Daily Archive : Wednesday December 13, 2017

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    FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith delivers in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, in Cleveland. Smith and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a $15 million, two-year contract. The 33-year-old gets $7 million next year and $8 million in 2019. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

    Joe Smith, champion Astros agree to $15M, 2-year contract

    Right-hander Joe Smith and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a $15 million, two-year contract

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    Argentina's Independiente celebrates winning the Copa Sudamericana championship title after tying 1-1 with Brazil's Flamengo at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Argentina's Independiente wins Copa Sudamericana in Rio

    Argentina's Independiente has won its Copa Sudamericana.

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    Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Demar DeRozan has 37 points, Raptors beat Suns 115-109

    DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 37 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 115-109 for their seventh victory in eight games

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    Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives around Charlotte Hornets guard Michael Carter-Williams (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

    Paul leads Rockets over Hornets 108-96 for 11th straight win

    Chris Paul scored a season-high 31 points and James Harden added 21 as the Houston Rockets extended their NBA-best winning streak to 11 games with a 108-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night

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    Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) scores against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Detroit. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Bruins tie it late, beat Red Wings 3-2 in OT behind Marchand

    Brad Marchand assisted on the tying goal late in regulation and scored the game-winner 35 seconds into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings

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    Milwaukee Bucks guard Gary Payton II (0) goes to the basket between Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and center Thon Maker in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The Pelicans won 115-108. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Cousins, Davis lead Pelicans past Bucks, 115-108

    DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-108

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    Ottawa Senators left wing Zack Smith, left, celebrates his goal with left wing Tom Pyatt and centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau, right, celebrate a goal during third period NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Anderson, Senators stop skids with 3-2 win over Rangers

    Craig Anderson made 27 saves to stop his seven-game losing streak and the Ottawa Senators snapped their five-game skid with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers

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    Mississippi's Devontae Shuler (0) drives against Sam Houston State's Albert Almanza (0) during an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

    Ole Miss with balanced attack, beats Sam Houston St. 82-69

    Markel Crawford scored 16 points to lead four in double figures as Mississippi beat Sam Houston State 82-69

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    FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 file photo, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler removes his batting helmet after popping out with two on against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Tigers have agreed to trade veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor leaguers, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    Angels get 2B Ian Kinsler from Tigers for 2 minor leaguers

    Second baseman Ian Kinsler has been traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor leaguers

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    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Marcell Ozuna watches his RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File)

    FaceTime: JD Martinez meets and greets, Ozuna to Cards

    Free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is meeting and greeting teams at the baseball winter meetings, ready to see what his huge season is worth

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    Mitch Trubisky is fifth in the NFL third-down passer rating at 97.3, and he remains the only QB who hasn’t thrown an interception on third down. He would prefer to keep the secret to his success to himself.

    Trubisky prefers to keep the secret to his third-down success under wraps

    Mitch Trubisky is fifth in the NFL third-down passer rating at 97.3, and he remains the only QB who hasn’t thrown an interception on third down. He would prefer to keep the secret of his success to himself.

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    Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, back right, yells to his team during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Chicago.

    Three critical games await Blackhawks after last three wins

    The Chicago Blackhawks took care of business by beating three underwhelming teams over the last six days at the United Center. Now they need to pick up their game in three critical matchups against Central Division foes.

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    Girls bowling scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 13 results
    High school girls bowling results from meets of Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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    Girls gymnastics scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 13 results
    High school girls gymnastics results from meets of Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 13 results
    High school girls basketball results from games of Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 13 results
    High school boys basketball results from games of Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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    Lake Park wins again

    Lake Park defeated Oak Park-River Forest in the Benet/Naperville North Holiday Tournament.

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    Fremd’s Gianna Christodoulopoulos competes on floor exercise during Wednesday’s gymnastics meet at Rolling Meadows.

    Girls gymnastics: Fast start, fast finish for Fremd

    Fremd’s girls gymnastics team is on the rise. The Vikings used a fast start on the beam and closed equally strong on the bars while rolling to Mid-Suburban League crossover triangular victory at Rolling Meadows.

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    Batavia tops Naperville North

    Batavia defeated Naperville North in a Benet/Naperville North Holiday Tournament girls basketball game.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn reacts after scoring a basket against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Chicago. The Bulls won 103-100. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bulls beat Jazz 103-100 for 4th straight victory

    Mirotic scores 29 as Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 103-100 for 4th straight victory

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    Photos courtesy of Brad Timmerman, Taylor University Wheaton North graduate Jake Heggeland

    So many College Achievers to catch up with

    Whew! Wrapping up the college mail bag for fall

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    Jacobs’ Ajani Rodriguez goes to the hoop Wednesday during Huntley at Jacobs boys basketball in Algonquin.

    Jacobs’ defense locks down Huntley

    Jacobs’ boys basketball team beat Huntley 52-37 Wednesday night in a Fox Valley Conference game.

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    Steffens helps Stevenson to fourth straight win

    Klaire Steffens came up with a game-high 23 points, all in the first three quarters, as visiting Stevenson rolled past Zion-Benton’s girls basketball team 46-21 for its fourth straight win.

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    Benet’s growth outpaces Fremd’s

    Benet defeated Fremd at the Benet/Naperville North Holiday Tournament Wednesday night.

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    Carmel’s Brigit Barr, left, shoots over St. Viator’s Carrie Leazer on Wednesday night in Mundelein.

    Matz, Carmel able to pass up St. Viator

    Her travel time to school might be double of some of her Carmel Catholic basketball teammates, but her first varsity double-double should have made for a sweet drive home for Kaytlyn Matz. The 5-foot-10 sophomore had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Carmel used a balanced offensive attack to pull out their East Suburban Catholic Conference opener, 54-51 over visiting St. Viator on Wednesday night.

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    Jessica Houghton of the Metea Valley/Waubonsie Valley co-op competes on the beam against the DeKalb/Sycamore co-op in varsity gymnastics on December 13, 2017 at Neuqua Valley High school.

    For Waubonsie Valley/Metea Valley co-op, getting up again half the battle

    DeKalb/Sycamore co-op defeated Waubonsie Valley/Metea Valley co-op in a nonconference girls gymnastics meet.

