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SportShorts for Thursday, December 7, 2017

BASKETBALL

Three local teams in first AP poll

The first AP basketball poll of the new season has the Eastland girls ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, with AFC ranked No. 10.

Prophetstown received votes in Class 1A.

In Class 3A, Dixon received votes. Bureau
Valley received votes in Class 2A.

In the boys basketball polls, Polo is ranked No. 9, while Newman and Milledgeville received votes in Class 1A. Rock Falls received votes in Class 3A.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

DawTyne takes regional honors

Milledgeville alumnus and current Aurora University linebacker Kam DawTyne was selected as a second-team all-region player.

The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference defensive player of the year was the lone Spartan picked for North Region honors by D3football.com.

He had 90 tackles, 55 of them solo, and 4.5 tackles for a loss as a senior.

NFL

Chiefs CB benched for Oakland game

Marcus Peters chucked an official’s flag into the stands, stalked off the field wearing a smile, then ran back onto it without wearing socks when he realized he hadn’t been ejected.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid suspended the volatile young cornerback for their game against Oakland after a series of antics that have humiliated not only Peters, but the entire
organization.

Steelers angered over NFL rulings

The Pittsburgh Steelers are confused and frustrated about the league’s decision to uphold Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict,
while granting Bengals cornerback George Iloka’s appeal of his one-game ban for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers star Antonio Brown in the final minutes of Pittsburgh’s occasionally brutal 23-20 victory Monday night.

“They screwed it up,” guard Ramon Foster said. “You say you’re concerned over player safety, but you had a guy who blatantly had a helmet-to-helmet and didn’t get suspended. You had a guy that just did a taunting and you try to justify it by suspending him. That’s not player safety.”

Manning back as Giants starter

Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo has officially named Eli Manning as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s NFC East game against the Cowboys.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Rice hires Stanford OC as new coach

Mike Bloomgren has been hired as the coach at Rice.

Rice announced Wednesday that Bloomgren agreed to a 5-year contract with the Owls after spending last season as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Stanford. He takes over for David Bailiff, who was fired on Nov. 27 after Rice finished 1-11 in his 11th season.

Bloomgren worked at Stanford for the last seven seasons. He was the offensive line coach from 2011-12 before taking over as offensive coordinator in 2013.

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