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    Batavia restaurant owners sue Target over security breach

    The owners of a Batavia restaurant are suing the retail giant Target on behalf of themselves and 40 million customers who recently were affected by debit and credit card security breach. Chicago attorney Thomas A. Zimmerman Jr. said he filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status Friday in Cook County on behalf of Due Fratelli Inc., which owns Aliano's Ristorante in Batavia, claiming breach of...

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    Steven Landman of Kildeer has auctioned a portion of his comic book collection. Landman suffers from a rare autoimmune disease and the money will help with medical expenses.

    Comic book auction nets Kildeer man with rare disease $570,000

    An online auction of classic comic books has raised $570,000 for a Kildeer resident battling a rare autoimmune disease. Key comics in the auction featured the debuts of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk and Thor, dating back to the 1960s. Steve Landman is closing his Lake Zurich practice because of his illness. “The money will help for a time once my income stops,” Landman, 62,...

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    Last year, the Illinois Nativity Scene Committee pushed for permission to place a Nativity scene in North School Park in Arlington Heights. The Freedom From Religion Foundation responded with a sign opposing religion, at right. Both are back this year.

    Nativity scene, anti-religion sign coexist in Arlington Heights park

    A year after controversy in Arlington Heights about whether or not to allow a Nativity scene on public park property, both the Nativity and a sign with views against religion are coexisting — mainly peacefully — in North School Park this holiday season. “It's worked out very well,” the park district director said of a new policy on such displays.

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    FILE - This June 1983 file photo provided by Viva Records, shows country singer Ray Price. Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. He was 87. (AP Photo/Viva Records, File)

    Notable deaths last week

    Country music legend Ray Price; renowned actor Peter O'Toole and ex-Chicago radio personality Larry Lujack are among the noteworthy deaths of last week.

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    Seven of the eight creators of Cards Against Humanity, all friends from Highland Park High School, pose for a photo in September.

    Suburban friends create politically incorrect Cards Against Humanity

    They call it “a card game for horrible people.” One reviewer said it's only “for the crass and jaded.” Yet, Cards Against Humanity is the best-selling toy on Amazon.com this holiday season. “It's an inside joke that's gotten out of control,” says Max Temkin, 26, the Highland Park native who created the game with childhood friends Josh Dillon, Daniel Dranove,...

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    Antonio Penaflor

    Carol Stream pedophile gets 33 years

    A Carol Stream man was sentenced to 33 years in prison Friday for repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

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    Associated Press Passengers walk through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 21. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for north central Illinois, northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana on Saturday morning.

    Ice and snow frustrate holiday travel rush

    A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint threatened to frustrate Christmas travelers from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow to flooding, thunderstorms and at least one tornado in the South. Some of the millions of people hitting the roads and airports Saturday squeaked through before any major weather hit, but as the afternoon...

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    Kidnapped Taiwanese national Evelyn Chang undergoes debriefing Saturday in a Philippine Marine base shortly after being released by her kidnappers.

    Kidnapped Taiwanese woman released in Philippines

    Evelyn Chang was vacationing with her husband when she was seized on Nov. 15 from a villa on Pom Pom island in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah. The kidnappers killed her husband and took her by boat to Jolo. Chang told Filipino authorities that she did not see her husband being shot but heard gunfire as he was being dragged away by kidnappers who wore ski masks, Cenabre said.

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    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters at the presidential palace in Cairo.

    Morsi referred for third trial

    “I am confused as a citizen and as a lawyer,” said Ahmed El-Gedami, an Egyptian human rights lawyer. “Where were these charges when he was nominating himself for and then being elected president of the country?” Morsi and other high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood leaders are also on trial for incitement to murder opposition protesters during his year in office.

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    Elizabeth Stallone of Westchester was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for stealing more than $212,500 from her elderly aunt.

    Woman gets 5 years in prison for stealing from elderly aunt in Addison

    A Westchester woman was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for stealing more than $212,500 from her elderly aunt, an Addison resident. DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin called Elizabeth Stallone's actions "despicable."

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    It’s all in the tree. Maybe not “all,” but the tree certainly has its place in Christmas lore and legend, according to the Rev. William Beckmann of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia.

    Christmas lore steeped with stories about the tree

    In Dave Heun's annual Christmas column, he recounts the annual visit from the Rev. William Beckmann of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia and his address to the Tri-Cities Exchange Club.

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    Arapahoe High School students leave their school Thursday on a day in which students were allowed back in to the building to retrieve their belongings, six days after a shooting attack at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo.

    Teen shot at Colorado school dies

    Claire Davis, 17, had been in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. Friends and well-wishers had posted prayers online and raised money to help pay for her medical care. The gunman shot Davis, who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as the assailant, armed with a shotgun, ammunition strapped to his body, Molotov cocktails and a...

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    Man hit by train in Glen Ellyn dies

    The man who was hit by a Metra commuter train in Glen Ellyn Friday afternoon died of his injuries that night, according to a police report. A news release from Glen Ellyn Deputy Police Chief William Holmer identified the victim as Daniel J. Carrillo, 25, of Tucson, Ariz.

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    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    White House releases more documents on NSA surveillance origins

    President Barack Obama hinted Friday that he would consider some changes to NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records to address the public’s concern about privacy. His comments came in a week where a federal judge declared NSA’s collection program “unconstitutional,” and a presidential advisory panel suggested 46 changes to NSA operations.

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    Photo courtesy of Lisa Feltman Lisa Feltman, a fifth-grade math teacher at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin, was named by President Barack Obama as one of 102 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She also was a state finalist for the award in 2012 and 2008.

    Algonquin teacher wins award from Obama

    Algonquin teacher Lisa Feltman, one of 102 recipients nationally of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, says her absolute passion is teaching math. The award is just the latest among several accolades for Feltman, a fifth-grade teacher at Neubert Elementary School, who also was a state finalist for the award in 2008. “I’m very strong at math, and...

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    Software fix reduces delays for new transit card

    Chicago’s transit system says the new Ventra fare cards are working better on buses following a software upgrade. The Chicago Transit Authority issued a performance report Friday on Ventra, a new payment system that has had a rocky rollout. The new fare cards are replacing the nearly 20-year-old payment system of CTA and Pace, a suburban bus system.

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    Rev. Jackson plans Christmas visit at county jail

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’ll spend the holidays taking part in a number of goodwill efforts. The longtime civil rights leader tells The Associated Press that he will visit the Cook County jail on Christmas Day. During a visit last Christmas, he delivered a sermon encouraging inmates to get tested for HIV, pray for forgiveness and ask for guidance to turn their lives around.

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    Bruce Rauner wins Cook County GOP endorsement

    Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has won the Cook County Republican Party’s endorsement in his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Illinois. Cook County Republicans made primary endorsements on Saturday. Rauner is the only candidate from Cook County and he earned 63.3 percent support.

