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Area Scoreboard from Monday (3/18)

BASEBALL

  • In Longview, TX: UW Platteville 12, LeTourneau 10

SOFTBALL

  • In Clermont, FL: Loras claimed wins over MCLA 8-0 (5) and Maine-Farmington 10-0 (5)

WOMENS LACROSSE

  • Clarke 13, Dubuque 9

WBCA  Boys All State Teams Announced.

A pair of Tri-State area boys basketball players have been named first team all-state in Division 4 by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Mineral Point junior Isaac Lindsey and Fennimore senior Reid Larson received the honor. Lindsey averaged 20.5 per game to help the Pointers to a 17-7 and Larson who was a four year starter averaged 17.7 per game this season.

Darlington senior Stryker Fitzsimons was named an Honorable Mention all-state choice.


ACC dominates final poll...Women's tournament pairings set...Caps sign local product

NEW YORK (AP) – Duke is back on top followed by Virginia and North Carolina to give the Atlantic Coast Conference a 1-2-3 showing in the final AP Top 25 poll this season. The Blue Devils jumped from fifth to first Monday after winning last week’s league tournament with the return of freshman star Zion Williamson from a knee sprain. The Cavaliers and Tar Heels stayed in their positions in what is believed to be the first time a conference has claimed the top three spots in the final AP poll. Gonzaga fell from first to fourth, while Michigan State climbed to fifth. Wisconsin is ranked 21st and Iowa State is ranked 24th.

NEW YORK (AP) – Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the top seeds in the women’s NCAA Tournament. The bracket was mistakenly put out early on ESPNU several hours before the network had its selection show on Monday night. It’s the first time since 2006 that the Connecticut Huskies aren’t a No. 1 seed. UConn will try to continue its record Final Four run from the No. 2 seed in the Portland regional, looking to advance that far for the 12th consecutive year.

  • Iowa is the No. 2 seed in the Greensboro Region and will play host to first- and second-round games on campus at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the fourth time in seven years (also 2013, 2014 and 2015) . The Hawkeyes will take on 15th-seeded Mercer 1 o’clock Friday afternoon.
  • The Iowa State Cyclones will also host first and second round games this weekend. The 3rd-seededCyclones will face 14th-seeded New Mexico State in the first round, Saturday in Ames,
  • Northern Iowa was selected for the WNIT. UNI will face Minnesota in Minneapolis on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the tournament.

ARLINGTON, VA (AP) – The Washington Capitals have snared a local product. They signed college free agent forward Joe Snively to a two-year entry-level contract that begins next season. Snively is 23 and a native of nearby Herndon, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, and played his youth hockey at the Capitals’ practice facility as part of the Little Caps program. He was Yale’s leading scorer in each of his four seasons there and reportedly drew interest from two-thirds of the NHL.

UNDATED (AP) – Union head Tony Clark is applauding the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to give minor league players a 50 percent raise, and he hopes other clubs will do the same. Many players have made as little as $1,100 per month in recent seasons and don’t get paid during spring training or the offseason. Those who don’t receive lucrative signing bonuses often struggle to afford meals, rent and basic equipment like cleats and bats. Toronto is the first club to announce such a raise.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – In a possible playoff preview, Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault each had four points and the Vegas Golden Knights won for the ninth time in 10 games, beating the San Jose Sharks 7-3 on Monday night. The win moved the Golden Knights within seven points of the Sharks with nine games to play in the race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. San Jose remains one point behind Pacific Division-leading Calgary, with the Flames holding a game in hand.


National Scoreboard from Monday (3/18)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Utah 116 Washington 95
Final Cleveland 126 Detroit 119
Final Toronto 128 N-Y Knicks 92
Final Denver 114 Boston 105
Final Miami 116 Oklahoma City 107
Final San Antonio 111 Golden State 105
Final OT New Orleans 129 Dallas 125
Final Chicago 116 Phoenix 101
Final Portland 106 Indiana 98


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Tampa Bay 4 Arizona 1
Final OT Vancouver 3 Chicago 2
Final Vegas 7 San Jose 3
Final Winnipeg 3 L.A. Kings 2


Area Scoreboard from Sunday (3/17)

COLLEGE

BASEBALL

  • Clarke 6, Graceland 2
  • Loras 16, Northland 9
  • Aurora 4, Loras 3

MENS LACROSSE

  • Concordia (MI) 13, Clarke 9

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Clarke Women National Run Ends in Quarters

The Clarke University women’s basketball team ended a memorable run at the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball tournament on Saturday night. The Pride fell in the quarterfinals to Oklahoma City 76-72 finishing with a record of 23-and 12.


NCAA hoops bracket set...Spartans, Tigers take tourney crowns...Dolphins get QB Fitzpatrick

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the top seeds in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, marking the first time one conference has produced three No. 1 seeds. Duke heads the East and is followed by Michigan State, LSU and Virginia Tech, while Gonzaga, Michigan, Texas Tech and Florida are the top four seeds in the West. Virginia, Tennessee, Purdue and Kansas State are the highest seeds in the South, and North Carolina, Kentucky, Houston and Kansas head up the Midwest.

  • Iowa (22-11) received a No. 10 seed and will play seventh-seeded Cincinnati (28-6) on Friday at 11:15 a.m.  in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Iowa State (23-11, 9-9 Big 12) earned the No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region and will face No. 11 seed Ohio State (19-14, 8-12 Big Ten), Friday at 8:50 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla.
  • Wisconsin (23-10, 14-6) earned a No. 5 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and will take on No. 12 seed Oregon on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in San Jose, California.

UNDATED (AP) – Sixth-ranked Michigan State and No. 22 Auburn won their conference tournaments yesterday. Matt McQuaid nailed a career-high seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points as the Spartans beat 10th-ranked Michigan, 65-60 after trailing by 13 in the second half. Bryce Brown scored 19 points and the Tigers won their first SEC Tournament title in 34 years by routing eighth-ranked Tennessee 84-64.

 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, who were in the market for a replacement for Ryan Tannehill. The 36-year-old Fitzpatrick has a 50-75-1 record as a starter for seven NFL teams. He started seven games for Tampa Bay last year and had a passer rating of 100.4, which ranked ninth in the league.

 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Rory McIlroy carded a pair of late birdies and closed with a 2-under 70 to win The Players Championship by one stroke over Jim Furyk . McIlroy had to play catch-up over his final four holes after the 48-year-old Furyk closed with a birdie for a 67 that gave him a one-shot advantage. McIlroy answered with a 15-foot birdie on 15 and a two-putt birdie on the next hole before closing out the title on his 10th try.

 

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) – Kyle Busch has tied Richard Petty’s NASCAR record with his 200th career victory across the three national series. Busch used an impressive late surge through the field following a speeding penalty to win the Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. He dominated the first two stages, but a pit-road speeding penalty dropped him to 18th with 73 laps to go. Logano finished second, followed by Keselowski, Kevin Harvick,. Ryan Blaney and Kurt Busch.


National Scoreboard from Sunday (3/17)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final N-Y Knicks 124 L.A. Lakers 123
Final Miami 93 Charlotte 75
Final Philadelphia 130 Milwaukee 125
Final Detroit 110 Toronto 107
Final Sacramento 129 Chicago 102
Final Orlando 101 Atlanta 91
Final L.A. Clippers 119 Brooklyn 116
Final Houston 117 Minnesota 102


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Colorado 3 New Jersey 0
Final SO Buffalo 4 St. Louis 3
Final OT N-Y Islanders 3 Minnesota 2
Final SO Vancouver 3 Dallas 2
Final OT Philadelphia 2 Pittsburgh 1
Final Anaheim 3 Florida 2
Final Vegas 6 Edmonton 3


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (6) Michigan St. 65 (10) Michigan 60
Final (22) Auburn 84 (8) Tennessee 64
Final (24) Cincinnati 69 (11) Houston 57


Duke wins ACC Tourney...Iowa St. takes Big 12 crown...Villanova captures Big East

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Freshman Zion Williamson poured in 21 points and fifth-ranked Duke earned its 21st ACC Tournament title by dominating the second half of a 73-63 win against Florida State. RJ Barrett added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils, who turned a 36-all halftime score into a 14-point lead by midway through the second. Duke shot 58 percent after the break and improved to 29-5.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Iowa State has become the lowest seed ever to win the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament. The fifth-seeded Cyclones raced to a big early lead and were ahead 41-24 early in the second half before closing out a 78-66 victory over 17th-ranked Kansas. Lindell Wigginton delivered a team-high 17 points for Iowa State, which is unbeaten in five championship game appearances.

NEW YORK (AP) – No. 25 Villanova has become the first team to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments by beating Seton Hall 74-72 at Madison Square Garden. Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) had 17 points and eight rebounds, while tournament outstanding player Phil Booth scored 16. But freshman Saddiq Bey sah-DEEK’ bay) sparked the victory with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Powell scored 25 points but missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer for the Pirates.

CLEVELAND (AP) – No. 18 Buffalo captured its fourth Mid-American Conference title in five years as Jeremy Harris scored 31 points and C.J. Massinburg added 17 in an 87-73 victory over Bowling Green. Harris was 13 of 20 from the field and was named the tournament’s MVP. Jayvon Graves also finished with 17 points for the Bulls.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Stephen Curry delivered 33 points and Klay Thompson added 23 as the Golden States Warriors hammered the Thunder, 110-88 at Oklahoma City. DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who played their second straight game without Kevin Durant because of a sprained right ankle. The Thunder shot a season-low 32 percent and made just 13 of 41 3-pointers.


Local and National Sports

Local Sports Updates

The UNI women’s basketball team earned a hard-fought victory over Southern Illinois last night in the MVC tournament. The No. 3 seed Panthers got all they could handle from No. 6 seed Southern Illinois. But UNI survived 66-63 on Friday night at TaxSlayer Center. With the win, the Panthers (20-11) will face No. 2 seed Missouri State in today’s 4 p.m. semifinal.

For the second night in a row, Clarke University’s women’s basketball team has added onto its record win total with an upset victory over a higher seeded team at the NAIA Division I National Basketball Championship in Billings, Montana.  Coach Courtney Boyd’s squad knocked off No. 1 seed Columbia on Thursday and punched a ticket into today’s quarterfinal round last night by taking out the number 4 seed Shawnee State (Ohio), 71-68. Clarke, a No. 8 seed, improved to 23-11 with the win, and will face 3 seed Oklahoma City (31-4) at 9 o’clock tonight.

The Fighting Saints knocked off the Madison Capitols 6-0 on Friday night with a complete performance. Riese Gaber scored twice and tallied an assist, Matias Maccelli had two points and Aaron Randazzo secured the first shutout of the season for Dubuque. The Fighting Saints won their third Friday night game in a row.

National Sports from the Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Florida has advanced to the SEC men’s basketball semifinals by stunning ninth-ranked LSU. The Gators rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half before Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer with a second left to give Florida a 76-73 win over the Tigers. No. 22 Auburn also advanced as Jared Harper scored 27 points the Tigers nailed 13 3-pointers in a 73-64 victory against South Carolina.

CHICAGO (AP) – Sixth-ranked Michigan State and No. 19 Wisconsin have moved into the Big Ten semifinals. Cassius Winston scored 18 points and Foster Loyer added a career-high 14 points off the bench as the Spartans beat Ohio State, 77-70 to give Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo his 600th career victory. Nate Reuvers scored 14 points and D’Mitrik Trice hit a clutch 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to push the Badgers past Nebraska, 66-62.

