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SportShorts for Thursday, June 19, 2014


Anderson family to host 3-on-3 tourney

The first annual Matt Madness Memorial Tournament will be held July 12 at Sauk Valley Community College.

The 3-on-3 basketball tourney will honor the memory of Matt Anderson, the Rock Falls student-athlete who died March 1. The event will continue after basketball at Cochran’s Pub on Galt Road in Sterling, with food, a bags tournament, a silent auction, and the Cal Stage Band.

Registration deadline is June 27. For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit the Matt Madness page on Facebook, or email


Patent office cancels Redskins trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins’ name is “disparaging of Native Americans,” and should be stripped of trademark protection – a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.

By a vote of 2-1, the agency’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sided with five Native Americans in a dispute that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades.

The Redskins quickly announced they will appeal, and the team’s name will continue to have trademark protection while the matter makes its way through the courts – a process that could take years.

The ruling involves six uses of the Redskins name trademarked by the team from 1967 to 1990. It does not apply to the team’s American Indian head logo.

TE Clark retires
as a Colt

Standout tight end Dallas Clark retired from the NFL after 11 seasons on Wednesday.

He retired as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2003, where he won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning, and spent the first 9 years of his career.

The former All-American and John Mackey Award winner at Iowa played for Tampa Bay in 2012 and for Baltimore last season before signing with Indianapolis just long enough to announce his retirement.

Clark is Indy’s all-time leader in tight end touchdown catches (46) and receptions (427). He finished second in yards receiving (4,887) and 100-yard games (seven). Clark set single-season records with the Colts with 100 receptions and 1,106 yards in the 2009 season, when he was named All-Pro and played in the Pro Bowl.

Jags sign
top pick Bortles

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles, the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft, has signed a 4-year contract worth more than $20.6 million.

The third overall selection, Bortles signed the fully guaranteed deal Wednesday before the second day of a mandatory, 3-day minicamp.

Bortles gets a signing bonus of $13.3 million. The Jaguars get a team option for a fifth year.


Wade’s ex-wide says she was attacked

The ex-wife of NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade is suing her former husband’s attorney and the Dolton police, alleging they assaulted her and filed false charges against her.

Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, who lost custody of the couple’s two boys in 2011, contends in the federal lawsuit that Wade’s attorney James Pritikin and Dolton police “worked together in a common plan to cause false charges to be initiated against” Funches-Wade.

Funches-Wade was arrested on June 16, 2012 and charged with child abduction, unlawful visitation interference and resisting arrest. She claims she was “violently attacked” during the arrest at her home in South Holland and suffered a torn rotator cuff, according to the lawsuit.

All the charges but resisting arrest were dismissed, according to Cook County court records.

Funches-Wade was arrested after she allegedly refused to return her children to Wade’s sister so they could visit their father in Florida, police said.

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