Daily Archive : Thursday December 28, 2017

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    File-This Dec. 10, 2017, file photo shows Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman, second from right, throwing during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, N.Y. BEST GAME SCENE (special award): Buffalo’s home win in the snow vs. Indianapolis. Punts landing and sticking in the snow. The inability to see across the field because the snow fell so hard. Little semblance of a passing game. More than 2 inches of snow crusting the field. And a fan-base that celebrated by making snowmen in the stands. Give us more of that!(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

    On Football: Some 2017 NFL memories, good and bad

    On Football: The AP hands out its off-the-beaten path NFL honors

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    File- This Sept. 24, 2017, file photo shows Carolina Panthers' Captain Munnerlyn on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers (11-4) have extra motivation to spoil Atlanta’s season one year after it played in the Super Bowl. “We don't want three teams from the NFC South in the playoffs,” said Munnerlyn. “We want two. We gotta go down there and spoil their parade.” (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

    Big doings in NFL finales center on NFC South

    All eyes on NFC South, with New Orleans and Carolina vying for division championship

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    FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hands the ball off to running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles this week. Elliott needs 120 yards rushing to reach 1,000 in only 10 games. The Eagles have the NFL's top-ranked run defense and haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Matt Jones ran for 135 yards in Week 6 last year. "If it happens, it happens," Elliott said. "It's not like you can go out there and force that, but it definitely would be nice." (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

    Eagles play for franchise-record 14th win this season

    The Philadelphia Eagles have one goal remaining in regular-season finale - a franchise-record 14th win.

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    FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) tries to break up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) during the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans. Kamara says the NFL has fined him $6,079 for wearing Christmas-themed red cleats with white trim during last Sunday’s victory over Atlanta. Kamara says it was worth it and says he’s hoping to parlay publicity from his banned holiday cleats into a fundraiser to help supply athletic footwear to children whose families struggle to afford it. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)

    Saints' Kamara: NFL 'Grinch' fines $6K for Christmas cleats

    Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara says the NFL has fined him a "Grinch"-like $6,079 for wearing Christmas-themed red cleats with white trim during a Christmas Eve victory over Atlanta

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    Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Maple Leafs' William Nylander (29) and Zach Hyman (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Auston Matthews scores for Maple Leafs in Arizona homecoming

    Auston Matthews scored in Toronto's three-goal first period in his Arizona homecoming to help the Maple Leafs beat the Coyotes 7-4

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    Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier (12) and Marcus Smart (36) celebrate after defeating the Houston Rockets in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Irving scores 26, Celts rally from 26 to beat Houston 99-98

    Al Horford hit a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98

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    New York Knicks' Michael Beasley, left, looks to pass around San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

    Aldridge leads Spurs' charge past Knicks, 119-107

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and every San Antonio starter scored in double figures as the Spurs beat the New York Knicks 119-107 on Thursday night

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    Oklahoma State players, from left, Tre Flowers, Chad Whitener (45), Kirk Tucker (12) and quarterback Mason Rudolph hold up the trophy after Oklahoma State defeated Virginia Tech 30-21 in the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Kenny Hill, TCU rally to beat Stanford in Alamo Bowl

    Bowl Capsules

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    Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, left; defenseman Christian Djoos, from Sweden; and center Lars Eller (20), from Denmark, celebrate Eller's goal as Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (43) skates past during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Ovechkin powers Capitals to 4-3 shootout win over Bruins

    Alex Ovechkin powers Washington Capitals to 4-3 shootout win against Boston Bruins

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    No. 6 Baylor dominates Kansas State in 88-58 victory

    No. 6 Baylor uses dominant first half to notch first conference victory of the season, 88-58 over Kansas State

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    Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen gains yardage against the Green Bay Packers in November, at Soldier Field. Cohen has been blessed with a rare blend of skills, including speed, quickness, agility and vision that make him a dynamic, multiple-threat running back. But he’s still getting adjusted to the fame that comes with being one of the most recognizable Bears.

    Talented Bears rookie Cohen adjusting to newfound fame

    Chicago Bears rookie Tarik Cohen has been blessed with a rare blend of skills, including speed, quickness, agility and vision that make him a dynamic, multiple-threat running back. But he’s still getting adjusted to the fame that comes with being one of the most recognizable Bears.

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    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Ainsworth)

    Chicago Blackhawks need to go on a run, and here’s how

    It’s been an up-and-down, roller-coaster-like season thus far for the Chicago Blackhawks. Can they get on a run at any point and secure a playoff spot? Sure. And here’s how …

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    Longtime Daily Herald Sports Editor Bob Frisk presents his annual New Year's offering of the best sports quotes of the year, including this gem by Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs playing their first scheduled Friday night game during a regular season: “They invented lights for a reason. God invented lights for night baseball. That was part of his overarching plan.”

