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MVC All Divisional Girls Basketball

The Mississippi Valley Conference has released the selections for the all-divisional girls basketball teams.

In the Valley Division: Hempstead’s Riley Kay was a first team choice. The Mustangs Kaylie Springer and Wahlert’s Morgan Herrig were second team choices. Morgan Hawkins and Sydney Paulsen of Hempstead and Allie Kutch and Mary Kate King of Wahlert were Honorable Mention.

In the Mississippi Division: Lindsey Eimers and Ella Noel of Senior were second team choices along with Jenna Fiedler of Western Dubuque. Anna Kruse and Olivia Baxter of Senior along with Emma Gile and Madison Maahs of Western Dubuque were Honorable Mention.

Wisconsin HS State Wrestling Starts Today

Wisconsin HS Wrestling

The Wisconsin High School Individual Wrestling Tournament will be held today thru Saturday, at the Kohl Center in Madison. Divisions 2 & 3 Preliminaries begin at approximately 7 p.m.

In Division 2:

  • Belmont Platteville has 3 wrestlers: 120: Tristen Gilbertson (31-11); 182: Will Schaefer (38-6); 285: Michael Douglas (9-2).
  • Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern has two qualifiers with 170: Brad Goffinet (21-6); 285: Troy Leibfried (39-6)

In Division 3:

  • Fennimore has 9 wrestlers : 113: Jayden Glasbrenner (34-10); 120: Luke Blair (24-4); 132: Alex Birchman (35-11); 138: Aidan Nutter (35-9); 145: Mason Lull (25-4); 160: Nick Blaschke (26-19); 182: Will Ahnen (35-10); 220: Aaron Ragels (32-3); 285: Logan Klaas (27-10).
  • Lancaster has 3 qualifiers: 113: Remington Bontreger (44-2); 152: Logan Schneider (34-10); 195: Dustin Wolf (41-6)
  • Mineral Point :120: Tarrin Riley (20-7); 160: Nolan Springer (38-2)
  • Boscobel: 145: Braiden Pickett (29-12)

Verlander’s debut scratched…Boykin gets 3 years…Allen show-cause penalty…LA Bowl announced

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander’s spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin. Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros’ complex prior to that exhibition. Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared a couple of days ago. Baker says he isn’t worried about the injury lingering. Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former TCU and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend. Boykin and prosecutors agreed to the sentence in return for his guilty plea Wednesday to aggravated assault and witness tampering charges. Boykin’s attorney says his client will be eligible for parole in less than a year. Shabrika Bailey alleged that Boykin broke her jaw in two places in the March 2018 beating. The Seahawks cut Boykin in the wake of the allegation.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Penn coach Jerome Allen was hit a 15-year show-cause penalty after he accepted $300,000 in bribes to get a wealthy Florida businessman’s son into the University of Pennsylvania. The Quakers also were slapped by the NCAA with two years of probation, fined $5,000 and suffered recruiting punishments. Allen went 66-104 with the Quakers. He was hired by the Boston Celtics in 2015 and remains on the coaching staff. Allen’s show-cause penalty is meant to limit a coach’s ability to work in college sports after breaking NCAA rules.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The commissioners of the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences have formally announced the establishment of the LA Bowl. The annual matchup between the Mountain West’s top team and the Pac-12’s No. 5 choice will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, south of downtown LA. The under-construction stadium is on schedule to open in July. The new bowl game will be played for at least the next six years. Both commissioners are eager to entice their conference’s fans to check out the cutting-edge new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

DENVER — The banged-up Colorado Avalanche get a boost against Buffalo with the addition of Vladislav Namestnikov, who was acquired before the NHL’s trade deadline. The Avs have been hit hard by injuries and could use scoring help. Buffalo welcomes Wayne Simmonds after he was acquired from New Jersey. Game starts 8 p.m.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (2/26)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Cleveland 108 Philadelphia 94
Final Charlotte 107 New York 101
Final Washington 110 Brooklyn 106
Final Orlando 130 Atlanta 120
Final Minnesota 129 Miami 126
Final Houston 140 Memphis 112
Final Dallas 109 San Antonio 103
Final L.A. Clippers 102 Phoenix 92
Final Boston 114 Utah 103
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Colorado 3 Buffalo 2
Final Vegas 3 Edmonton 0
Final Los Angeles 2 Pittsburgh 1
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (9)Maryland 74 Minnesota 73
Final (12)Villanova 71 St. John’s 60
Final (16)Penn St. 65 Rutgers 64

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

BOYS BASKETBALL

 Iowa Class 2A District Finals

  • Beckman, Dyersville 65, Crestwood, Cresco 36
  • Monticello 52, Cascade 33

(Beckman Catholic meets Monticello Saturday night at Manchester in Substate Final)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa Class 5A Regional Final

  • Iowa City High 70, Dubuque, Hempstead 21

Tonight two area teams will try to land a spot in the State Tournament next week. In Class 1A # Bellevue Marquette Catholic meets #11 Burlington Notre Dame at Pleasant Valley High School. In Class 2A, top ranked Cascade meets Iowa City Regina at Linn-Mar High School.

Wisconsin Regional First Round

  • Darlington 51, Wisconsin Heights 47
  • Lancaster 45, Fennimore 40
  • Iowa-Grant 68, Seneca 42
  • Potosi/Cassville 71, De Soto 37
  • River Ridge 55, North Crawford 12
  • Riverdale 61, La Farge 31
  • Argyle 50, Southwestern 36
  • Black Hawk 103, Benton 34
  • Shullsburg 66, Juda 32

COLLEGE MENS BASKETBALL

A-RC Tournament

  • Wartburg 79, Loras 74 (Duhawks end the season 17-9)

MENS LACROSSE

  • Dubuque 22, Beloit 5
  • Monmouth 15, Clarke 2

 

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half and Rocket Watts matched a career high with 21 points, helping No. 24 Michigan State rally to beat No. 18 Iowa 78-70. The Spartans moved into sole possession of second place in the conference Tuesday night with their third win in four games. The Hawkeyes slipped to sixth place in the Big Ten, possibly making an impact on their seeding for the conference tournament in two weeks. Iowa’s Luka Garza scored 20, Ryan Kriener had 18 points before fouling out and Connor McCaffery added 11 points.

 

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Solomon Young scored 20 points, Tre Jackson added a career-high 18 points and Iowa State outlasted TCU 65-59. Iowa State sealed the win with a 6-0 run to stave off the Horned Frogs’ second-half comeback bid. Desmond Bane scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lead TCU.

 

 

 

T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Wake stuns Duke in 2OT

UNDATED (AP) — Seventh-ranked Duke is suddenly struggling to beat in-state opponents.

Brandon Childress buried a go-ahead, 3-pointer on the first possession of double-overtime as Wake Forest surprised the Blue Devils, 113-101. Childress missed his first 10 shots before hitting the tying 3 with 15.5 seconds left in regulation. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Demon Deacons defeated the Blue Devils for the first time since March 2014.

Freshman Wendell Moore Jr. had a season-high 25 points for the Blue Devils, who absorbed a 22-point loss at North Carolina State last week.

In other top-25 action:

— Matthew Mayer delivered 19 points and second-ranked Baylor bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Kansas by thumping Kansas State, 85-66. Jared Butler finished with 16 points and Davion Mitchell chipped in 14 as the Bears improved to 14-1 in the Big 12 and 25-2 overall.

— San Diego State barely avoided its second straight loss since a 26-0 start by getting past Colorado State, 66-60. Malachi Flynn finished with 17 points and Matt Mitchell had 15 for San Diego State.

— Dayton clinched a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season crown as Obi Toppin had 19 points and seven rebounds to carry the fourth-ranked Flyers past George Mason, 66-55. Jalen Crutcher had 13 points to help the Flyers extend the country’s longest current winning streak to 17 games.

— Immanuel Quickley had career highs of eight 3-pointers and 30 points in leading eighth-ranked Kentucky to its seventh straight win, 69-60, over Texas A&M. Quickley is the first Wildcat with consecutive games of at least 25 points since Malik Monk in 2017.

— Austin Wiley had 15 points and 11 rebounds as No. 15 Auburn held off Mississippi, 67-58. The Tigers improved to 11-4 in the SEC and benefited from the return of Isaac Okoro, who scored 10 points in 27 minutes after missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury.

— Cassius Winston scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half and Rocket Watts matched a career high with 21 in helping 24th-rated Michigan State rally to beat No. 18 Iowa. The Spartans are second in the Big Ten at 11-6, 1 ½ games behind Maryland.

— Oklahoma earned a 65-51 win over No. 22 Texas Tech behind Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Brady Manek had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Sooners.

MLB-YANKEES-SEVERINO

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees’ starting rotation has taken another hit.

The reigning AL East champs say Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery that will keep him on the shelf until 2021. Severino served as the Yankees’ ace in 2018 while going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings. But he made just three starts last year while battling shoulder problems after signing a four-year, $40 million contract.

The Yankees also open the season without starters James Paxton and Domingo Germán. Paxton will miss the first two months of the season following back surgery. Germán has been suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Gerrit Cole, Masahiro and J.A. Happ are the only hurlers penciled into the season-opening rotation.

NFL News

NFL-NEWS

Lions release Harrison

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison.

The Lions announced the move Tuesday, less than a year after signing him to an $11 million, one-year contract extension. Harrison went into the 2019 season with two years left on the $46 million contract he signed with the New York Giants.

Harrison started in 15 games last season, but had a career-low 49 tackles and two sacks for the three-win Lions. Detroit acquired Harrison from the Giants in the middle of the 2018 season for a fifth-round draft pick. The 31-year-old Harrison was a 2016 All-Pro selection.

Also around the NFL:

— The Colts say longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo is expected to return next season after contemplating retirement for more than a month. Castonzo has been the anchor of the Colts line since he was a first-round pick in 2011. He made his first Pro Bowl last season and can become a free agent in March.

— The league negotiating committee met with players union representatives for about four hours at Indianapolis without commenting on progress in negotiations. They got together to hash out their differences in a new labor agreement that was approved last week by owners and was rejected by the union.

— The NFL’s video review system for pass interference calls could be scrapped after one season. An offseason survey by the competition committee shows strong opposition to the system installed last year. The biggest complaint is that subjectivity has been added to the equation, which many owners believe has handcuffed officials.

— The Pro Football Hall of Fame will hold two induction ceremonies this year. The five modern-day players, plus the two coaches and three contributors elected separately as part of the NFL’s centennial celebration, will go into the Canton shrine on Aug. 8. Ten senior players also chosen by a special committee as part of the centennial, will be inducted on Sept. 18, the day after the actual 100th anniversary of the league.

NBA & NHL Scores

NBA-SCHEDULE

Bucks down Raptors for 50th win

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA’s first team to 50 victories this season after cooling off the Raptors in Toronto.

The Raptors had won 17 of 18 before the Bucks dominated the third quarter of a 108-97 victory against the Atlantic Division leaders. Giannis Antetokounmpo provided 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee, which trailed by two before outscoring Toronto, 34-19 in the third period.

Khris Middleton finished with a team-high 22 points as the Bucks moved to 50-8.

Pascal Siakam  had 22 points for the Raptors.

Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:

— LeBron James pumped in 40 points and Anthony Davis had a double-double as the duo led the Lakers to their sixth consecutive win, 118-109 against the Pelicans. Los Angeles improved to a Western Conference-leading 44-12 despite New Orleans rookie forward Zion Williamson, who reached the 20-point plateau for the ninth straight game. Williamson finished with 29 points and Brandon Ingram had a team-high 34 for the Pelicans.

— Jerami Grant scored a career-high 29 points on 12 of 16 shooting as the Nuggets whipped the Pistons, 115-98. Nikola Jokic  furnished 16 points and a season-best four steals for the Nuggets, whose 40-18 record matches their best 58-game as an NBA franchise.

— Jayson Tatum nailed a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 26 of his 36 points in the second half of the Celtics’ 118-106 victory at Portland. Jaylen Brown added 24 points in Boston’s 13th victory in 16 games.

— Domantas Sabonis contributed 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to highlight the Pacers’ 119-80 thrashing of the Hornets. T.J. Warren scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Justin Holiday had 16 points as the short-handed Pacers won for the third time in four games.

— Dennis Schroder scored 21 points and made a huge defensive play in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder secure their fourth straight win, 124-122 at Chicago. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which blew a 24-point lead before setting a team record with its ninth straight road win.

— Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox each had 21 points and Buddy Hield added 19 off the bench as the Kings defeated the Warriors, 112-94. Sacramento has won three straight and nine of 13 after sending the Golden State to its seventh consecutive loss.

 

NHL-SCHEDULE

B’s, Bolts both fall

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to lead the NHL’s Atlantic Division by five points over Tampa Bay following losses by both teams.

Sean Monahan scored twice in a 72-second span of the second period to spark the Flames’ 5-2 victory at Boston. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists for Calgary, which led just 3-2 until Mikael Backlund tallied twice in the final 90 seconds.

Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal for the Bruins, who have dropped consecutive games for the first time since a four-game skid in early December.

In Toronto, John Tavares scored twice and William Nylander notched his 28th goal of the season as the Maple Leafs topped the Lightning, 4-3. Jake Muzzin also tallied for the Leafs, who ended Tampa Bay’s 11-game home winning streak.

The Lightning suffered their season-high, third straight regulation loss despite Nikita Kucherov’s 30th goal of the season.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— The Blues posted their fifth straight win as Zach Sanford had two goals and an assist in a 6-5 decision over the Blackhawks. St. Louis scored four times in the third period, with Sanford providing the game-winner on a power play with 6:25 remaining.