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    Girls bowling: Warren focuses on now, with long-term goals in mind

    The Warren girls bowling team has its game rolling. The Blue Devils have their sights set on a return trip to state and the chance to follow up on last year’s 13th-place finish, which left them just 13 pins shy of bowling in the tournament’s second day.

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    Jacobs’ Ryan Phillips is called for a charge after running through Huntley’s Cory Knipp Wednesday during boys basketball in Algonquin.

    Images: Jacobs vs. Huntley, boys basketball

    Jacobs High School hosted Huntley for boys basketball action on Wednesday, Dec. 13 in Algonquin.

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    Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) gestures after hitting a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Irving scored 33 as the Celtics defeated the Nuggets 124-118. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Irving's 33 lifts Celtics past Nuggets 124-118

    Irving scores 33, keying big offensive night for Celtics in 124-118 win over Nuggets

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    Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, celebrates with Denzel Valentine after the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 103-100 in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Chicago.

    Dunn comes through in clutch as Bulls win fourth straight

    Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points and Kris Dunn knocked down a couple of clutch jumpers down the stretch as the Bulls won their fourth in a row, beating Utah 103-100 on Wednesday at the United Center.

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    Carmel’s Shai Horton, left, and St. Viator’s Haley Robinson battle for a rebound.

    Images: Carmel vs. St. Viator, girls basketball

    Carmel hosted St. Viator for girls basketball action on Wednesday, Dec. 13 in Mundelein.

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    Crystal Lake Central downs Hampshire

    Hampshire’s boys basketball team fellt o Crystal Lake Central 58-45 Wednesday night in a Fox Valley Conference game.

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    Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) celebrates with Dallas Stars center Tyler Pitlick (18) and Dallas Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis, right, after Pitlick scored a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Benn has a goal, 2 assists to lead Stars past Islanders, 5-2

    Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders

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    Geneva blows past Schaumburg

    Margaret Whitley scored 20 points, including hitting four 3-pointers, to lead the top-ranked Geneva girls basketball team to a 61-34 nonconference win over Schaumburg Wednesday night, the Vikings’ 24th straight win dating back to least season.

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    College Basketball Scores

    Wednesday, Dec. 13EAST Duquesne 73, MVSU 49 Mass.-Lowell 87, Boston U. 82 Villanova 87, Temple 67 SOUTH Belmont 82, Milwaukee 63 LSU 80, Houston 77 Mississippi 82, Sam Houston St. 69 North Florida 87, FIU 85 Southern Miss. 69, Alabama A&M 54 UNC-Greensboro 71, UNC-Wilmington 58 MIDWEST Bradley 86, UALR 46 Illinois 92, Longwood 45 Nebraska-Omaha 77, Arkansas St. 74 S. Illinois 69, Jackson St. 51 Wisconsin 81, W. Kentucky 80 SOUTHWEST SMU 79, New Orleans 66 Texas A&M 113, Savannah St. 66 FAR WEST N. Colorado 83, Denver 63 ___

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    Pippen, Fletcher lead S. Illinois past Jackson St., 69-51

    Kavion Pippen and Armon Fletcher each pumped in 24 points as Southern Illinois snapped a two-game losing streak and kept Jackson State winless on the road with 69-51 decision

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    Northwestern State forward Jocelyn Scott (23) is blocked by Texas forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (31) as she tries to score during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Atkins leads No. 8 Texas past Northwestern State, 68-44

    Ariel Atkins had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in only 21 minutes and No. 8 Texas beat Northwestern State 68-44

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    Schaumburg falls to Geneva

    State power Geneva, ranked No.1 in the Daily Herald girls basketball poll, raised its record to 9-0 on Wednesday night with a 61-34 nonconference triumph at Schaumburg.

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    Illinois routs Longwood 92-45 behind Jordan, Frazier

    Aaron Jordan scored 22 points, Trent Frazier added 20, and Illinois beat Longwood 92-45

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    Darrione Rogers

    Lake Park’s Rogers nets MVP honor

    Lake Park sophomore Darrione Rogers has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for her recent performances in high school girls basketball.

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    Mike Huff

    Grant’s Huff earns MVP honor

    Grant senior guard Mike Huff has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent high school boys basketball performances.

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    Bradley shots 61 percent from field, beats Little Rock 86-66

    Donte Thomas scored 12 points to lead five in double figures as Bradley shot 61 percent from the floor to rout Little Rock 86-46

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    BC-BKC--Longwood-Illinois Long Box

    BC-BKC--Longwood-Illinois Long Box ILLINOIS 92, LONGWOOD 45FGFTRebLONGWOODMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSMontague191-31-21-4343J.Smith323-43-40-10010Shields303-100-00-6118Ashe363-110-02-5338Walton142-40-00-0004Chapman241-84-50-1046Cintron202-30-00-1054Franklin121-20-00-0052B.Williams70-20-00-0010Ezeani60-00-00-0000Totals20016-478-113-1872345 Percentages: FG .340, FT .727. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Shields 2-3, Ashe 2-5, J.Smith 1-1, Walton 0-1, B.Williams 0-2, Chapman 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 24 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (B.Williams, Cintron, J.Smith). Turnovers: 24 (Ashe 8, Cintron 3, J.Smith 3, Franklin 2, Montague 2, Shields 2, Walton 2, B.Williams, Chapman). Steals: 3 (Franklin, J.Smith, Walton). Technical Fouls: None. FGFTRebILLINOISMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSFinke238-100-15-71119Alstork233-83-44-73110Jordan238-152-37-82222Lucas221-42-21-7504M.Smith212-71-10-0225Frazier267-153-31-44220D.Williams203-62-25-6118Vesel131-10-41-2212Eboigbodin131-30-10-3032Cayce80-20-10-2000Oladimeji50-10-01-4000Liss30-10-00-0000Totals20034-7313-2225-50201392 Percentages: FG .466, FT .591. 3-Point Goals: 11-34, .324 (Jordan 4-8, Finke 3-5, Frazier 3-8, Alstork 1-5, Lucas 0-1, Oladimeji 0-1, Cayce 0-2, M.Smith 0-2, D.Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 8 (34 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 8 (Lucas 2, M.Smith 2, Alstork, Cayce, Finke, Vesel). Steals: 12 (Frazier 4, Eboigbodin 2, Jordan 2, Alstork, Cayce, D.Williams, M.Smith). Technical Fouls: None. Longwood2421-45Illinois5042-92 A_12,387 (15,500).

