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SportShorts for Thursday, March 6, 2014

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST


Sterling grad earns CCIW honor

Augustana senior first baseman Grant Stewart was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin’s Hitter of the Week on Tuesday.

Stewart, a 2010 Sterling graduate, has a .567 batting average through seven games this season, with the team’s lone home run and 15 RBIs. He leads the Vikings (5-2) in doubles (3), total bases (23), slugging (.767) and runs scored (9).


Randle reaches 1,500-point plateau

Stanford junior guard Chasson Randle scored his 1,500th career point during the first half of the Cardinal’s home game against Colorado on Wednesday night.

Randle, a 2011 graduate of Rock Island High School, is averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game this season. He also has 102 rebounds, 63 assists and 23 steals while starting every game for Stanford (18-10)

Randle was a 2,000-point scorer for the Rocks.


NCAA shelves 10-second rule

The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal Wednesday that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock.

After a conference call, the committee decided not to send the so-called 10-second rule to the playing rules oversight panel for approval today.

NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said the NCAA received 324 comments during the feedback period after the proposal passed, and 75 percent opposed the change; 16 percent supported the proposal. The rest were uncertain.

The 10-second proposal was touted as a move to protect players by slowing down the fast-break offenses so prevalent now in college football.


Oilers practice with woman goalie

Olympic champion women’s goalie Shannon Szabados took the ice with the Edmonton Oilers at practice Wednesday.

The Team Canada goalie filled in at practice for the National Hockey League while the Oilers waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade with Anaheim.

Szabados got the invite Tuesday night after fans on Twitter tried to convince the team to put her on the roster as the backup goalie for its game against Ottawa. Szabados says she was thrilled by the social media campaign, and the Oilers’ players welcomed her at practice.


Soldier Field expansion questioned

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s idea of expanding Soldier Field was met with questions Wednesday about how the city would pay for added seats and whether it’s a prudent move given the city’s shaky finances.

The administration’s stadium concept surfaced Tuesday as a major ratings agency downgraded the city’s credit, citing a huge debt for police and firefighter pensions that’s about to come due, and the borrowing City Hall does each year to paper over budget shortfalls.

Adding 5,000 to 7,000 seats to Soldier Field’s lowest-in-the-NFL seating capacity could be a way to help Emanuel reach his goal of hosting a Super Bowl in Chicago. The mayor has lobbied NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to give the city that plum event.

Soldier Field was rebuilt after a 2001 state deal that saw the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority borrow what was billed as $399 million for the $690 million project. The loan is being repaid through a hotel tax, though the city is on the hook if there is a shortfall, which agency officials said happened 3 years ago.

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