Purdue Boilermakers News for March 6, 2014
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Hoosiers improve this season, but can't finish in Big Ten tourney...

A couple of months ago, Indiana was 14-0 and No. 22 in the Associated Press poll for its highest ranking ever in women's basketball. The Hoosiers have climbed a few rungs, but they also discovered the ladder they were on was rickety.

Indiana switching to new adidas uniforms for Big Ten Tournament...

A season ago, Indiana resisted being swept up in the alternate-uniform craze that pushed camouflage and short-sleeved jerseys onto blue-blood powers like Louisville and Kansas.

Indiana falls to Nebraska 70-60 on Senior Night

Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields each scored 17 points Wednesday, and Nebraska's defense held off Indiana's second-half rally for a 70-60 victory.

Indiana plays baseball vs. Xavier in the snow

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The frigid first pitch, of course, had to be a snowball.

Fishers debt collection firm DECA faces legal battles

DECA Financial Services, a Fishers consumer debt collection firm, was once lauded for its fast growth by Inc. magazine.

Tim Durham's Geist home attracts 1 bidder

It has seven bedrooms, eight full baths, five half-baths and four parking spaces.

Far-Northside Kahn's closes, makes way for Fresh Thyme market...

Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits owner Jim Arnold has sold the Far-Northside plaza location of one of his liquor stores to Lauth Properties.

Beyond.com to hire 50, doubling size of Indianapolis site

Beyond.com has announced plans to hire 50 sales professionals at its Indianapolis office by year's end.

Blough opens first day with Boilers [$]

Freshman quarterback David Blough opened his career at Purdue.

Appleby ready to battle [$]

Purdue quarterback Austin Appleby explains how he's ready to fight for the Boilermakers' starting job.

BSRTV: Danny Etling [$]

Purdue quarterback Danny Etling recaps day one of spring drills.

BSRTV: John Shoop [$]

Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop discusses the Boilers' first spring practice.

Pit Pass: Unable to commit to full season, Panther Racing turned...

Many were surprised when two-time IndyCar Series champion Panther Racing was not included in the sanctioning body's program that financially supports full-time teams.

Gallery: Spring ball Day 1

Evan Panfil and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson talk during the Boilermakers' first workout of the season. This and more images inside.

BSRTV: Darrell Hazell [$]

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell recaps the Boilers' first spring practice.

Notes: Boilers start up spring drills [$]

Purdue is looking to build confidence with its spring drills. Boiler Sports Report offers notes and quotes from day one from the Mollenkopf Center.

W. Basketball. Rip Squad Diaries: Big Ten Tournament Edition

Four weeks. Four weeks have passed since the last RIP Squad Diaries and for those of you who read these religiously, I sincerely apologize.

Football. Football Opens Spring Practice

The Boilermakers opened the 2014 spring practice schedule on Thursday inside the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. The team had its first of 15 spring practice sessions in just helmets.

Etling leads competitive group; Day 1 notes

Purdue insists that it has a quarterback competition this spring, with its top two vying for the job in 2014. But it's hard to ignore that Danny Etling gets the nod now. More on the QBs, plus other notes from the first day of spring inside.

Analysis: Spring practice No. 1 [$]

Jim Bridge and Purdue's coaches were stressing teaching and technique during the first spring practice. Our observations from Day 1 inside.

Environmental groups call for investigation of Duke power plant...

A coalition of environmental and citizens' groups called on Indiana regulators to launch a formal investigation into a growing list of problems and delays that have sharply crimped output of Duke Energy's controversial Edwardsport power plant.

Tully: For Indy to prosper, city needs all-out assault on crime...

Mayor Greg Ballard and his staff have come up with a great plan: rebuild the city's budget by rebuilding its tax base with thousands of new residents.

Craigslist rental scam fleeces woman out of $1,900

Indiana State Police are warning about an online home rental scam after a Plainfield woman was fleeced out of $1,900.

Indy Eleven owner says soccer stadium proposal will wait a year...

A well-connected Indianapolis developer who wants to build an $87 million soccer stadium in Indianapolis acknowledged today that the proposal will have to wait for another year.

Suspect accused of sexually assaulting 5 women in 2 days in Avon,...

Michael Parrish, the man charged in connection with the kidnapping and raping of two women in Avon, is facing 35 new charges in Marion County.

Carmel-North Central headlines big night of boys basketball sectional...

Trying to beat Carmel is a bit like attempting to hit a fluttering knuckleball in baseball.