— Alex Ovechkin scored his 701st goal before providing the shootout winner as the Capitals nipped the Jets, 4-3 to take a four-point lead over Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division. Goals by Jakub Vrana and Garnet Hathaway helped the Caps take a 3-0 lead before Nikolaj Ehlers provided a goal and an assist to rally Winnipeg.

— Roope Hintz collected a season-high three points on a goal and two assists as the Stars knocked off the Hurricanes, 4-1. Anton Khudobin stopped 40 shots for Dallas, which won for the seventh time in nine games despite being outshot 41-16.

— The Flyers won their fourth in a row as Kevin Hayes scored twice in their 4-2 decision over the Sharks. Travis Konecny and Nicolas Aube-Kubel provided the other goals to support Carter Hart, who stopped 26 shots and improved to 13-1 over his last 14 home starts.

— The Rangers coughed up a 3-1 lead in the last 5 ½ minutes of regulation before Mika Zibanejad tallied 28 seconds into overtime to send the Blueshirts to their fourth win in a row, 4-3 over the Islanders. Artemi Panarin netted his 32nd goal of the season before feeding Zibanejad for the winner.

— Sonny Milano made a big splash in his first game for the Ducks by scoring twice, including the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime decision over the Oilers. Milano spoiled the Edmonton debuts of forwards Tyler Ennis and Andreas Athanasiou, who collected a goal and an assist apiece.

— The Canucks celebrated a 4-3 win at Montreal after Tyler Toffoli scored 1:35 into overtime. Bo Horvat, Alexander Edler, and Jake Virtanen also scored as Vancouver won for the fourth time in six games since a four-game slide.

— Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 36 shots and Mike Hoffman scored for the third straight game as the Panthers got past the Coyotes, 2-1. Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper was solid in his return after missing 28 games with a lower-body injury, stopping 23 shots.

— Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson each scored power-play goals in the second period to push the Predators past the Senators, 3-2. Ellis tied it and set up Arvidsson’s go-ahead tally in Nashville’s second straight win.

— Mikko Koivu ended a 30-game goal drought by scoring twice in the Wild’s 5-4 verdict over the Blue Jackets. Eric Staal added his 18th goal and Alex Stalock made 24 saves as Minnesota won for the third time in five games under interim coach Dean Evason.

— Nikita Gusev had a goal and an assist as the Devils downed the Red Wings, 4-1. Corey Schneider played for the first time in over a month and stopped 27 shots for the first victory in 12 games since last March 25.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (2/24)

High School Boys Basketball

Iowa

3A Substate 1st round

  • Wahlert 68, West Delaware 65 (OT)

(Wahlert meets #2 Mt. Vernon Thursday at 7pm at Mt. Vernon)

4A Substate 1st round

  • Linn-Mar 67, Western Dubuque 59
  • Iowa City Liberty defeated Clinton and will play at Hempstead on Friday night while Iowa City High defeated Bettendorf and will play at Senior on Friday night

Illinois

1-A Regional

  • Galena 56, River Ridge 44
  • East Dubuque 49, Morrison 29

(East Dubuque meets Galena Wednesday night at River Ridge)

Final 4A and 3A AP Iowa High School Basketball Poll

AP Iowa High School Poll

In the final Iowa Associated Press Class 4A high school boys basketball poll of the season the Senior Rams are ranked 8th.  Three other Mississippi Valley Conference teams finished in the top 10: Waterloo West ranked 3rd, Iowa City West 4th, and Cedar Falls 5th.

 

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Ankeny Centennial (8) 21-1 89 1
2. North Scott, Eldridge (1) 20-1 67 T2
3. Waterloo, West 19-2 66 T2
4. Iowa City, West 19-2 62 5
5. Cedar Falls 19-2 57 4
6. Waukee 19-2 55 6
7. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 20-1 36 8
8. Dubuque, Senior 18-3 33 7
9. Indianola 18-3 18 10
10. Sioux City, East 16-4 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Valley, West Des Moines 4. Johnston 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Norwalk (7) 18-3 86 1
2. Mount Vernon (2) 19-2 77 2
3. Assumption, Davenport 17-4 76 3
4. Carroll 18-3 57 6
5. Marion 17-4 45 7
6. Pella 16-5 32 10
7. Winterset 17-4 31 8
8. MOC-Floyd Valley 18-3 27 5
9. Algona 17-4 18 NR
10. Clear Lake 18-3 14 4

Others receiving votes: Central Clinton, De Witt 11. Glenwood 7. Ballard 6. Dallas Center-Grimes 4. Decorah 3. Center Point-Urbana 1.

ARC Athletes of the Week

University of Dubuque sprinter Alison Beeman has been honored as the American Rivers Conference Female Athlete of the Week. At the Spartan Invitational on Saturday; Beeman edged out the defending national champion by .01 seconds to win the 200-meter dash  setting a new facility and school record.

Loras College had two athletes recognized

  • Patrick Mickel named the Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week’
  • Michelle Budden was named the Women’s Track Field Athlete of the Week.

More information: https://rollrivers.com/news/2020/2/24/baseball-dubuques-beeman-simpsons-riordan-garner-a-r-c-athlete-of-the-week-honors.aspx

Hawkeyes Climb in New AP Poll

The Iowa men’s basketball team has climbed two spots in the latest AP Top 25 basketball poll released this morning.

Iowa, currently tied for 2nd in the Big 10 race is ranked 18th in the new poll going into a big showdown tonight at Michigan State who is back in the poll this week at #24.

Following their win a previously top ranked Baylor, Kansas is the new number one team in the rankings followed by Baylor, Gonzaga, Dayton, and San Diego State. Florida State is ranked 6th with Duke, Kentucky, Maryland and Creighton rounding out the top 10.

Illini Win over Nebraska

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points and freshman center Kofi Cockburn added 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Illinois past Nebraska 71-59. Trent Frazier and Andres Feliz added 11 points each for Illinois (18-9, 10-6). Illinois moved into a five-way tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference.

  • Ayo Dosunmu was named the Big 10 Player of the Week. Last week, the sophomore led the Illini to victory at No. 9 Penn State scoring a game-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, marking his sixth 20-point game of the season.

Kobe remembered…Packers extend Crosby…NHL trade deadline deals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vanessa Bryant offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter at a sold-out memorial service yesterday. Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles last month. Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband’s devotion as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center. The ceremony began with performances by Beyonce and Alicia Keys, and the mourners included Lakers greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, plus other celebrities.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed longtime placekicker Mason Crosby to a three-year contract extension. The 35-year-old Crosby has appeared in all 208 Packers game since being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He’s the team’s all-time leader with 1,575 points, 588 extra points, 329 field goals and 35 field goals of 50 yards or more.

UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes were among the busiest teams at the NHL trade deadline yesterday as they acquired forward Vincent Trocheck from Florida, defenseman Brady Skjei from the New York Rangers and blueliner Sami Vatanen from New Jersey. The Hurricanes parted with two roster players and two prospects for Trocheck, who has two more years left on his contract. The Hurricanes also strengthened their blue line amid injuries to Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce  by getting Skjei and Vatanen.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers hope they’ve given Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl  some help by acquiring winger Andreas Athanasiou from Detroit and forward Tyler Ennis from Ottawa. The Oilers sent 2020 and 2021 second-round picks and forward Sam Gagner to Detroit for Athanansiou, who’s a restricted free agent after this season. The Oilers also got winger Ryan Kuffner in the Athanasiou trade and picked up Ennis for a 2021 fifth-rounder.

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders acquired scoring help at the NHL trade deadline, and the New York Rangers worked out a long-term package with forward Chris Kreider rather than dealing him. The Isles signed center Jean-Gabriel Pageau  after getting him from Ottawa for a conditional first-round pick in this year’s draft, second-rounder in 2020 and a third-rounder if New York wins the Stanley Cup this spring. The Rangers and Kreider worked out a seven-year package reportedly worth $45 million after working themselves back into playoff contention.

 

 

National Scoreboard from Monday (2/24)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 129 Atlanta 112
Final Orlando 115 Brooklyn 113
Final OT Milwaukee 137 Washington 134
Final OT Cleveland 125 Miami 119
Final Houston 123 New York 112
Final Dallas 139 Minnesota 123
Final Phoenix 131 Utah 111
Final L.A. Clippers 124 Memphis 97
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OT Columbus 4 Ottawa 3
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (1)Kansas 83 Oklahoma St. 58
Final (6)Florida St. 82 (11)Louisville 67
Final Texas 67 (20)West Virginia 57

Post Season High School Boys Basketball

The high school boys basketball post season gets going in Iowa Class 3A and 4A this evening and in Illinois Class 1-A Regional play starts.

In Iowa Class 3-A Substate 4, the Wahlert Golden Eagles will meet the West Delaware Hawks in a first round game that’s part of a doubleheader in Mount Vernon. You can hear the game on AM 1370 KDTH , pregame will be at 6:15. The winner plays Thursday night against the winner of the other game between Mt. Vernon and Anamosa.

In Class 4A Substate 4: Western Dubuque will be at Linn-Mar with the winner to Friday’s semi-final game at Cedar Falls. Senior and Hempstead both will play their first games on Friday night.

In Illinois 1-A Regional play tonight at Fulton, top seed East Dubuque will meet 15 seed Morrison at 6 o’clock followed by 8th seed Galena taking on 11 seed River Ridge. The winners will play on Wednesday night.

In a 5-A Girls Regional Final tomorrow night: Following their win at Bettendorf on Saturday night, the Hempstead Mustangs will travel to 2nd ranked Iowa City High. We will also broadcast that game tomorrow night with pregame at 6:45.

Regional College Wrestling

  • The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team wrapped its undefeated regular season with a 34-6 win over No. 9 Oklahoma State on Sunday. Up next will be the Big Ten Tournament March 7-8 hosted by Rutgers.
  • 19 Iowa State (10-5, 7-1 Big 12) ended its dual season on a bright note with a 22-16 victory over North Dakota State. Former Hempstead prep Gannon Gremmel at 285 scored a 4-0 decision.

Northern Iowa stays perfect at home

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Austin Phyfe had 17 points, 18 rebounds and five assists to help lift Northern Iowa to a 64-52 win over Southern Illinois, the Panthers’ 15th consecutive home victory. The Panthers have a one-game lead over Loyola Chicago in the Missouri Valley Conference with two games remaining.  Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman contributed 9 points and 5 rebounds for UNI.

Logan wins in Vegas…Newman says head injury occurred at Daytona…Dorrell to Boulder

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joey Logano has won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the second straight year, pulling it out in a two-lap sprint to the finish that ended under caution. Logano put his No. 22 Ford for Team Penske in the victory lane by holding off runner-up Matt DiBenedetto, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon. DiBenedetto finished 0.491 behind Logano in his second race for the Wood Brothers, a Penske partner.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Newman has said through a statement read by Roush Racing president Steve Newmark that he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details. Newman wrote that he was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones, and that the doctors have been pleased with his progress over the last few days. He said he is looking forward to getting behind the wheel again. However, there’s no timetable for his return to competitive racing.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado has hired Karl Dorrell as its head football coach, 13 years after he left UCLA. The 56-year-old Dorrell comes to Boulder two weeks after Mel Tucker bolted for Michigan State and 72 hours after Dorrell was named assistant head coach of the Dolphins. Dorrell was 35-27 as UCLA’s head coach before embarking on a 14-season run in the NFL.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Patrick Reed closed with a 4-under 67 to take the Mexico Championship. Reed was two shots back with four to play before reeling off three straight birdies to overtake Bryan DeChambeau for his second World Golf Championship title. He recovered from a wild tee shot into the trees on 18 to two-putt from 35 feet to wrap up his eighth PGA title at 18 under. DeChambeau appeared to seize control with five birdies in a six-hole stretch starting at No. 9.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals acquired winger Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH’-vul-chuhk) from the Canadiens for a 2020 third-round pick. Montreal will retain 50% of Kovalchuk’s $700,000 salary and cap hit. He has six goals and 13 points in 22 games since joining the Canadiens following his contract buyout by the Kings.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (2/23)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final L.A. Lakers 114 Boston 112
Final Toronto 127 Indiana 81
Final Denver 128 Minnesota 116
Final Oklahoma City 131 San Antonio 103
Final Chicago 126 Washington 117
Final New Orleans 115 Golden State 101
Final Portland 107 Detroit 104
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Washington 5 Pittsburgh 3
Final Buffalo 2 Winnipeg 1
Final Dallas 2 Chicago 1
Final N-Y Islanders 4 San Jose 1
Final Calgary 4 Detroit 2
Final St. Louis 4 Minnesota 1
Final Edmonton 4 Los Angeles 2
Final OT Vegas 6 Anaheim 5
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (25)Ohio St. 79 (7)Maryland 72
Final Indiana 68 (9)Penn St. 60
Final (15)Creighton 81 (21)Butler 59
Final (16)Seton Hall 81 St. John’s 65

Local Scorecard from Saturday 2/22

Area Men’s Basketball

Wartburg 92, Univ. Dubuque  81

(6) Nebraska Wesleyan University 88, Loras 73

MidAmerican Nazarene 104, Clarke 102  (OT)

UW-Platteville 70, UW-Stevens Point 69

Area Women’s Basketball

(8) Wartburg College 88, Univ. of Dubuque 47

Women’s Big Ten Basketball

Iowa 100, Penn State 57

Men’s Big Ten Basketball

Michigan 71, Purdue 63

Big 12 Men’s Basketball

Texas Tech 87, Iowa State  57

Local Hockey 

Dubuque Fighting Saints 3,  Muskegon 2

Baseball

Aurora, Univ. Dubuque  6

Univ. Dubuque 6, Ohio Northern  4

Sports Update from the AP

Update on the latest sports.

