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IHSA State Football Playoffs Headed To Memorial Stadium

This weekend saw five central Illinois teams compete for a chance to advance to the State Finals of the IHSA football playoffs in their respective classes.  All winners this weekend move on to Memorial Stadium in Champaign to battle for football supremecy in Illinois.




Camp Point (Central) 35 - Argenta-Oreana 22
Forreston 34 - Lena-Winslow 28


Maroa-Forsyth 16 - St. Teresa 14
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 14 - Lanark (Eastland) 7


Monticello 40 - Carlinville 14
Byron 42 - Herscher 0


Elmhurst (IC Catholic) 28 - Richmond-Burton 9
Kankakee McNamara 52 - Rochester 42


Joliet Catholic Academy 42 - Country Club Hills 6
Lombard (Montini) 42 - Sterling 20


Crete-Monee 38 - Oak Lawn Richards 35
Cary-Grove 28 - Niles Notre Dame 21


Lagrange Park Nazareth Academy 47 - Batavia 28
St. Charles (North) 27 - Chicago Mt. Carmel 21


Chicago Brother Rice 14 - Chicago Marist 3
Wilmette (Loyola Academy) 24 - Frankfort (Lincoln Way East) 16


1-4A championships take place Friday November 23rd, with the 5-8A games slated for Saturday November 24th. All games are at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign.


Monticello is going to state!

Monticello put 20 up in the first half is history, as Monticello would go on to win their IHSA 3A Semifinals 40-14 against #2 Carlinville.


Both teams were undefeated coming into the matchup between the #1 and #2 seed. Only one would be able to leave the game victorious. Monticello came up in the first half with Devin Graham catching a 53-yard touchdown pass. Braden Snyder throwing for 12-18 for 277 yards 5 touchdowns and running for 47 yards and one touchdown connected multiple times with Graham. Graham had four receptions for over 115. The Sages wouldn't stop with just Graham, as Asher Bradd who was three receptions for 57 yards, caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Snyder. The catch put Monticello early in the first quarter 13-0.


In the second quarter, Monticello stuck to more of a running game handing off to Alek Bundy and Snyder getting a touchdown. Alek Bundy ran for 104 yards, Snyder ran on a 16-yard quarterback keeper spinning off a Cavalier into the end zone putting Monticello up 20-0 in the first half.


Carlinville wouldn't get much room to move on offense All-State Jarrett Easterday struggled throwing for 12-28, 133 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Ethan Wallace struggled with rushing as well, running for just 25 yards. Will Walton led in receiving with five receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown late in the game getting to the final score 40-14.


Monticello will travel to state for their first time in history. The first time state finalists will play Byron, whom they lost to last year by one point in the semifinals. 


Catch the game on Friday, November 24, at four from Memorial Stadium on 95.9 FM WEZC and streamed at dewittdailynews.com.


UPDATE: Sages vs Carlinville

The Sages lead Carlinville 40-7 after the fourth quarter.


Bears back K Parkey, expect him to rebound from rough outing

The Chicago Bears continue to back kicker Cody Parkey and expect him to put aside a rough outing.

Coach Matt Nagy says Parkey is confident and "able to rebound." Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor agreed Thursday, saying he knows "what's under the hood with this kid."


The NFC North-leading Bears host Minnesota in a first-place showdown on Sunday night. Last week, Parkey hit uprights each time while missing two extra points and two field goals in a win over Detroit.


He was lampooned by Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show," and TV news crews shot footage from helicopters when he practiced at Soldier Field on Wednesday. Tabor responded "no comment" when asked what he thought about that.


Seattle rally past Green Bay for 27-24 win

After a shaky beginning, Russell Wilson got hot in the fourth quarter, Bobby Wagner and Seattle's defense stymied Aaron Rodgers and the Seahawks stayed in the middle of the NFC playoff race.

Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seahawks' 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.


In a key matchup in the battle for the two NFC wild-card spots, Seattle (5-5) snapped a two-game losing streak by overcoming an early 14-3 deficit. Wilson was inconsistent at times early, but was outstanding in the fourth quarter, capping the winning drive by recognizing a blitz and hitting Dickson quickly for his second TD pass of the night.


Seattle still has not lost three straight games since the middle of the 2011 season and the Seahawks finally closed out a one-score victory after consecutive close losses to the Chargers and Rams. Seattle was 1-8 in its previous nine games decided by one score.


Rodgers had a huge first half and threw for 332 yards, but the Packers (4-5-1) had just one scoring drive in the second half, helped by a 57-yard strike from Rodgers to Davante Adams. Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half, but never got the ball back after Green Bay punted with 4:20 left. Seattle got first-down runs from Wilson and Mike Davis and finished the game kneeling three times.


Chris Carson rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown, overcoming the mistake of fumbling on the first play of the game and setting up Green Bay's opening score. Tyler Lockett had two key receptions late in the fourth quarter and Doug Baldwin had his first TD catch of the season for Seattle.


Rodgers was 21-of-30 passing with 10 of those going to Adams for 166 yards receiving. Backup tight end Robert Tonyan had the first catch of his career go for a 54-yard touchdown to give Green Bay an early 14-3 lead. The Packers led 21-17 at halftime after Aaron Jones caught a 24-yard TD pass from Rodgers in the final minute of the half, but Green Bay's offense was stymied in the second half.


Jones finished with 40 yards rushing after going for a career-high 145 a week ago. Rodgers was sacked five times, four of those in the second half. The Packers gained just 114 yards in the second half, half coming on the one throw from Rodgers to Adams. That pass set up Mason Crosby's 36-yard field goal with 8:23 left to give Green Bay a 24-20 lead.


Wilson had one more answer. Wilson hit Lockett on consecutive plays for 18 yards - to convert a third-down - and 34 yards to the Green Bay 16. Two plays later, facing another third-and-long, Wilson recognized the blitz and hit Dickson quickly over the middle to put Seattle in front.


That proved to be enough. On Green Bay's next drive, Rodgers short-hopped a pass on third-and-2.

Rather than going for it on fourth-down, Green Bay punted and never got the ball back.


Chicago sports teams donate another $1M to curb violence

Chicago's major sports franchises are teaming up to donate another $1 million to programs addressing violence in the city.


The Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks announced Thursday they will keep the Chicago Sports Alliance going in 2019 and match the $1 million they donated in its first year. The Alliance was formed to support Choose to Change, a mentoring and advocacy program aimed at reducing violence, and also works with the University of Chicago's crime lab to measure the impact of the teams' efforts.


The Alliance will also begin funding a job training program called READI Chicago (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative) for boys and young men at the highest risk of being involved in gun violence.


Monticello trying to make it to state

Monticello's journey has shown great success, and they continue to make it going to the 3A semifinals. The Sages have made the semifinals twice but never to a state championship. 


The biggest challenge standing in the way of getting to Memorial Stadium is this Saturday kicking off at 2 pm against #2 Carlinville. Carlinville who has also had a great run through the playoffs is tied with Monticello in a record of 12-0. 


The two teams are very similar being tough on both sides of the ball. Carlinville in their season has put up 579 points in all their games just nine points under Monticello. On the defensive side, Monticello has allowed only 104 points just six less than Carlinville. 


Monticello and Carlinville will shoot it out to see who will get that chance to go on to Memorial Stadium. Listen in to 95.9 FM WEZC and streamed at dewittdailynews.com. 


Blackhawks stop 8-game slide by topping Blues 1-0

Jeremy Colliton got his first win as an NHL coach when Corey Crawford made 28 saves to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 1-0 on Wednesday night, stopping an eight-game losing streak.


Chicago's slide began with a 7-3 loss at St. Louis on Oct. 27, and Colliton took over after Joel Quenneville was fired on Nov. 6. The Blackhawks then dropped his first three games behind the bench before shutting down the Blues in the opener of a three-game homestand.


It was Crawford's first shutout in more than a year and No. 24 for his career. He missed most of last year and the start of this season because of a concussion.


Chicago got the game's only goal when it caught a break after St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko was penalized for hooking in the second period. Jonathan Toews set up Brent Seabrook for an open look that was stopped by Jake Allen, but Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester kicked it into the net at 4:05.


Allen was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:14 remaining, and Crawford turned away David Perron's drive to the net with about 18 seconds left.


Allen finished with 18 saves for St. Louis, which has dropped two in a row after a stretch of four wins in five games. Ryan O'Reilly lost a 10-game point streak.


