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Sportshorts for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014


Fishing derby
slated for Sept. 6

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office and Mounted Patrol will hold a free fishing derby for kids 15 and under Sept. 6 at Rockwood State Park in Morrison.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; fishing will take place from 9-11 a.m.

Age groups are 7 and under, 8 to 11, and 12 to 15. Grand prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in each age group and by each species, and other prizes will be awarded to all participants.

An adult must sign for each child. Call the sheriff’s office, 815-772-4044, for more information.


Johnson sinks
ace at Edgewood

Tevin Johnson, a 19-year-old from Dixon, made his first hole-in-one Thursday at Edgewood Golf Course in Polo. Johnson used a pitching wedge on the 110-yard second hole.


Time to sign up
for UPickem

Anyone interested in joining the Chicago Football UPickem contest can register online. This is a confidence pool playing against the likes of Hub Arkush, Dan Hampton, and other VIPs.

Weekly winnners receive $50 gift cards to the NFL fan site, and the grand prize is a trip for two with the Bears from Apple Vacations.

To register, visit


Rooftop owners sue city over renovations

A group of owners of rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field sued the City of Chicago today in Cook County Circuit Court, asking a judge to review the decision that allowed the Chicago Cubs to build as many as seven outfield signs that would block views from the rooftops.

The rooftop owners are requesting an administrative review of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ decision last month to allow the Cubs to move forward on renovating the 100-year-old ballpark.

The plaintiffs allege that the decision violates a 2004 contract the rooftop owners signed with the Cubs that guaranteed their views into the ballpark in exchange for 17 percent of the clubs’ annual revenues.


Hayes not likely to sign with Hawks

As the deadline looms to sign him, it appears the Chicago Blackhawks will lose exclusive rights to Kevin Hayes, one of the top young prospects in hockey.

Hayes, who was the Hawks’ first-round pick (24th overall) in the 2010 draft, will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight Saturday if he does not agree to terms. His agent, Robert Murray, said Thursday that it’s “not likely” Hayes will sign with the Hawks by the deadline.

Hayes, 22, spent the
last 4 years at Boston
College, and developed into one of the nation’s top forwards.


Van Dyken-Rouen leaves hospital

Two months after being paralyzed below the waist in an all-terrain-vehicle accident, former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was expected to leave the hospital Thursday.

The 41-year-old has kept fans informed of her progress through social media. She tweeted about her release from Craig Hospital in Colorado.

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