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Sportshorts for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL

Applaman excels
at Rock Valley

Kaitlyn Appleman, an Amboy graduate and a freshman at Rock Valley College, helped the Golden Eagles softball team to the NJCAA national championship with a 2-1 win over Herkimer County (N.Y.) Saturday in Rochester, Minn.

Appleman, an outfielder, was named to the all-tournament team. Rock Valley went 42-9 this season.

NBA

League closing in on Sterling ouster

The NBA initiated a charge seeking to terminate Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers and set a hearing for June 3, the league announced Monday.

The league statement said that if the NBA Board of Governors sustains the charge by a three-fourths vote, all ownership interests in the Clippers will be terminated and the team will be sold to new owners.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Ollie, UConn
near new deal

The NBA can wait. Kevin Ollie is staying at UConn.

Ollie, who led the Huskies to the national championship in his second season as men’s basketball coach, and UConn are putting the finishing touches on a new contract that will more than double his annual income.

The $3 million average annual income would place Ollie among the top 10 highest paid coaches in men’s basketball.

HORSE RACING

New York officials clear nasal strip

New York officials, the site of the Belmont Stakes, have cleared the nasal strip worn by Califonia Chrome to keep his airways clear.

California Chrome has won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and is on a six-race winning streak.

GOLF

Scott grabs top
spot in world

It’s official – Adam Scott has passed Tiger Woods to become the No. 1 golfer in the world.

There was no surprise when the rankings came out on Monday, but there was continued debate about the awkward, slow-moving system that decides the sport’s pecking order.

Woods had held on to the top spot despite going winless in the early season and then having back surgery. Scott replaced him without so much as swinging a club this weekend, deciding to skip the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Woods unsure of return date

Tiger Woods still doesn’t know when he’ll return. For a while, he didn’t know whether he would return at all.

Woods said Monday his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again.

Woods said the doubt was erased after microdiscectomy surgery March 31.

He said the procedure, which relieved pain from a pinched nerve, provided immediate relief, although he said there’s still “no timetable” for his return to golf.

MLB

Marlins release ex-Cub Marmol

The Miami Marlins released reliever Carlos Marmol, 31, on Monday. In 15 appearances (13 1/3 innings), Marmol went 0-3 with 14 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Marmol had 177 saves in parts of eight seasons with the Cubs.

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