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WIQI Sports Report August 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins scored six times in the second inning and routed the Chicago White Sox 10-2 to split a doubleheader Monday night. The Sox got a 7-6 win in the opener.
 
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years.
Ohio State is No. 2, Florida State is No. 3. Southern California starts the season at No. 4. Defending national champion Clemson is at No. 5.

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WHPO Sports Report August 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Javier Baez hit an inside-the-park homer to back Jake Arrieta's 11th win and Chicago beat the Giants 5-3 in the champion Cubs' first visit to AT&T Park since eliminating San Francisco in Game 4 of the NL Division Series last October. The NL Central leaders moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee.
 
Matt Carpenter slammed a three-run homer to cap the Cardinals' six-run fourth in an 11-3 dismantling of Kansas City. Kolton Wong added a two-run shot and four RBIs, while Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG') smacked a two-run homer to back Carlos Martinez, who gave up two runs over eight innings.
 
 
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Eric Kush will miss the season because of a torn hamstring. Coach John Fox says Kush tore the hamstring from the bone late last week. He is scheduled for surgery on today and will be placed on injured reserve.
 
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne is out at Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season. The Brickyard 400 winner was released from the final year of his contract, allowing him to pursue another Cup ride for 2018. Team owner Rick Hendrick did not immediately name a replacement for the No. 5 Chevrolet.
 
MLB Tonight
Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Chicago White Sox (Derek Holland) - 7:10
St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha) @ Kansas City Royals  (Jason Vargas) - 7:15
Chicago Cubs (Jose Quintana) @ San Francisco Giants (Ty Blach) - 9:15.
 

 

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WHPO Sports Report August 4, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt snapped a tie in the ninth inning with his third homerun of the game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled out a rain-delayed 10-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
 
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Garza made a strong start in his return from the disabled list, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1.
 
BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 Chicago fell to 3-15 since the All-Star break.
 
 
MLB Today
Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) - 1:20
St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake) @ Cincinnati Reds (Tim Adleman) - 5:40
Chicago White Sox (Carlos Rodon) @ Boston Red Sox (Drew Pomeranz) - 6:10
 
 
On Sunday it’s the Monster Energy I Love New York 355 from Watkins Glen with a 1pm start time.

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WHPO Sports Report August 3, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Lamb drove in 3 runs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the surging Chicago Cubs 3-0.
 
MILWUAKEE--Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-her moh-LEE'-nuh) hit a pair of solo homers before Kolten Wong's two-run double put the Cardinals up 5-1 in the sixth. Milwaukee's 5-4 loss to St. Louis keeps the Brewers 2 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.
 
CHICAGO (AP) — J.A. Happ had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1.
 
 
MLB Today
St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Brandon Woodruff) - 1:10
Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke) @ Chicago Cubs (Jose Quintana) - 1:20
Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez) @ Boston Red Sox (Eduardo Rodriguez) - 6:10

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Friday, June 2, 2017

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Cardinals blanked the Dodgers 2-0 to split their four game series at two games apiece. Starter Adam Wainwright did it all yesterday as he picked up the victory on the mound and knocked in both runs for the Redbirds on a two run home run in the second inning. The victory was Wainwright’s sixth on the year as he gave up just 4 hits and struck out 6 in his 6 innings on the mound. Closer Seung Hwan Oh picked up his 13th save on the season with a scoreless 9th inning. The Cardinals will now travel to Chicago to begin a big three game weekend series against the rival Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had the day off yesterday and will be looking to get back on track this weekend after going winless on their six game west coast swing. This afternoon’s game begins at 1:20 with John Lackey taking the mound for the northsiders against Lance Lynn of the Cardinals.

The White Sox also had the day off yesterday before traveling to Detroit for a three game weekend series against the Tigers beginning tonight at 6:10. The southsiders will send Derek Holland to the bump to take on Michael Fulmer of the Tigers.

The NBA Finals finally got underway last night in Oakland, California as the Golden State Warriors blew out the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 to take game 1 of the series. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 38 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists while Steph Curry pitched in with 28 points and 10 assists of his own. They will now take a couple of days off before the Cavs look to even the series on Sunday evening at 7 o’clock in Oakland.

The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals will also resume this weekend with game 3 taking place on Saturday night at 7 o’clock in Nashville. Pittsburgh leads the series two games to none over Nashville as they look to become the first team to win back to back Stanley Cups since the late 90’s.

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in Dover, Delaware this weekend for a 400 mile race at Dover International Speedway. The race is set to begin around noon on Sunday at the track where Matt Kenseth is the defending champion.

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Sports Thursday, June 1, 2017

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs slide continued yesterday as they lost to the Padres 2-1 in San Diego for their 6th loss in a row. Starter Jake Arrieta was solid on the mound as he gave up just the 1 earned run on 5 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 innings of work despite coming away with a no decision. Reliever Koji Uehara took the loss after giving up a single run in the bottom of the 8th inning on a fielder’s choice to second base. The offense did little to help the Cubs pitching staff as they managed just 3 hits on the day and were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position as Javy Baez drove in the lone run on an infield single in the 2nd inning. The northsiders will have the day off today before returning home to begin a three game weekend series against the rival St Louis Cardinals on Friday afternoon.

The Cardinals snapped the Dodgers 6 game winning streak with a 2-1 victory in St Louis last night. Dexter Fowler was the hero as he broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 8th inning with a solo home run to right center field to send starter Carlos Martinez home with a victory. Martinez was terrific on the night as he gave up just the 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 9 in his 8 innings of work to even his record at 4-4 on the year. Closer Seung Hwan Oh came on to pitch a scoreless 9th inning for his 12th save of the year. The Cards and Dodgers will conclude their 4 game series in St Louis this afternoon at 12:45 when Adam Wainwright takes the bump against Brandon McCarthy.

The Red Sox defeated the White Sox 4-1 at Guaranteed Rate field last night to take 2 out of 3 in their series. Reliever Anthony Swarzak took the loss after giving up all 4 runs in relief of starter Mike Pelfrey in the 6th inning. Tim Anderson was the lone offensive bright spot for the southsiders as he gave them an early 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the second inning. The Pale Hoes will have the day off today before traveling to Detroit to begin a three game weekend series against the Tigers on Friday night.

The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals continued last night with the Penguins taking game two 4-1 in Pittsburgh. They now lead the series two games to none as the scene shifts to Nashville for game 3 on Saturday night at 7 o’clock.

Lastly, the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers finally begins tonight, nearly one week after the conference finals ended. Tip-off is set for 8 o’clock in Oakland in the rubber match between these two teams who have met in each of the last three NBA Finals. The Warriors won the championship in 2015, while the Cavs erased a 3-1 series deficit to win last year’s NBA Finals.

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Sports Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs dropped a 6-2 decision to the Padres for their fourth loss in a row. The northsiders jumped out to an early lead once again on an RBI double by Willson Contreras in the second inning and tied the game at 2 all on a solo home run by Kyle Schwarber in the 5th inning. But the Padres scored 4 times in the bottom of the 5th inning to come away with the victory. Cubs starter Eddie Butler came away with the loss after giving up all 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound. The Cubs will finish up their west coast swing this afternoon at 2:40 when Jake Arrieta takes the mound against Luis Perdomo of the Padres.

The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 9-4 for their third loss in a row and fifth in their last six games. The Redbirds jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Matt Carpenter and a two RBI single by Yadier Molina. But starter Michael Wacha did not have his best stuff and could not hold the lead, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 in his 3 innings on the mound. Yadi Molina also hit a solo home run later in the game to complete a 2 for 4 night with 3 RBI to lead the Cardinal offense. They will play game 3 in their 4 game series tonight at 7:15 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers.

The battle of pitching stars between the White Sox and Red Sox turned into an offensive explosion as Boston defeated the southsiders 13-7 in Chicago. White Sox ace Jose Quintana had another rough outing, giving up 7 earned runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings on the mound to take his 7th loss of the year. Former Chicago star and current Red Sox ace Chris Sale did not fare much better as he gave up 6 runs on 10 hits as well, despite coming away with his 6th victory of the year. Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson each hit home runs to lead the White Sox offense while Jose Abreu knocked in 2 RBI of his own. The two teams will play the rubber game in their three game series this evening at 7:10 when Mike Pelfrey faces off against Drew Pomeranz of the Red Sox.

Lastly, game two of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals will take place tonight at 7 o’clock in Pittsburgh. The Penguins hold an early one game to none lead over the Nashville Predators in the best of seven series.

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Sports Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In Major League Baseball action, the Chicago Cubs lost their fourth game in a row, 5-2 to the Padres in San Diego yesterday. The northsiders jumped on the board early after Jason Heyward singled home Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo in the top of the first inning for an early 2-0 lead. But starter Kyle Hendricks gave up a grand slam in the 4th inning and another run in the 5th as he was saddled with his fourth loss of the year. The Cubs will look to get back on track tonight at 9:10 when rookie Eddie Butler faces off against Dinelson Lamet of the Padres.

 

The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 5-1 for their fourth loss in their last five games. Starter Mike Leake took the loss for the Redbirds after giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits in his 7 innings of work on the mound. Jedd Gyorko knocked in the only run of the day for the Cardinals on a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning. They will continue their four game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight at 6 o’clock when Michael Wacha takes the mound against Kenta Maeda.

 

The White Sox defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in the first game of their three game series in Chicago. Melky Cabrera led the southside offense with 2 hits, including a home run, and 4 RBI on the day. Reliever Juan Minaya picked up his first win of the year after tossing a scoreless 7th inning while closer David Robertson notched his 8th save on the season with a clean 9th inning. The battle of the Sox will resume tonight at 7:10 when current White Sox ace Jose Quintana takes the bump against former White Sox ace Chris Sale.

 

Lastly, game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs took place in Pittsburgh last night with the Penguins topping the Predators 5-3 to take an early lead in the series. They will take the night off tonight before dropping the puck on game 2 tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

 

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Sports Friday, May 26, 2017

The Milford boy’s baseball team’s magical run through the state playoffs ended yesterday as they dropped a 6-1 decision to Decatur Lutheran in the first Danville Schlarman Sectional semifinal. Austin Price scored the only run for the Bearcats while Kyle McNally pitched in with two singles and a stolen base. Congratulations once again to the Milford Bearcats who finished the season with a 12-15 record and their second regional championship in school history.

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs defeated the Giants 5-1 to take 3 out of 4 in their series and assume sole possession of first place in the NL Central standings. The northside offense continued their home run barrage as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward, and Ben Zobrist each smacked solo home runs to lead the way. Starter Eddie Butler continued his strong play since being called up, as he gave up just 1 earned run on 4 hits in 5 innings of work to collect his second win on the year. Reliever Mike Montgomery pitched the final 4 innings to collect his first save since recording the final out of game 7 of the World Series. The Cubs will now hit the road for a 6 game west coast swing beginning tonight at 9:10 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the northsiders against Alex Wood of the Dodgers.

The Cardinals put up 3 runs in the first inning but could not hold on as the Dodgers rallied for a 7-3 victory to take 2 out of 3 in that series. Jedd Gyorko had a 2 RBI single and Yadi Molina singled him home to give the Redbirds their early cushion, but starter Michael Wacha had a hard time holding the LA offense down. Wacha gave up 6 earned runs on 7 hits while lasting just 4 innings to even his record at 2-2 on the season. The Cardinals will continue their west coast swing this weekend with three games in Denver against the Rockies. The first game of that series will take place tonight at 7:40 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies.

The White Sox had the day off yesterday but will return home this afternoon to host the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader. The first game will take place at 4:10 with Mike Pelfrey facing off against Buck Farmer, followed by a 7:10 matchup between Tyler Danish for the southsiders and Matthew Boyd of the Tigers.

In NBA playoff action last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the Boston Celtics 135-102 in game 5 in Boston to win the Eastern Conference Finals 4 games to 1. They will now face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. Golden State won their first matchup while the Cavs got revenge in last year’s finals, setting up the rubber match between the two teams which begins on Thursday, June 1st in Oakland.

Game 7 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals lived up to the hype as the Penguins defeated the Senators 3-2 in double overtime to stamp their ticket to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals. They will face off against the Nashville Predators in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night in Pittsburgh. They’re looking to become the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win back to back Stanley Cups.

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be back in Charlotte on Sunday night for 400 laps at the 1.5 mile quad-oval. Martin Truex Jr will be looking to defend his championship there from last year.

 

 

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Sports Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yesterday’s sectional semi-final baseball game between Milford and Decatur Lutheran was postponed and rescheduled for this afternoon. First pitch will take place at 4 o’clock at Danville Stadium with the winner taking on either Argenta Oreana or Oakwood on Saturday for the sectional championship.

