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Blackhawks end 8-game slide with 6-3 win over Penguins

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak by topping the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Wednesday night.

 

Marcus Kruger, Brent Seabrook, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which rebounded after blowing 2-0 and 3-2 leads to win for just the second time in 12 contests. Alex DeBrincat scored a power-play goal.

 

Toews became the 16th active player to reach 700 career points with the same franchise. He assisted on Saad's empty-netter for his 701st point.

 

Kruger snapped a 3-all tie when he beat Casey DeSmith from the front of the crease 3:49 into the third period. Martinsen set up Kruger's fourth goal of the season with a centering pass from below the goal line.

 

Toews also had an empty-netter before Saad made it 6-3 with his ninth goal at 19:39.

 

Bryan Rust scored three times for Pittsburgh in his second career hat trick. The 26-year-old forward, who entered with one goal in 29 games this season, missed on several other prime chances.

 

Corey Crawford made 40 saves for Chicago. DeSmith blocked 23 shots in his sixth straight start and 10th in the last 12 games.

 

Matt Murray, who started the season as Pittsburgh's No. 1 goalie, was activated from injured reserve and served as DeSmith's backup. Murray missed 11 games with a lower-body injury.

 

The Blackhawks shook up their roster on Wednesday morning by recalling forward Dylan Sikura and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom from Rockford of the AHL and sending forward Alexandre Fortin to the minors. Sikura and Dahlstrom played.

 

Chicago is 4-12-2 under coach Jeremy Colliton, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring for the first time since Nov. 18 and led 2-1 after one period. Opponents had scored first in Chicago's last 11 games, outscoring the Blackhawks 25-5 in the first period during that span.

 

Martinsen skated across the crease and was credited with his first goal of the season on a deflection of Dahlstrom's shot at 14:14. The goal capped a flurry around the Pittsburgh net after Kruger fired a shot off the crossbar and DeSmith lost his stick.

 

Seabrook put Chicago ahead 2-0 3:37 later when he fired a shot from the right point over DeSmith's glove.

 

Rust cut it to 2-1 with 1:20 left in the first when he skated from the left corner and beat Crawford on the glove side.

 

Rust's second goal, at 5:46 of the second, tied it at 2. After Seabrook's turnover, Crawford made a pad save on Derek Grant's drive from the slot, but Rust buried the rebound.

 

DeBrincat's power-play goal with 4:32 left in the period regained the lead for Chicago. After taking Patrick Kane's feed, DeBrincat skated around Olli Maatta and beat DeSmith on the stick side with a shot just under the crossbar.

 

Rust tied it at 3 with 56.8 seconds left when his cross-ice pass from the left side of the net deflected off Seabrook's stick and past Crawford.

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Murray State beats Southern Illinois 80-52

Ja Morant scored 23 points, distributed 13 assists and grabbed five rebounds, Tevin Brown added a career-high 20 poins with 6 of 11 3-pointers, and Murray State beat regional rival Southern Illinois 80-52 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.

 

Brion Whitley added a career-high 10 and KJ Williams blocked two shots and scored 10 points for the Racers (6-1), who made 11 of 26 3-pointers and held the Salukis to 31 percent shooting.

 

The Racers hit three 3-pointers in their opening 13-5 run and Murray State pulled away on 20-3 run capped by Brown's 3 and led 49-18 at halftime.

 

It's the lowest amount of points the Racers have allowed in a half since giving up 16 points to SIU Edwardsville on Feb. 12, 2015.

 

Williams dunked for a 59-29 Murray State lead early in the second half and the Racers led 75-45 with 4:30 to play after scoring seven straight.

 

Eric McGill scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Aaron Cook added 14 points and Sean Lloyd Jr. scored 11 for Southern Illinois (7-4), which saw its five-game win streak end.

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NCAA Volleyball Semifinals

It will be a classic mentor-mentee matchup when defending national champion Nebraska and Illinois meet in the NCAA volleyball semifinals in Minneapolis on Thursday night. John Cook has coached the Cornhuskers to their fourth straight final four. Chris Tamas has led the Illini to the semifinals in his second year after serving as an assistant to Cook. Top-seeded Stanford plays BYU in the other semifinal. The winners will play for the championship on Saturday night.

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Bears place cornerback Callahan on IR with broken left foot

The Chicago Bears have placed cornerback Bryce Callahan on injured reserve because of a broken left foot.

