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Congress may outlaw what critics call “pay for patriotism” celebrations at sports games, including some that have taken place at Indianapolis Colts games in the past.

This year’s final Defense Authorization Bill to be considered by the House and Senate contains a ban on Defense Department spending on salutes to troops at sporting events.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Colts received $620,000 from the department, the fourth-most among NFL teams, for such displays.

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During the first quarter of Saturday’s Purdue-Bowling Green matchup, things didn’t look promising. Right out of the gate, the Falcons executed an uninterrupted 14-play drive that put the team up seven points just four minutes into the game.

However, Purdue answered back. Junior linebacker Andy Garcia recovered a fumble, beginning a drive that culminated with quarterback David Blough -- who'd taken over as the starter for the turnover-prone Austin Appleby - plunging into the end zone to tie the game.

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Freshman punter Joe Schopper had been the brightest Purdue light all day, repeatedly getting his team's lackluster offense out of tight spots with good kicks.

He'd nailed a 69-yarder into a stiff breeze that pinned Virginia Tech inside its own 5-yard line.

He'd averaged almost 50 yards per boot -- a third better than veteran Thomas Meadows, whose job he's now stolen.

And yet, when the bad snap drifted off to Schopper's right with a minute to go in the third quarter, there was an air of inevitability.

Kokomo Pro Soccer Team To Start In 2016

Sep 15, 2015
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Kokomo is set to get its own professional soccer team.

Mayor Greg Goodnight and MKE Sports & Entertainment made the announcement Monday. Goodnight says the games will begin next year.

“Basically the latter part of May through July and I think they play seven or eight home games, seven or eight away games,” Goodnight says.

He says there's no taxpayer investment and the squad will share a home stadium with the Kokomo Jackrabbits summer college league baseball team.

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Purdue's football team put itself in a lot of holes last year -- both on the scoreboard and at the bank -- in part because the offense was rarely flashy or exciting to watch. Saturday offered a glimmer of hope that's changing.

The Boilermakers jumped ahead early with a 75-yard scoring drive in the first two minutes, ending with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Austin Appleby to Cameron Posey. Later, Purdue would drive another quick 70 yards in six plays.

Pacers Buy Fort Wayne Mad Ants Basketball Team

Sep 10, 2015
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The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday the franchise has bought Fort Wayne’s basketball team.

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will now function as a development team for the Pacers.

The Pacers had assigned players to the Mad Ants before the purchase. But now Pacers’ President Larry Bird says the deal will give the Indianapolis team more of an opportunity to develop young talent.

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With the Brickyard 400 a few days away, state officials are stepping up efforts to target sex trafficking.

Indianapolis Representative Christina Hale says officials have made door-to-door visits to Speedway businesses posting fliers urging victims of sex trafficking to call a state helpline, and urging everyone to call authorities if they see early-teens who seem unusually fearful and under an adult's control.

Colts Staying Mum On 'DeflateGate' Report

May 9, 2015
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The Indianapolis Colts are remaining tightlipped about the NFL report implicating Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in DeflateGate.

The start of the Colts‘ three-day minicamp for its draft picks and undrafted free agents was coach Chuck Pagano‘s first meeting with reporters since the release of the NFL‘s findings that the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs before crushing the Colts in the AFC championship game.

Pagano sidestepped questions about the report Friday, saying only that the team is, in his words, "ready to move on."

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A Purdue freshman is back on campus after claiming two national titles in diving.

Steele Johnson came in first in the ten-meter platform and one-meter springboard events at the NCAA Championships in Iowa City last week.

He is the first men’s diver to win NCAA titles in both springboard & platform in the same year since Purdue alumnus David Boudia in 2009.

Johnson says it’s just a step on the way to his bigger, international goals.

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Cincinnati's Octavius Ellis was in tears when he left the court with 16 minutes left to play in his team's opening-round game with Purdue Thursday night.

The Bearcats star center had just been assessed a flagrant-2 foul and been ejected for throwing an elbow to the jaw of Purdue center A.J. Hammons. He clearly thought he might have cost his team a chance to win.

But though Ellis had injured his team's odds, it was a Purdue team that struggled all year to finish games that couldn't deliver a knockout punch.

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University of Cincinnati players say they hope to speed up the tempo of Thursday’s NCAA tournament game with Purdue when the Bearcats are on offense and slow it down when Purdue has the ball.

Cincinnati allows an average of just 55 points per game this season, good for sixth-best in Division I. Senior forward Jermaine Sanders says he thinks if his team can run, they have the edge.

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After learning they’d received a number nine seed in the NCAA basketball tournament, members of the Purdue men’s basketball team were variously relieved and concerned about their past struggles.

Forward Rapheal Davis said he was looking forward to watching film of the Boilermakers' opening round opponent, Cincinnati, but noted that most every pundit had written the team off in the preseason and as recently as a couple months ago.

Purdue Men Begin NCAA Tournament Play Thursday

Mar 15, 2015
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For the first time since 2012, the Purdue men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.

The Boilermakers are the #9 seed in the Midwest Region. They will play #8 Cincinnati Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.

The winner will likely face the University of Kentucky Saturday. The #1 seed, undefeated Wildcats will take on the winner of a play-in game between Manhattan and Hampton Thursday.

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Knowing the importance of winning its final regular season game against Illinois Sunday, Purdue's men's basketball team played perhaps its worst opening 15 minutes of any game this year.

With the Illini's best player, Rayvonte Rice, scoring seemingly at will against the man-to-man defense played by Dakota Mathias, the visitors built a 13-point lead and held the Boilermakers to just ten points through the first 15 minutes.

But changes made in the last five minutes of the half turned the game around.

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Little seemed to worry Purdue coach Matt Painter Thursday.

He didn't look bothered that starting forward Vince Edwards was on the bench in street clothes nursing concussion-like symptoms.

Nor did he appear to fret when, just six minutes into the foul-fest that was Thursday's game, starting center A.J. Hammons picked up his second personal and headed back to the bench.

And, as it turned out, Painter had little to fret over in a 92-85 win against the Big Ten Conference's worst team -- except perhaps those fouls and the sloppiness they wrought.