OMAHA, Neb. — Cole McDonald allowed five hits and struck out nine in eight innings, and bottom seed Iowa knocked off regular-season champion Indiana, 4-2, in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday night.
The Hawkeyes (31-22), swept by Indiana in a three-game series in March and losers of five straight entering the tournament, play tonight against the winner of the late game between Nebraska and Minnesota. The Hoosiers (36-20) play the Nebraska-Minnesota loser.
The Hawkeyes broke through against Indiana starter Pauly Milto (8-6) in the seventh. Ben Norman scored on a play at the plate and, after Tanner Wetrich’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Izaya Fullard hit a two-out RBI single off Connor Manous for a 3-1 lead.
Indiana managed two singles and a walk against McDonald (6-3) before scoring in the sixth when Matt Gorski followed Drew Ashley’s triple with a base hit.
Grant Leonard worked the ninth for his school-record 14th save.
Slow return for Giancarlo Stanton
TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Yankees will have to wait a little longer for the return of the Giancarlo Stanton.
The outfielder took a step back in his return from arm injuries and won’t play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius moved ahead toward a mid-June return when he went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game Wednesday after taking one day off due to dehydration.
Stanton hasn’t played for the Yankees since March 31 due to a strained left biceps and then a strained left shoulder.
Orioles acquire Broxton from Mets
BALTIMORE — The Orioles bolstered their outfield defense by acquiring Keon Broxton from the New York Mets on Wednesday for $500,000 in 2019-20 international signing bonus pool allotment.
Broxton was designated for assignment last week by the Mets after batting .143 in 34 games with no homers and two RBIs. The Orioles, however, like the idea of having his glove in center field after experimenting with rookie Stevie Wilkerson over the past month.
In five years with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and the Mets, the 29-year-old Broxton has a .216 average with 33 homers and 81 RBIs. His best season was in 2017, when he hit 20 homers in 143 games with the Brewers.
Indians designate Gonzalez for assignment
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians could no longer wait for Carlos Gonzalez to help pull their struggling offense from a season-long funk.
The veteran outfielder was designated for assignment prior to Wednesday’s game against Oakland. Gonzalez, who signed a minor-league contract in spring training, batted .210 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games.
Ex-Cyclone drunk and armed at meeting
FOREST CITY, Iowa — Winnebago County supervisor and former NFL defensive lineman Mike Stensrud faces misdemeanor charges after police say he showed up drunk and armed at a board meeting this week.
The Mason City Globe-Gazette reports police were called Tuesday to the Winnebago County Courthouse after the board meeting adjourned. Police say the 63-year-old Stensrud had been drinking alcohol from a cup during the meeting, and an alcohol breath test he took showed his blood alcohol level at .09. Anything above .08 is considered legally intoxicated.
When asked if he was armed, Stensrud acknowledged having a pistol, which an officer took from his pocket.
Stensrud is charged with public intoxication and carrying a firearm while under the influence.
He told the Globe-Gazette he had sought treatment for his drinking in January and had been sober until Tuesday, saying “I just blew it.”
Stensrud played football at Iowa State and in the NFL for a decade before retiring in 1989.
Cleveland, Kansas City to host future drafts
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The NFL’s draft road show is headed to Cleveland and Kansas City.
To celebrate the Browns’ 75th anniversary, the 2021 draft will be held in Cleveland. Two years later, the home of the Chiefs gets its chance.
In recent years, the league has taken the draft out of New York and to Chicago; Philadelphia; Arlington, Texas; and Nashville. Next year it will be in Las Vegas a few months before the Oakland Raiders move there.
Kansas City’s draft will take place in the area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
Hawkeyes hire Billy Taylor as assistant
IOWA CITY — Iowa has hired former Lehigh and Ball State head coach Billy Taylor to be an assistant on Fran McCaffery’s staff.
Taylor, who spent three years as the director of basketball operations in Iowa City from 2014-16, will replace Andrew Francis, now with California.
Taylor led Lehigh from 200-07 before taking over at Ball State for six seasons. Taylor, who coached alongside McCaffery at Notre Dame and UNC-Greensboro, was the coach at Division II Belmont Abbey for the past three seasons.
Juwan Howard named Michigan coach
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan.
The former member of the Fab Five has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Wolverines, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made.
Michigan is giving the Miami Heat assistant coach his first shot at being a head coach, other than during the NBA’s summer league. He replaces John Beilein, who left to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Howard helped Michigan reach the national championship game twice, playing alongside Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. The school later removed the Fab Five’s Final Four banners from Crisler Arena as part of self-imposed sanctions that stemmed from one of the NCAA’s largest financial scandals.