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Warrensburg-Latham Smashes Argenta-Oreana To Advance in Monticello Regional

The Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals used a 35-8 first half to blow past Argenta-Oreana 60-25 in boys Class 2A reagional basketball action from Monticello Middle School.

 

The Cardinals opened up on a 12-0 run and at the 4:36 mark of the second quarter had a 24-4 advantage, leading by as many as 38 late in the third quarter.

 

Jarius Ingram led all scorers with 22 points, the only scorer in double figures for either side.

 

Skyler Peterson and Logan Batson each scored eight points for the Bombers who finish their season 7-21 overall.

 

Warrensburg-Latham improves to 18-13 overall and advances to a regional semifinal matchup with Monticello Wednesday night at 7 pm.

 

Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

Other scores in boys Class 2A Regional action Monday:

 

At Monticello

 

Champaign St. Thomas More 72

Maroa.-Forsyth 62

 

At Broadlands Heritage

 

Tuscola 75

Georgetown-Ridge Farm 44

 

At Shelbyville

 

Marshall 79

Sullivan 47

 

At Olympia

 

Decatur St. Teresa 55

Olympia 14

 

Class 1A Regional quarterfinal action Monday:

 

At Cissna Park

 

Fisher 65

Danville Schlarman 63

 

At Grant Park

 

Ridgevie 51

Donovan 18

 

At Neoga

 

Arcola 66

Chrisman 43

 

HS Girls Basketball Super-Sectional scores:

 

At Pontiac

 

St. Joseph-Ogden 58

Chicago Christian 35

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Wisconsin Holds Off Illinois; Dosunmo Earns Second Straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award

Brad Davison scored 18 points, Khalil Iverson added 16 and the No. 22 Badgers held off Illinois 64-58 on Monday night with their leading scorer on the bench for the final four minutes.

 

Ethan Happ, who averages 18 points, scored just six points on 3-of-7 shooting, was 0 for 3 from the foul line and had three turnovers, including one just before he went to the bench. He also has proven a liability from the line in crunch time in past games, shooting less than 45 percent from the line. But Gard said he benched Happ because of his decision making, not his past struggles from the line.

 

In stepped Davison and Iverson for the Badgers (18-8, 10-5 Big Ten).

 

Davison’s jumper put the Badgers up 54-52 with 3:21 left, giving them the lead for good. After Iverson blocked Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Davison collected the loose ball to take it in for a layup and a 56-52 lead with 2:45 to go.

 

From there the teams traded blows until Nate Reuvers’ putback dunk on a missed 3 gave Wisconsin a 62-58 lead. Iverson then stole the ball on the next Illinois possession following a timeout, helping put away the game.

 

Aaron Jordan finished with 12 points for the Illini, while Ayo Dosunmu added 11 and Bezhanishvili 10.

 

The Illini had won four straight coming in and were looking for their first five-game conference winning streak since 2013. Instead, they lost their 15th in a row to the Badgers, the longest streak to any Illinois opponent.

 

Illinois hosts Penn State on Saturday.

 

>>Illini Freshman Earns Second Straight Weekly Honor

 

Fighting Illini freshman Ayo Dosunmu has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second straight week following his clutch performance in Illinois' road win at Ohio State, the conference announced on Monday.

 

Dosunmu led the Illini to their fourth straight win and first road win of the season last Thursday, scoring a team-high 15 points with four rebounds and game-high three assists in the victory at Ohio State. He came up big during crunch time, hitting a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to push the lead from three to six points. Dosunmu scored or assisted on nine of Illinois' final 15 points as the Orange and Blue earned their first win in Columbus in 10 years.

 

The last Illini B1G Freshman of the week prior to Dosunmu's current two-week reign was Trent Frazier on Feb. 12, 2018. Frazier was Freshman of the Week on two occasions last season. 

 

>>Duke Is  College Basketball's New No. 1

 

Tennessee's first loss since November has brought Duke back to the No. 1 spot in the AP poll. Monday's rankings dropped the Volunteers, who fell in record-setting fashion at Kentucky on Saturday night, down to fifth.

