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Press Box: Indiana coach Crean apologizes for postgame exchange

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Indiana coach Tom Crean told reporters during a conference call on Monday that he apologized to Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer for their heated exchange after the Hoosiers beat the Wolverines on Sunday.

Crean said he had a "professional misunderstanding" with Meyer after the game.

"On the way to the plane, I talked to him on the telephone," Crean said. "We discussed a couple of things and I apologized. In retrospect, I wish I had never addressed anything after the heat of battle in a game, but I did and we move on. End of story."

Moments after Indiana edged Michigan 72-71 to win the regular season Big Ten title, Crean had to be restrained during his postgame exchange with Meyer, who was an Indiana assistant under former coach Kelvin Sampson from 2006-08.

"You know what you did," Crean was heard saying on a video of the incident with Meyer. "You helped wreck our program."

Crean was hired in 2008 after NCAA sanctions that stemmed from violations that occurred under Sampson.

---For the second straight week, Gonzaga is No. 1 in both major polls.

Gonzaga (30-2) received 54 of 65 first place votes in the Associated Press media poll and 29 of 31 top votes in the USA Today coaches poll.

No. 2 Duke (27-4) got the remaining first place votes in both polls.

---Spokane, Wash., police are investigating claims that several players on the Southern California men's basketball team were involved in a brawl that sent four people to a hospital on Sunday.

No arrests have been made and the names of those involved in the incident have not been confirmed, according to the Spokesman-Review newspaper. The brawl occurred at a Spokane bar called The Wave.

NHL

---The Nashville Predators recalled forward Matt Halischuk from his AHL conditioning assignment with the Milwaukee Admirals.

Also, Brandon Yip was activated from injured reserve and forwards Patric Hornqvist and Colin Wilson were placed on injured reserve.

---The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Dan Sexton from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Kyle Wilson.

Sexton has played in 88 NHL games but has not played in the NHL since 2010-2011. Wilson has played in 39 NHL games, including five last season for Nashville.

The Lightning also reassigned defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
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