Local sports briefs — March 11

Local briefs

Boys basketball

Trojans capture Seymour Regional

Trayce Jackson-Davis poured in 40 points to help Center Grove defeat Bloomington South 64-41 on Saturday night in the Class 4A Seymour Regional in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

Jackson-Davis had 21 points in the first half and 19 in the second half, as the Trojans held a 32-20 lead at the half.

Grayson Rolen was high scorer for Bloomington South (24-4) with 15 points.

Center Grove advanced to the championship game with a 65-40 win over Jasper earlier in the day. Jackson-Davis scored 20 points in that game, while Reece Milligan was high scorer for Jasper (16-10) with 11 points.

Bloomington South advanced with a 68-52 win over Jeffersonville in the other regional semifinal matchup. Jordan Meeks topped the Panthers with 16 points, and Tre Coleman was high scorer for Jeffersonville (19-6) with 14 points.

Center Grove (21-8) will face Ben Davis (19-7) at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Washington Semistate.

In other regional finals Saturday, Silver Creek (23-3) beat Princeton 67-58 in Class 3A Southridge Regional, and Barr-Reeve (25-2) defeated Lanesville 69-36 in the Class A Loogootee Regional.

The Seymour Semistate on Saturday will feature Shenandoah (26-1) facing Linton-Stockton (26-3) in the Class 2A game at 1 p.m. and Silver Creek taking on Crispus Attucks (20-8) in the 3A game at 3 p.m.

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Brown pitches three innings for Brewers


Seymour native Zack Brown pitched three shutout innings Saturday to help the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Oakland Athletics 11-2 in a spring training baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona.

Brown did not allow any hits, didn’t have any strikeouts, walked two and hit one batter.

He has pitched a total of six innings in three games this spring and now has an earned run average of 1.50.

Star wideout Brown dealt to Oakland


Antonio Brown will be an Oakland Raider.

Brown posted two pictures on his Instagram account late Saturday night, one of him in a Raiders jersey and one of him with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr at the Pro Bowl with the caption, “Love at first Sight.”

A source confirmed the Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in a blockbuster trade that gives quarterback Derek Carr a No. 1 target he badly needed.

The Raiders traded a third- and fifth-round pick to the Steelers for the future Hall of Fame wide receiver, according to the source. The trade won’t become official until the start of the new league year Wednesday. Brown has caught at least 100 passes in six straight seasons, an NFL record for most consecutive 100-catch seasons. He led the NFL with 15 touchdown catches in 2018, to go along with 104 catches and 1,297 receiving yards. He has at least 1,200 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches in each of the last six seasons. The Raiders haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver in either of the past two seasons.

Oakland still holds picks 4, 24, 27 and 35 in the 2019 draft. The Steelers reportedly wanted a first-round pick for Brown early in the process of trying to trade him, but the Raiders eventually didn’t have to part ways with any of their first four selections this April. The Raiders felt they were out of the Brown sweepstakes as recently as last Wednesday, but they waited for the Steelers’ demands to drop before making a move for Brown.

The former Steelers wide receiver said he wanted more guaranteed money from his new team. According to ESPN, Brown will receive a new three-year deal worth up to $54.125 million with over $30 million guaranteed. He will now be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. Brown had three years and almost $39 million left on his contract with the Steelers, none of which was guaranteed.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock can’t publicly comment on the trade until Wednesday, but Gruden praised Brown (and then some) before the Raiders played the Steelers last season.

Brown’s addition to the Raiders instantly upgrades a receiving corps that featured 33-year-old Jordy Nelson, Seth Roberts, rookie Marcell Ateman and Brandon LaFell in 2018. Tight end Jared Cook led the Raiders with 896 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns last year.

Brown requested a trade from the Steelers after tensions boiled over between him and the team. Brown reportedly skipped a practice late last season and missed the Steelers’ Week 17 game because, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he threw a football at a teammate in practice. The Steelers started 7-2-1 last season but missed the playoffs after losing four of their last six games. Brown and Steelers owner Art Rooney II met earlier this offseason, and both sides agreed it was best to part ways.

Brown is expected to be introduced at a press conference at Raiders HQ in Alameda, Calif., next week once the trade becomes official.


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