Skyhawks honored by Arrowhead
The Sauk Valley Skyhawks had two men’s basketball players named to the Arrowhead Conference all-conference team. They were guard Jalen Riley and center Daven Ottley.
Highland’s Patrick Onewenu was named conference MVP. A full list of the first and second team can be found on B3.
Catholic 7 nears final approval
Negotiations on the split between the Big East’s football schools and the so-called Catholic 7 appear to be in the final stages, with a report that the distribution of the conference’s money reserves has been settled.
The seven schools that will form the new league likely are DePaul, Marquette, Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova.
Boozer dealing with personal matter
Forward Carlos Boozer did not travel with the Bulls to Texas so he could deal with a personal matter, but will rejoin the team today in time for game against Spurs.
League fines Ibaka for striking Griffin
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been fined $25,000 for striking the Clippers’ Blake Griffin in the groin area.
Ibaka was initially charged with a flagrant foul 1 on the floor. Upon review, the NBA decided to upgrade the foul to a flagrant foul 2.
Cuban’s bid fails to end lawsuit
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, lost a bid to throw out a U.S. regulator’s civil fraud lawsuit accusing him of insider trading in a 2004 stock sale.
The SEC says that Cuban avoided more than $750,000 of losses by selling 600,000 Mamma.com shares in 2004, after learning an equity offering would dilute his 6.3 percent stake.
Fox unveils new sports channel
New Corp. unveiled plans for Fox Sports 1, a new national cable channel it hopes will eventually challenge ESPN.
Scheduled to launch in mid-August in almost 90 million homes, the channel’s initial lineup will include NASCAR, college football, basketball, ultimate fighting and soccer. It will add regular-season and postseason MLB games next year.
Tigers might have interest in Marmol
The Detroit Tigers are expressing a need to replace proven closer Jose Valverde, and the answer might be the Cubs’ Carlos Marmol. Chicago would like to move Marmol, who is making $9.8 million this season.
The most likely scenario would be a deal that would send Marmol to Detroit in exchange for No. 5 starter Rick Porcello. The deal could be expanded to include Alfonso Soriano.