Dixon native to be honored by college
George Acker, a 1946 Dixon High School graduate who died in 2011, will have center court at Stow Stadium on the campus Kalamazoo College named after him. The ceremony will happen at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2, before the start of the USTA Boys 16 & 18 national championships.
Acker, a Northern Illinois University graduate, coached men’s tennis at Kalamazoo College for 35 years. He led the team to 35 consecutive conference titles, and seven NCAA Division III championships.
Melo: I don’t care about money
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said he chose to stay with the Knicks because he believes they can win – not because they could pay him the most money – but admitted that at one point in his decision process, he was “flip-flopping” between New York and Chicago.
Griffin backs out of Team USA
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin decided to pass on playing for the U.S. national team at the FIBA World Cup of basketball in August, and Washington Wizards guard John Wall reportedly was added to the roster.
Griffin, one of 19 players originally selected, said Thursday that he wants to focus on the 2014-15 NBA season.
Ohio State band director fired
The director of the Ohio State University band has been dismissed after investigators found a sexualized culture of rituals in the group that bills itself as the “Best Damn Band in the Land.”
Band director Jonathan Waters was fired by the school after an investigation prompted by a parental complaint found the band’s “culture facilitated acts of sexual harassment, creating a hostile environment for students.” The lawyer representing Waters said the band leader will fight to clear his name.
Writers pick Buckeyes in Big Ten
Ohio State will win the Big Ten’s new East Division, and Wisconsin will slide past Iowa in the West. Northwestern is picked to finish fourth in the west, two spots above Illinois.
This is according to an annual poll conducted by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com that contains the picks of 29 writers.