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WHPO Sports Report April 25, 2018

girls softball

Watseka 12, Iroquois West 0 (5 innings) - Magan Harris tossed a one-hit shutout for the Warriors with nine strikeouts. At the plate, she went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Summer Cramer finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Kadyn Stevens was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Courtney Thompson scored two runs.

Momence 12, South Newton 2 (6 innings) - Brooke Kelly went the distance in the circle, allowing an earned run with four strikeouts. Sadie Singleton and Carissa Chouinard finished with 3 hits & 3 RBIs each while Matti Lanie added four hits, including two doubles. Hayley Warne went 2 for 3 with south newtons 2 rbi's.

Dwight 7, PBL 5 - Macey Rodosky claimed the victory in 6.2 innings with 11 strikeouts. She added two RBIs at the dish. Kat Harms finished with three hits and two RBIs.

St. Anne 10, Tri-Point 2

St. Anne 18, Tri-Point 6

Wilmington 10, Peotone 7

Reed-Custer 1, Streator 0

Lockport 20, Bradley-Bourbonnais 14

Kankakee 8, Crete-Monee 4

Manteno 15, Herscher 3 (5 innings)

Illinois Lutheran 12,  Grant Park 8

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 7, Prairie Central 4      

Armstrong-Potomac 17, St. Thomas More 12

St. Joseph-Ogden 16, Unity 8      

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Central 6, Cissna Park 0 - Davy Zell tossed 6.2 innings and gave up only four hits with six strikeouts. He was hitless on the day, but added an RBI. Tyler Pelehowski finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs while Matt Balthazor and Jack Jarvis had an RBI each.

Iroquois West 3, Watseka 2 (8 innings) - Tibalo Alvarez finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs for the Raiders while Kaleb Pheifer went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Ben Lyznicki pitched eight innings with 12 strikeouts for the Warriors while Brock Horner went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Jaden Downs led the Warriors (7-8) with two hits.

Momence 9, South Newton 8 - Noah Bramer came up with the clutch hit to send Momence home as winners. Cole Holloway and logan king each had two RBIs. jay hammell drove in 2 runs for south newton while Brody Derflinger was 3 for 5 with a couple of runs scored and an rbi.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 8, Dwight  1                             

Wilmington 11, Peotone 8

Families of Faith 15, Grace Christian 5

Coal City 11, Seneca 0 (5 innings)

Bloom 12, Kankakee 2                   

Manteno 5, Herscher 2 

Hoopeston 7, Blue Ridge 1                           

Salt Fork 7, Oakwood 6

Bradley-Bourbonnais 10, Thornton 0

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 13, North Vermillion (Ind.) 0

St. Joseph-Ogden 12, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 1

Schlarman 13, Judah Christian 1

mlb

METS 6, CARDINALS 5, 10 INNINGS

ST. LOUIS -- Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning, Yoenis Cespedes launched a majestic, three-run shot and New York rallied to beat St. Louis. Bruce began the game batting .194 but broke out of his slump with three hits, including an RBI triple. His go-ahead drive to center field came off former Mets farmhand Matt Bowman (0-1), and the NL East leaders (15-6) closed it out for their 10th comeback victory of the season. Cespedes' homer off starter Luke Weaver tied it 4-all in the fifth. The drive traveled an estimated 463 feet to left field, the third-longest by an opposing player in the history of Busch Stadium III. Bruce's eighth-inning single sent Todd Frazier from first to third before Adrian Gonzalez tied it at 5 with a sacrifice fly. Robert Gsellman (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and Jeurys Familia earned his ninth save. Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals.

CUBS 10, INDIANS 3

CLEVELAND -- Kyle Schwarber hit two solo home runs and Chicago defeated Cleveland in the first meeting between the teams since their classic 2016 World Series. The Cubs won three games in Cleveland's ballpark during the 2016 Series and continued the trend against Josh Tomlin (0-3), who allowed all four homers. Schwarber connected leading off the second and fourth. Willson Contreras went deep in the third and Ian Happ homered in the fourth. Tyler Chatwood (1-3) won for the first time with the Cubs, allowing one run in six-plus innings. He was pulled after a leadoff single in the seventh.

MARINERS 1, WHITE SOX 0

CHICAGO -- Marco Gonzales and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Mitch Haniger singled home the only run and Seattle beat Chicago. At 5-15, the rebuilding White Sox are off to their worst start since the 1950 season. Gonzales (2-2) was in control almost from the start, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out eight in six-plus innings. The left-hander snapped a run of three starts in which he lasted no more than 4 2/3 innings. Seattle broke out on top against fill-in starter Chris Volstad (0-1) in the fourth when Kyle Seager doubled and scored on Haniger's base hit, both with two outs. Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his ninth save in as many tries.

REDS 9, BRAVES 7, 12 INNINGS

BREWERS 5, ROYALS 2

YANKEES 8, TWINS 3

due to a Steady rain at PNC Park on Tuesday the Pirates and the Tigers become 28th postponement in the majors this year. Detroit and Pittsburgh will make up the game with a straight doubleheader today starting at 4:05 p.m.

nba

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Pelicans say they’ve voided around 2,500 playoff tickets that were purchased improperly during a pre-sale event for the second round of the NBA playoffs. The club says the event was designed exclusively for season-tickets holders, but that codes provided for online purchases were shared with people who were not eligible for the promotion. The Pelicans say they have not previously had a problem with the improper sharing of promotional codes for ticket sales, but that an ”unprecedented demand for playoff tickets resulted in tickets being purchased by non-season ticket or partial season ticket holders.” The club says it conducted a review of the presale and voided all purchases from unqualified buyers. The Pelicans say they have sought to notify those whose tickets have been voided, as well as business which sell Pelicans tickets on the secondary market.

NEW YORK (AP) – Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday. The league made the announcement Tuesday. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came onto the court as a substitution following a stoppage with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 113-96 Game 4 loss to the Jazz. He intervened in an incident between Gobert and Oklahoma City backup point guard Raymond Felton. Westbrook committed four fouls in the first half and finished with five. He had 23 points and 14 rebounds, but had just three assists and made 7 of 18 shots. The Thunder trail the Jazz 3-1 and host Utah on Wednesday in an elimination game.

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WHPO Sports Report April 24, 2018

Cissna Park 10, Armstrong-Potomac 9. The host Timberwolves (8-8) came out victorious over the visiting Trojans (2-11) in a nonconference game that was called after five innings due to poor weather. Mario Renteria notched a three-run homer and four RBI for Cissna Park, which received two RBI apiece from Tanner Benoit and Dawson Savoree. A-P, which tallied eight times in the fifth frame, saw Dalton Loschen record two hits.

Salt Fork 13, Milford 6. Matthew Wrzosek launched a grand slam and finished with five RBI as the visiting Storm (10-5) blitzed the Bearcats (6-7) in a VVC tilt. Gage Romack knocked four singles for Salt Fork, and both Gavin Chew and Josh Weller drove in two runs. Tyler Buhrmester finished with a trio of RBI for Milford.

Beecher 9, Momence 2

Illinois Lutheran 11, Donovan 1   

Westville 4, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 3

St. Thomas More 6, Bloomington Central Catholic 0

Prairie Central 4, St. Joseph-Ogden 3

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 6, Heyworth 5

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 11, Schlarman 0

St. Anne 8, Grace Christian 4

Herscher 5, Manteno 0

Lincoln-Way West 4, Bradley-Bourbonnais 3

Gardner-South Wilmington 9, Grant Park 0  

Wilmington 9, Peotone 3    

softball

Salt Fork 11, Milford/Cissna Park 1. Reighan Barr had a banner day for the Storm (14-1), recording three hits, three runs and two RBI in the program's 14th straight victory. Carlee Richardson added two hits and two RBI for visiting Salt Fork, while Jordan Jones tossed six innings of four-strikeout ball. Sam Conley drove in the lone run for M/CP (6-5) in the VVC setback.

Prairie Central 21, Iroquois West 2

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 8, Heritage 7

Morris 3, Dwight 2     

Illinois Lutheran 11, Donovan 2   

Beecher 5, Tri-Point 0

Manteno 14, Herscher 13   

Westville 9, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 8

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 2, Heyworth 2

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 12-10, Schlarman 2-17

Wilmington 3, Peotone 2

Minooka 4, Bishop McNamara 1 

Grant Park 11, Gardner-South Wilmington 9

Seneca 10, Coal City 4

Reed-Custer 12, Streator 3

indiana baseball

South Newton 3, North White 0 - South Newton's Nick Babcock no-hit North White, striking out 10 while walking 2 in a 3-0 victory. Jay Hammel homered, doubled and drove in all three runs on a 3 for 3 day at the plate. brody durflinger also added a pair of hits while improving to 4-3 on the season.

Koltin Tucker had two of Benton Central's three hits, and the Bison relied on strong pitching from Blake Morin and Alex Stout to edge Fountain Central 4-2. Morin allowed seven hits and one earned run over five innings. Stout earned the save by allowing just one hit in two innings of relief.

Logansport 11, Twin Lakes 1

Central Catholic's 16, Renssealer 3

West Lafayette 5, North Montgomery 4

laville 11, winamac 5

indiana softball

Samantha Warren struck out 16 and pitched a five-hitter in South Newton's 4-0 triumph against Renssealer. Jaimie Diedam hit a two-run double in the second inning and had three hits for the Rebels, as did Malyah Embery. Morgan Moore went  2-for-3 for Rensselaer.

A seven-run fifth inning allowed Benton Central to pull away for a 12-2 victory against Central Catholic. Lexi Tompkins and Stephanie Cummings each had three hits for Benton Central. Sydney Rose doubled for Central Catholic.

Lafayette Jeff 15, West Lafayette 5

mlb

WHITE SOX 10, MARINERS 4

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu had four hits, including two home runs, Yoan Moncada was a single shy of the cycle and Chicago beat Seattle 10-4 to stop a seven-game losing streak. The White Sox became the first big league team to open a game with seven straight hits since Colorado against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 17, 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Moncada's leadoff triple was followed by five straight singles and Matt Davidson's double off Mike Leake (2-2) in a five-run first inning. After getting outscored 27-2 in three losses to Houston, Chicago had a season-high 18 hits. Starting on short notice because Miguel Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list, Carson Fulmer (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in a season-high six innings. He retired 12 straight before Mitch Haniger doubled in the fifth and Mike Zunino homered. Chris Beck, called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, finished for his first major league save.

INDIANS 2, ORIOLES 1

YANKEES 14, TWINS 1

REDS 10, BRAVES 4

the cubs, cardinals, pirates, brewers, tigers and royals all had the day off

OCTOBER MEMORIES

Cleveland opens an 11-game homestand with an interleague series against the Cubs, the first meeting between the teams since Chicago won the 2016 World Series in seven games to end a 108-year championship drought. Josh Tomlin (0-2) pitches for the AL Central-leading Indians against Cubs newcomer Tyler Chatwood (0-3).

forte and hester

Devin Hester and Matt Forte both signed one-day contracts with their original team Monday at Halas Hall so they could retire as Bears, and an emotional ceremony capped careers rich in highlight-reel material for the former second-round draft picks. For Hester it may mean a spot someday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No other player is in the Hall based solely on returns, but Hester's league record of 20 TD returns could make him a candidate. He had 14 punt return TDs, five on kickoffs and one on a missed field goal. Not included in those 20 returns is his most well known, because it came during his rookie year and in the postseason -- the 92-yard return for a TD in 2007 on the opening kickoff of Super Bowl 41. Like Hester, Forte is a player whose impact may soon be a rarity. In an age when many teams use multiple backs, Forte retired after 10 years with 14,468 yards from scrimmage, the most by any NFL player during the past decade. Forte's consistency was so great, he managed to finish second only to Walter Payton in franchise rushing with 8,602 yards. After eight Bears seasons and two with the Jets, Forte had 9,796 yards rushing, 4,672 receiving and 75 TDs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dwight Freeney mastered the art of spinning long before he reached the NFL. He kept his body low, his head up and his eyes focused on the quarterback. It made him different, and it made him one of the NFL's great pass rushers. After 16 seasons of chasing quarterbacks and making offensive linemen look silly, the former Indianapolis Colts star returned to his adopted hometown to sign a one-day contract to retire with the Colts.

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WHPO Sports Report April 19, 2018

In baseball

Iroquois West 3, Momence 2. A walk-off single by Austin Saathoff in the eighth inning delivered a Sangamon Valley Conference home win for IW (4-7). Ethan Martinez pitched well for the Raiders (4-7, 2-3 SVC), allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings of work. Tibaldo Alvarez earned the win in relief of Martinez with two excellent innings on the mound. Alvarez tossed two scoreless innings and struck out five while allowing just one hit. Noah Bramer took the loss for Momence (4-6, 2-5 SVC), surrendering Saathoff's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Bramer also went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

St. Thomas More 6, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 0. Jake Walters struck out 11 in a two-hit shutout to lead the visiting Sabers. Cole Jones (4 for 4, RBI) led the offense for STM (6-7). Trey VanWinkle and Drake Schrodt had the two hits for PBL (8-5).

Salt Fork 14, Hoopeston Area 4. Dakotah Broeker (3 for 3, four RBI) and Matthew Wrzosek (4 for 5, two RBI) contributed for the host Storm (8-3) in a VVC win. Lucas Hofer had two RBI for the Cornjerkers (8-3).

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 16, Westville 3

Amstrong-Potomac 4, Schlarman 3

Seneca 5, Manteno     4                

oakwood 10, geaorgetown-ridge farm/chrisman 0

Softball

Kaitlyn Piekarczyk had a banner day for Momence in her team's 18-3 rout of Iroquois West on Wednesday in Gilman. Piekarczyk banged out five hits and drove in five runs in the runaway Sangamon Valley Conference win. Matti Lanie and Brooke Kelly also added three hits apiece in the win. Momence improved to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the SVC with the win, while the Raiders fell to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 16, St. Thomas More 6 - Baylee Cosgrove, CJ Nuckols and Kelbie Hayden each hit home runs for the visiting Panthers (3-6), while Lauren Banke had a home run and three RBI for STM (0-9).

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 11, Westville 4

Fisher 6, Heyworth 4

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 8, Oakwood 4

St. Joseph-Ogden 21, Mount Zion 6

Schlarman 29, Armstrong-Potomac 7.

indiana baseball

Rensselaer gets a 6-5 Hoosier Conference victory against Twin Lakes.

lafayette Central Catholic beats West Lafayette 10-0

fountain central 20, seeger 4

mccutcheon 3, harrison 2

indiana softball

Twin Lakes' 13-2 victory against Delphi.

lafayette Central Catholic's gets a 15-3 victory against West Lafayette.

lafayette jeff 4, frankfort 3

mlb

ATHLETICS 12, WHITE SOX 11, 14 INNINGS

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Matt Olson singled in Marcus Semien with two outs in the 14th inning, lifting Oakland to the wild 12-11 victory. The A's trailed 6-1, 9-4 and 10-8, then gave up a tying run in the ninth before scoring the winning run off James Shields (1-1) five innings later. The teams combined for 33 hits and 18 walks -12 by Chicago pitchers -- in a game that lasted 5 hours and 48 minutes. Semien singled with two outs in the 14th and stole second. After Shields walked Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis, Olson lined an 0-1 pitch deep to left, and Nicky Delmonico watched it go over his head. Lou Trivino (1-0) pitched three innings for his first major league win.

MINNESOTA 2, CLEVELAND 1

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Eddie Rosario scored the winning run in his homeland in the 16th inning, coming around on Ryan LaMarre's single to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Wednesday night for a split of their two-game series in Puerto Rico.

TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 5

BLUE JAYS 15, ROYALS 5

PIRATES 10, ROCKIES 2

BREWERS 2, REDS 0

The cubs and cardinals were postponed again yesterday but will try again this afternoon as Luke Weaver takes on Jon Lester.

NBA PLAY-OFFS

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece. Dazzling from the start, James scored the game's first 16 points and had 29 at halftime, dominating the way he has in so many previous postseasons. But in a season in which nothing has been easy for the Cavs, Cleveland was lucky that Indiana's Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left. Kevin Love scored 15, but Cleveland's All-Star center injured his left hand, the same one he broke earlier this season, with 3:43 left. Love's status could affect the remainder of this series -- and perhaps Cleveland's season. Oladipo scored 22 -- he was in early foul trouble -- and Myles Turner 18 for the Pacers, who shocked the Cavs with an overpowering win in Game 1. Game 3 is Friday night in Indianapolis.

OTHER PLAY-OFF SCORES

JAZZ 102, THUNDER 95

ROCKETS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 82

PRO BASKETBALL

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67. The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details. The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in THE 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer. Gregg Popovich has coachED San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0.

OLYMPICS

The question sex-abuse victim Craig Maurizi would like to ask U.S. Olympic leaders is simple and searing: ”How can you sleep at night?” Every bit as perplexing: How to make sure this doesn’t happen again? The figure skater was one of four Olympic-sports athletes who testified to a Senate subcommittee Wednesday about abuse they suffered while training and competing under the purview of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the national sports organizations that controlled their Olympic dreams. Their testimony provided yet another reminder of the way leaders at the USOC, US Figure Skating, USA Gymnastics and other federations failed to protect them over a span of decades. At a USOC board meeting held later in the day, acting CEO Susanne Lyons outlined a six-part ”Athlete Action Safety Plan” the federation is developing as a response to the abuse cases. But the abuse victims, including Olympic gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzscher and speed skater Bridie Farrell , cast doubt on the USOC’s motivation to solve this problem.

BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada boxing regulators gave Canelo Alvarez a reduced penalty for doping violations Wednesday, potentially allowing him to return to the ring in September against Gennady Golovkin. Alvarez was given a six-month suspension instead of the standard one year for first-time violators. His May 5 fight with Golovkin was called off earlier because of the doping, but with the Nevada Athletic Commission suspension retroactive to February he would be available for a possible fight with Triple G on the traditional Mexican Independence Day weekend in September. Golovkin, meanwhile, announced Wednesday he would fight Vanes Martirosyan in Carson, California, on the May 5 date he was supposed to meet Alvarez.

 

 

 

 

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WHPO Sports Report April 18, 2018

ILLINOIS BASEBALL

Watseka 6, Dwight 0 - Ben Lyznicki went the distance, allowing just five hits along with five strikeouts. He also had a hit with an RBI. Jaden Downs finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Tim Wright went 1-for-3 with two RBIs while Caden Giroux was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

Hoopeston Area 13, Milford 1. Ryan Drayer's 4-for-5, two-RBI outing paced the Cornjerkers (8-2) as they rolled to a Vermilion Valley Conference triumph over the host Bearcats (4-5). Other key players for Hoopeston included Logan Walder, who drove in two runs, and Brady Gaddis, who fanned nine batters while allowing four hits in seven innings. Tyler Buhrmester collected an RBI for Milford.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 10, Cissna Park 5. Ben McClure finished 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI as the visiting Panthers (8-4) climbed past the Timberwolves (7-6) in a Sangamon Valley Conference tilt. McClure's two-base knock drove in a trio of runs. Keyn Humes swiped five bases as well for PBL, while Dalton Busboom fanned six in six innings of mound work. Conner Lober notched three hits and Rudy King added two for Cissna Park.

South Newton 15, Iroquois West 5 (5) - SOUTH NEWTON EXPLODED WITH 9 RUNS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH TO WALK AWAY WITH A 15-5 WIN AGAINST IROQUOIS WEST. Sean Rogers took the loss in four innings, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs. Alexis Ramirez finished with a hit and two RBIs. NATE VISSERING WENT 4 FOR 4 WITH 4 RBI'S AND 3 RUNS SCORED . . . LEVI SAMPLE WAS 2-3 WITH A DOUBLE AND AN RBI. JAY HAMMELL WAS 1 FOR 3 WITH 2 RBI'S AND DESMOND COSTILLA WAS 1 FOR 3 WITH 3 RBI'S AND A RUN SCORED.

Central 7, Momence 6 - Tyler Pelehowski earned the win in 1.2 innings of relief with three strikeouts.  Canyon Burrow was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Austin Boudreau, Davy Zell and Brayden Bailey each collected a hit and an RBI. Cole Holloway suffered the loss in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts for Momence. Noah Bramer collected two hits and two RBIs.

Grace Christian 10, Donovan 9

Herscher 10, Peotone 0  (6)

Oakwood   3       12     St. Joseph-Ogden

Westville   9       10     Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman

Wilmington         14     1       Reed-Custer

Beecher 4, Gardner-South Wilmington 3

Bishop McNamara 18, Leo 0

ILLINOIS SOFTBALL

Dwight 15, Watseka 0 (5) - Abby Edwards wasted no time assuring her dominance and tossed a no-hitter with seven strikeouts in the Trojans' five inning win. Kaitlyn Mashing finished 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Macey Rodosky went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI while Lynndee Hale was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Milford 6, Hoopeston 0 - Kaylee Warren notched the complete game shutout in the circle with three strikeouts. Jordan Fritch finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs while Brittney Bailey was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Clifton Central   7       0       Momence - CLIFTON — Central Starter McKenna Goldtrap confounded Momence for seven strong innings en route to a five-hit shutout and a 7-0 Sangamon Valley Conference win at home on Tuesday.

Bradley-Bourbonnais   12     3       Lincoln-Way West

St. Joseph-Ogden         6       0       Prairie Central

Kankakee   14     0       Rich East

Manteno    5       0       Streator

Trinity 14, Families of Faith 4 (6)

Reed-Custer 10, Wilmington 7

Herscher 10, Peotone 2

Coal City 7, Lisle 2

Beecher 14, Gardner-South Wilmington 0 (5)

INDIANA BASEBALL

Adam Dienhart struck out seven in a complete game effort that guided Central Catholic to a 7-3 Hoosier Conference victory against West Lafayette.

Ethan Luzadder's run-scoring double highlighted a five-run second inning that propelled Twin Lakes to an 11-1 Hoosier Conference victory against Rensselaer.

TRI COUNTY 8, WEST CENTRAL 7

McCutcheon 5, HARRISON 2

INDIANA Softball

Malyah Embery's three-hit day included a two-run homer in South Newton's 14-4 victory against Iroquois West.

Alex Stevens hit three home runs and drove in five to lead Rensselaer past Central Catholic 13-5.

Frontier's 10-1 victory against West Lafayette.

McCutcheon to a 4-0 victory against Benton Central.

Attica's 9-3 loss at Bismarck-Henning (Ill.).

Seeger defeated Fountain Central 11-4.

North White to a 9-7 victory against Tri-County.

MLB

CARDINALS 5, CUBS 3

CHICAGO -- Adam Wainwright (1-2) outpitched Tyler Chatwood in frigid conditions at Wrigley Field, where the gametime temperature was 35 degrees and a 10 mph wind made it feel like 29. Wainwright allowed an unearned run and four hits as St. Louis won 5-3 FOR its fifth straight WIN, and he improved to 11-2 in 24 games at Wrigley. Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBI. Chatwood (0-3) issued seven walks in 4 2/3 innings, one off his career high, and yielded two runs and one hit.

ATHLETICS 10, WHITE SOX 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jed Lowrie marked his 34th birthday with a go-ahead home run off Miguel Gonzalez (0-3) in a five-run first inning and Trevor Cahill (1-0) pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut. Oakland celebrated the 50th anniversary of the A's first game at the Coliseum by making admission and parking free. The crowd of 46,028 was a big spike from the 7,479 announced attendance Monday.

BREWERS 2, REDS 0

ROCKIES 2, PIRATES 0

TIGERS 4, ORIOLES 2

BLUE JAYS 11, ROYALS 3

BLUE JAYS 5, ROYALS 4

the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1

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WHPO Sports Report April 17, 2018

ATHLETICS 8, WHITE SOX 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Daniel Mengden carried a shutout into the ninth inning in his best start of the season and Oakland won 8-1 before another sparse crowd at the Coliseum. Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and Stephen Piscotty had two hits and an RBI for the A's. Oakland has won consecutive games for the first time this season. Mengden (2-2) had allowed three earned runs or more in each of his first three starts but was dominant against Chicago. Reynaldo Lopez (0-2) allowed a leadoff homer to Olson in the fourth and gave up two runs over six innings.

REDS 10, BREWERS 4

ROCKIES 6, PIRATES 2

the cubs vs cardinals and kansas city vs toronto were both cancelled while cleveland, detroit and minnesota all had the day off.

PUERTO RICO HOMECOMING

The Twins and Indians begin a two-game series in Puerto Rico, a day after several players spent the off day with kids on the storm-ravaged island. Cleveland star Francisco Lindor went back to his first school in his hometown, and Minnesota pitcher Jose Berrios visited a children's hospital in San Juan with many of his teammates.

BASEBALL

TORONTO (AP) – Even moving indoors couldn’t get the Blue Jays back on the field. Toronto postponed Monday’s series opener against Kansas City after chunks of ice crashed down from the nearby CN Tower following a weekend of freezing rain, including one that punctured a hole in the Rogers Centre roof. Andrew Miller, the Blue Jays’ executive vice president of business operations, was standing in the infield with two colleagues around 10:00 a.m. Monday, examining existing damage, when a falling piece of ice tore a hole about three feet by five feet in the PVC roof over right field, sending ice and pieces of insulation crashing onto the turf. It’s the first postponement at Rogers Centre since a game against the Royals was called off following a collision between two panels of the stadium’s moving roof on April 12, 2001. The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

nascar

Kyle Busch has won the rain-delayed Cup Series race on a cold, dark day at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch passed Kyle Larson with five laps remaining to win his second straight Cup Series race. It is Busch's 45th career Cup win and marks the fifth time in his career that he has won back-to-back races; he won last week at Texas. It also was Busch's seventh victory at Bristol. Larson finished second while Jimmie Johnson finished third to claim his first top-five finish of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fourth and Alex Bowman finished fifth. Larson led 200 of the 500 laps but had to hold off Busch and Stenhouse after a restart with 22 laps remaining in the race.

RUNNING

BOSTON (AP) Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to win the Boston Marathon, the first victory for an American woman since 1985. The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to win in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers – one of seven Americans in the top 10 – but the slowest time for a women’s winner in Boston since 1978.  Yuki Kawauchi passed defending champion Geoffrey Kirui as they passed through Kenmore Square with a mile to go to win the men’s race in 2:15:58 and earn Japan’s first Boston Marathon title since 1987.

PRO FOOTBALL

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Defensive lineman Aaron Donald has skipped the start of the Los Angeles Rams‘ voluntary offseason workouts. The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year wasn’t at the Rams’ training complex Monday while most of his teammates began strength and conditioning work. Last season, Donald was absent from most of the Rams’ offseason program, all of training camp and the preseason while seeking a new contract. He also missed the first game of the regular season after ending his holdout one day beforehand, yet still produced another dominant season for the NFC West champions. Coach Sean McVay says Donald’s current absence particularly doesn’t concern him compared to last year. The Rams and Donald’s representatives have been discussing a lavish new contract for many months.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – James Harrison is taking another shot at retirement, and this time it’s likely to stick for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. The five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced on Instagram early Monday he is stepping away from the game following a 15-year career that saw him go from undrafted free agent to one of the most feared players in the league. Harrison, 39, posted a collage of pictures of his two sons and noted he’s ”missed way too much for way too long … and I’m done.” Harrison played nearly his entire career with the Steelers, collecting 80.5 of his 84.5 career sacks while wearing black and gold, a franchise record. He spent the 2013 season in Cincinnati and signed with New England late last season, appearing in all three playoff games for the Patriots, including their Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia.

CLEVELAND -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will make $790,000 next season after signing with the club as an exclusive rights free agent. Gordon returned to the Browns and played five games last season following an NFL suspension and a lengthy rehab stint. Gordon, 27, is expected to report for the team's offseason workout program Monday. He's eligible to be a restricted free agent in 2019. Gordon has cost himself multi-million dollar contracts because of his addictions to drugs and alcohol. He led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 2012 and was an All-Pro in 2013, but he's played just 10 games over the past four seasons. The Browns are hoping Gordon can stay clean, contribute and pair with newly signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who signed a five-year, $75 million contract Friday. After being re-instated last season, Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr. is leaving for the NBA Draft after one season in college. Carter announced his decision Monday through the school, and team spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Carter plans to hire an agent. Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and a team-best 2.05 blocks as part of a one-two punch in the low post with fellow freshman Marvin Bagley III. Carter becomes the fourth member of Duke’s freshman class to turn pro this offseason, joining Gary Trent Jr., Trevon Duval and Bagley. He becomes the 16th one-and-done in program history. His decision means the Blue Devils must replace the entire starting five from their regional final loss to Kansas.

