Valpo falls south of Illinois: Valparaiso trailed 17 points at halftime and couldn’t recover in a 77-55 Missouri Valley Conference loss to Southern Illinois in Carbondale on Sunday. Ben Krikke scored 20 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds for Valpo (10-12, 3-7), which trailed 43-26 at the break. Kobe King added 14 points for the Beacons and Kevion Taylor scored 11. Taylor’s streak of games with at least one 3-pointer ended at 84 when it was 0 for 4 beyond the l ‘bow. The Beacons will be back Wednesday at home against Evansville.
Wilkins, Drake bring down Loyola: Merrillville graduate DJ Wilkins scored 20 points to propel Drake to a 77-68 MVC victory over Loyola. Michigan City’s ShanQuan Hemphill scored 10 off the bench for the Bulldogs (16-6, 7-2), who tied for the league lead with the Ramblers (16-4, 7-2). Chris Knight beat Loyola with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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No. 20 Notre Dame rides to win: Freshman Olivia Miles had a career-high 30 points as the No. 20 Notre Dame earned a 74-61 home win over Boston College. Miles had 12 of 19 shots from the floor, including 4 of 8 from 3-pointers, for the Fighting Irish (16-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Colliton will coach Canada at the Olympics: Former Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton has been promoted to head coach of the Canadian men’s hockey team for the Beijing Olympics after Claude Julien was sidelined by injury. Hockey Canada says Julien slipped on the ice and fractured his ribs during training camp in Switzerland, and medical staff have determined he will not be able to travel to China for the Games. Colliton was previously the team’s assistant coach.
Canada stuns the United States: Canada beat the United States for just the second time in 37 years, a 2-0 win in Hamilton, Ont., on goals from Cyle Larin and Sam Adekugbe to take another big step towards the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The United States stumbled on the road for the fourth time in five qualifiers, but remain on track to return to the World Cup if they win their last two home games, the first one frigid encounter with El Salvador on Wednesday night in what could be sub-zero temperatures. in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ko wins the LPGA event: Lydia Ko took the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole and tied the scores with Danielle Kang the rest of the way, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot win on a cold Sunday at the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio at Boca Raton, Florida. Kang, who closed with a 68, was trying to win back-to-back for the second time in three years. She won the season-opening Tournament of Champions a week ago in Orlando. Nelly Korda finished with a 70 and tied for 20th, a result that should knock her out of first place in the Women’s World Rankings. Jin Young Ko, who skipped both Florida events to stay at home in South Korea, would return to No. 1.
Hovland win the qualifiers in Dubai: Viktor Hovland beat Richard Bland with a birdie on the first hole of the Dubai Desert Classic playoff after Rory McIlroy bogeyed the final to complete a backstroke.