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Local and National Sports Updates for 12/29/18

UD Men top Clarke University

The University of Dubuque men’s basketball team rallied from 14 points down to capture an 84-78 victory over Clarke on Friday afternoon. Peter Ragen led with 21 points for the Spartans, while teammate Mitch Burger added 17 points off the bench, including 5 three-pointers. UD improved to 8-3 overall and will travel to play at Iowa Wesleyan today at 5 p.m.

UW Platteville wins in Vegas

The UW Platteville men’s basketball team earned a hard-fought, 75-70 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins University last night at the d3hoops.com Las Vegas Classic. Quentin Shields scored a game high 21 points to lead Platteville to the victory.

Loras women win in blowout fashion

The Loras women’s basketball team made a huge statement last night, defeating Alverno by a final score of 99-47 in the Loras Christmas Classic. Miranda Schroeder scored 16 points off the bench in the victory.

UD Women fall short at Zimmerman Memorial Tournament

The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team fell to Wittenberg in the Zimmerman Memorial Tournament yesterday by a final score of 89-58. Lexi Daniels led the Spartans at halftime with 12 points, coming off of four three pointers, three of which came in the first quarter.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Gardner Minshew II threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 12 Washington State stopped No. 25 Iowa State on a late two-point conversion in a 28-26 victory in the Alamo Bowl. Minshew passed for 299 yards to help Washington State (11-2) set a school record for wins in a season.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota  is now listed as questionable for their regular season finale tomorrow against Indianapolis with a playoff berth on the line. Mariota was limited yesterday for a second straight day at practice after a stinger late in the first half of last week’s 25-16 victory over Washington affected his right, throwing arm. If Mariota can’t play, backup Blaine Gabbert would start his third game this season in a battle of 9-6 teams vying for either an AFC wild-card berth or a division title.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears appear likely to get starting right guard Kyle Long back from injured reserve for tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, although no final decision has yet been made.   Long has been out since suffering a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets on Oct. 28. The NFC North-champion Bears could earn a first-round playoff bye with a win and a loss by the Los Angeles Rams, while the Vikings need a win or a loss by the Philadelphia Eagles to make the playoffs as a wild card.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams has announced his retirement after 13 NFL seasons. The 35-year-old Williams spent his entire career with the Bills after being taken in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. Williams was a second-team All-Pro in 2010 and earned five Pro Bowl selections, recording 607 tackles and 48 1/2 sacks.

NEW YORK (AP) – Boston Bruins forward David Backes has received a three-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal hit to the head of New Jersey forward Blake Coleman during Thursday’s loss to the Devils. Coleman was clearing a rebound from the New Jersey zone when Backes delivered a shoulder to his head and knocked him to the ice. The discipline also means Backes will miss Tuesday’s Winter Classic against Chicago at Notre Dame Stadium.

TORONTO (AP) – Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Shoemaker went 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in seven starts with the Los Angeles Angels last season. The right-hander has been hampered by right forearm injuries over the last two years.

Wisconsin Sports

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Markus Howard scored 23 of his 26 points in a hot-shooting first half, and No. 18 Marquette overpowered Southern for an 84-41. Howard was 8 for 8 from the field in the opening half, including 5 of 5 from the 3-point arc. The Golden Eagles won their eighth straight game as they head into Big East play next week.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Packers receiver Davante Adams is questionable for Green Bay’s season finale against the Detroit Lions because of a knee injury. Adams missed the first two days of practice this week, though he did say that he was optimistic that would be able to play.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kenisha Bell had 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, Annalese Lamke scored 20 points and No. 12 Minnesota opened Big Ten Conference play with a 74-56 win over Wisconsin. The Gophers (12-0) matched the 2002-03 team, when first-year coach Lindsay Whalen was a senior, for the second-best start in school history.

Illinois Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) – Zach LaVine scored 24 points, including 11 straight in the third quarter, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Washington Wizards 101-92 on Friday night. Wendell Carter, Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls. Bradley Beal led Washington with 34 points.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears appear likely to get starting right guard Kyle Long back from injured reserve for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, although no final decision has yet been made. Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets. Coach Matt Nagy sounded optimistic that Long would play, although he wasn’t sure whether Long’s snaps might be limited.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Travell Washington scored 13 points and hit the winning 3-pointer with a second left in overtime to help Illinois-Chicago beat Wright State 75-72 in the Horizon League opener for both teams. Marcus Ottey had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Tarkus Ferguson added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Flames (7-7). Cole Gentry had eight of his 24 points in overtime for Wright State (6-8). His 3-pointer with eight seconds left in the extra period tied it at 72 before Washington’s winner.

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