Daily Archive : Saturday February 1, 2014


    Villagers watch Saturday as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows during an eruption in Namantaran, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Indonesia volcano erupts again, kills at least 16

    Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher who were visiting the mountain to see the eruptions up close, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. At least three other people were injured, and authorities feared the death toll would rise.


    No injuries from Elk Grove Village garage fire

    No injuries resulted from a fire that originated in a garage Saturday in Elk Grove Village that remains under investigation.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford poses for photos at the Foggy Dew pub in Coquitlam, British Columbia, late Friday.

    Toronto mayor ticketed for jaywalking in Vancouver

    It seems that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can’t cross the street these days without getting into trouble.The mayor’s spokesman, Amin Massoudi, confirmed Saturday that Ford received a jaywalking ticket Friday night.

    Director and actor Woody Allen at the French premiere of “Blue Jasmine,” in Paris.

    Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim

    “That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,” wrote Farrow. “I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls.”


    Puppies saved from fire; store owner arrested

    Fire officials say a Las Vegas pet store owner is accused of setting her business ablaze, but all 28 puppies inside were rescued.

    Lake Park High School won first place in the 3A IHSA Dance State Final at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington Saturday. 90 teams vied for state champion at this event.

    Lake Park, Geneva take dance titles

    Although her team didn’t yet know exactly how well they’d done as they strode off the dance floor Saturday, the coach of Lake Park High School’s competitive dance team, Danielle Ragano, said her girls knew they’d done well. As good as they seemed then, when the scores were finally announced and the team had the top score in the state — and was the first group of dancers from Lake Park High to...

    Fifty more days until spring, as another round of snow makes its way through the suburbs. The Naperville Animal Hospital is on Ogden in Naperville.

    Snow break today, but don’t get too excited

    Don’t get too used to the snowfall break. Forecasters are calling for a snowstorm of unknown severity for Tuesday into Wednesday. That would follow snow that hit the suburbs from Friday night into Saturday.


    Three die when cell towers collapse

    CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A 300-foot cellphone tower collapsed Saturday and minutes later a smaller tower fell, killing two contractors and a firefighter, authorities said.

    The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Jan. 14, 2012.

    Diver killed working on raising Concordia

    The $810 million removal project, which has already run nearly twice its original cost estimates, is the most ambitious ever attempted for a ship the size of the Concordia.The head of the civil protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, expressed condolences for the death and recalled the dedication of people working on the wreckage, saying they had worked “for two years without a break, in difficult...

    Retired Sgt. Maj. Rubert Carr of Elgin, right, salutes emcee Col. W.E. Scott, left, during the ninth annual Black History Family Festival on Saturday at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. Carr retired in 1982.

    Elgin black history event a hit, but no Tuskegee Airmen

    Saturday’s snowstorm put a damper on the 9th annual Black History Family Festival in Elgin, whose guests of honor didn’t make the event. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-American pilots who fought in World War II — couldn’t come to deliver their message of exhorting youth to pursue secondary education and careers in aviation, said Ken Rapier, president of the Tuskegee Airmen’s...

    John Flegel works at a makeshift desk as his son, Jacob, sits atop an authentic 1943 Half-Track Diamond T armored vehicle at the Military History Fest Saturday. The pair from Michigan City, Ind., were part of the forward command center encampment of the Fifth Armored Division. The group has about 80 members and this is the third year members have exhibited. They are wearing white to blend in with snowy surroundings during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 in Belgium.

    Military History Fest marks 10 years in St. Charles

    The Military History Fest is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. See military vehicles, full encampments from all eras, re-enacting supplies and authentic miliaria, music, dancing, seminars, workshops and more. Visit militaryhistoryfest.com. (800-474-3272).


    Elgin residents fight ComEd’s plans

    Elgin homeowners soundly told ComEd on Saturday morning they don’t want high-voltage power lines to run along their properties, but if they must, they need to be placed underground. The $250 million Grand Prairie Gateway Project would extend power lines along a 60-mile stretch between substations in Byron and Wayne, crossing Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Ogle counties.

    Pete Seeger performing on stage during the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

    Notable deaths last week
    Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, American banjo picker and folk artist Pete Seeger and renowned Mexican author Jose Emilio Pacheco are among the deaths of note this past week.


    Aurora garage fire under investigation

    An investigation is under way into the cause of a garage fire that erupted Saturday in Aurora, causing about $95,000 in damage to the structure and its contents, officials said. Two vintage motorcycles and a luxury truck were damaged.

    St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina shares a laugh with songwriter Jim Masters, left, during the city’s tree lighting ceremony last November at First Street Plaza.

    Getting the band(s) back together for ‘In St. Charles’

    Now that the city has made 'In St. Charles' its official theme song, matching it with video has proved to be an excellent production, columnist Dave Heun says.

    Megan Niklas of Naperville, left, and volunteer Kim Matz, center, assist Hoffman Estates Village Clerk Bev Romanoff at the checkout during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi’s Playhouse.

    Gift shop benefiting GiGi’s Playhouse opens

    Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop & Cafe, which offers keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi’s Playhouse, held its grand opening Saturday. The event featured a ribbon-cutting with Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, as well as remarks from parents and participants and tours of the store and adjoining National Achievement Center.

    Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

    Former Chicago Mayor Daley hospitalized

    Former Mayor Richard Daley has been hospitalized in an intensive care unit after feeling ill upon returning to Chicago from a business trip in Arizona.


    Michigan State student, 20, dies after shooting
    One of two students shot in their apartment near the Michigan State University campus died Saturday morning at an area hospital of multiple gunshots wounds, police said. The dead student was identified as 20-year-old Dominique Nolff, of Middleville in western Michigan. He was pronounced dead at 9:23 a.m. Saturday — about 12 hours after he and his 20-year-old roommate were shot. His roommate, from...


    Man stole cars left during Atlanta storm, police say

    A 34-year-old man is accused of using a tow truck to take cars that were abandoned in Atlanta during the winter storm and traffic jam. Police said Louis Mitchell Jr. was arrested Thursday and charged with auto theft, forgery and other offenses. It’s not clear whether he has an attorney.

    Barry Rothblum, right, joins forces with his next-door neighbors Carol and Robert Chubb on Islington Lane in Schaumburg, as they dig out Saturday morning.

    Images: Snow continues in the suburbs Saturday
    More snow hits the Chicago area. Only fifty more days until spring, as another round of snow makes its way through the suburbs.

    People sit in front of an electronic stock board at the Asia Plus Securities Pcl headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Stocks in Southeast Asia are tumbling at the fastest pace in 12 years relative to global equities, sending the regional benchmark index into a bear market as foreign investors cut holdings for a third month.

    Analysis: Obama’s Asia policy set back by Democrat

    Asia got little mention in Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, adding to perceptions in some quarters that the pivot has dropped in the administration’s policy agenda in the president’s second term.

    Pope Francis and Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, left, smile as Kiko Arguello, a founder of the Neocatechumenal Way missionary movement, center, speaks during an audience in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 1. Francis met with thousands members of the Neocatechumenal Way, a community founded in Spain in the 1960s that seeks to train Catholic adults in their faith and is known for sending large families as missionaries around the world.

    Pope tells missionary group to respect culture
    Pope Francis told members of a missionary movement Saturday they must respect local customs and bishops’ guidance while globally spreading the faith, saying the Catholic Church’s overall unity is more important than the details of their own practices. Francis held an audience with several thousand members of the Neocatechumenal Way, a community founded in Spain in the 1960s that seeks to train...

    Groundhog Club co-handler Ron Ploucha holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring, on Groundhog Day, in Punxsutawney, Pa.

    Punxsutawney Phil predicts weather, not Super Bowl

    Phil has now seen his shadow 100 times and hasn’t seen it just 17 times, according to the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, the top-hatted gents who handle the animal and translate his forecast. There are no records from many of the early years.


    Wisconsin high school won’t bring back Indian mascot
    Mukwonago High School won a legal battle to keep its Indians nickname and logo, but the Waukesha County school has no plans to flaunt it. Other Wisconsin schools that eliminated race-based mascot names also have the right to resurrect them, but they don’t plan to either.