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    BC-BKC--Longwood-Illinois Box

    BC-BKC--Longwood-Illinois Box ILLINOIS 92, LONGWOOD 45LONGWOOD (3-7) Montague 1-3 1-2 3, J.Smith 3-4 3-4 10, Shields 3-10 0-0 8, Ashe 3-11 0-0 8, Walton 2-4 0-0 4, B.Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Cintron 2-3 0-0 4, Franklin 1-2 0-0 2, Ezeani 0-0 0-0 0, Chapman 1-8 4-5 6. Totals 16-47 8-11 45. ILLINOIS (8-4) Finke 8-10 0-1 19, Jordan 8-15 2-3 22, Lucas 1-4 2-2 4, M.Smith 2-7 1-1 5, Alstork 3-8 3-4 10, Liss 0-1 0-0 0, Eboigbodin 1-3 0-1 2, Vesel 1-1 0-4 2, Oladimeji 0-1 0-0 0, Cayce 0-2 0-1 0, Frazier 7-15 3-3 20, D.Williams 3-6 2-2 8. Totals 34-73 13-22 92. Halftime_Illinois 50-24. 3-Point Goals_Longwood 5-16 (Shields 2-3, Ashe 2-5, J.Smith 1-1, Walton 0-1, B.Williams 0-2, Chapman 0-4), Illinois 11-34 (Jordan 4-8, Finke 3-5, Frazier 3-8, Alstork 1-5, Lucas 0-1, Oladimeji 0-1, M.Smith 0-2, Cayce 0-2, D.Williams 0-2). Fouled Out_Cintron, Franklin. Rebounds_Longwood 18 (Shields 6), Illinois 50 (Jordan 8). Assists_Longwood 7 (Ashe, Montague 3), Illinois 20 (Lucas 5). Total Fouls_Longwood 23, Illinois 13. A_12,387 (15,500).

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    Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15) shoots at the basket over Oregon forward Mallory McGwire (44) in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo by Rogelio V. Solis)

    McCowan leads No. 5 Mississippi St over No. 9 Oregon 90-79

    McCowan leads No. 5 Mississippi St over No. 9 Oregon 90-79

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    Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, center, attempts a shot against Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins, right, and guard Evan Turner, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Lillard leads Portland comeback past Miami, 102-95

    Damian Lillard scored seven of his 18 points in the final 3:16, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to break their five-game losing streak, beating the Miami Heat 102-95

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    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) goes up for a dunk in front of Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Thunder help George prevail in first trip back to Indiana

    Steven Adams had 23 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday night and Russell Westbrook finished with his ninth triple-double this season to help Oklahoma City hold on for a 100-95 victory at Indiana

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    St. Charles East’s Sara Rosenfeldt scored 20 points Friday against Elgin to become the school’s all-time leading scorer.

    Rosenfeldt puts her name atop St. Charles East scoring list

    St. Charles East senior Sara Rosenfeldt became the school’s all-time leading scorer when she scored 20 points against Elgin last Friday.

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    Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) has his shot blocked by Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) as forward Wesley Iwundu (25) helps defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Lou Williams, Jordan lead Clippers over Magic, 106-95

    Lou Williams scored 31 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 20 rebounds Wednesday night to help the Los Angeles Clippers open a four-game road trip with a 106-95 win over the Orlando Magic

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    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

    Nick Foles ready for challenge of replacing Carson Wentz

    Nick Foles had tremendous success as a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and he experienced failure as the No. 1 quarterback for the St. Louis Rams in 2015

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    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota listens to a question during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. Mariota has had a couple of days to treat a sprained knee and stew over Tennessee's anemic offensive performance in an ugly loss. The Titans quarterback says he knows he has to play better, starting Sunday when they visit San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

    Titans' Mariota looks to bounce back from rough Sunday

    Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota is moving on from a rough game last Sunday against Arizona and not using injuries as an excuse for his play last week.

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    Jazz G Hood returns from ankle soreness

    Utah Jazz G Rodney Hood returns against Bulls after being sidelined by ankle soreness

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    FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres looks on during a spring training baseball workout, in Tampa, Fla. On the day top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres turned 21, New York general manager Brian Cashman revealed the team's big league staff wanted him on last year's opening-day roster. Torres’ season ended when he tore a left elbow ligament in June, and he could start at third base or second base next year. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Some Yanks wanted Gleyber Torres in big leagues last season

    On the day top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres turned 21, New York general manager Brian Cashman revealed the team's big league staff wanted him on last year's opening-day roster

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    Rick Scollon of Scollon Mascots and Characters, Inc. works his booth at a trade show at the Major League Baseball winter meetings Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Need bobbleheads or Diamond Dust? Meetings show is way to go

    Major league general managers came to Disney World this week looking for players at the baseball winter meetings. Minor league GMs found themselves stocking up on bobbleheads, mascot costumes and all sorts of items for next season.

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    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) smiles after a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Houston. After two straight wins on the road, Garoppolo gets ready for his first home start with the 49ers. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    Jimmy Garoppolo gears up for first home start with 49ers

    The 49ers circled up in their locker room last Sunday moments before taking the field at Houston and Jimmy Garoppolo spoke up and challenged his teammates to play relentlessly and be violent. He makes his first home start Sunday against the Titans

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    Bulls make gains by taking fewer 3-point shots

    The Bulls have made good on their goal of hoisting more 3-point attempts this season. But a decrease in long-range shots coincided with the three-game winning streak.

