Rushville Republican

January 3, 2014

Sports Briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — Pass, shoot and dribble contest

The 2013 Rushville Breakfast Optimist Pass, Shoot and Dribble Contest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Rush County Boys and Girls Club. The competition is open to all girls and boys ages 8-13 (divisions of ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13). Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each age group. Winners of each age group will have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition in February.

BRMS eighth-grade basketball

The BRMS eighth-grade boys Black basketball team played in the St. Louis tournament at Batesville over the holiday break. The Cubs went 2-1 and won their pool.

The Cubs defeated the host squad St. Louis 55-27 to open the tournament. Seven Cubs entered the scoring column with at least six points, led by Jensen Wood with 11.

The Cubs then defeated North Decatur 39-32. Rufus Noe led the Cubs with 16 points and he was aided by five other players scoring in the contest.

The Cubs faced a taller Jennings County team in the title game. BRMS rallied to get within 26-20 with six minutes to play, but the Cubs could not overtake the Panthers for the title. Noe led the Cubs with nine points.

The eighth-grade Cubs have won five of their last seven games and travel to Connersville Monday.

Pacers co-founder, president DeVoe dies at age 83

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chuck DeVoe, part of a group of businessmen who founded the Indiana Pacers, has died. He was 83.

Leppert Mortuary and Crematory Services funeral director Angela Johnson says DeVoe died Saturday. She did not know the cause of death. The Indianapolis Star reported family members said he died of melanoma. A moment of silence was held before the Pacers played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

DeVoe was team president from 1969-74 and board chairman from 1974-75. Bill York, the longtime head of statistics, says the Pacers wouldn’t be in Indianapolis if DeVoe and his partners hadn’t been so dedicated to keeping the team in the city.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis on Jan. 12.

O’Brien known for work with QBs

HOUSTON (AP) — Bill O’Brien worked closely with Tom Brady when he was a Patriots assistant.

He’s now set to return to the NFL to coach Houston, and he’s a long way from Brady. The Texans have the No. 1 draft pick, and O’Brien might well find himself having to groom a rookie quarterback.

Two people familiar with the negotiations, speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn’t been made, said Tuesday night that O’Brien reached an agreement to coach the Texans. He is expected to be introduced Thursday.

He inherits a team filled with talent, but whose biggest problem is at quarterback. Veteran Matt Schaub, Houston’s starter since 2007, was benched after six games. Case Keenum took over after that, but his lack of success showed he wasn’t the answer either, and the team finished on a 14-game skid.

A number of talented quarterbacks could be available in May’s draft. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr, younger brother of Houston’s first-ever draft pick, David Carr, are among the top-rated quarterbacks expected to be in the draft.