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SportShorts for Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Thunder roll past Christian Life

Nine different West Carroll players scored as the Thunder closed their Newman Christmas Classic slate with a 73-60 win over Rockford Christian Life on Tuesday evening.

Jacob Dunk scored 21 points to lead West Carroll, and Dawson Wurster added 16, hitting nine of his 10 free throws. As a team, the Thunder shot 18-for-20 from the foul line.

Michael Hart poured in 22 points to pace the Eagles, who couldn’t rally from a 43-23 halftime deficit.


Oregon hosting reunion of 1998, 2008 teams

The Oregon wrestling program will hold a 20th anniversary reunion of the 1998 Hawks who won a state championship, and a 10th anniversary reunion of the 2008 squad that took third in the state.

The reunion will be held Saturday, Jan. 13 when the Hawks host Princeton, Rockford Lutheran and Riverdale.

Alumni are asked to check in by 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. meet, and will have a chance to either be introduced or to say a few words about their time wrestling for the Hawks.


Thorson has torn ACL in right knee

Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, throwing his future up in the air.

The school said Tuesday he will work with the athletic training staff to prepare for surgery in mid-January. There was no timetable for his return.

Thorson announced last month he would return for his senior season. He was then injured catching a pass on a trick play during a win in the Music City Bowl.

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder will return

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will be back on the sideline next season.

The 78-year-old coach told his assistants during a short meeting Tuesday that he will return for his 27th season with the Wildcats, a person familiar with his decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Snyder has not announced his plans.

Snyder said after a Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA last week that he was still mulling whether to return next season or retire for a second time. He stepped away briefly after 2005.

Snyder was diagnosed with throat cancer last offseason, but hardly missed a practice.


Bills fans thanking Andy Dalton

Giddy Buffalo fans are making a surge in donations to Andy Dalton’s foundation, their way of thanking the Bengals quarterback for his role in the Bills’ long-awaited playoff appearance.

Dalton’s foundation reported Tuesday it has received more than $100,000 in donations since the Bengals beat the Ravens 31-27 on Sunday. Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left to eliminate the Ravens and open a spot for the Bills.

The Bills got the final AFC wild-card berth and ended their 17-year postseason drought, the longest among North America’s four major professional sports.

Bills fans are thanking Dalton by donating to his foundation, which is asking them to reach a goal of $150,000. Dalton was surprised and thankful for the reaction by Bills fans.


Notre Dame’s
Colson out 8 weeks

Notre Dame senior forward Bonzie Colson will undergo surgery on Thursday for a left foot fracture suffered in practice this week. Colson is expected to miss 8 weeks of game action, the school announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6 Colson, a preseason All-America selection, is averaging 21.3 points and 9.8 rebounds, both team highs, and is shooting 54 percent from the field. He also leads the Fighting Irish (10-3) in blocks (30) and steals (26).

“We are all feeling for Bonzie right now, who was performing as well as any player in the country,” coach Mike Brey said in a statement. “We need to embrace this challenge. This program has lost key guys before and we figured out a way to earn an NCAA bid.”

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