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Sportshorts for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014


Sterling induction set for Saturday

The latest Sterling High School hall of fame class will be inducted on Saturday at Centennial Auditorium. It begins at 3 p.m.

Honorees are the 2006-07 girls basketball team, Max Gaumer ('72), Phil Smith ('66), Breck Loos ('81), Jennifer Pepper ('94), Ryan Weeks ('95), Steve Yemm ('07) and Joe Schneiderbauer ('07).

Dr. Claude Mueller will be honored in the "Friends of SHS" category.


Coloma to hold free-throw contest

The Coloma Township Park District is holding a free-throw contest on Saturday at the Rock Falls Middle School gymnasium. It begins at 1:30 p.m.

Youth and adults ages 8 on up are invited to participate. Entry fee is $1.


NWTF to hold fundraising banquet

The Sterling/Rock Falls Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is holding its 13th annual Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt, Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet on Saturday, March 1 at the Sterling Moose Lodge.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $50 for singles, $65 for couples and includes a meal, NWTF membership and a 1-year subscription to Turkey Country, the organization's in-house publication.

For more information, contact Heath Jordan at 815-441-1437.


Lawsuit in sorks over Shuffle

Six members of the storied 1985 Chicago Bears threw a legal penalty flag Friday, filing a lawsuit to prevent non-charitable uses of the “Super Bowl Shuffle” music video.

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of “Shufflin’ Crew” members Richard Dent, Steve Fuller, Willie Gault, Jim McMahon, Mike Richardson and Otis Wilson.

It alleges that the defendants, Renaissance Marketing Corporation and Julia Meyer, “have marketed, distributed and sold licenses relating to the Super Bowl Shuffle Crew members’ identities, images, names, photographs, likenesses, voices and performances in the Super Bowl Shuffle without the Shuffle Crew’s permission.”

The suit also alleges that the defendants have made money and other financial benefits from the Super Bowl Shuffle without the consent of participants in the video.


Cubs bolster pitching staff

The Cubs came to an agreement with right-hander Jason Hammel, pending a physical, according to

He'll earn $6 million in 2014, with an additional $1 million in incentives, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Hammel, 31, went 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA last year in Baltimore, and has a career record of 49-59 and a 4.80 ERA with the Orioles, Rays and Rockies. He figures to move into the No. 4 slot behind Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson, with Jake Arrieta the favorite to win the fifth spot in spring training.

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