NEW YORK – The Indiana Pacers’ odds of winning their first NBA title plunged after they lost Paul George to a compound leg fracture.
The Pacers were among the favorites to challenge LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference title this season. That was before George, Indiana’s leading scorer the past two years, tried to block a layup during a Team USA scrimmage Friday night in Las Vegas and broke his right leg in multiple places when he landed on a basket support.
The Pacers’ odds of winning the NBA title dropped to 60-1 from 15-1, according to the Las Vegas Hotel’s SuperBook. Before George’s injury, only five teams had a better chance at winning the championship. After he underwent surgery that may sideline him for the 2014-15 NBA season, more than half the 30 teams in the NBA have better odds to win the title.
Burglar sentenced in Aaron theft case
Isiah Slaton, 24, was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping burglarize baseball legend Hank Aaron’s Atlanta home, stealing jewelry the ex-Brave planned to donate to the Hall of Fame and two cars.
IUís Sheehey to play in Europe
After going undrafted and failing to catch on with an NBA team, Will Sheehey is headed overseas this season, electing to play in Montenegro. Sheehey averaged 11.4 points as a starting forward for the Hoosiers last year. He signed a one-year deal with KK Budocnost, a squad that plays in the Adriatic League.
Wide receiver chooses Purdue
Tyshawn Brown, a receiver at Mays High School in Atlanta, wrote on Twitter late Monday night that he has committed to play at Purdue beginning in 2015.
Ex-Dwenger player walks on at IU
Linebacker Ryan Watercutter, a Bishop Dwenger graduate, walked on to the Indiana University team, coach Kevin Wilson said Monday. Watercutter was one of five walk-ons added to the program, along with offensive lineman Blake Biesen of Valparaiso, linebackers Kyle Loechel of Indianapolis Cathedral and Owen Mattingly of Providence, and kicker Ben Rice of Noblesville.
LSU reinstates troubled safety
LSU junior safety Jalen Mills has been reinstated to the team after his charge of second-degree battery was reduced to misdemeanor simple battery.
Leo opens with win in Homestead meet
Leo finished first as a team at the season-opening Homestead Invitational at Orchard Ridge Country Club on Monday, shooting 359. Brooke Moser led the Lions, shooting 83. Penn’s Cassidy Jurkaites was the medalist at 77, leading her team to a second-place 368. Carroll placed third with 378 with Sarah Banister and Kierstin Murphy finishing second (78) and third (80) individually. East Noble’s Alyn Clark finished fourth with 81, leading the Knights to a fourth place team finish with 387. Bellmont rounded out the top five at 393.
Female coach loses 1st match
In Brest, France, Corinne Diacre became the first woman to coach a men’s professional soccer team in a competitive match in France when her Clermont team lost 2-1 in the second division.
Izaak Walton plans free youth event
The Izaak Walton League of America Fort Wayne Chapter is playing host to a free youth trap and skeet shooting at its facility at 17100 Griffin Road in Huntertown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. All guns, ammunition, targets, instruction and lunch will be provided by the National Wild Turkey Federation at no charge. Parents must accompany their children.
13th seed upset in 1st round of Rogers
In Montreal, Sabine Lisicki upset 13th-seeded Sara Errani 6-1, 7-5 in the first round of the Rogers Cup on Monday.
ATP pulls plug on Israel Open
The ATP tour says the inaugural Israel Open in Tel Aviv has been canceled because of security concerns arising from the military conflict in the region. The tournament was set to be held Sept. 15-21 and would have been the first ATP tournament held in Israel since 1996.
No. 1 seed wins menís city title
Josh Rifkin won his first City Tennis Tournament championship at Swinney Park , defeating IPFW’s Andres Cobos 7-5, 6-4. Rifkin, a Homestead graduate and the No. 1 seed, was runner-up in the singles tournament last year.