SportShorts for Friday, July 11, 2014


Commission approves Cubs’ plan

The Chicago Cubs won unanimous approval from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks today for an ambitious $575 million remake of Wrigley Field.

The new plan expands on last year’s proposal to renovate the 100-year-old stadium and surrounding areas, and calls for seven advertising signs in the outfield, instead of two signs, including a Jumbotron-like video board in left field.

After reducing the plan for the video board from 5,700 square feet to 4,452 square feet, Cubs officials recommended to the landmarks commission an even smaller size Thursday of 3,990 square feet.

The landmarks commission had to review the plan because Wrigley Field has city landmark status that protects several historic features of the ballpark, including the “uninterrupted sweep of the bleachers.”


NIU to hold women’s football clinic

Northern Illinois Fottball is inviting women around the region to their women’s clinic.

It will be the sixth consecutive year for the clinic, and it will be held on from 5-8 p.m. July 30 at the
Jeffery and Kimberly
Yordon Center before heading to Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium.

The cost in $60, and proceeds benefit NIU athletics. Call 815-753-1923 to register. Walk-ups are welcome.


Illinois coach could get raise

John Groce would get a raise and contract extension under a proposal being considered by university trustees.

The amendment would raise Groce’s pay by $100,000, to $1.7 million per year. His contract would also be extended by a year to the 2018-19 season.


Bucks sign
Parker to contract

The Milwaukee Bucks signed second overall pick Jabari Parker to a rookie contract.

The forward is guaranteed a minimum of $8.5 million in the first two seasons, with team options for the third and fourth.

Parker spent one season at Duke before being drafted. He averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a Blue Devil.


Suarez loses
biting appeal

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez lost his appeal to reduce his ban when FIFA rejected the appeal on Thursday.

Suarez had been banned from all soccer activity for 4 months and nine international matches for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match.

Colombian player offered security

Colombia’s soccer federation will provide security measure for defender Camilo Zuniga over threats he received for a foul that ended Brazilian forward Neymar’s World Cup.

Zuniga’s raised-knee challenge left Neymar with a broken vertebra when the two collided.