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Sportshorts for Thursday, May 8, 2014


Erie-Prophetstown’s Courtney Cobert won the 100-meter dash in 13.2 seconds Tuesday at the Brockman Relays in Kewanee. A roundup in Wednesday’s edition had this incorrect.

SVM regrets the error.


Olson part of
conference champs

Brittny Olson, a 2011 Eastland graduate, helped the North Central women’s track & field team to its second straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin outdoor championship on Saturday.

Olson ran a leg on the winning 400-relay team. The relay won in 48.30 seconds. North Central had eight first-place finishes.


Gay returns
prize money

Tyson Gay did all the right things when he failed a drug test before the 2013 world championships.

The U.S. sprinter immediately withdrew from competition, cooperated with authorities and, eventually, accepted a 1-year ban.

Now, it seems, he is going a step further. Gay is returning approximately $500,000 in prize money he earned at events while using a banned anabolic steroid.


NBC extends
deal to 2032

For $7.75 billion, NBC has extended its U.S. broadcast rights for the Olympics through 2032 without going through a bidding process.

The new deal, announced Wednesday by NBC and the International Olympic Committee, covers the period 2021-32, including three more Winter and three more Summer Games.


Bynum stint with Pacers over

Center Andrew Bynum will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs and will no longer be with the Pacers.

Bynum was signed as a free agent Feb. 1, and played in just two games with averages of 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.


Sam wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was named the Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner Wednesday.

The honor goes to athletes or contributors who transcend sports.

Sam was SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year. He announced in February that he is gay.

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