NEW YORK (AP) – Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to entice young athletes to go to top schools. The former NBA player will be the fourth and final assistant coach from a major college basketball program charged in the case to change his plea. His plea deal is expected to be roughly the same as that offered to the other coaches with a recommended sentencing guideline range of two to 2 1/2 years in prison.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs are investigating an incident in which wide receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week. The team said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed yesterday by the Overland Park Police Department that lists Hill’s address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiance is identified among “others involved,” and the couple has a three-year-old son.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) – Austin Dillon received the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race in Auto Club Speedway after no drivers completed a lap in the final round of qualifying. With all 12 final-round drivers determined to go out as late as possible in a drafting group, everyone waited to start until roughly 44 seconds remained in the session. Nobody made it to the line before time ran out, allowing Dillon to claim his fourth career pole after he won each of the two rounds of qualifying.


Area Scoreboard from Thursday (3/14)

COLLEGE

BASEBALL

  • In Tucson, AZ: Wesleyan 18, Dubuque 4

SOFTBALL

  • In Clermont, FL: Dubuque 7, Lasell 1 and Dubuque 11, Marywood 1

MENS LACROSSE

  • Monmouth 10, Clarke 2

Clarke Women Shock Top Seed Columbia

The Clarke Pride women’s basketball team pulled an upset in the first round at the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship at Billings, Montana. The 8th seed Pride defeated top seed Columbia (MO) 62-59. Clarke overcame a 20-point second quarter deficit and improves to 22-11.  Makenna Haase led Clarke with 21 points and 19 rebounds.  Tina Ubl added 17 points for the Pride.  Clarke will play No. 4 Shawnee State (Ohio) tonight at 9 p.m.


Hawkeyes Pound Illini in Big 10 Tourney Opener.....Cyclones Soar to Big 12 Semi's

Baer scores 17 points as Iowa beats Illinois 83-62

CHICAGO (AP) – Nicholas Baer made five of Iowa’s 12 3-pointers and scored 17 points, helping the Hawkeyes pull away from Illinois for an 83-62 victory on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.  Iowa turned up its play in the second half to stop a four-game losing streak and hand coach Fran McCaffery his first win since he returned Sunday after a two-game suspension . The Hawkeyes went 12 for 23 from beyond the arc and turned 15 Illini turnovers into 24 points.  It was a similar performance to their meeting in the regular season, when Iowa shot 68 percent from the field in a 95-71 victory over Illinois on Jan. 20.Next up for the Hawkeyes (22-10) is No. 10 Michigan on tonight.

The other quarters: Ohio State vs top seed Michigan State at 11:30 followed by #4 seed Wisconsin against Nebraska, and Minnesota vs 2nd seed Purdue

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Horton-Tucker leads Iowa State past Baylor 83-66 in Big 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Talen Horton-Tucker hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points and fifth-seeded Iowa State shot past fourth-seeded Baylor 83-66 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday.   The Cyclones (21-11) also had key contributions from Marial Shayok who had 18 with four 3-pointers, and Lindell Winginton with 16 points.   Iowa State faces top-seeded Kansas State in the semifinals on tonight at 6 o’clock followed by West Virginia vs Kansas in the other semi-final.


Wade to stay off LSU bench...MLB, players bump up renegotiations...Co-leaders at Players Championship

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – LSU says Will Wade won’t resume his duties as men’s basketball coach unless he speaks to university officials about the reports of an FBI wiretap that resulted in his suspension. Thursday’s statement comes amid reports that Wade wants to resume his duties as the ninth-ranked Tigers prepare for the postseason. LSU suspended Wade indefinitely last week following reports that FBI wire-tap captured his telephone conversations with a person convicted last year of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits.

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball and its players’ union have agreed to discuss renegotiating their labor contract that has three seasons left. This is part of a deal that includes modest rule changes for 2020 and drops pitch clocks until 2022 at the earliest. Players have been furious at slow free-agent markets during the first two offseasons of the five-year labor contract.

UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Seahawks have reached agreement on a two-year deal with offensive linemen D.J. Fluker, who helped Seattle become the top running team in the NFL. Running back Le’Veon (LEH’-vee-ahn) Bell has officially signed with the New York Jets after agreeing to terms early Wednesday morning. And a person familiar with the discussions says the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign All-Pro return specialist and receiver Andre Roberts.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley each shot 7-under 65s to take the first-round lead at The Players Championship in Florida. Fleetwood finished with three straight birdies and Bradley had an eagle on the par-5 16th hole as the pair finished their round one shot ahead of Brian Harman and Byeong Hun An. Tiger Woods is five shots back.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The University of Rhode Island says its athletic director called Georgetown University’s AD this year before hiring a tennis coach now implicated in a college admissions scheme and received a positive recommendation from Georgetown. Court documents allege Gordon Ernst was paid more than $2.7 million and designated at least 12 applicants as recruits, facilitating their admission to Georgetown. Georgetown has said an investigation found Ernst violated university admissions rules.


National Scoreboard from Thursday (3/14)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Indiana 108 Oklahoma City 106
Final Orlando 120 Cleveland 91
Final Boston 126 Sacramento 120
Final Toronto 111 L.A. Lakers 98
Final Utah 120 Minnesota 100
Final Denver 100 Dallas 99


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 5 Buffalo 0
Final N-Y Islanders 2 Montreal 1
Final Washington 5 Philadelphia 2
Final Ottawa 2 St. Louis 0
Final Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 4
Final Winnipeg 4 Boston 3
Final Dallas 4 Minnesota 1
Final Arizona 6 Anaheim 1
Final Nashville 3 L.A. Kings 1
Final Florida 4 San Jose 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Virginia 76 NC State 56
Final (3) North Carolina 83 Louisville 70
Final (5) Duke 84 Syracuse 72
Final West Virginia 79 (7) Texas Tech 74
Final OT (12) Florida St. 65 (16) Virginia Tech 63
Final (14) Nevada 77 Boise St. 69
Final (15) Kansas St. 70 TCU 61
Final (17) Kansas 65 Texas 57
Final (18) Buffalo 82 Akron 46
Final Nebraska 69 (21) Maryland 61
Final (22) Auburn 81 Missouri 71
Final (23) Marquette 86 St. John’s 54
Final (25) Villanova 73 Providence 62


Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (3/13)

COLLEGE

BASEBALL

  • At Tucson, AZ: Dubuque 13, Wesleyan University 7

WOMENS LACROSSE

  • Beloit 16, Clarke 14

Keating Selected as Next IHSAA Executive Director

Former Wahlert Catholic High School Activities Director and Hall of Fame volleyball coach Tom Keating has been named the next Executive Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Keating says he’s excited for the challenge. Keating will become the sixth executive director in the history of the association on July first and will take over for outgoing executive director Alan Beste, who announced his retirement. Keating has served on the Board of Control since 2008 and says he will draw from that experience as he looks to guide IHSAA into the future.

Keating served as teacher, coach, and activities director at Wahlert, from1980 to 2004 where the Golden Eagles won 11 state volleyball championships and was named named NFHS National Coach of the Year in 2003.


University of Dubuque Tabs Clark Offensive Coordinator

The University of Dubuque has a new football offensive coordinator. U-D has announced Dan Clark is joining head coach Stan Zweifel’s staff.  Clark has made a number of college assistant coaching stops including at Iowa and Northern Iowa and most recently at Stephen F. Austin.

Clark is the brother of former Iowa Hawkeye All-American and NFL tight end Dallas Clark.


Seahawks get Pro Bowl kicker...Cards to start season without Martinez...Strop shelved

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to sign Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a four-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Myers was in camp with the Seahawks last season before losing a battle with Sebastian Janikowski. He later signed with the Jets and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, hitting 33 of 36 field-goal attempts.

UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that cornerback Pierre Desir has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Colts. The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract with kicker Wil Lutz, who made 28 of 30 field goal attempts and 52 of 53 extra points in 2018. And the Jacksonville Jaguars have released Blake Bortles after officially agreeing to terms with fellow quarterback Nick Foles.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries to work his way back from shoulder weakness that will prevent him from appearing in any exhibition games. The Cardinals haven’t announced a complete timetable for Martinez’s arm strengthening program, although they hope to have him throwing on flat ground for the next week before moving him back to a mound. The pitcher received a platelet-rich plasma injection two weeks ago, and manager Mike Shildt said treatment improved Martinez’s condition.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) – Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop  has a mild strain of his right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow surgery. The 33-year-old right-hander felt a hamstring issue on his last pitch on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, his second appearance of spring training. If Strop isn’t available to close, the Cubs’ options include Steve Cishek , Carl Edwards Jr. and Brad Brach .

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Tony Stewart headlines six new nominees eligible for induction into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Stewart joins Neil Bonnett, Sam Ard, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal and Red Vogt as the new nominees. NASCAR also added three new nominees for the Landmark Award for contribution to the sport: Edsel Ford II of Ford Motor Co., Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli and NASCAR President Mike Helton.


National Scoreboard from Wednesday (3/13)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Washington 100 Orlando 90
Final Oklahoma City 108 Brooklyn 96
Final Atlanta 132 Memphis 111
Final Miami 108 Detroit 74
Final Golden State 106 Houston 104
Final Utah 114 Phoenix 97


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Chicago 5 Toronto 4
Final New Jersey 6 Edmonton 3
Final Vancouver 4 N-Y Rangers 1


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (16) Virginia Tech 71 Miami 56


Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (3/12)

HIGH SCHOOL

TRACK AND FIELD

At the Mississippi Valley Conference Girls Indoor Track and Field meet at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Wahlert Catholic crowned three champions: Aliyah Carter in the long jump, Libby Wedewer in the 200, and the 800 relay team also won gold.

  • In some other Iowa High School Track and Field news: Dalzell Field has been selected as one of the Class 4-A state qualifying sites on Thursday, May 9th. Area 3-A competitors will travel to West Delaware, the area Class 2-A qualifier will be at Monticello, and area Class 1-A athletes will compete at Edgewood-Colesburg.

 

COLLEGE

SOFTBALL

  • At Kissimmee, Fla.: Dubuque picked up two wins defeating Utica 9-3 and Lakeland 4-0.

MENS VOLLEYBALL

  • Clarke 3, Culver Stockton 0

Duax ,DiCanio, Ruggles Honored by D3 Hoops

Duax ,DiCanio, Ruggles Honored by D3 Hoops

UW Platteville senior and former Hempstead prep Robert Duax was named to the D3hoops.com 2019 Men’s All-Central Region team for the second consecutive season. Duax was selected to the second team after being named an All-Central Region First Team choice last season.

Duax led the Pioneers to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Loras senior guard Ryan DiCanio was named to the first team All-West Region Team while teammate Josh Ruggels was a 3rd team selection, both helped lead Loras to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA D-3 tourney.


Clarke Women’s Basketball at NAIA National Tournament

The Clarke University women’s basketball team is getting ready for their first Division I national tournament appearance in school history. Clarke is (21-11) in Billings, Montana where they will meet will face (29-4) Columbia (Mo.), the top seed in the eight-team Duer Bracket, at 4:30 Thursday afternoon.

The Clarke – Columbia winner will advance to the second round and will face either No. 4 seed Shawnee State or No. 5 seeded Rocky Mountain (Mont.) on Friday night.


