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Barista Finalist for Harris Award

For the second time in the last three seasons a University of Dubuque football player is a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award. Senior defensive back Blaze Barista was named finalist for the award which is presented to the top defensive player in NCAA Division 2, Division 3, and NAIA.

Barista was named an American Rivers Conference First Team All-Conference award winner, AFCA All-American (Second Team), and AP All-America (Second Team) honoree for the Spartans.

An overall winner will be announced on December 27th and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet on January 9

UD’s Michael Joseph, now a member of the Chicago Bears won the award in 2017, he was the first Division III student-athlete to be honored with the award and remains the only Division III nominee to have claimed the trophy.

AP Boys Basketball Rankings: Hempstead still 3rd, Beckman top ranked

The 6-0 Hempstead Mustang boys basketball team is still ranked 3rd this week in the latest Associated Press 4-A high school basketball rankings. The Mustangs did receive two of the 11 first place votes. Four other Mississippi Valley Conference teams are in the top 10 : Waterloo West is 5th followed by Cedar Rapids Prairie 6th, Cedar Falls 7th, and Iowa City West 8th. Senior did receive consideration votes.

Dyersville Beckman once again is the top ranked team in Class 2-A.

Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll

By The Associated Press

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Waukee (5) 5-0 98 1
2. Ankeny Centennial (2) 6-0 91 2
3. Dubuque, Hempstead (2) 6-0 79 4
4. Sioux City, East (1) 7-0 61 5
5. Waterloo, West 5-1 51 6
6. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 6-0 43 9
7. Cedar Falls (1) 5-1 42 8
8. Iowa City, West 4-1 37 3
9. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 5-1 35 7
10. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 7-0 20 10
Others receiving votes: North Scott, Eldridge 18. Ankeny 11. Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 7. Dubuque, Senior 6. Linn-Mar, Marion 5. Iowa City Liberty 1.
Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Assumption, Davenport (10) 6-0 108 2
2. Carroll (1) 5-0 89 5
3. Dallas Center-Grimes 6-0 77 6
4. Mount Vernon 6-0 65 7
5. Winterset 5-1 52 1
6. Harlan 6-0 51 8
7. Algona 6-0 47 9
8. Norwalk 4-2 32 4
9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3-2 20 3
10. Pella 4-2 14 NR
Others receiving votes: Glenwood 11. Central Clinton, De Witt 11. Clear Lake 9. MOC-Floyd Valley 9. Marion 8. Gilbert 1. Webster City 1.
Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville (5) 7-0 101 1
2. Treynor (2) 7-0 85 2
3. North Linn, Troy Mills 6-0 75 3
4. West Sioux, Hawarden (1) 8-0 71 5
(tie) Camanche (3) 5-0 71 4
6. Regina, Iowa City 5-1 39 8
7. Osage 7-0 36 9
8. Boyden-Hull 5-1 23 NR
9. Dike-New Hartford 6-0 22 NR
10. Van Meter 5-0 17 NR
Others receiving votes: Aplington-Parkersburg 15. Unity Christian, Orange City 13. Des Moines Christian 9. Monticello 8. West Burlington 5. Woodward-Granger 5. East Sac County 4. Pella Christian 4. Rock Valley 1. Tri-Center, Neola 1.
Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. St. Mary’s, Remsen (6) 6-0 103 1
2. Montezuma (1) 6-0 88 3
3. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (1) 7-1 78 2
4. Easton Valley 7-0 70 5
5. West Fork, Sheffield (1) 7-0 62 4
6. WACO, Wayland (1) 8-0 54 6
7. A-H-S-T, Avoca (1) 8-0 41 7
8. Janesville 6-0 26 9
9. Lake Mills 5-1 24 8
10. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6-0 15 NR
Others receiving votes: CAM, Anita 8. Martensdale-St. Marys 6. Madrid 6. Don Bosco, Gilbertville 5. South O’Brien, Paullina 5. East Mills 4. Notre Dame, Burlington 3. Edgewood-Colesburg 2. Mount Ayr 2. Keota 1. Grand View Christian 1. Siouxland Community Christian 1.
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Dubuque 11U Gold AAA Major All American Baseball Team to New Year’s Classic

The Dubuque 11U Gold Triple-A Major All American Baseball team from Eric Munson Baseball will be spending some of their Christmas break in Orlando, Florida playing against elite national competition.  The 11-player Dubuque squad is the only team from Iowa in all age groups to qualify for the New Year’s Baseball Classic to be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Team pool play in the elite tournament begins on Saturday with qualifiers advancing to bracket play beginning New Year’s Eve.

The team is coached by Fred Reimer, Curt Schultz, Jim Hirsch, and Jerry Elbert.

Iowa Hawkeye Basketball Makes Top 25 Debut

The Iowa men’s basketball team is making their debut in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll released this morning. The 9-and-3 Hawkeyes are ranked 25th.  Iowa is one of six Big 10 teams in the poll this week led by Ohio State who moved up three spots to number two.

Gonzaga is the new top ranked team this week, following the Buckeyes at number two, it’s Louisville, Duke, and Kansas.  Oregon, Baylor, Auburn, Memphis, and Villanova round out the top 10.

Iowa will Honor Fry, Elliott with Helmet Alterations at Holiday Bowl

SAN DIEGO — The University of Iowa announced Monday that it will remove the Tigerhawk from its helmet in honor of Hayden Fry when the Hawkeyes play USC on Friday at the Holiday Bowl.

It is the third time both Tigerhawks have been removed from the helmet for a football game. The first was Nov. 2, 1991, the day after six lives were lost in a shooting on the UI campus. The second was the 1996 Alamo Bowl, when Diane Mitchell, the mother of Iowa linebacker Mark Mitchell, was killed in a car crash on the way to San Antonio, Texas.
Fry was Iowa’s head football coach from 1979-98. He won three Big Ten Conference championships, took the Hawkeyes to 14 bowl games, and introduced the Tigerhawk logo to the athletics department, a logo that has become one of the most recognizable symbols in sports.

Fry passed away Dec. 17, 2019 at the age of 90.

The Hawkeye helmet will be without the Tigerhawk, but it will include a decal honoring former UI Athletics Director Bump Elliott. Elliott was Iowa’s director of athletics from 1970-91. He passed away Dec. 7, 2019 at the age of 94.

Elliott and Fry are both members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Fry is a member of the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame.

Packers top Vikes to win division…Seattle courting Lynch…Jazz get Clarkson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are NFC North champions after Aaron Jones bulled his way to 154 yards rushing and two second-half touchdowns in a 23-10 win at Minnesota. Za’Darius Smith was the Packers’ defensive standout with five tackles for loss, including 3 ½ sacks of Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Packers fought through three first-half turnovers that left them trailing 10-9 at the break.

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks could be reuniting with former star running back Marshawn Lynch. Coach Pete Carroll said during his radio show yesterday that Lynch was on his way to Seattle to undergo a physical after not playing in more than a year. Seattle is 11-and-4 and in desperate need of running backs after Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise both suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to Arizona.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Utah Jazz have upgraded their backcourt through a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Jazz have picked up Jordan Clarkson from the Cavs for fellow guard Dante Exum and second-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023. Clarkson is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 29 games this season. Exum had fallen out of Utah’s rotation and is averaging 7 ½ minutes.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida won the Gasparilla Bowl as Richie Grant and Tre’mon Morris-Brash had first-quarter defensive touchdowns in the Knights’ 48-25 rout of Marshall. Grant had a 39-yard interception return on Marshall’s third play and Morris-Brash brought back a fumble 55 yards for a score that put UCF ahead, 21-0. Dillon Gabriel was 14 of 24 passes for 260 yards, tossing two scoring passes in the third period and running for a TD later in the period.

NEW YORK (AP) — Gonzaga has just become the sixth to reach No. 1 in this season’s Associated Press men’s basketball poll, supplanting Kansas after improving to 13-1. The Bulldogs picked up 54 of 65 first-place votes, while No. 2 Ohio State claimed nine. Third-ranked Louisville and No. 4 Duke received one apiece. Kansas is fifth, followed by Oregon, Baylor, Auburn, Memphis and Villanova.

National Scoreboard from Monday (12/23)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Cleveland 121 Atlanta 118
Final Orlando 103 Chicago 95
Final Philadelphia 125 Detroit 109
Final OT Indiana 120 Toronto 115
Final Washington 121 New York 115
Final Miami 107 Utah 104
Final San Antonio 145 Memphis 115
Final Denver 113 Phoenix 111
Final Houston 113 Sacramento 104
Final New Orleans 102 Portland 94
Final Golden State 113 Minnesota 104
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Toronto 8 Carolina 6
Final Minnesota 3 Calgary 0
Final Boston 7 Washington 3
Final Columbus 3 N-Y Islanders 2
Final Philadelphia 5 N-Y Rangers 1
Final Tampa Bay 6 Florida 1
Final Ottawa 3 Buffalo 1
Final Nashville 3 Arizona 2
Final Montreal 6 Winnipeg 2
Final New Jersey 7 Chicago 1
Final St. Louis 4 Los Angeles 1
Final Vancouver 4 Edmonton 2
Final Colorado 7 Vegas 3
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Green Bay 23 Minnesota 10
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (18)Dayton 81 Grambling St. 53
Final (21)Washington 72 Hawaii 61

Banwarth Named Head Coach at Ole Miss

Dubuque native and volleyball Olympian Kayla Banwarth has landed her first head coaching job. Over the weekend Banwarth was named the head coach at Mississippi.

Banwarth has been an assistant coach at her alma mater Nebraska for the past three seasons after she helped lead the United States to bronze medal performance at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Banwarth takes over an Ole Miss program that went 14-15 this season.

Regional College Basketball: ISU Men Win….UNI Men Win 11th….UNI Women Top ISU

Haliburton, hot Cyclones drop Purdue Fort Wayne 89-59

Tyrese Haliburton drained a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Iowa State used a hot-shooting first half to defeat Purdue Fort Wayne 89-59. Solomon Young added 15 points and reserve Terrence Lewis had a season-high 11 for the Cyclones, who led by as many as 26 in the first half thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers. Jarred Godfrey led the Mastodons with 17 points and Brian Patrick added 13. With Haliburton making 6 of 8 shots, including 5 of 7 behind the arc, Iowa State shot a season best 61% in the first half, with 10 3s.

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Northern Iowa continues winning ways with 88-80 win over Marshall

AJ Green scored 24 points and Trae Berhow scored 23 with 11 rebounds and Northern Iowa won its fifth straight beating Marshall 88-80. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman added 13 points for the Panthers who now stand 11-1.

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UNI Women Win at ISU

AMES, Iowa – UNI women’s basketball went on a 16-0 fourth-quarter run and the Panthers outscored Iowa State 24-14 in the final frame to earn a 71-63 win over the Cyclones to close out non-conference play.

The win gave the Panthers a sweep of Iowa and Iowa State for the first time since the 1974-75 season and gives UNI consecutive wins over Iowa State for the first time since 1975-76. The Panthers also capture three wins over Power-Five teams for the first time in program history.

  • Former Western Dubuque preps Megan Maahs 4 points, 4 rebounds, Rose Simon Ressler 2 points forUNI.

Ravens clinch home field…Seahawks lose, Saints win…Raptors stage marvelous comeback

UNDATED (AP) — Lamar Jackson ran for 103 yards and threw for another 238 with three touchdowns as the Baltimore Ravens downed the Cleveland Browns, 31-15. The Oakland Raiders stayed in the AFC wild-card hunt with a 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers following losses by Tennessee and Pittsburgh. And Kansas City remains a game behind New England for the second seed in the AFC after Patrick Mahomes  threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Chiefs’ 26-3 rout of the Bears in Chicago.

UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks relinquished control of the NFC West lead while the New Orleans Saints stayed alive in their bid to gain home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. Kenyan Drake rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns as the Arizona Cardinals downed the Seahawks, 27-13. Drew Brees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns and Alvin Kamara ran for two TDs to help the Saints rally from a 14-0 deficit to beat Tennessee, 38-28.

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors trailed 83-53 with 2:55 remaining in the third before rallying for a 110-107 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks. It was the first 30-point comeback in the NBA since Sacramento beat Chicago on Dec. 21, 2009. Kyle Lowry scored 20 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 assists. Lowry also had as many points as Dallas while the Raptors outscored the Mavericks, 47-21.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Unranked South Carolina is 8-4 after shooting over 55% in a 70-59 win over No. 9 Virginia. The Gamecocks blew a 12-point lead and were tied at 45 with about 11 minutes left before going on a 12-5 run to take control. Jair Bolden scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and A.J. Lawson had 10 of his 14 in the second as South Carolina improved to 8-4.

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Kreider scored twice and the New York Rangers ended a three-game losing streak by silencing the Anaheim Ducks, 5-1. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, while Filip Chytil  and Brett Howden also scored for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves against the Ducks, who were missing Rickard Rakell, Ryan Getzlaf  and Jakob Silfverberg because of injury or the flu.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/22)

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Toronto 110 Dallas 107
Final Boston 119 Charlotte 93
Final Milwaukee 117 Indiana 89
Final Oklahoma City 118 L.A. Clippers 112
Final Denver 128 L.A. Lakers 104
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final N-Y Rangers 5 Anaheim 1
Final Calgary 5 Dallas 1
Final Arizona 5 Detroit 2
Final Vegas 3 San Jose 1
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final OT N-Y Giants 41 Washington 35
Final OT Miami 38 Cincinnati 35
Final New Orleans 38 Tennessee 28
Final N-Y Jets 16 Pittsburgh 10
Final Baltimore 31 Cleveland 15
Final Indianapolis 38 Carolina 6
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 12
Final Oakland 24 L.A. Chargers 17
Final Denver 27 Detroit 17
Final Arizona 27 Seattle 13
Final Philadelphia 17 Dallas 9
Final Kansas City 26 Chicago 3
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final South Carolina 70 (9)Virginia 59
Final (22)Washington 85 Ball St. 64
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Former Hawkeye football player’s brother fatally stabbed

Former Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard’s younger brother was killed in Nashville, Tennessee early Saturday morning, according to police there. Authorities say it happened during a fight among several people at 2:30 a.m. outside of Dogwood Bar & Grill on Division Street. Clayton Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were stabbed. They were taken to a Nashville hospital where they died. A third man who was also stabbed was treated and released from a hospital. Detectives are looking for the person, or people, responsible for the stabbings. C.J. Beathard is a current quarterback for San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers issued the following statement, “The 49ers family was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy involving C. J. Beathard’s younger brother, Clayton. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to C. J. and the entire Beathard family as they cope with the unthinkable loss of a loved one. C. J. has traveled home to join his family knowing he has the support of our entire organization as they grieve the passing of Clayton.