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WHPO Sports Report April 16, 2018

illinois baseball

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 6-8, South Newton (Ind.) 1-1. The host Panthers posted five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie in the first game before breaking away in the second game with five runs again in the sixth to earn a Sangamon Valley Conference sweep. Mason Ecker only allowed one hit and struck out nine in a complete-game effort during the first game for PBL, while Ben McClure (2 for 3, four RBI) led the Panthers (7-4) in their second game win. levi sample managed the lone hit and rbi for the rebels in game one. jay hammell went 5 1/3 allowing 2 runs while striking out 12 in the hard luck loss. carson anderson got the only two hits for the rebels in the nightcap as nick babcock suffered the loss. rebels fall to 1-3 on the season as well 1-3 in the svc while pbl improves to 7-4 and 3-1 in conference.

illinois softball

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 13-14, South Newton (Ind.) 2-7. The visiting Panthers won their first two games of the season thanks to a Sangamon Valley Conference doubleheader sweep. Sindra Gerdes went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBI and Jolee Hastings drove in two runs for the Panthers in the first game, while Kelbie Hayden (2 for 2, RBI) and Maddy Foellner (2 for 5, RBI) also contributed multiple hits. Shanelle Embery was 1-2 with an rbi. Mallorie Ecker (3 for 4, three RBI, Baylee Cosgrove (3 for 4, RBI), Jaden Bender (2 for 4, two RBI) and CJ Nuckols (2 for 4, RBI) led the offense for PBL (2-6) in its second game win. while  Jacquelyn Iliff  went 3 for 4, embry went 2-3 with 2 runs scored while sister Malyaha Embery drove in a pair. pbl improves to 2-6 and 2-2 while south newton drops to 2-2 ans 2-2.

mlb

CARDINALS 3, REDS 2

CINCINNATI -- Carlos Martinez struck out a season-high 11 batters in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped St. Louis complete its first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 win. Martinez (2-1) allowed two hits and four walks while helping send the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss, one short of matching their longest losing streak of last season. The Reds scored 10 runs in the series while being swept in four games at home by St. Louis for the first time since July 8-10, 1949. The Reds haven't enjoyed a lead in 32 innings, going back to the fourth inning on Thursday. They are 2-13 for the first time since the 1931 Reds won two of their first 19 games. Bud Norris allowed Adam Duvall's ninth-inning leadoff homer and the Reds got a runner to second with nobody out. Norris struck out Alex Blandino and Phillip Ervin and got Billy Hamilton to line out to clinch his third save. Homer Bailey (0-3) allowed four hits and three runs with four strikeouts and two walks in a season-high seven innings.

PIRATES 7, MARLINS 3

METS 3, BREWERS 2

lots of postponments and cancellations yesterday . . . cubs and atlanta, the white sox and minnesota, cleveland and toronto, la and kansas city and the yankees and tigers had a pair cancelled yesterday.

BASEBALL

HOUSTON (AP) Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday night. The 44-year-old Colon turned back the clock and dominated the defending World Series champions for seven innings, retiring his first 21 batters in an entertaining pitchers’ duel with Astros ace Justin Verlander. Colon walked Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth before Josh Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hit bid as well. Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove. Two outs later, he was pulled with the score tied at 1.

NBA

CLEVELAND (AP) – Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland’s second-half rally for a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series, handing LeBron James and the Cavaliers‘ their first loss in the opening round in eight years. Indiana was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third. The Cavs stormed back and got within seven, but Oladipo hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71.

NASCAR

BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR drivers dodged the rain for 204 laps Sunday in the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but the weather eventually won. After the scheduled 500-lap race had been stopped three times because of rain showers, NASCAR postponed the remainder of the event until Monday at 1 p.m. ET (Fox). The race will resume on the 205th lap with Kyle Larson in front. Weather forecasters predicted the likelihood of a total washout Sunday, but a break in the weather allowed the race to start shortly after 1:30 p.m. Showers surrounded the track much of the day, however, and rain eventually dampened the surface, leading to three red flags (plus one to clean up a crash). Larson dominated the closing portion of Sunday’s racing. He led Denny Hamlin by seven seconds — an eternity on a short track — when rain forced a caution flag and then a red at 4:07 p.m. Third through fifth on the track were Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. MORE FORTHCOMING ON TODAY'S MONDAY MORNING RACE REFRESHER.

WORLEY

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested. NFL Network reported that Worley was arrested Sunday morning near the team's practice facility and that police used a Taser on him after he became combative. The report also said a gun was found in Worley's vehicle. The team first issued a statement that it was investigating Worley's arrest and later announced he was cut.

NEW YORK -- The NFL has suspended free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez for the first four games of next season for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances. The league announced the punishment Friday. He is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.

 

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WHPO Sports Report April 12, 2018

illinois baseball

Cissna Park 7, Milford 5. Mario Renteria drove in three runs and Connor Lober drove in two more to push Cissna Park (6-5) to a home win. Tyler Buhrmester and Brady Marshino both doubled for Milford (4-3).

donovan 17, kankakee trinity academy 6

herscher 12, pontiac 4 -

St. Anne 0, Illinois Lutheran 12

Oakwood 8, Westville 13

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 13, Armstrong-Potomac 2

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 7, Lexington 6

Salt Fork 10, Schlarman Academy 0

Pontiac 4, Herscher 12 

Kankakee 0, Crete-Monee 24     

Bradley-Bourbonnais 2, Lincoln-Way Central 12 

Peotone 7, Reed-Custer 8            

illinois girls softball

dwight 10, herscher 2 - Abby Edwards and Kaitlyn Masching homered for Dwight in a 10-2 victory at Herscher. Masching finished with three hits and three RBIs.

Illinois Lutheran 5, St. Anne 20   

Oakwood 1, Westville 2

Tri-Point 5, Gardner-South Wilmington 4

Tri-Point 1, Gardner-South Wilmington 14

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 11, Lexington/Ridgeview 5

Kankakee 10, Bloom 0

Bradley-Bourbonnais 0, Lincoln-Way Central 6

Beecher 9, Oak Forest 4

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 19, Danville 6

Westville 2, Oakwood 1

Salt Fork 9, Schlarman Academy 1

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 19, Armstrong-Potomac 2

indiana baseball

Blake Morin homered, scored three times and drove in a pair of runs to help Benton Central earn an 11-5 Hoosier Conference baseball victory against Central Catholic.

north newton and south newton was suspended due to darkness  nn 17-13 5 1/3

benton central 11, lafayette central 5

delphi 14, clinton prairie 13

indiana softball

frontier 5, pioneer 4

clinton prairie 4, delphi 3

kankakee valley 21, andrean 2

mlb

CUBS 13, PIRATES 5

CHICAGO -- Javier Baez homered twice for the second straight day and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth after striking out and reaching on a wild pitch by Tyler Glasnow (0-1) as the cubs pounded the pirates 13-5. Kris Bryant added three hits and two RBI as Chicago got its first home win in the first night game at Wrigley Field this season. Albert Almora Jr. also had three hits, Ben Zobrist drove in two runs and ian happ homered in the seventh in the Cubs' highest scoring performance in their first 11 games. Brian Duensing (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth to pick up the win.

BREWERS 3, CARDINALS 2

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Albers got his first save for Milwaukee, retiring Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler to strand a pair of runners as the brewers out lasted the cardinals 3-2. Milwaukee built a 3-0 lead on home runs by Hernaz Perez in the second and Eric Thames in the third followed by Jonathan Villar's RBI groundout in the fifth. Junior Guerra (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings in his first start this season. Adam Wainwright (0-2) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.

WHITE SOX 2, RAYS 1

CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer off Austin Pruitt (1-2) in the eighth inning as the sox beat tampa bay 2-1. Chicago improved to 1-5 at home, matching its worst home start since 1975 at Comiskey Park.  Bruce Rondon (1-0) retired the side in the eighth, and Nate Jones finished for his first save.

MARINERS 4, ROYALS 2

INDIANS 5, TIGERS 1

TWINS 9, ASTROS 8

PHILLIES 4, REDS 3

BULLS

eric Moreland had career highs with 16 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and four steals in 41 minutes, and rookie Luke Kennard added a career-high 23 points for Detroit, which won 14 of their first 20 but fell short of the playoffs. they won the game though beating the chicago bulls 119-87. Anthony Tolliver had 18 points and Henry Ellenson added 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Pistons snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the ninth time in their last 13 games. Rookie Lauri Markkanen had 20 points, and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 in his only start of the season for Chicago. The rebuilding Bulls maintained their seventh position heading into the draft lottery on May 15, losing their fourth straight. It was also Chicago's 11th loss in 14 games.

BASEBALL BRAWL

BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin rushed the mound after being hit by a pitch from Boston Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, and both players began punching away in a bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park. The bitter rivals tangled in the seventh inning, adding another chapter to a long history that has included some memorable brawls. The benches cleared briefly in the third after Austin's spikes clipped Brock Holt's leg on a slide into second base. Holt took issue with the contact and they exchanged words before being separated. Then with the Yankees leading 10-6, Kelly nearly hit Austin and then caught him on the side with a 2-1 pitch clocked at 98 mph. Austin slammed his bat on the plate, threw it down and took four steps toward the mound while hollering. Kelly waved Austin at him, and things quickly escalated from their.

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WHPO Sports Report April 11, 2018

illinois baseball

South Newton (Ind.) 6, Watseka 0. The Warriors were blanked in a home loss 6-0 as jay hammell picks up the win for south newton in their first game of the season. hammell struck out 13 of the 14 recorded outs in his 4 2/3 innings of work. brody derflinger started the scoring with a 2-run dinger off watseka starter ben lyznicki. hammell added a solo shot an inning later and south newton cruised from there. Joey Jaskula smashed a double for Watseka's lone hit as they drop to 4-3 on the year. these two teams do battle again on thursday at south newton.

Iroquois West    10           4              Cissna Park

Momence 7, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 6

Dwight  0              10           Clifton Central

Salt Fork 4, Milford 1 - Salt Fork's Gage Romack struck out nine batters in nearly five innings on the mound in leading the Storm to a home win. Alex Barney scored the lone run of the game for Milford.

Gardner-South Wilmington         13           3              Donovan

St. Anne               1              7              Illinois Lutheran

Hoopeston Area 18, Armstrong-Potomac 3

DePaul College Prep       0              6              Bishop McNamara

Peotone              2              7              Reed-Custer

Manteno             4              3              Wilmington

Coal City               11           0              Sandwich

St. Thomas More 17, Judah Christian 7

illinois girls softball

South Newton (Ind.) 11, Watseka 9 - In an eight-inning battle with their conference foes to the east, the Warriors went down in SVC action to south newton 11-9. Magan Harris hit two home runs and drove in three runs going 3-4 on the day, while Mallory Drake also went 3-5 on the day including a home run in the eight-inning loss. jamie deidam was 2-4 with a double and an rbi and shanelle embry was 2-4 for the victorious lady rebels. samantha warren picked up the win in the circle as south newton moves to 1-0 on the season. watseka falls to 4-2

Momence 10, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 9

Clifton Central   0              10           Dwight

Salt Fork 8, Milford 2

Illinois Lutheran 6              17           St. Anne

LeRoy 10, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 2    

Rich South          1              20           Kankakee

Streator               2              7              Herscher

indiana baseball

Central Catholic's gets a 3-2 Hoosier Conference baseball victory against Benton Central

Twin Lakes takes an 8-4 win over west lafayette

 Covington's record's a 12-0 victory against Attica.

indiana softball

Renssealer gets a 16-11 victory against West Central.

Benton Central Bison get an 18-8 victory against West Lafayette.

Tri-County subdues Faith Christian 19-0.

Twin Lakes' gets a 10-0 victory against Peru.

Delphi loses to Pioneer 7-0

mlb

CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 3, 11 INNINGS

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter hit a two-run home run with no outs in the 11th inning to lift St. Louis over milwaukee 5-3. Carpenter turned around a pitch from J.J. Hoover (0-1) for the third game-ending homer of his career. It capped a night in which St. Louis rallied from one-run deficits in the ninth and 10th innings. Domingo Santana singled in Eric Thames to put Milwaukee ahead 2-1 in the ninth inning, but Tommy Pham scored from second on a pair of wild pitches by Jacob Barnes to tie it in the bottom of the inning. After Orlando Arcia singled in a run in the top of the 10th, Greg Garcia made it 3-3 with his own RBI single a half-inning later. Dominic Leone (1-2) pitched a clean 11th inning before Paul DeJong set up Carpenter's winner with an infield single.

PIRATES 8, CUBS 5

CHICAGO -- Ivan Nova pitched seven solid innings, Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh ruined Chicago's home opener 8-5. Not even the presence of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola basketball team, could help the Cubs. She threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field. Corey Dickerson had three hits and two RBI and Starling Marte also connected as Pittsburgh won for the fourth time in five games. The Pirates' 8-2 record is their best 10-game start since 1992. Javier Baez homered twice for the Cubs, and Willson Contreras collected three hits. Tyler Chatwood (0-2) was tagged for five runs and nine hits in five innings in his first home start since signing a $38 million, three-year contract with Chicago in the offseason.

NO RIZZO

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of tightness in his lower back. The slugger, who's had exactly 32 home runs and 109 RBI in each of the last two years, hasn't played since last Thursday. The Cubs made the move Tuesday and manager Joe Maddon put Ben Zobrist at first in an 8-5 loss to Pittsburgh.

RAYS 6, WHITE SOX 5

CHICAGO -- Blake Snell pitched one-hit ball and struck out 10 through six innings and Tampa Bay kept Chicago winless at home this season with a 6-5 road victory. The White Sox dropped to 0-5 at Guaranteed Rate Field. They have never lost their first six at home in franchise history dating to 1901. Snell (1-1) didn't allow a hit until Tyler Saladino's double in the fifth. Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer off Rays closer Alex Colome, capping a four-run rally in the ninth. Colome held on for his third save in five chances. Carson Fulmer (0-1) struggled with his control, allowing four runs over 4 2/3 innings while walking six and hitting two batters.

MARINERS 8, ROYALS 3

TWINS 4, ASTROS 1

INDIANS 2, TIGERS 1

PHILLIES 6, REDS 1

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) Kansas and North Carolina State are the latest schools to be swept up in a bribery scandal involving college basketball. A rewritten indictment released Tuesday in New York alleges that an Adidas representative, who no longer works for the company, arranged for payments to parents of athletes willing to commit to the schools. The refreshed indictment came several months after 10 men were charged in an alleged scheme to bribe assistant coaches in exchange for steering top-flight NBA prospects to a particular agent or financial adviser. Four assistant coaches have been prosecuted and the scandal has led to the end of coach Rick Pitino’s career at the University of Louisville. The new indictment expands the scope of the charges, alleging a wire-fraud conspiracy that included alleged payments to families of six student-athletes being recruited by four schools, prosecutors said. The court papers portrayed the shoe executive and some coaches as bad actors, saying the conspiracy included hiding payments and signing forms falsely asserting that no payments had been made. The indictment paints a picture of transactions that were concealed to allow athletes to make it through eligibility reviews.

PRO FOOTBALL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Richie Incognito is abruptly calling it quits on an 11-season NFL career, three years after the Buffalo Bills gave the offensive guard a second chance at playing following his role in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal. The NFL Players Association announced Incognito had contacted the union with his plans to retire. The announcement on the NFLPA’s Twitter account came after Incognito revealed his intention to retire through a series of tweets and comments made to several publications throughout the morning. Incognito told The Buffalo News he’s retiring because of health reasons.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump hailed the University of Alabama football team’s ”win for the ages” in their latest championship season. Trump hosted Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and his players at the White House on Tuesday to honor their fifth national title in nine years.

 

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WHPO Sports Report April 10, 2018

baseball

Watseka 5, Kankakee Grace 0. Ben Lyznicki drove in a pair of runs to support seven one-hit innings tossed by Tim Wright as the Warriors (4-2) thrived in nonconference action. Caden Giroux notched an RBI as well for Watseka.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 7, Milford 5. Garrett Latoz recorded three hits, three RBI and two runs scored as the host Buffaloes (5-0) stayed perfect on the season by topping the Bearcats (4-1) in VVC play. Dylan Howard piled up three runs while driving in another for G-RF/C. Tyler Buhrmester and Klaytin Hunsinger each totaled two RBI for Milford.

Monticello 14, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 1

Hoopeston Area 10, Schlarman 2

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 2, Blue Ridge 1

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 8, Armstrong-Potomac 0

Rantoul 7, St. Joseph-Ogden 2

St. Thomas More 4, Olympia 0

GIRLS SOFTBALL

Watseka 18, Kankakee Grace 0. Kennedy Bauer launched a home run and recorded three RBI as the Warriors (4-1) scored seven first-inning runs and never looked back in a five-inning, nonconference home triumph. Natalie Schroeder and Summer Cramer each knocked in two runs apiece for Watseka, which received five one-hit innings from Bauer on the mound.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 15, Milford/Cissna Park 5. The Buffaloes (6-1) used a 10-run fourth frame to overwhelm the visiting Bearcats (3-1) over six innings in VVC play. Taylor Stal and Maddy Roach each hit a homer and drove in three runs for G-RF/C.

Urbana 12, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2

Hoopeston Area 14, Schlarman 3

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 3, Blue Ridge 1

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 13, Armstrong-Potomac 2

Salt Fork 11, Westville 4

Olympia 18, St. Thomas More 0

St. Joseph-Ogden 13, Rantoul 1

indiana baseball

West Lafayette pull away from Twin Lakes 13-2

winamac 11, west central 1

indiana softball

Freshman Myah Alberts homered in her varsity debut, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs in Tri-Countys 7-4 victory against Covington.

Kylee Senesac, Audrey Boudreau and Kimberly Cummings hit RBI doubles during a nine-run second inning that powered Benton Central to a 15-5 victory against Seeger. Winning pitcher Stephanie Cummings allowed one hit and struck out six over 4 1/3 shutout innings. She also went  3-for-3 at the plate.

Despite outhitting Logansport 15-10, Twin Lakes fell 9-8.

Morgan Moore struck out 13 and homered for Rensselaer in its 3-2 loss in nine innings to Winamac.

mlb

BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 4

ST. LOUIS -- In his St. Louis debut, Greg Holland walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced home the go-ahead run as milwaukee defeats st. louis 5-4. The 32-year-old Holland, who tied for the NL lead with 41 saves for Colorado last season, was signed as a free agent on opening day. He pitched two innings at Class A before joining the Cardinals earlier in the day. Holland (0-1) walked two batters to begin the 10th. After a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk loaded the bases. The three-time All-Star closer then walked Orlando Arcia and was pulled. Matt Albers (2-0) gave up the tying run in the ninth. The Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs, and Dexter Fowler's sacrificed fly tied it at 4. Brewers newcomer Lorenzo Cain tripped over the foot of Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez on a play in the ninth, and both exited. Martinez bruised his right Achilles.

RAYS 5, WHITE SOX 4

CHICAGO -- Mallex Smith matched a career high with four hits, Joey Wendle hit his first homer and Tampa Bay stopped an eight-game losing streak by beating the white sox 5-4. A bullpen that blew late leads in two of the three games at Boston last weekend got the job done after a shaky start by Chris Archer (1-0). Alex Colome escaped a second-and-third jam in the ninth by getting three straight groundouts, retiring Leury Garcia on a game-ending bouncer to first. Miguel Gonzalez (0-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. The White Sox are still winless at home this season. They've opened 0-4 at Guaranteed Rate Field, and haven't lost their first five home games since 1975 at Comiskey Park. Carson Fulmer starts for Chicago against Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell.

WRIGLEY WREADY

The Chicago Cubs try again to play their home opener, a day after a winter scene at Wrigley Field forced a snowout. The Cubs are only team in the majors that hasn't had a home game. The forecast is for clear skies and temperatures in the low 40s when Tyler Chatwood starts against Pittsburgh.

ROYALS 10, MARINERS 0

ASTROS 2, TWINS 0

INDIANS 2, TIGERS 0

PHILLIES 6, REDS 5

nba

NETS 114, BULLS 105

NEW YORK -- Allen Crabbe scored 20 of his career-high 41 points in the first quarter and the Nets beat the Bulls 114-105 for their first three-game winning streak this season. D'Angelo Russell had 21 points and 11 assists, and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points for the Nets, who had not won three straight since April 1-4, 2017. Former Net Sean Kilpatrick was one of seven players for the Bulls to score in double figures, tallying 16 points. Cameron Payne had 15 for Chicago, which has lost its last three games. Brooklyn hit 18 3-pointers in its first game since falling one shy of the NBA record with 24 in a rout of Chicago on Saturday. Crabbe celebrated his 26th birthday by going 8 of 11 from deep Monday.

PRO BASKETBALL

 dETROIT (AP) – Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he’s undecided about Stan Van Gundy’s future with the franchise. Gores met with reporters during halftime of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. Van Gundy will finish his fourth season as coach and president of basketball operations on Wednesday night at Chicago. He’s failed to lead Detroit to the playoffs for the third time.

OLYMPICS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Olympians who were abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar are supporting legislation that would make California the first state to require doctors to tell their patients if they are on probation. Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber says the measure could help protect women from abuse. Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill says roughly 120 doctors are placed on probation every year in California for infractions such as sexual misconduct or medical errors. Patients can find information online about which doctors are on probation if they know where to look. The measure would require doctors to disclose that information. Versions of the proposal have died twice before. This year, Hill is pointing to increased attention around sexual assault in advocating for the measure.

PRO FOOTBALL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building. Speaking on a conference call Monday, Shurmur said he hadn’t yet talked to Beckham, whose name has been mentioned in trade speculation in recent months. The coach didn’t know how many of the voluntary activities Beckham planned to attend or the condition of his left ankle. The ankle was broken in the fifth game of a 3-13 season that led to the firing of coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese .

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school alleging that three former men’s basketball players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting what happened. The woman and players are not named in the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

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WHPO Sports Report April 9, 2018

BASEBALL

Herscher 10, Hoopeston Area 4. Max Conn doubled twice and drove in a run, while Brady Moore had two hits and two RBI, but the Cornjerkers (3-2) lost on the road.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 11, Schlarman 1

In softball

Oakwood 18, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 6

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 13, Schlarman 3

Schlarman 11, St. Teresa 1

Bishop McNamara 15, Loyola Academy 7

Bishop McNamara 4, Loyola Academy 2                 

DIAMONDBACKS 4, CARDINALS 1

ST. LOUIS -- Arizona manager Torey Lovullo set off a benches-clearing incident by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls with his pitch framing. Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning. Lovullo was arguing a called third strike on A.J. Pollock and got into a shouting match with Molina. The catcher appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field. David Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Dominic Leone (0-2) in the eighth and A.J. Pollock went deep later in the inning as Arizona beat the cards 4-1 matching its best start at 7-2 . Yoshihisa Hirano (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for his first major league win, and Brad Boxberger got three outs for his fourth save.

CUBS 3, BREWERS 0

MILWAUKEE -- Jose Quintana (1-1) threw three-hit ball over six innings, Ben Zobrist homered and the cubs beat the brewers 3-0. Chicago finished 5-4 on its longest opening trip since going 7-5 in 1899. Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Ben Zobrist's solo shot off the foul pole in right in the fourth gave the Cubs the only run they would need against Chase Anderson (0-1), who allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

AT LAST

Weather-permitting, the Chicago Cubs finally get to play their home opener when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. The Cubs closed out a 5-4 trip with a 3-0 win at Milwaukee on Sunday. There is a chance for snow for the team's return to Chicago, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo also is questionable. The slugger has been sidelined by back tightness.

TIGERS 1, WHITE SOX 0

CHICAGO -- Mike Fiers combined with four relievers on a three-hitter that completed a three-game sweep with a 1-0 win over the white sox. On an afternoon with a first-pitch temperature of 36 degrees and a 10 mph wind blowing straight in, the teams combined for just five hits -- all singles -- and none after the third inning. Fiers (1-0) made his season debut after recovering from a lumbar strain and allowed three hits in six innings. and Shane Greene got three outs for his second save. Leonys Martin blooped a single off Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) starting the game, stole second, advanced on Welington Castillo's passed ball and came home on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

PIRATES 5, REDS 0

INDIANS 3, ROYALS 1

the twins and the mariners were postponed

PACERS 123, HORNETS 117

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 30 points, Victor Oladipo had 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting and the Pacers beat the Hornets 123-117 to keep alive their slim hopes of winning the Central Division title. Lance Stephenson, a former Hornet, had 10 rebounds, 10 assists and eight points for the Pacers, who have won seven of their last nine games. Rookie Malik Monk led the Hornets with 22 points in their final home game of the season. For Indiana (48-33) to win the Central and earn home-court advantage for the first round of the NBA playoffs, it needs to beat Charlotte on Tuesday night and have the Cleveland Cavaliers (49-31) lose their final two games against the New York Knicks. The Pacers have the tiebreaker advantage over the Cavaliers after taking three of four in the season series, including a 124-107 win in November.

GOLF

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Patrick Reed won his first major championship with a thrilling one-shot victory over Rickie Fowler at the Masters. Reed pulled ahead of Jordan Spieth with an 8-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole Sunday, saved par with a 6-foot putt at No. 17 and pulled off a testy two-putt at the final hole to win with a 1-under 71. His total was a 15-under 273. Fowler made quite a run at his first major title, making six birdies over the final 11 holes for a closing 67. Spieth began the day nine shots behind and turned in one of the greatest final rounds in Masters history with an 8-UNDERR 64. But a disappointing bogey at the last hole, when his tee shot struck a limb, ended his hopes of improbably catching Reed. Rory McIlroy went into the round three shots off the lead, in good position to make a run at the career Grand Slam. But he stumbled to a 74 and finished six shots behind Reed.

NASCAR

A runner-up finish in the 2017 season finale kept KYLE Busch from winning another NASCAR Cup Series championship, something he had to contemplate the entire offseason. Then he had three runner-up finishes in the first six races this year, including two that Kevin Harvick won. On Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, points leader Busch finished ahead of Harvick and the rest of the field for Joe Gibbs Racing's first victory this season. Busch stayed in front of Harvick the last 24 laps after the final restart, getting his third win at Texas and 44th of his career. Jamie McMurray finished third, ahead of Erik Jones. Ryan Blaney was fifth a day after winning the Xfinity Series race. MORE COMING UP ON THE MONDAY MORNING RACE REFRESHER.

JOE McCONNELL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Joe McConnell, who was the radio voice for Purdue’s football program from 1994 through 2009, died Sunday following an extended illness. McConnell enjoyed a long and distinguished career. He helped chronicle the resurgence of the Boilermaker program under Joe Tiller, who guided Purdue to 10 bowl games in 12 seasons, including the Rose Bowl following the 2000 season.  In November, McConnell was elected to the Indiana Broadcasters Pioneers Hall of Fame. He was named AP/UPI Play-by-Play Sportscaster of the Year five times and was Indiana Sportscaster of the Year in 2000. He won Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1981. McConnell, a 1962 graduate of Franklin College, worked 23 seasons in the NFL as the voice of the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings (1971-76 and 1985-87), Chicago Bears (1977-84), Indianapolis Colts (1992-94) and Tennessee Oilers (1997-98). He also did play-by-play for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns (1970-72) and Indiana Pacers (1972-77). He served as the voice of MLB’s Minnesota Twins (1978-79) and Chicago White Sox (1980-84). He broadcast three Super Bowls, the NBA and ABA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and the American League Championship Series. McConnell also broadcast Northwestern football (1988). He called men’s basketball games for Indiana State (1978-79), DePaul (1984-88), Illinois (1987-88), Notre Dame (1987-88) and Northwestern men’s basketball (1989-94).  Joe McConnell was 79.