Kentucky bumps up to No. 4, while Virginia and Gonzaga remain constants near the top of the rankings. The biggest riser this week is LSU, which moves up six spots to No. 13 after its road wins vs. Kentucky and Georgia moved the Tigers to 21-4 and moved them into a first-place tie in the SEC standings with Tennessee. 

 

The biggest fall inside the poll this week is Kansas State's: the Wildcats go from 18th to 23rd after losing at home Saturday to Iowa State, which is now No. 19.

 

Kentucky's dominant showing over No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday earned it a bump in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll. The Wildcats moved from No. 5 to No. 4, despite losing to LSU earlier in the week, leapfrogging Tennessee, which fell four spots to No. 5.

 

The fall of the Vols benefited last week's top 5 teams, as each moved up a spot. As a result, Duke is the new No. 1, receiving 28 of a possible 32 first-place votes. The Blue Devils rallied from a 23-point deficit to take out ACC foe Louisville on Tuesday, then blew out NC State at home on Saturday to improve to 23-2 overall.

 

Gonzaga received the four remaining first-place votes available this week in its bump from No. 3 to No. 2. Virginia is ranked third this week, and Kentucky and Tennessee round out the new top 5.

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Blackhawks Outlast Senators In Wild Affair

Alex DeBrincat had three goals and two assists, and the Blackhawks held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 8-7 on Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games.

 

The five points for the 21-year-old set a career high, and his fourth NHL hat trick gave him 32 goals in his second season..

 

Patrick Kane scored his 36th goal and added two assists to extend his point streak to 18 games - with 14 goals and 26 assists during the stretch- the longest by a player in the NHL this season.

 

Strome also had a goal and two assists in his fourth three-point game since joining the Blackhawks on Nov. 25, and Brandon Saad, Gustav Forsling and Jonathan Toews also scored to help Chicago move a point behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

 

Colin White had two goals and an assist, Thomas Chabot scored twice, and Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan and Rudolfs Balcers also had goals for NHL-worst Ottawa, which lost for the eighth time in its last 11.

 

The Blackhawks led 5-4 after a wild first period loaded with defensive breakdowns and few soft goals. Both starting goalies - Chicago's Collin Delia and Ottawa's Anders Nilsson - were pulled before the end of the period.

 

Cam Ward got the win as he finished with 24 saves on 28 shots.

 

Kane has assists in 17 straight games, matching Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey for the third longest assist streak in league history. Only Gretzky (23 games in 1990-91) and Adam Oates (18 games in 1992-93.) have had longer such streaks.

 

The Blackhawks are at Detroit on Wednesday night.

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BBB: Clinton Maroons Regional Matchup Set

The IHSA has announced the first round matchups for the boys Class 3A & 4A basketball postseason. 

 

The Clinton Maroons find themselves in Class 3A again this year.  They will host a regional next week at Clinton High School.  The tenth-seeded Maroons will take on #6 seed Springfield Lanphier on Monday, February 25th, at 7pm.  You can hear the game right here on WHOW.  The Maroons will wrap up their regular season this week with a trip to Mt. Zion Tuesday night (our WHOW Game of The Week broadcast for this week), and then travel to Prairie Central Friday night.

 

All of our Clinton Maroons sports broadcasts are also streamed live at DeWittDailyNews.com, and on the WHOW app!

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IHSA Girls Postseason Continues Tonight

The Girls IHSA Basketball Postseason continues tonight (Mon). 

 

Class 1A & 2A are in the Super-Sectional round to see who heads to Redbird Arena this weekend for the state tournament.  No local 1A teams have survived to the Elite Eight this season, but in Class 2A Saint Joe-Ogden plays in the Super Sectional tonight at Pontiac.  They'll take on Palos Heights (Chicago Christian) at 7:30pm.

 

In Girls Class 3A & 4A Sectionals tonight (Mon); area mathcups include....

Class 3A Taylorville Sectional
Game 1 at 6:00 pm: Bethalto (Civic Memorial) vs. Decatur (MacArthur)
Game 2 at 7:30 pm: Charleston vs. Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin)

 

Class 4A Normal (Community West) Sectional 
Game 2 at 7:00 pm: Normal (Community) vs. Rock Island (H.S.)

