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home : sports : college/pro December 8, 2019

Oregon ends No. 5 Utah's playoff hopes
The one constant all season for Utah was the ability to control the trenches against any opponent.

With a possible playoff berth and first Pac-12 title in school history on the line, the Utes more than met their match against Oregon.

Saturday, December 7, 2019


Blackhawks recover, beat Bruins 4-3 in OT
The Bruins haven't lost in regulation at home yet, and there they were trailing the Blackhawks 3-0 in the third period — Boston's first three-goal deficit of the season.

“Digging the hole 2-0, letting them score (17) seconds into the third," Bruins forward David Backes said. “It's not a recipe for success.”

Friday, December 6, 2019

Trubisky's four touchdowns helps Bears beat Cowboys 31-24
Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears appear to be hitting their stride, even if it might be too late to salvage their season.

Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in Chicago's 31-24 victory over Dak Prescott and the slumping Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Bulls hang on vs. Grizz
Although closing out games remains a struggle, the Chicago Bulls have hung on to win two straight after several losses in similar situations earlier in the season.

Zach LaVine scored 25 points, Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago beat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 106-99 on Wednesday night after nearly losing a 22-point lead.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Prescott: No time for talk, Cowboys need to beat Bears
Dak Prescott saw no need for strong words or fiery speeches.

The Dallas Cowboys have lost six of nine since a 3-0 start, and all their star quarterback cares about is finding a way to win consistently again.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Number 10 Duke dominates No. 11 Michigan State, 87-75
Vernon Carey Jr. showed Michigan State exactly what it’s missing.

Carey had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help No. 10 Duke dominate the 11th-ranked Spartans in an 87-75 victory Tuesday night.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Carolina Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera
Panthers owner David Tepper said he would have preferred to wait until after the season to make a coaching change.

Tepper ultimately decided he wanted to get a jumpstart on his search for a new coach, so he fired Ron Rivera, the franchise's winningest coach, on Tuesday with the Panthers (5-7) all but out of playoff contention following a four-game skid.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks working toward return
The Chicago Bears defense held it together through seven games without team leader Akiem Hicks because of a dislocated elbow.

Now their Pro Bowl defensive end is back practicing but his possible return to the lineup could come too late to help the Bears.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Miami holds off furious comeback to beat Illinois 81-79
Chris Lykes scored 28 points and Miami held off a furious second-half comeback to beat Illinois 81-79 on Monday.

Illinois (6-2) trailed 50-31 at the half — at one point down by 27 points — and was outplayed at every level by Miami (5-3) before making adjustments and outscoring the Hurricanes 48-31 in the second half.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Seahawks beat Vikings 37-30, take 1st in west
By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game.

Even when they're comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Allen grabs 38 saves, Blues beat short-handed Blackhawks 4-0
No Stanley Cup slump for St. Louis so far.

The Blues just keep rolling along.

Jake Allen made 38 saves, Brayden Schenn scored his team-leading 14th goal and St. Louis beat the short-handed Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Monday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Net gains: NHL's load management, top goalies playing less
Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he's told.

How much he plays has changed.

A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins' 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with Matt Murray, then made 46 starts for Vegas and led the expansion Golden Knights to the final.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Rodgers throws 4 TDs, Packers beat skidding Giants 31-13
The Green Bay Packers had everything they needed to bounce back from a dismal West Coach performance: Lambeau Field weather on the road, a struggling young opponent and, of course, Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Packers (9-3) rebounded from an embarrassing 29-point loss to San Francisco and beat the New York Giants 31-13 Sunday.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Trubisky, pass game hit high point for Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — It's been rare in this Chicago Bears season when the play of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has drawn universal praise.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has already clinched eligibility for a bowl and a win over Northwestern on Saturday could help land a more prestigious postseason destination.
Friday, November 29, 2019


DETROIT (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky started and closed strong to overcome some shaky decisions and plays in between to keep the Chicago Bears in the NFC playoff picture.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Trick TD sparks Bills in 26-15 Thanksgiving win over Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Beasley savored a little extra time on the field with his former teammates after what had to be one of the most satisfying days of the Buffalo receiver's career.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Stephen F. Austin stuns Duke in OT
With a breakaway layup at the overtime buzzer, Stephen F. Austin pulled off a shocker for the ages and did what no team outside the ACC had done in almost 20 years — topple mighty Duke at home.

The underdog Lumberjacks and their high-pressure defense took over at Cameron Indoor Stadium as No. 1 Duke lost its grip on everything: The ball, the game, its prized home-court winning streak and, ultimately, the nation's top ranking.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

NCAA rejects Missouri appeal, postseason ban looms
The NCAA rejected an appeal by the University of Missouri to limit or overturn sanctions for infractions tied to the case of a former tutor Tuesday, angering school officials and leaving in place postseason bans in three high-profile sports along with other restrictions.

The school had filed a 64-page brief to the NCAA's appeals committee in March, arguing that the penalties handed down Jan. 31 were contrary to precedent, not supported or appropriate given the nature of the allegations and could have a chilling effect on future NCAA enforcement.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Jackson throws 5 TDs, Ravens rout Rams
Lamar Jackson basically hadn't allowed the football to touch the ground Monday night until he dropped an ordinary shotgun snap late in the first half at the Coliseum. He picked it up, split the pocket and sprinted away through the Rams' defense, going 35 thrilling yards before tripping right at the goal line.