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    In this Nov. 25, 2013 photo, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, left, and Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, laughing together before Zachary T. Fardon, takes a ceremonial oath as United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing parties to have close relationships. Both men say they’ve always had an amicable relationship. But their friendship truly solidified after Kirk suffered a stroke last year and they began a series of what the junior senator calls “heart-to-hearts” about how they could do their jobs better by working together.

    Durbin, Kirk part of political party-crossing bromance

    On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it has shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing parties to publicly join together for much of anything — much less birthday cake. Yet there was Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, surprising Republican Sen. Mark Kirk with a sheet cake and a round of “Happy Birthday” following one of the...

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    Police officers secure the area Saturday outside of the cultural center “Rote†Flora” in Hamburg, Germany.

    German protest over cultural center turns violent
    German police say 22 officers have been injured in clashes with protesters opposed to the eviction of a left-wing cultural center in the northern city of Hamburg.

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    Machinists union shop steward Lester Mullen, left, explains the leadership position as he talks Wednesday with a small group of machinists union members who had rallied in favor of voting on Boeing’s last contract offer, in front of the machinists’ union hall.

    Machinists to vote again on Boeing 777X offer

    National leaders of the Machinists union are scheduling a vote on a proposed contract between Boeing and Puget Sound machinists, despite objections from local union officials who have already rejected the company’s latest offer.The lead negotiator for the union’s national headquarters, Rich Michalski, told The Seattle Times in a phone interview that a vote is set for Jan. 3, the newspaper...

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    Buffalo Grove launches new “user friendly” website

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week got a look at the village’s new website, vbg.org, which officials say is more interactive and user friendly than the previous version. “With a product that is so dynamic and adaptable, I know we will continue to make improvements to better serve the community online,” village management analyst Lauren Stott said.

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    Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, right, toasts with political scientist Alexander Rahr in the hotel ‘Adlon’ in Berlin, Germany.

    Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky reunited with family

    Khodorkovsky was released from prison Friday, hours after being pardoned by Putin, and immediately flown to Berlin on a private jet organized by former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher. The 86-year-old veteran diplomat had spent years working behind the scenes to lobby Putin for Khodorkovsky’s release.

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    Syrian rebels seize strategic hospital in Aleppo
    Syrian rebels seized control a strategic hospital near Aleppo, giving a boost to beleaguered anti-government forces in the northern city after days of relentless airstrikes on opposition-held neighborhoods there, activists said Saturday. The rebels’ capture of Kindi hospital does not drastically alter the broader battle for Aleppo, which has been divided for more than a year between opposition...

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    People leave more boxes on a casket made of empty shoe boxes in front of a security barricade during a protest in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 21. Police seized $4.5 million in cash stashed in shoe boxes at the residence of the chief executive officer of a state-owned bank as part of a corruption investigation.

    Turkish PM says foreign plot behind graft probe
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to expel foreign ambassadors on Saturday, blaming them for a vast corruption and bribery investigation mounting against people close to his government. Riot police, meanwhile, stood guard as hundreds protested against Erdogan’s government.

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    4 arrested on murder charges in N.J. mall carjacking

    Four men have been arrested on charges of murder, conspiracy and other counts in the carjacking death of a man shot in front of his wife outside an upscale mall in northern New Jersey last weekend, authorities said Saturday. The suspects were identified as 29-year-old Hanif Thompson, of Irvington; 31-year-old Karif Ford, of Newark; 32-year-old Basim Henry, of Newark; and 33-year-old Kevin...

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    In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Rick Mastracchio performs a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Saturday, Dec. 21. Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins ventured out of the station to try to revive a crippled cooling line.

    NASA astronauts tackle urgent spacewalking repairs

    Astronauts removed an old space station pump Saturday, sailing through the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks to revive a crippled cooling line. The two Americans on the crew, Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins, successfully pulled out the ammonia pump with a bad valve —— well ahead of schedule. That task had been planned for the next spacewalk on Monday.

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    Thomas Poynton

    Lake Zurich mayor urges residents to receive e-newsletter

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton says the village is trying to communicate with residents, so he'd like more of them to sign up for a twice-monthly electronic newsletter.

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    Rhett Taylor

    Grayslake: Keep basketball hoops away from street in winter

    It’s not unheard of for Lake County villages to alert residents about the potential for snowplows smashing their curbside mailboxes, but Grayslake is continuing a tradition with a different kind of reminder. Grayslake this week issued what’s become an annual request for residents to not allow portable basketball hoops to remain on any public rights of way in the winter.

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    Pope Francis caresses a child as he arrives at the “Bambin Gesu’” children’s hospital in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 21.

    Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican
    Pope Francis warned Vatican administrators Saturday that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service to the church. Francis made the comments in his Christmas address to the Vatican Curia, the bureaucracy that forms the central government of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. The...

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    ‘Topless’ protest sputters out in Rio de Janeiro
    A planned protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches fell flat when just a handful of women bared their chests for the movement. More than 100 photojournalists stampeded across the golden sands of Ipanema beach when the first woman took off her bikini top on Saturday to flout Brazilian law. Just three or four other women joined in.

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    Associated Press Lebanese Red Cross workers carry the coffin of British doctor Abbas Khan, 32, who was seized by Syrian government troops in November 2012, into the Hotel-Dieu de France hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Dec. 21. The circumstances in which Khan died while in detention in Syria remain in dispute. A senior British official has accused Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government of effectively murdering Khan, while the Syrian authorities say the doctor committed suicide and there was no sign of violence or abuse.

    Body of UK doctor who died in Syria released
    The International Committee of the Red Cross handed over to British officials Saturday the body of a U.K. doctor who died this week in Syrian government custody. The circumstances in which Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old orthopedic surgeon from London, died while in detention in Syria remain in dispute. A senior British official has accused Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government of effectively...

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    Associated Press Democrat leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, center, in this photo from Dec. 9, 2013, waves as he marches with anti-government protesters in Bangkok. The party’s leader Abhisit Vejjajiva announced the boycott after a meeting Saturday, Dec. 21, of party executives. He said the decision was made to try to ensure political reforms are implemented.

    Thai opposition party to boycott general election
    Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party said Saturday that it would boycott February’s general election, deepening a weekslong political crisis over protesters’ efforts to oust the government and force political reforms. The party’s leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced the boycott after a meeting of party executives, saying the decision was made in order to ensure that...

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    Illinois deputy fatally shot outside Bellwood holiday party

    Authorities say an Illinois sheriff’s deputy fatally shot while trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party was a 50-year-old officer who was off duty at the time. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office tells The Associated Press that 50-year-old Cuauhtemoc Estrada died Friday night. The shooting happened at a VFW hall in Bellwood, about 13 miles from downtown Chicago.

