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Sportshorts for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:11 p.m. CDT

LOCAL SPORTS

Sign up for Morrison fall leagues

Teams interested in participating in fall leagues at the Morrison Sports Complex can sign up at www.quickscores.com/morrisonsports.

Leagues running in the fall are: weekend youth baseball 10-12 and 13-15 year old divisions, co-ed softball, men’s softball and co-ed kickball. Leagues begin the first week of September.

For more information, contact Jim DuBois at 815-535-1105.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Mark leaving Northwestern

One day after Venric Mark said he planned to “hit the ground running” after returning from a two-game suspension, Northwestern announced that its star tailback is leaving school.

The news release says that Mark is departing for “personal reasons, with a desire to play football this season closer to family.”

Mark, who in 2012 rushed for 1,366 rushing yards and was an All-American punt returner before redshirting last season, did not immediately return a phone call or text message seeking comment. It’s not known whether Mark will be eligible to play this season.

Arizona St. lineman comes out

Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.

A fifth-year senior, Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he began telling teammates of his sexual orientation last spring.

NFL

Packers trade Worthy to Pats

The New England Patriots have acquired injured lineman Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in a trade, pending a physical for the defensive end.

The Packers will get a still-to-be announced draft pick.

Worthy had been placed on the non-football injury list. He spent much of 2013 on injured reserve with a knee injury.

The Packers traded up in the 2012 draft to take Worthy in the second round out of Michigan State.

GOLF

Woods ruled out of Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of contention for a Ryder Cup wildcard pick because of lingering back problems.

Woods, who had surgery in March to treat a pinched nerve in his back, asked U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson not to consider him for the team competition.

AUTO RACING

Ward Sr. questions Stewart’s innocence

Tony Stewart faces no imminent charges in the racetrack death of Kevin Ward Jr., but the father of the driver killed at Canandaigua Motorsports Park questions Stewart’s innocence.

“Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see him,” Kevin Ward Sr. told the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Ward Jr., 20, was pushed into the wall when Stewart bumped his car in the dirt-track race in New York. Ward Jr. got out of his car and walked onto the track, where he was struck by Stewart.

“Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night. Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there’s no reason for it,” Ward Sr. said.

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