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Young holds on to upset unbeaten Simeon

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Young holds on to upset unbeaten Simeon

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
11:05 p.m.

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

Before the season began, all the talk was about the two city powers, Simeon and Young.

While Simeon lived up to all the advanced billing, Young faltered.

But all doubt has been removed as to whether the Dolphins are back as they earned a convincing 64-50 victory over the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Wolverines in the semifinals of the Public League playoffs on Wednesday night at DePaul.

No. 9 Young avenged a 60-39 loss just two weeks ago and clearly was not the same team.

Young held a 27-25 halftime lead on a three-pointer from the left corner by Gabriel Snyder as time expired.

The Dolphins opened it up in the third quarter and never looked back. They built a 42-29 lead while holding the Wolverines to 1-for-3 shooting from the floor.

Derrick Randolph led Young with 20 points, nine assists and five steals. Sam Thompson and Tommy Hamilton Jr. had 13 points apiece, and Snyder finished with 10 points.

Thompson also had eight rebounds and five blocks.

We are much more together now than we were two weeks ago when we played them, Randolph said. We knew what we had to do, and we followed the game plan.

Jabari Parker was the only Simeon player in double figures with 12 points. Steve Taylor had nine points.

Simeon coach Robert Smith said his team just didnt play well.

Im glad it happened now instead of later, Smith said. We have a chance to regroup and get back to what made us successful. We still had our chances, when you miss eight out of 28 free throws, you cant expect to win.

Young played without freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Paul White, who were not on the bench,

Simeon plays next on Saturday against No, 2 and unbeaten Benet in the City-Suburban Showdown at the UIC Pavilion.

Young plays Brooks, a winner over Curie in the first semifinal, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Public League final at Chicago State.

Thompson, who only had two points until 3:47 remaining in the third quarter, took over the game down the stretch and played like a man possessed.

I knew I had to step up my game," Thompson said. "I felt as though I was underachieving. It seems like a switch went off in me.

Randolph says he feels a lot better now than when he played Simeon the first time.

That was my first game back," Randolph said. "Today I played with a lot of confidence and the way I know I can play. This was just a great victory for our team. Everybody gave it 100 percent. Im very proud of this team. During my 10 day sabbatical we were in great hands and this team did not skip a beat. Said Young coach Tyrone Slaughter This was a great win but there is still more basketball to play.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez had four hits, including a pair of doubles to boost his batting average to .322 on the season. Seby Zavala hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in a pair of runs in the 7-2 loss. Spencer Adams got the start and allowed four runs but also struck out nine in just 4.2 innings of work.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had two doubles and Evan Skoug had two hits in a 3-2 win. Big leaguer Carlos Rodon made a rehab start and struck out six, allowing one run in five innings.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and Thyago Vieira threw a scoreless inning in an 8-4 loss.

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller has quickly become a fan favorite on social media. He has the confidence and swagger found in most top wide receivers and it comes through on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Miller was one of 40 players in attendance at the 2018 NFLPA Rookie Premiere where he not only learned about the business and marketing side of football, but also suited up in his Bears gameday uniform for the first time. Of course, he shared the moment on Twitter:

Panini America, a sports collectible company, snapped a picture of Miller with fellow rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (Falcons) and quarterback Mason Rudolph (Steelers):

Miller has become something of a standout for the Bears despite not playing a single snap. He's expected to have a big role in an offense that has several new pieces and roles that are up for grabs.

Miller will compete with former first-round pick Kevin White and free-agent addition Taylor Gabriel for reps opposite Allen Robinson. Miller has the necessary skill set to play as both an outside receiver and in the slot which should give him an even greater opportunity to be on the field quite a bit.

The Bears first three draft picks are all vying for starting jobs in 2018. Roquan Smith (first round) is a lock to start next to Danny Trevathan and James Daniels (second round) will start at guard. Miller should make it three-for-three in a draft class that could end up the best of Ryan Pace's tenure.