Daily Archive : Saturday October 12, 2013


    Bob Avellini

    More DUI trouble for retired QB Avellini

    Previous drunken driving arrests combined with a September traffic stop by Roselle police resulted in felony charges for former Chicago Bear Bob Avellini last week. A DuPage County grand jury indicted the retired quarterback Oct. 8 on five counts of aggravated driving under the influence, reflecting the fact his license was suspended, records show.


    Man charged after body found in River Forest woods

    A Chicago man is being accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death and dumping her body in a forest preserve in a River Forest.

    Nancy Pelosi invites fellow congresswomen onto the stage Saturday during her acceptance speech during the induction ceremony for the National Women’s Hall of Fame at the New York Chiropractic College Athletic Center in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

    Nancy Pelosi, Betty Ford join Women’s Hall of Fame

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the late former first lady Betty Ford and Title IX advocate Bernice Sandler were among the nine women inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame Saturday.

    Maya Mroszczak, 5, of Bensenville picks a pumpkin during Bensenville’s Heritage Day.

    Bensenville celebrates its history

    Visitors to Bensenville Park District’s Heritage Day celebration Saturday participated in a variety of fall-themed events at Fischer Farm and Churchville School, many of which took them back to far earlier times. “This is a great event for family and friends to enjoy the community.” said Jacquelyn Morszczak of Bensenville.


    Peru bus plunge kills 51

    “We haven’t found a single survivor,” said firefighter Capt. David Taboada, who was leading the rescue operation.Firefighters had said that 52 people died in the accident, but later in the day Santa Rita police issued a press release saying that the official death toll was 51, including 14 children.

    Associated Press Republican senators, from left, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, center, and Orrin Hatch of Utah, leave Friday from the North Portico of the White House in Washington, after meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the government shutdown and debt ceiling.

    Protracted fiscal debate grates on lawmakers

    “They’re trying to cut the House out, and trying to jam us with the Senate. We’re not going to roll over and take that,” said House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican.Rep. Aaron Schock, an Illinois Republican, not generally considered one of the House’s bomb-throwers, advised Republicans in the Senate to “grow a backbone and stand up with the House Republicans, like they said they...

    Army veteran Andrew Balafas, left, salutes Navy veteran Rupert Siete of Elgin after presenting him with a certificate of appreciation for his military service and giving him an American flag pin at the veterans ceremony kicking off the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

    Families learn about Hispanic culture in Elgin

    With “passports” in hand, local children and their families visited tables about Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Latin countries Saturday at Gail Borden Public Library’s fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. “I like this (event) because I can share my culture,” said Navi Gonzalez, who came to the United States in 2000 from Caracas, Venezuela.

    Carrie Wrona walks to remember Jacob David Wrona during Naperville’s 9th annual A Walk to Remember. The walk benefits the Edward Foundation SHARE program.

    Naperville walkers share memories of their ‘angels’

    Tiny Savannah Rae Dussman only lived four days but her parents have a lifetime of memories. “She was beautiful,” Courtney Dussman said of the daughter who died of a rare chromosomal disorder in March 2012. As they coped with their anguish, the couple found relief talking to other families who’d experienced similar losses though Edward Hospital’s Share Program and its...

    A concerned Julie Aldaz, left, general manager of the Red Feather Lodge, who has already had to layoff three employees, talks with Jane Gibson, housekeeping manager, about the dim prospects of Grand Canyon National Park reopening, as the park remains closed to visitors due to the continued federal government shutdown on Friday Oct. 11, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz. Attempts by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to have the U.S. Department of the Interior open up portions of the park using state funds has hit a snag.

    Federal shutdown starting to ripple through states

    The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to ripple through states, which are now laying off employees and warning of thousands of additional furloughs if the budget stalemate is not resolved soon. The trickle-down effects highlight the extent to which states are dependent on the federal government.


    Cary man gets 45 years for sexually assaulting children

    A 39-year-old Cary man who police said committed “numerous sexual acts” has been sentenced to 45 years in prison, McHenry County Court records show.

    Louis Hoerauf

    Lake Zurich man sentenced to 15 years for molesting children

    A Lake Zurich man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting two relatives, according to McHenry County court records.


    Indian school disputes Redskins owner’s story

    In his letter to fans on Wednesday, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder invoked the name of the Red Cloud Athletic Fund to defend his NFL team’s name, recounting how legendary coach George Allen consulted with the fund, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, to design the Redskins emblem.


    Police in New York make arrest in death of ‘Baby Hope’

    Police announced Saturday that, after an investigation that lasted more than two decades, they had arrested the killer of a child who was nicknamed Baby Hope by detectives after her body was discovered inside a picnic cooler beside a Manhattan highway in 1991.During an interrogation early Saturday, the 4-year-old girl’s cousin, Conrado Juarez, had admitted sexually assaulting and smothering her,...

    Tyrese Watson

    Back to prison for Edward hospital thief

    A DuPage judge gave a Chicago man convicted of pilfering from patients at Edward Hospital an 11-year prison sentence last week.

    This is the logo businesses can post to indicate a concealed carry ban.

    State police release sign for concealed carry ban

    Illinois State Police on Friday released official signage that indicates a concealed carry ban. The standardized logo depicts a black handgun with a red circle around and diagonal slash across the firearm.

    Grayslake North High School junior Parker Lawson, center, and fellow zombies torment runners Saturday along the route during Grayslake’s inaugural zombie run.

    Runners dodge zombies for charity in Grayslake

    When does a light sprinkling of rain actually enhance a sporting event? One example would be Saturday’s inaugural Dead Last 5K Zombie Run in Grayslake to benefit The Oasis teen center. “We like the somber notion of it,” said Grayslake High School District 127 Superintendent Catherine Finger, a founding member of The Oasis and the creator of Saturday’s fundraiser.

    Pottawatomie Park might come to mind when one is asked about St. Charles’ “image.”

    Bar problem doesn’t sully St. Charles’ image

    Tri-Cities columnist Dave Heun takes on the question of our communities' "image." He says St. Charles' many other positives should outweigh the late-night shenanigans occuring when the downtown bars close.


    Three children, mom killed in Long Island fire

    A Long Island mother was overcome by smoke as she tried to save her three young children from a fast-moving fire, and everyone in the house died, authorities said Saturday.

    Astronaut Scott Carpenter has his space suit adjusted by a technician in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Notable deaths last week

    Among notable deaths last weeK Scott Carpenter, who followed John Glenn into orbit; a World War II veteran and the nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient; a four-time All-Star who played on the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series and was the famously forlorn Dodgers outfielder who watched Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard `Round the World” sail over the left-field wall during the...

    Visitors take in the sights, voting for their favorite entries at the Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles’ Lincoln Park on Saturday.

    Thousands flock to St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

    Cool, gray skies and brightly colored leaves created the perfect backdrop for St. Charles’ 28th annual Scarecrow Fest Saturday. For Ron and Debbie Kass of Willow Springs, it was a completely new take on their old memories as they brought their preschool-aged grandson visiting from Janesville, Wis., just as they used to take their own children. “It’s all over town!” Debbie Kass said of how the...

    An Afghan soldier rests as a news conference is delayed Saturday between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Partial Afghan security deal reached, Kerry says

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai: “We have reached an agreement on the respect of national sovereignty, preventing civilian casualties, a definition for aggression and also the prevention of unilateral acts by foreign forces. We reached an agreement on that, but the issue of jurisdiction for foreign forces is above the authority of the Afghan government and that is up to the Afghan people and the...

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to reporters Thursday outside the White House.

    Emerging Senate proposal focus in budget battle

    Second-ranking Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas: “The only thing that’s happening right now is Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell are talking. And I view that as progress.”

    A damaged vehicle smolders after firefighters extinguish a fire on it following two mortar rounds struck the Abu Roumaneh area in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Syria's state news agency said two mortar rounds struck an upscale neighborhood in the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing at least one child and injuring a dozen people.

    Mortar shells hit near inspectors' hotel in Syria

    Two mortar shells hit Syria's capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said. An 8-year-old girl was killed and 11 people were hurt in the blasts in the upscale Abu Roumaneh area of Damascus, the SANA news agency said. One shell fell near a school and the other on the roof of a building.


    Dozens arrested in statewide child porn crackdown

    Fifty people have been arrested on child pornography charges as part of a three-year crackdown on offenders by the Illinois Attorney General's Office.


    Reality falls short of vision for bike sculpture

    An Indianapolis sculpture that was supposed to resemble author Kurt Vonnegut is drawing plenty of attention, but not the kind the artist envisioned.


    New U of Chicago center to help launch startups

    The University of Chicago is opening a new center to help entrepreneurs and scholars launch new products and businesses.


    Carol Stream fire battalion chief: I’m being fired over cover-up

    A Carol Stream Fire Protection District battalion chief says his bosses want to fire him because he refused to participate in a cover-up of possible negligence by a paramedic that may have contributed to a choking woman’s death. Carol Stream Chief Richard Kolomay denies the claim and has charged Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles with disobeying orders and other charges.

    Construction along Route 59 is in full swing causing some traffic delays along portions of the project such as this location just north of North Aurora Road.

    Crews cutting Argyll Lane access to Route 59 in Naperville

    Access from Route 59 to Argyll Lane in an unincorporated area near Naperville is scheduled to be cut off Monday as construction crews continue working to widen the congested state road. Argyll, which is north of Bruce Lane on the west side of Route 59, is one of several small side streets and driveways that will be disconnected from the state road during a two-year nearly $90 million widening and...

    Pat Boone

    Pat Boone to entertain Sun City seniors Wednesday

    Pat Boone, the ’50s-era pop music icon, is performing at Huntley’s Sun City senior living community. The legendary crooner will perform his “Music and Memories” show in the Drendl Ballroom and Theatre, 12711 Brookside Court at Sun City. “We’ve had some nice names out here, but nothing like Pat," said Ray Thomas, a staff member of the Sun City Community...

    Solar panels have been installed at Aspen Elementary and other schools in Hawthorn Elementary District 73 as part of a grant program to teach students about renewable energy.

    Solar panels installed as teaching tools at Hawthorn District 73

    Small solar panels are being installed at Hawthorn District 73 schools through a grant program to teach students about renewable energy. "When they hear about it (solar energy) on the news, it's nice for the kids to have some background what it actually means," said Lisa Cerauli, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Vernon Hills-based district.

    Bloomingdale officials are considering ways to use 35 acres of open space near Hilton Indian Lakes Resort to address flooding concerns.

    Bloomingdale reviewing options for open area

    Six years after Bloomingdale purchased the southernmost portion of Hilton Indian Lakes Resort to ensure that 35-acre area remains open space, the site’s pathways frequently are used for walking and biking. Still, village officials envision that the property, located between Meadowlark Road and Cardinal Drive, could someday provide an additional benefit to the community — flood control.


    St. Charles students post record ACT average, or do they?

    The most recent graduating class of St. Charles Unit District 303 high school seniors posted the highest ever ACT scores in the district. But the numbers still left some school board members with concerns. “The 2013 results start a new baseline, similar to what happened beginning in 2002 when Illinois began requiring all juniors in the state to take the ACT,” said District 303...



    Addison Trail makes it two straight wins

    Saturday afternoon’s football game, which Addison Trail won 52-28, showed that even with their playoff chances evaporated, both the Blazers and visiting Proviso East had a lot to play for in Week 7 of the season.

    Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit — one of five Detroit pitchers in what came perilously close to becoming the first combined no-hitter in postseason history — throws against the Boston Red Sox in Saturday's ninth inning of Game 1 of the ALCS.

    Tigers nearly no-hit Red Sox, win ALCS opener

    Anibal Sanchez and four Detroit Tigers relievers came within two outs of the first combined no-hitter in postseason history, striking out 17 to beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Saturday night in the AL championship series opener. Boston was hitless until Daniel Nava had a soft, clean single to center field off Joaquin Benoit with one out in the ninth.


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


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


    St. Charles East clinches UEC River

    The Macek name is nothing new to the St. Charles East defense. Now scoring, that’s a bit of a different matter. Senior defender Cooper Macek’s header off a corner kick was the lone goal on Saturday night as the visiting Saints edged host St. Charles North, 1-0, in the Upstate Eight River Conference finale for both squads.


    Pirri hoping to make most of his time with Hawks

    Brandon Pirri was disappointed when he was one of the last cuts of training camp. But it took less than two weeks into the regular season for Pirri to be recalled from Rockford. It happened late Friday night after the Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over the Islanders with Jimmy Hayes going down to Rockford.

