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Sportshorts for Friday, August 1, 2014

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:36 p.m. CDT

LOCAL GOLF

Emerald Hill to hold Footgolf

Emerald Hill Golf Course will be introducing Footgolf, a cross between golf and soccer. It’s played by kicking the ball into the hole in the fewest number of kicks.

Tee times start at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Emerald Hill. There is no cost during this introductory session, and carts will be available for $20. Participants will play on the back nine, and the course suggests to bring your own ball. No soccer cleats allowed.

To register, call Emerald Hill at 815-622-6204 by Aug. 4.

GOLF

Dustin Johnson takes leave

Dustin Johnson announced Thursday he will take a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges.”

That means he’ll miss the Ryder Cup, which wil be played on Sept. 28-30.

Johnson is No. 5 in the standings for the U.S. team, with the top nine automatically qualifying.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Heisman winner Lujack has surgery

Former Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack underwent surgery Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The 89-year-old Lujack, who won the 1947 Heisman, had been admitted in a Davenport, Iowa, hospital 2 weeks ago.

The surgery entailed removing some bones from the spine, and inserting metal rods and screws to support the upper spine near his head.

WNBA

Delle Donne returns to lineup

Chicago Sky guard/forward Elena Delle Donne, who has been battling Chronic Lyme disease symptoms – fatigue, achiness, and tremors – was made available for Thursday night’s game against the New York Liberty.

The 2013 rookie of the year missed 17 of the Sky’s last 18 games.

NFL

Players to get tracking chips in pads

Beginning with the NFL’s regular season, players will be equipped with tracking technology in their shoulder pads measuring how fast, far and what routes they run – in real time.

The small radio frequency identification (RFID) chips have a hypersensitive location tracking system, and will send data to receivers installed at 17 NFL stadiums, including Soldier Field.

Those receivers are programmed with algorithms to instantaneously organize the information in a way that’s useful for broadcasters and fans.

Bears waive Toliver, sign Pocic

The Bears waived receiver Terrence Toliver Thursday with an injury settlement, and signed offensive lineman Graham Pocic to fill the open roster spot.

Toliver suffered a significant foot injury early in training camp.

Pocic is a native of Lemont and a former standout at Illinois, where he started 34 games at center and two at right tackle over his 4-year career.

NBA

Rick Brunson indicted on several charges

Former Chicago Bull Rick Brunson has been indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery stemming from his arrest last month following an encounter with a massage therapist at a Vernon Hills fitness center.

Brunson pled not guilty to all the charges in a Lake County courtroom this morning.

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