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SportShorts for Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Dixon graduate LaMendola earns honors at Augie

Current Augustana senior and Dixon graduate Alex LaMendola was named to the All-Midwest Region team by the United States Track & Field/Cross County Coaches Association, it was announced Monday. 

In order to be named All-Region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top 5 of an individual event in the region according to final Track & Field Results Reporting System data, or be part of a top-3 relay team.

LaMendola was part of Augustana’s 1,600-meter relay team that recorded their fastest time of the season at the Wartburg Invitational on March 4 with a time of 3:17:42.

He joined other Illinois natives Kyle Hucker (Wauconda), Jeffrey Swanson (Winnebago) and Josh Yamamoto (Palatine) on the relay team, as the three of them were also named to the all-region team.


Forte to sign 1-day contract with Bears

Running back Matt Forte will retire as a member of the club he spent his first eight seasons with.

In an interview with NBC Sports Chicago on Monday, Forte said he will sign a 1-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Chicago Bears.

Forte compiled 8,602 of his 9,796 career rushing yards as a member of the Bears from 2008 through 2015. He also set a Bears franchise record for catches by a running back in a single season with 102 in 2014. He had 12,718 yards from scrimmage and 64 touchdowns in 8 years with the Bears.

Referees Hochuli, Triplette retire

Longtime NFL referee Ed Hochuli has retired, the league announced Tuesday.

Hochuli will serve as an independent consultant to the league. The NFL promoted his son, back judge Shawn Hochuli, to replace him.

Jeff Triplette retired in January, and will be replaced by side judge Alex Kemp.


Blackhawks extend Gustafsson, sign Sikura to deal

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract
extension with defenseman Erik Gustafsson that runs through the 2019-20 season.
In addition, the Blackhawks have agreed to terms on a 1-year contract with forward Tyler Sikura for the 2018-19 season.

Gustafsson, 25, has recorded five points (1 goal,
4 assists) in 19 games with the Blackhawks this year, tallying his first career NHL goal in his season debut on Jan. 20. Prior to being recalled on Jan. 9, Gustafsson registered 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) in 25 games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, and was selected to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic.

Sikura, 25, currently leads the IceHogs with 16 goals in his first season with the team. He has also chipped in nine assists during the 2017-18 campaign.

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