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Sportshorts for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:05 p.m. CDT

TENNIS

Dixon native to be honored by college

George Acker, a 1946 Dixon High School graduate who died in 2011, will have center court at Stow Stadium on the campus Kalamazoo College named after him. The ceremony will happen at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2, before the start of the USTA Boys 16 & 18 national championships.

Acker, a Northern Illinois University graduate, coached men’s tennis at Kalamazoo College for 35 years. He led the team to 35 consecutive conference titles, and seven NCAA Division III championships.

NBA

Melo: I don’t care about money

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said he chose to stay with the Knicks because he believes they can win – not because they could pay him the most money – but admitted that at one point in his decision process, he was “flip-flopping” between New York and Chicago.

Griffin backs out of Team USA

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin decided to pass on playing for the U.S. national team at the FIBA World Cup of basketball in August, and Washington Wizards guard John Wall reportedly was added to the roster.

Griffin, one of 19 players originally selected, said Thursday that he wants to focus on the 2014-15 NBA season.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Ohio State band director fired

The director of the Ohio State University band has been dismissed after investigators found a sexualized culture of rituals in the group that bills itself as the “Best Damn Band in the Land.”

Band director Jonathan Waters was fired by the school after an investigation prompted by a parental complaint found the band’s “culture facilitated acts of sexual harassment, creating a hostile environment for students.” The lawyer representing Waters said the band leader will fight to clear his name.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Writers pick Buckeyes in Big Ten

Ohio State will win the Big Ten’s new East Division, and Wisconsin will slide past Iowa in the West. Northwestern is picked to finish fourth in the west, two spots above Illinois.

This is according to an annual poll conducted by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com that contains the picks of 29 writers.

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