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Sportshorts for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

MEN’S SWIMMING

Bond earns Summit League honors

Jonathan Bond, a Dixon graduate, paced the Western Illinois men’s swimming team to three runner-up finishes, and in the process, earned All-Summit League honors at the Summit League Championships this past weekend in Indianapolis.

Bond, a Western Illinois senior, was a member of the 200-yard medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 medley relay. All of those relays set new program standards.

The Leathernecks finished fourth in the team standings.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

Yemm helps school win league title

Sterling graduate and Wisconsin-LaCrosse senior swimmer Allie Yemm helped the Eagles win the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this past weekend in Brown Deer, Wis.

Yemm won the 200-yard individual medley for the second straight year. She also was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team, and a runner-up in the 100 butterfly. She was also part of the runner-up 400 freestyle relay.

BOYS BASKETBALL

IHSA suspends three Public League teams

Bogan has been among the state’s top-ranked Class 3A teams all season.

Hyde Park made a run to the Chicago Public League semifinals, where it put a scare into No. 1 Curie for the second time this winter.

Uplift has enjoyed the best season in its history.

All three have been declared ineligible for the Illinois High School Association playoffs – Bogan and Hyde Park for playing too many games, and Uplift for participating in one too many tournaments.

MLB

MLB passes rule to reduce collisions

Major League Baseball has adopted a rule in an effort to cut down on collisions at home plate.

A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).

Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. The rule does not mandate that a runner slide, or that a catcher can never block the plate.

NFL

Bears sign two backup players

Two weeks before the opening of free agency, the Bears signed two of their own to 1-year contracts Monday, agreeing to new deals with center Taylor Boggs and safety Derrick Martin.

Scott promoted to NFL Today

Outspoken former Ravens and New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott is climbing the network ranks.

Scott was promoted to studio analyst for CBS’ pregame show “The NFL Today,” after starting with the network last season on its offshoot, “That Other PreGame Show.”

 

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