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    George John Dekan

    Wheaton native remembered as caring coach, inventor

    George J. Dekan was a “Renaissance Man” before the term was coined. A Wheaton native who worked as a guidance counselor at Glenbard East High School and taught electronics at Glenbard West. Dekan was a football player, pole vaulter, inventor, businessman, coach, husband, father and musician. Dekan, who invented an althletic timer that was more accurate than a stopwatch, died at 93...

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    360 Youth Services in Naperville sponsored its 11th annual Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Neuqua Valley Freshman Center.

    Naperville event deliciously benefits charity

    Chocolate in all its forms was the order of the day when Naperville-based 360 Youth Services sponsored its 11th annual Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Neuqua Valley Freshman Center.

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    Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish’s population. Bowhunters are being invited to shoot as many Asian carp as possible in a competition planned for July.

    Bowhunters to shoot Asian carp on Illinois River

    The tournament will charge $120 per boat for up to four participants. Bowhunters, also known as bowfishers, use archery equipment to shoot fish.Asian carp are an invasive species and have infested the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries.

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    Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, left, and Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote

    Two Marines awarded Navy Cross posthumously

    The men were killed in 2012 after an Afghan police officer armed with an AK-47 burst into their military outpost in Helmand province and opened fire, killing a Marine. Manoukian and Mote confronted the intruder.

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    Bradley Wright, associate professor of sociology, in his office at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Wright oversees a new project using the internet and smart phones to measure people’s spirituality as it unfolds over time in natural settings.

    Prof uses mobile media to study effect of religions

    Professor Bradley Wright is hoping the effort will shed light on a wide range of issues: Do people feel closer to God or more distant after they’re on Facebook? How did attending church service affect them? Does spirituality help with social isolation? Does amount of sleep affect spiritual awareness?

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    Willie Mills of Roselle, left, along with Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights struggle to get the tee into the frozen ground during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday.

    Golfers tell pleasures of Arlington Hts. Chilly Open

    Golfers took on chilly temperatures, and bowls of fresh chili, on Saturday as the Arlington Heights Park District hosted its annual Chilly Open tournament. John Carroll of Arlington Heights said the reason he comes is to “have good chili and the fellowship of friends.” Willie Mills of Roselle, who was golfing with Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights, said they wore snowmobile suits to...

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    Female participants of the 27th International Islamic Unity Conference stand Friday as they listen to the Iranian national anthem in Tehran.

    Inspectors arrive in Iran to monitor nuclear deal

    The inspectors will monitor Iran’s compliance with terms of a historic deal reached Nov. 24 in Geneva between the Islamic Republic and the so-called P5+1 world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. The deal takes effect Monday.

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    The cast of “Gilligan’s Island,” from left, Russell Johnson, as the professor; Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III; Natalie Schafer, as Mrs. Howell III; Alan Hale Jr., as the skipper; Bob Denver, as Gilligan; Judith Baldwin replacing original cast member Tina Louise, as Ginger, and Dawn Wells, as Mary Ann, posing during filming of a two-hour reunion show, “The Return from Gilligan’s Island,” in Los Angeles.

    Notable deaths last week

    A renowned Indian actress and cast members from the TV sitcom 'Gilligan's Island' and the iconic movie 'The Wizard of Oz' are among the people of note who passed away last week.

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    Building manager: Elgin Tower water bill is paid

    The manager of the Elgin Tower Building says he’s paid a past due $1,566.37 bill that should reinstate water service and avoid condemnation proceedings next week. The earliest water can be restored is Tuesday. City offices are closed on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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    Girl Scouts with Troop 51605 in Glendale Heights hold up a man-made alligator at the fifth annual Girl Scouts Cookie Kickoff Rally Saturday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The alligator is used to show the strength of the girls.

    Girl Scouts rally in Rosemont to spur cookie sales

    Thousands of Girl Scouts from across the region gathered Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for the fifth annual Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff event to get them charged up for the task of selling and delivering the sweet treats. “Girl Scouts are strong because we work as team,” Josephine Larson, 8, of Lindenhurst, said as she lifted a man-made alligator high above her head.

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    Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, sits in her indoor habitat at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington. Saturday was the first chance for the public to see the 5-month-old cub.

    Panda cub Bao Bao makes public debut at National Zoo

    Although members of Friends of the National Zoo have been given preview peeks, Saturday offered the public at large its first chance to see the 18-and-a-half-pound panda in person, instead of via the zoo’s panda cam. The zoo has extended hours through Monday to accommodate the 10,000 people expected to pass through the giant panda house over the holiday weekend.

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    Family members say a 27-year-old Chicago woman is among those killed in a Taliban attack against a popular restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Lexie Kamerman was working as a student development specialist at American University in Kabul. A statement from her family released to the newspaper called Kamerman "an amazing young woman."

    Chicago woman among those killed in Afghan attack

    Family members say a 27-year-old Chicago woman is among those killed in a Taliban attack against a popular restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Lexie Kamerman was working as a student development specialist at American University in Kabul. A statement from her family released to the newspaper called Kamerman "an amazing young woman."

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    Avery Hepko, 11, left, and partner Elizabeth Ibata, 12, of South Middle School in Arlington Heights hook up their wooden boom structure device to a bucket that will fill with sand. Supervisor Yongjian Liu watches carefully as the girls prepare their device at a Science Olympiad invitational. The boom held more than 22 pounds of sand.

    Arlington Hts. Science Olympiad a place for kids to belong

    South Middle School students Patrick Shalton and Derek Prusener have one clear goal in mind for this year — making the Science Olympiad nationals. The 8th graders are co-captains of South’s Science Olympiad varsity team, which took third place in the state for the last three years. Only the top two in state make it to nationals, which this year will be in May in Florida.

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    Gavin Harrison, 6, of Algonquin peers from behind the T-Rex mask he colored during the dinosaur themed Super Saturday program at Algonquin Public Library on Saturday. The once-a-month program is for kindergarten and first graders who hold a Algonquin library card.

    Dinosaurs make Saturday super at Algonquin library

    Twenty-one little “dinosaurs” roared behind their personally colored paper masks as they stomped their feet to music during the dinosaur-themed Super Saturday program for kindergarten through first graders at the Algonquin Public Library on Saturday afternoon. The 90-minute program is offered once a month at the library and features a new topic every time.

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    Mundelein, Chicago men killed in Texas accident

    A Texas Department of Public Safety news release says 18-year-old Victor Maldonado of Chicago and 23-year-old David Roman of Mundelein, were killed when the 2006 Chevrolet in which they were riding was struck by a tractor-trailer Friday morning.

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    The Batavia Park District is seeking input from teens about what to offer at its Teen Center at 27 N. Prairie St.

    Hey, teens! Batavia Park District wants your feedback

    Coming up with alternatives to video games for older kid and teens is a tough nut to crack, columnist Dave Heun says.

