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Monticello Sages fall to Fairbury (Prairie Central) Hawks

As heard on WEZC, the Monticello Sages fell to the Fairbury (Prairie Central) Hawks by a score of 66-54 Friday night. The Sages were led by Ethan Miller with 14 points. Ryan Reeder added 12 points. Garrett Kepley also added 11 points.

 

The Hawks were led by Rylie Vaughan with 15 points. 

 

With the loss, the Sages fall to 10-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference. The Hawks improve to 18-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

 

Tune in Saturday, January 25th, as the Sages take on Meridian. You can hear all of these games live on Your Easy Choice 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Maroons Earn First Conference Win Against Redskins

In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Sullivan Redskins by a score of 35-31 on Friday night. Junior Zeke Hickman led the scoring with 12 points. Senior Skyler Williamson added 10 points.

 

The Redskins were led by junior Ian Planic with 11.

 

With the win, Clinton improves to 5-16 overall and 1-2 in the Central Illinois Conference. Sullivan with the loss drops to 3-14 on the season and 0-3 in the CIC.

 

The Maroons play next in the Central Illinois Conference tournament at Central A&M February 1 through February 11. The game of the week from that tournament will be determined at a later date. You can hear Clinton Maroons and Lady Maroons broadcast on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and on the WHOW app.

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Clinton Travels to Sullivan

The Clinton Maroons and Sullivan Redskins will be looking to get in the Central Illinois Conference win column tonight when the two meet at Sullivan High School tonight in high school boys basketball action.

 

Both teams have started 0-2 in the CIC. The Redskins are 3-13 overall while the Maroons are 4-16. 

The Maroons were toppled by Decatur St. Teresa 65-24 Tuesday while Meridian took down Sullivan 74-62.

 

Game time tonight is 7:30 pm and can be heard on 92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com, also at the WHOW app and at Amazon Alexa.

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Monticello Travels to Prairie Central

It's another test on the Monticello boys basketball schedule tonight when the Sages head to Fairbury to take on Prairie Central.

 

The Hawks are off to a 17-2 start this season and won their first conference game. 

 

The Sages are off a dominating 58-21 win over Georgetown Notre Dame La Salette Academy Tuesday night.

 

Game time tonight from Fairbury is 7 pm and can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

After tonight's game, Monticello turns around and hosts Meridian Saturday night.

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Big Ten Suspends Illinois' Griffin 2 Games

The Big Ten suspended Illinois guard Alan Griffin two games Thursday for stepping on Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic.

 

Griffin was called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected with 12:21 left in the first half Tuesday at Purdue when he stomped on Stefanovic’s midsection after the guard drove for a layup and drew a crescendo of boos. No. 21 Illinois went on to win 79-62.

 

Griffin, averaging 8.4 points, will miss games against Michigan on Saturday and Minnesota on Jan. 30. He apologized Wednesday to Stefanovic and Purdue as well as Illinois and its fans on social media.

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Tiger Opens with 69 At Torrey Pines

Coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan, Tiger Woods handled the par 5s on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines and limited mistakes for a 3-under 69.

 

Sebastian Cappelen and Keegan Bradley had the low scores of the opening round, which was not the same as sharing the lead. Cappelen had eight birdies for a 66 on the South Course, which played about three shots tougher than the North, where Bradley shot his 66.

 

Rory McIlroy, who played in the group in front of Woods, was among those at 67. Jon Rahm, playing alongside Woods, was in the large group at 68.

 

Woods hasn’t broken 70 in his first round of the year since a 69 on the North at Torrey in 2011. His health, his game and even his momentum are in much better shape now. His game wasn’t all that far off.

 

It took a little time to get going. He left himself in a bad shot right of the green on the par-5 10th to start his round and failed to make birdie. His flop shot from 50 yards short of the green on the next hole came up short and into a bunker, leading to a bogey. He was even par at the turn on a course where lower scores are expected.

 

Woods kept it simple, with a nifty wedge to short range on his 10th hole, a two-putt birdie from 18 feet on the par-5 fifth and an easy up-and-down for birdie on the final hole.

 

Bubba Watson had a 67 on the South, while three other players broke 70 on the South, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2008 and gets another U.S. Open next year.

