Daily Archive : Saturday September 29, 2012


    Luis Vera, 12, of Carol Stream enjoys some free frozen custard during the Carol Stream Public Library’s 50th anniversary celebration Saturday. Sciences games, pet adoption information and hourly raffles for e-readers were other activities at the event.

    Carol Stream library celebrates half-century of service

    The Carol Stream Public Library was bustling with patrons Saturday as it celebrated 50 years in the community. Residents stopped by the library and reminisced about its humble beginnings as one room in Carol Stream's original village hall. "It was the place to go," Pam Smith of Carol Stream said about the original library. "I remember it being very full. To a six or seven year old, it was just...

    Libyan civilians turn in weapons to security forces Saturday in Benghazi, Libya. Hundreds of Libyans have converged on a main square in Benghazi in response to a call from the military to hand over their weapons, some driving in with armored personnel carriers, vehicles with mounted anti-aircraft guns and hundreds of rocket launchers.

    Hundreds of Libyans hand over their weapons

    Hundreds of Libyans converged Saturday on a main square in Benghazi and another in Tripoli in response to a call from the military to hand over their weapons, some driving in with armored personnel carriers, tanks, vehicles with mounted anti-aircraft guns and hundreds of rocket launchers.


    One dead, two injured in Fox Lake crash

    One man is dead and two others are hospitalized after a vehicle crashed into a tree Saturday in Fox Lake, authorities said. Fox Lake police Lt. Mark Schindler said the victim, whose identification is pending, was airlifted to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville after being extricated from the vehicle. He died there overnight.

    Volunteers in yellow shirts help people gather free groceries in the basement of the First United Methodist Church on Love Elgin Day on Saturday, September 29.

    Love Elgin Day connects people to services

    Families and individules in need received free food, clothing and even prayer during the second Love Elgin Day Saturday. The event at five neighboring churches in downtown Elgin was expected to draw more than 3,000 people.

    Trevor Cahill threw a four-hitter in his third career complete game, Justin Upton drove in three runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks added to the Cub's futility in the NL West with an 8-2 victory on Saturday night.

    Flailing Cubs lose again, look to avoid 100 losses

    Others are fighting for the playoffs. The Cubs are trying to avoid a 100-loss season. The Cubs added to their futility in the West with an 8-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. The Cubs are 0-18 in road games against the NL West with one more to go, the series finale in the desert on Sunday. Chicago has lost 99 games.


    Fireplace ashes spark blaze in Elgin

    A fire that broke out Saturday morning in Elgin caused about $45,000 worth of structural damage to an attached garage on the 100 block of Westgate Drive.

    Associated Press Dharma Bohall, 13, extends her arms in prayer during the America for Jesus prayer rally in Philadelphia.

    Thousands pray together at ‘America for Jesus’ rally

    Thousands of conservative Christians gathered Saturday on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to pray for the future of the United States in the weeks before the presidential election.

    A family members of Ron Edberg consoled his son, Dusty, center, Saturday in front of an informal memorial made for the victims in front of Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, Minn.

    Minneapolis gunman’s family feared mental illness

    MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Engeldinger’s parents were worried about their son’s growing paranoia. In 2010, they sought help, enrolling in a 12-week class for families of the mentally ill.For the last 21 months, the family said they reached out in hopes he would seek treatment. It was to no avail, as he spurned their attempts at contact.

    Firefighters work Saturday morning to extinguish a fire at a single-family home on Trailside Court in Hoffman Estates.

    Fire badly damages Hoffman Estates house

    A fire badly damaged a single-family home Saturday morning on Trailside Court in Hoffman Estates. One person was transported to the hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.

    A decade after Omar Khadr, here age 15, the last detainee held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay returned to Canada Saturday after a decade in custody following his capture in Afghanistan at age 15.

    Last Western detainee at Gitmo returns to Canada

    The last Western detainee held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay returned to Canada Saturday after a decade in custody following his capture in Afghanistan at age 15 after being wounded in a firefight with U.S. soldiers, officials said.

    Danny Beauchamp, 15, of North Aurora ollies up to a 5-50 grind during the Batavia Teen Center’s third-annual skateboard competition Saturday at Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park in Batavia.

    Skateboarders wow Batavia crowd at annual contest

    Many tried, but few were able to land the coveted hard-flip-down-the-half-pipe trick during the Third Annual Batavia Teen Center Skateboard Competition at Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park. Almost 30 competitors from across the area showed off their best tricks Saturday.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at American Spring Wire in Bedford Heights, Ohio. “This election, in my opinion, comes down to a very dramatic choice between two different courses for America,” Romney said at a same-day stop in Westerville. Polls are showing Americans are feeling better about the economy and President Barack Obama’s leadership, causing serious problems for Romney five weeks before Election Day even with unemployment above 8 percent for a 43rd straight month. The polls also show Obama opening up leads over Romney in several key states.

    Growing voter confidence in economy lifts Obama

    Even with unemployment above 8 percent for a 43rd straight month, polls find voters taking comfort in modest signs of economic progress, from a solid jump in consumer confidence this month to steady gains in home prices. Surveys show Obama opening up leads over Romney in several key states.

    Associated PRESS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both campaign in the battleground state of Ohio. Fierce and determined competitors, Obama and Romney each have a specific mission for the string of three debates that starts Wednesday night.

    High debate stakes: Romney looks to gain momentum

    Barack Obama is cruising into the presidential debates with momentum on his side, yet he’s still struggling to revive the passion and excitement that propelled him to the White House. Mitt Romney is grasping for his last, best chance to reboot his campaign after a disastrous September.

    Keewon Taylor

    Suspect surrenders in Streamwood kidnapping, armed robbery

    The 20-year-old Streamwood man suspected of kidnapping an acquaintance at gunpoint Friday and sparking a manhunt turned himself into authorities later that night, Streamwood police said. Kidnapping and armed robbery charges are pending against Keewon Taylor, 20, of the 0-100 block of Helen Court.

    Jimmy and Lori Glazebrook at the Prana Yoga Center.

    Geneva yoga center helps teens combat stress

    Prana Yoga Center in Geneva has come up with a plan to combine homework and yoga, and calls it the OmWork Club. It's an after-school program for teens, according to columnist Dave Heun.


    Chicago looks to Twitter for answer to gun problem

    The city of Chicago is asking residents with ideas on how to get illegal guns off the streets to share their thoughts — in 140 characters or fewer on Twitter.


    Algeria at UN: Limit free speech, protect Islam

    Algeria demanded new efforts Saturday to limit freedom of expression to prevent denigrating attacks on Islam, appealing to the United Nations to take a lead as nations engaged in new debate on the tensions between free speech and religious tolerance.

    In this image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network (SNN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a fire rages at a medieval souk in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rebels and residents of Aleppo struggled Saturday to contain a huge fire that destroyed parts of the city’s medieval souks, or markets, following raging battles between government troops and opposition fighters there, activists said. Some described the overnight blaze as the worst blow yet to a historic district that helped make the heart of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial hub, a UNESCO world heritage site.

    Syrian fighting torches historic medieval market

    A fire sparked by battles between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s troops and rebel fighters tore through Aleppo’s centuries-old covered market Saturday, burning wooden doors and scorching stone stalls and vaulted passageways. The souk is one of a half-dozen renowned cultural sites in the country that have become collateral damage in the civil war.


    Lake County whooping cough cases surpass last year

    Health officials say the number of whooping cough cases in Lake County has already surpassed last year's total. The Lake County Health Department reported Friday that there have been 178 whooping cough cases so far this year. Last year, there were 175 cases.


    Three held in Grayslake home invasion

    Grayslake police are holding three people in connection with an armed home invasion late Friday in Grayslake while a fourth suspect is believed to have fled the area. "This is a nice little neighborhood and very safe," neighbor Rachael Rezek said. "We’re just hoping this wasn’t a random occurrence.”

    Homecoming Queen Liz Diamond rides with Elle McLaughlin, 6, and escort Zach Rowe during the Barrington High School homecoming parade Saturday.

    Class of '37 honored at Barrington homecoming parade

    Barrington High School's homeoming parade is said to represent a connection between the schools and community. This year, three members of the Class of 1937 reunited for the event and served as grand marshals on a perfect fall morning. “We’ve had worse weather than this but I don’t think we’ve had anything better,” said Tom Leonard, superintendent of Barrington 220 schools. “I think it’s a sign...

    U.S. Marine squad leader Sgt. Matthew Duquette, left, of Warrenville, with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines walks with Afghan National Army Lt. Hussein, during in a joint patrol in Nawa district, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. U.S. military officials have noted that Afghan security forces are dying in insider attacks along with foreign troops, but so far, the Afghan government has not provided statistics on the number killed.

    Afghan forces also suffer from insider attacks

    Afghan Army Sgt. Habibullah Hayar didn’t know it, but he had been sleeping with his enemy for weeks. Twenty days ago, one of his roommates was arrested for allegedly plotting an insider attack against their unit, which is partnered with NATO forces in eastern Paktia province.


    Evidence tossed at start of papal butler's trial

    VATICAN CITY — The pope's once-trusted butler went on trial Saturday for allegedly stealing papal documents and passing them off to a journalist in the worst security breach of the Vatican's recent history — a case that embarrassed the Vatican and may shed some light on the discreet, internal workings of the papal household.

    This 1973 photo shows New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger in his office in New York. Sulzberger has died at age 86. The newspaper reports that his family says Sulzberger died Sept. 29 at his home in Southampton, N.Y., after a long illness. He had retired in 1992 after three decades at the paper's helm and was succeeded by his son, Arthur Jr.

    Ex-NY Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger dies

    NEW YORK — Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who led the newspaper to new levels of influence and profit amid some of the most significant moments in 20th-century journalism, died Saturday. He was 86.


    Obama calls on Congress to approve refinance plan

    WASHINGTON — Citing historically low mortgages, President Barack Obama is pressing Republicans to back housing policies the White House says would help struggling homeowners refinance their debts and prevent foreclosures.

    Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. tours the Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights last April. With the November election only five weeks away, Jackson's absence from work and the campaign trail is testing patience in Chicago. His GOP opponent is now criticizing him for it after pledging not to. Friendly editorial writers are now urging he come forward and finally explain himself.

    Jackson's absence testing patience in Chicago

    CHICAGO — His home in Washington is for sale. His wife says he'll come back to work only when a doctor approves. He vowed to return to the campaign by Labor Day, a deadline that came ... and went.Election Day is five weeks away, and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. remains out of sight.


    Ill. offers sessions on growing food businesses

    SPRINGFIELD — Business people who are trying to expand their Illinois food-based businesses may attend a daylong conference featuring experts to answer questions.The Nov. 1 event is in Rosemont.


    Chicago police officer charged with misconduct

    CHICAGO — A 24-year veteran Chicago police officer is free on $100,000 bond on charges he had sex with a prisoner he'd promised to release from the West Side lockup where the officer worked.Officer Nelson Stewart on Friday was charged with custodial sexual misconduct, official misconduct and bribery, all felonies.


    Man convicted in 2006 murder of tumbler

    CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 death of a Jesse White tumbler and star high school basketball player.


    Feds: Alleged Chicago drug ring leaders arrested

    CHICAGO — The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says two alleged drug ring leaders have been arrested as part of a nationwide effort to root out traffickers.


    Chicago investing $65M to revitalize South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago is investing more than $65 million in schools, parks, mass transit and businesses as part of an effort to revitalize areas of the Near South Side.The money is coming from City Hall as well as Chicago's transit authority, park district and school district.


    Suspect charged in death of Evanston teen

    EVANSTON — Authorities say a suburban Chicago teenager was gunned down last weekend by a man who mistakenly targeted him.First-degree murder charges were filed against 20-year-old Wesley Woodson III in the Sept. 22 death of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman of Evanston. The 14-year-old was killed as he was walking home with friends from a party.

    Team USA fans were out in full force on the first tee Friday morning as Ryder Cup competition got under way at Medinah Country Club.

    What it's like on Ryder's first tee

    The first tee at the Ryder Cup can be daunting. At Friday's opening bell, the chorus was in full swing as American and European fans chanted refrain after to refrain to show their support in attempts to drown out the opposition. Whether it was the chill in the air, the overwhelming warmth of the crowd of Medinah or the ever-mounting pressure in their hands, the first tee shots of the day went...

    Local children wait for the doors to open at the new Aurora Public Library’s Express Center Friday. It’s been open since Sept. 17, but Friday was a special event to welcome the public.

    Express Center brings Aurora library services to neighborhood

    Families who plan to become regulars at the Aurora Public Library’s new Express Center crowded outside the facility’s doors Friday afternoon awaiting its grand opening ceremony. “We’re very excited; we live right down the street,” said Candi Vizcarra of Aurora, who walked to the grand opening Friday with her 6-month-old in a stroller and her other three children ages two to 11 by her side.


    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez celebrates following an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead No. 22 Nebraska's comeback from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Badgers 30-27. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Martinez leads No. 22 Huskers’ rally in 30-27 win

    Taylor Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead No. 22 Nebraska’s comeback from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Badgers 30-27 on Saturday night

    There is no shortage of food available for fans at the Ryder Cup in Medinah, as long as you’re willing to pay a higher-than-average price.

    Ryder fans happy to shell out hundreds at Medinah

    Tickets themselves cost hundreds of dollars for the Ryder Cup. But the spending doesn’t stop there. Fans can spend hundreds, even thousands more on parking, food and souveniers. Here's a look at what the Ryder Cup can really cost.

    White Sox starter Chris Sale, middle, wipes his face Saturday as catcher Tyler Flowers (17), third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20), first baseman Adam Dunn (32) and shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) react after Tampa Bay Rays’ B.J. Upton hit a one-run single during the fourth inning.

    Is wind out of White Sox’ Sale?

    Alex Rios was the only regular who seemed to show up ready to play in the White Sox’ latest biggest game of the year Saturday. And after the Rays pounded the Sox 10-4 at U.S. Cellular Field, Rios (2-for-3, outfield assist) didn’t even try to put a positive spin on the four games left in the regular season. “We have to win every game and hope that Detroit loses a couple,” Rios said. “That’s what has to happen.”

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday during the first half in Arlington, Texas.

    Bears’ Cutler, Cowboys’ Romo have much in common

    In a lot of ways, the two quarterbacks who will face off Monday night when the Bears and the Cowboys meet on national TV are alike. And in a lot of ways, they’re not. The Bears’ Jay Cutler and Dallas’ Tony Romo grew up in small-town Middle America and wound up playing under the brightest of lights on the biggest of stages.

    Team USA fans show their support at the first tee on Day 2 of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Recapping Saturday’s Ryder Cup foursome matches
    Here’s a glance at how the early Ryder Cup matches on Saturday morning unfolded at Medinah Country Club, giving Team USA an 8-4 lead heading into the afternoon fourball matches. There are 28 matches in the Ryder Cup, and the United States needs to win 14½ points to capture the trophy.


    Luczak, Glenbard West enjoy Falcon Classic

    Almost perfect. That was how Glenbard West’s Lisa Luczak described her Saturday at St. James Farm in Warrenville.The weather was great. Her team ran well and she topped the Flight 2 field with a personal-best time of 16:54 on the 2.95-mile course.


    Oken, Maxson lead Naperville North to tourney title

    It’s always good to take home a tournament championship, but for the Naperville North girls tennis team, winning its own invitational Saturday couldn’t have come at a better time.


    St. Francis 7th at Asics Challenge

    Maddie Haggerty and St. Francis could use some rest. An afternoon at the Asics Challenge is anything but a siesta. Haggerty, affected by a blister on her foot, is one of several banged-up Spartans. Competing in Saturday’s Gold playoffs in the 26th annual event at Mother McAuley, No. 2 St. Francis dropped three-set matches to Marist and Joliet Catholic before beating Huntley 25-9, 25-20 for seventh place.

    Fans cheer on the 16th hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup on Saturday.

    Being at Ryder Cup the real deal

    This week’s Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club certainly is different from your typical event, but the same question applies: Is it better to witness play on the course or from the couch? The comparison test was easy Saturday as long as you scored a ticket for the tournament. You could go to Medinah for the morning matches and back home for the afternoon matches.


    Saturday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Satursday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Satursday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls swimming scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls swimming meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Saturday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Lake Zurich’s Thompson courts a future at Eastern Illinois

    Lake Zurich senior Grant Thompson has given a verbal commitment to play Division I tennis for Eastern Illinois University and will sign his national letter of intent in November.


    Another super Saturday for Stevenson

    Stevenson’s girls volleyball team enjoyed another sweet Saturday.After winning Elk Grove’s invite last weekend by winning all five of their matches, the Patriots went 5-0 in their own tournament Saturday.Stevenson (24-2) captured two-set victories over Grant, Loyola, Wheeling, McHenry and Vernon Hills. Khaila Donaldson had 3 kills, 3 aces and 2 solo blocks in the Patriots’ 25-15, 25-14 win over Loyola, which went 4-1 on the day.Donaldson’s dandy day also included 4 aces against Vernon Hills, 4 kills and 2 solo blocks vs. McHenry and 5 kills against Wheeling. Jenna Radtke and Liza Pflugradt had 22 and 21 kills, respectively, in Stevenson’s five matches.Vernon Hills (9-17, 2-3) was led by Shannon Nugent’s 43 kills. Jenn Claussen totaled 24 kills in the tourney for the Cougars.At Lake Forest: Grayslake North went 2-3, despite setter Lisa Lowry twisting her ankle and missing most of the tournament. Kelsey Klausner had 23 kills and 8 aces for Grayslake North (7-17), while Alaina Geissberger posted 10 blocks.Filling in for Lowry, Brittany Greig lofted 36 assists, served 27 of 27 and totaled 13 digs.“Brittany did a great job,” Knights coach Nikki Kirchway said. “Our team really rallied around each other, and we had some great rallies in all the matches.”Melanie Aikin added 18 kills for the Knights, whose pair of wins included a 25-22, 25-22 decision over Lake Forest.“I am very proud how everyone played together and fought for points,” Kirchway said.


    Owens’ late goal powers St. Viator

    Jackson Owens sealed a Mid-State Soccer Tournament championsip for St. Viator with a dramatic 80th-minute goal Saturday night against West Chicago on the turf at Celtic Park in Palatine. With overtime staring both clubs straight in the eye, the senior made space for his shot on an angled run down the right side before crashing a low blast past keeper Paolino Mansera, who was fully extended to his left, just moments before the match was whistled over.

    Team USA captain Davis Love III hugs Bubba Watson after Watson and teammate Webb Simpson won their match Saturday afternoon.

    USA players following captain’s orders

    Like any Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III has endured his share of second guessing, but the results speak for themselves.His rookies, led by Keegan Bradley, have combined to go 8-3, and Tiger Woods responded to his first Cup benching by cranking it up on the back nine Saturday afternoon in one of the most exciting matches of the weekend in front of 40,000 festive fans at Medinah Country Club .But most important for Love, the U.S squad followed up a great start on Friday with another dominant performance Saturday to take an overwhelming 10-6 lead over the Team Europe heading into today’s singles matches.Plain and simple, Love has pulled all the right strings, but like any good captain, he’ll never admit it.

    Tiger Woods started slow Saturday, falling 4-down, but came on strong with 5 birdies on the back nine in his fourball match with partner Steve Stricker. They had a chance to square the match but lost on No. 18.

    Closing rush by Woods falls just short

    Say this much for Tiger Woods: He can still send a lightning bolt of electricity across Medinah Country Club.Woods, who claimed the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships at Medinah, had throngs of Ryder Cup fans going absolutely berserk Saturday afternoon as he and partner Steve Stricker clawed back being 4-down after nine holes and almost pulling out a half-point for the ages.