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    Associated Press/Dec. 4, 2013 A workman uses a generator-powered jackhammer in New York’s Times Square in New York.

    Noise is biggest complaint about N.Y.

    One of the lesser-known legacies of the recently ended 12-year tenure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg was one of the nation’s toughest noise codes. Under it, every construction site must post a noise mitigation plan, while excessive noise from restaurants, sidewalks, even garbage trucks is illegal.

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    Judge Nabil Salib, head of Egypt’s High Election Commission, center, is greeted by other members as he prepares to announce the voting results Saturday of a referendum on Egypt’s military-backed constitution, in Cairo, Egypt.

    Voters overwhelmingly back new Egypt constitution

    It was the first vote since the military removed Mohammed Morsi following massive protests in July. Hundreds celebrated in the streets after officials announced the results, including Hoda Hamza, a housewife who waved an Egyptian flag in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and carried a picture of el-Sissi with an inscription reading: “By the order of the people, el-Sissi is president.” Hamza called the...

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    Darren Sharper, 42, celebrates as Leon Johnson walks away from a fumble as the Bears were close to scoring in this 2002 game.

    Former NFL star Sharper charged with rape in L.A.

    LAPD says Sharper was arrested and booked Friday and faces a Feb. 14 court appearance. LAPD says it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area.

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    A mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. As disclosures of disturbing behavior by nuclear missile officers mount, to now include alleged drug use and exam cheating, Air Force leaders insist the trouble is episodic.

    When do nuclear missteps put our security in jeopardy?

    At least 34 launch officers, all at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have had their security clearances suspended and are not allowed to perform launch duties pending the outcome of an investigation.They stand accused of cheating, or tolerating cheating by others, on a routine test of their knowledge of how to execute “emergency war orders.” Those are the highly classified procedures the officers...

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    Elgin police investigating third reported shooting since Dec. 29

    Elgin police, Saturday, are investigating the city’s third shooting since Dec. 29. All are reported to have happened at or as victims left local parties. At approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday police responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Wing Street, where a 20-year-old male had been wounded. He was treated at a hospital and released.

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    Two-year-old George Encher of Gurnee starts to carve his name in a large ice block while being held by his dad, also named George, on Friday night at the Gurnee Park District’s annual Frosty Fest.

    The ice is nice at Frosty Fest in Gurnee

    Frosty the Snowman has new digs this year. The annual Gurnee Park District Frosty Fest was moved to the Bittersweet Golf Course at 875 Almond Road in Gurnee. As snow fell Friday night, Frosty made his annual visit at the winter event that included dog sled demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculpting demonstrations and children’s crafts.

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    Frosty Fest in Gurnee

    Frosty the Snowman has new digs this year. The annual Gurnee Park District Frosty Fest was moved to the Bittersweet Golf Course at 875 Almond Road in Gurnee.

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    Week of Christian Unity celebrated

    Archdiocesan parishes, working in cooperation with the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, will join with other Christian denominations in ecumenical celebrations during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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    Indian Muslims join the funeral procession of the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. A pre-dawn stampede killed more than a dozen people Saturday as tens of thousands of people gathered to mourn the death of Muslim spiritual leader Burhanuddin in the India's financial capital, police said. Burhanuddin died Friday at the age of 102.

    18 dead in stampede after India Muslim leader dies

    A pre-dawn stampede killed 18 people Saturday as tens of thousands of people gathered to mourn the death of a Muslim spiritual leader in India's financial capital, police said. At least 40 other people were injured in the stampede when mourners thronged the home of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satya Pal Singh said.

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    Unclear future for executions after Ohio's longest

    Ohio's latest experience with putting an inmate to death raises new question about the ability of states to carry out executions in constitutional fashion.

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    Firefighter Jeff Newby watches a fire burn as he battles the Colby Fire on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, near Azusa, Calif. Firefighters were chasing flare-ups Friday morning in the damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

    As LA-area fire wanes, dangerous conditions remain

    A wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles was a smoldering shadow of its former self, but hundreds of residents of a foothill neighborhood remained evacuated and extremely dangerous fire conditions were expected to last well into Saturday.

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    Al Jones of the West Virginia department of General Services tests the water as he flushes the faucet and opens a rest room on the first floor of the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians is just the latest and most high-profile case of coal polluting the nation's waters. An Associated Press analysis of federal environmental data found chemicals and waste from the coal industry have tainted hundreds of waterways and groundwater supplies for decades, spoiling private wells, shutting down fishing and rendering streams virtually lifeless.

    Many remain wary of W.Va. water as smell lingers

    The smell lingers — the slightly sweet, slightly bitter odor of a chemical that contaminated the water supply of West Virginia's capital more than a week ago. It creeps out of faucets and shower heads. It wafts from the Elk River, the site of the spill. Sometimes it hangs in the cold nighttime air.

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    Gunman fires on broken-down SUV on Chicago highway

    A gunman has opened fire on an SUV that was broken down on the side of a highway exit ramp on Chicago's South Side, wounding three people.

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    This is an artist’s rendering of a 1,600-square-foot convenience store that would replace a kiosk-style structure at the Marathon gasoline station on Rand Road in Lake Zurich.

    Gas station owner plans improvements at Lake Zurich gateway

    Lake Zurich officials are considering plans for what would be a more eye-appealing gasoline station at the village's southern entry. Representatives for Marathon owner Jasswinder Sandhu are refining plans to replace a kiosk-style structure with a 1,600-square-foot convenience store and boost the property’s overall appearance.

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    Mooseheart senior Chris Schwartz, 18, watches as his balsa wood bridge starts to creak as he adds weights to the bucket hung from the center of the bridge Friday during Mooseheart’s 28th annual Bridge Breaking contest. Five seniors from physics teacher Curt Schlinkmann’s class competed, and Schwartz’s bridge held the most weight — 7,300 grams or 16 pounds.

    Weight and see at Mooseheart

    The 28th annual Bridge Breaking contest, one of the longest-running traditions at Moosheart, took place Friday. As with the previous 27 contests, this year’s was under the direction of physics teacher Curt Schlinkmann, who is in his 40th year at Mooseheart.

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    Funding village services to remain a challenge, Mt. Prospect leaders say

    Funding village services with less help from Springfield and downtown redevelopment were among the topics this week when the Mount Prospect village board held the first of two strategic planning sessions designed to craft a vision for the village as it enters its 100th year in 2017. Led by consultant Lynn Montei, a group that included Mayor Arlene Juracek, village trustees and top village...

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    Melissa Kress, manager of Centre Court Athletic Club in Hanover Park, steps lightly on the roof of the old tenmis dome Friday.