In Major League Baseball action, Anthony Rizzo powered the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Giants at Wrigley Field last night. Rizzo smacked a pair of solo home runs to lead the northside offense in support of winning pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks lowered his ERA to 3.25 on the year after giving up just 2 earned runs on 4 hits in his 7 innings on the mound to collect his fourth win of the year. The northsiders will look to take 3 out of 4 in their series with the Giants this afternoon at 1:20 when Eddie Butler faces off against former Cub Jeff Samardzija.

The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 6-1 in Los Angeles last night. Yadi Molina had a home run and 2 RBI to lead the Redbird offense, while Kolten Wong pitched in with 2 RBI of his own. Starter Mike Leake continued his fantastic start to the season by giving up just 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 5 in his 8 innings on the mound. The Cards and Dodgers will close out their 3 game series tonight at 9:10 when Michael Wacha takes the bump against Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers.

The Arizona Diamondbacks used a 6 run 5th inning to put away the White Sox 8-6 in the desert last night. Jose Abreu led the southside offense with 4 hits, including a home run, and 3 RBI on the night. But staff ace Jose Quintana continued his early season struggles by giving up all 8 runs on 8 hits in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound to collect his 6th loss on the year. The southsiders will have the day off today before returning home to host the Tigers for a day/night doubleheader on Friday.

The NBA playoff schedule for tonight features the Boston Celtics hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers for game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at 7:30. Cleveland leads that series 3 games to 1 and will be looking to stamp their ticket to the NBA Finals for a rematch against the Golden State Warriors.

Lastly, it’s game 7 in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Ottawa Senators in a 7 o’clock puck drop. The winner will host the Nashville Predators in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night.

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Sports Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Milford boys baseball team will be back in action in sectional play this afternoon, fresh off their second regional championship in school history. They will take on second seeded Decatur Lutheran at 4 pm this afternoon in the first semifinal game of the the Danville Schlarman Sectional at Danville stadium.

 

In Major League Baseball action, staff ace Jon Lester pitched the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Giants last night. Lester tossed a complete game shutout, giving up just the 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 10 and issuing zero walks on the night. The Cubs offense continued their strong run with Anthony Rizzo smacking a 2 run home run to lead the way. Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward also pitched in with solo home runs of their own. The two teams will be back in action tonight at 7:05 when Kyle Hendricks takes the bump against Matt Moore of the Giants.

 

The Cardinals lost a tough one on the road to the Dodgers 2-1 in 13 innings last night. The redbirds managed just 3 hits off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Randal Grichuk scored the game tying run on a Kershaw wild pitch in the top of the 9th, sending the game to extra innings. Johnathan Broxton took the loss for the Redbirds after giving up a 2 out RBI double to Logan Forsythe in the bottom of the 13th inning. The Cardinals will look to get back on track tonight at 9:10 when Mike Leake faces off against Rich Hill of the Dodgers.

 

The White Sox lost a close one to the Diamondbacks 5-4 in Arizona. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier, and Jose Abreu each hit home runs for the southsiders, but it wasn’t enough as starter Dylan Covey had another tough outing. He gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits in just 2 â..." innings on the mound to take his 4th loss of the year. The Sox will look to salvage the final game in that series this afternoon at 2:40 when Jose Quintana faces off against Randall Delgado.

 

In NBA playoff action, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 112-99 in Cleveland to take a 3 games to 1 lead in that series. The Cavs will look to close things out in game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.

 

Lastly, there will be a game 7 in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals as the Senators defeated the Penguins 2-1 in game 6 in Ottawa last night. Game 7 will take place on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

 

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Sports Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In area boys baseball regional action, congratulations go out to the Milford Bearcats who defeated Illinois Lutheran 6-4 to claim the class 1A Cissna Park regional title. The 4th seeded Bearcats upset the top seed  for just their second regional title in school history. Kyle McNally pitched Milford to victory and Brady Marshino closed things out with a two inning save. They now advance to play Decatur Lutheran at 4 pm on Wednesday in a Danville Schlarman sectional game at Danville Stadium.

 

Other regional championship games included Hoopeston Area falling to Downs Tri-Valley 11-3 in Bloomington and Bismarck Henning dropping a 2-1 decision to top seeded PBL at Iroquois West. Congratulations go out to both the Cornjerker and Blue Devil baseball teams on fine regular season and postseason runs.

 

In Major League Baseball action, a late rally by the Cubs came up short as they lost to the Giants 6-4 in Chicago. Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist each hit two run home runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to turn a 6-0 Giants lead into a close game. Starter John Lackey took the loss after giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of work to even his record at 4-4 on the year. They will continue their four game series tonight at 6 o’clock in a battle of aces as Jon Lester takes the hill for the Cubs against Johnny Cueto of the Giants.

 

The White Sox could not get the bats going last night as they lost to the Diamondbacks 5-1 in Arizona. D-backs starter Zack Greinke struck out 12 southsiders as a Leury Garcia solo home run in the 5th inning was the only offense the Sox could muster. Miguel Gonzalez took his 5th loss of the year after giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in his 5 innings on the mound. They will play game 2 in their 3 game series tonight at 8:40 when Dylan Covey takes the bump against Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks.

 

The Cardinals had the night off last night but will begin a 6 game west coast swing tonight in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. First pitch is set for 9 o’clock as Lance Lynn will take the mound for the Redbirds against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

 

In NBA playoff action, the Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to their third straight NBA Finals with a 129-115 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Their 14 point victory completed a four game sweep of the Spurs as they became the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0. They will await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals with game 4 in that series taking place tonight at 7:30 in Cleveland. The Cavaliers currently lead that series two games to one over Boston.

 

Lastly, the Nashville Predators will be making their first appearance in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 last night to take the Western Conference Finals four games to two. They will await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals which is scheduled to play game 6 tonight in Ottawa. The Penguins lead the Senators three game to two in that one.

 

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Sports Monday, May 22, 2017

All three of the boys baseball regional title games involving area teams were washed out on Saturday and rescheduled for this afternoon. In class 2A, Hoopeston Area will travel to Bloomington to take on #2 seed Tri-Valley at 6 pm and Bismarck Henning will take on top seeded PBL at 4:30 in the Iroquois West title game. Meanwhile, in class 1A, Milford will attempt to knock off top seeded Illinois Lutheran in the Cissna Park regional title game.

 

The lone softball regional title game involving area schools did take place on Saturday as top seeded Herscher ended Watseka’s season with a 4-0 victory in Watseka. Congratulations go out to the Lady Warriors on a fine regular season and postseason run.

 

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Cubs bats came alive in a 13-6 defeat of the Brewers to split their abbreviated 2 game series in Chicago. Kris Bryant went deep twice while Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo also hit home runs to lead the northside offense. Jake Arrieta got back on track after giving up just 1 unearned run on 5 hits while striking out 6 in his 6 innings on the mound. The Cubs will continue their homestand as they host the Giants tonight at 7:05 in the first of a four game series.

 

The Cardinals got back in the win column yesterday with an 8-3 victory over the Giants in St Louis. Randal Grichuck had 2 hits and 4 RBI on the day while Matt Carpenter pitched in with a 2 run home run of his own in support of winning pitcher Adam Wainwright. Waino gave up just 1 earned run on 5 hits while striking out 6 in his 6 1 /3 innings on the mound. The Cardinals have the day off today before embarking on a west coast swing beginning tomorrow night in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

 

The White Sox bats stayed hot yesterday in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners. Tim Anderson had a home run and 2 RBI to lead the southside offense while starter Derek Holland was dominant on the day. He gave up just the 1 earned run on 6 hits while striking out 6 in his 8 innings of work to collect his 4th victory of the year. The southsiders now head to Arizona to begin a three game series against the Diamondbacks tonight at 8:40.

 

Lastly, in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action in Charlotte on Saturday night, Clint Bowyer won the Open race while Kyle Busch came away with the checkered flag in the All Star race. The series will be back in action this Sunday in Charlotte for a 5 o’clock race where Martin Truex Jr is the defending champion.

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Sports Friday, May 19, 2017

Boys high school baseball regional play continued yesterday with a couple of area teams advancing to this weekend’s regional championship games. The Milford Bearcats got a bases loaded bunt from Dylan Payne in the bottom of the 7th inning to push across the winning run in their 5-4 victory over Grant Park at the class 1A Cissna Park regional, while Bismarck Henning blasted Clifton Central 10-1 at the class 2A Iroquois West regional. Saturday’s regional championship games schedule features Hoopeston Area taking on Downs Tri Valley at 1 pm in the class 2A Bloomington Central Catholic regional, Milford facing off against top seeded Illinois Lutheran at 11:30 in the class 1A Cissna Park regional, and Bismarck Henning against top seeded PBL in the class 2A Iroquois West regional at 12 noon.

 

Regional title games will take place this afternoon for girls softball with Watseka looking to take home the crown in the class 2A regional that they’re hosting. The 3rd seeded Warriors will host top seeded Herscher at 4:30 this afternoon in Watseka.

 

In boys track and field action, congratulations to the Watseka Warriors who took home the team crown in the class 1A PBL sectional last night. Hunter Lee won the 300 meter hurdles to help lead the Warriors to the title. Congratulations also go out to Hoopeston Area’s Trey Houmes who took home the individual titles in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Chicago Cubs swept their three game series with the Cincinnati Reds after taking the final game of the series 9-5 yesterday. Javy Baez launched a grand slam as part of a 5 run first inning for the northsiders and they never looked back. Starter Jon Lester gave up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 in his 6 innings on the mound to even his record at 2-2 on the year. The Cubs will be back in action this afternoon at 1:20 when they begin a three game weekend series with the Brewers. Eddie Butler will face off against Paolo Espino of the Brewers in this afternoon’s first game.

 

The White Sox dropped their fourth game in a row, losing 5-4 to the Mariners last night. Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson each hit solo home runs in the 8th inning to tie the game at 4, only to see the Mariners get a pinch hit RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win. Reliever Dan Jennings took the loss after giving up 2 hits and walking 1 while only collecting two outs in the fateful 9th inning. Matt Davidson also pitched in with a solo home run of his own for the southside offense. They will continue their four game series tonight in Seattle with Jose Quintana taking on Ariel Miranda in a 9:10 first pitch.

 

The Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will host the Giants in a three game weekend series beginning tonight at 7:15. Tonight’s game features Michael Wacha facing off against Matt Moore of the Giants.

 

The NBA playoffs continue tonight with game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 117-104 in game 1 on Wednesday night to take an early lead in that series.

 

The NHL’s Western Conference Finals continued last night with the Ducks defeating Nashville 3-2 in overtime to tie that series up at 2 games apiece. The Eastern Conference finals will resume tonight with the Senators hosting the Penguins in game 4. Ottawa leads that series two games to one.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be in Charlotte this Saturday night for the 70 lap All Star Race. Joey Logano is the defending champion at the 1.5 mile quad oval.

 

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Sports Wednesday, May 17, 2107

Boy’s high school baseball regional play continues this afternoon with one game of local interest on the schedule as 5th seeded Hoopeston Area travels to Bloomington to take on 3rd seeded Bloomington Central Catholic. First pitch is set for 7:30 this evening.

Regional play also continued for girls’ softball teams yesterday with the Milford Bearcats season coming to an end after a 14-4 defeat at the hands of Tolono Unity high school. Brittney Bailey led the Bearcats with two hits and two RBI on the day as Milford finished their season with a 12-15 record. This afternoon’s schedule features 5th seeded Hoopeston Area hosting 3rd seeded Villa Grove, 3rd seeded Watseka hosting 8th seeded Clifton Central, and 7th seeded Bismarck Henning traveling to Georgetown Ridge Farm to take on the 4th seeded host school. First pitch is set for 4:30 in all three of those games.

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs got back in the win column with a 9-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. The Cubs offense got home runs from Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ, and Addison Russell in support of winning pitcher John Lackey. He gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 3 in his 5 1/3 innings on the mound to collect his 4th win of the year. They will play game 2 in that series tonight at 7:05 with Kyle Hendricks taking the bump against Scott Feldman for the Reds.

The Cardinals were doubled up by the Red Sox 6-3 in St Louis last night. Lance Lynn took the loss after giving up 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 in his 6 innings on the mound. Dexter Fowler had an RBI double in the 3rd inning to lead the Redbird offense. Game 2 in that series is scheduled for 7 o’clock tonight with Mike Leake facing off against Rick Porcello in that one.

