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Record Number of Early NFL Draft Entrants...Bulls' Carter Out 8-12 Weeks...UConn to Self-Impose Sanctions

NEW YORK (AP) – A record 135 college football players are bypassing their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The list released by the NFL today includes 103 underclassmen eligible for the April 25-27 draft, and another 32 who have graduated but still have college eligibility. Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins made their intentions known ahead of Monday’s NFL deadline.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bulls expect prized rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a left thumb injury suffered in Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Lakers. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, but more tests and a follow-up examination revealed it was more serious and potentially season-ending. The seventh player taken in last year’s NBA draft is averaging 10.3 points and seven rebounds a game this season.

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) – Phil Mickelson has followed yesterday’s 12-under 60 with a 68 to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend in his first PGA event of the year. A day after matching his career-low score, the 48-year-old Mickelson moved to 16 under with birdies on four of his final five holes. Curtis Luck is alone in second following a 66, while Adam Hadwin and Steve Marino are 13 under.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – The University of Connecticut has announced self-imposed penalties that include the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-20 season due to violations of NCAA rules under former basketball coach Kevin Ollie. The school said it also will restrict its recruiting by limiting official and unofficial visits and cutting the number of recruiting days this year from 130 to 126. The school also plans to pay a $5,000 fine among penalties it hopes will avoid further sanctions from the NCAA.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen has received a two-game suspension without pay from the NHL. Johansen was punished for high-sticking Winnipeg forward Mark Scheifele during last night’s 5-1 loss to the Jets. The 26-year-old Johansen has eight goals and 42 points in 49 games this season.

 


National Scoreboard (1/18)

NHL

Boston 5, St. Louis 2

Islanders 4, New Jersey 1

Rangers 4, Chicago 3

Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 2

Anaheim 3, Minnesota 0

Winnipeg 5, Nashville 1

Kings 2, Dallas 1

NBA

Washington 101, Knicks 100

Charlotte 114, Sacramento 95

Philadelphia 120, Indiana 96

Toronto 111, Phoenix 109

Denver 135, Chicago 105

Lakers 138, Oklahoma City 128 (OT)

Top 25 College Basketball

#5 Gonzaga 73, Loyola Marymount 55

#6 Michigan State 70, Nebraska 64

 


Two Late Goals Lift Waterloo Over Fighting Saints

A goal midway through the 3rd period sunk the Dubuque Fighting Saints last night as they hosted Waterloo. The Blackhawks’s Matej Blumel scored his 22nd goal of the season to give Waterloo a 3-2 advantage. They would score once more on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Saints, who will have a chance at revenge tonight. The two teams square back off at Waterloo’s Young Arena this evening.


Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/17)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Bellevue 70, Wilton 49
  • Benton 63, Shullsburg 45
  • Cassville 65, River Ridge 55
  • Iowa Grant 55, Belmont 36

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • #14 Wilton 38, #6 Bellevue 36
  • Platteville 61, Lancaster 60
  • Praire du Chien 49, River Valley 36
  • Fennimore 40, Iowa Grant 38
  • Mineral Point 61, Darlington 47
  • Cuba City 62, Riverdale 52
  • East Dubuque 41, West Carroll 29
  • Eastland 62, Galena 37

WRESTLING

  • Iowa City High 59, Senior 18
  • Iowa City West 65, Wahlert 9
  • Western Dubuque 59, Waterloo East 20
  • Cascade goes 2-1 with win over West Branch 29-16, and Northeast 30-21. Losing to Monticello 42-36.

 

COLLEGE

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Iowa 75, Michigan 61
  • Nebraska 77, Illinois 67
  • Minnesota 78, Wisconsin 50

 

WRESTLING

  • Iowa State 29, Rider 17 (Cyclone 285 former Hempstead prep Gannon Gremmel sustained a loss by fall to Ryan Cloud of Rider.)

Maquoketa Hall of Fame Coach Bill Fleming Dies

Maquoketa hall of fame boys basketball coach Bill Fleming died yesterday morning after a battle with lung disease.

The 76-year old Fleming who was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006 served as the head coach at Maquoketa for 33 years and finished with 500 wins, 197 losses. Fleming took six Maquoketa teams to the state tournament — 1976, ’77, ’78, ’83, ’84 and 87. The 83 team had the best finish with a state runner-up.After retiring as coach at Maquoketa,

After retiring as a high school coach, Fleming returned to the game as an assistant college coach under former player Rocky Lamar at MidAmerica Nazarene. The program went to four NAIA Final Fours, including a national championship in 2007, during Fleming’s time there.

Funeral services for Bill Fleming are pending in Maquoketa.


Lefty fires 60 in the desert...Yanks get Ottavino...Rockets' Capela out 4-6 weeks

Lefty fires 60 in the desert…Yanks get Ottavino…Rockets’ Capela out 4-6 weeks

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson began his 27th full season as a pro by firing his 12-under 60 in first-round play of the PGA’s Desert Classic. The 48-year-old Mickelson matched the career-low score he last shot in the Phoenix Open six years ago. It was his first tour round since early October and the first in competition since beating Tiger Woods in Las Vegas in November in a made-for-TV event.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired another potent arm to join Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and closer Aroldis Chapman in their bullpen. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Yanks have worked out a three-year, $27 million package with Adam Ottavino, who was 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA and a career-high 112 strikeouts in just 77 2/3 innings for Colorado last year. Ottavino has been devastating at times since becoming a major league regular in 2016, fanning 210 in 158 innings and compiling a 3.36 earned run average.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston Rockets center Clint Capela will be out four to six weeks following surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Capela started Houston’s first 42 games before he was injured in Sunday’s loss at Orlando. The 24-year-old is averaging career highs of 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds this season.

UNDATED (AP) — A Texas school spokesman says backup quarterback Shane Buechele has put his name in the NCAA transfer database and freshman Cameron Rising has informed the team he will transfer. Buechele was the full-time starter in 2016 when he set freshman school passing records, but was splitting time with Sam Ehlinger by 2017. Ehlinger took over the starter’s role in 2018.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending men’s champion Roger Federer has moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open as he tries to win the tournament for the seventh time. Federer conceded only three points on his first serve in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz. The defending champ was playing his 100th match on Rod Laver and advanced to the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam event for the 63rd time.


National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/17)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Washington     101      N-Y Knicks     100

Final    Charlotte         114      Sacramento    95

Final    Philadelphia     120      Indiana            96

Final    Toronto            111      Phoenix           109

Final    Denver            135      Chicago           105

Final OT          L.A. Lakers     138      Oklahoma City            128

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Boston 5          St. Louis          2

Final    N-Y Islanders  4          New Jersey    1

Final    N-Y Rangers   4          Chicago           3

Final    Toronto            4          Tampa Bay     2

Final    Anaheim          3          Minnesota       0

Final    Winnipeg         5          Nashville         1

Final    L.A. Kings       2          Dallas  1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (5) Gonzaga    73        Loyola Marymount      55

Final    (6) Michigan St.          70        Nebraska        64


Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/16)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Lena Winslow 48, East Dubuque 47

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 86, Luther 78
  • Mount Mercy 88, Clarke 80
  • UW Platteville 81, UW Eau Claire 62

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 75, Luther 66
  • Clarke 64, Mount Mercy 56
  • UW Eau Claire 76, UW Platteville 64

Regional

  • West Virginia 73, #18 Iowa State 64

Hawkeyes, Cyclones, and Panthers All Score Wins

Garza’s 22 lead No. 23 Iowa over Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) —  Jordan Bohannon stepped back with 36 seconds left and drained his fifth 3-pointer of the night to clinch the No. 23 Hawkeyes’ 89-82 win over Penn State last night.

Bohannon finished with 19 points and Luka Garza matched a season-high 22 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds.

UP NEXT Iowa hosts Illinois on Sunday.

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Iowa State hands No. 8 Texas Tech 1st Big 12 loss

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and  Nick Weiler-Babb knocked down the go-ahead jumper inside two minutes as the Cyclones handed 8th ranked Texas Tech their first Big 12 loss with a 68-64 victory.

The Cyclones (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) stopped a two-game losing streak

UP NEXT Iowa State plays Saturday at home against Oklahoma State, its only game at Hilton Coliseum in this four-game stretch with three on the road against Top 25 teams.

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Haldeman scores 21, Northern Iowa holds off Indiana State

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman scored 21 points, Trae Berhow made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 19 seconds and Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State 69-64.

Haldeman made 4 of 8 3-point tries UNI. Former Senior prep Luke McDonnell scored five points and grabbed 8 rebounds.


LeBron cleared to practice next week...Turks want to arrest Knicks center...MSU president resigning

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has been cleared to practice once the team returns from its upcoming two-game road trip. James strained his groin on Christmas and will have missed 13 consecutive games by the time Los Angeles returns from the road this weekend. He will be sidelined for at least four weeks, the longest stretch he has been out in his 16-season NBA career.

UNDATED (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization. Sabah newspaper says prosecutors are seeking an Interpol “Red Notice” citing Kanter’s ties to Fethullah Gulen , a group blamed for a failed coup in 2016. Kanter had his passport revoked in 2017, and the paper says he is accused of providing financial support to the group.

UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Jalen Hurts says he is leaving Alabama and transferring to Oklahoma, making the announcement in a story in the Players’ Tribune. Hurts will be available immediately as a graduate transfer. He was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman.

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL and the Players’ Association have given up on the possibility of staging the next World Cup of Hockey in September 2020. The sides met Wednesday in Toronto to discuss the World Cup as part of collective bargaining talks after meeting last week in Las Vegas. Owners or players could choose this September to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement and end it Sept. 15, 2020.

DETROIT (AP) — Former Gov. John Engler is resigning as interim president of Michigan State University, effective Jan. 23. The decision comes amid public backlash over Engler’s comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar. A member of the university’s Board of Trustees says the final straw for the board came last week when Engler told The Detroit News that Nassar’s victims had been in the “spotlight” and are “still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.”


National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/16)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final OT          Detroit 120      Orlando           115

Final    Milwaukee       111      Memphis         101

Final    Boston 117      Toronto            108

Final OT          Brooklyn          145      Houston          142

Final    San Antonio    105      Dallas  101

Final    Portland           129      Cleveland        112

Final    Golden State   147      New Orleans   140

Final    Utah    129      L.A. Clippers   109

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Ottawa            5          Colorado         2

Final    Philadelphia     4          Boston 3

Final OT          Buffalo 4          Calgary           3

Final SO          Edmonton       3          Vancouver      2

Final    Arizona            6          San Jose         3

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    Iowa St.           68        (8) Texas Tech           64

Final    (14) Auburn     85        Texas A&M     66

Final    Kansas St.      74        (20) Oklahoma            61

Final    (21) Houston   69        SMU    58

Final    (23) Iowa         89        Penn St.          82


Area Scoreboard from Tuesday

Boys Basketball

Iowa

4A #9 Senior 52, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 39

Hempstead 67, Cedar Rapids, Washington 59

Beckman 43, West Delaware 39

Cascade 54, #6 2A Camanche 47

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 54, Western Dubuque 51

Bellevue Marquette 66, Midland 53

Wisconsin

Mineral Point 65, Cuba City 54

Darlington 55, Iowa Grant 36

Illinois

Eastland 78, Galena 66

Girls Basketball

Iowa

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 46, Senior 41

Cedar Rapids, Washington 66,  Hempstead 58

Western Dubuque 64, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 40

2A #8 Cascade 51, Camanche 34

Beckman 44, West Delaware 25

1A #12 Bellevue Marquette 59, Midland 32

2A #7 Bellevue 66, Anamosa 55

Wisconsin

Shullsburg 63, Highland 44

Southwestern 52, Benton 39

Illinois

River Ridge/Scales Mound 57, East Dubuque 53

Galena 41, Lena-Winslow 30

 

High School Wrestling

Wahlert 36, Bellevue 36 (Wahlert wins on criteria)

 

College Wrestling

#8 Loras 28, #12 Central 12


Area Scoreboard from Monday 91/14)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Potosi 52, Argyle 23
  • Wauzeka-Steuben 95, River Ridge 64

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Cuba City 44, Dodgeville 32
  • Platteville 61, New Glarus 45

Potosi-Cassville 58, Iowa Grant 45


Iowa Boys Basketball AP Rankings

Rams Rise/Maquoketa Still #1 in new Iowa Boys Basketball AP Rankings

The Senior Rams have climbed one spot in the latest Iowa High School Boys Basketball rankings from the Associated Press. The Rams check in at number 9 in Class 4-A after being 10th a week ago. Other MVC teams ranked in the top 10 this week are Iowa City West 5th and Cedar Falls 6th.  Unbeaten Maquoketa is still the top ranked team in Class 3-A.

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

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Waukee (9) 11-0 116 1
2. North Scott, Eldridge (3) 12-0 105 2
3. Sioux City, East 10-0 91 3
4. Bettendorf 10-1 78 5
5. Iowa City, West 9-1 56 4
6. Cedar Falls 8-2 48 7
7. Davenport, Central 10-2 39 6
8. Valley, West Des Moines 10-2 38 9
9. Dubuque, Senior 8-2 29 10
10. Des Moines, North 9-2 24 NR
Others receiving votes: Ankeny 10. Davenport, North 6. Indianola 6. Johnston 5. Ames 4. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 3. Southeast Polk 2.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Maquoketa (9) 13-0 115 1
2. Clear Lake (2) 12-0 100 2
3. Oskaloosa 9-2 83 5
4. Pella (1) 9-2 81 4
5. Norwalk 9-3 66 7
6. Carroll 9-1 60 8
7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 8-3 48 6
8. Gilbert 10-2 46 3
9. Glenwood 9-2 16 NR
10. West Delaware, Manchester 9-3 14 10
Others receiving votes: Wahlert, Dubuque 7. Fairfield 7. Spencer 4. Storm Lake 3. Ballard 3. Assumption, Davenport 3. Denison-Schleswig 2. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 2.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. North Linn, Troy Mills (8) 12-0 116 1
2. Treynor (2) 12-0 100 3
3. Boyden-Hull (2) 11-0 90 6
4. Van Meter 10-0 84 4
5. West Sioux, Hawarden 12-0 65 5
6. Camanche 11-1 63 2
7. South Hamilton, Jewell 11-1 51 8
8. Western Christian, Hull 9-2 26 7
9. South Central Calhoun 12-1 24 10
10. Dike-New Hartford 9-1 19 NR
Others receiving votes: Regina, Iowa City 11. West Branch 4. Unity Christian, Orange City 3. Sioux Center 2. Pella Christian 1. OA-BCIG 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Grand View Christian (9) 11-1 116 1
2. George-Little Rock 12-1 87 3
3. Montezuma (2) 13-0 86 2
4. Ankeny Christian Academy 11-0 85 4
5. New London (1) 12-0 68 5
6. Stanton 12-0 52 7
7. Ar-We-Va, Westside 12-0 51 8
8. Prince of Peace Prep, Clinton 11-1 22 NR
9. Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 10-1 21 NR
10. Bishop Garrigan, Algona 10-3 19 9
Others receiving votes: Martensdale-St. Marys 12. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 12. South O’Brien, Paullina 11. Lynnville-Sully 5. Newman Catholic, Mason City 4. Notre Dame, Burlington 4. Calamus-Wheatland 4. Dunkerton 1.


