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Sporthshorts for Friday, June 27, 2014

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 12:09 a.m. CDT

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

IHSA responds to possible proposal

IHSA executive director Marty Hickman released a statement responding to a Moline Dispatch-Argus story citing that the West Suburban Conference is constructing a proposal to create a boundary and non-boundary division for the state championship competitions. Hickman said:

“IHSA member schools have the ability to exercise their right to submit by-law proposals, and we encourage them to act accordingly. On a personal level, I would hate to see a separation between our public and private schools. I believe both our membership and our State Series tournaments are stronger under their current unified format.

“The size and diversity of our membership create unique challenges, and I respect a school’s desire to use our legislative process to create change when they believe it is needed. However, the IHSA has managed to thrive for decades with public and private schools competing together in the State Series, and I personally do not believe that has to change now.”

GOLF

Woods starts slow at Congressional

Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than 3 months Thursday in Bethesda, Md., and said he felt “fantastic.”

He was talking about his back, not his game. Woods opened with two straight bogeys, made five more bogeys in a seven-hole stretch around the turn at tough Congressional and finally found his groove late in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National for a 3-over 74.

Greg Chalmers leads the field by a stroke at 5-under 66.

MLB

Group says it will sue Indians

A Native American group called People Not Mascots is planning to file a federal lawsuit in late July against the Cleveland Indians for $9 billion in damages.

“We’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” Robert Roche, the group’s leader, told CBS News’ Cleveland affiliate.

Roche said that the lawsuit that his group is filing will target the team’s name, logo and mascot.

White Sox dump reliever Downs

The White Sox designated left-handed reliever Scott Downs for assignment and recalled left-hander Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte before Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Downs was 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA, 15 walks and 22 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings this season with the Sox.

WORLD CUP

Suarez gets nine-match ban

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was banned for nine matches by FIFA on Thursday after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez was also suspended from any soccer-related activity for 4 months and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($111,000).

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