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    FILE - In this May 5, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of an interleague baseball game, in Chicago. The Minnesota Twins have signed former New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, giving a two-year, $10 million contract to the right-hander recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    Recovering Pineda, Twins agree to $10M, 2-year deal

    The Minnesota Twins agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with former New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, a right-hander recovering from Tommy John surgery

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    File- This Nov. 12, 2017, file photo shows Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods carrying the ball during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Los Angeles. Woods is ready to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams’ playoff push. The veteran receiver plans to return from a three-game absence when the Rams (9-4) visit the Seattle Seahawks (8-5) on Sunday in a game that’s likely to decide the eventual winner of the NFC West. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    Injured WR Robert Woods plans to return for Rams vs Seahawks

    Robert Woods is ready to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams' playoff push

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    Claiborne, Forte sit out practice for Jets

    New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne and running back Matt Forte were among a handful of players to sit out practice with injuries

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    File-This Dec. 7, 2017, file photo shows New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) running near Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the first half of an NFL football game in Atlanta. Kamara and several other recently injured Saints returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, providing New Orleans hope of getting back several offensive and defensive regulars as they try to maintain their slim lead atop the NFC South. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik, File)

    Kamara among Saints regulars back, but some still missing

    Rookie running back Alvin Kamara and several other recently injured Saints have returned to practice, providing New Orleans hope of getting back several regulars as they try to maintain their slim lead atop the NFC South

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    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates his three-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Davis returns to lineup vs. Bucks

    Anthony Davis has returned to the Pelicans' lineup against the Milwaukee Bucks

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    Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Improved offense has helped turn around Chargers season

    After a 0-4 start, the Chargers have rebounded to the point where they will meet the Chiefs with the division lead on the line

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    FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2017, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) throws a pass during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. Petty is getting another shot to show the New York Jets he can be their starting quarterback _ for now and the future. With Josh McCown out for the season with a broken hand, Petty is eager for his latest, and possibly last, opportunity to run the Jets' offense. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

    Petty ready for latest shot as Jets' starting QB

    Bryce Petty is getting another chance to prove to the New York Jets that he can be their quarterback of the future

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    A Seattle Seahawks staff member tries to remove Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, left, from the field as an object thrown from the stands hits them during the closing moments of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville won 30-24. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    Seahawks fortunate they're not missing more from defense

    The Seattle Seahawks could be significantly undermanned heading into the most important game of the regular season to date

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    NLF Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, walks with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during the NFL owners winter meeting in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Goodell, Jerry Jones moving on with new contract in place

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he didn't take it personally when powerful Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tried to scuttle his contract extension

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    Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) gets upended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec.10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Diminutive Williams defies odds as NFL running back

    Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams has defied the odds and thrived in the NFL despite persistent doubts that he is too small for the game

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    NBA’s G-League gives Twitch streamers a chance to be sports commentators

    The NBA uses its G League to experiment with possible changes to its product. Starting Friday, it will be using it as a way to promote a new way of watching and interacting with its games.

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    Coach Lou Holtz sues The Daily Beast over RNC article

    Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz is suing The Daily Beast over an article that claimed he called immigrants "deadbeats" at last year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland

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    Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Cleveland.

    Bears’ Howard runs for a franchise first

    Late in the first half last Sunday, Jordan Howard got stuffed for no gain and the Chicago Bears settled for Mike Nugent’s 27-yard field goal. After that, the Bears’ running back shifted into high gear, accelerating past 1,000 yards, as he did last year in his rookie season.

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    FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 file photo, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) warms up prior to an NFL football game New England Patriots in Orchard Park, N.Y. With his bruised left knee almost fully healed, Tyrod Taylor stood comfortably at the podium requiring no reminder of the doubts and adversity he's had to overcome in preparing to once again reclaim the Buffalo Bills' starting job. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes, File)

    Bills QB Taylor eager for opportunity to start against Miami

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor's bruised left knee is feeling better and leaving him eager for an opportunity to start against Miami this weekend

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    Blackhawks place D Franson on IR with upper-body injury

    Chicago Blackhawks place defenseman Cody Franson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury

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    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) hauls in a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr (24) defending during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. The play set up the game-winning field goal. The Steelers won 39-38. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Steelers offense at full strength _ finally _ vs. Pats

    The "Killer B's" hope to be swarming when the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the New England Patriots

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    In this Nov. 26, 2017, photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches warmups before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. Rodgers has been "medically cleared to return" to action after missing seven games with a broken right collarbone, the quarterback announced on Instagram Tuesday night, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    He's back: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers preps to play Panthers

    Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is getting ready to play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend

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    FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin (12) makes a catch as Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) defends during the first half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. Consecutive shaky performances has put the spotlight on the Redskins top cornerback, who carries a $20 million cap hit and matching expectations. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

    Norman misses practice after questioning role with Redskins

    Josh Norman missed practice with a knee injury after questioning his role with the Redskins

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    Manchester City's David Silva, right, scores his side's first goal of the game against Swansea City, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, England, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

    Man City racks up record 15th straight league win

    Manchester City beat Swansea 4-0 to rack up a record 15th straight victory in the Premier League

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    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, sportscaster Bob Costas sits on a stage before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, in Baltimore. Costas has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence. The honor was announced Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at the winter meetings. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    Costas wins Hall's Frick Award for baseball broadcasting

    Bob Costas has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence

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    Flamengo fans detained in Rio before Copa Sudamericana final

    Authorities in Rio de Janeiro said that about 50 Flamengo fans were detained on Wednesday after they set off firecrackers outside the hotel where players of Argentina's Independiente were staying

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    USSF says nominations submitted for 8 president candidates

    The U.S. Soccer Federation says it received the required three letters of nomination for eight candidates in its presidential election, one fewer than the total who announced their intention to run

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    Healthier Bears' defense looks to hold it together.

    Injuries take less of a toll on Bears' defense this season as they try to finish strong.

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    FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) talks to referee Carl Cheffers (51) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. After falling flat in Kansas City to lose control of the AFC West, the Raiders aim to regroup for the final three games knowing their playoff hopes are slim. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    Raiders put aside frustration of down season for stretch run

    The Raiders face long odds as they try to get to the playoffs with three weeks left in the season

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    College Basketball Schedule