    In this Nov. 20, 2008 file picture actor Maximilian Schell poses for photographers during the opening of the Christmas market on Gut Aiderbichel in Henndorf, Austrian province of Salzburg. The Austrian actor, who won the best actor Oscar in the early 1960s for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama “Judgment at Nuremberg,” has died. He was 83. Schell’s agent Patricia Baumbauer said Saturday Feb. 1, that Schell died overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck following a “sudden and serious illness,” the Austria Press Agency reported. Born to a Swiss writer and an Austrian actress, he was the younger brother of Maria Schell, an icon of the German-speaking film world, who died in 2005.

    Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

    Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in “Judgment at Nuremberg,” has died. He was 83.Schell’s agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday he died overnight at a hospital in the Austrian city of Innsbruck following a “sudden illness.”

    This photo shows the company's 2014 Super Bowl commercial. Beats by Dre, the popular headphones and audio equipment producer has enlisted Ellen DeGeneres to star in its debut Super Bowl ad running in the third quarter that promotes Beats Music.

    Music a big focus in Super Bowl ads

    Music is taking center stage at the Super Bowl — and not just during the halftime show. Bank of America will have rock band U2 sing a new song during a commercial break. Pop band OneRepublic jams in a Bud Light ad. And the legendary Bob Dylan's 1966 hit "I Want You" will appear in a Chobani yogurt spot. The focus on music comes as many advertisers look for ways to engage the 108 million...

    This image from surveillance video provided by the FBI Friday Jan. 31, 2014 shows a suspect in the robbery of a GardaWorld armored truck guard entering the HSBC bank on Broadway in the Queens borough of New York City Friday. Federal investigators are searching for three men they say held up the armored truck guard at a Queens bank in broad daylight. Authorities didn't disclose how much was taken in the robbery that occurred inside an ATM lobby at around noon Friday at a HSBC bank branch in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens.

    3 wanted in daytime robbery at NYC bank

    Federal investigators are searching for three men they say held up an armored truck guard at a Queens bank in broad daylight.

    Jack Doebbler walks to his vehicle after getting off the Caribbean Princess cruise ship, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in La Porte, Texas. The ship returned to port early on Friday due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday. But passengers said the crew announced on the second day of the cruise that people were sick, apparently with highly contagious norovirus, and that extra precautions were being taken to ensure it didn't spread.

    Cruise line cites fog, not illness, for return

    A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday. But passengers whose seven-day vacation was cut short, missing their last stop in Belize, questioned that version of events.

    This photo shows traffic passing through the toll booths at the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures and resigned amid the ensuing scandal that has engulfed the New Jersey governor's administration. In the letter, David Wildstein's lawyer said his client "contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some."

    Lawyer: Evidence contradicts Christie on closures

    Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures and resigned amid the ensuing scandal that has engulfed the New Jersey governor's administration.

    To many Americans, especially in her hometown of Seattle, Amanda Knox seems the victim, unfairly hounded by a capricious foreign legal system for the death of a 21-year-old British woman. But in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, others see her as someone who got away with murder, embroiled in a case that continues to make global headlines and reinforces a negative image of Americans behaving badly, even criminally, abroad without any punishment.

    Differing perspectives fuel debate over Knox case

    To some Americans, especially those in her hometown of Seattle, Amanda Knox seems a victim, unfairly hounded by a capricious legal system in Italy that convicted her this week in the death of a 21-year-old British woman. But in Europe, some see her as a privileged American who is getting away with murder, embroiled in a case that continues to make global headlines and reinforces a negative image...


    Madigan: Beware television tip-over accidents

    Secure heavy televisions to prevent tip-overs that could injure a small child is the message from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Saturday, which is National TV Safety Day.


    Sen. Mark Kirk to highlight anti-gang effort

    Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk and several local officials will be highlighting anti-gang efforts in Peoria on Sunday.


    Kaneland considering middle-school Spanish

    The Kaneland school board is considering adding Spanish foreign-language instruction at Harter Middle School.

    Travis Brown, also known as Mr. Mojo, will bring his “Mojo Up” anti-bullying program to a pair of Hampshire schools Monday.

    Anti-bullying coach to share tactics with Hampshire schools

    Sticks and stones don’t just break bones. Words hurt for a lifetime. That’s an alternate take on the childhood cliché that Travis Brown, an anti-bullying coach based in the Indianapolis suburbs, has reworked and internalized. Brown, 37, founder of the Mojo Up anti-bullying program, is embarking on a national tour that Monday takes him to Hampshire, specifically to students at Gary D. Wright...

    A view of the proposed Brainerd Community Center in Libertyville.

    Libertyville to host meeting on Brainerd tax hike plan

    Libertyville on Monday will host the first of three town hall meetings on a proposed tax hike to fund the conversion of an old school into a community center. “Nobody is ambivalent on this issue. Everybody feels very strongly one way or another,” Mayor Terry Weppler said.

    Democratic candidates Antonio Favela and Kathleen Willis are seeking their party’s endorsement for the 77th House seat in the March 18 primary.

    77th House Democratic candidates debate ‘reform’ credentials

    Kathleen Willis says she first ran for the 77th state House seat in 2012 against longtime representative Angelo “Skip” Saviano because “I thought the 77th needed a change — we had a representative I felt had lost touch.” But her Democratic primary challenger, Antonio “Tony” Favela of Melrose Park, claims the first-term incumbent isn’t the outsider she claims to be.

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is prepped for a heart CT scan during his heart and vascular screening at Advocate Sherman Hospital’s outpatient center in South Elgin. The scan revealed plaque in his arteries.

    Kane County coroner gets health screenings himself to promote them

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is announcing the results of heart and vascular screening conducted on him by Advocate Sherman Hospital. Not all the news was good. “They can see a certain amount of plaque in the arteries inside the heart," he said. Russell hopes his story can inspire others to take charge of their health during Heart Awareness Month.

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 began the first day of scheduling changes Friday. Most students were dismissed 45 minutes earlier to give teachers time for professional training. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Jody Nieman, mom to fifth-grader Sammy, left, and fourth-grader Edward.

    Palatine District 15 begins disputed scheduling changes

    After a bitter debate that pitted parents against teachers, disputed scheduling changes began Friday in Palatine Township Elementary District 15. Most students got out of classes 45 minutes earlier to give teachers time for professional training. The move forced some schools to cancel extracurricular activities held on Fridays. "Right now, there's some constraints," the president of the teachers...

    Jon Pratscher, Elk Grove Park District’s aquatics manager, says the refurbished Pavilion Aquatics Center will accommodate a variety of needs, from swimming lessons to aqua fitness classes. The facility is set to reopen today.

    Updated Elk Grove aquatics facility reopens today

    The Elk Grove Park District today will unveil its refurbished Pavilion Aquatics Center, which has undergone some $9 million worth of renovations since last April. The facility now includes a new warm water therapy pool, an expanded 8-lane, 25-yard lap pool with diving area, and updated lagoon pool, whirlpool, steam room, locker rooms and showers.

    House John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., speaks Tuesday at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. Boehner tried to sell his reluctant broader caucus Friday on tackling immigration this year by casting it as critical to job creation, economic growth and national security.

    Obama hints at compromise on immigration legislation

    Just hours after House Speaker John Boehner pitched immigration to the GOP at a Maryland retreat, Obama suddenly indicated he would be open to legal status for many of the 11 million living here illegally, dropping his once-ironclad insistence on a special path to citizenship.


    Geneva High School took part in the IHSA Dance State Final at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington Saturday. 90 teams vied for state champion at this event.

    Images: Competitive Dance, State Finals
    The final round of the IHSA Competitive Dance state championships took place Saturday, February 1, in Bloomington.

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman warms up during NFL football practice Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

    It’s tough to know if Sherman truly gets it

    Most bizarre in the Richard Sherman euphoria was the comparison to Muhammad Ali. But if being loud and irrational is the criteria, then Sherman was more like Skip Bayless and Johnny Manziel.


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Hawks goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot from the Sharks’ Tommy Wingels during the first period Saturday in San Jose.