 

Rahm was 4 under through eight holes until he stalled.

 

McIlroy, who has never won in his first event of the year, can return to No. 1 in the world for the first time in more than four years by winning. He also handled the par 5s by making birdie on all of them, along with adding three birdies.

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Lady Sages Top Lady Trojans

As heard on WEZC, the Monticello Lady Sages defeated the Maroa-Forsyth Lady Trojans by a score of 46-36 on Thursday night. The Lady Sages were led in scoring by Cloe Clark with 11 points. Renni Fultz and Jayna Burger with 10 points apiece. 

 

The Lady Trojans were led by Hallie Mitchell with 16 points. Tatum Young chipped in with 10.

 

Monticello improves to 9-13 and Maroa-Forsyth falls to 10-12.

 

Tune in Friday, January 24, as Monticello travels to Prairie Central. You can hear the game live on Your Easy Choice 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Lady Maroons Earn First Conference Win Against Shelbyville

In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons defeated the Shelbyville Lady Rams by a score of 64-34. Mallory Cyrulik led the Lady Maroons with 22 points. Kaitlyn Rauch had 18.

 

Shelbyville was led by Trinity Wade with 13 points.

 

With the win, the Lady Maroons improve to 14-11 overall and 1-4 in conference action. With the loss, Shelbyville drops to 11-13 overall and 1-4 in the CIC.

 

Tune in Friday, January 24, as the Maroons take on the Sullivan Redskins. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW app, and on Amazon Alexa. Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm with the broadcast beginning shortly before then.

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Lincoln Down in Latest 3A High School Basketball Polls

Lincoln High School fell last weekend to Rock Island and thus fell in the latest AP Top 10 high school basketball poll.

 

The Railers fell from a tie for sixth to tenth in the poll this week. Last week's four-way tie for sixth was sorted out this week in the poll as Peoria Notre Dame comes in fifth, Kankakee sixth, and Rock Island seventh. 

 

Galesburg enters the 3A rankings this week and Niles Notre Dame is the top team in 3A.

 

In the 1A poll, Central A&M stays at No. 2 with a vote for no. 1. Winchester-West Central is still No. 1. Roanoke Benson, Goreville and Indian Creek round out the top five. 

 

In 2A, Tuscola moved up in the rankings from tenth to eighth. Normal U-High stayed at No. 5. Chicago Orr remains No. 1.

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Clinton Girls Hosting Shelbyville Tonight

Hear Clinton Maroons girls basketball action tonight on WHOW as the Lady Maroons host Shelbyville for Central Illinois Conference high school girls basketball action. 

 

The Lady Maroons beat Illini Central Monday night 42-27. Shelbyville fell to Martinsville Monday 49-46.

 

The Lady Maroons are still looking for their first win in the CIC, as they sit at 0-4 but are 13-11 overall. 

 

Shelbyville has not faired much better in conference action, as they enter play tonight 1-3 in league play and 11-12 overall.

 

Game time tonight is 7:30 pm. Hear it on 92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, at the WHOW mobile app, and at Amazon Alexa.

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Monticello Hosts Maroa-Forsyth in Girls Basketball Action Tonight

The Monticello Lady Sages will play host to the Maroa-Forsyth Lady Trojans tonight on WEZC and at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

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

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Bradley Tops Illinois State

Backcourt mates Nate Kennell and Ville Tahvanainen scored 18 points apiece as Bradley beat Illinois State 75-63 on Wednesday night.

 

Danya Kingsby added 12 points for Bradley (14-6, 5-2 Missouri Valley Conference). Tahvanainen and Ja'Shon Henry had seven rebounds.

 

DJ Horne and Keith Fisher III scored 17 points apiece for the Redbirds (6-13, 1-6), who have lost six straight. Fisher added seven rebounds. Zach Copeland added 13 points for Illinois State, which missed 22 3-pointers (11 for 32) and made 23 field goals (23 of 60).

 

Bradley plays at Indiana State on Saturday. Illinois State will be at home against Southern Illinois on Saturday.

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Bulls Hold Off Timberwolves

Zach LaVine scored 25 points, Lauri Markkanen added 21 and the Chicago Bulls overcame a big performance by Karl-Anthony Towns to beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 on Wednesday night.

