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Final    (2)  Kansas                          63    New  Mexico  St.            60

Final    (3)  Duke                              91    Yale                                58

Final    (5)  Michigan                      89    South  Carolina            78

Final    (6)  Nevada                          72    (20)  Arizona  St.        66

Final    (8)  Auburn                          82    Dayton                            72

Final  OT    Seton  Hall                          84    (9)  Kentucky                83

Final    (10)  Michigan  St.            63    Florida                          59

Final    (11)  Florida  St.              79    UConn                            71

Final  OT    Marquette                            74    (12)  Wisconsin            69

Final    Tulsa                                    47    (16)  Kansas  St.          46

Final    (17)  Buffalo                      80    St.  Bonaventure          62

Final    (21)  Villanova                  70    Saint  Joseph’s            58

Final    (22)  Mississippi  St.      82    Clemson                          71

Final    (23)  Maryland                    55    Loyola  of  Chicago      41

Final    (24)  Nebraska                    94    Creighton                      75

Final    (25)  Furman                        SC-Upstate                    60

College Football

Final    (22)  Army      17    Navy      10


Iowa HS Girls Basketball

Western Dubuque-48 Hempstead-44

Beckman, Dyersville-45, Williamsburg-37

Cascade-45 West Branch-33

Maquoketa-57 South Tama-53

Dubuque-47 River Ridge-38

Illinois HS Girls Basketball

Galena-58 Orangeville-38

Iowa HS Boys Basketball

Hempstead-55  Western Dubuque-41

Senior-59 Wahlert Dubuque-54

Wisconsin HS Boys Basketball

Dodgeville-41 Prairie du Chien-73

Lancaster-56 River Valley-59

Platteville-64 Richland Center-43

Cuba City-44 Darlington-50

Iowa-Grant-58 Boscobel-49

Mineral Point-82 Fennimore- 71

Riverdale-30 Southwestern-81

Shullsburg-51 Highland-33

Illinois Boys Basketball

East Dubuque-47 River Ridge-38

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (12/5)



  • #21 Loras 91, Wartburg 90
  • Dubuque 78, Luther 77


  • #17 Wartburg 76, Loras 64
  • Luther 89, Dubuque 54
  • U-W Platteville 73, Carroll 66


  • Iowa 73, Iowa State 70 (Tania Davis with a 3 pointer with 2.3 seconds left, Kathleen Doyle led Iowa with 22 points, Bridget Carleton with 21 to lead Iowa State. )
  • Illinois 75, Indiana State 57


  • U-W Stevens Point 26, U-W Platteville 21

Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson Wins John Mackey Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson is the recipient of the 2018 John Mackey Award going to the top tight end in college football

The Mackey Award will be presented tonight.

Hockenson, a redshirt sophomore from Chariton is the second Iowa tight end to earn the award..

Hockenson is the first sophomore to win the award, and Iowa is one of two schools to have multiple winners of the award. Hockenson is the fifth Big Ten player to be recognized.

Hockenson leads Iowa with 46 receptions for 717 yards and six receiving touchdowns. He also has one rushing touchdown.

Goldschmidt in the Cards...Broncos lose Sanders...Trubisky, Newton hopeful for Sunday

PHOENIX (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a deal that sends three players and a 2019 draft pick to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 31-year-old Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market after hitting .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last season. The Diamondbacks receive pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and minor league infielder Andy Young in the swap.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos will continue their postseason push without Emmanuel Sanders. The team’s leading wide receiver ruptured his left Achilles tendon yesterday during a non-contact drill at the beginning of practice, making him the Broncos’ sixth opening-day offensive starter to suffer a major injury. Sanders had 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in a bounce-back year.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said he is “really close to 100 percent” and expects to play Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams after missing the past two games because of a right shoulder injury. He went through a full practice yesterday, and coach Mike Nagy says he has a strong feeling that Trubisky would play. The Bears split their games started by Chase Daniel, losing to the New York Giants on Sunday following a Thanksgiving Day victory at Detroit.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he’ll be ready to play against the Browns on Sunday despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder. Newton continues to experience discomfort in his right shoulder more than 20 months after undergoing rotator cuff surgery. Newton has thrown downfield fewer times this year than at any point in his career, but he’s also completed a career-high 69.5 percent of his passes due in part to the shorter throws.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Mel Tucker is the new head football coach at Colorado after serving as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. The 46-year-old Tucker replaces Mike MacIntyre, who was 30-44 in almost six full seasons for the Buffs and had just one winning campaign. Tucker had several stints as an NFL defensive coordinator and was instrumental in head coach Kirby Smart’s ability to rebuild the Bulldogs into a national contender.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (12/5)


Final OT Denver 124 Orlando 118
Final Golden State 129 Cleveland 105
Final Washington 131 Atlanta 117
Final Oklahoma City 114 Brooklyn 112
Final Toronto 113 Philadelphia 102
Final New Orleans 132 Dallas 106
Final Minnesota 121 Charlotte 104
Final Memphis 96 L.A. Clippers 86
Final Milwaukee 115 Detroit 92
Final L.A. Lakers 121 San Antonio 113


Final SO Edmonton 3 St. Louis 2
Final Anaheim 4 Chicago 2
Final San Jose 5 Carolina 1


Final (1) Gonzaga 81 Washington 79
Final (3) Duke 84 Hartford 54
Final (13) Texas Tech 65 Ark.-Pine Bluff 47
Final (14) North Carolina 97 UNC-Wilmington 69
Final (15) Virginia Tech 89 VMI 68
Final (17) Buffalo 89 Le Moyne 55
Final (19) Ohio St. 77 Illinois 67
Final (21) Villanova 69 Temple 59
Final Minnesota 85 (24) Nebraska 78

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (12/4)




  • Wahlert 74, Decorah 50
  • Cascade 54, Bellevue 28
  • Maquoketa Valley 58, Bellevue Marquette 46
  • Clayton Ridge 53, Lansing Kee 51


  • Southwestern 62, Boscobel 51
  • Shullsburg 66, Benton 47
  • Cuba City 101, Riverdale 28
  • Platteville 105, Wisconsin Heights 91 (6 OT Game)
  • Darlington 63, Mineral Point 53
  • Fennimore 76, Iowa Grant 46
  • Potosi 73, Highland 35
  • Reedsburg 73, River Valley 64
  • Albany 63, Belmont 51
  • River Ridge 60, Cassville 57 



  • Senior 58, Iowa City Liberty 37
  • #3 5A Iowa City High 66, #11 5A Dubuque, Hempstead 57
  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 74, Wahlert, Dubuque 44
  • #7 5A Iowa City West 64, #6 4A Western Dubuque 50
  • #11 2A Bellevue 50, #5 2A Cascade 42
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 77, Maquoketa Valley 64
  • Dyersville Beckman 55, Vinton-Shellsburg 31


  • Darlington 76, Richland Center 58
  • Prairie du Chien 53, Cuba City 28


  • Eastland 61, Galena 40


  • Cascade 42, North Cedar 34
  • Don Bosco 72, Cascade 12
  • Cascade 48, Brooklyn BGM 30




  • UW Platteville 95, Cardinal Stritch 60


  • Wisconsin 67, Marshall 49
  • Northern Iowa 64, North Dakota 60 (For UNI Former Western Dubuque prep Megan Maahs suffered a knee injury 2 minutes into the game and will be evaluated today, another former  W.D. Bobcat Rose Simon Ressler had 4 points and 3 rebounds)

Mavericks on a roll...Panther's Luongo moves up shutout list...NFL official suspended

DALLAS (AP) – Luka Doncic  scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Dallas Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 111-102 Tuesday night. DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 17 rebounds for Dallas, which won its eighth straight at home for the first time since its championship season of 2010-11.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Roberto Luongo made 33 saves in his 77th career shutout, Mike Hoffman scored twice and the Florida Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 5-0. Luongo, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a knee injury, passed Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL’s shutout list.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has placed official Roy Ellison on administrative leave while it investigates an accusation that he called Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes a vulgar name during Buffalo’s game at Miami on Sunday. Hughes confronted Ellison in the tunnel near the locker room following Buffalo’s 21-17 loss, and video of the incident shows him accusing the umpire of using a derogatory term.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A dispute involving three fans in the stands at Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Chargers is being investigated by the NFL. Photos published by the Pittsburgh Current and video presented to KDKA-TV shows a woman who intervened in an argument between two men was grabbed by the throat by one of the men.

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – One of two men serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of Michael Jordan’s father is slated to begin his latest bid to convince a court that he didn’t do it. A Wednesday hearing in North Carolina will consider the argument by Daniel Green that he helped dump James Jordan’s body but didn’t kill him. Green was convicted of first-degree murder, and two state courts upheld the conviction.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (12/4)


Final Indiana 96 Chicago 90
Final Orlando 105 Miami 90
Final Dallas 111 Portland 102
Final Sacramento 122 Phoenix 105
Final Utah 139 San Antonio 105


Final Winnipeg 3 N-Y Islanders 1
Final Florida 5 Boston 0
Final Calgary 9 Columbus 6
Final Pittsburgh 6 Colorado 3
Final Montreal 5 Ottawa 2
Final SO Tampa Bay 6 Detroit 5
Final OT Toronto 4 Buffalo 3
Final Vegas 5 Washington 3
Final Minnesota 3 Vancouver 2
Final Arizona 2 L.A. Kings 1


Final (2) Kansas 72 Wofford 47
Final (5) Michigan 62 Northwestern 60
Final (8) Auburn 67 UNC-Asheville 41
Final (22) Mississippi St. 90 McNeese St. 77
Final (25) Furman 98 Elon 77

Area Scoreboard from Monday (12/3)




  • Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 48, Vinton-Shellsburg 35
  • Durant 73, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 50



  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 70, Durant 38


  • Black Hawk 42, Platteville 39
  • Lancaster 67, Potosi-Cassville 32
  • Mineral Point 67, Barneveld 24
  • Fennimore 49, Belmont 34

Cascade's Otting to Walk-On at ISU

Cascade High School senior Logan Otting has announced he will be headed to Iowa State to continue playing football. Otting will be a preferred walk-on in the fall for the Cyclones after making the announcement yesterday. Otting a two way player for the Cougars was the leading tackler the past two seasons and as a tight end had 900 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

U-W Platteville Names Harris Head Baseball Coach

The University of Wisconsin Platteville has a new head baseball coach. Chad Harris most recently pitching coach and assistant coach at the University of Dubuque has been named the Pioneer head coach.  Prior to coming to Dubuque, Harris was the inaugural head coach at A.I.B. in Des Moines and was there for two seasons where his teams won 49 games and the Midwest Collegiate Conference title in 2015.

Harris brings 17 years college coaching experience six years at Clarke University from 2006 thru 2012.

U-D's McDaniel Recognized by the ARC

University of Dubuque guard Marcus McDaniel is this week’s American Rivers Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Last week in a Spartan win over 19th ranked Loras and a loss to top ranked Nebraska Wesleyan, Mc Daniel scored 20 points and 32 points respectively. The 32 point performance against Nebraska Wesleyan included a single game school record of nine three-pointers.

Hawks Fall at MSU, Cyclones win 4th straight, Badgers Hold Off Rutgers

Nick Ward scores 26, No. 10 Michigan State beats Iowa

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Nick Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night.

The Spartans (7-2, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed for more than six minutes in the first half and were behind by as much as six points before a Ward-led surge gave them a 43-33 lead at halftime.

The Hawkeyes (6-2, 0-2) had no hope for a comeback because they missed 18 of 19 shots to open the second half.

Iowa’s Tyler Cook scored 15 points, Isaiah Moss had 13 points and Jordan Bohannon added 11. Freshman Joe Wieskamp exited the game after suffering an ankle injury.


Iowa State rolls past North Dakota State

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 15 with 10 rebounds and Iowa State rolled past North Dakota State 81-59 for its fourth straight win.

Nick Weiler-Babb scored 11 points with eight rebounds for the Cyclones (7-1), who shot 50 percent from the floor.

Next: Iowa State plays at No. 18 Iowa on Thursday.


Happ scores 20, rallies No. 12 Badgers past Rutgers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Ethan Happ scored 20 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 14 as No. 12 Wisconsin rallied to beat Rutgers 69-64 on Monday night.

Nate Reuvers finished with 10 points, and Happ, who scored 12 second-half points, shot 10 of 17 from the field as Wisconsin (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) closed out the win by hitting five of its last six shots.

Eugene Omoruyi scored 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (7-2, 0-2), who lost to a ranked opponent for the second straight game.

Next: Wisconsin plays intrastate rival Marquette on Saturday at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

QB needed in Washington...No interest in former Chiefs running back...Red Sox to visit White House

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Quarterbacking for the Washington Redskins is proving very risky. Coach Jay Gruden says quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in the second quarter of a 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Gruden says McCoy will miss the rest of the season. He had replaced Alex Smith, who suffered a broken right leg just weeks ago that has threatened his career. Veteran Mark Sanchez has taken over signal calling.

KANSAS CITY (AP) – Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on NFL waivers three days after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs. The star running back was cut Friday after TMZ released a video showing him pushing and kicking a woman during a February incident at a Cleveland hotel. Police did not charge Hunt with a crime, but the Chiefs released him for being untruthful with them about what happened.

ATLANTA (AP) – Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Durant had 28 and Klay Thompson chipped in with 27 as the Golden State Warriors cruised past the Atlanta Hawks 128-111 to snap a six-game losing streak on the road. With Curry scoring 18 points in the opening quarter, this one was never in doubt. Golden State raced to a 34-17 lead in the first 12 minutes as Curry outscored the Hawks by himself.

