Pharos-Tribune

March 16, 2014

Sports briefs for Sunday, March 16


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Purdue says Johnson is transferring

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue announced Saturday that sophomore guard Ronnie Johnson has decided to transfer from the men’s basketball program.

“Ronnie has expressed his interest in transferring from our program and we have granted him his release,” coach Matt Painter said in a press release. “We wish Ronnie the best of luck as he continues to pursue his education and basketball career.”

Johnson, a 6-foot guard from Indianapolis, averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 assists per game while appearing in all 32 games with 31 starts. He shot 41.8 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.

IU’s Hartman injures knee in workout

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Indiana forward Colin Hartman injured his right knee during a workout Saturday and is out indefinitely.

In a release, the athletic department said the freshman would undergo more evaluation over the next 24 hours before making a full diagnosis.

Hartman has played sparingly this season. The Indianapolis native has appeared in just 16 games, averaging 4.5 minutes, 0.7 points and 0.9 rebounds.

The injury occurred two days after the Hoosiers (17-15) were eliminated in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Indiana is now waiting to see if it will get into a postseason tournament with the NIT being the most likely.

Kyle Busch wins Nationwide at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won his third consecutive Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway by holding off Kyle Larson on the final restart Saturday.

Busch now has 16 career victories at Bristol spanning NASCAR’s three national series.

He swept the Nationwide races last season, and picked up where he left off on Saturday in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. It’s Busch’s second series victory of the season. he also won at Phoenix two weeks ago.

Larson finished second to duplicate the finishing order from last March.

Kevin Harvick finished third and Ryan Blaney was fourth.

Matt Kenseth finished fifth after leading 179 laps.

Nets sign Collins for remainder of season

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets.

The NBA’s first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him.

Collins has added five points, six rebounds and six steals in eight games since signing his first deal on Feb. 23.

He’s been a reliable veteran big man on a team that has lost center Brook Lopez for the season and has recently been without Kevin Garnett because of back spasms.

Collins is playing his 13th season in the league, including six previous seasons with the Nets.

Colts sign free agent wideout Nicks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hakeem Nicks took the one offer he couldn’t refuse in free agency — to join Andrew Luck and the Colts.

One day after the former Giants receiver agreed to a one-year deal with Indianapolis, Nicks says he turned down an offer from his hometown team, Carolina. He also says in a conference call Saturday that New York never made him an offer.

At 26 and five years into his career, Nicks decided the Colts gave him the best chance to show he can still play at a high level.

Nicks had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011, helping the Giants win a Super Bowl title after the 2011 season. But he was slowed by injuries each of the past two seasons.