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Sportshorts for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014


Cops and Bobbers set for Saturday

The Dixon Police Department’s Cops and Bobbers youth fishing day will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lowell Park.

All participants must register before fishing, and an adult must be present during fishing. Prizes will be given for the largest fish in both age categories (7-under, and 8-15), and one prize will be given for most fish caught.

For more information, contact officer Tony Quadraro at 815-288-4411 or at

IDNR sets
waterfowl dates

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources have set the date and bag limits for the 2014-15 seasons. In the North Zone, the youth hunt will be Oct. 11-12. Duck season is Oct. 18 to Dec. 16, and Canada goose season will be Oct. 18 to Jan. 15. Snow geese will be Oct. 18 to Jan. 15, and white-fronted geese is from Nov. 3 to Jan. 15.

Proposed daily limits for ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails, one canvasback, one black duck, and one mottled duck.

Limit for mergansers is five, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. Canada and white-frosted geese daily bag limits will be two with a possession limit of six. The snow goose daily bag limit is 20 birds, with no possession limit.

Youth Firearm Deer Hunt set for Oct.

The 2014 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is Oct. 11-13 for those hunters with a valid Youth Deer Permit, who have not reached his or her 16th birthday by the first day of the hunt.

Youth Deer Permits are available over the counter at license vendors throughout the state. Bag limit is one deer per legally authorized permit.


McThenia Tourney set for Saturday

The Todd McThenia Memorial Doubles Tennis tournament will be held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park in Rock Falls.

Men’s and women’s doubles play begins at 9 a.m. The mixed doubles bracket will begin at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Coloma Park District Office at 508 E. 11th St., Rock Falls, or phone at 815-625-0272.


Winston Twitter campaign backfires

A Florida State social media campaign turned ugly Sunday when the university’s athletic department opened their Heisman-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, up to nationwide mockery.

The department attempted to engage fans on Twitter by soliciting questions to be used for a video on the team website.

The hashtag “#AskJameis” became a trending topic on twitter for a time Sunday – for all the wrong reasons.

The twitter feed was bombarded by accounts making fun of Winston and taking shots at the sophomore. Winston has been heavily criticized for several off-the-field incidents.

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