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Dodgers get Betts, Price from Bosox…Dantonio retires…Knicks axe Mills…Chargers extend Lynn

BOSTON (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Boston Red Sox have agreed to send outfielder 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox would also send away left-hander David Price in a salary dump designed to save Boston tens of millions of dollars and help them dip below baseball’s luxury tax threshold. The Dodgers are sending outfielder Alex Verdugo back to the Red Sox in a deal that also involves the Minnesota Twins, who are getting right-hander Kenta Maeda  from Los Angeles and sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.

NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players’ association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school’s winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State’s coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have dismissed team president Steve Mills with the franchise on the verge of missing the NBA playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. General manager Scott Perry will handle basketball operations while the Knicks began a search for a new president, two months after firing coach David Fizdale. The Knicks are 15-36 this season, Mills’ third in charge after replacing Phil Jackson.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season. Lynn had one year left on his contract.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (2/4)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Milwaukee 120 New Orleans 108
Final Houston 125 Charlotte 110
Final Denver 127 Portland 99
Final L.A. Lakers 129 San Antonio 102
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Colorado 6 Buffalo 1
Final Washington 4 Los Angeles 2
Final OT N-Y Islanders 4 Dallas 3
Final Tampa Bay 4 Vegas 2
Final Boston 4 Vancouver 0
Final OT Columbus 1 Florida 0
Final SO Montreal 5 New Jersey 4
Final SO Anaheim 3 Ottawa 2
Final St. Louis 6 Carolina 3
Final OT Nashville 2 Winnipeg 1
Final OT Minnesota 3 Chicago 2
Final Arizona 3 Edmonton 0
Final San Jose 3 Calgary 1
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (7)Duke 63 Boston College 55
Final (9)Maryland 56 Rutgers 51
Final OT (11)Auburn 79 Arkansas 76
Final (15)Kentucky 80 Mississippi St. 72
Final (22)Penn St. 75 (16)Michigan St. 70

Area Scoreboard from Monday (2/3)

High School Boys Basketball

  • West Branch 59, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 28
  • Lancaster 74, Cassville 43
  • Benton 74, Monticello (WI) 64

 

High School Girls Basketball

  • Platteville 64, Cuba City 34
  • Darlington 60, Dodgeville 54
  • Southwestern 53, Boscobel 39
  • Fennimore 51, River Valley 39
  • Black Hawk 87, Riverdale 29

Latest AP Iowa HS Boys Basketball Poll

Rams on the Rise

The Dubuque Senior Ram boys basketball team is on the rise in the latest Associated Press Iowa High School basketball rankings. The Rams are up two spots this week to number 3 in Class 4-A.  Hempstead remains ranked 9th in the new poll.

Senior has a top 10 conference showdown tonight at home against 6th ranked Cedar Falls. Other MVC teams ranked this week are Iowa City West number one and Waterloo West ranked 4th.

In Class 2-A, Dyersville Beckman is down one spot ranked 7th.

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. Iowa City, West (8) 13-1 106 1
2. Ankeny Centennial (2) 15-1 95 4
3. Dubuque, Senior (1) 13-1 83 5
4. Waterloo, West 13-2 71 7
5. North Scott, Eldridge 14-1 57 6
6. Cedar Falls 11-2 56 2
7. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 16-1 47 8
8. Waukee 11-2 46 3
9. Dubuque, Hempstead 12-3 14 9
10. Valley, West Des Moines 11-5 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Ankeny 7. Indianola 5. Davenport, Central 4. Sioux City, East 3.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Marion (7) 15-1 103 2
2. Carroll (1) 13-1 91 4
(tie) Assumption, Davenport (3) 12-2 91 3
4. Norwalk 12-3 74 1
5. Mount Vernon 14-2 64 6
6. Pella 12-4 45 5
7. Glenwood 12-3 38 8
8. Clear Lake 14-2 35 10
9. MOC-Floyd Valley 14-3 27 7
10. Winterset 12-3 12 9

Others receiving votes: Center Point-Urbana 6. Algona 5. Clear Creek-Amana 5. Keokuk 4. Central Clinton, De Witt 3. Ballard 1. Le Mars 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. West Sioux, Hawarden (8) 17-0 107 1
2. Treynor 16-1 89 2
3. North Linn, Troy Mills (2) 16-0 86 3
4. Van Meter (1) 17-0 81 5
5. Camanche 14-2 64 4
6. Boyden-Hull 15-2 48 7
7. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 14-3 36 6
8. Aplington-Parkersburg 14-1 25 10
9. West Branch 14-1 24 8
10. Western Christian, Hull 13-3 20 9

Others receiving votes: Monticello 9. Des Moines Christian 4. A-H-S-TW, Avoca 4. Albia 3. Osage 2. Pella Christian 2. South Central Calhoun 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Easton Valley (6) 15-0 102 1
2. WACO, Wayland (3) 17-0 92 2
3. West Fork, Sheffield (1) 17-1 86 3
4. Lake Mills 16-1 77 4
5. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (1) 15-2 56 6
6. South O’Brien, Paullina 15-2 50 9
7. St. Mary’s, Remsen 14-2 40 7
8. Montezuma 14-2 23 5
9. Martensdale-St. Marys 15-2 22 8
10. Boyer Valley, Dunlap 15-1 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Don Bosco, Gilbertville 8. Notre Dame, Burlington 7. Springville 7. Highland, Riverside 6. Lamoni 5. Mount Ayr 4. Newell-Fonda 2. Pekin 2. Belle Plaine 2. Madrid 1. Siouxland Community Christian 1. Meskwaki Settlement School 1.

Four Clarke Athletes Receive Heart Accolades

Four Clarke University student-athletes have been named Heart of America Athletic Conference Athletes in their respective sports for the period ending February 2.

  • Makenna Haase was named the Heart Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
  • Jakob Kirman was named the Heart Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
  • Juan Lopez-Rios was named the Heart Baseball Player of the Week. Lopez-Rios hit .467 with a double, a home run and eight RBIs.
  • Nick Peterson was named the Heart Indoor Track Field Athlete of the Week.

