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ACC-Big 10 Challenge Schedule Announced

October 30, 2020

The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team has learned who their opponent will be for the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Hawkeyes will play host to the North Carolina Tar Heels at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 8th. This will be the fifth overall meeting between the two programs with Iowa winning 3 of the four games.

Other games announced include: Illinois at Duke that evening while Wisconsin will host Louisville on Wednesday, December 9th.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (10/29)

October 30, 2020

Wisconsin Sectional Volleyball

Division 2

  • Platteville 3, Lacrosse Aquinas 1

(Platteville meets Edgewood Saturday night for Sectional Championship)

Division 3

  • Cochrane Fountain City 3, Mineral Point 1

Division 4

  • Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 3, Potosi 0

High School Football Friday Night

October 30, 2020

Tonight in Iowa it’s round three of the high school football playoffs and a trio of area teams will be in action attempting to advance to the quarterfinals in their respective class next week.

In Class 4A: the 6th ranked Hempstead Mustangs travel to #7 Iowa City West. You can hear the game tonight on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame at 6:40pm.

In Class 3A: the Wahlert Golden Eagles will make a trip to top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier

In Class 1A: the Dyersville Beckman Catholic Blazers will play at #3Sigourney-Keota.

Regular season action in Wisconsin this evening includes:

  • Potosi-Cassville hosting Darlington
  • Lancaster at Mineral Point
  • Platteville at Dodgeville

Dubuque Area Well Represented at State Cross Country Meet Today and Tomorrow

October 30, 2020

The Iowa High School State Cross Country championships take place today and tomorrow in Fort Dodge. Due to COVID 19 concerns, the meet is occurring over two days with 4A and 3A schools running today and Class 2A and 1A schools running on Saturday. The Dubuque area is well represented.

In Class 4A: the Hempstead boys are one of the favorites for the state team championship after an easy Regional win and senior Ryan Winger’s medalist performance last Thursday at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.  The Hempstead and Senior girls will also be in the mix for the team title and Mustang freshman Keelee Leitzen one of the favorites for an individual title after a regional title last Thursday.

Western Dubuque’s Eli Nauman, Cade Messer, along with sisters Lauren and Alyssa Klein are competing individually.

In Class 3A: The Wahlert girls are one of the teams with a chance of holding up the big trophy after a regional title and led by Gabby Moran who was regional champ. The Wahlert boys are also in the state field after qualifying last week.

In Class 1A: Bellevue is one of the teams going for the boys team title after a regional team title, led by senior Brady Griebel. Cascade has two runners in Adam Knepper and Cole Miller. The Bellevue girls have two participants Delaney Dunne and Gabby Williamson while Bellevue Marquette also has two girls in the race Holly Beauchamp and Kaylie Koos.

In Class 2A: Maria Kruse of Dyersville Beckman is one of the qualifiers.

Fighting Saints Pre-Season Schedule Change

October 30, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints have made a change in their weekend preseason schedule. The Dubuque Fighting Saints will now play the Muskegon Lumberjacks tonight and tomorrow night at Mystique Community Ice Center. The opponent was changed after the original opponent Green Bay had a player test positive for COVID-19.

Fans who originally purchased tickets for tonight’s game will still be able to use that ticket for the game against Muskegon. In addition to that, single game tickets for Saturday will be on sale exclusively at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Clemson's Lawrence tests positive...Falcons beat Panthers

October 30, 2020

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss tomorrow’s game against Boston College. Since players are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, Lawrence may have to sit out the Tigers’ Nov. 7 matchup against fourth-ranked Notre Dame. Lawrence led the Tigers to a national championship as a freshman and a return to the College Football playoff title game last season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and the Atlanta Falcons improved to 2-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris by knocking off the Carolina Panthers, 25-17. Ryan and Todd Gurley ran for touchdowns and Younghoe Koo made four field goals to help the 2-6 Falcons drop the Panthers to 3-5. Carolina had a chance to force overtime until Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons’ 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining.

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa has been re-hired by the Chicago White Sox. The 76-year-old La Russa began his major league managing career with the White Sox in 1979 and guided them to an AL West title four years later. After being fired by the White Sox in 1986, La Russa won the 1989 World Series with the Athletics and guide the Cardinals to a pair of Fall Classic wins.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have officially removed the interim tag from Rick Bowness , the coach who led them to the Stanley Cup Final. The 65-year-old Bowness is the Stars’ 24th head coach, their ninth since moving to Dallas in 1993. He was in his second season as a Stars assistant when Jim Montgomery was fired.

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Peter Malnati birdied nine holes in an 8-under 63 that gives him a one-shot lead in the Bermuda Championship. It was the third time in as many events that he’s posted a 63 or lower. Doug Ghim birdied his final two holes to grab a share of second place with Ryan Armour.

IHSA Says Basketball Will Start on Schedule

October 29, 2020

The Illinois High School Association has decided to move forward in allowing high school basketball to start, despite guidelines announced to the contrary by Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health the day before. Yesterday the IHSA ruled basketball practices can start on Nov. 16 and the first games can be played on Nov. 30. In their announcement the IHSA did say it will be up to individual school districts have the final say on whether the deem it safe to participate. The Board did vote to move the sport of wrestling from the winter season to the summer season, which will run from April 19 to June 26.

Clarke Football Game PPD

October 29, 2020

The Clarke University Pride football team won’t be making the trip to Canton, Missouri for Saturday’s game at Culver Stockton.  The game has been postponed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety due to COVID-19.

Turner virus probe...MLB cuts...Busch NASCAR win

October 29, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated winning the World Series on the field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates. Major League Baseball also says Turner refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that risked the safety of others. The commissioner’s office says it is starting a full investigation. Turner had been pulled after the seventh inning, then returned to celebrate. He posed without a mask for a team photo on Globe Life field.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. Wong hit. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have declined 2021 club options on right fielder Adam Eaton and right-handed starter Aníbal Sánchez. The team also declined its part of mutual options for next season on infielder Howie Kendrick and first baseman Eric Thames. Those moves allow all four players to become eligible for free agency. Eaton, Sánchez and Kendrick were members of Washington’s 2019 championship team.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Carlos Dunlap has been traded from the Cincinnati Bengals to the Seattle Seahawks. Cincinnati announced the trade on Wednesday. Dunlap had made it clear that he was unhappy with his situation in Cincinnati and Seattle was in desperate need to solve its pass rush issues. The 31-year-old Dunlap has spent his entire career with the Bengals and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and 2016.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Busch won for the first time this season to extend a 16-season streak when he won the rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race at Texas. The race finished Wednesday, three days after it started. Busch finished ahead of penalized teammate Martin Truex Jr., who missed a chance to secure a spot in the championship. Busch finished 0.468 seconds ahead of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.

Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game; Chryst tests positive

October 28, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has canceled its scheduled game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst had tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said athletic director Barry Alvarez and chancellor Rebecca Blank made the decision in consultation with Big Ten officials. The game with Nebraska won’t be rescheduled.


Mississippi Valley All Conference Volleyball

October 28, 2020

A number of players from state volleyball qualifier Hempstead and Western Dubuque were recognized with All Mississippi Valley Conference Divisional honors today.

In the Valley Division landing first team accolades for Hempstead: Corinne Meier and Morgan Hawkins, head coach Jacque Arensdorf and staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Year.  Senior High’s Emma Link was also a first team Valley selection.

In the Mississippi Division: Western Dubuque landed three 1st team selections: Meg Besler, Madison Maahs, and Meredith Bahl.

You can see the entire list of Mississippi Valley Conference All Divisional selections at the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11Wf2OiW_knDr9GbOlZH1efFaTxtwuWrF/view

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (10/27)

October 28, 2020

High School Volleyball

Class 5A Region 6 Final

  • # 8 Hempstead 3, Linn-Mar 1 ( 25-17,23-25, 25-15, 25-17)

Hempstead (20-5) drew the #8 seed and will play top seed West Des Moines Dowling (21-2) on Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Class 4A Region 7 Final

  • #5 Western Dubuque 3, Wahlert 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-18)

Western Dubuque (24-10) is the #4 seed and will meet #5 seed Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

The Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids (formerly U.S. Cellular Center)

College Mens Soccer

  • Grand View 5, Clarke 0

College Womens Soccer

  • Clarke 2, Grand View 1

Illinois Winter Sports on Hold

October 28, 2020

Yesterday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health decided to put the winter sports seasons on hold for now. The new restrictions which affect youth and adult basketball, wrestling and hockey including high school athletics were announced in response to the reported surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.  Participants in those sports may continue with non-contact training and drills, but there can be no competitive games or matches.

Dodgers end Series title drought...Turner tested positive

October 28, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champs for the first time since 1988 following a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6. Mookie Betts scored the tiebreaking run on a fielder’s choice in the sixth, two innings before belting a solo homer. The Dodgers’ bullpen allowed just two hits after starter Tony Gonsolin  was pulled with two out in the second inning.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dodgers star Justin Turner was removed following the seventh inning in Game 6 after registering Major League Baseball’s first positive test for the coronavirus in 59 days. And he wasn’t on the field as the Dodgers began enjoying the spoils of a title earned during a most unusual season. Turner returned to the diamond about an hour after the game, hugging longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sitting front-and-center for a team photo next to manager Dave Roberts with his mask pulled down under his bushy beard.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager is the first Dodger to be named MVP of the World Series since Orel Hershiser in 1988. Seager drove in the tiebreaking run in Game 6 and finished the series with a .400 average, two homers, six RBIs and six walks. He took MVP honors over Clayton Kershaw, who was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA against the Rays.

UNDATED (AP) — Christian McCaffrey has been taken off the Carolina Panthers’ injured reserve list and could play tomorrow night against the Falcons. McCaffrey arrived at the Panthers’ practice yesterday with a red jersey and a baseball cap signifying an injured player, but he quickly put on a black practice jersey and a helmet. McCaffrey hasn’t played since Week 2 when he suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence says he still has options about next season despite previously saying he expected this to be his final college season. The 6-foot-6 junior widely considered to be the likely No. 1 pick in next spring’s NFL draft. The question has come up whether Lawrence should consider staying depending on which team has the top pick in the upcoming draft.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (10/26)

October 27, 2020

High School Volleyball

Class 2A Region 7 Semi-finals

  • #10 Hudson 3, #8 Dyersville Beckman 1
  • #7 Sumner-Fredricksburg 3, Clayton Ridge 0

Tonight state tournament berths will be decided in Class 5A and 4A. In the Class 5A Region 6 final, Hempstead will host Linn-Mar. In the Class 4-A Region 7 Final, #5 Western Dubuque hosts Wahlert Catholic.

Hall Big 12 Co-Offensive P.O.W

October 27, 2020

Iowa State sophomore running back Breece Hall was named the Big 12 co-offensive player of the week. Hall rushed for a career-high 185 yards and a touchdown at No. 6 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Wisconsin Mertz Big Ten Honors

October 27, 2020

Wisconsin QB Mertz Gains Big Ten Honors

Wisconsin freshman quarterback Graham Mertz has been named the Big 10 co-Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week for his performance against Illinois last Friday night.  Mertz completed 20-for-21 for 248 yards and five touchdowns while breaking the school record for single-game completion percentage.

Mertz shared the award with Purdue receiver David Bell who caught 13 passes for 121 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in a come-from-behind win against Iowa.

Badgers QB Situation Unknown

October 27, 2020

Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst isn’t discussing quarterback Graham Mertz and back-up Chase Wolf’s status following reports both have tested positive for COVID-19. Chryst said he was confident the ninth-ranked Badgers’ game Saturday at Nebraska would go on as scheduled.


Rams whip Bears...Browns lose Beckham for season

October 27, 2020

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff tossed scoring passes to Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett while throwing for 219 yards in the Los Angeles Rams’ 24-10 win over the Chicago Bears. The Rams’ defense kept the Bears out of the end zone and allowed just 279 net yards. Nick Foles passed for 261 yards for the Bears, who managed just 49 yards on the ground.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left ACL early in Sunday’s 37-34 win at Cincinnati. Beckham’s second season in Cleveland ended when his left leg buckled while running to try to make a tackle after Baker Mayfield’s first pass was intercepted. The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns this season and scored on a 50-yard touchdown run.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said “it’s a possibility” star running back Christian McCaffrey could return to action Thursday night against Atlanta after missing five games with a high ankle sprain. McCaffrey was back on the practice field yesterday wearing a red jersey signifying an injured player and he remains on the team’s injured reserve list for now. He did not practice, working instead with the training staff.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst isn’t discussing quarterback Graham Mertz’s status following reports that the redshirt freshman has tested positive for COVID-19. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal both reported that Mertz tested positive and would be undergoing a second test to determine if the first result was a false positive. Chryst said he was confident the ninth-ranked Badgers’ game Saturday at Nebraska would go on as scheduled.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to wrap up their first World Series title in 32 years when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays tonight in Game 6. The Dodgers have a three-games-to-two lead in the series following Sunday’s 4-2 victory. Tony Gonsolin (GAHN’-sah-lihn) will start for the Dodgers against Blake Snell.

MVC Football All District Football

October 26, 2020

A number of Hempstead and Senior football players have received all-conference accolades from the Mississippi Valley.

Hempstead’s Aidan Dunne was named the player of the year in the Valley Division. Joining Dunne on the first team were teammates Cayden Lovett, Zach Sabers, Anterio Thompson, and Jalen Smith.  In his first season as head coach, Jeff Hoerner and staff were recognized as Coaching Staff of the Year.

Senior’s Jacob Konrardy was recognized as the Place Kicker of the Year. First team honors went to Jim Bonifas, Cain McWilliams, Carson Tart and Seth Bullock.

Entire All District Selections: 



MVC Cross Country All Conference

October 26, 2020

Dubuque athletes dominated the Mississippi Valley Conference all-divisional cross country selections:

Ryan Winger of Hempstead was named the Valley Division Athlete of the year and Mustang coach Mark Ressler Coach of the Year. Joining Winger on the first team were Derek Leicht, Brady Blean, Josh Davis, and Mason Suarez.  Senior’s Connor Kilgore was also first team.