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Class 1A & 2A Boys Regionals Tip Off Tonight; Area Schedule

The "original March Madness" gets underway this (Mon) evening, as the IHSA Boys Basketball postseason begins across the state.  Class 1A & 2A regionals begin tonight (Mon), while 3A & 4A will tip off next week.  In area matchups....

 

CLASS 1A REGIONALS
Blue Ridge Regional
Game 1 at 7:00 pm: (8) Mt. Pulaski vs. (9) Farmer City (Blue Ridge)

 

Edinburg Regional
Game 1 at 7:00 pm: (8) Bethany (Okaw Valley) vs. (9) Ramsey

 

Neoga Regional 
Game 1 at 6:00 pm: (7) Arcola vs. (10) Chrisman
Game 2 at 7:30 pm: (5) Hume (Shiloh) [Coop] vs. (11) Beecher City [Coop]


CLASS 2A REGIONALS
Monticello Regional
Game 1 at 6:00 pm: (7) Champaign (St. Thomas More) vs. (9) Maroa (M.-Forsyth)
Game 2 at 7:30 pm: (6) Warrensburg (W.-Latham) vs. (10) Argenta (A.-Oreana) **The winner of this game will take on Monticello Wednesday night at 7pm.  You can hear the action on 95.9FM WEZC.**

 

Stanford (Olympia) Regional
Game 1 at 7:00 pm: (8) Decatur (St. Teresa) vs. (11) Stanford (Olympia)

 

Shelbyville Regional 
Game 2 at 7:30 pm: (5) Marshall vs. (11) Sullivan

 

Broadlands (Heritage) Regional 
Game 1 at 6:00 pm: (7) Tuscola vs. (10) Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)
Game 2 at 7:30 pm: (6) Broadlands (Heritage) [Coop] vs. (12) Arthur (A.-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond)

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Clinton Falls to Olympia

The Clinton Maroons fell to Olympia by a score of 55-60 on Saturday night. The Maroons were led by Matthew Overton with 13 points. Cal Case and Jake Torbert each added 10 points.

 

Olympia was led by Ethan Davis and Hunter Berges with 18 points apiece.

 

With the loss, Clinton falls to 9-19 on the season and Olympia improves to 3-26.

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Illinois Baseball Opens Season 3-0

Cyrillo Watson threw six shutout innings to lead the Illinois baseball team to a 4-0 win against Sacred Heart at David F. Couch Ballpark. The Fighting Illini swept the three-game weekend with wins over Georgetown, No. 20 Wake Forest and Sacred Heart. 

 

Watson struck out a career-high eight while scattering five hits and not allowing a walk. Only twice did a runner reach scoring position against Watson.

 

Zac Taylor led the Illini with two doubles and freshmen Cam McDonald and Branden Comia drove in one run each. 

 

Cam McDonald and Michael Massey had four hits apiece on the weekend and McDonald led Illinois with four RBIs. 

 

The Illini are back on the diamond next weekend for a three-game series at Florida Atlantic. 

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ISU Bats Open Hot, Sweep Belmont

The Illinois State Redbirds defeated the Belmont Bruins by a final score of 10-6 in a Sunday matinee in Nashville. The Redbirds scored double digit runs in each of the three games this weekend to sweep the Bruins.

 

Joe Aeilts led the Redbirds bats with a two-run home run and three runs scored. Ryan Hutchinson added a two-run double and three runs scored. Tyson Hays had a two-run triple and a run scored.

Matt Walker started and earned the win, lasting three innings, allowing four hits, two unearned runs with three walks to five strikeouts.

 

Illinois State will face off against Central Arkansas next weekend in a four game series with a doubleheader scheduled on Saturday.

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Kennell scores 15 to lift Bradley over Illinois St. 65-59

Nate Kennell had 15 points off the bench to carry Bradley to a 65-59 win over Illinois State on Saturday night.