    Quote, Unquote: Bob Frisk's best sports quotes of 2017

    Longtime Daily Herald Sports Editor Bob Frisk presents his annual New Year's offering of the best sports quotes of the year.

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    Girls gymnastics scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 28 results
    High school girls gymnastics results from meets of Thursday, Dec. 28.

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    Boys wrestling scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 28 results
    High school boys wrestling results from meets of Thursday, Dec. 28.

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 28 results
    High school boys basketball results from games of Thursday, Dec. 28.

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 28 results
    High school girls basketball results from games of Thursday, Dec. 28.

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    Vancouver Canucks’ Thomas Vanek (26), of Austria, scores against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg, right, of Sweden, as Ryan Hartman watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Chicago Blackhawks’ struggles continue in 5-2 loss to Canucks

    Goalie Anton Forsberg’s Chicago Blackhawks teammates provided little offensive support Thursday night and constantly lost track of players in front of the net in their own end during a 5-2 road loss to the Vancouver Canucks

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    Maine West responds to challenge, wins at D-C

    Maine West’s girls basketball team scored the first 13 points of the second half and never looked back in a 59-42 semifinal triumph over Hononegah on Thursday. The Warriors (16-0) will try to defend their 2016 Komaromy Classic championship at Dundee-Crown at 8 p.m. Friday when they face Trinity (9-3) of River Forest.

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    Fenton in fine form at Rolling Meadows

    Fenton tuned up for a trip out west by sweeping three opponent in the wrestling quad hosted by Rolling Meadows on Thursday.

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    Second-round Hardwood wins for Wheeling, St. Viator

    The Wheeling and St. Viator boys basketball teams both bounced back from first-round losses in the 40th Hardwood Classic to win their consolation bracket games Thursday at Wheeling.

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    Glenbard West edges Willowbrook to keep title at home

    Glenbard West won the championship of the Glenbard West holiday tournament by defeating Willowbrook.

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    Montini defeats Westmont, reaches title game

    On fire, Montini deals Westmont its first loss to reach championship game

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    Team effort lifts Libertyville past Fremd

    Libertyville senior standout Drew Peterson scored 16 points against Fremd on Thursday, as the Wildcats came up with a team effort in a 48-43 win over the Vikings in Wheeling’s Hardwood Classic.

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    Batavia stops Naperville North

    Batavia defeated Naperville North in the quarterfinals of the Jack Tosh holiday boys basketball tournament at York.

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    Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 102-96. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves 102-96

    Eric Bledsoe scored six points and made two key assists down the stretch and finished with 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally from a 20-point deficit and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-96 on Thursday night

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    Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer (34) celebrates a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers with teammates after the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

    Panthers beat Flyers 3-2 for 4th straight win

    James Reimer stops 29 shots as Florida Panthers beat Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 for 4th straight victory

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    Griefenstein leads Meadows into Libertyville title match

    With a 57-47 win over Cary-Grove, Rolling Meadows’ girls basketball team will play Vernon Hills for the title of the Libertyville Tournament at 2 p.m. Friday.

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    Top 25 Capsules

    Thursday's Top 25 Capsules

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    St. Francis falters in fourth quarter of fast-paced game

    Latin defeated St. Francis in the quarterfinals of the Lisle Holiday Cage Classic girls basketball tournament.

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    Lemont upends South Elgin

    South Elgin’s boys basketball team lost to Lemont 61-56 Thursday at the Chuck Dayton Holiday Classic in DeKalb.

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    St. Charles North upends Bloom

    Cade Callaghan scored 19 points Thursday night to lead the St. Charles North boys basketball team to a 64-40 win over Bloom in the opening round of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

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    West Aurora comes back to shock Wheaton North

    West Aurora’s girls basketball team defeated Wheaton North 47-45 in the semifinals of the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic at Wheaton North Thursday.

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    Mundelein rolls at Grant

    Morgan Frank scored 20 points, and Mundelein’s girls basketball team beat Waukegan 69-24 Thursday night for its first win in the Grant tournament.

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    Brown, Vernon Hills win at Wheeling

    Junior guard Tony Brown scored 16 points, and Vernon Hills’ boys basketball rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Dundee-Crown 47-41 Thursday morning, earning its first win in the Wheeling Hardwood Classic in two years.

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    Poor fourth quarter costs Harvest Christian

    The Marengo boys basketball team scored 16 fourth-quarter points and held Harvest Christian to 5 to pull out a 46-44 win in the second consolation bracket semifinal at the E.C. Nichols Holiday Classic Tournament Thursday night in Marengo.

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    Larkin no match for Uplift

    Larkin’s boys basketball team lost to Chicago Uplift 75-43 Thursday night at the Proviso West Tournament.

