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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 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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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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Big Second Half Leads Monticello Past Tolono Unity

Ryan Reeder scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter and Monticello used a big second half to get past Tolono Unity 46-31 in Illini Prairie Conference boys basketball action Tuesday night from Monticello High School.

 

Trailing 19-17 at the break, a lackluster effort from the Sages was quickly corrected as Reeder scored the first five points of the second half to give the Sages a 22-19 lead.

 

Brady Porter three tied the game at 22 but it was all Monticello after that, as the Sages finished 24-9  the rest of the way.

 

Porter also scored 18 points on the night, with 13 of those coming in the first half.

 

Devin Graham pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and Unity’s Jake Crouse dished out a game-high five assists.

 

The Sages improve to 19-7 overall and get back to five-hundred in league action at 4-4.

 

Unity drops to 14-14 overall and is 2-6 in the Illini Prairie.

 

The Sages conclude the regular season Friday at home hosting Olympia. Game time is 7 pm and can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

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The Clinton Lady Maroons Fell to the Mahomet Lady Bulldogs

The Clinton Lady Maroons Fell to the Mahomet Bulldogs by a score of 54-31 on Monday night. The Maroons were led by Maddie Stevens with 12 points, Kaitlyn Rauch with 8 points, and Mallery Cyruilk with 6 points.

 

The Mahomet Bulldogs was led by Maddy Wade with 15 points, Kailya Northop with 12 points, and Abby Kyle with 7 points.

 

With the loss, the Maroons fall to 16-13 overall and 4-4 for CIC.

 

Tune in Friday, February 15th as the  Clinton BoyMaroons take Meridian.  You can hear the game live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Illinois' Bezhanishvili, Dosunmu Earn Big Ten Awards

Fighting Illini freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili (Rustavi, Georgia) was named Big Ten Player of the Week and fellow freshman Ayo Dosunmu (Chicago, Ill.) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

 

The freshman duo helped the Illini to a pair of wins last week, 79-74 over No. 9 Michigan State on Tuesday and 99-94 over Rutgers in overtime on Saturday. Overall, Illinois has won three straight games, its longest conference winning streak since 2017 and tied for the second-longest active streak in the league. The Illini are also 4-1 in their last five games. 

 

It marks the first time in Big Ten men's basketball history a school claimed both awards with two different freshmen. It's also the first time Illinois has swept both player and freshman accolades in the same week since the conference started the freshman award in 2010-11.

 

The last Illini to win B1G Player of the Week was Malcolm Hill on Nov. 24, 2016, while the last Illini B1G Freshman of the week was Trent Frazier on Feb. 12, 2018. Frazier was Freshman of the Week on two occasions last season. 

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HS GBB: Clinton Begins Regional Action Tonight

Tonight the Clinton Lady Maroons will open girls Class 3A Regional action when they take on Mahomet-Seymour at Clinton High School.

 

The Lady Maroons and the Lady Bulldgos will meet in a regional quarter-final matchup with the winner to advance to a Tuesday night Regional semifinal game against top-seeded Charleston.

 

Also tonight at the Clinton Regional, Champaign Central and Rantoul tip at 7:30 pm with the winner to advance a Tuesday night Regional semifinal matchup against Urbana.

 

Hear tonight's Clinton/Mahomet-Seymour action on WHOW at 92.3 FM in DeWitt County, 106.5 FM in Logan County and online at dewittdailynews.com. Game time is 6 pm. 

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Kyler Murray Officially Commits To Football

It's official: Kyler Murray is committed to playing football. Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma, who was also a first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics, finally made his intentions clear on Monday in a message posted to social media.

 

Murray wrote - quote - "Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray wrote. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play quarterback and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best quarterback possible and winning NFL Championships."

 

Quaterback-needy NFL teams will have to determine if Murray's a first-round talent, and if so, if he's worth trading up for.

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Tennessee Still No. 1 in College Basketball

Duke's most impressive performance of the season in its 81-71 victory over Virginia on Saturday wasn't good enough to get the Blue Devils back to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 Poll. Tennessee, which has not lost since November, remains the top team in college basketball, according to the rankings released Monday. Duke stays at No. 2, while Gonzaga climbs up to No. 3 as the Cavaliers slip to No. 4. 

 

The Big Ten and ACC continue to populate the poll more than any other leagues: each has six teams in the latest rankings. 

 

Maryland jumps back into the fold at No. 24, while Kansas State boosts all the way up to No. 18 this week. 

 

Duke's dismantling of Virginia on the road this weekend loosened Tennessee's grip on the No. 1 spot in Monday's USA Today Coaches Poll, but not enough to pry it loose. The Volunteers are again No. 1 in the poll ahead of Duke, receiving 30 of a possible 32 first-place votes. Duke received the other two, only a week after UT collected all 32.

 

Gonzaga, Virginia and Kentucky round out the reshuffled top-5; UVA's loss dropped it one spot, and as a result, Gonzaga bounced from No. 4 to No. 3.

