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November 6, 2013

Colts back home, hoping to keep momentum going

INDIANAPOLIS — The goal for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s NFL home game with the St. Louis Rams is relatively simple.

Just keep getting better.

The Colts are off to a 6-2 start and have a two-game lead in the AFC South over second-place Tennessee. St. Louis, meanwhile, will come into Lucas Oil Stadium at 3-6.

Head coach Chuck Pagano, however, isn’t about to let his team fall into the easy trap of looking at the Rams’ won-loss record. St. Louis has lost their last two games to Seattle and Tennessee by a combined 22 points, including a 14-9 heartbreaker to the Seahawks.

The Colts return to “The Luke” after a two-week absence, including last Sunday night’s 27-24 come-from-behind victory over division rival Houston.

If Indianapolis is interested in making a serious run at the AFC South crown this year, winning at home is important.

“We always talk about win your home games, split on the road and you’re probably going to make the playoffs nine out of 10 times. You’ve got to dominate at home. You’ve got to protect your house, so to speak. Our guys, we were 7-1 last year. I think we’re 3-1 currently. It’s the next game, [with a] good football team coming in here,” Pagano said Wednesday.

“It happens to be at home. Is it a must-win? Yeah. We want to win them all. We prepare to win them all. And again, it seems like it’s been a long, long time since we played at home, after the Denver game and the bye and all that stuff. Our guys are really excited. It’ll be great to be back at Lucas Oil.”

One area where the Colts will need to continue to improve is pass protection. Quarterback Andrew Luck has been sacked 19 times so far this year. St. Louis, meanwhile, has registered 29 total sacks, led by defensive ends Robert Quinn (10) and Chris Long (5.5).

“From a defensive standpoint, they’re No. 1 in the league as far as putting pressure on the quarterback and sacking the quarterback. … They’ve got really good front four, two edge guys. They get after you. They’re going to be up in your face,” Pagano said. “From a defensive standpoint, they kind of smother you. That’s going to be a challenge.”

He’s equally impressed with the St. Louis offense.

“They’ve got a runner who is emerging as a legitimate No. 1 [rookie Zac Stacy]. He’s had back-to-back 100-plus yard weeks. Tough guy. A guy that gets yards after contact, hard to get on the ground. They got playmakers on the outside. They got a tight end, obviously, that they went out and got in free agency and paid a lot of money for. That’s a darn good football player and leads their team in receptions right now in [Jared] Cook,” Pagano previewed.

“Wide receiver crew that is excellent, can beat you vertically. One of the most dynamic young players in football in Tavon Austin, not only as a receiver but as a returner. … He’s a threat to score from anywhere on the field.”

The Colts want to get to backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, who has replaced an injured Sam Bradford as the starter. Clemens, a veteran in the NFL, has earned the respect of the Indianapolis defense.

“He’s not a guy that hasn’t been around. He definitely knows what he’s doing, he’s a veteran quarterback, and we have our job cut out for us,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We just have to execute and we can’t take anything for granted.”

• Miami reaction — The news coming out of the Dolphins locker room concerning the hazing and harassment of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has hit hard in Indianapolis.

Luck, tight end Coby Fleener, wide receiver Griff Whalen, safety Delano Howell and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton were all with Martin at Stanford.

“Jon is a close friend. We had a lot of great times together at Stanford. I have talked to him. Really an unfortunate situation. It does hurt. Out of respect, I’d rather not talk about it any more. But he is a close friend,” Luck said Wednesday.

Fleener was a bit more vocal in defending his former collegiate teammate.

“Being my buddy, I want the best for him. I really don’t have a reaction other than wanting the best for Jonathan. [He’s] a standup guy. Awesome character guy. Very much like a lot of his teammates out there,” he said, adding that he doesn’t accept the notion that Martin is too “soft” to play in the NFL.

“That’s a stupid, stupid statement. If somebody wanted to dispute that, I’d be happy to talk to them.”

As for whether Martin wants to keep playing football — he has taken a leave of absence from the Dolphins for now — Fleener had a quick response.

“Oh yeah. Absolutely. He loves this game. He’s worked his butt off since high school to get where he is now. I think for anybody to think that he’s walking away from the game that he loves is inaccurate,” the Colts tight end said.

• Injury report — Running back Trent Richardson (ankle), nose tackle Josh Chapman (knee), cornerback Josh Gordy (groin), cornerback Greg Toler (groin), offensive guard Hugh Thornton (calf), Mathis (shoulder) and Howell (neck) did not practice Wednesday.

Outside linebacker Cam Johnson (knee) and wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) both saw full work.

Chapman, Toler, Howell and Gordy are all questionable for the Rams game.

“[Chapman] just practiced last week. He doesn’t know really know how it happened, but he’s got a bone bruise that he’s dealing with. He’s getting better,” Pagano said.

Thornton was wearing a walking boot on his left foot during Wednesday’s workout.

• McGinnis returns — Former Indiana State assistant coach Dave McGinnis will be returning to Indiana on Sunday with the Rams.

McGinnis, who served as the Sycamores’ secondary coach under former head coaches Dick Jamieson and Dennis Raetz, is the Rams’ assistant head coach. He previously served as defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans under Jeff Fisher, now the St. Louis head coach.

 

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Catch me if you can: Terre Haute South's Justin Jenkins takes a lead off first base while Northview's Jacob Harden holds him close. Nathan Thomas is on the mound for the Knights.

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    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

  • Terre Haute North baseball cruises past Warren Central

    Terre Haute North swept a high school baseball doubleheader against Warren Central on Friday night by scores of 14-1 and 10-4.

    April 19, 2014

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Sollars, Morrison lead West Vigo softball to win

    Kaitlyn Sollars had a double, triple and four runs batted in and winning pitcher Leah Morrison contributed a pair of triples and a double to lead visiting West Vigo over Riverton Parke 14-1 in high school softball.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041714 WV BB shaffer.jpg West Vigo baseball wins in rout

    When Brandin Behringer drove in his first run Thursday evening, it gave West Vigo a short-lived lead in nonconference high school baseball.
    The remainder of the Viking senior’s RBIs came four at a time in the bottom of the fourth inning, his grand-slam homer capping the second of consecutive seven-run innings that sent his team to a 15-3 win over visiting North Vermillion.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Report: Haley Chambers making noise in OVC softball circles

    Two Wabash Valley natives are again making big news for the Southern Illlinois-Edwardsville softball team.
    Former Riverton Parke and Cascade standout pitcher Haley Chambers was recognized for a string of dominant performances in the circle by being named Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Colts take another look at Shakir Bell

    Under general manager Ryan Grigson, the Indianapolis Colts have searched nationally and internationally for talent to build a program that has won 23 of 34 games in the last two seasons.
    On Wednesday, the Colts took a look at some Indianapolis-area talent, including former Warren Central High School and Indiana State standout Shakir Bell.
     

    April 18, 2014

  • Prep roundup: Vikings get big hits to beat North Vermillion on softball diamond

    The West Vigo softball team improved to 4-3 for the season with an 11-4 victory over North Vermillion on Thursday.
    Leah Morrison busted the game open with a three-run double in the Vikings’ seven-run fourth inning.
    Kenzie Little chipped in with a two-run triple in the sixth and Hannah Harden tossed a complete-game for the pitching win.

    April 18, 2014

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

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  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Expanding the fan base: Bruce Rosselli, manager of the Terre Haute Rex, displays the team's new slogan, Wabash Valley's Own, during a press conference on Wednesday at Clabber Girl.

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