Daily Archive : Sunday December 31, 2017

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    Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

    Raiders fire coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season

    Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has been fired after a disappointing season

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    76ers' Embiid injures right hand in win over Suns

    Philadelphia center Joel Embiid injured his right hand going after an inbounds pass late in the fourth quarter of the 76ers' 123-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns

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    Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson, front right, battles with Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) for a loose ball as Suns forward Jared Dudley, back right, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Dario Saric scores 27 points to help 76ers beat Suns

    Dario Saric tied a season high with 27 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Phoenix Suns 123-110 on Sunday night after blowing an 18-point lead in one quarter

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    Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto, right, reaches out to steal the puck from New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Landeskog scores 2 goals as Avalanche rout Islanders, 6-1

    Gabriel Landeskog scored twice in less than two minutes in the second period, and the Colorado Avalanche routed the New York Islanders 6-1

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Md.-Eastern Shore 74, Central Penn College 69 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Robert Morris 71, CCSU 57 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 Seton Hall 75, St. John's 70 St. Francis (Pa.) 86, Bryant 82, OT St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 Syracuse 68, Virginia Tech 56 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 Kentucky 66, Georgia 61 Mississippi 74, South Carolina 69 South Alabama 69, Georgia Southern 67 Texas State 53, Coastal Carolina 48 Troy 68, Georgia St. 66 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Drake 70, S. Illinois 67 E. Washington 77, North Dakota 64 Illinois St. 84, Indiana St. 81, OT Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 Missouri St. 67, Valparaiso 50 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 SOUTHWEST Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Arkansas St. 78 SE Louisiana 73, Cent. Arkansas 69 SMU 79, South Florida 39 UALR 71, Louisiana-Monroe 62 FAR WEST N. Colorado 81, Idaho 77 Southern Cal 89, Washington St. 71 UCLA 74, Washington 53 Utah 66, Oregon St. 64 ___

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    Dallas Stars right wing Brett Ritchie (25) takes down San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) as Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Ritchie was penalized for hooking. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

    Pitlick scores twice, Bishop and Stars beat Sharks 6-0

    Ben Bishop made 26 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, Tyler Pitlick scored twice and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 6-0

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    Charlotte Hornets guard Michael Carter-Williams (10) is challenged under the basket by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

    Lou Williams scores 40 points, Clippers hold off Hornets

    Lou Williams scored 40 points, Blake Griffin added 25 and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 106-98

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    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, pose with the Sugar Bowl trophy for their upcoming semi-final playoff game, for the NCAA football national championship, in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Alabama-Clemson becomes college football's best new rivalry

    Clemson and Alabama are meeting in the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row, but Tiger coach Dabo Swinney thinks there could be a few more chapters in college football's most intriguing new rivalry

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    Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, left, and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart speak before a photo session at an NCAA college football news conference, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. Oklahoma and Georgia meet at the Rose Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year's Day. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    Rosy outlook: Riley, Smart took over playoff-potential teams

    Rosy outlook: Lincoln Riley, Kirby Smart took over playoff-potential teams

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    Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) shows the ball after he intercepted a pass late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 22-16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Bills, Titans, Falcons make way into playoffs with wins

    The Buffalo Bills are in the NFL playoffs. No kidding.

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    Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, front, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the second overtime of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

    Paul helps Rockets to 148-142 win over Lakers in double OT

    Chris Paul scored 15 of his 28 points in overtime, and the Houston Rockets snapped a five-game skid with a 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers

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    Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) drinks as Detroit Red Wings congratulate center Frans Nielsen (51), of Denmark, after he scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

    Nyquist scores twice as Red Wings top Penguins 4-1

    Gustav Nyquist scored twice, Jimmy Howard made 37 saves and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1

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    Michael Glasder (5) celebrates after winning the men’s ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Park City, Utah. Glasder qualified for the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Cary native Glasder earns Olympic spot in ski jumping

    Michael Glasder and former World champion Sarah Hendrickson clinched spots in the Pyeongchang Games on Sunday as the overall winners at the U.S. Olympic trials for ski jumping.

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    Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase looks down field, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Dolphins owner says Gase, top personnel execs will be back

    Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says coach Adam Gase and the top two personnel executives will be retained despite a disappointing season. Gase will be back for a third season in 2018

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    Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson celebrates after scoring a hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Karlsson has hat trick, Golden Knights beat Maple Leafs 6-3

    William Karlsson had the first hat trick in Vegas history and added an assist to help the streaking Golden Knights beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3

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    Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Cam Newton ready to move on from career-worst passer rating

    Cam Newton had a rough day in Carolina's 22-10 loss to the Falcons, finishing with the worst passer rating of his career and throwing 3 interceptions in the second half

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    Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, right, knocks the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, duringp the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Dallas won 116-113. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Barnes leads Mavericks past Thunder for 4th straight win

    Harrison Barnes scored 24 points, Dennis Smith Jr. got 11 of his 19 points in the final 1:39 and the Dallas Mavericks closed 2017 with their season-best fourth straight win, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-113

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    Antonio Gates wants to play next season, will talk to Bolts

    Antonio Gates wants to play in the NFL next season. The record-setting tight end intends to talk to the Los Angeles Chargers about staying with the team.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) watches the puck cross the line as Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) tries to make the save during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Connor Hellebuyck makes 35 saves, Jets beat Oilers 5-0

    Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves for his third shutout of the season and Kyle Connor and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist in the Winnipeg Jets' 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers

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    Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, left, greets Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald after an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. Arizona won 26-24. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seahawks lose finale, miss playoffs for first time since '11

    Doug Baldwin spent the week preparing for the inevitable reality, knowing that even with a victory it was going to difficult for the Seattle Seahawks to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season

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    Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) is sacked for a 10-yard loss by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (89) in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Jags say they're ready for playoffs after losing 2 straight

    Jacksonville has hit its first adversity this season at the worst possible moment, not that any of the Jaguars are worried

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    Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) and a group of players fall to the ground in celebration after Williams scored a touchdown, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Bills end 17-year playoff drought with win and help

    Bills snap 17-season playoff drought, longest current streak in North American pro sports, by beating Miami and getting help from Cincinnati, which beat Buffalo.

