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SportShorts for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

VOLLEYBALL

Sterling places 5 on all-league team

Led by co-MVP Josi Borum, the Sterling volleyball team had five members earn all-conference honors, the NIB-12 West announced Tuesday.

Josi Borum, a junior, was joined on the first team by freshman sister Brooklyn Borum, as well as senior Macie Good and freshman libero Lexy Rodriguez.

Brookyln Borum’s twin sister, Breelyn Borum, was an honorable mention selection. Josi Borum shared MVP honors with LaSalle-Peru sophomore Kamryn Olson.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Illinois DC on leave after mother’s death

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson has taken a temporary leave from the team after his mother passed away “unexpectedly” on Sunday evening, Lovie Smith said on Monday.

Smith said he was unsure if Nickerson will return to the Illini (2-7, 0-6 Big Ten) before Saturday’s home game against Indiana (3-6, 0-6).

No movement in top 5 of latest CFP rankings

Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Oklahoma remained the top five teams in this week’s College Football Playoff.

Unbeaten Wisconsin is the highest-ranked team from the Big Ten at No. 8.

TCU moved from No. 8 to No. 6. Miami also made a move up the chart, going from No. 10 to No. 7.

Washington is the Pac-12’s first entry at No. 9. Auburn is No. 10.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Three UCLA players arrested in China

Three UCLA freshman – LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – were arrested in China on shoplifting charges just days before Friday’s season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

The players reportedly stole from a Louis Vuitton store that is located next to the team’s hotel.

NBA

Suns deal Bledsoe to Bucks

The Phoenix Suns have traded disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Greg Monroe, a 2018 protected first-round draft pick, and a 2018 protected second-round pick.

Bledsoe has been away from the Suns since general manager Ryan McDonough sent him home on Oct. 23. One day earlier, Bledsoe tweeted, “I don’t wanna be here.”

NFL

Browns’ Gordon tells all in GQ interview

Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon used drugs or alcohol before every NFL game he played, he told GQ magazine in an interview released Monday.

“We would stay at the team hotel, and then players are allowed to go back home, get what they need and then go to the game,” Gordon said. “So I’d leave the hotel early morning, go home, eat breakfast, do my little ritual, whatever it may be, some weed, some alcohol, and then go to the game. And then, I’d definitely be partying after every game, win or lose.” Every game.”

SOCCER

L.A. Galaxy’s Rogers retires

L.A. Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring.

Rogers came out while announcing his retirement in 2013 after being released by Leeds United. That retirement lasted less than 3 months before he signed with the Galaxy.

The left-back is a 10-year MLS veteran and two-time All-Star who won league championships in 2008 and 2014. He also played at the 2008 Olympics for the U.S., and won 18 senior caps. He missed the entire 2017 season due to injuries, a problem that plagued him throughout his career.

OLYMPICS

Women’s marathon champ banned for doping

The Kenyan woman who won the marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics has been handed a 4-year ban for using a blood-boosting hormone.

Officials delivered the penalty after rejecting Jemima Sumgong’s explanation that she had been given the performance-enhancing drug, EPO, during a hospital visit for an ectopic pregnancy.

The 32-year-old, who tested positive in February, will be ineligible for the 2019 world championships and the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

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