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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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