Lewis-Moore ready for second chance at final chapter

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Lewis-Moore ready for second chance at final chapter

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Kapron Lewis-Moore predicted he wont become too sentimental during Notre Dames senior day on Saturday. Hes been through this before.

Last year, unsure if he would be back for another season, Lewis-Moore participated in senior day. Now a fifth-year senior, the defensive end is trying to help guide the third-ranked Irish to an undefeated home record. Notre Dame (10-0) faces Wake Forest on Saturday in the home finale in South Bend.

Its going to be special having (my mom) on the field, Lewis-Moore said. I honestly dont think Ill get emotional. Hopefully, nobody catches me on camera crying or whatever. I think, to be honest, the very last game of the season is when its going to hit me, but I went through it last year. I kind of get a second chance. Im pretty excited about that. Its going to be special for the guys.

Lewis-Moore, a 6-foot-4, 306-pound defensive end, is wrapping up his career as an energetic, enthusiastic leader for one of the nations top defenses. He tweets often to his nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter, even sending out photos of star teammate Manti Teo. Often chuckling and smiling, Lewis-Moore encourages his teammates.

Hes even a loud presence at Notre Dame basketball games he cheers and heckles from the student section.

Im really excited about this Kentucky game coming up, he said. Im going to try to be front row, be in their heads a little bit, help out the team as much as I can.

But currently his focus is on football. A knee injury forced Lewis-Moore to miss the final six games of last season, making him more appreciative this season, he said.

I actually get it from everywhere, Lewis-Moore said about his enthusiasm. I like to text and tweet, give a Hey, I hope everythings going all right, little things like that. Also, having my injury last year, you miss a lot of games and practices, so being fortunate to play one more year and go out there and practice, you really dont understand it until youve been through it. Just try to take every day with a smile and laughter.

As one of four team captains, Lewis-Moore helps anchor a defense that limits opponents to 11.1 points per game. He has registered 4 12 sacks and 31 tackles in 10 games.

He has great energy, a positive energy, Teo said. Kap is always positive and working hard. Old Man Kap, hes beaten down sometimes, but he always seems to smile and try to uplift our team. Our team is better because Kap is the captain.

A native of Weatherford, Texas, and originally a Texas A&M recruit, Lewis-Moore chose to attend Notre Dame for its academic reputation and football pedigree. But at the time of his arrival, the Irish were trying to stage a comeback. In 2007, the year before Lewis-Moores freshman year, the Irish went 3-9.

Its crazy. Its been a long ride, Lewis-Moore said. There have been a lot of ups and downs. Seeing this program grow from where it was to where it is now is something thats really encouraging to me.

Stan Bowman mum on Artemi Panarin contract talks

Stan Bowman mum on Artemi Panarin contract talks

In July, when asked how contract talks were going with star forward Artemi Panarin, general manager Stan Bowman said he wouldn’t negotiate through the media.

He reiterated that on Tuesday.

“Obviously Artemi's a big part of our team. We're excited for the season he had. We're looking forward to him building on that as well. Then the negotiations will be what they are between his agent and myself,” I respect Tom [Lynn, Panarin’s agent]. He's a very knowledgeable guy, and Artemi put a lot of faith in him. And Tom and I will work to get something done.”

Panarin is entering the final year of his current contract and is coming off a monster rookie season in which he recorded 77 points and took home the Calder Trophy. Panarin took home plenty of bonus money thanks to that season, too.

The 24-year-old could certainly command a hefty price, which would once again be a major concern to the cash-strapped Blackhawks. The salary cap is at $73 million for this season, a small increase from 2015-16 ($71.4 million). Factor in another likely small increase next season and the large contracts the Blackhawks are already doling out – Brent Seabrook’s eight-year deal with a cap hit of $6.875 kicks in this season – and could Panarin be another one that gets away?

But Bowman remains optimistic.

“We're always confident,” he said. “You go into a negotiation expecting to get a deal done. That's the way I've been in the past and that's the way I am now.”

Northwestern to play home basketball games at Allstate Arena in 2017-18

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Northwestern to play home basketball games at Allstate Arena in 2017-18

While Welsh-Ryan Arena undergoes a complete facelift, the Wildcats needed somewhere to play during the 2017-18 season.

That home location was announced Tuesday. Northwestern will play its home schedule at Allstate Arena in Rosemont during the 2017-18 campaign.

The previously announced renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017 and finish up in the fall of 2018, ready for the 2018-19 season.

“We are excited to partner with Allstate Arena to host Northwestern men’s basketball games during the 2017-18 season while Welsh-Ryan Arena is undergoing its renovation,” Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips said in the announcement. “The venue has a rich college basketball tradition in the Chicagoland area. I know that our fans will enjoy cheering on our team at Allstate Arena during what will be an exciting season.”

Certainly Allstate Arena is no stranger to college hoops. It's served as the home court for DePaul for decades and famously hosted the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional in 2005, when Illinois scored a remarkable win over Arizona to advance to the Final Four.

The renovation to Welsh-Ryan Arena promises a radically transformed venue for Northwestern hoops. Announced back in June, the renovation's details include new chair-back seating throughout the arena, new locker rooms and offices for the men's and women's basketball teams, new restrooms and concession areas for fans, as well as an expanded concourse, a new ticket office, an expanded lobby and an expansion of the N-Club, plus the retention of the recently installed video boards.