Skyhawks win Region IV opener
Kalli Scheppers had 17 digs and 13 kills, while Morgan Mammosser added 14 digs, 10 kills and five assists as Sauk Valley opened the Region IV Tournament with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 win against Illinois Valley on Monday in Oglesby.
Also for the Skyhawks (18-17), Kayla Kurz had seven kills and four kill blocks; Brianna Correa (18) and Presley Richardson (10) combined for 28 digs; and Karly Koch added 24 assists and nine digs.
Sauk Valley returns to action on Wednesday night against South Suburban in South Holland.
Rivera convicted of killing Taylor
A Florida jury on Monday convicted 23-year-old Eric Rivera, Jr. of second-degree murder in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor during a botched burglary at his Miami-area home.
Rivera was also found guilty of armed burglary.
After confessing to law enforcement agents that he killed Taylor, Rivera testified during the trial that authorities had pressured him into the confession.
Details emerge in Dolphins hazing
Jonathan Martin and his family have presented the NFL and the Miami Dolphins a history of threatening texts, some of which featured racist language sent from fellow teammate Richie Incognito.
According to a league source, over the course of a year and a half, Incognito has made references to Martin’s biracial background, and threatened his safety on occasion. Their unstable relationship led to Martin leaving the team last week, seeking treatment.
Two Huskies earn MAC honors
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and defensive tackle Ken Bishop earned Mid-American Conference honors.
Lynch was named the West Division offensive player of the week after rushing for 119 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and completing 10 of 13 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 63-19 victory at Massachusetts.
Bishop earned the West Divsion defensive player of the week honors. He made a career-high nine tackles, including 1 1/2 tackles for loss and grabbed his first career interception.
Smart leads All-America team
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is the lone unanimous selection on the Associated Press Preseason All-America team, which was released Monday.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Louisville’s Russ Smith, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Michigan’s Mitch McGary join Smart on the team.
Smart was included on all 65 ballots, while McDermott was on all except two. Smart was the Big 12 Player of the Year last season and chose to return to the Cowboys instead of opting for the NBA draft.