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St. Louis Downs Illinois To Snap Seven Game Win Streak

The Illinois baseball team's seven-game winning streak was stopped Wednesday in an 8-3 loss at Saint Louis as the two split a two-game midweek series.


Illinois (14-4) outhit Saint Louis 10-8 but issued seven walks and left nine runners on base. The Illini lost for the first time since March 4. 


Saint Louis (10-10) got a career day from No. 9-hole hitter Kevin Jordan, who went 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs. Jordan hit a two-RBI double in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth to give SLU the lead it never surrendered. No. 8-hole hitter Zach Freiling also had three hits and scored three runs.


Illinois was led by two hits apiece from Kellen Sarver and Cam McDonald. Ben Troike, Michael Massey and Jack Yalowitz drove in runs for the Illini. 


Illinois is back at Illinois Field this weekend to take on Illinois State in a three-game series Friday-Sunday.


Michigan State, Bradley Meet Early Thursday

The Michigan State Spartans followed a Big Ten regular-season championship by winning the conference tournament title on Sunday. While the club was holding out hope for a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State drew the No. 2 seed in the East Region and will take on No. 15 Bradley on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.


Michigan State (28-6) is in the NCAA Tournament for the 22nd straight season, the third longest active streak behind Kansas (30) and Duke (24). Some believe the Spartans got a tough draw as the No. 6 overall seed being placed in the same region as Duke, the top overall seed.


It's an entirely different world for Bradley, the tournament champions of the Missouri Valley Conference. Since the MVC title was in the bag days before the Big Ten tournament tipped off, the Braves are definitely rested.


They're also more than ready to get back on the court. During the week off, the private university in Central Illinois made national headlines by barring a longtime reporter from the team with a claim he failed to "promote the Bradley brand."


Coach Brian Wardle, in his fourth season, has the Braves (20-14) in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 after winning the conference tournaments, beating last year's Cinderella, Loyola Chicago, along the way.


One area the Braves will need to have locked down in Iowa on Thursday is rebounding. A furious rally to beat Northern Iowa in the MVC title game was nearly undone by BU's inability to limit UNI's second-chance looks. More of the same against the Spartans is a sure ticket out of the NCAA Tournament.


Bears Re-Up With P O'Donnell

The Chicago Bears say they have re-signed veteran punter Pat O'Donnell to a two-year contract.


O'Donnell has spent all five of his seasons with Chicago and is the franchise's leader with a 44.9-yard career gross average. O'Donnell averaged 45 yards per punt last season and tied a career high with 28 punts inside the 20.


The Bears also agreed to a one-year contract with backup quarterback Tyler Bray. He spent most of last season their practice squad.


The Bears announced the moves on Wednesday. Chicago won the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy's first season.


Bulls Outlast Wizards in Overtime

Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 - including eight in overtime - to go with 13 assists, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the Wizards 126-120 on Wednesday night.


Markkanen nailed five 3-pointers, including a key shot beyond the arc in overtime. Dunn hit two 3's in OT, and converted a pair of free throws near the end to make it a six-point game.


Shaquille Harrison scored 18. Cristiano Felicio added 15 points, and the Bulls won their second straight after dropping five in a row, despite leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) and Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) not playing because of injuries.


Jabari Parker led Washington with 28 points against his former team. Beal scored 27 and hit the tying jumper in the closing seconds of regulation. But the Wizards went 0 for 6 from the field in OT, losing for the third time in four games.


Tied at 113 through four quarters, the Bulls went on an 8-2 run to start overtime, with Robin Lopez hitting two foul shots and Dunn nailing two 3-pointers. It was 121-117 with a minute left when Dunn missed two free throws.


Beal then missed the first and made the final two free throws after getting fouled on a 3, cutting the lead to two. But Markkanen nailed a 3 from the top of the key to make it 124-119 with 32.3 seconds remaining.


Parker then put up an airball on the second attempt after making the first free throw, and Dunn hit two foul shots to make it 126-120 with 19.5 seconds left.


Former Bull Bobby Portis had 15 points.


The Bulls host Utah on Saturday.


Big Fourth Inning Sends Mahomet-Seymour Past Clinton

The Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs scored six runs in the fourth inning and that was the difference as they beat the Clinton Maroons 9-3 in non-conference boys baseball action Tuesday afternoon in Mahomet.


