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SportShorts for Friday, April 21, 2017


Forreston hires a pair of new coaches

Forreston has new boys and girls varsity basketball coaches.

The school hired Shane Bautch to be the new boys coach and Brian Rahn to lead the girls team.

Bautch coached at Rockford Christian from 2009-12. Rahn was most recently the boys coach at Milledgeville from 2005-16.


Dixon native, ex-NU broadcaster dies

Dixon native Jim Gannon, the former radio play-by-play man for Northwestern football, died April 1 at the age of 86.

He graduated from Notre Dame, and later worked at WIND in Chicago as part of the team covering Northwestern football, NBA and college basketball.


League releases 2017 schedules

The Chicago Bears will open the 2017 campaign at home against defending NFC champion Atlanta on Sunday Sept. 10, according to a schedule released by the league on Thursday.

The Packers open against the Seahawks before traveling to Atlanta Week 2 for a rematch of January’s NFC title game.

NFC North teams will play every team in the AFC North and NFC South this year.

The Bears and Packers play each other Week 4 in Green Bay and Week 10 in Chicago.


Buffalo Sabres fire coach, GM

General manager Tim Murray ran out of time to rebuild the Buffalo Sabres into a contender. The team will need a new head coach, too.

Sabres owner Terry Pegula cleaned house by firing Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on Thursday amid questions over player accountability during a season in which Buffalo extended its franchise-worst playoff drought to a sixth year.


Manfred open to a team in Vegas

Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

With two existing franchises – A’s and the Rays – struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the table.

“If we were looking at relocation,” Manfred said, “Las Vegas would be on the list.”


IU bans athletes with sexual violence past

Indiana University will no longer admit athletes with a history of sexual or domestic violence.

The Indianapolis Star reports that an athletics department policy approved this month bans prospective student-athletes who have been “convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence.”

That includes transfer students and incoming freshman.

The policy was started by Athletic Director Fred Glass, who consulted with the university’s Office of Student Welfare and Title IX, and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

In 2015, the Southeastern Conference initiated a ban on member institutions accepting transfer students with a history of serious misconduct, including sexual and domestic assault, while the Big Ten has so far left decisions up to individual institutions.

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