    Ben Smith, center, celebrates his first-period goal Saturday with teammates at United Center.

    No easy victories yet for Hawks

    For the second straight night, the Blackhawks scored just enough goals to win. The Hawks beat Buffalo 2-1 at the United Center on Saturday on Patrick Kane’s second period power-play goal despite outshooting the winless Sabres 40-29. The Hawks missed the net 15 more times, which coach Joel Quenneville blames for the offensive struggles. “The generating of quality and quantity and the flow of the game in five games is exactly what we want,” Quenneville said.


    Wolves claim 3-1 win in home opener

    The Chicago Wolves turned their 20th home opener into an ideal welcome-home party for veteran coach John Anderson as they earned a 3-1 victory over San Antonio on Saturday night at Allstate Arena. Forwards Corey Locke, Ty Rattie and Mark Mancari delivered goals for the Wolves (2-1-0-0) while goaltender Jake Allen stopped 30 shots. Anderson, coaching his first home game since the Wolves captured the Calder Cup on June 10, 2008, received a loud ovation from the 9,824 in attendance as he walked along the boards toward the Wolves bench 10 minutes before the opening puck drop.


    Magee leads Fire to 3-2 win over FC Dallas

    FRISCO, Texas — Mike Magee tied for the MLS goal-scoring lead and added an assist to help the Chicago Fire hold off FC Dallas 3-2 Saturday night. The victory moved the Fire (13-12-7) into a three-way tie with Montreal and Philadelphia for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with two matches remaining. The top five teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.Dallas (10-11-11) rallied from a 3-0 deficit on Kenny Cooper’s two second-half goals, but remained eighth in the Western Conference. Chicago opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Magee sent a corner kick from the left side to about 10 yards in front of the goal and Juan Luis Anangono headed it in.Magee scored his 19th goal almost by accident.A loose ball went to teammate Alex about 20 yards in front. He took a left-footed shot that struck Magee in the right shoulder, redirecting the ball on a bounce past goalkeeper Chris Seitz to give Magee his 13th goal in 19 matches for Chicago. Magee is tied with Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio for the lead in goals.Fire goalie Sean Johnson made two first-half saves, both on shots by Fabian Castillo. On the first, in the 21st minute, Johnson reached out to his left while diving to the turf to stop a shot from the left side.Chicago went ahead 3-0 in the 52nd minute when defender Jalil Anibaba scored his first goal since May of 2012. His shot from 25 yards out hooked just inside the right post as Seitz tried to move over for a save.FC Dallas scored in the 63rd minute. David Ferreira sent the ball in front of the net, where Cooper battled a defender and shot off the side of his right foot into the right corner. Cooper, who entered in the 12th minute when Mauro Diaz left with a leg injury, added his second goal in the 75th minute.

    Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane on Saturday after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

    Late caution helps Keselowski to first win of year

    CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak Saturday night by chasing down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The defending Sprint Cup Series champion, who failed to qualify for the Chase this year, grabbed his first win of the season and first since Sept. 30, 2012, at Dover, by passing Kahne with nine laps to go in his Penske Racing Ford. Keselowski became the first non-Chase driver to win a Chase race since Jamie McMurray at Charlotte in 2010. “I never give up. I didn’t qualify well. But I kept working my way forward. I knew we had a good car,” said Keselowski, who started 23rd. The race changed dramatically with 27 laps remaining and Jimmie Johnson seemingly on his way to an easy victory. But a debris caution sent the leaders to pit road and ended Johnson’s march to a record seventh Charlotte win. Hendrick teammates Kahne and Jeff Gordon took only two tires and raced off pit road first, while everyone else took four tires and lined up behind them. Johnson came out in third, and should have been in good shape on four fresh tires. Instead, Johnson had a terrible re-start and fell back to seventh. “There was a caution that shook things up,” Johnson shrugged. Kahne pulled away with the rest of the leaders. Championship leader Matt Kenseth was in the mix for a moment, but Keselowski, sixth on the restart, got past him and took over second. Keselowski then set his sights on Kahne once and for all. He had picked his way through traffic but getting past Kahne wasn’t easy — Keselowski needed several attempts before making it stick. “I love hard racing and there are a handful of guys who can’t race hard and they freak out — he’s not one of them,” Keselowski said about Kahne. “He’s an excellent driver. He ran me hard but ran me clean and that is great racing. He did a hell of a job and deserves a lot of credit for it.”Kahne finished second in a Chevrolet and was followed by the Toyota of Kenseth, who takes a four-point lead over Johnson into next week’s Chase race at Talladega. “I’m happy we finished third,” said Kenseth, who was the lowest qualifying Chase driver at 20th. “I was so far behind because I qualified so poorly and needed all night to get back up there. Then at the very end they gave me a shot to win and I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t take advantage of that opportunity.”Johnson wound up fourth and said he had trouble when he tried to push teammate Kahne on the restart. “Evidently I was too close to him and in his way, and my car washed up a little bit,” Johnson said. “A couple of guys were able to get inside of me. I just lost track position at that point, which was unfortunate. Once I got rolling again I was fine, but I lost too much at that point.”Kyle Larson made his Sprint Cup Series debut driving a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared car. He was impressive early, driving from 21st inside the top-12, and he lingered there alongside Juan Pablo Montoya, the driver he’ll replace next season for Ganassi. Larson eventually dropped to 16th, where he stayed until his engine lost a cylinder and eventually failed, sending him to the garage with 87 laps remaining. “I had a lot of fun tonight,” said Larson, who finished 37th.

    Blackhawks winger Ben Smith, second from right, celebrates his first-period goal Saturday with his teammates at United Center.

    Hawks edge Sabres 2-1

    Corey Crawford made 28 saves to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the winless Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Ben Smith and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who swept a pair of weekend home games, edging the Islanders 3-2 on Friday.Drew Stafford connected with 8:11 left in the third, spoiling Crawford’s bid for a shutout. The Sabres (0-5-1) put together several tough challenges in the second and third periods despite being dominated earlier in the game and outshot 40-29.Ryan Miller had 38 saves for Buffalo, which has been outscored 16-6 in its worst start since 1999-2000, when it was 0-5-2.The Blackhawks outshot the Sabres 20-6 in the first period, but only had a 1-0 lead at intermission.Chicago’s puck possession and territory dominance was aided by three power plays. But Smith’s even-strength tip-in for his first goal of the season at 9:26 was the only score.Brent Seabrook wristed a shot from just inside the blue line at the top of the slot. Smith, one of four players parked in front of the net, then deflected the puck over Miller’s glove.Despite continued pressure in the second period, the Blackhawks didn’t get their second goal until Kane’s power-play score with 24.9 seconds left.Kane was open low in the right circle, and whipped Patrick Sharp’s cross-ice feed past Miller before he could slide across the crease.Chicago had plenty of chances early on. A quick reaction by Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers prevented what appeared to be a sure goal.Miller got a piece of a close-in shot by Marian Hossa, but the puck continued toward the upper left corner of the net. Myers swatted the puck out of mid-air with his stick before it crossed the goal line.The Sabres finally began to test Crawford in the second with a flurry and several prime chances, but he stopped them all. His best stop came on a point-blank attempt by Steve Ott with 6:50 left in the period.


    Elgin CC wins Region IV tennis title

    Maria Morales Nelson won a singles championship as did the doubles team of Stacy Krach and Natalie Judkins to lead the Elgin Community College women’s tennis team to the Region IC championship Saturday. The Spartans scored 18.5 points to win the title. Moraine Valley was second with 15 and Illinois Valley third with 14.5.

    Karyna Bihel of Warren, left, is congratulated by Halle Roach of Libertyville after finishing second to Lake Forest’s Elizabeth Zordani in the No. 1 singles match during the North Suburban Conference girls tennis finals at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex on Saturday.

    Stevenson earns NSC first-place tie

    Stevenson rose to the occasion Saturday, getting a strong performance from its doubles teams to earn an overall tie with Lake Forest for the North Suburban Conference girls tennis overall title.


    Fremd third at Grayslake North

    Fremd’s girls volleyball team took third place on Saturday at the Grayslake North Invite as the Vikings tuned up for Tuesday’s Mid-Suburban West match against first-place Barrington.The Vikings went 4-1 in the invite, and placed Carly Roberts (6 aces, 42 assists) and Aubrey Stegich (64-of-67 serve receiving, 29 digs, 5 aces) on the all-tourney team.The Vikings defeated the host school 25-15, 25-19 for third-place.Coach Curt Pinley’s squad was led on attack by Lane Hindenburg (22 kills), Ari Messner (22), Amy Andersen (17) and Maise Koo (16).Jackie Mursuli handed out 38 assists with 29 digs while Sara Roberts collected 28 digs and was 19-of-20 serve receiving.Top blockers for the Vikes were Koo (6), Hope Schroeder (5) and Hindenburg (4).The Vikes will take a 5-3 record into Tuesday’s MSL West match with visiting Barrington (7-1).Schaumburg Invite: St. Viator captured third place in the tournament, notching wins over Hononegah (25-15, 26-24), East Peoria (25-14, 25-22) and Larkin (25-17, 20-25, 25-18).The three wins gave coach Charlie Curtin’s Lions a 16-13 overall record.For the tourney, Ellie Meyer served 8 aces, Molly Ziegler (6), Mary Cleary (4), Kasia Sosin (4) and Kristen Abrahamson (2).Ziegler (11 kills) also handed out 94 assists from 291 assists with the attack being led by Mueller (38 kills), Cleary (27), Jenny Brandt (10), Grace Fedus (7) and Abrahamson (6 kills).Top blockers were Cleary (7), Brandt (6) and Ziegler (4) while top passers were Meyer (51 digs), Mueller (35), Abrahamson (34) Ziegler (33) and Yi (31)The host Saxons (17-9) took fifth place with a 21-25, 25-23, 25-22 victory over Hononegah.Schaumburg finished in a three-way tie with Cary Grove Larkin in pool play. The Saxons lost the tie breaker and end up in the consolation portion of the bracket.Coach Jeanette Pancratz’ won that bracket, finishing the tourney with a 4-1 record.“It was a good day against some solid teams.” Pancratz said.Top attackers for Schaumburg were Kiana Lewis (46 kills, 3 blocks, 27 digs), Oyinkan Akinola (32 kills, 4 aces), Abbie Rahn (20 kills, 3 blocks), Jada Blackwell (13 kills, 58 assists, 22 digs) and Melanie Meyer (5 kills, 4 blocks).Megan Hayes handed out 40 assists with 13 digs while Ashley Chimis served 6 aces. Hannah Moore collected 26 digs with a pair of aces.Glenbrook North Invite: Leyden took 12th out of 16 teams, notching its second win in four days over Maine West 25-13, 11-25, 15-13.For the five matches, coach Danielle Kowalkowski’s Eagles were led on attack by senior outside hitter Kelly Murphy (20 kills, 5 aces), sophomore OH Emily Steininger (13 kills) and junior Middle hitter Camille Lazarratto (8 kills, 15 blocks).Antioch Invite: Rolling Meadows (15-12) went 3-2 to grab third place as Ashley Montanez and Jenny Vliet were named to the all-tournament team.Coach Joe Di Silvio’s Mustangs notched wins over Zion-Benton (22-25, 25-20, 15-12), Lakes (25-15, 25-20) and Oswego East (25-13, 18-25, 15-13).Vliet led the Mustangs with 30 kills and 7 blocks while also handing out 34 assists with 25 digs. Montanez had 28 kills and 5 blocks.Lauren Sokolowski served 6 aces for the Mustangs while Mia Harper and Sami Kay (47 setting assists) each had 5.Other top attacker for Meadows were Sokolowski (22 kills), Harper (9), Mickey (10), Brice Calzaretta (10), Kay (6) and Shewmon (2).Hannah Mickey also had 7 blocks while Harper (37 digs) Grace Skorin (33), and Sokolowski (27) were top defenders.

    Derrick Rose watches as his Bulls teammates warm up before Saturday’s preseason victory over the Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Sore knee sidelines Rose in Bulls preseason win

    After experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee, Derrick Rose sat out the Bulls' 83-81 preseason victory over Washington on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Rose said he would have played if it were up to him, but the Bulls wanted to play it safe.


