Rushville Republican

August 27, 2013

Sports Briefs

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Today’s event

Boys soccer: Union County at Rushville, 5 p.m.

Girls soccer: Union County at Rushville, 7 p.m.

Volleyball: Rushville at East Central, 6 p.m.

Golf: Connersville at Rushville, 5 p.m.

Tennis: Eastern Hancock at Rushville, 5 p.m.

Castonzo has sprained knee ligament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck’s protectors are now taking their own hits.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday that left tackle Anthony Castonzo will not play in the preseason finale after an MRI confirmed Castonzo has a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Castonzo was injured on the opening series’ of Saturday night’s 27-6 victory over Cleveland and did not return. Right guard Mike McGlynn did not play Saturday after bruising his knee during practice last week.

Castonzo is listed as day-to-day, and Pagano said Sunday he hopes both would be ready for the Sept. 8 opener against Oakland.

“The MRI was pretty much negative. It wasn’t as bad as anybody anticipated,” Pagano said, discussing Castonzo’s prognosis during a conference call. “You never want to lose anybody, and particularly the guy who’s protecting the blind side of your quarterback.”

Joe Reitz will replace Castonzo in the lineup at Cincinnati. Reitz started nine games in 2011 and eight last season, all with the Colts, after being cut by the Ravens in 2010.

Colts’ cuts start with LB Sidbury on IR

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis placed linebacker Lawrence Sidbury on injured reserve and waived 11 other players Sunday.

Indy has 78 players on the roster and must get to 75 by Tuesday.

Sidbury was signed in March as an unrestricted free agent and was supposed to help Indy on special teams and add depth at linebacker. He injured his shoulder last week against the Giants and sought a second opinion this week.

The Colts waived cornerbacks Johnny Adams and Allen Chapman, offensive linemen Danous Estenor and Rick Schmeig, defensive tackle Kellen Heard, punter-kicker Brandon McManus, running back Davin Meggett, linebacker C.O. Prime and safety Ashante Williams. Receiver Maurice Williams was waived with an injury settlement. Cornerback Teddy Williams was waived-injured and will revert to Indy’s injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Lynx beat Fever

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore made sure the Minnesota Lynx got an important victory.

Moore scored a career-high 35 points and Minnesota beat the Indiana Fever 84-77 on Saturday night.

Moore’s total is the highest in the WNBA this season. Cappie Pondexter, Angel McCoughtry and Diana Taurasi have each scored 34.

Seimone Augustus had 17 points and Janel McCarville added 12 for the Lynx (20-7), who won for the third time in four games after losing three straight and lead Los Angeles by 1½ games atop the Western Conference.

“We hadn’t had that game where we felt like it took us to the next level, and I think this was the game because we had to grind it out, really had to focus in on each possession and make them count,” Augustus said.

“I guess you could label this a signature win,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.

Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and Shavonte Zellous had 19 as the Fever (12-15) fell a half-game behind Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has lost four of five and five of seven.