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Sportshorts for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014


Cougars advance
to regional final

Hannah Hake scored 12 points as the Eastland Cougars beat Lena-Winslow 44-27 in a semifinal game at the 1A Pearl City Regional.

The Cougars advance to Friday’s championship game. They will play Aquin, which beat Pearl City 44-22 in the other semifinal.


Five Hawk teams in academic hunt

Oregon High School has five fall teams in the running for the IHSA Academic Achievement Award. Those teams are boys and girls cross country, boys golf, boys soccer and volleyball.

The award recognizes teams that maintain a 3.0 or higher grade-point average through their respective season.


Sign up for
2ball tourney

The Coloma Park District will host its annual 2ball Competition on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Rock Falls Middle School. The fee is $1 per player.

Registration forms are available at the Park District Office at 508 E. 11th St. in Rock Falls.


Northwestern players begin hearings

Are Northwestern University football players employees of the university?

That’s the main question the National Labor Relations Board must answer before the players’ petition to form a union can move forward.

On Wednesday, attorneys for both sides presented their case at the first in a number of hearings that will continue next week and will include testimony from a handful of players.


Man claims to be LeBron’s father

A man arrested by police in Miami Beach on a DUI charge before dawn Wednesday told the arresting officer that he is the father of Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James, according to a police report.

Eddie Gene Jackson, 47, who has a listed address in Copley, Ohio, told the arresting officer, Steven Cosner, “that his son was LeBron James of the Miami Heat,” the report said.

Jackson is a one-time father figure of LeBron James who missed James’ early years in the NBA while serving a prison sentence for racketeering and other charges.

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