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SportShorts for Thursday, February 8, 2018

BASKETBALL

Two Hawks headed to Kishwaukee

Oregon girls basketball players Addie Kitzmiller and Lani Morris on Wednesday signed to play at Kishwaukee College next season.

Kitzmiller, a 5-foot-8 guard, and Morris, a 6-2 center, will join a Kougars team in its second year back after the school did not field a team for the 2016-17 season.

FOOTBALL

Comet duo to play next year in college

A pair of Newman football players made their college choices on Wednesday.

Cade Bianchi will continue his athletic and academic career at Southwest Minnesota State. Bianchi was a 2-year starter at defensive back for the Comets.

Brentin Erickson, also a starting DB, will play football next year at St. Ambrose University.

Le-Win star heading to NIU

Lena-Winslow running back Rahveon Valentine committed to Northern Illinois as a preferred walk-on Wednesday.

He rushed 218 times for 2,165 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2017 for the Class 1A state champion Panthers, including 140 yards and two TDs in the state championship game against Tuscola.

Schiano not leaving Ohio State

Beyond the signing of most of the top recruits he pursued, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will be staying in Columbus.

There were reports that Schiano, the former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. would be leaving to become the Patriots’ defensive coordinator.

Meyer and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also said they were close on a 2-year contract extension for the coach.

GOLF

Romo to play PGA Tour event

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour debut next month in the Dominican Republic – as a player.

Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports, has received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25. The first-year event is being held opposite the Dell Technologies Match Play, a World Golf Championships event.

MLB

Girardi to work for MLB Network

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is heading back to TV, but he eventually wants to get back in the dugout.

“I would like to, yes,” Girardi said when asked in a conference call Wednesday if he expects to manage again.

“That’s the one that’s going to worry me,” said Rob McGlarry, president of MLB Network, which announced its hiring of Girardi as a studio analyst Wednesday.

NFL

McDaniels dumped
by his agent

Agent Bob Lamonte is terminating his relationship with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a day after McDaniels decided at the last minute not to take the Colts head coaching job.

Lamonte represented both McDaniels and Colts GM Chris Ballard throughout the process.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Ballard thanked reporters and then said, “The rivalry is back on” before walking away from the podium.

Obviously referring to the longtime Patriots-Colts rivalry that was the hottest in the NFL for many years of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady‘s primes, Ballard was indicating that the Colts are aiming to knock the Patriots off from the top perch in the AFC.

As for why McDaniels is staying in New England, Ballard said he doesn’t particularly care.

“I didn’t want the explanation. Either you’re in or you’re out,” Ballard said. “That’s his prerogative and that’s his choice. He chose not to be an Indianapolis Colt.”

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