    Hanover Park tennis dome set to reopen after makeover

    Tennis fans in Hanover Park can hit strokes in a revamped indoor dome that park district officials say feels bigger and more comfortable. The district spent about $540,000 to replace the facility's exterior fabric and install a new heating system. Officials are expected to show off the improvements Jan. 27, when the dome reopens to players at the Centre Court Athletic Club.

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    The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has finished renovations in its casino area. This is on the main casino floor.

    Grand Victoria completes facelift

    Renovations in the casino area, which started in August, are now complete at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. Casino officials said next up on the renovation list is a the pavilion area. A timetable has not yet been set.

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    Gusto Packing recalls contaminated ham

    The U.S. Agriculture Department announced that Gusto Packing of Montgomery is recalling 67,110 pounds of sliced ham products because of possible Listeria contamination. The hams were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and exported to Canada.

Sports

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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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    Hersey gets back on winning track

    The second-longest winning streak in coach Mary Fendley’s 16 years at Hersey ended on Friday night. But less than 24 hours later the Huskies were starting a new one. Junior Annie Korff scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds as Hersey won its Saturday matinee nonconference girls basketball game 63-49 over visiting Niles West at the Ken Carter Gymnasium.

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    Glenbard North answers the call vs. Hinsdale C.

    Saturday afternoon outcomes generally come down to one thing: wake-up calls.It came a little earlier for Glenbard North’s boys basketball team, which focused from the tip and never trailed in a 58-47 nonconference victory over Hinsdale Central in the Downers Grove North Winter Classic.

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    Palatine comes up short at WW South

    Palatine’s boys basketball team dropped a 58-41 decision to Metea Valley on Saturday at the Wheaton Warrenville South Martin Luther King tournament.The Pirates (6-10) were led by senior Dondre Watson (11 points) while juniors Michael Williams added 8 and Chris Macahon 7.

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah battles his 76ers counterpart Spencer Hawes for a rebound Saturday night. Noah finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds in the Bulls’ blowout victory.

    Thibodeau praises Noah’s spark for Bulls

    The Bulls romped to their biggest victory of the season Saturday night in terms of margin. They led by as many as 36 points before dispatching the Sixers 103-78 at the United Center. Joakim Noah finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. He now has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 12 straight games, the longest streak of his career. Noah also is averaging 5.2 assists over the last 10 games.

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    Benet’s O’Mara explodes for 39 vs. Larkin

    There are two ways teams try to defend Sean O’Mara and the Benet boys basketball team, according to coach Gene Heidkamp. The first is to collapse around the 6-foot-9, Xavier-bound center to keep him from catching the ball in the first place, a tactic teams like York and Notre Dame tried recently only to be burned from the perimeter by Benet’s accurate 3-point shooters. The other way is to harass Benet’s guards into turning the ball over so often that O’Mara’s touches are thereby limited. Visiting Larkin tried the latter approach in Saturday’s nonconference meeting in Lisle between teams ranked in the top 10 of the Daily Herald Top 20. The Royals enjoyed some initial success with the scheme, but once Benet’s guards began beating Larkin’s pressure regularly and were able to pass the ball inside to their big man, he had a field day against mostly single coverage. O’Mara scored a career-high 39 points on 16-of-21 shooting, and he grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 7 Benet to a 76-69 victory over No. 4 Larkin.

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    Marmion shoots past Aurora Central Catholic

    Jake Esp staggered Aurora Central Catholic in the first half, and Jordan Glasgow delivered the knockout punch in the second half Saturday night.

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    Webb returns as Vernon Hills tops Antioch

    Vernon Hills flexed the muscle of a two-time defending division champion on Saturday. The host Cougars, who have won the last two North Suburban Conference Prairie Division girls basketball championships, rolled to a convincing 55-29 win over Antioch, which held a slight edge in the current division standings. Now, Vernon Hills and Antioch are tied with North Chicago for first place in the Prairie, all three at 6-2. Vernon Hills improves to 15-5 overall while Antioch drops to 16-6. Sydney Smith paced Vernon Hills with 16 points while Kasey Firnbach and Monica Bahlmann each chipped in with 9 points apiece. Bowling Green recruit and reigning Daily Herald player of the year Lauren Webb, who has missed most of the season with a foot injury, returned to the lineup and scored 8 points for the Cougars.

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    St. Charles East blows out St. Charles North

    On Saturday evening St. Charles East presented four honorees with lifetime achievement awards. Then the boys basketball team put in its bid. In an awesome display of long-distance shooting and a surprise given the margin, the Saints beat a good St. Charles North team 90-55 in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play.

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    Lake Zurich’s Mike Travlos, right, shoots a jump shot in front of Marian Central defender Nate Patterson during the Martin Luther King Classic at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

    Carmel, LZ win early Classic contests

    Carmel defeated Harlem and Lake Zurich handled Marian Central in the first games of the day on Saturday in Martin Luther King Classic action at LZ.

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    Wolves entertain big crowd with 2-1 victory

    In front of a sellout crowd of 16,005, the Chicago Wolves gave their fans plenty to cheer about with a 2-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs in an Illinois Lottery Cup game Saturday night at the Allstate Arena. Forward Nathan Longpre and right wing Ty Rattie lit the lamp in front of the electric season-high crowd. Goaltender Jake Allen (16-9-2) kicked out 23 shots.

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    Pickerington ices Maine West

    Maine West’s IHSA Hall of Famer Derril Kipp still remembers his first game coaching in Jim O’Boye’s first girls basketball shootout 24 years ago at Illinois-Chicago. His Warriors, who were Class AA state champs just three years earlier, earned an impressive win over a state-ranked Marshall squad. “All I remember is the floor was freezing,” Kipp said. “They had just converted it from a hockey rink to the basketball floor.” Kipp has coached on all the floors where O’Boye has directed this girls shootout (now the McDonald’s Shootout) since 1991.It moved to Northwestern, DePaul and now Willowbrook High School where Kipp’s Warriors fell 60-20 on Saturday to traditional Ohio state power Pickerington North High School. Kipp is the only person to coach at the event in all 24 years.

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    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire 68, Woodstock North 56: Hampshire (7-10, 3-1) came out on top of Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opponent Woodstock North with the help of Ryan Cork’s 17 points.Marian Central 67, Streamwood 61: Marian Central defeated the Sabres (1-17) in two overtimes, while competing in the MLK Shootout at Lake Zurich. Jacob McGlone led Streamwood with 17 points, while Jacob Siewert scored 15 points. Cole Seger (13 points) and Antonio Harris (9) also contributed for the Sabres. Cary-Grove 48, McHenry 45: The Trojans beat Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opponent McHenry in overtime. Jason Gregoire led all scorers with 19 points, while Nick Franz (10 points) and Tyler Szydlo (9) also did well offensively for Cary-Grove.Rockford Auburn 71, Jacobs 64: The Golden Eagles (6-9) took a tough loss to a good team in their first matchup of the day during the MLK Shootout at Hononegah. Chris Orange led Jacobs with 30 points. “Auburn is a very good team. We played well early and they made a run,” said Jacobs head coach Jimmy Roberts. “We played pretty well for the most part.”Hononegah 51, Jacobs 43: Jacobs (6-9) took another loss Saturday evening against host Hononegah. “We shot poorly from the line and the field,” said Jacobs head coach Jimmy Roberts.Bartlett 64, Wheaton Warrenville South 61: The Hawks (12-7) beat Wheaton Warrenville South in overtime at the WWS MLK Shootout. Ryan DiCanio led the scoring with 26 points and Justin Busch contributed 15 points for Bartlett.

