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SportShorts for Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Playday Aug. 8
at Sunset

The Mount Morris Senior Center is hosting its 11th annual playday on Friday, Aug. 8, at Sunset Golf Club.

This year, a golf scramble and steak fry will be held in memory of Digger Hageman and Earl Miller. Registration is $40 for club members and $50 for non-members, and begins at 4 p.m. Nine holes of golf will tee off at 5 p.m., with a steak dinner to follow.

Call Brenda Hayden at 815-734-6335 for more information.


Paterno’s son
sues Penn State

Two former assistant football coaches at Penn State University, including the son of disgraced former head coach Joe Paterno, are suing the school for more than $1 million for actions they say wrecked their careers in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal.

Jay Paterno, who was quarterbacks coach for 12 seasons under his father, and Bill Kenney, the former offensive coach, were both fired in January 2012 by Bill O’Brien, the coach who replaced the elder Paterno.

“The terminations … had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the [Jerry] Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiff’s heretofore stellar reputations,” lawyers for the two men said in their complaint, filed on Monday in federal court in Philadelphia.

Former Illini OL dies during practice

Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died of cardiac arrest Monday night, according to his former high school football coach. Afryl was 22.

He collapsed while practicing with a few teammates at Winona State University in Minnesota, where he had signed 2 months ago to continue his playing career.

Paramedics were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital, said former Niles West coach Curtis Tate, who was visiting Tuesday with Afryl’s family. Afryl had no known medical conditions, his mother said.


Two Bulls on
USA Select roster

USA Basketball released its 13-man roster for the Select team that will train with the National team at next week’s minicamp in Las Vegas, and Jimmy Butler is on it. He joins first-round acquisition Doug McDermott, who participated in the program last summer as well.

Derrick Rose will be training with the national team in the hopes of making the 12-man roster that will compete in September’s FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain. Tom Thibodeau is Mike Krzyzewski’s assistant coach.


Chargers cut
NIU’s English

Outside linebacker Larry English was released by the San Diego Chargers ahead of the team opening training camp today.

A former first-round pick from Northern Illinois in 2009, English’s development was hampered by multiple injuries through his first five NFL seasons as he has played in only 52 games while producing 82 tackles and 11 sacks. That included a season-ending pectoral injury last November.

While former general manager A.J. Smith stuck by English, new GM Tom Telesco and coach Mike McCoy did not see enough last season and over the offseason to convince them to bring English to training camp this year.


Germans damage World Cup replica

It took the Germans a month of grueling matches to win the World Cup, but it took them only about a week to damage their coveted trophy.

The 2014 tournament winners chipped off a piece of their replica World Cup trophy during wild celebrations in the aftermath of their 1-0 extra-time win against Argentina, Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German Football Assn., told German newspaper Die Welt.

The real, 18-karat gold World Cup trophy, which the German players celebrated with immediately after their win over Argentina, remains safe and unharmed at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.


Blackhawks top league on TV

The Blackhawks’ overtime loss to the L.A. Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals surely broke hearts in Chicago, but few would argue that it was great television--perhaps the NHL’s most riveting viewing of the season.

So it should be no surprise that the Hawks, champions in two of the last five seasons, will lead the league in nationally televised games this fall with 20.

Eleven of those games will air either on NBC or the NBC Sports Network, starting with a game against the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. on NBCSN, the Hawks’ first nationally aired matchup of the season.

The local and preseason TV schedules will be announced later, according to a statement from the team.

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