Defenseman Colton Parayko had the best scoring opportunity for the Blues, banging a shot off the inside of the left post in the second. Tarasenko also was denied by Crawford on a 2-on-1 opportunity during a mostly dull opening period.


Irving scores 17 points, Celtics rout Bulls 111-82

The Celtics returned from a dreadful road trip with a resounding rout.


Kyrie Irving had 17 points and seven assists and Jaylen Brown scored 18 as Boston beat the Chicago Bulls 111-82 on Wednesday night.


The Celtics were back home for the first time since going 1-4 on a long trip that wrapped up with back-to-back losses in Utah and Portland. After a slow start through the first quarter, Boston started pulling away from the Bulls in the second quarter and never let up.


Gordon Hayward scored 11 and Al Horford had 10 points and eight rebounds as all five Boston starters reached double figures.


The Celtics capitalized on 22 turnovers by the Bulls, who dropped their second straight and third in four games.


Jabari Parker scored 14 in the first quarter for the Bulls, but was shut out the rest of the way.

Shaquille Harrison led Chicago with 16 points. Zach LaVine had 10 points and nine assists, and Wendell Carter Jr. added 11 points and seven rebounds.


The Celtics dominated the second quarter, holding Chicago to 11 points on five field goals, and continued to pull away in the second half. They held a 22-point lead entering the fourth quarter and emptied their bench. The reserves stretched the advantage to 33 before it was over.


Terry Rozier had 12 points for Boston, and Aaron Baynes finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

After going 9 for 23 in the first quarter, the Celtics outscored Chicago 32-11 in the second and forced the Bulls into seven turnovers.


Rozier's free throw after a technical foul on LaVine broke a 28-all tie and started Boston on a 12-0 run. The Celtics shut out the Bulls for 5:14 while pulling ahead 42-30, then closed the period on a 9-2 spurt for a 51-35 halftime lead.


Baynes opened the fourth quarter for Boston with a 3-pointer and added a three-point play with 9:46 remaining to extend the margin to 87-64.


Hayward followed with a jumper, then converted another three-point play as the Celtics opened a 92-64 bulge with 9:32 left.


Bar scores 20, Childs 15 for unbeaten Bradley in 73-65 win

Koch Bar scored 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting and grabbed six rebounds as Bradley led all the way and defeated Jacksonville State 73-65 Wednesday night, getting off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2013-14 season.


Elijah Childs added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Braves, Darrell Brown 11 and Nate Kennell 10. Bradley owned a 31-26 edge on the boards - taking 25 off the defensive glass - holding Jacksonville State to 46-percent shooting. Bradley shot 55-percent for the game (26-47) and converted 17 of 23 free throws to Jacksonville State's 5-of-9.


Detrick Mostella led the Gamecocks (0-3) with 13 points, Marlon Hunter 12 and Christian Cunningham 10 with nine rebounds. Jacksonville State came as close as six points, 56-50, on Hunter's midrange jumper with six minutes remaining.


Bradley scored the next nine points over three minutes to close the door on Jacksonville State.


Loyola-Chicago pulls away early, beats Niagara 75-62

Cameron Krutwig had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Loyola-Chicago to a 75-62 victory over Niagara on Wednesday night.


Krutwig made all seven of his field goals and was 4 of 7 from the free-throw line. Aher Uguak and Marques Townes added 15 points apiece, and Clayton Custer chipped in 14 for Loyola-Chicago (2-1), which shot 52 percent (30 of 58) from the floor.


James Towns scored 19 points to lead Niagara (1-1). Marvin Prochet added 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Purple Eagles shot just 19 of 65 (29 percent) from the field and missed 16 3-pointers.

Townes hit a 3-pointer to spark a 25-4 run that spanned both halves and the Ramblers led 51-31 with 15:41 to play. Krutwig scored nine points and Uguak added eight during the stretch.


Georgetown past Illinois 88-80

 Freshman James Akinjo had 19 points, including a key 3-point play, and seven assists, Jamorko Pickett blocked a shot in the closing seconds and Georgetown beat Illinois 88-80 on Tuesday night.

Akinjo sank a floater in the lane with 39 seconds left and was fouled, making the free throw to extend Georgetown's lead to 84-80. Illinois nearly turned it over, called a timeout and then had back-to-back shots blocked by Jessie Govan and Pickett. Govan made two free throws at the other end and Jagan Mosely added two more on their next possession to seal it.


Freshman Josh LeBlanc had 14 points and seven rebounds for Georgetown (3-0), which won for the second time in six meetings against Illinois. Akinjo made all seven of his free throws as the Hoyas went 14 of 16.


Another freshman played big for Georgetown down the stretch as Mac McClung had a steal and reverse dunk on a breakaway to extend the lead to 75-72 with just under five minutes left.


Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois (1-1) with three 3-pointers and 25 points. Andres Feliz had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.


Illinois State rallies late, tops Chicago State 75-71

Keyshawn Evans and Phil Fayne scored key late baskets off turnovers as Illinois State finished on a 13-3 run to rally past Chicago State 75-71 Tuesday night.


Milik Yarbrough led the Redbirds (3-1) with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting and seven assists, Fayne added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and blocked three shots. Josh Jefferson tossed in 13 points and Evans six.


Chicago State (0-4) was led by Cameron Bowles' 19 points and nine rebounds. The Cougars used a 13-0 run to grab a 68-62 lead with about four minutes remaining.


Evans stole the ball and raced for a layup to cut the gap to 68-66. Yarbrough dropped a 3-pointer to tie at it 70-70 and Fayne followed with a steal and a fast-break layup, lifting ISU into the lead for good at 72-70 with 1:22 remaining.


Thornton's 400th goal lifts Sharks past Predators 5-4

On a night when he reached an impressive personal milestone, Joe Thornton wasn't taking stock of his career accomplishments.


Thornton broke a third-period tie with his 400th goal, Joe Pavelski scored twice and the Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Tuesday after squandering a three-goal lead.

Marcus Sorensen and Antti Suomela also scored to help San Jose win its second straight and fourth in six games. Sorensen had two assists to give him six points (two goals, four assists) over his last three games.


The 39-year-old Thornton is anchoring a third line that includes Sorensen (26) and Kevin Labanc (22).

Filip Forsberg had two goals and an assist for the Predators, who dropped to 8-1-1 on the road. They lead the NHL with 27 points.


Craig Smith added a goal and an assist for Nashville, which scored four straight times after trailing 3-0. Rocco Grimaldi's breakaway goal at 2:43 of the third gave the Predators a 4-3 lead.


Pavelski tied it with his second goal, 13 seconds before Thornton put the Sharks ahead 5-4 at 13:18 of the third.


Nashville had a six-game point streak snapped.


Lady Sages win first basketball game 60-25

The Lady Monticello Sages had their first game putting up a defensive wall holding LeRoy to just 25 points for their first win of 60-25.


The Sages opener to the season did not disappoint as the Sages were able to hold the LeRoy Panthers to just under 20 in the first quarter. Coach Beery said, "he was pleased with how they play for their first game." Monticello had all players get some playing time, Lexi Fisher led the Sages in points with 17 points, Rennie Fultz followed with 13, and Cloe Clark had 12.


The Panthers struggled to get points until late in the first quarter thanks to a three-point shot from Charley Warlow who led the Panthers in points with 8, followed by Kiera Spratt with 6, and Layna Spratt with 4.


Next game for the Lady Sages is at home against the Charleston Trojans Monday, November 19. 


Mavericks past Bulls 103-98

Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a sluggish performance by prized rookie Luka Doncic to beat the Chicago Bulls 103-98 Monday night.


Doncic, the leading scorers among NBA rookies, shot 3 for 12 and finished with 11 points as Dallas won for the third time in four games after a six-game skid. J.J. Barea added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.


Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points. Jabari Parker scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half.


Chicago came up just short on a night when the Mavericks threatened to break the game open several times. It was 87-84 midway through the fourth quarter when Dennis Smith Jr. hit a jumper and Barnes made two free throws to stretch the lead to seven points. Doncic hit a 3 with just over three minutes left to make it 96-88. After the Bulls cut their deficit to four points, Barnes made two free throws with 10.5 seconds left and the Mavericks hung on.