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    Hoffman Estates wins at Schaumburg

    Hoffman Estates coach Luke Yanule has seen plenty of improvement in his boys basketball program this season, but the Hawks were still missing a signature win. That victory may have come Saturday night when Hoffman rallied from a poor start to top host Schaumburg 56-52. It was the first victory for Hoffman over Schaumburg since 2004, a period that covered 19 games.

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    Barrington’s Powell rolls 300 in Lake Zurich regional

    Bradley Powell rolled every bowler’s dream — a 300 game — and it came at the best of times. The Barrington senior’s superlative effort in the Lake Zurich boys bowling regional on Saturday at Brunswick Deer Park Lanes gave him the top score with a 6-game total of 1,466 pins. Powell, competing in the state series for the first time, also had a flair for the dramatic, as his perfect pinfall came on the last of those 6 games. “It’s my first tournament 300,” Powell said. “I’ve had lots of 299s for the last few years, and finally got the 300.”

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    Bartlett dumps West Chicago

    Bartlett 52, West Chicago 31: The Hawks (12-8, 6-1) defeated West Chicago during Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division action Saturday. Ally Giampapa led the scoring for Bartlett with 16 points. Kelly Harris finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks. Nicole Gerdevich added 10 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, while Kaitlin Brohan had 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the Hawks.

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    Streamwood’s Brandon Schockey, left, wrestles Addison Trail’s Kris Santiago in the 106 pound weight class Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Batavia wrestling invite.

    Frazier’s title highlights Batavia’s 7th-place finish

    Noah Frazier was on the defensive the entire day. But the Batavia 195-pound wrestler is having a junior year to remember. A defensive stalwart on its championship football team, Frazier did not allow any offensive points against him in storming to the title of the Bulldogs’ 18-team invitational on Saturday afternoon in Batavia.

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    Bloomington CC rolls over St. Edward

    When two teams take the floor with a combined 27-6 record, you might expect a memorable night in the making. The St. Edward boys basketball team would prefer to forget Saturday night’s proceedings altogether. The Green Wave missed its first seven shots and saw Bloomington Central Catholic score the game’s first 11 points on the way to an 84-48 drubbing in the final game of the sixth annual Boys Catholic Shootout.

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    Glenbard North gets to work

    Coaches and wrestlers agreed after this year’s version of the Neuqua Valley Mega Dual on Saturday that if it’s wanting to be tested as a team or as an individual wrestler, it’s the meet to be competing in.

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    Another ‘fun victory’ for Naperville Central’s Rusenas

    If Saturday’s Hinsdale Central diving meet was, as it was billed, a mini-state meet, then Naperville Central’s Peter Rusenas has a lot to look forward to when the actual state meet comes along.

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    Eight Fox Valley bowlers advance

    Eight Fox Valley area boys bowlers advanced to the next round of IHSA state tournament competition out of the DeKalb regional on Saturday, led by South Elgin senior Michael Miller.

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    Associated Press Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) looks to a pass as Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young, right, guards during Saturday night’s game at the United Center.

    Noah, Bulls rout 76ers 103-78

    Joakim Noah had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 boards, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-78 on Saturday night. Noah extended his streak of double-digit rebound games to 12, the longest stretch of his career. Chicago (19-20) has won seven of nine games in 2014.

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    Bulls’ Teague getting new start with Nets

    Marquis Teague acknowledged before Saturday’s game that he’s about to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. The Bulls will receive forward Tornike “Toko” Shengelia in the deal, which won’t be official for a few days.

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    Huntley rains 3s on Prairie Ridge

    Threes were the way for Huntley to counter the crowd around Amanze Egekeze in Prairie Ridge’s variety of zone defenses on Saturday night. Senior Riley Wicks hit five 3-pointers and the Red Raiders went 11-for-19 behind the arc as they pulled away to a 59-47 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball victory in Huntley.

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    Season-best score earns Lake Park second place

    There really wasn’t any doubt that Prairie Ridge co-op would win Saturday’s Neuqua Valley Invite.

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    Fremd’s fast start finishes Burlington Central

    Fremd wasted little time jumping out to an early lead against Burlington Central.The Vikings led from start to finish as junior guard Haley Gorecki scored the game’s first 8 points during a 55-35 victory over the Rockets in Saturday’s 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook.

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    Hannah McGlone

    Streamwood’s McGlone joins 1,000 club

    Senior Hannah McGlone joined an elite group of Streamwood girls basketball players Saturday night. With a spin move in the lane that produced a left-handed shot that rolled in with 1:57 to play in the third quarter against Larkin, McGlone became the seventh Sabre in program history to score 1,000 career points. She finished with a game-high 18 points and inched closer to 1,000 career rebounds with 22 on the night as the Sabres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 55-36 Upstate Eight River win in Streamwood.

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    St. Charles North reaches big goal with 10th win

    Moments after his team’s 63-54 victory over St. Charles East Saturday night, St. Charles North girls basketball coach Sean Masoncup admittedly was going to let his players celebrate the cross-town victory for the remainder of the evening. There were several reasons to celebrate for the North Stars, who completed an Upstate Eight Conference River Division weekend sweep with a win on the Saints’ home floor. Not only did the win raise the North Stars’ conference record to 4-3, it upped their overall mark back to the .500 level at 10-10.

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    Naperville Central stops Naperville North’s momentum

    As the wins have piled up this season, so too have the expectations for the Naperville North girls basketball program. That’s why Saturday’s gut-wrenching loss to Naperville Central hurt so much.

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    Bruins coach looks back at loss to Blackhawks in Final

    Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien took time Saturday to look back at the Stanley Cup Final, which his team lost in six games to the Blackhawks. “It’s nice to be back, although when you don’t win it’s a bittersweet situation,” Julien said. “But, if anything, when you take time to look back there was some really good hockey played, great games, overtime in a lot of them and everything else. I thought it was a well-played Final and, hopefully for the betterment of the game, hopefully it was appreciated.”

