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Sportshorts for Monday, July 14, 2014


Registration open
for tournament

Registration for the 24th Emma Hubbs Tennis Classic is underway, but will close on Wednesday. The tournament features brackets for players 9-to-18 years of age, and competitive drills for players under age of eight.

The tournament runs from July 28 to August 1. For more information, contact the Dixon Park District at 815-288-3306, or the tennis courts at 815-284-2785.


Kieffer, Weidner
win 5K in Wyanet

Zach Kieffer won the Nancy Jo Olds-Bohm 5K on Saturday in Wyanet. The 21-year-old from Princeton had a time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds. He beat Brian Henz, of Oswego, by 12 seconds.

Haley Weidner, a 14-year-old from Buda, won the female division in a time of 20:34. She beat older sister, Regan Weidner, who was second. Regan finished in 21:40.


James signs a 2-year deal with Cavs

First, the Cavaliers got LeBron James’ word. Then they got his signature.

James signed a 2-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs on Saturday, a day after he announced he was returning to play in Cleveland to try to end the city’s 50-year championship drought.

The deal provides flexibility for the NBA’s biggest star with the league’s maximum salary expected to rise in the future.

A person familiar with the negotiations said James’ contract includes an option for the four-time league MVP to become a free agent next summer.

Bulls add 2011
pick Mirotic

The international man of mystery will finally arrive. Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls’ 2011 draft-day acquisition, tweeted that he will be joining the Bulls.

Mirotic received assurances that he won’t be traded and will complete his buyout from Real Madrid. The Bulls are able to contribute $600,000 of that roughly $3.2 million buyout without it counting against the cap.


Martin eagles 18 to win British Open

Mo Martin hit the best shot of her life, and it made her a major champion Sunday in the Women’s British Open in Southport, England.

Martin hit a 3-wood that hit the pin on the par-5 closing hole at Royal Birkdale, settling 6 feet for an eagle. An hour later, that turned out to be the winner when Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng both couldn’t stay under par.


Martin takes ninth stage of Tour

German rider Tony Martin broke ahead early and comfortably held on to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, while Frenchman Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey from overnight leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.

The 29-year-old German, a three-time world time trial champion broke away early on with specialist climber Alessandro De Marchi of Italy.

Gallopin, of the Lotto Belisol team, finished several minutes after his German compatriot but did well enough to erase his deficit of more than three minutes to Nibali.

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