 

New to the top 10 of this week's rankings is Houston, which entered last week at No. 12. The Cougars (23-1) stand at No. 9 in this week's rankings, sandwiched in between North Carolina (9) and Marquette (10). They're the only club out of the AAC ranked this week after Cincinnati dropped out.

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Browns Sign Embattled RB Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns wasted no time in drawing headlines for their 2019 NFL offseason, signing free agent running back Kareem Hunt on Monday in a move that will raise more than a few eyebrows around the league, with Hunt facing a suspension because of his domestic violence incident that led to his release from the Chiefs last year.

 

In late November of 2018, video was released publicly of Hunt assaulting a woman in a hotel hallway back in February of 2018. The running back was placed on the commissioner's exempt list (preventing him from playing) and then released by the Chiefs later that afternoon.

 

Hunt would speak out publicly and apologize for his actions, but has remained a free agent since he was released. The expectation is he would face upwards of an eight-game suspension from the NFL once he signed with an NFL team. The Browns certainly are aware of that possibility. 

 

Hunt promised a "healthier version" of himself after going through the process of rehabilitating himself and becoming a "better and healthier person." 

 

According to NFL Media, Hunt has undergone treatment for both alcohol and anger issues. He was apparently hoping to sign with a team before Roger Goodell announced his suspension -- Goodell told reporters at the Super Bowl he expected to have that investigation concluded "soon." 

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Wild Finish Lifts Missouri State Past Illinois State

Jarred Dixon banked in a half-court shot just before the final buzzer to help Missouri State beat Illinois State 66-65 on Sunday.

 

Leading 65-63 with 7.8 seconds left, Illinois State turned it over on an inbounds play. The ball changed hands several times, leading to multiple players diving for the loose ball and it finally fell to Dixon, who took one dribble and launched it off the backboard before getting tackled by his teammates.

 

The Bears moved into a three-way tie with Illinois State and Drake for second, two games behind Loyola-Chicago, in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

 

Tulio Da Silva posted 17 points and seven rebounds and Ryan Kreklow had 14 points for Missouri State (13-12, 7-5), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Dixon added 13 points. Josh Webster had 11 points for the hosts.

 

Keandre Cook, who was second on the Bears in scoring entering the contest with 14 points per game, shot only 10 percent for the game (1 of 10).

 

Phil Fayne had 22 points for the Redbirds (14-11, 7-5). Milik Yarbrough added 17 points and six rebounds. Zach Copeland had 12 points.

 

Illinois State led by as many as eight points and Fayne's jumper gave the Redbirds a 58-51 advantage with three minutes to go. Webster grabbed and offensive rebound and scored with 13 seconds left and, after Zach Copeland answered with two free throws, converted a 3-point play to make it 65-63, setting up the final scramble.

 

Missouri State plays Evansville on the road on Wednesday. Illinois State faces Northern Iowa on the road on Wednesday.

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Blackhawks, Blues Win Sunday

Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Sunday for their seventh straight win.

 

Chicago's second line of Kahun, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat delivered once again as the Blackhawks continued their surprising push after a lackluster first half of the season. Strome had a goal and two assists, and DeBrincat extended his career-best point streak to eight games with three assists.

 

After Detroit pulled within one in the third period, Patrick Kane responded with his 33rd goal for Chicago. Kane made it 4-2 when he beat Jonathan Bernier low on the stick side with 3:33 left, extending the NHL's longest active point streak to 14 games.

 

Kane tacked on an assist when Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 2:01 remaining. It was Toews' 25th of the season.

 

Gustav Nyquist and Christoffer Ehn scored for Detroit (21-28-7), which dropped its third consecutive game. Bernier made 31 stops.

 

It's the longest winning streak for Chicago (23-24-9) since it won seven in a row from Feb. 19 to March 4, 2017. The crowd of 21,941 - a season high for the Blackhawks at the United Center - roared as the final seconds ticked off.

 

The Blackhawks visit the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

 

>>Blues Outlast Predators

 

Vladimir Tarasenko completed a hat trick by scoring 16 seconds into overtime, and the Blues held off the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Sunday, stretching their streak to a season-best six games.

Tarasenko skated up the boards and across the slot before beating goalie Juuse Saros stick-side for both the victory and his 22nd goal this season. For Tarasenko, it was the 200th goal of his career, his fourth hat trick and his 10th career overtime goal.

 

Alex Pietrangelo and Tyler Bozak each scored a goal. O'Reilly and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists apiece for the Blues.

 

Jake Allen made 40 saves in his first appearance since Jan. 17 as the Blues took their second game in as many days from Nashville, following up a 3-2 win in St. Louis on Saturday. Allen, who has sat behind rookie Jordan Binnington, called it probably one of his longest stretches without playing since being in the NHL.

 

Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals, giving him an NHL-best 15 since Jan. 1. Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg also scored, and Ryan Johansen and Ryan Ellis had two assists each.