Gustafson's 34 points, 13 boards lead No. 17 Iowa women

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Megan Gustafson had 34 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for her nation-leading 15th double-double of the season and No. 17 Iowa beat No. 18 Minnesota 81-63 .

It was Gustafson’s 70th career double-double. She was 16 of 22 from the field and also had three blocks.

Tania Davis added 21 points with seven assists for Iowa (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten).

Iowa used a 24-9 third quarter to pull away as Minnesota was held to 23 second-half points.


No. 19 Maryland squeezes past Wisconsin 64-60

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Anthony Cowan Jr. hit a pivotal 3-pointer with 44 seconds left, and No. 19 Maryland edged Wisconsin 64-60 Monday night after blowing a 21-point lead in the second half.

Maryland (15-3, 6-1) led by 10 after eight minutes and 38-17 with 17:47 remaining before the Badgers (11-6, 3-3) roared back to take a 60-59 lead with 2:01 to go.

Cowan turned it around with his long-range jumper, and the Terps held on after Wisconsin’s Nate Reuvers missed two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds.

Despite making only four of 14 shots, Cowan scored 21 points on the strength of 11-for-13 free-throw shooting.

Wisconsin scored only 15 points in the first half on 7-for-26 shooting and was 0 for 10 from 3-point range before Reuvers ended the drought with 17:29 remaining.

Reuvers scored a career-high 18 for Wisconsin. Happ finished with 10, half his season average.


Murray leaving Sooners...Browns introduce Kitchens...Little change atop poll...Giants keep Holland

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has announced he’s leaving Oklahoma early to enter the NFL draft. He passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores this past season. The Oakland Athletics made the speedy outfielder the ninth overall selection last June, signed him and gave him a $4.66 million signing bonus. The Athletics agreed to let him continue playing football.

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have introduced Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach and announced his two coordinators. Kitchens began this season as the Browns’ running backs coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator when Todd Haley was dismissed at midseason. Kitchens has hired Todd Monken as offensive coordinator and former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks to run his defense.

NEW YORK (AP) – Michigan and Virginia remain the only unbeaten teams in Division One basketball, but they couldn’t move up in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll. Duke remains No. 1 for the fourth straight win after receiving 36 of 64 first-place votes, but the Blue Devils will likely fall from the top spot following last night’s 95-91 overtime loss against Syracuse. The second-ranked Wolverines picked up nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee had 13 and the fourth-rated Cavaliers had the remaining six. Iowa is ranked 23rd this week.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco Giants are keeping Derek Holland in their starting rotation after working out a one-year contract with the left-hander. The 32-year-old was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA in 30 starts and six relief appearances over 171 1/3 innings in his first season for San Francisco. Holland spent the first eight of his 10 big league seasons with Texas.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – No. 16 seed Serena Williams has won her first Australian Open singles match since capturing the 2017 title while pregnant. Williams looked to be at her dominant best, overpowering Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2. She is pursuing an eighth title in Melbourne and 24th Slam trophy overall, which would equal the women’s record held by Margaret Court.


National Scoreboard from Monday (1/14)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Brooklyn 109 Boston 102
Final Houston 112 Memphis 94
Final Charlotte 108 San Antonio 93
Final Utah 100 Detroit 94
Final Sacramento 115 Portland 107
Final New Orleans 121 L.A. Clippers 117


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final New Jersey 8 Chicago 5
Final Colorado 6 Toronto 3
Final Philadelphia 7 Minnesota 4
Final St. Louis 4 Washington 1
Final OT Montreal 3 Boston 2
Final Edmonton 7 Buffalo 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final OT Syracuse 95 (1) Duke 91
Final (7) Kansas 80 Texas 78
Final Pittsburgh 75 (11) Florida St. 62
Final (19) Maryland 64 Wisconsin 60
Final Nebraska 66 (25) Indiana 51


Fighting Saints Win 4th Straight

The Dubuque Fighting Saints won three in three days with a gutsy finish to the weekend as they beat the Madison Capitols 3-1 with three third period goals. Aaron Randazzo won his third straight start in net. Dubuque has now won four in a row, dating back to last Saturday against the Omaha Lancers.

The Saints will get much needed rest after a busy weekend, but are right back at it Friday against the Waterloo Blackhawks. Waterloo will come to Dubuque Friday and then the Fighting Saints will visit Young Arena on Saturday.


UNI Holds Off Drake

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Panthers hosted the Bulldogs of Drake University in the McLeod Center on Sunday afternoon. The in-state rivalry ended in dramatic fashion with the Panthers coming out on top 57-54. UNI opened the game hot and maintained the lead throughout the first half. The Panthers pushed their lead to eleven in the second half before the Bulldogs slowly chipped away to come within one. Up one with 5:40 remaining in the game, both teams stalled with neither team scoring until the Panthers were fouled with five seconds remaining in the game. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman made both his free throws to give the Panthers a three-point lead. Drake missed on a final shot giving the Panthers the win.   Wyatt Lohaus had a team-high 14 points, Former Senior prep Luke McDonnell finished with 10 and 6 rebounds. Haldeman had 7 points and 3 rebounds.


Hawkeyes and Cyclones with Mat Wins

Hawkeyes Silence Gophers, 24-10

MINNEAPOLIS — The fourth-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team defended the Governor’s Border Belt on Sunday at Minnesota, defeating the eighth-ranked Gophers, 24-10, at a sold out Maturi Pavilion. Iowa won seven-of-10 matches, held a 17-8 edge on takedowns, and defeated three top 10 wrestlers to extend its winning streak over Minnesota to five.

 

ISU Takes Down Fresno St.

AMES, Iowa – The 21st ranked Iowa State wrestlers defeated Fresno State 31-6 in yesterday at in Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Iowa State won eight of 10 matches contested including at 285 where former Hempstead prep Gannon Gremmel had a 6-5 decision over Alex Mackall.


Saints top Eagles...Pats blast Bolts...A's talking with Heisman winner Murray...Day 1 down under

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Saints are back in the NFC title game following a 10-year absence and will host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday. The Saints trailed 14-0 until Drew Brees (breez) engineered scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards in their 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Thomas had 12 receptions for 171 yards, including a two-yard scoring grab that put the Saints ahead late in the third quarter.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots will be making their eighth consecutive appearance in the AFC title game when they visit the Chiefs in Kansas City next Sunday. Sony Michel scored three touchdowns and gained most of his 129 yards while the Patriots were building a 35-7 halftime lead in a 41-28 trouncing of the Los Angeles Chargers. James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, and Julian Edelman contributed nine receptions for 151 yards.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, according to a person with direct knowledge of the session. The meeting came a day before the Oklahoma quarterback’s deadline to enter the NFL draft. Oakland executives remained confident as recently as the baseball winter meetings last month in Las Vegas that Murray would report to spring training this year and pursue baseball.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Rafael Nadal is back in competition after a long layoff due to injury. It’s like he’s been there all along. Second-seeded Nadal started off the Australian open with a 5-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth. Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson also advanced. Women’s second seed Angelique Kerber is through to the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Polona Hercog. Maria Sharapova needed just 63 minutes to beat British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0. Fifth seed Sloane Stephens also won.

HONOLULU (AP) – Matt Kuchar blew a two-stroke lead with three early bogeys before closing with a 4-under 66 to win the PGA’s Sony Open by four strokes over Andrew Punam. The two were tied with five holes remaining before Putnam bogeyed 14 and Kuchar followed with two straight birdies for a 22-under total in his second victory of the season. Putnam closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his career.


National Scoreboard from Sunday (1/13)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Philadelphia 108 N-Y Knicks 105
Final 2OT Toronto 140 Washington 138
Final Milwaukee 133 Atlanta 114
Final Orlando 116 Houston 109
Final Golden State 119 Dallas 114
Final Denver 116 Portland 113
Final Cleveland 101 L.A. Lakers 95


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Carolina 6 Nashville 3
Final Columbus 7 N-Y Rangers 5
Final OT Winnipeg 4 Anaheim 3
Final Vancouver 5 Florida 1
Final N-Y Islanders 5 Tampa Bay 1
Final Calgary 7 Arizona 1


NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final New England 41 L.A. Chargers 28
Final New Orleans 20 Philadelphia 14


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Michigan 80 Northwestern 60
Final (6) Michigan St. 71 Penn St. 56


Top 25 College Basketball and NFL Playoff Results

Top 25 College Basketball

(1) Duke                  80    (13)  Florida  St.              78

(3) Tennessee        78    Florida                                67

(4) Virginia          63    Clemson                                43

(5) Gonzaga            96    San  Francisco                    83

(7) Kansas              73    Baylor                                  68

(8) Texas  Tech      68    Texas                                    62

(10) Nevada            74    Fresno  St.                          64

(11) Auburn            93    Georgia                                78

Louisville              83    (12)  North  Carolina        62

Mississippi            81    (14)  Mississippi  St.      77

(15) NC  State        86    Pittsburgh                          80

Iowa                          72    (16)  Ohio  St.                    62

(17) Houston          79    Wichita  St.                        70

(18) Kentucky        56    Vanderbilt                        47

(19) Buffalo          88    Miami  (Ohio)                      64

Kansas  St.              58    (20)  Iowa  St.                    57

(21) Marquette      70    Seton  Hall                          66

(23) Oklahoma        76    (25)  TCU                              74

DePaul                      79    (24)  St.  John’s                71

NFL Playoffs

Kansas  City      31    Indianapolis      13

L.A.  Rams          30    Dallas                  22


Area Scoreboard from Saturday (1/12)

Men’s Basketball
#20 Peru State 86, Clarke University 72
Univ. of Dubuque 55, Buena Vista Univ. 52
Loras 86, Coe 85
Wis.-Platteville 75, Wis.-Stout 72

Women’s Basketball
Clarke University 68, Peru State 64
Univ. of Dubuque 86, Buena Vista Univ. 77
Loras 79, Coe 47

Hockey
Dubuque Fighting Saints 4, Lincoln Stars


Area Scoreboard from Friday (1/11)

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Hempstead 69, Prairie, Cedar Rapids 64
  • Senior 69, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 54
  • Cedar Rapids, Washington 76, Wahlert 74 (3 OT)
  • Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 76, Western Dubuque 62
  • Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 60, Clear Creek-Amana 51
  • Cascade 39, Anamosa 27
  • Clayton Ridge 51, Central, Elkader 46
  • Easton Valley 72, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 34
  • Monticello 75, Bellevue 53
  • Maquoketa 82, Solon 49

Wisconsin

  • Platteville 56, River Valley 54
  • Lancaster 59, Dodgeville 45
  • Shullsburg 63, Galena 51
  • Potosi 64, Benton 53
  • River Ridge 62, Belmont 45
  • Cassville 63, Highland 39

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Senior 45, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 36
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 60, Hempstead 35
  • Cedar Rapids Washington 73,  Wahlert 39
  • Cascade 71, Anamosa 38
  • Clear Creek-Amana 51, Dyersville Beckman 44
  • Bellevue 49, Monticello 42
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 64, Easton Valley 52
  • Central Elkader 58, Clayton Ridge 47
  • Maquoketa 79, Solon 55

Wisconsin

  • Mineral Point 54, Cuba City 44
  • Darlington 56, Iowa Grant 41
  • Lancaster 50, Dodgeville 41

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 49, Pearl City 29
  • River Ridge/Scales Mound 61, Galena 51

National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/10)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Miami 115 Boston 99
Final Denver 121 L.A. Clippers 100
Final 2OT San Antonio 154 Oklahoma City 147
Final Sacramento 112 Detroit 102


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Michigan 79 Illinois 69
Final (5) Gonzaga 67 Pacific 36


LeBron likely to miss 3 more games...Mets get Lowrie...LB Davis leaving Panthers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – LeBron James likely will miss at least three more games while he recovers from a groin strain suffered during the Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas Day rout of the Warriors at Golden State. The Lakers say James’ healing is “progressing,” and the four-time NBA MVP will participate in more functional basketball activities during the upcoming week. Los Angeles is 3-5 since James suffered the injury.

NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent infielder Jed Lowie and the New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract, pending a physical. The switch-hitting Lowrie batted .267 with 23 home runs and 99 RBIs for Oakland last season. He turns 35 in April and is expected to play third and first for the Mets.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis says he’s been told that the Carolina Panthers have informed him he won’t be back with them for a 15th NFL season. He overcame a torn ACL in his same knee three times to record 1,094 tackles, 28 sacks and 13 interceptions. Davis was an All-Pro in 2015, the year he went to his only Super Bowl.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, according to a person with access to the portal. The move makes other schools free to talk to him about a potential transfer. Martell will be a third-year sophomore this year after sitting behind record-smashing quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. last season.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – A tearful Andy Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years. The three-time Grand Slam champion says he plans to start his opening match against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open, where he has reached the final five times but never won the title. Murray had right hip surgery in January 2018 and played only 12 matches in the year.


Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/10)

BOYS BASKETBALL

Illinois

  • Pearl City 46, Galena 35

Wisconsin

  • Darlington 58, Southwestern 52
  • Cuba City 65, Iowa-Grant 52
  • Fennimore 65, Boscobel 42
  • Mineral Point 93, Riverdale 39
  • Shullsburg 61, Belmont 40

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Western Dubuque 53, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 43

Wisconsin

  • Platteville 44, River Valley 30

WRESTLING

  • Hempstead 73, Wahlert 6 (inaugural Shine Like Shane dual in honor of Shane Broderick)
  • Western Dubuque 66, Senior 12
  • Bellevue went 0-3 yesterday losing to Wilton 42-36, Tipton 54-21, and Monticello 48-30.
  • Cascade 45, North Cedar 12

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 81, Culver Stockton 80

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Culver Stockton 69, Clarke 54

Regional

  • Purdue 62, #17 Iowa 57

WRESTLING

  • #8 Loras 36, Stevens 7
  • #14 UW Whitewater 26, UW Platteville 19

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/9)

HIGH SCHOOL

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Galena 54, West Carroll 35
  • Eastland 49, East Dubuque 36

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Coe 86, Dubuque 70
  • UW Platteville 74, UW River Falls 64

 

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Coe 78, Dubuque 64
  • UW River Falls 57, UW Platteville 36

Regional

  • #20 Iowa State 92, TCU 54
  • Rutgers 71, Illinois 60

WRESTLING

Regional

  • 21 Iowa State (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) secured its first Big 12 victory of the season with a 29-7 victory over No. 23 North Dakota State. For the Cyclones former  Dubuque Hempstead state champ Gannon Gremmel scored a 7-3 decision  over Brandon Metz at 285 pounds.

Weiskamp leads Iowa over Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – With leading scorer Tyler Cook out of the lineup, someone had to step up for Iowa to fill the void. Freshman Joe Weiskamp was up to the task.

Wieskamp led the Hawkeyes in scoring for the fourth time this season, netting 15 of his game-best 19 points in the second half as Iowa defeated Northwestern 73-63 last night for its first true road win of the season. Luka Garza added 16 and Isaiah Moss had 12 points for the Hawkeyes (13-3, 2-3 in the Big Ten), who have won seven of eight. Cook, a 6-9 junior forward, sat out with a sore knee and McCaffery said his status is day-to-day.

UP NEXT Iowa: Hosts No. 16 Ohio State on Saturday.


National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/9)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Boston 135 Indiana 108
Final Washington 123 Philadelphia 106
Final Brooklyn 116 Atlanta 100
Final Milwaukee 116 Houston 109
Final Memphis 96 San Antonio 86
Final New Orleans 140 Cleveland 124
Final Dallas 104 Phoenix 94
Final Utah 106 Orlando 93
Final Portland 124 Chicago 112
Final L.A. Lakers 113 Detroit 100


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT Nashville 4 Chicago 3
Final Calgary 5 Colorado 3
Final OT Ottawa 2 Anaheim 1


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (4) Virginia 83 Boston College 56
Final (7) Kansas 77 (25) TCU 68
Final (9) Virginia Tech 52 Georgia Tech 49
Final (10) Nevada 92 San Jose St. 53
Final Mississippi 82 (11) Auburn 67
Final (13) Florida St. 68 Miami 62
Final Rutgers 64 (16) Ohio St. 61
Final Temple 73 (17) Houston 69
Final OT (21) Marquette 106 Creighton 104


Cascade Native Rea Signs Minor League Deal with Cubs

Rea (Courtesy: Major League Baseball)

Dubuque County’s Major Leaguer will be suiting up much closer to home this season. Cascade native Colin Rea has signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. The 28-year-old right hander pitcher will be invited to the Cubs’ major league spring training beginning next month, but he’s expected to begin his season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in Des Moines. Rea comes to the Cubs after spending his first eight professional seasons in the San Diego Padres organization. He made his Major League debut with the Friars in August of 2015, and spent the rest of that season and the first half of 2016 in the majors. But he hasn’t pitched at the big league level since an elbow injury and the resulting Tommy John surgery cost him the latter half of 2016 and the entire 2017 seasons. Last summer, he split time between the Padres’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates before being released by the team in November.


Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/9)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • #10 4-A Senior 72, Xavier, Cedar Rapids 44
  • #4 4-A Iowa City West 66, Hempstead 40
  • Iowa City, Liberty 76, Wahlert 73
  • Western Dubuque 47, Iowa City, City High 44
  • Cascade 53, Northeast Goose Lake 49
  • Prince of Peace 75, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 54
  • Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 58, Marion 57
  • Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg 49, Postville 42
  • Maquoketa 81, Central DeWitt 64

Wisconsin

  • Potosi 61, Cassville 49
  • Highland 72, Riverdale 45
  • Benton 69, River Ridge 52
  • Shullsburg 67, Belmont 41

Illinois

  • Galena 53, Warren 35

 GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • #11 5-A Iowa City, West 71, Dubuque, Hempstead 60
  • Senior 44, #5 4-A Xavier, Cedar Rapids 40
  • #1 5-A Iowa City High 68, Western Dubuque 55
  • #1 4-A Marion 68, Dyersville Beckman 34
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 51, Prince of Peace 37
  • #8 2-A Cascade 59, Northeast Goose Lake 29
  • #7 2-A Bellevue 65, North Cedar 26
  • Clayton Ridge 48, Postville 12

Wisconsin

  • Southwestern 46, Highland 27
  • Darlington 61, Shullsburg 40
  • Mineral Point 53, Platteville 47
  • Reedsburg 52, River Valley 32
  • Iowa-Grant 51, Belmont 37
  • Benton 69, River Ridge 52

COLLEGE

WRESTLING

  • Dubuque 39, Augustana 10

Bears Sign Joseph on Future/Reserve

Former University of Dubuque cornerback Michael Joseph and nine other players were signed yesterday by the Chicago Bears to a reserve/future contract. Last spring, Joseph was signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent and spent the entire season on the teams practice squad.


Mens College BB: Road Losses for Cyclones and Panthers

Mason 25 points as Baylor beats No. 20 Iowa State 73-70

WACO, Texas (AP) – Makai Mason scored 25 points, including five free throws in the final 38 seconds as Baylor held on to beat No. 20 Iowa State 73-70 .

Iowa State (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) was coming off a 17-point home win over then-No. 5 Kansas three days earlier. The Cyclones had won five in a row.

Marial Shayok had 19 points to lead Iowa State. Lindell Wigginton and Michael Jacobson had 11 each.

UP NEXT Iowa State, which is 8-0 at home this season, is back at Hilton Coliseum to play Kansas State on Saturday.

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Illinois State downs Northern Iowa 70-69

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) – Milik Yarbrough scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Phil Fayne added 19 points with seven boards, and Illinois State held off Northern Iowa 70-69 on Tuesday night.

A.J. Green scored 19 points with three 3-pointers for Northern Iowa (6-10, 1-2). Former Senior prep Luke McDonnell had 6 points and 4 rebounds, former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman had 7 points and a rebound.


Cards hire Kingsbury...Arians to Bucs...Humphrey leaving Austin...NBA looking into McCaw transaction

 

PHOENIX (AP) – Kliff Kingsbury is the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and will have the task of providing guidance for young quarterback Josh Rosen and resuscitating the NFL’s worst offense. Kingsbury was recently fired after six seasons as head coach at Texas Tech, going 35-40 and showcasing a high-scoring attack. His prize pupil with the Red Raiders was current Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes .

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have coaxed Bruce Arians out of his one-year retirement to fill the team’s fifth coaching vacancy in a decade. Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed Dec. 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over three seasons. Arians coached the Arizona Cardinals for five years, stepping down after the 2017 season with a 50-32-1 record.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Humphrey led the Longhorns with 86 catches for 1,176 yards and nine touchdowns as Texas won 10 games for the first time since 2009. The 6-foot-4 Humphrey caught the winning touchdown against Texas Tech when he wrestled the ball away from a defensive back and stretched into the end zone with 21 seconds left.

UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA is looking into the circumstances surrounding Cleveland’s decision to sign Patrick McCaw to an offer sheet and then waive him after three games. The person says the inquiry comes at the request of the Golden State Warriors, who declined to match the Cavaliers’ two-year, $6 million offer sheet. McCaw played 53 minutes for the Cavs and averaged 1.7 points after giving the Warriors four points a game his first two years in the league.

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) – Padraig Harrington has been chosen as captain of Europe’s team for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. The 47-year-old Irishman has served as vice-captain for the past three Ryder Cups, most recently under Thomas Bjorn last year when Europe regained the trophy outside Paris. Harrington played in six Ryder Cups and was on the winning team four times.


National Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/8)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Indiana 123 Cleveland 115
Final Philadelphia 132 Washington 115
Final Toronto 104 Atlanta 101
Final Denver 103 Miami 99
Final Minnesota 119 Oklahoma City 117
Final Phoenix 115 Sacramento 111
Final Golden State 122 N-Y Knicks 95
Final L.A. Clippers 128 Charlotte 109


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Boston 4 Minnesota 0
Final Carolina 4 N-Y Islanders 3
Final Pittsburgh 5 Florida 1
Final Buffalo 5 New Jersey 1
Final Washington 5 Philadelphia 3
Final Tampa Bay 4 Columbus 0
Final Montreal 3 Detroit 2
Final Dallas 3 St. Louis 1
Final Winnipeg 7 Colorado 4
Final Vegas 4 N-Y Rangers 2
Final San Jose 7 Edmonton 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1) Duke 87 Wake Forest 65
Final (3) Tennessee 87 Missouri 63
Final (6) Michigan St. 77 Purdue 59
Final (8) Texas Tech 66 (23) Oklahoma 59
Final (12) North Carolina 90 (15) NC State 82
Final OT South Carolina 87 (14) Mississippi St. 82
Final (18) Kentucky 85 Texas A&M 74
Final (19) Buffalo 110 Toledo 80
Final Baylor 73 (20) Iowa St. 70
Final Villanova 76 (24) St. John’s 71


Area Scoreboard from Monday (1/7)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Platteville 54, Cuba City 47
  • Southwestern 53, Lancaster 41
  • Mineral Point 72, New Glarus 57

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 66, Anamosa 51
  • Black Hawk 59, Riverdale 18
  • Albany 66, Benton 38
  • Wauzeka-Steuben 54, Potosi-Cassville 45

WRESTLING

  • Bellevue 46, Maquoketa Valley 24
  • Starmont 42, Bellevue 37

COLLEGE

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 71, Graceland 57

Regional

  • Iowa 71, Wisconsin 53

Dubuque’s Randazzo Earns USHL Honors

DUBUQUE, Iowa — After one of his best performances this season in a 2-1 shootout win over the Omaha Lancers, Aaron Randazzo was named USHL goalie of the week. Randazzo turned away 25 shots in regulation and overtime, along with two in the shootout to help the Fighting Saints complete a season sweep of the Lancers. Randazzo becomes the third Fighting Saint to win weekly honors this season.


Clarke’s Ubl Garners Heart Honors

Clarke University’s Tina Ubl (FR/Shiocton, Wis.) has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending January 6.

Ubl, who nailed the buzzer-beater in Clarke’s 66-64 home conference win over No. 2 MidAmerica Nazarene University this past Saturday, opened the week a double-double against Central Methodist University.  She tallied 14 points, 11 rebounds and had four steals. In the win over MidAmerica Nazarene, Ubl scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and shot 70 percent from the field.


Gustafson Garners 7th B1G Player of the Week Honor

IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the seventh time this season, University of Iowa women’s basketball senior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week.

Gustafson led all scorers with 28 points and 17 rebounds in Iowa’s win over Nebraska last Thursday, registering her NCAA-leading 12th double-double of the season. She also chipped in five blocks, two assists, and a steal.


ISU’s Montgomery Decides on Draft

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State two-time All-American running back David Montgomery, who became the eighth player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons has decided to enter his name for the 2019 NFL Draft and forgo his final season of eligibility at Iowa State.

Montgomery announced his decision on Twitter yesterday morning. Montgomery is looking to become the first Cyclone running back drafted in the NFL since Troy Davis in 1997.


Clemson takes title....CFP in no rush to expand playoffs....Packers tab LaFleur

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Clemson is the College Football Playoff national champions for the second time in three years following a 44-16 rout of Alabama. Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, while Travis Etienne accounted for three TDs to help the Tigers deal the Crimson Tide their worst loss in 12 seasons under head coach Nick Saban. Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa had one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown and was 22 of 34 for 295 yards and a pair of first-quarter TDs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is giving up his remaining college eligibility to enter the upcoming NFL draft. The third-year sophomore said on Twitter he would forgo his final year of eligibility “after many thoughts and prayers with family and close friends.” Haskins smashed most Ohio State and Big Ten single-season passing records in 2018, throwing for a nation-leading 50 touchdowns and finishing third in Heisman Trophy voting.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The College Football Playoff is not expanding anytime soon despite calls from at least one league commissioner to increase the number of participants. Conference commissioners and university presidents who constitute the playoff brain trust met Monday at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose and quelled the speculation. Mississippi State President and CFP board of managers chairman Mark Keenum says it’s much too soon to know if there’s even the possibility of expanding the number of teams.

UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the decision says Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur has accepted Green Bay’s offer to become the next head coach of the Packers. LaFleur would replace Mike McCarthy, who was fired during the a 6-9-1 season following a stunning home loss to Arizona. LaFleur was offensive coordinator with the Rams in 2017, leading a group that paced the NFL in scoring was 10th in total offense.

UNDATED (AP) – Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson has reached an agreement with New York prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of federal funds bribery at a hearing later this month. Richardson’s attorney said the plea agreement for the Jan. 22 hearing contains a stipulated sentencing guidelines range of 18 to 24 months, though the sentence is up to the judge and doesn’t guarantee testimony against others. Richardson was among 10 people arrested as part of a federal probe into college basketball recruiting practices in September 2017, including assistant coaches at four prominent schools.