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors bounced back nicely after their team-record, 15-game winning streak was stopped by a 20-point loss at Brooklyn just before the All-Star break. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Raptors dumped the Suns, 118-101. Siakam connected on 12 of 19 attempts, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) contributed 16 points, while teammates Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis each added 14 for the defending NBA champs.
The outcome leaves the Raptors with a 41-15 record and a 1 ½-game lead over Boston in the Atlantic Division.

The Celtics kept pace as Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 29 points in a 127-117 win at Minnesota. Daniel Theis (tys) had career highs with 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Celts win for the ninth time in 10 games. Jalen Brown accounted for 25 points for Boston, and Jayson Tatum added 28 with 11 rebounds while fellow All-Star Kemba Walker sat out because of a minor knee injury.

In last night’s other NBA action:

— LeBron James scored 32 points and Anthony Davis finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds to send the Lakers to a 117-105 win over the Grizzlies. Avery Bradley added 14 points for the Western Conference-leading Lakers, who finished strong after blowing most of their 25-point lead. Davis had 14 points and seven boards in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles won its fourth in a row to improve to 42-12.

— The Mavericks cruised to a 122-106 win at Orlando behind Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chich), who furnished 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Max Kleber added a career-high 26 points off the bench as the Mavericks improved to 19-8 away from Dallas this season, bettering their road victory total from last year.

— Chris Paul furnished 20 of his 29 points in the second half of the Thunder’s 113-101 triumph over the Nuggets. Steven Adams chipped in 19 points and 17 rebounds to Oklahoma City’s 14th victory in 17 games.

— The Pacers were 106-98 winners over the Knicks as T.J. Warren provided 27 points and eight rebounds for Indiana. Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) added 24 points and 13 boards to Indiana’s second straight win.

— Dejounte (dih-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray’s 23 points and seven rebounds led the Spurs’ balanced attack in a 113-104 downing of the Jazz. DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and seven assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds as San Antonio stopped Utah’s four-game winning streak.

— Zion Williamson hit the 20-point mark for the seventh straight game by providing 25 in the Pelicans’ 128-115 win against the Trail Blazers. Jrue (jroo) Holiday finished with 20 points and nine assists as New Orleans won for the fourth time in five games.

— The Cavaliers won their first game under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff as Colin Sexton scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter of their second consecutive victory, 113-110 against the Wizards. Cedi Osman added 16 points and Darius Garland had 15 to help Cleveland win for the third time in 16 games since their previous two-game winning streak.

UNDATED (AP) — The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers that was postponed following Kobe Bryant’s death has been rescheduled for April 9. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 28, two days after Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash. The Lakers will play at home on three straight nights, with the NBA saying Friday that the game against Golden State scheduled for April 9 will be played April 7 and the game against Chicago set for April 7 will be played April 8.

— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will sit out for at least two more weeks because of an injured left wrist that the team announced Friday is broken. Towns first had an X-ray after hurting his wrist Jan. 25 against Oklahoma City.

NFL LABOR

Union committee rejects NFL labor deal; player reps to vote

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union executive committee have voted 6-5 to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day. The owners’ proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives. Even if they reject it, the union is expected to bring the plan to the entire membership. Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block for player approval.

In other NFL news:
— The Bears have waived cornerback Prince Amukamara (ah-moo-kah-MOOR’-ah) and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield. Gabriel has 2,860 yards and 14 touchdown catches in six years with three teams.

— The Jaguars exercised contract options on receiver Chris Conley and free safety Jarrod Wilson. The Jaguars now have Conley under contract through 2020 and Wilson through 2021. Wilson started all 16 games last season and led the team with 73 tackles and 1,186 snaps.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Blues pad division lead, Avs win

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have put a little more distance between themselves and the Dallas Stars atop the NHL’s Central Division. David Perron (peh-RAHN’) scored his team-leading 24th goal and the Blues picked up their third win in a row by thumping the Stars, 5-1. Jaden Schwartz added his 20th goal to give St. Louis a 4-0 lead and chase All-Star Ben Bishop from the nets early in the second period. Colton Parayko (pah-RAY’-koh) collected a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champs, while Jordan Kyrou (KY’-roo) furnished a goal and an assist. The win leaves the Blues four points ahead of Dallas. The Stars have a game in hand. Colorado leapfrogged ahead of the Stars and remain three points behind St. Louis after the Avalanche earned a 1-0 win at Anaheim. J.T. Compher scored in the second period to back Pavel Francouz (FRAN-sohs), who made 26 saves in his first NHL shutout. The Avalanche have won a season-high five straight on the road and have taken 10 of their last 14 overall.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Bruins picked up their fifth straight win as Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) supplied a pair of goals in a 4-3 decision over the Flames. Bergeron has scored 21 times in 32 games since returning from a lower-body injury, one reason for Boston’s five-point lead over Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division race.

— The Islanders’ season-worst, four-game losing streak is over after Jordan Eberle notched his third career hat trick to lead a 4-1 win against the Red Wings. Leo Komarov (KAH’-mah-rahv) added an empty-netter and Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 21 shots for New York, which scored just twice in a just-completed, 0-4 road trip.

— Jared Spurgeon scored three times and the Wild gave their fading playoff hopes a boost with a 5-3 win against the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a pair of goals and an assist for Edmonton, which remains one point behind Vegas for the Pacific Division lead.

— The Rangers made it eight wins in 11 games as Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) furnished a goal and two assists in a 5-2 verdict over the Hurricanes. Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) and Ryan Strome (strohm) each had a goal and an assist in New York’s seventh consecutive road win.

— Alex DeBrincat’s (deh-BRIHN’-kats) second goal of the night came 4:02 into OT and sent the Blackhawks past the Predators, 2-1. Corey Crawford stopped 42 shots to backstop Chicago’s second win in nine games.

NHL-NEWS

Blue Jackets lose their top scorer

UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their top goal-scorer for the rest of the season. The team says forward Oliver Bjorkstrand (BYOHRK’-strand) fractured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen (YAHR’-moh keh-kah-LAY’-nehn) says Bjorkstrand will be out eight to 10 weeks and might need surgery. Bjorkstrand has 21 goals and 36 points in 49 games this season. He paces Columbus with five game-winning goals and 11 multi-point games.

In other NHL news:
— The Bruins have added an experienced forward by getting Ondrej Kase (AHN’-dray KAH’-shah) from the Ducks for veteran center David Backes (BAK’-ehs) and 20-year-old blueline prospect Axel Andersson. The move frees up cap space for the Bruins, who were still on the hook for Backes’ contract after he and the team agreed he should stay away from the club while Boston tried to work out a deal.

— The Islanders have retired John Tonelli’s No. 27, although he’s given Anders Lee his blessing to continue wearing the jersey number. Tonelli scored or assisted on some of the more memorable playoff goals while the franchise was winning four straight Stanley Cups. He joins Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Bob Nystrom and Billy Smith in the rafters at Nassau Coliseum, along with coach Al Arbour and GM Bill Torrey.

— Winnipeg native Cody Eakin has been acquired by the Jets from the Golden Knights for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021. The draft choice will become a third-rounder next year if the Jets make the playoffs or re-sign Eakin to a new contract by July 5.

— The Sabres have placed suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. The move puts Buffalo in position to part ways with a disgruntled player who asked to be traded earlier this season and spent the past week refusing to report to the minors.

MLB-NEWS

Indians’ Carrasco day to day with mild hip flexor strain
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor after feeling discomfort while doing squats in the weight room during spring training. Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco felt something in his upper leg when squatting on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old pitcher made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He revealed that in June and returned as a reliever in September after treatment.

In other MLB news:
— Astros outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal. Reddick told reporters in Florida that he received threats on social media and people have commented on pictures of his infant twins, saying they hope they get cancer.

PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP

DeChambeau birdies his way to 1-shot lead in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau is the leader at the midway point of the Mexico Championship. DeChambeau carded seven birdies in an eight hole stretch for an 8-under 63 in this World Golf Championship event. He will enter Saturday with a one-stroke lead over Erik van Rooyen and Patrick Reed at 11 under.
Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah) are two strokes back and one ahead of Rory McIlroy.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATION
Documents: Michigan student says he reported doctor’s abuse
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Documents show a doctor continued to work at the University of Michigan for decades after a supervisor confronted him about allegations of sex abuse.
According to the documents released to The Associated Press on Friday, one former student told investigators that Dr. Robert E. Anderson was known by student athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson.” That man says he told his wrestling coach and others that Anderson molested him during a medical exam in the 1970s.
The documents say a former vice president of student life told police he had no idea that Anderson had remained at the school for decades after he confronted the doctor about the allegations.

PENN STATE-ABUSE
Penn State settles ‘outstanding issues’ with Paterno family
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State and the family of the late head football coach Joe Paterno announced Friday they have resolved “outstanding issues” that had divided them, eight years after he was fired following assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation arrest. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. The deal ends a lawsuit against the university by the Paternos’ son Jay Paterno, who is currently a member of the Penn State board. Jay Paterno had claimed the university-commissioned report into the scandal had unfairly tarnished him and made him unable to find work as a football coach. Joe Paterno was 85 when he died of cancer-related complications in January 2012.

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER-EQUAL PAY
American women seek more than $66M in damages from US Soccer
UNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Players on the women’s national team sued the federation last March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination.
Documents show federation lawyers repeatedly pushed members of the champion U.S. women’s team to detail distinctions between their sport, which they dominate, and the men’s game, where the Americans struggle.

Tonight’s NBA and NHL Schedule

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Cleveland at Washington 7 p.m.
Dallas at Orlando 7 p.m.
Indiana at New York 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Minnesota 8 p.m.
Denver at Oklahoma City 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Utah 9 p.m.
Memphis at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Portland 10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

N-Y Rangers at Carolina 7 p.m.
Detroit at N-Y Islanders 8 p.m.
Nashville at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas 8:30 p.m.
Boston at Calgary 9 p.m.
Minnesota at Edmonton 9 p.m.
Colorado at Anaheim 10 p.m.

No union NFL deal…Michigan scandal documents…Millions sought by U.S. women’s soccer

NEW YORK (AP) — Representatives of the NFL Players Association favor rejecting a collective bargaining agreement proposed by the owners. The NFL players’ union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by owners yesterday. The owners’ proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives.

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Documents released by prosecutors show a former University of Michigan student whose 2018 complaint that a late doctor at the school had molested him in the 1970s says he complained at the time to school officials about the sexual abuse. According to the documents released to The Associated Press, the student also recalled Dr. Robert E. Anderson being known by athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson.” The university announced this week that it has launched an investigation into Anderson’s behavior following sexual abuse allegations made by five former patients.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State and the family of former head football coach Joe Paterno say they have resolved “outstanding issues” that had divided them. The chairman of the university board read a statement at a meeting Friday announcing the deal. The school says it has agreed to pay “certain of the Paterno family’s expenses” and wishes to move forward. It ends a lawsuit against Penn State by Paterno’s son Jay over a university-commissioned report into the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Joe Paterno was fired by the school in 2011, shortly after Sandusky was arrested. Joe Paterno died two months later.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two former Ohio State football players on charges of rape and kidnapping. Defensive backs Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint were both kicked off the team after their arrest earlier this month. Prosecutors say the men face 33 years in prison if convicted and registration as sex offenders. Both players pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges after their Feb. 12 arrest on charges of holding a woman against her will and raping her..

UNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The damages were revealed in a slew of court papers filed in federal court ahead of a scheduled May trial in Los Angeles. The women’s national team sued the federation last year alleging unequal pay and treatment than players on the men’s national team. Among the dozens of documents were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams.

Iowa HS State Wrestling Starts Today

They will clear the mats around 9 this morning at Wells Fargo Area in Des Moines for day one of the State Wrestling Tournament. The Class 3A wrestlers including those from Hempstead, Western Dubuque and Senior will be up to start the day with first round matches and then first round consolation. The four Mustang wrestlers include Adler Kramer at 120, Ben Faber at 152, Alex Hudson at 220, and Cayden Lovett at 285. Four  W-D Bobcats will also be in action:  at 138 Jared Cordes, at 182 returning qualifier Jake Hosch, Sawyer Nauman at 195 and Jonathan Savolt at 285. The lone Ram wrestler will be Carter Elliott at 138.

The Class 2A wrestlers will be up next at around 1:30. The only immediate area wrestlers are two returning qualifiers from Maquoketa in Abraham Michel at 170 and defending state consolation champion Taven Rich at 285.  Regional powerhouse West Delaware has 12 qualifiers and a favorite to win the team title. Only Class 3A Southeast Polk has more individual state qualifiers with 13.

In Class 1A have the mat this evening at 6 o’clock, the area qualifiers are highlighted by defending Cascade state champion Aiden Noonan who will be attempting to have back to back undefeated season. Noonan is wrestling this year at 126 after taking the tile at 120 last year. Bellevue has two qualifiers including returning qualifier Zach Roeder at 152 and Luke Giessmann at 182. Dyersville Beckman has one qualifier in Evan Wulfekuhle at 182.

