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December 2015

Kansas is new No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one), Spartans fall to No. 6 -

With reasonably high preseason expectations and a perfect record featuring wins over Kansas, Providence, Louisville and Florida, Michigan State has been an obvious and undeniable No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one). To suggest otherwise is to try too hard.

But then the Spartans lost Denzel Valentine to a knee injury.

And, late Tuesday, they lost at Iowa by double-digits.


Bulls beat Pacers 102-100 in OT thriller | Chicago Bulls

The Bulls Wednesday defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-100 with the most unlikely game winner, a Pau Gasol lob pass to Jimmy Butler on a back door cut for a tip in.

It was the kind of spectacular score you’ll be seeing on highlight films for years to come.

The Bulls overcame a seven-point fourth quarter deficit with 2:35 left to tie in regulation on a pair of Butler scores. Indiana missed at the buzzer. The Bulls took a 98-91 lead to start overtime, but the Pacers with 16 offensive rebounds fought back, Monta Ellis with a three to tie the game before the Gasol/Butler connection.

Aaron Brooks led the Bulls with 29 points with Butler adding 28. Gasol had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Taj Gibson had several big defensive plays in the overtime to save the victory.


Hawkeyes win again at Midlands : Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling

EVANSTON, Ill. — The Iowa wrestling team crowned three champions to take home the team title for the third consecutive year at the 53rd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Wednesday.

Iowa sent seven to the semifinals, with Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorenson (149) and Nathan Burak advancing to the finals and going 3-for-3 with wins. Iowa won with 152 points, edging second-place Nebraska (135).


Reports: TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested after a bar fight

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested in San Antonio early Thursday morning after fighting at a bar and then striking a bicycle patrol officer, according to multiple reports that cite authorities.

A San Antonio police spokesman told ESPN's Mark Schlabach that Boykin was still being held at the San Antonio City Magistrate on Thursday morning and hadn't yet posted bond. The police spokesman said no official charges had been filed against him yet.

TCU is playing Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday.


Bill Cosby charges: What happens next? -

(CNN)Suddenly, Bill Cosby can no longer escape prosecution.

The number of his accusers had grown to the size of a choir. And the refrain of the 50-plus women has been virtually the same: He drugged me; he sexually assaulted me - or he tried to.

Cosby has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. And his supporters pointed out he never faced criminal charges.


Obama sets record for new rules in 2015 - Washington Times

The administration issued a record amount of heft in the federal rule book in 2015 as President Obama’s team, carrying out his orders to work around Congress, pushed his expansive government agenda on environmental, labor and Wall Street policy.

With one day to go, the administration added 81,611 pages to the Federal Register, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s count of the official record-keeping digest of federal agencies’ rule-making. It’s the highest total on record and the third time Mr. Obama has crossed the 80,000-page level during his presidency, the institute’s Clyde Wayne Crews calculated.


Free Concert at Temple Judah

Cedar Rapids, IA - Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre announces a free concert at Temple Judah, 3221 Lindsay Lane SE, Cedar Rapids on January 2, 7:00pm-8:30pm with performers from the Opera’s upcoming production of “La Traviata” and musical accompaniment by pianist Tony Nickle.  Enjoy complementary dessert and coffee after the performance. 
Featured performers include Danielle Talamantes, Jason Slayden, and Stephen Gaertner.
This event is sponsored by Arenson & Maas Attorneys Serving Iowa, Michelle Arenson & Mike Robertson.
Learn more about “La Traviata” at

Donald Trump takes another apparent shot at Ted Cruz's Cuban ancestry - Yahoo Finance

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump took another apparent shot at presidential rival and US Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) Cuban ancestry at a Tuesday-night rally.

"To the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, OK? Just remember that, OK? Just remember," Trump said while speaking at an event in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Trump made the comments while discussing his Iowa poll numbers relative to Cruz's and touting that he has the same "values" as Iowa voters.

"When you're casting your ballot, remember," the Republican presidential front-runner added.

Trump's statement was almost identical to what he said earlier in the month, just as Cruz started to overtake him in some of the polls of the Iowa GOP caucus. At the time, Trump claimed to be an evangelical himself before highlighting the fact that the senator's father is Cuban.