 

Coach Matt Nagy says Callahan will need surgery. He was hurt in Chicago's 15-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.

 

A fourth-year pro, Callahan has 45 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and six pass breakups. Sherrick McManis figures to get the bulk of the snaps at nickel back with him out.

 

The Bears also signed cornerback Marcus Williams on Wednesday. He has appeared in 51 games over five seasons with the New York Jets (2014-17), Houston Texans (2017) and Tampa Bay (2018). The Buccaneers placed him on IR on Oct. 13 because of a hamstring injury and released him nine days later.

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Connor scores twice for Jets, Blackhawks drop 8th straight

Kyle Connor scored twice and the Winnipeg Jets beat Chicago 6-3 on Tuesday night to give the Blackhawks their eighth straight loss.

 

Mark Scheifele and Tyler Myers each had a goal and assist, Mathieu Perreault scored and Brandon Tanev added an empty-net goal for Winnipeg (19-9-2). Dustin Byfuglien had three assists.

Laurent Brossoit played his eighth game (seventh start) for the Jets and made 32 saves.

Dylan Strome, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago. Patrick Kane added a pair of assists.

 

Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks (9-18-5), who also lost eight straight earlier this season, although two were in overtime. The current slump is all in regulation time.

 

Winnipeg led 3-0 after the first period, but Chicago came back to make it 4-3 early in the third.

Chicago didn't get its first shot on goal until 17:36 into the game, drawing sarcastic cheers from some fans.

 

Scheifele opened the scoring with a power-play goal when he redirected Byfuglien's point shot at 7:49 for his 17th goal. Myers scored 72 seconds later.

 

Connor's 12th of the season came after he took the puck most of the way down the ice, lost control of it in the slot, got his stick on it and put a backhand shot past Ward's glove at 13:38.

 

Connor scored his second goal of the game off a rebound on the power play at 1:44 of the second, but Strome got the visitors on the board 20 seconds later.

 

Duncan Keith had an assist. He and defenseman Brent Seabrook marked their 1,000th regular-season game together, the most by current NHL teammates and seventh all-time.

 

Kahun squeezed Winnipeg's lead to 4-2 after he banged in a rebound at 7:09. DeBrincat sent a sharp-angled shot between the post and Brossoit to make it 4-3 at 6:08 of the third, but Perreault scored on the power play to regain the two-goal lead at 11:36.

 

Kane extended his points streak to four games with two goals and four assists.

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Dodgers happy with Goldschmidt's move to St Louis, Cubs not

Paul Goldschmidt's move from Arizona to St. Louis made Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts so happy, he was smelling roses.

 

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, not so much.

 

St. Louis acquired the six-time All-Star first baseman from the Diamondbacks last week for pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick.

 

Roberts' Dodgers will face Goldschmidt a lot less frequently in the NL West.

 

Goldschmidt can become a free agent after next season. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and general manager Mike Hazen broke the news in a meeting at Lovullo's house.

 

A three-time Gold Glove winner at 31, Goldschmidt hit .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last season.
 

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MLB Players Moving Around

The big-budget Boston Red Sox aren't looking to cut payroll after winning the World Series.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is dismissing reports that he's trying to trade some high-priced players, such as pitcher Rick Porcello.

 

The Red Sox had the highest payroll in the majors for the first time in the free agent era. It was nearly $239 million in late August on Boston's way to a team-record 108 wins in the regular season.

Dombrowski says he thinks the team payroll will be over $246 million next year.

 

3:55 p.m.

 

The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement with catcher Chris Herrmann on a $1 million, one-year contract.

 

General manager David Forst had put getting a catcher among his top to-do items, and the A's found one at the winter meetings.

 

The 31-year-old Herrmann played 36 games for Seattle last season, batting .237 with two homers and seven RBIs.

 

A lefty hitter, he can make an additional $25,000 in performance bonuses for 200, 250, 300 and 350 plate appearances.

 

3:39 p.m.

 

Kyler Murray has lots of new fans in the Oakland A's organization, even if they cringe watching the Heisman Trophy winner play quarterback for Oklahoma.

 

The Athletics don't want their most recent first-round draft pick hurt on the football field because they're counting on him wearing an Oakland jersey come spring training.

 

Murray is a shifty runner, often dashing from the pocket for big gains. He'll next play Dec. 29 when he leads the fourth-ranked Sooners against bruising No. 1 Alabama in a college football semifinal.

 

 

An outfielder, Murray signed with the A's for $4.66 million.