    All Times ESTThursday, Dec. 14SOUTH Washington Adventist University at Howard, 6 p.m. Montreat at Furman, 7 p.m. Southern Wesleyan at VMI, 7 p.m. McNeese St. at NC Central, 7 p.m. The Citadel at Campbell, 7 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at South Florida, 7 p.m. Toccoa Falls at Presbyterian, 7 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Christian at Norfolk St., 7 p.m. Florida College at Lipscomb, 7:30 p.m. Florida A&M at Southern U., 7:30 p.m. Southern University at New Orleans at SE Louisiana, 8 p.m. MIDWEST Valparaiso at Northwestern, 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST St. Edwards at Rice, 12:30 p.m. Prairie View at Tulsa, 8 p.m. Texas Southern at Baylor, 8:30 p.m. FAR WEST South Dakota at N. Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Bethesda at Utah Valley, 9 p.m. Santa Clara at Southern Cal, 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15EAST Washington College (MD) at Mount St. Mary's, 7:30 p.m. SOUTH Tennessee St. at NC A&T, 6 p.m. E. Kentucky at Charleston Southern, 7:30 p.m. Thomas (GA) at Samford, 8 p.m. MIDWEST Dartmouth at Ill.-Chicago, 8 p.m. Md.-Eastern Shore at Creighton, 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST UALR at Sam Houston St., 7:30 p.m. St. Mary's at Texas A&M-CC, 8 p.m. Barclay College at Houston Baptist, 8 p.m. FAR WEST S. Dakota St. at Colorado, 8 p.m. Denver at Stanford, 10 p.m. Simon Fraser at Idaho, 10 p.m. UC Davis at San Francisco, 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16EAST Seton Hall at Rutgers, Noon Miami at George Washington, Noon Syracuse at Georgetown, 12:30 p.m. Robert Morris at Buffalo, 2 p.m. McNeese St. at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. Georgia at UMass, 3 p.m. Coll. of Charleston at Rhode Island, 4 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at NJIT, 4 p.m. Wagner at Rider, 4 p.m. SUNY Maritime at St. Francis Brooklyn, 4 p.m. Vermont vs. St. Bonaventure at Rochester, N.Y., 4 p.m. Drexel at Temple, 5 p.m. Canisius at Albany (NY), 7 p.m. Lyndon State at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. SOUTH Memphis vs. Louisville at New York, N.Y., Noon Indiana St. at W. Kentucky, Noon UNC-Greensboro at NC State, Noon Point University at The Citadel, 1 p.m. Kentucky Christian at Liberty, 1 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at LSU, 1 p.m. Oklahoma St. vs. Florida St. at Sunrise, Fla., 2 p.m. Virginia Tech at Kentucky, 2 p.m. Montreat at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m. Winthrop at Alabama St., 2 p.m. Cornell at Longwood, 2 p.m. Davidson at Virginia, 2 p.m. SE Louisiana at Grambling St., 3 p.m. Pepperdine at Belmont, 3 p.m. Alabama A&M at UAB, 3:15 p.m. Illinois St. at Mississippi, 3:30 p.m. SC-Upstate at Jacksonville St., 4 p.m. Niagara at Norfolk St., 4 p.m. Jacksonville at SC State, 4 p.m. E. Illinois at South Alabama, 4:05 p.m. Clemson vs. Florida at Sunrise, Fla., 4:30 p.m. William Carey at Southern Miss., 5 p.m. LSU-Shreveport vs. Northwestern St. at Shreveport, La., 6 p.m. Bucknell at VCU, 6 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Auburn at Birmingham, Ala., 6 p.m. Arkansas St. at FAU, 7 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Kennesaw St., 7 p.m. Culver-Stockton at Nicholls, 7 p.m. Ohio at Marshall, 7 p.m.

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    New England Patriots wide receiver Kenny Britt warms up during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Patriots sign WR Kenny Britt, Cannon to IR

    The New England Patriots have signed veteran receiver Kenny Britt

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    FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) stands on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Detroit. Griffen was only a part-time player for his first four seasons in the league. The last four years, he's become a workhorse defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings and one of the most effective pass rushers in the league. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)

    Durable Vikings DE Griffen: 'I take care of my body.'

    Durable Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen: 'I take care of my body. I'm a dog. That's what dogs are supposed to do.'

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    West Ham's manager David Moyes reacts from the side line during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Arsenal at the London stadium in London, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Arsenal held 0-0 by West Ham, now 3 games without a win

    Arsenal was held to a 0-0 draw at West Ham on Wednesday to extend its winless streak in the Premier League to three games

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    Bayern's Robert Lewandowski , left, celebrates with team mate Franck Ribery after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and 1.FC Koeln in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Lewandowski scores as Bayern stretches Bundesliga lead

    Robert Lewandowski's goal was enough for Bayern Munich to stretch its Bundesliga lead with a 1-0 win at home over last-place Cologne

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    PSG into League Cup quarterfinals; Nice and Montpellier win

    Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain reaches the League Cup quarterfinals after winning 4-2 away to Strasbourg on Wednesday. PSG has won the past four editions and was keen to prove a point after Strasbourg ended its unbeaten start to the season.

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    Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goes down in the box during the game against West Bromwich Albion during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    Klopp rages again as Liverpool held 0-0 by West Brom

    Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was left raging at the match officials for the second time in four days after his team had a late goal disallowed in a 0-0 home draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday

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    UCLA hires former Iowa St coach Paul Rhoads to coach DBs

    Paul Rhoads has been named UCLA's defensive backs coach.

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    Daily Herald file/2015 With today’s equipment, Mike Jackson says there’s no acceptable excuse to avoid the joys of ice fishing.

    Jackson: There’s no excuse to avoid the challenge of ice fishing

    Mike Jackson has heard all the complaints and excuses from fishing associates who aren’t interested in giving ice fishing a try. They don’t know how much fun they are missing, says Jackson.

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    Predators, Bridgestone extend their naming rights agreement

    Home of Nashville Predators will remain known as Bridgestone Arena through at least 2025

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    Phoenix Suns sign guard Isaiah Canaan

    The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Isaiah Canaan after receiving an injury hardship exemption from the NBA

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    FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) and Cam Newton (1) celebrate Stewart's touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. After a slow start to the season, the 30-year-old running back is starting to heat up after rushing for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a win Sunday against the Vikings. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

    Stewart giving Panthers major boost down the stretch

    Jonathan Stewart isn't buying into the notion that running backs begin to slow down after they hit age 30

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    FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. Beasley insists a hamstring injury he suffered in September has affected his play, but something is not quite right with the third-year veteran. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    Falcons' Beasley still searching for more sacks

    Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley has just four sacks this season, down from 15.5 he had last year to the lead the NFL

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    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (7) kicks a 53-yard field goal behind Oakland Raiders cornerback Dexter McDonald (23) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. Butker has never kicked 28 field goals in a season. He has that many for the Chiefs, even though he hasn't spent the entire season with them. Good for him. Not so good for a team that keeps struggling to score touchdowns. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    Chiefs' struggles in red zone have been costly this season

    The Chiefs are converting trips inside the opposing 20-yard line into touchdowns at one of the worst rates in the league, red zone woes that have threatened to derail their season

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    New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) is upended by Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

