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Northern Iowa Beats NC State in Battle 4 Atlantis

Northern Iowa Beats NC State

University of Northern Iowa freshman Tywhon Pickford registered an 18-point, 18-rebound performance to lift the Panther men’s basketball team to a 64-60 win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

UNI (5-1 overall) advances to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis where the Panthers will take on the No. 5-ranked Villanova Wildcats (5-0 overall) on this morning at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

Regional Scoreboard (11/24)

Regional Scoreboard

College Men’s Basketball

  • Northern Iowa 64, NC State 60

College Women’s Basketball

  • Iowa 77, UNC Charlotte 64 (Iowa 7-0) at the Puerto Rico Tournament in Fort Lauderdale , Florida

Vikings continue win streak…Chargers stifle Cowboys…Redskins beat Giants

DETROIT (AP) – Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for another while the Minnesota Vikings were building a 20-3 lead in the first half of the Minnesota Vikings’ seventh consecutive win, 30-23 at Detroit. Keenum was 21 of 30 for 282 yards with both TD passes to Kyle Rudolph that gave the 9-2 Vikings a 17-point advantage in the second quarter. Matthew Stafford was 20 of 35 for 250 yards and two touchdowns for the 6-5 Lions who got within 27-23 before falling to 6-5.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers whipped the slumping Dallas Cowboys 28-6. Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for a game-clinching touchdown against a Dallas team that continues to struggle on offense since Ezekiel Elliott began his suspension. The 5-6 Cowboys have lost their last three games by at least 20 points and didn’t score against the 5-6 Chargers until the fourth quarter.

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – The Washington Redskins are 5-6 after their defense allowed no touchdowns in a 20-10 win over the New York Giants. Kirk Cousins threw for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that Janoris Jenkins returned 53 yards for a third-quarter TD. Eli Manning was just 13 of 27 for 113 yards and one interception as the Giants dropped to 2-9.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Second-ranked Arizona has suffered back-to-back losses at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, following Wednesday’s loss to North Carolina with a 66-60 setback against SMU. The Mustangs blew an 11-point lead in the second half but responded with a 10-2 run to go ahead for good. Ben Emelogu scored 20 points as SMU won despite shooting 31 percent.

MONTREAL (AP) – The Los Angeles Kings have added depth to their forward lines by getting Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional fifth-round pick in next year’s NHL draft. The 32-year-old Mitchell was scoreless in 11 games for the Canadiens this season after registering eight goals and 17 points in 78 games last season. The Habs will get a fourth-round pick out of the deal if Los Angeles makes the playoffs next spring.

National Scoreboard


Final Minnesota 30 Detroit 23
Final L.A. Chargers 28 Dallas 6
Final Washington 20 N-Y Giants 10


Final Mississippi 31 (16) Mississippi St. 28


Final (1) Duke 99 Portland St. 81
Final SMU 66 (2) Arizona 60
Final (4) Michigan St. 73 DePaul 51
Final (5) Villanova 85 Tennessee 76
Final (7) Florida 108 Stanford 87
Final (9) North Carolina 102 Portland 78
Final (15) Xavier 83 George Washington 64
Final W. Kentucky 77 (18) Purdue 73
Final Rhode Island 75 (20) Seton Hall 74
Final (21) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 89 Harvard 71
Final (24) West Virginia 84 Marist 78

Heat Snaps Boston’s Streak…Irish Upset Shockers in Maui…Arizona, Purdue Fall in Bahamas

MIAMI (AP) – The Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak is over after Dion Waiters poured in 26 points and nailed a pair of big 3-pointers in the final minutes to lead the Heat past the Celts 104-98 at Miami. Waiters supplied the big buckets after the Heat saw an 18-point lead shrink to one with 3:14 remaining. Goran Dragic had a game-high 27 points for Miami.

UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers picked up their sixth straight win, but the defending NBA champions were thumped on the road. LeBron James scored 23 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter of a 119-109 downing of the Nets. Russell Westbrook came within one assist of a triple-double as he delivered a season-high 34 points and 10 boards in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 108-91 win over the Golden State Warriors.

UNDATED (AP) – No. 13 Notre Dame stormed back from a 13-point deficit to earn a 67-66 win over No. 6 Wichita State in the Maui Invitational championship game. Martinas Geben hit a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds left to complete the comeback that allowed the Fighting Irish to improve to 6-0. Bonzie Colson finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in Notre Dame’s first Maui title.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Fifth-ranked Villanova won its opening-round game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, but a pair of top-25 teams went down to defeat. Jalen Brunson scored 18 points and the Wildcats led by as many as 18 before settling for a 66-58 win over Western Kentucky. Second-ranked Arizona was a 90-84 loser to North Carolina State, and Tennessee knocked off No. 18 Purdue 78-75 in overtime.

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning earned their seventh consecutive regular-season win over the Chicago Blackhawks to take over first place in the NHL’s overall standings. Brayden Point scored a power-play goal 3:25 into overtime to complete the Lightning’s comeback in a 3-2 verdict over the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane had two goals in the first 16 minutes to put Chicago ahead 2-0, but Ryan Callahan set up goals by Ondrej Palat and Chris Kunitz to help Tampa Bay knot the score.

Hawkeyes, Illini, Panthers All Win Wednesday

Hawkeyes Get Caymans Win

A big run late in the first half helped ensure that the Iowa basketball team wouldn’t leave the Cayman Islands without a win. The Hawkeyes outscored UAB 27-6 to close the first half and eventually claimed a ten point victory in their game yesterday at the Cayman Islands Classic. The final tally went 95-85 in favor of the Hawkeyes, as Jordan Bohannon went 9-12 from the field, including six three-pointers, to score a game-high 30 points. Hawkeye forward Tyler Cook was right there in the scoring column, notching 29 points, with 13 of them coming from the free throw line. The win improves Iowa’s record to 4-2 and perhaps more importantly gets the Hawkeyes off of a two-game skid. Iowa will next be in action on Tuesday night when they visit Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Regional College Basketball Scores:

UNI 61, SMU 58 (Battle of Atlantis) – Former Western Dubuque star Spencer Haldemann came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and lead UNI with 15 points. Panthers advance to tournament semifinals, where they’ll meet North Carolina State at 2:00 PM today. That game will air on ESPN2.

Illinois 96, Augustana 62

Dubuque 102, Rockford 83

Top 25 College Basketball:

North Carolina State 90, #2 Arizona 84

#5 Villanova 66, Western Kentucky 58

#13 Notre Dame 67, #6 Wichita State 66

#8 Kentucky 86, Fort Wayne 67

#10 USC 88, Lehigh 63

#11 Miami 57, La Salle 46

#12 Cincinnati 78, Wyoming 53

Tennessee 78, #18 Purdue 75 (OT)

Area Scoreboard (11/22)

High School Boys Basketball


  • Southwestern 46, Shullsburg 40
  • Fennimore 78, Cassville 31
  • Platteville 64, Argyle 30
  • Highland 69, Iowa Grant 49
  • Wauzeeka Steuben 62, Boscobel 51
  • Benton 73, Albany 46

High School Girls Basketball


  • Wahlert 70, Clayton Ridge 34
  • Senior 56, Davenport Central 53
  • Western Dubuque 76, South Tama 47
  • Dyersville Beckman 48, Independence 11
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 47, Midland 25
  • Cascade 64, Northeast Goose Lake 21
  • Monticello 46, Bellevue 42


  • Darlington 84, Belmont 41
  • Cuba City 68, Richland Center 53
  • Mineral Point 56, River Valley 38
  • Boscobel 55, Seneca 54
  • River Ridge 47, Fennimore 33
  • Southwestern 56, Belmont 42

College Men’s Basketball

  • Concordia (WI) 101, Loras 86
  • Dubuque 76, Iowa Wesleyan 56
  • U-W Platteville 91, Simpson 55

College Women’s Basketball

  • Wheaton 78, Loras 52
  • Mary’s 74, Dubuque 70
  • Luther 73, U-W Platteville 60

College Wrestling

  • UW Whitewater 33, UW Platteville 10

UW-P Duax WIAC Player of the Week

Former Hempstead High School prep Robert Duax received the first WIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Award of the season. Last week Duax averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists to help the Pioneers to a pair of wins to begin the season.

Fighting Saints Asplund Commits to Michigan State


DUBUQUE, Iowa — Fighting Saints defenseman Jonatan Asplund has committed to play college hockey at Michigan State University.

Along with teammate Jordan Wishman and affiliate defenseman Michael Feenstra, this marks the third Fighting Saint to commit to Michigan State University this season.

Asplund, a fourth-round Phase II selection by the Saints in 2017, has served the Saints as an all-situations defenseman who has routinely played on the top defensive pair. Up to this point, Asplund has tallied three assists in his 10 games of action.

Holiday’s layup gives No. 23 UCLA 72-70 win over Wisconsin

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Aaron Holiday got a scooping layup to drop just before the final buzzer Tuesday night, giving No. 23 UCLA a 72-70 victory over Wisconsin in the third-place game of the Hall of Fame Classic.

The Bruins (4-1) trailed 65-59 with about 4 minutes left, but Holiday knocked down two 3-pointers and converted two free throws to spur the comeback. Wisconsin tied it 70-all when Khalil Iverson made the second of two foul shots with 31.5 seconds left, but that was enough time for UCLA.

Ethan Happ had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Wisconsin (2-3), which has lost three straight games, all to ranked teams. Iverson, D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison had 14 points apiece.

Wisconsin heads home to face Milwaukee on Friday night.

Jenkins leads Jackrabbits past Iowa 80-72

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) – Freshman David Jenkins Jr. scored a season-high 23 points, including big baskets down the stretch, and South Dakota State fended off Iowa 80-72 in a consolation-bracket semifinal at the Cayman Islands Classic on Tuesday. The victory was South Dakota State’s fourth in 11 meetings with Iowa and seventh against a Power Five school since joining the Summit League in 2007.

Isaiah Moss led Iowa (3-2) with 18 points, Jack Nunge added 14 and Tyler Cook and Wagner 11 apiece.  Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl had 2 points, 3 rebounds.

Iowa will try to end a two-game losing streak against UAB in the game for seventh place. Game time is at 11 o’clock this morning.

‘Bama tops CFP, Miami 2nd…Seahawks drop Freeney…Surgery for Judge…Braves punished

UNDATED (AP) – Alabama and Miami are one-two in the latest College Football Playoff rankings after the Hurricanes slid ahead of Clemson. The Crimson Tide are 11-0 heading into Saturday’s game against arch-rival Auburn, which is sixth in the rankings. Clemson is third, followed by Oklahoma and unbeaten Wisconsin.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have waived veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney just four games after signing him to help boost their pass rush. The 37-year-old Freeney was signed late last month to boost Seattle’s pass rush after Cliff Avril was lost to a neck injury. Freeney had three sacks in his first two games but did not record a tackle in his last two.

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. The 25-year-old Judge hit .284 with a rookie-record 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 155 games this past season, winning AL Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in the MVP balloting. Judge was hitting .329 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs at the All-Star break, then batted .179 with seven homers and 16 RBIs with 67 strikeouts in his next 44 games through the end of August.

ATLANTA (AP) – Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has punished the Atlanta Braves for circumventing international signing rules from 2015-17. Highly-touted infielder Kevin Maitan is among 13 prospects stripped from the Braves and now available to negotiate with other teams. Also, former general manager John Coppolella was banned for life and former special assistant Gordon Blakely was suspended for one year by Manfred.

