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Sportshorts for Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Soriano to play at Augustana

Sterling’s Alex Soriano will continue his football career in college, as he has signed to play at Augustana College next season.

Soriano, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound tight end & linebacker, was a 3-year letterwinner, and an all-conference tight end as a senior. Soriano, who also played basketball and tennis, was an academic all-conference selection in football during both his junior and senior seasons.


Oregon wins sportsmanship award

The Oregon Hawks softball team won the top honor for the Sportsmanship Award from the White Pines Officials Association.

The Hawks had the best composite score of all schools in northwest Illinois for the award, which is given to the school with the highest quality sportsmanship from team members, coaches & administrators, and fans.


Rose on track
to play for USA

Derrick Rose has been taking full contact on his surgically-repaired right torn meniscus since late in the Bulls’ first-round playoff loss to the Wizards. He continues to take full contact and, by all accounts, looks strong in his rehabilitation from that November 2013 injury.

And Rose remains on schedule to participate in the Team USA minicamp July 28 through August 1 in Las Vegas, from which the World Cup team will be selected by USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and national team coach Mike Krzyzewski.


Illini recruit
denied admission

Matt Domer was expected to provide depth at running back for Illinois.

Instead, the Illini are left with few backup options. Domer was denied admission to the university, a school spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

Domer, a Mount Carmel graduate from Chicago, chose Illinois over offers from Indiana, Kansas and Syracuse, and was expected to play this fall as a freshman. reported that Domer would attend Parkland College in Champaign.


Manziel, Browns agree to terms

Johnny Manziel agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, becoming the fourth of the team’s six draft picks to do so. Terms were not immediately available.

The former Heisman Trophy winner, who the Browns moved up to select with the No. 22 pick in the NFL Draft, will enter training camp next month as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who is still recovering from offseason knee surgery.


Explosion mars World Cup party

An explosion tore through a venue in the northeast Nigerian town of Damaturu where fans had gathered to watch a World Cup soccer match on Tuesday, a police official said.

The Los Angeles Times reported the blast was set off by a suicide bomber in a tricycle taxi.

It was not immediately clear if anyone had been killed, or how many people had been injured.

A Reuters witness near the scene heard a loud boom, and some residents said they also heard a second explosion.

Police Commissioner Marcus Danladi confirmed the explosion, adding that police were still trying to gather information.

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