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    Associated Press Floral tributes have been laid at the main memorial stone in memory of the victims of Pan Am flight 103 bombing, in the garden of remembrance at Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie, Scotland. Saturday Dec. 21. Pan Am flight 103 was blown apart above the Scottish border town of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988. All 269 passengers and crew on the flight and 11 people on the ground were killed in the bombing.

    Memorials to mark Lockerbie attack anniversary

    Bagpipes played and wreaths were laid in Scotland’s town of Lockerbie Saturday, as the families of those who died in the deadly airliner bombing over the town 25 years ago gathered to remember the victims. Pan Am 103, which was bound for New York, exploded over the southern Scottish town less than an hour after takeoff from London on the evening of Dec. 21, 1988, killing 270 people either aboard...

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    Cameron praises resilience of Lockerbie victims 25 years on
    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said the resilience of those affected by the Lockerbie bombing demonstrates why terrorists will never win. The emphasis on today’s 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the southern Scottish town should be on the victims and those left behind, rather than the people responsible, Cameron said in a statement released by his office to mark the...

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    San Francisco transit, union leaders reach deal
    San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and labor union leaders announced a new deal early Saturday, saying the final unresolved issue in their ongoing dispute has been resolved. The transit system and its two largest unions have been involved in months-long negotiations that stalled recently over paid medical leave time for employees. BART officials and labor leaders had approved a deal...

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    The sun shines through snow-covered pine trees in the New Jersey Pinelands in Manchester, N.J. on Dec. 11. Cape May County officials are endorsing a proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands area to connect with a power plant in Cape May County that is switching from coal to natural gas, but environmentalists oppose the plan.

    Emotions run high in Pinelands gas pipeline plan
    Far from the gas tanks, chemical plants and toll booths that have come to define the state in the minds of many, the Pinelands consist of more than a million acres of dense forest, wildlife and wetlands. A flight over the region would reveal a canopy of lush green foliage as far as the eye can see, in a part of the state sometimes referred to as “the lungs of New Jersey.” But just outside the...

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    UN helicopter hit, downed in South Sudan
    Two officials have told The Associated Press that a U.N. helicopter trying to evacuate peacekeepers and civilians was fired on and sustained significant damage on Friday in the same restive South Sudan state where a U.S. helicopter was hit Saturday.

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    Kane County is considering replacing the signs at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva, to better direct visitors to the right offices. The proposed contract is more than $47,000.

    $47,399 in signs seen as solution to confusion at Kane County HQ

    Kane County officials hope that with $47,399 worth of new signs, people visiting the Kane County Government Center won't keep trying to get their birth certificates at the treasurer's office, or enter the clerk's office through the back door.

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    Rockland School fifth-grader Jamie Nicholson works on her gingerbread house as the fifth- and first-graders teamed up on the project in Libertyville.

    Older, younger students team up on gingerbreak house projects at Rockland School

    First-graders armed with frosting, graham crackers and candy teamed up with their fifth grade book buddies to make gingerbread houses at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

Sports

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    Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo drops back to block against St. Louis during a game in November. Castonzo has become good friends with quarterback Andrew Luck. “He doesn’t really take himself too seriously, which is pretty incredible for someone in the position that he’s in,” Castonzo said.

    Blind luck
    In his NFL tracker report, Mike Wilkening catches up with Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who played at Lake Zurich High School and now spends his time protecting Andrew Luck’s blind side. He also have developed a nice friendship and bond with his quarterback.

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    Saturday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Saturday as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Saturday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Saturday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Saturiday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Saturday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Saturday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler throws the ball as Fresno State linebacker Kyrie Wilson closes in during the first quarter of the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

    USC routs Fresno St. in Las Vegas Bowl

    Southern California wrapped up its rocky season by rolling over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Cody Kessler passed for 344 yards and a bowl-record four touchdowns in the Trojans’ 45-20 victory over the 21st-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday under Clay Helton, their third head coach in less than three months.

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    Colorado State wide receiver Charles Lovett runs for a touchdown as Washington State cornerback Nolan Washington gives chase during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

    Colorado St. pulls off shocker in New Mexico Bowl

    Jared Roberts made a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left, and Colorado State overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Washington State 48-45 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl. It was a dramatic comeback to open the bowl season and came as both quarterbacks threw for close to 800 years combined.

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    San Diego State quarterback Quinn Kaehler looks for a receiver Saturday during the first half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Buffalo in Boise, Idaho.

    San Diego St. mashes Buffalo in Potato Bowl

    Adam Muema rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns and Quinn Kaehler threw two scoring passes in San Diego State’s 49-24 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Aztecs pulled away early, scoring three touchdowns in a 5:24 span stretching from the end of the first half into the third quarter.

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    Hersey aims high at Wheaton North

    Over the many years Hersey’s girls basketball team has been playing in the Wheaton North Christmas tournament, the Huskies have gained a reputation for always finishing higher than their seed in the 16-team event.This season, the Huskies won’t have a chance to do that. But they would love to equal it. Coach Mary Fendley’s squad, boasting a 10-1 record, is the top seed at Wheaton North followed by Downers Grove North, Willowbrook and West Aurora.

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    Marquette’s Todd Mayo drives to the basket against New Mexico’s Alex Kirk during the second half of their game Saturday in Las Vegas.

    New Mexico drops Marquette 75-68

    Freshman Cullen Neal scored a career high 24 points, including six 3-pointers to lead New Mexico past Marquette 75-68 at the MGM Grand Showcase benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Saturday night.

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    Thibodeau says Noah made wrong move

    Tom Thibodeau coached Kendrick Perkins in Boston and supported the Oklahoma City center's contention that players should stay out of the opposing locker room, except in one special circumstance. Perkins and Joakim Noah had a verbal altercation about that topic on Thursday.

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    Bulls forward Taj Gibson, left, celebrates with Tony Snell, right, after Snell scored a 3-pointer during the second Saturday night at the United Center.

    Big offensive night snaps Bulls' losing streak

    The Bulls had scored 82 points or less in their previous four home games. So it was a drastic improvement when they piled up the offense in a 100-84 victory over Cleveland on Saturday at the United Center. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak. “I loved us offensively,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I thought the ball movement was good — sharp, quick, quick decisions, high-percentage shots, guys sharing the ball, got to the free-throw line.”

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    Nebraska’s Terran Petteway passes the ball over The Citadel’s Marshall Harris III during the second half of Saturday’s game in Lincoln, Neb.

    Nebraska dispatches The Citadel 77-62

    Nebraska coach Tim Miles said his Huskers played like “The Bad News Bears” in the first half but straightened themselves out to pull away to a 77-62 win over The Citadel Saturday.

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    Canucks center Mike Santorelli, right, clears the puck after the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp tried to split the defense of goalie Eddie Lack, Chris Tanev (8) and Ryan Kesler (17) in the third period Friday night.