 

Darrell Brown had 13 points for Bradley (15-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive win. Ja'Shon Henry added 11 points. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye had 11 points for the visitors.

 

Milik Yarbrough had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Redbirds (14-13, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. Phil Fayne added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Chastain had seven rebounds.

 

The Braves improve to 2-0 against the Redbirds on the season. Bradley defeated Illinois State 85-68 on Jan. 23. Bradley plays Drake on the road on Tuesday. Illinois State plays Indiana State on the road on Wednesday.

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Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain's-choice format for a second consecutive season.

 

Klay Thompson scored 20 points, and James and Kawhi Leonard each had 19 for the winners.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo led everybody with 38 points on 17 for 23 shooting for the club he drafted.

Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points for Team Giannis, which got 17 apiece from Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.

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Blues post 3rd straight shutout, beat Wild for 10th straight

Jordan Binnington made 31 saves and the St. Louis Blues posted their third straight shutout, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Sunday for their 10th straight win.

 

Binnington made 21 saves to blank Arizona on Thursday, and Jake Allen stopped 32 shots in a 3-0 win against Colorado on Saturday.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists and Ryan O'Reilly, Vince Dunn and Brayden Schenn also scored to help St. Louis match the best winning streak in franchise history, completed in January 2002. The run also ties the Blues for the longest streak in the NHL this season. The Blues have won eight straight on the road, their best such run since taking 10 straight in 2000.

 

Alex Stalock stopped 26 shots for Minnesota in his first action since Feb. 2.

 

Binnington improved to 12-1-1 since making his first NHL start on Jan. 7 with four shutouts on the road.

 

St. Louis' power play was 3 for 30 in its previous 13 games heading into Sunday but converted twice in the first period. The Blues finished 2 for 6 with the man advantage.

 

Minnesota was 0 for 5 on the power play. The Wild are 1-5-3 in their last nine games and heard boos from the home crowd during Sunday's loss.

 

Despite its current four-game losing streak, Minnesota remains in playoff position with the eighth-most points in the Western Conference.

 

Dunn scored his eighth goal of the year to give the Blues a 3-0 lead in the second. Dunn's one-timer on a 3-on-1 rush came just after St. Louis successfully killed off a penalty.

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Clinton Draws Springfield Lanphier in Clinton Regional

The Clinton Maroons will take on Springfield Lanphier in the quarter-final round of the IHSA Class 3A boys basketball playoffs starting Monday, February 25 at Clinton High School.

 

The Maroons are the tenth seed while Lanphier is the sixth seed.

 

The winner will take on Lincoln Tuesday, February 29 at Clinton High School.

 

Quincy Notre Dame and Taylorville will play Wednesday night at 7 pm.

 

Game time Monday night from Clinton High School is 7 pm. Hear the action on 92.3 FM in DeWitt County, 106.5 FM in Logan County and online all the time at dewittdailynews.com.

 

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Monticello Uses Big Second Half To Roll Past Olympia

A lackluster first half was by Monticello was quickly erased by a monster second half as the Sages rolled past Olympia 55-26 Friday night in the regular season finale at Monticello High School in boys Illini Prairie Conference action.

 

While never trailing, the Sages only led 20-13 at the half against the Spartans, who entered action with just 2 wins to 25 losses on the season.

 

A poor 26-percent shooting first half that saw the Sages go 2-for-14 from distance was quickly forgotten after Monticello opened up a 20-plus point lead quickly in the third quarter.

 

Monticello outscored Olympia 25-13 in the second half.

 

Garrett Kepley was excellent in sparking a Sages second-half rally as he led all scorers with 14 points off the bench. Ben Singleton added 11 points and four rebounds.

 

Luke Priebe (pre-bee) led Olympia with 12 points off the bench.

 

Monticello controlled the glass 37-27 and dished out 13 assists to just eight turnovers.

 

Additionally, they forced the Spartans into 16 turnovers, leading to 18 points.

 

The Sages wrap up the regular season 20-7 and finish 5-4 in the Illini Prairie Conference. It is their fifth win in six games as they open Regional action next Wednesday.