The White Sox dropped their second straight game to the Angels 7-6 in 11 innings in Anaheim last night. The southsiders scored 3 runs in the 9th inning to send the game to extras and plated a single run in the top of the 11th before Albert Pujols came through with a 2 run single in the bottom of the 11th to send the Angels to victory. Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson each hit home runs to lead the White Sox offense while Todd Frazier pitched in with 2 RBI of his own. Closer David Robertson picked up his first loss of the year after giving up both runs in the bottom of the 11th inning. The southsiders will look to avoid the sweep tonight at 9:05 when Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound against Matt Shoemaker of the Angels.

The NBA’s Western Conference Finals continued last night with the Warriors blowing out the Spurs 136-100 to take a two games to none lead in that series. That series will now take a few days off before game 3 on Saturday night in San Antonio. Meanwhile, game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place tonight at 7:30 in Cleveland when the Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics.

Lastly, game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals took place in Nashville last night with the Predators defeating the Ducks 2-1 to take a two games to one lead in the series. Meanwhile, they will play game 3 in the Eastern Conference finals tonight in Ottawa where the Senators will host the Penguins in a 7 o’clock puck drop. That series is tied at 1 game apiece.

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Sports Tuesday, May 16, 2107

Regional play began for area high school baseball teams yesterday with Cissna Park and Watseka both in action. Unfortunately, both teams saw their seasons come to an end as Cissna Park fell to St Anne 10-2 and Watseka was shutout by Iroquois West 10-0. There are no games of local interest this afternoon, but Hoopeston Area will play their first regional game tomorrow night in Bloomington. The 5th seeded Cornjerkers will take on third seeded Bloomington Central Catholic at 7:30 tomorrow night.

Regional play began for girls softball teams yesterday as well, and Milford got off to a good start with a 7-0 victory over PBL. Kaylee Warren struck out 7 in a complete game 2 hit shutout while Jakki Mowrey went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored 3 runs to pace the Bearcat offense. The 6th seeded Bearcats will now take on second seeded Tolono Unity this afternoon at 4:30 in the regional semifinal in Hoopeston.

There was also one final regular season softball game in the area yesterday as Watseka edged Hoopeston Area 3-2 in Watseka. Taylor Hotaling picked up the victory for Watseka despite walking 10 Cornjerkers on the afternoon. Ariel Reeves and Raven Rutherford each drove in a run to lead the Cornjerker offense.

In Major League Baseball action, the Angels defeated the White Sox 5-3 in Anaheim. Mike Pelfrey took the loss for the White Sox after giving up 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 3 in his 4 2/3 innings on the mound. Jose Abreu led the soutside offense with a 2 run home run in the top of the 4th inning. They will continue that three game series tonight at 9:05 when Derek Holland faces off against JC Ramirez.

The Cubs and Cardinals both had the night off last night but will be back in action tonight. The Cubs will return home to begin a three game series against the Reds tonight at 7:05 at Wrigley Field. John Lackey will take the bump against Bronson Arroyo in that one. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will begin a three game series against the Red Sox tonight at 7:15 at Busch Stadium. Lance Lynn will face off against Eduardo Rodriguez in the first game of that series.

The NBA playoffs continued last night with the Boston Celtics punching their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 115-105 victory over the Wizards in Boston last night. They will move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals beginning Wednesday night in Cleveland. The Western Conference Finals will continue tonight at 8 pm when the Warriors host the Spurs in game 2 of that series. The Warriors hold an early 1 game to none lead in that one.

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Sports Monday, May 15, 2107

Area high school baseball teams concluded their regular season last week and regional play will get underway today. There are two games of local interest on today’s schedule as the 10 seed Cissna Park will travel to St Anne to take on the 6th seeded host school in class 1A and the 10th seeded Watseka Warriors will travel to Iroquois West to take on the 9th seeded host school in class 2A. First pitch is set for 4:30 this afternoon in both of those games.

 

Meanwhile, the area softball regionals also begin today with just one game of local interest on the schedule. The 6th seeded Milford Bearcats will host PBL this afternoon at 4:30 with the winner taking on second seeded Tolono Unity tomorrow afternoon in Hoopeston. The Hoopeston Area softball team will also play their final regular season game of the year this afternoon when they travel to Watseka for a 4:30 first pitch.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the St Louis Cardinals shutout the Cubs 5-0 to take 2 out of 3 in their weekend series. Redbird catcher Yadier Molina led the offense with 2 home runs and 3 RBI on the day while Matt Carpenter hit a 2 run home run of his own in support of winning pitcher Adam Wainwright. He had his best outing of the year with 7 innings of shutout baseball while giving up just 4 hits and striking out 3 on the day. Cubs rookie Ian Happ was the lone bright spot on the day as he went 2 for 4 with a double in the first inning. Starter Jake Arrieta continued his rough patch as he gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in his 6 innings on the mound to take his 3rd loss of the year. Both teams will have the day off today before the Cubs return home for a series against the Reds and the Cardinals host the Red Sox in a three game series.

 

The White Sox beat the Padres 9-3 to take 2 out of 3 in their weekend series. Leury Garcia and Melky Cabrera each knocked in 2 runs on the day to lead the southside offense. Starter Jose Quintana was solid on the mound despite registering a no decision. He gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 in his 7 innings on the mound. Reliever Michael Ynoa picked up his first victory of the year after tossing a scoreless 8th inning. The White Sox will hit the road today as they travel to Anaheim to begin a 3 game series with the Angels tonight at 9:05.  Mike Pelfrey will take the mound against Jesse Chavez in that one.

 

The NBA’s Western Conference Finals tipped off yesterday with the Golden State Warriors staging a 15 point comeback to take game 1 113-111. They will play game 2 in that series tomorrow night at 8 o’clock in Oakland. Tonight’s playoff schedule features game 7 between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards in that Eastern Conference semifinal series in Boston.

 

It was game 2 in the NHL’s Western Conference Finals yesterday as the Anaheim Ducks tied up their series with the Predators at 1 game apiece with a 5-3 comeback victory in Anaheim. Tonight’s NHL playoff schedule features game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Senators lead that series 1 game to none after taking game 1 in overtime.

 

Lastly, Martin Truex Jr took home the checkered flag on Saturday night at the Kansas Speedway after leading 104 laps on the day. Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5 on the night but that took a back seat to a fiery crash on lap 200 of 267. Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra as a result of the crash, but he has been released from a local Kansas hospital.

 

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Sports Friday, May 12, 2107

It’s come down to the final games of the regular season for area high school baseball and softball teams with several games on the schedule today and tomorrow. This afternoon’s baseball schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Milford while Cissna Park will play a doubleheader tomorrow morning against Danville Schlarman at Danville Stadium.

The area softball schedule this afternoon features Hoopeston Area traveling to Milford and Bismarck Henning hosting Champaign St Thomas More High School.

In Major League Baseball action last night, the Twins snuck by the White Sox 7-6 to take both games of their abbreviated two game series. Derek Holland took the loss for the southsiders after giving up 7 runs, with just 3 of them being earned runs, on 6 hits while walking 4 in his 5 innings on the mound. Melky Cabrera led the offense with a three run home run in the 5th inning and Matt Davidson pitched in with a solo shot of his own. The Sox will now welcome the Padres to town for a three game weekend series beginning tonight at 7:10. White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez will face off against Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin in tonight’s game.

Meanwhile, the Cubs and Cardinals had the day off yesterday before beginning a big weekend series tonight in St Louis. The Cubs will send newly recalled triple A starter Eddie Butler to the mound for his first start of the year against Cardinals starter Mike Leake. First pitch is set for 7:15 at Busch Stadium tonight.

In NBA playoff action, the San Antonio Spurs blew out the Houston Rockets 114-75 in Houston last night to take that series four games to two. The Spurs will now move on to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals beginning Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Tonight’s schedule features the Boston Celtics looking to close out the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Celtics lead that series three games to two with the Cleveland Cavaliers awaiting the winner of this series.

The NHL’s conference finals also get started this weekend with game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators taking place tonight. Puck drop is set for 8 pm in Anaheim.

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for a Saturday night race. Kyle Busch is the defending champion at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.

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Sports Thursday, May 11, 2017

AThe Bismarck Henning baseball and softball teams were the only area teams in action yesterday and both came away with victories. The Blue Devil baseball team upped their record to 17-6 on the season with an 8-3 defeat of Westville while the girls softball team moved their record to 11-10 on the year with a 4-2 victory over Westville.

The lone game on tonight’s area high school sports schedule features the Hoopeston Area softball team traveling to Attica for a 4 o’clock first pitch this afternoon.

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs were shutout by the Rockies 3-0 at Coors Field to drop 2 of 3 in that series. The northsiders were no-hit through 6 innings and managed just three hits on the day. Starter Kyle Hendricks was one of the few bright spots on the day despite taking his second loss of the season. He gave up just 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 7 in his 6+ innings on the mound. The Cubs will have the day off today before traveling to St Louis for an important 3 game weekend series against the rival Cardinals.

Those Redbirds won their 6th game in a row last night, beating the Marlins 7-5 to sweep that three game series. The Marlins jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, only to see the Cardinals put up 3 runs in each of the 3rd and 6th innings to come away with the victory. The big blow was a two run triple by Dexter Fowler to put the redbirds up for good in the 6th inning. Closer Seung Hwan Oh picked up his 9th save of the year after tossing a scoreless 9th inning despite putting three men on base. The Redbirds will also have the day off today before welcoming the Cubs into town on Friday night.

The White Sox and Twins were washed out last night with that game being rescheduled for a later date. The two teams will conclude their abbreviated series tonight at 7:10 with Derek Holland taking on Phil Hughes of the Twins.

In NBA playoff action last night, the Celtics blew out the Wizards 123-101 to take a three games to two lead in their semifinal series. Boston will look to close out the series on Friday night in Washington. Tonight’s schedule features the Spurs looking to close out their series with the Rockets in game 6 in Houston. Tip-off is set for 7 o’clock with the Spurs leading that series 3-2.

Lastly, the NHL’s conference finals are set after the Penguins defeated the Capitals 2-0 and the Ducks snuck by the Oilers 2-1 last night. The Western Conference Finals will begin tomorrow night in Anaheim with the Ducks hosting the Predators, while the Eastern Conference Finals will begin Saturday night in Pittsburgh when the Penguins host the Ottawa Senators.

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Sports Wednesday April 10, 2017

Area baseball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area over Westville 8-5 and Momence over Watseka 8-1. The only game on the area schedule for this afternoon has Bismarck Henning traveling to Westville for a 4:30 first pitch.

Girls’ softball scores from yesterday featured Georgetown Ridge Farm over Hoopeston Area 18-5, Oakwood getting past Milford 8-3, and Momence squeezing by Watseka 4-3. Bismarck Henning will travel to Westville this afternoon for a 4:30 first pitch in the only area game on the schedule today.

In Major League Baseball action, the Chicago Cubs split a day-night doubleheader with the Rockies, losing the first game 10-4 before coming back to dominate the second game 8-1. Starter Jake Arrieta took the loss in the first game after giving up 9 runs, with 5 of them being earned, on 9 hits and 3 walks in his 3 2/3 innings on the mound. It was a much different outcome in the second game as John Lackey tossed a gem, giving up no runs on 4 hits and striking out 10 in 7 innings on the mound to even his record at 3-3 on the season. Kris Bryant and Javy Baez each smacked home runs in the second game to lead the Cubs offense. They will close out their three game series this afternoon at 2:10 when Kyle Hendricks faces off against German Marquez.

The St Louis Cardinals won their 5th game in a row with a 6-5 victory over the Marlins in Miami. The Redbirds trailed the Marlins 5-1 entering the 8th inning before St Louis put up 4 in the top of the inning and Dexter Fowler singled home the winning run in the top of the 9th. Jedd Gyorko led the offense with a hit and two RBI on the day. Reliever Trevor Rosenthal picked up the victory after tossing a scoreless 8th inning and closer Seung Hwan Oh picked up his 8th save of the year in the 9th inning. The Redbirds will go for the 3 game sweep in that series tonight at 6 pm when Lance Lynn takes the bump against Tom Koehler of the Marlins.

The White Sox fell to the Twins 7-2 in game one of that series last night. Mike Pelfrey took the loss for the southsiders after giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits and walking 1 in his 4 2/3 innings on the mound. The Sox offense did very little to help their pitching staff as they managed just 4 hits on the night, with Tyler Saladino and Jose Abreu driving in the only two runs. They will play game 2 in that series tonight at 7:10 when Derek Holland takes the mound for Chicago against Phil Hughes of the Twins.