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    Jacobs’ Kameron Mack dunks the ball against Barrington Thursday in Algonquin.

    Jacobs repeats as Hinkle Holiday Classic champs

    Jacobs’ boys basketball team repeated as Hinkle Holiday Classic champions Thursday night, beating Barrington 74-48 in the title game.

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    Creighton hands No. 18 Villanova its first loss of season

    Audrey Faber and Jaylyn Agnew each scored 19 points and Creighton upset No. 18 Villanova 69-54 in a Big East Conference opener to give coach Jim Flanery his 300th program win

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    New Benet, same old result

    Benet defeated Peoria Manual at the Pontiac boys basketball holiday tournament.

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    Raab sparks Naperville Central past West Chicago

    Naperville Central defeated West Chicago at the DeKalb boys basketball holiday tournament.

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    Southern Illinois holds off Northern Iowa 56-53 in MVC

    Marcus Bartley hit back-to-back a 3-pointers as Southern Illinois fought into the lead early in the second quarter, and Armon Fletcher hit a big 3 inside the final minute as the Salukis had just enough to hold off Northern Iowa 56-53 in an MVC opener

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    Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15) shoots over Mississippi Valley State's Kenya Arnold for a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo by Rogelio V. Solis)

    Miss. St. falls just short of record vs. Miss. Valley St.

    Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 41 points, and No. 5 Mississippi State scored the second-most points in school history in a 112-36 victory over Mississippi Valley State

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    Glenbard South escapes Downers Grove North to reach tourney final

    Glenbard South defeated Downers Grove North in the semifinals of the Wheaton North girls basketball tournament.

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    Higgs' career game lifts No. 8 Texas past Oklahoma 88-78

    Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 25 points and No. 8 Texas won at Oklahoma for the first time since the 2009-10 season, beating the Sooners 88-78 in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams

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    No. 12 Ohio State women top Nebraska in Big Ten opener

    Kelsey Mitchell tossed in 25 points and Linnae Harper added 14 points and eight rebounds as No. 12 Ohio State opened Big Ten Conference play with a 73-61 victory over Nebraska

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    Geneva headed to Montini semis

    Stephanie Hart scored 17 points and Margaret Whitley added 14 Thursday night to lead the top-ranked Geneva girls basketball team to a 55-26 win over Marian Catholic in the second round of the Montini Christmas Tournament.

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    Gustafson leads No. 23 Iowa women past Wisconsin 56-46

    Megan Gustafson had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 23 Iowa to its sixth straight win with a 56-46 victory over Wisconsin in a Big Ten Conference opener

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    In this Monday, July 10, 2006 file photo, Italy's national soccer team Captain Fabio Cannavaro holds up the trophy he won with his team at the Germany World Cup 2006 upon the team's arrival at Rome's Pratica di Mare military airport, in Rome. Italian defender Paolo Cannavaro announced on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 that he will quit soccer after this weekend and join his brother Fabio on the technical staff at Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

    Cannavaro to retire and join brother Fabio in China

    Paolo Cannavaro will quit soccer after this weekend and join his brother on the technical staff at Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande

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    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Stamkos leads surging Lightning past Canadiens 3-1

    Steven Stamkos scores twice as Tampa Bay Lightning beat Montreal Canadiens 3-1

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    College Basketball Scores

    Thursday, Dec. 28EAST Albany (NY) 78, Kent St. 68 Buffalo 86, NJIT 81, OT Delaware 97, Cornell 96, OT Fairfield 70, St. Peter's 61 Hartford 60, Rutgers 58 Providence 94, St. John's 72 Quinnipiac 78, Monmouth (NJ) 76 Seton Hall 90, Creighton 84 Tulane 85, Temple 75 SOUTH Austin Peay 78, SIU-Edwardsville 58 ETSU 84, Tusculum 65 Houston 79, South Florida 60 Jacksonville 81, Middle Georgia 60 Jacksonville St. 76, E. Kentucky 58 Marshall 85, Southern Miss. 66 McNeese St. 85, Incarnate Word 62 Mercer 89, Kennesaw St. 56 Murray St. 80, E. Illinois 52 N. Kentucky 77, IUPUI 59 New Orleans 77, Abilene Christian 74 Nicholls 87, Northwestern St. 46 SE Louisiana 73, Stephen F. Austin 62 Tennessee Tech 69, Morehead St. 67 UNC-Wilmington 101, Greensboro 60 UT Martin 63, Tennessee St. 60, OT Virginia Tech 76, NC A&T 59 W. Kentucky 69, Louisiana Tech 68 MIDWEST Belmont 94, SE Missouri 72 Bowling Green 97, Lourdes 56 Drake 66, Bradley 64 Fort Wayne 99, Olivet College 93 Green Bay 95, Detroit 83 Indiana St. 73, Valparaiso 64 Oakland 76, Milwaukee 68 S. Illinois 56, N. Iowa 53 UMKC 89, Avila 58 Wright St. 65, Ill.-Chicago 61 SOUTHWEST Cent. Arkansas 81, Texas A&M-CC 69 Lamar 86, Houston Baptist 68 North Texas 63, UTEP 62 Tulsa 79, East Carolina 53 UTSA 79, Rice 66 FAR WEST BYU 69, Portland 45 Denver 106, Colorado Mesa 60 Montana 87, N. Arizona 69 Montana St. 104, S. Utah 99 ___

