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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 ⅔ 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 ⅓ 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 ⅓ 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 ⅔ 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 ⅔ 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 ⅓ 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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