Daily Archive : Friday December 15, 2017




    Correction: Obit-Frank Lary story

    Correction: Obit-Frank Lary story

    North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson hauls in a touchdown reception during an NCAA college football game against Sam Houston State, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in Fargo, N.D. (Gene Schallenberg/The Huntsville Item via AP)

    Bison stampede into FCS championship game with 55-13 victory

    Bruce Anderson scored five touchdowns _ four in the first half _ and North Dakota State rolled up 642 yards offense in crushing Sam Houston State 55-13 to advance to the FCS championship game

    Chicago Bulls' Bobby Portis (5) and Kris Dunn celebrate in the final minutes of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bulls won 115-109. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Portis scores career-high 27 as Bulls beat Bucks 115-109

    Bobby Portis scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls won their fifth consecutive game by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 115-109

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers (6) reacts after scoring a three-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

    Evans scores 22 to lead Grizzlies over Hawks, 96-94

    Evan scores 22, including go-ahead layup with about a minute left and the Memphis Grizzlies snap a five-game losing streak with a 96-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks

    New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45), of Finland, celebrate Boyle's open-net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Brian Boyle scores twice to help Devils beat Stars 5-2.

    Brian Boyle broke a tie with his 100th career goal and added an empty-netter and an assist to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars 5-2

    Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (12) holds up the NCAA trophy after they won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl NCAA Division III college football championship against Mary Hardin-Baylor, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Salem, Va. Mount Union won 12-0. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

    Mount Union beats Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-0 for D-III title

    Mount Union won its 13th Division III football national championship, beating Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-0


    Carter scores school-record 46 points for No. 19 Texas A&M

    Women's Top 25 Capsules


    West Aurora defeats Glenbard East in overtime

    Vastly improved Glenbard East forces overtime but West Aurora gets the ‘W’

    Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio says he would like to continue working with his young unit.

    Can Bears defense continue to make strides without Fangio?

    Imagine all the Bears injured defensive players healthy and ready to roll next year.Now imagine them without defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, whose contract is up after this year.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 15 results
    High school girls basketball results from games of Friday, Dec. 15.


    Boys wrestling scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 15 results
    High school wrestling results from meets of Friday, Dec. 15.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 15 results
    High school boys basketball results from games of Friday, Dec. 15.


    Boys swimming scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 15 results
    High school boys swimming results from meets of Friday, Dec. 15.


    Prospect powers to key MSL East win

    Prospect’s boys swimming and diving team picked up a key victory in the Mid-Suburban East on Friday, claiming a 102-84 victory over host Rolling Meadows.


    Conant achieves different result

    Conant juniors Ben Schols and Ryan Davis combined for 38 points as the Cougars posted a 48-41 Mid-Suburban West boys basketball victory at Fremd


    Rolling Meadows wins third straight

    Visiting Rolling Meadows won for the third straight time and squared its overall record at 4-4 with a 53-43 win over Wheeling in Mid-Suburban East boys basketball play Friday.

    South Elgin’s Vincent Miszkiewicz takes a shot during varsity boys basketball at Bartlett Friday night.

    South Elgin happy with road win at Bartlett

    South Elgin’s boys basketball team earned a 71-61 Upstate Eight Valley win over host Bartlett Friday night.


    Hoffman snaps losing streak at Schaumburg

    Hoffman Estates’s boys basketball team used it rivalry game with Schaumburg to snap a three-game losing streak on Friday night. The visiting Hawks posted a 53-40 win led by senior James Allen (10 points, 11 rebounds), senior Marshall Davis (game-high 13 points) and junior Marquez Woodard (11 points).

    Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) and Kris Dunn celebrate in the final minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday in Milwaukee. The Bulls won 115-109, running the team’s win streak to 5.

    Portis sets another career-high as Bulls win fifth straight

    The Bulls had another surprise in store Friday, stretching their win streak to five in a row with a 115-109 victory at Milwaukee. Bobby Portis scored a career-high 27 points, while Nikola Mirotic added 22.


    Waubonsie Valley defense stops Naperville Central

    Waubonsie Valley defeated Naperville Central in a DuPage Valley Conference boys basketball game.

    Willowbrook’s Ethan Schuemer (32) gathers a rebound against Hinsdale South.

    This time Willowbrook gets jump on Hinsdale South

    Boys basketball: Willowbrook avenged not one but two losses to Hinsdale South from last season. The Warriors used a big third-quarter run to win 61-53 Friday in Villa Park.

    Deng Reng

    Deng, Wheaton North dunk Metea Valley

    Wheaton North defeated Metea Valley in a DuPage Valley Conference boys basketball game.


    Vernon Hills stays perfect in Central Suburban North race

    Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team stayed unbeaten in Central Suburban North play by topping host Highland Park 50-44 on Friday.

    Stevenson’s Samvit Ram tries to pass against the defense of Libertyville’s Travis Clark on Friday in Libertyville. The Patriots won 60-54; see story on Page 6.

    Stevenson’s collective effort sinks Libertyville

    It definitely took a total team effort on Friday for Stevenson’s boys basketball team to pull out a 60-54 victory on the road host Libertyville.

    Prospect’s David Swedura and Buffalo Grove’s Caleb Mayhorn hit the deck after colliding while in pursuit of a loose ball in the first half Friday at Buffalo Grove.

