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Lady Maroons Hand Unity First Loss of Season

In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons knocked off the Tolono Unity Rockets 49-40. The Lady Maroons were led by sophomore Regan Filkin with 13 points. ServPro Piatt/DeWitt Counties Player of the Game Clara Dempsey had 11 points. Freshman Avery Smith added 10 points and junior Heidi Humble chipped in with 9.

 

Senior Lauren Miller led Unity with 12 points. Sophomore Lauren Haas had 9.

 

The Clinton Lady Maroons improve to 2-4 while the Lady Rockets will drop to 4-1.

 

Tune in Friday, December 2, as the Maroons travel to Maroa to take on the Trojans. 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 mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.

Monticello Recovers From Slow Start to Beat Riverton

Dating back to last Tuesday's loss to Pleasant Plains where Monticello was shut out in the fourth quarter, the Sages were nearly in jeopardy of a second straight quarter of not scoring until the 19 second mark of the first quarter.

 

Monticello recovered from the slow start to beat Riverton 48-35 Tuesday night in non-conference high school boy's basketball action from the Sievers Center at Monticello High School.

 

Tyler Blythe's three-pointer with 19 seconds left in the first quarter brought Monticello within 4-3 of the Hawks and the Sages trailed 6-3 after one. 

 

Eli Craft converted a three-point play to start the second quarter for Monticello sparking the Sages in the second quarter as they took a 16-15 lead into the half.

 

A Cameron Sutton three-pointer for Riverton brought the Hawks within 21-20 at 4:57 in the third.

 

Monticello responded with 13-2 run in the next 3:26 highlighted by three-pointers from sophomores Craft and Matt Swartz as well as a three-point play from senior Drew Sheppard. 

Riverton cut the deficit to seven a couple of times in the fourth but could not come back.

 

The Hawks committed 20 turnovers for the game and shot just 33-percent. 

 

Monticello was led by Craft's 15 points and he was the ServPro of Piatt/DeWitt Counties Player of the Game.

 

Trey Welter added eight points for Monticello and Sheppard scored seven points, all in the third quarter.

 

Ethen Bates led Riverton with ten points and Isaac Crumrine grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

 

Monticello moves to 1-1 overall while Riverton drops to 0-4. 

 

The Sages travel to Marshall Saturday afternoon for a 3:30 game. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

Blue Ridge Rolls DeLand-Weldon

Colin Michaels scored 20 points and four players scored in double figures as Blue Ridge dominated rival DeLand-Weldon 64-22 in non-conference high school boy's basketball action Tuesday night from Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City.

 

Zach Lewis added 11 points, all in the first half, and Wyatt Pearl and Wesley Clark added ten points apiece. 

 

The Knights improve to 2-3 overall. They will travel to Donovan Thursday night for a non-conference tilt.

Illinois Thumps Syracuse in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Coleman Hawkins had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, and No. 16 Illinois thumped Syracuse 73-44 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

 

Neither team shot well, but Illinois (6-1) hit six of its 15 3-point attempts in the second half to send the Orange (3-4) home with their third straight loss.

 

Terrence Shannon Jr. had 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting for the Illini. All of his makes were 3s. RJ Melendez scored 15 points.

 

Jesse Edwards had nine points and 17 rebounds to lead Syracuse, and Judah Mintz also scored nine.

 

Hawkins sent a lively crowd into a frenzy by securing his 10th rebound to complete the triple-double with 1:34 to go and Illinois up 68-44.

 

Syracuse collapsed in the final stretch, missing nine of its last 10 shots and failing to score in the final 3:19.

 

Benny Williams picked up two quick technical fouls in the final minute to become the second Orange player to get thrown out of a game this week. Mintz was ejected from a one-point loss to Bryant on Saturday.

 

Illinois shot 35.8% and went 11 of 39 from 3-point range, while holding Syracuse to 27.8% shooting and 5 of 17 from long distance.

 

Syracuse led early before Shannon hit back-to-back 3s to push Illinois ahead 23-18 during a 9-0 solo scoring run.

 

Illinois took a 30-23 lead into the half despite a 5-of-24 effort from 3-point range, partly thanks to eight points from Jayden Epps off the bench. Epps finished with 11 points.

 

Syracuse went scoreless for the last 4:55 of the first half after a dunk by Mounir Hima pulled the Orange within three points.

