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Colts rule out Fleener but get Landry back

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Injuries will keep the Colts' top two tight ends, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, out of Saturday's game against Cleveland.

Fleener is recovering from a sprained right knee. Allen returned this week from a right foot injury, but coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday he would not play.

Also sitting out Saturday will be starting guard Mike McGlynn, who bruised his knee during Wednesday's practice.

Indianapolis did get some good news Thursday. Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry is expected to make his preseason debut after returning to practice Wednesday. Landry missed more than two weeks with a left knee injury.

Rookie offensive lineman Hugh Thornton also could play after returning to practice this week from a sprained right ankle. Thornton missed all of training camp with the injury.


Notre Dame defense counting on depth, experience

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Notre Dame defense is counting on a workmanlike attitude to fill the void left by the departure of linebacker Manti Te'o.

Linebacker Dan Fox says the 14th-ranked Irish believe they can be better this year because the Irish have more depth and experience. Fox is one of seven returning starters from a squad that ranked seventh in the nation in total defense.

The last time the Irish put together back-to-back top 10 finishes in total defense was in 1973 and 1974, Ara Parseghian's final two years as coach.

Coach Brian Kelly says the Irish defense may not need to be as dominant because he's expecting better play from the offense.

Kelly also announced defensive lineman Tony Springmann will miss the season with a dislocated left knee and ligament damage.


Notre Dame's first ACC game is at home vs. Duke

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame will play its first Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game at home against Duke on Jan. 4.

The game will pit Irish coach Mike Brey against his former boss, Mike Krzyzewski, who was critical of the ACC's decision to allow Notre Dame to join the league while staying independent in football. Brey was an assistant under Krzyzewski from 1987-95, helping the Blue Devils win a pair of national championships.

Other highlights from the schedule released Thursday include the first ACC road game against Georgia Tech on Jan. 11, a home game against North Carolina on Feb. 8 and a game at UNC on March 3.

The Irish will renew their rivalry against Boston College at home on Feb. 1.


Butler guard undergoes season-ending wrist surgery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler guard Roosevelt Jones had season-ending surgery on his left wrist Thursday in Indianapolis.

New coach Brandon Miller said he was happy the surgery went well, and he expects Jones to make a full recovery.

Jones was injured when he tried to break a fall during the first half of the first game on Butler's recent four-game trip to Australia.

The rising junior would have been Butler's top returnee in scoring at 10.1 points, rebounding at 5.6 and assists at 3.5. He was the only player to start all 36 Butler games last season.

Earlier this week, Miller called Jones one of the most unique players in the nation and said that Butler would need multiple players to fill in for Jones as the Bulldogs move to the Big East.


C. Ind. prep soccer player collapses in practice

(Information in the following story is from: WRTV-TV,

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana high school soccer player is hospitalized in critical condition after collapsing during practice.

Brown County Schools Superintendent David Shafer says a male member of the high school soccer team experienced a medical incident during practice Wednesday.

Shafer tells WRTV-TV the team was taking warm-weather precautions during the practice such as regular water breaks.

Riley Hospital for Children tells WRTV the student is in critical condition.


Ind. hometown naming field for ex-pitcher John

(Information in the following story is from: Tribune-Star,

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A sports field in former major league pitcher Tommy John's western Indiana hometown is being named in his honor.

The spot picked by the Terre Haute parks department is where John played his final game for the old Gerstmeyer High School before starting his professional career.

John was born and raised in Terre Haute, then went on to post a 288-231 record over 26 major league seasons. He's also known for the procedure known as Tommy John surgery that fixed his injured pitching elbow in 1974 and saved his career so it could continue until 1989.

City recreation director Bruce Rosselli tells the Tribune-Star that the department is trying to line up a dedication event in October when the 70-year-old John can attend.


Duke coach: Mellencamp's son practicing with team

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach David Cutcliffe says walk-on Hud Mellencamp will continue to practice with the football team while he deals with felony battery charges in Indiana.

Cutcliffe said Thursday the son of rocker John Mellencamp will remain active in practice and "we'll let the legal due process occur."

Hud Mellencamp, 19, is charged with punching and kicking a 19-year-old man last month.

Monroe County authorities say Mellencamp's younger brother, 18-year-old Speck Mellencamp, entered the porch of a man's home in Bloomington and punched him in the face, believing that man had hit him earlier that evening.

Court documents say the brothers and another 19-year-old man "punched, kicked and stomped" the man who suffered facial injuries.

Hud Mellencamp surrendered for arrest earlier this week and was released on bond.