    Patiently, Prospect passes up Buffalo Grove

    Prospect’s fine second-half shooting display made up for a sluggish start as the Knights’ boys basketball team took over first place in the MSL East with a 62-47 victory Friday at Buffalo Grove.


    Burlington Central’s defense stymies Richmond-Burton

    Burlington Central’s boys basketball team defeated Richmond-Burton 76-59 Friday night in a Kishwaukee River Conference game.


    Warren falls short against Glenbrook South

    Glenbrook South 49, Warren 41: The visiting Titans won the nonconference boys basketball game to cool off the Blue Devils, who had won four of their last five.

    Prospect’s Jessica Kowalczyk tries to get around defender Alyssa Ramos in the first half Friday at Buffalo Grove.

    Prospect holds off BG, remains tied for first in MSL East

    Prospect’s girls basketball team built a 30-19 lead at intermission and then held off host Buffalo Grove for a 57-55 triumph on Friday night. The win raised the Knights’ record to 7-2 and 3-0 in the Mid-Suburban East, where they are tied for first with Rolling Meadows (8-4, 3-0). The Knights will host the Mustangs on Thursday night.


    Kaneland nips Sycamore

    Rhett Espe had a team-high 11 points Friday night as the Kaneland boys basketball team held on to beat Sycamore 36-35 in a Northern Illinois Big XII East game.


    Against Highland Park, Vernon Hills joins the fight

    Vernon Hills’ boys basketball team fell short against Highland Park 44-33 but came up big in support for the family of coach Dale Fijalkowski.


    Second-quarter edge helps St. Viator past Benet

    Host St. Viator went on a 16-2 run in the second quarter to take command at 29-17 against visiting Benet Academy. That spurt was enough to lift St. Viator to a 54-45 win in a marquee matchup of East Suburban Catholic Conference boys basketball teams.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Danny Spejcher of Lake Park football

    Naperville North holds off Spejcher, Lake Park in overtime

    Naperville North defeated Lake Park in overtime in a DuPage Valley Conference boys basketball game.


    Cary-Grove comes from behind to drop Hampshire

    Cary-Grove’s girls basketball team defeated Hampshire 46-43 Friday night in a Fox Valley Conference game.

    Semaj Henderson

    Downers Grove North tops York in second OT

    Downers Grove North defeated York in double overtime in a West Suburban Conference Silver Division boys basketball game.


    Batavia finds a way to hold off Geneva

    Batavia held off Geneva 49-46 Friday night in an Upstate Eight River boys basketball game.


    Credit Meadows with strong second half at Wheeling

    Rolling Meadows junior guard Lily Griefenstein scored a career-high 22 points as the Mustangs posted a 72-47 win at Wheeling on Friday night. With the Mid-Suburban East triumph, the Mustangs (8-4, 3-0) remained tied for first with Prospect (7-2, 3-0).


    No rust for St. Charles North in big win over Elgin

    St. Charles North rolled to a 49-26 win over Elgin Friday in an Upstate Eight River boys basketball game.


    Strong finish vs. Grayslake Central has Lake Zurich buzzing

    Tony Crews led all scorers with 25 points for Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team, but Lake Zurich’s strong fourth quarter was the difference in a 66-57 victory Friday in Lake Zurich.

    As Bulls guard Zach LaVine inches closer to returning to game action, coach Fred Hoiberg said the team is still deciding whether or not to give the two-time slam dunk contest champ a chance to get his feet wet with the G-League’s Windy City Bulls.

    Could Zach LaVine’s return from knee injury happen in suburbs?

    As Bulls guard Zach LaVine inches closer to returning to game action, coach Fred Hoiberg said the team is still deciding whether or not to give the two-time slam dunk contest champ a chance to get his feet wet with the G-League’s Windy City Bulls.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com JT Daniels, Addison Trail football player during practice on August 15, 2017.

    Daniels, Addison Trail fall to Downers Grove South

    Downers Grove South defeated Addison Trail in a West Suburban Conference Gold Division boys basketball game.


    Carmel can’t match up with ND’s Mahorcic

    Carmel’s boys basketball team never quite adjusted to Notre Dame 6-foot-9 senior Dusan Mahorcic on Friday. He came up with a statistical monster of a game, finishing with 34 points, 22 rebounds and 10 blocked shots as the Dons prevailed 69-58 in East Suburban Catholic Conference play in Niles.

    Prospect’s Jessica Kowalczyk tries to get around defender Alyssa Ramos.

    Images: Buffalo Grove vs. Prospect, girls and boys basketball

    Buffalo Grove High School hosted Prospect for a girls and boys basketball doubleheader on Friday, Dec. 15, in Buffalo Grove.

    FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) and guard Tyreke Evans (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Memphis, Tenn. Anthony returns Saturday to find a Knicks team that's moved on just fine without him. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

    Anthony returns to face Knicks team rising behind Porzingis

    Carmelo Anthony returns to New York on Saturday to face a Knicks team on the rise

    Jake Healy

    WW South ‘tidal wave’ engulfs Neuqua Valley

    Wheaton Warrenville South defeated Neuqua Valley in a DuPage Valley Conference boys basketball game.

    Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott (30) goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Wizards hold on to beat Clippers 100-91

    Mike Scott tied a season-high with 22 points while Bradley Beal added 20 as the Washington Wizards held off the Los Angeles Clippers 100-91


    O’Shea, Palatine hold off Barrington

    Senior Johnny O’Shea helped Palatine’s boys basketball team kept the pressure on for a 46-40 win against visiting Barrington in the Mid-Suburban West on Friday.

