WHPO Sports Report February 9, 2018

Class 2A Watseka Regional
Watseka 54, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 28. The top-seeded Warriors defended their own home court by winning a regional title and clinching a spot in Monday's sectional semifinal game at Iroquois West with a convincing victory against the fourth-seeded Falcons. GCMS had no answer for Summer Cramer, who dropped in a game-high 29 points, while Kennedy Bauer compiled a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors (30-1). Mallory Drake added eight points and eight rebounds for Watseka, who will play either Monticello (20-4) or Oakwood (26-3) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in Gilman. Megan Moody scored a team-high 11 points for GCMS (17-3), which trailed 18-4 at the end of the first quarter, while Makenzie Bielfeldt chipped in eight points.
Three-Point Showdown Advancers: Jacey Stiers (Iroquois West), Rachel Carney (Iroquois West), Meara Tilstra (Iroquois West), Mallory Drake (Watseka)
Class 1A Illinois Lutheran Regional
Cissna Park 45, Dwight 33. Gabby Wessels poured in 23 points and made it a double-double with 14 rebounds as the second-seeded Timberwolves (21-9) advanced to play Lexington at 6 p.m. Monday in a Ridgeview Sectional semifinal game. Wessels also produced three assists and hit 6 of 6 free throw bids. Olivia Powell added 10 points and five boards for Cissna Park.
Class 1A Milford Regional
Schlarman 57, Milford 19. Anaya Peoples compiled 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lift the top-seeded Hilltoppers to a regional title. Teammate Janiah Newell led all scorers with 17 points. Emily Duis finished with six points and eight rebounds for the Bearcats (14-13). The Hilltoppers (28-1) will meet St. Teresa at 7:30 p.m. Monday in a Ridgeview Sectional semifinal game.
Class 2A Reed-Custer Regional
Peotone 43, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 36. The second-seeded Panthers (20-8) saw their season conclude in the title bout. Third-seeded Peotone advances to face St. Joseph-Ogden at 6 p.m. Monday in an Iroquois West Sectional semifinal game.
Class 1A Fisher Regional
Lexington 49, Ridgeview 43.
class 2a At Champaign (St. Thomas More) REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 55, Champaign (St. Thomas More) 47
Pontiac 48, Prairie Central 44
Plano 51 48 Sandwich
indiana boys
Rensselaer Central 64 Benton Central 32
Winamac 70 North White 32
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 70 Victory Christian 57
CHICAGO -- Tyler Seguin scored twice, Ben Bishop made 37 saves and Dallas beat fading Chicago 4-2 for its fourth straight win. Tyler Pitlick connected with 4.5 seconds left in second period, and Stephen Johns also scored for the Stars, who strengthened their hold on the top wild card in the Western Conference and remained one point behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division. Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago, which lost its fourth straight overall and sixth straight at home. Anton Forsberg blocked 26 shots.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ethan Happ scored 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to lead Wisconsin to a series record 13th straight win over Illinois, 78-69 Thursday at the State Farm Center. The Illini last defeated the Badgers on Jan. 2, 2011, in Champaign. Brevin Pritzl scored 15 and Brad Davison added 14 points for the Badgers (11-15, 4-9 Big Ten). Happ, who averages 17.4 points per game, also had six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three blocks. Trent Frazier scored a career-high 32 points for the Illini (12-13, 2-10), and Leron Black added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Illinois. Illinois hosts Penn State Sunday, ending a stretch of five out of six games at State Farm Center.
From Isaiah Thomas to Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, the Cleveland Cavaliers loaded up on big names last summer. None will be there if the Cavaliers get back to the NBA Finals. In what felt like an unprecedented do-over for a contending team, the Cavaliers simply changed the pieces that weren't fitting for new ones on Thursday at the trade deadline. Fans who usually marvel at LeBron James were instead praising his general manager, with Koby Altman using a series of swaps to strengthen a sputtering team and leave open the possibility for more moves. The Cavaliers acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who got Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick. George Hill came from Sacramento and Rodney Hood from Utah as the Cavaliers dealt away Rose, Wade, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert - changing nearly half their rotation. All that wheeling-and-dealing stole headlines even with nearly two-thirds of the league making deals. Wade returned to Miami, mending fences with Pat Riley and finding a soft landing in a place where he won three championships following the fallout in Cleveland. The Heat struggle to score and used a second-round pick to bring back the player who did that more than anyone else for their franchise.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Jimmy Garoppolo signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will pay him a reported $137.5 million to keep him off the free-agent market without forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag. NFL Network first reported the terms of the contract, which is worth $27.5 million per season to top the previous record set by Detroit's Matthew Stafford last year by $500,000 per year. San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline for a 2018 second-round pick. As soon as he took the field a few weeks later, he immediately turned around a franchise that started the year with a 1-10 record. Garoppolo took over as starter and led San Francisco to five straight wins to end the season. That solidified the organization's belief in him and the willingness to offer him the largest average per year contract in NFL history.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - With Scott Dixon at the wheel, the prototype for a windscreen to help protect IndyCar drivers from flying debris passed its first on-track test, a big step toward requiring such devices, perhaps as early as next year. The only real problem for Dixon was the lack of air flow made things quite warm. But he described that as ''an easy fix.'' The windscreen wouldn't prevent all flying-debris accidents since material still could sail over the front of the screen or come in on top of the driver, who otherwise is protected only by a helmet. Driver Justin Wilson died in August 2015 of injuries he sustained when he was struck by flying debris in an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway. But IndyCar officials see the windscreen as potentially a big improvement in safety. With more testing to be done, the screen probably wouldn't be required on the circuit until 2019 at the earliest.