    Cary-Grove 2nd at Schaumburg

    Cary-Grove finished second at the Schaumburg tournament Saturday, losing to St. Charles North 31-29, 25-17 in the championship match.The Trojans (17-15) defeated Larkin and Bartlett but lost to Schaumburg in pool play but defeated St. Viator in the semifinal round.Kayli Tausch (27 kills, 21 blocks) and Delaney Bayer (11 aces, 42 digs) led Cary-Grove to the second-place finish.Larkin took fourth place in the tournament, losing to Cary-Grove and beating Schaumburg and Bartlett in pool play before losing to St. Charles North in the semifinals and St. Viator in the third-place match.Olivia Kofie (50 kills, 8 aces, 5 blocks, 33 digs), Brianna Stewart (30 kills, 5 blocks, 29 digs, 18 assists), Alyssa McGhee (5 aces, 5 kills, 37 assists, 22 digs), Natalie Kofie (7 kills, 51 assists, 11 digs), Danielle Newquist (3 aces, 19 kills, 27 digs), Mia Gill (38 digs, 3 aces), Isabella Orozco (6 kills, 7 blocks) and Paige Grantham (4 kills, 6 blocks) led the Royals.Bartlett (5-18-1) finished in seventh place. The Hawks lost to Cary-Grove, Schaumburg, Larkin and Hononegah then defeated East Peoria. Katie Hrbacek had 18 kills and 17 digs to lead the Hawks.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Elgin 5, Proviso East 1: Roberto Martinez scored a hat trick, while Eduardo Zavala scored twice off assists from his brother Edgar to lead the Maroons (8-9-3) to a nonconference win. Eleno Montes had 6 saves in goal.Schaumburg 2, Bartlett 1: AJ Santori scored for Bartlett (4-11-4) in this nonconference loss. Jake Hasenstein had 6 saves in the first half for the Hawks and Andrew Nowak stopped 3 shots in the second half.Glenbrook North 3, CL South 0: Gus Alvarez had 4 saves in goal for the Gators (7-11-3) in nonconference action.


    Prairie Ridge edges Jacobs for FVC title

    Jon Betts’ disappointment was evident. Only 1 point separated his Jacobs Golden Eagles from winning the Fox Valley Conference girls tennis championship Saturday in Crystal Lake. Prairie Ridge grabbed the championship with 97 points while Jacobs was a point back with 96 points and Crystal Lake South placed third with a score of 95.

    Jacobs’ Kyla Fitzsimmons with the dig against St. Edward during the 29th Annual Huntley High School Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

    Huntley a strong second at own invite

    Huntley fell just shy on Saturday of becoming the first girls volleyball team this season to knock off undefeated Rockford Boylan and Penn State-bound setter Bryanna Weiskircher. After rallying from a 21-15 deficit in Game 3 to beat Marian Central in the semifinals of the 29th Annual Huntley Tournament, the hosts opened the title match against Boylan on fire. The Red Raiders did nearly everything right in winning the first game, 25-12, and their momentum translated to a 7-0 lead in Game 2. However, little by little the momentum ebbed from Huntley (17-10) and Boylan (21-0) chipped away. The Red Raiders still led the second game 22-18, but the Titans fought off a pair of match points during an 8-2 run and eventually squared the match with a 26-24 win.


    IC Catholic Prep routs Aurora Christian

    Scheduling two-time defending Class 3A state football champion Aurora Christian for homecoming takes guts. IC Catholic Prep has never lacked guts.


    Streamwood trips up Burlington Central

    Two of the Fox Valley’s top boys soccer teams squared off at Millennium Field Saturday in a defensive battle that ended with just one goal being scored. That goal belonged to Streamwood’s Jasminko Dizdarevic, who took a feed from teammate Nestor Ascencio in the first half as the Sabres (14-2-3) then used 4 saves from Sergio Blanco to register their seventh straight shutout and 13th overall in a 1-0 nonconference win over Burlington Central.


    St. Charles East passes test against state’s best

    This was St. Charles East’s annual chance to see one of the best teams in the state as New Trier came to the Saints’ annual College Events Meet. The same might be said of the Trevians, who traveled to the Norris Center pool to meet a strong Saints team that has been showing its strength throughout the season. By meet’s end, three-time defending state champion New Trier’s depth showed in a 417-335 victory over St. Charles East. But the Saints more than proved their might with victories in eight of the meet’s 15 events.

    The Penn State defense celebrates an interception by Penn State defensive end Anthony Zettel (98) behind Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) and Michigan offensive linesman Chris Bryant (58) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

    Unranked Penn State shocks Michigan in 4 OTs

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past No. 18 Michigan 43-40 in maybe the biggest win in coach Bill O’Brien’s two seasons with the Nittany Lions.Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg was sensational in regulation on the tying drive, completing passes of 29 yards to Brandon Felder and 33 yards to Allen Robinson to bring the ball to the 1 with 29 seconds left.The freshman quarterback sneaked in for the first rushing TD against Michigan this season, tying the game at 34-all.Brendan Gibbons kicked two field goals and missed two — one was blocked — in OT for the Wolverines (5-1, 1-1). Sam Ficken kicked two, and didn’t need to attempt a fourth, thanks to fourth-down conversion by Penn State.The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) stormed the field in wild celebration, sending more than 100,000 fans into a frenzy.

    Libertyville graduate Dan Ryan is one of three College of Lake County scholarship recipients who will be honored at Thursday’s 25th Keith Ryan scholarship fund and sports banquet at Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth.

    College of Lake County Foundation banquet set for Thursday

    The College of Lake County Foundation’s 25th Keith Ryan scholarship fund and sports banquet will be held Thursday at Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth. The banquet will recognize three CLC scholarship recipients: Phil Brahm (journalism), Dan Ryan (basketball) and Sarah Braden (softball). In addition, 12 sports figures will be inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame and six people will be inducted into the Waukegan Sports Hall of fame.


    Libertyville discovers some strong results

    Libertyville’s girls volleyball team enjoyed maybe its best weekend of the season to date. The Wildcats finished second in the Glenbrook North/New Trier Discovery invite Saturday and placed freshman libero Morgan O’Brien and senior hitter Rhiannon Prentiss on the all-tournament team. Libertyville (14-9) went 4-1 over two days, falling to DeKalb 25-18, 25-21 in the final after beating Glenbrook North 25-19, 25-22 in the semifinals.


    Mundelein freestyles to Jamboree victory

    Erin Falconer won the 200-yard freestyle, the 100 free and had anchor legs on both winning freestyle relays to help Mundelein to the team championship in the Hersey Jamboree girls swimming invitational at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights on Saturday. Falconer had plenty of help from her teammates as Mundelein (279) used its freestyle strength to put plenty of distance between itself and runner-up Maine South (210), which edged third-place Warren (204). Cary-Grove and Prospect tied for fourth (141), and Hersey (135) was fifth. In every freestyle event plus all three relays, Mundelein was a winner.


    Palatine produces in long-format test

    Palatine took a Saturday in the middle of its October training regimen and doubled its competitive distances on Saturday. The Pirates finished sixth in St. Charles East’s college events meet, a format where races double those used in the high school format are competed in every stroke. “I thought they did excellent,” Palatine coach Brittany Berleman said. “I thought they made positive changes to technique and positive changes time-wise, and they stepped up to compete. So I was very happy today.” The meet featured two of the best teams in the state this year in three-time defending state champion New Trier and the host Saints. Lake Forest, another power this year, finished third. Against that level of competition, Palatine never held expectations of winning the meet, though there were certainly things Berleman hoped to see from her team’s performance. “We’re in the hardest part of our season and I was just hoping the girls went around the times that they have been going the entire time this season, which they did,” Berleman said. “We come into this meet because we have some of the best girls in the state here, and it’s just a learning experience for them — seeing that and trying to mirror that the rest of the season.” If high school teams compete in a college events meet, they only do so once, and now the Pirates return to conventional high school distances the rest of the season. “It’s a real mental break from the dual meets or every invite meet format,” Berlemana said. “You’re swimming something different and getting your mind off those usual events.” Berleman said the performances with which she was pleased included Kristin Anderson’s 200-yard freestyle time. Anderson, a sophomore, finished eighth but dropped five seconds to reach 2:00.31.— Darryl MellemaHersey JamboreeErin Falconer won the 200-yard freestyle, the 100 free and had anchor legs on both winning freestyle relays to help Mundelein to the team championship at Hersey Jamboree at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights on Saturday.Falconer had plenty of help from her teammates as Mundelein (279) used its freestyle strength to put plenty of distance between itself and runner-up Maine South (210), which edged third-place Warren (204). Cary-Grove and Prospect tied for fourth (141), and Hersey (135) was fifth.In every freestyle event plus all three relays, Mundelein was a winner.Falconer and Rachel Robb went 1-2 in the 200 free. Falconer finished in 1:5.36, and Robb in 2:00.80 edged third-place Ashlynn Baker of Cary-Grove by one one-hundredth of a second.Falconer’s winning effort in the 100 free was 53.86, and Karrie Kozokar was second in 54.93.Other Mundelein individual victories came from Jenn Kordik in the 200 IM (2:13.04), Kozokar in the 50 free (25.21), and Robb in the 500 free (5:29.21), and the Mustangs won all the relays.Warren’s Courtney Barker had the top finish in the 100 backstroke (1:00.67), and Cary-Grove’s Melissa Rose won the 100 breast (1:08.61).Prospect’s Dana Liva was dominant in the 11-dive format, winning by more than 80 points with a score of 441.05, and Betsy Rozow placed third in the 100 backstroke.Elk Grove’s Simona Kurta finished second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 fly.Hersey’s top finishes came from Hannah Bovino in diving (second), Lenna Fotos in the 50 free (third) and Sarah Petro in the 500 free (third).


    No. 10 LSU beats No. 17 Florida

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles repeatedly dismissed the notion that LSU’s defense was as vulnerable as it had looked recently.For now, at least, he is a coach validated.The Tigers were in Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy’s face all game, batting down passes, racking up sacks and keeping their opponent out of the end zone for the first time all season.Jeremy Hill did his part with 121 yards on 19 carries, and No. 10 LSU celebrated a vintage victory in Death Valley, 17-6 over No. 17 Florida on Saturday.“The more time we are getting together with this defense, the better we are becoming,” said defensive end Jermauria Rasco, who assisted on one of LSU’s eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage. “It is just taking some time and I think the evidence is there now.” LSU, which had been scoring 45.5 points per game, had a much harder time finding the end zone against a Florida defense rated among the nation’s best, but 1-yard touchdown runs by fullback J.C. Copeland and freshman reserve quarterback Anthony Jennings turned out to be more than enough for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).Murphy was 15-of-27 passing for 115 yards for the Gators (4-2, 3-1), who led 3-0 early, but managed just one more field goal on the day.Murphy was sacked four times, one apiece for safety Micah Eugene, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, cornerback Jalen Mills and linebacker Kendell Beckwith. Murphy was nearly intercepted three times, but LSU defensive backs dropped each of those chances.LSU’s defense “had too many free runners at the quarterback,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “My initial thoughts are there was too much pressure. We’ve got to protect (Murphy) better.”Murphy blamed himself.“I really have to work on getting rid of the ball quicker,” he said.The Tigers had eight defensive players selected in last spring’s NFL draft, forcing coordinator John Chavis to remake his unit with a lot of youth and inexperience. It showed two weeks earlier in a 44-41 loss at Georgia, and again when the Tigers allowed 23 points in the first half of last week’s victory at Mississippi State.But LSU allowed only a field goal in the second half a week ago, a promising sign for a unit that has now gone six quarters without allowing a touchdown.“Our guys did a tremendous job and I’m proud and it was fun watching them play again,” Chavis said. “For the last two weeks we have focused on one simple thing: Do your job; count on the guy beside you; count on the guy behind you; and count on the guy in front of you.”LSU never seemed truly threatened, but Florida made it a one possession game on Francisco Velez’s second field goal, a 27-yarder that cut it to 14-6 with 12:11 to go.The Tigers responded by going to Hill, who carried four times for 45 yards — including a gain of 26 yards to the Florida 19 — to set up Colby Delahoussaye’s 31-yard field goal with 7:58 left.“We can win all different types of games,” Hill said. “We can win shootouts or we can win tough, physical ground-it-out kind of games.” The sequence left Muschamp frustrated with his normally dominant defense.“You can call whatever defense you want to call, kids have got to get off blocks and make a play,” Muschamp said. “Our guys have got to accept that.”Needing two scores, Florida started to gamble.On fourth-and-5 from the Gators 30, punter Kyle Christy converted a fake, hitting Demarcus Robinson over the middle for a 14-yard gain. Murphy then converted a fourth-and-9 with a 15-yard pass to Ahmad Fulwood at the LSU 20.That’s when the Tigers’ defense clamped down and sealed the game.First came a sack on a blitz by Mills for a loss of 12 yards, which forced a desperate fourth-and-27. Beckwith’s sack then gave the ball back to the Tigers for good.“They are maturing and I think they understand what they are supposed to do,” Miles said of his defense. “I just think it’s maturity.”