It was the first game of the season for Clinton, who drops to 0-1, thanks to a wet start to the spring sports season.


Kyle Kinney started the Bulldogs scoring with a solo home run in the first inning. 


After the Maroons scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 advantage, it was all Mahomet-Seymour the rest of the way as Dawson Finch paced the Bulldogs offense, going 1-for-2 with three runs batted in. 


Logan Peterson paced the Maroons offense, finishing 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Rustin Wertz added an RBI double as well.


Parker West took the loss on the mound for Clinton. He went four innings and allowed seven runs, all earned on, on five hits, issued two walks and struck out five. Logan Peterson pitched two innings of two-run ball, both unearned, in relief. 


Finch got the win for Mahomet-Seymour, pitching into the sixth inning. He finished with 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs with four hits, issued four walks and struck out nine.

The Maroons are scheduled to host Ridgeview for a Saturday doubleheader at Clinton High School.


Sages Rally Past Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond

After Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond posted three runs early, the Monticello Sages scored three runs in the third and tacked on the winning run in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 non-conference victory in boys baseball action Tuesday afternoon in Arthur.


Brody Macak led the Sages offense with two RBIs. Asher Bradd reached base twice via a walk and also drove in a run. 


Joel Edmondson and Andrew Rudolph combined to keep ALAH off the board after their three-run first. 

Edmondson finished with 3 2/3 innings and Rudolph pitched 3 1/3 innings. 


The Sages improve to 3-1 overall and will travel to Oakwood Thursday for a non-conference game. 


Illinois Topples St. Louis

The Illinois baseball team beat Saint Louis, 4-1, Tuesday in the first game of a two-game midweek series. Illinois (14-3) won its seventh straight game and tied its best 17-game start since 1959.


Illinois was led by Jeff Korte's two-hit, two-RBI day and Cam McDonald's two RBIs and two runs. Michael Massey and Jack Yalowitz also singled twice, as Illinois outhit Saint Louis 7-5. 


It was a planned bullpen game for both teams with Illinois throwing four pitchers and Saint Louis sending five to the mound. Ryan Schmitt (1-0) picked up the win by throwing the fourth and fifth innings scoreless. Sean Leland followed Schmitt with an impressive three innings, allowing only one hit on a bunt and striking out six. 


Aidan Maldonado started on the mound for the first time in his career and pitched around five walks in three innings to allow only one run. Garrett Acton earned his seventh save on a double play ball to shortstop Ben Troike with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth.


Saint Louis (9-10) left 11 runners on base and was held to 2-for-15 with runners on base. Illinois was only 3-for-18 with runners on but plated runs on a ground out and sac fly.


The Illini are 14-3 for the fifth time since beginning 16-1 in 1959. Illinois tied its sixth-best 17-game start in program history.


The two teams are back at Billikin Sports Complex at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday for the two-game finale. 


Illinois State Blanks UIC

The Illinois State baseball team defeated UIC 4-0 Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field in Normal.


Illinois State used four pitchers in the game to record its second shutout of the season.


Joe Aeilts went yard for the Redbirds, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

John Rave and Gunner Peterson also drove in runs for ISU.


Brett Wicklund was terrific for the Redbirds. He finished with six scoreless innings and struck out five, issuing just three hits.


The Flames had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Jacob Gilmore struck out the final batter of the game.


Illinois State will take on the University of Illinois this weekend in Champaign in a three-game series. First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m.


LB Clay Matthews Signs With Rams, Cobb Signs With Cowboys

Linebacker Clay Matthews agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, returning to his native Southern California after a decade with the Green Bay Packers.


The 32-year-old Matthews set the Packers franchise record with 83½ sacks over his 10 seasons in Green Bay. The former USC star earned six Pro Bowl selections and won a Super Bowl ring with the Packers, although his 3½ sacks last season were a career low.


Matthews went to high school in Agoura Hills, California, and he lives in nearby Calabasas with his wife and growing family. Both towns are a short drive from the Rams' training complex in Thousand Oaks northwest of downtown Los Angeles.


Matthews will contribute to the Rams' pass rush alongside All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and linebacker Dante Fowler, who re-signed with the NFC champions earlier this month. Nose tackle Ndamukong Suh is still a free agent after his sole season with Los Angeles.


