Gottemoller heads NIB-12 team
Sterling catcher David Gottemoller was one of nine unanimous selections to the Northern Illinois Big 12 West all-conference baseball team, it was announced on Monday.
Tanner Morse and Logan Rippy were the other Golden Warriors on the first team. Cal Jarrett was Dixon’s lone firstteamer.
A complete list of the team is on B3.
Ex-Bear Pro Bowl back Smith dies
Former Bears Pro Bowl defensive back and kick returner Ron Smith died Sunday at a hospice in Denver following a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 70.
A member of the famed 1963 Wisconsin Rose Bowl team that staged a 23-point fourth-quarter comeback in a 42-37 loss to USC, Smith came to the NFL undrafted. He joined the Bears in 1965 and played for coach George Halas.
In addition to the ’65 season, Smith also played for the Bears from 1970-72, making the Pro Bowl in 1972 as a kick returner.
Steelers lineman Adams stabbed
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed during an attempted carjacking early Saturday morning.
Adams told officers he was standing near his truck shortly after 3 a.m. when he was confronted by three men, one armed with a knife and one armed with a handgun.
U.S. ladies fall at French Open
A day before Serena Williams puts her 28-match winning streak on the line at the French Open, the three other U.S. women left in field tried to join her in the quarterfinals.
Sloane Stephens, Jamie Hampton and Bethanie Mattek-Sands all lost in straight sets.
Brewers finalize Francisco trade
Searching for offensive help, the Milwaukee Brewers traded for third baseman Juan Francisco on Monday and promoted second baseman Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Nashville.
Milwaukee sent minor league pitcher Tom Keeling to Atlanta for Francisco, who was designated for assignment on Thursday. Francisco, who had shared time at third base with Chris Johnson, hit .241 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 35 games with the Braves.
Hollins hopes to stay in Memphis
Lionel Hollins doesn’t want to talk to any other NBA teams and wants to continue coaching the Memphis Grizzlies.
Hollins said Monday he thought everything was good after a meeting with team owner Robert Pera and chief executive officer Jason Levien a few days ago, but then heard the Grizzlies had given him permission to talk to other teams.
“People need to know from my perspective that I don’t want to talk to any other teams,” Hollins said. “I want to be here. I told ... the media after our exit interviews that if the team offered me a contract that I felt was fair, I’d sign it the next day.”