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Blue Ridge Schools Beginning Year Two of Technology Initiative

With a fresh year ahead for area schools, one district is excited about the technology they are introducing to their students and staff.

The Blue Ridge School District is in year two of a technology initiative that seeks to have the Google Chromebooks at the desk of each student in the district. Susan Wilson is the District's Superintendent and says they are excited about this continued expansion of technology in the district.

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Wilson indicates the Google Chromebooks are allowing quicker interactions with the students and teachers. She feels it is been a real positive in their classrooms.

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The laptops have not just been thrown into the classrooms hoping they'd be successful. According to Wilson, the exact opposite has happened. She explains their staff has taken courses on the best ways to use the Chromebooks in the classroom and how students can best learn using them.

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In year two, Wilson says they are focused on professional development in advance of having each student with a device. She notes the Chromebooks are going to have a big impact on the future of their curriculum as it evolves.

Wilson also touts cost savings with the Chromebooks. She explains the State of Illinois several years ago cut off funding for updating textbooks, and with technology, there are resources available to allow updates in resources in the classroom that would eliminate, in some cases, the use of textbooks.

Streets Pick Up Program Future in Question

The future of the curb-side pick up in Clinton is under question have several years of abuse by Clinton residents.

According to Clinton City Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements, Nan Crang, City staffers are in search of changes to the program. She indicates it is taking the Street's Department too long to pick up all the brush.

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Public Works Director Steve Lobb indicates any change is going to take City Council involvement. He calls what some residents have done "out of hand". He says what the program has become is not what it was orginally intended for.

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Lobb explains his crews just do not have the time to spend 25 to 30-percent of his man hours on brush pickup across the community when there are more pressing needs.

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Lobb encourages residents with trucks or vehicles that can are suitable for carrying yard waste to take them out to the City's yard waste facility on Cain Street. The facility is open twice a week during weekdays and then 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturdays.

He notes that is a free of charge facility for any kind of yard waste.

Days Wins Barclays To Start FedEx Cup Playoffs

 width=Jason Day powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field Sunday at The Barclays.

Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, Day pulled away early and poured it on with three long birdie putts on the back nine at Plainfield. A birdie on the closing hole gave him an 8-under 62 for a six-shot victory over Henrik Stenson.

Day closed with a 63-62 weekend and finished at 19-under 261. He won two weeks ago by three shots over Jordan Spieth with a record to par at 20-under 268.

The victory moves the 27-year-old Australian to the top of the FedEx Cup standings after the opening playoff event, assuring that Day will be among the top five who have a clear shot at the $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship.

More compelling is another race for No. 1.

With his second straight victory, and fourth of the year, Day remains at No. 3 in the world but now enters the picture with Spieth and Rory McIlroy for golf supremacy. All three will have a mathematical chance to get to No. 1 at the Deutsche Bank Championship next week at the TPC Boston.

Day is tied for Spieth with four wins on the PGA Tour this year, though two of those for Spieth were the Masters and US Open.

The top 100 in the FedEx Cup advance to the next playoff event at the TPC Boston. PGA Tour rookie Zac Blair was among eight players who played their way into the top 100, and he did it in a big way. He closed with a 66 and tied for fourth, moving him from No. 106 to No. 35.

Bears Terminate Contract of CB Tim Jennings

The Chicago Bears terminated two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings' contract Sunday and placed safety Ryan Mundy on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip problem.

 width=The 31-year-old Jennings had a guaranteed base salary of $4.4 million this year.

Jennings led the NFL with nine interceptions in 2012 and had four in 2013, earning Pro Bowl honors in both seasons. He started all 16 games last season and had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason.

The Bears also moved Kevin White, the wide receiver from West Virginia drafted in the first round, to the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list because of a stress fracture in his left shin; waived tight ends Kevin Greene and Chris Pantale, wide receivers Jeremy Kelley, Levi Norwood and John Chiles, safety Malcolm Bronson, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, offensive tackle Cameron Jefferson, defensive end Olsen Pierre, and long snapper Rick Lovato; and terminated running back Daniel Thomas' contract.

The moves cut the roster to 76.

Arrieta No Hits Dodgers; Cards, Sox Win

 width=>>Arrieta No-Hits Dodgers

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta had taken no-hitters deep into games before, but he never had previously completed the feat. He did so Sunday night in Los Angeles, taking down the Dodgers, 2-0.

The only runners Arrieta allowed came via an error on second baseman Starlin Castro and a walk to Jimmy Rollins. Otherwise, Arrieta was perfect.

He struck out 12 batters, including his final three.

This was the first Cubs' no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano threw one in 2008. Overall, this is the Cubs' 14th no-hitter in franchise history, dating back to Larry Corcoran's three no-hitters in the 19th century.

>>Cardinals Beat Giants

Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter and Mark Reynolds all hit home runs, Yadier Molina drove in two and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Sunday.

Jason Heyward added three hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Greg Garcia also drove in a run.

Jaime Garcia (7-4) allowed season highs in hits (10) and runs (four) but was effective enough to improve to 4-0 over his past six starts. He did not walk a batter and struck out one, a season low.

Marlon Byrd celebrated his 38th birthday with a pair of doubles, a triple and four RBIs. Kelby Tomlinson also drove in a run for the Giants, who ended a 3-3 homestand.

Chris Heston gave up five runs on nine hits in his 3 2-3 innings of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out one, matching his season low.

Brandon Belt had four hits and Buster Posey collected three hits for the Giants. Nori Aoki had two.

Kevin Seigrist pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Heyward was a home run shy of the cycle for the second straight Sunday. Piscotty finished the series 7 for 12 and with a seven-game hitting streak.

RHP John Lackey (11-8, 2.92) starts the series opener against the Nationals and LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-7, 4.11) on Monday night.

 width=>>Sox Come Back, Stun Mariners

The Chicago White Sox have turned to several rookies during their lackluster season.

Third baseman Tyler Saladino took advantage of his opportunity Sunday with his first career game-ending hit.

He drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Sunday.

Alexei Ramirez singled and Tyler Flowers walked to start the rally before Ramirez advanced to third on Carlos Sanchez's flyout and scored on Saladino's hit off David Rollins (0-1).

David Robertson (6-3) struck out three in two innings for the victory as the teams split the four-game series.

The White Sox tied the game in the ninth on shortstop Brad Miller's throwing error to first on pinch hitter Sanchez's grounder. Trayce Thompson scored after he singled off Carson Smith and stole second.

Kyle Seager homered for the third straight game and drove in the go-ahead run on a single off Zach Duke in the eighth for the Mariners. Austin Jackson also had three hits, including a two-run home run and a triple.

The White Sox put two on in the bottom of the eighth, but pinch hitter Adam LaRoche flew out to end the inning. Manager Robin Ventura said he felt a left-handed batter had a better chance against right-hander Smith.

Melky Cabrera had four hits and tied the game for the White Sox with a leadoff home run, his ninth, in the seventh.

The White Sox tweaked their rotation so RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.85 ERA) will likely not face the Royals. He is expected to instead start Thursday against the Twins in place of LHP John Danks, who will face the Royals on Friday. Against Kansas City, Danks is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA while Samardzija is 0-3 with an 8.15 ERA. LHP Chris Sale will start the series opener against Minnesota on Tuesday, followed by LHP Carlos Rodon on Wednesday.

Illinois Football Notes

>>Beckman Denies Illinois Probe Findings, Hints At Lawsuit

Fired Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says the findings of an investigation indicating he interfered with medical procedures and pressured players to play hurt are "utterly false" and suggested he might take legal action.

In a statement released to The Associated Press after he was fired on Friday, Beckman also said the decision to fire him violated his contract. He said he will "vigorously defend both my reputation and my legal rights."

 width=Athletic Ddirector Mike Thomas fired Beckman a week before the start of the football season. Thomas said the preliminary results of an investigation into alleged mistreatment of athletes found enough reason to fire Beckman.

Former starting lineman Simon Cvijanovic sparked the investigation when he complained that Beckman and his staff had tried to shame him into playing hurt.

>>Interim Coach Cubit Hoping To Keep Focus on Football

Bill Cubit insists he is focused on Illinois' opening game against Kent State, and that's it.

That could be one tough task amid the turmoil at the school.

Cubit takes over after Tim Beckman was fired Friday. An investigation found Beckman meddled in athletes' medical issues; He denies any wrongdoing.

The two top administrators at the campus abruptly resigned this month. And athletes in two other sports have sued the school and athletic director Mike Thomas over their allegations of mistreatment.

Cubit says he is just worried about today.

Linebacker Mason Monheim says he is stunned by what has happened. But he says he is looking forward to playing for Cubit.

Cornbelters Defeat The Aviators

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Rockford Aviators by a score of 10-1 Sunday afternoon.

Tune in Tuesday, September 1st, as the Cornbelters take on the Evansville Otters. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Approved in Illinois



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Normal Cornbelters Defeat Rockford Aviators

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Rockford Aviators by a score of 7-5 on Saturday night.

Tune in tomorrow afternoon, August 30, as the Cornbelters take on the Rockford Aviators. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Rep. Mitchell Pays Visit To DeWitt County Human Resource

Wednesday afternoon State Representative Bill Mitchell made a stop at the DeWitt County Human Resource Center in Clinton.

His message was clear: the State of Illinois is not doing its job and it is effecting some of society's most vulnerable.

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The State Legislature is currently in a deadlock over the state budget and experts predict the stalemate could carry on for some time. While some areas of the state are being funded, most notably, education, other vital service like social services remain unfunded.


Lincoln Art and Balloon Fest Revamped in 2015

 width=After last year's Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival, it was decided the nearly half a dozen events the final weekend in August hosted, would be broken up into four, smaller events in 2015.

This weekend culminates in those events with the stand alone Balloon Festival. Cara Barr, Events Coordinator at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce says she is excited with the way everything has played out this year and looks forward to this weekend's festivities at the Logan County Airport.

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The Logan County Airport is the site for food, music, the beer tent, and of course, the balloons. Barr explains the balloon launches happen several times throughout the weekend can be an incredible site when they all go off.

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This year offers better than 30 balloons with the annual special balloon the Chamber always brings in. Barr indicates balloonists come from Lincoln and then stretch across the country to the world to be a part of the annual festival.

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The evening balloon launches are followed by a glow at dusk. According to Barr, the balloonists will land at various points around Logan County and be brought back to get set up again for their glow at dusk.

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For all information on this weekend's Lincoln Balloon Festival, visit www.lincolnballoonfest.com.

DJWH Seeking New Perception

 width=A lot has happened at the Dr. John Warner Hospital in the past year.

Just a few weeks ago, CEO Paul Skowron was approved as the hospital's long term leader and according to DJWH Board President Aaron Kammeyer, Skowron is jumping right in with some of the ideas he has for the facility. Kammeyer notes, those ideas start with a rebranding of their former Rural Health Clinic.

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Kammeyer explains managing expenses has been a great thing for the hospital but he notes, they need to find a way to expand their revenues. One way they will be able to do that immediately is adding a surgeon to the staff.

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One of the excited aspects of the future of the hospital is a possible partnership with the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield. According to Kammeyer it wouldn't be a partnership but rather the school would play the role of consulting with the hospital.

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Kammeyer stresses the work with the School of Medicine would not be an affiliation. He says that is something they wanted to avoid and even points out the school is trying to promote their services to rural communities about what they can provide to them.

Barclay's Day One Recap

 width=>>Spieth Has Forgettable First Round At Barclays; Leader Board Crowded

It wasn't his worst overall score of the season (that was a 75 at the Players Championship in May), but that didn't matter to Jordan Spieth. His 4-over 74 was his worst score to par this year and left him way off the lead and bummed after 18 holes of play at The Barclays.

It started innocently enough. Spieth went out on the back nine in 34. Then he shot an astonishing 40 on the way in to sit nine back of leaders Bubba Watson and Spencer Levin.

Watson and Tony Finau powered their way around Plainfield Country Club and each had a 5-under 65. They were in a four-way tie for the lead that included
Levin and Camilo Villegas, players who are in dire need of a good week.

Villegas only got into the top 125 to qualify for the playoffs last week at the Wyndham Championship, with two shots to spare. That was pressure. Now he feels as though he has nothing to lose as he tries to get into the top 100 who advance to the second event next week at the TPC Boston.

Watson wasn't hitting all the fairways, but at times that was to his advantage. The greens are pitched in such a way that some shots have to carry to the hole, allowing for spin to make sure it stays below the hole. That's what caused Spieth problems.

From the rough, Watson was able to land short of the flag and have it roll up toward the hole. That set up ample birdies.

Day pulled out of the pro-am Wednesday after tweaking his back. Oddly enough, he had wanted an MRI on his back before the playoffs to make sure everything was in order. He felt the twinge removing a light box from under his motor home, and decided to have the MRI on Wednesday. It showed everything in good order, and while the PGA champion rubbed his back after a few hooked tee shots, he felt good enough.

Defending champion Hunter Mahan birdied his opening hole and went on to shoot 78. Justin Rose had a 77, while defending FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel had a 76.

RGIII Cleared To Play; Lineman Reportedly Don't Like Him

The Redskins announced that Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play against the Ravens on Saturday. The quarterback suffered a concussion during the team's 21-17 preseason win over the Lions on Aug. 20.

 width=Actually, it's still not clear whether or not Griffin suffered a concussion. During his only media session of the week, which was held on Thursday, Griffin said "I don't know" when asked if he suffered a concussion against the Lions.

"You've got to talk to the people who report that stuff," Griffin said. "I don't report that stuff. I was in the locker room, taking a shower, getting ready to watch the rest of the game, so I don't know."

Basically, the Redskins say Griffin suffered a concussion, but RG3 wouldn't confirm that.

"I have no idea," Griffin said. "I just know I was in some pain, and the trainers came out, and that was it."

Griffin then insinuated that he could've stayed in the game.

"That's the coach's decision," Griffin said on why he was pulled from the game. "As we like to say, 'I just work here, man.'"

Whether Griffin suffered a concussion or not is irrelevant now since he's been cleared to play against the Ravens.

Being cleared could end up being a bad thing though, because apparently, his offensive linemen don't like him.

After Griffin's press conference on Thursday, ESPN's Jason Reid tweeted that RG3 isn't well-liked among the O-line.

If the Lions game was any indication, Reid's probably right. RG3 was hit or sacked on three of his first five dropbacks against the Lions and was hit a total of six times in the game.

Michigan's Harbaugh Discuss Conversations With Michael Jordan

 width=Jim Harbaugh is quite a celebrity these days, but even he was taken aback when he received a phone call recently from Michael Jordan.

Michigan signed a deal with Nike that begins in August 2016, and that includes a partnership with the "Jumpman" brand. On Thursday, Harbaugh described his surprise when Jordan actually called him.

"My phone rang and it was a number that I didn't know. I said hello, and I didn't catch the whole name - you know how sometimes cellphones cut out," Harbaugh said. "I said, 'Excuse me? I didn't get - phone cut out, who is this?' And he said, 'This is Michael Jordan.' I said, 'Come oooon! Come on. Who is it?'"

Harbaugh said his wife Sarah was "very, very impressed" that Jordan called him.

St. Louis Blues Notes

>>Blues Berglund Could Be Out Up To 4 Months

The St. Louis Blues suffered a tough offseason blow Thursday when it was revealed that center Patrik Berglund had re-aggravated a shoulder injury while training. The club announced the veteran center will undergo surgery Friday and is expected to be reevaluated in four months.

According to the team, Berglund's initial shoulder injury was suffered during the 2013-14 season.

Berglund's injury may explain why the Blues reportedly invited veteran center Scott Gomez to training camp on a tryout basis. In addition to Berglund's injury, Blues forward Jori Lehtera is currently recovering from ankle surgery. Lehtera may miss the opening of training camp, but is expected to be ready for the season.

Berglund, however, will miss a substantial chunk of the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign.

 width=The 27-year-old center had 27 points including 12 goals last season. He also had four points over six games in the playoffs. Utilized in more of a two-way role, the Blues will miss his veteran presence and size down the middle to start the year.

This development could end up opening the door wider for top prospect Robby Fabbri to earn a role with the team out of training camp. It also gives Gomez a much better shot of seizing a permanent roster spot while on his tryout deal.

In 513 NHL games, all with the Blues, Berglund has posted 247 points.

>>Blues Could Invite Scott Gomez To Camp For Tryout

The St. Louis Blues are going to see what, if anything, free agent forward Scott Gomez has left in the tank. Following the revelation that the New Jersey Devils would not be re-signing the 35-year-old center, not even on a tryout basis, Gomez has accepted an invitation to Blues' training camp on a professional tryout contract according to Andy Strickland of CBS Sports Radio in St. Louis.

Gomez, a former Calder Trophy winner and veteran of 15 NHL seasons, had 34 points in 58 games with the Devils last season. It was his best showing since 2010-11 when he had 38 points for the Montreal Canadiens.

As a potential cheap depth addition, he could provide some value. It looks like Gomez would be in tough to make the NHL roster, though.

The Blues are nearing the salary cap ceiling with about $1.7 million to spare and are already heavy on centers. One has to wonder what, if any, impact Blues assistant general manager Martin Broduer had on extending this invitation as a longtime teammate of Gomez's while the two were in New Jersey.

Last season showed that Gomez still has something to offer with a points-per-game rate nearing 0.6. Teams obviously weren't falling all over themselves to pick him up after that, but you can't say he didn't provide value for the $550,000 he made last season.

A team that needs affordable depth could stand to gain from a veteran like Gomez, who is also a two-time Stanley Cup winner. It's a gamble, but on a PTO, it's about as low-risk a gamble as there is in the league currently.

Bulls Rose Denies Rape Allegations; NBA Legend Passes Away

 width=Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose responded himself Thursday to allegations from a woman filed in civil court this week, accusing him of sexual assault and gang rape. Rose toldthe Chicago Tribune "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season. I am not going to comment other than to say: I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent."

A spokesperson for Rose called the allegations "outrageous" on Wednesday night after TMZ first reported the suit.

The alleged incidents occurred in 2013 according to court documents reported on by Sporting News. The woman is seeking a money judgment for lost wages and mental anguish.

>>Cavs' Kyrie Irving Could Be Out Until January

LeBron James may be excited to play with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love next season, but he could have to wait until January before the three are together on the court. According to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, the Cavs are being cautious bringing Irving back from his knee injury and he may not even play until January.

Multiple league sources say his rehabilitation is going smoothly, but that the chances are slim of him being in the opening-night lineup against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27. One source said he could very well be unavailable up until January.

When the three-time All-Star underwent surgery in early June, his recovery time was set at 3-4 months. Assuming he is sidelined outside of that four-month window, the thinking is that it would have everything to do with the Cavaliers being patient and cautious rather than the injury not healing.

The Cavaliers want to bring him back slowly without risking a setback, with the goal of being at full strength entering the playoffs.

January may sound like a long time away but it is basically only two months into the season. With the very realistic possibility of making a return trip to the NBA Finals, the Cavs will need Irving more in the later part of the season and the playoffs than the beginning. The addition of Mo Williams should help the Cavs during Irving's absence and James could also become a point forward to help orchestrate Cleveland's offense.

Although it may seem extreme of the Cavs to hold Irving past his estimated recovery time, there is nothing wrong with being cautious. Especially when it involves someone like Irving who is an integral part of the team and vital to Cleveland's success in the big picture.

>>Former NBA Star Darryl Dawkins Dies At 58

Darryl Dawkins, who spent the bulk of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, has died at the age of 58, according to his family.

Dawkins played for four teams during his 14-year NBA career, making a name for himself with backboard-shattering dunks and a larger-than-life personality. Most recently, Dawkins was coaching basketball at Lehigh Carbon Community College, but he has always stayed close to the NBA, acting as an ambassador for the game and appearing at league events.

The legend of Dawkins, who averaged 12 points and 6.1 points for the Sixers, Nets, Jazz and Pistons, took off when he became a backboard-wrecking machine in the mid-70s.

Sox, Cards Win; Cubs Suddenly Sliding

>>White Sox Double Up Red Sox

On a night they had an unconventional look, the Chicago White Sox got a strong game from one of their more unconventional players.

Adam Eaton had three hits and scored three runs to help Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Thursday night.

 width=Carlos Rodon took a shutout into the seventh inning and Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson had RBI doubles for the White Sox, who wore throwback uniforms that debuted in 1976 and included white wide-collared untucked jerseys paired with navy blue pants and white socks.

Eaton reached base four times and his three runs were a season high.

Thompson had two hits and Avisail Garcia added two RBIs for the White Sox, who had lost three of their previous four.

Rodon (6-5) left after giving up a two-run homer to Franklin Gutierrez. He was charged with both runs and three hits while striking out five and walking three in six-plus innings. He came in 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA during his previous three starts.

After Rodon left, Mark Trumbo singled and Seth Smith doubled but Zach Duke struck out Brad Miller and Mike Zunino before getting Ketel Marte to fly out to center.

Seattle also had a chance in the eighth after getting runners to second and third with two outs, but Trumbo grounded out to second.

David Robertson got the last three outs for his 27th save in 33 chances.

Roenis Elias (4-7) gave up four runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for Seattle. Making his first start since July 2, Elias remained winless since beating Houston on June 19.

>>Cardinals Get Passed Diamondbacks

Seth Maness got three straight outs after coming in with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to help the Cardinals hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Thursday night.

 width=Steve Cishek started the inning and walked the bases loaded before being replaced by Maness, who struck out David Peralta and Welington Castillo and got Jake Lamb to roll out to first to end what could have been a big inning for Arizona.

Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis after being acquired in a trade with Cleveland almost a month ago and Tony Cruz hit his first home run of the season, leading the Cardinals to the win and a four-game series sweep.

It was the Cardinals' fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.

Carlos Martinez (13-6) earned the win with six innings of four-hit ball, allowing three runs and striking out six with two walks. Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his 41st save as the Cardinals improved to a season-high 37 games above .500 (82-45).

Moss's tiebreaking two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Cardinals ahead 5-3. He'd hit 15 home runs with Cleveland.

Arizona's Rubby De La Rosa (11-6) gave up all five runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out four and waked four in his first loss since July 12.

De La Rosa threw eight balls on the first nine pitches of the game, and Kolten Wong followed with an RBI double to put the Cardinals ahead 1-0.

Cruz's homer and Matt Carpenter's RBI double in the second stretched St. Louis' lead to 3-0.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the bottom of the third on Lamb's RBI single and Ender Inciarte's two-out, two-run single off Wong's glove.

 width=>>Giants Pound Suddenly Sliding Cubs

Rookie Kelby Tomlinson hit a slam for his first career home run and Byrd added a three-run shot, leading Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs 9-1 on Thursday.

The win moved the Giants within 5 1/2 games of the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.

Bumgarner (16-6) struck out 12 in six innings, giving up one run and two hits. He won his fifth straight start and matched the Cubs' Jake Arrieta for most victories in the majors.

Tomlinson homered off James Russell in the eighth and received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd when he took his position at second base in the ninth. Matt Duffy and Juan Perez also drove in runs for the Giants, who won their second straight but are 3-5 over their past eight games.

The Cubs lost a road series for the first since being swept by St. Louis in late June. They had won or split their previous six road series.

Dan Haren (8-9) lasted 6 1-3 innings, his longest outing since going seven against Toronto on June 9, a span of 15 starts.

Haren gave up five runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Starlin Castro doubled home Anthony Rizzo in the second for Chicago. Bumgarner did not give up a hit after Castro's double, retiring 15 of the final 17 batters he faced.

Perez's second-inning double tied it and Duffy's third-inning single gave the Giants a 2-1 edge.

Byrd's second home run for the Giants, a line drive that just cleared the center field fence, was his fourth in 35 at-bats against Haren.

OF Dexter Fowler was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day because of a left shin contusion from fouling a ball off his leg. ... Kyle Schwarber was behind the plate for the first time since Aug. 6 with catcher David Ross on the family emergency leave list.

High School Football Opens This Week

It's one of the most anticipated Friday night's in all of high school athletics in Illinois. High school football week 1 action kicks off tonight with high hopes for many and fresh slates for everyone.

Most week one action is non-conference, and here's a look at the area matchups....

Central Illinois Conference non-conference matchups:

Clinton vs. Flanagan-Cornell-Cornell-Woodland at Woodland High School
Decatur St. Teresa at Tolono Unity
Meridian at Maroa-Forsyth
Central A & M at Milford (Sat.)
Shelbyville at Pawnee
Tuscola at Westville
Georgetown-Ridge Farm at Warrensburg-Latham
Hoopeston at Sullivan-Okaw Valley

Okaw Valley Conference non-conference matchups:

Nokomis at Monticello
Charleston at Rantoul
Olympia at Champaign St. Thomas More
St. Joseph-Ogden at Winnebago (Sat.)

Big Twelve

Peoria vs. Peoria Manual at Peoria Stadium
Peoria Richwoods vs. Peoria Notre Dame at Richwoods

Central State Eight

Decatur MacArthur at Chatham Glenwood
Jacksonville at Springfield Lanphier
Lincoln at Springfield Southeast
Rochester at Decatur Eisenhower
Springfield at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin

Heart of Illinois

Tri-Valley at Fieldcrest
El Paso-Gridley at Tremont
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at LeRoy

Area non-conference matchups:

Colfax Ridgeview at Fisher
Prairie Central at Clifton Central
Heyworth at Fithian Oakwood-Armstrong-Potomac
Mahomet-Seymour at Mt. Zion
Martinsville at Arcola
Momence at Dee-Mack
Morton at ChampaignCentennial
Mt. Vernon at Taylorville
Normal West at Belleville West
Normal Community at Belleville East
Normal University at Urbana
Oakland Tri-County at Cerro Gordo-Bement
Oblong at Argenta-Oreana
Pontiac at Metamora
Toledo Cumberland at Decatur Lutheran]
Villa Grove-Heritage at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond
Washington at Bloomington Central Catholic

Clinton Superintendent Nominated To State Board

Superintendent of Clinton Schools Curt Nettles has been nominated and appointed to a position on the State Educators Preparations and Licensure Board.

According to Nettles, he will represent district administrators in a number of capacities.

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Nettles initially didn't think it was a big deal but is honored by the compliments he has received. He feels the role of the Board is very important and plans to take it very seriously.

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Being on the Board will require Nettles to travel to Springfield once a month and may require some prep work prior to those gatherings.


Final Clinton Clips The Falcon's Wings

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Flanagan Falcons by a score of 67-35. Alec Cooley is the Country Financial Representative Stephan York player of the game with 26 carries for 343 yards, and six touchdowns. Noah Griffin had 19 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Dalton Whitted had five catches for 64 yards and one touchdown.

The Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland Falcons was lead by Austin Zutko with 15 carries for 174 yards, three touchdowns, and three catches. 

Clinton improves to 1-0 and Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland falls to 0-1.

Tune in next week as Clinton takes on Oakwood. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Illinois Earns Highest ACT Scores



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Lincoln High School To Introduce Business Class

 width=With most to all students back to school across central Illinois, one area administrator is excited about a program his school is introducing this year.

Robert Bagby (Right) is the Superintendent of Lincoln High School. He says they are introducing an entrepreneurship program that Bagby explains will allow not just Lincoln High students to participate, but several Logan County schools.

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Interest has been good for the first year of the program but Bagby hopes word of mouth will increase excitement and enrollment in the program in future semesters.

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Bagby indicates it took the community to get behind the program to make it happen. He explains they are opening the program up to business leaders in the community to take on students as a mentor or to host a class.

Business owners interested in that opportunity can contact Bagby at 217-732-4131.

Farm Progress Show Media Day Recap

The 2015 Farm Progress Show is just days away, and the Progress City site in Decatur is bustling with activity. Farm Broadcaster Jared White has more...

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Organizers Ready For Tour DeWitt

 width=A long time event in DeWitt County that went away for a few years returns this weekend.

Steve Lobb and a cast of community members have worked the last several months to bring back the Tour DeWitt bike ride. Lobb indicates this weekend's ride is going to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center.

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There will be four different routes that tour DeWitt County. Lobb says they have routes that cater to bikers or any level. He feels they have picked out some very scenic spots as well.

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To make everything fall into place, Lobb indicates he has many people and groups behind him helping along the way. He credits his wife, Dana, with doing a lot of behind the scenes work. Additionally, former organizer of the event, Sissy Leggett, has been willing to pass along her knowledge.

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Maps of the ride are available at the Tour DeWitt Facebook page. Lobb indicates the routes will also be marked the day of the event.

Again the event this Saturday. Registrations begin at 6 am and the rides will go until 2 pm. For further information check out the Tour DeWitt Facebook page for all the details.

PGA Tour Notes

>>McIlroy To Skip First Playoff Event

Pretty much every big name in golf will be at The Barclays this week in New Jersey as the first of four FedEx Cup Playoff events gets underway.

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia are the two biggest names not in attendance.

So why are they skipping an event that will help them eventually win the $10 million prize at the end of the playoff run? Jordan Spieth laid out the logic on Tuesday.

“It's pretty much, did you win East Lake?” Spieth said about how to win the FedEx Cup Playoffs. “For the most part, if you win East Lake, the guys that have won have been, I think Bill [Haas] came from way behind, but the guys have been up there because they played well leading into the Tour Championship.”

 width="East Lake" is the Tour Championship which is the last event of the playoffs. Why have so many Tour Championship winners also won the playoffs? Well, the points reset after the BMW Championship and before the Tour Championship to bunch golfers together and add drama. Spieth's 2,000-point lead on Jason Day will be erased, basically.

The whole thing is complicated, but the idea is pretty simple. Last year, Dustin Johnson made it all the way to the Tour Championship even though he didn't play any of the first three events of the playoffs. Why would McIlroy (ranked 9th in points right now) not skip the first event (or the first two) to stay fresh mentally?

The PGA Tour did throw in a bye week between the first two and last two events of the playoffs which is a good thing. McIlroy knows, though, that East Lake is really all that matters when it comes to winning that $10 million prize and giving the golf world something to think about going into 2015.

>>Jason Day Withdraws From Barclays With Back Injury

Jason Day has been bothered by a number of different ailments over the past few years, and that side of his professional game reared its ugly head again on Wednesday at The Barclays.

Day withdrew from the Wednesday pro-am at The Barclays after tweaking his back while rummaging around the bottom of his RV. Here's what the AP said.

Day was moving an item under his motor coach Tuesday night when he tweaked his back. His trainer says Day withdrew from the Wednesday pro-am at Plainfield Country Club because of a long-standing disk issue. The Australian wanted a day of rest so that he could play in the tournament.
So that's not great. It might also be nothing.

Either way, the battle Day faces for the rest of his career will not be one of yipped putts and a wayward driver. It will be with keeping his body healthy enough to play alongside the best players in the world.

Still, Day is fired up about the playoffs.

"If I could snag the FedExCup trophy to go with my PGA Championship victory I could go very close to being named Player of the Year, I know it's going to be tough to unseat Jordan because he's played such amazing golf this year but then if I were to capture the FedExCup, it puts my name in the mix for that award, and gives our peers voting on the award someone else's name to think about."

>>Spieth Ready To Defend #1 Ranking

The shine on Jordan Spieth's historic run at the 2015 majors is barely a week old, and he's already talking about playing a metaphorical king of the golf hill. Such is life as the No. 1 golfer on the planet.

Spieth spoke with the Dallas Morning News recently about what he expected with his new No. 1 ranking.

“I realize that although we have just reached that goal of being No. 1 in the world, with the way these young guys are playing and the way you see it being played on the biggest stage, it's going to be really, really hard to keep that position,” Spieth said.

“But it's a ranking system and it changes week to week. It's an honor right now to be in this position, but if I'm not careful, two Mondays from now, I'm not in the same position. I'd like to obviously hold it.”

He's right. The margin between Spieth and No. 2 Rory McIlroy is so thin, McIlroy could easily take it back during the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Shaq, Kobe Express Regret Over Feud

Kobe Bryant will be on the next episode of Shaquille O'Neal's podcast. Wow, what a sentence that is.

 width=The Los Angeles Lakers legends expressed regret about their old feud on "The Big Podcast With Shaq," and the full discussion will be available on Monday. For now, here's an excerpt, via ESPN:

"A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment," O'Neal said in an excerpt from the podcast that was played on ESPN Radio on Wednesday. "I guarantee I don't remember a lot of stuff that they said, because I changed my thought process of, you know what, we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about? This is not really even a story."

Said Bryant: "Here's the thing, though. When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you're like holy s---. I was an idiot when I was a kid.

"To me, the most important thing was really, 'just keep your mouth shut.' You don't need to go to the press with stuff. You keep it internal, and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would've been avoided. But it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization."

It's not as if the two are enemies, despite the fact that they took shots at each other back when they were teammates. O'Neal recently said that he'd take Bryant in his prime over LeBron James, for example, and Bryant defended O'Neal publicly as he criticized the media. This is a big deal, though -- both of them have talked about how their relationship deteriorated in Los Angeles, but it's been done in separate interviews. To hear the two of them hash things out will be something.

2 Illini Football Players Suspended Indefinitely; NCAA Notes

 width=Illinois coach Tim Beckman has suspended a pair of defensive players for unspecified violations of team policies.

Sports information director Kent Brown said Wednesday that senior defensive lineman Joe Fotu and junior defensive back Caleb Day are both suspended indefinitely. Brown declined to elaborate on what policies the two broke.

Both players played regularly last season. Fotu played in seven games and Day played in 12.

>>Ohio State WR Out For Season

Ohio State announced Wednesday evening that wide receiver Noah Brown will miss the 2015 season with a leg injury. Brown will have surgery on the leg Thursday and is expected to make a complete recovery.

 width=While Ohio State wouldn't go into the specifics of the injury, Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com reported that wide receiver Noah Brown suffered "what appeared to be a major leg injury" during practice. Wasserman also reports that a source told him it could be a broken leg or a knee injury, and that a "pop was heard when he went down."

Post-practice interviews were abruptly canceled following practice.

Brown had been one of the stars of Ohio State's spring practice, with Urban Meyer saying he had "solidified" his part in the rotation on offense. Brown saw limited time in 2014, though he did appear in 11 games. He caught one pass for 9 yards, had one rush for minus-4 yards and also returned one kick for 23 yards.

>>Minnesota Finalizes Contract For Richard Pitino

Richard Pitino enters year No. 3 with the Minnesota men's basketball program as a richer man. The school has announced Pitino -- who owns a 43-28 record with the Golden Gophers -- received a new deal in the lead-up to the 2015-16 campaign.

Pitino's updated contract has an extension on it through the 2020-21 season; he'll earn $400,000 more per season as well in "supplemental compensation." His contract terms now come out to $1.6 million/year.

Minnesota won an NIT championship in 2014, at the conclusion of Pitino's first season with the team. That season Minnesota won 25 games, which is, kind of amazingly, a school record. (The 1996-97 team that reached a Final Four and won 31 games had its marks taken away by the NCAA due to academic fraud charges.)

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity given to me by President Kaler, Beth Goetz and the University of Minnesota," Pitino said. "Being the basketball coach at this tremendous university is something I cherish every day. My family and I love living in the Twin Cities and we look forward to continuing to build this basketball program the right way."