National Scoreboard from Monday (1/7)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final San Antonio 119 Detroit 107
Final Boston 116 Brooklyn 95
Final New Orleans 114 Memphis 95
Final Milwaukee 114 Utah 102
Final Houston 125 Denver 113
Final L.A. Lakers 107 Dallas 97
Final Portland 111 N-Y Knicks 101
Final Sacramento 111 Orlando 95


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Nashville 4 Toronto 0
Final St. Louis 3 Philadelphia 0
Final Minnesota 1 Montreal 0
Final Calgary 4 Chicago 3
Final San Jose 3 L.A. Kings 1


Hawks and Badgers Bounce Back....Illini Fall Short

No. 25 Iowa beat No. 24 Nebraska 93-84

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Jordan Bohannon scored a season-high 25 points, Tyler Cook had 16 and 25th-ranked Iowa beat No. 24 Nebraska 93-84 on Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak to open Big Ten play. Ryan Kriener added 14 points in his first career start for the Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-3). They shot 29 of 32 from the free throw line in holding off the Huskers (11-4, 1-3). Nebraska, which shot 37.8 percent on 3s entering play, was a dismal 4 of 23 beyond the arc.

UP NEXT Iowa: At Northwestern on Wednesday night.

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Happ leads No. 22 Wisconsin to 71-52 win over Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – After two straight defeats, the Wisconsin Badgers got back to what’s made them successful in the past. Stingy defense.

Ethan Happ had 22 points and eight rebounds as No. 22 Wisconsin stopped a midseason slide by routing Penn State 71-52 on Sunday. The Badgers held Penn State’s talented starting guards to 22 points combined on a night when the Nittany Lions made just 20 of 53 field goal attempts and committed 16 turnovers.

UP NEXT: Wisconsin: Plays at Purdue on Friday.

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Turner’s 3-pointer lifts Northwestern over Illinois 68-66

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – A.J. Turner got a second chance and made the most of it.

Turner hit a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left to give Northwestern a 68-66 victory over rival Illinois on Sunday, the Wildcats’ first Big Ten win of the season. The junior forward missed a wild 3-point attempt with just under 20 seconds left, but Dererk Pardon grabbed the rebound and threw it back out to Turner for the game-winning basket.

UP NEXT: Illinois: Host No. 2 Michigan on Thursday night.


Fighting Saint Knierim Commits to Arizona State

Fighting Saint Knierim Commits to Arizona State

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Fighting Saints Willie Knierim has inked his commitment to Arizona State, joining teammate James Sanchez as the second Fighting Saint to commit to joining the Sun Devils this season. Knierim, in his second stint with Dubuque will head back to the college ranks after this season.

Knierim has been a consistent contributor for the Fighting Saints this season as the big winger has managed 22 points in the team’s 31 games.


Iowa ‘s  Amani Hooker Declares for NFL Draft

Iowa junior safety Amani Hooker took to social media over the weekend to announce he is forgoing his senior season as a Hawkeye to enter the NFL Draft. Hooker makes it two early entries so far for the Hawkeyes in this year’s NFL Draft, which is in April joining tight end Noah Fant. Mackey Award winning tight end T.J. Hockenson and defensive end Anthony Nelson  are still in the process of making their decisions.


Eagles and Chargers Advance....T-Wolves Fire Thibodeau....Schauffele Wins Sentry

UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers have advanced to the NFL’s divisional round. Nick Foles threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, including a scoring pass to Golden Tate in the final minute of the Eagles’ 16-15 victory over the Bears in Chicago. Michael Badgley kicked five field goals and Melvin Gordon scored a fourth-quarter touchdown while the Chargers built a 23-3 lead in a 23-17 victory against the Ravens in Baltimore.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired coach Tom Thibodeau halfway into his third season with the team. Thibodeau was dismissed about an hour after a 108-86 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers left the Wolves 19-21 this season and 97-107 during his time on the bench. Scott Layden will remain the general manager overseeing the basketball operations and assistant coach Ryan Saunders will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

UNDATED (AP) – Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace says Chandler Parsons has chosen to continue rehabilitation in Los Angeles out of the options given the 30-year-old forward. Wallace issued his statement just hours after ESPN.com reported that the Grizzlies and Parsons had agreed to a split. The Grizzlies GM says they met with Parsons and spoke with both the forward and his representation numerous times during the forward’s rehab on how to “integrate a healthy and effective Chandler” back on the court.

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) – Xander Schauffele tied the Plantation course record with an 11-under 62 to win the Sentry Tournament of Championship by one stroke over Gary Woodland at Kapalua. Schauffele started the final round five shots out of the lead and opened with a bogey before running off three straight birdies and chipping in for eagle at the turn. Schauffele finished birdie-birdie to tie the course record last set four years ago.

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Mets swung minor deals with the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros yesterday. The Mets shipped backup catcher Kevin Plawecki  to the Indians for right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty. The Mets also picked up reserve infielder J.D. Davis and infield prospect Cody Bohanek from the Astros, who received outfielder Ross Adolph, catcher Scott Manea and infielder Luis Santana in a swap of prospects.


National Scoreboard from Sunday (1/6)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Minnesota 108 L.A. Lakers 86
Final L.A. Clippers 106 Orlando 96
Final Brooklyn 117 Chicago 100
Final Atlanta 106 Miami 82
Final Washington 116 Oklahoma City 98
Final Toronto 121 Indiana 105
Final Charlotte 119 Phoenix 113


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Carolina 5 Ottawa 4
Final Arizona 5 N-Y Rangers 0
Final Vegas 3 New Jersey 2
Final Washington 3 Detroit 2
Final Winnipeg 5 Dallas 1
Final Edmonton 4 Anaheim 0
Final Chicago 5 Pittsburgh 3


NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final L.A. Chargers 23 Baltimore 17
Final Philadelphia 16 Chicago 15


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Michigan 74 (21) Indiana 63
Final (16) Marquette 70 Xavier 52
Final (19) Houston 90 Memphis 77
Final (22) Wisconsin 71 Penn St. 52
Final (25) Iowa 93 (24) Nebraska 84


National Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard burst with 12:28 remaining as the Dallas Cowboys nipped the Seattle Seahawks, 24-22 in Saturday’s NFC wild-card game. Dak Prescott added a huge one-yard TD run just before the two-minute warning to secure the Cowboys’ meeting with the Saints at New Orleans. Prescott had 226 yards passing in helping Dallas end Seattle’s nine-game winning streak in playoff openers.

HOUSTON (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts are in the AFC divisional round after Andrew Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns for a 21-7 win at Houston in the wild-card game. Luck had 191 passing yards and both TD’s while Indianapolis was building a 21-0 halftime lead. Running back Marlon Mack provided 148 yards and a touchdown for the Colts, who won for the 10th time in 11 games to advance to face the top-seeded Chiefs in Kansas City next Saturday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Marial Shayok poured in 24 points and unranked Iowa State improved to 12-2 with its fifth straight win, 77-60 over No. 5 Kansas. Freshman Tyrese Haliburton made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Cyclones, who won with ease despite being outrebounded 41-26. The Jayhawks played without big man Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay), who was hit on the right wrist during Friday’s practice and scratched about an hour before tip-off. X-rays were negative.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Anthony Mathis scored 27 points to help New Mexico hammer No. 6 Nevada, 85-58. The Wolf Pack shot just 33.3 percent from the field, committed 14 turnovers and went 16 for 27 at the free-throw line. Vance Jackson had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Lobos, who prevented Nevada from improving to 15-0 for the first time in school history.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) each scored 30 points in the Toronto Raptors’ 123-116 win against the Bucks in Milwaukee, a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 25 points and nine rebounds, while Fred VanVleet had 21 points as Toronto pulled within four percentage points of Milwaukee. The Bucks ended a five-game winning streak despite Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh), who had 43 points and 18 rebounds.


Wendy's-American Trust Classic Today at Loras College

Today marks a red letter days on the high school basketball calendar each season is the Wendy’s-American Trust Boys Classic presented by AM 1370 KDTH at the Loras College Athletic and Wellness Center. There will be five great match-up

  • 11:30 as East Dubuque(14-0) meets Platteville (8-2).
  • 1:15  Western Dubuque(2-6) meeting Monona Grove (7-3),
  • 3:00 Wahlert (5-3) will match up with Prairie du Chien(7-1),
  • 4:45, Hempstead meets Milwaukee Madison
  • 6:30 Senior (5-2) meeting Rockford East (15-1).

Tickets are available at the door for just five dollars. AM 1370 will broadcast each game and you can also hear the broadcasts on the KDTH website


Area Scoreboard from Friday (1/4)

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Hempstead 62, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 56
  • Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 79, Wahlert, 39
  • Western Dubuque 69, Cedar Rapids, Washington 52
  • Monticello 44, Cascade 41
  • Dyersville Beckman 50, Mt. Vernon 46
  • Northeast Goose Lake 51, Bellevue 50
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 59, Cedar Valley Christian 40
  • Maquoketa 72, Benton Community 67
  • Turkey Valley, 46, Clayton Ridge 23

WISCONSIN

  • Prairie du Chien 67, Lancaster 48
  • River Valley 57, Richland Center 39
  • Cuba City 60, Southwestern 52
  • Mineral Point 79, Iowa Grant 45
  • Fennimore 85, Riverdale 26
  • Darlington 70, Boscobel 49
  • Potosi 67, River Ridge 51

ILLINOIS

  • Galena 60, Scales Mound 55

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Hempstead 65, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 55
  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 52, Wahlert 37
  • Cedar Rapids, Washington 61, Western Dubuque 52
  • Bellevue 55, Northeast, Goose Lake 32
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 67, Cedar Valley Christian School 16
  • Cascade 38, Monticello 29
  • Vernon 33, Dyersville Beckman 29
  • Maquoketa 53, Benton 38

WISCONSIN

  • Potosi-Cassville 58, Highland 45
  • Benton 54, Belmont 47

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/3)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Senior 66, Cedar Rapids Prairie 60

Illinois

  • #2 East Dubuque 58, Warren 21

Wisconsin

  • Benton 67, Cassville 59
  • Potosi 59, Shullsburg 48
  • Platteville 51, Dodgeville 44
  • Highland 49, Belmont 34

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 37, Forreston 35
  • Galena 41, Shullsburg 37

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 52, Darlington 42
  • Prairie du Chien 54, Lancaster 40
  • Mineral Point 84, Boscobel 55
  • Riverdale 46, Fennimore 42

WRESTLING

  • #8 Western Dubuque 43, #12 Hempstead 23
  • Bellevue ends up 1-2 on the night. 61-9 loss to Lisbon. 42-30 loss to North Linn. 42-18 win over Central City.
  • Cascade lost to Solon 72-6
  • Dyersville Beckman 42, Cascade 39

 

COLLEGE

WOMENS BASKETBALL

Regional

  • Iowa 77, Nebraska 71
  • Penn State 71, Wisconsin 64

Fighting Saints Weekend

The Dubuque Fighting Saints are back in action tonight and tomorrow night. This evening the Saints will skate at Des Moines for their first meeting of the season against the Buccaneers. Tomorrow night Dubuque will have home ice at Mystique Community Ice Center as they will welcome the Omaha Lancers.

The Saints have played in nine straight one goal games and are currently third in the Eastern Conference with 30 points. Dubuque is three points back of first and one point ahead of Cedar Rapids in fourth.


Clarke Announces 2019 Football Schedule

Clarke University has released the school’s football schedule for the upcoming inaugural season. The first game in school history will be on Saturday, August 31 when the Pride will meet Heart of America Athletic Conference rival Central Methodist at Dalzell Field.  The 11 game schedule will include six home games.  Clarke’s Homecoming game is set for Saturday, Sept. 28.

View Clarke’s complete 2019 season schedule: http://www.clarkepride.com/schedule/0/26.php


Hawkeyes and Badgers Fall

Edwards leads Purdue over No. 25 Iowa, 86-70

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Carsen Edwards scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half and Purdue beat 25th-ranked Iowa 86-70 on Thursday night to snap the Hawkeyes’ five-game winning streak.

Purdue is winless on the road so far, but everything came together at Mackey Arena once again as the Boilermakers won their seventh straight home game this season and ninth in a row dating back to 2017-18.

Tyler Cook had 24 points, Isaiah Moss scored 13 and Ryan Kriener finished with 10 for the Hawkeyes (11-3, 0-3), still searching for their first conference victory this season.

UP NEXT Iowa: Hosts No. 24 Nebraska on Sunday.

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Coffey leads Minnesota past No. 22 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Amir Coffey scored 21 points and Minnesota put No. 22 Wisconsin in an early hole before holding off a furious late rally to win 59-52 on Thursday night.

The Golden Gophers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten) ended an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry with their first victory at Wisconsin since 2009.

The Badgers (10-4, 2-1) couldn’t capitalize on several opportunities down the stretch, particularly at the free throw line. Wisconsin went 3 of 10 from the line during one span.Ethan Happ finished with 17 to lead Wisconsin.

UP NEXT: Wisconsin: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.


2019 football Hall finalists...Gleason to receive Congressional Gold Medal...Person trial on track

UNDATED (AP) – First-time eligibles Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2019. They will be joined in the Feb. 2 balloting by Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca  and Tom Flores, along with Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae  and Richard Seymour. A maximum of eight new members can be elected, five from the modern-era group.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed legislation awarding former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. The 41-year-old Gleason has ALS, and Congress sought to honor him for his work as an advocate for people with the paralyzing neuromuscular disease. Gleason is the first NFL player to receive a Congressional Gold Medal.

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York judge has given the go ahead to a trial next month over charges that former Auburn basketball assistant coach Chuck Person accepted bribes from a financial adviser working for the FBI to steer athletes his way. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said there was enough evidence to let the case against Person and Atlanta clothier Rashan Michel to proceed. Prosecutors allege that Person solicited and accepted over $91,000 in bribes to steer Auburn players and their families to a federal cooperating witness, a former financial adviser.

UNDATED (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has been cleared to begin “select basketball activities” following left foot surgery. Love played in just four games this season before having surgery on Nov. 2 to repair an injury sustained during Cleveland’s exhibition opener. However, there is still no clear timeline on when Love will play again.

WACO, Texas (AP) – The UConn women’s basketball team has suffered its first regular-season loss in more than four years. The Huskies had won 126 straight regular-season games before Kalani Brown had 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead eighth-ranked Baylor past No. 1 Connecticut, 68-57. Chloe Jackson added 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Bears.


