Rushville Republican

November 1, 2013

sports briefs


Rushville Republican

---- — RCHS awards program

The RCHS Fall Sports Awards Program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the RCHS cafeteria.

Kill works way back in with winning Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is working his way back into the job after taking a leave of absence to better manage his epilepsy.

He’s not ready to return to the sideline. But he said confidently that he’ll soon be seizure-free.

Kill returned to his regular Tuesday news conference for the first time in four weeks. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys remains in charge of the strategic decisions during the game.

Kill will watch from above in the coaches’ booth in the press box Saturday when Minnesota plays at Indiana, as he did the last two weeks, both wins for the Gophers. He said he’s superstitious and doesn’t want to change a system that seems to be working.

Notre Dame’s Achonwa out with a knee injury

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa is expected to miss more than a month with a knee injury.

Coach Muffet McGraw told the South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/17WJCSs ) that Achonwa suffered a small tear and she is hopeful Achonwa will be back in four to six weeks. The 6-foot-3 senior who averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds last season missed nearly three weeks at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season with a torn meniscus.

McGraw said Kayla McBride has a sprained ankle and Ariel Braker is dealing with knee pain and were doubtful for Wednesday’s exhibition game against California (Pa.), but are expected to be ready for the Nov. 9 season-opener against North Carolina-Wilmington.

NCAA restructuring now moves to steering committee

(AP) - After getting input from athletes, athletic directors and conference commissioners, among others, on how to restructure the NCAA, it is up to a seven-person committee to come up with proposals that can be presented to the entire membership in January.

Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA’s board of directors and president at Wake Forest, says there is a “strong, common view” that the board needs to be more nimble and more strategic. While no options are off the table, Hatch says there was “general agreement” during the two-day meeting to keep Division I intact.

Hatch says the steering committee, made up of university presidents or chancellors, will present its proposals at the NCAA convention in January in San Diego. He hopes there will be a final plan by the spring.