Three NFL teams filled coaching vacancies yesterday: San Francisco promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to replace Jim Harbaugh, who left to coach the University of Michigan. The New York Jets hired Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and the Oakland Raiders have decided on former Jacksonville head coach and Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their replacement for interim coach Tony Sparano. That leaves three NFL teams still on the prowl for their new head coaches. The Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears still have openings. Former Broncos coach John Fox was in Chicago yesterday interviewing for the Bears job.
Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota has decided to leave Oregon for the NFL draft. Mariota won every major award he qualified for including AP Player of the Year and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year while setting a Pac-12 record with 58 touchdown passes this season.
The St. Louis Blues have given Martin Brodeur a one-week leave of absence, perhaps signaling the end of the 42-year-old goalie’s time with the team. Brodeur is 3-3 with a 2.87 goals-against average in seven games since joining the Blues in December after two decades with New Jersey.
Top 25 basketball scores from last night #5 Villanova beat Xavier 88-75, #22 Baylor upset #11 Iowa St. 74-73, #12 Notre Dame held on to beat Georgia Tech 62-59, #13 Wichita St. handled Southern Illinois 67-55, #14 Maryland 73-65 over Rutgers, #15 North Carolina won a close one against one of their in state rivals N.C. State 81-79, and #25 Wyoming fell to San Diego St. 60-52.
TRENTON 69, NORTH PLATTE 64
WEST PLATTE 47, CARROLLTON 43
RICHMOND 57, CARROLLTON 20
TRENTON 33, WEST PLATTE 29
BRECKENRIDGE 50, GALLATIN JV 49
TINA-AVALON 76, ORRICK 44
RICHMOND JV 44, BRECKENRIDGE 14
BRAYMER JV 71, WENTWORTH 8
PLEASANT HILL TOURNAMENT
GRANDVIEW 71, BELTON 64
GRAIN VALLEY 70, ODESSA 33
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 39, PEMBROKE HILL 36 (OT)
PLEASANT HILL 48, CLINTON 40
KEARNEY BULLDOG CLASSIC
Kearney 61, Harrisonville 21
Lafayette 52, Notre Dame de Sion 50
Benton 28, Chillicothe 25
SOUTHERN BOONE 36, MARSHALL 32
BOONVILLE 64, FULTON 51
BATTLE 45, JEFFERSON CITY 38
Our next set of high school basketball games to be on 103.9 KRLI will be this evening from Higginsville as the Huskers will take on the Saints from St. Paul’s. The girls game set for a 5:30 tip-off and the Boys game to follow. You can catch all the action on 103.9 KRLI.