Rushville Republican

April 4, 2014

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

---- — RCHS events

Today

Baseball: Franklin County at Rushville, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Softball: Lawrenceburg at Rushville, 11 a.m.

Monday

Softball: Batesville at Rushville, 5:30 p.m .

Izzo might advise Harris to enter NBA

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo might advise Gary Harris to enter the NBA draft.

Izzo told reporters on Tuesday if his research leads him to believe Harris would be among the top guards selected in June, he would lean toward telling the sophomore to go pro.

Izzo met with Harris and the rest of his teammates on Monday, a day after the Spartans were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Connecticut in the East Regional final.

Harris averaged a team-high 16.7 points, helping his team win 29 games, including the Big Ten tournament final. He shot 43 percent overall and made 81 of 230 3-point shots. The native of Fishers, was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention and All-Big Ten player this season.

Notre Dame’s injured Achonwa out for Final Four

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa will miss the Final Four with a left knee injury, a big blow to the national championship hopes of the Fighting Irish.

Coach Muffet McGraw said Achonwa tore her anterior cruciate ligament in Notre Dame’s 88-69 victory over Baylor on Monday night, calling it devastating for the senior but not for the title hopes of the Irish (36-0).

“We still believe,” McGraw said. “She got us to this point, now somebody else has to finish it.”

Notre Dame will face Maryland next Sunday.

Achonwa was third on the team at 14.9 points per game, but the Irish will miss her most on the boards since led the Irish in rebounding with 7.7 per game. McGraw said the 6-3 forward, named a third-team All-American earlier in the day, was playing her best basketball of the season.

Taya Reimer will most likely start in Achonwa’s place, but McGraw said the Irish aren’t counting on the 6-3 freshman who is averaging 6.7 points and 4.1 rebounds to replace Achonwa by herself. McGraw has repeatedly said she believes the Irish have the best bench in the country and said everyone must step up.

Clowney: he should be NFL’s top pick

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Jadeveon Clowney believes he’s the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick and says he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina’s pro day workouts Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Houston head coach Bill O’Brien and Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley. And Clowney thinks he elevated his already elite status during the 40 minutes or so of running through cones, jumping over hurdles and catching tennis balls in workouts he passed on at the NFL combine in February.

“Yes, I do feel like I should be the first pick,” Clowney said after the session.

Clowney did not lift weights or run the 40-yard dash, standing on his combine showings when he did 21 reps at 225 pounds and clocked a 4.53-second time.

He also felt he eased anyone’s concerns about his work ethic. He was considered by many the No. 1 pick after his sophomore season in 2012, when he had 13 sacks and closed it with his helmet-jarring hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl.