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Sports Briefs for March 11

BOYS BASKETBALL

Sharps lead TRAC hoops honors

Newman senior A.J. Sharp was voted player of the year and Ray Sharp coach of the year in the North Division of the Three Rivers, it was announced on Monday.

Newman’s Noah McCarty and Bureau Valley’s Parker Neuhalfen were each unanimous selections. They are joined on the first team by BV’s Tommy Johnston, Prophetstown’s Ethan Howard and Fulton’s Matt Dail.

A complete list of the team can be found on B3.

Two local honored by BNC West

Oregon’s Jessie McKinley and Rock Falls’s Jacob Mammosser each received honorable mention notice in Big Northern West all-conference voting.

A complete list of the team can be found on B3.

NFL

Bears will not
re-sign Bush

In a long-anticipated move, the Chicago Bears informed running back Michael Bush that his contract will be terminated.

The move saves the Bears $2.85 million in cash this season and clears $1.85 million in salary-cap space. Bush originally signed a $14 million, 4-year contract, and he earned $7.55 million over the past two seasons. Bush will count $2 million vs. the cap this season.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Embiid will miss time with back issue

Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid will miss the upcoming Big 12 Tournament and the first week of the NCAA Tournament, according to a statement released by the university.

Embiid, whose 2.57 blocks per game ranked second in the Big 12 this season, missed a Feb. 15 contest against TCU with a lower back strain and aggravated the injury later on.

MEDIA

Kustok maintains father’s innocence

Speaking softly, and at times choking up with emotion, former Chicago sports broadcaster Sarah Kustok took the witness stand Monday afternoon to testify for her father as he stands trial in the death of her mother.

Orland Park businessman Allan Kustok is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Jeanie Kustok, in their bedroom in 2010. Defense attorneys say Jeanie Kustok shot herself.

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