 

3:26 p.m.

 

The St. Louis Cardinals have traded third baseman Patrick Wisdom to the Texas Rangers for infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson.

 

The 27-year-old Wisdom made his major league debut last season, hitting .260 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 32 games. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Memphis, hitting .288 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs.

 

The 26-year-old Robinson batted .183 with three homers and nine RBIs in 47 games for Texas. He is from Las Vegas, where this trade was announced during the winter meetings.

 

3:19 p.m.

 

Former Texas pitcher Brandon McCarthy has been hired by the Rangers as special assistant to the general manager.

 

McCarthy ended his 14-year career by going 6-3 in 15 starts for the Braves last season. He pitched three years for Texas early in his career.

 

The Rangers say the 35-year-old McCarthy will be involved in all aspects of pitching development at the major and minor league level.

 

2:02 p.m.

 

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais hopes his team can find success rebuilding with youth much the way the AL West rival Oakland Athletics have done.

 

A flurry of offseason trades by general manager Jerry Dipoto sent so many stars out of the Pacific Northwest in the past month.

 

Gone is the core of Seattle's old lineup: ace James Paxton, infielder Robinson Cano, catcher Mike Zunino. Infielder Jean Segura and right-handers Juan Nicasio and Edwin Diaz. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia and lefty setup man James Pazos, too.

 

Whew! See why Mariners fans might understandably be a little apprehensive about the transformation, even after an 89-73 season that failed to end a nearly two-decade playoff drought - they were third in the AL West and missed the playoffs for a 17th straight season.

 

1:22 p.m.

 

All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

 

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which includes a club option for 2022, is subject to a successful physical.

 

The 32-year-old McCutchen was an All-Star each season from 2011-15, topping .300 in batting average from 2012-14. He was the NL MVP in 2013.

 

McCutchen spent nine years with Pittsburgh before he was traded to San Francisco last winter. He was dealt to the New York Yankees on Aug. 31 and hit .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 155 games overall this year.

 

McCutchen has 223 homers, a .287 average and 790 RBIs in 10 major league seasons.

 

Philadelphia remains interested in Bryce Harper, the top free agent on the market, but has a surplus of outfielders, including Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr and Roman Quinn.

 

Rhys Hoskins is moving from left field to first base after the team traded Carlos Santana to Seattle for infielder Jean Segura last week.

 

11:55 a.m.

 

Troy Tulowitzki has been released by the Toronto Blue Jays, who owe the oft-injured shortstop $38 million for the remaining two years of his contract.

 

Now 34, Tulowitzki has not played in the major leagues since July 2017. He was limited that year to 66 games because of a hamstring and right ankle injury. The ankle required surgery last spring and he missed the entire season.

 

Tulowitzki was taken by Colorado with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft and became a five-time All-Star. The Rockies agreed after the 2010 season to a $157.75 million, 10-year contract that added $132 million over seven seasons, then traded him in July 2015 to Toronto in the deal that brought shortstop Jose Reyes to Colorado.

 

While Tulowitzki helped the Blue Jays reach that year's AL Championship Series, he slumped the next year and then was derailed by injuries.

 

11:35 a.m.

 

Right-hander Ivan Nova has been acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation.

A 31-year-old right-hander, Nova was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts this season, striking out 114 in 161 innings. He is 78-64 with a 4.26 ERA in nine seasons with the New York Yankees (2010-16) and Pirates (2016-18).

 

Nova has a $8.5 million base salary next year in the final season of a $26 million, three-year contract, then can become a free agent.

 

A 19-year-old right-hander, Rosario was 1-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 11 starts and three relief appearances last year in the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League. He struck out 70 in 56 innings.

 

The trade was announced Tuesday at the winter meetings.

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Graham puts up 20, Sages beat Cardinals 53-29

As heard on 95.9 WEZC Monticello traveled to their third road game before heading back to Monticello and picked up their 5th straight win. The Sages beat Warrensburg-Latham 53-29. 

 

The Sages were without Garrett Kepley due to an injury acquired in practice, but that didn't stop the Sages as Devin Graham put a season-high 20 points. Ben Singleton followed with 10 points. The Sages were efficient on defense especially in the first half as they held the Cardinals to just 9 points.

 

Warrensburg-Latham struggled to break past the defense of the Sages, Jarius Ingram led the Cardinals with 10, followed by Mitchell Leathers with 9 points.

