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SportShorts for Monday, June 19, 2017


Locals fare well
at national meet

Rock Falls senior Brayden Hamblen and Sterling senior Maggie McPherson both earned top-20 finishes in their events Saturday at the New Balance Nationals
outdoor track meet in Greensboro, N.C.

Competing for just the second time in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Hamblen clocked a 6:08.37 to place ninth. The winner was Shane Henderson of Afton, Wyoming, in 5:54.77.

McPherson placed 19th in the 2-mile run, finishing
in 11:33.05. Rebecca Durham of Milford, N.H. won the race in 10:49.61.


76ers acquire top pick from Celtics

Philadelphia and Boston have agreed in principle on a trade where the 76ers would acquire the chance to take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s
NBA Draft, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

The Celtics will get the No. 3 pick, plus an additional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the trade has not been formally approved by the league. The agreement between the Celtics and 76ers was struck not long after Fultz worked out for Philadelphia on Saturday evening.

Once the trade goes through today, Philadelphia will own the NBA’s No. 1 selection for the second straight season.


Hawks protect 11
for expansion draft

The Chicago Blackhawks and the rest of the NHL have revealed their protected lists for the upcoming expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Center Marcus Kruger 
and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk were among the most notable names left unprotected by the Hawks who are under contract next season or beyond.

According to the rules of the draft, the Knights must select one player from every team, and the Hawks had to protect any players with no-movement clauses in their contracts.

The Hawks protected seven forwards (Jonathan ToewsPatrick Kane
Marian HossaArtem AnisimovRichard PanikRyan Hartman,
Tomas Jurco), three defensemen (Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson) and goaltender Corey Crawford

Teams did not have to use a protection slot for any player who was completing his first or second year of professional hockey in the AHL or NHL, so the Hawks did not have to protect players like Artemi Panarin and Nick Schmaltz, both of whom this rule protected automatically.

NHL salary cap
goes up by $2 million

The NHL salary cap has been set at $75 million for this season in a slight increase over last year.

The league and NHL Players’ Association announced the cap and the salary floor of $55.4 million in a joint statement Sunday. The figures are set by the league’s hockey-related revenue.

It’s an increase of $2
million from the $73 million cap last season, as players elected to use their escalator clause to raise it.

Even a slight increase can help several teams that are up against the cap, like the Chicago Blackhawks and Presidents’ Trophy winning Washington Capitals. For budget teams, the floor increased just $1.4 million from $54 million.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights must spend at least to the salary floor in their first season.

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