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Daily Archive : Wednesday March 26, 2014

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    Softball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Wheaton Academy 6, Plano 4Plano 100 102 0 —4-8-4Wheaton Acad. 202 200 X —6-8-02B: P: Tierney. 3B: WA: Graff. WP: Ridderhoff LP: Tierney.*At Rosemont DomeDeKalb 3, Huntley 2Huntley 010 001 0 -2-5-3DeKalb 000 020 1 -3-4-03B: H — Shields.WP: Newport; LP: Spannraft (0-2). *Huntley 14, Freeport 8Huntley 111 325 1 -14-23-6Freeport 430 001 0 -8-8-43B: H — Larson, Funke.HR: H — Larson. WP: Spannraft (1-2); LP: S. Hughes. *South Elgin 12, Oak Lawn 0 (5 innings)Oak Lawn 000 00 -0-3-2South Elgin 051 6x -12-9-12B: SE — Buddle.3B: SE — Westlund.HR: SE — Mecklenburg. WP: Allen (1-0); LP: Ma. Loya. *South Elgin 9, Oak Lawn 2Oak Lawn 010 100 0 -2-3-2South Elgin 300 501 x -9-11-1HR: SE — Westlund. WP: Rees (1-0); LP: Jozsa. *Hampshire 11, St. Edward 3 (6 Innings)Hampshire 210 620 -11-9-1St. Edward 000 003 -3-1-53B: H — Lapi.HR: H — Snider. WP: Widmayer (1-1); LP: Zdroik (0-1). *FRANKLIN CTY. 10, VERNON HILLS 0Vernon Hills 000 000 0 —0-2-3Franklin Cty. (Ky.) 000 334 x —10-12-1LP: Stern.*henry CTY. 11, VERNON HILLS 7Henry Cty. (Ky.) 041 120 3 —11-14-1Vernon Hills 300 202 0 —7-8-5HR: VH: Saliba.LP: Stern.*At Orlando, Fla.fenwick 10, grayslake north 1Fenwick 212 320 —10-13-1Grayslake North 010 00X —1-2-22B: GN: Terlap.LP: Vaughn.*St. Viator 22, Iola-Scandovania (Wis) 8 (5 inn)St Viator 123 016 —22-15-4Iola-Scandanavia 00 215 —8-12-42B: StV Hackel (3), G. Kaiser (2), Swiderski;WP: Hogan

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    Girls soccer: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Naperville Central 0, Waubonsie Valley 0Goalkeepers — NC: Hershik (11). WV: Rigby (4). *Wheaton North 6, Glenbard West 4Wheaton North 1 5 —6Glenbard West 3 1 —4Scoring — WN: Nguyen, Rowland, Pelafas (Barry), Pelafas (Tyler), Pelafas (Tyler), Pelafas. GW: Levine (Cantore), Cantore (Levine), Pagliuca (Cantore), Cantore (Levine). Goalkeepers — WN: Partington (5). GW: Sheline (9)*Normal West 2, Kaneland 1Kaneland 1 0 —1Normal West 1 1 —2Scoring — K: Olson (Jurenko)*At Millenium FieldSouth Elgin 5, Streamwood 0Streamwood 0 0 —0South Elgin 1 4 —5Scoring — SE — Kelleher (Lange), Lange (Uveges), Uveges (Ignatev), Uveges (Tracy), M. Greco (UA).Goalkeepers ­— STR — Guindon (13 saves); SE—Vaulkner (2 saves), DeLaMora (0 saves).*At Glenbard SouthBartlett 2, Glenbard South 0Bartlett 1 1 —2Glenbard S. 0 0 —0Scoring — B — Videckis (Noesen), Dombrowski (Kaiser).Goalkeepers ­— B — Lozada (3 saves).

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    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Naperville North 15, St. Charles North 6NN 3 4 1 7 —15SCN 1 3 1 1 —6Scoring — SCN: N. Guyett 2 goals, 2 steals; Villa 2 goals, 2 steals; Steele 2 goals, 1 assist; M. Guyett 3 assists, 3 steals; Quin 6 steals; Norris 1 steal; Foor 2 saves*York 7, Hinsdale Central 5York 1 3 2 1 —7Hinsdale Central 1 3 1 0 —5Scoring — Y: Achepohl 3, Brinkmeier 1, Tamm 1. HC: Varin, Relias 3, Gates 1.