In the Mississippi Division:  Wahlert’s Nathan Munshower was a second team choice.

Keelee Leitzen of Hempstead was the Girls Valley Division Athlete of the year while Senior coach Louie Fischer was Coach of the Year.

Joining Leitzen on the first team were teammates Brooke O’Brien and Julia Gehl.  First team selections for Senior were Lillian Schmidt, Izzy Gorton, and Lucia Nelson.

In the Mississippi Division: Wahlert’s Gabby Moran along with Western Dubuque sisters Lauren and Alyssa Klein were first team.

Entire All Conference Lists:





3 Dubuque Co. Prep Football Teams Prepping for Playoff Round 3

October 26, 2020

Three Dubuque County High School football teams are preparing for round three match-ups in the Iowa High School football playoffs this Friday night after victories last Friday.

In Class 4-A: 6th ranked Hempstead will travel to 7th ranked Iowa City West.

 In Class 3-A: Wahlert Catholic will travel to top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier.

In Class 1-A: Dyersville Beckman will travel to 3rd ranked Sigourney-Keota.


Area HS Volleyball Teams Prep for Next Playoff Challenges

October 26, 2020

In Iowa Regional Play tonight in Class 2-A Region 7 semi-finals: 8th ranked Dyersville Beckman will host 10th ranked Hudson and Clayton Ridge is at 7th ranked Sumner-Fredricksburg.

Tomorrow night: Hempstead will host Linn-Mar in the 5A Region 6 Final and 5th ranked Western Dubuque hosts Wahlert in the 4-A Region 7 Final.

In Wisconsin post season play: three area teams are preparing for sectional semi-final play this Thursday after claiming regional titles over the weekend.  In Division 2: Platteville will host Lacrosse Aquinas. In Division 3: Mineral Point hosts Cochrane-Fountain City. In Division 4: Potosi will travel to Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran.

NFL Recaps from Sunday

October 26, 2020

Steelers hold off Titans for first 6-0 start in 42 years

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers held on to win a battle of the AFC’s last two undefeated teams.

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson while the Steelers were building a 27-7 lead in a 27-24 win over the Titans in Tennessee. Benny Snell Jr. added a 1-yard TD run, and Ray-Ray McCloud set up a touchdown with a 57-yard punt return.

But the Titans scored 17 unanswered points in the second half and were in position to force overtime until Stephen Gostkowski missed wide right from 45 yards with 14 seconds left.

The Steelers improved to 6-0 for their best start since 1978, when Pittsburgh won its first seven on the way to the Super Bowl.

Ryan Tannehill threw for 220 yards and two TDs for the 5-1 Titans.

Pittsburgh is now the NFL’s only unbeaten team following Seattle’s 37-34 overtime loss at Arizona.

Zane Gonzalez made a 48-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in OT after drilling a 44-yard field goal as regulation expired.

The Seahawks led 34-24 until Christian Kirk caught an 8-yard touchdown pass with 2:28 left. The pass came from Kyler Murray who threw for 360 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Seattle’s Russell Wilson completed 33 of 50 passes for 388 yards, three touchdowns to Tyler Lockett and three interceptions.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— The Chiefs overcame 14-degree temperatures and a snowy field to hammer the Broncos for the 10th straight time, 43-16. Kansas City scored touchdowns on Byron Pringle’s 102-yard kickoff return, Daniel Sorensen’s 50-yard interception return and Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 11-yard run in which he broke five tackles. Patrick Mahomes finished a methodical 15 of 23 for 200 yards and a touchdown as the 6-1 Chiefs handed the Broncos their fourth loss in six games. Le’Veon Bell ran six times for 39 yards in his Chiefs debut.

— Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as the Buccaneers outscored the Raiders, 45-20. Brady’s final scoring strike moved him ahead of Drew Brees  for the most in NFL history, hours after the Saints QB threw for a pair. Brady finished 33 for 45 for 369 yards for the 5-2 Bucs. Derek Carr went 24 for 36 for 284 yards, two TDs and one interception as the 3-3 Raiders were unable to build on a big win at Kansas City before the bye.

— Jeff Wilson Jr. rushed for a career-high three touchdowns and 112 yards before leaving with an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 33-6 romp over the Patriots. San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo finished 20 of 25 for 277 yards with two interceptions in his first game against his former team. Patriots quarterback Cam Newton struggled throughout, completing 9 of 15 passes for 98 yards and three interceptions before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham in the fourth quarter. The 4-3 Niners dropped the Pats to 2-4 and handed New England its worst home loss under Bill Belichick.

— Baker Mayfield passed for five touchdowns, including a 24-yard go-ahead score to Donovan Peoples-Jones with 15 seconds left in the Browns’ 37-34 triumph over the Bengals. Mayfield misfired on his first five attempts before completing 22 of his next 23, the last coming on a leaping grab by People-Jones to win it for the 5-2 Browns. Rookie Joe Burrow hit 35 of 47 passes for a season-high 406 yards and three touchdowns, including a 3-yard scoring pass to Giovani Bernard on fourth-and-1 to give Cincinnati a 34-31 lead with 1:06 left. But the Bengals couldn’t stop Mayfield’s final drive in falling to 1-5-1.

— The Packers rebounded from their first loss of the season as Aaron Rodgers threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-20 win over the Texans. Rodgers was sharp just a week after throwing for two interceptions and no touchdowns in a 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay. Green Bay’s strong day on offense was aided by a career-high 196 yards receiving by Davante Adams, who had touchdown receptions of 3 and 45 yards. The Packers moved to 5-1 and dropped the Texans to 1-6.

— Playing without his top two receivers, Drew Brees  passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 27-24 victory against the Panthers. Brees completed 29 of 36 passes to eight targets despite not having receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the lineup. Panthers kicker Joey Slye attempted a potential game-tying, 65-yard field goal try on 4th-and-19, but the ball fell just short of the crossbar. New Orleans improved to 4-2 and dropped Carolina to 3-4.

— Tyler Bass tied a franchise record with six field goals to help the Bills beat the Jets, 18-10 and end a two-game skid. Bass kicked a 40-yarder with 1:56 left after also making kicks of 53, 48, 46, 37 and 29 yards. Josh Allen finished 30 of 43 for 307 yards but couldn’t get the 5-2 Bills into the end zone. The Jets led 10-0 in the second quarter before falling to 0-7.

— Justin Herbert got his first NFL win as the Chargers topped the Jaguars, 39-29 to end a four-game skid. Herbert passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns as well as running for a score. The sixth overall pick in April’s draft completed 27 of 43 passes. He also rushed for 66 yards a single-game high for a Chargers QB.

— Matthew Stafford connected with T.J. Hockenson on an 11-yard touchdown pass as time expired before Matt Prater’s 48-yard extra point gave the Lions an improbable 23-22 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta. The Falcons had a chance to win it with a chip-shot field goal, but Detroit was given a chance to get the ball back when Todd Gurley scored on a 10-yard run with 1:04 to play. Stafford drove his team 75 yards in eight plays, connecting with Hockenson on a 13-yard pass, Danny Amendola for 22 yards and Kenny Golladay for a 29-yard gain to the Falcons 11. The Lions are 3-3 following their second straight win, while Atlanta is 1-6.

— Washington racked up six sacks, an interception and a forced fumble while allowing just 142 total yards in a 25-3 blowout over the Cowboys. Montez Sweat led Washington with 2 1/2 sacks and Cole Holcomb had one along with an interception to help Washington improve to 2-5. Rookie Antonio Gibson ran for a season-high 128 yards and a touchdown as Washington stopped a five-game losing streak. Dallas quarterback Andy Dalton was 9 of 19 for 75 yards before being injured on a shoulder-to-helmet hit that led to the ejection of Jon Bostic.

Dodgers top Rays...Steelers are NFL's only unbeaten team

October 26, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched into the sixth inning and the Dodgers homered twice in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Kershaw allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings and threw out Manuel Margot on an attempted steal of home plate to preserve a 3-2 lead. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit solo shots to help the Dodgers take a three-games-to-two lead in the World Series.

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only unbeaten team in the NFL following their win at Tennessee and Seattle’s loss at Arizona. Ben Roethlisberger  threw for two touchdowns while the Steelers were building a 27-7 lead in a 27-24 win over the Titans. Zane Gonzalez hit a 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation and made a 48-yard kick in overtime to push the Cardinals past the Seahawks, 37-34.

UNDATED (AP) — Arizona has been accused of nine counts of misconduct, including five Level I violations, in a Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA last week. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation. The violations include a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university, and lack of head coach control by basketball coach Sean Miller.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR’s Cup playoff race in Texas had to be postponed to today after 52 laps on a misty day that slowly deteriorated to drizzle while it never actually rained before the event was called off. Today’s forecast isn’t promising with a 90% chance of rain overnight and the forecast high temperature barely reaching 50 degrees. Clint Bowyer emerged as the leader with Jimmie Johnson second in the last Texas race as full-time drivers for both veterans.

PORTIMAO, Portugal (AP) — British driver Lewis Hamilton has made Formula One history by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix. Hamilton’s 92nd career victory moved him one ahead of German great Michael Schumacher. Hamilton finished nearly 25.6 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas for his eighth win of another dominant season.

National Scoreboard from Sunday

October 26, 2020

Final L.A. Dodgers 4 Tampa Bay 2  (LA leads 3-2)

Final Buffalo 18 N-Y Jets 10
Final Pittsburgh 27 Tennessee 24
Final Green Bay 35 Houston 20
Final Cleveland 37 Cincinnati 34
Final New Orleans 27 Carolina 24
Final Detroit 23 Atlanta 22
Final Washington 25 Dallas 3
Final Tampa Bay 45 Las Vegas 20
Final Kansas City 43 Denver 16
Final San Francisco 33 New England 6
Final L.A. Chargers 39 Jacksonville 29
Final Ot Arizona 37 Seattle 34

Sunday Sports

October 25, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Sophomore receiver David Bell caught three touchdown passes, including the game winner, to guide the Purdue Boilermakers to a 24-20 victory over Iowa. With the Boilermakers’ top receiver Rondale Moore sidelined for undisclosed reasons, Bell caught 13 passes for 121 yards. His difference maker was a 6-yard TD from Aidan O’Connell with 2:15 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Purdue the  lead. Spencer Petras completed 22 of 39 passes for 265 yards for Iowa.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Sanders passed for 235 yards and ran for 71, and No. 6 Oklahoma State defeated No. 17 Iowa State 24-21. Sanders had been out since injuring his right ankle in the season-opener against Tulsa. Chuba Hubbard ran for 139 yards and a touchdown for Oklahoma State. With the win, Oklahoma State joined Kansas State as the only remaining undefeated teams in conference play. Iowa State’s Breece Hall ran for a career-high 185 yards. The Cyclones vaulted onto the national radar by beating Oklahoma earlier in the month and were seeking their first 4-0 start in league play.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Michael Penix forced overtime with a 2-point conversion run with 22 seconds left, then scored on a diving 2-point conversion to give Indiana a season-opening 36-35 upset victory over No. 8 Penn State — ending the Big Ten’s longest streak of consecutive losses to Top 10 teams at 42. The winning play went to a replay review before the officials announced the initial call stood. Indiana beat the Nittany Lions for the second time in 24 matchups, and beat a Top 10 foe for the first time since a 31-10 victory at Ohio State on Oct. 10, 1987. And it took every trick in the book to get it done.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Justin Fields completed 20 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 5 Ohio State rolled over Nebraska 52-17. The Buckeyes dominated the Huskers in the second half in the Big Ten teams’ pandemic-delayed opener.. Running back Master Teague II also ran for two touchdowns as Ohio State piled up 498 yards of offense. The Ohio State defense took most of the first half to figure out a way to contain slippery Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez, who marched the Huskers down for a touchdown in the opening 2 minutes  of the game.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Milton accounted for two touchdowns in an unflappable debut at quarterback for No. 18 Michigan, and the Wolverines trampled No. 21 Minnesota with 256 rushing yards in a 49-24 victory to open the virus-delayed season. Zach Charbonnet ran for a 70-yard score in the first quarter to set the tone for Michigan’s dominance on offense, one of five rushing touchdowns. Donovan Jeter followed by scoring on a 15-yard scoop of an airborne fumble forced by a blitzing Michael Barrett, one of five sacks by the Wolverines. Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns for the Gophers.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Isaih Pacheco ran for two first-half touchdowns, and Rutgers snapped a 21-game Big Ten losing streak, beating Michigan State 38-27 in coach Greg Schiano’s first game back with the Scarlet Knights. Michigan State has a new coach too, and Mel Tucker’s debut was forgettable from the start. The Spartans turned the ball over seven times _ four in the first half _ and never led against a Rutgers team that hadn’t won a conference game since Nov. 4, 2017 against Maryland. Schiano is back for a second stint as the Rutgers coach after spending 11 seasons there from 2001-11. Tucker took over Michigan State after Mark Dantonio retired this offseason.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Peyton Ramsey threw for 212 yards in his Northwestern debut, Drake Anderson ran for 103 and the Wildcats gave coach Pat Fitzgerald his 100th victory, pounding Maryland 43-3. Northwestern raced out to a 30-3 halftime lead and racked up 537 yards in the game. It was just the sort of start the Wildcats were seeking after going from playing for the conference championship in 2018 to finishing last in the Big Ten West. Ramsey, a graduate transfer from Indiana, looked comfortable in his new surroundings. He completed 23 of 30 passes and scrambled for a first-quarter touchdown — a promising start for a quarterback who helped lead the Hoosiers to their first eight-win season since 1993 last year. Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa was 14-for-25 passing and threw three interceptions.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — In a game that featured six home runs, it was a pair of miscues on the same play that allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to even up the World Series at two games apiece. The Rays scored twice on pinch-hitter Brett Phillips’ RBI single to pull off an 8-7, walk-off win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. After center fielder Chris Taylor misplayed the run-scoring hit in right-center for an error, Randy Arozarena (ah-roh-zah-RAY’-nah) kept charging around third base and stumbled to the ground well before getting to the plate. However, he was able to get up and score when catcher Will Smith didn’t handle the relay throw. Game 5 is Sunday at Arlington, Texas.