    Pretty much all systems go for Blackhawks

    The Blackhawks lead the NHL in goals with 136 and have six players in double digits. That’s the good news. The bad news is they have allowed 101, largely because of their 28th-ranked penalty-killing unit. But even that area of the Hawks’ game has shown some improvement as we approach the season’s midpoint.

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    Wheaton Academy edges Aurora Christian

    Wheaton Academy pulled out a close 46-43 win over Aurora Christian in Suburban Christian action Saturday night in Aurora.

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    St. Charles East runs by Batavia

    Entering the holiday tournament assessment period on the boys basketball schedule, St. Charles East’s win over Batavia on Saturday displayed what the Saints are doing well, and what the Bulldogs will work to improve upon.

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    Westminster falls twice

    Marengo 46, Westminster Christian 32: With one player injured already and two more getting injured early in the second quarter, the Warriors (4-7) struggled to score in the second and third quarters at the E.C. Nichols Tournament in Marengo. Conner Rejman finished with 16 points, including 5 3-pointers.Wauconda 68, Westminster Christian 58: Sam Carini led all scorers with 26 points, including 5 3-pointers for the Warriors (4-7). Dillon Rejman finished with 11 points.

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    Naperville North shocks Benet

    Naperville North picked a great time for a great girls basketball win, and the Huskies can savor the moment for some time. Trailing Benet 60-54 with less than four minutes to play, Naperville North went on a 12-0 run to turn the game around on their way to a 69-64 defeat of the Redwings to close out their holiday play at the Naperville North/Benet Holiday Tournament.

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    Jacobs shoots lights out against Lakes

    Ben Murray called Saturday night’s shooting performance by the Jacobs boys basketball team its best of the season. Jacobs shot 74 percent in the first three quarters against Lakes and went on to a 67-51 victory in Pool I play at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs.

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    H-F forces OT, passes up Libertyville

    Homewood-Flossmoor’s boys basketball team erased a 10-point deficit over the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime and score a 62-54 win over Libertyville in opening-round action of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

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    Marmion wins twice at DeKalb

    Ryan Paradise knew his Marmion basketball team needed to do a better job of protecting the ball in its second game Saturday at the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament.

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    Back-to-back wins for Round Lake

    Round Lake’s girls basketball team has its first winning streak of the season. Destiny Brown and Justice Clark scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, as the Panthers defeated Marengo 48-41 in their finale of the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic at McHenry on Saturday.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Crystal Lake Central 48, Dundee-Crown 35: The Chargers (5-10) were led by Melissa Barker, who scored 15 points. Allison Michalski added 6 points for Dundee-Crown in the third-place game of the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic.Hoffman Estates 49, Jacobs 38: Talia Surges led Jacobs (2-10) with 10 points, while Nicole Cook had 7 points in this nonconference loss. Alyssa Lach and Jennifer Barnec each scored 6 points for the Golden Eagles.Bartlett 50, East Aurora 23: The Hawks (7-5, 4-0) stayed tied with Neuqua Valley for first place in the Valley Division of the Upstate Eight Conference with this win. Kelly Harris finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Liz Arco had 11 points, 6 rebounds and Ally Giampapa added 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for the Hawks.Westminster Christian 63, Faith Lutheran 8: Maddie Versluys led the Warriors (13-1) with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in nonconference action. McKaila Hays finished with 11 points and Claire Speweik added 9 points. Kinsley Donahue also did well for Westminster, contributing 8 points and 5 steals. St. Edward 50, Guerin Prep 26: The Green Wave (7-4, 3-1) defeated Suburban Christian Conference crossover opponent Guerin Prep with the help of Katie Swanson (14 points) and Maddie Spagnola (13 points). “Our guards were able to put pressure on their ballhandlers and were able to cause some steals and get some fastbreak opportunities on some turnovers,” said St. Edward coach Michelle Dawson. Geneva 64, Larkin 37: Quixmia Washington led the Royals (2-8, 1-4) with 12 points during their River Division matchup of the Upstate Eight Conference. Victoria Patterson added 9 points.Streamwood 48, West Chicago 43: The Streamwood Sabres (3-6) defeated West Chicago during crossover action of the Upstate Eight Conference Saturday.

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    Late goal lifts Wolves to 3-2 win

    The Chicago Wolves received some late-game heroics from rookie left wing Dmitrij Jaskin, who scored with 2:09 left to complete the Wolves’ 3-2 victory over the Western Conference-leading Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.

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    Daily Herald sports site earns Top 10 honor

    For the second consecutive year, the Daily Herald earned a Top 10 Sports award for its website as judged by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

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    Missouri’s Earnest Ross, left, and Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice fight for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday’s Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis.

    Illinois edges No. 23 Missouri for Braggin’ Rights

    Tracy Abrams scored a season-best 22 points and made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to lift Illinois over No. 23 Missouri 65-64 Saturday in the annual Braggin’ Rights game. Rayvonte Rice added 14 points for Illinois (9-2), which snapped a four-game losing streak in the 33rd renewal of the annual neutral-court matchup.

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    Pacific keeps Bradley in slump

    T.J. Wallace scored 14 points to lead three in double figures as Pacific defeated Bradley 71-55 Saturday night at the Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas.

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    Greer gets Deerfield in gear against Warren

    Haley Greer showed why she is one of the top players in the Central Suburban League. The returning all-conference sophomore led all scorers with 17 points to lead Deerfield to a 57-43 win over host Warren in an opening-round game of the Blue Devil Classic on Saturday.

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    Brandon Marshall pushes Browns cornerback Joe Haden away after a catch last week. Marshall says he has selfish reasons for being such a good blocker when the Bears are running the ball. “When the running game is doing good,” Marshall said, “it opens up (the passing game).”

    Marshall explains why he’s so dedicated as a blocker

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is a lot more than a perennial 1,000-yard, three-time Pro Bowl pass catcher. Marshall blocks almost as well as he catches because, he says, he's "selfish."

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    Three straight nights, three straight wins for Larkin

    Playing a third game in as many nights had no effect on the surging Larkin boys basketball team, which coasted to an 88-61 victory over South Elgin in opening-night action at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs Saturday. The Royals actually fell behind 12-6 in the first quarter, the result of a bucket from sophomore guard Matt Smith and a steal and a 3-pointer from senior guard Darius Wells. But that was the high point for the Storm (4-6). Larkin (10-1) regrouped during a timeout and dominated from then on, outscoring South Elgin 50-16 the rest of the half. The victory was fourth straight for the Royals, who prevailed 71-67 at rival Elgin on Thursday and 59-55 at Geneva on Friday.

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    Michigan holds off Stanford 68-65

    Nik Stauskas scored 19 points and made 2 crucial free throws with 9 seconds left, leading Michigan to a 68-65 win over Stanford at the Barclays Center on Saturday night.

