---- — Caston to hire Howell as boys hoops coach
Caston will recommend the hiring of J.R. Howell as its new boys basketball coach at next Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Current Comet coach Ben Snyder is expected to take a coaching job in North Carolina.
Howell played on the 2005 Lapel state championship team for his father, Jimmie Howell. He went on to play college ball at Marian University.
He has coaching experience as an assistant coach at Northwood University, a Division II school in Midland, Mich., and Anderson University and Center Grove High School in Indiana.
Caston announces start of sports practices, times
FULTON — Caston’s athletic department has announced times and dates fro its first fall practices. Athletic participants must have a physical and concussion form on file in the athletic’s office, before they can practice. Forms can be picked at the high school.
Girls golf: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at football fan bus barn.
Football: 5-9:30 p.m. Aug. 5.
Boys soccer: 4-7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the practice field.
Cross country: 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 5 at football concession stand.
Football: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at mirror by varsity locker room.
Boys soccer: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 5 at practice field.
AP sources: Cubs, No. 2 pick agree to deal
CHICAGO (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with No. 2 draft pick Kris Bryant for the slot signing bonus of around $6.7 million.
The people spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Several outlets had reported the agreement.
A 6-foot-5, 210-pound third baseman from the University of San Diego, Bryant led Division I college players with 31 home runs as a junior last season. He is a Golden Spikes finalist.
The Cubs would not confirm the agreement.
General manager Jed Hoyer did say “strictly hypothetically” Bryant would start out at “the very low levels” of the minors and hopefully “move quickly through those.”
The slot value for the second pick is $6,708,400.
Renovation planned for UK’s Rupp Arena
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Rupp Arena’s latest proposed makeover will make it a stand-alone facility that state and local officials hope will reinvent downtown.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Mayor Jim Gray and officials from Lexington Center on Wednesday announced a renovation plan that will separate the 37-year-old home of Kentucky men’s basketball from the adjoining convention center, which will be expanded 100,000 square feet. Lexington Center Board chairman Brent Rice said a funding plan will be finalized within 45 days.
Rupp’s 23,500-seat capacity will remain but adds chair-back seats to the upper deck, expanded concourses and a new center-hanging scoreboard.
IU’s Ewald, Purdue’s Webster on watch lists
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana players are among those being watched for possible postseason football honors.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Wednesday that Indiana senior kicker Mitch Ewald has made the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award preseason watch list for the third consecutive season. Ewald is tied for third on IU’s career list with 44 field goals, fourth with 105 extra points and sixth with 237 total points.
The Augusta Sports Council has announced that Purdue senior Cody Webster has been named to the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award honoring the nation’s top collegiate punter. Webster last year had a 42-yard average on 70 punts, including 29 inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and 17 that traveled more than 50 yards.