    Aaliyah Patty

    Montini escapes challenge from Neuqua Valley

    Montini defeated Neuqua Valley in a Marian Catholic girls basketball tournament game.

    John-Henry Krueger reacts after winning the men's 1500-meter during the U.S.Olympic short track speedskating trials Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Krueger, Gehring earn Olympic spots at US short track trials

    John-Henry Krueger qualified for his first Olympic team and Lana Gehring made her second nearly eight years apart at the U.S. short track speedskating trials


    Wheeling grabs Erb lead

    The first day of the 54st Rus Erb wrestling tournament is in the books, with Wheeling leading the field in Glenview at host Glenbrook South.


    Hyka helps Wolves top Griffins

    In his first game since Dec. 6, forward Tomas Hyka registered four points – two goals and two assists – to help the Chicago Wolves topple the Grand Rapids Griffins 6-3 Friday night at Van Andel Arena.

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley (83) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with Dylan Larkin (71) and Jonathan Ericsson, center, in the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Red Wings beat Maple Leafs 3-1 for desperately needed win

    Trevor Daley scored a tiebreaking, short-handed goal midway through the second period and the Detroit Red Wings went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1


    Windy City Bulls win on the road

    The Windy City Bulls, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, grabbed their third road win of the season with a 110-105 victory over the Canton Charge Friday night in Ohio.

    Hinsdale South’s Zion Griffin calls for a time out while keeping the ball away from Willowbrook’s Ethan Scheumer.

    Images: Willowbrook vs. Hinsdale South, boys basketball

    Willowbrook hosted Hinsdale South for boys basketball action on Dec. 15, 2017, in Villa Park.


    Streamwood dumps St. Charles East

    Madi Exline scored 17 points Friday night as the Streamwood girls basketball team knocked off St. Charles East 61-55 in an Upstate Eight River game in Streamwood.


    FIFA suspends Brazilian soccer president Marco Polo del Nero

    Marco Polo del Nero was suspended as president of Brazil's soccer confederation on Friday, two years after he was indicted in the United States on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy

    New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal with defenseman Marc Staal (18) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Nash helps Rangers beat Pacific Division-leading Kings, 4-2

    Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 remaining to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings

    Miami Heat's Wayne Ellington (2) shoots over Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lamb (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Ellington and Johnson score 16 each in Heat win vs. Hornets

    Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington scored 16 points each and Miami held off a late rally for a 104-98 victory against the Charlotte Hornets

    Carolina Hurricanes celebrate a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

    Jaccob Slavin scores in OT, Hurricanes top Sabres 5-4

    Jaccob Slavin scored 2:15 into overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says the San Francisco Giants are trading left-hander Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers for prospects. The swap was pending a physical, the person said Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 speaking on condition of anonymity because neither club had announced the deal. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    Matt Moore dealt from Giants to Rangers for minor leaguers

    Left-hander Matt Moore was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff


    UIC pulls away from Dartmouth 76-60

    Dikembe Dixson scored 19, Dominique Matthews added 18 and Illinois-Chicago led the entire second half in a 76-60 win over Dartmouth

    Bartlett’s Kayla Hare, left, moves the ball past South Elgin’s Madison Waichunas during varsity girls basketball at Bartlett Friday night.

    Bartlett overcomes horrid first quarter to roll by South Elgin

    Bartlett’s girls basketball team defeated South Elgin 52-27 Friday night in Upstate Eight Valley play.


    Geneva blitzes Batavia early, improves to 10-0

    Geneva’s girls basketball team scored the first 15 points Friday night at Batavia on their way to a 52-35 victory.

    Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) drives for the basket between Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, left, and Aron Baynes during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Gorbert, Favors hurt in Jazz's 107-95 win over Celtics

    Ricky Rubio scored 22 points, Gorbert, Favors hurt as Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-95

    FILE - In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart hits a double off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first inning of a baseball game, in Cincinnati. All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels announced their latest high-profile acquisition Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Cozart is coming off an outstanding season with the Cincinnati Reds, his only previous big-league club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    Angels grab All-Star Zack Cozart with $38M, 3-year deal

    All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels and is likely to shift from shortstop to third base


    BC-BKC--Dartmouth-Ill.-Chicago Box

    BC-BKC--Dartmouth-Ill.-Chicago Box ILL.-CHICAGO 76, DARTMOUTH 60DARTMOUTH (3-5) Emery 7-11 1-1 15, Barry 2-9 4-5 10, Johnson 2-7 2-3 7, Wright 5-13 4-5 16, Rai 2-3 1-2 7, Jackson 0-0 2-2 2, Knight 0-5 1-2 1, C.Smith 0-0 2-2 2, Foye 0-0 0-0 0, Letoa 0-0 0-0 0, Sistare 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 17-22 60. ILL.-CHICAGO (4-6) Blount 1-3 0-0 2, Dixson 8-19 1-2 19, Odiase 4-4 0-0 8, Boahen 2-8 0-0 4, Matthews 7-14 1-2 18, Wiley 1-1 0-0 2, Diggins 1-4 0-0 3, Robinson 3-6 1-2 7, Ottey 5-6 3-3 13. Totals 32-65 6-9 76. Halftime_Ill.-Chicago 31-28. 3-Point Goals_Dartmouth 7-19 (Rai 2-3, Barry 2-5, Wright 2-6, Johnson 1-4, Emery 0-1), Ill.-Chicago 6-19 (Matthews 3-8, Dixson 2-4, Diggins 1-2, Blount 0-2, Boahen 0-3). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Dartmouth 26 (Johnson 6), Ill.-Chicago 31 (Boahen 7). Assists_Dartmouth 14 (Johnson 4), Ill.-Chicago 18 (Blount 10). Total Fouls_Dartmouth 13, Ill.-Chicago 21. A_1,275 (9,500).