UNDATED (AP) — No. 1 Clemson needed a second-half surge to put away pesky Syracuse 47-21, but the Tigers won their 27th straight game against Atlantic Coast Conference competition.

The Orange were the last league team to beat the Tigers in 2017 and threw a scare into them this time, trailing just 27-21 in the second half. But Clemson got a scoop-and-score TD by cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. and two of Travis Etienne’s three rushing touchdowns over the final 17 minutes to gain control. Trevor Lawrence threw two first-half touchdowns as Clemson started 6-0 for a sixth straight season.

In other Top 25 action:

— Alabama’s 48-17 rout of Tennessee was costly as the second-ranked Crimson Tide lost receiver Jaylen Waddle to a season-ending broken ankle on the opening kickoff. Mac Jones threw for 387 yards and ran for a touchdown for the 5-0 Tide. Najee Harris ran for three more TDs as Alabama beat the Vols for the 14th consecutive time.

—Third-ranked Notre Dame is 5-0 after Ian Book passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-3 trouncing of Pittsburgh. Book found tight end Ben Skowronek for catch-and-run TD’s of 73 and 34 yards. Pitt freshman quarterback Joey Yellen completed just 10 of 21 passes for 107 yards and three interceptions before being pulled in the third quarter in favor of Davis Beville.

UNDATED (AP) — Suspended receiver Antonio Brown has agreed to return to the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year deal. Brown is nearing the end of an eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct penalty. He is eligible to return in Week 9, when the first-place Bucs host the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints.




Area Scoreboard From Friday 10/23

October 24, 2020


Round 2 of the Iowa High School Football playoffs

Hempstead  42,   Iowa City Liberty 7

Dubuque Senior 7,  Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0

Wahlert 10,  Decorah 0

West Delaware  55, Western Dubuque  20

Dyersville Beckman 19, Durant14

Denver 21, Cascade 19

Wisconsin High School Football

Potosi-Cassville 54, Iowa Grant 6

Darlington 30,  Lancaster 13


Dubuque Fighting Saints 4, Des Moines 1

Friday Night High School Football

October 23, 2020

High School Football

Round 2 of the Iowa High School Football playoffs take place tonight across the state. For both Dubuque Hempstead and Senior it is game number one in the 4-A playoffs as like most the teams, they had a bye last Friday. Both teams have home games at Dalzell Field tonight. 6th ranked Hempstead goes first in the 5 o’clock game against Iowa City Liberty.

The second game of the doubleheader scheduled for 8 o’clock has the Rams hosting Cedar Rapids Kennedy. You can hear both games on AM 1370 and kdth.com, with pregame at 4:40pm.

The Wahlert Golden Eagles will take a trip to Decorah this evening for their 2nd round 3-A match-up.

Other area teams in playoff action this evening

  • 3A: Western Dubuque is at #8 West Delaware
  • 1A:Dyersville Beckman hosts Durant
  • 1A: Cascade home to meet Denver
  • A: Clayton Ridge is at #4 Ed-Co

Wisconsin regular season action tonight: Lancaster hosts Darlington and Potosi Cassville home to meet Iowa-Grant.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (10/22)

October 23, 2020

Iowa Regional Tournament

Class 5A Region 7

  • #8 Hempstead 3, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 0
  • Linn-Mar 3, #11 Senior 1

(Hempstead hosts Linn-Mar Tuesday evening in the final)

Class 4A Region 7

  • Wahlert 3, #11 Clinton 0
  • #5 Western Dubuque 3, Benton Community 0

(Western Dubuque hosts Wahlert Tuesday evening in the final)

Wisconsin Regional Semi-Finals


  • Platteville 3, Prairie du Chien 0

(Platteville hosts Dodgeville on Saturday)


  • Darlington 3, Lancaster 0
  • Mineral Point 3, River Ridge 1

(Mineral Point at Darlington on Saturday)


  • Monticello 3, Shullsburg 2
  • Potosi 3, Barneveld 1
  • Highland 3, Belmont 0

(Potosi at Highland on Saturday)

Fighting Saints Open Pre-season Schedule

October 23, 2020

After two weeks of Training Camp, the Dubuque Fighting Saints are set for their first preseason action of the year as they take on the Des Moines Buccaneers in a home and home. Dubuque will play a total of four preseason games- two this week and two next week- before their home opener against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on November 6th. The Saints will travel to Des Moines tonight before hosting the Bucs at the Mystique Ice Arena on Saturday night at 7:05pm.

Wisconsin-Illinois Open Big 10 Play Tonight

October 23, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — Illinois believes its upset of Wisconsin last year showed how far its program has come. The oddsmakers have reminded the Illini this week how far they still have to go. Illinois heads into Friday night’s rematch in Madison as a 19 ½-point underdog. Illinois earned its first bowl bid since 2014 last year but is searching for its first winning season since a 7-6 finish in 2011. Wisconsin is attempting to win the Big Ten West Division title for a fourth time in five seasons. Kickoff tonight will be at 7 pm.

Saturday College Football

  • Iowa at Purdue (2:30)
  • Iowa State at Oklahoma State (2:30)


  • Clarke University will host Graceland University (1:00)

Former ISU and Vikings Great Blair Dies

October 23, 2020

AMES, Iowa –Matt Blair who was one of Iowa State’s greatest football players as an All-American and later a six-time Pro Bowl performer with the Minnesota Vikings, passed away yesterday. He was 70 years old.

Behind Blair’s efforts, the Cyclones made their first-ever bowl appearance in 1971, finishing the season at 8-4 while earning a trip to the Sun Bowl. He was named the game’s outstanding defensive player despite an ISU loss.

He was the second round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1974 and remained with the Vikings for 12 seasons. He was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor in 2012.

Giants blow win...Another bowl game out...Tuning out

October 23, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Game video will tough to watch for the New York Giants, who lost to the Philadelphia Eagles last night despite holding an 11-point lead with less than five minutes to play. Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes in the final five minutes and the Eagles beat the Giants 22-21 for their eighth straight win over their turnpike rivals to the north. The Giants had been on the verge of a second straight win and getting back in the NFC East race. They opened the season by losing five straight games under new coach Joe Judge.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The pandemic has forced another change in college football. The Holiday Bowl has become the fourth bowl game to be called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Holiday Bowl officials say the board of directors voted unanimously to cancel what would have been the 43rd straight edition of the game. It would have been the first year of a six-year deal to match teams from the Pac-12 and ACC.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Morton has quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever. He starts World Series Game 3 for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight with a chance to tie Orlando Hernandez’s record of eight consecutive winning postseason decisions. Morton would move within one of Bob Gibson’s record by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers and winning his sixth straight postseason start. The series is tied at one apiece.

UNDATED (AP) — Fewer fans in the stands, and fewer watching at home. The World Series drew a record-low audience of television viewers for the second straight night. Tampa Bay’s 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 was seen by an average of 8,950,000 viewers on Fox. Los Angeles’ opening 8-3 victory in Game 1 was seen by an average of 9,195,000 viewers on Fox. The low for any game before this year came the only other time the Rays were in the World Series, when Game 3 against Philadelphia in 2008 was viewed by 9,836,000.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Sometimes the golf gods are even angry at Tiger Woods. It happened in the first round of the ZoZo Championship at Sherwood. Woods made bogey or worse on three par 5s, the first time he has done in a single round in his 1,277 rounds played as a pro on the PGA Tour. Woods shot a 76. Sebastian Munoz leads at 8-under.

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (10/21)

October 22, 2020

High School Cross Country

The Dubuque area will be well represented at next weekend’s high school state cross country championships in Fort Dodge. Yesterday at the state qualifying meets:

In Class 4A boys at the Dubuque Soccer Complex: the Hempstead boys breezed to the meet title to advance while Mustang senior Ryan Winger won the individual title.  Western Dubuque Eli Nauman and Cade Messer also advanced with top 10 finishes. In the girls race: both the Senior and Hempstead squads advanced with 2nd and 3rd place team finishes behind meet winner Linn-Mar. Hempstead’s Keelee Leitzen won medalist honors. Western Dubuque sisters Lauren and Alyssa Klein both advanced to state as well.

In Class 3A the Wahlert girls ran to the meet championships to advance to state led by Gabby Moran who was the medalist. The Wahlert boys also advance finishing in 3rd in the team race.

  • The State Meets will be held next Friday and Saturday in Fort Dodge.

High School Volleyball

Iowa Regionals

2A Region 7

  • #8 Dyersville Beckman 3, Bellevue 0
  • #10 Hudson 3, Cascade 0
  • Clayton Ridge 3, Postville 0 (C.R. meets Sumner-Fredricksburg)

1A Region 7

  • Springville 3, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 0

3A Region 8

  • Davenport Assumption 3, Maquoketa 1

College Men’s Soccer

  • Northwestern-St. Paul 3, Clarke 2

Rays win to square series...Chambers leaves Penn State

October 22, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The World Series is tied at a game apiece following the Tampa Bay Rays’ 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brandon Lowe (low) drove in three runs with a pair of homers while the Rays were building a 5-0 lead. Joey Wendle added a two-run double and three RBIs for Tampa Bay.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers has resigned following an internal investigation into allegations of his inappropriate conduct. Chambers had been at the school for nine years and was coming off the team’s best season under his direction, going 21-10. Athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement that assistant coach Jim Ferry was being elevated to interim coach for the coming season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A’Shawn Robinson has been designated to return to practice with the Los Angeles Rams this week. He’s been on the non-football injury list for unspecified reasons at the start of training camp. The decision moves the new defensive tackle closer to his debut for Los Angeles.

UNDATED (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the New York Jets have traded outside linebacker Jordan Willis to the San Francisco 49ers. The Jets are also sending a 2021 seventh-round draft pick to the 49ers for a sixth-round selection in 2022. The Jets also welcomed back Sam Darnold to practice yesterday after the quarterback missed two games with a shoulder injury.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Richard Petty Motorsports will enter the next chapter of its storied history with driver Erik Jones. The pairing gives Petty a proven winner to replace Bubba Wallace, who is leaving at the end of the season. Jones was dropped by megateam Joe Gibbs Racing in August after six seasons.

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (10/20)

October 21, 2020

High School Volleyball

Iowa Regionals

4A quarterfinal

  • Wahlert 3, Central Dewitt 0 (Golden Eagles travel to Clinton Thursday)

Wisconsin Regionals

  • Lancaster 3, Iowa-Grant 0 (Lancaster at Darlington Thursday)
  • Mineral Point 3, Boscobel 1(Mineral Point at River Ridge Thursday)
  • Monticello 3, Benton 0 (Monticello at Shullsburg on Thursday)
  • Belmont 3, Cassville 2 (Belmont at Highland on Thursday)

High School Girls Swimming

  • At the Dubuque City Meet: Wahlert captured the title of city champions scoring 133.50, Senior placed 2nd with 106.5 and Hempstead was 3rd scoring 84.

College Womens Volleyball

  • Clarke 3, Mt. Mercy 1

Dodgers take Game 1...Cohen-Mets purchase is closer

October 21, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw worked six strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the World Series by belting two home runs in an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay. Kershaw struck out eight and allowed just two hits, including Kevin Kiermaier’s home run. Cody Bellinger opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the fourth and Mookie Betts added a solo blast in the sixth.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen is a step closer to having his ownership group purchase 95% of the New York Mets. A person familiar with the situation says the transaction has been approved by Major League Baseball’s ownership committee, and final approval is likely to take place in the next month. The sale values the franchise at $2.4 billion to $2.5 billion.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have confirmed their hiring of Tyronn Lue to replace Doc Rivers as head coach. Lue spent last season working as a Clippers assistant under Doc Rivers, who had a seven-year run as L.A’s head coach before going to the Philadelphia 76ers a couple weeks ago. Lue was interim head coach when he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their only NBA championship in 2016.

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins are making a quarterback change following a 3-3 start, replacing veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick with rookie Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah). A person with knowledge of the decision says the former Alabama star will make his first NFL start on Nov. 1 against the Los Angeles Rams following the team’s bye week. Tagovailoa made his NFL debut in a mop-up role during the second half of Sunday’s 24-0 win over the New York Jets after Fitzpatrick had thrown for three touchdowns.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Mountain West football game between New Mexico and Colorado State has been canceled due to COVID-19. The Lobos were scheduled to play the Rams on Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado, but there’s a prevalence of the virus in the New Mexico county of Bernalillo. There is no plan to reschedule the game.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (10/19)

October 20, 2020

High School Volleyball

Iowa Regional Tournament

Class 2A

  • Bellevue 3, Northeast 0 (Bellevue at Dyersville Beckman Wed.)

Class 1A

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 3, Midland 1 (Marquette Catholic at top Region 7 seed Springville on Wed.)

Class 3A

  • Maquoketa 3, Camanche 0

Final Iowa HS Volleyball Rankings

October 20, 2020

The Iowa Girls Athletic Union released the final rankings of the season in all 5 classes yesterday.

  • In Class 5A: Hempstead is ranked 8th and Senior 11th. Dowling Catholic finished number 1.
  • In Class 4A: Western Dubuque is ranked 5th. The top ranked team is Cedar Rapids Xavier.
  • In Class 2A: Dyersville Beckman Catholic is 8th. Western Christian is top ranked.
  • Osage is the top ranked team in Class 3A and Janesville top ranked in 1A.

