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SportShorts for Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SWIMMING

Sterling gets win over LaSalle-Peru

Sterling beat LaSalle-Peru 93-83 on Monday.

Lauren Moeller won the 50 freestyle in 25.96 seconds and the backstroke in 1:02.50.

Jazzman Olivas won the butterfly in 1:09.62. Megan Christensen won the 100 freestyle in 59.54. Kay Strohmayer won the diving competition with 103.95 points.

Sterling’s Rebecca Riley, Aviva Brenner, Christensen and Moeller won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:10.01.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Fighting Illini headed to Ireland

In front of a green backdrop and wearing a tie with shades of green, rather than his usual preferred orange, Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman announced Monday the football team will open its 2021 season in Ireland.

The Illini’s first overseas football game will be against Nebraska on Aug. 28, 2021, at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The “Week Zero” game will take place a week before most college football teams open and replaces a Nov. 13 home game. That will now become an open date for the Illini.

Broadcasting rights and kickoff time are yet to be determined.

NASCAR

Blaney wins delayed race at Talladega

Ryan Blaney emerged safely from the wreckage at Talladega Superspeedway that claimed other playoff contenders, winning by a tiny margin that was huge for his championship hopes.

Blaney beat Ryan Newman in a door-to-door race to the finish line to win Monday and advance to the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs.

Blaney’s first win of the season came as he was in danger of getting eliminated from title contention. The playoff field will be trimmed from 12 drivers to eight next weekend at Kansas. Blaney had little margin for error after he had mechanical issues at Dover last weekend and finished 35th.

“Our mindset really was we had to win one of these two races,” Blaney said. “We were so far back in points. I know Talladega’s a wild card. There was a lot of wrecks today and a lot of guys got tore up. But we didn’t really get any stage points and we were already pretty far behind the eight-ball.

“We knew we had to probably win one of these two weeks. It’s just a huge relief.”

NFL

Chargers have to wait for status on Okung

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn
indicated Monday that left tackle Russell Okung is undergoing testing and said the team should know more about his status when the players resume practice Wednesday.

After missing the required first 6 weeks of the regular season, Okung is now eligible to return from the nonfootball illness list.

Okung has been out since he suffered a pulmonary embolism June 1. His treatment has included blood thinners, which make playing football impossible. The Chargers remain unsure if Okung will be able to return this season.

Trent Scott has filled in at left tackle on an offensive line that is also missing veteran center Mike Pouncey, who had season-ending neck surgery last week.

BOXING

Day in coma after fight

Boxer Patrick Day suffered a traumatic brain injury and is in extremely critical condition in a coma caused by the injury sustained in a bout, his manager said Sunday.

Lou DiBella says in a posting on his website that Day underwent emergency surgery after being rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after getting viciously knocked out in the 10th round by Charles Conwell on Saturday.

Fighting at super welterweight on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon, Conwell landed a right hand early in the 10th. That caused Day (17-4-1, 6 knockouts) to stumble and seconds later Conwell landed a left hook that knocked Day to the canvas.

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