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HS BBB: Rantoul Races Past Monticello

The Rantoul Eagles used a three-point barrage in the third quarter to blow past Monticello 68-54 in Illini Prairie Conference action from Rantoul High School Tuesday night.

 

Rantoul drained 6-of-8 three-point attempts in the third quarter and outscored Monticello 21-11 to open up a 55-30 lead.

 

Hayden Cargo hit four three during the outburst. He led all scorers with 16 points. The Eagles had three scorers in double-figures as Jimmy Nixon added 15 points despite leaving in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Kamrynn Rome added 14 points.

 

Monticello fell behind early 13-4 before cutting it to a 17-15 deficit with 26-seconds left in the first quarter but Nixon hit a three from the right wing with pressure in his face to end the quarter and give Rantoul at 20-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

 

They got within one at 26-25 with 3:52 to play in the second quarter but that would be the closest they would get, trailing by 19-points in the fourth quarter.

 

Alek Bundy converted a pair of three-point plays late in the fourth quarter to bring the Sages within 10 but it was too little too late at that point.

 

Bundy and David Alexander each scored 13 points for Monticello in their first conference loss of the season.

 

Ben Singleton added eight points and pulled down a game-high ten rebounds.

 

With the win, Rantoul remains undefeated in Illini Prairie action at 3-0 and improves to 9-11 overall.

 

The Sages suffer their first conference loss (1-1) with a four-game winning streak coming to an end. They drop to 15-4 overall.

 

The Sages return to action Friday night with a trip to Pontiac. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

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Lady Maroons Defeat Shelbyville, To Play for CIC Tournament Consolation Championship

The Clinton Lady Maroons beat Shelbyville 41-30 at the Central Illinois Conference tournament Tuesday night from Decatur St. Teresa High School, advancing to Thursday night's consolation championship game. 

 

Warrensburg-Latham beat Meridian 49-30 to advance to the consolation championship and face the Lady Maroons for a 7:30 pm tip.

 

Hear Thursday's action on 92.3 FM, 106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

Tonight in the winner's bracket of the girls CIC tournament, Sullivan and Tuscola tip at 6 pm to be followed by Decatur St. Teresa and Central A&M at 7:30 pm. 

 

The winner's bracket concluded Friday night with the third place game at 6 pm to be followed by the championship at 7:30 pm. 

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Blackhawks Outlast Islanders in Shootout

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in a shootout to send Chicago to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders that ended New York's five-game winning streak Tuesday night.

 

Toews scored on a backhander and Kane beat Robin Lehner between the pads after nearly pulling to a stop. Chicago goalie Cam Ward denied Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal to give the Blackhawks their second straight victory following a five-game slide.

 

Toews scored a power-play goal in regulation, and Kane had an assist to stretch his point streak to nine games.

 

The output wasn't as showy as in Sunday's 8-5 win over Washington when Toews had three goals and two assists and Kane had two goals and three assists. But the duo delivered big-time when needed against surging New York.

 

Chicago's Dylan Strome also had a power-play goal, connecting during a 5-on-3 advantage at 6:05 of the second period to end the Islanders' shutout streak at 158 minutes, 58 seconds.

 

Ward stopped 34 shots through overtime. Alex DeBrincat had two assists to help Chicago's power play connect for the ninth straight game.

 

Valtteri Filppula and Barzal scored in regulation as the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders lost for just the third time in 15 games.

 

The Blackhawks are at the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 1 to start a three-game road trip following the All-Star break and their bye week. The Blackhawks don't play at home again until Feb. 7 against Vancouver.

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Mariano First Unanimous Hall of Fame Selection in Baseball History

The Baseball Writers Association of America has officially released its 2019 Hall of Fame voting results. As expected, four players will be inducted into Cooperstown this July: pitchers Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, as well as designated hitter Edgar Martinez.

 

Rivera's legacy is that of the best reliever of all time as well as the first player to ever receive 100 percent of the vote. He finished his 19-year career with 652 saves, 13 All-Star Game appearances, five Rolaids Relief Awards, five World Series titles, and MVP Awards from an All-Star Game, ALCS, and World Series. Rivera was as dominant, reliable, and likable as any pitcher we've seen. This was Rivera's first year on the ballot.