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    Boys volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*St. Francis d. Bartlett 25-13, 25-16St Francis — Jendryk (7 kills, 7 blocks); Smith (25 assists, 3 blocks, 1 kill); Churney (9 kills, 3 digs); Denny (2 kills); Garvey (1 kill); Shearer (1 kill); Messa (3 digs); Thompson (1 dig).Bartlett — Martin (4 kills); Gulczynski (2 kills, 2 aces, 1 block); Dungey (1 kill), Saldivar (1 kill), Foster (1 kill), Stanisz (2 blocks).*Naperville North d. Neuqua Valley 24-26, 25-18, 25-19Neuqua Valley — Neace (13 kills); McKissick (3 kills, 4 blocks); Lauth (23 assists); Furio (15 digs).Naperville North — Hafen (11 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces); Rothmund (18 assists, 5 digs0; Littell (11 digs); Romy (7 kills, 7 assists, 7 digs); Dore (6 kills). *Downers Grove South d. wheaton Warrenville South 25-17, 20-25, 25-20WW South — Knorr (13 kills, 2 blocks, 8 digs); Wilcox (11 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces); Carpio (31 assists, 3 digs, 2 blocks); Meyer (4 kills, 1 block, 1 ace); Hildebrand (1 ace, 12 digs).*York d. Wheaton Academy 25-22, 25-20York — Bowles (7 kills); Krissinger (6 kills, 4 blocks); Duda (5 kills, 22 assists); Guzman (9 digs).*Benet d. Shepard 25-10, 25-17Benet — Gevis (10 kills, 4 digs, 3 aces); Mazza (16 assists, 3 digs, 2 aces); Schuessler (3 kills, 1 block); Kleiser (3 kills); Ladowski (5 digs).*Glenbard East d. Willowbrook 31-29, 25-20Glenbard East — Glover (13 kills, 6 digs), N. Symonds (9 kills, 11 digs), Hurlburt (15 assists), Soehren (13 assists), Cardott (8 digs), Eboli (4 blocks), B. Symonds (5 digs) Willowbrook — Wakely (10 kills), Wozniak (9 kills, 9 digs), King (22 assists), Acitelli (12 digs), Atkins (4 blocks, 5 digs), Kirchner (4 blocks), Ernst (3 blocks)*St. Charles North d. Leyden 25-19, 25-20Statistics: L - Delao 5 kills, 2 aces; Lazzarotto 5 kills; Marquez 3 kills; SCN - Bujko 5 kills, 3 blocks; Connor 4 kills; Cook 2 aces, 10 digs; Rollins 1 ace, 2 kills, 10 digs, 15 assists; Donlevy 3 kills; DeMoss 3 kills*York d. Wheaton Academy 25-22, 25-20York — Bowles (7 kills); Krissinger (6 kills, 4 blocks); Duda (5 kills, 22 assists); Guzman (9 digs).

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    Girls badminton: Wednesday’s scoreboard
    Wednesday’s results*Hinsdale Central 11, Downers Grove North 4Singles — No. 1: Ricker (HC) d,. Pooler (DGN) 15-21, 21-16, 21-15; No. 2: Deschpande (HC) d. Jordan (DGN) 21-19, 12-21, 21-15; No. 3: Lu (DGN) d. Li (HC) 21-11, 21-16; No. 4: McCleary (HC) d. Stallter (DGN) 16-21, 21-18, 27-25; No. 5: Wey (HC) d. Kopparapu (DGN) 21-18, 21-14; No. 6: Ritter (HC) d. Schubert (DGN) 21-17, 21-18; No. 7: Crandell (HC) d. Anderson (DGN) 21-11, 21-12; No. 8: Garug (DGN) d. Ballentine (HC) 21-14, 20-22, 21-15; No. 9: Grajal-Puche (HC) d. McConaughy (DGN) 18-21, 21-18, 21-13; No. 10: Wang (HC) d. Taylor (DGN) 21-16, 21-16.Doubles — No. 1: Pooler/Stallter (DGN) d. McCleary/Wey (HC) 21-16, 21-12; No. 2: Ritter/Huang (HC) d. Kopparapu/Lu (DGN) 11-21, 21-18, 21-12; No. 3: Ricker/Deschpande (HC) d. Jordan/McConaughy (DGN) 22-24, 21-16, 21-16; No. 4: Schubert/Taylor (DGN) d. Crandell/Wang (HC) 19-21, 21-4, 21-15; No. 5: Grajal-Puche/Ballentine (HC) d. Garcia/Woo (DGN) 21-10, 21-13.*Metea valley 15, Elgin 0Singles — No. 1: Gau (MV) d. Daravong (E) 21-18, 21-15; No. 2: Konduru (MV) d. Hoberg (E) 21-14, 21-9; No. 3: Dixon (MV) d. Fossa(E) 21-9, 21-17; No. 4: Vaidya (MV) d. Patel (E) 21-12, 22-20; No. 5: Funk (MV) d. Corona (E) 21-8, 21-5; No. 6: Wu (MV) d. Dimas 21-15, 21-7; No. 7: Amgaabaatar (MV) d. Aguilar (E) 21-8, 21-7; No. 8: Nico (MV) d. Chino (E) 21-5, 21-9; No. 9: Yu (MV) d. Rocha (E) 21-12, 21-3; No. 10: Achar (MV) d. Donangbopha (E) 21-15, 21-14.Doubles — No. 1: Dixon/Funk (MV) d. Daravong/Hoberg (E) 21-15, 21-12; No. 2: Vaidya/Yu (MV) d. Fossa/Dimas (E) 21-18, 18-21, 21-11; No. 3: Gau/Konduru (MV) d. Patel/Corona (E) 21-10, 21-12; No. 4: Schar/Wu (MV) d. Aguilar/Chino (E) 21-14, 21-16; No. 5: Amgaabaatar/Nico (MV) d. Rocha/Donanghopha (E) 21-12, 21-11.*