NFL-Schedule

The New England Patriots and Houston Texans have wrapped up AFC division titles by winning on Saturday. Meanwhile, the defending NFC champions were eliminated from postseason contention.

The Pats locked down their 11th consecutive AFC East title by rallying for a 24-17 win over Buffalo. The Bills led 17-16 until Rex Burkhead ran in from the Buffalo 1 with 5:11 remaining. Tom Brady found Julian Edelman for the 2-point conversion to make it a seven-point game.

Brady passed for 271 yards and a touchdown as the 12-3 Patriots dropped the Bills to 10-5. The 42-year-old Brady also sneaked for a third-down conversion to set up another score and threw a downfield block on another scoring drive.

Ka’imi Fairburn snapped a fourth-quarter tie with his third field goal to help the Texans earn a 23-20 victory at Tampa for their fourth AFC South crown in five years.

The 49ers killed the Rams’ playoff chances as Jimmy Garoppolo converted a pair of conversions on third-and-16 to set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning, 33-yard field goal with no time left, giving San Francisco a 34-31 win over Los Angeles.

Garoppolo finished 16 for 27 for 248 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as the Niners kept control of the NFC West lead and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. Garoppolo hit Emmanuel Sanders behind a blown coverage for 46 yards to set up the winning kick.

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SUNDAY

N-Y Giants at Washington 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at Miami 1 p.m.
New Orleans at Tennessee 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh at N-Y Jets 1 p.m.
Baltimore at Cleveland 1 p.m.
Carolina at Indianapolis 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Atlanta 1 p.m.
Oakland at L.A. Chargers 4:05 p.m.
Detroit at Denver 4:05 p.m.
Arizona at Seattle 4:25 p.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia 4:25 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago 8:20 p.m.

Top 25 Men’s Basketball

The Associated Press men’s basketball poll already has had five different No. 1 teams, a record before New Year’s Day. There could be a sixth when the new poll is released on Monday.

Jermaine Samuels capped his 15-point performance by nailing a go-ahead, 3-pointer with 20.5 seconds left to give 18th-ranked Villanova a 56-55 victory over No. 1 Kansas in Philadelphia. The Jayhawks still had to chances to tie or win the game, but Devon Dotson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and couldn’t hit a contested layup as time expired.

Dotson had a team-high 15 points for the 9-2 Jayhawks, who were elevated to the top spot last Monday.

In a top-10 matchup, D.J. Carton had 13 points and Kaleb Wesson added 12 before fouling out in fifth-ranked Ohio State’s 71-65 victory against No. 6. Kentucky. Kyle Young finished with 10 points and six assists to help the Buckeyes overcome Nate Sestina’s five 3-pointers and 17 points.

NBA Scoreboard

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to make a bid for a second straight MVP award.

The Milwaukee Bucks forward recorded his third triple-double of the season by delivering 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 123-102 rout of the Knicks in New York. Antetokounmpo took just 10 shots and had secured his triple-double midway through the third quarter after playing just 23 minutes.

The Bucks made their first six 3-point attempts and grabbed a 29-point lead before improving to an NBA-best 26-4.

Khris Middleton scored 23 points and Kyle Korver had 17 as Milwaukee won for the 20th time in its last 21 games.

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

— Kawhi Leonard captured his first victory in San Antonio since his exodus from the franchise, collecting 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in three quarters of the Clippers’ 134-109 romp over the Spurs. Leonard was 11 for 16 from the field with four steals and only two turnovers.

— James Harden torched the Suns for 47 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 in the Rockets, 10th win in 13 games, 139-125. Phoenix got within 115-107 with 9:37 left before Harden nailed four 3-pointers during Houston’s 21-9 run.

— The 76ers ended their three-game skid by getting 21 points and 13 rebounds from Joel Embiid in a 125-108 win against the Wizards. Josh Richardson also had 21 points while Ben Simmons added 14, 11 assists and eight rebounds in the victory.

— Spencer Dinwiddie poured in 39 points and the Nets overcame an 18-point deficit and a 47-point performance by Trae Young in defeating the Hawks, 122-112. Garrett Temple added 25 points and DeAndre Jordan added 12 with a season-high 20 rebounds for Brooklyn.

— Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 17 with 19 rebounds as the Jazz downed the Hornets, 114-107 for their fifth consecutive win. Donovan Mitchell chipped in 20 points and Joe Ingles had 14, including two pivotal 3s in the fourth quarter.

— Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 29 points while the Trail Blazers built a 61-52 halftime lead in a 113-106 downing of the Timberwolves. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks as Portland dealt Minnesota its 10th consecutive loss.

— Zach LaVine scored 33 points and Coby White added 19 to help the Bulls outlast the Pistons, 119-107. LaVine nailed a 3-pointer to break a 96-all tie and added another trey to put Chicago ahead, 106-99.

— Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 18 points and Jae Crowder added 17 with 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies tripped the Kings, 119-115. Seven Grizzlies reached double figures in points, including 16 from Dillon Brooks.

MLB-News

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have bolstered their starting rotation by landing a recent Cy Young winner. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the White Sox have worked out a three-year, $55 million contract with lefty Dallas Keuchel. The 31-year-old Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award with the Astros in 2015 but struggled to find work last offseason as a free agent. He signed a roughly $13 million, one-year deal with the Braves in June and went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA for the NL East champions.

Big 10 Basketball

CHICAGO (AP) — CJ Fredrick had 21 points, Joe Wieskamp had 16 and Luka Garza had 12 points and 13 rebounds as Iowa pulled away late for a 77-70 victory over Cincinnati after losing a 15-point second-half lead. Bakari Evelyn had 15 points off the bench as Iowa (9-3) won its third straight and eighth in 10 games. The Hawkeyes closed with a 15-6 run over the final 4 1/2 minutes. Jarron Cumberland had 18 points for Cincinnati (7-5), which has dropped three of four. Cumberland has 1,496 career points to move past Yancy Gates (1,485) for 15th place on Cincinnati’s all-time scoring list.

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dru Smith scored 19 points, Javon Pickett added 17, and the Missouri Tigers beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 63-56 in the 39th Annual Braggin’ Rights game. Xavier Pinson also scored a career-high 14 points for the Tigers, who won their third straight game. Ayo Dosunmu scored 21 and Kofi Cockburn added 13 for Illinois, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

 

MADISON, Wis.— D’Mitrick Trice scored a career-high 31 points and Nate Reuvers had 22 points to help Wisconsin overpower Milwaukee in a 83-64 victory Saturday. The win gave the Badgers (6-5) a sweep against intrastate opponents this season, with victories over Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marquette.

Sports Updates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes added another memorable performance to an impressive start to his career last weekend against Denver. He completed 27 of 34 passes through a driving snowstorm to lead Kansas City to a 23-3 victory. It was the kind of weather that should have made it difficult for a kid from Texas to throw the ball. Instead it allowed Mahomes to show off his arm strength and accuracy in new ways. Now, the reigning league MVP hopes to carry that hot hand into Sunday night’s game in Chicago.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No. 1 Kansas is set to renew its rivaly with No. 18 Villanova in Philadelphia. The Wildcats and Jayhawks have played many memorable games since the start of the century. Kansas beat Villanova on the way to the 2008 national championship and the Wildcats repaid the favor in the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Tournaments with wins on their way to national titles. Villanova’s 2005 win over No. 1 KU was a program-changer for coach Jay Wright. No. 1 Kansas (9-1) heads to Philadelphia on Saturday to play No. 18 Villanova (8-2). They’ll compete at the Wells Fargo Center, the home of the 76ers and their All-Star big man and former Jayhawk Joel Embiid.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The next edition of the Iowa-Minnesota college football rivalry will be staged on a Friday night. The Big Ten has moved the Hawkeyes-Gophers game in 2020 from Sept. 20 to Sept. 19. This will be the earliest-ever meeting between the two schools that play annually for the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy. In 113 all-time matchups, the Hawkeyes and Gophers have only met in September twice. That was in 2012 and 2013. Iowa leads the series 63-48-2. The Big Ten began scheduling Friday night games in 2017. Minnesota hosted one in 2018, a victory over Indiana.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has hired former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads as its defensive coordinator. He replaces Marcel Yates, who was fired with linebackers coach John Rushing on Oct. 30. Former NFL coach Chuck Cecil served as the Wildcats’ interim defensive coordinator after Yates was fired. Rhoads spent the past two seasons as UCLA’s defensive backs coach after a two-year stint at Arkansas, where he was defensive coordinator in 2017. He also served as interim head coach after Bret Bielema was fired in November 2017.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Jenn Wirth had 14 points and seven rebounds, Katie Campbell added 11 points and No. 17 Gonzaga beat No. 20 Missouri State 64-52. The Bulldogs (11-1) used a 19-4 run capped by Jessie Loera’s layup with 32 seconds left in the third quarter to pull away to the largest lead of the game at 49-32. The Bears (9-2) answered with nine straight points to cut the deficit to eight but go no closer down the stretch. Brice Calip had 15 points and Alexa Willard scored 11 for Missouri State.

UNDATED (AP) — Player of the year Charles Salary from Marian and fellow running back Arnijae Ponder of Morningside lead The Associated Press NAIA All-America team. Marian and Morningside will play Saturday in the NAIA championship game in Grambling, Louisiana. Salary has run for 1,586 yards and 18 touchdowns in 12 games this season. Ponder has run for 1,754 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was joined on the first team by offensive lineman Garrett Temme. Marian also placed defensive lineman Mac Dutra on the first team.

Area Sports Schedule

HIGH SCHOOL

Boys Basketball

Senior at Hempstead

Wahlert at Western Dubuque

 

Girls Basketball

Senior at Hempstead

Wahlert at Western Dubuque

 

 

COLLEGE

Mens Basketball

Dubuque at U-W Stout

 

Womens Basketball

U-W Plateville hosts Lakeland

Loras in Puerto Rico facing Colby-Sawyer College

Dubuque at U-W Stout

 

Regional Womens Basketball

Illinois at Missouri

Wisconsin hosts Prairie View A & M

Sports Roundup

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell indefinitely after all three were injured at Detroit Wednesday night. Siakam hurt his groin during an awkward landing late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s win. Gasol strained his left hamstring in the first quarter, and Powell left in the fourth after a collision with another player. The team said testing in Toronto revealed a subluxation of his left shoulder.

UNDATED (AP) — Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott says he will play Sunday against Philadelphia despite a shoulder injury sustained in the previous game against the Los Angeles Rams. Prescott says he would play even if the Cowboys weren’t trying to secure a playoff spot with a win over the Eagles. Prescott says it’s the first time he’s had a shoulder issue as a pro, but he dealt with it multiple times at Mississippi State. He’s also had issues with his right index finger and left wrist.

UNDATED (AP) — Five Super Bowl-winning coaches and such NFL champion players as Roger Craig, Drew Pearson and Donnie Shell are among the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s special centennial class. Career receiving leader Jerry Rice is among nine Pro Football Hall of Famers selected to the NFL’s All-Time Team. Rice holds nearly every major receiving record. Also, on the team are Raymond Berry, Don Hutson, Paul Warfield, Lance Alworth, Randy Moss, Steve Largent, Marvin Harrison and Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract with right-hander Julio Teheran according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Teheran spent the past seven seasons with Atlanta. The Braves declined his $12 million option. The 28-year old Teheran is 77-73 with a 3.67 ERA in 229 games.

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the process says that the Baseball’s players’ union has filed a grievance against the New York Yankees in an attempt to regain the remaining $26 million due released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. New York converted Ellsbury’s $153 million, seven-year contract to a non-guaranteed deal. The team contends he violated the agreement by getting unauthorized medical treatment. The Yankees released the 36-year-old outfielder last month.

Illinois Sports

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrick Kane scored his 19th goal of the season and had three assists in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over the  Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.Robin Lehner made 36 saves, Alex Nylander had a goal and assist and Dominik Kubalik and Erik Gustafsson also scored to help the Blackhawks rebound from a 4-1 home loss to Colorado on Wednesday night.Tucker Poolman scored for Winnipeg and Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have the AFC West championship locked in and more big goals in sight. They hope to make a run in the playoffs. A top-two seed and first-round bye still are possibilities. And they can’t afford to stumble against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. The Bears are out of the postseason after winning the NFC North last year. Kansas City has won four games in a row.

CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star weekend will be a homecoming for Common and Chance The Rapper. The NBA said Thursday night that the Grammy winners will be headline performers at the All-Star Game in Chicago on Feb. 16. Chance The Rapper and Common were both born in Chicago. Common will deliver remarks about what basketball means to the city before he introduces the All-Star rosters before the game. Chance The Rapper and some guests will perform at halftime.

UNDATED (AP) — North Central placed five players on The Associated Press Division III All-America team, including quarterback Broc Rutter, ahead of its first appearance in the NCAA championship game. The Illinois college beat perennial powerhouse Mount Union in the second round of the playoffs. It will face Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday for the national title. Rutter, a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy given to Division III’s best player, is joined on the first team by four teammates: running back Ethan Greenfield, offensive lineman Sharmore Clarke, receiver Andrew Kamienski and defensive back Jake Beesley.