 

Local Scoreboard from Wednesday (2/19)

          HIGH SCHOOL

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Iowa Regional Scores

  • Hempstead 77, Davenport Central 62
  • Wahlert 83, Waterloo East 19
  • Western Dubuque 64, Clinton 46
  • Maquoketa 60, West Delaware 40

 

 

COLLEGE

MENS BASKETBALL

  • Wartburg 84, Loras 81
  • Coe 81, Dubuque 72
  • UW Platteville 86, UW Eau Claire 56

WOMENS BASKETBALL

  • Wartburg 79, Loras 76 (OT)
  • Coe 71, Dubuque 57
  • UW Eau Claire 65, UW Platteville 47

Regional

  • Maryland 85, Wisconsin 56

MVC All Division Wrestling

The Mississippi Valley Conference has announced the wrestling All Divisional selections.

In the Valley Division: Hempstead’s Ben Faber was a first team selection and the Mustangs had 3 second team choices: Adler Kramer, Adam Ward, and Alex Hudson. Honorable Mention honors for Landon Reisen, Jack Smith, and Cayden Lovett.

Wahlert had one 2nd team choice in Gabe Anstoetter while Connor Dehn was named Honorable Mention.

Western Dubuque had two 1st team All Mississippi Division selections in Jake Hosch and Jonathan Savolt. Two Bobcats landed 2nd team Levi Burds and Carter Kluesner and five others Honorable Mention:  Jagger  McCool, Jared Cordes, Tony Lyon, Sawyer Nauman, and Joe Loffa.

Senior had an Honorable Mention selection in DaShawn Tigges.

Regional College Basketball/Wrestling Recaps

 No. 21 Iowa beats Minnesota 58-55

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luka Garza scored 24 points and Ryan Kreiner added 10 points as No. 21 Iowa came back to beat Minnesota 58-55. Minnesota’s Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with a chance to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left and the Hawkeyes came away with a rare road win in the Big Ten. Iowa trailed by eight points with 5:25 remaining but finished the game on an 11-0 run. Oturu scored 15 points and Marcus Carr added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota.

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No. 17 Iowa women routs Wisconsin 97-71

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kathleen Doyle scored 22 points and No. 17 Iowa ran its winning streak at home to 34 with a 97-71 win over Wisconsin. McKenna Warnock added 20 points and Monika Czinano 19 on a combined 14-of-19 shooting for the Hawkeyes, who won the first matchup 85-78 last month. Imani Lewis scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Wisconsin, which has lost 22 straight in the series.

  • In Fort Worth, Texas, Iowa State saw its three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of TCU 82-72.

College Wrestling

  • The Iowa State Cyclones came from behind to earn an 18-16 win over the UNI Panthers at Hilton Coliseum. At 285, former Hempstead prep Gannon Gremmel of ISU scored a 4-0 decision over Carter Isley.
  • The No. 4 Wisconsin wrestling team bounced back with a big win on Sunday in the UW Field House, beating No. 17 Michigan 20-12.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (2/16)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Team LeBron 157 Team Giannis 155
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 5 Detroit 1
Final Boston 3 N-Y Rangers 1
Final OT Edmonton 4 Carolina 3
Final Anaheim 5 Vancouver 1
Final Nashville 2 St. Louis 1
Final OT Ottawa 4 Dallas 3
Final SO New Jersey 4 Columbus 3
Final Buffalo 5 Toronto 2
Final Winnipeg 3 Chicago 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (4)San Diego St. 72 Boise St. 55
Final (15)Villanova 76 Temple 56
Final (17)Oregon 80 Utah 62
Final (21)Iowa 58 Minnesota 55

Saturday College Basketball Results

MEN’S BASKETBALL

#24 Clarke University 80     Benedictine College 74

University of Dubuque 85    Luther 83

UW-Platteville   94    UW-River Falls  54

 

SUNDAY

Iowa vs. Minnesota

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Clarke University 68     Benedictine College 63

University of Dubuque 67    Luther 83

UW-Platteville   69    UW-River Falls 61

 

AMES, Iowa – Michael Jacobson poured in a season-high 21 points to pace Iowa State (11-14, 4-8 Big 12) to an 81-52 victory over Texas (14-11, 4-8 Big 12) Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum. It was ISU’s largest win over UT in the series (29 points). The Cyclones dominated the entire game, never trailing and leading by as many as 30 points.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Keith Clemons tossed in 25 points, Cameron Krutwig scored 21 and Loyola Chicago clamped down in overtime to beat Northern Iowa 82-73. Clemens sank 8 of 12 shots from the floor, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, for the Ramblers (18-9, 10-4 Missouri Valley Conference). Krutwig buried 10 of 19 shots and added 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Green topped the Panthers (22-4, 11-3) with 19 points, but he made just 8 of 23 shots, including 3 of 11 from beyond the arc.

 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Brad Davison scored 30 points on 8-of-11 3-point shooting and Wisconsin used a 21-2 early second half run to take control of the game and send Nebraska to its school-record tying 10th straight loss 81-64. Trailing 43-41, the Badgers made 5 3-pointers in a 4½-minute stretch that saw them go up 57-45 on D’Mtrick Trice’s 3 with 13:43 remaining and take a 62-45 lead on Trice’s 3 just over a minute later. Behind Davison, Wisconsin, which averages eight 3-pointers a game, finished with 15 on 31 attempts. Hanif Cheatam scored 17 points to lead Nebraska.

National Sunday Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Gordon lost another epic dunk contest. And it was by a couple of inches — namely, the top of Tacko Fall’s head. Derrick Jones Jr. finally got his dunk contest title as an exclamation point to an epic All-Star Saturday Night, both for him and the Miami Heat. Jones and Gordon needed two extra dunks apiece in the final round before deciding a winner, Jones Jr. prevailing 48-47 in the one that determined who left with the trophy. Miami’s Bam Adebayo won the skills title as well, and Sacramento’s Buddy Hield took the 3-point crown.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the discussions in both cases — pre-Olympic games for USA Basketball and the preseason games for the NBA — are ongoing, and said the decisions are not necessarily linked. It’s possible the U.S. may play there this summer and the NBA does not send teams this fall, Silver said.

 

UNDATED (AP) — There’s a new leader in the ACC men’s basketball standings.

Seventh-ranked Duke vaulted to the top of the list with a 94-60 rout of Notre Dame and fifth-ranked Louisville’s 77-62 loss to Clemson. Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points and Tre Jones added 19 as the Blue Devils claimed their seventh straight win. Carey shot 8 of 10 from the field and took control of the game after the Blue Devils led just 20-19 with eight minutes to play in the first half.

Duke improved to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in the conference a half-game better than the Cardinals.

John Newman III had a career-high 23 points as the Tigers downed the Cardinals. Tevin Mack scored 14 for Clemson, which held the Cards to a season-low 14 points in the opening half.

Louisville fell to 21-5 overall and 12-3 in the ACC despite Dwayne Sutton’s 18 points and seven boards.

In other top-25 games Saturday:

— Top-ranked Baylor stretched its winning streak to 22 games as Jared Butler had 21 points in the Bears’ 70-60 downing of West Virginia. Butler hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and had six rebounds, while Matthew Mayer chipped in 13 points and eight boards to help Baylor stay unbeaten in the Big 12 at 12-0.

— Filip Petrusev scored 20 of his 27 points by halftime and had 12 rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga picked up its 18th straight win, 89-77 against Pepperdine. Corey Kispert provided 19 points, including a 3-pointer during a 13-2 run in the second half that put the Bulldogs ahead to stay.

— Marcus Garrett scored a career-high 24 points and Devon Dotson added 19 to carry third-ranked Kansas to an 87-70 romp over Oklahoma. Garrett hit a career-best six 3-pointers while added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in the Jayhawks’ 10th straight win.

— Sixth-ranked Dayton earned its 14th straight win as Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) furnished 19 points and Jalen Crutcher added 17 in a 71-63 victory at Massachusetts. Dayton shot 53 percent from the field and hasn’t lost since a 78-76 overtime game against Colorado on Dec. 21.

— No. 8 Florida State eked past Syracuse, 80-77 behind Patrick Williams’ 17 points and seven boards. M.J. Walker scored 16 points, including five 3-pointers to make up for the absence of star guard Devin Vassell (vah-SEHL’). Coach Leonard Hamilton declined to discuss the reason why Vassell did not play.

— Anthony Cowan Jr. poured in 24 points and No. 9 Maryland won its eighth straight game by topping Michigan State, 67-60. Jalen Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Big Ten Conference leaders improved to 11-3.

— Alpha Diallo torched Seton Hall for a career-high 35 points while grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Providence to a 74-68 victory over the 10th-ranked Pirates. Luwane Pipkins had 13 points for the Friars, who led by 14 heading into the second half.

— Missouri stunned 11th-ranked Auburn, 85-73 as guards Dru Smith and Xavier Pinson delivered 28 points apiece. Austin Wiley had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who were 1-for-17 from 3-point range.

— Nick Richards had 16 points, including two go-ahead free throws 1:11 remaining as 12th-ranked Kentucky held off Mississippi, 67-62. Tyrese Maxey had 14 points and the Wildcats shot 48% in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit.

— Lamar Stevens dropped in 23 points and No. 13 Penn State picked up its eighth straight win by trouncing Northwestern, 77-61. Myles Dread scored 16 for the Nittany Lions, who led 42-28 at halftime and by as many as 18 in the second half before improving to 20-5.

— Tyler Bey scored 21 points and McKinley Wright chipped in 13 to lead No. 16 Colorado to a 69-47 victory at Oregon State. The Buffaloes moved into sole possession of the first place in the Pac-12 Conference at 9-4.

— Terrell Allen tied a career high with 22 points, including key baskets on back-to-back possessions late in Georgetown’s 73-66 upset over No. 19 Butler. Allen hit 9 of 14 field goal attempts, including all four 3-point attempts to help the Hoyas win without injured starters Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven.

— Emmanuel Bandoumel hit an off-balance 3-point shot with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to push SMU past No. 20 Houston, 73-72. Tyson Jolly led the 18-6 Mustangs with 20 points.

— Ron Harper Jr. hit all five of his 3-pointers and scored 27 points to send Rutgers past 22nd-ranked Illinois, 72-57.

— Ty-Shon Alexander matched his season high with 24 points as No. 23 Creighton blew out DePaul, 93-64.

— Kira Lewis Jr. contributed 27 points and Jaden Shackleford had 26 as Alabama picked up an 88-82 victory against 25th-rated LSU.

— Jonathan Laurent and Kalib Boone each scored 16 points to help Oklahoma State beat No. 24 Texas Tech, 73-70.

 

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alex Nylander had two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. Jonathan Toews, Dominik Kubalik, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Kirby Dach also scored for Chicago. Robin Lehner turned aside 38 shots for the win. Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm had two goals apiece for the Flames. Calgary has dropped five straight home games.

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dusty Baker wants Major League Baseball to end the criticism of the Astros over sign stealing and take steps to ensure pitchers don’t throw at his players.

The new Houston manager spoke out Saturday in response to a wave of harsh comments during spring training about the Astros’ use of video to steal signs in 2017 and 2018. Baker called on the league to “Stop the comments and also stop something before it happens.” He said he has been hearing talk of “seemingly premeditated retaliation.”

Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger said Friday the Astros “stole” the 2017 World Series title from them, and that Jose Altuve  stole the MVP from the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. Los Angeles pitcher Ross Stripling indicated he might intentionally throw at Houston batters.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy fired a 3-under 68 to pull into a first-place tie with second-round leader Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott at 10 under through three rounds of the PGA’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera.

Kuchar had a two-shot lead at the start of the gorgeous day and stayed there with three birdies and no bogeys through 12 holes. But he started to miss short putts, made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch and had to rally with a birdie on the 17th to regain a share of the lead with a 70.

Scott holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 67 and a share of the lead.

Russell Henley and Harold Varner III are one stroke back and one ahead of Joel Dahmen and Dustin Johnson.

Sixteen players were separated by four shots. None of the 16 is Tiger Woods, who is completely out of contention following a 5-over 76.

Local and National Sports Updates

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High School Boys Basketball Scores

Dubuque Senior 68, Western Dubuque 51

Edgewood-Colesburg 73, Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 47

Dubuque Wahlert 68, Dubuque Hempstead 63

Williamsburg 62, Maquoketa 52

High School Girls Basketball Scores

Dubuque Senior 60, Western Dubuque 35

Illinois Girls Regional Results

(1A) Galena 48, Dakota 46

(1A) Stockton 37, Freeport (Aquin) 35

College Wrestling

The University of Dubuque wrestling team took two out of the first three matches on Friday night, but fell to the Coe College Kohawks, 30-15 on Senior Night for the Spartans.

The 3rd-ranked Loras College Duhawks wrestling program made history last night night by capturing the program’s first conference title, defeating top-ranked Wartburg, 19-17. The Duhawk victory snapped Wartburg’s run of 27-consecutive conference titles that dated back to 1994 and also handed the Knights their first loss ever at Levick Arena.

The No. 22 University of Wisconsin-Platteville wrestling team finished fourth at the WIAC Championship presented by Culver’s on Friday in UW-La Crosse’s Mitchell Hall. Two Pioneers advanced to final bouts with junior Lucius Rinehart taking the HWT title while freshman Nathan Wynsma took second at 164 pounds.

Fighting Saints

The Dubuque Fighting Saints won their sixth straight overall and seventh straight at home as two third period goals were enough to get past Green Bay, 4-2. Riese Gaber scored his 50th career goal, Ty Jackson notched his 50th point of the season and the Saints have their longest home winning streak since the 2014-15 season.

