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.

Stoutsville: Alexis Butterbaugh Lancaster: Colten Clark Millersport: Patricia Alley Carroll: Chandler Minnard Fairfield County Foundation The Fairfield County Foundation welcomed four new members to its Board of Trustees: Lynn Barboza, Eileen Competti, Suzanne Lang and Joshua Moore.,Lang is president of the Friends of Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis, a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County and has served as a member of the Central Ohio Estate Planning Council in Lancaster since 2016

Moore has a bachelor of science in sports management from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.,Moore is a member of The Ohio Association for Collegiate Admissions Counselors (OACAC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Fairfield County College Board (FCCB).,Over 20 LU FFA members were there and met with other FFA members from schools in Fairfield County.,County and District Parliamentary Procedure CDE LU FFA members took place in this contest by running a business meeting smoothly under Robert's Rules of Order. read more

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont dean's list for the fall semester: Erin Varnum, of Dighton and Benjamin Will, of South Dartmouth.,BRISTOL, RI - The following local students have been named to the fall dean's list at Roger Williams University: ASSONET Reese Schader DARTMOUTH Zachary Beaulieu, Olivia Chesney, Logan Desousa, Connor Humason, Meredith Nailor, Jessica Silvia DIGHTON Jacob Ferreira,  Adam Rose FALL RIVER Samantha DaRocha, Alexus Moniz, Monica Pavao, Cheyenne Quintal, Alexi Rebello, Mollie Rigby, Makenzie Rose, Sabrina Sousa SOMERSET Aliscia Carvalho, Hannah Carvalho, Gwenyth Darmody, Lily Fortier, Sydney Murphy, Lauryn Novo, Leia Stone, Nicholas Viveiros.,SWANSEA Karina Barao, Sydney Duquette, Katie Lepage, Alexander McCrae, Andrew Murphy WESTPORT Jacqueline Collins, Preston Duclos, Kady Long, Kayla Martel, Isaac Martin, Nicholas Oliveira, Keyana Pietraszek LITTLE COMPTON Ellie McCarthy TIVERTON Emily Blais, Mitchell Dasilva, Rebecca Farias, Bennett Flanagan, MacKenzie Maitland, Jacqueline Tosi EASTON - The following local students were named to the fall dean's list at Stonehill College: Class of 2019 Olivia Dexter of North Dartmouth, Nathan McShane of Somerset.,BRISTOL, RI — The following local residents were among the students who received their degrees in December as part of Roger Williams University's Class of 2018: Courtney Almeida of Westport, master's degree in criminal justice Sydney Costa of Fall River, bachelor's degree in legal studies Andrea Souza of Tiverton, certificate in paralegal studies WORCESTER — The following students have been named to the dean's list at Becker College for the fall semester: Eric Canto, of Westport, is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing.,FRANKLIN — Dean College announced the following local students have earned a place on the president's list for the fall semester: Nicole Cabral of Westport, Tyler McAloon of Berkley, Brendan Pacheco of Fall River   BOSTON — The following local students have made the dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the fall semester: FALL RIVER Muhammad Hamza Hashmi, Michael Pimentel, Dipesh Tarun Pate, Marc Yokel, Sergio Adriano Monteiro Depina SOMERSET Cecile Rose Pacheco, Cassie Mariah Cordeiro, Zachary T Martin, Philip E Chagnon SWANSEA Ling Jiang, John Manuel Silveira   WEST HAVEN, Ct. — The following students from Somerset were named to the dean's list at the University of New Haven for the fall semester: Cameron Filipe, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, bachelor of science, forensic science Caroline Romano, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, bachelor of science, criminal justice

In the NFC, it’s Drew Brees and Sean Payton, whose pairing doesn’t go back as far as the Brady/Belichick match game but nevertheless has been a rare constant in an NFL that is obsessed with constant change.,There aren’t many folks in the country who would mind seeing the Saints get back to the sport’s biggest game one last time.,FOURTH PLACE: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams

You know, a lot of people are hoping for this one, because it would be a rematch of the most insane Monday Night Football game of all time.,THIRD PLACE: New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams read more