Instead of celebrating, Jackson sprung up and remonstratively slapped both his hands on his helmet.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Mack, Robinson lead Bears over Giants 19-14
Khalil Mack gave the Bears the lift they needed with the type of big play he had not been delivering.

Mack set up a touchdown with a strip-sack, Allen Robinson had a season-high 131 yards receiving and Chicago beat the struggling New York Giants 19-14 on Sunday.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Hopkins has 2 TDs, Texans beat Colts 20-17 to top AFC South
Determined to bounce back from an embarrassing loss, the Houston Texans used big performances from Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins and solid defense to beat the Indianapolis Colts and move into first place in the AFC South.

Watson threw two touchdown passes to Hopkins and finished with 298 yards to help the Texans to the 20-17 win Thursday night.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Binnington makes 40 saves to help Blues beat Flames 5-0
St. Louis defenseman Vince Dunn set the tone for the Blues with a crunching hit that drew a retaliation penalty.

"I think it energized everybody in the whole city of St. Louis," goalie Jordan Binnington said after stopping 40 shots for his sixth career shutout in St. Louis’ 5-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. "It was big."

Oskar Sundqvist scored twice, Zach Sanford had a goal and three assists, David Perron and Dunn also scored and Robert Thomas added three assists to lead the Blues to their largest victory margin of season. St. Louis also improved to 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Ohio St. star Young returns with "chip on my shoulder"
Chase Young, who returns from a two-game suspension on Saturday, took to social media this week with what could be an ominous warning for No. 9 Penn State: “Chip on my shoulder only gotten bigger.”

The meaning is clear.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Cirelli, Point get goals, help Lightning top Blackhawks 4-2
Even without Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay had enough.

Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point scored 2:39 apart midway through the third period, and the Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Thursday night.

“You can’t replace those guys,” Point said. “They’re world-class players. We were short guys, but we had guys step up, guys creating energy for us.”

Friday, November 22, 2019

Cockburn lifts Illini over Citadel 85-57
Kofi Cockburn scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Illinois past The Citadel 85-57 on Wednesday night.

It was the fourth double-double of the young season for Cockburn, a muscular, 7-foot freshman. Cockburn's 17 rebounds broke a school single-game record for a freshman, previously held by Deon Thomas (16). Cockburn is the only freshman in the country with four double-doubles through five games.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Blues beat Lightning 3-1 to spoil Maroon's homecoming
There was no storybook ending for St. Louis native Pat Maroon in his return home Tuesday night.

Oskar Sundqvist and David Perron scored to lead the Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, spoiling Maroon's much-anticipated return after helping his hometown team to a Stanley Cup title last season.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

LSU, Ohio St., Clemson, Georgia top CFP rankings
The College Football Playoff rankings were unchanged at the top this week, with LSU first followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia.

The selection committee's third weekly rankings had little movement in the top 10, with Alabama fifth followed by Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Oklahoma and Minnesota.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pelicans spoil Anthony's debut, beat Blazers 115-104
Carmelo Anthony smiled easily in a hallway outside the Trail Blazers' locker room and asserted that he "felt great" after the first game of his 17th NBA season, even if his new team couldn't keep pace with Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram and a largely revamped Pelicans squad that is showing signs of figuring some things out.

"It felt great just to be back into the flow of the game, be back on the court, be back to where I think I belong," Anthony said. "As far as conditioning, though, I felt absolutely great out there. There was minor things, but it was more of the flow of things, and getting used to how the team plays and sets and getting used to the guys on the team."

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Streaking Hurricanes top Blackhawks 4-2 for fourth consecutive win
Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour thinks it's going to be another tough playoff race in the Metropolitan Division this season.

So yeah, a little win streak on the road is a big deal.

Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist, and the Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday night for the franchise's first sweep of a regular-season trip of at least three games.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Cockburn's double-double helps Illinois turn back Hawaii
When the season started, Illinois fans were hoping to get an early glimpse of things to come from 7-foot freshman center Kofi Cockburn.

What they've seen so far has been more satisfying than anticipated. Cockburn scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Illinois beat Hawaii 66-53 on Monday night.

Cockburn, from Jamaica, recorded his third double-double in four games this season.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Duke climbs to No. 1 in AP Top 25 following Kentucky's upset loss
Duke is back at No. 1, moving up a spot following a pair of victories last week.

The Blue Devils can thank Evansville for the jump.

Duke moved to No. 1 for the first time this season, receiving 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.

The Blue Devils climbed a spot after unranked Evansville pulled off the season's biggest surprise so far by knocking off previous No. 1 Kentucky.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Antetokounmpo scores 33, Bucks beat Bulls
Giannis Antetokounmpo showed off a couple of scratches on his hands and arms. The leader of the Milwaukee Bucks was whistled for five offensive fouls, but finished the game on the floor.

The Chicago Bulls tried everything against the NBA MVP. Nothing worked.

Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Bulls 115-101 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Chargers 24-17 in Mexico City
Nearly everything about this Monday night game felt foreign to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, from the gasp-inducing altitude of raucous Azteca Stadium to the struggles of their powerhouse offense.

Mahomes loved the experience, but didn't love how his offense played. The Chiefs' defense picked it up time and again, culminating in the final pick that sent them all back home as winners.

"We kept that confidence all game long," Mahomes said. "We knew that someone was going to make a play to win the game."