Gonzaga upset...Coaches caught in scandal...Giants send Beckham to Cleveland

LAS VEGAS (AP) – In a preview of March Madness, Saint Mary’s knocked off high-powered Gonzaga 60-47 Tuesday night in Las Vegas to claim the West Coast Conference Championship. Gonzaga has been ranked No. 1 in college basketball. Saint Mary’s all but shut down the nation’s highest-scoring team by slowing the game and forcing Gonzaga to grind out possessions instead of playing fast and free.

UNDATED (AP) – Universities are taking action against coaches implicated in a nationwide admissions bribery scandal in which wealthy parents paid millions in bribes to get their children into top schools. Wake Forest University says it has suspended its head volleyball coach and UCLA says its soccer coach has been placed on leave pending a review and will have no involvement with the team. Stanford University says it has fired its sailing coach.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Two people with knowledge of the blockbuster trade say the Cleveland Browns have agreed to acquire star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants. The Browns are sending a first- and third-round pick in 2019 along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Beckham, one of the NFL’s top players.

CHICAGO (AP) – LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 and end a five-game losing streak. James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up with the Lakers barely hanging on in the playoff race.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby scored twice during a furious second-period rally and Evgeni Malkin picked up two assists to reach 1,000 career points as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 5-3. Crosby picked up his 32nd and 33rd goal during a three-goal outburst over a span of 1:48 in the second period as Pittsburgh erased a two-goal deficit to take the lead on its way to snapping Washington’s seven-game winning streak.


National Scoreboard from Tuesday (3/12)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Indiana 103 N-Y Knicks 98
Final Philadelphia 106 Cleveland 99
Final L.A. Lakers 123 Chicago 107
Final Milwaukee 130 New Orleans 113
Final San Antonio 112 Dallas 105
Final Denver 133 Minnesota 107
Final Portland 125 L.A. Clippers 104


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Dallas 2 Buffalo 0
Final Columbus 7 Boston 4
Final Pittsburgh 5 Washington 3
Final Montreal 3 Detroit 1
Final San Jose 5 Winnipeg 4
Final Arizona 3 St. Louis 1
Final Calgary 9 New Jersey 4
Final Anaheim 3 Nashville 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final Saint Mary’s (Cal) 60 (1) Gonzaga 47


All Big 10 Men's Basketball Team

The Big 10 Conference has announced the players on the All Big 10 Men’s basketball teams selected by the coaches and media.

  • Ethan Happ of Wisconsin was a first team selection by both the coaches and media. D’Mitrik Trice of the Badgers was an honorable mention choice.
  •  Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon of Iowa were 3rd team choices by the coaches. Cook was also a second team pick by the media. Bohannon was an honorable mention choice by the media. The Hawkeyes Luka Garza was also an honorable mention selection by the media. Joe Wieskamp was selected to the Big 10 All Freshman Team.
  • Ayo Dosunma of Illinois was an honorable mention selection by both the coaches and media, he was also a member of the All Freshman team. Illini teammate Trent Frazier was named honorable mention by the media.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (3/11)

HIGH SCHOOL

Indoor Track and Field

Mississippi Valley Conference Boys Indoor Super Meet at the Uni-Dome in Cedar Falls was held yesterday. No team score were kept.

  • Western Dubuque won four events with the Bobcat 400 relay, Damon Jaeger-long jump, Grant Kelchen-high jump, and Jason Simon-Ressler-shot put.
  • Wahlert had two event winners taking the Sprint Medley relay and Alden Kuntz taking the 60 meter dash
  • Hempstead had two champ: David Holesinger in the 3200 and Ben Hermiston in the 800.

 

COLLEGE

BASEBALL

  • In Tucson, AZ: Dubuque Spartans with 2 wins over Bethany Lutheran 19-9 and 12-5.
  • In Lawrence, KS: Clarke split with Benedictine dropping the first game 2-1 and winning 6-5 in game two.

SOFTBALL

  • In Clermont, FL: Dubuque 4, Gordon College 1 and University of Northwestern 5, Dubuque 0

Senior’s Carter 1st Team All State…..Carton and Hilmer Share Mr. Basketball

Dubuque Senior’s Noah Carter has been selected a Class 4-A first team All-State selection by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. Maquoketa senior A.J. Becker was named to the 3-A All-State first team. Wahlert’s Jacob Schockemoehl and Maquoketa’s Macklin Shanahan were third-team Class 3-A . Harris Hoffmann of Cascade was named to the Class 2-A third team.

For only the 3rd time the honor of Mr. Basketball was a tie. D.J. Carton of Bettendorf and Jake Hilmer of North Linn split the honor.


Jags get QB Foles...Collins going to Redskins...Suggs leaving Ravens...Eagles eye Jackson return

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A person with direct knowledge of the decision says quarterback Nick Foles has agreed to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 30-year-old Foles went 4-1 in the postseason for the Philadelphia Eagles and 6-2 in the regular season in place of Carson Wentz the last two years. He earned 2018 Super Bowl MVP honors, making himself the league’s premier quarterback commodity.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – The Washington Redskins have agreed to sign Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million deal with $45 million guaranteed. Collins led the Giants with 96 tackles last season. He has 437 tackles since entering the NFL in 2015 are the most among safeties in that time. In 59 career games, Collins had eight interceptions but none last season.

BALTIMORE (AP) – People with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press that seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Baltimore Ravens that he won’t be coming back. The 36-year-old Suggs said at the end of the 2018 season that he wanted to spend his entire career in Baltimore. But several reports indicate Suggs will sign a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

UNDATED (AP) – Wide receiver DeSean Jackson could be returning to the Philadelphia Eagles. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press the Eagles have agreed to acquire Jackson and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft from Tampa Bay for a sixth-round selection this year. One of the sources says the trade is contingent upon Jackson agreeing to a new contract.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II will rejoin the basketball team for the Big 12 Tournament this week following a five-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. It was his second suspension this season and the third of his career. The Longhorns dropped four of the five games without Roach, who is averaging 15 points this season.


National Scoreboard from Monday (3/11)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Washington 121 Sacramento 115
Final Cleveland 126 Toronto 101
Final Brooklyn 103 Detroit 75
Final Houston 118 Charlotte 106
Final Oklahoma City 98 Utah 89
Final L.A. Clippers 140 Boston 115


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Philadelphia 3 Ottawa 2
Final Tampa Bay 6 Toronto 2
Final N-Y Islanders 2 Columbus 0
Final San Jose 3 Minnesota 0
Final Chicago 7 Arizona 1
Final OT Edmonton 3 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Carolina 3 Colorado 0


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1) Gonzaga 100 Pepperdine 74
Final (20) Wofford 70 UNC-Greensboro 58


Area Scoreboard from Sunday (3/10)

COLLEGE

BASEBALL

  • At Lakeland, Florida: Loras 9, Juanita 2 (Loras 4-0)
  • At Tuscon, Arizona: Dubuque 4, St. Thomas 3
  • At Lawrence, Kansas: Clarke defeated Baker twice 2-1 and 1-0 (Clarke 6-9, 3-1)

SOFTBALL

  • At Rosemont, Illinois: Loras lost twice to U-W La Crosse 14-1 and 6-3

College Wrestling News

Duhawk Wrestling 2nd at Nationals

ROANOKE, Va.- History was made on Saturday night, as the Loras wrestling program finished as the national runner-up, the best finish and first team trophy in program history. The Duhawks finished with 66.0 team points, fueled by five All-Americans in Clint Lembeck (3rd), Brandon Murray (4th), Eddie Smith (4th), Jacob Krakow (8th) and Guy Patron Jr. (6th).

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BIG 10 Wrestling

MINNEAPOLIS — University of Iowa sophomore Alex Marinelli won the 165-pound Big Ten title on Saturday, defeating Penn State’s top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph, 9-3, in the finals of the conference tournament at Williams Arena.

Iowa placed third in the team race with 107.5 points and qualified eight wrestlers. Penn State won the title with 157.5 points. Ohio State placed second with 122.5. Wisconsin finished 7th and will have six wrestlers in the nationals.

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Big 12 Wrestling

TULSA, Okla. – The No. 15 Iowa State wrestling team (10-4, 6-2 Big 12) finished runner-up champions at the 2019 Big 12 Championship behind an individual Big 12 title from Chase Straw at 157 pounds.

In total, nine of Iowa State’s 10 wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships in Tulsa including former Hempstead prep Gannon Gremmel at 285 who finished with a fifth place finish.  Northern Iowa was 3rd and qualified six for the NCAA.


College Men's Basketball: Iowa Falls at Nebraska....Wisconsin Wins Big 10 Finale....Northern Iowa Comes Up Short of MVC Title

Late comeback lifts struggling Huskers past Iowa 93-91 in OT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Amir Harris scored the go-ahead layup with 10.8 seconds left, and Jordan Bohanon’s 3-pointer try at the buzzer was blocked and Nebraska came back from a nine-point deficit in the last minute of regulation to beat Iowa 93-91 in overtime Sunday.

The loss, in Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s return from a two-game suspension, was the fourth in a row for the Hawkeyes (21-10, 10-10 Big Ten).

Nebraska (15-15, 6-14), which had lost 11 of its previous 13 games, trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half and by nine with 50 seconds left.

Luka Garza matched his career high with 25 points and Jordan Bohannon had 20 for the Hawks.

UP NEXT Iowa plays Illinois or Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.


No. 21 Wisconsin survives Ohio State rally for 73-67 OT win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Khalil Iverson had a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds as No. 21 Wisconsin survived Ohio State’s second-half rally and won 73-67 in overtime on Sunday.

Wisconsin (22-9, 14-6) led by as many as 23 points early in the second half. But Ohio State (18-13, 8-12) outscored the Badgers 27-5 over the last seven minutes of regulation to force overtime.

Wisconsin’s defense held tough as the Badgers outscored the Buckeyes 10-4 in the extra period to win it.

Iverson was 10 of 14 from the floor. Ethan Happ, despite being routinely double-teamed, added 16 points, 14 boards and eight assists for the Badgers, who secured the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament later this week in Chicago.

UP NEXT The win gives the Badgers a double bye in the tournament. They will open play Friday.


Bradley rallies big, beats Northern Iowa for MVC title

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Bradley rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006, beating Northern Iowa 57-54 Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game. AJ Green led sixth-seeded Northern Iowa (16-18) with 23 points. Former Dubuque Senior prep Luke McDonnell contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds.


College WBB: Iowa Big 10 Champs....Iowa State Advances to Big 12 Title Game

Gustafson scores 45 to help No. 10 Iowa take Big 10 title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Megan Gustafson scored 26 points in the first half and finished with 45 on Sunday to lead No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 for its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001.

It’s the longest gap between conference crowns since the tourney became an annual event in 1995. The Hawkeyes (26-6) also claimed the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid with a victory over the Big Ten’s regular-season champion.

Gustafson’s point total was the second-most in tourney history, trailing only her 48-point performance in a quarterfinal loss to Minnesota last year.

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No. 19 Cyclone women close strong, top No. 21 Texas in semis

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Alexa Middleton scored 24 points, Bridget Carleton and Ashley Joens had double-doubles and No. 19 Iowa State took control down the stretch on Sunday to beat No. 21 Texas 75-69 in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.

The second-seeded Cyclones (25-7), winners of five straight, face No. 1 Baylor on Monday night in their first championship game appearance since 2013.

Carleton, the Big 12 Player of the Year, had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Iowa State plays top ranked Baylor tonight for the conference tournament title.


