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SportShorts for Friday, July 25, 2014


Dixon’s Cox honored by NJCAA

Dixon native Catie Cox recently received the NJCAA’s Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, handed out to junior college student-athletes for work in the classroom.

Cox, a 2012 Dixon High School graduate, served as a captain on the Kishwaukee Kougars basketball team this past season. The Kougars finished eighth at the NJCAA National Championship last season, and have a 54-13 record without a home loss the past two seasons.

Cox was an academic all-conference selection, and earned second-team all-Region IV honors. She will continue her playing career at Wisconsin-Parkside, where she will major in criminal justice, with plans to pursue a law degree.


Rock Falls offering sports passes

All-season sports passes for Rock Falls High School go on sale Thursday, Aug. 7th, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. They will also be available at Meet the Rockets on Friday, Aug. 22, from 5-6 p.m.

All adult and student passes costs $35, while Rock Falls residents 62 and older can purchase them for $5. The passes are good for all regular-season home games throughout the year.


Jordan contract up for auction

The Chicago Bulls’ original copy of Michael Jordan’s $33 million contract – the most valuable single-season contract in NBA history – has hit the auction block.

The contract, which Jordan signed for the 1997-98 season, was his last with the Bulls, in which they won their sixth championship.

The contract is signed by Jordan himself, and initialed by him on each of its 24 pages. It’s also signed by Jerry Krause, former Bulls general manager, and Irwin Mandel, the man in charge of the Bulls’ finances. It also includes a two-page cover letter from Mandel to the NBA.

The original estimate for the contract’s value by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions was $30,000, but with a week remaining until the bidding closes, it has already topped $28,000.


Lynch expected to hold out

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch plans to hold out during training camp, former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday after talking to Lynch on the phone.

The 28-year-old Lynch is in search of a new contract. He signed a 4-year, $31 million deal in March 2012, and is scheduled to make $5 million in 2014, with a $500,000 roster bonus.

Lynch’s planned absence comes on the heels of Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles receiving a 2-year contract extension Wednesday that boosted his 2014 salary to $8.3 million.


Twins cancel
Knoblauch ceremony

Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with assaulting his ex-wife, and as a result, the Minnesota Twins canceled the team’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

The 46-year-old Knoblauch was charged with assault of a family member, Cheri Knoblauch, whom he divorced in 2012. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

Knoblauch was previously convicted of hitting then-wife Stacy Stelmach in 2010 and received one year of probation in that case.

Knoblauch had been scheduled to be inducted on Aug. 23 at Target Field. He retired in 2002 following a 12-year career with the New York Yankees, Twins and Kansas City Royals. He was the 1991 American League rookie of the year with the Twins.

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