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

THS boys bowling takes fifth in Silver bracket
The Taylorville boys bowling team traveled to Collinsville for their first tournament on Saturday. The Tornadoes finished with a team total of 5465 on Saturday, which was good enough for fifth place in the Silver bracket.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Kyle Busch leads Gibbs trio to win 2nd 'ship
Kyle Busch casually collected the championship flag from his team and did a slow, subdued celebratory lap. The most polarizing driver in NASCAR had just won his second Cup title and wanted to soak in the moment with his true fans.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Gurley, Brown help Rams ground out 17-7 win over Bears
Todd Gurley was told by Rams coach Sean McVay before Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears that he was going to be a focal point of Los Angeles’ offense.

Gurley rose to the occasion and delivered his best game of the season.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Celtics hold off Warriors late to win 10th straight
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yet another Golden State starter went down with an injury when D’Angelo Russell sprained his right thumb, but the Warriors still made mighty Boston work until the waning moments.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

No. 12 Seton Hall placed on 3 years' probation
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — The NCAA has placed the men’s basketball program at Seton Hall on probation for three years, taken away a scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year and limited recruiting in each of the next two seasons as part of a negotiated resolution of a transfer tampering case started in 2016.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Myles Garrett, helmet a 'weapon,' banned for rest of season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett is done playing for the Cleveland Browns this season. The NFL isn’t saying when the star defensive end will play again.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

A year after defensive gem, Bears try to silence Rams again
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even Sean McVay realizes there’s a strong argument to be made that the Chicago Bears ended the Los Angeles Rams’ two seasons of offensive brilliance with their 15-6 victory at Soldier Field last season.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Crafton grabs Truck Series title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Matt Crafton won a championship without winning a race, an unprecedented feat under NASCAR’s new title-deciding playoff systems.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Dest, US Soccer rebound to beat Canada 4-1
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sergiño Dest needed just a couple minutes to his show why his talent was coveted on both sides of the Atlantic.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Angels' Trout overcomes injury, tragedy to win 3rd AL MVP
NEW YORK (AP) — It had never been so difficult for Mike Trout to arrive at the ballpark, get his mind and body ready, and perform at the level baseball fans have come to expect.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Giannis drops 30-plus again to lead Bucks past Bulls 124-115
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo ensured the Milwaukee Bucks’ dominance over the Chicago Bulls didn’t end Thursday night.
Friday, November 15, 2019

US military academy athletes can now delay service to go pro
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has opened the door for athletes at the nation’s military academies to play professional sports after they graduate, and delay their active-duty service.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Browns beat Steelers, but brawl takes center stage
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns were seconds away from a season-changing win when Myles Garrett lost his composure in a moment of rage rarely seen on an NFL field.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Bears try to build momentum against Rams after beating Lions
The Chicago Bears took a big step toward the NFC North championship and their first playoff appearance since 2010 when they shut down Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams last year at Soldier Field.

This time, they’re simply trying to build some momentum.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Blackhawks win 5-3 for 1st victory over Vegas
Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner have played almost equal time in net for the Chicago Blackhawks, with neither emerging as the starting goaltender.

It's a ploy coach Jeremy Colliton has insisted upon and is starting to pay off.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Astros' Verlander, Mets' deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards
Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.

Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Evansville stuns No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena, 67-64
Evansville showed no fear either of Kentucky or venerable Rupp Arena, where the Wildcats had been perfect at ruining visitors' dreams of pulling off the seemingly impossible.

Until Tuesday night.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams Saturday
Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta.

The exiled former Pro Bowl quarterback posted on Twitter: "I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Coyotes snap Blues' 7-game win streak 3-2 in shootout
A tired Arizona Coyotes team showed what you can do on little sleep.

Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland scored in the shootout, and the Coyotes snapped the St. Louis Blues' seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

White's seven threes in 4th help Bulls beat Knicks 120-102
Coby White waited as Roy Williams walked up the court. Williams playfully bowed in front of his former guard and then gave him a hug before taking off.

It was White's night, and a beaming Williams loved every moment.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Shildt wins NL Manager of the Year days after mom's death
Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom's side, tagging along with her to work at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse.

When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on his mind.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cards, Wainwright reach deal for 2020
The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright have agreed to a contract for the 2020 season, increasing the likelihood the pitcher will finish his career with the only major league team he has played for.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Leonard leads Clippers past Raptors in 1st game vs old team
Kawhi Leonard wasn't at his best against his former team. His new teammates knocked down big shots and won anyway.

Leonard struggled on 2-for-11 shooting and had nine turnovers, but Lou Williams led a big effort from the bench with 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors 98-88 on Monday night.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Seahawks knock 49ers from unbeaten ranks in OT
Russell Wilson high-stepped his way down the sideline before hugging coach Pete Carroll after Jason Myers' kick split the uprights.

After a wild overtime that featured a rare Wilson interception, a missed field goal by San Francisco and a questionable decision from 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, the Seahawks had knocked the Niners from the ranks of the unbeaten and made sure the NFC West would remain tight down the stretch.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Kentucky new No. 1 in AP Top 25
Kentucky is back in a familiar position under John Calipari: No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll.

The Wildcats rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern Kentucky. They earned 64 of 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll to finish ahead of No. 2 Duke.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Trubisky, Bears hang on to beat Lions 20-13 as Stafford sits
Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears finally gave their frustrated fans something to celebrate.

