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Pacers need new plan of attack

The NBA season is nearing its halfway point, and the Indiana Pacers are barely staying afloat in the Eastern Conference. Heading into tonight's matchup against Atlanta, the defending conference champion Pacers have struggled to a 20-21 record, placing them only a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Rivalry needs Knight

Raise your hand if you miss Bob Knight. If your hand is up, you're not the only one. Without the General, IU basketball is lacking something.

Hoosiers collapse in final three minutes

MINNEAPOLIS -- The disappearance of a 13-point lead against Minnesota wasn't a huge mystery after IU's 78-74 loss to the Gophers. The only question is who's to blame. Interim head coach Mike Davis said fingers should be pointed his way. "We did a great job except for the last three minutes of the game, when we fell apart, and I'll take full responsibility for that," Davis said. Freshman guard A.J. Moye said the blame lies on the players.

Club team searching for attention

Although many are familiar with IU's women's volleyball team, some might not be aware there is a men's team. The team is a B-level club sport, which means it receives minimal monetary support from the University, does not compete at the Division-I varsity level and does most of the financing on its own. The uniforms are provided by IU. "Nobody thinks that there is a men's team here, but this is it," team president and sophomore Jeremy Levy said.

Hockey splits with Miami

Many Hoosier hockey enthusiasts thought they would have a clearer picture of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League standings after the weekend's two-game series between Miami of Ohio and IU. But the only thing anyone could really determine from the weekend is that the two teams are bitter rivals, well-matched and anxious for a third game. After skating past Miami without much difficulty Friday, the Hoosiers found themselves in an all-out war Saturday, which ended with four players suspended and a last-minute Miami lead and victory.

Texans hire Capers as coach

HOUSTON -- It's not easy to get the kind of experience that Dom Capers has on his resume: successfully building an NFL franchise from the ground up. That was a big reason the expansion Houston Texans made him their first head coach. Capers, who took the Carolina Panthers from nothing to the playoffs in two years, officially signed a six-year contract with the Texans on Sunday. "We've visited with a number of qualified coaches that we think the world of and any one of those coaches could have coached this team and done a wonderful job," owner Bob McNair said.

Training shows in track team's win against Ohio State

The sprinters on the women's track and field team focused on Ohio State All-American Donica Merriman prior to the Hoosiers' dual meet against the Buckeyes Saturday at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Merriman showed up for the meet in street clothes and didn't run. But the Hoosiers didn't need to feel pressure from the sprinter and hurdler to meet five NCAA provisional qualifying marks in four events and win eight of 15 events to capture the meet 89-70.

Bennett's return draws crowd

MADISON, Wisc. -- Women's basketball packed the front pages of Wisconsin newspapers. The coverage shocked Wisconsin coach Jane Albright. Nine thousand fans flurried to the Kohl Center, a large crowd even for basketball-friendly Wisconsin. But the papers weren't covering the Wisconsin-IU women's basketball game. And a lot of the fans weren't there to see junior center Jill Chapman duel with UW sophomore center Nina Smith.

Big Badgers bury Hoosiers

MADISON, Wisc. -- Kathi Bennett walked to both of the edges of her bench, looking for an answer. She didn't find it. With the IU post game shredded by fouls, Wisconsin exploited the weakness consistently and purposely in a 69-62 Badger win Sunday in front of 9,100 fans at the Kohl Center. "Wisconsin really out-foxed us and played very well," Bennett said. "Their post players were dynamite and really hurt us."

Gophers dig up victory

MINNEAPOLIS -- The game appeared to be well in hand. IU held a 13-point lead with less than three minutes to go, and Minnesota wasn't threatening. But looks can be deceiving. Minnesota implemented a full-court press, and within those three minutes, the Golden Gophers tied the game and sent it to overtime, where they prevailed 78-74 Saturday in Williams Arena.

Hoosiers set sights on Golden Gophers

Minnesota guard Terrance Simmons said before the season started that the Gophers just wanted to have fun this year. They weren't interested in wins and losses because the team doesn't have a lot of talent.

Coach says IU needs depth to beat talented Buckeyes

Women's track and field coach Randy Heisler looked at the entry sheets for his Hoosiers' meet against Ohio State and determined the Buckeyes could win at least seven events Saturday at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.

Team goes for 2 in a row

Coming off an 85-77 victory against conference rival Michigan, the men's indoor track team hopes to continue the momentum when facing Ohio State at noon Saturday in its home opener at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.

Team faces grudge match at home

The hockey team last played Miami of Ohio University March 4. In a close contest, the Clubhawks edged out the Hoosiers 3-2. Not only did Miami hold a 3-0-1 record against the Hoosiers last season, but the March 4 game was the national championship.

Game of rivals marks end for facility

It's fitting that the final meet in Purdue's Lambert Pool is against its biggest rival, IU. IU heads to West Lafayette to battle Purdue at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 61-year-old Lambert Pool. The aging venue is being replaced by the Aquactics Center, set to open in August.

Defense clinches Hoosier win

When junior guard Dane Fife was a senior in high school, he used to watch Penn State senior guard Joe Crispin play on television.

Championship is athlete's No. 1 goal

Imagine being bundled in crimson warm-ups and a gray hooded sweatshirt, jumping rope after a strenuous three-round match. Meet Viktor Sveda, a junior wrestler who does this very ritual.

Wrestlers to face rival

For the wrestling team to secure a victory tonight, momentum is the key word. IU opens Big Ten competition against rival Purdue. The Hoosiers will play host to the match at 7 p.m. at Mater Dei High School in Evansville.

IU meets Purdue in conference opener

Senior Mike Dixon anxiously lined up across from his practice partner. As sweat increasingly faded the letters on his IU football T-shirt, Dixon lunged forward and locked arms with his counterpart. Seconds later, he towered over his fallen opponent like any linebacker gloating after a quarterback sack.

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