    Hawks rally late, but Sharks prevail in shootout

    After a two-day break in Las Vegas for some rest and relaxation, the Blackhawks went back to work Saturday in San Jose. The Sharks beat the Hawks 2-1 in a shootout as Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton all beat Corey Crawford. Jonathan Toews scored for the Hawks, but Antti Niemi stopped Patrick Sharp. Pavelski scored short-handed early in the third period for a 1-0 San Jose lead, but Brandon Saad answered moments later on the same power play.


    Johnson helps Stevenson wear down Warren

    Two early fouls forced Stevenson junior Matt Johnson to take a front-row seat and watch Warren senior guard Eric Gillespie put on a sizzling first-half shooting display in Saturday night’s North Suburban Lake boys basketball game. Johnson was going to make sure the big crowd in Lincolnshire and ESPN3 television audience had seen enough. Johnson nearly shut out Gillespie when he was guarding him in the second half as the Patriots rolled to a 66-51 victory.


    Ney, Lakes find a way at Glenbrook North

    Sam Ney found her touch, pouring in 21 points, as Lakes’ girls basketball team earned a 63-45 nonconference win over host Glenbrook North in Northbrook on Saturday.


    Late layup lifts Loyola past St. Viator

    The War on the Shore began as an aerial battle, but it ended on a sneak attack as host Loyola edged St.Viator 60-59 Saturday in Wilmette. Both teams took turn firing bombs from the outside as the teams combined for 19 three-pointers. But it was a layup that decided the game between two of the top 10 teams in Class 4A.

    Geneva’s Cam Cook, 11, works the ball around his back and away from St. Charles East’s Dom Adduci, 2, during boys Basketball Saturday.

    Geneva ends 6-year drought vs. St. Charles East

    Occasionally, adjustments have little to do with X’s and O’s. Winless against St. Charles East in the six years Phil Ralston’s been coaching Geneva’s boys basketball team, a different approach was required.

    The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis drives against Mike Dunleavy of the Bulls during the first half Saturday in New Orleans.

    Bulls have no answer for Chicago native Davis

    Chicago native Anthony Davis controlled boh ends of the floor Saturday. leading New Orleans to an 88-79 victory over the Bulls. New Orleans native D.J. Augustin led the visitors with 23 points.


    Fremd slips up against Loyola

    It went down to the wire and Fremd’s state-ranked girls basketball team almost pulled out its second victory in less than 17 hours. But Loyola was able to overcome a huge performance by all-area junior Haley Gorecki (25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals) and survived 48-46 over the Vikings, ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A poll.


    Aggressive Lake Forest sinks Mundelein

    Lake Forest boys basketball coach Phil LaScala was happy to get one injured player back, but was down two other players for the Scouts’ North Suburban Lake Division game against visiting Mundelein on Saturday night. The short-handed Scouts prevailed anyway, overwhelming Mundelein 86-51.


    St. Charles East surprises Batavia

    On an emotional night where Batavia’s girls basketball team honored its 2 seniors, it was a pair of St. Charles East juniors that stole the show.


    Larkin clinches share of UEC River title

    Larkin completed the St. Charles sweep Saturday night, and in the process the Royals claimed a River repeat. With their 62-55 win at St. Charles North on Saturday — after beating St. Charles East 64-55 on Thursday — the Royals clinched at least a share of the Upstate Eight Conference River Division championship.


    Jacobs’ Biondo comes up big, finishes as runner-up

    Jacobs’ Brian Biondo made his first appearance in the boys bowling state tournament one to remember. The junior became the first boy from his high school to finish as a state runner-up. He tried catching Joshaun Glover of Lincoln-Way East on the final day of competition at St. Clair Lanes in O’Fallon on Saturday, but Glover’s 12-game total of 2,957, which included a 300 game and 247 average, was enough to capture the championship.

    Illinois’ Jaylon Tate (1) tries to keep the ball away from Iowa’s Zach McCabe (15) during Saturday night’s game in Champaign. The Illini lost 81-74.

    No. 15 Iowa holds on for 81-74 win at Illinois

    Gabriel Olaseni set career highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 15 Iowa topped Illinois 81-74 on Saturday night after blowing a big lead. The Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) led by 21 points just over 12 minutes into the game. They battered the Illini with their bench and Big Ten-best rebounding before Joseph Bertrand and company began to rally.


    Perfect start reaches 18 for Fremd

    Fremd seniors Ben Carlson and Matt Ochoa had big smiles Saturday night following their nonconference home game against Carmel Catholic. Carlson seemed to have the widest smile of all. As he emerged from the locker room following the Vikings’ 54-45 win over the Corsairs, he came bouncing down the hall and let everyone know that the win was more than just another victory. “We broke a school record tonight,” Carlson said. Indeed, the Vikings improved to 18-0, giving them their best start in school history. They started 17-0 in 2010.


    Harper stays hot at home

    The Sports and Wellness Center on the campus of Harper College in Palatine has been a house of horrors for opposing teams this season. The Hawks improved to 14-8 overall and 6-2 in the North Central Community College Conference on Saturday, picking up a key win against Joliet Junior College in impressive fashion 100-75.


    Rattie’s OT goal gives Wolves win over Wild

    Rookie right wing Ty Rattie’s one-time blast with 29 seconds left in overtime lifted the Chicago Wolves to a 3-2 victory over the Iowa Wild on Saturday night before 11,123 at Allstate Arena.Rattie scored twice and Dmitrij Jaskin added a goal for the Wolves (25-16-2-2), who won for the seventh time in a string of eight consecutive home games decided by 1 goal. Matt Climie (6-7-0) posted 24 saves in the win.“Both teams played pretty tight and didn’t give up much tonight,” said Wolves coach John Anderson. “Tough to allow that late goal after taking the lead, but Rattie came up with another big goal for us.”

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer grabs a loose ball in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The Pelicans defeated the Bulls 88-79.

    Bulls fall in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to an 88-79 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night. Tyreke Evans added 11 points for the Pelicans, who have won four of their past five games. D.J. Augustin scored 23 points in his return to his hometown, Taj Gibson added 17 and Joakim Noah had 14 for the Bulls.

    Charles “Peanut” Tillman of the Chicago Bears, left, accepts the award for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall.

    Tillman named NFL Man of Year

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was honored for his on-the-field excellence in 2011 and 2012 when he was voted to the Pro Bowl. Now he’s been recognized for his many off-the-field contributions. Tillman, who can become an unrestricted free agent on March 11 and whose future with the Bears is uncertain, on Saturday accepted the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.


    McClaughry, Lake Zurich line up a victory

    Big guys often get a bad rap as bad free throw shooters. (Think Shaq.) Will McClaughry did his best anti-Shaq impression on Saturday night. Instead of clank, clank clank, it was swish, swish, swish as Lake Zurich’s 6-foot-6 center put on a free throw shooting clinic in leading the Bears to a 69-58 North Suburban Conference Lake Division victory at Libertyville.


    Haviland leads the way for Lakes

    Let’s hop 30 years into the future, and perhaps we’ll find U.S. Secretary of State Benett Haviland hard at work trying to solve some of the world’s problems. He has that great of a name. But back to the present. Now at Lakes High School, the junior Haviland stands all of 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 165 pounds. So what possible good does he bring to the school’s boys basketball team? “Everyday I put out a full effort,’’ Haviland said on Saturday night. “I enjoy being out there.” After surging Lakes handled visiting Round Lake 63-37, it was clear what Haviland does for the Eagles. Despite his lack of height and weight, Haviland hits the boards for the (10-11) Eagles. He makes steals left and right. He will hit the open jumper. And he plays brilliant defense.


    NI Lightning slates softball skills camp

    The Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball organization will host a one-day skills camp at Judson University on Sunday, April 27 for girls ages 8-14.


    Elgin CC seeks women’s volleyball coach

    Elgin Community College is seeking a head women’s volleyball coach for the 2014 season.Interested parties can contact athletic director Kent Payne at (847) 214-7552 or via email at kpayne@elgin.edu.

