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Sportshorts for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Two Rockets sign with Sauk Valley

Rock Falls seniors Paige Reynolds and Julie Dodd have committed to play softball for Sauk Valley Community College
starting next fall.

Reynolds hit .408 with 42 runs and played outfield for the Rockets last spring. Dodd pitches and plays outfield for Rock Falls.


U.S. military offers security help

The U.S. has offered military assets to bolster security at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The announcement comes just after it was learned that American
warships and transport planes will be at the ready to evacuate U.S. athletes and officials in case of a terrorist attack.

Sochi is considered
vulnerable because of its relative proximity to the North Caucasus region, where Islamic militants have waged a bloody insurgency.


Pasqualoni expected to join Bears’ staff

Longtime college coach Paul Pasqualoni is expected to join the
Chicago Bears’ defensive staff.

Whether Pasqualoni fills the Bears’ vacant linebackers coach or defensive line coach position has not been finalized. Pasqualoni, perhaps best known for coaching Syracuse from 1991-2004, has six seasons of NFL experience.

Lions hire
Lombardi as OC

Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi, grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, will be named Lions offensive coordinator.

Lombardi has been the Saints’ quarterbacks coach since 2009, and has helped direct New Orleans’ high-powered offense.


Notre Dames signs apparel deal

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick assembled the media Tuesday to make a “major announcement” for his athletic department. 

The announcement was not that Swarbrick is a fan of Ferris Bueller, whom Swarbrick quoted within the first 2 minutes of the news conference, but rather that Notre Dame officially has inked a 10-year athletic apparel deal with Under Armour.

Swarbrick called it the “largest deal of its kind” in collegiate athletics.

ESPN reported Notre Dame’s deal is worth about $90 million.


Players wanted A-Rod out of union

Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call, after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrator’s decision suspending him for the 2014 season and postseason.

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