    Round Lake rolls, Libertyville wins

    Round Lake 10, Christian Life 0: Ten players scored for the Panthers, who are 11-0-1 in their last 12 matches.Round Lake (14-2-1) received goals from Mariano Narvarez, Freddie Ramirez, Miguel Salgado, Oscar Rodriguez, Jose Sedano, Sergio Valdivia, Abraham Murua, Edgar Nieto, Sergio Gomez and Fernando Sotelo. Ramirez, Rodriguez, Nieto, Raul Albor and Lorenzo Cortez had assists.Adis Sator made 2 saves in earning the shutout.Libertyville 4, Lake Forest Academy 3: Lloyd Chatfield and Austin Bitta each had 2 goals and an assist for the Wildcats in the nonconference match.Connor McNeir and Alex Lucas also had assists for Libertyville (10-2-1).


    First-half flurry keeps Barrington on course

    The Barrington boy soccer team ended a successful week with another victory and three more points. The Broncos treated a big homecoming crowd to an impressive 3-0 victory over Hoffman Estates on Saturday. The win appears to be setting up a regular-season finale with Palatine to decide the Mid-Suburban West champion and a spot in the MSL Cup on Thursday, Oct. 11.


    Marian tips Marmion by 1 shot

    The Suburban Christian Conference goes against established practice in determining its champion boys golf program. Regular-season dual meets are essentially exhibition matches as the league holds a two-day tournament to crown the league victor. Saturday afternoon at White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville, Marmion entered the second day of competition with a razor-thin 320-321 lead over Marian Central.


    Wheaton Academy spreads the fun around

    Wheaton Academy’s football players made their kindergarten teachers proud Saturday afternoon.The Warriors shared the scoring load, spreading their 8 touchdowns among six players in a 56-0 victory at Guerin in River Grove.

    Standing loud and proud, American fans have given plenty of support at Medinah County Club to a USA team on the verge of winning the 39th Ryder Cup.

    Young guns have Team USA soaring

    After a couple decades of terrible Ryder Cup play, Team USA has taken advantage of the biggest home-course advantage in golf history -- and taken apart Team Europe in historic fashion.

    Luke Donald hits out of the trap on the 6th hole during Ryder Cup fourball matches Saturday at Medinah Country Club. He captured his first point of this Ryder Cup when he and Sergio Garcia defeated Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker on the 18th hole.

    Clutch birdie by Donald holds off Woods, Stricker

    After not making it past the 15th hole in his first two Ryder Cup matches — a pair of morning-round thumpings at the hands of the red-hot pairing of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley — Northwestern product Luke Donald finally found his form, and the 18th green, late Saturday evening.


    Late score helps Maine West tie Warren

    Two of the best Class 3A teams in the northern half of the state played to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Maine West Stadium in Des Plaines. Miguel Lopez drove home the equalizer in the 74th minute to give Maine West a well-deserved result with visiting Warren (12-3-2) in a nonconference contest between two clubs which were recently awarded the top seed in their respective sectionals. The undermanned Warriors (13-1-3), who were without 5 starters, overcame a drab second half effort.

    Danny D’Angelo of Immaculate Conception is pulled down by Montini defenders during the Montini vs. Immaculate Conception game Saturday in Elmhurst.

    Montini steams past IC

    Montini football coach Chris Andriano recalls the days when Immaculate Conception’s late, hall of fame coach Jack Lewis seemingly “turned a switch” to send another disruptive train roaring by the Knights’ field. “Every five minutes, especially when we’re on offense,” Andriano joked. Saturday in Elmhurst it was Montini delivering the freight.

    Ryder Cub fans watching the action on the No. 12 green at Medinah Country Club go crazy for Team USA Saturday afternoon.

    Fans help create magic moments at Medinah

    Congratulations, Chicago. The energy, exuberance and rowdiness fans have brought to Medinah Country Club this weekend for the 39th Ryder Cup has players and commentators alike raving over your conduct. “I’ve never seen this many people on a golf course, whether for a Ryder Cup or for any golf event,” said NBC reporter Jimmy Roberts, who is at his 10th Ryder Cup.

    Lakes’ Foster Dore collides with Andreas Thedorf of Grayslake North in the first period. Dore was trying to score to tie the game on Saturday in Lake Villa.

    It’s falling into place for Lakes

    If autumn is in the air, Lakes’ boys soccer team must be sniffing another postseason run. The Eagles came from behind to beat visiting Grayslake North 4-2 in nonconference match Saturday. Midfielder Ramon Marin had a goal and 2 assists for Lakes (10-4-3). Brian Werchek, Joey Savino and Thomas Cyberski also netted goals for the Eagles. Savino picked up an assist, as well.


    Stevenson’s depth surfaces at Conant

    Stevenson’s depth sure showed in Saturday’s Cougar Invite hosted by Conant.The flighted meet allows each team to enter one swimmer in three different heats, and equal points are derived from each of those heats. So having a fast No. 3 swimmer throughout the lineup can really make a difference in the final standings.The Patriots finished with 281 points. Hersey (209) placed second, ahead of host Conant (143), Schaumburg (140), Crystal Lake Central (123) and South Elgin (57).The Class A heats featured plenty of competitors likely to be battling for points in the state meet later this season.Hersey senior Amanda Petro took top honors in the 200-meter IM (2:24.53), just ahead of Stevenson’s Cheryl Xiang, and Petro also won the 100 backstroke in 1:05.72.Crystal Lake Central’s Marisa Barton edged Stevenson’s Julia Wawer to win the 50 free in 27.48.Conant’s Allison Cicero touched out Stevenson’s Rebecca Hannon by four one-hundredths to win the 200-meter freestyle in 2:10.85, and Cicero won easily in the 400 free (4:38.83).Stevenson sophomore Ashlyn Ruiz won the 100 fly (1:09.12), and Hersey’s Karolina Szymaszek had an impressive effort to win 100 free in 1:02.77, ahead of second-place Riley Kirby of Stevenson.The Patriots were a force in the freestyle relays, as Kirby, Xiang, Isabella Tomasetti and Wawer won the 200 easily in 1:54.84, and Rebecca Hannon joined Kirby, Xiang and Wawer to win the 400 in 4:07.74. Stevenson won every freestyle relay, at all three levels.Schaumburg’s Sydney Skibinski delivered the top 100 breastroke time of 1:19.40, just ahead of Szymaszek.Hersey’s Hannah Bovino finished with a winning score of 353.35, and teammate Megan Nocita and Anne Johnson won the B and C flights, respectively.


    Prospect’s Caporusso’s clutch on campus

    The Prospect girls golf team put in its final tuneup for Wednesday’s Class AA Barrington regional by playing on the University of Illinois Blue Course Saturday.Knights junior Noreen Caporusso aced her exam in the college town by earning medalist honors with a one-over-par 75. Prospect (310) took second place behind champion New Trier (307) in the 15-team John Macek Invite hosted by Champaign Centennial High school.Caporusso’s round was her best 18-hole score of the season as she collected a pair of birdies. She defeated New Trier’s Callie Nelson, Lois Suh and Ellie McGuire (all shot 76s) by 1 stroke for the title.

    USA's Webb Simpson reacts after making a putt to win the 13th hole during a fourball match Saturday at the Ryder Cup. Simpson and Watson won their match to give Team USA a 9-4 lead.

    Poulter keeps Europeans in the hunt at Ryder Cup

    Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley helped stake the Americans to their biggest lead in the Ryder Cup in more than 30 years. Ian Poulter, eyes bulging and fists shaking with every clutch putt, at least gave Europe some big momentum over the final frantic hour Saturday at Medinah. "The last two putts were massive," European captain Jose Maria Olazabal said after watching Poulter stay undefeated in this Ryder Cup.


    Burlington 2nd at Hampshire; Cary-Grove 3rd at Asics

    The Burlington Central girls volleyball team ran roughshod through the Hampshire tournament Saturday before running into a more powerful Rocket.The BC Rockets downed South Elgin, Hampshire, Marengo and Woodstock all in straight sets before losing to Big Northern East rival Richmond-Burton 25-19, 25-14 in the championship match.Senior Lexie Bouza led Burlington Central (17-7) on the day with 25 kills, 39 digs, 9 aces and 10 blocks. Allie O’Reilly had 73 digs for Central, while Karrington Bell (13 aces, 21 digs), Tori Settani (13 blocks), Makena Jensen (11 kills, 8 blocks) and Lauren Wiltsie (28 digs, 20 kills) also contributed to the effort.Jacobs took third in the tournament, beating Winnebago, Rockford Auburn, Grayslake North and South Elgin but also losing to Richmond, which is undefeated on the season.Alyssa Ehrhardt had 38 kills, 13 digs and 29 aces while Maris Smith added 24 kills, 22 digs and 20 aces to lead the Golden Eagles (19-6). Kassie Kasper added 30 digs, Taylor Lauder had 46 assists and Mackie Traub added 42 assists and 14 digs. Katie Mahoney had 13 kills and Rachel Arceneaux 10 for Jacobs.South Elgin went 3-2 at the tournament, beating Woodstock, Marengo and Hampshire and losing to Burlington Central and Jacobs. Corbin Kehe (67 assists), Ashley Oandasan (14 kills, 34 digs), Allison Osborne (31 kills), Amanda Nadler (18 kills, 5 blocks) and Rachel Murray (33 digs) led the Storm.Hampshire was 2-3 at its own tournament, beating Woodstock and Winnebago but losing to Burlington, Marengo and South Elgin. Erin Foss (20 kills), Jen Dumoulin (23 kills, 69 digs, 9 aces), Arianna Rominski (18 kills, 9 aces), Julianna Gass (120 digs) and Brittany Laffin (62 assists) led the Whip-Purs.Asics Challenge: Maddie Haggerty and St. Francis could use some rest.An afternoon at the Asics Challenge is anything but a day off.Haggerty, affected by a blister on her foot, is one of several dinged-up Spartans. Competing in Saturday’s Gold playoffs in the 26th annual event at Mother McAuley, No. 2 St. Francis dropped three-set matches to Marist and Joliet Catholic before beating Huntley 25-9, 25-20 for seventh place.St. Francis coach Peg Kopec wasn’t about to use injuries as a crutch. Still, though, it was an inopportune time to be at less than 100 percent.“I’m not blaming anything on (injuries). We won that last match without Maddie which was good,” Kopec said. “Anytime you can go 3-2 at the Challenge in the Gold, I don’t have a problem with that.”Maddie Haggerty first developed a swollen tendon on her foot the weekend prior, and she missed two earlier matches this week with a large blister. She admitted it was painful to play through, but with rest, medication and a gel she anticipates she’ll be fine.“I think it just came from overplaying,” Maddie Haggerty said. “It affected my shots a little bit.”Haggerty was held out of the Huntley match, but her teammates more than picked up the slack. Michelle McLaughlin had 8 kills and 7 digs, Maddie’s freshman sister Molly Haggerty 7 kills and 4 blocks, Sam Dubiel 5 digs and 4 aces and McKenna Kelsay 18 assists. St. Francis was in control throughout — only trailing at two points — ending the day on an uptick.“This tournament was tough, but that was a big win,” Molly Haggerty said. “I think this experience of playing hard teams is really going to help down the road.”Huntley was the surprise story of Friday pool play.The young Red Raiders, seeded 22nd out of 24 teams with the worst record of the teams playing at the Asics, stunned nationally-ranked Lone Peak (Ut.) 25-17, 25-20 to make Saturday’s Gold playoffs.On Saturday Huntley (7-10) dropped a 25-17, 25-17 decision to Notre Dame Academy (Ky.) and lost to Piux XI (Wis.) 25-10, 25-17 before falling to St. Francis. Matching up against the best still was what Huntley coach Karen Liss hoped for.

