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
Rensselaer Central 64 Benton Central 32
Winamac 70 North White 32
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 70 Victory Christian 57
STARS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2
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.