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January 25, 2020

Iowa High School Boys Basketball Scores

Dubuque Hempstead 72, Wahlert 65

Dubuque Senior 57, Western Dubuque 49

Maquoketa 62, Dyersville Beckman 46

Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 48, East Buchanan, Winthrop 45

Marion 58, Manchester 44

Midland, Wyoming 50, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 47

Springville 73, Edgewood-Colesburg 32

Wisconsin High School Boys Basketball Scores

Cuba City 83, Mineral Point 57

Darlington 81, Iowa-Grant 58

Fennimore 70, Southwestern 37

Lancaster 63, Dodgeville 58

Prairie du Chien 47, Platteville 34

Iowa High School Girls Basketball Scores

Bellevue Marquette Catholic 53, Midland, Wyoming 33

Dubuque, Hempstead 44, Wahlert 43

Dubuque Senior 43, Western Dubuque 34

Maquoketa 62, Beckman, Dyersville 46

Marion 80, Manchester 29

Wisconsin High School Girls Basketball Scores

Belmont 51, Pecatonica 38

Monticello 69, Benton 56

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Isaiah Thompson scored 14 points and Purdue responded to coach Matt Painter challenging his players’ toughness with one of the season’s best efforts in a 70-51 home rout of Wisconsin. The Boilermakers (11-9, 4-5 Big Ten) improved to 41-4 lifetime at home against the Badgers (12-8, 5-4). Sasha Stefanovic added 12 points and Purdue had seven scorers contributing at least five points. Purdue also limited the Badgers to their second-lowest point total of the season. The home team dominated on the boards, 42-16, which included 16 offensive rebounds. Evan Boudreaux had a game-high 13.

CHICAGO (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 21 points, Harrison Barnes added 19 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Chicago Bulls 98-81 to snap a six-game losing streak. De’Aaron Fox had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Kings led virtually wire-to-wire. Zach LaVine scored 21 for the Bulls, who had won four of seven. Chicago was 8 for 37 (21.6%) on 3-pointers. The Bulls played without forward Lauri Markkanen, who will miss four to six weeks with a right hip injury.

UNDATED (AP) — No. 21 Illinois is tied for first place in the Big Ten heading into a matchup at Michigan on Saturday. The Illini are even with Michigan State after the 11th-ranked Spartans lost at Indiana on Thursday night. That’s a big deal for Illinois, which hasn’t finished above .500 in conference play since 2010. Coach Brad Underwood’s team has won five straight games, and the Illini now face a Michigan team that’s going through a rough stretch. The Wolverines, who have been without injured forward Isaiah Livers, have lost three in a row and four of their last five. Illinois beat Michigan 71-62 when the teams met in December.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints earned a 3-2, shootout victory over the Omaha Lancers last night, behind a 35-save performance from Erik Portillo. The victory was Dubuque’s third win in a row and the Saints second shootout win of the season. Dubuque will try to complete a rare three in three sweep as they travel to Lincoln tomorrow.

The Loras College men’s volleyball team (1-0) opened the 2020 season at home on Friday evening with a 3-0 sweep against Rockford University (0-2) last night

The Clarke University men’s volleyball team earned a 3 sets to 1 victory over Robert Morris University yesterday in Chicago. With the win, Clarke moves to 2-1 overall on the season.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/23)

January 24, 2020

        HIGH SCHOOL

WRESTLING

  • Hempstead 48, Waterloo West 21
  • Iowa City High 51, Senior 24
  • Iowa City West 60, Wahlert 12
  • Western Dubuque 66, Waterloo East 11
  • Cascade defeats West Branch 58-6 and Northeast 39-18. Lost to Monticello 51-25.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Cal-Wheatland 75, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 71

Wisconsin

  • Potosi 49 Benton 46
  • River Ridge 39, Belmont 30
  • Highland 65, Cassville 39

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 46, Calamus-Wheatland 34

Illinois

  • Stockton 44, East Dubuque 38
  • Galena 51, Warren 25

Wisconsin

  • Mineral Point 54, Cuba City 44
  • Platteville 55, River Valley 25
  • Prairie du Chien 49, Lancaster 34
  • Fennimore 46, Southwestern 39
  • Darlington 52, Iowa-Grant 45

 

 

COLLEGE

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Iowa 77, Ohio State 68
  • Maryland 79, Illinois 60

Fighting Saints Win Big

January 24, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints hit the halfway part of their season with an emphatic 9-3 win on Thursday night against the NTDP U-17’s. Dubuque scored four in the first, three in the second and two in the third to down the U-17’s in the two team’s final game this season.

Dubuque secured multi-point games from Braden Doyle, Aidan Fulp, Matthew Kopperud, Stephen Halliday, Ty and Dylan Jackson, Riese Gaber and Mark Cheremeta, en route to the victory. In total, 11 players notched a point for Dubuque as they grabbed their 22nd win in their 31st game.

Dubuque will hit the road tonight as they make the trek to Omaha to face the Lancers and then head to Lincoln for a Saturday night faceoff with the Stars.

Coco upsets Osaka ... LeBron closing in on Kobe ... Tiger in the hunt

January 24, 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff has pulled off a big upset at the Australian Open by eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the third round. This is only the third Grand Slam tournament of Gauff’s career but already her second time reaching the fourth round. Osaka is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion. Gauff already beat another former No. 1 in the first round this week when she got past Venus Williams.

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his 10th triple-double of the season and the Los Angeles Lakers made a season-high 19 3-pointers to pull away and beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113. James closed within 17 points of Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA’s career scoring list. He can pass Bryant on Saturday at Philadelphia. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. Beltran departed without managing a game last week as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Rojas, who had been the Mets’ quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. Rojas became New York’s fourth manager in the past 2 1/2 years — and third in four months.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown has turned himself in at a Florida jail on charges related to accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man. Brown arrived at Broward County Jail Thursday night. His lawyer says Brown is innocent of the charges, which include burglary with battery. The wide receiver played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded to the Oakland Raiders last year. He was released by the Raiders and subsequently signed and released by the New England Patriots.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under-par 69 at Torrey North to start the new year in contention at the Farmers Open. Woods is coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan. Sebastian Cappelen (KAP’-lihn) and Keegan Bradley had the low scores of the opening round.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/23)

January 24, 2020

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Washington 124 Cleveland 112
Final L.A. Lakers 128 Brooklyn 113
Final Dallas 133 Portland 125
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final Indiana 67 (11)Michigan St. 63
Final 2OT (12)Oregon 79 Southern Cal 70
Final (23)Colorado 78 Washington St. 56
Final (25)Houston 63 UConn 59
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Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/22)

January 23, 2020

        HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • East Dubuque 62, Warren 40
  • West Carroll 45, Galena 38

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Galena 63, West Carroll 18

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Coe 81, Loras 74
  • Clarke 82, Central Methodist 79
  • Dubuque 75, Luther 69
  • #11 UW Platteville 77, UW Whitewater 56

 

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • #8 Loras 72, Coe 54 (Duhawk win streak to 10 in a row)
  • #8 Central Methodist 89, #21 Clarke 74
  • Luther 77, Dubuque 62
  • #6 UW Whitewater 67, UW Platteville 52

Duncan Named New Loras Woman’s VB Coach

January 23, 2020

Loras College has named Kristy Duncan as the new head coach of the women’s volleyball team and senior woman administrator. Duncan comes to Loras after serving as the head women’s volleyball coach since 2014 at Illinois College and the assistant director of athletics since 2019. During her time as the head coach for Illinois College, Duncan led the team to back-to-back conference tournaments while also claiming back-to-back 20-win season in 2018-19 which was the first back-to-back 20-win seasons for Illinois College since 1995-96.

Fighting Saints Portillo Honored by USHL

January 23, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa — For the second time this season, Dubuque Fighting Saints goalie Erik Portillo was named the USHL Goalie of the Week. Portillo secured his second weekly honors after a 38-save performance against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Portillo shut down the Hawks, stopping 14 of 15 shots in the 3rd period to keep Waterloo out of striking distance.

The win for Portillo was his 13th of the season, placing him in a three-way tie for third in the USHL.

Portillo and the rest of the Fighting Saints will host the USA U-17 squad this evening before hitting the road for games at Omaha and Lincoln this weekend.

#19 Iowa Wins.....UNI Falls at S-I-U

January 23, 2020

No. 19 Iowa holds off No. 24 Rutgers, 85-80

Luka Garza had 28 points and 13 rebounds as No. 19 Iowa held on in the closing seconds to beat No. 24 Rutgers 85-80. Connor McCaffery hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds, his only points of the night, to close out the win for the Hawkeyes. Iowa led by nine points three times in the second half before Rutgers rallied. Garza had his 11th double-double of the season. Ron Harper Jr. had a career-high 29 points for Rutgers.

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Illinois holds off N. Iowa for a 68-66 win

Lance Jones scored 20 points and Barret Benson scored 13 with six rebounds and Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa 68-66. Jones’ basket gave Southern Illinois a 63-57 lead with 2:21 remaining. AJ Green’s 3-pointer brought the Panthers within 67-66. On the Salukis following possession, Green came up with a steal against Trent Brown, but he missed a jump shot with two seconds left and time expired. Trae Berhow led Northern Iowa with 22 points and nine rebounds.  Spencer Haldeman had 3 points, 3 rebounds for the Panthers.

Manning retiring...Mets pick a manager...Kansas-Kansas State punishment...Mavs lose Powell

January 23, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will formally announce his retirement tomorrow after a 16-year career played entirely with the New York Giants. The 39-year-old quarterback owns virtually every team passing record, but his future had been in doubt since the end of 4-12 season that saw him lose the starting job to rookie Daniel Jones. Team president and CEO John Mara called Manning one of the best players in franchise history and says the organization looks forward to inducting him in the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen says the team is finalizing a multiyear contract that would make Luis Rojas their new manager, replacing Carlos Beltrán. The son of former big league manager Felipe Alou spent last year as the Mets’ quality control coach and has already received raves from first baseman Pete Alonso and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman on social media. Beltrán left the Mets last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 has suspended four players for their roles in a brawl in the waning moments of Tuesday’s Kansas-Kansas State game at Allen Fieldhouse. Jayhawks forward Silvio DeSouza received a 12-game ban after being suspended indefinitely by coach Bill Self. Kansas forward David McCormack got a two-game suspension, Kansas State forward James Love received an eight-game ban and Wildcats forward Antonio Gordon was ordered to sit out three games.

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The 28-year-old Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter. The six-year NBA veteran started 39 of his 40 games this season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wimbledon champion Simona Halep  has beaten British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. Halep ended 2019 ranked fourth, her sixth consecutive year-end top five finish. She will next play either Danielle Collins or Yulia Putintseva. Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem  broke local wild-card entry Alex Boult’s serve in the third game of the fifth set and advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 win. Seventh-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced about the same time with a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 win over Egor Gerasimov.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/22)

January 23, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Oklahoma City 120 Orlando 114
Final Toronto 107 Philadelphia 95
Final Detroit 127 Sacramento 106
Final Atlanta 102 L.A. Clippers 95
Final L.A. Lakers 100 New York 92
Final Boston 119 Memphis 95
Final OT Miami 134 Washington 129
Final Houston 121 Denver 105
Final Chicago 117 Minnesota 110
Final Indiana 112 Phoenix 87
Final San Antonio 121 New Orleans 117
Final Utah 129 Golden State 96
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Columbus 4 Winnipeg 3
Final Minnesota 4 Detroit 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (6)Louisville 68 Georgia Tech 64
Final (7)Dayton 86 St. Bonaventure 60
Final (10)Seton Hall 73 Providence 64
Final (16)Auburn 80 South Carolina 67
Final (19)Iowa 85 (24)Rutgers 80
Final Tulsa 80 (20)Memphis 40
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Loras Men’s Soccer Coach Dan Rothert Resigns

January 22, 2020

Loras College Men’s Soccer Head Coach and associate Athletic Director Dan Rothert has stepped down.

Rothert , a former Loras Player has been the very successful head men’s soccer coach at Loras since 1998 guiding the program to numerous conference championships and  five NCAA Division 3 Final Four appearances. He has served as Associate Athletic Director since 2015.

A former Loras soccer player, Rothert has been the head coach of the Men’s Soccer team since 1998 after serving as assistant coach. He was named associate athletic director in 2015.  Rothert indicated a desire to pursue new opportunities as his reason for stepping down.

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/22)

January 22, 2020

 

        HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 62, #5 4A Dubuque, Hempstead 59 (OT)
  • #8 4A Dubuque, Senior 59, Cedar Rapids, Washington 49
  • Wahlert 79, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 67
  • Bellevue 55, Anamosa 54
  • #6 2A Dyersville Beckman 58, West Delaware 33
  • #2 2A Camanche 59, Cascade 52
  • Easton Valley 81, Marquette Catholic, Bellevue 38
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 78, Western Dubuque 52

Wisconsin

  • #1 D-4 Cuba City 126, Riverdale 37
  • #6 D-4 Darlington 59, Mineral Point 57
  • #10 D-4 Fennimore 77, Iowa Grant 46
  • Boscobel 67, Southwestern 59

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids Washington 42, Dubuque Senior 38
  • Dubuque Hempstead 44, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 37
  • Wahlert Catholic 60, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 37
  • Beckman Catholic 68, West Delaware 50
  • #3 1A Bellevue Marquette Catholic 61, Easton Valley 48
  • Bellevue 51, Anamosa 40
  • #1 2A Cascade 46, Camanche 15
  • Maquoketa 50, Mount Vernon 37

Wisconsin

  • Fennimore 57, Iowa Grant 46
  • Shullsburg 55, Belmont 42

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 43, River Ridge/Scales Mound 25

Swimming

The Dubuque Community School District $9.5 million aquatic center held an open house yesterday on the Hempstead campus including a triangular meet. Hempstead swam past Senior, 107-62, and Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 98-71; Jefferson won over Senior, 94-72.

 

COLLEGE

MENS VOLLEYBALL

  • Clarke 3, William Penn 2

CBB: ISU Tops OSU....Wisconsin Tops Nebraska....#21 Illinois Downs Purdue

January 22, 2020

Young’s 27 points sends Iowa St. past Oklahoma St. 89-82

Solomon Young scored a career-high 27 points off the bench, Rasir Bolton added 21 points and nine rebounds and Iowa State beat Oklahoma State 89-82. Young, a 6-foot-8 senior who started the first 14 games of the season, gave the Cyclones a much-needed energy boost and also grabbed nine rebounds as the Cowboys remained winless in conference play. The Cyclones, who made of 11 of 24 3-point attempts, led 75-60 with five minutes left and held off a late Cowboys’ charge by hitting four straight free throws in the closing moments.  Lindy Waters led Oklahoma State with 14 points.

Wisconsin pulls away from Nebraska for 82-68 win

Brad Davison scored 14 points, D’Mitrik Trice added 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Wisconsin used a big second half to power past Nebraska 82-68. After leading 39-38 at halftime, the Badgers opened the second half on a 20-4 run to hand the Cornhuskers their fourth straight loss. Davison sparked the surge by knocking down back-to-back 3s out of the locker room. Dachon Burke Jr. had a game-high 20 points and Kevin Cross scored 17 off the bench for Nebraska, which countered with a 19-7 run of its own to pull within 66-61.

