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SportShorts for Tuesday, April 8, 2014


St. Jude outing
in Polo

The Polo Rehablitation and Health Care Center will hold its fourth annual St. Jude Golf Outing on June 7 at Silver Ridge Golf Course in Oregon.

Cost is $65 for a single player or $250 for a foursome, and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and lunch. In addition to awards for the top three teams, there will be door prizes, a raffle, and a silent auction.

Registration starts at 7 a.m., with golf teeing off at 7:30. For more information, contact Muriel Casinger at 815-946-2203, 779-423-8135, or


Sterling native
qualifies for nationals

Ryan Gilbert was part of a Wisconsin-Platteville duo to earn a berth in the B.A.S.S. Carhartt National Championship later this summer.

Gilbert, a 2009 Newman
graduate, teamed with Jake Clisch to catch bass weighing a total of 23 pounds, 9 ounces, in the 2-day Midwest College Regional tournament March 28-29 in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. That earned them fifth place; the top 14 in thw 80-team tournament advanced to the national tournament.

Gilbert also snagged a 7-pound, 1-ounce bass to win the Big Bass of the Tournament award.


Hall of Fame
class finalized

Former Georgetown standout and seven-time NBA all-star Alozono Mourning, and 20,000-point NBA scorer Mitch Richmond were among those elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.

NCAA championship-
winning coaches Nolan Richardson of Arkansas and Gary Williams of Maryland were also elected, as was the women’s team from Immaculata College that won three straight national titles in the 1970s.

The group finishes off the class of 2014, and joins the previously announced class of 2014 that includes retired NBA Commissioner David Stern, Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis, former Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard, the late Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton of the Knicks, and the late Guy Rodgers of Temple.


Wright signs
with Buccaneers

Former Bear safety Major Wright agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, reuniting with former Bears head coach Lovie Smith.

An unrestricted free agent, Wright was drafted by Smith and the Bears in the third round in 2010, and started 42 of 54 career games. He has nine interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns.

Burleson headed to Browns

Free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson signed a 1-year contract with the Cleveland Browns on Monday.

Burleson, a 12-year veteran, has played in 135 games – making 103 starts – for the Vikings, Seahawks and Lions since he was drafted in the third round buy Minnesota in 2003. He has 457 career catches for 5,630 yards and 39 touchdowns.

He missed half of last season with the Lions after breaking his left arm in a car accident, and was released by Detroit in a salary-cap move in February.

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