Wisconsin Sports

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 in a showdown of the NBA’s top teams. Antetokounmpo had seven assists and a career-best five 3-pointers, and George Hill added 21 points off the bench for the Bucks. Milwaukee improved to 25-4 after ending an 18-game winning streak against Dallas on Monday night.  James had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, and Anthony Davis had 36 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. The Lakers dropped to 24-5.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Green Bay Packers can clinch the NFC North by beating the Vikings in Minnesota this week. They’ve already won 11 games in Matt LaFleur’s first year. One more victory would make him just the 10th coach in NFL history with a dozen or more in his debut season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers credits the simplicity of LaFleur’s approach for the success of the team, after missing the playoffs in each of the past two years. The Vikings need help to win the division even if they defeat the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium, where Green Bay has never won.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer have a lengthy history facing each other. As well as a strong respect for each other’s abilities. Zimmer’s defense, as usual, will present a big challenge for Rodgers and Co. Minnesota enters this week’s games ranked sixth with 18.5 points allowed per game. At home, where the Vikings are 6-0 this season and 3-0 against Green Bay since U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, they’re allowing just 14.2 points per game.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dana Rettke had 19 kills, Molly Haggerty added 15 and Wisconsin beat Baylor 25-27, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19 to advance to the NCAA women’s volleyball championship match. Seeking their first title, the Badgers will face defending champion Stanford in the final Saturday night. The Cardinal swept Minnesota in the second semifinal.  Rettke also had eight blocks, and Tiffany Clark added 18 digs for Wisconsin. The Badgers are 3-0 in national semifinals, also winning in 2000 and 2013 before falling in the finals both times. Yossiana Pressley led Baylor with 25 kills and 16 digs.

Area Sports Schedule

HIGH SCHOOL

Wrestling

Senior at Cedar Falls

Hempstead hosts Iowa City Liberty

Wahlert at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

 

COLLEGE

Women’s Basketball

Clarke at Viterbo

Loras in Puerto Rico vs. Shenandoah University

Illinois Sports

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored 21 points and Xavier Tillman had 15 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 15 Michigan State beat Northwestern 77-72. Winston went 8 for 16 from the field in the Spartans’ 11th consecutive victory against the Wildcats. He also moved into 12th on the school’s career scoring list with 1,601 points, passing Morris Peterson and Raymar Morgan. Boo Buie scored a career-high 26 points for Northwestern, and Pete Nance finished with 14 in his return from a one-game suspension for “failure to adhere to program standards.”

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wendell Carter Jr. made a layup with 9.1 seconds left in overtime to lift the Chicago Bulls over the Washington Wizards 110-109. Chicago trailed by 18 points in the fourth quarter. Washington’s Bradley Beal missed a jumper at the buzzer in overtime. Lauri Markkanen had 31 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, and Zach LaVine added 24 points. Davis Bertans led Washington with 26 points and Beal finished with 22. Beal hit a 17-foot jumper with five-tenths of a second remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Wizards a 98-96 lead. LaVine made two fouls shots to force overtime.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Cole and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Nathan MacKinnon and Andre Burakovksy also scored for Colorado, which is 9-1-1 in its past 11 games. The Avalanche lost 5-2 at St. Louis on Monday. Colorado is 3-0 against the Blackhawks this season and has outscored its Central Division rival 16-5. Ryan Carpenter got his second goal of the season for the fading Blackhawks, who have lost five of six.

 

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have placed inside linebacker Danny Trevathan on injured reserve because of a left elbow injury. Trevathan has not played since Nov. 10 when his arm bent awkwardly as he tried to sack Jeff Driskel in a win over Detroit. The team leader at the time with 50 tackles, Trevathan ran off with his arm dangling by his side. His future is uncertain. Tevathan has an expiring contract and has finished two of the past four seasons on injured reserve. Chicago promoted cornerback Michael Joseph from the practice squad to the active roster.

T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) — Unranked Utah probably can expect to crack the AP top-25 men’s basketball poll next week after an impressive victory on a neutral court.

The Utes are 9-2 after Timmy Allen scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 69-66 downing of sixth-ranked Kentucky. Allen’s floater with 1:14 left gave the Utes a 68-66 lead after the Wildcats used a 27-10 run to erase a 17-point deficit.

Tyrese Maxey led the 8-2 Wildcats with 18 points, while Ashton Hagans added 16.

In other top-25 men’s finals:

— Second-ranked Gonzaga cruised to a 94-81 win against North Carolina as Corey Kispert scored 26 points and Filip Petrusev added 20. Garrison Brooks had a team-high 16 points for the unranked Tar Heels, who have dropped four straight for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

— Jordan Nwora scored 20 points and third-ranked Louisville pulled away with a 17-0 run to beat Miami of Ohio 70-46. Ryan McMahon added 11 points and Dwayne Sutton tied a career-high with 15 rebounds for the 11-1 Cardinals.

— N’Faly Dante played his first college game and contributed 11 points to help eighth-ranked Oregon roll to an 81-48 win over Montana. Francis Okoro posted the second double-double as a Duck by tying a career high with 12 points and grabbing a personal-high 17 rebounds.

— Kihei Clark scored 14 points and Jay Huff had eight of his 12 during a 14-8 run that gave ninth-ranked Virginia an 11-point lead in a 56-44 stifling of Stony Brook. Mamadi Diakite added 13 points, while Clark added six assists and five rebounds for the 9-1 Cavaliers.

— Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler scored 19 points each as No. 10 Baylor picked up its eighth straight win, 91-63 against UT-Martin. MaCio Teague had 12 points and Mark Vital added 11 for the 9-1 Bears, who shot 56% from the field.

— Cassius Winston scored 21 points on 8 of 16 shooting as 15th-ranked Michigan State downed Northwestern, 77-72. Xavier Tillman had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Michigan State improved to 8-3 overall.

— Yanni Wetzell scored 17 points and No. 20 San Diego State stayed unbeaten by knocking off NAIA school San Diego Christian, 92-48. KJ Feagin added 12 points and Malachi Flynn and Jordan Schakel had 10 apiece to help the Aztecs improve to 11-0.

— Trevon Scott scored 15 points and Cincinnati ended a two-game skid by downing No. 21 Tennessee, 78-66. Keith Williams added 11 points, including a layup off his own steal during a 9-0 run that put the Bearcats in control at 67-57 with 3:27 left.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat won an NBA battle of Eastern Conference division leaders while dealing the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss of the season.

Kendrick Nunn scored 26 points and Bama Adebayo added 23 as the Heat downed the Sixers, 108-104. Duncan Robinson had 15 points for Miami, including a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the Heat ahead by 14.

The 76ers had been 14-0 at home, including a 113-86 victory over the Heat last month.

Joel Embiid had 22 points and 19 rebounds after missing the Sixers’ previous game due to an upper respiratory illness.

The outcome drops Philadelphia into a first-place tie with Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Miami is 20-8 and leads the Southeast Division by eight games over Orlando.

Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:

— Kemba Walker delivered 32 points and Jaylen Brown had 26 as the Celtics defeated the short-handed Mavericks, 109-103. Jayson Tatum added 24 points for Boston, which held Dallas 15 points below its season average. Luka Doncic sat out his second straight game for the Mavericks with a right ankle sprain.

— Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap helped fuel a 24-0 run in the third quarter as the Nuggets turned a 69-50 deficit into a 113-104 triumph over the Magic. Murray finished with 33 points, including 13 in the pivotal third quarter. Millsap scored 14 of his 15 points during the third in his return from a strained quadriceps.

— Kyle Lowry recorded a triple-double of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Raptors to a 112-99 win over the Pistons. Toronto played without guard Fred VanVleet because of right knee injury and finished without center Marc Gasol due to a strained left hamstring suffered in the first quarter.

— The Trail Blazers earned a 122-112 win over the Warriors as Damian Lillard had 31 points and a season-high 13 assists. Hassan Whiteside chipped in 16 points and 23 rebounds for Portland, while teammate CJ McCollum provided 30 points.

— Dennis Schroder dropped in 31 points and the Thunder overcame a 24-point deficit to beat the Grizzlies, 126-122. Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each scored 20 points for Oklahoma City, which came back from 26 points down to beat Chicago on Monday.

— Wendell Carter Jr. hit a layup with 9.1 seconds left in overtime to complete the Bulls’ rally from an 18-point, fourth-quarter deficit in a 110-109 triumph over the Wizards. Lauri Markkanen had 31 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which closed out regulation on a 21-3 run.

— The Pelicans’ team-record 13-game losing streak is over after Brandon Ingram scored 34 points in a 107-99 downing of the Timberwolves. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and Lonzo Ball added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists off the bench as New Orleans dealt Minnesota its seventh straight loss.

— Cleveland won for just the third time in its last 19 games as Collin Sexton scored 23 points and Cedi Osman had 18 in the Cavaliers’ 100-98 victory over the Hornets. The Cavs wasted most of a 24-point lead in the second half and had to withstand Terry Rozier’s career-high 35 points for Charlotte, including five 3-pointers in the final period.

Thursday Sports Update

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to play in Sunday’s huge NFC East battle against Philadelphia despite being limited in practice due to a shoulder injury. Prescott didn’t throw during the portion of yesterday’s practice that was open to reporters, three days after throwing for 212 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-21 rout of the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys and Eagles are tied for the division lead at 7-7, and Dallas advances to the postseason with a victory.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has ended any conjecture by saying he wants to stay with the team despite a disappointing first season. Beckham decided to set the record straight after reports surfaced in recent weeks claiming he was unhappy and wanted to go to another team. He had 67 receptions for 910 yards and two touchdowns this season, his first with the Browns after five years with the New York Giants.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Tom Coughlin as executive vice president of football operations, two seasons after the team advanced to the AFC championship game. The 73-year-old Coughlin built the team from the ground up in 1995 and revived it upon his return in 2017. The NFL Players Association says more than 25% of player grievances filed in the last two years have been against the Jaguars.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and pitcher Gerrit Cole have finalized the record nine-year, $324 million contract they agreed to during the winter meetings last week. His deal is the largest for a pitcher in both its total and its average annual value of $36 million. Cole was 20-5 with an AL-leading 2.50 ERA and a major league-leading 326 strikeouts for Houston last season.

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox will pay a team-record $13.4 million luxury tax after failing to make the playoffs, according to figures sent to clubs and obtained by The Associated Press. The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs are the only other teams on the hook for a luxury tax. New York finished with a $6.7 million bill and Chicago will shell out $7.6 million.

Wednesday Scorecard

All Times EST
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
Men

No. 2 Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, 9 p.m.

No. 3 Louisville vs. Miami (Ohio), 8:30 p.m.

No. 6 Kentucky vs. Utah at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, 11 p.m.

No. 8 Oregon vs. Montana, 11 p.m.

No. 9 Virginia vs. Stony Brook, 6:30 p.m.

No. 10 Baylor vs. UT Martin at Toyota Center, Houston, 10 p.m.

No. 15 Michigan State at Northwestern, 8 p.m.

No. 20 San Diego State vs. San Diego Christian, 10 p.m.

No. 21 Tennessee at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 23 Tennessee, 10 p.m.

No. 4 Oregon State vs. Northern Arizona at the Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 12:30 a.m.

No. 7 Baylor vs. Arkansas State, 1 p.m.

No. 8 Florida State vs. North Florida, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Maryland at Georgia State, 11 a.m.

NBA

Charlotte at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Washington, 7 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Denver, 9 p.m.

Boston at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.

Golden State at Portland, 10 p.m.

NHL

Anaheim at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.

Haden Fry Passes Away

Hayden Fry, the Texan who revived Iowa football and became a Hawkeye State institution, has died. He was 90. Fry’s family announced through the University of Iowa that the coach died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. The native of Eastland, Texas, had never been to Iowa before taking over the Hawkeyes in 1979. The team had slogged through 17 consecutive years without a winning season. He coached at Iowa for 20 seasons, winning 238 games and three Big Ten championships. He played quarterback at Baylor and his first college head coaching job was at SMU. Fry amassed a record of 143–89–6 overall while coaching at Iowa, including a 96–61–5 record in the Big Ten conference. The Hawkeyes won three conference titles in 1981, 1985, and 1990. His teams made 14 bowl appearances.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UNDATED (AP) — Ed Orgeron of LSU is The Associated Press Coach of the Year. He has led the top-ranked Tigers to a Southeastern Conference championship and their first College Football Playoff appearances. Orgeron received 33 of 56 votes from AP Top 25 voters. Baylor’s Matt Rhule, who led the Bears to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the Big 12 championship game, was second with 14 first-place votes. Ohio State’s Ryan Day finished third with five-first-place votes. Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck was fourth with three first-place votes.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego will be asked to do the “Iowa Wave” at the end of the first quarter of the game between No. 19 Iowa and No. 22 USC on Dec. 27. The wave will be directed at patients in a children’s hospital in Iowa City as well as representatives from two children’s hospitals in Southern California who will be at the game. The wave will replicate what has become a game-day salute at Iowa home games to patients and family members at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

MLB NEWS

UNDATED (AP) — Reliever Joe Smith and the Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract.

The 35-year-old Smith is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 84 appearances during his two seasons with the Astros. He missed the beginning of last season recovering from Achilles tendon surgery before returning in July and posting a 1.80 ERA in 28 regular-season appearances.

Smith didn’t allow a run in eight of his 10 postseason appearances.

Also around the majors:

— Free-agent outfielder Avisaíl García has finalized a two-year, $20 million contract with the Brewers, a deal that includes a $10 million club option for 2022. García batted .282 with a career-high 20 home runs and 72 RBIs for the Rays last season.

— The Cardinals have announced the signing of left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim to a two-year contract. The 31-year-old South Korean went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 190 1/3 innings last season for the SK Wyverns.

— The Tigers are retiring Lou Whitaker’s No. 1 this coming season. Whitaker will become the ninth Tiger to have his number retired by the team, and the first to be so honored without being inducted into the Hall of Fame.  He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1978, went to five straight All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves and compiled a .276 average with 244 home runs and 1,084 RBIs in a 19-year career spent entirely with Detroit.

NFL NEWS

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are sticking with Devlin “Duck” Hodges as their starting quarterback.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says Hodges will start Sunday against the Jets despite throwing four interceptions in Pittsburgh’s last game, a 17-10 loss to Buffalo over the weekend. Pittsburgh is 3-1 this season when Hodges starts and 4-2 when he plays.

Tomlin has started Hodges and Mason Rudolph since Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. Hodges has completed 67.8% of his passes for 884 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions.

In other NFL news:

— The Cowboys have signed former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith to bolster a depleted linebacker group that lost rookie Luke Gifford to a broken arm. Gifford was injured in the first half of a 44-21 win over the Rams on Sunday. Smith was the MVP of the 2014 Super Bowl with Seattle, returning an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and recovering a fumble in the Seahawks’ 43-8 rout of Denver.