DETROIT (AP) – A former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University sports doctor wants to avoid a lengthy trial after being accused of molesting several girls. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Dr. Larry Nassar will plead guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least 25 years in prison. Nassar is charged with molesting seven girls, all but one of whom were gymnasts, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic.

National Scoreboard


Final L.A. Lakers 103 Chicago 94


Final Vancouver 5 Philadelphia 2
Final St. Louis 8 Edmonton 3
Final Dallas 3 Montreal 1


Final (3) Kansas 114 Texas Southern 71
Final (6) Wichita St. 80 Marquette 66
Final (12) Cincinnati 75 Richmond 48
Final (13) Notre Dame 92 LSU 53
Final (14) Minnesota 100 Alabama A&M 57
Final (16) Texas A&M 98 Penn St. 87
Final (19) Louisville 84 S. Illinois 42
Final (22) Baylor 65 Creighton 59
Final (23) UCLA 72 Wisconsin 70
Final (25) Alabama 77 Texas-Arlington 76

Area Scoreboard (11/21)

High School Girls Basketball

  • Crestwood 77, Clayton Ridge 13
  • East Dubuque 48, Galena 37 (at the Warren Tournament)
  • Benton 59, Southwestern 34

College Women’s Basketball

Regional Scores

  • Iowa State 61, UMKC 45
  • Wisconsin 77, Southern 74

Ragin’ Cajuns win 80-71 in Cayman Islands; Iowa’s 1st loss

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) – Bryce Washington scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Iowa 80-71 in the opening game of the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic on Monday.

Frank Bartley IV led the Ragin’ Cajuns (3-1) with 17 points. JaKeenan Gant added 16 points and four blocks, and Justin Miller scored 14 points to go with seven rebounds. Louisiana was only 5 of 21 from 3-point range but shot 49 percent overall.

The Hawkeyes (3-1), who opened their season with three home games, were led by Isaiah Moss, who made all 10 of his free throws, with a career-high 24 points. Jordan Bohannon added four 3-pointers and 21 points. Iowa shot just 37 percent overall and 32 percent from the arc, where they had been shooting at a 44 percent clip, tops in the Big Ten.

The eight-team tournament runs through Wednesday. Iowa meets South Dakota State at 11 o’clock this morning.

No. 25 Baylor blows most of big lead, beats Wisconsin 70-65

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Manu Lecomte poured in 25 points and No. 25 Baylor held on after blowing most of a 19-point lead to beat Wisconsin 70-65 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic.

The Bears (4-0) established a 38-26 lead by halftime and stretched it to 53-34 midway through the second half, only for the Badgers (2-2) to whittle it to 57-55 with 2:12 left in the game.

Lecomte answered with five consecutive free throws, though. After the Badgers’ Aleem Ford curled in a 3-pointer, Nuni Omot added two foul shots and Lecomte made two more to put the game away, sending the Bears into a matchup with Creighton for the title Tuesday night.

The Bluejays dumped No. 23 UCLA 100-91 in the other semifinal.

Ethan Happ had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Badgers (2-2), while Brad Davison returned from a left shoulder injury to ignite their second-half charge. He finished with 13 points.

Wisconsin meets UCLA in the third-place game.

Falcons hold off Seahawks…Ex-receiver Glenn dies in crash…Mayfield punished

SEATTLE (AP) – Matt Ryan threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31, leaving both teams 6-4. Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score to put the Falcons ahead 21-7 early in the second quarter. Russell Wilson passed for two touchdowns, including a scoring toss to Doug Baldwin with three minutes left to get the Seahawks within three points before Blair Walsh missed a 52-yard field-goal try with two seconds to play.

UNDATED (AP) – Former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn has died at age 43 following a one-vehicle accident near Dallas that left his fiancée slightly injured. A police spokeswoman says Glenn was driving early Monday morning when the vehicle left the highway, struck a concrete barrier and rolled. Glenn played for the Pats, Packers and Cowboys from 1996-07 following a standout career at Ohio State.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not start his final regular-season game Saturday at home against West Virginia after making a lewd gesture against Kansas last weekend. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley also stripped Mayfield of his captain status for the game, the result of which won’t keep the Sooners out of the Big 12 championship. Kansas team captains did not shake hands with Mayfield before Saturday’s game, leading him to jaw with the Jayhawks and their fans before he cursed the Kansas sideline from his bench during the third quarter.

NEW YORK (AP) – Duke remains No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll, followed by Arizona, Kansas, Michigan St. and Villanova. The Wildcats and Jayhawks moved up one spot with the Spartans’ loss to the Blue Devils last Tuesday. Duke took 54 of 65 first-place votes and Arizona claimed the others. Sixth-ranked Wichita State is followed by Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Southern California.

NEW YORK (AP) – Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. They are joined by Johan Santana, Chris Carpenter, Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones and Carlos Lee, along with Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon. Trevor Hoffman leads the holdovers after falling five votes short of induction last year.

National Scoreboard


Final Philadelphia 107 Utah 86
Final Cleveland 116 Detroit 88
Final Indiana 105 Orlando 97
Final Charlotte 118 Minnesota 102
Final N-Y Knicks 107 L.A. Clippers 85
Final Washington 99 Milwaukee 88
Final Portland 100 Memphis 92
Final New Orleans 114 Oklahoma City 107
Final San Antonio 96 Atlanta 85
Final OT Boston 110 Dallas 102
Final Denver 114 Sacramento 98


Final Arizona 4 Toronto 1
Final Calgary 4 Washington 1
Final Columbus 3 Buffalo 2
Final Nashville 5 Winnipeg 3
Final OT New Jersey 4 Minnesota 3
Final SO Anaheim 3 San Jose 2


Final Atlanta 34 Seattle 31


Final (1) Duke 92 Furman 63
Final (6) Wichita St. 92 California 82
Final (8) Kentucky 70 Troy 62
Final (9) North Carolina 96 Stanford 72
Final (12) Cincinnati 73 Buffalo 67
Final (13) Notre Dame 83 Chaminade University 56
Final (15) Xavier 96 Hampton 60
Final (16) Texas A&M 72 Oklahoma St. 55
Final (22) Baylor 70 Wisconsin 65
Final Creighton 100 (23) UCLA 89
Final (24) West Virginia 91 Long Beach St. 62

Iowa St holds off Boise St 75-64 to win Puerto Rico Tip-Off

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Donovan Jackson scored 26 points and Iowa State blew most of a huge lead before holding off Boise State 75-64 in Sunday’s championship game at the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Nick Weiler-Babb had 10 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists to earn honors as the tournament’s most valuable player for the Cyclones (3-2). And Jackson set a tournament scoring record with 76 points, including a huge 3-pointer with 1:17 left after the Broncos had cut a 24-point second-half deficit all the way to four.

Boise State (4-1) trailed 52-28 with 15:23 left but rallied with a flurry of second-half 3-pointers.

Chris Sengfelder scored 20 points for the Broncos, who played most of the way without all-Mountain West Conference guard Chandler Hutchison. He took a hard fall and hit his head on the court at the 16:19 mark, then left with 12:22 left before halftime.

Eagles, Saints get 8th straight win…Vikings handle Rams…Pats win in Mexico…Truex takes Cup

Eagles, Saints get 8th straight win…Vikings handle Rams…Pats win in Mexico…Badgers still 5th….Truex takes Cup
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The NFL’s best team remains the Philadelphia Eagles after Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions in Philadelphia’s 37-9 rout of the Cowboys. Wentz went the conversion route after the Eagles lost kicker Jake Elliott to a head injury. The 9-1 Eagles outscored the Cowboys 30-0 in the second half while extending their winning streak to eight games, their longest since 2003-04.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Saints picked up their eighth straight win by scoring 15 points in the last three minutes of regulation before Wil Lutz drilled a 28-yard field goal in overtime to give them a 34-31 win over Washington. Mark Ingram capped a 131-yard rushing performance with gains of 20 and 31 yards on back-to-back carries to set up the winning kick, allowing the Saints to improve to 8-2. Alvin Kamara tied it with 1:05 left in regulation, scoring on an 18-yard reception before taking a pitch on a misdirection play for the two-point conversion.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings are 8-2 by picking up their sixth straight win, silencing the Rams 24-7 at Minnesota. Latavius Murray rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who also scored when Adam Thielen turned a short catch into a 65-yard trek to the end zone. Case Keenum completed 27 of 38 passes for 280 yards and no turnovers against the team that benched him last season for No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff.

MEXICO CITY (AP) – The New England Patriots are 8-2 and tied with Pittsburgh for the best record in the AFC. Tom Brady threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 33-8 pounding of the Raiders. Brady completed his first 12 passes with a steady stream of short throws before he unloaded a 64-yard TD to Brandin Cooks on the third play of the second half, giving New England a 24-0 lead.

NEW YORK (AP) – Alabama stays No. 1 in the latest Associated Press college football poll, followed by Miami, Oklahoma, Clemson and Wisconsin. The Crimson Tide picked up 58 of 61 first-place votes, while the Hurricanes claimed the other three. Auburn is sixth, ahead of Georgia, Ohio State. Notre Dame and TCU.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) – Martin Truex Jr. earned his first NASCAR Cup championship by holding off Kyle Busch to win Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch finished second in the race for Joe Gibbs Racing as Toyota went 1-2 in the finale to complete its season of dominance. Kyle Larson was third at Homestead, followed by Harvick.

National Scoreboard


Final OT New Orleans 34 Washington 31
Final OT N-Y Giants 12 Kansas City 9
Final Baltimore 23 Green Bay 0
Final Minnesota 24 L.A. Rams 7
Final Tampa Bay 30 Miami 20
Final Jacksonville 19 Cleveland 7
Final Detroit 27 Chicago 24
Final Houston 31 Arizona 21
Final L.A. Chargers 54 Buffalo 24
Final New England 33 Oakland 8
Final Cincinnati 20 Denver 17
Final Philadelphia 37 Dallas 9


Final Toronto 100 Washington 91
Final Indiana 120 Miami 95
Final Golden State 118 Brooklyn 111
Final Detroit 100 Minnesota 97
Final Phoenix 113 Chicago 105
Final L.A. Lakers 127 Denver 109


Final Carolina 4 N-Y Islanders 2
Final OT Colorado 4 Detroit 3
Final N-Y Rangers 3 Ottawa 0
Final Anaheim 3 Florida 2
Final Vegas 4 L.A. Kings 2


Area Hockey and College Basketball


DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints needed an extra effort in the third period, and got it. Josh Maniscalco tallied the game-winning goal with just four and a half minutes to play in the third period to help the Dubuque Fighting Saints to a 3-2 win at the Mystique Community Ice Center on Saturday night. The Saints are now a perfect 8-0-0 in Military Appreciation Night games.