    Erin Fabbri

    Fab: Fabbri hits 1,000 in St. Viator victory

    The cheers, partial standing ovation and bobbing Erin Fabbri mug shots on a stick might have seemed premature. After all, St. Viator’s 54-51 upset of host Carmel Catholic wasn’t secured until a split-second before the Corsairs attempted a desperation 3-pointer, which was launched just after the final buzzer and off-target anyway. Fabbri’s 2 free throws with 3.9 seconds on the clock, with the Lions clinging to a 1-point lead, were more than just clutch in Saturday’s East Suburban Catholic Conference basketball matinee. The second foul shot was the senior guard’s 1,000th career point. At game’s end, St. Viator (13-12, 1-6) celebrated an upset of Carmel (16-7, 2-5), which suffered its first loss at home, and mobbed Fabbri, who was moved to tears.


    Widuch making waves for Neuqua

    Neuqua Valley swimmer Joe Widuch is fast developing into a major factor for the Wildcats for the coming postseason.

    Conant boys basketball coach Tom McCormack notched career win No. 500 on Saturday against St. Patrick.

    Conant's McCormack gets win No. 500

    Conant boys basketball coach Tom McCormack posted his 500th career coaching win with the Cougars' 45-20 over St. Patrick in nonconference play in Hoffman Estates on Saturday night. “I tried not to think of it too much,” said McCormack. “There's a lot of people to thank. We've had a lot of good players who have come through here. Very important is my family and my wife. Without their support, it would have been hard to go this long. I am also thankful to athletic director Don Crandall, who gave me a chance to coach here in the 1985-86 season.”


    Lisle breaks out of rut with win vs. Timothy Christian

    Lisle needed a girls basketball game like Saturday afternoon’s convincing victory at Timothy Christian. The Lions led nearly start to finish in Elmhurst, leaving with a 48-27 nonconference victory.


    Reinhart, Schaumburg edge Westminster Christian

    Trailing by as many 9 points in the first half, Schaumburg’s girls basketball team had an uphill battle against a team that was all about winning. Visiting Westminster Christian came into Saturday’s nonconference matinee with a sparkling 19-2 record. “It was nerve-wracking,” said Schaumburg guard Brittany Reinhart. “I’m still shaking.” But the 5-foot-7 junior looked calm as could be when she stood at the free throw line with her team leading by 1 point and 29.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Reinhart sank 2 free throws which proved to be the decisive points in the Saxons’ 50-49 triumph over the Warriors, a class 2A team which advanced to the Elite Eight of the 1A state tourney a year ago.


    Harvest Christian falls

    Christian Life 74, Harvest Christian 54: Playing their third game in three days thanks to inclement weather, the Lions (8-10, 2-4) dropped their second straight, this time at home in a Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup. John Vislisel, two games after becoming the first player in program history to record 1,000 career points, finished with a game-high 19 points while also grabbing 5 rebounds for Harvest. Teammate Brett Cramer also ended the night in double digits, with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

    A security guard stands by a sign for NFL football’s Super Bowl XLVIII stands in front of MetLife Stadium Sat. Feb. 1, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The stadium will be the site of Sunday’s championship game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

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    Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman was named Walter Payton man of the Year at the Associated Press NFL Awards Saturday night in New York.

    ‘Peanut’ Tillman named NFL’s Man of the Year

    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year award at the fifth annual Associated Press NFL Awards Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall. He accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.“As a Chicago Bear, this award has a special meaning to me,” Tillman said.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Charles North 64, Elgin 37: Melanie Berg scored 15 points but it wasn’t enough for the Maroons (6-17, 1-8), who fell for the sixth straight time while dropping another game in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division on the road. The North Stars had 11 out of 12 players score in the game, while the Maroons only had 3 girls including Berg score over 5 points. Anna Eckholm finished with 7 while sophomore Alisha Panthier had 6 points.Christian Life 63, Harvest Christian 58: Despite area scoring leader Kylee Knox dropping 29 points, to bring her career total to 968, the Lions (12-9, 6-2) fell at home in Northeastern Athletic Conference action. Knox also had 6 rebounds, with 6 assists and 4 steals while teammate Rachel Oostdyk finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

    Buffalo Grove’s Chase Ori, left, and Palatine’s Juan Guajardo wrestle in the 126-pound finals during the Mid-Suburban League meet at Hersey on Saturday.

    LaBarbera, Conant pin down MSL title

    It was great theatre. In the final match of the tournament, with a 6-point pin deciding not only the tournament but also the overall conference team championship, Conant heavyweight Tyler LaBarbera embraced the spotlight. His pin at 3:44 gave the Cougars and coach Chad Hay just what they needed to eke out a championship — by one-half point — over runner-up Schaumburg in the Mid-Suburban League wrestling meet Saturday at Hersey’s Ken Carter Gymnasium. The tense third-place match won by the Cougars’ affable senior gave his club 227.5 points. That figure is astounding considering how far off the lead Conant once was. The Cougars trailed Schaumburg by 52.5 points following a rough semifinal round, after which Conant not only trailed Schaumburg but also Barrington.

    Hampshire’s Kyle Szlenk takes the 106-pound match championship final over Jacobs’ Beau Harrier at the Fox Valley Conference meet in McHenry on Saturday.

    Crystal Lake South happy with FVC runner-up finish

    Sure, Crystal Lake South coach Ross Ryan would like to have hoisted the Fox Valley Conference wrestling tournament championship trophy Saturday at McHenry High School. But Ryan was happy with his team’s second place conference finish.Wrestling without 195-pounder Brian Pence, the Gators (163 ½ points) were runner-up to Crystal Lake Central, which claimed top honors with 199 points. Cary-Grove was third a half point behind South with 163 points.

    Images from the Geneva vs. St. Charles East boys basketball game Saturday, February 1, 2014 in St. Charles.

    Images: Geneva at St. Charles East boys basketball
    Images from Geneva at St. Charles East boys basketball Saturday.

    Grant’s Troy Parent, standing, wins the 132-pound final against Mundelein’s Sam Riportella in the North Suburban Conference meet on Saturday at Vernon Hills.

    Grant comes up big, wins NSC title

    It was a total contrast as Grant’s little guys and Libertyville’s big guys battle for team supremacy Saturday in the 59th Annual North Suburban Conference wrestling meet in Vernon Hills. The Bulldogs held a slim 222 to 220-point lead after the semifinals before they were able to extend that lead to 243 to 226.5 heading into the finals. That’s when Grant’s lower weights took over as the Bulldogs won first-place medals in five of the first six weight classes to build what proved to be an insurmountable advantage over the Wildcats. Libertyville did put together a late comeback with some great results at its higher weights. But it was not enough as Grant captured its ninth NSC crown in 14 years 271-251.5 over the Wildcats, who’d won four of the past five NSC titles. Stevenson (124) placed third while Warren (111.5) was fourth.


    Huntley a win away from FVC Valley crown

    It would have been easy to justify had the Huntley girls basketball players experienced a physical or emotional letdown against Dundee-Crown Saturday afternoon after winning by 5 points at second-place Prairie Ridge on Friday night, but the Red Raiders would have none of it. Paced by Ali Andrews, Huntley scored 26-first quarter points and was never challenged again in a 61-35 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Their seventh straight victory gave the Red Raiders a 2-game lead in the loss column with 3 FVC Valley games remaining. Huntley is seeking its first Valley title and first conference championship of any kind since 2001.


    UIC remains winless in league as Valpo wins 70-46

    LaVonte Dority scored a career-high 33 points to lead Valparaiso to a 70-46 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Dority was a one-man show, nearly outscoring the rest of the Crusaders (14-10, 6-3 Horizon) combined, finishing 10 of 15 from the field, 8 of 10 from the line and sinking 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Lexus Williams added nine points.


    Duff good enough; Hoffman Estates claims MSL crown

    Kayleigh Duff was worried Friday. Not so much about how she’d perform at Saturday’s Mid-Suburban League girls bowling championship, but more about whether the meet would go on at all due to the impending snowstorm. “We were talking about it at school,” said the Elk Grove senior. “It looked like it was going to be bad and we heard that they had already postponed (some other events). But with our sport, sectionals and state come up so quickly there’s no time for rescheduling. So we were hoping for the best.” And with the tourney proceeding as scheduled, the best is what Duff delivered. She rolled a 257 game at Arlington Lanes en route to a 1,232 series and an overall season average of 202.62 to win the MSL individual championship. Hoffman Estates won the team title handily, scoring 173 points to 139 for the runner-up Grens.


