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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.


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.



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.


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 .


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.


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.


UPDATE: Sages vs. Urbana

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Monticello crushes 2nd half, Sages beat Storm 58-24

Monticello traveled to start their traveling three games series and started off with a bang in the victory over Salt Fork winning the game 58-24.


Ben Singleton went on a rampage in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, as he totaled 18 points to help lead the Sages victory. Ryan Reeder followed with 13 total points, and Garret Kepley and Devin Graham tied with 7 points. The Sages helped separate themselves from the Storm coming out in the 2nd half putting up 24 points just in the 3rd quarter. 


Salt Fork struggled with keeping the ball, as only four of their players were able to put points on the board. Payton Taylor was the leading scorer for the Storm with 11, followed by Matthew Wrzosek with 5, and Dawson Dodd and Logan Appleman tied with 4 points. 


Monticello getting the victory against Salt Fork improve to 3-0, while Salt Fork goes to 1-1. Next game for the Sages will be at Auburn Tuesday, December 12, with tip-off at 7:30 pm. You can listen to the game on 95.9 FM WEZC or stream at dewittdailynews.com.


Play of the Game: Ben Singleton on a transition goes for an easy lay, turns back around to steal the ball from Dawson, putting the ball up again get 4 easy points for Monticello. 


Jets beat Blackhawks 6-5

Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick, Patrik Laine scored twice and became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 goals, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 on Thursday night.

Laine scored his 100th and 101st goals in his 178th game at the age of 20 years, 224 days. Wayne Gretzky did it the fastest in 20 years, 40 days. Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows also accomplished the feat faster than Laine.


The Finnish forward has an NHL-leading 21 goals this season, 18 of them November.

Ehlers scored a goal in each period, with his third fired in when he went in alone on goalie Corey Crawford and beat him with a low shot at 9:45 of the third period to make it 6-3. It was his third career hat trick.


Jacob Trouba also had a goal and one assist for Winnipeg, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each had three assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.


Winnipeg held on after Artem Anisimov cut it to 6-5 with 2:52 left.


Marcus Kruger, John Hayden, Jan Rutta and Domink Kahun also scored for Chicago, and Crawford stopped 27 shots. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in their last five games.


Cowboys stifle Brees, end Saints' 10-game win streak, 13-10

Dak Prescott desperately scrambled for a first down in a game of fourth-quarter keepaway, then took three knees starting from the New Orleans 1 to run out the clock by the narrowest possible margin.


Anything to keep Drew Brees and the NFL's highest-scoring offense on the sideline.

Ezekiel Elliott scored the only Dallas touchdown on a 16-yard screen pass and the Cowboys stifled Brees and the Saints, ending New Orleans' 10-game winning streak with a 13-10 victory Thursday night.


The Cowboys (7-5) won their fourth consecutive game and assured they will at least remain tied for the NFC East lead.


The Saints (10-2) were shut out in the first half, had their fewest points in three years and finished with a season-low 176 yards. They missed a chance to perfectly match Dallas from two years ago, when then-rookie sensations Elliott and Prescott won 11 straight after dropping the opener.


Brees had his fewest yards passing in a first half since joining the Saints in 2006 with 39, and couldn't get a potential winning drive going in the final minutes.


Instead, Jourdan Lewis' interception - just the third for Brees while he became the NFL's first with at least 30 TD passes in 10 seasons - gave the Cowboys a chance to run out the clock from the New Orleans 1 after an interference penalty in the end zone.


Brees said he was trying to throw the ball away behind pass-catching back Alvin Kamara, who cut outside just as Brees threw it and Lewis dove forward, barely keeping the ball off the ground.


The Cowboys spent the fourth quarter trying to protect their three-point lead, with Prescott breaking several tackles on an 11-yard scramble on third-and-10 and Cole Beasley catching a third-down pass and diving for 5 yards on third-and-5.


But Prescott fumbled on his season-high seventh sack with Dallas in position for at least a field goal, giving Brees another chance from his 15 with more than two minutes remaining.


Brees' interception came two plays later, then Marshon Lattimore was called for interference against Amari Cooper in the end zone, giving Dallas a first down at the 1 with 1:58 remaining.


The Cowboys had just enough time to end the game, with the play clock matching the game clock down to zero after Prescott took a knee for the third time.


Brees was 18 of 28 for 127 yards, actually the second straight game and third overall under 200 yards for the MVP contender. The running game didn't do much either, with Kamara getting 36 yards rushing while the Saints had 65 as a team after averaging 177 the previous four games.


The only touchdown drive for the Saints was aided by three first downs on Dallas penalties. The biggest was Randy Gregory's roughing-the-punter penalty on Thomas Morstead.


Two plays later, Brees dropped a deep throw to a backpedaling Keith Kirkwood in the end zone for a 30-yard score to get New Orleans within 13-10.


Prescott had 194 of his 248 yards passing while helping the Cowboys to a 13-0 halftime lead - the first scoreless first half for the Saints since 2014, also against the Cowboys, and their first deficit in five games.


Elliott had 136 scrimmage yards with 76 rushing and 60 receiving on six catches.


Angels acquire infielder Tommy La Stella from Cubs

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Chicago Cubs for $100,000 or a player to be named.


La Stella has spent the past four seasons with the Cubs. He batted .266 in 2018 while appearing in a career-high 123 games this year. He led the major leagues in pinch hits (24) and batting average (.312) while his 11 RBIs tied for the big league high. He has .264 average in five seasons.


Atlanta drafted La Stella in the eighth round in 2011, he debuted with the Braves three years later, then was acquired by the Cubs that offseason.


The Angels released outfielder Jabari Bush to make room for La Stella on the 40-man roster.


Monticello falls short, Hilltoppers beat Lady Sages 56-45

Isabella Wade dropped 21 points for the Hilltoppers, and the Lady Sages fell short 56-45 in their basketball game Thursday night. The Sages couldn't find much rhythm early in the game as they shot from the arc many times trying to get points on the board, but Coach Leever and the Hilltoppers zone defense kept the Sages at bay.


Lexi Fisher started for the Sages in Thursday night's game, leading the team in points with 11, and going 5-5 in free throws. Cloe Clark was second in points with 10, and Jayna Burger and Emily Edmundson tied with 7. Monticello was 13-22 in free throws. 


Wade led the Hilltoppers in points with 21, where their average leading scorer Sasha Hayes was second with 17. Hayes usually averages around 21 points per game, who quickly made points with Wade off transitions. Savannah Moore was third in points with 11. Hilltoppers were 8-17 in free throws, a little under 50 percent. 