 

A matchup with the winner between Argenta-Oreana and Warrensburg-Latham awaits them next Wednesday at Monticello Middle School.

 

Game time next Wednesday is at 7 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

Olympia wraps up their regular season tomorrow night at Clinton High School.

 

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Maroons Win on Senior Night

In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Meridian Hawks by a score of 62-50 on Friday night. The Maroons were led by Matthew Overton with 28 points.

 

For Meridian, they were led by Garrett Meisenhelter with 28 points.

 

With the win, Clinton improves to 9-18 overall and 3-4 in the CIC. Meridian falls to 20-10 on the season and 3-4 in conference play.

 

Tune in Tuesday, February 19, as the Maroons take on Mt. Zion. 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 Hosts Meridian Tonight

The Clinton Maroons will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak and get on the right track with the Class 3A postseason coming up, meanwhile, the Meridian Hawks are looking to stay hot as the Class 2A postseason approaches next week.

 

The Maroons are losing of six straight and will take on Meridian tonight in Central Illinois Conference action. The Hawks have rattled off four straight and will look to end the year on a good note before heading to the Olympia Regional next week.

 

The Maroons enter action 8-18 overall and 2-4 in the Central Illinois Conference.

 

Meridian is 20-9 and 3-3 in conference action.

 

Hear tonight's action from Clinton High School on 92.3 FM in DeWitt County, 106.5 FM in Logan and everywhere at dewittdailynews.com.

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Monticello Wraps Up Regular Season Hosting Olympia

The Monticello Sages have rattled off four wins in their last five matchups and look to finish the regular season strong tonight when they host Olympia for senior night at Monticello High School in Illini Prairie Conference boys basketball action.

 

The Sages rolled Unity 46-31 Tuesday night to move to 18-7 overall and 4-4 in the Illini Prairie Conference.

 

Game time tonight from Monticello is 7 pm and can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Illinois Holds Off Ohio State on the Road

Trent Frazier had 15 points and Ayo Dosunmu buried a key 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining as Illinois held off Ohio State 63-56 Thursday for its fourth win in a row.

 

Dosunmu also scored 15 points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 13 for the Illini (10-15, 6-8 Big Ten), who won their first true road game of the season.

 

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Buckeyes (16-8, 6-7), who committed 18 turnovers leading to 14 Illini points.

 

Dosunmu made two free throws to give Illinois the lead for good with 8:15 to play and his 3-pointer three minutes later made it 51-46. Luther Muhammad hit two foul shots to pull the Buckeyes within three with 57 seconds left but Dosunmu, who scored nine points in the final eight-plus minutes, answered with a 3.

 

C.J. Jackson led Ohio State with 17 points, but he also had seven turnovers.

 

Brothers Kaleb and Andre Wesson contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, as Ohio State shot just 36 percent from the field, including 15 percent (2 of 13) from beyond the arc, while missing 10 layups.

 

Bezhanishvili had just two points in the first half but scored Illinois’ first seven points of the second. Illinois shot 44 percent from the field.

 

Keyshawn Woods, who scored 18 points in Ohio State’s Dec. 5 win against Illinois, was held to just three points.

 

Illinois visits No. 20 Wisconsin on Monday.

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Girls Basketball Postseason Scores From Thursday

Class 1A Sectional Final scores:

 

At Decatur St. Teresa

 

Danville Schlarman 56

Ridgeview 24

 

Class 2A Sectional final scores:

 

At G.C.M.S

 

Watseka 48

St. Joseph-Ogden 55

 

At Tuscola

 

Sullivan 31

Teutopolis 53

 

Class 3A Regional final scores:

 

At Clinton

 

Charleston 75

Champaign Central 49

 

At Morton

 

Morton 59

Metamora 33

 

At Mt. Zion

 

Decatur MacArthur 69

Paris 38

 

At Peoria Manual

 

Peoria Richwoods 76

Peoria Notre Dame 31

 

At Pontiac

 

Washington 50

Bloomington Central Catholic 56

 

At East Alton-Wood River

 

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 56

Jerseyville 53

 

Class 4A Regional final scores:

 

At Bloomington

 

Normal Community 58

Normal West 39

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Blackhawks, Blues Win Thursday

Patrick Kane scored his 34th goal and added two assists to lead Chicago to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night for the Blackhawks' eighth victory in nine games.

