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Dixon River Bandits tryouts Sunday

The Dixon River Bandits traveling baseball team will hold tryouts Sunday at the west end of Reynolds Field.

Kids 8-11 will try out from 1-2:15 p.m., while kids ages 12-14 will try out from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Players must bring a glove, and can bring a bat as well.

The River Bandits field five teams. The 14-under team qualified for the USSSA World Series this summer, while the 9-under team advanced to the CABA World Series. For more information, call Dan Crawford at 815-973-3927.


5K to open Hennepin Heritage Days

The Hennepin Canal Crawl 5K Run and Walk will take place on Sept. 12. The run will begin at the canal entrance behind the Holiday Inn in Rock Falls. Other Hennepin Heritage Days events will take place Sept. 19.

Entry fee is $15 if received before Sept. 8 and $20 after. Entry blanks are available at U.S. Bank in Rock Falls or can be found online at Registrations may be mailed to U.S. Bank, Attn. Dawn Handel, 300 First Ave., Rock Falls, or dropped off at the Rock Falls Chamber office on 601 W. 10th St., Rock Falls.

There will be a fun run for kids younger than 10 at 7:45 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee.

For more information, call Handel at 815-499-8220.


Williams sisters both knocked out at Cincy

MASON, Ohio – The Williams sisters have seldom spent such a miserable day together.

Venus Williams botched routine shots all the way through a 7-6 (2), 6-4 loss to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Thursday, the first major upset at the Cincinnati Open. She made 38 unforced errors, repeatedly dumping balls into the net or well beyond the baseline.

“I saw her after the match, and she just said she had made a lot of errors,” younger sister Serena said. “I was like, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t think I would do the same thing.”

Not the same. Worse.

Playing on the same court a few hours later, Serena had 44 unforced errors during a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Austria’s Sybille Bammer, who reached the quarterfinals of a tournament for only the third time this year.

“I never played worse in my life,” Serena said. “It was really a bad match.”


Recruits not bailing out on Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rick Pitino is not losing recruits as a result of his “indiscretion” – not yet anyway.

Players who have signed with Louisville, and at least one who has verbally committed to the Cardinals, remain supportive of Pitino in the wake of his admitted affair with a woman accused of trying to extort $10 million from him.

All four incoming freshmen – Peyton Siva, Mike Marra, Stephan Van Treese and Rakeem Buckles – spent a portion of the summer taking courses on campus and are expected to be in class when the fall semester begins on Aug. 24.

High school standout Michael Chandler, a 6-foot-10 center from Indianapolis, also reiterated his verbal commitment to join the Cardinals in 2011.

While no one is jumping ship now, when Pitino and members of his staff hit the recruiting trail in the fall, they’ll likely have to address the scandal. It remains to be seen how it resonates with potential players and their families will be difficult to predict.