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    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

    QB-in-waiting Mahomes shows flashes of talent in Chiefs win

    The Kansas City Chiefs got an enticing glimpse of their quarterback future with the debut of Patrick Mahomes

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Md.-Eastern Shore 74, Central Penn College 69 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Robert Morris 71, CCSU 57 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 Seton Hall 75, St. John's 70 St. Francis (Pa.) 86, Bryant 82, OT St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 Syracuse 68, Virginia Tech 56 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 Kentucky 66, Georgia 61 Mississippi 74, South Carolina 69 South Alabama 69, Georgia Southern 67 Texas State 53, Coastal Carolina 48 Troy 68, Georgia St. 66 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Drake 70, S. Illinois 67 E. Washington 77, North Dakota 64 Illinois St. 84, Indiana St. 81, OT Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 Missouri St. 67, Valparaiso 50 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 SOUTHWEST Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Arkansas St. 78 SE Louisiana 73, Cent. Arkansas 69 UALR 71, Louisiana-Monroe 62 FAR WEST N. Colorado 81, Idaho 77 Utah 66, Oregon St. 64 ___

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) celebrates with quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and tight end Cameron Brate (84) after catching a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers won the game 31-24. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

    Winston throws late TD pass, Buccaneers beat Saints 31-24

    Jameis Winston threw for 363 yards, including a 39-yard scoring pass to Chris Godwin with nine seconds remaining to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers snap a five-game losing streak with a 31-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints

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    Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott, left, Chicago Bulls guard David Nwaba, Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, from Poland, and Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn get tangled up as they go for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 114-110. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Bulls start fast, but can’t finish off a victory in Washington

    The Bulls were 54 seconds from another road victory. But some poor defense and rebounding down the stretch allowed the Washington Wizards to rally for 114-110 victory on Sunday afternoon.

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    Tampa Bay Lightning's Jake Dotchin, left, Yanni Gourde, center, and Cory Conacher celebrate their goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Johnson scores twice in Lightning's 5-0 rout of Columbus

    Tyler Johnson scored twice, Andre Vasilevskiy stopped 21 shots for his ninth career shutout and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0

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    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) carries the ball toward the end zone for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr (24), cornerback Maurice Canady (26) and free safety Eric Weddle (32) chase him during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Bengals coach Lewis: 'I want to coach this team'

    Marvin Lewis says he wants to remain coach of the Bengals, but acknowledges ownership will make the call

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    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

    Mahomes leads Chiefs past Broncos 27-24 in 1st start

    Patrick Mahomes II is impressive in his first NFL start, leading the Kansas City Chiefs past the Denver Broncos 27-24

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    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) leaves the field after scoring a touchdown and being ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Landry, 2 others ejected in Dolphins' loss to Bills

    The Miami Dolphins punctuated a disappointing season of undisciplined play with a fight and three ejections

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    Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) celebrates with Wesley Woodyard (59) and Ben Jones (60) after Byard intercepted a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars to stop their final drive in the last seconds of the fourth quarter in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 15-10. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Titans beat Jaguars 15-10, end playoff drought with AFC spot

    Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown and used his legs to help the Tennessee Titans end an eight-season playoff drought by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 15-10 to clinch an AFC wild-card berth

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    Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries as Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven reaches for a tackle during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Penn State running back Saquon Barkley entering NFL draft

    Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is entering the NFL draft

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    Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans (12) drives to the basket as Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) and guard George Hill (3) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

    Tyreke Evans scores 26 points, Grizzlies beat Kings 114-96

    Tyreke Evans had 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists against his former team and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 114-96

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    Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Chargers rout Raiders 30-10, miss playoffs; Del Rio fired

    Philip Rivers passed for 387 yards and three touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Chargers kept alive their pursuit of a playoff berth into the final minutes of the regular season with a 30-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders

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    Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) walks off the field after an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 22-10. Bryant kicked five field goals in the game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Falcons clinch playoff spot, beat Panthers on Bryant's 5 FGs

    Matt Bryant kicks 5 field goals, including 56-yarder, in 2nd half as Falcons clinch playoff spot by beating Panthers 22-10

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    Alexandre Fortin (26), of the Rockford IceHogs, was the star of camp last season and constantly showcases his high-end speed but is still figuring out how to finish. He has 3 goals in 30 games.

    IceHogs are still learning how to stay consistent

    The Rockford IceHogs have plenty of players who may one day play for the Chicago Blackhawks or other NHL organizations. Right now, however, their coach is trying to get them to learn how to play smart, disciplined hockey on a more consistent basis.