WHPO Sports Report February 8, 2018

Class 1A Illinois Lutheran Regional
Cissna Park 44, Grant Park 17. The offense of Gabby Wessels and the defense of Jasmine Stock proved to be an effective combination for the second-seeded Timberwolves in a regional semifinal win. Wessels had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Cissna Park (20-9), while Anna Jennings (11 points) and Stock (seven points, seven rebounds, six steals) contributed to the win.
Dwight 67, Gardner (G.-South Wilmington) 47 F
class 1a Milford regional
Milford 50, Armstrong-Potomac 18. Emily Duis (15 points) and 5 rebounds and Kaylee Warren (12 points) and six rebounds powered the host Bearcats (14-12) to a regional semifinal win against A-P (11-16). Milford improves to 14-12 on the year and will play in the Regional Championship Thursday night against #2 ranked Danville Schlarman.  
Danville (Schlarman) 67, Cullom (Tri-Point) 26 F
Class 2A Reed-Custer Regional
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 58, Beecher 36. Liberty Jamison led the second-seeded Panthers to a regional semifinal win, making four three-pointers en route to a 21-point performance for PBL (20-7). Teammates Mackenzie Bruns and Madi Peden both added 10 points.
Peotone 39, Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 30 F
Class 2A Georgetown-Ridge Farm Regional
Oakwood 47, Westville 21. 
Monticello 33, Bismarck-Henning 23.
In boys' basketball
Oakwood 53, Salt Fork 51
big ten
Keita Bates-Diop (dee-op)scored 18 points, including the decisive putback with 2.8 seconds left, to give No. 14 Ohio State a 64-63 upset at No. 3 Purdue, ending the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games Wednesday night and shaking up the Big Ten title race. Now, suddenly, Ohio State (21-5, 12-1) has the inside track to the conference title with wins over the Boilermakers and No. 4 Michigan State, which is one game behind the co-leaders. And with home games against Iowa and Rutgers and trips to Penn State and Indiana left, the biggest remaining obstacle might be beating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Feb. 18.  the buckeyes Andre Wesson scored 13 points. Jae'Sean Tate and Musa Jallow each had 10. Carsen Edwards finished with a career-high 28 points, had six rebounds and three assists. issac Haas scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half and Vincent Edwards wound up with 11 points, nine rebounds as purdeu drops to (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten).
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70. Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference). Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece. Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins as they fall to (16-10, 5-8). Maryland hosts Northwestern on Saturday. Penn State visits Illinois on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans has been postponed after nearly two-hour delay because of a roof leak that briefly allowed rain water to puddle near one of the foul lines. While Smoothie King Center crews fashioned a fabric catch basin in the rafters to stop water from dripping on the court, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said coaches and players on both teams didn't want to risk an injury in the event the make-shift fix didn't hold up for the duration of Wednesday night's game. Officials have not yet announced when the game will be made up. Rain fell on and off throughout the day in New Orleans, but water on the court did not appear to be an issue during warmups.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss the next three to four weeks recovering from a broken left hand. The Wild announced Brodin had surgery Wednesday. He's one of the top four blue-liners and by far the team's leader with a plus-19 rating.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour debut next month in the Dominican Republic. As a player, not a broadcaster. Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports, has received a sponsor's exemption to play in the Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25. The first-year event is held opposite the Dell Technologies Match Play, a World Golf Championships event that attracts the top 64 in the world. He joins a short list of athletes who have tried to compete against those who play for a living.
Mark Rypien, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, played the Kemper Open in 1992. He shot rounds of 80-91 and missed the cut by 27 shots.
Ken Harrelson, an All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in 1968 and bitter white sox announcer, qualified for the 1972 British Open at Muirfield and missed the cut by one shot. 
John Brodie qualified for the U.S. Open while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and later won on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.
Most recently, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry played a Tour event outside San Francisco. He shot 74-74 and missed the cut by 11 shots.
PHOENIX -- Infielder Yolmer Sanchez beat the Chicago White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team's $2.1 million offer. Players have a 6-3 advantage over teams in arbitration decisions this year.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded -- from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees. The MLB's Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl. On Wednesday, Texas traded Wilson to the Yankees for future considerations. An infielder, Wilson hit .229 in two seasons in the low minor leagues in Colorado's system in 2010-11. The 29-year-old Wilson is expected to be in the Yankees major league camp in March, where he will participate in pregame workouts and watch games from the Yankees dugout while in Florida. He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster. A two-sport athlete in college, Wilson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. In 2011, he left the Rockies organization for football to be a graduate transfer at Wisconsin, leading to the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance before the Seahawks took him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. Wilson issued a statement thanking the Rangers for giving him the chance to experience professional baseball again.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Martin Truex Jr. has been all over the country during his brief reign as NASCAR's newest champion. Since winning his first Cup title in November, Truex has celebrated in Las Vegas, New York, Denver, Charlotte, Toronto and last week, Minneapolis, where he watched his beloved Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl. It was the final party for Truex, who goes back to work this week along with the rest of NASCAR to get ready for the 2018 season. The season-opening Daytona 500 is Feb. 18, and qualifying for "The Great American Race" is Sunday. Truex led nearly every statistical category in 2017, including notching a series-leading eight victories. Truex doesn't have a teammate this year as Furniture Row moves back to a one-car operation. 


WHPO Sports Report February 7, 2018

In boys’ basketball
 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 65, Watseka 63. The host Falcons won the nonconference tilt after Mitch McNutt sank two free throws with less than five seconds to play, part of his 22-point production to lead GCMS (21-3). Bryce Barnes (21 points) and Ryland Holt (14 points) were also major contributors on the night for the Falcons. Brendan Fletcher (game-high 25 points) and Justin McTaggart (20 points) kept the Warriors (17-8) in the game.
Blue Ridge 54, Iroquois West 50. Trey Jamison had a team-high 11 points for Blue Ridge (4-19), while Nick Burrow (10 points), Dane Houser (nine points) and Tim Crook (eight points) added to the offensive output. Zach Gerling scored a game-high 14 points for the Raiders (5-18) and teammate Michael Hartke contributed 13 points.
Milford 59, Westville 45. The visiting Bearcats kept the Tigers at bay in a VVC win. Tyler Schmidt scored a game-high 25 points for Milford (17-5), who also received 13 points from Jacob Thompson and 10 points from Zach Castonguay. Tylan Stricklett (13 points), Skylor Elliott (12 points) and Brandt Williamson (11 points) led the way for Westville (8-17).
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 67, La Salette 54. The visiting Panthers ended a 13-game win streak by the Lions with a nonconference win. Tyler Pichon scored a team-high 18 points for PBL (11-11), while Dalton Busboom (17 points) and Mason Ecker (16 points) complemented Pichon. Joel Adese (game-high 27 points) and Caleb Moss (22 points) led La Salette (18-4).
Momence 79 64 Manteno
Herscher 54 44 Sandwich
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 60 68 Hoopeston
Bloomington Central Catholic 70, Prairie Central 27
Armstrong-Potomac 66, Schlarman 56
Monticello 62, St. Thomas More 47
Oakwood 69, Chrisman 41
St. Joseph-Ogden 79, Rantoul 57
Salt Fork 59, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 38
Bradley-Bourbonnais 67 42 Lincoln-Way West
Peotone 38 40 Plano
Class 2A Watseka Regional
Watseka 65, Clifton Central 29. The top-seeded Warriors cruised into Thursday night’s regional title game with a dominating effort as Watseka led 39-16 at halftime of its regional semifinal game triumph. Mallory Drake (19 points), Summer Cramer (16 points), Natalie Schroeder (12 points) and Kennedy Bauer (10 points) all compiled double-digit scoring totals for Watseka (29-1) in its sixth straight win. watseka set a new school record for wins breaking a record that has stood since 1940. watseka will play against four seed Gibson City/Melvin-Sibley at 7 p.m. Thursday in Watseka for the regional championship.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 37, Momence 28. The fourth-seeded Falcons will vie for an upset of Watseka in Thursday night’s regional title game after relying on steady defense and a strong fourth quarter to win in the regional semifinal game. Makenzie Bielfeldt scored a team-high 16 points for the Falcons (17-12). Matti Lanie had 18 for Momence.
Braidwood (Reed-Custer)
Beecher 51 29 Wilmington F
Champaign (St. Thomas More)
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 50 25 Argenta (A.-Oreana) F
Champaign (St. Thomas More) 45 35 Heyworth F
Thornwood 54 50 Bradley-Bourbonnais
indiana boys
Harrison (West Lafayette) 65 Westfield 60
Lafayette Central Catholic 78 Crawfordsville 58
some games were postponed . . . north newton, winamac and twin lakes all had games postponed.
CHICAGO -- Michael Stone scored with 3:30 left and Calgary edged Chicago for the second straight game with a 3-2 win. Dougie Hamilton and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, and Mike Smith made 34 saves in the opener of a six-game trip. The Flames topped the Blackhawks 4-3 Saturday night on Monahan's overtime goal in Calgary. Stone connected on a long slap shot from the right point. It looked as if Johnny Gaudreau might have tipped it by Jeff Glass, but Stone was credited with his third goal of the season. The Blackhawks challenged the play, arguing Gaudreau's stick was above the crossbar. But the officials ruled he didn't touch the puck. Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane scored for last-place Chicago, which has dropped three in a row. Glass finished with 20 stops.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Miles Bridges had 25 points and a crucial steal with five seconds left and Michigan State rallied past lowly Iowa 96-93 for its seventh straight win. Nick Ward added 17 points and Joshua Langford had 15 for the Spartans (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten). But they got a serious scare from the Hawkeyes in what was supposed to be a tune-up for Saturday's huge home game against No. 3 Purdue. Tyler Cook scored 26 points for Iowa (12-14, 3-10), which was coming off a 24-point loss at Penn State.
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Bryant McIntosh tied a season high with 24 points, and Northwestern beat Michigan 61-52. McIntosh scored 14 in the second half to help the Wildcats (15-10, 6-6 Big Ten) win for the fourth time in five games. Scottie Lindsey added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Northwestern returned the favor after losing at Michigan last week. Moe Wagner led the Wolverines (19-7, 8-5) with 20 points and nine rebounds. But Michigan hit just 5 of 20 shots in the second half while missing 9 of 10 3-pointers.
MINNEAPOLIS --Sophomore Isaiah Roby led a balanced attack with a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds as Nebraska defeated Minnesota 91-85 on Tuesday night. nebraska improves to 18-8, 9-4 Conf. Nate Mason led minnesota with a game high 34 Pts as the golden gophers drop to 14-12, 3-10 Conf.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis' Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring. The Colts confirmed McDaniels' decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the Patriots' offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick. McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano. A news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts said McDaniels informed them Tuesday evening that he would not sign the deal. By spurning the Colts after they waited 22 days to hire him, McDaniels leaves the reeling franchise as the only one without a coach. New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia left Belichick's staff a day after the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to become coach of the Detroit Lions.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski can be heard on a 911 call calmly telling a dispatcher that his home was burglarized while he was at the Super Bowl. Police in Foxborough, Massachusetts, released a portion of the call on Tuesday. He can be heard telling the dispatcher on Monday: "This is Rob Gronkowski calling, and while I was gone my whole house got robbed, while on the Super Bowl trip. And I just got back." A police report says someone broke a window to get in. In a recording of a call between responding officers and dispatch, a dispatcher says "multiple safes and possible guns" were taken. The police report redacted all details of what was taken. The report says Gronkowski lives with two roommates, both of whom reported items stolen.
NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis has torn the ACL in his left knee. Porzingis was hurt in the second quarter of New York's loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night. He dunked with 8:46 left in the half and landed awkwardly, crashing to the court and holding his left knee. He was eventually helped up and taken to the locker room. He left the arena for an MRI exam that revealed the injury.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA's tampering rule again. League officials made the announcement Tuesday in response to an interview team president Earvin "Magic" Johnson did with ESPN. Johnson was discussing the skills of Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo and said the Greek native would put the Bucks "on the map" and bring them an NBA title. It's the third time in less than 12 months the Lakers have been disciplined for tampering.


