Sportshorts for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

PREPS

Big Northern
shakeup coming

Burlington Central, Marengo, Harvard and Genoa-Kingston plan to leave the Big Northern Conference at the conclusion of the 2014-15 school year, according to a proposal made at the Burlington Central school board meeting on Monday.

Two more schools, Johnsburg and Richmond-Burton, may also be on the move. The proposal was to have those six schools join with Woodstock and Woodstock North to form an eight-member conference.

Central, Harvard, Genoa-Kingston, Richmond-Burton and Marengo have been Big Northern Conference members since its inception in 1991, while Johnsburg was slated to rejoin the league after 8 years in the Fox
Valley Conference.

MLB

Tigers, Rangers swap Fielder, Kinsler

The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers agreed to a blockbuster trade Wednesday night that would send slugger Prince Fielder to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Fielder signed a $214 million, 9-year contract with the Tigers before the 2012 season that includes a limited no-trade provision, and the big first baseman was set to approve the deal.

Kinsler just finished the first season of a $75 million, 5-year contract.

Rodriguez bolts grievance hearing

Alex Rodriguez benched himself at his own grievance hearing.

The New York Yankees star walked out in the middle of a session Wednesday, furious arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

The move, followed by angry statements accusing Selig of bias and the entire arbitration process of flaws, appeared to be a prelude to a lawsuit challenging whatever ruling Horowitz makes on A-Rod’s 211-game
suspension.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Wildcats’ Jones
suspended

Northwestern suspended running back Malin Jones indefinitely for what coach Pat Fitzgerald called “a violation of team policy.”

Fitzgerald anticipates Jones, a redshirt freshman from Joliet Catholic, will return in the spring.

A four-star recruit who turned down Notre Dame and Iowa, Jones entered the year hoping to contribute at tailback, but he got buried on the depth chart.

He moved to superback, which involves more blocking and some work in the passing game.

For the season, he caught one pass for 6 yards and rushed three times for minus-2.

NBA

Bulls’ Butler has toe injury

Jimmy Butler’s first season as a starting shooting guard hit another speed bump when the Bulls announced Butler is “week-to-week” after an MRI exam confirmed a sprain of his big right toe.

Butler remained in Chicago for rehabilitation and will wear a walking boot to protect the turf toe injury, which he suffered in Monday night’s victory over the Bobcats and has swelled considerably since.