The Stanley County Buffaloes basketball team played their first home game in nearly two weeks on Monday night.,The Buffs clawed their way to within one point at the end of the third quarter.,The Falcons were led by senior guard Aiden Bizardie, who had a game high 26 points.,Hoftiezer had 21 points, while Fischer had 20 points.,The Buffs will next see action on Tuesday night when they host the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers at Parkview Gymnasium.

Without McCoy, who transferred to Texas after he was enrolled in classes for less than three weeks, USC does not have a five-star in the fold for its recruiting class for the first time since 2000, when recruiting services began ranking the top high school players.,Over more recent years, the Trojans have faced more difficulty reeling in five-star talent, largely the prospects from outside California, at times leaving them over-reliant on top players from their own backyard.,The Trojans finished 5-7 last year, their first losing season since 2000, prompting calls from fans for Helton to be fired following his third full season before the embattled coach was retained by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.,But even in the initial seasons under Helton, while the Trojans made consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, they were unable to pluck five-star recruits from other regions of the country and poach prospects from other blue-blood schools that have had a better recent track record of producing NFL draft picks, especially among offensive linemen.,Gorney and other analysts reasoned that the Trojans have had enough talent in recent seasons to contend for Pac-12 championships, and they won the conference crown in their second season under Helton in 2017.

The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

Foskey, a four-star defensive end from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., became the final member of Notre Dame’s 2019 recruiting class, joining 21 players who signed during the early period in December.,The Illini added a pair of linebackers to the 11 players they signed in December, getting the day started by announcing the signing of four-star prospect Shammond Cooper from St. Louis’ Trinity Catholic High School.,Three-star linebacker Tarique Barnes of Memphis, Tenn., brought the class to 13 players.,In terms of average player rating, Illinois’ class ranks seventh in the conference, and its three four-star signees — including cornerback Marquez Beason and quarterback Isaiah Williams — trail only five Big Ten teams.,Illinois was considered a likely landing spot for Cooper thanks to his strong ties with Cory Patterson, his former high school coach who is now an Illini assistant coach, and Williams, his high school teammate who signed with the Illini in December.

R.C. Slocum spent nearly three decades coaching football at Texas AM, and if the rules changed, recruiting didn't.,But money, social media and the pursuit of national glory changed recruiting in the Lone Star State, at least at Texas and AM.,For the first time in 20 years, Texas, AM and Oklahoma will finish in the top five of the 247Sports' composite recruiting rankings.,Now that recruiting budgets at Texas and AM have climbed into seven figures, it's easier for coaches to go national as well as fly recruits in for visits.,Besides 10 Texas recruits this year, he signed players from Georgia, California, Kansas, North Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Washington D.C.

With 2:18 left to go in the second quarter, and with the Govs up 26-23, junior forward Garrett Stout, who was one of the leading scorers for the Govs at the time, committed his third foul of the game.,With Stout of of the picture, the Tigers ended the half on a 10-2 run, including a rare four point play by junior forward Teegan Evers.,Senior forward Tanner Evers exploded in the fourth quarter for four three pointers to help expand the Tigers lead.,The Tigers were led by Teegan Evers, who had a game high 24 points.,The Tigers (9-6, no. 8 in Class AA) have beaten the Govs twice this season.

The Pierre T.F. Riggs Governors took on the Sioux Falls Washington Warriors in a key Class AA matchup at Riggs Gymnasium in Pierre on Thursday night.,The visiting Warriors entered the game with two spots ahead of the Govs in the Class AA rankings.,The Warriors were led by sophomore guard Eli Williams, who had a game high 20 points coming off the bench.,The Govs made 33 percent of their three point attempts, while the Warriors made 27 percent.,The Warriors also made 74 percent of their free throws, while the Govs made just 55 percent.

IF THE NFL IS DOING its sly diligence -- as its officiating crew yellow-flagged so magnificently in holding the audience deep into New Orleans's 20-14 NFC semi over Philadelphia last Sunday -- there is simply no way young magic man Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (-3) don't bounce New England in the AFC Championship game Sunday (CBS, 5:40 p.m.).,As for the Saints (-3, tiny push to 3½) and the visiting L.A. Rams (Fox, 2:05 p.m.), if the NFL allows the game to be played organically the whole way through -- extremely unlikely -- New Orleans can name the final.,THE LATE RED RUSH -- without question, one of the two or three most colorful play-by-play men in the history of Chicago sportscasting and the best pitchman that Gonnella Bread ever had -- will finally be appropriately honored by Loyola University.,… Broadcast hop-in of the week was Snoop Dogg, who assisted in the call of the L.A. Kings win over Pittsburgh last Saturday.,… CBS's meteoric Tony Romo, asked by one national reporter to break down the top young QBs in the NFL, had Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Roughly 15,000 more students showed up for class Tuesday across the Los Angeles Unified School District even as thousands of teachers returned to the picket lines on the second day of a teachers strike.,At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner says the district is still compiling official attendance figures, but the early estimate is that more than 159,000 students went to class Tuesday, up by about 15,000 from Monday’s totals.,The proliferation of independent and privately-managed charter schools is one of the sticking points in the negotiations between United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District.,COMPLETE COVERAGE: LAUSD Teachers Strike

The district and the union have not met to restart negotiations since Friday, when the district revised its offer to include new money included in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget.,The first day of the strike cost the district about $25 million because just a third of LAUSD students came to school, according to district officials. read more

Community Channel: New music store opens in Westport; Career Coach to lead class on Jan. 10

Music & Arts recently unveiled its newest musical instrument store and lessons facility in Westport.,The new store serves the residents of Westport and surrounding Fairfield County towns including Fairfield and Norwalk by offering private and group lessons programs, instrument rentals, repairs and a wide assortment of instruments and accessories.,For over 65 years, we have continued to serve local communities with a wide assortment of top-name brands, expert repairs, and university-trained lesson instructors,” said Music & Arts president Steve Zapf in a news release.,The American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach will return to Westport Town Hall on Jan. 10 to offer a a beginner’s class in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an intermediate class in PowerPoint 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m.,The Westport Country Playhouse will present “The Moth Mainstage,” featuring five storytellers sharing true, personal stories from their lives on the theme, “The Ties That Bind: The Moth in Westport,” on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. read more