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    Illinois State downs Drake 77-63

    Daishon Knight scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench as Illinois State made a big first-half lead stand up for a 77-63 win over Drake Saturday night. The Redbirds raced to an 18-6 start in the first five minutes of the game and led 42-25 at intermission. Reggie Lynch scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards for Illinois State (11-7, 4-2 Missouri Valley), with Bobby Hunter and Nick Zeisloft adding 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Redbirds shot 48 percent from the floor (26 of 54) and were 16 of 19 from the line.

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    Illinois’ Tracy Abrams (13) looks for a shot against Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine (45) during Saturday night’s game in Champaign. The Illini lost 78-62.

    No. 4 Michigan State pushes past Illinois, 78-62

    Gary Harris scored 23 points and Denzel Valentine pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Michigan State past Illinois 78-62 on Saturday night. The Spartans (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten) stayed on top of the Big Ten with their 10th straight win. With the victory, Michigan State is also off to the best start in team history. No Spartans team has ever won 17 of its first 18. After opening conference play 2-0, Illinois has now lost four in a row.

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    Barrington takes tops honors in Lake County Invite

    It’s been quite a while since the Barrington girls gymnastics team chalked up a team championship in the Lake County Invitational, with some saying 2000 was the most recent year it had happened. This much is certain: The Fillies posted a winning score of 144.575, their best this season by more than a point, in Saturday’s meet. Mundelein finished second at 138.225, followed by Stevenson (135.95) and Carmel Catholic (135.655) in the nine-team field.

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    Chrissy Baird of Wheaton North lines up a shot during the Wheaton North vs. Hillcrest girls basketball at McDonald’s Shootout Saturday.

    Wheaton North pushes Hillcrest to overtime

    Wheaton North knew all about Hillcrest’s history of success in March. The Falcons didn’t seem to care. Wheaton North went toe to toe with Hillcrest and nearly walked away a winner, falling 99-92 in overtime Saturday afternoon at the 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout in Villa Park.

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    Benet shows its stuff

    The McDonald’s Shootout was made for a young team like Benet, with the kind of talented girls basketball players who should be showcased in front of college coaches.

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    McClaughry, Helgeson keep LZ centered

    Will McClaughry and Corey Helgeson came up big for Lake Zurich in a 64-49 victory over Niles North on Saturday.

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    Beyak comes up big as Prospect prevails

    Prospect survived a gallant effort at Wheeling on Saturday night to pull out a thrilling 55-52 over the Wildcats in the Mid-Suburban East. Kyle Beyak scored the go-ahead 3-point basket with 1:09 left to give the Knights (10-7, 5-0) the lead at 55-52. A few minutes earlier, Beyak had given Prospect the lead at 50-49 with another 3.

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    Big second half carries WW South past Prospect

    Wheaton Warrenville South had a quick statistic to explain why the Tigers came from behind in the second half to defeat Prospect 61-46 on Saturday at the 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout in Villa Park. The Tigers (17-2), ranked third in the Daily Herald Top 20, grabbed just 13 rebounds in the first half, and No. 5 Prospect (16-4) took a 28-21 lead at halftime of their girls basketball game. The Tigers finished the game with 42 rebounds.

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    Carmel succeeds in staying focused

    Regardless of the situation, the goal for the Carmel boys basketball team this season is to never lose focus. That includes games in which the Corsairs are leading by a significant amount, or are trailing. So when Carmel raced out to an 18-0 lead in the first quarter agains Streamwood during the second annual Lake Zurich Martin Luther King Classic, the focus remained the same — squarely on the opponent. “That’s really been what we have talked about all season with our senior leadership is to maintain our focus,” Carmel coach Tim Bowen said. “No matter the situation, whether we are fortunate enough to play in a championship game setting or against a conference opponent, we are concentrating on always staying focused.” Carmel didn’t lose focus despite rolling out to an 18-1 lead after one quarter. Instead, the Corsairs continued to roll leading 40-5 at halftime and 48-7 after three quarters en route to a 58-22 beating of the Sabres. The win continues the best start for Carmel basketball since 1984 as the Corsairs improved to 15-3. It was the sixth straight victory for Carmel.

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    Elgin’s Desmond Sanders sinks a shot around Batavia’s Micah Coffey in the third quarter on Saturday.

    Butler’s game-winner puts Elgin past Batavia

    The final play Saturday evening didn’t go exactly the way it was drawn up. But Isaiah Butler made it work, hitting a 5-foot baseline floater with 2 seconds remaining to give the Elgin boys basketball team a 59-57 victory over Batavia at Chesbrough Field House.

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    Ohio cruises to 65-46 win over Northern Illinois

    Nick Kellogg scored 16 points, Maurice Ndour added 10 and Ohio cruised to a 65-46 victory Saturday night over Northern Illinois. Down 25-24 at the break, Ohio opened the second half with a 23-12 run to take a 47-37 lead with 12:18 remaining. Northern Illinois then went nearly nine minutes without scoring, allowing the Bobcats to stretch their lead to 62-40 with 3:47 left.

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    St. Charles East working on the little things

    Here’s how far St. Charles East’s boys swimming and diving team has progressed this season – it’s now at a level where small mistakes matter in the team’s success. The Saints finished second in their annual College Events Meet, a four-team meet won by Highland Park on Saturday. The Giants won 431-422 and it was small things throughout the meet that cost the hosts a chance at victory.

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    Hersey edges Meadows

    Payton Haas hit a 3-pointer to put Hersey ahead by a point, and the Huskies survived a final Rolling Meadows possession to win 48-47 in Mid-Suburban East play Saturday.

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    Geneva falls to Class 2A’s No. 1 team

    Geneva looked at Saturday’s trip to the 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School as a chance for a signature win, and an opportunity to quickly put Friday’s loss to Batavia behind them. Playing the No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A, St. Thomas from Champaign, the Vikings had their shot. They fought back from a 9-0 deficit to start the game to lead 44-40 going to the fourth quarter. It didn’t last. A pair of technical fouls on a Geneva assistant coach early in the fourth quarter, then a 14-4 run by St. Thomas to end the game were the differences in the Sabres’ 65-57 victory.

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    Smithern’s big shot helps BG past Elk Grove

    There were many crucial plays in the final two minutes of the Mid-Suburban East boys basketball game at Buffalo Grove on Saturday, but none was more important than Scott Smithern’s game-winning 3 that cleared the net just as the horn sounded. Smithern (14 points) took a pass from Andrew Apel (19 points) and made the wide-open jumper with the score tied at 54, giving the Bison (7-11, 1-4) the 57-54 decision over Elk Grove (9-6, 3-2), their first East win of the season.

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    Efficient victory for Conant

    As controlled and deliberate Conant was on offense Saturday night, that’s how active they were on defense. Senior guards Kevin Copher and Joseph Ranallo set the tone at Barrington, jumping into the passing lanes early for steals and coast-to-coast layups while junior Danny Sotos led the Cougars with 20 points on deadly accurate shooting in a 57-40 Mid-Suburban West road victory.