The defending NFC North champions got their offense in gear, snapped their four-game losing streak and let loose afterward.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Intentional cautions take spotlight in NASCAR playoffs
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Denny Hamlin thought he was the favorite to win NASCAR's championship but now finds himself in danger of not even making it to the title round.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Damian Lillard erupts to score 60 points in Trail Blazers' loss to Nets
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard's career- and franchise-high scoring game wasn't enough for the Portland Trail Blazers to get their first home win of the season.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Judge grants USWNT class status
(AP) — The U.S. women's national team has been granted class status in its lawsuit against U.S. Soccer that alleges gender discrimination in compensation and working conditions.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cockburn leads way as Illinois holds off Grand Canyon 83-71
PHOENIX (AP) — Illinois started its two-game desert road trip in one of the rowdiest environments in college basketball.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bears look to stop skid, turn around season vs Lions
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have four straight losses, a spot at the bottom of their division and little time left to salvage their once-promising season. If Detroit beats them, well, that might stamp out whatever is left.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Kane has goal, 2 assists, Blackhawks beat Canucks 5-2
CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks returned to home ice and got back to basics against one of the NHL's most improved teams.
Friday, November 8, 2019

New pass interference reviews have led to a lot of confusion
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the yellow flag flew for defensive pass interference on Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes in a recent game, coach Mike Zimmer immediately contested the call.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Clippers fined $50k for Leonard statements
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for statements made by coach Doc Rivers and others that were "inconsistent" about Kawhi Leonard's health.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Olympic champ's heartfelt speech marks end of an era at WADA

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The only reason Beckie Scott's going-away speech to the World Anti-Doping Agency wasn't her finest moment was because of all that led up to it.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The captain becomes a player; Woods picks himself in Pres. Cup
(AP) — Tiger Woods will have an ear piece, a radio and his golf clubs at the Presidents Cup.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Late game heroics: Carr's drive helps Raiders rally past Chargers 26-24
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr engineered another late winning drive. Karl Joseph delivered the sealing defensive play.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Bulls race to big lead early, rout Hawks 113-93

ATLANTA (AP) — For the second night in a row, the Chicago Bulls took a big lead into the fourth quarter.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Athlete with THS family connection to play D1 lacrosse at Fairfield Univ.
BRYN MAWR, Penn. — A lacrosse athelete with family ties to Taylorville will soon be playing Division 1 Fairfield University.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nagy, Bears search for answers as season slips away
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Coach Matt Nagy insisted there is a silver lining somewhere for the Chicago Bears. It's just hard to find at the moment.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lamar Jackson running toward record book
(AP) — Lamar Jackson is going to juke his way into the record books if he keeps running like this.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Freshman Anthony scores 34 points, No. 9 UNC beats Irish
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Cole Anthony didn't need much time to make his mark on the North Carolina record book.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Schwartz finishes 3-on-0 to lift Blues over Canucks in overtime
As the puck slid up the ice with only St. Louis players in pursuit, Jaden Schwartz found himself in the middle of a situation he'd never experienced before.

He certainly made the most of it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ohio State, LSU, Bama, Penn State top CFP rankings
Two from the Big Ten. Two from the Southeastern Conference. And the undefeated defending national champions on the outside looking in — for now.

Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State were the top four teams Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff selection committee's first rankings of the season.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sharks beat Blackhawks 4-2 to snap skid
Patrick Marleau celebrated a milestone night with a much-needed goal that built confidence for the slumping San Jose Sharks.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

LeBron 3rd straight triple-double, Lakers beat Bulls
LeBron James and Anthony Davis watched and cheered as Kyle Kuzma powered a big fourth-quarter run for Los Angeles.

Sure, James was his usual brilliant self. But Kuzma's performance was a big deal for the rolling Lakers.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Feliz helps Illinois hold off Nicholls State 78-70 in OT
Andres Feliz scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Illinois beat Nicholls State 78-70 in overtime on Tuesday in a season opener for both teams.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Cubs exercise Rizzo's $16.5M option, decline Morrow, Barnett
The Cubs have exercised a $16.5 million option for next season on first baseman Anthony Rizzo and declined options on right-handers Brandon Morrow, Tony Barnette and Kendall Graveman.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Prescott throws for 3 touchdowns, Cowboys beat Giants again
First, the black cat ran on the field.

Then the Dallas Cowboys scampered past the New York Giants.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Bears, Trubisky inept on offense again in 4th straight loss
The Bears' stat sheet for most of the first half read like Chicago's winter forecast.

Yards passing after the first quarter? Try minus-2.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Nationals get their WS parade
The Washington Nationals are getting a hero's welcome home from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected for a parade Saturday honoring the Nationals, who won a nail-biting, come-from-behind victory against the Houston Astros in Game 7 to clinch the World Series.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

LaVine scores 26 as Bulls beat Pistons 112-106
Trailing by one in the closing minutes, the Chicago Bulls were looking for someone to hit the big shots. Zach LaVine delivered the baskets they needed.

LaVine scored 26 points, Otto Porter Jr. added 22, and the Bulls overcame a big effort by Derrick Rose against his former team to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-106 on Friday night.

Rose delighted the hometown crowd with 23 points and seven assists. But the Bulls came away with the win after dropping three in a row while handing the Pistons their fourth loss in five games.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Kicking still issue for Bears in rematch vs Eagles
The Chicago Bears meet the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time since a double doink ended their season and they still haven't solved their kicking woes.