 

Nashville had tied it with a pair of goals over the first 6:10 of the third period, and it was Tarasenko who put the Blues ahead. He got the benefit of a bounce to beat Saros at 7:06 for a 4-3 lead.

Forsberg tied it up for Nashville at 12:53, and Tarasenko, who nearly scored within the final 80 seconds of regulation, could not be stopped in overtime.

 

The Blues have won seven of their last eight, pushing themselves into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Nashville, which came in one point behind Winnipeg for the Central Division lead, had won six straight in this series on home ice, outscoring the Blues 26-8 with a couple of shutouts.

 

Now the Blues are 3-1 this season against the Predators with the final game Feb. 26 in St. Louis.

The teams combined for four goals over the span of less than three minutes early in the second.

The Blues host New Jersey on Tuesday night.

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Pebble Beach Pro-Am Suspended To Monday Finish

Following a bizarre Round 4 at the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday that included a hail delay, this tournament is a one-and-a-half horse race. Going into Monday's two-hole finish Phil Mickelson (-18) leads Paul Casey (thru 15 holes) and Scott Stallings (finished) by three strokes each.

Mickelson and Casey were the only pair not to finish their round on Sunday after the stoppages for inclement weather, and they'll kick things off on Monday morning at 11 a.m. ET. 

 

Mickelson played fabulous golf on the back nine on Sunday as he surged into the lead with three birdies in the first seven holes on that side to go with a 33 on the front. He's staring a 6-under 66 to win a record-tying fifth Pebble Beach Pro-Am right between the eyes.

 

After a par on the 16th hole, Mickelson actually tried to finish his round in the dark, but his playing partner Casey wasn't having it. So Casey will start his Monday with a 3-foot putt on the 16th for par, and Mickelson will start his with a tee shot on the par-3 17th, which is where he ended his day on Sunday, shaking his head as the horn blew to stop play.

 

Stallings played great golf on Sunday with a 6-under 66, but Casey did not have the greatest day. He's even for his final round after coming in with a healthy lead, but a four-hole stretch from No. 10 to No. 13 saw Mickelson play it in 2 under and Casey in 2 over for the four-shot swing and all the momentum in the tournament. He'll need to finish birdie-birdie (after making par on No. 16) to even have a prayer of getting to a playoff.

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Sages Kennel Bulldogs

Monticello held Decatur St. Teresa without a field goal in the first half and rolled to a 51-32 win in an old Okaw Valley Conference rivalry game Saturday night in Decatur.

 

While the Sages held a 21-4 lead at the break, it could have been a lot wider of a margin as the Sages shot only 37.5-percent from the floor, missing on a lot of in close opportunities while St. T struggled offensively.

 

The Bulldogs shot 4-for-6 from the line in the first half to keep them from getting shutout.

 

The Sages rebounded from a 69-52 loss last night at Bloomington Central Catholic.

 

A largely good game distracted from a run in the third quarter that saw St. T get back within 13 points, 35-22 with 1:15 to play in the third, but Monticello dominated from there outscoring the Bulldogs the rest of the way, 16-10.

 

Ben Singleton overcame a slow start to lead the way for Monticello with 15 points and ten rebounds. David Alexander finished with 12 points.

 

Devin Graham added seven points, five rebounds and dished out five assists while committing no turnovers.

 

The Bulldogs drop to 9-14 overall and Monticello improves to 18-7.

 

The Sages wrap up the regular season next week when they host Tolony Unity Tuesday night and wrap up the regular season at home on Friday against Olympia.

 

Hear all the action next week starting at 7 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

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Bloomington Central Catholic Rolls Past Monticello

Bloomington Central Catholic made 12 three-pointers, eight in the first half, and rolled past Monticello, 69-52 in Illini Prairie boy basketball action Friday night in Bloomington.

 

Cole Davis made five three-pointers, including two from 30-feet at the left sideline, and finished with 17 points. Luke Yoder, who committed to play basketball at Illinois Wesleyan earlier this week, finished with 17 points as well. He also pulled down eight rebounds and finished with five assists.

 

Tommy Nelson finished with a double-double with ten points and 12 rebounds. JT Welch added 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting from three.

 

Devin Graham led the Sages with 15 points and nine rebounds.

 

BCC jumped out to a 41-18 lead at the break thanks to a barrage of threes in the second quarter. Monticello clawed their way back to 13 points after trailing by 28 but the sharpshooting Saints were too much for the Sages to overcome.

 

The Sages drop to 17-7 overall and are 3-4 in the Illini Prairie Conference.

 

Friday afternoon it was announced the Sages earned the second seed in the Tolono Unity Section and will take on either Warrensburg-Latham or Argenta-Oreana in Regional Semifinal action from Monticello Middle School February 20.

 

The Sages return to action tomorrow night (Saturday) when they travel to Decatur St. Teresa to finish off a three-game road swing, all against private schools. Hear Saturday’s action starting at 6 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

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