    Team Europe's Ian Poulter is pumped after sinking a putt to finish 1 up on Team USA at the 18th Saturday in the 39th Ryder Cup. Poulter is 3-0-0 for Europe at Medinah.

    Indomitable Poulter gives Europe some hope

    There may be no better match play competitor in Ryder Cup history than England’s Ian Poulter. He’s kept Team Europe alive — at least barely — through two days of the 39th staging of the event at Medinah, and he gave a pulsating finish to Saturday’s closing session.After playing partner Rory McIlroy made birdie at No. 13, Poulter reeled off five birds in a row, the last of which clinched a 1-up victory over Americans Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Poulter and McIlroy were 2-down when their run began.

    Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Gimenez, right, celebrates with Desmond Jennings, left, after hitting a solo homer. Matt Moore pitched one-hit ball into the sixth, Matt Joyce homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays stayed three games behind in the chase for the second AL wild card Saturday by beating the sliding White Sox 10-4.

    Slumping Sox fall to Rays, two games out of first

    Manager Robin Ventura offered a blunt assessment of his team's play Saturday in one of the most important games of the season. The White Sox managed just four hits and ace Chris Sale didn't get out of the fourth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays rolled to a 10-4 victory. "When he doesn't locate, I think that was the biggest thing for him today," Ventura said.


    CL Central edges Jacobs for Harland title

    With its many steep hills and upgrades, the 3-mile Fox River Park course has always provided a very difficult terrain for boys cross country runners to navigate in the Pat Harland Invitational. That was once again the case Saturday morning as Crystal Lake Central managed to hold off Jacobs 45-68 for the championship of the 15-team meet in Silver Lake, Wis.


    Northwest roundup

    Wheeling’s girls volleyball team went 1-4 in the Stevenson tournament, notching its win over Grant 15-25, 27-25, 26-24.


    Rolling Meadows tourney provides tough test for MSL teams

    Rolling Meadows hosted its 29th annual Mustang Invitational featuring area teams Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Fremd and St. Viator on Saturday morning. With a sectional bracketing format, Benet Academy and Glenbard West tied for first place with 49 points. Fremd followed with 33 while Lake Zurich finished at fourth at 24 points. Singles was won by Benet’s Leah Tzakis, who defeated Glenbard West’s Caroline Maltby 6-2, 6-0 in the championship match. The winning teams were reversed in doubles, as Glenbard West’s Ali Bush/Molly Hennessy beat Benet’s Mary Beth King/Daniella Reyes for top honors.

    Michigan State's Keith Mumphrey is knocked off his feet by Ohio State's Rod Smith after missing a pass Saturday during the second quarter.

    No. 14 Ohio St holds off No. 20 Michigan St 17-16

    Urban Meyer's first Big Ten game as Ohio State coach turned out to be a classic welcome to the conference. His quarterback got shaken up twice, but Braxton Miller kept coming back on the field, and in the end the Buckeyes played just well enough defensively to come away with a bruising victory. "This was a war. This was two sledgehammers going at each other," Meyer said.

    Keegan Bradley reacts to his team’s win on the 12th hole of foursome play Saturday during the Ryder Cup matches.

    Images: Saturday at the Ryder Cup
    Images from Saturday at Medinah Country Club and the 39th Ryder Cup tournament. Saturday featured the US team taking a commanding 10 - 6 lead over team Europe heading into the final round on Sunday.

    Bartlett’s Aaron Everson slips through the fingers of Lake Park’s Kevin Teglia during second quarter action at Millennium Field in Streamwood on Saturday.

    Everson, defense propel Bartlett past Lake Park

    Bartlett jumped to a 3-touchdown lead in the first half against Lake Park and its defense stepped up repeatedly to deny the oncoming Lancers in the second half of a 21-13 Upstate Eight Valley victory at Millennium Field Saturday. Bartlett (4-2, 2-1) bolted to a 21-0 lead via 3 first-half touchdown runs by senior tailback Aaron Everson. He rushed for 251 yards on 36 carries, including a 95-yard burst for the first score of the game, thereby upping his season totals to 1,193 yards and 19 scores.

    Bartlett’s Aaron Everson is taken down by Lake Park’s Ronnie Castaldo and Antonio Shenault in the second quarter on Saturday, September 30.

    Images: Lake Park vs. Bartlett football
    The Lancers of Lake Park take on the Hawks of Bartlett in Saturday football action at Millenium Field Saturday, September 29, 2012.

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    Dundee-Crown, Burlington win tourney titles

    It was a good Saturday for the boys soccer teams from Dundee-Crown and Burlington Central. And not a bad one for St. Edward coach Tim Brieger either.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Schaumburg's Stacey Smith, left, breaks free from Barrington's Nick Coy during Saturday's game.

    New look helps Schaumburg win at Barrington

    Schaumburg is loaded with playmakers all over the field, but on Saturday afternoon at Barrington Community Stadium, they played a brand of football in the second half that they feel will help them win in the playoffs. The Saxons only scored once in the second half but they scrapped their way to a 20-14 Mid-Suburban West victory over Barrington.


    Adams sets winning pace; Jacobs takes team title

    Antioch’s 39th annual Pat Harland invitational was not close from an individual standpoint Saturday morning at Fox River Park in Silver Lake, Wis. Marengo’s Katie Adams easily captured first place on the 3-mile course with a winning time of 17:41, but the battle for the team title went down to the wire between the Indians and Jacobs. It took a great team effort, but the Golden Eagles edged Marengo 36-46 to win the championship of the 16-team meet. Warren was not too far behind with a third-place score of 62 points, while Vernon Hills (103s) came in fourth place.

    Photos from the Montini at Immaculate Conception football game Saturday, September 29.

    Images: Montini at Immaculate Conception football
    Immaculate Conception high school hosted Montini catholic high school for Friday night football in Elmhurst.


    Shaffer, Prospect lead the way at Detweiller

    Quentin Shaffer and Prospect made quite a statement at the Peoria Central Invite on Saturday. Shaffer blitzed the field in cruising to first place in 14:28, helping lead Prospect to the team title with 134 points at Detweiller Park in Peoria.Shaffer’s time is the second-fastest on the Peoria course for a Prospect runner, just behind the effort produced by Ryan Craven (14:21) in his second-place state finish in 2005.


    Downers South gets it done downstate

    Downers Grove South stormed to the Peoria Central Invitational title with 69 points at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday. The Mustangs placed five runners in the top 21 in dominating the 43-team field. Mundelein (162 points) took second followed by Prospect (172 points), Hoffman Estates (222 points), and Cary-Grove (240 points).

    The start of the girls varsity race during the St. Charles North Cross County Invite Saturday September 29, 2012 at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North nips Geneva

    St. Charles North, Geneva and Batavia’s girls cross country teams are going to see a lot of each other the next few weeks, and if Saturday is any indication those promise to be some can’t-miss events. The host North Stars won their own 12-team invitational Saturday at LeRoy Oakes with 46 points, one better than Geneva with Batavia in third at 63.

    BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.com The Start of the boys varsity race during the St. Charles North Cross County Invite Saturday September 29, 2012 at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles.

    WW South 2nd, Batavia 3rd at SCN invite

    Having seen how Chris Orlow can dominate at practice, Batavia coach Mike DiDomenico was that much happier watching the junior run Saturday at St. Charles North’s Invitational at LeRoy Oakes. Orlow covered the course in 15:26.9 to finish fifth, leading Batavia to a third-place finish out of 18 teams. Niles North won the invite followed by Wheaton Warrenville South.

    Schaumburg’s Stacey Smith, left, breaks free from Barrington’s Nick Coy during Saturday’s game.

    Images: Barrington vs. Schaumburg, football
    The 2-3 Barrington High School Broncos football team hosted the 4-1 Schaumburg High School Saxons Sturday, September 29th, in Barrington.

    Marshall tight end Gator Hoskins, right, scores a touchdown on a 12-yard pass in front of Purdue defensive back Taylor Richards Saturday during the first half in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Defense leads Purdue past Marshall 51-41

    Purdue’s Caleb TerBush threw four touchdown passes Saturday and the Boilermakers ran two interceptions back for scores as they held off Marshall 51-41. TerBush finished 27 of 37 for 294 yards on a day both offenses had big numbers.