NBA playoff action from last night featured the Spurs outlasting the Rockets 110-107 in overtime to take a three games to two lead in that best of seven series. The series will now shift back to Houston on Thursday night with the Rockets hoping to send it to a deciding game seven. Tonight’s playoff schedule features the Celtics hosting the Wizards in game five of their series at 7 pm. They are currently knotted up at 2 games apiece in that one.

Lastly, there will be a pair of game sevens in the NHL playoffs tonight as the Washington Capitals will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 6:30 and the Anaheim Ducks will host the Edmonton Oilers at 9 pm. The winners of each of those games will move on to the Conference Finals which are set to begin this weekend.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Salt Fork over Hoopeston Area 4-1, Milford shutting down Armstrong Potomac 1-0, and Bismarck Henning over Oakwood 13-7. Tonight’s schedule features Hoopeston Area against Westville and Milford hosting Illinois Lutheran with first pitch set for 4:30 in both of those games.

 

Meanwhile, girls softball scores from yesterday featured Hoopeston Area over Salt Fork 3-1, Armstrong Potomac doubling up Milford 4-2, Bismarck Henning over Oakwood 6-1, and Watseka losing a tight one to Gardner South Wilmington 7-6. This afternoon’s schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Georgetown Ridge Farm and Milford hosting Oakwood with first pitch set for 4:30.

 

Major League Baseball action from last night saw the Cardinals take their fourth game in a row with a 9-4 victory over the Marlins. Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez picked up the victory after giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound. He also led the offense with 2 hits and 4 RBI on the night. The Redbirds will be back in action tonight at 6:10 when Adam Wainwright faces off against Dan Straily of the Marlins.

 

The Cubs game in Colorado was postponed due to rain last night, so they will play a day-night doubleheader today. First pitch is set for 1:10 this afternoon in the first game with Jake Arrieta taking the bump against Antonio Senzatela. They will clear the stadium once that game is finished and the second game will get going around 7:40 tonight. John Lackey will take the mound for the Cubs in the second game against Kyle Freeland of the Rockies.

 

The White Sox had the night off last night but will begin a three game series at home tonight against the Twins. First pitch is set for 7:10 with Mike Pelfrey taking on former southside hurler Hector Santiago in that one.

 

Lastly, the NBA playoff schedule from last night saw the Warriors blow out the Jazz 121-95 in Utah to sweep that series four games to none. They will now move on to face the winner of the Rockets-Spurs series with that one tied at two games apiece. Game 5 of that series will take place tonight at 7 pm in San Antonio.

 

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Sports Monday, May 8, 2017

The final week of the area high school baseball and softball regular seasons begins this afternoon with several games on the calendar. The area baseball schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Salt Fork, Milford hosting Armstrong Potomac, and Bismarck Henning hosting Oakwood. Meanwhile, the girls softball teams for Hoopeston Area, Milford, and Bismarck Henning will play the same schedule with first pitch set for 4:30 pm in the baseball and softball games, respectively.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Yankees outlasted the Cubs 5-4 in an 18 inning marathon at Wrigley Field to sweep the three game weekend series. The Cubs tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the 9th inning by scoring three runs off their former closer Aroldis Chapman, with the tying run crossing the plate after Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Ex-Cub Starlin Castro grounded into a fielder’s choice in the top of the 18th inning to drive home the winning run off Cubs reliever Pedro Strop. The weary Cubs will now travel to Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies in a three game series beginning tonight at 7:40. Jake Arrieta will face off against Antonio Senzatela in that one.

 

The Cardinals played an extra inning game of their own, defeating the Braves 6-4 in 14 innings. Outfielder Tommy Pham hit a pair of home runs on the day, including the game winning 2 run shot in the top of the 14th inning. Reliever Sam Tuivailala picked up the victory after tossing 2 innings of shutout baseball in extra innings. The Redbirds now head to Miami for a three game series beginning tonight at 6:10. Staff ace Carlos Martinez will take the bump against Adam Conley in the first game tonight.

 

The White Sox were shutout by the Orioles 4-0 in Baltimore as they were swept in their three game weekend series. Starter Jose Quintana took his fifth loss of the year after giving up 4 runs on 9 hits and walking 3 in his 5 innings on the mound. Second baseman Yolmer Sanchez was one of the few bright spots on the offensive side as he collected three hits on the day. The southsiders have the day off today before returning home to host the Twins in a three game series beginning tomorrow night at 7:10.

 

The NBA playoffs continued yesterday with the Cavaliers sweeping the Raptors out of the playoffs with a 109-102 victory, the Wizards over the Celtics 121-102, and the Rockets over the Spurs 125-104. The Wizards-Celtics and Rockets-Spurs series are now tied at two games apiece. Tonight’s schedule features the Warriors attempting to sweep the Jazz out of the playoffs in game 4 of their Western Conference semi-final series in Utah.

 

The St Louis Blues were knocked out of the NHL playoffs yesterday after they were defeated 3-1 by the Predators in Nashville. The Blues got on the board first with a Paul Stastny goal in the first period and entered the third period tied at 1. But the Preds scored twice in the final period to take the series four games to two. The Preds will now move on to the Western Conference Finals to face the winner of the Ducks and Oilers series which will conclude with game 7 on Tuesday night in Anaheim.

 

Lastly, Ricky Stenhouse Jr took home the checkered flag in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race at Talladega yesterday. It was the first career cup win for Stenhouse as he used a last lap pass to come away with the victory. Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 5 on the day. The series will now head to Kansas City on Saturday night for a 6:30 race at the Kansas Speedway where Kyle Busch is the defending champion.

 

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Sports Friday, May 5, 2017

The area high school baseball schedule for tonight features Hoopeston Area hosting Georgetown Ridge Farm, Milford hosting Schlarman Academy, Cissna Park traveling to Tri-Point, and Bismarck Henning hosting Salt Fork. First pitch is set for 4:30 in each of those games.

 

Meanwhile, the girls softball schedule includes Hoopeston Area hosting Georgetown Ridge Farm, Milford hosting Danville Schlarman, and Bismarck Henning hosting Salt Fork. First pitch is set for 4:30 in those games as well.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs defeated the Phillies 5-4 in 13 innings to take 3 out of 4 in that series. Albert Almora Jr scored the winning run on a throwing error by Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis as he was attempting to turn a double play. Miguel Montero led the Cubs offense with a solo home run and 2 RBI on the day. Reliever Koji Uehara picked up the victory after tossing a scoreless top of the 13th inning. The Cubs will now welcome the New York Yankees into town for a 3 game weekend series beginning this afternoon at 1:20. Kyle Hendricks will take the mound against Michael Pineda in that one.

 

The Cardinals lost to the Brewers 5-4 in St Louis to drop 2 out of 3 in their abbreviated series. Reliever Matt Bowman picked up the loss after giving up a pinch hit solo home run in the 7th inning. Dexter Fowler led the Redbird offense with a two run triple in the 2nd inning but had to leave the game early with a shoulder strain suffered while making a diving catch. He’s currently listed as day to day pending a medical exam. The Redbirds will now hit the road for a 3 game weekend series against the Braves beginning at 6:35 tonight. Lance Lynn will face off against Mike Foltynewicz in tonight’s first game.

 

The White Sox beat the Royals 8-3 to split their four game series in Kansas City. Jose Abreu smacked a two run home run in the first inning to give the southsiders an early lead that they would not relinquish. Matt Davidson also hit a solo home run in support of winning pitcher Derek Holland. Holland gave up just 1 earned run on 3 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 â..." innings on the mound. The Sox will now head to Baltimore for a 3 game weekend series against the Orioles beginning at 6:05 tonight. Miguel Gonzalez will take the bump against Wade Miley in that one.

 

In NBA playoff action, the Wizards defeated the Celtics 116-89 to get back in that series while the Warriors defeated the Jazz 115-104 to take a two games to none lead in that one. Tonight’s schedule features the Cavaliers traveling to Toronto to take on the Raptors and the Rockets hosting the Spurs. The Cavs currently hold a 2 games to none lead over the Raptors, while the Spurs and Rockets are tied at a game apiece.

 

The St Louis Blues will be looking to stave off elimination in game 5 of their Western Conference semi-final series against the Predators tonight. Puck drop is set for 7 pm at the Scottrade Center as the Preds lead the series 3 games to 1.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be at Talladega on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Brad Keselowski is the defending champion at the 2 â..." mile tri-oval.

 

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Sports Thursday, May 4, 2107

The area girls softball schedule featured one game of local interest yesterday as Watseka shutout Milford 3-0. Kennedy Bauer smacked a 2 run home run in the second inning and Magan Harris pitched in with an RBI single to lead the Warriors to victory. Jakki Mowrey led the Bearcats with 3 hits for the game.

 

There are a couple of games on the area boys baseball schedule for this afternoon as Hoopeston Area will host Schlarman Academy and Cissna Park hosts Watseka. First pitch is set for 4:30 in both of those games.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs came from behind to defeat the Phillies 5-4 at Wrigley Field. Catcher Willson Contreras came through with a pinch hit 2 run double in the 6th inning to give the Cubs their first lead of the night and send starter Jake Arrieta to his 4th win of the year. Arrieta gave up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound. The Cubs and Phils will wrap up their four game series this afternoon at 1:20 when John Lackey faces off against Zach Eflin.

 

The White Sox offense was shut down last night as the Royals came away with a 6-1 victory over the southsiders. The Sox offense managed just 2 hits on the night, with one of them being a solo home run by Jose Abreu in the top of the 9th inning for their only run of the game. Starter Mike Pelfrey took the loss after giving up just 3 earned runs on 5 hits in his 5 â..." innings on the mound. The two teams will wrap up their four game series this afternoon at 1:15 with Derek Holland opposing Ian Kennedy.

 

The Cardinals and Brewers were rained out last night with that game being rescheduled for a later date. The two teams will finish their abbreviated 3 game series tonight at 6:15 when Adam Wainwright takes the bump for the Redbirds against Chase Anderson of the Brewers.

 

Lastly, in NBA playoff action last night, there were a pair of blowouts as the Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 125-103 and the Spurs defeated the Rockets 121-96. The Cavs now hold a 2 games to none lead in that series and the Spurs tied that series at a game apiece. Tonight’s playoff schedule features the Celtics in Washington to take on the Wizards and the Warriors hosting the Jazz. The Celtics hold a 2 games to none lead in that series while the Warriors are up 1 game to none early on in that one.

 

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Sports Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In area high school baseball from yesterday, Bismarck Henning defeated Hoopeston Area 4-3, Cissna Park toppled Watseka 3-2, and Oakwood slipped past Milford 7-6.

 

Area softball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area over Bismarck Henning 12-11 and Watseka all over Oakwood 12-3.

 

Major League Baseball scores from last night featured the Cubs getting back on track with an 8-3 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez, and Kris Bryant all hit home runs to power the Cubs past the Phils while Jon Lester did enough on the mound to come away with his first victory of the year. Have gave up 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 5 in his 5 innings on the mound. They will continue their four game series tonight at 7:05 when Jake Arrieta takes the mound against Jerad Eickhoff of the Phillies.

 

The Cardinals won a close one with the Brewers 2-1 in St Louis last night. Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly and Kolten Wong singled home a run to provide all of the offense that starter Carlos Martinez would need. He gave up just 1 unearned run on 4 hits while striking out 4 in his 7 â..." innings on the mound to come away with the victory. Closer Trevor Rosenthal recorded a 1-2-3 9th inning for his 3rd save on the season. That series will also continue tonight at 7:15 when Adam Wainwright takes the bump against Chase Anderson.

 

The White Sox also came away with a victory yesterday, shutting out the Royals 6-0 in KC. Staff ace Jose Quintana was terrific on the mound, tossing 8 innings of shutout baseball on just 4 hits while striking out 7. Catcher Geovany Soto led the offense with 2 hits and 2 RBI on the night. The southsiders will be back in action tonight at 7:15 as Mike Pelfrey faces off against Nathan Karns of the Royals.

 

The conference semifinals in the NBA playoffs continued last night with the Celtics beating the Wizards 129-119 in overtime and the Warriors took game 1 over the Jazz 106-94 in Oakland. The Celtics now lead their series 2 games to none. Tonight’s schedule features a pair of game 2’s as the Cavaliers host the Raptors and the Spurs host the Rockets. The Cavs and Rockets each took game 1 in those series on Monday night.

 

Lastly, the St Louis Blues are on the brink of elimination in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs as they dropped game 4 in their series with Nashville 2-1. Joel Edmundson scored the lone goal for the Blues 16:11 into the 3rd period to get St Louis within 1 goal of the lead. They now trail in that series 3 games to 1 as they head back to St Louis on Friday night for game 5 at the Scottrade Center.

