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Sportshorts for Saturday, March 15, 2014


Summer league
sign-up available

The Newman boys and girls basketball summer league registration is open. Girls fresh/soph and varsity games will be played on Tuesdays from June 3-24. Boys games will be Thursdays from June 5-26.

Cost is $350 per team. Schools with multiple teams receive a $25 discount per team. For more information, contact Tim Nelson at 815-718-5374, or email him at


Two Hawks make college choice

Oregon seniors Ashton Rutherford and Jordan Wilken have signed to play sports in college.

Rutherford signed with St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, to run track and field. Rutherford has been a standout in the pole vault and sprint relays for the Hawks.

Wilken signed to play volleyball at Sauk Valley Community College. Wilken helped the Hawks to a 29-9-1 record and a regional championship last fall.


Samardzija opening day starter for Cubs

Jeff Samardzija doesn’t know for sure whether he’ll still be a Cub on opening day, but if he is, he’ll be the starter.

Manager Rick Renteria finally named Samardzija as his opening day starter on Friday.


Russian looking to profit from gaffe

One man’s glitch is another man’s gold.

Immediately after the producers of the opening ceremony at the Sochi Games suffered their famous malfunction – four electric snowflakes blossoming into Olympic rings while a fifth remained closed – a Russian businessman began using the image in advertisements.

Now the RBC Daily in Russia reports that Dmitry Medvedev, who is no relation to his country’s prime minister, wants to trademark the unintended logo.

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