Mid-winter tournaments in full swing: The Fan Headlines 1/17/17

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Mid-winter high school basketball tournament action from last night:

At the Mid-Winter Classic in West Frankfort:
Boys action, the host Redbirds knocked off Christopher, 59-35. Eldorado beat Carterville, 60-53. And Herrin topped Anna-Jonesboro, 59-49. Tonight, the girls’ portion of the Mid-Winter schedule continues with three games: Herrin versus Pinckneyville, West Frankfort taking on Sesser-Valier, and Christopher against Eldorado.

Over at the Benton Invitational Tournament:
The host Rangers topped Hamilton County, 68-39. Sesser Valier beat Meridian in overtime, 76-69. And Pinckneyville beat Carlyle, 55-45.

At the Superman Classic at Massac County, Carbondale rolled past Fort Campbell, KY 66-31. Vienna lost to Graves County, 60-21.

At the Okawville Invitational, DuQuoin were no match for Okawville, 82-36.

Girls action: at the Carbondale Mid-Winter Classic, the host Terriers beat Massac County, 49-20. Mt. Vernon needed 2 overtimes to beat Mascoutah, 55-47.  And Carterville edged Marion, 41-39.

Eldorado/Lady Eagle Classic:
Gallatin County 96, Vienna 90 (3 OT)
Anna-Jonesboro 43, Carmi-White County 38
Harrisburg 50, Mt. Carmel 38
Fairfield 46, Eldorado 41

Big Ten tonight: Illinois travels to 21st ranked Purdue.

NBA: The Bulls go for 3 in a row tonight at home versus Dallas

NHL: The Blues return from a winning west-coast road trip to play Ottawa tonight. The Blackhawks skate at Colorado.

The NFL has their final four, SIU women lose to Missouri State, Mid-Winter play tips off in West Frankfort: The Fan Headlines 1/16/17

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The NFL conference championships are set…
The Green Bay Packers will go to Atlanta next Sunday for the NFC Championship after beating the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31. Mason Crosby’s 50-yard field goal with no time left wins it for the Packers.
And it will be the Steelers at New England for the AFC crown…Pittsburgh knocked off the Chiefs, 18-16. Chris Boswell kicked a playoff record 6 field goals for all the Steelers’ points.

Saluki women’s basketball lost to Missouri State yesterday, 78-60. The Bears never trailed while leading by as much as 26. Rishonda Napier led Southern with 22 points, she’s now second on SIU’s all-time scoring list. SIU now 8-9 and 2-4 in the MVC. They travel to Evansville next Sunday.

In Valley men’s action:
Loyola beat Missouri State, 77-71. The Bears blew an 11-point halftime lead.
And Northern Iowa picked up their first league victory, 79-60 over Drake. The SIU men travel to Drake on Wednesday.

High school hoops:
It’s mid-winter tournament time, and we’ll have West Frankfort Redbirds basketball tonight on 1300 The Fan from the Mid-Winter Classic at Max Morris Gym. The Redbirds open up the round-robin tourney versus Christopher. Rick Westermeier and Michael Marlo have the pregame beginning at around 8:15 on 1300 The Fan and streaming live at 1300thefan.com. Other action from the Mid-Winter tonight, Anna-Jonesboro plays Herrin at 5:30, Eldorado takes on Carterville at 7.

NBA: The Bulls – Memphis 108-104. Doug McDermott led the Bulls with a career high 31 points.

NHL: The Blues – Ducks 2-1 in overtime. Patrik Berglund scored both of the Blues goals, the Blackhawks lost to Minnesota 3-2. The Wild now lead the Central Division.

SIU women home vs Wichita State & Missouri State; SIU men at Evansville Saturday: The Fan Headlines 1/13/17

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It is Saluki women’s basketball game night as Southern welcomes last-place Wichita State to SIU Arena tonight. The Shockers are off to an 0-3 Valley start. SIU is 1-2 in the league after getting swept at Northern Iowa and Drake last weekend. Bryce Williams has the call beginning at 5:50 tonight on 105-1 VZA. The women are back at the Arena Sunday at 2 versus Missouri State.

The Saluki men will try to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss to Illinois State. They’re on the road tomorrow at slumping Evansville. The Aces have lost 3 in a row and are 1-4 in the MVC.
Tipoff’s at 1, Mike Reis and Greg Starrick have the pregame beginning at noon tomorrow on 105-1 VZA.

Weather permitting, we’ll have West Frankfort Redbirds basketball tonight on 1300 The Fan. The Birds host Herrin in their final game before the Mid-Winter Classic. Rick Westermeier and Michael Marlo have the pregame beginning at around 7:30 on 1300 The Fan, and streaming live at 1300thefan.com. A number of games may be postponed due to the freezing rain.