WHPO Sports Report February 6, 2018

class 1a milford regional
St. Anne 31 39 Tri-Point/cullom - lauren Emerson finished with 11 points and gracie O'Brien had nine points and seven rebounds but st. anne's season came to an end anyway at the hands of tri point 39-31. St. Anne ends its season with a 6-19 record. Tri-Point (10-17) advances to play number two ranked Danville Schlarman at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Milford.
Armstrong 46 17 Donovan - armstrong's Hope Hambleton scored 19 points for the Trojans and Madi Gayheart had 16 as they led their trojans to a 46-17 win over donovan. adrienne adams led donovan with 12 points. The Wildcats end the year with a 4-21 record. A-P advances to play Milford at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
class 1a Crete (Illinois Lutheran)regional
Grant Park 51 20 Crete (Illinois Lutheran)
class 2a Braidwood (Reed-Custer) regional
Beecher Wilmington ppd.
class 2a Champaign (St. Thomas More) regional
Argenta (A.-Oreana) 49 41 Farmer City (Blue Ridge) [Coop]
Heyworth 58 29 Downs (Tri-Valley)
class 2a Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm) regional
Catlin (Salt Fork) 35 44 Westville F
Bismarck (B.-Henning-Rossville-Alvin) 42 10 Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)
class 2a Watseka regional
Clifton (Central) 46 32 Hoopeston (H. Area) F - Rose Ritter led Central with 18 points Shelby Symmonds led Hoopeston with 12 points
Momence 33 29 Gilman (Iroquois West) - Matti Lanie led Momence with 20 Meara Tilstra 17 points for Iroquois West
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bogdan Bogdanovic made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining and Sacramento overcame a dismal start with a strong finish to beat Chicago 104-98. The Kings scored just nine points in the first quarter, trailed by as many as 21 and were down by seven with 10 minutes left before rallying to complete a season sweep of the Bulls. Bogdanovic had 15 points, George Hill scored 14 and Garrett Temple added 12 for Sacramento. Zach LaVine scored 27 points and Justin Holiday had 20 for Chicago. The Bulls, who lost center Robin Lopez to an ejection in the first half, have dropped seven straight.
INDIANAPOLIS -- All-Star guard Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 to help Washington hold on to beat Indiana 111-102. The Wizards have won five straight overall, all without John Wall, and four in a row over the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 29 points for the Pacers, trying to spur a fourth-quarter rally. Joe Young added 17 as Indiana's six-game home winning streak ended. Without starting guards Victor Oladipo (illness) and Darren Collison (left knee surgery), the Pacers were out of sync all night.
big ten
Juwan Morgan had 24 points and eight rebounds and Robert Johnson scored 19 points to lead Indiana past Rutgers 65-43 on Monday night. Deshawn Freeman led rutgers with 13 Pts. Hoosiers improve to 13-12, 6-7 Conf . . . Scarlet Knights drop to 12-14, 2-11 Conf
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — The former sports doctor whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women upended the gymnastics world was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center. Larry Nassar listened to dozens of victims for two days last week and was almost attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were abused. His final sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to penetrating young athletes with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach. The sentence is largely symbolic because the 54-year-old is already assured of spending the rest of his life in prison. 
PARIS (AP) — "Grid kids" are replacing "grid girls" in Formula One as the motorsport series makes changes ahead of the new season. F1 says youngsters from motorsport clubs, who are already competing in karting, will stand alongside drivers on the grid before races this season. The announcement Monday comes after the series last week ended the long-standing practice of using women on the grid, and on the podium with the top three drivers, because it no longer fits in with Formula One's values and societal norms. The latest initiative is a joint venture by the FIA — motorsport's governing body — and F1's owners. FIA President Jean Todt says "Grid Kids" gives "future champions of our sport the opportunity to stand alongside their heroes." F1 is owned by Liberty Media, which has been changing how the sport is run since taking over from former commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone in January 2017. The season starts on March 25 at the Australian Grand Prix.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA G League has granted a protest by the Santa Cruz Warriors and ordered the final 17.5 seconds of their loss to Iowa to be replayed. Golden State's affiliate protested its 116-113 loss on Jan. 19 after being incorrectly assessed a technical foul for calling an excessive timeout. The Warriors should have been granted a "reset timeout," a rule in the G League allowing teams to advance the ball without calling time and stopping play. The Wolves made the technical free throw, then two more after Santa Cruz fouled intentionally to take a 114-111 lead. The G League says Monday that the sequence unfairly impacted the game and ordered it to be restarted tied at 111 with Santa Cruz in possession of the ball. The replay will take place March 23 in Santa Cruz before the teams' regularly scheduled game.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American bobsled pilot Justin Olsen hopes to compete at the Olympics despite having had a successful appendectomy on the eve of the Pyeongchang Games. U.S. bobsled officials said Tuesday that Olsen, who is from San Antonio, Texas, went to a hospital in the coastal city of Gangneung on Monday and is trying to recover so he can compete in events starting Feb. 18. USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele says officials are "heartbroken for Justin, but he's shown us over the years that he's capable of overcoming adversity." Officials say they're discussing options if Olsen can't race. Pyeongchang is Olsen's third Olympics. He was on the four-man gold-medal winning team at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Veteran infielder Darwin Barney has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Barney won a Gold Glove with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, when he had only two errors in 155 games at second base. 
NEW YORK -- Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier is switching sides close to home, set to join the New York Mets and take over a spot that's been in flux since David Wright got injured. Frazier and the Mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million. Frazier, who was a 1998 Little League World Series champion in nearby Toms River, New Jersey, and later starred at Rutgers, finished up last season with the New York Yankees.
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia on Monday, doubling down on the franchise's hope it can copy the New England Patriots' formula for success. The expected hiring of the defensive coordinator came a day after the Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl. Lions general manager Bob Quinn made the move, reuniting with someone he worked with in New England for more than a decade. The Lions plan to formally introduce him at a news conference Wednesday.


