earns all-state honor
Dixon sophomore Taylor Harrison earned all-state honors at the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association sectional meeting on Monday night.
Section 9 consists of 41 schools from throughout northwest Illinois.
All-Sectional honorees included Abby Goff and Emma Evans of Dixon and Ellie Gasso and Maddie Gasso of Sterling.
Five Dukes set to
Dixon seniors Alex Boswell, Kyle Crawford, Daniel Ferguson, Andrew Lohse and Andrew Long will continue their athletic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Boswell will play football at Division III Monmouth College next fall. He was a 4-year starter along the Dukes’ offensive line, and is the third local senior to commit to the Fighting Scots – joining West Carroll’s Daltin Coyer and former Eastland-Pearl City standout Collyn Kuberski.
Lohse will compete in cross country and track
& field at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Crawford and Long will play baseball at Waubonsee Community College and Polk State College, respectively.
Ferguson will play tennis
at Sauk Valley Community College next fall.
Serena Williams pulls out of Italian Open
Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Tuesday ahead of her
second-round match against sister Venus because of a previously injured left knee.
Tournament organizers made the announcement a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a straight-sets win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.
“I must withdraw from the Italian Open due to pain in my left knee,” Serena said, according to the WTA website. “I will miss the fans and competition at one of my favorite tournaments. I’ll be concentrating on rehab and look forward to seeing you all at the French Open.”
ESPN inks deal
ESPN viewers will soon start seeing a lot more of casino giant Caesars
The companies announced Tuesday a partnership that designates Caesars as the network’s official odds data supplier on TV and online.
ESPN has also agreed to build a studio at the Caesars-
owned Linq casino-resort in Las Vegas. Sports betting-
themed content will be produced there.
Witold Banka picked to lead WADA
A group of government representatives chose Polish sports minister Witold Banka to be WADA’s next president Tuesday, weeks after he mustered more votes among the critical European delegation than outspoken reform candidate Linda Helleland.
Helleland had taken a number of unusual steps over the past several months, including strongly criticizing WADA for its response to the Russian doping scandal.
She suggested a complete overhaul of the agency – one that would give a greater voice to athletes – was in order.