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    Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) passes the ball over Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) and center Andre Drummond, front left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

    Magic beat Pistons 102-89 to snap nine-game losing streak

    Elfrid Payton had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help the Orlando Magic break a nine-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons

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    Conant returns to Tosh semifinals

    The defending champions are back in the semifinals at York’s Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. Conant’s boys basketball team won for a third straight day on Thursday, topping the host Dukes 54-46 to earn a spot in Friday’s first semifinal at 6 p.m. against Wheaton North.

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    FILE - This Dec. 24, 2017 file photo shows New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passing in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. Brees is on the verge of reclaiming an NFL record this week, just weeks before his 39th birthday. Brees enters New Orleans’ season finale at Tampa Bay with a completion percentage of 71.9. If that holds, he’ll break the single-season record of 71.7 percent set by Minnesota’s Sam Bradford last season. Brees says improvements to the running game and defense have produced less risky game plans featuring higher-percentage throws. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, file)

    Brees not surprised Saints were able to overcome slow start

    Playoff-bound New Orleans can clinch its first NFC South championship in six years by beating the last-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    DePaul College Prep denies Stevenson

    Highly regarded DePaul College Prep pulled away to a 49-36 victory over Stevenson’s boys basketball team in the quarterfinals of the Hinsdale Central holiday tournament on Thursday afternoon.

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    Prospect forward Jalen McLachlan goes up for a layup against Geneva on Thursday at Wheeling’s Hardwood Classic.

    Prospect savors Hardwood victory over Geneva

    Prospect’s boys basketball team thoroughly enjoyed the moment on Thursday at Wheeling, where the Knights topped Geneva 63-48 for their 10th straight win and a spot in Friday’s championship semifinals against Niles North.

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    Jacobs’ Ryan Phillips goes up for a dunk against Barrington Thursday in Algonquin.

    Images: Jacobs vs. Barrington, boys basketball

    Host Jacobs High School took on Barrington during the championship game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament on Thursday, Dec. 28, in Algonquin.

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    Bartlett tops Crystal Lake South for third at Jacobs

    Bartlett’s boys basketball team defeated Crystal Lake South on Thursday to take third at Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic.

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    BC-BKC--E. Illinois-Murray St. Box

    BC-BKC--E. Illinois-Murray St. Box MURRAY ST. 80, E. ILLINOIS 52E. ILLINOIS (4-8) Dama 1-7 0-0 2, Jackson 3-10 6-6 13, Goodwin 6-16 0-0 16, Starks 3-9 2-4 8, Crossland 1-6 0-0 2, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Diallo 2-3 1-2 5, Koch 0-2 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, M.Smith 2-5 0-0 4, Price 0-1 0-0 0, Chavers 0-1 0-0 0, Green 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 18-63 11-14 52. MURRAY ST. (9-3) Dupree 3-4 0-0 6, Miller 5-13 0-1 11, Morant 3-7 4-5 11, Stark 6-14 6-6 21, Buchanan 6-9 2-2 15, Sanchious 1-3 2-3 4, A.Smith 0-1 4-6 4, Gilmore 0-1 0-0 0, Hopewell 1-1 1-2 3, Hawkins 2-7 0-4 5, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 19-29 80. Halftime_Murray St. 41-31. 3-Point Goals_E. Illinois 5-21 (Goodwin 4-9, Jackson 1-2, Koch 0-1, Chavers 0-1, Green 0-1, M.Smith 0-2, Starks 0-2, Crossland 0-3), Murray St. 7-24 (Stark 3-7, Morant 1-2, Buchanan 1-3, Hawkins 1-4, Miller 1-8). Fouled Out_Dama, Crossland. Rebounds_E. Illinois 27 (Diallo 6), Murray St. 49 (Morant 10). Assists_E. Illinois 6 (Jackson 3), Murray St. 18 (Morant 14). Total Fouls_E. Illinois 22, Murray St. 16. A_2,846 (8,602).