WHPO Sports Report February 2, 2018

illinois girls
Dwight 45 68 Watseka - summer cramer had 21 points, megan harris had 14 points and mallory drake had 13 points in watseka's 28th win of the season to go with 1 loss.
Cissna Park 45 52 Paxton-Buckley-Loda - the Panthers' Ariana Gentzler scored 16 points and corralled 12 rebounds. Gabby Wessels led Cissna Park with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Iroquois West 58 67 Clifton Central - meara tilstra had 24 points and 16 rebounds but the lady raiders came up short to the lady comets. rose ritter scored 18, cassidy gerdes 14 and katie speckman 12 points for central.
Milford 45, Hoopeston Area 28. The Bearcats roared to a VVC win, with Emily Duis pouring in 18 points andEmma Morts chipping in seven more. For the Cornjerkers, Shelby Symmonds paced the offense with nine points.
Donovan 11 43 Tri-Point
Grant Park 38 22 St. Anne
Cornerstone Christian Academy 39 55 Grace Christian Academy
Peotone 52 47 Lisle
Kankakee 56 52 Rich Central
St. Joseph-Ogden 57 62 Bloomington Central Catholic
Gardner-South Wilmington 56 16 Illinois Lutheran
Prairie Central 25 73 St. Thomas More
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 47, Ridgeview 45
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 53, Armstrong-Potomac 38
tonight at the svc tournament in watseka
at wchs in the championship bracket . . . cissna park plays pbl at 6pm followed by watseka playing momence at 7:30
at glenn raymond jr. high in the consolation bracket . . . dwight takes on south newton at 6pm while central faces iroquois west at 7:30
indiana boys
Attica 52 Turkey Run 48
Caston 40 North White 37 OT
Frontier 54 West Central 48 OT
Hobart 57 Kankakee Valley 52
Lafayette Central Catholic 58 Twin Lakes 47
Logansport 71 Harrison (West Lafayette) 61
McCutcheon 65 Lafayette Jeff 55
North Montgomery 73 Benton Central 39
Tri-County 69 Carroll (Flora) 52
West Lafayette 70 Northwestern 30
Winamac 58 Lewis Cass 54
indiana girls sectionals for friday
class 1a 
WEST CENTRAL sectional
Pioneer [6-14] vs. South Newton [11-14]
Tri-County [10-11] vs. North White [17-4]
Faith Christian [0-20] vs. Attica [19-4]
Covington [8-14] vs. Lafayette Central Catholic [13-10]
Delphi [15-8] vs. Clinton Prairie [20-3]
BOONE GROVE sectional
Hebron [7-13] vs. Winamac [14-9]
class 3a
North Montgomery [7-14] vs. Benton Central [19-6]
FRANKFORT sectional
West Lafayette [13-9] vs. Frankfort [5-18]
Twin Lakes [12-10] vs. Rensselaer Central [14-9]
class 4a
Kokomo [6-16] vs. Lafayette Jeff [21-1]
Michigan City [12-10] vs. Kankakee Valley [19-3]
big ten
Derek Pardon scored 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting, and Northwestern rode a game-opening 18-1 run to beat Wisconsin 60-52 on Thursday night. Khalil Iverson led the way for wisconsin with 15 Pts and 9 rebounds as the badgers fall to 10-14, 3-8 Conf. northwestern improves to 14-10, 5-6 Conf
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brendan Gaunce scored his second goal of the game late in the third period, and Vancouver overcame an early deficit to beat Chicago 4-2. Daniel Sedin and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks. Troy Stecher added two assists, and Vancouver won for the fifth time in eight games after a 2-11-3 stretch. Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, which ended a two-game winning streak. Duncan Keith had two assists.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.
the bulls
the bulls reportedly dealt Nikola Mirotic and a second-round pick to the Pelicans on Thursday. In exchange they received a first-round pick, a future second rounder, Omer Asik, Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson. 


WHPO Sports Report February 1, 2018

big ten
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Isaac Haas had 20 points and nine rebounds, Carsen Edwards scored 17 points and No. 3 Purdue pulled away from Maryland to extend the nation's longest active winning streak to 18 with a 75-67 win. The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-0 Big Ten) also continued their best conference start in school history, broke another school record with their 13th consecutive win over a league foe and still won their 21st straight home game. Only Cincinnati (38) has a longer home-court streak. Bruno Fernando finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland (15-9, 4-7). Kevin Huerter had 16 points and four 3s for the Terrapins, who have lost three straight with the last two coming to top-10 teams.
No. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 76, PENN ST. 68
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Miles Bridges had 23 points and nine rebounds, helping Michigan State come back from a double-digit deficit to beat Penn State 76-68. The Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland. Cassius Winston made a go-ahead layup midway through the second half and Michigan State led by as much as 15. The Nittany Lions (15-9, 5-6) had won two straight, including a buzzer-beater at Ohio State, and they didn't give up their winning streak easily. They went on an 11-2 run to pull within six points with 37 seconds left after Tony Carr made consecutive 3-pointers in 6 seconds. Carr just missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 50 through three as Portland took advantage of short-handed Chicago 124-108. McCollum's 28 points in the opening quarter were the most in the NBA this season. His final tally was nine points shy of the team record set by Damian Lillard last season. Lillard also sat out the final period after adding 13 points and seven assists for the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 29. It was Portland's fourth straight win overall, a season high, and the club's eighth in a row at home. Zach LaVine had a season-best 23 points in Chicago's fifth consecutive loss.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Myles Turner had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup, and Indiana beat Memphis 105-101 for its third straight win. Turner gave the Pacers a 102-101 lead by hitting two free throws with 34 seconds left. With two seconds remaining, Wayne Selden missed a floater in the lane that would have given the Grizzlies the lead. Indiana came up with the rebound and sealed it at the foul line with less than a second left. All five Pacers starters scored in double digits. Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison each had 21 points, Victor Oladipo added 13 and Thaddeus Young had 10. Marc Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds for Memphis. Selden led the Grizzlies with 24 points but was ejected with 0.7 seconds remaining after arguing he was fouled on his missed shot.
MINNEAPOLIS —Roger Goodell wants to see the mystery of the NFL’s catch rule solved, and he’s ensured that the process has begun. The commissioner said at his annual Super Bowl news conference that he personally sees that rule as the most obvious to address. Asked about the scrutiny that NFL officiating came under this season, Goodell said “on the catch/no catch rule, we need to find a rule we think will address that. We certainly need to get this rule right so everyone can appreciate.” Goodell recently spent three hours with former players, including Pro Football Hall of Famers, going over 150 plays. He said there were many good ideas offered, but as for the specifics of what should be a catch, there was little consensus. “There were a lot of people with different perspectives and lot of disagreement in the room,” he said.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games. Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC, two of the league's other network partners. Fox announced Wednesday that it will televise 11 games between Weeks 4 and 15, with simulcasts on NFL Network and Fox Deportes. Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion.
EDEN PRARIE, Minn. -- As expected, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol Wednesday for New England's first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota. According to a pool report of the workout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in non-contact drills and is "working his way back." The Patriots worked out for two hours in their only full-padded practice of the week leading up to Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
NEW YORK — Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons and was famous during his playing days for an Afro that spilled out of his helmet, died Wednesday of a rare tumor of the jaw. His second wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, said he was diagnosed with a benign tumor, ameloblastoma, about nine years ago. It became ameloblastic carcinoma in 2016 and he had the first of several operations that August. Gamble, who lived in Montgomery, Alabama, entered UAB Hospital in Birmingham on Jan. 22 and died there early Wednesday. His wife said he never chewed tobacco. Drafted by the cubs in 1968 oscar made his debut in 1969 but was traded to phileadelphia in the offseason with dick selma for johnny callison. A left-handed hitter known for the crouch in his batting stance, Gamble had a .265 batting average and 666 RBIs while playing for seven big league teams. Oscar Gamble was 68.