For more information: http://www.heartofamericaconference.com/article/4126.php

Three Loras Athletes Receive ARC Accolades

Three Loras Athletes Receive ARC Accolades

Three Loras College Athletes have received recognition from the American Rivers Conference with weekly Athlete of the Week Award.

Men’s basketball player J.T. Ford was named the overall Male Athlete of the Week. Last week in two games Ford shot 66% from the field while dropping 54 points to go along with 25 rebounds.

Also recognized

  • Mike Jasa was named Men’s Indoor Track & Field – Track – Performer of the Week
  • Gabrielle Noland was named Women’s Indoor Track & Field – Track – Performer of the Week.

For more information: https://rollrivers.com/news/2020/2/3/american-rivers-conference-loras-ford-luthers-holtz-names-a-r-c-athletes-of-the-week.aspx

Porzingis steps up for Mavericks…Bottom-dwellers scoring fest…Football great Willie Wood dies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had 38 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Porzingis shot 6 of 13 on 3-pointers and made all 12 of his free throws. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 25 points for Dallas, which played without injured All-Star Luka Doncic  for the third straight game.  Doncic has a sprained right ankle. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 26 points.

CLEVELAND (AP) — In scoring more like an All-Star game, the New York Knicks outpaced the Cleveland Cavaliers 139-134 at in Cleveland. Marcus Morris Sr. scored 26 points, including a key jumper in overtime. Kevin Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds in possibly his final home game with Cleveland. But the Cavaliers lost for the 11th time in 12 games.

DETROIT (AP) — Brian Elliott made 16 saves to earn his 40th career shutout in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 3-0 win over the sinking Detroit Red Wings. Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and defenseman Matt Niskanen scored for Philadelphia. The goals by Hayes and Niskanen were short-handed. The punchless Red Wings have been shut out in two consecutive games and have lost nine straight overall.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have hired James Click as their new general manager. The Tampa Bay Rays executive is now in charge of the scandal-ridden team a week before the start of spring training. Click succeeds Jeff Luhnow, who along with manager AJ Hinch was suspended by Major League Baseball in the wake of a sign-stealing scam and then fired by the Astros. The Astros hired Dusty Baker last week as their new manager.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers player Jim Hill says opponents saw Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood’s size, but the Packers saw Wood’s heart. Wood, who was 83, died Monday. Wood, a defensive back who was only 5-foot-10, won five NFL championships with the Packers under coach Vince Lombardi. He was a nine-time All-NFL first or second team honoree. A friend says Wood died of natural causes in Washington.

National Scoreboard from Monday (2/3)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Dallas        112   Indiana      103

Final Golden State      125   Washington        117

Final OT    New York  139   Cleveland  134

Final Orlando     112   Charlotte    100

Final Boston       123   Atlanta       115

Final Miami         137   Philadelphia        106

Final Brooklyn    119   Phoenix     97

Final Memphis   96     Detroit        82

Final Sacramento        113   Minnesota 109

Final L.A. Clippers       108   San Antonio        105

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Florida       5       Toronto      3

Final Dallas        5       N-Y Rangers      3

Final Philadelphia        3       Detroit        0

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Baylor    73     Kansas St. 67

Final (3)Kansas 69     Texas        58

Final (8)Florida St.       65     North Carolina    59

No. 18 Iowa beats No. 19 Illinois 72-65

Luka Garza bounced back from a slow start to score 25 points and No. 18 Iowa clamped down in the final four minutes to beat No. 19 Illinois 72-65 on Sunday. Garza is the Big Ten’s top scorer, but he didn’t have a point in the first 15 minutes. He wound up making a career-high four 3-pointers and shot 9 of 16 overall. He also had 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Andres Feliz scored 17 points for Illinois, which had won seven in a row.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (2/2)

SUPER BOWL 54

Final Kansas City        31     San Francisco    20

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final OT    Detroit        128   Denver       123

Final Houston     117   New Orleans      109

Final Milwaukee 129   Phoenix     108

Final Toronto      129   Chicago     102

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh  4       Washington        3

Final Columbus  4       Montreal    3

Final SO    Carolina     4       Vancouver 3

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (18)Iowa    72     (19)Illinois  65

Mahomes leads Chiefs to title…Big games for Harden, Antetokounmpo…Pens top Caps…Joker wins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes  was named the MVP of Super Bowl 54 after leading three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners led 20-10 until Mahomes hit Travis Kelce  and Damien Williams for short TDs. Mahomes also scored on a one-yard run and completed 26 of his 42 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

UNDATED (AP) — James Harden fell one assist shy of a triple-double yesterday as the Houston Rockets guard delivered 40 points and 10 rebounds in a 117-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s  30 points and 19 rebounds were among the Milwaukee Bucks’ highlights in a 129-108 rout of the Phoenix Suns. Terence Davis scored a career-high 31 points in Toronto’s 11th straight win, 129-102 over Chicago. Andre Drummond’s 21 points and 17 rebounds helped Detroit rally past Denver, 128-123 in overtime.

UNDATED (AP) — Brandon Tanev  scored the eventual game-winner late in the third period and Matt Murray stopped 29 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Washington Capitals, 4-3. The Hurricanes pulled out a 4-3 win over Vancouver on Justin Willliams’ second game-winning shootout goal in four games since returning to Carolina. Pierre-Luc Dubois  scored twice and added an assist to send the Columbus Blue Jackets to their seventh win in eight games, 4-3 over Montreal.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic  has won a record-extending eighth Australian Open championship, beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times. It’s the 17th Grand Slam title for Djokovic, who has five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Webb Simpson rallied late in regulation to beat Tony Finau and capture the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Simpson birdied the final two holes of regulation to force a playoff before sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win it. Finau missed an 18-foot birdie try in the playoff. Simpson closed with a 2-under 69 for a 17 under total.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No. 19 Illinois and No. 18 Iowa meet on Sunday in a key Big Ten game. Illinois (15-5, 7-2) is tied for first place with No. 14 Michigan State in a league that has shown some parity in the first month of conference play. Still the Illini are the surprise team so far, reeling off seven straight wins. They won at Michigan last Saturday and at home against Minnesota on Thursday night. It will be the first meeting of the season for Iowa and Illinois. They’ll meet again in the regular-season finale on March 8. The Hawkeye women (18-3, 9-1) lead the Big Ten, average 80 points and extended their winning streak to nine on Thursday. They’ll travel to Michigan on Sunday.