Men’s College Basketball

Loras 104, Concordia Chicago, 87

Grace College Hoops for Hope Classic

Clarke 79, Grace 76

Univ.Dubuque 90, North Central University 55

Women’s College Basketball

UW Eau Claire 100, Univ. Dubuque 65

Big Ten Football Results

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sophomore Elijah Sindelar threw a career-high three touchdown passes and Purdue beat Iowa 24-15 to move within a game of bowl eligibility. Anthony Mahoungou had 135 yards receiving and two of those TD receptions in the opening 3:01 of the second half for the Boilermakers (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten), who won their first Big Ten road game of the year.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Alex Hornibrook’s 24-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Taylor in third quarter broke open a defensive slugfest, Kendric Pryor scored on an end-around and No. 5 Wisconsin beat No. 19 Michigan 24-10 to stay undefeated. The Badgers padded their playoff resume by taking a grinding, physical matchup against the Wolverines.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – No. 8 Ohio State scored on its first six possessions in a 52-14 rout of Illinois. J.T. Barrett threw the 100th touchdown pass of his career as the Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten East title. The Ohio State defense held the Illini to just 105 yards. Mike Weber ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns for Ohio State.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Saquon Barkley broke Penn State’s career touchdown record with three scores and had 208 of 224 total yards in the first half to lead the No. 13 Nittany Lions to a 56-44 victory over Nebraska. Barkley passed Lydell Mitchell for the record with his 39th touchdown.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – LJ Scott ran for 147 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 22 Michigan State to a snowy 17-7 victory over Maryland. The Spartans rushed for 271 yards, and that was about the only way they could move the ball in a game that was certainly affected by the elements.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Clayton Thorson had three touchdown passes, Justin Jackson added 166 yards rushing on 31 carries and Northwestern won its sixth straight with a 39-0 rout of Minnesota. The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) also forced five turnovers on defense.


Area Scoreboard 11/18/17

High School Girls Basketball

Hempstead 61, Platteville 56

Benton 62, Barneveld 54

Dodgeville 58, Mineral Point 44

Darlington 81, New Glarus 69

Fennimore 37, Prairie du Chien 36


College Mens Basketball

Clarke 87, Huntington 79

Waldorf 86, UW-Platteville 56


College Womens Basketball

Clarke 82, Emmaus 48

Loras 93, Carroll 57

UW-Stout 84, UD 68

St. Norbert 70, UW-Platteville 67



Iowa State 80, Tulsa 78

Illinois 82, Depaul 73


Fighting Saints Hockey

WATERLOO, Iowa — Joey Cassetti scored the go-ahead goal at the end of the second period as the Waterloo Black Hawks held on against a Fighting Saints rally to top them 3-2 at Young Arena on Friday night. It was the Fighting Saints’ third consecutive loss. It was Waterloo’s first win on home ice this season.

Regional College Basketball Recaps

Nunge leads Iowa past Grambling, 85-74 for 3rd straight win

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Jack Nunge scored a career-high 17 points in his third collegiate game and Iowa cruised past Grambling State, 85-74, for its third-straight win Thursday night. Isaiah Moss and Tyler Cook (15 points each) added some scoring help for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who needed second-half momentum to pull away from the Tigers. Cordell Pemsel had 3 points and 2 rebounds. Grambling State took a 59-56 lead off Anthony Gaston’s 3-pointer with 10:53 left in the game, capping a 7-0 run in 48 seconds. Moss hit a 3-pointer of his own to tie the game at 59, sparking a 14-0 run. During that stretch, the Tigers missed 9-straight field goals.

Iowa State tops App State 104-98 in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Donovan Jackson scored a career-high 26 points while Iowa State overcame its shooting struggles to beat Appalachian State 104-98 in Thursday night’s first round of the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Cyclones (1-2) entered shooting 39 percent, but finished at 52 percent with 10 3-pointers. That included a break-loose performance for Jackson, who had scored just 10 through the first two games. Nick Weiler-Babb added 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Iowa State, which ran off a pair of 12-2 bursts midway through the second half to take control. 

Bluiett lifts No. 15 Xavier to 80-70 win over Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in a decisive run over the final 1:47, to help No. 15 Xavier pull away late for an 80-70 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night in one of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. J.P. Macura added 20 points for the Musketeers (3-0), who won at a tough road venue following two easy home nonconference victories to open the season.  Ethan Happ led Wisconsin (2-1) with 21 points and eight assists.


IA and WI High School Football Championships

Iowa High School Football Championships from Thursday at UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls

Class 8-Player:  Don Bosco, Gilbertville 52, St. Mary’s, Remsen 14

Class A – West Sioux, Hawarden 35, Hudson 14

Class 3A – Xavier, Cedar Rapids 31, Pella 13


Class 1A – 11:00 am Regina, Iowa City vs. Van Meter

Class 2A –2:00 pm Waukon vs. Williamsburg

Class 4A – 7:00 pm Dowling Catholic, WDM vs. Iowa City, West


Wisconsin High School Football Championships in Madison

Division 7: Bangor defeated Black Hawk 37-14

Division 6: St. Mary’s Springs beat Iola-Scandinavia 35-12

Division 5: Amherst over Lake Country Lutheran 28-21

Division 4: Lodi over St. Croix Central 17-10 (OT)

Today: Division 3 championship game gets the day started at 10 with New Berlin Eisenhower vs Rice Lake. Division 2: Waunakee vs Brookfield Central and then the Division One title with Kimberly meeting Sun Prairie.

IIAC Football All Conference Teams

The Iowa Conference has announced the members of the all-conference football team for the just completed season.

University of Dubuque senior cornerback Michael Joseph was selected the Defensive MVP of the league. Joseph grabbed eight interceptions, broke up seven passes in conference play and recorded 46 tackles. Joseph has been invited to play in the Reece’s Senior Bowl in late January and is regarded as a potential NFL Draft pick.

U-D landed one other first team selection, sophomore running back Dwyane Allen Junior who led the conference in rushing. The Spartans had three players land 2nd team recognition: On defense: linebacker Le’Devin Smith and lineman Doug Gates, on offense: lineman Collin Stefanowski was selected. One other Dubuque player received Honorable Mention: safety Derek Trotter.

Walter Ollie of Loras was named a first team specialist and also earned second team defensive honors, kicker Mason Quigley also was a second team choice. Linebacker Bob Brophy and offensive lineman Greg Cybulski were named Honorable Mention.

Two former area high school players also received recognition from conference champ Wartburg: linebacker Tony Anstoetter, a former Dyerville Beckman prep was chosen to the conference first team while former Hempstead prep Peyton Imhoff of the Knights was a second team selection.

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Steelers roll…Cetltics defeated Warriors…Altuve, Stanton grab MLB MVP honors

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The no huddle offense came up big as Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, three to Antonio Brown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans in a 40-17 victory. Running the no-huddle extensively for the first time all season, Roethlisberger completed 30 of 45 passes to help the Steelers (8-2) win their fifth straight. Brown caught 10 passes for 144 yards and the three scores.

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Celtics were down by as many as 17 points in the game but Kyrie Irving had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that put Boston ahead in the closing seconds, and the Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors 92-88 for their 14th straight victory. Jaylen Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds. The defending champion Warriors had won seven in a row. In the only other NBA game, James Harden had 23 of his 48 points in the second quarter while the Houston Rockets scored 90 points in the first half en route to a 142-116 win over the Phoenix Suns.

UNDATED (AP) – Jose Altuve is the 2017 American League MVP. The Houston Astros infielder beat out New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for the award by a wide margin. The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base. Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – In the only college football game involving a Top 25 team, Quinton Flowers tossed a pair of touchdown passes and No. 23 South Florida held off Tulsa 27-20 to remain in contention for a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Flowers, one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, ran for 119 yards while also throwing for 142 to send the Bulls into next week’s regular-season finale against No. 14 UCF with the AAC’s East Division title on the line. D’Angelo Brewer ran for 163 yards for Tulsa.

MIAMI (AP) – Fernando “Ferdie” Pacheco, “The Fight Doctor” who served as Muhammad Ali’s ringside physician, has died. He was 89. Pacheco’s daughter, Tina Louise Pacheco, told The Associated Press that he died Thursday morning at his Miami home after prolonged illness. He met Cassius Clay, who would later become Muhammad Ali, in 1960 when the fighter began training with Angelo Dundee at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. Pacheco worked as Ali’s cornerman from 1962-1977, which included three successful title bouts.

National Scoreboard


Final Boston 92 Golden State 88
Final Houston 142 Phoenix 116


Final OT Toronto 1 New Jersey 0
Final N-Y Islanders 6 Carolina 4
Final Pittsburgh 3 Ottawa 1
Final Tampa Bay 6 Dallas 1
Final Arizona 5 Montreal 4
Final SO Winnipeg 3 Philadelphia 2
Final Minnesota 6 Nashville 4
Final St. Louis 4 Edmonton 1
Final Colorado 6 Washington 2
Final Vegas 5 Vancouver 2
Final Florida 2 San Jose 0
Final Boston 2 L.A. Kings 1


Final (23) South Florida 27 Tulsa 20


Final Pittsburgh 40 Tennessee 17


Final (3) Arizona 91 CS Bakersfield 59
Final (8) Florida 108 North Florida 68
Final (11) Miami 90 Florida A&M 59
Final (12) Cincinnati 97 Coppin St. 54
Final (13) Notre Dame 105 Chicago St. 66
Final (15) Xavier 80 Wisconsin 70

IATC All State Cross Country

The Iowa Track Coaches Association has named the all state high school cross country teams for just completed season.

A pair of runners from the Hempstead boys team were named to the Elite All State Squad: Addison Kalb and Ben Hermiston, both were members of the 4A All State team as well.

Hempstead coach Mark Ressler was named one of five At Large Coaches of the year in Class 4A, Bellevue coach Mark Jess received the same recognition in Class 1A.

For the girls: Wahlert freshman Gabby Moran was named to the Elite All State team.

Mia Rampton of Senior and Hannah Brown of Hempstead were chosen all state Class 4A. In class 3A, Kaylee Osterberger and Grace Herber of state champion Wahlert joined Moran on the Class 3A All State list. In Class 2A: Madeline Rhomberg and Madison Kelchen of Cascade were chosen.

Wahlert head coach Cynthia Wagner was named the 3A Girls Coach of the Year. Senior coach Louis Fischer and Hempstead coach Sharon Klein were named 4A at Large Coach of the Year selections. Cascade coach Bob Davidshofer received the same recognition in Class 2A.

Senior High Fall Sportsmanship Winner

Dubuque Senior High School has been awarded the Mississippi Valley Conference Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award in the Valley Division for the fall sports season. The trophy was presented last night at the semi-annual conference administrator meeting in Cedar Rapids.

This marks the sixth time Senior has been honored with the award. Senior last received the award in 2015.

Panthers Dunk Knights

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa senior Bennett Koch posted a career-high 25 points in leading the Panthers to a 72-43 win over the Wartburg Knights in the McLeod Center. Koch scored 20 second-half points and was perfect from the field on the night by draining all eight of his field goal attempts.

Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman added 5 points and 2 rebounds and former Senior Ram Luke McDonnell had 2 points, 2 rebounds.

The Panthers will remain at home in the McLeod Center and take on the Chicago State Cougars Saturday at 11 a.m.

Klube, Scherzer Cy again…Elliott drops suspension appeal…Bills bench Taylor…UCLA suspends 3

UNDATED (AP) – Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber has won his second American League Cy Young Award after picking up 28 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA and tied for the major league lead with 18 victories, three years after capturing the award. Boston’s Chris Sale finished second and Luis Severino of the New York Yankees was third.

UNDATED (AP) – Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is the National League Cy Young Award winner for the second straight year after going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and a league-leading 268 strikeouts in 31 starts. Scherzer received 27 of 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. It’s the third Cy Young for Sherzer, who also claimed the American League honor in 2013.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence. He served the first game in Dallas’ 27-7 loss to Atlanta last weekend and will miss five more before he is eligible to return for the Cowboys’ Dec. 24 game against Seattle. The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August after the NFL concluded he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been benched for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, allowing rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman to make his first NFL start. Taylor was benched in Sunday’s 47-10 loss at New Orleans after Buffalo produced 99 yards and four first downs on eight drives. In two series, Peterman was 7 of 10 for 79 yards and a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nick O’Leary.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China have been suspended indefinitely. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley admitted to the crime and apologized Wednesday, hours after returning from China. Head coach Steve Alford announced the suspensions while describing the players as “good young men.”