National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/3)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final San Antonio 125 Toronto 107
Final Denver 117 Sacramento 113
Final OT Houston 135 Golden State 134


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Minnesota 4 Toronto 3
Final Carolina 5 Philadelphia 3
Final Buffalo 4 Florida 3
Final Boston 6 Calgary 4
Final OT N-Y Islanders 3 Chicago 2
Final Montreal 2 Vancouver 0
Final St. Louis 5 Washington 2
Final Tampa Bay 6 L.A. Kings 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Michigan 68 Penn St. 55
Final (18) NC State 87 Miami 82
Final (21) Indiana 73 Illinois 65
Final Minnesota 59 (22) Wisconsin 52
Final Purdue 86 (25) Iowa 70


Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/2)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Galena 46, Orangeville 42

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • #20 Loras 85, Simpson 61
  • Dubuque 93, Central 74
  • Clarke 65, Central Methodist 63
  • #6 U-W Oshkosh 96, U-W Platteville 70

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 76, Simpson 67
  • Central 72, Dubuque 66
  • #22 Central Methodist 75, Clarke 65
  • #19 U-W Oshkosh 63, U-W Platteville 45

Cyclones and Panthers Win Conference Openers

Wigginton, Shayok lead Iowa State over Oklahoma State 69-63

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Lindell Wigginton, playing just his second game since missing 10 with a foot injury, scored 17 points and had eight rebounds to help lead Iowa State to a 69-63 victory over Oklahoma State Wednesday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Marial Shayok scored 17 points, while also chipping in six rebounds, for Iowa State (11-2, 1-0), while Nick Weiler-Babb had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Cyclones won their fourth straight.

UP NEXT:  The Cyclones have a tough challenge as they return home to take on No. 5 Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

Northern Iowa downs Bradley 65-47 in MVC opener

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Trae Berhow scored 14 points with four 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds and Northern Iowa beat Bradley 65-47 in Wednesday night’s Missouri Valley Conference opener.

Isaiah Brown also scored 14 points and AJ Green added 10 points and made four assists for the Panthers (6-8), who held Bradley to 38-percent shooting and are now 32-30 all-time against the Braves. Former Senior prep Luke McDonnel lrecorded four assists on the night while shooting three of five from the field for eight points and hauling in four offensive rebounds. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman had 5 points 3 assists.The Panthers now get the Salukis of Southern Illinois on Saturday, January 5.


National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/2)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Miami 117 Cleveland 92
Final Dallas 122 Charlotte 84
Final Washington 114 Atlanta 98
Final Brooklyn 126 New Orleans 121
Final Orlando 112 Chicago 84
Final Boston 115 Minnesota 102
Final Detroit 101 Memphis 94
Final Philadelphia 132 Phoenix 127
Final Oklahoma City 107 L.A. Lakers 100


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 7 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Calgary 5 Detroit 3
Final OT Vancouver 4 Ottawa 3
Final Dallas 5 New Jersey 4
Final Edmonton 3 Arizona 1
Final San Jose 5 Colorado 4


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (5) Kansas 70 (23) Oklahoma 63
Final (6) Nevada 72 Utah St. 49
Final (8) Michigan St. 81 Northwestern 55
Final (11) Texas Tech 62 West Virginia 59
Final (15) North Carolina 77 Harvard 57
Final (19) Houston 74 Tulsa 56
Final Maryland 74 (24) Nebraska 72


Iowa rallies past No. 18 Mississippi State in Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Safety Jake Gervase made an interception in the end zone to help preserve a late lead, and ball-hawking Iowa Hawkeyes beat No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl 27-22 Tuesday. Gervase also batted down an errant fourth-down pass to end the Bulldogs’ final drive at the Iowa 32 with 25 seconds left. Two earlier Mississippi State threats in the fourth quarter led to only three points.

The Hawkeyes totaled just 199 yards, with 75 coming on a touchdown pass from Nathan Stanley to Nick Easley, but they converted three takeaways into 17 points and the Hawkeyes weren’t penalized during the contest.

Stanley threw for 214 yards and three scores. The Hawkeyes won despite netting minus 15 yards rushing, and their three running backs totaled 4 yards in 15 carries.

Iowa (9-4) earned its biggest postseason victory since an Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech to cap the 2009 season. Mississippi State (8-5) lost to a team outside the top 15 for the first time.


New Year's Day Bowl Action

LSU ends UCF’s win streak

UNDATED (AP) – The nation’s longest winning streak in college football is over. Central Florida had won 25 straight dating to last season before 11th-ranked LSU knocked off the No. 7 Knights, 40-32 at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.  Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow shook off a vicious early hit to throw for 394 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 21 of his 34 passes, including two TDs to Justin Jefferson. Burrow was slow getting up after being blindsided by 313-pound defensive lineman Joey Connors on an interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. LSU’s defensive front made life difficult for UCF quarterback Darriel Mack Jr., who was sacked five times and was forced to rush numerous throws.  UCF was limited to 250 total yards after entering the game ranked third in the nation at 545 yards per game.

In Tuesday’s other bowl game action:

– Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is going out a winner after Dwayne Haskins passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ 28-23 victory over Washington in the Rose Bowl. Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Rashod Berry caught TD passes in the first half for the fifth-ranked Buckeyes, who carried a 25-point lead into the fourth quarter. Myles Gaskin ran for two scores and threw for another in the final game before OSU won its final game under Meyer.

– Sam Ehlinger ran for three touchdowns and 14th-ranked Texas completed its first 10-win season since 2009 by beating No. 5 Georgia, 28-21 at the Suger Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound sophomore finished with 64 yards rushing on 21 carries and also threw for 169 yards. The Longhorns stretched their lead to 28-7 on Ehlinger’s third TD run, a 1-yard burst with 11:49 to play.

– Benny Snell Jr. became Kentucky’s career rushing leader by providing 144 yards and two touchdowns in leading the 16th-ranked Wildcats past No. 13 Penn State, 27-24 in the Citrus Bowl. Snell scored on runs of 2 and 12 yards in the second half, then carried for a couple of crucial first downs to help the 10-3 Wildcats run out the clock. Trace McSorley threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, and the Nittany Lions’ career passing and wins leader also rushed for a team-high 75 yards on 19 attempts.

 

– Safety Jake Gervase picked off a pass in the end zone to preserve a late lead and help Iowa earn a 27-22 win over 18th-ranked Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl. Gervase also batted down an errant fourth-down pass to end the Bulldogs’ final drive at the Iowa 32 with 25 seconds left. The Hawkeyes totaled just 199 yards but turned three takeaways into 17 points and scored on a 75-yard TD pass from Nathan Stanley to Nick Easley.


National Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/1)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Toronto 122 Utah 116
Final Milwaukee 121 Detroit 98
Final Denver 115 N-Y Knicks 108
Final OT Portland 113 Sacramento 108
Final Philadelphia 119 L.A. Clippers 113


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Boston 4 Chicago 2
Final Nashville 4 Philadelphia 0
Final Vegas 2 L.A. Kings 0


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (9) Florida St. 87 Winthrop 76
Final (10) Virginia Tech 81 Notre Dame 66
Final St. John’s 89 (16) Marquette 69


College Bowl Results From 12/31

MILITARY BOWL

Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31

SUN BOWL

Stanford 14, Pitt 13

REDBOX BOWL

Oregon 7, Michigan State 6

LIBERTY BOWL

Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 33

HOLIDAY BOWL

Northwestern 31, Utah 20

GATOR BOWL

Texas A&M 52, North Carolina State 13

 

 


The Top 2018 Tri-States Sports Stories

January

  • University of Dubuque cornerback Michael Joseph was named the winner of the Cliff Harris Award as the top Small College Defensive player in the country. Later in the month, Joseph played in the Reece’s Senior Bowl game in Mobile, Alabama. He was the only Division 3 player to be invited to the showcase game. In April, Joseph was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent, didn’t make the 53 man roster, but is still currently on the Bears practice squad.
  • Darlington Hall of Fame football coach Scott Zywicki has announced he will be stepping down as the Redbirds’ head coach after serving 36 years with the program, the last 13 as head coach. Under Zywicki as head coach, the Redbirds won 8 SWAL conference championships, made the playoffs 10 times, and finished state runner-up four straight seasons from 2013 thru 2016.  He compiled a 108-44 record as a head coach.

February

  • Wahlert High School captured the school’s first ever state team wrestling championship at the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. Wahlert crowned two state champs with Josh Ramierz at 160 pounds and Boone McDermott at 220 pounds.

March

  • Cascade High School pulled off a sport rarity winning both Girls and Boys State Basketball Tournament championships in the same season. The Cougar girls used terrific defense in defeating Grundy Center 41-37 for the Class 2-A State Championship finishing with a 25-and-3 record. The next week the Cougar boys went 26-and-1 by defeating Treynor for the state title.
  • U-W Platteville junior and former Hempstead prep Robert Duax was selected to the NABC Division III All-America First Team. The former Dubuque Hempstead prep averaged 15.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while leading the Pioneers to their best season since their 1998-99 NCAA championship season.

April

  • The construction of a four-million dollar project for athletic facilities at Clarke University got underway. Things were completed in time for the start of class in the fall.

MAY

  • Former Dubuque Fighting Saints and Denver University head coach Jim Montgomery was hired as head coach of the NHL’s Dallas Stars.
  • The University of Dubuque baseball team won the Iowa Conference regular-season and tournament championships for the first time in program history and advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament. In February, Spartans pitching coach Luke Kalb lost a courageous battle with liver cancer. The former Dubuque Senior standout athlete was 32.
  • The Wahlert High School boys tennis team made some history , the Golden Eagles captured the programs 10th state team tennis championship which sets the record for most state team championships in state history.

JULY

  • For the first time in school history a Hempstead High School softball team went to the state tournament. The 10th ranked Mustangs defeated Davenport West 4-0 in the Class 5-A Regional Final game.
  • The Western Dubuque baseball team advanced to the state baseball semi-finals in Class 4-A by defeating North Scott then falling to Urbandale to finish with a 33 and 10 record.

 

AUGUST

  • The Dubuque County American Legion baseball team went on an incredible run. The Legion team won the Iowa State Tournament championship and Central Plains Regional Championship to advance to the Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina for the first time in history. Dubuque County became the first Iowa team to win a game at the World Series since 1976. It came within one run of the semifinals.

 

SEPTEMBER

  • Peosta, Iowa, native Steven Ihm enjoyed his biggest season since becoming a professional golfer. Ihm earned a pair of top-10 finishes to qualify for Web-dot-com tour’s playoff round and earn his Tour card for the 2019 season. The highlight of his season came in mid-July, when he finished second, one stroke out of first place, at the Utah Championship.

 

OCTOBER

  • The Wahlert Girls Cross Country team captured the programs 6th state team championship in Fort Dodge. The Hempstead boys team finished one point shy of their first ever state title.

NOVEMBER

  • The Wahlert High School Volleyball team 3-peated State Tournament championships as the Golden Eagles captured the schools 20th state title.
  • The Western Dubuque High School Football team made a memorable run through the 3-A state playoffs, the Bobcats barely snuck into the playoff but then crushed previously unbeaten Solon, avenged a regular season loss to North School to advance to the UNI-Dome where they handed top seed Sergant Bluff Luton their first loss before losing to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the state title game.

 

DECEMBER

  • Recently retired boys high school basketball coach Dennis Geraghty will be inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame in March at the state tournament in Des Moines. Geraghty announced his retirement in the spring from coaching Western Dubuque after hitting 500 total wins in 39 seasons as a head coach

Fighting Saints Fall to Phantoms

Youngstown scored four goals in the second period and held on for a 4-3 victory over Dubuque on Sunday afternoon. In the lone USHL game of the day, the Fighting Saints fell just short despite a feverish effort to close the gap in the final period. The loss moved Dubuque to 12-11-3-3 on the season. The game was Dubuque’s ninth one goal game in a row.

Dubuque will be back on the ice Friday in Des Moines against the Buccaneers. Saturday night the Saints have home ice as they welcome the Omaha Lancers to Dubuque.


DeSanto, Marinelli Earn Midlands Titles -- Iowa Wins Team Race

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sophomores Austin DeSanto and Alex Marinelli won individual titles to help Iowa capture the team race at the 56thKen Kraft Midlands Championships on Sunday inside the Sears Centre Arena.

Iowa scored 184 points to win its 28th Midlands title, 10 of which have been led by head coach Tom Brands. Northern Iowa followed the Hawkeyes with 119.5 points, Northwestern came in third with 110 points and Wisconsin followed in third with 97.5 points.

The second-seeded DeSanto grabbed his first Midlands title, winning the 133-pound bracket with a convincing 15-5 major decision over the fourth seed. DeSanto scores 28.5 team points in the tournament.

Second-seeded Alex Marinelli earned his second Midlands title in as many seasons, defeating the No. 1 seed Evan Wick, 4-3.


NFL Recaps from Sunday

Ravens take AFC North…Eagles extend season…Chiefs claim top seed

UNDATED (AP) – The Baltimore Ravens were able to lock up the AFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the AFC playoffs, which left the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the postseason for the first time since 2013.

The Ravens reached the playoffs for the first time in four years by rushing for 296 yards in a 26-24 victory over the visiting Browns. Lamar Jackson rushed for two TDs and accounted for 90 yards on the ground. Kenneth Dixon had 117 yards rushing for Baltimore, which was 4-5 before Jackson took over for injured quarterback Joe Flacco.

Cleveland got to the Baltimore 39 with 90 seconds left before three straight incompletions by Baker Mayfield were followed by a fourth-down interception by linebacker C.J. Mosley.

In Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger passed for 287 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers downed the Bengals, 16-13. Roethlisberger finished the season with a career-best and NFL-high 5,129 yards passing, but the Steelers needed three field goals by Matt McCrane to improve to 9-6-1.

McCrane connected on kicks of 39, 47 and 35 yards, the last coming with 1:56 to go that put Pittsburgh in front to stay. But the field goals weren’t enough to save the Steelers, who needed Tennessee and Indianapolis to tie their game at Nashville.

The Colts are in the AFC playoffs as the No. 6 seed after earning a 33-17 winner-take-all against the Titans. Andrew Luck threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns to improve to 11-0 versus the Titans.

Marlon Mack ran for 119 yards and a TD for the 10-6 Colts, who are in the playoffs despite a 1-5 start.

Indianapolis will take on Houston in the wild-card round.