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WHPO Sports Report April 3, 2018

NCAA FINAL

Villanova has its second national championship in three years after a 79-62 victory over Michigan. The Wildcats went 31 years between their first title in 1985 and their second one two years ago in Houston. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn't have to wait very long for another one. Donte DiVincenzo had 31 points for the Wildcats, the most scored against the Wolverines this season. Villanova guard Jalen Brunson, the AP Player of the Year, was in foul trouble and finished with nine points. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led michigan with 23 points. Moritz Wagner added 16 points. Villanova won all six games by double digits over this tournament run, joining Michigan State (2000), Duke (2001) and North Carolina (2009) in that rare air.

REDS 1, CUBS 0

CINCINNATI -- Rookie Tyler Mahle pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Raisel Iglesias struck out Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and the Reds edged the Cubs 1-0 for their first win of the season. Eugenio Suarez tripled in the fourth and scored on Adam Duvall's groundout for the game's only run. Cincinnati was swept at home by Washington, falling to 0-3 for the first time since 2003. It also trailed in all 27 innings -- the Nationals scored in the first inning each time. Mahle (1-0) earned the victory in only his fifth major league start, outpitching Tyler Chatwood (0-1) in his Cubs debut. Iglesias got four outs for the save. Chicago has been blanked in back-to-back games for the first time since last May 26-27, when the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-0 and 5-0.

CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 4

MILWAUKEE -- Pitcher Miles Mikolas hit a home run and got the 8-4 win in his return from a three-year stint in Japan, as the Cardinals spoiled the Brewers' home opener. St. Louis shortstop Paul DeJong connected for the second straight game, hitting his third homer this season. Milwaukee had opened the season with a three-game sweep at San Diego. Mikolas (1-0) gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first big league start since Aug. 25, 2014, when he pitched eight innings for Texas in a 2-0 win over Seattle. He also got his first major league hit in the fifth -- a two-run homer off Zach Davies (0-1) that broke a 2-2 tie. Eric Thames, Lorenzo Cain and Manny Pina homered for Milwaukee.

BLUE JAYS 4, WHITE SOX 2

TORONTO -- Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson and Aledmys Diaz connected, powering Toronto to its third straight victory as they beat the white sox 4-2. All six runs in the game came on homers. Welington Castillo went deep twice for the White Sox for his sixth career multihomer game and third straight against Toronto. Castillo hit five home runs against the Blue Jays in 2017, his highest total against any opponent. Martin erased a 2-1 deficit with a two-run drive off Danny Farquhar (1-1) with two out in the seventh. Seung Hwan Oh (1-0) got the win despite allowing Castillo's second homer, a tiebreaking shot in the top of the seventh. Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his second save.

TIGERS 6, royals 1

PIRATES 5, TWINS 4

INDIANS 6, ANGELS 0

PACERS 111, CLIPPERS 104

LOS ANGELES -- Victor Oladipo scored 30 points, Myles Turner added 24 and Indiana rallied for its fifth straight victory A 111-104 WIN OVER THE CLIPPERS. Oladipo shot 11 of 17 from the field and had 12 assists for the playoff-bound Pacers, who have won four in a row over the Clippers. Neither team led by more than seven points in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers scored on nearly every possession over the last five minutes. They've won 12 of their last 16. Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 21 points. Lou Williams added 20 and Montrezl Harrell had 19 off the bench. Austin Rivers scored 18 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds.

BULLS 113, WIZARDS 94

CHICAGO -- Rookie Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead Chicago PAST THE WIZARDS 113-94. Bobby Portis had 18 points and hit 4 of 5 from long range, and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 points. Chicago shot 52.4 percent overall from the floor and was 18 for 34 on 3s -- matching its season high -- as Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg missed the game with an upper-respiratory infection. Hoiberg returned home before tipoff, leaving associate head coach Jim Boylen to direct Chicago to its second straight win following a seven-game skid. Otto Porter Jr. led the Wizards with 17 points as five-time All-Star John Wall rested. Bradley Beal scored 15 points and reserve Mike Scott added 14.

TONY STEWART

UTICA, N.Y. -- The family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car has apparently reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the former NASCAR star. According to a notice posted in federal court records on Monday, Judge David Hurd set an April 12 settlement hearing in Utica, New York. Kevin Ward Jr. was killed in August 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after he exited his car following a crashed into the wall lining the dirt track in upstate New York following a bump from Stewart's vehicle. Ward was walking in the direction of Stewart's car when he was struck and killed by the veteran driver. The family claimed Stewart caused the collision by improperly maneuvering toward the victim after the race was placed under caution. A trial had been scheduled to begin May 7.

HOCKEY

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has a broken right ankle that will require surgery and end his season, right before the start of the playoffs. The Wild announced the diagnosis before their 3-0 victory over Edmonton, when Suter’s streak of 242 consecutive regular-season games ended. That’s the third-longest in franchise history. Suter was hurt on Saturday at Dallas when he crashed leg-first into the end wall and needed help off the ice, and according to his teammates he was downcast on the bus afterward. An MRI on Monday confirmed the fear that an operation would be needed to fix the fracture. Suter already set a career high this season with 45 assists, which also beat his own franchise record for defensemen. Almost half of those assists came on a power play. Suter is also second in the NHL with an average ice time per game of 26:46.

NBA

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James believes Alabama’s football program is offside. James contends the Crimson Tide has lifted ”ideas, concepts and format” from a program on ”Uninterrupted,” the digital media platform the three-time NBA champion co-founded with business partner Maverick Carter. Last year, ”Uninterrupted” aired ”The Shop” a forum where James, Golden State forward Draymond Green, retired player Charles Oakley and others have conversations while getting their hair cut in a barber shop. Alabama recently released a trailer on Twitter for ”Shop Talk” that shows Tide coach Nick Saban and former Alabama star wide receiver Julio Jones in a barber-shop setting. The video says the first episode is ”coming soon.” On Monday, ”Uninterrupted” sent a letter to Alabama, citing ”exploitation” and concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property. In the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press, Josh Tarnow, the head of business and legal affairs for ”Uninterrupted”, tells Alabama he would prefer not getting into a ”battle of legal letters” with the school and asks for a copy of the first ”Shop Talk” episode to be sent for a review. Tarnow hopes the sides can ”address Uninterrupted’s concerns amicably.” A school spokeswoman told the AP that Alabama is ”in the midst of reviewing this matter, which just came to our attention this morning.” Although James is a huge Ohio State fan, he has attended Alabama games in the past. And every year Alabama has won the national championship since 2010, James has captured an NBA title. It happened in 2012 and 2013 when James played in Miami, and again in 2016 when he guided the Cavaliers to a title, the first for any Cleveland major sports team since 1964. Alabama won its fifth title under Saban in January.

HS BASEBALL

ONE GAME TO REPORT FROM HS YESTERDAY AS GARDNER SO. WILMINGTON USED A NINE RUN 3RD INNING TO HANDLE IROQUOIS WEST IN FIVE INNINGS 16-2. ALEXIS RAMEREZ WAS 2-3 TO LEAD THE RAIDER OFFENSE.

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WHPO Sports Report April 2, 2018

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SAN ANTONIO – The Final Four is down to two teams: Villanova will play for its second national championship in three years when the Wildcats face Michigan on Monday night. Villanova advanced to the title game by beating Kansas 95-79 in the Final Four. Michigan topped 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago 69-57. Two years after Jalen Brunson and coach Jay Wright’s Wildcats triumphed in Houston, they’ll be the favorites to do it again in the Lone Star State. Their final obstacle is a Wolverines team currently led by German center Moe Wagner, a nightmare matchup for most opponents. But Villanova is a 3-point shooting machine that tests the depth and defense of every opponent. The Wolverines have scrapped and clawed for most of their victories during March Madness, but that resourcefulness should be fully tested by the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. Michigan is in the title game for the second time under coach John Beilein(bee-line), who has never won a national championship. His 2013 Wolverines lost to Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals in Atlanta.
CARDINALS 5, METS 1
NEW YORK -- Paul DeJong had the first multihomer game of his big league career, Luke Weaver held the Mets to one run in five innings and St. Louis avoided an opening three-game sweep with a 5-1 win over the mets. DeJong went deep in the second inning, making him 3 for 3 with two homers in his career against Steven Matz (0-1). DeJong hit his second solo homer in the eighth against Jacob Rhame. DeJong hit .285 with 25 home runs and 65 RBI as a rookie last year, earning a $26 million, six-year contract. Marcell Ozuna broke out of an 0-for-9 start with three hits, including an RBI double and a run-scoring single. Yadier Molina also homered for the Cardinals. Weaver (1-0) struggled through a 27-pitch first inning but settled in and wound up allowing five hits, four of them singles.
MARLINS 6, CUBS 0
MIAMI -- Dillon Peters threw six scoreless innings, Brian Anderson hit a three-run double to highlight a five-run fifth and Miami split its opening four-game series with Chicago with a 6-0 win on sunday. Peters (1-0) helped a well-worked bullpen out in a big way, rarely getting himself into any trouble. He threw 89 pitches, 56 for strikes, striking out two and walking only one. Jose Quintana (0-1) gave up six hits and six runs in six innings. 
the sox and royals were postponed . . . milwaukee had the day off
NATIONALS 6, REDS 5
PIRATES 1, TIGERS 0, 1ST GAME
PIRATES 8, TIGERS 6, 2ND GAME
TWINS 7, ORIOLES 0
MARINERS 5, INDIANS 4
PACERS 111, CLIPPERS 104
LOS ANGELES -- Victor Oladipo scored 30 points, Myles Turner added 24 and Indiana rallied for its fifth straight victory . . . a 111-104 win over the clippers. Oladipo shot 11 of 17 from the field and had 12 assists for the playoff-bound Pacers, who have won four in a row over the Clippers. Neither team led by more than seven points in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers scored on nearly every possession over the last five minutes. They've won 12 of their last 16. Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 21 points. Lou Williams added 20 and Montrezl Harrell had 19 off the bench. Austin Rivers scored 18 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds.
BULLS 113, WIZARDS 94
CHICAGO -- Rookie Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead Chicago over the wizards 113-94. Bobby Portis had 18 points and hit 4 of 5 from long range, and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 points. Chicago shot 52.4 percent overall from the floor and was 18 for 34 on 3s -- matching its season high -- as Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg missed the game with an upper-respiratory infection. Hoiberg returned home before tipoff, leaving associate head coach Jim Boylen to direct Chicago to its second straight win following a seven-game skid. Otto Porter Jr. led the Wizards with 17 points as five-time All-Star John Wall rested. Bradley Beal scored 15 points and reserve Mike Scott added 14.
PRO BASKETBALL
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has been released from a hospital following a terrifying fall to the floor during Saturday’s game at Sacramento. The team also said Sunday that preliminary tests showed McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system after the freak injury. McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after a thud to the court following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter in the Warriors’ 112-96 win.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill are among the 13-member class that will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September. The Hall of Fame made the announcement Saturday before the NCAA Final Four semifinals. The inductees also include Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, coach Lefty Driesell, Charlie Scott, longtime executive Rick Welts, NBA executive Rod Thorn, Katie Smith, the late Ora Mae Washington and Croatian star Dino Radja. Nash and Kidd were two of the greatest point guards of their generation. Nash is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player from Canada and an eight-time All-Star. Kidd earned 10 All-Star selections. Hill won two NCAA titles at Duke and seven NBA All-Star selections. Allen is the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history and a two-time league champion.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid (jo-elle em-beed)had surgery Saturday to repair a broken bone around his left eye. The team says there is no timetable for Embiid’s return. He is scheduled to have a post-operative examination late next week, and further updates will be provided then. Embiid also suffered a concussion and remains in the NBA’s concussion program.
 
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 27, 2018

baseball

St. Anne                        4       5       Beecher

Prairie Central              1       11     Coal City

Kankakee                      4       15     Manteno

softball

Illinois Lutheran           12     2       Iroquois West

Beecher                         11     1       St. Anne

Bradley-Bourbonnais   14     0       New Trier

SHARKS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3, SO

CHICAGO -- Kevin Labanc scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout and San Jose beat Chicago 4-3 for its eighth straight victory. Labanc almost pulled to a stop in front of Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg, faked and then lifted in a nifty backhand. Logan Couture also connected in the tiebreaker for the surging Sharks, whose winning streak is their longest in seven years. Chicago's Patrick Sharp tied it at 3 with 2:22 left in the third period. Tomas Hertl had put the Sharks ahead 3-2 just 1:57 earlier. San Jose's Evander Kane scored his 28th goal -- his eighth in 13 games since being acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline. Marcus Sorensen also had a goal for the Sharks. Rookie forward Alex DeBrincat scored his 26th goal and had an assist, and Connor Murphy scored his second for the last-place Blackhawks, who have lost six of seven. Martin Jones made 28 saves through overtime and stopped three of four Blackhawks in the shootout.

CARDINALS 5, BLUE JAYS 3

Toronto prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of the former Montreal Expos great, got to wear his father's No. 27 at Olympic Stadium. The 19-year-old Guerrero was given a standing ovation by Montreal fans when he entered in the seventh inning and finished 0 for 2. St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha prepped for his expected start Saturday against the Mets at Citi Field by blanking the Blue Jays on three hits through three innings, striking out six. Marcell Ozuna launched his fifth home run as st. louis gets past toronto 5-3. Marcus Stroman pitched 4 2/3 innings for Toronto and fanned six.

RED SOX 4, CUBS 2

Rick Porcello worked five innings in his final spring tuneup for Boston, giving up seven hits and two earned runs. Chicago newcomer Yu Darvish went three innings and allowed one earned run but the bullpen wouldn't hold as the cubs lose to boston 4-2.

WHITE SOX 9, CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS 5

Reynaldo Lopez shut out Chicago's Triple-A team over the first 2 2/3 innings. Avisail Garcia had two hits and smacked a two-run homer for the White Sox as they beat the charlotte knights 9-5. Adam Engel hit two doubles.

PHILLIES 6, PIRATES 3

RAYS 2, TIGERS 2

DIAMONDBACKS 7, INDIANS 0

RANGERS 6, REDS 5

ASTROS 5, BREWERS 2

nascar

clint Bowyer snapped a 190-race losing streak dating to 2012 with a dominating victory at Martinsville Speedway. Monday's win continued the strong start to the NASCAR season for Stewart-Haas Racing, which has won four of the first six races to start the year. Bowyer's victory was his first driving for SHR, the team he joined as Tony Stewart's replacement last year. The move to SHR was supposed to turn Bowyer's fortunes around, but his struggles continued through his first year in the No. 14 Ford. Bowyer had led just 145 combined laps the last four years and bettered that Monday with 215 laps led and his first career Martinsville victory. It was the ninth career victory for Bowyer, but first since he was a legitimate title contender in 2012 before the bottom fell out. He was snared in a cheating scandal with Michael Waltrip Racing, that team never recovered and folded, and Bowyer has been trying to find his footing since. He thanked Gene Haas and Stewart for bringing him to SHR.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The women’s Final Four is set, and it’s one exclusive party. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio, marking the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals. It’s the 11th consecutive Final Four appearance for the Huskies, breaking a tie with John Wooden and the UCLA men’s team for the Division I record. UConn is into the national semifinals for the 19th time overall, snapping a tie with Tennessee for the most in women’s basketball history. The Huskies will face former Big East rival Notre Dame on Friday night. The Cardinals will play the Bulldogs in the other game.

PRO FOOTBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams, joining All-Pro Aaron Donald on a potentially fearsome defensive front. Suh’s deal in Los Angeles is worth $14 million, according to the NFL Network and ESPN.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees are on track to open the season this week with baseball’s seventh-highest payroll, their lowest ranking since 1992, according to projections by The Associated Press. The Boston Red Sox will top the major leagues at about $223 million, ending the Los Angeles Dodgers’ four-year run as the top spender. San Francisco will be second at around $203 million, and the Chicago Cubs are set to be third at about $183 million. The Dodgers and Washington Nationals will each be at approximately $180 million, and the Los Angeles Angels will be next at about $170 million. The Yankees will be at around $167 million – their lowest payroll since 2003.

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WHPO Sports Report March 26, 2018

PACERS 113, HEAT 107, OT

INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo had 23 points and five assists to help the Indiana Pacers beat the heat 113-107 in ot to clinch a playoff berth. Thaddeus Young had 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who secured their seventh appearance in the postseason in the last eight seasons. Tyler Johnson made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, James Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Bam Adebayo added 14 points for the Heat, who split the four-game season series.

NATIONALS 4, CARDINALS 2

Washington starter Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 in his final tuneup, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on three hits and three walks as the nationlas defeat the cardinals 4-2. Michael A. Taylor and Matt Adams homered for the Nationals. Bryce Harper went hitless in three trips and is batting .283. Tommy Pham had two hits, scoring twice for St. Louis. The Cardinals said pitcher Adam Wainwright will begin the season on the disabled list after injuring himself during conditioning drills earlier this week. Manager Mike Matheny said rookie Jack Flaherty will move into the rotation.

CUBS 5, ROYALS 3

Kyle Hendricks pitched four scoreless innings in his final tuneup for Chicago, allowing one hit and issuing two walks as the cubs beat the royals 5-3. Ben Zobrist had a pair of doubles for the Cubs, scoring a run. Kansas City starter Ian Kennedy gave up one run in five innings.

WHITE SOX 16, BREWERS 1

Eddy Alvarez homered for Chicago. Nick Franklin hit his third home run for Milwaukee. as the white sox ripped the brewers 16-1.

RED SOX 6, TWINS 1

TIGERS 10, BRAVES 3

PIRATES 7, BLUE JAYS 4

INDIANS 6, REDS 4

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

over in college basketball's final four there are Three teams that need no introduction and One that came from out of nowhere. Though the 2018 NCAA Tournament produced the biggest upset in the history of the event along with a seemingly endless string of wild finishes and unexpected results, the Final Four will look very much like it has over the last handful of seasons. In one of next Saturday's semifinals, it's a barnburner of a matchup between top-seeded programs with rich histories: Villanova vs. Kansas. In what will quickly become known as the ''other'' semifinal, it's an upstart vs. another school that knows this road: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 3 Michigan . Remarkable as Loyola's run - and this tournament - have been, this marks the fifth time over the last six seasons that three teams seeded 1 through 4 have been joined by another seeded 7 or higher. The four previous times, the underdog has bowed out in the semifinal.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday. Fans serenaded the 98-year-old team chaplain and newfound celebrity with chants of ''Sister Jean! Sister Jean!'' as she was wheeled into the arena. They roared and screamed ''LUC! LUC!'' as the team walked toward the stage on the court. Some players held up their phones and scanned the crowd, taking it all in a day after securing a spot in the Final Four. The Ramblers' improbable run continues thanks to a convincing victory over Kansas State in the South regional final in Atlanta on Saturday night.

PRO BASKETBALL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Optimistic as always, Stephen Curry is ready to prove Steve Kerr wrong and return from a left knee injury for the first round of the playoffs. Not that it's entirely up to him. Kerr on Sunday ruled out the two-time MVP for the best-of-seven Western Conference first round. The Warriors are expected to be the No. 2 seed. ''There's no way he's playing in the first round,'' Kerr said. An MRI exam Saturday showed a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament and the team said Curry would be re-evaluated in three weeks - that would be April 14 and a possible Game 1 of the playoffs for Golden State. On Sunday, Curry limped up a couple of stairs to the podium for his news conference but didn't need crutches, saying, ''It's nice that I'm walking and not limited with crutches or anything like that, so that's a positive.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton says he wishes he ''could have done better'' in making postgame comments during an awkward exchange with a reporter following the Seminoles' Elite Eight loss to Michigan. In a statement posted on the program's Twitter account Sunday, Hamilton said he was ''impacted'' by the emotions as he answered questions from reporter Dana Jacobson following the 58-54 loss Saturday. Jacobson had asked why his Seminoles didn't foul after Michigan's Duncan Robinson grabbed a defensive rebound with Michigan up 4 and just 11 seconds remaining, allowing the clock to run out. Hamilton was immediately defensive and dodged Jacobson's question for a while before getting around to an answer, though he almost walked off before returning. Hamilton said Sunday Jacobson was ''doing her job'' in asking the questions.

BASEBALL

The Philadelphia Phillies are banking on young Scott Kingery. A prized prospect who has never played in the majors, Kingery reached a six-year deal with the Phillies on Sunday that takes him through the 2023 season. The contract includes three team options running through 2026. Multiple media reports said Kingery was guaranteed more than $23 million. The 23-year-old Kingery is batting .392 in 20 spring training games and is tied for the Grapefruit League lead with 20 hits. Kingery hit a combined .304 with 26 home runs and 29 steals as a second baseman for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading last year. He was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft from the University of Arizona.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is expected to miss at least the first two months of the season after undergoing surgery Saturday to have three pins inserted into the broken pinkie on his pitching hand. The 28-year-old lefty was injured Friday when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Whit Merrifield in a spring training game. The outing was supposed to be the final tuneup for Bumgarner before starting on opening day. ''We're looking at a couple months, give or take,'' manager Bruce Bochy said before San Francisco's exhibition game against its Triple-A club in Sacramento. ''It's going to take a while. I guess the good news we got this morning is they really felt good about the surgery.'' Bumgarner will have the pins in his pinkie for a month, according to Bochy. It will take another two weeks after that before the 2014 World Series MVP can resume throwing. ''We're hoping by early June he'll be pitching for us,'' Bochy said.

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WHPO Sports Report March 22, 2018

baseball
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 18 8 Heyworth
Dwight 1 15 Seneca
Oakwood 3 5 Fisher
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 10, St. Joseph-Ogden 2
softball
Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 10, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2
Fisher 7, Oakwood 1
LeRoy 16, Armstrong-Potomac 3
NUGGETS 135, BULLS 102
CHICAGO -- Nikola Jokic had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists on "Serbian Heritage Night," and Denver routed Chicago 135-102. Denver shot 61.4 percent (51 for 83) from the field and had seven players score in double figures. Paul Millsap had 22 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes, and Wilson Chandler made five of the Nuggets' 20 3-pointers on his way to 19 points. The Nuggets (39-33) improved to 1-2 on a seven-game trip and pulled within 1 1/2 games of idle Utah for eighth in the Western Conference playoff race.
PELICANS 96, PACERS 92
NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis capped a 28-point, 13-rebound, five-block performance with a 15-foot baseline fade, a gritty put-back and two free throws in the final minute, and New Orleans outlasted Indiana 96 - 92. E'Twaun Moore scored 23 points for New Orleans, which had to overcome a scrappy defensive effort by Indiana to win its third straight. The Pacers shot only 36.6 percent (34 of 93), but kept the game close with 15 offensive rebounds and 17 second-chance points.
CUBS 5, RANGERS 1
Yu Darvish struck out seven in six innings, allowing three hits that included Juan Centeno's leadoff homer in the third. Steve Cishek and Carl Edwards Jr. combined for hitless relief. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber homered.
CARDINALS 13, MARLINS 6
Marcell Ozuna, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong all homered for St. Louis. Cameron Maybin and Garrett Cooper doubled for Miami.
PADRES 4, WHITE SOX 3
Eric Hosmer hit his fourth homer, a two-run drive in the fifth. Padres starter Luis Perdomo gave up one run and five hits in five innings, and Chicago's Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Matt Skole and Yermin Mercedes homered.
BREWERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
TWINS 3, PIRATES 1
BRAVES 3, TIGERS 2
indy
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Indianapolis 500, an American staple on ABC for 53 years, will have a new television home next season. In fact, the entire IndyCar package is moving to NBC in 2019 in what could turn out to be an exceptional deal for the series because of promised increased exposure across multiple platforms. That's secondary, though, to another network ending ABC's stranglehold on the "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The Indy 500 on ABC is the second-longest partnership in television and sports events behind only the Masters, which has been on CBS since 1956. It's a jewel ABC did not particularly want to give up, and IndyCar wasn't unhappy with the network's production of its most important asset. But IndyCar badly wanted its races on one network and made that clear in negotiations with both ABC and NBC. The networks have been sharing the series for several years, with ABC owning the Indy 500 and the broadcast rights. NBC got the leftovers and was allowed to air IndyCar only on cable. IndyCar CEO Mark Miles worked out a three-year deal assigning all media rights to NBC. The agreement announced Wednesday comes with an increased number of races on broadcast (NBC) and a subscription-only channel for IndyCar's diehard fans.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Big East has recommended replacing one-and-done with a two-or-none policy in college basketball, along with NCAA regulation of agents and the creation of an elite player unit to focus on ''players with realistic aspirations of playing in the NBA.'' The Big East's recommendations come a week after a similar report by the Pac-12 for the NCAA's commission on college basketball, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The commission was created in response to a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball. The Big East's plan calls for the elimination of the NBA's one-and-done rule, which prohibits its teams from drafting players until they are at least 19 or a year removed from high school. Two-or-none would be an NCAA policy requiring basketball players who decide to go to college to commit for at least two seasons. Meanwhile, high school players who declare for the NBA draft would forfeit future college eligibility.
PRO FOOTBALL
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The NFL's catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee. One of the first orders of business when the league's annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl he would urge simplification of the rules. ''Catch/no catch is at the top of everyone's minds,'' Troy Vincent, the NFL's football operations chief, said Wednesday before outlining the committee's recommendations. The owners will be asked to vote on clarifications that eliminate parts of the rule involving a receiver going to the ground, and that also eliminate negating a catch for slight movement of the ball while it is in the receiver's possession. No calls in the last few years - not even pass interference - have caused more consternation than overturned catches in key situations, including those by Dez Bryant, Jesse James and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
BASEBALL
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members. In a statement, the Hall said Wednesday that it ''concurs with the commissioner's sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of Native American logos in baseball.'' Former Cleveland slugger Jim Thome was elected in January and said he wanted a block C logo on his plaque when it is unveiled in July. Thome said it was ''the right thing to do.'' Major League Baseball announced earlier this year the Chief Wahoo logo won't appear on Cleveland uniforms starting in the 2019 season. The decision came after discussions between Commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan. For years, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside Cleveland's stadium before the home opener, saying Chief Wahoo is an offensive depiction of their race. The Hall said that while the Chief Wahoo logo appears on Early Wynn's 1972 bronze plaque and other exhibits in the museum, it won't be used on future plaques.
TENNIS
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Lois Goodman was in court six years ago, she stood accused of murder for allegedly bludgeoning her elderly husband with a coffee mug. On Wednesday, she was the accuser, blaming a medical examiner of falsifying an autopsy report that led to her arrest, tarnished her reputation and left her in financial trouble. Goodman, a tennis umpire who was on her way to officiate a U.S. Open tennis match in New York in 2012 when police handcuffed her in front of news cameras, wants at least $100,000 for legal expenses and the ordeal she suffered for months before prosecutors dropped the charges. Attorney Todd Thibodo told jurors in federal court that Deputy Medical Examiner Yulai Wang in the Los Angeles coroner's office provided no justification when he determined Alan Goodman's death was a homicide not an accident. Wang had omitted important elements about the death and ignored the office's rules about including evidence of other possible causes of death in his report, he said.
SOCCER
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United has applied to set up a professional women's team for the first time in the club's history. If the English Football Association accepts the request, United would enter its team in the second tier of the Women's Super League. Ed Woodward, United's executive vice-chairman, says the women's team ''must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men's first team.''
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 21, 2018

AVALANCHE 5, BLACKHAWKS 1
CHICAGO -- Nathan MacKinnon had two assists, extending his point streak to a career high-tying 13 games, and Colorado beat Chicago 5-1. Alexander Kerfoot scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves as Colorado won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 8-1-3 in their last 12. Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist, and Erik Johnson added an empty-netter. The Avalanche (40-25-8) snapped a tie with Anaheim for the top spot in the Western Conference wild-card race and moved within two points of Minnesota for third place in the Central Division. Chicago (30-35-9) lost for the sixth time in seven games. Defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his fifth goal of the season for the Blackhawks, and Anton Forsberg made 35 stops in his first start since he was pulled in the first period of Thursday night's 6-2 loss at Winnipeg. The last-place Blackhawks were eliminated from postseason contention with the loss. They had made the playoffs in nine straight seasons, winning three Stanley Cups.
METS 8, CARDINALS 7
Adrian Gonzalez hit his first spring homer, and Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud also connected for New York as the mets handle the cardinals 8-7. Starter Matt Harvey gave up a run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings. Marcell Ozuna doubled and singled for St. Louis.
WHITE SOX 10, RANGERS 0
Chicago starter Lucas Giolito pitched two-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings and Yoan Moncada had two hits and drove in three runs as the white sox shutout the rangers 10-0. Free agent signee Doug Fister was lifted after 2 1/3 innings of his start for Texas.
CUBS HAD THE DAY OFF
RED SOX 12, PIRATES 6
TIGERS 8, YANKEES 3
BREWERS 4, ROCKIES 4, 9 INNINGS
ROYALS 10, GIANTS 1
REDS 3, PADRES 3, 10 innings
nfl
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have matched the Green Bay Packers' offer sheet for cornerback Kyle Fuller and signed him to a four-year contract. The Bears announced Tuesday they are retaining Fuller. Fuller had 22 passes defensed and two interceptions last season. He emerged as a key player after struggling in 2015 and sitting out 2016 because of a knee injury. General manager Ryan Pace says the Bears "could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years." Chicago finished last in the NFC North at 5-11 last season.
colts
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent offensive lineman Matt Slauson. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The addition of the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Slauson may finally help solidify the interior of a line that has struggled to protect Andrew Luck since he entered the league in 2012. He has played both guard and center. Slauson has started 108 games since being selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He spent his first four seasons with the Jets, joined the Chicago Bears in 2013 and then wound up with San Diego in 2016. He played two seasons with the Chargers, who moved to Los Angeles last season.
jags
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars unceremoniously dumped the longest-tenured player on their roster Tuesday, and he wasn't happy about it. The Jaguars released veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis after 12 seasons to save $3.5 million in salary-cap space. The move came the same day Jacksonville parted ways with receiver Allen Hurns to save $7 million. Both players are now free agents and can sign with any team that wants them.
PRO FOOTBALL
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones has been arrested in Los Angeles following a naked, bloody argument with his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones. A police spokesman says the player, whose legal name is Isaiah Avery Jones, was arrested Monday night after officers responded to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles. Officer Luis Garcia says Jones was breaking glass doors and windows when officers arrived and was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism. The arrest was first reported by TMZ, which posted video of a nude Zay Jones pushing his brother in what appeared to be the hallway of an apartment building. Jail records showed Jones was being held Tuesday on $20,000 bail. The Bills said in a statement they were still gathering information about the incident and declined further comment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was charged Tuesday with threatening two former teammates who had harassed him in the NFL and with threatening his former prep school classmates, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Martin pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded firearm, district attorney's office spokesman Greg Risling said. A post on Martin's Instagram page last month showed a shotgun and referred by name to the private Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that he once attended. The post also included mentions of the Instagram usernames of former Miami Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey and said suicide and revenge were the only options for a victim of bullying.
BASKETBALL
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother. The team issued a statement late saying Korver's brother, Kirk, died earlier in the day. Korver is expected to miss Wednesday's home game against Toronto. Kyle Korver, who is in his second season with Cleveland, left the Cavs last week after his 27-year-old brother became seriously ill in Iowa. Korver played in Monday night's home win over Milwaukee, scoring 12 points.
 