WHPO Sports Report January 31, 2018

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament
Watseka 66, Clifton Central 32. Bolstered by playing in front of their home crowd, the Warriors (16-6) downed the Comets 66-32 in Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup. Ben Lyznicki led Watseka's offense with 24 points, while Blake Castonguay added 11 points and justin mctaggart 10 points. darryl harris led central with 10 points. 
Momence 86, Iroquois West 32. lamar lillard had 22 points, brother lamarius lillard had 16 as momence wipesout out iw 86-32. Michael Hartke had 9 points for the Raiders (4-16) 
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 45, South Newton (Ind.) 40. jay hammell had 18, carson anderson had 14 unfortunately they were only 2 of 4 to score at all for the rebels as they fall to pbl 45-40. Leading the PBL charge was Austin Sanders, who tallied 11 points. sn finished with 25 turnovers.
cissna park 59, dwight 26 - bailey sluis had 15 points, julian stadeli had 10 as cissna ran away from dwight 59-26. andrew curl finished with 7 points to lead dwight.
St. Anne 49 58 Herscher -   Sion Lightfoot led St. Anne with 14 points. Travis DeYoung and Connor Cotton added 10 each. but it wasn't enough as the cardinals drop to 11-10 on the season.
Oakwood 59, Hoopeston Area 49. The Comets soared over the host Cornjerkers in a VVC win, with Chase Vinson (19 points) and Bryce Jones (15 points) leading the attack as Oakwood (14-8) won its eighth straight game. Logan Walder paced the Cornjerkers (18-7) with a game-high 22 points.
Salt Fork 73, Schlarman 48. The Storm struck like lightning over the Schlarman, notching a Vermilion Valley Conference win. While the host Hilltoppers were led by Cole Carnahan's 22-point effort, Brady McMasters and Payton Taylor both scored 15 points to clinch the victory.
Westville 71, Armstrong-Potomac 51
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 72, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 19
Monticello 53, St. Joseph-Ogden 36
Tri-Valley 56, Prairie Central 43
St. Thomas More 64, Unity 44
Tri-Point 62 69 Cornerstone Christian
In girls' basketball
Watseka 55, Beecher 26. Watseka easily brought home their record breaking 27th win of the season, a road victory thanks to 19 points from Summer Cramer and 14 points from Magan Harris as they down beecher 55-26. Mallory Drake scored 12 points in the warrior win. 
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 54, Hoopeston Area 40. The Panthers slashed past the Cornjerkers behind 17 points from Liberty Jamison and Mackenzie Bruns added 13 points and PBL teammate Cassidi Nuckols scored 10. Hoopeston was paced by 11 points from Lexie Breymeyer.
Peotone 72 44 Iroquois West - The Iroquois West High School girls basketball team lost Tuesday in Gilman to Peotone 72-44. The Lady Raiders got 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists from Meara Tilstra. Teammate Jacey Stiers had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Maya sanchez provided seven points, five rebounds and four assists. Courtney Burks scored 23 points and Peotone teammate Mae Graffeo had 17 points.
Herscher 45 31 Clifton Central - Herscher has a record of 19-5. Central is 10-15.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 41, Tri-Point 26. 
indiana girls
CLASS 1A West Central
South Newton 49 Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 38
CLASS 1A North Vermillion
Attica 22 North Vermillion 19
CLASS 2A Boone Grove
Winamac 56 North Newton 30
CLASS 2A Lafayette Central Catholic
Lafayette Central Catholic 42 Rossville 37
Rensselaer Central 53 Wheeler 29
Hanover Central 32 Calumet 27
CLASS 3A Crawfordsville
Greencastle 48 Lebanon 34
Benton Central 67 Crawfordsville 19
CLASS 4A Kankakee Valley
Kankakee Valley 66 Merrillville 52
CLASS 4A Logansport
Zionsville 71 McCutcheon 32
Lafayette Jeff 63 Harrison (West Lafayette) 52
big ten
Kipper Nichols scored 19 points and Trent Frazier had 17 points to lift Illinois to a 91-60 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night. Geo Baker led the scarlet knights with 19 Pts. the Fighting Illini improve to 12-11, 2-8 Conf while rutgers falls to 12-12, 2-9 Conf
Jae'Sean Tate scored 16 points and No. 17 Ohio State took control early in cruising to a 71-56 win over Indiana on Tuesday night. Devonte Green led indiana with 20 Pts. ohio state improves to 19-5, 10-1 Conf while indiana falls to 12-11, 5-6 Conf
Jordan Bohannon led six Hawkeyes in double figures with 20 points and Iowa rolled past Minnesota 94-80 on Tuesday night, its second straight home win. Jordan Murphy led minnesota with 21 Pts as Iowa improves to 12-12, 3-8 Conf. Golden Gophers fall to 14-10, 3-8 Conf
anton Forsberg made 22 of his career-high 42 saves in the third period, helping the Blackhawks beat the nashville Predators 2-1 on Tuesday night. Last-place Chicago, which needs a big finish to get into the playoffs, returned from the All-Star break with its second straight win. Vinnie Hinostroza had a goal and an assist and David Kampf also scored for the Blackhawks.
WASHINGTON — Congress has responded to the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by sending President Donald Trump legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to swiftly report claims of abuse to law enforcement. The Senate approved the bipartisan bill by voice vote, a day after the measure cleared the House by an overwhelming margin.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch, a Texas facility that was the training ground for U.S. women’s gymnastics. Abbott ordered the Texas Rangers, the state’s top criminal investigations unit, to look into ranch, which hosted training camps for more than a decade until earlier this year. The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is already investigating.
WASHINGTON — Kansas City has agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, a move that spells the end of Kirk Cousins’ time with the Redskins and hands the Chiefs’ job to Patrick Mahomes. however, the transaction can’t be completed until the start of the new league year in March. the Redskins are said to have agreed to a four-year extension with Smith, who had one year left on his contract.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski says he expects to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski has been in the league’s concussion protocol after taking a hit from Jacksonville’s Barry Church in the AFC championship game. He made his first public appearance on Tuesday night while playing former teammate and current Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount in a game of “Madden 18” at the Mall of America. Gronkowski said he’s still in the concussion protocol and would leave his status up to those in charge of making medical decisions.