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    BC-BKC--E. Illinois-Murray St. Long Box

    BC-BKC--E. Illinois-Murray St. Long Box MURRAY ST. 80, E. ILLINOIS 52FGFTRebE. ILLINOISMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSDama261-70-02-5052Goodwin356-160-01-21216Jackson313-106-60-13113Crossland231-60-00-3052Starks263-92-41-5128M.Smith232-50-00-2124Diallo142-31-23-6025Koch80-20-00-0010Jones50-00-00-1010Green30-32-21-1002Chavers30-10-01-1000Wilson20-00-00-0010Price10-10-00-0000Totals20018-6311-149-2762252 Percentages: FG .286, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Goodwin 4-9, Jackson 1-2, Chavers 0-1, Green 0-1, Koch 0-1, M.Smith 0-2, Starks 0-2, Crossland 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 8 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Dama 2, Diallo, Goodwin, Jackson). Turnovers: 8 (Jackson 4, Starks 2, Crossland, Koch). Steals: 2 (Goodwin, Jackson). Technical Fouls: None. FGFTRebMURRAY ST.MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSDupree153-40-02-5036Miller265-130-12-80111Buchanan306-92-23-80215Morant353-74-53-1014111Stark296-146-60-34221Hawkins202-70-42-2005A.Smith190-14-61-6044Sanchious171-32-31-5014Gilmore30-10-01-2000Taylor30-00-00-0020Hopewell31-11-20-0003Totals20027-6019-2915-49181680 Percentages: FG .450, FT .655. 3-Point Goals: 7-24, .292 (Stark 3-7, Morant 1-2, Buchanan 1-3, Hawkins 1-4, Miller 1-8). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 8 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Morant). Turnovers: 8 (Miller 4, Dupree, Gilmore, Morant, Stark). Steals: 3 (Buchanan 2, Stark). Technical Fouls: None.

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    No. 9 WVU women remain undefeated with 87-82 win at TCU

    Naomi Davenport had 32 points, Teana Muldrow had 20 points with 17 rebounds and the No. 9 West Virginia women remained undefeated

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    Andrew solves Palatine

    It took the Andrew boys basketball team some time to figure out Palatine’s defense Thursday night at York High School. Once they did, the Thunderbolts dispatched the Pirates 70-61 in the winner’s consolation bracket at the 44th annual Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.

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    FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Wilson is the primary offensive reason why Seattle has playoff hopes going into the regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photo/John Hefti, File)

    Wilson hopes win over Cardinals gets Seahawks to playoffs

    They have been stretches in previous seasons where Russell Wilson is the reason Seattle would have offensive success

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    Wright St opens Horizon League play with win over UIC

    Justin Mitchell totaled 14 points and six rebounds, Mark Hughes added 13 points and five assists and Grant Benzinger finished with a double-double to carry Wright State to a 65-61 victory over Illinois-Chicago in a Horizon League opener

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    Louisville guard Asia Durr (25) shoots as Georgia Tech forward Breanna Brown defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

    No. 3 Louisville wins at Georgia Tech on Durr's 38

    Louisville point guard Asia Durr returned to her hometown and scored 38 points, but it took teammate Myisha Hines-Allen's driving layup with 1.9 seconds remaining for No. 3 Louisville to squeak out a 74-71 win at Georgia Tech

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    Texas' Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (31) and Oklahoma's Gileysa Penzo (12) fight for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

    Higgs' career game lifts No. 8 Texas past Oklahoma 88-78

    Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 25 points and No. 8 Texas won at Oklahoma for the first time since the 2009-10 season, beating the Sooners 88-78 in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams

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    No. 22 Texas A&M women cruise past SMU 79-57

    Chennedy Carter scored 28 points, Anriel Howard had 15 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 22 Texas A&M cruised to a 79-57 victory over SMU

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    Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) hits a shot over Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) to give the Pacers the lead in the final minute of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The Pacers defeated the Bulls 98-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Gut-wrenching loss to Pacers started Chicago Bulls’ surprising turnaround

    The Chicago Bulls’ surprising turnaround began with an excrutiating loss. The Bulls were outscored 19-4 down the stretch at Indiana on Dec. 6 and lost by two, but have gone 9-2 since then. The Pacers visit the United Center on Friday.

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    File- This Sept. 24, 2017, file photo shows Carolina Panthers' Captain Munnerlyn on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers (11-4) have extra motivation to spoil Atlanta’s season one year after it played in the Super Bowl. “We don't want three teams from the NFC South in the playoffs,” said Munnerlyn. “We want two. We gotta go down there and spoil their parade.” (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

    Panthers hope to stay hot, spoil Falcons playoff hopes

    Panthers hoping to take momentum into playoffs, spoil Falcons' hopes for return trip to postseason

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    College Basketball Scores