    Georgetown beats No. 7 Michigan State

    NEW YORK — Markel Starks scored 16 points and Georgetown ended a five-game losing streak with a 64-60 victory over short-handed and seventh-ranked Michigan State on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.Jabril Trawick came up with two big plays late for the Hoyas (12-9) in the late-season nonconference game that was part of the New York area’s celebration of Sunday’s Super Bowl.Michigan State (19-3) played without injured frontcourt players Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson and the Spartans had a tough time shooting.Gary Harris finally started connecting for Michigan State and his 3-pointer brought the Spartans within 56-54 with 1:32 to play.On the ensuing possession, Trawick tipped in a missed shot to give the Hoyas a four-point lead and he came up big again when his breakaway dunk gave Georgetown a 63-55 lead with 30 seconds to go.D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 12 points for the Hoyas, who shot 44.9 percent from the field (22 of 49) but were just 2 of 12 from 3-point range.Harris led the Spartans with 20 points, including going 4 of 10 from 3-point range. Michigan State finished 21 of 53 from the field (39.6 percent) and was 9 of 29 from beyond the arc.This was just the second meeting ever between the schools with Michigan State winning the other in the second round of the 1986 NCAA tournament.The loss drops the Spartans to 2-1 in New York City this season. They won the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Barclays Center in Brooklyn in November.Payne has missed the last six games with a sprained foot while Dawson has missed the last two with a broken bone in his right hand.


    Northern Illinois tops Ball State in OT

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Aaric Armstead scored 14 points and Jordan Threloff added 13 as Northern Illinois edged Ball State 67-65 in overtime Saturday.Travon Baker made 1 of 2 free throws with 17 seconds left to put Northern Illinois up 67-65, and Chris Bond’s shot with 3 seconds remaining missed as the Huskies (9-11, 3-5 Mid-American) held on. Armstead had a steal with 18 seconds left, setting up Baker’s free throw attempts.Baker tied the game at 60 on a 3-pointer with 9 seconds remaining in regulation, and Bond’s runner at the buzzer missed.Ball State (4-15, 1-7) led by 15 in the first half and 10 in the second half before the Huskies came back. Northern Illinois took its first lead since the game’s opening minutes at 55-54 with under 4 minutes to go, setting up a tight finish.Bond scored 16 while Jesse Berry had 13 and Zavier Turner added 11.


    Eastern Illinois defeats SIU-Edwardsville

    CHARLESTON, Ill. — Sherman Blanford had 24 points, 13 rebounds and four steals as Eastern Illinois defeated SIU-Edwardsville 76-70 Saturday.The Panthers (8-14, 5-5 Ohio Valley) shot 47.3 percent from the field and went 20 of 22 from the foul line. Reggie Smith finished with 17 points and Chris Olivier had 12 with eight boards.SIU-Edwardsville (8-15, 4-5) shot 45.6 percent, but was outrebounded 37-28. Kris Davis scored 17 points and Keaton Jackson had 16.Eastern Illinois erased a nine-point deficit in the second half, surging back to take a 65-63 lead after two 3-pointers from Jake Verhagen. Blanford added a layup and Zach Dickerson hit a jumper to lead by six with 1:37 remaining.Christian Salecich hit a 3-pointer to pull the Cougars within three, but Eastern Illinois sank their next five free throws in the final 32 seconds to ice the game.

    Minnesota guard Malik Smith reacts as Northwestern players celebrate after the Wildcatrs beat the Gophers 55-54 during an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

    Northwestern grounds Gophers 55-54

    MINNEAPOLIS — Drew Crawford scored 17 points and JerShon Cobb pitched in 15 points to help Northwestern win its third game in a row on the road, 55-54 over Minnesota on Saturday.Tre Demps had 11 points for the Wildcats (12-11, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved into fourth place in the conference with their fifth victory in their last seven games.The Gophers (15-7, 4-5) had the ball at the end, but DeAndre Mathieu’s layup was short and Mo Walker’s putback was off, too, before the final buzzer went off. Walker scored 14 points and Austin Hollins had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals, but the Gophers went 3 for 14 from 3-point range, 5 for 9 from the free-throw line and missed multiple short shots down the stretch.Hollins, the senior swingman who has been quiet in Big Ten play, gave the Gophers a big lift in the second half. His 3-pointer from the corner tied the game at 40, after they missed nine of their first 10 behind-the-arc attempts, and his dunk made it 50-all.Demps coolly swished a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 55 seconds left, but Mathieu answered with a layup to pull Minnesota within one point. Demps airballed a jump shot on the next possession, setting the Gophers up for the win. But they fell for the second straight game, coming off an 82-78 loss at Nebraska last Sunday. Northwestern’s last three-game Big Ten road winning streak, according to the Big Ten Network, was 54 years ago. After losing six nonconference contests -- no other team in the league dropped more than four this season -- the Wildcats have come to life under first-year head coach Chris Collins.Facing Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa was a brutal way to start Big Ten play, but they soon found their niche and surged up the standings. Despite entering the weekend last in the conference in scoring, shooting and rebounding margin, the Wildcats have already beaten Illinois and Wisconsin, both ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at the time, and at Indiana’s intimidating Assembly Hall.Northwestern limited its lasts six opponents to a cumulative 32.5 shooting percentage from the floor, including a 26.3 mark for Wisconsin in Madison earlier this week.Crawford, the Big Ten’s active leading scorer, has been the catalyst, of course, with 67 points over the last three games. He had two of the five 3-pointers the Wildcats made in their first eight attempts of the first half, a big reason they were able to build a lead and maintain a 32-29 edge at the break.The Gophers used an 18-4 run to get right back in the game, though, and Walker was their go-to guy in the post again. They had a 36-14 advantage in points in the paint, despite the key misses from close range in the second half.But Minnesota was certainly feeling the absence of leading scorer Andre Hollins again. Their junior shooting guard sat out for essentially the third straight game, and after dominating Wisconsin here without him they had trouble defending the perimeter at Nebraska and with creating their own shots against Northwestern.After matching his career high with 29 points on 8-for-12 shooting from 3-point range against Nebraska, Malik Smith went 1 for 9 from behind the arc to finish with seven points in this game. The Gophers, who lead the Big Ten in free-throw shooting, were only 16 for 25 from the line at Nebraska as well. Minnesota has lost five of the last eight games against Northwestern, averaging just over 55 points in those defeats.

    Andrew Bynum, who was released by the Bulls before ever donning a uniform, has been signed by the Indiana Pacers.

    Pacers sign Bulls cast-off Bynum

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Eastern Conference’s top team just got more imposing.On Saturday, the Pacers added size and scoring punch to their roster by signing mercurial free agent center Andrew Bynum for the rest of the season. Team officials did not release additional details about the contract and said Bynum was expected to join the team sometime next week.“We are obviously happy to have him join our team,” Larry Bird said in a statement issued by the team less than 12 hours before Indiana hosted Brooklyn on Saturday night. “He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition.”This season, after signing with Cleveland as a free agent, Bynum played in only 24 games before he was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. He was eventually dealt to the Bulls, whoquickly released Bynum so they didn’t have to guarantee the remaining $6 million owed to him this season.Since then, Bynum has been looking for a landing spot and finally settled on Indiana.Adding a guy with Bynum’s mercurial reputation to a locker room as selfless as the Pacers is definitely a gamble, though likely a low-risk one since Bird, the Pacers president of basketball operations, has made it clear the Pacers would not pay the NBA’s luxury tax and Indiana had an open spot on its roster.But if Bynum performs as he did in helping the Lakers win back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, it could create even more lineup mismatches against two-time defending champion Miami in the East. Indiana (35-10) entered Saturday with a three-game lead over the Heat in the chase for home-court advantage and has made no secret of its desire to get the top seed in its quest to win the team’s first NBA crown.Bynum will give the Pacers another big body off the bench, backing up All-Star center Roy Hibbert. And his offensive skills give Indiana another scorer to go with the league’s best defense.Miami, which struggled against Indiana’s size during last season’s Eastern Conference finals, tried to close the gap by signing the oft-injured former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, an Indianapolis native, last summer. Oden has played sparingly this season, though he has been improving.Saturday’s move could give the Pacers an even bigger advantage — if the 7-foot-1, 285-pound center returns to his previous form. The move also prevents the Heat from signing Bynum as had been widely speculated.But Bynum is far from a sure thing.After the Lakers traded Bynum to Philadelphia in 2012, he missed the entire season because of knee injuries. With Cleveland, he averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. He has career averages of 11.5 points per game and 7.7 rebounds, and his best season came in 2011-12 when he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds with the Lakers.