In other games on the final week of the 2018 NFL season:

– The Eagles have worked themselves into the playoffs at 9-7 as Nick Foles tied Philip Rivers’ NFL record by completing 25 straight passes in a 24-0 shutout of Washington. Foles also threw for 221 yards and two scores before leaving the game because of a chest injury. Philadelphia gave up just 89 yards, edged Minnesota for the final NFC playoff berth and earned a wild-card game matchup with the Bears in Chicago. The Redskins end up 7-9 despite a 6-3 start.

– The Bears knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs as Jordan Howard rushed for 109 yards and two TDs in Chicago’s 24-10 win at Minnesota. Tarik Cohen scored the last touchdown on a short run with 7:46 left to cap a 16-play drive for the 12-4 Bears. The Vikings netted just 164 total yards as Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 33 passes for 132 yards and a TD to Stephon Diggs.

– Kansas City finally clinched its third consecutive AFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a 35-3 pounding of the Raiders. Patrick Mahomes threw for 281 yards, highlighted by a 67-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill and an 89-yard TD toss to Demarcus Robinson for the 12-4 Chiefs. That gave the first-year starter 5,097 yards and 50 touchdown passes, joining Peyton Manning as the only QBs to hit 5,000 and 50 in the same season.

– The Chargers improved to 12-4 with a 23-9 win at Denver, but they have to settle for the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs following Kansas City’s rout of Oakland. Philip Rivers was just 14 of 34 for 176 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions, but Los Angeles still managed to end up 12-4. Kyle Emanuel returned a fumble 18 yards for the Chargers’ first TD, and Casey Hayward Jr. picked off a two-point conversion attempt and ran it back 102 yards to put the Chargers ahead 16-9 with 10:10 to play.

– The Patriots claimed a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs as Tom Brady threw for three first-half touchdowns in a 38-3 trouncing of the Jets. Brady completed 24 of 33 passes for 250 yards and four scores overall to help New England finish 11-5. Sam Darnold completed 16 of 28 passes for the 4-12 Jets, but he accounted for just 167 yards and had a fumble that gave New England a touchdown.

– The Texans wrapped up the AFC South title at 11-5 by silencing the Jaguars, 20-3. Deshaun Watson threw for 234 yards and ran for a touchdown to help Houston secure its fifth division title. DeAndre Hopkins had 147 yards receiving against Jacksonville, which finished 5-11 just a year after reaching the AFC championship game.

– The Rams secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs as Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds caught two touchdown passes apiece from Jared Goff in a 48-32 victory against the 49ers. Cory Littleton returned one of his two interceptions for a TD as the 13-3 Rams forced four turnovers and wrapped up their winningest regular season since 2001. Nick Mullens passed for 282 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions for the 4-12 49ers, who wrapped up their fifth consecutive non-winning season. Former Iowa Hawkeye George Kittle of the 49ers set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a season ending with 1,377.

– Cole Beasley made a lunging catch in the end zone on a 32-yard pass from Dak Prescott with 72 seconds left before a two-point conversion pass to Michael Gallup gave the Cowboys a 36-35 win over the Giants. Prescott threw for four touchdowns and the Cowboys moved to 10-6 with their seventh win in eight games. Blake Jarwin became the first Dallas tight end since Billy Joe DuPree in 1973 to grab three TD passes. Giants rising star Saquon  Barkley joined Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards, but New York finished 5-11.

– Seattle has the No. 5 seed in the NFC and a wild-card meeting at Dallas after Sebastian Janikowski made a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the Seahawks’ 27-24 win against the Cardinals. Chris Carson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown, but Seattle’s offense stumbled. Russell Wilson got sacked six times and a litany of special teams mistakes allowed Arizona to stick around far longer than expected.

– Having already wrapped up the top seed in the NFC playoffs, the 13-3 Saints rested many of their starters in a 33-14 loss to Carolina. Undrafted rookie Kyle Allen passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns before injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ first win in eight games. The 7-9 Panthers led 23-0 at halftime, marking the first time since coach Sean Payton was hired by New Orleans in 2006 that the Saints were shut out at home in a first half.

– Matthew Stafford threw for 266 yards and two scores to T.J. Jones before the Lions’ defense completed a 31-0 shutout of the Packers. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers never finished the game after suffering a concussion early in the second quarter. Matt Prater  tossed a touchdown pass after faking a field-goal try to help Detroit end up 6-10 and drop the Packers to 6-9-1.

– Bills rookie Josh Allen had a career-best three touchdown passes and scored two more rushing in a 42-17 thrashing of the Dolphins. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams closed his 13-year career in Buffalo with a tackle for a loss and was part of a defense that forced four turnovers, including three by Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Miami ends up 7-9, while the Bills finish 6-10.

– Matt Ryan’s first career reception went for a touchdown and the Atlanta quarterback also threw for 378 yards and two scores in a 34-32 victory against the Buccaneers. The Falcons blew an 11-point lead before Matt Bryant nailed his second field goal of the afternoon, a 37-yarder as time expired for the 7-9 Falcons. Jameis Winston rallied the 5-11 Bucs from a 31-20 deficit to a one-point lead with just over five minutes to go.


AFC, NFC playoffs all set...Richt steps down at Miami...Applewhite fired by Houston

UNDATED (AP) – The Baltimore Ravens captured the AFC North title with a 26-24 victory over Cleveland, and the Indianapolis Colts knocked both Pittsburgh and Tennessee out of the postseason by beating the Titans, 33-17. The Kansas City Chiefs clobbered the Raiders, 35-3 to win the AFC West and a first-round bye, New England rolled to a 38-3 win over the New York Jets to take the No. 2 seed, and Houston clinched the AFC South with a 20-3 victory against Jacksonville. The AFC wild-card matchups have the Texans hosting the Colts and the Chargers visiting Baltimore.

UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles grabbed the final NFC playoff berth with a 24-0 shutout and Minnesota’s 24-10 loss to Chicago. The Los Angeles Rams beat San Francisco, 48-32 to take the No. 2 seed in the NFC postseason and a first-round bye. The NFC wild-card round will have the Eagles taking on the Bears in Chicago and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Seattle Seahawks.

MIAMI (AP) – Mark Richt has stepped down as Miami’s football coach, saying he was not forced out, and that the decision to retire was his. Miami struggled to a 7-6 record this season, falling to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday night. The Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 16 games going back to a 10-0 start last season.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston has fired coach Major Applewhite after two seasons. The Cougars lost four of their last five games after starting 7-1 and earning a ranking in the AP Top 25 for one week in late October. Houston finished its season with a 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. Houston went 7-5 in Applewhite’s first season, capped by a 33-27 loss to Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl.

TORONTO (AP) – Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and Pascal Siakam had 20 with 12 rebounds as the Raptors beat the Bulls for the seventh straight time, 95-89. Ahead 68-65 to start the fourth, the Raptors got back-to-back 3-pointers from Delon Wright and Siakam and held a 74-65 lead at 10:10. Toronto is 27-11 and three percentage points behind the Bucks for the NBA’s best record.

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National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/30)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final New England 38 N-Y Jets 3
Final Detroit 31 Green Bay 0
Final Atlanta 34 Tampa Bay 32
Final Houston 20 Jacksonville 3
Final Dallas 36 N-Y Giants 35
Final Buffalo 42 Miami 17
Final Carolina 33 New Orleans 14
Final Chicago 24 Minnesota 10
Final Baltimore 26 Cleveland 24
Final Seattle 27 Arizona 24
Final L.A. Chargers 23 Denver 9
Final L.A. Rams 48 San Francisco 32
Final Philadelphia 24 Washington 0
Final Kansas City 35 Oakland 3
Final Pittsburgh 16 Cincinnati 13
Final Indianapolis 33 Tennessee 17

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Orlando 109 Detroit 107
Final Minnesota 113 Miami 104
Final Toronto 95 Chicago 89
Final Dallas 105 Oklahoma City 103
Final Portland 129 Philadelphia 95
Final L.A. Lakers 121 Sacramento 114


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Vegas 5 Arizona 1

 

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Michigan 74 Binghamton 52


Local Sports

Women’s College Basketball

Univ. of Dubuque 87, Kalamazoo – 53

Loras 73, Elmhurst 65

 

Hockey

Green Bay Gamblers 1, Dubuque Fighting Saints 0


College Bowl Results

College Bowl

UNDATED (AP) – For the third time in four years it will be Alabama taking on Clemson for the CFP national championship. The Crimson Tide and Tigers both advanced with lopsided wins. No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 at the Orange Bowl.

Lamical Perine had a 5-yard scoring catch and 53-yard touchdown run to lead 10th-ranked Florida’s strong rushing attack in a 41-15 rout of No. 8 Michigan in the Peach Bowl.

Virginia’s defense dominated a 28-0 shutout of South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl.

Nevada over Arkansas State, 16-13 in the Arizona Bowl.


Big Ten Basketball Results

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Tyler Cook scored 19 points with 12 rebounds and 24th-ranked Iowa held off lowly Bryant 72-67 in its final tune-up before Big Ten play resumes next week

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Cassius Winston matched a career high with six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, leading No. 8 Michigan State to 88-60 win over Northern Illinois. The Spartans have won six straight heading into the Big Ten season.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Anthony Adger scored a career-high 27 points to lead Florida Atlantic to a 73-71 upset win over Illinois in overtime.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Maryland shook off a slow start to deal Radford a 78-64 loss in its nonconference finale.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Carsen Edwards scored 24 points and Matt Haarms added 12 to lead Purdue past Belmont 73-62.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State beat UMBC 74-52.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska closed nonconference play with a 79-38 win over Division II Southwest Minnesota State.

UNDATED (AP) W. Kentucky  beat (15) Wisconsin  83-76


Local and National Sports Updates for 12/29/18

UD Men top Clarke University

The University of Dubuque men’s basketball team rallied from 14 points down to capture an 84-78 victory over Clarke on Friday afternoon. Peter Ragen led with 21 points for the Spartans, while teammate Mitch Burger added 17 points off the bench, including 5 three-pointers. UD improved to 8-3 overall and will travel to play at Iowa Wesleyan today at 5 p.m.

UW Platteville wins in Vegas

The UW Platteville men’s basketball team earned a hard-fought, 75-70 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins University last night at the d3hoops.com Las Vegas Classic. Quentin Shields scored a game high 21 points to lead Platteville to the victory.

Loras women win in blowout fashion

The Loras women’s basketball team made a huge statement last night, defeating Alverno by a final score of 99-47 in the Loras Christmas Classic. Miranda Schroeder scored 16 points off the bench in the victory.

UD Women fall short at Zimmerman Memorial Tournament

The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team fell to Wittenberg in the Zimmerman Memorial Tournament yesterday by a final score of 89-58. Lexi Daniels led the Spartans at halftime with 12 points, coming off of four three pointers, three of which came in the first quarter.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Gardner Minshew II threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 12 Washington State stopped No. 25 Iowa State on a late two-point conversion in a 28-26 victory in the Alamo Bowl. Minshew passed for 299 yards to help Washington State (11-2) set a school record for wins in a season.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota  is now listed as questionable for their regular season finale tomorrow against Indianapolis with a playoff berth on the line. Mariota was limited yesterday for a second straight day at practice after a stinger late in the first half of last week’s 25-16 victory over Washington affected his right, throwing arm. If Mariota can’t play, backup Blaine Gabbert would start his third game this season in a battle of 9-6 teams vying for either an AFC wild-card berth or a division title.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears appear likely to get starting right guard Kyle Long back from injured reserve for tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, although no final decision has yet been made.   Long has been out since suffering a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets on Oct. 28. The NFC North-champion Bears could earn a first-round playoff bye with a win and a loss by the Los Angeles Rams, while the Vikings need a win or a loss by the Philadelphia Eagles to make the playoffs as a wild card.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams has announced his retirement after 13 NFL seasons. The 35-year-old Williams spent his entire career with the Bills after being taken in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. Williams was a second-team All-Pro in 2010 and earned five Pro Bowl selections, recording 607 tackles and 48 1/2 sacks.

NEW YORK (AP) – Boston Bruins forward David Backes has received a three-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal hit to the head of New Jersey forward Blake Coleman during Thursday’s loss to the Devils. Coleman was clearing a rebound from the New Jersey zone when Backes delivered a shoulder to his head and knocked him to the ice. The discipline also means Backes will miss Tuesday’s Winter Classic against Chicago at Notre Dame Stadium.

TORONTO (AP) – Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Shoemaker went 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in seven starts with the Los Angeles Angels last season. The right-hander has been hampered by right forearm injuries over the last two years.

Wisconsin Sports

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Markus Howard scored 23 of his 26 points in a hot-shooting first half, and No. 18 Marquette overpowered Southern for an 84-41. Howard was 8 for 8 from the field in the opening half, including 5 of 5 from the 3-point arc. The Golden Eagles won their eighth straight game as they head into Big East play next week.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Packers receiver Davante Adams is questionable for Green Bay’s season finale against the Detroit Lions because of a knee injury. Adams missed the first two days of practice this week, though he did say that he was optimistic that would be able to play.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kenisha Bell had 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, Annalese Lamke scored 20 points and No. 12 Minnesota opened Big Ten Conference play with a 74-56 win over Wisconsin. The Gophers (12-0) matched the 2002-03 team, when first-year coach Lindsay Whalen was a senior, for the second-best start in school history.

Illinois Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) – Zach LaVine scored 24 points, including 11 straight in the third quarter, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Washington Wizards 101-92 on Friday night. Wendell Carter, Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls. Bradley Beal led Washington with 34 points.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears appear likely to get starting right guard Kyle Long back from injured reserve for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, although no final decision has yet been made. Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets. Coach Matt Nagy sounded optimistic that Long would play, although he wasn’t sure whether Long’s snaps might be limited.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Travell Washington scored 13 points and hit the winning 3-pointer with a second left in overtime to help Illinois-Chicago beat Wright State 75-72 in the Horizon League opener for both teams. Marcus Ottey had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Tarkus Ferguson added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Flames (7-7). Cole Gentry had eight of his 24 points in overtime for Wright State (6-8). His 3-pointer with eight seconds left in the extra period tied it at 72 before Washington’s winner.