Pitino's buyout is north of $1 million if leaves Minnesota prior to April 30, 2017.

The terms of the contract were agreed to by Pitino and former Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague months ago. Teague stepped down earlier this month after multiple accusations of sexual harassment -- including one from a Minnesota beat writer -- emerged. More accusations against Teague became public last week. Goetz is currently serving as Teague's interim replacement.

Cards Win; Chicago Teams Lose

 width=>>Lackey Leads St. Louis To Desert Victory

John Lackey pitched seven strong innings and St. Louis' defense was stellar behind him, leading the Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Lackey (11-8) bounced back from a shaky start, giving up a solo homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning and little else.

His defense played a big role in it, turning three doubles plays to push their total to eight in the series.

Second baseman Kolten Wong had two stellar stops, including one to start an inning-ending double play in the fifth. Centerfielder Tommy Pham also robbed Aaron Hill of extra bases in the fourth inning by diving to snare a line drive in the gap.

Trevor Rosenthal worked around a walk in the ninth for his 40th save for the Cardinals, who moved to 36 games over .500 (81-45), their highest since finishing the 2005 season plus-38. St. Louis has won seven straight and 12 of 13 against Arizona.

St. Louis quickly took advantage after starter Patrick Corbin left, scoring twice off David Hernandez (1-4) in the seventh. Wong had an RBI double and Matt Carpenter a run-scoring single in the inning, enough to send the Diamondbacks to their third straight loss since a four-game winning streak.

Corbin was sharp against the Cardinals, giving up two hits - one by Lackey - until Reynolds lined a solo homer over the wall in left in the fifth inning. The homer, which tied the game 1-all, was Reynolds' 11th of the season.

 width=>>Peavy Leads Giants Over Cubs

Buster Posey followed Brandon Belt's leadoff triple in the sixth inning with a go-ahead double, Jake Peavy won for the second time in six starts, and the Giants beat the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to stop Chicago's six-game winning streak.

Kelby Tomlinson added an RBI double of his own in the sixth against Kyle Hendricks as the Giants ended a three-game slide with their second victory in seven games. Nori Aoki homered for San Francisco.

With their first win in six meetings this month against the Cubs, San Francisco avoided its first six-game skid in the series since 1993-94.

Peavy (4-6) allowed five hits and two runs, struck out three and walked three in 6 1-3 innings to beat the Cubs for the second time in his last six outings against them. He took a 2-0 loss at Wrigley Field on Aug. 9.

Peavy's bullpen backed him, too, with lefty Javier Lopez contributing his 19th straight scoreless appearance. Lopez and Hunter Strickland each had a strikeout to get through the seventh with runners on second and third.

Sergio Romo pitched the eighth and Santiago Casilla finished with a perfect ninth and two strikeouts for his 31st save.

After Chicago grabbed a two-run lead in the first, Aoki homered to start the bottom half for his fourth career leadoff homer and second this year. He also hit one May 3 against the Angels.

Kyle Schwarber began the game with a unique, 20-foot double on an infield popup. Peavy and catcher Posey both went for it and Posey got out of the way at the last second, knocking the pitcher over in the process.

Addison Russell popped up in the third and first baseman Belt and third baseman Matt Duffy met on the mound chasing it down, with Belt making the catch.

Hendricks (6-6) saw his winless stretch reach three starts for the Cubs, who lost for only the sixth time in their last 21 road games dating to June 30.

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Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings in his first start since he was sidelined by a triceps injury, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Porcello and Chris Sale had nearly identical lines, but Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer off Nate Jones (1-1) with two outs in the eighth. Robbie Ross Jr. then got three outs for the Red Sox before Junichi Tazawa finished the six-hitter for his third save in nine chances.

Porcello (6-11) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none in one of his best starts in a disappointing debut season with Boston.

Sale also pitched seven innings of five-hit ball. The lanky left-hander struck out seven, running his major league-leading total to a career-best 229 in just 171 1-3 innings.

Josh Rutledge contributed two hits, a ninth-inning sacrifice fly and an outstanding play at second base.

Porcello retired his first 10 batters before Melky Cabrera doubled with two outs in the fourth. The White Sox had runners on the corners with one out in the fifth, but Porcello wiggled out of the jam with some help from Rutledge.

After Tyler Flowers flied to shallow right for the second out, rookie Tyler Saladino hit a slow bouncer to second. Rutledge rushed in and made a terrific diving throw that just beat the athletic Saladino to first.

The White Sox threatened again in the sixth, putting two runners on with one out. Porcello then struck out Avisail Garcia and got Adam LaRoche to fly out to center.

The Red Sox had their best scoring opportunity against Sale in the third, loading the bases with two outs. But Sale fanned Hanley Ramirez for his 226th strikeout, matching his previous single-season high set in 2013.

Cutler, Bears Thin At Receiver As Season Opener Nears

 width=Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler finds himself throwing to third- and fourth-team players after a hip injury pushed veteran receiver Eddie Royal to the sidelines for Wednesday's practice - if not longer.

The Bears are already without receivers Alshon Jeffery (strained calf), Marquess Wilson (hamstring) and Kevin White (shin surgery).

Royal is the fourth Bears wide receiver to go down with an injury in preseason.

Cutler says he's never seen anything like that happen before.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report For August 27

Jail Population: 24

Paper Services: 9

Warrants: 1

Donald West, 38, Leroy was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Violate Rule/ State Park/ Failure to Appear. West unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Denise Duke, 38, Clinton was issued a Citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Duke was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Andrea Carter, 51, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Carter was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Robert Hansen, 67, Omaha, NE was issued a Citation for Speeding 76 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Hansen was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Staci Martino-Price, 44, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding 76 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Martino-Price was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.



Warrant of the Week

 width=This week we are seeking tips to locate Lola P. Barr (DOB 2/28/1994).  Barr failed to appear in court to face charges of Obstructing Justice.  Lola P. Barr is a 21 year old white female that is five three inches tall, weighing 137 pounds with Blonde Hair and Hazel Eyes.  She was last known to live in Clinton, IL.  If you know the whereabouts of Lola P. Barr or any other person wanted on warrants in DeWitt County, the Clinton Area Crimestoppers will take anonymous tips at 217-935-3333.  A cash reward may be available for information leading to an arrest.

Cornbelters Defeat Gateway

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Gateway Grizzlies by a score of 10-2 on Thursday evening, entering the post season for the first time ever. 

Tune in Saturday, August 29, as the Cornbelters take on the Rockford Aviators. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

DJWH Audit Shows Stability in Finances

A yearly audit done on the finances of the Dr. John Warner Hospital have revealed excellent news.

That according to DJWH Board President Aaron Kammeyer. He explains the yearly audit is done on the hospital through a Southern Illinois accounting firm and it is basically done because of their status as being owned by the City of Clinton.

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According to Kammeyer, the report is indicating they are receiving payments quicker which is resulting in improvement in their cash reserves.

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The cash reserve balance increase is in large part due to cost management that has taken place in the past year. Kammeyer feels that is not a good way to manage long term, so leadership within the city-owned facility is in the midst of finding ways to increase revenues.

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There are several ways the hospital is doing that. Kammeyer says one point of emphasis recently has been a rebranding effort taken up by CEO Paul Skowron. Additionally, the hospital is working on a partnership with the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield.

Later this week, we'll bring you more details on those efforts on Regional Radio News.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Deputy In Vehicle, Deer Accident

 width=A DeWitt County came away from a vehicle, deer accident with no injuries Monday night.

According to DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner the accident occured in rural DeWitt County after the officer had wrapped up a vehicle roll over investigation. The Sheriff indicates the deputy was fortunate to come away unscathed.

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The Sheriff says the accident leaves the department in a tough situation because while the vehicle was one of the oldest in their fleet, they were hoping to get some more use out of it before replacing it.

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The Sheriff indicates any time one of their deputies are involved in a vehicle accident, they consult outside help in the investigating process so the Clinton Police Department was the responding agency in this case.


NFL Notes

>>Steelers Sign Mike Vick

Earlier Tuesday, free-agent quarterback Michael Vick traipsed his way to Pittsburgh in order to work out for the Steelers. It went so well, he's not a free agent anymore.

The team announced the signing of Vick on Tuesday while simultaneously putting Bruce Gradkowski on injured reserve.

From a football standpoint, it's a pretty strong move.

Ben Roethlisberger is a sneaky MVP candidate and has played 16 games each of the past two seasons. Under Todd Haley, he has been a healthy quarterback.

Before that, though, Roethlisberger consistently missed time. And those missed games are why the Steelers were willing to gamble on Vick, who has had issues in his past off the field.

Of bigger concern for the Steelers is Vick's unwillingness to prepare last year when the Jets faced off against the Chargers. (Geno Smith was yanked as starter and Vick looked lost when he went in.)

Bottom line is, even at the age of 35, Vick is the type of guy who can win football games for the Steelers if something happens to Roethlisberger.

In a perfect world, Vick barely sees the field.

>>Cowboys Rookie DE: I'm Never Satisfied With My Play

Randy Gregory is off to a roaring start this preseason, recording two sacks in two games and causing a number of penalties as a result of his pass rush.

Gregory, who probably would've been a top-10 pick this past spring had it not been for a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine, is making an immediate impact for the Cowboys and, if he keeps it up, should play a large role in pushing the Cowboys back to the postseason.

Yet, according to Gregory, despite his stellar preseason, he's not all too happy with his performance thus far. Apparently, Gregory isn't "satisfied" with his play.

"I thought I've done a good job of that so far, but I'm never satisfied with my play," Gregory said, according to 247 Sports. "I'll look back on film and see some things I've got to work on. That's the main thing about getting better as a player -- going back on film and breaking down your game, breaking down what the left tackle did, what the guard did, things like that and getting better from there."

That comment should be music to the ears of Cowboys fans, especially considering the Cowboys are going to need their defense to improve in 2015. Last year, Dallas finished No. 19 in the league in yards allowed and No. 15 in points allowed. While those numbers don't jump out in an awful way, there's an argument to be made that the defense severely outplayed its talent level due to a ball-controlling offense and its ability to force turnovers at will (Dallas finished second in the league in takeaways).

Luckily for Gregory, the Cowboys defensive coordinator is defensive line genius Rod Marinelli. He should be able to hone and shape Gregory into an every-down threat.

Furthermore, the Cowboys defensive line will also feature Greg Hardy once his four-game suspension is served. The duo could turn the defensive line in Dallas into a havoc-inducing machine.

Patrick Kane Meets With Investigators In Probe

Updates have been few and far between in the ongoing investigation around Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. However, Kane and his attorney, Paul Cambria, recently met with investigators from the Hamburg Police Department and Erie County District Attorney's office according to the Buffalo News.

 width=Kane is accused of raping a woman in his home, according to reports from the Buffalo News. The 26-year-old Blackhawks forward has not been charged with a crime, however, as the investigation stemming from the alleged incident on Aug. 2 continues.

Due to a personal policy of District Attorney Frank Sedita, his office has not even confirmed that Kane is the subject of an investigation. The Hamburg Police chief only went so far as to say that the department is investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at Kane's home.

The investigation is now stretching into its third week. The Buffalo News cited law enforcement and victims advocacy sources who stated that lengthy investigations such as this are not uncommon given the circumstances.

The Blackhawks star has not commented publicly since the alleged incident. Kane had a private party to celebrate his day with the Stanley Cup Aug. 8, a day after police confirmed their investigation, but has remained out of the public eye. His likeness was recently removed from the cover of the forthcoming NHL 16 video game from EA Sports, and he will not be used in the game's marketing.

Both the NHL and the Blackhawks have been mostly quiet on the investigation.

Chicago owner Rocky Wirtz told the Chicago Tribune only that he was “disappointed, but hopeful” about the investigation about two weeks ago.

President Obama Says Jeter Stole Money From Him Golfing

 width=President Obama was in Las Vegas recently at the home of Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun. Obama was there for a fundraiser. In the process, he told a really great Derek Jeter story.

Apparently, Obama and Greenspun played golf with Jeter and The Captain took some dough off the most powerful man in the world.

“He and Derek Jeter stole money from me at Shadow Creek,” Obama said of Greenspun, referring to the course in North Las Vegas. “It was clearly a set up, because when we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere. I said, ‘You play golf Derek?' And he said, ‘I just started two weeks ago.'”

They gave Jeter 30 strokes, Obama said, but he realized that was a mistake as soon as they were on the first hole. Jeter crushed him, he said.

“We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game. Despite that, Brian is a great friend.”

Thompson Leads White Sox Past Red Sox

Trace Thompson's two-out double sparked a three-run seventh inning, when the White Sox erased a 4-2 deficit and went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Tuesday night.

Melky Cabrera added an RBI single in the seventh for Chicago, which had 15 hits.

 width=The Chicago bullpen protected the one-run lead for the final two innings. Jake Petricka (4-3) picked up the win in relief and combined with Zach Duke and David Robertson to close it out.

Robertson pitched the ninth to earn his 26th save in 32 opportunities.

The White Sox trailed by two runs after Boston scored twice in the sixth. Pablo Sandoval snapped a 2-all tie with an RBI double before Travis Shaw extended the Red Sox lead with an RBI fielder's choice.

Boston starter Wade Miley couldn't protect it, surrendering the three runs in the seventh. Miley (10-10) allowed five runs and 13 hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out three and had a walk.

The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Mookie Betts lined a double into the left-field corner, scoring Josh Rutledge. But a poor relay throw by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez bounded away from catcher Geovany Soto and with no one covering home plate, Betts - who also scored two runs - was able to come around and score.

Thompson's RBI single in the fourth tied the game at 2.

Chicago starter Carlos Quintana worked six innings and struck out six while scattering seven hits and allowed three earned runs.

Carlos Sanchez gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI single that scored Ramirez, who reached on a fielder's choice.

Cardinals Crush Snakes

The St. Louis Cardinals batted around in a four-run first and went on to rout the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Tuesday night.

 width=Tommy Pham had his second career three-hit game and Garcia pitched six strong innings for the Cardinals.

Six players had RBIs for the Cardinals, two apiece for Jhonny Peralta, Jason Heyward and Yadier Molina. The Cardinals' Peter Bourjos' got his first career pinch-hit home run.

Jaime Garcia (6-4) allowed a run and four hits, striking out six and walking one. His ERA dropped to 1.77.

The Cardinals earned their MLB-best 80th victory and are 35 games above .500.

Robbie Ray (3-10) lasted three innings plus two batters. He allowed six runs and five hits. Ray walked five, hit a batter and struck out one.

Matt Carpenter started the 4th with a leadoff walk. Heyward had a two-run single and Molina an RBI double. Kolten Wong snapped an 0-for-8 skid with an RBI single. Molina, not the fastest base runner to say the least, stole third in the inning.

Ray faced two batters in the fourth without getting an out. He hit Carpenter with a pitch and gave up a single to Pham. The runners scored on sacrifice flies by Peralta and Molina.

Bourjos' homer to left came on the first pitch he saw from Randall Delgado in the seventh inning.

The Diamondbacks lost their second straight to the Cardinals after returning home one game above .500 following a four-game sweep of Cincinnati. Arizona fell 6 1-2 games behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cubs Blast Defending Champs

Kyle Schwarber has just four hits in his last 29 at bats, though all have been for home runs. He set a club record along the way.

Schwarber, Miguel Montero and Starlin Castro all hit home runs in support of another solid outing from Jake Arrieta, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

 width=Schwarber's towering, three-run homer in the third set the tone for the Cubs, who have won 21 of 25 games to pull 7 1/2 games ahead of the Giants for the second wild-card spot.

He hit his 12th home run within his 42nd game, the fastest Cubs player to do so since 1900.

Arrieta (16-6) had his 13th consecutive quality start, the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher in 23 years. He allowed an unearned run on four hits in six-plus innings.

Arrieta, who took over the major league lead for wins, walked one and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 2.22, second in the NL behind Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke's 1.67.

Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances. He's given up two runs over his last 39 innings (0.46 ERA).

Montero added a two-run homer in the fourth and Castro, who was a triple shy of the cycle, hit a solo shot in the sixth.

Matt Cain (2-4) lasted five innings, giving up six runs and eight hits. He walked two and struck out three. Cain lost his third straight decision and fell to 0-3 over six starts since his last win on July 22.

In nine innings against the Cubs this season, Cain has allowed 11 earned runs and 14 hits.

Andrew Susac drove in three with a double and Gregor Blanco drove in a run in the eighth that pulled the Giants to 8-5.

Arrieta also doubled and scored a run on Brandon Crawford's fielding error, ending a season-best eight-game errorless streak for the Giants.

The Cubs moved into a third-place tie in the NL with the Cincinnati Reds, each with 132 home runs. Only the Dodgers (150) and Colorado Rockies (143) have more.

The Cubs improved to 5-0 against the Giants this year.

Normal Cornbelters Fall to Gateway Grizzlies

The Normal Cornbelters fell to the Gateway Grizzlies by a score of 8-5 on Wednesday night. 

Tune in tomorrow night, August 27, as the Cornbelters take on the Gateway Grizzlies. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Madigan Spokesman Discusses Arbitration Vote

The Senate has voted to override Governor Rauner's veto of a bill that could send labor talks with state employee unions to binding arbitration.

The House is expected to take its own override vote soon. Steve Brown, the spokesman for House Speaker Mike Madigan, says the Speaker believes the House will follow suit.

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Senate Bill 1229 has strong backing from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. It provides that workers will not strike, nor can they be locked out.

Political Expert Says No Movement on Budget Impasse; AFSCME Vote Could Be Tipping Point

With little to no movement on the budget impasse happening in Springfield, one political expert doesn't expect things to get any better, any time soon.

Kent Redfield is a political scientist with the University of Illinois at Springfield. He says the General Assembly continues to knock off "pressure points" such as education, but other issues like social services and higher education remain the big items left unfunded.

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In the last month, Redfield indicates there is little indication of any communicaiton between the legislative leaders. He says the only piece of legislation with legs currently is a property tax freeze bill.

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Redfield points out, former Gov. Jim Edgar and Speaker Mike Madigan were regularly communicating about the budget, something Gov. Rauner and Madigan currently are not.

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For Redfield, he says what comes of the House vote over the AFSCME negotiation's with the Governor, and whether to send that to an arbitrator could swing the balance of the budgeting process. He believes it will have either a positive or negative impact though.

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Redfield maintains fault lies on both sides of the bargaining table. He says the Governor is taking on too much too soon as it relates to his turnaround agenda, however, he believes Democrats need to realize change needs to take place in the Illinois business climate.

Clinton Superintendent Talks Strategic Planning

In a brief presentation to the Clinton Board of Education Monday night, Superintendent Curt Nettles outlines his plans for updating the strategic plan for the Clinton School district.

Nettles outlined his goals of the strategic plan Monday night. Nettles calls for a focus on "21st century learning". He says that means preparing students for higher education, the workforce or workforce development institutions.

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As the strategic plan evolves, Nettles says it is important to keep in mind the 21st century student is always changing. He believes it is possible to blend new ideas with old techniques.

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Nettles points to the recently adopted 'Vision 2020' as a model for what part of the strategic plan would look like. He believes the Board of Education needs to customize a plan for their individual needs as a school board.

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Being new to the district, Nettles offered a word of caution to himself but also to the Board. He explains he does not want to rush into the creation of a strategic plan without getting to know the district faculty more and also getting to know the community more.

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Among other topics the strategic plan would address are finances and teacher development. Nettles says the district cannot afford to wait around for the state to shift their funding formula, whether it be good or bad for Clinton Schools. He also wants to be proactive in dealing with the potential funding losses from the Clinton Nuclear Power Station.

Additionally, Nettles hopes to involve administration, teachers and the community in what the future of the strategic plan looks like.

Martin Kaymer Loses PGA Card

 width=In 2014, Martin Kaymer finished 14th in the final FedEx Cup standings. Fast forward 11 months and he no longer has status on the PGA Tour.

Kaymer won the 2014 US Open by eight strokes over Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton. He also won the 2010 PGA Championship.

However, he finished No. 139 in FedEx Cup points this year. Why is that important? He needed to get inside the top 125 to make the playoffs and obtain the necessary number of starts (15) to retain his card. He ended with 13 starts.

Kaymer can still play up to 12 events on the PGA Tour next season and is a regular member of the European Tour. According to the PGA Tour, he can re-obtain status on its tour starting in the 2016-17 season because he has a multi-year exemption.

NCAA Foobtall, Basketball Notes

 width=>>Ohio State Accused of Stealing Pittburgh Defense

Throughout the history of football, on both the professional and collegiate level, teams have stolen ideas from other teams. Typically if a team does something to you that works, you want to figure out what they did, and do it yourself.

It's nothing new, and according to new Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi, it helped Ohio State win a national title last season.

During an appearance on a radio show in Lansing, Michigan, Narduzzi talked about Ohio State adopting Michigan State's defensive scheme.

“Ohio State's facing the same problem (against offenses), because they stole our defense, too,” said Narduzzi. “There's a lot of teams throughout the country. You go watch them, they're exactly us, whether they admit it or not.

“They're exactly us, and they weren't before. They won a national championship with the defense.”

Which makes perfect sense, because Michigan State's defense under Narduzzi and Mark Dantonio has been one of the best defenses in the country the last few years. And it is also a good scheme for slowing down the run-pass option plays that are becoming so popular across the country.

 width=>>Pair of Indiana Basketball Stars Cited For Underage Alcohol Possession

Two Indiana men's basketball players were cited last Friday, shortly after midnight, by local police after both players -- Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant -- were caught in posession of alcohol.

Holt is 19, Bryant is 18.

Indiana confirmed the news late Monday afternoon.

Holt's involvement is his second alcohol-related incident since he's been at Indiana. Last fall, Holt was driving a car after having imbibed and subseqeuntly hit/injured teammate Devin Davis. Davis suffered injuries to his head that prevented him from playing last season. Holt reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of .025 at the time of the incident.

Davis is no longer with the team. He was suspended in May after he was busted for marijuana possession. He opted to transfer from Indiana to Odessa College (Texas) in early June.

Bryant is a five-star incoming freshman, an 18-year-old who picked IU over Syracuse, Kentucky and Missouri. The 6-foot-10 power forward is seen as a key addition to helping Indiana chase a Big Ten title this season.

Jackson Predicts Struggles For Knicks Early On

In the latest of a seemingly endless series of dispatches on ESPN with author friend Charlie Rosen on ESPN.com, Knicks President Phil Jackson admits that there's a good chance New York will struggle out of the gate this season:

 width="We have a number of new players, so they may struggle early as they learn how to play with each other," he says. "Where we end up as the season progresses is an unknown, but we have improved our roster and have a chance to be a good team."

Compare this to where Jackson was last year, predicting that the Knicks would make the playoffs, and you can see Jackson might have learned his lesson that this GM gig won't be necessarily as easy as giving them some books and chanting a few mantras. He's leaving open the possibilities of where the Knicks will finish and instead focusing on the simple concept of "getting better." That's where New York should concentrate. They need to worry about not being as horrible as last season, not putting pie-in-the-sky goals out there for a voracious and at times unrealistic market to consume and pour over. Managing expectations needs to be part of the gameplan.

The question, of course, is if the Knicks get off to a truly terrible start, how Carmelo Anthony will feel about things. Anthony has said the right things this summer and has been working out with first-round pick Kristaps Porzingis. He also wasn't thrilled with how the Knicks handled the LaMarcus Aldridge pursuit. How's Melo going to handle it if it looks like another wasted season without playoff contention? The East being awful will help, but it only adds to the tension between Anthony's goals, which are short-term, and the Knicks' overall needs, which are long-term.

Bears DT Suspended; Lions S Says Packers Receiver 'Predestined' To Get Hurt

 width=>>Bears Ratliff Suspended 3 Games For Substance Abuse

The NFL has suspended defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff of the Chicago Bears without pay for the first three games of the season for violating its substance-abuse policy.

The league announced the decision Monday without providing details. Ratliff will miss games against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks before he is eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 28.

Ratliff is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday's game at Cincinnati.

>>Lions Safety Says God Meant For Packers' WR Nelson To Get Hurt

After Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson went down with a serious knee injury during a preseason game with the Steelers on Sunday, one of the first topics of conversation was: Should the NFL shorten its preseason?

 width=Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman both agree that the preseason should be shortened. However, not everyone's on the same page as those two.

According to Lions safety Glover Quin, the length of the preseason doesn't matter because the injuries are going to happen no matter what. Quin believes that players like Nelson are predestined by God to be injured.

"I hated Jordy got hurt, but in my beliefs, and the way I believe, it was -- God meant for Jordy to get hurt," Quin told MLive.com.

Quin basically believes that Nelson would've still gotten hurt even if he sat out the entire preseason because the injury was "meant" to happen.

"If he wouldn't have got hurt [on Sunday], if he wouldn't have played in that game, if he wouldn't have practiced anymore, and the next time he walked on the field would have been opening day, I feel like he would have got hurt opening day," Quin said.

God has been a hot topic this offseason.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said God spoke to him in the NFC title game -- and then there's Arian Foster, who probably has a hard time believing Wilson (or Quin). The Texans running back publicly announced in August that he doesn't believe in God.

As for Nelson's injury, Glover actually sees a silver lining for the Packers: Since Nelson was injured in mid-August, Green Bay's offense will have a few weeks before the regular season starts to figure out how its offense will operate without him.

>>Peyton Manning Reveals He Can't Feel Anything in His Fingertips

Back in 2011, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had three surgeries on his neck. Since then, Manning told The MMQB, “I can't feel anything in my fingertips. It's crazy. I've talked to a doctor recently who said, Don't count on the feeling coming back.

“It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, Today's the day! Then it's not.”

The only time Manning hasn't looked like the same quarterback in Denver was down the stretch last season. Manning blames that dip in performance on a bug he picked up before the team's December matchup with the Chargers, which he says caused the quad issue that gave him problems throughout the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

Manning says he feels much better entering this season, but Broncos GM John Elway indicated the team will likely put him on a Tony Romo-esque rest plan that involves not practicing on Wednesdays this year. “I think that's the plan right now,” Elway said. “I think he'd feel better right now if he takes Wednesday off. His health is not a concern. His freshness is a concern.”

Cubs' Soler, Motte Placed on DL

The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Jorge Soler and right-handed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list.

 width=The Cubs recalled infielder Tommy La Stella and lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa in time for Monday's makeup game against the Cleveland Indians.

Soler, batting .265 with seven homers and 42 RBIs, has a left oblique strain and could miss up to a month. Motte, 8-1 with a 3.91 ERA and six saves, has a right shoulder strain and won't throw for seven to 10 days.

Both Soler and Motte appeared in Chicago's 9-3 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Soler played right field and was replaced in the eighth inning, but manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't sure how or when Soler suffered the injury.

Motte, who leads all major league relievers in wins, threw 11 pitches in a perfect eighth. Before Monday's game, he said the shoulder felt "funky" after the outing and he had an MRI.

Motte had Tommy John surgery in 2013 after tying for the National League lead in saves - 42 with St. Louis - in 2012. Maddon said Motte's injury is "nothing horrid."

Cards, Cubs, Sox Lose

 width=>>Cardinals Beat Arizona

Lance Lynn kept finding himself in trouble - some of it his fault, some of it the fielders behind him.

The right-hander wriggled his way out of it each time with a double play, including one big one with the bases loaded and Arizona's best hitter at the plate.

Lynn pitched six effective innings with the help of four double plays - one with Paul Goldschmidt up and the bases loaded - to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer off Jhoulys Chacin (0-1), and Yadier Molina helped St. Louis break open a tie game with a two-run single in the seventh.

Lynn (10-8) gave the Cardinals a chance for the late rally by inducing three straight inning-ending double plays, the biggest one against Goldschmidt in the fifth.

Trevor Rosenthal gave up a run-scoring single to David Peralta in the ninth before closing out his 39th save for the Cardinals, who have won 10 of their last 11 against Arizona.

The Diamondbacks had their chances, finishing with 14 hits. They had a hard time capitalizing, though, stranding 11 runners to end a four-game winning streak. Welington Castillo hit a solo homer but flied out with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Lynn allowed two hits in 6 2-3 innings his previous start, but the Cardinals had two hits in a 2-0 loss to San Francisco.

He gave up the homer to Castillo in the second inning and a run-scoring double to Hill that tied the game 2-all in the sixth.

 width=>>Bryant Homer Sends Cubs To Win Over Indians

Chicago's Jon Lester and Cleveland's Corey Kluber locked up in a terrific pitchers' duel.

But after the marquee starters left the game, Kris Bryant walked off with the key hit.

Bryant homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the surging Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Indians on Monday in a makeup of a rain out from June 15.

The rookie, who had homered twice Sunday, lined a pitch from Cleveland reliever Zach McAllister (3-4) into the right field bleachers to give Chicago its fifth straight win and 21st victory in 26 games.

The wind was blowing steadily to right all game, but only Bryant came close to taking advantage of it as he went deep for the 20th time.

Carlos Santana singled home pinch runner Abraham Almonte with the tying run with two out in the ninth to spoil Lester's bid for his first shutout and complete game with the Cubs.

Backed by four double plays, Lester rebounded from his shortest start of the season to pitch his longest since joining the Cubs. He was relieved by Hector Rondon (5-2) with two outs in the ninth after scattering six hits and striking out six.

Anthony Rizzo's triple in the seventh drove in Chris Coghlan, who had doubled for only Chicago's second hit, to break a scoreless tie.

Kluber flirted with a no-hitter for the third time in his last four starts, then allowed just one run on four hits while striking out in 11 in 7 2/3 innings. He retired the first 16 Cubs hitters before back-up catcher David Ross lined a single to center with one out in the sixth.

Lester nearly matched Kluber through the first seven, facing only 22 Cleveland hitters.

Both starters rebounded from shaky previous outings after being on rolls.

Lester had won four straight decisions in five starts before lasting only 2.2 innings against Detroit last Wednesday when he gave up seven runs on seven hits in a 15-8 loss. In his previous five outings, the lefty permitted eight runs on 27 hits and struck out 40.

It looked like the Cubs might have their first hit - and a 1-0 lead - in the third when Ross smashed the first pitch he faced just wide of the left field foul pole. The drive was originally called a home run, but was overturned following a video review.

 width=>>Red Sox Down White Sox

Rusney Castillo can't pinpoint exactly when he started to feel comfortable as a major league hitter.

He provided more proof Monday that, thanks to increased playing time while splitting time with fellow right fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., he doesn't lack confidence at the plate.

Castillo homered and drove in a career-high five runs, Joe Kelly won his fifth straight outing and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4.

Castillo went 3 for 4 and finished a triple shy of the cycle. His sixth-inning double to the right-center field gap drove in two runs and extended Boston's lead to 5-1.

That's all the room Kelly and the Red Sox needed.

Kelly (7-6) allowed five hits and two runs over 7 1-3 innings - his longest outing since 2014 - while walking one and striking out three. He became the first Red Sox pitcher since Clay Buchholz in 2013 to win five straight starts.

Castillo's three-run homer in the second gave the Red Sox an early lead and provided Kelly some ease in registering his fifth straight win.

Jean Machi pitched the ninth for his second save in two opportunities.

Jeff Samardzija (8-10) dropped a career-worst fifth straight decision. After giving up Castillo's two-run double, Samardzija allowed the next two hitters to reach before being pulled after surrendering his second walk.

Samardzija struck out seven and allowed five earned runs and eight hits, including the costly ones by Castillo.

The White Sox, who had won three of their last four, cut the deficit to 5-2 in the sixth on Melky Cabrera's RBI groundout.

The Red Sox took a 3-1 lead in the second inning when Castillo drove Samardzija's slider over the center-field fence. The two-out blast came two batters after Samardzija drilled Hanley Ramirez in the back after quickly retiring the first two batters.

Brock Holt followed with a single before Castillo's homer, which extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Jose Abreu's hit a solo homer, his 24th.

Illini To Name Basketball Floor After Long Time Coach Lou Henson

 width=The University of Illinois will name the new court at the State Farm Center after longtime Illini coach Lou Henson.

The university announced the move Monday, saying the Lou Henson Court will bear the 83-year-old former coach's signature.

Henson is the winningest coach in the history of the University of Illinois. He won 423 games in 21 seasons. This year, he was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and is due to be inducted in November.

Henson is also battling what he has called pre-leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy.

The State Farm Center is undergoing extensive renovation and is expected to reopen Dec. 2 when the Illini play Notre Dame.

Clinton Police Report for August 25





Normal Cornbelters Fall to Gateway Grizzlies

The Normal Cornbelters fell to the Gateway Grizzlies by a score of 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Tune in tomorrow night, August 26, as the Cornbelters take on the Gateway Grizzlies. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

DeWitt County Sheriff Reacts To Law Enforcement Bill

 width=With the budget stalemate taking headlines in Springfield the past several months, a law regarding Illinois law enforcement agencies was passed in Springfield.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner believes the bill in its final form, ended up being better than what was originally crafted. For him, one of the highlights offers departments access to a database of information regarding officers and disciplinary action.

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Additionally, the Sheriff points out the bill addresses something that is already in DeWitt County policy, and that is continuing training. The Sheriff says there are some departments that simply cannot afford those opportunities for their departments.

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While the Sheriff tries to focus on the positives of the bill, he says it's hard to ignore some of the negative aspects. Among those are the way the bill addresses body cameras and the use of those, and chokeholds. The Sheriff says that is a form of self-defense among law enforcement, he believes, is rarely used.

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The Sheriff feels much of the bill is reactionary to media reports that ultimately ended up not being true. He points out, statistics show police officers only a small amount of the time, use deadly force even when they're justified.

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The nearly 200 page document has some provisions that went into effect upon the signing by the Governor, others will go into effect at the first of the year. The Sheriff says overall, the bill brings some much needed reforms to law enforcement, but he says there are many aspects he just isn't comfortable with.

DeWitt County Board Hears Update on H&M Trucking Odor Control

Since public outcry began over smells permiating from H&M Trucking on Clinton's west side, the odors are being dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

That's the message from one DeWitt County Board member to the public. Cris Rogers updated the DeWitt County Board Thursday night on a brief investigation he did into the latest on the situation involving the Clinton trucking company. He says their actions have been effective.

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Rogers says owner Travis Hoffman has quote-"went to extreme measures to start correcting this problem" - end quote. He points out because the ponds are not deep, approximately six feet, the problem is more a seasonable problem.

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Rogers emphasizes they will continue to monitor the situation but says his meeting with the owners of H & M Trucking was very good.

DeWitt County Board Chair David Newberg also applauds the cooperation between the owners of H & M Trucking, State's Attorney Dan Markwell and the concerned residents.

Logano Holds Off Harvick To Win At Bristol

As Joey Logano circled Bristol Motor Speedway, he'd briefly glance in the mirror to watch Kevin Harvick.

 width=Logano had taken the lead on a restart with 64 laps remaining, but Harvick was closing in by using a completely different line. Refusing to get rattled, Logano stuck to what worked for him Saturday and won the Bristol night race for the second consecutive year.

Logano has won on a superspeedway in the Daytona 500, on the road course at Watkins Glen and now Bristol's short track. He has won twice this month as he readies for the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Logano led 176 laps, second only to Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 192 laps.

