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IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS» In­di­ana health of­fi­cials said peo­ple who had con­tact with a bat last week dur­ing an In­di­ana Pac­ers game have pos­si­bly been ex­posed to rabies.

The In­di­ana State Depart­ment of Health said any­one who may have touched the bat with bare skin when it flew around at the Pac­ers game Thurs­day in In­di­anapo­lis is urged to con­tact the depart­ment or a health care provider about re­ceiv­ing rabies vac­ci­na­tions. The game was against the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

The depart­ment said the rabies sta­tus of the bat, which is no longer in­side Bankers Life Field­house, is un­known.

Health of­fi­cials said a per­son is con­sid­ered po­ten­tially ex­posed to rabies only if di­rect con­tact oc­curs be­tween a bat and the per­son’s bare skin. So far there have been no re­ports of any­one hav­ing di­rect con­tact with the bat.

Wash­ing­ton State gets new QB.

WASH.» For­mer East­ern PULLMAN,

Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Gage Gubrud will be­come a grad­u­ate trans­fer at Wash­ing­ton State this sea­son.

Coach Mike Leach said Gubrud will en­roll at WSU this spring and par­tic­i­pate in spring prac­tice.

Gubrud, who led East­ern Wash­ing­ton to an up­set of Wash­ing­ton State in his first game as a starter in 2016, is a two-time fi­nal­ist for the Wal­ter Pay­ton Award, which is given to the top of­fen­sive player in FCS.

The record-set­ting quar­ter­back was in­jured five games into this past sea­son and did not play fur­ther as East­ern Wash­ing­ton lost in the FCS na­tional ti­tle game. He re­ceived a med­i­cal red­shirt year from the NCAA on Sat­ur­day.

Amer­i­cans win ice danc­ing.

CALIF.» Amer­i­cans Madi­son ANA­HEIM,

Chock and Evan Bates cap­tured the first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ti­tle of their ca­reer, win­ning the ice danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Four Con­ti­nents Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Chock and Bates, who were se­cond at the U.S. Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships two weeks ago, scored 126.25 points dur­ing their free dance, which was to a med­ley of Elvis Pres­ley tunes. They fin­ished with 207.42 points to edge Cana­di­ans Kait­lyn Weaver and An­drew Poje, who to­taled 203.93 points.

Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier were third. Two-time U.S. cham­pi­ons Madi­son Hubbell and Zach Dono­hue led af­ter the rhythm dance but fin­ished fourth af­ter hav­ing an il­le­gal lift on the open­ing com­po­nent of their free dance. Amer­i­cans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, the reign­ing Four Con­ti­nents cham­pi­ons, were fifth.

U.S. tops medal count in snow­board worlds.


UTAH» Zoi Sad­owski-Syn­nott of New Zea­land and Amer­i­can Chris Corn­ing were crowned the snow­board slopestyle win­ners af­ter the fi­nals were can­celed due to wind on the last day of the world cham­pi­onships.

Team USA topped the medal count at world cham­pi­onships with five gold and 14 over­all.

The or­ga­niz­ers based the medal­ists on the qual­i­fy­ing rounds given the windy weather con­di­tions Sun­day.

Corn­ing’s score in qual­i­fy­ing edged Mark Mc­Mor­ris of Canada. Judd Henkes of La Jolla, Calif., took third.

Panama wins Car­ib­bean Se­ries.

CITY» With a team that en­tered PANAMA only af­ter the tour­na­ment was moved from Venezuela be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns, Panama beat Cuba 3-1 to win its se­cond Car­ib­bean Se­ries and first since 1950 — when a ros­ter full of Amer­i­cans did it.

Javy Guerra, a short­stop in the mi­nor leagues with the San Diego Padres, was named tour­na­ment MVP.

In­jury side­lines Whit­taker at UFC.

Aus­tralia’s UFC mid­dleweight cham­pion Robert Whit­taker with­drew from his cham­pi­onship de­fense against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 be­cause of an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury and sub­se­quent emer­gency surgery.

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