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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passes against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Garoppolo, 49ers beat playoff-bound Rams 34-13

    Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the San Francisco 49ers to their fifth straight victory, 34-13 over a Los Angeles Rams team resting its big stars for the playoffs

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    Mississippi State guard Morgan William passes from the floor to guard Roshunda Johnson (11) as Georgia guard Gabby Connally (2) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

    McCowan's 26 points lifts Miss. St to 86-62 win over Georgia

    Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 5 Mississippi State remain unbeaten with an 86-62 win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams

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    Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) shows the ball after he intercepted a pass late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 22-16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Bills end playoff drought, Browns finish 0-16

    NFL Capsules

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    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dunks while defended by Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Butler scores 26, Timberwolves beat slumping Pacers 107-90

    Jimmy Butler had 26 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves never trailed in a 107-90 victory over the Indiana Pacers

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    Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta (32) blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson (42) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Ducks dominate third period, beat Coyotes, 5-2

    Rickard Rakell scored twice in the first period and Anaheim had a three-goal third to pull away and beat the NHL-worst Arizona Coyotes 5-2

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) laughs during the team warm up period before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Bengals oust Ravens from playoff hunt with 31-27 victory

    The Cincinnati Bengals bounced the Baltimore Ravens from the playoff hunt in stunning fashion, using a 49-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left to pull out a 31-27 victory

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    Top 25 Capsules

    Top 25 Capsules

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    A hockey rink is set up on the infield at Citi Field in New York on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. The Buffalo Sabres play the New York Rangers on Monday in the NHL's New Year's Day game. Both teams practiced on the ice with the temperature around 16 degrees, the same as is forecast for the start of the game on Monday. (AP Photo/Vin A. Cherwoo)

    Sabres' Pominville can see how Winter Classic has evolved

    Jason Pominville can appreciate how much everything around the Winter Classic has changed over the years

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    Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots in front of Brooklyn Nets' DeMarre Carroll (9) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Irving scores 28 for Celtics in 108-105 win over Nets

    Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, Al Horford had 10 points and 10 rebounds and the Boston Celtics held off the Brooklyn Nets 108-105

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    Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) shows the ball after he intercepted a pass late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 22-16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    The Latest: Playoff seeds, matchups set in dramatic fashion

    The NFL's playoff seeds and first-round matchups were set in dramatic fashion

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    Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh reacts after he missed a field goal at the end of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Dawson kicks Cardinals past Seahawks 26-24

    Phil Dawson kicked four field goals, the last from 42 yards with 2:21 left, Blair Walsh missed a 48-yard attempt with 32 seconds left and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-24 to close the season

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Md.-Eastern Shore 74, Central Penn College 69 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Robert Morris 71, CCSU 57 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 Seton Hall 75, St. John's 70 St. Francis (Pa.) 86, Bryant 82, OT St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 South Alabama 69, Georgia Southern 67 Texas State 53, Coastal Carolina 48 Troy 68, Georgia St. 66 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Drake 70, S. Illinois 67 E. Washington 77, North Dakota 64 Illinois St. 84, Indiana St. 81, OT Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 Missouri St. 67, Valparaiso 50 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 SOUTHWEST Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Arkansas St. 78 SE Louisiana 73, Cent. Arkansas 69 UALR 71, Louisiana-Monroe 62 FAR WEST N. Colorado 81, Idaho 77 ___

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    McCarty leads No. 8 Texas past No. 9 West Virginia

    Brooke McCarty scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and No. 8 Texas defeated No. 9 West Virginia 79-58

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    Ionescu sets NCAA mark for triple-doubles in Oregon's win

    Sabrina Ionescu set an NCAA record with her eighth career triple-double to lead No. 10 Oregon to a 94-83 victory over Washington

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    Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) hangs from the rim after dunking in front of Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Beal's 39 points lead Wizards to 114-110 win over Bulls

    Bradley Beal's 4th-quarter heroics help Washington Wizards to 114-110 win over Chicago Bulls

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    Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace, left, has the same record as the coach who’s likely to lose his job on Monday. Yet his future seems secure, which makes him very lucky.

    Rozner: After three years, Bears right on Pace

    Another disappointing season comes to an end for the Bears, who will undoubtedly tell you they made great progress in winning five games.

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    Drake hangs on for 70-67 win over Southern Illinois

    Reed Timmer scored 20 points and Drake held off a Southern Illinois rally for a 70-67 win Sunday.

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Md.-Eastern Shore 74, Central Penn College 69 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Robert Morris 71, CCSU 57 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 St. Francis (Pa.) 86, Bryant 82, OT St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 South Alabama 69, Georgia Southern 67 Texas State 53, Coastal Carolina 48 Troy 68, Georgia St. 66 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Drake 70, S. Illinois 67 E. Washington 77, North Dakota 64 Illinois St. 84, Indiana St. 81, OT Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 Missouri St. 67, Valparaiso 50 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 SOUTHWEST Louisiana-Lafayette 88, Arkansas St. 78 SE Louisiana 73, Cent. Arkansas 69 FAR WEST N. Colorado 81, Idaho 77 ___

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    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) eludes a tackle by Cleveland Browns strong safety Briean Boddy-Calhoun (20) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Jones, Smith-Schuster power Steelers backups by Browns 28-24

    The Pittsburgh Steelers rolled to their seventh straight victory over the Cleveland Browns even with coach Mike Tomlin holding several stars out of the lineup to save them for the playoffs

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    BC-BKC--Indiana St.-Illinois St. Box