 

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Sports Tuesday, May 2, 2107

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Watseka getting shut out by PBL 11-0 and Bismarck Henning over Armstrong Potomac 6-1. The win improved the Blue Devils record to 14-5 on the season. This afternoon’s schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Bismarck Henning, Milford hosting Oakwood, and Cissna Park traveling to Watseka. First pitch in each of those games is set for 4:30.

 

Area softball scores from yesterday saw Milford drop a doubleheader to Georgetown Ridge Farm, losing the first game 21-9 and the second game 3-1. The other game of local interest featured Watseka over PBL 12-11 to improve their record to 14-5 on the season. This afternoon’s schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Bismarck Henning for a 4:30 first pitch.

 

Major League Baseball scores from last night saw the Cubs get blown out 10-2 by the Philadelphia Phillies at soggy Wrigley Field. Starter Brett Anderson recorded just 4 outs on the night while allowing 7 runs on 7 hits and walking 1 to come away with his first loss in a Cubs uniform. Javy Baez provided one of the lone bright spots for the Cubs as he smacked a solo home run in the 5th inning. The northsiders will look to get back on track tonight when they send Jon Lester to the mound to face off against Jeremy Hellickson of the Phils in a 7:05 first pitch.

 

The Cardinals dropped the first game of their four game series with the Brewers 7-5 in 10 innings in St Louis. Redbird closer Seung Hwan Oh took the loss after giving up a 3 run homer in the top of the 10th inning. Jedd Gyorko led the offense with 4 hits, including 2 home runs, and 2 RBI on the night. Matt Carpenter and Aledmys Diaz also hit solo home runs to pace the Redbird offense. They will be back in action tonight at 7:15 when staff ace Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Wily Peralta of the Brew Crew.

 

The White Sox also dropped the first game of their four game series with the Royals 6-1 in Kansas City. Dylan Covey took the loss for the southsiders after giving up 6 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 in his 6 â..." innings on the mound. Sox outfielder Jacob May drove in their lone run on an RBI single in the 4th inning to give the southsiders an early 1-0 lead. They will resume that series tonight at 7:15 when White Sox ace Jose Quintana takes the mound against Royals ace Danny Duffy.

 

NBA playoff scores from last night featured the Cavaliers over the Raptors 116-105 in game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, and the Rockets blowing out the Spurs 126-99 in game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Tonight’s schedule features game 1 of the Jazz-Warriors series in Oakland and game 2 between the Wizards and Celtics in Boston. The Celtics took game 1 in that series on Sunday night.

 

Lastly, the St Louis Blues will look to even up their Western Conference semifinal series with the Nashville Predators tonight. Puck drop is set for 8:30 in Nashville with the Predators entering tonight’s game with a 2 games to 1 lead in the series.

 

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Sports Monday, May 1, 2017

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Boston Red Sox scored 4 times in the bottom of the 8th inning to come away with a 6-2 victory over the Cubs to take 2 out of 3 in their weekend series. Cubs reliever Koji Uehara took the loss after giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while not recording an out in the 8th inning. That spoiled another solid outing from Kyle Hendricks, as he gave up just 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 6 in his 6 innings on the mound to come away with a no decision. Kris Bryant led the Cubs offense with a solo home run in the 5th inning. The northsiders will return home tonight to begin a 4 game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. First pitch is set for 7:05 with Brett Anderson facing off against Vince Velasquez of the Phils.

 

The Cincinnati Reds came from behind to beat the St Louis Cardinals 5-4 in soggy St Louis.Trevor Rosenthal took the loss after giving up the game winning run in the top of the 8th inning. Redbird starter Mike Leake continued his fantastic start to the year, giving up just 1 earned run on 8 hits while striking out 5 in his 6 innings on the mound. Matt Carpenter led the St Louis offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI on the day. The Cardinals will stay at home as they welcome the Brewers into town tonight for a four game series. First pitch is set for 7:15 tonight when Michael Wacha takes the bump for the Redbirds against Zach Davies of the Brewers.

 

The Tigers beat the White Sox 7-3 yesterday to avoid getting swept in their three game weekend series with the southsiders. Miguel Gonzalez took the loss for the White Sox after giving up 7 runs on a whopping 14 hits in his 6 innings on the mound. Todd Frazier led the southside offense with a solo home run in the 6th inning, his 3rd round tripper on the year. The Sox will stay on the road as they now travel to Kansas City to begin a 4 game series with the Royals. First pitch in tonight’s game 1 is set for 7:15 when Dylan Covey takes the mound for the White Sox against Jason Vargas of the Royals.

 

The NHL’s Western Conference semi-finals continued yesterday with the Nashville Predators defeating the St Louis Blues 3-1 in Nashville to take a 2 games to 1 lead in that series. Alexander Steen scored the lone goal for the Blues midway through the second period. That series will continue on Tuesday night when the Predators host the Blues for an 8:30 puck drop in game 4.

 

The NBA playoffs continued yesterday with the Celtics defeating the Wizards 123-111 in game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and the Jazz defeating the Clippers 104-91 in game 7 of their first round series in the west. Tonight’s schedule features the Cavaliers hosting the Raptors in game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, and the Spurs hosting the Rockets in game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals.

 

Lastly, Joey Logano took home the checkered flag in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Richmond, Virginia. He led 25 laps in the race, while Brad Keselowski earned the most points on the day by finishing second and leading 110 laps on the day. Denny Hamlin, Rickey Stenhouse Jr, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5. The series will be back in action on Sunday afternoon when they head to Talladega where Keselowski is the defending champion at the 2.5 mile tri-oval.

 

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Sports Friday, April 28, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from last night included Cissna Park falling to Clifton Central 10-2 and Iroquois West over Watseka 9-1. The high school baseball schedule for tonight features Hoopeston Area hosting Westville, Cissna Park hosting Kankakee Trinity, and Bismarck-Henning hosting Georgetown Ridge Farm. First pitch is set for 4:30 in each of those games. The lone game on the schedule for this weekend features Hoopeston Area hosting PBL for a doubleheader beginning at 10 am tomorrow morning.

 

The only area softball score to report from last night is Watseka shutting out Iroquois West 10-0. Madison Bauer drove in three runs on a double and a homer to lead the Warrior offense as they upped their record to 13-5 on the season. The area softball schedule for this afternoon includes Hoopeston Area hosting Westville and Bismarck Henning hosting Georgetown Ridge Farm. First pitch is set for 4:30 in both of those games. Both of those teams are also in action on Saturday as Hoopeston Area travels to Donovan for a doubleheader beginning at 10 am and Bismarck Henning will travel to LeRoy to take on Gibson City Melvin Sibley and LeRoy.

 

Day 1 of the NFL draft kicked off last night with the first round taking place in Philadelphia. The Chicago Bears made the biggest splash of the night, trading 4 draft picks to move up 1 spot and select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the number 2 pick. The Indianapolis Colts addressed a huge need as well, drafting Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the number 15 pick in the first round. The second and third rounds of the draft will take place tonight beginning at 6 o’clock.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the St Louis Cardinals swept their doubleheader with the Blue Jays, winning game 1 8-4 in 11 innings and taking game 2 6-4. Tonight’s schedule features the Cubs starting a 3 game weekend series in Boston at 6:10, the Cardinals hosting the Reds for a 3 game series beginning at 7:15, and the White Sox traveling to Detroit to begin a 3 game series at 6:10.

 

The Chicago Bulls face elimination in game 6 of their first round series against Boston tonight. Tip off is set for 7 o’clock as the Celtics have won 3 games in a row to take a 3 games to 2 lead in the best of 7 series. The rest of the NBA playoff schedule tonight includes the Wizards looking to close out the Hawks in game 6 of that series, and the Jazz looking to do the same to the Los Angeles Clippers in Utah.

 

Game 2 of the NHL’s Western Conference semi-finals between the St Louis Blues and Nashville Predators will take place at 7 o’clock in St Louis tonight. The Predators took game 1 of the series in St Louis on Wednesday night.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be in Richmond, Virginia this Sunday for a 1 o’clock race. Recently retired Carl Edwards is the defending champion at the ¾ mile oval.

 

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Sports Thursday, April 26, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday featured Bismarck-Henning over Milford 7-1. Wade Edwards pitched a complete game seven hitter with 9 strikeouts to lead the Blue Devils to victory. The road win upped Bismarck Henning’s record to 13-5 on the season. The other game of  local interest saw Herscher defeat Watseka 15-4. This afternoon’s area baseball schedule includes Hoopeston Area traveling to Georgetown Ridge Farm, Milford on the road at Danville Schlarman Academy, Cissna Park at Clifton Central, and Bismarck Henning hosting Watseka. First pitch is set for 4:30 in all of those games.

 

Local softball scores from last night featured Bismarck Henning squeaking by Milford 3-2 and Watseka blowing out Donovan 17-0. This afternoon’s area schedule has Hoopeston Area taking on Gibson City Melvin Sibley on the road, Milford on the road at Danville Schlarman, and Bismarck Henning hosting North Vermilion.

 

The NBA playoffs continued last night with a pair of game 5’s in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics won their third game in a row over the Chicago Bulls 108-97 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in that series. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points to lead the Bulls, but they could not stop Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley on the defensive end as they scored 24 points apiece to lead the Celtics to victory. The Bulls now face elimination in game 6 on Friday night with tip off set for 7 pm.

 

The other playoff game on the schedule last night saw the Wizards defeat the Hawks 103-99 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in that series as well. Tonight’s schedule features a pair of game 6’s with the Bucks hosting the Raptors in the Eastern Conference and the Grizzlies hosting the Spurs in the Western Conference. The Raptors and Spurs each hold 3 games to 2 leads in those series.

 

Major League Baseball action from yesterday included the Cubs dropping a 6-5 decision to the Pirates in the final game of their three game series. Cubs ace Jon Lester took his first loss of the year after giving up all 6 runs on 10 hits while walking 2 in his 5 â..." innings on the mound. Anthony Rizzo continued his hot run at the plate with 2 hits, including a home run, and 4 RBI to lead the offense. The Cubs have the day off today before traveling to Boston to begin a big 3 game weekend series with the Red Sox. Both teams entered the year as favorites to get to this year’s World Series.

 

The White Sox defeated the Royals 5-2 in Chicago to complete the 3 game series sweep. Avisail and Leury Garcia each hit home runs to lead the southside offense in support of winning pitcher Jose Quintana. The White Sox ace earned his first victory of the year after giving up just the 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 10 in his 6 innings on the mound. The southsiders have the day off today before traveling to Detroit to begin a 3 game weekend series with the Tigers.

 

The Cardinals and Blue Jays were rained out yesterday, which means they will play a day-night doubleheader to conclude their three game series today. First pitch in game 1 is set for 12:45 with Carlos Martinez facing off against Matt Latos, while game 2 will begin at 6:15 with Adam Wainwright taking on Casey Lawrence.

 

Lastly, the NHL playoffs resumed last night in the Western Conference with the St Louis Blues dropping game 1 4-3 to the Nashville Predators in St Louis. Game 2 in that series is set for Friday night with puck drop at 7 pm.

 

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Sports Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area all over Armstrong Potomac 15-0, Clifton Central defeating Cissna Park 8-1, and Iroquois West squeezing by Watseka 11-10. There is one game of local interest on the schedule tonight as Milford will host Bismarck Henning in a 4:30 first pitch this afternoon.

 

The lone area softball game last night saw Watseka blow out Iroquois West 17-1. Taylor Hotaling picked up the victory for the Warriors after giving up just 2 hits on the day while striking out 8. There is only one softball game on the schedule again this afternoon when Milford hosts Bismarck Henning in a 4:30 first pitch.

 

Major League Baseball scores from yesterday featured the Cubs shutting out the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh. The Cubs scored one unearned run in the second inning when a throwing error to first on a ball put in play by Jason Heyward allowed Addison Russell to plate the game’s only run. Starter Kyle Hendricks appeared to get back on track last night as he tossed 6 innings of shutout baseball while giving up just 4 hits and striking out 3 to earn his second victory of the year. The northsiders will go for the series sweep tonight at 6:05 when Jon Lester faces off against Tyler Glasnow for the Pirates.

 

The Cardinals dropped the first game in their three game home series with the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 in 11 innings last night. A throwing error by Aledmys Diaz allowed Marcus Stroman to score the eventual winning run for Toronto. Jose Martinez led the Redbird offense with a game tying two run home run in the 7th inning. They will play game 2 in that series tonight at 7:15 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Mat Latos of the Blue Jays.