Kyle Busch takes Phoenix race...Molinari wins at Bay Hill...Snell gets tiny raise from Rays

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Kyle Busch tracked down pole-sitter Ryan Blaney before completing a victory in NASCAR’s Cup Series race near Phoenix. Busch passed Blaney with 16 laps to go before completing a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in Avondale, one day after taking the Xfinity race. The back-to-back wins gave him 199 in NASCAR’s top three series. Martin Truex Jr. finished second, followed by Blaney, Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Francesco Molinari made an impressive Sunday push to win the PGA’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The reigning British Open champion rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt on the final hole to cap an 8-under 64 that left him two strokes ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick. Molinari trailed by five strokes heading into the final round before finishing 12 under. Fitzpatrick carded a 71 to end up one shot ahead of Rafa Cabrera Bello, Tommy Fleetwood and Sungjae Im.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) – The budget-minded Tampa Bay Rays have renewed the contract of pitcher Blake Snell, who’s receiving a raise of only $15,500 after winning the AL Cy Young award last season. The 26-year-old left-hander isn’t eligible for salary arbitration. Snell will earn $573,700 this year after going 21-5 with an AL-leading 1.89 ERA over 31 starts. Snell who led the AL in victories after winning just 11 games combined over the previous two seasons.

UNDATED (AP) – The Chiefs have released veteran linebacker Justin Houston after they were unable to work out a trade, freeing up $14 million in much-needed salary cap space. The 30-year-old Houston signed a $101 million, six-year deal with the Chiefs in 2015 that was at the time a record for a defensive player. And the Los Angeles Chargers have released safety Jahleel Addae, who had started 59 games over the past six seasons.

UNDATED (AP) – NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Howell has died at 86. Howell won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1967 and was a seven-time All-Star. He remains the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played with 1,160, doing it from 1952-69 before going to the Oakland Seals. His uniform No. 3 was retired by the Rangers.


National Scoreboard from Sunday (3/10)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Detroit 131 Chicago 108
Final Toronto 125 Miami 104
Final Philadelphia 106 Indiana 89
Final Atlanta 128 New Orleans 116
Final Memphis 105 Orlando 97
Final Houston 94 Dallas 93
Final Minnesota 103 N-Y Knicks 92
Final San Antonio 121 Milwaukee 114
Final Phoenix 115 Golden State 111


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Florida 6 Detroit 1
Final Washington 3 Winnipeg 1
Final Pittsburgh 4 Boston 2
Final Calgary 6 Vegas 3
Final L.A. Kings 3 Anaheim 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (12) Houston 85 (20) Cincinnati 69
Final OT (21) Wisconsin 73 Ohio St. 67
Final (22) Wofford 81 ETSU 72


College Basketball

Big Ten Women’s

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Megan Gustafson had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 10 Iowa past Rutgers 72-67 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. The Hawkeyes will make their first championship game appearance since 2014. They haven’t won the title since 2001.

Big Ten Men’s

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Cassius Winston started slow and finished strong, scoring 23 points to help No. 9 Michigan State beat No. 7 Michigan 75-63.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Carsen Edwards scored 21 points and No. 11 Purdue clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship with a 70-57 victory over Northwestern.

Other Basketball  

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 31 points, Davide Moretti added 20 and No. 8 Texas Tech clinched at least a share of its first Big 12 regular-season title by beating Iowa State 80-73.

UNI 60, Drake 58

TOP-25 COLLEGE  BASKETBALL

(2) Virginia                  73    Louisville              68

(3) North  Carolina      79  (4)  Duke                  70

Auburn                             84    (5)  Tennessee        80

(6) Kentucky                  66    Florida                    57

(10) LSU                          80    Vanderbilt            59

(13) Kansas                    78    Baylor                      70

(14) Florida  St.          65    Wake  Forest            57

Georgetown                    86    (16)  Marquette      84

(17) Nevada                    81    San  Diego  St.        53

(18) Kansas  St.            68    Oklahoma                  53

(22) Wofford                  99    VMI                            72

Seton Hall                      79    (23)  Villanova      75

Temple                             67    (25)  UCF


Local Scores

Boys Basketball – Wisconsin Division 5 sectional final at LaCrosse

Banger Cardinals 70 – Southwestern 60

Men’s College Volleyball

Clarke 3, Missouri Valley 2

Loras 3, Viterbo

Loras 3, Maranatha Baptist 0

Men’s Lacrosse

Taylor (Ind.) 16, Clarke 11

Benedictine 14, University of Dubuque 3

Track and Field

The University of Dubuque track and field team picked up two more All-Americans on Saturday as Alison Beeman finished third in the women’s 200m dash and Blaze Murfin finished second in the men’s shot put at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.


Local Sports

The Dubuque Senior Rams made an attempt to win the school’s first state basketball title championship  in the Iowa 4-A game in Des Moines Friday but lost to Cedar Falls 44-41.

Loras Mens Basketball lost in the Sweet 16 of teh Division 3 mens tournament 86-75 to Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

UNI Panthers narrowly beat Southern Illinois 61-58 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney quarterfinals.

Dubuque Fighting Saints beat The Lumberjacks at home 3-2 in OT.


Senior Advances to First State Title Game Since 1977

Dubuque Senior’s bench celebrates a basket during the Rams’ 57-55 overtime win over Waukee (Courtesy: IHSAA).

For the first time since 1977, a Dubuque Senior boys basketball team will be playing for a state championship. The Rams defeated Waukee in overtime 57-55 last night in another gutsy performance. Senior had four players in double figures, led by Landon Hermsen’s 14. He scored five of those points in the extra session. The Rams also connected on 11 of 13 free throws in the overtime period to help secure the victory. Senior now meets defending Class 4A state champ Cedar Falls for the state title tonight. A win would give Senior the very first State Championship in school history. You can hear all the action with Sports Director Tim Lary tonight here on KDTH. Pregame coverage begins at 8:15 and tipoff is set for 8:35 from Wells Fargo Arena.


Wisconsin Boys Basketball: Southwestern Advances, Fennimore Falls

In Wisconsin, the Southwestern Wildcat boys have moved within a game of qualifying for their State Tournament. The Wildcats upended Shullsburg 59-48 in a Division 5 Sectional Semifinal. Southwestern will play for a spot in the State Tournament on Saturday night in LaCrosse against Bangor, which defeated Blair-Taylor last night 68-65. In Division 4, Fennimore’s season came to an end with a 45-42 loss to New Glarus.


National Scoreboard (3/7)

NBA

Milwaukee 117, Indiana 98

Oklahoma City 129, Portland 121 (OT)

 

Top 25 College Basketball

#12 Houston 90, SMU 79

#25 Central Florida 58, #20 Cincinnati 55

#21 Wisconsin 65, Iowa 45

 

NHL

Boston 4, Florida 3

Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 0

Detroit 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

Islanders 4, Ottawa 2

Minnesota 3, Tampa Bay 0

Dallas 4, Colorado 0

Chicago 5, Buffalo 4 (SO)

Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2

Arizona 2, Calgary 0

San Jose 5, Montreal 2

St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 0


Broncos Send Keenum to Washington...Seaver Diagnosed with Dementia...Boeheim Won't Be Charged

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Associated Press has learned through a person with knowledge of the deal that the Washington Redskins are acquiring quarterback Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos for a swap of 2020 draft picks. The parameters of the pending deal include a reworking of Keenum’s contract, with the Broncos paying him a $500,000 restructuring bonus and picking up half of the $7 million he was guaranteed in 2019. The Redskins would also get a seventh-round pick and send a sixth-rounder to the Broncos.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and left guard Ramon Foster to new deals, retaining two of Ben Roethlisberger’s best blockers. Foster agreed to a two-year deal that will pay him $8.25 million and lets him stay with the club for which he’s made 131 starts since 2009. Pouncey will receive $11 million in 2020 and 2021 after having two years added to the contract that expires after this season.

UNDATED (AP) – Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia and has retired from public life. The family of the 74-year-old says Seaver will continue to work in the vineyard at his home in California. Seaver has limited his public appearances in recent years. He didn’t attend the Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner in January when members of the New York Mets’ 1969 World Series championship team were honored.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade is declining comment on a Yahoo report detailing a phone conversation recorded by the FBI in which Wade discusses his efforts to lure a recruit to the Tigers. The report says the FBI recording is of a conversation with Christian Dawkins, who is one of several people convicted in October of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State. The report also states that it is not clear if the offer Wade discusses would violate NCAA rules, or if the player and his family knew of or accepted the offer.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim will not be charged in last month’s fatal highway accident that killed Jorge Jimenez as Boeheim tried to avoid a disabled car. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says Boeheim was “not reckless” and added that he declined to file charges after reviewing the police accident report. Jimenez had exited the car and was standing near the guardrail when he was accidentally hit by Boeheim on Feb. 20


Area College Basketball Roundup

Wisconsin thumped Iowa last night in a matchup of teams going in seemingly different directions. The Badgers held Iowa to just 30% shooting for the game on the way to a 65-45 win on Senior Night for Wisconsin. One of the players honored, Ethan Happ, scored 21 points to lead the Badgers. He also added 14 rebounds. Iowa didn’t have a single player reach double figures, as the Hawkeyes lost the fourth game of their last five outings.

The Clarke University men’s basketball team is moving on in their conference tournament. The Pride held off Grandview 81-66 last night in the quarterfinal round of the Heart of America tourney. Clarke will next be in action on Saturday when they visit the tournament’s top seed, Benedictine.

As for the Loras men, they continue their postseason run tonight in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III national tournament. The Duhawks visit UW-Oshkosh tonight in the second of two games being played at Oshkosh. The first matchup pits St. Thomas against Guilford. The winners of those two games will then meet on Saturday, with a trip to the Final Four on the line. This is the first time in program history that Loras has made it to the Sweet Sixteen.


Loras Among Title Contenders in Division III Wrestling Championships

The 2019 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships get underway today Roanoke, Virginia, with Loras among the teams that could compete for the team title. Five of the seven Duhawk qualifiers are seeded, ranging from second to fifth. Guy Patron Junior, a three-time qualifier and two-time All-American, leads the Duhawks as the #2 seed at 197 pounds. Loras has the third-most qualifiers in the tournament. American Rivers Conference rival Wartburg also has seven qualifiers, while Augsburg and Johnson & Wales each qualified nine. The University of Dubuque has one qualifier: Tevin Bailey at 184. UW Platteville also has a single qualifier with Lucius Rinehart at 285. The tournament begins today and runs through the crowning of the individual champions tomorrow night.


Senior Holds Off West, Advances to Semifinal

The Dubuque Senior boys survived and advanced to the semifinals at the State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines Wednesday afternoon with a thrilling 39-36 victory over Iowa City West. Senior held a slim, one point advantage at halftime, but found themselves behind by a point in the final minute of the fourth quarter. That’s when reserve player Dequon Lewis converted a West turnover into a go-ahead layup with 42 seconds remaining. From there, the Rams got a pair of defensive stops while Cooper Medinger converted two free throws to give the game its final margin. Senior was led by Noah Carter, who posted a double-double with 12 points 10 rebounds. The Rams advance to the semifinal round, where they’ll meet top seed Waukee tonight at 8:15.  The winner will play for a state title Friday night. You can hear tonight’s game on KDTH and KDTH.com beginning at 8:00.


Fennimore, Southwestern Continue Postseason Runs

A pair of area Wisconsin High School boys basketball teams are two wins away from advancing to the state tournament. Sectional play tonight across the Badger State includes:
Division 4: Fennimore vs. New Glarus at Reedsburg. Winner advances to the Sectional Final in Middleton Saturday night, where they’ll meet either Parkview or Belleville.
Division 5: Southwestern vs. Shullsburg at Mineral Point. Winner will meet either Blair-Taylor or Bangor Saturday night at West Bend East.
Both games will tipoff at 7:00.


