Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

Lacking sufficient students willing and able to pay for costly basketball tickets to fill the new Pauley Pavilion, why should UCLA cough up millions any top-market basketball coach would feel himself to be worth?,How much did it cost UCLA to serve as an uncompensated NBA training camp?My vision of UCLA basketball is somewhat different from Plaschkes: Ticket prices reduced precisely because the coach is not being paid the stellar wage commensurate with a rock star status, and students cheering for actual student-athletes who might go into fields other than pro.,The simple fact is that UCLA does not have someone who knows what he is doing and therein lies UCLAs problem over the past 16 years of Dan Guerreros tenure.Success at the highest level in the two major sports, football and basketball, requires not onlya top-flight coach, but also a top-flight athletic director.,Trump U., for example.Michael JenningVan Nuys::Bill Plaschke, just what was the purpose of your hatchet job description of the UCLA basketball program in your column on New Years Day?,Of course, I was watching the Lady Bruins and their coach, Cori Close.Now that the mens program is looking for someone to take over for coach Alford, perhaps UCLA look no further than its own campus.Mike FeixChino HIlls::For front page news on New Years Day we are offered Bill Plaschkes lament on the failure of basketball at UCLA.

CT 50, Turkeyfoot 26 DAVIDSVILLE — Conemaugh Township dropped Turkeyfoot, 50-26, Thursday in girls junior high basketball.,Conemaugh Township (4-0) hosts North Star today at 9 a.m. Meyersdale 39, BV 13 MEYERSDALE — Amelia Kretchman dropped in 16 points Thursday in Meyersdale’s 39-13 win over Blacklick Valley in girls junior high basketball.,Shade 31, CV 18 EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP — Shade downed Conemaugh Valley, 31-18 in girls junior high basketball, Thursday.,Senior indoor golf REELS CORNER — The Thursday Senior Indoor Golf League scramble at The Alley this week was won by the team of George Ross, Bob Zubek, Kevin Stahl and Dave O’Brien with a score of 14-under.,Scholastic sports schedule Today’s events Boys Basketball Shade at Conemaugh Valley, 7:15 p.m. Meyersdale at Blacklick Valley, 7:15 p.m. Salisbury at North Star, 7:15 p.m. Somerset at Central Cambria, 7:15 p.m. Turkeyfoot at Conemaugh Township, 7:15 p.m. Berlin at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m. Shanksville at Windber, 7:15 p.m. Girls Basketball McConnellsburg at Shade, 6 p.m. Central Cambria at Somerset, 7:15 p.m. Wrestling WestPAC Tournament 10:30 a.m. at Meyersdale Murphy, Rockies agree to deal DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have brought in Daniel Murphy to boost an offense big on pop but lackluster in batting average.

The Los Angeles Rams and their players are "heartbroken" over a mass shooting at a bar that killed 12 people Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California.,The shooting took place just miles from the Rams' practice facility at California Lutheran University and the team's offices in Agoura Hills.,"The Los Angeles Rams organization is heartbroken by the horrific shooting that took place last night in our community of Thousand Oaks," said a statement issued by the team Thursday.,Demoff said the team was already discussing how to honor the victims "in the right way" prior to Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.,Other sports teams and figures from the Los Angeles area, including Lakers star LeBron James, took to social media to grieve for the victims of the shooting.

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them “some stupid stuff.”, We are aware of this serious issue, Billy Bean will meet with Mr. Newcomb this week, and we will identify an appropriate course of diversity training for him in the Atlanta community,” MLB said in a statement., “We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today’s game and have spoken to Sean, who is incredibly remorseful,” the Braves said in a statement posted on Twitter., Newcomb said he had forgotten about the tweets until he picked up his phone postgame and saw mentions of the posts., Newcomb said he doesn’t think the tweets will cause fallout among current teammates.

History is replete with athletes who voiced opinions about wars and peace, endorsed candidates or run for office themselves, but President Donald Trump's election and his vociferous criticism of the Colin Kaepernick-led national anthem protests have intensified political discourse among some professional players and sparked a new level of activism on and off the fields and courts., "It's not even something that I talk about that much with my teammates -- the guys that I'm around every day," said Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle at the All-Star Game's media session Monday., Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLB Players Association and a former All-Star first basemen himself, explained that the locker room could, at times, be a place where players held debates and hashed out broader issues, given the trust that players built among themselves in such close quarters., Last September, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first, and thus far only, MLB player to kneel during a pre-game performance of the national anthem., A popular theory raised as to why the MLB has lagged behind other leagues in public displays of activism has been the racial makeup of its players.