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Will Barton had 24 points and eight assists to lead the tired and short-handed Denver Nuggets to a 127-115 victory that snapped Milwaukee’s nine-game winning streak and handed the NBA-leading Bucks just their third home loss this season. Malik Beasley scored 16 points, Nikola Jokić had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Michael Porter Jr. added 15 points and 11 rebounds as every member of the Nuggets that played scored in double figures.

 

UNDATED (AP) — Coming to the NBA All-Star Game: No. 24, Giannis Antetokounmpo and No. 2, LeBron James. As part of what will be a long series of tributes to Kobe Bryant, as well as his daughter Gianna, the NBA announced Friday that every player on Team Giannis will wear 24 on their jerseys at this year’s All-Star Game Feb. 16 in Chicago and every player on Team LeBron will wear 2. Kobe Bryant spent the last 10 seasons of his career in a No. 24 jersey. Gianna Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, wore No. 2 on her jersey.

 

MIAMI (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson joins Tom Brady as the only unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. Jackson drew all 50 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. He broke an NFL record for quarterbacks with 1,206 yards rushing, leading an offense that set a league mark with 3,296 yards on the ground.

 

MIAMI (AP) — New Orleans’ Michael Thomas has become only the second wide receiver to win The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award, joining Hall of Fame wideout Jerry Rice. New England’s Stephon Gilmore has become the first cornerback in a decade to win The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. And John Harbaugh has won The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award after guiding the Baltimore Ravens to a league-best 14-2 record, including 12 consecutive wins to end the regular season.

 

MIAMI (AP) — Former Steelers linebacker Troy Polamalu has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with another hard-hitting safety, Steve Atwater of Denver. Also voted in were receiver Isaac Bruce, running back Edgerrin James and guard Steve Hutchinson. Selected in his first year of eligibility, Polamalu was a four-time All-Pro, was voted to eight Pro Bowls and finished with two Super Bowl rings in three trips with Pittsburgh.

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga was given a tough test by San Francisco before the Bulldogs earned their 36th consecutive regular-season victory in West Coast Conference play. Corey Kispert’s three-point play with 1:33 left put the Zags ahead for good before he added a jumper about a minute later to help Gonzaga secure an 83-79 triumph at San Francisco. Admon Gilder made two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to seal the Bulldogs’ 15th straight win overall.

 

UNDATED (AP) — MaCio Teague had 19 points and six rebounds as top-ranked Baylor dumped TCU, 68-52. Devon Dotson scored 13 of his 21 points while third-ranked Kansas was building a 44-35 halftime lead in a 78-75 squeaker over Texas Tech. No. 4 San Diego State remains the only unbeaten team in Division I after Matt Mitchell scored 24 of his season-high 28 points in the second half, including three straight 3-pointers, to help rally the Aztecs to an 80-68 victory against Utah State.

High School and College Basketball

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS

Senior 82     Camanche 66

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS

Hempstead 38  Senior 35

 

LOCAL COLLEGE MEN

Loras 85   Simpson 67

Peru State 83   Clarke 70

Dubuque 73   Nebraska Wesleyan 69

 

LOCAL COLLEGE WOMEN

Loras 76   Simpson 72

Clarke 81  Peru State 69

 

UNI 80   Evansville 68

Texas 72   Iowa State 68

Wisconsin 64   Michigan State 63

 

 

 

 

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Latest Sports from the AP

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have run their winning streak into double-digits.
Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) hit his first five shots and scored 13 of his 30 points in the first quarter of the Raptors’ 10th consecutive victory, 105-92 at Detroit. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 21 points for Toronto, which led by 16 in the first half and carried a 19-point advantage into the final period. The win sends Raptors coach Nick Nurse and his staff to the upcoming All-Star game in Chicago. Toronto has the best record in the East among coaches eligible to work the All-Star game, earning Nurse a trip to the game. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 20 rebounds in the Pistons’ fifth consecutive loss.

— James Harden provided 35 points and Russell Westbrook had 32 as the Rockets outscored the Mavericks, 128-121. Harden also paced Houston with a season-high 16 rebounds with center Clint Capela out with a bruised heel. Dallas played without injured guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and dropped its second straight despite Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs), who had 35 points and 12 rebounds.

— Kyrie Irving was sensational in the Nets’ 133-118 victory over the Bulls, pouring in a season-high 54 points on 19 of 23 shooting. Irving hit all 10 of his first-half shots and finished with five rebounds and five assists. He is the first player in Nets franchise history to score 45 points in three games in a single season.

UNDATED (AP) — NBA All-Stars will be playing this year with Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant in their minds and on their jerseys.
The NBA announced Friday that for the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in Chicago, all the players on the team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) will wear No. 24 on their jerseys, and everyone on LeBron James’ team will wear No. 2.
Kobe Bryant spent the last 10 seasons of his career in a No. 24 jersey. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant wore No. 2 on her jersey. All players taking part in All-Star weekend — including the Rising Stars game Feb. 14 and the Saturday night events such as the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and skills competition — will wear a patch with nine stars to commemorate the nine victims of Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

 

— Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) will be out at least six games with a sprained right ankle suffered during practice on Thursday. Coach Rick Carlisle said before Friday’s game against the Rockets that Doncic will be out until at least Feb. 10. Carlisle added that he expects Doncic will be healthy in time to participate in the All-Star Game after he was selected to the team for the first time and voted a starter.

 

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are in good health heading into Sunday’s Super Bowl at Miami.
Defensive lineman Chris Jones, tight end Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see), center Austin Reiter, and tight end Deon Yelder are listed on the Chiefs’ injury report but were able to participate in a full practice Friday. All 53 players on the 49ers worked out Friday, including running back Tevin Coleman after he was limited in the Wednesday and Thursday practices due to a shoulder injury.

