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SportShorts for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:52 p.m. CDT

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Rock Falls camp next week

The Rock Falls Rockets girls basketball staff and players will host their annual youth camp June 16-20 at Tabor Gym.

Campers in grades 3-5 will go from 8-9:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8-9 a.m. Friday. Grades 6-8 will go from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9-10 a.m. Friday. All high school girls will camp from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10-11:15 a.m. Friday.

Cost of the camp is $50, and includes a camp t-shirt. For families with multiple campers, the first player is $50, and each addition camper is $25. Walk-ins are welcome.

Contact coach Craig Mammosser at 815-499-9185 or cmammosser@hillfastener.com for more information.

GOLF

Wounded Warrior outing in Dixon

The inaugural Wounded Warrior/Semper Fi Fund Golf Outing will be hosted at Timber Creek Golf Club in Dixon at 12:30 p.m. June 26. There are opportunities for golfers and sponsors by calling Kandie at 815-973-6700 or Kim at 815-677-0055.

The event is hosted by Marine veteran Adam Devine and Timber Creek, and the net proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior/Semper Fi Fund.

MLB

Cubs release reliever Veras

The Cubs announced Tuesday they released embattled reliever Jose Veras, who was designated for assignment on June 3.

Veras, 33, had an 8.10 ERA. The Cubs currently are responsible for the balance of his $3.85 million salary for 2014 and a $150,000 buyout for 2015.

NFL

Irsay speaks out about arrest

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay would not speculate on a possible NFL suspension after his arrest 3 months ago, but did tell the Indianapolis Star that he would submit to random drug testing with local authorities and offer the results to the league.

Irsay spoke Monday for the first time since he went into rehab after he was arrested during a traffic stop in March when he failed multiple field sobriety tests and was in possession of nearly $30,000 in cash.

Irsay, who turns 55 on Friday, told the Star that he remains alcohol-free and continues to attend AA meetings. He believes chronic pain in his hip and back resulting from old injuries and surgeries led to a dependence on medication.

SAILING

Chicago could host 2017 America’s Cup

Chicago, San Diego and Bermuda are the locations on the short list to host the 2017 America’s Cup yacht race, according to a BBC report.

San Francisco, the home of current champion Team Oracle USA and Golden Gate Yacht Club, is no longer being considered, said Bob Nelson, the San Diego Port chairman.

San Francisco hosted the last America’s Cup in September 2013.  

Based on his experience hosting races on Lake Michigan, Lou Sandoval, a former chairman of the Chicago Yacht Club’s annual Race to Mackinac, says the America’s Cup would fit in well with the environment here, suggesting spectators could gather on Northerly Island, Navy Pier and Planetarium Point, to name a few high-visibility venues.

The America’s Cup is an international match race that has taken place every three or four years. The Golden Gate Yacht Club won the Cup in 2010 and successfully defended the title in 2013, affording the San Francisco-based organization the ability to set the parameters and location of the next event.

NBA

Sterling saga continues today in court

Shelly Sterling will go to probate court Wednesday to seek an emergency order for a hearing so a judge can confirm her authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to an individual familiar with the matter.

The individual was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Shelly Sterling brokered what would be a record-breaking $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the team after her husband and co-owner Donald Sterling made racist comments to a girlfriend that were recorded and publicized. The NBA moved swiftly to oust him as an owner.

But Donald Sterling has vowed not to sell and is suing the NBA for $1 billion.

Shelly Sterling contends she is the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the team. Donald Sterling was stripped as co-trustee after two neurologists last month determined he was suffering from dementia and “mentally incapacitated” under the trust’s conditions, according to a person who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but could not speak publicly.

The aim of Sterling’s court bid is to have a judge confirm provisions of the family trust to ensure the Ballmer sale moves forward without a hitch. Donald Sterling has the right to present his side at any hearing and appeal any decision. His attorney Maxwell Blecher said a representative for Donald Sterling will likely be at any hearing but declined to comment further Tuesday. Sterling’s attorneys have called the idea that he is mentally incapacitated “absurd.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL

NCAA investigators head to Hawaii

An NCAA investigator plans to interview Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold and two assistant coaches for its ongoing investigation of potential rules violations, university athletics officials said.

A representative from the NCAA Enforcement Division is arriving in Honolulu on Tuesday to speak with Arnold and assistants Brandyn Akana and Benjy Taylor, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The NCAA has been investigating Hawaii basketball after the school self-reported a form was altered that was used to admit an athlete in January. The school suspended Akana for 30 days, forcing him to miss 12 of the team’s last 14 games.

The school hasn’t given a reason for the suspension but has said it will cooperate fully with the investigation.

The NCAA has been interviewing people connected with the program since March, including players, coaches, staff and supporters.

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