Wednesday Sports Update

Wednesday Sports Update

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss the start of training camp because of an unspecified illness, and there is no timetable for his return. The 32-year-old Toews says he has been experiencing symptoms that have left him feeling “drained and lethargic.” The veteran center is a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks. Toews had 18 goals and 42 assists in 70 games last season, but he also is one of the team’s best defensive forwards.  This comes after The Blackhawks announced they may be losing Kirby Dach for the season after surgery to repair a right wrist fracture.


College Bowl results from last night, Oklahoma State held off No. 18 Miami Hurricanes for a 37-34 victory in the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando. The Cowboys scored on their first three possessions while jumping out to a 21-0 lead.


Texas  beat Colorado 55-23 in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.  The Longhorns are undefeated in four straight bowl games under coach Tom Herman.


Tonight, Wake Forest and Wisconsin will meet for the first time ever in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both teams are looking to finish their season with a winning record. 


Also eighth ranked Oklahoma and number ten Florida will play in the Cotton Bowl at the home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington Texas. The Sooners are returning to the same stadium where they just won their sixth Big 12 championship in a row. The Gators are the SEC runner-up after losing to top-ranked  Alabama in their conference title game.


In college basketball,  No. 19 Northwestern lost on the road to the tenth ranked Iowa Hawkeyes 87-72.  The Wildcats are now 6-2 on the season and will face 16th ranked Michigan at Ann Arbor on Sunday.


Tonight Notre Dame will host number 23 Virginia.  The Fighting Irish look to break  their 23rd straight loss to ranked opponents. Their last win versus a ranked team  was November of 2017.


Illinois standout Ayo Dosunmu was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week along with Minnesota’s Marcus Carr.  It is Dosunmu’s second weekly conference honor of the season, and third of his career.   The Illini guard averaged 30-points, four-rebounds and five-assists in wins against Penn State and Indiana last week.


In the NBA,  Zach LaVine scored 23 points, including nine straight in the third quarter, and Coby White added 18 to lead the Chicago Bulls to their first victory of the season, 115-107 over the winless Washington Wizards. Chicago improved to 1-4 while Washington fell to 0-4  The Bulls and Wizards will face each other again this week on New Years Eve in DC.