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Sport Shorts for Friday, July 18, 2014

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:55 p.m. CDT

LOCAL BASEBALL

Dixon pitcher Jarrett earns honor

Dixon senior pitcher Cal Jarrett was named to the All-Tournament team when his travel club 17U Elite Baseball Training participated in the Perfect Game WWBA National Championships in Atlanta.

Jarrett allowed six hits in seven innings while striking out two. He was one of five players from his team to earn the honor.

His team lost in the round of 16 to the Elite Squad from Florida.

Olson shines in East-West All-Star game

Ryan Olson, a 2012 Newman grad, pitched a perfect inning for the West team in an 8-3 loss to the East squad in the Metropolitan Collegiate League All-Star game.

Olson represented the Crystal Lake Cardinals, his summer league team, in the game. Olson also plays baseball for Northern Illinois where he will be a junior in the fall.

John Thomas, a 2013 Dixon graduate and a sophomore at Indianapolis, had a key hit in a three-run fourth innning for the East team.

NFL

L.A., Chicago finalists to host draft

Chicago and Los Angeles are the two finalists to host the 2015 NFL draft.

New York, which hosted the draft since 1965, is out for next year because the Radio City Music Hall venue didn’t have opening in April or May.

The event is expected to take place either April 22-25 or April 29-May 2. The league declined to give a timetable on when a decision will be made.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Saban never talked to Texas

During SEC media days, Nick Saban shot down the notion that he was offered a large amount of money from Texas to leave.

Saban said he had no conversations with Texas and was never offered anything to leave Alabama for the Longhorns.

A passage in a book written by SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum and ESPN’s Gene Wojchiechowski stated that Texas offered Saban upward of $100 million to leave the Crimson Tide for the Longhorns.

TENNIS

John McEnroe’s son arrested

Kevin McEnroe, the 27-year-old son of tennis great John McEnroe, was arrested on drug charges in Manhattan.

McEnroe was arrested after what police believed was a drug transaction on a street corner. He was carrying six clear plastic bags of cocaine and various pills.

SOCCER

U.S. drops to No. 15 in rankings

Despite making it to the round of 16 during the World Cup this year, the U.S. national team dropped two spots to No. 15 in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Germany, which won the World Cup over Argentina, moved to No. 1 for the first time since March 1994. Argentina is second while the Netherlands round out the top three.

Previous No. 1, Spain, fell to eighth after being eliminated from the World Cup after its second game.

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