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Sportshorts for Friday, Aug. 2, 2013

YOUTH SOFTBALL

Steam 10U tryouts Saturday at Westwood

Tryouts for the 10-and-under Sterling Steam softball team will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Westwood Sports Complex, Diamond 1.

Players born after Jan. 1, 2003, are encouraged to try out. Contact Donnie Dittmar at 815-499-1834 for more information.

LOCAL GOLF

Mount Morris man fires ace at Sunset

Paul Blanco recorded his sixth career hole-in-one, acing the par-3 16th hole Wednesday at Sunset.

Blanco used a pitching wedge on the 96-yard hole. The shot was witnessed by Buzz Severns and Loren Vandegraft.

MLB

A-Rod negotiating lengthy suspension

Alex Rodriguez’s representatives are negotiating a possible settlement that would result in a lengthy suspension but avert a lifetime ban, according to an ESPN.com report.

MLB is expected to suspend Rodriguez and eight other players for drug-policy violations within the next few days.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tournament selection process changing

The NCAA announced changes Thursday to the way it will select teams for the men’s basketball tournament, adding flexibility in hopes of keeping teams properly seeded.

In previous years, the committee moved a team up or down one or two lines to accommodate rules such as when conference teams can meet in the tourney.

NFL

Eagles’ Cooper gets sensitivity training

The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.

Cooper apologized Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced. The Eagles immediately fined him, and the league plans no further discipline.

NBA

Ehlo arrested on domestic charge

Craig Ehlo, best remembered in Chicago for being beaten on a playoff-series-winning shot by Michael Jordan while playing for the Cavaliers in 1989, was arrested Thursday on a domestic violence charge.

GOLF

Simpson leads Woods by two strokes

Webb Simpson shot a 6-under 64 in his first competitive round at Firestone Country Club to take a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Tiger Woods, with top-10 finishes in 11 of his 13 starts at the course, shot a 66 in the WGC event.

OLYMPICS

Russia to enforce anti-gay laws

Russia’s sports minister said Thursday that the country will enforce its new anti-gay laws during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

The law, which was signed by President Vladimir Putin in late June, bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” including gay pride rallies and speaking to children about homosexuality. 

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