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 20, 2018

WATSEKA 9, GRANT PARK 5  - THE grant park DRAGONS PUT UP 4 RUNS IN THE FIRST AND THAT LOOKED LIKE IT WOULD HOLD UNTIL WATSEKA USED THE FINAL 3 STANZA'S TO PUT THE DRAGONS AWAY AS THEY GET THE NON-CONFERENCE WIN 9-5. BEN LYZNICKI WAS THE HITTING STAR GOING 3-5 WITH A PAIR OF RUNS SCORED AND 2 RBI'S, TIM WRIGHT WAS 1-4 WITH 3 RBI'S AND A RUN SCORED, LEVI FOSTER DROVE IN A PAIR ON ONE FOR 3 HITTING FOR THE DAY AND BROCK HORNER WAS 2-4 WITH A DOUBLE AND AN RBI.  NICK ALBRIGHT PICKS UP THE WIN IN RELIEF OF MASON GIBSON. WATSEKA PLAYS AGAIN TODAY AT HOME AGAINST DONOVAN.
Fisher 6, Cissna Park 3. The visiting Bunnies scored three runs in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and hold on for their first win of the season. Chris Hess hit a two-run home run in the seventh to spark the Bunnies (1-0-1), while Jacob Horsch added two hits. Jed Chow threw a complete game for Fisher, striking out eight. Tanner Benoit hit a two-run home run for the Timberwolves (1-1) and Mario Renteria went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
Iroquois West 1 11 Milford - MILFORDS Tyler Buhrmester  SCATTERED 6 HITS AND GAVE UP ONE RUN HE WALKED ONE WHILE STRIKING OUT 7 RAIDERS AS THE BEARCATS 10 RUN IROQUOIS WEST 11-1 IN 6-INNINGS. The host Bearcats (2-0) received two RBI apiece from Brady Marshino and Klaytin Hunsinger. IROQUOIS WEST DIDN'T PROVIDE THEIR PITCHERS WITH SOME SOLID D AS THEY COMMITT 6 ERRORS IN THE LOSS. Alexis Ramirez had a double for IW (0-2).
Hoopeston Area 5, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 3
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 17 5 Armstrong F
Prairie Central 8 9 Roanoke-Benson
LeRoy 6, Salt Fork 1
Grace Christian Academy 14 4 Kankakee Trinity Academy
Bradley-Bourbonnais 2 10 Morris
Manteno 16 0 Bloom
Gardner-South Wilmington 1 11 Coal City
St. Joseph 10 7 Wheaton Academy
SOFTBALL
watseka at grant park was cancelled due to a wet field
Milford 10, Iroquois West 0. The host Bearcats earned the five-inning win thanks in large part to a three-hit shutout tossed by Kaylee Warren, who struck out five. Brittney Bailey led the Bearcats (2-0) at the plate by going 3 for 4 with four RBI. Meara Tilstra went 2 for 2 and stole a base to pace the Raiders (0-2).
St. Anne 1 9 Kankakee
Fisher 14, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 1
St. Joseph-Ogden 10, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 0.
Unity 17, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 2
NBA
KNICKS 110, BULLS 92
NEW YORK -- Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as New York beat Chicago 110-92. Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Troy Williams added 11 for the Knicks. Cristiano Felicio scored a career-high 17 points for the Bulls, who were missing their top three scorers and went 3-for-30 from 3-point range. Bobby Portis and Antonio Blakeney scored 16 points apiece.
PACERS 110, LAKERS 100
INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo sparked a decisive run and finished with 20 points, Myles Turner had 21 points and Indiana recovered from a poor start for a 110-100 victory over Los Angeles. The victory snapped Indiana's two-game losing streak. Los Angeles was led by Kyle Kuzma with 27 points and Brook Lopez with 23, but the Lakers still lost their third straight. Oladipo and Darren Collison got Indiana going with back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the third quarter for a 77-70 lead.
MLB
CUBS 5, REDS 4
Jon Lester exited after 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and a second-inning RBI single in the 5-4 Cubs win over the reds. Addison Russell added a two-RBI single and Albert Almora Jr. drove home a run. Cincinnati designated hitter Scooter Gennett was 3 for 3 with a double and run scored.
WHITE SOX 15, DIAMONDBACKS 2
Matt Davidson, who homered, and Adam Engel each had three hits for Chicago and leadoff man Yoan Moncada got two hits and drove in three runs as the white sox pounded the living daylights out of arizona 15-2. Carson Fulmer pitched four hitless innings for the White Sox. Arizona relievers Neftali Feliz and Kris Medlen both got roughed up.
ORIOLES 4, TIGERS 2
PIRATES 11, TWINS 8
INDIANS 5, GIANTS 4
greinke
Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke will start this season in the dugout. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Monday that Greinke won't pitch on opening day because of what's perceived to be a minor health issue. Greinke exited his latest start after one inning because of tightness in his groin. He's scheduled to pitch again in spring training Wednesday.
turner
Justin Turner has a broken left wrist after being hit by a pitch during Los Angeles' 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. IT IS NOT known yet how long Turner would be out, but it should be a matter of at least a few weeks.
cahill
MESA, Ariz. -- Right-hander Trevor Cahill and the Oakland Athletics have finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract. As part of the deal announced Monday, Cahill would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if traded.
PRO BASKETBALL
CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep. Lue said in statement that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is and offered no timetable for his return. The coach said he feels he needs to step away “and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation” from which to coach the rest of the season. Associate head coach Larry Drew will run the team in Lue’s absence.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A winter storm expected to hit the Northeast is forcing at least one college basketball team to alter its travel plans for the third round of the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia’s athletic department announced the Mountaineers will leave a day early for Boston. WVU says it will depart Morgantown on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Fifth-seeded West Virginia meets top-seeded Villanova in the East Region semifinals at TD Garden on Friday night.
PRO FOOTBALL
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts finally made a splash in free agency by signing tight end Eric Ebron. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Ebron was released last week by the Detroit Lions, the team that made him a first-round pick in 2014.
BASEBALL
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is working to finalize a two-game series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium on June 29-30 in 2019, the sport’s first regular-season games in Europe. The Red Sox have the option of having both games be Boston home games. 
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- Myles Turner scored 25 points, including two clutch free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 on Tuesday night in a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview. Thaddeus Young added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the surprising Pacers (40-28), who overcame an off shooting night by leading scorer Victor Oladipo to win their third straight and improve to a season-high 12 games over .500. They were coming off a 99-97 victory at Boston on Sunday night. Joel Embiid had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Ben Simmons finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the 76ers (36-30), who had won 13 straight home games.
CLIPPERS 112, BULLS 106
CHICAGO -- DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, leading the Clippers to the 112-106 road win against the bulls. Lou Williams scored 26 and Tobias Harris had 18 points for Los Angeles, which took control late in the third quarter on the way to its fifth win in six games. Bobby Portis led Chicago with 19 points and nine rebounds. Kris Dunn added 18 points and six assists. But with Lauri Markkanen sidelined by lower back spasms, the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
ncaa tourney first four
Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each scored 13 points to lift Radford to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, 71-61 over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four on Tuesday night. Jashaun Agosto finished with a game high 16 Pts for  LIU Brooklyn. 
Courtney Stockard returned from an injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams made a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying St. Bonaventure to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and its first NCAA Tournament win since 1970. Aaron Holiday led the way for the bruins with 20 Pts.
PADRES 7, CUBS (SS) 5
Carlos Asuaje had three hits, including a double and a home run, and Jordan Lyles gave up four runs and five hits in three innings. Mike Montgomery allowed two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. Wilson Contreras hit a two-run homer but it wasn't enough as the cubs lose a split squad game against the padres 7-5.
CUBS (SS) 2, GIANTS 1
Addison Russell hit his first home run of the spring over the left-field bullpen, and Ian Happ clocked his fifth for Chicago in front of a Cactus League-record 15,849 fans as the cubs split squad beat the giants 2-1. Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood struck out nine in five innings of one-hit ball. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner fanned seven in five innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs.
CARDINALS 11, MARLINS 4
Miami starter Jose Urena got just one out, giving up six runs and six hits as the cardinals beat up the marlins 11-4. Carlos Martinez struck out five in four innings and gave up four hits. Marcel Ozuna had two hits, including his third double of spring training, and raised his batting average to .188. Jose Martinez drove in three runs with a double and a single. Cameron Maybin tripled and drove in two runs.
BREWERS 4, RANGERS 3
ATHLETICS 9. ROYALS 8
TIGERS 2, YANKEES 2
ORIOLES 7, TWINS 5
TENNIS
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Venus Williams defeated Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-6 (8), 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday as the oldest woman in the draw. The 37-year-old American was coming off a straight-set victory over younger sister Serena a night earlier, ending a three-match skid against her sibling. After early losses in her first two tournaments of the year, Williams hasn’t dropped a set at Indian Wells, where she has yet to reach the final in six previous appearances. Awaiting Williams in the quarterfinals is 27th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who beat American wild card Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.
NBA
NEW YORK (AP) – Kristaps Porzingis thought he would go right back into the game when he hurt his knee last month. Now he’s not sure when he can play again. Porzingis said Tuesday there is no timetable for his return from a torn left ACL that will keep him out the remainder of this season and at least some of the next. The 7-foot-3 All-Star forward was hurt upon landing after a dunk against Milwaukee on Feb. 6. He said there was sharp pain when the injury happened, but that he quickly felt better. but bad news came at the hospital, where tests confirmed the torn ligament. He underwent surgery and said he is keeping a positive mindset in his recovery, already working on his upper body strength while rehabilitating the knee.
BASEBALL
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – Tim Tebow was reassigned by the New York Mets to their minor league camp after he went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in an exhibition against the Houston Astros. The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .056 (1 for 18) with 11 strikeouts in seven big league exhibition games. The 30-year-old, who is not on the Mets’ 40-man roster, has been hampered by a left ankle sprain. Tebow’s only hit was a hard single to center off Washington’s Erick Fedde on March 2. He has been used solely as a designated hitter or pinch hitter because of the injury. Earlier in spring training, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he thinks Tebow will be in the major leagues . . . . . . . . one day. 
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adrian Beltre is long past going to spring training trying to make the team. The five-time Gold Glove third baseman with more than 3,000 career hits is quite a rarity. Going into his 21st big-league season, Beltre is one of only two current players who have played at least 20 MLB seasons. The other is his new teammate with the Texas Rangers, 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon. Of the 19,183 players listed by baseballreference.com as appearing in a big league game, only 156 have played at least 20 seasons . That is about one-thousandth of 1 percent of all players. Carlos Beltran, like Beltre and Colon, played his 20th season last year. But the 40-year-old outfielder retired after finally being part of a World Series title with the Houston Astros. Nolan Ryan pitched a record 27 seasons before retiring in 1993, nearly a century after Cap Anson was the only other to play 27 big-league seasons (1871-97). Tommy John pitched 26 seasons from 1963-89, missing all of 1975 after being the first to have ulnar ligament reconstruction in his elbow, the surgery that now bears his name.
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 13, 2018

milford lady bats
the Milford Lady Bats made a statement in their first game against Lockport Taft with a 25-2 victory then cruised to a 25-12 win in the second game to become class 2a 8th grade Sectional Champs on Monday night. milford was led by the mowrey twins as caley had 8 kills and 5 blocks while sister cassidy had six aces and 13 assists. tiffany schroeder added 5 kills as The Lady Bats move on in their quest for a state title and will play on Friday night at 8:15pm in Auburn Illinois against 23-1 champaign st. matthew. milford improves to 14-2.
8th grade class 1a at crescent city
Thornton Wolcott def. Cissna Park , 25-14, 25-20 Thornton Wolcott record now 13-0-0
8th grade class 3a at bishop mcnamara
Paxton-Buckley-Loda def. Beecher , 17-25, 25-22 , 25-13
pbl will play friday at 4:30 at tolono unity jr. high school against 20-2 princeville
mlb - the cubs and the cards both had the day off
WHITE SOX 4, MARINERS 2
Chicago leadoff man Adam Engel hit a home run on the first pitch of the game and added another in the ninth inning for his fourth of the spring as the white sox beat seattle 4-2. Seattle's Jean Segura smashed a line drive into the right-field corner for a triple, scoring Ichiro Suzuki after a leadoff walk. Nelson Cruz missed his third consecutive game for the Mariners.
ORIOLES 8, PIRATES 5
NATIONALS 5, TIGERS 4
BREWERS 7, DODGERS 6
INDIANS 4, RANGERS (SS) 2
ANGELS 4, REDS 3
ROYALS (SS) 4, PADRES 0
RANGERS 5, ROYALS 1
TWINS 2, YANKEES 1
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Jake Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a $75 million, three-year contract, a deal that could be worth up to $135 million over five seasons.
Neil Walker became the latest free agent to take a big pay cut as opening day approaches, joining the New York Yankees on Monday with a one-year deal for $4 million. The veteran infielder made $17.2 million last season while playing for the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses this year. Walker likely will start at second base and Brandon Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, will play third.
Starting pitcher Lance Lynn got right to work with Minnesota after finalizing his $12 million, one-year deal. He turned down a $17.4 million offer to stay with St. Louis, and looked for a richer contract in free agency. Lynn limbered up with the Twins on a practice field, and was set to start Tuesday against Baltimore. Right-handed starter Alex Cobb and reliever Greg Holland are among the free agents still available. All 30 teams open on March 29.
The Colorado Rockies finalized a $5 million, one-year deal to bring back three-time All-Star and popular clubhouse leader Carlos Gonzalez. His agreement includes $3 million in potential bonuses based on days on the active roster.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics landed a new starting catcher, finalizing a $6.5 million, one-year contract with free agent Jonathan Lucroy. The 31-year-old two-time All-Star batted .265 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 123 games last season for Texas and Colorado.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Hall of Famer and New York Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson is on the disabled list. The 71-year-old Jackson will have knee surgery Tuesday after tripping and falling during a walk Monday morning. The Yankees said Jackson, an instructor at spring training, was in "good spirits."
TENNIS
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Venus Williams defeated younger sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, her first win in the sibling rivalry since 2014. Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NEW YORK (AP) -- UConn is back in a familiar place - the No. 1 overall seed in the women's NCAA Tournament. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. The Huskies enter as the lone unbeaten team and will be vying for their 12th national championship. It's the ninth time that UConn has entered the NCAAs undefeated, including last year when the Huskies went in as the overwhelming favorite before their 111-game winning streak ended with a loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four. This year's Final Four is in Columbus, Ohio, and will take place on March 30. The national championship game is on Sunday, April 1.
HOCKEY
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals as the Washington Capitals moved back into first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime. Ovechkin scored in each of the first two periods to get to 42 this season. The Russian winger became the 20th player and fourth-fastest in NHL history to 600 goals and is on pace to lead the league in goals for the seventh time. The only players to score 600 faster were Wayne Gretzky (718 games), Mario Lemieux (719) and Brett Hull (900).
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 12, 2018

CLASS 1A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Annawan 48 F
Okawville 59
CLASS 1A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE THIRD PLACE
Sterling (Newman Central Catholic) 65 F
Goreville 50
CLASS 2A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Winnebago 49 F
Chicago (Orr) 76
CLASS 2A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE THIRD PLACE
Pinckneyville   61 F
Bloomington (Central Catholic) 69
CLASS 3A At Pontiac SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Chicago Heights (Marian) 61 F
Kankakee (Sr.) 50
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier with the top-ranked Cavaliers getting preferential seeding in the South Region. The first four games in Dayton, Ohio, will be LIU-Brooklyn against Radford and St. Bonaventure against UCLA on Tuesday night, and North Carolina Central against Texas Southern and Arizona State against Syracuse on Wednesday night. Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State. Foster began his career with the Wildcats. The Final Four is March 31 and April 2 in San Antonio. Southern California, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary’s are the No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament.
IN THE NBA . . . BULLS 129, HAWKS 122
ATLANTA -- Zach LaVine scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to stop Atlanta's comeback, and the Chicago Bulls beat the injury-depleted Hawks 129-22. Bobby Portis also had 21 points for Chicago. The Hawks, already playing without injured point guard Dennis Schroder, lost Kent Bazemore to a right knee sprain and Jaylen Morris to a left ankle injury in the second quarter. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with a career-high 38 points. Mike Muscala also set a career high with 19 points.
PACERS 99, CELTICS 97
BOSTON -- Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left that gave Boston a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but the Indiana Pacers held on to beat the depleted Celtics 99-97. Myles Turner scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 21 seconds to play, and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, who survived the crazy ending to win for the fifth time in six games. Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol.
OVER IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE . . . BLACKHAWKS 3, BRUINS 1
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 3:16 left in the third period and had an assist to lead Chicago OVER BOSTON 3-1. Kane scored on a screened shot from just inside the left point to put Chicago ahead 2-1 with Boston's Zdeno Chara off for high-sticking Brandon Saad, getting a double-minor for drawing blood. Brent Seabrook added a goal from the right circle on a screened shot with 1:05 remaining as the Blackhawks ended Boston's six-game winning streak and their own two-game slide. Chicago's Artem Anisimov scored his 20th goal, reaching that mark for the third straight season since the Blackhawks acquired him from Columbus. Anton Forsberg made 31 saves, and Jonathan Toews had three assists.
IN MLB SPRING TRAINING ACTION . . . ATHLETICS 7, CUBS 2
Yu Darvish breezed through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He left after Jed Lowrie doubled and scored on Matt Olson's single AS OAKLAND BEAT THE CUBS 7-2. Kyle Schwarber and Chris Gimenez hit back-to-back home runs off Oakland starter Sean Manea.
CARDINALS 4, NATIONALS 3
Luke Weaver pitched four perfect innings and struck out four in his third start for St. Louis AS THE CARDINALS GET PAST THE NATIONALS 4-3. Jose Martinez had two hits for the Cardinals, driving in a pair with a home run. Anthony Rendon doubled and scored for Washington, while Matt Reynolds homered for the first time. Tanner Roark started for the Nationals, pitching four innings and allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.
WHITE SOX 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
Chicago top prospect Eloy Jimenez had two more hits, giving him two home runs and a triple in his first four at-bats of the spring AS THE WHITE SOX TRIP UP ARIZONA 6-5. Jose Abreu homered for the second time and Yoan Moncada hit his first for the White Sox. Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings. Patrick Corbin allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, going four innings in a start for Arizona.
TIGERS 6, BRAVES 3
TWINS 6, RAYS 5
PIRATES 5, BLUE JAYS 0
REDS 6, MARINERS 5
INDIANS (SS) 3, ROYALS 1
BREWERS 5, INDIANS (SS) 4
BASEBALL
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – free agent ace Jake Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal worth $75 million. The 32-year-old righty was among several top free agents who didn’t get a deal for six or seven years in a changing market. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them. Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Chicago Cubs and helped them win the World Series the next season. He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 starts last year.
PRO FOOTBALL
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Star cornerback Richard Sherman signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, two days after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks. The deal reportedly is worth up to $39.15 million.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants cut veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday. Rodgers-Cromartie and the team failed to rework his contract, which called for him to make $6.5 million in salary and a cap hit of $8.5 million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers and Hayward’s agent, David Mulugheta, confirmed the deal Sunday. NFL.com first reported the extension, which includes $20 million guaranteed.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston has been unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL players union, earning his third straight three-year term. Winston, who is scheduled to become a free agent, ran unopposed for the position. The NFLPA Board of Player Representatives announced the result Sunday at the NFLPA’s annual meetings. New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich was elected as the union’s treasurer.
GOLF
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Paul Casey closed with a 6-under 65 and won the Valspar Championship after watching Tiger Woods come up one putt short of a playoff. A highly charged PGA Tour event ended with one player ending a long victory drought, just not the one most fans came to see. Casey ran off three straight birdies early on the back nine to take the lead, and he closed with tough pars to post at 10-under 274. No one caught him, giving Casey his first PGA Tour victory since the 2009 Houston Open. Woods charged up the record crowd with a birdie putt from just inside 45 feet on the 17th hole to get within one shot. He laid well back off the 18th tee and hit his approach from 185 yards to just inside 40 feet. The birdie chance to force a playoff was 2 feet short. Woods closed with a 1-under 70 and tied for second, his highest finish in an official tournament since he tied for second at The Barclays in 2013.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Vijay Singh got up-and-down for birdie with a putter from off the green on the final hole for a one-shot victory in the Toshiba Classic on Sunday. The 55-year-old Hall of Famer edged Tommy Tolles, Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott McCarron to win for the first time as an individual on the PGA Tour Champions. He teamed with Carlos Franco to win last year’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Singh has played a limited schedule on the 50-and-over tour while continuing to compete on the PGA Tour, where he has 34 career victories.
AUTO RACING
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick is at his best when he's mad, so much so that former crew chief Gil Martin used to try to rile him up during races. Harvick was running extra hot when he got to ISM Raceway after penalties for technical violations marred his victory last week at Las Vegas. When he finally cooled off Sunday afternoon, he celebrated his third straight NASCAR Cup victory and record-extending ninth at the mile oval southwest of Phoenix. 
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Sebastien Bourdais won IndyCar’s season-opening race in St. Petersburg on Sunday, a victory handed to him when Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens crashed racing for the lead. Wickens was heading to a victory in his IndyCar debut until two late cautions gave Rossi a chance to take it away. On a restart with two laps remaining, Rossi tried to dive inside of Wickens entering the first turn. The two cars made contact and Wickens spun off course. Bourdais slid by both cars from third for the victory. It is the 37th career victory for the Frenchman, who ranks sixth on IndyCar’s all-time list. Bourdais trails Al Unser by two wins for fifth on the list.
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 8, 2018

