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Sportshorts for Friday, May 23, 2014

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:29 p.m. CDT


Spaulding commits to Augustana

Sterling senior Matt Spaulding has committed to play football at Augustana College in Rock Island.

Spaulding, a 6-foot, 280-pound lineman, was a two-time NIB-12 all-conference selection as an offensive guard. He also played tackle and nose guard.


Optimist tournament set for June 3

The Sterling Optimist Junior Golf Championship will be held at Emerald Hill Golf Course on Tuesday, June 3. The tournament will have multiple divisions for boys and girls ages 10-18.

Winners of the boys 14-15 and 16-18, and girls 13-14 and 15-18 divisions will be sent to the District Golf Championship at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur from June 9-11.

Entry forms can be found at Westwood Sports Complex, and area golf courses and high schools. There is a discount for early entry.


Tunney opposes Wrigley revamp

Alderman Tom Tunney today reiterated his opposition to Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts’ effort to beef up his plans for the Wrigley Field renovation.

Tunney took part in the negotiations that last year led to approval of Ricketts’ plan for a $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field and the surrounding area, complete with a hotel, office complex and plaza.

The latest plans include seven outfield signs total, including a second video board in right, more outfield lights, greater capacity in the ballpark than was approved last year, and the relocation of bullpens from outside the foul lines to a spot beneath the right field bleachers.

Dodgers release Olivo after fight

Seems there can only be so much to investigate when one player takes a bite out of another.

The Dodgers announced they have released triple-A catcher Miguel Olivo, who got into dugout fight with teammate Alex Guerrero on Tuesday in Salt Lake City, and bit off a hunk of Guerrero’s left ear.


Senators urge league to change name

Half of the U.S. Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the Washington Redskins’ name, saying it is a racist slur and the time is ripe to replace it.

In letters, 50 senators cited NBA’s quick action to band Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life afte rhe was heard making offensive commets about blacks. They said Goodell should formally push to rename the Redskins.

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