Harvick finished second for the 10th time this season. The reigning Sprint Cup champion has a career-best 17 top-five finishes this year and had his 250th career top-10 finish in 526 starts.

Although Busch dominated early, he had faded a bit as the laps clicked off. Then he was hit with a speeding penalty on the final round of pit stops and finished eighth. Edwards led 74 laps but had a tire go flat when he was out front and it cost him two laps.

He finished seventh.

NHL Notes

 width=>>Rangers Expecting Injured Zuccarello To Be At Camp

The New York Rangers should have one of their top offensive players, forward Mats Zuccarello, back for the start of training camp after he suffered a serious head injury during last year's playoffs.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told NHL.com's Dan Rosen on Friday that based on everything he has heard from their medical staff Zuccarello should be 100 percent ready to go and that he has been cleared for contact and has fully healed. He suffered a brain contusion and a small fracture in his skull when he was hit in the side of the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot in Game 5 of their first round series win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He revealed this summer that after the injury he was temporarily unable to speak for several days and that he had also lost some of the feeling in his arm.

Zuccarello, who turns 28 on September 1, has spent parts of five seasons with the Rangers after they signed him as a free agent. Before his time with the Rangers he played professionally in Sweden and Norway.

Over the past two years his career has really taken off for the Rangers and has become one of their most productive players. His 108 points in 155 games since the start of the 2013-14 season are more than every other player on the team except for Derek Stepan's 112.

His absence in the playoffs was a significant loss for a Rangers team that at times struggled to score in the second and third rounds.

He signed a four-year, $18 million contract extension with the team in March just before the NHL trade deadline when rumors started to surface that he could have been dealt if the two sides couldn't agree on a new deal.

 width=>>Kings Sign F Ehrhoff

The Los Angeles Kings managed to make the rare August splash in NHL free agency by landing veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff with a one-year deal, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports that Ehrhoff's contract is worth $1.5 million.

Ehrhoff spent last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a one-year deal after the Buffalo Sabres used a compliance buyout on him after Ehrhoff expressed a desire to leave the previous offseason. The 2014-15 campaign was a rough one for Ehrhoff, however, as injuries forced him to miss a good chunk of the season. The 33-year-old managed to put up 14 points in 49 games with the Pens, but missed the end of the regular season and playoffs due to concussion symptoms.

A veteran of 741 NHL games, Ehrhoff showed last season that he can still play a pretty strong game when healthy. In those 741 career games, Ehrhoff has posted 327 points. Ehrhoff hit 50 points in a season once in his career, and is a two-time 40-plus point scorer in the NHL.

He is taking a significant pay cut from the $4 million he made last season in Pittsburgh, which was his same annual average on his previous deal with the Sabres. Other teams known to be interested in Ehrhoff's services included the Columbus Blue Jackets, who apparently were unable to meet the defenseman's contract demands as the club is experiencing a bit of a salary cap crunch after a busy summer of their own.

>>Minnesota Coach Sydor Arrested on Drunk Driving, Child Endangerment

Darryl Sydor, who played 18 years in the NHL and currently serves as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk with his 12-year-old son in the car Thursday according to multiple reports.

Sydor was stopped while on the way to his son's hockey game according to the report.

More from KSTP TV in Minnesota:

Sydor's blood alcohol level was 0.30, [Fridley (Minn.) Police Lt. Mike] Monsrud said; he is expected to appear in court Friday on drunk driving and child endangerment charges.

Monsrud said Sydor failed a field sobriety test and displayed slow and slurred speech. Police gave the boy a ride to the hockey game.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion as a player with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, Sydor has been an assistant coach with the Wild for the last four seasons.

According to KSTP, Sydor remains in a local jail awaiting his court appearance, set for Friday afternoon.

Davis Love III Wins Wyndham Championship; Tiger Misses Cut For FedEx Championship

 width=Davis Love III's long victory drought is over. Tiger Woods will have to wait a while to get another chance.

Love won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday to become the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, while Woods' season came to an abrupt end.

The 51-year-old Love closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Jason Gore.

The dominant storyline all week at Sedgefield Country Club was the mere presence of Woods, who needed a victory to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener next week.

He was poised to challenge Sunday, starting just two strokes off the lead. But he only had one birdie during his first 10 holes, dropping way off the pace with a triple bogey on the par-4 11th. Woods shot a 70, finished four strokes back and ended at No. 178 in the standings, well outside the cut-off of 125.

Love -- who started at No. 186 -- played himself into The Barclays by earning 500 FedEx Cup points and $972,000 in prize money.

Love finished at 17-under 263. Gore, the third-round leader, shot a 69. Scott Brown (68), Charl Schwartzel (66) and Paul Casey (67) were two strokes behind Love.

Ohio State Unanimous No. 1 in Preseason

 width=>>Ohio State Unanimous No. 1 in Preseason Polls

The Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 on Sunday, and though no one was wondering whether Ohio State would be ranked No. 1, it is nevertheless impressive how many first-place votes were cast for the Buckeyes.

In the end, the answer was: all of them. Urban Meyer's team became the first-ever unanimous preseason AP No. 1, with all 61 voters placing the Buckeyes first on their ballots. In 66 years of the AP's preseason balloting dating back to 1950, no team had ever received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes.

TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State rounded out the top five. Those rankings mark the highest-ever preseason ranking for the Horned Frogs and Bears and the highest for the Spartans since 1967.

Oregon, last year's playoff runner up, came into the poll at No. 7 with Auburn at No. 6.

USC, Georgia and Florida State round out the top 10.

As with the preseason Coaches Poll, the SEC saw more teams included than any other conference, with six members in the top 18, eight in the poll overall, and 11 of the league's 14 teams receiving at least one vote. The Pac-12 placed six teams in the Top 25, with no other conference having more than three teams included.

 width=>>Police Called To Oregon Practice

We now know the depths of Oregon football's paranoia.

The program has long been known for hiding its “secrets” even to those supposedly friendly to the cause.

Local police were called last week when a Pac-12 Network crew was able to glimpse portions of practice, two sources told CBS Sports. A conflict developed when a security guard approached analyst Curtis Conway about moving away from an angle that allowed him to see the practice field.

According to the sources, Conway and other Pac-12 on-air talent were merely ascending a stairway to a production truck. What was described as “a standoff” with Conway escalated until someone called the police. Multiple cars with multiple officers showed up minutes later, one source said.

The conflict was quickly diffused, however.

Conway later declined to comment, through a Pac-12 spokesman. What boggles the mind is the Pac-12 Network is assumed to be the promotional arm of the Pac-12. It is owned by the conference.

Unlike many programs, Oregon did not host a single college staff during spring practice, according to coach Mark Helfrich.

Packers' Nelson Tears ACL in Preseason Game

The Packers got a big dose of bad news on Sunday, with a report indicating the initial diagnosis on Jordy Nelson's injury is a torn ACL.

Nelson went up to make a catch during the first quarter of the Packers-Steelers Week 2 preseason game and, despite making no contact with a defender, went down to the ground and clutched his leg.

 width=According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Packers' "initial diagnosis" is a torn ACL. The team is "awaiting MRI results" in order to confirm the injury.

Hopefully the MRI says something different. But players tear ACLs all the time and still manage to walk off the field. It looked bad on the field when it happened, what with Nelson not really appearing to roll his ankle and not touching a defender at all.

If it is a torn ACL for Nelson, his season is likely done. Players have come back in less than nine months from such knee injuries in recent years, but he's essentially playing for 2016 at this point.

Green Bay's offensive line is stout, and Eddie Lacy is a stud in the running game. But you don't just magically replace the production and talent of a guy like Nelson. Losing him would be a massive blow.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy remained optimistic about the results of Nelson's tests on Monday in his remarks to reporters after the game.

"I'm not going to get into preliminary tests [and] opinions trying to beat someone to be first out there," McCarthy said. "Like I said, I'm hoping and praying for good news tomorrow. That's the way I look at it based on the information I've been given."

Rodgers, however, sounded somber following a preseason game where two starters on each team exited with injuries.

"It's difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game," Rodgers said.

Rodgers' backup, Scott Tolzien, and starting guard T.J. Lang both were being evaluated for concussions.

The Packers lost to the Steelers 24-19.

>>WR Reggie Wayne Working on Deal With Patriots

The New England Patriots are close to signing another big-name, high-production veteran who is past his prime but potentially still has something left in the tank. It's nothing new for the Patriots, but the name is still a big deal.

The idea of former Colts legend Reggie Wayne inking a deal with the Patriots is probably heresy to many folks in Indianapolis, but it's close to happening, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Wayne's one of the all-time great members of the Colts and one of the all-time great wide receivers in NFL history.

He looked like a shell of himself for much of 2014, however, failing to provide Andrew Luck with a true No. 1 option (T.Y. Hilton took over that role).

Given the Patriots receiving options -- Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola behind Rob Gronkowski -- Wayne could potentially be a fit. He averaged more than 70 yards per game in 12 games against the Patriots for his career and caught five touchdowns, so Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have seen plenty of him.

>>EIU Grad Garoppolo Solid In Preseason Outing

With just over a minute remaining in the first half of the Patriots' preseason game against the Saints, Jimmy Garoppolo morphed into Tom Brady, leading the Patriots on a drive that spanned five plays, went 80 yards, and resulted in seven points.

OK, that's obviously an exaggeration. But on Saturday, Garoppolo quarterbacked the Patriots for the majority of the game and, for the most part, he looked just fine under center. He looked like a quarterback that the Patriots can win with while Brady serves his four-game suspension.

Garoppolo consistently and methodically completed passes, leading the Patriots on five scoring drives. By the time the game ended, Garoppolo had racked up 269 yards. He also completed 28 of 33 passes, threw one touchdown pass, and accumulated a passer rating of 98.1. Despite tossing one interception, his accuracy and comfort in the Patriots' offensive system shouldn't go unnoticed.

Garoppolo's day started with 1:50 left in the first quarter, replacing Brady, who went 2 of 5 for 13 yards. From the beginning, Garoppolo was in time with his receivers, connecting on a variety of short and intermediate routes, seldom pushing the ball down the field.

His first drive ended with a missed field goal and it wasn't until his fourth drive that Garoppolo got the Patriots on the board. He did so in impressive fashion.

The two-minute drill started with an 11-yard pass on the left side of the field. Then Garoppolo threw low to Brandon Gibson over the middle of the field, but Gibson rescued the low ball with a sliding grab. The completion netted 15 yards. Three plays later, after two more Garoppolo completions, the Patriots' backup quarterback flashed some athleticism, avoiding a sack, extending the play, and finding Chris Harper in the end zone.

After halftime, Garoppolo marched the Patriots down the field on an 11-play, 55-yard touchdown drive. Garoppolo continued to throw short, but he was on time with his receivers and many of his completions were darts.

In the fourth quarter, Garoppolo finally unleashed his deep ball. It didn't end well, as he overshot his target on the play and the pass ended up in the belly of a defensive back. Still, Garoppolo was impressive on Saturday, and his sharp and accurate performance should assuage the worries of Patriots fans.

Cubs, Cards Win; Sox Lose in Seattle

 width=>>Cubs Flex Muscle Against Braves

Kris Bryant homered twice and Kyle Schwarber connected an inning after lining a hard foul ball that sent a fan to the hospital Sunday as the Cubs beat Atlanta 9-3, the Braves' seventh straight loss.

The game was briefly delayed in the first inning after Schwarber's foul liner struck a female fan sitting just past the camera well on the first base side.

The woman was carried off on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. The Cubs said she was conscious, but had no further details on her condition.

The Cubs hit five home runs, including a leadoff shot by Dexter Fowler in the first inning and a three-run drive by Miguel Montero.

Jason Hammel (7-5) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings. He also contributed an RBI single as the Cubs finished off a four-game sweep.

Matt Wisler (5-4) gave up Bryant's two-run homer in the first, Schwarber's solo drive in the second and Montero's homer in the third.

Chicago homered 12 times in the series.

Chicago improved to a season-high 20 games over .500 and is 13-3 in its last 16 games.

Ryan Lavarnway homered and Nick Swisher had a pair of RBI singles for the Braves.

 width=>>Cardinals Blast Padres

Looking to avoid getting swept for the first time this season one night after getting shut out, Stephen Piscotty and the St. Louis Cardinals struck early and often.

Piscotty homered twice and drove in five runs and Michael Wacha pitched six solid innings to help the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 10-3 Sunday.

Jason Heyward had three hits as St. Louis improved its major league-leading record to 78-45 and averted a sweep.

Wacha (15-4) picked up his fourth straight win and added to his career-best win total by allowing just one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked two.

The Cardinals scored four in the first against rookie Colin Rea, who was making his third start.

San Diego made two errors in the first inning and the Cardinals capitalized with three hits, including Piscotty's two-run triple.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the seventh against Odrisamer Despaigne. Heyward tripled home a run and Piscotty hit a solo shot to left.

Piscotty, who had been hitless in 10 at-bats coming into the game, hit a two-run shot against Craig Kimbrel in the ninth for Piscotty's first career multi-homer game.

Matt Kemp singled home two runs in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

Justin Upton had two hits for the Padres, who had won five straight.

 width=>>Sox Can't Keep Up With M's

Robinson Cano had a two-run homer and Nelson Cruz doubled in two runs to help the Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 8-6 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Seattle - which lost in extra innings on Saturday night after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth - built a 7-1 lead through five innings, but the White Sox cut it to 7-6 with five runs in the sixth behind a pair of two-run homers.

Adam Eaton singled with one out in the sixth and scored on Tyler Saladino's double. Jose Abreu followed with his 23rd home run. After Melky Cabrera grounded out, Avisail Garcia singled, chasing starter Taijuan Walker. Logan Kensing, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Tacoma, relieved and allowed a two-run homer to LaRoche.

The Mariners added a run in the eighth on Ketel Marte's sacrifice fly.

Walker (9-7) got the victory despite allowing five runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. John Danks (6-11) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in five innings, dropping his road record to 2-8 with a 6.48 ERA in 12 road starts.

Cruz doubled in two runs to key a four-run third as the Mariners erased a 1-0 deficit. Mark Trumbo doubled to open, advanced on Brad Miller's sacrifice and scored on Jesus Sucre's single. After Marte struck out, Austin Jackson singled and Cruz followed with a two-run double to right-center to make it 3-1. Franklin Gutierrez singled home Cruz.

In the fifth, Marte reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and came home on Jackson's single to make it 5-1. With two out, Cano hit his 14th home run, a two-run shot over the wall in right.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second when LaRoche lined a one-out double to right and Alexei Ramirez followed with an RBI single.

Illinois Dismisses Embattled F Darius Paul

 width=Illinois forward Darius Paul has been dismissed following his arrest last week during a team trip to France.

Coach John Groce announced the move in a written statement Friday.

Immediately after the trip, Groce had said he had "indefinitely" suspended Paul for violating team rules. On Friday, he said that "after further review of the situation," Paul had been dismissed from the team.

The 6-foot-8 junior was arrested on Aug. 14 in Deauville, France, after police received multiple reports that Paul was damaging vehicles and breaking windows.

Deauville police superintendent Madam Pons said Paul was "very, very drunk." He was charged with vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Paul also was suspended in 2014 for what Groce called "multiple transgressions." He later pleaded guilty to underage drinking.

>>Indiana, Louisville Schedule 3-Year Series

Two basketball bluebloods have bargained to battle each other for the next three seasons.

 width= width=Indiana and Lousiville jointly announced on Friday that their men's basketball teams will square off in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The first game of the series will be on New Year's Eve of 2016 at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Arena, home of the Indiana Pacers.

Even better: the following two tilts will be home-and-home. Louisville hosts in 2017, on Dec. 9 of that year, and Indiana gets the third game at Assembly Hall on Dec. 8, 2018.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino called the arrangement a "natural rivalry."

What's more, IU and U of L's football teams have also agreed to a three-year series, but they will meet much further down the road. (That's just how college football scheduling works.) Gridiron games between the Cards and Hoosiers will play out in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

In hoops, Indiana has won 10 of the 17 all-time meetings between the programs. The last game between them was last year, in fact. Louisville took out Indiana handily, 97-74, at Madison Square Garden. That game was the first between the two in 11 seasons. I was there, and the fan support was clearly noticeable enough that it sparked the coaches and programs to plan more for the future.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

Jail Population: 29

Paper Services: 13

Warrants: 1

Joseph Wagers, 25, Clinton was Issued Citations for Arrested and Charged with Driving While License Suspended and Operating Motor Vehicle Suspended for No Insurance. Wagers posted the necessary bond and was released.

Nicholas Adams, 34, Farmington was Issued Citations and Arrested and Charged with Driving While License Suspended and Speeding 88 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Adams posted the necessary bond and was released.

Travis Jiles, 39, Wapella was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. Jiles posted the necessary bond and was released.

Jefferrey Cohoon, 21, Farmer City was arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Battery/ Bodily Harm. Cohoon posted the necessary bond and was released.

Kenneth Benoit, 45, Waynesville was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Benoit was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Brian Crose, 44, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Crose was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Cannan Gibbs, 19, Nashville was issued a Citation for Speeding 30 MPH to less than 40 MPH over posted limit (90 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone). Gibbs was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Luiza Phores, 24, Wapella was issued a Citation for Speeding 78 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Phores was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

John Mann, 60, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Mann was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.


Kristine Porrey, 36, Clinton  was issued a Citation for Speeding 77 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Porrey was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Elvis Rosa,44,Clinton  was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Rosa was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Michelle Lewis, 23, Bolingbrook was issued a Citation for Speeding 76 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Lewis was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Theodore Addai,56, Decatur  was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Addai was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Scott Moulton, 40, Atlanta, GA  was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Moulton was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Michelle Wade, 48,Piper City  was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Wade was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Dorrean Wilson, 36, Decatur  was issued a Citation for Speeding 76 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Wilson was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Adam Majoros, 20, Bauwin, MO  was issued a Citation for Speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Majoros was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Cindy Gresham, 34, Detroit, MI was issued a Citation for Speeding 81 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Gresham was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Steven Bruss, 18, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding 82 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Bruss was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Matthew Bane, 37, Clinton was issued a Citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Bane was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.



UPDATED: Clinton Business Owner Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A Clinton Business owner is dead following a motorcycle accident in Logan County.

54-year old Allen Thomas passed away Sunday at approximately 9 pm in a single motorcycle accident. The accident took place at Hickox Drive and Woodlawn Road in Lincoln.

The accident remains under investigation through the Lincoln Police Department and the Illinois State Police are handling reconstruction.

Thomas owned Thomas Automotive in Clinton.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Friday, August 28, 2015 at Calvert Funeral
Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow
in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 5 - 7 PM,
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Allen Wayne Thomas
Memorial Fund to establish a scholarship for the local FFA Chapter.

Normal Cornbelters Fall to Frontier Greys

The Normal Cornbelters fell to the Frontier Greys by a score of 7-5 on Sunday night.

Tune in Tuesday night, August 25, as the Cornbelters take on the Gateway Grizzlies. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Illinois Wine Industry A Hidden Gem



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State Passes Better Coronor Training Legislation

Efforts to resolve homicide and other death investigations across the state received a big boost today with the signing of new, comprehensive training guidelines for coroners.

State Representative Brady (R-Bloomington) spearheaded the new law in the General Assembly. He says the new training guidelines will be invaluable in helping coroners partner with law enforcement on evidence collection and handling to find answers in death investigations.

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The new law creates a statewide Coroner Training Board in Illinois to oversee a training program for coroners on proper procedures and protocols in death investigations.

The Board will establish application, training and certification standards for coroners in Illinois, certify coroner training schools, and conduct and approve the death investigation training protocols for coroners statewide.

It will be funded by the restoration of the 25% portion of the death certificate surcharge that had been diverted in recent years.

Weekly Weather Summary

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Normal Cornbelters Defeat the Frontier Greys

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Frontier Greys by a score of 10-1 on Saturday evening, their 14th win of the last 15 games.

Tune in Sunday, August 22, at 2:50p as the Cornbelters take on the Frontier Greys. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Weak Ecenomic Growth Seen in 10 Rural States

A new survey suggests that the economic outlook for 10 Midwest and Plains states is weaker than in previous months.

The Rural Mainstreet Index sank to growth neutral 50.0 in August from 53.4 in July. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in that factor in the months ahead. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the weaker business conditions for agriculture and energy businesses accounted for the downtown.

The confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, slumped to 42.0 from 46.6 last month.

Clinton Lake Marina Nearly ADA Compliant; Animal Shelter To Do Cost Study

Since the first of the year, the DeWitt County Board has faced a major uphill battle to bring the Clinton Lake Marina in line with the American Disabilities Act.

Thursday night, the head of the Marina Committee, Terry Ferguson, indicated that work is entering the final phases. He says they held a pre-construction meeting for the restroom facility, and that will about wrap up all the projects at the Marina.

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Additionally Thursday night, DeWitt County Animal Control will be working with the Bellweather Group to do a cost study of fees for Animal Control. According to Board Chair David Newberg the study would provide the board with information to better bring County ordinances in line with communities in DeWitt County.

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Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Cris Rogers says the other part of the study will be analysis of fees for Animal Control and revenue.

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The County Board heard an update Thursday night about the odors permiating from H & M Trucking on Clinton's west side. Hear more about that in the coming days on Regional Radio News.

Also in the coming days, hear about the work being done at the Animal Shelter as the County prepares the East Annex site for their new home.

Cornbelters Defeat the Greys

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Frontier Greys by a score of 6-5 on Friday evening, starting off the series.

Tune in Saturday, August 22, at 6:20p as the Cornbelters take on the Frontier Greys. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Five Star Prospect Switches Commitment To Kentucky

 width=Five-star prospect Sacha Killeya-Jones committed to Kentucky on Wednedsay.

He announced the commitment via Instagram.

Killeya-Jones is ranked 18th nationally in the Class of 2016, according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-10 forward lives in Virginia and was committed to Virginia until he withdrew that commitment in June. He's the second Class of 2016 prospect to commit to John Calipari's Wildcats. The other is Tai Wynyard, a four-star forward from New Zealand.

Killeya-Jones was a fringe top-50 prospect before the spring/summer circuit.

His impressive play recently created the offer from Hall of Fame coach John Calipari.

Adidas Wins Rights For NHL Jerseys

 width=As important as the game itself is, there's nothing quite like a hockey jersey. A team's logo and its colors are intertwined with the raw emotions, memories and general pride for many fans of the sport. That's what makes this jersey news rather big in the hockey world.

The NHL has struck a new long-term deal with apparel giant Adidas to produce the league's jerseys beginning in 2017-18 according to Rick Westhead of TSN.ca. Adidas will be assuming the role of the NHL's official jersey provider from Reebok, which has been making the league's jerseys since 2007.

Adidas, which bought Reebok in 2012 for a reported $3.8 billion, recently ended its relationship with the NBA as its jersey manufacturer. Presumably the NHL was cheaper and kept the brand in a major North American professional sports league.

Panthers Receiver Benjamin Tears ACL

As first reported by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL during practice on Wednesday and will miss the season.

 width=The Panthers later confirmed Benjamin's torn ACL on their website.

Benjamin's injury was suffered during Wednesday's joint practice with the Dolphins. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the exact moment it occurred was when Benjamin "went to plant" and tried to make a "swim move."

"So it was unfortunate," Rivera said at the time, via the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person. "It's one of those things it could have happened in any drill. Unfortunately, it just happened then."

Though Rivera initially called the injury a sprain, he noted that Benjamin would undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. The injury is worse than a sprain.

Without Benjamin, quarterback Cam Newton will have to rely more heavily on tight end Greg Olsen, and receivers Corey Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn, Brenton Bersin and rookie second-rounder Devin Funchess.

Those receivers will have a tough time matching Benjamin's output. In 2014, Benjamin's first season in the league, he caught 73 passes, eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and scored nine touchdowns.

Cardinals Win; Cubs, Sox Lose; Baseball Notes

 width=>>Cardinals Edge Giants

Yadier Molina capped an impressive game with his 100th career homer in the bottom of the eighth that snapped a tie in a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Molina added an RBI single in the first and, from his knees, threw out Kelby Tomlinson trying to steal in the seventh. Molina has done that a handful of times this season.

Rookie Stephen Piscotty homered in the third for St. Louis, which took two of three from the NL West-contending Giants.

Kevin Siegrist (5-0) allowed a walk in the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal earned his 38th save in 40 chances, striking out pinch-hitting pitcher Madison Bumgarner to end it.

Bumgarner's first career pinch hit led to a Giants insurance run in Tuesday's 2-0 victory.

Siegrist won both of the games in the series, both over Hunter Strickland (2-3), and the Cardinals wrapped up a 6-3 homestand with three 2-1 series wins and have won six consecutive series overall.

Molina led off the eighth by lining an 0-1 breaking ball from Strickland into the left field stands for his fourth homer of the year.

Brandon Crawford and Tomlinson had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Giants, who missed a chance to pull one game behind the Dodgers.

Piscotty's second career homer put the Cardinals ahead 2-0 in the third, two innings after center fielder Juan Perez scaled the wall to rob him of a long ball in one of the top defensive plays of the season at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals manufactured the tying run in the seventh on two hits, one of them an unintentional swinging bunt by Brandon Moss, a fielder's choice RBI and a sacrifice bunt. Rookie Tommy Pham's headfirst slide dislodged the ball from catcher Andrew Susac on Matt Carpenter's grounder to second.

 width=>>Weaver Sharp, Angels Beat Sox 1-0

Joe Smith had to wait 3 1-2 agonizing minutes to learn whether his fancy footwork at first base had turned into a game-ending double play.

By the smallest of margins on the scoreboard and on the bag, the Los Angeles Angels did it again.

Jered Weaver pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Carlos Perez homered in the Angels' third straight victory over the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 on Wednesday night.

After Weaver (5-9) shut down the White Sox early, the game ended when a call was reversed on a lengthy video review. Smith barely touched the bag while covering first and catching Erick Aybar's throw, doing it all just an instant ahead of pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche on a 3-6-1 double play.

LaRoche initially was called safe, which would have given the White Sox runners at the corners with two outs.

The double play was the last in a string of solid defensive plays by the Angels. Weaver earned his first victory since May 30, striking out five without a walk in his third start back from a seven-week injury absence.

The Angels' longtime ace showed command and deception that made up for his pedestrian velocity, and he eventually left to a standing ovation.

Perez delivered the game's only run with his third homer of the season in the sixth. The catcher hadn't homered since May 30.

Jeff Samardzija yielded eight hits over seven solid innings for the White Sox, who have lost five of six. Chicago was shut out for the first time since June 16.

Samardzija (8-9) was less effective than Weaver, but just as resourceful during his most encouraging start in a dismal August. He repeatedly escaped trouble - including a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the second - but lamented his poor pitch to Perez.

J.B. Shuck and Carlos Sanchez had two hits apiece for the White Sox.

Los Angeles stranded nine runners in the first five innings, including six in scoring position, continuing a season-long trend.

Mike Trout went 1 for 3 with a walk, improving his August batting average to .169. The reigning AL MVP ended just the third four-game hitless skid of his career with a first-inning single.

 width=>>Tigers Outslug Cubs Again

The home run that pitcher Daniel Norris hit in his first career plate appearance more than lived up to his childhood dreams.

''Cloud Nine,'' he said.

The injury that followed put a damper on his night.

Norris homered in his first career plate appearance, Nick Castellanos went deep twice, one a grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers pounded Jon Lester in a 15-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

The Tigers set season highs in runs and hits (21) and tied one with five homers - three off Lester. It was also the second time this season that they reached double digits in scoring in consecutive games after winning 10-8 on Tuesday.

The Cubs dropped their third straight after winning nine in a row and 15 of 16, with Lester (8-9) making his earliest exit of the season.

The Cubs' ace lasted just 2 2-3 innings in his shortest outing since 2012 while allowing a season-high seven runs.

Norris became the 19th pitcher and first since 2011 to homer in his first major league at-bat, according to STATS, when he lined a two-run drive in the second inning. He left the game in the fifth because of a strained right oblique and is likely headed to the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus said.

Castellanos drove in a career-high five runs and tied one with four hits. He recorded the first multihomer game of his career with a leadoff drive in the second and the grand slam that made it 7-0 in the third.

J.D. Martinez hit his 32nd homer. Rajai Davis went deep, and reliever Neftali Feliz (3-3) got the win in a game that lasted 3 hours, 48 minutes.

Chicago's Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber all homered. But after Jason Hammel lasted just three innings Tuesday, Lester made an even earlier exit.

He gave up seven hits and three homers - one shy of his career high - after going 4-0 in his previous five starts.

>>Phillies Trade Utley To Los Angeles

The Phillies have agreed to trade veteran second baseman Chase Utley plus approximately $2 million to the Dodgers in exchange for two minor-leaguers, sources said. The deal was made official at the conclusion of Wednesday's game between Philadelphia and Toronto.

The deal will send outfielder Darnell Sweeney and right-hander John Richy to the Phillies. In recent talks, the Dodgers were not offering to extend Utley, whose deal runs out after the year.

Utley has a full no-trade and had Southern California as his preferred destination, with the Dodgers perhaps his top choice. The Angels, Giants and Cubs were also involved.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com first reported that both sides were making progress on a deal. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported that deal could be completed Wednesday.

Howie Kendrick is progressing and Kiké Hernandez has played well, so while Utley would get significant playing time, he wouldn't have a set full-time job going in.

>>Miguel Cabrera Trades Baseball For 'Fire Ausmus' Sign

Things are not going too well for the Tigers right now. They come into Wednesday with a 57-61 record and are sure to miss the postseason for the first time 2010. Longtime GM David Dombrowski was recently let go as well.

Needless to say, manager Brad Ausmus is not a popular man in Detroit. When a team underperforms as much as the Tigers have this year, the manager will get a big chunk of the blame, fair or not. One fan went as far as bringing a "Fire Ausmus" sign to a game recently.

Fans are unhappy and they want their voices to be heard. The team is disappointing? Fire the manager! That's a pretty common reaction.

Slugger Miguel Cabrera did not want that kind of negativity around the team, so he sprung into action. Cabrera traded a baseball for the "Fire Ausmus" sign. The fan then gave the ball to the kid sitting next to him.

Illini Lose Freshman RB Corbin; Big Ten Football Notes

 width=Illinois freshman running back Reggie Corbin will miss the season after suffering a shoulder injury.

Sport information director Kent Brown said Wednesday that Corbin dislocated a shoulder in practice Tuesday and coach Tim Beckman has indicated it could require surgery. Brown wasn't sure which shoulder Corbin injured.

Corbin was among the running backs competing for playing time behind starter Josh Ferguson. Junior college transfer Henry Enyenihi appears to have the edge in the competition for the No. 2 spot.

Corbin is a 5-10, 185-pound recruit from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

He becomes the second running back lost for the season for Illinois. Freshman Dre Brown tore an anterior cruciate ligament during spring practice.

 width=>>Nebraska Star WR Out 6-8 Weeks

The injury bug has already bitten Nebraska in Mike Riley's inaugural season -- and in a big way.

Riley announced Wednesday that sophomore receiver and punt returner De'Mornay Pierson-El has suffered a foot injury that will keep him out six-to-eight weeks. Pierson-El injured the foot during practice Tuesday.

A CBS Sports 2015 Preseason All-American at punt returner, Pierson-El has been widely projected as one of the Huskers' biggest offensive weapons entering 2015, having finished third on the team in receiving as a freshman and leading the country with 596 punt return yards. His three punt returns for scores tied for the FBS lead.

Riley has said Pierson-El would see an increased role with the offense this season, with the elusive Alexandria, Va., product seemingly tailor-made for the fly sweep Riley used to great effect with his wide receivers at Oregon State.

A six-week recovery period would see Pierson-El miss the Huskers' first four games of the season, which include their season opener vs. BYU and a Sept. 19 visit to Miami. Pierson-El could, however, target the team's Big Ten opener vs. Illinois on Oct. 3 for a return.

Riley also announced that three-star freshman receiver Lavan Alston will miss the 2015 season with an injury.

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Ohio State has the most intriguing quarterback competition in the country, and according to Urban Meyer it also one of the most "unique" battles he has ever seen.

According to Meyer, both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are pushing each other for the starting job in a positive way. The result that all three -- Meyer, Barrett and Jones -- are hoping for is the best possible outcome for Ohio State in 2015.

"We understand that we want what's best for the team," Jones said this week, via the Columbus Dispatch. "Coach Meyer is going to put the best 11 guys on the field who he believes gives the team the best chance of winning. Me and J.T. both have that mindset, whether it's me or him."

What's best for the team, according to Jones and Barrett, will be for one player to be the starting quarterback, rather than a series-by-series rotation. Since Urban Meyer used both Chris Leak and Tim Tebow during Florida's 2006 national title run, it has been suggested that he might do the same this season at Ohio State.

That is still a possibility, though it is not the preference for either player. Barrett, who had to rotate series-by-series in high school, said it wouldn't be ideal because the two "wouldn't have the same rhythm or efficiency." Jones doesn't think it would "be a great idea," but will be willing to adjust if Meyer wants to use both quarterbacks.

While a series-by-series rotation would make it difficult on Barrett and Jones to establish a rhythm, don't rule out the possibility of some specialized packages for whoever ends up being the second-string guy. There is too much talent at that position to leave players on the sideline, and Meyer has always been willing to get creative with his offensive sets.

As for naming the starter, Meyer told reporters not to expect any news before the Buckeyes run out of the tunnel on Monday, Sept. 7 in Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech.

Illinois Senate Overrides Governor's Veto of Union Arbitration Bill

The Illinois Senate late Wednesday afternoon voted 38 to 15 to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 1229, otherwise known as the union arbitration bill that would send talks with the state's labor unions, to binding arbitration.

Governor Rauner issued a statement early Wednesday evening saying that, quoting the Governor, “Every Senator who voted to overturn our veto chose special interests over the taxpayers. They made it abundantly clear that they’d rather raise taxes than stand up to the politically powerful. It is now up to House members to take the responsible, pro-taxpayer position and uphold our veto", end of quote from the Governor.

It's up to the Illinois House now whether they'll follow the lead of the Illinois Senate and override Rauner's veto.

David Gill Throws Name In Hat For 13th Congressional District

A former Democratic nominee in central Illinois's 13th Congressional District has announced an independent bid for the seat.

Bloomington doctor David Gill said Tuesday that his "independent campaign will be highly competitive, in spite of the obstacles built into the system by the two major parties."

Gill last ran for the seat in 2012 and lost by 1,002 votes to Republican Rodney Davis, now in his second term. Reports indicate no Democrat has announced plans to challenge Davis.

Gill needs to collect signatures from an estimated 15,000 registered voters to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

The 55-year-old emergency room physician served as an assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health under former Gov. Pat Quinn.

Rauner Asks Legislators To 'Let Me Do My Job'

Gov. Bruce Rauner has sent a memo to Illinois lawmakers imploring them not to overturn his dismissal of legislation that would send labor-union contract decisions to an unelected arbitrator.