    Northern Illinois running back Cameron Stingily runs the ball against Akron during Saturday’s first half in DeKalb.

    Huskies win 23rd straight home game

    DE KALB — Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 23 Northern Illinois extended its home winning streak to 23 games with a 27-20 Mid-American victory over Akron Saturday night.Lynch was 16 of 35 for 220 yards passing and ran for 83 more. Cameron Stingily rushed 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Wedel added field goals of 42 and 21 yards for the Huskies (6-0, 2-0 MAC East).Jawan Chisholm scored on a pair of 1-yard first half runs for Akron (1-6, 0-3) and ran 20 times for 70 yards. Kyle Pohl was 24 of 56 for 262 yards.The home winning streak is the nation’s current longest. A 34-31 loss to Idaho on Sept 26, 2009 was Northern Illinois’ more recent defeat at Huskie Stadium.Akron’s road loss was its 30th straight, also the nation’s longest current streak. The Zips’ beat Central Michigan 42-35 on Oct. 18, 2008 for its last road win.Akron opened a 7-0 lead on its first possession as Chisholm capped a nine-play, 71-yard drive with 1-yard touchdown run. Northern Illinois replied with 17 straight points, starting with Lynch’s 18-yard touchdown run just 63 seconds later to tie the score.Tyler Wedel, filling in for regular kicker Mathew Sims, hit a 42-yard field goal with 7:33 left in the first quarter — the first of his career — for a 10-7 Northern Illinois lead.Lynch connected with Desroy Maxwell on a 25-yard scoring strike with 4:52 left as the Huskies made it 17-7. The score was also a career first for Maxwell.Chisholm scored his second touchdown of the quarter on a 1-yard leap with 1:12 remaining to cut the Zip deficit to 17-14. A 40-yard pass from Lynch to Tommylee Lewis set up Northern Illinois’ third touchdown -- a 9-yard run by Stingily with 11:37 left in the third for a 24-14 lead.Huskies safety Jimmy Ward intercepted Pohl early in the fourth quarter at the Zip 30 to set up a 21-yard field goal by Wedel that made it 27-14 lead with 11:19 left in the fourth quarter.Ward’s interception was his fifth of the season and fourth in his last four games. He entered the game ranked second in the nation.Pohl’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Goodman with 5:27 showing to cut the Huskie lead to 27-20. But Northern Illinois’ Boomer Mays blocked Robert Stein’s extra point kick.The Zips blocked a 40-yard Wedel field goal try with 1:15 left and regained possession at its own 32, but the Northern Illinois defense stopped Akron on a fourth and 10 at its own 45.


    St. Charles North finds something to celebrate

    In the middle of October, when training yardage is at its height, when there’s a chance to have some fun — girls swim teams are more than ready to have a little celebration — before the heavy training starts again. For St. Charles North, one of those moments came on Saturday when the North Stars emerged from a meet-long battle with Neuqua Valley and claimed a 283-272.5 victory.


    S. Illinois drops N. Iowa in overtime
    Associated PressCEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Malcolm Agnew’s 5-yard touchdown run in overtime led Southern Illinois over Northern Iowa 24-17, in a Missouri Valley Conference showdown on Saturday.The Saluikis (4-3, 2-1, MVC) took a 14-0 halftime lead on two Kory Faulkner second quarter touchdown passes. He hit Josh Sullivan for 6 yards after a 93-yard drive and LaSteven McKinney on a 5-yard strike with 16 seconds left in the half. Agnew finished with 113 yards rushing.Northern Iowa (4-2, 0-2) answered with two TDs in the third quarter. Ray Mitchell picked off Faulkner on the Panthers’ 8-yard line and returned it 53 yards, where he fumbled. The ball was scooped up by Deiondre’ Hall, who scampered 29 yards for the touchdown. Later in the frame, Northern Iowa used more conventional means to score, as Sawyer Kollmorgen hit Kevin Vereen for a 52-yard touchdown.Tyler Sievertsen’s 30-yard field goal, with 4:33 left, sent the game into overtime.


    S. Dakota St rolls past W. Illinois

    MACOMB — Austin Sumner passed for three touchdowns and Zach Zenner rushed for two more as South Dakota State rolled past Western Illinois, 38-14 in a Missouri Valley Conference battle Saturday.Sumner threw two touchdown passes less than three minutes apart in the first quarter to spark the Jackrabbits (4-3, 1-2 MVC) to a 17-0 first quarter lead.Zenner put the game away in the second half, sweeping 80 yards for a touchdown, then powering in from the 1 to cap the scoring barely three minutes later.Sumner was 21 of 35 for 265 yards to go with his three touchdowns, but he also threw a pair of interceptions. Zenner finished with 133 yards on 21 carries. Jason Schneider caught seven passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.J.C. Baker carried 27 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Leathernecks (3-4, 1-2 MVC).


    St. Charles East takes 3rd at Mizuno

    St. Charles East coach Jennie Kull knew her team needed to dig deep after dropping Game 1 to its Upstate Eight counterpart Geneva. The Fighting Saints had just come off a tough three-set loss to nationally-ranked Plainfield North in the semifinals of Saturday’s Mizuno Cup at the Great Lakes Center and were staring at an 0-1 deficit in the third-place match against the Vikings. Kull’s team regrouped and found the extra effort during a 19-25, 25-17, 25-22 victory, finishing the weekend tournament with a 4-1 record and third place overall.

    Ryan Parks of Benet is pulled down during the Redwings’ loss to Nazareth Saturday.

    Benet streak snapped

    Momentum may swing away but one thing is certain.You always want to be the team holding it at the end of a football game. Nazareth’s late surge led to Saturday’s 28-18 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory over previously-unbeaten Benet in LaGrange Park, breaking the Redwings’ 12-game regular-season winning streak. The Roadrunners (5-2, 3-2) scored the game’s last 11 points while rallying from an 18-17 fourth-quarter deficit.


    No. 3 Clemson beat Boston College 24-14

    CLEMSON, S.C. — It’s time for No. 3 Clemson’s second showdown this season. And this one is even bigger than the first. Six weeks after defeating then fifth-ranked Georgia to start the season, the Tigers and Tajh Boyd put together a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Boston College that kept them on course for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference contest with No. 6 Florida State. “I’ll definitely be watching,” Boston College receiver Alex Amidon said. Amidon and the Eagles (3-3, 1-2 ACC) nearly spoiled the party, keeping the Tigers out of synch offensively and using big plays to carry a 14-10 lead into the final period. That’s when the Tigers (6-0, 4-0) fought back, Boyd’s 6-yard TD run with 13:44 left putting them ahead for good. National sack leader Vic Beasley sealed things a few moments later when he scooped up Chase Rettig’s fumble and took it 13 yards for a touchdown. The Boston College quarterback coughed up the ball after a big hit by linebacker Tony Steward. Clemson held on to start 6-0 for the second time in three years. “If you want to be a good team, you have to win games like this,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “We kept fighting and overcame mistakes.” The Tigers most likely won’t wriggle of the hook should they repeat the errors against the well-rested Seminoles (5-0), who had Saturday free and come off a 63-0 victory over Maryland in their last game. Boyd also had a touchdown pass and finished with 334 yards passing to become the school’s all-time leader in passing yards, surpassing Charlie Whitehurst. Boyd chose to focus on Clemson handling adversity and succeeding instead of a near defeat. “I’ve been in that situation plenty of times,” he said. “You’ve got to go back, reflect on it and you’ve got to lead.” Boyd said he’ll remind the Tigers of what’s at stake this week, the attention that will be on Death Valley and how the players must prepare to succeed as they did against Georgia in a 38-35 victory back on Aug. 31. “We’ve got some great capabilities,” he said. “We’ve got to keep making adjustments so we can continue to improve.” Sammy Watkins had seven receptions for 101 yards, his fourth game over the century mark this season and 11th in his career. He scored on a 48-yard touchdown grab that gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 10-7. But it was Clemson’s oft-maligned defense — remember when the Tigers gave up 70 points in the Orange Bowl two years ago? — that turned things around in this one. Eagles tailback Andre Williams, who came in the nation’s top rusher, was held to fewer than 3 yards a carry with 70 total. He had gained a career-best 263 a week ago in Boston College’s win over Army. Boston College finished with 286 yards on offense, 162 of those coming on its two TD drives. It’s the fifth straight game Clemson held an opponent to 14 points or less. “We hear a lot about our offense, but we just want to be the strength of the team,” Beasley said.Clemson put its past two opponents in Wake Forest and Syracuse away by halftime, leading 35-7 at the break and cruising to sizeable victories. The Tigers tried that formula again in this one, reaching the BC 6 before kicker Chandler Catanzaro ended a string of 28 straight field goals inside 48 yards as he missed from 25 yards away. It was only the start of the Tigers execution problems. Two series later, Zac Brooks fumbled at the end of what would’ve been a first down and Eagles linebacker Steele Divitto recovered. After driving 68 yards to the Boston College 28, Watkins airmailed a halfback pass over wide open Adam Humphries. Two plays later, holder Corbin Jenkins couldn’t get the snap down and the Tigers again left without points. Rod McDowell had Clemson’s second fumble of the half a series later, then came up shy on fourth-and-6 as Clemson passed up a long field goal try the next time it had the ball.

    St. Charles East’s Jaci Spoerl in the second singles championship game at the Upstate Eight Conference in Geneva on Saturday, October 12.

    St. Charles East wins 1st conference title since ‘99

    Pick any local high school football or basketball game and a chant you’ll likely hear from the student section is, “I believe that we will win.” On Saturday morning, the St. Charles East’s girls tennis team used a variation of that theme moments after the completion of the final doubles match of the day at the Upstate Eight Conference River Division tournament.

    Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph returns a shot while paired with her sister Allie during the championship doubles match of Saturday’s Mid-Suburban League tournament at Rolling Meadows.

    Barrington’s in the clear again

    With more action yet to be played Tuesday, Barrington was still able to secure its 19th consecutive Mid-Suburban League girls tennis championship. A three-hour rain delay halted Saturday’s afternoon play at Rolling Meadows, and although matches are still in progress, Barrington already has enough points accumulated to earn the team victory. The Fillies (16-6) sent all seven positions to their respective finals, and they netted four champions — so far. Barrington stands at 41 points and could still gain more with two positions undecided. The runner-up team placement is still in question. Fremd has 23 points and two positions remaining, one of them a championship. But Prospect (24 points), Hersey (14, but with four positions undecided) and Buffalo Grove (23 points, one position in finals) remain in the mix for second place.


    MSL West teams excel at Sterling

    The Mid-Suburban West was well represented in Saturday’s Sterling Invitational, as Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Conant took places 2, 3 and 4 in the team race.Schaumburg placed four runners in the top ten: Ellie O’Connell (fifth), Erin Falsey (eighth), Caroline Kurdej (ninth) and Ali Gutt (10th). The Saxons finished with 78, just behind team champ Minooka (74).Hoffman Estates’ Solome Haile finished fourth in 18:08. The Hawks finished at 94 and also got top-25 efforts from Yazmin Nunez (13th), Alondra Aguirre (19th) and Meagan Biddle (24th).Conant (194) got its top finish from Zoe Shoro (25th).Senior Mailin Struck of Riverside-Brookfield won in 17:02.


    Dale wins, Conant second at Sterling

    Zach Dale didn’t fail. The Conant junior added another invitational victory to his impressive season, taking top honors on the in the Sterling Invitational on Saturday. Dale finished in 14:50, nine seconds ahead of Rock Island Alleman’s Zach Hird.

    Ryann Scully

    St. Edward’s Scully advances to Class A state

    St. Edward junior golfer Ryann Scully says she can usually hit the golf ball pretty far off the tee. How straight it goes might be another matter, though. Fortunately for Scully, she hit it pretty straight this week.Playing through an off-and-on drizzle, Scully shot a 93 on Saturday and made the individual cut, advancing to the IHSA Class 1A state finals out of the Freeport Aquin sectional at Park Hills.

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass which was intercepted by Chicago Bears defensive back Zack Bowman in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    As Bears’ offense grows, defense falters

    As good as the offense has looked at times, the Bears’ defense has looked old, slow, hurt and ineffective, something Marc Trestman and Phil Emery had to suspect would occur in a rebuilding year.