 

Halladay's induction will, unfortunately, be of the posthumous sort after he died in a plane crash in November 2017. During a 16-year career, he won two Cy Young Awards and received the nod in eight All-Star Games. He also won 203 games and figures to be remembered as one of the last true workhorses thanks in part to his 250-inning season in 2010. As with Rivera, this was Halladay's first year on the ballot. He received 85.4 percent of the votes.

 

Mussina never won a Cy Young Award, but he did claim seven Gold Gloves and make five All-Star Games during his 18-year career. He won 270 games and finished with more than 3,500 career innings.  He received 76.7 percent of the votes.

 

Martinez earned entrance on his 10th and final try after facing a long road thanks to his association as a DH. Martinez was a seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger who also won a pair of batting titles. He hit .312/.418/.515 (147 OPS+) with 309 home runs over parts of 18 seasons. He too received 85.4 percent of the votes.

 

Curt Schilling (60.9 percent), Roger Clemens (59.5), and Barry Bonds (59.1) received the highest percentages of anyone not elected.

 

Larry Walker (54.6 percent) was the only other person to appear on more than half the ballots. He'll enter this final year on the ballot needing a similar year-to-year gain to make it into the Hall.

 

Manny Ramirez (22.8 percent), Scott Rolen (17.2), Gary Sheffield (13.6), Andy Pettitte (9.9), Sammy Sosa (8.5 percent), and Andruw Jones (7.5) each will remain on the ballot.

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UPDATED: Clinton Girls Lose To Tuscola At CIC Tournament

Scores from the first round of the girls Central Illinois Conference from Decatur St. Teresa:

 

No 1 Sullivan 54

No 8 Shelbyville 23

 

No 4 Clinton 38

No 5 Tuscola 43

 

No 2 Decatur St Teresa 68

No 7 Meridian 48

 

No 3 Central A&M 56

No 6 Warrensburg-Latham 25

 

The Lady Maroons will take on Shelbyville tonight from St. Teresa High School. The winner moves on to the consolation championship game Thursday night at 7:30 pm while the loser will play Thursday night at 6 pm.

 

Hear Thursday night's matchup on 92.3 FM, 106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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Monticello Hits Road For Illini Prairie Conference Game At Rantoul

The Monticello Sages boys basketball team will begin their week with a trip to Rantoul High School tonight for an Illini Prairie Conference matchup.

 

The Sages are coming off a 61-55 win Friday night over Prairie Central in a game that was moved up because of the incoming winter snow storm.

 

Their matchup Saturday night with Meridian was moved to February 2 at 6 pm.

 

Monticello and Rantoul matched up in a non-conference game at Monticello High School in mid-December with the Sages winning 52-49. 

 

Rantoul has started their conference slate 2-0 and are 8-11 overall.

 

Monticello is 15-3 and 1-0 in the conference. They are winners of four in a row and have won seven of nine since Christmas. 

 

Game time tonight from Rantoul can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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Bulls Lose on MLK Day; Deal For Anthony, Plan To Waive Him

Zach LaVine scored 25 points and the Chicago Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-88 Monday in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA.

 

Chicago (11-36) never trailed and has won all three games this season against Cleveland (9-39), which has lost 16 of 17 overall.

 

The Bulls hit 15 of 29 3-pointers and built a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter. The won for the first time since Dec 28 against Washington.

 

Bobby Portis had 15 points while Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn each added 13 for the Bulls, who have rolled to two lopsided wins at Cleveland in less than a month.

 

The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 99-98 in Chicago on Nov. 10 and routed Cleveland 112-92 on Dec. 23 at Quicken Loans Arena.

 

Rookie Collin Sexton scored 18 points and Ante Zizic, who is seeing playing time because of injuries in Cleveland's frontcourt, had 13.

 

Chicago hit 12 of 22 shots in the first quarter and built a 15-point lead late in the period. Cleveland cut into the margin and trailed by six at halftime before the Bulls regained control by making five 3-pointers in the third quarter.

 

The Bulls host Atlanta on Wednesday.

 

>>Bulls To Trade For F Anthony With Plans To Cut Him

 

The Houston Rockets have finally found a new home for Carmelo Anthony.

