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.
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
CLASS 3A Knox
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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
BUCKS 110, BULLS 96
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.
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.''
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
BLACKHAWKS 5, RED WINGS 1
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.
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.
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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.
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.
NEBRASKA 60, RUTGERS 54
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.
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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.
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.
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
Iroquois West 33 62 South Newton - JAY HAMMELL HAD 30 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS FOR HIS 8TH DOUBLE DOUBLE OF THE SEASON, CARSON ANDERSON HAD 16 POINTS AS SOUTH NEWTON GETS AN SVC WIN OVER IROQUOIS WEST 62-33. MICHAEL HARTKE LED THE WAY FOR THE RAIDERS WITH 9 POINTS. SOUTH NEWTON FACES WATSEKA TONIGHT AT HOME IN A MAKE UP GAME FROM AN EARLIER DATE IN AN SVC SHOWDOWN.
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.
SPEAKING OF KOBE . . .
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.
GYMNASTICS SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE
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.
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
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