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Sportshorts for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Nimrick earnsTRAC honor

Riverdale senior Hannah Nimrick has been named Three Rivers Conference player of the year, in voting conducted by league coaches.

She was joined on the first team by teammate Elle May, Prophetstown’s Cassie Reiley and Riley Walters, Newman’s Rachel Hageman and Erie’s Courtney Cobert.

A complete list of the team is on page B3.

MLB

Gamel tears ACL, out for season

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in less than a year and will miss the season.

The 27-year-old was injured May 1 at San Diego when he hit a wall while chasing Nick Hundley’s foul popup. Gamel reinjured the knee Saturday during Milwaukee’s first full-squad workout this year.

Rios delays trip to WBC

Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios was allowed to stay with the Chicago White Sox until March 3, when he leaves for Puerto Rico in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

Rios has played for Puerto Rico in two WBCs, but he arrived early to the Sox’s camp in preparation for the 2013 season. He is coming off a career-best year in which he batted .304 with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Illini nearly crack top-25 poll

Riding a four-game winning streak, Illinois received 46 votes but did not make the Associated Press top 25 poll released Monday.

Indiana is the top-ranked team for the third straight week, and Big Ten squads Michigan State (No. 4), Michigan (7), Ohio State (18) and Wisconsin (19) all made the top 25. Notre Dame rounded it out at No. 25.

OLYMPICS

Pistorius has bail hearing today

Olympian and double amputee Oscar Pistorius’ longtime coach says he’s still in shock following the “heart-breaking events” of Reeva Steenkamp’s shooting death, which he calls an accident.

Ampie Louw said in an email to The Associated Press that he spent time with Pistorius and Steenkamp and said that the late model, who prosecutors allege Pistorius murdered, would often accompany the double-amputee athlete and Olympian to training.

NFL

Tebow to speak at controversial church

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow agreed to speak in April at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, whose pastor, Rev. Robert Jeffress, has stirred controversy over the last couple of years.

Jeffress has called homosexuality “degradation of a person’s mind,” referred to Islam and Mormonism are “heresy from the pit of hell” and called Catholicism “the genius of Satan.” 

Tebow has spoken at other churches in recent weeks, with his talks focusing on being outspoken about your Christianity, not hiding who you are.

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