Hawkeyes' Road Stretch Begins in Madison

The Iowa Hawkeye basketball team has a chance to get back to some winning ways while also avenging one of its early season losses tonight. The Hawkeyes visit Wisconsin in the second-to-last regular season game for each team. Iowa has lost three of their last four games, with the only win in that stretch being an overtime triumph over Indiana. Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery says the Hawks need to be more consistent. McCaffery wasn’t happy with some of Iowa’s shot selection in their loss to Rutgers on Saturday. Tonight’s game tips of just after 6:00. It will air on ESPN.


West Virginia Dumps Cyclones

Jermaine Haley scored a career-high 28 points and West Virginia upset Iowa State 90-75 on Wednesday night. Derek Culver picked up his eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Lamont West added his second career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan McCabe added 18 points. After trading punches for the first few minutes, the Mountaineers went on a quick 12-0 run midway through the first half. The Mountaineers then made just three of 18 shots in a nearly 10-minute stretch, ending at the six-minute mark of the second half, but the Cyclones (20-10, 9-8) could only pull within 10 points. Lindell Wigginton led Iowa State with 17 points.


Clarke Men Open Heart Tournament at Home

The Clarke University men’s basketball team will play a home game tonight in the quarterfinals of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. The Pride have won 5 of their last 6 to earn the #4 seed for the tourney. They open up against Grand View. The winner will advance to Saturday’s semi-final round, where they’ll meet the winner of the Benedictine-Graceland quarterfinal match-up also being played this evening.


Clarke Women Earn Berth in National Tournament

Meanwhile, the Clarke women’s basketball team will play in the NAIA Division One national tournament. It’s the first time in program history that the Pride have received a bid into their version of the Big Dance. Clarke will face Columbia College of Missouri, who is the top seed in their section of the bracket. The tournament will be played in Billings, Montana, beginning next Wednesday.


Longtime Iowa Football Assistant Morgan to Retire

Iowa assistant football coach Reese Morgan has announced his retirement after 19 seasons with the Hawkeyes. Morgan, who has coached the Hawkeyes’ defensive line for the past seven years, will step down prior to spring practice. The 68-year-old was in charge of Iowa’s offensive line from 2003-11 after serving as a recruiting coordinator and the tight ends coach from 2000-02. Morgan coached two Outland Trophy winners in Robert Gallery and Brandon Scherff, and tight end Dallas Clark won the John Mackey Award under his leadership. Four of Morgan’s players were named the Big Ten Player of the Year at their position, and three earned consensus All-America honors.


National Scoreboard (3/6)

NBA

Detroit 131, Minnesota 114

Washington 132, Dallas 123

Miami 91, Charlotte 84

San Antonio 111, Atlanta 104

Brooklyn 113, Cleveland 107

Utah 114, New Orleans 104

Phoenix 107, Knicks 96

Boston 111, Sacramento 109

Denver 115, Lakers 99

NHL

Washington 5, Philadelphia 3

Vancouver 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

St. Louis 5, Anaheim 4

Vegas 2, Calgary 1

Top 25 College Basketball

#10 LSU 79, Florida 78 (OT)

Seton Hall 73, #16 Marquette 64

 


LeBron Passes Jordan...Manfred Denies Collusion...Browns Cut Collins

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James scored his 32,293rd point on a driving layup in the second quarter of last night’s 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He began the night needing 13 points to eclipse Jordan and now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.

BOSTON (AP) – Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is calling it a “distributional problem” and not collusion as the reason dozens of baseball players have been shut out of the free agent market this offseason. Manfred told a group of Boston business executives yesterday that the percentage of revenue going to the players hasn’t changed in the past 15 years or so. He added that it’s up to the players to explain to management what they are looking for in terms of distribution of those dollars.”

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – New York Yankees ace Luis Severino expects to resume a throwing program in two weeks as he tries to recover from right shoulder inflammation. He was scratched from his first planned spring-training start on Tuesday and underwent an MRI after feeling discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session. Severino was the Yankees’ top pitcher last season, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA.

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has undergone season ending Tommy John surgery, one week after injuring his throwing elbow during drills. The recovery time is usually about a year, meaning the six-time All-Star could be back for opening day next season. Perez has been among the game’s most durable catchers, appearing in at least 129 games each of the past six seasons.

UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Jamie Collins, who never lived up to high expectations. Collins had two years remaining on his contract. Cleveland acquired the 29-year-old in a 2016 trade from New England. Collins made 30 starts for the Browns, recording 204 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions.


WD Alum Haldeman Named MVC Co-Sixth Man of the Year

Haldeman (Courtesy: UNI Athletics)

Western Dubuque alum Spencer Haldeman has been honored for his contributions off the bench for the UNI basketball team this season. Haldeman on Tuesday was named the co-winner of the Missouri Valley Conference’s ‘6th Man of the Year’ award. He shares the honor with Nate Kennell of Bradley. Haldeman has been UNI’s 3rd leading scorer this season, at just shy of eight points per contest. Haldeman has also made 50 three-pointers for UNI, good for second on the team to freshman AJ Green. Green was named the MVC’s Freshman of the Year to go along with 3rd team all-league honors. The Panthers open the MVC tournament on Friday night when they face Southern Illinois.


Cascade's McDermott, Marquette's Richman Named All-State

A pair of area girls basketball players who helped lead their teams to the State Tournament have received All-State recognition from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Cascade junior guard Nicole McDermott was named to the first team in Class 2A, while Bellevue Marquette’s Teona Richman was a second team selection in Class 1A. McDermott led Cascade in a myriad of statistical categories this season, including points, rebounds, assists, and steals. She adds an All-State nod to being named to the Class 2A All-Tournament team for the third time. As for Richman, the senior post player saved some of her best performances for last week’s State Tournament, where she scored 16 points and snared 21 rebounds in a pair of games. She leaves the Marquette program as its all-time leader in rebounds.


East Dubuque Boys Bows Out, Falling to #1 Providence Saint Mel

The 4th ranked East Dubuque High School boys basketball team lost to top ranked Chicago Providence Saint Mel 63-53 in the Illinois 1A Super Sectional game last night at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Payton Heller led the Warriors with 22 points as East Dubuque closed the year with a record of 31-2.


Senior Meets Familiar Foe in State Tourney Opener

The Dubuque Senior Rams will make their first state appearance since 2016 this afternoon when they meet Mississippi Valley Conference rival Iowa City West in a Class 4A quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena. This is the 5th Senior team to qualify for the State Tournament under Head Coach Wendell Eimers, and he says this squad has earned everything they’ve been given. Both the Rams (17-3) and the Trojans (17-4) were ranked 7th in the final Associated Press 4A poll of the season. West won the lone regular season meeting between the two, 53-51, at Nora Gym on December 11th. The winner advances to the state semifinals tomorrow night. You can hear the Senior-West game this afternoon on KDTH. Sports Director Tim Lary will have all the action with pregame at 11:55 and tipoff around 12:15.


National Scoreboard (3/5)

NBA

Philadelphia 114, Orlando 106

Indiana 105, Chicago 96

Houston 107, Toronto 95

Memphis 120, Portland 111

Minnesota 131, Oklahoma City 120

Boston 128, Golden State 95

 

NHL

Columbus 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)

Pittsburgh 3, Florida 2 (OT)

Boston 4, Carolina 3 (OT)

Islanders 5, Ottawa 4 (SO)

Tampa Bay 5, Winnipeg 2

Nashville 5, Minnesota 4 (SO)

Dallas 1, Rangers 0

Anaheim 3, Arizona 1

Colorado 4, Detroit 3 (OT)

Montreal 3, Kings 1

 

Top 25 College Basketball

#3 North Carolina 79, Boston College 66

#4 Duke 71, Wake Forest 70

#5 Tennessee 71, Mississippi State 54

#6 Kentucky 80, Mississippi 76

#9 Michigan State 91, Nebraska 76

Minnesota 73, #11 Purdue 69

Oklahoma 81, #13 Kansas 68

#14 Florida State 73, #15 Virginia Tech 64 (OT)

#17 Nevada 90, Air Force 79

#19 Buffalo 82, Ohio 79


Duke, Carolina Both Win...Redick Busts Out for Sixers...Perez to Miss All of 2019

BOSTON (AP) – Third-ranked North Carolina rolled to a 79-66 win over Boston College Tuesday night and hadn’t even left the locker room before thinking about Saturday’s game against archrival Duke in Chapel Hill. The 4th ranked Blue Devils barely held on to defeat Wake Forest 71-70 Tuesday night at home. A shot that would have given Wake Forest the win slowly rimmed out at the buzzer.

PHILADELLPHIA (AP) – JJ Redick hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 points to break out of a slump and lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 114-106 win over the Orlando Magic Tuesday night. Orlando entered the game in the mix with Charlotte and Miami for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Adam Henrique and Troy Terry scored power-play goals in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks ended Arizona’s NHL-long six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory over the Coyotes. Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who had scored only seven goals while losing five of their previous six.

SURPRISE, Ariz, (AP) – Royals catcher Salvador Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, keeping the six-time All-Star off the field for the entire 2019 season. The decision was made after Perez received a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team physician. Perez hurt the elbow during a workout last week.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – San Francisco Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Arizona. Police confirmed Tuesday that the 31-year-old was stopped last week in Scottsdale, which is the team’s home during spring training.


East Dubuque Plays in Super Sectional Tonight

The East Dubuque Warrior boys basketball team will make their second Super Sectional appearance in three seasons tonight attempting to reach the state’s Final 4 for the first time in school history. The 4th ranked Warriors (31-1) will meet top ranked (27-6) Chicago Providence St. Mel at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. The winner advances to the state semi-finals in Peoria on Friday. Tipoff will be at 6:00 pm.


Clarke’s Bolden, Walker, and Johnson named Heart All-Conference

Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s basketball coaches have cited three members Clarke University players for their performances on the hardwood this winter.  Ernest Bolden Jr. and former Wahlert prep Jared Walker were named second-team all-conference, while former Hempstead prep Keith Johnson was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

Bolden leads Clarke in scoring (13.6 ppg) and assists (92) and shares the team lead in steals with 48.  He ranks second in rebounding, averaging 4.8 rebounds per game.  He joined the Pride’s 1,000-point club this season and now ranks sixth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,284 points.

Walker ranks second in scoring (12.9 ppg) this season and has drained 34 three-point field goals in 18 games.  He has 45 assists to date and averages 4.4 rebounds per game.

Johnson leads the Pride in three-point field goals (66) and is the team co-leader in steals (48).  He averages 10.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.


Gustafson  Big 10 Player of the Year

Gustafson  Big 10 Player of the Year

University of Iowa senior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, as voted on by the coaches and media. In 18 conference contests this season, Gustafson averaged 28.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, and shot 68.7 percent from the field. Iowa Senior Tania Davis was named honorable mention.

Alex Wittenger of Illinois was named to the 2nd team. Wisconsin’s Marsha Howard was an Honorable Mention choice.


Big Ten announces Jim Delany will step down in June 2020

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Jim Delany, one of the most influential figures in college athletics for three decades, will step down as Big Ten commissioner when his contract expires June 30, 2020.  The Big Ten announced Delany’s plans on Monday. The 71-year-old has been commissioner since 1989.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors has started a search for Delany’s successor led by Northwestern president Morton Schapiro and the executive committee.