No. 21 Illinois runs away in 2nd half to sweep Purdue

No. 21 Illinois used a second-half offensive flurry to pull away from Purdue 79-62 for its fifth consecutive win. Kofi Cockburn scored 22 points to lead the Fighting Illini on Tuesday night. Trent Frazier had 21. Illinois swept the Boilermakers for the first time since 2008-09 and is off to its best start in Big Ten play since 2005-06. Nojel Eastern led Purdue with 14 points as the Boilermakers’ 15-game winning streak in home conference games came to an end. Illinois erased a 30-29 halftime deficit by scoring the first seven points of the second half and never trailed again.

Jeter, Walker get Hall nods...Braves get Ozuna...Day 3 down under...Blazers deal with Kings

January 22, 2020

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Jeter falling one vote short of being the second unanimous selection. Jeter won five World Series while batting .310 with 260 home runs and 1,311 RBIs in a 20-year career spent entirely with the New York Yankees. Walker spent 17 seasons in the majors, hitting .313 with 383 home runs and 1,311 RBIs for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves and free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna have worked out a one-year, $18 million deal that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October. Ozuna hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their five-game win over the Braves in the NL Division Series. He batted .241 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during the regular season.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff has set up another showdown against Naomi Osaka in a Grand Slam tournament. Serena Williams, No. 1 Ash Barty and defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic also all won on Day 3 at the Australian Open. Gauff erased deficit after deficit in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Sorana Cirstea to get to the third round. Now Gauff will face defending champion Osaka. This rematch comes less than five months after their memorable meeting at the U.S. Open. Osaka won that one in straight sets, then consoled a crying Gauff and encouraged her to address the crowd.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have pulled off a multi-player deal that brings them Trevor Ariza , Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan from the Sacramento Kings for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round draft picks. Ariza is a 15-year-veteran who was averaging six points and 4.6 rebounds for the Kings this season. Bazemore has started 21 of his 43 games this season, averaging 7.9 points and four rebounds.

NEW YORK (AP) — Current and former NBA stars gathered in New York yesterday in a 2 ½ hour tribute to former NBA commissioner David Stern, who died earlier this month after a brain hemorrhage. A tearful Magic Johnson called Stern “his angel” and recalled how Stern supported him playing in the 1992 All-Star Game despite some players concerns and fears about Johnson being HIV positive. Others former stars who packed Radio City Music Hall included big men Bill Russell and Yao Ming to dazzling distributors such as Johnson and Isiah Thomas.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/21)

January 22, 2020

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final L.A. Clippers 110 Dallas 107
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Boston 3 Vegas 2
Final Carolina 4 Winnipeg 1
Final N-Y Islanders 4 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 0
Final Florida 4 Chicago 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (3)Kansas 81 Kansas St. 60
Final (4)San Diego St. 72 Wyoming 55
Final (8)Duke 89 Miami 59
Final (9)Villanova 76 (13)Butler 61
Final (15)Kentucky 89 Georgia 79
Final (17)Maryland 77 Northwestern 66
Final TCU 65 (18)Texas Tech 54
Final (21)Illinois 79 Purdue 62

Area Scoreboard from Monday (1/20)

January 21, 2020

        HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • #8 4A Senior 66, #5 4A Hempstead 51
  • Cedar Rapids, Washington 66, Wahlert, Dubuque 55
  • Dyersville Beckman 82, Solon 66
  • Monticello 56, Cascade 31

Illinois

  • East Dubuque beat Forreston 59- 43 and then Mooseheart 57-43 for the championship at the South Beloit MLK Tourney.

Wisconsin

  • Lancaster 60, Southwestern 54
  • Potosi 60, Belmont 26
  • River Ridge 63, Shullsburg 56

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Senior 75, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 51
  • Wahlert Catholic 40, Cedar Rapids Washington 38
  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 60, Western Dubuque 47
  • Cascade 46, Monticello 33
  • Clear Creek-Amana 61, Beckman, Dyersville 43

Wisconsin

  • Platteville 62, Darlington 30
  • Lancaster 53, Fennimore 35
  • Dodgeville 52, Cuba City 34
  • Southwestern 64, Benton 40
  • Potosi/Cassville 53, Seneca 43

Illinois

  • Galena won the Freeport Aquin Tourney defeating Winnebago 37-30 and Morrison 68-32 in the championship game.

WRESTLING

  • At the Cascade Invitational, Western Dubuque claimed the title racking up 227 team points in front of Union Laporte City with 190. Beckman 3rd5, Cascade 4th 103, Senior 7th with 71, Wahlert 8th with 63, Bellevue 10th with 36.

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 107, Grand View 80 (The Pride now 12-6 on the season, 8-4 in the Heart)

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • 21 Clarke 78, No. 19 Grand View 70 (Clarke now 15-3, 9-3 Heart.)

AP Iowa Boys Basketball Poll

January 21, 2020

Both Hempstead and Senior moved up in the latest Associated Press Iowa High School boys basketball rankings this week. In Class 4A: Hempstead climbed to 5th with Senior moving up two spots to 8th.  Three other Mississippi Valley teams are ranked with Waterloo West 2nd, Iowa City West 3rd, and Cedar Falls 4th.

In Class 2A Dyersville Beckman fell one spot to number 6.

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 (10) 9-0 116 1
2. Waterloo, West (1) 8-1 101 2
3. Iowa City, West 7-1 90 3
4. Cedar Falls (1) 7-1 87 4
5. Dubuque, Hempstead 9-1 54 6
6. Ankeny Centennial 10-1 52 5
7. North Scott, Eldridge 10-1 48 9
8. Dubuque, Senior 6-1 44 10
9. Ankeny 9-1 30 NR
10. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 8-2 20 8
Others receiving votes: Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 15. Sioux City, East 2. Davenport, North 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Norwalk (3) 8-2 92 8
2. Marion (1) 9-1 90 10
3. Assumption, Davenport (4) 8-2 85 6
4. Carroll (1) 7-1 73 1
5. Pella (1) 8-2 57 NR
6. Winterset 7-2 54 4
7. Mount Vernon 9-2 43 2
8. MOC-Floyd Valley 10-2 28 7
9. Glenwood 9-3 26 NR
10. Ballard 7-4 24 NR
Others receiving votes: Clear Lake 20. Dallas Center-Grimes 20. Keokuk 10. Le Mars 8. Central Clinton, De Witt 7. Gilbert 6. Harlan 6. Algona 4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2. Washington 1. Denison-Schleswig 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. West Sioux, Hawarden (7) 12-0 113 1
2. Camanche (5) 9-0 107 2
3. Treynor 11-1 90 3
4. North Linn, Troy Mills 10-0 83 4
5. Boyden-Hull 10-1 74 8
6. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 9-2 53 5
7. Van Meter 10-0 46 9
8. Western Christian, Hull 8-2 16 NR
9. Regina, Iowa City 8-2 14 7
(tie) West Branch 10-1 14 NR
Others receiving votes: Dike-New Hartford 8. Osage 7. Albia 6. Des Moines Christian 5. Aplington-Parkersburg 4. Woodward-Granger 4. Pella Christian 3. A-H-S-TW, Avoca 3. Unity Christian, Orange City 2. Southeast Valley-Gowrie 2. Rock Valley 1. Monticello 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Easton Valley (5) 11-0 109 3
2. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (4) 11-1 106 4
3. WACO, Wayland (1) 12-0 75 5
4. Montezuma 8-1 68 1
5. West Fork, Sheffield (1) 11-1 65 6
6. Lake Mills 11-1 58 7
7. St. Mary’s, Remsen 9-2 55 2
8. South O’Brien, Paullina 10-2 46 10
9. Mount Ayr (1) 10-0 38 10
10. Martensdale-St. Marys 9-1 8 NR
(tie) Highland, Riverside 12-1 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Don Bosco, Gilbertville 7. New London 5. Siouxland Community Christian 4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 4. Newell-Fonda 3. Madrid 1.

Hawkeyes Sweep Big 10 Awards

January 21, 2020

The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team swept the weekly Big 10 honors this week. Iowa big man Luka Garza was named the conference player of the week while C.J. Frederick was named the Freshman of the Week.

Garza (6-foot-11, 260 pounds) averaged 30 points, five rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in wins over Northwestern and No. 19 Michigan. Fredrick eturned from a foot injury and averaged 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds in both games.

#19 Iowa winners of seven of its last nine, returns to action on Wednesday at home against #24 Rutgers.

UNI’s Green MVC P.O.W.

January 21, 2020

UNI’s AJ Green has been selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Green averaged 27.0 points per game and shot 51% from the field in MVC victories last week over Valparaiso and at Bradley.

Day 2 Down Under...Baylor wins after moving to No. 1...Avs down Wings...Braves get King Felix

January 21, 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American and women’s 10th seed Madison Keys cruised into the second round of the Australian Open, but former No. 1 Maria Sharapova was a 6-3, 6-4 loser to No. 19 Donna Vekic. No. 12 Johanna Konta suffered her earliest Australian Open exit with a first-round loss to Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Belinda Bencic each won in straight sets, and men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal had a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor earned a victory just hours after climbing to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. MaCio Teague had 16 points and the Bears improved to 16-1 with their 15th consecutive win, 61-57 against Oklahoma. In last night’s other Top-25 game, No. 14 West Virginia reeled off a 20-0 run that gave them a 43-15 lead in a 97-59 trouncing of Texas. Iowa is ranked 19th this week and Illinois 21st.

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri  and Nathan MacKinnon scored 1:54 apart early in the second period to put the Colorado Avalanche ahead to stay in a 6-3 win against the struggling Detroit Red Wings. Kadri tied it with a power-play goal 62 seconds into the period before MacKinnon netted his 27th goal of the season. Kadri and MacKinnon also tallied in Colorado’s four-goal third period. The Avalanche went 3-0-2 on their five-game homestand and are six points behind the division-leading Blues.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed six All-Star selection and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp. Hernandez is coming off his worst major league season, going 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners. The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta’s 40-man roster.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo  registered a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in just 31 minutes of the Milwaukee Bucks’ seventh straight win, 111-98 against the Chicago Bulls. Khris Middleton contributed 24 points as the Bucks improved to a league-best 39-6 at home, including 21-2 at home.

National Scoreboard from Monday (1/20)

January 21, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Washington 106 Detroit 100
Final Toronto 122 Atlanta 117
Final Philadelphia 117 Brooklyn 111
Final Milwaukee 111 Chicago 98
Final New Orleans 126 Memphis 116
Final New York 106 Cleveland 86
Final Oklahoma City 112 Houston 107
Final Orlando 106 Charlotte 83
Final OT Miami 118 Sacramento 113
Final Boston 139 L.A. Lakers 107
Final Denver 107 Minnesota 100
Final Utah 118 Indiana 88
Final San Antonio 120 Phoenix 118
Final OT Portland 129 Golden State 124
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Colorado 6 Detroit 3
Final Florida 5 Minnesota 4
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (1)Baylor 61 Oklahoma 57
Final (14)West Virginia 97 Texas 59

Regional Womens College Basketball (1/19)

January 20, 2020

Trio reach 20 points, No. 22 Iowa women rally by Badgers

No. 22 Iowa pulled out an 85-78 win over Wisconsin after trailing by 17 points in the third quarter. Makenzie Meyer led the Hawkeyes, who have won six straight, with 22 points and Kathleen Doyle added 21.

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UNI Women Defeat Indiana State

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Four players scored in double figures, including a double-double from Cynthia Wolf with a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead UNI to a 73-43 win Sunday afternoon over Indiana State at the McLeod Center.  Former Western Dubuque prep Rose Simon-Ressler has 13 points and 4 rebounds for the Panthers.

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Iowa State Rallies by OSU

STILLWATER, Oklahoma – Iowa State (10-6, 2-3 Big 12) rallied from a 14-point deficit to take down Oklahoma State 64-63 Sunday afternoon in Stillwater. Iowa State was led by a pair of 17-point performances from Ashley Joens and Kristin Scott.

Niners trounce Packers...Chiefs rally past Titans...Pacers, Spurs win...Pens stun B's

January 20, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are in the Super Bowl for the first time in seven years after cruising to a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers. Raheem Mostert ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries, including 160 yards and three TDs by halftime to help San Francisco take a 27-0 lead into the locker room. The Niners racked up 285 yards rushing while Jimmy Garoppolo  threw just eight times, completing six for 77 yards.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes scored on an acrobatic 27-yard run just before halftime and the Kansas City Chiefs held NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry to 69 yards rushing in a 35-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC championship game. Tennessee led 17-7 until Mahomes led two touchdown drives over the last 4:03 of the first half, beginning with his 20-yard scoring strike to Tyreek Hill. Mahoms threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs reached the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.

UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs won Sunday’s only NBA games. Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double of 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the Pacers’ 115-108 victory at Denver. LaMarcus Aldridge provided 21 points and DeMar DeRozan added 20 as the Spurs downed the Southeast Division-leading Miami Heat, 107-102.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins erased a 3-0 deficit and beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3 on Bryan Rust’s goal with 7:25 remaining. Jack Johnson tied it with a short-handed goal early in the third before Rust notched his team-high 21st goal to send the Penguins to their sixth win in seven games. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his league-leading 37th goal of the season but couldn’t stop the Bruins from losing for the third time in four games.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rain has caused outdoor matches to be suspended or delayed on the first day of the Australian Open, but it didn’t stop Serena Williams, defending women’s champ Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer from winning their matches at Rod Laver Arena. Williams began her latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-0, 6-3 victory after Osaka won in straight sets. Federer cruised to a straight-sets victory as he seeks his 21st Grand Slam singles crown.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (1/19)

January 20, 2020

NFL PLAYOFFS

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: San Francisco 37, Green Bay 20

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Kansas City 35, Tennessee 24

(San Francisco vs Kansas City Super Bowl 54 in Miami on Sunday, February 2)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final San Antonio        107   Miami         102

Final Indiana      115   Denver       107

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 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh  4       Boston       3

Final SO    Carolina     2       N-Y Islanders     1

Final Chicago     5       Winnipeg   2

Final Columbus  2       N-Y Rangers      1

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

January 19, 2020

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Clarke University

Grandview                    PPD  until 1/20/20

 

Loras College  88

University of Dubuque  87

 

UW Platteville  69

UW La Crosse  67

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Clarke University

Grandview                    PPD  until 1/20/20

 

Loras College  79

University of Dubuque  73

 

UW Platteville   48

UW La Crosse   53

 

PEORIA, Illinois (KCRG) – Northern Iowa had 16 wins total last season. On Saturday, the Panthers matched last season’s total after beating Bradley 86-71 and moved into sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Northern Iowa was up 11 with 8:30 to go in the first half, but Bradley went on a 10-1 run and only trailed 38-36 at halftime. Northern Iowa faces Southern Illinois on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

 

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kyler Edwards had 22 points coming off the highest-scoring game of his career and No. 23 Texas Tech pulled away from Iowa State in the second half of a 72-52 victory. The sophomore was 5 of 6 from 3-point range after scoring 24 points in a victory at Kansas State that stopped a two-game skid. Texas Tech went on an 18-2 run in the second half. The Cyclones missed their first 15 attempts from 3-point range and finished 3 of 22. Tyrese Haliburton led the Cyclones with 13 points.

