Butler recruiting: Dawgs pick up second commitment in five days – Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS – New Jersey guard Khalif Battle, a Top 150 prospect in the 2019 class, committed to the Butler basketball program on Friday.

The commitment was the Bulldogs’ second in five days, following that of another Eastern player, 6-9 power forward Bryce Golden of Saint James (Md.) School. Next season will be Butler’s sixth as a member of the Big East Conference.

The 6-4 Battle is a junior at Trenton (N.J.) Catholic High School who is ranked 96th nationally by Rivals and 145th by 247 Sports.

His father, Gary, said Battle chose Butler over Syracuse, Miami (Fla.) and St. Joseph’s. Coincidentally, Syracuse was also among Golden’s final choices.

Battle is the brother of Syracuse’s 6-6 Tyus Battle, who is preparing for the NBA draft combine. Tyus originally committed to Michigan while Butler coach LaVall Jordan and assistant Jeff Meyer were on the Wolverines’ staff.

Battle is the second commitment in Butler’s 2019 recruiting class, following that of 6-10 John-Michael Mulloy of Carmel. Butler has one more 2018 scholarship available and two seniors next season – Nate Fowler and Paul Jorgensen – so could bring in one more player at most for the 2019 class.

Email IndyStar reporter David Woods at david.woods@indystar.com or call (317) 444-6195. Follow him on  Twitter: @DavidWoods007.




Klein ISD wrestling coach accused of inappropriate relationship with student – Chron.com

A Klein ISD wrestling coach was fired after being accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student, district officials said.

Matthew Moses, a wrestling coach at Klein Oak High School, was fired after he and a student were allegedly involved in an inappropriate relationship, district officials confirmed Thursday. Moses taught PE and coached wrestling, according to an archived version of the school district’s website.

“The safety and security of our students is always our top priority in Klein ISD,” the district said in a statement.

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The Klein ISD Police Department is investigating the accusation.

Moses has not been criminally charged.

Jay R. Jordan is a breaking news reporter at Chron.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JayRJordan.

Predators need some help, and it's time for Kyle Turris to provide it – The Tennessean


Adam Vingan lays out all the missteps the Nashville Predators had in the 7-4 loss to Winnipeg, and what they need to do to capture a win in Game 4.
Autumn Allison, USA TODAY NETWORK- Tennessee

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The most important play of this series for the Predators, and arguably the slickest, came from Kyle Turris.

His reach along the boards and deft slide of the puck to Craig Smith started the 2-on-1 that ended with a Kevin Fiala double-overtime goal to win Game 2. Without that, the Predators might’ve been trying to avoid a sweep in Thursday’s late Game 4. It’s the kind of crafty, heady play Turris has delivered on the regular since his early season acquisition in a three-way trade with Ottawa and Colorado.

Well, on the regular until recently. It needs to be said, and to Turris’ credit, he said it before Game 4: He has to be better. The Predators might leave this series for vacation, not another series, if their second-line center doesn’t rediscover the game that turned Nashville’s second line into a force all season.

More: Predators turn to Scott Hartnell to ratchet up physicality against Winnipeg Jets

That line was different for Game 4 — with Fiala out and Scott Hartnell in for his second game of the postseason. Fiala was not injured, making it the latest Peter Laviolette move to shake things up. And it was a big move — removing a primary weapon in a series that puts a premium on weapons.


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But Fiala has made some mistakes, including the first of three straight penalties in the third period of Game 3 that ended up costing the Predators the game. Hartnell is a step down in speed and skill, but he’s a step up in physicality, willingness to mix things up and net-front presence.

And the larger point remains: Turris, who had no goals and three assists in nine playoff games entering Thursday, needed to step up for the second line to resume being the force the Predators need it to be against the loaded Jets.  

More: Can Predators beat the Jets if they don’t stop Dustin Byfuglien?

“We’ve had ups and downs,” Turris said. “We’ve got to play better, you know? We have to play better consistently and have to be a lot better.”

In what way?

“In every way,” he said. “In skating, in physicality, in battles. I’ve got to be a lot better.”


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Smith entered Thursday with two goals and an assist in nine games, and Fiala came in with three goals and an assist in nine games. That’s 10 collective points in nine games, which isn’t good enough. When the three were on the ice together in the first round against Colorado, the Predators did not score a 5-on-5 goal.

In this series, Turris has not looked much for his shot and has not been as physical as necessary against an opponent that is both heavy and speedy.

Rexrode: Predators need to regroup vs. Jets, not replace Pekka Rinne

“Production is kind of the end product of doing all the right things,” Turris said. “So you’ve just got to find a way to start doing those things and start skating more. Just being better.”

