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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Lady Sages beat Arthur Knights 46-40

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Clinton Lady Maroons Defeat Argenta-Oreana

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Goldman, dominant defense leads Bears over Rams 15-6

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Tatar's late goal lifts Canadiens over Blackhawks

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Maroons Fall to Rochester

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Clinton Maroons vs Unity

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

 

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

 

With the loss the Maroons fall to 5-4 overall

 

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

 

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Marchessault, Tuch lift Golden Knights over Blackhawks 4-3

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Titans rout Jaguars 30-9

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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UPDATE: Sages vs. Urbana

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

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Lady Raiders Edge Lady Maroons 49-47

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Ball St. holds off Loyola Chicago 75-69

K.J. Walton scored 22 points and Ball State held off Loyola Chicago for a 75-69 victory on Wednesday night for its fifth straight win.

 

Walton made 11 of 14 field goals. Tahjai Teague added 14 points, and Tayler Persons and Zach Gunn chipped in 12 apiece for the Cardinals (6-3), who shot 57 percent (28 of 49) from the floor.

 

Cameron Krutwig scored 19 points and Marques Townes had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Loyola Chicago (5-4), which has lost three of its last four games.

 

The Ramblers used a 12-4 surge for a 68-67 advantage with 2:48 remaining. The Cardinals answered with Trey Moses blocking Townes' driving shot in the paint. Teague grabbed the board, ran the court and finished with a step-back jumper in front on the net, drawing a foul. Teague converted the 3-point play, added another layup and the Cardinals led 72-68 with 1:19 left.

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No. 5 Michigan holds off Northwestern for 62-60 win

Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 of his 23 points in the second half and Jordan Poole made two big plays in the last 2 1/2 minutes to help No. 5 Michigan hold off Northwestern for a 62-60 victory Tuesday night.

 

Poole finished with 15 points as the Wolverines (9-0, 2-0 Big Ten) added to their best start since they opened the 2012-13 season with 16 straight victories. Zavier Simpson scored 10 points, and Jon Teske had eight points and 10 rebounds.

 

The game was tied at 58 when Poole fed Teske for a dunk with 2:30 left. After Ryan Taylor made a jumper for Northwestern, Poole drove inside for another dunk that made it 62-60 with 1:53 left.

 

Michigan had a shot-clock violation with 14 seconds to go, giving Northwestern one last chance. Taylor was long on a desperation 3-pointer as time expired.

 

Dererk Pardon led the Wildcats (6-3, 0-2) with 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting. Vic Law shook off a slow start and finished with 19.

 

It was a second straight tough defeat for Northwestern, including a 68-66 loss at Indiana on Saturday.

 

Michigan appeared to be in control after opening the second half with a 9-0 run to make it 45-30 with 17:19 left. But Northwestern came roaring back.

 

Pardon's driving layup sparked a 15-2 spurt for the Wildcats. A.J. Turner's three-point play sliced Michigan's lead to 47-45 with 13:16 remaining, sending a charge through the crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena and prompting the Wolverines to take a timeout.

 

Brazdeikis helped Michigan settle down, converting a layup to make it 51-45 with 11:30 left. The freshman, who exited for a brief moment in the first half due to a back issue, went 9 for 18 from the field.

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Bradley rallies for 68-62 victory

Darrell Brown scored all of his 18 points in the second half as Bradley rallied for its seventh win, knocking off Little Rock 68-62 on Tuesday night.

 

Brown drilled 3 of 7 from beyond the arc in the second half after Bradley (7-3) trailed 27-21 at the break. The Braves were just 5 of 26 from the floor (19 percent) in the first half before scrambling to finish 22-of-55 shooting (40 percent). Bradley was 9 of 25 from distance while Little Rock made just 4 of 14.

 

Elijah Childs drilled a 3-pointer and followed with a dunk to give Bradley its first lead in the second half, 35-33 at the 15:19 mark. Brown nailed a trey and a jump shot to go up 45-40 but the Braves could not pull away. Brown nailed another 3 and made two free throws for a 58-53 advantage with 3:29 remaining.

 

Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 12 points and Childs chipped in 11 for Bradley, which had lost two straight before beating Little Rock (4-5).

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Battery charges against Illinois DT Oladipo dismissed

A prosecutor has dismissed domestic battery charges against Illinois defensive tackle Lere Oladipo.

 

Assistant Champaign County State's Attorney Brooke Hinman said she dismissed three misdemeanor counts against the 20-year-old after both the alleged victim and a witness changed their stories. The case was set to go to trial Tuesday.

 

Oladipo was arrested by university police Oct. 28 following an argument with his girlfriend. The charges alleged the redshirt freshman pushed the woman, grabbed her arm, and caused her to receive a cut lip.

However, at a Nov. 8 bond hearing, the woman testified Oladipo had not abused her.