National Sports Updates

US beats World in Rising Stars Challenge
CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA’s All-Star Weekend tipped off in Chicago last night with the Rising Stars Challenge, featuring the league’s rookie and second-year players.
Miles Bridges took game MVP honors while scoring 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting to send the U.S. to a 151-131 rout of the World. Bridges had the fans cheering late in the third quarter when he flipped the ball off the glass and jammed it home while the U.S. was taking control. He also had five assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Eric Paschall added 23 more for the U.S., while teammate Collin Sexton added 21. First overall pick Zion Williams delighted the crowd with several thunderous dunks as well as two impressive misses in the closing minutes. Williamson attempted a 360, only to have it go flying off the rim.
RJ Barrett of led the World with 27 points and Brandon Clarke scored 22. Dallas All-Star Luka Doncic drew a big roar from the crowd when he banked a 3 from halfcourt just before the halftime buzzer to send the World to the locker room with an 81-71 lead.
The showcase continues Saturday with the 3-point and slam dunk contests.

Ticketing plan for Kobe Bryant public memorial
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that fans seeking to attend the Feb. 24 memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, at Staples Center must register to purchase tickets and there will be no outside overflow areas.
Tickets will be priced at $224 each, two for $224 and $24.02 each — combinations of numbers that like the date, 2/24, represent the No. 24 worn by Bryant and the No. 2 worn by Gianna on her girls basketball team.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.
In other NBA news:
— Kobe Bryant was one of eight finalists announced as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility. Joining Bryant as first-time finalists for the Hall: 15-time All-Star Tim Duncan, fellow 15-time All-Star Kevin Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. The other finalists have all been to this point previously.
— Former President Barack Obama — a huge basketball fan, officially the game’s First Fan during his eight years in office — made an unannounced appearance at an NBA Cares event during All-Star weekend in his hometown of Chicago. The event was for volunteers to fill several backpacks with school supplies.

Pens creep closer to Caps
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to cut into the Washington Capitals’ lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.
Newly-acquired forward Jason Zucker notched his first two goals as a Penguin to lead a 4-1 win over the Canadiens. Zucker scored his 15th and 16th of the season in a 1:42 span late in the second period, with Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher getting a goal in between.
Kris Letang scored a power-play goal and Zach Aston-Reese added an empty-netter as the Pens pulled within three points of the division-leading Capitals. Sidney Crosby had three assists, giving him points in nine of 11 games since returning from core muscle surgery.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Nino Niedereitter and Martin Necas each had a goal and an assist in the Hurricanes’ third win in four games, 5-2 over the Devils. Andrei Svechnikov scored on a perfectly executed rush in the second period to push his point streak to six games. Petr Mrazek finished with 35 saves as Carolina climbed within two points of Philadelphia and Columbus in the battle for the two Eastern Conference wild-card slots.
— The Blue Jackets absorbed a 3-1 loss to the Rangers as Chris Kreider broke a 1-1 tie with 3:12 remaining. Alexandar Georgiev had 36 saves in the Rangers’ fourth straight win and seventh in their last nine games. Elvis Merzlikins had 25 saves for the injury-ravaged Jackets, who are 0-2-2 in their last four since a 10-game point streak.
— San Jose trailed 2-1 until Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier tallied 1:29 apart in the third period of the Sharks’ 3-2 comeback over the Jets. Marcus Sorensen also scored and Aaron Dell stopped 30 shots as the Sharks kept Winnipeg one point behind Arizona for the last Western Conference wild-card spot. Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who have dropped two straight since a three-game winning streak and are 4-7-1 in their last 12.
NHL-NEWS
Wild fires Boudreau
UNDATED (AP) — Bruce Boudreau has become the eighth NHL coach to be dismissed this season, and the sixth let go for performance reasons.
The Minnesota Wild fired the longtime NHL head coach with the team three points out of a Western Conference playoff position. The Wild are 7-3-1 over their last 11 games after falling to 20-20-6. The dismissal follows Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers in which Minnesota blew a 3-1 lead in the last nine minutes of the third period.
Assistant Dean Evason was named the Wild’s interim coach and will make his NHL debut behind the bench Saturday against San Jose.
Boudreau was 158-110-35 in three-plus seasons with Minnesota, reaching the playoffs in his first two years with the team.
In other NHL news:
— The Blues say Jay Bouwmeester has undergone surgery to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart’s normal rhythm. The veteran defenseman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week. General manager Doug Armstrong says the procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Medical Center.
— Oilers forward Zack Kassian was suspended seven games by the league for kicking an opponent in the chest. Kassian swung his right leg and kicked Tampa Bay forward Erik Cernak in the chest during a game Thursday night.
— The Sabres have placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on waivers. The move comes months after Bogosian asked to be traded and opens a spot on Buffalo’s blue line for young players. Bogosian has five points in 19 games this season and is in the final year of his contract.

Kuchar 2 up
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar will carry the lead heading into the third round of the PGA’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera.
Kuchar followed Thursday’s 64 with a 2-under 69 that leaves him 9 under for the tournament. He’s two shots ahead of Harold Varner III, Rory McIlroy and Wyndham Clark.
Varner and Clark stayed close by shooting 68s, while McIlroy fired a 67. They are one ahead of a host of players that includes Adam Scott, who shot a 64.
Vaughn Taylor, Russell Henley and Sung Kang join Scott in a group at minus-6. That group doesn’t include Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka or Jordan Spieth, each of whom barely made the cut at even par.
Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Francesco Molinari are among those who missed the cut. Day imploded on Friday, carding a 76 that left him 2 over.

Kemp chose not to be part of Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing
UNDATED (AP) — Tony Kemp says he wasn’t among the Houston Astros who partook in the team’s sign-stealing setup during the team’s run to the 2017 World Series.
Kemp says he was asked by teammates whether he wanted to be part of the scheme following his recall in September 2017, but he declined and says he didn’t feel further pressure to do it. He says he tried to keep his head down and play hard without really concerning himself with it.
He said what Houston did was wrong, and when asked whether the ’17 World Series title is tainted, noted: “That’s a good question, everyone’s going to have their own speculations about it, everyone’s going to have their own opinions about it, everyone’s going to have their own opinions about it. I’m not sure.”
In other MLB news:
— Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger isn’t likely to take the field anytime soon following his second surgery in less than a month. The Mariners say the 2018 All-Star had a lower back procedure Thursday that followed core surgery in January. Both are related to a ruptured testicle sustained in a game last June.
— All-Star closer Josh Hader lost his salary arbitration case against the Brewers, dropping players to 1-6 in hearings this year. Hader will earn $4.1 million rather than his $6.4 million request. Hader earned $687,600 last year. He had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star season. He failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the NL wild-card game.
— Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger tore cartilage in his left knee during a workout Wednesday in Arizona and will have surgery. Clevinger was outstanding at times for Cleveland last season, going 13-4 with a 2.71 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 126 innings over 21 starts.
— The Braves have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract with an invitation to the major league spring training. The 32-year-old Alonso gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had right elbow surgery in October.
— Nationals general Mike Rizzo is not satisfied with the way the Astros attempted to apologize for their sign-stealing scandal. Rizzo’s Nationals beat the Astros in last season’s World Series. Rizzo says he would like to hear members of Houston’s organization use the word “cheated” to describe what they did.
— Phillies president Andy MacPhail says team ownership is willing to go over the luxury tax threshold to make the playoffs. The Phillies have made several high-profile free-agent signings over the past few seasons, including a 13-year, $330 million deal for outfielder Bryce Harper last year. Philadelphia signed pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million contract this offseason.
— Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press. Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from federal minimum wage laws, MLB opted to give those players a wage increase between 38% and 72%.

Ravens lineman suspended 4 games for PED use
UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.
Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to his team’s active roster on the Monday following the team’s fourth game.
Signed as a rookie free agent in 2014, Hurst played in all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens last season, with two starts at left tackle. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for an NFL-record 3,296 yards rushing in 2019.
In other NFL news:
— The Redskins have released cornerback Josh Norman, who struggled to live up to the $75 million, five-year contract he signed in 2016 after an All-Pro season in Carolina. The release comes with one year left on Norman’s contract and frees up $12.5 million in salary-cap space. The team also cut wide receiver Paul Richardson after two disappointing, injury-plagued seasons.

No ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China.
The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in Japan, where fear is rising with so much attention focused on the outbreak.

 

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (2/13)

High School Boys Basketball

Iowa

  • Bellevue 72, Wilton 47

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 58, West Carroll 27
  • River Ridge 61, Galena 55

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 84, Fennimore 63
  • Darlington 111, Riverdale 34
  • Southwestern 52, Iowa-Grant 50
  • Mineral Point 67, Boscobel 46
  • River Valley 59, Platteville 34
  • Prairie du Chien 56, Lancaster 45

High School Girls Basketball

  • Hempstead 50, Wahlert Catholic 40
  • Cascade 63, North Linn 40
  • Bellevue 72, Wilton 60

Fighting Saints-Gamblers

With their overall win streak at five and home winning streak at six, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will look to extend both tonight against the Green Bay Gamblers. Dubuque continues to climb the standings and are now six points behind Chicago in the East.  Green Bay has been one of the hotter teams in the East over the last 10 games. The Gamblers are 6-3-1 in the past 10 and have vaulted up to the fourth spot in the conference. Dubuque has beaten Green Bay twice this season, once in each team’s building.

Indiana uses 3-point flurry to beat No. 21 Iowa

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana got 27 points from Devonte Green and 17 from Trayce Jackson-Davis to help the Hoosiers snap a four-game losing streak with an 89-77 victory over No. 21 Iowa. Indiana made a season-high 11 3-pointers, with Green accounting for seven. Iowa’s Luka Garza has another stellar night getting 38 points, but the Hawkeyes never recovered from a 12-0 first-half run by Indiana that left Iowa with a 31-16 deficit. Indiana extended its lead to as many as 20 points and didn’t let Iowa get within single digits in the second half.

A-R-C Wrestling Title to be Decided Tonight

The stage is set for the America Rivers Conference wrestling dual title to be decided head to head Friday night in Waverly. The 3rd ranked Loras Duhawks will battle with the top ranked Wartburg Knights. Wartburg has claimed 27 straight conference titles. In a tightly contested dual a season ago, Wartburg won six of 10 matches claiming the dual 23-16.

Both programs have turned in impressive dual performances this season. The Duhawks have knocked out 10 top-25 teams and picked up two victories over top-5 teams. The Knights own nine wins over top-25 teams and four against top-5 opponents. The only dual loss for Loras came to #2 Augsburg.

Logano, Byron take duel races at Daytona…Kuchar leads at Riviera…Remorseful Astros

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano and William Byron won the qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500. The victory in the first 150-mile race Thursday night earned Logano a spot in the second row for NASCAR’s season-opening Cup race. Byron will join Logano in the second row. They’ll be behind pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman, who earned the front row in time trials at Daytona International Speedway.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) is the leader heading into the second round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Kuchar birdied his first two holes and never let up until in a 7-under 64 that gave him a three-stroke lead over Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Harold Varner III and Adam Schenk. Tiger Woods eagled his opening hold but closed with a bogey for a 69.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros infielders Alex Bregman and José Altuve have apologized on behalf of the ballclub for its sign-stealing scheme that was investigated and punished by Major League Baseball. Astros owner Jim Crane raised eyebrows when he said: “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. And we’ll leave it at that.” MLB didn’t punish any players for the cheating and Crane said the team wouldn’t, either.

NEW YORK (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is headed to his first NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Trail Blazers backcourt ace Damian Lillard. Booker was chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver after feeling snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn’t make the original list for Sunday’s game in Chicago. Lillard injured his groin on Wednesday night.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has become the latest school to receive an NCAA notice of allegations over the federal probe into college basketball. Athletic director Ray Tanner says the school received the notice about a violation alleged to have been committed by former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four seasons from 2015-16. The NCAA has categorized the infraction as Level I, the most serious of its violations and what it calls a “severe breach of conduct.”

National Scoreboard from Thursday (2/13)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Dallas 3 Toronto 2
Final New Jersey 4 Detroit 1
Final Philadelphia 6 Florida 2
Final Tampa Bay 3 Edmonton 1
Final OT Buffalo 4 Columbus 3
Final Ottawa 3 Arizona 2
Final Nashville 5 N-Y Islanders 0
Final SO N-Y Rangers 4 Minnesota 3
Final Washington 3 Colorado 2
Final Calgary 6 Anaheim 0
Final OT Vegas 6 St. Louis 5
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (17)Oregon 68 (16)Colorado 60
Final Indiana 89 (21)Iowa 77

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (2/12)

High School Wrestling

  • At the Class 3A Regional Duals in Waverly last night. Western Dubuque topped Hempstead 73-6 and then Waverly Shellrock defeated Western Dubuque 79-0 for the spot in the state duals next week in Des Moines. The Mustangs didn’t wrestle most of their varsity line-up and then Western Dubuque rested their regulars against Waverly-Shellrock.

High School Girls Basketball

Illinois 1A Regional Semi-Finals at River Ridge

  • Galena 47, River Ridge/Scales Mound 39
  • Dakota 45, East Dubuque 23

(Galena meets Dakota Friday night for the Regional Final)

 

College Men’s Basketball

  • Loras 72, Dubuque 71
  • #24 Clarke 88, Graceland 65
  • #8 UW Platteville 70, UW Whitewater 68

College Women’s Basketball

  • #10 Loras 86, Dubuque 54
  • #19 Clarke 80, Graceland 42
  • #4 UW Whitewater 59, UW Platteville 55

5A and 4A Girls Regional Pairings

The pairing for the Iowa 5-A and 4-A Regional girls basketball tournaments were released yesterday. First round game will be this Wednesday, semi-finals on Saturday, February 22nd with the Regional Finals on Tuesday, February 25th.

