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Sportshorts for Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Rock Falls pitcher Micaela Ward was a Class 3A ICA All-State softball third-team selection by the Illinois Coaches Association. A story in Tuesday’s edition unintentionally omitted her from the team.

SVM regrets the error.


Rosser sinks ace
at Timber Creek

Ed Rosser, of Sterling, made a hole-in-one on the 156-yard, par-3 second hole at Timber Creek on Tuesday. The shot was witnessed by his son, Dan Rosser.


Bryant homers, earns Futures berth

The legend of Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant continues to swell in a short time at Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant hit his fifth home run in six games Tuesday – a three-run shot with two out in the first inning off Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league left-hander Zach Lee – to lead Iowa to a 6-2 win.

Bryant and shortstop Javier Baez were named to play in the Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis. The game features MLB’s top prospects.


Beltran shuts down throwing program

Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has shut down his throwing program after feeling tightness in his right forearm following a session.

Beltran says he felt the problem on Sunday.

Beltran has been limited to designated hitter duty since coming off the disabled list June 5 after missing 21 games with a bone spur in his elbow. He played catch for the first time June 11 and has been working since then on rebuilding his arm strength with two sessions every 3 days.


Two Dolphins
have surgery

The Miami Dolphins exited the team’s offseason training activities with two important players sidelined by serious injuries.

On Monday, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey had a surgical procedure done to repair a hip injury he was nursing last week during minicamp. And tailback Knowshon Moreno will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week.

Moreno will miss a month, making him ready some time during the exhibition season. Pouncey will miss 3 months.

Hernandez trial
set for May

A judge on Tuesday scheduled a tentative May trial date for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men, and his lawyers asked a judge to issue a gag order because of intense media coverage of the murder case.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a random nightclub encounter in Boston.

Hernandez’s lawyers asked Judge Jeffrey Locke to issue a gag order prohibiting anyone involved in the case from commenting outside court.

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