Butler defeats DePaul 79-46
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Alex Barlow scored a career-high 19 points to lead Butler to a 79-46 victory over DePaul on Thursday night.
Khyle Marshall added 18 points for Butler as the Bulldogs put an end to a season-high seven-game losing streak.
Brandon Young led DePaul with 24 points. The Blue Demons will end the Big East regular season with at least a share of last place for the sixth straight season.
DePaul finished 1 of 18 from 3-point range. Despite a game featuring the conference's bottom two teams, Butler dominated DePaul in every aspect. The Bulldogs opened the game with an 18-4 lead. Barlow scored eight points in the span and Marshall drove the lane for two uncontested dunks.
Butler outrebounded DePaul 46-29 for the game.
DePaul was held to a season-low scoring output in losing by its largest margin this season.
Evansville defeats Drake 69-61 in MVC opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Egidijus Mockevicius tied a career-high with 19 points, had a career-best eight blocks and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 9 seed Evansville defeated eighth-seeded Drake 69-61 in the opening round of the Missouri Valley tournament Thursday night.
D.J. Balentine added 30 points for Evansville which faces top-seeded Wichita State in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Jordan Daniels scored to give Drake a 21-19 lead with 8:10 to play in the first half. Evansville answered with a 14-0 run, including six points by Balentine, to take a 33-21 lead and the Purple Aces led the rest of the way.
Daniels scored seven straight points and Daddy Ugbede made a layup to cap a 9-0 to pull Drake within six points, 58-52 with 8:49 remaining, but the Bulldogs did not get any closer.
Richard Carter scored 26 points and Daniels finished with 11 to lead Drake.
Michigan women top Indiana 82-57 in Big 10 tourney
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Cyesha Goree scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists as the seventh-seeded Michigan women rolled past No. 10 seed Indiana, 82-57, in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
Shannon Smith added 16 points, Madison Ristovski 12 and Siera Thompson 10 for the Wolverines, who will face second-seeded Michigan State in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Nicole Elmblad finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocked shots in the win.
Indiana jumped out to a 7-2 lead but Michigan responded with a 30-8 run and took a 43-28 advantage into the break.
Milika Taufa's layup with 9:50 to play pulled the Hoosiers within 10 before the Wolverines scored 12 straight to put the game away.
Alexis Gassion led Indiana, which shot 26 percent from 3-point range and 29 percent from the free-throw line, with 12 points.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Freshmen are making their mark among Big Ten women
The Big Ten women's basketball tournament starts Thursday in Indianapolis with four games.
Regular-season co-champions Penn State and Michigan State, along with Nebraska and Purdue, have earned the top four seeds for the second straight year.
Purdue, which has won six straight games, is the two-time defending champion. The Boilermakers have put together their longest win streak of the season, and the longest current streak in the Big Ten, without injured point guard KK Houser.
Northwestern plays Ohio State in the tournament opener. Other games Thursday match Iowa against Illinois, Michigan against Indiana, and Minnesota against Wisconsin.
Colts cut Satele, make tenders to 3 free agents
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts made a flurry of moves Thursday, releasing starting center Samson Satele and making qualifying offers to three players set to become free agents next week.
Satele was one of the first free agents Indianapolis signed two years ago when they started rebuilding, but he was hobbled by injuries in both seasons. Indianapolis saves about $4 million under the $133 million salary cap.
Indy also announced it made an exclusive rights tender to outside linebacker Cam Johnson as well as tenders to cornerback Josh Gordy and offensive guard Joe Reitz.
All three can become free agents next week, but Johnson cannot sign with another team.
Those moves came hours after Indy signed free agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson in their first big offseason transaction.
Colts sign free agent LB D'Qwell Jackson
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts didn't even wait for the free-agent market to open before making their first signing.
On Thursday, they signed former Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
A second-round draft pick in 2006, the 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker has started 48 consecutive games and has 891 career tackles, 11½ sacks, eight interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Last year, he led the Browns with 143 tackles, had 1½ sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
In Indianapolis, he will be reunited with former coach Rod Chudzinksi and running back Trent Richardson, both of whom began last season in Cleveland.
NOTRE DAME-GAY PLAYER
Notre Dame tennis player Dooley reveals he is gay
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame tennis player Matt Dooley struggled with accepting he is gay.
The 22-year-old senior disclosed he is gay this week, saying he hopes the revelation will help others struggling with their sexuality. Dooley says he has been overwhelmed by the positive response he has received for the article he wrote for Outsports.com.
He's working with university's student welfare and development office to produce a video involving all teams at Notre Dame that will promote the You Can Play initiative, which fights sexual orientation discrimination. Members of PrismND, the first official organization dedicated to serving the gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students on campus, were pleased to see Dooley come out.
Dooley says he wants people struggling with their identities to know they will be accepted.
NFL linebacker visits his former Indiana school
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan dropped by the Indiana elementary school he once attended to rally its students to do well on their ISTEP+ exams.
Kerrigan visited Mitchell Elementary School on Wednesday as part of the Muncie school's weeklong schedule of preparation events for the student-assessment tests.
The Star Press reports that students exclaimed "There he is!" when they filed into the school's gym and spotted the 6-foot-4 Kerrigan standing on the sidelines.
Kerrigan told the youngsters that working hard means being willing to "do the little things that others aren't willing to do."
He says he was "a solid student" who loved multiplication tables. Kerrigan majored in math at Purdue University.
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