Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Bobby Bowden gets pacemaker, released from hospital

TALLAHASSEE — Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden was released from a hospital Wednesday a day after having a pacemaker installed.

Bowden, 87, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Friday after suffering from dehydration and nausea from antibiotics for a swollen salivary gland, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. During his stay, it was discovered Bowden needed a pacemaker.

"My heart (beat) had gotten so low, they had never seen it that low on me," Bowden said. "That pacemaker will help solve that. I hope I get to feeling better, and I think I am going to be much stronger now. It will mess me up for a little bit, but I hope it solves everything."

Bowden credited the hospital staff and emergency personnel for their help and professionalism.

"If they hadn't, I might not be here, I don't know," he said. "I was really impressed being there and how well they took care of me. You never know; you have to be ready all the time."

Bowden, always known for his sense of humor, said his extended stay was the first time he had been admitted overnight in a hospital since his tonsils were removed as a child.

"I can't believe it, all these years," he chuckled.

Wake investigates 'breach' at Louisville

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest says it has begun an internal investigation after documents related to the team's game plan for playing No. 3 Louisville were found at the Cardinals' stadium.

Athletic director Ron Wellman said Wednesday that he notified ACC commissioner John Swofford and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich after the documents were discovered by a member of the school's travel party.

Coach Dave Clawson, speaking on the ACC's weekly media teleconference, did not accuse Louisville of taking the information and when asked if it affected the outcome of the game responded, "I'm not going there." The Cardinals won 44-12.

Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement he has "no knowledge of the situation," and that his philosophy "has always been to play the game with sportsmanship."

Clawson did not say what specific information was in those documents, but said he discussed the situation with his staff and he is "looking at things internally first, to find out how information could have gotten out of our office."

Wake Forest led 12-0 before the Cardinals scored the final 44 points of the game.

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF NOTRE DAME PD: The University of Notre Dame Police Department doesn't have to release crime reports about student-athletes, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled. The court said in unanimous ruling that the private university's police department isn't a public agency that falls under the state open records law. ESPN sued Notre Dame in January 2015, asking a judge in South Bend to order the school to release campus police records detailing allegations against athletes.

OKLAHOMA: Defensive lineman Charles Walker has chosen to leave and enter the NFL draft, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. Walker, a second-team All-Big 12 pick by the coaches last season, missed the national semifinal last season against Clemson with a concussion. This season, Walker played in only four games, also because of a concussion.

Basketball: Indiana starts slow but rolls

James Blackmon made five 3s, scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Robert Johnson added 16 points as No. 6 Indiana sailed to a 100-78 victory over UMass Lowell.

Blackmon made four 3s and scored 20 of his 23 in the first half of Indiana's regular-season home opener.

The Hoosiers (2-0) were playing their first game since beating No. 3 Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic and had to overcome a slow, sloppy start.

"When you're coming off a great win like we had, you think the (next) game is going to be easier, but it's not," IU coach Tom Crean said, adding that it felt like his team hit a wall.

WOMEN: Mariya Moore scored 27 and the No. 5 Louisville (5-1) never trailed in beating host Middle Tennessee 91-72. … Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 and No. 6 Maryland (2-0) routed visiting Md.-Eastern Shore 106-61. … Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 to lead four teammates in double figures as No. 7 Ohio State (2-1) beat visiting Cleveland State 96-78. … Freshman Joyner Holmes scored 22 to lead No. 8 Texas (1-1) past Houston Baptist 98-46. … … Victoria Vivians scored 17, Breanna Richardson added 11 and No. 10 Mississippi State (3-0) cruised past visiting Tulane 66-49. … Jessica Thomas made three 3s and scored 18, Adrienne Motley added three 3s and 12 points, and No. 22 Miami (2-1) beat visiting Charlotte 80-46.

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