Monticello fell to 1-3 with the loss against Mt. Pulaski, as Mt. Pulaski improved to a 4-2. Next game for the Lady Sages is at Urbana on December 6, starting at 7:30 pm. You can catch that game on 95.9 FM WEZC and at dewittdailynews.com.


Play of the Game: Sydney Dowling put the first two buckets up for Monticello both three-pointers, starting to get Monticello into a rhythm. 


Red Wings beat Blues 4-3

Tyler Bertuzzi broke a tie with 6:53 to go with his second goal of the game and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night after blowing a 3-0 lead.


Bertuzzi put in a loose puck from just outside the crease for his eighth goal of the season.


Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist, Andreas Athanasiou also scored, defenseman Mike Green had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 33 saves to help Detroit snap a three-game losing streak.

David Perron scored twice for St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal and Jake Allen stopped 27 shots. The Blues have lost five of their last six.


Perron tied it at 3 at 8:04 of the third with his eighth goal.


The Red Wings led 3-2 after a five-goal second period.


Detroit scored three times in 6:42 to take a 3-0 lead in the middle period. Vanek made it 1-0 4:22 into the period with his third goal, and Athanasiou followed at 7:17 with his 11th goal. Bertuzzi made it 3-0 with 8:56 left in the second with his first goal of the game.


But St. Louis scored two power-play goals in 1:39 to pull to within one. Perron put the Blues on the board with 6:23 left in the second period with his first of the game, and Tarasenko made it 3-2 with 4:44 remaining in the period.


Bucks hold off Bulls 116-113

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Khris Middleton made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to lift the Milwaukee Bucks over the Chicago Bulls 116-113 on Wednesday night.


Antetokounmpo and the Bucks (15-6) won an entertaining duel with former teammate Jabari Parker, who put up 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists in his latest return to Milwaukee. Parker signed with the Bulls last offseason after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Bucks.


Malcolm Brogdon smartly passed the ball back to a wide-open Middleton at the top of the 3-point arc to set up the winning shot. Justin Holiday missed a 3 for Chicago that would have tied it in the final seconds.


Antetokounmpo also had a crucial block of Parker's shot with the score tied at 111 in the last minute, and the star forward then sank two free throws with 36 seconds left before the Bulls' Zach LaVine tied the score with a reverse layup.


Brogdon had 24 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Middleton added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.


Rookie guard Ryan Arcidiacano continued his stellar play in the last week with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists, but the Bulls (5-17) dropped their fourth straight game and eighth in the past nine.


Antetokounmpo posted his fourth 30-point game in the last five, after scoring just 20 points in the Bucks' loss at Charlotte on Monday.


The Bulls again scored 40 points in the first quarter, equaling their total in the opening quarter on Nov. 16 in the first meeting between the teams this season.


Parker had 10 points in the quarter and the Bulls shot 66.7 percent from the floor (12 of 18) to take a 40-30 lead.


Antetokounmpo sparked a Bucks rally in the second and finished the half with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. Milwaukee took its first lead at 50-48 on a layup by Ersan Ilyasova, and the teams traded the lead several times before Antetokounmpo's drive gave the Bucks a 63-62 edge at halftime.


Milwaukee outscored Chicago 33-22 in the second period.


A 3-pointer by Brook Lopez gave the Bucks a 77-72 lead with 7:40 left in the third quarter and prompted a Bulls timeout.


Arcidiacono sank a pair of 3s as the Bulls regained the lead at 82-80 before the Bucks responded with dunks by Antetokounmpo and Pat Connaughton sandwiched around a free throw by Middleton.

The Bucks led 92-89 entering the final quarter.


Fayne scores 20, hits big FTs, in Illinois State's OT win

Phil Fayne scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and put Illinois State ahead with a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left in overtime as the Redbirds defeated BYU 92-89 on Wednesday night.


After Fayne's free throws, Josh Jefferson was fouled after grabbing a defensive rebound and added the final insurance points with 13 seconds remaining with the Cougars (5-3) then missing a pair of 3-point shots. Illinois State (6-2) made 17 of 18 free throws to BYU's 25 of 36.


Milik Yarbrough scored 19 points with four of Illinois State's 13 3-pointers before fouling out. Keyshawn Evans added 15 points and Zach Copeland 14 before both fouled out. Copeland tied the game with two free throws with two seconds left in regulation after the Redbirds had trailed by 10 with 10½ minutes left.


Yoeli Childs scored 27 points with 16 rebounds and TJ Haws added 22 points for BYU, which was just 6 of 28 from the arc.


Webster, Johnson combine for 42, Western Illinois cruises 83-58

Kobe Webster and Isaac Johnson combined for 42 points, Brandon Gilbeck added 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots and Western Illinois led all the way, defeating SIU-Edwardsville 83-58 Wednesday night.


Western Illinois (3-4) shot 58 percent from the floor, making 29 of 50 shots with 12 3-pointers and 15 assists. The Leathernecks offense was especially potent after halftime, with 15-of-24 shooting (62.5 percent), and 64 percent from distance, 7 of 11.


Webster led the Leathernecks with 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting and four 3-pointers with six rebounds and five assists. Johnson added 20 points, also shooting 8 for 11. C.J. Duff added 10 points.


David McFarland led SIU-Edwardsville (1-4) with 12 points, shooting 4 of 11. Cameron Williams added 11 points and Christian Ellis 10 with six rebounds. The Cougars were held to 20-for-66 shooting, 30 percent.


Notre Dame holds off Illinois 76-74 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Notre Dame guards TJ Gibbs and D.J. Harvey scored 19 points each, and Juwan Durham sparked his team with all of his 10 points and five blocked shots in the second half, as the Irish held off late-charging Illinois 76-74 in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game Tuesday night.


Trent Frazier's 24-foot, solid-look 3-point try for the Illini rimmed out just before time expired.

Durham, a 6-foot-11 sophomore transfer from Connecticut, registered a career high for points. Harvey also notched a career high and Gibbs a season high.


Notre Dame (6-1) won its fourth straight while Illinois (2-5) lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

The Irish, fueled in large part by Durham's play off the bench, led 65-52 with 6:30 to go before the Illini mounted their rally that fell just short.


Aaron Jordan led Illinois with 23 points. Freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 22. Those were career highs for both players.


A back-and-forth first half yielded nine lead changes and six ties, with the Illini holding a 35-34 advantage at the break.


Golden Knights pound Blackhawks 8-3 for 4th straight win

Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore each had two goals and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-3 on Tuesday night for their season-high fourth consecutive victory.

Alex Tuch added a goal and an assist as Vegas continued its resurgence in the opener of a three-game trip. William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves and Daniel Carr also scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his sixth win in his last seven starts.


