Landis earns academic all-state
Jacob Landis, a Sterling graduate and a junior at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, was named to the Academic All-State team by Virginia Sports Information Directors. A total of 226 students representing 38 colleges were recognized.
Landis, a transfer from Hesston College, has a 3.91 GPA and majors in congregational ministry. He runs cross country and track & field. He set EMU’s indoor record in the 5,000-meter with a time of 15 minutes, 41.94 seconds.
Bulls begin talks with Mirotic
Spanish website Hoops-Hype.com reported Friday morning that Nikola Mirotic has chosen to leave Real Madrid and pay his buyout of roughly $3 million. Per league rules, the Bulls are able to pay up to $600,000 of that buyout, with anything over getting charged to their salary cap.
The Bulls swung a major draft-day trade in 2011 to acquire the rights to the 6-foot-10 Mirotic, who has blossomed into one of the best players in Europe. He averaged 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in Euro-league play last season, but reportedly had issues with his coach in Spanish Cup play recently.
Ex-Bull Brunson charged with assault
Former Bulls point guard Rick Brunson was arrested and charged with attempted criminal sexual assault after being accused of grabbing an employee at Life Time Athletic in north suburban Vernon Hills.
Brunson, 42, played for eight teams during his nine-season NBA career, and was an assistant coach for the Bulls, Nuggets and Bobcats.
Brunson’s son Jalen, who will be a senior at Stevenson High School, averaged 26.1 points last season, and is ranked by ESPN as the nation’s top point-guard prospect.
Dolphins’ Jordan suspended 4 games
Dolphins pass rusher Dion Jordan has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
The league announced the suspension on Wednesday, informing the team that the former Oregon standout, whom Miami selected third overall in the 2013 NFL draft, will miss the Patriots, Bills, Chiefs and Raiders games.
Jordan will be eligible to come back to the team for the Oct. 12 game against Green Bay.
Retired players object to settlement
In the first objection to the revised NFL concussion settlement, seven retired players claim the proposed agreement is riddled with “fatal defects” that “render it anything but fair.”
Filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the 47-page objection targets, in part, the settlement’s limits on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) compensation and the 75% reduction in monetary awards to players who suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury unrelated to football.
The objection also says the proposed settlement notice is “false and misleading” because it doesn’t indicate that players diagnosed with CTE after the settlement’s preliminary approval aren’t eligible for compensation.