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill, (AP) — Trent Frazier scored 16 points, including hitting four 3-pointers, to lead No. 24 Illinois to a 75-71 win over Northwestern. Illinois (13-4, 5-2 Big Ten) had five players in double figures on Saturday. Ayo Dosunmu scored 14 points, Giorgi Bezhanishvili had 13, Kofi Cockburn 12 and Andres Feliz added 10.  Robbie Beran led Northwestern (6-11, 1-6) with 17 points. Kopp had 16 points, Pat Spencer 14 and Ryan Young added 12.

NBA-SCHEDULE

January 19, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have added another game to their latest winning streak.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Bucks stormed to their sixth consecutive win, 117-97 against the Nets. Khris Middleton scored 20 points in helping Milwaukee improve to an NBA-leading 38-6.

The Bucks shot 50% from the field, made 17 3-pointers and held the short-handed Nets to 33% shooting.

Kyrie Irving had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Nets.

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

— LeBron James dropped in 31 points and had 12 assists in the Lakers’ 124-115 win at Houston. Kyle Kuzma finished with 23 points, while Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each added 20 to help Los Angeles win for the 10th win in 11 games.

— Fred VanVleet returned from a hamstring injury to score 29 points as the Raptors beat the Timberwolves, 122-112. Kyle Lowry added 28 points and seven assists while Norman Powell scored 20 points off the bench in Toronto’s third straight win.

— Devin Booker’s 39 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists were vital to the Suns’ 123-119 win over the Celtics. Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help Phoenix overcome Marcus Smart’s team record-tying 11 3-pointers and career-high 37 points.

— Rudy Gobert had a season-high 28 points and 15 rebounds as the Jazz won for the 16th time in 18 games, 123-101 over the Kings. Bojan Bogdanovic had six 3-pointers on his way to 30 points for Utah.

— The 76ers ended a six-game road losing streak as Tobias Harris hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter of a 90-87 downing of the Knicks. Ben Simmons had 21 points, Josh Richardson added 18 and reserve Furkan Korkmaz  scored 17 in Philadelphia’s third straight win overall.

— Lou Williams scored 14 of his 32 points while the Clippers were outscoring the Pelicans, 31-20 in a 133-130 victory for L.A. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 39 points and Montrezl Harrell added 24 for the Clippers, who trailed by 10 in the final seconds of the third quarter.

— The Thunder earned a 119-106 win over the Trail Blazers as Chris Paul matched a season high with 30 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 22 points and Dennis Schroder and Nerlens Noel each added 15 for Oklahoma City.

— Zach LaVine  scored 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ 118-116 comeback over the Cavaliers. Chicago trailed by 15 in the fourth quarter before holding Cleveland to 14 points and forcing 10 turnovers in the period.

— D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points and dished out a season-high 12 assists as the Warriors stopped a 10-game losing streak, 109-95 over the Magic. Jordan Poole scored 21 points off the bench and Eric Paschall had 20 points and nine rebounds as Golden State halted its longest skid in nearly 18 years.

— Derrick Rose had 27 points and nine assists as the Pistons rolled to a 136-103 pounding of the Hawks. Svi Mykhailiuk added 25 points off the bench for Detroit, which shot 59% and won their second straight for the first time since Dec. 9.

T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

January 19, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Baylor was able to rally from a double-digit deficit in the second half on Saturday. Third-ranked Duke, fourth-ranked Auburn and No. 5 Butler weren’t as fortunate.

The Bears came back from 12 down to beat Oklahoma State, 75-68. Jared Butler scored 19 points and had six assists, while Freddie Gillespie added 17 points in Baylor’s 15th consecutive victory.

The Bears trailed 47-35 with 14 minutes remaining but used an 18-4 run over the next four-plus minutes to get back in the game.

Duke turned a 10-point, halftime deficit into a one-point game before 11th-ranked Louisville held off the Blue Devils, 79-73. David Johnson had team highs of 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench to help the Cardinals overcome a quiet game from Jordan Nwora, who finished with just six points.

Auburn was blown out at Florida as Omar Payne delivered 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Gators’ 69-47 win over the Tigers. Florida put the game out of reach with a 14-0 run that included 3-pointers by Noah Locke, Keyontae Johnson and Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Auburn has dropped two straight since a 15-0 start.

Butler suffered its second straight loss as Paul Reed scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting in DePaul’s 79-66 victory against the Bulldogs. Jalen Coleman-Lands added 20 in helping the Blue Demons knock off a top-5 team for the first time since beating No. 5 Kansas on Dec. 2, 2006.

The Bulldogs gave up a season-high 44 first-half points, the most since surrendering 34 in a loss to Baylor.

In other top-25 men’s basketball finals:

— Killian Tillie’s 22 points and 11 boards were among top-ranked Gonzaga’s highlights in a 92-69 thrashing of BYU. Corey Kispert finished with 19 points and the Bulldogs pulled away by outscoring the Cougars, 54-38 in the second half.

— Devon Dotson returned from a hip injury to score 21 points, including the final seven of the game for sixth-ranked Kansas in a 66-57 downing of Texas. Udoka Azubuike scored 17 points and the Jayhawks closed on a 12-3 run that started with consecutive baskets from Marcus Garrett.

— Seventh-ranked San Diego State remains the only unbeaten team in Division One after Yanni Wetzell had 17 points and 16 rebounds to carry the Aztecs to a 68-55 win over Nevada. Malachi Flynn had 14 points and seven assists for San Diego State, which trailed by two at halftime before improving to 19-0.

— Payton Pritchard’s sixth 3-pointer of the game broke a 61-all tie with 3.4 seconds left in overtime and sent No. 8 Oregon to a 64-61 victory against Washington. Pritchard was high man for the Ducks with 22 points and Chandler Lawson added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

—Ninth-ranked Florida State erased a nine-point deficit in the final 4:33 of regulation before gaining its ninth straight win, 83-79 against Miami in overtime. Devin Vassell set a career high for the second consecutive game by leading Florida State with 23 points while adding 11 rebounds and five assists.

— Nick Richards contributed 17 points and nine rebounds to lead 10th-ranked Kentucky’s balanced attack in a 73-66 win against Arkansas. Ashton Hagans had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats, who finished the game without coach John Calipari following his ejection in the second half.

— Kansas State picked up its first Big 12 win of the season as Cartier Diarra tied a career high with 25 points and Xavier Sneed chipped in 16 to lead an 84-68 upset of No. 12 West Virginia. Dujuan Gordon had a career high 15 for the Wildcats, who led by 23 before the Mountaineers scored 15 straight to make it interesting.

— Jermaine Samuels scored 19 points and made the decisive three-point play that put No. 14 Villanova ahead for good in a 61-55 victory over Connecticut. Collin Gillespie scored 12 points and the Wildcats were 11 of 23 from beyond the arc.

— Fabian White scored 14 points as Houston used a balanced offense to beat No. 16 Wichita State, 65-54. DeJon Jarreau had 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Cougars, who held the Shockers 22 points below their season scoring average.

— No. 17 Maryland remains perfect at home after Jalen Smith provided 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 57-50 victory against Purdue. Freshman Donta Scott scored 13 for the Terrapins, who opened with a 9-0 spurt and led by 16 at halftime.

— Myles Powell scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half of 18th-ranked Seton Hall’s eighth consecutive win, 82-79 over St. John’s. Quincy McKnight added 20 points and Romaro Gill had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the Pirates.

— Dylan Smith and Josh Green scored 13 points apiece as Arizona coasted past No. 20 Colorado, 75-54. Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji each added 12 points for the Wildcats.

— Lamar Stevens furnished 14 of his 24 points in the second half of Penn State’s 90-76 win against No. 21 Ohio State. The Buckeyes have dropped five of six.

— Kyler Edwards had 22 points and No. 23 Texas Tech pulled away from Iowa State in the second half of a 72-52 victory. Edwards was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, making two during an 18-2 second-half run.

— Trent Frazier canned four 3-pointers while scoring 16 points to lead No. 24 Illinois to a 75-71 win over Northwestern. Ayo Dosunmu scored 14 points for the Illini, including a big jumper and two free throws in the final 26 seconds.

— Marcus Zegarowski hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to send No. 25 Creighton past Providence, 78-74. Ty-Shon Alexander had 24 points to lead the Bluejays, who trailed by five with 90 seconds remaining.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/16)

January 17, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL

Wrestling

  • Western Dubuque 59, Senior 6
  • Hempstead 57 Wahlert 21
  • Monticello 74, Bellevue 16

Boys Basketball

Iowa

  • Western Dubuque 57, Wahlert 53
  • Cascade 52, Anamosa 38
  • Cedar Valley Christian 53, Clayton Ridge 52
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 53, Prince of Peace 50

Wisconsin

  • Benton 67, Highland 46
  • #1 D-4 Cuba City 86, #3 D-4Darlington 61
  • #8 D-4 Fennimore 76, Mineral Point 63
  • Iowa Grant 71, Boscobel 66
  • Platteville 56, Richland Center 34
  • River Valley 65, Lancaster 57
  • Scales Mound 63, Cassville 26

Illinois

  • #8 1-A East Dubuque 46, West Carrol 28
  • Galena 58, River Ridge 35

 

Girls Basketball

Iowa

  • Wahlert 71, Western Dubuque 22
  • #1 2A Cascade 59, Anamosa 16
  • #3 1A Bellevue Marquette Catholic 60, Prince of Peace 41
  • Cedar Valley Christian 44, Clayton Ridge 41

Wisconsin

  • Belmont 68, Benton 49
  • Potosi-Cassville 47, Highland 43
  • Black Hawk 90, Monticello 19

 

College Wrestling

#3 Loras 41, #20 Central 9

Fighting Saints-Black Hawks Again and Again

January 17, 2020

The Fighting Saints welcome the Waterloo Black Hawks for home games tonight and tomorrow night. Dubuque will aim to right the ship against Waterloo Black Hawks for the third and fourth time this month. Dubuque and Waterloo have played four times this season, with each team taking two games and the road team winning all four thus far. The puck will drop at 7:05 both nights.

 

Ovechkin hat trick...MLB's first female coach...Bucks extend winning streak

January 17, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two games to reach 689, one back of Mario Lemieux  for 10th on the NHL’s all-time list.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken has become the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history after being named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State and joined the Giants organization in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL’s San Francisco 49ers have Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros star outfielder George Springer and the tainted team have settled on a $21 million contract for next season. Springer led the Astros to their first title in 2017 and was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series that year. This week, Major League Baseball released a report that detailed a cheating scheme the Astros used during their championship season to steal signals from opposing catchers and relay them to hitters.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo  had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 Thursday night. With the victory, the NBA-leading Bucks extended their winning streak to five games. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Celtics.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Brooks Koepka  shot a 6-under 66 in his return to competition after a knee injury and was tied for third place after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Koepka, ranked No. 1 in the world, missed three months after re-injuring his knee while competing at the CJ Cup in South Korea. Koepka is two shots behind co-leaders Shaun Norris, of South Africa, and Renato Paratore, of Italy.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/16)

January 17, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Phoenix     121   New York  98

Final Milwaukee 128   Boston       123

Final OT    New Orleans      138   Utah 132

Final OT    Denver       134   Golden State      131

Final L.A. Clippers       122   Orlando     95

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Boston       4       Pittsburgh  1

Final Columbus  3       Carolina     2

Final Florida       4       Los Angeles       3

Final N-Y Rangers      3       N-Y Islanders     2

Final Montreal    4       Philadelphia        1

Final SO    Calgary      2       Toronto      1

Final Washington        5       New Jersey        2

Final Vegas        4       Ottawa       2

Final Minnesota 3       Tampa Bay         2

Final Anaheim    4       Nashville   2

Final Buffalo       4       Dallas        1

Final Colorado   4       San Jose   0

Final Vancouver 3       Arizona      1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Gonzaga        104   Santa Clara        54

Final Washington St.   72     (8)Oregon  61

Final (20)Colorado      68     Arizona St. 61

Final (22)Memphis      60     Cincinnati  49

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/15)

January 16, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL

Girls Basketball

  • Galena 54, River Ridge/Scales Mound 25
  • East Dubuque 54, Warren 28

 

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Dubuque 97, Central 82
  • UW Stevens Point 66, #7 UW Platteville 64

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Central 59, Dubuque 46
  • UW Platteville 65, Stevens Point 62 (OT)

Regional College Basketball: Cyclones Fall to #2 Baylor....UNI Wins Again

January 16, 2020

No. 2 Baylor wins 13th in a row 68-55 over Iowa State

Second-ranked Baylor has won its 13th game in a row. The 14-1 Bears beat Iowa State 68-55 and are the only Big 12 team to make it through the first four conference games without a loss. Prentiss Nixon and Rasir Bolton both had nine points for Iowa State, which is 8-8 overall.

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Green scores 29 to lift N Iowa past Valparaiso 88-78

AJ Green scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half  and former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman returned to score 11 points and the Panthers beat Valparaiso 88-78. The Panthers had 10 turnovers in the first half that Valparaiso, which shot 53%, turned into 16 points, to trail 42-36. Northern Iowa, which closed the first half with a 3-pointer, scored the first 17 points of the second half, hitting every shot – six field goals, including three 3-pointers, and two free throws.  Valparaiso clawed back, getting within one point on two occasions but in the last minute the Panthers made 7 of 8 free throws for their fourth-straight win.