    David Stern, left, has retired as NBA commissioner, putting Adam Silver, right, in charge.

    Silver replaces Stern as NBA commissioner

    NEW YORK — Adam Silver has become the NBA’s fifth commissioner.The NBA posted a picture on its Twitter account Saturday of Silver holding a basketball and shaking hands with outgoing commissioner David Stern.“It’s official: Adam Silver succeeds David Stern as NBA Commissioner” the caption read.Stern retired after exactly 30 years in charge, making him the NBA’s longest-serving and most successful commissioner.Silver joined the NBA as his assistant in 1992 and has been the deputy commissioner since 2006.“It is a source of great satisfaction to me that the NBA will now be led by Commissioner Adam Silver, for whom I have tremendous admiration, respect and expectations as he and his experienced and dedicated team take the NBA to successes that were unimaginable even a short while ago,” Stern wrote Friday in a thank you email to media members.Stern announced he would retire on Oct. 25, 2012, and owners unanimously chose Silver as his successor. The NBA will now begin using balls with Silver’s signature in games.Like Stern, Silver left the legal field to join the NBA. Originally Stern’s special assistant, he went on to become NBA Chief of Staff before running NBA Entertainment for about a decade before replacing Russ Granik as deputy commissioner in 2006.Silver was the league’s lead negotiator during the 2011 collective bargaining negotiations and seemed to be more Stern’s partner than deputy in recent years.“It’s been David’s show. Even up to the last meeting. But there has never been a question whether Adam was involved in every important decision,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wrote in an email.The league’s owners unanimously approved longtime league executive Mark Tatum’s appointment as deputy commissioner this week.

    Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross shoots past Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Madison, Wis. Ross had a team-high 13 points in Ohio State’s 59-58 win.

    No. 24 Ohio State defeats No. 14 Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. — Lenzelle Smith Jr. whiffed on a layup, fell to the floor and Ohio State thought another tight game was about to slip away.But behind Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes finished strong. The senior scored all seven of his points in the final 4 minutes, LaQuinton Ross added 13 for the game and No. 24 Ohio State held on after a turnover with 8 seconds left for a 59-58 win Saturday over No. 14 Wisconsin.Sam Dekker missed a 3 at the buzzer for Wisconsin, which suffered a third straight home loss in a bruising back-and-forth affair with the Buckeyes (17-5, 4-5 Big Ten).After a humbling loss in Columbus in overtime earlier in the week to Penn State, coach Thad Matta’s team escaped intact this time.“I thought we had better composure. I thought we had a better pace about us,” than in the loss to the Nittany Lions, Matta said. “I thought we executed better down the stretch.”Smith’s slip-up was a huge exception. He got the ball in transition after Traevon Jackson missed a free throw, then was accidentally bumped to the floor by teammate Amir Williams after getting his own offensive rebound.“You wouldn’t expect anything less with what we’ve gone through this year, right? That’s kind of how our year has gone,” Craft said.The Badgers (17-5, 4-5) set up for Jackson, who has had his moments hitting game-winning shots. Ohio State was prepared, and Wisconsin settled for a decent second option in Dekker before he missed the 3. Another tight loss averted.“Going through it last game helped us a lot today,” Craft said. “Everyone had a look in their eye in the timeout, and we didn’t want that to happen again.”Freshman Nigel Hayes had 17 points for the Badgers, which is free-falling down the Big Ten standings following a fifth loss in six games after a school-record 16-0 start.“In this league against good teams you have to play the full 40 minutes. Every possession.” said guard Josh Gasser (seven points, six rebounds). “Sometimes you just have to make a play or two. ... They just made one more than we did.”Ohio State was in a similar spot coming into the afternoon after losing five of six following a 15-0 start.Matta sought more toughness from his team after the loss to Penn State, and the coach’s tough love seemed to pay off at Kohl Center.“There were a lot of times where we beat ourselves gambling on defense or rushing a shot on offense or not winning on screens,” Craft said. “Those were things that we wanted to sharpen up.”And yet, Wisconsin had plenty of chances to win. But after a good start to the game, the Badgers went just 5 of 10 from the foul line late and didn’t hit a field goal in the last 6-plus minutes.“You control what you can control. And, obviously, we didn’t do that from the offensive end,” coach Bo Ryan said. “You’re not going to re-invent the game of basketball, but guys have to be able to step up and hit shots.”Craft didn’t get his first basket until 3:57 left, though it was 3 that helped his team finish on an 11-4 run.The Buckeyes didn’t take the lead for good until Williams (nine points, six rebounds) went 1 of 2 from the line with 54 seconds left for a 58-57 lead.Both teams struggled with foul shooting, though it hurt Wisconsin more in the end. The team has lost three straight at home for the first time since 1997-98.“We’ve got to change something,” said guard Ben Brust (13 points, seven rebounds) “We can’t sulk. We’ve got to move on.” Wisconsin couldn’t capitalize on Hayes’ solid play in the second half. He has been Wisconsin’s best scoring option in the frontcourt the last few games, though he still needs to work on foul shooting after going 5 of 11 on Saturday.Dekker finished 2 of 6 shooting for four points, nine below his season average.Things looked good in the first half for the Badgers, who played more aggressively on offense.

    DePaul guard Brandon Young (20) drives to the basket against Providence forward LaDontae Henton (23) and Kadeem Batts (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Providence won 77-72.

    Providence defeats DePaul 77-72

    Bryce Cotton scored 28 points to lead Providence to a 77-72 win over DePaul on Saturday afternoon at Allstate Arena.R.J. Curington led DePaul (10-12, 2-7 Big East) with a career-high 22 points.LaDontae Henton added 19 points and Tyler Harris had 18 for Providence (16-6, 6-3), which led by as many as 16 points in the first half before DePaul tied it with 7 minutes left in the second half.Providence has won six of its last seven games.The Blue Demons never led in the game and have lost four straight and seven of their last nine.DePaul was once again without three key players. Leading scorer Cleveland Melvin missed his second straight game due to a suspension. Melvin was seventh in the Big East in scoring at 16.7 points per game entering Saturday. Point guard Billy Garrett Jr. (illness) and guard Charles McKinney (sprained ankle) also were out for the second straight game.DePaul tied it at 62 on Edwind McGhee’s jumper with 7:01 remaining.The Blue Demons had trailed for all but the first 15 seconds of the game. Providence regained the lead on Henton’s layup with 6:30 left, and Cotton hit a 3-pointer with 5:40 remaining.The Blue Demons got to within three on Tommy Hamilton IV’s layup with 2:22 left. Henton and Cotton combined for three free throws for a 72-66 lead before Brandon Young’s layup cut the lead to 72-68 with 33.3 seconds left. Cotton extended Providence’s lead to 76-68 with two more free throws and a dunk with 14.4 seconds remaining.Cotton scored 17 of his points after halftime. He is second in the Big East in scoring at 20.5 points per game.Hamilton added 13 points and Young had 12 for DePaul.Providence shot 53.2 percent to DePaul’s 41.8 percent. The Blue Demons went 8 for 20 from 3-point range.DePaul pulled to within one on Curington’s layup with 18:08 remaining.Cotton responded with five straight points to give Providence a 47-41 lead. The Friars extended the lead to 57-46.Providence led 42-37 at halftime after shooting 60.7 percent from the field compared to DePaul’s 41.4 percent. Both teams were 4 for 9 from 3-point range. The Blue Demons kept in the game by shooting 9 of 11 from the free-throw line. DePaul’s bench outscored Providence’s reserves 22-0.DePaul went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 32-24 with 3:34 before halftime.Forrest Robinson hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds before the break to pull DePaul to within 42-37. The Blue Demons intercepted the inbounds pass, but Hamilton’s dunk attempt arrived after the buzzer.The Friars improved to 23-8 all-time against DePaul.DePaul beat Providence 83-73 in their previous meeting.