The Golden Knights (13-12-1), who made it to the Stanley Cup Final last season as an expansion team, improved to 4-0 against the Blackhawks since entering the league.


Dylan Strome had a goal and an assist in his Chicago debut, but the sliding Blackhawks lost for the third time in four games. Defensemen Gustav Forsling and Erik Gustafsson also scored.


Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 24 of 30 shots before he was replaced by Cam Ward for the third period. Ward finished with 11 saves.


Strome and Brendan Perlini were acquired in a trade with Arizona on Sunday night for Nick Schmaltz in a swap of former first-round draft picks. Strome, who went No. 3 overall in 2015, looked quite comfortable while centering a line with former junior hockey teammate Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane.


But that was about the only bright spot for Chicago (9-11-5), which got off to another slow start and committed a couple of ugly errors in its worst defensive performance of the season.


Carr, Tuch and Eakin scored in the first as Vegas jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Carr got his first of the season at 2:10, Tuch picked off Crawford's errant pass and extended his goal streak to three games at 12:14, and Eakin converted a slick backhand in front at 16:14.


The Blackhawks have been outscored 11-1 in the first period over their last four games.


Fleury lost a shutout streak of 150 minutes, 54 seconds when Forsling's shot ricocheted off Karlsson and into the net 29 seconds into the second. Karlsson responded with a power-play goal at 6:27.


Theodore and Reaves also scored in the second to extend the Golden Knights' lead to 6-2 going into the third. Eakin got credited for his 10th of the season when his shot went off Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith all alone in front and into the net midway through the final period.


Monticello stomps Riverton 53-37

Alek Bundy, Devin Graham, and David Alexander returned to the team, and the Sages go on to win their second game holding Riverton, 53-37.


Monticello's defense came out strong and with the help of returning Bundy, Graham and Briggs Fultz after winning the 3A State Football Finals. Alexander also returned after having an injury at the beginning of the season. The team was able to keep Riverton looking for shots as they wouldn't be able to land many as they sat at 16-38 in FG, and 1-11 in 3 pointers. Graham also came out firing away getting on fire for 3 pointers shooting 4-4 and get the lead scoring for Monticello of 17 points. Ben Singleton followed with 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Ryan Reeder with 10 points and 3 rebounds. 


Riverton struggled to find the hoop outside as two of their players shot more than four 3 pointers and couldn't get to sink. Travis Hogan led in points with 13, shooting 6-15 in FG, and 0-4 in 3 pointers. Kaleb Rutter followed with 9 points with almost perfect shooting going 4-4 in FG, 1-1 in 3 pointers, and went 0-4 in free throws. 


The Sages won their second game, increasing their record to 2-0. Next game will be against Catlin Friday, November 30 at 7:30 pm.


Play of the Game: Devin Graham's three-point shot in the first quarter to start the Sages off, as he would shoot 4-4 in three points and lead the team in points with 16 total.


Clinton Maroons fall to Tri-Valley

The Clinton Maroons fell to Tri-Valley by a score of 53-61 on Tuesday night.  The Maroons were led by Matt Overton with 21 points and Zeke Hickman with 9 points.


Tri-Valley was led by John Symanski with 16 points and Braden Zendor with 9 points.


With the loss the Maroons fall to 2-3 and Tri-Valley improves to 2-0.


Tune in Saturday, December 8th as the Maroons take on Rochester. 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.


Spurs beat Bulls 108-107

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Chicago Bulls for a 108-107 victory on Monday night.


DeMar DeRozan had 21 points and Patty Mills finished with 17 as San Antonio improved to 2-1 on a four-game trip. Bryn Forbes made three of the Spurs' 10 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.


Chicago had two chances to go in front in the final seconds and came up empty each time. Zach LaVine was short on a 3-point try from the top of the key, and Ryan Arcidiacono missed a jumper as time expired.


LaVine scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth, but the Bulls lost for the seventh time in eight games. Arcidiacono finished with a career-high 22 points, Jabari Parker had 18 and Justin Holiday added 17.

LaVine made two foul shots to give Chicago a 101-98 lead with 5:58 left. But San Antonio responded with a 10-0 run.


Aldridge started the decisive sequence with a fadeaway jumper. Derrick White made a go-ahead 3-pointer and DeRozan had a slick reverse layup before Aldridge punctuated the spurt with a three-point play on a drive and jam with 2:13 remaining.


Mike Ditka out of hospital following heart attack

Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka has been released from a hospital after being treated for a mild heart attack last week.


Steve Mandell, Ditka's agent, confirmed a report by the Chicago Sun-Times that the former coach was sent home. He tells The Associated Press Ditka "is doing better."


The 79-year-old Ditka coached the Bears and the New Orleans Saints, finishing with a 121-95 record in 14 years, and he led Chicago to the Super Bowl title after the 1985 season.


Ditka also played 12 seasons in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl five times. He finished with 427 receptions for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns.


Texans beat Titans 34-17

The Houston Texans wanted to honor their late owner and founder Robert ''Bob'' McNair, who died last week at age 81.


They knew the perfect way to do that Monday night was to keep their winning streak going.

Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight victory, 34-17 over the Tennessee Titans.


Demaryius Thomas scored his first two touchdowns with Houston and Lamar Miller ran for 162 yards, including a 97-yard TD.


The Texans (8-3) also saluted McNair by wearing decals in the shape of a football with white block letters bearing his initials of ''RCM.'' With that tribute on the back of their helmets, they became the first team in NFL history to win eight games in a row after starting 0-3. They lead the AFC South by two games over Indianapolis.


The Texans trailed by 10 early before reeling off 27 straight points.


Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins said there was no panic after the team fell behind in the first quarter.


Tennessee (5-6) finally scored again on a 48-yard reception by Corey Davis late in the third quarter, but the second TD by Thomas - this one for 10 yards - made it 34-17 with just more than eight minutes left.


Marcus Mariota, who missed the second half of last week's game with a stinger, was 22 of 23 for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He completed his first 19 passes before an incompletion with just more than a minute remaining.


Miller's 97-yard breakaway in the second quarter made it 21-10. It was the longest run in franchise history and the longest in the NFL since his dash of the same length for a touchdown on Dec. 28, 2014, with the Dolphins. He's the only player in league history with two career rushing touchdowns of 95 yards or longer.


The Titans went ahead 3-0 on their first possession, and Jonnu Smith had a career-long 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown that extended their lead less than halfway through the first quarter.

Houston got going after that, cutting the lead to 10-7 when Thomas grabbed his first touchdown since being traded from Denver on Oct. 30, a 12-yard grab with about six minutes left in the quarter.