    Thursday, Dec. 28EAST Albany (NY) 78, Kent St. 68 Buffalo 86, NJIT 81, OT Delaware 97, Cornell 96, OT Fairfield 70, St. Peter's 61 Hartford 60, Rutgers 58 Providence 94, St. John's 72 Quinnipiac 78, Monmouth (NJ) 76 Seton Hall 90, Creighton 84 Tulane 85, Temple 75 SOUTH Austin Peay 78, SIU-Edwardsville 58 ETSU 84, Tusculum 65 Houston 79, South Florida 60 Jacksonville 81, Middle Georgia 60 Marshall 85, Southern Miss. 66 McNeese St. 85, Incarnate Word 62 Mercer 89, Kennesaw St. 56 N. Kentucky 77, IUPUI 59 Nicholls 87, Northwestern St. 46 UNC-Wilmington 101, Greensboro 60 UT Martin 63, Tennessee St. 60, OT Virginia Tech 76, NC A&T 59 MIDWEST Bowling Green 97, Lourdes 56 Fort Wayne 99, Olivet College 93 Indiana St. 73, Valparaiso 64 Oakland 76, Milwaukee 68 S. Illinois 56, N. Iowa 53 UMKC 89, Avila 58 Wright St. 65, Ill.-Chicago 61 SOUTHWEST Cent. Arkansas 81, Texas A&M-CC 69 Lamar 86, Houston Baptist 68 Tulsa 79, East Carolina 53 UTSA 79, Rice 66 ___

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    College Basketball Scores

    Thursday, Dec. 28EAST Albany (NY) 78, Kent St. 68 Buffalo 86, NJIT 81, OT Delaware 97, Cornell 96, OT Fairfield 70, St. Peter's 61 Hartford 60, Rutgers 58 Providence 94, St. John's 72 Quinnipiac 78, Monmouth (NJ) 76 Seton Hall 90, Creighton 84 Tulane 85, Temple 75 SOUTH Austin Peay 78, SIU-Edwardsville 58 ETSU 84, Tusculum 65 Houston 79, South Florida 60 Jacksonville 81, Middle Georgia 60 Marshall 85, Southern Miss. 66 McNeese St. 85, Incarnate Word 62 Mercer 89, Kennesaw St. 56 N. Kentucky 77, IUPUI 59 Nicholls 87, Northwestern St. 46 UNC-Wilmington 101, Greensboro 60 UT Martin 63, Tennessee St. 60, OT Virginia Tech 76, NC A&T 59 MIDWEST Bowling Green 97, Lourdes 56 Fort Wayne 99, Olivet College 93 Indiana St. 73, Valparaiso 64 Oakland 76, Milwaukee 68 S. Illinois 56, N. Iowa 53 UMKC 89, Avila 58 Wright St. 65, Ill.-Chicago 61 SOUTHWEST Cent. Arkansas 81, Texas A&M-CC 69 Lamar 86, Houston Baptist 68 Tulsa 79, East Carolina 53 UTSA 79, Rice 66 ___

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    Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey, center, drives between Syracuse's Miranda Drummond (32) and Digna Strautmane during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

    Shepard's double-double leads Irish over Syracuse, 87-72

    Despite a sprained ankle, junior Jessica Shepard had 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 2 Notre Dame shook off upset-minded Syracuse for an 87-72 Atlantic Coast Conference victory

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    Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph holds up the MVP trophy after Oklahoma State defeated Virginia Tech 30-21 in the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Cowboy up: Oklahoma State gets past Virginia Tech, 30-21

    Rudolph, Washington leave their mark, and No. 17 Oklahoma State tops No. 22 Virginia Tech 30-21 in the Camping World Bowl

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    No. 24 Oklahoma State women rout Texas Tech 98-57

    Kaylee Jensen had 26 points and 12 rebounds and No. 24 Oklahoma State won its fourth straight with a 98-57 rout of Texas Tech in a Big 12 Conference opener

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    Oregon native Terry Boss named coach at Oregon State

    Oregon native Terry Boss, who has been an assistant Virginia for the past four seasons, has been named head coach at Oregon State

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    BC-BKC--Ill.-Chicago-Wright St. Box

    BC-BKC--Ill.-Chicago-Wright St. Box WRIGHT ST. 65, ILL.-CHICAGO 61ILL.-CHICAGO (5-9) Dixson 4-13 3-4 11, Blount 2-3 0-0 6, Odiase 3-7 1-1 7, Ottey 7-13 2-2 16, Matthews 3-8 2-2 9, Wiley 0-0 0-0 0, Diggins 1-1 0-0 3, Robinson 1-2 0-0 2, Boahen 2-6 2-2 7. Totals 23-53 10-11 61. WRIGHT ST. (9-5) Love 2-10 3-4 7, Ernsthausen 1-2 0-0 2, Benzinger 2-9 6-6 11, Hughes 4-9 2-2 13, J.Mitchell 5-13 4-4 14, Hall 3-10 1-2 8, Gentry 1-7 1-2 4, Winchester 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 21-64 17-20 65. Halftime_29-29. 3-Point Goals_Ill.-Chicago 5-13 (Blount 2-3, Diggins 1-1, Boahen 1-2, Matthews 1-4, Ottey 0-1, Dixson 0-2), Wright St. 6-19 (Hughes 3-8, Benzinger 1-3, Hall 1-4, Gentry 1-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Ill.-Chicago 38 (Odiase, Dixson 7), Wright St. 32 (Benzinger 11). Assists_Ill.-Chicago 8 (Ottey 3), Wright St. 13 (Hughes 5). Total Fouls_Ill.-Chicago 18, Wright St. 12. A_3,397 (10,400).