1 more year for Fitzgerald...Higgins leaving Clemson...Exodus at LSU...Williamson debut set

January 16, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed 36-year-old Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year contract after he led the team with 75 receptions, 804 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs this season. Fitzgerald is the Cardinals’ all-time leader with 250 games played, 1.378 receptions, 17,083 receiving yards, 120 receiving touchdowns, 120 total touchdowns and 49 100-yard games. He ranks second on the NFL all-time list in receptions and receiving yards, while his touchdown receptions are sixth.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins is forgoing his final college season to enter the NFL draft. Higgins grabbed 59 passes for 1,167 yards and 13 yards as the Tigers won the ACC championship and the CFP semifinal before losing to LSU in the championship game. He had a team-record 27 touchdown catches in three seasons with the Tigers.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among a half dozen players from LSU’s national championship team who’ve stated their intention to enter this spring’s NFL draft. Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry also announced they are turning pro, as did linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that Zion Williamson will make his long-anticipated NBA debut next Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. The first player taken on last year’s draft has missed New Orleans’ first 41 games this season and will sit out three more while rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee. His arrival comes at a good time for the Pelicans, who have won nine of their last 13 to pull within four games of a playoff spot.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Peter DeBoer will begin his stint as the Vegas Golden Knights’ interim head coach tonight in Ottawa, one month after he was fired as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. Gerard Gallant was dismissed by the Knights yesterday, less than two years after coaching the team to the Stanley Cup finals in its first NHL season. The Knights have dropped four-straight to fall into a virtual third-place tie with Vancouver in the Pacific Division, but they are just three points behind the first-place Arizona Coyotes.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/15)

January 16, 2020

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 117 Brooklyn 106
Final Detroit 116 Boston 103
Final Miami 106 San Antonio 100
Final Indiana 104 Minnesota 99
Final Toronto 130 Oklahoma City 121
Final Chicago 115 Washington 106
Final Denver 100 Charlotte 86
Final Portland 117 Houston 107
Final Dallas 127 Sacramento 123
Final Orlando 119 L.A. Lakers 118
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Chicago 4 Montreal 1
Final OT Philadelphia 4 St. Louis 3
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (2)Baylor 68 Iowa St. 55
Final Alabama 83 (4)Auburn 64
Final (18)Seton Hall 78 (5)Butler 70
Final (9)Florida St. 54 Virginia 50
Final South Carolina 81 (10)Kentucky 78
Final Temple 65 (16)Wichita St. 53
Final Georgetown 83 (25)Creighton 80

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/14)

January 15, 2020

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • #6 4A Hempstead 77, Cedar Rapids Washington 57
  • #10 4A Senior 68, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 47
  • Wahlert 66, Cedar Rapids Prairie 51
  • Cedar Rapids Jefferson 60, Western Dubuque 56
  • Cascade 52, Northeast, Goose Lake 33
  • Marion 62, #5 2A Beckman, Dyersville 60
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 57, Cedar Valley Christian 47
  • North Cedar 65, Bellevue 58

Wisconsin

  • Benton 57, Cassville 41
  • Shullsburg 56, Potosi 45
  • Monticello 64, Black Hawk 50
  • Edgewood 63, Platteville 57
  • Highland 47, Belmont 44

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 50, Scales Mound 44
  • Galena 47, Warren 45

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Hempstead 53, Cedar Rapids, Washington 45
  • Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 61, Senior 46
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 56, Wahlert, Dubuque 42
  • Western Dubuque 50, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 42
  • #1 2A Cascade 72, Northeast Goose Lake 32
  • Bellevue 69, North Cedar 49
  • #3 1-A Bellevue Marquette Catholic 69, Cedar Valley Christian School 18
  • Central Elkader 60, Clayton Ridge 20
  • Maquoketa 64, Central DeWitt 29
  • Marion 83, Beckman, Dyersville 36

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 62, Southwestern 31
  • Fennimore 62, Boscobel 43
  • River Ridge 53, Lancaster 34

WRESTLING

  • Bellevue lost to Wapsie Valley 48-24 and North Fayette Valley 51-24

Hawkeyes and Badgers Post Big 10 Wins

January 15, 2020

Garza with 27,  leads Iowa past Northwestern 75-62.

Luka Garza scored 27 points — all but one of them in two spurts — and Iowa beat Northwestern 75-62. C.J. Fredrick and Joe Wieskamp each added 11 as the Hawkeyes (12-5, 3-3 Big Ten) won their second straight.

Miller Kopp scored 15 for the cold-shootings Wildcat (6-10, 1-5), who connected at just 36% from the floor and have lost six of seven.

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Davison’s 3 sends Wisconsin past No. 17 Maryland, 56-54

Brad Davison hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left after getting a steal and Wisconsin beat No. 17 Maryland 56-54. It was Wisconsin’s third straight victory against a ranked opponent. Davison finished with 14 points. Nate Reuvers scored 17 points and Micah Potter had 14 for the Badgers. Jalen Smith scored 18 points and Anthony Cowan Jr. had 16 for the Terrapins, who have lost two straight after winning three and a row. Maryland suffered an 18-point defeat Friday at Iowa.

Iowa stars DE A.J. Epenesa and OL Tristen Wirfs

January 15, 2020

Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa and offensive lineman Tristen Wirfs announced yesterday they will be entering the NFL draft.

Wirfs and Epenesa make it four Iowa underclassman to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. They join safety Geno Stone and running back Toren Young.

Bosox fire Cora...Twins get Donaldson...Gates, Kuechly retire

January 15, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach when they won the 2017 World Series and led Boston to the title the following year in his first season as manager. MLB also had been investigating allegations the Red Sox had stolen signs en route to their 2018 World Series championship.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Minnesota Twins have worked out a four-year, $92 million contract with third baseman and 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson. The 34-year-old Donaldson returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 to bat .259 with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and a .900 OPS for the Atlanta Braves last season. The deal likely means a position change for third baseman Miguel Sano , who just finalized his three-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota on Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Tight end Antonio Gates has formally announced his retirement after a 16-year NFL career spent entirely with the Chargers. He holds the league record for tight ends with 116 touchdown catches, doing it without playing a down of college football. Gates didn’t play last season and is the Chargers’ all-time leader for TDs, receptions and receiving yards, grabbing 955 passes for 11,841 yards.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring after eight seasons, announcing in a video posted on the team’s website that he feels now is the right chance to move on. Kuechly was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro five times. However, he suffered three concussions during his career, which may have led to his decision.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/14)

January 15, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Atlanta 123 Phoenix 110
Final Utah 118 Brooklyn 107
Final Memphis 121 Houston 110
Final Milwaukee 128 New York 102
Final L.A. Clippers 128 Cleveland 103
Final Dallas 124 Golden State 97
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Buffalo 4 Vegas 2
Final Columbus 3 Boston 0
Final N-Y Islanders 8 Detroit 2
Final Pittsburgh 7 Minnesota 3
Final SO Tampa Bay 4 Los Angeles 3
Final Toronto 7 New Jersey 4
Final OT Chicago 3 Ottawa 2
Final Winnipeg 4 Vancouver 0
Final Arizona 6 San Jose 3
Final OT Dallas 3 Colorado 2
Final Edmonton 4 Nashville 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final Clemson 79 (3)Duke 72
Final (6)Kansas 66 Oklahoma 52
Final (7)San Diego St. 64 Fresno St. 55
Final OT (11)Louisville 73 Pittsburgh 68
Final (12)West Virginia 81 TCU 49
Final (13)Dayton 79 VCU 65
Final OT (14)Villanova 79 DePaul 75
Final Wisconsin 56 (17)Maryland 54
Final (21)Ohio St. 80 Nebraska 68
Final (23)Texas Tech 77 Kansas St. 63

Area Scoreboard from Monday (1/13)

January 14, 2020

High School Boys Basketball

  • #5 Hempstead 63, Cedar Rapids Prairie 48
  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 64, Western Dubuque 50
  • #5 2A Dyersville Beckman 71, #2 3A Vernon 59

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 98, Dodgeville 59
  • Fennimore 76, Pecatonica 43
  • Iowa-Grant 53, Southwestern 43
  • Boscobel 67, Weston 43
  • Mineral Point 67, New Glarus 44
  • River Ridge 51, Wauzeka-Steuben 45

High School Girls Basketball

Iowa

  • Wahlert 63, Clinton Prince of Peace 36

Wisconsin

  • Belmont 60, Monticello 39
  • Shullsburg 60, Deerfield 35
  • Albany 86, Benton 31

Mustangs, Rams, and Blazers Ranked This Week

January 14, 2020

The latest AP Iowa High School boys basketball rankings this week show Hempstead dropped four spots in the 4-A poll to 6th, Senior is ranked this week with the Rams at number 10.

After suffering their first loss of the season, Dyersville Beckman dropped from first to 5th in Class 2-A.

Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll

By The Associated Press

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) 7-0 106 1
2. Waterloo, West 7-1 73 4
3. Iowa City, West 6-1 69 8
4. Cedar Falls (1) 6-1 68 6
5. Ankeny Centennial 8-1 56 5
6. Dubuque, Hempstead 7-1 53 2
7. Sioux City, East 7-1 47 3
8. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines (1) 8-1 42 7
9. North Scott, Eldridge 9-1 37 NR
10. Dubuque, Senior 5-1 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 20. Ankeny 9. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 2. Indianola 1.
Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Carroll (10) 6-0 109 2
2. Mount Vernon (1) 8-0 94 4
3. Algona 8-0 82 5
4. Winterset 6-1 63 6
5. Dallas Center-Grimes 7-1 52 3
6. Assumption, Davenport 7-2 46 1
7. MOC-Floyd Valley 10-1 44 9
8. Norwalk 5-2 41 7
9. Harlan 7-1 33 8
10. Marion 7-1 17 NR

Others receiving votes: Pella 6. Knoxville 5. Central Clinton, De Witt 5. Glenwood 5. Keokuk 2. Clear Lake 1.
Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. West Sioux, Hawarden (4) 11-0 100 1
2. Camanche (4) 7-0 90 4
3. Treynor (1) 9-1 82 2
4. North Linn, Troy Mills (1) 8-0 81 3
5. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 8-1 54 5
6. Dike-New Hartford (1) 9-0 53 6
7. Regina, Iowa City 7-1 37 7
8. Boyden-Hull 8-1 30 10
9. Van Meter 7-0 27 8
10. Mount Ayr 7-1 19 NR

Others receiving votes: Monticello 14. Osage 7. Aplington-Parkersburg 4. Woodward-Granger 3. West Burlington 2. Pella Christian 1. Albia 1.
Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Montezuma (6) 7-0 103 2
2. St. Mary’s, Remsen 9-1 85 1
3. Easton Valley (1) 9-0 84 3
4. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (2) 10-1 71 5
5. WACO, Wayland (2) 10-0 70 6
6. West Fork, Sheffield 10-1 56 4
7. Lake Mills 9-1 36 8
8. Siouxland Community Christian 10-0 29 7
9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 8-0 20 10
10. South O’Brien, Paullina 8-2 14 NR

Others receiving votes: West Bend-Mallard 7. Martensdale-St. Marys 6. Don Bosco, Gilbertville 6. Keota 6. New London 5. Moulton-Udell 3. Glidden-Ralston 2. CAM, Anita 2.
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Fitzpatrick of Loras honored by the A-R-C

January 14, 2020

Loras College  senior women’s basketball player Kari Fitzpatrick has been named the American Rivers Conference Female Athlete of the Week. Fitzpatrick helped the No. 19-ranked Duhawks to a pair of A-R-C victories last week over Buena Vista and on the road at No. 5-Wartburg. In the two games combined, Fitzpatrick scored 37 points and picked up 16 rebounds, while shooting 62% (13-21) from the field and 60% from 3-pt range (6-10).

MORE INFO: https://rollrivers.com/news/2020/1/13/american-rivers-conference-loras-fitzpatrick-wartburgs-fritz-named-a-r-c-athletes-of-the-week.aspx

Five Fighting Saints on NHL Central Scouting Rankings

January 14, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints saw five players named to the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings on Monday. The rankings are a solid indication as to where draft-eligible players will be taken come the end of July. Carter Savoie, Wyatt Kaiser, Michael Benning, Alex Jefferies and Stephen Halliday were named to the Midterm list for Dubuque.

The NHL Central Scouting will come out with more lists throughout the remainder of the season before the NHL Draft in July.

For more details: https://www.dubuquefightingsaints.com/news_article/show/1077512

LSU takes football crown...Hinch, Luhnow fired after sign-stealing probe

January 14, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns as LSU took the CFP championship game, whipping the defending-champion Clemson Tigers, 42-25. Burrow also ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while guiding LSU to its third national championship since the 2003 season. Ja’Marr Chase was Burrow’s favorite target with nine receptions for 221 yards and two scores. Thaddeus Moss also had two touchdown grabs as LSU completed a 15-0 season while ending Clemson’s 29-game winning streak.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow  have been fired. The dismissals follow their suspension by Major League Baseball for the team’s use of electronics for sign-stealing during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline and strongly hinted that former Houston bench coach and current Boston manager Alex Cora will face equal or more severe punishment, saying Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros and used one with the Red Sox.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a three-year, $22 million contract with outfielder David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) that runs through 2022. The 2019 Gold Glove Award winner in left field avoided his final year of salary arbitration by agreeing to the deal. Peralta played in 99 games last year, batting .275 with 12 homers despite battling a shoulder injury.

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost defenseman Morgan Rielly for at least eight weeks with a fractured foot, leaving a huge hole on the team’s blueline. Rielly blocked a shot in the first period of Sunday’s 8-4 loss in Florida but managed to finish the game. Teenage defenseman Rasmus Sandin was called up from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in a corresponding move.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor climbed to No. 2 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after resounding road wins over Texas Tech and Kansas last week. Gonzaga maintained the top spot after breezing to a pair of victories while Duke dropped to third and unbeaten Auburn rose to fourth. Butler rounded out the first five, followed by the Jayhawks and another unbeaten in San Diego State. Illinois is ranked for the first time this season with the Illini 24th.

National Scoreboard from Monday (1/13)

January 14, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final OT New Orleans 117 Detroit 110
Final Indiana 101 Philadelphia 95
Final Boston 113 Chicago 101
Final Oklahoma City 117 Minnesota 104
Final Portland 115 Charlotte 112
Final Orlando 114 Sacramento 112
Final L.A. Lakers 128 Cleveland 99
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Montreal 2 Calgary 0
Final N-Y Rangers 6 N-Y Islanders 2
Final SO Philadelphia 6 Boston 5
Final Washington 2 Carolina 0
Final St. Louis 4 Anaheim 1

Regional College Scores

January 13, 2020

Regional College Women’s Basketball

  • Iowa upsets No. 12 Indiana, 91-85 (2OT)
  • UNI fell on the road to No. 18 Missouri State 80-66 (Rose Simon Ressler has 2 point, 5 rebound for UNI.
  • Michigan State 69, Wisconsin 52
  • Illinois over Minnesota 74-71

College Wrestling

  • #1 Iowa 41, Purdue 0 (at184 — Abe Assad (IA) dec. for Western Dubuque prep Max Lyon (P), 5-2.
  • #9 Wisconsin beat No. 5 Nebraska 25-18.
  • #18 Illinois 32-3 Win Over Indiana
  • #16 UNI 20-13 win over No. 19 Missouri

CFB Championship Tonight

January 13, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Clemson had to knock off a dynasty to win two of the last three national titles. Now coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are on the cusp of joining exclusive company in college football history. No. 3 Clemson will try to become the fourth team since The Associated Press began crowning college football national champions in 1936 to win three titles in four seasons when it faces No. 1 LSU tonight at the Superdome. Clemson is also trying to become just the seventh major college football program since 1950 to win at least 30 straight games.  LSU is aiming for their four championship, and first since 2007.

Chiefs beat Texans after trailing 24-zip...Packers advance to NFC title game...Browns have a coach

January 13, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have earned the right to host the AFC championship game against Tennessee by turning a 24-0 deficit into a 51-31 win over Houston. Patrick Mahomes  threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns for the Chiefs, who are the first team in NFL playoff history to win by at least 20 after trailing by at least 20. Travis Kelce  had three second-quarter touchdown receptions and Damien Williams had three TDs, including two on the ground.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams for two touchdowns while completing 16 of his 27 passes for 243 yards and no interceptions as the Green Bay Packers downed Seattle, 28-23 to reach the NFC championship game against San Francisco. Adams racked up 160 yards on eight receptions, while Aaron Jones carried 21 times for 62 yards and two scores. Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith each had two of Green Bay’s five sacks of Russell Wilson, who threw for 277 yards and a TD but couldn’t pull the Seahawks out of a 21-3 halftime hole.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Browns have chosen the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski  to replace Freddie Kitchens, who was dismissed after one season and a 6-10 record. round. The 37-year-old Stefanski has been with the Vikings since 2006 and oversaw an offensive attack that flourished this season, headed by quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Dalvin Cook and receiver Adam Thielen . Stefanski is the sixth coach hired by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam since he bought the team in 2012.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Texas Rangers have agreed on a one-year, $5 million contract with third baseman Todd Frazier, pending a successful physical. The 33-year-old Frazier batted .251 with 21 home runs and 67 RBIs in 133 games for the Mets last season. Third base is one of the primary needs for the Rangers, who lost out on their pursuit of free agent Anthony Rendon  when he signed with the division rival Angels.

