One of the heroes of a battle in Afghanistan now finds his name attached to Sunday‘s Brickyard 400, the result of a vote by race fans. A native Texan, he‘s a real-life version of the Hollywood star with whom he shares his name.
When he was younger, John Wayne Walding‘s grandparents gave him a copy of the 1968 film "The Green Berets" starring his namesake. He acknowledges the name has been a burden at times but he embraces that.
It doesn‘t sound as if schools in Indiana that still use the Redskins nickname are in any hurry to change it.
The use of the term has been criticized by Native American groups and others for many years, and this week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark used by the Washington Redskins football team, with the office saying it finds the name offensive.
The board cannot ban the team from using the nickname, however, and the team has said it will appeal the decision.
Longtime Indianapolis Colt tight end Dallas Clark retired from professional football Wednesday after signing a one-day contract with the Colts. That made it possible for him to make his exit as a member of the team that drafted him.
Colts owner Jim Irsay noted that there was no signing bonus this time. Clark gave the credit for his successes to Irsay.
“It starts with Mr. Irsay and your family. You changed my life back in ’03 when you guys took me,” Clark says.
The woman who’s been the Purdue women’s basketball coach for the last eight seasons now has a contract to remain in that job for another six.
Sharon Versyp has signed a contract extension through the 2019-2020 season. Since becoming coach, Versyp’s teams have won 184 games – that’s just 22 fewer than the program won during the tenure of its all-time winningest coach, Lin Dunn, who now coaches the NBA’s Indiana Fever.
Set against the backdrop of the Indianapolis skyline – the Colts, city and state leaders announced they’ve notified the NFL of their intent to submit a bid to host Super Bowl LII.
Allison Melangton president of the Indianapolis Sports Corporation, says the wheels were set in motion Friday for a long process to host the Super Bowl in 2018. She says if Indy makes the short list in October, the Super Bowl Bid Committee will work on a written bid, which is due in April.
Ten teams from five countries will be part of the Colt World Series in Lafayette next week. Qualifying is still underway, but so far, squads from Germany and Indonesia have advanced to the series, which begins August 2.
The college football bowl season is six months away, but the Big Ten and Pac-12 are making future plans. The two conferences have new arrangements.
The first is a deal with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in the San Francisco area. The other is with the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.
The Pac-12 has an existing relationship with both bowl games, but each will get improved selection rights for a conference team. Officials with the two bowl games are still working on selection order for the Big Ten Conference.