NASHVILLE (AP) – Kevin Fiala scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Nashville Predators beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Ryan Ellis also scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 20 shots to help the Predators win their second straight. Rinne denied a slap shot from the Sabres’ Jack Eichel with 15.4 seconds remaining to preserve the victory.

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Series championship. A date hasn’t been set yet. The traditional champions’ visit has become more politicized, with some declining invitations from President Donald Trump. Team president Sam Kennedy says it’s up to players to decide whether they want to attend. Manager Alex Cora has called for Trump to do more after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

National Scoreboard from Monday (12/3)


Final Oklahoma City 110 Detroit 83
Final Denver 106 Toronto 103
Final Washington 110 N-Y Knicks 107
Final Golden State 128 Atlanta 111
Final Cleveland 99 Brooklyn 97
Final L.A. Clippers 129 New Orleans 126
Final Minnesota 103 Houston 91


Final Tampa Bay 5 New Jersey 1
Final Nashville 2 Buffalo 1
Final Dallas 4 Edmonton 1


Final Philadelphia 28 Washington 13


Final (4) Virginia 83 Morgan St. 45
Final (10) Michigan St. 90 (18) Iowa 68
Final (11) Florida St. 83 Troy 67
Final (12) Wisconsin 69 Rutgers 64

Hawkeyes, Cyclones, and Badgers Learn Bowl Destinations

  • Iowa will face Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in Tampa. The Hawkeyes are making their 32nd bowl game appearance, and their sixth appearance at the Outback Bowl. It’s the first ever meeting between the two schools.


  • 25th ranked Iowa State will square off against #12 Washington State at the Alamo Bowl on Friday, December 28th in San Antonio. It will be the Cyclones first-ever appearance in the Alamo Bowl.


  • Wisconsin will battle Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl Thursday, December 27th at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Badgers will play in a bowl game for the 17th consecutive season.

Bama, Clemson, ND and Oklahoma in CFP semifinals...Tua needs ankle surgery...Rahm Wins Hero World Challenge

UNDATED (AP) – It will be Alabama against Oklahoma and Clemson versus Notre Dame in the CFP semifinals on Dec. 29 after the Sooners moved ahead of Georgia in the final rankings. The Alabama-Oklahoma Orange Bowl will be a matchup of Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks in Kyler Murray for the Sooners and the Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa . The Tigers will take on the Irish in the Cotton Bowl, with the winner heading to the Jan. 7 championship game.

UNDATED (AP) – Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will have surgery on his right ankle and is expected to need two weeks to recover. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tells ESPN that Tagovailoa has a high ankle sprain and will have it scoped. Saban is hoping Tagovailoa will be back by the time No. 1 Alabama starts practice for the Orange Bowl semifinal game against No. 4 Oklahoma on Dec. 29.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State Warriors center Damian Jones has been sidelined for a significant amount of time because of a torn left pectoral muscle. Jones got hurt with 5.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a loss Saturday at Detroit. He is averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Jon Rahm closed with a 7-under 65 to earn a five-stroke victory in the PGA’s Hero World Challenge. Starting in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm took the lead when Finau made bogey on the par-3 eighth hole, and the Spaniard never trailed the rest of the way. Rahm has won three titles in each of his first two years on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods shot 73 and finished 17th in the 18-man field.

NFL Recaps

Rams clinch NFC West title

UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams put together a fourth-quarter push to clinch the NFC West and moving ahead of New Orleans for the best record in the conference.

Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams knocked off the Lions, 30-16 in Detroit. Los Angeles led just 16-13 until Gurley scored on fourth-quarter runs of 13 and two yards.

Jared Goff had a quiet afternoon for the high-powered Rams, completing 17 of 33 for 207 yards, one TD and one interception.

Aaron Donald helped seal the win by forcing Matthew Stafford to fumble midway through the fourth quarter, leading to Gurley’s first touchdown.

The Rams are 11-1 and one game ahead of the Saints in the battle for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

In other NFL  action:

– The Chiefs are an AFC-best 10-2 after Patrick Mahomes threw for 295 yards and four more touchdowns in a 40-33 shootout win over the Raiders in Oakland. He connected on two short touchdown passes to Travis Kelce in the first half and joined Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to throw for 40 TDs through 12 games. Spencer Ware ran for 47 yards and a score in his first start since Kansas City released running back Kareem Hunt over his assault of a woman in February.

– Bill Belichick earned his 250th coaching victory and Tom Brady threw for 311 yards and a score as the Patriots dumped the Vikings, 24-10. Brady is now tied with Peyton Manning for the most scoring passes in the regular season and playoffs with 579, and he’s tied for third with 508 regular-season TD passes. James Develin added a career-high two touchdown runs as the 9-3 Patriots won for the eighth time in nine games and dropped the Vikings to 6-5-1.

– Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to send the Chargers to a 33-30 victory at Pittsburgh. Badgely had three attempts to win it, but the Steelers were called for offsides on the first two tries before he sent the 9-3 Chargers to victory. Philip Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, and Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a score. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and two scores for the Steelers, whose lead in the AFC North is down to a half-game over Baltimore.

– Rookie Lamar Jackson ran for a touchdown and the Ravens’ defense turned in a dominating performance, leading to a 26-16 victory over the feeble Falcons. Justin Tucker kicked four field goals and Tavon Young scored after scooping up a fumble by Matt Ryan. Baltimore held the Falcons to just 131 total yards and improved to 3-0 since Jackson replaced the injured Joe Flacco.

– The Bears scored 10 points over the final 73 seconds of regulation, only to suffer a 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants. Aldrick Rosas drilled a go-ahead, 44-yard field goal in OT before New York stopped Chicago on downs to end the Bears’ five-game winning streak. Odell Beckham Jr. grabbed a short TD pass on fourth down and tossed his second scoring strike of the season by hitting Russell Shepard on a 49-yard option throw.

– Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and the Texans intercepted rookie Baker Mayfield three times, returning one for a score in their ninth straight win, 29-13 over the Browns. Lamar Miller had 103 yards rushing and DeAndre Hopkins had seven receptions for 91 yards. Houston extended its team-record winning streak and became the first team to win nine in a row immediately following an 0-3 start.

– The Seahawks blew past the 49ers, 43-16 as Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdowns on just four completions. Wilson also had a fourth TD toss and was 11 of 17 for 185 yards. The 7-5 Seahawks stayed in the middle of the NFC playoff race by jumping to a 20-0 lead and cruising to their ninth straight victory over their NFC West foe.

– The Jaguars delivered one of the most dominant defensive performances in franchise history, carrying the team to a 6-0 victory against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars needed that kind of effort to make up for a lackluster offense and end a seven-game skid while also snapping Indy’s five-game winning streak. Luck completed 33 of 52 passes for 248 yards and an interception. He was sacked three times.

-Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left before Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired to send the Cardinals to a 20-17 victory. Crosby pushed his kick wide right, with the flags atop Lambeau Field blowing in toward the field at the time of the kick.

– The Titans erased a 16-point deficit and downed the Jets, 26-22 on Marcus Mariota’s  11-yard scoring pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left. Mariota heard boos midway through the game before finishing 20 of 35 for 282 yards, two TDs and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Mariota also led the 6-6 Titans with 42 yards rushing and helped Tennessee send the 3-9 Jets to their sixth consecutive loss.

– Rookie Phillip Lindsay ran for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Broncos got their third straight victory, 24-10 over the Bengals. Denver has improved to 6-6 by knocking off the Chargers, the Steelers and the Bengals since its bye week to stay in contention in December.

– Jameis Winston threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Buccaneers to a 24-17 victory over the reeling Panthers. The Bucs won for the second straight time since Winston regained his starting job with team mired in a four-game losing streak. The Panthers have lost four straight after a 6-2 start.

– Jordan Phillips drew a costly penalty for taunting his former team, setting up a touchdown with nine minutes left that helped the Dolphins rally past the Bills 21-17. Miami turned away two Bills drives down the stretch.

McCarthy fired by Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A 20-17 home loss to the lowly Cardinals has prompted the Packers to make a coaching change.

Mike McCarthy has been fired with the team in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was promoted to interim head coach.

The 2016 Packers opened 4-6 but won eight straight to reach the NFC championship game, but the team was 7-9 last year and has fallen to 4-7-1 this season.

Packers president Mark Murphy issued a statement saying the 2018 season “has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers.”

National Scoreboard from Sunday (12/2)


Final OT N-Y Giants 30 Chicago 27
Final Baltimore 26 Atlanta 16
Final Arizona 20 Green Bay 17
Final L.A. Rams 30 Detroit 16
Final Denver 24 Cincinnati 10
Final Miami 21 Buffalo 17
Final Houston 29 Cleveland 13
Final Tampa Bay 24 Carolina 17
Final Jacksonville 6 Indianapolis 0
Final Kansas City 40 Oakland 33
Final Tennessee 26 N-Y Jets 22
Final Seattle 43 San Francisco 16
Final New England 24 Minnesota 10
Final L.A. Chargers 33 Pittsburgh 30


Final L.A. Lakers 120 Phoenix 96
Final New Orleans 119 Charlotte 109
Final Philadelphia 103 Memphis 95
Final Miami 102 Utah 100
Final Dallas 114 L.A. Clippers 110
Final San Antonio 131 Portland 118


Final Anaheim 6 Washington 5
Final SO Winnipeg 4 N-Y Rangers 3
Final San Jose 3 Montreal 1
Final Colorado 2 Detroit 0
Final Calgary 3 Chicago 2
Final L.A. Kings 2 Carolina 0


Final (6) Tennessee 79 Texas A&M-CC 51
Final (16) Ohio St. 79 Minnesota 59

College Basketball Scorecard



Final    (1)  Gonzaga                  103    Creighton                  92

Final  OT    (2)  Kansas                      90    Stanford                    84

Final    (3)  Duke                        113    Stetson                      49

Final    (5)  Nevada                      73    Southern  Cal            61

Final    (7)  Michigan                  76    (19)  Purdue              57

Final    (10)  Kentucky                78    UNC-Greensboro        61

Final    Marquette                        83    (12)  Kansas  St.      71

Final    (13)  Virginia  Tech      94    CCSU                            40

Final    Houston                            65    (18)  Oregon              61

Final    (20)  Texas  Tech            78    Memphis                      67

Final    (21)  Buffalo                  85    San  Francisco          81

Final    (23)  Villanova              85    La  Salle                    78

Final    (24)  Maryland                66    Penn  St.                    59


Other  Men’s Basketball Action

Winona St. 72, Upper Iowa 50

Dakota St. 82, N. Iowa 50

San Diego St. 75, Illinois St. 65

College Football Scorecard

UNDATED (AP) – No. 1 Alabama has won the SEC crown and secured its position in the CFP semifinals. And fifth-ranked Oklahoma made its case for moving into the top four when the CFP rankings are released on Sunday. Jalen Hurts saved the Crimson Tide’s unbeaten season by rallying them in the fourth quarter of a 35-28 win over fourth-ranked Georgia.

Second-ranked Clemson cruised to their fourth straight ACC championship as Travis Etienne ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-10 thrashing of Pittsburgh. The Tigers ran for 301 yards and four touchdowns while averaging nine yards per carry. Trevor Lawrence threw two short scoring passes to Tee Higgins and helped Clemson move to 13-0, locking up a national semifinal spot.

Like Oklahoma, No. 6 Ohio State is at the mercy of CFP officials after rolling to a 45-24 win against 21st-rated Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game. Dwayne Haskins added five more touchdown passes to his single-season conference record while completing 34 of his 41 passes for 499 yards and one interception.

Darriel Mack shrugged off two early turnovers to rush for three second-half touchdowns and rally No. 7 UCF to a 56-41 victory over Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

No. 24 Iowa State eked out a 27-24 win against Drake as David Montgomery ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Ronnie Rivers scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to give No. 25 Fresno State a 19-16 victory over No. 19 Boise State for the Mountain West crown. Marcus McMaryion was 20 of 32 for 170 yards and one touchdown, and Rivers led the Bulldogs on the ground with 63 yards.

Local Sports Scorecard

Men’s College Basketball:

Benedictine 88, Clarke 52

Nebraska Wesleyan Univ. 92, Univ. of Dubuque 78

Women’s Basketball

Nebraska Wesleyan Univ. 77, Univ. of Dubuque 53

Clarke 67, No. 22 Benedictine 60

Girls basketball

Galena 71 Benton  52


Dubuque Fighting Saints 7, Green Bay Gamblers 1


Local and National Sports News and Updates

Local Scores from last night

Boys High School Basketball Scores

Davenport Central 66, Dubuque Senior 59

Alburnett 57, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 46

Anamosa 58, Bellevue 38

Cascade 67, Camanche 36

Clayton Ridge 61, Central Elkader 49

Monticello 53, North Cedar, Stanwood 42

Prince of Peace Prep, Clinton 64, Maquoketa 33

South Tama County, Tama 44, DyersvilleBeckman 40

Galena 52, Lena-Winslow 47

Mineral Point 63, Wisconsin Dells 65

Lancaster 61, Boscobel 45

Girls High School Basketball Scores

Cedar Falls 50, Hempstead 36

Linn-Mar 46, Dubuque Senior 43, OT

Waterloo West 54, Western Dubuque 48

Dubuque Wahlert 78, Waterloo East 72 (OT)

Lanark Eastland 56, East Dubuque 42

Platteville over Lancaster, 52-44

Iowa Grant 55, Fennimore 54

Darlington 55, Mineral Point 54

Here is the latest Iowa sports news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – D’Mitrik Trice scored 20 points, including a crucial 3 with 20 seconds left, and 22nd-ranked Wisconsin held off No. 14 Iowa 72-66 in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Ethan Happ had 13 points and seven boards for the Badgers, who handed the resurgent Hawkeyes their first loss of the season.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant says he is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft. Fant announced on his Instagram page that he intends to skip his final season of eligibility to turn pro. Fant, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, also told the Omaha World-Herald that he plans to skip Iowa’s upcoming bowl game.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – Andre Drummond had 19 points and 19 rebounds and Blake Griffin added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls 107-88 Friday night. Reggie Jackson added 20 points for the Pistons, who have won four straight. Wendall Carter scored a career-high 28 points for the Bulls, who lost their fifth straight.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal – heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy. He treated everything else like a sideshow as the Buckeyes prepare to face No. 21 Northwestern on Saturday. Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk about what No. 6 Ohio State would need to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. Instead, Meyer stuck to the same message he’s relayed to his team all week: Just focus on football.