Rauner issued the missive to the Legislature Tuesday on the eve of an expected Senate vote to override his veto of the measure that would ban a union strike or a government lockout in the event of an impasse.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFSCME responded with a letter to lawmakers saying the governor's "crusade against this bill is based on hyperbole and misinformation."

Rauner told reporters he's asking lawmakers to "let me do my job" and continue negotiating.

The state's contract with members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees expired June 30.

State Fair Drawing Well So Far

It was a strong opening weekend for the Illinois State Fair.

Saturday featured the highest grossing day in State Fair history when it comes to admission fees paid. State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says a fast start is crucial to a successful fair.

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The 2015 fair's luck continued to be excellent as strong storms in Central Illinois largely spared the state fairgrounds, despite strong winds at one point.

Clinton Police Officer Ready For Start of School

Earlier this week, Officer Mike Bennett of the Clinton Police Department offered up some helpful tips as the 2015-16 school year gets going across the area.

With school started in Clinton Wednesday, Officer Bennett officially began his latest role as the district's resource officer. He indicates he looks forward to the challenge of monitoring six buildings across the community and working with administrators, teachers and students this year.

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Last year in the district, Officer Bennet was instrumental in getting a womens self-defense program going. He says that class is something he's put in place in LeRoy when he was an officer there.

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Now Officer Bennet hopes to take that self defense program to the junior high school level. He explains there will be some different elements to make it more age appropriate but he says there are some sad realities students of all age need to be aware of.

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One program Officer Bennett is excited to introduce is an internship program through the department. He says this was a very successful program they offered in LeRoy and he hopes to make it just as successful in Clinton.

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Potential interns would be with a different officer throughout their internship. Officer Bennet indicates they hope to have the student for an hour or two each day and introduce them to the many different aspects of law enforcement.

Warrant of the Week

 width=This week we are seeking tips to locate Michael R. Russo (DOB 1/23/1990).  Russo failed to appear in court to face charges of Arson.  Michael R. Russo is a 25 year old white male that is five eight inches tall, weighing 130 pounds with Brown Hair and Green Eyes.  He was last known to live in the Clinton, IL/GrandRapids MI areas.  If you know the whereabouts of Michael R. Russo or any other person wanted on warrants in DeWitt County, the Clinton Area Crimestoppers will take anonymous tips at 217-935-3333.  A cash reward may be available for information leading to an arrest.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for August 19-20

Jail Population: 29

Paper Services: 2

Warrants: 0

David Lewis, 84, Clinton was issued a Citation for Failure to Reduce Speed/ Accident. Lewis was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Jail Population: 29

Paper Services: 3

Warrants: 0

Daniel Matthews, 29, Clinton was issued a Citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Matthews was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Cassandra Rios, 23, Montgomery was issued a Citation for Speeding 72 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Rios was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Bruan Woodrum, 50, Stanford was issued a Citation for Speeding 71 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Woodrum was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Stacie Carroll, 49, Bloomington was issued a Citation foe Speeding 71 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Carroll was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Edward Hart, 42, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 71 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Hart was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Lorie Bateson, 27, Clinton was issued a Citation and Arrested for Driving while License Suspended. Bateson unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.


Chamber's Red, Wine, Blues Barn Party This Weekend

 width=If music, good food and drinks are your thing, then a Clinton Chamber hosted event this weekend is for you.

The Chamber's Barn Quilts of DeWitt County committee is teaming up with the Celebrate Clinton Association for their biennial "Red Win Blues Barn Party". Chamber Executive Director Marian Brisard calls the event "a big deal" for the Barn Quilts of DeWitt County.

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In conjunction with the fundraiser for the Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Committee, the Celebrate Clinton Association will be serving food and drinks at the site as well. Brisard indicates it will coincide with the blues themed music they'll have.

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For a barn owner to host a quilt on their property, the cost does not always equate to what it takes to construct it and then put it up, so according to Brisard, the Barn Party fundraiser helps the Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Committee afford the other expenses involved.

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The Barn Party kicks off at 7 pm at Scotty and Lori May's farm in Rural Wapella and runs until 10 pm. For further information on the location or for ticket information, contact the Clinton Chamber of Commerce at 217-935-3364.

Saturday's forecast is calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the lower-80s.

Miller Park Zoo Breaks Ground on New Flamingo Exhibit

The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington has been touting their Master Plan and it's course for the future of the Zoo. Now they have started the first step in that plan.

According to Jay Tetzloff, Superintendent of the Miller Park Zoo, the Flamingo exhibit broke ground earlier this week after approval to move ahead by the Bloomington City Council last week. He says this project has always been their first project in the Master Plan.

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The flamingos will be first thing when you walk in the zoo. He explains 17 will make up their exhibit that will feature a pool, grassy area and a holding area for poor weather conditions.

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Funding for the exhibit came from both private and public donors. Tetzloff says two groups that have been huge supporters of the Miller Park Zoo in the past stepped up to help fund nearly half the $300-thousand cost.

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Tetzloff hopes to be able to unveil the birds next spring but the exhibit construction itself could be done as soon as this winter.

Clintonia Eagle Names New GM

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Owner Eric Gubelman calls Conner a "fountain of ideas" and feels he will be a great fit for the Clinton movie theater going forward.

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One of the ideas both Conner and Gubelman are excited about is Conner's idea for a post-football game movie. Conner indicates they are titling each Friday of home Clinton football games "Fifth Quarter" and will show a select movie or two those nights.

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Conner also has visions of expanding their Monday Night Football events. According to Conner, they have shown Monday Night Football at the Eagle many times in the past but he is hoping to partner with a local restaurant to expand the weekly games.

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Gubelman indicates Conner will take on a lot of the day to day responsibilities in management at the Theater. He praises Conner's enthusiasm and the ideas he's already come up with.

NFL To Use Extra Official, Tablets For Replay

 width=During the second week of the NFL preseason, the league will be testing out two new procedures related to its use of officials: The NFL will have an extra official on the field and officials will use Microsoft Surface Tablets for instant replay purposes.

For 13 games this week, the NFL will use eight-person crews instead of seven-person crews, which has been the standard size since 1978. According to a statement released by the NFL, the eighth official is being brought on in an attempt to reduce "the number of times an official is responsible for multiple areas of the field that may not be in proximity to each other."

For some of the selected games, the eighth official will be positioned in the offensive backfield, focusing on the center, and the guard and tackle closest to the official. This official will be known as "U2."

For the other slate of games, the eighth official will be 20 yards downfield, where the official will watch the interior of the offensive line, zeroing in on defensive holding penalties. This official will be known as "CJ."

As for the use of the tablets, the NFL will use Microsoft Surface Tablets for instant replay purposes during four games this week (10 total games through the first three weeks of the preseason) after previously experimenting with the tablets at this past year's Pro Bowl. The idea is to eliminate the time it takes for an official to use the sideline monitor, as tablets can be brought to the official on the field for a review.

Cards, Cubs, Sox Lose

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Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols homered in the first inning against Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks, and the Angels held on for a 5-3 victory Tuesday night to remain 2 1-2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West.

Garrett Richards (12-9) was charged with three runs - two earned - and eight hits in seven-plus innings with four strikeouts and no walks. The right-hander retired Melky Cabrera on double-play grounders his first two times up, then struck him out in the sixth with the potential tying run at the plate.

Danks (6-10) was charged with five runs - four earned - and five hits in seven innings, increasing his ERA to 4.61.

He hit Shane Victorino with his third delivery, then gave up Calhoun's career-high 18th homer on his next pitch and surrendered Pujols' 33rd homer and 553rd of his career one out later. Until Tuesday, no one on the Angels' active roster had ever homered against Danks.

Pujols tied Mike Trout for the team lead in home runs. They are trying to become the first set of teammates with at least 40 homers each since Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye of the 2006 White Sox.

The Angels added an unearned run in the fourth when Johnny Giavotella doubled with two outs and scored on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Tyler Saladino after Saladino backhanded Carlos Perez's grounder near the bag.

Kaleb Cowart, the Angels' No.1 draft pick in 2010, made his major league debut at third base and was 0 for 3. His contract was purchased from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier Tuesday when third baseman Conor Gillaspie was designated for assignment.

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The San Francisco Giants got a rally-starting at-bat from an unusual source.

The bad news: No doubt Madison Bumgarner might be picking up a bat more often whenever the team needs a little kick.

Brandon Crawford doubled leading off the fifth for the Giants' first hit when left fielder Brandon Moss couldn't quite hold onto his drive down the line near both walls. He had a run-scoring groundout in the sixth for the first run.

The Giants have won six of eight and handed the Cardinals, who got a strong rebound outing from Lance Lynn, just their 19th home loss compared with 45 wins.

Vogelsong (9-8) struck out five and walked one while throwing 101 pitches. It was his third straight start in place of Mike Leake, who was acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline, but has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Lynn allowed four hits in 6 2-3 innings, five days after the shortest start of his career when he recorded just two outs in a loss to Pittsburgh. He walked a season-high five, one intentional.

Santiago Casilla got the last three outs to finish the two-hitter and earn his 29th save in 34 chances.

The teams have combined for five runs the first two games of a three-game series.

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Ian Kinsler had five of Detroit's 19 hits, including a home run, and the Tigers used a three-run eighth inning to rally for a 10-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Nick Castellanos had a two-run single and J.D. Martinez added a sacrifice fly in the tie-breaking eighth after Detroit couldn't hold a four run lead.

Kinsler, who added a double and sac fly, also scored three runs.

Martinez and Anthony Gose also homered for the Tigers in a game that was delayed for 2 hours and 17 minutes after a strong thunderstorm hit with one out in the bottom of the third.

After lining out three times earlier in the game, Castellanos' soft single in the eighth that drove in two runs turned out to be key.

Anthony Rizzo singled in Dexter Fowler to tie it 6-all in the seventh as the Cubs rallied. But they lost their second straight following a nine-game winning streak. Chicago's eight-game home winning streak also ended.

Rookie Kyle Schwarber launched a three-run homer, his ninth in 35 games, and Chris Coghlan hit a two-run shot for the Cubs.

Al Alburquerque (3-0), the fourth of six Detroit relievers, got one out and the win.

Cubs starter Jason Hammel was hit hard in three innings, allowing five runs and nine hits, including Detroit's three homers. Jason Motte, who took over in the fourth following the rain delay, allowed the first earned run given up by the Cubs' bullpen since Aug. 9.

Tom Gorzelanny relieved Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez following the delay.

Sanchez, who allowed Coghlan's homer among three hits in 2 1-3 innings, hasn't won since July 23. In his last five starts he has three losses and two no-decisions while permitting 20 runs in 25 2-3 innings.

After Hammel struck out Gose leading off, the next three Tigers ripped the ball. Kinsler and Martinez homered, and Cabrera doubled as Detroit jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first.

Cabrera's liner was caught by a fan who reached out with a glove over the basket above the wall in left field. The hit, originally called a homer, was changed to a double after a video review.

Coghlan's two-run opposite field shot in the bottom of the inning cut it to 3-2, but Gose replied with a two-run homer in the second to move Detroit ahead 5-2.

>>Dave Dombrowski Named Red Sox President

Longtime baseball executive Dave Dombrowski has agreed to become the Red Sox's president of baseball operations, CBS Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. In a related move, Ben Cherington will step down as general manager but stay on long enough to assist Dombrowski with the transition. Per the team, Dombrowski will assume his duties immediately and report directly to principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner. Dombrowski has indicated that he intends to hire a new GM.

These changes take place as the Red Sox play out the string of a deeply disappointing 2015 season. Despite some very prominent offseason additions and running the third-highest Opening Day payroll in baseball, Boston finds itself in last place in the AL East and on pace for 91 losses, which is precisely how many games the team lost last season. While the Red Sox haven't been eliminated yet, the SportsLine Projection Model prior to Tuesday's slate gave then a 0.0 percent chance of making the postseason.

Earlier this month, Dombrowski, 59, was released from his contract as general manager of the Tigers after a mostly successful 14-year tenure.

>>Giants OF Pence Headed To DL

The Giants will place outfielder Hunter Pence on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He's expected to miss roughly the next two weeks (source: @AlexPavlovic). There won't be a corresponding roster move right away, as fellow outfielder Nori Aoki is slated to come off the DL on Thursday.

This season, Pence is batting .275/.327/.478 (125 OPS+) with 23 extra-base hits in 52 games. Pence's start to the 2015 season was delayed by a broken forearm suffered in spring training, and then he later went on the DL with a wrist injury.

Governor Purchases Clinton Teen's Steer For Record Amount

A Clinton teen's steer sold for a record amount at the Governor's Sale of Champions Tuesday night, but what made it even more special, two celebrities were at the heart of the sale.

A great surprise was awaiting Clinton's Taylor Donelson, who exhibited the Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer. Donelson names her steers after country music artists and her Champion Steer was named Scotty, after American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

McCreery, who just happened to be performing at the Illinois State Fair the night of the sale, caught wind of this and surprised her by showing up at the Governor's Sale of Champions.

McCreery stood in the crowd of bidders to help root on Taylor, but to also help raise the bidding higher and higher. Donelson's Land of Lincoln steer sold for a record $61,000 to the highest bidder, Governor Bruce Rauner.

Donelson says a lot of work goes into getting the steer ready for the fairs and never expected to get as far as she did.

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Showing livestock at a high level is nothing new to Donelson. She indicates this runs in her family for several decades but this is the first time for them at the Sale of Champions. Before the sale she said they were just hoping for the best.

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Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow went to Grant Kiefer of Gridley at $35-thousand. Kiefer says it's gratifying to have all the hard work he's put in with his Barrow pay off.

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The junior exhibitors who showed the champion animals receive 80 percent of the sales price. The remaining 20 percent will be equally split between the Illinois 4-H and FFA programs.

Other winners from the Tuesday Sale of Champions was Griffen Jodlowski from Atlanta. He won Grand Champion Doe's Milk for $225.

Normal Cornbelters Defeat Lake Erie Crushers

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Lake Erie Crushers by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Tune in "Friday night, August 21, as the Cornbelters take on the Frontier Greys. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Clinton City Council Approves DJWH CEO Contract

 width=The Dr. John Warner Hospital has found their permanent leader for the foreseeable future.

Monday night the Clinton City Council approved the contract for Paul Skowron (Standing right), who has served as the City owned facility's interim CEO for about eight months. Skowron says their first priority is to rebrand. He want to shift from being known as a "rural health center" to a family practice and appeal to all generations.

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Skowron says his focus is also on expanding their programs which in turn will increase their volume and revenue. He is discussing a partnership with the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield.

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Skowron also emphasizes being a good steward of the resources they have. He points to projects at the building that can be done at low cost so as to be more responsible with tax payers money.

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Skowron notes, while Medicaid has been very unstable the last decade, he feels the hospital can be profitable despite that. He hopes to attract patients5 with other insurances and that is done through program development.

He is going to seek employee development and wants to see less turn around.

Rauner Seeks Reforms Through New Legislation

Governor Bruce Rauner is once again pitching reforms, primarily a property tax freeze, with new legislation.

He is promoting the Local Government Taxpayer or Protection Act. Rauner is taking on a somewhat different tone, but similar message with lawmakers.

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Rauner says he wants state legislators to take up a new comprehensive proposal including several of his agenda items as a package, not individually.

The legislation also calls for local control of collective bargaining, workers compensation reform, school funding and Chicago Public School pension relief.

Sites, Smells of the State Fair

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Weekly Crop Report



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Back to School Safety Tips

With youngsters heading back to school this week, area law enforcement officials have some things for everyone to keep in mind as kids make their way back for the upcoming school year.

Clinton Police Officer Mike Bennett says much of the focus this year is going to be on motorists near the school buildings. He explains the Clinton Police Department is going to be amping up their enforcement and security near the buildings in 2015-16.

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With the start of school, areas near buildings across Illinois will see heavy traffic in the morning and mid-afternoon hours. Officer Bennett stresses showing patience and allowing more time if you know you are going to be near those areas.

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For student safety purposes, Officer Bennett stresses making sure both students and parents or guardians know where they will be picked up at. He says it is very important the students know who is to get them from school, but it is important the schools know as well.

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Additionally, Officer Bennett encourages the youth taking to the streets and sidewalks to get to school to be alert. While motorists should be watching out for school children, that isn't the case.

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With school here, Officer Bennett will be instrumental in a lot of areas of the Clinton School District.

This week on Regional Radio News, hear about a few programs he has started at the various grade levels and get to know more about his role in the day to day safety and security at all the Clinton school buildings.

Court Rules Northwestern Players Cannot Unionize

Northwestern football players cannot attempt to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board announced Monday in a long-awaited decision that dismisses the petition.

The five-member national board disagreed unanimously with a previous ruling by NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr from March 2014. Northwestern had appealed Ohr's ruling, which came to two major conclusions: (1) Athletic scholarships equate to compensation in exchange for working for the school, and (2) coaches have strict control over college athletes.

 width=Instead, the NLRB determined that certifying the players' petition “would not promote uniformity and stability in labor relations” and collective bargaining could potentially upset the balance of competition. The decision is another big victory for the NCAA, which had strongly supported Northwestern's appeal against employee status. If the initial NLRB ruling had been affirmed, the precedent would have held for all private universities regardless of whether Northwestern players formed a union.

Northwestern players cast ballots in April 2014 to vote on whether they favored a union. The ballots were immediately impounded pending the NLRB decision and now will never be counted. Northwestern administrators and coaches urged players not to unionize, and it's possible their position prevailed with the players.

The NLRB's ruling on Monday did not decide whether the Northwestern players are employees. Instead, the board wrote "we address this case in the absence of explicit congressional direction regarding whether the Board should exercise jurisdiction. We conclude that asserting jurisdiction in this case would not serve to promote stability in labor relations."

Northwestern praised the decision and said in a statement, "We applaud our players for bringing national attention to these important issues, but we believe strongly that unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student-athletes." Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement that his players "displayed maturity beyond their years through this process, and the experience has unquestionably brought us closer together as a football family."

The petition had been filed by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Ramogi Huma, who led the unionization efforts with former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, described the ruling as "obviously disappointing. For us, it's not a loss, but it's a loss of time. It's a delay. In the meantime, players don't have the leverage they need to protect themselves."

Huma pointed out that the NLRB decision does not prohibit other scholarship football players from attempting to unionize. Huma declined to say if he will attempt to unionize again and said he has no regrets about the efforts.

Tiger Will Play At Wyndham Championship This Weekend

 width=Tiger Woods will play the Wyndham Championship for the first time.

In an email to The Associated Press on Monday, agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that Woods will play in Greensboro this week.

That ends a few days of uncertainty around Sedgefield County Club, the site of the final tournament of golf's regular season.

Woods created a stir by entering the field just ahead of the deadline last Friday.

But after closing out a 73 and missing the cut at the PGA Championship in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, he hedged a bit. He said he would "go through it with my team" to "see if that's the right move or not."

On Monday morning, Wyndham tournament director Mark Brazil sent out a brief tweet: "Bam! Tiger is coming!"

The first round begins Thursday.

The Wyndham annually is the last chance for the PGA Tour's bubble players to play their way into the FedEx Cup playoffs. They begin next week at The Barclays in New Jersey.

Woods - who's at No. 187 on the points list - comes to Greensboro rather far from the bubble. Only the top 125 players reach the playoffs.

He would get into The Barclays with a victory and could possibly advance by finishing alone in second.

NFL Notes

>>New LA Stadium Could Realign NFL Divisions

Construction of an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area could come with another change: a possible shift in division for the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers.

The teams have proposed a shared $1.78 billion stadium in the city of Carson - one of two stadium projects being considered by the NFL near Los Angeles that could bring professional football back to the region after a two-decade absence.

Carmen Policy, a former San Francisco 49ers executive who was hired to help oversee the Carson project, said Monday that the teams have agreed to shift divisions, if necessary, to make the project acceptable to the league.

The Chargers and Raiders are rivals in the AFC West, which could make game scheduling and other issues difficult in a shared stadium.

 width=The teams have made clear to the league and NFL owners that "you send us to LA and you'll make the decision as to who plays in what conference or division," Policy told reporters after detailing stadium plans for business leaders and a sports group at an event in downtown Los Angeles.

Policy detailed the possible division shift on a day when the teams unveiled the latest design update for the 65,000-seat stadium, which would rise on the site of a former landfill about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

The renderings show an open-air stadium wrapped in steel bands, its seating shaded by canopies, with features that range from a nearby stage for live music performances to an authentic farmers' market. Outside, towering screens would carry game-day highlights that could be viewed from the parking lots.

>>Chargers QB Rivers Rewarded With Extension

Philip Rivers will be the San Diego Chargers' quarterback through 2019, he said Monday, "wherever we are."

Whether he ends his career with the Chargers still based in San Diego or uprooted and moved to the Los Angeles area, Rivers will be able to retire with lightning bolts on his helmet.

Not even Junior Seau, who was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, or LaDainian Tomlinson, who is expected to make it to Canton, were allowed to finish their careers as Chargers.

It helps that Rivers' deal includes a no-trade clause.

General manager Tom Telesco called it "a very important day in the history of the Chargers," and noted that Rivers - 33 and the starter since 2006 - will be able to finish his career as a Charger, just like Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.

Rivers said the commitment by the Chargers in giving him the extension outweighs the uncertainty caused by the team's apparent desire to move to Los Angeles.

>>Arizona Cardinals Sign RB Chris Johnson

After a week of thinking it over, Chris Johnson decided he's ready to play for the Arizona Cardinals.

The team announced on Monday that Johnson has agreed to terms on a one-year deal. The move comes just five months after Johnson was wounded during a drive-by shooting in Orlando.

The Cardinals originally offered Johnson a contract on Aug. 11, but the 29-year-old running back didn't accept the deal until Monday.

The signing of Johnson isn't a complete surprise and that's mainly because Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has been less than thrilled with the health of his running backs through three weeks of camp.

Arians said last week "I am not pleased with the time (Andre Ellington) and David (Johnson) have lost, and I was not fired up about the running backs' performance [on Aug. 8]."

MLB Notes

>>Local Streaming Coming To Baseball Next Year

Major League Baseball has long had an absurd blackout policy in place, but we're finally seeing steps of it going away. Per sportsbusinessdaily.com, 15 MLB teams (local FOX affiliates) are going to have local games available for streaming online starting next season.

From the report quote - There is no specific timetable for a potential announcement of a deal between FOX and MLB. The two sides hope to complete the agreement around the end of this season, which would give the league and RSNs a full offseason to market the availability of the new local streams before Opening Day 2016.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, working with the league's president of business and media, Bob Bowman, has made in-market baseball streaming a key league priority, including personally participating in several negotiating sessions.

>>Mariners P Iwakuma Player of the Week

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Iwakuma threw the fifth no-hitter (fourth individual) in Mariners history en route to his first career AL weekly honor, the first for a Seattle pitcher since his teammate Felix Hernandez won on June 8, 2014.

In a week with multiple worthy candidates, Baltimore Orioles teammates Adam Jones and Chris Davis were particularly notable, leading the O's to a 5-2 record this past week. Together, the slugging duo batted .420 (21-for-50) with 15 runs scored, 10 home runs and 19 RBI.

On Wednesday against the Orioles at Safeco Field, Hisashi, a Tokyo native, became the second Japanese-born pitcher in MLB history to record a no-hitter, joining Hideo Nomo, who accomplished the feat first with the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 17, 1996 against the Colorado Rockies and again with the Boston Red Sox on April 4, 2001 against Baltimore.

>>Giants P Bumgarner Named NL Player of the Week

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been named the National League Player of the Week for August 10-16. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Bumgarner led the Majors with 26 strikeouts and 18.0 innings pitched last week. The southpaw posted a perfect 2-0 record in two outings, earning his eighth and ninth career complete-game efforts. His 0.50 ERA (1 ER/18.0 IP) was the lowest among all Major Leaguers who made at least two starts last week.

Others considered for weekly honors included Pittsburgh's INF Pedro Alvarez (.476, 10 H, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1.000 SLG) and OF Gregory Polanco (.483, 14 H, 2 3B, HR, 4 RBI, .724 SLG, .516 OBP); Arizona's David Peralta (.474, 9 H, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .842 SLG, .522 OBP); Cincinnati's Joey Votto (.407, 11 H, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .778 SLG); and Zack Greinke (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 14 SO, 13.0 IP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cards Win; Rodon Sharp, But Not Good Enough

 width=>>Rodon Not Good Enough As Angels Beat Sox

Of the 104 pitches rookie left-hander Carlos Rodon threw in his first major league complete game, only two he would like to have had back.

Both ended up out of the ballpark.

Facing the Los Angels Angels for the second time in seven days, Rodon had another outstanding performance Monday night in a 2-1 loss.

The defending AL West champions had just two hits against him between Albert Pujols' leadoff homer in the second inning and C.J. Cron's tiebreaking homer with one out in the seventh.

The Angels, 1 for 32 with runners in scoring position during the White Sox's three-game sweep in Chicago last week, had two on and one out in the third when Shane Victorino flied out and Kole Calhoun fouled out. It was the last time they got a runner as far as second base until Cron's ninth homer of the season.

Angels lefty Andrew Heaney allowed a run and five hits through six innings and escaped a bases-loaded jam with his 100th and final pitch. The rookie left-hander lowered his ERA to 2.43 in 10 starts this season, but remained winless in four starts after winning five of his first six.

Heaney, who hit Jose Abreu on the left foot in the third inning, plunked Tyler Saladino with another low pitch in the sixth to load the bases after two-out singles by Trayce Thompson and Alexei Ramirez. But Tyler Flowers was called out on strikes by umpire Ed Hickox on a 3-2 pitch.

Fernando Salas (3-1) pitched one inning for the victory. Joe Smith got three outs in the eighth and Huston Street set down the White Sox 1-2-3 in the ninth for his for his 28th save in 32 attempts, after blowing a save opportunity on Sunday.

 width=>>Cards Edge Giants

Chris Heston didn't give the St. Louis Cardinals much to hit. The San Francisco Giants rookie pitcher couldn't find the strike zone.

Heston walked a season-worst five in 4 2-3 innings of a 2-1 loss on Monday night and departed after 104 pitches.

Rookie Stephen Piscotty tripled and scored the go-ahead run on Mark Reynolds' groundout in the eighth inning.

The run came a little too late for Michael Wacha, who allowed one run in seven innings with six strikeouts but missed a chance to become the majors' first 15-game winner. The right-hander faced the Giants for the first time since allowing an NL championship series-ending homer to Travis Ishikawa last fall in his first appearance of the postseason.

Yadier Molina hit his third homer off Heston leading off the fourth for St. Louis. The Giants tied it on Brandon Crawford's two-out RBI triple in the sixth.

The Cardinals have won nine of 12, ended the Giants' four-game winning streak, and lead Pittsburgh by six games in the NL Central. They're tops in the majors in overall record (76-42) and home record (45-18).

Kevin Siegrist (4-0) worked a perfect eighth against the top of the Giants order and Trevor Rosenthal earned his 37th save in 39 chances when pinch-hitter Buster Posey flied out to the wall in center.

Ryan Vogelsong (8-8, 4.15) will start Tuesday instead of Mike Leake (9-6, 3.52), who is not quite ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list from a hamstring injury. The Cardinals' Lance Lynn (9-7, 2.95) is coming off the shortest outing of his career, lasting just two-thirds of an inning and surrendering seven runs - three earned - in a loss to Pittsburgh.

Normal Cornbelters Fall to Lake Erie Crushers

The Normal Cornbelters fell to the Lake Erie Crushers by a score of 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Tune in tomorrow night, August 19, as the Cornbelters take on the Lake Erie Crushers. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

CrimeStoppers Seeking Public's Help in Property Damage Case

The Clinton Police Department is seeking your help and information in solving a business burglary and criminal damage to property that occurred at 1506 IL. St. Rt 54 E. in Clinton.

 width=On or around August 12th 2015, Clinton Police Officers responded to a report of several storage units that had been burglarized at the Storage Unlimited facility. Upon arrival, officers discovered that suspects gained entry to these units by cutting the locks off of the individual doors.

Upon gaining entry to these buildings, suspects stole an undetermined amount of jewelry and electronics from various storage units.

Crimestoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1000.00 when a felony arrest is made as a result of information that you have provided. Anyone with any information regarding this burglary or any other crimes or wanted fugitives is asked to contact the Clinton Area Crime stoppers at 217-935-3333.

Crimestoppers' phone line is not recorded and does not utilize caller identification.

Crimestoppers wants your information, not your name.

Ducks Give Recently Acquired F Hagelin 4-Year Deal

Carl Hagelin's patience has been rewarded with a big new contract from the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks announced a four-year deal worth $16 million for their recently acquired Swedish forward on Friday, completing what's likely their final significant move of the summer.

Hagelin was a restricted free agent after joining the Ducks in June in a trade with the New York Rangers, who got left wing Emerson Etem. Negotiations on Hagelin's new deal dragged for several weeks, but it didn't visibly concern the forward or the Ducks.

 width=Hagelin has 58 goals and 72 assists in 266 games with the Rangers, including all 82 games last season. He is a speedy skater and an outstanding penalty killer who also scored 17 goals in each of the past two seasons, and he could slot in alongside center Ryan Kesler on the Ducks' second line.

The defending Pacific Division champion Ducks expect Hagelin to take a bigger role than he held in New York, and he seems eager for the challenge.

Hagelin played in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final during four straight playoff trips with the Rangers. He also won a silver medal with the Swedish Olympic team in Sochi, playing alongside new Ducks teammate Jakob Silfverberg, who got a four-year, $15 million deal from Anaheim last week.

After falling one game short of the Stanley Cup Final in a seven-game loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Ducks have re-signed all of their significant free agents heading into training camp next month while still maintaining ample room under the NHL salary cap.

During the process, Anaheim committed a combined $24 million to two offseason acquisitions who have yet to suit up for the club: Hagelin and veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa, acquired from Vancouver last month. The Ducks also gave a six-year, $41.25 million extension to Kesler, who capped a solid debut season in Anaheim with excellent playoff work last spring.

The Ducks lost goal-scoring forward Matt Beleskey and defenseman Francois Beauchemin to free agency.

Matt Kenseth Takes Michigan

Matt Kenseth had little to say about how NASCAR's rules package affected his race at Michigan International Speedway.

Kenseth started in the lead, stayed there for most of the race and finished with his third Sprint Cup victory of the season Sunday, beating Kevin Harvick by 1.7 seconds.

It was the second race under NASCAR's high-drag aerodynamic package, which was also in place at Indianapolis last month in an effort to improve passing. At Michigan, Kenseth won while leading 146 of 200 laps - so whatever excitement there was occurred further back in the pack.

It was his 34th career victory, and Joe Gibbs Racing has won five of the last six Cup races - two by Kenseth and three by Kyle Busch.

Martin Truex Jr. finished behind Harvick in third. Austin Dillon, who was sent to the back at the beginning of the race because of an engine change, managed a fourth-place showing, and Kyle Busch took another step toward wrapping up a spot in the Chase with an 11th-place run in his backup car.

 width=Kenseth had a comfortable lead before a caution with 17 laps remaining tightened things up, but he had little trouble holding off Harvick after the restart.

NASCAR used a special high-drag aerodynamic package for this race and last month's at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was supposed to improve passing, but aside from one brief duel at the front between Kenseth and Dillon with about 55 laps left, there was little drama in terms of lead changes.

Kenseth led for the first 22 laps, and there were 16 lead changes after that.

Clint Bowyer's Chase chances look more tenuous after he went into the wall Sunday and finished 41st. He's now 15th in the standings.

Busch came into the race in 30th place, needing to avoid major mistakes because although he has four wins in 2015, a top-30 ranking is required for entry into the Chase. Busch wrecked his car in practice Saturday and had to start the race from the back, but he had a solid, uneventful day, even leading for a couple stretches.

He's now 29th in the standings, 23 points ahead of 31st-place Cole Whitt.

Harvick remained atop the standings and now leads Joey Logano by 48 points. Logano finished seventh.

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Jason Day Gets First Major; Jordan Spieth New World No. 1

>>Jason Day Gets First Major Win in Record Setting Fashion

The third time finally proved to be the charm for Jason Day.

After sharing the 54-hole lead at both the U.S. and British Opens this season, the 27-year-old Australian finally cashed in from the top of the leaderboard to win the PGA Championship Sunday at Whistling Straits.

Day fired a final-round 67 at the course on the shores of Lake Michigan, finishing with a score of 20-under par, the lowest any player in the history of the sport has ever finished to par in a major championship.

 width=Day's brilliant play allowed him to hold off Jordan Spieth by three strokes, denying the young Texan a chance to become only the third golfer to win three majors in one season.

The win helps Day to escape from the dreaded "never won a major" list and provides a nice cap to what had been a disappointing majors season. Day entered Sunday of the U.S. Open with a share of the lead but battled a bout of vertigo and came up short at Chambers Bay. He did the same at St. Andrews for the British Open but missed a birdie putt on the 18th green that kept him out of playoff won by Zach Johnson.

Spieth, who overtook Rory McIlroy to become No. 1 in the wold golf rankings, finished with a final round 68 and was playing for a chance to join Ben Hogan (1953) and Tiger Woods (2000) as the only golfers to win three majors in one season.

>>Spieth New No. 1 in World

Jordan Spieth called it "the best consolation prize ever."

Though the 22-year-old didn't win his third major championship of the year on Sunday at Whistling Straits – that honor went to Australian Jason Day – a final-round, 4-under 68 earned him a solo second-place finish and the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Spieth supplants Rory McIlroy, who finished in 17th place, for the No. 1 ranking. There were five scenarios by which Spieth could become the top-ranked player for the first time, including one in which he finished second alone and McIlroy finished worse than sixth.

The reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion also becomes just the third player in the history of the game to finish inside the top four in all four major championships in a season. He also sets the all-time single-season scoring record in relationship to par in the majors (-54), supplanting Tiger Woods, who was 53-under par in three major victories in 2000.

Spieth's reign at the top of the world ranking, however, may be short-lived. Both McIlroy and Day are within striking distance of him, and with the four FedEx Cup playoff events starting in two weeks (McIlroy is skipping the first leg, The Barclays), a good September run could see Spieth's seat atop the rankings end quickly.

Bears Notes

>>Bears WR White Needs Surgery, To Miss Significant Time

Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Kevin White needs surgery for a leg stress fracture and will miss at least half of the regular season.

General manager Ryan Pace says the first-round draft pick will have surgery on his shin and spend at least eight games on the physically unable to perform list.

 width=White had leg pain during organized team activities in June and hasn't practiced in training camp. He tried to run for the first time on the side of the practice field last week, but experienced more pain.

The Bears also are without starting receiver Alshon Jeffery because of a calf strain.

Chicago signed receiver Jeremy Kelley to a one-year contract and waived linebacker DeDe Lattimore. Kelley entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts.

>>Fox Says Bears Progressing At Training Camp

The Chicago Bears closed training camp with a handful of skirmishes and players trying to compensate for the loss of key receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White.

Jeffery has a calf strain suffered Wednesday and missed the first preseason game. He remains day to day and is unlikely to participate when the team goes to Indianapolis for practices against the Colts prior to Saturday's game.