 

Kane extended his points streak to 16 games and moved into second in NHL scoring with 85 points. He has 12 goals and 22 assists during the run and also extended his assists streak to 15 games, eclipsing Stan Mikita's team record set in 1967.

 

Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov each had a goal late in third period to break open a tight game and added an assist. Jonathan Toews and Drake Caggiula also scored for the Blackhawks who have climbed back into the fray for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference after a miserable start.

 

Cam Ward stopped 41 shots, and had to be sharp in the third period to keep the Blackhawks in front after they battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the second.

 

Damon Severson and Travis Zajac scored to give the Devils a 2-0 lead with a little more than three minutes left in the first period before the Blackhawks took over. New Jersey has lost two straight and five of its last six.

 

Devils goalie Cory Schneider finished with 31 saves to extend his regular-season winless streak to 24 games. He is now 0-17-4 since his last win Dec. 27, 2017.

 

Kane recorded three or more points for the 10th time this season to help Chicago rebound after a 6-3 loss in Boston on Tuesday.

 

The Blackhawks host Columbus on Saturday night.

 

>>Blues Stay Hot, Beat Arizona Thursday

 

Jordan Binnington matched a franchise rookie record with his seventh straight victory, Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and the Blues stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Joel Edmundson scored early in the first and had an assist on Tarasenko's goal late in the period. Tarasenko put the Blues up 3-0 late in the second period with a power-play goal, giving him nine goals and eight assists during a career-high 10-game points streak.

 

Robert Bortuzzo scored his second goal of the third period for the Blues, who have their longest winning streak since 2000-01. St. Louis is 14-4-1 in 2019, including 9-2-1 on the road.

 

Binnington made 21 saves to match Brent Johnson's rookie franchise-record winning streak set in 2000-01. Binnington had a shutout in his first career NHL start on Jan. 7 and has two more while going 11-1-1.

 

Arizona gave up two goals in the first period and, despite playing better the final two periods, had a hard time generating scoring chances after the Blues packed it in defensively.

 

Darcy Kuemper stopped 20 shots for Arizona, which has lost six of eight.

 

St. Louis has been a different team since the start of the new year, though, winning behind Binnington and a high-scoring offense.

 

The Blues jumped on the Coyotes early Thursday night, dominating the puck until scoring 3 1/2 minutes in when Edmundson swept a rolling pass from Jaden Schwartz past Kuemper's right pad.

 

Tarasenko made it 2-0 with his 23rd goal, lifting his stick waist-high to deflect a pass from Edmundson under Kuemper's left arm.

 

Tarasenko stretched the lead to three goals late in the second period, one-timing a pass from Brayden Schenn at the left circle for his 24th of the season.

 

The Blues play at Colorado on Saturday.

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Spieth Leads Suspended Round One of Genisis Open

It was a long, soggy first round of the 2019 Genesis Open on Thursday at Riviera Country Club, and in the end, exactly zero golfers finished their first 18 holes. In a somewhat odd turn of events, players teed off at their normal start time of 6:40 a.m. PT to start the day, but the rains came not long after. The first groups had played just three holes, and tournament officials actually decided to wipe out the results and restart the entire event later in the afternoon after rain dissipated.

 

When the tournament finally actually begin, it was a familiar face who raced out in front. Jordan Spieth is 5 under after 12 holes and tied with Sung Kang at the end of Thursday (neither finished his first round). Because of the lengthy delay, and because Riviera only experiences around 11 hours of sunlight, there's a good chance Friday's rounds will push into Saturday and Saturday's into Sunday.

 

With more rain in the forecast, there's actually a chance that the event won't end on Sunday evening.

Regardless, the show will go on, and with as many stars and superstars as are at this event, it should be a great one. 

 

Tiger Woods had a tee time just after noon local time, but he never even sniffed it. He will likely play his first round and at least a little bit more on Friday at a place where he missed the cut in 2018. 