 

The White Sox won their second game in a row over the Royals 10-5 in Chicago last night. Todd Frazier led the offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI while Omar Narvaez and Leury Garcia each pitched in with 2 RBI of their own. The southsiders will go for the series sweep this afternoon at 1:10 when they send ace Jose Quintana to the mound to take on Nathan Karns of the Royals.

 

NBA playoff scores from last night featured the Rockets closing out their series with the Thunder 105-99 in Houston, the Spurs over the Grizzlies 116-103 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in that series, and the Jazz over the Clippers 96-92 in Los Angeles to take a 3 game to 2 lead in that series as well. There are two game 5’s on the schedule in the Eastern Conference tonight with the Hawks taking on the Wizards in Washington and the Bulls traveling to Boston to take on the Celtics in a 7:30 tip off. The Bulls are looking to get back on track after dropping two in a row to the Celtics after Rajon Rondo broke his right thumb at the end of game 2. Both of those series are tied at two games apiece.

 

Lastly, the NHL playoffs resume tonight and the St Louis Blues will look to continue the momentum they gained from knocking the second seeded Minnesota Wild out of the playoffs in the first round. The Blues will host the Nashville Predators at 7 o’clock in game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The winner of this series will take on the winner of the Oilers-Ducks series in the Western Conference Finals.

 

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Sports Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Oakwood squeezing by Hoopeston Area 4-3, Salt Fork over Milford 7-3, Armstrong Potomac coming from behind to defeat Cissna Park 11-10, and Bismarck Henning doubling up Danville Schlarman 8-4. This afternoon’s area baseball schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Armstrong Potomac and Cissna Park hosting Clifton Central. First pitch is set for 4:30 in both of those games.

 

Local girls softball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area sweeping their doubleheader with Oakwood 10-6 and 5-1, Salt Fork blitzing Milford 17-0, Watseka blanking Armstrong Potomac 13-0, and Bismarck Henning shutting out Danville Schlarman 12-0.

 

Major League Baseball scores from yesterday featured the Cubs dominating the Pirates 14-3 in game 1 of their 3 game series. Outfielder Jason Heyward continued his early season resurgence with a home run in his 3rd straight game and 4 RBI to lead the Cubs offense. Ben Zobrist also pitched in with a bases loaded double to clear the bases and break the game open in the 2nd inning. Starter Brett Anderson won his second game of the year after giving up 3 runs, with only one of them being earned, on 5 hits and 3 strikeouts in his 6 innings on the mound. The two teams will be back in action this evening at 6:05 when the Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound to face off against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.

 

The White Sox were involved in a blowout of their own as they beat the Royals 12-1 at Guaranteed Rate field last night. The southsiders put up 8 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to turn a 4-1 game into a laugher. Matt Davidson led the offense with 3 hits, including a solo home run, and 4 RBI to lead the White Sox offense. Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, and Tyler Saladino also pitched in with 2 RBI apiece as the Sox used a balanced attack to come away with the victory. Starter Miguel Gonzalez was fantastic on the night, giving up just 1 unearned run on 2 hits while striking out 5 in his 8 innings on the mound. They will play game two in that series tonight at 7:10 when the southsiders send Dylan Covey to the bump to take on Danny Duffy of the Royals.

 

The other MLB game of local interest tonight features the Cardinals returning home to start a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is set for 7:15 in that one with Michael Wacha taking the ball for the Redbirds against Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays.

 

NBA playoff scores from last night included the Raptors over the Bucks 118-93 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in that series, the Hawks over the Wizards 111-101 to tie that series at 2 games, and the Warriors swept the Trailblazers out of the playoffs with a 128-103 victory in Portland. Tonight’s schedule includes the Rockets looking to close out the Thunder in Houston, and two pivotal game 5’s featuring the Spurs hosting the Grizzlies and the Clippers hosting the Jazz. Both of those series are currently tied at 2 games apiece.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race finally got their race in at Bristol yesterday afternoon after rain showers washed out the day on Sunday. Jimmy Johnson came away with the checkered flag after leading 81 laps on the day. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Joey Logano rounded out the top 5 on the day. Kyle Larson finished 6th after leading a race high 202 laps on the day. The Cup series will be back at it this Sunday when they head to Richmond, Virginia for a 1 o’clock race.

 

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Sports Monday, April 24, 2017

The area high school baseball schedule for tonight includes Hoopeston Area traveling to Oakwood, Milford traveling to Jamaica to take on Salt Fork, Cissna Park at Armstrong to take on Armstrong Potomac, and Bismarck Henning in Danville to take on Schlarman Academy. First pitch in all of those games is set for 4:30 this afternoon.

 

The area girls softball schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Oakwood for a doubleheader, Milford at Salt Fork, and Bismarck Henning at Danville Schlarman Academy. First pitch in those games is set for 4:30 as well.

 

The NBA playoffs continued over the weekend with the Bulls dropping two games at home to the Celtics, including yesterday’s 104-95 loss to even the series at 2 games apiece. Forward Jimmy Butler was the lone bright spot for the Bulls as he scored 33 points and dished out 9 assists to singlehandedly keep Chicago in the game. The series will now head back to Boston on Wednesday for game 5. Other playoff scores from yesterday included the Cavaliers sweeping the Pacers out of the playoffs with a 106-102 victory in Indy, the Rockets over the Thunder 113-109 to take a 3-1 lead in that series, and the Jazz over the Clippers 105-98 to tie that series at 2 games apiece. Tonight’s schedule features the Bucks at the Raptors in game 5 of that series and a pair of game 4’s as the Wizards travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks and the Warriors look to sweep the Trailblazers out of the playoffs in Portland.

 

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Cubs dropped the final game of their series with the Reds 7-5 in Cincinnati. Starter John Lackey was roughed up once again as he gave up all 7 runs, 5 of them earned, on 6 hits and 2 walks in his 6 innings on the mound. Anthony Rizzo continued to swing a hot bat as he hit a 2 run home run and Jason Heyward knocked in a pair of runs as well. The northsiders now travel to Pittsburgh where they will begin a 3 game series against the Pirates tonight at 6 o’clock. Brett Anderson will face off against Chad Kuhl in that one.

 

The Cardinals beat the Brewers 6-4 to take 3 out of 4 in their weekend series. Starter Mike Leake continued his fantastic start to the season, giving up just 2 earned runs on 3 hits and striking out 6 in his 6 innings on the mound to pick up his 3rd victory of the year. He also lead the offense with a 2 run RBI single in the 4th inning to give the Redbirds the lead for good. They will have the day off today before returning home to host the Toronto Blue Jays in a 3 game series beginning on Tuesday night.

 

The White Sox beat the Indians 6-2 to salvage a game in their 3 game weekend series. Melky Cabrera led the offense with a 2 run double while Avi Garcia and Leury Garcia each pitched in an RBI as well in support of winning pitcher Derek Holland. The starter gave up just 1 earned run on 3 hits and struck out 6 in his 6 innings on the mound to even his record at 2-2 on the young season. The southsiders will be back in action tonight at 7:10 as they begin a 3 game series at home against the Kansas City Royals. Miguel Gonzalez will take the bump for the White Sox against Jason Vargas of the Royals.

 

In NHL playoff action over the weekend, the St Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night to win that series 4 games to 1. They will now host the Nashville Predators in game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals beginning Wednesday night.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Bristol was postponed due to rain yesterday. They will attempt to get the race in this afternoon with the green flag set to drop around noon central time.

 

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Sports Friday, April 21, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday saw PBL upend Cissna Park 13-2 in Paxton. Chris Kaeb and Mario Renteria drove in two runs apiece to lead the Timberwolves offense on the day. Baseball games on the schedule this afternoon include Hoopeston Area hosting Armstrong Potomac, Milford traveling to Westville, and Bismarck Henning traveling to PBL. Tomorrow’s area baseball schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Cissna Park for a doubleheader and Milford hosting Watseka for a doubleheader of their own. The first game in both of those series are set to begin at 10 am.

 

In girls softball action, Milford snuck by Bismarck Henning 4-3 last night. Brittney Bailey picked up the victory for the Bearcats after tossing 7 innings on the mound while Lily Habin smacked a home run and drove in two runs to lead the Milford offense. The other game of local interest saw Watseka fall to Dwight 2-1. The area softball schedule for this afternoon includes Hoopeston Area hosting Armstrong Potomac, Milford traveling to Westville, and Bismarck Henning hosting PBL. The Lady Cornjerkers will have a busy weekend as they will also travel to Clinton tomorrow  for three games as they take part in the Clinton Softball Tournament.

 

In Major League Baseball action last night, the Brewers beat the Cardinals 7-5 in game 1 of their 4 game weekend series. Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez picked up his 3rd loss of the year after giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and walking 2 in his five innings on the mound. Kolten Wong had a bases loaded triple in the 2nd inning to lead the Redbird offense, while Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko each pitched in with solo home runs. Both teams will be back in action tonight at 7:10 when St Louis sends Adam Wainwright to the mound to face off against Wily Peralta of the Brewers.

 

The Cubs are set to begin a 3 game series in Cincinnati tonight at 6:10 when they will send Jon Lester to the mound to face Tim Adleman, and the White Sox will return home to begin a three game set against the Cleveland Indians. First pitch is set for 7:10 in that one as the White Sox send staff ace Jose Quintana to the bump against Corey Kluber of the Tribe.

 

In NHL playoff action last night, the Nashville Predators dominated the Chicago Blackhawks for the fourth game in a row, sweeping the Hawks out of the playoffs with a 4-1 victory. The Captain Jonathan Toews scored the lone Blackhawk goal of the night on a power play at the 14:42 mark of the 3rd period, with his team already down 3-0. The Hawks ended the regular season with the best record in the western conference and were swept out of the playoffs in the first round for the first time in nearly 25 years.

 

This weekends Stanley Cup playoff schedule features the Blues back in Minneapolis for game 5 of their series on Saturday afternoon. Puck drop is set for 2 pm in that one as the Blues hold a commanding 3 games to 1 lead in the series.

 

NBA playoff scores from last night included the Cavaliers taking a 3 games to none lead in their series with the Pacers after a 119-114 victory in Indianapolis, the Bucks defeating the Raptors 104-77, and the Grizzlies over the Spurs 105-94 in Memphis. The Bucks and Spurs now lead those series 2 games to 1. The Chicago Bulls will look to take command of their first round series with the Celtics tonight in game 3 at the United Center. The Bulls are up 2 games to none in the series with tip off set for 6 pm in that one. Other games on the schedule tonight include a pair of game 3’s as the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Rockets and the Jazz host the Clippers.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to action this Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Recently retired Carl Edwards is the defending champion at the half mile oval.

 

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Sports Thursday, April 20, 2017

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Chicago Cubs came from behind for a 7-4 victory over the Brewers to take 2 out of 3 in that series. The northsiders trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the 6th inning before scoring single runs in the 6th and 8th innings, and putting 4 on the board in the bottom of the 9th to come away with the victory. Shortstop Addison Russell capped off the comeback with a walk-off three run home run with the game tied at 4. Russell led the Cubs offense with 2 hits and 4 RBI on the day while Albert Almora Jr also pitched in with a solo home run of his own. Closer Wade Davis picked up the win after tossing a scoreless top of the 9th inning. The Cubs have the day off today before traveling to Cincinnati to begin a 3 game weekend series with the division leading Reds on Friday.

 

The Cardinals beat the Pirates by the same 2-1 score for the third game in a row yesterday to complete the series sweep. Former Cub Dexter Fowler provided the only offense the team would need with solo home runs in the 3rd and 5th innings, respectively. Starter Michael Wacha was fantastic on the mound as he gave up just the 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 3 in his 6 â..." innings on the mound to pick up his 2nd victory on the young season. The Redbirds will be back in action tonight at 7:10 in Milwaukee as they begin a 4 game weekend series with the Brew Crew. Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the Cardinals against Zach Davies of the Brewers.

 

The Yankees smacked four home runs on their way to a 9-1 victory over the White Sox in New York last night. Jose Abreu was the lone bright spot for the southside offense as he went 3 for 4 at the plate with the only RBI of the night. Dylan Covey took the loss for the Sox after giving up 8 earned runs on 10 hits while walking 2 in his 5 innings on the mound. The southsiders will be off tonight before returning home to host Cleveland for a 3 game weekend series beginning on Friday night.

 

In NBA playoff action last night, the Wizards beat the Hawks 109-101, the Rockets beat the Thunder 115-111, and the Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 110-81 without star Kevin Durant. The Wizards, Rockets, and Warriors all now have two games to none leads on those first round series. Tonight’s playoff schedule includes Indiana hosting Cleveland, Milwaukee hosting Toronto, and Memphis hosting San Antonio. The Milwaukee-Toronto series is tied at 1 game apiece while the Cavs and Spurs each hold 2 games to none leads in their series.