 

Warrensburg-Latham with losing to Monticello now has a record of 8-4, Monticello improves to 5-0.

 

Next game for Monticello is against Rantoul at Monticello, the game is set for 7:30 pm. 

 

Play of the Game: Ben Singleton getting a block on Ingram early in the first to keep Monticello defense strong and Cardinals offense weak.
 

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Fox sparks 2nd-half rally, Kings beat Bulls 108-89

De'Aaron Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, and the Sacramento Kings rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 108-89 on Monday night.

 

Fox went 8 for 11 from the field after missing each of his first five shots in the first half. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III added 16 points apiece as Sacramento closed out a 3-1 road trip.

Chicago led by as many as 14 in its ninth loss in 10 games. The Bulls were coming off a franchise-record 133-77 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

 

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 19 points, and Lauri Markkanen had 13.

 

After falling behind 17-0 on Saturday, the Bulls got off to a better start in this one. They led 33-26 at the end of the first quarter and 56-45 at halftime.

 

Chicago had a 66-57 lead in the third before Sacramento closed the quarter with a 24-8 run.

 

The speedy Fox sparked the offense with 15 points during the key stretch, but the Kings also picked up the pressure on defense. The Bulls shot 22 for 41 (53.7 percent) from the field in the first half, but were just 6 for 16 (37.5 percent) in the third.

 

Sacramento kept up the intensity in the fourth and Chicago never made a serious push.

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Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage, swatted Dan Bailey's field goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns.

 

Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn't care.

Wagner's block midway through the fourth quarter was the catalyst in a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night that pushed Seattle to the brink of a playoff berth.

 

Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman capped off the Seahawks' fourth straight victory with a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown 18 seconds later.

 

What was an ugly and mostly forgettable first three quarters turned into a Seattle party in the fourth as the Seahawks (8-5) moved to the brink of wrapping up a wild-card spot in the NFC. One win in Seattle's final three games - including matchups with lowly San Francisco and Arizona - should be enough to put the Seahawks into the postseason.

 

Minnesota (6-6-1) twice had scoring chances in the fourth quarter when it was still a one-score game but was turned away each time. Minnesota's chances of winning the NFC North took a major hit with its second straight loss, but the Vikings still hold the No. 6 spot in the NFC.

 

But much of the conversation centered on Wagner's block of Bailey's 47-yard attempt with 5:38 left and whether it was entirely legal. Wagner's jump through a gap in Minnesota's offensive line was fine, but it appeared he used his teammates to gain leverage, which allowed him to come through and block the kick. A flag was initially thrown but was picked up by the officials.

 

Wagner said he attempted it four times in practice without a problem but acknowledged it could be tough to pull off the play during the fourth quarter of a tight game.

 

Zimmer said he asked for an explanation of what happened but wasn't given one. He was told he couldn't challenge.

 

Seattle took possession and Russell Wilson immediately scrambled 40 yards deep into Minnesota territory. Five plays later, Carson scored and Seattle finally had a cushion. Two plays after that, Jacob Martin sacked Minnesota's Kirk Cousins and the ball popped to Coleman, who weaved his way for the clinching touchdown.

 

Cousins threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dalvin Cook with 1:10 remaining, but Seattle recovered the onside kick.

 

Wilson had one of the worst passing games of his career, completing 10 of 20 attempts for career-low 72 yards and a baffling interception late in the first half, one of the many mistakes by Seattle that allowed Minnesota to hang around. But Seattle's ground game was outstanding against one of the better run defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks finished with 214 yards rushing, led by 90 yards from Carson.

 

Sebastian Janikowski hit field goals of 37 and 35 yards to account for all of Seattle's scoring until the closing minutes.

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Lady Sages beat Arthur Knights 46-40

As heard on 95.9 FM WEZC the Lady Sages came back home after their loss to Urbana and came back a new team even with missing a few players winning their home game 46-40 against the Arthur Knights.

 

The Monticello Sages were without Janya Burger and Rennie Fultz, Burger was at a concert for Monticello and Fultz was sick. That didn't stop the Lady Sages from playing hard as Elizabeth Stiverson put on a show of defensive plays. Stiverson was stealing the ball from Knights on multiple drives. Stiverson led the team in steals with 5, Edmundson led the Lady Sages in rebounds as she was a powerhouse down low without the help of Burger and Fultz. Lexi Fisher led the Sages in points as she was 3-3 in 3-pointers, 5-6 in free throws, and had a total of 15 points. 


