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Maroons Sweep Saturday Double-Header With Ridgeview

The Clinton Maroons boys baseball squad rallied to take a walk-off win over Ridgeview Saturday in game one of a double-dip 3-2 then bounced Ridgeview early with a 9-1 victory in the second game.
 
Travis Osgood allowed two runs on three hits in the opener while Wesley Conn came on in relief. 
Mac Hickman and Jake Wade each went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first game. Levi Nettles finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI. 
 
Wesley Conn scored the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. 
 
In the second game, Keaton Thayer tossed five innings of four-hit ball to keep Ridgeview at bay. He allowed an earned run with nine strikeouts and a walk. 
 
Levi Nettles pitched two innings of relief for the Maroons four strikeouts to zero walks and allowed a hit. 
 
Hickman added another pair of hits with three runs scored. Conn also crossed the plate three times in the second game and Waded finished 2-for-3 with a double and pair of RBI.
 
Clinton is 3-1 on the season after the Saturday sweep. 

Illinois Swept By Michigan State

Michigan State hit eight home runs Sunday to beat the Illinois baseball team 17-6. The Spartans swept the three-game series from the Illini.
 
Michigan State (15-5, 3-0 Big Ten) had 13 hits with eight leaving the ballpark. Brandon Hughes hit three homers and Marty Bechina had two.
 
Illinois (6-15, 0-3 Big Ten) surrendered five home runs in the first two innings, falling behind 7-0. Luke Shilling (1-2) allowed nine runs (eight earned) on six home runs in the first four innings to take the loss.
 
In the ninth, Tyler Engel added a run-scoring triple and Pat McInerney hit his team-leading eighth homer of the season.
 
It was the first time Michigan State swept Illinois since 1979.
 
Illinois is back at home Tuesday against Bradley. Indiana State visits Illinois Field Friday-Sunday.

ISU Split Satuday Doube Dip With Xavier

Illinois State and Xavier split a baseball doubleheader Saturday at Hayden Park as the Redbirds won the opener, 7-5, before dropping the nightcap, 3-2.
 
Big performances at the plate from Owen Miller and Joe Butler helped Illinois State win the opener of Saturday's twin bill. Miller went 4-for-5 and Butler went 3-for-4 as both players matched career highs for hits in a game.
Miller and Butler combined for nearly half of Illinois State's 15 hits, and a trio of Redbird relievers limited Xavier to two runs over the final five-plus innings. Jack Landwehr earned his first win of the season and Mitch Vogrin tallied the first save of his collegiate career to help the Redbirds secure a 7-5 win.  
 
Xavier salvaged a doubleheader split with a walk-off win in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader. Gallagher provided a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the hosts earn the doubleheader split and the series victory.
 
The loss spoiled a solid day from the mound for the Redbirds. Starter Brent Headrick allowed just two runs over 4.1 innings, while striking out a career-high six batters. Jeffrey Barton followed that by retiring eight batters without allowing a hit in a sparkling relief appearance. David Meade pitched a scoreless eighth before Xavier scored the game-winner in the ninth.
 
Miller, Braithwaite and Aeilts tallied two hits each for the Redbirds.
 
Illinois State's record is now 6-15. Xavier is 13-11.

Bears Notes

The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.
 
The Bears announced the one-year contract Friday. Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North.
 
The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.
 
Sanchez played in two games last season with the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 93 yards on 10 of 18 attempts. He spent five of his eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before going to the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
The former Southern California star has appeared in six playoff games. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft.
 
>>Bears CB Hall Tesered, Arrested
 
Bears cornerback Deiondre Hall was tasered for resisting arrest and faces three misdemeanor charges  after an alleged fight outside a college bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa, early Sunday morning, according to multiple reports.
 
Packers cornerback Makinton Darleant, a teammate of Hall’s at Northern Iowa, was also involved in the alleged incident, which took place outside an 18-and-over bar called Sharky’s Fun House.
 
Jeff Harrenstein, a captain with the Cedar Falls Police Department, told the Chicago Tribune that Hall was tasered by officers for resisting arrest, resisting having handcuffs placed on him and refusing to get into a squad car.
 
Hall, a fourth-round pick of the Bears last year, played in eight games as a rookie and made one interception before injuring his ankle. He underwent surgery in January.
 