HONOLULU (AP) — Australian Cameron Smith won his first PGA Tour title by taking the Sony Open in a playoff with Brendan Steele. Two shots behind with two holes to play, Smith made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation before winning it with a two-putt par from 10 feet on the first extra hole. Smith closed with a 68 for an 11-under total, one shot ahead of Webb Simpson.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (1/12)

January 13, 2020

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Final Kansas City        51     Houston     31

(Kansas City hosts Tennessee for the AFC Title on Sunday)

Final Green Bay 28     Seattle       23

(Green Bay at San Francisco for the NFC Title on Sunday)

 

(7) NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final New York  124   Miami         121

Final Utah 127   Washington        116

Final Brooklyn    108   Atlanta       86

Final Memphis   122   Golden State      102

Final San Antonio        105   Toronto      104

Final Phoenix     100   Charlotte    92

Final Denver       114   L.A. Clippers       104

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Nashville   1       Winnipeg   0

Final Vancouver 4       Minnesota 1

Final Buffalo       5       Detroit        1

Final SO    Pittsburgh  4       Arizona      3

Final Florida       8       Toronto      4

Final New Jersey        3       Tampa Bay         1

 

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final Purdue       71     (8)Michigan St.   42

Final Minnesota 75     (19)Michigan      67

Final (21)Memphis      68     South Florida      64

Final 2OT  (23)Wichita St.    89     UConn       86

Final Oregon St. 82     (24)Arizona         65

Final (25)Colorado      91     Utah 52

Area Scorecard from Saturday 1/11

January 12, 2020

Local Sports:

Hockey

Chicago Steel 4, Dubuque Fighting Saints 3

Men’s College Basketball

Buena Vista Univ. 93, Univ. of Dubuque 77

Wartburg 83, Loras 65

Clarke University 95, Evangel University 71

UW-Platteville 60, UW-Eau Claire  53

Women’s College Basketball

Univ. of Dubuque 76, Buena Vista Univ.  63

Loras 82, Wartburg 78

Clarke Univ.71, Evangel University 59

College Wrestling

Univ. Dubuque 36, Cornell 12

Univ. Dubuque 32, Concordia (WI) 15

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball

Illinois 54, Rutgers 51

Northwestern 62, Nebraska  57

Wisconsin 58,   Penn State  49

Indiana  66,   Ohio State  54

Other Men’s College Basketball

Iowa State 81, Oklahoma  68

UNI 80,  Missouri State 57

 

Sports Minute and scores from Friday, January 10, 2020

January 11, 2020

Local Sports Updates

High School Boys Basketball

Galena 65, Scales Mound 70

High School Girls Basketball

Darlington 51, Southwestern 37

Hockey

Chicago Steel 2, Dubuque Fighting Saints 0

Regional and National Sports Updates from the AP

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Joe Wieskamp scored 26 points and Big Ten scoring leader Luka Garza had 21 as Iowa beat No. 12 Maryland 67-49. Garza added 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. Wieskamp and Garza had 32 of Iowa’s 38 first-half points. The Hawkeyes improved to 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. Maryland dropped to 13-3 and 3-2). The Terrapins were held to their second-lowest point total of the season. Jalen Smith scored 13 for the Terrapins. Iowa ended its two-game losing streak while Maryland had its thee-game winning streak snapped.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana has promoted Nick Sheridan to offensive coordinator and running backs coach Mike Hart to associate head coach. Coach Tom Allen also says receivers coach Grant Heard will serve as co-offensive coordinator. Indiana is replacing offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer, who took the head coaching job at Fresno State. Indiana ranked second in the Big Ten this season, averaging 443.6 yards per game on offense.

Rafael Nadal rallied to beat Alex de Minaur 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to clinch Spain’s semifinal win over Australia and secure a spot in the inaugural ATP Cup decider against Serbia. Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 to secure Serbia’s win over Russia in Saturday’s earlier semifinal. Nadal led Spain to the Davis Cup title at Madrid last November and is aiming to make it back-to-back triumphs in international team events in Sunday’s final. The 24-team ATP Cup is being staged for the first time.

Corinne Suter won a World Cup downhill race on Saturday to cap a consistent year in skiing’s fastest discipline. Suter got her first career World Cup win 0.29 seconds ahead of Nicol Delago in a race which was twice delayed for poor visibility. Suter’s Swiss teammate Michelle Gisin was 0.98 back in third. Mikaela Shiffrin skipped Saturday’s race which did not threaten her big lead in the overall World Cup standings. Shiffrin could start in an Alpine combined event Sunday. The 25-year-old Suter has consistently challenged for downhill race wins in the past year. She took silver at the world championships with three podium finishes in the World Cup.

A Maine swimming coach has endured a quadruple bypass after a heart attack, removal of cancerous tumors from his colon and wrists, and the amputation of part of his leg. But Husson University’s Butch Babin is still on the pool deck. The 57-year-old Babin tells the Bangor Daily News that using a wheelchair while his leg heals doesn’t affect his coaching. Sophomore Kayla Redman, of Waterville, called him “amazing” and “awesome.” Senior Kelsey Poland of Levant called him an “inspiration.” Babin says that “all the support has helped me stay positive.”

CHICAGO (AP) — Myles Turner set season highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the short-handed Indiana Pacers withstood a huge effort by Zach LaVine to beat the Chicago Bulls 116-105. The Pacers overcame 43 points by LaVine and escaped with the victory after Chicago rallied from 16 down to four in the closing minutes. T.J. Warren scored 17 for Indiana after being fined $25,000 by the NBA for an altercation with Miami’s Jimmy Butler on Wednesday night. The Bulls lost their sixth straight. It is their worst skid since a 10-game slide in December and January last season.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and star third baseman Kris Bryant have avoided arbitration, agreeing to an $18.6 million, one-year contract. The 2016 NL MVP, Bryant rebounded from an injury-filled season to bat .282 with 31 homers and 77 RBIs. The Cubs also agreed to a $1,575,000, one-year contract with outfielder Albert Almora Jr. The Cubs hope Almora can rebound after his batting average dropped 50 points to .236. Chicago missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

CHICAGO (AP) — Closer Alex Colomé agreed to a one-year contract for $10,532,500 with the Chicago White Sox, who reached deals with all five of their arbitration-eligible players. Chicago acquired the 31-year-old right-hander from Seattle in November 2018, and the former Tampa Bay closer had one of his best years. Colomé converted 30 of 33 save opportunities and went 4-5 with a 2.80 ERA, earning $7,325,000.Also reaching deals were recently acquired outfielder Nomar Mazara at $5.56 million, right-hander Evan Marshall at $1.1 million, utility player Leury Garcia at $3.25 million and lefty Carlos Rodón at $4.45 million.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/9)

January 10, 2020

          HIGH SCHOOL

WRESTLING

  • Hempstead 52, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 18
  • Wahlert 39, Waterloo West 37
  • Western Dubuque 53, Cedar Rapids Xavier 21
  • Bellevue 41 beat Northeast 24, lost to Camanche 65-18 and Mid-Prairie 48-24
  • Cascade beat Durant 45-15 and lost to Tipton 48-17

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Wisconsin

  • Highland 68, Shullsburg 58
  • River Ridge 56, Potosi 53

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Illinois

  • Galena 35, East Dubuque 24

Wisconsin

  • Platteville 44, Prairie du Chien 36
  • Darlington 51, Southwestern 37
  • Cuba City 58, Fennimore 17
  • Dodgeville 67, Lancaster 59
  • Iowa-Grant 47, Boscobel 42

Fighting Saints-Chicago

January 10, 2020

It will be a matchup of two top-four teams in the league as the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Chicago Steel clash for the first two times this season in a home and home. Chicago is first in the league and currently six points up on the Saints in the Eastern Conference standings. Dubuque, meanwhile, has sputtered a bit since the holiday break, going just 2-3 during their first five games back.  The first of the two games is tonight at Chicago with the second scheduled for tomorrow night at Mystique Community Ice Center.

Surgery for Embiid...Miss. St. hires Leach...Huskies lose Green...Sharks' Couture sidelined

January 10, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid  will have surgery today for a torn ligament in his left ring finger and will be evaluated in one to two weeks. Embiid injured the radial collateral ligament in the first half Monday night against Oklahoma City. He is averaging 23.4 points and 12.3 rebounds in 31 games this season.

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi State has hired Washington State’s Mike Leach as its new head football coach, replacing Joe Moorhead. Leach took over a program that had been mired in the Pac-12 basement and went to five straight bowl games, including a school-record 11 victories in 2018. He finished 55-47 in eight seasons with the Cougars and is 139-90 as a college coach for both Washington State and Texas Tech.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Washington guard Quade Green has been ruled academically ineligible by the school and will miss the rest of the regular season. Green will still be eligible to practice with the team and could return in late March should he regain his academic standing. The loss of Green is a huge blow to Washington’s NCAA Tournament hopes. He was averaging 11.6 points and led the team in assists while starting 14 of 15 games.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose Sharks captain and leading scorer Logan Couture will miss about six weeks after breaking his left ankle when he crashed into the boards during Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at St. Louis. He collided with Blues defenseman Vince Dunn, causing Couture to slam into the boards. The 30-year-old forward has scored 14 goals and 36 points in 45 games this season.

HONOLULU (AP) — Collin Morikawa was the clubhouse leader when the first round of the PGA’s Sony Open was suspended by darkness. Morikawa got through the relentless 30 mph wind without a bogey for a 5-under 65 and a two-shot lead over Matt Jones, Ted Potter Jr., Ryan Palmer and Sam Ryder. Justin Thomas struggled early in the wind and had to keep it together for a 72.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/9)

January 10, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 109 Boston 98
Final OT Cleveland 115 Detroit 112
Final Minnesota 116 Portland 102
Final Oklahoma City 113 Houston 92
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Boston 5 Winnipeg 4
Final Florida 5 Vancouver 2
Final Edmonton 4 Montreal 2
Final N-Y Rangers 6 New Jersey 3
Final Tampa Bay 4 Arizona 0
Final St. Louis 5 Buffalo 1
Final Nashville 5 Chicago 2
Final Calgary 2 Minnesota 1
Final Dallas 3 Anaheim 0
Final Los Angeles 5 Vegas 2
Final San Jose 3 Columbus 1
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (1)Gonzaga 94 San Diego 50
Final (8)Michigan St. 74 Minnesota 58
Final OT (9)Oregon 74 (24)Arizona 73
Final 2OT (19)Michigan 84 Purdue 78
Final (23)Wichita St. 76 (21)Memphis 67

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/8)

January 9, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • East Dubuque 63, River Ridge 52
  • Stockton 41, Galena 34

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Buena Vista 92, Loras 88 (OT)
  • Dubuque 90, Coe 85
  • Graceland 77, Clarke 76
  • #9 UW Platteville 74, UW Oshkosh 70

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 102, Buena Vista 60
  • Clarke 87, Graceland 54
  • Coe 71, Dubuque 55
  • UW Oshkosh 63, UW Platteville 45

Regional Basketball: Illini Top Badgers.....J-Hawks Pound Cyclones

January 9, 2020

Illini snaps 15-game losing streak to Badgers

Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points _ including a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left _ to rally Illinois to a 71-70 Big Ten Conference victory over Wisconsin. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Illini, who hadn’t won a game against the Badgers since 2011. Freshman 7-footer Kofi Cockburn scored 15 points. Kobe King scored a game-high 21 points for Wisconsin, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. D’Mitrik Trice missed a go-ahead bucket with three seconds left.

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Dotson scores 20 points, No. 3 Kansas routs Iowa State 79-53

Devon Dotson had 20 points and six assists, David McCormack added 16 points and seven rebounds and No. 3 Kansas routed Iowa State 79-53. The Jayhawks closed the first half with a 21-3 run to take a 20-point lead. They improved to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, handing Iowa State its most-lopsided loss in the series since an 89-66 setback Feb. 12, 2011, in Lawrence. Kansas held star Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton to five points.

Biadasz Declares

January 9, 2020

Wisconsin All-America center Tyler Biadasz says he will skip his senior season to go to the NFL. He was a unanimous All-America this season and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. Bisdasz is the third Badger underclassman to say he is leaving school early along with running back Jonathan Taylor and wide receiver Quintez Cephus.

Counsell Extended

January 9, 2020

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell has been been given a three-year contract extension through 2023. Counsell was hired to replace Ron Roenicke a month into the 2015 season and has led the Brewers to consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in team history. Milwaukee went 96-67 in 2018, beating the Chicago Cubs in a tiebreaker game for the NL Central title and tying the franchise record for wins. The Brewers reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then lost to Washington in last year’s NL wild card game.

Giants hire Judge...Brady not ready to quit...Fromm to NFL...Oladipo progressing

January 9, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Judge is the new head coach of the New York Giants and has the task of turning around a franchise that has made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. Judge spent this season as special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach under New England coach Bill Belichick and was on the Patriots’ staff for eight years after a three-year run working for Alabama coach Nick Saban. He replaces Pat Shurmur, who was fired a week ago Monday after only winning nine games in two seasons.

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says in an Instagram post to fans that he still has more to prove following a season that ended with his team failing to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2015 season. Brady’s current contract ends in March. If he’s not re-signed he could become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year career. The 42-year-old Brady threw for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions during the 2019 regular season.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is giving up his senior season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Fromm threw for a career-high 2,860 yards this season with 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions, but he posted the lowest completion percentage and quarterback rating of his college career. He was a 35-7 record as the Bulldogs’ starter, including three straight appearances in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo  says he hopes to return to game action Jan. 29 against the Chicago Bulls. It’s the first time since Oladipo sustained a season-ending knee injury last January that the team or the two-time All-Star has established a specific date. Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals when he was injured.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh basketball coach Jeff Capel has agreed to a two-year contract extension that would keep him with the Panthers through the 2026-27 season. Pitt is 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the ACC following last night’s victory at North Carolina. Capel was 14-19 in his first year at the helm last season, a six-win improvement from former coach Kevin Stallings’ final year at Pitt.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/8)

January 9, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Miami 122 Indiana 108
Final San Antonio 129 Boston 114
Final OT Toronto 112 Charlotte 110
Final Orlando 123 Washington 89
Final Denver 107 Dallas 106
Final Houston 122 Atlanta 115
Final New Orleans 123 Chicago 108
Final Utah 128 New York 104
Final Milwaukee 107 Golden State 98
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Philadelphia 3 Washington 2
Final SO Winnipeg 4 Toronto 3
Final Dallas 2 Los Angeles 1
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (2)Duke 73 Georgia Tech 64
Final (3)Kansas 79 Iowa St. 53
Final (5)Auburn 83 Vanderbilt 79
Final (7)San Diego St. 72 Wyoming 52
Final (10)Florida St. 78 Wake Forest 68

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/7)

January 8, 2020

       HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • #8 Iowa City West 54, #2 Hempstead 53
  • Senior 55, Cedar Rapids Xavier 44
  • Iowa City Liberty 65, Wahlert 59
  • Iowa City High 51, Western Dubuque 48
  • #4 2A Camanche 72, Bellevue 34
  • Regina, Iowa City 49, Cascade 43

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 85, Boscobel 53
  • Darlington 71, Fennimore 57
  • Iowa-Grant 92, Riverdale 58
  • Mineral Point 75, Southwestern 22

Illinois

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 65, Senior 40
  • Iowa City West 61, Dubuque, Hempstead 51
  • Wahlert 62, Iowa City Liberty 47
  • Iowa City High 81, Western Dubuque 34
  • #1 2A Cascade 49, Iowa City Regina 19
  • Bellevue 65, Camanche 44
  • Maquoketa 65, Beckman, Dyersville 51

Wisconsin

  • Black Hawk 90, Albany 41
  • Potosi/Cassville 50, Belmont 45
  • Shullsburg 46, Iowa-Grant 40

Illinois

  • Stockton 37, East Dubuque 36
  • Galena 60, Warren 21

Hawkeyes Fall at Nebraska....Northern Iowa Stays Hot

January 8, 2020

Cold Hawkeyes Fall at Nebraska

Iowa men’s basketball couldn’t overcome a cold shooting night  last night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Hawkeyes shot just 12.1 percent from 3-point range (making 4-of-33 attempts) in a 76-70 road loss to Nebraska.  Iowa is 1-5 in its last six trips to Lincoln.