The Knights were led by Marissa Herschberger with a total of 12 points, followed by Emma Harris with 10 points. 

 

The Lady Sages improved to 2-4, while Knights became 5-6. The Knights went on to lose their 5th game in a row. Monticello broke their losing streak of three. 

 

Next game for Monticello is Thursday, December 13, against Warrensburg-Latham at Monticello. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm.

 

Play of the Game: Edmundson was outstanding at rebounding all game long. One big play she came down powering through getting an offensive rebound then powering back up putting points up for Monticello. 

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Clinton Lady Maroons Defeat Argenta-Oreana

In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons defeated the Argenta-Oreana Lady Bombers by a score of 51-29. The Lady Maroons were led by Maddie Stevens with 16 points. Mallory Cyrulik added 13 points and Kaile Beck chipped in with 10.

 

The Lady Bombers were led by Camilyn Newbanks with 10 points and Cassi Newbanks with 9 points.

 

With the win, the Lady Maroons improve to 7-5. Argenta-Oreana falls to 2-6.

 

Tune in Saturday, December 15, as the Clinton Maroons take on Beardstown in the Jacksonville shootout. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and on the WHOW app.

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Goldman, dominant defense leads Bears over Rams 15-6

The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams' high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL's best record.

 

In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet.

 

Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense and the NFC North-leading Bears beat the NFC West champion Rams 15-6 on Sunday night.

 

The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

 

Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter.

 

Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter. And after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North, Chicago continued to close in on its first division title and playoff appearance since 2010.

 

Coming off a shaky outing against Detroit, Goff was 20 of 44 for 180 yards with a 19.1 rating. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley ran for a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries, and the Rams' three-game win streak came to an end.

 

The Rams' only other loss was at New Orleans. But against the Monsters of the Midway, they managed just 214 yards.

 

The Bears (9-4) bounced back from a wild overtime loss at the New York Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games.

 

Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions, helping Chicago come away with the win despite a shaky effort from Trubisky.

 

The Bears needed it with Trubisky struggling about as badly as Goff.

 

After missing the previous two games because of a right shoulder injury, he was 16 of 30 for 110 yards and three interceptions.

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Boeser's hat trick leads Canucks over Blues 6-1

 Brock Boeser didn't need much help during a breakout 2017-18 season. Now he's getting plenty from another star rookie in Elias Pettersson.

 

Boeser scored his second career hat trick, Pettersson had a goal and four assists and the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-1 on Sunday.

 

Pettersson became the second rookie to have two five-point games before the end of December. He assisted on all three of Boeser's goals to become the second Canucks rookie to have multiple four-point games after Boeser achieved the feat last season.

 

Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who won consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Vancouver was 2-10-2 in its previous 14 games.

 

Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves to improve to 10-9-3 on the season and 2-4-0 lifetime against St. Louis.

 

Jake Allen stopped three of six shots in 14:06 before being pulled in favor of Chad Johnson, who made 12 saves. Allen recorded his first shutout of the season Friday at Winnipeg.

 

Boeser fired a shot from just inside the blue line that appeared to deflect off Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson 8:45 into the third period to match his career high of three goals. His previous hat trick was Nov. 4, 2017 against Pittsburgh.

 

Boeser scored his first goal on a shot that deflected off the end boards and hit the back of Allen's leg pads before trickling into the net.

 

St. Louis had won five consecutive games against Vancouver and had recorded a point in their nine previous games. The Blues are 2-11-1 when surrendering the first goal.

 

Pettersson expanded the lead to 2-0 when he buried a feed from Troy Stecher 31 seconds after Vancouver killed off a four-minute power play. Pettersson previously had five points Nov. 2 versus Colorado.

 

Boeser netted his second of the game when he pushed a feed from Pettersson past Allen to end his night.

 

Horvat and Goldobin scored 1:55 apart in the second period as they each were able to capitalize on rebounds off Johnson.

 

Jordan Kyrou dashed Markstrom's chance for a shutout when he lifted a puck over Markstrom's shoulder 8:05 into the third period for his first NHL goal.

 

St. Louis has allowed at least five goals in six of sixteen home games.

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Tatar's late goal lifts Canadiens over Blackhawks

Tomas Tatar scored the tiebreaking goal on a deflection with 1:17 left in the third period and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Sunday for their third straight win.

 

Max Domi and Shea Weber scored scored in the first period to give Montreal an early lead. Carey Price, starting for the seventh straight game and 11th in the last 12, stopped 37 shots.

