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Fighting Illini News 6.17.15

Weekday news surrounding the Illinois athletic department.

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Illinois News & Links

- Three Illini golfers to participate in the U.S. Open. Nick Hardy will join former Illini Brian Campbell and D.A. Points at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, WA.

- John Kravetz signs free agent deal with Blue Jays. The former Illini pitcher wasn't selected in the MLB Draft, but Toronto took a flyer on him and signed him to an undisclosed deal.

- Illini football makes the cut for three-star safety. Khaleke Hudson (Mckeesport, PA), has included Illinois in his list of 11 schools. Hudson is currently rated as the No. 533 overall player and No. 37 player at his position according to 247Sports.

Collegiate News & Links

- College Football will likely add early signing period. The new rule raises obvious concerns for many players, while benefitting a large number of schools (Link).

- Indiana safety arrested on drug charges, suspended from team activities. Antonio Allen was arrested on charges of dealing and possession of hard drugs. He becomes the third Hoosier football player to be arrested this offseason (Link).

- Minnesota player "in shock" after being ruled medically unable to play. Jarvis Johnson and his family are "in shock" over the University of Minnesota's decision to not clear him medically to play for the Gopher basketball team this fall (Link).

Professional News & Links

- Cardinals being investigated by FBI after hacking Astros. Approximately a year ago, the Houston Astros' database was hacked and 10 months of trade information was leaked. An FBI investigation into the leak found that the intrusion came from an unnamed front office member of the St. Louis Cardinals (Link).

- Blackhawks parade and rally set for Thursday. The parade begins at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday at Jefferson Street, and will run along Monroe Street all the way to Michigan Avenue, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday (Link).

- Golden State wins 2015 NBA Championship. For the first time since 1975, the Golden State Warriors are NBA champions. Behind the steady all-around play of Andre Iguodala, the brilliance of Stephen Curry and a Draymond Green triple-double the Warriors were able to end the Cavaliers' season in Cleveland with a 105-97 Game 6 win (Link).

- Jimmy Butler plans to reject max deal from Bulls. The All-Star wing plans on rejecting a five-year, $90 million max contract offer from the Chicago Bulls in favor of a shorter deal (Link).

- USWNT advances to Round of 16. The United States got the job done against Nigeria, winning 1-0 to finish top of Group D on seven points. They now have an easy road to the semifinal, and will face opponents weaker than all of their group stage foes over the next two games (Link).

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