Sophomore Joe Wieskamp paced the Hawkeyes with 21 points, making 10-of-23 field goals, but he went just 1-of-10 from 3-point range.  Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl had 4 points.

Iowa returns home to face #12 Maryland on Friday night.

 

UNI Tops Indiana State

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI men’s basketball team moved to 13-2 on the season and 2-1 in the MVC after defeating Indiana State 68-60 on Tuesday night in the McLeod Center. Austin Phyfe finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and hauling in 12 total rebounds. Former Senior prep Noah Carter added 2 points and 3 rebounds.

Regional College Basketball

January 6, 2020

 

Illini Top Purdue

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Alan Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and Illinois defeated Purdue 63-37. Purdue’s 37 points were the fewest allowed by Illinois this season. The Boilermakers’ shooting percentage was the lowest allowed by Illinois in program history. The Illini scored the first 11 points and took a 32-19 lead at halftime. Sasha Stefanovic led Purdue with eight points.

 

Women’s College Basketball:

  • Iowa 77, Northwestern 51

Vikings top Saints in OT...Seahawks stifle Eagles...Cowboys, Garrett part company

January 6, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have advanced to the NFC divisional round at San Francisco by defeating the New Orleans Saints, 26-20 on Kirk Cousins’ four-yard scoring pass to Kyle Rudolph on the first series of overtime. Dalvin Cook gained 130 yards from scrimmage and scored a pair of touchdowns that put the Vikings ahead, 20-10 before the Saints scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. Cousins finished with 242 yards, highlighted by his 43-yard completion to Adam Thielen  that put the ball on the Saints 2-yard line and set up Rudolph’s game-winning catch.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — DK Metcalf had seven receptions for 160 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown grab to help the Seattle Seahawks down the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-9. Wilson threw for 325 yards and led the team with 45 yards rushing as the Seahawks earned the right to play the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round. The Eagles played most of the game without Carson Wentz due to a head injury caused by a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jadeveon Clowney.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have announced that Jason Garrett is out as head coach after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team. The Cowboys finished 8-8 in the final year of Garrett’s contract, missing the playoffs by one game. It’s the fourth time Dallas finished 8-8 and missed the postseason under the 53-year-old coach, who was 85-67 at the helm. Garrett had the second-longest tenure with the franchise at 9½ seasons behind Tom Landry’s 29 years.

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers had three players score 30 points in a game for the first time in their 50-year franchise history, which includes their time as the Buffalo Braves. Montrezl  Harrell dropped in 34 points, while Lou Williams and Paul George each had 32 in the Clippers’ 135-132 victory over New York. Miami also won yesterday as Goran Dragic  tied a career high with seven 3-pointers while delivering 29 points and 13 assists in the Heat’s 122-111 win against Portland.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins has announced on social media that he’s staying in school for his senior season. Collins has 78 receptions for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns over his three-year career. He had 37 catches for 729 yards and seven scores last season for the 17th-ranked Wolverines.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (1/5)

January 6, 2020

NFL PLAYOFFS

Minnesota 26, New Orleans 20 (OT) (Minnesota at San Francisco on Saturday)

Seattle 17, Philadelphia 9 (Seattle at Green Bay on Sunday)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final L.A. Clippers 135 New York 132
Final Miami 122 Portland 111
Final Minnesota 118 Cleveland 103
Final Memphis 121 Phoenix 114
Final L.A. Lakers 106 Detroit 99
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OT Washington 5 San Jose 4
Final Tampa Bay 3 Carolina 1
Final Florida 4 Pittsburgh 1
Final SO Calgary 5 Minnesota 4
Final Chicago 4 Detroit 2
Final SO Anaheim 5 Nashville 4
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (14)Michigan St. 87 (12)Michigan 69
Final (20)Dayton 80 Saint Joseph’s 67

 

Local College Basketball

January 5, 2020

MENS BASKETBALL

Loras-85

Nebraska Wesleyan-99

 

Clarke-82

Mid-American Nazerene-73

 

UW Platteville-89

UW Stout-67

 

WOMENS BASKETBALL

Loras-102

Nebraska Wesleyan-74

 

Clarke-61

Mid-American Nazerene-58

 

UW Platteville-41

UW Stout-65

 

 

NBA-SCHEDULE

January 5, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers paid the price for playing without defensive whiz Paul George on Saturday.

Jae Crowder was among four Grizzlies to score at least 22 points in a 140-114 thrashing of the Clippers. Crowder was high man for Memphis with 27 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. furnished 24 as Memphis earned its seventh road win. Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks chipped in 22 points apiece in the Grizzlies’ highest-scoring game of the season.

Montrezl Harrell had a team-high 28 points for the Clippers, who had to sit George because of a tight hamstring.

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

— Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 of his 32 points in the third quarter to carry the Bucks past the Spurs, 127-118. Eric Bledsoe had 21 points as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 32-5 with its fifth straight win.

— Jayson Tatum scored 28 points and Gordon Hayward added 24 as the Celtics topped the Bulls, 111-104. Boston hung on for its eighth win in nine games after a 16-point lead dwindled to three in the fourth quarter.

— Ish Smith poured in a career-high 32 points and Troy Brown added 25 with a career-high 14 rebounds in the Wizards’ 128-114 comeback over the Nuggets. Denver led 101-99 with 9:33 left before Smith scored 11 points during Washington’s 19-2 run.

— The Raptors bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season as Fred VanVleet had 29 points and 11 assists in Toronto’s 121-102 dumping of the Nets. Kyle Lowry finished with 26 points for the Raptors, who made 13 3-pointers after setting season lows for points and shooting in an 84-76 loss to Miami on Thursday.

— The Hornets surprised the Mavericks, 123-120 in overtime behind Terry Rozier’s 29 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime after his tying basket in regulation. Devonte Graham had 27 points and 13 assists to help Charlotte overcome Luka Doncic’s team-record 10th triple-double of the season: 39 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

— Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and Georges Niang added 15 off the bench to help the Jazz beat the Magic, 109-96. Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points and Emmanuel Mudiay scored 12 in Utah’s fifth consecutive win.

— Trae Young scored 30 of his 41 points in the first half or the Hawks’ 116-111 victory against the Pacers. Kevin Huerter added a season-high 26 points and Atlanta recovered after blowing a 22-point lead to win for just the fourth time in 16 home games.

— Oklahoma City also has a five-game winning streak after Dennis Schroder dropped in 22 points and Shai Gilgeous -Alexander had 20 in the Thunder’s 121-106 win at Cleveland. Danilo Gallinari drained five 3-pointers in scoring 19 points, while Steven Adams grabbed 16 rebounds for the Thunder.

— JJ Redick’s driving layup with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the Pelicans to a 117-115 victory over the Kings. Lonzo Ball had 24 points with 10 assists, and Redick scored 18 as the Pelicans won for the fifth time in six games.

— Andre Drummond had 14 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out late in the Pistons’ 111-104 win against the Warriors. Derrick Rose scored 22 points off the bench to help Detroit snap a three-game losing streak.

Iowa, Iowa State & UNI Basketball

January 5, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Izaiah Brockington scored 23 points to lead No. 21 Penn State to its fifth straight win, 89-86 over No. 23 Iowa at the Palestra. Luka Garza scored 34 points for the Hawkeyes.  Penn State turned the Philly trip into a home game and chants of “We Are!” echoed throughout Philly’s most famous basketball haven. Penn State is trying to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in coach Pat Chambers’ nine seasons.

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — R.J. Nembhard scored the first four points of overtime after forcing the extra period with a 3-pointer from near the center court logo, lifting TCU to an 81-79 win over Iowa State in a Big 12 opener. Nembhard scored a career-high 31 points. The tying shot in regulation came with 1.7 seconds left after he missed a free throw that would have tied the score with 10 seconds to go. Tyrese Haliburton had a triple-double for Iowa State with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

 

AJ Green had a career-high 35 points as Northern Iowa stretched its home winning streak to eight games, narrowly beating Bradley 69-64. Nate Kennell led the Braves on Saturday night with 18 points and nine rebounds.

NFL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

January 5, 2020

NFL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

Titans, Texans advance

UNDATED (AP) — The AFC South will have two representatives in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. The Tennessee Titans advanced by knocking off the defensive Super Bowl champs after the Houston Texans stormed back from a 16-point deficit.

Derrick Henry rushed for 182 yards and the go-ahead touchdown as the Titans eliminated the Patriots, 20-13 in Foxborough. Tennessee trailed 13-7 until Henry scored on a one-yard plunge with 35 seconds left in the first half. The score remained 14-13 until former Patriot Logan Ryan intercepted Tom Brady and returned it for a 9-yard TD in the closing seconds.

Brady threw for 209 yards, no touchdowns and one interception while engineering just one TD drive. New England’s lone touchdown came on wide receiver Julian Edelman’s five-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.

The 42-year-old Brady indicated after the game that he wants to play another season, saying that it’s unlikely he will retire. That leaves it up to the Patriots to determine whether he stays with the team or plays elsewhere next fall.

In Houston, Ka’imi (ka-EE’-mee) Fairbairn nailed a 28-yard field goal with 3:20 showing on the clock in overtime to complete the Texans’ rally in a 22-19 victory over the Bills. DeShaun Watson threw four passes for more than 10 yards during the winning drive, including a 34-yard completion to Taiwan Jones that put the Texans at first-and-goal.

The Bills led 16-0 late in the third quarter until Watson ran for a 20-yard TD and cracked the end zone on the two-point conversion. He added a five-yard scoring strike to Carlos Hyde that put Houston ahead 19-16, but Buffalo extended the game on Steven Hauschka’s 47-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation.

Watson was 20 of 25 passing for 247 yards and no interceptions.

Josh Allen sparked the Bills’ offense, rushing nine times for 92 yards and completing 24 of 46 passes for 264 yards. Allen also grabbed a 16-yard TD pass from receiver John Brown on the game’s opening drive.

The win gives the Texans their first playoff victory since the 2016 season and extends Buffalo’s postseason losing streak to six games.

The Titans will travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens. The Texans will take on the Chiefs in Kansas City.

 

NFL-NEWS

AP sources: Cowboys interview McCarthy, Lewis

UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are talking to former head coaches Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis in the surest sign so far that they are moving on from Jason Garrett.

People with direct knowledge of the situation say McCarthy was set to interview Saturday. One of the people says Lewis visited Friday and Saturday.

The Cowboys haven’t addressed the status of Garrett, who led an underachieving team to an 8-8 mark in the final year of his contract.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/2)

January 3, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Iowa-Grant 78, Potosi 66

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Highland 69, Belmont 45
  • River Ridge 53, Potosi/Cassville 27
  • Shullsburg 54, Benton 10

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 82, St. Ambrose 69

Gremmel Wins Southern Scuffle Title

January 3, 2020

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Iowa State wrestler Gannon Gremmel rang in the New Year with a championship performance at the Southern Scuffle. Gremmel, a former Hempstead High School state champ captured the title at 285 pounds, becoming ISU’s first champion at the Scuffle since 2014.

Over the two day tournament, Gremmel posted a 5-0 record and outscored his opponents by a margin of 36-13.

Fighting Saints Hockey

January 3, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints kick off the New Year with a familiar opponent in the Waterloo Black Hawks. The two teams will meet twice this weekend with the first taking place tonight at Mystique Community Ice Center. Dubuque and Waterloo have split the first two games of their season series, with Waterloo winning in Dubuque 3-2 and the Saints dominating in Waterloo, 7-1. The puck will drop tonight at 7:05.

MSU Pounds Illini

January 3, 2020

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston had 21 points and Xavier Tillman scored 19, leading No. 14 Michigan State to a 76-56 win over Illinois. The Spartans have won six straight and have won their first three conference games to stay alone in first place. Michigan State led the entire game but had just a six-point edge at halftime Thursday night. The Spartans pulled away early in the second half with a 15-3 run. The Fighting Illini lost a lopsided game in Big Ten play for the first time this season. They had a one-point loss at Maryland and beat Michigan.

Yanks hurler gets 81-game ban...Pelicans practice with top pick...Football Hall finalists

January 3, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo Germán  will miss the first 63 games of the upcoming season as part of an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Germán was put on administrative leave on Sept. 19 while MLB investigated an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child. He missed the final nine games of the 2019 regular season and all nine of New York’s postseason games.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson returned to practice with the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday for the first time since he had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly before the season. The first player taken in last year’s NBA draft said he “felt really good out there,” but cannot say when he’ll make his regular-season debut. Williamson said he first must pass “assessments” by team medical staff before the decision can rest solely with him.

CANTON, OHIO — The 15 modern-era player finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 have been announced, and it includes first-year eligible players Troy Polamalu (poh-lah-MAH’-loo) and Reggie Wayne. LeRoy Butler, Torry Holt, Sam Mills, Zach Thomas and Bryant Young are first-time finalists who previously have been eligible for the Hall. The other player finalists are Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce and Alan Faneca , along with Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, John Lynch and Richard Seymour.