    BC-BKC--Indiana St.-Illinois St. Box ILLINOIS ST. 84, INDIANA ST. 81, OTINDIANA ST. (6-8) Murphy 3-3 5-7 11, Davis 4-6 2-2 11, Scott 5-16 4-4 15, Hughes 4-8 0-0 8, Barnes 6-13 3-4 17, Kessinger 2-3 0-0 4, Thomas 0-2 1-2 1, Claycomb 0-0 0-0 0, Rickman 6-8 0-1 12, Deady 0-0 0-0 0, Key 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 31-66 15-20 81. ILLINOIS ST. (8-6) Fayne 8-11 1-9 17, Bruninga 3-6 5-6 14, Yarbrough 9-19 9-13 29, Williams 2-10 2-2 7, Hein 4-10 0-0 12, Ndiaye 0-1 0-0 0, Gassman 1-4 0-0 3, Tinsley 1-2 0-1 2, Clarance 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 17-31 84. Halftime_Indiana St. 36-32. End Of Regulation_Tied 70. 3-Point Goals_Indiana St. 4-21 (Barnes 2-8, Davis 1-2, Scott 1-7, Thomas 0-1, Hughes 0-3), Illinois St. 11-32 (Hein 4-7, Bruninga 3-6, Yarbrough 2-5, Gassman 1-3, Williams 1-7, Tinsley 0-1, Clarance 0-3). Fouled Out_Hein, Davis. Rebounds_Indiana St. 36 (Scott, Barnes 6), Illinois St. 41 (Fayne 11). Assists_Indiana St. 12 (Barnes 6), Illinois St. 15 (Yarbrough 4). Total Fouls_Indiana St. 24, Illinois St. 21. A_5,824 (10,200).

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    BC-BKC--Indiana St.-Illinois St. Long Box

    BC-BKC--Indiana St.-Illinois St. Long Box ILLINOIS ST. 84, INDIANA ST. 81, OTFGFTRebINDIANA ST.MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSMurphy263-35-71-50211Barnes366-133-40-66417Davis224-62-20-31511Hughes304-80-01-4048Scott415-164-40-62115Key231-70-01-3022Rickman196-80-11-21312Thomas90-21-20-3001Kessinger82-30-02-2104Deady80-00-00-2120Claycomb30-00-00-0010Totals22531-6615-206-36122481 Percentages: FG .470, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Barnes 2-8, Davis 1-2, Scott 1-7, Thomas 0-1, Hughes 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 20 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 20 (Barnes 7, Scott 5, Davis 3, Hughes 2, Kessinger 2, Murphy). Steals: 10 (Scott 5, Davis 3, Hughes 2). Technical Fouls: None. FGFTRebILLINOIS ST.MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSBruninga283-65-60-30214Fayne348-111-97-112317Yarbrough369-199-132-104229Hein314-100-01-62512Williams382-102-20-3247Tinsley171-20-12-3212Gassman171-40-02-4133Ndiaye140-10-00-1010Clarance100-30-00-0200Totals22528-6617-3114-41152184 Percentages: FG .424, FT .548. 3-Point Goals: 11-32, .344 (Hein 4-7, Bruninga 3-6, Yarbrough 2-5, Gassman 1-3, Williams 1-7, Tinsley 0-1, Clarance 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 21 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Yarbrough 3, Tinsley 2, Bruninga, Williams). Turnovers: 21 (Fayne 6, Hein 5, Yarbrough 4, Clarance 2, Tinsley 2, Ndiaye, Williams). Steals: 13 (Fayne 3, Yarbrough 3, Hein 2, Williams 2, Clarance, Gassman, Tinsley). Technical Fouls: None. Indiana St.363411-81Illinois St.323814-84 A_5,824 (10,200).

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    Nadal to return in Tie Break Tens; Djokovic also playing

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will make his return from injury in the Tie Break Tens event in Melbourne on Jan. 10

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) sits on the field after allowing a pass from quarterback DeShone Kizer to go through his hands for an incompletion during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Woe and 16: Browns go winless after 28-24 loss to Steelers

    Browns fall to Steelers to join 2008 Detroit Lions as only teams in NFL history to finish 0-16

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    Chicago Bears running back Benny Cunningham (30) runs from Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

    Vikings get to 13-3 for playoff bye by beating Bears 23-10

    Minnesota's defense turned in another dominant performance and Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Vikings secure a first-round bye for the playoffs with a 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears

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    McPhee leads Stanford women past USC 72-65

    Brittany McPhee had 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals to lead Stanford to a 72-65 win over Southern Cal.

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    Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, front right, runs off the field following an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Colts won 22-13. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Colts fire Pagano after beating Texans 22-13 in finale

    Jacoby Brissett threw for one touchdown and Marlon Mack ran for another as the Colts beat Houston 22-13 in the season finale

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    Gustafson gets another double-double, No. 23 Iowa women win

    Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 14th double-double, sophomore Kathleen Doyle set career-highs with 23 points and nine assists, and No. 23 Iowa beat 21st-ranked Michigan 82-72

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    Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, front right, runs off the field following an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Colts won 22-13. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Colts fire coach Chuck Pagano after 4-12 season

    The Indianapolis Colts fired coach Chuck Pagano, less than two hours after they ended a 4-12 season with a 22-13 victory over Houston. Team owner Jimmy Irsay made the announcement in a statement, wishing Pagano and his wife well in the future

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Md.-Eastern Shore 74, Central Penn College 69 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Robert Morris 71, CCSU 57 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 St. Francis (Pa.) 86, Bryant 82, OT St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 Texas State 53, Coastal Carolina 48 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 UCF 59, East Carolina 39 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Drake 70, S. Illinois 67 Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 ___

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    North Carolina State's Chelsea Nelson (5) and Louisville's Asia Durr chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    No.3 Louisville holds off Wolfpack 55-47.

    Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 3 Louisville beat North Carolina State 55-47

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    Brown helps No. 6 Baylor rout Texas Tech 97-49

    Kalani Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds and No. 6 Baylor beat Texas Tech 97-49

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski warms his hands during workouts before an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski wasn't targeted for a pass in an NFL game for the first time in his career. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Gronk goes catchless in Patriots' 26-6 win over Jets

    Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was held without a catch in New England's 26-6 victory over the Jets

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    Colorado women cruise to 79-60 win over Arizona

    Alexis Robinson scored 18 points and Kennedy Leonard added 16 points while dishing out 10 assists to lead Colorado past Arizona for a 79-60 win

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) waves to fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 18-10. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Giants close dismal season with 18-10 win over Washington

    Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass in what might be his final game with the Giants and New York got a rare taste of winning with an 18-10 decision over the Washington Redskins

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    Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, left, meets with Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

    Lions beat Packers 35-11 and Caldwell stays calm, collected

    Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions beat the turnover-prone and short-handed Green Bay Packers 35-11 in a matchup of teams out of the playoff race

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    Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker (7) tries to find a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson (54) and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) apply pressure during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec.29, 2017. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Thunder's Patterson fined $10K for criticizing officiating

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson has been fined $10,000 for publicly complaining about the officiating during the 2017-18 season

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    Goodwin, Jensen help No. 24 Oklahoma St women hold off KSU

    Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen had double-doubles and No. 24 Oklahoma State held on to defeat Kansas State 76-68 after giving up most of an 18-point lead in the second half

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    No. 16 Missouri women win 13th straight, beat Alabama 62-57

    Jordan Chavis made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Sophie Cunningham added 13 points and No. 16 Missouri beat Alabama 62-57 to open SEC play

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    Injured Austin Rivers to miss Clippers' game against Hornets

    Clippers guard Austin Rivers will miss the Los Angeles' game Sunday against Charlotte after injuring his right Achilles

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    Chicago Bears head coach John Fox hugs wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis.

    Bears lose to Vikings in season finale

    In a replay that has been seen far too often this season, the Chicago Bears hurt themselves with inopportune penalties and an inability to move the ball on offense in a 23-10 season-ending loss to the Minneosta Vikings in Minneapolis. Coach John Fox is expected to be fired Monday.

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    Philadelphia Eagles' Steven Means reacts after a tackle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

    Cowboys beat playoff-bound Eagles 6-0

    Dak Prescott tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Cowboys beat playoff-bound Philadelphia 6-0 on Sunday, preventing the Eagles from a franchise-record 14th win

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    BC-BKC--Lincoln Christian University-W. Illinois Box

    BC-BKC--Lincoln Christian University-W. Illinois Box W. ILLINOIS 91, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 57LINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (0-1) Street 3-8 0-0 6, Hopkins 3-14 3-3 12, Aeilts 5-14 0-0 15, Lawhorn 1-7 2-2 4, Thompson 1-7 1-2 4, Doty 1-1 1-2 3, Wolters 2-5 1-2 5, Foster Hermon 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker 0-0 0-0 0, Gifford 2-3 3-3 8, Hartman 0-3 0-0 0, Messer 0-1 0-0 0, Coomer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-63 11-14 57. W. ILLINOIS (8-4) Gilbeck 8-12 0-0 16, Duff 7-9 0-0 16, Webster 5-9 0-0 13, Usiosefe 1-4 2-2 4, Ancrum 6-14 3-3 17, Morgan 5-6 2-2 12, Maas 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 4-7 0-0 9, Moxey 0-2 2-2 2, Bruster 1-3 0-0 2, Dortch 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-68 9-9 91. Halftime_W. Illinois 43-33. 3-Point Goals_Lincoln Christian University 10-27 (Aeilts 5-11, Hopkins 3-10, Gifford 1-1, Thompson 1-3, Hartman 0-2), W. Illinois 8-22 (Webster 3-5, Duff 2-2, Ancrum 2-8, Johnson 1-3, Bruster 0-1, Usiosefe 0-1, Maas 0-2). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Lincoln Christian University 30 (Hopkins 10), W. Illinois 41 (Gilbeck 12). Assists_Lincoln Christian University 11 (Aeilts 4), W. Illinois 19 (Ancrum, Webster 6). Total Fouls_Lincoln Christian University 16, W. Illinois 9. A_523 (5,139).