National Scoreboard


Final N-Y Knicks 106 Utah 101
Final Washington 102 Miami 93
Final Atlanta 126 Sacramento 80
Final Oklahoma City 92 Chicago 79
Final Indiana 116 Memphis 113
Final Toronto 125 New Orleans 116
Final Milwaukee 99 Detroit 95
Final Minnesota 98 San Antonio 86
Final Cleveland 115 Charlotte 107
Final Portland 99 Orlando 94
Final Philadelphia 115 L.A. Lakers 109


Final Detroit 8 Calgary 2
Final Chicago 6 N-Y Rangers 3
Final Anaheim 4 Boston 2


Final (9) North Carolina 93 Bucknell 81
Final (14) Minnesota 107 Niagara 81
Final Creighton 92 (20) Northwestern 88
Final (21) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 76 Cal St.-Fullerton 57
Final (22) Seton Hall 84 Indiana 68
Final OT (23) UCLA 106 Cent. Arkansas 101
Final (24) West Virginia 98 American U. 64

Davis of U-D named AVCA All American

The post season accolades continue to come in for University of Dubuque volleyball player Karrah Davis. The U-D senior and former Hempstead prep has been named NCAA Division 3 Honorable Mention All American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Davis, an outside hitter led all players in the Iowa Conference with 472 kills and 4.58 kills per set.

Clarke spikers earn all-conference honors

Four members of the Clarke University women’s volleyball team have been named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference Volleyball Team.

Kasey Davis (SO/Dubuque, Iowa) was cited by league coaches as a first-team all-conference player. Maddie Ro (FR/Mississauga, Ontario) was named a second-team all-conference pick, while Rachel Hunt (SR/Peru, Ill.) and Ashley Smith (JR/Roscoe, Ill.) both earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

Schultz Named USTFCCCA Central Region Coach of the Year

Following the program’s second consecutive NCAA Central Region Championship, Loras Cross Country Head Coach Bob Schultz has been named the USTFCCCA Central Region Coach of the Year. The award is the second of Schultz’ career.

Two weeks after winning their fourth consecutive Iowa Conference Championship, the Duhawks collected six All-Region runners.
The 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday, Nov. 18 in Elsah, Ill.

UNI Women Topple ISU

The Northern Iowa women’s basketball team defeated Iowa State 57-53 last night in Cedar Falls. The win for UNI was its first over ISU since 2002, as the victory snapped a 15-game streak for the Cyclones.

The Panthers were propelled by a pair of 17-point performances from senior Kennedy Kirkpatrick and junior Ellie Howell. Former Western Dubuque prep Megan Maahs secured a game high13 rebounds along with 8 points. Iowa State was led by Bridget Carleton with 18 points.

Tide takes top spot in CFP…Duke wins 1-2 matchup…KU outlasts UK…Celts keep streaking

UNDATED (AP) – Alabama has been installed as the new No. 1 team in the latest College Football Playoff rankings following Georgia’s loss to Auburn last weekend. Clemson is second, with Miami and Oklahoma joining the Tigers and Crimson Tide among the top four for the first time. Wisconsin and Auburn are fifth and sixth respectively, Georgia dropped to seventh, and Notre Dame slipped from third to eighth following its blowout loss to the Hurricanes.

CHICAGO (AP) – Duke won a matchup of the top two teams in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll by downing second-ranked Michigan State 88-81. Grayson Allen scored a career-high 37 points and freshman Trevon Duval added 17 with 10 assists to help the Blue Devils overcome the loss of Marvin Bagley III, who missed the second half with an eye injury. Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward each scored 19 points for the Spartans, who blocked 12 shots and shot 51 percent from the floor.

CHICAGO (AP) – Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points and Devonte Graham hit the clinching free throws to give the Jayhawks a 65-61 victory against seventh-ranked Kentucky. Malik Newman had a key rebound in the closing seconds and hit two foul shots to help Kansas knock off the Wildcats. Kevin Knox was high man for Kentucky with 20 points.

NEW YORK (AP) – The Boston Celtics still remain unbeaten since dropping their first two games of the season. Kyrie Irving scored 25 points in his return to the lineup as the Celtics earned their 13th consecutive victory, 109-102 at Brooklyn. Irving missed one game with a minor facial fracture after he was hit by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday.

UNDATED (AP) – The Rockets’ six-game winning streak is over after DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points to lead the Toronto Raptors’ 129-113 win at Houston. The Raptors led by 21 in the first half and won despite a strong performance by James Harden, who scored a game-high 38 points and was 19 of 19 from the line. San Antonio also won on Tuesday as LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points and coach Gregg Popovich picked up his 500th career road victory in the Spurs’ 97-91 decision over Dallas.

National Scoreboard


Final Boston 109 Brooklyn 102
Final Toronto 129 Houston 113
Final San Antonio 97 Dallas 91


Final OT Pittsburgh 5 Buffalo 4
Final SO Florida 4 Dallas 3
Final OT Columbus 2 Montreal 1
Final Minnesota 3 Philadelphia 0
Final Winnipeg 4 Arizona 1
Final Nashville 6 Washington 3
Final Edmonton 8 Vegas 2
Final Vancouver 3 L.A. Kings 2


Final (1) Duke 88 (2) Michigan St. 81
Final (4) Kansas 65 (7) Kentucky 61
Final (5) Villanova 113 Nicholls 77
Final (17) Gonzaga 106 Howard 69
Final (19) Purdue 86 Marquette 71

Area Scoreboard (11/14)

High School Girls Basketball

  • Galena 58, Orangeville 29 (at Warren Tournament)

Cyclones Blown Out in Home Opener

The Iowa State men’s basketball team lost their first home opener in 20 years (0-2, 0-0 Big 12) falling to the U-W Milwaukee Panthers (2-0, 0-0 Horizon), 74-56. The Panthers went 7-of-19 from behind the arc, while the Cyclones struggled to get anything going from deep, going 3-for-15. It was tough for the Cyclones offense all night as the Milwaukee defense held ISU to just 5-of-20 shooting in the second half and 0-for-8 from three. Brock Stull led Milwaukee with 17 point Jeff Beverly and Nick Weiler-Babb each had 11 points to lead the Cyclones, who finished with 18 turnovers.

Iowa State heads to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Cyclones open the tournament on Thursday with Appalachian State.

Northern Iowa Posts First Win

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team recorded a home-opening victory over the Alcorn State Braves on Monday in the McLeod Center, 73-45.

Sophomore Juwan McCloud poured in a career-high 18 points, while senior Bennett Koch and freshman Tywhon Pickford each tallied double-doubles to help the Panthers pick up their first win of the 2017-18 season. Off the bench former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman had 9 points on 3 of 3 shooting from the 3 point line, he also grabbed two rebounds. Former Senior prep Luke McDonnell didn’t score but collected a rebound.

UNI will be back in action on Wednesday in Cedar Falls when the Panthers take on the Wartburg Knights.

Fighting Saint Guttman Commits To Denver

Fighting Saint Guttman Commits To Denver

Dubuque Fighting Saints captain Cole Guttman has committed to the University of Denver to continue his hockey journey. He is set to join the reigning NCAA national champions led by former Fighting Saints head coach Jim Montgomery.

Guttman was a USHL All-Rookie First Team selection, and sixth-round selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning. This season he is currently on a five-game point streak that includes 3 goals and 2 assists.

Panthers thump Dolphins…Bellinger, Judge take top rookie honors…Beltran retires

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Panthers are 7-3 and a half-game off the NFC South lead after rolling up a team-record 548 total yards in a 45-21 pounding of the Miami Dolphins. Cam Newton provided much of that yardage by providing 254 yards through the air and 95 on the ground. Newton also threw two of his four scoring passes to Devin Funchess, who had five receptions for 92 yards.

UNDATED (AP) – Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger is the unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year Award after batting .267 with 39 home runs and 97 RBIs last season. Bellinger is the second consecutive Dodger to receive the honor and the 18th since Jackie Robinson won the first award in 1947. St. Louis middle infielder Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) finished second and Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell was third in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

UNDATED (AP) – Aaron Judge has become the first New York Yankee since Derek Jeter in 1996 to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Judge won the award unanimously in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America after leading the AL with a rookie-record 52 home runs last season. Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi finished second in the balloting, followed by Baltimore slugger Trey Mancini.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Astros outfielder and designated hitter Carlos Beltran has announced his retirement just 12 days after winning his first World Series. The nine-time All-Star revealed his decision in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune website, ending a 20-year career in which he batted .279 with 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases. Beltran captured the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1999 and won three Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards.

NEW YORK (AP) – Duke remains the No. 1 team in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Blue Devils picked up 34 of 65 first-place votes, second-ranked Michigan State claimed 13, No. 3 Arizona received 16 and No. 4 Kansas took two. Fifth-ranked Villanova is followed by Wichita State, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and Southern California.

National Scoreboard


Final Washington 110 Sacramento 92
Final Cleveland 104 N-Y Knicks 101
Final Milwaukee 110 Memphis 103
Final New Orleans 106 Atlanta 105
Final Minnesota 109 Utah 98
Final L.A. Lakers 100 Phoenix 93
Final Portland 99 Denver 82
Final Golden State 110 Orlando 100
Final Philadelphia 109 L.A. Clippers 105


Final Carolina 5 Dallas 1
Final Calgary 7 St. Louis 4


Final Carolina 45 Miami 21


Final (6) Wichita St. 81 Coll. of Charleston 63
Final (8) Florida 116 Gardner-Webb 74
Final (10) Southern Cal 75 N. Dakota St. 65
Final (12) Cincinnati 102 W. Carolina 51
Final (13) Notre Dame 88 Mount St. Mary’s 62
Final (14) Minnesota 86 Providence 74
Final (15) Xavier 101 Rider 75
Final (20) Northwestern 75 St. Peter’s 66
Final (21) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 92 New Mexico St. 74
Final (25) Baylor 70 Texas A&M-CC 46

Both Loras and UWP Men Soccer Fall in 2nd Round

College Soccer

  • The No. 22 Loras men’s soccer team saw their season come to a close after a 1-nil loss to No. 4 St. Thomas in the Second Round of the NCAA D-3 Tournament.
  • The UW Platteville men’s team also made a second round exit yesterday, the Pioneers fell to top seed North Park 6-1.

Regional College Basketball Scoreboard

College Men’s Basketball

  • Iowa 92, Alabama State 58 (Cordell Pemsl 15 points and 5 rebounds, Luke Garza 11 points 13 rebounds)
  • Wisconsin 89, Yale 61

College Women’s Basketball

  • Clarke 76, Viterbo 53 (Clarke 5-0)
  • Wisconsin 80, UNC-Charlotte 66
  • Florida Gulf Coast 85, Illinois 61

Hurricanes climb in AP poll…Vols drop Jones…Kenseth wins in Phoenix…Celtics continue streak

UNDATED (AP) – Miami is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, the Hurricanes’ best ranking since 2003. The undefeated Hurricanes jumped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday. Alabama remains No. 1 after taking 57 of 61 first-place votes, Oklahoma is third and Clemson stays No. 4, followed by Wisconsin, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has fired football coach Butch Jones with two games left in the regular season, a move that comes after Saturday’s 50-17 loss to Missouri. The Vols began the year among the AP top-25, but they’ve dropped five of their last six games to fall to 4-6. Jones went 34-27 overall and 14-24 in the SEC over five seasons.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Matt Kenseth won for the first time this season, taking the checkered flag at Phoenix Raceway in what might have been the second-to-last Cup race of his NASCAR career. Kenseth passed Chase Elliott with 10 laps remaining, denying Elliott the final berth in next week’s championship race. Elliott’s runner-up finish allowed Brad Kezelowski to become the fourth challenger for the Cup championship at Homestead.