 

Illinois begins Big Ten play on Friday at No. 22 Maryland.

White Sox Finalize Coaching Staff

The Chicago White Sox rounded out their coaching staff under new manager Pedro Grifol on Tuesday, hiring José Castro as their hitting coach and Eddie Rodriguez as third base coach.

 

They also announced Chris Johnson as assistant hitting coach, Mike Tosar as major league fielding coordinator and Geoff Head is senior director of sports performance. Daryl Boston returns as first base coach.

 

Castro spent the past eight seasons as Atlanta’s assistant hitting coach and was part of a staff that helped the Braves win the 2021 World Series. The 64-year-old Cuban was a quality assurance coach with the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and was a minor league hitting instructor for 24 seasons with the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Mariners.

 

The 63-year-old Rodriguez has 40 years of professional coaching experience, the past three as Kansas City’s minor-league field coordinator. He was the Royals’ third-base coach from 2011-13 and served in similar roles with Toronto (1998) and Arizona (2002-03). He has also been a first-base coach with Seattle (2008) and Arizona (2001) and bench coach with Montreal (2004) and Washington (2005-06).

 

The White Sox previously announced pitching coach Ethan Katz and bullpen coach Curt Hasler would be retained and former Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was hired as bench coach.

 

Grifol is taking over for Hall of Famer Tony La Russa. The White Sox finished second in the AL Central at 81-81 and missed the postseason after running away with the division the previous year.

Bears Officially Lose S Jackson to IR

The Chicago Bears placed safety Eddie Jackson on injured reserve Tuesday because of a foot injury that could keep him out for the remainder of the season.

 

The Bears (3-9) are last in the NFC North with five games remaining. They’ve dropped five in a row and are coming off a loss to the New York Jets that was particularly painful.

 

Leading receiver Darnell Mooney suffered a season-ending ankle injury that coach Matt Eberflus said Monday requires surgery. The Bears placed him on IR on Tuesday and signed practice squad defensive back A.J. Thomas to the active roster.

 

With Jackson, tied for third in the NFL with four interceptions, also going down against New York, the Bears lost two leaders. He was hurt in the second quarter.

 

Jackson’s injury combined with a concussion Jaquan Brisker already had and a hamstring injury to Dane Cruikshank left the Bears playing their only two remaining safeties — DeAndre Houston-Carson and rookie seventh-round pick Elijah Hicks.

 

The Bears host rival Green Bay on Sunday. The Packers beat them 27-10 at Lambeau Field in Week 2.

Packers QB Rodgers Says He'll Play Sunday

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he expects to play Sunday at Chicago after a rib injury knocked him out of a 40-33 loss at Philadelphia.

 

Rodgers said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and SiriusXM he received good news with the scans yesterday, so he plans on playing this week.

 

Rodgers left in the second half against the Eagles because of the rib injury. He already has been playing with a broken right thumb, an injury he sustained on the final play of a 27-22 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 9.

 

The Packers (4-8) still have a slim chance of reaching the playoffs heading into their game with the Bears (3-9). Rodgers said after the Eagles game that he wanted to keep playing through these injuries as long as the Packers still have a chance of making the postseason.

 

Rodgers also offered praise Tuesday for Jordan Love, the 2020 first-round pick who took over for him in the Eagles game and went 6 of 9 for 113 yards with a touchdown.

 

The Packers signed safety Innis Gaines to the active roster from the practice squad, released safety Johnathan Abram and signed tight end Nick Guggemos to the practice squad. The Packers had added Abram earlier this month when they claimed him off waivers from the Las Vegas Raiders, who had taken him with the 27th overall pick in the 2019 draft.

Illinois Steady in Latest College Basketball Polls

The Illinois Fighting Illini remained steady in this week's college basketball polls coming in at No. 16 in the AP Poll and no. 17 in the Coaches Poll.

 

Illinois beat Lindenwood from the Ohio Valley Conference Friday night, 92-59. The Illini host Syracuse tonight in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the State Farm Center. 

 

The story of the week in college basketball is Houston taking over the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll Monday morning and in the USA Today Coaches Poll, jumping one spot from No. 2 just one week after it had moved from No. 3 — where it began in the preseason — to No. 2. The Cougars supplanted preseason No. 1 North Carolina after UNC took two losses in three days participating in the PK85. 