 

— Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he wants to play next season at age 37, and he’ll likely be back with the Dolphins. Coach Brian Flores said last week he expected Fitzpatrick to return. Fitzpatrick started the final 12 games last year for the Dolphins, who went 5-11 but had a surprisingly strong finish under first-year coach Flores.

— The Bills have informed county officials they will not use an early and one-time opt-out clause to terminate their lease at New Era Field. The team’s decision was considered a formality, but in no way rules out the possibility of the Bills one day playing at a new facility in downtown Buffalo.

— Nearly half of American sports fans would give up one of their other work holidays in order to have a day off after Super Bowl Sunday. That’s according to a survey commissioned by the daily fantasy sports company DraftKings and conducted by the polling firm SurveyGizmo. It found that more than 40% would rather work Presidents Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday or Columbus Day than the Monday after the NFL championship game.

 

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins remain six points behind the NHL’s Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals after outlasting the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. The Pens squandered a two-goal lead before Sidney Crosby beat Brian Elliott 55 seconds into overtime to complete a 4-3 victory against the Flyers. Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust and Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) tallied in the second period to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead, but Philadelphia tied it on goals by Tyler Pitlick and Scott Laughton.
Tristan Jarry stopped 27 shots for the Pens, who won for the sixth time in eight games and avenged their loss to the Flyers 10 days earlier. The Capitals kept their six-point lead over Pittsburgh by downing the Senators, 5-3 at Ottawa. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) notched his 694th and 695th career goals to move ahead of Mark Messier (MEHS’-ee-ay) for eighth on the NHL all-time list.
TJ Oshie (OH’-shee), Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) and Carl Hagelin (HAG’-lihn) also scored to back Ilya Samsonov (sam-SOH’-nahv), who handled 25 shots for the league’s No. 1 team.

 

— Alex Tuch’s (tuhks) power-play goal with 2:28 remaining sent the Golden Knights to a 4-3 win at Carolina. Nate Schmidt gave Vegas a 3-1 lead in the third period, but the Hurricanes eventually tied it on goals by Brock McGinn and Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) before the Knights won for only the second time in eight games.

— The Rangers were 4-2 winners over the lowly Red Wings behind Mika Zibanejad’s (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jadz) one goal and two assists. Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NEH’-vihch) also scored to start the Rangers’ three-goal second period, and rookie Igor Shesterkin stopped 23 shots as New York sent Detroit to its seventh straight loss.

 

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson has been reinstated after he was suspended one game for an unspecified violation of team rules. Simpson missed Michigan’s win at Nebraska on Tuesday night but is set to play Saturday against No. 25 Rutgers at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The senior is averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 assists a game this season.

 

— North Carolina coach Roy Williams says star freshman point guard Cole Anthony has returned to limited practice and could play Saturday against Boston College. Anthony hasn’t played since a Dec. 8 loss at Virginia, missing 11 games following knee surgery. He was considered a likely one-and-done prospect and high NBA draft pick.

— Former Georgia forward Terry Fair has died of natural causes, according to the school. Fair was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, capping his college career by leading the 1982-83 squad to its until Final Four appearance.

 

UNDATED (AP) — Three-time All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson has announced his retirement after 16 major league seasons.Granderson played for seven teams while compiling a .249 batting average with 344 home runs and 937 RBIs. He led the majors with 136 runs and led the American League with 119 RBIs while hitting 41 homers.Granderson was an All-Star for the Tigers in 2009, and for the Yankees in 2011 and 2012.

— Infielder Matt Adams has agreed to a minor league contract with the Mets after batting .226 with 20 home runs and 56 RBIs in 33 plate appearances for the Nationals last year. The 31-year-old Adams broke into the majors with the Cardinals in 2012 and is a lifetime .261 hitter with 116 home runs and 388 RBIs in 818 games.

— The Pirates handed out minor league contracts with lefty pitchers Derek Holland and Robbie Erlin, along with catcher Andrew Susac (SOO’-sak) and outfielder Charlie Tilson. Holland is 78-78 with a 4.54 over 11 big league seasons, but he was 2-5 with a hefty 6.08 ERA for the Giants and Cubs last year.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open’s upset-laden women’s singles tournament concludes after American Sofia Kenin takes on unseeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza (gahr-BEEN’ moo-guh-ROO’-thah) in a few hours. The 14th-seeded Kenin is in a Grand Slam final for the first time. She ended the run of 15-year-old American Coco Gauff in the fourth round and advanced to the final by stunning top-ranked Ash Barty. Muguruza seems to have revived her career after struggling since taking the 2017 Wimbledon title. The two-time Grand Slam champion has knocked out three top-10 seeds to reach the final, defeating No. 5 Elina Svitilona (svih-toh-LEE’-nuh), No. 9 Kiki Bertens and No. 4 Simona Halep (HA’-lehp).

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — J.B. Holmes is the leader at the midway mark of the PGA’s Phoenix Open in Scottsdale. Holmes followed Thursday’s 64 with a 6-under 65 that puts him one shot ahead of Wyndham Clark. Holmes played a five-hole stretch on his first nine in 5 under with three birdies and an eagle. Billy Horschel and Byeong Hun An are two shots back and one ahead of Scott Piercy.

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart was one of five inductees Friday night into the 11th class of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, a group that is essentially a celebration of Joe Gibbs Racing.
The three-time NASCAR champion was inducted alongside Joe Gibbs, his former team owner, and Bobby Labonte (lah-BAHN’-tee), his first NASCAR teammate. Also inducted was Waddell Wilson, an engine builder and crew chief who was team manager of Stewart’s first foray into NASCAR. The late Buddy Baker also was inducted.

 

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are trying to shoot down rumors that this year’s Summer Games might be canceled or postponed because of the spread of a new virus.
Japan so far has reported no deaths from the coronavirus that has killed more than 200 people in China. Tokyo organizers told The Associated Press that they “have never discussed cancelling the games.” The IOC told AP that preparations “continue as planned.”