IHSA High School Football Semifinals

Forreston (10-2) at Lena (L.-Winslow) (11-1), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm
Camp Point (Central) (11-1) at Argenta (A.-Oreana) (12-0), Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00 pm


Gibson City (12-0) vs. Lanark (Eastland) (12-0) at Lanark (Eastland), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm
Maroa (M.-Forsyth) (12-0) at Decatur (St. Teresa) (12-0), Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00 pm


Byron (12-0) at Herscher (8-4), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm
Carlinville (12-0) at Monticello (12-0), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm


Richmond (R.-Burton) (11-1) at Elmhurst (IC Catholic) (12-0), Sat., Nov. 17, 4:00 pm
Rochester (11-1) at Kankakee (McNamara) (11-1), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm


Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) (12-0) at Joliet (Catholic Academy) (8-4), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm
Lombard (Montini) (11-1) at Sterling (H.S.) (11-1), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm


Cary (C.-Grove) (12-0) at Niles (Notre Dame) (10-2), Sat., Nov. 17, 3:00 pm
Oak Lawn (Richards) (12-0) at Crete (C.-Monee) (9-3), Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00 pm


Batavia (12-0) at LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy) (11-1), Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00 pm
Chicago (Mt. Carmel) (11-1) at St. Charles (North) (9-3), Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00 pm


Chicago (Brother Rice) (12-0) at Chicago (Marist) (11-1), Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00 pm
Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) (12-0) at Wilmette (9-3), Sat., Nov. 17, 1:00 pm


Hurricanes beat Blackhawks 3-2

Sebastian Aho scored 1:16 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Monday night, spoiling Cam Ward's emotional return to Raleigh.


Teuvo Teravainen and Micheal Ferland scored power-play goals 66 seconds apart late in the second period for Carolina, which has earned points in three straight and beat Chicago for the second time in four nights.


Ward stopped 37 shots in his return to PNC Arena, Jonathan Toews scored a deflected goal and Alex DeBrincat added a goal, but the Blackhawks lost their eighth straight.


Carolina's Scott Darling made 33 saves against his former team, in regulation coming up with a slick glove save to stop Patrick Kane on a 2-on-1 and making a left pad save to stop Nick Schmaltz on a breakaway.


Aho's winner came after he took a pass at the blue line, then skated in before drifting across the net and beating Ward with a wrist shot.


For Ward, it was a tough end to his first game as a visitor in the arena where he won the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy and hoisted the Stanley Cup.


He set franchise records with 318 victories, 568 starts and 27 shutouts during 13 seasons with the Hurricanes before he was allowed to leave as a free agent and signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Blackhawks in July while Carolina opted to give Petr Mrazek a one-year, $1.5 million contract.


Toews scored the game's first goal with 10:53 left in the first. Parked in front of Darling, he redirected Henri Jokiharju's one-time blast from the point for his third goal in six games. DeBrincat made it a 2-0 game with 9:11 left in the second with a blast from between the circles.


Carolina tied it with two rapid-fire power-play goals. Teravainen made it 2-1 three seconds into a delay of game minor on Brent Seabrook, and Ferland followed with his goal 26 seconds into Jokiharju's slashing penalty.


Monday Night Football Giants past 49ers 27-23

Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left and the New York Giants snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23 on Monday night.


Manning threw two TD passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and then engineered the late game-winning drive with help from a pair of third-down penalties against Malcolm Smith and Ahkello Witherspoon.

Saquon Barkley then had a 23-yard catch to get the ball into the red zone and Manning connected with Shepard on third down to give the Giants (2-7) the win.


Matt Breida ran for 101 yards and scored two touchdowns for the 49ers (2-8), who were unable to win consecutive games under third-string quarterback Nick Mullens. Breida's 23-yard run helped set up a 30-yard field goal by Robbie Gould that gave the Niners a 23-20 lead with 2:46 to play.


But the 49ers allowed the go-ahead score and couldn't pull it out at the end as Mullens' pass from the Giants 20 sailed out of the end zone on the final play.


Mullens wasn't nearly as sharp as he was in his NFL debut against the Raiders on Nov. 1 when he joined Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Fran Tarkenton as the only players with at least 250 yards passing, three touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first career game.


Mullens threw for 250 yards and had an 11-yard TD pass to Breida that made it 20-10 early in the third quarter. But Mullens also threw two interceptions with the first setting up a 10-yard TD pass from Manning to Beckham .


Those two connected again on a 20-yard score in the third quarter as New York rallied from 10 points down to tie the game in the second half.


Lady Maroons Win First Game of Season

In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons defeated the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Lady Chiefs on Monday night. The Lady Maroons' leading scorer was Maddie Stevens with 21 points. Mallory Cyrulik also chipped in with 12 points. 


The Lady Chiefs were led by Hope McGinnis and Jess Carithers with 6 points each. 


With the win, the Lady Maroons improve to 1-0 on the season.


Tune in Tuesday, November 20, as the Maroons take on Heyworth. 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.


IHSA Football Quarterfinals Scores

Argenta (A.-Oreana) 56, Moweaqua (Central A & M) 21
Camp Point (Central) 38, Concord (Triopia) [Coop] 14


Decatur (St. Teresa) 27, Downs (Tri-Valley) 14
Maroa (M.-Forsyth) 63, Tuscola 28


Monticello 63, Greenville 21
Carlinville 35, Williamsville 21


Rochester 64, Taylorville 26
Kankakee (McNamara) 42, Effingham (H.S.) 35


Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) 27, Cahokia (H.S.) 0
Sterling (H.S.) 10, Rockford (Boylan Catholic) 7


Oak Lawn (Richards) 22, Normal (Community West) 17
Crete (C.-Monee) 35, Washington 28


St. Charles (North) 21, Wheaton (W. Warrenville South) 10


Bears beat Lions 34-22

Mitchell Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 34-22 to snap a 10-game losing streak against division opponents on Sunday.


The Bears (6-3) had dropped nine of 10 against Detroit (3-6) and were seeking their first victory over a division opponent since Oct. 31, 2016, against Minnesota.


Chicago jumped out to a 26-7 halftime lead with Trubisky and Allen Robinson leading the way. And the Bears surpassed their win total from last year with their third straight victory.


Trubisky completed 23 of 30 passes against a short-handed secondary, with standout cornerback Darius Slay sidelined by a knee injury.


Allen Robinson caught six passes for 133 yards and two TDs after missing two games with a groin injury.


Rookie Anthony Miller added a career high 122 yards on five receptions, including a 45-yard TD and a 55-yard catch.


Khalil Mack had two of Chicago's six sacks against Matthew Stafford - both in the second half after missing back-to-back games with an injured right ankle.


Bryce Callahan had a sack and an interception.


About the only downer for the Bears was Cody Parkey missing two extra points and two field goals. Things were so bad for him that fans cheered sarcastically when he made an extra point late in the first half and let out a loud roar when the Bears went for a 2-point conversion after a touchdown by Robinson in the third.


But Parkey's misses didn't stop the Bears from opening a three-game stretch against division opponents on a winning note.


Detroit dropped its third in a row after back-to-back victories.


Stafford was consistently under pressure again after getting sacked 10 times against Minnesota the previous week. He was 25 of 42 for 274 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

Coming off a 41-9 romp at Buffalo, Chicago immediately took control by scoring on its first four possessions.


The Bears went 75 yards on the game's opening drive, with Tarik Cohen running it in from the 3 after Robinson broke a tackle by DeShawn Shead on a 35-yard slant. Parkey hit the right upright on the extra-point attempt.


Robinson also had Shead on him when he hauled in a 36-yard pass in the end zone on third-and-15 in the closing minute of the first quarter.


Chicago added to its lead early in the second quarter on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Miller, who wriggled free when Glover Quin tried to tackle him at about the 20. Parkey missed another extra point, this time off the left upright.


Callahan then intercepted Stafford at the Detroit 30 and got pushed out at the 18. That led to a 4-yard touchdown by Trubisky on a draw, making it 26-0.


Detroit scored with just over a minute left in the half when Kerryon Johnson went over the top for a touchdown.


Bulls edge Cavs 99-98

Zach LaVine scored 24 points, rookie Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 and the Chicago Bulls rebounded after blowing an early 16-point lead to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-98 on Saturday night.

Wendell Carter Jr. also had 15 points as Chicago won for the second time in six games.


LaVine has scored 20 more points in each of Chicago's 13 games this season and in a career-high 14 straight overall, dating to his final game of 2017-18. The last Bulls player to score 20-plus points in 14 consecutive games was Jimmy Butler, who did it 15 straight times in 2016.