2015 Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Ryan Cline

Purdue could use a shooter that is a top Mr. Basketball candidate in Indiana for 2015. Purdue currently has three open scholarships in the class of 2015 after the loss of Jay Simpson. With no seniors in 2015 the Boilers could be short-handed scholarship-wise yet again next season, but the open spots can be used on a wealth of in-state talent. One of those players is one that is quickly rising in the ranks and is a member of a two-time state champion. Last night I got to see Carmel's Ryan Clin

Bob Kravitz: NIT looms ahead for Indiana Hoosiers

News and Views:

Former Pacer Jermaine O'Neal was (and is) oh-so-good

If we're going to be honest about this, the chance that Jermaine O'Neal's No. 7 Pacers jersey will hang in the Banker's Life Fieldhouse rafters someday is the longest of long shots. For better or worse - mostly worse - he got caught in the wash of The Brawl and the post-Brawl hysterics, unfairly becoming a representative of everything that had gone wrong with the Indiana Pacers in 2003-04 and beyond.

Bob Kravitz: Too little, too late for Hoosiers?

They're growing up, but for the Indiana Hoosiers, it might be too little, too late.

Kravitz: 2014 Sochi Olympics wrapup

SOCHI, Russia - It began with security concerns, stray dogs, missing shower curtains and strange plumbing.

Bob Kravitz: Sochi Olympics winners, losers

On the U.S. Olympic Committee charter flight over here, Mikaela Shiffrin, the 18-year-old American slalom champion, began to nap about the time the plane landed in southern Russia.

Kravitz: For Canadians in '98, it was 'gold or nothing'

This was 1998, in Nagano, Japan, and oddly enough, a bunch of us were assembled at a downtown bar. (Look, it's what journalists do after a 14-hour day; don't judge me).

Kravitz: Can't wait to eat pizza when he returns from Olympics...

We were all hanging around the wine bar last night (as opposed to every other night these Olympics) and having the typical close-to-the-end-of-the-Olympic discussion.

Bob Kravitz: No miracle this time for U.S. men's hockey team

This isn't what the Americans came for, a chance to beat Finland and walk home with bronze.

Kravitz: Russian hockey coach worried about being eaten alive...

SOCHI, Russia - For a country where freedom of the press isn't quite as high a priority as it is in the United States, the sports media here definitely has an edge over its American compatriots when it comes to going for the jugular.

Bob Kravitz: U.S. rout of Czech Republic sets up showdown with...

As it should be.

Kravitz: What did I do duting the Olympics? Check in

SOCHI, Russia - There is only one thing I won't miss about the Olympics once I return stateside:

Kravitz: Keep NHL players in the Olympics

SOCHI, Russia - NHL players love the Olympics, even if it forces them to abandon their regular season for a couple of weeks.

Kravitz: Canada, U.S. class of men's Olympic hockey

SOCHI, Russia - When Ilya Kovalchuk's game-winning shootout goal went in the net Sunday, Russian TV turned its cameras to the country's president, Vladimir Putin.

Kravitz: T.J. Oshie gains fame following U.S. Olympic shootout...

In the hours after U.S. Olympic shootout hero T.J.

Jim Morrison may be dead but I'm rockin' in Sochi

Jim Morrison of the Doors is not dead.

Miracle? No, but this U.S.-Russia was heck of a hockey game

Thirty-four years ago, when the

Bob Kravitz: Former Ice star Carlson now plays key role for U.S....

Charlie Skjodt remembered the first time he laid eyes on U.S. Olympic defenseman John Carlson.

Kravitz: No fears about Olympic security

SOCHI, Russia - When the American nightly news began telling stories of Olympics security concerns here on the Black Sea, my wife asked a question.

Pacers notes: C.J. Watson misses game with sprained elbow

Indiana Pacers backup point guard C.J. Watson missed only his second game of the season Wednesday, sitting out against the Charlotte Bobcats with a sprained right elbow injury.

Football. Pair of Boilermakers on CFHOF Ballot

The National Football Foundation announced today the names of 76 players and eight coaches who comprise the 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

IHSAA investigates Lawrence North complaints of racially targeted...

The Indiana High School Athletic Association is investigating complaints from Lawrence North about racially targeted behavior and taunts from the Bedford North Lawrence crowd during the girls basketball semsistate game at Bedford on Saturday.

Indiana high school plays final basketball game

Jeff Howard didn't know what to say. The Southside boys basketball coach had said goodbye to teams before.

Southport gets edge in overtime

Beating the same team three times in a season is never easy, especially when its your fiercest rival and the season on the line.

Unusual turn of events spurs No. 3 HSE to pull away from Fishers...

Fishers wouldn't go away in its Sectional 8 game against Class 4A No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern until Chris Ford of the Royals saw an opportunity and jumped on it.