    Chris Kingery from Lincoln, Neb., staked out a good spot on the 18th hole a few hours before Ryder Cup action would arrive. Kingery said, “I figure they’ve got to come by eventually.”

    Ryder fans experience ‘mecca’ of golf at Medinah

    Fans of the American and European teams of professional golfers squaring off in the second day of the Ryder Cup experienced glimpses of fame, roaring crowds and friendly displays of patriotism — all on a sunny, fall day. “It’s just awesome to be this close to a world event,” said Judy Strejc. “If you’re a golfer, this is Mecca,” said Ron Anderson.

    Keegan Bradley celebrates his team’s win Saturday during the foursome matches at Medinah.

    Best day of Bradley’s life? At Ryder Cup, it’s next one

    Keegan Bradley called his Ryder Cup debut “the best day of my life.” Barely 24 hours later, somehow it got even better. After stealing the show Friday with back-to-back wins, Bradley again partnered with Phil Mickelson to make beating the Europeans look easy.


    No. 9 West Virginia beats No. 25 Baylor 70-63

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 9 West Virginia and the Big 12, perfect together.Geno Smith and the fast-moving, high-scoring Mountaineers proved they fit right in with their new conference, outracing No. 25 Baylor 70-63 on Saturday in the Big 12’s highest-scoring game ever. Smith tied a conference mark with eight touchdown passes and narrowly missed another one with 656 yards passing. “It did feel like one of those classic Texas shootouts,” said Smith, whose school moved over from the Big East this season. “That’s kind of what the Big 12 is about.”Smith outdueled Baylor’s Nick Florence, who broke Heisman Trophy-winning predecessor Robert Griffin III’s school record with 581 yards. Florence threw for five TDs.School, conference and FBS marks all got rewritten in this one.The game also set a new record for the most points scored in a game involving a team ranked in The Associated Press poll. The previous mark of 124 was set in No. 12 Oklahoma’s 82-42 win over Colorado in 1980.How wild was it? Smith, the early Heisman front-runner, had more TD passes than incompletions (six). He finished 45 of 51 and still doesn’t have an interception this season.“Can you please tell me how you can improve on that?” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said.Maybe not on offense, but both defenses have plenty of work to do.West Virginia amassed a school-record 807 yards and the teams combined for 1,507 yards of offense and 67 first downs. Six receivers had at least 100 yards receiving.The Bears’ Terrance Williams set a Big 12 record with 314 yards receiving. The old mark was set minutes earlier by West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey, who had 303 yards and a school-record five TDs.Williams’ 8-yard scoring catch brought Baylor (3-1) within 70-63 with 3:08 left. But Dustin Garrison ran for 17 yards on third down and the Mountaineers ran out the clock to snap Baylor’s nine-game winning streak, the second-longest in the nation.“We expect to score that many points a game,” Florence said. “But the goal is to score more than our opponent and we came up a little short today.”The combined 19 touchdowns tied an FBS mark, last reached when Navy beat North Texas 74-62 in 2007. That matchup set the FBS record for most points in a regulation game at 136. Baylor, meanwhile, tied an FBS mark for the most points scored by a losing team.Among the other records, Smith set school single-game marks for completions, yards and touchdown passes. Bailey and Tavon Austin became the first FBS teammates with 200 yards receiving since 2007. Going back to the Orange Bowl, West Virginia has scored 10 touchdowns three times in its last five games.“Statistically, it’s my best game ever,” Smith said. “But I think it’s more about the team, and I think it just lets us know that we’re going to have to battle it out every week against some really tough teams in the Big 12.“I could care less about a Heisman Trophy. The big thing for us what that we won the game today. We’re on a mission, and we want to win them all.”West Virginia went ahead for good early in the third quarter, but Baylor almost always had an answer.Austin made long touchdown grabs three minutes apart while Baylor punted and missed a long field goal. Smith stayed in a groove, throwing three passes of 45 yards or more in the third quarter alone. His 47-yarder to Bailey set up Andrew Buie’s second short TD run for a 56-35 lead.The way this game was going, though, no cushion was safe.Williams caught a 37-yard scoring pass from Florence and, after Baylor’s defense forced a rare punt, Florence’s sneak brought the Bears within 56-49, and there was still 14:14 left.But Bailey scored on TD grabs of 87 and 39 yards after that.“We fought hard,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “But we didn’t respond well enough to win the game.”Holgorsen talked at length about how impatient he got watching Maryland’s offense run the clock down before each snap last week.

    The Toronto Blue Jays’ Adam Lind, left, and Brett Lawrie celebrate their team’s 3-2 win over the New York Yankees Saturday in Toronto.

    Hechavarria has big hit as Blue Jays beat Yankees

    The New York Yankees are making the last week of the season very difficult for themselves. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-2 on Saturday, trimming New York’s lead atop the AL East to half a game.

    Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson escapes Illinois defensive back Jack Ramsey Saturday during the first half.

    Illinois no match for Penn State, loses 35-7

    When Illinois coaches were criticized for setting up shop near Penn State's campus last summer to see if any Nittany Lions were interested in transferring, Michael Mauti was their most vocal critic. On Saturday, the senior linebacker backed up that talk with six tackles and a pair of game-changing interceptions that Penn State (3-2) turned into a 35-7 road win to open Big Ten play. "It was sweet, that's what it was," Mauti said.

    Northwestern's Kain Kolter runs for a touchdown against Indiana Saturday during the second quarter in Evanston.

    Colter leads Northwestern past Indiana 44-29

    Kain Colter found ways to dominate without throwing the ball. He ran where he wanted, caught big passes and just might have unveiled the blueprint for Northwestern in the process. Colter ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns, and the Wildcats set a school record with 704 yards of total offense in a 44-29 victory over Indiana on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten Conference opener.

    Side judge Jimmy DeBell shakes hands with Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch Thursday before the game. The refs approved a new eight-year contract with the league by a 112-5 vote Saturday, officially ending the lockout.

    NFL refs approve deal, ready for Sunday games

    NFL referees are ready to go unnoticed again, just as they prefer. The refs approved a new eight-year contract with the league by a 112-5 vote Saturday, officially ending a lockout that led to three weeks of increasingly chaotic games run by replacement officials who drew the attention of everyone from the average fan to President Barack Obama.

    Iowa fullback Mark Weisman runs from Minnesota defenders James Manuel (9) and Derrick Wells (13) Saturday during the first half in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Iowa runs past Minnesota 31-13

    The Hawkeyes started to look more like themselves in the Big Ten opener. Iowa continuously fed its bruising back behind a tough line to setup play-action passes — and even a trick play — in a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday in the schools' Big Ten opener. Mark Weisman, a Stevenson High Scool grad, ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy.


    De Aza scratched from White Sox lineup

    White Sox leadoff hitter and center fielder Alejandro De Aza was scratched from the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays with flu-like symptoms.Alejandro, batting .281 with nine homers and 50 RBIs, was replaced by Dewayne Wise.

    Prospect’s Andrew Hajek can only walk away as Rolling Meadows’ Matt Campbell celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the second quarter Friday at Rolling Meadows. Hajek came up with an interception in the game, but the Mustangs pulled away for a 49-28 triumph.

    A shining moment for Rolling Meadows

    Quarterback Jack Milas’ first win over Prospect in his three-year varsity football career turned out to be a gem. The Rolling Meadows senior, committed to Ball State, was 31-of-40 while throwing for 337 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Mustangs shook free from the visiting Knights in the fourth quarter for a 49-28 victory at Robert A. Hoese Athletic Field. Prospect (3-3, 1-1) nudged ahead 28-27 late in third quarter when QB Devin O’Hara rushed 6 yards for a TD but the Mustangs (5-1, 2-0) scored 3 touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to secure the key Mid-Suburban East triumph.


    NHL Commissioner Bettman, Donald Fehr meet again

    HL Players’ Association head Donald Fehr and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman held a second round of private talks on Saturday in an effort to move closer to an agreement that would end the ongoing lockout.

    Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro can't throw out Arizona Diamondbacks' Chad Eaton during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012,in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Cubs’ Wood struggles; Barney’s streak ends
    The Cubs began their year in Arizona, with spring training. After playing the Diamondbacks in Phoenix in late June, the Cubs returned for one more series Friday. Much has changed since those days in March.


    CL South downs Prairie Ridge

    Crystal Lake South quarterback Austin Rogers did it all for the Gators in a 28-7 victory at Prairie Ridge Friday.The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior rushed for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns, threw for another score and intercepted a pass on defense late in the game to provide the final margin in CL South’s second straight victory.“It was kind of the Austin Rogers show tonight,” CL South coach Chuck Ahsmann said. “He’s been getting better every week, learning the position. But he’s a good athlete and a playmaker, and you need guys like that.”Prairie Ridge (2-4, 0-3) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a rushing touchdown set up by a long H-back option pass to the Gators’ 11-yard line.CL South (3-3, 2-2) responded with 28 unanswered points. A 20-yard run by Rogers and his 45-yard scoring strike to junior Brandon Marconi, who nabbed his first varsity touchdown, staked the Gators to a 14-7 halftime lead.A quarterback sneak by Rogers gave the Gators some second-half breathing room. Though Rogers subbed in for only 3 defensive plays at cornerback, he sealed the victory with his interception and return for 6 points. Senior teammates Brandon LaPak and Corbin Pennino also grabbed interceptions for the Gators to snap a 2-game losing streak against the crosstown Wolves.“It’s big,” Ahsmann said of the win. “One, it’s big to beat them because they’re very well coached and it’s tough to stop that option. Also, it gets us to 3 wins with 3 to go. We have Dundee-Crown next week so we’re hoping we can get No. 4.”