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    Boys tennis: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Glenbard South 5, Addison Trail 2Singles — No. 1: Colgan (GS) d. Knights (AT) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Franco (AT) d. Meade (GS) 6-4, 6-4; No. 3: Beane (AT) d. Choksi (GS) 6-2, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Panjwani/Schwarz (GS) d. Herman/Fajardo (AT) 6-4, 6-2; No. 2: Ciechowski/Udovich (GS) d. Palanino/Cantu (AT) 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Harrington/Mahmood (GS) d. Mondragon/Kirk (AT) 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Gallo/Kamal (GS) d. Amin/Ustas (AT) 6-2, 6-3.

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    Baseball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*At Rent One Ball ParkJacobs 7, Cary-Grove 6Cary-Grove 001 200 3 -6-6-1Jacobs 002 140 0 -7-11-02B: J — Vandewalker, Coletti.3B: C-G — Hartke.WP: Pelletier; LP: Hartke; S: Gemmi. *Pleasant Plains 5, Cary-Grove 4Cary-Grove 101 002 00 -4-7-2Pleasant Plains 000 000 41 -5-7-12B: C-G — McGarrigle. LP: Ramsey.*Cary-Grove 5, Benton 3Cary-Grove 001 040 0 -5-9-0Benton 003 000 0 -3-8-22B: C-G — Franz, Hartke, Kauss; B — Houghland, Hartley, Pearce.HR: C-G — Hartke; B — Picklesimer. WP: Perkins; LP: Houghland. *At Dallas Baptist UniversityWestminster Christian 18, Dallas Lutheran 2Westminster C. 433 080 0 -18-21-2Dallas Lutheran 002 000 0 -2-2-62B: WC — Mueller, Greene.3B: WC — Merlak. WP: N. Angiulo. *Quincy 8, Dundee-Crown 7Dundee-C. 001 103 2 -7-3-4Quincy 100 043 0 -8-4-42B: Q — Tossick 2, Unmisig. LP: Munson.*Huntley 6, Conant 1Huntley 001 202 1 -6-6-1Conant 100 000 0 -1-5-4WP: Luecht. *Crystal Lake South 12, Streamwood 0 (5 innings)CL South 231 60 -12-8-1Streamwood 000 00 x -0-1-42B: CLS — Hetherington 2, Bright. WP: Wilkening; LP: Sojda. *sylvan Hills (AR) 3, grayslak north 2Grayslake North 000 000 2 —2-4-2Sylvan Hills 000 003 x —3-4-0LP: Mikusa.*ANNA-JONESBORO 6, vernon hills 5 (9 inn.)LP: McNamara.*At SIUMUNDELEIN 9, KENTUCKY 6WP: Dolan.*MUNDELEIN 7, SHAWNEE 1WP: O’Donoghue.*Palatine 6, Prairie Ridge 3Palatine 102 000 000 03 —6-10-1Prairie Ridge 000 101 100 00 —3-8-22B: Pal: Saltess.WP: Breytenbach

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    Two more wins for Mundelein

    The weather downstate hasn’t been exactly balmy, but Mundelein’s baseball team has warmed up fast. The Mustangs improved to 5-0 Wednesday on their annual trip to southern Illinois, as they defeated a team from Kentucky 9-6 in the morning before capturing a 7-1 win over Shawnee at night.

