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12/8/2016 9:27:40 PM
A Byron teen pled guilty in Ogle County court yesterday after being arrested in a sexual assault incident that took place in May at the Nash recreation Center in Oregon.19-year old Robert Swanson has been charged with the Class "X" felony offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.The male victim was under the age of 13 years old. Ogle County officials say that Swanson knew the boy. W...read more

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Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain tees off during round three of the UBS Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club on December 10, 2016Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera Bello recovered from a late stumble to retain a share of the Hong Kong Open lead and move within sight of his first victory in four years on Saturday. England's Tommy Fleetwood fired three-under-par 67 to lie in sole second spot with an aggregate score of 201, one stroke better than America's David Lipsky who shot 66. Cabrera Bello, a bright spot in Europe's Ryder Cup defeat in October, is bidding to join fellow Spaniards Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Manuel Lara as a Hong Kong winner.


Golf - DP World Tour championshipUnheralded Australian Sam Brazel shot a three-under 67 to grab a share of the lead with playing partner Rafa Cabrera Bello after the third round of the Hong Kong Open at Fanling on Saturday. Ranked 480th in the world, Brazel soared up the leaderboard with three birdies on the back nine as Spaniard Cabrera Bello, who had led by three strokes overnight, endured a roller-coaster even par round at the European Tour co-sanctioned event. Playing in the final group of the day, Cabrera Bello and Brazel strode down the par-four 18th fairway tied after both found the green safely with their second shots.


Justin Rose has waved goodbye to the Hong Kong Open title, saying he was trating this year's event as "rehab" for a bad backJustin Rose admitted his Hong Kong Open title defence was all but over on Saturday and said he was treating the $2 million tournament as "rehab" for a painful back injury. Rose displayed signs of discomfort during his round but he said he was feeling his way back to fitness after pulling out of last week's Hero World Challenge with the back problem. "I'm out here doing my job, the physios out here have been great, the gym facilities at the hotel have been great.


Carmelo Anthony became the 29th player in NBA history to reach 23,000 points, taking his career total to 23,024Carmelo Anthony capped a tense week with a milestone night, pouring in 33 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 103-100 NBA victory over the Kings in Sacramento. Jackson told CBS Sports Network in an interview that aired on Tuesday that Anthony's tendency to hold the ball too long slows the team's offense.


Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (pictured) has inscribed his name alongside that of Michael Jordan with a seventh straight triple-doubleRussell Westbrook's seventh straight triple-double put him in rare company, but it couldn't lift the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Houston Rockets. Westbrook on Friday scored 27 points, handed out 10 assists and pulled down 10 rebounds to become the first player since Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan in 1989 to notch seven consecutive triple-doubles. Guard Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 17 points and Ryan Anderson chipped in 14.


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Revelers dressed in Santa outfits take part in the annual SantaCon event in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkFrom Boston to Austin and Chicago to Los Angeles, revelers across the United States will be donning red and white suits this weekend to mark the worldwide SantaCon holiday pub crawl. The annual, often inebriated gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus as they go barhopping will be held in 380 cities in the United States and 51 countries, according to SantaCon.info. The website, which bills itself as the established authority on the event, lists details of festivities around the globe, discounts on Santa Claus costumes and advice on how to avoid ticket scams for the events which are mostly free.


Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in ShelbyRoof told investigators after his arrest for the June 17, 2015, massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that he estimated he had killed five people as retribution for perceived racial grievances. "I had to do it because somebody had to do it," Roof said in the taped confession.


Chicago skyline is framed by icicles in ChicagoBy Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) - Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. Anticipation of a freezing blast began to build this week when weather maps and forecast models showed similarities between next week's system and one that developed in January 2014. The southward shift in the polar vortex in 2014 brought the Midwest some of its coldest weather in two decades.


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