UNDATED (AP) — Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, offensive coordinator and head coach Sam Wyche has died of melanoma at age 74, according to the team. One of the Bengals’ original quarterbacks, Wyche coached the Bengals to their second Super Bowl during the 1988 season by using a no-huddle offense that forced the league to change its substitution rules. He played three seasons with Cincinnati, throwing for 12 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Cole Kmet is the latest Notre Dame player to give up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Kmet initially said in November that he intended to return before announcing on Twitter that he was turning pro. He joins running back Tony Jones Jr. and safety Alohi Gilman in making themselves available for the April draft. Quarterback Ian Book will return to Notre Dame next season.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/2)

January 3, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Charlotte    109   Cleveland  106

Final Denver       124   Indiana      116

Final Miami         84     Toronto      76

Final Minnesota 99     Golden State      84

Final Utah 102   Chicago     98

Final Dallas        123   Brooklyn    111

Final Oklahoma City   109   San Antonio        103

Final Sacramento        128   Memphis   123

Final L.A. Clippers       126   Detroit        112

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT    Columbus  2       Boston       1

Final OT    Buffalo       3       Edmonton 2

Final Tampa Bay         2       Montreal    1

Final New Jersey        2       N-Y Islanders     1

Final OT    San Jose   3       Pittsburgh  2

Final Florida       6       Ottawa       3

Final Toronto      6       Winnipeg   3

Final Arizona      4       Anaheim    2

Final Calgary      4       N-Y Rangers      3

Final Colorado   7       St. Louis    3

Final Vancouver 7       Chicago     5

Final Vegas        5       Philadelphia        4

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Gonzaga        85     Portland     72

Final Colorado   74     (4)Oregon  65

Final (14)Michigan St. 76     Illinois         56

Final (20)Dayton          84     La Salle     58

Ducks nip Badgers...Alabama takes Citrus Bowl...Georgia, Minnesota get bowl wins...Don Larsen dies

January 2, 2020

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown of the day on a thrilling 30-yard run with 7:41 to play, pushing seventh-ranked Oregon to a 28-27 victory over No. 11 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Brady Breeze returned the first of his two fumble recoveries 31 yards for an early touchdown and used the second to set up Herbert’s go-ahead TD and help the Ducks finish 12-2. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 94 yards for the Badgers, who lost despite controlling the ball for over 38 minutes and outgaining the Ducks, 322-204.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mac Jones threw for three touchdowns and ninth-ranked Alabama capped an 11-2 season by blasting No. 17 Michigan, 35-16 in the Citrus Bowl. Jerry Jeudy (JOO’-dee) became the first Alabama player to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl game as he accounted for six receptions for 204 yards and a TD. DeVonta Smith and Miller Forristall added touchdown grabs while the Crimson Tide outscored the Wolverines, 21-0 in the second half.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The aerial duo of Jake Fromm and George Pickens led fifth-ranked Georgia’s offense in a Sugar Bowl victory over No. 7 Baylor, 26-14. Fromm completed 20 of his 30 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Pickens was busy while catching 12 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs finished the season 12-2. Matt Landers also had a scoring grab and Zamir White ran for 92 yards and a score.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No. 16 Minnesota earned a 31-24 victory over ninth-ranked Auburn in the Outback Bowl as Tyler Johnson had 12 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson became the Golden Gophers’ career leader in receiving yards while Tanner Morgan completed 19 of 29 passes for 278 yards, two scores and one interception. Receiver Seth Green tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Witham on fourth-and-inches midway through the second quarter.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former major league pitcher Don Larsen has died at age 90 of esophageal cancer while in hospice care in Idaho, according to his agent. Larsen is the only author of a perfect game in World Series history, doing it against the Brooklyn Dodgers while throwing just 97 pitches in Game 5 of the 1956 Fall Classic. He was 81-91 with a 3.78 ERA for seven major league teams from 1993-67, winning a career-high 11 games for the ’56 Yankees.

UNDATED (AP)–David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died. He was 77. The league says Stern died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12. Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before becoming commissioner in 1984. By the time he left in 2014, a league that had struggled for a foothold had grown into a more than $5 billion a year industry and become perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/1)

January 2, 2020

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 122 Washington 101
Final New York 117 Portland 93
Final Milwaukee 106 Minnesota 104
Final L.A. Lakers 117 Phoenix 107
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Dallas 4 Nashville 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (13)San Diego St. 61 Fresno St. 52
Final (24)Wichita St. 75 East Carolina 69

Scoreboard from Tuesday 12/31

January 1, 2020

Football Bowl Results:

Texas 38,  (12) Utah 10 – Alamo Bowl

Kentucky 37, Virginia Tech 30 –  Belk Bowl

Arizona State  20, – Florida State 14 – Sun Bowl

(21) Navy 20,  Kansas State  17 –  Liberty Bowl

Wyoming 38,   Georgia State  17 – Arizona Bowl

College Men’s Basketball:

Florida A&M 70, Iowa State 68

Illinois State 76, Northern Iowa  70

Wisconsin 65, Rider  37

 

Area Scoreboard from Monday (12/30)

December 31, 2019

        HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Schurz 63, East Dubuque 57 (92nd Annual Chuck Dayton Holiday Classic).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • New Glarus 48, Cuba City 43

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 91, MacMurray 79
  • Hanover 65, Dubuque 57 (Wheaton College Tournament)

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 68, UW Platteville 61 (Championship game of Loras Holiday Tourney)
  • UC Santa Cruz 80, Dubuque 54
  • Clarke 65, Saint Ambrose 60

Behind 5 Titles, Hawkeyes Set Midlands Tournament Record

December 31, 2019

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois — The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team scored a tournament record 196.5 points to win the 2019 Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Monday. The team title is Iowa’s 29th in the 57-year history of the event, and its seventh championship in a row.

The Hawkeyes crowned five individual champions, matching a school-record set in 2014, and placed 12 wrestlers on the podium.

Northern Iowa finished 2nd and Illinois 3rd in the team race.

Bowl Game Central

December 31, 2019

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chase Garbers threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading California to a 35-20 win over Illinois in the Redbox Bowl. Christopher Brown Jr. ran for 120 yards on 20 carries, and Makai Polk caught five passes for season-high 105 yards as Cal (8-5) won its first bowl game since 2015.

 

UNDATED (AP) — Florida’s passing game was overshadowed by Lamical Perine as the sixth-ranked Gators won the Orange Bowl. Perine scored on a 61-yard run in the opening minute and carried 13 times for a career-high 138 yards as the Gators topped Virginia, 36-28. He finished with three touchdowns and 181 total yards of offense after entering the game with just 538 yards on the ground this season.

— Louisville rallied from a 14-point deficit by scoring 31 straight to beat Mississippi State, 38-28 in the Music City Bowl.

— Freshman Cory Munson kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal with no time left after a rules review to give Western Kentucky a 23-20 victory over Western Michigan in the First Responder Bowl.

Today:

Dec.  31

Belk Bowl — Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC

11:00

Sun Bowl — Arizona State vs. Florida State

Sun Bowl El Paso, TX

1 p.m.

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​Liberty Bowl — Kansas State vs. Navy

Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN

2:45 p.m.

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Arizona Bowl — Georgia State vs. Wyoming

Arizona Stadium Tucson, AZ

3:30 p.m.

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Alamo Bowl —  No. 11 Utah vs. Texas

Alamodome San Antonio, TX

6:30 p.m.

Giants fire Shurmur...Redskins dump Allen...White Sox, Keuchel finalize deal

December 31, 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have fired coach Pat Shurmur and elected to keep general manager Dave Gettleman despite the two combining for nine wins over the past two seasons. Shurmur’s departure comes one day after the Giants completed a 4-12 season with a 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Co-owner John Mara says the decision to keep the 68-year-old Gettleman was based on giving him the chance to finish a major overall of the roster and the scouting system.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen has been fired after 10 seasons. The Redskins went 62-97-1 with Allen serving as Snyder’s right-hand man, a stretch that featured only two playoff appearances and zero postseason victories. Washington never won more than 10 games under Allen and just concluded a 3-13 campaign. News of Allen dismissal came as Ron Rivera visited the Redskins about their head coaching vacancy.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel have finalized a three-year, $55.5 million contract. Keuchel will earn $18 million in salary each of the next three seasons. The White Sox hold a $20 million option for 2023 with a $1.5 million buyout. The 31-year-old left-hander won the Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros in 2015. He went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA for the Atlanta Braves this year.

UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga has stayed atop The Associated Press men’s basketball poll after picking up 63 of 65 first-place votes. Second-ranked Duke and No. 3 Kansas each had one first-place vote, with Oregon and Ohio State rounding out the top five. Sixth-ranked Baylor is followed by Louisville, Auburn, Memphis and Villanova. Iowa is ranked 23rd this week.

NEW YORK (AP) — Captain Alex Pietrangelo , goaltender Jordan Binnington and playoff MVP Ryan O’Reilly will represent the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues for All-Star festivities in St. Louis next month. St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames was also chosen as an All-Star. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin  was voted in by fans but opted to skip All-Star to rest his body for the stretch drive and playoffs. Capitals teammates John Carlson and Braden Holtby will go instead.

National Scoreboard from Monday (12/30)

December 31, 2019

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Atlanta       101   Orlando     93

Final Washington        123   Miami         105

Final OT    Minnesota 122   Brooklyn    115

Final Milwaukee 123   Chicago     102

Final Utah 104   Detroit        81

Final Phoenix     122   Portland     116

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh  5       Ottawa       2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Gonzaga        93     Detroit        72

Final (6)Baylor    83     Jackson St.         57

Final (9)Memphis        84     Tulane       73

Final (10)Villanova      68     Xavier        62

Final (20)Dayton          77     North Florida       59

Area Scoreboard from Sunday (12/29)

December 30, 2019

COLLEGE

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 97, North Park University 67 (at Loras Holiday Tournament)
  • UW Platteville 74, Lawrence 56 (at Loras Holiday Tourney)

(Loras and Platteville play for the title at 4 o’clock today)

  • Pacific 75, Dubuque 61 (in Santa Cruz, CA)

Fighting Saints Fall to Team USA

December 30, 2019

Team USA’s U-17 squad scored the final five goals of the game to defeat the Dubuque Fighting Saints 7-5 on Sunday evening. Dubuque got off to a 4-2 lead in the first period, but the young U-17’s methodically pushed back to even the game early in the third and then push ahead in the final eight minutes.

Dubuque ends the 2019 portion of the season with a 19-5-1 record. That mark is fourth best in the USHL, behind only Waterloo, Team USA and Chicago. Dubuque will face Chicago twice and Waterloo four times in the first three weeks of January.

Regional Men's College Bball: Hawkeyes and Illini Run Away

December 30, 2019

Iowa Routes KSU

Luka Garza scored 23 points and Ryan Kriener added a career-high 20 as No. 25 Iowa closed its non-conference schedule with a 93-51 win over Kennesaw State. Joe Wieskamp had 18 points for the Hawkeyes (10-3), who also had a season-high 14 steals. Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl had 8 points and 1 rebound.

The Hawkeyes get back into the Big Ten schedule with a game against Penn State at the Palestra in Philadelphia on Saturday.

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Illini Win Over NC A &T

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 26 points and Illinois beat North Carolina A&T 95-64. The 7-foot freshman also grabbed nine rebounds, narrowly missing his seventh double-double in 13 games. Cockburn has more double-doubles this season than any other freshman in the country. He scored 23 points on two occasions earlier this season against Grand Canyon and Miami.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/29)

December 30, 2019

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Oklahoma City 98 Toronto 97
Final Memphis 117 Charlotte 104
Final New Orleans 127 Houston 112
Final Denver 120 Sacramento 115
Final L.A. Lakers 108 Dallas 95
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final St. Louis 4 Winnipeg 1
Final SO Chicago 3 Columbus 2
Final OT New Jersey 4 Ottawa 3
Final N-Y Islanders 3 Minnesota 1
Final Boston 3 Buffalo 2
Final Florida 6 Montreal 5
Final Tampa Bay 2 Detroit 1
Final Dallas 4 Arizona 2
Final OT Philadelphia 2 Anaheim 1
Final Vancouver 5 Calgary 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (22)West Virginia 67 (2)Ohio St. 59
Final (5)Kansas 72 Stanford 56
Final (6)Oregon 98 Alabama St. 59
Final (8)Auburn 86 Lipscomb 59
Final (11)Michigan 86 Mass.-Lowell 60
Final (13)Maryland 84 Bryant 70
Final (14)Michigan St. 95 W. Michigan 62
Final (16)Virginia 65 Navy 56
Final (20)Penn St. 90 Cornell 59
Final (23)Texas Tech 73 CS Bakersfield 58
Final (25)Iowa 93 Kennesaw St. 51

NFL Regular Season Ends

December 30, 2019

  • DETROIT (AP) — Mason Crosby made a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Green Bay Packers to a 23-20 win over the Detroit Lions to earn a first-round bye. The Packers fell behind by two touchdowns in the second quarter. They did not lead until Crosby made his second game-winning kick against Detroit this season. The Lions closed the season with nine straight losses for their longest losing streak in a season since going 0-16 in 2008. Green Bay won despite Aaron Rodgers going 27 of 55 for 323 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
  • MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddy Piñeiro’s fourth field goal of the game for Chicago came from 22 yards with 10 seconds left, giving the Bears a 21-19 victory over Minnesota. The Vikings rested their regulars for the playoffs. Piñeiro finished the season with 11 straight made field goals, and the Bears went 8-8 to dodge what would have been a fifth losing record in six years. David Montgomery had 23 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown to cap a strong rookie season for the Bears. Mike Boone rushed 17 times for 148 yards and a score for the Vikings.
  • The 49ers won the NFC West and the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs with a 26-21 win over the Seahawks.
  • The Eagles are NFC East champions after Boston Scott ran for three touchdowns in the second half of their 34-17 win over the Giants.
  • The Chiefs closed out a 12-4 regular season with their sixth straight win, a highlight-laden 31-24 decision over the Chargers.
  • The Titans have grabbed the second AFC wild card and earned a meeting with the Patriots next weekend by thumping the Texans, 35-14.
  • The Saints finished a 13-3 campaign by thrashing the Panthers, 42-10. Drew Brees (breez) threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns, and Alvin Kamara ran for two scores as New Orleans handed Carolina its eighth straight loss.
  • Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes to help the Cowboys crush the Redskins, 47-16
  • The Ravens will carry a 12-game winning streak into the AFC divisional round after a 28-10 drubbing of the Steelers.
  • Sam Darnold hit Jamison Crowder for a tiebreaking, 1-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to send the Jets past the playoff-bound Bills, 13-6.
  • Tyler Higbee and Robert Woods caught touchdown passes from Jared Goff in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 31-24 win over the Cardinals.
  • The Raiders were losers in their final game as an Oakland franchise, 16-15 at Denver.
  • Deion Jones returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in overtime to give the Falcons a 28-22 win over the Buccaneers.
  • Andy Dalton threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his farewell as a franchise quarterback, leading the Bengals past the Browns, 33-23.
  • Gardner Minshew turned in his best performance in two months by throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns and leading the Jaguars to a 38-20 victory over the Colts.

Scorecard from 12/28/19

December 29, 2019

Local Hockey

Fighting Saints 3   Cedar Rapids Rough Riders 2

Boys Basketball

East Dubuque 54, Geneseo 52

Big Ten College Basketball

Wisconsin 68,  Tennessee  48

Purdue  97,  Central Michigan  62

Minnesota 89, Florida International 62

NBA

Milwaukee Bucks 111, Magic 110 (OT)

Chicago Bulls 116, Hawks 81

College Football Bowl

(3)Clemson beat 29,  (2) Ohio State 23 – Fiesta Bowl

Clemson to advance to the College Football Playoff championship game.