Matthews played four seasons for the Trojans at the Coliseum, where the Rams will play next season before moving into their multibillion-dollar stadium complex in Inglewood in 2020.


Matthews won four Pac-12 titles and three Rose Bowls at USC. He famously walked onto Pete Carroll's roster and redshirted on the Trojans' last national championship squad before growing into a first-round NFL pick.


The Rams released starting linebacker Mark Barron earlier this month, creating additional opportunities for Matthews.


Matthews joins veteran safety Eric Weddle and backup quarterback Blake Bortles in the Rams' compact class of free-agent signings.


The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent receiver Randall Cobb.


Cobb spent the first eight years of his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, though he was limited to nine games last season because of a hamstring injury and a concussion.


Along with the addition of Cobb, the Cowboys on Tuesday re-signed unrestricted free-agent long snapper L.P. Ladouceur They also signed Kerry Hyder, a defensive end from Texas Tech who was with Detroit last season.


Dallas has brought in Cobb and re-signed receiver Tavon Austin to a one-year deal since slot receiver Cole Beasley left in free agency last week for a four-year deal with Buffalo.


Cobb has 470 catches for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Packers from 2011 through last season. The 28-year-old receiver was a Pro Bowl pick in 2014, when he had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Clippers Topple Pacers

Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points, Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers beat Indiana 115-109 on Tuesday night, preventing the Pacers from clinching a playoff berth.


Clinging to a 110-107 lead, Lou Williams hit a pullup jumper with 40 seconds left to stop a 5-0 run by Indiana.


Tyreke Evans answered with a layup that again drew the Pacers within three.


After a timeout, Bojanc Bogdanovic slipped defending Patrick Beverley, who scored and then made a rolling dice motion.


Bogdanovic slipped again on the Pacers' final possession and they failed to score over the final 33 seconds.


Evans and Bogdanovic scored 19 points each for the Pacers, whose road skid extended to seven straight games. Doug McDermott added 17 points and Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and a career-high-tying 16 rebounds playing the second night of a back-to-back.


The Clippers led by 17 early in the fourth only to see the Pacers close within five. Gallinari re-entered the game and promptly hit a 3-pointer that ended Indiana's 16-7 run.


Beverley made a 3-pointer and Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander combined to make four straight free throws that extended the Clippers' lead to 106-97.


Los Angeles closed the third by scoring eight straight points to lead 89-75 going into the fourth.


The Pacers visit Golden State on Thursday to end four-game Western swing.


Blues Blast Oilers

Jaden Schwartz had three goals and an assist, David Perron added two goals and two assists, and the Blues cruised to a 7-2 rout of the Oilers.


Schwartz, who has 10 goals, scored once in each period for his fourth career hat trick and first since Oct. 18, 2017, against Chicago.


Alex Pietrangelo and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who outshot Edmonton 44-17 and improved to 6-1-2 in their last nine home games against the Oilers.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for Edmonton.


St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Oilers scored twice late in the second period. The Blues added three goals in the third.


Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko returned to the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury sustained March 7 against the Kings. 


Connor McDavid had his streak of eight consecutive multipoint games snapped. McDavid remains three points shy of tying his career high of 108, set last season.


Jordan Binnington improved to 14-3-0 in his past 17 starts.


The Blues host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.


Maroa-Forsyth's Ennis: I Don't Take This Opportunity Lightly

Former Clinton High School athletic standout, Aaron Ennis was named the head basketball coach at Maroa-Forsyth last night and he says this is an opportunity he dreamt of for some time.


Ennis says the opportunity at Maroa-Forsyth is not something he takes lightly and was excited to learn Monday he would be their coach.



In his journey to Maroa-Forsyth, Ennis has had stops in Argenta-Oreana where he was a student-teacher, then in Maroa-Forsyth and most recently at Tolono Unity. Central Illinois sports fans will be familiar with some of the power-house names he's been able to learn under along the way.



Ennis indicates he wants to have an up-tempo style offense that runs a half-court offense that allows their athletes to make plays. Defensively his teams will run a pressure style man-to-man offense and hopes to bring an exciting brand of basketball to Maroa-Forsyth. 