    Mariota leads No. 2 Oregon past Huskies

    SEATTLE — Marcus Mariota was finally forced to take a fourth-quarter snap for Oregon. He was just as good as he was in the first three.Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, added another 88 yards and one TD rushing, and the second-ranked Ducks won their 10th straight over their rivals to the north with a 45-24 victory over No. 16 Washington on Saturday. Mariota’s passing was nearly spotless, he used his legs to make the Huskies pay when throwing options were covered and was easily the best player on the field. Mariota completed 24 of 31 passes, and ran another 13 times. He threw touchdowns of 4 and 3 yards to Bralon Addison and a 65-yarder to Josh Huff on Oregon’s first possession of the second half. Huff had to be carted to the locker room with an apparent right leg injury in the first half, only to come back after halftime and burn the Huskies secondary.Most impressive, Mariota answered every challenge Washington made. Twice in the second half the Huskies pulled within a touchdown. Both times, Mariota responded by leading the Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) to touchdowns of their own. Mariota topped 300 yards passing for the sixth time in his college career. Byron Marshall added 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns and while Oregon’s streak of scoring at least 55 points ended at five games, the Ducks passed their first test of the season. De’Anthony Thomas suited up for the Ducks but it was just decoration. Sidelined with a sprained ankle the past two games, Thomas went through pregame warm-ups but never left the Oregon sideline. Turns out they didn’t need him. Bishop Sankey ran for 167 yards and touchdowns of 60 and 25 yards for Washington, but the Huskies (4-2, 1-2) defense that stood stout against Stanford last week was exposed by Mariota and the Ducks. The Huskies gave up 633 total yards. Washington was third in the country giving up just 3.9 yards per offensive play, but the Ducks averaged 7.9 per touch. Sankey was responsible for a major first-half swing that left the Huskies unsuccessfully playing from behind. Tied at 7-7 and driving, Sankey fumbled for the first time this season on a third-down run at the Oregon 31. The fumble was forced by cornerback Troy Hill and recovered by Torrondney Prevot. Mariota went to work immediately, hitting Addison for 38 yards and seven plays later the two connected again on a 4-yard TD and a 14-7 lead. Washington went three-and-out on its next series holding possession for barely one minute. Oregon followed with a seven-play drive, with three plays of 15 yards or more. Marshall capped the drive with a 15-yard sprint untouched and a 21-7 Ducks lead. The Huskies closed to 21-14 on the first drive of the second half when Sankey burst 60 yards on fourth-and-1, but Mariota answered by dropping his long TD pass to Huff. The only other time Washington got within one score, came on Sankey’s 25-yard TD run in the final minute of the third quarter to cut the lead to 31-24. Just as they had done earlier, the Ducks answered. It took less than 90 second for Mariota to find the end zone on a 5-yard run and he added a 3-yard TD pass to Addison later in the fourth quarter for the final margin. Addison finished with eight catches for 157 yards. Washington quarterback Keith Price was battered for the second straight week. His gutty effort last Saturday in a 31-28 loss at No. 5 Stanford gave belief that this would be the Huskies best chance to stop their losing streak to the Ducks. But Price’s receivers struggled to get separation and he was sacked four times and ran 11 others. Price finished 19 of 32 for 182 yards.

    Burlington Central senior Jenna Kurosky, a regional champion, will compete in the Class 2A sectional at Ingersoll in Rockford on Monday.

    Burlington Central’s Kurosky all set for sectional

    Boys and girls golf sectionals will have no shortage of Fox Valley area participants. An impressive six teams and 22 individuals will compete for berths in the state tournaments, which will be held Oct. 18-19 on courses in the Bloomington-Normal area. On the girls’ side, Burlington Central and Huntley both advanced as teams and will compete in the Class AA Rockford Guilford sectional Monday at Ingersoll.

    The Bulls’ Marquis Teague, center, makes a move to the basket as Washington Wizards’ Martell Webster, left, and Jan Vesely look on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday.

    Rose sits, but Bulls defeat Wizards

    Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America on Saturday, sitting out the Bulls’ 83-81 victory over the Washington Wizards with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. His absence disappointed a sellout crowd of 13,635 at the HSBC Arena in Rio — the gymnastics venue at the 2016 Olympics.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien, left, greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick their game last month. Tolzien spent two seasons with the 49ers and was picked up by the Packers before the start of this season.

    Tolzien puts Packers’ practice squad to work

    The Daily Herald catches up with Rolling Meadows native Scott Tolzien, a former star quarterback at Fremd High School and the University of Wisconsin who has a spot on the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad. He talks about his role, and what's he learned from observing Aaron Rodgers. Mike Wilkening has more in his NFL Tracker report.

    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Carlos Martinez sky-points after striking out the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez in Saturday’s eighth inning.

    Cardinals take 2-0 lead in NLCS over L.A.

    Rookie Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh inning with zero margin for error and the St. Louis Cardinals silenced the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight day, winning 1-0 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL championship series. The Cardinals managed only two hits off Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, but Jon Jay’s sacrifice fly set up by A.J. Ellis’ passed ball in the fifth stood up.


    Weakened Neuqua Valley takes second place at invite

    In the middle of its heaviest training period of the season, and depleted somewhat through injury and illness, Neuqua Valley gritted a second-place finish at the St. Charles North Invitiational on Saturday.


    Glenbard West defense stifles Proviso West

    When the rain finally stopped and the sun peaked through the clouds just minutes after the final whistle Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn, it was as if the football gods had only been looking for another way to test Glenbard West.


    Boys soccer: Scouting Class 1A regionals in the Fox Valley

    Scouting the Class 1A boys soccer postseason in the Fox Valley.

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon goes 71 yards for the touchdown Saturday as Northwestern’s Collin Ellis and Chi Chi Ariguzo watch.

    Wisconsin tames Wildcats in 35-6 rout

    Melvin Gordon ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Chris Borland led a fierce defense that figured out No. 19 Northwestern’s high-octane offense in a 35-6 win Saturday. The Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had seven sacks before a raucous homecoming weekend crowd. Jared Abbrederis burned the secondary for a 63-yard touchdown reception before leaving with a head injury.


    Barrington, BG’s Ko on top of their games

    Barrington’s girls cross country team has picked it up after a sluggish start to the season, while Buffalo Grove sophomore Kaitlyn Ko has been strong from start to finish. On Saturday at the Wheeling girls cross country invitational, the Fillies and Ko were in prime form. Barrington placed five girls in the top 23, securing the team title with 65 points at the Allstate Campus in Northbrook. Libertyville (74 points) took second, followed by Lake Zurich (98), Belvidere North (138), and New Trier (151), which did not field its full varsity line-up. Ko continued her strong start by holding off a strong challenge from St. Viator senior Meghan Carroll to capture the individual title in 18:25.


    Dundee-Crown squeaks out another win

    Larkin fought back from 2 goals down to tie Dundee-Crown, but the tie lasted only 22 seconds. Eduardo Arellano scored his second goal of the game with 17:14 left to play Saturday to lift the unbeaten Chargers to the 3-2 nonconference boys soccer win in Carpentersville.


    Tegge’s late goal gives Naperville Central triumph

    If regular-season success carries over into the IHSA state series, Naperville Central and Benet could extend their respective seasons for a long time. If both win a sectional title, they’ll meet again for the third time this fall in late October at the Romeoville supersectional at Lewis University. The teams met Saturday afternoon at Benet, and in a nonconference game that saw rain throughout most of the contest, as well as a 30-minute lightning delay, Naperville Central broke a 1-1 tie with a rebound goal from Jay Tegge to prevail 2-1. Benet had beaten the Redhawks in the first meeting between the teams 3-2 in the Best of West on Sept. 7. “It was a good late-season, Saturday game,” Redhawks coach Troy Adams said. “So we’ll come back on Monday, and we’ll work and then have our most important game of the year (Naperville North on Tuesday), which every (game) is from this time out.” The game-winner was a thing of beauty. It started with some nice give-and-go play from Sam Reskala and David Murphy. “They like to sit back defensively,” Murphy said. “We knew that, so the biggest thing was getting the ball to the forwards’ feet and running up from there.” Murphy fed the ball to Jordi Heeneman, whose shot caromed off the right post where Tegge collected the rebound and smacked it in for a 2-1 lead with 8:26 remaining. “We’ve been working a lot on getting diagonal runs and that’s how we always get open,” Heeneman said. “I would’ve liked to have scored, but we won, which is fine with me.” Benet (14-3-1) jumped ahead early, scoring just 4:30 in on Mike Rindler’s 17th goal of the season. It proved to be the Redwings’ only opportunity of the first half as they struggled in possessing the ball and threatening the Redhawks. “When we needed to connect and keep the ball, we didn’t,” Benet coach Sean Wesley said. “We wasted that whole first half. Even though the goal we had was fantastic and well worked — and we played great for the first eight minutes or so — after that it was just garbage. We couldn’t keep the ball and didn’t deal well with their pressure.” Wesley felt the Redwings didn’t take advantage of sloppy field conditions, especially since his squad likes to dispossess, go forward and play fast. “I thought (Naperville Central) played better than us,” he said. “I mean, for 70 percent of the game they were obviously the better team and dealt with the conditions and were still able to play the game.” Naperville Central (12-2-2) came out strong in the second half as Reskala recovered Murphy’s shot, which was knocked away by Benet goalkeeper Konrad Bayer, and put it in just 1:53 after intermission.


    Barrington begins to put it together

    Barrington’s boys cross country team has brushed off some early injuries and is now looking to make a move. The Broncos offered a glimpse of their potential on a pleasant fall morning at the Allstate Campus in Northbrook. Placing five runners in the top 25 for 66 points, Barrington cruised to the Wheeling Invitational title in the 20-team field.


    No. 25 Missouri upsets No. 7 Georgia

    ATHENS, Ga. — Gary Pinkel said No. 25 Missouri won more than a second straight SEC road game when it upset No. 7 Georgia.“I just think we earned a little more respect,” Pinkel said. “The respect level just went up a couple notches.”Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L’Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and Missouri held off Georgia’s comeback attempt to beat the short-handed Bulldogs 41-26 on Saturday.Pinkel said Franklin separated his right shoulder and expects the quarterback to miss at least one week.Freshman Maty Mauk, who replaced Franklin in the fourth quarter, could start when Missouri (6-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) plays No. 17 Florida next week.Missouri led by 18 points in the first half before Georgia (4-2, 3-1) cut the lead to 28-26 in the fourth quarter.The Tigers answered the challenge with two late touchdowns, despite losing Franklin.Missouri’s first road win over a top 10 team since 1981 helped continue the Tigers’ recovery from a 5-7 finish in 2012, their first in season in the SEC. The Tigers have scored 38 or more points in each of their six wins, including last week’s 51-28 win at Vanderbilt.“There is no question that one of the goals for this team is to get back to Missouri’s winning ways,” Pinkel said. “It is a big deal to them. ... They want to get back to competing for championships.”The Tigers ended Georgia’s streak of 15 straight home wins.After Franklin was taken to the locker room, Mauk threw a lateral to Sasser, who stopped and tossed a high, deep pass to the end zone for Washington. Washington, who outfought cornerback Damian Swann for the catch, had 115 yards and two touchdowns. “I came in and everybody just told me to keep calm,” Mauk said. “So I came in and got the plays to our guys. We executed well at the end. ... We scored when we needed to.”James Ponder’s interception of Aaron Murray’s pass with 4:25 remaining set up Henry Josey’s 7-yard touchdown run to end Georgia’s hopes.Murray threw two interceptions and lost one of Georgia’s two fumbles.Georgia coach Mark Richt said turnovers helped decide the game.“It was 4-0 on the turnovers,” Richt said. “They did a really good job of securing the ball, and we didn’t. You hear coaches say it over and over, but you can’t win a game turning it over like that.”The Bulldogs had won four straight on the strength of a powerful offense, including 44-41 over LSU and 34-31 in overtime over Tennessee the last two weeks. Georgia’s wave of injuries at tailback and wide receiver left Murray with inexperienced backups at the skill positions to keep pace against another high-scoring opponent.Georgia almost filled a bench on its sideline with injured players who wore their red game jerseys over black warm-up pants. Among them was star tailback Todd Gurley (ankle).After the game, Missouri players ran to edge of the Sanford Stadium hedges and celebrated their biggest SEC win yet with fans in the corner of an end zone.Murray threw his second interception in the final minute. He completed 25 of 45 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns.“We had plenty of chances to tie it up, but we just didn’t execute,” Murray said. “We did a pretty good job of getting back in the game. We were within 2 points of tying it up but just couldn’t quite get it done.”Franklin scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter and threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Washington in the second quarter. Franklin completed 18 of 27 passes for 170 yards. Marcus Murphy had a 36-yard touchdown run for the Tigers.Defensive end Michael Sam returned a fumble recovery 21 yards for a touchdown to give Missouri a 28-10 lead late in the second quarter. Murray fumbled when he was sacked by defensive end Shane Ray.


