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Sportshorts for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013


EPC’s Paulson named MVP

Eastland-Pearl City senior tight end and defensive end Skylar Paulson was named the Dick DeHaven Award winner as MVP the NUIC Northwest football conference.

Stockton’s Colton Brouhous was named the Gordy Nesemeier Award winner as MVP of the NUIC Upstate conference.

All-conference teams for both the Northwest and Upstate divisions can be found on B3.


Broncos’ Prater kicks record field goal

Denver kicker Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal as the first half expired in the Broncos’ 51-28 win over Tennessee on Sunday at Mile High Stadium.

Prater’s kick on a clear day in 14-degree weather with nary a hint of wind barely cleared the crossbar. He and holder Britton Colquitt jumped in jubilation as their teammates rushed into the tunnel for halftime.

The 64-yarder bested the record of 63 set by New Orleans’ Tom Dempsey in 1970, and tied by Denver’s Jason Elam in 1998, Oakland’s Sabastian Janikowski in 2011, and San Francisco’s David Akers last season. Janikowski’s and Elam’s kicks also came in Denver’s thin air.


Blackhawks throttle Florida

Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks scored a season-high three times on the power play in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night at the United Center.

Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Saad each had goal and an assist, and Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw also scored. Patrick Kane had three assists for Chicago, which ended a three-game losing streak – its longest regular-season skid since February 2012.

Rookie goalie Antti Raanta, recalled after veteran backup Nikolai Khabublin was injured on Nov. 16, stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win in relief of Corey Crawford, who made four saves before leaving in the first period with a lower-body injury.


Pistons hammer Bulls

Brandon Jennings scored 33 points as the Detroit Pistons won a regular-season game in Chicago for the first time since Feb. 24, 2006.

The Pistons outscored the Bulls 24-9 in the third quarter, and held a 51-44 rebounding advantage en route to their fourth straight road win.

Taj Gibson led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without leading scorer Luol Deng, sidelined by tightness in his left calf.


EIU advances to
FCS quarterfinals

Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as the Eastern Illinois Panthers crushed Tennessee State 51-10 in the second round of the FCS playoffs in Charleston.

Shepard Little ran for 184 yards and a two TDs for EIU (12-1), which will face Towson in the quarterfinals next weekend.

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