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    BC-BKC--Ill.-Chicago-Wright St. Long Box

    BC-BKC--Ill.-Chicago-Wright St. Long Box WRIGHT ST. 65, ILL.-CHICAGO 61FGFTRebILL.-CHICAGOMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSBlount262-30-00-6136Dixson374-133-40-70111Odiase263-71-14-7027Matthews273-82-21-6239Ottey367-132-22-63216Boahen162-62-20-2147Robinson141-20-02-4022Diggins131-10-00-0113Wiley50-00-00-0000Totals20023-5310-119-3881861 Percentages: FG .434, FT .909. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Blount 2-3, Diggins 1-1, Boahen 1-2, Matthews 1-4, Ottey 0-1, Dixson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 20 (7 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Odiase 4, Ottey, Robinson). Turnovers: 20 (Blount 5, Dixson 4, Boahen 3, Matthews 3, Ottey 2, Robinson 2, Wiley). Steals: 4 (Dixson 2, Blount, Diggins). Technical Fouls: None. FGFTRebWRIGHT ST.MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSErnsthausen171-20-02-2002Love292-103-43-6137Benzinger322-96-65-110111Hughes344-92-21-25213J.Mitchell345-134-41-63214Gentry251-71-20-2324Hall203-101-21-3118Winchester93-40-00-0016Totals20021-6417-2013-32131265 Percentages: FG .328, FT .850. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Hughes 3-8, Benzinger 1-3, Gentry 1-4, Hall 1-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 8 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Benzinger, Love). Turnovers: 8 (J.Mitchell 3, Benzinger, Hall, Hughes, Love, Winchester). Steals: 10 (Benzinger 4, Gentry 2, J.Mitchell 2, Hughes, Winchester). Technical Fouls: None. Ill.-Chicago2932-61Wright St.2936-65 A_3,397 (10,400).

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    File- This Dec. 24, 2017, file photo shows Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell watching during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. The Packers (7-8) have fallen short of the playoffs for the first time since 2008, a year before Matthews was drafted. Detroit (8-7) won’t be in the postseason either, and the big question now is whether the Lions will stick with Caldwell for another year. Detroit made the playoffs last season but lost its final three regular-season games and its postseason opener. This year, the Lions were in decent shape at 6-4 before consecutive losses against Minnesota and Baltimore left them playing catch-up.(AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

    Not much at stake for this year's Lions-Packers finale

    For both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, the offseason begins the moment their matchup this weekend ends

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    Balanced Florida State women top Jacksonville 82-50

    Imani Wright scored 24 points, leading four into double figures, as 13th-ranked Florida State defeated Jacksonville 82-50 _ the twelfth time in 13 games four or more have reached double-figure scoring for the Seminoles

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    Vernon Hills’ Daniella Jarrell, left, drives on Libertyville’s Abigail Frea on Thursday in Libertyville.

    Vernon Hills shoots past Libertyville, into tourney finale

    Kayla Caudle grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 12 points to help Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team past Libertyville 49-38. The Cougars’ eighth win in their last nine games puts them in the Libertyville tournament title game against Rolling Meadows at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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    FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The Bears face yet another meaningless final regular season game at Minnesota. Except this time the Vikings have a lot to play for, with pursuit of a first-round bye for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    Vikings have plenty more to play for in rematch vs. Bears

    The Minnesota Vikings can look back to a victory at Chicago they pulled out on Oct. 9 as the point where their path to the postseason began to straighten out

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    Rockets sign free agent Gerald Green

    The Houston Rockets have signed veteran swingman Gerald Green

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    Warren well enough to turn away Carmel Catholic

    With Wake Forest-bound senior Kaylen Dickson struggling with the flue, Warren’s girls basketball team still managed to top Carmel Catholic 35-29 in Blue Devils Classic tournament play on Thursday.