 

UNC fell 14 spots this week to No. 15.Twenty-three of a possible 32 first-place votes cast by coaches went to Houston on the week to spur its charge to the top. There was far from a consensus, though, with four teams in total earning at least one first-place vote including Texas, Virginia and Purdue.

 

Texas, which ranks No. 2 in the Coaches Poll this week, up two spots from last week, earned the second-most first-place votes with five. Purdue, which jumped 18 spots to No. 5, earned the third-most with three while No. 3 Virginia earned one vote. 

 

Houston took over the top spot from North Carolina after a major shakeup in Monday's poll, marking the first time in 39 years the Cougars are at the top of the AP rankings.

 

Houston improved to 6-0 after a 49-44 win over Kent State while last week's No. 1, No. 3, No. 6 and No. 8-ranked teams all took at least one loss. It earned 45 first-place votes. The last time the Cougars were No. 1 was the final poll of the 1982-83 season before the Cougars lost to NC State in the NCAA Tournament final.

 

The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State and Alabama, fell to No. 18 in this week's poll.

 

Chaos in college hoops benefited another team in the great state of Texas beyond Houston as Texas also got a boost in the rankings, moving from No. 4 to No. 2 after a week in which it handled business to improve to 5-0. Its No. 2 ranking is the highest for the program since the 2009 season.

 

Elsewhere in the poll, Virginia scooted up two spots to No. 3 while both Arizona and Purdue made huge jumps from outside the top 10 to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 is Baylor, Creighton, UConn, Kansas and Indiana.

Sox Sign RHP Clevinger; 1B Abreu to Houston

José Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract Monday, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

 

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

 

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

 

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

 

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

 

The Astros announced the signing Monday night. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference Tuesday morning at Minute Maid Park.

 

The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger.

 

The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.

 

Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.

 

The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.

 

The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.

 

Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.

 

Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.

White Sox Pitcher Lucas Giolito Selected to Leadership Role Within MLBPA

The Major League Baseball Players Association has elected six new players to its eight-member executive subcommittee.

 

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, Giants outfielder Austin Slater, White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito and Rockies pitcher Brent Suter are the new members. Rangers infielder Marcus Semien and Mets infielder Francisco Lindor both remain part of the committee.

 

The MLBPA confirmed Monday that the six additions were elected to two-year terms. Representatives from each of the 30 MLB teams vote for the leadership positions.

 

Zack Britton, Jason Castro, Gerrit Cole, Andrew Miller, James Paxton and Max Scherzer are the six players who completed their two-year terms and will now rotate off the executive subcommittee.

Bears Lose WR Mooney for Season

The Chicago Bears had no one on their injury report just over a month ago when they played the New England Patriots.

 

Times have changed — painfully.

 

A handful of players joined quarterback Justin Fields on the sidelines with injuries in the Bears’ 31-10 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, including a pair of team leaders in wide receiver Darnell Mooney and safety Eddie Jackson.

 

Bears coach Matt Eberflus said Monday that Mooney needs ankle surgery and will be lost for the rest of the season. Chicago is still having Jackson’s foot injury evaluated, but in the midst of a 3-9 season — and a five-game losing streak — the last thing the Bears need is to lose more players.

 

Mooney is the Bears’ leading receiver with 40 receptions, while Jackson went into Sunday’s game with a team-high four interceptions, tied for third in the NFL.

 

Losing Mooney deprives Fields of his favorite target — when he does return. Eberflus said Fields remains day to day with a shoulder separation.

 

The injury to Jackson, combined with a concussion Jaquan Brisker already had and a hamstring injury to Dane Cruikshank, left the Bears playing their only two remaining safeties Sunday: DeAndre Houston-Carson and rookie seventh-round pick Elijah Hicks.

 

Besides Mooney and Jackson, the Bears lost right tackles Riley Reiff (shoulder) and Larry Borom (ankle). Receivers Equanimeous St. Brown and Chase Claypool had minor injuries Eberflus didn’t want to reveal, and are day to day. Cornerback Kyler Gordon (concussion) remains out.

 

The Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday. The Packers beat them 27-10 at Lambeau Field in Week 2.