 

LaVine had seven points in the final 2:25 to help Chicago pull out the win after letting a 19-point lead in the second quarter slip away.

 

His 3-pointer put the Bulls ahead for good at 111-108 with 1:26 remaining. LaVine then hit two free throws with 26 seconds left. Kris Dunn sank four more foul shots and the Bulls came out on top after losing nine of 12.

 

Towns scored a season-high 40 points, but the Timberwolves lost their seventh straight.

 

LaVine, pushing for a spot in the All-Star Game next month in Chicago, hit three 3-pointers.

 

Markkanen, whose scoring and rebounding are down from last season, nailed four from beyond the arc in his highest-scoring game since he finished with 26 points in a loss to Dallas on Jan. 6.

 

Luke Kornet scored 15 to match a season high. Kris Dunn finished with 14 points on just four field-goal attempts, and Cristiano Felicio added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Towns dominated in his fourth game back after missing 15 because of a sprained left knee. The two-time All-Star made 16 of 24 shots, going 4 of 8 on 3-pointers.

 

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points - all but three in the second half. Shabazz Napier added 16 points and seven rebounds.

 

The Timberwolves tied it at 66 midway through the third quarter on Gorgui Dieng's 3-pointer and grabbed their first lead since the opening minutes when Wiggins nailed a 3 to make it 69-68. The teams kept trading leads until the closing minutes.

 

The Bulls host Sacramento on Friday.

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Pacers Topple Suns

TJ scored a game-high 25 points, had three steals and played excellent defense against former teammate Devin Booker, Domantas Sabonis added 24 points and the Indiana Pacers rolled to a 112-87 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.

 

Sabonis added 13 rebounds. The Pacers bounced back from a lopsided loss to Utah 118-88 two days ago and now have a six-game winning streak in the series against the Suns.

 

Kelly Oubre Jr. led Phoenix with 17 points and nine rebounds. Booker added 16 points. The Suns shot 30 of 84 (36%) from the field and were held under 90 points for just the second time this season.

 

Indiana led 54-48 at halftime. Warren and Sabonis both scored 12 points for the Pacers before the break. Booker scored 14 points for the Suns. They lost both games of a two-game homestand after losing to the Pacers and dropping a 120-118 decision to San Antonio on Monday.

 

The Suns shot just 4 of 20 from 3-point range while the Pacers were 9 of 20 from long range.

 

The Pacers are at Golden State on Friday night.

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Monticello Rolls Notre Dame LaSalette

Zero players scored in double figures during an incredibly balanced night for Monticello as they rolled Georgetown Notre Dame LaSalette Academy 48-21 in non-conference boys basketball action Tuesday night from Olivet.

 

The Sages saw nine players score between two and eight points and six players logged 15-plus minutes in wearing down the Lions. Monticello opened up and 11-2 lead early but the Lions clawed back to 11-9 in the second quarter following a Henry Kracht layup at the 5:57 mark.

 

Monticello closed out the half on a 14-2 run opening up a 25-11 halftime lead and took their biggest lead when Ben Cresap made back-to-back layups to finish the night's scoring at 48-21.

 

Briggs Fultz and Garrett Kepley scored eight points each to lead Monticello. Dylan Ginalick scored seven points, Nick Vogelzang, Ryan Reeder and Cresap each added six points. 

 

Manny Garcia Camilo scored a game-high ten points and grabbed five rebounds. 

 

Monticello shot 60-percent with 17 of their 19 field goals made in the paint and dished out 14 assists on their 19 field goals made. 

 

Monticello is 10-7 overall and LaSalette is 6-11.

 

The Sages open Illini Prairie Conference play Friday night at Prairie Central. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. Game time is 7 pm.

 

In the meantime, tomorrow night hear Monticello girls basketball action against Maroa-Forsyth on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. Game time tomorrow night is 7 pm.

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Illinois Pulls Away From Purdue

Kofi Cockburn scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Trent Frazier added 21 points and Illinois pulled away in the second half to beat Purdue 79-62.

 

It’s another milestone victory for the resurgent Illini (14-5, 6-2 Big Ten), winners of five straight.

