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SportShorts for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Four Golden Warriors named all-WB6

Sterling had a trio of first-team all-conference selections and another honorable mention pick on the Western Big 6 all-conference team, announced this week.

Junior setter/hitter Bree Borum, junior libero Lexi Rodriguez, and freshman hitter Grace Egan were first-teamers, while senior hitter Grace Gould was named honorable mention.

The Golden Warriors finished 12-2 and tied with Moline for the league championship.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Skyhawks fall in season finale

The Sauk Valley volleyball team lost 23-25, 25-11, 25-23, 25-13 to Bryant & Stratton in its regular-season finale Tuesday night in Dixon.

Aleah Wight had 22 digs, and Emily Shrimplin added 18 assists and nine digs for the Skyhawks (26-14). Leix Greve spiked nine kills, while Jaida Dean, Hannah Wilson and Juliana Rotella each had five kills, and Hannah McCarty and Shannon Lytle both had four kills. Cassie Bushman finished with 11 digs, and Madison Craft dished 11 assists.

Sauk Valley opens Region IV Tournament play at 2 p.m. Saturday vs. South Suburban.

MLB

Cubs, longtime bullpen coach part ways

The Cubs have parted ways with longtime bullpen coach Lester Strode after 31 years in the organization.

Strode, 61, was the longest-tenured coach on the Cubs staff, having served as bullpen coach for the last 13 years.

The Cubs on Wednesday declined comment on Strode while they finalize staff changes under new manager David Ross.

Last week saw the departure of strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss and other members of the athletic training staff, including yoga instructor Christine Schwan.

NFL

Haskins could be in line to start again

Washington coach Bill Callahan has not publicly committed to his starter at quarterback in Week 11 after a week off.

But Mike Garafolo of the NFL reports that Callahan is expected to keep rookie Dwayne Haskins as the starter.

Washington plays the Jets at home in Week 11.

Matthews back with Eagles for third stint

The Eagles are expected to bring wide receiver Jordan Matthews back for a third stint with the team after DeSean Jackson was placed on injured reserve, NFL sources said Wednesday.

While Matthews will, in essence, take Jackson’s spot on the 53-man roster, he won’t be expected to replace the speedy receiver’s ability to stretch defenses. But what he should bring is some stability to a position that has lacked consistency since Jackson suffered an abdomen injury in Week 2.

Matthews worked out for the Eagles on Tuesday around the same time that Jackson was undergoing surgery for his core muscle injury. Matthews was released by the 49ers last month. They had signed Matthews as a free agent to a one-year contract in March and initially cut him before the season. But they re-signed him for one game, in which he had no catches.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

New Mexico-Air Force postpone game

The football game between Air Force and New Mexico scheduled for this weekend was postponed following the death of a Lobos defensive lineman.

Air Force will travel to New Mexico on Nov. 23 instead, the Mountain West said Wednesday.

New Mexico announced the death of 21-year-old Nahje Flowers on Tuesday. The university didn't provide a cause or other circumstances. Flowers was from Los Angeles, where he played football at Dorsey High School. He had been at New Mexico since 2016.

This season, Flowers had 13 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.

In a release, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said the focus should be on "the family, friends and teammates who have been affected during this difficult time."

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