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Local leaders letting glow from 2012 Super Bowl fade

January 23, 2013
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Though Allison Melangton has been tagged to lead the effort to bring the Super Bowl back to Indianapolis in 2018, she has no plans to take a page—or even a paragraph—from the 2012 bid.
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Swarbrick, media take beating in wake of Te'o case

January 17, 2013
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Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick took a lot of arrows during his Wednesday press conference addressing the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax. If the media wants someone to crucify, they need to look in the mirror.
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Armstrong confession represents new beginning for local attorney

January 16, 2013
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Bill Bock, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's lead attorney, was heavily criticized for going after retired cyclist Lance Armstrong. But Bock and USADA CEO Travis Tygart proved looking back can move you forward.
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Huge rugby complex planned for former drive-in theater

January 15, 2013
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If the Indiana Youth Rugby Foundation can raise another $500,000, construction on the nation's largest rugby complex will begin this spring at the site of the old Twin Aire Drive-In.
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Shine exits Adidas Reebok to work for American Idol creator

January 10, 2013
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The Logo Athletic founder is taking on a senior executive role with XIX Entertainment to help cross-promote the global firm's biggest sports and entertainment stars.
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Super Bowl guru now looking to score Olympic gold for Indy

January 9, 2013
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The Indiana Sports Corp. is making a bold bid to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials inside the cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium. And that's just the beginning of the ambitious plans the organization's new CEO is drawing up.
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Ample reasons for Arians to stay with Colts

January 7, 2013
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The Colts' offensive coordinator might realize the opportunities for him in Indianapolis outweigh anything he'll find anywhere else.
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Local sports radio market adds third player

January 3, 2013
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On Jan. 2, WXNT-AM 1430 changed its format from news-talk to 24-hour sports, going head-to-head with WFNI-AM 1070 and WNDE-AM 1260. The last time this market had three sports-talk radio stations, one didn't survive.
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Deal with flip-flopping Firestone big gamble for Miles

January 2, 2013
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Only time will tell if the fast-tracked Firestone deal will lead to long-term harmony and growth for the IndyCar Series or a rough ride for Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and his new regime.
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McAfee, not Luck, is Colts' biggest Pro Bowl snub

December 27, 2012
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Despite being one of the NFL's best tackling kickers or punters, Colts' Pat McAfee is passed over for the Pro Bowl yet again.
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Circumstances thrust Pagano into spotlight; his vision keeps him there

December 26, 2012
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Upon learning he had a life-threatening illness, Colts Coach Chuck Pagano and his doctor chose a path of transparency too often eschewed in the world of professional sports. And the community has come to love him for it.
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Winning season gives Colts reason to cheer and fear

December 19, 2012
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Colts fans earlier this year were ready for mutiny if Jim Irsay's gamble to cut Peyton Manning and turn to Andrew Luck didn't work. Now all is well in the horseshoe kingdom. Still, you have to wonder if this teams' fickle fan base doesn't set it up for a future fiscal fall.
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Conference merry-go-round poses problems for Butler

December 14, 2012
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News media is getting ahead of itself in reporting Butler's imminent departure from the Atlantic 10 conference. But the Bulldogs' athletic director, Barry Collier, can't afford to stick his head in the sand on this issue.
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Hoosier Racing Tire casting eye toward IndyCar

December 13, 2012
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At last week's International Motorsports Industry Show, officials for Lakeville-based company said they are interested in and capable of supplying tires for the high-speed IndyCar Series.
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Miles eyes lights for Speedway, postseason for IndyCar

December 12, 2012
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While new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said his first priority is to grow the IndyCar Series, there’s no doubt he plans to do the same for the IMS. And growth means change.
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IU, Purdue having own personal athletics arms race

December 7, 2012
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IU Athletic Director Fred Glass should get some credit for the increase in pay for Purdue's coaches.
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Pandering to NASCAR hurts IndyCar's brand

December 5, 2012
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Here’s a new statement IndyCar and Speedway officials might consider: The Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar racing are for highly-skilled specialists, not someone who can “drive the wheels off anything from a Dixie Chopper to a Camaro.”
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Some might argue Luck is third best NFL rookie QB

December 3, 2012
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While one NFL analyst said the Colts' Andrew Luck is one of the six best quarterbacks in the league right now, another voice says the No. 1 draft pick isn't even as good as third-round selection Russell Wilson.
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Hulman & Co. CEO seeks to overhaul IndyCar management

November 29, 2012
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Mark Miles isn’t likely to stop at simply hiring a replacement for Randy Bernard, racing sources said. He also aims to build a new IndyCar Series management structure and hire a new executive team.
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Luck jersey sales soaring as holidays approach

November 28, 2012
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Andrew Luck's popularity locally and nationally continues to soar, and the sales of his jersey demonstrate that. His jersey sales are among top 10 among all professional athletes this holiday season.
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Miles facing toughest challenge with IndyCar

November 21, 2012
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Building trust between the IndyCar paddock and front office is fine. But that bridge will lead to nowhere unless new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and IndyCar Series and IMS boss Jeff Belskus can build an audience for the sport.
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Notre Dame could push BCS revenue to record highs

November 19, 2012
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The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame won’t be the only ones dancing on a pot of gold should the school’s football team make it to the BCS National Championship game Jan. 7 in Miami.
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Early home attendance troubling sign for Pacers

November 15, 2012
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With star forward Danny Granger injured and the Indianapolis Colts and IU men's basketball team gaining lots of attention from local sports fans and media, the Indiana Pacers may be in danger of losing some of the momentum they gained during last year's playoff run.
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Crean has become the man IU can't afford to lose

November 14, 2012
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As good a coach as Tom Crean is, he might be even better at alumni and public relations. He has the appeal of Bob Knight without all the baggage and it's only a matter of time before the affable coach is at the center of an effort to replace Assembly Hall.
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Colts have two NFL Coach of the Year candidates

November 9, 2012
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Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians are both being mentioned as NFL Coach of the Year candidates. Arians is also likely to be pursued by NFL team owners looking for a new head coach after this season.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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