weeks ago. Van Dyken-Rouen will take a medical flight from Scottsdale to Denver today so she can rehab at Craig Hospital, which specializes in spine injures.


US sprinters 1-2 in 100 at Golden Spike

In Ostrava, Czech Republic, American sprinter Justin Gatlin won the 100-meters at the Golden Spike meet, clocking 9.86 seconds to improve his own world-leading time of the year. In a 1-2 finish for the United States, Mike Rodgers was second in 10.08 and veteran Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis was third in 10.12. In other events, LaShawn Merritt took the 400 in 44.16, and while U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix won the women’s 200 in 22.75.