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Professional

Sportshorts for Thursday, April 25

NHL

Keith: I respect everybody

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith stood in front of a group of reporters in the dressing room at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Wednesday and said he has respect for everyone in the media.

Keith spoke for the first time since an exchange with a Vancouver radio reporter after the Hawks’ 3-1 loss to the Canucks on Tuesday night when he asked CKST-AM 1040’s Karen Thomson if she should be “the first female referee.”

“There was no intent from my point. I respect everybody,” Keith said. “I respect everybody’s job. I’ve dealt with a lot of different people over the years. Sometimes I get fired up. I don’t like to lose.”

MLB

Cubs-Rangers game set for May 6

The Cubs-Rangers game postponed April 17 is rescheduled for 7:05 p.m. May 6 at Wrigley Field. 

Tickets for the April 17 game will be good for admission for the make-up game.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Cowboy Stadium to host championship

Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be the site of the first College Football Playoff championship game in 2015.

Tampa, Fla., the only other bidder for the inaugural title game, reportedly made a strong presentation and lost out in a close call.

Notre Dame to host USC in prime time

Notre Dame once again will host its most bitter rival under the lights this fall.

The Irish and Southern California will play a night game at Notre Dame Stadium on Oct. 19, with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Smith to return
to Louisville

Louisville guard Russ Smith will return for his senior season.

Smith led the NCAA tournament champions with an average of 18.7 points in 40 games. He also grabbed 3.3 rebounds and dished out 2.9 assists while shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Smith scored only nine points and made just three of his 16 shot attempts in the national championship game against Michigan. 

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