class 3a At Pontiac SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL
Kankakee (Sr.) 72
Park Forest (Rich East) 71 F
Corey Tharp - Kankakee, 23 points/Vashawn Sims - Rich East-15 points
SVC BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE 2017-18
FIRST TEAM: 
Julian Stadeli - Cissna Park Christian Stadeli  -  Cissna Park
Woodrow Hubbard - Momence Lamar Lillard  - Momence
Lamarius Lillard  - Momence Austin Gooden  - PBL
Carson Anderson  -  South Newton Jay Hammel  - South Newton
Blake Castonguay  -  Watseka Brendan Fletcher  -  Watseka
SECOND TEAM: 
Darryl Harris  - Central Tanner Benoit - Cissna Park
Brian Fehr - Cissna Park Michael Hartke  -  Iroquois West
Tyler Pichon  -  PBL Drew Hagen  -  Watseka
HONORABLE MENTION: 
Andrew Boudreau  -  Central Dakota Wahl  - Dwight
Austin Saathoff  -  Iroquois West Kobey Mazur  - Momence
Mason Ecker  -  PBL Brody Derflinger  -  South Newton
Ben Lyznicki  -  Watseka
SVC GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE 2017-18
FIRST TEAM: 
Gabby Wessels  -  Cissna Park Rose Ritter  -   Clifton
Melissa Stewart -  Dwight Meara Tilstra  -   IW
Matti Lanie  -   Momence Ariana Gentzler  -   PBL
Liberty Jamison  -   PBL Jaimie Diedam  -   South Newton
Kennedy Bauer  -   Watseka Summer Cramer  -   Watseka
Mallory Drake  -   Watseka
SECOND TEAM: 
Anna Jennings  -  Cissna Park Jasmine Stock  -   Cissna Park
Mackenzie Bruns  -   PBL Cassidi Nuckols  -  PBL
Magan Harris  -   Watseka
HONORABLE MENTION: 
Olivia Powell  -  Cissna Park Cassidy Gerdes  -   Clifton
Leah Flynn  -   Dwight Maya Sanchez  -  IW
Brooke Kelly  -   Momence Baylee Cosgrove -  PBL
Shanelle Embery  -  South Newton Emily Bunting  -  Watseka
NBA
BULLS 119, GRIZZLIES 110
CHICAGO -- Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn added 21 apiece and Chicago handed Memphis its 15th straight loss 119-110. Memphis' Dillon Brooks scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter.
JAZZ 104, PACERS 84
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell added 20 points and six assists in Utah's 104-84 victory over Indiana. The Jazz improved to 15-2 over their last 17 games. Ricky Rubio had 18 points and seven assists for Utah, and reserve Jae Crowder added 16 points. Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points.
PRO BASKETBALL
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- James Harden scored 26 points, Eric Gordon had 18 points and two momentum-swinging 3-pointers in the third quarter, and the Houston Rockets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-99 on for their 17th straight win. The Rockets passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Houston hasn't lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans.
MLB
CUBS 11, INDIANS 6
Slimmed-down Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber hit his first home run of the spring after Chicago had already gotten to Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer for eight runs as the cubs beat the indians 11-6. Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr. and Tommy La Stella each had two hits for Chicago. Cleveland first baseman Yonder Alonso hit his second homer of the spring after signing with Cleveland as a free agent.
CARDINALS 4, NATIONALS 3
Adam Wainwright worked 3 2/3 innings in his second start of the spring for St. Louis as they down the nationals 4-3. Cardinals closer Luke Gregerson is expected to be sidelined for at least a couple of days with tightness in his oblique. Washington starter Max Scherzer struck out four and gave up a home run to Greg Garcia.
WHITE SOX 14, REDS 12
Yoan Moncada had three hits and scored twice for Chicago as the white sox get past the reds 14-12. Starter Miguel Gonzalez got just two outs, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Homer Bailey was tagged for six runs and seven hits in three innings. Scott Schebler got four hits.
TWINS 8, RED SOX (SS) 1
BLUE JAYS (SS) 6, TIGERS 5
BLUE JAYS (SS) 13, PIRATES 4
BREWERS 10, ROYALS 6
ICHIRO SUZUKI
Now that Ichiro Suzuki is back with the Seattle Mariners, he hopes to stick around a while. The 44-year-old outfielder rejoined his former team Wednesday with a $750,000, one-year contract. Suzuki was the AL MVP and Rookie of the Year with Seattle in 2001. He was traded to the New York Yankees during the 2012 season and spent three years in Miami. Suzuki has a .312 career average and 3,080 hits, not including the 1,278 hits he totaled in Japan. He played 136 games last year for the Marlins and hit .255 with a .318 on-base percentage. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said discussions about Suzuki's return intensified about a week ago, when the club's outfield injury situation became a greater concern.
NFL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Eagles acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle gets wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, while Philadelphia also receives a seventh-round pick. Bennett had 8 + sacks last season and 54 in his nine-year career.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Rams agreed to trade linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for two draft picks. Los Angeles gets the Giants' fourth-round and sixth-round picks in the 2018 draft. The NFC West champion Rams also will send a seventh-round pick in 2019 to the Giants along with Ogletree, their defensive captain and last season's leading tackler.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jerry Jones agreed to pay the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees resulting from two disputes the Dallas Cowboys owner had with the league. Commissioner Roger Goodell held an appeal hearing with Jones on Monday. That came a few days after Goodell assessed the financial penalties for Jones' lawsuit to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, and for a lawsuit Jones threatened to stop Goodell's newly approved contract.
MANNING & PAPA JOHNS
DENVER -- Peyton Manning sold 31 Denver-area Papa John's stores last week, two days before the NFL dropped the chain as its official pizza sponsor. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Papa John's spokesman Peter Collins confirmed the former NFL quarterback sold his stake to an existing Papa John's franchisee. Manning will remain Papa John's celebrity spokesman and brand ambassador. He wasn't immediately available for comment. The NFL and Papa John's ended their deal Feb. 27, and the league announced a multiyear marketing deal with Pizza Hut the following day. The NFL's relationship with Papa John's was strained last year when company founder John Schnatter criticized the league's leadership about national anthem protests by players.
NASCAR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick has been stripped of the playoff points he earned for winning at Las Vegas because of violations discovered on his Ford. NASCAR ruled Wednesday that Harvick's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team violated the rule requiring rear window support braces holding the rear window glass rigid, as well as a rule requiring the right side rocker panel extension to be aluminum. The penalty is the loss of the seven playoff points Harvick earned for winning Sunday's race and both stages. It was Harvick's second consecutive win of the season. Harvick also was docked 20 points. Harvick now has six playoff points instead of the 13 he had earned through three races. Crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000, and car chief Robert Smith was suspended two races. Images of Harvick's popped up on social media with fans wondering if the car was legal because the window appeared altered. Childers has maintained a brace failed.
IDITAROD
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The head of the Iditarod's drug testing program, who is challenging his termination from a university job over allegations of bullying and sexual harassment, has been accused of threatening a musher just before the start of this year's race - another black mark for the beleaguered, world-famous sled dog race. Iditarod officials said they are reviewing the allegations and will determine the future role of Dr. Morrie Craig within the next few days. Craig is a contractor for the Iditarod, who is paid an annual $2,500 stipend. The Iditarod's policy against sexual harassment also covers bullying.
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 7, 2018

milford bats
the milford lady bats 8th grade girls volleyball team won their regional in elwood by beating elwood in straight sets 25-19, 25-17. they will now play in the ford heights cottage grove sectional on monday march 12 at 6:30 against an undetermined opponet.
BLACKHAWKS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT
CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews scored nine seconds into overtime and had an assist in regulation to lead Chicago past Colorado 2-1. The game-winner was generated directly from the faceoff at center ice. Toews pulled the draw to Duncan Keith, who fed Patrick Kane on the right side. Kane fed Toews on a 2-on-1 and the Chicago captain chipped his 18th goal past Semyon Varlamov from the low edge the right circle. Chicago's Jean-Francois Berube stopped 33 shots and Erik Gustafsson connected in the first, as the fading Blachawks won for the second time in five games. 
mlb
CUBS 9, DODGERS 5
Yu Darvish struck out four over two hitless innings in his first game with the Cubs. Albert Almora Jr. hit his first home run of the spring and Javier Baez doubled, singled and drove in two runs as the cubs handle the dodgers 9-5. Logan Forsythe and Matt Kemp each doubled for Los Angeles.
CARDINALS 4, MARLINS 4, 9 INNINGS
St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty struck out seven and Yadier Molina doubled as the marlins and cardinals played to a nine inning 4 all tie. Miami prospect Lewis Brinson, acquired in the Christian Yelich trade and looking to secure a roster spot, hit a two-run homer.
WHITE SOX 6, BREWERS 4
Reynaldo Lopez worked three innings in his second start for Chicago, walking three and striking out three as the sox beat the brewers 6-4. Milwaukee starter Wade Miley worked 3 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four. Travis Shaw hit two home runs. for the Brewers.
REDS 7, INDIANS 6
TWINS 9, ORIOLES 8
YANKEES 7, TIGERS 2
PRO BASKETBALL
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn't pursue, saying they didn't believe there was evidence to support the claim. The report in the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, came two weeks after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. The woman claimed Cuban reached inside her pants and assaulted her while they were taking a picture in a Portland nightclub. In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cuban wrote, ''It didn't happen.'' In a report explaining why they weren't pursuing the case, prosecutors wrote that ''there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.'' The report also said the woman didn't want to proceed with the allegation.
BASEBALL
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing back the bullpen cart. The Diamondbacks announced the team will use an OnTrac bullpen cart to transport relief pitchers from both bullpens at Chase Field prior to entering a game. The last known use of a motorized vehicle in Major League Baseball was in 1995, when the Milwaukee Brewers used a motorcycle with a sidecar. Mike Fetters, Arizona's bullpen coach, was the closer for the Brewers that season. Baseball historians have tracked the use of bullpen carts to 1950, when the Cleveland Indians first used a ''little red wagon.'' The first official use came in 1951 with the Chicago White Sox. The Kansas City A's added one in 1955 and by the 1960s, the carts could be found across the majors and minors.
JON JAY
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Kansas City Royals have plugged a hole in center field by agreeing to sign Jon Jay. Jay agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract Tuesday, and could earn another $1.5 million in performance bonuses. Jay has a .996 career fielding percentage, the highest of any active major league outfielder with a minimum of 500 games. He has appeared in 648 games in center during his eight-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs. Jay did not commit an error in 141 chances last season and enters this season with a 189-game errorless streak.
PRO FOOTBALL
Five NFL players have been given the franchise tag, with only Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell getting the exclusive tag. Bell, who has been adamant about not playing under the tag for a second straight season, can't negotiate with any other teams. Pittsburgh must offer him the average of the top five running backs' salaries. Both sides plan to continue negotiating. Also getting franchise tags were Miami wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Detroit defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Dallas DE DeMarcus Lawrence, and Los Angeles Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner. They can talk with other teams, but their current team would get compensation if they leave. The only player given the transition tag was Chicago cornerback Kyle Fuller. The tag, guarantees Fuller $12.9 million next season. Fuller can sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Bears get a chance to match it and they are expected to seek a multiyear deal. The team gets no compensation if they choose not to match.
FORTE
CHICAGO -- Matt Forte plans to retire as a member of the Chicago Bears. The two-time Pro Bowl running back told NBC Sports Chicago on Monday that he will sign a one-day contract so he can officially go out as a Bear. Forte announced last week he is calling it a career after 10 seasons.
HOCHULI
NEW YORK -- NFL referees Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette are retiring. One of the replacements will be former back judge Shawn Hochuli, Ed's son. The other is former side judge Alex Kemp. The two new referees each joined the NFL in 2014. Ed Hochuli, among the most recognizable of NFL officials because of his muscular build, joined the league in 1990. Triplette came aboard in 1996. 
KNEELING
MIAMI (AP) - Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he won't force his players to stand for the national anthem, even though he believes kneeling is a counterproductive way to promote social justice. Ross' comments in a statement released by the Dolphins came after the New York Daily News reported that he said all of the team's players will stand for the anthem in 2018. Ross was in New York on Monday to be honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation and receive its ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award. ''I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem, and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued,'' Ross said in his statement. ''I've shared my opinion with all our players: I'm passionate about the cause of social justice, and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists.''
SPORTS MEDIA
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former on-air personality at ESPN has filed a lawsuit alleging she was subjected to sexual harassment at the cable television sports giant and then ostracized for complaining about it. The lawsuit filed Sunday in federal court in Connecticut by Adrienne Lawrence describes an atmosphere in which male employees openly watch pornography on their computers and keep ''scorecards'' naming female colleagues they are targeting for sex. The network said in a statement that it investigated the allegations raised by Lawrence and they are without merit. Lawrence, who served a fellowship at ESPN, said in the lawsuit that she was subjected to unwelcome advances from anchor John Buccigross. She says he sent her unsolicited shirtless photos and used inappropriate nicknames like ''doll'' for her.
DOPING
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - IAAF president Sebastian Coe says Russians could be stopped from competing as neutral athletes if the country fails to shows ''dramatic progress'' in the fight against doping. Russia has been suspended since 2015, when the World Anti-Doping Agency found evidence of widespread doping. The only Russians allowed to compete at IAAF events since then have been designated as neutral athletes. Coe says ''unless dramatic progress is made we, and we genuinely hope it is being made, then we will have to review at our council meeting in July the status of the neutral competitors and the potential for the congress to decide upon the ultimate sanction, I guess, which is expulsion.'' Coe says the world needs to know Russian athletes are in a ''system of confidence and trust.''
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 6, 2018

CELTICS 105, BULLS 89
CHICAGO -- Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Boston pounded Chicago 105-89 even though Kyrie Irving sat out because of a sore left knee. Even without their All-Star guard, the Celtics took control right from the start and led by as many as 37 en route to their fifth win in six games. Jayson Tatum added 14 points, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 13 apiece for Boston. The Bulls lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 points and nailed four 3-pointers for Chicago, but that was about the only positive for the Bulls.
PACERS 92, BUCKS 89
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bojan Bogdanovic tied his season high with 29 points and grabbed a key jump ball late to lift Indiana over Milwaukee 92-89. Milwaukee's Khris Middleton stole Victor Oladipo's pass with 10 seconds left and Indiana leading 90-89. He rushed to the basket, but Cory Joseph chased him down and got a hand on the basketball before Middleton could attempt a shot. The ball rolled out of bounds, and referees called a jump ball after video replay. Bogdanovic came down with the tip off the jump ball and added a pair of free throws with six seconds left. Thaddeus Young had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Oladipo finished with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds along with 10 turnovers.
mlb
CARDINALS 2, NATIONALS 1
Tanner Roark pitched four shutout innings for Washington, allowing one hit. Joaquin Benoit followed and had a rough outing, giving up two doubles and a single in one inning as the cards take care of the nationals 2-1. Andrew Stevenson, a second-round pick by the Nationals in 2015 out of LSU, homered off starter Luke Weaver, who permitted three hits over three innings and struck out four.
CUBS 5, ROCKIES 4
Ian Happ hit his fourth spring homer, doubled and singled for Chicago and Anthony Rizzo hit his second home run. Kyle Hendricks struck out four in his three-inning start as the cubs beat the rockies 5-4. Charlie Blackmon, batting third for Colorado, hit a home run.
WHITE SOX 9, ATHLETICS 9, 9 INNINGS
Yoan Moncada got two hits and scored three runs for Chicago. Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless inning. Jed Lowrie homered for Oakland. A's reliever Santiago Casilla gave up five runs and got just two outs as the white sox and the oakland a's played to a 9 all tie.
PHILLIES 4, TWINS 3
BRAVES 7, PIRATES 5
METS 4, TIGERS 2
ANGELS 7, REDS 5
DODGERS 8, INDIANS 1
BASEBALL
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Shortstop Paul DeJong and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $26 million, six-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2024 and 2025. The 24-year-old made his major league debut last May 28 and hit .285 with a team-high 25 homers and 65 RBIs in 108 games. He was selected by St. Louis from Illinois St. in the fourth round of the 2015 amateur draft. DeJong is 3 for 14 with a double and two RBIs in spring training this year. His deal covers up to four years of arbitration eligibility and one-to-three years of free agent eligibility.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NEW YORK (AP) – Veteran play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist will not be calling NCAA Tournament basketball games this year. CBS and Turner Sports announced the commentator teams Monday for the men’s basketball tournament, which starts next week. Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will continue to announce the Final Four and championship game. Those games, along with the tournament selection show on Sunday, will be televised on TBS. Lundquist, 77, has been calling tournament games for CBS since 1998. He stopped calling the Southeastern Conference football game of the week on CBS after the 2016 season, but still did the NCAA Tournament and Masters golf in 2017. CBS spokeswoman Jennifer Sabatelle said Lundquist had back surgery last fall and decided to step away from doing this year’s tournament.
PRO FOOTBALL
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders released pass rusher Aldon Smith after his latest run-in with the law. The Raiders retained Smith’s contractual rights even as he spent the past two seasons on the NFL’s suspended list. But the team decided finally to cut ties one day after San Francisco police said authorities were searching for Smith in connection with a domestic violence allegation. San Francisco police said an arrest warrant has been obtained for Smith stemming from allegations that Smith assaulted a woman on Saturday night. Smith left before police arrived to respond to the 911 call and authorities are working with Smith’s attorney to arrange a time for him to surrender. Smith is facing misdemeanor charges of willful infliction of corporal injury, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism, according to Sgt. Michael Andraychak.
BOXING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for a banned drug, and his promoters blame contaminated meat. A voluntary test showed Alvarez had traces of clenbuterol. A statement from Golden Boy Promotions said the amount was consistent with meat contamination that has impacted athletes in Mexico and China. Daniel Eichner, director of the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory that conducted the test, wrote: ”These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.” Alvarez is scheduled for a rematch with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas, a highly anticipated fight after their draw last year.
jon lester
MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester is trying a new approach when it comes to his biggest weakness. One bounce at a time. Lester is working with new third base coach Brian Butterfield on bouncing his throw to the bases when he has to make a play on defense. He got a chance to use the technique during Sunday's 2-0 loss to Arizona in spring training, and the ball skipped past minor league first baseman Efren Navarro for an error. Lester has struggled with throwing to bases for years, but the three-time World Series winner remains one of the game's most effective pitchers. The 34-year-old left-hander is slated to start on opening day on March 29 at Miami.
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 5, 2018

class 1a At Danville (Schlarman) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
St. Anne 52 F
Colfax (Ridgeview) 57
Great Sectional championship game that went back and forth all night but in the end st. anne just couldn't keep up as ridgeview gained a 57-52 win over the cardinals. St. Anne was led in scoring by Mico Sullivan with 19 pts. Ridgeview was led in scoring by Jacob Donaldson and Justin Myers with 25 pts each.
class 2a At Clifton (Central) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Momence 43 F
Chicago (Corliss) 67
momence had one of their lowest scoring outputs of the season and dropped the clifton central sectional championship to chicago corliss 67-43. Gabriel Bossi and George Condit (Corliss) 16 pts each. Dhashon Dyson and Kobe Mapp (Corliss) 15 pts. each to lead the way for corliss. Woodrow Hubbard (Momence) 14 pts. Lamar Lillard (Momence) 11 points in defeat.
class 2a At Maroa (M.-Forsyth) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Bloomington (Central Catholic) 56 F
Monticello 34
class 3a At Herscher REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Herscher 52 F
Pontiac 57
class 3a At Morris REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kankakee (Sr.) 54 F
Plano 33
indiana sectional championships
class 1a
66 Covenant Christain, 63 Tri-County
class 2a 
39 Covington, 35 Seeger ot
class 3a
58 West Lafayette, 36 Northwestern
53 Calumet, 39 Twin Lakes
big ten
Zavier Simpson was a catalyst on both ends of the floor, running Michigan's efficient offense and leading its lock-down defense, and back-up big man Jon Teske scored 14 as the 15th-ranked Wolverines beat No. 8 Purdue 75-66 Sunday to repeat as Big Ten tournament champions. Simpson finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. Moe Wagner led Michigan with 17 points and was named most outstanding player of the tournament. Issac Haas led Purdue with 23 points, but Purdue's top-two scorers, Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards, combined for 16 points on 6-of-22 shooting. Carsen Edwards scored 53 points in the first two games here, but just 12 against Michigan, shooting 4 for 16. The Wolverines will enter the NCAA Tournament on a nine-game winning streak. Unable to complete a three-game sweep of the wolverines, purdue probably watched any chance of grabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament go away.
nba
Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, Bojan Bogdoanovic added 20 and the Indiana Pacers defeated Washington 98-95 on Sunday night to overtake the Wizards by a half-game in the crowded Eastern Conference standings. Myles Turner added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, which almost gave away a 17-point lead but never trailed. Bradley Beal scored 22 points and had a career-high 11 assists for Washington.
nhl
DUCKS 6, BLACKHAWKS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry each scored twice and Anaheim earned points at home for the eighth game in a row, beating Chicago 6-3. Rickard Rakell scored for the third straight game, Marcus Pettersson had his first career goal, and John Gibson made 37 saves. The Ducks moved into third place in the Pacific Division, a point ahead of Los Angeles. They improved to 6-0-2 in their last eight games at home and 6-1-1 in their last eight overall. Nick Schmaltz had two goals, and Tomas Jurco scored for the Blackhawks. They are 1-7-1 in their last eight road games. Anton Forsberg gave up four goals on 21 shots before getting pulled midway through the second period.
mlb
ASTROS 4, CARDINALS 1
AL MVP Jose Altuve hit his first home run -- a solo shot off St. Louis starter Michael Wacha -- and Carlos Correa had two hits for Houston as they beat the cardinals 4-1. Wacha pitched three innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, CUBS 0
Taijuan Walker pitched three perfect innings, striking out four, in his second start for Arizona as the shutout the cubs 2-0. Jon Lester pitched 2 2/3 innings in his second start for Chicago and gave up a home run to Nick Ahmed.
PADRES (SS) 7, WHITE SOX 6
Top San Diego prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. had four hits and five RBI. He also stole his third base this spring as a split-squad san diego team beat the sox 7-6. Chicago starter Carson Fulmer, hoping to earn a back-of-the-rotation spot, lasted just one inning in his second start. He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks. Welington Castillo and Adam Engel homered for the White Sox.
ROYALS 10, REDS 3
INDIANS 6, BREWERS 2
NATIONALS (SS) 6, TIGERS 2
PIRATES 9, TWINS 3
nba
BASKETBALL
LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant is a winner in retirement, too. The former Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar in the animated short category for ”Dear Basketball,” a poem he wrote after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016. He’ll add it to an already jammed trophy collection that includes five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals, NBA Finals most valuable player awards, a league MVP award and four All-Star game MVP awards. As executive producer of the six-minute film, Bryant accepted his golden Oscar statue from ”Star Wars” star Mark Hamill on Sunday night. He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane.
doping
LONDON (AP) – Bradley Wiggins used a banned powerful corticosteroid to enhance his performance while preparing to win the Tour de France in 2012, a British parliamentary committee said in a doping investigation report that accuses Team Sky of crossing an ”ethical line” after preaching zero tolerance. The legislators said they received evidence that shows Team Sky sought a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Wiggins to take triamcinolone ”not to treat medical need” – asthma – ”but to improve his power to weight ratio.” In a statement, Wiggins denied ”any drug was used without medical need.” Team Sky defended its reputation in a statement criticizing ”the anonymous and potentially malicious claim” by members of parliament.
LONDON (AP) – A report published by British legislators has accused IAAF President Sebastian Coe of misleading a parliamentary inquiry into doping. The digital, culture, media and sports committee’s report was critical of Coe’s responses to questions regarding how much he knew about doping within track and field before the problems were revealed by investigative journalists and whistle-blowers. The committee suggested Coe could have acted sooner to clean up the sport while he served as vice president of the international track and field federation until 2015, when he won an election to succeed Lamine Diack as president. Coe appeared before the committee in December 2015.
nascar
Kevin Harvick's air of inevitability increased with each lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, and the rest of the NASCAR Cup field must be a bit worried about how they're going to catch up this year. Harvick raced to his second straight NASCAR Cup win with a dominant performance in Vegas on Sunday, earning his 100th career win across the three national series. Harvick followed up his stellar performance last weekend in Atlanta with another victory in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. He led a track-record 214 of the 267 laps, won all three stages and capably held off Kyle Busch's late hometown charge to win in Vegas for the second time in four years. Kyle Larson finished third after winning the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, while defending champion Martin Truex Jr. was in fourth and pole-sitter Ryan Blaney in fifth. more on this race coming up on today's monday morning race refresher.
TRACK AND FIELD
LONDON (AP) – Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died. On a windy late afternoon in Oxford on May 6, 1954, Bannister ran four laps on a cinder track in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds to crack the mythical 4-minute mile – a feat many had thought humanly impossible. A few months later in 1954, Bannister beat Australian rival John Landy in the ”Miracle Mile” or ”Mile of the Century” at the Empire Games in Vancouver, British Columbia as both men ran under 4 minutes. Bannister then gave up running to pursue a long and distinguished medical career. Roger Bannister was 88.
 

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WHPO Sports Report March 1, 2018

class 1a At Danville (Schlarman) SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL
Colfax (Ridgeview) 76, Decatur (D. Lutheran) 59 F
class 1a At Danville (Schlarman) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
St. Anne vs Colfax (Ridgeview) 7:00pm
class 2a At Clifton (Central)SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL
Chicago (Corliss) 60, Minonk (Fieldcrest) 49 F
class 2a At Clifton (Central) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Momence vs Chicago (Corliss) 7:00pm
class 2a At Maroa (M.-Forsyth) SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL
Monticello 47, St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 39 F
class 2a At Maroa (M.-Forsyth)SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Bloomington (Central Catholic) vs Monticello 7:00pm
class 3a At Herscher REGIONAL SEMIFINAL
Pontiac 61, Streator (Twp.)54 F
class 3a At Herscher REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Herscher vs Pontiac 7:00pm
class 3a At Morris REGIONAL SEMIFINAL
Plano 56, Normal (University) 40 F
class 3a At Morris REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kankakee (Sr.) vs Plano 7:00pm
indiana basketball
class 3a lebanon sectional
Crawfordsville 47 Benton Central 37
class 2a FOUNTAIN CENTRAL sectional
Seeger 67 Carroll (Flora) 40
Fountain Central 57 Rossville 42
class 1a TRI-COUNTY BRACKET sectional
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 72 West Central 49
Caston 46 North White 45
nba
HAWKS 107, PACERS 102
ATLANTA -- Dennis Schroder scored seven of Atlanta's final eight points to finish with 14, and the Hawks held off a late Indiana comeback for the 107-102 win. John Collins had 16 points for the Hawks, who led by 23 before holding on late to end their four-game losing streak. Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 26 points while making four 3-pointers in the final period. Domantas Sabonis had 14 points.
big ten
The Big Ten opened a five-day run at Madison Square with Jordan Bohannon leading Iowa past Illinois 96-87 on Wednesday night in the first game of the conference tournament.  Bohannon scored 25 points and had six assists, including a bounce pass to Luka Garza for a jam with 34 seconds left to keep the Illini at bay. The 12th-seeded Hawkeyes (14-18) got solid work inside from Tyler Cook (19 points, five rebounds) and Garza (20 and eight). Kipper Nichols scored a career-best 31 points for 13th seed Illinois (14-18), which closed out Underwood's first season with two wins in its final nine games. 
Corey Sanders scored 23 points and last-place Rutgers won a Big Ten Tournament game for the second straight season, beating Minnesota 65-54 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Minnesota (15-17) ended an awful season, filled with off-court issues and injuries, by losing 14 of its final 16 games. Isaiah Washington, a freshman from Harlem, led the Gophers with 18 points. The 14th seed Scarlet Knights (14-18) play sixth-seeded Indiana on Thursday night. Rutgers upset Ohio State as the 14th seed in last year's Big Ten Tournament. 
mlb
CARDINALS 10, ORIOLES 9
Manny Machado hit a grand slam and singled for Baltimore. Chris Davis added a three-run shot but it wasn't enough as st. louis sneeks in for a 10-9 win. Yairo Munoz homered twice in the seventh inning and drove in four runs for St. Louis. The Cardinals got the 23-year-old shortstop/outfielder in the winter trade for Stephen Piscotty. Munoz got three hits for the second straight day.
CUBS 7, ATHLETICS 5
Kyle Hendricks gave up two unearned runs in a two-inning start for Chicago. Anthony Rizzo had two hits and scored a run for the Cubs. Khris Davis hit a two-run homer for Oakland. cubs get the 7-5 win over the A's.
WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 4
Jose Abreu hit his first Cactus League homer of the spring, a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth for Chicago as they pick up the 5-4 win over texas. Jurickson Profar doubled in a run and scored for Texas. Rangers starter Matt Moore allowed one hit in two shutout innings.
forte
32 -year-old Matt Forte announced his retirement from playing after 10 NFL seasons in a humble and heartfelt statement to Sports Spectrum that he also sent on Twitter and Instagram. "It's time for the workhorse to finally rest in his stable," Forte wrote. He had one year remaining on his contract with the Jets, but knee issues during his two seasons in New York, as well as his age, made him a likely salary cap casualty this offseason. Instead, Forte went out on his own terms.The move saves the Jets $3 million on their salary cap -- the same amount if they had released him. Forte's 9,796 yards rushing rank him 33rd on the NFL's career list. He also had 554 receptions, including setting the league record for running backs with 102 catches in 2014. The two-time Pro Bowl selection's 14,468 yards from scrimmage over the past 10 years are the most of any NFL player during that span.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears hired former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad "sling blade" Childress as an offensive consultant. 
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bears will release quarterback Mike Glennon once the new league year begins on March 14, general manager Ryan Pace announced at the scouting combine Wednesday. Pace also announced that the team planned to release linebacker Willie Young. The Bears made that move official later Wednesday. The team also declined the option on offensive lineman Josh Sitton's contract, making him a free agent.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Running back Frank Gore came to Indianapolis with Super Bowl aspirations. Three years later, he's leaving without a ring or an assurance he'll ever play another football game. General manager Chris Ballard announced Wednesday the Colts do not intend to re-sign the 34-year-old, soon-to-be free agent, who is ranked No. 5 in career rushing.
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 27, 2018

class 3a At Herscher REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Coal City 70   vs Kankakee (McNamara) 68 F
Pontiac 96   vs Fairbury (Prairie Central) 79 F
class 3a At Morris REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Sandwich 58     vs Morris 54 F
class 3a At Park Forest (Rich East) REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Richton Park (Rich South)  48  vs  Manteno  39 F
class 4a At Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) 66 vs Calumet City (Thornton Fractional North) 62 F
Palos Heights (Shepard) 58  vs  Blue Island (Eisenhower) 55 F
today's games
class `1a At Danville (Schlarman) SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL
Champaign (Judah Christian)   vs  St. Anne  7:00pm
class 2a At Clifton (Central) SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL
Seneca vs Momence  7:00 pm
class 3a At Herscher REGIONAL SEMIFINAL
Herscher     vs Coal City 7:00pm
class 3a At Morris REGIONAL SEMIFINAL
Kankakee (Sr.) vs   Sandwich 7:00pm
class 4a At Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais)REGIONAL SEMIFINAL
Chicago (Brother Rice) vs   Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) 7:00pm
nba
NETS 104, BULLS 87
Alan Crabbe scored 21 points and Brooklyn snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 104-87bwin over Chicago. Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll each had 18 points for the Nets, and Joe Harris added 15. Kris Dunn led the Bulls with 23 points and Lauri Markkanen had 19. Chicago has lost four straight and 13 of 16.
MAVERICKS 109, PACERS 103
DALLAS -- Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, J.J. Barea added 19 and Dallas beat Indiana 109-103. The Mavericks ended a four-game losing streak and stopped Indiana's four-game winning streak. They also swept the two-game season series. Doug McDermott had 15 points for Dallas, and Dwight Powell added 10 points and 14 rebounds. Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 21 for the Pacers despite playing only 23 minutes because of foul trouble.
mlb spring training
TWINS 5, CARDINALS 4
Minnesota starter Phil Hughes allowed one hit in two innings. Erick Aybar got two hits for the Twins as they defeat st. louis 5-4. Michael Wacha threw two hitless innings for St. Louis.
MARINERS 9, CUBS 9, 9 INNINGS
Chicago starter Tyler Chatwood opened with a scoreless inning. Dee Gordon homered for Seattle as chicago and seattle played to a nine-inning 9 all tie.  Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was hit in his pitching arm by a line drive off the bat of victor caratini Monday and forced to leave his spring training debut. The Mariners said a precautionary X-ray of his right forearm was negative. Hernandez was listed as day-to-day. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
WHITE SOX 7, ATHLETICS 6
Michael Kopech struck out three in two shutout innings for Chicago as they gain a 7-6 win over oakland. Oakland starter Kendall Graveman gave up four hits in two innings. Stephen Piscotty, traded from St. Louis to the A's over the winter, hit a double.
nfl news
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have released oft-injured linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Quintin Demps. The first major free agent signing by general manager Ryan Pace, McPhee had trouble staying healthy in three seasons with the Bears. He had 90 tackles and 14 sacks in 36 games for Chicago after playing his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens. McPhee missed the first six games in 2016 following surgery on his left knee and had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July. He also sat out three games late last season because of a shoulder ailment and finished the season on injured reserve. A broken arm limited Demps, who signed with Chicago in March, to three games. The Bears announced the moves on Monday.
nascar
HAMPTON, Ga. -- NASCAR legend Richard Petty says after "accumulating stuff" for 80 years, it's time to sell some of his most famous cars, trophies and other items. Petty's iconic day-glow red and Petty blue 1974 Dodge Charger is going on sale at an auction on May 12 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, along with other cars, his 1981 Daytona 500 trophy and other items. Petty drove the '74 Charger to 31 wins, including his fifth Daytona 500 championship. Petty said he has more cars and memorabilia than he can showcase in his museum in Level Cross, North Carolina. Petty won a record 200 races, including seven at the Daytona 500, and seven Cup championships.
GOLF
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Open is changing to a two-hole aggregate playoff, the last of the four majors to do away with an 18-hole playoff. The change is takes effect immediately and would be used at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island in June if there is a tie after 72 holes. The U.S. Golf Association also decided to make its other three open championships two-hole playoffs — the U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women's Open. The U.S Open has had 33 playoffs in its 117 years, all decided by 18 holes or more. The last U.S. Open playoff was 10 years ago at Torrey Pines, where Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in 19 holes for his 14th major. The Masters was the first major to abandon the 18-hole playoff in 1976 when it changed to sudden death. The PGA Championship did the same a year later, and Lanny Wadkins won the first sudden-death playoff in major championship history in 1977 at Pebble Beach. The PGA later changed to a three-hole aggregate. The British Open changed to a four-hole aggregate in 1986
paterno/hbo
NEW YORK -- An HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will premiere April 7. HBO has said the film will focus on Paterno dealing with fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky's 2011 arrest and died two months later at age 85. A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky. The three administrators were sentenced to jail. Former university President Graham Spanier is appealing his conviction.
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 19, 2018