Bulls Down Jazz

DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and six assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

 

Zach LaVine added 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists for the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Chicago imposed its will around the basket and on defense as the game progressed. The Bulls outscored Utah 64-44 in the paint, and they tallied 23 points off 14 Jazz turnovers.

 

Lauri Markkanen scored 32 points for the Jazz. Kelly Olynyk added 23 points and Collin Sexton chipped in 17. Utah lost its fifth straight.

 

DeRozan scored 12 points and assisted on three baskets in the third quarter. He bookended a 10-0 run with a pair of free throws, giving the Bulls a 78-73 lead.

 

Chicago finished 22 of 25 from the free throw line.

 

Chicago scored three straight baskets off steals to ignite an 8-0 run and extend its lead to 94-82 early in the fourth quarter. Andre Drummond capped the run with back-to-back baskets.

 

Markkanen gave Utah an early spark on offense. He made nine of his first 10 shots and hit five 3-pointers before halftime.

 

Markkanen made back-to-back baskets that ignited a 10-0 and put the Jazz ahead 40-31 lead early in the second quarter. Utah eventually extended its lead to 49-38 behind another pair of baskets from the Finnish forward.

 

The Jazz closed within 102-99 on back-to-back baskets from Malik Beasley and Olynyk but drew no closer. The Bulls held Utah to two field goals over the final five minutes.

 

The Bulls are at Phoenix on Wednesday.

Packers QB Rodgers Status vs Bears Still Uncertain

Aaron Rodgers wants to keep playing through his growing list of injuries as long as the struggling Green Bay Packers still have a mathematical chance of reaching the playoffs.

 

The Packers’ postseason hopes remain alive, if only in the technical sense, after a 40-33 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday dropped their record to 4-8. Rodgers, already playing with a broken right thumb, left with injured ribs in the second half.

 

Packers Coach Matt LaFleur said the Packers planned to continue relying on Rodgers if the four-time MVP is healthy enough to play.

 

Rodgers emphasized after the game he wants to keep playing as long as there’s any chance the Packers could still reach the postseason.

 

Philadelphia made the playoffs with a 9-8 record last season, so there’s the possibility a late surge could get the Packers back in contention. But it’s hard to imagine that kind of late run for a team that has dropped seven of its last eight games.

 

One of those factors is the chance for the Packers to get a closer look at 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love, who has made just one career start.

 

Love took over for the injured Rodgers and looked better than he had in any of his other sporadic appearances, going 6 of 9 for 113 yards and finding Christian Watson for a 63-yard touchdown.

 

Other than the injuries to Rodgers and Savage, LB De’Vondre Campbell (knee) missed a fourth straight game and WR Romeo Doubs (ankle) sat out a third consecutive game.

 

The Packers head to Chicago (3-9) seeking to beat the Bears for an eighth consecutive time.

Stars Blast Blues

Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves in an unexpected start and Wyatt Johnston broke a scoreless tie with a second-period goal to lead the Dallas Stars over the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Monday night.

 

Jason Robertson, Ty Dellandrea and Miro Heiskanen also scored for Dallas, which has earned at least one point in eight of its last nine games.

 

Brandon Saad scored for St. Louis, which has lost three of four.

 

Jamie Benn had two assists for the Stars, who lead the Central Division with 30 points.

 

Wedgewood was scheduled to serve as Jake Oettinger's backup, but moved into the starting role after Oettinger became ill right before the game.

 

Robertson extended his point streak to 16 games with a goal that made it 3-1 late in the third. Robertson has 17 goals and 12 assists during the run. He leads the NHL with 19 goals.

 

St. Louis C Robert Thomas missed the game with a lower-body injury sustained in the third period of Friday's 5-4 win over Florida. He is day-to-day. Thomas leads the team with 15 assists.

 

The Blues host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Clinton High School Boy's, Girl's Basketball Teams Begin Busy Week

The Clinton Maroons varsity boy's basketball team went 3-1 at this past week's Mt. Pulaski Thanksgiving tournament and embark on a busy week this week.

 

Things open tomorrow night when Clinton visits Olympia, who is 0-1 on the season.

 

The Maroons continue it's long stretch away from home Friday night when they make the short trip up Highway 51 to visit Maroa-Forsyth. 

 

Finally, the Maroons play its home opener Saturday evening hosting Heyworth at 6:30 pm.

