Thursday Sports Update

Thursday Sports Update

The Illinois High School Association board of directors met Wednesday morning to continue its discussion to resume sports for the remainder of the school year, but the IHSA announced no significant changes to the current stalemate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  There was hope that the board of directors would announce a target start date or revised calendar, but that likely will not come until after the next board meeting scheduled for January 27th at the earliest. The IHSA did approve the resumption of contact days for all sports, but only when it is allowed by the IDPH and local school guidance. For more detailed information, go to www.ihsa.org. 

The Blackhawks fell to the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning 5-1 in the season opener in Florida.  Dylan Strome scored the lone goal for Chicago.  Malcolm Subban stopped 28 of the 33 shots he faced in the loss.  The Hawks remain in Tampa to face the Lightning tomorrow night.

 

In college basketball, Northwestern lost in a Big Ten match up with  number 21 Ohio State 81-71. The Wildcats dropped to 6-5 and looked to bounce back at home against 5th ranked Iowa on Sunday.

 

Notre Dame lost on the road to the 18th ranked Virginia Cavaliers 80-68. . The Fighting Irish are now  3-8 and winless in the ACC.

 

Huge trade deal in the NBA yesterday, the Rockets have sent superstar James Harden to the Nets in a blockbuster four-team trade that also involves the Pacers and Cavaliers, completing the unhappy guard’s exit from Houston and setting up a potential superteam in Brooklyn. 

 

Two more NBA games are off the table due to COVID-19 concerns.  Tomorrow’s games between the Wizards and Pistons and the Suns and Warriors have been postponed.  The league says the Wizards and Suns won’t have the necessary players due to virus contact tracing.

 

The Bears know they need to get better in order to win the Super Bowl.  While speaking to the media yesterday, General manager Ryan Pace says finishing 8-and-8 and losing in the first round of the playoffs this season isn’t good enough.  Head coach Matt Nagy says the Sunday playoff loss to the Saints would be a learning experience for the players.  Pace left open the possibility quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could return next season but stressed that the performance at that position hasn’t reached expectations.

 

The PGA  continues the tour in Hawaii with the second stop in Honolulu and The Waialae Country Club for the Sony Open.  Defending champion Cameron Smith, as well as 13 of the top 30 players in the world will be in the event starting today.