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SportShorts for Monday, March 23, 2020

PREP BOWLING

Dixon hands out postseason awards

The Dukes and Duchesses bowling teams held their postseason awards banquet last month, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For the boys team, Trevor White and Tyler Yocum won the Leadership Award, with White earning MVP honors. Jericho Kirby was the Rookie of the Year, and shared the Team Spirit award with Kaleb Crawford. Austin Portner was named Most Improved. White had the high average (205) and high series (718), and Jacob Wickert had the season-high game (275).

On the girls side, Riley Kavanaugh was named MVP, Kerina Gray won Queen of the Hill, Grace DeBord was Rookie of the Year, Tori Baker won the Team Spirit award, and Abby Tate was Most Improved. Baker had the season-high game (277) and tied Tianna Bryson for season-high series (644), while Kavanaugh had the team's high average (181).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Sermon transferring to OSU

Former Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon will transfer to Ohio State next season, he confirmed Sunday via social media. He will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.

Sermon announced on March 14 that he intended to transfer from Oklahoma, where he rushed for 744 yards and 5 TDs in 2017, and 947 yards and 13 TDs in 2018. Last season he managed just 385 yards and 4 TDs in eight games before his season was cut short with a leg injury.

The Buckeyes had a hole to fill at running back, with J.K. Dobbins entering the NFL Draft and injuries to Master Teague and Marcus Crowley.

OLYMPICS

IOC sets 4-week window for decision

The IOC will take up to 4 weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes a call for delay from the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games.

The IOC is planning meetings with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors that will deal with scenario planning for the Olympics, which are scheduled to start July 24. Canceling the games is not under consideration.

IOC President Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision and why it might take so long, while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular.

“I know that this unprecedented situation leaves many of your questions open,” he wrote. “I also know that this rational approach may not be in line with the emotions many of you have to go through.”

The IOC said the scenarios under consideration “relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on July 24, 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games.”

But only hours after the announcement, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe sent a letter to Bach saying that holding the Olympics in July “is neither feasible nor desirable.” He outlined a number of reasons, including competitive fairness, the likelihood athletes would overtrain if given a compressed schedule and the uncertainty caused by orders in many countries barring people from gyms and other workout venues.

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