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Celtics are an NBA-best 12-2 following their 12th straight win, a 95-94 decision over the Toronto Raptors. Al Horford scored 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting in his first game since missing two straight due to a concussion. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 24 points but missed a potential game-winning shot in the closing seconds.

PHOENIX (AP) – Kevin Sutherland won for the first time in 78 starts on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, taking the Charles Schwab Cup championship in Phoenix. He also claimed the $1 million season title after entering the season finale ranked fifth in points. Sutherland closed a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh.

National Scoreboard


Final Green Bay 23 Chicago 16
Final Minnesota 38 Washington 30
Final New Orleans 47 Buffalo 10
Final Tennessee 24 Cincinnati 20
Final Pittsburgh 20 Indianapolis 17
Final Detroit 38 Cleveland 24
Final Tampa Bay 15 N-Y Jets 10
Final OT Jacksonville 20 L.A. Chargers 17
Final L.A. Rams 33 Houston 7
Final Atlanta 27 Dallas 7
Final San Francisco 31 N-Y Giants 21
Final New England 41 Denver 16


Final Boston 95 Toronto 94
Final Detroit 112 Miami 103
Final Houston 118 Indiana 95
Final Oklahoma City 112 Dallas 99


Final New Jersey 7 Chicago 5
Final SO Washington 2 Edmonton 1
Final Tampa Bay 2 Anaheim 1
Final San Jose 2 L.A. Kings 1



Final (3) Arizona 103 UMBC 78
Final (5) Kentucky 73 Vermont 69
Final (13) Miami 89 Navy 55
Final (16) Louisville 72 George Mason 61
Final (20) Purdue 111 Chicago St. 42
Final (23) Seton Hall 75 Monmouth (NJ) 65

Georgia clobbered at Auburn…Irish blasted by Hurricanes…’Bama avoids upset

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Georgia’s ground game was stifled by Auburn as the 10th-ranked Tigers rolled to a 40-17 pounding of the No. 2 Bulldogs. Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and the SEC’s top ground game was held 46 yards, 233 below their season average. Meanwhile, Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham to help the Tigers send Georgia to its first loss.

MIAMI (AP) – Seventh-ranked Miami clobbered No. 3 Notre Dame as Malik Rosier threw for a TD and ran for a score in the Hurricanes’ 41-8 thrashing of the Irish. Travis Homer rushed for 146 yards for the 9-0 Hurricanes, who forced four turnovers for the fourth consecutive week, and dealt the Irish their second-worst loss in the history of the Miami-Notre Dame series. The outcome also puts Miami in the ACC title game against Clemson.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Top-ranked Alabama barely avoided an upset as Jalen Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining in a 31-24 win at No. 18 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs went ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter on Jace Christmann’s 25-yard field goal, but Alabama responded to tie it when Damien Harris ran for a 14-yard score with 9:49 left. Alabama is 10-0 following its 10th straight win over Mississippi State.

UNDATED (AP) – Travis Etienne rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns as fourth-ranked Clemson whipped Florida State 31-14 to wrap up a spot in the ACC title game. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma should climb up the College Football Playoff rankings after Baker Mayfield’s three scoring strikes led a convincing 38-20 victory over No. 8 TCU. Sixth-ranked Wisconsin clinched a berth in the Big Ten championship game as receiver Kendric Pryor scored twice to help the Badgers overcome four turnovers in a 38-14 victory against No. 25 Iowa.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The UCLA basketball team headed back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, according to a report. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the team was due back Saturday night. ESPN originally had the names of the three players, who were questioned by police about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou last week.

Wahlert State Volleyball Champs

Wahlert State Volleyball Champs

The Wahlert Golden Eagles volleyball team won their second straight Class 4A state volleyball championships yesterday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The 2nd ranked Golden Eagles ran their season record to 22-and-9 with a victory over the 4th ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warriors.

Wahlert started out of the gate slow losing the first set 25-23 but caught fire in the second set for a dominating 25-7 decision .The momentum carried over into the 3rd set with Wahlert winning 25-16. S.B.L won the 4th 25-19 to stay alive. The Golden Eagles won the state championship set 15-8.

Alliyah Carter paced Wahlert with 34 kills in the match and was named the captain of the all-tournament team, also named all-tournament was Jenna Gremmel who had 38 assists in the title match along with teammate Krystal Tranel.

Wahlert State Volleyball

The Wahlert High School volleyball teams season will end the same way it did last year, playing for the Class 4A state championship at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Yesterday in the semi-finals, the Golden Eagles defeated C.B. Lewis Central 25-16, 30-28, and 25-15. Mykenna Horchak led Wahlert with 18 kills and Alliyah Carter had 16. Jenna Gremmel tallied 41 assists while Krystal Tranel had 16 digs.

The (21-9) Golden Eagles will play for their second consecutive title at 12:15 this afternoon against 4th ranked (42-3) Sergeant Bluff Luton who defeated top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier in five sets to reach the championship match.

NCAA D-3 Soccer Tournament

The Loras women’s and men’s soccer teams along with the U-W Platteville men’s team are ready for NCAA Tournament play.

The Duhawk women are hosting first and second round matches today and tomorrow. Loras (14-1-3) meet Webster (19-1) at 5 o’clock this evening at the Rock Bowl. Wheaton (13-4-3) faces Knox (14-5-2) in the other first round match. The winners will play back at the Rock Bowl tomorrow evening at 7 o’clock. This is the 13th NCAA appearance for the Loras women.

The Loras men will be in Minneapolis/St. Paul in their regional match tomorrow hosted by Saint Thomas. The Duhawks (13-5-1) will face Cal Lutheran (13-4-2) at 1:30 Saturday. The winner will play Sunday against the Saint Thomas-U-W Superior winner. The Loras men are making their 12 NCAA appearance.

The U-W Platteville men also are in the NCAA Tournament….the Pioneers will be in Chicago for their regional. UW-P will meet Westminster College at 5 o’clock on Saturday. The winner will meet top overall seed North Park on Sunday at 5 o’clock.

Meyer Signs with  Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons have signed Dubuque native Mike Meyer to the practice squad as Matt Bryant  is dealing with an undisclosed injury. Head coach Dan Quinn said Bryant’s injury during the Carolina game affected their strategy.

Atlanta signed Meyer the former Iowa Hawkeye and Wahlert Catholic prep to the practice squad earlier this season when Bryant was dealing with another injury. Meyer was with the team during the preseason and connected on 3-of-4 of his field goal attempts.

In order to make room for Meyer on the practice squad, the Falcons released quarterback Garrett Grayson.

National Scoreboard


Final Washington 111 L.A. Lakers 95
Final Toronto 122 New Orleans 118
Final Houston 117 Cleveland 113
Final Sacramento 109 Philadelphia 108
Final Denver 102 Oklahoma City 94


Final OT Edmonton 3 New Jersey 2
Final Philadelphia 3 Chicago 1
Final Minnesota 3 Montreal 0
Final SO St. Louis 3 Arizona 2
Final Calgary 6 Detroit 3
Final Anaheim 4 Vancouver 1
Final Tampa Bay 5 L.A. Kings 2


Final Seattle 22 Arizona 16

U-D’s Michael Joseph Invited to Senior Bowl

The 69th annual Reece’s Senior Bowl will be a showcase for the top college football seniors to show off their football skills on a national stage and pro scouts in attendance……those players are usually from the Division One ranks, but this time there will be an exception. University of Dubuque cornerback Michael Joseph just received his invitation to play in the game in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday, January 27th. U-D head football coach Stan Zweifel says the process started with a visit from the Senior Bowl Director Phil Savage at their practice on August 15th.

Joseph says he couldn’t be more honored to represent U-D and Division 3. Joseph has 8 interceptions on the season which is tied for 2nd most in all of college football. He has had scouts from nearly every one of the NFL teams in to Dubuque to watch him. He says he didn’t expect to receive all the attention he has received this season.

According the Iowa Conference, Brad Hustad of Luther College in 1960 is the only other player in the history of the league who has ever been invited and played in the game.

State Volleyball Tournament

The Wahlert High School volleyball team will continue their quest for back-to-back state titles today in the Class 4A state semi-finals at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The 2nd ranked Golden Eagles meet 6th ranked Council Bluffs Lewis Central at noon. The winner plays for the championship tomorrow against the winner of the other semi-final between top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier and 4th ranked Sergeant Bluff Luton.

Yesterday in Class 3A, 6th ranked Dyersville Beckman fell to 3rd ranked  Waterloo Columbus Catholic. The Blazers lost in four sets, dropping the first two by scores of 25-18 and 25-18. Beckman won the 3rd set 25-20 before being finished off by the Sailors in an exciting fourth set 29-27. Beckman finished their year at 31-and-13.

National Signing Day

Yesterday was National Signing day; the day college bound high school senior athletes can begin signing on the dotted line to make their verbal commitments official.

Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery received a letter from highly touted Joe Wieskamp of Muscatine. Wieskamp, the reigning Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year is ranked as the number 53 recruit in the country overall by the 247 Sports Composite. The Hawkeyes also received a letter of intent from C.J. Frederick, a 6’4 guard from Alexandria, Kentucky.

Iowa State’s signing class included three highly touted players from the Chicago area and another from Wisconsin. The trio from Chicago include: George Condit a 6’10 power forward, Zion Griffin, a 6’6 guard/forward, and Talen Horton-Tucker, a 6’5 guard. The player out of Wisconsin is 6’5 guard Tyrese Haliburton of Oshkosh. 247 Sports rates the Cyclones class the 26th best in the country. Rivals rating the class number 18.

Wisconsin had one letter signing yesterday, Taylor Currie a 6’8 forward out of Clarkston, Michigan.

Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson announced receiving a letter of intent from Cedar Falls guard A.J. Green who is the son of Panther assistant coach Kyle Green.

Witnesses say Halladay flying low before crash…Jones at odds with Goodell…Packers drop Bennett

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Witnesses to Roy Halladay’s fatal plane crash have told federal investigators the two-time Cy Young Award winner was flying his tiny sport plane low over the Gulf of Mexico shortly before it slammed into the water. National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Noreen Price said Wednesday that Halladay’s ICON A5 experienced a “high-energy impact” with the water. Price said it was too early to say whether Tuesday’s crash was related to two earlier crashes this year of other A5s. One crash killed the plane’s chief designer and test pilot.

NEW YORK (AP) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly ready to fight a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell . A person with knowledge of the situation says Jones told the six owners on the compensation committee he had hired high-profile attorney David Boiesand was prepared to sue if the group voted to extend Goodell’s deal. All 32 owners voted in May to extend Goodell’s contract and authorized the compensation committee to work out the details, but Jones has since been embroiled in a dispute sparked by Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, who had 24 catches for 233 yards in seven starts this year. The Packers cited a “failure to disclose a physical condition” for making the move. Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason after helping the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has fined Oklahoma Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, forward Paul George and guard Russell Westbrook $15,000 apiece for publicly criticizing game officials following Sunday’s loss to Portland. The three were angry after Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected for a flagrant-2 call on a play in which a foul was called on Jusuf Nurkic. The league says Anthony’s flagrant 2 foul from Sunday’s game will stand, but the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Tuesday night’s loss to Sacramento has been rescinded.

