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Sportshorts for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014


Student sues school for recruiting

A Homewood-Flossmoor student-athlete is suing the school for allegedly recruiting players from other schools to star on the varsity girls basketball team.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court by a student identified only as Jane Doe, alleges that Homewood-Flossmoor allowed and encouraged its newly hired basketball coach to recruit six students who he had previously coached before being hired at Homewood-Flossmoor.


Expanded replay
rule approved

All 30 major league clubs unanimously approved Thursday the expansion of instant replay, which will be in effect for the 2014 regular season and postseason.

Managers will have at least one challenge to use. If any portion of a challenged play is overturned, then the manager who challenged the play will retain the ability to challenge one more play during the game. No manager may challenge more than two plays in a game.

Once the manager has exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the crew chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. Home run and other boundary calls will remain reviewable under the procedures in place last season.

A-Rod: Suspension could be good

Alex Rodriguez says his season-long suspension could be a benefit, allowing him to rest and return to the Yankees for the final 3 years of his contract.

Rodriguez, who will be 39 when the 2015 season opens, repeated several times that this part of his life had not been completed.

“I want to retire in New York, and I think the rest will do me good,” he said. “For me, the book isn’t finished. There are still chapters to finish. ... Right now, I haven’t thought about retiring.”


Notre Dame’s Wood leaves school

Notre Dame senior cornerback Lo Wood, who has a fifth year of eligibility remaining, will transfer to Miami of Ohio, his father, Lo Wood Sr., told the South Bend Tribune.

Under NCAA graduate transfer rules, Wood will be eligible to play next season. Wood is the third fifth-year player from Notre Dame, after quarterback Andrew Hendrix and tight Alex Welch, who is leaving the Irish to play for former offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who recently became the
Redhawks coach following an 0-12 season.


Brady returns to practice after illness

Exhale, New England Patriots fans: Quarterback Tom Brady was on the field Thursday for the team’s morning practice after missing Wednesday’s session due to illness.

Brady reported to team headquarters early Wednesday, but after learning he was ill, the Patriots requested he skip practice and avoid spreading the bug to teammates.

Hernandez might face more charges

Former football star Aaron Hernandez “may have been the shooter” in a drive-by shooting in Boston in 2012 that left two men dead and another wounded, according to newly released court documents.

The assertion is contained in a search warrant affidavit, filed in late June, that allowed detectives to examine a Toyota 4Runner that investigators believe Hernandez was driving the morning Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were gunned down at a stoplight.

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