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March 16, 2014

Sports briefs for Sunday, March 16

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.

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