 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets have traded the 10-time All-Star along with cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls.

 

Chicago plans on waiving him after acquiring him, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

 

The Rockets have been searching for a trade partner for the 34-year-old forward for over two months. Anthony hadn't played in a game since a Nov. 8 loss to his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Blues Fall To Kings

The LA Kings rallied for a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday and are 3-1-1 in their last five games. Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots to earn his 302nd NHL victory, which is fourth-best among U.S.-born goaltenders.

 

The game was tied at 3 before Paul LaDue scored midway through the third period. The defenseman, who was playing in only his 15th game this season and first since Dec. 29, snapped a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle past Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington for his second goal of the season.

 

Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist while Brendan Leipsic had two assists. Drew Doughty also scored for Los Angeles, which is 2-0 against St. Louis this season.

 

Mackenzie MacEachern, Oskar Sundqvist and Ryan O'Reilly scored for St. Louis, which had won seven of its previous 11 road games. Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev both had two assists, and Binnington made 25 saves.

 

The Blues travel to Anaheim on Wednesday for their final game before the All-Star break.

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Tennessee College Basketball's New No. 1

For just the second time in program history, Tennessee is the No. 1 team in men's college basketball. Rick Barnes' 16-1 Volunteers are reigning supreme after what was a turbulent week in college hoops and are the top team in the AP Top 25 Poll. 

 

Duke went 1-1, yet only drops from No. 1 to No. 2, as the Blue Devils' home win against Virginia on Saturday kept them in good standing despite losing in overtime to unranked Syracuse hours after last week's poll published.

 

Virginia kept good footing at No. 3, while Gonzaga and Michigan are fourth and fifth. Michigan and Virginia were the final two undefeated teams, but both took losses on Saturday. The Michigan State Spartans check in at No. 6.

 

 

For the eighth time since the preseason, we have a changing of the guard at the No. 1 spot in college basketball's USA Today Coaches Poll. It's your time to shine, Tennessee.

 

The Volunteers moved up two spots to assume the top spot for the first time this season, jumping previous No. 1 Virginia, which lost Saturday at No. 2 Duke, as well as No. 2 Duke, which lost last Monday on its home court against unranked Syracuse. Tennessee (16-1, 5-0 SEC) received 30 of 32 first-place votes, using wins over Arkansas and Alabama this week to take control atop the latest rankings. Tennessee now owns a 12-game winning streak -- the longest in program history since 1977.

 

Duke is the only other program that received first-place votes in the Coaches Poll. It received two first-place votes and held steady at No. 2 in the rankings this week on the heels of a 72-70 win over last week's No. 1, Virginia.

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Clinton Girls Open CIC Tourney Play This Afternoon

The Clinton Lady Maroons basketball squad opens Central Illinois Conference tournament play this afternoon from Decatur St. Teresa High School.

 

Saturday's winter storm postponed the start of the tournament to today with schools out in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 

The Lady Maroons take on Tuscola at 4:30 pm today as the fourth seed in the tournament. The winner advances to take on either top-seeded Sullivan or eighth-seeded Shelbyville.

 

If the Lady Maroons win, they play Wednesday at 6 pm. If they lose they play tomorrow night at 6 pm.

 

No matter the outcome, WHOW and dewittdailynews.com will carry their next game in the tournament. Hear it all on 92.3 FM, 106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Iowa Blows Out Illinois

Freshman Joe Wieskamp matched a career high with 24 points and No. 23 Iowa shot 68 percent from the field in routing Illinois 95-71 on Sunday for its fifth straight victory.

 

Isaiah Moss scored a season-high 21 points and Luka Garza added 20 for the Hawkeyes (16-3, 5-3 Big Ten), who shot 34 of 50 from the field to set a record for Carver-Hawkeye Arena. They hit 12 of their first 14 3-point attempts and 15 overall to blow past the young but talented Fighting Illini (5-13, 1-6).

 

Iowa shot 68.4 percent in the first half to jump ahead 39-24. Moss, Jordan Bohannon and Wieskamp then buried consecutive 3s to open the second half, and Moss capped that blistering run with a contested 3 near the Iowa bench to make it a 68-45 game.