 

Patrick Kane scored twice to tie the score for Chicago, which has lost seven straight and nine of its last 10. Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves.

 

The reeling Blackhawks fell to 3-11-2 under coach Jeremy Colliton, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6.

 

On the go-ahead goal, after a failed clearing attempt by the Blackhawks, Jeff Petry shot from the left point into traffic in front of the net. The puck went off the tip of Tatar's stick and past a screened Crawford.

Chicago went 1 for 8 on the power play, failing to muster much pressure during a six-minute advantage early in the third.

 

Domi and Weber scored 1:31 apart early in the first period to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead about 7 1/2 minutes in. It marked the 10th straight game an opponent scored first against the Blackhawks.

Domi converted a rebound of Mike Reilly's shot from the point 6:05 in after Reilly's drive struck Andrew Shaw in front of the net and dropped to the ice. It was Domi's team-leading 14th.

 

Weber, playing his sixth game after knee surgery, ripped in a rising screened shot from the top of the right circle for his third after taking a feed from Kenny Agostino.

 

Kane connected on the Blackhawks' third power play of the first and cut it to 2-1 as he beat Price from the right circle with a screened shot on the short side with 59 seconds left in the period.

 

Chicago has been outscored 22-5 in the first period in the last 10 games and has had a lead only in two contests - one time was when the Blackhawks came from behind for a 5-4 overtime win at Florida on Nov. 24.

 

Kane's second of the game and team-leading 15th tied it 2-all with 7:05 left in the second. Following a faceoff in the Montreal zone, Kane drifted into the right circle, took a pinpoint cross-ice pass from Dominik Kahun and one-timed a rising shot over Price's shoulder.

 

Chicago wasted three power plays covering six consecutive minutes early in the third when Tomas Tatar was sent off for cross-checking at 1:58, then Jordie Benn got a double-minor for high-sticking Dylan Strome in the face at 3:58. The Blackhawks managed just six shots - and no rebounds - during long man advantage and Price turned them all away.

 

Montreal then failed to connect on two power plays, including a 55-second 5-on-3 advantage, midway through the third. Crawford was sharp during the span, thwarting several close-in attempts.

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Maroons Fall to Rochester

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons fell to the Rochester Rockets by a score of 49-45 on Saturday night. The Maroons were led by Ben Nelson and Matthew Overton with 16 points each. 

 

For Rochester, Henry Patterson and Lucas McCafferty led with 14 points.

 

With the loss, the Maroons fall to 4-6 and Rochester improves to 1-3.

 

Tune in Monday, December 10, as the Lady Maroons take on Argenta-Oreana. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and on the WHOW app.

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Clinton Maroons vs Unity

The Clinton Maroons fell to Unity by a score of 42-47 on Friday night. The Maroons were led by Mathew Overton with 10 points and Zeke Hickman with 9 points. They made 4 three point baskets and had 14 team fouls.

 

Unity were led by Evan Mieback with 16 points and Brady Porter with 20 points. They made 5  three point baskets and had 13 team fouls.

 

With the loss the Maroons fall to 5-4 overall

 

Tune in 12/8/18 as the Maroons take on Rochester. You can hear the game live on The Big 1520/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

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Marchessault, Tuch lift Golden Knights over Blackhawks 4-3

Two days after beating the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for their biggest win of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights weren't about to let themselves slip up against slumping Chicago. But they came awfully close.

 

Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch scored 12 seconds apart in the third period to send the surging Golden Knights past the Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night.

 

Playing in front of 18,494 fans - the second-largest crowd in the two-year history of the franchise - Vegas won for the seventh time in eight games and moved into a third-place tie with San Jose in the Pacific Division.

 

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, dropped their sixth straight and have been outscored 30-17 during the skid.

 

After allowing the Blackhawks to score three consecutive goals for a 3-2 lead in the third, the defending Western Conference champions responded. Marchessault fired a shot past goalie Corey Crawford to tie the game, and 12 seconds later it was Tuch punching one in to put Vegas back on top.

 

Vegas' game-winning goal didn't come without controversy, though, as Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton challenged for goaltender interference. A video review determined Max Pacioretty was forced into Crawford by Blackhawks defenseman Brandon Manning while he backhanded the puck to Tuch, who slipped it through Crawford's legs.

 

Reilly Smith had a goal and two assists and Deryk Engelland scored his first goal of the season for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots.