 

MONACO (AP) — The governing body of track and field acknowledged Friday that shoe technology poses a risk to the sport, but still cleared distance runners to keep wearing a favored Nike design. World Athletics published updated guidelines which limited the use of prototype shoes. This includes the high-tech Nike style worn in a sub-2 hour marathon run by Eliud Kipchoge (EHL’-ee-uhd kihp-CHOH’-gee) in Vienna in October. An expert working group will be created to assess new shoes entering the market but the more established Nike style called Vaporfly can be worn.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (1/30)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL

Wisconsin

  • Darlington 69, Southwestern 51
  • Lancaster 43, Platteville 29
  • Cuba City 84, Iowa Grant 44
  • Boscobel 66, Fennimore 65

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 54, River Ridge 41
  • Galena 47, Stockton 18

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Dubuque Senior 50, Wahlert Catholic 38
  • Maquoketa 55, Solon 44

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 67, Riverdale 66
  • Shullsburg 49, Highland 35
  • River Ridge 61, Belmont 16

 

COLLEGE MENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 78, #3 William Penn 77

 

COLLEGE WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • #19 Clarke 66, #20 William Penn 63 OT (Clarke now 18-4, 12-4 Heart.)

Fighting Saints Home This Weekend

After moving up to second place in the Eastern Conference, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will try and hold serve on home ice as they battle with the Des Moines Buccaneers and Madison Capitols tonight  and Saturday night. The Saints are two points up on Team USA with five games in hand and currently eight points back of Chicago with one point in hand. Dubuque’s next four games are solid opportunities for the team to move higher in the standings as they don’t take on a team ranked higher than sixth in either division. The puck will drop at 7:05 both tonight and tomorrow night.

Regional College Mens and Womens Basketball

No. 15 Maryland beats No. 18 Iowa 82-72

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored a career-high 31 points, Jalen Smith had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 15 Maryland beat 18th-ranked Iowa 82-72 Thursday night to snap the Hawkeyes’ five-game winning streak. The Terrapins never trailed after halftime in the rematch of a Jan. 10 meeting that Iowa won 67-49 to launch its five-game run. With Cowan leading the way, Maryland won its fourth straight and improved to 12-0 at home. Luka Garza scored 21 for the Hawkeyes and Joe Wieskamp had 17. Garza, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, was in foul trouble throughout. Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl had 4 points and eight rebounds.

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No. 19 Illinois holds on to beat Minnesota 59-51

Andres Feliz scored 17 points while Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn added 13 points each as No. 19 Illinois held on to beat Minnesota 59-51. It was the seventh consecutive win for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is in a first-place tie with Michigan State in the Big Ten.

The Illini and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Sunday afternoon at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

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Regional Womens Basketball

 

  • Kathleen Doyle had 23 points and eight assists and No. 18 Iowa beat Penn State 77-66 to extend its win streak to nine games.

 

  • Ali Patberg scored 20 points, draining back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and the No. 20 Indiana women turned back upset-minded Wisconsin 75-65.

 

  • Senior Courtney Joens turned in a season-high 15 points as the Illinois women’s basketball team fell to Rutgers, 72-41

Raptors roll on…Sixers road woes…NBA All-Star reserves…Record round at PGA tour stop

CLEVELAND (AP) — Serge Ibaka scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 23 and the Toronto Raptors held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-109 for their ninth straight win. Norman Powell scored eight consecutive points in the final minute after Cleveland cut the lead to 105-104. The Cavaliers have lost nine of 10 overall and dropped their ninth game in a row at home.

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young had 39 points and a career-high 18 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 127-117 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The loss extended the 76ers’ road woes. The Sixers are 22-2 at home but 9-16 in away games. Ben Simmons led Philadelphia with 31 points and Shake Milton added a career-high 27. Atlanta had seven scorers in double figures. Vince Carter had 14 points.

UNDATED (AP) — Six of the reserves will be first-timers in the NBA All-Star game on Feb. 16 in Chicago. The reserves are picked by the league’s head coaches. The newcomers are Miami’s Bam Adebayo, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis, New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram and the Utah duo of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert . Headed back are Miami’s Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Denver’s Nikola Jokic , Houston’s Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City’s Chris Paul.

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Wyndham Clark beat darkness and everyone else Thursday at TPC Scottsdale at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the rowdiest stop on the pro golf tour. Clark shot a career-best 10-under 61 to take the first-round lead. He had eight birdies in a 10-hole stretch from No. 12 to No. 3, added two more and putted out for par on No. 9 just after sunset. Billy Horschel was second and J.B. Holmes was another stroke back after a roller-coaster start, highlighted by a hole-in-one.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (1/30)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Washington 121 Charlotte 107
Final Toronto 115 Cleveland 109
Final Atlanta 127 Philadelphia 117
Final Boston 119 Golden State 104
Final Sacramento 124 L.A. Clippers 103
Final Denver 106 Utah 100
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Montreal 3 Buffalo 1
Final SO Nashville 6 New Jersey 5
Final OT Los Angeles 3 Arizona 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (2)Gonzaga 87 Santa Clara 72
Final (11)Oregon 77 California 72
Final (15)Maryland 82 (18)Iowa 72
Final (19)Illinois 59 Minnesota 51
Final UCLA 72 (20)Colorado 68

 

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/29)

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Galena 38, East Dubuque 30

 

COLLEGE MENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 79, Central 72
  • #15 UW Platteville 91, UW Oshkosh 87 (2 OT)

 

COLLEGE WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Loras 69, Central 46
  • UW Platteville 69, Oshkosh 65 (OT)

 

COLLEGE MENS VOLLEYBALL

  • Loras 3, Marymount (VA) 1

Badgers King to Transfer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kobe King, the second-leading scorer at Wisconsin, says he intends to transfer out of the program. The redshirt sophomore guard announced his decision on Instagram, two days after he did not travel with the team for a game at Iowa. The move appeared to take coach Greg Gard by surprise. Gard says in a statement he’s “disappointed” by the move. King wrote in his Instagram post that Wisconsin was “not the right fit.” In more unwelcome news for Wisconsin, guard Brad Davison was suspended one game for a flagrant foul that violated the Big Ten’s sportsmanship policy.