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    BC-BKC--Lincoln Christian University-W. Illinois Long Box

    BC-BKC--Lincoln Christian University-W. Illinois Long Box W. ILLINOIS 91, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 57FGFTRebLINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITYMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSStreet303-80-00-6236Aeilts355-140-00-14115Hopkins293-143-33-100012Lawhorn221-72-20-2144Thompson301-71-23-4134Gifford242-33-30-3318Wolters102-51-20-1025Hartman60-30-00-0010Doty61-11-20-1003Messer30-10-00-2010Coomer20-00-00-0000Tucker20-00-00-0000Foster Hermon10-00-00-0000Totals20018-6311-146-30111657 Percentages: FG .286, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 10-27, .370 (Aeilts 5-11, Hopkins 3-10, Gifford 1-1, Thompson 1-3, Hartman 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 14 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Lawhorn). Turnovers: 14 (Lawhorn 3, Hopkins 2, Messer 2, Street 2, Thompson 2, Aeilts, Gifford, Hartman). Steals: 5 (Gifford, Hopkins, Lawhorn, Street, Thompson). Technical Fouls: None. FGFTRebW. ILLINOISMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSGilbeck298-120-02-121116Duff337-90-00-41216Usiosefe161-42-20-2214Webster265-90-00-26013Ancrum336-143-30-86117Johnson244-70-01-3109Bruster151-30-00-3112Morgan115-62-23-40312Moxey50-22-20-3102Maas50-20-00-0000Dortch30-00-00-0000Totals20037-689-96-4119991 Percentages: FG .544, FT 1.000. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Webster 3-5, Duff 2-2, Ancrum 2-8, Johnson 1-3, Bruster 0-1, Usiosefe 0-1, Maas 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 9 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Gilbeck 4, Johnson 2, Ancrum, Morgan, Webster). Turnovers: 9 (Gilbeck 3, Webster 2, Bruster, Johnson, Morgan, Usiosefe).

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    Bradley run sends Braves past N. Iowa 72-53

    Darrell Brown scored 24 points, Nate Kennell scored 14 and Donte Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds and Bradley used the second half to pull away from Northern Iowa 72-53

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    Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter (3) attempts a shot against South Carolina forward Alexis Jennings, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

    Wilson leads No. 4 South Carolina to 61-59 win over Aggies

    A'ja Wilson had 25 points including the game-winning bucket with 1.3 seconds left as No. 4 South Carolina defeated No. 22 Texas A&M 61-59

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    Indianapolis Colts' Frank Gore (23) is tackled by Houston Texans' Andre Hal (29) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

    Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith will take an extended leave of absence so he can help his wife battle breast cancer

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    College Basketball Scores

    Sunday, Dec. 31EAST Canisius 85, Iona 78 LIU Brooklyn 71, Mount St. Mary's 57 Rider 99, Niagara 76 Sacred Heart 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 65 St. Francis Brooklyn 82, Wagner 75 St. Peter's 77, Monmouth (NJ) 64 UMBC 85, Centenary 41 SOUTH Appalachian St. 80, Texas-Arlington 76 ETSU 74, Mercer 55 Florida Gulf Coast 62, Florida Tech 54 Tulsa 65, Tulane 56 MIDWEST Bradley 72, N. Iowa 53 Creighton 83, Providence 64 Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52 SE Missouri 77, Tennessee St. 65 W. Illinois 91, Lincoln Christian University 57 ___

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    No. 13 Florida State women beat North Carolina 103-65

    Imani Wright sank a school record eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 33 points to propel No. 13 Florida State to a 103-65 win over North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener

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    No. 11 UCLA women post 82-46 win at No. 20 California

    Monique Billings scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double and No. 11 UCLA beat 20th-ranked California 82-46

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    Ibis' career game sends Arizona State past Utah 83-81

    Kianna Ibis scored a career-high 30 points and Jamie Ruden made a go-ahead layup with 12 seconds to go as Arizona State beat Utah 83-81

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    Jones steps up as No. 15 Maryland women edge Penn St 69-65

    Stephanie Jones scored the final four points and No. 15 Maryland pulled out a 69-65 win at Penn State, pushing their win streak to 11 games

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    Connecticut's Napheesa Collier (24), and Kia Nurse (11) fight for a rebound against Memphis' Brea Elmore (5) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

    UConn beats Memphis 97-49 for 83rd straight conference win

    Gabby Williams scored 20 points to lead six UConn players in double figures as top-ranked Huskies routed Memphis 97-49 the conference opener for both teams

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    Tennessee's Jaime Nared, left, battles for the ball with Kentucky's Maci Morris during an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Goins)

    No. 7 Tennessee coasts past Kentucky 63-49 in SEC opener

    Westbrook, Russell combine for 33 points, No. 7 Tennessee rolls Kentucky 63-49 in SEC opener

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    Sarah Hendrickson (7) competes in the women's ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Park City, Utah. Hendrickson qualified for the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Hendrickson, Glasder earn Olympic spots in ski jumping

    Sarah Hendrickson and Michael Glasder earn Olympic spots in ski jumping at US Olympic Trials

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    Ogunbowale helps No. 2 Notre Dame rout Wake Forest 96-73

    Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points and Marina Mabrey added 22 to help No. 2 Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 96-73

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    Tudor scores 27, No. 17 Oregon St women top Washington St

    Kat Tudor hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, Marie Gulich and Mikayla Pivec had double-doubles and No. 17 Oregon State pulled away for its eighth-straight win, 71-53 over Washington State

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    No. 12 Ohio State women cruise against Indiana 85-70

    Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper turned in double-doubles to lead No. 12 Ohio State to an 85-70 victory over Indiana

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    Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) stretches during practice for the upcoming Sugar Bowl semi-final playoff game against Alabama for the NCAA football national championship in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Optics or reality? Southeast US reigns over college football

    The Oklahoma Sooners are the only team left that can loosen the virtual stranglehold that the Southeastern U.S. has had on college football's national championship for the past decade

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    St Francis (Brooklyn) beats Wagner 82-75

    Rasheem Dunn scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Glenn Sanabria added 16 points and St. Francis (Brooklyn) beat Wagner 82-75

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    Panthers RB Stewart inactive for 1st time this season

    Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart is inactive against Atlanta for the first time this season

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    UNC LB Andre Smith leaving school to enter NFL draft

    North Carolina junior linebacker Andre Smith is entering the NFL draft

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    Davenport leads Miami women past No. 14 Duke in ACC opener

    Erykah Davenport had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Miami picked up a rare win over Duke, outlasting the No. 14 Blue Devils 51-48 in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener

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    Washington running back Myles Gaskin (9) runs for a 69-yard touchdown against Penn State during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Huskies still have steps to take in joining national elite

    In four seasons, Chris Petersen has completely remodeled Washington, changed the culture of the program, won a conference title, twice played in a New Year's Six bowl game and once played in the College Football Playoff

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    Mississippi State quarterback Keytaon Thompson (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against Louisville, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State defeated Louisville 31-27. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    Mississippi St earns bowl win, focuses on '18 with Moorhead

    Mississippi St earns bowl win, focuses on '18 with new coach Joe Moorhead

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  •  
    “Black Panther” — with king T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) — is one of at least 11 superhero films coming in 2018.

    Will 2018 be more of the same at the movies?

    In looking at possible blockbusters in 2018, including superhero movies, animated fare and live-action adaptations of animated fare, the outlook is similar to what audiences saw in 2017.

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    Will Smith stars in “Bright.”

    Will Smith’s star is fading. Can ‘Bright’ be the hit he needs?

    Will Smith used to be a dependable hitmaker. Recent years have been more of a roller coaster for the A-lister, though. He’s trying to reclaim his place at the top, most recently with Netflix’s big-budget fantasy thriller “Bright.” But, is “Bright” a hit?

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    Interior design is about more than pulling furniture together. More importantly, it is about marrying the architectural space and the objects you are choosing to place in them.

    Why are you hiring an interior designer?

    In the media, and especially in television shows, the design process is made to seem easy. In reality, design is quite different. There is nothing wrong with those who believe they can go the DIY route, but there is a vast difference entering a space that has been professionally designed.

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    FILE - This file image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." On the last day of the calendar year, €œStar Wars: The Last Jedi€ has surpassed €œBeauty and the Beast€ as the top grossing film in North America in 2017. (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP, File)

    'Star Wars' passes 'Beauty and the Beast' as top 2017 earner

    On the last day of the calendar year, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" surpassed "Beauty and the Beast" as the top grossing film in North America in 2017.

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    FILE - In this Monday, July 4, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama, joined by Kendrick Lamar, speaks during an Independence Day celebration for members of the military and their families, at the White House, in Washington. Lamar, U2, Jay-Z, Harry Styles and Chris Stapleton were just some of the artists responsible for Obama’s favorite songs of 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Songs by Jay-Z, Harry Styles among Obama's favorites of 2017

    Jay-Z, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, U2 and Chris Stapleton were just some of the artists responsible for Barack Obama's favorite songs of the year

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    Research found that daily consumption of the equivalent of one cup of fresh blueberries, showed positive changes in cognitive function in older adults.

    Nutritious eating in ’18: Algae oil, chicory root and other trends

    My prediction is that 2018 will be focused on eating to prevent and manage health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and boosting digestive health. Here are the top food and nutrition trends you’ll see in the year ahead.

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    Cutting healthy food into fun shapes is one way to entice kids to eat their lunch.

    Healthy and outside the box lunch ideas

    With children returning to school after a long winter break, Dr. Vidhya Viswanathan, a pediatric endocrinologist at Advocate Children’s Hospital, provides seven tips to keep your child’s lunch healthy and fun.

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    Teri Dreher

    7 practical resolutions for a healthier 2018

    Here are seven small, practical resolutions we can all make for our health this year. They aren’t dramatic, but they are achievable — and, best of all, they will make a real difference

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    A boat passes through the entrance to the Grand Harbour in Valletta, Malta. Valletta was declared one of two European Capitals of Culture for 2018, kicking off with an island-wide Maltese Festa Jan. 14-21.

    From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go in 2018

    From Malta to Minneapolis, here’s a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays.

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    Blues rockers Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama play a New Year’s Eve concert at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Sunday picks: Jimmy Nick rocks the Raue for New Year’s Eve

    Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama! headlines “A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” at the Raue Center for the Arts. More on this, Steve Trevino at Woodfield, and a selection of concerts in Chicago and the suburbs for New Year’s Eve.

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    Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth, center, gives thumbs up sign to his fans after announcement to launch his own political party, in Chennai, India, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Rajinikanth is entering politics in his southern Indian state with a plan to launch his own party, calling it his duty. The 67-year-old told his cheering supporters that his objective is to change the system and bring good governance to Tamil Nadu. (AP Photo/R.Parthibhan)

    Indian movie star Rajinikanth joins politics in Tamil Nadu

    Movie superstar Rajinikanth is entering politics in his southern Indian state with a plan to launch his own party, calling it his duty

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    Jaeger & Co. was founded in Germany in 1898.

    Pitcher decorated with transferware pattern

    Q. I hope you can give me some information on the pitcher in this photo. I purchased it in Maine in 1973. It stands about 9 inches tall and is decorated with a scene featuring several people in the foreground and tall buildings and trees in the background. I also included a photo of the mark, but it is blurry. What can you tell me?

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    Once snow or ice has frozen on the plants, it is best to let it melt off. Removing frozen snow or ice from plants can cause considerable damage.

