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Cardinals score 7 runs in 11th inning to beat Phillies 8-1
PHILADELPHIA — St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty hits a go-ahead two-run double off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Casey Fien during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Philadelphia. St. Louis won 8-1 in 11 innings.
AP Photo/Matt Slocum
PHILADELPHIA — St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty hits a go-ahead two-run double off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Casey Fien during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Philadelphia. St. Louis won 8-1 in 11 innings.
AP Photo/Matt Slocum
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tommy Pham wasn't going to let another cutter get by him.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Blackhawks' Hossa to miss all next season with skin disorder
CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss the entire 2017-18 NHL season because of a progressive skin disorder he says he's been treating for years.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What offseason? A week after Finals, the NBA is in overdrive
(AP) — Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move. Dwyane Wade is opting in. Pau Gasol is opting out. The Los Angeles Lakers provided the clearest indication yet that Lonzo Ball is their guy.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sano, Vargas power Twins to 9-7 win over Chicago White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano has taken to calling Kennys Vargas "Lil' Big Papi," a nod to retired Dominican slugger David Ortiz.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HR, San Diego error help Cubs beat Padres
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo thrived in the leadoff spot again for the Chicago Cubs. However, it was his collision with San Diego catcher Austin Hedges on a play at home that had the Padres fuming.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Supreme Court pushes Redskins' name fight back to society
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GM Griffin, Cavaliers part ways after title, third straight Finals
CLEVELAND (AP) — One year ago, David Griffin celebrated the biggest win in Cavaliers history.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

76ers get Number 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz
(AP) — History will say the Boston Celtics passed on the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA draft, not only trading it away but doing so in a deal with one of the team's fiercest rivals.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jimenez leads Orioles past Cardinals, 8-5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound to a standing ovation, a rare reception for the beleaguered Baltimore Orioles' right-hander.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Three times, Kyle Larson needed to outrace the rest of the contenders on late restarts.

That's a task he's proven he can handle at Michigan International Speedway.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lackey deals, Rizzo leads offense as Cubs beat Pirates 7-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs' 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn't much of a stolen base threat and he doesn't exactly motor down the line. But there's more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done just that when batting first.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Long road: Koepka's journey now includes a US Open title
ERIN, Wis. (AP) — The list of places Brooks Koepka had to go to win golf tournaments looks like a page straight out of a travelogue.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Pitino outraged at NCAA penalties, Louisville will appeal

GARY B. GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The NCAA didn't feel Louisville went far enough with its self-imposed sanctions following a sex scandal investigation, so the governing body Thursday handed down a few more.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Thames, Broxton homer, Brewers beat Cards

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee's Keon Broxton is quickly gaining a reputation at Busch Stadium. His tape measure home run Thursday night furthered that narrative.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Davidson homers for 4th straight game; White Sox top O's 5-2

MATT CARLSON

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Matt Davidson keeps powering the Chicago White Sox.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Pilot injured when blimp goes down near US Open

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — A small blimp crashed near the U.S. Open on Thursday, seriously injuring the pilot and grabbing the attention of fans and golfers alike as they watched the fiery, smoking craft fall from the sky into an open field.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Phil Mickelson withdraws from US Open to watch daughter graduate
ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Phil Mickelson withdrew from the U.S. Open a little more than an hour after the sun climbed over Erin Hills, realizing there was no chance to get from his daughter's high school graduation in California and make his Thursday afternoon tee time.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thames' homer leads Brewers to 7-6 win over STL Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eric Thames would like to erase the last six weeks from his memory.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Granderson hits 300th HR, Mets rally past Cubs
NEW YORK (AP) — On a night when Matt Harvey fizzled and so much went wrong for the New York Mets, they still rallied late for a rousing win.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mayweather to fight UFC star McGregor Aug. 26
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come out of retirement to meet UFC star Conor McGregor in an Aug. 26 boxing match that will feature two of the top-selling fighters in the world.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

US steps up security for U19 basketball tournament in Egypt
(AP) — John Calipari would prefer to focus on the players he wants and the offense he'll run.

This time, there are other concerns.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Matt Davidson's slam powers White Sox over Orioles, 6-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Like many young power hitters, Matt Davidson's focus at the plate is not to get himself out.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cardinals split Tuesday DH with Brewers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw may have looked locked in Tuesday night, but his mind was hundreds of miles away.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fans gather in Pittsburgh for Penguins' Stanley Cup parade
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hundreds of fans had lined up before dawn Wednesday along downtown Pittsburgh streets and in Point State Park for a parade to celebrate the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happ hits slam as Cubs rout Mets 14-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Maddon had a big idea to turn around his slumping Chicago Cubs.

How big? About 240 pounds, right at the top of the batting order.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Durant, Curry lead Warriors to NBA title
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As a fresh NBA champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy, holding out his arms and hoisting it for everyone to see.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cavaliers coach Lue pleased by feisty turn to Finals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul, stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other and several other dustups.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Pitcher? Hitter? MLB draft marked by 2-way players
NEW YORK (AP) — Brendan McKay's fastball-firing left arm has made him the possible No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Pens cap amazing year with 2nd Stanley
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Death, intrigue shadow making of US Open course
(AP) — The man who first imagined the grassy Wisconsin cattle farm as a potential piece of the U.S. Open's hallowed history will see that vision come to life this week.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Nadal seeking perfect 10-0 record in French Open finals
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal acknowledged during the French Open that he's never been all that good with numbers.