DETROIT (AP) – Marcus Childers threw a touchdown pass – his fourth of the game – to D.J. Brown with 1:09 to go and Northern Illinois rallied from a 19-point, second-half deficit to take a 30-29 victory over Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship game. The 35-yard TD pass came on the eighth play of a 70-yard drive that took a little more than two minutes following a punt forced by Sutton Smith’s sack of Bulls quarterback Tyree Jackson.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher had no intention of designing two game plans this week even though Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a shoulder injury. Bettcher is getting the Giants ready to face the Bears’ offense, and it doesn’t matter whether Trubisky is back at the helm Sunday at MetLife Stadium or veteran backup Chase Daniel is again running the show for Chicago.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was listed as doubtful and likely will miss his second straight game because of a right shoulder injury when the NFC North leaders visit the New York Giants on Sunday. Trubisky was hurt sliding late in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 18.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining his future with the team is not uncertain. Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife. Russell accepted a 40-game suspension last October for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The decision followed allegations made by his ex-wife Melisa Reidy.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Brewers allowed former All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop to go free, failing to offer a 2019 contract. The 27-year-old spent his entire career with Baltimore before Milwaukee acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline for second baseman Jonathan Villar and a pair of prospects, right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz and infielder Jean Carmona.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) – Jeremy Harris scored 21 points, Nick Perkins added 20 with nine rebounds and No. 21 Buffalo beat Milwaukee 96-77 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland. CJ Massinburg had 16 points as the Bulls improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1930-31 season. Buffalo will meet San Francisco in the championship game of the Goliath bracket on Saturday.

Chiefs drop Hunt…Huskies take conference crown…Sixers clobber Wizards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have released running back Kareem Hunt following the NFL’s decision to place him on the exempt list. The moves came after video surfaced that showed the NFL’s reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway last Feb. 10. The video acquired and published by TMZ shows Hunt lunging toward a woman and several others in the hotel hallway, and the second-year pro being restrained several times.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Tenth-ranked Washington has won the Pac-12 championship game by grinding out a 10-3 win over No. 17 Utah. The lone TD was scored by Byron Murphy, who returned a deflected interception 66 yards late in the third quarter. The Huskies dominated the time of possession, keeping the ball for 38  1/2 minutes. Washington’s defense picked off Jason Shelley three times and limited the Utes to 51 yards rushing and 188 for the game.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers are 12-1 on their home court following a 123-98 dismantling of the Washington Wizards. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons each had double-doubles before the pair sat out the final period with the game out of reach. Embiid finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Simmons added 13 points and 10 assists to Philadelphia’s third straight win and seventh in eight games.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) – Ninth-ranked Michigan State opened its Big Ten schedule with a road win as Cassius Winston had team highs of 22 points and six assists to lead a 78-69 decision at Rutgers. Nick Ward added 20 points for the Spartans, who didn’t take control of the game until they built a 13-point lead midway through the second half. Michigan State improved to 5-2 and bounced back from a loss at Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday.

Iowa TE Noah Fant to declare for NFL Draft, skip bowl game

Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant says he’s leaving school early to enter the NFL draft. Fant announced on his Instagram page on Friday that he intends to forego his final season of eligibility to turn pro. Fant caught 39 passes for 519 yards and a team-high seven TDs this season. Fant earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and could be selected in the first round next spring. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Fant caught 78 passes in three seasons with the Hawkeyes, including 19 for touchdowns.

Fant, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, also told the Omaha World-Herald that he plans to skip Iowa’s upcoming bowl game.

White Lands Spot with Commanders

Former University of Dubuque cornerback Oscar White has earned a spot on the San Antonio Commanders of the new Alliance of American Football League which begins in February.  White played on the Spartans 2015 conference championship team and was First Team All-Iowa Conference and  named the team’s Defensive MVP that season.  So far White is just one of 10 players from NCAA Division III to make a AAFL roster.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (11/29)



  • Wahlert 62, Davenport Assumption 61


  • Darlington 52, Barneveld 42
  • Southwestern 68, Cassville 40
  • Fennimore 79, River Ridge 42
  • Royall 73, Riverdale 35
  • River Valley 64, Viroqua 51


  • East Dubuque 59, Galena 33



  • Argyle 63, Benton 40



  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 39, Hempstead 38 (Kennedy wins on criteria)
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 60, Senior 24
  • Linn-Mar 66, Wahlert 16
  • Cedar Falls 40, Western Dubuque 28
  • Cascade 42, Bellevue 36
  • Bellevue 39, Iowa City Regina 33
  • West Liberty 66, Cascade 18



  • William Penn 78, Clarke 72


  • William Penn 84, Clarke 68


  • #1 Notre Dame 105, #14 Iowa 71


  • Luther36, Dubuque 3



  • Wisconsin 3, Green Bay 0 (Badgers 23-6 meet Pepperdine tonight at 7pm at the UW Fieldhouse)
  • Pepperdine 3, UNI 2

Cowboys stifle Saints...Flacco practices...Cobb works out again...Angels get La Stella

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys picked up their fourth straight win and ended New Orleans’ 10-game winning streak by silencing the Saints, 13-10. The Saints managed just 176 total yards and had just 127 passing from Drew Brees , 39 coming in the opening half. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 76 yards and scored the Cowboys’ only touchdown on a 16-yard hookup with Dak Prescott.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his right hip on Nov. 4. Flacco threw passes yesterday and worked on handoffs with fellow quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III during an indoor practice. Although coach John Harbaugh has not named a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game in Atlanta, it appears likely Jackson will get the call.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says wide receiver Randall Cobb practiced again yesterday as the team prepares for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Cobb has been out since Week 9 because of a hamstring injury that has also hampered the Packers’ offense. Green Bay is 4-6-1 this season and ranks 24th in the NFL on third down conversions at 37 percent.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Chicago Cubs for $100,000 or a player to be named. La Stella batted .266 this year while appearing in a career-high 123 games. He was one of baseball’s top hitters off the bench, leading the majors with 24 pinch-hits and a .312 average while tying for the lead with 11 pinch-hit RBIs.

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Tiger Woods will start from way down the leaderboard in the second round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Woods struggled in his first round of the PGA season yesterday, shooting a 1-over 73 that leaves him just one stroke out of last place and eight behind co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed. Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson share second at minus-4, three shots off the lead.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (11/29)


Final OT Toronto 131 Golden State 128
Final L.A. Clippers 133 Sacramento 121
Final L.A. Lakers 104 Indiana 96


Final Columbus 4 Minnesota 2
Final Ottawa 3 N-Y Rangers 0
Final Tampa Bay 5 Buffalo 4
Final SO Boston 2 N-Y Islanders 1
Final Winnipeg 6 Chicago 5
Final Arizona 3 Nashville 0
Final Edmonton 3 L.A. Kings 2
Final Vegas 4 Vancouver 3


Final Dallas 13 New Orleans 10

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (11/2)



  • Stockton 58, Galena 56
  • East Dubuque 46, West Carroll 34




  • Dubuque 78, #19 Loras 72


  • Loras 93, Dubuque 71


  • Duke 60, Wisconsin 53
  • Clemson 69, Illinois 67
  • South Dakota 64, Iowa State 59

UNI Panther Men Fall at Utah State

The UNI men’s basketball fell to the Utah State Aggies 71-52 last night.

The Panthers started the game slow, trailing by as many as ten points in the opening ten minutes. Fighting back, the Panthers managed to cut the lead to four before the Aggies added nine points in the final five minutes of the first half. UNI’s shot poorly the entire game at just 31 percent for the night.

The Panthers were led in scoring by for Dubuque Senior prep Luke McDonnell who finished with 14 points. Former Western Dubuque Spencer Haldeman contributed eight points off the bench.

Several Cyclone Gain All Big 12 Honors-Campbell Coach of the Year Again

The Big 12 football coaches selected their All-Big 12 teams yesterday, and 17 Cyclones were awarded postseason honors for their exploits on the gridiron in 2018.

Sophomore Greg Eisworth (S) was named First-Team All-Big 12, while junior David Montgomery (RB), junior Hakeem Butler (WR), freshman Charlie Kolar (TE), sophomore Kene Nwangwu (KR), junior JaQuan Bailey (DE), junior Ray Lima (DT) and senior Brian Peavy (CB) were named to the second team.


Senior Spencer Benton (DE), senior Willie Harvey (LB), junior Josh Knipfel (OL), junior Julian Good-Jones (OL), junior Bryce Meeker (OL), freshman Brock Purdy (QB), freshman Mike Rose (LB), senior Sam Seonbuchner (FB) and junior Marcel Spears (LB) were honorable mention selections.

For the second straight season, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell was selected as the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Big Ten: Buckeyes' Dwayne Haskins offensive player of year

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) – Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who set Big Ten records for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season, is the conference’s offensive player of the year.

The Big Ten yesterday announced postseason offensive awards based on voting by coaches and media.

Purdue’s Rondale Moore is freshman of the year and receiver of the year. National rushing leader Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin was voted running back of the year, Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson is top tight end and Wisconsin’s Michael Deiter top offensive lineman.

The coaches’ all-conference first team is made up of Haskins, Isaiah Prince and Parris Campbell of Ohio State; Hockenson and Noah Fant of Iowa; Karan Higdon and Jon Runyan of Michigan; Tyler Biadasz, Beau Benzschawel, Deiter and Taylor of Wisconsin; and Purdue’s Moore.

Iowa suspends play-by-play broadcaster for hot mic comments

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Learfield Sports has suspended Iowa play-by-play broadcaster Gary Dolphin for two games for negative comments directed at Hawkeyes guard Maishe Dailey that inadvertently made it to the air during a commercial break on Tuesday.

Iowa announced yesterday that Dolphin, who has broadcast Hawkeyes games for over 20 years, will miss Friday’s game against No. 22 Wisconsin and Monday’s game at No. 9 Michigan State after comments about Dailey’s play aired during Tuesday’s 69-68 win over Pittsburgh.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the suspension is because of those comments “as well as some ongoing tensions that have built up over the past couple of years.”

Dolphin apologized for his comments after the win over the Panthers.

Dolphin did not swear or use inappropriate language but sounded exasperated as he criticized Dailey for dribbling with his head down into a double team.

Purdue keeps Brohm...Tech coach retires...Jazz acquire Korver...Fournette suspension sticks

UNDATED (AP) – Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm has told athletic director Mike Bobinski that he intends to keep his job with the Boilermakers rather than take the head coaching job at his alma mater, Louisville. Brohm is 13-12 in two seasons and has taken the Boilermakers to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 2011-12. He beat rival Indiana both years and pulled off one of this season’s most shocking upsets in October with a 29-point rout of then-No. 2 Ohio State.

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson has retired after 11 seasons and an 82-59 record with the Yellow Jackets. The 61-year-old Johnson is the school’s longest-serving football coach in a half-century, leading the Yellow Jackets to eight bowl appearances and three trips to the ACC championship game. Georgia Tech finished its regular season 7-5 despite a 1-3 start, winning four straight games before a 45-21 loss at Georgia last Saturday.

UNDATED (AP) – Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray are among the five finalists named for the Walter Camp national player of the award. Joining the two Heisman Trophy contenders as finalists are West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen. The winner will be announced Dec. 6.

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers are sending veteran forward Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz for guard Alec Burks and two future second-round draft picks, according to a person familiar with the deal. The 37-year-old Korver is one of the best long-range shooters in NBA history, ranking fourth in NBA history with 2,238 3-pointers and hitting 43 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. He played for the Jazz from 2007-10.