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    Actress Gabrielle Union and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade announced their engagement Saturday.

    Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union engaged

    The Miami Heat star proposed to his longtime girlfriend Saturday, and the actress accepted. They announced the news through social media, around the same time as the two-time defending NBA champions were gathering for a team Christmas party.

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    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer draws a foul from Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee during the second half of Saturday’s game in Chicago.

    Boozer leads Bulls over Cavaliers, 100-84

    Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and the short-handed Chicago Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak with a 100-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. D.J. Augustin scored 18. Tony Snell came on strong in the second half to finish with 17 points, and Chicago prevailed after matching its longest slide in four years under coach Tom Thibodeau.

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    Loberg nets 22 in Geneva’s win

    Freshman Grace Loberg led Geneva in scoring for her second straight game Saturday scoring 22 points in the Vikings’ 64-37 win over Larkin.

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    Rolling Meadows stays hungry, wins at Leyden

    Rolling Meadows’ boys swimming team added to its remarkable season by winning the eight-team invitational hosted by Leyden on Saturday. Mustangs sophomore Kuba Debkowski won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.30 and the 100 free in 52.31. Junior Jake Barson won the 200 IM (2:11.31) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.10). But Barson’s effort in the breaststroke was conservative, as he was preparing for a leg on the subsequent 400 free relay — in which Meadows needed a strong finish to clinch the team outcome. Filip Pancerz, Dave Myers, Joey Ure and Barson won in 3:41.42 for the final of the 287 points for Rolling Meadows. West Chicago was close behind at 267, and the host Eagles were third with 189.

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    Wheeling starts with tourney win

    Junior guard Deanna Kuzmanic scored a game-high 17 points and classmate Hannah Dobrowski added 12 as Wheeling’s girls basketball team kicked off play in the Warren tournament with a 45-42 victory over Carmel.The Wildcats improved to 6-6 overall.

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    Zion-Benton hands Crystal Lake South 1st loss

    A sizzling start by Crystal Lake South senior Austin Rogers inadvertently sparked Zion-Benton in Saturday’s first-round boys basketball game of Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic in Algonquin. Rogers scored the Gators’ first 11 points to give them a 3-point lead after three minutes. The tall, talented and deep Zee-Bees didn’t waste much time showing they got the message. It took Z-B eight minutes to open a 15-point as Division I recruits Admiral Schofield and Milik Yarbrough led the way to a 79-65 victory despite a game-high 27 points from Rogers.

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    Conant wins Krupke crown

    With state power Lockport off at the high profile Dvorak Invitational this season and not on the guest list at the Ralph Krupke Wrestling Classic, Conant’s wrestling team took full advantage Saturday afternoon at Lake Park’ West Campus. Inspired by a stunning upset by Dan Andress in the finals at 170 pounds, and with help by teammates Bobby Alexander and Kyle Peister, the Cougars passed up the 16-team field to lift the championship trophy with 191.50 points.

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    Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross and Aaron Craft celebrate after a turnover by Notre Dame in the final seconds of their game Saturday in New York. Ohio State won 64-61.

    No. 3 Ohio State rallies to beat Notre Dame

    Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored seven of his nine points in the final 33 seconds and No. 3 Ohio State rallied from an eight-point deficit with 1:54 to play to beat Notre Dame 64-61 on Saturday night in the BlackRock Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Buckeyes (12-0), who had a woeful second half from the field, closed the game on a 14-3 run, and Smith was the key to the closing spurt.

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    Conant gets stingier at Lake Park

    It’s all about defense with the Conant girls basketball team. After leading her team with 13 points in a 58-35 nonconference victory at Lake Park on Saturday night, Cougars senior Sarah Mazurek only wanted to talk about defense. “We feel if we can keep our opponents under 40 points, we have a great chance to win” said the 5-foot-9 forward, who also had 4 rebounds.

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    UC Santa Barbara’s Alan Williams looks to make a pass while being guarded by Western Illinois’ Michael Ochereobia on Saturday in Logan, Utah.

    UC Santa Barbara tops Western Illinois 61-55

    Alan Williams scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 61-55 victory over Western Illinois Saturday night.

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    Lyons ends Marmion’s 8-year run at Block Relays

    Relay meets like Marmion’s Block Relays reward teams with exceptional depth — and this year Lyons Township is a pretty deep boys swimming team. The Lions used that depth to end Marmion’s eight-year victory streak in the meet and claim a 142-120 victory over the Cadets in the 43rd version of this meet.

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    Neuqua Valley places second at Oswego

    Neuqua Valley jumped out to a quick lead but struggled in the third quarter to give Marian Catholic a 59-51 win and take second place in the “Hoops for the Troops” tournament on Saturday at Oswego. The Spartans took home the first-place trophy.

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    Dundee-Crown claims Harvard title

    Dundee-Crown wrestling coach Bob Skillman has been around the D-C program a long time, but even he couldn’t remember the last time the Chargers won the Sciacca/Holtfreter Wrestling Tournament at Harvard. D-C did just that Saturday, scoring 189 points to hold off Antioch and Huntley for the championship of the 16-team, two-day event.

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    Fremd forward Benjamin Carlson splits two Schaumburg defenders, including Demetrios Roumbos, right, on Friday in Schaumburg. The unbeaten Vikings start holiday tournament play at Wheeling at 3:45 p.m. Monday against Chicago Alcott.

    St. Viator, Fremd headline holiday hoopla at Wheeling

    Many basketball fans will get an early start to their annual feast of Holiday basketball tournaments. Area teams competing at Jacobs, Elgin, Glenbard West and Wheeling will begin tournament play before Christmas, and all area teams will be in action after the holiday. Wheeling tips off its 36th annual Hardwood Classic on Monday with a full slate of games beginning at 9 a.m. It will culminate Saturday evening with the title game at 8:45 p.m.; St. Viator (9-1) and unbeaten Fremd (9-0) hope to earn spots in it.

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    Glenbard East’s Karen Sebby competes in her uneven parallel bar routine during the Illinois Best Girls Gymnastics Invitational at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

    Geneva gets big score to edge Wheaton Warrenville co-op

    The Illinois Best is the one and only yearly invitational that forces a team to use one all-arounder and four single-event specialists. It’s a difficult test for all competitors because teams count all eight scores and any struggles contribute to the final score. Geneva’s afternoon wasn’t about struggles but all about successes as the Vikings defended their title from last year while putting together one of the finest meets in Illinois Best history. The Vikings needed it, narrowly edging runner-up Wheaton Warrenville co-op, 72.425 to 71.375.