Watson put the Texans on top when he scrambled 15 yards for a score on the first play of the second quarter.


The Titans went for it on fourth-and-inches from the 3 later in the second, but tight end Luke Stocker was stopped for no gain.


Miller's long TD , which helped Houston set a franchise record with 281 yards rushing, came on the next play. He took the handoff in the end zone and darted through a crowd of Titans before shedding one tackle and simply outrunning the rest of the defense.


The Texans kicked a field goal as time expired in the second quarter to take a 24-10 lead into halftime.


Bulls F Markkanen moving closer to season debut

Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen is moving closer to his season debut after spraining his right elbow in September.


Markkanen has been ramping up his workouts, and coach Fred Hoiberg says the plan is have him "fully participate in practice" on Tuesday. If that goes well, the Bulls could set a date for Markkanen's return to game action.


The 7-foot Markkanen was selected by Minnesota with the No. 7 pick in last year's draft and then traded to Chicago in the Jimmy Butler deal. He averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 68 games as a rookie.


Clinton Lady Maroons Fall to Unity

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons fell to the Tolono Unity Lady Rockets by a score of 33-32 on Monday night. The Lady Maroons were led by Mallory Overbey with 5 points. Kaile Beck, Maddie Stevens, Claudia Workman and Ryty Dupont-Barlow all added 4 points each.


The Lady Rockets were led by Elyce Knudsen with 17 points and Jordyy Curtis added 8.


Tune in Tuesday, November 27, as the Maroons take on Tri-Valley. 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.


No. 3 Notre Dame rolls to 12-0 season, beats rival USC 24-17

Ian Book passed for 352 yards, Dexter Williams went 52 yards on a go-ahead touchdown run and No. 3 Notre Dame completed an unbeaten regular season and likely secured a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 24-17 over longtime rival Southern California on Saturday night.


Chris Finke caught an early TD pass for the Fighting Irish (12-0, No. 3 CFP), who showed playoff-level tenacity in rallying from an early 10-point deficit, their largest of the season. Tony Jones Jr. then took a short pass 51 yards for a touchdown with 3:09 to play to finish off Notre Dame's 10th perfect regular season since 1945, the first since 2012.


Notre Dame is all but certain to be chosen for the four-team playoff, and this win could keep the Irish away from powerhouse Alabama in the first postseason game.


Williams rushed for 97 yards as the Irish overcame a slow start in the 90th edition in this famed intersectional rivalry. Notre Dame didn't score until Finke's TD catch shortly before halftime, but the Irish ran off 24 consecutive points and shut out USC in the second half until Tyler Vaughns' TD catch with 48 seconds to play.


J.T. Daniels passed for 349 yards for the Trojans (5-7), who will stay home for the bowl season after their first losing season since 2000. Vaughns caught 12 passes for 120 yards in what might have been the final game for coach Clay Helton, who is under pressure after the Trojans lost five of their final six games in a dismaying collapse.


After USC won eight straight over Notre Dame in the 2000s, the Irish have claimed the Jeweled Shillelagh in six of the last nine meetings in this classic college football matchup. Notre Dame is the first road team to win in the series since 2012, when the Irish also completed an unbeaten regular season with a victory at the Coliseum.


Only four USC teams have finished with losing records since 1961, but this clearly talented group gave a tough game to the powerhouse Irish, who faced their first double-digit deficit of the year when USC went up 10-0 in the second quarter. The Trojans' 289 yards in the first half were 64 more than the Irish had allowed before halftime all season.


Notre Dame had only trailed twice at any point beforehand in their perfect season, but Williams bounced his 52-yard go-ahead run down the USC sideline shortly after halftime.


Justin Yoon set a Notre Dame record with his 58th career field goal late in the third, putting the Irish up 17-10.


Although Jones' late rumble to the end zone clinched the expected result for Notre Dame, the Trojans were competitive with an elite opponent despite the roiling subplot of their coach's future.

Helton won the Pac-12 last season and the Rose Bowl just two years ago, but a large portion of the Trojans' fan base is publicly agitating for the dismissal of the coach, who got a contract extension through 2023 just nine months ago.


When Helton's face appeared in a recorded announcement on the scoreboard in the first half, he was booed by a portion of the Coliseum crowd of 59,821 - the smallest for the Notre Dame-USC game in Los Angeles since 1960.


But USC got a 14-yard TD run on its opening drive by Vavae Malepeai, who missed the second half with an injury. When Michael Brown hit a field goal early in the second quarter, Notre Dame faced its first double-digit deficit of the year.


The Irish offense finally scored 2:20 before halftime, capping a difficult 64-yard drive with Book's 24-yard throw to Finke, who hadn't caught a TD pass since the season opener against Michigan.

USC's 10-7 halftime lead could have been much larger, but receivers Michael Pittman Jr. and Amon-Ra St. Brown both fumbled after catches in Notre Dame territory.


Blackhawks trade Schmaltz to Coyotes

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini in a swap involving three former first-round picks.


Schmaltz is off to a slow start with two goals and nine assists in 23 games, but the forward is just 22 years old and is coming off a breakout season. He was selected by Chicago with the 20th pick in the 2014 draft.


The Blackhawks are hoping Strome will benefit from a change of scenery after a tough start to his NHL career with the Coyotes. He went No. 3 overall in 2015, one spot ahead of Toronto star Mitch Marner, but the 6-foot-3 forward has just seven goals and nine assists in 47 career games.


Perlini, 22, has two goals and four assists) in 22 games this year. He set career highs with 17 goals and 13 assists in 74 games last season.


The deal was announced Sunday night.


Illinois extends Smith's contract 2 years after 4-8 season

Illinois has extended the contract of coach Lovie Smith for two years through 2023 after the Illini finished his third season with four victories.


Athletic director Josh Whitman announced the deal Sunday. Whitman hired Smith, the former NFL head coach who led the Bears to the Super Bowl, soon after he was named AD in 2016.


Smith is 9-27 in three seasons with the Illini and 4-23 in the Big Ten, but there were clear signs of progress this season for an inexperienced team that went 2-10 and winless in the Big Ten in 2017. Smith's original deal was for six years and $21 million.


Monticello Sages Football Clinch First State Title

The Monticello Sages football team defeated Byron (13-1) and went 14-0 to win the Class 3A state championship in 2018. 

Sages coach Cullen Welter added a fourth state title to his coaching career and his first at Monticello. Welter says the support his team recieved throughout the season makes it special.


Welter says his team was tested in the championship against Byron, but when it was time for his guys to make plays, they were able to do it.

