Pacers roll past Brad Stevens, Celtics 106-79

Lance Stephenson (1) drives to the basket. He had a triple-double against Boston. Photo by Jeff Clark, Pacers Sports and Entertainment,

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Co-Editor/The Sports Xchange INDIANAPOLIS — As well as the Indiana Pacers have played this season, they might have reached a new level. Forward Paul George scored 24 points, guard Lance Stephenson had a triple-double, and the Indiana Pacers defeated the Boston Celtics 106-79 Sunday night to improve the best record in […]

Granger returns; Pacers roll past Rockets

Pacers forward Danny Granger shoots against Houston. Photo by Frank McGrath, Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Co-Editor/The Sports XChange INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers followed their most disappointing loss with their most complete win. Forward Paul George had 24 points and nine rebounds to help the Pacers snap a two-game losing streak with a 114-81 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Guard Lance Stephenson had […]

ISL founder Cliff Brunt reflects on 8 1/2 years of Purdue coverage

Cliff Brunt, ISL Editor

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Founder When I came to Indiana in May 2005 to write for The Associated Press, my excitement was almost entirely focused on covering the Indiana Pacers. And why wouldn’t it be? The Pacers were coming off the brawl season, but everybody was back, and they were expected to make numerous title […]

Stephenson drops 20 and 11; Pacers knock off Bobcats

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, shown here against Cleveland, had a big game against Charlotte. Photo by Jeff Clark, Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor/The Sports Xchange INDIANAPOLIS — Even without Paul George’s usual offensive fireworks, the Indiana Pacers found a way to win. George, a forward who entered Friday’s game against Charlotte as the league’s No. 4 scorer with 24.7 points per game, finished with a season-low 10 on 2-for-12 shooting from the field. […]

Ben Fahrbach’s Michigan State-Ohio State slideshow

MSU rose helmet, ISL

Here are Ben Fahrbach’s 20 best shots from the Big Ten Championship game. Michigan State defeated Ohio State to advance to the Rose Bowl, where the Spartans will face Stanford on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. Michigan State turned all that discussion about an unbeaten Ohio State team possibly being left out of the national […]

Hibbert, George lead Pacers past Heat

Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James, right, swarm Pacers forward Paul George. Photo by Frank McGrath, Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor/The Sports Xchange INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers treated the two-time defending champion Miami Heat like just everybody else. The Pacers followed a familiar script on Tuesday night — they played a less-than-perfect first half, dominated the third quarter and played solid defense throughout — to defeat the Heat 90-84. Sure, […]

Big Ten sends seven schools to bowl games


From the Big Ten Rosemont, Ill. – Seven Big Ten schools were selected for bowl competition on Sunday night, including two teams earning Bowl Championship Series (BCS) berths. Big Ten Champion Michigan State will represent the conference in the historic 100th edition of the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO and Ohio State is headed […]

Fahrbach: IHSAA football finals slideshows

Cathedral #3 Barthel under pressure

INDIANAPOLIS — ISL’s Ben Fahrbach took photos at the IHSAA state football finals last week. Here are the slideshows. Class 6A: Warren Central vs. Carmel Class 5A: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Westfield Class 4A: Columbus East vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger Class 3A: Andrean vs. Brebeuf Class 2A: Indianapolis Ritter vs. Tipton Class A: Tri-Central vs. Eastern […]

Purdue’s Brees, Webster, Allen, Henry honored by Big Ten

Ricardo Allen, right, eyes a pass by Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch.

From Purdue Athletics WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ray Guy Award finalist Cody Webster has been named the Big Ten’s Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year. He was also named first team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches and media. Cornerback Ricardo Allen was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference’s media and honorable mention by […]

Tri-Central’s George Gilbert is Colts Coach of the Week

Tri-Central quarterback Cody Howell takes off as Eastern Hancock's Cooper Henderson defends.

From the Indianapolis Colts: George Gilbert of Tri-Central High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Coach Gilbert was nominated and selected for this award after Tri-Central defeated Eastern Hancock 20-10 in the Class 1A State Championship to earn the school’s first […]