— The Saints have acquired former Giants starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins off waivers. New York dropped Jenkins after he declined to acknowledge wrongdoing when he used offensive language in an exchange with a fan on social media.

— The league has suspended Broncos safety Kareem Jackson without pay for the final two regular season games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Jackson was arrested Sept. 19 for driving under the influence. The Broncos said Jackson informed the team of his DUI arrest and that it was reported to the NFL.

— The Lions are retaining general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia for the 2020 season despite the team’s 3-10-1 record. The Lions have dropped 10 of their last 11 since a 2-0-1 start and will carry a seven-game losing streak into Sunday’s game at Denver. Detroit hired both away from New England in the hopes of replicating the Patriots’ formula for success.

— The Giants have placed tight end Evan Engram on season-ending injured reserve after he missed the last five games with a foot injury. New York also said wide receiver David Sills had been signed off the practice squad and tackle Nate Wozniak was signed to the practice squad.

NBA RESULTS

NBA-SCHEDULE

Lakers’ streak comes to an end

UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have put an end to the Los Angeles Lakers’ seven-game winning streak.

Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) scored 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon made a tiebreaking reverse layup with 36.4 seconds left to send the Pacers past the Lakers, 105-102. Brogdon finished with 16 points and six assists for Indiana, which trailed by four midway through the final period.

LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists but missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Lakers the lead with 11.7 seconds to go. Los Angeles also missed two shots on its final possession while trying to force overtime.

The Pacers are 19-9 following their fourth straight win.

The Lakers ended a 14-game road winning streak and fell to 24-4, tying them with Milwaukee for the NBA’s best record.

Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:

— Malik Monk scored 14 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter of the Hornets’ fourth win in five games, 110-102 over the Kings. Cody Zeller had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Bismack Biyombo added 10 points and 12 boards for Charlotte.

— Rookie RJ Barrett poured in a season-high 27 points and Mitchell Robinson added a career-best 22 points with 13 rebounds as the Knicks crushed the Hawks, 143-120. Marcus Morris also scored 22 to help New York win for the third time in four games since a 10-game losing streak.

NBA NEWS

NBA: Stern remains in serious condition after brain surgery

UNDATED (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern remains in serious condition following emergency brain surgery last week.

The league says Stern is surrounded by his loved ones and receiving great care. The 77-year-old Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage Thursday while having lunch in New York.

Stern spent 30 years as NBA commissioner and has remained affiliated with the league, holding the title of commissioner emeritus.

Hawkeyes’ Bohannon Surgery

A star guard for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team will have surgery on Thursday, ending his participation in the 2019-2020 season.

Jordan Bohannon, a senior from Marion, will undergo hip surgery on Thursday, according to athletics department officials. Due to a six to nine-month recovery period, he will sit out the remainder of the Hawkeyes’ basketball season.

The surgery will be on Bohannon’s left hip. He had surgery on his right hip in May 2019, with pain developing in the other hip during recent months.

AREA SPORTS SCHEDULE

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hempstead hosts Cedar Rapids Xavier

Senior at Iowa City West

Iowa City High at Wahlert

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hempstead at Cedar Rapids Xavier

Iowa City West at Senior

Wahlert at Iowa City High

 

BOYS SWIMMING

Senior at Waterloo

 

COLLEGE

 

MENS BASKETBALL

Clarke hosts Briar Cliff

 

WOMENS BASKETBALL

U niversity of Dubuque hosts Rockford

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM

UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press has released its All-America team and it is full of players from LSU and Ohio State.

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU highlights the first-team offense. Defensive end Chase Young of Ohio State leads the defense.

The top-ranked Tigers also placed receiver Ja’Marr Chase and cornerback Derek Stingley on the first team. Young was joined on the first team by Ohio State teammates Wyatt Davis, a guard, and Jeff Okudah, a cornerback.

Ohio State led all teams with seven players selected to the three All-America teams, including second team quarterback Justin Fields

Across all three AP All-America teams, the SEC had 18 players in all. The Big Ten had 17. The Pac-12 had 13 players, the Big 12 had 10 and the ACC had eight.

T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLL

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas has become the fifth team to occupy the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll already this season.

The Jayhawks picked up 47 of 65 first-place votes to move up one spot on the rankings. They unseated Louisville, which dropped to third following last Tuesday’s 70-57 loss to Texas Tech.

Gonzaga claimed 15 first-place votes to climb from sixth to second.

Former No. 1 Duke moved up three spots to fourth, just ahead of Ohio State. Kentucky, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia and Baylor round out the top 10.

No. 23 Penn State is ranked for the first time in 23 years. The poll doesn’t include North Carolina, which had been ranked since February 2014.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Mavs halt Bucks’ streak

UNDATED (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOOM’-poh) poured in 48 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Monday night, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Dallas Mavericks from ending the Milwaukee Bucks’ 18-game winning streak. And the Mavs didn’t even need their top player to pull off the victory.

Seth Curry and Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) each scored 26 points to help the Mavericks hang on for a 120-116 triumph against the Bucks in Milwaukee. Dallas was 16 of 41 from 3-point range, including four 3s each by Curry and Porzingis.

The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) because of a sprained right ankle, yet they still improved to 18-8 to stay atop the Southwest Division.

Antetokounmpo received little support as the Bucks lost for the first time since Nov. 8 at Utah. The winning streak was their longest since a franchise-record 20 consecutive victories by the 1970-71 championship team.

Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:

— The Rockets set a franchise record by overcoming a 25-point deficit to beat the Spurs, 109-107. Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and James Harden had 28 as Houston eclipsed the 23-point deficit it faced in a victory against Portland in January 1977. Harden made two free throws to extend the lead to 109-106 with 16.2 seconds left.

— The Thunder also pulled off a stunning comeback by crawling out of a 26-point hole in a 109-106 downing of the Bulls. Chris Paul hit five 3-pointers while scoring 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. Paul also had nine rebounds and 10 assists for Oklahoma City, which trailed 55-29 midway through the second quarter after Chicago turned 12 Thunder turnovers into 26 points.

— Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) dropped in 33 points and Kyle Lowry registered his 110th double-double for the Raptors in a 133-113 rout of the Cavaliers. Lowry had 20 points and 11 assists to tie Antonio Davis for the third-most double-doubles in team history. Norman Powell finished with 26 points for the Raptors, who have won two straight at home since dropping three in a row in Toronto.

— Bradley Beal scored 15 of his 35 points while the Wizards were shooting a blistering 81% in the first quarter of a 133-119 victory at Detroit. Isaiah Thomas returned from a calf injury and scored 23 points for Washington, while Davis Bertans added 17. Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris each scored 22 points for Detroit, which played without injured stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.

— The Grizzlies won for the fourth time in five games as rookie Ja Morant had 20 points and 10 assists to lead a 118-111 victory over the Heat. Memphis scored 11 straight points for a 115-107 lead on a Morant drive with 2:31 left. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis.

— Damian Lillard scored 27 points, including a crucial three-point play with 26 seconds left as the Trail Blazers rallied past the Suns, 111-110. CJ McCollum had a team-high 30 points and helped the Blazers come back from a 16-point, first-half deficit. Kelly Oubre (OO’-bray) Jr. had 24 points for Phoenix, including a four-point play that put the Suns ahead, 110-108 with 32 seconds remaining.

NFL-SCHEDULE-SAINTS/COLTS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees has added his name to one more NFL record.

Brees is the league’s all-time leader in touchdown passes after tossing four more in the Saints’ 34-7 thrashing of the Colts in New Orleans. The scoring strike that broke Peyton Manning’s record of 539 career touchdown passes came in the third quarter, when Brees hit tight end Josh Hill for a 5-yard score.

He came into the game already holding NFL records for completions and passing yards before helping the Saints improve to 11-3. Brees also broke a single-game record for completion percentage by connecting on 29 of his 30 attempts for 307 yards in a little more than three quarters.

The 6-8 Colts dropped their fourth in a row to eliminate themselves from playoff contention.

NFL-NEWS

Josh Gordon suspended again

UNDATED (AP) — Josh Gordon has received yet another indefinitely suspension from the NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver has been punished for violating league policies on performance enhancers and substances of abuse. Gordon was reinstated by the NFL in August after having been suspended indefinitely in December 2018, missing the final three games of last season for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

This is the eighth time in his career Gordon has been suspended either by the league or his team.

In other NFL news:

— The Falcons will play their final two games without Takk McKinley after the third-year defensive end hurt his shoulder in an upset victory at San Francisco. McKinley left the game midway through the first quarter and did not return.

— The Jaguars tried to fine former defensive end Dante Fowler more than $700,000 for missing “mandatory” appointments with a team trainer or physician. An arbitrator recently ruled in favor of the NFLPA and negated the fines levied against Fowler and other Jaguars players in 2018. The arbitrator affirmed that under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement teams cannot require rehabilitation or medical appointments at team facilities during the offseason.

Badgers Honored

A pair of Badgers have been named to the college football ESPN All-America team. Wisconsin Center Tyler Biadasz and RB Jonathon Taylor. Ohio State and LSU lead the way with three selections each, including Joe Burrow, LSU QB who won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night. Safety Antoine Winfield Jr., of Minnesota also made the team.

Big 10 Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Carr scored a career-high 35 points and Daniel Oturu had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota in an 84-71 upset of third-ranked Ohio State. This was the first win for Gophers coach Richard Pitino against a top-five team. Oturu outworked Kaleb Wesson in the paint to win the battle of two of the Big Ten’s best big men with his sixth double-double of the season. Carr shot 12 for 17 from the floor after going 1 for 10 in a 20-point loss to Iowa earlier this week. Freshmen D.J. Carton led the previously unbeaten Buckeyes with 19 points off the bench.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Haley Jones had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in helping No. 1 Stanford beat Ohio State 71-52. Kiana Williams, Lexi Hull and Fran Belibi each added 13 points for the Cardinal, which ended a modest two-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. Belibi recorded a game-high eight rebounds. Janai Crooms scored 15 points to lead Ohio State.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Cam Mack had the first-ever triple-double for Nebraska, Dachon Burke scored 18 points and the Cornhuskers gave Fred Hoiberg his first Big Ten win with a 70-56 victory over Purdue. Mack had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as the Cornhuskers won for the first time in four games and less than 48 hours after a 96-90 overtime loss at Indiana. Trevion Williams led the Boilermakers with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Purdue’s Matt Haarms left the game in the second half with a head injury. Coach Matt Painter said it’s his understanding Haarms has a concussion.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Ryan Young had career-highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds, Pat Spencer had 15 points and Northwestern overcame a sluggish offensive performance for an 72-54 victory over SIU-Edwardsville. Young, a redshirt freshman, was 11 for 15 from the field in topping his previous high of 19 points against Norfolk State last month.

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2020 Heisman Trophy race will start with a couple of clear front-runners in Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and fellow Georgian Trevor Lawrence of Clemson. That leaves plenty of room for a contender to emerge the way Joe Burrow did this year. AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo says that maybe instead of a quarterback from the state of Georgia, it will be Georgia’s quarterback. Or the next player to step into Lincoln Riley’s Heisman machine at Oklahoma.

Area Sports Schedule

MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

University of Dubuque hosts Alma College (7 pm)

MLB News

UNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers have added a two-time Cy Young Award winner to their starting rotation. The Indians have traded Corey Kluber to the Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase. Kluber is coming off his worst season since 2012 as broken arm limited him to seven starts. He was 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA this year, one season after recording his first 20-win season. Kluber is 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA and 1,461 strikeouts in 1,341 2/3 innings over 208 major league games, including 203 starts. DeShields stole 24 bases last season while batting .249 with 32 RBIs.

 

A person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that longtime Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has accepted a five-year, $85 million contract with the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner was 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 34 starts this year, his first full season since 2016. The 2014 World Series MVP still needed to pass a physical to complete the contract.

NFL-SCHEDULE

The Packers were winners in their 200th meeting with the Bears as Aaron Jones ran for two scores and Davante Adams caught another in Green Bay’s 21-13 victory. Aaron Rodgers completed just 16 of 33 passes for 203 yards, but that was enough for the NFC North leaders to improve to 11-3. Adams finished with 103 yards on seven catches to help Green Bay drop the Bears to 7-7.

The Vikings stayed a game behind the Packers as Dan Bailey kicked four field goals and Ifeadi Odenigbo scored Minnesota’s second defensive touchdown in three games in a 39-10 thrashing of the Chargers. Mike Boone ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Kirk Cousins threw for 207 yards and a TD for the 10-4 Vikings. Los Angeles led 10-9 midway through the second quarter before Minnesota scored 30 unanswered points.

Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a go-ahead, five-yard touchdown with 2 seconds left to send the Falcons past the Niners, 29-22. Jones was called short of the goal line with the Falcons trailing 22-17, but a replay showed the ball breaking the plane with the Jones in the air while being tackled by Jimmie Ward.

Russell Wilson threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 30-24 victory over the Panthers.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ ninth consecutive win over the Broncos, 23-3.

Stephon Gilmore returned one of his two interceptions 64 yards for a score as the Patriots knocked off the Bengals, 34-13 to clinch an AFC playoff berth.

The Bills secured an AFC playoff berth as Josh Allen threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Kroft with 7:55 to play in their 17-10 victory at Pittsburgh.

The Texans grabbed control of the AFC South lead as Deshaun Watson threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 victory at Tennessee.

Carson Wentz capped a 75-yard scoring drive by tossing a four-yard TD pass to Greg Ward with 26 seconds left to secure the Eagles’ win over the Redskins, 37-27 and boost Philadelphia’s chances of making the playoffs as NFC East champions.

Philadelphia and Dallas remain tied for the NFC East lead after Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes and Ezekiel Elliott ran for two scores in a 44-21 win over the Rams.

The Raiders dropped their final scheduled game at the Oakland Coliseum as the Jaguars rallied for a 20-16 win against the Silver and Black.

The Browns’ playoff hopes are over after Baker Mayfield lost a battle of former Oklahoma quarterbacks and teammates, 38-24 at Arizona.

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning threw two touchdowns in what might have been his final home start for the Giants, a 36-20 victory against the Dolphins.

The Buccaneers earned a 37-17 win over the Lions as Jameis Winston became the first player in NFL history to throw for 450 yards in consecutive games.