The Bears lost 16-15 to the Eagles at home in the playoffs last January when Cody Parkey's 43-yard field goal in the closing seconds was tipped at the line of scrimmage and bounced off an upright and the crossbar.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

James, Doncic get triple-doubles, Lakers beat Mavs
LeBron James faced the crowd and sidestepped his way up the floor after a punctuating 3-pointer in overtime made possible by Danny Green's buzzer-beating 3 in regulation.

The Lakers star took an extra peek toward the national TV crew at center court, perhaps to gauge the entertainment value of the first matchup of the 15-time All-Star alongside Anthony Davis against Dallas' young European pair of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Brown voted NFL's greatest game changer
Paul Brown's influence on professional football has been felt for decades. He is as responsible as anyone for making it America's most popular sport.

The innovative coach and powerful team owner has been voted the NFL's greatest game changer.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

No. 12 Baylor still undefeated after 17-14 win over WVU
No. 12 Baylor got quite defensive to remain undefeated.

While Charlie Brewer threw for 277 yards with two touchdowns, the defense blocked a late field goal try while allowing only one big play, and the Bears won a game when scoring less than 20 points for the first time since 2006.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Garoppolo throws 4 TD passes, 49ers beat Cardinals 28-25
San Francisco's game-manager turned into quite the game-changer in an impressive performance.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns on a night his team's vaunted defense wasn't at its best, and the San Francisco 49ers reached the halfway point of their season undefeated, beating the Arizona Cardinals 28-25 on Thursday.

Friday, November 1, 2019

YMCA Predators tie for fifth place at Ghoul in the Pool meet
The Christian County Predators traveled to Mattoon to compete in the Ghoul in the Pool in Mattoon on Saturday, October 25. The Predators scored 322 points and were tied for fifth in the meet as a team. The results were as follows:

Haley Bliler (11-12 girls) was ninth in the 200 yard freestyle, 12 in the 100 yard freestyle, and 13 in the 50 yard breaststroke.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Nationals top Astros to win 1st World Series title
Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound.

Almost out of contention in May, champs in October.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Perron scores in OT to lift Blues past Red Wings, 5-4
The defending champion St. Louis Blues got off to a good start Sunday, struggled in the middle and finished strong.

It's not ideal, yet they'll take it.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Strome, DeBrincat lead Blackhawks past LA Kings, 5-1
Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat have known each other since they were high-scoring junior teammates starting in 2014. On Sunday night, that familiarity paid off again at a higher level.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Woods ties Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins
For Tiger Woods, it all comes down to consistency.

Surgeries on his knee and back and a crisis in his personal life have cost him opportunities to play his best golf over the past decade. But when he's been healthy and free from off-course distractions, he's always found ways to win. And now, he's won as much as anybody on the PGA Tour.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Bears waste Montgomery's big game in 17-16 loss to Chargers
David Montgomery showed all the reasons why he was one of the top running backs in this year's NFL draft.

Patience. Vision. Toughness.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Chicago teachers' strike sidelines athletes
A strike by school teachers in Chicago has spread from the picket line to the playing field.

Thousands of high school athletes, shut out of class for more than a week, are arguing, rallying and even filing lawsuits for the chance to compete in post-season play. Hanging in the balance, they say, are not just the pursuits of state-championship glory and lifelong memories, but scholarships that for some represent a lone opportunity to attend college and, in some cases, escape drugs and violence in city neighborhoods.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Chicago Cubs hire David Ross to replace Maddon as manager
The Chicago Cubs thought they needed a new voice in the dugout. They are banking on good ol' "Grandpa Rossy" to give them a spark.

The Cubs hired David Ross to replace Joe Maddon as their manager Thursday, hoping the former catcher can help them get back to the playoffs after missing out for the first since 2014. The three-year deal includes a club option for the 2023 season. Ross, who's never managed or even coached before, becomes the 55th manager in club history.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Now with Clippers, Kawhi Leonard spoils Warriors fun again
Kawhi Leonard sure knows how to spoil Golden State's fun.

Leonard did it again in the Warriors' first game at Chase Center just like in their farewell at Oracle Arena four months ago, scoring 21 points in three quarters to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 141-122 victory Thursday on opening night at Golden State's snazzy new arena.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Bears, Chargers look to stop skids, get back to winning
The Chicago Bears are stuck on offense, getting pushed around on defense and in danger of fading in the NFC North race. The Los Angeles Chargers are reeling, too.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Vikings beat Redskins for 4th straight win
Near the end of this methodical victory for the Minnesota Vikings, the crowd directed a loud cheer toward a player on the visiting team.
Friday, October 25, 2019

Hayes helps Flyers beat Blackhawks 4-1
Kevin Hayes and the Philadelphia Flyers were so good they didn't even need those two goals that were waived off.

Hayes scored after he lost a goal because of an offsides challenge, and the Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Strasburg stars as Nats rout Astros for 2-0 Series lead
Stephen Strasburg's time had come.

Famously held out of the postseason seven years ago, Strasburg delivered on the biggest stage of all Wednesday night.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

At a glance: Big Ten football week 9 preview
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Illinois basketball welcomes higher expectations entering season
A young, maturing Illinois team is hoping for a breakthrough this season — the kind coach Brad Underwood saw coming when he arrived in Champaign two years ago.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hornets rookie Washington nets 27 in 126-125 win over Bulls
When Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak took PJ Washington with the 12th pick in the draft, he suggested the Kentucky forward might spend this season bouncing back and forth between Charlotte and its G League affiliate to gain experience.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Trubisky insists he has Nagy's support and that offense will click
An edgy and almost defiant quarterback Mitchell Trubisky insisted he has the support he needs from coach Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears' struggling offense will not be torn apart by outside criticism.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Vegas beats Blackhawks in shootout
CHICAGO (AP) — Vegas played its ace, and it beat all the hands for Chicago.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in game one of World Series
HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals quickly derailed the Cole Express.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tarasenko has one goal, two assists as Blues beat Avalanche 3-1
Vladimir Tarasenko doesn't like talking about himself. Alex Pietrangelo, however, doesn't mind talking about his teammate.