    Once ice forms on branches, let it melt off

    There has not been much snow yet this year, but when a storm does finally come, carefully shake snow off plants during heavy, wet storms to minimize damage.

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    Adding more native perennials is one of the author’s gardening resolutions.

    Make New Year’s resolutions for the garden

    It is that time of year again — that time when we reflect on the past and decide what we want to improve, start doing or stop doing in the upcoming year. I am not one to make ordinary resolutions, such as get more exercise, get more sleep or save more money, but I do make resolutions for the garden.

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    A shortage of Christmas trees will last for the next year or two.

    Year of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree

    You may have already learned that the U.S. faced a significant tree shortage this year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. The culprit seems to be the Great Recession of a decade ago. Tree farmers were limiting their crops to save money during that period of less demand, but we felt the results this year.

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    New floor and wall cracks concern homeowner

    Q. Our house is a 50-year-old Colonial, wood-framed with a brick exterior on the first floor and vinyl siding on the second. I have been getting more cracks lately and am concerned about them. We have 4 or 5 window corner cracks, 2 to 3 feet long, and a ceiling crack all across the width of our master suite.My garage slab concrete floor has been sinking at the front corners, and the corner adjacent to the front stoop has dropped about 4 inches, while the opposite front has dropped about 2 inches. The sagging is in the floor only as the adjacent pillar sections of the garage are holding up. I am developing a small but lengthy floor crack in the garage as well as the front stoop.Could the problem be either improper drainage, or chipmunks? My garage gutter’s front downspout emptied into a somewhat confined area, now corrected, while the downspouts for the rest of the house have good drainage. I have a large patio in the rear with an unpaved rock garden (about 20 square feet) surrounding my family room fireplace chimney, with nothing to prevent heavy rainfall from soaking in. So far, the brick walls have shown no sign of cracking, but I am beginning to think the rock garden was a big mistake. Of note is our front garden level, which has dropped 6 to 8 inches below the tar markings on the foundation. Our house is built on a foundation, except for the garage and family room, which are on a slab. We also have had a large number of chipmunks in the front and rear yards, with several deep holes dug adjacent to our stoop. Could they be contributing to the problem?A. It is most unusual that you should get so many new cracks on a 50-year-old house.Since the first floor brick walls are not affected, it tells me the basic foundation is still sound.So the problem seems to be with the framed portions of the house, and particularly the second floor. Such movements may be caused by some extensive rotting or insect damage to the framing.Have you noticed any signs of water leakage over the years? Have you had severe ice dams that may have caused invisible water intrusion inside the walls, wetting the insulation, which cannot dry?The attic should also be checked to make sure the framing is not suffering from a long-standing moisture problem that may be reflected in the cracks on the master suite ceiling.Do you have severe termite or carpenter ant problems in your area? Those are wild guesses, but they should be checked out.As to the garage floor, it is possible that improper drainage may be responsible for its recent settling. Chipmunks can become a nuisance, but it would be unusual for them to cause that much damage. However, if they have dug a number of tunnels into which water can run, it is possible this caused some settling of the soil.The poor drainage in the rock garden may allow deep water penetration, but since you have not experienced damage to the foundation or brick walls, it does not seem to be something to worry about. If it were a problem, it would result in leakage in your basement or crawl space.The settlement in the front of the house is likely to be the result of the natural process of rain and time packing the backfill of the foundation, perhaps aggravated by poor final grading and plantings that allowed water to pool and penetrate deeply instead of draining away.Considering the severity of the problems, I urge you to retain the services of a structural engineer to investigate before more serious damages occur.Q. Our house has an 6-square-foot concrete platform outside the front door, in a corner under a projection of the garage roof, a foot above ground level, two steps above the front walk, and one step up to inside floor level. The step from the front walk has sunk several inches over the 25 years that we have lived here, probably a consequence of my installation of gutters. The outboard corner of the main platform has also cracked away and sagged a couple of inches.

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    Pessimist won’t show enthusiasm for optimist partner’s joys

    Q. My partner often feels I don’t react to events in his life as a supportive partner. I am more of a glass-half-empty kind of woman, so it is difficult for me to express myself otherwise. So what am I supposed to do?

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    Two flowers you can easily enjoy in winter
    Q. Can my bulbs like amaryllis and paperwhites bloom in time for the winter holidays?

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    Editorial: Nurture skepticism, not cynicism, to combat ‘fake news’

    This Daily Herald, the last in a series, urges people to consider the difference between skepticism and cynicism in evaluating whether the news they see can be trusted.

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    Editorial: Nurture skepticism, not cynicism, to combate ‘fake news’

    This Daily Herald, the last in a series, urges people to consider the difference between skepticism and cynicism in evaluating whether the news they see can be trusted.

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    A glimmer of hope for the new year

    Columnist Georgie Anne Geyer: Since Donald J. Trump became president almost a year ago, many of us have been diligently trying to figure out what his foreign policy is.

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    The great global story of our age

    Columnist Fareed Zakaria: Daniel Kahneman, who won a Nobel Prize in economics for reshaping our understanding of human motivation, once said: “No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story.” That’s as true for nations as for individuals.

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    We have to work to make things better
    A Barrington letter to the editor: New Year’s Day 2018 rapidly approaches. It has been another cycle of the calendar. Another year, another series of typical losses of people both celebrity and common.

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    Why all the fuss over tax plan?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It is slightly maddening to read all the “dire” news about the new tax law causing the national debt to go up about $1.5 trillion over ten years or about $150 billion a year.

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