"Math," he said, smiling as he turned his right thumb upside-down, "was the only subject that I failed in the last year that I had the chance to go to school."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cavs stay alive, halt Warriors' perfect postseason
CLEVELAND (AP) — Golden State's perfect postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles.

The Warriors had planned to party, to pay back Cleveland.

Everything's on hold in the NBA Finals. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

IOC pushes to award 2024, 2028 Olympics to LA, Paris
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has formally proposed picking the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities at the same time this year.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Penguins crush Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 lead
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The night started with a catfish throw.

It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from Sidney Crosby and the rest of the resilient Pittsburgh Penguins.

Friday, June 9, 2017

LeBron not faulting Warriors powerhouse team
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Pulisic scores twice, US beats Trinidad in qualifying
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — After sliding to score a goal with his left foot, Christian Pulisic got back up, raced for a corner and glided across the grass on both knees.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Votto leads Reds to 5-2 win over Cards in sweep
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto had one of those frequent days when he hits everything hard — the last thing the St. Louis Cardinals needed at this point.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Chatwood, LeMahieu lead Colorado Rockies to 4-1 win over the Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — The Colorado Rockies didn't need much with the way Tyler Chatwood was dominating. One big home run from DJ LeMahieu was plenty.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Durant's late 3 gives Warriors 3-0 Finals lead

TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ozuna, Realmuto homer, Marlins beat Cubs 6-5

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins looked like they were on their way to a rather easy win after J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna homered.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lakeshore ladies' golf leagues results
TAYLORVILLE — Ladies’ golf leagues are in full swing at Lakeshore Golf Course. Results and standings for the week of June 5 are as follows:
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Scooter turns slugger, ties MLB record with 4 homers
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kluszewski. Robinson. Bench. Perez. Junior. All of them can just scooter on down the list of great Cincinnati slugfests.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Streaking Cubs pull away from Marlins for 5th straight
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta got into a groove, Anthony Rizzo hit a big home run and Kris Bryant showed off his all-around game.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

'16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters
PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic's French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Royals' Moustakas homers to halt Astros' streak at 11
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas' no-doubt homer ended the Kansas City Royals' unlikely comeback against baseball's best team.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Garcia, Sanchez, Frazier homer as White Sox beat Tampa Bay Rays 4-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jose Quintana is still seeking his first win in more than a month, however there are signs he could be back on the right track.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

College cross country runner Tjelmeland paying forward the gift of hearing
ROCHESTER, Ill. — Ellie Tjelmeland was born deaf and later received the gift of hearing through cochlear implants. The Rochester native is also an avid runner and a scholarship athlete on the University of Southern Indiana cross country and distance track teams.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Senior Amateur champion Dave Ryan tees off Wednesday in pro-am match
RIVER GROVE, Ill. — A lot has changed since 1962, the time of JFK, The Beatles and bell bottoms, but one thing has endured to 2017: the game of golf’s camaraderie, principles of honor and integrity and the bonds the game brings to its competitors.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happ's HRs, Jay's RBI single lead Cubs over Cards
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ's first home run wound up in the street, and his second drew a curtain call from the screaming crowd.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Curry and Durant lead Warriors to 2-0 lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and ran a circle around LeBron James, then drove left through the paint and beat him to the rim for a right-handed layup over the star's outstretched arm in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Dufner hanging with younger crowd and winning again
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — One of the best perks from winning the Memorial is to walk off the 18th green and into a warm handshake from tournament host Jack Nicklaus.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Game 4 tonight: Nashville leaning heavily on defense corps against Penguins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi downplays the production of the Nashville Predators' defensemen as simply the product of their system.
Monday, June 5, 2017

Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavaliers

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. He dished off even when he could have slammed it home, and did it all on defense.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Former Penn State officials face sentencing in Sandusky scandal

MARC LEVY

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former school administrators are to be sentenced Friday on charges of child endangerment for failing to report a 2001 allegation about Jerry Sandusky to authorities in a child sex abuse scandal that first broke more than five years ago.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Subban says Predators will beat Pens in Stanley Cup Game 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A good night's sleep has P.K. Subban more confident than ever about what the Nashville Predators will do on their own ice trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ronaldo looking for repeat in Champions League final

ROB HARRIS

AP Global Soccer Writer

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — When Cristiano Ronaldo runs onto the field at the Millennium Stadium, he'll being trying to break new ground on some familiar territory.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

How many punches did Ali take? New book counts them all

TIM DAHLBERG

AP Boxing Writer

(AP) — Among the questions Jonathan Eig wanted to answer in his upcoming biography of Muhammad Ali was this: How many punches did Ali take during a career that ended with him devastated by Parkinson's?


Friday, June 2, 2017

Mr. Met gives fan the finger, employee out as team mascot
NEW YORK (AP) — Even Mr. Met is frustrated with the team's disappointing start.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sandoval gets 3 hits as Pomeranz, Red Sox top White Sox 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) — It was just a game, Pablo Sandoval said. Nothing more, nothing less.