    Hampshire holds off Johnsburg

    Hampshire’s opening act in Johnsburg Friday night was Devin Hester-like. In fact, a kick return-a-thon broke loose in the first quarter as the Whip-Purs housed 2 kickoffs, as Tim Jansen returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and Chris Calvin bettered him with 91-yard return 7 minutes later in Hampshire’s 27-21 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win over winless Johnsburg.

    Justin Jackson of Glenbard North moves the ball during the Naperville Central vs. Glenbard North football game Friday in Carol Stream.

    Glenbard North in command

    Glenbard North’s defense looks a world better than it did at the beginning of the football season.Justin Jackson, meanwhile, just keeps being Justin Jackson.The combination added up to a 23-0 victory over Naperville Central in Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference matchup in Carol Stream.Jackson’s 71-yard fourth-quarter touchdown burst capped a 271-yard night on 38 carries, and the defense notched its first shutout of the season against its toughest DVC opponent thus far. Glenbard North (5-1, 4-0) led only 10-0 at halftime but looked in complete control after allowing only 38 yards and 2 first downs.


    Elam’s 331 yards power St. Edward to win

    The St. Edward Green Wave were throwing a rushing party Friday night at Trinity College in Palos Heights against Chicago Christian and everyone was invited as the Green Wave kept their playoff hopes alive, winning 43-26 and raining on the Knights’ homecoming parade. St. Edward junior running back DaVontae Elam led the charge as he rushed for a jaw-dropping 331 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 181 of the yards in the first half alone.

    The White Sox’ Alex Rios is greeted in the dugout after hitting the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.

    White Sox right back in it

    Look who’s back in the playoff race — the White Sox.That can change if they lose Saturday and the Tigers win, but the Sox aren’t looking that far ahead.For now, all they care about is Friday night’s 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in front of 25,264 at U.S. Cellular Field. Coupled with Detroit’s 4-2 loss to the Twins in Minnesota, the White Sox are just 1 game out with five to play.Yes, they still are feeling the pressure, and the stress level is high, but after another productive game Alex Rios said scratching and clawing day after day is likely to pay off in October.“It’s mentally exhausting,” Rios said after going 3-for-4 and snapping a 1-1 tie with a solo home run in the fourth inning. “It’s like we’re playing in the playoffs right now, and it’s been like this for quite a bit. But you know what, it might be good because we’re getting used to it.“If we make it (to the playoffs) — and I think we’re going to make it — it’s going to help us because out minds are going to be in that mindset. It’s going to be good.”While losing eight of nine and dropping out of first place in the AL Central, the Sox played flat-out bad baseball.They weren’t great in Friday’s win over the Rays, but the White Sox aren’t really worried about style points at this critical juncture of the season.“I wouldn’t say everything clicked,” Paul Konerko said. “I would say that the difference between this game and probably seven or eight out of the last 10 was just a couple of balls found some holes. Everything else, we haven’t been playing that bad.”Tampa Bay took an early lead when Ben Zobrist homered off Sox starter Gavin Floyd with two outs in the first inning. Floyd was what you might call effectively wild all night, allowing 2 hits and 5 walks in 5 innings.The bullpen shut down the Rays the rest of the way, with Jesse Crain doing the heavy lifting and delivering 22⁄3 solid innings.After Rios hit his 25th home run, a career high, Alexei Ramirez singled with two outs in the sixth inning to bring home Rios with a big insurance run.“It’s good,” said Rios, who also reached a career high with 89 RBI. “We’re just 1 game behind and anything can happen.“We just have to play the same way we played tonight and do the little things that we did. Our pitching was there and offensively we did a pretty good job. That’s what we’ve got to do.”Matt Moore opposes Chris Sale on Saturday, and the Rays’ left-handed starter is 0-3 with 7.31 ERA in 4 September starts. Sale, on the other hand, is 8-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his last 10 home starts.All of the sudden, the White Sox appear to be in pretty good shape again.“I think we’re encouraged,” Floyd said. “We’re pumped up and we’re ready to go and we’ll try to win tomorrow and see what happens.”sgregor@dailyherald.com


    Sporting KC beat Fire to clinch playoff spot

    Graham Zusi scored two goals, and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff spot with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Friday night.


    ‘Will to win’ keeps White Sox’ Ramirez going

    Shortstop Alexei Ramirez and right fielder Alex Rios lead the White Sox in games played this season at 154.Rios has shown no signs of slowing down, but Ramirez looked gassed while going 2-for-16 before singling in the fourth inning Friday night.“I wouldn’t say it’s being tired,” Ramirez said through a translator. “It’s just one of those things that right now the will to win is what you are looking for. In doing so, you just hope you don’t make mistakes.”Even though he has a decent batting average and 72 RBI out of the No. 8 hole, Ramirez is not happy with his offense this season.“This is probably one of the worst years that I’ve had,” Ramirez said. “I feel like I’m a little bit off at the plate. When the off-season comes up, all I’m going to do is work a lot harder to get back what I’ve had.“Even though the numbers are similar to what they have been in the past, it’s more that I know I can play better than what I have.”Ramirez did hit a clutch RBI double against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday and he came through with another run-scoring single Friday against Tampa Bay.Quintana starts Sunday:In his last start, a week ago against the Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Jose Quintana appeared to be completely out of gas while pitching 5 innings and allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks.Considering he was pitching for Class A Tampa in the Yankees’ system last season, it’s hard to fault Quintana for getting tired down the stretch.But the White Sox’ rookie left-hander will have a full week of rest — minus the 4 pitches he threw in relief against the Indians on Tuesday — when he starts Sunday against Tampa Bay.Even though he’s 2-4 with a 4.80 ERA since the all-star break, it has been a solid season for Quintana (6-5, 3.60 ERA), and he is likely to be in the Sox’ rotation next season and beyond.“I’d say from spring training, yeah, he surprised me because you didn’t expect him to really be in the rotation and do the things that we’ve asked him to do,” manager Robin Ventura said.“He’s had some big spots, and I think the rainout game with Detroit (a 5-4 win Sept. 17), it’s one of those where if you’re coming out of spring training saying you’re going to have him go for that game, you’d be surprised.”Crowd control:The White Sox’ poor attendance has been in the headlines throughout the season, and all of the empty seats at U.S. Cellular Field on the final homestand has been a big story.Manager Robin Ventura and Sox players continue to have little to say about any attendance issue. A decent crowd of 25,264 did turn out Friday night.“We’re going to play hard no matter what,” Ventura said. “Is it a better environment if it’s full? Yeah, but it hasn’t been.“So it doesn’t make us try harder or play worse. You probably have more of an advantage if you have a full house. It becomes a different environment.”Said third baseman Kevin Youkilis: “There’s a great fan base here. Just like in many cities, there are very passionate fans that will come from Day 1 to the last game.“There’s the few in between you hope come out a little more, too. You can’t ever blame the fans for not playing well.”

    Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro can't throw out Arizona Diamondbacks' Chad Eaton during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012,in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Cubs inch closer to 100 losses

    Justin Upton and Cody Ransom homered to power the Arizona Diamondbacks past the slumping Cubs 8-3 on Friday night.


    WW South gets what it needed

    Ron Muhitch asked for three things prior to Wheaton Warrenville South’s trip to West Chicago. One big play on offense. One big play on defense. And one big play on special teams. The WW South football coach didn’t get everything he wanted, but the Tigers did what they needed to earn a 55-14 DuPage Valley Conference victory on Friday night.


    Glenbard South bounces back with big win

    After a blowout loss to state-ranked Crete-Monee and a tough one-point loss at Elmwood Park in Week 5, the Raiders bounced back with a resounding 44-0 defeat of Riverside-Brookfield on Friday night in Glen Ellyn, keeping their playoff hopes alive.


    Big 2nd half lifts St. Charles North

    Both St. Charles North and Streamwood came into their Upstate Eight Conference River Division matchup with 2-3 overall records keeping both teams very much alive for a playoff berth. Backed behind a big second half sparked by their special teams, the North Stars (3-3, 3-1) prevailed 31-14 on Friday night at Millennium Field leaving the Sabres (2-4, 1-2) in must win mode the rest of the season.


    Associated Press A protestor gives flowers to police Saturday during a demonstration in front of Parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain.

    Madrid anti-austerity protests turn violent again

    Tens of thousands of Spaniards and Portuguese rallied in the streets of their countries’ capitals Saturday to protest enduring deep economic pain from austerity measure, and the demonstration in Madrid turned violent after Spaniards enraged over a long-lasting recession and sky-high unemployment clashed with riot police for the third time in less than a week near Parliament.

    Associated Press/April 30, 2009 Slot machines crowd the floor during a tour of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, in Bethlehem, Pa.

    Steel town now surging in casino business

    Experts believe it’s the facility’s unique industrial heritage that will help it to continue attracting gamblers, even as the casino market grows bigger and bigger on the East Coast — with stiff competition in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland and, soon, Massachusetts.

    Associated Press/Sept. 14, 2012 Cows at the the Atsma-Cameron Dairy in take a break from feeding in Hanford, Calif.

    California dairies going broke

    Experts say California dairymen face a double whammy: exorbitant feed costs and lower milk prices. The Midwest drought has led to corn and soybean costs increasing by more than 50 percent this summer, stressing dairymen from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Missouri. But in California, milk prices have also lagged behind those in the rest of the nation, exacerbating the crisis.

    Joe Kennedy, third from left, CEO & President, and Tim Westergren, fourth from left, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, of Pandora Internet radio, ring the NYSE opening bell to celebrate their company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange. Pandora paid nearly 50 percent of its revenues in sound recording royalties during its 2012 fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2012, and appears on track to exceed that percentage in FY2013.

    Slate: Solving the Internet radio royalty mess

    If you are like most of the millions of people who listen to Sirius XM satellite radio or Internet radio services like Pandora or Last.fm, you probably don't give much thought to the underlying — and fundamentally flawed — framework that governs digital music broadcasting royalties. But you may want to perk your ears up, because under the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, a bill introduced in the House last week that system may finally get fixed.

