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Sportshorts for Thursday, May 23, 2013

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

BNC all-conference team unveiled

Five Oregon Hawks and two Rock Falls Rockets made the Big Northern all-conference team.

Oregon’s Tommy McCormick, Garrett Newman, Trevor Otten, Pierce Dhaese and Ashton Rutherford were selected, as were Rock Falls’ Travis Johnson and Mason Thompson.

GOLF

Morrison fundraiser set for June 1

A fundraising golf scramble will be held June 1 at Cross Creek Golf Course in Morrison.

Registration is $40 per player, the proceeds benefitting the Morrison High School golf program. Call Ben Sondgeroth at 815-622-3609 or Drew Hoffman at 815-772-7042 for more information.

NASCAR

Jarrett, Roberts among Hall electees

Dale Jarrett and the late Glenn “Fireball” Roberts were among those in the newest five-member class elected Wednesday to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The others elected in the class of 2014 were drivers Tim Flock and Jack Ingram, along with engine builder Maurice Petty.

NBA

Spurs’ Parker to have MRI on calf

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker plans to have an MRI today on his troublesome left calf, but he doesn’t expect to miss any playing time in the Western Conference finals.

NHL

Vigneault out as Canucks coach

The Vancouver Canucks fired head coach Alain Vigneault, along with assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown.

Vigneault had been at the helm since June of 2006. The Canucks lost a five-round decision to the Kings last year and were swept by San Jose earlier this month.

NFL

Saints’ Payton now America’s

With his new contract with the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton has taken over the title as America’s highest-paid coach.

Payton will make approximately $8 million per year for the next five seasons. He replaces New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick atop the Forbes list.

OLYMPICS

Krzyzewski back in as Team USA coach

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has agreed to coach Team USA in the 2016 Olympics.

Krzyzewski, who led the Americans to gold in 2008 and 2012, had previously maintained that he would not be back at the helm for the Rio Games.

AUTO RACING

49ers’ Harbaugh to drive Indy pace car

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Harbaugh is a co-owner of the Panther Racing team, which has two drivers in the 500: J.R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell.

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