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Sportshorts for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 12:19 a.m. CDT


Dukes, Warriors honored by NIB-12 West

The Dixon Dukes and Sterling Golden Warriors were well-represented on the Northern Illinois Big 12 West All-Conference team released on Tuesday.

Dixon had two offensive players in junior lineman Alex Helander and junior receiver Matt Coffey. On defense, the Dukes' had senior linebacker Dane Schielein and junior defensive back Quinton Douglas.

Sterling had three offensive linemen in seniors Josh Knie, Kaleb Englebarts and Matt Spaulding. They were joined by senior running back Draque Penaflor-Heier and senior receiver Alex Soriano. On defense, juniors Joe Brouilette (DL) and Logan Cheshire (DB) were named. Brandon Dennis was named all-conference punter, and Byrant Lilly was named the designated special teams player.

Geneseo's Rayce Singbush was named offensive MVP and his teammate Nick Verbeck was named defensive MVP. A full listing of the team can be found on B3.


Oregon's Mariota returning for 2014

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will return to the Ducks next season instead of declaring for the NFL draft, the school announced Tuesday.

Mariota is rated as the No. 3 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com for players potentially eligible for the 2014 draft and the No. 2 quarterback behind Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. Mariota is the No. 1 overall prospect, just ahead of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, for their draft class of 2016.

Mora to stay at UCLA

Jim Mora has decided to remain at UCLA after receiving a 6-year contract extension and promises for increased assistant coach pay and improvements to the program’s infrastructure.

Mora was considered in the mix for the Washington job after Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian was hired by USC.


Rodgers not cleared to play

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not cleared by doctors to be a full participant in practice, but Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has not ruled him out for Sunday's game.

Rodgers was scheduled for a check-up Tuesday to determine the extent of his recovery from a fractured collarbone.


Hot stove heats up in MLB

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 28, signed a 3-year, $21 million contract with the Marlins. The switch-hitting catcher's signing was one of many moves made on Tuesday.

That Astros acqured outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Rockies in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles. Fowler had 12 home runs and 42 RBIs with Rockies.

The Oakland Athletics traded former first-round pick Michael Choice to Rangers for veteran outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom.

The Tigers reportedly are close to signing closer Joe Nathan, who at 43 saves last season with the Rangers.

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