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Sportshorts for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 12:17 a.m. CDT

BOYS BASKETBALL

State title team to be honored

Members of the 1999 Rock Falls state boys basketball team will be honored on Saturday night before the Rockets’ game against Geneseo at 8:30 p.m.

Also part of the 15-year anniversary will be a reception at the Candlelight in Rock Falls today. It will be held in the back room of the restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m.

NFL

Punter lashes out at Vikings

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe alleged in an article Thursday that he lost his job because of his outspoken public support of same-sex marriage.

Kluwe, writing for Deadspin in an article titled, “I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot,” blames former coach Leslie Frazier, general manager Rick Spielman and special teams coach Mike Priefer. Kluwe also writes that he wants to make sure Priefer never gets another coaching job again.

“I honestly don’t know if my activism was the reason I got fired,” Kluwe writes. “However, I’m pretty confident it was.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Eastern Illinois QB gets award

Eastern Illinois University quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been named the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year.

Garoppolo led all Division I players in passing yards and TD passes.

Montana State defensive end Brad Daly won the Defensive Player of the Year.

MLB

White Sox finalize deal with Downs

The White Sox finalized a 1-year, $4 million contract with left-handed reliever Scott Downs on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Downs was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 26 holds in 68 appearances last season with the Angels and Braves.

NBA

Nuggets suspend G Andre Miller 2 games

The Denver Nuggets have suspended veteran guard Andre Miller two games for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Miller was upset after not playing in a 114-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. It was the first “Did not play – coach’s decision” of Miller’s 15-year career.

HOCKEY

Team USA invites 67-year-old Canadian

In advance of announcing the team on Wednesday, Team USA hockey officials sent text messages to the players. One of them was Ryan Kesler, an American who plays for the Vancouver Canucks.

But Kesler had changed his number, and the Team USA text went to senior citizen instead.

“I’m a 67-year-old Canadian in Vancouver, I’d be happy to play for you,” he reportedly wrote back. “I think Canada would be even happier if I played for you.”

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