Former Clinton Standout Named Head Basketball Coach at Maroa-Forsyth

Former Clinton High School standout Aaron Ennis has been named head coach of the Maroa-Forsyth boys basketball program as announced by the school yesterday.


Ennis was a three-sport athlete at Clinton High School who played baseball at Millikin University in Decatur.


Since his graduation, Ennis has coached various sports at schools like Argenta-Oreana, Maroa-Forsyth, and most recently Tolono Unity.


In a statement from Maroa-Forsyth yesterday, quote - "Coach Ennis is an energetic coach with a passion for the game of basketball. We expect him to bring high expectations and challenge our student-athletes both on and off the court."


This story will be updated.


Bulls Win; Pacers Lose Monday Night

Robin Lopez scored 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 116-101 on Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.


Zach LaVine had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Lauri Markkanen added 17 points and nine boards for Chicago. The Bulls shot 52 percent (46 for 89) from the field.


Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Devin Booker also scored 25 for Phoenix, which has lost three of four after a 5-2 stretch.


The Suns played without one of their top scorers and main contributors to their recent run of improved basketball, as Kelly Oubre Jr. missed the game with a left thumb sprain. Guard Tyler Johnson did not play due to a sore knee, missing his third straight game, and forward T.J. Warren hasn't played since Jan. 22 due to an ankle injury. Backup center Richaun Holmes also sat out with a quadriceps strain, his second straight game missed.


Lopez hit four different angles of hook shots in the first quarter, helping the Bulls take a 34-20 lead into the second. Lopez scored 14 of his points with hook shots.


The Suns missed their first six 3-pointers, and after Cristiano Felicio's putback dunk and free throw, the Bulls took their largest lead of the game, 19 points, with 10:22 to play in the second quarter.


The Suns responded with an 11-2 run capped off by Troy Daniels' 3 with 7:03 to go, making it 41-31.

LaVine's layup and free throw put the Bulls up by 19 again, 54-35, with 4:12 left in the half.


The Suns cut it to 56-43 at halftime, with Booker making just 3 of 11 shots, including four misses from 3-point range.


Phoenix pulled to 56-48 early in the third, but Lopez scored the Bulls' next three baskets for a 66-52 lead with 6:57 to go. Chicago went ahead by 18 in the third and led 86-73 going into the fourth.


The Suns got the Bulls' lead down to nine early in the fourth, but couldn't get any closer. Antonio Blakeney dunked with 9:25 to play to give the Bulls a 91-77 lead.


Chicago improved to 5-7 in the second of back-to-back games.


The Bulls host Washington on Wednesday night.


>>Trailblazers Get By Pacers


Damian Lillard had 30 points and 15 assists as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 106-98 on Monday night in their first game since McCollum injured his left knee.

Jusuf Nurkic added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 21. Portland has won four of five and is holding onto fourth place in the Western Conference.


Myles Turner had a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who missed out on clinching a playoff spot in the East. Indiana (44-27) has lost six straight on the road.


The Blazers (43-27) have won 10 in a row against the Pacers in Portland.


Bojan Bogdanovic's layup pulled the Pacers to 100-91 with just under three minutes left, and Turner made free throws to get Indiana closer. The teams traded free throws down the stretch, but Portland was stung when Nurkic fouled out.


Wesley Matthews' layup closed the gap to 102-97, but Al-Farouq Aminu made free throws on the other end and Portland held on.


McCollum, averaging 21.3 points per game this season, got hurt during Saturday's loss at San Antonio. He has a popliteus strain and will be re-examined in a week, the team said. It isn't known whether he'll be back before the end of the regular season.


Turner scored 11 points in the opening six minutes and the Pacers led 19-12. They stretched the margin to 11, but Portland got to 31-28 by the end of the first quarter.


Lillard closed out the first half with a 3-pointer from nearly the pinwheel logo at center court, and the Blazers went to the locker room with a 55-48 lead. Lillard had 18 points and eight assists in the half. Turner also scored 18 to go with six rebounds.


After hitting just three 3-pointers in the first half, the Blazers made eight in the third quarter. Aminu had four of those and scored 14 points in the third quarter alone.


Domantas Sabonis received warm applause from the crowd when he entered. His dad, Arvydas, played for the Blazers from 1995-2001 and again during the 2002-03 season.