 

Oladipo's attorney, Tom Bruno, told The (Champaign) News-Gazette the case never should have been prosecuted.

 

After his arrest, Oladipo was suspended from the team, missing the last month of the season.

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Bundy steals game, Monticello beats Auburn 46-25

The Sages came away with another stellar 2nd half putting away the Auburn Trojans. Alek Bundy led the team in steals with over 10 steals. The defense of Monticello held the Trojans down keeping them under 11 points in the first half and only allowing 14 in the second, sealing the game away and final score 46-25.

 

Alek Bundy helped lead this team as he put 10 plus points this game along with several steals. Devin Graham helped put the Sages up early in the first half leading the Sages with 9 points then putting 10 more in the second half. Garrett Kepley also put points on the board with a total of 9.

 

Trojans struggled to get a rhythm as Justin Tanner led the Trojans in points with 8. Payton Krager who was pressured by Bundy all night was able to get 7. 

 

Monticello wins their 4th game improving their record to 4-0, with Trojans losing getting a record of 2-1.

 

Play of the Game: Alek Bundy backhand steal of Krager getting the ball down to Graham for an easy layup to start the second half.

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Wentz tosses for 2 TDs, leads Eagles over Redskins 28-13

Carson Wentz was at his best back on the move again.

 

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins on Monday night.

 

The Eagles (6-6) won consecutive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

 

The Redskins (6-6) lost backup quarterback Colt McCoy to a serious right leg injury in his second game replacing Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18. Mark Sanchez took his place.

 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said after the game that, from what he understands, McCoy fractured his fibula and will miss the rest of the season.

 

Adrian Peterson ran 90 yards for a touchdown on Sanchez's first play under center, giving the Redskins a 10-7 lead. It was the longest run Philadelphia has allowed in franchise history but Washington's lead didn't last long.

 

Wentz, who hasn't scrambled much since returning in Week 3 from surgery to repair two knee ligaments, didn't run for any yards. But he ran around and made big plays when he improvised and on designed rollouts.

 

Sproles put Philadelphia up 14-10 on a 14-yard TD run in the second quarter. Wentz tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews and connected with Golden Tate on a 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 22-13 early in the fourth quarter.

 

The Eagles twice failed to score inside the red zone and still managed their second-highest point total this season.

 

They had a first down at the Redskins 2 in the second quarter, but Josh Adams was stopped for a loss on fourth down from the 1.

 

They had a first down at the Redskins 5 in the third quarter, but Wentz threw an interception right to Josh Norman.

 

Wentz finished 27 of 39 for 306 yards. He came out firing and led the Eagles to a score on their opening drive for only the third time season.

 

First, he scrambled out of the pocket, motioned Tate to go deep and lofted a 19-yard pass down the left sideline on a first-and-15. Wentz finished the drive by firing a 6-yard TD pass on the run to Tate.

Dustin Hopkins kicked field goals of 47 and 44 yards for Washington.

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Caroline named Mountain West player of week; 2nd of season

Nevada senior Jordan Caroline has been named the Mountain West Conference basketball player of the week for helping keep the sixth-ranked Wolf Pack undefeated while averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in two road victories.

 

Caroline notched his sixth double-double of the season with a game-high 24-points and 11 rebounds in a 73-61 win at Southern Cal. He had 15 points and six rebounds in a 79-65 victory at Loyola Chicago.

 

The Associated Press pre-season all-American shot nearly 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range last week. He's hit double figures in all eight games this season.

 

It's the second time this year he's been named the league's player of the week.

 

The Wolf Pack, 8-0, slipped from fifth to sixth in this week's AP Poll. They play Arizona State Friday in Los Angeles.

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Monahan, Lindholm lead Flames past Blackhawks 3-2

Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm each had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night and moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

Derek Ryan also scored and Johnny Gaudreau had two assists for the Flames, who won their second straight game and for the third time in four contests.

 

Jonathan Toews and Dylan Strome scored for struggling Chicago, which dropped its fourth straight and lost for the sixth time in seven games. The Blackhawks fell to 3-8-2 under coach Jeremy Collition, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6.

 

Calgary's Mike Smith made 22 saves. Chicago's Corey Crawford blocked 38 shots.

 

Lindholm and Ryan scored power-play goals 1:26 apart in the second period to give Calgary a 3-1 lead after Chicago veteran Chris Kunitz received a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing Travis Hamonic in the face.

 

The Blackhawks have led only once in their last seven games - at the end of a 5-4 overtime win at Florida on Nov. 24.

 

In their previous six games, the Blackhawks had been outscored 17-4 in the first period and 31-19 overall. So, escaping the opening period tied 1-1, despite being outshot 18-6 by the Flames, was something of a moral victory for Chicago.

