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A former star quarterback for Monmouth College has signed a two-year contract with the New York Giants. It's Alex Tanney's first multi-year deal since graduating in 2011.

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Augustana men's basketball head coach Grey Giovanine and senior point guard Nolan Ebel stopped by the WVIK studios to talk with our Morning Edition host Benjamin Payne, ahead of Friday's NCAA Division III tournament opener at the Carver Center in Rock Island:

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The Augustana College men's basketball team will face Aurora University on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division Three championship. The Vikings will have home court advantage, thanks to their 24-3 record. The Aurora Spartans' record is 17-11.

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For the ninth time in 14 years, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin has named Augustana men's basketball coach, Grey Giovanine, Coach of the Year. Going into the conference tournament this weekend, his team is ranked third in NCAA Division III, with a 23-2 record. 

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Augustana College now has the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III men's basketball.

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The Quad Cities River Bandits have hired a new manager. This morning, the Bandits and Houston Astros announced Ray Hernandez will lead the single-A baseball team.

Last year, Hernandez was the development coach for the Astros' Triple-A franchise in Fresno, California. This will be the 30-year-old's first job as manager. He's a native of Sacramento and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondback’s farm system. / Miracle League of Dubuque Facebook page

The state is giving a boost to a special needs ball field and playground in Dubuque. Last week, the Enhance Iowa Board approved a $500,000 Community and Tourism grant for the Miracle League of Dubuque project.

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Rock Island will help the NFL announce a few draft picks in the spring.

Michelle O'Neill reports the city jumped at the chance. / Bradley University athletics website

This week, ten women's college basketball teams will start league play on the way to the Quad Cities for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. / Washington Wizards

Chasson Randle is officially a Wizard now. Today, Washington D.C.'s NBA team announced it signed the guard from Rock Island, who had been playing for the Capital City Go-Go.