The Pacers visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.


Canucks Get By Blackhawks in Overtime

Bo Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Canucks stopped Chicago's five-game win streak with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night.


Horvat and Alexander Edler each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which was coming off a 3-2 shootout victory in Dallas on Sunday. Markus Granlund also scored, and Thatcher Demko made 29 saves in his third career win.


The Canucks (31-32-10) remain on the fringe of the playoff race in the jumbled bottom of the Western Conference, pulling within six points of Arizona for the second wild card.


Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago (32-30-10), and Corey Crawford made 31 stops. The Blackhawks pulled within four points of the Coyotes, who lost 4-1 to the Lightning.


The Blackhawks trailed 2-1 before Gustafsson's long slap shot went off Edler in front and past Demko with 3:13 left in regulation. But Horvat stepped up in overtime, finishing a give-and-go with Edler for his 25th of the season.


The Blackhawks host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.


Packers Re-Sign Veteran TE Lewis

The Green Bay Packers have re-signed veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis.


A 13-year veteran, Lewis played in all 16 games for the team last season, but had only three receptions for 39 yards. He was signed in 2018 to hep block in Green Bay's running game, but the Packers ranked 22nd in the league on the ground.


He had far more impact in his first 12 pro seasons with the Jaguars after being drafted in the first round in 2006.


Lewis, 34, played in 170 games with 157 starts for Jacksonville and had 4,502 career receiving yards and 33 touchdowns. He started five postseason games for Jacksonville, making 10 receptions for 111 yards and a TD.


Clinton's Overton Makes Central Illinois Second Team All-Conference, Nelson Honorable Mention

Clinton senior basketball star Matthew Overton was named to the Central Illinois Conference second team all-conference last week.


Additionally, senior Ben Nelson was named an All-Conference honorable mention.


The CIC first team was highlighted by All-State selections Connor Heaton from Central A&M and Malcolm Miller from Shelbyville.


Heaton was named to Class 1A first team all-conference while Miller was a Class 2A all-state selection.

Heaton helped lead the Raiders to a state tournament appearance earlier this month. 


Along with Heaton, A&M's Griffin Andricks and Jacob Paradee were first-team selections. Andricks joined Miller, Heaton and Warrensburg-Latham's Jarius Ingram as unanimous first-team selections.


Meridian's Jacob Jones and Tuscola's Jalen Quinn were also first-team selections. Quinn was the lone underclassman to make the first team.


Caden Ellis from Sullivan, Austin Fitzpatrick and Christian Stoner from Decatur St. Teresa, Garret Meisenhelter from Meridian and Braydon Von Lanken were second-team selections.


Warrensburg-Latham's Tanner Dawson and Shelbyville's Braden Nichols were also honorable mentions.


Clinton Otter's Swim Team Wins Small Team YMCA Swimming Championships

The Clinton Otters swim team took home the small team YMCA state title this past weekend among 42 teams from across the state at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana. 


27 swimmers qualified for the final meet of the year and Clinton won the 8 and under division, both boys and girls. 


As a team, the girls took home third place overall and the boys were first overall. 


The Otters also won the overall small team division over Belvedere and finished 15th out of 42 overall. 


Bradley Draws Michigan State

The Missouri Valley Conference tournament champion Bradley Braves will take on second seeded Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament Thursday afternoon.


The Braves were the first team to receive an automatic bid after they went on an upset rampage in the MVC tournament in St. Louis last weekend, storming back to beat Northern Iowa in the title game Sunday afternoon.


Michigan State came back late to take down Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament title game yesterday afternoon in Chicago. Many thought the Spartans may have secured one of the top four seeds in the tournament with the win but Gonzaga was able to secure a top-seed despite losing in the Mountain West Conference tournament semis Friday.


Michigan State and Bradley will tip 15 minutes after the conclusion of the tournament's opener between Minnesota and Louisville in Des Moines, Iowa.


Duke was the overall no. 1 seed in the tournament after they won the ACC tournament. Virginia and North Carolina were the other two top-seeds, giving the ACC three top seeds in the NCAA tournament.


