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Sportshorts for Thursday, July 11, 2013

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:15 p.m. CDT

ALUMNI FOOTBALL

Commemorative T-shirts for sale

T-shirts created for the Alumni Football doubleheader July 27 will be sold leading up to the game, with all the proceeds benefitting the Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

The doubleheader will feature Newman and Morrison, then Sterling and Rock Falls.

The shirts, $12 for sizes up to extra large and $15 for double- and triple-extra large, will be sold at the following locations and times: Friday in front of the Sterling Walmart from 1-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at Summer Splash in Rock Falls from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the next two Sundays in front of the Sterling Walmart from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and gameday, beginning at 5 p.m.

RECREATION

Quad Cities features online biking guide 

The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a new online bicycle guide on its website, detailing the area’s routes.

Visit visitquadcities.com/biking.php to see the guide, which includes sights, stores and parks along the paths.

NBA

Bulls waive oft-injured Hamilton

The Chicago Bulls waived Richard Hamilton, who received a $1 million buyout of the unused $5 million on the third year of his deal.

Hamilton appeared in 78 of 148 regular-season games with the Bulls and averaged 10.5 points.

Heat re-sign ‘Birdman’ on cheap

Chris Andersen signed a 1-year, $1.7 million contract to stay with the Miami Heat.

Andersen averaged 4.9 points in 42 games this past season off the Heat bench, then averaged 6.4 points in 20 playoff games. The Heat were 54-8 in games where Andersen appeared.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Ole Miss suspends star guard Henderson

Mississippi suspended senior Marshall Henderson indefinitely, citing violation of team rules.

Citing unnamed sources, CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish reported that the suspension was due to a failed drug test. Those same sources told Parrish that Henderson’s future at Ole Miss could be in jeopardy.

Henderson failed drug tests in January 2012 and wound up serving jail time as a result, according to USAToday.com. He also was arrested on forgery charges while a high school senior.

MLB

Cubs close to signing Taiwanese pitcher

The Cubs reportedly are close to a deal with Taiwanese right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng.

Tseng, 18, arguably was the top pitcher available in the international signing period, but his value has dropped with inconsistent performance this year.

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Tseng will receive slightly more than $1.5 million, if this deal becomes official.

NHL

Canucks to host Senators in outdoor game

Vancouver will be the third Canadian city to host a regular-season game outdoors when the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators at BC Place on March 2, 2014, in the 2014 Heritage Classic.

Edmonton hosted Montreal in the original Heritage Classic in 2003 in the NHL’s first outdoor regular-season game. Calgary hosted the Canadiens in the 2011 edition.

The March 2 game in Vancouver will be the first played in a retractable-roof facility.

OLYMPICS

IOC defends billions spent on games

In the wake of widespread unrest over economic and social issues in Brazil, the head of the International Olympic Committee defended the billions of dollars the country is spending to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Speaking to reporters during a Wednesday teleconference, IOC President Jacques Rogge insisted that Brazilians will benefit from improvements to their infrastructure.

A rise in bus fares initially sparked the demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro in mid-June. Protests spread across the country and encompassed other issues, including public services, healthcare and government corruption.

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