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Sportshorts for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013


Hubbs selected to Doane’s Hall of Fame

Ed Hubbs, a Dixon native, has been one of five selected for the Doane College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hubbs, a 1976 graduate of Doane, was 4-year letter winner in men’s tennis. He qualified for the NAIA National Championships in 1973 and 1975, and was a conference and district champion in each of his 4 years.

After graduating, he served as an assistant coach for the Tigers, and later served as the head tennis coach at Creighton University.


White Sox sign
reliever Downs

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with 37-year-old left-handed reliever Scott Downs on a 1-year, $4 million deal.

The Sox also officially agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Ronald Belisario to a 1-year, $3 million deal.

Downs, who began his career with the Cubs in 2000, was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA last season with the Angels and Braves, and has a career 3.48 ERA
with five teams over 12 seasons.


Browner’s agent
vows lawsuit

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner plans to continue to fight his indefinite suspension Wednesday for allegedly violating the NFL’s
substance-abuse policy.

Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said his client “will continue to exhaust all administrative remedies. If not successful, we will sue the living daylights out of the league.”

Browner, who last played Nov. 10, is suspended without pay and cannot apply for reinstatement for 1 year.


Rodman going to North Korea for fun

Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle.

Rodman has visited Pyongyang twice before, spending time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship.

His latest visit follows the rare public purge of Kim’s powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek, who was executed last week.


Hamm placed on
all-time U.S. team

Former World Cup and Olympic champion Mia Hamm, plus current players Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, were selected to the national women’s team all-time best XI on Thursday, part of U.S. Soccer’s commemoration of its centennial.

Left off the team was current goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was outpolled by Briana Scurry, the woman Solo succeeded on the national team in 2008.

A committee of 56 former soccer players and administrators, as well as media members, voted for the team.

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