BEIJING (AP) – UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford says the three Bruins involved in a shoplifting incident in China won’t play in Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Tuesday night saying that UCLA basketball players were “involved in a situation” in China, with police being summoned to the team’s hotel to investigate the matter. The Los Angeles Times, citing a person close to the situation, reported that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident.

National Scoreboard


Final Detroit 114 Indiana 97
Final Orlando 112 N-Y Knicks 99
Final Boston 107 L.A. Lakers 96
Final Miami 126 Phoenix 115
Final Golden State 125 Minnesota 101


Final Toronto 4 Minnesota 2
Final N-Y Rangers 4 Boston 2
Final Tampa Bay 5 San Jose 1

Area Scoreboard (11/8)

College Mens Basketball

  • Viterbo 72, Clarke 63 (The Pride led by Harris Takes 18 points, Jared Walker 10 points and 12 rebounds.)

College Women’s Basketball

  • Clarke 79, St. Ambrose 66 ( Clarke 3-0, led by Kea Whittington with 18 points)

Wahlert Wins, Hempstead Falls at State Volleyball

The Hempstead Mustangs made a first round exit yesterday at the State High School Volleyball Tournament in Cedar Rapids. The 6th ranked Mustangs fell to 3rd ranked Ankeny Centennial 25-15, 25-14, and 26-24. Hempstead was led by Jada Wills with 9 kills, Alana Cooksley had 10 assists, and Julia Meehan had 9 digs. Hempstead finished their season with a record of 28-8.

In the Class 4A quarterfinals, it was a rematch of last year’s state championship match with the same result, the 2nd ranked Wahlert Golden Eagles (19-9) made fairly quick work of the 9th ranked Pella Little Dutch in three straight sets 25-23, 26-24 and 25-22. Mykenna Horchak led the Golden Eagles with 10 kills, Jenna Gremmel had 21 digs and 25 assists.

Wahlert now meet 6th ranked Council Bluffs Lewis Central on Thursday at noon in the 4A semi-finals. The other semi-final has top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier meeting 4th Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

This morning in Class 3A; the Dyersville Beckman Blazers make their first state tournament appearance since 2006. 9th ranked Beckman will match up with 3rd ranked Waterloo Columbus Catholic at 10 o’clock.

Halladay dies in plane crash…Bulldogs still tops in CFP…Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns

HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) – Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay died at age 40 yesterday when the plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The son of a corporate pilot, the eight-time All-Star quickly got his license to fly despite his wife’s misgivings. Halladay won 203 games over 12 major league seasons and threw a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter during a five-month span in 2010, three years before retiring.

UNDATED (AP) – Georgia remains the No. 1 team in the second College Football Playoff rankings of the season, with SEC rival Alabama staying at No. 2. Third-ranked Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson hold down the last two spots for the semifinal berths. Oklahoma is fifth, followed by TCU, Miami, Wisconsin ranked 8th, Washington and Auburn. Iowa is ranked 20th just ahead of Iowa State ranked 21st.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Phoenix Suns have dealt disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks today for big man Greg Monroe and a pair of 2018 draft picks. The 27-year-old Bledsoe had been told by the Suns to stay away from the team immediately after his Oct. 22 Twitter post that said, “I Don’t wanna be here.” Bledsoe averaged more than 20 points and six assists per game in each of the last two years with the Suns, including career highs of 21.1 points and 6.3 assists last season.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots have placed linebacker and defensive captain Dont’a (DAHN’-tay) Hightower on injured reserve due to a right shoulder injury suffered against Atlanta on Oct. 22. A person familiar with the situation said last month that Hightower would need season-ending surgery on his shoulder. Hightower had 14 tackles and two sacks this season.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants have reinstated cornerback Janoris Jenkins from suspension. Jenkins was suspended indefinitely last week for missing a workout on Monday and not informing coach Ben McAdoo that he would be absent. He has 24 tackles and an interception he returned 43 yards for a touchdown in the Giants’ only win this season.

NBA/NHL Scoreboard


Final Dallas 113 Washington 99
Final Cleveland 124 Milwaukee 119
Final New Orleans 117 Indiana 112
Final Toronto 119 Chicago 114
Final N-Y Knicks 118 Charlotte 113
Final San Antonio 120 L.A. Clippers 107
Final Denver 112 Brooklyn 104
Final Philadelphia 104 Utah 97
Final Sacramento 94 Oklahoma City 86
Final Memphis 98 Portland 97


Final OT Edmonton 2 N-Y Islanders 1
Final Buffalo 3 Washington 1
Final St. Louis 3 New Jersey 1
Final Carolina 3 Florida 1
Final Nashville 3 Columbus 1
Final Pittsburgh 3 Arizona 1
Final Montreal 3 Vegas 2
Final Vancouver 5 Calgary 3
Final OT L.A. Kings 4 Anaheim 3

Hempstead and Wahlert at State Volleyball Tournament

Both the Wahlert and Hempstead volleyball teams begin their quest to bring home state volleyball championships today at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.  Hempstead will be the first on the court at 2:00pm this afternoon in the Class 5A quarterfinals as the Mustangs ranked 6th with a record of 28-7 meet #3 Ankeny Centennial (29-7). The winner advances to Thursday morning’s state semi-finals.

In Class 4A; the second ranked Wahlert Golden Eagles (19-9) will begin defense of their state championship when they meet 9th ranked (33-6) Pella 6:00pm tonight. The winner plays in the semi-finals at noon on Thursday.

Listen for match score updates on AM 1370 KDTH.

Loras Soccer Ready For NCAA

The 25th-ranked Loras men’s soccer team is set to continue their season this weekend in the NCAA Tournament as the Duhawks drew Cal Lutheran in the first round and will play at St. Thomas this weekend. First round matches are on Saturday. Wisconsin-Superior and St. Thomas will meet in the other first round regional with the winners to play on Sunday.

The 19th-ranked Loras women’s soccer team has been chosen to host the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend.  Joining Loras in Dubuque this weekend will be Knox, Webster and Wheaton. On Friday Loras will meet Webster in the first round with Wheaton and Knox meeting in the other match with the winners to face off in the second round match on Saturday.

WR Quintez Cephus to miss Iowa game for No. 6 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – No. 6 Wisconsin will be without top receiver Quintez Cephus for its game Saturday against No. 25 Iowa.

Cephus suffered a right leg injury in a 45-17 win over the weekend at Indiana. The sophomore is tied with tight end Troy Fumagalli with a team-high 30 catches.

The Badgers (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 9 CFP) also listed inside linebacker Chris Orr as out for Saturday, while safety D’Cota Dixon is questionable with a right leg injury.

Nicholas Baer to Miss 3-4 Weeks Due to Injury

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced yesterday that junior forward Nicholas Baer is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after suffering a broken bone in his left pinky finger in a weekend practice. The injury will not require surgery.

Baer, a team co-captain, is the reigning Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year after averaging team bests in rebounding (5.8), steals (1.4), and blocked shots (1.3).

Iowa opens the regular season this weekend hosting a pair of home games against Chicago State on Friday and Alabama State on Sunday.

Lions whip Packers…9 straight for Celtics…Warriors stay hot despite cold shooting…Mad Bum stays

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Matthew Stafford threw for 361 yards and hit Marvin Jones for a pair of touchdowns as the Detroit Lions beat the Packers 30-17 in Green Bay to end a three-game losing streak. The Lions kept the Packers out of the end zone until Brett Hundley’s one-yard sneak with 9:52 remaining. Hundley completed 26 of his 38 passes for 245 yards and no interceptions, but the Packers only had the ball for just over 23 minutes in suffering their third straight loss. Both teams are 4-4.

ATLANTA (AP) – Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 35 points and the Boston Celtics notched their ninth straight win since an 0-2 start by downing Atlanta 110-107. Irving drained a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining that put the Celtics ahead to stay. Jayson Tatum added 21 points in a game that featured 25 lead changes before Boston improved to an NBA-best 9-2.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors won for the seventh time in eight games as Kevin Durant scored 21 points and had eight rebounds in a 97-80 victory over Miami. Draymond Green scored 18 points with a season-high four 3s to go with nine rebounds for the defending NBA champions. The Warriors won despite shooting just 37 percent and missing 21 of their 32 3-point attempts.

UNDATED (AP) – Madison Bumgarner’s $12 million option for the 2018 season has been exercised by the San Francisco Giants, who also picked up their $7 million option on lefty Matt Moore. Bumgarner missed nearly three months this past season following a dirt bike accident during an off day in Colorado on April 20. The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined outfielder Andre Ethier’s  $17.5 million club option, and the Cleveland Indians passed on their $7 million option on reliever Boone Logan, allowing both players to become free agents.

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Capitals pulled out their third straight win as John Carlson’s overtime goal gave them a 3-2 decision over Arizona. The New York Rangers ran their winning streak to four games as Michael Grabner scored twice to help the Blueshirts beat Columbus 5-3. The Las Vegas Knights erased a 3-1 deficit before Mitchell Marner scored the lone shootout goal in the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 win at Toronto.

National Scoreboard


Final Boston 110 Atlanta 107
Final Brooklyn 98 Phoenix 92
Final Golden State 97 Miami 80


Final OT Washington 3 Arizona 2
Final N-Y Rangers 5 Columbus 3
Final Boston 5 Minnesota 3
Final SO Toronto 4 Vegas 3
Final Winnipeg 4 Dallas 1
Final Detroit 3 Vancouver 2


Final Detroit 30 Green Bay 17

Regional College Basketball Scores

College Men’s Basketball (Exhibitions)

  • Iowa State 77, Emporia State 68
  • Wisconsin 85, UW Stout 56
  • Northern Iowa 72, UNC Pembroke 66 (Spencer Haldeman 20 points including 4-7 from 3pt range, Luke McDonnell 1 point, 3 rebounds) (exhibition)

College Women’s Basketball

  • Clarke 77, Coe 65 (regular season)
  • Iowa 85, Minnesota State-Moorhead 56 (exhibition)
  • Iowa State 93, UW La Crosse 50 (exhibition)

Iowa’s Jackson Defensive Player of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa junior defensive back Josh Jackson has been named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 55-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State Saturday in Kinnick Stadium.

Jackson  tied a school record with three pass interceptions, and also added three solo tackles.

Jackson is the second Hawkeye to earn the Walter Camp weekly defensive honor this season, as senior linebacker Josey Jewell was recognized following Iowa’s victory over Wyoming in the season opener.  Jackson and Jewell have also been named semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

The 25th-ranked Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3) travel to third-ranked Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0) on Saturday (2:30 p.m., ABC).

Cavs lose again…Duchene, Turris change addresses…Irish, Tigers move up in poll…Harvick wins

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are just 4-6 following another head-scratching loss. Dennis Schroeder scored 28 points and the injury-riddled Atlanta Hawks ended an eight-game losing streak with a 117-115 win against the Cavs. The Hawks blew most of a 16-point lead in the second half before dealing Cleveland its fifth loss in seven games.

UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have sent forward Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators in a pair of deals that allowed the Nashville Predators to acquire forward Kyle Turris. The Senators sent prospect Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond and a 2018 first- and 2019 third-round pick to Colorado. Nashville acquired Turris from the Senators and sent top prospects Samuel Girardi and Vladislav Kamenev to the Avs, along with a 2018 second-round pick.