Regional Mens CBB: Cyclones Fall to #1 Baylor….UNI Bounces Mizzou State…..Big Stretch for Hawkeyes

Teague scores 15 points, No. 1 Baylor beats Iowa State 67-53

MaCio Teague scored 15 points and No. 1 Baylor beat Iowa State 67-53. Baylor used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to turn a five-point lead into a 59-41 edge with 7:43 left. Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones with 19 points and Tyrese Haliburton scored 16.

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Green scores 27 to lift N. Iowa over Missouri St. 95-66

AJ Green scored 27 points, Austin Phyfe added 17 and Northern Iowa extended its home win streak to 12 games, rolling past Missouri State 95-66.  Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman has 12 points and 7 rebounds for the Panthers as they went to 18-and-3 on the season.

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Huge 2 games for Iowa

No. 18 Iowa faces a pair of tests against ranked Big Ten teams beginning tonight. The Hawkeyes visit No. 15 Maryland tonight and host No. 19 Illinois on Sunday.  Both Iowa and Maryland are 6-and-3 in league play tied for 2nd place, sitting one game back of first place Illinois and Michigan State who are each 7 and 2.

The Iowa ticket office reports the Hawkeyes next two home games versus Illinois on Sunday and Nebraska (Saturday, Feb. 8) are SOLD OUT. A limited number of tickets remain for Iowa’s remaining three home games are still available.

 

Kenin, Muguruza reach Aussie women’s final…Lakers return to practice…Chiefs in good shape

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American Sofia Kenin has reached her first Grand Slam final by upsetting No. 1 Ash Barty at the Australian Open. Kenin saved two set points in each set en route to the 7-6, 7-5 victory in the semifinals at Melbourne Park. Joining Kenin in the final is unseeded Garbine Muguruza , who pulled off a 7-6. 7-5 stunner against No. 4 Simona Halep.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers held a light shootaround yesterday as they resumed basketball activities following the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday. Head coach Frank Vogel was the only person to speak with the media today, saying the Lakers “want to represent what Kobe was about, more than anything.” The NBA agreed to the Lakers’ request to postpone Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, and their next game is tomorrow versus Portland.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had everyone on the field for their first significant practice of Super Bowl week yesterday as they went without helmets or pads during the 90-minute workout. The only injury concerns involve defensive tackle Chris Jones and tight end Travis Kelce, although head coach Andy Reid says Kelce is fine and Jones is “good to go.” Kelce has been dealing with knee soreness during the postseason, and Jones is bothered by a calf strain.

MIAMI (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell used part of his Super Bowl news conference yesterday to note the league needs change to its minority hiring policy, saying, “we are not where we want to be on this level.” Though the league requires teams to interview minority candidates, only two African-Americans have been hired for 19 open head coaching spots over the past three years. The league has only two minority general managers among the 32 teams.

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is about to become the oldest manager in the majors. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the 70-year-old Baker and the Astros have worked out a contract. He takes over from AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13 just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (1/29)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final OT Indiana 115 Chicago 106
Final Brooklyn 125 Detroit 115
Final Memphis 127 New York 106
Final San Antonio 127 Utah 120
Final Portland 125 Houston 112
Final Oklahoma City 120 Sacramento 100
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Nashville 5 Washington 4
Final Toronto 5 Dallas 3
Final Anaheim 4 Arizona 2
Final Tampa Bay 4 Los Angeles 2
Final Vancouver 5 San Jose 2
Final SO Calgary 4 Edmonton 3
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (1)Baylor 67 Iowa St. 53
Final (4)San Diego St. 85 New Mexico 57
Final (6)Louisville 86 Boston College 69
Final (7)Dayton 73 Duquesne 69
Final (10)Seton Hall 64 DePaul 57
Final Texas Tech 89 (12)West Virginia 81
Final (13)Kentucky 71 Vanderbilt 62
Final (14)Michigan St. 79 Northwestern 50
Final (21)Houston 69 East Carolina 59
Final (22)LSU 90 Alabama 76
Final (24)Penn St. 64 Indiana 49

Several Loras and Dubuque Athletes with A-R-C Honors

Loras College 197 pound wrestler Guy Patron Jr. is this week’s American Rivers Conference Male Athlete of the Week. Patron won both matches, by way of pin, that he competed in against No. 5 Coe and No. 17 Luther at the A-R-C Duals in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday.

Other Area Athletes receiving honors:

  • Mitch Burger of the University of Dubuque was named the Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
  • Josh Smith of Loras is the Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Week
  • Alyssa Skrove of U.D. is the Women’s Indoor Track Field Performer
  • Terrianna Black of Loras is the Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Week

For more on their performances: https://rollrivers.com/news/2020/1/28/american-rivers-conference-loras-patron-luthers-hamilton-named-a-r-c-athletes-of-the-week.aspx

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/28)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • #9 4A Hempstead 69, Iowa City Liberty 66 (OT)
  • #5 4A Dubuque, Senior 91, Iowa City, City High 68
  • #1 4A Iowa City, West 71, Wahlert 57
  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 50, Western Dubuque 43
  • Lisbon 59, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 56
  • Cascade 62, Bellevue 40
  • Dyersville Beckman 56, Central DeWitt 39 (Michael Keegan scores 1,000th point)
  • West Delaware 55, Maquoketa 41
  • MFL MarMac 73, Clayton Ridge 61

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 40, Stockton 26 (ED win # 20 on the season)

Wisconsin

  • Shullsburg 45, Galena 43
  • Potosi 52, Cassville 44
  • Darlington 53, Wisconsin Heights 43
  • Boscobel 62, De Soto 35
  • River Ridge 46, Benton 38

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • #1 5A Iowa City High 70, Senior 29
  • Hempstead 65, Iowa City Liberty 48
  • Iowa City West 61, Wahlert Catholic 53
  • R. Xavier 57, Western Dubuque 30
  • #1 2A Cascade 59, Bellevue 26
  • #3 1A Bellevue Marquette Catholic 55, Lisbon 38
  • Maquoketa 61, West Delaware 45

Wisconsin

  • #1 D3 Platteville 75, Richland Center 30 (Platteville’s Sami Martin broke the school record for career scoring)
  • Cuba City 53, Darlington 50
  • Southwestern 49, Iowa Grant 44
  • Lancaster 58, Shullsburg 56
  • Potosi/Cassville 50, Wauzeka Steuben 46
  • Mineral Point 59, Boscobel 29

WRESTLING

  • Cascade beat Midland 36-30, and lost to Anamosa 52-30 and Waterloo West 58-24.

