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SportShorts for Thursday, July 24, 2014


Oregon to play
alumni game

The Oregon Hawks will travel to Winnebago High School on Aug. 15 for an alumni football game.

Game time is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10, with half of every pre-sold ticket going toward a fund for Winnebago’s new press box.


Bulls up ante in
Love sweepstakes

First-round pick Doug McDermott and two previous first-rounders – Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic – are part of the Chicago Bulls’ trade offer to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, according to NBA reporter Chris Sheridan.

“The hang-up is Mirotic and McDermott signed their contracts [Tuesday],” Sheridan told 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago. “If this trade is going to happen, it’s not going to happen for another 29 days. If Minnesota likes the offer way, way better than the Cleveland offer, they can wait.”

Sheridan said the Cleveland offer of No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, and a 2015 No. 1 pick (from Memphis or Miami), might be an easier sell to the Timberwolves fan base.

Boston remains in the picture, according to Sheridan, and is loaded with future draft picks.


Broncos owner cedes control of team

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has been battling Alzheimer’s disease, and is relinquishing control of the franchise, it was announced Wednesday.

“As many in the Denver community and around the National Football League have speculated, my husband, Pat, has very bravely and quietly battled Alzheimer’s disease for the last few years,” his wife, Annabel, said in a statement released through the Broncos. “... My family is deeply saddened that Pat’s health no longer allows him to oversee the Broncos, which has led to this public acknowledgment of such a personal health condition.”

Bowlen, 70, bought the Broncos in 1984, and saw his team reach six Super Bowls, including winning back-to-back titles in 1997 and ’98. Team President Joe Ellis will assume control of the franchise.

Seahawks WR Rice retires

Seattle Seahawks wideout Sidney Rice announced his retirement on Wednesday after seven injury-plagued NFL seasons.

Rice had been cut by the club back in February as a salary-cap measure, before being re-signed in April.

The 27-year-old finished both the 2011 and 2013 seasons on injured reserve.

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