 

Jonathan Toews, Dylan Strome and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago. Crawford made 32 saves.

The Golden Knights continued to dominate with their penalty kill, as they've gone seven games without allowing a power-play goal. Since Nov. 23, Vegas has denied 20 consecutive power-play opportunities by opponents, including four against Chicago.

 

Vegas took an early lead when Smith tipped the puck to himself over Crawford, then dove across the crease while shooting it into the net.

 

Engelland scored when his wrist shot from the point sailed over Crawford's glove.

 

Toews inched closer to his 700th career point when he slammed a carom off the end boards past Fleury and cut Vegas' lead in half four minutes into the second.

 

Later in the period it was Strome gathering Alex DeBrincat's rebound and firing a shot from a wicked angle to tie it at 2.

 

Anisimov gave Chicago its third straight goal when he streaked in to intercept Nick Holden's pass and beat Fleury on a breakaway with a backhand seven minutes into the third.

 

And while Vegas coach Gerard Gallant was happy with the win, he was critical of his team's execution.

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Titans rout Jaguars 30-9

Under center at the 1-yard line, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota checked out of a quarterback sneak, and Derrick Henry did the rest - as much with his arms as his legs.

 

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry sped and stiff-armed his way to a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run , and Tennessee routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-9 on Thursday night to stay in the playoff chase.

 

Henry matched Tony Dorsett's 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dallas against Minnesota for the longest TD run in NFL history. Henry ran to his left and went up the sideline, stiff-arming cornerback A.J. Bouye, then rookie linebacker Leon Jacobs twice and finally shoving linebacker Myles Jack to finish off the second of his four TDs.

 

The Titans talked before the possession about going 99 yards, so left tackle Taylor Lewan was a bit surprised to hear the call for a quarterback sneak.

 

The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner celebrated by striking the Heisman pose not once, but twice. Dorsett didn't keep the ball from his run, but Henry said he'd definitely keep his.

 

Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards on 16 carries, topping the previous mark of 228 yards set by Chris Johnson in 2009 against, yes, the Jaguars.

 

Johnson called Henry's 99-yarder ''amazing" and congratulated Henry on the team record.

Henry tied Lorenzo White and Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell for most rushing TDs in a single game in franchise history. Henry also became the first player in the NFL with four rushing TDs in a game since Jonas Gray of the Patriots in Week 11 in 2014.

 

With the rout and second win in a row, the Titans (7-6) stayed in AFC playoff contention with their fourth straight victory over their oldest division rival. They've won six of their last seven against Jacksonville.

 

The Jaguars (4-9) have lost eight of their last nine, and coach Doug Marrone said he was ''heavily disappointed.''

 

Mariota, wearing black tape on the back of his right hand, threw for 162 yards. The Titans outgained the Jaguars 426-255, and they also had four sacks.

 

Jacksonville came in with the league's fifth-best scoring defense after shutting out Andrew Luck for the first time in the NFL. But Jacksonville has been susceptible against the run, ranked 16th by giving up 108.4 yards. Henry nearly matched that on his record-tying run.

 

The record-tying TD capped a huge swing over two plays.

 

Titans rookie Cameron Batson muffed the punt at the Titans 7 before recovering at the 1 and being tackled in the end zone for a safety. The Jaguars took the ensuing free kick and drove downfield, where they picked up a fourth-and-1 at the Titans 5. Then the Titans stopped the Jaguars on the next four plays, the last with rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans tripping up Leonard Fournette.

 

On the very next play, Henry started toward the middle before turning left for a TD run where he simply couldn't be stopped. Henry had 129 yards on six carries with two TDs by halftime to become the Titans' first 100-yard rusher this season. Before his night ended, he added TD runs of 16 and 54 yards .

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Cubs' Morrow has elbow surgery, likely to start season late

Cubs closer Brandon Morrow likely will miss the start of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last month.

 

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the operation took place Nov. 6.

 

Signed to a $21 million, two-year contract last December, Morrow led the Cubs with 22 saves and had a 1.47 ERA in 35 games. He did not pitch after July 15 because of a bone bruise in his right elbow.

 

Epstein says Morrow still felt discomfort, leading to the decision for surgery. Morrow is expected to start throwing in early February.

 

The Cubs announced Thursday they hired Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach to replace the departed Jim Hickey.

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Lady Sages rally in 2nd half, but fall short to Tigers 61-58

As heard on WEZC 95.9 FM Monticello traveled to Urbana, playing a tough overtime game losing by three, 61-58.

