Whiteside County derby Sept. 7
The Whiteside County Sherriff’s Office & Mounted Patrol is sponsoring a youth fishing derby Saturday, Sept. 7 at Rockwood State Park in Morrison.
The free derby will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and is open to all youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and a parent or guardian must sign for each child.
Prizes will be awarded to all participants throughout the morning.
The Coloma Township Park District will host the Jeffery “Todd” McThenia Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament on Saturday at Rock Falls’ Centennial Park.
The tournament, open to all persons 16 and older, will consist of men’s & women’s doubles at 9 a.m. and mixed doubles at 1 p.m.
Donations are welcome, and all proceeds from the tournament will go to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund. For more information, contact the Coloma Township Park District at 815-625-0272.
The Sauk Valley Hockey Club will be accepting registration for the fall season through noon Friday at the Dixon Park District office.
Forms are available at the park district office or at saukvalleyhockey.com. Anyone ages 5 through adult is eligible.
Kids who are new to the program need only bring inline skates and a mouthguard to practices and games; pads, sticks, gloves and a helmet are all supplied by the SVHC for the first season.
Rangers release Ramirez
Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after the Texas Rangers released him from his minor league contract Tuesday.
The move comes just 5 weeks after he started playing for Triple-A Round Rock, where he was hitting .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games. He started the season playing in Taiwan.
The 12-time All-Star, who hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in his career, was suspended 50 games in 2009 after testing positive for a banned substance. He then retired in April 2011 to avoid a 100-game ban after a second positive test; he later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012.
NFL analyst Douglas
Less than 2 weeks after calling his “Number Don’t Lie” co-host Michael Smith a “house n-----” and an “Uncle Tom,” former 10-year NFL veteran and current ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas was fired Tuesday by the network.
ESPN conducted its own investigation of an on-stage confrontation between the two on-air personalities at an Aug. 2 party at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., thrown by the National Association of Black Journalists.
The network then fired Douglas, who was alleged to have been drunk, for his overall behavior on the evening in question.