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    Elk Grove’s Amelia Rafferty competes on floor exercise Saturday at Prospect.

    Larock, Donner boost Prospect

    Junior Maddie Larock and sophomore Megan Donner gave Prospect a huge lift on Saturday. Larock (37.55) and Donner (37.0) went 1-2 in the all-around in leading Prospect to the Knights Invitational title with a season-best score of 144.10.

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    Steady Jensen paces Fremd’s fine performance

    Fremd’s girls gymnastic team has been in a state of major flux this season, as the Vikings have been balancing injuries against an infusion of new talent. But one thing has remained constant for Fremd: senior Christine Jensen. Jensen was at it again on Saturday, taking first in the all-around (38.25) and leading the host Vikings to a second-place finish with 147.65 points at the Mari-Rae Sopper Invitational in Palatine.

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    Blackhawks game day
    Scouting report: Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins

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    New Trier teams up for relay title; Libertyville third

    In the New Trier Relays on Saturday, the host Trevians rose to the top of a star-studded field of boys swimming and diving teams to win with 165 points. Hinsdale Central (120) took second place, followed by Libertyville (106), Evanston (96), Neuqua Valley and Stevenson (95) and Barrington (94.5). New Trier’s Jae Park broke his own meet record in winning the 200-yard IM (1:52.35), just ahead of Libertyville’s Alex Snarski (1:55.35). Snarski later won the 100 backstroke in a meet record 50.71, and Park won the 100 breast in 57.36.

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    The Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa, middle, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal during Friday’s victory over Anaheim at the United Center.

    Why is Blackhawks’ Hossa never in Selke chatter?

    Jonathan Toews deserved to win the Selke Trophy last season as the NHL’s top defensive forward. Toews had 48 points in 47 games and was third in the league at plus-28, won 59.9 percent of his faceoffs and shared the NHL lead with 56 takeaways. Just as Toews was deserving last year, so too is Marian Hossa this season.

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    Cubs hope to renovate Wrigley Field over four off-seasons

    One year, ago, the Cubs conducted a lavish presentation and rolled out plans to renovate Wrigley Field, which turns 100 years old this season. But a dispute with neighboring rooftop owners has stalled the massive project. But members of the team's ownership and management are optimistic a deal can be done soon and that the renovations can be done in four off-seasons.

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    Theo Epstein, at right with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer in April, believes the team’s plan eventually will deliver what Cubs fans want.

    Cubs’ Epstein not wavering in his belief

    Theo Epstein is as confident and patient as ever, willing to change what he can and unwilling to be frustrated by the calendar or forces he can’t control. He is going to keep finding the best young players he can until he has the money to spend and a reason to spend it.

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    Images from the Elgin vs. Batavia boys basketball game Saturday, January 18, 2014.

    Images: Elgin vs. Batavia boys basketball
    Elgin hosted the Batavia Bulldogs for boys basketball action on Saturday, January 18.

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    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said that team president Theo Epstein is building the organization the right way from the bottom up through the farm system.

    Fans fire away when grilling Cubs’ brass, Ricketts

    Cubs fans came ready with their questions for all levels of management Saturday at the team's annual convention in Chicago. Several wanted to know why they should support the team with ticket money when the product on the field has been inferior the past several years. Management members, including team president Theo Epstein, urged fans to stick with the Cubs for the long haul.

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    Former Bulls player Dennis Rodman has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation facility to treat his longtime struggle with alcoholism, his agent says.

    Ex-Bull Rodman checks into alcohol rehab center

    Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his longtime struggle with alcoholism, his agent says. Darren Prince declined to say which facility will treat Rodman and how long he will be there. Rodman recently returned to the United States from his latest trip to North Korea.

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    East quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (11), of Eastern Illinois University, warms up before an East-West Shrine Classic NCAA football game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday.

    EIU’s Garoppolo’s TD pass helps East beat West 23-13

    Jimmy Garoppolo threw a second-quarter touchdown pass and Nevin Lawson returned a fourth-quarter fumble 5 yards for another TD to lead the East to a 23-13 victory in the 89th East-West Shrine game on Saturday. Coastal Carolina’s Matt Hazel scored on the 1-yard scoring pass from Garoppolo, the Eastern Illinois standout who completed nine of 14 passes for 100 yards and no interceptions. Arkansas’ Zach Hocker kicked three field goals for the East, including a 56-yarder that snapped a 13-13 tie early in the fourth quarter.

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    Prospect adds to big weekend with 3-0 mark at D-C

    After the opening weekend of the wrestling season, Prospect coach Tom Whalen said he would take a wait-and-see approach to his team’s chances in the upcoming season, preferring instead to answer the question after his team would meet Wheeling. Well, on Friday night, the Knights were victorious over the Wildcats, thus clinching at least a share of the Mid-Suburban’s East Division crown. And Prospect added to its big weekend by going 3-0 at Dundee-Crown — including a thriller against the host Chargers, who happen to be one of the best teams in the Fox Valley Conference this season.

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    Perfect postseason prep for Lake Zurich

    Time is running out for area wrestling teams to get ready for their conference meets and the IHSA state series. With that in mind, six teams headed out for the Palatine megaduals Saturday, with Lake Zurich that wound up walking away from the competition with a perfect 3-0 record after losing to Libertyville on Friday night at home. The Bears started the morning session with a 45-15 victory over West Chicago; the Wildcats and St. Charles North both went 0-3 on the day. Lake Zurich followed up that performance with an impressive 48-9 win over the North Stars in the second round before closing out the day with a 44-21 victory over the host Pirates (8-6). Palatine, Carmel, and Grayslake North (11-7) all went 2-1 Saturday, with the Pirates knocking off St. Charles North 52-25 in the opening round. The Knights fell to Palatine 38-24 in the second round before they closed out the day with an easy 54-19 triumph over West Chicago.

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    DePaul’s Brandon Young (2) grabs a rebound away from Villanova’s Josh Hart (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Villanova, Pa.

    No. 6 Villanova romps past DePaul, 88-62

    James Bell had 17 points and eight rebounds, Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points, and No. 6 Villanova won its fifth straight game, 88-62 over DePaul on Saturday. The Wildcats (16-1, 5-0 Big East) made a whopping 19 of 26 shots (73 percent) in the second half as they continue to steamroll through the revamped conference. Villanova tied a season low with five turnovers.

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    North Dakota State beats Western Illinois 65-52

    Marshall Bjorklund scored 15 points and Taylor Braun 14 as North Dakota State defeated Western Illinois 65-52 on Saturday.The game was tied at 30 at halftime and remained tight through the first 10 minutes of the second half in a game that had 14 lead changes and eight ties. Then Braun hit a pair of free throws to break a 44-44 tie.

