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SportShorts for Saturday, November 11, 2017


Five locals placed on TRAC first team

Five players from four different area schools were named to Three Rivers all-conference first teams.

Newman sophomore hitter Aidan Brown was a unanimous selection on the TRAC East first team. Comets senior middle hitter Hannah Wilson was also a first-teamer.

Bureau Valley junior outside hitter Saige Barnett was a unanimous first-team pick. Prophetstown senior hitter Dena Johnson also made the first team in the East Division.

The lone local first-teamer in the TRAC West was Fulton senior outside hitter Brooke Huizenga, a unanimous selection.

For a full list of all first-team, second-team and honorable-mention picks from both divisions, see the scoreboard on B5.


Settlements coming in slowly

More than 10 months since the NFL’s high-profile concussion settlement with retired players, only a small percentage of those who have made claims have received monetary awards, with many claiming the process has been flawed and others defending it as necessarily deliberate.

Thus far, just 140 notices of monetary awards have been issued and around $100 million has been distributed.

Before the settlement went into effect in January after more than a year’s worth of objections and delays, attorneys for the class of former players had estimated for the court that they expected 665 settlement claims to be paid out in the first year of an agreement many estimated would eventually cost the NFL more than $1 billion.


Solo says she was groped by Blatter

Longtime United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her in 2013.

Solo said Blatter groped her at the Ballon d’Or award ceremony.

The two walked onstage together in January 2013 to present the world player of the year award to Abby Wambach.


Fighting Illini win in
Underwood’s debut

Graduate transfer Mark Alstork scored 17 points and snagged 10 rebounds Friday night, helping lead Illinois to a 102-55 victory over Southern in the first game of coach Brad Underwood’s career with the Illini.

The Illini shot just 4-of-21 from behind the arc, but secured a decisive win over the Jaguars by pounding the glass.

Southern was outrebounded 42-26 and shot just 37.3 percent from the field.

Underwood used his reserves a lot in his debut and junior Aaron Jordan responded.

Jordan finished with 17 points off the bench, knocking down two 3-pointers and all seven of his free throw attempts.

Jared Sam led the way for the Jaguars with 21 points, the only Jaguar to reach double figures.

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