    Giants rookie RB Wayne Gallman getting more playing time

    If last week was any indication, rookie Wayne Gallman might be the featured running back in the New York Giants' offense

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    Everton's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Newcastle during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park in Newcastle, England, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

    Rooney adds to Newcastle's pain by clinching win for Everton

    Wayne Rooney's 10th goal of the season for Everton condemned Newcastle to a seventh loss in eight Premier League matches on Wednesday

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    FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey (29) celebrates his interception with teammate Tony Jefferson in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Baltimore. As a member of the Alabama football, Marlon Humphrey knew what to expect against non-league foes such as Mercer and Kent State. Now a rookie starting cornerback with the Ravens, he finds himself in a similar situation entering Sunday’s game against the winless Cleveland Browns. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    Ravens insist they won't take winless Browns lightly

    The Baltimore Ravens need to win their last 3 games to be assured a playoff berth, beginning Sunday against winless Cleveland

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    FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) takes the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Jacksonville, Fla. Posluszny has 1,200 tackles, 16 sacks and 15 interceptions in 11 years in the NFL _ and finally has his first winning season. Jacksonville's ninth victory secured the milestone for Posluszny, whose career achievement was recognized by teammates and coaches in the locker room. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    Jaguars laud Posluszny as role model amid 1st winning season

    Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny needed 11 years to secure his first winning season

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    AC Milan's Suso, 2nd from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Italian Cup soccer match between AC Milan and Hellas Verona, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Milan to play Inter in Italian Cup QFs after Verona win

    AC Milan will play rival Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup after beating Hellas Verona 3-0

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    Wheeling unveils 40th Hardwood Classic bracket

    Wheeling has released the brackets for its upcoming boys basketball tournament — and it looks like a truly special one.The 40th edition of the Hardwood Classic features defending champion Fremd (7-1) along with the co-leaders from the Mid-Suburban East (Prospect and Buffalo Grove). A strong St. Viator squad has rejoined the field, and first-terrific programs from Geneva and Grayslake Central will take part at Wheeling for the first time.

Business

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    Nursery employee Javier Orduna waters the poinsettias at Leider Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove Wednesday. The nursery produces more than 200,000 poinsettias for the holiday season.

    Leider produces more than 200,000 poinsettias for holidays

    Beautiful red poinsettias are flowing everywhere at Leider Greenhouses as employees fill the needs of the holiday season for the traditional Christmas plant. “We are a family-owned and operated business since 1898,” said store manager Kit Leider-Pierri,

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    Deputy coroner: Death at Ford plant will be ruled accidental

    A deputy coroner has ruled that the death of a man at a Ford plant in Kentucky will be ruled accidental

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    GOP leaders cast doubt on change to Indiana's cold beer law

    Indiana legislative leaders cast doubt on the possibility of changing the state's carryout cold beer sales law

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    The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is expecting most of the 33 municipal governments it represents to pass resolutions urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act.

    Towns, counties urge governor to veto wireless antenna proposal

    Suburban officials are making a last-ditch effort to stop a proposal that would give wireless companies the ability to install small cell antennas on publicly owned utility poles, streetlights and rights of way.

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    The existing MB Financial Park sign at the top of an elevator well is one of 130 in and around the park that will be replaced after a new naming rights deal with Parkway Bank takes effect in 2018.

    Cost of doing business: $128,000 to replace signs at Rosemont park

    Some 130 signs at MB Financial Park — Rosemont’s 200,000-square-foot entertainment district — will be replaced at a cost of more than $125,000 with “Parkway Bank Park” signs after a new naming rights deal takes effect at the start of 2018.

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    The three principals of Caton Commercial Real Estate Group in Naperville keep it in the family, with father Bill Caton, managing broker; son Steve Caton, investment broker; and daughter Christina Caton Kitchel, director of leasing together at the helm. Caton Kitchel says she plans to join a Family Business Roundtable the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is creating to give advice and mentorship to family business operators.

    Naperville chamber forming mentor groups to support family businesses

    Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is working to provide support to family-owned businesses by forming a roundtable where they can get mentorship and advice.

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    Members of Hospitality Helps, a coalition of Naperville hotels, restaurants, schools and charities, sort and organize holiday gifts and toiletries for 360 Youth Services in Naperville and Hesed House homeless services in Aurora. Hospitality Helps’ first holiday drive collected 250 items for people served by these two nonprofits.

    Naperville hotels prove ‘hospitality helps’ at the holidays

    Eight Naperville hotels joined a new holiday donation drive to give fun and useful items to people in need through two charities.

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    In this Oct. 12, 2017 photo, a homeless man rests on a sidewalk under the Smith Ave. Bridge in Everett, Wash., which is a constant gathering place for homeless people battling addiction and mental illness. The city of Everett has tried to identify and work with the top chronic and costliest users of emergency and other services in Everett, but despite the efforts of a specialized team of experts, many remain on the streets. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless

    Everett, Washington, is deploying teams of social workers and police officers to connect services to the hardcore homeless living in the woods, in cars or on the streets.

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    Read text of Fed's statement after its meeting Wednesday

    Read the full text of the Federal Reserve's policy statement after its meeting Wednesday.

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    Shoppers walk towards a Target store in the Brooklyn.

    Target to buy Shipt for $550 million in bet on same-day delivery

    Target agreed to purchase grocery-delivery startup Shipt Inc. for $550 million, stepping up efforts to challenge Amazon.com in e-commerce orders.

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    A 37,668-square-foot, three-story, multi-tenant office building in Naperville sold for $3.5 million to a private investor.

    Naperville office sells for $3.5 million

    Podolsky Circle announced the sale of 1755 Park Street in Naperville. The 37,668-square-foot, three-story, multi-tenant office building sold for $3.5 million to a private investor.

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    FILE - This Wednesday, May 3, 2017, file photo shows a Target store in Omaha, Neb. Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon. The deal is expected to close before the end of 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt

    Target plans to boost same-day delivery by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon

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    Zebra Technologies Corp. is working with a Florida car dealership to improve the experience of buying a car for customers.

    Zebra Technologies improves how cars are purchased in Orlando

    Zebra Technologies Corp. said it is working with a Florida car dealership to improve the experience of buying a car for customers.

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    The Oswego village unanimously approved development of The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, a residential and commercial development in downtown Oswego to be built by Geneva-based Shodeen Group.