    Actor Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg and several other stars are playing in a celebrity tournament of the popular online game “Words With Friends” for charity.

    Celebrities to play ‘Words With Friends’ for charity

    LOS ANGELES — Look out, Alec Baldwin.Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg and several other stars are slated to play in a celebrity tournament of the popular online game “Words With Friends” for charity. The celebs will begin facing off against each other in matches of Zynga’s Scrabble-like word-building game on Thursday.Norton, who is playing for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, is confident that he will dominate the tournament, which also includes such celebrity players as Eva Longoria, Kristen Bell and John Legend — but not Baldwin — vying for $500,000 in prize money for their charities from American Express.“I have to give myself timeouts on `Words With Friends,”’ said Norton in a telephone interview Monday. “I’ve gone through phases where I’m like, `What am I doing? This is much too much of my day.”’“Words With Friends” players will be able to join their favorite stars’ teams during the “Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge,” as well as watch the celebrity matchups online and donate to their charities through Norton’s fundraising site, CrowdRise.com.“We had the idea to do a celebrity tournament some time ago when it became apparent that the game was a hit among celebrities,” said Travis Boatman, senior vice president of mobile at Zynga Inc. “It seems like everyone from Katie Couric to Snoop Lion is into the game. It’s really inspirational for the team to see how `Words With Friends has become part of the cultural mainstream, and I think it has struck a chord because it’s not just a game, it’s a way for people to connect and keep in touch with each other.”In the first round, Norton said he’ll face Boston Celtics captain Paul “The Truth” Pierce, who is playing for his foundation, The Truth Fund.“I think it’s going to be a tough first round for him,” teased Norton. “I think it’s great that he has a cause he supports, and I hope the amount he gets from just the first round is going to make him happy because I don’t think it’s going to go past there.”The brainy “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Bourne Legacy” actor, who graduated from Yale University with a history degree, said his stiffest competition might come from Snoop Dogg, who has recently been going by the name Snoop Lion, because of the rapper’s experience with wordplay.And what about Baldwin? Why isn’t the “30 Rock” actor, who was infamously booted from a flight last year for refusing to stop playing “Words With Friends” on his phone, among the contenders?“Next year, for sure, if I have any say in it,” said Norton. “I’m going to win this year, so adding him to the mix next year will make it interesting for me.”


    Apple IOS 6 moves toward a Google-free future

    While iOS 6 introduces some neat tricks into the iUniverse, it feels less like a major enhancement and more like another front in Apple's increasingly bitter war over Google's Android operating system. The new software comes pre-installed on the iPhone 5 and is available as a free download for iPads, iPod touches and previous iPhones. I tested it on a variety of devices, ranging from a current-model iPad to a three-generations-old iPhone 3GS, and found it smooth, stable and responsive.


    How Square is making it easier to buy stuff

    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Ever since Facebook went public, people in Silicon Valley have been a bit bummed out about the tech industry. Keep in mind that the Valley is infinitely optimistic, so even when they’re bummed, folks here keep smiling. Still, in numerous conversations over the past few months, I’ve detected a sense of gloom, and it’s obvious why.Social networking had long been hailed as the next big thing, a revolutionary tech that promised to change the world and rake in big money, too. While it’s still promising, Facebook’s dismal stock performance — not to mention that of related companies like Zynga — has cooled the industry on big, ad-sponsored consumer websites. Meanwhile, Google is trying to figure out what it wants to do with its future, while Apple, the tech world’s engine of hardware innovation, feels less exciting than it did when the iPhone and iPad were new products. So far, there’s no sign that Tim Cook’s company is interested in pursuing anything more than incremental, hyper-profitable annual updates to its product lineup — not that there’s anything wrong with that.The Valley likes to anoint standard-bearers, companies whose amazing, unreasonable success points to sunny days ahead. Before Facebook, everyone was gaga for Google, and before Google there were all those dot-coms. Now there’s a hole in the industry’s crystal ball. There’s no consensus on which company will define the next era of technology.I believe the tech industry’s next great company is Square. If you’ve heard of Jack Dorsey’s three-year-old firm, you likely think of it as a payments startup. Square is famous for its white plastic card reader, a device that lets small businesses use phones and tablets to accept credit cards. But calling Square a mere payments company minimizes its potential, and it misses Dorsey’s world-changing mission.If you study Square’s products and its pricing, and if you talk to Dorsey about his plans, you’ll find that the company’s real mission is to alter the psychology of consumption. Dorsey is bent on creating frictionless commerce. His long-term goal is to make accepting payments a breeze for businesses, and he wants to make paying for stuff invisible — for everyone, across the entire economy, for all types of goods and services. If Square succeeds in that mission, it will become a persistent, ever-present part of our daily lives. You’ll use it every time you engage with businesses — which might mean you’ll interact with Square more often than Google, Facebook, Amazon or even Apple.I spoke to Dorsey and Keith Rabois, Square’s chief operating officer, at the company’s gleaming San Francisco office last month. I’d come to chat about two recent announcements that won lots of headlines, but whose combined effects haven’t really been appreciated by the tech press. In August, Square announced that, beginning this fall, it will process all credit card payments at Starbucks stores. When the system is fully up and running, customers will be able to shop at Starbucks just by saying their names: After you opt in, your name and photo will pop up on the Starbucks cashier’s screen when you enter the store with your phone in your pocket. To pay, you’ll just tell the cashier to put it on your tab. That’s it — you don’t have to remove your phone or swipe or sign anything.A few weeks after the Starbucks deal, Square dropped the other shoe. The company had long charged businesses a 2.75 percent fee to process payments through Square, which is less than most credit card processing companies ask for.

    Twitter is really after, as it tries to woo advertisers, is a way to objectively measure users’ true influence on the site. Unfortunately, that leads to a game of whack-a-mole. Every time you try to measure one thing, something else pops up that you’re not adequately measuring.

    Twitter is bad at measuring online influence, and that’s good

    Twitter cofounder and board member Ev Williams suggested this week that the microblogging site de-emphasize users’ follower counts in favor of some better algorithm for measuring their influence, according to Buzzfeed. “The thing I think would be more interesting than followers is ... retweets,” Williams said, adding that a simple follower count “doesn’t capture your distribution.” He went on: “The dream metric is how many people saw your tweet.”But why stop there? After all, people might see your tweet and ignore it. Or they might see one tweet but not the next, because they don’t follow you. Or they might be influenced when you tweet about one thing but ignore you when you tweet about something else. What Twitter is really after, as it tries to woo advertisers, is a way to objectively measure users’ true influence on the site. Unfortunately, that leads to a game of whack-a-mole. Every time you try to measure one thing, something else pops up that you’re not adequately measuring.Take the example of Klout, a startup that was already trying to do what Twitter might try to do now. After working for more than two years to try to get a bead on people’s online influence via Twitter, then Twitter and Facebook, then Twitter and Facebook and Google+, it remained dissatisfied that Justin Bieber outranked President Obama. So it began trying to incorporate offline influence into its ratings as well, drawing on sites like Wikipedia and LinkedIn as proxies for real-world stature.Another site called Kred has moved beyond numerical ratings to offer “a visual history of your Social Media Influence,” allowing you to “see your full influence story and zoom in on meaningful moments.” (I’m picturing a washed-up former social-media ace sitting in his living room 20 years from now, surrounded by old Foursquare badges, swilling a beer and reliving his glory days. “Guys, remember that time I wrote that tweet that engaged Pete Cashmore, Paulo Coelho and 374 others?”)The effect of all of these attempts at objective quantification is to turn social media from a conversation into a competition. Williams observes that Twitter’s existing metric, the follower count, is too easy to game. It has spawned a cottage industry of “social media experts,” many of whom cheat the system by harnessing fake followers for their clients. Williams’ reasoning seems to be that more sophisticated metrics will be harder to cheat, and thus more accurate. Another possibility is that it will simply lead to more sophisticated cheating. But even if it works, it’s hard to see the value here for the average user.Some bloggers have complained that Twitter’s analytics today are available only to advertisers and not the general public. But maybe we should count this as a blessing. At its best, Twitter is a tool for connecting people around the world in a many-faceted real-time conversation. Attaching a rating to each participant only reinforces the idea that it’s a contest rather than a discussion — and there are already too many people on the site who treat it that way.


    App Reviews: Google Sky Map, Droplr

    Google Sky Map: Handy reference to the heavens, day or nightMake the most of early fall’s cool, clear nights with Google’s Sky Map app, an open-sourced guide to all that glitters above. It’s particularly good for students taking astronomy courses, but it’s also just a handy go-to reference to the stars. The app will overlay constellations and a star grid, and will let you either point the phone up for information on that part of the sky or let you search for particular constellations.With the recent resurgence of interest in space exploration — thanks largely to the Curiosity Rover — there’s no better moment to take the time to look up at the night sky. And, yes, in case you’re wondering: The app still works in the daytime, or in places with too many lights to see the stars. Free, for Android.Droplr: Takes the hassle out of file sharingThere’s no reason that file sharing should be difficult. With Droplr, users can easily upload and share files by email or over social networks with just a drag, drop and click.On a Mac, Droplr integrates right into the menu bar and lets you store up to 1 GB of information, as long as the files are below 25 MB per file. On Windows, the app goes into the system tray. The size limitation means the application isn’t ideal for sharing large pictures or complex illustrations, but it makes it a snap to share smaller files and notes. If you have a link to share, you even can compose a quick note on the app and pass it along via email, Twitter, Facebook or the Droplr site.There’s also a pro edition of the app, for $30 a year, that will give you more storage space (100GB) and a higher file cap (1GB), as well as an iPhone app that lets you tap your photo and video library for items to share. Free, for Mac, Windows and iOS devices. Paid version is $30 a year.


    Windows 8 bugs hurt Microsoft, Intel CEO said to tell staff

    Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is being released before it's fully ready, a person who attended the company event said. Improvements still need to be made to the software, Otellini told employees at a company meeting in Taipei, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the meeting was private.


