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SportShorts for Thursday, February 1, 2018


Amboy trounces Orangeville

Abi Payne hit a pair of 3s and paced a balanced attack with 13 points as Amboy rolled to a 57-34 home win against Orangeville on Wednesday night.

Also for Amboy, Noelle Jones had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Breanna Fisher had nine points and seven boards, Kallie Appleman had eight rebounds, five assists and four points, and Rachel Lachat added four points and four assists.


Former White Sox OF Gamble dies

Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons and was famous during his playing days for an Afro that spilled out of his helmet, died Wednesday of a rare tumor of the jaw. He was 68.

His second wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, said he was diagnosed with a benign tumor, ameloblastoma, about 9 years ago. It became ameloblastic carcinoma in 2016 and he had the first of several operations that August. Gamble, who lived in Montgomery, Alabama, entered UAB Hospital in Birmingham on Jan. 22 and died there early Wednesday.


Goodell wants to
clarify catch rules

Roger Goodell wants to see the mystery of the NFL’s catch rule solved, and he’s ensured that the process has begun.

The commissioner said at his annual Super Bowl news conference Wednesday that he personally sees that rule as the most obvious to address.

Asked about the scrutiny that NFL officiating came under this season, Goodell said “on the catch/no catch rule, we need to find a rule we think will address that. We certainly need to get this rule right so everyone can appreciate.”

Chiefs send QB Smith to Washington

Kansas City has agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, a move that spells the end of Kirk Cousins’ time with the Redskins and hands the Chiefs’ job to Patrick Mahomes.

Smith, who turns 34 in May, spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs, leading them to the playoffs four times while throwing for 102 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

He carries a $17 million salary-cap hit for 2018.


Coach, son charged in attack on referee

A men’s college basketball coach and his adult son have been charged with attacking a referee following a game against a rival school in Wisconsin.

University of Wisconsin-Rock County coach Jamal Mosley, 41, and his son J’shon Mosley, 20, are charged with battery and disorderly conduct.

They’re accused of tracking down the referee, Patrick Anderson, after the team’s loss on Jan. 3 to the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, and beating him as he fell to the ground. Witnesses stopped the attack and called police, investigators said.

Anderson told police that he originally tried to ignore the Mosleys and raised his arms in defense when the first punch was thrown. He sustained abrasions and cuts around one of his eyes.


Russia warns of locust attacks

A plague of locusts could destroy the fields in World Cup stadiums this year, the Russian government said Wednesday.

Locusts often feast on crops in southern Russia and the person who oversees plant protection at the agriculture ministry said they could descend on stadiums, too.

“We have more or less learned how to deal with locusts, but this year I’m afraid we could end up in an international locust scandal,” Pyotr Chekmaryov said in comments reported by state news agencies. “Soccer fields are green. Locusts like places where there is a lot of green. What if they fly to the places where football is played?”

Chekmaryov pointed out the Volgograd region as a particular concern.

Group games in Volgograd will include England’s match against Tunisia and a game between Poland and Japan.

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