In Class 5A: Hempstead was assigned to Region 1 and will host Davenport Central with the winner to face Bettendorf in the semi-final. Senior will be in Region 6 and play their first game in the semis at Cedar Falls.

In Class 4A: Wahlert is in Region 3 and will host a first round game against Waterloo East with the winner to travel to Waverly Shellrock for the semi’s, in Region 4: Western Dubuque will host Clinton with the winner traveling to Center Point-Urbana in the semi’s and Maquoketa will host West Delaware with the winner moving to meet Central Dewitt in the semi’s.

Regional College Basketball Round-up from Wednesday

Sooners Pound Cyclones

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kristian Doolittle scored 20 points to help Oklahoma defeat Iowa State 90-61. Brady Manek scored 18 points and Alondes Williams added 14 for the Sooners, who outscored the Cyclones 50-25 in the second half. Oklahoma followed up Saturday’s victory over No. 13 West Virginia by avenging its loss at Iowa State a month earlier and falling a point short of its season’-high point total. Iowa State announced this week that guard Tyrese Haliburton will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left wrist. The Cyclones shot just 34.5% in the second half.

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UNI Wins Again

The UNI men’s basketball team moved to 22-3 overall and 11-2 in the MVC after defeating the Redbirds of Illinois State 71-63 Wednesday night in the McLeod Center.

A.J. Green went over the 1000 point mark for his career and led UNI with 27 points. Trae Berhow recorded his second double-double of the season, grabbing 11 rebounds and adding 17 points. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman had 6 points, 2 rebounds.

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Regional Women’s Basketball

  • Iowa State 69, Texas 51

Iowa Extends Contracts for Tom Brands, Terry Brands, and Ryan Morningstar

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa wrestling coaches Tom Brands, Terry Brands, and Ryan Morningstar have agreed to contract extensions to remain in Iowa City through the 2026 wrestling season..

Tom Brands is in his 14th season as Iowa’s head coach. He has won three NCAA team titles, four Big Ten Championships..brother Terry Brands is in his 22nd season on Iowa’s staff. Morningstar has served as an assistant coach since 2012.

Maybin back with Detroit … Brad Miller, Cardinals agree to $2 million, 1-year contract … Kings beat Flames

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Maybin is back with the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers and the 32-year-old outfielder agreed Wednesday on a $1.5 million, one-year contract. Maybin began his career with Detroit in 2007 before he was traded to the Marlins in the deal that sent Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers. Maybin returned to Detroit in a trade and played for the Tigers in 2016. He spent last season with the New York Yankees, hitting .285 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs in 82 games. His deal with the Tigers includes performance bonuses. To make room on the 40-man roster, Detroit put right-hander Michael Fulmer on the 60-day injured list.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Brad Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract. The deal for the 30-year-old infielder includes $500,000 in available performance bonuses for plate appearances. He hit .260 with 13 homers and 25 RBIs last year for Cleveland and Philadelphia. Miller has a .241 average with 88 homers and 293 RBIs in seven major league seasons that included time with Seattle, Tampa Bay and Milwaukee.

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Taijuan Walker returned to the Seattle Mariners, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract that includes $500,000 each in performance and roster bonuses. The 27-year-old was selected by Seattle with the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft and went 22-22 with a 4.18 ERA for the Mariners from 2013-16. He was traded to Arizona in November 2016 and went 9-9 with a 3.46 ERA for the Diamondbacks from 2017-19. Walker had Tommy John surgery in April 2018. He returned to the major leagues on the final day of last season and became a free agent in December when Arizona declined to offer him a contract.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Toffoli and Austin Wagner scored 39 seconds apart in the second period to give Los Angeles the lead, and the Kings went on to beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. Kurtis MacDermid, Jeff Carter and Sean Walker also scored to help the Kings end a five-game losing streak. Calvin Petersen stopped 35 shots to get his first win of the season in his second start. Elias Lindholm had two goals and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists and David Rittich finished with 28 saves in the Flames’ fourth loss in six games.

UNDATED (AP) — News outlets in New Orleans are set to argue that they should have access to a hearing on the confidentiality of emails between Catholic officials and an NFL franchise. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate and three TV stations will ask a judge today to let them cover a hearing on whether emails between the Archdiocese of New Orleans and New Orleans Saints executives should be released. Lawyers for victims of clergy sex abuse have told The Associated Press that the emails show how Saints executives helped the archdiocese with public relations damage control arising from the clergy abuse scandal.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday( 2/12)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Boston 4 Montreal 1
Final Los Angeles 5 Calgary 3
Final Vancouver 3 Chicago 0
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (3)Kansas 58 (14)West Virginia 49
Final Georgia Tech 64 (5)Louisville 58
Final (23)Creighton 87 (10)Seton Hall 82
Final OT (11)Auburn 95 Alabama 91
Final (15)Villanova 72 (18)Marquette 71
Final (19)Butler 66 Xavier 61
Final (20)Houston 62 South Florida 58

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

(NO SCORES PROVIDED BY THE AP)

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (2/11)

High School Boys Basketball

Iowa

  • Cedar Falls 72, Wahlert, Dubuque 48
  • Waterloo, West 51, Dubuque, Senior 50
  • Western Dubuque 61, Linn-Mar 53
  • Cascade 49, Northeast, Goose Lake 36
  • Center Point Urbana 59, Dyersville Beckman 39

Wisconsin

  • Lancaster 64, Iowa Grant 49
  • Benton 56, Belmont 31
  • River Ridge 47, Highland 38

High School Girls Basketball

Iowa

  • Cedar Falls 53, Wahlert Catholic 49
  • Hempstead 52, Waterloo East 37
  • Waterloo West 69, Dubuque Senior 49
  • Western Dubuque 50, Linn-Mar 49
  • Cascade 55, North Fayette Valley 25
  • Maquoketa 69, Solon 56

Wisconsin

  • Darlington 45, Southwestern 35
  • Cuba City 54, Fennimore 23
  • Mineral Point 52, Riverdale 35

 

Wrestling

  • Class 1A Regional Duals last night at Denver: Denver 49,  Dyersville Beckman Catholic 30.

Tonight in the 3A Regional Duals, Hempstead will meet Western Dubuque at Waverly (6:00). The winner meets Waverly-Shellrock for the Regional Final and a trip to the State Duals.

Fighting Saints Win at Waterloo

Ty Jackson scored the game winning goal with just over seven minutes left in the third period and the Dubuque Fighting Saints fought back from a third period deficit to beat the Waterloo Black Hawks 3-2 on Tuesday night. Tommy Middleton scored twice, and Aidan McCarthy stopped 18 shots in a perfect relief appearance. Dubuque moved to 4-2 against Waterloo this season and have won all three at Young Arena.

Next  up for Dubuque, a two-game series with Green Bay. Dubuque will be home Friday and then in Green Bay Saturday.

Duax Commits to UNI

Hempstead High School junior Michael Duax has decided where he wants to play basketball after graduation. Last night Duax announced via Twitter he is verbally committing to the University of Northern Iowa. Duax, one of the top recruits in the state for the Class of 2021 is averaging 20.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Mustangs.

#22 Illini Tumble Against Michigan State

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Star guard Ayo Dosunmu crumbled to the floor clutching his left knee after Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman threw down a huge dunk late that lifted the Spartans over No. 22 Illinois 70-69. The severity of Dosunmu’s injury wasn’t immediately made available. The Illini’s leading scorer had 17 points Tuesday and is averaging 15.8 per game. Rocket Watts led the Spartans with 21 points, and Tillman had 17. Aaron Henry and Cassius Winston added 13 and 12, respectively. Andres Feliz scored 15 points and Kofi Cockburn added 11 for Illinois (16-8, 8-5).

Blues d-man hospitalized after cardiac episode…Newton’s future with Panthers in question

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester  was conscious and alert last night after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks. The 36-year-old Bouwmeester crumpled over after a long shift and during a break in play. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester was awake, alert and moving his arms and legs as he was transported to a hospital before the game was postponed.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper remains noncommittal on Cam Newton’s future with the organization, saying it will largely depend on how the quarterback recovers from foot surgery. The 31-year-old Newton missed 14 games last season with a Lis Franc injury that led to surgery on Dec. 11. The rebuilding Panthers could save $19 million under next year’s salary cap if they trade or release the 2015 league MVP.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have made Ron Roenicke  their interim manager, promoting the former Brewers skipper to replace Alex Cora on the day pitchers and catchers reported to the team’s spring training site. The interim tag will stay until Major League Baseball completes its investigation into whether the Red Sox engaged in illegal sign-stealing during their 2018 World Series championship season. Roenicke has denied being part of any rules violation and is expected to become permanent manager if the probe clears him.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Marwin González has become the first batter from the World Series-winning 2017 Houston Astros to publicly apologize for his role in the sign-stealing scandal. Now with the Minnesota Twins, Gonzalez says he’s remorseful for everything that happened and wishes he could take it back. Major League Baseball’s investigation into the allegation resulted in one-season suspensions for manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow (LOO’-now), who were immediately fired by the Astros.

PHOENIX (AP) — Major League teams improved to 4-0 in salary arbitration this year when the Rockies defeated catcher Tony Wolters. He will earn $1.9 million rather than his request for $2,475,000. The 27-year-old Wolters hit .262 with one homer and 42 RBIs in 411 plate appearances while making $960,000 last season.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (2/11)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Washington        126   Chicago     114

Final Philadelphia        110   L.A. Clippers       103

Final New Orleans      138   Portland     117

Final San Antonio        114   Oklahoma City   106

Final Houston     116   Boston       105

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

St. Louis    1       Anaheim    1       ( Postponed 1st Period)

Final Buffalo       3       Detroit        2

Final N-Y Islanders     5       Philadelphia        3

Final Florida       5       New Jersey        3

Final OT    Tampa Bay         2       Pittsburgh  1

Final OT    Toronto      3       Arizona      2

Final Minnesota 4       Vegas        0

Final N-Y Rangers      4       Winnipeg   1

Final Dallas        4       Carolina     1

Final Colorado   3       Ottawa       0

Final Edmonton 5       Chicago     3

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (4)San Diego St. 82     New Mexico        59

Final (6)Dayton  81     Rhode Island      67

Final (9)Maryland        72     Nebraska  70

Final (12)Kentucky      78     Vanderbilt  64

Final (13)Penn St.       88     Purdue       76

Final Michigan St.        70     (22)Illinois  69

Final (25)LSU     82     Missouri     78

Area Scoreboard from Monday (2/10)

Boys High School Basketball

Iowa

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 56, Cedar Valley Christian 48

Wisconsin

  • Potosi 63, Southwestern 47
  • Cuba City 90, Platteville 64
  • Fennimore 69, River Valley 49
  • Wauzeka Steuben 59, Boscobel 53

Illinois

  • Pleasant Valley 41, East Dubuque 33

 

Girls High School Basketball

Illinois  1-A Regional Quarterfinals at River Ridge

  • East Dubuque 43, Warren 33
  • River Ridge/Scales Mound 32, Pecatonica 22

Iowa

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 58, Cedar Valley Christian

Wisconsin

  • Lancaster 70, Benton 31
  • Belmont 68, North Crawford 27

Rams and Mustangs Drop in  New AP Boys Basketball Polls

The Senior Rams have dropped to 7th in the latest Iowa Associated Press 4A Boys Basketball rankings. The Rams tied with Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln. Hempstead is tied for 10th with Indianola. Ankeny Centennial is the new top ranked team followed by Cedar Falls, Waterloo West and then Iowa City West.

Dyersville Beckman is still ranked 7th in Class 2-A.

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Ankeny Centennial (8) 17-1 107 2
2. Cedar Falls (1) 14-2 80 6
3. Waterloo, West (1) 15-2 77 4
4. Iowa City, West 15-2 72 1
5. North Scott, Eldridge (1) 16-1 69 5
6. Waukee 15-2 53 8
7. Dubuque, Senior 14-2 52 3
(tie) Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 18-1 52 7
9. Valley, West Des Moines 12-5 19 10
10. Dubuque, Hempstead 14-4 8 9
(tie) Indianola 14-3 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Ankeny 5. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 1. Davenport, North 1. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Carroll (9) 16-1 106 T2
2. Norwalk 14-3 87 4
3. Assumption, Davenport (1) 14-3 81 T2
4. Mount Vernon (1) 16-2 76 5
5. Marion 15-3 64 1
6. Pella 14-4 49 6
7. Glenwood 15-3 46 7
8. Clear Lake 17-2 39 8
9. Winterset 13-4 17 10
(tie) MOC-Floyd Valley 16-3 17 9
Others receiving votes: Central Clinton, De Witt 10. Algona 5. Clear Creek-Amana 5. Keokuk 2. Ballard 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Treynor (5) 18-1 101 2
2. North Linn, Troy Mills (4) 19-0 92 3
3. Van Meter (2) 18-0 88 4
4. West Sioux, Hawarden 18-1 76 1
5. Camanche 16-2 68 5
6. Boyden-Hull 17-2 53 6
7. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 15-4 34 7
8. Monticello 17-2 19 NR
9. Western Christian, Hull 15-4 18 10
(tie) Aplington-Parkersburg 17-2 18 8
Others receiving votes: Albia 11. Osage 10. West Branch 5. Woodward-Granger 5. Tri-Center, Neola 2. A-H-S-TW, Avoca 2. Des Moines Christian 2. Pella Christian 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Easton Valley (7) 18-0 102 1
2. WACO, Wayland (2) 20-0 97 2
3. West Fork, Sheffield (1) 19-1 86 3
4. South O’Brien, Paullina 17-2 64 6
(tie) Bishop Garrigan, Algona (1) 17-2 64 5
6. Montezuma 17-2 51 8
7. St. Mary’s, Remsen 16-3 36 7
8. Lake Mills 17-2 35 4
9. Martensdale-St. Marys 17-2 31 9
10. Notre Dame, Burlington 16-4 13 NR
Others receiving votes: Boyer Valley, Dunlap 12. Mount Ayr 6. Grand View Christian 2. Meskwaki Settlement School 2. Springville 1. Stanton 1. Newell-Fonda 1. Keota 1.

