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SportShorts for Wednesday, January 9, 2019

BASKETBALL

Area teams in AP rankings

Two area girls basketball teams are ranked in the AP Class 1A polls.

Eastland is ranked No. 6, while Amboy is ranked No. 8.

AFC received votes in Class 1A.

In boys basketball, Polo is ranked No. 8 in Class 1A. Newman received votes in Class 2A, and Rock Falls received votes in Class 3A.

FOOTBALL

Sterling AD King named to IHSFCA Hall

Sterling athletic director and assistant football coach Greg King will be part of the Class of 2019 of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

King was 78-28 in 10 seasons as Sterling’s head coach.

Also part of the class is Stillman Valley coach Mike Lalor.

The induction ceremony will be March 30 in Champaign.

Vince Young is now a Hall of Famer

Former Texas star quarterback Vince Young headlines a star-studded 2019
College Football Hall of Fame class that also features former Notre Dame returner and receiver Raghib “Rocket” Ismail and former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis, who both participated in the coin toss in Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Clemson.

Other members of the class, which was announced Monday morning, include: Florida State defensive back Terrell Buckley (1989-91), Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon (1984-87), John Carroll linebacker London Fletcher (1995-97), Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green (1977-79), NC State wide receiver Torry Holt (1995-98), Arkansas running back Darren McFadden (2005-07), Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer (1993-96), USC defensive back Troy Polamalu (1999-2002), Wisconsin offensive lineman Joe Thomas (2003-06) and Michigan State running back Lorenzo White (1984-87).

Fans can kick their way to beer

Goose Island Beer Co. announced on social media Monday night that it would do its part to help Bears fans understand the difficulty of nailing a 43-yard field goal.

The prize is a free case of beer each week for a year for anyone who makes the kick.

Saturday afternoon, Goose Island will erect a goal in front of its brewery at 1800 W. Fulton St. in Chicago. Sign-up to kick will run from noon until 1 p.m. Kicking starts at 1 p.m.

NASCAR

Suarez gets ride with Stewart-Haas

Daniel Suarez will hit a reset on his career, getting a second chance to prove he can win at NASCAR’s top level.

Pushed out of a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the top teams in the sport, Suarez found a soft landing at Stewart-Haas Racing. The SHR four-driver lineup combined for 12 victories last season, and claimed half the spots in the round of eight in the playoffs.

GOLF

Harrington to captain Ryder Cup team

Padraig Harrington barely raised a smile as he spoke for the first time as Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain.

In fact, as he discussed his thought process before accepting the position, the challenge awaiting him over the next 20 months and its potential impact on his golfing legacy, the role already seemed something of a burden for the easygoing Irishman.

“It’s not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation,” Harrington, a three-time major champion, said.

He played in six straight Ryder Cups from 1999 and was on the winning team four times, collecting 10 1/2 points.

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