(13) Penn State 53, (15) Memphis 39 – Cotton Bowl

(14) Notre Dame  33, Iowa State 9 – Camping World Bowl

(1) LSU romped to a breathtaking 63, (4) Oklahoma 28 – Peach Bowl

National Sports from the AP

December 28, 2019

AP Sports

NBA-SCHEDULE
Five straight wins for Celtics; Bucks rebound
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics picked up their fifth straight win on Friday as they try to pad their lead in the NBA’s Atlantic Division.
Jaylen Brown tied a career high with 34 points in the Celtics’ 129-117 win over Cleveland. Jayson Tatum provided 24 of his 30 points while the Celts were building a 62-47 halftime lead.
Enes Kanter added 14 points and Kemba Walker had 13 as Boston improved to 13-1 at home.
Meanwhile, the Bucks are a leading-best 28-5 by bouncing back from their Christmas Day loss at Philadelphia to crush the Hawks, 112-86. Khris Middleton scored 23 points and Ersan Ilyasova had season highs of 18 points and 17 rebounds as Milwaukee dealt Atlanta its ninth consecutive loss.
The Bucks played without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) due to back soreness yet still managed to win for the 22nd time in their last 24 games.

— The Heat own the league’s best home record at 14-1 after Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored in the lane with 6.8 seconds remaining to cap a wild finish in Miami’s 113-112 triumph over the Pacers. Jimmy Butler dropped in 20 points and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BAY’-oo) added 18 with 15 rebounds, including the offensive board that set up Dragic’s shot after the Heat wasted a nine-point, fourth-quarter lead.

— Evan Fournier scored 20 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 with 11 rebounds to help the Magic squeeze out a 98-97 victory against the 76ers. Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-seh-vihch) had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Orlando ended Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak.

— The Thunder earned a 104-102 overtime win against the Hornets as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points and Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) added 24 off the bench. Chris Paul furnished 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and OT to push Oklahoma City to its fifth win in six games.

— The Warriors earned their fourth straight win as D’Angelo Russell had 31 points and six assists in a 106-95 victory against the Suns. Alec Burks scored nine of his 13 in the fourth quarter to help Golden State erase a 10-point deficit in the period.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWL GAMES

Iowa, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Michigan State get bowl wins

Ihmir Smith-Marsette scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard reception, all in the second quarter of the 19th-ranked Hawkeyes’ 49-24 rout of No. 22 Southern California in the Holiday Bowl. Senior Nate Stanley threw two touchdown passes and Iowa won its fourth straight game to conclude its sixth 10-win seasons in 21 years under coach Kirk Ferentz.USC freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis (SLOH’-vihs) threw two touchdown passes but was knocked out of the game with an apparent arm injury early in the third quarter.

In the Cheez-it Bowl, Kadin Remsberg ran for 178 yards and stretched to the pylon for a 3-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lift 24th-ranked Air Force to a 31-21 victory over Washington State. Donald Hammond III scored two touchdowns and Remsberg had his fourth-down TD confirmed by review to help the Falcons close the season on an eight-game winning streak. FBS passing leader Anthony Gordon kept the Cougars within reach by throwing for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

Kellen Mond ran for a career-high 117 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown burst that put the Aggies ahead 21-14 in the fourth quarter of a 24-21 victory over No. 25 Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl. Mond relied on his feet while throwing for just 95 yards and losing two early fumbles that allowed the Cowboys to take a 14-0 lead.
Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard ran for 158 yards after finishing the regular season as the nation’s leading rusher. Braydon Johnson had 124 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Cowboys.

In other bowl action:
— Freshman Sam Howell completed 25 of 34 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns to lead North Carolina to its first bowl victory since 2013, a 55-13 rout of Temple in the Military Bowl. Howell also grabbed a scoring pass and ran for 53 yards to help the 7-6 Tar Heels end the season on a three-game winning streak. The Owls have made five straight bowl appearances but have won just once.

— Brian Lewerke (leh-WUR’-kee) threw for 320 yards and a touchdown in Michigan State’s 27-21 victory over Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Lewerke threw a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Cody White in the third quarter to put the 7-6 Spartans ahead, 27-21. Lewerke also ran for a TD, White had 97 yards receiving and Elijah Collins had 96 yards rushing.

NHL-SCHEDULE

TJ Oshie (OH’-shee) snapped the Capitals’ 0-for-19 skid on the power play by scoring in overtime to give them a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. Columbus led 1-0 until Carl Hagelin (HAG’-lihn) tallied early in the third period. Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov (sam-SOH’-nahv) made 27 saves to win his first career start against Columbus. He was solid all night and couldn’t do much on the lone Blue Jackets goal by rookie Jakob Lilja (LEEL’-yah). Columbus had won their first two meetings of the season with Washington by a combined 8-2 margin. The Jackets have pinned the Capitals with two of their sixth regulation losses.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— The Blues picked up their seventh consecutive win by downing the Jets, 5-4 on David Perron’s (peh-RAHNZ’) goal 3:14 into overtime. Tyler Bozak scored twice and Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh) had a goal and assist as the Western Conference leaders improved to 25-8-6.

— Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) scored twice for the third consecutive game and Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 26 shots as the Bruins blanked the Sabres, 3-0. Brandon Carlo also tallied to back Halak, who notched his third shutout of the season and 50th of his career.

— The Islanders lost for the fourth time in five games as Dennis Gilbert, Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) and Alex DeBrincat (deh-BRIHN’-kat) scored in a 4:22 span of the first period to chase Thomas Greiss (grys) in Chicago’s 5-2 victory against New York. Duncan Keith and Dylan Strome (strohm) each had two assists as the Blackhawks won for the third time in four games.

— Mats Zuccarello (zoo’-kah-REH’-loh) and Victor Rask scored 77 seconds apart in the third period to send the Wild past the Avalanche 6-4. Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk) made 14 of his 40 saves in the third period to help Minnesota deal Colorado its third straight home loss.

— Tristan Jarry stopped 30 shots and Juuso Riikola had a goal and an assist in the Penguins’ fifth victory in six games, 5-2 at Nashville. Alex Galchenyuk (gal-CHEHN’-yuk) netted his third goal of the season while Pittsburgh was scoring three times in its first six shots to chase Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay).

— Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) had two goals and an assist to support Henrik Lundqvist’s 39-save performance in the Rangers’ 5-3 win over the Hurricanes. Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) had a goal and two assists, while Chris Kreider added a goal and an assist as the Blueshirts won for the second time in six games.

— The Maple Leafs were able to celebrate a 5-4 win over the Devils after New Jersey defenseman Damon Severson backhanded the puck into his own net in overtime. William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) and John Tavares each had a goal and two assists, with Nylander getting credit for the game-winner.

— Andrew Mangiapane (man-jah-PAN’-ee) had a goal and two assists in the Flames’ 5-1 thumping of the Oilers. Elias Lindholm scored just 11 seconds into the first period as Calgary won for just the second time in its last six games.

— Cam Fowler had a goal and an assist while the Ducks scored three times in a 97-stretch of the second period to beat the Golden Knights, 4-3. Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) and Max Comtois (KAHM’-twah) also scored during the decisive barrage that allowed Anaheim to knock off Vegas for just the second time in their 10 meetings.

— Jeff Carter’s goal 91 seconds into overtime completed the Kings’ comeback in a 3-2 triumph over the Sharks. San Jose carried a 2-0 lead into the third period before Martin Frk (furk) scored twice in his season debut, both on assists from Carter.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) says he’ll skip NHL All-Star Weekend for the second consecutive year to get rested and ready for the second half of the regular season and playoffs. The 34-year-old Ovechkin was named captain of the Metropolitan Division and has scored 23 goals in 39 games.
He’ll be suspended one game for skipping All-Star festivities, either Jan. 18 at the Islanders or Jan. 27 in Montreal.

NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are keeping coach Dan Quinn for another season despite a second straight losing record. The Falcons are 6-9 this season after finishing 7-9 in 2018. They lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl 50, their second season under Quinn The team also announced that general manager Thomas Dimitroff will remain in his current role, and that former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris will be Atlanta’s defensive coordinator. The Falcons will go through an organizational restructuring, giving team president and CEO Rich McKay a bigger role in the football operations. Quinn and Dimitroff will now report directly to McKay, with Blank retaining oversight of football operations.

In other NFL news:

— Saints coach Sean Payton says the club has no immediate plans to sign Antonio Brown after including him in a workout with six free-agent receivers Friday morning. Payton says the Saints are looking at how available players can help the team as it prepares to enter the playoffs. Brown has not played since the New England Patriots cut him Sept. 20 amid multiple sexual assault accusations which have spawned an ongoing league investigation of the receiver.

— Former star Bills receiver Elbert Dubenion has died at 86. He played key roles in the Bills winning consecutive American Football League championships in the mid-1960s. The team says he died Thursday, 55 years to the day after Buffalo won its first AFL title with a 20-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

MLB

Royals sign 3B Franco
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have finalized their one-year, $2.95 million contract with third baseman Maikel (MY’-kehl) Franco, a deal that includes up to $1.05 million in incentives. The 27-year-old Franco hit .234 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs in 123 games for the Phillies last season, but he lost his starting job over the summer and played 12 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Franco belted 71 home runs and drove in 232 from 2016-18.

RUSSIAN DOPING

Russia will appeal Olympic ban
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has confirmed that it will appeal its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency known as RUSADA has sent a formal letter disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. RUSADA says it disputes the WADA notice “in its entirety” including the evidence of tampering with the data archive. The WADA sanctions ban the use of the Russian team name, flag or anthem at a range of major sports competitions over the next four years including the 2020 Olympics.

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard is The Associated Press’ male athlete of the year for 2019. Leonard was an easy winner in the voting conducted by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers, finishing ahead of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Kansas City Chiefs signal-caller Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’). Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP for the second time, leading Toronto to its first championship. He is the fifth NBA player to win the award.

Iowa-USC Clash Tonight in Holiday Bowl

December 27, 2019

Tonight  the 19th ranked (9-3) Iowa Hawkeye football team will try to end the year on a winning note at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego as they square off against the 22nd ranked (8-4) USC Trojans.

The Hawkeyes are making their 33rd bowl game appearance and fourth Holiday Bowl appearance. This will be the 10th meeting between the two teams and the first since the 2003 Orange Bowl. Kickoff from inside San Diego County Credit Union Stadium will be at 7 o’clock.

Fighting Saints Back in Action Starting Tonight

December 27, 2019

After a 13 day break in the schedule, the Dubuque Fighting Saints play three games in three days starting tonight. The Fighting Saints will play on back to back nights in Cedar Rapids against the Roughriders and then have a Sunday evening home skate against the USA U-17 team at Mystique Community Ice Center.  Going into the trio of games, Dubuque is on a five game winning streak and has the best winning percentage in the USHL with a record of 18-3-and-1.  The Saints Sunday opponent USA U-17 has a ten game winning streak going into this weekend. Sunday evening the puck will drop at 5:05 pm.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (12/26)

December 27, 2019

High School Boys Basketball

  • Yorkville 61, East Dubuque 56 (At Chuck Dayton Holiday Classic in Dekalb

Wisconsin

  • Marion, Kan. 73, Darlington 69
  • Brookfield Academy 68 ,Mineral Point 55 Concordia University (WBY Shootout)

National Scoreboard from Thursday (12/26)

December 27, 2019

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Detroit 132 Washington 102
Final New York 94 Brooklyn 82
Final Memphis 110 Oklahoma City 97
Final Dallas 102 San Antonio 98
Final 2OT Minnesota 105 Sacramento 104
Final Utah 121 Portland 115

Edwards-Helaire not too Peachy...Eason leaving Huskies...Titans' Henry ready

December 27, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire may be a long shot to play for the top-ranked Tigers in the Peach Bowl playoff semifinal against No. 4 Oklahoma. Edwards-Helaire has missed practice this week with a hamstring injury, but head coach Ed Orgeron hasn’t given up hope that Edwards-Helaire could be cleared to play. The junior has been a double-threat for the Tigers this season, rushing for 1,290 yards and 16 touchdowns while grabbing 50 passes for 399 yards and a score.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington quarterback Jacob Eason is skipping his final year of college to enter the NFL draft. The transfer from Georgia started 13 games for the Huskies this season, throwing for 3,132 yards and 23 touchdowns in performances that lacked consistency. He chose to play in Washington’s bowl game victory over Boise State rather than follow the path of NFL-bound teammates Hunter Bryant and Trey Adams, who skipped the game.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry says he’ll play when the Tennessee Titans try to wrap up an AFC playoff berth Sunday against the Houston Texans. The NFL’s No. 3 ground-gainer says his left hamstring is feeling much better after sitting out last Sunday’s loss to New Orleans. Henry practiced fully yesterday, and coach Mike Vrabel said the running back looked great in Tuesday’s session before taking Christmas Day off.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns receiver Jarvis Landry says he was diagnosed with a fractured bone at the base of his spine early in the summer, limiting his practice time and potentially requiring surgery to correct the problem. The injury has caused him pain in his hip but hasn’t stopped Landry from leading the team with 81 receptions, 1,092 yards receiving and five touchdown catches. Landry hasn’t missed a game on his way to a fifth Pro Bowl selection in six NFL seasons.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan are scheduled for season-ending right shoulder surgeries today. The 34-year-old Seabrook also will have surgery on his right hip in January and left hip in February. The last-place Blackhawks placed both players on long-term injured reserve, freeing up significant space under the salary cap.

White Sox get Encarnacion...Coal for Bucks, Lakers on Christmas

December 26, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that veteran slugger Edwin Encarnación has accepted a one-year, $12 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. Encarnación is due $11 million in salary next season and a $1 million signing bonus, with the White Sox holding an option for the 2021 season. Encarnación hit 34 home runs in 109 games for Seattle and the Yankees last season.

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s conference leaders were losers on Christmas Day. Joel Embiid shot 3-for-6 from 3-point range and finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds in the Clippers’ second win in two meetings with the Lakers this season, 111-106.

UNDATED (AP) — Damion Lee had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat the Houston Rockets, 116-104. Brandon Ingram scored 31 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 13 rebounds to help the New Orleans Pelicans’ end the Denver Nuggets’ seven-game winning streak, 112-100. Jaylen Brown scored 30 points and Kemba Walker had 22 as the Boston Celtics earned a 118-102 win over the Raptors in Toronto.

HONOLULU (AP) — The unranked Houston Cougars are 10-3 after rallying from a 14-point, first-half deficit to beat No. 21 Washington, 75-71 and win the Diamond Heat Classic. Fabian White Jr. shot 7 of 13 from the field and hit all five of his free throws to finish with a career-high 19 points and earn the tournament’s most outstanding player honors. Caleb Mills also had 19 points and hit three of Houston’s eight 3-pointers.

UNDATED (AP) — The Tiger Woods Masters victory has been named The Associated Press sports story of the year in balloting by a mix of AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The rousing victory at Augusta National by Woods topped the U.S. women’s soccer team’s World Cup championship. Of the top 12 stories in the balloting, only the titles won by the Toronto Raptors, Washington Nationals and University of Virginia basketball team stuck mainly to what happened between the lines.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (12/25)

December 26, 2019

NBA

Final Boston 118 Toronto 102
Final Philadelphia 121 Milwaukee 109
Final Golden State 116 Houston 104
Final L.A. Clippers 111 L.A. Lakers 106
Final New Orleans 112 Denver 100
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final Houston 75 (21)Washington 71