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Sportshorts for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:40 a.m. CDT

CORRECTION

Tim Weidman set Dixon’s sophomore boys track record in the 110 hurdles in 1984. A story in Saturday’s edition had the year incorrect.

SVM regrets the error.

SPORTS TRIVIA

Morrison native set for next test

Northern Illinois graduate student and Huskie Media Relations graduate assistant Michael Benson returns to ESPN UNITE: The Schwab Wednesday at 11 p.m. to take part in the semifinal round.

Benson, a Morrison native, will take on Mississippi’s Ryan Smith, the Southeastern Conference’s winner, and Penn State’s Daniel Smith, the champion from the Big Ten. The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Bristol, Conn., for the finals at ESPN’s headquarters.

The sport management major clinched a berth in the semifinals April 10 by winning the Mid-American Conference title over students from Central Michigan and Western Michigan.

MLB

White Sox have interest in slugger

The White Sox have interest in signing Dominican outfielder Micker Zapata when the Major League Baseball international signing period starts July 2.

Zapata, listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, is considered among the top power hitters in this summer’s international class.

The San Diego Padres also were among the teams linked to Zapata.

NFL

Nix steps down as Bills GM

Buddy Nix stepped down as general manager of the Buffalo Bills and into a new role as special assistant with the team.

Nix was the Bills’ general manager since 2009. The Bills are coming off a 6-10 season. Buffalo’s 13-year playoff drought is the NFL’s longest active streak.

Blackmon denies problem with drugs

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon said Monday that the two strikes already marked against him in his brief NFL career don’t mean he has a drinking or substance abuse problem.

“I would say I don’t,” said Blackmon. “Out of this whole thing, one of the main things I would say that I had a problem with was just making a poor decision. Making a selfish decision at that, not thinking about the long-term of it ... If you want to ask if I have a problem, I have a problem with making a poor decision.”

NHL

Former Hawks coach signs with Russia

Former Chicago Blackhawks coach Mike Keenan has signed a contract to coach in Russia.

Keenan, currently an analyst for the MSG Network, announced via Twitter from the Ural Mountains on Monday morning that he will coach Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the K.H.L.

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