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Imagine a prize fight where there are no jabs thrown, only haymakers -- and where no matter how staggered each combatant looks, there's a sense neither is out of the fight until the final signal sounds.

Oh, and imagine the referees seem unwilling to stop the contest very often to let each side tend to its wounds.

Such was the first half of the final regular season tilt between Purdue and Wisconsin Sunday.

The teams combined to shoot 60-percent in the opening 20 minutes. At the same time, just seven first-half fouls were calls (only two of those on Purdue).

Purdue University

Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke says he plans to retire in July 2017. Burke made the announcement Thursday during an annual alumni event in Naples, Florida.

A university news release says Burke told university leaders about his retirement timeline more than a year ago.

The search for a new director will be led by Michael Berghoff, Chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees and former Purdue football player.

Harrison Wagner / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A Senate panel Wednesday unanimously approved legislation legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports, such as the websites Fan Duel and DraftKings. 

The proposed bill would impose some insider information protections, barring daily fantasy employees and their families from playing. 

It also bars professional athletes and officials from playing. 

The measure says game operators must ensure their players are at least 18 years of age and must charge an entry fee to play. 

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Lafayette’s forthcoming Prospect League Baseball Team finally has an official name. In a hat-tip to Purdue University’s tradition of flight, the wooden-bat team has been officially dubbed the Lafayette Aviators.

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Purdue's men's basketball team started Saturday's game by having seven different players make the team's first seven buckets. But when New Mexico clawed back to take the lead in the second half, it was the Boilers' two-headed monster at center who were the difference.

Isaac Haas took the punishment early and A.J. Hammons helped a couple of the Lobos' big men foul out with the game still close in the second half as Purdue prevailed 70-58.

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Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke insists it wasn’t pressure from boosters that caused the firing of the Purdue football team’s offensive and defensive coordinators following a season-ending loss to Indiana. However, he says he wants their replacements to be better able to explain their plans for the team.

Burke was unequivocal when asked how much the prospect of having to pay $6 million to buy out the remaining three years of Darrell Hazell’s contract led to the head coach being retained.

“Zero. Z-E-R-O,” Burke says.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

In a week where holiday tournaments are sure to play havoc with national rankings, Purdue's men's basketball team came into Saturday night's game knowing it needed just an average shooting night and a victory over winless Lehigh to improve its own standings in the polls.

However, with 11 teams in the Associated Press top 25 losing in the past week, including four ranked higher than Purdue (Indiana and Cal twice apiece and Arizona and Miami once each), the only accurate shooting the Boilers did in the first half was from the free throw line, where they were 10-of-12.

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The game mattered a lot more to IU, which needed one more victory to become bowl eligible, than to Purdue -- and it showed.

The Hoosiers chewed up 659 yards of total offense -- the second time this season the team has allowed a record-setting number of yards (after giving up 595 versus Illinois) -- and the visitors controlled the momentum time and again as the Boilers tried to rally in the second half, with quarterback Nate Sudfeld and backup running back Devine Redding finding answer after answer in a 54-36 IU victory.

Harrison Wagner / Indiana Public Broadcasting

If you’ve watched any sports lately, or listened to any music online, you’ve likely heard ads for fantasy sports websites Draft Kings and Fan Duel.

There’s a debate raging over whether the sites, which allow wagering on each day’s games for several sports leagues, are legal.

The New York Attorney General’s offices has banned the companies from accepting bets in that state because he argues the activity constitutes illegal gambling.

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As the cliche goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Incarnate Word, in just its third year as a Division I program, didn't beat #21-ranked Purdue, but as the Cardinals lost 96-61, they tried early to take a page from this year's Boiler squad by staying in the game with outside shots. 

However, unlike a Purdue team which made 18 baskets from distance against Vermont on Sunday, the visitors from San Antonio couldn't keep it up and couldn't score consistently anywhere else on the floor. Just nine Cardinal baskets came from two-point range.

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