    Shodeen Group gets OK to start $64M downtown Oswego project

    Geneva-based Shodeen Group has gained approval to build The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, a residential and commercial development in downtown Oswego.

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    In this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, photo, a Spirit Airlines passenger plane arrives at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, Spirit announced CEO Robert Fornaro will step down in January 2019 and be replaced by the company's current chief financial officer, Ted Christie. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Spirit Airlines picks insider to become next CEO in 2019

    Spirit Airlines' chief financial officer will become the budget carrier's next CEO in 2019

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    Karen Kelly

    The art of connecting your philanthropic heart and your business brain
    Serving your community, earning a decent living and strengthening bonds with your staff and customers are not three separate tasks. Blending your gratitude and giving heart with your business sense and leadership skills is a carefully crafted braid that will thrive and provide consistent benefits. A braid can be likened to a rope which is fortified in strength from being woven or twisted into shape. Start with your heartYou inspire others and already make a difference in your community. You do good deeds and leading by example. You are a connector that builds trust, unity and the feeling of pride and satisfaction you get when selflessly helping those in need. Get the most bang for your buck:Choosing charities that complement your company’s time, talent and treasure is partially instinctual and partially communal. Identify your personal desired results and the return on investment; trust your gut. Ask yourself what is important to you; perhaps it is starting a foundation, doing a benefit for someone or something in your community that is in dire need or maybe it is a food drive that you do quarterly at hosted events? Seek residual benefits: Look for donation matching opportunities and tax benefit and sponsorship placement. Know the ratio of funds raised going directly to the charity and how money raised will be spent. Poll your staff, customer, friends, family and civic leaders:Through ballot entry or by email, privately ask your staff, your customers, your colleagues and pillars of the community what charities’ acts of philanthropy are important to them and why. You will learn that some, for example, have lost loved ones to suicide or breast cancer so that is where they feel most in tuned to giving, volunteering and fundraising. Ask them what role they see themselves committing to and why they feel they can make a positive impact. Ask for feedback and trust your gut instinct: Make a list of all suggestions and show the lists to your colleagues, staff, friends and family and get their opinions. You will receive valuable input from people outside of your circle of employees and customers. Next, evaluate the opinions of others and the instinctive (gut) feelings you received while narrowing down your list. Write the pros and cons of each item on your list carefully considering the amount of time and energy they will require. Will you choose revolving philanthropy where the efforts and benefits will help different organizations at different times or will you have one solid focused charity? It is now time for you to choose between two and 10 possible charities and either roll it out to your staff for a vote or decide yourself. Your role is to motivate and inspire others: Now that you have chosen your community service and philanthropic focus and feel great about it, it is time to use your leadership and coaching skills to determine who will be your key players and who will be their support players. This is a group effort so do not try to manage everything rather take a backseat to see who steps up to carry your company’s torch. Your role at this point is two-pronged. First, praise and motivate your staff and your customers bringing attention to all of the goodwill that they are doing. Second, share your amazing victories to motivate and inspire others. Your conscience, your heart and your brain make a powerful braid as do your customers, your staff and yourself. Think about it. When someone you care about is in need of help wouldn’t you rather throw them a braided rope than three separate strings?

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    Germany's Lufthansa drops bid for Air Berlin's Niki unit

    Germany's Lufthansa says it has withdrawn its bid for the Niki division of bankrupt Air Berlin as it tries to secure European Union approval for its planned takeover of much of what was once the country's second-biggest airline

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    Grains higher, livestock higher

    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was up 2.20 cents at $4.13 a bushel; Dec corn higher .60 cent 3.3640 a bushel; March oats lost 1 cents at $2.4240 a bushel while January soybeans was 4 cents higher at $9.7960 a bushel. Beef higher and pork was mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. December live cattle was up .35 cent at $1.1650 a pound; January feeder cattle was up .23 cent at $1.4733 a pound; December lean hogs was up .08 cent at $.6368 a pound.

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    FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, file photo shows the Apple logo at a store in Miami Beach, Fla. Apple is investing $390 million in Finisar, a company that makes the lasers used in facial recognition. The investment announced Wednesday, Dec. 13, is the latest from Apple’s $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, dedicated to investments in U.S. manufacturers and creating jobs in the U.S. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

    Apple has its investment shoes on this week

    Apple invests $390 million in facial recognition technology company Finisar, the second notable outlay by the technology giant this week

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    Rosemont-based VHT Studios’ new Virtual Twilight can create a sunset setting for real estate photos, enhancing the home or commercial building’s appeal for sale.

    VHT, Classic Cinemas expand sensory offerings
    Sights, sounds and other technology sensations to take in for the holidays: VHT Studios in Rosemont adds Virtual Twilight it real estate photo enhancement offerings, while suburban theater chain Classic Cinemas adds DTS sound experience to many of its suburban movie houses.

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    Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway?

    The Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” has roiled America since the day it was signed into law in 2010. From the start, the public was almost evenly divided between those who supported it and those who opposed it. They still are. The November monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 50 percent of those polled had a favorable view of the health law, while 46 percent viewed it unfavorably. Partisan politics drives the split. Eighty percent of Democrats were supportive in November, while 81 percent of Republicans were strongly negative. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) That helps explain why Republicans are working to repeal a key element of the health law in the tax bill Congress is negotiating. The requirement that most Americans have health insurance or pay a tax penalty - the so-called individual mandate - is by far the most unpopular provision of the law, particularly among Republicans. Still, while partisanship is a major reason why some people hate the health law, it’s far from the only one. Here are four more:  Ideology Conservatives and libertarians strongly object to the federal government becoming ever more involved in the nation’s health care system. While the refrain that the ACA represented a “government takeover” of health care was a significant exaggeration, the law did insinuate the government significantly further in its funding and oversight of health care. Adding to that was the unhappiness with the ACA’s individual mandate. Although the idea was originally suggested by Republicans in the late 1980s, the GOP had mostly backed away from it over the years (with the notable exception of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who supported that state’s health overhaul in 2006).

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    Keith Powell

    Powell joins EEI as project manager
    Engineering Enterprises Inc. in Sugar Grove announced Keith E. Powell, P.E., has joined the environmental group as a project manager.

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    Marco Carbajo

    5 ways to enhance the power of your business credit profile
    As a business owner, it’s essential to take proactive steps to improve your business’s credit profile. Once you are aware of what information is important, you can take the steps necessary to make an impact.