 

Wieskamp and Moss combined to go 10 for 10 on 3s during that stretch.

 

Ayo Dosunmu scored 15 points for Illinois. The Illini forced 15 turnovers, but they also let the Hawkeyes get tons of easy looks on 3s.

 

Illinois plays Wisconsin — fresh off a season-changing win over No. 2 Michigan — in Champaign on Wednesday.

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Bradley Rallies Past Southern Illinois

Darrell Brown scored 16 points, hitting two key baskets down the stretch, and Bradley survived two missing 3-point attempts in the closing seconds to beat Southern Illinois 57-54 on Sunday.

 

Brown hit a shot-clocking beating 3-pointer with 1:17 to play to give the Braves a 54-50 lead and a jumper with a half-minute left to make it 56-52.

 

Aaron Cook made a layup for the Salukis with 21 seconds to go but after Luqman Lund made just 1 of 2 free throws with 19 seconds left, Southern Illinois had a chance. Neither of the final two shots were close.

 

Neither team led by more than eight points nor shot 40 percent.

 

Elijah Childs added 12 points for the Braves (9-10, 1-5 Missouri Valley Conference), who ended a five-game losing streak.

 

Armon Fletcher had 13 points and Cook 12 for the Salukis (9-10, 2-4), who have lost four straight.

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Blackhawks Blast Caps

Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists, Patrick Kane added two goals and three assists, and the Blackhawks handed the Washington Capitals their season-high fifth consecutive loss with an 8-5 victory on Sunday.

 

Brandon Saad and Alex DeBrincat also scored and Dylan Strome added an empty-netter as last-place Chicago stopped its own five-game slide. Collin Delia made 34 saves, including impressive stops on John Carlson and Tom Wilson in the second.

 

Washington's defensemen accounted for each of its five goals while star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov were kept off the scoresheet. Carlson scored twice, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen each had a goal and an assist, and Brooks Orpik got his second of the season.

 

The Blackhawks host the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

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Pacers Roll Past Hornets

Victor Oladipo scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, Darren Collison finished with 19 points and nine assists and surging Indiana pulled away from the Charlotte Hornets 120-95 on Sunday for their fourth win in five games.

 

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 23 points but didn't get enough from a supporting cast that was held in check. Malik Monk finished with 11 points off the bench while Bismack Biyombo and Jeremy Lamb each scored 10 as the Hornets' three-game winning streak ended.

 

It didn't take long for the Pacers to start pulling away as Collison scored 11 in the first quarter to help the Pacers jump to a 32-16 lead.

 

Charlotte fought back with a 12-2 spurt to get within 34-28.

 

Then Indiana reasserted itself by rebuilding a 45-32 lead, extending the margin to 17 and fending off the Hornets' second-half charges thanks largely to Oladipo.

 

When Miles Bridges made his second straight 3 late in the third to get Charlotte within 77-71, Oladipo answered with a 16-foot pull-up jumper to start a 7-0 run. Indiana sealed it when Tyreke Evans scored five points in another 7-0 run, which made it 99-81 with 6:46 left.

 

Myles Turner had nine points, all on 3s, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16. Evans had 14.

 

The Pacers will try to avoid a three-game season sweep when Toronto visits Wednesday.

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Rams, Pats Advance To Super Bowl; Bears Add To Coaching Staff

After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday - an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.

 

Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis well before the pass arrived inside the 5, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz's 31-yard field goal that made it 23-20 with 1:41 left in regulation.

 

After the no-call, Jared Goff had enough time to lead the Rams down the field for Zuerlein's tying field goal, a 48-yarder with 15 seconds remaining.

 

New Orleans won the coin toss and got the ball first in overtime. But, with Dante Fowler Jr. in his face and striking his arm, Drew Brees fluttered up a pass that was picked off by John Johnson III, who was able to hang on to the interception while stumbling backward.

 

The Rams weren't able to do much offensively, but it didn't matter. Zuerlein booted through the winning field goal from just inside midfield with plenty of room to spare. The NFL said it the longest game-winning kick in playoff history.