 

Looking ahead to next week, the Maroons will look to avenge a Regional loss this past February when they host Riverton at Clinton High School next Tuesday.

 

The 1-4 Lady Maroons will look to right the ship starting tonight when they host the 4-0 Tolono Unity Lady Rockets.  Game time tonight is 7 pm. Hear the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and on its many digital platforms.

 

The Lady Maroons open the Central Illinois Conference slate Thursday night hosting Sullivan. 

Clinton's Webb Named Central Illinois All-Conference for Offensive, Defensive Line

Clinton High School senior lineman Scott Webb was named to the Central Illinois Conference first-team all-conference Saturday.

 

Webb was recognized as a unanimous first-teamer on the offensive line. He was also selected a first-teamer on the defensive line. 

 

Decatur St. Teresa dominated the first-team selections with nine unique first-team selections on each side of the ball. 

 

Shelbyville had five first-team selections between offense and defense while Tuscola had four. 

 

Central A&M had two first-team selections.

 

Clinton's Tristen Potts was a second-team all-conference selection at running back. Sophomore Logan Thoms was a second-team all-conference selection for Clinton at linebacker while Dawson Graves was also a second-team selection at defensive back. 

 

Houston Stapleton and Bret Young were honorable mentions.

 

Clinton finished the season 4-5 overall. 

Hurts Leads Eagle Past Packers in Sunday Night Thriller

Jalen Hurts ran for 157 yards to set an Eagles record for a quarterback, he also threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured his ribs in Philadelphia's 40-33 victory over Green Bay on Sunday night.

 

Hurts topped Michael Vick's 130 yards rushing set in December 2010 against the New York Giants as tops for an Eagles QB. Hurts became the first player since at least 1950 with 150-plus yards rushing and 150-plus yards passing with multiple pass touchdowns in a game and cemented his status as the NFL MVP front-runner.

 

He seems poised to take the MVP torch from Rodgers.

 

Hurts helped the Eagles move to 10-1 for the fifth time in history. Miles Sanders ran for 143 yards and two scores as Philadelphia rushed for 363 overall, the second-best total for the franchise.

 

Rodgers left in the third quarter with his team trailing 34-23 after grimacing his way through a drive that led to a Packers field goal. He had already been playing with a broken thumb and took several hard hits.

 

Rodgers' replacement, Jordan Love, kept the Packers (4-8) in the game by connecting with Christian Watson for a 63-yard catch-and-run touchdown that cut Philly's lead to 37-30.

 

But the Packers ran out of time against Hurts, who had 17 rushes for a 9.2 average.

 

Hurts had 254 combined yards, including 126 on the ground, and threw a TD pass in the first half as the Eagles built a 27-20 lead. He ripped off runs of 42, 28 and 24 yards.

 

In the second half, he hit A.J. Brown for a 6-yard TD pass and a 34-20 lead that just added to his staggering numbers on one of the great nights ever for an Eagles QB. Hurts topped Michael Vick's 130 yards rushing set in December 2010 against the New York Giants.

 

Rodgers was 11 of 16 passing for 140 yards, two touchdowns and two first-half interceptions.

 

Hurts put on a show in a lively first half that saw two Eagles get their first career picks and both teams miss an extra point while combining for seven touchdowns.

 

Philadelphia's high-octane offense had slowed of late - notably during the first loss of the season in the previous home game against Washington and last week's win over Indianapolis that needed a fourth-quarter rally - but Hurts put the Packers on notice with early rushes that would make an All-Pro running back envious. He ran for 52 yards on the opening drive and set up Kenneth Gainwell's 4-yard TD.

 

Rodgers had his second pass attempt batted by cornerback Darius Slay and snagged by Josiah Scott. Three plays later, Sanders scored on a 15-yard run. But Jake Elliott missed the PAT.

 

Rodgers led the Pack right back. A.J. Dillon scored on a 20-yard run, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for an 11-yard score, and it was 14-13 late in the first quarter.

 

Hurts, though, closed the half with a 42-yard run and a 1-yard run, close enough to the end zone to set up Sanders' 2-yard scoring run on the first play of the second quarter.

 

Rodgers again came back and threw a 23-yard TD pass to Aaron Jones. Mason Crosby matched Elliott with a missed extra point and it was 20-20.

 

That was about all Rodgers could muster.