NEW YORK (AP) – Leonard Fournette’s appeal of a one-game suspension for fighting has been denied, leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars running back unavailable against the Colts. Fournette was suspended without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and punching Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson during Sunday’s loss at Buffalo. The Jaguars could also be without cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who missed practice yesterday because of a knee injury and might not do any on-field work all week.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (11/28)


Final Philadelphia 117 N-Y Knicks 91
Final Charlotte 108 Atlanta 94
Final Utah 101 Brooklyn 91
Final Dallas 128 Houston 108
Final Oklahoma City 100 Cleveland 83
Final New Orleans 125 Washington 104
Final Minnesota 128 San Antonio 89
Final Milwaukee 116 Chicago 113
Final Portland 115 Orlando 112
Final L.A. Clippers 115 Phoenix 99


Final Detroit 4 St. Louis 3
Final Anaheim 3 Florida 2
Final Toronto 5 San Jose 3
Final OT Dallas 4 Calgary 3
Final Colorado 6 Pittsburgh 3


Final (4) Virginia 76 (24) Maryland 71
Final (6) Tennessee 95 E. Kentucky 67
Final (7) Michigan 84 (11) North Carolina 67
Final (8) Auburn 99 St. Peter’s 49
Final (10) Kentucky 90 Monmouth (NJ) 44
Final (15) Florida St. 73 (19) Purdue 72
Final Syracuse 72 (16) Ohio St. 62

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (11/28)




  • Davenport Central 68, Hempstead 62
  • Benton Community 76, Dyersville Beckman Catholic 66
  • Maquoketa 67, Vinton-Shellsburg 42
  • Postville 33, Clayton Ridge 31


  • Southwestern 58, Galena 46
  • Cuba City 78, Pecatonica 53
  • Mineral Point 91, Dodgeville 67
  • Adams-Friendship 52, River Valley 48
  • Wauzeka-Steuben 64, Cassville 52
  • Seneca 45, Boscobel 37
  • Darlington 59, Shullsburg 43


  • East Dubuque 59, Winnebago 50



  • Beckman, Dyersville 52, Benton 43
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 61, Central City 48
  • Bellevue 41, Monticello 31
  • Maquoketa 54, Vinton-Shellsburg 25


  • Platteville 56, Darlington 42
  • Prairie du Chien 55, River Ridge 41
  • River Valley 41, Weston 19
  • Richland Center 56, Riverdale 43
  • Black Hawk 68, Cuba City 44
  • Fennimore 74, Highland 65
  • Southwestern 52, Shullsburg 40
  • Albany 63, Belmont 43
  • Wauzeka-Steuben 59, Benton 39


  • East Dubuque 45, Byron 34


  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 90, Senior 79

Wieskamp helps No. 14 Iowa hold off Pittsburgh

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Nicholas Baer scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and 14th-ranked Iowa held off Pittsburgh 69-68 on Tuesday night for its third win over a power program this season.

Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and six steals for the Hawkeyes (6-0), who’ve also taken down Oregon and Connecticut this month.

Pitt (6-1) put itself in position for the upset – only to miss two shots in the final 10.4 seconds that would’ve given the Panthers the win.

The Hawkeyes announced just before tip-off that junior forward Cordell Pemsl will have season-ending surgery next month. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery says they will explore seeking a medical hardship waiver for Pemsl.

Iowa hosts Wisconsin on Friday in its Big Ten opener.

Happ helps No. 22 Badgers withstand NC State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Ethan Happ had 19 points and 11 rebounds, D’Mitrik Trice hit a long jumper with 23.6 seconds left and No. 22 Wisconsin withstood North Carolina State’s in-your-face defense to rally for a 79-75 win last night.

Wisconsin’s Brad Davison drew a charging call on Markell Johnson on the perimeter with 16 seconds left. Davison hit two foul shots with 8 seconds left for a four-point lead for Wisconsin (6-1), and a last-gasp 3-point try for the Wolfpack sailed harmlessly off the backboard at the other end.

Wisconsin: Travels to No. 14 Iowa for Big Ten opener on Friday.

Georgia cracks top 4 in CFP rankings...Brown back with Heels...Gardner-Johnson leaving Gators

UNDATED (AP) – Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame continue to hold the top three spots in the latest CFP rankings, but Georgia has supplanted Michigan as the No. 4 team. The Bulldogs grabbed the final semifinal slot with a victory over Georgia Tech and the Wolverines’ blowout loss to Ohio State. Oklahoma is fifth and the Buckeyes moved up to sixth with one more ranking to go.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Football coach Mack Brown is back with North Carolina after signing a five-year, $17.5 million deal to replace Larry Fedora, who was fired Sunday after seven seasons. Brown was 69-46-1 with five bowl appearances in ten seasons with the Tar Heels from 1988-97. He left Chapel Hill to take over at Texas, where he won the 2009 BCS Championship and went to bowl games in each of his first 12 seasons with the team.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft, although he plans to play in the Gators’ bowl game. Gardner-Johnson has been one of Florida’s most improved players in 2018, posting 66 tackles, including nine for a loss. The 11th-ranked Gators are expected to have several players leave early, including defensive end Jachai Polite, linebacker Vosean Joseph and offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz has agreed to a one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration. Kratz hit .236 with six homers and 23 RBIs in 219 plate appearances during the 2018 regular season. He also excelled in Milwaukee’s division series win over the Colorado Rockies, going 5-for-8 in two games.

PITSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has undergone surgery to repair a hernia but should be ready in time for spring training. Archer is expected to take six weeks off to recuperate before resuming his offseason program. Also in Pittsburgh, outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Pirates.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (11/27)


Final Detroit 115 N-Y Knicks 108
Final Atlanta 115 Miami 113
Final Toronto 122 Memphis 114
Final Denver 117 L.A. Lakers 85
Final Indiana 109 Phoenix 104


Final OT Buffalo 3 San Jose 2
Final Ottawa 4 Philadelphia 3
Final Anaheim 3 Tampa Bay 1
Final Carolina 2 Montreal 1
Final Pittsburgh 4 Winnipeg 3
Final Vegas 8 Chicago 3
Final Colorado 3 Nashville 2
Final Arizona 4 Minnesota 3
Final OT Edmonton 1 Dallas 0
Final OT L.A. Kings 2 Vancouver 1


Final (3) Duke 90 Indiana 69
Final (5) Nevada 79 Loyola of Chicago 65
Final OT Louisville 82 (9) Michigan St. 78
Final Penn St. 63 (13) Virginia Tech 62
Final (14) Iowa 69 Pittsburgh 68
Final (22) Wisconsin 79 NC State

Area Scoreboard from Monday (11/26)




  • West Delaware 48, Western Dubuque 46


  • Platteville 61, Edgerton 60
  • Lancaster 47, River Ridge 44
  • Fennimore 70, Highland 26
  • North Crawford 62, Riverdale 32
  • Benton 70, Argyle 63



  • Western Dubuque 47, Mount Vernon 33


  • Potosi/Cassville 79, Desoto 47

Iowa Cracks Top 15/Pemsl Out of Lineup Again

Iowa Cracks Top 15

The Iowa men’s basketball team is now in the top 15 of the new Associated Press weekly college basketball rankings.

Iowa, unbeaten at 5-0 moved from 20th a last week and are 14th this week. Iowa will be back in action tomorrow night when they host Pittsburgh as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. The Panthers are 6-and-0 on the season, but unranked. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said yesterday junior Cordell Pemsl will not be in the line-up again tomorrow night. The former Wahlert prep has been recovering from an injury sustained in practice following the game against UMKC on November 8th.

Wisconsin also has moved up in the poll despite their first loss. The Badgers are 22nd this week up three spots. Iowa State received consideration votes again this week.

The new number one is Gonzaga after their victory over previous number one Duke last week. Kansas is ranked 2nd followed by Duke, Virginia, and Nevada rounding out the top five. Tennessee is 6th followed by Michigan, Auburn, Michigan State, and Kentucky.

Shayok scores 18 pts to lead Iowa St. past Omaha

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Marial Shayok scored 18 points, freshman Tyrese Haliburton had 16 and Iowa State cruised past Nebraska-Omaha 82-55 on Monday night for its third straight win.

Michael Jacobson scored 13 points with 10 rebounds for his first double-double with the Cyclones (6-1), who never trailed in disposing of the Mavericks.

Iowa State showed no signs of fatigue after spending last week at the Maui Invitational, scoring the game’s first 11 points and jumping ahead 41-28 by the break. Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker then buried back-to-back 3s to make it a 60-36 game with just over 14 minutes left.

Terrence Lewis scored 15 points and Horton-Tucker had 14 points, six rebounds and five steals for Iowa State. The Cyclones outrebounded the Mavs 46-33.

Rea Released by Padres

The San Diego Padres have parted ways with Cascade native Colin Rea by releasing the right hander pitcher after he was designated for assignment last week. He is now available to any team for his services after passing through waivers untouched.

The 28 year old Rea was a 12th round draft pick of the Padres in 2011. He made his major league debut in August of 2015 and pitched for the Padres for much of the rest of that season and the first half of 2016. But an elbow injury required him to have Tommy John Surgery, and miss the entire 2017 season. He spent this past season in the minor leagues, compiling a 3-5 record with an E.R.A. of 5.73 in 15 starts.

Texans take Tiitans...Ditka recovering...NHL milestone

HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans are now the first team in NFL history to win eight games in a row after starting 0-3. The latest victory came Monday night at home against the Tennessee Titans. Deshaun Watson threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third in a 34-17 blowout. The Texans lead Indianapolis by two games in the AFC South.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan says the team was unaware that police were called for another possible incident of domestic violence involving linebacker Reuben Foster. The 49ers released Foster on Sunday morning after he was arrested for domestic violence. The team learned later Sunday that police were called for an incident involving the same alleged victim on Oct. 12.

CHICAGO (AP) – Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka has been released from a hospital after being treated for a mild heart attack last week. Steve Mandell, Ditka’s agent, confirmed a report by the Chicago Sun-Times that the former coach was sent home.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each had 21 points, and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-107 on Monday night after nearly squandering a 25-point, third-quarter lead. Marvin Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Tony Parker had 15 points off the bench for the Hornets.

TORONTO (AP) – Mitch Marner had three assists and Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,600th NHL game as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night. Each teams scored twice in a frenetic second period that saw Boston outshoot Toronto 18-9.

National Scoreboard from Monday (11/26)


Final Charlotte 110 Milwaukee 107
Final OT Washington 135 Houston 131
Final Minnesota 102 Cleveland 95
Final San Antonio 108 Chicago 107
Final Boston 124 New Orleans 107
Final Indiana 121 Utah 88
Final Golden State 116 Orlando 110


Final Washington 4 N-Y Islanders 1
Final N-Y Rangers 4 Ottawa 2
Final OT Florida 4 New Jersey 3
Final Toronto 4 Boston 2
Final Columbus 7 Detroit 5


Final Houston 34 Tennessee 17


Final (1) Gonzaga 102 N. Dakota St. 60
Final Texas Southern 89 (18) Oregon 84
Final (25) Mississippi St. 88 Alcorn St. 65

NFL Recaps from Sunday (11/25)

Pats win as Brady breaks passing yards mark

UNDATED (AP) – Tom Brady broke another NFL passing record while moving the New England Patriots one step closer to one more AFC East title.

Brady became the all-time leader in total passing yards in regular season and playoff games while going 20 of 31 throws for 283 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 27-13 win over the Jets at the Meadowlands. The 41-year-old Brady now has 79,416 yards and became the third quarterback in league history with 16 straight seasons of at least 3,000 yards.

Rookie Sony Michel ran for a season-best 133 yards and a TD as the Pats improved to 8-3.

The Jets are 3-8 following their fifth consecutive loss.

Also around the NFL:

– The Broncos pulled off an upset win for the second straight week as Phillip Lindsay rushed for 110 yards and the game-deciding touchdown in Denver’s 24-17 victory over the Steelers. Nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger’s 2-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with 1:03 remaining to end Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak. Roethlisberger was 41 of 56 for 462 yards, but he was intercepted twice and the Steelers lost two fumbles in falling to 7-3-1.

– Philip Rivers completed 25 straight passes while going 28 of 29 for 259 yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters of the Chargers’ 45-10 mauling of the Cardinals. The 25 straight completions broke an NFL record for the start of a game and tied the mark for any point in a game. He also broke the NFL mark for completion percentage as Los Angeles moved to 8-3.

– The Colts won their fifth in a row since a 1-5 start as Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and Adam Vinatieri drilled a 32-yard field goal as time expired to complete a 27-24 triumph over the Dolphins. Luck was 30 of 37 for 343 yards against Miami, which led 24-14 after Kenyan Drake’s 14-yard TD run with 8:26 remaining. The 5-6 Dolphins have dropped 10 of their last 11 road games.

– The Vikings kept the heat on the NFC North-leading Bears as Kirk Cousins completed 29 of his 38 passes for 342 yards and three TDs without a turnover to lead a 24-17 victory against the Packers. Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen made scoring grabs and Sheldon Richardson had two sacks to help Minnesota drop Green Bay’s road record to 0-6. Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Davante Adams and Aaron Jones scored on a short run for a 14-7 lead early before the Vikes improved to 6-4-1.

– Russell Wilson threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Seahawks to a 30-27 come-from-behind victory at Carolina. After Graham Gano  missed a 52-yard field goal with 1:40 left, Wilson moved around in the pocket until finding Tyler Lockett downfield for a 43-yard completion, setting up the winning kick. Lockett finished with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, while David Moore had four receptions for 103 yards and a score. Both teams are 6-5.

– Gus Edwards rushed for 118 yards and Lamar Jackson accounted for two TDs as the Ravens knocked off the Raiders, 31-17 to improve to 6-5. Jackson ran for a TD and passed for a score to help Baltimore improve to 2-0 since he replaced the injured Joe Flacco. The Ravens also scored touchdowns on Cyrus Jones’ 70-yard punt return and Terrell Suggs’ 43-yard fumble return.

– Jake Elliott’s 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining gave the Eagles a 25-22 victory over the Giants. Josh Adams ran for 84 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion to help the 5-6 Eagles storm back from a 19-3, first-half deficit. Saquon Barkley grabbed a TD pass and ran for a 51-yard score before finishing with 101 yards rushing, almost all of it in the opening half.