 

Tom Brady blew through Kansas City's exhausted defense on a 75-yard drive to Rex Burkhead's 2-yard touchdown run in a 37-31 victory Sunday for the AFC championship.

 

The drive, during which New England (13-5) had three third-down conversions, was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago.

 

Brady was 30 of 46 for 348 yards.

 

Brady, at 41 already the oldest quarterback to have played in a Super Bowl, drove New England 65 yards in 1:24 to Burkhead's go-ahead 4-yard touchdown with 39 seconds left in regulation. That was enough, though, for his far younger counterpart, the 23-year-old All-Pro Mahomes, to take the Chiefs 48 yards to Harrison Butker's 39-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to force overtime.

 

Mahomes finished 16 of 31 for 295 yards and three touchdowns.

 

The Patriots head to Atlanta to play the Rams in the Super Bowl.

 

>>Bears Add Former Steeler To Coach Defensive Backs

 

The Chicago Bears have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend as defensive backs coach.

 

Townsend played on two Super Bowl championship teams with Pittsburgh and has spent eight years on NFL and college staffs. He was the New York Giants' assistant defensive backs coach this season.

 

Townsend will work with two All-Pros in safety Eddie Jackson and cornerback Kyle Fuller. He replaces Ed Donatell, who joined Vic Fangio's staff in Denver as defensive coordinator after getting passed over by the Bears in favor of Chuck Pagano. Chicago went 12-4 to win the NFC North and made its first playoff appearance since 2010 in coach Matt Nagy's first season.

 

The Bears also hired Ronell Williams as defensive quality control coach on Friday.

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Clinton Wins over Sullivan

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Sullivan Redskins by a score of 47-42 on Friday night. Matthew Overton led the Maroons with 17 points.

 

Sullivan was led by Caden Ellis with 23 points.

 

With the win, the Maroons improve to 8-12 overall and 2-2 in conference action. Sullivan falls to 3-16 on the season and 0-4 in the CIC.

 

The next Clinton broadcast will be from the CIC Tournament on Saturday, January 26. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and on the WHOW app.

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Monticello Holds Off Prairie Central

Monticello did just enough to hold off Prairie Central 61-55 in the Illini Prairie Conference opener from Monticello High School Friday night.

 

While managing to shoot just 43-percent from the floor, 5-for-17 from three and 20-for-37 from the free throw line, the Sages offensive performance was inconsistent throughout the night, struggling to gain any momentum.

 

Monticello was outrebounded 38-35, however, they did pull down 15 offensive rebounds which led to 17 second chance points.

 

The Sages had three players score in double-figures. Devin Graham led the Sages with 14 points. Ben Singleton had a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds. Ethan Johns added 12 points. Graham dished out eight assists and pulled down six rebounds.

 

The Hawks had four players score in double-figures. Kaden King had 13 points. Jake Bechtold and Jake Crane scored 11 points. Trey Bazzell added ten points. Bachtold pulled down nine rebounds, Crane eight boards and Kind six rebounds.

 

Monticello improves to 15-3 overall and Prairie Central drops to 9-10.

 

Tomorrow night’s game against Meridian has been rescheduled to February 2 at 6 pm.

 

The Sages will be on the road next Tuesday when they travel to Rantoul. Tip time from Rantoul is 7 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

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UP0DATED: Monticello Changes Game Time For Friday Basketball Game vs Prairie Central; Saturday's Game Rescheduled

Tonight's Illini Prairie Conference game between Monticello and Prairie Central will be played at 6 pm and will be a varsity game only.

 

Hear tonight's contest with the new start time of 6 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

Additionally, tomorrow night's boy's basketball game against Meridian has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 2 at 6 pm. 

 

Around noon Friday, the school announced all Saturday and Sunday activities would be canceled. Those include:

 

 Monticello Middle School boys basketball regionals, varsity wrestling, middle school volleyball, freshman boys basketball, girls JV basketball, girls varsity basketball, open gyms, youth basketball, travel baseball and softball, spring musical rehearsal, rec volleyball and open gyms with Coach Chris Jones.

 

Additionally, all district buildings would be closed.

 

The school will re-open Monday as scheduled. 

