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SportShorts for Thursday, April 17, 2014


Newman to host
5K fundraiser

Newman High School will hold a 5K run at 9 a.m. Saturday, to raise money for the school.

Entry fee is $20 before Saturday, and $23 between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. before the race. Every participant will receive a T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female, as well as the top three finishers in each of eight different age groups.

For more information, contact the high school at 815-625-0500, ext. 114.

Rugged Run to be held July 20

Registration is now open for the Rugged Run 5K, a race held in conjunction with Oregon Trail Days.

Entry fee is $35 before July 8, and $40 after. Raceday registration begins at
7 a.m. Sunday, July 20, with the race starting at 8 a.m. at the Festival Parking Tent on the Holm Farm, located at the corner of Daysville and Park Roads.

Cost includes a T-shirt, post-race breakfast, and entry fee into the Oregon Trail Days Festival. For more information, contact Sue French (815-732-2388) or event manager Amy Trimble (815-238-8672), or visit


Rock Falls to host golf scramble

The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce will host a golf outing May 16 at Deer Valley Country Club.

The 18-hole scramble will begin with a shotgun start at noon, with games and prizes along the course. Cost if $70 per person before April 30, and $75 per person after. The day will also include a pork dinner after the round; cost to attend the dinner only is $20.

For more information, contact the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce at 815-625-4500, or


Geneseo to host combine

High school football coaches Don Beebe and Larry Johnsen Jr. have organized an NFL-type combine for football players ages 16-18 on May 10 at Geneseo High School.

The event will provide smaller-town athletes a chance to be seen by college coaches. For more information, contact Beebe at 630-363-4202.


Bucks sold for
$550 million

Bucks owner Herb Kohl reached a deal Wednesday to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for $550 million.

The deal is subject to approval by the NBA and its Board of Governors.

Kohl is a former U.S. senator who has owned the team since 1985. Efforts to find new investors ramped up this year, and made it a priority to find owners or investors who will keep the franchise in Milwaukee.

It appears the Bucks won’t be going anywhere after Lasry and Edens committed another $100 million to help build a new arena. Kohl also announced he would also donate $100 million to help fund a new arena.


Winston investigation flawed

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston received preferential treatment and local police “did little to determine what happened” when he was accused of sexual assault by a female student, according to a New York Times report.

More than a month – 34 days, to be exact – passed before Tallahassee, Fla., police identified Winston, the high-profile Heisman Trophy winner. The case was closed after 66 days by lead investigator Scott Angulo, who didn’t interview witnesses – one of whom recorded the sexual act – or obtain DNA or phone records.

Winston was not interviewed for more than 2 weeks, and at that time, police did not take a DNA sample, the Times report said, quoting state prosecutor William N. Meggs as saying “They just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do.”

Angulo reportedly told the accuser’s attorney, Patricia A. Carroll, that her client would be “raked over the coals” if she pursued a criminal case in a big “football town” like Tallahassee. While Winston was not immediately identified by his accuser, she eventually informed investigators she knew it was Winston. Carroll pleaded with officers to obtain Winston’s DNA, but Angulo “decided against it,” the Times reported.

Around the same time, the investigation was suspended.

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