    No. 24 Virginia Tech sacks Pittsburgh

    BLACKSBURG, Va. — Try as he did, Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage can’t take all the blame for the beating he’s received in his last two games, during which he’s been sacked 15 times and hit countless more times.Once on a three-game winning streak, the Panthers (3-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have an issue.“It’s clearly something we’ve got to clean up,” Panthers coach Paul Chryst said of the pass protection. Savage wound up with a concussion against Virginia, but managed to finish the game against the Hokies. He even ran for a touchdown with about 2 minutes to play. Still, he tried to shoulder the blame.“I think they did a great job, but I think on our part we have to execute better,” he said after completing 13 of 28 passes for 187 yards. The Panthers ran for just 23 yards on 26 carries.“There’s nothing out there that we saw that we weren’t expecting,” Savage said. Three weeks ago, Savage tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes in a 58-55 victory against Duke. Since then, the Panthers have managed 199 yards against Virginia, and 210 against the Hokies.Still, he earned the respect of the Hokies.“When we get that much pressure on somebody at Lane Stadium, they usually go down,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. “Lots of credit to him, He’s a big, tough guy and he played a really tough game today.”So did Beamer’s quarterback, Logan Thomas. He threw an early touchdown pass, and led drives that lasted long enough to produce four field goals by Cody Journell as the Hokies ended a four-game losing streak against the Panthers. They also avenged a 35-17 loss last season that started a long skid.Savage never had a chance to get wide receivers Devin Street and Tyler Boyd into the game. Street finished with five catches for 104 yards, and Boyd with two for 20. Savage’s sacks totaled minus-49 yards.The Hokies were sharp at the outset, driving 71 yards in eight plays the first time they had the ball. They didn’t get to third down a third-and-9, when Thomas hit freshman tight end Kalvin Cline for a 27-yard touchdown. It was the first touchdown reception of Cline’s career.After a three-and-out for Pittsburgh, which ended with a sack when the lumbering Savage kept the ball on third-and-1 and tried to run around the right side, the Hokies drove again.Journell’s career-best 48-yard field goal made it 10-0, and even though the Hokies offense stalled pretty much the rest of the way, gaining just 211 yards in the last three quarters, it hardly mattered because the defense was allowing almost nothing.Journell added field goals of 37, 42 and 23 yards, and missed on a 33-yarder.The Panthers first points came on a 51-yard drive late in the first half, the key play a 48-yard pass from a pressured Savage to Street, who beat safety Kyshoen Jarrett down the Panthers sideline.Savage, a pro-style quarterback who was only cleared to play this week after sustaining a concussion against Virginia, got more of the same treatment from a defense that started the game leading the country with 13 interceptions, sharing the national lead with 19 sacks and ranked fourth overall, allowing just 264 yards per game.Dadi Nicolas had three sacks for the Hokies, and Derrick Hopkins had two.Savage did get some measure of payback with two 2:01 remaining, escaping the arms of one tackler and running 9 yards for a touchdown. On the two-point conversion try, however, he was swarmed and fumbled the ball away.


    Iowa St falls to No. 20 Texas Tech

    LUBBOCK, Texas — Iowa State’s quarterback Sam B. Richardson had a tough time dealing with the defense of No. 20 Texas Tech. They confused Richardson, Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads said.“One of the things that they do very well is disguise and if you can’t get settled in pre-snap, post-snap with consistency you’re going to have trouble,” he said. “We ended up with 35 points on the day, albeit one on a kick-off return for a touchdown. But I think this defense has been giving up 10 points a game or something like that. That’s a pretty salty defense and we hung 28.”The Cyclones won the turnover battle but lost 42-35 to the Red Raiders on Saturday.“We certainly were positive on that end today,” Rhoads said. “But you’re not going to win football games giving up 666 yards. It’s just not going to happen. Too many easy plays, but Texas Tech is a very explosive offense with good players.”Jarvis West, who returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, said his blocker made the difference.“It opened up and, like I said, it was down to one person,” West said. “I knew I could make him miss and I made him miss.” Backup quarterback Davis Webb threw for three touchdowns and 415 yards in place of the injured Baker Mayfield to lead the Red Raiders.Webb was 35 for 56 with an interception, and Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and Sadale Foster each ran for a score for Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0 Big 12). The Red Raiders are bowl eligible at their earliest date since 2008 in their first season under coach Kliff Kingsbury.The Cyclones (1-4, 0-2) got a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Jarvis West and 12 points off three turnovers by the Red Raiders. The Cyclones pulled within 42-35 on a touchdown pass from Sam Richardson to E. J. Bibbs with less than 2 minutes left. Richardson was 15 for 38 for 168 yards and a touchdown. Mayfield twisted his right knee in last week’s win at Kansas. The Red Raiders finished with a season-high 251 yards rushing, with Washington, Williams and Foster each gaining at least 80.Jace Amaro caught nine passes for 143 yards.It was the first time in 25 games that the Cyclones allowed an opponent to score more than 40 points. That was the longest active streak in the Big 12. Texas Tech went up for good in the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown catch by Bradley Marquez. After Marquez’s touchdown, the Red Raiders appeared to score again on a fumble return by Sam Eguavoen after Richardson lost the ball at the Cyclones 35. But officials reviewed the play and ruled Richardson was attempting a side-arm pass. Iowa State had just 139 total yards at halftime, to 354 by Texas Tech. But big special teams plays kept the Cyclones in the game.West returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. It was the first non-onside kick return for a touchdown for Iowa State since 1994. In the second quarter, an Iowa State punt hit Texas Tech’s Keenon Ward downfield. It was recovered for the Cyclones by Levi Peters, and a few plays later Aaron Wimberly scored on a 4-yard run off the option pitch from Richardson to make it 14-14.


    Shaw leads No. 14 Gamecocks over Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Connor Shaw threw for 219 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, and No. 14 South Carolina dominated Arkansas in a 52-7 win.Mike Davis added 128 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who won their fourth straight game after a loss to Georgia on Sept. 7. All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney returned after missing last week’s game against Kentucky and had one tackle for South Carolina, which outgained the Razorbacks 537-248.The loss is the fourth straight for Arkansas (3-4, 0-3), matching first-year coach Bret Bielema’s longest losing streak of his career.It was also his most lopsided loss as a coach. The Razorbacks are 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 2007.


    Texas seniors get OU win for Mack

    DALLAS — Mack Brown stood with his players in front of the Texas band cherishing a victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry that few outside of Austin expected.After the coach accepted the Golden Hat trophy that came with their 36-20 win Saturday over the 12th-ranked Sooners, Case McCoy and these Texas seniors especially enjoyed passing around the prize and taking turns putting it atop their heads for the first time.“I didn’t think I was very emotional at all. I thought I did a great, great job,” Brown said. “Besides that, you all wanted me to be more emotional than I was in the past. I had 97 cameras in my face. ... I thought I was appropriately really happy.”McCoy threw two touchdowns, 295-pound defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) ended Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak in the rivalry to give Brown at least a temporary reprieve from all the gloomy talk about his future with the Longhorns.Brown insisted this victory was special for what it was — finally a win for this senior group over Oklahoma, a 3-0 start in Big 12 play and the possibility of a league title and BCS game still in their future.“You shouldn’t leave this school without beating Oklahoma. You need to do that,” Brown said. “This thing goes in streaks. And I guess we’ve won five of the last nine now. For you that’s counting.”As for those speculating about his future, Brown insists that he does his best to ignore that. So do his players.“It’s wasn’t something we talked about,” said Jackson Jeffcoat, the senior defensive end who had two sacks. “We know every game is important for coach Brown.”The 154 victories for Brown in his 16 seasons at Texas are second most in school history behind Darrell Royal. They also match coach Bob Stoops’ win total in 15 seasons with the Sooners. The head-to-head record for the only active Big 12 coaches who have won national championships is now Stoops 9, Brown 6.Texas, a two-touchdown underdog, never trailed after the impressive rumble late in the first quarter by converted running back Whaley and went on to a double-digit win of its own. There was also an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Daje Johnson in the third quarter after Oklahoma had gotten within 23-13.The Sooners (5-1, 2-1) had won the last two games in the series by a combined score of 118-38, but came out with their 10-game Big 12 winning streak snapped.“Those are always difference makers in this game. And they were a big part of the game today,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said of Texas’ first two non-offensive TDs this season. “They made some big pass plays that were big plays in the game, and we didn’t have hardly any big plays that way offensively. In each part of the game I thought they outplayed us.”Texas had two 100-yard rushers in Johnathan Gray (29 carries for 123 yards) and Malcolm Brown (23 carries for 120 yards).With David Ash still out because of lingering concussion symptoms, McCoy got his second Red River Rivalry start. And McCoy didn’t get shut out in the series. Older brother Colt led the Longhorns to three wins over Oklahoma and a BCS national championship appearance four seasons ago.McCoy completed 13 of 21 passes for 190 yards with an interception, which defensive lineman Geneo Grissom returned 54 yards for a score in the fourth quarter for OU.McCoy threw a 59-yard TD to Marcus Johnson in the second quarter and a 38-yarder in the third quarter to Mike Davis, the receiver reprimanded by the Big 12 but not suspended for his cheap shot against an Iowa State defender in Texas’ previous game.“We hear a great speech before the game about stepping up to the challenge and overcoming something, that we’ve been put to the challenge of this game,” said McCoy, who was sacked three times in his 2011 loss but threw two late TDs in last year’s rout.


    Abdullah, Nebraska run past Purdue 44-7

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Nebraska has a well-earned reputation for lighting up the scoreboard. The Cornhuskers might finally have a solid defense to go with its potent offense. Nebraska held Purdue to 216 yards in a 44-7 win on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers had shaky defensive performances earlier in the season, especially against Wyoming and UCLA, but Nebraska’s defense now has posted solid back-to-back efforts in wins over Illinois and Purdue.“We’ve always been known as the Blackshirts,” Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory said. “I think the coaches, and I have, and some of the other guys have been waiting for us to come together and waiting for us to play like the Blackshirts that everyone knows. These last two weeks are big for us for how we want to play the rest of the season.”Nebraska quarterback Ron Kellogg III said the Huskers were focused on producing a strong game on both offense and defense.“There was a lot of energy, and we wanted to prove something,” he said. “We want to dominate the Big Ten, that’s the big thing.”The Boilermakers ran for just 32 yards on 25 carries and didn’t score until the final minute of the game when Purdue’s Danny Etling found DeAngelo Yancey for a 55-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds remaining. Nebraska defensive end Greg McMullen said the Cornhuskers were disappointed that they lost the shutout so late.“Me and Donovan Vestal was arguing who was going to get the sack, but instead we got a 50-yard bomb for a touchdown, so it was very disappointing,” McMullen said. “We wanted the shutout.”Ameer Abdullah ran for 126 yards and a touchdown, Terrell Newby ran for 61 yards and Imani Cross added 56 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten).Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez sat out with a turf toe injury. Tommy Armstrong Jr. started and completed just 6 of 18 passes for 43 yards with three interceptions. Kellogg stepped in and completed 10 of 13 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.Armstrong was unhappy with his performance.“I felt like I did alright but, honestly, mistakes were made and it could have cost us the game, and that’s something that I have to fix,” he said.Purdue changed starting quarterbacks during its bye week following a 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois, but the offense didn’t improve. Etling completed 14 of 35 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. Yancey caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2).“I need to watch the film,” Etling said. “It’s not good enough yet. Obviously, I need to play better, and I will. I think that I learn more from a game like this than success, so I am going to go in, watch it and get better.”Nebraska scored on its first drive as Armstrong’s 3-yard touchdown run put the Huskers ahead 7-0. Nebraska ran for 48 yards on the drive.Halfway through the first quarter, LeRoy Alexander intercepted a pass by Etling and the Huskers took over on the Purdue 26. On Nebraska’s next play, however, Armstrong lobbed an interception to Purdue’s Frankie Williams in the end zone.Kellogg replaced Armstrong at quarterback the following series and converted two third-and-long passes before Cross scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, extending Nebraska’s lead to 14-0.Purdue was outgained 117-14 and held without a first down in the first quarter.In the second quarter, Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was ejected for targeting after leading with his helmet while making a play against Dalyn Dawkins. On the next play Randy Gregory recovered a Dawkins fumble, setting up a 28-yard touchdown run by Abdullah.Trailing 21-0, Purdue went for it on fourth-and-3 from its 46 on its first possession of the third quarter, but Rob Henry’s pass on a reverse was short.Nebraska responded with another scoring drive on which Abdullah moved the chains with a tough run on fourth-and-1 and, later, Cross scored from 2 yards out.