 

In NHL playoff action last night, the Minnesota Wild shutout the St Louis Blues 2-0 to avoid the series sweep. That series will now shift back to Minneapolis on Saturday night with the Blues still holding a 3 games to 1 lead. Tonight’s schedule includes the Blackhawks looking to avoid a four game sweep at the hands of the Predators in Nashville. Puck drop is set for 7 pm in that one.

 

Lastly, the area high school baseball schedule for tonight includes Hoopeston Area traveling to Georgetown Ridge Farm and Cissna Park hosting PBL. First pitch is set for 4:30 in both of those games.

 

Meanwhile, the girls softball schedule for this afternoon features Hoopeston Area traveling to Georgetown Ridge Farm and Milford traveling to Bismarck to take on Bismarck-Henning. First pitch is set for 4:30 in those games as well.

 

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Sports Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday saw Hoopeston Area defeat Milford 5-4. The Cornjerkers scored 3 runs in the sixth inning to rally from a 4-2 deficit and come away with the victory. Brady Gaddis was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Max Conn was 1 for 2 with two RBI to lead the Hoopeston Area offense. Jared Schunke drove in two runs in a losing effort for the Bearcats.

 

Other scores of local interest last night included Dwight over Watseka 4-3 and PBL over Cissna Park 15-3.

 

In area softball action, the Hoopeston Area girls also defeated Milford 10-8 to complete the baseball/softball sweep for the Cornjerkers. Raven Rutherford was 2 for 4 with a home run and 6 RBI to pace the Cornjerker offense. Maya McEwen was 3 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Bearcat offense.

 

The other game of local interest yesterday saw Dwight shutout Watseka 16-0. Kennedy Bauer collected the only hit on the night for the Warriors.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs snapped their four game losing streak with a 9-7 come from behind victory over the Brewers. Milwaukee jumped out to a 5-0 lead after tacking two runs on the board in the top of the 3rd inning, but were outscored 9-2 the rest of the game. Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero, and Albert Almora Jr each had 2 RBI to lead the Cubs offense. Reliever Justin Grimm picked up the victory after tossing a scoreless 6th inning and Wade Davis picked up his 3rd save in a Cubs uniform with a clean 9th inning. They will play the rubber game of that series this afternoon at 1:20 when the Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound to face off against Tommy Milone of the Brewers.

 

The St Louis Cardinals won their second game in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Pirates in St Louis. Stephen Piscotty and Greg Garcia drove in the only runs for the Redbird offense in support of winning pitcher Mike Leake. Leake continued his strong start to the season after giving up just 1 earned run on 7 hits and striking out 1 in his 6 â..." innings on the mound. Seung Hwan Oh picked up his 2nd save of the season despite giving up 3 hits in the 9th inning. The Cardinals will go for the sweep this afternoon at 12:45 when Michael Wacha takes the bump against Gerrit Cole of the Pirates.

 

The White Sox snapped the New York Yankees 8 game winning streak with a 4-1 victory in the Bronx. Avi Garcia continued his torrid start to the season by smacking a 3 run home run in the 7th inning in support of winning pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. The White Sox starter gave up just the 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 4 in his 8 â..." innings on the mound. Closer David Robertson came on to record the final two outs to collect his 4th save of the year. They will play the rubber game in that series this evening at 6:05 when  Dylan Covey takes the mound against Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka.

 

The Chicago Bulls continue to shock the NBA world after they beat the top seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 in Boston last night to take a 2 games to none lead in their first round playoff matchup. Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler each scored 22 points to lead the Bulls offense while point guard Rajon Rondo came within 1 rebound of a triple double on the night. The Bulls will look to take a commanding 3 games to none lead on Friday night when they host the Celtics for a 6 pm tip-off in game 3.

 

Lastly, the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoff schedule for tonight features the St Louis Blues looking to close out the Minnesota Wild in game 4 of their western conference series. The Blues are up 3 games to none in the series with puck drop set for 8:30 at the Scottrade Center in St Louis.

 

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Sports Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In area high school baseball yesterday afternoon, Brady Gaddis pitched a two hit shutout to lead the Cornjerkers past Salt Fork 2-0. Bailey Crose had two hits to lead the Hoopeston Area offense as they pushed their record to 8-3 on the season.

 

Milford’s Austin Price had four RBI on the day to lead the Bearcats to a 14-1 blowout win over Armstrong Potomac at Armstrong. Brady Marshino struck out eight on the mound in a two hitter of his own. The win pushed the Bearcats record to 5-8 on the year.

 

The other game of local interest saw Bismarck Henning drop a 15-2 decision on the road at Oakwood.

 

This afternoon’s area baseball schedule includes Cissna Park traveling to Paxton to take on PBL and Hoopeston Area hosting Milford with both games beginning at 4:30.

 

Area high school softball scores yesterday afternoon included Hoopeston Area falling to Salt Fork 10-4, Armstrong Potomac over Milford 15-8, Watseka getting shutout by Georgetown Ridge Farm 4-0, and Bismarck Henning collecting the lone victory in the area yesterday with a 13-6 road win over Oakwood. This afternoon’s schedule includes Hoopeston Area hosting Milford at 4:30 and Bismarck Henning traveling to Attica for a 4 o’clock first pitch.

 

In NHL Stanley Cup playoff action, the top seeded Chicago Blackhawks are on the brink of elimination after their 3-2 overtime loss to the Predators last night has them facing a 3 games to none deficit in the series. The Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals by Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane in the second period, but two third period goals and the game winner by Kevin Fiala 16:44 into overtime has Nashville in the driver's seat in this series. Game 4 in the best of 7 series will take place Thursday night at 7 pm in Nashville.

 

In NBA playoff action last night, Cleveland defeated Indiana 117-111 to take a two games to none lead in their first round series and the Spurs defeated the Grizzlies 96-82 to go up two games to none in that one. The Chicago Bulls will be looking to take a two games to none lead of their own in Boston tonight with tipoff set for 7 pm. The Bulls shocked the NBA world with a 106-102 victory over the Celtics in game 1 of the series. Other games on the schedule tonight include Milwaukee at Toronto in the eastern conference and Utah at the LA Clippers in the Western Conference.

 

Major League Baseball scores from yesterday saw the Brewers defeat the Cubs 6-3 to give the northsiders their fourth home loss in a row. Cubs starter John Lackey took the loss after giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in his 6 innings on the mound. Albert Almora Jr led the offense with a game tying two run double in the second inning. The Cubs will look to right the ship this evening at 7:05 when they send lefty Brett Anderson to the mound to face off against Jimmy Nelson of the Brewers.

 

The Cardinals snapped their three game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Pirates in St Louis. Starter Lance Lynn got his first victory since returning from Tommy John Surgery in 2015 after tossing 7 innings of shutout baseball while allowing just 4 baserunners on the night. Kolten Wong hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning and Jose Martinez had an RBI single in the 7th to lead the offense. They will play game two in that series tonight at 7:15 when the Redbirds send Mike Leake to the mound to face off against Chad Kuhl of the Pirates.

 

Lastly, the Chicago White Sox dropped a 7-4 decision to the New York Yankees in the first game of that three game series last night. Derek Holland took the loss for the southsiders after giving up all 7 runs on 10 hits and 1 walk in his 4 â..." innings on the mound. Designated hitter Yolmer Sanchez was the lone bright spot for the Sox offense as he went 3 for 4 at the plate, including a three run home run in the 7th inning. Both teams will be back in action tonight at 6:05 when Miguel Gonzalez takes the bump for the southsiders against Luis Severino for the Yankees.

 

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Sports Friday, April 14, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Bismarck Henning defeating Hoopeston Area 5-0, Westville over Milford 10-1, Iroquois West topping Cissna Park 10-3, and Watseka getting shutout 10-0 by South Newton. This weekend’s baseball schedule includes the Cornjerkers hosting Unity High School for a doubleheader beginning tomorrow morning at 10, and Cissna Park traveling to LeRoy for a doubleheader of their own. Tune in to 101 Country WHPO sports as we’ll be broadcasting the Cissna Park game live from LeRoy High School with first pitch set for 10 am tomorrow morning.

 

Area softball scores from yesterday included Milford defeating Westville 2-0 and Watseka splitting a doubleheader with South Newton, losing the first game 4-3 but winning the second game in blowout fashion 20-1.

 

Major league baseball scores from yesterday included the Cubs shutting out the Dodgers 4-0 to take 2 of 3 in that series, and the White Sox defeating the Indians 10-4 to take 2 out of 3 in that one as well. This weekend’s schedule includes the Cubs staying home to start a weekend series with the Pirates at 1:20 this afternoon, the White Sox traveling to Minneapolis to take on the Twins in a series beginning at 7:10 this evening, and the Cardinals traveling to New York to take on former Redbird Matt Holliday and the Yankees in a weekend series beginning tonight at 6:05.

 

An expected long run in the Stanley Cup playoffs did not begin how the Chicago Blackhawks would like last night as they were shut out by the Predators 1-0 at the United Center. Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal of the game for the Predators 7 minutes and 52 seconds into the first period, which would prove to be enough as Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne made 29 saves on the night. The Blackhawks will look to even the series on Saturday night with puck drop set for 7 pm at the United Center.

 

Meanwhile, the St Louis Blues will be looking to take a 2 games to none lead over the Minnesota Wild in their first round playoff series tonight at 7 o’clock at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis.

 

Lastly, the NBA playoffs begin this weekend with the 8th seeded Chicago Bulls traveling to Boston to take on the top seeded Celtics at 5:30 on Sunday afternoon.

 

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Sports Thursday, April 13, 2017

The area boys high school baseball schedule for this afternoon includes Hoopeston Area hosting Bismarck Henning and Cissna Park traveling to Gilman to take on Iroquois West. The girl’s softball schedule features Hoopeston Area hosting Bismarck Henning and Milford hosting Westville. All baseball and softball games begin at 4:30 this afternoon.

 

The Chicago Cubs continued their celebration of the 2016 World Series Championship with a  ring ceremony for members of last year’s team. Unfortunately, the pre-game ceremony was the highlight of the night as the northsiders dropped a 2-0 decision to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Starter John Lackey was spectacular on the night, despite taking his first loss of the season. His only blemish was a leadoff home run to Andrew Tholes in the top of the first inning before tossing 6 innings and striking out 10 Dodgers on the night. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 at the plate to lead the slumbering Cubs offense. They will play the rubber game of that series this afternoon at 1:20 when Brett Anderson takes the mound for the Cubs against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.

 

The Cardinals finally got back in the win column last night with a 6-1 victory over the Nationals to salvage 1 game in their 3 game series. Outfielder Stephen Piscotty led the offense with 3 hits and 5 RBI on the day, including a 3 run home run in the top of the 9th inning to cement the win. Starter Mike Leake continued his strong start to the season with 7 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 7 Nationals. The Redbirds will have the day off today before traveling to New York to take on former Cardinal Matt Holliday and the New York Yankees for a weekend series.

 

The White Sox won another pitching duel in Cleveland with a 2-1 victory over the Indians. Matt Davidson smacked a 2 run single in the 2nd inning to provide the only offense that starter Derek Holland would need. He tossed 6 innings of shutout baseball while giving up just 1 hit and striking out 4 Indians to continue his hot start to the season. They will play the rubber game in that series this afternoon at 5:10 when Miquel Gonzalez faces off against Josh Tomlin of the Indians.

 

The Chicago Bulls punched their ticket to the NBA playoffs with a 112-73 victory over the Brooklyn Nets last night. Jimmy Butler led the way for the Bulls with 25 points while Paul Zipser pitched in with 21 points off the bench. The Bulls will be the 8th seed in the east and will begin their first round series against the top seeded Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 in Boston.

 

Lastly, the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoff run begins tonight at 7 when they host the Predators for game 1 of their series at the United Center. Scores from last night included the St Louis Blues taking a 1 game to none lead over the Minnesota Wild after a 2-1 overtime victory in Minneapolis. They will play game 2 in that series tomorrow night at 7 pm.

 

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Sports Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Area boys high school baseball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area defeating Oakwood 7-2, Cissna Park getting shutout by Iroquois West 8-0, and Salt Fork over Milford 6-4. The lone girls softball game of the night saw Salt Fork shutout Milford 7-0 to complete the sweep of the Milford baseball and softball teams.