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    Libertyville’s Alex Snarski swims backstroke in the 200-yard medley relay during the Lake County meet at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

    Snarski, Libertyville deliver in Lake County meet

    If you think that Libertyville senior Alex Snarski is a great athlete, it’s best not to bring up baseball. “In travel baseball, I didn’t have a hit the whole year,” Snarski said. “And I really couldn’t throw the ball either.” It all goes back to that shoulder he was born with. It just may not have translated well in some sports. Actually, Snarski knows full well how that shoulder helps in one sport. “Swimming is my sport,” he said. That odd shoulder serves Snarski so very well in swimming. It will take him to Northwestern on a scholarship. On Saturday, it took him to victories in the 200-yard individual medley (1:55.56) and 100 backstroke (50.86). He also took part in two winning relays (200 medley and 400 free), as his Wildcats won the Lake County meet with 271 points.

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    Prospect’s Maddie Larock, rights, gets a hug from teammate Maddie Boldt after Maddie performed on the uneven parallel bars at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

    Naperville N.’s Robert, Prospect’s Larock lead the way

    Naperville North junior Michaela Robert has made quite a splash to begin the season for the Huskies. And there was no slowing down for Robert on Saturday at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational. She was solid from start to finish in securing the all-around title with 37.725 score, holding off a strong challenge from Prospect junior Maddie Larock (37.075). Larock was neck and neck with Robert for the first three rotations before slipping on her final pass on floor. But the Knights junior has also risen to the occasion this season. She helped drive Prospect to its second consecutive Palatine Invite team title with 143.10 points as the Knights easily outdistanced Glenbrook South (138.45).

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    The new logo of the Charlotte Hornets is displayed on a video monitor during halftime of the game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Utah Jazz on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. The Bobcats will change their name to the Hornets next season.

    Jordan unveils new Hornets logos for next season

    The buzz is back in Charlotte. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan unveiled the new brand identity the Charlotte Hornets will use after this season.

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    Sunday night’s prime-time matchup at Philadelphia will give Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to show he can rise above “the noise” that often surrounds the team.

    Bears’ Cutler, Trestman a fascinating study

    The Bears have talked a lot about overcoming the noise they heard before the Cleveland game. Now, they’ll have to deal with prosperity, expectations and playoff ramifications in Philadelphia.

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    Bears rookie guard Kyle Long draws the praises of his former college coach, Chip Kelly, who will lead his Philadelphia Phillies against the Bears on Sunday night.

    Bears’ Long gets an ‘awesome’ review

    Rookie right guard Kyle Long started just five games at Oregon for Chip Kelly, whose Eagles team hosts Long and the Bears tonight. Considering Long's rapid ascension to full-time NFL starter, his old coach might not recognize him.

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    Betti, Fremd showing they’re ready

    Maggie Betti is one of the young gymnasts providing support for an impressive Fremd’s girls gymnastic team. She’s just a sophomore, but is quickly looking like a leader. On Saturday, Betti earned top honors on the balance beam with a season-best 9.45 at the New Trier Holiday Invite in Winnetka. She also finished third on vault with a 9.35 and fourth in the all-around at 36.325.

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    Connor Lamb swims the 200 IM during the Neuqua Valley boys swimming invitational Saturday.

    Naperville Central’s depth carries the day

    Naperville Central won only two events at Saturday’s Neuqua Valley Invite, but the Redhawks’ quality depth carried them through to the championship of the invite for the first time since 2010, the last time they won the state title, as well.

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    Grant grinds up Erb competition

    The 50th Annual Rus Erb Tournament proved to be a memorable day for the Grant wrestling team Saturday at Glenbrook South. The Bulldogs dominated the 18-team tournament with a winning score of 262.5 points as they overwhelmed runner-up Oswego with 134 points and third-place finisher Metea Valley with 122.5 points.

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    Batavia overcomes Bayram injury, takes 3rd at Oswego

    Batavia found a new way to win a game Saturday in the third place game at the Oswego Hoops for Troops Tournament — one the Bulldogs don’t really want to use again.

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    Grand View receiver Davion Hurst dives over the goal line for a touchdown after making a catch in the first half of the NAIA championship game against Cumberlands on Saturday in Rome, Ga.

    Grand View wins NAIA football title

    Derek Fulton threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to help Grand View win the NAIA championship in the Iowa school’s sixth year of football, 35-23 over the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday.

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    Images from the Bartlett vs. Marian Central Catholic boys basketball game Saturday, December 21, in Algonquin.

    Images: Bartlett vs. Marian Central Catholic boys basketball
    Bartlett and Marian Central Catholic squared off in a boys basketball matchup at Jacobs High School Saturday in Algonquin.

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    FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, Texas Rangers' Leonys Martin dives for a ball by Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist during the seventh inning of an American League wild-card tiebreaker baseball game, in Arlington, Texas. Court documents and the Justice Department say the Rangers outfielder was a victim in a ransom plot. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

    Documents detail bizarre kidnapping of Rangers player

    Like many Cuban baseball stars, outfielder Leonys Martin dreamed of leaving the communist island for the bright lights and big money of Major League Baseball. Martin accomplished his goal in 2011 when he signed with the Texas Rangers, but not before what court documents and the Justice Department describe as a harrowing ordeal in which he was held for ransom in Mexico while his family members were kept under surveillance in South Florida.

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    Davidson leads St. Charles North by Elgin

    St. Charles North’s Nichole Davidson didn’t let a little illness slow her down. Davidson scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down a game-high 9 rebounds as the North Stars ran away with a 60-31 win over host Elgin in Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls basketball action on Saturday at Chesbrough Field House.

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    Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine (45) pulls in a rebound between teammate Gavin Schilling and Texas’ Jonathan Holmes during the first half of Saturday’s game in Austin, Texas.

    No. 5 Michigan State beats Texas 92-78

    Adreian Payne scored a career-high 32 points and No. 5 Michigan State dominated the final 11 minutes of a 92-78 victory over Texas on Saturday.

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    Deng, Butler, Hinrich out for Bulls

    The Bulls were without Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Deng is missing his second straight game because of a sore left Achilles tendon. Butler left Thursday’s game at Oklahoma City because of a sprained right ankle. And Hinrich still has an ailing back.

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    Southern Illinois tops Ball State 66-58

    Jalen Pendleton scored 21 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 66-58 victory over Ball State Saturday. Desmar Jackson also had 19 points for Southern Illinois (3-8).

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    Temple men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff pauses while helping student coach Alex Tighe work out in Philadelphia. Temple announced in December it is going from 24 sports to 17 next fall, and men’s gymnastics is one of the seven sports being cut.

    Cutting sports a growing trend at major colleges

    Temple’s announcement that it’s going from 24 sports to 17 next fall, a move that will eventually save about $3-3.5 million a year, was just the latest in a growing line of colleges that are reshaping athletic programs by shuttering smaller sports to help make those that remain — particularly those designed to bring in revenue — more competitive.

