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SportShorts for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 12:23 a.m. CDT


Benefit tourney slated for March 29

A 3-on-3 volleyball tournament to benefit Young Life will be held Saturday, March 29 at Erie High School.

Players fifth grade through adult may participate. Entry fee is $50 per team if received by March 16, or $60 if received by March 24.

For more information, contact Alicia Murphy at 309-945-8046.


Syracuse remains in top spot

Syracuse is again a unanimous choice as the top-ranked men’s college basketball team in the latest Associated Press poll.

The Orange beat Notre Dame and Clemson last week to remain one of only two undefeated teams in Division I men’s basketball. Wichita State is the other.

Syracuse received all 65 first-place votes, and 1,625 points from a nationwide media panel to keep the top spot for a second straight week after supplanting Arizona.

The Wildcats kept the second slot, while Florida, Wichita State, San Diego State and Villanova also remained unchanged from last week. Kansas moved up a spot to seventh, followed by Duke, Michigan State and Cincinnati.

Melvin no longer enrolled at DePaul

Cleveland Melvin, DePaul’s leading scorer this season, is no longer enrolled at the school and is no longer on the team, the school said in a statement.

Melvin, a senior who played in 110 games, was leading the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game, but had been suspended for the last four games.

Melvin was made available to the media before DePaul’s game against Seton Hall on Jan. 25, but did not play in that game, the first of his suspension.


Poile will not travel to Russia

Team USA General Manager David Poile will not travel to Russia for the Olympic hockey tournament because of injuries he suffered last week when he was hit in the face by an errant puck in a freak accident.

Poile underwent surgery to repair facial injuries shortly after the incident in St. Paul, Minn. Team USA officials said Monday that he has since returned to Nashville – where he is general manager of the Predators – and has been advised not to make the long trip to Sochi.


Politicians denounce Redskins name

Two U.S. lawmakers on Monday rejected the National Football League’s claim that the Washington Redskins name was an honor to Native Americans and urged the sports league to recognize it as a racial slur and back changing the name.

In a letter to the National Football League, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, and Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma criticized the league for defending the name.

“The terminology used by the Washington football team has been determined to be a slur,” the lawmakers said. “It is, in fact, an insult to Native Americans. We are calling on you and the National Football League to take a formal position in support of a name change.”

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