 

Hurts took it from there and threw a 30-yard TD pass to Quez Watkins - whose fumble against the Commanders played a pivotal role in the Eagles' lone defeat.

 

The Packers visit Chicago next Sunday.

Jets Blast Blackhawks

Saku Maenalanen and Pierre-Luc Dubois each scored two goals and the Winnipeg Jets routed Chicago 7-2 on Sunday night, handing the Blackhawks their seventh straight loss.

 

Kyle Connor connected for the third straight game and had two assists, Mark Scheifele had his team-leading 11th goal, and Jansen Harkins also scored for the Jets. They have won two straight and three of four to improve to 13-6-1.

 

Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves and defenseman Josh Morrissey had three assists as Winnipeg dominated with a 44-shot attack.

 

Winnipeg's third and fourth lines got its offense rolling, then the Jets bigger names joined the party. Dubois netted his ninth and 10th goals in the third period to put it away.

 

Taylor Raddysh scored for the second straight game and Jujhar Khaira had a power-play goal for Chicago, 0-6-1 during its slide.

 

The Jets moved ahead of Colorado and into second place in the Central Division. With 27 points, Winnipeg is one behind first-place Dallas.

 

Petr Mrazek stopped 37 shots for Chicago. Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said his team had ample scoring chances, but didn't bear down and finish them.

 

The Blackhawks host Edmonton on Wednesday night.

High School Football State Finals Scores

Class 1A

Lena-Winslow 30
Camp Point Central 8

 

Class 2A

Tri-Valley   22
Decatur St. Teresa    29

 

Class 3A

IC Catholic  48
Williamsville    17

 

Class 4A

Providence Catholic  20
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin    44

Illinois visits Northwestern with slim division title hopes

Despite losing its last three games, Illinois still has a shot to represent the West Division in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3 -- but three rivalry games must go their way this weekend.

 

Not only do the Illini need Iowa to lose to Nebraska and Purdue to lose to Indiana, they need to hold on to the Land of Lincoln Trophy in Saturday's regular-season finale at Northwestern.

 

Not only will Illinois be gunning to keep the Land of Lincoln Trophy, but Chase Brown will be shooting to claim the national rushing title. Brown leads the nation with 1,582 rushing yards -- 58 more than Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim -- and was named Tuesday as one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award.

 

Northwestern, too, will be focused on the ground game. Sophomore walk-on Cole Freeman -- the team's fourth-stringer at the start of the year -- figures to make his second straight start at quarterback, but the Wildcats' only touchdown drive last week at Purdue came when running backs Evan Hull and Cam Porter took turns running out of the Wildcat formation.

 

Freeman completed 9 of 20 passes for 78 yards and one interception. He also fumbled twice while being sacked.

Freeman scores 21, Rhode Island beats Illinois State 57-44

Brayon Freeman led Rhode Island over Illinois State on Wednesday with 21 points in a 57-44 victory.

 

Freeman also contributed five rebounds for the Rams (2-4). Ishmael Leggett scored 18 points while going 3 of 9 from the floor, including 1 for 4 from distance, and 11 for 13 from the line, and added six rebounds. Josaphat Bilau finished 4 of 8 from the floor to finish with 10 points, while adding 11 rebounds.

 

The Redbirds (2-5) were led by Kendall Lewis, who recorded 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Illinois State also got eight points apiece from Malachi Poindexter and Colton Sandage.

 

Rhode Island carried a slim two-point lead into halftime, as Leggett led the way with 10 points. Rhode Island outscored Illinois State by 11 points in the second half, and Freeman scored a team-high 15 points in the second half to help secure the victory.

DeRozan scores 36, Bulls down Bucks 118-113

DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and eight assists, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-113 on Wednesday night.

 

Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points apiece for Chicago, and Coby White finished with 14 points.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks, who lost for just the second time in 11 home games this season. Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 11 assists.

 

The Bucks committed 20 turnovers that led to 17 points for the Bulls.

 

Milwaukee led 109-106 before White made a tying 3-pointer with 1:15 left. After Antetokounmpo was called for a charge, White took a pass from DeRozan and buried another 3 to put the Bulls ahead to stay.

 

The Bucks turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and DeRozan found Vucevic, who swished a corner 3.