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    SIU Edwardsville beats Murray State 67-60

    Rozell Nunn scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead SIU Edwardsville in a 67-60 victory over Murray State on Saturday.

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    Evansville defeats Loyola 53-48

    D.J. Balentine had 18 points to lead Evansville to a 53-48 victory over Loyola of Chicago Saturday.Blake Simmons had 11 points and Duane Gibson added 10 for Evansville (9-10, 2-4 Missouri Valley Conference).

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    Eastern Illinois squeaks past Austin Peay 67-64

    Sherman Blanford tipped in a Luke Piotrowski miss with 16 seconds on the clock as Eastern Illinois defeated Austin Peay 67-64 in a see-saw contest Saturday that saw 18 lead changes and 11 ties.

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    Northwestern's Drew Crawford (1) put up a shot against Indiana's Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Defense carries Northwestern past Indiana 54-47

    Tre Demps scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and Northwestern defeated Indiana 54-47 on Saturday.Drew Crawford added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats (9-10, 2-4 Big Ten) won their first Big Ten road game since Jan. 17, 2013, at Illinois.

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    In this photo made with a fisheye lens, members of the CenturyLink Field stadium operations team paint an NFL championship logo Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, as they prepare the field for Sunday's NFL football NFC championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    49ers, Seahawks just belong in this game

    From the first kickoff back in September, the 49ers and Seahawks seemed destined to meet for the NFC title.Time to get it on.

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts to a reporter's question during an NFL football media availability at the team's training facility in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The Patriots are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship game on Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Brady faces Manning once more with SB on lines

    Only one of them can be the greatest. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will meet Sunday for the 15th time, and the fourth time in the postseason, when the Broncos (14-3) face the Patriots (13-4) in the AFC title game.

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    Lake Zurich’s Corey Helgeson, second from left, passes the ball to teammate Dave Brown, right, after grabbing a loose ball between Marian Central’s Quinn Haley, left, and Adam Pischke during the Martin Luther King Classic at Lake Zurich Saturday.

    Images: Lake Zurich vs. Marian Central boys basketball
    Lake Zurich Bears hosted the Marian Central Hurricanes for boys basketball action on Saturday, January 18.

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    Photos from the Hillcrest vs. Wheaton North basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18 at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

    Images: Hillcrest vs. Wheaton North at Willowbrook High School for girls basketball

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    Grant finds a way in OT against Vernon Hills

    Running is Grant’s game. Hitting 3-pointers is what Vernon Hills does. However, on Friday night, neither Grant nor Vernon Hills sustained themselves on their usual bread and butter. Grant ultimately found a way to get the job done in other ways, and that led to a 66-61 overtime victory over Vernon Hills in North Suburban Conference Prairie Division action.

Business

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    Workers inspect an area Monday outside a retaining wall, around storage tanks where a chemical leaked into the Elk River at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, W.Va.

    W. Virginia spill latest case of coal contamination

    The spill of a coal-cleaning chemical into a river in Charleston, W.Va., left 300,000 people without water. It exposed a potentially new and under-regulated risk to water from the coal industry when the federal government is still trying to close regulatory gaps that have contributed to coal’s legacy of water pollution.

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    A Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is displayed at the International Consumer Electronics Show. As technology gets more sophisticated, some owners are left in a state of confusion.

    Owners can't keep up with sophisticated smartphones

    As devices get more sophisticated, there are hordes of users who can barely keep up. Sixty-two percent of Americans now own a smartphone, a Gallup poll shows. For many of them, smartphones are confounding and intimidating, and they often wind up just using the phones as expensive cameras that can make calls -- if they don't hide the phone icon by accident.

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    Ford unveils its new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

    Five things we learned in Detroit auto show

    A race-worthy Corvette, a sumptuous Mercedes C-Class and other glitzy new models caught the eye at this year’s North American International Auto Show, but larger trends in the auto industry were also on display.

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    A customer views a Nest Labs Inc. digital thermostat at a Home Depot Inc. store in Emeryville, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Google Inc., after struggling to catch Apple Inc. in consumer gadgets, is buying Nest Labs Inc., the digital thermostat maker for $3.2 billion in cash.

    Google Nest purchase seen improving smart-home gizmo connections

    Google Inc. is jumping into digital home automation with its acquisition of Nest Labs Inc., shining a spotlight on an unproven market that has so far been filled with expensive devices that can’t communicate with each other. Google’s entry into this fragmented market may help the industry work out the wrinkles faster and speed up adoption.

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    The Panasonic HX-A100 wearable wi-fi camera sits on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The camera features full HD recording as well as real-time broadcasting and SMS sharing via smartphone.

    Few tech ‘wearables’ balance fashion and function

    Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages. Some brave souls are even donning Google’s geeky-looking Glass eyewear. For the technology industry, this is exciting time, but also a risky one. No one really knows whether the average consumer can be enticed to make gadgets part of their everyday attire.

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    Juergen Boyny, of Germany, watches a video clip with a personal viewing device at the Sony booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

    Gadget Watch: Look around in Sony’s video headset

    A virtual-reality headset from Sony almost puts you inside a video by allowing you to widen your view when you turn your head up, down or side to side. Sony’s $1,000 “Wearable HDTV” worked as intended in a demo. But a few quirks made me believe it’ll still be a while before we can really step into a recorded video scene and look around for ourselves.

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    A trade show attendee examines a centerpiece confection made with a ChefJet Pro 3-D food printer on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

    3-D printing serves up food, jewelry

    Some of the oddest items on display this week at International CES gadget show were edible, origami-like sculptures made of sugar, their shapes so convoluted as to baffle the eye. The treats are one of many signs that we’ll all be getting a taste of 3-D printing soon — and the phenomenon won’t be relegated to the realm of engineers and tech enthusiasts.

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    Sony unveils the new EXPERIA Z1s during the Sony news conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. The phone will be sold exclusivley by T-Mobile.

    Review: Niche appeal in two new Android phones

    One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There’s a phone for you. Want cheap? There’s one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

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    Companies from Google to BMW are racing into this so-called Internet of Things. The Department of Transportation and the Federal Trade Commission are moving more deliberately, concerned that devices may be vulnerable to hacking, lead to misuse of personal data or even cause physical harm to their owners.

    Tech meets redtape reality of working with government

    The futuristic world of self-driving cars, eyeglasses that e-mail and trash cans that call for pickup is running into the old-fashioned pace of doing business in Washington. Companies from Google to BMW are racing into this so-called Internet of Things. The Department of Transportation and the Federal Trade Commission are moving more deliberately, concerned that devices may be vulnerable to hacking, lead to misuse of personal data or even cause physical harm to their owners.

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    Need a second opinion? The app Jelly wants to help.

    App reviews: Yahoo news, Jelly

    Yahoo’s latest news app makes use of the ideas and tech it picked up when it acquired the news aggregator Summly. And Jelly, the latest app from the mind of Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, wants to help you get a second opinion on fashion decisions.