UNDATED (AP) — The AP Top 25 now looks a lot like last week’s College Football Playoff rankings. Notre Dame has climbed to No. 3 and Clemson rose to No. 4, while Ohio State and Penn State tumbled out of the top 10. Alabama remains No. 1 and Georgia No. 2 in the AP poll, while in the playoff rankings, Georgia is No. 1 and Alabama is No. 2. Wisconsin is 6th,  Iowa State dropped to 24th, Iowa is ranked 25th this week.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have wrapped up championship spots in NASCAR’s finale with their 1-2 finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Truex had led 107 laps and was still up front until his bobble on the backstretch allowed Harvick to take the lead with just over 10 laps remaining. Kyle Busch had already wrapped up one of the four championship slots with a win last weekend, leaving only one spot up for grabs next week at Phoenix.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patrick Cantlay picked up his first PGA victory by taking the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in a playoff. Cantlay hit from behind a tree and got up-and-down for par from off the back of the 18th green to beat Alex Cejka and Whee Kim on the second extra hole. Cantlay bogeyed the final two holes of regulation for a 5-under 67 to get in at 9-under 275 at windy TPC Summerlin.

Sunday’s NFL Recaps

The Eagles picked up their seventh straight win and improved to an NFL-best 8-1 as Carson Wentz threw for four more touchdowns in a 51-23 throttling of the Broncos. Wentz was 15 of 27 for 199 yards before taking a seat on the bench. He has thrown 17 of his league-leading 23 touchdown passes in the last five games.Corey Clement had three touchdowns for the Eagles

Also in the NFC East, Ezekiel Elliott took advantage of his latest courthouse reprieve by running for the go-ahead touchdown and finishing with 93 yards in the Cowboys’ 28-17 comeback over the Chiefs.

Also in the NFL:

— The Rams shredded through the Giants’ defense while Jared Goff set career highs with four TD tosses and 311 yards passing in a 51-17 laugher at the Meadowlands.

— The Rams have sole possession of first place in the NFC West after the Seahawks gave up a one-yard scoring run to Rob Kelley with 59 seconds left in the Redskins’ 17-14 triumph at Seattle.

— The Saints’ winning streak climbed to six games as Drew Brees (breez) was 22-of-27 for 263 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-10 rout of the Buccaneers.

— The 6-3 Panthers remain a half-game behind the NFC South-leading Saints after Cam Newton rushed for 86 yards and a TD in a 20-17 victory against Atlanta.

— The Jaguars are 5-3 after holding the Bengals to a season-low 148 yards in a 23-7 win against Cincinnati.

— The Titans picked up their third straight win as Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) passed for 218 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 decision over the Ravens.

— T.Y. Hilton had 175 yards receiving with two touchdowns to help the Colts beat the Texans 20-14 and end a three-game skid.

— Adrian Peterson provided the spark in the Cardinals’ 20-10 victory against the winless 49ers, carrying a career-high 37 times for 159 yards.

— Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and Marshawn Lynch scored on a 22-yard run as the Raiders knocked off the Dolphins 27-24 at Miami.

-Monday night football has Detroit at Green Bay.

National Scoreboard

Final Atlanta 117 Cleveland 115
Final Miami 104 L.A. Clippers 101
Final Washington 107 Toronto 96
Final Boston 104 Orlando 88
Final Houston 137 Utah 110
Final San Antonio 112 Phoenix 95
Final N-Y Knicks 108 Indiana 101
Final Minnesota 112 Charlotte 94
Final Portland 103 Oklahoma City 99
Final L.A. Lakers 107 Memphis 102
Final Detroit 4 Edmonton 0
Final N-Y Islanders 6 Colorado 4
Final Montreal 2 Chicago 0
Final SO Calgary 5 New Jersey 4
Final Jacksonville 23 Cincinnati 7
Final Philadelphia 51 Denver 23
Final Carolina 20 Atlanta 17
Final Tennessee 23 Baltimore 20
Final Indianapolis 20 Houston 14
Final L.A. Rams 51 N-Y Giants 17
Final New Orleans 30 Tampa Bay 10
Final Washington 17 Seattle 14
Final Arizona 20 San Francisco 10
Final Dallas 28 Kansas City 17
Final Oakland 27 Miami 24

Area College Sports

Men’s College Soccer

Iowa Conference Championship

#25 Loras 2, Luther, 2

Loras advances on penalties, 3-1

Duhawks win Iowa Conference Tournament and earns the IIAC’s automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship

Women’s College Soccer

#19 Loras 4 Luther, 1

Loras is now 14-1-3 and earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. 2017 marks the 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament and 12th Iowa Conference Tournament Championship

Mens College Basketball

Non-Conference Men’s Basketball

Clarke University Holiday Inn Express Tip-Off Classic

Clarke 87, Cardinal Stritch 72

Women’s College Volleyball

Central Methodist 3, Clarke University 0

Football Action

Big 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had few answers after his team’s 55-24 annihilation at the hands of host Iowa on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa scored 31 straight points after the game was tied at 17-17 in the second quarter. The loss likely knocks the Buckeyes out of the race for a College Football Playoff berth.


Other Big 10 Action

Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17

Rutgers  31, Maryland 24

Purdue 29, Illinois   10

Northwestern 31, Nebraska 24

Michigan 33, Minnesota   10

Big 12

West Virgina 20, Iowa State       16

Area Schools

Univ. of Dubuque 35, Coe College 21

UW Whitewater 17,  UW Platteville 16

Dubuque High School State Swimming

A total of 19 swimmers from Dubuque High School teams will be competing on Saturday at the State Tournament in Marshalltown.

Swimmers who advanced with regional championships last weekend at Linn Mar are: Anna Pfeiffer of Senior in the 50 and 100 Freestyles, Karlie Welbes of Wahlert in the 500 Freestyle. Wahlert’s 400 Freestyle relay anchored by Welbes and include Natalia Verastegui, Victoria Michel, and Hayley Welbes also won the regional title last weekend.

Wahlert has 12 events qualified, Senior has six swims, and Hempstead qualified a relay.

IIAC All Conference Volleyball

The University of Dubuque and Loras College landed a combined five players on the Iowa Conference All Conference Volleyball Team. From Dubuque former Hempstead preps Karrah Davis and Alyssa Cose were joined by Jenna Runde. Former Southwestern prep Michelle Budden along with Haley Bergen were the selections from Loras.

Regular season league champion Wartburg had five all conference selection and their co-head coaches Jen Walker and Doug Frazell were voted the Coaching Staff of the Year.

High School Playoff Football

A few area high school football teams remain in the hunt for state championship going into tonight’s playoff action in Iowa and Wisconsin.

In Iowa Class 2A; the 2nd ranked Cascade Cougars are making their first quarterfinal round state appearance this evening as they host Union Laporte City. The Cougars and the Knights met on the same field to end the regular season with Cascade coming from behind to win and claim the outright district title and remain unbeaten. The winner advances to the semi-finals next Saturday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

It’s Level 3 of the Wisconsin playoffs tonight, two wins from a trip to Camp Randall Stadium and the state finals. In Division 7; Potosi-Cassville will be at Black Hawk. Chieftains head coach Mark Siegert says his defense must find some way to slow the Warriors running game. The Chieftains lost in week 2 to the Warriors 30-12 which is  the closest anyone has come to Black Hawk so far this season.

Another area Level 3 match-up tonight in Division 6 has Mineral Point at Markesan.

Clarke University Kehl Center busy today and tomorrow

Clarke men tip off with Holiday Inn Express Tip Off Classic

Clarke University’s men’s basketball team will open its 2017-18 campaign at home this weekend as the Pride hosts the Holiday Inn Express Tip Off Classic. Joining Clarke in the two-day, four-team event will be Cardinal Stritch University, Indiana University East
Cardinal Stritch will take on Indiana East at 5:30 p.m. this evening, while Clarke faces St. Ambrose at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Indiana East and St. Ambrose will square off at 4 p.m. Clarke and Cardinal Stritch will meet at 6 p.m.


Clarke Volleyball Hosts Conference Tourney Match

Clarke University women’s volleyball team will host Central Methodist University on Saturday in a Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal match. The first set is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Kehl Center.
Clarke enters postseason play as the tournament’s No. 2 seed in the North Division. The Pride finished regular-season play 27-8 overall and 13-6 in league contests. Central Methodist is the South Division’s No. 3 seed. The Eagles fashioned a 23-11 overall mark and a 14-5 record in Heart play. Saturday’s will winner will advance to the tournament semifinals on Wednesday.

Fighting Saints home tonight

The Dubuque Fighting Saints will be looking to extend their winning streak to three games as they host the Omaha Lancers tonight in the only game of the weekend for the Saints. Dubuque pulled off a home and away sweep of Central Illinois last weekend to pull to .500 on the season at 3-and-3. Omaha enters the contest at 3-and-5. The puck will drop tonight at 7:05.

UD and Loras part of IIAC Tourney play this weekend

The University of Dubuque Volleyball team is playing in the semi-finals of the Iowa Conference Tournament at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids today. The Spartans, the number four seed will meet top seed Wartburg at 7 o’clock. The winner plays tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock for the tournament title and automatic NCAA berth. The other semi-final today has #2 seed Luther meeting #3 seed Buena Vista (4:00pm).

Tomorrow will be the Conference Tournament championships in men’s and women’s soccer. In the men’s championship game, Loras will be at Luther at 6:00pm  and the Loras women will host Luther at the Rock Bowl at 1:00pm.


Hawkeyes  Bounce Belmont-Abbey

Thurday night the Iowa Hawkeyes bounced Belmont Abbey 96-64 in their final exhibition game before the regular season begins next Friday night. Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl was one of three Hawkeyes in double figures scoring 13 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. Iowa was led by Tyler Cook with 24 and freshman Luke Garza with 18 points and 12 boards. Another former Wahlert prep Riley Till grabbed one rebound in his time on the floor.

Benton State Volleyball

The Benton High School volleyball will meet Lourdes Academy in the the semi-finals of the Division 4 Wisconsin State Volleyball Tournament this morning at 10 a.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay. This is the first ever state appearence for a Benton volleyball team. 7th ranked Benton comes in to the match with a 25-2 record while 9th ranked Lourdes Academy is 35-and-9.

The winner will play Saturday morning at 9 for the D-4 championship against the winner of the other semi-final pitting four time defending champion and third ranked Newman Catholic(29-11) and top ranked Clayton (39-2).

National Scoreboard


Final Golden State 112 San Antonio 92
Final Portland 113 L.A. Lakers 110


Final Boston 2 Vegas 1
Final Washington 4 N-Y Islanders 3
Final OT N-Y Rangers 2 Tampa Bay 1
Final Columbus 7 Florida 3
Final Ottawa 3 Detroit 1
Final Winnipeg 5 Dallas 2
Final Minnesota 6 Montreal 3
Final Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 0
Final Colorado 5 Carolina 3
Final OT Calgary 2 Pittsburgh 1
Final Buffalo 5 Arizona 4
Final L.A. Kings 5 Toronto 3


Final N-Y Jets 34 Buffalo 21

Jets Pummel Bills…Quarterback woes…NBA moves lottery site

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Jets turned in a dominating performance on Thursday night football. Matt Forte ran for two touchdowns four days after complaining the Jets didn’t run the ball enough, and an overwhelming defense sacked Tyrod Taylor seven times Thursday night in New York’s 34-21 demolition of the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo (5-3) came in having scored 64 points in its last two wins, but self-destructed with turnovers and miscues. New York (4-5), snapped a three-game slide in which it held leads in each defeat.