Illinois Sweeps Southern Illinois

The Illinois baseball team scored a season-high 14 runs to beat Southern Illinois, 14-5, and finish the sweep Sunday at Illinois Field. Illinois (13-3) is off to its best 16-game start since 1989.


The sweep is Illinois' fourth in the first five weekends of 2019. The 13-3 record is tied for the 10th-best start in program history. 


Illinois won both games Saturday by a score of 5-4. 


Illinois had 18 hits Sunday, one away from a season high, including career highs in hits from Michael Massey (4), Ben Troike (4, tied), Andrew Dyke (3) and Grant Van Scoy (3). Troike added four RBIs and three runs and Dyke and Van Scoy also scored three times. Branden Comia and Kellen Sarver both had their first career three-RBI days with all of Sarver's coming on a three-run home run to give Illinois the lead in the third inning.


After Sarver's three-run homer in the third, Illinois scored four in the fourth, three in the fifth and four more in the sixth. All 14 of Illinois' runs came during the four-inning stretch.


Illinois starting pitcher Cyrillo Watson's solid start was overshadowed by the bats, as Watson went six innings and allowed only two earned runs on four hits. Watson left with a 10-run lead before Josh Harris (1.0 IP, 0 H), Caleb Larson (1.0 IP, 0 H) and Ryan Schmitt (1.0 IP, 1 R) finished the final three frames. 


Illinois' pitching staff finished the series with a 2.00 ERA and .208 batting average against. The hitters slashed .352/.405/.495 in three games, including Grant Van Scoy's .700 series average (7-10) and marks of .545 from Ben Troike (6-11) and .417 from Michael Massey (5-12). 


Illinois takes its six-game winning streak to Saint Louis University for a two-game series Tuesday-Wednesday. 


Illinois State Drops Sunday Finale to Central Michigan

The Illinois State Redbirds lost in the series finale to Central Michigan 11-2 on Sunday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field. 


The Chippewas scored seven runs in the third inning, including a grand slam, to go ahead early in the game, as they would hang on to win.


Jordan Libman led the Redbirds offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Joe Butler and Tyson Hays went 0-for-3 with RBIs.


The Redbirds used six pitchers in the defeat. Starter Matt Walker took the loss, lasting just 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, on five with, a walk and struck out two. 


The Redbirds are 12-6 on the year after winning the both Saturday games 7-2 and 5-4. The scheduled game for Friday was canceled. 


Illinois State will take on the UIC Flames on Tuesday at Duffy Bass Field. First pitch for the game is slated for 5 p.m. 


Kings Blast Bulls

Marvin Bagley had 21 points and nine rebounds, Harry Giles added 16 points and the Kings beat the Chicago Bulls 129-102 on Sunday.


Bagley scored 14 points in the second half to help the Kings pull away, made a handful of big plays including a coast-to-coast layup after blocking a shot by Robin Lopez, and finished one rebound shy of his 14th double-double this season.


Giles complemented Bagley on the interior, and took a pass from his rookie teammate and dunked to put Sacramento up 88-61 in the third quarter. Giles also tied his career high with three blocks.


The Kings needed it as they continue to maintain slim hopes of ending the NBA's longest active playoff drought. Sacramento, 4-8 since the All-Star break, began the day six games behind the Clippers for the eighth spot in the crowded Western Conference.


Buddy Hield added 16 points and inched closer to the Kings' single-season record for 3-pointers, Harrison Barnes scored 15 points and De'Aaron Fox had 17 to help Sacramento complete a second straight season sweep of Chicago.


Zach LaVine had 18 points for the struggling Bulls (19-52). Chicago has lost five straight.


Hield made two 3s and has 231 this season. He needs 10 more to break Peja Stojakovic's single-season Kings record set in 2003-04. Stojakovic is currently Sacramento's assistant general manager.


The Kings trailed early but got a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Bogdan Bogdanovic to end the first quarter, then opened the second with a 20-4 run.


Hield had 10 points during the surge, Bagley split a pair of defenders on a three-point play, and Harrison Barnes added a breakaway dunk to put Sacramento ahead 44-27.


Things got chippy when Lopez and Giles picked up offsetting technical fouls with 1 second left in the first half.


Lauri Markkanen had 11 points and has scored in double figures for the 29th consecutive game, the longest streak by a Chicago player in eight years.