WHPO Sports Report January 29, 2018

Beecher Shootout
Watseka 58, Wilmington 47.Ben Lyznicki and Brendan Fletcher both scored 17 points in leading the Warriors to an 11-point win. Watseka (15-6) was bolstered by a strong first half, as they led 30-18 entering the halftime break.
St. Anne 64 69 Newark
Warren Beecher
Cissna Park 65, Milford 62. Christian Stadeli poured in 18 points and Brian Fehr chipped in 13 more to lead the host Timberwolves (16-5) to a 65-62 nonconference win over county foe milford. Jake Thompson led all scorers with 23 points, with Tyler Schmidt adding 17 more for the Bearcats (15-5).
Donovan 25 50 Tri-Point
Illinois Valley Central 20 71 St. Joseph-Ogden
Watseka High School will be hosting the 2018 SVC Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Games will be played at the Watseka high school gym and Glenn Raymond, the junior high gym Tuesday and Friday. All four games Saturday will be at the high school. Cissna Park received the top seed and will play the eighth seed, Dwight, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Glenn Raymond. The 7:30 p.m. game at the junior high will be fourth seed PBL and fifth seed South Newton. The winners of those two games will play at 6 p.m. at the high school friday. The losers will play at 6 p.m. friday at the junior high. Watseka, seeded second, plays seventh-seed Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school. Third seed Momence will play sixth seed iroquois West at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. The winners of those two games will play friday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. The losers will play at 7:30 p.m. at the junior high. Saturday the seventh-place game will be at 3 p.m. the fifth-place game will be at 4:30 p.m. The third-place game will be at 6 p.m. and the championship game will be at 7:30 p.m.
indiana boys
South Newton 43 66 Covington - Aiden Tanner's 19 points led a balanced offense for Class 2A No. 1 Covington in its 66-43 victory against South Newton. Colton Brown put up 17 points, Spencer Pettit added 15 and A.J. Kline scored nine for the Trojans (15-1), who blew the game open by outscoring the Rebels 21-8 in the fourth quarter. Ty Bever had his second consecutive double-figure assist game, handing out 11. Jay Hammel's game-high 27 points led South Newton (8-5).
Tri-County 69 North Newton 25 - Bryce Cook's near double-double of 21 points and eight rebounds led Tri-Couunty to a 69-25 victory against North Newton.
Benton Central 57 Fountain Central 38
Cloverdale 73 Delphi 60
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 54 Faith Christian 53
Culver Academy 61 Lafayette Jeff 43
Eastern (Greentown) 46 Frontier 32
Harrison (West Lafayette) 75 Southmont 50
North Montgomery 53 Attica 42
Rensselaer Central 56 Hebron 48
Rochester 64 North White 24
Twin Lakes 53 Western 48 OT
West Lafayette 67 Frankfort 41
West Central 44 North Newton 36
Tipton 72 Frontier 35
CHICAGO -- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help Milwaukee beat chicago 110-96 and improve to 3-0 since interim coach Joe Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd. Khris Middleton added 20 points and seven rebounds. Denzel Valentine scored 18 points for the Bulls.
big ten
Isaac Haas matched his career high with 26 points, Vincent Edwards added 19 and No. 3 Purdue held off Indiana 74-67 on Sunday for its school-record 17th consecutive victory. Juwan Morgan led the way for indiana with 24 Pts. purdue improves to 21-2, 10-0 Conf . . . indiana drops to 12-10, 5-5 Conf
Joshua Langford scored 19 points and led a second-half surge that carried No. 6 Michigan State past fading Maryland 74-68 Sunday, giving Spartans coach Tom Izzo his seventh straight 20-win season. Kevin Huerter led maryland with 17 Pts as they drop to 15-8, 4-6 Conf . . . michigan state improves to 20-3, 8-2 Conf
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Tennessee's Delanie Walker caught two touchdown passes, including an 18-yarder with 1:31 remaining, and the AFC beat the NFC 24-23 in a rain-soaked Pro Bowl on Sunday. Oakland's Derek Carr completed 11 of 15 passes for 115 yards and connected with Walker on a skinny post for the winning score. Denver's Von Miller sealed the victory when he caused and recovered a fumble by Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Miller posed problems all afternoon for the NFC. The AFC overcame a 17-point halftime deficit and four turnovers to win the annual all-star game. The NFC looked like it would coast to a victory early as two Minnesota Vikings made big plays a week earlier than they wanted (Super Bowl) and a week later than they needed (NFC championship game). Adam Thielen had a touchdown reception on the opening drive, and Harrison Smith returned an interception 79 yards for a score as the NFC opened up a 20-3 lead at halftime. Heavy downpours were partly to blame for the sloppiness. The winning team got $64,000 each, double the losing team's share.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Rickard Rakell had two goals and rookie Brock Boeser, Johnny Gaudreau and Drew Doughty also scored to help the Pacific Division win the NHL All-Star game with a 5-2 victory over the Atlantic Division on Sunday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jason Day and Alex Noren went 77 holes in the Farmers Insurance Open, and it still wasn't enough to decide a winner. Day holed a 6-foot birdie putt in the dark on the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. Noren followed with a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines. They had no choice but to return Monday morning to decide the longest playoff in the 67-year history of this event. In only his second PGA Tour event since August 2015, Tiger Woods closed with a 72 and tied for 23rd, seven shots out of the lead.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ronda Rousey's next bout in the ring won't come in mixed martial arts but in the world of professional wrestling. The biggest superstar in women's MMA officially made the jump to WWE on Sunday night with a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia. The former UFC bantamweight champion also told ESPN that she's fully committed to wrestling and not just planning cameos at WWE's biggest events, saying: ''This is my life now. Yeah, they have first priority on my time for the next several years.''


WHPO Sports Report January 26, 2018

girls basketball
Watseka 50 36 Paxton-Buckley-Loda - summer cramer had 13 points on the strength of a 9-14 performance at the free throw line, mallory drake grabbed 8 rebounds and dropped in 3-3 pointers to finish with 11 points as watseka gets a little revenge for their lone loss on the season as they defeat svc rival pbl 50-36. With the win Watseka earns at least a share of the conference title. They can win it outright with a win at Dwight next Thursday. ariana gentzler led pbl with 13. watseka improves to 25-1 while pbl drops to 16-6.
Dwight 53 47 Iroquois West - iroquois west's meara tilstra had 23 points and 24 rebounds, mya sanchez had 11 points but the lady raiders came up short and lost to svc foe dwight 53-47. mel stewart led the lady trojans with 16 points while teammate lucy rieke had 10.
Momence 21 46 Cissna Park - gabby wessells had 13 points, anna jennings had 10 points as cissna park gets an svc win over momence 46-21. matti lanie led momence and all scorers with 15 points.
South Newton 33 39 Clifton Central -  Central's Rose Ritter had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead her central lady comets to a 39-33 svc victory over south newton. Caitlyn Gerdes added 11 points and Cassidy Gerdes had seven rebounds. Riley Thompson scored seven points. Malyah Embery led sn with 12 points.  Jaimie Diedam scored 11 in very limited minutes as she works her way back from Monday's knee injury.
Milford 27 42 Bismarck-Henning - Bismarck-Henning won the first and fouth quarters by 8 points a piece to defeat milford 42-27 in an svc match-up. emma morts led milford with 8 points. Milford drops to 12-11 for the season and play Monday night vs Danville-Schlarman in Milford. 
Schlarman 68, Hoopeston Area 18. Anaya Peoples netted 18 points, six assists and seven steals as the Hilltoppers (23-1) compiled their ninth straight win by dumping the Cornjerkers (8-18) in VVC action. Also hitting double figures for Schlarman were Janiah Newell (16 points), Sydney Gouard (14) and Capria Brown (13). Newell and Gouard each added six swipes. Shelby Symmonds led Hoopeston with five points.
Illinois Lutheran 24 34 Donovan
Beecher 37 23 Tri-Point
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 27, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 25
Kankakee 69 25 Rich East
Lincoln-Way West 66 35 Bradley-Bourbonnais
Armstrong-Potomac 49, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 4
Oakwood 52, Westville 28
Seneca 54 47 Manteno
DETROIT -- Alex DeBrincat had his second hat trick of an impressive rookie season and the Chicago Blackhawks chased Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard in the first period on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings. DeBrincat, Anthony Duclair and Vinnie Hinostroza scored in the first 8:47 before Howard was pulled, and the Red Wings never got back in the game. DeBrincat added another goal in the second period and scored an empty-netter in the third, bringing his season total to 17. Anton Forsberg came within 3:51 of his first career shutout before Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit.
big ten
Vincent Edwards scored 30 points, Isaac Haas added 24 and No. 3 Purdue matched a school record with its 16 straight victory, using a late charge to finally get past No. 25 Michigan 92-88 on Thursday night. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the way for the wolverines with 26 Pts. purdue improves to 20-2, 9-0 Conf . . . michigan drops to 17-6, 6-4 Conf
Tony Carr hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Penn State an 82-79 upset victory over No. 13 Ohio State 82-79 on Thursday night, handing the Buckeyes their first Big Ten loss of the season. Tony Carr led the way for the nitney lions with 28 Pts while Keita Bates-Diop led the buckeyes with 25 Pts. penn state improves to 14-8, 4-5 Conf while ohio state drops to 18-5, 9-1 Conf
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James got Kevin Durant and reunited with Kyrie Irving in the NBA's first All-Star draft. Stephen Curry picked James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's top two scorers, and grabbed his other two Golden State teammates. The draft was not televised, and neither James nor Curry would reveal who they chose first when they were interviewed on TNT when the rosters were unveiled. However, Durant later said that he had been the No. 1 selection. James was among those who said fans should have watched the proceedings and his decision to draft Irving could have made for a must-see moment. The point guard asked out of Cleveland last summer and the Cavaliers traded him to conference rival Boston.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods brought big crowds back to golf, and he even produced a few big roars on his way to an even-par 72 in the Farmers Insurance Open in his return to the PGA Tour. He was steady, and at times spectacular. Woods made three birdie putts that traveled a combined 30 inches. The longest of his birdie putts was from just inside 2 feet. He was one rotation away from an eagle, and inches away from a hole-in-one late in his round on the South Course at Torrey Pines. Woods was seven shots behind Tony Finau, who led after his 65 on the North Course. It was his first PGA Tour event since fusion surgery on his lower back last April.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - The XFL is no longer an ex-football league. The sexed-up, second-rate football league formed as the early 2000s brainchild of WWE ringleader Vince McMahon is set for a surprising second life in 2020. The league that spawned ''He Hate Me'' and placed TV cameras in the bathroom flamed out in 2001 after one wild season. Interest in the league was reignited when ESPN aired the ''This Was the XFL'' documentary that chronicled the spectacular football failure. McMahon is back in charge, pumping $100 million into the XFL through his new private entity, Alpha Entertainment. McMahon, who will continue as chairman and CEO of WWE, offered few other details about the football comeback. The XFL will launch with eight teams, 40-man active rosters and a 10-week regular-season schedule. McMahon said the schedule, designed to fill the seven-month gap without the NFL, could begin as early as the end of January. No cities or TV partners were named.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Sports doctor Larry Nassar is on his way to prison for the rest of his life for molesting scores of young female athletes, but the scandal is far from over at Michigan State University as victims, lawmakers and a judge demand to know why he wasn't stopped years ago. Some are likening Michigan State to Penn State University, where three senior officials, including the school's president, were sentenced to jail last year for failing to tell authorities about a sexual abuse allegation involving coach Jerry Sandusky. Nassar, a 54-year-old former member of Michigan State's sports medicine staff, has admitted penetrating elite gymnasts and other athletes with his fingers while he was supposedly treating them for injuries. Some of the more than 150 women and girls who have accused him said they complained to the sports medicine staff, a campus counselor and the women's gymnastics coach as far back as the late 1990s. In Michigan, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine for certain professionals to fail to report a suspected case of child abuse.