UNDATED (AP) – Bad news for a pair of NFL quarterbacks. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will be placed on injured reserve. Luck was “shut down” three weeks ago after complaining of soreness in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder. He’s done for the year. And two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday. The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say the rookie suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees.

UNDATED (AP) – The NBA says it will hold its draft lottery in Chicago next spring. The league announced Thursday the event will be held outside of New York or New Jersey for the first time on May 15. It will be followed by the draft combine May 16-20 in Chicago, where it has been conducted for years.

HOUSTON (AP) – There’s no school in Houston today as part of the city’s World Series celebration in honor of the Astros. An afternoon victory parade through downtown will end with a City Hall rally. Mayor Sylvester Turner will pay tribute to the team.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Houston Astros’ seven-game World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 18.9 million viewers on Fox, down 19 percent from the 23.4 million average for the Chicago Cubs’ seven-game victory over Cleveland last year for their first title since 1908. The total audience on Fox’s three outlets averaged 19.56 million. The network says that included an average of 476,000 viewers on Fox Deportes, up 34 percent from 355,000 last year, and a digital audience average of 183,000 on Fox Sports Go, an increase of 4 percent.

Area Scoreboard (11/2)

High School Volleyball

  • The Galena Pirates claimed their first Sectional Championship since 1983 last night with a 2-0 win over Orion at Oregon High School. The Pirates will now meet Elgin Harvest Christian Academy in the Super Sectional on Friday night in Elgin at 7 o’clock. The winner advances to the final four of the Illinois 2A tournament, something no other Galena team has accomplished.

College Men’s Soccer

  • Loras 3, Simpson 0 (Loras at Luther Saturday evening for IIAC tournament championship, game time 6 pm)

College Women’s Soccer

  • Loras 3, Wartburg 1
  • Luther 2, Dubuque 1 (decided on penalty kicks 4-3)

(Loras will host Luther on Saturday, kickoff time to be announced today)

  • Baker 2, Clarke 0 (Heart Conference Tournament)

College Women’s Basketball

  • Clarke 89, Trinity Christian 72

Astros celebrate…Spurs bring back Parker…Flacco expects Sunday start…Bridgewater status unclear

LOS ANGELES (AP) – George Springer slammed a two-run homer and Charlie Morton tossed four innings of two-hit relief as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series. Springer was named the series MVP after tying a Fall Classic record with five homers and becoming the first to go deep in four consecutive games in the same World Series. Morton retired the last 11 Dodgers to secure the first World Series title in the Astros’ 56-season history.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The San Antonio Spurs have recalled Tony Parker from their G-League affiliate, although it was unclear yesterday if he will play tonight against the Golden State Warriors. The move comes one week after the veteran point guard started working out with the Austin Spurs as part of his rehab program. Parker is working his way back from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon that he suffered during last spring’s Western Conference semifinals.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has recovered from the concussion he sustained last week and expects to start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Flacco practiced with the team yesterday after being cleared of concussion protocol. The injury occurred in the first half of Baltimore’s 40-0 win over Miami on Thursday night.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says the organization has not yet determined whether to activate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the physically unable to perform list next week. Spielman says Bridgewater will be evaluated again following practice on Monday. Spielman will discuss the situation with coach Mike Zimmer, the medical staff and Bridgewater’s surgeon before a final call is made.

UNDATED (AP) – Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason men’s basketball poll for the second straight season after receiving 33 of 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona had 18 and No. 4 Kansas got one. Kentucky rounds out the top 5, followed by Villanova, Wichita State, Florida, the defending-champion Tar Heels and Southern California.

National Scoreboard


Final Houston 5 L-A Dodgers 1 (Houston wins 4-3)


Final Philadelphia 119 Atlanta 109
Final Indiana 124 Cleveland 107
Final Phoenix 122 Washington 116
Final Charlotte 126 Milwaukee 121
Final Boston 113 Sacramento 86
Final Miami 97 Chicago 91
Final Houston 119 N-Y Knicks 97
Final Minnesota 104 New Orleans 98
Final Orlando 101 Memphis 99
Final OT Utah 112 Portland 103
Final Denver 129 Toronto 111
Final L.A. Clippers 119 Dallas 98


Final Chicago 3 Philadelphia 0
Final Pittsburgh 3 Edmonton 2
Final Toronto 3 Anaheim 1
Final New Jersey 2 Vancouver 0
Final San Jose 4 Nashville 1

Connor McCaffery to play this season

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa freshman point guard Connor McCaffery has decided to play this season instead of redshirt.

The star recruit and son of Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery had planned to sit out as a freshman and play baseball for Iowa in the spring. But backup point guard Christian Williams left the program last week, leaving Iowa thin at that position.

The 6-foot-5 McCaffery scored nearly 20 points a game in leading Iowa City West High to the state title in 2016-17. He was ranked the nation’s No. 90 recruit in last year’s class.

MVC All Division Volleyball Teams

State tournament qualifiers Hempstead and Wahlert landed several selections on the Mississippi Valley Conference all divisional volleyball teams.

In the Valley Division, Hempstead had two first team choices in Jada Wills and Amber Cooksley. Head coach Travis Wills was named the Coach of the Year. On the second team for the Mustangs were Alana Cooksley and Alli Tigges of Senior.  Honorable Mention accolades were given to Corinne Meier and Julie Meehan of Hempstead along with Tessa Kemp and Anna Brondyke of Senior.

In the Mississippi Division, Wahlert had two first team choices in Aliyah Carter and Krystal Tranel. The Golden Eagles had a pair of second team selections in Carolyn Conlon and Jenna Gremmel. Anna Sherman and Mykenna Horchak were selected as Honorable Mention.

Area Scoreboard (11/1)

High School Volleyball

  • Class 2A Region 7 Final: Dike New Hartford 3, Bellevue 0


College Volleyball

  • Dubuque defeated Coe 3-0 in the first round of the Iowa Conference tournament. The #4 seed Spartans will now face top seed Wartburg on Friday night at 7 o’clock at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids following the first semi-final match between #2 seed Luther and #3 seed Buena Vista. The Championship match will be Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Dodgers force Game 7…Georgia heads CFP rankings…Union still fighting for Zeke…Eagles get Ajayi

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The World Series is tied at three games apiece after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen worked 4 1/3 shutout innings to lead a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros. The Astros failed to score after George Springer homered in the third inning off Dodgers starter Rich Hill. Corey Seager lifted a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the Dodgers’ two-run sixth off losing pitcher Justin Verlander before Joc Pederson added a seventh-inning homer.

NEW YORK (AP) – Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season. The Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the AP poll, but the Bulldogs get top billing from the CFP following wins over the Irish and Mississippi State. Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State and TCU are the second four teams in the rankings. Wisconsin is 9th and Iowa State is 15th.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL Players Association has turned to a federal appeals court in its quest to let Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott play this Sunday. Union lawyers say Elliott’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations should be delayed until the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the issue. The NFL Players Association asked federal Judge Katherine Polk Failla (FAY’-lah) yesterday to suspend her Monday ruling during an appeal, but she refused.

UNDATED (AP) – The Miami Dolphins have sent running back Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round draft pick in one of several moves before the NFL trade deadline. The Buffalo Bills upgraded their receiving group by acquiring Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers for their third- and seventh-round picks in next year’s draft. The trades come a day after the San Francisco 49ers acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo  from New England and Seattle agreed to send cornerback Jeremy Lane and two draft picks to Houston for left tackle Duane Brown .

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL says Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso won’t be suspended for his hit that sidelined Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with a concussion last Thursday. Alonso received a penalty for unnecessary roughness and said the high hit was unintentional, but angry Ravens players said he should have been ejected for a dirty play. Flacco also suffered a gash on the play, but the Ravens are hopeful he can play Sunday at Tennessee.

National Scoreboard


Final L-A Dodgers 3 Houston 1 (Series tied 3-3)


Final Indiana 101 Sacramento 83
Final Phoenix 122 Brooklyn 114
Final Oklahoma City 110 Milwaukee 91
Final L.A. Lakers 113 Detroit 93


Final N-Y Rangers 6 Vegas 4
Final Detroit 5 Arizona 3
Final Winnipeg 2 Minnesota 1

Joseph of U-D Makes Reece’s Senior Bowl Mid-Season Team

University of Dubuque’s Michael Joseph has been named to the Reece’s Senior Bowl Mid-Season Team. The Spartan cornerback who leads all levels of college footbal this season  with eight interceptions , has been evaluated by nearly every NFL team, some making more than one trip to Dubuque to see him. Along with Joseph, the other cornerback on the Mid-Season Team is Levi Wallace of Alabama.

Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning, and Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli are also members of the team.
The Reece’s Senior Bowl game will be Saturday, January 27th in Mobile, Alabama.

Fighting Saints Bushy Receives USHL Weekly Honors

CHICAGO — Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Brendan Bushy (Thief River Falls, Minn./St. Cloud State) was named USHL Defenseman of the Week by the USHL league office. Bushy is in his second season with the Saints, and this is the first time he has been honored by the league.

Bushy finished the weekend sweep of the Central Illinois Flying Aces with two goals, six shots on goal, and a +4 rating. His goal in the Saturday victory over the Aces proved to be the game-winning goal.

The Fighting Saints will be back in action on Friday night as they host the Omaha Lancers at Mystique Community Ice Center.

Western Dubuque’s Calvin Harris Commits To Ole Miss

Western Dubuque High School sophomore Calvin Harris has announced his commitment to Mississippi when his high school playing career is over. Harris announced via Twitter over the weekend he had verbally committed to the Ole Miss baseball program. As a catcher last season for W.D., Harris landed a spot on the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Super Team which is made up of players from all four classes. Harris was the only underclassman to make the team. Last season he hit .390 driving in a team high 61 RBI’s.  In the field, Harris threw out 11 of 13 base runners attempting to steal on him last season. Harris has drawn the attention from many of the top college baseball programs in the country.

On To State: Hempstead, Wahlert, and Beckman/Galena One Step Closer

A trio of area volleyball teams have advanced to next week’s Iowa High School State Tournament at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The Hempstead Mustangs, Wahlert Golden Eagles, and Dyersville Beckman Blazers were victories in their regional final matches last night.

In Class 5A Region 7: 6th ranked Hempstead disposed of 11th ranked Iowa City West 3-0 at Moody Gym. The Mustangs now 28-7 are making their third straight trip to state and will face 3rd ranked (29-7) Ankeny Centennial next Tuesday at 2 o’clock.

In Class 4A Region 8: The 2nd ranked defending state champion Golden Eagles handled 10th ranked North Scott 3-0 at the Wahlert Gym. The Golden Eagles now (19-9) will begin their title defense against 7th ranked (33-6) Pella next Tuesday night at 6 o’clock.

In Class 3A Region 7 at Anamosa: 9th ranked Beckman Catholic defeated 7th ranked Davenport Assumption 3-1. The Blazers (31-12) will make their first state volleyball appearance since 2006 when they will meet Waterloo Columbus Catholic next Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock.

  • A fourth area team could join the tournament field tonight with an upset win in a Class 2A regional final. Unranked Bellevue will meet top ranked Dike-New Hartford in the Region 7 championship match in Delhi at 7 o’clock.

In Illinois tournament play: Galena advanced to a sectional final for the third straight year. Last night in the 2A sectional semi-final at Oregon, the Pirates took down Riverdale of Port Byron 2-0. Galena now meets Orion tomorrow night at 7 o’clock for the sectional championship.