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Girls Basketball Regional, Sectional Matchups

Class 1A Sectional final action tonight:

 

At Decatur St. Teresa

 

Danville Schlarman 7:00pm

Colfax Ridgeview

 

Class 2A Sectional final action tonight:

 

At G.C.M.S

 

Watseka 7:00pm

St. Joseph-Ogden

 

At Tuscola

 

Sullivan 7:00pm

Teutopolis

 

Class 3A Regional final action tonight:

 

At Clinton

 

Charleston 7:00pm

Champaign Central

 

At Morton

 

Morton 7:00pm

Metamora

 

At Mt. Zion

 

Decatur MacArthur 7:00pm

Paris

 

At Peoria Manual

 

Peoria Richwoods 7:00pm

Peoria Notre Dame

 

At Pontiac

 

Washington 7:00pm

Bloomington Central Catholic

 

At East Alton-Wood River

 

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 7:00pm

Jerseyville

 

Class 4A Regional Final action tonight:

 

At Bloomington

 

Normal Community 7:00pm

Normal West

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Bradley Upsets League-Leading Loyola-Chicago; ISU Falls To Northern Iowa

Darrell Brown had 21 points as Bradley got past Loyola-Chicago 61-54 on Wednesday night.

 

Elijah Childs had 13 points and seven rebounds for Bradley (14-12, 6-7 Missouri Valley Conference). Luuk van Bree added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Marques Townes had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Ramblers (16-10, 9-4). Cameron Krutwig added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

 

Bradley plays Illinois State on the road on Saturday. Loyola of Chicago plays Missouri State at home on Sunday.

 

>>Northern Iowa Downs Illinois State

 

Trae Berhow had a season-high 20 points as Northern Iowa topped Illinois State 77-64 on Wednesday night.

 

Spencer Haldeman had 16 points for Northern Iowa (11-15, 6-7 Missouri Valley Conference). AJ Green added 13 points. Isaiah Brown had 10 points for the home team.

 

Wyatt Lohaus, whose 10 points per game heading into the matchup was second on the Panthers, shot only 14 percent for the game (1 of 7).

 

Northern Iowa posted a season-high 16 3-pointers.

 

Phil Fayne had 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Redbirds (14-12, 7-6). William Tinsley added nine rebounds.

 

Milik Yarbrough, the Redbirds' leading scorer entering the contest at 17 points per game, shot only 14 percent for the game (1 of 7).

 

The Panthers leveled the season series against the Redbirds with the win. Illinois State defeated Northern Iowa 70-69 on Jan. 8. Northern Iowa takes on Evansville on the road on Sunday. Illinois State takes on Bradley at home on Saturday.

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Bulls Topple Grizzlies

Otto Porter Jr. scored a career-high 37 points on 16-for-20 shooting, Robin Lopez added season-high 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 122-110 on Wednesday night.

 

Lauri Markkanen added 21 points as Chicago ended a franchise-record 11-game home losing streak with their first win at the United Center since beating Orlando on Dec. 21.

 

Porter scored at ease, getting the Bulls' first six points in the third quarter and capping it off with a dunk off a pass from Zach LaVine. Porter later set up LaVine for a three-point play to give the Bulls a 80-66 lead with 7:21 left in the quarter.

 

Porter was acquired a day before the deadline in a trade with Washington, where Joh Wall and Bradley Beal were the primary options. 

 

He was 3 for 5 from 3-point range in his third career 30-point game.

 

Bradley got Memphis to 109-101 with 4:48 left, but the Bulls answered with a 10-0 run. Markkanen made a 3 to give the Bulls a 118-101 lead with 2:33 left.

 

The Bulls also won for just the fourth time in 22 games.

 

Avery Bradley scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who lost for the second straight night.

 

Mike Conley was back in the Grizzlies' lineup after missing Tuesday's 108-107 loss to the Spurs with an illness. He finished with 12 points.

 

Porter shot 8 for 9 from the field and 3 for 3 from 3-point range for 21 points in the first half.