WHPO Sports Report January 25, 2018

HOOPESTON — Sophomore Katelyn Young hit 10 field goals en route to a 23-point performance to help the Oakwood girls’ basketball team post a 62-32 win at Hoopeston Area on Wednesday night in Vermilion Valley Conference action. Young reached 1,000 career points in the win, the eighth straight victory for the Comets (23-2). Paiton Frerichs delivered 13 points and Brenna Durst added 12 points for the Comets. Shelby Symmonds put up a team-high 11 points for the Cornjerkers (8-17).
Manteno 33 31 Wilmington
Tolono Unity 25 53 St. Joseph-Ogden
The Armstrong-Potomac girls’ basketball team relied on a game-high 23 points from Madi Gayheart to defeat VVC foe Westville 55-46 on Wednesday night at home.
The watseka warrior boys basketball game with South Newton that was cancelled last night (1/24) is rescheduled for Saturday, Feb 10th at South Newton.  JV game will start at 4:00pm followed by the varsity game.
PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Dario Saric added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Embiid had 22 points for the 76ers, who have won seven of 10. Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Zach LaVine had 21 for the Bulls. 
PACERS 116, SUNS 101
INDIANAPOLIS -- Thaddeus Young scored 22 points, Victor Oladipo had 21 points and nine assists and the Indiana Pacers pulled away from the Phoenix Suns 116-101. The Pacers have won five of six, blowing out the Suns for the second time in 10 days. Josh Jackson had 20 points, while Greg Monroe had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead Phoenix. The Suns have lost two straight and five of six. Devin Booker and Troy Daniels each scored 19 points.
CHICAGO -- William Nylander scored on a penalty shot 6 seconds into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the sagging Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Nylander was awarded the attempt after he broke in alone on Jeff Glass from the opening faceoff in the extra period, but was hooked from behind by Chicago's Duncan Keith. Nylander scored the winner and his 10th goal by faking Glass and then burying a high backhander to send the Blackhawks to their fourth straight defeat. Toronto's Nazem Kadri connected for his 15th goal, a power-play score that snapped a seven-game scoring drought and was just his second goal in 20 games. Mitch Marner also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won the second time in seven games. Brent Seabrook and Nick Schmaltz scored power-play goals for Chicago, which snapped an 0-for-16 drought with the man advantage.
big ten - ILLINOIS 73, INDIANA 71
Trent Frazier and Leron Black each scored 19 points to help Illinois squeeze out a 73-71 victory over Indiana Wednesday night. The two-point victory was the team's first Big 10 Conference win of the season and the first of coach Brad Underwood's career. It also snapped the Illini's six-game losing streak. Juwan Morgan led Indiana with 25 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season, and Zach McRoberts scored a season-high 10 points. Illinois had four players score in double figures. Kipper Nichols had 12 points and Te'Jon Lucas had 11 points. Illinois has nearly a week off until it faces Rutgers at home next Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights have three players averaging over 11 points per game. Indiana plays its next game against Purdue on Sunday. The Boilermakers, ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, are 8-0 in Big Ten play. 
Isaac Copeland scored 23 points and came up with a clutch rebound in the final minute to lead Nebraska to 60-54 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night. James Palmer Jr. added 18 points for nebraska while Glynn Watson Jr. added 10. Corey Sanders  led rutgers with 14 Pts. Geo Baker and Deshawn Freeman added 10 apiece. Freeland also had a game-high 10 rebounds. up next for each . . . Nebraska: hosts Iowa Saturday. while Rutgers plays at Penn State Saturday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Once-renowned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listened silently as a prosecutor deemed him ''possibly the most prolific serial child sex abuser in history'' and a judge sentenced him to decades in prison for molesting some of the sport's top athletes, capping an extraordinary hearing during which more than 150 women and girls described his abuse. ''I just signed your death warrant,'' Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 175 years for molesting young female athletes under the guise of giving medical treatment. Many confronted Nassar face to face in the Michigan courtroom, describing abuse in his home, at his Michigan State University office and while he worked for the sport's governing body, USA Gymnastics, which also trains Olympians. ''It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again,'' said Aquilina, who called his actions ''precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.'' Hours later, Michigan State - which has asked the state attorney general to conduct a review of how the university handled the Nassar case - announced President Lou Anna Simon's resignation amid mounting pressure. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Olympic Committee's CEO announced an independent inquiry.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to boost him. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both tainted by the steroids scandal, edged up but again fell far short. Jones and Thome made it 54 players elected in their first year of eligibility by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Jones was an eight-time All-Star third baseman for the Atlanta Braves. Thome hit 612 home runs, putting him eighth on the career list, and played mostly for the Cleveland Indians. Guerrero was elected in his second try. The nine-time All-Star slugger played half his career with the Montreal Expos. Hoffman was chosen in his third year. The former San Diego Padres closer had 601 saves, second all-time to Mariano Rivera's 652.
MOSCOW (AP) - The Kremlin dismissed talk of an Olympic boycott on Wednesday despite some of Russia's top athletes being barred from competing at the Pyeongchang Games. Several of the country's top medal hopes, including six-time short-track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, were barred from next month's games amid the country's ongoing doping scandal, which has already forced Russia to compete under a neutral flag. Asked whether the Kremlin might consider a boycott in light of the new restrictions, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said ''right now it is important to avoid words like 'boycott.'''
NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL has suspended Boston forward Brad Marchand five games without pay Wednesday for elbowing New Jersey's Marcus Johansson in the head during the Bruins' win over the Devils the previous night. The hit occurred with 1:59 left in the third period of Boston's 3-2 win and knocked Johansson out of the game. There was no penalty called on the play. The Bruins' star has previously been suspended fined times and fined three times in his nine-year career. He will forfeit $373,475.60 in salary.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Police have issued a warrant for a suspect in last weekend's shooting death of a North Carolina college football player. A news release from Winston-Salem police Wednesday said warrants it obtained charge 21-year-old Jakier Shanique Austin with murder and possession of a firearm on educational property. Austin is wanted in the fatal shooting of Winston-Salem State University football player Najee Ali Baker during a party outside an events center at Wake Forest University early last Saturday. Police also said a 16-year-old was arrested and is charged with possession of a handgun by a minor, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a firearm on educational property. He is jailed without bond in the Forsyth County jail. It's not known if he has an attorney.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Serena Williams is returning to tournament play for the first time since the birth of her first child. Williams was among the entries released for the BNP Paribas Open, which runs March 5-18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It will be the two-time champion's first tournament after 14 months off. Her daughter was born in September. Williams reached the semifinals in 2015 and the finals in 2016 after returning to the event that she had boycotted for years.
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DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- A vandal has caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Field of Dreams by driving a vehicle onto the site made famous by the 1989 movie. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that workers at the site outside Dyersville found the damage Tuesday morning and were still assessing the costs and needed repairs. Owner Denise Stillman says a vehicle made deep gashes in the outfield and damaged a sprinkler system. The damage was especially severe because the ground was soft following warm weather and rain. Stillman says repairs will continue through the summer but that the field will remain open. Thousands visit the eastern Iowa field for free, running around the bases and walking to the surrounding cornfields. It was created for the movie "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner.


