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Sportshorts for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013


Eastland ranked
No. 2 in 1A

The Eastland boys basketball team was ranked second in Class 1A in the Associated Press preseason basketball poll released on Wednesday.

The Cougars received two first-place votes and amassed 77 points. They trail only Payson-Seymour, which had three first-place votes and 78 points.

In 2A, Newman is just outside the top 10. The Comets and Kewanee each had 19 points.

A complete list of the four polls are located on B3.


Foles named
Eagles’ starting QB

Chip Kelly finally made it official on Tuesday, announcing before practice that Nick Foles is the permament starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Foles won the job after Michael Vick was felled by a hamstring injury in October.

Ex-Illini Wilson signed by Cowboys

Former Illinois and Simeon linebacker Martez Wilson signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Wilson, a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2011, was released last month after being hindered by an elbow injury in training camp.

He was signed by Oakland and played in three games before being released last week.

49ers’ Crabtree set to return

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be activated from the physically unable perform list by the San Francisco 49ers, who must make a move to officially add him to the 53-man roster.

Crabtree was sidelined several months recovering from a torn Achilles. He was injured during a spring practice, and had surgery in May.


Sinclair arrested on weapons charge

Matt Sinclair, a former Illinois linebacker who serves as the team’s assistant director of player personnel, was placed on administrative leave by the school until further notice after his arrest for weapons charges on Saturday.

Sinclair allegedly pointed a gun to another car of Illini football staff members on Interstate-74 near Champaign after the Illini’s win over Purdue. Sinclair claims he did it as a joke but now faces three felony charges and a misdemeanor after a witness called 911.

Sabans claim to be staying put

If Terry Saban gets her way, Alabama football fans might soon be celebrating a victory off the field.

The wife of Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban told the Wall Street Journal that rumors of relocation – namely Saban being linked to the University of Texas by boosters – were “rumors with absolutely no foundation.”

“We’re staying,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

Alabama is No. 1 in the nation and two wins from returning to the BCS national championship game for the third consecutive year.

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