Sports Minute: Here is the latest Indiana sports news from The A - News, Weather & Sports

Sports Minute: Here is the latest Indiana sports news from The Associated Press

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The death of former NFL wide receiver James Hardy has been ruled a suicide by Indiana officials. The Allen County Coroner's Office says the 31-year-old Hardy died of "asphyxia due to drowning." Hardy's body was found June 7 in a logjam at a dam along the Maumee River in his hometown of Fort Wayne. Relatives had reported the former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens player missing a few weeks earlier.

PHOENIX (AP) - Erica Wheeler had 20 points and seven assists, Candice Dupree scored 17 points, and the Indiana Fever snapped a five-game losing streak with an 84-77 victory over the Phoenix Mercury. Diana Taurasi made six 3-pointers and scored 34 points for Phoenix.

ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) - Matt Crafton won the Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in more than a year. The two-time series champion passed Stewart Friesen with 16 laps to go and won by 1.96 seconds

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - USA Gymnastics is turning to a children's rights advocate and a former prosecutor to help an organization marred by a sexual abuse scandal. Toby Stark, who spent the last seven years as executive director of the children's advocacy group Chaucie's Place, will serve as the director of safe sport for USA Gymnastics.

(AP) - Anyone hoping for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to have his final race in NASCAR's Cup series at Daytona before retiring got their answer. Earnhardt's wife, Amy, posted on social media that competing in next year's Clash is "not worth the risk." Earnhardt missed the final 18 races of last season due to concussion-related symptoms. He is retiring from full-time Cup racing after this season.

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