 

COLLEGE

MENS VOLLEYBALL

  • Clarke 3, Culver Stockton 2

REGIONAL WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Iowa State saw its three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of No. 2 Baylor 83-62.

Bryant pilot had didn’t have recommended warning system…Halep and Muguruza in semifinals…Roger Federer fined $3,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal officials say the helicopter carrying former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land. The officials added that it’s not clear it would have averted Sunday’s crash because he may have lost control as the aircraft plunged into a fog-shrouded mountain. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed when the helicopter crashed about 30 miles from Los Angeles.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fourth seed Simona Halep and unseeded Garbiñe Muguruza  will square off in one of the two Australian Open women’s semifinals. Halep advanced by completing a 6-1, 6-1 dismantling of Anett Kontaveit in just 53 minutes. Muguruza took a little more than 90 minutes to eliminate No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-3.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career by eliminating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. Roger Federer has been fined $3,000 for cursing during his quarterfinal victory. He had argued with the chair umpire after being warned for an audible obscenity during the third set of what became a five-set win over Tennys Sandgren.

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker and the Houston Astros are working to finalize an agreement that would make him the team’s manager, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. Baker would take over for AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13 just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The 70-year-old Baker has managed San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati and Washington, winning 1,863 games in 22 seasons and earning three NL Manager of the Year awards.

BOSTON (AP) — First baseman Mitch Moreland is staying with the Boston Red Sox after accepting a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3 million, including a $500,000 buyout for 2021. The 34-year-old hit .252 with 19 homers and 58 RBIs in 91 games last year, going on the injured list for a strained lower back and a strained right quadriceps. Moreland has spent 10 seasons in the majors, batting .251 with 166 home runs, 559 RBIs and a .444 slugging average.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (1/28)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Philadelphia        115   Golden State      104

Final Charlotte    97     New York  92

Final Toronto      130   Atlanta       114

Final New Orleans      125   Cleveland  111

Final Boston       109   Miami         101

Final Memphis   104   Denver       96

Final Milwaukee 151   Washington        131

Final Phoenix     133   Dallas        104

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Ottawa       5       Buffalo       2

Final SO    St. Louis    5       Calgary      4

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final Virginia      61     (5)Florida St.       56

Final (8)Villanova        79     St. John’s  59

Final (9)Duke     79     Pittsburgh  67

Final (16)Butler  69     Georgetown        64

Final 2OT  (17)Auburn         83     Mississippi 82

Final (25)Rutgers        70     Purdue       63

Area Scoreboard from Monday (1/27)

HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • Durant 77, Bellevue 67
  • Cascade 56, Tipton 19
  • Clear Creek-Amana 73, Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 71

Wisconsin

  • Fennimore 77, Lancaster 65

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa

  • #1 2A Cascade 59, Tipton 10
  • Bellevue 65, Durant 38

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 54, West Carroll29

 

Wisconsin

  • Fennimore 46, Southwestern 39
  • Barneveld 56, Benton 43

 

WRESTLING

  • Dyersville Beckman 66, Bellevue 4
  • Bellevue 21, Maquoketa Valley 15
  • Bellevue 36, Clayton Ridge 18

 

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 94, Mount Mercy 90

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Clarke 66, Mount Mercy 45

Several Area Teams Ranked in AP High School Basketball Polls

The Dubuque Senior Rams boys basketball team has climbed to number 5 and Hempstead dropped to number 9 in the new Iowa Associated Press boys basketball rankings this week.  Also from the Mississippi Valley, Iowa City West is the new number one team followed by Cedar Falls, Waterloo West is ranked 7th. In Class 2-A Dyersville Beckman is still ranked 6th.

In the Wisconsin AP boys poll this week: Cuba City is still a unanimous number one in Division 4, Darlington moved up a spot to 5th, and Fennimore climbed two positions to 8th.

In the Wisconsin girls poll: Platteville is once again the unanimous number one in Division 3. In Division 5; Black Hawk is top ranked , River Ridge is 4th and Shullsburg 6th.

Area Scoreboard from Saturday (1/25)

Local Hockey:

Lincoln Stars 4, Dubuque Fighting Saints 2

Men’s College Basketball

Univ. of Dubuque 93, Simpson College 83

Loras 87 , Luther 46

Clarke 70, Missouri Valley College 61

UW River Falls 74, UW Platteville 68

Women’s College Basketball

Simpson College 72, Univ. of Dubuque 46

Girls Basketball

ED 33, Orion 30

Beloit Turner 59, Darlington 45

Sports Updates

Iowa High School Boys Basketball Scores

Dubuque Hempstead 72, Wahlert 65

Dubuque Senior 57, Western Dubuque 49

Maquoketa 62, Dyersville Beckman 46

Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 48, East Buchanan, Winthrop 45

Marion 58, Manchester 44

Midland, Wyoming 50, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 47

Springville 73, Edgewood-Colesburg 32

Wisconsin High School Boys Basketball Scores

Cuba City 83, Mineral Point 57

Darlington 81, Iowa-Grant 58

Fennimore 70, Southwestern 37

Lancaster 63, Dodgeville 58

Prairie du Chien 47, Platteville 34

Iowa High School Girls Basketball Scores

Bellevue Marquette Catholic 53, Midland, Wyoming 33

Dubuque, Hempstead 44, Wahlert 43

Dubuque Senior 43, Western Dubuque 34

Maquoketa 62, Beckman, Dyersville 46

Marion 80, Manchester 29

Wisconsin High School Girls Basketball Scores

Belmont 51, Pecatonica 38

Monticello 69, Benton 56

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Clarke University

Grandview                    PPD  until 1/20/20

 

