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Sportshorts for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014


Hall of Fame
committee to meet

The Northwest Illinois Sports Hall of Fame Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna. Final plans and preparations will be made for the 2014 Induction Banquet.

Members should RSVP Brian Reusch at 815-273-7757 or


Bears cut Frey, Brown at deadline

The Bears waived cornerback Isaiah Frey and offensive lineman James Brown after practice Tuesday to meet the 3 p.m. deadline for teams to cut rosters to 75 players.

A second wave of cuts is coming this weekend, with teams needing to pare down to 53 players before 3 p.m. Saturday. Frey, a sixth-round pick in 2012, played in all 16 games last season, and was credited with six starts as the Bears’ top nickel cornerback.

Brown, a reserve tackle, made three starts for the Bears in 2012 as a rookie, but has been buried on the depth chart as the offensive line locks in on a core group of reserves.

Bucs trade for
guard Mankins

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick.

A three-time captain with the Patriots, Mankins has earned six Pro Bowl berths and five All-Pro selections in his career. He also was selected to the New England Patriots’ All-2000s and 50th Anniversary teams.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Mankins was a first-round pick out of Fresno State in the 2005 NFL Draft. He has started all 130 games he has played in during his 9-year career. He has made 17 postseason appearances as well, including two Super Bowl appearances.

Dolphins release
QB Quinn

Brady Quinn’s attempt to resurrect his NFL career didn’t last long.

On Tuesday, shortly before NFL teams had to trim their rosters to 75 players, the Miami Dolphins released Quinn, the quarterback tweeted.

Quinn struggled mightily in practice since being signed by the Dolphins 2 weeks ago, including throwing several interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.


Heroic story might not be true

The heroic story of Josh Shaw’s act to save a nephew in distress took a turn Tuesday when USC coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters the school had received calls questioning the veracity of the story, and that the school was investigating.

USC announced Monday that Shaw suffered two ankle injuries Saturday night after he leaped from a second-floor balcony during a family function in Palmdale to save his nephew, who could not swim.

Sarkisian began by saying that Shaw is “a good person. He’s a good kid,” and that “I have no reason, no history to not believe Josh and his story.”

But he did not say that the story was true.


Pelicans sign veteran Salmons

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract.

Salmons has played 12 seasons in the NBA. He has averaged 9.4 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his career. The 34-year-old Salmons has twice played with Sacramento and also spent time with Chicago, Milwaukee and most recently Toronto.

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