What comes next is more important for the one-time slugger and his Boston Red Sox.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

NBA Finals: what to watch
(AP) — Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Padres win 2-1, slumping Cubs lose 6th straight
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sweeping anybody is a big deal for the rebuilding, rookie-laden San Diego Padres.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pens take 2-0 Stanley Cup lead over Preds
PITTSBURGH (AP) — By coach Peter Laviolette's math, the Nashville Predators have been pretty good for all but 10 minutes of the Stanley Cup Final.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Marrero hits 2 HRs, Red Sox beat White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — This wasn't the way Chris Sale pictured his return to Chicago. With the way the Red Sox swung the bats, it didn't make much of a difference.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Which new FBS head coaches are most likely to succeed?
(AP) — Grading the hires of new college football coaches is an offseason tradition and an exercise in educated guess work.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dodgers rally past Cards, move into first place
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chase Utley was searching for his batting stroke in April. He's found it in May
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Illinois pays $250K to settle ex-lineman's injury claims
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has agreed to pay a former football player $250,000 to settle injury claims that helped prompt wider scrutiny of athletics at the school.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dodgers homer past Cardinals 5-1 for fifth straight win
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With every ball that sails over the fence, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gets a little more encouraged that his lineup is finding its groove.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Woods says medication, not alcohol, led to DUI arrest
(AP) — Players arriving for a tournament this week at Muirfield Village might notice a framed picture of Tiger Woods with a resplendent smile and bright red shirt. He's posed there with the trophy, an image that embodies the excitement he once brought to golf.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guentzel's goal lifts Pens by Preds 5-3 in Game 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — This is what the Pittsburgh Penguins do. They find a way.

Even on nights when they blow a three-goal lead, they go an entire period (and then some) without registering a single shot and the opponent is fresher, quicker and, for long stretches, demonstrably better.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Family affair: Dillon brings iconic No. 3 to victory lane
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Richard Childress wasn't going to let just anyone drive the iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet following the death of the legendary Dale Earnhardt 16 years ago.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Venus looking for 1st French Open title in 20th appearance
PARIS (AP) — Making a record 20th appearance at Roland Garros, Venus Williams is looking to finally get her hands on the French Open trophy.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Comfortable wins for Djokovic, Nadal at French Open
PARIS (AP) — Back on the court where he completed his career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic showed no sign of the crisis of confidence that has affected his game since winning the French Open last year.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Cubs stay classy in 'Anchorman' road trip spoof
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chicago Cubs kept it classy on their way to open a road trip at Dodger Stadium, with the World Series champions dressing as characters from the Will Ferrell comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
Saturday, May 27, 2017

7 ID'd for threats to NCAA ref after Kentucky loss
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seven people have been identified for threatening basketball referee John Higgins after an NCAA Tournament game in March. Information will be referred to authorities in their jurisdictions and to the FBI's Omaha field office, a Nebraska prosecutor said Friday.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beilein upbeat after Mich loses another to NBA
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — For a major program, Michigan is a somewhat unlikely candidate for this kind of NBA-induced attrition.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Laviolette, Sullivan meet in 1st all-US coaches Cup Final
Hockey history will be made for American coaches in the Stanley Cup Final.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Northwestern's Jackson carries heavy load
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Carrying the load for Northwestern is a seven-day-a-week job for Justin Jackson.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

3 Illinois players facing burglary charges now off team
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has dismissed three players facing residential burglary and aggravated robbery charges.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bryant, Heyward, Zobrist homer, Cubs beat Giants 5-1
CHICAGO (AP) — It looks like the Chicago Cubs have got their groove back.
Friday, May 26, 2017

No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again
Here they go again.
Friday, May 26, 2017

NHL royalty vs. the rowdy neighbors in Stanley Cup Final
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins kept getting by even as their star players kept skating off the ice in pain. Even as the targets on their back as Stanley Cup champions kept getting bigger. Even as Columbus and Washington and Ottawa kept pushing and prodding, poking and pinching.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Ryu earns 1st career save in Dodgers' 7-3 win over Cardinals
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu made his first major league relief appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossing four scoreless innings to earn his first career save.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Game 7: history for Pens, Senators?
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lamb homers, D-backs complete sweep of White Sox 8-6
PHOENIX (AP) — First-year Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo oozes confidence in his team.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Woods feeling no pain, wants to compete again
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods said he had fusion surgery on his back because he could no longer tolerate the pain, and that he wants to get back on the PGA Tour.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Leake leads Cardinals to 6-1 win over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Leake isn't shocked to see his name atop the National League ERA leaderboard. The St. Louis Cardinals emerging ace gets why it's a surprise to others, though.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lester pitches 4-hitter as Cubs beat Cueto, Giants
CHICAGO (AP) — Once Jon Lester waited out the rain, it was mostly smooth sailing for the rest of the night.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Baseball's founding documents to be auctioned

ANDREW DALTON

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball's National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance

RAUL DOMINGUEZ

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Panik leads SF Giants to a 6-4 victory against the Cubs

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Panik felt a little better the past couple days in St. Louis. He felt a lot better after his performance Monday night.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tebow ends week-long slump with HR
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow may have found his hitting groove once more with the Columbia Fireflies.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Carpenter, Wainwright lead Cards past Giants 8-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright tried his best to keep up with Cardinals teammates Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha. The veteran right-hander simply came up short.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Cubs-Brewers: Bryant hits 2 HRs to back Arrieta
CHICAGO (AP) — Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Cubs' offense has rarely produced as consistently as expected. Kris Bryant, though, was never concerned.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Celtic pride: Bradley's last-second shot stuns Cavs 111-108
CLEVELAND (AP) — Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real.

