TERRE HAUTE —
Sunday promises to be a super day in Indianapolis.
It’s the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 followed by Indiana vs. Miami in the third game of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Tradition abounds on race day. Jim Nabors and Florence Henderson are on the program along with Sandi Patty, who again will sing the National Anthem. She always does a great job.
Jim Harbaugh, who once played quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, will drive the pace car.
There’s no clear-cut favorite in the race as Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves go for their fourth victory. Wabash Valley favorite Ed Carpenter is on the pole with Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti on the front row with him.
The odds are out and Scott Dixon tops the list. We’ve picked him before, including the year he won.
We like Marco Andretti to win this year.
Fans usually arrive early for the race and will have the chance to maneuver a Zip Line at the facility.
The Heat and Pacers set the tempo for the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday. The Pacers are underdogs to the all-star Heat but didn’t play like it, losing in overtime after Paul George calmly hit free throws with 2.2 seconds left to give them a one-point lead.
The second game in the series is tonight at Miami before the scene shifts to Indy.
Rain, rain — As usual, lots of racing is slated leading up to Sunday’s big one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Tony Hulman Classic for U.S. Auto Club sprint cars was first on the schedule. Rain and wet grounds forced it to be postponed to June 21.
The Hoosier Hundred for USAC Silver Crown cars was on Thursday’s card but has been rescheduled for tonight at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It’s Carb Day at the Speedway with drivers getting their final practice runs in on the track.
Special races are set tonight and Saturday at Crossroads Dragway and Midwest Sprint Car Series action is on the Lincoln Park Speedway card Saturday.
Weather permitting, of course.
Tom-Cattin’ It — Creighton Tarr has been named the new athletic director at Paris (Ill.) High School and Greg Hill has been named the new AD at Greencastle High School. Hill formerly was on the staff at Brownsburg.
• Hunter Smith of Greencastle has signed to play football at Franklin College. He likely will play strong safety.
• Bloomington North baseball coach Richard Hurt recently won his 300th game at the school. He has more than 350 in his career.
• Mike Wilson is retiring as softball coach at Boonville. He has been at the school since 1986 and recently won his 600th game.
• Pairings have been set for the Big Ten-ACC men’s basketball challenge. Pairings include Indiana-Syracuse, Notre Dame-Iowa, Boston College-Purdue and Illinois-Georgia Tech.
• IU was the champ in Big Ten baseball and is the top seed in the tournament being played this week. The Hoosiers were slated to face Minnesota on Thursday after the Gophers beat Illinois on Wednesday.
• The Indianapolis Indians recently recognized their 10 millionth fan in baseball.
• Manchester won the NCAA Division III baseball regional played at Rose-Hulman and begins play today in the D-III World Series in Wisconsin.
n•Coach K is back and will be back. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, 66, says he has agreed to remain on as coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team through the 2016 Olympics. He is the leader in NCAA Division I wins with 957 and has a 62-1 international mark.
• Former IU guard Remy Abell says he will transfer to Xavier.
• TV ratings were up for The Players Championship won by Tiger Woods. He now has 78 PGA Tour wins.
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