    Michigan St. pulls away from Indiana

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State slowed Indiana’s quick-paced offense — both by stopping the Hoosiers and keeping the ball away from them.Jeremy Langford scored four touchdowns, and the Spartans recovered from an early defensive breakdown to beat Indiana 42-28 on Saturday. Michigan State’s top-ranked defense played well for the most part, and the Spartans also dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 37:28.“We’re up in the press box, just saying: `Tick-tock, tick-tock. Let that clock run,”’ Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. “I don’t look at stats very much, as you guys know, but the one stat I did look at when I came back up to the press box was 18 minutes time of possession in the first half. That’s huge.”Tevin Coleman scored on a 64-yard run for the Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1) just 61 seconds into the game, but Michigan State took control shortly after halftime.“Their first drive took a minute and one second,” Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. “If you’re playing against Indiana, you’ve got to be able to keep that ball and you’ve got to make first downs.”Indiana came in ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in total offense, but Michigan State had the nation’s top-ranked defense.Coleman found a hole up the middle and breezed to a surprisingly easy touchdown on the game’s first drive, but the Spartans tightened up after that.“They’re very well coached,” Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld said. “If you beat them on one thing, they’re going to adjust the next time. We knew what we were getting into.”Langford tied it early in the second quarter, catching an 11-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook on third down. He later added three more TDs on the ground, becoming the first Michigan State player to score four in a game since Edwin Baker in 2010 against Minnesota.Sudfeld went 14 of 30 for 137 yards, although backup Tre Roberson threw two touchdown passes for Indiana.Cook went 22 of 31 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. His 34-yard strike to Bennie Fowler made it 14-7, although Indiana took advantage of a short field later in the second quarter after Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings muffed a punt. Roberson threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Cody Latimer to tie it.The Spartans took the lead for good on Langford’s 5-yard touchdown run with 37 seconds left in the half — which was a bit of a turning point since Michigan State was also getting the ball back at the start of the third quarter.Cook threw a 39-yard pass to Josiah Price on third-and-11 early in the second half, putting the ball at the Indiana 5. Langford’s 2-yard touchdown run made it 28-14.Michigan State’s maligned offense struggled to score earlier this season, and even in last weekend’s win at Iowa, the Spartans had to settle for four field goals along with their two touchdowns.Against Indiana, they scored touchdowns on all three trips to the red zone.“I think we heard what everyone’s been saying all year long. We got a little angry about it,” Cook said. “I think we made it personal this week.”Langford finished with 109 of Michigan State’s 238 yards rushing. His 32-yard touchdown made it 35-21 with 3:23 left in the third quarter — after Shane Wynn had brought the Hoosiers within a touchdown with a 2-yard scoring run.“I had games like this in high school, but that’s different,” Langford said. “This is D-I college football, the Big Ten.”R.J. Shelton added a 34-yard touchdown run early in the fourth for Michigan State, and even punter Mike Sadler provided a highlight with a 69-yard punt that pinned Indiana at its own 4.The Spartans retained the Old Brass Spittoon — they’ve won five straight against Indiana and haven’t lost to the Hoosiers at home since 2001.


    Palatine, Lake Zurich aim for strong second season

    Palatine's boys soccer team earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over host Lake Zurich at Mel Eide Field on Saturday, outlasting a long weather delay and 2 goals by the Bears’ Miguel Hernandez to break a four-game winless streak and ensure a winning regular season with one match remaining. The Bears completed their regular season at 6-9-4 and begin preparation for their regional opener against North Suburban Lake champion Lake Forest in one week.


    Fremd’s Higuchi races to Stampede title

    Ayako Higuchi said she was nervous before starting the West Aurora Stampede Saturday morning at Marmion. The Fremd junior had a funny way of showing it, staying poised before making her move into the lead in the second mile of the race and going on to win in a time of 18:26. Neuqua Valley senior Claire Costelloe took second, 14 seconds back in 18:40.


    McKenna, WW South win again

    For the second straight week, Nolan McKenna crossed the finish line in first place for Wheaton Warrenville South. On Saturday at the West Aurora Stampede held at Marmion, McKenna was more excited about the two runners who finished right behind him.

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose shoots during a practice session ahead of a NBA Global Games match against Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The Chicago Bulls will face Washington Wizards on Oct. 12 in the first-ever NBA game in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Rose out with left knee soreness tonight

    Deep breath, Bulls fans.Published reports indicate superstar guard Derrick Rose will sit out tonight’s preseason exhibition game in Rio due to left knee soreness.

    Brad Sznajder of Benet is pulled down by a defender during the Benet at Nazareth football game Saturday. He dropped the ball upon impact.

    Images: Benet Academy at Nazareth Academy football
    Nazareth Academy hosted Benet Academy for football action on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange.


    Game video: Benet vs. Nazareth
    Benet Academy takes on Nazareth Academy Saturday in Week 7 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Sube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Addison Trail vs. Proviso East
    Addison Trail takes on Proviso East Saturday in Week 7 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s media summit in Park City, Utah. Time is running out on the Olympic champion’s star-crossed comeback.

    Time currently Lysacek’s biggest competition

    The Sochi Olympics are less than four months away, and Naperville native Evan Lysacek still hasn’t competed since winning gold in Vancouver.


    Barrington: Broncos pick up win No. 6
    Is there any stopping the Broncos?Aside from a blip against state-powerhouse Schaumburg, the Barrington football team has been rolling this season. They kept it up Friday night in a home-field 32-20 win over a stubborn Conant team in a Mid-Suburban West battle that tested Barrington’s mettle.The Broncos needed every one of their 394 yards of total offense and had to dig deep on defense several times to keep Conant out of the end zone to preserve the win.More importantly, they outright locked up their 8A playoff spot.But don’t tell them that.“We’ve got two games to get a better seed in the playoffs,” said wide receiver Scottie Miller, who again dazzled with a 75-yard TD strike from Dan Kubiuk as Barrington improved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the division.“Our quarterback’s fantastic,” Miller said of his buddy Kubiuk, who finished 16-of-24 for 198 yards, no turnovers and 2 TDs.In addition to the back-breaking bomb, Barrington turned the game when the defense stymied Conant on first-and-goal at the 3 after the Cougars (4-3, 1-2) had opened the second half with a 14-play, 83-yard drive — and got no points out of it. After Elias Gardner (33 carries, 141 yards) had personally brought the Cougars to the 3, Ryan Blair and Dan Hanley led a stand that forced them back to the 10, whereupon Miller, guarding opposite number D’Angelo McBride, smothered him on a front-corner fade on fourth down.“That’s a huge swing,” said Barrington coach Joe Sanchez. “I was proud of our kids, proud of their resolve.”“That, to me, swung momentum” said Conant coach Bill Modelski, whose son Danny had a 16-for-36 night for 242 yards and 2 TDs, including a spinning, circus-catch 41-yarder to Dante Marski. McBride and Miller had a personal battle all night, guarding each other while each had 5 receptions, Miller for 121 yards, McBride for 97.Denied at the goal line, Barrington responded a couple of possessions later with Dylan Abel (15 carries, 89 yards) darting back and forth between tacklers for what would be a 48-yard, game-clinching TD early in the fourth quarter, his second of the game.And the win left the Broncos clearly focused on the future.“We’re not satisfied,” said Sanchez, who wants to grab wins in the remaining two games before the playoffs and find some consistency to battle the sluggish starts his team has suffered the last few games.“The last two games, we started out slow,” Miller agreed. “We’ve still got a lot of work to get done.”So does Conant, if it wants to play beyond Week 9.“Our focus has always has been to get better week to week,” said Modelski. “We’re disappointed in ourselves. “You learn from it.”


    Hernandez powers Antioch triumph

    Iven Hernandez scored twice, giving him 30 for the season, as Antioch’s boys soccer team defeated Grayslake North 4-2 in a nonconference match Friday.Krystian Streit and Eric Pedersen also scored for Antioch (14-4-3). Jon Bohmann had 2 assists for the Sequoits, while Pedersen and Brandon Schwarz assisted on goals as well.Stevenson 4, Lake Forest Academy 0: Cesar Navarro had 2 goals for the Patriots in their nonconference win.Jimmy Wang and Max Klaber also had goals for Stevenson (9-5-4). Klaber had 2 assists, as well. Jeremy Klaber made 4 saves in earning the shutout.



    Xerox: Food stamp card access restored

    People in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. The electronic benefits system experienced a temporary shutdown during a routine test of Xerox back-up systems, company spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer said Saturday.

    International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, left, speaks with Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, right, during a group photo Saturday at IMF headquarters in Washington.

    Germany sees global risk shift to emerging economies

    Emerging market bonds and currencies fell earlier this year as U.S. Federal Reserve officials signaled they may soon start to taper their $85 billion asset-purchase program. The IMF’s steering committee today said volatility in capital flows and financial markets has created “new challenges” for some emerging market economies.

    The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year’s must-have holiday gift.

    Review: Samsung smartwatch isn’t ready for prime time

    The $300 Galaxy Gear isn’t the first attempt at a smartwatch. There’s the Pebble, a hit at last January’s Consumer Electronics Show. It’s now on sale for $150 through Best Buy stores and provides geeky fun without taking itself too seriously. Sony is already on the second version of its watch, and Qualcomm is testing the waters too. With its massive marketing budget and huge portfolio of Galaxy devices, though, Samsung is positioned to truly inaugurate the era of wrist-based computing. Too bad the Galaxy Gear isn’t more usable and useful.

    Samsung Electronics said it will release a smartphone with a curved display and a $1,000 price tag. The Galaxy Round has a curved 5.7-inch (14.5 cm) screen using advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology. The Korean company said such a curved screen smartphone is the first in the world.

    Samsung’s first curved smartphone moves toward bendable display

    Samsung Electronics Co. will sell what it called the world’s first smartphone with a curved display as the largest handset maker moves toward devices with bendable screens in its competition with Apple Inc. “This phone signifies something that is much more important,” said Warren Lau, an analyst at Kim Eng Securities Ltd. in Hong Kong. “In the next 18 months or so, we could see Samsung launching foldable display devices. That is going to be a game changer.”


    Microsoft offers discounts challenging Amazon Cloud service

    Microsoft Corp. unveiled price cuts for Web services, seeking to catch up to market-leader Amazon.com Inc. in cloud computing.Starting Nov. 1, Microsoft will offer discounts for its Windows Azure cloud service, as well as annual payment plans for customers signing long-term contracts, said Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise chief who has been named as a possible replacement for retiring Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer.

    Ford Motor Company CEO and President Alan Mulally, right, listens to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, during Mulally’s keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Mulally said Tuesday he’s made no changes to his plan to stay at Ford through the end of 2014. But he hasn’t denied rumors that Microsoft Corp. is courting him.

    What if car boss Mulally took over at Microsoft?

    Back when Microsoft was the biggest name in technology, CEO Bill Gates leveled an attack on the auto industry: If carmakers were as innovative as computer companies, he said, a car would cost just $27. That was 16 years ago. Today, PC sales are falling as consumers show a preference for mobile devices, and Microsoft is struggling. Meanwhile, U.S. car companies are resurgent. General Motors, the world’s No. 2 carmaker, is gaining ground on No. 1 Toyota.

    The new HP Chromebook 11, left, is displayed with a Chromebook 14 at a Google event. The new $279 laptop, based on Google’s Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrows many of the high-end features found in a model that costs about $1,000 more. The new laptop has a plastic frame with no sharp edges or corners, or even screw holes.

    Review: $279 Chromebook good as secondary computer

    Hewlett-Packard’s new Chromebook 11 is a laptop at heart, but it’s light and portable enough to work well in places where you’d normally prefer a tablet. The Chromebook is small enough to rest comfortably on your lap and easy to carry when you need to pick up and go. The drawback is it relies heavily on the Internet to run various services, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you’re looking to write that great masterpiece without access to Wi-Fi.

    Samsung’s new tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, is demonstrated, Wednesday in New York. The tablet goes on sale in the U.S. on Thursday at a starting price of $550.