WHPO Sports Report January 24, 2018

Salt Fork 52 67 Milford - The Bearcats' trio of Kennedy Kunsch (20 points), Jacob Schmidt (16 points) and Jacob Thompson (14 points) led Milford past Salt Fork in VVC action and kept Milford (15-3) unbeaten in league play. Payton Taylor's 18-point effort wasn't enough to net a win for the Storm (16-5), who suffered their first conference loss.
St. Anne 76 34 Donovan - St. Anne used 33 points from Travis DeYoung Tuesday at Donovan High School for a 76-34 River Valley Conference win. Mico Sullivan added 13 points for the Cardinals in the win. Kolton Lanoue led Donovan with 14 points. St. Anne moves its record to 10-8 overall and 7-1 in the conference. 
Gardner-South Wilmington 57, Clifton Central 43 - Nathan Wozniak netted 28 TO LEAD GSW TO A 62-33 WIN OVER THE CENTRAL COMETS. Ben Robison scored 22 points for the Comets. Darryl Harris added nine points.
Hoopeston Area 49, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 22 - Logan Walder's 20 points and Ryan Drayer's 12 points HOOPESTON AREA IMPROVES TO A (17-6) RECORD
Newark 80 44 Dwight -  JC Santos led Dwight in scoring with 10 Points.
Oakwood 63 52 Armstrong
Parkview Christian Academy 72 43 Grace Christian Academy
Plano 58 44 Manteno
Tolono Unity 55 72 St. Joseph-Ogden
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 57, Chrisman 45.
Fisher 76, St. Thomas More 64
Prairie Central 29 Watseka 57 - THE WATSEKA LADY WARRIORS BOUNCED BACK AFTER THEIR FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON OVER THE WEEKEND AS Summer Cramer and Mallory Drake dropped in 24 and 13 points, respectively, to lead the Warriors (24-1) to a home nonconference win. the Hawks (7-12) WERE LED BY Emily Wilson, who scored 12 points. Watseka, ranked third in Class 2A, has a 24-1 record. PC is 7-13.
South Newton 30 Milford 58 - Brooke Sobkoviak led Milford (12-10) to a nonconference victory, scoring a game-high 15 points on five three-pointers. Other key cogs for Milford's machine were Emily Duis WITH 13 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS FOR A DOUBLE DOUBLE and Hannah Boyer, who HAD 10 POINTS AND grabbed  eight rebounds. Mya Wittenborn led SN with 14 points. Milford improves to 12-10 on the season and plays at Bismark-Henning Thursday.  
Clifton Central 62 St. Anne 28 - Rose Ritter led Central with 20 points and eight rebounds. Kamryn Grice added 13 points and seven rebounds. Caitlyn Gerdes netted 11 points AS THE COMETS TAKE DOWN ST. ANNE 62-28.  Gracie O’Brien led St. Anne (6-13) with 19 points and five rebounds. Central IMPROVES TO 8-13. 
Villa Grove/Heritage 71 Georgetown-Ridge Farm 16
Kankakee 36 Bishop McNamara 65
Tri-Point 26 Lexington 58
Harrison (West Lafayette) 49 Benton Central 45
Freshman Luka Garza scored 17 points with a career-high 16 rebounds, Tyler Cook added 17 points and Iowa walloped Wisconsin 85-67 on Tuesday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Ethan Happ LED WISCONSIN WITH 21 Pts.
Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law scored 18 points apiece for Northwestern, leading a spirited comeback from a 10-point deficit in the first half to beat reeling Minnesota 77-69 on Tuesday night. MINNESOTA WAS LED BY Nate Mason WITH 25 Pts.
- LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points. James had 28 points while becoming the seventh member of the 30,000-point club, yet he couldn't keep the Cavaliers from dropping their 10th in 13 games. At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest player to get 30,000. KOBE Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.
Kobe Bryant is in the running to get an Oscar this year as the subject, writer and producer of an animated short that has taken his awards-heavy career into a different field — because “Dear Basketball,” the animated short he made with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Animated Short. The Academy announced nominations on Tuesday morning, with “Dear Basketball” — in which Keane’s line drawings animated the poem that Bryant wrote to announce his retirement from the NBA — served as the highest-profile entry in its category. 51-time Oscar nominee John Williams, who earned a nod on Tuesday for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” scored the animated short.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The NCAA is examining how Michigan State University handled the case of sports doctor Larry Nassar, who faces prison time for sexually assaulting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes. Nassar worked at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Former Spartan athletes are among the more than 150 women and girls who have spoken over the last week at Nassar's sentencing. Women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned last year after she was suspended for defending Nassar over the years. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the organization has sent a letter of inquiry to the school "regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State." She declined further comment in an email to The Associated Press. A university spokesman confirmed the NCAA had sent a letter, but said he had not seen it and it is being reviewed to prepare a response.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has established a player-owner committee focusing on social and racial justice initiatives that Commissioner Roger Goodell cautions is just a start, with lots of work ahead. Goodell credited "unprecedented dialogue" for helping players and owners get to the point of Tuesday's announcement. He said the committee will focus on education, economic development, community and police relations and the criminal justice system. The league also said it is beginning a "Let's Listen Together" campaign that includes digital content and commercials highlighting player-led work on equality issues. That platform will include social media support and letters from players and owners.
NEW YORK (AP) — Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning. His percentage of the vote more than doubled from 2015 to last year, and he is projected to be around the 75 percent needed for election when this year's voting is announced Wednesday. He could become only the second Hall of Famer who was primarily a designated hitter. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero are likely to be overwhelming picks, and Trevor Hoffman could get in, too, after a near-miss last year.


WHPO Sports Report January 23, 2018

IHSA Girls Basketball
Cissna Park def LeRoy 44-27
Gabby Wessels and Anna Jennings each had 12 points
St. Joe Ogden def Rantoul 60-38
Bree Trimble had 18 points
Fieldcrest def Fisher 47-38
Lexington def GCMS 41-30
Tremont def Ridgeview 48-40
Milford def Westville 48-37
Hunter Lange led with 10 points
Schlarman def Armstrong Potomac 76-16
Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin def Hoopeston Area 46-20
Mattoon def Mahomet Seymour 51-49
Big Ten
Michigan St. def Illinois 87-74
Indiana def Maryland 71-68
Ohio St. def Nebraska 64-59
New Orleans Pelicans def Chicago Bulls 132-128 OT
Tampa Bay Lightning def Chicago Blackhawks 2-0
Big Ten tonight
Wisconsin @ Iowa
Northwestern @ Minnesota



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