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Sportshorts for Thursday, June 13, 2013


Dixon Alumni Football practices on Sundays

Practices for the Dixon Alumni Football team began Sunday and are every other week at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, the next one slated for June 23.

The former Dukes will play Rochelle’s alumni team at 7 p.m. July 20.


Hunters can apply for second permit lottery

Resident and non-resident deer hunters can apply now for the second lottery drawing for 2013 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits.

The deadline to apply is June 30. For more information, visit

Lena catfish tourney to be held June 22

The biannual catfish tournament in Lena will be held June 22.

Registration is $20 per boat. Contact the Lena Community Park District at 815-369-5351 to register or get more information.


Season-opener times set for Illini, NIU

Illinois will start its 2013 football season with a morning game, and Northern Illinois drew a mid-afternoon time slot for its opener at Iowa.

The Illini opener against Southern Illinois at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 11 a.m. Aug. 31 on the Big Ten Network.

The Huskies will play the Hawkeyes in Iowa City at 2:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.


Goodell sticking up for Redskins

Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to Congress in defense of the Washington Redskins’ controversial nickname.

Goodell was asked by 10 members of Congress to make a case for the use of a name considered by some to be derogatory or a racial slur aimed at Native Americans. In his June 5 letter, Goodell characterized the name as the embodiment of “strength, courage, pride and respect.”

Players lend names to LGBT Pride shirts

The NFL Players’ Association has launched a One Team Pride Shirts T-shirt line to raise awareness for equality. Proceeds from the shirts benefit Athlete Ally, a nonprofit seeking to promote inclusion and tolerance in sports.

Among the players whose names and numbers are on the shirts are Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has voiced his openness to an openly gay teammate, and Suggs’ former teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken gay-rights advocate.


Pens give Bylsma 2-year extension

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Dan Bylsma, the second-winningest coach in franchise history, to a 2-year extension through 2016 on Wednesday, following the Pens’ four-game sweep against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals.

Bylsma is 201-92-25 since taking over for Michel Therrien in February, 2009.


A Spanish prosecutor filed a fraud complaint Wednesday against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina star owes $5.3 million in back taxes.

The complaint names Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi. Both are accused of defrauding millions on income tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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