According to the Tribune, Hall faces charges of public intoxication, interference and disorderly conduct by fighting. He was booked into the Black Hawk County Jail at about 1 a.m. Sunday and posted bond at 5 a.m. Darleant was charged with misdemeanor interference.

Bulls, Pacers Win

Nikola Mirotic tied a season high with 28 points, Jimmy Butler had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the second half for a 109-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
Butler broke his previous career best for assists (12) by the end of a pivotal third quarter, when Chicago stretched a one-point lead at the half to 91-79 going into the fourth.
 
Butler punctuated the second-half runaway with a backcourt steal off a telegraphed pass by Greg Monroe before strolling the other way for an easy dunk and 17-point lead with 8:55 left.
 
Mirotic hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, while Rajon Rondo scored 14 of his 18 points in that period.
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks.
 
>>Pacers Down Sixers
 
Myles Turner had 17 points and 16 rebounds, Paul George scored 21 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-94 on Sunday night.
 
Jeff Teague added 16 points for the Pacers, who used a 30-point third quarter to turn a six-point halftime lead into a 12-point advantage and snapped a two-game skid.
 
Indiana (37-36) moved into a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with Atlanta and Milwaukee. The Pacers will play both the Bucks and the Hawks during their final nine games of the regular season.
 
Al Jefferson finished with 14 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. Monta Ellis, Aaron Brooks and CJ Miles all had 10 for Indiana.
Sergio Rodriguez scored 16 for the Sixers, while Richaun Holmes finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
 
The Pacers led by as many as 11 in the first half before the Sixers made a push late to close the deficit to six points by halftime.
 
George then scored nine points in the third quarter and Teague had eight as the Pacers led by as much as 19 in the period. They extended the advantage to 25 in the fourth.

North Carolina Outlasts Kentucky in Battle of College Basketball Powers

Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four, winning a showdown of college basketball's elite in the South Regional.
 
The national semifinal will be the 20th for North Carolina, where the Tar Heels (31-7) will play Midwest champ Oregon on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
 
North Carolina took control with 12 straight points over the final 5 minutes, a run similar to what it used a week ago to beat Arkansas. The Tar Heels finished this game with a 16-9 run. Kentucky's freshmen De'Aaron Fox hit a 3 and Malik Monk quickly added two more, one with 7.2 seconds left and defenders in his face to tie the game at 73.
 
Theo Pinson drove enough toward the basket to pick off Maye's defender, then passed back to Maye. The sophomore from Huntersville, North Carolina, knocked it down for the win with his feet on the 3-point line.
 
Maye finished with a career-high 17 points off the bench for North Carolina. Justin Jackson scored 19 points, and Joel Berry II added 11 on a sprained left ankle.
 
The Wildcats had one last chance, but Derek Willis' inbounds pass went out of bounds on the far end.
 
Kentucky (32-6) will miss out on the Final Four for the second straight year. Willis and sophomore Isaac Humphries left the court with towels over their heads, and Fox was the last to leave.
 
The Wildcats had hoped their talented freshmen would carry them. Bam Adebayo and Fox each had 13 points, and Monk, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, finished with 12.

DJ Wins Match Play

Dustin Johnson played 112 holes at the 2017 WGC-Dell Match Play Championship. He never trailed in any of his seven matches. Johnson won his third consecutive tournament on Sunday in Austin, Texas, with a 1-up victory against Jon Rahm in the final after defeating Hideto Tanihara 1-up in the semifinals.
 
His match with Rahm was a roller coaster. Johnson brought the heat early and went 5-up over the first eight holes. Rahm closed like a boss, though, and made birdie at three of the last six holes to narrow the gap. It wasn’t enough. Johnson needed a par on the last hole, got it and held his fifth career WGC trophy. That number is second only to Tiger Woods, who has 18 such titles to his name.
 
Johnson made only three birdies against Rahm, but he was terrific in all seven of his matches. He led for 105 of those 112 holes.
 
Johnson blazed through his group of Jimmy Walker, Martin Kaymer and Webb Simpson (all major championship winners) before beating Zach Johnson (two more majors) in the Round of 16, Alex Noren in the quarterfinals and Hideto Tanihara in the semifinals with some clutch putting on the final two holes.
 
There is no question now. Johnson is the favorite for the 2017 Masters.
 
He has become the first golfer to win all four of the current WGCs.

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