2018 is the first state championship in football for the town of Monticello after reaching the playoffs in all 10 seasons Coach Welter has been with the program.


Their basketball games can be heard on 95.9 WEZC this winter.


Maroons Fall to Villa Grove in Cerro Gordo Thanksgiving Tournament

The Clinton Maroons fell to Villa Grove-Heritage by a score of 56-42 Friday at the Cerro Gordo Thanksgiving Tournament. The Maroons were led by Ben Nelson with 15 points.


Jared Stevens led Villa-Grove Heritage with 15 points.


The Maroons fall to 1-2 and Villa-Grove Heritage improves to 3-0.


Monticello Wins State!

Monticello's Alek Bundy made the interception late in the fourth and Monticello goes on to win their first state title in history!


Monticello went to Memorial Stadium in Urbana-Champaign to play their first state title against Byron. Byron, who played Monticello last year in the quarterfinals and won 21-20 off a fumble from Monticello. This game would hold a different ending. Monticello getting Byron to throw late in the fourth quarter would help decide that ending as Monticello would win 24-20.


Byron who led the game in yards gained with 372 yards and possession time 31:35, couldn't finish out on top. Monticello would have a few huge stops getting Byron to turn the ball over on 4th down. Byron went for it six times on 4th down only succeeding on two. Byron, who ran the ball most of the game established over 314 yards. Issac Stickler ran for 139 yards, and one touchdown led Byron, Ricky Messing ran for 81 with one touchdown, and Drake Snodgrass with 80 yards and one touchdown. Ben Carlson only threw a total of 4 times completing two passes for a total of 65 yards. 


Monticello covered all ends with rushing and passing. Braden Snyder, threw over 210 yards with two touchdowns, both going to running Alek Bundy, who had 136 yards receiving, 52 yards rushing, and two touchdowns. Asher Bradd would follow with four receptions for 64 yards. Monticello's defense held out, getting huge stops in the games, as Byron went for 9-16 on 3rd down conversions along with 2-6 on 4th down.


Monticello won its first ever 3A Class Football State Final in history and making it Coach Cullen Welters 4th state title. Coach Welter along with Seniors Riley Austin, Braden Snyder, and Asher Bradd received medals at the end of the game honoring them for their efforts in winning the state final. 


Play of the Game: Late in the 4th quarter, with 2:05 left on the clock, Benn Carlson threw to Isacc Stickler where Alek Bundy intercepted the pass. 


Clinton Falls to Blue Ridge in Cerro Gordo Thanksgiving Tournament

The Clinton Maroons fell to Blue Ridge by a score of 46-35. The Maroons were led by Zeke Hickman with 15 points.


Blue Ridge was led by Nick Burrow with 20.


Clinton falls to 1-1 and Blue Ridge improves to 1-1.


UPDATE: IHSA State Boys Football Scores

Class 1A:


Forreston 44, Camp Point Central 6, F


Class 2A:


Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 35, Maroa-Forsyth 16, F


Class 3A:


Bryon 20, Monticello 24, F


Class 4A:


Elmhurst (IC Catholic) 31, Kankakee (McNamara) 21, F


Class 5A:


Joliet (Catholic Academy) 35, Montini 27, F


Class 6A:


Cary 35, Crete-Monee 13, F

Class 7A:


LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy) 31, St. Charles (North) 10, F


Class 8A:


Wilmette (Loyola Academy) 13, Chicago Brother Rice 3, F



Chase Daniel fills in, leads Bears to 23-16 win over Lions

Chase Daniel made the most of his chance to fill in for Mitchell Trubisky, having the best day of his journeyman career.


Daniel set career highs with 230 yards passing and two touchdowns to keep the Chicago Bears rolling with a 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday.


The NFC North-leading Bears (8-3) sealed their fifth straight victory with Kyle Fuller's interception in the end zone with a little more than a minute left.


Detroit (4-7) has lost four of five, plummeting to last place in the division.


Chicago broke a 16-16 tie on Eddie Jackson's 41-yard pick-6 with six minutes remaining. It was Jackson's second consecutive game with an interception returned for a touchdown. It's also the fifth career defensive touchdown for the 2017 fourth-round pick.


The Lions drove to the Bears 11 on the ensuing drive, but couldn't score because Matthew Stafford's pass to Michael Roberts was picked off by Fuller. Fuller's interception was the 20th of the season for the Bears.


The 32-year-old Daniel made his third career start and his first in nearly four years, replacing Trubisky, who was out with a shoulder injury.


He finished 27 of 37 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, setting career highs in each category. Daniel had a 10-yard touchdown pass to Taquan Mizzell in the second quarter and a 14-yard pass to Tarik Cohen in the fourth.


And unlike Stafford, he didn't make any costly mistakes.


Stafford was 28 of 38 for 236 yards with two interceptions.


Detroit became the first team to lead Chicago in a month when LeGarrette Blount ran for his first of two touchdowns early in the second quarter. Blount had 88 yards and the two touchdowns.


The Bears, though, were able to come back and go ahead thanks to their defense.


Cooper, Cowboys join Redskins atop NFC East with 31-23 win

Amari Cooper celebrated his first touchdown with a mock free throw before a 90-yard score that sent him to a Dallas Thanksgiving- record 180 yards receiving, and the Cowboys pulled even with Washington atop the division with a 31-23 win over the Redskins on Thursday.


Elliott ran for 121 yards with his TD and cash celebration as the Cowboys (6-5) won their third straight game since their first home loss, to Tennessee in the Dallas debut of Cooper. Dallas' eighth win in nine Thanksgiving games against Washington, and second in three years, earned a season split.


The Redskins (6-5) lost for the third time in four games in Colt McCoy's first start in four years coming off Alex Smith's season-ending leg injury.


The former Texas Longhorns star threw three interceptions to offset two touchdown passes. McCoy won his two previous starts at the home of the Cowboys, one for the 2009 Big 12 championship and the other his most recent NFL victory with the Redskins in 2014.


Cooper had 105 yards after the catch on his two touchdowns.


First, Cooper ran away from Quinton Dunbar after the Washington cornerback slipped on a short pass, turning it into a 40-yard TD for a 17-13 lead. Cooper celebrated by mimicking a free throw , shooting the football through the goal post.


On the 90-yarder, Cooper made the catch just outside the Dallas 30, spun out of the arms of Fabian Moreau and won the race to the pylon against former Alabama teammate Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who tried to shove him out of bounds around the 5.


McCoy looked as if he hadn't started a game in a long time early, throwing into double coverage on his first play and fumbling while trying to scramble on his third, with the Redskins recovering and punting.