 

 

 

Area Scoreboard from 12/14

Girls Basketball

Galena Shoot Out

Dakota 39, East Dubuque 36 (OT)

East Dubuque 50, Kewanee Wethersfield 37

Men’s College Basketball

Univ. Wis Platteville 65,  Bethel University 54

Adrian College 82,   Loras College 61

Clarke University 74, Benedictine College 71

College Wrestling

Luther College  22, Univ. of Dubuque  18

Hockey

Dubuque Fighting Saints 7,  Green Bay Gamblers 2

This was the Saints fifth straight win. The Saints head in to holiday break with an 18-3-1 record.

Wendy’s-Midwest One Bank Girls Basketball Classic

Here are the scores from Saturday’s Wendy’s-Midwest One Bank Girls Basketball Classic presented by AM 1370 KDTH at Loras College:

Cuba City 46, Monticello 37

Black Hawk 68, Western Dubuque 28

Platteville 53, Dubuque Senior 33

Dubuque Hempstead 36, Prarie du Chien 33

Waverly-Shellrock 58, Wahlert Catholic 35

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (12/12)

          HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Durant 54, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 38

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 75, Iowa-Grant 35
  • Darlington 75, Southwestern 52
  • Fennimore 59, Boscobel 40
  • Mineral Point 81, Riverdale 30

Illinois

  • Galena 52, Milledgeville 36

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 67, Durant 48

Wisconsin

  • Shullsburg 54, Highland 27
  • Platteville 68, Dodgeville 50
  • Galena 51, Polo 35

WRESTLING

  • Hempstead 44, #4 Iowa City West 30
  • Senior 43, Cedar Rapids Xavier 29
  • Cedar Rapids Jefferson 46, Wahlert 27
  • Western Dubuque 45, Iowa City High 28
  • Bellevue got dual wins over Durant(48-27), West Branch(45-30), and North Cedar(39-35)
  • Cascade lost to Wilton(42-40) and Camanche (58-21)

COLLEGE

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Wisconsin 85, Alabama State 67

Fighting Saints-Green Bay

After a successful sweep of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Fighting Saints will battle an Eastern Conference foe twice once again this weekend. Dubuque will travel to Green Bay tonight and then return home tomorrow night as they take on the Gamblers for the first two times this season. The Saints continue to maintain the top winning percentage in the league while the Gamblers have pushed to 11-8-1-3, which is good for a tie for fourth in the East. Dubuque’s defense continues to shine as the team allowed just three goals during their two games over the weekend. Dubuque still leads the league in total goals allowed (41) and goals allowed per game (2.05).

Both games are slated for 7:05 pm puck drops.

Northern Iowa FCS Quarterfinals Tonight

The 6th ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will be in action tonight in the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs. The Panther (10-4) will be at 2nd ranked (12-1) James Madison. The Panthers bring in one of the best defenses in the country while the Dukes are ranked among the nation’s leaders in both offense and defense.   The game will be televised on ESPN 2. Kickoff is at 6 o’clock.

3 Hawkeyes Named Walter Camp All Americans

3 Hawkeyes Named Walter Camp All Americans

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three members of the University of Iowa football team have been named to the 2019 Walter Camp All-America teams, as announced by the Walter Camp Foundation.

Junior offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs was named first-team All-America, while junior kicker Keith Duncan and junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa were named second-team All-America.

Hawkeyes Overwhelm Cyclones……UNI Now 10-1

Garza’s double-double leads Iowa to 84-68 win over Iowa St.

AMES, IA(AP)- Luka Garza had 21 points and 11 rebounds and led five Iowa players scoring in double figures as the Hawkeyes beat Iowa State 84-68. Iowa snapped an eight-game losing streak at Hilton Coliseum.

Garza was one of five Hawkeyes scored in double figures. owa made 10 3-pointers by six different players and led by as many as 25 points with 8:25 to play in the game.

The Hawkeyes hadn’t won in the Cyclones’ home since a victory in the 2003 NIT. Iowa opened the game on an 18-4 run and led 37-16 with 3:01 left before the break. Iowa is now 8-and-3 on the season, Iowa State drops to 6-and-4.

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Panthers Pound Grand Canyon

PHOENIX, Arizona – The UNI men’s basketball team defeated Grand Canyon last night 82-58.

The Panthers took control of the game early on and never looked back, taking a 43-26 lead into the halftime break. A. J. Green led the Panther attack with 25 points. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman hit double figures with 12. Northern Iowa is now 10-and-1 on the season.

Ravens clinch division…David Stern has hemorrhage…Burrow MVP

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson threw for five more touchdowns and the Baltimore Ravens clinched the AFC North with their 10th consecutive win, 42-21 over the New York Jets. The 12-2 Ravens took control with touchdowns on their first three possessions before Jackson increased his NFL-leading total of touchdown passes to 33. Jackson also broke Michael Vick’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback, gaining 86 on eight carries.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern had emergency surgery yesterday after a sudden brain hemorrhage. The 77-year-old Stern served as commissioner for exactly 30 years, from February 1, 1984 until February 2014. He took over what was a struggling league and oversaw the NBA’s growth as a world-wide sport while also serving as an architect for NBA drug testing and the salary cap. Stern has remained affiliated with the league with the title of commissioner emeritus and continues to be active in his other interests, such as sports technology.

UNDATED (AP) — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is The Associated Press college football player of the year after completing 78% of his passes for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and six interceptions for the top-ranked Tigers. Burrow was a runaway winner of the award, receiving 51 of 54 first-place votes and a total of 159 points from AP Top 25 poll voters. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was second with three first-place votes and 69 points, while Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields was third with 43 points.

  • Wisconsin’s  Jonathan Taylor took home the Doak Walker Award as the nations best running back for the 2nd consecutive season

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the New York Yankees are keeping Brett Gardner in the Bronx by signing the outfielder to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $12.5 million. Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for next season, along with a $10 million option for 2021 or a $2.5 million buyout. He earned $7.5 million last season while hitting .251 with career highs of 28 home runs and 74 RBIs.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The New York Mets have filled the back end of their starting rotation with a former Cy Young Award winner. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Mets and Rick Porcello have worked out a one-year, $10 million package. Porcello turns 31 this month after going 14-12 with a hefty 5.52 ERA for Boston last season.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (12/12)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 115 Boston 109
Final OT Cleveland 117 San Antonio 109
Final Dallas 122 Detroit 111
Final Denver 114 Portland 99
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Buffalo 4 Nashville 3
Final N-Y Islanders 3 Florida 1
Final OT Pittsburgh 1 Columbus 0
Final Tampa Bay 3 Boston 2
Final Detroit 5 Winnipeg 2
Final Minnesota 6 Edmonton 5
Final St. Louis 4 Vegas 2
Final Arizona 5 Chicago 2
Final Calgary 4 Toronto 2
Final Los Angeles 2 Anaheim 1
Final OT Vancouver 1 Carolina 0
Final N-Y Rangers 6 San Jose 3
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Baltimore 42 N-Y Jets 21

Regional College Basketball from Wednesday (12/11)

Badgers Fall at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Geo Baker had 22 points to lead Rutgers past Wisconsin 72-65 last night. Wisconsin led by one at halftime. Rutgers scored 22 points off 14 Badger turnovers. Wisconsin was led by Kobe King who had 18 points.

 

Illini Take Down  #5 Michigan

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn had 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help Illinois upset No. 5 Michigan 71-62. The 7-foot freshman from Jamaica dominated game from the opening tip, making two dunks that brought the crowd to its feet. Ayo Dosunmu added 14 points, Adres Feliz had 13 and Giorgi Bezhanishvili 12 for Illinois. Jon Teske scored 16 points for Michigan.

 

Iowa Women Take Fourth Straight from Cyclones

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Senior Kathleen Doyle scored 21 points, Monika Czinano had 20 and Iowa beat Iowa State 75-69 for its fourth straight victory over the rival Cyclones.
The Hawkeyes, who held Iowa State (6-2) to just 31.9% shooting from the floor. Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly coached the game with a heavy heart with the passing of his father just hours before tip off.

  • Tonight, the Iowa and Iowa State men play at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.  Iowa State has won four of the last six meetings. The Hawkeyes won last year’s contest, 98-84, in Iowa City. The home team has won 14 of the last 16 in the series, dating back to 2004, with the Cyclones winning in Iowa City in 2010 and 2015.

Source: Angels get Rendon…MLB changes…US trails Prez Cup

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A person with knowledge of the contract says All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon  has accepted a seven-year, $245 million package from the Los Angeles Angels. Rendon finished third in the National League MVP voting this year after batting .319 with 34 home runs, a league-high 44 doubles and a major league-best 126 RBIs for the Washington Nationals. He also hit well during the World Series, posting a .276 average with two homers and eight RBIs as the Nats knocked off Houston in seven games.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is pushing ahead with a rules’ change for 2020 that requires pitchers to face at least three batters or finish a half-inning. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred also says the injured list for pitchers will revert to 15 days from 10 days, and pitchers optioned to the minors will have to spend 15 days there before they can be recalled unless they replace a pitcher going on the IL. Active rosters will increase by one to 26 from opening day through Aug. 31, but expanded September rosters will drop from 40 to 28.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Captain Tiger Woods won his match on the first day of Presidents Cup, but it was the only victory for the United States as the International team built a 4-1 lead. Woods carded his sixth birdie in 15 holes as he and Justin Thomas beat Marc Leishman (LEESH’-man) and Joaquin Niemann, 4-and-3. But Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen also earned a 4-and-3 win over Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland to help the International team take control.

UNDATED (AP) — Willie Taggart has been hired as head football coach at Florida Atlantic, a week before the early signing day and only four days after Lane Kiffin left the Owls for Mississippi. Taggart has been to one bowl game in 10 seasons as a head coach, recording a 56-62 record that includes a 9-12 mark in one-plus season at Florida State. The Seminoles fired him in November after a 27-10 loss to Miami.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have fired Peter DeBoer amid an 0-4-1 slide that leaves them 15-16-2. DeBoer was 198-129-4 in parts of five seasons with San Jose, leading the team to the Stanley Cup finals in his first season in 2015-16. He is the fifth NHL coach to lose his job this season and the third for performance reasons. Bob Boughner (BOOG’-nur) will serve as interim coach, beginning tonight against the New York Rangers.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (12/11)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Houston    116   Cleveland  110

Final Indiana     122   Boston      117

Final L.A. Lakers       96    Orlando    87

Final L.A. Clippers     112   Toronto     92

Final Charlotte   113   Brooklyn   108

Final Chicago    136   Atlanta      102

Final Utah 127   Minnesota 116

Final Memphis   115   Phoenix    108

Final Milwaukee 127   New Orleans     112

Final Sacramento      94    Oklahoma City  93

Final OT   New York  124   Golden State     122

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Washington       3      Boston      2

Final OT   Montreal   3      Ottawa     2

Final Colorado   3      Philadelphia      1

 

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final Illinois 71 (5)Michigan 62

Final (15)Arizona 99 Nebraska-Omaha 49

 

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (12/10)

       HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Hempstead 66, Waterloo, East 49
  • Cascade 48, Bellevue 35
  • Dyersville Beckman Catholic 64, Vinton-Shellsburg 46
  • Maquoketa Valley 51, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 35
  • Lansing Kee 35, Clayton Ridge 31
  • Center Point-Urbana 68, Maquoketa 51

Wisconsin

  • Darlington 67, Platteville 39
  • Potosi 65, Benton 41

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Senior 54, Iowa City Liberty 49
  • Iowa City High 80, Hempstead 38
  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 51,  Wahlert 40
  • Iowa City West 53, Western Dubuque 40
  • Dyersville Beckman Catholic 49, Vinton-Shellsburg 48
  • Cascade 67, Bellevue 44
  • Center Point-Urbana 66, Maquoketa 45
  • Maquoketa Valley 53, Marquette Catholic 38

Wisconsin

  • Lancaster 63, Darlington 33
  • Platteville 55, Mineral Point 31
  • Potosi 61, Pecatonica 31

Montgomery Dismissed as Dallas Head Coach

Former Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach Jim Montgomery has been dismissed as the Dallas Stars Head Coach.
Montgomery just starting his second season as head coach of the Stars was fired for what the team says was unprofessional conduct. The team didn’t elaborate in its statement yesterday. General manager Jim Nill says the Stars expect employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing the organization. Nill says Montgomery acted inconsistent with core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League. Assistant coach Rick Bowness has been named interim head coach.

Montgomery served as Fighting Saints head coach from 2010 to 2013 and won 2 Clark Cup Championships.

Haldeman shot lifts Northern Iowa over No. 24 Colorado 79-76

Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman stole a pass and raced down the floor for a tiebreaking layup with 49 seconds remaining and Northern Iowa hung on to beat No. 24 Colorado 79-76. Northern Iowa defeated a ranked team for the first time since topping No. 25 Wichita State 53-50 on Feb. 13, 2016. The Panthers had lost their previous seven encounters against ranked opponents. AJ Green and Trae Berhow had 20 points apiece as Northern Iowa improved to 9-1, Haldeman totaled 8 points.

Cole Mine…..Patriots films Bengals’ sideline…Mexico City MLB games…College Football Hall of Fame

Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year deal, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. Cole’s contract surpasses the deal Stephen Strasburg finalized with the Washington Nationals on Monday for most total money and annual average salary for a pitcher at $36 million.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff has watched any video footage shot by an in-house production team now at the center of an NFL investigation. The team acknowledges it should not have been filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline at a recent game. Belichick says he was not involved and was unaware of what happened during the Bengals’ game last weekend in Cleveland. Belichick says he was informed the following day. The Patriots say a crew producing a web series inappropriately filmed the field as part of a feature on the scouting department.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins cornerback Simeon Thomas has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Thomas’ suspension extends through the end of this season and Week 1 of 2020. Thomas is suspended without pay during that time. Thomas has played in 12 games this season. The 26-year-old had climbed Washington’s depth chart after the team’s decision to bench veteran Josh Norman a couple of weeks ago.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Le’Veon Bell will be spared from team discipline after his weekend bowling outing. The New York Jets running back missed the team’s game Sunday against Miami while continuing to recover from the flu, which kept him out of practice for two days last week. Coach Adam Gase said team doctors determined Bell was still ill Saturday, so the team ruled him out for the game. Bell was sent home and told to stay away from the team while he recovers but didn’t violate any team rules.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks will meet in Major League Baseball’s first regular-season games in Mexico City. They will play on April 18 and 19 at the new Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium. The 20,000-capacity ballpark opened last year. Arizona will be the home team for both games, which originally were scheduled for Chase Field in Phoenix. Spring training games were played in Mexico City in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2016.