Coach John Fox announced White will have surgery within a week for a stress fracture in his left shin. The team had announced Saturday that White could miss the remainder of the season, or a large portion of it.

The Bears also announced third-string quarterback David Fales has been taken off the physically unable to perform list after an undisclosed illness kept him sidelined through all but one day of camp.

At Sunday's final practice, one of three shoving matches included defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff scuffling with center Will Montgomery.

Sox Beat Cubs Behind Sale; Marlins Slam Cardinals

 width=>>Sale Dominant As Sox Beat Cubs

Chris Sale matched a career high with 15 strikeouts while pitching seven scoreless innings, and the Chicago White Sox snapped the crosstown Cubs' nine-game win streak with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez homered for the White Sox, who had lost 10 of 15. Abreu, Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez had two hits apiece.

Sale (11-7) allowed one hit - Dexter Fowler's one-out single in the sixth - and walked two. It was his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the year and ran his total for the season to a major league-best 208.

 width=>>Marlins Slam Cardinals

Derek Dietrich drove in three runs, Dee Gordon had three hits, and the Miami Marlins broke a six-game losing streak against St. Louis with a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits and scored two runs as Miami won for the fourth time in six games.

Jason Heyward homered twice and drove in three runs for St. Louis, which sports the best home record in the majors at 44-18. Stephen Piscotty also went deep for his first major league homer.

Jason Heyward homered twice and drove in three runs for St. Louis, which sports the best home record in the majors at 44-18. Stephen Piscotty also went deep for his first major league homer.

The Cardinals had a 3-1 lead before the Marlins scored four times in the fifth. The big blow was a bases-loaded triple for Dietrich, who had just one homer and three RBIs for the month coming into the day.

Chris Narveson (1-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings for the win. He also drove in Hechavarria with a squeeze bunt in the fifth. Hechavarria was first called out, but the play was overturned after a 2 minute, 50 second replay review.

A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 24 opportunities.

>>Cole, Wacha Meet Again in Battle of Aces

Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Cardinals star Michael Wacha try for their major league-leading 15th wins.

Cole (14-6, 2.48 ERA) starts against Arizona in the opener of a seven-game homestand.

Wacha (14-4, 2.93 ERA) gets the ball when the Cardinals begin a three-game series vs. the visiting Giants.

Illinois Basketball Notes

>>Illini Add LaSalle PG Khalid Lewis

Illini basketball officials say graduate transfer Khalid Lewis has signed with the team.

Illinois head coach John Groce (grohs) made the announcement Friday, saying the 6-3 point guard from LaSalle in Philadelphia has signed a financial aid tender with the University of Illinois.

 width=The Trenton, New Jersey-native average 6 points and 2 rebounds per game last season at LaSalle, appearing in all 33 games and starting in 18 games.

Groce says the Illini are "very fortunate" to have Lewis. The coach says Lewis will contribute his ability to "play point, handle the ball, score, make plays for others and defend."

>>Illinois' Paul Suspended After Arrest in France

Illinois forward Darius Paul has been suspended following his arrest during a team trip to France.

Coach John Groce (grohs) said Saturday Paul is suspended "indefinitely" for violating team rules. Groce said Paul was being sent home and his status with the team will be evaluated after the Illini return to Champaign next week.

Reports indicate the 6-foot-8 junior was arrested just before 5 a.m. Friday in Deauville, France after police received multiple reports that Paul was damaging vehicles and breaking windows.

Deauville police superintendent Madam Pons said Paul was "very, very drunk." He was charged with vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Paul also was suspended in 2014 for what Groce called "multiple transgressions." He later pleaded guilty to underage drinking.

Social Security Promoting My Social Security Accounts at State Fair

If you're headed to the State Fair this week, make plans to stop the Social Security booth in the Illinois Building to learn more about an account that can personally help you through all things Social Security.

Jack Myers with Social Security will be at the booth and can assist anyone in setting up ad "My Social Security Account". According to Myers, an account is set up through their website that will inform younger workers of their earnings records and what their future Social Security earnings could look like.

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A "My Social Security Account" might best be used for those who are currently receiving benefits. According to Myers, an account will allow you to see what your payment history and access information for needs based programs.

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Myers calls the Social Security system a purchase of insurance or a retirement benefit, and feels it is worth knowing what exactly you're purchasing.

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The Illinois Building at the State Fair will be open from 9 am to 4:30 pm and is near the giant slide.

For further details about a "My Social Security" account, visit socialsecurity.gov.

Scovill Zoo Adjusting Hours This Week

With school starting in the next week for many districts, a local attraction is adjusting their hours to accommodate their staff.

Ken Frye is the Director of the Scovill Zoo in Decatur, he indicates they will be going to their fall hours this week. This summer, the zoo has opened earlier than in year's past, and that early open will remain in effect.

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Frye indicates a lot of their staff will be headed back to school this fall, thus the change in their hours in late August.

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The Scovill Zoo is gearing up this week for their biggest event of the year, their "Zoo-rific Evening" Gala this Saturday. Frye says the Saturday event draws several hundred guests.

Lincoln City Hall To Close Tuesday To Honor Passing of Lincoln Mayor

In honor of Mayor Darren Scott Cooper, Lincoln City Hall will be closed Tuesday, August 18, 2015.  

Sewer bills may be dropped off in the boxes along Kickapoo Street.  

For police non-emergencies, residents can call (217) 732-2151.  Please call 911 in case of an emergency.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

Jail Population: 28

Paper Services: 2

Warrants: 0

Sylvia Zamora, 40, Parlier, CA was issued a Citation for Speeding in A Construction Zone 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Zamora was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Camryn Ward, 19, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding in A Construction Zone 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Ward was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Janelle Martin, 19, Downs was issued Citations for Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Speeding in A Construction Zone 74 MPH in A 55 MPH Zone. Martin was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Lindsay Sherwin, 29, Indian Head Park was issued a Citation for Speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Sherwin was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Heather Williams, 36, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Williams was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Chandra Natarajan, 39, Aurora was issued a Citation for Speeding 82 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Natarajan was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Zach Newberry, 21, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Newberry was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Keven Holland, 19, Waverly was issued Citations for Speeding 72 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone and Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Holland was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Darron Scott, 48, Maroa was issued a Citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Scott was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Stephanie Beck, 39, Wapella was issued a Citation for Speeding 81 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Beck was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Areli Ellsworth, 28, Mulberry Grove was issued a Citation for Speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Ellsworth was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.



Normal Cornbelters Defeat Washington Wild Things

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Washington Wild Things by a score of 5-3 on Saturday night. 

Tune in tomorrow afternoon, August 16, as the Cornbelters take on the Washington Wild Things. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Illinois Scores Poorly In Rural Poverty

We often think of poverty as an urban issue, where poverty in concentrated in bigger cities, but in truth, rural poverty is every bit as big a problem, it is just less visible.

Amy Terpstra researches rural poverty for the Heartland Alliance, and points out that even with the ongoing economic recovery… Rural poverty continues to grow..

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Illinois is a fairly wealthy state with a diverse economy… but the state continues to be kind of middle of road when it comes to rural poverty rates..

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When families are in poverty.. it not only impacts the poorest among us, it taxes the state budget as more people rely on public assistance to get by. And the high rural poverty rate in Illinois is not a new phenomenon, caused by state budget issues… It has been a pervasive problem for years.

LaHood Supports Ag Issues

The candidates for the 18th Congressional district are running in the states number one ag district. Combined the 19 counties are tops in the state in corn, soybean, vegetable and hog production.

Republican State Senator Darin LaHood says that famers and others can benefit from free trade around the globe.

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Sen. LaHood says that he has been against labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients at the state level but could support a measure that has passed the house that establishes a national standard.

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The 18th Congressional election is September 10th.

Local Gas Prices Spike

Illinois drivers may feel a little shell-shocked about an unexpected spike in gas prices. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.84 in the state as of this morning, according to GasBuddy.com. In some parts of the state, prices have jumped 30 to 40 cents in the last several days.

The cause? A malfunction in the largest unit of the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana over the weekend, according to GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan.

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DeHaan says a refinery issue in Indiana is the only roadblock to keep lower gas prices from returning.

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Gas prices in Clinton, Maroa, Wapella, Heyworth, and Monticello range from $2.88 to $2.99.

USDA Expects Lower Corn Yields

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, down 4 percent from last year's record.

However, it still would be the third highest annual production on record in the U.S.

The USDA monthly crop update was released Wednesday and said farmers are expected to harvest 81.1 million acres of corn.

Iowa, the nation's top corn producer, is projected to harvest 2.43 billion bushels, up 2.8 percent from 2014. And Nebraska's production will increase 3.8 percent to 1.66 billion bushels.

Illinois' corn production will fall nearly 15 percent due to heavy rains in June and July.

Meanwhile, soybean production is forecast at 3.92 billion bushels, down 1 percent from 2014. Illinois, the leading soybean grower, will see a 2.5 percent drop.

Scovill Zoo Gearing Up For Annual Gala

The Scovill Zoo in Decatur is gearing up for their 2015 edition of their "Zoo-rific Evening" annual gala.

Ken Frye is the Director of the Zoo and indicates the event, next Saturday, August 22 will be one with plenty of entertainment, food and special interactions with the animals.

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Previous gala events have used the money raised to help fund their recently installed penguin exhibit and Frye indicates, they are aiming to expand the center portion of their zoo with more water animals.

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Frye indicates there is no timetable for the start of construction on a new exhibit. He says it is all dependent on when they are able to raise enough money.

The "Zoorific Evening" is next Saturday, August 22. For further details or to make a reservation, contact the Scovill Zoo by calling 217-421-7435.

DJWH Hosted 5K Returning Apple and Pork Weekend

The hustle and bustle of the annual Apple and Pork Festival will follow a health and wellness event in Clinton.

Last year was the first year for the Dr. John Warner Hospital "Swifty Swine 5K" and organizers say it was a big success in year one. Margie Gehres heads a committee to bring the event back this year and says the first year could not have been any better.

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One of the big hits at last year's 5K was the DJWH Physical Therapy Department being at the event. Gehres says they assisted a lot of runners who may have been battling various health issues throughout the race.

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This year the venue at Weldon Springs will stay the same but the route will change Gehres indicates they hope to give returning participants something different to look forward to this year.

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This year's 5K is the Saturday of Apple and Pork weekend, September 26 at Weldon Springs. All registration information can be obtained at active.com or by visiting the Swifty Swine Facebook page.

Lincoln Mayor Scott Cooper Dies

Lincoln Mayor Darren “Scott” Cooper passed away Friday morning around 7:15
a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. He was surrounded by his family
at the hospital.

Mayor Cooper was appointed to serve as Acting Mayor on June 1st by his
colleagues on the Lincoln City Council. Even in his short term as mayor, Scott
demonstrated himself as a proven leader and a dedicated public servant.

Mayor Pro Temp Marty Neitzel said a statement Friday said “The tragic loss of
Scott is devastating to the Council and community. His loss creates a void in
the leadership of the City that cannot be replaced. All of our thoughts and
prayers are with his family and friends.”

The vacancy created by the passing of Mayor Cooper will be filled by Mayor
Pro Temp Marty Neitzel until the Council takes action on appointing a new
Acting Mayor. The City will follow the same process on filling the mayoral
vacancy as was practiced after the resignation of former Mayor Keith Snyder.

The aldermen, in a public meeting, will vote amongst the current membership
to appoint an Acting Mayor to finish the term originally begun by former
Mayor Snyder, ending April 2017.

Cornbelters Defeat Wild Things

The Cornbelters defeated the Washington Wild Things by a staggering 13 to 2 Friday night.  

Tune in tomorrow, August 15th at 6:20p as the Cornbelters take on the Washington Wild Things. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC.

PGA Championship Opens At Whistling Straights Today

Rory McIlroy faces a different set of questions from the last time he played, and he had answers for most of them.

His left ankle, with swelling the size of a tennis ball after he heard it snap while playing soccer with friends in early July, felt fine when he got off the plane and began preparing for the final major of the year. His game is good, and he sees no one reason why that will change when the PGA Championship starts Thursday. One other question was a little more tricky.

Who's the best player in the world?

McIlroy is No. 1 in the world ranking. He also has watched Jordan Spieth produce an inspiring year in golf by winning the Masters and U.S. Open, and then coming within one shot of a playoff at the British Open. Spieth has four wins this year, one more than McIlroy, though two of them are majors.

The shine came off golf when Spieth's bid for the Grand Slam ended at St. Andrews. It returned when McIlroy began posting photos and videos last week that indicated he would be playing at Whistling Straits, his first tournament since the U.S. Open.

 width=They face off Thursday afternoon, in the same group with British Open champion Zach Johnson. It will be the third time in the last eight majors that McIlroy and Spieth have played together the opening two rounds.

It was five years ago at this golf course that Jason Day realized he could be a contender in the majors.

He's been in the mix several times since, and with another major on tap at Whistling Straits, nobody would be surprised to see the Aussie go from king of the close call to someone who finally broke through.

Jordan Spieth got there twice before turning 22. Rory McIlroy has been there four times, and he's only 26.

Day is 27, and has been part of the conversation in most of those tournaments, along with a couple more. He's a three-time runner-up, has finished third once and fourth twice. But he has not won.

This year, the close calls have been especially painful. Most recently, he was a birdie away from joining the playoff at the British Open but instead tied with Spieth for fourth.

A month before that, Day finished ninth at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay - an amazing finish for a man who collapsed in the second round, struck by a bout of vertigo that he'd been diagnosed with a month earlier.

Nobody would have blamed him for bowing out of a tournament after taking a tumble like that. Even Day conceded he might have quit had it not been a major where he had a good chance. Instead, h

Day followed his showing at the British Open by traveling across the Atlantic and winning the Canadian Open - his second Tour victory this season and fourth overall.

He is currently fifth in the World Golf Rankings, two spots ahead of Rickie Fowler. That would make Day "The Best Player to Never Win a Major," though that title doesn't seem to carry the same heaviness as it did 10, or even five years ago.

It has never received attention like this.

College Sports Notes

 width=>>Michigan State LB Out For Season

Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis is out for the season after injuring his knee in practice Wednesday.

The school says Davis will need surgery.

Davis, a fifth-year senior, has 11 sacks in 40 career games for the Spartans. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season.

Coach Mark Dantonio says Davis' presence in the lineup will be missed, but he will still have an important role on the team and may be able to qualify for a sixth year of eligibility.

>>Michigan Sports Facebook Page Hacked

The University of Michigan says its Facebook pages for football and basketball have been hacked, with risque photos appearing in a series of morning posts.

Posts from the official accounts were made Wednesday promoting links to photos of celebrities and other subjects. Then, a couple hours after school officials worked with Facebook administrators to resolve the problem, more off-color posts appeared.

 width=Posts on the department's Twitter account said the pages were hacked.

Nikki Sunstrum, the school's social media director, told The Ann Arbor News in an email it was "an unprecedented issue, and we are taking all necessary precautions to protect the safety and security of our other numerous social media properties." She added officials are working with Facebook to identify the source of the breach and take preventative steps.

Kane Dropped From EA Sports Promotional Plans

 width=EA Sports dropped Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane from promoting and appearing on the cover of its NHL 16 video game because he is under police investigation.

The popular video game company announced its decision on its Twitter account Wednesday.

Kane was to appear alongside Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews in what was supposed to be the first time two NHL players have been featured on the cover. In June, the two stars were key players in leading the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup championship in six years.

EA Sports' decision comes less than a week after Hamburg police announced Kane is under investigation for something that may have happened at the player's offseason home outside Buffalo on Aug. 2.

Police Chief Gregory Wickett would only say that police are gathering information and awaiting forensic results.

Police are looking into something that happened between Kane and a woman in her 20s, a person familiar with the investigation said earlier this week on condition of anonymity because authorities have not revealed that detail.

It's unclear how much Kane was to be paid for promoting NHL 16.

Cubs, Cards, Sox All Win

 width=>>Cardinals Double Up Pirates

Yadier Molina tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning when right fielder Gregory Polanco missed an attempted shoe-top catch. He also threw out Polanco attempting to steal from his knees in the first and stole his second base of the season after doubling in the eighth when the Cardinals won an appeal to have the call overturned.

The anticipated marquee pitching matchup between Wacha (14-4) and Gerrit Cole (14-6) didn't live up to expectations, as both were gone by the seventh inning. Seattle's Felix Hernandez also has 14 wins.

St. Louis gave up an easy run, too, when center fielder Randal Grichuk badly misplayed an attempted diving catch on Andrew McCutchen's RBI triple that tied it at 2 in the fifth. Grichuk landed early and bounced as the ball rolled past him to the wall.

Kevin Siegrist worked two perfect innings and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his 35th save in 37 chances.

The Cardinals lead the second-place Pirates by seven games and will attempt to complete a three-game sweep on Thursday night. St. Louis improved to a season-best 33 games above .500 at 73-40.

McCutchen hit his 18th homer and Polanco had three hits for the second straight game for the Pirates, who are 0-5 in St. Louis and 5-2 against the Cardinals at home. The first four losses at Busch Stadium were all by one run.

Wacha scattered nine hits and three walks in six innings, allowing two runs. Pittsburgh left the bases loaded in the fourth and stranded two in the fifth and sixth.

Cole gave up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and is 0-2 in three starts this month while totaling 16 1/3 innings. A throwing error by second baseman Neil Walker on a potential double-play ball by Jason Heyward in the third handcuffed first baseman Pedro Alvarez on a short hop and led to the Cardinals' first two runs.

>>White Sox Edge Angels

Avisail Garcia's line-drive double to the wall with one out in the 13th inning drove in Jose Abreu from first base and lifted the Chicago White Sox to 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep.

Matt Albers (2-0), Chicago's sixth reliever, pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Los Angeles lost its ninth straight on the road.

This one went to extra innings when Abreu botched a play at first in the ninth, allowing Angels pinch runner Taylor Featherston to race home from third and tie the game at 2 on Conor Gillaspie's grounder to first.

With one out and runners at first and third, White Sox closer David Robertson got Gillaspie to bounce softly to Abreu at first, who tagged the bag for the second out.

Rather than throwing home, Abreu threw to Alexei Ramirez who was covering second and pursued Johnny Giavotella in a rundown. After Ramirez obstructed Giovatella, he was ruled safe at second to extend the inning.

The weird tone was set when Robertson, who had his sixth blown save in 29 chances, struck out Erick Aybar on a pitch in the dirt to open the ninth. White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers tagged Aybar to complete the play and home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth called Aybar out.

But Aybar ran to first and Angels manager Mike Scioscia asked for a video review, contending the tag was missed. Scioscia argued near home plate for several minutes after the review was complete, throwing off Robertson's rhythm.

Scioscia's was more concerned about the sliding Angels' inability to drive in runners. They left 14 on base and were 0 for 15 with men in scoring position despite scoring twice.

White Sox starter John Danks pitched one-run ball into the eighth and was in line for the win after Ramirez doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth. The left-hander scattered five hits and worked around three walks.

Angels rookie left-hander Andrew Heaney allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings.

Gordon Beckham drove in Chicago's first run with a sac fly. Gillaspie, making his first appearance against his former team, snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a double in the fifth to drive in Los Angeles' first run.

Chicago center fielder Trayce Thompson, the younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, went 2 for 3 in his fifth big-league game. He's 6 for 12 since his call-up from Triple-A Charlotte last Friday.

White Sox rookie third baseman Tyler Saladino scored a run and sparkled in the field. He made an unassisted double play in the fifth, then threw out Mike Trout at home in the sixth to keep the game tied at 1.

 width=>>Cubs Edge Brewers

Miguel Montero believes the Chicago Cubs are unbeatable right now, regardless of what happens during the course of the game.

He showed why Wednesday night.

An inning after he let two wild pitches skip past him to allow the Milwaukee Brewers to tie the score, the veteran catcher homered in the bottom of the 10th to give Chicago a 3-2 victory for the Cubs' sixth straight win and 12th in 13 games.

Tommy Hunter (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to get the win.

Kris Bryant homered and Anthony Rizzo made a circus catch falling into the stands to lead the keep the Cubs surging.

With one out and a runner on first base in the top of the sixth, Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun (3 for 4 with a homer) lifted popup into foul territory on the right side. Rizzo raced over, jumped up on the tarp positioned along the wall and then stepped onto the brick wall separating the stands from the field. He appeared to make the catch as he was falling into the stands and first base umpire Mark Carlson initially waved it off.

After Maddon came out, the umpiring crew got together to discuss the play and then overturned the call, ruling Rizzo made the grab before falling into the stands. The runner on first, Jonathan Lucroy then was awarded second because Rizzo went into the stands.

Chicago had a 2-1 lead entering the ninth inning before Hector Rondon allowed a run to blow his fourth save of the season. After getting into a jam of runners on second and third and none - the result of a base hit, an error and a wild pitch - Rondon appeared on the verge of getting out of it by striking out the next two batters.

But with Jean Segura at the plate, Rondon threw another wild pitch, allowing Braun to score.

In his last appearance on Sunday, Rondon worked out of a bases-loaded jam with none out by striking out the side.

MLB Scoreboard


Houston 2
San Francisco 0

Boston 6
Miami 14

Atlanta 6
Tampa Bay 9

American League

Baltimore 0
Seattle 3

Oakland 3
Toronto 10

NY Yankees 1
Cleveland 2

Detroit 7
Kansas City 4

Texas 1
Minnesota 11

National League

Cincinnati 7
San Diego 3

Philadelphia 7
Arizona 6

Colorado 0
NY Mets 3

Washington 0
LA Dodgers 3

General Assembly Supports Social Programs Access To Federal Funds



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State Fair Opens Tonight

The Illinois State Fair Kicks off its ten day run this week with the twilight parade Thursday and 6PM and the first full day of activities on Friday. There have been some location changes this year, and when you enter the fairgrounds you will be given a map that highlights the changes so you can find everything.

One major change is with the Governors Sale of Champions on Tuesday, Ag Day at the fair. The time will be moved up to 4PM and the sale will be held in the Coliseum. State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says the move will allow more people to attend the sale, which highlight the top animals shown by the 4H kids in the Junior shows.

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For a full schedule of fair activities, and to get tickets for the grandstand shows, go online and search for Illinois State Fair… the new website has full details of this years Fair.

State Fair Renews Focus on Agriculture



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Child Protection Network Hosting Seminar on Protecting Kids

 width=The vulnerability of children is the focus of a seminar in September hosted by the Child Protection Network (CPN.

Judy Brucker is the CPN Executive Director. She explains their seminar is going to focus on child abductions and the effects of child exploitation. Brucker indicates they are going to be bringing in speakers who have decades of experience with these two issues.

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Unfortunately, Brucker indicates it is not uncommon for child abuse in their three County area to take on several different forms. She views this as an opportunity for the community to be engaged in the conversation.

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For Brucker, these topics are not easy in any way to talk about or face but she says in recent years, people are becoming more aware of the sad realities of what happens to kids in today's society. She feels while it has gotten better, the conversation needs to continue.

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The event is September 25 at the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal. For reservations or questions, contact the Child Protection Network At 309-888-5656.

Clinton Community Educational Foundation Sponsoring Dual-Credit Courses at CHS

 width=The Clinton Community Education Foundation (CCEF) is giving students at Clinton High School the opportunity to earn college credits without having to leave the CHS campus. According to Eileen Carter, with the CCEF, says they have partnered with Richland Community College for this opportunity.

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There will be five courses offered in the first year and Carter indicates the popularity of each course varies. She indicates it is the CCEF's hope and the hope of school administrators to expand the offerings in the future as the popularity grows.

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Carter indicates the program is a win/win. Because the CCEF is covering the cost and making it free of charge for students it is a great opportunity.

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To learn more about the CCEF, check out their website at www.clintonedfoundation.org.

Clinton Police Report for August 14






DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for August 12

Jail Population: 25

Paper Services: 2

Warrants: 1

Angela Travis, 36, Decatur was Arrested and Charged with DL Expired More Than 1 Year. Travis posted the necessary bond and was released.

Caroline Foley, 21, Duxbury, MA was issued a Citation for Speeding 83 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Foley was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Kayanne Behrens, 21, Lane was Arrested and Charged with Domestic Battery/ Physical Contact. Behrens unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Sarah Prawl, 37, Clinton was Arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging her with Possession of Controlled Substance (Failure to Appear). Prawl unable to post the necessary bond and remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.




Missed Debt Payment Could Be Credit Negative For Illinois

A missed monthly debt service by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is a credit negative for the State of Illinois, and is a sign of the ongoing budget problems facing the Land of Lincoln.

That’s the message from Moody’s Investors Service which says Illinois quote “political paralysis and ongoing failure to enact a budget” for the current fiscal year meant the failed authorization to pay the Authority’s bonds.

The bonds were downgraded last week by Standard and Poor’s and Fitch ratings services. The state continues to make other general obligation bond payments but has not appropriated money for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

Moody’s says if the issue is not addressed by December, there would be a default.

Monticello Hosting Boot Camp for Aspiring Business Owners

If you're looking to start your own business and could use $5-thousand dollars to get started, the community of Monticello wants you.

The Monticello Community Development Office has opened registration for their first ever business "Boot Camp". According to Callie McFarland, with Monticello's Community Development office, they are hosting an intensive five week business course for aspiring business owners.

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The end of September is when the five week sessions begin. McFarland says they have a wide-array of speakers to come in and speak with attendees. Topics will range from credit discussions to legal advice.

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Thanks to a grant through Monticello Main Street, McFarland indicates they are able to offer this opportunity. She says without some private and public partnerships, the opportunity would not be possible.

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McFarland says they plan to have a list of possible downtown locations for a potential business to locate to.

To learn more about this free opportunity, contact McFarland at Monticello City Hall by calling 217-762-2583. There is no registration deadline and there is no maximum occupancy for the classes.

The first class opens September 29.

Enbridge Pipeline Construction Making Headway in Central Illinois

 width=If you've made your way through the rural parts of central Illinois in recent weeks, you may have noticed major excavation going on in some areas.

That's because the long-planned Enbridge Oil Pipeline construction is finally underway. According to Jennifer Smith with the project, the pipeline is going to start in northern Illinois and make it's way down and through central Illinois.

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Smith indicates they are currently clearing space to prepare parts of central Illinois for the pipeline. She says depending on where you are, you will probably notice major excavation going on in places.

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The pipes for the line will start to show up in areas as they prepare to piece it together. According to Smith, once it is pieced together, they will do a test of the line and it will be ready for use.

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While the pipeline pieces themselves might be visible, Smith says most of the major installation likely won't be. She says the pipeline is going to put underground.

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In addition to the new pipeline, new pump stations are being constructed at the Flanagan Terminal and near Decatur. The total capital investment in the Project is more than $800 million. Approximately one thousand workers will be involved in construction of the 300,000 barrel-per-day pipeline.

The construction will bring hundreds of temporary workers to communities along the pipeline route. That means economic benefits to these communities and more traffic, more people, and heavy equipment in the area.

Crews ask drivers to use caution when near construction sites. The public is urged to watch for flaggers and caution signs and to be prepared for slow traffic.

Chicago Set To Host NFL Draft in '16; Packers Notes

>>Chicago Gets NFL Draft in 2016

The 2015 NFL Draft was held in Chicago and apparently the league was happy with the results because according to several reports, the Windy City will host the draft in 2016 too. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell are expected to make the announcement Tuesday during a joint press conference.

New York had hosted the draft since 1965, with Radio City Music Hall serving as the venue from 2006-2014. The NFL and the Big Apple parted ways and the search for a new host city was underway. Like most things NFL-related, there was a huge demand. Last July, Goodell said 12 cities were interested, and the list was whittled down to Chicago and Los Angeles, with Chicago winning out.

From the outset, the plan was to make the entire experience -- not just the first round -- an "event."

Mission accomplished, and then some. CBSSports.com's John Breech, who was in Chicago for the festivities, wrote that, "Turning the draft into a three-day festival might end up going down as the best decision the NFL has made since legalizing the forward pass."

Which probably made it pretty easy to bring the draft back for one more year.

 width=>>Rodgers Says PAT Rules Could Endanger Players

Aaron Rodgers isn't very pleased with the NFL's decision to move back point-after attempts from the two-yard line to the 15-yard line. And it's not just because Rodgers plays for the Packers in Green Bay, where the inclement weather will challenge kickers when they line up for a 33-yard extra point.

According to Rodgers, the new rule, which also allows the defense to score, "goes against the league stance on player safety."

"It's now become a very important play, especially in the wintertime in Green Bay, when no field goal is guaranteed," Rodgers said via ESPN. "And it doesn't go for just Green Bay. Any place that is cold or has rain or inclement weather, it's going to be an interesting decision. Do you go for the two-pointer from the 2 or do you go for a 33-yard field goal?

"And with that, the play's not dead anymore. If there's an interception or a fumble, you can return it. So I think you're bringing some player safety issues involved into that play. It could make it more exciting, but I still like the one-pointer from where it was at."

Rodgers isn't the only one displeased with the change in rules. When the new rule was first announced, Bills kicker Dan Carpenter spoke out against the change. Interestingly enough, he cited the same two reasons as Rodgers.

Still, the majority of the teams in the league don't share those beliefs. Only two teams voted against the rule change, the Raiders and the Redskins.

>>Jets QB Geno Smith Out 6-10 Weeks After 'Sucker Punch'

So much for Geno Smith winning the Jets starting quarterback job. According to coach Todd Bowles, per reports, Smith is out 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw after he was punched in the face by linebacker IK Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday morning. Enemkpali has since been released.

Bowles said Smith was "sucker-punched," adding, "You don't walk up to another man and punch him in the face."

Next up for the Jets: Moving forward with another quarterback. That means veteran journeyman and offseason signing Ryan Fitzpatrick is the likely favorite to be the starter for the forseeable future. Rookie fourth-rounder Bryce Petty is also on the roster.

As recently as an hour before the news broke, the Jets were tweeting about Smith's progress at quarterback.

Thunder, Bulls To Meet on Christmas Day

 width=The 2015-2016 NBA schedule has been slowly leaking, with the Cavaliers and Warriors set to renew their Finals battle on Christmas along with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans taking on Dwyane Wade and the Heat. Now two more bits have come out, via the Oklahoman about the Thunder's schedule next year:

"For the sixth consecutive season, Oklahoma City will be featured in the league's biggest holiday showcase when it hosts Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day, The Oklahoman has learned. It will be the first time the Thunder has hosted a Christmas game since 2011, when it defeated Orlando inside Chesapeake Energy Arena."

With the Clippers and Lakers also set to meet that night, four of the five matchups for that day are set. The question is whether the Knicks will get their usual spot, or if San Antonio or Houston will find their way into the matchups. It'll be great to find out what the line will be on that opener for OKC vs. the Spurs. The season moves ever closer to being here. The full schedule is expected to be released soon.

Cardinals, Cubs, Sox All Win

 width=>>Martinez Leads Cardinals Past Pirates

All season, the St. Louis Cardinals have tried to minimize the innings load for Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha, saving their two young pitchers for the postseason.

During a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, manager Mike Matheny said the 23-year-old Martinez was simply too good to take out early. In the eighth inning, he judged ''awkward swings'' from the Pirates.

Yadier Molina tied it with a sacrifice fly and rookie Stephen Piscotty singled in the go-ahead run on consecutive at-bats off Jeff Locke (6-7) in the fifth inning. Kolten Wong singled twice for his first multihit game of the month and Piscotty had three hits.

Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth for his 34th save in 36 chances. The Cardinals lead the Pirates by six games in the NL Central and are 6-5 in the season series with seven of the games decided by one run and five in the final at-bat.

Jason Heyward had two hits and two RBIs. St. Louis is 72-40 overall, at 32 over .500 it matches the season's high water mark, and 41-16 at home - both major league bests.

Pedro Alvarez homered on a drive estimated at 446 feet that put the Pirates up 3-2 in the fourth. Aramis Ramirez earned his 145th career RBI against St. Louis, most against the Cardinals among active players, and Gregory Polanco had three hits.

Martinez (12-4) began the game throwing more off-speed stuff than usual and gave up single runs in the first, third and fourth but kept it close for a breakthrough three-run fifth that began with consecutive walks to Wong and Jhonny Peralta. He matched his career high for innings, striking out eight with one walk, and allowed one runner in scoring position his last three innings.

 width=>>Rizzo, Soler Lead Cubs Past Brewers

Whether they're playing the defending World Series champions or a last-place team, it doesn't seem to matter to the Chicago Cubs.

They just keep winning.

Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler each drove in two runs, Dan Haren picked up his first victory for the Cubs and Chicago won for the 11th time in 12 games, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Tuesday night.

The Brewers, last in the NL Central, announced earlier in the day that Doug Melvin is moving into an advisory role after 13 years as general manager.

The Cubs, meanwhile, continue to roll.

They moved 15 games over .500 at 63-48 and pulled within 2 1/2 of Pittsburgh for the first wild card. Most of all, there was no letdown against a struggling team after the Cubs swept four games from defending champion San Francisco.

Haren (8-7), acquired from Miami on July 31, pitched into the sixth.

Rizzo had two hits, including an RBI double, and drew a bases-loaded walk. He is 19 for 42 in his past 12 games.

Soler extended his hitting streak to 10, and Chicago took advantage of three errors along with some wild pitching on the way to yet another win.

Soler singled and scored in a three-run second that was aided by two errors. Rizzo added an RBI double in the third before Chicago chased Taylor Jungmann (6-4).

Chicago added two in the fourth to make it a five-run game after Milwaukee scored in the top half.

Tyler Thornburg walked Rizzo with the bases loaded and hit Soler in the elbow to force in another run, putting the Cubs up 6-1.

Haren, making his second start for Chicago, gave up three runs and five hits. He left to cheers with one out in the sixth after striking out Jonathan Lucroy following a two-run homer by Adam Lind.

Four relievers combined to shut out the Brewers the rest of the way. James Russell worked the ninth for his first save in three chances, with closer Hector Rondon getting the night off.

Jungmann lasted 2 2/3 innings in his shortest outing, allowing four runs - two earned - and five hits. He walked three and struck out three.

 width=>>Rodon Blanks Hapless Angels

A pair of rookies came through for the Chicago White Sox.

Carlos Rodon threw seven scoreless innings, Trayce Thompson hit his first career home run in their 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Rodon (5-4) had struggled in his previous four starts, going 1-2 with a 9.33 ERA. He did considerably better Tuesday, striking out a career-high 11, allowing four hits and finishing seven innings for the first time for the White Sox, who have won the first two of the three-game series.

He set the tone in the first. Shane Victorino started the game with a walk and Kole Calhoun followed with a single. Rodon struck out Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, before getting Erick Aybar to fly out to left and end the inning.

Melky Cabrera gave Chicago the lead in the fourth with his two-run double against Hector Santiago. Thompson put the White Sox in front 3-0 with two outs in the fifth when his towering drive landed a couple rows into the deep left-center field stands.

Thompson, the son of former NBA player Mychal and brother of current Golden State Warriors star Klay, was playfully ignored in the Chicago dugout until making it almost to the end of the bench before getting mobbed by his teammates.

David Robertson picked up his 23rd save in 28 tries for Chicago by pitching a perfect ninth.