Tarasenko had a goal and two assists to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Hot Cole, Astros face Scherzer, Nationals in World Series opener
Gerrit Cole rattles off the names of the pitching greats with ease, featuring the same command he shows with his vaunted four-seam fastball.

Bob Gibson. Tom Seaver. Don Drysdale.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Mich. State No. 1 in Top 25 preseason poll
There isn't much Michigan State has yet to accomplish under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, from Big Ten titles and Final Four trips to winning a national championship.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Illini stuns Wisconsin on last-second FG
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Sloppy Bears lose 36-25 to surging Saints, Bridgewater
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky made a couple of bad throws. Anthony Miller had a costly fumble. A blocked punt turned into a safety, and Chicago's defense looked tired in the second half.
Monday, October 21, 2019

Fields leads No. 4 Ohio State past Northwestern 52-3
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Eyeing a playoff spot and a shot at the national championship, No. 4 Ohio State sure is locked in at the moment.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

CC Sabathia's big league career over
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia walked into Yankee Stadium's interview room with his left arm in a sling Friday, 16 hours after shuffling off the mound in pain following the 58,692nd and final pitch of his major league career.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saints look to keep rolling with Bridgewater against Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints kept their sights set on a Super Bowl even after Drew Brees went down with an injury.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

No. 6 Wisconsin expected to dominate Illinois
(AP) — The Fighting Illini Football team will square off with the the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers Saturday in what is expected to be blowout win for the Badgers. They are favored by 30.5 points.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next
NEW YORK (AP) — They have the pitching, and they don't need the pitches. Certainly, the Houston Astros have confidence for good reason on the brink of another World Series.
Friday, October 18, 2019

Joe Maddon returns to Los Angeles Angels as manager
Joe Maddon is back under the halo.

Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Neb., Illinois football to play in Ireland
Nebraska will play Illinois in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2021 season, the second game in a five-game series of college football games on the Emerald Isle.

Athletic directors Bill Moos of Nebraska and Josh Whitman of Illinois announced the game Monday. It's set for Aug. 28 at 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium. Illinois is the designated home team.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bears hope to have Trubisky return from shoulder injury
The Chicago Bears are cautiously optimistic quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will return this week from a left shoulder injury.

Trubisky said he feels "close" to 100 percent and hopes to start when the Bears host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Yanks' bullpen to be tested after rainout squeezes ALCS
A rainy day in the Bronx has left a most daunting October test for the New York Yankees vaunted bullpen: four games, four days and already a deficit to overcome against the Houston Astros in their AL Championship Series.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

With promising young core, Chicago Bulls set sights on playoff position
Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine would love to showcase their skills before the home crowd when the All-Star Game returns to Chicago this season for the first time since Michael Jordan stole the spotlight in 1988.

It would mean the Bulls' promising young stars have taken their games to a higher level. And that would likely mean the team is starting to win again.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Cole pitches Astros past Yankees 4-1 for 2-1 lead in ALCS
Gerrit Cole is making his pitch to own this October.

A gritty Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Nats sweep Cardinals to make World Series for first time since 1933
As the Washington Nationals moved a party 86 years in the making from their ballpark's infield to a booze-filled clubhouse, manager Dave Martinez paused near the dugout and thrust the silver NL Championship Series trophy overhead, to the delight of loud, delirious fans still in the stands.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Strasburg Ks 12, Nats top Cards 8-1; 1 win from WS
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 pitches in, Stephen Strasburg was adamant he wasn't quite ready to leave the latest superb start by a Nationals pitcher against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series — a win that put Washington on the verge of the city's first World Series in 86 years.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Illini ready to meet lofty expectations
CHAMPAIGN — Andy Katz, an NCAA college basketball analyst, ranked Illinois in his top 36 teams in the nation as he gave the Illini the number 21 spot on his list.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bears struggling under expectations at bye
The Chicago Bears came into the season with soaring expectations. They hit their bye staggering and vowing to get things right.

A 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders left the defending NFC North champions with a 3-2 record heading into their week off and one big question hanging over them. And it centers on their offense.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

O'Reilly scores 4, Blues beat Senators
Anders Nilsson took the blame for the Ottawa Senators staying winless.

Nilsson stopped 31 shots in his first start of the season as Ottawa fell to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Patriots beat Giants 35-14 to reach 6-0
Under coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have made a habit of besting young quarterbacks.

They can add Giants rookie Daniel Jones to that list.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Sharks beat Blackhawks 5-4 for 1st win
Patrick Marleau looked terrific in teal.

Just like old times.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Cards oust Braves from NLDS with record 10-run 1st
The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bulls drop preseason game to Bucks
Robin Lopez and Frank Mason III both scored 14 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Chicago Bulls 122-112 in preseason action on Monday night.

Milwaukee didn't play most of its major contributors, including last year's league Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Pietrangelo scores late tiebreaker, Blues beat Maple Leafs 3-2
The St. Louis Blues have picked up right where they left off last season.

