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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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SPORTS

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FROM THE EDITOR

CHARGER BASKETBALL

NFL

AP sources: Incognito sent racist texts In the stadium program sold at the Miami Dolphins’ game on Halloween, Richie Incognito was asked who’s the easiest teammate to scare. His answer: Jonathan Martin. The troubled, troubling relationship between the two linemen took an ominous turn Monday with fresh revelations: Incognito sent text messages to his teammate that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins and NFL haven’t disclosed the nature of the misconduct that led to Sunday’s suspension of Incognito, a veteran with a reputation for dirty play. Martin, a tackle, remained absent from practice Monday one week after he suddenly left the team because of emotional issues. Also missing was Incognito, a guard suspended indefinitely late Sunday by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin.

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Texans wonder if struggles behind coach’s woes Andre Johnson stood in Houston’s locker room after the first practice without his hospitalized coach and wondered aloud whether the Texans’ freefall this season could have contributed to his Gary Kubiak’s health problems. The Texans are trying to pick up the pieces in a season that started with so much promise. Houston was expected to contend for a Super Bowl this season and started 2-0 before losing six straight games, struggling with injuries and bad play. The Texans blew an 18-point lead Sunday night against the Colts before falling 27-24. Kubiak will remain hospitalized until at least Tuesday, the team said. The Texans have not released what’s wrong with Kubiak, saying only that he experienced “dizziness and a light-headed feeling” during the game and had undergone tests with his family at his side.

MLB

Report: A-Rod failed stimulant test in 2006 Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, The New York Times reported Monday, an accusation a spokesman for the New York Yankees third baseman denied. The paper cited two people involved with baseball’s drug-testing program, whom it did not identify. Baseball’s joint drug agreement specifies the discipline for a first positive test for a banned stimulant is six additional unannounced drug tests over the year following the violation. A second stimulant violation would result in a 25-game suspension.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Smart leads AP preseason All-America team

Hillsdale’s Tony Nelson drives against Indiana’s Will Sheehey during the loss on Monday night against the Hoosiers. PHOTO BY JIM DREWS

Time in the sun Hillsdale gets brief moment of glory at Indiana HILLSDALE COLLEGE PRESS RELEASE

Years from now, when the young men on the 2013-14 Hillsdale College men's basketball team have children of their own, they will tell them not about the final score of their exhibition game played Monday night, but the general experience of playing in Assembly Hall. And, that time ever so briefly, when the Chargers had the Hoosiers on the run. Monday night in Bloomington, Indiana, the Chargers closed out their exhibition schedule in a 7939 loss to last year's Big Ten regular season champions, the Indiana University Hoosiers. Hillsdale

will now start playing games that count in its final record starting Wednesday, Nov. 13 at home against Lourdes College of Toledo, Ohio at 7:30 p.m. Just 28 hours after playing an overtime exhibition game at the University of Toledo, the Chargers got to take the floor inside one of college basketball's most treasured and well-known venues. And for the first few minutes of the game, Hillsdale looked right at home. After surrendering the first basket of the game, the Chargers went on a 13-0 run on Indiana to take a stunning 13-2 lead six minutes into the game. Hillsdale's

defense continued to hold strong through much of the first half, leading 16-15 with less than six minutes left in the first half. Three-point shooting by seniors Tim Dezelski and Anthony Manno were big parts of Hillsdale's incredible start to the game. But the Hoosiers took control and dominated the second half, outscoring the Chargers 46-15 in the game's final 20 minutes. Dezelski led Hillsdale with 15 points and five rebounds, while senior Tony Nelson, who started the game, added nine points with three boards. All six of Manno's points came in the first-half 13-0 run by Hillsdale.

he Hillsdale vs. Jonesville game was great. It did not go into double overtime or end in heroics, but it did capture the spirit of football. Along with Hillsdale College vs. Grand Valley, it was the best game I could have watched all weekend. I have never interviewed emotional athletes after a game. While I tried to ask Jonesville coach Clay Pelham and running back Tyler Bognar questions, all I could focus on was how crushed they were. I was too distracted to come up with good questions. Thank God, Rich McGowan from MLive showed up with some thoughtful inquiries. The Comets were not upset simply because they lost, but because an era ended. They took a program from 1-8 to 7-2 in two years. I realized how abruptly it came to an end, like the final seconds ticking off the clock. They had invested so much into their school, their football program. The bond on some high school football teams is like cement. They are not playing for the money, the scouts, the endorsements, but for each other and their school. "What are you going to say to your team when you go over to the huddle?" McGowan asked. "I am going to go tell them I love them," Pelham said, as he left the postgame interview. Pittsford coach Mike Berger said something similar only a week earlier, as his seniors played their last game. This same sense of commitment carries over to the fans, the teachers, and students. As you drove through the parking lot, you saw 30-year-old alumni wearing their varsity jackets ready to stuff the nearest enemy fan into the nearest locker. Bundled up teachers and track SEE MORGAN, B2

DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW

Hornets, Rangers to face powerhouses Hillsdale @ Bronson Today, Bronson

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The Hornets played against Bronson earlier this season and lost in two sets; 25-16, 25-16. For most of both sets, the scoring went back and forth until Bronson finally ran away with it. Going into the first round of the District Playoffs, Bronson is ranked sixth in the state. The Vikings have a strong offense, good servers, and solid coaching. The winner of this game plays the Quincy Orioles on Thursday.

with a tough postseason opener, as they face the number-one ranked team in the state, The Mendon Hornets. The Rangers will try to maintain their strong serving percentage, avoid mistakes, and make some plays around the net. Reading will be boosted by the return of backrow player Sumer Rodgers. They will also depend on hitter and team leader Jami Hubbard to make big plays while cover a lot of net. The winner of this game plays Union City, who received a first round bye.

Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart is the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team. Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was named on all but two of the 65 ballots from the national media panel on Monday.

ing to be key for us to get is going to be passing. If some big blocks on them. we can be aggressive on We know they have some offense, we can hang with good hitters." this team."

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Hornet coach Amy Gramling says: "Our key

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The Rangers will begin

Ranger head coach Nicole Bailey says: "It's go-

Litchfield Terriers vs. Will Carlton Cougars Today,

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Hillsdale Academy

The winner of this game heads straight to the District-title game, where they will face either Pansophia, North Adams, or Hillsdale Academy.

North Adams Rams vs. Pansophia Today, 7:00 p.m., at Hillsdale Academy

The Rams took the SCAA championship, but climbing out of Districts could mean a rematch with Hillsdale Academy. First, however, the Rams will play Pansophia, a small academy they know little about. Pansophia will come from the Coldwater area. They lost to Will Carlton earlier this season, 3 sets to 0. Rams head coach Kelsey Cortright says: "I don’t

know what to expect. I told the girls the number The Reading Rangers will look for big blocks from hitter at

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Jami Hubbard, as they face number-one ranked Menden. PHOTO BY DAVE SMITH


Hillsdale College Chargers vs Indiana University Hoosier Basketball Nov 05, 2013