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    Duncan Keith, left, celebrates his second-period goal with teammates Patrick Sharp, middle, and Andrew Shaw during Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Stars.

    Shooting-star Keith on his way to second Norris

    If you’ve been watching Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith’s shooting this season, you’ve noticed a couple of things: the puck is simply booming off the guy’s stick and his accuracy seems much, much better than in years past.Just an illusion?No it is not.

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    St. Charles North downs Leyden in opener

    Every season opener has a different feel to it. In the case of St. Charles North’s boys volleyball team, that different feel includes several varsity newcomers hoping to blend in with veterans Nic Cook and Jack Bujko.

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    Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 24, 2014. The Pelicans won 109-104. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    A look at possible Bulls playoff scenarios

    The Bulls moved into the No. 3 spot in the East on Tuesday when Toronto lost. Is that a good spot for the Bulls to finish? Tough to say, since the other teams could swap spots in the final weeks of the regular season.

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    Palatine handles PR

    Palatine 6, Prairie Ridge 3 (11): Nolan Gavin had 3 hits and drove in 3 runs as the visiting Pirates scored 3 runs in the top of the 11th inning to top the Wolves.Alexander Breytenbach got the win in relief as he, Trace Holloway and Matt Tremley limited Prairie Ridge to 8 hits.Matt Saltess had 3 of Palatine’s 10 hits.Huntley 6, Conant 1: Brian Polaski allowed just 1 earned run in 5 innings, but a pair of errors hurt Conant in a 6-1 loss to Huntley at Plunkett Field in Elmhurst.Brady Pelesh, Anthony Forte (triple), Steve Bola and J.T. Peacock had hits for Conant, and Mike Matej drove in the Cougars’ run in the first inning with a single.

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    Prospect’s Christina Santiago, here competing in the state finals in Charleston, is hoping to add to an already extensive list of achievements with a big finishing kick in her senior year.

    Prospect’s Santiago prepares for big finish

    There have been plenty of historic kicks in all of sports, none more famous than the one Secretariat used on his march to the Triple Crown in 1973, including come-from-behind victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Prospect senior Christina Santiago is showing the same knack for finishing. On Saturday at the Mid-Suburban League Indoor meet, Santiago’s kick was on full display.

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    St. Viator breaks out the bats

    The St. Viator softball team climbed above .500 for the first time this season in an emphatic way. The Lions offense exploded for 15 hits in a 22-8 victory over Iola-Scandanavia (Wi.) at the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. on Wednesday.

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    Glenbard East’s Sterling Glover fires one past Willowbrook’s Ryan Wakely during in boys varsity volleyball in Lombard Wednesday.

    New way works for Glenbard East

    Senior Sterling Glover and his Glenbard East boys volleyball teammates have a new offensive look after the graduation of all-time kills leader and All-Area selection Joey Farrell. Glover’s final kill Wednesday was a sweet one on match point to give the Rams a hard-fought 31-29, 25-20 victory in their season opener over Willowbrook in Lombard.

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    Naperville North claims rivalry win

    It was opening night and there were a lot of new varsity faces, but it was the same old rivalry. Naperville North headed across town to take on Neuqua Valley in the boys volleyball opener for eachschool and the Huskies, despite letting Game 1 slip away, managed to come away with a 24-26, 25-18, 25-19 victory on Wednesday.

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    Widmayer’s 1-hitter sparks Hampshire

    When Hampshire opened the season against Wauconda Monday, Whip-Purs’ softball coach Stacey Stepek knew her team was facing an experienced Elite Eight qualifier. The Whip-Purs were able to put that doubleheader loss in the rear view mirror on Wednesday when they handed St. Edward an 11-3 defeat at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont.

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    Things happened in a hurry with the Cubs’ roster Wednesday, even minutes after manager Rick Renteria said there was “no rush” on making final cuts.

    With flurry of moves, Cubs final roster taking shape

    The Cubs' 25-man roster took a couple steps closer to being finalized Wednesday. The Texas Rangers claimed infielder Donnie Murphy off waivers, and the Cubs released catcher George Kottaras. Than means John Baker has made the team as backup catcher to Welington Castillo.

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    Smith sets up a St. Francis win against Bartlett

    St. Francis senior Robert Smith entered his fourth year on the varsity roster Wednesday evening, and the veteran setter got right to work as his team’s top distributor. Smith dished out 25 assists as seven players finished with at least one kill during a 25-13, 25-16 win over visiting Bartlett in the season opener for both teams.

