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Pacers announce firing of Nate McMillan

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have relieved head coach Nate McMillan of his coaching duties.


“On behalf of the Simon family and the Pacers organization, I’d like to thank Nate for his years with the team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “This was a very hard decision for us to make; but we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to move in a different direction. Nate and I have been through the good times and the bad times; and it was an honor to work with him for those 11 years (in Indiana and Portland).”


McMillan took over coaching duties of the Pacers prior to the 2016-17 season; and in his four years with the team he led them to a 183-136 record, including 3-16 in the playoffs. He has an overall coaching record of 661-588, with 17-36 in the playoffs.  McMillan’s 183 wins as head coach of the Pacers is third in the team’s NBA history.


The search for a new coach will begin immediately.

HS Football: Greensburg 41, Shelbyville 7 (Aug 21, 2020)

Greensburg quarterback Toby Brogan ran for four touchdowns and threw for another as the Pirates won the season opener at McKeand Stadium, 41-7.


Shelbyville's Aidan Tong scored his first varsity touchdown for the Golden Bears.


Johnny McCrory and Mark Drake had the call on GIANT fm Sports.


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Marco Andretti wins the pole

For the first time in 33 years, an Andretti will lead the field of the Indianapolis 500 to the green flag on race day.


Marco Andretti turned in the fastest four-lap average of the fastest nine drivers in the Fast 9 Shootout on Sunday. His average of 231.068 mph, was only .017 quicker that Scott Dixon’s average of 231.051 mph.



The last time an Andretti sat on the pole of the Indianapolis 500 was back in 1987 when Marco’s grandfather, Mario Andretti, won the pole.


Dixon will start second and Takuma Sato (230.725 mph) will start third on the outside of the front row.



Marco Andretti’s teammates at Andretti Autosport struggled to replicate the speed that had in round one of qualifying on Saturday.


The likes of Ryan Hunter Reay (5th), James Hinchcliffe (6th), and Alexander Rossi (9th), were outpaced by rookie Rinus Veekay, who will start fourth as the only Chevy powered car among the front three rows.


Drivers have just one practice session remaining between the end of Sunday and race day on Carb Day, Friday, Aug. 21. Race day is Aug. 23rd.


The field will role on on race day as follows:

Row 1: Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato

Row 2: Rinus Veekay, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe

Row 3: Alex Palou, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi

Row 4: Colton Herta, Marcus Ericsson, Spencer Pigot

Row 5: Josef Newgarden, Felix Rosenqvist, Pato O’Ward

Row 6: Ed Carpenter, Zach Veach, Conor Daly

Row 7: Santino Ferrucci, Jack Harvey, Oliver Askew

Row 8: Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Dalton Kellett

Row 9: Simon Pagenaud, Fernando Alonso, James Davison

Row 10: Helio Castroneves, Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton

Row 11: Sage Karam, JR Hildebrand, Ben Hanley

GIANT fm Sports High School Football Preview

GIANT fm Sports Johnny McCrory and Mark Drake take a look at the upcoming high school football season featuring insight and interviews with the Shelbyville Golden Bears and Triton Central Tigers.



Tuesday's girls golf scoreboard

Greensburg 214, Triton Central 233

TC:  Emma Branham – 52



Southwestern 225, Edinburgh 244

SW:  Lily Kerber – 50



New Palestine 226, Greenwood 242

NP:  Megan Diller - 53

Big Ten cancels fall sports

The Big Ten has called off the football season.


Commissioner Kevin Warren says there's too much uncertainty about medical risks to play football. The Big Ten had already announced it would cancel all nonconference games, and had built an extra bye week into the schedule to allow flexibility in case of an outbreak.


Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski says he thought the Big Ten had come up with a strong plan for minimizing the risk, but says the last few days of practice made clear how challenging it would be to conduct a season on 14 campuses across 11 states. He says he would have preferred to wait a little longer and give the plan more time to play out, but says he understands and respects the decision.


IU athletic director Scott Dolson says he's "heartbroken" to lose the season, but says he's confident it's the right decision.


Bobinski says Purdue won't follow Nebraska, which has threatened to bolt the Big Ten for another conference in order to play the season. He's deferring to the conference on how that might affect the Cornhuskers' future membership in the league.


The cancellation covers all fall sports, including soccer, volleyball, cross-country and field hockey. The Big Ten has left open the possibility of playing in the spring instead, but Bobinski says there's been no discussion of how that would work -- everything's been focused on whether and how the fall season might be played. He says those conversations will begin immediately, along with consideration of what happens to sports like basketball which stretch across both semesters.