Tristan Thompson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the league-worst Cavs. Rookie guard Collin Sexton scored a season-high 20 points in his second straight start and second of his career.

Rodney Hood also had 20 points and Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 15, but the Cavaliers lost their fifth straight.


Cleveland nearly pulled this one out.


With 13 seconds left, Carter couldn't handle LaVine's pass and Cleveland recovered. Coach Larry Drew called a timeout to set up a final play, but Sexton's shot was blocked by Jabari Parker as he drove to the basket at the buzzer.


The 23-year-old LaVine was flashy at times, scoring on several highlight-reel dunks. Arcidiacono, making his first career start, scored 10 of his points in the first half.


The Cavaliers' only win this season was on Oct. 30 over Atlanta.


Cleveland forward Cedi Osman sat out the game with back spasms. He was forced to leave Wednesday's loss to Oklahoma City in the first quarter, becoming the latest Cavs player to join an injury list that includes All-Star forward Kevin Love, point guard George Hill and forward Sam Dekker.


The Bulls came out firing, shooting 64 percent from the floor through the first quarter and taking a 37-23 lead as LaVine scored 11 points and Arcidiacono had 10.


Then Chicago opened its biggest lead, at 16 points, when Antonio Blakeney hit a running jumper 42 seconds into the second quarter.


But Cleveland roared back to tie it 53-all at halftime as it outscored Chicago 30-16 in the second quarter, including a 9-0 run. The Cavs' bench, led by Clarkson with 10 points and Kyle Corver with eight in the quarter, led the comeback.


Chicago led 79-77 after three quarters.


Northwestern beats Iowa 14-10

Isaiah Bowser ran for 165 yards and a touchdown and Northwestern upset Iowa 14-10 on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship.


The Wildcats (6-4, 6-1) will now await their opponent for the league title game in Indianapolis next month.


Bennett Skowronek's 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Wildcats a 14-10 lead.

After a first half that yielded just three total points on a field goal from Iowa kicker Miguel Recinos, the scoring ramped up in the second.


Bowser hit a hole for a 34-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game.

After Recinos missed a field goal to respond, Iowa safety Jake Gervase intercepted Clayton Thorson's pass off a tip.


Iowa cashed in just two plays later with Nate Stanley's 28-yard touchdown pass to Ihmir Smith-Marsette.


The Hawkeyes had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth, but Northwestern's Cameron Ruiz forced Mekhi Sargent to fumble, and the Wildcats jumped on it.


Iowa had one final chance with under two minutes to go, but another fumble by Ivory Kelly-Martin ended the Hawkeyes' chances.


Stanley threw for 269 yards and a touchdown for Iowa (6-4, 3-4), losers of three straight.


Monticello flies high in the 2nd half, beating Greenville 63-21

The Monticello Sages traveled south for their away quarterfinals football playoff game, scoring nine touchdowns total in their win over the Greenville Comets 63-21.


The first quarter started with Monticello Sage's offense driving down the field, and Braden Snyder walks in for the first score of the game on a 3-yard quarterback keeper touchdown. Then Monticello found themselves in a bit of a slump. On the Sages second drive, Sages Snyder tried pitching to running back Alek Bundy on a read-option and losing the ball where Comets Brian Prater picked up the fumble returning the football for a 76-yard touchdown tying the game 7-7. 


Monticello continued to fire away downfield passing the ball more than 15 times. Snyder threw for 15 of 17 for more than 330 yards and rushing for 27 yards. Snyder's first passing touchdown went to Devin Graham on a streak route for a 51-yard touchdown putting Monticello up 14-7 early in the second. Snyder continued to throw on point hitting Graham again on a post route for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Graham would catch 3 for 68 yards total receiving yards. 


Comets Will Harnetiaux threw 14-19 for 144 yards. Harnetiaux and Isacc Green connected on multiple passes; Green 3 catches for 102 yards two catches both resulting in touchdowns. One touchdown Green was in triple coverage by Monticello's Graham, Asher Bradd, and Luke Stringer. The ball tipped by Bradd and Graham falling over each other and Green with focus snagged the ball continue to run into the end zone making the first half score 21-13.


The second half though would get turned into a one-sided affair. Monticello came out firing away putting five touchdowns in the third quarter. Greenville was able to get one but wasn't enough to stop the running clock from happening later in the fourth quarter. Asher Bradd, who had six catches for 122 yards and one touchdown, put the game away early in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Snyder making the final score of the game 63-21 in favor of the Sages.


Sages move onto the semifinals to play Carlinville next Saturday at Monticello. Carlinville beat Williamsville in their quarterfinals playoff game 35-21.


You can catch the semifinal on Saturday, November 17 on 95.9 FM WEZC and streamed at dewittdailynews.com.


UPDATE: Sages vs Greenville

Monticello leads Greenville 63-21 after the fourth quarter.


#1Monticello vs. #13Greenville

Monticello continues its journey in the IHSA 3A football playoffs as they will head south to take on Greenville.


The Sages will face the unfamiliar foe and away which hasn't affected the Sages this season. Monticello won all four of their away games one of those being against one of their tougher conference rivals Pontiac who went 7-1 of the regular season. Monticello went on to put up a whopping 42 points against Pontiac. 


The Comets who are playing well at the right time made upsetting winning games against Farmington 28-14 on the road in the first round of playoffs and then last Saturday 26-14 win over Pleasant Plains. The Comets have kept their dreams alive making it to the quarterfinals, but the difference in scoring is almost 175 points. Overall games Comets have scored 353 points allowing 248 compared to the Sages  525 points scored, allowing just 83 points.


The Sages powering defense will be without linebacker Cole Reedy due to a torn ACL but Nic Tackles who filled in recorded 18 tackles against Anna-Jonesboro. The Sages effective defense will look to hold the Comets under in their matchup Saturday, November 10 at 2 pm.


You can catch the game on 95.9 FM WEZC and streamed at dewittdailynews.com.


Canes hold on to beat Blackhawks 4-3

Goals by Andrei Svechnikov, Jaccob Slavin, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Calvin de Haan gave Carolina a four-goal lead early in the second period and the Hurricanes held on for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night that spoiled the NHL coaching debut of Jeremy Colliton.


Colliton became the 38th coach of the Blackhawks on Tuesday after Joel Quenneville was fired after 10 seasons with Chicago. Quenneville ranked second in NHL history with 890 regular-season victories.


Despite the coaching switch, Chicago got off to a sluggish, mistake-filled start and saw its winless streak reach six straight (0-5-1.)


Patrick Kane, David Kampf and Nick Schmaltz scored for the Blackhawks after they fell behind 4-0 in a quiet United Center, but the team's comeback came up just short.


Colliton, who was promoted from Chicago's American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Illinois, is the NHL's youngest head coach at 33.


Lucas Wallmark had two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a five-game slide in the finale of a four-game road trip.


Scott Darling, traded to Carolina by the Blackhawks in April 2017, made 35 saves in his third start this season.


Chicago's Corey Crawford blocked 30 shots as he faced ample tough chances set up by breakdowns in front of him.


Carolina led 3-0 after the first period.


Svechnikov opened the scoring 4:46 in, cutting across the crease and using a long reach to tuck in rebound of Jordan Martinook's shot from the left circle.


Slavin scored his second goal in two games to make it 2-0 during a power play at 9:09. He poked in a loose puck from the crease after Crawford stopped two point-blank stuff-in attempts by Justin Williams.


Di Giuseppe increased it to 3-0 with 4:07 left in the first on a shot from the left circle after the Blackhawks failed clear their zone.


Crawford chopped his stick on the crossbar and broke it after de Haan scored from just outside the crease 1:20 into the second to extend Carolina's lead to 4-0. DeHaan, a defenseman, was left open after he pinched in and took a nifty feed from Sebastian Aho from behind the net.


Kane cut it to 4-1 just over three minutes later, slapping in a puck that had been fired by Artem Anisimov from the slot and was trickling toward the goal line.


Kampf was credited with a deflection at 10:53 of the period that cut it to 4-2. Brandon Saad powered from behind the net to high in the slot, then turned and fired on net to create the chance.


Schmaltz narrowed it to 4-3 at 3:33 of the third when he carried the puck into the Carolina zone and beat Darling from the left circle.


Thursday Night Football Steelers rip Panthers 52-21

Ben Roethlisberger's first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their talent regardless of whether Le'Veon Bell ever shows up for work or not.


