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    Pro Bowl teams pit teammate on teammate

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says he’s disappointed he’s not teammates with Robert Mathis during this year’s Pro Bowl. But the Colts linebacker says if he gets a shot at Luck while playing for NFL great Jerry Rice, he’ll take it. Luck versus Mathis is just one of several...

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    Jury to deliberate sentence for ex-Cowboy Brent

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports

    DALLAS (AP) — Jurors will begin deliberations in the punishment for the former Dallas Cowboys player convicted of intoxication manslaughter in his teammate’s death. The Dallas County jury will start deliberating Friday. Both sides rested Thursday in the penalty phase of the trial of Josh Brent, who was found guilty in the death of...

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    Illinois gives AD Mike Thomas a raise

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports

    CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois trustees have raised Urbana-Champaign campus Athletic Director Mike Thomas’ base salary and extended his contract. Trustees voted Thursday to increase Thomas’ annual pay to $554,320 and extend his deal three years through August 2019. Thomas was being paid $503,928 after he was hired in 2011 at $475,000 a...

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    Legislator, IHSA considering tackling restrictions

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker is working with the Illinois High School Association to come up with rules on full-speed tackling during summer football practices. The effort by Vernon Hills Democratic Rep. Carol Sente comes as concern over tackling leading to long-term brain injuries has increased. IHSA executive director Marty Hickman...

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    Obit: Ray Becker

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Obituaries

    BARTELSO — Ray F. Becker, 87, of Bartelso, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso, with Fr. James Buerster officiating. Interment will follow in St. Cecilia Cemetery. Visitation will be held...

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