The Big Ten had six teams in the Top 25 in USA Today's preseason coaches' poll, led by second-ranked Ohio State.


The Big Ten is the first of the "Power 5" conferences to pull the plug on football. The Mid-American and Mountain West Conferences, as well as the University of Connecticut, had already called off their seasons.

Monday girls golf scoreboard

Greenfield-Central 184, Triton Central 233

TC:  Morgan Shilling with a 52.



Southwestern 217, Morristown 253

SW:  Lily Kerber – 52

MT:  Hannah Everhart – 60



Mt. Vernon 178, Lawrence North 209, Beech Grove Inc.

MV:  Alaina Nugent, Meredith Johnson - 40



New Pal's Hook family dealing with MAC decision to call off fall football

For Matthew Hook, football truly is a way of life.

The New Palestine resident coaches middle school football and his son, Maxen, played a vital role in the New Palestine football team claiming back-to-back Class 5A state titles before heading to the University of Toledo, where he was he was looking to make an impact this fall as a freshman.

For both father and son, Toledo football is on hold as the Mid-America Conference cancelled football this fall amid COVID-19 concerns.

Matthew Hook tells Giant FM he got the call he was hoping he would not receive Saturday morning.
“I got the call Saturday morning from Maxen that the MAC season had been canceled/postponed. He was devastated, probably as despondent as I’ve ever heard him. So immediately I was trying to help him through it. He called a couple hours later, and he was in a better place,” Hook said.

While his son was doing better, dad was anything but.

“I was really upset Sunday. While I understand the decision, it was a very sad day. Fall football is very important to my family,” the elder Hook told Giant FM.

Toledo has had its share of issues with COVID-19 recently, as Rockets head coach Jason Candle announced last month he had tested positive and was asymptomatic.

Despite that, Matthew Hook says he isn’t overly concerned about the disease and his son playing football.

“On a scale of 1-10, I’m a 1. I know the virus is real. I know that people have died, but I do not believe we can control a virus with measures we have taken. It has to run its course,” he said.
Classes at Toledo begin next week, and until then, Maxen will be lifting and continue with conditioning, according to his father.

“Other than that, they don’t really know what the football practice schedule will look like at this time,” Matthew Hook said.

Despite it all, the elder Hook has some fatherly advice for his son.

“Keep your head up. Control what you can control .Focus on the positives. You are at school with free education, room, board, stipend. There’s a lot to be thankful for,” Matthew Hook said.  

Miami takes 4th seed from Pacers with two games to play

T.J. Warren was limited to just 12 points as the Pacers fell to the Heat 114-92 at the NBA bubble in Orlando.


Warren was averaging a league-high 34.8 points per game since the restart entering this matchup.


Victor Oladipo scored a team-high 14 points for Indiana, which got out-scored by 22 in the second half.


The Pacers are fifth in the Eastern Conference at 43-and-28 with two games to play. They'll face the Rockets on Wednesday before meeting the Heat again on Friday.


Miami currently sits at the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

MAC cancels fall sports

The Mid-American Conference has postponed all scheduled fall contests, including the MAC championships, because of the the coronavirus pandemic. This means the Ball State University will not have fall sports this season.


Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns, said it's important to prioritize the health and safety of student-athletes.


"Unlike campus residential and academic settings, the field of competition can limit proper physical distancing and creates conflicts with the use of masks or face coverings," said Mearns. "I respect the advice from our medical experts who have advised that this postponement is currently the safest path forward."


Ball State will be looking into bring sports back from the 2021 Spring semester.

Butler, Valpo call off fall football

Another college conference has decided to not play football this fall, affecting two more schools in Indiana.


There will not be a football season for the Butler Bulldogs this year. The Pioneer Football League announced the decision Friday morning, citing challenges for team travel across the Midwest, as well as "difficulties meeting state and local health requirements."


Valparaiso also plays in the Pioneer Football League.


As of now, the only schools in the state planning on playing college football this fall -- out of all levels -- are Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Ball State.


A lot of golfers would love to have the summer that Triton Central's Oliver Gearlds has

Oliver Gearlds is beginning high school practice with his Triton Central teammates hoping for a high school golf season.  The summer he's already put together features quite the resume including being named the Indianapolis Tour Player of the Year, a second-place finish in the Tour Championship and a victory in the Mayor's Cup.


The TC sophomore appeared on GIANT fm to talk about the impressive accomplishments he's gained in the sport he's been playing since he was little.