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    Pelefas’ 4 goals lift Wheaton North

    After falling behind 3-1 in the first half, junior Lexi Pelafas led Wheaton North out of a 10-goal thriller with a 6-4 home girls soccer victory over Glenbard West on Wednesday.

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    South Elgin’s Anna Tracy dribbles past Streamwood’s Christina Corona during soccer action at Millennium Field in Streamwood Wednesday.

    South Elgin to play for tournament title

    The South Elgin girls soccer team showed its scoring depth against Streamwood on Wednesday. With four different girls scoring and eight girls attempting a shot on goal, the Storm dominated in a 5-0 win at Millennium Field to earn a spot in Thursday’s South Elgin Invitational title game against West Chicago.

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    Good start for South Elgin, new coach

    New South Elgin softball coach Stephanie Katzenberger didn’t really need much help giving her battery a scouting report on Wednesday’s season-opening opponent. The Storm traveled to Rosemont to open the season against Oak Lawn, the program Katzenberger coached in for the past seven years, at The Dome at The Ballpark, and South Elgin dominated the Spartans, sweeping a doubleheader 12-0 and 9-2.

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    Montrose harbors some good early spring fishing

    Hang in there — our time is just about here for soft-water angling.

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    Protect yourself in the great outdoors

    Protecting one's self from the sun is easier than ever thanks to new sunscreens and lightweight clothing, but prevention still is up to the individual.

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    Jeff Samardzija throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a spring training game on March 20. Samardzija worked a strong outing Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and finished the spring with a 5.14 ERA.

    Samardzija sharp in final spring training tuneup

    Jeff Samardzija tuned up for next Monday's opneing-day start at Pittsburgh by tossing 3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Samardzija gave up 4 hits and 1 run in 3 innings and said he's ready to roll for his second straight opening-day start.

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    Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock during cross questioning on mobile phone text messages between him and Reeva Steenkamp in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the Valentines Day 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)

    Pistorius defense starts with Paralympian prepared to take stand

    Oscar Pistorius’s defense starts calling witnesses in his murder trial Thursday, paving the way for the paralympian gold medalist to testify about why he killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.“Of course, he is likely to testify,” Brian Webber, a lawyer on Pistorius’s legal team at Ramsey Webber Inc. in Johannesburg, said by phone Tuesday.

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    FILE - In this March 20, 2014, file photo, Manhattan coach Steve Masiello yells at his team during the first half against Louisville in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Orlando, Fla. South Florida's deal to hire Masiello as its new basketball coach falls apart because the rising young star doesn't have a college degree. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    Masiello’s lack of degree costs him USF hoop job

    Steve Masiello’s promising coaching career is in limbo after his deal with South Florida fell apart because he doesn’t have a college diploma. Manhattan College said Wednesday that it had placed him on leave while Masiello is “reviewing his degree status.”

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    Although Derrick Rose is still out for the rest of the season, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose is participating in noncontact drills.

    Rose joins practice, but is still limited

    Derrick Rose took another positive step in his recovery from right knee surgery. But he still has a long way to go, as coach Tom Thibodau continues to stress.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won’t have to worry about Jared Allen chasing him down next season. Allen signed a four-year contract with the Bears on Wednesday.

    Bears sign defensive end Allen to 4-year deal

    The Bears on Wednesday agreed to terms with defensive end Jared Allen, one of the most prolific pass rusher in NFL history with 128.5 sacks in 10 seasons. The contract for Allen, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs, is for $32 million over four years with $15.5 million guaranteed.

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    Mike North video: Will the NFL be overexposed?
    If the NFL adds more games during the week, Mike North thinks Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban might be right in saying the NFL will implode in 10 years because of overexposure.

Business

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    People who’ve started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced.

    Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

    Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles.

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    Garden Fresh grocery store in Buffalo Grove held its grand opening Wednesday — the first independent grocer opening in a former Dominick’s site.

    Garden Fresh Market opens in Buffalo Grove
    Garden Fresh Market opened its newest grocery store Wednesday at 770 S. Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove. The store, located in a former Dominick’s, is twice as big as the Wheeling Garden Fresh that closed Tuesday, and is considered the third largest of the chain’s five stores.

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    People play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. Facebook has agreed to buy the company for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.

    Visionary or looney? Zuckerberg on spending spree

    Facebook’s latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg “is nuts” for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than five weeks after inking a deal to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.