 

Antetokounmpo was limited to eight points on 4-of-11 shooting in the first half. He scored 11 points in the third quarter, but the Bulls held a seven-point advantage heading to the fourth.

 

The Bulls built a 10-point fourth-quarter lead before the Bucks battled back to tie it midway through the period.

 

Milwaukee led by as much as 12 in the second quarter before Chicago rallied. Holiday's buzzer-beating jumper gave the Bucks a 62-61 halftime edge.

Liberty takes down Bradley 55-44

Darius McGhee had 21 points in Liberty's 55-44 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night at the Cancun Challenge.

 

McGhee was 7-of-18 shooting, including 5 for 15 from distance, and went 2 for 3 from the line for the Flames (3-3). Blake Preston added 10 points while shooting 5 of 8 from the field, and he also had nine rebounds. Colin Porter finished 3 of 6 from 3-point range to finish with nine points.

 

Malevy Leons led the way for the Braves (3-3) with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Darius Hannah added eight points and three blocks for Bradley. Christian Davis also had eight points.

 

Liberty entered halftime up 23-17. Preston paced the team in scoring in the first half with eight points. McGhee scored 16 points in the second half to help lead Liberty to an 11-point victory.

Skinner scores 2; Sabres win 6-2, to snap Blues' 7-game roll

Jeff Skinner scored twice, with his second capping a three-goal, second-period outburst, and the Buffalo Sabres defeated St. Louis 6-2 Wednesday night, snapping the Blues' seven-game winning streak.

 

Minor-league callup Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 34 shots for his fourth career NHL win, and first since Dec. 16. Getting his second start since Eric Comrie sustained a lower-body injury, Luukkonen's best save came with 4:24 left in the second period, when he kicked out his right pad to stop Vladimir Tarasenko set up on the doorstep.

 

Rookie Jack Quinn capped the win with two third-period goals, and Victor Olofsson and Dylan Cozens also scored.

 

Pavel Buchnevich and Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, and Jordan Kyrou had an assist to extend his points streak to six games (two goals, nine points).

 

Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots in his first loss in seven starts, and was denied in his bid to win his 100th career game.

 

With St. Louis trailing 4-1, Buchnevich scored a second time 6:11 into the the third period, but the goal was disallowed after the Sabres challenged the play for being offside. Replays showed Tarasenko losing possession just before he entered Buffalo's zone a step ahead of the puck.

 

A day after Buffalo scored three times in the first 2:13 at Montreal, Skinner opened the scoring 18 seconds into the game.

 

The Sabres then took control with three goals over an 11-minute span in the second period, and after Buchnevich tied the game with a power-play goal 53 seconds into the frame.

 

Skinner capped the surge by driving in from the left boards, stick-handling the puck through this legs to avoid Justin Falk, and then going against the grain by back-handing in a shot inside the left post.

Stars erase 3-goal deficit in 3rd, beat Blackhawks 6-4

Radek Faksa scored with 1:33 remaining, and the Stars erased a three-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes for a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

 

As for Robertson, he scored the first goal of the game to give him points in 13 consecutive games, getting even with Dave Gagner from the first season the franchise was in Texas after moving from Minnesota in 1993.

 

Then Robertson scored the last on an empty-netter to finish a five-goal third for the Stars, who extended Chicago's losing streak to five games, all in regulation, while beating the Blackhawks for the fifth consecutive time.

 

Less than a minute after Maxi Domi put the Blackhawks up 4-1, captain Jamie Benn scored for Dallas on a power play after Domi was called for tripping.

 

About four minutes after that, Mason Marchment and Ty Dellandrea scored 14 seconds apart to get the Stars even.

 

Dallas probably would have settled for overtime, but Faksa sent a rebound toward the net from a nearly impossible angle along the goal line in the final two minutes.

 

Faksa raised his arms as if he had scored, but play continued. It was stopped soon after, and replay showed the puck sneaking under the legs of Petr Mrazek and crossing the goal line before getting swept out by Chicago forward Jason Dickinson.

 

After Jones got Chicago even, Andreas Athanasiou and Connor Murphy pushed the lead to 3-1 in the second. Captain Jonathan Toews had his 500th career assist on Murphy's goal.

 

The Central Division-leading Stars outshot the Blackhawks 22-5 in the third, but all the pressure didn't seem like it would matter after Domi's fifth goal of the season.

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