Green MVC POW

UNI sophomore guard AJ Green has been named MVC Player of the Week. This is the fourth time Green has received the honor this season. Green averaged 26.5 points per game in two Valley wins last week as UNI won at Valparaiso and defeated Drake at home.

Green finished with 19 points going 7-of-20 from the field in a win at Valparaiso. The reigning MVC Freshman of the Year returned to the McLeod Center on Saturday afternoon for one of his best performances of his career. Green finished with 34 points, going 12-of-21 from the field with six made three-pointers in front of a sold-out crowd.

Hawkeyes and Illini Fall in New AP Poll

The Iowa men’s basketball team took a tumble in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball rankings. The Hawkeyes dropped from 17 last week to 21st.  Illinois dropped two spots with the Illini now ranked 22nd.

The top 9 teams last week poll are in the same spot this week.  Baylor is top ranked followed by Gonzaga, Kansas, San Diego State, and Louisville.

Dayton is 6th, Duke 7th, followed by Florida State, Maryland, and Seton Hall.

  • The Iowa women climbed from 20th to 17th in the latest  AP Women’s rankings.

Haliburton to Miss Remainder Of Season

Iowa State will finish the basketball season without star guard Tyrese Haliburton. Coach Steve Prohm says Haliburton fractured his left wrist in the Cyclones’ win over Kansas State on Saturday. Haliburton was the team’s second-leading scorer and the Big 12 leader in assists and steals. The sophomore is considered a potential lottery pick in the NBA draft this year. Haliburton was hurt as he blocked a shot late in the first half.

 

Iowa’s Pemsl arrested for driving while revoked

Hawkeye Cordell Pemsl arrested for driving while revoked

Iowa City police arrested Iowa basketball player and former Dubuque Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl early Monday for driving on a revoked license due to a previous OWI. Pemsl will be suspended for Iowa’s next game at Indiana. Pemsl has played in 22 games this season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Rivers leaving Chargers…Bosox, Dodgers finalize deal…More MLB playoffs possible

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers say Philip Rivers will enter free agency and not return for the upcoming season, ending his 16-year run with the franchise. The fourth player taken in the 2004 NFL draft owns 30 franchise records and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his last 12 seasons. Rivers has completed 64.7% of his passes for 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized the on-again, off-again deal that will send 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and former AL Cy Young winner David Price to the West Coast. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) and two prospects: infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, Boston will send cash to the Dodgers, reportedly half of the $96 million owed Price for the next three seasons.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler has confirmed he won’t be making a widely reported trade with the Dodgers, although he didn’t specify the deal or the players involved. Multiple media outlets reported the Angels nearly acquired Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling last week in a deal that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo to the Dodgers. The deal apparently fell apart as a side effect of the Dodgers’ lengthy attempts to get outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets star defenseman Seth Jones has been sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team says Jones was injured in Saturday night’s loss to Colorado. The three-time All-Star has six goals and 24 assists this season while leading the club in ice time. Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL to take Jones’ place.

National Scoreboard from Monday (2/10)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 135 Atlanta 126
Final Brooklyn 106 Indiana 105
Final Charlotte 87 Detroit 76
Final Toronto 137 Minnesota 126
Final Milwaukee 123 Sacramento 111
Final Utah 123 Dallas 119
Final Denver 127 San Antonio 120
Final Miami 113 Golden State 101
Final L.A. Lakers 125 Phoenix 100
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Philadelphia 4 Florida 1
Final N-Y Islanders 5 Washington 3
Final Arizona 3 Montreal 2
Final OT Tampa Bay 2 Columbus 1
Final Calgary 6 San Jose 2
Final Vancouver 6 Nashville 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (1)Baylor 52 Texas 45
Final (7)Duke 70 (8)Florida St. 65
Final (24)Texas Tech 88 TCU 42

Dodgers, Red Sox rework Betts-Price deal…Maeda to Twins…Regrets for Morton over sign-stealing

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have reworked a deal that is sending outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to L.A. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Red Sox are receiving outfielder Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong for Betts and Price. Boston was to send cash to the Dodgers to offset Price’s salary, reportedly half of the $96 million still owed to the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have worked out a deal that sends starting pitcher Kenta Maeda  to the Minnesota Twins for bullpen prospect Brusdar Graterol. Graterol originally was supposed to head to Boston in a swap that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to Los Angeles, but the deal fell through when the Red Sox had concerns over Graterol’s arm. Maeda was 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA in 37 games last season, including 26 starts.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton says he regrets not doing anything to try to stop the Houston Astros from illegally stealing signs and relaying information to their hitters during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season. Morton helped the Astros win the 2017 title in his first season with the team, winning Game 7 of both the ALCS and World Series. He says he’s not sure what he could have done to stop his former teammates and doesn’t recall specifics about who did what wrong in 2017.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman are the first two drivers to qualify for next Sunday’s Daytona 500. Stenhouse captured the pole with a top lap of 194.582 mph in his first qualifier for JTG-Daugherty Racing, which signed him after he was fired by Roush Fenway Racing last season. Bowman will start on the outside of the front row after posting a top lap of 194.363 mph.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor has captured his second PGA title and first since his fourth career start in 2015. The Canadian handled high winds to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes over Kevin Streelman. Taylor built a five-stroke lead by the turn and dealt with 40 mph gusts blasting the Monterey Peninsula. Taylor closed with a 2-under 70 for a 19 under total. Streelman finished with a 68.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (2/10)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Boston 112 Oklahoma City 111
Final Philadelphia 118 Chicago 111
Final Memphis 106 Washington 99
Final 2OT Atlanta 140 New York 135
Final Utah 114 Houston 113
Final L.A. Clippers 133 Cleveland 92
Final Portland 115 Miami 109
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Detroit 3 Boston 1
Final Anaheim 3 Buffalo 2
Final N-Y Rangers 4 Los Angeles 1
Final Winnipeg 5 Chicago 2
Final Colorado 3 Minnesota 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final Marquette 76 (19)Butler 57
Final (25)Houston 76 Wichita St. 43

Local Scoreboard from Saturday – February 8

Hockey:

Dubuque Fighting Saints 6, Youngstown 0

Girls Basketball

Mineral Point 54,  Darlington 39

Cascade Western Dubuque 66, Durant-Bennett 34

Monticello 44, Regina, Iowa City 30

Boys Basketball

Forreston 56, Galena 54

Casseville 58, Juda 46

Cascade,Western Dubuque 45, Durant-Bennett 27

Men’s College Basketball

Loras 77, Coe 76

Clarke University70, Baker University 65

Buena Vista 81, University of Dubuque 70

UW-Platteville 84, UW Stout 72

Women’s College Basketball

University of Dubuque  74, Buena Vista 66

Clarke University 64 , Baker University 57

Loras 74, Coe 53

 

Other College Men’s Basketball of local interest

(17) Iowa 96,  Nebraska 72

Iowa State 73,  Kansas State  63

Northern Iowa 83,  Drake 73

Sports Updates for Saturday, February 8, 2020

Boys High School Basketball Scores

Alburnett 62, Edgewood-Colesburg 52

Cedar Falls 62, Western Dubuque 47

Hempstead 54, Waterloo, West 43

Dubuque Senior 85, Waterloo, East 55

Linn-Mar 69, Wahlert 60

Monticello 44, Cascade 37

Mount Vernon 58, Dyersville Beckman 40

Northeast, Goose Lake 49, Bellevue 45

Girls High School Basketball Scores

Bellevue 58, Northeast, Goose Lake 46

Cascade 46, Monticello 35

Cedar Falls 64, Western Dubuque 24

Senior 73, Waterloo, East 23

Linn-Mar, Marion 48, Wahlert 35

Maquoketa 58, Clear Creek-Amana 56

Mount Vernon 64, Dyersville Beckman 52

Waterloo, West 50, Dubuque, Hempstead 38

Local Results

The third ranked Loras College Duhawks Men’s wrestling team took down 24th-ranked University of Dubuque last night, winning 48-0.

Ranked 23rd nationally, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville wrestling team defeated UW Oshkosh 28-9 last night in the Throwdown in the Theatre in the UW-Platteville Center for the Arts.

The Clarke Men’s Volleyball Team went 0-2 yesterday at the Judson Invitational, falling to Missouri Baptist University and Lourdes University, both by scores of 3 sets to zero.

The Loras College men’s volleyball team improved to 5-2 on the season last night when they scored a 3-0 road win against St. Norbert College.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints used two goals in the third period to pull away from the Youngstown Phantoms last night, winning 4-1 at home. The win was the Saints fifth in a row on home ice and they have now won six of their last seven games.

Big Ten Conference sports news from The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Anthony Cowan scored 20 points and ninth-ranked Maryland held on to beat No. 20 Illinois 75-66 on Friday night. The Terrapins (19-4, 9-3 Big Ten) took sole possession of first place in the conference with the win. Illinois (16-7, 8-4) fell into second place. Illinois led by as many as 14 points midway through the first half, but the Terrapins fought back and pulled to within 42-40,with a 3-pointer by Wiggins at the halftime buzzer. Maryland opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take a lead it never relinquished. Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 16 points. Andres Feliz added 12.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — As Michigan prepares for another game against rival Michigan State, Isaiah Livers’ status is still uncertain. The 6-foot-7 junior was at Michigan’s media session Friday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be able to play Saturday when the Wolverines host No. 16 Michigan State. He was injured against Presbyterian on Dec. 21. The team described it as a groin injury. He has appeared in only one game since. He hurt himself again Jan. 25 against Illinois. Livers said he was hoping to practice Friday. Michigan State beat Michigan 87-69 early last month.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan guard Zavier Simpson reportedly crashed a vehicle registered to the wife of the Wolverines’ athletic director late last month, shortly before the school announced he was suspended for a game. MLive, citing a police report, reported that officers found Simpson outside the vehicle around 3 a.m. on Jan. 26. An officer said he did not notice any smell of intoxicant from Simpson’s breath. Simpson told police the car belonged to Evan Manuel, a student manager for the basketball team who is the son of athletic director Warde Manuel. Police said Chrislan Manuel, Warde Manuel’s wife and the registered owner of the car, spoke with Evan and told police that Simpson had been driving. Simpson received a citation for driving too fast for conditions.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Payton Willis has struggled to find his rhythm for Minnesota. He is still feeling the effects of a sprained ankle that kept him out of three games earlier this season. A new injury turned out to be the spark he needed. Willis sat out when the Gophers lost at Illinois last week. The unexpected rest gave his ankle more time to heal. He responded in his first game back with a career-high 21 points in a win over Wisconsin. He is in his first year with Minnesota after transferring from Vanderbilt.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin says basketball strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland has resigned. School officials say they were informed last weekend that Helland used a racial epithet in the presence of players as he recounted a story from his days in the NBA. The former Chicago Bulls staffer was placed on leave and did not travel with the Badgers for Wednesday’s game at Minnesota. The school says it has no evidence Helland directed racially insensitive language toward any particular player.

Update on the latest sports

Raptors continue win streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have added another game to their team-record winning streak.
It’s now a 13-game run after Serge Ibaka had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Raptors’ 115-106 victory against the Pacers. Fred VanVleet added 20 points for the Raptors, who haven’t lost since Jan. 15 and knocked off Indiana for the second time in three days.
The Pacers got as close as 101-99 with 6:47 left, but Toronto pulled away with a 12-4 spurt.

Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
— Furkan Korkmaz poured in a career-high 34 points on 13 of 17 shooting as the 76ers downed the Grizzlies, 119-107. The Sixers were 14 of 25 from 3-point range, with Korkmaz hitting seven of his nine attempts from downtown. Ben Simmons added 22 points and 10 assists for the 76ers, who finished the game without Joel Embiid because of a stiff neck.
— Jayson Tatum nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points in the Celtics’ sixth straight win, 112-107 against the Hawks. Enes Kanter added 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Boston win without injured starters Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis. Atlanta was within 110-107 with 18.3 seconds left before Kevin Huerter and Brandon Goodwin both came up empty from beyond the arc.
— Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and hit six of the Kings’ 19 3-pointers in a 105-97 victory against the Heat. Buddy Hield furnished five 3-pointers and 21 points in Sacramento’s fifth win in seven games. De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and eight assists for the Kings, and Nemanja Bjelica added 15 points and eight assists.
— The Thunder made it nine wins in their last 10 games as Chris Paul provided 22 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 21 in a 108-101 downing of the Pistons. Oklahoma City shot 54.3% in the first half to lead 52-47 at the break. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Dennis Schroder had 18 and Steven Adams 16 for the Thunder.
— Donovan Mitchell contributed a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds left to send the Jazz past the Trail Blazers, 117-114. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points and Mike Conley added 18 points as Utah ended a five-game losing streak. Damian Lillard poured in 42 points and C.J. McCollum added 27 to lead the Blazers.
— Phoenix rolled to a 127-91 rout of the Rockets as Kelly Oubre Jr. delivered a career-high 39 points and Devin Booker added 33. The Suns poured in 46 points in the first quarter and led the rest of the way in their first win over Houston in 14 tries. James Harden had a team-high 32 points for the Rockets, who were without All-Star Russell Westbrook after playing the Lakers the previous night.
— Bradley Beal capped his 29-point performance by hitting a layup with 0.2 seconds left to give the Wizards a 119-118 victory over the Mavericks. Washington made 19 of 38 3-pointers, with Davis Bertans responsible for five of them while scoring 20 points. Seth Curry scored a team-high 20 points for the Mavs, who have dropped three of five without Luka Doncic.