Ten different Steelers touched the ball on offense. Six of them scored. None of them were named Bell. While the three-time Pro Bowl running back tweeted his thoughts from home while waiting - and waiting - to sign his one-year franchise tender, Pittsburgh ripped off its fifth straight victory with stunning ease.


Maybe not, but Pittsburgh (6-2-1) looked every bit the part of legitimate contender in the AFC, perhaps for the first time this season.


Roethlisberger completed 22 of 25 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns while posting a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. James Conner, who has filled in capably during Bell's self-imposed sabbatical, ran for 65 yards and a score before being evaluated for a concussion late.


Antonio Brown added eight receptions for 96 yards - including a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter - to cap an eventful day that began with the star wide receiver being cited for reckless driving after police clocked Brown's Porsche driving over 100 mph down a busy highway in the northern city suburbs.


Bell has until next Tuesday to sign a contract if he wants to play this season. His teammates have long since tired of talking about Bell's status and at this point.


And why bother? For three hours on Thursday night Pittsburgh looked every bit as potent without Bell as it did with him. If he returns, they insist they'll welcome him with open arms. If he doesn't, they are intent on keeping the train rolling.


The Panthers (6-3) saw their three-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt in a city where they've never won. Carolina fell to 0-4 all-time in Pittsburgh and was never really in it after the Steelers scored 21 points in the game's first 11 minutes.


Cam Newton completed 23 of 29 for 193 yards and a pair of flips to Christian McCaffrey that the second-year running back turned into scores, but Newton's showdown with Roethlisberger never materialized. The Steelers sacked Newton five times and rarely let him get comfortable. McCaffrey finished with 138 yards total offense (77 yards rushing, 61 yards receiving) and accounted for all three Panther touchdowns but it wasn't nearly enough.


Newton didn't help matters when he threw off his back foot out of the Carolina end zone while trying to avoid getting sacked in the first quarter. Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams raced under the floater and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 14-7 lead they never came close to relinquishing.


Roethlisberger's rainbow to Brown put Pittsburgh up 31-14 at the half and when Roethlisberger found Vance McDonald in the back on the end zone on the Steelers' first drive of the second half, the competitive portion of the evening was over. Pittsburgh's 52 points matched the most ever surrendered by the Panthers in franchise history. Carolina allowed the same total in a 52-9 loss to Oakland on Dec. 24, 2000.


Jordan scores 19 as Illinois rolls over Evansville 99-60

Aaron Jordan scored 19 points and Ayo Dosunmu added 18 and Illinois beat Evansville 99-60 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.


The Illini played an up-tempo game, utilizing nearly every player on the bench. The Aces turned the ball over 25 times, leading to 32 Illinois.


Andres Feliz and Kipper Nichols added 16 and 13 points respectively for the Illini. Freshman center Giorgi Bezhanishvili grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.


K. J. Riley led the Aces with 14 points, Marty Hill added 13 and Shea Feehan 12 for Evansville.


Illinois was in charge from the opening tip, going on runs of 8-0, 16-1 and 18-3 to lead 53-22 at the break. The Aces turned the ball over 15 times in the first half, leading to 18 Illini points.


Illinois scored 22 of its 53 first-half points in the paint, including a spectacular cross-court pass from Nichols to Bezhanishvili for a rim-rattling dunk with 30 seconds left in the half that brought the crowd to its feet.


Illinois is 34-2 when starting the season at State Farm Center, including an active streak of 22 straight wins.


Mack, Allen Robinson just about ready to return to Bears

Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they're just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears' past two games because of injuries.


Both players practiced without limitations Thursday for the second consecutive day.


The NFC North-leading Bears hope to have them back in the lineup against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday.


Robinson says he's "100 percent" after missing victories over the struggling New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.


Mack, who suffered an ankle injury at Miami Oct. 14 and played the following week against New England, did not make himself available to reporters.


Bar with 19 leads Bradley past Wisconsin-Parkside 74-58

Koch Bar scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Bradley beat Division II University of Wisconsin-Parkside 74-58 on Wednesday night.


Elijah Childs added 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye had 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Darrell Brown chipped in 10 points with four rebounds.


Bradley outrebounded Wisconsin Parkside 43-25 and had 13 team steals.


Bradley jumped to a 12-0 lead early in the first half and led all the way. Wisconsin-Parkside closed to 28-26 on a Cameron Myre 3-pointer with 5:40 left in the half but did not get closer and the Braves stretched it to a 40-28 advantage at the break.


Brown sank three consecutive jumpers to open the second half, extending the Braves lead to 46-28 then hit two more back-to-back to make it 52-34 with 14:08 to go.


Chavares Flanigan led the Rangers with 11 points.


Pelicans end 6-game skid, beat Bulls

Anthony Davis made a 3-pointer, pulled up to hit a 10-foot jumper and threw down a two-handed reverse alley-oop jam in the span of about two minutes late in the first quarter.


That pivotal stretch seemed to mark the end of Davis' recent shooting slump and the end of losing basketball for the New Orleans Pelicans.


Davis had 32 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in his best game since spraining his right elbow nearly two weeks ago, and New Orleans ended a six-game skid with a 107-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.


After missing four of his first five shots, Davis hit his next eight on his way to his first 30-plus point game since New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 23.


Holiday had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while being guarded primarily by brother Justin. Julius Randle and Wesley Johnson each scored 12 points for New Orleans.


Zach LaVine scored 22 and Jabari Parker had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped five of six games. Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter Jr. each scored 17 points, and Carter also grabbed 11 rebounds.


Davis' strong second quarter helped the Pelicans take 58-50 lead into halftime and New Orleans never trailed again, going up by as many as 18 late in the third quarter before Chicago rallied back to within single digits.


LaVine's 30-foot 3 cut New Orleans' lead to 94-88 with less than six minutes to go. But the Bulls never got closer.


Holiday blocked a shot, hit a turnaround fade and added two free throws to help put the Pelicans up by nine with 1:30 left.


DePaul slams door on Bethune-Cookman with late run, 80-58

Max Struss and Paul Reed threw down back-to-back dunks late in the second half as DePaul emphatically slammed the door shut in a 80-58 win over Bethune-Cookman in a season opener Wednesday night.


Struss finished with 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Reed scored 11 with eight rebounds for the Blue Demons, who shot 44 percent from the floor (25-57) and converted 22 of 30 at the foul line.


Struss swooped in from the wing and leaped for a pretty alley-oop pass from Eli Cain for a two-handed dunk with 7:57 remaining, and Cain flicked a pass to Reed on the baseline for a reverse one-handed dunk a minute later, the pair of exclamation points sparking an 11-2 run over the next 3:18.


Cain had eight assists to go with eight points.


Isaiah Bailey led Bethune-Cookman with 12 points while Malik Maitland and Cletrell Pope added 11 each.


White Sox extend manager Rick Renteria's contract past 2019

The rebuilding Chicago White Sox have extended manager Rick Renteria's contract.


General manager Rick Hahn declined to give specifics Wednesday other than the extension goes past 2019, when Renteria's original three-year deal was set to end.


Renteria is 129-195 in two seasons with the White Sox, including 62-100 this year. Prior to being hired, he managed the Chicago Cubs to a 73-89 record in 2014.


The White Sox haven't had a winning season since 2012. They last made the playoffs in 2008, losing to Tampa Bay in the AL Division Series.


O'Reilly's hat trick leads St. Louis over Carolina 4-1

Ryan O'Reilly saw all the hats flying on the ice and had to think for a moment about what to do.

O'Reilly notched his first NHL hat trick and Robby Fabbri added his first goal in almost two years, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.


O'Reilly came to St. Louis as part of a four-player, two-pick July 1 trade with Buffalo. The Blues sent Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka, Tage Thompson, a 2019 first-round pick and 2021 second-round pick to the Sabres.


O'Reilly has five goals in the last four games. He extended his scoring streak to eight games with seven goals and eight assists.


St. Louis goalie Chad Johnson, starting his second game of the season, recorded 38 saves. It was his first victory as a member of the Blues and his first since March 31, 2018, when he was playing for Buffalo.


The win was the fourth in the last five games for the Blues, now 5-5-3 on the season.

Carolina goalie Curtis McElhinney fell to 1-6-1 against the Blues in his career. He had 15 saves on 18 shots.