Complete Final Rankings: https://www.ighsau.org/upl/downloads/library/volleyball-2020-finalvbrankings.pdf

IHSA to Announce Winter Sports Details October 28

October 20, 2020

The Illinois High School Association met virtually yesterday in regular session. The Association announced a special board meeting on Wednesday, October 28th where more details about the winter sports seasons will be announced. IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson told the board yesterday he feels like they are making positive strides in discussions with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to be allowed to conduct winter sports as scheduled.

The board voted in favor of providing a one-time accommodation to the IHSA’s Independent Team By-law in some sports. Sports competing in the 2021 spring season which includes football and volleyball will be granted the accommodation to participate simultaneously on school teams and non-school teams throughout the duration of their high school season. Likewise athletes competing in the 2021 summer season which will include baseball, softball, and track & field will be allowed to participate on school teams and non-school teams beginning on June 4. The summer season is slated to run from April 19 to June 26.

Hawkeyes-Gonzaga to Meet in December

October 20, 2020

The match-up has been confirmed. The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team will play Gonzaga in December. This morning the University of Iowa announced the match-up on Saturday, December 19th at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Gonzaga is the unofficial No. 1 team in the country entering the season while Iowa is an unofficial Top 5 team entering the 2020-21 campaign. This will be the fourth meeting between Gonzaga and Iowa, the first since 2015 in the NCAA Tournament. The remainder of Iowa’s schedule will be announced at a later date.

Attny: Iowa saying no to demands only emboldens ex-players

October 20, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players who allege racial discrimination during their time with the Hawkeyes said the university’s rejection of their demands, which included a payment of $20 million, is not the end of the matter. Civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, had stated the players’ demands in a 21-page letter to university officials dated Oct. 5.  In addition to $20 million, the players called for the firings of head football coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta. The university general counsel’s office says it won’t give into the demands and that work had already begun to create a more welcoming environment for Black athletes.

Chiefs stymie Bills...Cards clobber Cowboys

October 20, 2020

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire had his best game as an NFL player yesterday as his provided 161 of Kansas City’s 245 rushing yards in a 26-17 win at Buffalo. Patrick Mahomes threw for 225 yards and hit Travis Kelce  for a pair of touchdowns as the Chiefs improved to 4-1. Josh Allen had just 122 passing yards and threw for two touchdowns and one interception for the Bills.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals are 4-2 after Kyler Murray passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in a 38-10 rout of the Dallas Cowboys. Murray’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Christian Kirk put the Cardinals ahead, 21-0 in the second quarter. Murray also ran for 74 yards as the Cards dropped the Cowboys to 2-4.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Glasnow will by the Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitcher for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against the Los Angeles. The Dodgers will go with three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who is 11-12 all-time in postseason play after losing his last start in Game 4 of the NLCS. Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger is expected to play despite injury his shoulder during his home run celebration in Game 7 of the NLCS.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm has announced that he had contracted COVID-19 and would not be on the sideline for Saturday’s season-opener at home against Iowa. Instead, offensive coordinator Brian Brohm will replace his older brother and will continue calling plays. Purdue staff members are required to follow CDC guidelines, which means isolating for 10 days and remaining symptom-free.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson can return to NASCAR competition next season following a long suspension for using a racial slur while playing a video game. He was suspended in April, dropped by his sponsors and fired by Chip Ganassi Racing after he used the n-word while playing an online racing game in which viewers could follow along. Larson spent the last six months immersed in diversity programs that helped him gain an understanding of racial injustice.

NFL Recaps from Sunday (10/18)

October 19, 2020

Brady’s Bucs beat Rodgers’ Packers

UNDATED (AP) — The most anticipated matchup of the Week 6 NFL schedule became a blowout before halftime.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spotted the Green Bay Packers a 10-0 lead before storming toward a 38-10 victory. The Bucs took the lead with help from Aaron Rodgers, whose first two interceptions of the season led to two touchdowns for Tampa Bay.

Cornerback Jamel Dean broke on Rodgers’ sideline throw intended for Davante Adams and returned the pick 32 yards to get the Bucs rolling. Safety Mike Edwards returned a second interception to the Green Bay 2 to set up Ronald Jones’ rushing TD on the next play, giving the Buccaneers a 14-10 lead.

Neither quarterback threw for more than 170 yards in a clash of the very best at their position. Tom Brady threw for 166 yards and two TDs without an interception before giving way to Blaine Gabbert.

The Buccaneers improved to 4-2 and dropped the Packers to 4-1.


If the Steelers were trying to make a statement on Sunday, it was loud and clear as they crushed the Browns by a 38-7 margin.

James Conner ran for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers’ 17th consecutive victory over the Browns at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger added 162 yards passing and a touchdown, and Chase Claypool ran for a score while grabbing four passes for 74 yards.

The Steelers sacked aching Baker Mayfield four times, picked him off twice and chased him late in the third quarter with the game out of reach. The NFL’s top rushing offense managed 75 yards on the ground, 113 below its season average.

The 5-0 Steelers still lead the AFC North by a half-game over Baltimore. The Browns are third in the division at 4-2 after ending a four-game winning streak.

Elsewhere on the NFL schedule:

— Lamar Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran for a score while the Ravens were building a 24-6 lead in a 30-28 victory at Philadelphia. Jackson ran for a 37-yard TD and had 108 yards on the ground to go with his 186 yards passing. Carson Wentz tossed two TD passes, but he was sacked six times and was stopped on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game with 1:55 to play.

— The Titans are 5-0 after Derrick Henry took a direct snap and ran 5 yards for a touchdown 3:30 into overtime to end a 42-36 comeback win over the Texans. Deshaun Watson’s fourth TD pass put Houston up 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation, but a failed 2-point conversion attempt gave Tennessee a chance to force overtime. Ryan Tannehill marched the Titans 76 yards on the ensuing series and found A.J. Brown on a 6-yard TD pass with 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Houston is 1-5.

— Jimmy Garoppolo threw three TD passes while the 49ers were building a 21-6 lead in the first half of a 24-16 victory against the Rams. Garoppolo was unable to keep up his fast start to the game but still finished 23 for 33 for 268 yards a week after being pulled from a game. Jason Verrett’s first interception in more than four years ended the Rams’ final threat to tie the game. Los Angeles is 4-2 and the 49ers are 3-3.

— Chicago’s defense forced three turnovers and sacked Teddy Bridgewater four times in a 23-16 verdict over the Panthers. Nick Foles threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the 5-1 Bears improved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since their 2006 NFC championship season. Carolina had a failed fourth down play and an interception on its last two series to fall to 3-3.

— The Colts trailed 21-0 until Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter of a 31-27 triumph against Cincinnati. Rivers wound up 29 of 44 with 371 yards as Indianapolis tied the biggest regular-season comeback in franchise history. Giovanni Bernard, Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon had short scoring runs before the 1-4-1 Bengals, who blew a lead of at least 21 points for the fifth time ever.

— Brandon McManus drilled six field goals and linebacker Malik Reed came up with a big sack late to help the Broncos hold on for an 18-12 win over the Patriots. Drew Lock finished 10 of 24 for 189 yards in his first start since injuring his shoulder in Denver’s Week 2 loss to Pittsburgh. The Broncos’ defense came up with two interceptions and a fumble recovery after entering the game with just two takeaways. Both teams are 2-3 after finally playing a game that was twice postponed due to positive coronavirus tests.

— Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for three touchdowns and the Dolphins posted their first shutout in six years by downing the Jets, 24-0. The Dolphins didn’t allow a third-down conversion until the fourth quarter and reached .500 for the first time under second-year coach Brian Flores. The game was so lopsided that Miami rookie Tua Tagovailoa made his NFL debut in mop-up duty with 2:27 left. The Jets are 0-6 for the first time in 24 years.

— Julio Jones returned from injury to catch two of Matt Ryan’s four touchdown passes in the Falcons’ 40-23 thrashing of the Vikings. Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes for 371 yards as Atlanta won its first game under interim coach Raheem Morris. Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions in the first half for the first time in his career, leading to 17 Falcons points. Each team is 1-5.

— The Lions rolled to a 34-16 win against the Jaguars as rookie D’Andre Swift ran for a season-high 116 yards and two touchdowns. Matthew Stafford got an elusive TD pass against the only team he hadn’t thrown one against in 12 NFL seasons. Kenny Golladay finished with four receptions for 105 yards, marking the first time since 2013 that the Lions had a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game. Both teams are 2-3.

— The Giants have their first victory under coach Joe Judge after Tae Crowder scooped up a fumble and ran 43 yards for a touchdown with 3:28 left in a 20-19 win over Washington. Kyle Allen hit Cam Simms for a 22-yard TD in the final minute, but Allen threw an incompletion on the conversion attempt after Washington coach Ron Rivera elected to go for the win. Daniel Jones threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton and Graham Gano kicked two field goals as the 1-5 Giants dropped Washington to 1-5.

Post Season Volleyball Starts Tonight

October 19, 2020

Both Bellevue High School teams are in action this evening as the Iowa High School volleyball post season begins tonight in Class 1A and 2A. In Class 1-A Region 7: Bellevue Marquette Catholic hosts Midland.  In Class 2A Region 7: Bellevue will host Northeast Goose Lake.

4A and 5A Tournament play starts tomorrow:  In 4A, Wahlert will host Dewitt Central, Western Dubuque has a first round bye an plays Thursday. In Class 5A: Senior and Hempstead also open tourney play Thursday.

Iowa says it won't pay ex-players' demand for $20 million

October 19, 2020

The University of Iowa said it would not pay a demand from eight Black former football players for $20 million in compensation for alleged racial discrimination they faced playing for the Hawkeyes. The university general counsel’s office released its response Sunday to a 21-page certified letter dated Oct. 5 from civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is representing the players. The players also called for the firings of head football coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta. The university says it has taken steps to improve the environment for Black athletes.

Clemson remains overwhelming No. 1 over Alabama

October 19, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson is spending a seventh consecutive week atop The Associated Press college football poll.

Alabama is ranked 2nd, Notre Dame is third, followed by Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Penn State, Cincinnati and Florida.

Wisconsin moved up to 14th and Iowa State rose to 17th.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Clemson (54) 5-0 1542 1
2. Alabama (8) 4-0 1494 2
3. Notre Dame 4-0 1337 4
4. Georgia 3-1 1300 3
5. Ohio St. 0-0 1223 6
6. Oklahoma St. 3-0 1137 7
7. Texas A&M 3-1 1054 11
8. Penn St. 0-0 1033 9
9. Cincinnati 3-0 1028 8
10. Florida 2-1 942 10
11. Miami 4-1 887 13
12. BYU 5-0 875 14
13. Oregon 0-0 841 12
14. Wisconsin 0-0 677 16
14. North Carolina 3-1 677 5
16. SMU 5-0 638 17
17. Iowa St. 3-1 511 20
18. Michigan 0-0 489 19
19. Virginia Tech 3-1 420 23
20. Kansas St. 3-1 399 22
21. Minnesota 0-0 234 24
22. Marshall 4-0 227
23. NC State 4-1 199
24. Southern Cal 0-0 192 25
25. Coastal Carolina 4-0 185

Others receiving votes: Memphis 76, Oklahoma 74, Tulsa 58, West Virginia 57, Auburn 48, Iowa 42, Louisiana-Lafayette 40, Liberty 37, Utah 36, UAB 30, Army 29, Arkansas 15, Air Force 14, Kentucky 12, Tennessee 11, Arizona St. 9, South Carolina 8, Washington 8, Indiana 4, Texas 1.

Dodgers win pennant...Brady beats Rodgers...Steelers coast

October 19, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger’s tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over Atlanta and their 25th National League pennant. The Braves led 3-2 until Kiké Hernández tied it with a solo blast in the sixth. The Dodgers surrendered just three hits, none after Austin Riley’s RBI single put Atlanta ahead in the fourth inning.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spotted the Green Bay Packers a 10-0 lead before storming toward a 38-10 victory. The Bucs took the lead with help from Aaron Rodgers, whose first two interceptions of the season led to two touchdowns for Tampa Bay. Cornerback Jamel Dean broke on Rodgers’ sideline throw intended for Davante Adams and returned the pick 32 yards to get the Bucs rolling.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner ran for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 17th consecutive victory over the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field, 38-7. Ben Roethlisberger  added 162 yards passing and a touchdown, and Chase Claypool ran for a score while grabbing four passes for 74 yards. The Steelers sacked aching Baker Mayfield four times, picked him off twice and chased him late in the third quarter with the game out of reach.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are 5-0 after Derrick Henry took a direct snap and ran 5 yards for a touchdown 3:30 into overtime, capping a 42-36 comeback win over the Houston Texans. Deshaun Watson’s fourth TD pass put Houston up 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation, but a failed 2-point conversion attempt gave Tennessee a chance to force overtime. Ryan Tannehill marched the Titans 76 yards on the ensuing series and found A.J. Brown on a 6-yard TD pass with 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Joey Logano has earned a spot in NASCAR’s championship race at Phoenix by winning at Kansas Speedway. Logano used every bit of the track to hold off Kevin Harvick over a long, finishing green-flag run. The 2018 series champion had hung around the front of the pack all afternoon, but he had only led one other time before taking the lead from Harvick with 44 laps to go.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (10/18)

October 19, 2020

Final L.A. Dodgers 4 Atlanta 3  (Dodgers win the series)

Final Ot Tennessee 42 Houston 36
Final N-Y Giants 20 Washington 19
Final Indianapolis 31 Cincinnati 27
Final Ot Atlanta 40 Minnesota 23
Final Chicago 23 Carolina 16
Final Detroit 34 Jacksonville 16
Final Pittsburgh 38 Cleveland 7
Final Denver 18 New England 12
Final Baltimore 30 Philadelphia 28
Final Miami 24 N-Y Jets 0
Final Tampa Bay 38 Green Bay 10
Final San Francisco 24 L.A. Rams 16