Avery Bradley's 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions' 13-game postseason winning streak.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rain makes pole favs hard to find at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sebastien Bourdais took a deep breath Friday.

After an early race-day exit last weekend and an engine change Thursday night, he moved into position to contend for the Indianapolis 500 pole.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86
BOSTON (AP) — An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Buccaneers sign Fitzpatrick as Winston's backup
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as a veteran backup to Jameis Winston.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kyle Busch wins truck race at Charlotte Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his second straight NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night, leading 90 of 134 laps in a dominating run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ducks even Western finals at 2, beat Predators 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Lebron, Cavs have reeling Cs in must-win Game 2
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to against the Celtics in the Cavaliers' dominating win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Young breaks tie in 13th, Boston Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4
ST. LOUIS — Chris Young waited a long time for his opportunity Wednesday night and made the most of it.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cubs hold off sliding Reds for 7-5 win
CHICAGO — Long after Kyle Hendricks looked like Kyle Hendricks again and the Chicago Cubs got big hits from Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was still upset about the end of the game.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Betts, Bradley go deep to lift Red Sox over Cardinals 6-3
ST. LOUIS — Mookie Betts hasn't felt great about his performances lately, even if the results for the Boston Red Sox right fielder look just fine.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Schwarber, Rizzo HR, Cubs top Reds 9-5; Joe Maddon's 1,000th win
CHICAGO — Cubs manager Joe Maddon paired his 1,000th win with a glass of red wine made by Big Smooth wines out of Lodi, California.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators
PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan calls the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench "a man's argument."
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

San Antonio Spurs prepare for Game 2 vs Warriors with no Leonard, Parker
SAN FRANCISCO — If all hope seems lost for the San Antonio Spurs heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals without injured stars Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, they only need to look back a few days to see what's possible.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boston Celtics power past Washington Wizards in Game 7, 115-105
BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas said he didn't feel any pressure entering the first Game 7 of his career.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Derek Jeter's No 2 retired by Yankees; Monument Park plaque unveiled
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter held a microphone and spoke without notes to the crowd that filled sold-out Yankee Stadium. His No. 2, the last of the single digit pinstripes, had been retired and a plaque in his honor dedicated that will be placed in Monument Park alongside tributes to Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra and the rest of the team's greats.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Golden State Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard
OAKLAND, Calif.  — Stephen Curry started the rally in the third to get Golden State going, then Kevin Durant was determined to do his part in the fourth.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Molina homers twice as Cards beat Cubs
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter finally got the best of close friend Jake Arrieta.

But he isn't going to brag about it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Posey's homer in 17th leads Giants past Reds 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO — After catching for 269 pitches and watching his beleaguered bullpen escape jam after jam in extra innings, Buster Posey took matters into his own hands.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Two Central Illinois golfers join Lincoln Land Charity Championship
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Charity Championship is delighted to announce that Jake Marriott, a Springfield native, and Dylan Meyer, a University of Illinois golf standout, have been awarded sponsor exemptions for the tournament.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Matt Szczur returns to Chicago with Padres
CHICAGO — Matt Szczur was caught off guard when he was cut by the Chicago Cubs. He also was relieved.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

A year after mom's death, Senzatela pitches on Mother's Day
DENVER — Every now and then, Colorado Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela can still hear his mom's voice when he's on the field.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bears release veteran wide receiver Eddie Royal
LAKE FOREST — The Chicago Bears released veteran receiver Eddie Royal on Thursday.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it
CHICAGO — Creighton forward Justin Patton has been fielding all kinds of questions at the NBA draft combine.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series
HOUSTON — San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Cozart's clutch hit helps Reds top Giants, 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO — The way the Cincinnati Reds are going, comeback wins are no longer surprising. They're becoming the norm.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Peter Laviolette too busy coaching Preds to ponder history
NASHVILLE — Peter Laviolette is not one to waste precious time reflecting on how he feels about taking his third different NHL team to the conference finals.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Polanco's HR for Pittsburgh thwarts Greinke no-hit bid, Arizona wins 2-1
PHOENIX — So many great outings for Zack Greinke yet he never has thrown a no-hitter.
Friday, May 12, 2017

German Marquez throws gem, Colorado Rockies beat Cubs 3-0
DENVER — German Marquez's fastball was dancing. His curve, almost untouchable. And after a diving catch by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth, well, Marquez's mind couldn't help but wonder.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Anaheim Ducks beat Oilers 2-1 in game 7 to reach West finals
ANAHEIM — Nick Ritchie is an NHL playoff newcomer. The 21-year-old power forward wasn't around for any of the Anaheim Ducks' agonizing Game 7 defeats over the past four seasons.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dexter Fowler again helps Cardinals rally to beat Miami Marlins, 7-5
MIAMI — Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean and Rogers Hornsby never had a trip with the Cardinals like the one they completed Wednesday night.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Martinez 4 RBIs, Cards beat Marlins for 4th straight

STEVEN WINE

AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Martinez pulled into second base and began gesturing to his dugout. He swung his clasped hands triumphantly from ear to ear, made a chest-high flapping motion with both hands and raised his arms to the sky, a pitcher celebrating his own slugging .