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    Public officials from around the state, including more than 150 from the suburbs, learned about complex technical topics — and spent nearly $120,000 in taxpayer money — at a conference at the Hilton Chicago hotel.

    Editorial: Don’t overlook value of conferences, but manage the costs

    A Daily Herald editorial says workshops and conferences have value for elected leaders and public administrators, but many boards still must do more to keep the costs in line.

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    GOP Congressman Peter Roskam was right to oppose a bill that would weaken Illinois gun controls.

    Editorial: Roskam gets gun vote right, Hultgren doesn’t
    In this editorial, the Daily Herald warns against gun legislation -- supported by Rep. Randy Hultgren but opposed by Rep. Peter Roskam -- that would force Illinois to accept concealed carry permits from states with more lax restrictions.

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    The martyrdom of Al Franken
    With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced he would resign from office.The Minnesota Democrat’s remarks on Thursday marked the culmination of exactly three weeks during which eight women — half of them anonymous — alleged sexual misconduct by the former “Saturday Night Live” star.By the seventh allegation, 33 of his Democratic colleagues, including 13 female senators, and Republican Sen. Susan Collins, had urged him to step down. Franken doubtless felt he had no choice.While men and women may have found his alleged behavior unbecoming a U.S. senator, it is transparently obvious Democrats needed Franken to leave as a political matter. Even as other officials similarly charged will face investigation by an ethics committee rather than necessarily forfeit their jobs, Franken clearly was a sacrificial symbol for the party that stands, when convenient, for women. After the seventh strike, but not the fifth or sixth, it became clear that Franken’s job was to fall on his sword so Democrats could seize the high ground surrendered by Republicans when they turned their support to Alabama’s Roy Moore. Franken’s alleged actions, including one that was captured on film, certainly were objectionable. But they were nowhere near as repugnant as the charges leveled at Moore and other men of prominence. These include Donald Trump, who, as Franken noted, had bragged on a recording about having forcibly kissed and grabbed women.Franken, himself, is alleged to have kissed women without their permission and let his hand wander during photo ops. Anyone who follows the news has seen the photo of him during a USO tour in which he apes at the camera while preparing to grab one of his accuser’s breasts as she slept. Whether he actually did grab her isn’t clear, but the image was enough to remind people Franken’s prankster days aren’t so far in his past. One can be a senator or a clown, but you can’t be both — for long. Moore, far from being a comedian, is known for his affection for the Ten Commandments. Clearly, there should have been an amendment to the commandment that thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s wife — or his little girl, either. Moore is alleged to have fondled or otherwise behaved in sexual ways with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. If these charges are true — and Moore denies them — Franken’s sins were on a par with yanking ponytails. That’s a metaphor and not an excuse.But clearly, the accusations against Franken and Moore are in no way similar. Patting a grown woman’s tush during a photo op may be crude, rude and inexcusable, but this alone probably hasn’t caused anyone lasting harm. What a jerk! she might have said and walked away. A teenager being seduced by an older man of some repute, however, is a victim, who may suffer emotional or psychological harm.In all other ways, Franken did everything right in the wake of the accusations. Though he denies some claims, he has apologized for others. The sleeping woman publicly accepted his apology. Franken also swore to cooperate with ethics investigators and work toward changing a culture that has kept women abused and silent. But none of this was enough in the current climate. Moreover, Democrats couldn’t very well let Franken stay when Rep. John Conyers, the civil rights icon, was shown the door. If Franken was set ablaze on the pyre of political expediency, Republicans busied themselves constructing monuments to denial and political self-mockery. No tortures of conscience for those who found Moore morally reprehensible but support him, anyway.

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    Enough with the rich guys running for office
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In regard to the National Review article, Illinois doesn’t need Bruce Rauner. We don’t need J.B. Pritzker or Chris Kennedy, either. That goes for the bloviated ego in the White House as well.

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    Momentous choices
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The country may be on the cusp of a momentous decision — whether to pursue principles of morality or politics of ideology.

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    The teacher as student
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Many people believe that wisdom comes with age.

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    Moral values and customs vs. laws
    I’m approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I’m from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth — namely, the temptation to think today’s behavioral standards have always been. Let’s consider the differences between yesteryear and today.One is the treatment of women. There are awesome physical strength differences between men and women. To create and maintain civil relationships between the sexes is to drum into boys, starting from very young ages, that they are not to use violence against a woman for any reason. Special respect is given women. Yesteryear even the lowest of lowdown men would not curse or use foul language to or in the presence of women. Today young people use foul language in front of — and often to — adults and teachers. It’s not just foul language. Many youngsters feel it’s acceptable to assault teachers. Just recently, 45 Pennsylvania teachers resigned because of student violence. Years ago, the use of foul language to an adult or teacher would have meant a smack across the face. Of course, today a parent taking such corrective action risks being reported to a local child protective service. The modern parental or teacher response to misbehavior is to call for a “time out.” What we’ve taught miscreants of all ages is they can impose physical pain on others and not suffer physical pain themselves. That’s an open invitation to bad behavior.It has always been considered a good idea to refrain from sexual intercourse until marriage or at least adulthood. During the sexual revolution of the 1960s, lessons of abstinence were ridiculed and replaced with lessons about condoms, birth control pills and abortion. Out-of-wedlock childbirths are no longer seen as shameful and a disgrace. As a result, the rate of illegitimate births among whites is over 30 percent, and among blacks, it’s over 70 percent.For more than a half-century, the nation’s liberals — along with the education establishment, pseudo-intellectuals and the courts — have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values. Many in today’s generation have been counseled to believe there are no moral absolutes. Instead, what’s moral or immoral, right or wrong, is a matter of convenience, personal opinion or what is or is not criminal.Society’s first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. Customs, traditions and moral values are those important thou-shalt-nots. They also include respect for parents, teachers and others in authority, plus those courtesies one might read in Emily Post’s rules of etiquette. These behavioral norms represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience, trial and error and looking at what works and what doesn’t.Laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct in producing a civilized society. At best, the police and the criminal justice system are the last desperate lines of defense for a civilized society. Unfortunately, customs, traditions and moral values have been discarded without an appreciation for the role they played in creating a civilized society, and now we’re paying the price — and that includes the recent revelations regarding the treatment of women.

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    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon

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