The Hurricanes outshot the Blues 39-19. St. Louis had just seven shots after the first period.

The Blues scored three goals in the first period for a 3-1 lead. O'Reilly scored twice and Vladimir Tarasenko recorded two assists.


O'Reilly gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 11:57 of the first. From the right side of the crease, Tarasenko passed the puck cross ice to O'Reilly, who one-timed it past McElhinney.


Fabbri scored at 16:01 to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead. David Perron fed Fabbri, who deked McElhinney and lifted the puck over the prone goalie. It was Fabbri's first goal since Dec. 28, 2016, when he had a hat trick against Philadelphia.


Fabbri sustained a torn ACL on his left knee in a Feb. 4, 2017 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and missed the remainder of the 2016-17 regular season and playoffs. During training camp leading up to the 2017-18 season, Fabbri re-injured his left knee, subsequently missing the entire season.

After a conditioning assignment in San Antonio, Fabbri was playing in his third game.


Carolina's Jaccob Slavin scored his first goal of the season on a power play at 19:34. Slavin's slap shot from just inside the blue line zoomed past a screened Johnson, who never saw the puck.

St. Louis came right back with a power-play goal with 4.7 seconds left in the period. O'Reilly scored his second of the game on a slap shot from the left circle off a feed from Tyler Bozak from behind the net.


O'Reilly got the hat trick with an empty-netter at 16:50 of the third period.


The Blues have scored a power-play goal in six consecutive games and have had at least one in 11 of their 13 games this season. St. Louis leads the NHL with 16 power-play goals. The team's longest streak for power-play goals is eight, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 15, 2013.


Carolina had five power-play opportunities, scoring on just one.


St. Louis improved to 7-2-0 in its last nine games against Carolina, which has lost five straight after starting the season 4-0-1.


Fayne double-double sparks Illinois State past FGCU 74-66

Phil Fayne threw down a key dunk late in the game and he, Milik Yarbrough and Josh Jefferson scored 17 points apiece as Illinois State overcame an early deficit to defeat Florida Gulf Coast 74-66 in a season opener Tuesday night.


FGCU fought back to within three points, 60-57, with 5:29 left to play, but a dunk by Fayne sparked a 6-0 run that rebuilt the lead. FGCU came within 70-66 with 95 seconds remaining on Schadrac Casimir's 3-pointer, but four straight free throws by Yarbrough and Keyshawn Evans closed out the game. Fayne also corralled a game-high 11 rebounds.


Casimir scored 18 points - all 3-pointers - to lead the Eagles. Dinero Mercurius and Haanif Cheatham scored 11 and 10, respectively.


FGCU led 6-0 in the early going, but a tip-in by Fayne off an Evans miss put Illinois State in the lead for good, 20-18.


Freshman Kaifes hits 5 3s, scores 19 as Loyola

Freshman Cooper Kaifes hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to help Loyola Chicago beat UMKC 76-45 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.


Marques Townes had 13 points and Cameron Krutwig scored 10 on 5-of-5 shooting for Loyola.


Kaifes hit a 3-pointer and, after a dunk by Christian Negron, made another 3 to cap a 12-0 run that gave the Ramblers a 15-point lead with 7:43 left in the first half. Kaifes made a layup and then two free throws before back-to-back dunks by Krutwig and Negron pushed the lead to 40-18 going into the break. UMKC trailed by at least 20 throughout the second half.


Brandon McKissic hit three 3s and led the Kangaroos with 15 points. Rob Whitfield scored 11.

Prior to tipoff, the Ramblers had a banner-raising ceremony to honor their run to last season's Final Four.


Blackhawks fire 3-time Stanley Cup winning coach Quenneville

The Blackhawks have fired three-time Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville.


General manager Stan Bowman announced the startling dismissal of Quenneville and assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson on Tuesday and appointed Jeremy Colliton the new coach. Chicago was off to a 6-6-3 start and missed the playoffs last season.


Quenneville took over as Blackhawks coach early in the 2008-09 season and led them to Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He went 452-249-96 during the regular season, and Chicago made the playoffs in nine of 10 full seasons with Quenneville behind the bench.


Quenneville is the second NHL coach to be fired over the past three days. The Los Angeles Kings fired John Stevens on Sunday.


Colliton had been coach of the Blackhawks' American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Illinois. Barry Smith was named an assistant on Colliton's staff.


IHSA Football Playoff Quarterfinals

#1 Argenta (A.-Oreana) (11-0) at #13 Moweaqua (Central A & M) (8-3), Sat., Nov. 10, 1:30 pm
#3 Concord (Triopia) [Coop] (10-1) at #2 Camp Point (Central) (10-1), Sat., Nov. 10, 1:00 pm


#12 Downs (Tri-Valley) (7-4) at #1 Decatur (St. Teresa) (11-0), Sat., Nov. 10, 2:30 pm
#3 Tuscola (10-1) at #2 Maroa (M.-Forsyth) (11-0), Sat., Nov. 10, 1:00 pm


#1 Monticello (11-0) at #13 Greenville (8-3), Sat., Nov. 10, 2:00 pm
#6 Williamsville (10-1) at #2 Carlinville (11-0), Sat., Nov. 10, 2:00 pm


#4 Rochester (10-1) at #1 Taylorville (11-0), Sat., Nov. 10, 6:00 pm
#3 Kankakee (McNamara) (10-1) at #10 Effingham (H.S.) (9-2), Sat., Nov. 10, 2:00 pm


#3 Rockford (Boylan Catholic) (10-1) at #2 Sterling (H.S.) (10-1), Sat., Nov. 10, 1:00 pm


#4 Normal (Community West) (10-1) at #1 Oak Lawn (Richards) (11-0), Sat., Nov. 10, 6:00 pm
#2 Washington (11-0) at #11 Crete (C.-Monee) (8-3), Sat., Nov. 10, 2:00 pm


NFL flexes Vikings-Bears to prime time on Nov. 18

The NFL has moved the Vikings game at Chicago from Sunday afternoon to prime time on NBC on Nov. 18.


That bumps Steelers at Jaguars to 1 p.m. EST on CBS. Also moving that days is the matchup between the Eagles and Saints in New Orleans, now a 4:25 p.m. game on Fox rather than at 1 p.m.


Chicago currently leads the NFC North at 5-3, a half-game in front of Minnesota, which has a bye this week. The Bears will play the early game at Detroit on Thanksgiving less than four days after the night game with the Vikings.


It's the second time this season the league flexed a Sunday game to prime time. Previously it did so to Cincinnati at Kansas City on Oct. 21.


LaVine scores career-high 41 points in double OT win

Zach LaVine scored a career-high 41 points, including the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds left, as the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 116-115 in double overtime on Monday night.


Antonio Blakeney scored 17 points, Jabari Parker had 15 and Wendell Carter Jr. added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls.


Enes Kanter led the Knicks with 23 points and 24 rebounds while Allonzo Trier scored 21.

Emmanuel Mudiay's coast-to-coast layup had tied the score with 2.7 seconds left.


Lavine, who scored all eight of Chicago's points in the second OT, was then fouled by Mudiay. The Bulls star made the first free throw to give the Bulls the win.


He also scored the final points of the first overtime with his fadeaway jumper with 1:13 remaining.

Chicago had taken its biggest lead of the game, 59-49, on his free throw with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter. The Knicks cut the deficit to two, 72-70, on Kanter's short turnaround with 1:47 left in the third but still trailed 78-72 after three.


The Knicks scored the first five points of the final quarter to pull within one and finally got even at 93-93 on Trey Burke's jumper with 4:14 remaining.


LaVine then hit three consecutive 3-pointers for the Bulls, but Trier hit a pair of free throws and then a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left to tie the game 102-102.


LaVine missed a pair of shots on Chicago's next possession. Trier couldn't connect on a jumper with three seconds left and Mario Hezonja's offensive rebound and follow-up didn't fall as the game went to overtime.


Mudiay gave the Knicks their first lead since the second quarter, 104-102, when he hit a jumper with 4:12 left in the first overtime.


Damyean Dotson scored 18 points, Mudiay finished with 16 and Hezonja added 15 for the Knicks.


Ohtani, 2 Yankees finalists for AL Rookie of the Year

Shohei Ohtani is a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year award along with two New York Yankees infielders.


The Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed the finalists for its major awards Monday night. The winners will be announced next week.