Los Angeles' last chance came in the eighth. With one out, Chicago's Zach Duke allowed a Victorino single before walking Calhoun. Jake Petricka replaced Duke, and Trout grounded to Jose Abreu but his throw to second was dropped by Alexei Ramirez to load the bases.

Petricka ended the inning when he fielded Pujols' tapper and flipped to home for the force and Tyler Flowers threw to first for the double play.

After that, Los Angeles couldn't make a winner of Santiago in his return to Chicago.

Santiago (7-6) was making his first start at U.S. Cellular Field since being acquired by Los Angeles from the White Sox in a December 2013 three-team deal. He pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits while striking out four.

That wasn't enough to prevent the Angels from losing their eighth straight on the road, their longest streak since dropping nine in July 1993.

Los Angeles also fell 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the AL West race, with the Astros playing late Tuesday at San Francisco.

Group Calls For NCAA to Meet With Former Illinois Players

 width=An advocacy group for college athletes wants NCAA President Mark Emmert to meet with former Illinois student-athletes who have alleged they were mistreated by coaches.

Ramogi Huma, the executive director of the National College Players Association, sent a letter to the NCAA on Tuesday. Huma called on the NCAA to waive transfer rules requiring athletes to sit out a season and restore lost eligibility for current and former Illinois athletes who have played for coaching staffs accused of mistreatment.

Football coach Tim Beckman and some staff were accused of mistreating three former players. A university-hired law firm is investigating. Athletic director Mike Thomas is named in lawsuits alleging mistreatment by coaches in women's basketball and soccer.

The NCAA said Emmert had yet to receive the letter and would not comment.

Illinois, Illinois State European Tour Notes; Wichita State Lands Transfer

 width=>>Illini Win on European Trip; Redbirds Lose

The Fighting Illini opened their European tour with a 68-63 victory Tuesday night over Waregem, a Belgian Division II professional team. Illinois took the court one day after traveling through the night and found itself in a tight game from the outset.

Illinois went on a key 14-3 run late in the third quarter to take a 53-42 lead.

Sophomore Leron Black had a double-double, registering game highs of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Malcolm Hill added 15 points, while Mike Thorne just missed out on a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Illinois is back in action today, traveling to Rotterdam to take on the Dutch National Team in the second contest of its four-game tour. Game time is 7 p.m. in the Netherlands (Noon Central).

 width=The Madrid All-Stars made two free throws in the final 25 seconds while also holding Illinois State scoreless, and ISU fell, 89-87, in the Redbirds' second of four exhibition games Tuesday night. ISU is now 1-1 on its trip to Spain.

With Illinois State leading, 37-20, at the 8:05 mark in the first half, Quintin Brewer threw down a powerful fast-break dunk that broke the rim, forcing a 30-minute delay as a new basket was wheeled in and set up. Once play resumed, the Madrid All-Stars – made up of first and second-team Spanish professionals – outscored ISU, 21-15, to pull within 52-41 at halftime.

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell led five Redbirds in double-figures with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Banyard also scored 17 points and added five boards.

Illinois State will now travel to Barcelona, Spain, to play the Barcelona Basketball Academy Thursday, followed by a game against the AEC Colleblanc Basketball Club in Barcelona Saturday.

 width=>>Wichita State Lands Transfer, Breaks Minor NCAA Rule

Wichita State found itself the beneficiary of a late-arriving transfer commitment this summer. But it's come at a slight cost to the program. Former Texas A&M forward Peyton Allen, who didn't leave the Aggies' program until the unusual delayed date of July 14, committed to Wichita State on Aug. 1.

That commitment came the day after Allen and his parents met in Wichita with the Shockers' coaching staff -- and that meeting brought about a Level 3 violation, sources told CBSSports.com on Monday.

The violation, which Wichita State has already reported to the Missouri Valley and the NCAA, is a minor one. It was self-reported after Wichita State took Allen and his parents out to dinner the night of July 31, which is technically the last day of college basketball's dead period for official recruiting visits. Allen was on an official visit, and while programs can technically pay for the flights and hotel stay of a prospect and their family the day before the live period kicks in, no on-campus visits or meals can be bought on behalf of the program.

Wichita State did both of those things.

That triggered its self-report and self-sanctions, which include a reduction of two recruiting days and a loss of an on-campus visit from any other prospects for the upcoming year, meaning Wichita State now has 11 official visits remaining (down from 12). The NCAA has verbally agreed with the self-imposed sanctions it, and a source said no further punishment toward the school is anticipated.

Allen, who will sit the upcoming season as a redshirt transfer, is seen as a successor to Wichita State rising senior shooting guard Ron Baker. Allen was recruited out of high school by Wichita State in addition to A&M, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. In recent weeks, following his jettison from A&M, Northwestern, Illinois State and Butler were some of the schools also pursuing Allen.

Allen played in 32 games last season and averaged 4.5 points in 14.1 minutes.

Cornbelters Defeat the Freedom

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Florence Freedom by a score of 8-7 Wednesday night.

Tune in Thursday, August 13th, at 6:20p as the Cornbelters take on the Florence Freedom. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

New Law Penalizes Leaving Pets In Extreme Cold, Heat



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Social Security Will Be At State Fair

If you're headed to the state fair in the next few weeks, be sure and stop by to learn about one of the biggest agencies in the country.

Social Security will be set up to field questions, discuss various topics and promote the agency in the ten days of the state fair. Jack Myers with Social Security will represent the agency, located in the Illinois Building.

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Myers indicates the way approach people their information area widely varies. He explains many come with specific topics or questions and others are just browsing the information they have available.

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Among the information available will be help setting up a 'My Social Security' account.

The Illinois Building at the State Fair is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

Tour DeWitt Returns This Month

 width=It's not too late to get registered for a returning event to DeWitt County.

Tour DeWitt is returning to Clinton to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center. Steve Lobb (right with his wife, Dana) heads a group of organizers that are bringing back the bike ride in August. According to Lobb, he is very passionate about the work of those at the CAC and wanted to find a way to benefit them.

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Lobb indicates the event will have four legs. There will be a beginner and intermediate course and then two more challenging courses. Lobb says it is a non-competitive ride he believes anyone can participate in.

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According to Lobb, a lot of community groups and businesses have stepped up to cover the cost of the rides so their registration fees can all go back to the Child Protection Network.

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The event is August 29 starting at 6 am but pre-registration ends this Friday. Lobb explains a registration by Friday gets you a 'Tour DeWitt' t-shirt along with getting your name entered into a drawing for an iPad mini.

Additionally, following the race, a spaghetti lunch will be served at the Clinton United Methodist Church starting at 10:30.

For all the information visit tourdewitt.weebly.com. Also check out the event's Facebook page for all the details.

Oregon RB Tyner Expected To Miss 2015-16 Season

Oregon running back Thomas Tyner is out for fall camp and is expected to miss the season after shoulder surgery.

Coach Mark Helfrich confirmed that Tyner would not take part in fall camp, which opened on Monday. Oregon does not announce injuries as a policy.
But players confirmed that Tyner had surgery on his left shoulder and his return this season was doubtful.

 width=Tyner appeared in 11 games last season, gaining 573 yards and scoring five touchdowns, primarily serving as backup to breakout freshman Royce Freeman while he struggled with injuries.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Oregon native was originally injured in the Ducks' victory over Washington on Oct. 18. He missed the next game, and also sat out the regular season finale against rival Oregon State and the Pac-12 championship game against Arizona.

But he rebounded with a commanding performance in the Rose Bowl, rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Florida State. In the 42-20 loss to Ohio State for the championship, Tyner led all Oregon rushers with 62 yards on 12 carries.

Byron Marshall, who has played at both running back and receiver, said he met with Helfrich and was told to prepare for a busy season.

Tyner rushed for 711 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman at Oregon in 2013.

After Bridgestone Win, Lowry Jumps in World Rankings

 width=The good news just keeps on coming for Shane Lowry. After picking up his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone, the Irishman finds himself at No. 19 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest he's ever climbed.

The 28-year-old moved up 29 spots with the win, putting the cherry on top of an incredible turnaround considering he was ranked as low as 142nd last May.

Jim Furyk, who held the 54-hole lead at Firestone but closed with a 2-over 72 to finish T-3, can take solace in his move into the top 5. He moved up two spots to No. 4, and now sits only behind Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

The updated top looks like this:

1. Rory McIlroy, 2. Jordan Spieth, 3. Bubba Watson, 4. Jim Furyk, 5. Jason Day, 6. Justin Rose, 7. Rickie Fowler, 8. Dustin Johnson, 9. Henrik Stenson, 10. Sergio Garcia.

Bears, Packers, NFL Notes

 width=>>Bears Top Pick Battling Shin Splints

The Chicago Bears may not have first-round draft pick Kevin White running routes for Jay Cutler until the regular season.

White, the seventh selection in the 2015 draft, hasn't practiced yet in training camp due to a left shin injury. The Bears have been vague on the exact nature of the injury, although coach John Fox has referred to it as "shin splints."

On Monday, White began jogging at practice for the first time on dry land during training camp.

The Bears continue to take all precautions with White.

Fox said White will not be rushed onto the field.

In describing the situation White faces, Groh invoked the name of Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' draft pick who last year missed all of training camp and the first four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury. He then won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors with 91 catches for 1,305 yards.

 width=>>Packers LB Matthews Returns To Practice

LB Clay Matthews returned to practice Monday after being out a week because of knee soreness. McCarthy said Matthews' return to the field would be on a trial-and-error basis.

Matthews said after practice he felt good, but he doesn't know if he will play Thursday.

Additionally, LB Mike Neal practiced for the first time in camp. Neal had been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing surgery in the offseason for what he said Monday was a recurring sports hernia.

Notables out of practice were defensive linemen Mike Daniels (ankle) and Letroy Guion (hamstring) and LB Nick Perry (groin).

McCarthy said undrafted rookie WR Javess Blue suffered a shoulder injury in the Family Night practice at Lambeau Field on Saturday.

>>Cowboys LB Lee Full Go in Practice

Sean Lee waited 15 months to be cleared for every segment of practice after the oft-injured Dallas linebacker tore a ligament in his left knee in the first offseason workout of 2014.

When the moment finally came a little more than a week into training camp, Lee played it low-key.

The sixth-year player is a little weary of injury talk after missing 23 of the past 24 games for the Cowboys - playoffs included - with knee, neck and hamstring injuries. And that's not counting the 10 games he sat in 2012 with a badly damaged toe.

Lee tore his right anterior cruciate ligament at Penn State and was available to Dallas late in the second round of the 2010 draft in part because of his history with injuries. He was told at the time of the first surgery that his left knee was basically a tear waiting to happen, which it did last year when he engaged rookie lineman Zack Martin in a non-contact drill.

A year later, Lee was moving around normally during the offseason, but not getting any closer to the action than walkthroughs and some individual work. The gradual plan continued in California with Lee working into some seven-on-seven drills.

While he acknowledges that age and the accumulation of injuries makes it a little easier for him to accept the methodical approach to rehab, he still found himself trying to talk his way into some goal-line work the day before trainers and coaches finally approved it.

Although unlikely to play in the preseason opener at San Diego on Thursday night, the 29-year-old Lee should be on track to play in the exhibition season. The regular-season opener is Sept. 13 at home against the New York Giants. It would be Lee's first game since Dec. 9, 2013, at Chicago.

When healthy, Lee is one of the most dangerous linebackers in the league with 11 interceptions in 46 games. Problem is, the pace doesn't mean much for a player who has missed three-fourths of the games going back 2 1/2 years.

>>Ravens WR Smith To Retire After 15-16 Season

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith says he will retire at the end of the 2015 season, his 15th in the NFL.

The five-time Pro Bowler announced Monday that he will walk away from the game after the second season of a three-year contract with Baltimore.

Smith says, "I feel like it's time. My body feels great, but not everybody gets this opportunity."

Smith said he made his decision in April, not long after he caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Ravens.

He is one of 12 players in league history to record 900 catches, 13,000 receiving yards and 70 touchdown receptions.

The 36-year-old played the first 13 seasons of his career with Carolina. He is the Panthers' all-time leading receiver.

Kane Investigation Involves Woman in 20's; Blues, NHL Notes

 width=>>Kane Investigation Involves Woman in 20s

A person familiar with the police investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane tells The Associated Press that it involves something that happened between the player and a woman in her 20s.

Authorities have not revealed any details of the investigation being conducted by Hamburg police.

Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett confirmed the investigation last week, saying it involved something that may have happened at Kane's home outside of Buffalo on Aug. 2. Wickett said police were gathering information and awaiting results of forensic tests.

Kane is from Buffalo, and was selected first overall by Chicago in the 2007 draft. He has helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships in the past six seasons.

 width=>>Blues F Lehtera Out 6-8 Weeks

The St. Louis Blues said that forward Jori Lehtera will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after recent surgery on his right ankle.

Lehtera had surgery on Aug. 4.

The Blues said the 27-year-old Lehtera was injured at the end of the season. St. Louis was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Minnesota Wild.

Lehtera played in 75 regular-season games in his first NHL season and had 14 goals and 30 assists. He added two assists in five playoff games.

>>NY Rangers Sign Former LA Center

The New York Rangers signed recently arrested Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll on Monday, a few months after he pleaded guilty in a felony cocaine case.

There was no mention of the legal matter in the Rangers' news release announcing the free-agent signing.

Contract terms were not immediately available.

 width=Stoll gives the Rangers a top faceoff man and penalty killer. He has played in 792 NHL games over parts of 12 seasons with Edmonton and Los Angeles, with 140 goals and 239 assists.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty in June to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest at a Las Vegas Strip swimming pool. A felony charge of cocaine possession was dismissed.

Stoll was sentenced to 32 hours of community service. He's also starting a program to help others understand the dangers of using alcohol and controlled substances.

Security guards at MGM Grand's Wet Republic pool found what police believed to be 3.3 grams of cocaine and several ecstasy capsules in Stoll's pocket on April 17.
Stoll has won 55.4% of faceoffs in his career, and he has posted a faceoff win percentage of 51 percent or higher in every season. He has led his team in faceoff win percentage in nine consecutive seasons (2005-06 - 2013-14).

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder played in three Stanley Cup finals, and won two with the Kings, in 2011-12 and 2013-14. In 93 NHL playoff games, Stoll has 10 goals and 16 assists.

Garcia, Sale Pace Sox Past Angels

 width=>>Sox Crush Angels

Chris Sale was back in All-Star form, and Avisail Garcia homered twice to drive in four runs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-2.

Tyler Flowers added a solo shot to back Sale (10-7), who rebounded with a gem after allowing 14 earned runs and 18 hits in 10 1-3 innings while losing his previous two outings. The lanky left-hander didn't allow a run - or more than one baserunner in an inning - until Johnny Giavotella drove in two with a double in the seventh.

Sale returned for the eighth but was replaced by Nate Jones with one out after hitting Kole Calhoun with a pitch. Sale was charged with two runs and five hits. He struck out seven.

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (5-8) had thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings before Melky Cabrera's sacrifice fly to the warning track drove in Adam Eaton to put Chicago ahead 1-0 in the first.

Shoemaker hadn't allowed a run in his last three starts, but was tagged for seven on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings in this one as Los Angeles dropped its seventh straight on the road.

Garcia had his third career multihomer game to reach 11 for the season, and his three-run drive was the big blow as the White Sox sent nine hitters to the plate and pulled away with a four-run sixth. The right fielder has four home runs in his last six games after connecting for just two in his previous 48.

Sale set the tone as he allowed no more than a single baserunner in any of the first six innings - including a 13-pitch walk to Mike Trout in the fourth.

Sale retired the Angels 1-2-3 twice, and Chris Iannetta grounded into a double play in the fifth after Giavotella's leadoff single.

The Angels failed to score while Shoemaker was on the mound for the third straight game. He won the first during his 19-inning scoreless run, but got no-decisions in the next two outings as the Angels lost 3-0 at Houston and 2-0 at home to Cleveland.

MLB Scoreboard

American League

Kansas City 4

Baltimore 3
Seattle 2

National League

Colorado 2
NY Mets 4

Philadelphia 3
Arizona 13

Washington 8
LA Dodgers 3

Cincinnati 1
San Diego 2

 width=>>McCutchen Named Player of the Week

Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been named National League Player of the Week for the week of August 3rd-9th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

McCutchen led qualifying Major League hitters with a .563 batting average, a 1.063 slugging percentage, and a .652 on-base percentage last week, while tying for fifth with eight RBI. The five-time NL All-Star had seven runs scored for the week, which was tied for second among NL hitters.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals, Nick Markakis , Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber , and Jake Arrieta, and Washington's Ryan Zimmerman.

>>Blue Jays Price, Donaldson AL Co-Players of the Week

Third baseman Josh Donaldson and starting pitcher David Price of the Toronto Blue Jays have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending August 9th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Donaldson batted .385 (10-for-26) with nine runs scored, two doubles, five home runs and eight RBI over seven games, while Price went 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15.0 innings pitched in his first two starts as a Blue Jay.

This marks Price's first career weekly honor and Donaldson's third, last winning earlier this season for the period ending May 31st. Among his AL counterparts, Donaldson finished the week first in home runs, runs scored, total bases (27) and extra-base hits (7), second in slugging percentage (1.038), tied for second in RBI, tied for fourth in walks (5) and tied for fifth in on-base percentage (.484).
Price completed the period first in innings pitched, tied for first in wins and strikeouts, and tied for fourth in ERA.

Price, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers, was equally impressive in his debut week for Toronto. In his first start with the Blue Jays against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, the five-time AL All-Star spun 8.0 innings of one-run ball and registered 11 strikeouts.

Other noteworthy performances last week included their Toronto teammate Edwin Encarnacion, Seattle's Nelson Cruz, Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, Chris Bassitt of the Oakland A's, and Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers.

Clinton Police Report for August 11

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Normal Cornbelters Defeat Florence Freedom

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Florence Freedom by a score of 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Tune in tomorrow night, August 12, as the Cornbelters take on the Florence Freedom. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Former Gov. Says Rauner NeedsTo Make Budget Top Priority

Governor Bruce Rauner is getting some unsolicited advice on the budget process from someone who went toe to toe with House Speaker Michael Madigan on a budget in tough fiscal times.

Former Governor Jim Edgar and Madigan were able to settle their differences in the early 90s, ending an extended budget stalemate. Edgar says Rauner needs to make a workable state budget his top priority, ahead of pushing through his turnaround agenda package of economic reforms.

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Edgar says he believes the Rauner turnaround agenda has serious merit.

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Task Force To Look At Mitsubishi Plant

Elected officials at the local, state and federal level are forming a committee to help those affected by the pending closure of the Mitsubishi Plant.

The Mitsubishi Task Force met for the first time this weekend. Normal City Manager Mark Peterson says the committee will help funnel information about potential buyers of the plant.

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During today's meeting, State Senator Bill Brady asked Mitsubishi spokesman Dan Irvin about the possibility of hiring a marketing firm to sell the plant.

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The task force consists of the mayor's and city manager's of Bloomington and Normal, state and federal lawmakers, and Governor Bruce Rauner.

The task force also plans to help employees of the plant find new jobs if no buyer is found. Mitsubishi plans to halt production at the plant in November.

Adoptions in Illinois Becoming More Popular

Children displaced from their homes with their biological parents are often times in need of stability through the adoption process.

The Illinois Adoption Center of Illinois is at the heart of that process and says there are a lot of things the public perceives that sometimes just is not accurate when it comes to adopting. Executive Director Heather Feltman indicates their agency makes sure the public knows about the children available for adoption, but they also recruit families to foster those children as well.

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Feltman indicates most kids end up in the foster care system because of abuse or neglect and not because they committed a crime. She also points out, single parents can always adopt, there is no restriction on their ability to adopt.

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With approximately 12-thousand kids in the foster care system, Feltman says there's always a need for foster homes and adoptive homes as well. To learn more about about fostering or adopting kids, contact the Adoption Information Center of Illinois by calling 800-572-2390 or visit www.adoptinfo-illinois.org.

DeWitt County TRIAD Starting Series of Seminars

DeWitt County Seniors are encouraged to attend a trio of seminars to engage seniors on ways to ensure their safety.

Sissy Leggett is the Executive Director of the DeWitt County Friendship Center and a part of TRIAD. She indicates Tuesday kicks off the first of the three at the Warner Public Library. She explains topics include health and fitness, Alzheimer’s awareness and home safety.

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Leggett explains TRIAD has been around for a few years now and says they aim to provide seniors of DeWitt County information and tools to better protect themselves in a time when seniors can be society's most vulnerable.

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Again the seminars start Tuesday August 11, and are also August 18 and 25 at the Warner Library. For more information, contact the DeWitt County Friendship Center at 217-935-9411.

NCAA Notes

 width=>>Ex-Notre Dame QB Hoping To Have Impact With Florida State

Everett Golson hopes to prove at Florida State that a difficult finish to his Notre Dame career was an anomaly. But first he has to beat out junior Sean Maguire, who has spent the last two seasons as Jameis Winston's backup.

The two leading candidates for the job replacing the departed 2013 Heisman Trophy winner were ushered in separately Sunday to discuss their quarterback competition.

At the moment, Maguire is listed as No. 1 on the depth chart, but coach Jimbo Fisher has already said that means nothing at this point in any of his team's summer position battles.

Fisher knows from his own experience about the challenges of acclimating to a new team for one season. He transferred from Salem in West Virginia to Samford for his final season as a college quarterback in 1987.

After just three days of practice, Fisher has already been effusive in his praise for the 22-year-old Golson, who becomes immediately eligible because he earned his undergraduate degree this spring at Notre Dame with a year of eligibility remaining.

There is a wide experience gap between Golson and Maguire, who has played in just one full game and parts of a dozen others, throwing a total of 70 passes compared to Golson's 745 at the college level.

But the 6-0, 200-pound Golson, plagued by interceptions and fumbles, lost his starting job last year at Notre Dame.

Golson threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted twice in Florida State's 31-27 win over the Irish last October. He was intercepted 14 times and lost eight fumbles in a season when Notre Dame dropped five of its last six regular-season games.

Maguire, meanwhile, is beginning his fourth year in Fisher's program and is more of the prototype for the Seminoles' passing offense.

Maguire said Fisher came to him when first thinking about checking with Golson on his potential interest in coming to Florida State.

"I'm not afraid of competition at all," Maguire said Sunday.

"I didn't come to Florida State to say, `Here you go, you're the starting quarterback,'" Maguire said. "I'm going to help him, obviously. We're all on the same team."

Golson, who is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, said he's been warmly received by his new teammates.

There is also competition for the starting tailback position created by the absence of Dalvin Cook, who is suspended. Florida State took two team pictures Sunday: one with their suspended sophomore and another without him.

Cook's status for the season remains in the hands of local law officials. The first freshman 1,000-yard rusher in the school's history faces an early September court date on a misdemeanor assault charge on an accusation he hit a woman outside a downtown bar in June.

Unlike a separate incident that led to the dismissal of freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson, no video has surfaced from the Cook episode.

 width=>>Defending National Champs, Runner Ups Headline '2K Classic'

Defending national champion Duke will meet VCU and national runner-up Wisconsin will face Georgetown in the semifinals of the 21st annual 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.

The games, which could set up a possible rematch of the 2015 national championship game, will be Nov. 20 and 22, and all games will be televised by ESPN.

The semifinalists, which combined for a 119-29 record last season, will host two regional round games each. They will be joined by Bryant, Prairie View, Radford, and Siena. These teams will play two regional round games in addition to playing at Bryant in two subregional round doubleheaders on Nov. 20 and 21. Bryant will face Prairie View and Siena will play Radford in the semifinals.

>>Co-Workers Say Ex-Minnesota AD Groped Them

The University of Minnesota's athletic director resigned on Friday after being accused by two female co-workers of drunkenly groping them and sending them lewd and graphic text messages during a recent gathering.

The university released redacted transcripts of the sexual harassment complaints against Norwood Teague, which included texts to one woman in which he asked her to skinny dip and to let him perform oral sex on her.

The woman told school administrators that what started out as her texting with Teague about setting him up with one of her friends quickly devolved into Teague pinching her butt repeatedly and asking if she was open to cheating on her husband.

The other woman said Teague seemed intent on being next to her at the event and that she felt cornered by him at times. She said he kept asking when she was going to marry her boyfriend, and that he made unwelcome physical advances such as rubbing her back and poking her side.

Both women, whose names were blacked out in the report, said they left the event with others because they felt that Teague might otherwise try to follow them.

Teague apologized for having sent "inappropriate texts" in a statement issued through television station KARE 11. He said he drank too much that night and that he will be seeking help for an alcohol problem.

Shane Lowry Wins Bridgestone

Shane Lowry began daydreaming Sunday morning about lifting the Bridgestone Invitational trophy on the 18th green, and then he would quickly return to reality because he knew there was a long day ahead with world-class players all around him.

Turns out he was right.

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Lowry hooked one tee shot so far left that he was given a free drop because the 11th tee box was in the way. He opened the face of a pitching wedge to hit over a 50-foot tree and made birdie. Lowry finished the biggest round of his career with a sand wedge that he hammered through a tree on the 18th to just over 10 feet for a closing birdie.

Not to be overlooked were two huge par saves that carried him to a 4-under 66 and a two-shot victory over Bubba Watson.

Watson also closed with a 66. Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, who shared the 54-hole lead, fell behind on the front nine and couldn't catch the 28-year-old Irishman. Both closed with a 72 and tied for third.

Lowry finished at 11-under 269 and earned $1.57 million, along with a PGA Tour card for the next three years. He had been a special temporary member.

Watson was stunned that two wedges down the stretch bounced so hard on the greens and took away reasonable birdie chances - one on the par-5 16th and on the closing hole after a drive that rolled out nearly 380 yards.

Furyk and Rose were annoyed for different reasons - Furyk because he's not hitting the ball very well, Rose because he is.

Furyk was concerned about the way he was hitting the ball earlier in the week and said his flaws were covered up by great putting. He couldn't rely on it Sunday.

Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth closed with a 66 and tied for 10th, his fifth straight top 10 during a stretch in which he has won four times.

Eight Enshrined In Canton

The humbled men in gold jackets entering football immortality were unmistakable.
So was the endless sea of twirling yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them and the outpouring of compassion for the legend who wasn't there.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history turning the annual enshrinement ceremony into a de facto pep rally.

Bettis grabbed one of the ubiquitous towels synonymous with the franchise at the beginning of his speech and led a chant of "Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go" as the capacity crowd at Tom Benson Stadium - most of them clad in some variation of black-and-yellow - roared in support of the player that served as the physical embodiment of the team he helped lead to a fifth Super Bowl title in 2006.

"I really thought the Bus' last stop was in Detroit at Super Bowl 40," Bettis said.

"But now I know the Bus will always and forever run in Canton, Ohio."

The euphoria surrounding Bettis' induction proved fitting on a night most of the eight-member class saw their lengthy wait to join football's most exclusive club come to an end.

 width=Only linebacker Junior Seau was elected in his first year on the ballot. The 12-time Pro Bowler's induction, however, proved bittersweet, coming more than three years after he took his own life. His death and the complex fallout from it - Seau's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL - set the backdrop for the evening's most touching moment.

Hall of Fame rules about players awarded posthumously prevented Seau's daughter from giving a full speech on her father's behalf. Instead she spoke at length during an extended video tribute, calling her dad "a perfect match for football: both stubborn, both relentless, competitive and hard-hitting."

Those hard hits are at the center of the family's legal battle with the league, though Sydney Seau used the stage to instead pay homage to his spirit. She fought back tears when his bronze bust was unveiled and told him "congratulations, you made it" as images of Seau in his prime flashed on the video screen.

It was the emotional high point of a night that flipped between laughter and tears and back again.

Defensive end Charles Haley cracked jokes between heartfelt disclosures of his battle with depression. Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff didn't say a word, instead letting Hall of Fame teammate Fran Tarkenton speak for him shortly after Tingelhoff's bust was unveiled.

Kansas City guard Will Shields spoke with the same thoughtfulness that made him one of the best linemen of his generation during a standout career with the Chiefs.

Contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf paid their respects to the icons who paved the way for their success. Wide receiver Tim Brown led chants of "Rai-ders! Rai-ders!" more than a decade after the last of his 1,094 receptions.

Haley, the only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings, gave a rousing, freewheeling speech that included a good-natured jabs at everyone from former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. DeBartolo called the decision to trade Haley to Dallas in 1992 his biggest mistake during his tenure.

Haley didn't disagree, though he also made sure to honor the men who signed his paychecks, including a nod to the occasionally bombastic Jones, who organized a bone marrow drive when Haley's daughter Brianna was diagnosed with leukemia.

Haley retired after the 1999 season with 100 1/2 sacks and a fistful of championships. Yet he spent the better part of a decade watching former teammates get the call while his phone remained silent.

He blamed it partly on his own struggle with his inner demons. Haley said he was a "22-year-old man with a 16-year-old inside of me screaming for help and I would not ask for it" when he arrived in the NFL in 1986.

"My life spiraled out of control for years, for years," Haley said. "But today, guys, I am getting back into the locker room, to my teammates and tell them guys the mistakes that I've made and that the only way you can grow is that you've got to ask for help."

Wolf, who hired Mike Holmgren and traded for Brett Favre shortly after taking over in 1991, led off by praising the core that restored the Packers to legitimacy after two decades of mediocrity.

"There was always a threat to players of other teams that if they didn't shape up, they would be traded to Green Bay," Wolf said. "We worked hard to eliminate that stigma."

Polian praised Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy for helping him resurrect the Bills after Polian took over as general manager in 1984. The two men put together the foundation of a team that made four straight Super Bowl appearances behind Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed, all of whom Polian joined in the Hall. Polian finally won a championship with Indianapolis and Peyton Manning, though Polian couldn't help but wonder how a "kid from the Bronx" ended up in Canton.

There was no wondering for Bettis, who wasn't shy about his desire to follow in the footsteps of other Steeler greats already in the Hall. Many were on hand to watch, including Franco Harris, Joe Greene and Lynn Swann. Several of Bettis' former teammates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward, sat in front of the stage as the Hall's doors finally opened for the player known simply as "The Bus."

It's a destination made possible in part by Roethlisberger, who preserved Pittsburgh's Super Bowl run in 2006 by tripping up Indianapolis' Nick Harper shortly after Bettis fumbled near the Colts' goal line in the AFC playoffs.

"Without you saving that tackle, I still might be on the doorstep brother," Bettis said. "I owe you, for life."

MVP, Broadcaster Gifford Dies

rom the football field to the broadcast booth, Frank Gifford was a star. And a winner.

An NFL championship in 1956 with the New York Giants. An Emmy award in 1976-77 as television's "outstanding sports personality." Induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in '77.

 width=Gifford, as well known for serving as a buffer for fellow announcers Don Meredith and Howard Cosell on "Monday Night Football" as for his versatility as a player, died Sunday. He was 84.

In a statement released by NBC News, his family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes Sunday morning. His wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for NBC's "Today."

A running back, defensive back, wide receiver and special teams player in his career, Gifford was the NFL's MVP in 1956. He went to the Pro Bowl at three positions and was the centerpiece of a Giants offense that went to five NFL title games in the 1950s and `60s.

Beginning in 1971, he worked for ABC's "Monday Night Football," at first as a play-by-play announcer and then as an analyst.

Later in life he stayed in the spotlight through his marriage to Kathie Lee Gifford, who famously called him a "human love machine" and "lamb-chop" to her millions of viewers.

Gifford hosted "Wide World of Sports," covered several Olympics - his call of Franz Klammer's downhill gold medal run in 1976 is considered a broadcasting masterpiece - and announced 588 consecutive NFL games for ABC, not even taking time off after the death of his mother shortly before a broadcast in 1986.

While he worked with others, including Dan Dierdorf, Al Michaels, Joe Namath and O.J. Simpson, Gifford was most known for the eight years he served as a calming influence between the folksy Meredith and acerbic Cosell.

In its early years the show was a cultural touchstone, with cities throwing parades for the visiting announcers and celebrities such as John Lennon and Ronald Reagan making appearances.

A straight-shooter who came off as earnest and sincere, Gifford was popular with viewers, though some accused him of being a shill for the NFL.

When he wasn't on the field, Gifford tried to put his movie-star good looks to use in Hollywood, appearing in about a dozen films, most notably the 1959 submarine movie "Up Periscope."

Cubs Sweep Defending Champs; Sox Swept; Cardinals Lose

 width=>>Arrieta, Cubs Blank Giants, Sweep 4-Game Set

Jake Arrieta has been pitching well for a while now. This time, he also contributed with his bat.

Arrieta tripled and scored in the second, and then pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Sunday for a four-game sweep of the defending world champions.

Rookies Kris Bryant and Addison Russell each drove in a run, helping the Cubs to their 10th win in 11 games. Chicago's first four-game sweep of San Francisco since June 1977 increased its lead for the second NL wild card to 3 1/2 games over the reeling Giants.

Arrieta (13-6) struck out six and walked two in 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 7-1 with a 1.23 ERA in his last 10 starts dating to a four-hit shutout at Minnesota on June 21.
"Win the first three with a chance to sweep, I was in the mindset of coming out to dominate today and put us in the situation where we only needed one or two (runs)," Arrieta said.

Right after Chicago's fourth straight win, a bomb threat prompted police to evacuate Wrigley Field. It was reopened about an hour later.

Justin Grimm got the final out of the eighth, and Hector Rondon worked out of a jam in the ninth while recording his 19th save in 22 chances.

San Francisco loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth on two hits and a hit batter. But Rondon responded with three straight strikeouts, including Gregor Blanco on a called third strike to end the game.

While the crowd of 39,939 cheered wildly - the Cubs (62-48) moved a season-high 14 games over .500 - Blanco had a few words with home plate umpire Jim Reynolds about the final pitch.

Giants right-hander Jake Peavy (2-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two in five innings. He was the only San Francisco starter to record an out in the fifth in the series.

The Giants concluded a 10-game road trip with a 3-7 record.

Kyle Schwarber walked and scored on Bryant's two-out single in the first. Arrieta's second career triple set up Russell's sacrifice fly.

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The Milwaukee Brewers kept waiting, patiently hoping Khris Davis would get in the swing.

No more wondering when that'll happen.

Davis hit two more homers, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning off recent teammate Jonathan Broxton, and the Brewers beat St. Louis 5-4 Sunday and ended the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.

It was his Davis' fourth home run in four games.

Broxton (1-3), traded from Milwaukee to the NL Central leaders on July 31, relieved Kevin Siegrist with a runner on second and one out with a 4-3 lead. Davis hit the first pitch into the Cardinals' bullpen for his 11th homer.

Davis earlier hit a two-run homer off Cardinals starter John Lackey.

Elian Herrera's home run in the third ended the Cardinals' streak of not allowing a run at 38 innings. It also was the first home run allowed by St. Louis pitchers in 62 innings.

Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson with two outs in the seventh for a 4-3 lead.

Pinch-hitter Jason Rogers opened the Milwaukee eighth with a single off Siegrist. Shane Peterson's sacrifice bunt moved him to second, and Broxton took over.