 

Monticello had a rough start as they were down 21 points at the end of the first half. Monticello was able to rally back into the game with some changes made on defense. Lexi Fisher led the Sages in points with 13, followed by Janya Burger with 11, and Rennie Fultz with 10. Fisher really had a big shot to help keep the Sages tied with the Tigers in overtime. Fisher also led in free throws going 6-6. 

 

Urbana, on the other hand, had a great start. Akierra Bufford put up 10 points in the second quarter along with Chian Scott putting up 12. Scott led the Tigers in points with 19 and Akierra with 12.

Monticello played great defense to help get them in overtime withholding the Tigers to just 3 points in the fourth quarter.

 

Tigers went on to win, putting Monticello's record now 1-4.

 

Next game for the Lady Sages will be against Arthur at Monticello. Game is set for 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 10, you can catch that game on 95.9 FM WEZC and stream at dewittdailynews.com.

 

Play of the Game: Lexi Fisher's three-point shot late in overtime keeping them tied with Urbana.

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UPDATE: Sages vs. Urbana

At the end of regulation, the Lady Sages and Lady Tigers are knotted at 52, headed to overtime.

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Lady Raiders Edge Lady Maroons 49-47

The Clinton Lady Maroons fell to the Central A&M Lady Raiders by a score of 49-47 Tuesday night. The Lady Maroons were led by Destiny Schlesinger with 13 points. Mallory Cyrulik added 12 points in the loss for the Lady Maroons.

 

The Lady Raiders were led in scoring by Channing Reed with 16 points.

 

With the loss, the Lady Maroons fall to 6-4 (1-1). 

 

Tune in Saturday night as the Clinton Maroons boys basketball team takes on Rochester. You can hear the game live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Ducks extend win streak to 5 with 4-2 win over Blackhawks

Ondrej Kase scored four minutes into the third period to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

 

Anaheim matched Toronto for the longest active winning streak in the league. Brandon Montour and Daniel Sprong, who was making his Ducks debut, scored 20 seconds apart in the first period, and Jakob Silfverberg added an empty-net goal. John Gibson made 25 saves.

 

Erik Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat scored in the second period, and Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who have dropped five straight and seven of eight.

 

The Ducks came into the game next-to-last in the NHL in first-period goals but scored a pair in the first 20 minutes for only the third time this season. Montour took a pass from Pontus Aberg near the blue line and fired a 54-foot wrist shot past a screened Crawford for his third of the season less than six minutes in. Sprong, who was acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh on Monday, then beat Crawford top shelf with a shot at a sharp angle.

 

Gustafsson put the Blackhawks on the board seven minutes into the second when he took Duncan Keith's pass in the right faceoff circle and beat Gibson with a slap shot for his fifth. DeBrincat then tied it with 28 seconds remaining in the period when he took a feed from Jonathan Toews and put it into the net for his 11th.

 

Kase took back the lead for Anaheim in the third when he took Carter Rowley's pass off the boards and fired a shot from the right circle.

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McDavid's shootout goal lifts Oilers past Blues 3-2

Connor McDavid hasn't always looked like a natural in shootouts. The work he's put in showed up Wednesday night.

 

McDavid scored in the shootout after Oscar Klefbom tied it late in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday night.

 

McDavid improved to 7 for 13 in shootouts for his career. It was his fifth game-deciding shootout goal.

 

Klefbom scored with 55.2 seconds remaining to tie it at 2, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid scored in the shootout. Nugent-Hopkins also scored in the second period, and Edmonton won for the fourth time in five games.

 

Cam Talbot made 28 saves, plus two more in the shootout to win for the first time in seven tries dating to Oct. 28.

 

Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games. Jake Allen made 34 saves as St. Louis lost for the fourth time this season after taking a two-goal lead.

 

Klefbom scored on a slap shot through traffic from just inside the blue line with Talbot pulled for an extra skater. Klefbom has a point in five straight games.

 

Barbashev gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 6:05 of the first, burying Oskar Sundqvist's feed from behind the net short-side. Schenn made it 2-0 with 6:28 left, banking the puck off the far post at a severe angle. Schenn has 13 points in 13 career games against Edmonton.

 

Nugent-Hopkins got Edmonton on the board at 4:04 of the second. After Darnell Nurse's centering pass went off of Blues center Robert Thomas' skate, Nugent-Hopkins chipped it in from in between Thomas' legs.

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