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s College Football Hall of Fame class has no Heisman Trophy winners. Vince Young of Texas, Darren McFadden of Arkansas and Lorenzo White of Michigan State were all contenders for the award. Young launched an era of dual-threat quarterbacks. McFadden was a running back at the time of the QB revolution. White was at his best as a sophomore when the Heisman was always went to upperclassmen. Had they played at different times, maybe their Heisman campaigns would have gone differently. This year’s Heisman will be awarded on Saturday.

National Sports Scoreboard from Tuesday (12/10)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final        Charlotte  114  Washington     107

Final OT  Miami      135  Atlanta     121

Final        Philadelphia    97    Denver     92

Final        Portland   115  New York 87

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final        Tampa Bay      2      Florida     1

Final        Montreal  4      Pittsburgh        1

Final        Buffalo     5      St. Louis  2

Final SO  Anaheim  3      Minnesota       2

Final        Nashville 3      San Jose 1

Final        Winnipeg 5      Detroit      1

Final        Dallas      2      New Jersey     0

Final        Calgary    5      Arizona    2

Final        Carolina   6      Edmonton        3

Final        Toronto    4      Vancouver       1

Final        Vegas      5      Chicago   1

Final        Los Angeles    3      N-Y Rangers    1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final        Texas Tech     70    (1)Louisville     57

Final        (2)Kansas        95    Milwaukee       68

Final        Penn St.  76    (4)Maryland     69

Final        (11)Baylor        53    (18)Butler 52

Final        N. Iowa    79    (24)Colorado   76

Area Scoreboard from Monday (12/9)

         HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Shullsburg 72, Black Hawk 41
  • Wisconsin Dells 62, Mineral Point 49
  • River Ridge 34, Seneca 23

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Shullsburg 69, Southwestern 24
  • Barneveld 46, Potosi 43
  • River Ridge/Scales Mound, Ill. 40, Belmont 33
  • East Dubuque 52, Fulton 36

Iowa rolls past Minnesota 72-52

Sophomore Joe Wieskamp scored a season-high 23 points and Iowa blew past Minnesota 72-52 in its Big Ten home opener. Luka Garza had 21 points with 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who hit 8 of their first 16 3s in cruising to their second win in three tries. Wieskamp opened the second half with a 3 to give Iowa its first double-digit lead, 40-29, and Wieskamp pushed it to 49-34 on a layup. Garza followed with an inside bucket that made it a 17-point game.

Next Iowa plays at Iowa State on Thursday night

Garza Honored by Big 10….Bolton Receives Big 12 Acolades

Hawkeyes Garza Big10 POW

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa center Luka Garza has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. Garza averaged 33.5 points, shooting 55 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line, and 8.5 rebounds in road games last week at Syracuse and No. 4 Michigan.

 

Bolton Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after averaging 18.0 points as the Cyclones went 2-0 last week.

Heisman finalists named…Eagles top Giants in OT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and Ohio State teammates quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young join LSU quarterback Joe Burrow as Heisman Trophy finalists. Burrow is the clear front-runner to win the Heisman on Saturday night in New York after a record-breaking season, leading the 13-0 Tigers to the top seed in the College Football Playoff. Fields and Young are the first teammates to be finalists since Oklahoma had quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook at the Heisman ceremony in 2016.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz have helped the Philadelphia Eagles move into a tie with Dallas for first place in the NFC East at 6-7. Wentz connected with Ertz for the tying and winning touchdowns as the Eagles rallied from a 17-3 halftime deficit to beat the New York Giants, 23-17 in overtime. Wentz threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs, including a 5-yard toss to Ertz to tie it at 17-17 with 1:53 left in the fourth quarter.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Stephen Strasburg is staying with the Washington Nationals after accepting a seven-year, $245 million contract from the World Series champs. The 31-year-old right-hander received the highest deal for a pitcher in both total dollars and average annual value at $35 million. Strasburg won 18 games during the regular season this year before going 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 36 1/3 innings during the postseason.

UNDATED (AP) — South Florida has hired Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott to become the Bulls’ next head coach. Scott was hired as wide receivers coach by Clemson in 2008 and quickly became recruiting coordinator, too. He was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2015, though quarterbacks coach Tony Elliott has handled play-calling.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia has been slapped with a four-year ban from international sports events over a longstanding doping scandal, but its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee means that Russia’s flag, name and anthem will not appear at the Tokyo Games. The country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports, although Russia can appeal the decision within 21 days.

National Scoreboard from Monday (12/9)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final L.A. Clippers 110 Indiana 99
Final Boston 110 Cleveland 88
Final Toronto 93 Chicago 92
Final Sacramento 119 Houston 118
Final Milwaukee 110 Orlando 101
Final Detroit 105 New Orleans 103
Final Phoenix 125 Minnesota 109
Final Oklahoma City 104 Utah 90
Final Memphis 110 Golden State 102
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final N-Y Islanders 5 Tampa Bay 1
Final Columbus 5 Washington 2
Final Ottawa 5 Boston 2
Final OT Calgary 5 Colorado 4
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final OT Philadelphia 23 N-Y Giants 17

Cyclones Take Down #16 Seton Hall

Tyrese Haliburton scored 17 points, George Conditt had a season-high 17 off the bench and the Cyclones knocked off Seton Hall 76-66 on Sunday for its second straight victory.

Rasir Bolton scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to help the Cyclones avenge an 84-76 loss on Nov. 29 to the Pirates (6-3) in the Bahamas. The rematch was part of the Big East/Big 12 Alliance series.

Former Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott dies at 94

The University of Iowa says its former athletic director Bump Elliott has died. He was 94. Elliott was a star halfback at Michigan who won the Big Ten’s MVP award in 1947. Elliott became Michigan’s coach in 1959 and led the Wolverines for 10 seasons, a tenure that included a Rose Bowl win in 1964. Elliott, who was the Hawkeyes’ athletic director from 1970-1991, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Hawkeyes, Cyclones, Badgers, and Illini Learn Bowl Destinations

Hawkeyes head west to face Southern Cal in the Holiday Bowl

Iowa will face USC in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 in a rematch of the 2003 Orange Bowl the Trojans won 38-17. It’s the third visit to San Diego in six seasons for the Trojans, while Iowa is headed to the Holiday Bowl for the first time since 1991.

 

Notre Dame faces Iowa State in Camping World Bowl      

Iowa State will meet No. 14 Notre Dame in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28. The Irish responded from a lopsided loss to Michigan in late October to win their final five games of the regular season. The Irish are averaging 37.1 points per game and lead the nation with 17 fumble recoveries. Iowa State ranks in the top 10 nationally in passing with 318.3 yards per game behind QB Brock Purdy and their run defense ranked second in the Big 12.

 

No. 7 Oregon, No. 11 Wisconsin to clash in 106th Rose Bowl

No. 11 Wisconsin will face No. 7 Oregon in the 106th edition of the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1st. The Ducks are in the Granddaddy of Them All for the fourth time in 11 seasons. The Badgers are making the trip to Pasadena for the fourth time in 10 seasons. Oregon won the Pac-12 title by beating Utah in the championship game. Wisconsin edged out Penn State for the Rose Bowl trip thanks to its solid performance in its Big Ten title game loss to playoff-bound Ohio State.

 

Illinois snaps 5-year bowl drought with berth in Redbox Bowl

Illinois returns to a bowl game for the first time in five years when it faces California in the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 30. The Illini reeled off four straight wins after a 2-4 start, and the extra practices afforded by a rare bowl trip should only help coach Lovie Smith’s rebuilding efforts. Cal used back-to-back road wins to close the regular season to earn a spot in a bowl game close to campus. The Golden Bears ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in points allowed.

CFP semifinalists named…FSU, Mizzou, Arkansas get coaches

UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma’s overtime win in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday has put the Sooners in the CFP semifinals as the No. 4 seed against No. 1 LSU at the Peach Bowl on Dec. 28. The second semifinal of the day will pit a pair of unbeatens as No. 2 Ohio State takes on Clemson at the Fiesta Bowl. Clemson has a 28-game winning streak and is seeking its third national championship in four years.

TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Norvell is Florida State’s new coach, taking over a Seminoles program that has struggled while he was helping to build Memphis into a Group of Five power. Norvell replaces Willie Taggart, who was fired Nov. 3 after going 9-12 as head coach. Norvell just led the Tigers to the first 12-win season in school history and captured at least eight victories in each of his fourth years at the helm.

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the hiring says Missouri has reached an agreement with Eliah Drinkwitz to take over the Tigers’ once-proud football program. Drinkwitz became in demand after making Appalachian State’s successful coach the second-youngest in a Power Five conference during his lone season at the school. And Arkansas has hired Georgia assistant Sam Pittman as its head coach, giving the longtime offensive line coach his first chance to lead a college program.

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have clinched the AFC West and ended New England’s 21-game home winning streak by downing the Patriots, 23-16. The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up an AFC playoff berth and picked up their ninth consecutive win by downing the Buffalo Bills, 24-17. And the San Francisco 49ers took over the top seed in the NFC by beating New Orleans, 48-46 on a field goal by Robbie Gould  as time expired.

UNDATED (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame will soon include longtime catcher Ted Simmons and former union head Marvin Miller. Both have been elected by the Modern Baseball Era Committee. Simmons was an eight-time All-Star during a 21-year career spent with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves, batting .285 with 248 home runs, 483 doubles and 1,389 RBIs.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/8)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Green Bay 20     Washington        15

Final Minnesota 20     Detroit        7

Final Atlanta       40     Carolina     20

Final San Francisco    48     New Orleans      46

Final Cleveland  27     Cincinnati  19

Final Tampa Bay         38     Indianapolis        35

Final Denver       38     Houston     24

Final N-Y Jets    22     Miami         21

Final Baltimore   24     Buffalo       17

Final L.A. Chargers     45     Jacksonville        10

Final Tennessee         42     Oakland     21

Final Kansas City        23     New England      16

Final Pittsburgh  23     Arizona      17

Final L.A. Rams 28     Seattle       12

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Brooklyn    105   Denver       102

Final Atlanta       122   Charlotte    107

Final OT    Miami         110   Chicago     105

Final Philadelphia        110   Toronto      104

Final L.A. Clippers       135   Washington        119

Final Sacramento        110   Dallas        106

Final Oklahoma City   108   Portland     96

Final L.A. Lakers         142   Minnesota 125

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Winnipeg   3       Anaheim    2

Final Florida       5       San Jose   1

Final SO    Arizona      4       Chicago     3

Final N-Y Rangers      5       Vegas        0

Final OT    Buffalo       3       Edmonton 2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (5)Virginia  56     (7)North Carolina         47

Final (9)Gonzaga        83     (22)Washington 76

Final (11)Michigan St. 77     Rutgers      65

Final Iowa St.     76     (16)Seton Hall    66

Final (17)Florida St.     72     Clemson    53

Final (19)Dayton          78     Saint Mary’s (Cal)        68

Local and Area Scores

Mens College Basketball

Clarke 97  – Peru State 83

Nebraska Wesleyan 88 – Dubuque 63

Loras 82 – Simpson 78

 

Women’s College Basketball

Loras 85 – Simpson 80

Nebraska Wesleyan 95 – Dubuque 85

Clarke 77, Peru State 55

 

Hockey

Dubuque Fighting Saints – 3     Muskegon Lumberjacks – 1

 

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Matthew Cook kicked an 18-yard field goal with 2:10 remaining to give Northern Iowa a 13-10 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday in the second round of the Football Championship Series playoffs. UNI (10-4) will face second-seed James Madison (12-1) in a quarterfinal.

 

 

Big 12 Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer didn’t play the second half of the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma. He had initially stayed in the game after he bulled over an Oklahoma defender early in the second quarter Saturday. Brewer put his shoulder down and knocked nickel back Brendan Radley-Hiles back and to the ground. The referee announced that Radley-Hiles was being removed from the game then for a potential head injury. Brewer finished that series and played one more before Gerry Bohanon took over at quarterback. It was announced at halftime that Brewer was done for the game.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rhamondre Stevenson had a 5-yard touchdown run in overtime and No. 6 Oklahoma is likely going back to the playoff after a 30-23 win over No. 8 Baylor in the Big 12 championship game. The Sooners won their fifth Big 12 title in a row and 13th overall. This would be the fourth time in five years to get into the College Football Playoff. No. 5 Utah lost the Pac-12 title game before No. 4 Georgia lost 37-10 to No. 1 LSU in the SEC. Oklahoma beat surprising Baylor in a close game for the second time in four weeks.

UNDATED (AP) — Picking the four teams to play in the College Football Playoff will be easy for the selection committee. Who is No. 1? There could be a lot of discussion about that Saturday night in that resort hotel in Grapevine, Texas, where the 13-member committee meets. LSU made its case for the top spot, thumping Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game. Ohio State finished with a kick against Wisconsin. Clemson dominated again. The field will be set Sunday at noon Eastern.