Warren Central stuns Cathedral on game-winning 3-pointer

Prior to Tuesday's Class 4A Sectional 10 first-round game, Greg Graham recalled the pain in the pit of his stomach when Warren Central lost in the sectional his senior year of 1989.

Trey Lyles one-and-done? Not necessarily

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said on 'The Dan Patrick Show' Tuesday that Tech High School senior Trey Lyles told him he planned to play just one year in college before going to the NBA.

Tech boys basketball poised to achieved greatness

It was nearly six years ago when then-Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White told The Star that his long-term plan was for Tech High School to join the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.

Lawrence North falls short of state finals berth in overtime

BEDFORD - Lawrence North High School girls basketball coach Chris Giffin couldn't fault his team's effort Saturday.

Heritage Christian girls return to 2A state title game

Three letters sum up the Heritage Christian high school girls basketball team's game plan on the basketball court.

Chesterton dominates boys swimming state meet

Avon High School junior Parks Jones had his sights set on the state record for the 200-yard freestyle as he sliced through the water of the Natatorium at IUPUI.

Bishop Chatard girls overwhelmed by Mater Dei in semistate

BEDFORD - After winning the past two Class 2A girls basketball state titles, Evansville Mater Dei moved to 3A this season under the Indiana High School Athletic Association's tournament success factor.

McRoberts leads Carmel to victory

Zach McRoberts is typically laid-back, but even he felt the impact of Friday's senior night.

Parker's big night helps Tech beat Ben Davis

Ben Davis tried to take Trey Lyles out of the game. All that did was give Tech senior Justin Parker a chance to shine Friday night at Ben Davis High School.

Indiana bill would require football concussion education

Indiana is on the verge of becoming the first state to require concussion-awareness training for high school and youth football coaches - despite questions about its need and financial motives.

Lawrence North, Heritage Christian girls prepare for semistate...

Lawrence North and Heritage Christian high schools are located less than two miles apart on the Northeastside of Indianapolis.

Kyle Neddenriep's favorite basketball venues

As much as the games and players, it's the venues that make covering basketball in the state so special enjoyable for high school insider Kyle Neddenriep. Here are his seven favorite venues (ranked in order):

Coaches target areas of improvement

The messages have been pitched and are in the process of being sold as Purdue opens its second spring football session under Darrell Hazell.

John Purdue Club. Schweigert, Bogdanova to Host Second-Annual...

Two Boilermaker fan favorites will serve as hosts of the second-annual Golden Pete Awards show. Football star Stuart Schweigert (2000-03) will team with basketball standout Natalia Bogdanova (2005-09) for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Spring ball primer

Purdue begins its spring practice today. We've got your primer here with what to expect and what to look for here.

Headlines: Thursday 3.6.2014

Check out coverage on Purdue's loss last night as football, as well as a look at the upcoming football season, all in today's headlines.

Baseball. Game Day Central: LSU

Click on the photo or headline to access the Game Day Central page for Purdue Baseball's weekend series at No. 4 LSU, featuring the live coverage links & live Twitter feed.

Zionsville's Jeff Papa, colleagues getting good work done

This is a busy time of year for Jeff Papa.

Baseball. Boilermakers Face Another Tough Test with Series at...

As Purdue baseball travels to the state of Louisiana for the first time since its opening weekend of the 2006 season, the Boilermakers will square off against the first of the three 2013 College World Series qualifiers on their schedule this year - the No. 4/7 LSU Tigers.

Sports on the air

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Purdue can't handle No. 9 Wisconsin, lose 76-70

MADISON, WISC. - A Purdue men's basketball team in desperate need of a positive development didn't find one at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night.

No. 1 Carmel survives scare, wins 47-43 over Zionsville

Noblesville, Ind. - The clock tick, tick, ticked under six minutes and two-time defending Class 4A state champion Carmel found itself in a five-point hole against Zionsville.

Bobcats lead all the way, defeat Pacers 109-87

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Al Jefferson scored Al Jefferson scored 34 points in Charlotte's 109-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night that gave the Bobcats their fifth straight home win.

Common Core doesn't worry literature teacher

English teacher Jacob Pactor taught the classics before the Common Core academic standards became a hot topic of debate. He expects to keep teaching those same great stories whether the new standards are adopted, revised or rejected.

Indiana Democrats searching for gubernatorial candidates

With a thin bench of potential statewide candidates, Indiana Democrats may look north to find a challenger to Gov. Mike Pence in 2016.

Blog: Purdue-Wisconsin [$]

It's March 5 and it's more of the same issues for Purdue, as it settled for bad shots early at Wisconsin and took itself out of the game before it had ever even really started.

Polian: Sign your own free agents

The Indianapolis Colts are flush with salary cap space but faced with costly decisions on several of their own free agents.

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