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Rochester girls basketball paused due to Covid

The Rochester girls basketball team will be pausing all basketball activities through January 7 due to COVID concerns.


This means that Rochester will not participate in the Warsaw Holiday tournament on January 2 and will not be hosting Bremen HS on January 5. 


Any other schedule changes will be announced later.

COVID-19 impacts 2021 IndyCar slate

IndyCar announced that next year’s Long Beach Grand Prix scheduled for April has been moved to September. The iconic street race has been rescheduled for September 26, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The reworked schedule creates a September west coast swing to finish the season, barring any other scheduling moves. IndyCar will race in Portland September 12, followed by the original season-ending race at Laguna Seca September 19 with the season finale at Long Beach. 

IU's Tom Allen named conference Coach of the Year

Indiana coach Tom Allen was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the league’s coaches and media.


Allen is the first Hoosiers coach to earn the honor since Bill Mallory won the award in 1986 and ‘87.


The Hoosiers concluded the regular season 6-1 and are ranked seventh in the nation in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll, their best ranking since 1967.


The Hoosiers wait to see what bowl they will play in after the rescheduled Old Oaken Bucket game was canceled due to COVID-19 cases at both Purdue and Indiana.

No Old Oaken Bucket, no conference championship for IU

Indiana and Purdue announced they have mutually agreed to cancel this weekend’s battle for the Old Oaken Bucket in Bloomington due to COVID-19 issues within both programs.


It will be the first time the two rivals will not play since 1919.


In a joint statement, athletic directors Mike Bobinski of Purdue and Scott Dolson of IU expressed their disappointment and said that while they understand the history and tradition of one of the best rivalries in college football, the safety and well-being of players, coaches and staff is their primary priority.


The Big Ten Conference announced its athletic directors have voted to remove the six-game requirement to be eligible for next Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game. Ohio State, which is 5-0 and had this week’s game canceled, will now play Northwestern at Lucas Oil Stadium for the conference title.


Before the conference amended the rules, Indiana would have been the East division champ over the Buckeyes.


The Big Ten cited the fact that Ohio State would have been the East division champion whether it had won or lost against Michigan, a game that was called off due to virus concerns within the Wolverines program.


IMS historian Donald Davidson retiring

A voice and a face that is synonymous with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is calling it a career after nearly six decades. 


Donald Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, has announced he is retiring at the end of the year. 


Davidson, who grew up in England, first visited IMS in May 1964, fulfilling his dream and fascination with "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." He impressed many, including track owner Tony Hulman, with his knowledge of the track, and made his first radio appearance with WIBC and IMS Radio Network anchor Sid Collins. He then returned to the United States the following year, and has been here ever since. 


Over the last 55 years, he has become a well-known voice for the track, from on-air roles during Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 broadcasts, to hosting the popular call-in radio show "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" on 1070AM in Indianapolis. 


"There will never be another Donald Davidson," A.J. Foyt once said. "I bet he knows more about my career than I do."


"A walking encyclopedia of everything Indianapolis," said Mario Andretti when asked to describe Davidson. 


Davidson was inducted into the IMS Hall of Fame in 2010, the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2013, the USAC Hall of Fame in 2017, and has even received the Sagamore of the Wabash -- Indiana's highest civilian honor. 

Notre Dame will play for ACC title with tweaks to conference schedule

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have clinched a spot in the ACC Championship game. 


As you may already know, the independent Notre Dame football team joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this year only because of the pandemic. It's the first time ever the school has been fully affiliated with a conference in football.


The Irish are sit at an undefeated 9-0 on the season and 8-0 in conference-play. 


The ACC has had to shift around the schedules of several teams that have been dealing with COVID related issues of late. Because so many games have had to be rescheduled or canceled because of the pandemic, the conference has decided to evaluate teams in contention for the championship game (Notre Dame, Miami, and Clemson) based on a nine game schedule and not the previously agreed upon ten games. 


"Based on the current standings and results to date, Notre Dame holds all tiebreakers and has therefore secured a berth in the ACC Football Championship Game," the conference said in a release on Tuesday. 


As a result of this schedule shift, the Irish will conclude their regular season this weekend against Syracuse. Clemson will do the same against Virginia Tech. Notre Dame's previously scheduled regular season finale against Wake Forest has been canceled. 


The Irish will have a week off between their final regular season game this weekend and the ACC Championship Game set to be played Dec. 19.