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Maroons Host Sullivan

The Clinton Maroons will try to continue their momentum tonight when they play host to the Sullivan Redskins in Central Illinois Conference boys basketball action from Clinton High School.

 

The Maroons beat Decatur St. Teresa 58-54 Tuesday night on the road. The Redskins come into action tonight 3-15 overall and are winless in the CIC.

 

The Maroons victory over the Bulldogs improved their record to 7-12 and it was their first conference victory of the season.

 

Game time tonight from Clinton High School is 7:30 pm. Hear the action on 92.3 FM, 106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Monticello Opens Illini Prairie Action Tonight

The Monticello Sages will play host to Prairie Central in the opener of the Illini Prairie Conference.

 

The Sages are coming off a 50-43 win over Georgetown Notre Dame de Lasette.

 

After tonight's home game, the Sages hit the road for three straight road games starting with a non-conference matchup tomorrow night at Meridian.

 

Monticello is 13-3 while Prairie Central is 9-9.

 

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

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Bulls, Pacers Lose Thursday

>>Nuggets Bag Bulls

 

Jamal Murray scored 22 of his 25 points in the third quarter, Nikola Jokic finished two rebounds shy of another triple-double and the Nuggets cruised past Chicago 135-105 on Thursday night for their 12th straight home win over the Bulls.

 

On Tuesday, the Nuggets were drubbed 142-111 by Golden State in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

 

Jokic did a little bit of everything, finishing with 18 points and 11 assists. 

 

Lauri Markkanen scored 27 as his team that finished up a fruitless five-game trip. 

 

Rookie C Wendell Carter Jr. was ruled out with a sprained left thumb. He's day to day. Zach LaVine was held to eight points, well below his average of 23.2.

 

The Bulls host Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Saturday.

 

>>Sixers Down Pacers

 

Joel Embiid had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists Thursday night to lead the Sixers to their seventh win in nine games, a 120-96 blowout of the Indiana Pacers.

 

Jimmy Butler added 27 points and eight assists as Philadelphia shot 53 percent and finished with 38 assists, the most by an Indiana opponent this season.

Ben Simmons (eight assists), J.J. Redick (five) and T.J. McConnell (five) also showed their passing prowess.

 

Redick contributed 20 points. Indiana's starting backcourt of Darren Collison and All-Star Victor Oladipo was limited to 21 combined points on 9-of-30 shooting.

 

What had been a competitive game turned into a rout in the third quarter. The 76ers led 28-25 after the first quarter and 54-48 at halftime, but a quick 8-0 run put them up 66-55 and prompted Pacers coach Nate McMillan to call timeout. Redick hit two 3-pointers assisted by handoffs from Embiid, and Embiid scored in the lane during the burst.

 

T.J. McConnell's driving bank shot in the final seconds of the quarter pushed the lead to 15 for the first time. Philadelphia carried that 86-71 advantage to the fourth.

 

Redick's sixth 3 made it an 18-point lead. Indiana replied with a 10-0 run, but back-to-back 3s from Embiid and his backup, Mike Muscala, quieted the crowd and forced yet another Indiana timeout.

Muscala had 11 points and seven rebounds.

 

Indiana, held to 40 percent shooting, never challenged again. Ex-Sixer Thaddeus Young had 27 points and six rebounds. Oladipo ended up with 15 points and seven assists.

 

The Pacers continue a five-game homestand Saturday night against Dallas.

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Blackhawks, Blues Lose Thursday

>>Rangers Down Blackhawks

 

Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie for sixth place on the NHL's career wins list and the Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night for their third victory in four games.

 

The Rangers won nine of 11 to move to 12-8-2 heading into Thanksgiving, but then followed that with just five wins in 21 games (5-11-5). 

 

Mats Zuccarello, Filip Chytil and Mika Zibanejad also scored for New York. The line of Zibanejad, Zuccarello and Kreider has totaled nine goals and 10 assists over the last four games.

 

Lundqvist stopped 24 shots to tie Terry Sawchuk with 445 wins, nine behind Curtis Joseph for fifth place.

 

Patrick Kane had an assist on DeBrincat's goal, extending his point streak to seven games (10 assists, 15 points). It was his 554th career assist, tying Doug Wilson for third place in franchise history. 