2018 regionals . . . games on monday 2/19/18 
class 1a At St. Anne REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Crete (Illinois Lutheran) vs Dwight  6:00pm
(Tri-Point) vs Donovan 7:30pm
class 1a At Milford REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Urbana (University) vs Fisher   7:00pm
class 2a At Watseka REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Peotone vs Gilman (Iroquois West)6:00pm
Beecher vs Clifton (Central) 7:30pm
class 2a At Hoopeston (H. Area) REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) vs Bismarck (B.-Henning-Rossville-Alvin) 6:00pm
Hoopeston (H. Area) vs Champaign (St. Thomas More) 7:30pm
indiana basketball
Lebanon 53 Tri-County 39
Pioneer 79 North White 46
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 62 Frontier 46
Clinton Prairie 53 Attica 40
Kankakee Valley 74 Hanover Central 66
Lafayette Central Catholic 56 Western 51
Seeger 66 Delphi 49
big ten
illinois (13-15, 3-12 Big Ten)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Close games have not gone well for Illinois this season. The Illini have lost nine games by single digits, including three losses in overtime and one at the buzzer against Nebraska on Jan. 15. But in a rematch Sunday afternoon, the Illini got their revenge in a 72-66 victory over the Cornhuskers, powered by Leron Black.  Black poured in a career-high 28 points and snagged seven rebounds to help Illinois outlast Nebraska. He scored 17 points in 12 minutes in the first half, including a stretch in which he made seven consecutive field goals. Trent Frazier and Kipper Nichols were the only other Illini to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points apiece. Isaac Copeland led the way with 17 points for Nebraska (20-9, 11-5), who lost for the just the second time in its past 10 games. 
NO. 6 PURDUE 76, PENN STATE 73
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Carsen Edwards scored 27 points to lead Purdue past Penn State 76-73. Dakota Mathias added 18 points and Isaac Haas had 12 points and six rebounds for the Boilermakers (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten), who snapped a season-worst three-game skid. Tony Carr had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists, Shep Garner had 17 points and Lamar Stevens had 13 points and six rebounds for the Nittany Lions (19-10, 9-7). The loss ended a stretch of six wins in seven games. Ryan Cline's 3-pointer with 5:31 remaining gave Purdue a 61-58 lead, and the Boilers never trailed the rest of the way.
NO. 22 MICHIGAN 74, NO. 8 OHIO STATE 62
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jordan Poole scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to help Michigan take the lead, and it never trailed in the second half against Ohio State beating the #8 ranked buckeyes 74-62.  The Wolverines (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) beat a rival and helped out another rival, giving No. 2 Michigan State a one-game lead atop the conference standings with two games left in the regular season. The Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) have fallen out of first place by losing consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season. Michigan's Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 17 points, Zavier Simpson had 13 points and Moe Wagner added 12. Jae'Sean Tate had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes.
nba all-star game
LeBron James made a go-ahead, finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds left and finished with a game-high 29 points to lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 victory against Team Stephen in the NBA All-Star Game. James, who was named the All-Star game MVP for the third time, gave his team a 146-145 lead with the layup and Russell Westbrook added a layup to complete the scoring. Team Stephen couldn't get a good look for a tying 3 at the buzzer as both teams played with more effort than in recent years. In a departure from the traditional East vs. West format, Stephen Curry and LeBron James picked the teams. The players seemed to enjoy the new format. While there were the usual fancy passes and slam dunks, there was also a lot more defense -- blocks, traps that lead to turnovers were all part of this showcase. Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan scored 21 apiece for Team Stephen.
AUTO RACING
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Austin Dillon put the No. 3 back in victory lane in the Daytona 500. Dillon drove the iconic car number made famous by Dale Earnhardt to the win 17 years to the day the Hall of Famer was killed in an accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500. The win also comes during the 20th anniversary celebration of Earnhardt’s only victory in ”The Great American Race.” Dillon wasn’t a factor in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet until the final lap in overtime when he got a push from Darrell ”Bubba” Wallace Jr. that helped him get to leader Aric Almirola. Dillon spun Almirola then whizzed on by to give Childress, his grandfather, an iconic victory in that beloved No. 3. As for the aggressive move that wrecked Almirola? Dillon was doing what has to be done to win at Daytona. Wallace, the first black driver in the Daytona 500 field since 1969, finished second in a 1-2 finish for Chevrolet and Childress’ engine program. Denny Hamlin, the 2016 winner, finished third in a Toyota. more on daytona coming up on the monday morning race refresher.
GOLF
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bubba Watson ended two years without winning with his third victory at Riviera. Watson seized control with two par putts and a bunker shot he holed for birdie on the par-3 14th hole. He closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Kevin Na and Tony Finau. It was his first victory since Riviera two years ago – the longest drought of the decade for the two-time Masters champion.He wrapped up another fun-filled week in L.A. on and off the golf course, although winning for the 10th time in his career was far more enjoyable than getting rejected by Tracy McGrady in the NBA All-Star celebrity game. Watson moves into the top 50 and is eligible for the World Golf Championship next week in Mexico.
TRACK AND FIELD
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Christian Coleman broke the world indoor record in the 60 meters in 6.34 seconds Sunday to win his first U.S. title in the final event of the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championships.
Sharika Nelvis set the crowd buzzing with an American record in the 60 hurdles at 7.70. Nelvis had to come from behind to win it, surging over the final hurdle to kick it to the finish.
nhl
CHICAGO -- A visiting black player was taunted by four male fans shouting "basketball, basketball, basketball" Saturday night during the Chicago Blackhawks' game against the Washington Capitals. Washington's Devante Smith-Pelly was serving a major penalty for fighting Chicago's Connor Murphy when the fans taunted him in the penalty box. An off-ice official sitting next to him notified building security, and the fans were ejected. "We were made aware of an incident at tonight's game involving a small group of attendees who made harmful comments directed at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly," the Blackhawks said in a statement. "The fans were immediately removed and we apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends out games and these actions will never be tolerated." The 25-year-old Smith-Pelly is in his first season with the Capitals. He also has played for Anaheim, Montreal and New Jersey.
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 16, 2018

girls bball
class 1a At Colfax (Ridgeview) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Danville (Schlarman) 60, Lexington 29 F
class 2a At Gilman (Iroquois West) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Monticello 41, St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 40 ot
class 3a At Herscher REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Morton 84, Herscher 32 F
class 3a At Olympia Fields (Rich Central) REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kankakee (Sr.) 59, Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) 54
class 3a At Kankakee (McNamara) REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kankakee (McNamara) 42,  Richton Park (Rich South) 41
CLASS 4A At Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) 67, Moline (H.S.) 52 F
BIG TEN
WISCONSIN 57, No. 6 PURDUE 53
MADISON, Wis. -- Ethan Happ had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Wisconsin secured its biggest win of a challenging season BEATING #6 PURDUE 57-53. Brad Davison added 16 points for the Badgers (12-16, 5-10 Big Ten), who handed the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3) their third straight loss on the night the program honored one of its best. Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky, who led the Badgers to the national championship game in 2015, had his jersey retired. Carsen Edwards, who finished with 22 points, missed a 3 with 12 seconds left to end Purdue's comeback hopes.
PENN STATE 79, No. 8 OHIO STATE 56
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Tony Carr scored 30 points and Penn State routed No. 8 Ohio State 79-56 to sweep the Buckeyes. Mike Watkins added 11 points and 10 rebounds for his tenth double-double of the season, and Shep Garner and Josh Reaves added 13 and 10 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (19-9, 9-6 Big Ten), who won their sixth in seven tries since beating the Buckeyes in Columbus on Jan. 25. C.J. Jackson led Ohio State (22-6, 13-2) with 13 points and Keita Bates-Diop added 10 for the Buckeyes, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
NHL
DUCKS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2
CHICAGO -- Ondrej Kase had a goal and two assists, Adam Henrique scored in the third period and Anaheim handed Chicago its eighth straight loss 3-2. Nick Ritchie added a goal and an assist and John Gibson made 42 saves as Anaheim improved to 1-1 on a four-game trip. The Ducks had dropped two in a row and four of six, hurting their playoff positioning as they try for a wild card in the Western Conference. Duncan Keith scored his first goal of the season for last-place Chicago, which has lost seven in a row at home. Saad also snapped a long scoring drought, and Forsberg made 29 stops. The eight-game slide for the once-mighty Blackhawks is their longest losing streak since they dropped nine in a row in early 2012.
BASEBALL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says proposed rules changes to speed pace of play will be in place by the start of big league exhibition games on Feb. 23. The commissioner has hoped for an agreement with the players' association but has the right to implement last offseason's proposal to install 20-second pitch clocks and institute stricter limits on mound visits. MLB made a proposal to the union last month to abandon a pitch clock for this season as part of a three-year phase-in of new rules. Under baseball's labor contract, unilateral playing rules changes can be made with one offseason of advance notice. That means only the stricter rules could be put in place absent an agreement. While MLB could decide to implement just a pitch clock or harsher mound visit limits and not both, severing part of the proposal could trigger a grievance by the union that would leave a decision to an arbitrator.
PHOENIX (AP) - Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases, and Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Minnesota's Kyle Gibson lost. Decisions for all five pitchers had been held for simultaneous announcement to prevent any of the cases from being affected by the rulings. Players have an 11-8 advantage over teams with three more cases possible. The 22 decisions would be the most since players went 14-10 in 1990. McHugh and Odorizzi became the first players to win hearings in consecutive years since Minnesota pitcher Kyle Lohse in 2005 and '06. Stroman lost after winning last winter. Miami pitcher Dan Straily and Kansas City pitcher Brandon Maurer argued their cases Thursday, and Cincinnati second baseman Scooter Gennett awaits a hearing.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract after searching for starting pitching all offseason. The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020. He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.
MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left spring training Thursday for his home in Parkland, Florida, to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school. Rizzo had been an early arrival in Arizona, where Chicago's position players aren't set to report until Monday ahead of the club's first full-squad workout. He is expected back by then. A 2007 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the shooting took place Wednesday, Rizzo donated $150,000 to his alma mater in November to help toward lights for the baseball and softball fields. His parents still live in the area.
NFL
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has named five sites as finalists to host the NFL draft in either 2019 or 2020. Finalists to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft include Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; as well as a combined entry of Cleveland and Canton, Ohio. Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Representatives for each site will offer presentations before the final selections are made in May at the NFL spring meetings in Atlanta.
AUTO RACING
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Roger Penske again went 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway for its second sweep of Speedweeks. This time, Ryan Blaney went to victory lane after winning the first of two night qualifying races that are used to set the Daytona 500 field. Chase Elliott won the second race in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to put a temporary halt on the Team Penske dominance. Joey Logano finished second to Penske teammate Blaney for the Ford sweep in the first race. Kevin Harvick was second to Elliott in the second race and Harvick was also in a Ford - proving the automaker has the same speed it did a year ago when it swept all four restrictor-plate races.
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 15, 2018

BIG TEN
JUAWN Morgan was one of three Hoosiers to score 14 points, posted his eighth double-double this season and blocked a career-high five shots to lead Indiana past the Fighting Illini 78-68. Robert Johnson and Aljami Durham each finished with 14 points. Justin Smith added 13 and Josh Newkirk wound up with 11. It was enough to get Indiana a third consecutive win and a split in the season series with Illinois (12-15, 2-12). Leron Black had 20 points and seven rebounds before fouling out to lead the Illini. Kipper Nichols added 16 AND Trent Frazier scored 12 points and had five assists as Illinois lost iT's fourth straight and for the 10th time in 12 games. The Illini have not won this season when allowing 75 or more points. The Hoosiers shot 64.7 percent from the field in the second half and a season best 59.1 percent for the game. 
Senior co-captains DUNCAN Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 18 points to help No. 22 Michigan beat Iowa 74-59 on Wednesday night. It was a win that both young men looked at as another stepping stone toward greater achievements. With 33 points in the last two games, Robinson appears to be heating up at the right time of year for the Wolverines (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten). Moritz Wagner added 14 points as the Wolverines won for the fourth time in five games. Charles Matthews scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Michigan outscored Iowa 36-6 from three-point range. Luka Garza scored 22 points to pace the Hawkeyes (12-16, 3-12), losers of four straight. Isaiah Moss added 12 points and Tyler Cook scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
NBA
RAPTORS 122, BULLS 98
CHICAGO -- Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points and Toronto cruised into the All-Star break with its seventh straight victory BEATING THE BULLS 122-98. Lowry made four 3-pointers, and he and Ibaka each grabbed seven rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Raptors complete a four-game sweep against Chicago even though they only got seven points from four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan. Bobby Portis scored 18 points for Chicago. The Bulls have lost nine of 11.
PACERS 108, NETS 103
NEW YORK -- Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, and Corey Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists to help Indiana beat Brooklyn 108-103 for its third straight victory. Allen Crabbe had 23 points for the Nets. They have lost seven in a row.
NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- His nickname is Bowman the Showman, yet that did little in helping Alex Bowman to get Rick Hendrick to remember his name. Bowman was a journeyman driver who had already washed out of the Cup Series once when he found himself inside mighty Hendrick Motorsports with the opportunity of a lifetime. Perform well in a Hendrick car, and Bowman just might land a full-time job with one of NASCAR's top organizations. He had his work cut out for him: The boss initially believed his new driver was named Alex Baldwin, not Bowman. Bowman's debut as the new driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet got off to a strong start when he won the pole for the Daytona 500. It's a record-tying fourth consecutive year a Hendrick car has won the Daytona 500 pole.
FOOTBALL
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he is making a football comeback. Manziel announced Wednesday that he'll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate. Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012 and left school after his sophomore season for the NFL. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but was cut in 2016 and hasn't played since.
OBIT
John ''Tito'' Francona, who proudly watched his son Terry follow his footsteps to the major leagues, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday night in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Francona's passing cast a pall over Cleveland's training camp in Goodyear, Arizona, as pitchers and catchers reported Wednesday. Terry Francona, who has been affectionately called ''Tito'' for years in a respectful bow to his dad, will leave the team for several days to be with family. There will be private services to celebrate the elder Francona's life. John ''Tito'' Francona was 84.
Danica Patrick 
Danica Patrick let it slip Wednesday that she will drive the Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing. Patrick was upset about the error, dropping the microphone at Daytona 500 media day and mumbling in disgust. "Oh, (shoot), did I just say that out loud?" Patrick said. She then put the mic in her lap and cursed somewhat under her breath. It took several seconds for her to compose herself. "I've never done that in my career," she added. She was agitated as she answered a few more questions before saying, "I better shut up and leave. I'm going to be in trouble." Patrick rejoined longtime sponsor GoDaddy to run the final two races of her career, a feat she has dubbed the "Danica Double." She will race the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports and previously said she was close to announcing plans for the Indy 500 in May, her finale. But instead of getting a highly anticipated reveal, Patrick accidentally leaked the news in front of about two dozen media members.
NASCAR AGAIN . . . 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones will serve as an honorary race official for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. As part of his race-day duties, Jones will be introduced at the drivers' meeting, take a lap around Daytona International Speedway in a parade car and participate in question-and-answer sessions with fans. 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Peyton Manning will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Manning will be behind the wheel of the Toyota pace car and lead the 40-car field to the green flag to start "The Great American Race" on Sunday. Manning joins a list of Daytona 500 celebrities that includes Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (honorary starter), retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. (grand marshal), country-music group Rascal Flatts (infield concert) and Navy Band Southeast (national anthem). Other notable honorary pace car drivers for the Daytona 500 in recent years: Jay Leno (2006), Cal Ripken Jr. (2007), Tom Cruise (2009), Brad Paisley (2011) and John Cena (2016).
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 9, 2018

Class 2A Watseka Regional
Watseka 54, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 28. The top-seeded Warriors defended their own home court by winning a regional title and clinching a spot in Monday's sectional semifinal game at Iroquois West with a convincing victory against the fourth-seeded Falcons. GCMS had no answer for Summer Cramer, who dropped in a game-high 29 points, while Kennedy Bauer compiled a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors (30-1). Mallory Drake added eight points and eight rebounds for Watseka, who will play either Monticello (20-4) or Oakwood (26-3) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in Gilman. Megan Moody scored a team-high 11 points for GCMS (17-3), which trailed 18-4 at the end of the first quarter, while Makenzie Bielfeldt chipped in eight points.
Three-Point Showdown Advancers: Jacey Stiers (Iroquois West), Rachel Carney (Iroquois West), Meara Tilstra (Iroquois West), Mallory Drake (Watseka)
Class 1A Illinois Lutheran Regional
Cissna Park 45, Dwight 33. Gabby Wessels poured in 23 points and made it a double-double with 14 rebounds as the second-seeded Timberwolves (21-9) advanced to play Lexington at 6 p.m. Monday in a Ridgeview Sectional semifinal game. Wessels also produced three assists and hit 6 of 6 free throw bids. Olivia Powell added 10 points and five boards for Cissna Park.
Class 1A Milford Regional
Schlarman 57, Milford 19. Anaya Peoples compiled 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lift the top-seeded Hilltoppers to a regional title. Teammate Janiah Newell led all scorers with 17 points. Emily Duis finished with six points and eight rebounds for the Bearcats (14-13). The Hilltoppers (28-1) will meet St. Teresa at 7:30 p.m. Monday in a Ridgeview Sectional semifinal game.
Class 2A Reed-Custer Regional
Peotone 43, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 36. The second-seeded Panthers (20-8) saw their season conclude in the title bout. Third-seeded Peotone advances to face St. Joseph-Ogden at 6 p.m. Monday in an Iroquois West Sectional semifinal game.
Class 1A Fisher Regional
Lexington 49, Ridgeview 43.
class 2a At Champaign (St. Thomas More) REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 55, Champaign (St. Thomas More) 47
Nontournament
Pontiac 48, Prairie Central 44
Plano 51 48 Sandwich
indiana boys
Rensselaer Central 64 Benton Central 32
Winamac 70 North White 32
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 70 Victory Christian 57
NHL
STARS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2
CHICAGO -- Tyler Seguin scored twice, Ben Bishop made 37 saves and Dallas beat fading Chicago 4-2 for its fourth straight win. Tyler Pitlick connected with 4.5 seconds left in second period, and Stephen Johns also scored for the Stars, who strengthened their hold on the top wild card in the Western Conference and remained one point behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division. Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago, which lost its fourth straight overall and sixth straight at home. Anton Forsberg blocked 26 shots.
BIG TEN
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ethan Happ scored 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to lead Wisconsin to a series record 13th straight win over Illinois, 78-69 Thursday at the State Farm Center. The Illini last defeated the Badgers on Jan. 2, 2011, in Champaign. Brevin Pritzl scored 15 and Brad Davison added 14 points for the Badgers (11-15, 4-9 Big Ten). Happ, who averages 17.4 points per game, also had six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three blocks. Trent Frazier scored a career-high 32 points for the Illini (12-13, 2-10), and Leron Black added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Illinois. Illinois hosts Penn State Sunday, ending a stretch of five out of six games at State Farm Center.
NBA
From Isaiah Thomas to Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, the Cleveland Cavaliers loaded up on big names last summer. None will be there if the Cavaliers get back to the NBA Finals. In what felt like an unprecedented do-over for a contending team, the Cavaliers simply changed the pieces that weren't fitting for new ones on Thursday at the trade deadline. Fans who usually marvel at LeBron James were instead praising his general manager, with Koby Altman using a series of swaps to strengthen a sputtering team and leave open the possibility for more moves. The Cavaliers acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who got Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick. George Hill came from Sacramento and Rodney Hood from Utah as the Cavaliers dealt away Rose, Wade, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert - changing nearly half their rotation. All that wheeling-and-dealing stole headlines even with nearly two-thirds of the league making deals. Wade returned to Miami, mending fences with Pat Riley and finding a soft landing in a place where he won three championships following the fallout in Cleveland. The Heat struggle to score and used a second-round pick to bring back the player who did that more than anyone else for their franchise.
NFL
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Jimmy Garoppolo signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will pay him a reported $137.5 million to keep him off the free-agent market without forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag. NFL Network first reported the terms of the contract, which is worth $27.5 million per season to top the previous record set by Detroit's Matthew Stafford last year by $500,000 per year. San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline for a 2018 second-round pick. As soon as he took the field a few weeks later, he immediately turned around a franchise that started the year with a 1-10 record. Garoppolo took over as starter and led San Francisco to five straight wins to end the season. That solidified the organization's belief in him and the willingness to offer him the largest average per year contract in NFL history.
AUTO RACING
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - With Scott Dixon at the wheel, the prototype for a windscreen to help protect IndyCar drivers from flying debris passed its first on-track test, a big step toward requiring such devices, perhaps as early as next year. The only real problem for Dixon was the lack of air flow made things quite warm. But he described that as ''an easy fix.'' The windscreen wouldn't prevent all flying-debris accidents since material still could sail over the front of the screen or come in on top of the driver, who otherwise is protected only by a helmet. Driver Justin Wilson died in August 2015 of injuries he sustained when he was struck by flying debris in an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway. But IndyCar officials see the windscreen as potentially a big improvement in safety. With more testing to be done, the screen probably wouldn't be required on the circuit until 2019 at the earliest.
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 8, 2018

Class 1A Illinois Lutheran Regional
Cissna Park 44, Grant Park 17. The offense of Gabby Wessels and the defense of Jasmine Stock proved to be an effective combination for the second-seeded Timberwolves in a regional semifinal win. Wessels had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Cissna Park (20-9), while Anna Jennings (11 points) and Stock (seven points, seven rebounds, six steals) contributed to the win.
Dwight 67, Gardner (G.-South Wilmington) 47 F
class 1a Milford regional
Milford 50, Armstrong-Potomac 18. Emily Duis (15 points) and 5 rebounds and Kaylee Warren (12 points) and six rebounds powered the host Bearcats (14-12) to a regional semifinal win against A-P (11-16). Milford improves to 14-12 on the year and will play in the Regional Championship Thursday night against #2 ranked Danville Schlarman.  
Danville (Schlarman) 67, Cullom (Tri-Point) 26 F
Class 2A Reed-Custer Regional
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 58, Beecher 36. Liberty Jamison led the second-seeded Panthers to a regional semifinal win, making four three-pointers en route to a 21-point performance for PBL (20-7). Teammates Mackenzie Bruns and Madi Peden both added 10 points.
Peotone 39, Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 30 F
Class 2A Georgetown-Ridge Farm Regional
Oakwood 47, Westville 21. 
Monticello 33, Bismarck-Henning 23.
In boys' basketball
Oakwood 53, Salt Fork 51
big ten
Keita Bates-Diop (dee-op)scored 18 points, including the decisive putback with 2.8 seconds left, to give No. 14 Ohio State a 64-63 upset at No. 3 Purdue, ending the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games Wednesday night and shaking up the Big Ten title race. Now, suddenly, Ohio State (21-5, 12-1) has the inside track to the conference title with wins over the Boilermakers and No. 4 Michigan State, which is one game behind the co-leaders. And with home games against Iowa and Rutgers and trips to Penn State and Indiana left, the biggest remaining obstacle might be beating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Feb. 18.  the buckeyes Andre Wesson scored 13 points. Jae'Sean Tate and Musa Jallow each had 10. Carsen Edwards finished with a career-high 28 points, had six rebounds and three assists. issac Haas scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half and Vincent Edwards wound up with 11 points, nine rebounds as purdeu drops to (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten).
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70. Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference). Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece. Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins as they fall to (16-10, 5-8). Maryland hosts Northwestern on Saturday. Penn State visits Illinois on Sunday.
NBA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans has been postponed after nearly two-hour delay because of a roof leak that briefly allowed rain water to puddle near one of the foul lines. While Smoothie King Center crews fashioned a fabric catch basin in the rafters to stop water from dripping on the court, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said coaches and players on both teams didn't want to risk an injury in the event the make-shift fix didn't hold up for the duration of Wednesday night's game. Officials have not yet announced when the game will be made up. Rain fell on and off throughout the day in New Orleans, but water on the court did not appear to be an issue during warmups.
HOCKEY
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss the next three to four weeks recovering from a broken left hand. The Wild announced Brodin had surgery Wednesday. He's one of the top four blue-liners and by far the team's leader with a plus-19 rating.
GOLF
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour debut next month in the Dominican Republic. As a player, not a broadcaster. Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports, has received a sponsor's exemption to play in the Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25. The first-year event is held opposite the Dell Technologies Match Play, a World Golf Championships event that attracts the top 64 in the world. He joins a short list of athletes who have tried to compete against those who play for a living.
Mark Rypien, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, played the Kemper Open in 1992. He shot rounds of 80-91 and missed the cut by 27 shots.
Ken Harrelson, an All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in 1968 and bitter white sox announcer, qualified for the 1972 British Open at Muirfield and missed the cut by one shot. 
John Brodie qualified for the U.S. Open while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and later won on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.
Most recently, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry played a Web.com Tour event outside San Francisco. He shot 74-74 and missed the cut by 11 shots.
mlb
PHOENIX -- Infielder Yolmer Sanchez beat the Chicago White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team's $2.1 million offer. Players have a 6-3 advantage over teams in arbitration decisions this year.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded -- from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees. The MLB's Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl. On Wednesday, Texas traded Wilson to the Yankees for future considerations. An infielder, Wilson hit .229 in two seasons in the low minor leagues in Colorado's system in 2010-11. The 29-year-old Wilson is expected to be in the Yankees major league camp in March, where he will participate in pregame workouts and watch games from the Yankees dugout while in Florida. He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster. A two-sport athlete in college, Wilson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. In 2011, he left the Rockies organization for football to be a graduate transfer at Wisconsin, leading to the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance before the Seahawks took him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. Wilson issued a statement thanking the Rangers for giving him the chance to experience professional baseball again.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Martin Truex Jr. has been all over the country during his brief reign as NASCAR's newest champion. Since winning his first Cup title in November, Truex has celebrated in Las Vegas, New York, Denver, Charlotte, Toronto and last week, Minneapolis, where he watched his beloved Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl. It was the final party for Truex, who goes back to work this week along with the rest of NASCAR to get ready for the 2018 season. The season-opening Daytona 500 is Feb. 18, and qualifying for "The Great American Race" is Sunday. Truex led nearly every statistical category in 2017, including notching a series-leading eight victories. Truex doesn't have a teammate this year as Furniture Row moves back to a one-car operation. 
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 7, 2018