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    King Digital Entertainment CEO and founder Riccardo Zacconio second left, high-fives with company co-founder Lars markgren, the maker of Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga, during opening bell ceremonies at the New York Stock Exchange, before King Digital’s IPO, Wednesday. The company flopped in its market debut.

    Technology stocks lead a broad market decline

    The stock market continued its recent pattern of one step forward, one step back. After starting the day higher following an encouraging report on orders for manufactured goods, stocks drifted lower in afternoon trading Wednesday and gave up their gains from a day earlier. Facebook led the technology sector lower as investors gave the company’s latest acquisition the thumbs-down.

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    U.S. Olympian Jason Brown of Highland Park was among the competitors at the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America. U.S. Figure Skating announced this week that it’s chosen the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host this year’s Skate America, which is expected to bring 56 of the world’s top figure skaters to the suburbs for a three-day competition Oct. 24-26.

    Top figure skaters set to compete at Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre

    U.S. Figure Skating has chosen Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena as the host venue for the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Last year's event featured performances from dozens of world-class skaters, including 2014 Olympic medalists Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Jason Brown and Ashley Wagner.

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    Mount Prospect Fresh Thyme grocery store opening April 23

    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a new specialty grocery chain launching in the Midwest this year, will hold the grand opening of its Mount Prospect store at 7 a.m. April 23. The new store is located at 211 W. Rand Road, the site of a former Sports Authority near the Randhurst Village shopping center.

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    Show attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Showin Las Vegas.

    Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2 billion

    Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. “This is a long-term bet on the future of computing,” said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts. “I believe Oculus can be one of the platforms of the future.”

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    Artist Andrea Vann demonstrates painting techniques during a Paint Nite event at the Field House sports bar in Philadelphia.

    Social painting grows popular at bars, art studios

    The Fox and Hound pub in downtown Philadelphia boasts all the fixings of a standard sports bar: huge TVs, numerous beers on draft and a menu filled with burgers, wings and nachos. So what are all the easels and canvases for? Welcome to Paint Nite, an opportunity to tap your inner Van Gogh.

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    A technician dangles from a series of ropes before polishing the underside glass at Grand Canyon Skywalk in Hualapai Reservation, Ariz.

    Workers dangle from ropes to clean Skywalk glass

    Workers from a Phoenix-based company had an awe-inspiring view as they dangled from ropes to clean the glass at the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge aren't easily accessible. Technicians from Abseilon USA had to hook up a series of ropes before polishing the underside Tuesday.

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    The wild swings in bitcoin’s value during recent months prompted Warren Buffett 83 to dismiss the currency as a “mirage” during an interview on the financial news channel CNBC earlier this month.

    Andreessen skewers Buffett for doubting bitcoin

    Billionaire Warren Buffett has established his credentials as a savvy money manager, but Internet trailblazer Marc Andreessen doubts the stock market sage knows much about financial innovations such as the virtual currency bitcoin. The wild swings in bitcoin’s value during recent months prompted Buffett, 83, to dismiss the currency as a “mirage.”

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    Luis Escamilla puts on gloves before cutting prosciutto at the Hock Farm Restaurant in Sacramento, Calif.

    California lawmakers reconsider bare-hand food ban

    California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and bars, with the Assembly Health Committee voting unanimously Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation. The vote follows opposition from chefs and bartenders who say they were taken off guard by the new regulation.

Life & Entertainment

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    Putting all the ingredients for Hog ‘N Hominy Salsa Verde Stew in the slow cooker and letting it simmer all day warms up a house on a cool spring day and is an easy way to make the dish.

    Hominy adds texture to Tex-Mex pork stew

    Elzabeth Karmel re-created an amazing pork stew she had at a friend's house this winter. It was loaded with chilies, cilantro and garlic. She tweaked it by adding hominy.

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    Cinnamon and cayenne pepper perk up chocolate brownies; the sweet ganache frosting mellows the heat.

    Culinary adventures: Pepper perks up chocolate brownie

    Penny Kazmier was asked to bring dessert to a Mexican-themed dinner. With childhood memories of Mexican hot chocolate fresh in her mind she set out to recapture that taste memory and update it with a chile pop. The result: Cinnamon Chile Brownies.

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    Singer Engelbert Humperdinck will headline on Sunday, June 1, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Guess Who among new Arcada shows
    Tickets are now available for four new shows, hosted by the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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    Broadway in Chicago seeks talented teen theater artists

    Broadway in Chicago celebrates the next generation of theater artists as part of its third annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards taking place April 25, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

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    King of Leon — Jared Followill, left, Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Matthew Followill — will head to Chicago this summer for Lollapalooza.