Baseball and Football Scorecard from 10/17 Games

October 18, 2020


Tampa Bay Rays  4. Astros 2 –  AL pennant final

Dodgers 3, Braves 1

Top 25 Football

(2) Alabama 41, (3) Georgia

(1) Clemson 73,   Georgia Tech  7

(4) Notre Dame 12,  Louisville 7

(11) Texas A&M 28, Mississippi State 14

(13) Miami 31,  Pittsburgh  19

South Carolina 30 (15) Auburn 22

Kentucky 34,   (18)Tennessee 7

(23) Virginia Tech’s 40, Boston College 14


Clarke University game with Peru State postponed


Iowa High School Football Playoffs: Wahlert Wins Big

October 17, 2020

Area Scores

Iowa HS Football Playoff Round 1 Friday October 16th

Dubuque Whalert-24

Charles City-7



East Buchanan-30


Clayton Ridge-55

North Linn-42

Western Dubuque-47

Waverly Shellrock-21

Dyersville Beckman-28

Northeast Goose Lake-6

West Liberty-35



Wisconsin Week 4




Iowa Grant-28



River Valley-33

Richland Center-13

Saturday’s Game-Prairie

Astros, Dodgers Extend Season

October 17, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Houston Astros earned a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to become just the second team in major league history to force a Game 7 after dropping the first three. George Springer put the Astros ahead to stay with a two-run single in a four-run fifth. Carlos Correa had three hits and an RBI after entering the game 3-for-18 in the series.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Will Smith crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer that sparked the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-3 victory over Atlanta in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Corey Seager added a pair of homers and three RBIs to help the Dodgers extend the series. L.A. rallied off the Atlanta bullpen after starter A.J. Minter struck out seven while allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings.
UNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has postponed next week’s game between Missouri and No. 10 Florida, the third league contest moved this week because of COVID-19 outbreaks. The Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive for the coronavirus and dozens more quarantined because of contract tracing. That left them with fewer than the conference-mandated 53 scholarship players available today against defending national champion LSU.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas football coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to the Jayhawks after his positive test for COVID-19. However, he skipped the team’s trip to West Virginia for today’s game as a precautionary move. The 66-year-old Miles experienced only mild symptoms while quarantined after announcing last week that routine testing had returned a positive result.
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the New England Patriots canceled practice yesterday after a member of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. New England is scheduled to host Denver tomorrow, a game that has been postponed twice because of four positive coronavirus tests by players. The Indianapolis Colts temporarily closed their practice facility Friday after several people tested positive, but it was reopened after retests came back negative.

Friday High School Football Schedule

October 16, 2020

The high school football playoffs begin tonight in Iowa. Locally

  • Class 3A: Wahlert is home to face Charles City (broadcast on AM 1370, pregame 6:40pm). Western Dubuque hosts Waverly-Shellrock.
  • Class 2A: Maquoketa hosts West Liberty
  • Class 1A: Cascade hosts Wilton and Dyersville Beckman hosts Northeast.
  • Class A: Bellevue hosts East Buchanan and Clayton Ridge hosts North Linn.

The Wisconsin week 4 schedule includes: Potosi-Cassville at Highland, Lancaster at Dodgeville, and Iowa Grant at Luther.


UNI Men’s Basketball Picked to Win MVC

October 16, 2020

The UNI men’s basketball team has been picked to finish first in the Missouri Valley Conference as voted by coaches, sports information directors, and media.

The Panthers finished with 30 first-place votes followed by Loyola with 13 and Bradley with one vote. The last time the Panthers were selected as the preseason favorite was prior to the 2009-10 season when UNI won the MVC Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen,

UNI’s junior guard AJ Green has been selected as the Pre-season Player of the Year and landed on the Preseason All-MVC First Team. Fellow junior Austin Phyfe has also been selected to the First Team.

Mineral Point Changes Course

October 16, 2020

The Mineral Point school board has changed their mind and will allow the immediate return of some of their fall sports put on pause due to the district going to all virtual learning.  In a special meeting Wednesday night the Mineral Point board approved allowing cross country, boys soccer and volleyball to return to competition immediately.  The board voted to allow football to return on October 26th.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (10/15)

October 16, 2020

High School Cross Country

  • MVC Valley Divisional at Dubuque Soccer Complex: the Hempstead boys ran to the title with Senior running 4th of the seven teams. Ryan Winger of Hempstead was medalist. In the girls race: Senior finished first and Hempstead was 2nd. Hempstead’s Keelee Leitzen won medalist honors
  • MVC Mississippi Divisional in Cedar Falls: In the boys race: Wahlert placed 5th and Western Dubuque was 8th.  In the girls race: Wahlert placed 3rd and Western Dubuque was fourth.

High School Volleyball


  • Hempstead lost at Iowa City West 3-2
  • Wamac Bracket play at Mt. Vernon: Dyersville Beckman defeated West Delaware 2-0, but lost the championship match to Mt. Vernon 2-0.
  • Tri-Rivers pool play at Lisbon: Bellevue Marquette Catholic over Cedar Valley Christian 2-1 and lost to Lisbon 2-0.
  • River Valley pool play: Bellevue won twice defeating Northeast and Durant 2-0 both times. Cascade lost against Wilton 2-0.


  • Shullsburg 3, Belmont 0
  • Potosi 3, River Ridge 1

Astros get walk-off win...Braves hammer Dodgers

October 16, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Houston Astros are still alive in the AL Championship Series after Carlos Correa slammed a walk-off, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to close out a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. George Springer also homered and Michael Brantley hit a two-run single that put the Astros ahead, 3-1 in the third inning. Brandon Lowe (low) and Randy Arozarena hit solo homers for the Rays before Ji-Man Choi’s blast tied the game in the eighth inning.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Atlanta Braves own a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series after exploding for six runs in the sixth inning of a 10-2 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Marcell Ozuna  laced an RBI double in the sixth and also provided a pair of solo homers and a run-scoring single. Bryse (brys) Wilson tossed one-hit ball over six innings of his first postseason start, allowing only a solo homer by Edwin Rios.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyronn Lue will become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers if the two sides can hammer out a contract. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that final terms are still being worked out. Lue had been serving as an assistant to Doc Rivers, who left the Clippers after seven seasons and was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, effective Nov. 1. The Rockets have made the playoffs 10 times since Morey was hired in 2007, including the last eight seasons for the longest active streak in the NBA. Morey caused an international uproar last year when he tweeted support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, which caused businesses in China to cut ties with the Rockets.

UNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati’s game at Tulsa on Saturday has been postponed to Dec. 5 because of positive COVID-19 tests among Bearcats players. The number of players who have tested positive or have been quarantined through contact tracing has not been revealed by Cincinnati. The school has not been making those numbers public throughout its testing of athletes.

Dan Gable to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

October 15, 2020

Iowa wrestling icon Dan Gable will be receiving the nation’s highest honor for a civilian. Earlier this week, Gable was notified by the White House that he will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump.  Gable will be the first athlete and coach from the sport of wrestling to receive this distinguished honor.

Before his legendary career as University of Iowa wrestling coach leading the Hawkeyes to 15 national titles he had a remarkable prep career at Waterloo West and then at Iowa State along with winning Olympic Gold in 1972.

Wisconsin moves on without wondering what could have been

October 15, 2020

Wisconsin is trying not to think about its missed opportunity from last March as the Badgers seek to build on the momentum they established before the pandemic shut down the 2019-20 basketball season prematurely. The Badgers have begun preseason practice with virtually the entire nucleus of a team that won a share of the Big Ten regular-season title but didn’t get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers had won eight consecutive games and seemed in position to make a deep NCAA Tournament run until the season ended in mid-March during the week of the Big Ten Tournament.

Braves' 1st playoff loss a doozy...Astros beat Rays

October 15, 2020

ARLINGTON, TX (AP) — Max Muncy’s grand slam capped a record-setting 11-run first inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who coasted to a 15-3 rout of the Atlanta Braves that cut their National League Championship Series deficit to 2 games to 1. Muncy’s slam was the third homer in the first inning and one of a franchise-record five in a playoff game for the Dodgers. Joc Pederson and Edwin Rios went deep on consecutive pitches in the first. Atlanta still has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

UNDATED (AP) — Clayton Kershaw could start Game 4 of the NL Championship Series for the Dodgers if the left-hander’s back continues to improve. Kershaw was scratched from his Game 2 start because of back spasms, and manager Dave Roberts decided to stick with left-hander Julio Urías for Game 3 Wednesday night. The Braves will start rookie right-hander Bryse Wilson, who has just seven professional starts and none in the postseason. He hasn’t pitched since the regular season finale Sept. 27.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — George Springer broke a tie with a two-run homer, José Altuve also went deep and hit an RBI double, and Zack Greinke escaped a bases-loaded jam for the Houston Astros, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to stay alive in the AL Championship Series. With Altuve atoning for his poor defense this series, the Astros finally got their offense going after being pushed to the brink of a sweep. Seeking their third pennant in four seasons, they trail 3-1 going into Game 5 on Thursday afternoon. The Rays remain one win from going to the World Series for the second time in franchise history.

UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Wings have fired coach Brian Agler. He came to the Wings in 2018 and led the team to an 8-14 mark this past season. They finished one game out of making the playoffs with the youngest roster in the league. The 62-year-old coach had one year left on his contract. Agler won titles with Seattle and Los Angeles and is second on the league’s career wins list with 287.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Massimo Biscardi made a 40-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give Coastal Carolina a 30-27 victory over No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday night in Sun Belt matchup of unbeaten teams. Freshman Grayson McCall threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to help the Chanticleers beat a ranked team for the first time. The 4-0 start is their first in FBS play. Coastal drove 60 yards in the final 5:30 to set up Biscardi. McCall was 17 of 24 for 202 yards. He has 11 TD passes in four games. The Ragin’ Cajuns rallied three times with tying touchdowns, two by Elijah Mitchell. His 1-yard burst with 12:44 left tied it at 27.

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (10/13)

October 14, 2020

High School Volleyball


Mississippi Valley Conference Pool Play

  • Hempstead won three defeating Iowa City High and Cedar Rapids Prairie and Jefferson by 2-0 scores.
  • Senior went 1-and-2 losing to Iowa City Liberty 2-0 and Western Dubuque 2-1 while defeating Waterloo West 2-1.
  • Western Dubuque went 2-and-1 losing to Iowa City Liberty 2-0, beat Senior 2-1 and Waterloo West 2-0.
  • Wahlert went 1-and-2 defeating Waterloo East 2-0 and losing to Linn-Mar and Iowa City West 2-1.


  • Bellevue 3, North Cedar 2
  • Clayton Ridge 3, MFL Mar-Mac 2


  • Shullsburg 3, Potosi 1
  • River Ridge 3, Cassville 0

High School Girls Swimming

  • Hempstead 106, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 79

Men’s College Golf

  • A strong second round propelled the Loras College men’s golf team to a fourth place finish at the Central College Fall Classic at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City yesterday. Dominic Leli paced the Duhawks with an 11th place finish with a total of 161 (+17).

Clarke Women's Basketball Picked to Win Heart/Clarke Men Projected 3rd

October 14, 2020

Clarke women’s basketball voted Heart team to beat

Clarke University’s women’s basketball team has been voted the team to beat in the 14-team Heart of America Athletic Conference this upcoming season.  Coach Courtney Boyd’s squad garnered eight of 14 first place votes and totaled 162 points to finish atop the coaches’ preseason poll. Central Methodist finished second in the poll. The Pride are scheduled to open the season October 30 at University of Saint Francis.

Clarke’s men’s basketball team picked to finish third in Heart

Clarke University’s men’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in this year’s Heart of America Athletic Conference 14-team race.  Coach Jim Blaine’s squad trailed only league favorite William Penn University and conference newcomer Park University in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll. Clarke is scheduled to begin the regular season November 6th at Indiana Wesleyan.

Braves, Rays win...Titans maul Bills...Jets cut Bell

October 14, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Freddie Freeman belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the Atlanta Braves got past the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-7. Ozzie Albies was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs as Atlanta took a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series. The Braves led 7-0 in the seventh and carried an 8-3 lead into ninth before hanging on.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Atlanta Braves will play the rest of the postseason without left fielder Adam Duvall. He was put on the injured list with an injury to his left side, the result of a swing during the second inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Monday. Johan Camargo has replaced Duvall on the roster.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have a three-games-to-none lead in the AL Championship series after scoring five times in the sixth inning to beat the Houston Astros, 5-2. Joey Wendle put Tampa Bay on top with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe came through with a two-run double to close out the rally. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve contributed to the big inning with his third error in two games.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derrick Henry scored three touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans improved to 4-0 with a 42-16 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills. Henry grabbed a scoring pass from Ryan Tannehill and rushed for two TDs as the Titans pinned the Bills with their first loss of the season. Tannehill completed 21 of his 28 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have released disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell, who has clashed with head coach Adam Gase during their two years together. Bell’s latest frustrations were evident when he liked a few Twitter posts in which some suggested he should be used more in the passing game. He had just 22 touchdowns in his two games with the Jets this season, rushing for 74 yards and grabbing three passes for 39 yards.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (10/12)

October 13, 2020

High School Volleyball

  • Bellevue 3, Northeast 0

WAMAC Conference Pool Play at West Delaware

  • Dyersville Beckman defeated Maquoketa and Center Point-Urbana by 2-0 scores.

College Volleyball

Clarke 3, St. Francis 1 (Clarke now 6-and-6)


College Women’s Golf

The University of Dubuque women’s golf team has claimed their 2nd straight American River Conference Championship. The three day tournament wrapped up yesterday in Ames. The Spartans posted a three-day total of 961 to win by 13 strokes over Wartburg.  Madison Bowers finished tied for third with a score of 240 to lead U-D.

Hempstead Football Moves Up Final AP Rankings

October 13, 2020

The Hempstead High School football team has moved up one spot in final Class 4A Iowa high school football rankings from the Associated Press.

The Mustangs are now rated 6th after finishing the regular season 6-and-1.

Cascade who finished the regular season (5-2) received one vote in the Class 1A poll.