Ohtani figures to be in a tight race with Yankees infielders Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres after a historic first season with the Los Angeles Angels. The two-way Japanese sensation is the first player ever to hit 15 home runs and strike out 50 batters in a season, and he joined Babe Ruth as the only players ever to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings.


The World Series champion Boston Red Sox might be in line for more hardware. Mookie Betts is a finalist for AL MVP, and Alex Cora is in the final three for AL Manager of the Year in his first season. Los Angeles' Mike Trout and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez are also finalists for AL MVP.


Milwaukee's Christian Yelich is the favorite for NL MVP, and Colorado's Nolan Arenado and Chicago's Javier Baez were also revealed as top vote-getters.


Steinbrenner, Piniella, Johnson on Hall ballot next month

Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame's Today's Game Era committee to consider next month.


Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Joe Carter also are on the ballot for the 16-man committee, which meets Dec. 9 at the winter meetings in Las Vegas. The committee considers candidates from 1998 to the present, and a candidate needs at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected.


Any candidate picked will be inducted July 21 along with any players elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in a vote announced Jan. 22. Mariano Rivera and the late Roy Halladay join a ballot with top returnees Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina.


The Hall has four committees. Modern Baseball (1970-87) meets in December 2019 and Golden Days (1950-69) and Early Baseball (before 1950) in December 2020.


Flames beat Blackhawks 5-3

Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund scored in the third period, and the Calgary Flames again rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.


Monahan finished with two goals and Matthew Tkachuk also scored as Calgary got its fifth win this season when trailing after two periods. Anaheim (two) is the only other NHL team with more than one win when behind after 40 minutes.


David Rittich had 12 saves to help the Flames win their fourth straight.


Jonathan Toews got his 300th career goal, and Jan Rutta and Brandon Saad also scored for the Blackhawks, who went 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Western Canada. Corey Crawford stopped 36 shots, including 18 of the 20 he faced in the third period.


With Calgary trailing 3-1, Tkachuk started the comeback with 1:34 left in the second.


After pressing all period, Monahan finally tied it with 6:01 left in the third, when he neatly converted a cross-ice pass off the rush from Johnny Gaudreau. Monahan extended his point streak to six games (four goals, six assists).


Frolik put Calgary ahead for good with 4:55 left as his centering pass from below the goal line deflected off a player and got past Crawford. It was the seventh goal for Frolik, who scored only 10 times last year.


Backlund capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 59 seconds left.


Calgary opened the scoring 4:46 in when a quick passing sequence was finished off by Monahan in the slot on the power play.


Chicago tied it with 6:03 remaining in the period after Travis Hamonic's holding penalty put the Blackhawks on a two-man power play fpr 1:10 and they took advantage on Toews' eighth goal.


The Blackhawks took their first lead with 27 seconds left in the first as Rutta faked a slap shot to elude the sliding Garnet Hathaway, then put a wrist shot through a crowd and past Rittich high on his blocker side.


Saad split the Flames' defense while being harassed from behind by Mark Giordano and sent a shot that squeaked through Rittich's pads to make it 3-1 with 6:19 left in the second.


Calgary took over after that.


Chicago Bears beat Buffalo Bills 41-9

Jordan Howard scored two touchdowns and the Chicago Bears' defense had two others in a 41-9 win over the Bills in what proved to be another comedy of errors for Buffalo and its anemic offense Sunday.


Eddie Jackson scored on a 65-yard fumble return and Leonard Floyd returned a tipped pass 19 yards for another score some 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second quarter. Howard, set up by Tarik Cohen's 38-yard punt return , then scored on an 18-yard scamper to cap a run in which the Bears scored four touchdowns over a span of 12 minutes, 20 seconds in the second quarter.


The Bears won their second in a row and improved to 5-3 to match their best start to a season through eight games since 2013. Chicago also matched its win total from last year.


Chicago's defense forced four takeaways, and limited the Bills to 264 yards offense despite missing star linebacker Khalil Mack, who missed his second straight game with an injury to his right ankle.

The Bills continued their bumbling ways in dropping to 2-7. It's Buffalo's worst start since winning one of its first nine games in 2010.


Buffalo continued its season-long trend of coughing up the ball on offense and having difficulty finding the end zone.


Buffalo turned the ball over four times, including Nathan Peterman throwing three interceptions in his first start since a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore. The Bills had no choice but to return to Peterman with rookie Josh Allen missing his third game with a sprained throwing elbow and Derek Anderson sidelined by a concussion.


The second-year quarterback continued playing down to his turnover-prone reputation, though two of the interceptions weren't entirely his fault.


Newly signed receiver Terrelle Pryor caught Peterman's pass and lost control as he turned up field, with the ball landing in defensive back Adrian Amos' hands.


Three snaps into Buffalo's next possession, Peterman's hard pass over the middle struck receiver Zay Jones in the hand and bounced directly to Floyd, who returned it for a touchdown.

Scoring has also been an issue for Buffalo.


Peterman's 1-yard touchdown run with 5:41 remaining ended Buffalo's touchdown drought at 187 minutes and 19 seconds. The string dated to Peterman's 16-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones with 13 minutes left in a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14.


The Bills have been outscored 103-20 since, and 157-46 in their past six, during which Buffalo has scored just three touchdowns.


Peterman finished 31 of 49 for 187 yards and the second-year player has now thrown 13 interceptions on 133 career attempts, including playoffs.


Howard opened the scoring on a 1-yard run 1:56 into the second quarter, and the route began some six minutes later on Jackson's fumble return. Bills tight end Jason Croom bobbled a pass before securing it along the right sideline. He was initially struck by linebacker Roquan Smith. Jackson then pried the ball loose, picked it and returned it for a score.


Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky finished 12 for 20 for 135 yards with a 2-yard touchdown to tight end Trey Burton and an interception.


Vikings: Pro Bowl fullback Bill 'Boom Boom' Brown dies at 80

Bill Brown, the Minnesota Vikings fullback who was a four-time Pro Bowl pick in 14 seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 80.


The Vikings announced the death Sunday, before a moment of silence for Brown prior to their game against Detroit. 


Drafted in the second round by the Bears in 1961 out of Illinois, Brown was traded to the Vikings after his rookie year. Nicknamed "Boom Boom" for his punishing running style, Brown is fourth in Vikings history with 5,757 rushing yards. His best season was 1974, with 1,569 total yards and 16 touchdowns in 14 games.


IHSA Football Playoffs 2nd Round Scores

 Argenta (A.-Oreana) 44, Fisher 23
Moweaqua (Central A & M) 27, Albion (Edwards County) 0
Camp Point (Central) 31, Carrollton 6
Concord (Triopia) [Coop] 42, Arcola 0


Decatur (St. Teresa) 48, Athens 7
Downs (Tri-Valley) 35, Pana (H.S.) 31
Maroa (M.-Forsyth) 49, Chester 12
Tuscola 42, Bismarck (B.-Henning-Rossville-Alvin) 21


Monticello 49, Anna (A.-Jonesboro) 14
Greenville 26, Pleasant Plains 14
Carlinville 40, Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) 7
Williamsville 42, Fairfield 16


Taylorville 45, Columbia 23
Rochester 47, Pontiac 28
Effingham (H.S.) 30, Paris 14
Kankakee (McNamara) 49, Murphysboro [Coop] 14


Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) 40, Decatur (MacArthur) 7
Highland 56, Mattoon 35

Normal (Community West) 26, Palos Heights (Shepard) 17
Washington 23, Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) 21


St. Charles (North) 24, Rolling Meadows 17


Monticello Sages vs Anna-Jonesboro

As heard on WEZC the Monticello Sages defeated Anna-Jonesboro by a score of 49-14.

Barden Snyder had 7-13 for 164 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception, Alek Bundy had 5 catches for 108 yards and 8 carries with 1 touchdown, Asher Bradd had 2 touchdowns, 1 recieving and 1 rushing.


Anna-Jonesboro finished 10-3.


Monticello improves to 11-0 and Anna-Jonesboro falls to 8-3.


Tune in next week as Monticello takes on Greensville at tba on 95.9 FM WEZC.


#8 Anna-Jonesboro travels to #1 Monticello

10-0 Monticello looks to battle it out in the 2nd week of IHSA Football playoffs with 8-2 Anna-
Jonesboro Saturday.


Last week, Anna-Jonesboro beat West Frankfort 56-28, and Monticello beat St. Joseph-Ogden
50-7.  Monticello has a playoff record of 32-20 compared to Anna-Jonesboro 30-21. 