NFL Playoffs this weekend:
Seattle’s at Atlanta tomorrow, the Patriots host Houston. On Sunday, it’s the Steelers at Kansas City and the Packers at Dallas.
The San Diego Chargers are no more. The team announced they are moving to Los Angeles for next season.
The Los Angeles Rams have hired the youngest head coach in NFL history. He’s 30-year-old Sean McVay, who was the Redskins offensive coordinator. The Rams also hired Wade Phillips from Denver to be their new defensive coordinator. He’ll turn 70 this summer.

NBA: The Bulls lose to the Knicks, 104-89. Derrick Rose scored 17 against his former club. Joakim Noah haunted his former team with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

NHL: The Blues fell to the Kings 5-1 last night in LA. The slumping Blues have lost two in a row and will look to bounce back tomorrow night in San Jose.

Salukis lose to Illinois State: The Fan Headlines 1/12/17

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Saluki basketball lost to Illinois State last night, 60-53 at SIU Arena.
It was a tale of two halves. Armon Fletcher returned to the starting lineup, the Dawgs led by as much as 7 in the first half, and by 4 at halftime. But the Redbirds found their groove in the second half, holding Southern to a season-low 20 second-half points.
Head coach Barry Hinson on the loss…

Sean O’Brien led the Dawgs with 15. Armon Fletcher scored 12.
The loss snaps a 3-game winning streak. The Dawgs are now 10-8 and 3-2 in the MVC. They hit the road for Evansville on Saturday.

Last night in the league:
Wichita State stayed perfect in the Valley with a 87-75 win over Loyola. They’re 5-0.
Missouri State beat Evansville, 55-51. The Aces fall to 1-4 in the league.
Drake routed Indiana State, 87-70. And Bradley stunned Northern Iowa 72-61. Both the Panthers and Sycamores are 0-5 in the MVC.

Big Ten last night: Illinois beat Michigan 85-69. Maverick Morgan led six in double figures with 16.
The Illini are now 12-5 and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

JUCO action: John A. Logan College beat Lewis and Clark, 86-80. Jalen Perry scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Vols. The win was #100 for head coach Kyle Smithpeters. The Volunteers have won 5 straight. The Logan women used a Tiaunna Watkins jumper with 4 seconds left to beat Mineral Area, 47-46.

High school girls scores from last night:
Sesser-Valier-Waltonville 54, Goreville 49
Murphysboro Tournament:
Anna-Jonesboro 47, Johnston City 37
Murphysboro 63, Shawnee 31

NBA: The Bulls travel to New York tonight to play the Knicks. Former Bull Derrick Rose should be in the lineup after skipping Monday night’s loss to New Orleans for what he called “a family issue”.

NHL: The Blues begin a 3-game western road swing at L-A tonight versus the Kings.

SIU and Illinois State clash tonight: The Fan Headlines 1/11/17

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It is Saluki basketball game night as the Dawgs welcome Illinois State to SIU Arena tonight. It’s a battle of 2nd place versus 1st place. The Redbirds are tied with Wichita State atop the MVC at 4-0, Southern a game behind at 3-1. The Dawgs have won 3 in a row. Tipoff’s at 7, Mike Reis and Greg Starrick have the pregame beginning at 6 on 105.1 VZA.

Four other Valley games tonight: Wichita State hosts Loyola, Evansville visits Missouri State, Indiana State is at Drake, and Northern Iowa travels to Bradley, looking to avoid an 0-5 start in league play.

Big Ten tonight: Illinois hosts Michigan.

High school boys scores from last night:
Murphysboro 60, West Frankfort 55
Christopher 77, Zeigler-Royalton 41
Anna-Jonesboro 67, Century 57 OT
DuQuoin 74, Hamilton County 66
Goreville 87, Sesser-Valier 74
Nashville 41, Greenville 26
Trico 59, Vienna 47
Steeleville 56, Red Bud 35
Webber 60, Johnston City 52
Althoff 73, Centralia 61
Effingham 69, Mt. Vernon 41

Chester Tournament:
Chester 61, New Athens 46
Marissa-Coulterville 53, Cobden 50

Girls scores:
Harrisburg 65, Wayne City 43
Massac County 54, Eldorado 28

NBA: The Bulls lose in Washington, 101-99.

NHL: The Blues lost to Boston 5-3 in former captain David Backes’ return to St. Louis. The Blackhawks beat Detroit, 4-3 in OT.

And in NASCAR, Carl Edwards is retiring after 13 seasons effectively immediately. Edwards won 28 races, and ended this last season 4th in points after crashing with 10 laps to go in the final race at Homestead, Florida.

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