 

The Bulls travel to Orlando after the All-Star break to face the Magic on Feb. 22.

 

>>League Leading Roll Down Pacers

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo rallied the Bucks from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and led Milwaukee past Indiana 106-97. He finished with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to keep the Bucks atop the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break.

Antetokounmpo opened the game by making five of the Bucks' nine first-quarter baskets, assisting on the other four. And after Milwaukee fell into an 86-76 hole early in the fourth, he bailed them out by scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and three assists over the final 11 1/2 minutes.

 

Every moment the Bucks needed a big play, Antetokounmpo made it.

 

His driving layup out of a timeout with 9:17 to go ended Indiana's 7-0 run. His dunk with 5:06 remaining gave Milwaukee a 93-92 lead. His 10-foot turnaround jumper at the 3:51 mark tied it at 95, and his nifty pass to a wide-open Ersan Ilyasova for a tiebreaking layup with 2:36 left gave Milwaukee the lead for good.

 

Antetokounmpo closed out the first half with a flourish - his 13th game with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to break a tie with Shaquille O'Neal for the most in a single-season since 1976-77.

 

Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Khris Middleton added 15.

 

Antetokounmpo followed his 5-of-7 start by missing six of his next seven shots as the Pacers charged back from 26-18 first-quarter deficit and a 55-47 halftime deficit to take the lead midway through the third quarter. They extended the margin to 10 on Tyreke Evans' 3-pointer with 9:37 left.

 

But then the Bucks' best player steadied himself and his teammates, helping Milwaukee outscore the Pacers 30-11 the rest of the way.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 20 points as Indiana's six-game winning streak ended.

 

The Bucks return from the All-Star break by hosting Boston on Feb. 21.

 

The Pacers close out a six-game homestand against New Orleans on Feb. 22.

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Blues Win; Blackhawks Lose Tuesday

>>Blues Blast Devils

 

Jaden Schwartz got his first goal in 23 games - a span of 73 shots - on a night when no St. Louis player had trouble finding the net.

 

Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev each scored twice as the Blues won their seventh straight game, blowing out the New Jersey Devils 8-3 on Tuesday night.

 

Ryan O'Reilly, Mackenzie MacEachern and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Blues, whose eight goals were a season high. St. Louis' winning streak is its longest since Jan. 17-Feb. 5, 2015, when it also had seven consecutive victories.

 

Rookie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves to win his sixth straight start, becoming the second goalie in Blues history with a winning streak of at least six games. Brent Johnson twice won seven in a row in 2000 and 2001. Binnington is 10-1-1 since he made his first career start on Jan. 7.

 

Pavel Zacha, Kyle Palmieri and Mirco Mueller scored for the Devils, who have lost 10 straight to St. Louis. In the last 16 meetings between the teams, the Blues are 14-2-0.

 

St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko had two assists, extending his point streak to a career-high nine games (seven goals, seven assists).

 

Keith Kinkaid allowed all eight St. Louis goals, a career high, on 39 shots, and fell to 0-4-1 against the Blues.

 

The Blues scored three goals on 20 shots in the first period to take a 3-1 lead.

 

The Blues are at Arizona on Thursday.

 

>>Bruins Blast Blackhawks

 

Jack Eichel set up two goals to spark an opportunistic offense, and goalie Linus Ullmark stopped 24 shots - including all 10 in the third period - in an efficient 3-1 win over the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal 6:49 into the second period by crashing the net and redirecting Eichel's backhand centering pass from the left wing.

 

Ullmark then played a big role in preserving the one-goal lead before Johan Larsson swept in a loose puck to seal the win with 2:25 remaining.

 

Jeff Skinner, set up off Eichel's faceoff win, scored his team-leading 34th and the Sabres improved to 3-2-1 six games into a seven-game homestand.

 

Robin Lehner stopped 19 shots against his former team, and the Islanders had a three-game winning streak snapped while losing in regulation for just the second time in 13 games (9-2-2).

 

Alex DeBrincat, Duncan Keith, and Erik Gustafsson tallied goals for the Blackhawks.

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