Loras College  88

University of Dubuque  87

 

UW Platteville  69

UW La Crosse  67

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Clarke University

Grandview                    PPD  until 1/20/20

 

Loras College  79

University of Dubuque  73

 

UW Platteville   48

UW La Crosse   53

 

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

 

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

 

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

NBA-SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other top-25 men’s basketball finals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Area Scorecard from Saturday 1/11

Local Sports:

Hockey

Chicago Steel 4, Dubuque Fighting Saints 3

Men’s College Basketball

Buena Vista Univ. 93, Univ. of Dubuque 77

Wartburg 83, Loras 65

Clarke University 95, Evangel University 71

UW-Platteville 60, UW-Eau Claire  53

Women’s College Basketball

Univ. of Dubuque 76, Buena Vista Univ.  63

Loras 82, Wartburg 78

Clarke Univ.71, Evangel University 59

College Wrestling

Univ. Dubuque 36, Cornell 12

Univ. Dubuque 32, Concordia (WI) 15

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball

Illinois 54, Rutgers 51

Northwestern 62, Nebraska  57

Wisconsin 58,   Penn State  49

Indiana  66,   Ohio State  54

Other Men’s College Basketball

Iowa State 81, Oklahoma  68

UNI 80,  Missouri State 57

 

Sports Minute and scores from Friday, January 10, 2020

Local Sports Updates

High School Boys Basketball

Galena 65, Scales Mound 70

High School Girls Basketball

Darlington 51, Southwestern 37

Hockey

Chicago Steel 2, Dubuque Fighting Saints 0

Regional and National Sports Updates from the AP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local College Basketball

MENS BASKETBALL

Loras-85

Nebraska Wesleyan-99

 

Clarke-82

Mid-American Nazerene-73

 

UW Platteville-89

UW Stout-67

 

WOMENS BASKETBALL

Loras-102

Nebraska Wesleyan-74

 

Clarke-61

Mid-American Nazerene-58

 

UW Platteville-41

UW Stout-65

 

 

NBA-SCHEDULE

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

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

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

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa, Iowa State & UNI Basketball

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

 

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

 

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

NFL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

NFL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

Titans, Texans advance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NFL-NEWS

AP sources: Cowboys interview McCarthy, Lewis

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

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

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

Scoreboard from Tuesday 12/31

Football Bowl Results:

Texas 38,  (12) Utah 10 – Alamo Bowl

Kentucky 37, Virginia Tech 30 –  Belk Bowl

Arizona State  20, – Florida State 14 – Sun Bowl

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

Wyoming 38,   Georgia State  17 – Arizona Bowl

College Men’s Basketball:

Florida A&M 70, Iowa State 68

Illinois State 76, Northern Iowa  70

Wisconsin 65, Rider  37

 

Area Scoreboard from Monday (12/30)

        HIGH SCHOOL

BOYS BASKETBALL

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • New Glarus 48, Cuba City 43

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

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

WOMENS BASKETBALL

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

Behind 5 Titles, Hawkeyes Set Midlands Tournament Record

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

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

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

Bowl Game Central

 

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

 

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

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

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

Today:

Dec.  31

Belk Bowl — Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC

11:00

Sun Bowl — Arizona State vs. Florida State

Sun Bowl El Paso, TX

1 p.m.

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​Liberty Bowl — Kansas State vs. Navy

Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN

2:45 p.m.

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Arizona Bowl — Georgia State vs. Wyoming

Arizona Stadium Tucson, AZ

3:30 p.m.

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Alamo Bowl —  No. 11 Utah vs. Texas

Alamodome San Antonio, TX

6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Scoreboard from Monday (12/30)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Atlanta       101   Orlando     93

Final Washington        123   Miami         105

Final OT    Minnesota 122   Brooklyn    115

Final Milwaukee 123   Chicago     102

Final Utah 104   Detroit        81

Final Phoenix     122   Portland     116

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh  5       Ottawa       2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Gonzaga        93     Detroit        72

Final (6)Baylor    83     Jackson St.         57

Final (9)Memphis        84     Tulane       73

Final (10)Villanova      68     Xavier        62

Final (20)Dayton          77     North Florida       59

Area Scoreboard from Sunday (12/29)

COLLEGE

WOMENS BASKETBALL

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

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

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

Fighting Saints Fall to Team USA

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

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

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

Iowa Routes KSU

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

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

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Illini Win Over NC A &T

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

National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/29)

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

NFL Regular Season Ends

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

Scorecard from 12/28/19

Local Hockey

Fighting Saints 3   Cedar Rapids Rough Riders 2

Boys Basketball

East Dubuque 54, Geneseo 52

Big Ten College Basketball

Wisconsin 68,  Tennessee  48

Purdue  97,  Central Michigan  62

Minnesota 89, Florida International 62

NBA

Milwaukee Bucks 111, Magic 110 (OT)

Chicago Bulls 116, Hawks 81

College Football Bowl

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

Clemson to advance to the College Football Playoff championship game.

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

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

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

National Sports from the AP

AP Sports

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWL GAMES

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHL-SCHEDULE

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

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL-NEWS

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

In other NFL news:

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

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

MLB

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

RUSSIAN DOPING

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

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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

Iowa-USC Clash Tonight in Holiday Bowl

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

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

Fighting Saints Back in Action Starting Tonight

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

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (12/26)

High School Boys Basketball

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

Wisconsin

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

National Scoreboard from Thursday (12/26)

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

Edwards-Helaire not too Peachy…Eason leaving Huskies…Titans’ Henry ready

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (12/25)

NBA

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

Final Houston 75 (21)Washington 71

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.

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.

 

 

 

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