    New York Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson, left, talks with Carmelo Anthony during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 110-103.

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    Davis drives Glenbard West to OT win

    In case you were wondering, Glenbard West’s Corey Davis is a drive-first kind of guard. That ability to take it to the hoop effectively was front and center in Friday’s West Suburban Conference Silver showdown against Lyons Township.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion, 9:30 p.m. SaturdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: The Sharks have lost three in a row and scored only 13 goals in last eight games, 10 of them coming from three players. The Sharks are without forwards Logan Couture (hand), Raffi Torres (knee), Adam Burish (upper body) and Tomas Hertl (knee). Corey Crawford starts in goal for the Hawks, who have defeated the Sharks in both previous meetings at the United Center.Next: Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center, 9:30 p.m. Monday.— Tim Sassone


    Wheaton Warrenville co-op wins first DVC title since 2000

    Based on their season-best scoring totals during the regular season, only 1.95 points separated the top four teams in the DuPage Valley Conference this year.


    Naperville Central defeats Lake Park

    Naperville Central held on against the scrappy Lake Park Lancers in what was more of a defensive battle than a shooting match to win 43-38 in a DuPage Valley Conference boys basketball game on Friday in Roselle.


    Rehayem, Naperville North stun Glenbard North

    Redemption came in a matter of seconds for Anthony Rehayem, and boy, was it sweet.

    U.S. forward Sydney Leroux, left, and Canada defender Lauren Sesselmann chase the ball during the first half of a Friday’s game in Frisco, Texas. The United States won 1-0.

    U.S. women earn 1-0 win over Canada

    U.S. forward Sydney Leroux has made it a habit of scoring against Canada. The Canadian-born Leroux, who is a U.S. citizen, scored in the 78th minute to break a scoreless tie against Canada and give the U.S. women a 1-0 victory in an international friendly Friday night in both teams’ 2014 opener.


    Revelations that the National Security Agency is tapping smartphone applications to mine personal information highlight the risk millions take every day when they play games, schedule lunch or check the weather.

    Google+, 'Candy Crush' show risk of leaky apps

    Revelations that the National Security Agency is tapping smartphone applications to mine personal information highlight the risk millions take every day when they play games, schedule lunch or check the weather.

    Farmer Ben Burgess examines a rice field near Coy, Ark.

    New farm bill changes subsidy payments

    The farm bill’s authors tout the changes as reform, particularly the elimination of direct payments, which cost $4.5 billion annually. The legislation also caps how much money an individual farmer can receive — $125,000 annually for all payments and loans. But that maximum is more generous than versions that passed the House and Senate earlier.


    United Airlines drops Cleveland as hub

    United Airlines said Saturday it will drop its money-losing hub in Cleveland, slashing its daily flights and eliminating 470 jobs.The company’s CEO Jeff Smisek announced in a letter to employees that the airline will no longer use Cleveland to connect fliers coming from other airports around the country.

    Neal Breen, 21, works Monday at the Ashburn Bagel & Sandwich Shop in Ashburn, Va. Breen, who quit college a year earlier with hopes of saving money to start his own business, is keenly aware that the wealth in the neighborhoods where he delivers breakfast sandwiches is, for now, beyond reach.

    Americans grapple with income inequality

    When President Barack Obama promised to do something about growing economic inequality in his State of the Union address, he spoke to a public whose own experiences have shaped very personal views about who makes it in today’s economy and who gets left behind."Those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. ... Our job is to reverse these trends,” Obama said.

    President Barack Obama speaks at General Electricís Waukesha Gas Engines facility, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Waukesha, Wis. This trip to Waukesha, Wis., is part of a four-stop tour President Barack Obama is making to expand on themes from his State of the Union address.

    Obama expands on social media for state of union as tv fades

    President Barack Obama deployed just about every trendy social media tool to promote a century- old ritual -- the annual State of the Union address to Congress.


    Micros aims to make pay restaurant bills more nimble

    A growing group of start-ups and established tech companies are competing to provide mobile point-of-sale services for restaurant managers and retailers. Micros announced it was partnering with Dell, Intel and Microsoft to introduce tablet-based sales systems customized for the food and beverage, retail and hotel industries.


    App reviews: Trove, Level Money

    A new competitor in the social news space comes from Trove, a company formerly known as WaPo Labs and formerly a sister company of this newspaper. Balancing a budget is never easy. But Level Money can keep you on the straight and narrow.

    This screenshot shows a frame grab of Beats Music. Beats Music comes from Beats Electronics, the headphone-maker backed by hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and former music executive Jimmy Iovine.

    Review: Beats Music proves it has some heart

    There’s no shortage of music subscription services that offer unlimited streaming for a monthly fee. The conceit of the latest offering, Beats Music, is that its playlists and other recommendations are curated by warm-blooded humans, not robots. As CEO Ian Rogers proclaims, “Algorithms can do `sounds like.’ They can’t do `feels like.”’


    Indiana bill would restrict electronic surveillance

    Individual privacy and public safety faced off Monday at an Indiana legislative hearing, as a committee gave its support to an effort aimed at protecting residents from invasion by surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted cellphone searches.


    Pair sentenced for Twitter abuse of feminist

    A man and woman have been jailed for using Twitter to abuse a prominent feminist. The two were sentenced for sending vulgar messages to activist Caroline Criado-Perez.

    Facebook says it is testing out its own ad network that would deliver advertisements to mobile applications outside of its own.Bloomberg News

    Facebook tests ads in outside mobile apps

    Facebook says it is testing out its own ad network that would deliver advertisements to mobile applications outside of its own.

    Google Inc. is adding to its range of artificial intelligence with the acquisition of DeepMind Technologies Ltd., a London-based startup founded by former chess prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis.

    Google buys artificial intelligence company DeepMin

    Google Inc. is adding to its range of artificial intelligence with the acquisition of DeepMind Technologies Ltd., a London-based startup founded by former chess prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis.

    Michael Goodwin, Senior Partner for HTC, displays an HTC First cellphone wit the new Facebook interface at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Open Compute Project adds Microsoft, IBM

    The Open Compute Project, the industry group created by Facebook to spur development of more efficient computers to manage and store data online, is gaining more allies. Microsoft and IBM said that they’re joining the alliance.

    The Facebook Inc. application is displayed a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S III smartphone in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Facebook Inc. is expected to release earnings data on Jan. 29.

    Facebook mobile push fuels bulk of sales

    Facebook reached a key milestone in the last quarter when more than half of its advertising revenue came from mobile devices.

    The new Google Glass prescription frames rest on a table at the Google Glass Basecamp space at Chelsea Market, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in New York.

    Can fancy frames make Google Glass go mainstream?

    Google has announced hew fun, hipster-ish frames for Google Glass that it hopes will overcome one of the greatest obstacles facing Glas: It doesn’t look so cool when you’re wearing it.

    Google Inc.’s sale of Motorola Mobility holds a clear lesson for Microsoft Corp.’s acquisition of another smartphone maker, Nokia Oyj: Be a hardware or software company, not both.

    Google sale of Motorola shows limits of Microsoft-Nokia strategy

    Google Inc.’s sale of Motorola Mobility holds a clear lesson for Microsoft Corp.’s acquisition of another smartphone maker, Nokia Oyj: Be a hardware or software company, not both.

    NFL Legends Deion Sanders, Terry Bradshaw, Shannon Sharpe, Mike Ditka, along with music and football friends, in a 2.5-minute intermission ad.

    Grammy advertisements tell us more about state of music biz than the show itself

    Every winter, we flip on the Grammys, searching for meaning. Somewhere in that mess of trophies and singalongs, maybe we’ll be able to uncover a kernel of what the music biz is trying to say about itself, about the state of the art and where everything might be headed. This year, those clues didn’t surface from the stage, from the winner’s circle or from beneath Pharrell’s Dudley Do-Right hat.