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    Complaint alleges gender bias in Iowa hiring

    Qualified male candidates were repeatedly passed over for an assistant job in the University of Iowa track program after the athletic department quietly mandated that a woman be hired, a discrimination complaint alleges.

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    IPFW cruises past Eastern Illinois

    Steve Forbes scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds as IPFW cruised to an 86-65 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

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    Bartlett’s Jason Hasenberg eyes the hoop while Marian Central’s Derreck Caldez tries to swipe the ball in the first quarter on Saturday.

    Busch free throw lifts Bartlett over Marian Central

    Justin Busch dreams all the time about winning a game in the last second. He had his opportunity Saturday and didn’t disappoint. The Bartlett senior guard delivered 1 of 2 free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Hawks a hard-fought 59-58 win over Marian Central in opening-round play of the Hinkle Holiday Classic hosted by Jacobs High School.

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    North Chicago takes title from Crystal Lake South

    Crystal Lake South and senior Sara Mickow did their best to rebound from a slow start against North Chicago in Saturday afternoon’s championship game of the 25th Annual Northern Illinois Girls Holiday Classic. The 5-foot-11 Mickow grabbed 27 rebounds to go with 16 points as the Gators got in position to cut a 21-point halftime deficit to single digits in the third quarter. But North Chicago recovered to build a 22-point lead and claim its first Classic title with a 69-53 victory in McHenry.

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    Carmel’s first game at Jacobs a winner

    Carmel Catholic’s attempt at tying a pair of national records — no fouls committed and no two-point field goals allowed — ended in the second half. In what did turn out to be history-making for Carmel — its first game in Jacobs’ tournament after years competing in Wheeling’s Hardwood Classic — the Corsairs settled for recording a 43-34 win over Cary-Grove in the opening game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic in Algonquin Saturday morning.

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    Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez points after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Nets’ Lopez out with broken right foot

    Center Brook Lopez has broken a bone in his right foot again, leaving the Brooklyn Nets without their leading scorer as they try to turn around a disappointing season.The team said Saturday that Lopez was hurt during its 121-120 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday. The Nets said they would issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors.

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    Lindsey Vonn is flanked by her boyfriend Tiger Woods as she leaves after an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Val D'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Lindsey Vonn is confident that her latest knee trouble will not stop her from competing at the Sochi Games in February. With boyfriend Tiger Woods watching from the bottom of the slope, Vonn missed a gate in Saturday's World Cup downhill at Val d'Isere as her troublesome right knee buckled under her and gave way. The American was clearly distressed after skiing off course and looked close to tears. She didn't fall but grimaced as she pulled up, clutching her knee. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

    Vonn optimistic about Sochi despite new setback

    Lindsey Vonn felt her injured right knee give way and for a moment it looked like her chances for another Olympic gold might be in jeopardy.Vonn had another scary run during the World Cup downhill in Val d’Isere, clutching her knee in pain after losing her balance and missing a gate on Saturday. But shortly afterward, she said no new damage had been done to the surgically repaired knee and her plans for the Sochi Olympics were still intact.

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    Source: Choo agrees to 7-year deal with Texas

    A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

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    Lake Park drops shorthanded Wheaton North

    The boisterous cheers coming out of the Lake Park locker room Friday night weren’t of the holiday cheer variety.

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    W. Aurora defeats Naperville Central in overtime

    With the West Aurora boys basketball team trailing by two points and less than a minute left in regulation, senior point guard Matt Dunn showed his athleticism by leaping out of bounds to barely prevent a turnover.

Business

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    Facebook wants to know why you didn’t post that comment

    We spend a lot of time thinking about what to post on Facebook. Should you argue that political point your high school friend made? Do your friends really want to see yet another photo of your cat (or baby)? Most of us have, at one time or another, started writing something and then, probably wisely, changed our minds. Unfortunately, the code in your browser that powers Facebook still knows what you typed — even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out that the things you explicitly choose not to share aren’t entirely private.

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    Cuba’s President Raul Castro delivers his speech Saturday at the closing of the second day of a twice-annual legislative sessions, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba.

    Castro to island’s capitalists: Slow down

    President Raul Castro told lawmakers that Cuba wants better relations with the U.S. but will never give in to demands for changes to Cuba’s government and economy, saying “we don’t demand that the U.S. change its political or social system and we don’t accept negotiations over ours.”

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    A sign for a shopping application is placed at the toys section in Kmart, in New York. Mobile shopping accounts for about 10 percent of online sales this season, but it made up half of all online traffic during Black Friday weekend, according to IBM Benchmark.

    Online shopping popular, but won’t save season

    Online sales have surged 9 percent so far this holiday season as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and other retailers improved their web sites and prices to better compete with their online nemesis Amazon.com. Meanwhile, shopping at physical stores is up just 2 percent.Still, it’s estimated that for every $9 shoppers spend in physical stores during the two-month season that ends on New Year’s Eve, they’ll only spend $1 online, according to research firm comScore.

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    Even if you delete your post -- or stop typing before you post it -- Facebook still tracks all that text. The code in your browser that powers Facebook still knows what you typed — even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out that the things you explicitly choose not to share aren’t entirely private.

    Can you delete that thought on Facebook?

    Even if you delete your post -- or stop typing before you post it -- Facebook still tracks all that text. The code in your browser that powers Facebook still knows what you typed — even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out that the things you explicitly choose not to share aren’t entirely private.

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    Jake’s Pizza in Mount Prospect closed last summer, and now the liquor license it had will disappear with it.

    Mt. Prospect pulls Jake’s Pizza liquor license

    Mount Prospect trustees have eliminated the liquor license for Jake’s Pizza, 302 N. Northwest Hwy., which closed last summer. The action spurred nostalgic reflections by some trustees. “It goes back even before I was married,” Trustee A. John Korn said. “My wife and I would go to the show across the street, and we would go on over to Jake’s and get some pizzas. We have been married almost 49 years.”

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    Symantec edges out of the cloud a bi

    Information security company Symantec is reassessing its Internet-based cloud strategy as its chief executive, Steve Bennett, narrows down its offerings.

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    Traveling internationally can provide challenges to cell phone users, especially once you tack on roaming fees.

    Tech Tips: Using a phone abroad without huge fees

    If you have a trip outside the United States coming up, one thing you’ll likely want to bring is your cellphone. You might have heard warnings about how those phones can accrue international charges quickly through your U.S. wireless carrier. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips on how to avoid big fees.

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    The Parallax Boe-Bot programmable robot must be built from scratch and uses tactile feelers and infrared technology to sense object in its path.

    Gift Guide: Recipients can invent, make and build

    It’s fairly easy to pick a holiday present, stick a bow on it and say “enjoy” when you give it to someone. It’s tougher to give a gift that keeps on giving and challenges the mind. Luckily, there are plenty of gift projects for “makers” — from robot kits to programmable microcontrollers to musical instruments. The time is right to give the gift of making.

