Sportshorts for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

FOOTBALL

Newman moves to No. 1 in Class 3A

The Newman Comets supplanted Aurora Christian as the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A in the latest AP Poll. The undefeated Comets received 138 votes compared to Aurora Christian (7-1) with 130. 

Eastland-Pearl City remained ranked eighth in Class 2A, but did receive one first place vote. Amboy received three votes in 2A. A full listing of the AP Poll can be found on B3. 


GOLF

Shehorn sinks first hole-in-one

Don Shehorn, of Dixon, carded his first hole-in-one Oct. 4 on the 11th hole at Emerald Hill Golf Course.

The feat was witnessed by Jerry Bellini, Joe
Olalde and Carl Paxton.

MLB

Cubs lower
ticket prices

The Cubs are lowering 2013 ticket prices by an average of 2 percent in the wake of a 101-loss season.

The most drastic cuts will be in the bleachers, where the Cubs said the average ticket price will be 10 percent lower than in 2012.

 

NFL

Bears release
tackle Williams

The Chicago Bears released offensive tackle Chris Williams, one of only two remaining first-round draft picks from the Jerry Angelo era.

Williams, who was selected with the 14th overall pick of the 2008 draft, had been inactive the last two games.

 

Eagles fire defensive coordinator Castillo

The Philadelphia Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and promoted secondary coach Todd Bowles to the post.

The Eagles blew a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter Sunday and lost 26-23 in overtime against Detroit.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Penn State,
AD Curley part ways

Tim Curley’s contract as Penn State athletic director won’t be renewed when it expires next year, the university announced Tuesday.

Curley was placed on paid administrative leave last fall after news of the Jerry Sandusky scandal came to light.

   

Concussions force Illini lineman to retire

Offensive lineman Ryan Klachko will retire from football because of concussions before playing in a game for Illinois, coach Tim Beckman said Tuesday.

Klachko, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound redshirt freshman from Sacred Heart-Griffin, transferred from Nebraska this summer and was sitting out this season due to NCAA rules.

Speaking on the Big Ten teleconference, Beckman said Klachko suffered “numerous” concussions in camp and in the last couple of weeks, and doctors advised he cease playing.

SOCCER

U.S. qualifies for World Cup 2014

The U.S., needing just a tie, defeated Guatemala 4-1 to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Clint Dempsey scored two goals. 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Knight selling rings, gold medal

Hall of Famer Bob Knight is selling his NCAA basketball championship rings and Olympic gold medal via auction to pay for his grandchildren’s education.

The auction, run by Steiner Sports Memorabilia, runs through Dec. 5 and will feature Knight’s rings from his three NCAA championships when he was coaching at Indiana and the gold medal he won as coach of the U.S. Olympic team in 1984.