Monticello's average margin of victory for the 2018 season is 40.4 points, that is second to
Carlinville's 42.6 points. The Sages have only allowed 69 points while putting up 476 compared to
Anna-Jonesboro's 182 points allowed and putting up 355. The most points in a game Monticello
allowed was 28 points against Class 4A Pontiac. Anna-Jonesboro lost their first two games of their
regular season then won eight straight.


Players to watch out for; Monticello's quarterback Braden Snyder throwing for over 2,200 yards,
and 26 touchdowns. Snyder has also rushed for 480 yards and ten touchdowns. For Anna-
Jonesboro, Damien Crisp fullback rushing for more than 990 yards. 


The winner of this game will then play in week 3 against either Greenville or Pleasant Plains.

Monticello vs. Anna-Jonesboro will take place in Monticello, Saturday, with kick off at 3 pm.

You can catch the game on 95.9 FM WEZC or streamed at dewittdailynews.com.


Oilers blank Blackhawks 4-0

Mikko Koskinen made 40 saves for his first career NHL shutout, Drake Caggiula scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Thursday night.


Jason Garrison and Alex Chiasson also scored for the Oilers (7-4-1), who have won four of five.

The 30-year-old Koskinen became the sixth goaltender in franchise history to record at least 40 saves in a shutout performance.


Cam Ward made 25 saves for the Blackhawks (6-5-3), who have lost four straight.


Koskinen made 15 saves during a scoreless first period and Edmonton jumped in front 18 seconds into the second. Caggiula showed some deft hands in front, spinning around and then shoveling home his third of the season while being knocked to his knees from behind.


Koskinen made some exceptional stops to keep Edmonton in front, denying Jonathan Toews on a short-handed breakaway with six minutes left in the middle period, and then Alex DeBrincat in tight later on during the same sloppy Oilers power play.


Edmonton went up 2-0 with 37 seconds left in the second. Garrison scored on the power play for his first goal with the Oilers.


Edmonton added to its lead with a short-handed tally in the third. Jujhar Khaira did a good job to get it to Caggiula, who froze Ward on a deke before scoring at 6:49.


Edmonton got another midway through the third when Chiasson scored his fifth goal in his last six games.


Cubs' Jason Heyward, Giants' Mark Melancon keep contracts

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and San Francisco reliever Mark Melancon let the deadline pass for exercising opt-out provisions in their contracts.


Doing the same were two Cuban outfielders who have been major disappointments and spent all of this season in the minor leagues: Boston's Rusney Castillo and Arizona's Yasmany Tomas.


Heyward keeps the $184 million, eight-year deal that pays him $106 million in the next five seasons. The others all have two years left in their contracts: Melancon is owed $28 million, Tomas $32.5 million and Castillo $24.5 million.


They all had to make their decisions by Wednesday night.


Pedro Strop, Brandon Kintzler stay with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have exercised their $6.25 million option for Pedro Strop, and fellow reliever Brandon Kintzler has picked up his $5 million player option.


The 33-year-old Strop, one of the baseball's most consistent relievers since he was acquired in a July 2013 trade with Baltimore, went 6-1 with 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA in 60 appearances last season. He can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses next year based on games finished: $250,000 each for 45, 50 and 55 games. He would have received a $500,000 buyout if the option had been declined.


Kintzler had a 7.00 ERA in 25 games with Chicago after he was acquired in a July 31 trade with Washington. The Cubs declined their $10 million team option on Tuesday.


Chicago also claimed outfielder Johnny Field off waivers from Minnesota on Thursday. Field made his major league debut this year and hit .222 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 83 games with the Twins and Tampa Bay Rays.


Canucks beat Blackhawks 4-2

Jake Virtanen scored twice and Brendan Gaunce got the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lead the Vancouver Canucks past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Wednesday night.


Antoine Roussel also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves. It was the first career two-goal game for Virtanen, a 22-year-old right wing.


Gaunce also had an assist in his first game with the Canucks this season. He was called up Tuesday from the Utica Comets of the AHL to help fill out a roster riddled by injuries early this season.


Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford turned away 24 shots.


Chicago got on the scoreboard first with Saad scoring his third of the season midway through the first period.


The left wing beat Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson in Vancouver's end and put a hard shot on net. Markstrom seemed to get a piece of it but the puck trickled in underneath him.


Virtanen responded in the 15th minute after the Blackhawks turned over the puck in the neutral zone. He picked up speed on a breakaway and put a high shot past Crawford.


The Blackhawks went back on top with a power-play goal early in the second after Canucks defenseman Michael Del Zotto took a cross-checking penalty late in the first.


Toews fired in a wrister from the top of the faceoff circle to give him 299 goals for the Blackhawks, sixth-most in franchise history.


Chicago is 30th in the NHL on the power play. Wednesday marked the sixth time this season the Blackhawks have scored with the man advantage.


Virtanen followed with his second of the night just more than 12 minutes into the second period. He scooped up a pass just inside the blue line and fired a quick shot past Crawford to tie it 2-all.

Virtanen has five goals and two assists this season.


Gaunce scored at 9:23 of the third after he snatched up a Blackhawks pass. The goal was the sixth of his NHL career, with the last one coming on Feb. 1. He also assisted on Roussel's late goal.


Nuggets 108-107 win over Bulls in OT

Paul Millsap knows nobody is perfect in the NBA. The key to being a good team is finding ways to win when not everything is clicking.


The 13-year veteran believes that's exactly what the Denver Nuggets did Wednesday night.

Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Millsap's putback with 0.1 seconds left in overtime gave the Nuggets a 108-107 victory against the Chicago Bulls.


Trailing by a point, Denver inbounded the ball with 3.5 seconds remaining. Jokic missed, but Millsap grabbed the rebound and converted a layup off the glass for the winning basket as the Nuggets improved to 6-1.


Zach LaVine had 28 points and rookie Wendell Carter Jr. scored a career-high 25 for Chicago.

LaVine has at least 20 points in a career-best nine straight games, a streak that dates back to last season. It was Carter's second consecutive game establishing a new high. He had 18 points Monday against the Golden State Warriors.


After the Nuggets took a 106-104 lead on a 3-pointer by Jokic - he had eight of Denver's 10 points in overtime - Justin Holiday answered with a 3 to put Chicago on top 107-106 with 1:26 to play.


After giving up 92 first-half points to Golden State on Monday, the Bulls allowed just 51 in the first two quarters but still trailed by three at halftime.


Chicago held a 96-90 edge with three minutes left before Denver went on an 8-2 spurt to tie it at 98 with 1:07 left.


Neither team could convert multiple opportunities in the final minute, sending the game to overtime.


Bears may place Kyle Long on injured reserve

Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long has a tendon injury in his right foot, and the team is deciding whether to put him on injured reserve.


Coach Matt Nagy says the three-time Pro Bowl lineman is "week to week." The Bears could place him on IR with the intent to return in eight weeks if they don't think he could be back sooner.


Long was hurt in the closing minutes of the Bears' 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.


Tight end Dion Sims rolled into him while the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run.

Nagy said the injury was not the same as the severe injury to his right ankle in 2016 that required surgery.


Cubs exercise $10.5 million option for 2019 on Quintana

The Cubs have exercised their $10.5 million option on pitcher Jose Quintana.


The 29-year-old left-hander was 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 32 starts in his first full season with the Cubs. He was acquired from the White Sox in July 2017 as part of a deal in which they sent two top prospects to their crosstown rivals: pitcher Dylan Cease and outfielder Eloy Jimenez.


Quintana's deal had a $1 million buyout. It also includes an $11.5 million option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout.


The Cubs also claimed left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. He debuted last season with Colorado and had an 8.31 ERA over six appearances with the Rockies and Royals.


Former big league pitcher Bill Fischer dies at 88

Former big league pitcher Bill Fischer, who spent more than seven decades as a player and coach in professional baseball, died Tuesday. He was 88.


The Royals announced Fischer's death in a statement Wednesday. No cause was given.


Fischer was 17 when he signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1948. He was fresh out of high school and played until 1951, when he was drafted by the Marines. He returned to the White Sox in 1954 and wound up playing for nine organizations and making 281 major league appearances.


He retired from playing in 1968 and moved into coaching with stops in Cincinnati, Boston, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Kansas City, where he spent the past eight seasons as a senior adviser.


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