Area Scoreboard from Thursday (12/28)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Cuba City 70, Spring Valley 49 (Cuba City Tourney)
  • Southwestern 55, Benton 44 (Benton Tourney)
  • Platteville 80, Antigo 76
  • Boscobel 62, North Crawford 48
  • Cassville 80, Coulee Region Christian 45
  • Darlington 52, Lancaster 36
  • Fennimore 71, Wonewoc Center 28

 

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Cuba City 51, Shullsburg 37
  • River Ridge/Scales Mound, Ill. 66, New Glarus 51
  • Black Hawk 65, Dodgeville 27
  • Fennimore 52, Wonewoc-Center 36
  • Darlington 69, Lancaster 50

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • UW Platteville 80, Edgewood 57 (D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas)

Fighting Saints Win at Green Bay

James Sanchez equalized late and Matias Maccelli scored the game winner 28 seconds in to overtime as the Dubuque Fighting Saints skated out of Green Bay with a come from behind win on Thursday night. The Fighting Saints fell behind with under seven minutes to play, but battled back with the goalie pulled to force overtime.

Dubuque is now 5-1-3 in the team’s last nine games as they continue to grab points and make up ground in the east. Dubuque looked to be out of this game after a late goal from Green Bay, but the Fighting Saints tallied with a late push.

Dubuque hosts Green Bay tomorrow night and then welcomes Youngstown on Sunday afternoon to the Mystique Community Ice Center.


Mariota practices...Nats get pitching help...Guentzel rewarded...All-Star captains...LeBron honored

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to practice today and hopes to recover from his latest injury in time to start against the Indianapolis Colts. Mariota suffered a stinger in his neck against the Redskins that affected his right, throwing arm. Coach Mike Vrabel says Mariota did some work to make sure he’s progressing along.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Anibal (AH’-nih-bahl) Sanchez has become a part of the Washington Nationals’ starting rotation after agreeing to a two-year deal with a team option for 2021. Sanchez was perhaps the Braves’ most consistent starter as he posted a 2.83 ERA in 25 games, including 24 starts. He was 7-6 and had 135 strikeouts in 136 2/3 innings. Sanchez joins a rotation headed by Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and newly-acquired Patrick Corbin.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel  has received a five-year, $30 million contract extension in the midst of his finest NHL season. Guentzel has 15 goals and 33 points in 36 games this season for the Pens, who recalled him midway through the 2016-17 season. He has shined in the postseason, producing 23 goals and 42 points in 37 games.

NEW YORK (AP) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will captain the Pacific Division, while Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will wear the “C” for the Atlantic Division in the Jan. 26 NHL All-Star game at San Jose. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin will be the other captains following a fan vote for the first roster spots for the event in late January. MacKinnon will captain the Central Division and Ovechkin will head the Metropolitan Division.

NEW YORK (AP) – LeBron James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year before leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest free-agent move of the summer. He received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors, 32 more than Red Sox outfielder and runner-up Mookie Betts.


College Football Bowl Games

Taylor runs through Hurricanes

UNDATED (AP) – Jonathan Taylor turned the Pinstripe Bowl into a personal highlight package while leading Wisconsin to a rout of Miami. Taylor ran for 205 yards and a touchdown as the Badgers ripped the Hurricanes, 35-3 at Yankee Stadium. He ripped off runs of 39 and 41 yards before topping 2,000 for the season.

Miami’s Malik Rosier threw three interceptions before he was replaced late in the third quarter.

In Thursday’s other bowl finals:

– Charlie Brewer’s 52-yard touchdown pass to Marques Jones broke a tie with under two minutes to play in Baylor’s 45-38 victory over Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl. Brewer threw for 384 yards and two TDs, and he also ran for 109 yards and a score. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, ran for a pair of Commodore touchdowns and set a Texas Bowl record with 243 yards rushing.

– Duke has won the Independence Bowl as Daniel Jones threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 56-27 rout of Temple. T.J. Rahming caught 12 passes for 240 yards and two scores in helping Duke end a two-game skid and finish 8-5. The 8-5 Owls took a 13-7 lead in the first half after Delvon Randall’s 52-yard interception return for a TD, but Duke scored the final 42 points to turn it into a rout.


National Scoreboard from Thursday (12/27)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Houston 127 Boston 113
Final Milwaukee 112 N-Y Knicks 96
Final Sacramento 117 L.A. Lakers 116
Final OT Portland 110 Golden State 109
Final Philadelphia 114 Utah 97


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final New Jersey 5 Boston 2
Final OT Columbus 4 N-Y Rangers 3
Final Pittsburgh 5 Detroit 2
Final Washington 3 Carolina 1
Final OT Tampa Bay 6 Philadelphia 5
Final St. Louis 4 Buffalo 1
Final Calgary 4 Winnipeg 1
Final Dallas 2 Nashville 0
Final Chicago 5 Minnesota 2
Final Vancouver 4 Edmonton 2
Final Vegas 2 Colorado 1
Final San Jose 4 Anaheim 2
Final L.A. Kings 2 Arizona 1


Lakers relieved by LeBron's MRI...Mariota wants to play... Murray skips media scrum with illness

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – LeBron James received good news yesterday when an MRI showed that the Los Angeles Lakers forward merely strained his left groin in Tuesday’s 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors. James will likely be dealing with soreness for several days, and the Lakers said he wouldn’t travel with them for tonight’s game in Sacramento. The four-time NBA MVP had 17 points and 10 rebounds when he slipped while going after a loose ball underneath the Warriors basket early in the third quarter.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota says he’s doing everything in his power to start Sunday night’s important game against the Indianapolis Colts. Mariota did not practice yesterday with what the Titans listed as neck and foot injuries. He declined to detail what symptoms he’s still dealing with after being hurt on a sack late in the first half of Tennessee’s win over Washington last Saturday.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has missed his scheduled media availability at the Orange Bowl because of what the team says is an illness. Murray was able to practice with the Sooners on Tuesday, and the nature of his illness was not disclosed. However, there doesn’t seem to be much concern about him missing time.

ATLANTA (AP) – Michigan right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty has become the Wolverines’ fourth draft-eligible player to pull out of the Peach Bowl against Florida. The fifth-year senior didn’t travel with the team to Atlanta and joins running back Karan Higdon, defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush Jr. among the Wolverines who are missing the game. Bushell-Beatty played Michigan’s first 11 games before missing the regular-season finale against Ohio State with an undisclosed injury.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is expected to be out at least three months following surgery to repair a ruptured right pectoral muscle. Dumba hasn’t played since the first period of the Wild’s 2-1 loss to the Flames on Dec. 15. He leads all NHL blueliners with 12 goals and has 22 points in 32 games.


College Bowl Game News

Gophers take Quick Lane Bowl

UNDATED (AP) – Minnesota ends the season with a winning record after winning their bowl game.

Mohamed Ibrahim ran for career-high 224 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Gophers silenced Georgia Tech, 34-10 in the Quick Lane Bowl at Detroit. Ibrahim’s three-yard TD put Minnesota ahead, 20-3 midway through the third quarter.

The Gophers limited Georgia Tech to 206 yards on the ground after it led the nation with 335 yards rushing per game.

In Wednesday’s other bowl games:

– Jonathan Song kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime to send TCU past California, 10-7 in the Cheez-It Bowl at Phoenix. Song came through after he was replaced by Cole Bunce on a potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, a 44-yard kick that was missed. Sewo Olonilua ran for 194 yards and a touchdown for the Horned Frogs.

– The First Responder Bowl had to be canceled due to the threat of severe weather after a delay of nearly 90 minutes. Boston College was leading Boise State 7-0 with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter when play was stopped. The delay came not long after AJ Dillon ran 19 yards for a touchdown. NCAA spokesman J.D. Hamilton said via email that it was believed to be the first bowl canceled by weather.

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-The Iowa Hawkeyes arrived in Tampa, Florida yesterday to begin site preparations for the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day when they face Mississippi State.


National Scoreboard from Wednesday (12/26)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Detroit 106 Washington 95
Final OT Phoenix 122 Orlando 120
Final Toronto 106 Miami 104
Final Indiana 129 Atlanta 121
Final 2OT Brooklyn 134 Charlotte 132
Final Minnesota 119 Chicago 94
Final Memphis 95 Cleveland 87
Final Dallas 122 New Orleans 119
Final San Antonio 111 Denver 103
Final L.A. Clippers 127 Sacramento 118


Fighting Saints Back to Work

Following a 12 day layoff, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will resume action Thursday night on the road and then come back to Dubuque for a two game weekend home stand. Dubuque will skate at Green Bay on Thursday night. On Saturday evening the Saints will host Green Bay and then Sunday afternoon will host the Youngstown Phantoms.

Going into the three game stretch the Fighting Saints are sitting in 3rd place in Eastern Conference with a record of 11-9-3-and-3 for 28 points which is three points back of 2nd place Chicago.


Lakers, Celtics win...Bucks, Rockets, Jazz prevail...Swearinger back with Cardinals

UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics earned Christmas Day wins, although the Lakers finished without LeBron James in a 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors. Kyle Kuzma scored a team-high 19 points for the Lakers, who managed to complete the win after James left with a strained left groin about four minutes into the third quarter. In Boston, Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and finished with 40 points as the Celtics knocked off Philadelphia, 121-114.

UNDATED (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a game-high 30 points and a team-best 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Knicks, 109-95 in New York. The Houston Rockets made it seven wins in their last eight games as James Harden poured in 41 points in a 113-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. And Rudy Gobert’s 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks helped the Utah Jazz beat Portland for the second time in five days, 117-96.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals have claimed safety D.J. Swearinger off waivers from the Washington Redskins, one day after he was let go for criticizing defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Swearinger reportedly blamed the game plan for the Redskins’ loss to the Titans in Tennessee on Saturday and was critical of the play calling earlier this year. The 27-year-old Swearinger played 20 games for the Cardinals and has four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 64 tackles this year.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – A person with knowledge of the MRI results tells The Associated Press that Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay’s season is over after tests showed he sustained major damage to his right wrist in Monday’s loss at Oakland. It also appears unlikely he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl next month after becoming the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to earn a Pro Bowl selection. Lindsay finishes the season with 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns.

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin has announced his retirement, saying at a news conference that he made the decision after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. The decision comes amid an investigation by Austrian police of 10 members of Russia’s biathlon team for doping and fraud offenses allegedly committed around the 2017 world championships in Austria. Prosecutors said those accused have been formally notified that they are under investigation but prosecutors did not name the suspects.


National Scoreboard from Tuesday (12/25)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Milwaukee 109 N-Y Knicks 95
Final Houston 113 Oklahoma City 109
Final OT Boston 121 Philadelphia 114
Final L.A. Lakers 127 Golden State 101
Final Utah 117 Portland 96


Bears, Packers, Vikings Win, Cowboys, Pats clinch division

– The Bears wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the NFC as Mitchell Trubisky threw one touchdown pass and Jordan Howard ran for another score in Chicago’s eighth win in nine games, 14-9 at San Francisco. Danny Trevathan  made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Chicago’s stout defense kept the 49ers out of the end zone. The Bears are 11-4 and can earn a first-round bye with a win in their season finale and a loss by the Rams.

– The Packers erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit before Aaron Rodgers threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 6:23 left in overtime to give Green Bay a 44-38 triumph over the Jets. The loss for the 4-11 Jets overshadowed a dazzling performance by rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who threw for a career-high 341 yards and three touchdowns.

– Minnesota is a step closer to the postseason after Kirk Cousins finished 21 of 28 for 253 yards with three touchdowns in a 27-9 victory at Detroit. Cousins threw a 44-yard Hail Mary to Kyle Rudolph as time expired in the first half to put the Vikings ahead to stay. The 8-6-1 Vikings had almost as many punts as yards until Cousins led an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs late in the first half.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

– It was a division-clinching afternoon for the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

The Cowboys are NFC East champs after Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns and Jaylon Smith returned a fumble 69 yards for a score in a 27-20 win over the Buccaneers. Prescott ran 7 yards to cap the only lengthy Dallas touchdown drive, a 75-yarder. He threw a 4-yard score to rookie Michael Gallup after Randy Gregory’s recovery of a Jameis Winston fumble.

Sony Michel ran for 116 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots beat the Bills 24-12 to earn their 10th straight AFC East title. Tom Brady joined Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers with at least 10 seasons of 4,000-plus passing yards, although the Pats QB was just 13 of 24 for 126 yards and two interceptions against Buffalo. James White had a touchdown run for New England, which moved ahead of Houston for the No. 2 seed in the conference playoffs and a first-round bye.

– Drew Brees capped a 326-yard passing performance with 2-yard touchdown to Michael Thomas with 1:25 left as New Orleans beat the Steelers, 31-28 to clinch the top seed in the NFC playoffs. Alvin Kamara gained 105 yards from scrimmage and ran for two touchdowns as the Saints improved to 13-2. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns for the 8-6-1 Steelers, who fell a half-game behind the AFC North-leading Ravens and out of playoff position.

– Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns and Chris Carson ran for two others as the Seahawks beat the Chiefs, 38-31 to clinch an NFC wild-card berth. Carson rushed for 116 yards and Wilson threw a 2-yard pass to Ed Dickson with 7:31 left to give Seattle a 31-21 lead. Kansas City fell to 11-4 and failed to clinch either the AFC West or a first-round bye despite Patrick Mahomes , who was 23 of 40 for 273 yards and three TDs.

– Philadelphia blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter before Jake Elliott’s 35-yard field goal as time expired sent the Eagles past the Texans, 32-30. Nick Foles threw for a franchise-record 471 yards and four touchdowns to help the Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive and drop Houston behind the Patriots for AFC seeding. Zach Ertz was Foles’ busiest target with 12 receptions for 110 yards and two TDs as the Eagles improved to 8-7.

– The Colts’ playoff hopes stayed alive when Andrew Luck hit Chester Rogers for a 1-yard TD with 55 seconds to complete their comeback in a 28-27 win over the Giants. Luck was 31 of 47 for 357 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, with T.Y. Hilton catching seven passes for 138 yards. The 9-6 Colts have won eight of their last nine and will win the AFC South with a victory over the Titans next Sunday and a loss by the Texans.

– C.J. Anderson rushed for 167 yards and the 12-3 Rams bounced back from a pair of losses to beat the Cardinals 31-9. Anderson rushed for a 4-yard touchdown and had other runs of 46 and 27 yards, five days after signing with Los Angeles. Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald threw the first touchdown pass of his career, a 32-yarder in perhaps his final home game with the Cardinals.

