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SportShorts for Thursday, March 8, 2018


Locals fare well at IESA sectional

Seven area middle schools and junior highs sent a total of 24 wrestlers to the IESA state meet this Friday and Saturday at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

Dixon Reagan, Sterling Challand and Rock Falls each had four wrestlers finish in the top 3 at the Moline Sectional at Wharton Fieldhouse last Saturday. Morrison also had four state qualifiers, while Erie led the area with five. Fulton added two state qualifiers, and West Carroll had one.

Challand was second as a team at the sectional, as its 101 points were behind only Freeport Carl Sandburg’s 128. Weight-class champions were Conner Knowles (70 pounds), Drew Kested (119) and Jason Farnham (185), and Donavyn Simmer was second at 145.

Reagan’s qualifiers were Jacob Renkes (2nd at 65), Riley Riggen (2nd at 275), Hayden Steinmeyer (3rd at 145) and Brady Potter (3rd at 155). Rock Falls advanced Corey Barnes (1st at 126), Brady Dowd (2nd at 85), Jerrill Hill (2nd at 105) and Pahyton Smith (3rd at 75).

Erie’s quintet of qualifers were Jase Grunder (1st at 90), Wyatt Goossens (2nd at 70), Tyler Ballard (2nd at 100), Kadin Jacobs (2nd at 155) and Trevor Cobo (3rd at 135). Morrison’s state berths were earned by Camden Pruis (1st at 65), Andrew Schmidt (2nd at 119), Kayden White (2nd at 135) and Nate Schaefer (3rd at 185).

Fulton’s Benjamin Fosdick (1st at 100) and Evan Bly (2nd at 185), and West Carroll’s Wyat Doty (2nd at 95) also earned trips to state.


Clippard signs deal with Toronto

Former White Sox reliever Tyler Clippard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big-league spring training.

The 33-year-old right-hander had been working out with major league free agents in Bradenton. He had said last week that he wanted a major league


L.A. Rams send LB Ogletree to Giants

The Los Angeles Rams continued their flurry of offseason moves Wednesday, trading linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for draft picks.

Ogletree, 26, was the starting middle linebacker in 2016, when the Rams played a 4-3 scheme under former coach Jeff Fisher. He was a starting inside linebacker last season under new coordinator Wade Phillips, who installed a 3-4.

Jones pays $2 million for legal fees

Jerry Jones has agreed to pay the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees resulting from two disputes the Dallas Cowboys owner had with the league.

Commissioner Roger Goodell held an appeal hearing with Jones on Monday. That came a few days after Goodell assessed the financial penalties for Jones’ lawsuit to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, and for a lawsuit Jones threatened to stop Goodell’s newly approved contract.


Voice of UNC sports dies

Woody Durham, the retired “Voice of the Tar Heels” who called North Carolina football and basketball games for four decades, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Son Wes Durham said his father died from complications of the neurocognitive disorder that prevented him from public speaking.

“He’s my favorite announcer,” said Wes Durham, who followed his father’s career path and was in New York calling this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball Tournament. “His influence on me and my career is immense. He’s had the biggest impact on me professionally, obviously, and was undying in the support.”


South African athlete attacked with saw

Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries, an athletic director said Wednesday.

Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was undergoing surgery after the attack which occurred before dawn on Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban, said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province.

Several attackers pulled Gwala off his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone, according to Jackson, who spoke by phone to the triathlete about the ordeal. They missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said.

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