Wednesday Local Roundup: Sports Update

Wednesday Local Roundup: Sports Update

In girls high School basketball’

Congratulations to Ottawa Lady Pirate’s senior Reagan O’Fallon for being unanimously selected to the Interstate Eight Conference First Team.  O’Fallon registered 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

Also Lady Crusader’s sophomore Josie Eager was named to the Tri-County All-Conference Second Team.

There was more NFL transactions yesterday

Nick Foles is coming to the Bears.  Chicago has acquired the quarterback from the Jaguars in exchange for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick.  The former Pro Bowler has compiled a 26-and-22 record in 48 starts over eight seasons with the Eagles, Rams, Chiefs and Jaguars.  In 2017, the 31-year-old stepped in and helped Philadelphia win its first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. He earned MVP honors in Super Bowl 52 after leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the Patriots.  Foles signed a four-year, 88-million-dollar contract with Jacksonville last season. However, he broke his left clavicle in the first game and ended up only making four starts.

In the NCAA,

 Illinois is ranked number-22 in the final Coaches Poll of the men’s college basketball season.  The Fighting Illini finished the regular season 21-and-10 overall and 13-and-7 in the Big Ten before the postseason was canceled last week due to the pandemic.  Illinois vastly improved this season. The Illini owned the largest turnaround among schools from the six major conferences, going from 12-and-21 to 21-and-10.

Kansas can start celebrating their finish at number one in the final Top 25 from The Associated Press. The regular-season Big 12 champions, who were 28-3 when the season abruptly ended after the first day of the conference tournament last week, received 63 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in balloting released on Wednesday.

According to multiple reports, it’s unlikely the NCAA will grant an extra year of eligibility to athletes in winter sports whose seasons were cut short due to the coronavirus. Student-athletes in spring sports may still be offered the extra year.

 With no March Madness this year, ESPN is resorting to a simulation to crown a champion.  Using its Basketball Power Index to simulate a tournament, fourth-seeded Wisconsin beat BYU for the title. 

 NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is thinking of ways to bring basketball back.  He talked about the potential of a charity game during an interview last night.  Silver said this would give the millions of NBA fans at home something to watch.

All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the pandemic. The ATP and WTA announced that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled.” Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen until further notices.