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    The new app from travel site Peek combines its own editorial write-ups and user reviews, is designed to learn what activities are right for you, what’s nearby, and it has the added bonus of showing only open reservations.

    App reviews: Peek, Pandora
    Every once in a while, it’s good to revisit an old, favorite app — even one that might be collecting digital dust on your phone. In the case of the app for Pandora, the online radio service, the latest update brings something that could really please music lovers: an alarm clock feature.

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    People want more medical tech advances

    If the results from a new survey conducted by Intel are any indication, the future of health care is going to be weird. Of 18,000 adults polled across eight countries, 70 percent were “receptive” to the use of next-gen health devices -- including toilets equipped with sensors that report back to your doctor.

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    Twitter adds new advertising format as analysts downgrade stock

    Twitter Inc. introduced a new advertising format for marketers to boost their presence on mobile devices, the latest product update since the microblogging company’s debut on the public market.

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    Facebook post a valid reason for firing, Australian board rules

    Credit Corp., an Australian debt collection company, was justified in firing an employee who made comments critical of one of its clients in a posting on a Facebook Inc. web page, the country’s workplace relations tribunal ruled.

Life & Entertainment

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    Thompson Square just joined the lineup for Country Thunder Wisconsin, which takes place July 24-27 in Twin Lakes, Wis.

    Country Thunder Wisconsin adds more acts

    Country Thunder Wisconsin, which will once again be bringing top country music performers like Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert to Twin Lakes, Wis., from July 24-27, has just added more performers to its lineup. Joining the party is Thompson Square, Eli Young Band, Randy Houser and Thomas Rhett.

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    British actor Matt Smith plays Patrick Bateman in the London stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel “American Psycho,” about a soulless yuppie serial killer at large in 1980s Manhattan.

    'American Psycho' musical looks like a bloody hit

    Is any subject too macabre to make a musical? Not on the evidence of past works including Stephen Sondheim's “Sweeney Todd,” about a homicidal barber, and his presidential killer saga “Assassins.” And now there's “American Psycho,” an energetic stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel about a soulless yuppie serial killer at large in 1980s Manhattan being staged at London's Almeida Theatre. The violence is stylized, and the tone is of an exhilarating satire, a bloody romp that's both funny and alarming.

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    Art from Bali is wonderful to contemplate

    Q. When I was 12 or 13 years old I walked into a store that sold “different” items. I saw a head figure made of wood and bought it. It is now 40 years later and I would like to find out something about this figure. Any information would be appreciated.

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    The ice castle in Eagle River, Wis, stays put until the end of February.

    On the road: Marvel at Wisconsin’s Ice Castle

    Every winter since the late 1920s, a glittering ice castle is constructed between Christmas and New Year’s Day in Eagle River, Wis. Stop by the Snowmobile Capital of the World to marvel at this year's structure. Or take the family to Chicago to learn about polar bears, seals, reptiles and other animals that live on the North and South Poles at the Family Polar Party at Lincoln Park Zoo on Sunday, Dec. 29.

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    An evil ghost (Danielle Bisutti) lets her feelings be known in the sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2.”

    DVD previews: ‘Insidious: Chapter 2,’ ‘Una Noche’

    Coming out on DVD Tuesday, “Insidious: Chapter 2” picks up where the original horror film left off. Where do you go with a tale that ended so over the top, in a fog-shrouded netherworld called “The Further”? Apparently, even further.

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    Comedian and Bolingbrook High School graduate Lenny Schmidt returns to perform at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Bolingbrook grad brings the funny home

    Bolingbrook High grad Lenny Schmidt brings his comedy to Zanies at Pheasant Run for an extended run through the holidays. Country star Kenny Rogers will perform his Christmas & Hits Through The Years tour with special guest Linda Davis Saturday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. The public is invited to join Santa on the ice at the free Skating with Santa event at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Comic and character actor Dean Edwards returns for another standup engagement at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

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    Will Ferrell, left, returns to portray newscaster Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which is directed by Adam McKay.

    Ferrell and McKay: A partnership forged on jokes

    To reach the level of absurdity that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay regularly attain, they have to be particularly open-minded. They need to be willing to throw a joke about a female whale’s anatomy against the wall, and see if it sticks. It’s a process of casual brainstorming, constant rewriting, endless improvisation and audience testing that leads them to ridiculous places. Their latest movie, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opened Wednesday, comes nine years after the original.

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    This professionally finished basement now functions as both a retreat and home office, with an abundance of storage solutions.

    Improved basement is for office and entertainment

    Nine years ago, David started to renovate the basement, and let’s just say it’s never been the same since! This long and narrow space needs to function as David’s home office and as entertainment central. The multifunctional room was crammed full of office supplies and personal mementos, and the space was crying out for an organizational cure.

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    Roof damage can go deeper than shingles

    Q. I had a tree limb fall on my roof, but I could not see any damage to the shingles. There wasn’t a leak in the last rains, but when I went into the attic I found some of the rafters were pulled loose.

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    The most eye-catching piece in this master bedroom makeover is a unique ethanol fireplace, encased in a white dresser that is opposite the foot of the bed.

    Fireplace is focal point of master bedroom makeover

    Sue and Shouvik are a busy young couple with full-time jobs, a 2-year-old son, and a newborn baby. Life is hectic, and these two need a place to escape the daily hustle and bustle. But, although their master bedroom is huge, they struggle with trying to lay out their furniture in this oddly-shaped room.

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    Condo, townhouse, patio home definitions are varied

    Q. Would you please clarify the differences among the following: condo, townhouse, patio home and carriage home? Can they be one- or two-story buildings?

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    Association should perform annual legal audit

    It’s that time of year again when a condominium or homeowner association board should conduct a review of its corporate procedures and activities. The board can do this on its own, for the most, or with minimal assistance of third parties.

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    Payday loans can be an addictive vice

    Payday loans appear to be growing in importance. The Internet is a more cost-effective way of marketing payday loans than the traditional storefront. In addition, a number of banks have entered the market in recent years with “deposit advances,” which are essentially the same as payday loans.

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    The Soapbox

    A special edition of the Soapbox has editors looking back at stories we've run that show the holiday spirit isn't limited to the holidays.

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    Headline misstates case on gun violence
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: I understand the need to create an attention-grabbing headline to get readers to read your articles, but I would suggest that the Daily Herald crossed the line with the “1 Permit, 200 Guns?” headline.

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    What did lawmakers put in teacher fund?
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Did the teachers pension fund enter into a retirement system with an enforceable contractual relationship as stated in our constitution.

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    Ill-conceived point on global warming
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Regarding Bob Lowth’s letter of Dec. 13 attempting to dismiss global warming because the “experts (at nothing)” had predicted the U.S. “would be subjected to 12-15 hurricanes this year, of which five or six would be catastrophic.”

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