 

They’re off to their best conference start since 2005-06, ended a seven-game losing streak at Mackey Arena and swept the season series with Purdue for the first time since 2008-09.

 

Nojel Eastern had 14 points and Trevion Williams scored 12 to lead Purdue (10-9, 4-4), which has lost four of five and watched a 15-game winning streak in conference home games end.

 

The Illini swung the momentum quickly, opening the second half with seven straight points to erase a 30-29 halftime lead. Then, after making five straight baskets to make it 49-39 with 13:30 to play, they extended the margin to 60-45 on Giorgi Bezhanishvili’s 3-pointer with 8:27 left.

 

Ayo Dosunmu finished with 18 points and a career high 11 assists. Bezhanishvili had 10 points.

Matt Haarms had 10 points and six rebounds for Purdue.

 

Illinois guard Alan Griffin was ejected with 12:21 left in the first half for a flagrant 2 foul.

 

A replay review showed Griffin intentionally stomped on Stefanovic’s midsection after the Purdue guard had driven to the basket for a layup, bringing a crescendo of boos from the crowd. Stefanovic made one of two free throws for an unusual three-point play.

 

Illinois hits the road again Saturday when it heads to Michigan.

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Panthers Get By Blackhawks

The Florida Panthers got Joel Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

 

Evgenii Dadonov also scored for Florida for the fourth consecutive game. Mike Hoffman had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

 

The Panthers (28-16-5) won for the seventh time in eight games overall, including a dramatic 5-4 victory at Minnesota on Monday night. They head into the All-Star break in prime position for their first playoff appearance since 2016.

 

Patrick Kane, Kirby Dach and Drake Caggiula scored for Chicago (24-21-6), which had won a season-high five straight. Robin Lehner made 22 stops.

 

Kane extended his point streak to 11 games when he drove a big slap shot by Bobrovsky with 1:15 left, trimming Florida's lead to 4-3. But Toews was whistled for hooking with 31.7 seconds remaining, helping the Panthers hold on.

 

After a scoreless first period, Florida grabbed control with four in the second.

 

After the all-star break, the Blackhawks get back to action at Arizona on Feb. 1.

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Derek Jeter, Larry Walker Elected to Hall of Fame

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has two new members. Tuesday night, Yankees legend Derek Jeter and five-tool threat Larry Walker were announced as the newest Hall of Famers during a live MLB Network broadcast.

 

Players must appear on 75 percent of submitted ballots to be inducted into Cooperstown. Walker received 76.6 percent in his 10th and final year on the Hall of Fame ballot. Jeter was one vote short of unanimous in his first year of eligibility. Longtime teammate Mariano Rivera remains the only unanimous selection in Hall of Fame history. Here are the highest voting percentages in history:

 

Across parts of 20 seasons, all with the Yankees, Jeter racked up 3,465 hits; 260 home runs; 544 doubles; 358 stolen bases; five Gold Gloves; 14 All-Star nods; eight finishes in the top 10 of the AL MVP balloting; and the second-most defensive games at shortstop in MLB history (2,674). Jeter won four World Series with the Yankees -- he was MVP of the 2000 World Series -- and batted .308/.374/.465 in 158 career playoff games. Throw in his popularity and strong reputation among voters and Jeter was beyond a lock for election in his first year on the ballot. 

 

Walker played for three teams (Expos, Rockies, Cardinals) in his 17-year career, during which he hit .313/.400/.565 with 383 home runs and 230 stolen bases. He was a five-time All-Star who won seven Gold Glove awards and who received MVP votes in eight seasons, including winning the 1997 National League award. By WAR, Walker is one of the top five outfielders of the last 50 years, though it took him all 10 years on the ballot to get into the Hall of Fame. The Coors Field stigma and injury issues suppressed his support.

 

Curt Schilling, in his eighth year on the ballot, received 70.0 percent of the vote. His voting percentage has steadily increased over the years, and, historically, once a player reaches 70 percent. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, arguably the greatest hitter and pitcher of their generation, continue to remain well short of induction due to performance-enhancing drug ties. Bonds appeared 60.7 percent of submitted ballots, Clemens 61.0 percent. Both have two years of Hall of Fame eligibility remaining, though their support has stagnated in the 50-60 percent range the last few years.

