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Sportshorts for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014


Paulson signs
with McKendree

Eastland senior Skylar Paulson signed to play football on Thursday with Division II McKendree
University in Lebanon.

Paulson, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 210-pound tight end and defensive end at Eastland, was voted NUIC Northwest player of the year after helping the Cougars to the conference title. He was also on SVM’s All-Area first team.


Priefer to stay on with Vikings

The Vikings announced the 17 assistants on new head coach Mike Zimmer’s
staff, including holdover and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer.

Priefer returns from the old staff after allegations by former punter Chris Kluwe that Priefer used homophobic language in Kluwe’s presence during the 2012 season. Priefer has denied the allegations.


Cavaliers fire
GM Grant

The flailing Cleveland Cavaliers have fired general manager Chris Grant.

With the Cavs sliding
further toward the bottom in another disappointing season, owner Dan Gilbert decided to make the move a day after Cleveland was beaten Wednesday night by an injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers team that finished the game with just five players.

Grant’s tenure will be known for not being able to rebuild the Cavs fast enough despite having a slew of first-round draft picks, including two No. 1 overall selections.


St. Louis added to Team Canada

Canada’s Olympic hockey selection committee snubbed speedy Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis when it submitted its Sochi roster a month ago.

The committee didn’t make that mistake again Thursday, when it had to find a replacement for injured Lightning center Steven Stamkos.

St. Louis, the NHL’s scoring champion last season, took the open spot hours after the Lightning said tests had showed that Stamkos had not fully healed from surgery he underwent in November to insert a rod in his broken leg.

Blackhawks headed to Saskatchewan

For the second time in 4 years, the Blackhawks will play a preseason game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, against the Oilers, the team announced Thursday.

The two teams previously squared off at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon in 2011, with the Oilers winning 4-2.


Toyota gets naming rights at Daytona

Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday became the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway.

The 11-year agreement, which begins in 2015, will provide Toyota with naming rights to one of the five massive fan entrances at the redesigned speedway. 

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