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Sportshorts for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014


Sharks tryouts
at Gartner Park

The Sterling Sharks boys travel baseball team will be holding tryouts at 5 p.m. Sunday at Gartner Park. Boys that are 13 or 14 as of May 1, 2015 are eligible to tryout.

For more information, contact Matt Olson at 815-441-5741.


Clippers sale to Ballmer confirmed

After 4 months of legal challenges and threats from Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers finally have changed hands.

The sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2
billion was legally closed Tuesday. Sterling is officially out as the owner after his racially insensitive remarks created a public outcry.


Big Ten/ACC
Challenge times set

The Big Ten/ACC Challenge game times have been announced by ESPN.

Illinois’ game at Miami will air at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 on either ESPNU or ESPN2. Northwestern hosts Georgia Tech at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 3 on ESPNU. Iowa will be at North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 on ESPN.


Manziel’s debut draws big ratings

Johnny Manziel also is a ratings machine in the pros.

Saturday’s Browns vs. Lions game featuring the young quarterback generated the highest rating ever for a preseason game during the 11-year run on the NFL Network. The telecast averaged nearly 3 million viewers.

Browns sign
Grossman as backup

The Cleveland Browns have signed unrestricted free-agent quarterback Rex Grossman and waived quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

The 33-year-old Grossman is entering his 12th year in the NFL, and joins a team where Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel are vying for the starting job. He hasn’t played in the regular season since 2011, when he started 13 games for Washington.

Hernandez’s cousin guilty of contempt

A cousin of former NFL tight end, Aaron Hernandez, who refused to testify before a grand jury about the murder of Odin Lloyd, will be confined to her home for a year and spend 2 years on probation after her guilty plea to a contempt charge.

Tanya Singleton, 38, is battling what her doctor has diagnosed as terminal cancer, and Bristol County Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh made it clear that absent that fact, she would have been sent to jail for as much as 2½ years.


Investigation into death will continue

Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip C. Povero provided an update Tuesday on the continuing investigation into Saturday’s sprint car incident with Tony Stewart that killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.

Povero said that the investigation is “ongoing and expected to continue for at least another 2 weeks or more.”

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