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ILLINOIS GIRLS SOFTBALL

CLASS 3A At Ottawa (Twp.) SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL

New Lenox (Providence Catholic) 6, Manteno 4 F

CLASS 4A At Pekin SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL

Rock Island (H.S.) 4, Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) 0 F

INDIANA SOFTBALL

CLASS 1A

Frontier 6, North Vermillion 1

CLASS 3A

South Bend St. Joseph 2, Twin Lakes 1

CLASS 4A

Noblesville 6, Harrison (WEST LAFAYETTE) 3

MLB

CUBS 8, PIRATES 6

PITTSBURGH -- Anthony Rizzo shook off the boos and sparked a late rally with his ninth home run as Chicago beat reeling Pittsburgh 8-6. A day after his aggressive slide at home plate that took out Pirates catcher Elias Diaz and drew a rebuke from Major League Baseball, Rizzo doubled in the first inning and hit a solo shot off Edgar Santana (2-1) to knot the game at 4. The Cubs then piled on against Pittsburgh's sagging bullpen to hand the Pirates their ninth loss in 11 games. Chicago scored five times against Pittsburgh relievers, including Ian Happ's go-ahead double two batters after Rizzo tied it and Kyle Schwarber's two-run homer off the right-field foul pole in the eighth. Jon Lester (5-2) allowed four runs in six innings but had the second multihit game of his 13-year career by going 2 for 3 with an RBI single in the sixth that drew the Cubs within a run. Jason Heyward went 3 for 5 with an RBI for Chicago. Brandon Morrow gave up a two-run single to Starling Marte in the ninth but got two outs for his 12th save.

CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 1

MILWAUKEE -- Michael Wacha pitched two-hit ball for 6 2/3 innings and St. Louis connected for three home runs AS THEY DOWN THE BREWERS 6-1. Harrison Bader, Matt Carpenter and Francisco Pena homered to help the Cardinals top the NL Central leaders. Wacha (6-1) combined with two relievers to limit the Brewers to three hits. The Cardinals took control by scoring four times in the second inning off Zach Davies (2-5).

INDIANS 7, WHITE SOX 3

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley, Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis each hit a solo home run to lift Cleveland over Chicago 7-3. Brantley was 3 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He homered in the third and had an RBI single in the seventh. Mike Clevinger (4-2) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out seven and allowed four hits. Chicago has lost five of six and has the worst record in the majors (16-36). Lucas Giolito (3-6) allowed five runs in six innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, REDS 2

ANGELS 9, TIGERS 2

ROYALS 2, TWINS 1, 14 INNINGS

FIXED WING

Alex Reyes is set to return to Cardinals for the first time since his brief-but-stellar rookie season in 2016. The hyped right-handed prospect missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery and he'll come off the DL to make his season debut against NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Reyes struck out 44 in 23 innings during his minor league rehab assignment, including nine straight batters during his final start with Triple-A Memphis -- a first in the 116-year history of the Pacific Coast League.

BREES/WOODEN

When Drew Brees heard a 1930s-era Purdue jersey worn by John Wooden was being sold at auction, he saw an opportunity to help his alma mater showcase its ties to a man most known for winning 10 NCAA men's basketball titles as UCLA's coach. Brees says he paid $264,000 to win a late-hour bidding war for the jersey in mid-May and will allow Purdue to display it at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. The jersey is white -- albeit somewhat yellowed by time -- with "Purdue" written across the front in gold letters with black trim. A gold No. 13 with black trim is on the back. Brees and his wife, Brittany, who also attended Purdue, have been heavily involved in fundraising for school, having donated more than $3 million. Brees took possession of the Wooden jersey in the early morning hours of May 18 but kept his winning bid quiet because he wanted to surprise top Purdue athletic officials with the item at an event on Tuesday night.

BASEBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes Anthony Rizzo's slide that upended Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz at home plate on Monday is still perfectly legal. So does Maddon's superstar first baseman. Major League Baseball? Not so much. MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre informed both clubs on Tuesday that Rizzo should have been called for interference for swiping Diaz's right leg while Diaz attempted to make a throw to first base to complete a potential double play in the eighth inning of Chicago's 7-0 victory on Memorial Day. Diaz's throw ended up sailing into right field, allowing two runs to score. The Pirates challenged the call on the field but replay officials opted not to overturn it. Nearly 24 hours later, MLB believes Rizzo violated Rule 6.01 (i), which states ''if a runner does not engage in a bona fide slide, and initiates (or attempts to make) contact with the fielder for the purpose of breaking up a double play, he should be called for interference.'' Maddon called it the ''perfect play'' on Monday and didn't back down even after what he called a respectful back-and-forth with Torre.

ATHLETE ABUSE

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law bills inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal, including one approved Tuesday that would give childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue. The current cutoff to file a lawsuit in Michigan is generally a minor victim's 19th birthday, which critics say is out of step with the laws in other states and does not account for how many victims are afraid to report abuse or have suppressed it. On a 34-2 vote, the Republican-led state Senate gave final approval to a measure that would allow people who were sexually abused as children to sue until their 28th birthdays or three years from when they realized they had been abused. Nassar victims would get a 90-day window to sue retroactively, leading some state senators from both parties to reluctantly vote for the legislation after the state House scaled backed the retroactively provision to not include other victims abused as children since 1997.

ANDRETTI

Former NASCAR and IndyCar driver John Andretti announced Tuesday that his cancer has returned and spread. Andretti was diagnosed with colon cancer in January 2017, and the cancer then spread to his liver. He completed chemotherapy treatments for the Stage 4 cancer in November. Andretti, the nephew of Mario Andretti, earned two NASCAR Cup Series victories (at Daytona in July 1997 and Martinsville in April 1999) in a 393-race career that spanned from 1993 to 2010. He has competed 12 times in the Indianapolis 500, with a best of fifth in 1991. He was the first driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, finishing 10th in the 1994 Indy 500, followed by a 36th in the NASCAR race in Charlotte.

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