 

An opponent scored first against the Blackhawks for the seventh straight time when Monahan knocked in a rebound midway through the opening period for his second goal in two games in third in four. He connected from the left side of the net after Crawford stopped Lindholm from the slot.

Toews tied it at 1-all just over three minutes later.

 

Following a faceoff in the Chicago zone, the puck and Toews got by Flames defensemen Noah Hanifin at the left point. Toews raced in alone, cut to the slot and beat Smith with a shot between the pads.

 

The 39-year-old Kunitz, a healthy scratch in six of the last seven games, elbowed Hamonic in the face along the boards at 7:08 of the second. Hamonic dropped to the ice with a bloody nose and Kunitz was sent off.

 

Lindholm scored 10 seconds later, connecting on a shot from the right circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Gaudreau.

 

Crawford was out of position to the left of the net, but managed to reach across the goalmouth and glove Lindholm's shot. A video review, however, showed Crawford's glove was over the goal line

Ryan made it 3-1 at 8:44, beating Crawford on the stick side from the top of the right circle.

 

Strome's power-play goal with 4:15 left in the second cut it to 3-2. It was the 21-year-old forward's second goal in four games since Chicago acquired him from Arizona.

 

Crawford passed the puck from the crease to Alex DeBrincat near the Calgary blue line. DeBrincat dished to Strome, who beat Smith from the slot with a backhander into the upper right corner.

 

Smith made several close-in saves in the scoreless third to preserve Calgary's lead. While sprawled on his stomach, Smith stopped Artem Anisimov's point-blank attempt with his right pad with 5:14 left.

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Rosas' overtime FG the winner as Giants stun Bears 30-27

Aldrick Rosas kicked a 44-yard field goal in overtime and the New York Giants beat NFC North-leading Chicago 30-27 Sunday, snapping the Bears' five-game winning streak.

 

The Giants (4-8) blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:13 of regulation. They didn't nail down the win until Janoris Jenkins knocked away a deep fourth-down pass to Taylor Gabriel after quarterback Chase Daniel fumbled on consecutive plays on the rainy afternoon to set up a fourth-and-8.

 

Chicago (8-4) forced overtime by getting a 21-yard field goal by Cody Parkey and a 1-yard touchdown pass from halfback Tarik Cohen to Anthony Miller as time expired in the fourth quarter. The trick-play touchdown was set up by a recovered onside kick by Daniel Brown on a play Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not dive for the loose ball. Then came a questionable pass interference call in the end zone against cornerback B.W. Webb with :03 to go.

 

Rosas' third field goal of the game came on the opening series of overtime and was set up by a 29-yard run by Saquon Barkley, who finished with 125 yards on 24 carries.

 

The game was filled with wild play calls. Besides the Cohen pass on what appeared to be a sweep, the Giants saw Beckham throw and catch touchdowns, and Chicago nose tackle Akiem Hicks dive over on fourth down from 1 yard on a play made famous by William "The Fridge" Perry in the Bears glory days in the mid-1980s.

 

The Giants seemed to have it wrapped up when Rosas kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 27-17 lead with 1:49 to play. But the Bears rallied behind Daniel (26 of 39 for 285 yards, a TD and two interceptions) and several mistakes by the Giants, who were called for 12 penalties for 107 yards.

New York had two penalties on the tying drive, which featured a 23-yard, fourth-down pass from Daniel to Cohen to the Giants 9 with 11 seconds left in regulation.

 

Cohen finished with 12 catches for 156 yards.

 

Linebacker Alex Ogletree intercepted two passes, scoring on an 8-yard return on the second play from scrimmage. The Giants forced three turnovers and had a season-high five sacks against Daniel, who was starting his second game in place of the injured Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder).

 

The Giants made many big plays in the second half. Beckham threw a 49-yard TD pass to Russell Shepard and caught a 1-yard, fourth-down TD from Eli Manning (19 of 35 for 170 yards and an interception) as New York opened a 24-14 lead in the third quarter.

 

A 36-yard field goal Parkey got the Bears within 24-17 in the third quarter.

 

However, Rosas, who kicked a 57-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to make it 14-10, and added a 37-yard field goal after Sean Chandler recovered Gabriel's fumble deep in Bears territory.

 

The Bears came right back and forced the overtime.

 

Coach Matt Nagy tried everything to get the Bears going without his starting quarterback. His fourth-down, first-quarter gamble near midfield led to a 2-yard touchdown pass by Daniel to Adam Shaheen, and Nicks brought back memories of The Fridge with his TD on his first career run.

 

New York now has won 3 of 4 since its bye week.

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Maroons Top Trojans

The Clinton Maroons defeated the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans 60-44 Friday night in non-conference action. The Maroons were led by Zeke Hickman with 21 points.

 

Hayden Mitchell led the Trojans with 15.

 

With the win, the Maroons improve to 3-3 and the Trojans fall to 0-1.

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