In boys’ basketball
 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 65, Watseka 63. The host Falcons won the nonconference tilt after Mitch McNutt sank two free throws with less than five seconds to play, part of his 22-point production to lead GCMS (21-3). Bryce Barnes (21 points) and Ryland Holt (14 points) were also major contributors on the night for the Falcons. Brendan Fletcher (game-high 25 points) and Justin McTaggart (20 points) kept the Warriors (17-8) in the game.
Blue Ridge 54, Iroquois West 50. Trey Jamison had a team-high 11 points for Blue Ridge (4-19), while Nick Burrow (10 points), Dane Houser (nine points) and Tim Crook (eight points) added to the offensive output. Zach Gerling scored a game-high 14 points for the Raiders (5-18) and teammate Michael Hartke contributed 13 points.
Milford 59, Westville 45. The visiting Bearcats kept the Tigers at bay in a VVC win. Tyler Schmidt scored a game-high 25 points for Milford (17-5), who also received 13 points from Jacob Thompson and 10 points from Zach Castonguay. Tylan Stricklett (13 points), Skylor Elliott (12 points) and Brandt Williamson (11 points) led the way for Westville (8-17).
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 67, La Salette 54. The visiting Panthers ended a 13-game win streak by the Lions with a nonconference win. Tyler Pichon scored a team-high 18 points for PBL (11-11), while Dalton Busboom (17 points) and Mason Ecker (16 points) complemented Pichon. Joel Adese (game-high 27 points) and Caleb Moss (22 points) led La Salette (18-4).
Momence 79 64 Manteno
Herscher 54 44 Sandwich
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 60 68 Hoopeston
Bloomington Central Catholic 70, Prairie Central 27
Armstrong-Potomac 66, Schlarman 56
Monticello 62, St. Thomas More 47
Oakwood 69, Chrisman 41
St. Joseph-Ogden 79, Rantoul 57
Salt Fork 59, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 38
Bradley-Bourbonnais 67 42 Lincoln-Way West
Peotone 38 40 Plano
Class 2A Watseka Regional
Watseka 65, Clifton Central 29. The top-seeded Warriors cruised into Thursday night’s regional title game with a dominating effort as Watseka led 39-16 at halftime of its regional semifinal game triumph. Mallory Drake (19 points), Summer Cramer (16 points), Natalie Schroeder (12 points) and Kennedy Bauer (10 points) all compiled double-digit scoring totals for Watseka (29-1) in its sixth straight win. watseka set a new school record for wins breaking a record that has stood since 1940. watseka will play against four seed Gibson City/Melvin-Sibley at 7 p.m. Thursday in Watseka for the regional championship.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 37, Momence 28. The fourth-seeded Falcons will vie for an upset of Watseka in Thursday night’s regional title game after relying on steady defense and a strong fourth quarter to win in the regional semifinal game. Makenzie Bielfeldt scored a team-high 16 points for the Falcons (17-12). Matti Lanie had 18 for Momence.
Braidwood (Reed-Custer)
Beecher 51 29 Wilmington F
Champaign (St. Thomas More)
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 50 25 Argenta (A.-Oreana) F
Champaign (St. Thomas More) 45 35 Heyworth F
elsewhere
Thornwood 54 50 Bradley-Bourbonnais
indiana boys
Harrison (West Lafayette) 65 Westfield 60
Lafayette Central Catholic 78 Crawfordsville 58
some games were postponed . . . north newton, winamac and twin lakes all had games postponed.
NHL
FLAMES 3, BLACKHAWKS 2
CHICAGO -- Michael Stone scored with 3:30 left and Calgary edged Chicago for the second straight game with a 3-2 win. Dougie Hamilton and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, and Mike Smith made 34 saves in the opener of a six-game trip. The Flames topped the Blackhawks 4-3 Saturday night on Monahan's overtime goal in Calgary. Stone connected on a long slap shot from the right point. It looked as if Johnny Gaudreau might have tipped it by Jeff Glass, but Stone was credited with his third goal of the season. The Blackhawks challenged the play, arguing Gaudreau's stick was above the crossbar. But the officials ruled he didn't touch the puck. Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane scored for last-place Chicago, which has dropped three in a row. Glass finished with 20 stops.
BIG TEN
No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 96, IOWA 93
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Miles Bridges had 25 points and a crucial steal with five seconds left and Michigan State rallied past lowly Iowa 96-93 for its seventh straight win. Nick Ward added 17 points and Joshua Langford had 15 for the Spartans (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten). But they got a serious scare from the Hawkeyes in what was supposed to be a tune-up for Saturday's huge home game against No. 3 Purdue. Tyler Cook scored 26 points for Iowa (12-14, 3-10), which was coming off a 24-point loss at Penn State.
NORTHWESTERN 61, No. 20 MICHIGAN 52
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Bryant McIntosh tied a season high with 24 points, and Northwestern beat Michigan 61-52. McIntosh scored 14 in the second half to help the Wildcats (15-10, 6-6 Big Ten) win for the fourth time in five games. Scottie Lindsey added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Northwestern returned the favor after losing at Michigan last week. Moe Wagner led the Wolverines (19-7, 8-5) with 20 points and nine rebounds. But Michigan hit just 5 of 20 shots in the second half while missing 9 of 10 3-pointers.
MINNEAPOLIS --Sophomore Isaiah Roby led a balanced attack with a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds as Nebraska defeated Minnesota 91-85 on Tuesday night. nebraska improves to 18-8, 9-4 Conf. Nate Mason led minnesota with a game high 34 Pts as the golden gophers drop to 14-12, 3-10 Conf.
NFL
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis' Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring. The Colts confirmed McDaniels' decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the Patriots' offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick. McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano. A news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts said McDaniels informed them Tuesday evening that he would not sign the deal. By spurning the Colts after they waited 22 days to hire him, McDaniels leaves the reeling franchise as the only one without a coach. New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia left Belichick's staff a day after the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to become coach of the Detroit Lions.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski can be heard on a 911 call calmly telling a dispatcher that his home was burglarized while he was at the Super Bowl. Police in Foxborough, Massachusetts, released a portion of the call on Tuesday. He can be heard telling the dispatcher on Monday: "This is Rob Gronkowski calling, and while I was gone my whole house got robbed, while on the Super Bowl trip. And I just got back." A police report says someone broke a window to get in. In a Broadcastify.com recording of a call between responding officers and dispatch, a dispatcher says "multiple safes and possible guns" were taken. The police report redacted all details of what was taken. The report says Gronkowski lives with two roommates, both of whom reported items stolen.
BASKETBALL
NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis has torn the ACL in his left knee. Porzingis was hurt in the second quarter of New York's loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night. He dunked with 8:46 left in the half and landed awkwardly, crashing to the court and holding his left knee. He was eventually helped up and taken to the locker room. He left the arena for an MRI exam that revealed the injury.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA's tampering rule again. League officials made the announcement Tuesday in response to an interview team president Earvin "Magic" Johnson did with ESPN. Johnson was discussing the skills of Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo and said the Greek native would put the Bucks "on the map" and bring them an NBA title. It's the third time in less than 12 months the Lakers have been disciplined for tampering.
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 6, 2018

girls
class 1a milford regional
St. Anne 31 39 Tri-Point/cullom - lauren Emerson finished with 11 points and gracie O'Brien had nine points and seven rebounds but st. anne's season came to an end anyway at the hands of tri point 39-31. St. Anne ends its season with a 6-19 record. Tri-Point (10-17) advances to play number two ranked Danville Schlarman at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Milford.
Armstrong 46 17 Donovan - armstrong's Hope Hambleton scored 19 points for the Trojans and Madi Gayheart had 16 as they led their trojans to a 46-17 win over donovan. adrienne adams led donovan with 12 points. The Wildcats end the year with a 4-21 record. A-P advances to play Milford at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
class 1a Crete (Illinois Lutheran)regional
Grant Park 51 20 Crete (Illinois Lutheran)
class 2a Braidwood (Reed-Custer) regional
Beecher Wilmington ppd.
class 2a Champaign (St. Thomas More) regional
Argenta (A.-Oreana) 49 41 Farmer City (Blue Ridge) [Coop]
Heyworth 58 29 Downs (Tri-Valley)
class 2a Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm) regional
Catlin (Salt Fork) 35 44 Westville F
Bismarck (B.-Henning-Rossville-Alvin) 42 10 Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)
class 2a Watseka regional
Clifton (Central) 46 32 Hoopeston (H. Area) F - Rose Ritter led Central with 18 points Shelby Symmonds led Hoopeston with 12 points
Momence 33 29 Gilman (Iroquois West) - Matti Lanie led Momence with 20 Meara Tilstra 17 points for Iroquois West
nba
KINGS 104, BULLS 98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bogdan Bogdanovic made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining and Sacramento overcame a dismal start with a strong finish to beat Chicago 104-98. The Kings scored just nine points in the first quarter, trailed by as many as 21 and were down by seven with 10 minutes left before rallying to complete a season sweep of the Bulls. Bogdanovic had 15 points, George Hill scored 14 and Garrett Temple added 12 for Sacramento. Zach LaVine scored 27 points and Justin Holiday had 20 for Chicago. The Bulls, who lost center Robin Lopez to an ejection in the first half, have dropped seven straight.
WIZARDS 111, PACERS 102
INDIANAPOLIS -- All-Star guard Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 to help Washington hold on to beat Indiana 111-102. The Wizards have won five straight overall, all without John Wall, and four in a row over the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 29 points for the Pacers, trying to spur a fourth-quarter rally. Joe Young added 17 as Indiana's six-game home winning streak ended. Without starting guards Victor Oladipo (illness) and Darren Collison (left knee surgery), the Pacers were out of sync all night.
big ten
Juwan Morgan had 24 points and eight rebounds and Robert Johnson scored 19 points to lead Indiana past Rutgers 65-43 on Monday night. Deshawn Freeman led rutgers with 13 Pts. Hoosiers improve to 13-12, 6-7 Conf . . . Scarlet Knights drop to 12-14, 2-11 Conf
nassar
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — The former sports doctor whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women upended the gymnastics world was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center. Larry Nassar listened to dozens of victims for two days last week and was almost attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were abused. His final sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to penetrating young athletes with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach. The sentence is largely symbolic because the 54-year-old is already assured of spending the rest of his life in prison. 
RACING
PARIS (AP) — "Grid kids" are replacing "grid girls" in Formula One as the motorsport series makes changes ahead of the new season. F1 says youngsters from motorsport clubs, who are already competing in karting, will stand alongside drivers on the grid before races this season. The announcement Monday comes after the series last week ended the long-standing practice of using women on the grid, and on the podium with the top three drivers, because it no longer fits in with Formula One's values and societal norms. The latest initiative is a joint venture by the FIA — motorsport's governing body — and F1's owners. FIA President Jean Todt says "Grid Kids" gives "future champions of our sport the opportunity to stand alongside their heroes." F1 is owned by Liberty Media, which has been changing how the sport is run since taking over from former commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone in January 2017. The season starts on March 25 at the Australian Grand Prix.
BASKETBALL
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA G League has granted a protest by the Santa Cruz Warriors and ordered the final 17.5 seconds of their loss to Iowa to be replayed. Golden State's affiliate protested its 116-113 loss on Jan. 19 after being incorrectly assessed a technical foul for calling an excessive timeout. The Warriors should have been granted a "reset timeout," a rule in the G League allowing teams to advance the ball without calling time and stopping play. The Wolves made the technical free throw, then two more after Santa Cruz fouled intentionally to take a 114-111 lead. The G League says Monday that the sequence unfairly impacted the game and ordered it to be restarted tied at 111 with Santa Cruz in possession of the ball. The replay will take place March 23 in Santa Cruz before the teams' regularly scheduled game.
OLYMPICS
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American bobsled pilot Justin Olsen hopes to compete at the Olympics despite having had a successful appendectomy on the eve of the Pyeongchang Games. U.S. bobsled officials said Tuesday that Olsen, who is from San Antonio, Texas, went to a hospital in the coastal city of Gangneung on Monday and is trying to recover so he can compete in events starting Feb. 18. USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele says officials are "heartbroken for Justin, but he's shown us over the years that he's capable of overcoming adversity." Officials say they're discussing options if Olsen can't race. Pyeongchang is Olsen's third Olympics. He was on the four-man gold-medal winning team at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
barney
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Veteran infielder Darwin Barney has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Barney won a Gold Glove with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, when he had only two errors in 155 games at second base. 
frazier
NEW YORK -- Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier is switching sides close to home, set to join the New York Mets and take over a spot that's been in flux since David Wright got injured. Frazier and the Mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million. Frazier, who was a 1998 Little League World Series champion in nearby Toms River, New Jersey, and later starred at Rutgers, finished up last season with the New York Yankees.
Patricia
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia on Monday, doubling down on the franchise's hope it can copy the New England Patriots' formula for success. The expected hiring of the defensive coordinator came a day after the Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl. Lions general manager Bob Quinn made the move, reuniting with someone he worked with in New England for more than a decade. The Lions plan to formally introduce him at a news conference Wednesday.
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 2, 2018

illinois girls
Dwight 45 68 Watseka - summer cramer had 21 points, megan harris had 14 points and mallory drake had 13 points in watseka's 28th win of the season to go with 1 loss.
Cissna Park 45 52 Paxton-Buckley-Loda - the Panthers' Ariana Gentzler scored 16 points and corralled 12 rebounds. Gabby Wessels led Cissna Park with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Iroquois West 58 67 Clifton Central - meara tilstra had 24 points and 16 rebounds but the lady raiders came up short to the lady comets. rose ritter scored 18, cassidy gerdes 14 and katie speckman 12 points for central.
Milford 45, Hoopeston Area 28. The Bearcats roared to a VVC win, with Emily Duis pouring in 18 points andEmma Morts chipping in seven more. For the Cornjerkers, Shelby Symmonds paced the offense with nine points.
Donovan 11 43 Tri-Point
Grant Park 38 22 St. Anne
Cornerstone Christian Academy 39 55 Grace Christian Academy
Peotone 52 47 Lisle
Kankakee 56 52 Rich Central
St. Joseph-Ogden 57 62 Bloomington Central Catholic
Gardner-South Wilmington 56 16 Illinois Lutheran
Prairie Central 25 73 St. Thomas More
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 47, Ridgeview 45
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 53, Armstrong-Potomac 38
tonight at the svc tournament in watseka
at wchs in the championship bracket . . . cissna park plays pbl at 6pm followed by watseka playing momence at 7:30
at glenn raymond jr. high in the consolation bracket . . . dwight takes on south newton at 6pm while central faces iroquois west at 7:30
indiana boys
Attica 52 Turkey Run 48
Caston 40 North White 37 OT
Frontier 54 West Central 48 OT
Hobart 57 Kankakee Valley 52
Lafayette Central Catholic 58 Twin Lakes 47
Logansport 71 Harrison (West Lafayette) 61
McCutcheon 65 Lafayette Jeff 55
North Montgomery 73 Benton Central 39
Tri-County 69 Carroll (Flora) 52
West Lafayette 70 Northwestern 30
Winamac 58 Lewis Cass 54
indiana girls sectionals for friday
class 1a 
WEST CENTRAL sectional
Pioneer [6-14] vs. South Newton [11-14]
Tri-County [10-11] vs. North White [17-4]
NORTH VERMILLION sectional
Faith Christian [0-20] vs. Attica [19-4]
CLASS 2A
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC sectional
Covington [8-14] vs. Lafayette Central Catholic [13-10]
Delphi [15-8] vs. Clinton Prairie [20-3]
BOONE GROVE sectional
Hebron [7-13] vs. Winamac [14-9]
class 3a
CRAWFORDSVILLE sectional
North Montgomery [7-14] vs. Benton Central [19-6]
FRANKFORT sectional
West Lafayette [13-9] vs. Frankfort [5-18]
KNOX
Twin Lakes [12-10] vs. Rensselaer Central [14-9]
class 4a
LOGANSPORT
Kokomo [6-16] vs. Lafayette Jeff [21-1]
KANKAKEE VALLEY
Michigan City [12-10] vs. Kankakee Valley [19-3]
big ten
Derek Pardon scored 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting, and Northwestern rode a game-opening 18-1 run to beat Wisconsin 60-52 on Thursday night. Khalil Iverson led the way for wisconsin with 15 Pts and 9 rebounds as the badgers fall to 10-14, 3-8 Conf. northwestern improves to 14-10, 5-6 Conf
nhl
CANUCKS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brendan Gaunce scored his second goal of the game late in the third period, and Vancouver overcame an early deficit to beat Chicago 4-2. Daniel Sedin and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks. Troy Stecher added two assists, and Vancouver won for the fifth time in eight games after a 2-11-3 stretch. Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago, which ended a two-game winning streak. Duncan Keith had two assists.
PRO FOOTBALL
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.
the bulls
the bulls reportedly dealt Nikola Mirotic and a second-round pick to the Pelicans on Thursday. In exchange they received a first-round pick, a future second rounder, Omer Asik, Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson. 
 

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WHPO Sports Report February 1, 2018

big ten
No. 3 PURDUE 75, MARYLAND 67
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Isaac Haas had 20 points and nine rebounds, Carsen Edwards scored 17 points and No. 3 Purdue pulled away from Maryland to extend the nation's longest active winning streak to 18 with a 75-67 win. The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-0 Big Ten) also continued their best conference start in school history, broke another school record with their 13th consecutive win over a league foe and still won their 21st straight home game. Only Cincinnati (38) has a longer home-court streak. Bruno Fernando finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland (15-9, 4-7). Kevin Huerter had 16 points and four 3s for the Terrapins, who have lost three straight with the last two coming to top-10 teams.
No. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 76, PENN ST. 68
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Miles Bridges had 23 points and nine rebounds, helping Michigan State come back from a double-digit deficit to beat Penn State 76-68. The Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland. Cassius Winston made a go-ahead layup midway through the second half and Michigan State led by as much as 15. The Nittany Lions (15-9, 5-6) had won two straight, including a buzzer-beater at Ohio State, and they didn't give up their winning streak easily. They went on an 11-2 run to pull within six points with 37 seconds left after Tony Carr made consecutive 3-pointers in 6 seconds. Carr just missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.
TRAIL BLAZERS 124, BULLS 108
PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 50 through three as Portland took advantage of short-handed Chicago 124-108. McCollum's 28 points in the opening quarter were the most in the NBA this season. His final tally was nine points shy of the team record set by Damian Lillard last season. Lillard also sat out the final period after adding 13 points and seven assists for the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 29. It was Portland's fourth straight win overall, a season high, and the club's eighth in a row at home. Zach LaVine had a season-best 23 points in Chicago's fifth consecutive loss.
PACERS 105, GRIZZLIES 101
INDIANAPOLIS -- Myles Turner had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup, and Indiana beat Memphis 105-101 for its third straight win. Turner gave the Pacers a 102-101 lead by hitting two free throws with 34 seconds left. With two seconds remaining, Wayne Selden missed a floater in the lane that would have given the Grizzlies the lead. Indiana came up with the rebound and sealed it at the foul line with less than a second left. All five Pacers starters scored in double digits. Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison each had 21 points, Victor Oladipo added 13 and Thaddeus Young had 10. Marc Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds for Memphis. Selden led the Grizzlies with 24 points but was ejected with 0.7 seconds remaining after arguing he was fouled on his missed shot.
PRO FOOTBALL
MINNEAPOLIS —Roger Goodell wants to see the mystery of the NFL’s catch rule solved, and he’s ensured that the process has begun. The commissioner said at his annual Super Bowl news conference that he personally sees that rule as the most obvious to address. Asked about the scrutiny that NFL officiating came under this season, Goodell said “on the catch/no catch rule, we need to find a rule we think will address that. We certainly need to get this rule right so everyone can appreciate.” Goodell recently spent three hours with former players, including Pro Football Hall of Famers, going over 150 plays. He said there were many good ideas offered, but as for the specifics of what should be a catch, there was little consensus. “There were a lot of people with different perspectives and lot of disagreement in the room,” he said.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games. Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC, two of the league's other network partners. Fox announced Wednesday that it will televise 11 games between Weeks 4 and 15, with simulcasts on NFL Network and Fox Deportes. Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion.
EDEN PRARIE, Minn. -- As expected, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol Wednesday for New England's first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota. According to a pool report of the workout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in non-contact drills and is "working his way back." The Patriots worked out for two hours in their only full-padded practice of the week leading up to Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
BASEBALL
NEW YORK — Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons and was famous during his playing days for an Afro that spilled out of his helmet, died Wednesday of a rare tumor of the jaw. His second wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, said he was diagnosed with a benign tumor, ameloblastoma, about nine years ago. It became ameloblastic carcinoma in 2016 and he had the first of several operations that August. Gamble, who lived in Montgomery, Alabama, entered UAB Hospital in Birmingham on Jan. 22 and died there early Wednesday. His wife said he never chewed tobacco. Drafted by the cubs in 1968 oscar made his debut in 1969 but was traded to phileadelphia in the offseason with dick selma for johnny callison. A left-handed hitter known for the crouch in his batting stance, Gamble had a .265 batting average and 666 RBIs while playing for seven big league teams. Oscar Gamble was 68.
 

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WHPO Sports Report January 31, 2018

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament
Watseka 66, Clifton Central 32. Bolstered by playing in front of their home crowd, the Warriors (16-6) downed the Comets 66-32 in Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup. Ben Lyznicki led Watseka's offense with 24 points, while Blake Castonguay added 11 points and justin mctaggart 10 points. darryl harris led central with 10 points. 
Momence 86, Iroquois West 32. lamar lillard had 22 points, brother lamarius lillard had 16 as momence wipesout out iw 86-32. Michael Hartke had 9 points for the Raiders (4-16) 
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 45, South Newton (Ind.) 40. jay hammell had 18, carson anderson had 14 unfortunately they were only 2 of 4 to score at all for the rebels as they fall to pbl 45-40. Leading the PBL charge was Austin Sanders, who tallied 11 points. sn finished with 25 turnovers.
cissna park 59, dwight 26 - bailey sluis had 15 points, julian stadeli had 10 as cissna ran away from dwight 59-26. andrew curl finished with 7 points to lead dwight.
Nontournament
St. Anne 49 58 Herscher -   Sion Lightfoot led St. Anne with 14 points. Travis DeYoung and Connor Cotton added 10 each. but it wasn't enough as the cardinals drop to 11-10 on the season.
Oakwood 59, Hoopeston Area 49. The Comets soared over the host Cornjerkers in a VVC win, with Chase Vinson (19 points) and Bryce Jones (15 points) leading the attack as Oakwood (14-8) won its eighth straight game. Logan Walder paced the Cornjerkers (18-7) with a game-high 22 points.
Salt Fork 73, Schlarman 48. The Storm struck like lightning over the Schlarman, notching a Vermilion Valley Conference win. While the host Hilltoppers were led by Cole Carnahan's 22-point effort, Brady McMasters and Payton Taylor both scored 15 points to clinch the victory.
Westville 71, Armstrong-Potomac 51
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 72, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 19
Monticello 53, St. Joseph-Ogden 36
Tri-Valley 56, Prairie Central 43
St. Thomas More 64, Unity 44
Tri-Point 62 69 Cornerstone Christian
In girls' basketball
Watseka 55, Beecher 26. Watseka easily brought home their record breaking 27th win of the season, a road victory thanks to 19 points from Summer Cramer and 14 points from Magan Harris as they down beecher 55-26. Mallory Drake scored 12 points in the warrior win. 
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 54, Hoopeston Area 40. The Panthers slashed past the Cornjerkers behind 17 points from Liberty Jamison and Mackenzie Bruns added 13 points and PBL teammate Cassidi Nuckols scored 10. Hoopeston was paced by 11 points from Lexie Breymeyer.
Peotone 72 44 Iroquois West - The Iroquois West High School girls basketball team lost Tuesday in Gilman to Peotone 72-44. The Lady Raiders got 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists from Meara Tilstra. Teammate Jacey Stiers had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Maya sanchez provided seven points, five rebounds and four assists. Courtney Burks scored 23 points and Peotone teammate Mae Graffeo had 17 points.
Herscher 45 31 Clifton Central - Herscher has a record of 19-5. Central is 10-15.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 41, Tri-Point 26. 
indiana girls
CLASS 1A West Central
South Newton 49 Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 38
CLASS 1A North Vermillion
Attica 22 North Vermillion 19
CLASS 2A Boone Grove
Winamac 56 North Newton 30
CLASS 2A Lafayette Central Catholic
Lafayette Central Catholic 42 Rossville 37
CLASS 3A Knox
Rensselaer Central 53 Wheeler 29
Hanover Central 32 Calumet 27
CLASS 3A Crawfordsville
Greencastle 48 Lebanon 34
Benton Central 67 Crawfordsville 19
CLASS 4A Kankakee Valley
Kankakee Valley 66 Merrillville 52
CLASS 4A Logansport
Zionsville 71 McCutcheon 32
Lafayette Jeff 63 Harrison (West Lafayette) 52
big ten
Kipper Nichols scored 19 points and Trent Frazier had 17 points to lift Illinois to a 91-60 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night. Geo Baker led the scarlet knights with 19 Pts. the Fighting Illini improve to 12-11, 2-8 Conf while rutgers falls to 12-12, 2-9 Conf
Jae'Sean Tate scored 16 points and No. 17 Ohio State took control early in cruising to a 71-56 win over Indiana on Tuesday night. Devonte Green led indiana with 20 Pts. ohio state improves to 19-5, 10-1 Conf while indiana falls to 12-11, 5-6 Conf
Jordan Bohannon led six Hawkeyes in double figures with 20 points and Iowa rolled past Minnesota 94-80 on Tuesday night, its second straight home win. Jordan Murphy led minnesota with 21 Pts as Iowa improves to 12-12, 3-8 Conf. Golden Gophers fall to 14-10, 3-8 Conf
nhl
anton Forsberg made 22 of his career-high 42 saves in the third period, helping the Blackhawks beat the nashville Predators 2-1 on Tuesday night. Last-place Chicago, which needs a big finish to get into the playoffs, returned from the All-Star break with its second straight win. Vinnie Hinostroza had a goal and an assist and David Kampf also scored for the Blackhawks.
GYMNASTICS SEXUAL ASSAULT
WASHINGTON — Congress has responded to the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by sending President Donald Trump legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to swiftly report claims of abuse to law enforcement. The Senate approved the bipartisan bill by voice vote, a day after the measure cleared the House by an overwhelming margin.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch, a Texas facility that was the training ground for U.S. women’s gymnastics. Abbott ordered the Texas Rangers, the state’s top criminal investigations unit, to look into ranch, which hosted training camps for more than a decade until earlier this year. The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is already investigating.
PRO FOOTBALL
WASHINGTON — Kansas City has agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, a move that spells the end of Kirk Cousins’ time with the Redskins and hands the Chiefs’ job to Patrick Mahomes. however, the transaction can’t be completed until the start of the new league year in March. the Redskins are said to have agreed to a four-year extension with Smith, who had one year left on his contract.
PRO FOOTBALL
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski says he expects to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski has been in the league’s concussion protocol after taking a hit from Jacksonville’s Barry Church in the AFC championship game. He made his first public appearance on Tuesday night while playing former teammate and current Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount in a game of “Madden 18” at the Mall of America. Gronkowski said he’s still in the concussion protocol and would leave his status up to those in charge of making medical decisions.
 

