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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana postponed Tuesday night's game against No. 15 Iowa after an 8-foot piece of metal fell into the seats from the ceiling at Assembly Hall.
Athletic director Fred Glass said the school made the decision after the piece, roughly 8 feet long and 14 inches wide, fell into the lower bowl of the arena and damaged seats in the northwest corner. The accident occurred about six hours before the scheduled tip-off at 8 p.m. A makeup date has not been announced. Iowa (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) is in third place in the league standings while the Hoosiers (14-11, 4-8) are near the bottom.
"Safety is our No.1 priority," Glass said. "Our university engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility."
Assembly Hall, one of college basketball's iconic facilities, opened during the 1971-72 season and holds more than 17,000 fans, but there have not been many changes made inside the building since it opened.
Yori plans to coach Nebraska's next game
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska coach Connie Yori, who formerly coached at Loras College, said Tuesday her health is fine and she is planning to be at Ohio State for Thursday night's game. Yori collapsed during the second half of Sunday's game against Indiana. Yori said she's been on medication for a bacterial infection for a couple of weeks and was dehydrated when she passed out in front of the Cornhuskers' bench.
Yori, 50, was taken by ambulance to a Lincoln hospital, where she was examined and received intravenous fluids. She spent Monday morning at home and worked four or five hours at her office in the afternoon.
"Before the game I wasn't feeling great, and at halftime I said to our coaching staff, 'I feel real dizzy,' " she said. "The odd thing is that I drink more water than any human being alive. I drink a gallon of water a day. I always have believed in that. So it's just weird they're telling me I'm dehydrated."
Bulls sign forward Varnado to 10-day deal
DEERFIELD, Ill. - The Chicago Bulls announced Tuesday they have signed forward Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract. A second-round draft pick by Miami in 2010, Varnado played overseas for two seasons. He was averaging 14.1 and 11 rebounds in 22 starts for the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League this season.
Bob Feller Museum fading financially
VAN METER, Iowa - The Bob Feller Museum is scheduled to reopen April 5, but financial troubles are threatening its survival in his central Iowa hometown of Van Meter.
The lack of money forced the museum's closure Jan. 3. It opened in 1995 to honor the Hall of Fame pitcher who was born near the central Iowa city, but has faltered since his death on Dec. 15, 2010.
Museum board member Bob DiBiasio told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1bINA95 ) that Feller "was the engine that powered that museum." Since his death, museum membership has fallen and the organization hasn't been able to attract the Hall of Fame-caliber stars who in turn attracted patrons.
Feller won 266 games in 18 seasons with the Cleveland Indians. He had 2,581 career strikeouts, pitched three no-hitters and recorded 12 one-hitters. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility.
Marino, Sharpe out, Gonzalez in on CBS
NEW YORK - Goodbye, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe. Hello, Tony Gonzalez.
Marino and Sharpe will not return to their analyst roles on CBS' "The NFL Today" pregame show. Gonzalez, a recently retired star tight end, will now prep for a turn on the network's pro football coverage.
CBS sports chairman Sean McManus said he has no single metric by which he measures the success of the pregame show.
"It's very subjective," McManus said. "He's the closest thing to a sure bet that I've seen in a long time. You can't teach ... likeability. Tony is a very likable individual."
Malzahn wants slowdown rule off table
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that he has spoken "numerous times" over the previous five days with the chairman of the committee that passed a proposal designed to rein in offenses like the Tigers' hurry-up, no-huddle attack.
He has asked Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, the committee chair, to push consideration of the rule until next year.
"There's absolutely zero documented evidence that it is hazardous to (speed up) the pace of play, only opinions.," Malzahn said.
The rule, if it's passed, would give defenses time to substitute by penalizing offenses for snapping the ball before the 40-second play clock has ticked down to 29.
Redskins, Hall agree to 4-year deal
A year after taking a major pay cut to help the Washington Redskins through their salary cap woes, DeAngelo Hall has a new deal with a nice raise. The three-time Pro Bowl cornerback agreed to terms for a four-year contract with the Redskins on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The deal is said to be worth between $4 million and $5 million per year.
The Associated Press