 

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the St Louis Cardinals dropped an 8-3 decision to the Nationals in Washington for their third loss in a row. Aledmys Diaz and Randall Grichuk were the lone bright spots for the Cardinals as they each hit solo home runs on the day. Starter Lance Lynn took the loss after giving up 4 earned runs on 5 hits and walking 4 in his 5 innings on the mound. The Redbirds will look to right the ship this afternoon at 3:05 when they send Mike Leake to the mound to face off against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer for the Nationals.

 

Meanwhile, the White Sox dropped a 2-1 decision to the Indians in 10 innings yesterday. The southside pitching staff was solid on the day, giving up just the 2 earned runs on 5 hits in their 9 â..." innings of work, but the offense could not provide much help. Todd Frazier was one of the lone bright spots for the Sox offense as he smacked a solo home run to go along with his first double of the season. They will play game 2 of that series this evening at 5:10 when the White Sox send Derek Holland to the mound to face off against Danny Salazar for the Indians.

 

It’s the final night in the NBA’s regular season tonight and the Chicago Bulls face a “win and in” scenario for their playoff chances when they host the Brooklyn Nets at 7 o’clock tonight. The Nets have the worst record in the NBA this season, but are coming off a 107-106 defeat of the Bulls on Saturday night. The Bulls enter the night in a tie with the Miami Heat for the 8th and final playoff spot in the east. Should the teams finish the season in a tie, the Bulls own the tiebreaker and would nudge the Heat for the final playoff spot. The Bulls also have an outside shot at the 7th seed in the eastern conference as they own the tiebreaker with the Indiana Pacers as well. Should the Bulls win and the Pacers lose to the Hawks in Indianapolis tonight, Chicago would be the 7th seed in the east.

 

Lastly, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight with the puck dropping on several first round series this evening. The St Louis Blues are one of those teams beginning their playoff journey tonight as they head to Minneapolis to face off against the Wild in an 8:30 puck drop at the Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks will begin their first round series against the Predators tomorrow night in Chicago.

 

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Sports Monday, April 10, 2017

The first major golf tournament of the year did not disappoint as Spaniard Sergio Garcia won his first major tournament of his career at the Masters in Augusta, GA yesterday. Garcia was locked in a dual with Englishman Justin Rose all afternoon on Sunday as the pair surged ahead of the rest of the field and finished the 4th round tied at 9 under par. Both players had makeable birdie putts on the 18th green but neither could capitalize, sending the tournament back to the 18th tee box for a Sudden Death playoff hole. Rose then sent his tee shot into the trees on the right side on his way to a bogey, while Garcia sank his 10 foot birdie putt to capture the coveted green jacket. Former Illini golfer Thomas Pieters shot 5 under par for the week, finishing in a tie with Matt Kuchar for 4th place.

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs offense came alive over the weekend, taking 2 out of 3 from the Milwaukee Brewers with a 7-4 victory yesterday. Jason Heyward collected 2 hits and 3 RBI to lead the offense, while Addison Russell had 2 hits and 2 RBI of his own. Starter Jake Arrieta collected his 2nd victory of the year after giving up just 3 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 10 in his 7 innings on the mound. The Cubs will return home tonight at 7 to face off against the Dodgers and raise their World Series Championship Banner at Wrigley Field.

The Cardinals continued their slow start to the season, getting shut out 8-0 by the Reds in St Louis. Staff ace Carlos Martinez took the loss after giving up 5 earned runs in his 5 innings on the mound as the Reds took 2 out of 3 on the weekend. The Cardinals will now hit the road as they face off against the Nationals in Washington tonight at 6:05.

The White Sox lost to the Twins 4-1 yesterday, dropping 2 out of 3 to their rivals over the weekend. The southsiders scored their lone run of the day when Avi Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 8th inning. Jose Quintana took the loss despite having a solid game on the mound as he gave up just 2 earned runs while striking out 7 in his 6 plus innings. The Sox will have the night off tonight before traveling to Cleveland to take on the Indians tomorrow afternoon.

The Bulls playoff push comes down to the final two games of the season as they host the Magic in their first game tonight at 7 pm. The Bulls are currently tied with the Miami Heat for the 8th and final playoff spot in the east, but Chicago plays two of the worst teams in the league in the Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets to finish out their regular season. Win both games tonight and Wednesday night and they will make the NBA’s Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Lastly, Jimmie Johnson took home the checkered flag in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday. Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt Jr rounded out the top 5 on the day. Ryan Blaney finished a disappointing 12th after leading 148 laps on the day. The Cup Series will take Easter weekend off before returning to action in two weeks at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.

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Sports Friday, April 7, 2017

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Cubs defeated the Cardinals 6-4 to take 2 out of 3 in their opening series of the year. The Cardinals jumped on the Cubs early with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, aided by a Ben Zobrist drop while trying to turn an inning ending double play that would have gotten the Cubs out of the inning unscathed. But the Cubs slowly chipped away at the Cardinal lead with single runs in the 5th and 6th inning and 4 runs in the 7th to take the lead. The big blow in the 7th inning was a 3 run home run by Kyle Schwarber that put the Cubs ahead for good. Cubs starter John Lackey was solid on the day, giving up all 4 runs, with 3 of them earned, on 6 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound to earn the victory. New closer Wade Davis shut things down in the 9th for his 2nd save in a Cubs uniform. Newly acquired reliever Brett Cecil took the loss for the Cardinals after giving up all 4 runs in the 7th inning. The Cubs will be back in action tonight as they travel to Milwaukee to begin a 3 game weekend series with the Brewers and the Cardinals will remain at home to face off against the Reds in a 3 game weekend series of their own.

The White Sox offense came alive yesterday in an 11-2 victory over the Tigers for their first win of the year. Geovany Soto led the offense with 2 home runs and 4 RBI on the day, while third baseman Matt Davidson had a 3 run home run of his own. Starter James Shield was solid in his first start of the year, giving up just 1 earned run on 2 hits while walking 5 in his 5 plus innings on the mound. The southsiders will be back in action tonight when they host the Twins at 7:10 for the beginning of a 3 game weekend series.

The Bulls picked up a much needed victory for their playoff chances last night with a 102-90 victory in Philadelphia. Forward Jimmy Butler collected a triple double on the night, scoring 19 points while corralling 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists to lead the Bulls to victory. Nikola Mirotic also continued his strong play at the end of the season with 22 points and 8 rebounds of his own. The Bulls are now tied with Indian for the 7th spot in the eastern conference playoffs and are a half game ahead of 9th place Miami.

In NHL action last night, Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville rested several starters in his teams 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Meanwhile, the St Louis Blues continued their strong play with a 6-3 victory over the Panthers in Florida. The Blackhawks have one game left in the regular season as they’ll travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Saturday night, while the Blues will play back to back games this weekend to close out their regular season. They’ll travel to Carolina on Saturday night to take on the Hurricanes before returning home on Sunday to take on the Avalanche to close out the regular season.

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be at Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday at 12:30. Kyle Busch is the defending champion at the mile and a half quad-oval in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 Sports Report

The Fighting Illini basketball team and new head coach Brad Underwood received some bad news on the recruiting front yesterday as their top ranked recruit in the class of 2017, Jeremiah Tilmon, has asked for his release from his National Letter of Intent. The 6 foot 10 inch center from East St Louis High School is ranked among the top 50 high school players in the country and cited the coaching change along with wanting to reassess his options as the reasons for asking for his release. He was the centerpiece of the Illini’s top 10 ranked recruiting class that former coach John Groce signed in the fall. The other finalists for Tilmon’s services last fall were Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas, and Missouri. New Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin is from East St Louis and the Tigers are now considered the team to beat for Tilmon’s signature in the spring signing period.

It was a soggy day in the Midwest yesterday leading to the Cubs-Cardinals game being postponed in St Louis and the Tigers-White Sox being postponed on the southside as well. The Cubs and Cardinals will attempt to play the final game of their three game series this afternoon at 12:45 when former Cardinal John Lackey takes the hill for the Cubs versus Lance Lynn for the Cardinals. Meanwhile, the White Sox and Tigers will attempt to play the second game of their season opening series this afternoon at 1:10 when James Shields faces off against Matthew Boyd for the Tigers.

The NBA schedule for tonight features the Bulls traveling to Philadelphia to take on the 76er’s. Tip off is set for 6 o’clock in this pivotal game for Chicago’s late season playoff surge. The Bulls are currently tied with Miami and Indiana for the final two spots in the eastern conference playoffs with just 4 games left in the regular season.

The NHL schedule for tonight will include the Blackhawks traveling to Anaheim to take on the Ducks in a 9 pm puck drop and the Blues traveling to Florida for a 6:30 start against the Panthers.

Lastly, the 2017 Masters Tournament teed off at 7 o’clock this morning in Augusta, Georgia. Tournament favorite Dustin Johnson took a serious fall on a staircase yesterday in the home he’s renting in Augusta for the week, putting his ability to compete in the tournament at risk. He injured his lower back in the fall, but has the luxury of resting until he tees off in the final group this afternoon at 1 o’clock. Englishmen Danny Willett is the defending champion.

 

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Sports Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The NCAA Men’s Basketball season came to a close last night and North Carolina won its 6th National Championship all time with a 71-65 victory over Gonzaga. The Zags led by 2 with 1:40 left in the game when Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3 point play to set off an 8-0 run to end the game for the Tar Heels. It was the third national championship for UNC coach Roy Williams, putting him one ahead of his mentor Dean Smith and he now trails only John Wooden, Mike Krzyzewski, and Adolph Rupp.

 

In Major League baseball action yesterday, the rain put a damper on the White Sox home opener  against the Tigers as it was postponed after a 2 hour rain delay. They will attempt to get that game in this afternoon when Jose Quintana takes the bump against Justin Verlander for the Tigers. The Cubs and Cardinals also had the day off yesterday but will return to action tonight at 7:15 in St Louis. Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the Cubs against long time Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.

 

The NBA schedule for tonight features the Bulls traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks in a 7 o’clock tip off. The surging Bulls are on a 4 game winning streak that has moved them into 7th place in the east and just two games behind the 5th place Milwaukee Bucks. Tonight’s game is also the first of its five remaining games against non-playoff teams.

 

Lastly, the NHL schedule tonight features the Blackhawks traveling to Denver to take on the Avalanche in an 8 o’clock puck drop and the Blues hosting the Jets for a 7 pm puck drop at the Scottrade Center in St Louis.

 

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Sports Monday, April3, 2017

The Cubs defense of their first World Series Championship in 108 years began last night in St Louis and the Cardinals drew first blood on Opening Night. The Redbirds beat the Cubs 4-3 on a bases loaded walk off single by Randall Grichuk in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Cardinals jumped on the scoreboard first with a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter in the 3rd inning and Randall Grichuk added some insurance runs with a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh was one strike away from closing things out in the 9th inning when Willson Contreras hit a 1-2 hanging slider into the seats in left field to tie the game up at 3 and set up Grichuk’s heroics in the bottom of the inning. Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was dominant on the night despite taking a no decision as he tossed 7 â..." innings of shutout baseball while striking out 10 Cubs on the night. Mike Montgomery took the loss for the Cubs. Both teams will be off today before returning to action Tuesday night in St Louis.

 

It’s opening day for the rest of Major League baseball today and the young White Sox will begin their rebuilding year at home against the Tigers. Jose Quintana will face off against Justin Verlander in a 3:10 first pitch.

 

In NBA action last night, the Bulls defeated the Pelicans 117-110 in New Orleans to move into the 7th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 39 points while forward Bobby Portis pitched in with 21 points and 11 rebounds. They will have the night off tonight before returning to action Tuesday night in New York when they face the Knicks. The Knicks received some bad news yesterday as former Bull Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Rose will now have his 4th major knee surgery in the last 6 years.

 

The final week of the NHL’s regular season began yesterday with the Blackhawks dropping a 3-2 decision to the Bruins and the Blues continued their strong play with a 4-1 victory over the Predators. Both teams will have the night off tonight before returning to action on Tuesday night when the Hawks travel to Denver to take on the Avalanche and the Blues host the Jets in St Louis.

 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series was in Martinsville yesterday and Brad Keselowski continued his hot start to the season by taking home the checkered flag. Keselowski led 116 laps on the day, passing Kyle Busch for the final time with 44 laps to go to pick up his first victory at Martinsville. Busch had a good day as well, leading 274 of the 500 laps on the day on his way to a second place finish. Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. The Cup series will be back in action this Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway where Kyle Busch is the defending champion.

 

Lastly, the Men’s NCAA basketball season will come to an end tonight in Phoenix, Arizona as Gonzaga will face off against North Carolina in the National Championship game. The Tar Heels will be looking to avenge their title game loss to Villanova last year, while the Zags will be playing in their first ever National Title game. Tip off is set for 8:20 this evening.

 

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