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Caps overwhelm Penguins to force Game 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Warriors oust Jazz, cruise to 8-0 in playoffs

KAREEM COPELAND

AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are four wins from their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals — and likely a third straight showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Let's play 2: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Hicks slid across home plate, hopped up and flexed his arms in jubilation. No Monday morning blues for Hicks and the New York Yankees.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Leon hits 2 homers, Sale fans 10 and Red Sox rout Twins 17-6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Sale was on the mound for Boston. Ervin Santana took his turn in Minnesota. This was supposed to be a stellar matchup of starting pitchers.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Pham's 2nd homer lifts Cards over Braves 6-4 in 14 innings
ATLANTA (AP) — After seeing the Braves leave runners in scoring position in the first three extra innings, Tommy Pham was sure the Cardinals would take advantage when their opportunity arrived.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Jaskin, Schwartz score, Blues beat Predators 2-1

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues needed a spark. Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Holland's strong start helps White Sox trounce Royals

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derek Holland hitched up the heavy, gaudy wrestling belt strapped around his waist and flashed the kind of smile any world champion would wear after having their arm raised in the ring.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Aguilar's 1st HR, in 100th AB, lifts Brewers over Cards 5-4

JOE HARRIS 

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jesus Aguilar doesn't need to worry about a Mother's Day present. It was sitting in a paper cup in his locker.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Boston College's Turner transfers to Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Forward A.J. Turner is transferring to Northwestern from Boston College.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Draymond Green shows range, leads Warriors past Jazz for 2-0 lead

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Now, the Golden State Warriors want Draymond Green to pack his 3-point shot for the altitude of Salt Lake City.


Friday, May 5, 2017

14 Big Ten football players poised to break out in the fall

ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall:


Friday, May 5, 2017

Josh McCown eyes NY Jets' starting QB gig, relishes role of mentor
NEW YORK — Josh McCown has every intention of being the New York Jets' starting quarterback this season.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nate Karns dazzles for Kansas City Royals in 6-1 win over White Sox
KANSAS CITY — Ned Yost was so consumed with trying to figure out who would replace Nate Karns out of the Royals' bullpen that he didn't even realize his starter had accomplished a rare feat until after the game.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Silfverberg scores in OT as Anaheim Ducks top Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 4
EDMONTON, Alberta — Ryan Getzlaf was a one-man wrecking crew at a big moment for the Anaheim Ducks.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Scully returns to Dodger Stadium for ring of honor induction
LOS ANGELES — Vin Scully returned to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, cracking jokes and telling stories as if he had never left.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Unstoppable: LeBron scores 39, Cavs rout Raptors in Game 2
CLEVELAND — Unstoppable. Untouchable. Undefeated.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Contreras, Szczur lead Cubs comeback over Phillies, 5-4
CHICAGO — Willson Contreras delivered in a big spot for the Chicago Cubs. With his bat and his legs.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Woman hit by stray bullet at Busch
ST. LOUIS — Police said Wednesday they were investigating after a woman attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game was grazed in the arm by a stray bullet that apparently originated outside Busch Stadium.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spurs rebound to beat Rockets 121-96, but lose Parker
SAN ANTONIO — In the midst of a resounding and redemptive victory, the Spurs' celebration came to an abrupt stop when Tony Parker was carried off the court with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Judge's 13th homer helps Yankees rally past Toronto Blue Jays 8-6
NEW YORK — Surrounded at his locker after another eye-turning performance, Aaron Judge thought for a few seconds when asked if he had ever been this hot at the plate.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Baez, Schwarber power the Cubs past Phillies
CHICAGO  — Kris Bryant saw the adjustments Javier Baez was working on before the game with his swing. Then, he saw the results.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Martinez, Cardinals beat Peralta, top Brewers 2-1
ST. LOUIS — Carlos Martinez waited longer than he expected before earning his first victory of the season.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New York Rangers regroup after tough loss, confident for Game 3
GREENBURGH, N.Y.  — Back home and with an extra day off following their tough double-overtime loss at Ottawa, the New York Rangers are a confident group as they prepare to face the Senators in Game 3.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rockets' 22 3-pointers dismantle San Antonio Spurs, 126-99 in Game 1
SAN ANTONIO — The Houston Rockets were willing to take whatever the Spurs gave them in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Joseph, Philadelphia Phillies strike early and rout Chicago Cubs 10-2
CHICAGO — No sooner did his manager talk about the urgency to produce than Tommy Joseph did just that.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Orioles OF Adam Jones claims racist taunts in Boston
BOSTON — Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was taunted with racial slurs at Fenway Park during Baltimore's game against the Boston Red Sox.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Shaw, Villar homer as Brewers beat Cardinals 7-5 in 10
ST. LOUIS — Travis Shaw sat out Milwaukee's previous game with a sore hand. He's feeling much better now.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Votto, Duvall lead sagging Cincinnati Reds over Cardinals 5-4

ST. LOUIS — Adam Duvall is not about to reveal his secret.