Investigators: No sign of engine failure for Bryant copter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of engine failure. That’s according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles on Jan. 26.
The NTSB is investigating the accident, including any role heavy fog played, and a final report isn’t expected for at least a year. A witness told the NTSB that the helicopter was flying forward and downward through the fog before it crashed into the hill.

2/24: Bryant memorial reflects dad and daughter’s uniforms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s widow says there will be a “celebration of life” memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor her late husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Vanessa Bryant posted a graphic on Instagram Friday morning to announce the event. Her post only said the event will occur at 10 a.m. and there are “details to come.”
The arena is where Bryant starred for the Lakers for most of his two-decade career and the date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna. They and seven others died in a helicopter crash last month.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (2/6)

High School Wrestling

  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 44, Western Dubuque 36
  • Linn-Mar 42, Hempstead 28
  • Senior 42, Cedar Rapids Washington 28

 

High School Boys Basketball

Iowa

  • Maquoketa 49, Benton Community 41

Wisconsin

  • Potosi 71, Highland 47
  • River Ridge 54, Cassville 27
  • Benton 55, Shullsburg 51

High School Girls Basketball

Iowa

  • Maquoketa 49, Benton Community 41

Wisconsin

  • Platteville 71, Lancaster 45
  • Cuba City 64, Boscobel 39
  • Fennimore 47, Darlington 25
  • Mineral Point 71, Southwestern 50

Illinois

  • Galena 59, West Carroll 26
  • East Dubuque 44, River Ridge/Scales Mound 19

IHSAA Announces New Football Groupings

Following months of study, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has decided to shift football to a one-year scheduling cycle and adjust the regular season format of large-school Class 4A over competitive concerns. The groups were organized by measuring a program’s last four years of football results through the IHSAA’s Ratings Percentage Index formula and their last four years of playoff success.

Hempstead and Senior are assigned to Group 5 which includes Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Davenport Central and Davenport West.  Each team will play three games in their group, two assigned games, and four other games each team will schedule on their own.

In Class 3A: Wahlert was assigned to Class 3A District 4 which also includes Davenport Assumption, Central Dewitt, Clinton, Marion, and North Scott.  Defending state champ Western Dubuque was assigned to District 3 which includes Charles City, Decorah, Waterloo East, Waverly-Shellrock, and West Delaware.

Maquoketa is now a Class 2-A team and will be in District 5 with Anamosa, Camanche, Monticello, Tipton, and West Liberty.

Dyersville Beckman and Cascade are assigned to Class 1A District 5 joining Durant, Northeast Goose Lake, West Branch, and Wilton.

Bellevue dropped down to Class A and will be in District 5 with Alburnett, East Buchanan, Edgewood-Colesburg, Maquoketa Valley, and North Linn. Clayton Ridge is in District 4 with MFL Mar Mac, Postville, South Winneshiek, Starmont, and Wapsie Valley.

Officials with the IHSAA say each teams season schedule should be available in early March.

Wolves get Russell from Wolves for Wiggins…Drummond to Cavs…Iguodala goes to Heat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired D’Angelo Russell in a deal that sends Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors. The Wolves also received guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman for a pair of draft picks, including a first-rounder either in 2021 or 2022. Russell was averaging a career-high 23.6 points for the injury-wrecked Warriors, while Wiggins was scoring 22.4 points a game.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons for forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of their two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons. The 6-foot-11 Drummond leads the league with 15.8 rebounds per game and is averaging 17.8 points and 1.7 blocks. The 26-year-old Drummond has a $28.7 million player option in his contract for next season.

UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have dealt Andre Iguodala , Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill to the Miami Heat for three players who’ve combined to score a mere 254 points this season. The trade ends the Grizzlies’ impasse with Iguodala, who refused to play for them and asked to be traded or have his contract bought out. The Grizzlies get Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a three-year, $26 million contract. The Dodgers have a $13 million option for 2023, with a $1.5 million buyout. Muncy made $575,000 while batting .251 with 35 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for Los Angeles last season, missing a large chunk of the final month with a broken wrist.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor opened with an eagle and closed with two birdies in an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula, giving him the first-round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Taylor is two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert, each of whom fired 66s on par-72 courses. Cantlay played Spyglass Hill and Seiffert was at Pebble Beach.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (2/6)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final New York  105   Orlando     103

Final New Orleans      125   Chicago     119

Final Milwaukee 112   Philadelphia        101

Final Portland     125   San Antonio        117

Final Houston     121   L.A. Lakers         111

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final New Jersey        5       Philadelphia        0

Final OT    Montreal    3       Anaheim    2

Final Vegas        7       Florida       2

Final N-Y Islanders     5       Los Angeles       3

Final Tampa Bay         4       Pittsburgh  2

Final SO    Detroit        4       Buffalo       3

Final Colorado   4       Ottawa       1

Final Minnesota 4       Vancouver 2

Final Winnipeg   4       St. Louis    2

Final Nashville   3       Calgary      2

Final Carolina     5       Arizona      3

Final San Jose   6       Edmonton 3

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (2)Gonzaga        85     Loyola Marymount      67

Final (23)Arizona         85     Southern Cal      80

Final (24)Colorado      71     California   65

Final (25)Houston       75     Tulane       62

Hawkeyes, Cyclones, Badgers Finalize 2020 Recruiting Classes

 Hawkeyes Finalize 2020 Class

The Iowa Hawkeyes added two additional recruits during signing day on Wednesday. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced Michael Lois a Defensive Lineman from Elkhorn, Wisconsin and punter Tory Taylor from Australia joined the 2020 Class. The 21recruits are rated the 34th in the country by 24/7 Sports.

 

Cyclone Finalize 2020 Recruiting Class

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell announced yesterday one addition to the Class of 2020 in Anthony Smith (Offensive Line, Lakeland, Fla.). Iowa State’s class of 22 recruits scored the 46th best recruiting class according to 24/7 sports.

 

Badgers finalize highest-ranked recruiting class in school history     

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin football program on Wednesday finalized the highest-ranked recruiting class in school history. Four-star running back Jalen Berger of Newark, N.J., became the Badgers’ 20th scholarship signee for 2020 that ranks 25th nationally by 247 Sports. That gives Wisconsin its highest-rated class in the online rankings era, topping last year’s record-high national ranking of 29th.

 

24/7  2020 Class Rankings: https://247sports.com/Season/2020-Football/CompositeTeamRankings/

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (2/5)

College Mens Basketball

  • Clarke 75, Culver Stockton 57
  • Dubuque 91, Central 82
  • Loras 90, Buena Vista 83
  • UW Platteville 83, UW Lacrosse 75

College Womens Basketball

  • Central 76, Dubuque 56
  • Culver Stockton 80, Clarke 67
  • Loras 70, Buena Vista 50
  • UW Lacrosse 76, UW Platteville 50

High School Boys Basketball

  • Scales Mound 64, Galena 39

Regional College Basketball Round-up from Wednesday

Purdue routs No. 17 Iowa 104-68

Evan Boudreaux scored a season-high 18 points to lead five Purdue players in double figures in a 104-68 rout against No. 17 Iowa. The Boilermakers shot a season-high 63 percent and reached the 100-point mark for the first time this season. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 26 points. Former Wahlert preps Cordell Pemsl with 6 and 1 board and Riley Till with 2 points.

 

No. 13 West Virginia downs Iowa State 76-61

Oscar Tshiebwe had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 13 West Virginia breezed to a 76-61 victory over Iowa State. West Virginia never trailed. Five minutes into the game the Mountaineers built a lead that didn’t fall below double digits again. Rasir Bolton scored 18 points for the Cyclones and Tyrese Haliburton added 12 points. Iowa State fell to 0-7 on the road.

 

Phyfe carries N. Iowa past Valparaiso 63-51

Northern Iowa picked up their 20th win of the season last night. Austin Phyfe had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lift Northern Iowa to a 63-51 win over Valparaiso. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman had 6 points 2 rebounds, former Senior prep Noah Carter had 5 points and a rebound in 7 minutes of playing time.

 

Minnesota romps past Wisconsin 70-52

Payton Willis scored a career-high 21 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range to lead Minnesota past Wisconsin 70-52. Daniel Oturu had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Carr scored 12 points, and Gabe Kalscheur added 11 points for the Gophers. They led the entire game and posted their largest margin of victory over the Badgers in 26 years. Both teams are 6-6 in Big Ten play. Nate Reuvers scored 14 points and Micah Potter had 11 points and 15 rebounds off the bench for the Badgers, who had their worst shooting performance of the season at 28.4 percent.

Blockbuster NBA trade…Yanks’ Paxton has surgery…SEC leads talent wars…Browns introduce Berry

UNDATED (AP) —Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the complicated 12-player, three-draft-pick trade that was approved by the league yesterday. The Rockets got Covington and Jordan Bell from Minnesota, plus Golden State’s 2024 second-round pick from the Hawks. Atlanta received centers Capela and Nenê  from Houston.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees lefty James Paxton has had back surgery for a herniated disk and is expected to be sidelined until May or June. The Yankees estimated Paxton’s approximate timeline to pitch in a major league game as three-to-four months. The injury weakens a Yankees rotation already missing right-hander Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

UNDATED (AP) — The SEC had six of the nation’s top eight classes as the remaining unsigned football prospects finalized their college plans yesterday. That’s according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. The rankings included No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Florida. Only Clemson at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 5 broke things up.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have introduced Andrew Berry as their new general manager. The 32-year-old Berry is believed to be the youngest GM in NFL history, and he’s the second current African-American GM in the NFL. He joked he didn’t receive an upgraded parking space upon his return to Cleveland, where he was vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 under GM Sashi Brown before working for the Philadelphia Eagles this past season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was party time in Kansas City yesterday as hundreds of thousands of Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Fans lined the 2-mile parade route to thank their football heroes for bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City and ending a Super Bowl drought that began after the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (2/5)

(9) NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Detroit        116   Phoenix     108

Final Brooklyn    129   Golden State      88

Final Toronto      119   Indiana      118

Final Boston       116   Orlando     100

Final Atlanta       127   Minnesota 120

Final Oklahoma City   109   Cleveland  103

Final Memphis   121   Dallas        107

Final Denver       98     Utah 95

Final L.A. Clippers       128   Miami         111

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final N-Y Rangers      5       Toronto      3

Final OT    Boston       2       Chicago     1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (5)Louisville        86     Wake Forest       76

Final (19)Butler  79     (10)Villanova      76

Final (12)Seton Hall    78     Georgetown        71

Final (13)West Virginia         76     Iowa St.     61

Final Purdue       104   (17)Iowa    68

Final Vanderbilt  99     (18)LSU     90

Final Providence         73     (21)Creighton     56

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (2/4)

High School Boys Basketball

  • Cedar Falls 57, #3 Dubuque, Senior 52
  • Dubuque, Hempstead 60, Linn-Mar 48
  • Waterloo, West 58, Wahlert 45
  • Western Dubuque 66, Waterloo East 64
  • Dyersville Beckman Catholic 50, #1 3AMarion 47
  • Camanche 72, Bellevue 37
  • North Fayette Valley 49, Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg 31

Illinois

  • East Dubuque 72, Winnebago 68(E. Dubuque now 22-3)

Wisconsin

  • Cuba City 66, Southwestern 52
  • Darlington 67, Boscobel 22
  • Mineral Point 78, Iowa Grant 39
  • Fennimore 96, Riverdale 26
  • Argyle 38, Belmont 37

High School Girls Basketball

  • Linn-Mar 35, Dubuque Hempstead 34
  • Cedar Falls 61, Dubuque Senior 34
  • Waterloo West 66, Wahlert Catholic 52
  • Western Dubuque 64, Waterloo East 36
  • Bellevue 55, Camanche 19
  • Marion 68, Dyersville Beckman Catholic 41
  • North Fayette Valley 65, Clayton Ridge 31

Illinois

  • Stockton 49, Galena 40

Wisconsin

  • Lancaster 63, Viroqua 25
  • Boscobel 60, Belmont 33
  • Shullsburg 44, Potosi/Cassville 40

Wieskamp Named Jerry West Award Finalist

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp is one of the 10 finalists for the 2020 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Wieskamp ranks second on the team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg). He has drained 26 3-pointers during Big Ten play to lead the conference and is averaging 17.8 points in 11 Big Ten games, which ranks fourth best.

Fans can vote for their favorite player starting this Friday at hoophallawards.com.

In March, five finalists will be announced.

No. 17 Iowa returns to action tonight at Purdue. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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.

AP Sports

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

 

 

 

 

AP Sports

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.