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Sportshorts for Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012


Track meet to debut next weekend

The first Christmas Classic All-Comers Meet will take place Saturday, Dec. 29 at Westwood Sports Complex in Sterling.

Registration is $15 for one event and $5 for each additional event. Relays are $30 per team. Registration will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Barb Lauff at 815-626-1948.


Crete-Monee’s Verde accepts Marian job

Jerry Verde, who led Crete-Monee to a 14-0 record and a Class 6A state title this past fall, has accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater, Marian Catholic.

Verde posted a 56-14 record in six seasons. Crete-Monee defeated Cary-Grove 33-26 in the state title game.


Lead investigator fired after probe

The NCAA has fired Abigail Grantstein, its lead investigator during the organization’s eligibility probe of UCLA freshman basketball star Shabazz Muhammad.

Her firing comes a month after an attorney overheard Grantstein’s boyfriend loudly discussing Muhammad’s case on an airplane in early August, before key facts of the case had been gathered. The boyfriend indicated that Grantstein would make sure Muhammad never became eligible because he broke rules.

The NCAA did, in fact, declare Muhammad ineligible, citing a violation of its amateurism rules, specifically that he accepted impermissible travel benefits on three unofficial recruiting trips. But it later reinstated Muhammad, who had already sat out three games by that point.


Brewers sign veteran lefty Gorzelanny

The Milwaukee Brewers signed left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a 2-year contract Friday.

The 30-year-old Gorzelanny went 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and one save in 45 games with Washington last season. He posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings pitched out of the bullpen following the All-Star break.

Cubs lose two
pitching prospects

A pair of waiver claims cost the Cubs two minor-league pitching prospects on Friday, but the team still needs to open another space when the signings of Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva are finalized.

The roster stands at 39 after the Rangers’ claim of left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau and San Francisco’s claim of right-hander Sandy Rosario.

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