Bears, Rashied Davis bowling for kids

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Bears, Rashied Davis bowling for kids

Former Bears wide receiver Rashied Davis may be waiting for the phone to ring with a call from an NFL team in need, but he is doing anything but just sitting around.
To help Chicago Public School students, Rashied Davis Charities is hosting its first annual Bowling for Brighter Tomorrows event to support Saturday Place, its academic enrichment program.
Bowling for Brighter Tomorrows will take place on Monday, November 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lucky Strike on 322 East Illinois Street in Chicago. Davis will host the event and be joined by former teammates and Bears including Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, Israel Idonije, D.J. Moore, Jason Campbell, Matt Speth, Geno Hayes, Anthony Adams, Big Cat Williams, and Garrett Wolfe. Other local celebrities such as Laurence Holmes from WSCR The Score, Ryan Chiaverini from Channel 7s Windy City Live and Ashley Hooks, Miss Illinois USA 2012.
Lanes can be purchased for 2500 and individual ticket prices are 100 for pre-sale (or 200 at the door). Individual pre-sale tickets are available here.
The proceeds raised from Bowling for Brighter Tomorrows will benefit Saturday Place, a once-a-week program for 3rd and 4th grade Chicago Public School students who are performing at least one year below grade level. To learn more about Rashied Davis Charities, Saturday Place, and ways to get involved, visit saturdayplace.org.

Marist 2018 DT Elijah Teague pledges to Minnesota

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Marist 2018 DT Elijah Teague pledges to Minnesota

Chicago Marist three star ranked defensive tackle Elijah Teague (6-foot-3, 292 pounds) made his first visit to the University of Minnesota this weekend and earlier this evening gave head coach PJ Fleck and the Gophers his early verbal commitment.

"I'm excited, or as Coach Fleck would say, I'm elite," he told Rivals.com's The Gopher Report. "(The coaches) were excited themselves. They really wanted me, so they were excited -- more excited than me I believe."

Teague has seen his recruiting stock soar over the past few months. Teague, who is the first known State of Illinois verbal pledge to Fleck and the Gophers in the Class of 2018 and the fourth Minnesota pledge overall chose Minnesota over 30 plus verbal offers from Power 5 schools from across the country.

"Everything made it the right place," he said. "Just looking at (Fleck's) background and what he did at Western Michigan, I think he can do the same thing (at Minnesota). I'm excited to be a part of it."

Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss

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Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss

It's been a tough week for the teams at the top of the Big Ten standings.

Maryland and Wisconsin both lost earlier this week, and Purdue lost on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, the horrors continued for the Terps, who suffered their third straight defeat in a blowout 83-69 loss to the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes in College Park.

Maryland's last lead came near the midway point of the first half before Iowa sprinted away on a 22-10 run to build a double-digit lead, an advantage that grew as big as 22 in the final minutes. All in all, the Hawkeyes knocked down 16 3-pointers. The Terps weren't too far behind with 11 deep balls of their own, but they shot just 40.7 percent in the second half, unable to keep up.

The high-scoring Hawkeyes were powered by freshman Jordan Bohannon, who scored 24 points on a whopping eight made 3-pointers. Fellow freshman Tyler Cook joined him with a 20-point night, finishing with 21 points, while Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer each ended with 11.

Iowa, not completely out of the NCAA tournament realm of possibility, helped its shaky case greatly with this victory.

Maryland, meanwhile, is a lock to make the field of 68 teams, but much like the other presumed conference powers, its struggles are hitting at the most inopportune time.

The Terps have lost five of their last seven and three of their last four at home. Back-to-back home losses this week against Minnesota and Iowa have featured big days for opposing offenses. Prior to the Hawkeyes' performance Saturday, the Golden Gophers dropped 89 points on 50-percent shooting.

The woes of Maryland — plus those of Purdue and Wisconsin — set up not just an interesting final week of the regular season but an interesting Big Ten Tournament that could feature a dark horse like Minnesota entering as the favorite. A surging team like Michigan might be more capable of making a deep run than the top three seeds given their recent struggles.

The Terps will have as good a chance as any to make noise in that tournament and the one that follows throughout the month of March. Winnable games against Rutgers and Michigan State remain, but they're on a bad stretch right now, one that should only elevate the panic after Saturday's defeat.