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WHPO Sports Report January 29, 2018

Beecher Shootout
Watseka 58, Wilmington 47.Ben Lyznicki and Brendan Fletcher both scored 17 points in leading the Warriors to an 11-point win. Watseka (15-6) was bolstered by a strong first half, as they led 30-18 entering the halftime break.
St. Anne 64 69 Newark
Warren Beecher
Nontournament
Cissna Park 65, Milford 62. Christian Stadeli poured in 18 points and Brian Fehr chipped in 13 more to lead the host Timberwolves (16-5) to a 65-62 nonconference win over county foe milford. Jake Thompson led all scorers with 23 points, with Tyler Schmidt adding 17 more for the Bearcats (15-5).
girls
Donovan 25 50 Tri-Point
Illinois Valley Central 20 71 St. Joseph-Ogden
Watseka High School will be hosting the 2018 SVC Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Games will be played at the Watseka high school gym and Glenn Raymond, the junior high gym Tuesday and Friday. All four games Saturday will be at the high school. Cissna Park received the top seed and will play the eighth seed, Dwight, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Glenn Raymond. The 7:30 p.m. game at the junior high will be fourth seed PBL and fifth seed South Newton. The winners of those two games will play at 6 p.m. at the high school friday. The losers will play at 6 p.m. friday at the junior high. Watseka, seeded second, plays seventh-seed Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school. Third seed Momence will play sixth seed iroquois West at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. The winners of those two games will play friday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. The losers will play at 7:30 p.m. at the junior high. Saturday the seventh-place game will be at 3 p.m. the fifth-place game will be at 4:30 p.m. The third-place game will be at 6 p.m. and the championship game will be at 7:30 p.m.
indiana boys
South Newton 43 66 Covington - Aiden Tanner's 19 points led a balanced offense for Class 2A No. 1 Covington in its 66-43 victory against South Newton. Colton Brown put up 17 points, Spencer Pettit added 15 and A.J. Kline scored nine for the Trojans (15-1), who blew the game open by outscoring the Rebels 21-8 in the fourth quarter. Ty Bever had his second consecutive double-figure assist game, handing out 11. Jay Hammel's game-high 27 points led South Newton (8-5).
Tri-County 69 North Newton 25 - Bryce Cook's near double-double of 21 points and eight rebounds led Tri-Couunty to a 69-25 victory against North Newton.
Benton Central 57 Fountain Central 38
Cloverdale 73 Delphi 60
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 54 Faith Christian 53
Culver Academy 61 Lafayette Jeff 43
Eastern (Greentown) 46 Frontier 32
Harrison (West Lafayette) 75 Southmont 50
North Montgomery 53 Attica 42
Rensselaer Central 56 Hebron 48
Rochester 64 North White 24
Twin Lakes 53 Western 48 OT
West Lafayette 67 Frankfort 41
girls
West Central 44 North Newton 36
Tipton 72 Frontier 35
nba
BUCKS 110, BULLS 96
CHICAGO -- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help Milwaukee beat chicago 110-96 and improve to 3-0 since interim coach Joe Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd. Khris Middleton added 20 points and seven rebounds. Denzel Valentine scored 18 points for the Bulls.
big ten
Isaac Haas matched his career high with 26 points, Vincent Edwards added 19 and No. 3 Purdue held off Indiana 74-67 on Sunday for its school-record 17th consecutive victory. Juwan Morgan led the way for indiana with 24 Pts. purdue improves to 21-2, 10-0 Conf . . . indiana drops to 12-10, 5-5 Conf
Joshua Langford scored 19 points and led a second-half surge that carried No. 6 Michigan State past fading Maryland 74-68 Sunday, giving Spartans coach Tom Izzo his seventh straight 20-win season. Kevin Huerter led maryland with 17 Pts as they drop to 15-8, 4-6 Conf . . . michigan state improves to 20-3, 8-2 Conf
nfl
PRO FOOTBALL
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Tennessee's Delanie Walker caught two touchdown passes, including an 18-yarder with 1:31 remaining, and the AFC beat the NFC 24-23 in a rain-soaked Pro Bowl on Sunday. Oakland's Derek Carr completed 11 of 15 passes for 115 yards and connected with Walker on a skinny post for the winning score. Denver's Von Miller sealed the victory when he caused and recovered a fumble by Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Miller posed problems all afternoon for the NFC. The AFC overcame a 17-point halftime deficit and four turnovers to win the annual all-star game. The NFC looked like it would coast to a victory early as two Minnesota Vikings made big plays a week earlier than they wanted (Super Bowl) and a week later than they needed (NFC championship game). Adam Thielen had a touchdown reception on the opening drive, and Harrison Smith returned an interception 79 yards for a score as the NFC opened up a 20-3 lead at halftime. Heavy downpours were partly to blame for the sloppiness. The winning team got $64,000 each, double the losing team's share.
HOCKEY
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Rickard Rakell had two goals and rookie Brock Boeser, Johnny Gaudreau and Drew Doughty also scored to help the Pacific Division win the NHL All-Star game with a 5-2 victory over the Atlantic Division on Sunday.
GOLF
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jason Day and Alex Noren went 77 holes in the Farmers Insurance Open, and it still wasn't enough to decide a winner. Day holed a 6-foot birdie putt in the dark on the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. Noren followed with a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines. They had no choice but to return Monday morning to decide the longest playoff in the 67-year history of this event. In only his second PGA Tour event since August 2015, Tiger Woods closed with a 72 and tied for 23rd, seven shots out of the lead.
WRESTLING
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ronda Rousey's next bout in the ring won't come in mixed martial arts but in the world of professional wrestling. The biggest superstar in women's MMA officially made the jump to WWE on Sunday night with a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia. The former UFC bantamweight champion also told ESPN that she's fully committed to wrestling and not just planning cameos at WWE's biggest events, saying: ''This is my life now. Yeah, they have first priority on my time for the next several years.''
 

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WHPO Sports Report January 26, 2018

girls basketball
Watseka 50 36 Paxton-Buckley-Loda - summer cramer had 13 points on the strength of a 9-14 performance at the free throw line, mallory drake grabbed 8 rebounds and dropped in 3-3 pointers to finish with 11 points as watseka gets a little revenge for their lone loss on the season as they defeat svc rival pbl 50-36. With the win Watseka earns at least a share of the conference title. They can win it outright with a win at Dwight next Thursday. ariana gentzler led pbl with 13. watseka improves to 25-1 while pbl drops to 16-6.
Dwight 53 47 Iroquois West - iroquois west's meara tilstra had 23 points and 24 rebounds, mya sanchez had 11 points but the lady raiders came up short and lost to svc foe dwight 53-47. mel stewart led the lady trojans with 16 points while teammate lucy rieke had 10.
Momence 21 46 Cissna Park - gabby wessells had 13 points, anna jennings had 10 points as cissna park gets an svc win over momence 46-21. matti lanie led momence and all scorers with 15 points.
South Newton 33 39 Clifton Central -  Central's Rose Ritter had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead her central lady comets to a 39-33 svc victory over south newton. Caitlyn Gerdes added 11 points and Cassidy Gerdes had seven rebounds. Riley Thompson scored seven points. Malyah Embery led sn with 12 points.  Jaimie Diedam scored 11 in very limited minutes as she works her way back from Monday's knee injury.
Milford 27 42 Bismarck-Henning - Bismarck-Henning won the first and fouth quarters by 8 points a piece to defeat milford 42-27 in an svc match-up. emma morts led milford with 8 points. Milford drops to 12-11 for the season and play Monday night vs Danville-Schlarman in Milford. 
elsewhere
Schlarman 68, Hoopeston Area 18. Anaya Peoples netted 18 points, six assists and seven steals as the Hilltoppers (23-1) compiled their ninth straight win by dumping the Cornjerkers (8-18) in VVC action. Also hitting double figures for Schlarman were Janiah Newell (16 points), Sydney Gouard (14) and Capria Brown (13). Newell and Gouard each added six swipes. Shelby Symmonds led Hoopeston with five points.
Illinois Lutheran 24 34 Donovan
Beecher 37 23 Tri-Point
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 27, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 25
Kankakee 69 25 Rich East
Lincoln-Way West 66 35 Bradley-Bourbonnais
Armstrong-Potomac 49, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 4
Oakwood 52, Westville 28
boys
Seneca 54 47 Manteno
nhl
BLACKHAWKS 5, RED WINGS 1
DETROIT -- Alex DeBrincat had his second hat trick of an impressive rookie season and the Chicago Blackhawks chased Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard in the first period on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings. DeBrincat, Anthony Duclair and Vinnie Hinostroza scored in the first 8:47 before Howard was pulled, and the Red Wings never got back in the game. DeBrincat added another goal in the second period and scored an empty-netter in the third, bringing his season total to 17. Anton Forsberg came within 3:51 of his first career shutout before Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit.
big ten
Vincent Edwards scored 30 points, Isaac Haas added 24 and No. 3 Purdue matched a school record with its 16 straight victory, using a late charge to finally get past No. 25 Michigan 92-88 on Thursday night. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the way for the wolverines with 26 Pts. purdue improves to 20-2, 9-0 Conf . . . michigan drops to 17-6, 6-4 Conf
Tony Carr hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Penn State an 82-79 upset victory over No. 13 Ohio State 82-79 on Thursday night, handing the Buckeyes their first Big Ten loss of the season. Tony Carr led the way for the nitney lions with 28 Pts while Keita Bates-Diop led the buckeyes with 25 Pts. penn state improves to 14-8, 4-5 Conf while ohio state drops to 18-5, 9-1 Conf
PRO BASKETBALL
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James got Kevin Durant and reunited with Kyrie Irving in the NBA's first All-Star draft. Stephen Curry picked James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's top two scorers, and grabbed his other two Golden State teammates. The draft was not televised, and neither James nor Curry would reveal who they chose first when they were interviewed on TNT when the rosters were unveiled. However, Durant later said that he had been the No. 1 selection. James was among those who said fans should have watched the proceedings and his decision to draft Irving could have made for a must-see moment. The point guard asked out of Cleveland last summer and the Cavaliers traded him to conference rival Boston.
GOLF
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods brought big crowds back to golf, and he even produced a few big roars on his way to an even-par 72 in the Farmers Insurance Open in his return to the PGA Tour. He was steady, and at times spectacular. Woods made three birdie putts that traveled a combined 30 inches. The longest of his birdie putts was from just inside 2 feet. He was one rotation away from an eagle, and inches away from a hole-in-one late in his round on the South Course at Torrey Pines. Woods was seven shots behind Tony Finau, who led after his 65 on the North Course. It was his first PGA Tour event since fusion surgery on his lower back last April.
PRO FOOTBALL
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - The XFL is no longer an ex-football league. The sexed-up, second-rate football league formed as the early 2000s brainchild of WWE ringleader Vince McMahon is set for a surprising second life in 2020. The league that spawned ''He Hate Me'' and placed TV cameras in the bathroom flamed out in 2001 after one wild season. Interest in the league was reignited when ESPN aired the ''This Was the XFL'' documentary that chronicled the spectacular football failure. McMahon is back in charge, pumping $100 million into the XFL through his new private entity, Alpha Entertainment. McMahon, who will continue as chairman and CEO of WWE, offered few other details about the football comeback. The XFL will launch with eight teams, 40-man active rosters and a 10-week regular-season schedule. McMahon said the schedule, designed to fill the seven-month gap without the NFL, could begin as early as the end of January. No cities or TV partners were named.
GYMNASTICS SEXUAL ASSAULTS
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Sports doctor Larry Nassar is on his way to prison for the rest of his life for molesting scores of young female athletes, but the scandal is far from over at Michigan State University as victims, lawmakers and a judge demand to know why he wasn't stopped years ago. Some are likening Michigan State to Penn State University, where three senior officials, including the school's president, were sentenced to jail last year for failing to tell authorities about a sexual abuse allegation involving coach Jerry Sandusky. Nassar, a 54-year-old former member of Michigan State's sports medicine staff, has admitted penetrating elite gymnasts and other athletes with his fingers while he was supposedly treating them for injuries. Some of the more than 150 women and girls who have accused him said they complained to the sports medicine staff, a campus counselor and the women's gymnastics coach as far back as the late 1990s. In Michigan, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine for certain professionals to fail to report a suspected case of child abuse.
 

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WHPO Sports Report January 25, 2018

girls
HOOPESTON — Sophomore Katelyn Young hit 10 field goals en route to a 23-point performance to help the Oakwood girls’ basketball team post a 62-32 win at Hoopeston Area on Wednesday night in Vermilion Valley Conference action. Young reached 1,000 career points in the win, the eighth straight victory for the Comets (23-2). Paiton Frerichs delivered 13 points and Brenna Durst added 12 points for the Comets. Shelby Symmonds put up a team-high 11 points for the Cornjerkers (8-17).
Manteno 33 31 Wilmington
Tolono Unity 25 53 St. Joseph-Ogden
The Armstrong-Potomac girls’ basketball team relied on a game-high 23 points from Madi Gayheart to defeat VVC foe Westville 55-46 on Wednesday night at home.
The watseka warrior boys basketball game with South Newton that was cancelled last night (1/24) is rescheduled for Saturday, Feb 10th at South Newton.  JV game will start at 4:00pm followed by the varsity game.
nba
PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Dario Saric added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Embiid had 22 points for the 76ers, who have won seven of 10. Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Zach LaVine had 21 for the Bulls. 
PACERS 116, SUNS 101
INDIANAPOLIS -- Thaddeus Young scored 22 points, Victor Oladipo had 21 points and nine assists and the Indiana Pacers pulled away from the Phoenix Suns 116-101. The Pacers have won five of six, blowing out the Suns for the second time in 10 days. Josh Jackson had 20 points, while Greg Monroe had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead Phoenix. The Suns have lost two straight and five of six. Devin Booker and Troy Daniels each scored 19 points.
nhl
CHICAGO -- William Nylander scored on a penalty shot 6 seconds into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the sagging Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Nylander was awarded the attempt after he broke in alone on Jeff Glass from the opening faceoff in the extra period, but was hooked from behind by Chicago's Duncan Keith. Nylander scored the winner and his 10th goal by faking Glass and then burying a high backhander to send the Blackhawks to their fourth straight defeat. Toronto's Nazem Kadri connected for his 15th goal, a power-play score that snapped a seven-game scoring drought and was just his second goal in 20 games. Mitch Marner also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won the second time in seven games. Brent Seabrook and Nick Schmaltz scored power-play goals for Chicago, which snapped an 0-for-16 drought with the man advantage.
big ten - ILLINOIS 73, INDIANA 71
Trent Frazier and Leron Black each scored 19 points to help Illinois squeeze out a 73-71 victory over Indiana Wednesday night. The two-point victory was the team's first Big 10 Conference win of the season and the first of coach Brad Underwood's career. It also snapped the Illini's six-game losing streak. Juwan Morgan led Indiana with 25 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season, and Zach McRoberts scored a season-high 10 points. Illinois had four players score in double figures. Kipper Nichols had 12 points and Te'Jon Lucas had 11 points. Illinois has nearly a week off until it faces Rutgers at home next Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights have three players averaging over 11 points per game. Indiana plays its next game against Purdue on Sunday. The Boilermakers, ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, are 8-0 in Big Ten play. 
NEBRASKA 60, RUTGERS 54
Isaac Copeland scored 23 points and came up with a clutch rebound in the final minute to lead Nebraska to 60-54 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night. James Palmer Jr. added 18 points for nebraska while Glynn Watson Jr. added 10. Corey Sanders  led rutgers with 14 Pts. Geo Baker and Deshawn Freeman added 10 apiece. Freeland also had a game-high 10 rebounds. up next for each . . . Nebraska: hosts Iowa Saturday. while Rutgers plays at Penn State Saturday.
GYMNASTICS SEXUAL ASSAULT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Once-renowned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listened silently as a prosecutor deemed him ''possibly the most prolific serial child sex abuser in history'' and a judge sentenced him to decades in prison for molesting some of the sport's top athletes, capping an extraordinary hearing during which more than 150 women and girls described his abuse. ''I just signed your death warrant,'' Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 175 years for molesting young female athletes under the guise of giving medical treatment. Many confronted Nassar face to face in the Michigan courtroom, describing abuse in his home, at his Michigan State University office and while he worked for the sport's governing body, USA Gymnastics, which also trains Olympians. ''It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again,'' said Aquilina, who called his actions ''precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.'' Hours later, Michigan State - which has asked the state attorney general to conduct a review of how the university handled the Nassar case - announced President Lou Anna Simon's resignation amid mounting pressure. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Olympic Committee's CEO announced an independent inquiry.
BASEBALL
NEW YORK (AP) - Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to boost him. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both tainted by the steroids scandal, edged up but again fell far short. Jones and Thome made it 54 players elected in their first year of eligibility by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Jones was an eight-time All-Star third baseman for the Atlanta Braves. Thome hit 612 home runs, putting him eighth on the career list, and played mostly for the Cleveland Indians. Guerrero was elected in his second try. The nine-time All-Star slugger played half his career with the Montreal Expos. Hoffman was chosen in his third year. The former San Diego Padres closer had 601 saves, second all-time to Mariano Rivera's 652.
OLYMPICS
MOSCOW (AP) - The Kremlin dismissed talk of an Olympic boycott on Wednesday despite some of Russia's top athletes being barred from competing at the Pyeongchang Games. Several of the country's top medal hopes, including six-time short-track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, were barred from next month's games amid the country's ongoing doping scandal, which has already forced Russia to compete under a neutral flag. Asked whether the Kremlin might consider a boycott in light of the new restrictions, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said ''right now it is important to avoid words like 'boycott.'''
HOCKEY
NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL has suspended Boston forward Brad Marchand five games without pay Wednesday for elbowing New Jersey's Marcus Johansson in the head during the Bruins' win over the Devils the previous night. The hit occurred with 1:59 left in the third period of Boston's 3-2 win and knocked Johansson out of the game. There was no penalty called on the play. The Bruins' star has previously been suspended fined times and fined three times in his nine-year career. He will forfeit $373,475.60 in salary.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Police have issued a warrant for a suspect in last weekend's shooting death of a North Carolina college football player. A news release from Winston-Salem police Wednesday said warrants it obtained charge 21-year-old Jakier Shanique Austin with murder and possession of a firearm on educational property. Austin is wanted in the fatal shooting of Winston-Salem State University football player Najee Ali Baker during a party outside an events center at Wake Forest University early last Saturday. Police also said a 16-year-old was arrested and is charged with possession of a handgun by a minor, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a firearm on educational property. He is jailed without bond in the Forsyth County jail. It's not known if he has an attorney.
TENNIS
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Serena Williams is returning to tournament play for the first time since the birth of her first child. Williams was among the entries released for the BNP Paribas Open, which runs March 5-18 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It will be the two-time champion's first tournament after 14 months off. Her daughter was born in September. Williams reached the semifinals in 2015 and the finals in 2016 after returning to the event that she had boycotted for years.
more baseball
DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- A vandal has caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Field of Dreams by driving a vehicle onto the site made famous by the 1989 movie. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that workers at the site outside Dyersville found the damage Tuesday morning and were still assessing the costs and needed repairs. Owner Denise Stillman says a vehicle made deep gashes in the outfield and damaged a sprinkler system. The damage was especially severe because the ground was soft following warm weather and rain. Stillman says repairs will continue through the summer but that the field will remain open. Thousands visit the eastern Iowa field for free, running around the bases and walking to the surrounding cornfields. It was created for the movie "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner.
 

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WHPO Sports Report January 24, 2018

ILLINOIS BOYS
Salt Fork 52 67 Milford - The Bearcats' trio of Kennedy Kunsch (20 points), Jacob Schmidt (16 points) and Jacob Thompson (14 points) led Milford past Salt Fork in VVC action and kept Milford (15-3) unbeaten in league play. Payton Taylor's 18-point effort wasn't enough to net a win for the Storm (16-5), who suffered their first conference loss.
St. Anne 76 34 Donovan - St. Anne used 33 points from Travis DeYoung Tuesday at Donovan High School for a 76-34 River Valley Conference win. Mico Sullivan added 13 points for the Cardinals in the win. Kolton Lanoue led Donovan with 14 points. St. Anne moves its record to 10-8 overall and 7-1 in the conference. 
Gardner-South Wilmington 57, Clifton Central 43 - Nathan Wozniak netted 28 TO LEAD GSW TO A 62-33 WIN OVER THE CENTRAL COMETS. Ben Robison scored 22 points for the Comets. Darryl Harris added nine points.
Hoopeston Area 49, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 22 - Logan Walder's 20 points and Ryan Drayer's 12 points HOOPESTON AREA IMPROVES TO A (17-6) RECORD
Newark 80 44 Dwight -  JC Santos led Dwight in scoring with 10 Points.
Oakwood 63 52 Armstrong
Parkview Christian Academy 72 43 Grace Christian Academy
Plano 58 44 Manteno
Tolono Unity 55 72 St. Joseph-Ogden
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 57, Chrisman 45.
Fisher 76, St. Thomas More 64
 
GIRLS BASKETBALL
Prairie Central 29 Watseka 57 - THE WATSEKA LADY WARRIORS BOUNCED BACK AFTER THEIR FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON OVER THE WEEKEND AS Summer Cramer and Mallory Drake dropped in 24 and 13 points, respectively, to lead the Warriors (24-1) to a home nonconference win. the Hawks (7-12) WERE LED BY Emily Wilson, who scored 12 points. Watseka, ranked third in Class 2A, has a 24-1 record. PC is 7-13.
South Newton 30 Milford 58 - Brooke Sobkoviak led Milford (12-10) to a nonconference victory, scoring a game-high 15 points on five three-pointers. Other key cogs for Milford's machine were Emily Duis WITH 13 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS FOR A DOUBLE DOUBLE and Hannah Boyer, who HAD 10 POINTS AND grabbed  eight rebounds. Mya Wittenborn led SN with 14 points. Milford improves to 12-10 on the season and plays at Bismark-Henning Thursday.  
Clifton Central 62 St. Anne 28 - Rose Ritter led Central with 20 points and eight rebounds. Kamryn Grice added 13 points and seven rebounds. Caitlyn Gerdes netted 11 points AS THE COMETS TAKE DOWN ST. ANNE 62-28.  Gracie O’Brien led St. Anne (6-13) with 19 points and five rebounds. Central IMPROVES TO 8-13. 
Villa Grove/Heritage 71 Georgetown-Ridge Farm 16
Kankakee 36 Bishop McNamara 65
 
Tri-Point 26 Lexington 58
 
INDIANA BOYS
Iroquois West 33 62 South Newton - JAY HAMMELL HAD 30 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS FOR HIS 8TH DOUBLE DOUBLE OF THE SEASON, CARSON ANDERSON HAD 16 POINTS AS SOUTH NEWTON GETS AN SVC WIN OVER IROQUOIS WEST 62-33. MICHAEL HARTKE LED THE WAY FOR THE RAIDERS WITH 9 POINTS. SOUTH NEWTON FACES WATSEKA TONIGHT AT HOME IN A MAKE UP GAME FROM AN EARLIER DATE IN AN SVC SHOWDOWN.
 
NDIANA GIRLS
Harrison (West Lafayette) 49 Benton Central 45
 
BIG TEN
Freshman Luka Garza scored 17 points with a career-high 16 rebounds, Tyler Cook added 17 points and Iowa walloped Wisconsin 85-67 on Tuesday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Ethan Happ LED WISCONSIN WITH 21 Pts.
Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law scored 18 points apiece for Northwestern, leading a spirited comeback from a 10-point deficit in the first half to beat reeling Minnesota 77-69 on Tuesday night. MINNESOTA WAS LED BY Nate Mason WITH 25 Pts.
 
NBA
- LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points. James had 28 points while becoming the seventh member of the 30,000-point club, yet he couldn't keep the Cavaliers from dropping their 10th in 13 games. At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest player to get 30,000. KOBE Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.
 
SPEAKING OF KOBE . . . 
Kobe Bryant is in the running to get an Oscar this year as the subject, writer and producer of an animated short that has taken his awards-heavy career into a different field — because “Dear Basketball,” the animated short he made with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Animated Short. The Academy announced nominations on Tuesday morning, with “Dear Basketball” — in which Keane’s line drawings animated the poem that Bryant wrote to announce his retirement from the NBA — served as the highest-profile entry in its category. 51-time Oscar nominee John Williams, who earned a nod on Tuesday for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” scored the animated short.
 
GYMNASTICS SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The NCAA is examining how Michigan State University handled the case of sports doctor Larry Nassar, who faces prison time for sexually assaulting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes. Nassar worked at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Former Spartan athletes are among the more than 150 women and girls who have spoken over the last week at Nassar's sentencing. Women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned last year after she was suspended for defending Nassar over the years. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the organization has sent a letter of inquiry to the school "regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State." She declined further comment in an email to The Associated Press. A university spokesman confirmed the NCAA had sent a letter, but said he had not seen it and it is being reviewed to prepare a response.
 
PRO FOOTBALL
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has established a player-owner committee focusing on social and racial justice initiatives that Commissioner Roger Goodell cautions is just a start, with lots of work ahead. Goodell credited "unprecedented dialogue" for helping players and owners get to the point of Tuesday's announcement. He said the committee will focus on education, economic development, community and police relations and the criminal justice system. The league also said it is beginning a "Let's Listen Together" campaign that includes digital content and commercials highlighting player-led work on equality issues. That platform will include social media support and letters from players and owners.
 
BASEBALL
NEW YORK (AP) — Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning. His percentage of the vote more than doubled from 2015 to last year, and he is projected to be around the 75 percent needed for election when this year's voting is announced Wednesday. He could become only the second Hall of Famer who was primarily a designated hitter. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero are likely to be overwhelming picks, and Trevor Hoffman could get in, too, after a near-miss last year.
 

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WHPO Sports Report January 23, 2018

IHSA Girls Basketball
 
Cissna Park def LeRoy 44-27
 
Gabby Wessels and Anna Jennings each had 12 points
 
 
 
St. Joe Ogden def Rantoul 60-38
 
Bree Trimble had 18 points
 
 
 
Fieldcrest def Fisher 47-38
 
 
 
Lexington def GCMS 41-30
 
 
 
Tremont def Ridgeview 48-40
 
 
 
Milford def Westville 48-37
 
Hunter Lange led with 10 points
 
 
 
Schlarman def Armstrong Potomac 76-16
 
 
 
Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin def Hoopeston Area 46-20
 
 
 
Mattoon def Mahomet Seymour 51-49
 
 
 
Big Ten
 
Michigan St. def Illinois 87-74
 
Indiana def Maryland 71-68
 
Ohio St. def Nebraska 64-59
 
 
 
NBA
 
New Orleans Pelicans def Chicago Bulls 132-128 OT
 
 
 
NHL
 
Tampa Bay Lightning def Chicago Blackhawks 2-0
 
 
 
Big Ten tonight
 
Wisconsin @ Iowa
 
Northwestern @ Minnesota

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