Delany oversaw three expansion of the conference to increase membership from 10 to 14 schools, and conference revenues increased dramatically. When Delany launched the Big Ten Network in 2006, it was the first Power Five conference with a television network devoted solely to programming of conference events.


Kershaw on the shelf...Woods withdraws...Baer leave of absence

UNDATED (AP) – Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looks to miss his opening day start while rebuilding from shoulder soreness that caused him to shut down his spring training last week. Manager Dave Roberts says he’d rather Kershaw be 100 percent than rushing back for opening day.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Tiger Woods is nursing a neck strain that will keep him out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods announced his decision Monday on Twitter. He says his lower back is fine and he has no concerns over the long run. Woods says he’s had the neck strain for a few weeks and it hasn’t improved with treatment to the point he feels he can play. Woods says he hopes to be ready the following week for The Players Championship.

UNDATED (AP) – San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence from the team following the release of a video showing him in a physical altercation with his wife. The Giants board of directors released a statement Monday saying that Baer has been granted a request to take personal time away from the team.

ATLANTA (AP) – ‘Your money’s no good here’ becomes the new refrain Friday at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is moving away from cash transactions for all events, including Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United games. All ticket purchases, concessions and merchandise must be purchased with credit cards or mobile payment. As an option, fans can use cash to purchase debit cards at new ATM machines and use the debit cards for purchases. The stadium is the nation’s first professional facility to become completely cash-free.

TOKYO (AP) – The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two pre-season games in October at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball venue for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The preseason games will come about nine months before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There are pro leagues in Japan, and the nation is one of the 32 teams that will appear in the FIBA World Cup in China this summer.


National Scoreboard from Monday (3/5)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Miami 114 Atlanta 113
Final Brooklyn 127 Dallas 88
Final San Antonio 104 Denver 103
Final New Orleans 115 Utah 112
Final Phoenix 114 Milwaukee 105
Final Sacramento 115 N-Y Knicks 108
Final L.A. Clippers 113 L.A. Lakers 105


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Edmonton 4 Buffalo 3
Final Toronto 6 Calgary 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Virginia 79 Syracuse 53
Final (8) Texas Tech 70 Texas 51
Final (18) Kansas St. 64 TCU 52


Loras Men Basketball Advance to Sweet 16

The Loras Men’s basketball team will be headed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the next round of the NCAA Division 3 Men’s Basketball tournament this weekend. The Duhawks advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history with a 74-72 win over North Central on Saturday evening in Naperville. The Duhawks will meet 4th ranked U-W Oshkosh on Friday night.


Gustafson gets 82nd double-double for No. 12 Iowa women

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Megan Gustafson had 34 points and 12 rebounds for her 82nd career double-double in her final regular-season home game and No. 12 Iowa beat Northwestern 74-50 on Sunday.

She moved into sixth in Big Ten scoring in front of 12,051 fans, and set a single-season conference record for the most field-goals made.

Hannah Stewart and Kathleen Doyle each added 12 points for Iowa (23-6, 14-4), which finished undefeated at home with 15 wins. Gustafson was 14 of 17 from the field as Iowa shot 61.2 percent from the field despite making 4 of 13 from distance. The Hawkeyes had 25 assists on 30 field goals, led by Doyle seven.

Gustafson and fellow Iowa seniors Tania Davis and Stewart won 86 career games. With a good showing at the conference tournament next week, Iowa has a chance to secure a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament for an opportunity to host potentially two games.

Abbie Wolf scored 15 points, Lindsey Pulliam added 13 and Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah 11 for Northwestern (16-13, 9-9), which was just 1 of 14 from 3-point range.


Logano holds off Keselowski...Mitchell picks up first PGA win...O'Meara ends drought

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Joey Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s Logano’s 22nd career victory and first in 11 starts at Vegas, although he won an Xfinity Series race at the track in 2017. Keselowski drove up from 19th to take the lead with 27 laps left, but his hopes for back-to-back victories were dashed when Logano passed him while getting held up by lapped traffic.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Keith Mitchell sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win The Honda Classic for his first PGA Tour victory. Mitchell closed with a 3-under 67 to finish at 9-under 271 at PGA National, a stroke ahead of Brooks Koepka  and Rickie Fowler. Mitchell was tied for the lead after 36 holes, and was tied for second going into Sunday. He birdied four of his final seven holes for his first win as a pro, including stints on the Web.com and Latinoamerica tours.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Mark O’Meara claimed his first PGA Tour Champions victory in more than eight years by finishing four shots ahead of four others in the Cologuard Classic in Tucson. O’Meara had a one-shot lead going into the final round and stretched it to four going to the back nine. At 62 years, 1 month and 17 days, he’s the fourth-oldest winner on the history of the 50-and-over tour.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -The USGA says it will meet with Justin Thomas in the coming days, in response to his criticisms over some of the game’s newest rules changes. The world’s No. 3 player and the USGA engaged a bit over Twitter during the weekend, and then chatted offline as well. USGA senior managing director of championships John Bodenhamer says he has arranged a meeting with Thomas. This week’s Honda Classic provided a plethora of rules-related issues, some of them involving Thomas.


National Scoreboard from Sunday (3/3)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Portland 118 Charlotte 108
Final L.A. Clippers 128 N-Y Knicks 107
Final Atlanta 123 Chicago 118
Final Houston 115 Boston 104
Final OT Detroit 112 Toronto 107
Final Washington 135 Minnesota 121
Final Cleveland 107 Orlando 93
Final Oklahoma City 99 Memphis 95

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final SO Washington 3 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Philadelphia 4 N-Y Islanders 1
Final Vegas 3 Vancouver 0
Final Anaheim 2 Colorado 1
Final Ottawa 3 Florida 2
Final Winnipeg 5 Columbus 2
Final SO Nashville 3 Minnesota 2
Final San Jose 5 Chicago 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (9) Michigan 69 (17) Maryland 62
Final Creighton 66 (10) Marquette 60
Final (25) Washington 62 Stanford 61


Local Sports

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Both area teams attempting to make it to the state championship game at the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines fell short of the goal yesterday. In the Class 2-A semi-finals; Cascade fell to Grundy Center 59 to 49 to finish their season with a record of 23-and-2. In the Class 1-A semi-finals, Bellevue Marquette Catholic lost to Newell-Fonda 81-to-56 and finished their season with a record of 22-and-3.
Tonight in Wisconsin, a pair of area teams will be playing in the Sectional Finals attempting to get to the state tournament:
· In Division 3 at Elkhorn Area: Platteville meets Marshall
· In Division 5: at Mineral Point: Black Hawk meets Independence.
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
· East Dubuque won the 1-A sectional championship last night at East Dubuque defeating River Ridge 67-to-52. East Dubuque advances to the Super Sectional at Dekalb on Tuesday night.

Wisconsin Regional Semi-Final scores
· Marshall 70, Platteville 68
· Mineral Point 72, Cuba City 67
· Fennimore 81, Wisconsin Heights 76
· Darlington 55, Aquinas 42
· Shullsburg 71, Benton 52
· Potosi 59, Seneca 33

COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
NCAA Division 3 Men’s Tourney Scores
· Loras 75, Albion 64. (Loras plays tonight at 7 o’clock in the 2nd round in Naperville)
· (in overtime) Capital 78, U-W Platteville 76
COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
NCAA Division 3 Women’s Tourney Scores
· DePauw 78, Loras 54

The Dubuque Fighting Saints won 5-3 over the Chicago Steel Friday night.


Girls Basketball: Cascade and Bellevue Marquette Catholic in State Semi-Finals Today

Two Tri-State area girls basketball teams will be attempting to advance to state championship games a little later today at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
First at 10 o’clock this morning, defending state champ Cascade will attempt to get one step closer to a second straight Class 2-A title when they meet Grundy Center. The Cougars and Spartans played for the championship last year with Cascade coming out on top.

This afternoon in Class 1-A, Bellevue Marquette Catholic faces a daunting challenge as they meet top ranked and undefeated Newell-Fonda at 1:30. The Mustangs have defeated their opponents by a margin of 40 points per game by creating turnovers with a relentless full court man press. You can hear the game on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame at 1:10 this afternoon.


Area Scoreboard from Thursday (2/28)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • The East Dubuque Warrior boys basketball team will look to advance to the Super Sectional for a second straight season. Last night the East Dubuque advanced with a win over Forreston in the semi-finals. Tomorrow night East Dubuque will host River Ridge in the Sectional Finals.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Wisconsin Sectional Semi-Finals

D-3: Platteville 48, Prairie du Chien 39 (Platteville meets Marshall tomorrow night at Elkhorn Area in the Sectional Final.

D-4: Lacrosse Aquinas 62, Mineral Point 56

D-5: Black Hawk 58, River Ridge 27 (Black Hawk meets Independence tomorrow night at Lacrosse Central in the Sectional Final

 

COLLEGE

MENS VOLLEYBALL

  • Clarke 3, Culver Stockton 0

SOFTBALL

  • Clarke 10, Kentucky Christian 6

MVC Boys Basketball All Division Selections

The Mississippi Valley Conference has released the All-Division selections in boys basketball.

In the Mississippi Division: Senior’s Noah Carter was named the Player of the Year, joining Carter on the first team was Sam Link. Teammates Nick Timmerman and Landon Hermson were 2nd team selections while Cooper Medinger and Daquon Lewis were Honorable Mention. Western Dubuque’s Calvin Harris and Dylan Johnson were also Honorable Mention.

In the Valley Division: Michael Duax of Hempstead and Jacob Schockemoehl of Wahlert were named to the first team. Hempstead’s Max Duax and Cael Schmitt of Wahlert were 2nd team choices. Honorable Mention honors were given to Joey Kaesbauer and Reed Snitker of Hempstead along with Issac Ripley and Matthew Becker of Wahlert.


Duhawk Men and Women, Pioneer Men Ready for D-3 NCAA Tournament

Both the Loras and Wisconsin-Platteville men’s basketball teams along with the Loras women’s team play first round games today in the NCAA Division 3 Tournament later today.

The Loras Duhawk men will open tournament play meeting Albion at 5:30 in Naperville. The winner faces the North Central-Chatham winner on Saturday in the second round.

The U-W Platteville Pioneer men open the tourney in Rock Island, Illinois as they meet Captiol with a 5:30 tip. The winner plays the Augustana- Aurora winner on Saturday.

The Duhawk women’s teams are playing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Loras meets DePauw at 4:30, the winner plays tomorrow against the Oshkosh- Pomona-Pitzer winner.


Harper wins big...Gonzaga rolls...Warriors lose 2nd straight

NEW YORK (AP) – Bryce Harper has one-upped Manny Machado in the superstar sweepstakes. The young star outfielder and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. The deal is subject to a successful physical. Harper’s agreement surpasses the previous high for a free agent, set last week when infielder Machado signed a $300 million, 10-year deal with the San Diego Padres.

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -Back atop the rankings for the first time since December, No. 1 Gonzaga cruised past Pacific 86-66. Brandon Clarke had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks as the Zags extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 games. No. 9 Michigan easily rebounded from its loss to Michigan State with an 82-53 victory over Nebraska. Fletcher Magee scored 18 points and No. 24 Wofford made a successful debut as an AP Top 25 team by trouncing Chattanooga 80-54. And California upset No. 25 Washington 76-73.

UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors have lost two straight. A night after they were stunned in Miami by Dwyane Wade’s buzzer-beater, the Warriors blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter in a 103-96 loss to Orlando Magic. Aaron Gordon had 22 points and 15 rebounds, Terrence Ross added 16 points and the Orlando Magic rallied in the final three minutes to pull the game out. It’s the Warriors’ fourth loss in six games.

UNDATED (AP) – Jason Witten is coming out of retirement and rejoining the Dallas Cowboys after one season as a television analyst. The Cowboys announced Thursday that the 11-time Pro Bowl tight end had agreed to a one-year contract. When he retired last May to become the lead analyst for “Monday Night Football,” Witten shared the club record with three others at 15 seasons with Dallas.

UNDATED (AP) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is requesting a non-jury trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case. Kraft was among hundreds of men charged in a crackdown on massage parlor prostitution and an investigation into human trafficking at Florida spas.


National Scoreboard from Thursday (2/28)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Indiana 122 Minnesota 115
Final Orlando 103 Golden State 96
Final Cleveland 125 N-Y Knicks 118
Final Houston 121 Miami 118
Final Philadelphia 108 Oklahoma City 104
Final Utah 111 Denver 104


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final N-Y Islanders 6 Toronto 1
Final OT Columbus 4 Philadelphia 3
Final Edmonton 4 Ottawa 2
Final Boston 4 Tampa Bay 1
Final Arizona 5 Vancouver 2
Final SO Vegas 6 Florida 5
Final OT Dallas 4 L.A. Kings 3


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1) Gonzaga 86 Pacific 66
Final (9) Michigan 82 Nebraska 53
Final (24) Wofford 80 Chattanooga 54
Final California 76 (25) Washington 73


Bellevue Marquette Catholic Advances to State Semi’s

The Bellevue Marquette Catholic girls basketball team put away Clarksville yesterday afternoon in the 1-A quarterfinals at the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines. The Mohawks defeated Clarksville 62-49.

Marquette Catholic took over the lead for good in the 2nd quarter and led 29-26 at half. The Mohawks outscored Clarksville 17-8 in the third frame and opened up a 20 point lead by midway through the 4th quarter.

Lizzy Parker led the Mohawks in scoring with 19 while Teona Richman and Tori Michel grabbed 13 and 12 rebounds respectively.

Marquette Catholic (22-2) will now meet top ranked (25-0) Newell Fonda Friday afternoon at 1:30. You can hear the game broadcast on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame around 1:10pm.


Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (2/27)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

ILLINOIS 1-A Sectional Semi-Final

  • East Dubuque 52, Forreston 39 (East Dubuque meets River Ridge Friday night in the Sectional Championship at East Dubuque at 7 o’clock)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Wisconsin Sectional Semi-Finals are tonight all 7pm tips:

  • D-3: Platteville vs Prairie du Chien at Madison Edgewood
  • D-4: Mineral Point vs Lacrosse Aquinas at Richland Center
  • D-5: River Ridge vs Black Hawk at Mineral Point

 

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 94, Graceland 91 (Clarke will wrap up regular-season play at home on Saturday, hosting Grand View at 4 p.m)

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 71, Evangel 57 (Heart Conf. Tourney quarterfinals) The Pride notched a program record 21st victory.  Clarke now travels to top seed William Penn for a semi-final game on Friday.

Senior Gets Rematch with Iowa City West in Des Moines

The Senior Rams will get a rematch with Iowa City West in the first round of the boys state basketball tournament next week. The Rams (17-3) were given the number 5 seed and the Trojans (17-4) are the 4 seed. The two will meet Wednesday afternoon at 12:15 at Wells Fargo Arena. The two teams met the 3rd game of the season with West nipping Senior 53-51at Nora Gym.

The winner plays next Thursday night against the winner of the quarterfinal pitting top seed Waukee and 8th seed Dowling Catholic.. AM 1370 KDTH bring you all the action from Des Moines next week.


Townes carries Loyola of Chicago over Northern Iowa 56-55

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Marques Townes registered 16 points and eight rebounds as Loyola of Chicago edged past Northern Iowa 56-55 on Wednesday night.

Freshman A.J. Green had 18 points to lead the Panthers (14-16, 9-8), whose four-game win streak was snapped. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman chipped in with 8 while former Senior prep Luke McDonnell added two points.

Next up UNI travels to Indiana State.


Iowa coach Fran McCaffery suspended 2 games

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa has suspended coach Fran McCaffery for two games for yelling at an official in a hallway heading to the locker room following Tuesday’s loss at Ohio State.

Hawkeyes athletic director Gary Barta announced the move on Wednesday, which will sideline McCaffery for upcoming games against Rutgers and Wisconsin. The Big Ten says it supports McCaffery’s suspension, and it tacked on a $10,000 fine for the university along with a public reprimand.

Barta called McCaffery’s comments “unacceptable,” adding that they didn’t represent the values of the school.

McCaffery is in his ninth season at Iowa. The Hawkeyes, who were ranked 22nd in Monday’s poll, have three regular season games left.

McCaffery was suspended a game for arguing with officials in 2014.


Wisconsin QB Hornibrook leaving after 3 years as starter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook is transferring after three seasons as the starter.

Hornibrook posted on Instagram he intends to transfer after he graduates in May. He will be immediately eligible to play.

Hornibrook started 32 games for Wisconsin and ranks third in school history in touchdown passes (47) and fifth in yards passing (5,438). Hornibrook missed four games last season with a concussion, and passed for 1,532 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Coach Paul Chryst said Hornibrook told the Wisconsin staff Wednesday he planned to leave the team.

The Badgers have four scholarship quarterbacks left, but only one with significant experience. Junior Jack Coan played five games last year and passed for 515 yards and five touchdowns. Graham Mertz, a four-star freshman, has enrolled early.


National Scoreboard from Wednesday (2/27)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Houston 118 Charlotte 113
Final Washington 125 Brooklyn 116
Final OT Atlanta 131 Minnesota 123
Final Miami 126 Golden State 125
Final Portland 97 Boston 92
Final Chicago 109 Memphis 107
Final San Antonio 105 Detroit 93
Final Dallas 110 Indiana 101
Final Utah 111 L.A. Clippers 105
Final OT Milwaukee 141 Sacramento 140
Final L.A. Lakers 125 New Orleans 119


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Toronto 6 Edmonton 2
Final Calgary 2 New Jersey 1
Final OT Tampa Bay 4 N-Y Rangers 3
Final SO Colorado 3 Vancouver 2
Final Chicago 4 Anaheim 3


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2) Virginia 81 Georgia Tech 51
Final (7) Tennessee 73 Mississippi 71
Final (8) Houston 99 East Carolina 65
Final Villanova 67 (10) Marquette 61
Final OT (11) Texas Tech 84 Oklahoma St. 80
Final (12) Nevada 89 UNLV 73
Final (14) Purdue 73 Illinois 56
Final Penn St. 78 (17) Maryland 61
Final (23) Cincinnati 52 SMU 49


UWP’s Duax, Voleker, and Kramper Honored by WIAC

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Senior Robert Duax and junior Carter Voelker each earned a spot on the 2019 All-WIAC Men’s Basketball Team and senior Colin Kramper was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.

This is Duax’s third appearance on the All-WIAC team including the Player of the Year honors in 2018. He averaged 17.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the field, 35.9 percent from 3-point range and 80.5 percent from the free throw line.

Voelker is appearing on the All-WIAC team for the first time. He averaged 13.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting from the field.


Senior Rams to Boys State Basketball Tournament

The Dubuque Senior Rams have advance to the state boys basketball tournament next week. The 7th ranked Rams held off the top ranked Bettendorf Bulldogs 64-55 to win the 4-A Substate 4 championship last night at U.S.Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. S

Senior took a 34-25 lead into halftime, but head coach Wendell Eimers says he told his players they would have to weather the storm the Bulldogs would bring. Bettendorf trimmed a 16 point Ram lead down to 2 points, but could get no closer as Senior hit clutch free throws down the stretch. Noah Carter led the Rams with a game high 30

Senior will play either next Tuesday night or Wednesday. The pairings will be announced later. The seven other teams advancing in 4A were Cedar Falls, Iowa City West, North Scott, Waukee, Ames, Dowling Catholic, and Sioux City East.


Girls State Tournament: Cascade Advances.....Marquette Catholic in Quarters Today

The Cascade High School girls basketball team climbed one step closer to defending their state championship. The Cougars defeated Dike New-Hartford 52-43 in the Class 2-A quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena. Cascade will next play Friday morning in the semi-finals against Grundy Center in a rematch of last years state championship game.

Today Bellevue Marquette Catholic squares off with Clarksville in the Class 1-A quarterfinals. Marquette Catholic is making their 7th state tournament appearance. Tipoff is at 3:15, you can hear the game today on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame starting at 3:00 p.m


Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (2/26)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Wisconsin Regional Scores

Division 4

  • Aquinas 61, Lancaster 50
  • Cuba City 66, Boscobel 37

Division 5

  • Wauzeka Steuben 99, Riverdale 46
  • Kickapoo 49, Cassville 45 (OT)
  • Southwestern 60, River Ridge 50
  • Highland 52, Desoto 45
  • Shullsburg 63, Ithaca 21
  • Benton 59, Iowa-Grant 58
  • Potosi 60, Belmont 40

Illinois 1A Sectional Semi-Final

  • River Ridge 71, Polo 60, (River Ridge meets the winner of the East Dubuque Forreston game)

Hawkeyes Fall to Buckeyes......Hoosiers Beat Badgers in OT

Ohio State beats No. 22 Iowa behind freshman’s 29 points

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Freshman Justin Ahrens scored a career-high 29 points to lead Ohio State to a 90-70 victory over No. 22 Iowa on Tuesday night.

Joe Wieskamp had 17 points to lead Iowa (21-7, 10-7), and Tyler Cook added 12 points.

UP NEXT Iowa: Hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

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Langford scores 22, Hoosiers beat No. 19 Badgers in 2OT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Romeo Langford made the go-ahead layup with under a second to go in the second overtime, and Indiana upset 19th-ranked Wisconsin 75-73 on Tuesday night.

Langford, a freshman guard, had 22 points and seven rebounds.

Ethan Happ had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Khalil Iverson had 15 points for the Badgers (19-9, 11-6), who had won their five previous games against Indiana and came into Bloomington.

UP NEXT: Wisconsin hosts Penn State on Saturday.


Rockies work out extension with Arenado...Cards extend Mikolas...NFL suspends Gregory again

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have announced an eight-year contract agreement with All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who hit 38 home runs last season to lead the National League for the third time in four years. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the deal is worth $260 million and includes an opt-out clause for Arenado after three years. The 27-year-old Arenado has been an All-Star and a top-10 MVP selection each of the last four seasons, and has won a Gold Glove each of his six big league seasons.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals and All-Star right-hander Miles Mikolas have agreed to a contract adding $68 million in guaranteed money from 2020-23. Mikolas was outstanding for the Redbirds last season, going 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 30 starts following a three-year stint with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League. He would have been eligible for free agency after this year’s World Series.

UNDATED (AP) – Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the fourth time the troubled player has been banned by the league. The suspension comes about seven months after Gregory was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell following a lengthy process aimed at reviving his career. Gregory had his best year in 2018, posting career highs with six sacks and 14 games.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers have placed the franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould, who will make about $5 million this season. Gould has been the NFL’s most accurate kicker during his two seasons with San Francisco and could have been a target to return to the Bears if he hit the open market. Chicago is planning to release kicker Cody Parkey after he missed a field goal off the left upright and crossbar in the closing seconds of a 16-15 wild-card loss to Philadelphia.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NFL’s competition committee discussed the league’s replay system during its annual meeting in Indianapolis but reached no consensus on possible changes. Giants owner John Mara told a handful of reporters he didn’t sense a “lot of support” among committee members for an overhaul to the system. While the sentiment could change between now and next month’s owner’s meetings in Phoenix, Mara is skeptical any significant proposal will be passed.