The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2020 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Southeast Polk (11) 6-0 136 1
2. Ankeny (2) 6-1 125 2
3. West Des Moines Dowling 5-1 99 4
4. Pleasant Valley (1) 7-0 97 5
5. Waukee 5-2 90 6
6. Dubuque Hempstead 6-1 63 7
7. Iowa City West 4-0 57 8
8. Urbandale 5-1 47 3
9. Sioux City East 6-1 26 10
10. Cedar Rapids Prairie 4-2 12 NR
Others receiving votes: Cedar Falls 7. Council Bluffs Lincoln 4. West Des Moines Valley 4. Bettendorf 3.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (7) 7-0 125 1
2. Harlan (1) 7-0 114 4
3. Washington (2) 7-0 102 5
4. Dallas Center-Grimes (3) 6-0 100 2
5. Davenport Assumption (1) 7-0 95 6
6. Webster City 7-0 64 7
7. Council Bluffs Lewis Central 5-1 55 3
8. Manchester West Delaware 7-1 52 8
9. Huxley Ballard 6-1 20 NR
(tie) Eldridge North Scott 4-1 20 10
Others receiving votes: Decorah 10. Fort Madison 6. Spencer 3. Nevada 2. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1. Pella 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Williamsburg (5) 7-0 129 T1
2. Central Lyon-GLR (5) 7-0 125 4
3. Monroe PCM (4) 7-0 121 3
4. Inwood West Lyon 6-1 88 T1
5. Waukon 5-1 76 5
6. Camanche 6-1 71 6
7. Solon 5-2 37 9
8. Estherville-Lincoln Central 5-1 35 7
9. Atlantic 6-1 32 8
10. State Center West Marshall 6-1 21 NR
Others receiving votes: Spirit Lake 15. Mount Vernon 12. Monticello 5. Sioux Center 3.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. O-A BCIG (12) 7-0 135 1
2. Van Meter (1) 7-0 125 2
3. Sigourney-Keota (1) 7-0 109 3
4. Jewell South Hamilton 7-0 101 4
5. Southeast Valley 7-0 81 6
6. Underwood 6-1 68 7
7. South Central Calhoun 5-1 52 8
8. Mount Ayr 6-1 30 9
9. Emmetsburg 5-1 25 5
10. Waterloo Columbus 6-1 20 NR
Others receiving votes: Hawarden West Sioux 18. Panora Panorama 3. Hull Western Christian 1. Cascade 1. Dike-New Hartford 1.

Class A
Record Pts Prv
1. Grundy Center (10) 7-0 135 1
2. St. Ansgar (1) 7-0 117 2
3. Iowa City Regina (2) 6-1 111 3
4. Edgewood-Colesburg (1) 7-0 95 4
5. Britt West Hancock 6-1 69 5
6. Logan-Magnolia 6-1 64 7
7. Monona MFL-Mar-Mac 6-1 61 6
8. Fairbank Wapsie Valley 6-1 43 8
9. Calmar South Winneshiek 6-1 40 9
10. Lisbon 5-2 14 10
Others receiving votes: Oakland Riverside 11. Council Bluffs St. Albert 5. Belle Plaine 3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 1. Riverside Highland 1.

Class 8-Man
Record Pts Prv
1. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (12) 5-0 132 1
2. Remsen Saint Mary’s (1) 7-0 114 3
3. Audubon 5-0 113 2
4. Anita CAM 6-0 94 4
5. Montezuma (1) 7-0 83 5
6. Coon Rapids-Bayard 7-0 65 7
7. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7-0 43 8
8. Easton Valley 6-1 33 10
9. Newell-Fonda 6-1 28 9
10. Fremont Mills, Tabor 3-1 23 6
Others receiving votes: Martensdale-St. Marys 20. Janesville 10. North English English Valleys 9. New London 2. Tripoli 1.

Fighting Saints Pre-Season Schedule Announced

October 13, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints have announced the 2020 preseason games schedule.

Dubuque will face the Des Moines Buccaneers and Green Bay Gamblers twice each. Dubuque will battle Des Moines on Friday, October 23rd in Des Moines and then host the Buccaneers at the Mystique Community Ice Center on Saturday, October 24th. The following weekend Dubuque will host Green Bay on Friday, October 30th and then head to Green Bay on the 31st. All games will start at 7:05pm

Both Saints preseason home games will be open to the public as well. The Fighting Saints say details regarding tickets for those preseason contests will be forthcoming soon.

The Saints will open their regular season at home on November 6th when they take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Mineral Point Pausing Fall Sports

October 13, 2020

The Mineral Point High School fall sports seasons are being forced to pause after the Mineral Point school board voted last night to shift to all virtual learning until at least October 27th. Football, volleyball, cross country, and boys soccer are affected by the decision.

Braves rally...Rays up 2-0...White Sox need a skipper

October 13, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Atlanta Braves took Game 1 of the National League Championship Series by scoring four runs in the ninth to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1. Austin Riley led off the ninth with a tiebreaking homer and Marcel Ozuna  added an RBI single before Ozzie Albies smacked a two-run blast to cap the rally. Freddie Freeman also homered and Max Fried worked six innings for the Braves.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have a 2-0 series lead in the ALCS after riding a pair of homers into a 4-2 win over Houston. Manuel Margot  put the Rays ahead with a three-run homer in the first inning and Mike Zunino added a solo blast later in the game. Charlie Morton tossed five shutout innings to get the win against his former team.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and manager Rick Renteria  have agreed to split following a disappointing finish to a breakout season in which the team made the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. The White Sox went 35-25 in his pandemic-shortened fourth year. They held a three-game lead in the AL Central before losing seven of their final eight to finish tied for second with Cleveland, one game behind Minnesota.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers blew a 17-point lead for the second straight game before Will Lutz hit a field goal in overtime to send the New Orleans Saints to a 30-27 victory. Taysom Hill tied the game with a nine-yard run in the final minute after replacing quarterback Drew Brees  for one play. Justin Herbert threw for four touchdowns, including a 64-yard scoring strike to Mike Williams that put the Chargers ahead 27-20 late in the fourth quarter.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have named defensive coordinator Raheem Morris interim head coach after firing Dan Quinn. Morris is in his sixth season with the Falcons and his first full season as defensive coordinator. The Falcons fired Quinn on Sunday night, hours after the team fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1997 with a 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

National Scoreboard from Monday (10/12)

October 13, 2020

Final Tampa Bay 4 Houston 2 (Tampa Bay leads 2-0)

Final Atlanta 5 L.A. Dodgers 1

Final  New Orleans 30 L.A. Chargers 27  (OT)

Iowa High School Football Playoffs

October 12, 2020

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released the first and second round football playoff pod assignments over the weekend.

In Class 4A: Senior and Hempstead both earned first round byes and will both host 2nd round games on Friday, October 23rd. Senior will meet Cedar Rapids Kennedy while Hempstead will face Iowa City Liberty.

All other area teams play first round contest this Friday night

In Class 3A:  Wahlert will host Charles City with the winner to meet Decorah in the 2nd round (AM 1370 KDTH to broadcast).  Western Dubuque will host Waverly-Shellrock.

In Class 2A: Maquoketa will host West Liberty.

In Class 1A:  Cascade will host Wilton and Dyersville Beckman is home against Northeast Goose Lake.

In Class A: Bellevue will host East Buchanan and Clayton Ridge hosts North Linn.

Click link to see complete playoff pairings:

Wahlert Golfers Finish 10th

October 12, 2020

Following second round play at the Fall State High School Boys Golf Meet on Saturday at Des Moines Country Club, the Wahlert Golden Eagles finished tied in 10th of the 12 teams. Wahlert and Ankeny Centennial both finished with a two day score of 675. On the second day the Golden Eagles shaved 9 strokes off their first day score shooting 333. Will Coohey’s 16 over 160 had Wahlert’s best score and he placed in 20th. Waukee won the team title with a 605.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (10/11)

October 12, 2020

Final Tampa Bay 2 Houston 1  (Tampa Bay leads 1-0)

Final L.A. Lakers 106 Miami 93  (Lakers win series 4-2)

Final Baltimore 27 Cincinnati 3
Final Pittsburgh 38 Philadelphia 29
Final Carolina 23 Atlanta 16
Final Las Vegas 40 Kansas City 32
Final L.A. Rams 30 Washington 10
Final Arizona 30 N-Y Jets 10
Final Houston 30 Jacksonville 14
Final Miami 43 San Francisco 17
Final Dallas 37 N-Y Giants 34
Final Cleveland 32 Indianapolis 23
Final Seattle 27 Minnesota 26

Lakers take title...Rays win opener...Prescott shelved

October 12, 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James recorded a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers nailed down their 17th NBA championship with a 106-103 victory over the Miami Heat. James finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in securing his fourth career NBA title. Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo  each added 19 points, two more than Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mike Zunino’s RBI single in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 deadlock and sent the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win against Houston in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Jose Altuve  launched a solo shot two batters into the game, but the Rays knotted the score on Randy Arozarena’s  solo blast in the fourth. Diego Castillo closed it out after working out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth.

ARLINGTON, Texas. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys will spend the rest of the season without quarterback Dak Prescott after he sustained a fractured and dislocated right ankle in the third quarter of yesterday’s 37-34 win over the New York Giants. Prescott’s injury occurred while being hauled down by Giants defensive back Logan Ryan, one series after he made his first career touchdown reception. Andy Dalton took over and led a drive that ended with Greg Zuerlein’s field goal as time expired.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will crown a new champion this year following Kyle Busch’s elimination in the second round of the playoffs. Chase Elliott won Sunday’s race on the hybrid road course-oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He won for the second consecutive year at “The Roval” and extended his winning streak on road courses to four straight dating to last season.

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says 2018 Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall has accepted a one-year, $8 million package with the Buffalo Sabres. Hall was regarded to be the top forward available on the free agent market once it opened Friday. He has topped 20 goals five times, including posting career bests with 39 goals and 93 points with New Jersey in 2017-18.

Sunday Sports

October 11, 2020

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Brock Purdy passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns, Breece Hall ran for 135 yards and two scores and No. 24 Iowa State beat Texas Tech 31-15. The Cyclones opened conference play with three straight wins for the first time since 2002 and only the second time since 1950. Purdy finished 32 of 43 with no interceptions. He also ran seven times for 42 yards. The Cyclones rolled up 516 yards of total offense and held Texas Tech under 100 yards until early in the fourth quarter.


UNDATED (AP) — The Red River rivalry lived up to its hype on Saturday despite the rankings of the two teams. Spencer Rattler threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Drake Stoops in the fourth overtime before unranked Oklahoma picked off a pass in the end zone to secure a wild 53-45 win against No. 22 Texas. Rattler’s successful completion on the required 2-point conversion didn’t matter when Sam Ehlinger’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Tre Brown to end just the second Big 12 game to go four OTs.

In other top 25 action:

— What was supposed to be Clemson’s stiffest test of the regular season turned into a rout as Trevor Lawrence threw for three touchdowns in the top-ranked Tigers’ 42-17 dismantling of No. 7 Miami. Travis Etienne rushed for 149 yards and two scores, including a 72-yard burst down the left sidelines as the Tigers opened 4-0 for a sixth straight season. The Hurricanes mustered just 210 yards after averaging 499 in their first three games.

— Najee Harris ran for 206 yards and five touchdowns for second-ranked Alabama in a 63-48 win over Mississippi, the highest-scoring regulation game in SEC history. Ole Miss stayed close until Receiver DeVonta Smith went 14 yards for a touchdown run to make it 56-45 with 3:16 left. Harris closed the scoring with a 39-yard TD run.

— Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as third-ranked Georgia whipped No. 14 Tennessee, 44-21. Bennett sealed the victory with a 1-yard TD flip to 305-pound nose tackle Jalen Carter, who was supposedly in the game as an extra blocker. The Bulldogs scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to beat a ranked SEC team for the second straight win.

— No. 21 Texas A&M knocked off fourth-ranked Florida, 41-38 on Seth Small’s 26-yard field goal as time expired. Isaiah Spiller rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies, who tied it up when Kellen Mond threw a 51-yard pass to Caleb Chapman for a tying TD with about 4½ minutes to go.

— No. 5 Notre Dame posted a 42-26 rout of Florida State as Kyren Williams ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Williams shook off a fumble on his first carry to pick up 130 yards and both his TDs by halftime. Ian Book completed 16 of 25 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 58 yards and another score for the Irish.

— Michael Carter ran for a career-high 214 yards and two touchdowns to help eighth-ranked North Carolina beat No. 19 Virginia Tech 56-45. Javonte Williams also ran for a career-best 169 yards and two scores of his own. UNC finished with its highest scoring output ever against the Hokies along with 656 total yards for the No. 2 total ever posted against Virginia Tech’s defense.

— Anders Carlson atoned for a missed 34-yard field goal by drilling a 39-yarder with seven seconds left to lift No. 13 Auburn over Arkansas, 30-28. Freshman Tank Bigsby ran for 146 yards to help the Tigers rebound from last weekend’s loss to Georgia. Feleipe Franks, who passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns for the Razorbacks.

— Zach Wilson threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns for 15th-rated BYU in a 27-20 win against UTSA. Tyler Allgeier rushed 116 yards and another score to help the Cougars improve to 4-0 for the first time in six years.

— The defending champs absorbed their second loss of the season as Connor Bazelak (BAY’-zeh-lak) threw for 406 yards and four touchdowns in Missouri’s 45-41 win over 17th-ranked LSU. Missouri’s maligned defense stopped No. 17 LSU four times at the 1-yard line in the final minute. Larry Rountree added 119 yards rushing and Tyler Badie had touchdowns on the ground and through the air for Mizzou.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots had no positive COVID-19 tests Saturday, and both teams are getting back into their facilities. The Titans will be returning for the first time since the NFL closed them down Sept. 29. The Patriots had worked remotely the past three days. The Titans now have had no positive test results four of the past six days. The Titans are scheduled to play Buffalo on Tuesday night, with the Patriots hosting Denver on Monday.