The slumping Cincinnati outfielder hit three doubles and a single Sunday, helping the Reds to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tebow's 1st triple highlights latest week in the minors
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow had his best pro baseball game this week, going 3 for 4 with his first-ever triple with the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets Class A affiliate.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bears to decline 2018 option on CB Kyle Fuller
LAKE FOREST — The Chicago Bears will decline their fifth-year option on cornerback Kyle Fuller for the 2018 season.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 win

BOSTON — Marco Hernandez's hustle paid off in a big way for the Boston Red Sox.

Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Holliday HR in 10th leads Yankees past Orioles 14-11
NEW YORK — Matt Holliday ended a thrilling duel of home run derby in the Bronx with one final thump.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bengals take chance on OK running back Joe Mixon in 2nd round
CINCINNATI — Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is headed to Cincinnati, which added to its reputation for taking chances on players with significant off-field issues.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chicago Bears take D-II TE Adam Shaheen
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears weren't through with controversy after Day 1 of the NFL draft.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Paul scores 29, Clippers beat Jazz 98-93 to force Game 7
SALT LAKE CITY  — Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul willed his team to victory with the season on the line.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Led by Wall and Beal, Washington Wizards moving on to face Celtics
ATLANTA — John Wall refused to give in.

Even as Dennis Schroder took off the other way, ahead of everyone for what looked like an uncontested layup, Wall managed to chase him down.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Michigan holds first practice in Italy, Buckeye fans nearby
ROME — After a week of touring Rome, shooting each other with paintballs, hanging out at the beach, snapping photos inside the Colosseum and seeing the pope, Michigan got back to work Thursday.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for Russian Grand Prix
SOCHI, Russia — Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, ending a run of 18 poles for Mercedes.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Underwood sets foundation at Illinois with Smith commitment
CHAMPAIGN — It didn't take long for Brad Underwood to set the foundation at Illinois.

Thirty-nine days to be exact.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bradley scores 23, Boston Celtics eliminate Bulls 105-83
CHICAGO — The Boston Celtics kept reminding each other not to let up as they closed in on a lopsided victory and a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bears trade up, take North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky with No. 2 pick
LAKE FOREST — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace made a stunning and bold move to trade up for the quarterback he wanted.
Friday, April 28, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals sweep doubleheader from Tornoto Blue Jays
 ST. LOUIS — It took a little while for the St. Louis Cardinals bats to get going during Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Starting with Bears, surprises galore on Day 1 of NFL draft
PHILADELPHIA  — Defense was supposed to dominate in the first round of the NFL draft.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Macon Speedway postpones weekend events
MACON — This weekend’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL and Macon Speedway in Macon, IL have been postponed.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Boston Celtics beat Chicago Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in playoff series
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense?
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pirates beat Cubs 6-5 as Ngoepe becomes first African born player in MLB
PITTSBURGH — Gift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Edwardsville's Mark Smith chooses Illinois
EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville High School guard and 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball, Mark Smith, announced his intentions to attend the University of Illinois, on Wednesday, becoming the first Mr. Basketball to become a member of the Fighting Illini since 2010.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

University of Illinois athletic department lost $6.2 mil. in 2016
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign athletic director said his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with both revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement
ALAMEDA — Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after agreeing on a two-year deal with the Raiders that paved the way for a trade to his hometown team in Oakland.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series
 ST. LOUIS  — One nifty little flip by Vernon Fiddler provided a big lift for the Nashville Predators on a rough night.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stringer tabbed NCAA D-III National Athlete of the Week
WHITEWATER, WI — Genevieve Stringer, a native of Pana, Ill., graduate of Central A and M High School and senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, was selected as the Division III National Field Athlete of the Week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after a record-setting performance in the discus throw at the Augustana (Ill.) Meet of Champions on Friday.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bormida powers Mohawks to win over Ramsey

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

RAMSEY — The Morrisonville Mohawk varsity baseball team traveled to Ramsey, on Tuesday, to take on the Rams in a contest that saw senior Mohawk Josh Bormida drive in five runs as part of a 12-4 win. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lady Raiders struggle in loss to Tuscola Warriors

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

MOWEAQUA — The bats were cold for the Central A&M Lady Raiders, on Monday, when they hosted the Tuscola Warriors in a Central Illinois Conference showdown. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pana Panther track sweeps home triangular meet

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

PANA — The Pana Panther boys and girls track teams hosted Rochester and Sullivan, on Tuesday, in a coed triangular meet. 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Coghlan's leap, Stroman's hit lift Toronto Blue Jays over Cardinals 6-5

ST. LOUIS — Toronto's Chris Coghlan called it instinct. It was more like a leap of faith.

Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring bound over St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in the Blue Jays' 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kyle Hendricks outduels Gerrit Cole, Cubs top Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0
PITTSBURGH — Kyle Hendricks spent the first weeks of 2017 trying to recapture the stuff he dealt so easily a year ago while posting the best ERA in the majors.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Arroyo goes 6 innings, leads Reds over Cubs 7-5

JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — With his high leg kick and below-the-radar breaking balls, Bronson Arroyo showed the Cubs a little old-style pitching. Who needs to throw 90 mph to beat the World Series champions?


Monday, April 24, 2017

Leake pitches, hits Cardinals past Brewers, 6-4

JIM HOEHN, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Leake overcame some uncharacteristic wildness on the mound and helped himself at the plate.

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Brewers hit three HRs to beat Cardinals 7-5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers just might have to start giving fans in the outfield seats batting helmets.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Nashville Predators beat Blackhawks 4-1 to complete sweep

STEVE MEGARGEE

AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped almost every shot he faced. Nashville's top line was outstanding, and Roman Josi and P.K. Subban keyed a solid defensive performance.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild got a break, and Charlie Coyle delivered.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fowler hits 1st 2 Cards HRs in 2-1 win, Redbirds sweep Pirates
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler feels his swing is getting closer to what he expects.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Russell's homer caps four-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4
CHICAGO (AP) — One mighty swing by Addison Russell finished off another comeback win for the Chicago Cubs.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chicago Bulls beat top-seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead
BOSTON (AP) — The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Predators beat Chicago 3-2, push Hawks to brink of elimination
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are at a point they've never been before in franchise history, and now they have a chance to keep their first-round series from going back to Chicago.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cardinals end 3-game losing skid, edge Pirates 2-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals lost the first two games Lance Lynn started this season and he didn't like it.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Frazier homers, Pirates beat Cubs 6-1 for three-game sweep
CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in a while, the Pittsbirgh Pirates enjoyed their visit to Wrigley Field.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Decked: Sloppy Cards off to worst start in nearly three decades
NEW YORK (AP)  — Yadier Molina reached for a ball in the dirt the other day at Yankee Stadium, the sort of pitch he usually smothers with ease using his chest protector and a square set of shoulders.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Schwartz's late goal gives Blues 2-1 win, 2-0 lead on Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With Jake Allen as steady as ever in the net and those big defensemen crowding the ice in front of him, the St. Louis Blues again stymied Minnesota's attack.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Leake, Piscotty lead St. Louis Cardinals past Washington Nationals, 6-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Going up against the 2016 NL Cy Young winner and facing the prospect of stumbling to their worst start in 20 years, the St. Louis Cardinals played their best game of the young season.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bulls clinch Eastern Conference playoff spot with 112-73 rout over Nets
CHICAGO (AP)  — Jimmy Butler is ready for the challenge of the postseason.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cubs raise banner, beat Dodgers 3-2 in home opener
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo sliced the ball into left field, and it was time to party — again.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Schwarber, Zobrist homer in Cubs' 7-4 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After scuffling offensively over the first four games, the Chicago Cubs will return home to raise the World Series championship banner suddenly potent at the plate.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Dartmouth, Princeton to play at Yankee
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — An Ivy League football matchup will take place at an iconic baseball stadium in 2019.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Knight scores in OT, US tops Canada for world title
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. women’s hockey players threw their sticks and gloves in the air and celebrated, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch with a 3-2 overtime win over Canada in the women’s world championship final Friday night.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

This Date In Baseball - April 9

1913 — Ebbets Field opened in Brooklyn and Philadelphia defeated the Dodgers 1-0 before a crowd of 10,000. The stadium, which cost $750,000 to build, was named after Charles Ebbets, the club’s principal owner.

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 9th, 2017: Sporting events to look for today

BASEBALL

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Speed bump: Radar readings up with MLB change to Statcast
NEW YORK (AP) — The scoreboard at Citi Field showed Jacob deGrom hitting 98 mph, and the ballpark buzzed with the Mets star back in top form.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

MLB says no violation in Molina stuck ball
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil knew the video of the ball getting stuck on Yadier Molina's chest protector would go viral.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hoffman, McGirt lead Masters heading into second round

PETE IACOBELLI

AP Sports Writer

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Charley Hoffman and William McGirt were the first to take advantage of Dustin Johnson's absence at the Masters.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Molina's Bizarre, sticky play helps Cubs top Cardinals 6-4

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the bizarre sight — a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector , in plain view of everybody except him.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Fans clamoring for Westbrook to complete historic triple-double run
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)  — Fans stood on their feet, screaming for Russell Westbrook to grab the one rebound needed to separate himself from Oscar Robertson and grab an NBA record that has stood for 55 years.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics 114-91 in East showdown
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Cavaliers sent a message to the Celtics in their final matchup during the regular season: They won't relinquish the Eastern Conference's top seed that easily.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Curry scores 42, Warriors clinch West, top record
PHOENIX (AP) — The NBA regular season belongs to the Golden State Warriors — again.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Back in MAC: Akron hires former Ohio, Illinois coach Groce
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Groce is headed back to the MAC.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Almora's catch aids Arrieta in Cubs 2-1 win at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. provided a big lift for the Chicago Cubs with a birthday present for his mom.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Johnson scores winner in OT as Avs beat 'Hawks
DENVER (AP) — The good news: The Chicago Blackhawks can afford a collapse like this. No harm done.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

AP source: Romo retiring, headed to broadcast booth
DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Missed call helps UNC in final minute of NCAA title game
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The official was right there standing over the play.