    Review: Samsung tablet offers PC-like multitasking

    Remember when people used personal computers — desktops and laptops — to check email, view video and keep tabs on Facebook? Back in that far-away era, I’d have several windows open for Web browsers, a word processor, a photo editor and sometimes a reader for PDF documents. So I marveled at a pair of multitasking features that come with Samsung’s new tablet, formally called Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition. Sporting a 10.1-inch display, measured diagonally, the Note tablet goes on sale in the U.S. on Thursday at a starting price of $550.

    Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, left, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shake hands at a news conference in Moscow in November.

    Microsoft’s $7.2 billion Nokia bet leaves developers cold

    Microsoft Corp.’s $7.2 billion pairing with Nokia Oyj’s handset business is failing to win over the software developers who are crucial to its success. “With or without Nokia, Microsoft needs to demonstrate that they can capture a material segment of the mobile market,” Jeff Smith, who oversees development with Tommy Palm at smartphone-game maker King.com, said in an interview. “We will wait and see.”

    Miley Cyrus hosts “Saturday Night Live,” in New York. Cyrus’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards accounted for 18.5 million tweets that night.

    Tweets on twerking seen as lifeline to lure pay-TV viewers

    Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., often seen as new distractions competing for a viewer’s time, have instead become forums for real-time referendums about TV — whether it’s to gripe about a passing blunder from a favorite football team or to express shock over the conclusion of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” “Whether it’s Twitter or Facebook, it’s kind of forced me to watch it live that day,” Meredith Parker, a 23-year-old sales rep in New York, said.

Life & Entertainment

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is set to perform at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Weekend picks: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings at Raue

    Hear some of the best modern day swing music when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs Saturday at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake. Acclaimed comedian, ventriloquist and entertainer Terry Fator, a winner of “America's Got Talent,” will perform Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra begins its Diamond 60th Anniversary Season Saturday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

    Bare branches, spray-painted black and secured in vases with gravel, floral foam and a layer of moss, makes a stunning and inexpensive Halloween centerpiece perfect for an adult Halloween party.

    Ask a Designer: Halloween parties for grown-ups

    Halloween, the holiday built around the twin pleasures of playing dress-up and eating too much candy, is obviously a hit with children. But send invitations to your grown-up friends and you’ll probably find they haven’t outgrown the urge to don creepy costumes and celebrate in spooky, theatrical style. Want to host a party that merges Halloween fun with grown-up sophistication? Turning your home into a haunted mansion is surprisingly easy, says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions.

    Will.i.am is executive producing Britney Spears’ eighth album, to be released Dec. 3.

    Will.i.am on producing for Spears, Gaga and Cyrus

    Will.i.am says his heart is connected to Britney Spears’ upcoming album. He’s the executive producer of the pop star’s untitled eighth album, to be released Dec. 3. “This Britney record is like a piece of me, no pun intended!” will.i.am said, referring to Spears’ 2007 single, “Piece of Me.” “I appreciate Britney — how she is as a person, all that she’s accomplished, how down to Earth and humble she is, sweet, but at the same time fierce. She don’t play. She wants to win.”

    Faysal Ahmed, left, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat Ali, all amateur actors of Somali descent from Minneapolis, made their film debut acting as Somali pirates alongside Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips.”

    ‘Captain Phillips’ features Minn. Somali actors

    When Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in the new Tom Hanks movie, “Captain Phillips,” they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean. “It was exciting,” Abdi recalls of that day on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. “We had to make sure that wasn’t a dream.” Abdi and his fellow actors from Minneapolis are now living that dream of red carpet premieres and Hollywood endings.

    Accessories to look for this season include oversized pearls, among other trends.

    Early adopters get runway look through accessories

    It can’t be helped: After weeks of top designer runway previews of spring styles at marathon fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris, the eye started to wander and it caught the newest trends for handbags and shoes. For some shoppers, accessories are at the forefront of the catwalk news they’re waiting for. Accessories tend to be more widely available and affordable — although that’s a relative term — and, more often than not, they fit.

    Does the 13-episode Netflix dump of “Orange is the New Black” in July mandate, or suspend, spoiler-free behavior?

    Is there a statute of limitations on spoilers?

    Revealing secret endings and plot twists has brought on wrath since the dawn of cinema, straight through VCRS to today’s DVR-fueled delays that led to much nail-biting over The Ending That Shall Not Be Spoiled on “Breaking Bad.” But exactly what is the magic formula for spoiler grace? When do calls of SPOILER ALERT (insert index fingers in the ears here) expire so we can, maybe, not feel so constrained when discussing our favorite fare in real time?

    Watch demonstrations and more at the Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show Oct. 18-20 at Navy Pier.

    On the road: Chocolate, dahling? Chicago show features fine desserts

    Chocoholics descend upon Chicago's Navy Pier for The Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show. While in the suburbs, families can head to Brookfield Zoo's popular Halloween-themed Boo! at the Zoo event, and get one final chance to walk the Trail of History, a history re-enactment by the McHenry County Conservation District.

    Gabriel Hall of New D Media is silhouetted in front of his projection mapping room at the Detroit Institute of Arts newest exhibition, “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show,” which organizers are calling the “most extensive animation show ever mounted.”

    Detroit art museum wants guests to linger at animation show

    The 128-year-old Detroit Institute of Arts has gained a reputation as a home for some of the world's most hallowed masterpieces. Van Gogh and Picasso now have company in the form of Mickey, Bart and Bugs. “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show,” which organizers call the “most extensive animation show ever mounted,” has both iconic clips as well as lesser-known works on display through Jan. 5, 2014.

    Sandra Bullock, left, and Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy star as mismatched partners trying to bring down a drug lord in “The Heat.”

    DVD previews: ‘The Heat,’ ‘Pacific Rim’

    Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy stars as a tough, foul-mouthed cop paired with an uptight agent (Sandra Bullock) to comic effect in "The Heat." The film comes to DVD on Oct. 15.

    It took just the right prescription to transform this emergency room doctor’s critically ill basement.

    Basement transformation fills a prescription for R&R

    Dr. Nick works in the emergency room of a busy downtown hospital. After his shift, the doc retreats to his home for some much-needed R&R. But the peace and tranquillity was shattered by a massive flood that brought four inches of water into his basement.

    This green plaque with its unusual neoclassical decoration is Jasperware and may be Wedgwood.

    Is this item Wedgwood Jasperware?

    Q. Can you tell me anything about this 4- by 7-inch piece? It is neither a porcelain plaque nor a painting. You can see the design embroidered on the veil and the figures’ toenails. The scene shows four women bringing offerings to a smoking altar.


    Popular trends in home design of the year

    Well, this year we have seen some interesting trends in interior design. Let’s review some of them to see where our homes stand in comparison. Still important is personalization.


    Wait until spring to divide hardy mums

    Q. I have hardy mum that blooms in the late summer and early fall. It is OK to divide them once they have finished blooming in the fall?


    Avoid the pitfalls of proxy voting

    Q. A column of yours from earlier this year discussed an election practice that many associations that I manage use. That is, the proxy given by one owner to another, that designates who the owner wants the proxy holder to vote for in a board election, is counted as the ballot at the annual meeting. If so many associations use this practice how can it be wrong?


    What to ask when looking for a broker

    Q. We are thinking about selling our cottage and meeting with a real estate agent soon. What questions should we ask? Should we interview more than one?


    Is the “too big to fail” problem too big to solve?

    Previous articles in this series have described the major sources of public policy paralysis in dealing with the “too big to fail” banking problem. What is needed is a regulatory system that is more effective in controlling the risk exposure of these firms than capital requirements; and that also shifts the costs of a bailout, should one prove necessary, onto those banks.


    You can preserve an aging, leaning garage

    Q. My home is from the 1930s and has a detached garage. The whole garage is leaning to one side and the roof is sagging. I want to keep the garage because it is from the same era as the home.



    The Soapbox

    Here's what Daily Herald editors have to say about football moms, local street repairs, and the ups and downs of social media, among other topics.


    Accents on phone tough to understand
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I have come to the conclusion that we the American public need to boycott any and all service providers whose customer service computer takes 10 minutes to speak to a human. Then when we get connected it’s someone with a foreign name and accent.


    Press, websites have power to bring changes
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: One can wonder if enough voters at one time will ever be angry enough to force something to be done. A nonprofit group now makes it easy to send messages about their representatives, it is (RebootIllinois.com). Thankfully the free press reveals much of what is happening. Will enough voters ever get together and use such reporting and demand some action, will anyone ever use this Internet address or be interested, have they ever even heard of it?


    Dist. 200’s funding priorities misplaced
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: There should be absolutely no need for these teachers or OfficeMax to have to pay for school supplies for this district. This year District 200 is doling out a staggering $938,813 in salary spikes to their educators nearing retirement. That is nearly $1 million of the district taxpayers’ money being spent on “retirement enhancements” that have absolutely no benefit to the students.


    Time for a rally for progress?
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The nation cannot wait for action, so I will dispense with any prologue about this issue. Rep. Randy Hultgren, 14th District, has an office at 1797 W. State St. in Geneva. All Rep. Hultgren has done in the recent budget battles has been for the benefit of the American people. He says so.


    Oasis demolition shows failure in planning
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Less than 10 years ago millions were spent upon a structure that was known to be targeted for demolition because known road improvements would be made. That’s just foolish!


    A reminder for the president
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Mr. President: The only difference between “run” the country and “ruin” the country is “I.”


    Remember all who fail to compromise
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: After reading the article “No budge in budget standoff”, in the Oct. 3 Daily Herald, I believe the fault for the federal government shutdown cannot be blamed on one party.


    Why aren’t GOP proposals discussed?
    Why aren’t GOP proposals discussed?It has been said that politics is the art of compromise. Harry Reid has replaced that saying with his own, “dead on arrival.” Since becoming Senate Majority Leader, he has repeatedly used this phrase to rebuff House of Representative budget proposals. He has wielded his mighty scepter to prevent voting or even allowing debate on these proposals.Arguably, many of these proposals would be voted down by the Democratic-controlled Senate in their original form. Still, why are not these proposals used as a template for discussion and debate? Perhaps, just perhaps, a vigorous debate on elements of these proposals would yield a compromise bill that would be palatable to both parties but more important, the American people.The founders of our great republic established a governmental framework that was designed to make lawmaking a difficult process but one that is workable when both sides of the aisle address their differences and compromise their positions for the good of the country. This “dead on arrival” or “my way or the highway” approach to governance is a form of dictatorship, which our founders pledged their lives, their sacred honor and their fortunes to eradicate.Finally, to the leadership of both houses and President Obama I have a modest request. Lock yourselves in a room and stay there until you have solved our budget problems. I think I speak for the vast majority of Americans when I say we are tired, no, exhausted, to see you repeatedly standing at the microphones casting blame on the opposition and extolling your own virtues as though your position was ordained by God. In short, shut up and do your jobs.David CarrellCampton Hills


    No more letters to the editor?
    No more letters to the editor?Let’s split the country in half. The liberals can have half, conservatives the other. Let’s see want philosophy works. This combination isn’t working.A country that goes full-bore liberalism versus a country that espouses true conservatism. No more fighting. The Letters to the Editor in each country would disappear.Brent AbrahamWest Chicago


    People have spoken on health care
    People have spoken on health careThe House of Representatives has now attempted 43 times to torpedo the Affordable Care Act by repeal or defunding at a cost of over $3 million per day to conduct congressional business, and does so knowing the Senate will not approve such legislation nor would President Obama sign it.Given such opposition to the Affordable Care Act it’s clear a disinformation campaign has been in progress by those opposing it. However it should be noted those same people have no replacement nor want one. There is no moral reason to oppose ACA and America remains the only highly developed nation without a national health care system.Before ACA a family health insurance policy was around $1,500 per month, or $18,000 per year. How many families can afford that particularly on today’s corporate low wage model?Which features do House Republicans object to?Coverage to tens of millions of Americans who otherwise would not have health care?Significant reduction of insurance rates for consumers?Eliminating the “doughnut hole” Republicans intentionally left in their prescription drug plan of 2004?Keeping children insured until age 26?Preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions?Providing preventive care coverage at 100 percent?Reimbursing customers for excessive costs where an insurance company spends more than 20 percent of premiums on overhead?Anyone opposing ACA opposes health care for their fellow countrymen, and depriving people of health care is the definition of a death panel. Don’t let House Republicans hold a continuing resolution needed to fund government hostage because they cannot accept the fact that ACA was passed by congress, signed by the president into law, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, and was the main issue behind President Obama’s re-election victory. The American people have spoken.Anthony BravosWoodstock


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