The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) today announced that the legendary “Voice of the Clippers” Ralph Lawler has been voted by his peers as the 2018 California Sportscaster of the Year.,Lawler will be honored alongside all of this year’s NSMA award winners during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 22-24, 2019 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“I’m thankful to the NSMA for recognizing me with this award, to the Clippers and FOX Sports, and most importantly, to all of Clipper Nation for tuning in to see and hear me call 40 years of Clippers games,” said Lawler.,One of the NBA’s longest-tenured broadcasters, Lawler, 80, joined the then San Diego Clippers in the team’s first year in California, 1978, where he spent six years before moving with the Clippers to Los Angeles.,In addition to the California Sportscaster of the Year honor, Lawler’s commitment to his craft has been recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Emmys, a Telly Award and inductions into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the California Sports Hall of Fame.,Familiar faces from the Clippers’ past and present are paying tribute to Lawler in his final season by joining him to provide game commentary throughout the season. read more

Not only did the game have meaning on the national level, it was a game that attracted the attention of local football fans in the Wyoming Valley with Meyers graduate Raghib “Rocket” Ismail playing for Notre Dame, and GAR’s Greg Skrepenak playing on the offensive line for Michigan.,With less than a minute left in the game, Colorado punted to Ismail and he returned it nearly 90 yards for what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown.,In an interview with The Citizens’ Voice in October prior to the final football game between Meyers and GAR, Ismail recalled a visit from Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz while he was recruiting Ismail.,In 1990, Ismail received the Walter Camp Award, an honor given to college football’s player of the year as voted on by major college football coaches and sports information directors.,... Senior year, Ismail rushed for 2,210 yards and 35 touchdowns and was named to PARADE’s All-America team.

Before he knew the next opponent, owner Jerry Jones likened the recovery of his Dallas Cowboys from 3-5 to their first playoff win in four years to a boom-or-bust wagon train headed to California.,The other big change, also during the open week, was firing first-year offensive line coach Paul Alexander and promoting someone familiar with what had helped the Cowboys mold one of the best blocking units in football in former player and assistant line coach Marc Colombo.,In his first year, coach Sean McVay led LA to the NFC West title in the franchise's first winning season in 14 years, including a 35-30 victory at the Cowboys after falling behind 24-13.,Dallas has gone to Oxnard for training camp every year since 2010, and Jones played a pivotal role in getting league approval of LA owner Stan Kroenke's move from St. Louis three years ago.,The Rams' new stadium doesn't open until 2020, so the first playoff meeting between these teams since 1986 will be in the same place as that 20-0 LA victory: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.,The win for the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and Prescott after losing a divisional game in their playoff debut as first-year stars two years ago.,Dallas' defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.,Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.,After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis' 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.

• Doug Ford made a quick stop in Kingston on Sunday to greet supporters five days before voters choose a new government for Ontario.,• A Kingston Health Sciences Centre cardiologist has co-written a study to send out an alert to colleagues across North America to be on the lookout for a condition known as Lyme carditis, which is related to Lyme disease and affects the electricity of the heart.,After 23 years as a Liberal riding provincially, Kingston and the Islands voted the NDP’s Ian Arthur to be its member of the provincial parliament, squeezing ahead of Liberal incumbent Sophie Kiwala and the Progressive Conservatives’ Gary Bennett.,• Anna Workman of the Kingston Blues is the golden girl once again at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships.,• The city’s planning committee voted unanimously late last week to approve a large apartment complex on Princess Street in the Williamsville District corridor, clearing another hurdle for Podium Developments, the building’s owner.

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• Oklahoma begins its 23rd season of Big 12 play as it hosts Texas Tech at Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT.,Texas Tech's Chrislyn Carr is averaging 20.1 points per game, which leads all freshmen in Division I, while OU's Taylor Robertson ranks second among freshmen nationally with 18.5 points per contest.,Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring with 18.5 points per game this season and leads the conference with 51 made 3-pointers.,• Pellington has scored in double figures in 10 of OU's 11 games this season, ranking eighth in the Big 12 with 16.9 points per game.,• In OU's season opener, Tatum Veitenheimer and Madi Williams became the first pair of OU freshmen to start the first game of the regular season in the Sherri Coale era. read more