Houston and Tampa Bay are set to open their AL Championship Series in San Diego, with Astros left-hander Framber Valdez opposing 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. The Rays are seeking revenge after Houston beat them in five games in the AL Division Series last year. The Astros are in the ALCS for the fourth straight year, looking for a third trip to the World Series in that span. After going 29-31 during the regular season, Houston is 5-1 in the playoffs after eliminating AL West champion Oakland in four games in the ALDS at Dodger Stadium.

Football Friday Night

October 9, 2020

It’s the final night of the regular season this evening in Iowa and week number 3 in Wisconsin.

At the Loras College Rock Bowl, the Wahlert Golden Eagles face their biggest challenge since week one as they welcome 6th ranked undefeated Davenport Assumption. Wahlert is seeking their 5th straight win.  You can hear the game tonight on AM 1370 and kdth.com, pregame will be at 7:30 and kickoff to follow.

Both Senior and Hempstead have road games tonight. Senior travels to Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids to meet Jefferson . At Memorial Stadium in Waterloo, the 7th ranked Hempstead Mustangs face the West Wahawks.

Other area Iowa match-ups include: Western Dubuque at Decorah, Dyersville Beckman hosting West Branch, Cascade at Durant, Bellevue hosts East Buchanan, Clayton Ridge home against Wapsie Valleyand Maquoketa at Camanche.

In Wisconsin: Platteville is at Mineral Point, Lancaster hosts River Valley, Iowa Grant hosts Highland, and Potosi-Cassville hosts River Ridge.


Iowa HS Football Playoffs

Iowa high school football coaches, players and fans won’t have to lose sleep tonight waiting for playoff pairings to be announced. The Iowa High School Athletic Association says first round and second round playoff pod assignments will be announced at noon tomorrow. The Association says they will assign teams to pods throughout the postseason and that geography and district placement will be key determinants in those pod assignments.

Wahlert Boys Golf Begins State Tourney Play

October 9, 2020

The Wahlert Golden Eagle boys golf team begins play at the two day State Fall Golf Meet today at the Des Moines Country Club. Golfers will tee off at 10:30 this morning.

The Golden Eagles advanced with a district runner up finish earlier this week. Wahlert’s 321 qualifying score was 10th of the 12 state qualifying teams. Waukee and Ankeny had the top qualifying team scores with 296.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (10/8)

October 9, 2020

High School Volleyball


  • Iowa City High 3, Wahlert 1
  • Cascade 3, Tipton 0
  • Wilton 3, Bellevue 0
  • Easton Valley 3, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 0


  • Shullsburg 3, Cassville 1
  • Potosi 3, Belmont 0

NLCS set...Astros advance...Bears top Bucs

October 9, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will take on the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series after both teams closed out three-game sweeps in the NLDS. Kyle Wright struck out seven and held the Marlins to three hits over six innings of his postseason debut, helping the Braves beat Miami, 7-0. Will Smith set a Dodgers postseason record with five hits, and Joc Pederson had a two-run single to cap a decisive five-run third as L.A. hammered San Diego, 12-3.

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros have moved into the American League Championship Series, where they will play the winner of tonight’s game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros trailed 3-0 yesterday until Michael Brantley smacked the first of his two home runs, a two-run blast in the fourth inning of an 11-6 decision over Oakland. Homers by Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres helped the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-1 and force a Game 5 in the ALDS.

CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles beat Tom Brady in their first meeting since Foles led Philadelphia to victory over New England in Super Bowl 52. Cairo Santos kicked a 38-yard field with 1:17 left as the Bears knocked off Tampa Bay, 20-19. The Super Bowl 52 MVP completed 30 of 42 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown in his second start since replacing Mitchell Trubisky.

PARIS (AP) — Fourth seed Sofia Kenin and 54th-ranked Iga Swiatek have advanced to the French Open women’s final. Kenin was a 6-4, 7-5 winner against Petra Kvitova , putting the American one match victory away from her second straight Grand Slam title. Swiatek carved out a 6-2, 6-1 win over Nadia Pororoska to become the lowest-ranked women’s player to reach the final at Roland Garros.

UNDATED (AP) — Sunday’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans has been moved to Tuesday night as long as Tennessee has no more positive tests for COVID-19 in the interim. That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the switch. The person also told The Associated Press that the NFL also is rescheduling Sunday’s Broncos-Patriots game from to Monday night after New England had a smaller outbreak of COVID-19.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (10/8)

October 9, 2020

Final Houston 11 Oakland 6  (Houston wins series 3-0)
Final N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 1 (Series tied 2-2)

Final Atlanta 7 Miami 0 (Atlanta wins series 3-0)
Final L.A. Dodgers 12 San Diego 3  (L.A. wins series 3-0)

Final Chicago 20 Tampa Bay 19

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (10/7)

October 8, 2020

College Men’s Soccer

  • Clarke 4, Culver Stockton 0 (Clarke now 3-4 on season, 2-4 in Heart)

More Contests for Sidelined  Iowa Teams Approved.

October 8, 2020

The Iowa High School Athletic Association met this week and approved an opportunity for teams who had their schedules altered due to COVID 19 or the August derecho storm to play extra contests. The measure allows for football, cross country and golf teams to schedule extra contests once they are eliminated from their respective postseasons. The contest must be completed before the respective sports state finals are finished. The total regular season contests can’t exceed the allowable limit in that sport, for football that was 7 games, cross country 10 meets, and golf 12 meets.

Fighting Saints-NHL Draft

October 8, 2020

There were four players with Dubuque Fighting Saints connections taken yesterday during rounds two through seven of the virtual NHL Draft. The first to hear his named called was defenseman Wyatt Kaiser selected by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 81st overall selection.

Three players from Dubuque’s affiliates list last season were taken in the fourth round. Michael Benning was taken 95th overall by the Florida Panthers, the Edmonton Oilers took Carter Savoie with the 100th overall selection, and Alex Jefferies went at number 121 to the New York Islanders.

There were a total of 51 players from United States Hockey League teams taken in the entire draft.

In other Fighting Saints news:

Fighting Saints 2020 Phase Two draft pick Drake Burgin has announced his commitment to St. Lawrence University. Burgin is the second player with Saints ties to ink his commitment this week, joining Saints affiliate Chase LaPinta who committed to Arizona State.

Burgin and the rest of the Saints will begin Training Camp in the next few days as they prepare to start their season on November 6th.

Braves, Dodgers up 2-0...A's stay alive, Rays in command

October 8, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have 2-0 leads in their NL Division Series. Rookie Ian Anderson combined with four relievers on a three-hitter as the Braves blanked Miami, 2-0. Cody Bellinger hit a solo homer and robbed Fernando Tatis  of a potential go-ahead, two-run blast in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 victory over San Diego.

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays took a 2-1 lead in their AL Division Series, while the Oakland Athletics avoided a three-game sweep by Houston. Kevin Kiermaier launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer and the Rays withstood another home run by Giancarlo Stanton to beat the New York Yankees, 8-4. Chad Pinder supplied the Athletics’ fifth and final home run of the day, a game-tying, three-run blast in the seventh inning of a 9-7 victory over the Astros.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL’s investigation into how Tennessee turned into the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak found “several specific incidents” of the Titans possibly breaking protocols dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the probe. Also, the headmaster of a private school in Nashville confirmed to the AP that several Titans, including quarterback Ryan Tannehill, practiced at the school a day before the NFL first postponed Tennessee’s game with Pittsburgh before rescheduling the game to Oct. 25.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Dwayne Haskins is being benched by the Washington Football Team and replaced at quarterback by Kyle Allen for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Washington is off to a 1-3 start and currently on a three-game losing streak. Haskins was a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft out of Ohio State.

PARIS (AP) — Fourth seed Sofia Kenin and No. 7 Petra Kvitova have advanced to the French Open semifinals. Kenin was pushed to a third set for the fourth time in five matches at Roland Garros before coming away with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over fellow American Danielle Collins. Kvitova rained down aces to earn a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Laura Siegemund and her first semifinal spot at Roland Garros since 2012.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (10/7)

October 8, 2020

Final Oakland 9 Houston 7  (Houston leads series 2-1)
Final Tampa Bay 8 N.Y. Yankees 4  (Tampa Bay leads series 2-1)

Final Atlanta 2 Miami 0  (Atlanta leads series 2-0)
Final L.A. Dodgers 6 San Diego 5  (L.A. leads series 2-0)

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (10/6)

October 7, 2020

High School Volleyball


  • (#8 4A)Cedar Rapids Xavier 3, Hempstead 2 (25-23, 34-32, 25-13, 25-23,15-12)
  • (#10 5A) Senior 3, Iowa City West 1
  • (#7 5A) Iowa City Liberty 3, Wahlert 0
  • (#5 4A) Western Dubuque 3, Iowa City High 1
  • (#6 2A) Dyersville Beckman 3, (#8 4A)West Delaware 2 (Blazers WAMAC Champs)
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 3, Calamus-Wheatland 1
  • Clayton Ridge 3, Postville 0
  • Solon 3, Maquoketa 0


  • Shullsburg 3, River Ridge 1

High School Girls Swimming

  • Wahlert 100, Senior 68

High School Cross Country

  • The Western Dubuque girls captured the title at the West Delaware Invitational. Cascade was 8th and Beckman 10th in the 14 team field. In the boys race, the Western Dubuque boys ran 6th, Cascade 11, Beckman 16th in the 17 team field.

MVC All Divisional Golf Selections

October 7, 2020

The Mississippi Valley Conference has named their all-divisional golf teams for the just completed fall season.

In the Mississippi Division: 1st team honors were garnered by Ben Vaasan of Wahlert and brothers Davis and Jax Stelzer of Western Dubuque.  Jackson Webber of Western Dubuque was named to the 2nd team. Honorable Mention selections included Ben Cummer and Nick Splinter of Wahlert.

In the Valley Division: 1st team honors went to Timmy Casey of Senior and Wil Sigwarth of Hempstead. Nick Obbink of Senior was a 2nd team pick. Nick Kasebauer of Hempstead and Aidan Obermueller of Senior were honorable mention.

Lakers outlast Heat...Astros, Rays, Dodgers, Braves win

October 7, 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 22 points, including a game-clinching 3-pointer in the final minute as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat, 102-96. LeBron James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in helping L.A. take a three-games-to-one lead in the NBA Finals. Kentavious (kehn-TAY’-vee-uhs) Caldwell-Pope scored 15 to help the Lakers get within one victory of their 18th championship and first in 10 years.

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros took a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series, while the Tampa Rays tied their ALDS at a game apiece. George Springer homered twice and Framber Valdez worked seven strong innings as the Astros beat Oakland, 5-2. The Rays overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs by getting round-trippers from Randy Arozarena, Mike Zunino, Manuel Margot and Austin Meadows in a 7-5 downing of the New York Yankees.

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have opened their respective NL Division Series with victories. Five Dodgers pitchers combined in a three-hitter and Los Angeles took advantage of 10 walks to beat San Diego, 5-1. Travis d’Arnaud  crushed a three-run homer while the Braves erupted for six runs in the seventh inning of a 9-5 win against Miami.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback for at least another week, further delaying the NFL debut of Tua Tagovailoa . The Dolphins announced yesterday on Twitter that Fitzpatrick will get the nod Sunday at San Francisco. Fitzpatrick has thrown for four touchdowns and five interceptions for the 1-3 Dolphins.

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers have used the top pick in the NHL Draft to select the No. 1 prospect in North America. Alexis Lafreniere  was selected by the Rangers, making him the first Canadian to go No. 1 since Connor McDavid was chosen by Edmonton in 2015. Lafrienere is the first to earn both Canadian Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League MVP honors in consecutive seasons since Sidney Crosby in 2004 and ’05.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (10/6)

October 7, 2020

Final Houston 5 Oakland 2  (Houston leads 2-0)
Final Tampa Bay 7 N.Y. Yankees 5  (Series tied 1-1)

Final Atlanta 9 Miami 5  (Atlanta leads 1-0)
Final L.A. Dodgers 5 San Diego 1  (L.A. leads 1-0)

Final L.A. Lakers 102 Miami 96  (L.A. leads 3-1)

Area Scoreboard from Monday (10/5)

October 6, 2020

Boys High School Golf

The Wahlert High School boy’s golf team has advanced to state tournament play later this week. The Golden Eagles finished runners up yesterday at  the district meet played at Glynns Creek Golf Course in Bettendorf. Wahlert shot 321, five strokes behind district champion Pleasant Valley. Will Coohey carded a team best 76 paced the Golden Eagles.  Western Dubuque finished 5th totaling 331.

At the district meet held at Elmcrest in Cedar Rapids: Senior finished in 8th shooting 342 and Hempstead was 9th registering a 351.

The two-day State Fall Golf Meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Des Moines Golf & Country Club.


High School Volleyball


  • Durant 3, Bellevue 0


  • Shullsburg 3, Benton 0
  • Potosi 3, Cassville 0

Cross Country

  • At the Bellevue Marquette Catholic Invitational yesterday, the Wahlert girls captured the title followed by Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton. The boys meet title also won by Wahlert with Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton in 2nd, Marquette Catholic was 7th.

Hempstead Stays 7th in AP Poll

October 6, 2020

The Hempstead High School  football team stayed put at number 7 in the latest Iowa High School Class 4-A  Football Rankings from the Associated Press.

Western Dubuque received consideration votes in Class 3A and Dyersville Beckman and Cascade  in Class 1-A.

