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SportShorts for Thursday, June 12, 2014


Sunset Ridge to host “Walk the Track”

Sunset Ridge MX Park in Walnut will host Part II of its fourth annual Susan G. Komen Track Walks for Breast Cancer Awareness on June 20 at the racetrack.

Part I was held on May 30, and raised a little more than $10,000 for the Quad Cities & Memorial Affiliates of the Susan G. Komen foundation. Part two of the event is being held in conjunction with the AMA Amateur Regional Motocross Championships next weekend.

The walk will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20. Pre-registration cost is $15; you can also register the day of the event from 2-4 p.m. at a cost of $20. All participants will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag the day of the event.

For more information, contact Sunset Ridge at 815-379-9534.


Regional event June 21-22 in Walnut

The AMA Amateur National Motocross circuit returns to Sunset Ridge MX Park on June 21-22 for the regional championships.

Riders ages 4-16 will compete to advance to the national event, held in July in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. It’s the 11th year Sunset Ridge has been affiliated with the AMA Amateur Motocross Championships.

Gates open at 6 a.m. both days, with racing beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Sunset Ridge at 815-379-9534, or visit


Cubs sign top pick Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber, the fourth overall pick in the MLB Draft out of Indiana, signed with the Cubs Wednesday, agreeing to a $3.125 million bonus.

The left-handed catcher batted .358 with 14 home runs as a junior for the Hoosiers this spring. He will report to short-season Class A Boise.

The signing bonus is $1.5 million below the assigned value for the fourth overall pick.

Sox sign Olympic speed skater

The Chicago White Sox signed Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez to a minor-league contract Wednesday.

Alvarez, who won a silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay in this winter’s Olympics, played shortstop at Salt Lake Community College in 2011. He returned to speed skating after undergoing knee surgery following that season.

Alvarez worked out for assistant general manager Buddy Bell and director of player development Nick Capra in Glendale, Ariz., this week. Sox general manager Rick Hahn said they were “impressed enough to sign him soon thereafter.”


Bears’ Palmer has strained pectoral

Jordan Palmer, the frontrunner in the competition for the Bears’ backup quarterback, missed Wednesday’s practice with a strained right pectoral muscle.

Palmer, who also sat out last week, expects to be ready for next week’s 3-day mandatory minicamp. He said it wasn’t a serious injury, and he was “just letting it breathe,
getting a little bit of rest.”


Bulls’ Brewer pleads not guilty to DUI

Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a February arrest following a traffic stop in Beverly Hills, Calif.

An attorney entered not guilty pleas on Brewer’s behalf to one count each of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater. Brewer, 29, did not appear in court for the proceedings. Another hearing was scheduled in his case for July 15.

Prosecutors allege he had a blood-alcohol concentration of .15 percent when he was stopped by Beverly Hills police officers on February 19.

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