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SportShorts for Saturday, August 16, 2014


Byron Chamber
Play Day

The Byron Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Golf Play Day on Thursday, Aug. 28, at
PrairieView Golf Club.

The format is Best Ball Shamble, with check-in at 10 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Cost is $90 per player or $325 for a foursome, which includes green fees, cart rental, lunch, and dinner. Registration forms are due by Wednesday, Aug. 22, and are available from the Byron Chamber of Commerce at 815-234-5500 or

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s tournament will support the Sean Considine Young Leader Scholarship Award, presented to an eighth-grade boy or girl in Byron.


McNeil officially out at The Score

Dan McNeil’s tenure is done at WSCR-AM 670. His partner, Matt Spiegel, broke the news at the end of Friday’s midday show.

McNeil’s departure shouldn’t come as a big surprise. He had been off the air since his contract ended at the end of June.

The two sides couldn’t agree on a new deal after McNeil had sought a substantial raise from his reported $300,000-plus per year salary. The station, meanwhile, had stuck with McNeil despite two extended absences with substance abuse problems.


Cubs trade former first-round pick

The Cubs sent former first-round draft pick Brett Jackson to Arizona on Thursday night for reliever Blake Cooper.

Cooper, 26, is 16-15 with a 3.27 ERA in 192 relief appearances over five minor league seasons with a 3.27 ERA. He was named to the Southern League All-Star team this year.

Jackson, a first-round pick in 2009, had a brief call-up to the Cubs in 2012, hitting .175 with 59 strikeouts in 120 at-bats. He was hitting .210 with five home runs this year at Triple-A Iowa.


Bears TE Miller
out for season

The Chicago Bears announced Friday afternoon that they will be placing Zach Miller on injured reserve after the tight end suffered a serious foot injury during Thursday night’s 20-19 win over the Jaguars at Soldier Field.

Details of Miller’s injury are not yet known. But he was being further evaluated by doctors Friday afternoon as head coach Marc Trestman held his press conference at Halas Hall.

Chiefs WR Bowe suspended 1 game

The NFL has suspended Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for one game, the team confirmed Friday.

Bowe will miss the regular-season opener against the Titans after an incident last November, when Bowe was stopped in Riverside, Mo., for speeding and possessing marijuana.

Bowe, a first-time offender, pleaded guilty to amended charges of littering and defective equipment. He paid a $610 fine.

The passenger in Bowe’s car told police the marijuana belonged to him and that Bowe did not know it was in the car.


Stewart to take grief week by week

Tony Stewart is grieving at an undisclosed location in the aftermath of the incident in which 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Stewart’s race car, Stewart’s team said Friday.

“It’s been an emotional week for [Stewart],” Brett Frood, executive vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing, told a news conference at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart opted not to race at Michigan this weekend; he also missed the prior NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Stewart “made the decision he’s not ready to get in the race car and will take it week by week,” Frood said. “It will be up to Tony when he’s ready to get back in the car.

“It was a tragic accident and he’s dealing with quite a bit of grief,” Frood said, adding that Stewart “is surrounded right now by his closest friends and family. His location is of a private nature.”

Frood also said “right now the focus of everyone should be on the [Ward] family that’s grieving.”

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