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  • Glenbard West wins in Glen Ellyn rivalry Nov 24, 2014 10:59 PM
    The District 87 tournament started on the right note for the host Glenbard West boys basketball team on Monday, when the Hilltoppers beat Glenbard South 62-54.

  • Rose, Gasol return as Bulls win Nov 24, 2014 11:05 PM
    Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol returned from injuries Monday, and the Bulls needed all the help they could get to edge Utah 97-95. The Bulls led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but ended up having to rally late to pull out the win.

  • Hawks Talk: Underachieving at the quarter point Nov 24, 2014 9:01 PM
    OK, we’ve reached the quarter point of the season, so what better time to chat about what we’ve just witnessed and what may lie ahead for the Blackhawks?

  • Rozner: Bears’ Forte takes pounding, keeps grinding Nov 24, 2014 8:52 PM
    The Bears’ offense has been dreadful in 2014, but they’ve managed to win five games because of the heavy load carried by Matt Forte. He somehow manages to stay on the field despite a beating every week.

  • Are Bears getting Lions at the right time? Nov 24, 2014 8:51 PM
    The Bears are still two games behind the second-place Lions in the division, but they could be catching their NFC North foes at the right time in the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit. The 5-6 Bears have won two games in a row, while the 7-4 Lions have dropped two straight for the first time this season.

  • Big questions ahead of Illini-Northwestern game Nov 24, 2014 5:47 PM
    Big questions face Illinois as it gets ready for something it hasn’t faced since 2011: a big game to close the regular season with a potential bowl bid on the line. The first: Who starts at quarterback Saturday at Northwestern after backup Reilly O’Toole came off the bench and engineered a win against Penn State? The second: Does coach Tim Beckman have to win to keep his job?

  • Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox Nov 24, 2014 5:43 PM
    Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, a person with knowledge of that proposal said.

  • Forsett leads Ravens past Saints Nov 24, 2014 11:11 PM
    Justin Forsett ripped off one long run after another, and the Baltimore Ravens battered Drew Brees into a very costly mistake. Forsett rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and Baltimore beat New Orleans 34-27 on Monday night to hand the Saints their third consecutive loss. Will Hill had a 44-yard interception return for a go-ahead score for Baltimore in the third quarter. Steve Smith caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown catch for the Ravens (7-4), who improved to 4-0 against the NFC South and remained within a half-game of AFC North leader Cincinnati (7-3-1). Brees passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns for New Orleans (4-7), which remained tied for first in its anemic division with Atlanta, which lost to Cleveland a day earlier. Now New Orleans and Atlanta have the dubious distinction of being the first teams in NFL history to occupy first place in a division while three games under .500. Jimmy Graham had two TD catches for the Saints, who had won 14 straight home night games. Brees was sacked four times, and his pivotal interception came as he threw under pressure from Terrell Suggs. The pass was behind Graham, allowing Hill to snag it with nothing but open field in front of him. The play broke a 17-all tie and New Orleans never recovered. By the end of the game, the chants of “Who-Dat,” for which Saints fans are known were replaced by the opening rift to the White Stripes song, “Seven Nation Army,” which Ravens fans also sang in the Superdome after their 2013 Super Bowl triumph over San Francisco. The Saints carried a 17-14 lead into halftime on Brees’ 26-yard scoring pass to Marques Colston, who brought it in while leaping between two defensive backs. The Ravens tied the game on Justin Tucker’s 31-yard field goal in the third quarter. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco was 18 for 24 for 243 yards and one touchdown. Forsett’s scoring runs went for 13 yards in the second quarter and 20 yards late in the fourth quarter to seal it. Smith and Forsett gave the Saints fits throughout the game. Smith caught four passes for 89 yards, and his first-down catch in the third quarter also precipitated a scuffle for which Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro was assessed a personal foul. Forsett, whose 5.4 yards per carry coming into the game led all NFL running backs, averaged 8.3 yards per rush. Baltimore’s Elvis Dumervil had two sacks. Brees’ first scoring pass went for 10 yards to Graham. Joe Morgan, who struggled to crack New Orleans’ lineup earlier this season and then was suspended two games for undisclosed team violations, broke loose for two plays longer than 60 yards the first two times he touched the ball. He gained 67 yards on a running play on New Orleans’ opening drive, and then caught a 62-yard pass on the Saints’ third series, setting up Graham’s TD. The Saints were in position to take an early lead after Morgan’s long gain on an end-around. It took defensive back Lardarius Webb’s horse-collar tackle at the 2 to prevent Morgan from scoring. The play gave New Orleans first-and-goal on the 1, but the Ravens stopped two runs by Mark Ingram and a scramble by Brees before stuffing Ingram again — this time for a loss of 2 yards — on fourth-and-goal. Taking over at its 3, Baltimore needed just one play to break out of the shadow of its own end zone. Forsett burst through the middle of the line and scampered 38 yards to the 41. Then it was time for Smith, a long-time Saints nemesis from his 13 seasons with Carolina, to torment Saints fans a little more. He had a clutch third-down catch to sustain the drive, which culminated with his touchdown catch as he crashed down backward at the left edge of the end zone. That gave Smith 11 career touchdown catches against New Orleans, more than he has against any other team.

  • Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, Nov. 24 Nov 24, 2014 11:09 PM
    Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, Nov. 24

  • Vaca, Kaneland shoot past Chicago Marine Nov 24, 2014 11:41 PM
    It’s not that sharp-shooter Dylan Vaca isn’t happy at Kaneland, but who could blame the junior if he wanted to start every season in Batavia’s gym? Last year Vaca opened the season with a team-high 19 points in a wild 81-74 overtime win over Batavia. For an encore Monday, Vaca hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points in a 66-42 win over Chicago Marine Leadership Academy at the 39th annual Ken Peddy Classic at Batavia.

  • Girls basketball: Lake County roundup Nov 24, 2014 11:00 PM
    At the Cougar Classic, Vernon Hills struck quickly out of the gates and kept rolling. The Cougars were up 15-4 at the end of the first quarter and extended that to 38-10 at halftime in a 47-22 win over Lake Forest Academy.

  • Travlos, O’Neill pace Lake Zurich victory Nov 24, 2014 11:02 PM
    Jack O’Neill had a career-high 17 points to help Lake Zurich get a 62-57 victory in season-opening play against Waukegan at the Grant Thanksgiving tournament on Monday. Mike Travlos led the Bears with 20 points and Will McClaughry added 10.

  • Boys basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results Nov 25, 2014 12:25 AM
    Results of area high school boys basketball games for Monday, Nov. 24.

  • Girls basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results Nov 25, 2014 12:25 AM
    Results for area girls high school basketball games for Monday, Nov. 24.

  • Polished Palatine handles Waubonsie Valley Nov 24, 2014 11:30 PM
    In season-opening basketball games, a year or two of varsity experience can make all the difference. Palatine took full advance of its experience against a young Waubonsie Valley team in Monday’s opening round of the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic on the Pirates home court. Palatine applied a relentless pressing defense that created 17 turnovers and overcame a 7-0 early deficit to put the season opener in the win column, 60-47. Waubonsie Valley plays York in the second round at 7:45 tonight, while Palatine plays again Wednesday at 7:45 against Chicago’s Richards Career Academy.

  • St. Edward rolls over Harvest Christian Nov 24, 2014 11:08 PM
    Nick Duffy scored 20 points and Gino Domel added 11 as St. Edward's boys basketball team opened the season Monday with a 58-33 win over Harvest Christian.

  • Peterkin embraces new role for Glenbard East Nov 24, 2014 10:26 PM
    When Glenbard East opened its season against Glenbard North on Monday night, Patrick Peterkin had a very satisfying performance.

  • Larkin downs Rockford East Nov 24, 2014 10:24 PM
    Larkin’s season-opening win against Rockford East was something like an accordion: Larkin would stretch the lead to double digits, then the E-Rabs would squeeze back into it only to watch the Royals extend the lead again. Larkin finished the game on one of those runs, outscoring the host E-Rabs 14-4 after East had gotten within 2 points to come away with the 79-67 victory in the inaugural game of the 205 Tipoff Classic in Rockford.

  • Nice opener as group effort lifts Elk Grove at Fenton Nov 24, 2014 9:20 PM
    Elk Grove boys basketball coach Anthony Furman could not have asked for a better opening game of the season than the Grenadiers had Monday night. Elk Grove coasted to a 68-46 win over the host Bison in Fenton’s 29th annual Chuck Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament.

  • Wauconda’s inside game does in Elgin Nov 24, 2014 9:19 PM
    Wauconda found a lot of comfort inside with its height advantage in Monday night’s opening game of the Richmond-Burton/Johnsburg Boys Varsity Basketball Tournament. That forced Elgin into a lot of outside discomfort offensively as Wauconda took control midway through the second quarter and cruised to a 59-33 victory at Lou Ramirez Gymnasium in Richmond.

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