(Lahaina, HI) — Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Iowa State to a 84-68 victory against Illinois in the Maui Invitational. Trent Frazier scored 15 points for the Illini, who dropped to 1-and-3. Illinois faces Xavier today in the seventh-place game.
(Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James makes his return to Cleveland tonight as the Cavaliers host the Lakers. After four straight trips to the NBA Finals, the Cavs are last in the East this season at 2-and-13. LeBron’s Lakers have won seven of their last nine games to run their record to 9-and-7. James left Cleveland as a free agent to sign with LA.
>>Sixers’ Fultz To See Shoulder Specialist Next Week
(Philadelphia, PA) — Sixers guard Markelle Fultz will have his shoulder examined by a specialist next week at the direction of his agent. Raymond Brothers tells ESPN the 2017 first-overall pick will not practice or play until he’s been checked out. Head coach Brett Brown and GM Elton Brand say they were unaware of any shoulder issues with Fultz.
(St. Louis, MO) — Craig Berube is ready to lead the Blues. The team introduced him yesterday as the interim head coach. He takes over for Mike Yeo [[ Yoh ]], who was fired following a loss to the Kings Monday night. General Manager Doug Armstrong says a wide net will be cast for a permanent replacement, but wouldn’t comment on the possibility of hiring Joel Quenneville, who was recently let go by Chicago.
>>Blues Face Predators Tonight
(Nashville, TN) — The Blues are on the road to face the Predators tonight. It will be St. Louis’ first game with Craig Berube as interim head coach. The team fired head coach Mike Yeo [[ Yoh ]] following a 2-0 loss to the Kings Monday night. The Blues are 7-9-and-3, while Nashville comes in at 15-5-and-1.
>>Top Four Hold Firm In CFP Rankings
(Undated) — Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan remain the top four in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Georgia if still number-five, followed by Oklahoma, LSU and Washington State. Central Florida moved up two spots ahead of 10th-ranked Ohio State to number-nine. It’s the highest ranking ever for a non Power Five school.
>>NFL Turkey Day Tripleheader Tomorrow
(Undated) — The NFL is getting set for its annual Turkey Day tripleheader tomorrow. All three games feature divisional matchups. The NFC North-leading Bears visit the Lions in Detroit, the NFC East-leading Redskins play the Cowboys at Dallas, and the NFC South-leading Saints seek their 10th straight win hosting the Falcons in the nightcap.
(Chicago, IL) — Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is day-to-day as he deals with an injury to his right throwing shoulder. He got hurt in Sunday night’s win over the Vikings. Trubisky didn’t practice yesterday but head coach Matt Nagy says he could play tomorrow against the Lions without practicing all week. Backup QB Chase Daniel would start if Trubisky can’t.
>>Phil, Tiger Make Side Wager On First Hole
(Las Vegas, NV) — With “The Match” just two days away, golf rivals Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods now have a 200-thousand-dollar side bet for their one-on-one encounter in Las Vegas. Mickelson said yesterday he’ll risk 100-grand that he’ll birdie the first hole. Tiger then told him to double it. The winner of Friday’s match gets nine-million-dollars.