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    Blackphone is making privacy a priority

    Now a new smartphone called Blackphone is taking a stab at “prioritizing user privacy” and creating a whole ecosystem. The national conversation about privacy is in high gear, and services for things like secure messaging have been popping up everywhere to try to meet demand. But most consumers aren’t really in a position to evaluate whether these services can actually deliver on their promises.

Life & Entertainment

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    Chicago’s Logan Center hosts the Chicago premiere of Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston’s WORDLESS!

    On the road: Art, music, but no words in these works

    The Logan Center hosts the Chicago premiere of Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston's multimedia presentation WORDLESS! And don't forget to get your tickets for Chicago Restaurant Week, which kicks off Friday.

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    "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturdayi n Los Angeles.

    Images: SAG Awards
    The stars got all glammed up for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles.

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    From left, Robert De Niro, Michael Pena, Alessandro Nivola, Jeremy Renner, Colleen Camp, Elisabeth Rohm, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Paul Herman accept the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “American Hustle” at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday in Los Angeles.

    'American Hustle' wins top honor at SAG Awards

    David O. Russell's “American Hustle” has won the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding cast, setting up the con-artist comedy as the film to beat at the Academy Awards. The other nominees Saturday night at the ceremony at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium were “12 Years a Slave,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “August: Osage County” and “Lee Daniels' The Butler.” Because actors making up the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards are considered one of the most predictive tea leaves of the Oscars.

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    Juan Pablo Galavis

    ’Bachelor’ star apologizes for anti-gay comments

    The star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself on Saturday. Juan Pablo Galavis told website The TV Page that he didn’t think a gay or bisexual bachelor would set a good example for kids. Galavis also told the site Friday that gays were more “pervert, in a sense,” adding that he could be mistaken.

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    Comedian Bobby Lee headlines at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Weekend picks: Bobby Lee comes to Schaumburg

    Bobby Lee from "MadTV" plays Saturday and Sunday night gigs at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase. Jon Heder signs autographs and presents screenings of his cult film "Napoleon Dynamite" at Hollywood Blvd. and Hollywood Palms this weekend. The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show roars into Chicago's McCormick Place. The Lake County Folk Club presents folk artist Michael Peter Smith in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the In-Laws Restaurant in Gurnee.

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    Actor Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway as a disabled Irish dreamer. Producers said Thursday that the “Harry Potter” star will star in Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage.

    Radcliffe eyes Broadway in ‘Cripple of Inishmaan’

    Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway as a disabled Irish dreamer. Producers said Thursday the “Harry Potter” actor will star in Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage.

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    Book notes: Riggs signs ‘Hollow City’ in Naperville
    Meet author Ransom Riggs as he reads from and signs copies of his book "Hollow City," the sequel to his book "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

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    Tom Hanks, center, stars in “Captain Phillips.”

    DVD previews: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘In a World ...’

    Two critically acclaimed movies -- the fact-based "Captain Phillips" and Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" -- come to DVD Tuesday. Both feature stellar performances.

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    Emma Thompson is not distressed by her Oscar snub for her role in “Saving Mr. Banks.”

    Winfrey, Thompson are philosophical on Oscar snubs

    Oprah Winfrey says she’s “already won.” And Emma Thompson says she’s at least relieved not to have to put on “another frock and heels.” Both actresses, snubbed by Oscar this year, are waxing philosophical about the situation, and looking at the bright side.

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    There aren’t many exercises that elicit as much muscle recruitment as the dead lift.

    Exercise selection is key to getting results

    How do you choose the exercises that make up your workouts? When it comes to weight loss and improving body composition, exercise selection is key to getting results.

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    Kevin Bacon at the panel for “The Following” at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA Monday at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. The two stars of Fox’s creepy thriller “The Following” admit that their show gives them nightmares. Bacon and James Purefoy both said today that the characters stick with them after work.

    Stars of ‘The Following’ admit to nightmares

    Anyone who gets nightmares from Fox’s creepy thriller “The Following” isn’t alone. The two stars say it happens to them, too. “He’s so profoundly dark,” James Purefoy said of his character, Joe Carroll. “Anybody who celebrates death and finds great beauty in it, absolutely, there are some fretful nights.”

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    This kitchen renovation started from the ground up with rich gray floor tiles. Three pendant light fixtures that were rescued from the 1970s kitchen now hang over the island.

    New kitchen is functional but set to entertain

    Cynthia and Jon live in a 1970s-era home that has been undergoing endless renovation. They’ve just about had it with home improvements, so we agreed to tackle one of the biggest projects on their list: the kitchen.

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    When to release members’ personal information

    Q. The board of my condominium denied my request for a list of the names and addresses of unit owners in the association. I am a real estate agent and I told the board I want to mail my marketing materials to the other owners. Don’t I have a right to this information?

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    Net listings can cause trouble in Florida

    Q. In Florida, is it legal for a real estate agent to offer a contract for a certain price and sell it for a higher price for their commission, if the seller agrees to it? In other words, the seller says what they want to get, and the agent can sell it for more and keep the difference.

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    New mortgage disclosure forms lack useful comparisons

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has developed two new disclosure forms designed to make the mortgage process more manageable for borrowers. This article considers whether the disclosures will help borrowers select the type of mortgage that best meets their needs.

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors are talking about school transparency, nice new roads and the suburbs' Olympic hopefuls, among other things.

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    Newly appointed imam aims to serve all people
    A Zion letter to the editor: It is unfortunate that Islam is a misunderstood religion. As a practicing Muslim living in America, I feel it is my responsibility to clear these misconceptions. To do so, I have dedicated my life for the service of God and mankind.

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    Just do as you’re told and get the flu shot
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: The front page headline Jan. 10 flu vaccine story is typical of the medical establishment and the media that blindly follow them: “Just get the shot.”

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    Offended by all-Spanish flier
    I received a flyer in the mail from a local bank and two others regarding a loan program. It was all in Spanish. I feel the banks actually discriminated against me as I cannot read it. Don’t they want English speaking customers? What if I want to be offered the program?

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    A simple solution to iced rail switches
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: One recommendation for Metra: Cover the switches with an easily removable durable box to prevent snow and ice from reaching the switches in the first place.

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    One more safety tip for shoveling
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I would like to add one tip to the “Follow these tips for injury-free shoveling” letter that appeared in the Jan. 13 edition.

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    Restaurateur Banchet deserves special notice
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I read your article printed a few weeks ago giving tribute to those local celebrities who passed away in 2013. Please add Jean Banchet of Le Francais fame to your list.

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    Poison control center a needed resource
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Congressman Peter Roskam for introducing the Poison Center Network Act, which recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and helps ensure continued federal support for the nation’s poison control centers.

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