    Tickets sold out for Lollapalooza

    Kings of Leon, Eminem, Outkast and Lorde are among the headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza festival. But if you didn’t already buy your tickets, you’re largely out of luck.

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    “High Noon” is the latest from country singer Jerrod Niemann.

    Niemann’s ‘High Noon’ a personal showdown

    “High Noon,” country singer Jerrod Niemann’s third album with Arista Records, is his attempt to reign in his wilder ideas without completely ditching his daring nature. His current hit, “Drink to That All Night,” overflows with unusual musical flourishes, bringing life to Niemann’s mix of rap-influenced verses and a thumping, singalong chorus.

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    Firefighters work next to the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole killing actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas in Valencia, Calif. Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control.

    Investigators: Unsafe speed caused Walker crash

    Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control on a California street and smashed into a light pole, killing the actor and his friend. According to a crash reconstruction report released Tuesday, it was unsafe speed — not mechanical problems — that caused the crash.

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    Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru is made from 100 percent Chardonnay in Burgundy, France

    Good wine: Exploring white Burgundy

    And on a particular day in February, outside was cold as the surface of Mars, but inside all was well, because Mary Ross was drinking Burgundy. Burgundy lies in west-central France. The entire region stretches south of Paris to Lyons, but its heart — the Cote d’Or (Golden Slope) — is a mere two miles wide and as long as a daily commute from Arlington Heights to the Loop..

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    Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and her husband, singer Chris Martin, announced that they are separating.

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin announce separation

    Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are separating after 11 years of marriage. A message posted on the 41-year-old actress’s blog Tuesday says they have “come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.”

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    Toasted walnuts ground to a paste add rich, creamy texture to mushroom soup without adding cholesterol.

    Walnut paste gives mushroom soup creaminess sans cholesterol

    M. Eileen Brown has a thing for cream soups. Really, who among us doesn't?! Yet enjoying cream soups often leads to guilt over the fat, calories and cholesterol in each spoonful. Eileen found toasted walnuts ground to a paste and stirred into soup add rich, creamy texture without an ounce of remorse.

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    Putting all the ingredients for Hog ‘N Hominy Salsa Verde Stew in the slow cooker and letting it simmer all day warms up a house on a cool spring day and is an easy way to make the dish.

    Hog ’n Hominy Salsa Verde Stew
    Elzabeth Karmel recreates an amazing pork stew she had at a friends house this winter. It was loaded with chilies, cilantro and garlic. She tweaks it by adding hominy.

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    Walnut Mushroom Soup gets its creaminess from blended almond milk and mushrooms.

    Walnut Mushroom Soup
    M. Eileen Brown's Soupalooza recipe for Walnut Mushroom Soup gets its creaminess from blended almond milk and fresh mushrooms.

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    Sara Moulton’s Speedy Marinara Sauce pairs well with Inside Out Eggplant Parmesan or your favorite pasta.

    Speedy Marinara Sauce
    Sara Moulton’s Speedy Marinara Sauce pairs well with Inside-Out Eggplant Parmesan, your favorite pasta or other recipes.

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    Inside Out Eggplant Parmesan Rolls

    Inside-Out Eggplant Parmesan Rolls
    Sara Moulton, long a fan of full-fat eggplant parmesan, creates a lightened version with her Inside-Out Eggplant Parmesan Rolls.

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    Thirty years after getting shelved, a nearly forgotten Johnny Cash album, “Out Among the Stars,” is being made public for the first time.

    Lost Cash album shows love for good songs

    Thirty years after getting shelved, a nearly forgotten Johnny Cash album is being made public for the first time. “Out Among the Stars” may not rank with the legendary material that made Cash an American icon, but it carries plenty of quality work typical of his recordings from the early 1980s, when these songs were originally cut.

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    Though he claims Robin Williams as an idol, James Monroe Iglehart is putting his own spin on the role of the Genie in the new Broadway musical “Aladdin.”

    Broadway star anything but blue about Genie role in ‘Aladdin’

    The guy who plays the Genie in Broadway’s “Aladdin” isn’t hard to find. He’s the one in the dressing room with Thor comic books and toys piled high. He’s the one with a Batman shoulder tattoo, a shaved head and the dialogue from the ’80s cornball film “Condorman” fully memorized. He’s the one who took his wife to see “Smurfs 2” — on a romantic movie date. He is James Monroe Iglehart, and if you spend more than 10 minutes in his sunny, infectious company, you understand why this comic book-loving comedian says, “I’m like a kid in a candy store right now.”