Alex Pietrangelo scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, leading the defending champion Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Molina wins it in 10th, Cardinals top Braves 5-4, Game 5 next
They all knew. Every single one of them. Paul Goldschmidt and all the St. Louis Cardinals. Ozzie Albies and the rest of the Atlanta Braves.

Tough to beat Yadier Molina in a big postseason spot.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bears, Raiders set for London showdown
LONDON (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears are taking vastly different approaches to their trip to London.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Konecny powers Flyers past Blackhawks
PRAGUE (AP) — It was a successful home debut for Flyers coach Alain Vigneault — a long, long way from Philadelphia.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cards score 4 in 9th, hold off Braves 7-6 in NLDS opener
ATLANTA (AP) — Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals look as gritty as ever.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Seahawks hold off Rams 30-29
SEATTLE (AP) — For all the other times when Seattle’s Russell Wilson was the best player on the field and made highlight plays, this was different.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Vrana scores in OT, Capitals beat Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jakub Vrana spoiled the St. Louis Blue’s banner-raising party.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Diaz homers, Rays beat A's 5-1 in AL wild-card game
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When he got to second base, Yandy Diaz stole a glance back toward the dugout and saw all his teammates going crazy. He gleefully kept running.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Michigan State's Winston earns preseason Big Ten honors
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had little doubt All-America guard Cassius Winston would return for his senior season rather than jump to the NBA. And it wasn’t just because he needed another year of college ball.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Taylorville woman to be inducted into SIUE Hall of Fame
Thursday, October 3, 2019

New England, KC remain atop AP Pro32 poll
It's only four weeks into the NFL's regular season and it seems like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are way ahead of the rest of the AFC.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Korean Tour suspends player 3 years for obscene gesture
Bio Kim won the tournament and then lost his job. The Korea PGA suspended him Tuesday for three years for making an obscene gesture at the crowd on the 16th hole of the final round because of noise from a cellphone camera.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Soto lifts Nats to 4-3 comeback wild-card win over Brewers
After all the heartache and close calls, all the early exits, maybe it makes sense that a 20-year-old kid who never had been to the postseason, Juan Soto, would help the Washington Nationals finally advance.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ross on list of possible candidates for Cubs manager
The field of candidates to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs is beginning to take shape.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rudolph, Steelers break out of funk, stomp Bengals 27-3
The Pittsburgh Steelers insisted they might have been winless through three weeks, but they were far from hopeless. They stressed the process of finding an identity with franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for the season with an elbow injury would take time and a collective effort from all involved.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

MLB finishes with 6,776 HR's, 11% above record
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Elliott wins playoff race at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman had just advanced to the second round of NASCAR's playoffs, climbed from his car and slumped to the ground, dehydrated and overcome by the heat. As he was receiving medical attention, Bubba Wallace approached him and angrily splashed liquid in Bowman's face.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Cal. to let college athletes make money
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape amateur sports in the U.S.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Bears lose Trubisky in win over Vikings
CHICAGO (AP) — Chase Daniel came through in relief after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game on the opening possession, and a banged-up defense dominated again for the Chicago Bears.
Monday, September 30, 2019

All MLB playoff slots filled; A's, Rays in, Indians out
The creative Tampa Bay Rays and the tenacious Oakland Athletics earned playoff spots Friday night, filling out the 10-team field for the Major League Baseball postseason.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hicks' injury could make stopping Cook even tougher
The Chicago Bears face a huge challenge trying to contain NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Eagles pick off Rodgers late, beat Packers 34-27
Craig James was on the practice squad at the beginning of the week.

The short-handed Philadelphia Eagles promoted the second-year undrafted cornerback to the active roster two days before the prime-time matchup in Green Bay. James responded by making the game-winning play in the 34-27 win over the Packers on Thursday night.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Cubs eliminated
The Chicago Cubs felt they were in the beginning stages of a dynasty three years ago.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Cubs lose seventh straight game, now on brink of elimination
A seven-game losing streak has all but eliminated the Chicago Cubs and the near finality of that could be felt in their somber clubhouse following the latest defeat.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Vargas hits game-winner in 19th inning, D-backs top Cards 3-2
Arizona had ample reasons to be a beaten-down ballclub one day after being officially eliminated from the National League playoff race.

Instead, the Diamondbacks powered through 19 innings of baseball, used 13 pitchers and earned an unlikely 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that lasted nearly seven hours.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trubisky, Bears get offense on track, beat Redskins 31-15
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After the Chicago Bears' offense was slow to get going this season, Mitchell Trubisky was excited to speed things up.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Goldschmidt hits HR in Arizona return, Cards top D-backs 9-7
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks made it obvious they appreciated Paul Goldschmidt in his return to the desert, honoring him with a tribute video before the game and multiple ovations throughout the evening.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Blues geared up for challenge of being defending champs
(AP) — Jordan Binnington still doesn't look nervous.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Nebraska slips past Illinois 42-38 in conference opener
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez took the blame for his team's poor first half performance against Illinois on Saturday night.

"I didn't play as well tonight as I should have," he said. "I'll take the blame for that."

He was serious, too.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Packers remain unbeaten with 27-16 win over Broncos
Aaron Rodgers thought his jersey never looked so clean following a game.

The offensive line kept Rodgers upright, the two-time MVP threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron Jones tied a career high by running for two scores to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 27-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Goldy, Cards clinch playoff spot, rally past Cubs 3-2
Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated the franchise's first postseason berth in four years with a champagne toast in the visitor's clubhouse.

