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SportShorts for Thursday, September 6, 2018


Wildcatz move into latest AP poll

Eastland-Pearl City is now tied for 10th in Class 2A in the AP high school football poll.

Following wins over East Dubuque and Amboy, the Wildcatz went from not being ranked to even with Auburn and El Paso-Gridley at No. 10.

Newman remains ranked No. 2 in 2A while Sterling is still No. 6 in 5A.

Milledgeville received votes in Class 1A.


Former Blackhawk McDonald dies at 82

Ab McDonald, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Blackhawks in 1961, died Tuesday night. He was 82.

McDonald, whose given name was Alvin, began his career with the Canadiens in 1958 and won two Stanley Cups with them before a 1960 trade brought him to the Hawks. He scored 73 goals and had 107 assists during his four seasons in Chicago, including a career-high 61 points in 1962-63.

He spent 14 seasons in the NHL, playing for six franchises, before joining the Winnipeg Jets.


Steelers losing patience with Bell

Le’Veon Bell’s chair remained tucked neatly into his locker on Wednesday, meaning he will almost certainly not be available when the Steelers open the season in Cleveland this weekend.

“Honestly it’s a little selfish,” said center Maurkice Pouncey, a captain who had predicted Bell would arrive by Wednesday. “I’m kind of [ticked] right now. It sucks that he’s not here. We’ll move on as a team. It doesn’t look like he’ll be in the game plan at this point.”

Veteran offensive guard Ramon Foster poked a little fun at Bell on social media, tweeting out a picture of Bell’s head attached to the body of the character from the “Where’s Waldo” line of children’s books.


Keys into U.S. Open semifinal

Madison Keys is into her third semifinal in the past five Grand Slam tournaments, including two in a row at the U.S. Open. She’s still in search of major title No. 1.

The 14th-seeded American used her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night.


Mariners fighting in clubhouse

A brawl broke out in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse Tuesday, several hours before a game against Baltimore at Safeco Field.

Mariners shortstop Jean Segura and teammate Dee Gordon apparently tangled, while catcher Mike Zunino and other players tried to break up the skirmish. Moments after Gordon politely asked reporters to leave the locker room, the double doors burst open with players shoving and shouting. Segura was on the ground in the fracas.

“Our guys are working through it and talking through it,” manager Scott Servais said.

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