Lackey gave up six hits, including a solo homer by Herrera and the drive by Davis, in six innings.

Herrera's home run with one out in the third came one pitch after Jean Segura was caught stealing second base, a play that was confirmed after a challenge by the Brewers.

Jason Heyward hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Cardinals. Nelson allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out eight in seven innings.

Brandon Moss and Stephen Piscotty opened the St. Louis seventh with singles, and Tony Cruz's sacrificed. Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds grounded out but, after a brief conference at the mound, Nelson stayed in the game and Carpenter hit his 16th home run.

 width=>>Royals Sweep Sox With Sunday Victory

With All-Star reliever Wade Davis nursing a bad back and closer Greg Holland earning saves the past two days and unavailable, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost turned to Ryan Madson to protect a one-run lead in the ninth.

Madson struck out two in a spotless inning as the Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Madson saved 32 games in 2011 with Philadelphia, but had been out of the majors until this year because of injuries.

The Royals have won three straight games by one run for the first time since August 2012. Kansas City widened its lead to 11 1-2 games in the AL Central and improved to 10-3 against the White Sox this season.

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer that put Kansas City ahead 3-0 in the first.

It was 4-all in the eighth when Alex Rios singled with one out off Jake Petricka (3-3) and Paulo Orlando followed with a ground-rule double. Omar Infante hit a grounder to first baseman Jose Abreu, and Rios slid home ahead of the tag.

Kelvin Herrera (3-2) picked up the victory despite blowing a save and giving up the tying run in the eighth on Melky Cabrera's RBI single with two outs.

Eric Hosmer doubled home a run in the first and Morales hit his 13th homer. It was Morales' major league-leading 24th multi-RBI game.

Royals starter Danny Duffy was pulled after 3 1-3 innings and 73 pitches. He gave up three runs in the third on a walk, hit batter, wild pitch and two hits. Kris Medlen replaced him and threw 3 2-3 hitless innings.

Gordon Beckham singled home the first run, his first RBI since June 21, and Alexei Ramirez had a two-out, two-run single.

Ben Zobrist put the Royals ahead in the fifth when he singled home Jarrod Dyson.

MLB Scoreboard


NY Mets 3
Tampa Bay 4

American League

Toronto 2
NY Yankees 0

Boston 7
Detroit 2

Cleveland 8

Baltimore 4 Final/11
LA Angels 5

Houston 4
Oakland 5

Texas 2
Seattle 4

National League

Colorado 6
Washington 4

Philadelphia 5
San Diego 3

Cincinnati 3 Final/10
Arizona 4

Miami 4
Atlanta 1

LA Dodgers 6
Pittsburgh 13

Illini Ready To Focus On Football

 width=Illinois and football coach Tim Beckman have endured an eventful offseason that included allegations by a few former players of mistreatment and the just-announced resignation of the top administrator on campus, Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

On Sunday Beckman told reporters he's glad to be focused on football and the Sept. 4 opener against Kent State.

The Illini have questions to answer in the four weeks of practice between now and then.

One is how to keep quarterback Wes Lunt healthy. He missed much of last season with an injury.

Another is who'll fill in for injured wide receivers Mike Dudek and Justin Hardee.

And finally, how is the team affected by the turmoil?

Running back Josh Ferguson said players are so busy they find off-field issues easy to ignore.

DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for August 7

Jail Population: 24

Paper Services: 3

Warrants: 1

Jeremy Stoudt, 29, Bloomington was Arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure to Pay or Appear. Stoudt posted the necessary bond and was released.





Clinton Police Weekend Report








DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for August 6

Jail Population: 24

Paper Services: 5

Warrants: 0

William Wheeler, 25, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding 65 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Wheeler was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Sandra Molitoris, 70, Kenney was issued a Citation for Speeding 72 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Molitoris was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Brennan Krenz, 25, Atlanta was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Krenz was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.





DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for August 4

Jail Population: 22

Paper Services: 1

Warrants: 1

Amy Embry, 43, Weldon was Arrested and Charged with Violate Order of Protection. Embry unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Kodie Embry-Frank, 24, Weldon was Arrested and Chaeged with Driving on Suspended License and Driving Under Influence of Alcohol. Embry-Frank unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Stacy Whitehouse, 38, Clinton was Arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging her with Failure to Pay or Appear. Whitehouse posted the necessary bond and was released.

Brittany Groves, 26, Mason City was issued a Citation for Speeding 81 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Groves was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Raymond North, 20, Clinton was issued a Citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. North was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.




DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

Jail Population: 25

Paper Services: 4

Warrants: 2

Madison Ritter, 21, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Ritter was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Dawn Stout, 40, DeWitt was issued a Citation for Speeding 80 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Stout was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Alexis Jackson, 21, Weldon was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Jackson was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Dorothy Taylor, 79, Weldon was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Taylor was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Travis Keyes, 30, Champaign was Arrested and Charged with Driving on Suspended License. Keyes was issued Citations for Speeding 80 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone, Driving While License Suspended and Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Keyes posted the necessary bond and was released.

Christina Roe, 39, Farmer City was issued Citations for Operating Vehicle While Registration is Suspended and Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Roe was Arrested and Charged with Operating Vehicle While Registration is Suspended. Roe posted the necessary bond and was released.

Amanda Hammer, 21, Clinton was Arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging her with Failure to Appear. Hammer unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Gene Blue, 54, Clinton was Arrested and Charged with Contempt of Court. Blue unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Bobbie Graham, 40, Weldon was Arrested and Charged with Domestic Battery/ Bodily Harm and Contempt of Court. Graham unable to post the necessary bond remains lodged in the DeWitt County Jail.

Troy Walker, 29, Lane was Arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Burglary (Failure to Appear). Walker posted the necessary bond and was released.

Bradford Downs, 42, Wapella was issued a Citation for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Downs was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Jessica Crowe, 37, Farmer City was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Crowe was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Mitchell Caffey, 23, South Holland was issued a Citation for Speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Caffey was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Gonzalez Benedicto, 28, Stamforc, CT was issued a Citation for Speeding 69 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone. Benedicto was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Michelle Gesse, 32, Woodstock was issued a Citation for Speeding 80 MPH in a 65 MPH Zone. Gesse was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Douglas Ayberts, 23, Emden was issued a Citation for Permitting the Operation of Vehicle Displaying Expired Illinois Registration. Ayberts was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Elizabeth Lerch, 25, Rluerton was issued a Citation for Speeding 76 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Lerch was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.





Dead People Off Public Aid Faster in Illinois

How often does the state agency that pays out welfare check to see if who’s getting the money is even alive? Until July the Department of Human Services wasn’t required to do it even once a month.

A new law will now make DHS cross reference state death records with public aid payments on a monthly basis. State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Vandalia Republican says the old way of doing it defies logic.

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The hope is that deceased recipients will be removed from payment databases sooner saving the state money. The law, now in effect, will remove the individuals from welfare rolls and deactivate LINK cards.

Jesse White Encouraging Minorities To Be Organ, Tissue Donors



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Local Senator Addresses Political Future

He's made a couple of runs for Governor and some wonder will Bloomington based Republican State Senator consider another run for statewide office.

With 2018 still three years away, he isn't opening or closing the door. Among the offices he is being asked about is the Secretary of State's office, where Jesse White could decide to end his long running tenure in the office.

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Brady finished third in the Republican race for Governor last year.

Outgoing University of Illinois Chancellor Set For Major Pay Raise

A day after a top administrator resigns from a job at the University of Illinois her pay day to quit becomes public.

The U of I says that out-going Phyllis Wise will get $400,000 as part of her resignation. Wise was already making more than $500,000 a year according to a university salary database.

The payment was part of her contract that included a retention bonus of $100,000 a year for each year she was at the university.

Her final day will be August 12.

Cornbelters Defeat Rockford

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Rockford Aviators by a score of 11-0 Saturday evening in the second game of the series. 

Tune in tomorrow afternoon, August 9th, at 2:50p as the Cornbelters take on the Rockford Aviators. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Rauner Calls Arbitration Bill 'Worst He's Ever Seen'

Even though the Senate didn’t conduct a vote to override a union-backed binding arbitration bill, the Governor continues to the blast the measure.

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The Senate has until August 13th to vote to override the veto with a super majority. If that happens, the House would then have an additional 15 days to override the governor’s veto. House Speaker Michael Madigan said he does plan to call an override vote in his chamber after the Senate acts, saying he has the votes. To date, none of the Governor’s vetoes have been overridden.

Rauner Insistent On Local Control in Tax Freeze Measure

Any freeze in property tax must come with local cost control measures.

That’s according to Governor Bruce Rauner in response to a measure passed by the Senate that freezes property taxes -- but without allowing local governments to opt out of prevailing wage or collective bargaining mandates.

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The Senate’s property tax freeze would also change the ramp for some Chicago pension funds and sunset the current school funding formula in two years, but it does not include the cost controls the Governor has pushed as part of his Turnaround agenda. Speaker Michael Madigan said the House will hear the measure next week in committee.

University of Illinois Chancellor To Resign Aug. 12

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise is resigning.

In an announcement Thursday, Wise cited "external issues" involving her that she says are a distraction to the university.

Wise has become embroiled in a number of issues for which the university has drawn criticism. They include the decision not to hire a professor over his anti-Israel Twitter messages and allegations by athletes in three sports of mistreatment by coaches or other staff.

Several of those issues have led to lawsuits.

Wise said in a written statement that she "concluded that these issues are diverting much needed energy and attention from our goals."

University President Timothy Killeen said he will appoint an interim chancellor to take over Wise's duties. Her resignation is effective Aug. 12.

HRC Clients Effected By State Budget Stalemate

If a budget isn't passed soon, a large number of DeWitt County residents that rely on services the State funds may be in serious trouble.

Yesterday on Regional Radio, we outlined what the budget stalemate has done for the DeWitt County Human Resource and their Executive Director Lynn Scoville says the hardest part of this whole situation is having to tell their clients the help they depend on is not going to be there for a while.

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Scoville says the whole situation is painful because the clients they have don't have a strong voice and compared to other groups across the state, the ability to lobby for them just doesn't compare.

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Scoville questions what the priorities of the state are. She feels the state is holding their clients and those with special needs across the state hostage while lawmakers try to get what they want.

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HRC has already made major cuts to their programming because of the lack of a state budget and Scoville notes if a budget isn't passed soon, they are looking at more drastic changes.

McIlroy Improving, Considering PGA Championship

 width=Rory McIlroy posted two videos on Instagram that suggest he might be able to return for the PGA Championship.

The world's No. 1 player is in the field for the year's final major next week at Whistling Straits, and he will be listed in the tee times released Friday. That's common practice for the majors - players are automatically entered - and McIlroy does not have to decide whether he plays until his tee time at the start of the championship.

McIlroy has not played since he finished fourth in the U.S. Open. He ruptured ligaments in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland the first weekend in July, forcing him to miss title defenses at the British Open and this week at the Bridgestone Invitational.

His chief spokesman, Sean O'Flaherty, said in a text Thursday that rehab was "progressing well as the video posts suggest and still taking it day by day."

One Instagram video showed McIlroy balancing on a foam pad on only his left leg - without a brace or other support on the left ankle - while he turns to catch and heave a weighted ball. Another posted Thursday showed him taking a full swing with a driver on the practice range. His left ankle is taped.

"Feels good to hit the driver again!" the post said.

Without having played for nearly two months, McIlroy is in jeopardy of losing his No. 1 ranking. Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth can replace him with a victory this week in the World Golf Championship.

Meanwhile, the PGA Championship field was set at 154 players, leaving two spots open in Wisconsin in case the winners of the Bridgestone Invitational or the Barracuda Championship in Nevada on the PGA Tour were not already eligible.

Danny Lee One Shot Lead At Bridgestone

 width=Graeme McDowell and Jordan Spieth were in good spirits Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational, which was good news for only one of them.

McDowell has been in such a rut that he has fallen out of the top 50 for the first time in five years and hasn't finished in the top 10 in America since playing this World Golf Championship a year ago. So he happily went along at Firestone South making five birdies in 10 holes on his way to a 4-under 66.

That left him one shot behind Danny Lee, who got his mistakes out of the way early and played a flawless front nine to lead the first round with a 65.

Spieth was playing for the first time since he missed the British Open playoff by one shot, ending his bid at the Grand Slam. He expected a little rust. What concerned him was a sloppy start that was missing some of his fire. Walking up the fourth fairway, he said he told his caddie, "I need to get a little bit inspired right now."

The South Course featured fast fairways and firm greens, along with lush grass in the rough. Only 21 players in the 77-man field managed to break par. Phil Mickelson wasn't among them. Spieth walked off the third green relieved that he cleared the water and made par. Mickelson was behind him and not so lucky. He clipped branches and went in the middle of the pond for a triple bogey. He shot 76.

Jim Furyk might get another chance to win a tournament he should have three years ago, when he went wire-to-wire until making a double bogey from the middle of the 18th fairway in the final round and lost by one. Furyk opened with a 66 to join McDowell one shot out of the lead.

Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose were at 67, while the large group at 68 included Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.

Notre Dame, Michigan Football Notes

 width=>>Kelly Says How Irish Comes Together Will Determine Success

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes the Fighting Irish have the pieces to challenge for a national championship. The question is whether the players will push one another to do the hard work and come together as a team to make it happen.

The Irish have a motto every year they put on T-shirts for inspiration. This year's is "Culture beats Scheme," hoping to rally the players behind the theme of everyone putting team first. The Irish hold their first practice Friday in Culver, about 40 miles south of campus.

The Irish players say they're behind the idea.

The Irish return all but four starters from the squad that went 8-5 last season, starting the year 6-0 and being ranked No. 5 before losing late against Florida State to start a collapse fueled by turnovers and injuries. It was the worst finish ever for a Notre Dame team that won its first six games.

The Irish lost two offensive linemen and quarterback Everett Golson, who left Notre Dame after earning his degree to use his final year of eligibility at Florida State. He had been competing for the starter's job with Malik Zaire. Kelly said Zaire has to work on some technical aspects of being a quarterback, but expects Zaire to be a strength for the Irish.

Selecting a backup for Zaire between sophomore DeShone Kizer and freshman Brandon Wimbush is a priority, Kelly said.

The Irish also need to replace Cody Riggs at cornerback. That job is expected to go to KeiVarae Russell, who was expected to start last season until he was among five players held out of practices and games while the school investigated whether homework and papers they turned in had been completed by others.

Kelly said Notre Dame feels confident the NCAA will rule Russell eligible to play, saying Russell did everything necessary. Kelly isn't as confident about defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, saying all he knows is the "process is still ongoing."
Kelly said Russell will be allowed to practice with the Irish while awaiting word from the NCAA. Williams will not.

Kelly also announced that wide receiver Justin Brent will be given a chance at running back after the school announced earlier this week that Greg Bryant, the second-leading rusher from last season, won't play in 2015 because he didn't meet "expectations."

Kelly also announced that sophomore defensive lineman Kolin Hill of Schertz, Texas, plans to transfer to a school closer to home. Hill played in nine games last season and had seven tackles.

 width=>>Harbaugh Says Michigan in Bunker Mentally

The first question Jim Harbaugh took at media day was from a first grader.

The new Michigan coach was in an upbeat, somewhat playful mood Thursday, answering a few questions from kids amid several more from reporters. But after one query - this one from an adult - about the amount of attention his arrival has drawn, Harbaugh indicated that the coming days will be much quieter.

After months of seemingly nonstop anticipation, Michigan's season opener at Utah is a month away. The Wolverines start practice Friday, and it's time to forget about a summer in which their coach's every move seemed to create a buzz.

The biggest on-field question about the Wolverines is what will happen at quarterback. Shane Morris returns after playing five games in each of the past two seasons, but Jake Rudock will compete for the position after transferring from Iowa, where he was a two-year starter.

Rudock is entering his final season of eligibility. He completed 62 percent of his passes in 2014, throwing for 2,436 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Rudock was asked how his previous experience in the conference could help him at Michigan.

Harbaugh sounded ready to get the competition started.

"We'll roll the balls out there and let the quarterbacks have at it," he said. "I really believe that it will be fair, and I'm excited to watch it."

Browns QB Manziel Says 'Football Is My Life'

He's not Johnny Football. It's simply football, Johnny.

After a failed and flawed rookie season that was followed by a 10-week stay in a rehab facility, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said he believes he's grown personally and professionally. Manziel said he's committed and beginning to find his stride after a stumbling start in the NFL.

"Football," he said, "is my life."

 width=Manziel spoke following Thursday's practice for the first time in training camp and said he's found comfort in not being the center of attention. Last summer, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner whose weekend party-hopping made headlines, had his every move on the field inspected and analyzed.
These days he's just one of the Browns.

Manziel has strung together two solid practices, and following Thursday's workout Browns coach Mike Pettine said the second-year QB will likely get some snaps with Cleveland's starters on Friday when the team scrimmages at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Manziel remains firmly the team's backup to Josh McCown. But unlike last year, the 22-year-old said he's not worrying about his place on the depth chart.

The Browns have been pleased with the new and improved Manziel. He's working hard, studying more and showing progress. The change is noticeable.

Manziel feels more comfortable and confident in Cleveland's offense. He's making better reads downfield, allowing him to make smarter decisions with the ball.

There's plenty of room for improvement, but Manziel senses steady growth.

The Browns have pledged their full support to Manziel, who has not disclosed the reason he checked into a Pennsylvania facility specializing in alcohol and drug abuse. The team has not given up on a grateful Manziel.

Blackhawks' Kane Under Investigation

 width=The NHL says it is "following developments" of a police investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.

The Blackhawks said they are in the process of gathering information and declined further comment. The Buffalo News first reported the investigation Thursday.

Neighbors of Kane, who lives in Hamburg, New York, in the offseason, told the Chicago Tribune that police arrived at his lakefront property Sunday night and that several plainclothes officers entered his house using flashlights. At least one wore gloves and was seen taking pictures out front.

Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett would not describe the nature of the investigation or confirm one exists.

The investigation comes after Chicago's third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Kane has been lauded in recent years for his growth after several off-the-ice incidents earlier in his career.

Kane was scheduled to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo this weekend, but it's unclear whether that will happen.

Cardinals Blank Reds; Cubs Open Big Series With 'W'

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The mound was slippery, the rain was steady, the bullpen was exhausted. Michael Wacha overcame all of it for another win.

Wacha gave St. Louis' tired bullpen a respite by throwing seven innings in the rain Thursday, and the Cardinals pulled away to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, taking yet another series from their NL Central rival.

The Cardinals improved to 30 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. They have the best record in the major leagues at 69-39.

They took two of three in Cincinnati and have won 15 of their last 18 series together. The Reds were shut out for the last 18 innings.

Wacha (13-4) overcame a 68-minute rain delay at the start of Thursday's game, and then gave his used-up bullpen a rest.

The right-hander allowed four hits and a pair of walks, allowing only two runners to reach second base as he beat the Reds for the third time this season. It was impressive considering the start of the game got pushed back twice and there were long delays between innings while the grounds crew worked on the field.

Trevor Rosenthal gave up an infield single and a walk in the ninth while getting his 32nd save in 34 chances and completing a five-hitter.

Tony Cruz snapped his 0-for-15 slump with an RBI single, and Kolten Wong singled home two more off Michael Lorenzen (3-7) as the teams played through intermittent, sometimes heavy rain. There was a long delay after the sixth inning to spread a drying compound around the infield.

Lorenzen, one of five rookies in the Reds' rotation, gave up three runs in five innings. He hasn't won since June 21, going 0-5 in seven starts. In his last four starts, he's allowed 20 runs in 18 innings.

 width=>>Schwarber Homers Again, Cubs Win

Rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber homered in his second consecutive game, and Chicago beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Thursday night.

The Cubs, playing meaningful baseball in August for the first time in years, won for the seventh time in eight games. They also moved a half-game ahead of the Giants in the race for the second NL wild card.

Jorge Soler drove in the first two runs with a bases-loaded single in the first inning, and Schwarber made it 5-0 with a three-run drive off Chris Heston (11-6) in the second - his first homer at Wrigley Field. But instead of an easy win, the Cubs had to hang on.

Hammel gave up a two-run homer to Brandon Belt in the fourth and was less than pleased when Maddon lifted him after

The game got tight in the sixth when Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer off Tommy Hunter to make it 5-4, but the Cubs hung on from there.

Jason Motte and Pedro Strop each worked a scoreless inning. Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.

Hunter Pence had two hits and scored two runs, but the Giants lost for just the sixth time in 22 games.

Heston, tops among major league rookies in wins, went four innings and took the loss after going 5-0 in his previous eight starts for San Francisco. He gave up five runs and five hits, walked two and hit a batter with a pitch.

Hammel allowed two runs and three hits. He exited after walking Ehire Adrianza and Hector Sanchez, but Justin Grimm (2-3) escaped the jam.

Hammel talked to Maddon and insisted they are on the same page. He also thought plate umpire Manny Gonzalez had a tight strike zone.

MLB Scoreboard

American League

Kansas City 6
Detroit 8

Boston 1
NY Yankees 2

Minnesota 3
Toronto 9

Houston 5 Final/10
Oakland 4

National League

LA Dodgers 10
Philadelphia 8

San Diego 1
Milwaukee 10

Arizona 3
Washington 8

Miami 8
Atlanta 9

Normal Cornbelters Defeat Rockford Aviators

The Normal Cornbelters defeated the Rockford Aviators by a score of 14-3 on Friday night. 

Tune in tomorrow night, August 8, as the Cornbelters take on the Rockford Aviators. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

Property Tax Freeze Measure Passes Senate

A measure that would freeze property taxes in Illinois for two years, put a sunset on the current school funding formula and also give some relief to several pension funds in Chicago is on it’s way to the House, but some Republicans in the Senate don’t think it’s quite soup yet.

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Rauner Says Talks With AFSCME Sluggish, But Lockout Not an Option

Governor Bruce Rauner has addressed the media on a number of budget issues, including labor talks.

He says there continue to be fundamental obstacles to a deal with AFSCME, the largest state worker union. However, he has no plans to use certain tactics to deal with the situation.

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Political Expert Says Things Improving, But Still Out of Hand

While residents wait for a new budget to be agreed upon, one political expert says things seem to be improving, but the budget situation is still out of hand.

Kent Redfield is a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He says things have improved ever so slightly in recent days, but the budget situation is still very much out of hand.

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Lawmakers are in Springfield and while things are at a stalemate, it's not all the members of the General Assembly's fault. According to Redfield, the hold up is really Gov. Bruce Rauner, Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton getting into a room and hashing things out.

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The Governor is requesting to have some of his pro-business agenda items passed before he'll sign a budget but Democrats are unwilling to negotiate. Redfield says fault lies on both parties in this situation.

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Redfield calls the state holding out on social service agencies "unconscionable" and feels the state has little motivation to get things resolved because of other budget items and negotiations that have been resolved.

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Redfield believes lawmakers need to find middle ground and get a budget passed. He feels it could a few weeks to a month before something is in place but does not believe it will drag on all the way into the fall session.

Redfield says he's never seen anything like this in Springfield and calls it "unprecedented".

DeWitt County Human Resource Center Feeling Effects of Budget Stalemate

You don't have to look far to see what the State's budget stalemate is doing to the local community.

The DeWitt County Human Resource Center recently had to make drastic cuts to their programming, and even more drastic changes could be on the way if a budget deal isn't reached soon. Fighting back tears Wednesday, Executive Director Lynn Scoville calls the situation "pathetic".

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According to Scoville, the only revenue streams they have access to are small internal sources of revenue and taxes. She says those just aren't enough to make up what they need, and they have already been to the DeWitt County 708 Mental Health Board for an advance on those funds.

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Scoville calls what is happening in Springfield "criminal" and says the people they provide help and care for are being marginalized and used as pawns. She says it is infuriating what is happening.

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Right now, HRC is hanging by a thread. Scoville indicates they have just a few months before they have to take drastic measures and while they have a plan in place, things do not look good.

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The cuts are not only impacting the care on hundreds of individuals, but they're also impacting the livelihood of some of those people. Scoville indicates they have had to cut programs that provide them with jobs, and by cutting those programs, many of them no longer have an income they once relied.

She says informing these people of what is going on is the hardest part of the whole situation.

Johnson, Speith Paired At Bridgestone Invitational

Jordan Spieth gets to play with Zach Johnson one tournament too late.

When last seen on the golf course, Spieth missed out on a three-man playoff at the British Open that ended his bid for a Grand Slam. He came back out and watched from the steps of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse at St. Andrews as Johnson, a good friend, won the claret jug.

The only players to win majors this year will be paired Thursday when the Bridgestone Invitational begins at Firestone.

The World Golf Championship event offers big money, free FedEx Cup points and for some of the 77 players in the field, a chance to make sure their games are in shape for the PGA Championship the following week in Wisconsin.

 width=Spieth and Johnson are coming off three-week breaks, both taking time off to celebrate after getting back from St. Andrews.

Johnson hasn't let the silver claret jug out of his sight, though golf's oldest trophy has been put to good use.

Corn on the cob? Indeed, he posted a photo on Twitter over the weekend of a corn cob in the jug as he pretends to take a bite. He figured it was only fitting since Johnson still sees himself as a regular guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Spieth's celebration was more personal. He turned 22 last week.

It's a peculiar friendship if it were based strictly on age. Johnson's wife reminded him recently that at 39, the two-time major champion is nearly old enough to be Spieth's father. They spent time together late in 2013 during Spieth's rookie season and have a few friends in the same circle that keep them connected.

Spieth surprised Johnson by living up to his word even as his fame grew. He had told Johnson after winning the Masters that he would take part in his charity event ahead of the John Deere Classic. And then he won the U.S. Open that put him halfway home to the Grand Slam. Spieth still showed up at the charity event, and the John Deere Classic, which he won for his fourth title this year.

The Bridgestone Invitational will be missing its defending champion for the first time since 2008 when Tiger Woods was recuperating from knee surgery. Rory McIlroy won last year during his summer trifecta - British Open, Bridgestone, PGA Championship - but he still is recovering from an ankle injury he suffered playing soccer in Northern Ireland and has not determined if he can even play at Whistling Straits next week.

Woods won't be around either, missing for the first time because he wasn't eligible. The field is for the top 50 in the world (Woods is No. 262), members of the last Ryder Cup team (he wasn't on it) and winners of top events from tours around the world. Woods hasn't won in two years dating to his eighth career victory at Firestone.

Tennessee WR Won't Face Rape Charges

Tennessee wide receiver Von Pearson won't face criminal charges in connection with the rape investigation in which police had named him as a suspect.

 width=Knox County district attorney general Charme Allen issued a statement Wednesday in which she said that "after a thorough review of the investigation, I have decided there is insufficient evidence to sustain a criminal prosecution against Von Pearson."

Pearson has been suspended from the team since Knoxville police issued a report April 24 that named him as a suspect. Tennessee coach Butch Jones and Pearson's lawyer, Chris Coffey, have said that Pearson also has been suspended from school. Tennessee vice chancellor Margie Nichols declined comment and said she can't discuss any type of student disciplinary process.

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson said Wednesday that Pearson's status hasn't changed.

Pearson caught 38 passes for 393 yards and had a team-high five touchdown receptions last season despite being hampered part of the year by an ankle injury that caused him to miss two games.

Pearson, a senior from Newport News, Virginia, arrived at Tennessee last year after playing two seasons at Feather River College in Quincy, California.

NHL Notes

>>Bettman Says Outdoor Games Far From Overdone

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there's no reason for the league not to keep holding outdoor games each season.

Bettman made a promotional appearance Wednesday at the University of Minnesota football stadium. That's where the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will play outside Feb. 21 as part of the NHL's Stadium Series games, which were started in 2014 to supplement the annual Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

 width=Bettman says fans, communities and teams "cannot get enough" of the outdoor games and "they're far from being overdone or oversaturated." After several years of lobbying, the Wild finally landed one.

The NHL has staged 14 outdoor games in the last seven years.

>>NHL Pursuing Team in Vegas, Quebec

Las Vegas and Quebec City are moving on to the second of three phases in their bids to land NHL expansion franchises, the respective groups announced Wednesday.

Bill Foley, who heads the Las Vegas bid, issued a statement on his group's website, "Vegas Wants Hockey," that the league has invited it to advance. Quebecor, a Montreal-based communications giant, announced on its Twitter account that its Quebec City bid is moving forward.

Foley said Phase 2 will feature bidders providing the NHL additional information regarding their respective markets and arena plans. The bidders will also gain access to certain league-related information.

The Las Vegas group has already secured more than 13,200 season-ticket deposits for a potential team. And there's a multipurpose arena under construction near the Las Vegas Strip and set to open next spring.

In Quebec City, the publicly funded, 18,259-seat Videotron Centre is set to open next month. It replaces the small and outdated Colisee, which previously served home to the NHL's Nordiques, who relocated to Colorado to become the Avalanche in 1995. Quebecor manages and owns the naming rights to the new arena.

There is a third phase to the process, though it's unclear when that will begin. Bids must also be approved by the NHL Board of Governors.

The NHL isn't expected to expand until 2017-18 at the earliest. Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed an expansion fee of $500 million. That's a significant jump from the $80 million fee paid by the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, when the NHL last expanded to 30 teams in 2000.

Bears, Packers Notes

 width=>>Cutler In Sync With New Offensive Coordinator

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler seems to have found a younger offensive coordinator to his liking.

Adam Gase is the fifth, and youngest, offensive coordinator to work in Chicago with Cutler. The other four didn't work out. However, Cutler and the 37-year-old former Denver Broncos coordinator are in lockstep under new coach John Fox.

"Adam's younger than some of the guys I've been around, that's about it," Cutler said Wednesday. "He does an exceptional job of communication, making sure the quarterbacks are comfortable, making sure he, (quarterbacks coach) Dowell (Loggains) and myself are all on the same page when we go on the field.

"He doesn't want to call a play and me not know why he's called that play."

Gase spent the last six seasons on Denver's staff, including the last two as offensive coordinator. Denver led the NFL in scoring and total offense the last two years.

Of course, Gase's offense did this with Peyton Manning at quarterback. Now he has Cutler.

Ron Turner, Mike Martz, Mike Tice and Aaron Kromer preceded Gase in Chicago, with Martz having the most success in getting Cutler to realize his potential.

Gase said he's already been able to tap into a few of Cutler's strengths in order to get the new offense working.

It's apparent intends to use Cutler's ability to move out of the pocket and throw.

Scrimmages have included an assortment of bootleg passes and moving pockets.

>>Zook Enjoying New Role With Packers

Ron Zook speaks with what seems like a perpetually hoarse voice. It could be from all the yelling and cajoling that comes with having coached football for more than three decades.

 width=So Zook's resume might look odd, at least at first, for being away from the sideline for two years after getting fired as the head coach at the University of Illinois following the 2011 season. He returned to coaching in 2014, when the Green Bay Packers hired him as a special teams assistant coach.

Now Green Bay's special teams coordinator, Zook is back in his element - and he's savoring every minute.

"Slice of heaven," Zook said Wednesday.

His job with the Packers is to improve special teams play, especially after two mistakes haunted the team during last season's NFC Championship game. The Seattle Seahawks converted a fake field goal for a touchdown, and later recovered an onside kick. A 16-0 lead at halftime turned into a 28-22 loss in overtime.

Zook was promoted to replace the fired Shawn Slocum. Some veteran players who were mainstays on special teams have left Green Bay, too. There are new arrivals, particularly rookie receiver-returner Ty Montgomery, who could be thrust into key roles.

Early in camp, the focus is on terminology and teaching techniques on skills like protecting a kicker. Coach Mike McCarthy said the team has added some new special teams drills.

There is an emphasis on pace and tempo, which is a focus on offense, too. It might look even chaotic, sometimes, as players shuffle from drill to drill, and the coaching staff continues to assess players.

Punter Tim Masthay, a six-year veteran, said Zook seems to be always on the move.

Cards, Sox Win; Cubs Lose

 width=>>Grichuk's Blast Sends Cards To Victory

Rookie Randal Grichuk knew that in homer-friendly Great American Ball Park, all it takes is one decent swing to end a game.

Matt Carpenter tied it with a solo homer in the eighth, and Grichuk connected in the 13th inning, rallying the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Grichuk was moved up to second in the Cardinals' struggling batting order. He doubled home a run in the sixth inning and hit his 15th homer in the 13th off Dylan Axelrod (0-1), Cincinnati's eighth pitcher.

He knew the ballpark's reputation for yielding homers that would be outs in most other places.

Seth Maness (4-1) gave up a pair of walks in two innings, completing an impressive night by the bullpen. Cardinals relievers blanked the Reds over the final eight innings.

Matheny changed the batting order - Grichuk went from batting eighth on Tuesday to second - to try to spark his struggling offense, but the Cardinals didn't get much going until late in the game.

Left-hander David Holmberg allowed two runs, including Grichuk's RBI double off the top of the wall in center that cut it to 3-2 in the sixth.

Carpenter tied it with a homer in the eighth off J.J. Hoover, only the third that the reliever has allowed this season. It was Carpenter's fifth homer in his last six games.

The Reds strung together walks and infield hits while scoring three times off Carlos Martinez.

They loaded the bases in the third with a walk, an infield single and a fielding error by shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Brayan Pena's opposite-field double landed just inside the left-field line and made it 2-0.

The Reds loaded the bases again in the fourth with a pair of walks - one to Holmberg - and Brandon Phillips' single just out of the reach of second baseman Kolten Wong. Todd Frazier's soft groundout got in another run.

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Avisail Garcia got the Chicago White Sox started - and finished off the Tampa Bay Rays, too.

Garcia hit a three-run homer in Chicago's five-run first inning and had a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Garcia drew the winning walk off closer Brad Boxberger (5-6) to end Chicago's three-game losing streak.

In the 10th, Adam Eaton singled and stole second base and advanced to third when catcher Curt Casali's throw struck shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the right side of the face, knocking him to the ground, and later from the game. Cabrera was cleared of a concussion following the game.

Boxberger then intentionally walked Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera to load the bases with one out before walking Garcia. Boxberger didn't agree with manager Kevin Cash's strategy.

Chicago closer David Robertson (5-3) had four strikeouts in two hitless innings.
After falling behind 5-0 in the first, the Rays tied it in the eighth inning, scoring their fifth two-out run of the game. Brandon Guyer had an RBI double off reliever Zach Duke.

Cabrera, who had four hits, got the Rays to 5-4 in the fifth with an RBI double. Evan Longoria homered two batters earlier off starter Carlos Rodon, who was pulled after working 4 2-3 innings and for being what manager Robin Ventura termed "erratic".

Before the 10th inning walks gave the White Sox the win, Robertson held the Rays in check after struggling on Monday when took the loss in the series opener. Wednesday's outing was much different.

 width=>>McCutchen, Polanco Lead Bucs Past Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates looked for Gregory Polanco to give them a spark when they moved him to the top of the batting order last month after leadoff hitter Josh Harrison tore a ligament in his thumb.

The 23-year-old outfielder has delivered.

Polanco and Andrew McCutchen homered and the Pirates beat Chicago 7-5 on Wednesday night, ending the Cubs' season-best six-game winning streak.