Life & Entertainment

    The Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour Finale VIII comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

    Weekend picks: Professional bullriders buck into town

    Sears Centre Arena plays home to the Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour. Laugh along with Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," which will be screened Saturday and Sunday at the Woodstock Theatre. Dave Attell, host of Comedy Central's "Insomniac," brings his stand-up comedy to Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase for a weekend of gigs. And Local Natives make an appearance at Wheaton College's Edman Chapel.

    Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) seeks out alternative AIDS treatments and forms a club to sell them to other patients in the Oscar-nominated “Dallas Buyers Club,” coming to DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘About Time’

    "Dallas Buyers Club," out on DVD Feb. 4, earned Oscar nominations for best film, best actor and best supporting actor. Mathew McConaughey plays a homophobic Texas electrician whose AIDS diagnosis leads to a thriving business of alternative treatments and a surprising lesson in compassion.

    Author E.L. Doctorow’s latest book, “Andrew’s Brain,” takes on the ongoing debates about science vs. literature and humans vs. machines.

    E.L. Doctorow and the life of the mind
    E.L. Doctorow has different ways of telling a story. Doctorow’s novels, from “Ragtime” and “Loon Lake” to the new release, “Andrew’s Brain,” begin more mysteriously. “Andrew’s Brain” is an invention of the mind and about the mind, the follies and revelations of a middle-aged cognitive science professor who mingles with the famous — or so he says — makes a tragedy of his personal life, worries about the world and thinks often about why he thinks.

    A plate of bacon popcorn, front, sits on a bar next to a cocktail called the “Model T” at the backbar restaurant and bar in Somerville, Mass. Over the past several years, Somerville’s eclectic Union Square neighborhood has become a drinking and dining destination.

    Go for the food: backbar in Somerville, Mass.

    It takes a little effort to find backbar, hidden at the end of a dark hallway off a small alley just outside Boston. But once you take a seat in the cozy space and someone sets down a ramekin of spicy caramel popcorn and a craft cocktail, you may never want to leave. Over the past several years, Somerville’s once-gritty Union Square neighborhood has become a drinking and dining destination. What’s happening there is well-known in the Boston area, but it’s still off the beaten path for many out-of-towners. That may change in a few years, when a planned extension of the rail system will include a stop at Union Square. Until then, it’s a short cab ride from Harvard Square (less than 2 miles), and well-worth the trip.

    Joey Calveri, center, plays Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages” in New York. The cast of the Broadway show will be part of the televised pregame entertainment before Sunday’s Super Bowl.

    Broadway show really hopes to rock Super Bowl

    On Super Bowl Sunday, there will be a group of people sweating out in the cold in front of millions, doing what they do best. And that group is, of course, the Broadway cast of “Rock of Ages.” Fourteen singers and dancers from the show will be performing two 30-minute sets live outside MetLife Stadium in the hours before kickoff. The second show will close out the Fox live pregame show from 4:10-4:40 p.m., a coveted slot. Other musical acts include Phillip Phillips and The Band Perry, and Bill O’Reilly will conduct a live sit-down interview with President Barack Obama.


    Luckily, pilots landing at wrong airport is rare

    Do you know the way to San Jose? Apparently a passenger didn’t a few years ago. She ended up in California when she should have landed in Costa Rica.But that’s not as bad as when a pilot lands at the wrong airport. Which is what happened to Southwest Airlines a few weeks ago. And it isn’t the first time pilots have lost their way.

    Bruno Mars says he is so grateful for the chance to perform on “such a prestigious stage,” despite the predicted cold weather.

    Too young for Super Bowl? Mars calls it an honor

    Bruno Mars says he feels honored the NFL is letting him perform at the Super Bowl halftime show even though he’s still a budding artist. The “NFL is such a prestigious stage ... and I’m so grateful for that,” Mars said at a press conference Thursday.


    Book notes: Dan Stashower signs ‘Hour of Peril’
    New York Times best-selling author Dan Stashower reads from and signs copies of his book "The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

    Chill out at one of three Chicago hotels — the Conrad Chicago, the Hilton Chicago and the historic Palmer House Hilton — while taking advantage of their special Chillcation packages for stays through April 20.

    On the road: Forget the weather with a Chicago Chillcation

    This winter, Chicago is putting the the chill in Chillcation. Revel in the weather with Navy Pier's annual winter party, complete with snow sculptors and an interactive snowboarding experience. Plus, check out these hotel specials sure to make you forget the winter blues.


    Housing affordability window starting to close

    Home prices in the United States climbed a projected 11.5 percent last year, the biggest gain since 2005. Private-sector earnings, meanwhile, have climbed an average of 2 percent annually since 2011. Adjusted for inflation, they’ve barely grown at all. That’s putting homeownership out of reach for many Americans, particularly those in bigger cities.


    Home sales, prices experience double-digit growth in 2013
    The suburban Chicago housing market continued to make impressive gains in 2013, with sales of single-family, detached homes climbing 24.7 percent compared with 2012, according to statistics released by the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, or MORe.

    Camp H in Berkeley, Calif., teaches hands-on building techniques — cutting plywood with a jigsaw, fusing metal with a welder — which gives girls 9-12 a chance to use math and science skills in an organic way.

    Teacher crafts a design-and-building camp for girls

    Emily Pilloton first discovered the rewards of teaching kids to design and build things while co-founding Studio H, an innovative high school shop class in Bertie County, N.C., that was featured in “If You Build It,” a recent documentary that will soon to tour the country.

    Can the Murphy bed render the concept of a bedroom obsolete?

    Murphy beds are making the bedroom superfluous

    The long-established trend toward loft-like living means having a bed in the middle of your living space is now considered a lifestyle choice, like an open kitchen or a wall-free bathroom.


    Breaking the logjam on HECM reverse mortgages

    With HECM reverse mortgages, a fear of being overcharged is part of a climate of distrust that strengthens senior reluctance to become involved, and retards market growth. The remedy can be independent networks that provide true price competition and protection against lock abuse on loans.


    Unmarried buyers should discuss common pitfalls

    Q. My boyfriend and I would like to buy a house together but we don’t expect to get married until next year. Will we have any problem getting a mortgage? We’ve been renting an apartment together for two years now.



    The Soapbox

    There's still much to say about the weather, editors find, as well as topics like school air-conditioning (yes, in February) and the governor's speech.


    Expanded food stamps are breaking the budget
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Barack Obama, the most merciful, failed to say in his State of the Union address that he increased the food stamp program from $40 billion to $80 billion with close to 50 million receiving aid. In the past, food stamps were given to those who cannot work; now the majority are adults who can work but do not.


    Blame greed, not God for problems
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Any time a socially conservative political candidate jumps on their bully pulpit to preach about God’s displeasure with America because of matters such as gay marriage and abortion, it reminds me there is still an abundance of backwards-thinking within the ranks of the Republican Party.


    Fat cat crooks ought to be locked up
    An Elgin letter to the editor: So, after paying $20 billion in fines to the feds, the JP Morgan board of directors gives Jamie Dimon a big, fat pay raise. I guess $11 million a year wasn’t enough for Dimon. The board wanted to reward him for all the fraud investigations and huge penalties. It’s just the cost of doing business for the largest banks that brought the economy to a standstill in 2008.


    Church abuse still warrants attention
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Thank you for your editorial Jan. 24, “A Beginning Only.” Thank you to all the victims and survivors who have courageously come forward with regard to sexual abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church.


    Durbin would limit right of self-defense
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Recently, the U.S. Senate voted on United Nations Resolution 2117 dealing with firearms control. In part, the U.N. Resolution “calls for member states to support weapons collection” — disarmament. The resolution failed in the Senate.


    Money pool helps improprieties repeat
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: The sadistic truths about the impropriety in Illinois are disdainful, yet with power and an endless supply of money — it’s repeated. Cardinal Francis George stood before the cameras with a sad expression, yet he was aware that (regretfully) hard core parishioners will continue to close their eyes and fund such atrocities.


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