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SportShorts for Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Mustangs enter Top 10 in Class 1A

Coming off their 18-6 win over Newman on Saturday, the Morrison Mustangs entered the rankings at No. 6 in the the Class 1A AP football poll. The Mustangs have been among teams receiving votes since the preseason poll, but have improved to 5-0 with the win over the Comets.

Forreston and Lena-Winslow are tied for the top spot in the Class 1A poll.

In Class 2A, Newman fell from No. 4 to No. 8 with the loss. West Carroll received votes.

Sterling stayed put at No. 3 in the Class 5A poll.


Bill would let Illinois athletes to be paid

An Illinois lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to allow college student athletes to sign endorsement deals, hire agents and benefit financially from the use of their likeness after California became the first state in the nation to pass such a law earlier this week.

“First and foremost, it’s about fairness and equity, and athletes being able to profit off their own names and their own likeness,” said Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, of Hillside.

Welch said universities make millions off student athletes each year, and the NCAA generates tens of billions of dollars each year. The association’s rules, however, prohibit endorsement deals and prevent student athletes from cashing in on the popularity of collegiate sports which they helped create, he said.


Foley apologizes for insensitive remarks

Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley apologized to the Eisbaeren Berlin organization Tuesday, two days after making a racially insensitive comment about one of their players during the telecast of the Hawks’ preseason game in Berlin.

Early in the third period, Foley was calling the play-by-play when he referenced Berlin forward Austin Ortega by saying, “Ortega, who sounds like he ought to be a shortstop ... .”

Ortega, who was born and raised in California, elected not to speak with Foley directly.

Foley spoke with a member of the Eisbaeren organization, who passed on the apology to Ortega.

Sharks’ F Kane
suspended 3 games

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for the first three games of the season for abuse of an official.

The punishment handed out Tuesday comes after a run-in Kane had with Vegas’ Deryk Engelland in a preseason game on Sunday.


Track coach Salazar gets 4-year ban

Track coach Alberto Salazar has been given a 4-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

USADA said in a news release Monday that Salazar and Jeffrey Brown were receiving 4-year bans for, among other violations, possessing and trafficking testosterone while working at the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), where they trained top runners.

Brown was a paid consultant for the NOP and a physician for many of the runners.

A four-year USADA investigation began after a BBC report detailing some of Salazar’s practices, which included infusions of a legal supplement called L-carnitine that is supposed to enhance athletic performance.

Marathoner Kara Goucher and a former NOP coach, Steve Magness, were among the dozens of witnesses who provided evidence for the case.

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