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SportShorts for Thursday, February 7, 2019

FOOTBALL

Sterling’s Duran to play for RMU Illinois

Sterling senior Alek Duran will continue his athletic and academic career at Robert Morris University Illinois next fall.

Duran, a 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back, is also a two-time first-team NIB-12 West wide receiver. He had 748 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his final 2 years with the Golden Warriors.

Robert Morris, an NAIA school located in Chicago, competes in the Mid-States Football Association. The Eagles went 2-9 last season.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Rock Falls’ Laws to run at North Central

Rock Falls senior Matt Laws will continue his athletic and academic career at North Central College next fall.

Laws, a two-time state qualifier, finished 28th at the 2018 1A state meet with a time of 15:38. He placed 36th (15:44) as a junior for the Rockets.

North Central won its 19th NCAA Division III national championship last fall.

NBA

Slew of teams active before trade deadline

The Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers made a blockbuster deal Wednesday, sending forward Tobias Harris to partner with the Sixers’ young core of stars in pursuit of an Eastern Conference title.

The Sixers sent forwards ​Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala, rookie guard Landry Shamet, Philadelphia’s own 2020 protected first-round pick, an unprotected 2021 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) and 2021 and 2023 second-round picks (via the Detroit Pistons) to L.A.

Center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott were shipped to Philadelphia.

Detroit also agreed to trade forward Stanley Johnson to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Thon Maker.

Johnson – the eighth overall pick in the 2015 draft – is averaging 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in his fourth NBA season.

Maker – the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft – is averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while averaging 11.7 minutes in 35 games in his third NBA season.

The Heat agreed to trade guards Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to the Phoenix Suns for veteran forward Ryan Anderson.

Johnson, who is averaging 10.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game this season, has 1 left year on his contract, assuming he opts in for $19.3 million next season. Ellington is averaging 8.4 points in 21.3 minutes per game this season.

The tax bill in Miami will drop from $9.7 million to $1.7 million.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Southern Miss nixes Briles hire

Southern Miss will not hire Art Briles for its coaching staff after meeting with the former Baylor coach about its offensive coordinator vacancy, despite Briles having the public backing of Golden Eagles head coach Jay Hopson.

Briles has not worked in college football since Baylor fired him in June 2016 following an investigation into the football program’s sexual assault scandal.

Hopson, who interviewed Briles for the job, issued a statement disagreeing with university president Rodney Bennett regarding Briles’ candidacy.

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