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SportShorts for Thursday, April 3, 2014

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:48 p.m. CDT

COLLEGE TENNIS

Arnold earns CCIW honor

Sterling native Colin Arnold was named the CCIW’s player of the week Wednesday, after winning in both singles and doubles against Wisconsin-Eau Claire last week.

Arnold, an Augustana senior and 2010 graduate of Sterling High School, has an 11-8 record in singles play, and sits at 12-8 in doubles action. He is the third Augie tennis player to earn the honor this season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Wildcats to vote on union

Northwestern football players are set to vote April 25 on whether they want to be represented by a union, Peter Sung Ohr, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, said on Wednesday.

Last week, Ohr ruled that NU’s football players on athletic scholarships are university employees and, as such, their petition for a union election can move forward.

Northwestern has until next week to file a request for a review of Ohr’s ruling. For the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) to have the legal right to bargain on the players’ behalf with the university, the majority of the 76 football players eligible to vote would have to side with the union. Those eligible represent about three-quarters of Northwestern’s total roster.

Clowney believes he should be first pick

Jadeveon Clowney believes he’s the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick, and says he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina’s pro day workouts Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, as 30 of 32 NFL teams were represented; Tennessee and Cleveland opted to pass.

And Clowney thinks he elevated his already elite status during the 40 minutes or so of running through cones, jumping over hurdles and catching tennis balls in workouts he passed on at the NFL combine in February.

Clowney did not lift weights or run the 40-yard dash, standing on his combine showings when he did 21 reps at 225 pounds, and clocked a 4.53-second time.

NHL

Hawks sign 2010 pick Johns

The Blackhawks and 2010 second-round draft pick Stephen Johns agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Johns, a defenseman from Notre Dame, recently finished his senior season with the Irish, posting a career-high 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 20 games.

He helped lead Notre Dame to the NCAA tournament in three of his four seasons. He was the 60th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

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