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SportShorts for Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

COLLEGE SPORTS

NJCAA Academic All-Americans picked

The National Junior College Athletic Association released its 2017-18 Academic All-American teams Wednesday. 

Locals named to the second team, with a grade point average of 3.80-3.99, were Camerin Huizenga of Fulton (Carl Sandburg volleyball), Hallie Nauman of Amboy (Highland softball), Madason Shaw of Rock Falls (Rock Valley softball) and Emily Suiter of Mount Carroll (Highland women’s bowling).

Selected to the third team, with a GPA of 3.60 to 3.79, was Emily Cox of Erie (Rock Valley basketball and
softball).

NHL

Blackhawks announce Mikita visitation

The Blackhawks have announced plans for a public visitation for Hall of Famer Stan Mikita on Sunday.

Mikita, who helped lead the Blackhawks to the 1961 Stanley Cup title while becoming one of the franchise’s most revered figures, died Tuesday. He was 78.

The visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the United Center Atrium. Instead of sending flowers, Mikita’s family wants fans to donate to the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Wounded Warrior Project, American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, and
Hinsdale Hospital Foundation for AMITA Health Adventist St. Thomas Hospice.

GOLF

PGA’s computer files reportedly hacked

Golfweek is reporting the PGA is trying to regain control of computer servers that have kept officials from accessing files for the PGA Championship.

The magazine says on its website that PGA staff members discovered their systems had been compromised when attempts to access files generated a message that the network had been penetrated and that any attempt to break the encryption could cause files to be lost.

The PGA of America declined comment, saying it was an ongoing investigation.

NASCAR

Ford rolls out
Mustangs for Cup

Ford will celebrate its iconic muscle car next year when it races the Mustang in NASCAR’s top Cup Series.

The 2019 Mustang for NASCAR competition was unveiled Thursday at the Ford Motor Company World Headquarters.

The Mustang has raced in the second-tier Xfinity Series since 2011. It will compete against Chevrolet’s Camaro and the Toyota Camry. The Camaro is in its first season of competition.

INDYCAR

Stewart wants one more shot at Indy

Tony Stewart is considering a return to the Indianapolis 500 next year.

Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion, is an Indiana native. He won twice there in NASCAR’s Brickyard
400, but was never able to win the Indy 500.

He last entered the event in 2001. Now retired from full-time racing, Stewart said Thursday he’d like another crack at the Indy 500. But he has one caveat: Stewart will only drive a competitive car.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Girl arrested for robbing Huskers coach

Police have arrested a 17-year-old girl who had a pair of shoes believed to have been stolen from the home of Nebraska football coach Scott Frost.

Police said Thursday she was arrested Tuesday and investigators are searching for others who might have been involved.

Frost reported on July 29 that burglars entered an unlocked garage door at the house, which is unoccupied while being renovated.

LSU linebacker suspended

LSU has suspended sophomore linebacker Tylor Taylor, apparently after learning he’d been arrested about 2 months ago in connection with a firearms theft from a pawn shop in Georgia.

An official university statement says only that the suspension stems from a violation of team rules. However, police records in Cumming, Georgia, show that authorities suspect Taylor drove four suspected burglars to and from the pawn shop where the theft occurred on Jan. 8.

NFL

Vikings G Easton likely out for the year

Guard Nick Easton will head to injured reserve, coach Mike Zimmer said, after an operation to repair a bulging disc in his neck. Easton, who played 12 games last season before fracturing his right ankle, had returned from that operation and was playing center in training camp with Pat Elflein still on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

His last practice on Thursday included two errant snaps – the second of which was the last play of the practice – and Easton hadn’t practiced since, with sources around the team fearing the injury was serious.

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