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Sportshorts for Friday, May 2, 2014

MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACC-Big Ten
Challenge games set

Illinois will travel to Miami in December in one of the games of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Northwestern will host Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame will host Michigan St. in the 16th installment of the event.

Other notable games include Duke at Wisconsin, Ohio State at Louisville, Iowa at North Carolina and Syracuse at Michigan.

NBA

No major damage
in Noah’s knee

As Joakim Noah left his exit interview at the Berto Center on Wednesday, he said his left knee was “good.

Here’s why: The MRI that coach Tom Thibodeau said the Chicago Bulls center would undergo revealed no major issues. Thibodeau confirmed Wednesday that Noah needed fluid drained from the knee, which visibly affected him during the season-ending Game 5 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

League tried to oust Sterling in 1982

A special committee of six NBA owner unanimously recommended Donald Sterling’s removal in September of 1982.

Created after Sterling’s aborted attempt to relocate the franchise from San Diego to Los Angeles, the committee grew concerned about late payments by the Clippers to players, hotels, program printers and others. Issues also arose from an audiotape of Sterling saying that the team should tank so that they could draft a player like Ralph Sampson.

The movement to oust Sterling lost steam, at least for 3 decades. He was banned from the league on Tuesday and will likely be forced to sell the team.

NFL

Garoppolo honored by hometown

Arlington Heights named May 8, 2014 – the first day of the NFL draft – Jimmy Garoppolo Day in the village.

Garoppolo, who played at Eastern Illinois, is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. He says he dreams of being drafted by the Bears, but it is unlikely that the team will draft a QB in the first few rounds.

NHL

Trio named
Hart Trophy finalists

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux have been named finalists for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player.

Crosby is a finalist for the fourth time after leading the NHL with 104 points this season, registering at least one point in 60 of the 80 games he played. Getzlaf scored a career-high 31 goals and finished second in the NHL with 87 points.

Giroux is also a Hart finalist for the first time after finishing third in the scoring race with 86 points.

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