It was another sweet finish.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Backup QB Fink leads USC past No. 10 Utah
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Fink decided to stay at Southern California even after finishing third in the Trojans' four-man quarterback competition in training camp last month.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Yankees clinch 1st AL East title since 2012, reach 100 wins
NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman got Albert Pujols to swing over a slider in the dirt, and the New York Yankees jogged to the infield to exchange handshakes and hugs after clinching their first AL East title since 2012.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Huskers meet Illini looking to finally break through on road
(AP) — Nebraska heads to Illinois not only looking to win its Big Ten opener Saturday night but also shed something of an albatross.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Raiders notch first conference victory
Friday, September 20, 2019

Bears' struggling offense facing Redskins' shoddy D
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky wants the Bears to believe this will be the week their struggling offense gets going.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Carpenter, Cards bump Cubs from WC spot
CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs wasted no time trading blows in the first game of their crucial four-game series.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Minshew, Campbell, defense shine as Jaguars thump Titans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Minshew Mania is gaining momentum.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Wainwright, Fowler, Cards top Nats; Cards-Cubs next
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright has pitched in his share of big games throughout a distinguished career. Taking the mound against an ace in a matchup with postseason implications, he delivered once more.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Iglesias' double in 10th inning leads Reds past Cubs 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — The improving Cincinnati Reds' pitching staff cooled off the previously surging Chicago Cubs' offense.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cubs' hot hitting comes to close against Sonny Gray, Reds
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs had been scoring in bunches lately.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cavan Biggio hits for cycle, just like dad Craig; Jays beat Os
BALTIMORE (AP) — Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle, just like his dad.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Giants bench Eli Manning, name Daniel Jones starting QB
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning's long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants' starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cubs first baseman Rizzo diagnosed with moderate ankle sprain
CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Rizzo went down in the infield grass at Wrigley Field, it looked bad for the big first baseman and the Chicago Cubs.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Beckham puts on show in MetLife return, Browns top Jets 23-3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. felt right at home again — in the end zone and on the highlight reels.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Anna Lowry wins North Alabama Cross Country Invite
Anna Lowry won the 5K title at the North Alabama Invitational on September 7 with a time of 18:02. It was the second win of Lowry’s career and earned her Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Pineiro's 53-yard field goal lifts Bears past Broncos 16-14
Eddy Pineiro won Chicago's nerve-wracking kicking competition.
Now, he's winning over Bears fans and teammates who suffered through the double-doink miss by Cody Parkey that sent them home from the playoffs.

Pineiro kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bears a wild 16-14 win Sunday over the Broncos and their former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, whose gutsy 2-point call 31 seconds earlier had given Denver the lead.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Broncos: This time Fangio knows Mack all too well
This time, Vic Fangio knows exactly what he's getting in Khalil Mack's arrival.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

US Basketball stunned by France in World Cup quarters
No gold. No medal. No more winning streak.

The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Senzatela overcomes shaky 1st for strong outing, Rockies beat Cards 2-1
Working his way out of a first-inning jam paved the way for Antonio Senzatela's strongest outing in two months.

Senzatela pitched six strong innings for his first win since July 14, Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead home run and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Wednesday night.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Trubisky looking to bounce back again vs Denver
Mitchell Trubisky has been down this road before after a rough game as Chicago Bears quarterback.

A poor night against the Green Bay Packers in Thursday's season opener made for a difficult start to Trubisky's season in a 10-3 loss, and against Denver he'll seek to immediately rebound Sunday — as he's done often in the past.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Spiraling Cubs lose 4-0 to Padres, fall into tie for 2nd wild-card spot
If this was Chris Paddack's final start of 2019, he will have finished his rookie season with a brilliant performance that hurt the Chicago Cubs in their pursuit of a wild-card spot.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lutz's 58-yard field goal lifts Saints over Texans
Drew Brees and Wil Lutz supplied the accuracy and poise New Orleans needed to overcome another officiating gaffe and its defense's late collapse.

Lutz made a 58-yard field goal as time expired, and the Saints beat the Houston Texans 30-28 on Monday night in a game that had three scoring plays in the final minute.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoerner 3 hits, 4 RBIs in debut, Cubs beat Padres 10-2
Nico Hoerner went from sitting on his couch in Oakland and watching the Chicago Cubs on TV on Sunday to having a remarkable major league debut with them on Monday night.

The touted prospect had three hits and four RBIs in his big league debut and made some nice plays at shortstop for the Cubs, who beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sargent returns to STL with US soccer
Josh Sargent's red hair could become as known in St. Louis as the Gateway Arch one day if he develops into an American soccer star.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Raiders beat Broncos 24-16 in 1st game after Brown's release
The night started with Oakland Raiders fans derisively chanting at former disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown and ended with coach Jon Gruden celebrating a victory in the Black Hole.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Báez could return if Cubs make playoffs
All-Star shortstop Javier Báez could return to the Chicago Cubs if they reach the playoffs.

Báez saw a hand specialist in Chicago who confirmed the slugger has a hairline fracture of his left thumb. He is expected to miss the rest of this month, but the team said Monday he will continue his rehab in hopes of playing in October.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Flaherty dazzles again, Cardinals drop Pirates 2-0
Jack Flaherty always had the tools. Figuring out how to put them together has been the challenge for the 23-year-old pitcher since the former first-round pick arrived in St. Louis two years ago.
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