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SportShorts for Saturday, July 13, 2019


Triple P’s to host co-ed tournament

The second annual Hittin’ for Hospice sand volleyball tournament will be held next Saturday, July 20, at Triple P’s, 3312 W. Rock Falls Road in Rock Falls.

It’s a 6-on-6 co-ed tournament, and each team must include at least three girls. Cost is $150 per team, and a cash prize goes to the winning team. Registration forms are available at Triple P’s and Gaffey Hospice.

There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Molly or Vanessa at 815-626-3467.


Owners propose 18-game schedule

The idea is hardly new, but its emergence as a formal concept in collective bargaining is.

Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reports that, as part of the NFL’s push for 18 regular-season games, the league has advanced the possibility of an 18-game season with a per-player limit of 16 games per year.

That idea has been percolating for years, but the fact that the NFL would even suggest such a revolutionary concept – one that oozes with unintended consequences when paying fans might not get to see their favorite star playing – shows how desperate the league is to expand the regular season ... and how effectively the NFL Players Association has rebuffed those efforts. At this point, the league may get 18 games only by making the players a financial offer they can’t refuse.


Kane, Toews will be at ’Hawks convention

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Steve Larmer, and this year’s first-round pick, Kirby Dach, are among the old and new favorites expected at this year’s Blackhawks Convention, the team announced via social media Thursday.

The full schedule of panels and events will be revealed closer to the start of the 12th annual convention, which takes place July 26-28 at the Hilton Chicago.

In addition to Toews and Kane, current players expected to attend include Alex DeBrincat, the recently reacquired Andrew Shaw, and newcomers Calvin de Haan, Olli Maatta and Robin Lehner.

The Hawks will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup title this season. Members of the championship team expected to be at the convention include Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, Dave Bolland, Brian Campbell and Adam Burish.

Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Denis Savard and Chris Chelios, who work for the Hawks as team ambassadors, also are expected to be there.


U.S. player’s hotel room burglarized

The celebration was cut short for a member of the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team after she discovered someone had burglarized her hotel room in Los Angeles.

Allie Long tweeted on Thursday it happened after the team was honored at The ESPYS on Wednesday night.

Long wrote “someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the key to my favorite city.” She’s referring to the symbolic key that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave the players following a ticker-tape parade on Tuesday.

In the post, she asked de Blasio if they make copies because she “would love a new one.”

The LAPD is reviewing video from the hotel.

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