Big 10 Sports

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Fields threw three touchdown passes and J.K. Dobbins ran for 172 yards and another score to help No. 2 Ohio State rally for a 34-21 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin. The undefeated Buckeyes won their third straight Big Ten title. Their 19th consecutive win also likely clinches their first playoff spot in three years. Ohio State was ranked No. 1 by the College Football Playoff selection committee last week. Wisconsin led 21-7 at the half but the Buckeyes pitched a second-half shutout and scored the final 27 points.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Anthony Cowan Jr. made a free throw with 2.1 seconds left and No. 3 Maryland erased a 15-point deficit in the second half to rally past Illinois 59-58 Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The 10-0 Terrapins didn’t lead after halftime until Cowan’s free throw but still matched their best start since winning 10 straight to open the 1998-99 season. Cowan collected a steal in the closing seconds of a tie game and was fouled in a scrum by guard Andres Feliz. Cowan made the first free throw and missed the second. Illinois failed to get a shot off in the remaining time.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin has agreed to a new six-year contract with the school that runs through 2025. It adds three years on to his previous deal. Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved the contract, though financial terms were not immediately released. Since taking over in 2014, Franklin is 55-23, including 40-11 and three double-digit victory seasons in the last four years. The Nittany Lions are 10-2 this season and in position to go to a major bowl.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kobe King scored a career-high 24 points and Wisconsin beat Indiana 84-64, handing the Hoosiers their first loss. Wisconsin, which snapped a three-game losing skid, built a 20-point halftime lead and stretched it to 30 with 12:09 to play. The Badgers shot 63% percent from the field and made six 3-pointers with just one turnover before halftime. King had 17 points in the first half and finished 10-of-15 shooting for the afternoon.

Local, Regional and National Sports Updates

High School Boys Basketball Scores

Iowa Scores

Davenport Assumption 73, Wahlert 57

Bellevue 47, Anamosa 44

Beckman 61, South Tama County 28

Camanche 65, Cascade 58

Alburnett 56, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 28

Wisconsin Scores

Cuba City 71, Mineral Point 55

Darlington 59, Iowa-Grant 55

Fennimore 64, Southwestern 43

Boscobel 65, Riverdale 22

Potosi 59, Rio 50

High School Girls Basketball

Iowa Scores

Linn-Mar 37, Dubuque Senior 32

Waterloo West 72, Epworth Western Dubuque 34

Belevue Marquette Catholic 60, Alburnett 30

Bellevue 54, Anamosa 23

Cascade Western Dubuque 61, Camanche 16

Dyserville Beckman 61, South Tama County 28

Maquoketa 65, Independence 18

Illinois Scores

East Dubuque 55, Polo 22

Galena 80, Benton 20

Wisconsin

Platteville 79, River Valley 26

Prairie du Chien 60, Lancaster 44

Shullsburg 57, Belmont 41

Black Hawk 86, Barneveld 41

National Sports Scores and News

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Brooklyn 111 Charlotte 104
Final Orlando 93 Cleveland 87
Final Detroit 108 Indiana 101
Final Boston 108 Denver 95
Final Golden State 100 Chicago 98
Final Miami 112 Washington 103
Final OT Oklahoma City 139 Minnesota 127
Final Milwaukee 119 L.A. Clippers 91
Final OT San Antonio 105 Sacramento 104
Final L.A. Lakers 136 Portland 113

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Montreal 2 N-Y Rangers 1
Final SO Chicago 2 New Jersey 1
Final Pittsburgh 2 Arizona 0
Final Edmonton 2 Los Angeles 1
Final Washington 3 Anaheim 2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Final (13)Oregon 37 (5)Utah 15

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Louisville 64 Pittsburgh 46
Final (4)Michigan 103 Iowa 91
Final (10)Duke 77 Virginia Tech 63

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TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

New Orleans at Dallas 2 p.m.
Indiana at New York 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Houston 8 p.m.
Memphis at Utah 10 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa at Philadelphia 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Vancouver 4 p.m.
Colorado at Boston 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Carolina 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Detroit 7 p.m.
Columbus at Florida 7 p.m.
Toronto at St. Louis 7 p.m.
San Jose at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Nashville 8 p.m.
N-Y Islanders at Dallas 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at Calgary 10 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(4)Georgia at (1)LSU 4 p.m.
(2)Ohio St. at (10)Wisconsin 8 p.m.
(22)Virginia at (3)Clemson 7:30 p.m.
(8)Baylor at (6)Oklahoma 12 p.m.
(21)Cincinnati at (16)Memphis 3:30 p.m.
Hawaii at (19)Boise St. 4 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at (20)Appalachian St. 12 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(20)Colorado at (2)Kansas 7 p.m.
Illinois at (3)Maryland 5 p.m.
Penn St. at (6)Ohio St. 12 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson at (8)Kentucky 4 p.m.
(12)Arizona at (18)Baylor 12 p.m.
Hawaii at (13)Oregon 7 p.m.
(15)Memphis at UAB 5:30 p.m.
(23)Villanova at Saint Joseph’s 3 p.m.
Florida at (24)Butler 12 p.m.
Fresno St. at (25)Utah St. 6 p.m.

 

 

 

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (12/5)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Senior 62, Davenport Central 57
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 60, West Carroll 47
  • Galena 50, Polo 31
  • Scales Mound 61, Benton 55
  • River Ridge 42, Belmont 35

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Wahlert 58, Waterloo East 26
  • Cedar Falls 63, Hempstead 39

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 50, Mineral Point 46
  • Fennimore 43, Southwestern 34
  • Darlington 58, Iowa Grant 36

WRESTLING

  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 54, Hempstead 10
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 69, Senior 12
  • Linn-Mar 64, Wahlert 15
  • Cedar Falls 45, Western Dubuque 28

COLLEGE

MENS  BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 88, Mount Mercy 77

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • #21 Clarke 91, Mount Mercy 65

Regional

  • Iowa State 75, Alabama 66
  • Georgia Tech 60, Wisconsin 41
  • North Carolina 85, Illinois 60

Bears knock off Cowboys…Steelers without Conner again

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears won for the fourth time in five games as Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in a 31-24 victory over the slumping Cowboys. Trubisky shook off an early interception near the goal line to complete 23 of 31 passes for 244 yards, helping Chicago improve to 7-6. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for two scores but was held under 100 yards rushing for the fifth straight game, finishing with 81 as Dallas dropped to 6-7.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner will miss a third straight game as the team tries to bolster its AFC wild-card hopes. Conner took some reps with the scout team yesterday but declared himself out for Sunday’s game against Arizona due to his aching right shoulder. Conner initially hurt the shoulder in the final minutes of a victory over Miami on Oct. 28 and has played part of just one game since.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw in practice yesterday for the first time since injuring his right hand in Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh. Mayfield zipped passes to Cleveland’s running backs and tight ends during the early portion of the workout open to reporters. He showed both touch and velocity on his throws, erasing any doubt he’ll start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and All-Star infielder Mike Moustakas have finalized a four-year, $64 million contract that’s the richest free agent deal in franchise history. Moustakas hit .254 with 35 home runs and 87 RBIs for Milwaukee last season, recording an .845 OPS and making the All-Star team for a third time. The nine-year major league veteran has belted 182 home runs and driven in 561 runs in 1,131 games for the Brewers and Kansas City Royals.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have more outfield depth after getting Jake Marisnick from the Astros for pitching prospect Blake Taylor and minor league outfielder Kenedy Corona. The 28-year-old Marisnick hit .233 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 10 steals last season but is seventh among outfielders with 64 defensive runs save since 2004. The Mets have sought a defensive outfielder since declining to pick up the 2020 contract option on former Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares .

National Scoreboard from Thursday (12/5)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Washington        119   Philadelphia        113

Final Denver       129   New York  92

Final Houston     119   Toronto      109

Final OT    Phoenix     139   New Orleans      132

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT    Chicago     4       Boston       3

Final SO    Carolina     3       San Jose   2

Final N-Y Rangers      3       Columbus  2

Final Colorado   3       Montreal    2

Final OT    N-Y Islanders     3       Vegas        2

Final Arizona      3       Philadelphia        1

Final Minnesota 5       Tampa Bay         4

Final OT    Dallas        3       Winnipeg   2

Final Calgary      4       Buffalo       3

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Chicago     31     Dallas        24

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final OT    (14)Auburn         81     Furman      78

Area Scoreboard from

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 66, Luther 58

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Luther 80, Loras 77 (1st loss of the season for Loras)

Regional

  • Iowa 74, Clemson 60 ( Hawkeyes have won 25 consecutive home games)

Fighting Saint Portillo to Compete for Sweden

Fighting Saints goalie Erik Portillo has been named to Sweden’s World Junior Championship Roster for the annual tournament held this year from December 26th- January 5th. Portillo was selected to compete with the Swedish team that will look to win its first U20 World Championship since 2012. Portillo is the first Fighting Saint since fellow Swede William Lagesson to participate in the World Junior’s.

U-D’s Barista Earns All American Honors

University of Dubuque senior defensive back Blaze Barista has earned American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Second Team All-America honors.  Barista topped the chart in the American Rivers Conference for the most passes defended with 21, three of which were interceptions.

Cyclones win Over KC…..Badgers Fall at NC State

Iowa State holds off feisty UMKC 79-61

Senior Michael Jacobson scored 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting and Iowa State beat Kansas City 79-61. Tyrese Haliburton added 19 points and seven assists for the Cyclones, who won despite another frigid night from beyond the arc. Iowa State finished just 5 of 21 on 3s.

Badgers Fall to NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jericole Hellems scored a career-high 23 points and North Carolina State beat Wisconsin 69-54 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Markell Johnson finished with 12 points and C.J. Bryce added 11 for N.C. State. Johnson beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer from midcourt that started the 29-14 run that put the Wolfpack in control and helped them avenge last year’s 79-75 loss to the Badgers in Madison. Hellems set a career scoring high for the second straight game. His previous best of 17 points came last week in a loss to No. 16 Memphis.

Boilermakers silence Cavs…Buckeyes trounce Tar Heels…Bucks extend win streak…Lakers, Celts win

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Sasha Stefanovic scored a career-high 20 points and Jahaad Proctor also had 20 as unranked Purdue stifled No. 5 Virginia, 69-40. Purdue used a 12-0 run over nearly seven minutes to take a 26-9 lead late in the first half. The Boilermakers later opened the second half on an 11-3 run and later scored 16 straight to go ahead 67-36.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Duane Washington Jr. had 18 points and sixth-ranked Ohio State shot 54% in the second half of a 74-49 trouncing of No. 7 North Carolina. Ohio State outscored UNC 35-13 over the final 15 1/2 minutes to hand the Tar Heels their most lopsided loss under coach Roy Williams. E.J. Liddell added 12 points for the 8-0 Buckeyes, who led just 29-27 at halftime.

DETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks continue to own the best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference at 19-3 after extending their winning streak to 13 games. Giannis Antetokounmpo  scored 35 points and Khris Middleton added 17 in the Bucks’ 127-103 rout of the Pistons in Detroit. Milwaukee wasn’t seriously challenged following a 13-2 run that gave the Bucks a 57-39 lead late in the second quarter.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 121-96 romp over the Utah Jazz as Anthony Davis scored 26 points and LeBron James delivered 20 points with 12 assists. Rajon Rondo added 14 points and season highs of 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Western Conference leaders move to 18-3. Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Bojan  Bogdanovic added 23 in Utah’s fifth loss in six games.

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 8-0 at home after Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 31 points and Kemba Walker furnished 28 in a 112-93 pounding of the Miami Heat. Brown connected on a season-high six 3-pointers, and Walker had seven assists and four rebounds to help Boston withstand Jimmy Butler’s season-high 37 points. The Heat played without head coach Erik Spoelstra , who flew home to be with wife Nikki for the birth of their second son.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (12/4)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Charlotte    106   Golden State      91

Final Milwaukee 127   Detroit        103

Final Orlando     128   Phoenix     114

Final Brooklyn    130   Atlanta       118

Final Boston       112   Miami         93

Final Chicago     106   Memphis   99

Final Indiana      107   Oklahoma City   100

Final Dallas        121   Minnesota 114

Final L.A. Lakers         121   Utah 96

Final Portland     127   Sacramento        116

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Colorado   3       Toronto      1

Final Pittsburgh  3       St. Louis    0

Final Ottawa       5       Edmonton 2

Final Washington        3       Los Angeles       1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (3)Maryland        72     Notre Dame        51

Final Purdue       69     (5)Virginia  40

Final (6)Ohio St. 74     (7)North Carolina         49

Final (9)Gonzaga        101   Texas Southern 62

Final (20)Colorado      76     Loyola Marymount      64

Final (21)Tennessee  72     Florida A&M        43

Final (22)Washington 90     E. Washington    80

Final (23)Villanova      80     Penn 69

Final (25)Utah St.        71     San Jose St.       59

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (12/3)

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Wahlert 70, Decorah 65
  • Hempstead 58, Davenport Central 45
  • Dyersville Beckman 54, Benton Community 25
  • Cascade 49, Anamosa 38
  • Central City 62, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 49
  • Monticello 71, Bellevue 52

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin Heights 62, Platteville 45
  • Southwestern 78, Cassville 45
  • Iowa-Grant 75, Highland 60
  • Lancaster 55, River Ridge 47
  • Mineral Point 65, Dodgeville 53
  • Scales Mound, Ill. 77, Shullsburg 64
  • Darlington 74, Barneveld 34
  • Benton 78, River Ridge 74 (3 OT)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Cascade 73, Anamosa 38
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 54, Central City 22
  • Central Elkader 42, Clayton Ridge 30
  • Monticello 42, Bellevue 35

Wisconsin

  • Shullsburg 52, Galena 39
  • Argyle 68, Benton 23
  • Fennimore 45, Belmont 30
  • Potosi/Cassville 39, Lancaster 34
  • Darlington 54, Richland Center 52
  • Prairie du Chien 58, River Ridge 45

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 57, Byron 45

Garza scores 23, Iowa beats Syracuse 68-54

Luka Garza scored 23 points, Jordan Bohannon and Joe Wieskamp added 17 and 13, respectively, and Iowa pulled away in the second half to defeat Syracuse 68-54 last night at the Carrier Dome. The game was tied at 33-all early in the second half before Iowa (6-2) went on a 23-5 run to take control. The Hawkeyes were just 11 for 32 in the first half and 5 of 18 from 3, but they got hot in the second, going 15 for 29 and committing just three turnovers after eight miscues in the first half.

It’s a quick turnaround for the Hawkeyes, who have a tough road matchup Friday against No. 4 Michigan.

ISU Head Coach Campbell Agrees to Extension

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell has agreed to a contract extension through the 2025 season.

Campbell guided his 2019 team to a tie for third place in the Big 12 and a berth in a bowl game for the third season in a row. The Cyclones were 7-5 overall and appeared in the College Football Playoff rankings for the third consecutive year.

Details of Coach Campbell’s contract extension will be released at a later date. The contract extension comes at a time when Campbell’s name appeared as a rumored candidate for numerous openings, including Arkansas and Florida State.