– Blake Bortles came off the bench late in the third quarter and took the Jaguars 51 yards for a go-ahead field goal as the Jaguars beat the Dolphins, 17-7. Telvin Smith Sr. intercepted Ryan Tannehill on the next series and scored on a 33-yard return. The 7-8 Dolphins will miss the postseason for the 15th time in the past 17 years.

– Baker Mayfield threw three touchdown passes and the Browns won for the fifth time in six games by downing the Bengals, 26-18. Mayfield’s 24 TD passes are the third most in NFL history by a rookie, two off the record held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. Cleveland improved to 5-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams and is 7-7-1 overall, but they were eliminated from the AFC playoff picture.

– The Falcons dealt the Panthers their seventh straight loss as Matt Ryan threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns in Atlanta’s 24-10 victory at Carolina. Ryan found Calvin Ridley for a 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the second half for the go-ahead score.


National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/23)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Minnesota 27 Detroit 9
Final Atlanta 24 Carolina 10
Final Indianapolis 28 N-Y Giants 27
Final OT Green Bay 44 N-Y Jets 38
Final Dallas 27 Tampa Bay 20
Final Cleveland 26 Cincinnati 18
Final New England 24 Buffalo 12
Final Philadelphia 32 Houston 30
Final Jacksonville 17 Miami 7
Final L.A. Rams 31 Arizona 9
Final Chicago 14 San Francisco 9
Final New Orleans 31 Pittsburgh 28
Final Seattle 38 Kansas City 31

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Atlanta 98 Detroit 95
Final Indiana 105 Washington 89
Final Sacramento 122 New Orleans 117
Final Miami 115 Orlando 91
Final Boston 119 Charlotte 103
Final Brooklyn 111 Phoenix 103
Final Chicago 112 Cleveland 92
Final Minnesota 114 Oklahoma City 112
Final Golden State 129 L.A. Clippers 127
Final OT Portland 121 Dallas 118
Final Memphis 107 L.A. Lakers 99


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Columbus 3 New Jersey 0
Final Carolina 5 Boston 3
Final Florida 6 Chicago 3
Final SO Philadelphia 3 N-Y Rangers 2
Final OT Toronto 5 Detroit 4
Final N-Y Islanders 3 Dallas 1
Final OT L.A. Kings 4 Vegas 3
Final SO Arizona 4 San Jose 3

 

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (21) Houston 75 Coppin St. 44


Ravens beat Chargers...Titans rally...Sun Devils top Jayhawks.

 

CARSON, Calif. (AP) – Lamar Jackson threw for 204 yards, including a career-best 68-yard TD pass to Mark Andrews as the Baltimore Ravens downed the Los Angeles Chargers, 22-10. Baltimore iced the victory when Tavon Young brought back an Antonio Gates fumble 62 yards for a touchdown late in the game. Justin Tucker hit three field goals for the 9-6 Ravens, who are 5-1 since Jackson became the starting quarterback. The Chargers dropped to 11-4 and will have to settle for the AFC’s No. 5 seed if Kansas City wins Sunday at Seattle.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Blaine Gabbert came off the bench in the second quarter and threw a go-ahead, two-yard scoring pass to MyCole Pruitt with 4:30 remaining in the Tennessee Titans’ 25-16 victory over the Washington Redskins. Gabbert was pressed into service when Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) suffered a stinger just before halftime. Gabbert threw for 101 yards, and Derrick Henry finished with 84 yards and a TD on 21 carries to help the Titans improve to 9-6 and stay in the AFC playoff hunt.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -Rob Edwards scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to lead 18th-ranked Arizona State past No. 1 Kansas, 80-76. The Sun Devils used a 10-0 run to go up 76-74 with 90 seconds left. Kansas tied it with a pair of free throws, but Remy Martin hit a pull-up jumper with 58 seconds left to put Arizona State ahead for good. It was Arizona State’s second win over a No. 1 team and allowed the Sun Devils to improve to 9-2.

CHICAGO (AP) – Keldon Williams scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as 19th-ranked Kentucky beat No. 9 North Carolina, 80-72. Williams got hot after Reid Travis contributed 16 of his 20 points to help Kentucky take a 40-31 halftime lead. PJ Washington added 11 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists in the Wildcats’ second straight victory since an overtime loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) combined with Ben Simmons for 53 points and the Sixers pulled within 2 1/2 games of the Raptors in the Atlantic Division by hammering Toronto, 126-101. Embiid delivered 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Simmons contributed 26 points, 12 boards and eight assists. The Raptors fell to an NBA-best 25-10 and played without two-time defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard, as well as Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-an-CHOO’-nuhs).


Bill Would Force Basketball Games Between Iowa, Iowa State, UNI

A state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require Iowa’s three major universities to play each other in basketball each season. State Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls says he’ll introduce the bill during the first week of the new Iowa legislative session, which begins next month. The bill is a response to the demise of the so-called “Big Four Classic” which saw Iowa and Iowa State’s basketball teams face either Drake or UNI in Des Moines. Danielson tells Des Moines TV station WHO that if the athletic directors of the schools can’t find a way to play each year, maybe it’s time for lawmakers to step in. Danielson’s bill would force Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI to play home-and-home series, which would spread the economic impact of the games around. Since the state sets the budget for the three schools, there could be financial penalties leveled if a school refuses to comply with the bill. While the bill would not initially include a requirement that the schools play Drake, Iowa’s other Division I program, Danielson says an amendment could make the Bulldogs part of the deal as well. Danielson is a UNI alum. He’s represented Cedar Falls in the State Senate since 2005.


High School Basketball, Wrestling Scores

Wrestling

Hempstead 45, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 25

Senior 51, Waterloo East 30

Waterloo West 45, Wahlert 24

Western Dubuque 63, Cedar Rapids Xavier 13

Iowa Falls-Alden 63, Cascade 18

New Hampton-Turkey Valley 73, Cascade 4

Tipton 45, Maquoketa 35

Alburnett 40, Maquoketa 30

 

Basketball

Boys

Potosi 78, Iowa-Grant 50

Lancaster 65, Viroqua 56

Girls

River Ridge 57, Shullsburg 34

Stockton 49, Pecatonica 24

Potosi/Cassville 63, Benton 36

Riverdale 64, Southwestern 60


National Scoreboard (1/21)

NBA

Miami 101, Houston 99

Clippers 125, Dallas 121

 

NHL

Pittsburgh 2, Minnesota 1

Detroit 4, Carolina 1

Boston 3, Anaheim 1

Columbus 2, New Jersey 1

Toronto 6, Florida 1

Philadelphia 2, Nashville 1

Chicago 5, Dallas 2

Montreal 2, Arizona 1

Tampa Bay 5, Calgary 4 (SO)

Vancouver 5, St. Louis 1

Vegas 4, Islanders 2

Winnipeg 5, San Jose 3

 

Top 25 College Basketball

#2 Duke 69, #12 Texas Tech 58

#21 Houston 60, Utah State 50


Gordon Suspended...Michigan's Higdon Skipping Bowl Game...Paul Goes Down with Hamstring Injury

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL says New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon has been returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017 and at the time revealed in an interview with GQ magazine that he drank or used marijuana before games.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Michigan running back Karan Higdon will skip the Peach Bowl, saying on Instagram that it is in his best interests to miss the game to prepare to pursue an NFL career. Higdon is one of the Wolverines’ top offensive threats, rushing for 1,178 yards as a senior this season. Michigan will also play the Dec. 29 bowl game against Florida without defensive end Rashan Gary, who is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft.

MIAMI (AP) – Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul suffered a strained hamstring during last night’s 101-99 loss to the Heat in Miami. He was attempting a behind-the-back dribble near midcourt in the second quarter when he briefly lost control of the ball, and then grabbed at the back of his left leg moments later. Paul will undergo an MRI today to determine the severity and likely timetable for returning, but head coach Mike D’Antoni said it could be some time before his point guard is back.

UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that three-time All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy has agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Colorado Rockies. The 33-year-old Murphy batted .299 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs in 91 games for the Nationals and Cubs last season, missing the start of the year following knee surgery. He’s a lifetime .299 hitter with 122 home runs, 333 doubles, 641 RBIs and a .458 slugging average.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Isaiah Green ran for a touchdown and was 17 of 25 passing for 221 yards as Marshall knocked off South Florida 38-20 in the Gasparilla Bowl. Keon Davis ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns, while Brenden Knox accumulated all 93 of his rushing yards in the first half. Marshall finishes 9-4, while USF ends a 7-6 season with six straight losses, including a bowl game on their home field.


NBA, NHL Scoreboard

NBA

San Antonia 129, Orland 90

Charlotte 110, Cleveland 99

Philadelphia 131, Knicks 109

Toronto 99, Indiana 96

Phoenix 111, Boston 103

Detroit 129, Minnesota 123 (OT)

Brooklyn 96, Chicago 93

Milwaukee 123, New Orleans 115

Houston 136, Washington 118

Utah 108, Golden State 103

Portland 99, Memphis 92

Oklahoma City 132, Sacramento 113

NHL

Pittsburgh 2, Washington 1

Colorado 2, Montreal 1


College Basketball: UNI Falls to Hot-Shooting Grand Canyon

Men’s College Basketball

Grand Canyon 73, UNI 62 – The Panthers couldn’t keep pace with the hot-shooting Antelopes, who hit on 45 percent of their field goal attempts. UNI, on the other hand, struggled early, hitting just 30 percent of their shots in the first half on the way to an eight-point deficit at the break. The Panthers recovered some in the second half, but weren’t able to complete the comeback. Former Dubuque Senior prep Luke McDonnell was in the starting lineup for the Panthers, and made his only field goal attempt of the game in a two-point, two-assist, three-rebound performance. Western Dubuque alum Spencer Haldeman added three points in just six minutes of action.

U. of Dubuque 78, Marian 59 (Daytona Beach Shootout) – The Spartans completed a sweep of their Florida trip as they improved to 7-3 on the season. Marcus McDaniel led UD with a 15-point night. The Spartans will return to action next Friday night when they face crosstown rival Clarke.

Women’s College Basketball

UNI 73, Minnesota State 56 – Former Western Dubuque prep Rose Simon-Ressler chipped in six points and four rebounds for the Panthers

Clarke 87, Webber International 83 – Makenna Haase notched a double-double for the Pride, scoring 32 points and adding 10 rebounds

Iowa State 94, Prairie View A&M 46

Men’s Top 25 Scores

#3 Tennessee 83, Samford 70

#5 Virginia 69, South Carolina 52

North Carolina State 78, #7 Auburn 71

#11 Florida State 95, North Florida 81

#13 Virginia Tech 82, North Carolina A&T 60

#17 Mississippi State 98, Wofford 87

#22 Indiana 86, Central Arkansas 53


Clarke Adds Lacrosse, Bowling Coaches

Wednesday was a busy day for the Clarke athletic department, as the school introduced two new head coaches. The Pride looked to the south for the new leader of their lacrosse programs, tabbing Augustana assistant coach Christian Diaz as the new head coach of both Clarke’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Diaz has previous head coaching experience, spending one season as the men’s head coach at Robert Morris University in Chicago. Prior to that, he had been an assistant at Division II Missouri Baptist. The Pride also has a new leader on the lanes. Marq Hicks will be the school’s new men’s and women’s bowling coach. Hicks is a Michigan native who’s been the head coach at that state’s Adrian College. A veteran of the Marine Corps, Hicks also boasts more than 25 years of bowling experience as a competitor and coach.


National Scoreboard

NBA

Cleveland 92, Indiana 91

Brooklyn 115, Lakers 110

Atlanta 118, Washington 110

Denver 126, Dallas 118

NHL

Florida 5, Buffalo 2

Philadelphia 3, Detroit 2

Toronto 7, New Jersey 2

Rangers 3, Anaheim 1

San Jose 4, Minnesota 0

Dallas 2, Calgary 0

Chicago 2, Nashville 1

St. Louis 4, Edmonton 1

Islanders 3, Arizona 1

Tampa Bay 5, Vancouver 2

Kings 2, Winnipeg 1


Pro Bowl Rosters Released...UAB Wins Boca Raton Bowl...Harvey Signs with Angels

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was a full participant during yesterday’s practice after missing three straight games with a sprained MCL in his right knee. The fourth-year pro was injured during the second half of the Chargers’ Nov. 26 win against Arizona. Gordon is sixth in the AFC in rushing with 802 yards despite the injury.

NEW YORK (AP) – The Los Angeles Chargers have placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including one of six rookies across the league to make the two rosters. First-round pick Derwin James will be joined on the AFC squad by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Melvin Gordon, defensive end Melvin Ingram, center Mike Pouncey and special-teamer Adrian Phillips. Rivers is a backup to Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, one of 29 first-time Pro Bowlers.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – UAB has capped an 11-3 season by winning the Boca Raton Bowl, 37-13 over Northern Illinois. Tyler Johnston III threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns in the Blazers’ first-ever bowl victory in three appearances. Xavier Ubosi had seven catches for 227 yards for the Conference USA champions, who have made consecutive bowl appearances since the program was reinstated two years ago following a self-imposed hiatus.

NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says right-hander Matt Harvey has agreed to a one-year, $11 million pact with the Angels. Harvey was designated for assignment by the Mets last May and was later traded to the Reds before going 7-7 with a 4.50 ERA the rest of the season. He started the 2013 All-Star game for the National League and later won a career-high 13 games for the 2015 pennant-winning Mets after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

CHICAGO (AP) – Infielder Daniel Descalso has worked out a two-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, a package that includes a $3.5 million club option for 2021. The 32-year-old Descalso set career highs with 13 home runs and 57 for Arizona last season, hitting .237 with 22 doubles in 138 games. Descalso has batted .240 with 46 homers and 279 RBIs in 997 major league games, playing every position except for center field and catcher.


Loras' George Named ARC Player of the Week

George (Courtesy: Loras College)

Loras’ Demond George has been tabbed as the American River Conference’s Male Athlete and Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. The senior scored a combined 39 points over the Duhawks two wins last week, a conference victory over Buena Vista and a non-league matchup with Augsburg. His 25 points against BV were a season high. The senior guard from Naperville is averaging about 11 and a half points per game this season for the 20th ranked Duhawks.