– The Browns’ 25-game road losing streak is over after Baker Mayfield threw a career-high four touchdown passes in a 35-20 victory at Cincinnati. Mayfield finished 19 of 26 for 258 yards as the Browns improved to 4-6-1 and dealt the 5-6 Bengals their fifth loss in six games. The Bengals finished the game without quarterback Andy Dalton, who was just 10 of 17 for 100 yards with a touchdown and an interception before suffering a thumb injury in the third quarter.

– Josh Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter, and the Bills beat the Jaguars 24-21 in a game marred by a fight that led to the ejections of Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette and Buffalo defensive end Shaq Lawson. Fournette finished with 95 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns before he was thrown out with 2:57 left in the third.

– Jameis  Winston threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns to help the Buccaneers snap a four-game losing streak with a 27-9 victory over the 49ers. Winston completed 29 of 38 passes without an interception in his first start since Oct. 28. Ryan Smith and Isaiah Johnson coming up with Tampa Bay’s first interceptions since a loss to Pittsburgh on Sept. 24.

Brady breaks passing yards mark...Buckeyes climb, Bulldogs in top 4...Kingsbury fired, Helton staying

NEW YORK (AP) – New England’s Tom Brady has become the NFL’s career leader in total yards passing in both regular-season and playoff games. The Patriots quarterback entered yesterday’s game against the New York Jets needing 147 yards to pass Peyton Manning’s mark of 79,279. He accomplished the feat with a 16-yard pass to Josh Gordon early in the second quarter.

UNDATED (AP) – Ohio State’s 62-39 rout of Michigan pushed the Buckeyes up four spots and dropped the Wolverines four places in the newest Associated Press college football poll. The Buckeyes climbed to sixth, behind Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia and Oklahoma. The Wolverines slipped to eighth, one spot behind unbeaten UCF. No. 9 Texas and Washington round out the top 10.  Iowa State moved up one spot to 24th this week.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Kliff Kingsbury has been fired at Texas Tech after the former record-setting Red Raiders quarterback had a losing overall record in his six seasons as their head coach. Tech finished on a five-game losing streak following a 5-2 start this year. Kingsbury finished with a 35-40 overall record, a .467 winning percentage that is better than only two of the other 14 Texas Tech coaches in the program’s history.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Clay Helton will remain Southern California’s head coach despite the Trojans’ first losing season since 2000. USC athletic director Lynn Swann made the announcement yesterday, one day after the Trojans finished 5-7 with a loss to Notre Dame. Helton is 32-17 in his first head coaching job. His Trojans won the Rose Bowl two seasons ago to cap a nine-game winning streak, and they won the Pac-12 title last season.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Villanova has come away with the AdvoCare Invitational championship just a week after the defending national champions fell from the AP men’s basketball poll. Collin Gillespie had 17 points, including a pair of late free throws with 11.2 seconds left to push the Wildcats past No. 14 Florida State, 66-60. Eric Paschall had 15 points and Phil Booth chipped in 12 for Villanova, who slid out of the poll with last week’s home losses to Michigan and Furman.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (11/25)


Final Baltimore 34 Oakland 17
Final New England 27 N-Y Jets 13
Final Philadelphia 25 N-Y Giants 22
Final Tampa Bay 27 San Francisco 9
Final Cleveland 35 Cincinnati 20
Final Seattle 30 Carolina 27
Final Buffalo 24 Jacksonville 21
Final L.A. Chargers 45 Arizona 10
Final Indianapolis 27 Miami 24
Final Denver 24 Pittsburgh 17
Final Minnesota 24 Green Bay 17



Final Orlando 108 L.A. Lakers 104
Final Detroit 118 Phoenix 107
Final Toronto 125 Miami 115
Final Philadelphia 127 Brooklyn 125
Final Atlanta 124 Charlotte 123
Final N-Y Knicks 103 Memphis 98
Final Utah 133 Sacramento 112
Final L.A. Clippers 104 Portland 100


Final Calgary 6 Arizona 1
Final Tampa Bay 5 New Jersey 2
Final Nashville 5 Anaheim 2
Final L.A. Kings 5 Edmonton 2



Final Villanova 66 (14) Florida St. 60
Final Oklahoma St. 90 (19) LSU 77


Local Sports

Mens College Football

Iowa-31 vs Nebraska-28


Mens College Basketball

Clarke-66 vs Missouri Baptist-69

Wisconsin-46 vs Xavier-53

Northern Iowa-65 vs Old Dominion-72


Womens College Basketball

Iowa-84 vs West Virginia-81

UNI-71 vs Long Beach State-64

Illinois-74 vs Cal-Poly-51

Wisconsin-57 vs Pittsburgh-42

Hawkeyes meet Huskers for the Heroes Trophy

The Iowa Hawkeyes will attempt to win their fourth straight against the Nebraska Cornhuskers when the two meet later today at Kinnick Stadium. The Huskers are playing their best football as of late with head coach Scott Frost in his first year in Lincoln. After a 0-6 start, Nebraska has won four of its last five. Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz says Nebraska’s offensive attack starts with freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, who enters the game 2,910 yards of total offense and a vastly improved defense.

The game marks the final game at home for 14 Hawkeye seniors and a chance to take the Heroes Trophy each year of their career. Kickoff will be at 11 o’clock.

No. 4 Virginia, No. 25 Wisconsin meet for Atlantis title

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Fourth-ranked Virginia and No. 25 Wisconsin will meet for the championship on the final day of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Cavaliers and Badgers headline the four-game schedule today. The list includes Oklahoma meeting Dayton for third place, Butler playing Florida in the fifth-place game and Stanford meeting Middle Tennessee in the seventh-place game to end the day.

There have been multiple records broken in the first two days of the tournament. Wisconsin’s Nate Reuvers set the Atlantis record with nine blocked shots in the first-round win against Stanford.

On Thursday, Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice hit a tournament-record seven 3-pointers. Butler’s Sean McDermott tied that record in the day’s final game, while Butler hit an Atlantis-record 16 3-pointers in the win against Middle Tennessee in the consolation bracket.

Saints extend win streak...Cowboys top Redskins...Bears beat Lions...Bulldogs win Egg Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes and the New Orleans Saints earned their 10th straight win by slamming the Falcons, 31-17. Alvin Kamara’s 89 yards rushing helped New Orleans stay unbeaten since a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay. The Saints’ defense surrendered just 26 yards rushing, had a season-high six sacks and was helped out by three Atlanta fumbles inside the New Orleans 20.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Amari Cooper had scoring receptions of 90 and 40 yards as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins, 31-23. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 121 yards and a touchdown to help the 6-5 Cowboys earn their third straight win and pull into a tie with the Redskins for first place in the NFC East. Dak Prescott was 22 of 31 for 289 yards and no interceptions.

DETROIT (AP) – Chase Daniel set single-game career highs in all major passing categories and Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight game to lead the 8-3 Chicago Bears to a win over the Lions in Detroit, 23-16. Daniel was 27 of 37 for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead Chicago’s offense while No. 1 QB Mitchell Trubisky sat out the game with a shoulder injury. But the game was tied at 16 until Jackson brought back an interception 41 yards for a touchdown with six minutes left.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Nick Fitzgerald and Kylin Hill combined for 225 yards rushing as No. 22 Mississippi State cruised to victory in the Egg Bowl, 35-3 over Mississippi. Fitzgerald ran for 117 yards two touchdowns and threw for another score as the Bulldogs improved to 8-4. The game was marred by a brawl at the end of the third quarter, leading to the ejections of four players.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Fourth-ranked Virginia and No. 25 Wisconsin have advanced to the Battle 4 Atlantis title game. DeAndre Hunter matched his career high with 23 points, including a big 3-pointer with 53.1 seconds left in the Cavaliers’ 66-59 win against Dayton. D’Mitrik Trice nailed seven 3-pointers in eight attempts while scoring a career-high 25 points to highlight the Badgers’ 78-58 rout of Oklahoma.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (11/22)


Final (22) Mississippi St. 35 Mississippi 3


Final Chicago 23 Detroit 16
Final Dallas 31 Washington 23
Final New Orleans 31 Atlanta 17


Final (4) Virginia 66 Dayton 59
Final (6) Nevada 96 Tulsa 86
Final Texas 92 (7) North Carolina 89
Final (11) Michigan St. 87 (17) UCLA 67
Final (14) Florida St. 81 UAB 63
Final (19) LSU 67 Coll. of Charleston 55
Final (25) Wisconsin 78 Oklahoma 58

Zags Knock Off #1 Duke...#2 Kansas, #5 Tennessee Meet in NIT Final...LeBron Wins in Return to Cleveland

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – Third-ranked Gonzaga has beaten No. 1 Duke to win the Maui Invitational. Rui Hachimura scored 20 points and No. 3 Gonzaga blocked four shots in the final 46 seconds to complete an 89-87 win over the Blue Devils. Duke erased a 16-point, second-half deficit before losing in the tournament for the first time in 18 games.

NEW YORK (AP) – Second-ranked Kansas and No. 5 Tennessee have advanced to the NIT Season Tip-Off title game in Brooklyn. Grant Williams scored 24 points to lead five Tennessee players in double-figures as the Vols handled Louisville, 92-81. Dedric Lawson had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Jayhawks rallied past Marquette, 77-68.

CLEVELAND (AP) – LeBron James made his return to Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday and received a hero’s welcome before helping the Los Angeles Lakers knock off his old team. James finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the Lakers’ 109-105 win over the Cavaliers. He scored or assisted on 11 straight points as Los Angeles overcame a 99-91 deficit in the final period.

TORONTO (AP) – Kyle Lowry posted his first triple-double of the season with 21 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors thumped the Atlanta Hawks, 124-108. Jonas Valanciunas had season-high totals of 24 points and 13 rebounds for the 15-4 Raptors, while Pascal Siakam added 22. Former Raptor Vince Carter went over 25,000 career points with a slam in the final second.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo matched his season high of 33 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 143-100 trouncing of the Portland Trail Blazers. Antetokounmpo added 16 rebounds and nine assists in 30 minutes as the 13-4 Bucks avenged an early season loss to Portland in a rematch of teams off to fast starts. CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard each had 22 points for the Trail Blazers, who entered with the best record in the NBA’s Western Conference before slipping to 12-6.

National Scoreboard (11/22)


Capitals 4, Blackhawks 2

Wild 6, Senators 4

Carolina 5, Toronto 2

Rangers 5, Islanders 0

Pittsburgh 5, Dallas 1

New Jersey 5, Montreal 2

Tampa Bay 7, Florida 3

Buffalo 5, Philadelphia 2

Detroit 3, Boston 2 (OT)

Nashville 4, St. Louis 1

Vegas 3, Arizona 2 (OT)

Calgary 6, Winnipeg 3

Anaheim 4, Vancouver 3

Colorado 7, Kings 3


Charlotte 127, Indiana 109

Philadelphia 121, New Orleans 120

Toronto 124, Atlanta 108

Knicks 117, Boston 109

Chicago 124, Phoenix 116

Milwaukee 143, Portland 100

Lakers 109, Cleveland 105

Houston 126, Detroit 124

Denver 103, Minnesota 101

Dallas 119, Brooklyn 113

Memphis 104, San Antonio 103

Sacramento 119, Utah 110

Oklahoma City 123, Golden State 95

Top 25 MBB

#3 Gonzaga 89, #1 Duke 87

#2 Kansas 77, Marquette 68

#4 Virginia 74, Middle Tennessee 52

#5 Tennessee 92, Louisville 81

#8 Auburn 73, Arizona 57

#10 Kentucky 87, Winthrop 74

#15 Mississippi State 61, Saint Mary’s 57

Creighton 87, #16 Clemson 82

#22 Buffalo 110, Dartmouth 71


Fighting Saints Fall to Madison, Drop Below .500

The Dubuque Fighting Saints fell below the .500 mark as they dropped a 2-1 Thanksgiving Eve matchup against Madison at the Mystique Community Ice Center last night. The loss sinks the Saints’ record to 7-8-1 on the season. James Sanchez notched the lone Dubuque goal in the first period, but Madison scored in both the 2nd and 3rd periods to take the victory. The Saints will be back in action Saturday when they visit Sioux Falls.

College Basketball Roundup

The 20th ranked Iowa basketball team ran its record to 5-0 with 105-78 win over Alabama State in Iowa City last night. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 22 points, while freshman Joe Weiskamp poured in a career high 20. Iowa will put its unbeaten record on the line against Pitt in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge next Tuesday before opening Big Ten action a week from tomorrow against Wisconsin.

Iowa State won another blowout as they wrapped up the Maui Invitational, defeating San Diego State 87-57. That win comes after the Cyclones beat Illinois by 16 in their previous outing. The 5-1 Cyclones return to Hilton Coliseum on Monday when they face Nebraska-Omaha.

As for Illinois, the Fighting Illini took another loss in their final game in Hawaii, falling to Xavier 83-74. Illinois is now just 1-4 on the season.

Wisconsin built on a four point halftime advantage to advance to 4-0 with a 62-46 win over Stanford in the Bahamas. Ethan Happ led the Badgers with a double-double, scoring 16 points to go along with a dozen rebounds. Wisconsin advances to take on Oklahoma in a game that tips off at 11:30 this morning.

Ryan DiCanio’s free throws with no time remaining on the clock sent Loras’ men’s basketball team to an upset victory over 3rd ranked Augustana, 74-73 last night. DiCanio led the Duhawks with 25 points to help Loras stay unbeaten on the season. Loras will now enjoy a full week off before opening American Rivers Conference action against crosstown rival UD next Wednesday.