But McCoy settled in with a couple of third-down passes to Jordan Reed to keep drives going, then hit Vernon Davis in stride on a 53-yard touchdown - the longest Washington completion of the season - for a 7-7 tie.


The Cowboys were having all the fun before the Redskins pulled even, with Elliott scoring on a 16-yard run and dropping $21 into a giant Salvation Army red kettle behind the end zone. The cash was handed to him by a team photographer.


As a rookie in 2016, Elliott jumped into the kettle on the same part of the field after a touchdown in a 31-26 win over the Redskins. That season's NFL rushing champion, who wears No. 21, was fined for the stunt and later donated $21,000 to the Salvation Army.


After scoring on a scrambling 5-yard run for the third Dallas touchdown in less than eight minutes and a 31-13 lead, Prescott let Elliott help him into another kettle on the other end of the field, drawing the same unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Elliott did two years ago.


Wade, Heat return to Chicago

When Dwyane Wade spent two weeks away from the team on paternity leave he saw from afar the various problems the Miami Heat are experiencing at consistently getting offense. He returned Tuesday and saw the issue first-hand.


On Friday, Wade will make his penultimate appearance in his native Chicago and the Heat hope to get their offense going when they visit the Bulls.


Wade is retiring after this season and so far a theme of his 14th full season with Miami is offensive issues during a season where high scores are the norm throughout the league. The Heat are averaging 108.3 points per game, which is 20th this season.


As teams routinely crack 120 points, the Heat have only achieved it three times and have been held to 95 points or less three times and under the century mark in four games.


The latest instance of Miami's struggles occurred Tuesday in a 104-92 loss to the Brooklyn Nets that pushed its home losing streak to five games. The Heat shot 36 percent and missed 15 of 19 shots in the fourth quarter when the Nets outscored them by a 30-15 margin.


As they prepared to face the Bulls, the Heat spent part of Wednesday's practice watching the ugly footage of the fourth quarter on film.


Miami heads to Chicago with the league's third-worst shooting percentage at 43.5, only ahead of Boston and Detroit. They shot under 40 percent for the fifth time this season and during a 1-6 slide since Nov. 7, Miami is averaging 103.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting.


Miami will attempt to get its offense going in Wade's hometown with a short-handed lineup. Tyler Johnson will miss the game with a strained right hamstring while Goran Dragic will sit with a right knee injury.


Johnson averages 11.4 points and Dragic averages 16.3. Both guards did not travel with the team for its weekend trip and will also sit out Sunday in Toronto.


Chicago's struggles on offense are similar to Miami's issues. The Bulls are 27th in points per game at 104.2 points and shoot 44.6 percent.


Chicago raised those figures slightly on Wednesday when it shot 56.8 percent and recorded a 124-116 home win over the Phoenix Suns. Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak where it averaged 92 points by producing its highest shooting percentage of the season and topping 120 points for the second time this season.


Zach LaVine scored 29 points after sitting out Saturday's blowout loss to Toronto with an illness. LaVine is averaging 25.5 points but before making 10 of 20 shots Wednesday, he shot 34.3 percent in his previous five games after getting 41 in New York on Nov. 5.


The Bulls will be seeking consecutive wins after Parker scored 20 points for the fourth time this season.


Miami won three of four meetings with Chicago last season and Wade enters the game 13 points shy of 1,000 for his career against the Bulls. Wade has at least 1,000 points against six different teams.


Xavier knocks off Illinois 83-74 in Maui

Quentin Goodin scored 15 points, Elias Harden added 14 and Xavier dominated the second half to beat Illinois 83-74 in the Maui Invitational seventh-place game on Wednesday night.


The Musketeers (3-3) lost in overtime to No. 8 Auburn and another close game to San Diego State in their first two Maui games. Xavier had 17 turnovers against Illinois' frenetic style of play, but made up for it by shooting 57 percent.


Naji Marshall had 13 points for the Musketeers.


The Illini (1-4) lost lopsided games against eventual champion Gonzaga and Iowa State to open the Maui Invitational, but held their own in the first half against Xavier. Illinois had trouble with the Musketeers' size inside, though, and was outscored 36-20 in the paint to allow Xavier to stretch the lead in the second half.


Redbirds Earn Fifth Place with Win Over Boise State

Illinois State won its second consecutive game in the Cayman Islands Classic on Wednesday afternoon, topping the Boise State Broncos 73-70 to earn fifth place in the eight-team tournament, as Milik Yarbrough was named to the All-Tournament Team.


Boise State jumped out quickly, as the hosts on the scoreboard pushed ahead to a 9-2 lead two minutes into the contest and trailed by as many as nine at 19-10 with 14 minutes to play in the opening period. The Redbirds went on an immediate 6-0 run on a pair of Phil Fayne baskets and a Keyshawn Evans lay-in to close the gap to 19-16. Boise State pushed back to a seven point lead at 30-23, before ISU countered with a 12-0 run, starting with a Zach Copeland jumper and ending on a Rey Idowu tip-in with 1:47 to play in the half, propelling ISU to a 36-35 halftime lead.


The teams traded baskets to open the second half, with Boise State taking its final lead of the game on its first possession of the second half as Illinois State ran off five straight points on a jumper by Milik Yarbrough and a three-pointer by Evans, and the Redbirds didn't trail again in the contest. A Yarbrough three-point play put ISU ahead by a dozen with 7:25 remaining in the contest. The Broncos closed to within as few as two down the stretch but could not overcome the deficit as the Redbirds held on to improve to 4-2 on the year.


Parker shines as Bulls beat Suns 124-116

Jabari Parker had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 124-116 on Wednesday night to stop a four-game slide.


Chicago shot a season-high 56.8 percent from the field and placed six players in double figures in just its third win in its last 12 games. Zach LaVine scored 29 points after missing Saturday night's loss to Toronto due to an illness, and Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 14.


Phoenix lost for the seventh time in its last eight games. Devin Booker scored 23 points, T.J. Warren had 21 and Deandre Ayton added 18 points and 12 rebounds.


Jamal Crawford's pullup jumper for the Suns tied it at 97 with 10:54 left, but the Bulls responded with a 10-0 run. Parker had a driving dunk before Antonio Blakeney capped the decisive sequence with a jumper with 7:27 remaining.


Phoenix pulled within three on Warren's 3-pointer with 1:27 to go, but Arcidiacono found Wendell Carter Jr. for a layup and LaVine made two foul shots to help close it out.


Carter and Blakeney also had 14 points apiece for Chicago, which improved to 1-6 against Western Conference teams this season. Justin Holiday made three of the Bulls' 11 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.


Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky listed as doubtful vs Lions

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was listed as doubtful Wednesday for the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit against the Lions.


Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's 25-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.


If he can't play, the Bears will turn to backup Chase Daniel, who has not started or played extensively in an NFL game since 2014.


At 32, Daniel is the oldest player on the Chicago roster and hasn't thrown more than two passes in a season since 2014 in Kansas City. He does have extensive knowledge of the Bears' offensive system run by former Chiefs assistant and current Chicago head coach Matt Nagy.


Earlier this week, Chicago offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said he saw no reason for play-calling to be altered should Daniel play.


"They're not that significantly different," Helfrich said. "Certainly, you're going to tailor things to one person or another absolutely, but within the same structure. We're not going to change the offense if something happens. You can't do that."


The Bears (7-3) have won four straight games. Detroit (4-6) is coming off a win over Carolina after three straight losses.


Hickey leaving Cubs after 1 season as pitching coach

im Hickey is leaving the Chicago Cubs after one season as the team's pitching coach.

The Cubs say Hickey stepped down for personal reasons.


Chicago's uncertain situation with its coaching staff could affect its search for a replacement for the respected Hickey. Manager Joe Maddon is entering the final year of his contract, and Epstein has said the club will not be offering an extension before the start of the 2019 season.


In Hickey's one season with the organization, Chicago ranked third in the majors with a 3.65 team ERA. The Cubs went 95-68 and lost to Colorado in the NL wild-card game.


Hickey was hired a year ago to replace Chris Bosio. Hickey also has been a pitching coach with Houston and Tampa Bay.


Bears could be without Trubisky vs. Lions

Chicago could be without quarterback Mitchell Trubisky when the first-place Bears visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.


The Bears reported Monday evening that Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury in Sunday night's 25-20 victory over Minnesota, which gave Chicago a 1 1/2-game lead over the Vikings in the NFC North. Detroit (4-6) is last, one-half game behind Green Bay (4-5-1).


If Trubisky cannot go, Chase Daniel will get the start. Daniel, 32, is a career backup who began his career with New Orleans in 2010 and has completed 65.4 percent of his 78 passes with one touchdown and one interception.


Nagy is still holding out hope Trubisky could start, and it will ultimately be a game-time decision.

Trubisky suffered the injury when he was hit late by Minnesota's Harrison Smith on the left shoulder after giving himself up by sliding, and at the time had his right shoulder pressed against the ground under his body weight.


Daniel has more urgency than usual in a week when Chicago didn't really hold an official extensive practice. They had walkthroughs Monday and Tuesday.


Daniel hasn't had more than two throws in a season since he was with Kansas City in 2014. But he has extensive knowledge of the offensive system after being in it from 2013-15 while Nagy was quarterbacks coach with Kansas City.


Trubisky was 23 of 30 passing for a career-high 355 yards with three touchdown passes in a 34-22 victory over Detroit on Nov. 11, ending a three-game losing streak versus the Lions. The clubs have split 16 Thanksgiving meetings with Detroit starting its tradition of playing on Thanksgiving in 1934, when Chicago prevailed 19-16.


The Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a 20-19 victory over Carolina on Sunday -- surviving a two-point conversion attempt with 1:07 remaining -- and remain in must-win mode.

Detroit must move forward, though, without rookie running back Kerryon Johnson (team-high 641 rushing yards, three touchdowns). The second-round pick out of Auburn sprained his left knee against the Panthers and is week-to-week.


Detroit will try to patch together a running game with LeGarrett Blount, who is averaging a career-low 2.3 yards per carry and is on pace for his worst rushing season since 2012. Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner are other options.


The Lions have shored up their run defense, which ranked last in the NFL in the first half of the season, allowing an average of 142.5 yards. In games against the Bears and Panthers in the last two weeks, they've given up a total of 110 yards on the ground.


Monticello Sages rallys in 2nd half, beating Pleasant Plains 57-47

Monticello kept close in the first half trailing by one, as Benton Singleton put up 17 points helping the Sages rally in the second half winning 57-47.


Singleton finished the game with a double-double, having 17 points and 18 rebounds. Singleton was also 100 percent from the free throw line shooting 9-9. Ethan Jones chipped in 13 points to help the Sages get a victory along with Garrett Kepley with 8 points. 


Pleasant Plains put up no more than 9 points in its first three quarters. They were able to get 22 points in the 4th quarter, but it wouldn't be enough to earn a victory. Chase Schmitt and Justin Guernsey tied for most points with 13. Gage Bartos and Nick Savage would tie in points with 7.


The big difference in stats between the two teams was in free throws as Monticello kept theirs above 75 percent (14-18) as Pleasant Plains barely got theirs above 50 percent (11-21).


This was the first game for both teams, with Monticello improving to 1-0, and Pleasant Plains 0-1.


Catch the next game as Monticello will play home against Riverton on November 27 at 7 pm. Tune into 95.9 FM WEZC or stream at dewittdailynews.com


Clinton Maroons Win Season Opener

In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Heyworth Hornets by a score of 59-54 on Tuesday night at the Cerro Gordo Thanksgiving Tournament. Clinton was led by Ben Nelson with 21 points. Matthew Overton also chipped in with 15.


Heyworth was led by Colin McCubbins with 15 and Alex Cilento added 12.


With the win, Clinton improves to 1-0 on the season.


Tune in Monday, November 26, as the Lady Maroons take on Tolono Unity. 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 State Football Championship Match-ups

Forreston (11-2) vs. Camp Point (Central) (12-1) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Fri., Nov. 23, 10:00 am

Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) (13-0) vs. Maroa (M.-Forsyth) (13-0) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Fri., Nov. 23, 1:00 pm

Byron (13-0) vs. Monticello (13-0) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Fri., Nov. 23, 4:00 pm

Elmhurst (IC Catholic) (13-0) vs. Kankakee (McNamara) (12-1) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Fri., Nov. 23, 7:00 pm

Lombard (Montini) (12-1) vs. Joliet (Catholic Academy) (9-4) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Sat., Nov. 24, 10:00 am

Cary (C.-Grove) (13-0) vs. Crete (C.-Monee) (10-3) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Sat., Nov. 24, 1:00 pm

LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy) (12-1) vs. St. Charles (North) (10-3) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Sat., Nov. 24, 4:00 pm

Chicago (Brother Rice) (13-0) vs. Wilmette (Loyola Academy) (10-3) at Champaign (Memorial Stadium) Sat., Nov. 24, 7:00 pm


No. 21 Missouri women beat SIU-Edwardsville 59-36

Sophie Cunningham had 14 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 21 Missouri past SIU-Edwardsville 59-36 on Monday night.


