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Sportshorts for Thursday, May 15, 2014


Newman to host
girls hoops camp

The Newman girls
basketball program will host a camp for players in 4th through 9th grade from June 9-12th. The camp will run from noon to 2 p.m. each day.

Cost is $40. For more information, contact Newman High School at 815-625-0500.


Bears sign top
draft pick Fuller

The Bears signed Kyle Fuller, the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft, to a 4-year contract with a fifth-season option Wednesday – the first first-round pick in this year’s draft to sign.

The former Virginia Tech cornerback’s deal is expected to be worth close to that of last year’s 14th pick, Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei – an approximately $9.6 million, 4-year deal, with a $5.4 signing bonus.

OWN to air series
on Michael Sam

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television network said on Wednesday that it will produce a documentary series about St. Louis Rams football player Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL.

The network, which is jointly owned by Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc, said the series will follow Sam as he prepares for a career in professional football and tries to make the Rams roster.


Kerr picks Warriors over Knicks

Steve Kerr accepted an NBA head coaching job on Wednesday night, but it was not with the team that courted him for a month.

The Golden State Warriors announced that they reached an agreement in principle with Kerr to become their next coach. The team did not disclose financial details, but reports indicated that it was a 5-year, $25 million contract.

All signs had pointed to the former Bulls player going to the New York Knicks.

Cavs interested in Kentucky’s Calipari

The Cavaliers are interested in the University of Kentucky’s John Calipari as a candidate for their head coaching vacancy.

Calipari has been the coach at Kentucky since 2009, and led the school to three Final Four appearances. That included a national championship in 2011-12, and a runner-up finish this past season.

He also has coached the University of Massachusetts and the University of Memphis, as well as the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets.


More details on Paul’s suspension

Darius Paul, who was suspended for a year from the Illinois basketball team Tuesday in the wake of the school’s investigation into his April 22 arrest, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court to underage drinking.

The report also states that Paul told officers he had met a man in an alley that night who was taking him to buy dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a dangerous club drug that has gained popularity in recent years.

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