 

The Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals on Sunday to open a two-game homestand before the All-Star Game.

 

>>Bruins Blast Blues

 

Tuuka Rask made 28 saves and matched the franchise mark set by Cecil ''Tiny'' Thompson, who was 252-153 with 63 ties. Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, is 252-145-56 in 474 games over 12 seasons with Boston.

Chris Wagner scored 5:27 into the third period to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Brad Marchand and Sean Kuraly added some insurance after earlier Boston goals from Torey Krug and David Backes.

 

Ryan O'Reilly and Carl Gunnarsson had the goals for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 22 saves.

 

Blues left wing David Perron extended his NHL-leading and career-best point streak to 13 games (six goals, 10 assists) with a secondary assist on O'Reilly's goal.

 

St. Louis had won four of six (4-1-1) and earned at least one point in each of its previous five road games. The Blues finished a 2-1-1 trip after starting it with back-to-back wins over Dallas and Washington.

 

The Blues host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

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HS GBB: Maroa-Forsyth Holds Off Monticello

Despite a frantic fourth-quarter comeback, the Maroa-Forsyth Lady Trojans held off Monticello 44-34 in a non-conference girls basketball tilt from Maroa Thursday night.

 

An Elizabeth Stiverson steal in the backcourt led to a fast break layup she was fouled on and completed the conventional three-point play to make it a 32-31 game. After a free-throw from Maroa-Forsyth on the ensuing possession, Emily Edmondson returned to the lineup Thursday and buried a three from the right wing that gave the Lady Sages a 34-32 lead, their first lead since the second quarter.

 

But that would be all the Lady Sages would be able to must as they turned the ball over three straight possessions after and Maroa-Forsyth closed out a 12-0 run to take the game.

 

Allie Robinson fueled a comeback in the second quarter that allowed the Lady Trojans to take an 18-17 lead in the break.

 

Monticello scored just four third-quarter points falling behind 30-21 at the end of the third quarter.

 

Edmondson led the Lady Sages with 12 points and Syndey Dowling added ten points.

 

Robinson led all scorers with 18 points, finishing 8-for-11 at the free throw line. The Lady Trojans finished 18-for-24 from the free throw line as a team.

 

Hallie Mitchell added 12 points for the Lady Trojans.
 

Maroa-Forsyth is 14-7 overall while Monticello drops to 5-15.

 

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Illinois Blows Out Minnesota

Ayo Dosunmu produced 23 points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 20 points as Illinois used one of its best first halves this season to defeat the Golden Gophers 95-68 and end a five-game skid.

 

The Illini (5-12, 1-5 Big Ten) piled up 51 points in the opening 20 minutes — their second-best output thus far — on the back of hot shooting and a strong glass presence.

 

The Golden Gophers (13-4, 3-3) hadn’t permitted more than 44 points in a first period when they arrived at State Farm Center. They led for just 28 seconds versus Illinois.

 

Backing the college newcomers were Trent Frazier with 15 points and Andres Feliz with 10 points as Illinois shot 56.1 percent from the field.

 

Minnesota, which lost for the second time in its last three bouts, received 17 points from Daniel Oturu and 11 points from Jordan Murphy.

 

Under second-year coach Brad Underwood, Illinois earned its first conference victory since Feb. 25, 2018, and won for the first time since Dec. 15 versus East Tennessee State.

 

Illinois faces No. 23 Iowa on Sunday.

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Drake Drops Bradley

Nick McGlynn had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Drake built a big first-half lead to beat Bradley 69-52 on Wednesday night.

 

Drake (13-5, 2-3 Missouri Valley Conference) has defeated the Braves (8-10, 0-5) in three of the last four meetings.

 

The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 26-6 run for a 33-15 advantage at the break. Brady Ellingson made three 3-pointers during the surge.

 

Tremell Murphy scored eight of his 11 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 11 rebounds. Ellingson had 15 points and D.J. Wilkins chipped in with 10.

 

Elijah Childs had 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds to lead Bradley. The Braves shot just 19 of 61 (31 percent) from the field that included 12 missed 3-pointers while Drake was 26-of-50 shooting (52 percent).

 

Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 points and Luqman Lundy had 10 for the Braves.

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