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SportShorts for Monday, February 5, 2018


Former BV QB
chooses Illinois

Naperville North senior Drake Davis, who played his first 3 years for Bureau Valley before transferring, has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Illinois. 

Davis led the Huskies to a 6-4 season this year, and threw for 2,724 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was named the DuPage Valley Conference most valuable quarterback.

In a 4-year varsity career, Davis racked up 9,878 yards of total offense, with 7,686 coming in the air. Both are good for eighth-place all-time, according to current IHSA records. His 77 passing TDs ranks in the top 15 in the state, and he has scored 108 total TDs.


Brady, 3 Rams earn major honors

Patriots QB Tom Brady was named 2017 NFL MVP by the Associated Press on Saturday, the third time he’s won the award.

Brady was joined as an honoree by three Rams: Coach of the Year Sean McVay, Offensive Player of the Year RB Todd Gurley and Defensive Player of the Year DT Aaron Donald.

Other winners in voting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league were Chargers WR Keenan Allen as Comeback Player; Saints RB Alvin Kamara and CB Marshon Lattimore as top offensive and defensive rookies, respectively; and former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, now head coach of the Giants, as Assistant Coach of the Year.


Buckeyes hold off pesky Illini

Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points and added 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, and No. 17 Ohio State beat Illinois 75-67 on Saturday in Columbus.

Jae’Sean Tate scored 11 points, and Kaleb Wesson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Illini (12-12, 2-9), who have yet to win on the road this season. Mark Alstork paced Illinois with 19 points, and Trent Frazier chipped in 12.

Iowa routed on road by Lions

Mike Watkins had 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season, and Penn State beat Iowa 82-58 on Saturday in State College, Pa.

Lamar Stevens added 17 points and Tony Carr 16 for the Nittany Lions.

Tyler Cook led Iowa with 19 points, and Luka Garza had 13 for the Hawkeyes.

Terps send Badgers to 5th straight loss

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 23 points, Kevin Huerter added 19, and Maryland beat Wisconsin 68-63 Sunday in College Park, Md.

Ethan Happ scored 18 points for Wisconsin.

Huskies suffer third straight loss

Nike Sibande had 20 points and seven rebounds as Miami (Ohio) beat Northern Illinois 81-65 on Saturday in DeKalb.

Justin Thomas scored 14 points off the bench for the Huskies (10-13, 3-7), while fellow reserve Noah McCarty had six points, two rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes.

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