Turris is one of the mildest-mannered of Predators, one of the least likely to make any declarations with reporters around. The things he said Thursday, and the way he said those things, speak to his urgency.


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Likewise, Laviolette does not criticize his own players in public. He will talk in general about things that need to improve, but he is careful to avoid individual chiding. He got about as close as he’ll get to acknowledging a player needing to respond Thursday when told of Turris’ comments about needing to be more physical.

“I think that line is capable of contributing it more,” Laviolette said. “Kyle probably said it best with you, physicality and speed. We always talk about speed and attitude inside the room. And I think those are important ingredients when it comes to being successful on the ice.”

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Smith, for his part, believes the second line has progressed from the Colorado series and is doing the “right things” more often.

“If you look at it from that, you can only do that so much until the numbers start showing up,” he said. “We’re all right, we’re all right. We’ll make some corrections. Nobody wants to play bad. In this locker room we hold each other accountable. We know what’s acceptable and not acceptable. And it really is just the little things.”

And a different look for the biggest game of the season to date.

Reach Joe Rexrode at jrexrode@tennessean.com and follow him on Twitter @joerexrode.


Super Rugby: Tipped to win, round 12 – Stuff.co.nz

Our tipsters all believe that the Kiwi winning run against the Aussies will be halted by the Blues losing to the ...


Our tipsters all believe that the Kiwi winning run against the Aussies will be halted by the Blues losing to the Waratahs on Saturday night.

Each week Stuff’s Super Rugby writers make their picks for the weekend’s games.

Each journalist will predict a winner and margin of victory, either 1-12 points or 13+. One point will be awarded for predicting the winner, and a bonus point given if the margin is also correct.

See how their predictions compare to yours, and which journo will come out on top at season’s end.


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To enter, simply join the Rugby Stuff Facebook group, or head to the page if you’re already a member. In the comments field of the giveaway post pick the score for the Hurricanes v Lions match this Saturday night. 

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Why Raiders infuriated NFL teams with one draft pick – The Mercury News

It’s not unusual for NFL teams to get upset with another team’s pick during the draft. But it usually means the angry team had its draft plan negatively affected by the player picked.

The Raiders reportedly infuriated some teams for an entirely different reason when they chose Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst in the fifth round last Saturday.

The talented Hurst was a consensus first-round draft pick but his draft stock plummeted when testing at the NFL Combine revealed a heart condition. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report talked with scouts, executives and coaches from more than 10 teams who seemed to feel Hurst’s condition would prevent him from playing in the NFL.

Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst (73) goes up against the Rutgers line during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst (73) goes up against the Rutgers line during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) AP Photo

One angry official from a team Miller spoke with told him the Raiders’ pick was “irresponsible,” and he felt it would be best for Hurst to “never put a (expletive) helmet on again in his life.”

The Raiders and Hurst, though, both agree he will be able to play in the NFL and he should excel after Oakland’s team doctors deemed him fit enough to play.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters this week the team will continue monitoring Hurst.
“He’s good,” McKenzie said. “He does have a heart condition, but it’s a situation that he’ll get checked every year. But right now, he’s good.”

Hurst, who plans to participate in the Raiders’ minicamp in Alameda on Friday, was dumbfounded he fell so far in the draft.

“I was a little surprised just because I was cleared through Harvard and Michigan, but every team can’t bring you in and do their own tests and formalize their own opinion,” Hurst said. “I’m just blessed to be a Raider.”

Matteo DeVincentis Earns SEC Men's Tennis Honors – Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site

May 3, 2018

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn freshman Matteo DeVincentis received a pair of postseason honors Thursday, earning one of six spots on the SEC all-freshman team, as well as being named to the SEC second team all-conference squad for men’s tennis.

DeVincentis, who arrived as Auburn in January from Rome, Italy, posted a 9-10 singles record this spring, playing mostly at the No. 2 singles spot in the lineup. He went 5-6 in SEC singles play, compiling conference wins over No. 26 Giovanni Oradini (Mississippi State), No. 31 Danny Valent (Vanderbilt), Luis Valero (Tennessee), Fabian Fallert (Ole Miss) and Adam Sanjurjo (Arkansas).

He is ranked No. 82 in singles in the latest Oracle/ITA national rankings. DeVincentis was 4-15 in doubles play this spring, paired with three different partners.

“I’m thrilled that Matteo has earned the honors of being named to the SEC all-freshman and all-conference teams,” Auburn head coach Bobby Reynolds said. “He arrived on campus mid-year and has exceeded my expectations as a coach.

“Matteo has shown the talent he possesses as a tennis player and he is a leader both on and off the court. He has the potential to be a top collegiate player in the coming years and I’m excited to see what the future holds for him.”