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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


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



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.


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.





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


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.





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.


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.


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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