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Sportshorts for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013


Cubs interview Wedge for manager

The Chicago Cubs have spoken to Eric Wedge about their vacant managerial position.

Wedge, 45, has managed 10 seasons in the major leagues, and came within one game of leading the Cleveland Indians to the 2007 World Series. He managed the past three seasons in Seattle, but departed in a contract dispute.

Danks marries
country star Monroe

Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks married country singer Ashley Monroe on Thursday evening at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn.

Country singer Blake Shelton officiated the ceremony, singer Miranda Lambert was the maid of honor, and Sox outfielder Jordan Danks, John’s brother, was the best man.


Hall of Famer
Sharman dies

Bill Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 87.

He won four NBA titles during an 11-season career as a shooting guard in Boston. Sharman then spent the past four decades with Los Angeles as a successful coach and front office executive.

Jackson says
coaching career over

Phil Jackson may be coming to terms with the idea that he is done coaching in the NBA.

“I’m realistically thinking
about the fact that I
probably won’t be able to physically coach again,” Jackson said on “The Seth Davis Show.”

Jackson, 68, won five championships as head coach of the Lakers. He also won six in Chicago with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.


League ends deal with Riddell

The NFL is ending its
helmet deal with Riddell after the 2013 season.

Riddell has been the official helmet of the league since 1989, when other manufacturers went out of business.

Minnesota won’t ban Redskins name

Minnesota stadium operators won’t create a new policy barring the use of the Washington Redskins name and logo during a game in the Metrodome next month.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Friday denied a request from the American Indian Movement, American Civil Liberties Union and others to block the team’s name from being used on materials and the public address system.

The groups have argued the logo is offensive and racist.

Larry Leventhal, an attorney for AIM, told the authority that it has a duty to stand up against what he described as a derogatory, degrading name.

“It has no place in a public building,” he said. The groups haven’t ruled out legal action.

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