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (11/20)




  • Horeb 60, Platteville 44
  • Southwestern 55, Shullsburg 44
  • Fennimore 66, Cassville 45


  • Dubuque, Senior 42, Davenport, Central 30
  • Dyersville Beckman Catholic 54, Independence 24
  • Bellevue 62, North Cedar 17
  • Cascade 58, Northeast, Goose Lake 22
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 44, Easton Valley 42


  • Mineral Point 66, River Valley 39
  • Darlington 80, Belmont 43
  • Black Hawk 86, Potosi/Cassville 33


  • Galena 58, Durand 34




  • Grand View 80, Clarke 68


  • Wheaton 67, Loras 59
  • Clarke 81, Grand View 78 (OT)
  • Carleton 98, Dubuque 93

Iowa State Defeats Illinois in Maui

Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Michael Jacobson added 23 points and Iowa State ran away from Illinois in the second half for an 84-68 victory Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.  Down to eight scholarship players due to injuries and suspensions, Iowa State (4-1) bounced back from an opening loss to No. 3 Gonzaga with a strong game at both ends.     The Cyclones used their pressure defense to keep it close in the first half, then went on an 18-2 run early in the second to build a nine-point lead. Iowa State kept boosting the lead from there, making 16 of 28 shots to earn a spot in Wednesday’s fifth-place game against San Diego State.   Trent Frazier had 15 points to lead Illinois (1-3), which will face Xavier in the seventh-place game.

Big Second Half Gives UNI Women Win over Creighton

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Megan Maahs notched her second double-double of the season and UNI women’s basketball used a big third quarter to overcome a slow start to earn a 65-55 win over former Missouri Valley Conference foe Creighton Tuesday evening at the McLeod Center.

The Panthers trailed 23-20 at the half but outscored the Blue Jays 22-10 in the third and 45-32 in the second half to earn the 10-point win.

Maahs scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and grabbed a game-high 11 boards. Rose Simon-Ressler added 3 points and 1 rebound.

Trubisky could be sidelined...Tannehill returning...Beltre retires...Oilers change coaches

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Chase Daniel could be the starting quarterback when the Chicago Bears face the Lions in Detroit tomorrow. Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t practiced since suffering a right shoulder injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s 25-20 win over the Vikings. Coach Matt Nagy is holding out hope Trubisky can play even without practice, but he adds he’s very comfortable using Daniel if necessary.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) – The Miami Dolphins plan to start quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the first time in seven weeks Sunday at Indianapolis. Coach Adam Gase said Tannehill has progressed enough in his recovery from a throwing shoulder injury to rejoin the lineup, and said the quality of his passes at yesterday’s practice appears to be 100 percent. Tannehill should provide a boost for a team that has dropped five of its past seven games to fall to 5-5.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has retired after 21 seasons and 3,166 hits. The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove recipient batted .286 with 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs in a career that began with the 1998 Los Angeles Dodgers. He also spent time with Seattle and Boston before an eight-year run with Texas, where he made his only World Series appearance in his first season with the ballclub.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Ken Hitchcock is an NHL head coach once again after replacing Todd McLellan at Edmonton. Hitchcock is 823-506-88 in a 21-year coaching career, winning a Stanley Cup with the 1999 Stars and making stops at Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis before returning to Dallas last season. The Oilers had dropped six of seven before beating San Jose, 4-3 last night on Leon Draisaitl’s  goal 51 seconds into overtime.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar. Simon is the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the scandal. Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (11/20)


Final Toronto 93 Orlando 91
Final Washington 125 L.A. Clippers 118
Final Brooklyn 104 Miami 92
Final Portland 118 N-Y Knicks 114


Final OT Edmonton 4 San Jose 3


Final (1) Duke 78 (8) Auburn 72
Final (3) Gonzaga 91 Arizona 74
Final (16) Clemson 64 Georgia 49
Final Lipscomb 73 (18) TCU 64
Final (21) Oregon 83 Green Bay 72
Final (23) Ohio St. 68 Samford 50

Padres Designate Rea for Assignment


Cascade native Colin Rea was one of the casualties in a series of roster moves made by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. That was the deadline for the Padres to protect some of their top minor league prospects from the Rule 5 draft. To make room for those players, the Padres traded or designated seven players. Rea was one of those designated for assignment. With that move, the Padres now have ten days to decide whether to return Rea to their 40-man roster, trade him, or release him. Rea was a 12th round draft pick of the Padres in 2011. He made his major league debut in August of 2015 and pitched for the Padres for much of the rest of that season and the first half of 2016. But an elbow injury required him to have Tommy John Surgery, and miss the entire 2017 season. He spent 2018 in the minor leagues, compiling a 3-5 record in 15 starts.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (11/19)



  • East Dubuque 61, Galena 35



  • Platteville 73, Hempstead 59
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 59, Wahlert Catholic 52


  • Shullsburg 53, Iowa Grant 42
  • Benton 59, Barneveld 36


  • Galena 63, Orangeville 23
  • East Dubuque 56, Warren 18






  • Wisconsin 65, IUPUI 64

Regional College Basketball from Monday (11/19)

Cyclones and Illini Fall at Maui Invitational

  • Justin Coleman scored 18 points and Arizona rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to knock off short-handed Iowa State 71-66 in the Maui Invitational. The Cyclones led by seven at halftime and stretched it to10 midway through the second half before Arizona rallied. Marial Shayok led Iowa State with 19 points.
  • Rui Hachimura scored 23 points, Zach Norvell Jr. added 15 and No. 3 Gonzaga held off Illinois 84-78 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Gonzaga (4-0) withstood Illinois’ 10-0 run to go up nine with 97 seconds left, but Trent Frazier scored on a four-point play to pull the Illini within 80-78.     Illinois forced Gonzaga into a difficult shot and got the ball back with 30 seconds left, but Frazier air-balled a long 3-pointer.
  • Iowa State and Illinois will meet at 4 o’clock today.


Panthers Win in Paradise

The UNI Panthers finished their three-game slate at the Paradise Jam with a victory over Old Dominion University. The Panthers narrowly defeated the Monarchs 54-53 in the lowest scoring game of the season. For the Panthers: former Senior prep Luke McDonnell with 5 points and 3 rebounds and former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman with 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Rams outscore Chiefs...Redskins get a QB...Yanks snare Paxton from M's...Suzuki back with Nats

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jared Goff hit Gerald Everett for a 40-yard scoring touchdown with 1:49 remaining to send the Los Angeles Rams past the Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51. Goff passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns as the 10-1 Rams won the highest-scoring NFL game this season. Patrick Mahomes  threw for six TDs but was picked off twice in the final 78 seconds as the Chiefs fell to 9-2.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – The Washington Redskins have signed former first-round pick Mark Sanchez to back up quarterback Colt McCoy, who became the starter when Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula. Sanchez has played 77 NFL games since being taken by the New York Jets in 2009, completing 57 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards, 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions. Smith was injured while being sacked in the third quarter of Sunday’s 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans.

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees have acquired lefty James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners for southpaw Justus Sheffield and two other prospects. Paxton turned 30 on Nov. 6 and went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 starts last season, including a no-hitter at Toronto on May 8. He joins a rotation projected to include right-handers Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka and left-hander CC Sabathia .

WASHINGTON (AP) – A source tells The Associated Press that catcher Kurt Suzuki has accepted a two-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals, pending a physical. He became a free agent after batting .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 2018 as Atlanta won the NL East. Suzuki also played for Washington in 2012 and ’13.

UNDATED (AP) – Duke and Kansas remain 1-2 in the newest Associated Press men’s basketball poll. Third-ranked Gonzaga and No. 4 Virginia are followed by Tennessee, Nevada, North Carolina, Auburn, Michigan and Kentucky to round out the top 10. Villanova and Syracuse slid all the way out of the Top 25. Iowa is ranked 20th and Wisconsin is ranked 25th.

National Scoreboard from Monday (11/19)


Final Philadelphia 119 Phoenix 114
Final Charlotte 117 Boston 112
Final Detroit 113 Cleveland 102
Final Indiana 121 Utah 94
Final L.A. Clippers 127 Atlanta 119
Final New Orleans 140 San Antonio 126
Final Memphis 98 Dallas 88
Final Milwaukee 104 Denver 98
Final Sacramento 117 Oklahoma City 113


Final N-Y Rangers 2 Dallas 1
Final Toronto 4 Columbus 2
Final OT Buffalo 5 Pittsburgh 4
Final OT Washington 5 Montreal 4
Final Florida 7 Ottawa 5
Final Nashville 3 Tampa Bay 2
Final L.A. Kings 2 St. Louis 0
Final Calgary 7 Vegas 2
Final Winnipeg 6 Vancouver 3


Final L.A. Rams 54 Kansas City 51

Final (1) Duke 90 San Diego St. 64
Final (3) Gonzaga 84 Illinois 78
Final (6) Nevada 90 California Baptist 55
Final (7) North Carolina 101 St. Francis (Pa.) 76
Final OT (8) Auburn 88 Xavier 79
Final (12) Kansas St. 82 Missouri 67
Final (14) Florida St. 93 Canisius 61
Final Arizona St. 72 (15) Mississippi St. 67
Final (16) Clemson 72 Akron 69
Final (17) UCLA 80 Presbyterian 65

NFL Recaps From Sunday (11/18)

Steelers stun Jags…Redskins lose QB, fall to Texans

UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are winners of six straight following a remarkable comeback in a 20-16 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

The Jags led 16-0 late in the third quarter and were ahead 16-7 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, but Pittsburgh finally went in front on Ben Roethlisberger’s one-yard keeper with five seconds to play. Roethlisberger also hit Vance McDonald for an 11-yard scoring with 2:28 remaining before the Jags went 3-and-out on their next possession.

Antonio Brown hauled in a 78-yard scoring strike from Roethlisberger, who passed for 314 yards but was intercepted three times.

Pittsburgh is 7-2-1, while the Jaguars are 3-7.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are in big trouble as they battle the Cowboys for the NFC East lead.

The Redskins lost quarterback Alex Smith to a gruesome leg injury while being sacked in the third quarter of a 23-21 loss to the red-hot Texans. Coach Jay Gruden says Smith is done for the year because of a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg.

Justin Reid returned an interception 101 yards to help Houston overcome a mistake-prone Deshaun Watson and earn its seventh consecutive victory since an 0-3 start.

Washington is 6-4 and just a game ahead of Dallas heading into their Thanksgiving Day clash with the Cowboys. Colt McCoy replaced Smith and will be the likely starter in Thursday’s battle for the NFC East lead.

The Cowboys gained ground on the Redskins as Brett Maher shook off a missed extra point and kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give Dallas a 22-19 victory over the Falcons. The winning kick came after the Cowboys squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Ezekiel Elliott had a huge day for the Cowboys in what was a defensive slugfest until the teams combined for 26 points in a wild fourth quarter. He had 122 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries.

In other NFL games:

– The Saints won their ninth in a row as Drew Brees  completed 22 of 30 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 dismantling of the Eagles. Tre’Quan Smith finished with 10 catches for 157 yards, while Michael Thomas’ four catches for 92 yards made him the first receiver in New Orleans history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first three seasons. Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 103 yards, including touchdowns of 14 yards and 1 yard.

– The Bears earned their fourth straight win and tightened their grip on the NFC North lead by downing the second-place Vikings, 25-20. Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown while Chicago limited Minnesota to 268 total yards. Mitchell Trubisky was 20 of 31 for 165 yards and a touchdown for the 7-3 Bears, who dropped the Vikings to 5-4-1. Vikes quarterback Kirk Cousins was picked off twice while throwing for 262 yards and two fourth-quarter TDs.

– The Chargers’ six-game winning streak ended when Brandon McManus nailed a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Broncos past Los Angeles, 23-22. Case Keenum orchestrated a seven-play, 76-yard drive on the final series and finished 19 of 32 for 205 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns for the 7-3 Chargers, while Melvin Gordon had 158 yards from scrimmage.

– Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson juked and sprinted for 117 yards in his first NFL start, Gus Edwards ran for 115 and the Ravens ground out a 24-21 victory over the Bengals to end a three-game losing streak. Flashing the moves that enabled him to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy at Louisville, Jackson zipped in and out of the pocket for 27 carries. Jackson also completed 13 of 19 passes for 150 yards with an interception. Both teams are 5-5.

– Cam Newton threw an incomplete pass on a 2-point conversion with 1:07 left, letting the Lions hold on for a 20-19 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Newton had time and receiver Jarius Wright open in the end zone, but the star quarterback sailed the pass high. Carolina coach Ron Rivera went for the win perhaps because usually reliable kicker Graham Gano missed an extra point and a field goal earlier in the game.

– Saquon Barkley ran for a career-high 142 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Giants picked up their second straight win since a 1-7 start, 38-35 over the Buccaneers. Eli Manning was 17 of 18 for two touchdowns and linebacker Alec Ogletree returned one of the Giants’ four interceptions 15 yards for another score in New York’s biggest point output of the season. Jameis  Winston replaced an erratic Ryan Fitzpatrick and engineered four straight touchdown drives to help Tampa Bay get within a field goal before falling to 3-7.

– Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes and Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins both ran for scores to help the Colts rout the Titans 38-10. The 5-5 Colts have won four straight for the first time since November 2014, and Luck is unbeaten in 10 starts against the Titans. He shredded the league’s best scoring defense by going 23 of 29 with 297 yards with two TD passes to T.Y. Hilton.

– The Raiders’ five-game losing streak is over after Daniel Carlson drilled a 35-yard field goal on the final play of Oakland’s 23-21 victory at Arizona. Derek Carr threw for two touchdowns and had completions of 32 and 20 yards on the final drive that led to Carlson’s winning kick. Carlson also had field goals of 49 and 21 yards in the second half as the 2-8 Raiders since the 2-8 Cardinals to their fifth consecutive loss.