The Bulls are at Phoenix on Monday.


Sabres Outlast Blues in Shootout

Sam Reinhart scored the deciding goal to lead the Sabres to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. It came moments after his backhand chance struck the post with less than a second remaining in overtime.


It resulted in Buffalo's first win since March 1, and Buffalo's third win in its past 16 games.

Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary scored in regulation for the Sabres. Carter Hutton made 30 saves.


After Jack Eichel and Tyler Bozak traded goals to open the shootout, Reinhart scored on Buffalo's final attempt. Reinhart's wrist shot had just enough to get past St. Louis goalie Jake Allen, who got a piece of the shot with his glove.


Former Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly then had a chance to extend the shootout, but his backhand chance hit the crossbar.


Pat Maroon, David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, who remain in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race with 82 points (37-27-8). Allen made 31 saves.


It marked the end of an ultimately disappointing road trip for St. Louis. On Saturday, the Blues dominated the surging Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-1 win - but that was surrounded by defeats to struggling teams like Ottawa and Buffalo.


The Blues return home against Edmonton on Tuesday.


McIlroy Grinds Out Win at The PLAYERS

Rory McIlroy shot a tough 70-70 on the weekend and closed out Sunday's round with five birdies in his last 10 holes to shoot 16-under 272 on the week and clip Jim Furyk by a single stroke. With the chips down late, McIlroy went to his greatest weapon and put his name ... err face on the Players Championship trophy.


Following a ridiculous birdie from a tough spot in a fairway bunker on the par-4 15th to get to 15 under for the week, McIlroy unsheathed the driver on the par-5 16th and hit his tee shot 347 yards.


From there, it was a pretty simple birdie, even though he was a little bit off the fairway because he only had 174 yards to the stick. He walked to No. 17 at 16 under and up one on Furyk. A par at the always nervy island green led McIlroy to the 18th. With Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood collapsing on themselves behind him, he knew he likely only needed par to win.


With some questioning whether he should again pull driver on the watery par-4 closing hole, McIlroy uncorked a missile straight down the middle. From there it was par and his first tournament win since last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational.


McIlroy joins Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus with four majors and 15 PGA Tour wins before age 30.

Furyk's final shot on No. 18 should go in a museum, and if not for a missed 3-footer earlier in the day, it would have gotten him into a playoff. 


Lincoln's Froebe, Hamlin All-State Honorable Mention in 3A

Lincoln senior big man Jermaine Hamlin and junior guard Kaden Froebe have been named to the Class 3A All-State Honorable Mention as announced by the Associated Press Thursday.


The duo helped the Railers win a Regional title this year, they lost to Springfield Southeast in a Sectional final in Springfield. Southeast is playing for a chance at a state title today (Friday) in Peoria.


Southeast was led this season by first-team all-state Terrion Murdix, a 6-foot-3 senior.


Other first-team all-state were:


Terrance Hargrove, East St. Louis (6-7, Sr., F)
Adam Miller, Chicago Morgan Park (6-4, Jr., G)
Rashaun Agee, Chicago Bogan (6-8, Sr., C)
Perry Cowan, Chicago DePaul Prep (6-4, Sr., G)


Class 3A second team all-state:


Isaiah Rivera, Geneseo (6-5, Jr., SF)
Jeremiah Hernandez, Arlington Heights St. Viator (6-4, Sr., G)
Patrick Mayfield, Burlington Central (6-5, Sr., G)
Zach Toussaint, Johnsburg (6-0, Sr., G) 
Landon Wolfe, Effingham (6-5, Sr., F) 


Other honorable mention all-state:


Nate Torres, Normal U-High (6-4, Sr., F)
Khailieo Terry, Champaign Central (6-3, Soph., G)
Rolando “Pee Wee” Brown, Peoria Manual (6-2, Jr., G)
Cortez Mosley, Peoria Richwoods (6-5, Sr., F)
Connor Dillon, Peoria Notre Dame (6-2, Jr., G)
Nick Broeker, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (6-5, Sr., F)
Barik Olden, Morton (6-6, Sr., G)


In Class 4A, C.J. Wilbourn, Normal Community (6-7, Sr., F) made All-State honorable mention along with Caleb Donaldson, Bloomington (6-5, Sr., G). 


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