    BC-BKC--Dartmouth-Ill.-Chicago Long Box

    BC-BKC--Dartmouth-Ill.-Chicago Long Box ILL.-CHICAGO 76, DARTMOUTH 60FGFTRebDARTMOUTHMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSEmery277-111-10-42115Barry372-94-50-12210Johnson322-72-31-6427Wright355-134-52-43116Rai282-31-20-1027Jackson120-02-20-4202Sistare110-00-01-3000Knight90-51-20-1041Letoa70-00-00-2110Foye10-00-00-0000C.Smith10-02-20-0002Totals20018-4817-224-26141360 Percentages: FG .375, FT .773. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Rai 2-3, Barry 2-5, Wright 2-6, Johnson 1-4, Emery 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 16 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Wright 2, Emery, Jackson). Turnovers: 16 (Emery 4, Johnson 3, Knight 2, Letoa 2, Barry, Jackson, Rai, Sistare, Wright). Steals: 3 (Barry, Knight, Wright). Technical Fouls: None. FGFTRebILL.-CHICAGOMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTSBlount281-30-00-31022Dixson338-191-20-32219Odiase224-40-00-5038Boahen252-80-02-7344Matthews387-141-21-51218Ottey185-63-30-21413Robinson183-61-24-4027Diggins101-40-01-2113Wiley81-10-00-0012Totals20032-656-98-31182176 Percentages: FG .492, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Matthews 3-8, Dixson 2-4, Diggins 1-2, Blount 0-2, Boahen 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 10 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Matthews 2, Odiase 2, Blount, Robinson). Turnovers: 10 (Ottey 3, Blount 2, Odiase 2, Dixson, Matthews, Robinson). Steals: 9 (Blount 4, Matthews 2, Dixson, Odiase, Robinson). Technical Fouls: None. Dartmouth2832-60Ill.-Chicago3145-76 A_1,275 (9,500).

    Detroit Pistons forward Eric Moreland (24) dives for a loose ball under Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. The Pistons defeated the Pacers 104-98. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Drummond, Pistons withstand late rally to beat Pacers 104-98

    Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons withstood a late rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-98


    No. 22 South Florida women crush Southern 108-48

    Kitija Laksa buried a career-high 11 3-pointers on her way to a career-best 40 points and No. 22 South Florida romped to a 108-48 victory over Southern


    Indians, Upton agree to minor league deal pending physical

    Free agent outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians


    No. 13 Ohio State women beat Dartmouth 103-70

    Kelsey Mitchell made four 3s and scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State scored 33 straight points to pull away for a 103-70 win over Dartmouth


    Florida adds Tennessee assistant Charlton Warren to staff

    Florida coach Dan Mullen has added Charlton Warren to his staff following one season as Tennessee's defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator


    Celtics' Hayward says he's open to returning this season

    Now out of walking boot, Celtics' Hayward says he's open to a return to his season


    Louisiana-Lafayette hires Billy Napier as football coach

    Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as football coach


    Arizona State promotes Rob Likens to offensive coordinator

    Arizona State coach Herm Edwards promoted Rob Likens to offensive coordinator, hours after Billy Napier left to take the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette

    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban walks the field before the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn, in Auburn, Ala. Write-in votes could help decide Alabama’s Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Saban often gets write-in votes in state elections. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

    No. 4 Alabama's Nick Saban still unhappy with early signing

    Nick Saban isn't happy about one major new distraction, and it has nothing to do with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's hiring at Tennessee

    FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 file photo, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. The Carolina Panthers are investigating workplace misconduct allegations against founder and owner Jerry Richardson. The team said Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

    Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct

    The Carolina Panthers are investigating workplace misconduct allegations against founder and owner Jerry Richardson

    Lindsey Vonn made comments about President Donald Trump during a recent appearance on CNN and was met with plenty of backlash from fans.

    Babcock McGraw: Athletes should keep the politics to themselves

    Let’s keep politics out of sprots, please: Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn would have been better off saying nothing at all about Donald Trump.

    Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan, middle, collide into Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Lightning's Ryan Callahan sidelined by upper-body injury

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan has an upper-body injury that will sideline him at least indefinitely


    Monty McCutchen to oversee NBA refs' development, training

    Longtime NBA referee Monty McCutchen is the league's new vice president and head of referee development and training

    Columbus Blue Jackets Josh Anderson (77) and Artemi Panarin (9) celebrate a goal game against the Buffalo Sabres during a November game. The Russian superstar has been nothing short of spectacular after being traded to the Blue Jackets in the off-season.

    How former Chicago Blackhawks are faring with new teams

    With about a third of the season in the books, John Dietz takes a look around the NHL at how some former Chicago Blackhawks are faring.

    FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Pharoh Cooper (10) celebrates his 103-yard touchdown return, on the opening kickoff, with outside linebacker Cory Littleton (58) and running back Malcolm Brown (34) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla. Cooper and Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill split 10 of the 11 first-place votes in the AP kick returner rankings. The overall tally wasn’t nearly that close, with Cooper finishing finishing 43 points ahead. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    Top votes split, but Rams' Cooper rolls as No. 1 AP returner

    Pharoh Cooper of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill split 10 of the 11 first-place votes in the AP kick returner rankings, but the final tally wasn't nearly that close

    Among the many lessons that rookie Mitch Trubisky has learned in his nine starts as an NFL quarterback is the value of being the same guy all the time – in good times and bad.

    Bears’ Trubisky has maintained even-keeled approach

    Among the many lessons that rookie Mitch Trubisky has learned in his nine starts as an NFL quarterback is the value of being the same guy all the time – in good times and bad.

    FILE- In this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 because of a neck injury, ending the running back's season after only six games with the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    Cardinals' Adrian Peterson placed on injured reserve

    Adrian Peterson has been placed on injured reserve because of a neck injury, ending the running back's season after only six games with the Arizona Cardinals


    Seahawks' Wagner a game-time decision, K.J. Wright doubtful

    The Seattle Seahawks appear likely to be without at least one of their starting linebackers for their matchup with the Los Angeles Rams

    FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, New York Yankees' Chris Martin pitches during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. The Texas Rangers have finalized Martin’s $4 million, two-year contract after the homegrown pitcher spent the past two seasons in Japan. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    Chris Martin joins hometown Rangers after 2 years in Japan

    The Texas Rangers have finalized Chris Martin's $4 million, two-year contract after the homegrown pitcher spent the past two seasons in Japan

    FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates after a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo. A person familiar with the negotiations says Rodney and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, because the agreement had not yet been announced. Rodney, who turns 41 on March 18 and will be in his 16th major league season, is known for firing an imaginary arrow to celebrate the final out of wins. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    Fernando Rodney, Twins finalize $4.5M, 1-year contract

    The Minnesota Twins have finalized their $4.5 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney

    FILE - In this June 28, 2017 photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty gets hit with a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Piscotty was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for a pair of infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's home in Pleasanton, California, following his mother's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

    Stephen Piscotty thankful to play with A's near ailing mom

    Gretchen Piscotty can still comfortably attend her son's big league baseball games nearly seven months after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, and far easier going forward to be a regular in the stands


    Toledo coach Jason Candle sign 6-year contract

    Toledo coach Jason Candle has signed a new six contract that runs through the 2023 and will pay him more than $1 million per year

    Players from the Jacksonville Jaguars, left, and the Seattle Seahawks get into a scrum during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. Several players were penalized and ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Ifedi docked $24K, one of several Seahawks fined by NFL

    Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi has been fined $24,309 by the NFL for verbal abuse of a game official last Sunday

    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson (24) carries the ball in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Norman, Okla. Anderson will not be charged after a woman accused him of sexual assault, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The accusation stemmed from a petition for a protective order in which the woman said Anderson assaulted her in her apartment and that she feared for her safety. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    Woman who accused Sooners RB Anderson of assault speaks out

    A woman who accused Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of sexual assault says she's dropping her protective order against him


    College Basketball Schedule

    All Times ESTSaturday, Dec. 16EAST Seton Hall at Rutgers, Noon Miami at George Washington, Noon Syracuse at Georgetown, 12:30 p.m. Robert Morris at Buffalo, 2 p.m. McNeese St. at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. Georgia at UMass, 3 p.m. Coll. of Charleston at Rhode Island, 4 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at NJIT, 4 p.m. Wagner at Rider, 4 p.m. SUNY Maritime at St. Francis Brooklyn, 4 p.m. Vermont vs. St. Bonaventure at Rochester, N.Y., 4 p.m. Drexel at Temple, 5 p.m. Canisius at Albany (NY), 7 p.m. Lyndon State at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. SOUTH Memphis vs. Louisville at New York, N.Y., Noon Indiana St. at W. Kentucky, Noon UNC-Greensboro at NC State, Noon Point University at The Citadel, 1 p.m. Kentucky Christian at Liberty, 1 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at LSU, 1 p.m. Oklahoma St. vs. Florida St. at Sunrise, Fla., 2 p.m. Virginia Tech at Kentucky, 2 p.m. Montreat at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m. Winthrop at Alabama St., 2 p.m. Cornell at Longwood, 2 p.m. Davidson at Virginia, 2 p.m. SE Louisiana at Grambling St., 3 p.m. Pepperdine at Belmont, 3 p.m. Alabama A&M at UAB, 3:15 p.m. Illinois St. at Mississippi, 3:30 p.m. SC-Upstate at Jacksonville St., 4 p.m. Niagara at Norfolk St., 4 p.m. Jacksonville at SC State, 4 p.m. E. Illinois at South Alabama, 4:05 p.m. Clemson vs. Florida at Sunrise, Fla., 4:30 p.m. William Carey at Southern Miss., 5 p.m. LSU-Shreveport vs. Northwestern St. at Shreveport, La., 6 p.m. Bucknell at VCU, 6 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Auburn at Birmingham, Ala., 6 p.m. Arkansas St. at FAU, 7 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Kennesaw St., 7 p.m. Culver-Stockton at Nicholls, 7 p.m. Ohio at Marshall, 8 p.m. UT Martin at Mississippi St., 8 p.m. New Orleans at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. Marist at Murray St., 8 p.m. Oral Roberts at Florida Gulf Coast, 8:15 p.m. MIDWEST Detroit vs. Michigan at Detroit, Mich., Noon Butler vs. Purdue at Indianapolis, Ind., Noon Drake vs. Iowa at Des Moines, Iowa, 2 p.m. Northwestern at DePaul, 2 p.m. Loyola of Chicago at Milwaukee, 2 p.m. MVSU at Akron, 2 p.m. Stetson at Fort Wayne, 2 p.m. ETSU at Xavier, 2 p.m. Wright St. at Toledo, 2 p.m. Oakland vs. Michigan St. at Detroit, Mich., 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Indiana at Indianapolis, Ind., 2:30 p.m. Bradley at Chicago St., 3:05 p.m. Austin Peay at Evansville, 4 p.m. Oklahoma at Wichita St., 4 p.m. N. Iowa vs. Iowa St. at Des Moines, Iowa, 4:30 p.m. Appalachian St. at Ohio St., 6 p.m. UW-Parkside at Green Bay, 7 p.m. Georgia St. at Dayton, 7 p.m. New Mexico St. at Illinois, 8 p.m. Texas-Arlington at Rio Grande, 8 p.m. Kansas at Nebraska, 8 p.m. SE Missouri at Kansas St., 8 p.m. North Florida at Missouri, 8:30 p.m. SOUTHWEST Louisiana Tech at Texas, 2 p.m. UMKC at Incarnate Word, 4 p.m. Manhattan at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Bethany (KS) at UTSA, 8 p.m. Rice at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. Troy vs. Arkansas at North Little Rock, Ark., 8 p.m. FAR WEST Cent. Michigan at S. Utah, 2:30 p.m. Cincinnati at UCLA, 3:30 p.m. Cal St.-Fullerton at California, 4 p.m. Linfield College at Portland St., 4 p.m. Georgia Southern at CS Bakersfield, 5 p.m.

    Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Broncos still juggling quarterbacks during lost season

    The Denver Broncos are still juggling quarterbacks as they head into the final two games of the season


    Berizzo returns to coach Sevilla after treating tumor

    Eduardo Berizzo returned to Sevilla's bench for the first time since receiving treatment for a prostrate tumor on Friday


    Irving, Scandrick out again for Cowboys' visit to Raiders

    Dallas defensive lineman David Irving will miss his second straight game with a concussion when the Cowboys visit Oakland on Sunday night, and cornerback Orlando Scandrick also is out again with a back injury


    Pates gets leg up on Olympic berth; Chloe Kim seals spot

    Colorado halfpipe rider Jake Pates came from out of nowhere to win the Dew Tour and put himself in position to make the U.S. Olympic team


    Raiders receiver Amari Cooper won't play against Cowboys

    The Oakland Raiders will be without wide receiver Amari Cooper for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.


    Raffael leads 'Gladbach to 4th place with win over Hamburg

    Raffael has scored twice for Borussia Moenchengladbach to move to fourth in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Hamburger SV

    FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon throws during the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. Reliever Hector Rondon has agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the World Series champion Houston Astros. The 29-year-old right-hander gets $4 million next year and $4.5 million in 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    Hector Rondon agrees to $8.5M, 2-year deal with Astros

    Reliever Hector Rondon has agreed to a $8.5 million, two-year contract with the World Series champion Houston Astros


    Ligue 1 titleholder Monaco wins 4-0 at sorry Saint-Etienne

    Defending champion Monaco romps to a 4-0 win away to struggling Saint-Etienne


    Saints' Ginn hopes to play vs. Jets; Klein, Hendrickson out

    Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn says he expects to play against the New York Jets despite being limited by sore ribs in practice



    Procter & Gamble agrees to add activist investor to board

    Procter & Gamble is adding Nelson Peltz to its board of directors, ending a proxy battle with the activist investor seeking to shake up the consumer products giant

    FILE - This July 24, 2013 file photo shows the Google Chromecast device in San Francisco. Amazon is angling for a truce in its two-year battle with Apple and Google over streaming gadgets: It says it is preparing to put Apple TV and Chromecast back on sale. A spokeswoman for Amazon confirmed Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, it is preparing to sell the devices. Links to the products appeared on Amazon.com but indicate they are still unavailable. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    Amazon making nice, prepares sales of Apple TV, Chromecast

    Amazon is preparing to call a truce in its two-year-old battle with Apple and Google"

    A private plane takes off over the west edge of the runway at Lake in the Hills Airport. Village officials Thursday night approved a concept for a solar farm proposed for 10 unused acres of airport property.

    Lake in the Hills board approves solar farm concept

    Lake in the Hills village officials Thursday night approved a California energy company’s concept for a solar farm at the municipal airport.

    Rob Marcocchio earned Torchbearer of the Year Award for 2018 from the BBB.

    Assurance partner earns top BBB award
    Robert Marcocchio, partner at Assurance Agency in Schaumburg has been selected to receive the Torchbearer of the Year Award for 2018 from the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.

    President Donald Trump speaks Thursday during an event on federal regulations in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. “Let’s cut the red tape, let’s set free our dreams,” Trump said as he symbolically cut a ribbon on stacks of paper representing the size of the regulatory code.

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s iffy numbers on regulation

    President Donald Trump and his administration are ignoring one side of the ledger when they claim big savings from the federal regulations they’ve been able to roll back over most of this year.

    Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks Thursday during an open commission meeting in Washington.

