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Sportshorts for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

FOOTBALL

EPC, Newman ranked in 2A

The Easltand-Pearl City Wildcatz (4-0) held their No. 3 ranking in Class 2A in the latest AP Polls released on Tuesday. Newman (3-1) moved up one spot to No. 7 in 2A.

Erie-Prophetstown is receiving six votes in Class 3A. A full listing of the polls can be found on B3.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NCAA to restore Penn St. scholarships

The NCAA said on Tuesday it would allow Penn State to provide more scholarships for football because the university had made progress in restoring “integrity” following a sex abuse scandal.

The original sanctions called for Penn State to be limited to 65 scholarships – and 15 new scholarship players per season through 2017. Now the NCAA will allow Penn State to have 75 next season, 80 in 2015 and the full 85 in 2016.

NU calls Colter’s decision ‘teachable’

Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald said Tuesday he talked to quarterback Kain Colter about Colter’s decision to write “APU” on his wristbands Saturday during the Maine game.

By doing so, Colter became one of the faces of the “All Players United” movement, which is pushing for student-athletes to have more of a voice on issues such as concussions, stipends and video-game royalties.

Fitzgerald called it a “teachable moment.”

MLB

Machado’s prognosis better than expected

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado received relatively good news Tuesday regarding the knee injury he sustained Monday.

An MRI revealed that no significant damage was done to the anterior-cruciate ligament or the medial-collateral ligament.

He will get a second opinion on the injury and is scheduled to visit doctors again in 4 weeks. Machado will undergo a conservative plan of treatment, and if all goes well, he could return in 6-8 weeks. He should be ready for the start of spring training.

Sox shut down Keppinger, Purcey

White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger didn’t make the team trip to play the Indians in a two-game series this week, instead staying in Chicago to prepare for exploratory surgery on his right shoulder Thursday.

Left-handed relief pitcher David Purcey traveled to Cleveland, but he left Progressive Field early Tuesday to seek a second opinion about the strained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The original diagnosis is that he does not need surgery and will heal with rest, the Sox said.

The Sox will be without both in the final week of the season.

NBA

Report: 2016 All-Star game Canada-bound

The 2016 All-Star game will be played in Toronto, the Toronto Sun reported on Tuesday. An official announcement is expected within a week, according to the Sun’s sources.

The Raptors will be celebrating their 20th anniversary season in 2016. Cleveland was the other serious bidder for the 2016 game, the Sun reported. The 2014 game will be played in February in New Orleans.

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