    6 Questions on cybersecurity

    Two decades after the first warnings about "hackers," the threat has only grown with individuals, companies and even nations at risk. Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow Jr. answers six questions about personal and national vulnerability.

    TV Guide’s printed edition doesn’t bother with full listings anymore. That’s where the new TV Guide app, here, comes in. Available for free for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices, the app gives you a clean display of what’s on TV over the next two weeks. An Android version is coming this fall.

    Review: TV Guide app impressive, but could be more

    There are a gazillion channels these days, including basic and premium cable channels with decent original series. Add to that all the content available through streaming, downloads and DVDs, and it can be challenging not to miss your favorite shows. TV Guide's printed edition doesn't bother with full listings anymore. That's where the new TV Guide app comes in. Available for free for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices,

    ESPN coordinating producer Phil Orlins shows a 3-D camera set up used by ESPN 3-D Network coverage at the ESPN X-Games held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Only 2 percent of TVs in American homes were able to show 3-D last year, according to IHS Screen Digest. That’s about 6.9 million sets out of 331 million installed.

    Who’s watching? 3-D TV is no hit with viewers

    Phil Orlins knows everything about producing TV in three dimensions. The ESPN producer has captured the undulating greens of Augusta National and the flying motor bikes of the X-Games for ESPN’s 3-D channel. But he can only guess how well his shows resonate with viewers. That’s because 3-D audiences are so small they can’t be measured by Nielsen’s rating system.

Life & Entertainment

    A kayak and solo canoe rest at a campsite on East Pine Pond in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest at Saranac Lake, N.Y.

    New guide to Adirondack paddling

    A new guide to flat water paddling in the Adirondack Park offers canoeists and kayakers a diverse selection of adventures, from remote, winding streams to broad lakes reflecting spectacular mountain vistas. "Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures," will soon be available from Lost Pond Press and the Adirondack Mountain Club.

    Westglow Resort & Spa, is situated in a historic Greek Revival mansion, built in 1916.

    Mountain home becomes a luxury spa

    On Travel + Leisure's most recent World's Best Awards list for top destination spas, you'd expect to find familiar brand names like Canyon Ranch. But the No. 2 spot on this coveted lineup might surprise you: Westglow Resort & Spa, located in Blowing Rock, N.C., 100 miles from Asheville and 200 miles from Raleigh.

    Jay-Z attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, new home to the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team.

    Jay-Z: Bringing Nets to Brooklyn an American dream

    Jay-Z has accomplished a lot in his career, but his latest feat has him feeling that like he’s living the American dream. The 42-year-old music mogul and entrepreneur says when he was a poor kid in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, he never imagined that he’d someday own a piece of a basketball team.

    Rock singer Patti Smith performs during a May 5 concert in Mexico City.

    Bryn Mawr College to honor rocker Patti Smith

    Rock music veteran Patti Smith will be honored by Bryn Mawr College for her artistic accomplishments and pioneering spirit. The women’s liberal arts school near Philadelphia announced that Smith will receive the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal.

    In this image made from a video released by Thai Royal Navy, Thai sailors perform the rodeo-style dance and other hip-shaking moves of “Gangnam Style” at their base on the popular tourist island of Phuket.

    Thai sailors go “Gangnam Style” on YouTube video

    The “Gangnam Style” craze has reached Thailand’s navy, which is among the latest to mimic the globally popular dance video. In a video posted to YouTube, a few dozen smiling sailors from the Third Naval Area Command perform the rodeo-style dance and other hip-shaking moves at their base on the popular tourist island of Phuket.


    Theaters start program for military families, veterans

    Nearly two dozen theaters around the country will offer free and discounted tickets for plays, classes and other services to veterans and military families under a program being launched this week that builds off a similar one for museums.

    Pattie Mallette has laid bare her past in a new book, “Nowhere but Up: The story of Justin Bieber’s Mom,” out recently from the inspirational publisher Revell.

    Justin Bieber’s mom writes of painful past

    Pattie Mallette was 18, living in a home for pregnant girls after years of unrelenting sex abuse and depression when she gave birth to a boy she thought she’d name Jesse, a boy whose first cry sounded like a song. Well, the baby seemed more like a Justin after he popped out. And his last name isn’t Mallette. It’s Bieber.

    This black pony-hair stiletto pump with burgundy satin piping was codesigned by actress AnnaSophia Robb for a special Stuart Weitzman collection to help raise money for ovarian cancer research.

    Starlets pumped to help Weitzman fight cancer

    When you are a hot young starlet in Hollywood, you often get what you want. For Nikki Reed, that meant goose-bump calfskin, and for Chloe Grace Moretz, it was a menswear-inspired design. They are two of the celebrities to work with footwear designer Stuart Weitzman to craft shoes to their specs to help raise money for ovarian cancer research.

    Kristen Bell

    Kristen Bell stars in Target films

    Talk about product placement: Target is releasing an episodic series of short films starring Kristen Bell and Nia Long, and everything on screen is for sale.

    “Rum-soaked pumpkin pie” is how Avery Brewing describes the flavor of its seasonal beer.

    Pumpkin on the label, not really on the taste buds

    Crack open a nice, autumnal pumpkin beer, and you can pick up notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, mace, cardamom, ginger, brown sugar or vanilla bean. But I challenge you to detect much of the star ingredient's delicate flavor. Pumpkin does lend color and sweetness. But by the time the squash has been mashed, boiled and fermented, the pumpkin essence vanishes like spirits before the dawn.


    Are associations liable for criminal acts of third parties?

    I recently conducted a webinar concerning association liability for the criminal acts of third parties. It was pretty well received, so I am going to provide the abbreviated version here.

    This Kildeer home is tucked away in a wooded area near the community’s bike trail.

    Kildeer home has one gem of a master suite

    Tucked away in the woods of Kildeer, amid ancient trees and abundant wildlife, this stately brick and dryvit Georgian home stands sentinel, watching over festive parties as well as quiet family moments. The house was designed and built by Orren Pickell in 1987 and updated and renovated in 1999.


    This contractor’s terms are not acceptable

    Q. I hired a general contractor to oversee a home renovation to my property. He does not inspect the work his subs do because he says they are professionals and don't need to be watched. He has come up with two payment plans. Plan A is $5 per hour plus 20 percent ($80,000) and plan B is $50 per hour plus 10 percent ($70,000).


    Age matters when you choose a reverse mortgage credit line How, when and why to take a reverse mortgage

    One of the valuable features of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is the multiple options for cashing out equity in the house. Borrowers can take cash, a credit line that grows in size if it is not used, a tenure annuity that pays a monthly stipend for as long as the senior lives in the house, and term annuities that pay a monthly stipend for a period selected by the senior.

    This whimsical stein showing gnomes bowling was made in Germany.

    German stein’s value depends on the size

    Q. I am sending pictures of a German stein that I have owned for many years. I am hoping you can tell me the history and the maker and if it is worth anything. It is 6½ inches tall and is marked, but I cannot read it. I can see the numbers “727” and “09,” but little else. Any information would be appreciated.


    Refinancing your mortgage makes sense, despite tax deduction

    Q. Please settle an argument between me and my husband. I want to refinance our home mortgage loan to a lower rate. He says the home interest deduction on our taxes saves us money and he doesn't want to lose it.

    Crocus bloom so early they can be planted in lawns.

    ‘Minor’ bulbs have major impact in spring landscape

    With a little effort this fall, next spring will be bursting with the color of flowering bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are traditional favorites for good reason, but there is also a multitude of lesser known dwarf or “minor” bulbs that weave glorious color into your landscape in spring.

    Those who dare can tour the Mausoleum of Terror and mingle with some creepy characters this weekend as part of Frightfest at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Weekend picks: Get your fill of chills, thrills at Frightfest

    Frightfest is back at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee starting today. Head to St. Charles for the Filling Station's second annual Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest party featuring German music, food and beer. The Chicago Sinfonietta, under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen, teams up with the New York ensemble PROJECT Trio for the concert “Performance. Art.” at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.



    The Soapbox

    Heroes from a 4-year-old girl to four-legged officers are among the topics this week.


    Look around at what government does do
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Before you swallow the Republican/Tea Party Kool-Aid try thinking about what you are pledging to jeopardize. Think of the risks to your family, or don’t they matter?


    Keep opinions to the Opinion page
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Printing the full version of President Obama’s interview, which included the term “redistribution of wealth,” should have been on the Opinion page instead of on Page 14 of your paper.


    A question of facts in movie review
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I suspect Mr. Gire’s political views overwhelmed his journalistic movie review at some point during his comments.


    Easy to explain exodus from Illinois
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: So are we finally upset to the point we will vote out House Speaker Michael Madigan and his incompetent, corrupt cronies who have run the state for 30 years? I suspect not, and our only option is to leave the state


    Don’t lower the flag willy nilly
    I find it interesting that people get upset when someone burns an American flag in protest when there is flagrant abuse of the flag in this country every day. We all should have learned in second grade that there are rules that govern the use of the American flag: It must not fly in the rain or touch the ground or fly at night unless it is lit or worn as clothing. And when it is old and tattered, it must not be flown. It is to be burned, respectfully.It used to be that the president would make an announcement during a disaster or a crisis that the flag would be lowered and for how many days. I believe it flew at half-staff for a month after the assassination of President Kennedy. Now it seems anyone can decide when to fly the flag at half-staff and no one passing by understands why. I was told that during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the flag would be lowered whenever a soldier died ... or was it whenever a soldier from your state died?The flying of a flag at half-staff used to be used sparingly and for momentous occasions. We all didn’t get to decide when. I understand the sometimes over-the-top outpouring of support for the troops abroad. I see it as a reaction to the shameful way our troops in Vietnam were treated on their return home. But everyone who dies in the military on foreign soil is not a hero. Some were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We need to rethink what constitutes a hero. And we need to rethink our use of the flag or else flying it or lowering it is meaningless and dishonors everyone.Sandra WittmanCarpentersville


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