Jayhawks hire Miles...Buffs drop coach...Army cracks T25...Logano takes NASCAR title

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Former LSU coach Les Miles has been hired to lead Kansas’ downtrodden football program. The 65-year-old Miles spent 11 years at LSU, winning a national championship in 2007. The quirky Miles has been out of coaching since 2016, when he was fired by LSU after a 2-2 start. He replaces David Beaty, who was fired two weeks ago and is 6-31 in four seasons with the program.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Colorado has fired football coach Mike MacIntyre after the team lost six straight games in his sixth season at the school. Athletic director Rick George says he will name an interim head coach for Colorado’s final game Saturday against California. MacIntyre was voted AP college football coach of the year in 2016 after he led the Buffaloes to a Pac-12 South title and 10 victories. That was his only winning season at Colorado.

UNDATED (AP) – Army is ranked for the first time since 1996. The 9-2 Black Knights have moved into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 23 as they begin preparations to face rival Navy on Dec. 8. The top six in this week’s poll are unchanged, with Alabama a unanimous No. 1, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) – Joey Logano has won the NASCAR championship by grabbing a late lead before pulling away to victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It’s the first title for Logano as he became the second Cup champion for Team Penske and the first since 2004. Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. was second, followed by Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Charles Howell III has ended his nearly 12-year victory drought by sinking a 15-foot birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Patrick Rodgers in the RSM Classic. Howell closed with a 3-under 67, sinking three straight birdies on the back nine before capturing his first title since February 2007. Rodgers shot 61-62 on the weekend to catch Howell at 19 under.

NFL/NBA/NHL/TOP 25 CBB Scoreboard from Sunday (11/18)


Final Houston 23 Washington 21
Final Baltimore 24 Cincinnati 21
Final Indianapolis 38 Tennessee 10
Final Pittsburgh 20 Jacksonville 16
Final Detroit 20 Carolina 19
Final Dallas 22 Atlanta 19
Final N-Y Giants 38 Tampa Bay 35
Final Oakland 23 Arizona 21
Final Denver 23 L.A. Chargers 22
Final New Orleans 48 Philadelphia 7
Final Chicago 25 Minnesota 20


Final Memphis 100 Minnesota 87
Final Portland 119 Washington 109
Final Orlando 131 N-Y Knicks 117
Final L.A. Lakers 113 Miami 97
Final San Antonio 104 Golden State 92


Final Dallas 6 N-Y Islanders 2
Final Carolina 2 New Jersey 1
Final Chicago 3 Minnesota 1
Final Vegas 6 Edmonton 3
Final OT Colorado 4 Anaheim 3


Final (10) Kentucky 92 VMI 82
Final (11) Michigan St. 101 Tennessee Tech 33
Final (12) Kansas St. 64 Penn 48
Final (16) Virginia Tech 89 (23) Purdue 83
Final (18) Michigan 66 Providence 47

Local Sports

Men’s College Basketball

Clarke University 78, Baker 68

Univ. Dubuque 86, St. Scholastica 75

Women’s College Basketball

Loras Tip-Off Classic – Loras 91, Lake Forest 78

Baker 71, Clarke University 67


On military appreciation night –the Dubuque Fighting Saints couldn’t stay out of the box and the Team USA U-18’s used four power play goals and a shorthanded goal to skate past Dubuque 7-4 on Saturday night. The Fighting Saints closed the deficit to one goal multiple times, but the U-18’s pulled away early in the third period

College Football

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday. It tied the largest margin of defeat in Illinois history, matching a 63-0 loss to the University of Chicago in 1906.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Jonathan Taylor rushed for a career-high 321 yards and scored three times including the decisive 17-yard run in triple overtime to give Wisconsin a 47-44 come-from-behind victory at Purdue on Saturday. Wisconsin has won 13 straight in the series dating to 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Karan Higdon ran for a go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter and Jake Moody set a school record with six field goals, helping No. 4 Michigan beat Indiana 31-20.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Ninth-ranked Ohio State went to overtime to avoid one of the most stunning upsets in this college football season, defeating Maryland 52-51 when the Terrapins failed to convert a 2-point conversion after the potential game-tying score.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) – Trace McSorley has become the winningest quarterback in Penn State history with a 20-7 victory over Rutgers. The win was No. 30 for McSorley as a starter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Isaiah Bowser rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 24 Northwestern turned three turnovers by Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan into 10 points on the way to a 24-14 victory that stretched its program-record road winning streak to eight games

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Barret Pickering kicked three field goals in the fourth quarter, the last one a 47-yarder with 5:13 left, as Nebraska came from behind to beat Michigan State 9-6. It was the first time Nebraska had won a game without scoring a touchdown since a 3-0 victory over Kansas State in 1937.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas defense smothered Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy in a 24-10 victory Saturday night

UNDATED (AP) N. Iowa 37, Missouri St. 0

Local Sports

College Mens Basketball

Olivet College-84   Dubuque-77

Loras- 81       St. Scholastica-80

UW-Platteville-74  Concordia- 60

Regional Basketball

Iowa-91  UConn-72 @ Madison Square Garden

Pennsylvania-78 UNI-71 @ Paradise Jam in Virgin Islands

College Womens Basketball

Loras-82 Beloit-58

Edgewood-78 Lake Forest-72

UW Stevens Point-87  U of Dubuque-56

Local Hockey

Dubuque Fighting Saints -2 Fargo Force-4

Wisconsin HS Girls Basketball

Dodgeville- 40 Mineral Point-61

Fennimore-26 Prairie Du Chien-42

Darlington-56  New Glarus-48

Illinois HS Girls Basketball

  1. Dbq-45 Galena-36

Iowa HS Girls Basketball

  1. Dbq Epworth-61 W. Delaware-25

Western Dubuque Falls to Xavier in State Title Game

(Cedar Falls)……A valiant effort by the Western Dubuque Bobcats came up short in the Class 3A State Football championship game against defending state champion Cedar Rapids Xavier losing 34-20.

The Bobcats scored impressively on their first two series and even led at halftime, 20-17. The unbeaten defending champions would have to fight to repeat, especially after giving up a season-high in points before going to intermission.

Both teams sustained key injuries in Thursday’s showdown as well: Xavier entered the game having lost offensive line standout Josh Volk in the semifinals, but then lost senior running back Braden Stovie after halftime, and Western Dubuque quarterback Calvin Harris went out near the end of the third quarter and did not return.

Harris rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 137 yards and another touchdown before exiting. His top targets were Drake George (five catches, 106 yards) and Jake Hosch (two catches, 75 yards), and while backup Sam Goodman rallied drives in the fourth quarter, he could do little to slow down the Xavier onslaught.

Western Dubuque finished the season 10-and-3.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (11/15)




  • Galena 67, Warren 36


  • Southwestern 61, Belmont 38
  • Lancaster 62, Iowa-Grant 40
  • River Ridge 56, Wauzeka-Steuben 49
  • River Valley 48, Mauston 21



  • U-W Lacrosse 27, U-W Platteville 6

Iowa tops No. 13 Oregon 77-69.

Jordan Bohannon scored 16 points to lead Iowa to a 77-69 upset of No. 13 Oregon in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic on Thursday night. Luka Garza added 12, and Ryan Kriener finished with 11.

The Hawkeyes (3-0) will play UConn in the championship game tonight at 6 p.m., while Oregon (2-1) will meet No. 15 Syracuse in the consolation game. Connecticut upset Syracuse, 83-76, in the first game.

Iowa led throughout. The Hawkeyes jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 2:36, and enjoyed a 39-28 advantage at halftime. The lead grew to 13, 52-39, on Kriener’s dunk with 12:19 left in the second half.

Oregon closed with seven, 76-69, in the final 23.6 seconds, but that was as close as the Ducks would come.

Ehab Amin led all players with 25 points. Bol Bol chipped in with 14, and Victor Bailey Jr. had 12.

Betts, Yelich take MVP honors...Pack Fall to Seahawks.....Rockets drop 'Melo...Preds lose Arvidsson long-term

NEW YORK (AP) – Boston outfielder Mookie Betts is the runaway winner of the American League MVP, picking up 28 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Betts hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the World Series-champion Red Sox. Two-time MVP Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was second in the voting, ahead of Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez and Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez.

NEW YORK (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is the National League MVP after hitting .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs for the NL Central champions. Yelich won in a landslide, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes and 415 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America compared to 250 points for Chicago Cubs infielder and runner-up Javier Baez. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado  finished third, Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman was fourth and Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom  of the New York Mets picked up the other first-place vote to finish fifth.


SEATTLE (AP) – Russell Wilson hit Ed Dickson for a 15-yard touchdown with 5:08 to send the Seattle Seahawks past the visiting Green Bay Packers, 27-24. Wilson threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns while helping Seattle overcome a 14-3 deficit. The Seahawks’ defense stiffened in the second half, holding the Packers to 114 total yards. Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 30 passing for 332 yards and two scores, while Adams had 166 yards on 10 receptions.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has released a statement saying the team is “parting ways” with Carmelo Anthony and “working toward a resolution.” Morey added that Anthony had a tremendous approach while with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antonio gave him, but the fit they envisioned never materialized. Anthony played just 10 games for the Rockets after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.

UNDATED (AP) – The Nashville Predators say forward Viktor Arvidsson will miss between up to eight weeks with a broken thumb suffered in last weekend’s win at Dallas. Arvidsson had just returned off injured reserve after sitting out three games with a lower-body injury. The Predators have also placed defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) on injured reserve with an upper-body issue and activated blueliner Dan Hamhuis .

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Charles Howell played a bogey-free round in an 8-under 64 that gives him a two-shot lead over defending champion Austin Cook and J.J. Spaun through one round of the PGA’s RSM Classic. Howell played the Plantation course at Sea Island Resort. He is seeking his first victory in 333 starts since his Riviera victory in February 2007.

NBA/NHL/NFL/Top 25 CBB from Thursday (11/15)


Final Houston 107 Golden State 86
Final Denver 138 Atlanta 93
Final L.A. Clippers 116 San Antonio 111


Final Columbus 7 Florida 3
Final Tampa Bay 4 Pittsburgh 3
Final New Jersey 3 Philadelphia 0
Final N-Y Islanders 7 N-Y Rangers 5
Final Ottawa 2 Detroit 1
Final Minnesota 6 Vancouver 2
Final Arizona 2 Nashville 1
Final Montreal 3 Calgary 2
Final Toronto 5 San Jose 3


Final Seattle 27 Green Bay 24


Final (3) Gonzaga 94 Texas A&M 71
Final Iowa 77 (13) Oregon 69
Final UConn 83 (15) Syracuse 76
Final (16) Virginia Tech 73 Ball St. 64
Final (21) TCU 77 Fresno St. 69
Final (23) Purdue 92 Appalachian St. 70

Western Dubuque and Black Hawk Playing for State Football Titles Today

The Western Dubuque Bobcat football team hopes to continue their playoff magic for one more game as they meet the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints for the Iowa Class 3-A state championship tonight at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls at 7 o’clock.  W-D is 10-2 following playoff wins over Solon, North Scott, and Sergeant Bluff-Luton while Xavier is undefeated at 12-0 after playoff victories over Pella, Decorah, and Council Bluffs Lewis Central. One of the Saints wins came during a 35-0 victory at home over the Bobcats back on October 5th during a game that was delayed several hours by weather.

At the Wisconsin State Finals in Madison at Camp Randall, Six River Conference member Black Hawk, last year’s Division 7 runner-up will be playing in the State game for the fourth time. The Warriors square off with Edgar this morning at 10 o’clock for the Division 7 crown. Both teams are undefeated.

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (11/14)



  • Clarke 87, Mount Mercy 73 (Clarke’s Darius Lasley 17, and Keith Johnson 16)
  • Dubuque 82, Edgewood 66 (UD’s Marcus McDaniel 16)



  • Clarke 80, Mount Mercy 63 (Clarke 5-0, Faith Begin with 14)


  • Illinois 73, Valparaiso 54

National Signing Day

National Early Signing Day which is actually now national signing week started yesterday for prospective high school senior athletes in basketball and all other sports except football. Student athletes can sign on the dotted line and make their Division One or Two college choices official. By rule now, basketball athletes have thru next Wednesday to sign for the early period and then can sign again starting April 17th. Athletes in other sports except football have from today through August 1st.  The early period signing day for Division One football will be December 19th thru 21st.

Those Tri-State athletes known to have signed or will be signing soon:

  • Senior High’s Noah Carter signed to play basketball at Northern Iowa
  • Senior High’s Sam Link who signed to play baseball with the University of Iowa
  • Western Dubuque’s Zach Bierman signing to play baseball with Creighton University.
  • Hempstead had swimmer Dalton Hammel sign to swim with Iowa Central Community College.
  • Abby Marting of Senior will be signing later this week or early next week for Women’s Golf to Drake.
  • Natalia Verastegui of Wahlert will be signing Friday to swim next year at UNI.

Snell, deGrom win Cys...Bosox extend Cora...Curry to sit out road trip...Flacco iffy for Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) – Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell has won his first AL Cy Young Award in a close vote with past winners Justin Verlander of Houston and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber. Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America after leading the majors with 21 wins and pacing the AL with a 1.89 ERA. Verlander received 13 first-place votes and 154 points, while Kluber had 71 points.