National Scoreboard from Tuesday (2/26)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final N-Y Knicks 108 Orlando 103
Final Toronto 118 Boston 95
Final Denver 121 Oklahoma City 112


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Calgary 3 N-Y Islanders 1
Final Boston 4 San Jose 1
Final Washington 7 Ottawa 2
Final Carolina 6 L.A. Kings 1
Final Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 2
Final Philadelphia 5 Buffalo 2
Final Montreal 8 Detroit 1
Final St. Louis 2 Nashville 0
Final Minnesota 3 Winnipeg 2
Final SO Arizona 4 Florida 3
Final Vegas 4 Dallas 1


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (20) Virginia Tech 77 (3) Duke 72
Final (4) Kentucky 70 Arkansas 66
Final (5) North Carolina 93 Syracuse 85
Final (13) LSU 66 Texas A&M 55
Final 2OT Indiana 75 (19) Wisconsin 73
Final (21) Buffalo 77 Akron 64
Final Ohio St. 90 (22) Iowa 70


Senior Rams Play for State Ticket......Cascade Girls Begin Title Defense

The Dubuque Senior Rams are a victory away from a trip to the boys state basketball tournament next week. The 16-and-3 Rams, ranked 7th in the final AP will meet the top ranked Bettendorf this evening at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids for the Class 4-A Substate 4 title and ticket to Des Moines. Both teams are on hot streaks, the Rams have won 15 of their last 16 games, while the Bulldogs have won 17 straight since their only loss of the year.

The match-up also features two of the top players from the Class of 2019. Senior’s Noah Carter who is going to Northern Iowa next year is scoring 22.2 points and 8.7 rebounds while Bettendorf’s D.J. Carton, an Ohio State recruit, is averaging 24.3 points, 7.7 boards and nearly 6 assists per game. Game time will be at 6:30.

The game will be broadcast on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame at 6:10 p.m.

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  • At Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines: The Cascade High School girls basketball team begins defense of their 2-A state championship from a year ago. The 5th ranked Cougars (22-1) meet 7th ranked (20-2) Dike New Hartford tonight at 8:30 in the 2-A quarterfinals.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (2/26)

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • 3A Substate Final: Marion 41, Maquoketa 38

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Wisconsin Regional Final Scores:

  • D-3: Prairie du Chien 61, Wisconsin Dells 48 (Prairie du Chien meets Platteville in the Sectional on Thursday at Edgewood).
  • D-4: Lacrosse Aquinas 71, Lancaster 53 (Aquinas meets Mineral Point Thursday at Richland Center.
  • D-5: Black Hawk 59, Kickapoo 15 (Black Hawk meets River Ridge Thursday at Mineral Point)

Iowa State Men/Iowa Women Post Wins

Shayok leads Cyclones past Oklahoma 78-61

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Marial Shayok scored 21 points and Iowa State rolled past Oklahoma 78-61 on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing skid.

Talen Horton-Tucker had 18 for the Cyclones (20-8, 9-6 Big 12), who reached 20 wins for the seventh time in eight years thanks largely to a 13-0 run midway through the second half.

UP NEXT: Iowa State plays at Texas on Saturday.

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Gustafson’s 20-20 effort leads No. 12 Iowa past Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Megan Gustafson scored 29 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to lead No. 12 Iowa to a 74-58 win over Nebraska on Monday night.

Gustafson now has scored 20 or more in 25 of Iowa’s 28 contests. The 6-foot-3 senior center finished shooting 13 of 19 from the field. Her 70.4 percent shooting percentage leads the nation.


Heart Honors for Clarke’s Haase, Pitz, and Ubl

Three members of the Clarke University women’s basketball team have earned 2018-19 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference honors.  Sophomore Makenna Haase was voted a first-team all-conference performer, former Western Dubuque prep sophomore Morgan Pitz, and freshman Tina Ubl earned second-team all-conference honors.

  • Haase, averaged 16.9 ppg), and 11.2 rebounds per game).
  • Pitz has averaged 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season.
  • Ubl has had nine double-doubles to date scoring (12.9), and grabbing (7.4) boards per game.

Clarke earned the number five seed for the Heart of America Conference tournament and will travel to Evangel tomorrow night for a quarterfinal round match-up.


Loras and UW Platteville Men and Loras Women in D-3 Tourney

Three area college basketball teams are dancing in the NCAA Division 3 Basketball Tournament this weekend.

The Loras College Men’s team at 21-and-6 will make their first tourney appearance since 2008 as they will head to Naperville for their first round match-up. The Duhawks who received one of the 21 at large bids will meet (19-8) Albion on Friday at 5:30 with the winner to face North Central (22-5) vs Chatham (19-9) winner in the 2nd round on Saturday.

The University of Wisconsin Platteville men’s basketball team is making their 2nd consecutive trip. The Pioneers with an automatic bid will travel to Augustana College in Rock Island and meet meet Capitol (20-7). The winner faces Augustana (24-3) or Aurora (17-11).

For the third time since 2014, the Loras women’s basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament with the program’s first at-large bid in school history and will travel to Oshkosh for their first round game. On Friday, the Duhawks (22-5) will meet No. 19 DePauw (24-4), No. 14 UW-Oshkosh (24-3) and Pomona-Pitzer (22-5) play in the other match-up with the winners to play on Saturday.


NFL to look into Kraft charge...Bums show interest in Harper...Yanks extend Hicks...Knights get Stone

UNDATED (AP) – The NFL says it will handle the sex solicitation case involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft as it would any other issue under the league’s personal conduct policy. The 77-year-old owner has been charged with soliciting a prostitute in Florida as part of a crackdown on sex trafficking. Commissioner Roger Goodell could fine or suspend Kraft from any activities involving the Super Bowl champions.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has confirmed that the team met with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper over the weekend. Roberts declined today to comment about possible terms for a contract with Harper, who batted .249 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and an .889 OPS last season. The meeting came after free agent infielder Manny Machado worked out a 10-year, $300 million package with the San Diego Padres, making Harper the most coveted player still available.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks has agreed to a seven-year, $70 million contract that adds $64 million in guaranteed money over six seasons. The deal includes a club option for 2026 that could make it worth $81.5 million over eight seasons. The 29-year-old Hicks took over as the Yankees primary center fielder last year and set career highs with 137 games, 27 homers and 79 RBIs.

UNDATED (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired high-scoring winger Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators for prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round pick. Stone said on Canada’s TSN that he had agreed to a long-term contract extension but had not yet officially signed it. The 26-year-old has 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 59 games this season, two points shy of his career high.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Third-ranked Duke will play a second straight game without National Player of the Year candidate Zion Williamson when the Blue Devils take on Virginia Tech tomorrow. The freshman forward suffered a mild sprain of his right knee when he planted his foot while dribbling and his left shoe tore apart. Williamson ranks second in the league in scoring at 21.6 points per game.


National Scoreboard from Monday (2/25)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Golden State 121 Charlotte 110
Final Detroit 113 Indiana 109
Final Portland 123 Cleveland 110
Final Phoenix 124 Miami 121
Final Brooklyn 101 San Antonio 85
Final Minnesota 112 Sacramento 105
Final Philadelphia 111 New Orleans 110
Final Memphis 110 L.A. Lakers 105
Final Houston 119 Atlanta 111
Final Milwaukee 117 Chicago 106
Final L.A. Clippers 121 Dallas 112


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Toronto 5 Buffalo 3
Final New Jersey 2 Montreal 1
Final SO Tampa Bay 4 L.A. Kings 3
Final SO Nashville 3 Edmonton 2
Final OT Florida 4 Colorado 3
Final Vancouver 4 Anaheim 0


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (15) Kansas 64 (16) Kansas St. 49
Final (18) Florida St. 68 Notre Dame 61


Duhawks Excel at D-3 Regionals

At the D-3 Lower Midwest Regional wrestling meet at Five Flags that wrapped up yesterday, the eighth-ranked Loras wrestling team qualified seven wrestlers for the NCAA Championships matching a program record. The Duhawks finished second in the team race by 18.0 points to Wartburg.

Qualifying as regional champs were Clint Lembeck at 141, Eddie Smith at 165,  Jacob Krakow at 171, and Guy Patron Junior at 197.  The Duhawks also qualified Brice Everson at 133, Kevin Kelly at 149, and Brandon Murray at 157.

Loras head coach TJ Miller was named the Regional Coach of the Year while Trevor Kittleson was named the Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.

  • University of Dubuque qualified one wrestler with Tevin Bailey at 184 with a runner up finish.
  • Former Western Dubuque prep Braden Birt of Miliken qualified with a 3rd place finish at 157.

All the qualifiers advance to the 2019 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va.


Keselowski wins in Atlanta...Dustin Johnson holds off McIlroy...Indians get Hanley Ramirez

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) – Brad Keselowski recovered from a stomach virus in time to win yesterday’s NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Team Penske started the day with a replacement driver on standby for Keselowski because the bug that hit him late Friday night kept him out of the car for a portion of final practice. Martin Truex Jr. finished second in a rebound from his disappointing debut with Joe Gibbs Racing. Kurt Busch was third in a Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -Dustin Johnson closed with a 5-under 66 for a five-shot victory over Rory McIlroy in the PGA’s Mexico Championship. Johnson struggled early and caught a good break from behind a tree on the fifth hole. He escaped potential trouble on the hole when he was given free relief behind a tree because the heel of his shoe was on the cart path.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Free agent first baseman Hanley Ramirez has agreed to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The 35-year-old former National League Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star will sign with the three-time defending AL Central champions and join them in camp once he passes a physical. Ramirez played in just 44 games with the Red Sox last season, hitting .254 with six home runs and 29 RBIs before he was released in May. He did not sign with another team.

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Miami Marlins outfield prospect Victor Mesa strained his right hamstring in a spring training game yesterday against Pittsburgh. Mesa pulled up and grabbed his hamstring while trying to beat out a ground ball in the sixth inning. He was removed from the game. The Marlins signed the Cuban native to a $5.25 million bonus last October. The 22-year-old Mesa had not played in a game in nearly two years following his defection from Cuba.

UNDATED (AP) – Journeyman forward Lee Stempniak has signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins after collecting four points in four games during a tryout contract with Providence of the AHL. Under league rules, the Bruins were required to place the 13-year veteran on waivers Sunday before he can be assigned to Providence, their AHL affiliate. The 36-year-old has played for 10 NHL teams since his debut with the Blues in 2005-06, scoring 203 goals and 469 points and 909 games.


National Scoreboard from Sunday (2/24)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Orlando 113 Toronto 98
Final Denver 123 L.A. Clippers 96
Final N-Y Knicks 130 San Antonio 118


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT Washington 6 N-Y Rangers 5
Final San Jose 5 Detroit 3
Final Dallas 4 Chicago 3
Final OT Minnesota 2 St. Louis 1
Final Calgary 2 Ottawa 1
Final Arizona 4 Winnipeg 1


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (10) Michigan St. 77 (7) Michigan 70
Final Xavier 66 (17) Villanova 54