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Sportshorts for Thursday, June 6, 2013


Fan bus headed to state both days

A Sterling fan bus will depart from the high school in the morning for both days of the IHSA state softball tournament.

The cost is $10 per day – $6 for admission and $4 for the bus ride. The bus departs at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and Saturday’s schedule will hinge on Friday’s outcome.

For more information or to reserve your seat, call Elaine Forward at 815-622-4114.

Starr to work
title games

Tom Starr of Rock Falls will be umpiring the Class 3A and 4A championship games at the IHSA state softball tournament on Saturday at EastSide
Centre in East Peoria.

Starr previously worked the 2009 state softball finals. He has also refereed the 1994, 1995 and 1997 Class 2A boys basketball state tournaments.


Wiersema Charter has Cubs outings

Cubs games are among many day trips offered by Wiersema Charter Service in Morrison.

For information on booking a trip to Wrigley Field and additional trips, visit or call 815-772-2232.

Peavy to miss
next start

An MRI confirmed that White Sox starter Jake Peavy suffered a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side and will be shut down for 4 to 6 weeks.

Only rest was prescribed for Peavy, who might not be ready to resume pitching before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Left-hander Hector Santiago, who is 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in five starts, will take Peavy’s spot Sunday against the A’s.


Big Ben has
knee surgery

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent what coach Mike Tomlin
called “minor” surgery Wednesday to deal with lingering discomfort in his right knee.

It’s the second surgery to Roethlisberger’s right knee during his 9-year career. He will miss next week’s minicamp. but is expected to return when training camp opens July 31.


OSU president Gee to retire

Ohio State University President Gordon Gee attempted to make his retirement announcement personal on Wednesday, citing everything from his age to his 7-month-old twin granddaughters to a California girlfriend as reasons for his abrupt departure next month.

He continued to downplay the furor over remarks first reported by The Associated Press jabbing Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and the Southeastern Conference, comments taken seriously enough by university trustees that they threatened in March to fire him for further verbal transgressions.

Gee said an upcoming long-term university project is another reason he wants to step down now rather than later. He couldn’t say when asked if he would have made a different decision had the remarks, recorded in December, not been made public last week.

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