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    File- This Dec. 16, 2017, file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) warming up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City, Mo. Mahomes, the former Texas Tech star chosen 10th overall in the 2017 draft, spent all season watching and waiting while Alex Smith led the league with a 104.7 passer rating and topped 4,000 yards passing for the first time in his 13th NFL season, and likely his last in Kansas City. Having clinched the middling AFC West again, the Chiefs (9-6) have the luxury of sneaking a peek at their future QB while treating Sunday's game as a bye before the playoffs begin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    Chiefs, Broncos turning to young QBs in season finale

    Both the Chiefs and the Broncos are turning to young quarterbacks in their season finale Sunday in Denver

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    Has Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has thought about running his own show at the NFL level? “Well, sure,” he said. “(But) it wasn’t my ultimate dream. My ultimate dream when I got into coaching was to be a high school head coach and live happily ever after.”

    Why Bears’ DC Fangio has surpassed his original “ultimate dream”

    Mike Zimmer, a graduate of Aurora’s Marmion Academy, was in coaching 35 years before he became the Vikings’ head coach at age 57 in 2014. It’s not common for assistants of that age to become first-time head coaches in the NFL. “Especially if they’re not coaching offense,” said Vic Fangio, the Chicago Bears’ 59-year-old defensive coordinator.

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    Niles North battles past Buffalo Grove

    A pair of key injuries were too much for Buffalo Grove’s boys basketball team to overcome despite a valiant effort in a 70-62 loss to Niles North on Thursday in Wheeling’s Hardwood Classic.

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    New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) hits Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) on a pass reception in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Saints crediting rookies Lattimore, Kamara for resurgence

    Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and running back Alvin Kamara have one game left to improve New Orleans' chances of matching a feat accomplished once in NFL history _ a half-century ago

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    49ers optimistic about rookie Thomas despite sack total

    Early in his rookie season, Solomon Thomas felt the pressure of being the No. 3 overall pick, knowing 49ers fans were expecting the defensive lineman to post big numbers for a team needing to upgrade its pass rush.

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    Spurs opt to rest Leonard against Knicks

    Kawhi Leonard a late scratch from Spurs' lineup against Knicks

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    Charles, Watson lead No. 15 Maryland women by Illini 100-65

    Kaila Charles scored 24 points, Blair Watson had 22 and No. 15 Maryland opened Big Ten play with a 100-65 win over Illinois

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    Byron Maxwell's return to Seahawks comes with a punch

    Byron Maxwell's return to Seahawks comes with a punch

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    Flaherty has 10 3s, No. 21 Michigan women roll over Penn St

    Katelynn Flaherty had a school record 10 3-pointers and scored 33 points, Hallie Thome had a double-double and No. 21 Michigan used a 20-0 run in the first quarter to roll to an 89-69 win over Penn State in the Big Ten opener

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    Philadelphia Eagles' LeGarrette Blount (29) is tackled by Oakland Raiders' Bruce Irvin (51), Dexter McDonald (23) and Eddie Vanderdoes (94) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Pagano jumpstarted Raiders' transformation on defense

    Oakland's transformation on defense the past five weeks after elevating John Pagano as play-caller in place of the fired Ken Norton Jr. has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for the Raiders

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    New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, left, sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) on third down, forcing a punt, during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in New Orleans. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    Falcons' offense still searching for consistency

    The Atlanta Falcons have done plenty right on offense in their first year under coordinator Steve Sarkisian, leading the NFL in third-down percentage, but they rank 22nd in time of possession and often struggle to sustain drives

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    Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Teague, right, lays up as Denver Nuggets' Will Barton defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Timberwolves PG Teague sidelined by sprained knee

    Minnesota Timberwolves PG Jeff Teague day to day with left knee injury

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    Ball bounces Wheaton North’s way in OT thriller vs. Hinsdale South

    Wheaton North came from behind to defeat Hinsdale South in overtime in a boys basketball game at York’s Jack Tosh tournament.

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    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game in Denver. Forte says he has been playing on one leg since the team's bye week last month but has no intentions of calling it a career. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)

    Jets' Forte playing on '1 leg,' but plans to continue career

    New York Jets running back Matt Forte says he has been playing on one leg since the team's bye week last month, but has no intentions of calling it a career

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    Patty, Montini grab victory against Marist

    Montini defeated Marist in a Montini Christmas Tournament quarterfinal girls basketball game.

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    FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. Bryant opened up in his first lengthy session with reporters in weeks, taking responsibility for a subpar season by saying he let frustrations affect him during games. But he also said some of those frustrations were rooted in the offensive scheme, which he said he would probably address with owner Jerry Jones and coaches in the offseason. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    Cowboys' Bryant opens up on struggles, nixes idea of pay cut

    Dez Bryant rejects idea of pay cut, takes responsibility for subpar season but blames scheme, injuries with Cowboys missing playoffs

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    Sears Centre hosting Midlands

    Four hundred of the best collegiate wrestlers will converge in Hoffman Estates on Friday and Saturday for the 57th Northwestern Midlands.

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    Fake news is the story

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    Beware banana republics
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    Church’s outreach to all needy
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    Let courts determine truth of harassment
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