In the second half, Cunningham moved into sixth in program history with 1,626 points.

Amber Smith and Grace Berg each added 10 points for Missouri (3-1). The Tigers made 13 of 18 free throws compared to SIUE's seven attempts.


The Tigers led 27-17 at halftime and Cunningham secured her ninth career double-double in the third quarter as they led 40-23.


Coach Robin Pingeton won her 150th game at Missouri, which allowed its fewest points since a 55-35 victory over Nebraska on Nov. 14, 2016.


Sydney Bauman had 12 points and eight rebounds for SIUE (2-1). The Cougars shot 28 percent from the floor, turned it over 19 times and were outscored 32-14 in the paint.


Lady Sages fall to Trojans 61-25

The tables turned on the Lady Sages after their win from LeRoy last week 60-25. The turn out for their game against Charleston Trojans, that there is still work to be made, as the Lady Sages lost 61-25.


Coach Beery said he was proud of his Lady Sages playing with a tough team. He said it gave them a good look on where they stand right now. Lady Sages struggled to get offensive plays started as Charleston was in full court press most of the game. Monticello just put up 7 in the 1st quarter then just 4 in the 2nd. Sages did come firing away in the 2nd half playing zone defense trapping Charleston on a couple of plays. The Sages then put up 11 in the 3rd quarter and 3 in the 4th making the final score for the Sages 25. Olivia Swanson led the Sages with points with three 2's along with Cloe Clark who had a 3-pointer early in the 1st quarter then a free throw early in the 3rd quarter. 


Charleston put pressure all game long as they would be able to make fast break transitions up and down the court on turnovers from the Sages. Trojans put up 22 in just the 1st quarter then 25 in the 2nd quarter. Monticello switched up defenses slowing the Trojans down, holding them to just 8 points in the 3rd quarter then 6 in the 4th quarter. To lead the Trojans in points was Shae Littleford with 17 points. She was followed by Elizabeth Buecher with 13 points and Bernie Jackson with 11 points.


This game would make it Monticello's first loss of the season, as Charleston continued to a 5-0 record. 


Next game for the Sages is at Mt. Zion on November 27th, at 7:30 pm. 


Play of the Game: Lexi Fisher getting a steal in the 2nd half, tipping and pushing the ball towards Rennie Fultz getting her to shoot and draw a foul. 




WEZC 95.9 To Broadcast Monticello Football State Championship Game

The Monticello Sages football team take their perfect 13-and-oh record into Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on Friday afternoon at 4, when they play 13-and-oh Byron in the Illinois High School Association Class 3-A State Championship game.

WEZC 95-point-9, the Voice of the Sages, will provide live coverage starting at 3:50.  WEZC will also stream the game live at dewittdailynews-dot-com.

Monticello defeated a strong Carlinville team last Saturday 40 to 14 to advance to the Class 3-A State Football Championship.


Blackhawks beat Wild 3-1

Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad scored first-period goals, Corey Crawford made 39 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Sunday night.


Dominik Kahun added an empty-netter with 58.5 second left as the Blackhawks improved to 2-2-2 under coach Jeremy Colliton, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6. Patrick Kane had two assists for Chicago, 2-0-1 in its last three games.


Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, which lost its second straight game and for the third time in four games. The Wild controlled the game after Parise's goal made it 2-1 midway through the second, but Crawford was sharp and preserved the lead.


Backup Alex Stalock stopped 25 shots for Minnesota as usual starter Devan Dubnyk got the night off in the second of back-to-back games.


Parise has six goals in his last nine games and has scored in two straight. His goal in a 3-2 loss to Buffalo on Saturday was the 341st of his career and made him the highest-scoring Minnesota-born NHL player.


Wild forward Marcus Foligno left the game at 7:13 of the second period after getting hit in the right leg by a shot by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. Foligno crumpled to the ice and had to be helped off.

Chicago took a 2-0 lead in the first period.


Toews opened the scoring 8:26 in with a power-play tip-in from the left edge of the crease. Toews slipped past Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, then Kane threaded a pinpoint pass from the right circle across the front of the crease to the blade of Toews' stick.


Saad made it 2-0 with 2:31 left in the period. When Dumba couldn't handle a wobbling puck near left wing boards, Saad powered past, drove to the net, cut across the crease and beat Stalock with a backhander.


Parked in front of the net, Parise deflected Mikko Koivu's feed form the right corner for power-play goal at 7:56 of the second to cut it to 2-1.


The Wild dominated the rest of the period, pinning Chicago in its end for stretches and forcing Crawford to make several tough, close-in saves to maintain the lead. Eric Staal shot wide when he slipped in alone midway through the period.


Crawford was tested again in the third, as Minnesota outshot Chicago 14-5.


Bears beat Vikings 25-20

No doubt about it now, the Bears really are serious about winning the NFC North.


Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown and Chicago tightened its grip on the division with a 25-20 victory over the second-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.


Mack and Jackson led a dominant effort by the defense. And Chicago (7-3) took a big step toward its first division championship since 2010.


The Bears won their fourth in a row, their longest streak since a six-game run in 2012. Chicago finished 10-6 that year, missed the playoffs and fired coach Lovie Smith after that season.


The Monsters of the Midway simply dominated Minnesota on Sunday, taking out the defending division champions after beating three struggling teams - the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.


The Bears also have victories the past two weeks over NFC North opponents after dropping 10 in a row against division foes.


Chicago suffocated the Vikings (5-4-1), with big advantages in total yards (308-268) and time of possession (34:29-25:31) even though quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had his difficulties.


The Bears were leading by eight midway through the fourth quarter when Jackson picked off a pass from Kirk Cousins that was intended for Laquon Treadwell. His 27-yard TD return and a 2-point conversion pass from Trubisky to Adam Shaheen made it 22-6.


Cousins then threw a 13-yard TD to Aldrick Robsinon and a 2-point conversion to Adam Thielen, making it 22-14. But Cody Parkey kicked to 48-yard field goal with 2:48 left. And the Bears hung on from there.


Trubisky was 20 of 31 for 165 yards and a touchdown. But he was intercepted two times by Anthony Harris.


Parkey shook off a performance unlike any other by making all three of his field goal attempts. It was a big improvement over the previous week, when he hit uprights four times while missing two field goals and two extra points against Detroit.


Cousins was consistently under pressure and finished 30 of 46 for 262 yards. He threw two touchdowns in the final 4:51 and got intercepted two times.


Stefon Diggs had 13 catches for 126 yards and a TD. But the Vikings came up short after winning four of five.


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, and the rest 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 had 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 4 pm  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.


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