Complete AP Rankings below:

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Southeast Polk (11) 5-0 136 1
2. Ankeny (2) 5-1 116 3
3. Urbandale (1) 5-0 115 2
4. West Des Moines Dowling 4-1 87 4
5. Pleasant Valley 6-0 85 5
6. Waukee 4-2 65 6
7. Dubuque Hempstead 5-1 57 7
8. Iowa City West 3-0 56 8
9. Council Bluffs Lincoln 5-1 18 NR
10. Sioux City East 5-1 14 NR
Others receiving votes: Cedar Rapids Prairie 7. Cedar Falls 3. Indianola 3. West Des Moines Valley 3. Johnston 2. Bettendorf 2. Fort Dodge 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6) 6-0 121 1
2. Dallas Center-Grimes (3) 5-0 112 2
3. Council Bluffs Lewis Central (2) 5-0 110 3
4. Harlan (1) 6-0 101 4
5. Washington (2) 6-0 90 5
6. Davenport Assumption 6-0 77 6
7. Webster City 6-0 55 7
8. Manchester West Delaware 6-1 41 10
9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 5-1 33 9
10. Eldridge North Scott 3-1 13 NR
Others receiving votes: Fort Madison 6. Huxley Ballard 6. Grinnell 2. Epworth Western Dubuque 1. Decorah 1. Nevada 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Inwood West Lyon (3) 6-0 123 2
1. Williamsburg (4) 6-0 123 1
3. Monroe PCM (5) 6-0 120 3
4. Central Lyon-GLR (2) 6-0 109 4
5. Waukon 4-1 69 7
6. Camanche 5-1 68 8
7. Estherville-Lincoln Central 4-1 43 9
8. Atlantic 5-1 30 NR
9. Solon 4-2 28 NR
10. Spirit Lake 3-2 13 NR
Others receiving votes: State Center West Marshall 12. Monticello 12. Mount Vernon 10. Sioux Center 6. Independence 2. Orange City Unity Christian 2.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. O-A BCIG (13) 6-0 135 1
2. Van Meter 6-0 121 2
3. Sigourney-Keota (1) 6-0 107 4
4. Jewell South Hamilton 6-0 93 5
5. Emmetsburg 5-0 83 6
6. Southeast Valley 6-0 67 8
7. Underwood 5-1 54 3
8. South Central Calhoun 4-1 37 9
9. Mount Ayr 5-1 20 NR
10. Hawarden West Sioux 4-2 18 10
Others receiving votes: Waterloo Columbus 16. Pleasantville 9. Pocahontas Area-Laurens-Marathon 4. Woodward-Granger 2. Dyersville Beckman 2. Cascade 1. Panora Panorama 1.

Class A
Record Pts Prv
1. Grundy Center (9) 6-0 134 1
2. St. Ansgar (1) 6-0 120 2
3. Iowa City Regina (3) 5-1 113 3
4. Edgewood-Colesburg (1) 6-0 95 5
5. Britt West Hancock 5-1 74 6
6. Monona MFL-Mar-Mac 5-1 59 9
7. Logan-Magnolia 5-1 52 7
8. Fairbank Wapsie Valley 5-1 45 8
9. Calmar South Winneshiek 5-1 34 4
10. Lisbon 4-2 23 10
Others receiving votes: Belle Plaine 9. Oakland Riverside 7. Southwest Valley 6, Council Bluffs St. Albert 3. 14, Fort Dodge St. Edmond 1. 14, Wapello 1.

Class 8-Man
Record Pts Prv
1. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (11) 4-0 130 T1
2. Audubon (1) 5-0 118 T1
3. Remsen Saint Mary’s (1) 5-0 112 3
4. Anita CAM 5-0 91 4
5. Montezuma (1) 6-0 83 5
6. Fremont Mills, Tabor 3-0 56 7
7. Coon Rapids-Bayard 6-0 47 T9
8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6-0 45 T9
9. Newell-Fonda 5-1 40 6
10. Easton Valley 5-1 20 8
Others receiving votes: Martensdale-St. Marys 11. Janesville 9. North English English Valleys 6. New London 1. Woodbine 1.

Hall Named Big 12 Offensive POY

October 6, 2020

Iowa State sophomore running back Breece Hall was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Hall was instrumental in guiding the Cyclones to a 37-30 victory over No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday rushing for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Hall is the Big 12 leader in rushing yards per game (132.0) and rushing touchdowns (6), ranking third nationally in both categories.

2 Hawkeyes Opt Out of 2020 Football Season

October 6, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has confirmed that two Hawkeye football players, Djimon Colbert and Taajhir McCall, have elected to opt out of the 2020 football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colbert, a junior, was scheduled to be a starter at linebacker McCall is a redshirt freshman defensive lineman.

Iowa opens the 2020 season at Purdue on Saturday, October 24th.

Yanks, Astros enjoy blowouts...Texans axe O'Brien

October 6, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees and Houston Astros have opened their respective AL Division Series with lopsided wins. Clint Frazier, Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge belted solo shots off Blake Snell before Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam in the ninth capped the scoring in the Yankees’ 9-3 win over Tampa Bay. Carlos Correa homered twice and had four RBIs in the Astros’ 10-5 rout of the Athletics.

HOUSTON (AP) — Bill O’Brien has become the first NFL coach this season to lose his job, let go yesterday by the Houston Texans. The move follows Sunday’s 31-23 loss to the previously-winless Minnesota Vikings, which leaves the Texans 0-4 for the first time since 2008. Assistant head coach Romeo Crennel will be the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says teams have been warned that they could face the forfeiture of games for violations of COVID-19 protocols that force changes in the regular-season schedule. Goodell issued a memo to the 32 clubs saying protocol violations will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game. The league was forced to reschedule Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Titans to Week 7, and the Chiefs-Patriots game was pushed back to last night.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has tested positive for the coronavirus. Family friend and Bowden’s former publicist Kim Shiff says the 90-year-old Bowden had been hospitalized in Tallahassee, Florida, for about two weeks. He returned home late last week and was informed he had tested positive.

UNDATED (AP) — Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says the 23-year-old forward is self-quarantining at home and experiencing mild symptoms. The NHL made it through its postseason in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton without one positive test in August and September.

National Scoreboard from Monday (10/5/20)

October 6, 2020

Final Houston 10 Oakland 5  (Houston leads 1-0)
Final N.Y. Yankees 9 Tampa Bay 3  (N.Y. leads 1-0)

Final Kansas City 26 New England 10
Final Green Bay 30 Atlanta 16

NFL Recaps

October 5, 2020

Wilson leads Seahawks to first 4-0 start since 2013

UNDATED (AP) — Russell Wilson continues to sling touchdown passes at a record rate while keeping the Seattle Seahawks undefeated this season.

Wilson was 24 of 34 for 360 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks held off the Dolphins, 31-23. After setting an NFL record for TD passes through the first three games of a season, he now has 16 scoring throws to tie Peyton Manning’s four-game mark.

Leading 17-15, Wilson tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to David Moore to stretch the Seahawks’ lead to 24-15 with 5:24 left. The TD secured Seattle’s second 4-0 start in team history.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— Tom Brady passed for 369 yards and hit five different receivers for TD as the Buccaneers rallied for their third straight win, 38-31 over the Chargers. Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn caught scoring passes from Brady, who threw four of his five TDs after falling behind 24-7 in the second quarter. Rookie Justin Herbert completed 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ third loss in a row.

— Baker Mayfield threw for two touchdowns and the Browns held on for a 49-38 victory over the Cowboys to improve to 3-1 for the first time since 2001. Jarvis Landry had his first career touchdown pass in the receiver’s 100th career game, a 37-yard toss to Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham finished with his first three-score game in nearly five years, capped by a 50-yard run on a reverse after the Cowboys had cut a 41-14 deficit to three points with less than four minutes remaining.

— Jared Goff hit Cooper Kupp for a 55-yard touchdown with 6:56 remaining before the Rams held off the winless Giants, 17-9. Darious Williams made a redemptive, diving interception at the Los Angeles 7 with 52 seconds to play to secure the Rams’ third win in four games. Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Giants receiver Golden Tate scuffled at midfield after a game filled with trash-talking between the two Nashville-area natives.

— Carson Wentz hit Travis Fulgham on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 5:50 remaining to send the Eagles to their first win of the season, 25-20 over the 49ers. Wentz also ran for an 11-yard TD and threw for 193 yards and a score.  Former Iowa Hawkeye George Kittle had a career-high 15 catches for 183 yards and a score for San Francisco, but Nick Mullens’ third turnover of the night set up the go-ahead touchdown.

— Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Tre’Quan Smith 2:19 apart in the second quarter and the short-handed Saints overcame a 14-point deficit and beat the Lions 35-29 in Detroit. The Lions led 14-0 lead 4:37 into the game before New Orleans scored 35 straight points to even its record at 2-2. Detroit has coughed up leads of 17, 11 and 14 points in its three losses.

— Lamar Jackson ran for a 50-yard touchdown and threw for two scores as the Ravens downed Washington, 31-17 to improve to 3-1. Baltimore built a 21-10 halftime lead and opened the third quarter with a drive that ended with Mark Andrews’ second touchdown catch. That was enough to hand Washington its third straight defeat since a season-opening win.

— Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in leading the Bills to a 30-23 victory over the Raiders. Allen was brilliant in the first half, finishing 15 of 20 with two touchdowns before sustaining a shoulder injury. Derek Carr had a strong performance for the Raiders, going 32 for 44 for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

— Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass on the Colts’ first possession, and Indianapolis shut down Nick Foles and the Bears in a 19-11 victory. The Colts kept the Bears out of the end zone until Allen Robinson caught a 16-yard pass with 1:35 remaining. Indianapolis recovered the onside kick and came away with its third straight win. Both teams are 3-1.

— Dalvin Cook ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns and the Vikings withstood a late rally from the winless Texans to get their first victory, 31-23. The Texans cut the lead to 8 when Deshaun Watson connected with Kenny Stills on a 24-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-10 with about six minutes remaining. Will Fuller made an acrobatic one-handed catch on fourth down for what was initially ruled a touchdown with about a minute left, but the play was ruled incomplete upon review.

— The Panthers are 2-2 after Teddy Bridgewater threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 win over the Cardinals. Bridgewater also ran for a TD for the first time since a devastating knee injury in 2016. Carolina scored touchdowns on its first four trips inside the Cardinals’ 20-yard line to build a 28-7 lead.

— Joe Burrow has his first NFL win after the first overall pick threw for 300 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 33-25 decision over the Jaguars. Joe Mixon ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns and caught Joe Burrow’s lone scoring pass. Cincinnati rolled up 505 yards amid a strong performance by its offensive line.

Heat get within 2-1...Pats-Chiefs tonight...Hamlin wins

October 5, 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Heat have closed within two games to one in the NBA Finals by downing the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-104. Jimmy Butler recorded the third 40-point triple-double in finals history, delivering 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. LeBron James finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, but Anthony Davis added just 15 while dealing with early foul trouble.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs tonight. The game was pushed back a day after Pats starting quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs backup QB Jordan Ta’amu tested positive for COVID-19. As of last night, it was uncertain whether Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham would start at quarterback for the Patriots.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Denny Hamlin finally got a playoff win in a messy wreck-fest that took three overtimes, the longest race in Talladega Superspeedway history. Hamlin made the winning pass on the 200th lap with a three-wide sweep coming out of the fourth turn. The Daytona 500 winner had the throttle open on the No. 11 Toyota to nip Matt DiBenedetto and Erik Jones at the finish line, although DiBenedetto was pushed back to 21st due to a driving penalty.

UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma has dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since September 2016, while Iowa State jumped back into the Top 25 after a day of upsets. Largely, there was stability at the top of the rankings after No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Florida all won big, though the Bulldogs and Gators switched spots. Five teams dropped out of the rankings after eight ranked teams lost Saturday, six of them to unranked opponents.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sergio Garcia birdied the final hole of the Sanderson Farms Championship for his first PGA Tour win since the 2017 Masters. Garcia closed with a 5-under 67 and won for the 10th consecutive year worldwide. Peter Malnati closed with a career-best 63 and walked off the course as the leader before falling short in his bid for a second PGA title.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (10/4)

October 5, 2020

Final Miami 115 L.A. Lakers 104  (L.A. leads series 2-1)
Pittsburgh at Tennessee  (Postponed)
Final Tampa Bay 38 L.A. Chargers 31
Final Cleveland 49 Dallas 38
Final Baltimore 31 Washington 17
Final Carolina 31 Arizona 21
Final New Orleans 35 Detroit 29
Final Cincinnati 33 Jacksonville 25
Final Minnesota 31 Houston 23
Final Seattle 31 Miami 23
Final L.A. Rams 17 N-Y Giants 9
Final Buffalo 30 Las Vegas 23
Final Indianapolis 19 Chicago 11
Final Philadelphia 25 San Francisco 20

Sports News 10/4

October 4, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots were supposed to provide the best matchup on Sunday’s NFL schedule. Instead, that game at Arrowhead Stadium has been postponed after Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton and a Chiefs practice squad player tested positive for COVID-19. The Chiefs shut down their facility Saturday and are looking ahead to playing their showdown with the Patriots, which the NFL hopes will be played Monday or Tuesday.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers linebacker Christian Kirksey and wide receiver Allen Lazard have gone on injured reserve after both players got hurt in a victory over the New Orleans Saints.

SCOTTSALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police say a former professional baseball player sought in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend in a Phoenix suburb was found dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Grand Canyon.  Scottsdale police say the body of  Charles Haeger, 37, was discovered about 4 p.m. on a trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. Haeger was a pitcher drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2001, and he played 83 innings in the major leagues.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Filly Swiss Skydiver beat favored Authentic in a stretch duel in the Preakness Stakes run without fans Saturday. She’s the sixth filly and first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009 to win the race, which this year served as the third leg of the Triple Crown for the first time.Swiss Skydiver went off at 11-1 and and finishing just ahead of 3-2 favorite Authentic and third-place Jesus’ Team, who was 40-1.

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic has tied a record shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by getting to the fourth round of the French Open for the 11th consecutive time.

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Sergio Garcia is part of a three-way tie for the lead through 54 holes of the PGA’s Sanderson Farms Championship. He shares the lead with J.T. Poston and Cameron Davis.