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SportShorts for Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Rockets handle
Cardinals with ease

Rock Falls opened its season on the road with a 60-23 dismantling of Stillman Valley in the opening round of the Sauk Valley Shootout.

Abbee Sigel scored 17 points to lead the Rockets, while fellow guard Molly Buck added 16.

Storm smash Lions in tourney opener

Bureau Valley opened the Princeton Tournament with a 62-27 rout of LaMoille-Ohio, jumping out to a 20-3 lead after one quarter and never looking back.

Emily Fordham led the Storm with 15 points. Saige Barnett added 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers.

Lexi Loftus led LaMoille-Ohio with 17 points.


Sterling football
tickets on sale

Pre-sale tickets for the Class 5A semifinal game between Chicago Phillips and Sterling at Roscoe Eades Stadium can be purchased later this week.

Season ticket holders can buy tickets on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the SHS Parent Center. Cost is $6 per ticket, and no season passes will be honored. Leftover tickets will be sold to the general public.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. contest.

There will be no advance ticket sales for Newman’s Class 2A semifinal game against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in Gibson City. Gates open at noon for the 2 p.m. game.


Judge, Bellinger take ROY honors

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are baseball’s Rookies of the Year, after their record-setting home run binges left no need for any dissenting opinions. Judge led the American League with 52 homers, the most ever by a rookie. Bellinger hit 39 and had to settle for the National League’s rookie record.

Judge and Bellinger received every first-place vote available from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.


Panthers dominate Dolphins at home

Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, rookie Christian McCaffrey scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and Carolina crushed Miami 45-21 on Monday for its third straight victory.

Carolina set a franchise record with 548 yards from scrimmage.

The Dolphins (4-5) have lost three straight.

49ers WR insisted on playing

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan was ready to let receiver Marquise Goodwin take time with his wife after she prematurely gave birth to their son, who then died of complications early Sunday morning.

But Goodwin decided to play, helping San Francisco get its first win of the season. He had an 83-yard touchdown reception and threw a key block on another big scoring play, when he laid out a defensive back and allowed Garrett Celek to scamper into the end zone.

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