IHSA: Concussion Lawsuit Threatens HS Football in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit wants an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, saying it could kill football programs statewide. The Illinois High School Association says in a filing with Cook County Circuit Court that it’s already doing what it can to improve head-injury management. It says the lawsuit “threatens high school football.” The filing is a first full response to the November lawsuit that seeks court supervision over how high schools manage head injuries. The IHSA filed the response late Friday and provided a copy to The Associated Press. Continue Reading

Bees Open Season Tonight; Blackhawks Score Grand Slam

The Burlington Bees officially open up their 2015 season tonight. The Bees host Brewers affiliate Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with the first pitch at 6:30 tonight at Community Field, kicking off a three game series with the Rattlers. A Phil Velez Grand Slam lifted the SCC Blackhawks to a 6-5 Victory in the second game of a double header against Black Hawk College. The win split the double header. Black Hawk won the first game, 5-3. Continue Reading

Pacers Forward Chris Copeland Stabbed Outside of New York Nightclub

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub after an argument. Police say the victims were hospitalized Wednesday with minor injuries. Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said in a statement they were still gathering information. He says the team’s thoughts are with the injured. Police say the player was stabbed in the abdomen, his wife slashed in the arm and across the breast and backside. Continue Reading

Derrick Rose Could Return to Bulls Tonight

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say Derrick Rose is questionable for their game Wednesday at Orlando. It’s the first time the star point guard has been listed as anything but “out” since his latest knee surgery. Rose had a minor operation Feb. 27 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. A torn meniscus in his right knee sidelined him most of last season. Continue Reading

Bees Win Exhibition Against SCC, UConn Wins NCAA Women’s Championship

The Burlington Bees had their first game on a damp Community Field last night as they played an exhibition game against Southeastern Community College. The Bees took down the Blackhawks with a late-game rally, 12-8. The University of Connecticut took home the NCAA National Championship Women’s Basketball Trophy last night, downing Notre Dame 63-53. In High School Girls Soccer, Burlington took down Fort Madison 11-1, scoring four goals in the first ten minutes. In Baseball, the second meeting of the series between the St. Continue Reading

Wisconsin Wins NCAA Tournament

Not many expected Wisconsin to get as far as they did, but the Badgers nevertheless lost in the Championship round of the NCAA Tournament last night. The Duke Blue Devils, led by freshmen Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, outscored Wisconsin 68-63 in Indianapolis last night. Burlington High School’s football team has a new coach. Zach Shay comes to Burlington from Augustana College, where he worked as a defensive coordinator. He replaces John Flaherty after nine seasons with the Greyhounds. Continue Reading

BHS Alum Drafted by Pro Softball Team

A Burlington High School Alum has been drafted into the nations only professional softball league. Miranda Kramer, a recent Western Kentucky University graduate and pitcher, was picked sixth overall in the National Pro Softball League draft in Nashville, Tennessee. She was picked by the Pennsylvania Rebellion, one of the leagues five teams.

She will finish up the season at Western Kentucky before making a decision whether or not to sign a contract with the Rebellion. Continue Reading

Final Four Tournament Kicks Off Saturday

The Final Four plays Saturday to determine which two teams will advance to the final round of the NCAA tournament. Michigan State and Duke start things off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 5:06pm. Wisconsin and undefeated Kentucky tip off at 7:49. In SCC Softball the Blackhawks split a doubleheader against the Muscatine Cardinals, winning 6-2 before losing 14-6. Spring Training baseball, the Cubs beat Milwaukee 11-7, White Sox in a Split Series beat Seattle 12-4 but lost to San Diego 8-2, Cardinals beat the Mets 5-4 and the Royals tied with the Dodgers 4-4. Continue Reading

Mount Pleasant Girls Finish Strong, ND-WB Tennis Sees Success

Mount Pleasant’s Girls Track Athletes took home the top spot at the Lady Falcon Relays in West Burlington. The Panthers took first in 11 events, , to win the class A division by more than 100 points. The Notre Dame-West Burlington Tennis Team saw success last night in their season opener, downing Keokuk 8-1. In NASCAR Ryan Newman’s racing team, Richard Childress Racing, was peanalized by the association for apparently illegally manipulating Newman’s tires at the Auto Club Speedway in California. Newman and his team were docked 75 points each in standings, dropping Newman from 6th to 27th overall. Continue Reading