 

Other notables on the Hall of Fame ballot include Omar Vizquel (52.6 percent), Scott Rolen (35.3 percent), Billy Wagner (31.7 percent), and Gary Sheffield (30.5 percent). No other player appeared on at least 30 percent of submitted ballots. Paul Konerko (2.5 percent), Jason Giambi (1.5 percent), and Alfonso Soriano (1.5 percent) are among the notable players to receive less than the five percent necessary to remain on the Hall of Fame ballot another year.

 

Groundbreaking union leader Marvin Miller and eight-time All-Star catcher Ted Simmons were voted into the Hall of Fame by the Modern Era committee last month, posthumously in Miller's case. The Modern Era committee is one of four "era" committees that meets every few years to vote on players who fell off the BBWAA ballot, like Simmons, and personnel not eligible for the BBWAA ballot, like Miller. Whoever gets the necessary 75 percent in the BBWAA vote will be inducted alongside Miller and Simmons in July.

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Sages Top Notre Dame La Salette

As heard on WEZC, the Monticello Sages defeated Georgetown Notre Dame La Salette by a score of 48-21. The Sages were led by senior Garrett Kepley and Briggs Fultz with 8 points. Dylan Ginalick chipped in with 7 points. Ben Cresap, Ryan Reeder, and Nick Vogelzang all added 6.

 

Notre Dame La Salette was led by Manny Garcia Camilo with 10 points.

 

The Sages improve to 10-7 overall and La Salette drops to 6-10.

 

Tune in Thursday, January 23, as the Lady Sages take on the Maroa-Forsyth Lady Trojans. Monticello is back in action Friday, January 24 against Prairie Central and Saturday, January 25 playing host to Meridian. You can hear all of these games live on Your Easy Choice 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

 

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Clinton Hosts Decatur St. Teresa Tonight

The Clinton Maroons are back on the hardwood tonight playing host to Decatur St. Teresa in Central Illinois Conference boys basketball.

 

It'll be the first time the Maroons are in-game action after their Friday night matchup with Central A&M was postponed. Clinton was throttled at Monticello last week, 56-18.

 

The Maroons have lost seven straight and are 0-1 in CIC action. St. T is 2-0 in conference play and 10-7 overall.

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Lady Maroons Drop Illini Central

After a slow first quarter, the Lady Maroons rebounded to propel them to a 41-27 win over Illini Central in non-conference high school girls basketball action Monday night in Mason City.

 

Mallory Cyrulik led the Lady Maroons with 17 points and Destiny Schlesinger scored 11 points. 

 

The Lady Maroons led just 4-2 after the first quarter but used a 15-4 second quarter to open up a 19-6 lead at the intermission and held on from there.

 

Clinton improves to 13-11 overall. They will resume Central Illinois Conference play Thursday night hosting Shelbyville. Hear Thursday's action on 92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, at dewittdailynews.com, at the WHOW mobile app and at Amazon Alexa.

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Monticello Takes on Georgetown Notre Dame La Salette

The Monticello Sages boys basketball team hits the road tonight to take on Georgetown Notre Dame La Salette Academy in non-conference high school boys basketball action.

 

The Sages dropped a tough road matchup with Paxton-Buckley-Loda Friday night, 52-50. 

 

Tonight's matchup will be the final tuneup for Monticello before they hit Illini Prairie Conference play.

 

Friday's loss snapped a two-game win streak for Monticello, but the Sages have dropped three of five in a stretch that has been testing. 

 

Monticello enters action tonight 9-7 overall. 

 

Hear tonight's action starting at 7:30 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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Jazz Roll Pacers

For the bulk of 48 minutes, Utah attacked the rim with relentless energy. The Jazz crashed the boards, didn't trail at all and were never seriously threatened during a 118-88 victory Monday night over the Indiana Pacers. 

 

Utah shot 54% from the field, scored 60 points in the paint and finished with a 53-30 advantage in rebounds.

 

The Jazz also limited Indiana to seven free throw attempts, and the Pacers made just three. Both were season lows for a Utah opponent.

 

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points and Gobert had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Mike Conley had 14 off the bench.