    4 crazy things that happened as the FCC ended net neutrality rules

    Telecom policy fights rarely lead to much excitement. They usually involve lawyers tossing such provocative words at each other as “common carrier” and “business data services.” But these days, if you so much as whisper the phrase “net neutrality,” all sorts of crazy things begin to happen.

    Medline has operations in Mundelein. The headquarters is now in Northfield.

    Medline evaluates growing number of EMS calls

    Recently, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs gathered at Medline for the first-ever EMS Advisory Board to share concerns and challenges they’re preparing for in 2018.


    Court rules for AP in reporter impersonation document fight

    A federal appeals court has sided with reporters in a court fight over documents


    Grains mostly lower, livestock mixed

    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were mostly lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was off 1 cent at $4.18 a bushel; March corn fell 2.40 cents 3.47 a bushel; March oats rose 1.20 cents at $2.5460 a bushel while January soybeans lost 4 cents higher at $9.6820 a bushel. Beef mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. December live cattle was up .53 cent at $1.1688 a pound; January feeder cattle was off .27 cent at $1.4573 a pound; February lean hogs was up 3.95 cents at $.6790 a pound.

    Kelli Saunders, president of Morai Logistics, an operating agency of Mode Transportation, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hub Group.

    President of Morai Logistics honored by Canada’s Most Powerful Women

    The Hub Group Inc., a multi-modal transportation solutions provider based in Oak Brook, said that Kelli Saunders was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, receiving a Top 100 Award for 2017.

    Handbags sit on display inside an Ivanka Trump brand store at Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 14, 2017.

    Ivanka opens brand new store-in her father’s New York building

    Ivanka Trump’s new store, while small, shows that her fashion label is doubling down on plans to reach consumers directly rather than relying on wholesale partners like Macy’s Inc. Opening a stand-alone store may be a statement about declining mall traffic, but in this case it’s probably more about rehabilitating the brand’s image after a tumultuous year.

    A group of Subway franchise owners believe the return of the $4.99 footlong promotion, which does not include any reimbursement for the store owners, will cut into their already razor-thin margins. About 400 of them have signed a petition protesting the deal.

    Some Subway owners protest return of $4.99 footlong promotion

    A group of Subway franchise owners believe the return of the $4.99 footlong promotion, which does not include any reimbursement for the store owners, will cut into their already razor-thin margins. About 400 of them have signed a petition protesting the deal.

    Molex Electronic Technologies LLC announced the formation of a new subsidiary, Molex Ventures LLC, dedicated to solving industry challenges and creating value through emerging technologies.

    Molex Ventures advances innovative startups

    Molex Electronic Technologies LLC announced the formation of a new subsidiary, Molex Ventures LLC, dedicated to solving industry challenges and creating value through emerging technologies.


    Nestle plans to invest $79.5M at central Indiana facility

    Food and beverage giant Nestle plans to invest $79.5 million in new equipment to help expand its operations in central Indiana

    Ijeoma S. Nwatu

    Simple social media guide for small businesses
    It’s hard to escape the interest, activity and advantages of social media. The key is to remember that social media is at its core a dialogue and conversation.

    Robert “Bo” Steiner

    SBA helps you through entrepreneurial journey
    The Small Business Administration,has the tools, services, and training to help you navigate life as an entrepreneur

    Bill Manger

    SBA’s Lender Match upgrade connects small businesses, lenders
    Lender Match is a tool that small businesses can use to identify potential lenders in their communities, and serves as a matchmaker bringing together entrepreneurs and SBA lenders to help increase their access to capital.


    2018 Book of Lists compilation starts

    The Daily Herald Business Ledger has begun compiling suburban companies for its 2018 Book of Lists.

Life & Entertainment

    The Porgs of “The Last Jedi” are among the legions of cute critters introduced in “Star Wars” films over the years. Chewbacca, left, has them beat on the list of top franchise creatures.

    10 irresistible ‘Star Wars’ creatures (and no Jar Jar Binks)

    Among the beloved human characters of “Star Wars” are the various creatures — from rolling droids to fuzzy critters — who captured hearts over the years. Here is a ranking of the 10 most adorable.

    This photo provided by Interscope Records shows rapper Eminem new album, "Revival." On “Revival,” his ninth studio album, Eminem makes himself relevant with his smart rhymes, which is refreshing in the age of “mumble rap.” The album artwork is of the American flag, with race and President Donald Trump being recurring topics throughout the 19 tracks. (Interscope Records via AP)

    Music Review: Eminem sounds alive on 'Revival'

    Music Review: Eminem sounds alive on 'Revival,' tackling race and spitting harsh words about President Donald Trump

    In this combination photo, actress Alia Shawkat, from left, producer Lilly Burns, co-creator Sara-Violet Bliss and co-creator Charles Rogers pose for a portrait in New York on Nov. 27, 2017 to promote their series, "Search Party." The season finale of the TBS series airs on Sunday. (Photos by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

    Unique premise helps 'Search Party' find its following

    On TBS' "Search Party," viewers were taught the lesson to be careful what you wish for

    Rapper Jeezy is photographed at his recording studio in Atlanta, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Jeezy is using his testimony of overcoming life's daunting obstacles to inspire listeners to "trust the process" through his new album, "Pressure, which releases Friday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    From rapper to mogul, Jeezy continues to make power moves

    Rapper Jeezy is using his testimony of overcoming life's daunting obstacles to inspire listeners to "trust the process" through his new album, "Pressure"

    This cover image shows "...And Then," the latest release by Speed The Plough. (Speed The Plough via AP)

    Review: Speed The Plough bring the family on '...And Then'

    Music Review: New Jersey indie stalwarts Speed The Plough get some added value from their rich family tree on '...And Then,' revisiting early favorites with help from The Feelies and covering Brian Eno and a Hungarian folk song

    FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are set to honor Elton John at a tribute concert. The Recording Academy announced Friday that it will tape "Elton John: I'm Still Standing A GRAMMY Salute” at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 30, 2018, two days after the 2018 Grammy Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus to perform Elton John tribute show

    Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay's Chris Martin are set to honor Elton John at a tribute concert next month

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is off to a death star-sized start at the box office.