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks and Gonzaga's Silas Melson were on the floor trying to corral a rebound with 53 seconds left in the NCAA championship game with the Tar Heels up by one Monday night.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Williams passes Smith, joins elite coaching company
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams was simply not having it. No matter how many NCAA championships the North Carolina coach wins, no matter what the record book says, Williams will never see himself as measuring up to his former boss, longtime mentor and dear friend.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Poker buddies and road trippers, Few, Williams meet in final

By RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Few lifted the transition game he used for years at Gonzaga from Roy Williams’ playbook. When Few first started going on those Nike-sponsored vacations that coaches take during the offseason, it was the North Carolina coach and his wife who made the Fews feel welcome.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Tiger Woods decides to sit out another Masters
Tiger Woods won't play in the Masters for the third time in the last four years, announcing Friday night on his website that rehabilitation on his back didn't allow him enough time to prepare.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Colorado Avalanche down Blues in 2-1 shootout win
DENVER (AP) — On a night when the Colorado Avalanche got a rare victory, the St. Louis Blues also left as a big winner in the loss.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Panarin, Crawford lead Blackhawks past Columbus
CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford and Artemi Panarin helped the battle-tested Chicago Blackhawks win a matchup against another of the NHL's top teams.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

FIFA proposes 6-team playoff for 2026 World Cup
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 World Cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spieth returns to a green jacket and a bad memory
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The drive home from Augusta National was quiet, a rarity when Jordan Spieth is in the car.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Illinois cracks AP's top 15 all-time basketball programs
(AP) — The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college basketball since January 1949. Over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, a total of 200 schools have been ranked and 59 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Saint Louis was the first No. 1).
Friday, March 31, 2017

Cards GM says Molina deal "not done" but he's "optimistic"
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he's "hopeful" to have a new contract for Yadier Molina before opening day but said a deal was "not done" as of Thursday night.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Bulls top Cavs, James moves to 7th on scoring list
CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just might be at their lowest point since the King came home three years ago. Either way, they'll have to do better than this if they're going to be crowned again.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Tarasenko, Blues stay red-hot with win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues are knocking on the door for a postseason berth.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blackhawks overwhelm short-handed Penguins 5-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Kane darted behind the Pittsburgh Penguins net, seemingly intent on trying to bend a wraparound past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Final Four: Teams, players and matchups to watch
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Final Four is set, with one blue blood and three newbies headed to the desert to settle the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Martinez imitates Cabrera, Donaldson to make Cards
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jose Martinez had an epiphany while watching video of Miguel Cabrera and Josh Donaldson, and he's hit his way onto the St. Louis Cardinals' opening day roster.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff
Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gourde scores in OT, Lightning beat Blackhawks 5-4
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yanni Gourde's second career goal capped a tremendous comeback by the Tampa Bay Lightning against one of the NHL's elite teams.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Schwartz has 2, Blues beat Coyotes for 10th straight
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis wing Jaden Schwartz never panicked. He never displayed any frustration during a lengthy scoring funk.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

O'Brien has strong showing for Milikin Track
RENSSELAER, Ind. — The Millikin men’s and women’s track and field team opened its Outdoor season competing at the Edmonds Invite at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana on March 25.  Team scores were not kept.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas
PHOENIX (AP) — Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lee wins Kia by tying tournament record at 20-under par
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee took the lead into the final round of the Kia Classic two years ago and was overhauled by Cristie Kerr, who won with a tournament record of 20-under.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Final Four welcomes trio of 1st-time coaches
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frank Martin never got caught up in wins and losses, the highs and the lows, as he worked to build South Carolina into a contender for conference championships.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Chiozza hits 3 at OT buzzer, Gators beat Wisconsin

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — With 4 seconds left in overtime, Chris Chiozza took off with the ball, hoping to get to the hoop or find an open man. Instead, the Florida point guard stopped short right at the 3-point line and let fly with a shot that will go down in Gators' history.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cubs: Arrivals, departures, key contributors
(AP) — The Chicago Cubs are gearing up for a title defense to begin on April 3, when they open their season agaisnt rival St. Louis. This is how the roster shakes out for the upcoming season. 
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Career nights for Saric, Long push 76ers past Bulls

MATT SCHOCH

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — With many of his fellow high draftees sidelined, Dario Saric has turned into the leader for whatever is left of the Philadelphia 76ers.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bears ink QB Mark Sanchez to one-year deal
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Paajarvi's two goals put Blues past Canucks 4-1

DAVID SOLOMON

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Magnus Paajarvi has used a newfound wave of confidence to solidify his spot in the lineup and help the St. Louis Blues go on a strong run.


Friday, March 24, 2017

High-flying Kansas Jayhawks present question: Can they be stopped?

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter stopped short of calling Kansas invincible on Thursday night.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Kane, Crawford lift Blackhawks over Stars 3-2 in SO

MATT CARLSON

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks weren't at their best, but marquee players came through —again — to keep Western Conference-leading Chicago on a roll.


Friday, March 24, 2017












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