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    Dr. Joshua Jacobs, orthopedics surgery chief at Rush University Medical Center and president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago, holds a model of a cementless hip replacement. To help a joint replacement succeed and last, doctors recommend doing physical therapy to strengthen bones, muscles and the new joint.

    Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

    It’s not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. “They are remarkable numbers,” said Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement.

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    These green backsplash tiles are made of recycled materials and clay. Consider using unusual shapes and your favorite colors for a kitchen you can enjoy daily.

    Show your creativity, color in a kitchen backsplash

    Make a splash in your kitchen with color. Even those who are afraid of using color manage to accept some pizazz when it comes to the design of a kitchen backsplash.

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    Sara Moulton turned eggplant parmesan inside out in her effort to lighten up this classic dish.

    Lighter take on a classic heavy eggplant parmesan

    Sara Moulton has always been a fan of eggplant parmesan. There are a bunch of ways to make this classic Italian dish, but she's partial to what you might call the full-fat version. Trying to it lighten up she concocted a recipe that still retains all of the ingredients that make a favorite a favorite.

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    “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” is the latest book from former President Jimmy Carter.

    Carter writes about prejudice against women

    In his new book, “A Call to Action,” former President and longtime Baptist church deacon Jimmy Carter says prejudice and discrimination against women and girls is perpetuated in America and around the world by religious authorities who twist holy texts to assert male dominance. Carter famously broke with the mainstream Southern Baptist Convention in 2000, denouncing it for drifting into doctrines he called sexist and racist. As a Bible teacher for more than 70 years, he tackles some of the passages cited by male supremacist Christians.

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    Double-checking measurements is one way to avoid potentially costly home improvement project mistakes.

    Home improvement tips learned the hard way

    ‘Tis the season for home improvement projects, and weekend warriors will soon be visiting home supply retailers to buy everything from paint to plywood. There are many advantages to making home improvements on your own, including the opportunity to test your mettle at projects big and small.

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    Night life events: McNally’s hosts traditional Irish musicians
    Sit in on a traditional Irish music session on Sundays at McNally's in St. Charles; chill out at John and Tony’s not-so-manic Mondays; Tommy Nevin’s Naperville offering Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

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    Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka will bring its genre-blending sound to Crystal Lake next week.

    Music notes: Ha Ha Tonka gets cozy at Raue

    Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka has always blurred the lines between indie and roots rock. Catch the music at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts in Crystal Lake. Elmhurst's own The Orwells play Lincoln Hall. And the Chicago Theatre hosts a llineup of classic hip-hop artists Saturday.

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    Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill in Elburn offers burgers as well as other sandwiches, salads and starters.

    Elburn pub aims for big splash in small space

    Elburn used to be a quintessential small town — a modern-day “Mayberry,” if you will — that rolled up the sidewalks at night. Well, no more. There's a thriving nighttime bar scene along Route 47, and one of the hotspots is Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill.

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    Start coleus cuttings now for May planting

    If you have kept a coleus as a houseplant over the winter, you still have time to start cuttings for transplanting to the garden when the weather is warm enough.

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    Editorial: Scrap extra municipal pension payment
    A Daily Herald editorial says a 13th payment to municipal retirees each year is an unnecessary burden on local governments and should be eliminated by passage of a suburban legislator's bill.

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    Congress must be repaired from within

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: It is no coincidence that this comes while Congress has developed a taste for so-called “unorthodox lawmaking,” wandering far outside its traditional procedures. That’s why I would argue that as grim as things seem now, there is a fix for what ails Congress.

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    One can be the deadliest number

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The 20th century settled the question of whether one man can alter history. Of course he can. Hitler did. Stalin did. Churchill put steel in Britain’s backbone and Roosevelt saved the snarling American free enterprise system by housebreaking it. Gavrilo Princip had his moment too. On a day almost 100 years ago,

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    All great Lombard folks should fly flag
    A Lombard letter to the editor: In the last few months I have been touring the great village of Lombard. The reason for this is I have been observing who had our great American flag flying in front of their homes and also the POW/MIA flag.

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    Federal workers not quite on Easy Street
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: I am a federal public servant and member of a union, a group condemned repeatedly by the public and politicians alike. Bruce Rauner, for example, seems to have succeeded by railing against “government union bosses” in his yearlong campaign.

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