NEW YORK (AP) – Jacob deGrom is the runaway winner of the NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA last season. The New York Mets ace also struck out 269 over 217 innings and went 10-9, the fewest wins for a Cy Young-winning starter. DeGrom claimed 29 of 30 first-place votes and 207 points to outdistance Washington’s Max Scherzer, while Aaron Nola of Philadelphia finished third in the balloting.

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have rewarded manager Alex Cora for winning a World Series in his first year as a major league skipper. Cora has received a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season and a club option for 2022. He guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will remain sidelined during their three-game swing through Texas, although he is traveling with the team. Curry has missed three games since injuring his left groin during a game against the Bucks on Nov. 8. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 10 days. The 30-year-old Curry is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice yesterday because of a hip injury, and his status for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati is uncertain. Flacco hurt his hip early in a 23-16 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 4. He had the bye week to recover, but is still receiving treatment. If Flacco can’t go, coach John Harbaugh likely will turn to rookie Lamar Jackson.

NBA/NHL/Top 25 College Basketball from Wednesday (11/15)


Final Orlando 111 Philadelphia 106
Final Washington 119 Cleveland 95
Final Miami 120 Brooklyn 107
Final Boston 111 Chicago 82
Final Detroit 106 Toronto 104
Final Oklahoma City 128 N-Y Knicks 103
Final Minnesota 107 New Orleans 100
Final Memphis 116 Milwaukee 113
Final Dallas 118 Utah 68
Final Phoenix 116 San Antonio 96
Final L.A. Lakers 126 Portland 117


Final Winnipeg 3 Washington 1
Final Chicago 1 St. Louis 0
Final Colorado 6 Boston 3
Final Vegas 5 Anaheim 0


Final (1) Duke 84 E. Michigan 46
Final (18) Michigan 73 (8) Villanova 46
Final (9) Auburn 103 Mississippi College 52
Final (10) Kentucky 96 North Dakota 58
Final (11) Michigan St. 80 Louisiana-Monroe 59
Final (19) Clemson 74 Sam Houston St. 59
Final Indiana 96 (24) Marquette 73

WFCA High School Football All-State

The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association has announced its All-State, Player of the Year, and Assistant Coach of the Year Awards for 2018. The WFCA is producing separate Large School and Small School All-State Teams for the first time.

Landing spots on the Small Schools All State team were Cuba City senior wide receiver Brayden Holzemer and Mineral Point senior kicker Curtis Cox.

Small School Honorable mention selections include:
· Quarterback Issac Lindsey of Mineral Point
· Offensive Lineman Logan O’Brien of Fennimore
· Colby Argall of Black Hawk and offensive back and teammate Rece Shelton at defensive back
· Troy Klein of Lancaster at inside linebacker

The WFCA Coach of the Year honor will be announced after the playoffs.

Clarke's Haase Named Heart Player of the Week

Clarke University’s Makenna Haase has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
In two Clarke wins last week, Haase averaged 22 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. She shot 69.6 percent (16-23) from the field and 75 percent (12-16) from the charity stripe.
Haase, who earned NAIA honorable mention All-American honors last winter, is averaging 18.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game to date this season.

Happ scores 30 as Wisconsin pulls away from Xavier 77-68

CINCINNATI (AP) – Ethan Happ followed his triple-double in Wisconsin’s opener with another dominant performance last night, getting 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Badgers pulled away to a 77-68 victory over Xavier in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Wisconsin (2-0) opened the second half with a 19-4 run led by Happ , who drove inside for four baskets that set the tone. Xavier didn’t get closer than six points the rest of the way, snapping its streak of 41 straight nonconference victories at the Cintas Center.


Wisconsin hosts Southern Baptist on Saturday.

Freshman Akinjo leads Georgetown past Illinois 88-80

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Freshman James Akinjo had 19 points, including a key 3-point play, and seven assists, Jamorko Pickett blocked a shot in the closing seconds and Georgetown beat Illinois 88-80.

Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois (1-1) with three 3-pointers and 25 points. Andres Feliz had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.


Illinois: The Illini will travel to Hawaii on Thursday in preparation for the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Illinois will face No. 3 Gonzaga on Nov. 19.

Regional College Women's Basketball Scores

  •  #13 Iowa 104, Western Kentucky 67 (Megan Gustafson lead 4 in double figures with 29)


  • Iowa State 67, Auburn 64 (Pre-season WNIT semi-finals) Iowa State will take on the winner of Thursday’s Marquette vs. Miami semifinal game on Sunday in Ames.


  • Wisconsin 68, U-W Milwaukee 57 (Badgers 2-0)

Melvin, Snitker get top MGR honors...Bell snubs Steelers...Rams-Chiefs game moved to LA

NEW YORK (AP) – Oakland’s Bob Melvin has been named the American League Manager of the year for the third time, receiving 18 first-place votes and 121 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The Athletics won 97 games and finished second in the AL West before losing the wild-card game to the Yankees, one year after losing 87 games. Boston’s Alex Cora was second with 79 points, 22 more than Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay.

NEW YORK (AP) – Brian Snitker is the National League Manager of the Year after leading the Braves to 90 victories and the NL East title. Snitker received 17 first-place votes, nine seconds and one third for 116 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for turning around a club that was 72-90 last season. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 99 points, followed by Colorado’s Bud Black with 41.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has refused to sign his $14.4 million franchise tender before yesterday’s deadline, making him ineligible to play for the AFC North leaders or anyone else this season. Bell declined to accept the offer after becoming one of only three players in recent NFL history to be franchise tagged in consecutive seasons, joining linebacker Karlos Dansby and quarterback Kirk Cousins. Second-year back James Connor has been outstanding during Bell’s absence, ranking third in the NFL with 771 yards rushing.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Monday’s anticipated matchup between the Rams and Kansas City Chiefs has been moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles by the NFL due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.” Both teams are 9-1, making it just the fifth game since the 1970 merger between teams with one or fewer losses in Week 11 or later.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Golden State Warriors suspended All-Star forward Draymond Green for last night’s game against Atlanta because of conduct detrimental to the team. He had a heated exchange with teammate Kevin Durant after Green lost the ball instead of passing it to Durant during the waning moments of regulation in Monday’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Green has been off to a strong start this season for the two-time defending NBA champions, averaging 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists.

NBA/NHL/Top 25 College Basketball from Tuesday (11/13)


Final Cleveland 113 Charlotte 89
Final Houston 109 Denver 99
Final Golden State 110 Atlanta 103


Final New Jersey 4 Pittsburgh 2
Final N-Y Islanders 5 Vancouver 2
Final Florida 2 Philadelphia 1
Final Buffalo 2 Tampa Bay 1
Final Detroit 6 Arizona 1
Final Washington 5 Minnesota 2
Final Edmonton 6 Montreal 2
Final Toronto 5 L.A. Kings 1
Final San Jose 5 Nashville 4


Final (5) Tennessee 66 Georgia Tech 53
Final (22) LSU 85 Memphis 76

Area Scoreboard from Monday (11/12)



  • Loras 77, #21 U-W Whitewater 73 (Marissa Schroeder career high 25)


  • Dubuque 90, Finlandia 56 (Sydney Hazuga 23 points to lead UD in their opener)

Gustafson Tabbed B1G Player of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa women’s basketball senior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week.

Gustafson led Iowa in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks in the Hawkeyes season-opening win against Oral Roberts. Gustafson netted 23 points , pulled down 17 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She also registered six assists, four blocks, and committed zero turnovers in 32 minutes of action.

The conference award is Gustafson’s first of the season. She broke a Big Ten single-season record last season with nine Player of the Week honors.

Iowa State beats Texas Southern 85-73

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Marial Shayok scored a career-high 26 points, freshman Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 as well and Iowa State held off Texas Southern 85-73 on Monday night for its third straight win.

Nick Weiler-Babb posted 13 points with 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (3-0), who go to Hawaii for Maui Invitational games against Arizona, either third-ranked Gonzaga or Illinois and then an opponent yet to be determined.

Giants win...T-Wolves trade Jimmy Butler...NASCAR's Silver Fox dies

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – The New York Giants have snapped a five-game losing streak with a Monday night win by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23. Both teams now have just two wins for the season. Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – On the same day the Timberwolves finally traded Jimmy Butler, Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak with a 120-113 win Monday over the visiting Brooklyn Nets. The Nets lost leading scorer Caris LeVert to what appeared to be a severe right leg injury late in the first half.

MIAMI (AP) – All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, after they and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend. Butler and Justin Patton were traded to Philadelphia, in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless along with a 2022 second-round draft pick.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Paul George matched his season high with 32 points and went 6 of 10 from 3-point range, Dennis Schroder added 20 points and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 118-101. The Thunder have won eight of their last nine games after a 0-4 start while the Suns have lost four straight and 11 of their last 12.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – NASCAR’s Silver Fox David Pearson has died at 83. Pearson was a three-time Cup champion and his 105 career victories trail only Richard Petty’s 200 wins on NASCAR’s all-time list. Pearson made his NASCAR debut in 1960 and along with Petty, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough. Pearson was inducted into the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NBA/NHL/NFL/Top 25 College Basketball Scoreboard from Monday (11/12)


Final Washington 117 Orlando 109
Final New Orleans 126 Toronto 110
Final Philadelphia 124 Miami 114
Final Oklahoma City 118 Phoenix 101
Final Utah 96 Memphis 88
Final Minnesota 120 Brooklyn 113
Final Dallas 103 Chicago 98
Final Sacramento 104 San Antonio 99
Final OT L.A. Clippers 121 Golden State 116


Final OT Carolina 3 Chicago 2
Final N-Y Rangers 2 Vancouver 1
Final Columbus 2 Dallas 1
Final SO Anaheim 2 Nashville 1


Final N-Y Giants 27 San Francisco 23


Final (2) Kansas 84 Vermont 68
Final (7) North Carolina 90 Stanford 72
Final (12) Kansas St. 64 Denver 56
Final (25) Buffalo 62 S. Illinois 53

Iowa comes alive in 2nd half, sneaks past Green Bay, 93-82

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Luka Garza scored 17 points, Tyler Cook added 17 and Iowa overcame a sluggish start in a 93-82 win over Green Bay on Sunday. The Phoenix (1-2) jumped out to an early 20-12 lead in the first half and hung around in the second. The Hawkeyes (2-0) took control in the final half, however, outscoring Green Bay by 10 points. Cook and point guard Jordan Bohannon combined for 27 second-half points.


Iowa travels to New York City for a showdown against Oregon on Thursday as the 2K Classic for the Wounded Warrior Project moves from campus sites to Madison Square Garden.

Brees passes Favre as Saints roll...Rams, Chiefs win, Pats fall...Northwestern cracks poll

CINCINNATI (AP) – Drew Brees  passed Brett Favre for second place on the all-time lead for touchdown throws while he tossed three in the first half of the New Orleans Saints’ eighth straight win, a 51-14 rout of the Bengals at Cincinnati. His 17-yard TD to Michael Thomas with 2 seconds left in the half gave him 509 career touchdown passes, one more than Favre. Brees was 22 of 25 for 265 yards and no interceptions for the 8-1 Saints, with Mark Ingram catching 13 passes for 104 yards.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams bounced back from last week’s loss to New Orleans as Jared Goff passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:49 to play on the first snap after Dante Fowler forced and recovered a fumble by Russell Wilson. Todd Gurley rushed for 120 yards and a score as the 9-1 Rams completed a season sweep of the 4-5 Seahawks.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Patrick Mahomes threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs rolled past the Arizona Cardinals 26-14. Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving the Chiefs’ first-year starter a team-record 31 for the season. Larry Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL’s career receiving yardage list late in the game.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The New England Patriots’ six-game winning streak is over after the Titans sacked Tom Brady three times and hit him repeatedly in a 34-10 thrashing of the Pats. Marcus Mariota  capped each of the first two drives with TD passes, and Derrick Henry ran for a pair of TDs. Ryan Succop  also added two field goals as the 5-4 Titans scored a season-high in points after jumping out to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter.

UNDATED (AP) – Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, a day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game. The 6-4 Wildcats are No. 24 in the Top 25 after beating Iowa to clinch the Big Ten West with two games to play. The rest of the Top 25 is fairly stable, especially at the top. Alabama is a unanimous No. 1, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia. Oklahoma is sixth, ahead of West Virginia, Washington State, Ohio State and LSU. Iowa State has moved up to 17th in the new poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville has fired football coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season. The 2-8 Cardinals have suffered five blowout losses in which they allowed at least 50 points, including Friday’s 54-23 setback against Syracuse. Athletic director Vince Tyra said Sunday that he did not have the confidence Petrino could turn things around next season.

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is denying a report that says Carmelo Anthony’s time with the team will end soon. Anthony has missed two straight games with an illness, further hampering his first season with the Rockets after one year in Oklahoma City. The Rockets reached the Western Conference finals last season but are off to a disappointing 5-7 start, with many outsiders blaming Anthony for the struggles.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Kyle Busch has won for the eighth time this season and set up a head-to-head showdown with Kevin Harvick for NASCAR’s championship. Busch’s win Sunday at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix tied him with Harvick for most this year in the Cup Series. The two were the most dominant drivers this season and will race next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title against reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano.

PHOENIX (AP) – Vijay Singh rallied from six shots down with his career-best round on the PGA Tour Champions, a 10-under 61 that gave him a four-shot victory in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer captured the season title and the $1 million annuity for the fifth time, and the fourth in the last five years. Scott McCarron was in position to capture the Schwab Cup for the first time, carrying the lead into the final round before carding a 72 to finish tied for third in the tournament.