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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.

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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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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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