 

Myles Turner and Aaron Holiday scored 12 points apiece to lead Indiana. Turner added a career-high six steals, but the Pacers lost despite forcing 21 turnovers and nabbing a season-best 15 steals.

 

Utah went to the basket throughout the first quarter and it paid off. The Jazz scored 20 points in the paint out of 29 total points in the quarter.

 

That allowed Utah to take control early. Joe Ingles drained a 3-pointer and then set up baskets for Gobert on back-to-back possessions to spark a 12-4 run that gave the Jazz an 18-10 lead midway through the first period.

 

Indiana closed to 31-27 on a hook shot from Domantas Sabonis early in the second, but Utah did not let the Pacers get any closer before halftime. Conley fed Gobert for a dunk and followed with consecutive baskets to cap an 18-5 run that gave the Jazz a 49-32 lead midway through the quarter.

 

Utah maintained a double-digit cushion throughout the third and went up 78-55 on a jumper from Conley. The Jazz never slacked off once they took control, something that didn't always happen earlier in the season.

 

The Pacers visit the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

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Bucks Outlast Bulls

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double and scored his 10,000th career point, and the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 111-98 to sweep the four-game season series.

 

Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season. He reached 10,000 points on a jump hook with 4:30 remaining in the fourth.

 

Khris Middleton added 24 points for Milwaukee, which has won 10 consecutive games over the Bulls dating to the 2017-18 season. It's the Bucks' longest winning streak over Chicago since the teams began playing in 1968.

 

The Bucks ran their league-best record to 39-6 with their seventh straight victory. Milwaukee shot 58%, with Middleton connecting on 10 of 13 shots.

 

Zach LaVine had 24 points for Chicago, which shot just 37%. Kris Dunn scored 15 points, and reserve Thaddeus Young added 14 points.

 

LaVine has scored at least 20 points in 11 consecutive games.

 

After a sloppy first half by both teams, the Bucks began to take control, opening the third quarter on a 13-4 run, sparked by Middleton's eight points. Milwaukee's lead grew to as many as 16 in the quarter before Chicago clawed back.

 

The Bulls host Minnesota on Wednesday in their first meeting of the season.

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'Niners Roll Packers in Rout to Super Bowl

Journeyman Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mostly a spectator, Nick Bosa harassed Aaron Rodgers from the start and the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship on Sunday.

 

Bosa, the prize for last year's rough season as the No. 2 overall pick, helped set the tone when he ended Green Bay's second drive of the game with a 13-yard sack of Rodgers.

 

Mostert, a former special teams standout, did much of the rest in a remarkable redemption story for a former surfer who carried the ball only eight times in his first three seasons in the NFL while bouncing between teams.

 

But he has become a key part of the NFC's top team this year, leading the Niners with 772 yards rushing in the regular season and delivering a performance for the ages in the NFC title game.

 

He had the second-most yards rushing in a playoff game to Eric Dickerson's 248 for the Rams on Jan. 4, 1986, and was the first player to rush for at least four TDs and 200 yards in a playoff game.

He got started when he burst 36 yards on a third-and-8 trap play to open the scoring on San Francisco's second drive and kept ripping off long runs behind impressive blocking.

 

He added TD runs of 9 and 18 yards in the second quarter and had 160 yards rushing at the half, becoming the only player in NFL history to rush for at least 150 yards and three TDs in the first half of a playoff game.

 

Mostert added a 22-yard TD run in the third quarter.

 

Rodgers had a career-low 3.15 yards per attempt in a 37-8 loss here back in November and wasn't much better in the first half of the rematch.

 

He lost a snap from center to end Green Bay's only promising drive of the half, threw an interception to Emmanuel Moseley late in the half and didn't convert his first third down of the season - in 18 attempts - against the Niners until connecting on a 6-yard pass to Aaron Jones on the opening drive of the second quarter.

 

Rodgers finished with 326 yards passing, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Packers lost the NFC title game for the third time since their last Super Bowl trip following the 2010 season.

 

The Niners asked very little of Garoppolo, who threw only eight passes thanks to the big-play running game and lopsided score. He went 24 minutes of game time between his sixth and seventh passes and finished with six completions for 77 yards. It was tied for the second-fewest passes thrown in a playoff game.

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