Iowa State will learn of its bowl destination Sunday.

No change among top 4 in CFP…Panthers fire Rivera…Steelers staying with Duck…Lowry returns

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State goes into championship weekend as the top team in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings, followed by LSU, Clemson and Georgia. Utah is fifth in the CFP rankings, followed by Oklahoma, Baylor, Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State. Alabama has dropped to 12th, its lowest ranking in the six years the committee has been doing a weekly top 25 over the final third of the season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Perry Fewell will serve as the Carolina Panthers’ interim head coach for the remainder of the season following the dismissal of Ron Rivera yesterday. The Panthers fired their all-time winningest head coach with the team on a four-game losing streak and headed to its third non-playoff season in four years. Rivera became head coach in 2011 and was 76-63-1 in the regular season and 3-4 during the postseason, guiding the franchise to one Super Bowl, two trips to the NFC championship game and three NFC South titles.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has confirmed that quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges will make his second straight start Sunday at Arizona. Hodges was 14 of 21 for 212 yards, one touchdown and an interception in helping the Steelers beat the Browns, 20-13 on Sunday. He was elevated to the starting job in place of Mason Rudolph, who was ineffective during Pittsburgh’s 16-10 victory at Cincinnati on Nov. 24.

TORONTO (AP) — Five-time All-Star Kyle Lowry has returned to the Toronto Raptors’ active roster after missing the past 11 games because of a fractured left thumb. Lowry was averaging 21.8 points and 6.5 assists before he was injured in the first quarter of a win Nov. 8 at New Orleans. Lowry had 12 points, 11 assists and six rebounds while playing 41 minutes in Toronto’s 121-110 overtime loss to Miami last night.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have fired coach John Hynes, one day after a 7-1 loss to Buffalo left the team 9-13-4. General manager Ray Shero promoted Alain Nasreddine  to interim coach and moved Devils pro scout Peter Horachek  to the bench as an assistant. Hynes was 150-159-45 with one playoff appearance during his four-plus seasons behind the New Jersey bench.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (12/3)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Detroit        127   Cleveland  94

Final Orlando     127   Washington        120

Final Dallas        118   New Orleans      97

Final OT    Miami         121   Toronto      110

Final 2OT  San Antonio        135   Houston     133

Final L.A. Lakers         105   Denver       96

Final L.A. Clippers       117   Portland     97

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Boston       2       Carolina     0

Final Arizona      4       Columbus  2

Final Minnesota 4       Florida       2

Final Montreal    4       N-Y Islanders     2

Final Vegas        4       New Jersey        3

Final Philadelphia        6       Toronto      1

Final OT    Tampa Bay         3       Nashville   2

Final Winnipeg   5       Dallas        1

Final Vancouver 5       Ottawa       2

Final Washington        5       San Jose   2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Louisville        58     (4)Michigan         43

Final (10)Duke   87     (11)Michigan St. 75

Final (15)Memphis      71     Bradley      56

Final Indiana      80     (17)Florida St.     64

Final (18)Baylor 78     Md.-Eastern Shore      46

Final (19)Dayton          99     Houston Baptist 68

Final (24)Butler  67     Mississippi 58

Area Scoreboard from Monday (12/2)

        HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Western Dubuque 43, West Delaware 30

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 91, Potosi 51
  • Fennimore 55, Prairie du Chien 42

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 45, Wahlert Catholic 37
  • Western Dubuque 46, Mount Vernon 24

Wisconsin

  • Fennimore 38, Highland 32

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • #6 William Penn 99, Clarke 84

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • #25 William Penn 69, #19 Clarke 62

Dubuque Native Noah Carter Leads UNI in Pounding Luther

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Panthers hosted the Norse of Luther College last night, defeating the division III opponent 110-51 to move the Panthers to 8-1 on the season. Former Senior High prep Noah Carter cashed in on plenty of playing time, the freshman led the way for the Panthers scoring 25 points, shooting 10-16 from the field and 4-8 from behind the arc. Carter also grabbed 8 rebounds & dished out an assist. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman added 10 points and former Senior prep Luke McDonnell had 2 points and 3 rebounds.

Epenesa, Duncan Named B1G Players of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and junior kicker Keith Duncan has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, following Iowa’s 27-24 win at Nebraska.

Epenesa set career highs in tackles (14) and tackles-for-loss (4.5-22 yards), with nine solo tackles and two sacks against Nebraska.

Duncan connected on a 48-yard field with one second remaining to help lead Iowa to a 27-24 win over Nebraska. It was Duncan’s second field goal of the game.

Seahawks beat Vikings…Jags going with Minshew…Peterson steps down at Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Rashaad Penny scored two touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks gained control of first place in the NFC West by defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 37-30. Penny tied the game with a one-yard run and added a 13-yard scoring reception that put the Seahawks ahead, 34-17 later in the third quarter. Kirk Cousins was 22 of 38 for 276 yards and one TD for the 8-4 Vikings, who are one game behind the first-place Packers in the NFC North.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone is going back with rookie Gardner Minshew as his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Minshew went 4-4 as the starter early this season while Nick Foles recovered from a broken left collarbone sustained in the opener. Foles was benched at halftime yesterday in favor of Minshew with the Jags trailing 25-0 in a 28-11 loss to Tampa Bay.

SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen has unexpectedly resigned as head football coach at Washington after six seasons and a 54-26 record with the Huskies. The Huskies are coming off a 7-5 regular season and are bound for a sixth straight bowl game under his leadership. Peterson will coach in the team’s upcoming bowl game before handing over the reins to defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have worked out a four-year, $64 million package with free-agent infielder Mike Moustakas . Moustakas batted .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs this year and made his third All-Star team. The 31-year-old could fill the Reds’ hole at second base that opened when Scooter Gennett  got hurt and then was traded last season.

UNDATED (AP) — Louisville is the latest team to climb to No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after claiming 48 of 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Kansas had three first-place votes. Maryland is third, followed by Michigan and Virginia. The Cavaliers received five first-place votes. Michigan has matched a poll record by debuting at No. 4, matching Kansas in 1989. Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Gonzaga and Duke round out the top 10.

National Scoreboard from Monday (12/2)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Phoenix     109   Charlotte    104

Final Philadelphia        103   Utah 94

Final Atlanta       104   Golden State      79

Final Indiana      117   Memphis   104

Final Milwaukee 132   New York  88

Final Chicago     113   Sacramento        106

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Buffalo       7       New Jersey        1

Final Vegas        4       N-Y Rangers      1

Final N-Y Islanders     4       Detroit        1

Final St. Louis    4       Chicago     0

Final Anaheim    4       Los Angeles       2

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Seattle       37     Minnesota 30

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (22)Washington 75     South Dakota     55

Hawkeyes Take Down Badgers, 32-3, in Big Ten Opener

Three University of Iowa wrestlers defeated top-three opponents to lead the No. 1 Hawkeyes past No. 6 Wisconsin, 32-3, last night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes won nine-of-10 bouts overall and outscored the Badgers 76-32 in match points, holding a 22-3 advantage in takedowns. Wisconsin held a match lead for only 46 seconds of the entire dual.

NFL Recaps from Sunday (12/1)

— Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 33 for 243 yards and four touchdowns in the snow as the Packers dealt the Giants their eighth consecutive loss, 31-13. Rodgers hit Davante Adams on touchdown passes of 8 and 17 yards, found a wide-open Allen Lazard for 37 yards and capped the performance with a 1-yarder to Marcedes Lewis. The 9-3 Packers also intercepted Giants rookie Daniel Jones three times, with the picks setting up 10 points.

  • The Baltimore Ravens are 10-2 after winning a matchup of two of the NFL’s best teams. Justin Tucker drilled a 49-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens their eighth consecutive win, 20-17 over the San Francisco 49ers. Lamar Jackson prolonged the winning drive with a three-yard run on fourth-and-one and finished with 101 yards under miserable conditions in Baltimore.
  • Baltimore now shares the AFC’s best record with New England following the Patriots’ 28-22 loss to the Texans. Deshaun Watson had 234 yards passing and threw touchdown passes of 14, 13, and 35 yards as Houston built a 21-3 lead against New England’s vaunted defense. Watson also had a TD catch
  • The Chiefs seized control of the AFC West lead as Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) threw for a touchdown and ran for another in a 40-9 rout of the second-place Raiders.
  • Devlin “Duck” Hodges threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his second career start as Pittsburgh knocked off the Browns, 20-13.
  • Jared Goff threw for 424 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams hammered the Cardinals, 34-7 to prop up their NFC playoff hopes. Robert Woods had 13 receptions for 172 yards to help Los Angeles improve to 7-5.
  • Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:02 remaining to help Tennessee beat Indianapolis for just the third time in their last 17 meetings, 31-17.
  • Miami overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half with three touchdowns in less than 13 minutes of an eventual 37-31 victory over the Eagles.
  • The Bengals finally picked up their first win of the season as Andy Dalton threw for 243 yards and a touchdown in his return to the lineup to lead a 22-6 victory over the Jets.
  • Brandon McManus nailed a 53-yard field goal as time expired to complete the Broncos’ 23-20 win over the Chargers.
  • Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston was 21 of 33 for 268 yards and no interceptions to help the Buccaneers craft a 28-11 victory at Jacksonville.
  • Derrius Guice (gys) ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 29-21 win at Carolina.
  • On Monday night football, the (8-3) Minnesota Vikings are in Seattle to face the (9-2) Seahawks.

Mavericks end Lakers’ win streak…Alabama plummets…Schiano set for Rutgers return

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Mavericks ended the Lakers’ 10-game winning streak as Luka Doncic scored 21 of his 27 points in a dynamic second half to lead Dallas to a 114-100 triumph over Los Angeles. Doncic also had 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Mavs, who are 13-6 following their seventh win in eight games. LeBron James had 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who share the NBA’s best record with Milwaukee at 17-3.

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama has dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in a wild Iron Bowl on Saturday to give it two regular-season losses for the first time since 2010. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 are unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Wisconsin is ranked 10th this week and Iowa is ranked 18th.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs has announced that the university and Greg Schiano  have reached a contract agreement a week after talks to bring back the 53-year-old former football coach fell apart. The contract still must be approved by the schools’ board of governors, which is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the hiring. Schiano coached at Rutgers from 2001-11 and led the Scarlet Knights to a bowl game in six of Schiano’s final seven seasons.

UNDATED (AP) — South Florida has fired football coach Charlie Strong after three seasons. USF finished a 4-8 season on Friday with a blowout loss to rival UCF. That left Strong 21-16 overall but 4-14 since starting the 2018 season with seven straight victories. The former Texas and Louisville coach was hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart after the 2016 season.

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi has dismissed coach Matt Luke three days after his third non-winning season ended with an excruciating rivalry game loss. Ole Miss finished this season 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the SEC, including a 21-20 loss on Thanksgiving to Mississippi State. And UTSA has fired coach Frank Wilson after four seasons that produced a bowl appearance in year one and diminishing results afterward.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/1)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Miami         37     Philadelphia        31

Final Cincinnati  22     N-Y Jets    6

Final Tennessee         31     Indianapolis        17

Final Pittsburgh  20     Cleveland  13

Final Washington        29     Carolina     21

Final Green Bay 31     N-Y Giants 13

Final Baltimore   20     San Francisco    17

Final Tampa Bay         28     Jacksonville        11

Final L.A. Rams 34     Arizona      7

Final Kansas City        40     Oakland     9

Final Denver       23     L.A. Chargers     20

Final Houston     28     New England      22

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Miami         109   Brooklyn    106

Final Memphis   115   Minnesota 107

Final Boston       113   New York  104

Final Dallas        114   L.A. Lakers         100

Final Detroit        132   San Antonio        98

Final Oklahoma City   107   New Orleans      104

Final Orlando     100   Golden State      96

Final Toronto      130   Utah 110

Final L.A. Clippers       150   Washington        125

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final SO    Minnesota 3       Dallas        2

Final Boston       3       Montreal    1

Final Edmonton 3       Vancouver 2

 

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (5)Maryland        84     Marquette  63

Final (14)Arizona         73     Wake Forest       66

Final (22)Villanova      83     La Salle     72

Local and Regional Scorecard from 11/30

Local Hockey

Fighting Saints 3, Sioux Falls 2

Girls Basketball:

Riverdale 47, Galena  17

Galena 39,  Rock Island Alleman 31

Waukon 61, MFL-Mar-Mac 55

Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 48, Sumner-Fredericksburg 37

Boys Basketball

Galena 52, Dakota 49

East Dubuque 51, Pearl City 15

East Dubuque 61, Fulton 58

Men’s College Basketball

Univ. of Dubuque  100, Millikin – 85

Big Ten Football

(2) Ohio State 56, (10) Michigan 27

Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 17

(12) Penn  27, Rutgers  6

Michigan State 19, Maryland 16

Northwestern 29,  Illinois 10

Other Football Action

Kansas State 27, Iowa State 17

Northern Iowa 17,   San Diego  3   (first round of the FCS playoffs)

Big Ten Basketball

Indiana 64, South Dakota State 50

Florida State 63  Purdue 60 (OT)

(15) Michigan State 65 Kansas State  60

 

 

Wisconsin Sports

CLEVELAND (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-110 for their 10th straight victory. Antetokounmpo also grabbed 12 rebounds while extending his season-opening streak of double-doubles to 19 in a row.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The image of the empty display case at Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan’s Axe has provided a daily source of motivation this season for the players passing by. The time has come for the Badgers to try to take back the traveling trophy they lost to Minnesota last year for only the third time since 1994. The Gophers have grander visions in mind this season, with the chance to go unbeaten at home for the first time since 1954 and make the program’s debut in the Big Ten championship game.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Markus Howard scored 51 points and Marquette advanced to the Orlando Invitational championship game by beating Southern California 101-79. Howard set a tournament record for the second straight game after having a 40-point performance in a 73-63 victory over Davidson in the first round.

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Jordan Danberry scored 21 points, Rikea Jackson and Chloe Bibby added 18 apiece and No. 10 Mississippi State beat Green Bay 83-58 in semifinal action at the Greater Victoria Invitational. Contrary to the lopsided score, the game was close for three quarters before the Bulldogs took control in the fourth quarter.