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SportShorts for Wednesday, November 13, 2019

VOLLEYBALL

TRAC all-conference team announced

Five area athletes were named to the first team for the Three Rivers all-conference volleyball teams, it was announced on Tuesday.

In the East Division, first-teamers included Newman’s Aidan Brown and Kiley Sanders, and Erie-Prophetstown’s Emily Brooks. In the West Division, Fulton’s Kylie Collachia and Emily Schipper were first-team selections.

A complete list of the team is on B3.

MLB

Investigation in Astros stealing signs

Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.

The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year – two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs, while another source said it ended before the postseason.

The website said a camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros’ dugout and clubhouse, and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches.

NFL

Ex-Bear, Packer QB Bratkowski dies

Zeke Bratkowski, the quarterback who backed up Bart Starr during the Green Bay Packers’ 1960s dynasty, has died at his Florida home. He was 88.

The Packers Hall of Famer was a quarterback in Green Bay from 1963-1968 and again in 1971. One of Bratkowski’s most notable performances in relief of an injured Starr came in 1965, a 13-10 overtime playoff win over the Baltimore Colts that sent the Packers to the title game against Cleveland.

Bratkowski, born in Danville, Illinois, was a star at the University of Georgia before starting his career with the Chicago Bears.

Kaepernick to hold private workout

The NFL has arranged for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a free agent, to work out for NFL teams at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch on Saturday.

All 32 teams have been invited to the private workout which will include an interview, measurements and other quarterback drills. The workout will be recorded and provided to all league teams.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Playoff rankings have Tide fifth

Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee’s second top 25.

LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 after the Tigers won at Alabama on Saturday. The Buckeyes were bumped to No. 2. Clemson moved up two spots to No. 3 after two teams ahead of the Tigers lost.

The Crimson Tide fell 46-41 to LSU and dropped two spots. Penn State, which had been No. 4, lost 31-26 at Minnesota and fell to ninth. The unbeaten Gophers climbed nine spots to eighth, the largest 1-week jump in the 6-year history of the College Football Playoff.

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