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' boasts $45 million opening night

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday that the eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an estimated $45 million from Thursday night showings.

    See reindeer Sunday at Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee.

    5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs

    Holiday lights, winter fests and seasonal entertainment reign this weekend in the suburbs. Here are five ideas.

    Co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, from left, Richard Hammond and James May attend Amazon Studio's "The Grand Tour" season two premiere screening and party at Duggal Greenhouse on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    3 car gurus from 'The Grand Tour' ponder the car's future

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May from 'The Grand Tour' talk about why we love cars so much and why the internal combustion engine isn't going away as soon as you think

    Adam Driver, 34, reprises his role as the conflicted Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” out Friday.

    Adam Driver says Kylo Ren isn’t evil, he just thinks he’s right

    He might have callously killed his father Han Solo, but like all well-written “bad guys,” Kylo Ren is the hero of his own Star Wars story. “He is someone who doesn’t think of himself as evil, but thinks of himself as right,” says Adam Driver.

    Chelsea Hadley relaxes outside her luxury storage-shed conversion in Beverly Hills, California. She uses it for a retreat and for an office.

    A space solution may be in a chic shed

    Backyard sheds long ago morphed from dusty storage shacks or scroungy domains of gardeners and grandpas to swoonable spaces that let people fulfill needs and fantasies for a fraction of what it would cost to trade up or remodel.

    If possible, vacuum your carpets and rugs daily to remove surface dirt and dust.

    How to keep your carpet looking guest-ready

    As you prepare for the holiday season, you might be looking around and thinking your carpets could use a good cleaning before guests arrive. Or you might think your carpeting looks pretty good but you want to have a contingency plan should someone accidentally spill a glass of red wine.

    Poinsettias like lots of bright, indirect sunlight and they are sensitive to extreme temperatures.

    Tips for selecting the perfect Christmas tree

    When choosing a Christmas tree, select one with firm needles that don’t drop off when the tree is raised up a few inches and dropped to the ground.

    Luv U Soft Pink is one of several new hybrids creating a buzz in the poinsettia world. It is shown on display at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C.

    Dreaming of a white (or pink) poinsettia?

    In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, one plant seems to come out of the woodwork to redefine the whole festive landscape. The red and green poinsettia is as timeless as Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas.”

    Peter Sarsgaard in Netflix’s “Wormwood.”

    In ‘Wormwood,’ Errol Morris finds a limit to how many layers a mystery can have

    Errol Morris’ new project is a mildly intriguing if somewhat overwrought docu-series for Netflix called “Wormwood,” which takes an old story - the CIA’s connection to the 1953 death of germ-warfare scientist Frank Olson - and tries to bring its darkest and still-uncertain elements out into the light of day.

    Director Luca Guadagnino on the set of “Call Me By Your Name.”

    Don’t believe everything you hear about ‘Call Me By Your Name’

    Don’t believe what you might have heard about “Call Me By Your Name.” Italian director Luca Guadagnino, whose credits include “I Am Love” and “A Bigger Splash,” feels the film’s larger point is about the importance of an unexpected f-word: family.

    Mannheim Steamroller plays the Rosemont Theatre Friday, Dec. 15.

    Weekly picks: Holiday hits with Mannheim Steamroller

    Mannheim Steamroller rolls into the Rosemont Theatre Friday while Ball in the House performs the concert “Holiday Magic” at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. More on this and other fun events happening in the suburbs and Chicago this weekend.


    Make sure association fees are current before the closing

    Q. I am purchasing a condominium from a bank. The condo was a foreclosure property. I have purchased many properties and was not planning on using an attorney. I am concerned though about any potential assessments due the association as a result of the foreclosure.


    Homeowner worried about depth of foundation

    Q. I’m worried about my house. Last week, I learned that the foundation violates the building code because it does not extend deep enough into the ground. If the building department finds out, I’m afraid they’ll make me build a new foundation. What do you think I should do?



    Ives poses legitimate threat to both Rauner and Democrats

    Columnist Ed Murnane: While it would seem that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner should be an odds-on favorite to be the GOP choice for a second term, the thinking here is “not so fast.”


    While bombs go off, our national identity crisis burns on

    Columnist Georgie Anne Geyer: The phrase “self-radicalization” seems to be emerging as a regular part of the national discourse. Every vicious nobody who wants to blaze his name into eternity by planting a bomb somewhere to kill Americans is now described as “self-radicalized” — and that is supposed to make immediate sense of it.


    Well-intentioned tax reform needs key tweaks
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Tax reform is a real chance to provide working families and small businesses meaningful tax relief.


    A student’s courage
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I’d like to applaud the efforts of transgender students like Nova Maday who are fighting for equal treatment in their schools.


    Protect Clean Power Plan
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The primary function of government is to protect the American people.


    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon


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