Polanco has hit .282 (28 for 99) with 13 walks in 25 games since Harrison went on the disabled list July 6. It has raised his season batting average to .245.

Polanco led off the bottom of the first inning with his fifth home run to open the scoring. It came off Dan Haren, who was making his Cubs' debut. Polanco then hit an RBI single to break a 4-4 tie in a decisive two-run sixth inning.

McCutchen hit a solo homer, his 16th, in the third and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 6-4.

Francisco Cervelli and Aramis Ramirez each had two hits as the Pirates won for the 12th time in their last 15 home games at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh leads the NL wild-card race by a 3 1/2 games over the San Francisco Giants

The Cubs had tied it at 4 in the top of the sixth when rookie Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run home run, his fifth, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo added a solo blast, his 21st, to chase starter Jeff Locke.

Schwarber also doubled and Rizzo extended his hitting streak to seven games. The Cubs dropped to four games behind the Pirates in the wild card standings and host the Giants in a four-game series beginning Thursday night.

The Pirates added an insurance run in the eighth when Cervelli tripled and scored on Sean Rodriguez's single.

The Cubs got within two runs in the ninth on Addison Russell's run-scoring ground out, but Pirates closer Mark Melancon notched his 34th save in 35 tries by striking out Dexter Fowler with a runner on second for the final out.

Antonio Bastardo (3-1) retired the only batter he faced for the win, getting Chris Coghlan to ground out with the bases loaded to end the sixth.

Travis Wood (5-4) gave up three runs while retiring only one of four batters.
Both starters struggled, as Pirates left-hander Locke surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings and Haren allowed four runs --- three earned --- in five innings in his debut with his new team after being acquired from the Miami Marlins in a trade last Friday.

Home runs continued to plague Haren. He gave up two more after allowing 21 in his 21 starts with the Marlins. He is winless in his last four starts.

Locke has a 5.48 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break after posting a 1.59 mark in his final six outings of the first half. He had allowed only one home run in his previous 56 innings before Schwarber and Rizzo took him deep.

Haren's first inning with the Cubs was rough, as Polanco led off with his homer and Pedro Alvarez made it 2-0.

MLB Scoreboard

Seattle 5 Final/11
Colorado 7

American League

Cleveland 3
LA Angels 4

Baltimore 7 Final/10
Oakland 3

Boston 2
NY Yankees 1

Toronto 9

Kansas City1
Detroit 2

Houston 3
Texas 4

National League

Arizona 11
Washington 4

LA Dodgers 4
Philadelphia 3

San Francisco 6
Atlanta 1

NY Mets 8
Miami 6

San Diego 5

Illini Women's Basketball Coach Talks Change in Program Tone

 width=Illinois women's basketball coach Matt Bollant says a former assistant that an outside investigation found treated players harshly remains a good coach but an "old school guy."

And Bollant told reporters Wednesday that he wants the Illini program to become a more direct reflection of his own "positive, upbeat" nature.

Bollant until Tuesday had not commented on a lawsuit and allegations from seven former players that he and former assistant Mike Divilbiss mistreated players and used race to try to drive some away.

A report by a university-hired law firm released this week found no basis for those charges. But labeled Divilbiss "harsh" with players. Divilbiss left his job in May.

Current assistant Tianna Kirkland, who is black, said she never saw any racist behavior from Bollant or Divilbiss.

Health Officials Encouraging U of I Students To Get Mumps Booster



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Study Shows Illinois Schools Rank in Top Ten

Just before the beginning of a new school year, there’s good news for Illinois’ schools — overall they rank in the top ten when compared to their peers.

That’s according to a new study from consumer finance watchdogs WalletHub. Illinois News Network has more:

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Workers' Comp Bill in Senate Committee

If it makes it out of committee, the Illinois Senate could take up a bill to tweak Illinois’ workers’ compensation system, but the bill doesn’t go far enough — at least according to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has said the Democrats will not support legislation that diminishes benefits for injured workers.

Informational Nigh Set For 4-H in DeWitt County

Students, parents or potential volunteers interested in learning more about the DeWitt County 4-H program can attend a crash course this coming weekend for answers to all their questions.

University of Illinois Extension Youth Educator Sherry Fulton indicates this Saturday, a volunteer within the group is hosting an eventful night for anyone to get information on the upcoming year in 4-H. The conclusion of the DeWitt County 4-H fair all but marks the end of the 4-H year for many within the program.

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New this year will be a later start to the 4-H. Fulton indicates instead of starting the first of September, their year doesn't start until October. She says this will give perspective members more of a chance to consider 4-H.

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Fulton is encouraged an alumni of 4-H is heading the event this weekend. She says the future of the program is going to hinge on younger volunteers stepping up to help the program.

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Again this Friday's event to learn more about 4-H is this Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm at the DeWitt County 4-H Fairgrounds.

For further information, contact the University of Illinois Extension Office at 935-5764.

Clinton City Council Puts DJWH CEO on File For Approval

 width=The Clinton City Council is expected to pass a contract for Dr. John Warner Hospital Interim CEO Paul Skowron in two weeks.

The Council put the contract on file to be voted on at their next meeting, August 17. According to Mayor Roger Cyrulik, this is a great thing because it will provide some stability in the leadership position of the city-owned hospital.

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The Mayor says has been impressed with Skowron from the start of his time with the hospital and feels he has a lot of great ideas. Mayor Cyrulik also notes Skowron has a very good grasp of the financial challenges the hospital faces going forward.

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Mayor Cyrulik feels the hospital has become stable from a moral standpoint. He points out he has not received many complaints in recent months and feels the city-owned facility is in good hands and a lot of good things are going on.

MLB To Take Over Aspects of NHL Media

 width=The National Hockey League is passing its digital puck to Major League Baseball in an unusual sports partnership.

Major League Baseball will distribute the hockey league's Internet streaming service and run the NHL's cable-television network as part of an alliance announced Tuesday.

Terms of six-year contact between the two sports leagues weren't announced.
The deal entrusts the baseball league with the NHL GameCenter app that allows fans to watch most hockey games live on smartphones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices. Annual subscriptions to the NHL app typically have cost $160, though the pricing for the upcoming year wasn't announced Tuesday.

Major League Baseball is taking over the app rights from NeuLion in January. The NHL's cable-TV network will operate from the Secaucus, New Jersey, headquarters of the MLB network.

Notre Dame Loses RB Bryant; Oregon Settles on Lawsuit Allegations

 width=Notre Dame will be without Greg Bryant, its second-leading rusher in 2014, for the upcoming season because of disciplinary reasons, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday.

"There are certain expectations within our program that must be met on a daily basis," Kelly said in a statement released by the university. "Quite simply, Greg did not meet those expectations."

Kelly previously had suspended Bryant for the first four games of this season for violating team rules. Kelly said Bryant will be allowed to practice with the team and remains on scholarship. Bryant, a five-star recruit from Delray Beach, Florida, hasn't lived up to expectations. He appeared in three games as a freshman, carrying the ball three times for 14 yards. He rushed for 289 yards on 54 carries last season, a 5.4 yards per carry average that led Irish running backs.

Tarean Folston led the team with 889 yards rushing on 175 carries and returns for his junior season. .CJ. Prosise, a safety as a freshman and a wide receiver the past two seasons, worked as a running back in the spring. The Irish also add a freshman running backs Josh Adams and Dexter Williams.

Kelly announced junior linebacker Michael Deeb and junior tight end Mike Heuerman have been medically disqualified to play this season but remain on scholarship. Deeb played in two games last season but didn't make any tackles. Heuerman underwent hernia surgery before the start of last season and has yet to play in a game.

The Irish begin practice on Friday in Culver, about 40 miles south of campus. Kelly is scheduled to talk to the media Thursday.

 width=>>Oregon Settles Lawsuit Over Rape Allegations

The University of Oregon has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a student who claimed she was sexually assaulted last year by three basketball players.

The 18-year-old woman, who is identified in the suit as Jane Doe, on Tuesday dismissed all claims against the university. Last week, she also dismissed all claims against head basketball coach Dana Altman.

According to the settlement agreement with the university, the school will also waive her tuition, housing and student fees for four years.

The suit - which alleged the school was negligent, violated her civil rights and privacy - was filed in January in federal court in Eugene.

Schill said the settlement isn't an admission of liability; he said he doesn't believe coaches, administrators or staff acted wrongfully.

In addition to the financial agreement, the school will pursue a policy change requiring all transfer applicants to report any disciplinary history at prior schools.

In the lawsuit, the woman said Altman knew when he recruited one of the players, Brandon Austin, that he had been suspended from Providence College in Rhode Island due to allegations of sexual misconduct. The coach denied he knew it.

Austin and the two other players told authorities they had consensual sex with the woman, and prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file charges. The players were not charged with a crime.

But the case caused outrage on campus and beyond, and the three players were kicked off their team and suspended from the university.

Packers' LB Matthews Misses Practice; Colts WR Hilton Hoping For New Contract

 width=Clay Matthews has missed a second straight day of practice after coach Mike McCarthy said he was holding out the Green Bay Packers' star linebacker as a precaution because of knee soreness.

Matthews watched in a white cap on the sideline while teammates went through practice Tuesday morning.

Matthews has been to five Pro Bowls. He insisted Monday that he would be fine.

Also Tuesday, running back Eddie Lacy was pulled near the end of practice because of what McCarthy said was a sore foot.

Receiver Jared Abbrederis remains out with a concussion.

 width=>>WR Hilton's Agent Hopeful of Long Term Deal

T.Y. Hilton's preference is to be paid like an All-Pro receiver in Indianapolis.

On Tuesday, Hilton's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told a small group of reporters he was hopeful the two sides could agree to a contract extension by Labor Day weekend, as team owner Jim Irsay has suggested. Hilton's contract expires after the season.

A year ago, he caught 82 passes for a career high 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns to earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Hilton recently questioned on Twitter whether the new five-year, $70 million deals signed by Dallas' Dez Bryant and Denver's Demaryius Thomas should serve as the standard for him.

Rosenhaus declined to talk about the terms he was seeking.

>>Browns To Move Pryor To WR

Terrelle Pryor took the handoff, set his feet and unloaded a deep pass that fluttered, floated and somehow landed in Travis Benjamin's hands for a touchdown.

Pryor knew the trick-play toss would get poor reviews.

And, not a bad one for a wide receiver.

Attempting the switch from NFL quarterback to receiver with the Browns, Pryor is making progress and believes his chances of making the roster are growing daily.

Five practices into training camp, the Pryor experiment has gone better than expected. The former Oakland quarterback and Ohio State star has opened eyes with his athleticism, drawn praise for his work ethic and become the biggest story in camp - quite a contrast from last summer's media circus when quarterback Johnny Manziel made headlines with every move on the field.

Pryor sustained a minor setback Tuesday when his right hamstring tightened. He spent the final hour of practice watching from the sideline with his leg wrapped. Afterward, the 6-foot-4, 223-pounder said he doesn't believe the injury is serious and it's possible he may sit out a day to rest.

Pryor doesn't expect the injury to stop him from playing in the team's instrasquad scrimmage Friday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. It will be his first visit to Ohio State since leaving amid an NCAA investigation into players selling memorabilia. As part of his penalty, Pryor was sent a disassociation letter from the school, banning him from several privileges, including using the Buckeyes' facilities. However, he can participate as a member of the Browns.

As the days go on, his odds of making Cleveland's roster seemingly rise.

Cubs Win; Cards, Sox Lose

 width=>>Arrieta, Cubs Blank Pirates

Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo tied a career high with four hits and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

Arrieta (12-6) allowed two singles - Andrew McCutchen in the fourth and Starling Marte in the seventh - while striking out five and walking three.

Tommy Hunter and Justin Grimm completed the three-hitter with one inning each as the Cubs (58-47) matched their longest winning streak of the season from May 11-16 and moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season.

In his last nine starts, Arrieta is 6-1 with a 1.38 ERA. He improved to 5-1 in his career against the Pirates.

Rizzo doubled and scored in both the third and fifth innings as he led the Cubs' 14-hit attack with the fourth four-hit game of his career.

Chris Denorfia had three hits while Starlin Castro doubled home Rizzo twice and Jorge Soler drove in the first and last runs with a bases-loaded walk in the first inning off J.A. Happ (4-7) and a single in the sixth.

Chicago drew within three games of the National League wild card-leading Pirates (61-44), who remained 5 1-2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the Central.

Happ had a rocky Pirates' debut, giving up four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. The lefty was acquired in a trade with Seattle last Friday and was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in his last four starts with the Mariners.

The Cubs made it 3-0 in the third when Castro hit his first RBI double and scored on a single by David Ross.

Castro greeted reliever Jared Hughes with his second run-scoring double in the fifth.

 width=>>Reds Edge Cardinals

Anthony DeSclafani has figured out how to handle the Cardinals - go right at them.

The rookie handled St. Louis for the second straight start, striking out a career-high nine, and the Cincinnati Reds turned a big first inning off John Lackey into a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

DeSclafani (7-7), the most experienced member of Cincinnati's all-rookie rotation with 20 starts, gave up seven hits and two runs in six innings. Last Wednesday in St. Louis, DeSclafani gave up only three hits in seven innings of a 1-0 win over the NL Central leaders.

Aroldis Chapman fanned two in the ninth - his fastball topping out at 101 mph - for his 23rd save in 24 chances. The lefty has converted 56 consecutive save opportunities at Great American Ball Park since his last failure in September 2012.

The Reds scored three runs in the first inning off Lackey (9-7), who hadn't allowed that many runs in any of his last nine starts. He went six innings, giving up six hits.

The Cardinals have dominated the Reds in recent years, winning 14 of their last 17 series. The Reds had a bit of a breakthrough in St. Louis last week, taking two of three - their first series win at Busch Stadium since 2001.

They got a good start on extending that success with the big first inning. Jay Bruce had an RBI double - his fifth double in the last six games - and Marlon Byrd followed with another double as Cincinnati sent eight batters to the plate.

After that five-hit, 30-pitch inning, Lackey settled in and allowed only an infield single through the next five innings, retiring the last 14 batters he faced.

Randal Grichuk tripled off the wall in center field and Matt Carpenter hit his 14th homer in the third inning, cutting it to 3-2. It was Carpenter's fourth homer in the last five games.

 width=>>Tampa Blasts White Sox

Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays were well on their way to a lopsided victory over the Chicago White Sox by the time Richie Shaffer homered.

Even so, that drive sparked the biggest celebration. After all, it was his first major league homer - and the first hit of his career.

Archer pitched seven strong innings, and Tampa Bay backed him with a season-high four homers while pounding Chris Sale and the White Sox 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Archer (10-8) allowed two runs and six hits for his first win since June 23. And the Rays matched their highest home run total since Sept. 7.

Logan Forsythe, Mikie Mahtook and Asdrubal Cabrera all went deep besides Shaffer. Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera each had three hits, and Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 against Chicago.

Forsythe hit a two-run drive in the first. Mahtook made it 3-1 when he connected leading off the fifth, and the Rays chased Sale (9-7) in a five-run sixth.
They sent 10 batters to the plate in that inning and added two more runs in the seventh on back-to-back homers by Cabrera and Shaffer against Daniel Webb.

Shaffer's drive to the right-field bullpen drew quite a reaction from his family and teammates. TV cameras caught his parents jumping out of their seats and hugging.

Shaffer got the silent treatment from the Rays before being drawn into a huddle in the dugout, just about everyone jumping in celebration.

Teammates dumped a cooler on Shaffer during a postgame interview on the field and showered him again in the clubhouse.

Archer, who retired the first 19 batters in a loss to Detroit last week, finally got a win after going 0-4 in his previous six starts. The All-Star right-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Chicago's Tyler Saladino hit a solo homer off Archer in the third. Avisail Garcia went deep in the ninth, but the White Sox lost for the fifth time in six games after winning seven in a row.

Sale allowed seven runs in his second straight outing and fell to 1-3 in his past four starts. The four-time All-Star gave up six hits over 5-plus innings.

He left trailing 5-1 after Kiermaier blooped an RBI single to center. A second run scored on the play when catcher Tyler Flowers allowed Adam Eaton's throw to roll between his legs and no one backed up the plate.

MLB Scoreboard


Seattle 10
Colorado 4

American League

Boston 3
NY Yankees 13

Toronto 3

Kansas City5
Detroit 1

Houston 3
Texas 4

Tampa Bay 11 Final
Chi White Sox 3

Cleveland 2 Final/12
LA Angels 0

Baltimore 0
Oakland 5

National League

Arizona 4
Washington 5

LA Dodgers 2'
Philadelphia 6

San Francisco 8
Atlanta 3

NY Mets 5
Miami 1

San Diego 1

>>Dombrowski Out as Tigers GM

The end of Dave Dombrowski's tenure in Detroit came suddenly and unexpectedly - like so many of the moves he made to build the Tigers into an American League powerhouse.

Dombrowski is out after nearly 14 seasons as president and general manager of the Tigers. The four-time Central Division champions announced the move Tuesday, catching people at Comerica Park and beyond by surprise.

Dombrowski was fresh off making several big trades last week, and his exit set off rampant speculation about where he would next work.

Dombrowski was in the last season of his contract and overseeing a team stuck below .500, so there was already speculation about whether he'd be back in 2016. But his abrupt exit - accompanied by a somewhat cryptic explanation from the team - was unusual.

He is being replaced by Al Avila, who has served as his top assistant since 2002. Avila's son, Alex, catches for the Tigers.

"I've decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities," owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement. "I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership."

About an hour after announcing Dombrowski's departure, the Tigers held a news conference at the ballpark, introducing Avila before Tuesday night's game against Kansas City. Ilitch wasn't at the news conference and neither was Dombrowski.

1/3 of Human Service Agencies Making Cuts

A new survey shows more than one-third of Illinois human service agencies are helping fewer clients and tapping into cash reserves to weather the state's budget impasse.

United Way of Illinois surveyed more than 400 agencies statewide. In a report Monday, they say 34 percent of agencies reported cutting services.

Thirty-nine percent are using cash reserves to continue operating. Of those, 70 percent say they'll be out of money in three months or less. Almost one-fifth said their reserves will be gone by month's end.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who run the Legislature have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. That means many agencies that provide services such as job training, mental health and child care aren't getting paid.

Gov. Rauner Declares 23 Counties Disaster Areas, Seeks FEMA Help

Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a state disaster proclamation for 23 counties devastated by severe storms this summer and has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help assess the damages there.

Rauner on Monday said a series of storms in June and July caused heavy rainfall, flash and river flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds in the 23 counties stretching from Alexander County on the Ohio River to Grundy County in north central Illinois.

Rauner says staffers from FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and local emergency management agencies are expected to begin assessing damage to homes and businesses in Adams, Grundy, Iroquois, Jersey, Mason, Tazewell and Warren counties later this week.

Governor Signs Baseline Testing For Concussions



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Rauner Says State To Review Power Plant Limits

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is reviewing a federal plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants to determine whether the state should comply or challenge the new rules.

The first-term Republican's office responded to Monday's scheduled climate change announcement by President Barack Obama with a one-sentence statement that his administration is assessing the measure and its "impacts on Illinois."

The plan's state-specific targets have yet to be released. And deadlines to both spell out ways to reduce pollution as well as to achieve those targets have been pushed back by several years.

Industry groups are expected to fight the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules in court. A federal court last month dismissed a suit challenging the "Clean Power Plan" by Oklahoma, West Virginia and another dozen coal-reliant states.

Lincoln College's ACCESS Program Offers Provides Support For Students

High school students seeking to head to the next level of education that had an individualized education plan, or IEP, can find support through a program offered a local higher education institution.

Lincoln College's ACCESS Program can 'level the playing field' for those students. That's according to Jessica Hood who leads the program. She explains the program provides individual attention to those students.

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Students will work closely with Hood to learn strategies in note taking or test taking among others. Additionally, Hood indicates students are allowed on campus about a week before school starts, so they are there with 100 athletes adjusting to campus life rather than around 600 students.

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Hood calls the program a great opportunity for students with learning disabilities to be able to get an associates degree and give themselves a chance to further their education. She explains students in the program are very eager to work hard and graduate to move on.

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To learn more about the ACCESS program, contact Hood at Lincoln College by calling 217-735-7335.

The ACCESS program support services are around $2-thousand per year included in the tuition rate. Hood says there is no waiting list for the program, and students can join prior to the school year.

Merritt Moves Up In World Golf Rankings; Fowler Cracks Top 5

 width=For the first time since first appearing at No. 1,414 in August 2008, Troy Merritt has cracked the Official World Golf Ranking's top 100.

Thanks to his victory at the Quicken Loans National on Sunday, Merritt is now 99th in the world, up from 180th. The 29-year-old will play in the WGC-Bridgestone this week and in his first career major, the PGA Championship, next week.

One spot behind Merritt on the leaderboard, Rickie Fowler used his runner-up finish to vault to No. 5, tying his highest career ranking, which he ascended to and dropped from last month.

And in the weekly Tiger Woods watch, the former world No. 1 actually moved up four spots, from 266th to 262nd, with his T-18 finish in Virginia. This marks, believe it or not, the first upward movement for Woods in the OWGR since the week of April 11. He now sits sandwiched between the United States' Hudson Swafford and England's David Horsey.

The top 10 for the week of Aug. 2 saw 1. Rory McIlroy, 2. Jordan Spieth, 3. Bubba Watson, 4. Jason Day, 5. Rickie Fowler, 6. Jim Furyk, 7. Dustin Johnson, 8. Justin Rose, 9. Henrik Stenson, 10. Sergio Garcia.

Packers TE Quarless Loses Baby At Birth

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless revealed Monday he missed the first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth last week.

 width=Quarless had initially been excused from the first practice of camp on Thursday for what coach Mike McCarthy termed "a positive personal situation." The coach's tone changed ominously the following day when Quarless was again absent, saying the sixth-year tight end was dealing with "a very difficult family situation."

On Monday, after fully participating in his first practice of camp, Quarless shared the devastating news and acknowledged that returning to football had been something of a safe haven.

Quarless had taken part on a limited basis in Saturday's practice before players had Sunday off. He struggled at times to keep his emotions in check as he spoke Monday after several family members, including his 5-year-old son, watched practice.

"It's the saddest day of my life," Quarless said. "I thank this team for the type of support they have given me to help me get through this. Just very thankful for these guys. It's really a family in here.

"I (was) looking forward my first day getting back out there today. It felt real good. It felt real good just to get out there, catch some passes, be able to run around a little bit, kind of get back to your old self and get back into things.

"The most important thing was my son was able to come out there. He was really looking forward to being a big brother," Quarless said. "Today was rough. I'm a little drained. I was drained the past couple of days. ... being around my teammates having fun and actually smile, actually to smile and be happy, that was good for me."

Quarless had been looking forward to his daughter's birth, especially in the wake of his July 4 arrest in Miami Beach, Florida, on a misdemeanor gun charge. He allegedly fired two shots into the air after an argument with a group of women, according to police. He pleaded no contest last month and is due in court on Aug. 24.

Quarless faces a possible suspension under the NFL personal conduct policy, although it's unclear when such a decision would be made. Defensive lineman Letroy Guion was arrested on drug and gun charges in February and reportedly learned last month that he'd be receiving a three-game suspension, although he is appealing.

>>Giants Finally Talk with JPP

The New York Giants finally have spoken with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul about his injuries.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said Monday morning in a radio interview that "it was a personal conversation, and I want to keep it private between him and I."

Reese added that the Giants are not annoyed about their inability to communicate with Pierre-Paul since he was injured in a fireworks accident July 4 in Florida. The team has not released details of the injuries suffered by Pierre-Paul in part because it has not been given the opportunity to physically examine him.

The team sent representatives to Florida after the accident but they were unable to visit in the hospital with Pierre-Paul.

Coach Tom Coughlin has not spoken with Pierre-Paul.

Reese said on WFAN in New York that he also has spoken to Pierre-Paul's agent. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his franchise tag tender, worth $14.8 million for 2015. Should he wind up on the non-football injury list once he signs it, the Giants would not be liable to pay him as long as he is on that list.

Pierre-Paul is entering his sixth NFL season. A first-round pick in 2010, he helped the Giants win the Super Bowl the next season with 16 1/2 sacks. Last year, he had 12 1/2.

Pierre-Paul is the team's top pass rusher, and the Giants brought back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator this season. Spagnuolo builds his defense around getting pressure on the quarterback.

Sox Call Up Brother of NBA Superstar; Cubs Make Moves; MLB Notes

 width=>>White Sox Call Up Trayce Thompson, Brother of Klay Thompson

The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, from Triple-A Charlotte before the game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Thompson, 24, was hitting .260 with 13 home runs, 39 runs batted in and 53 runs scored for Charlotte this season.

He is the son of Mychal Thompson, who played 13 seasons in the NBA.

 width=>>Cubs Recall Szczur, Designate Richard

The Chicago Cubs recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment Monday night before their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Szczur was hitting .295 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 58 games with Iowa. In 32 games with the Cubs earlier this season, he batted .211 with one homer, eight RBIs and two steals.

Richard was 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA in four games, including three starts.

Right-hander Dan Haren, acquired last Friday from the Miami Marlins in a trade, will take Richard's spot in the rotation and make his Cubs' debut Wednesday night against the Pirates.

>>Rockies Top Prospect Gray To Make MLB Debut

The Colorado Rockies are about to introduce a top prospect a week after trading the face of the franchise.

Eight days after dealing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Jon Gray, Colorado's top pitching prospect, is expected to make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.

Gray arrived in Denver on Monday morning after getting word late Sunday that he was being called up.

Gray, 23, was the third overall pick in the 2013 draft. The hard-throwing right-hander was 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 21 games - 20 starts - for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. In his last six starts he is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 38 strikeouts.

The Rockies were being patient with Gray but his performance over the last month pushed up his timetable, which surprised him.

Gray's arrival takes the sting out of last week's trade that sent Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rockies, on the way to their fifth straight losing season, are in rebuilding mode and Gray is considered one of the cornerstone pieces of the future.

Gray has moved quickly through the Rockies' system. He was 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in nine minor league starts in 2013 and was 10-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 24 starts with Double-A Tulsa in 2014.

He struggled early this season with high pitch counts, which didn't allow him to go deep into games. He had only one start that went beyond the seventh inning but he showed steady improvement since late June.

Still, the Rockies weren't ready to bring him up before Tuesday.

Gray was Colorado's highest pick since right-hander Greg Reynolds was taken second overall in 2006. Reynolds won only six games in his major league career.

>>Indians Place All-Star Kipnis On DL

The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Indians sent their leadoff hitter back to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors before the start of a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Kipnis leads the American League with 132 hits, and is batting .326 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 101 games.

The Indians recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. They also optioned left-hander Michael Roth to Triple-A and recalled lefty Kyle Crockett.

 width=>>Mets Teammates Co-NL Players of the Week

New York Mets teammates Lucas Duda and rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard were named National League Co-Players of the Week on Monday after helping spur the team into a share of first place atop the NL East.

Duda earned his share of the honors with a spectacular display of power hitting, swatting seven homers to go with 10 RBIs and a .474 batting average over six games.

Not to be outdone, Syndergaard won both his starts with a pair of masterful efforts. The 22-year-old Syndergaard blanked the San Diego Padres on three hits over eight innings before limiting the Washington Nationals to two runs over eight frames, striking out nine batters in each victory.

Duda's home run binge actually started the previous week. The left-handed hitting first baseman is the third player in the last 10 years to go deep nine times in eight games, boosting his team-high total to 21 homers.

Syndergaard also put himself among some select company, joining Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets pitchers to register consecutive starts of at least eight innings with nine strikeouts and zero walks.

Cubs, Pirates Washed Out; Sox Lose Late

 width=>>Cubs, Pirates Washed Out

A.J. Burnett didn't get good news Monday after having an MRI on his ailing elbow. Yet the Pittsburgh right-hander knew it could have been worse.

Burnett was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon, rather than a torn ligament.

Hours later, the scheduled game between the Pirates and Chicago Cubs was postponed after two rain delays totaling almost 3 1/2 hours.

No makeup date was announced.

The game was called at midnight with the score tied at 1 in the middle of the fourth inning. There was a delay of over 2 hours in the bottom of the second, then was rained out after a wait of 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant was back in the lineup, a day after leaving a win at Milwaukee when he felt woozy following a headfirst slide into second base.

Bryant passed all of the necessary concussions tests Monday. On Sunday, Bryant's head struck Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's leg when he slid into second base in the fifth inning.

Bryant is hitting .246 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs in 95 games.

Both teams scored in the third.

 width=>>Rays Edge White Sox

If the Tampa Bay bench hadn't been so depleted, Mikie Mahtook might never have batted with two outs in the ninth inning

Instead, the rookie outfielder took advantage of his chance, hitting an RBI single that sent the Rays over the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Monday night.

Had manager Kevin Cash not already used left-handed hitters Grady Sizemore - who stroked a game-tying solo homer in the eighth inning - and James Loney earlier, it's likely one of the two would have pinch hit for Mahtook against right-hander David Robertson (4-3).

The hit raised Mahtook's batting average to .188.

Evan Longoria had three hits and an RBI for the Rays.

Jake McGee (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win.

Brad Boxberger worked out of a jam in the ninth for his 27th save.

Jose Abreu and Carlos Sanchez each hit two-run homers for Chicago, which has dropped four of five.

The White Sox tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but center fielder Kevin Kiermaier nailed Alexei Ramirez at the plate for the first out of the inning.

Ramirez led off with a single, stole second and tried to score on a single by Adam LaRoche. The throw home beat Ramirez by a wide margin, and he tried to vault over catcher Curt Casali but was tagged out.

MLB Scoreboard

Seattle 8
Colorado 7

American League

Minnesota 1
Toronto 5

Houston 9
Texas 12

Cleveland 4
LA Angels 5

Baltimore 9
Oakland 2

National League

Arizona 6
Washington 4

San Francisco 8 Final/12
Atlanta 9

NY Mets 12
Miami 1

San Diego 13
Milwaukee 5

Social Security: Children At Heart of Programs

Social Security is often viewed as an insurance policy for the disabled or a retirement fund for retirees but according to one official, many of their programs have the youth of the nation in mind.

Jack Myers with Social Security indicates children or parents who may be disabled or pass away are eligible for certain benefits. He explains they can be eligible for up to 50% of a disability case or 75% of a survivor case.

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Myers indicates there is a cap on payouts in those cases. He explains in a difficult situation, the payouts can be very beneficial to them.

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Myers indicates indicates around 4.4-million kids receive benefits and he says it is a big part of what they do.

CHS Principal Talks Upcoming School Year

 width=Going into year two as Principal of Clinton High School, Jerry Wayne is making some minor alterations to the school.

He explains going into last year, he was only a half year in as the school's leader and felt at the time making changes wasn't something he was comfortable with. With an entire year under his belt now, the Principal says he is ready to make some minor changes this year.

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With that in mind, Wayne indicates he has plans to switch around the 'class halls'. He explains he will be placing freshman close to the guidance deparment and offices for further support if they need it in that first year at the high school.

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The senior class will now occupy the sports entrance hallway at Clinton High School, and part of the reason for that change is due to the addition of new lockers. Wayne indicates that not only will be a benefit for them, but it will spruce up one of the busiest, most occupied areas of the school during non-school hours.

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Wayne says the there's a little bit of a snag with the new lockers. He says the lockers have yet to arrive, and with school just a few weeks away, that is making him a little nervous, though he has been assured, the current lockers can be taken out and new lockers put in in just two days time.

He adds, for that reason, high school students still do not have a locker assigned to them yet.

Kenseth's Gamble Pays Off At Pocono

Joey Logano was the first leader to fade, his tank empty with three laps left.
Martin Truex Jr. struck E with two laps to go.

Kyle Busch knew his Toyota was about out, too, his shot at a fourth straight win tapped out on the last lap.

 width=One by one, fuel woes cost the contenders. But the pain at the pump for drivers pushing toward the finish line was the break Matt Kenseth needed to coast past them all in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

The 400-mile race came down to fuel and which cars had it - and which ones didn't.

Once they ran out, Kenseth not only had enough left in the tank to win, he pulled off a celebratory burnout.

Kenseth's win continued the sensational summer run for Joe Gibbs Racing, making it five wins in the last six races. Busch, who had the other victories, failed in his bid to become the ninth driver since 1972 and the first since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight Cup races.

Busch had won three straight Cup races and four of five, swept the Xfinity and Cup races last weekend at Indianapolis and won the Truck Series event Saturday at Pocono. Busch remained outside the top 30 in points, the second marker he needs to hit to qualify for the Chase.

With a win, Busch would have had the points needed to at least crack the top 30, though he'd have to stay there for the final five races before the 16-driver field is set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Truex was 19th, Logano 20th, and Busch 21st.

Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.

Kenseth had the only position that mattered, winning for the second time this season and for the first time ever at Pocono.

Merritt Holds Off Fowler For Win At Quicken Loans National

Troy Merritt walked to the final tee with a three-shot lead and slapped hands with fans on both sides of the ropes, knowing he had all but wrapped up his first PGA Tour title and wanting to show his appreciation for the fans cheering him on.
Not a bad turnaround for a player who had missed five cuts in a row coming into the Quicken Loans National.

 width=Merritt shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday and finished his first career victory in 96 starts with a flourish, rolling in a 34-foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole. After the putt fell, the 29-year-old former Boise State player raised his hands, looked toward the crowd and shrugged his shoulders.

Rickie Fowler, who started the day one shot off the lead, also made a birdie on the final hole to claim second place at 15 under, and David Lingmerth was third, but both had up-and-down rounds. Fowler shot a 69 that featured seven birdies and five bogeys, and Lingmerth's 69 included five birdies and three bogeys.

Fowler waited and gave Merritt a hug after his final putt dropped.

Tiger Woods made a run at contention with birdies on five of his first 10 holes to get to 10 under, but with a huge crowd following and shouting encouragement, he missed a 3-foot putt at No. 11, the first of three bogeys in four holes.

His bogey on the 12th came despite one of the best shots of the tournament. After hitting his drive well right and into a hazard, he took a drop and then hit a blind 5-wood to the back fringe of the green, about 15 feet from the cup.

Woods finished with a 68 to tie for 18th at 8 under.

Bears Sign G Tyler Moore; NFL Notes

 width=The Chicago Bears signed guard Tyler Moore to a three-year contract Friday.

An undrafted rookie out of Florida, he appeared in 19 games with 14 starts over two seasons with the Gators. He spent the 2011 season at Nebraska, where he made four starts while playing in nine games.

>>Bills Suspend OL Coach Kromer

The Buffalo Bills suspended offensive line coach Aaron Kromer without pay for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Bills President Russ Brandon announced the suspension Sunday night. The disciplinary action comes two days after prosecutors in Florida dropped a battery charge for causing bodily harm against Kromer for allegedly confronting two boys for using his beach chairs, pushing one to the ground and punching him in the face last month.

An arrest report released by the Walton County Sheriff's Office said Kromer threatened to kill one of the boy's families if he reported the incident.

The Bills placed Kromer on paid leave July 14, two days after he was arrested. Kromer, however, will rejoin the team at training camp.

The Bills did not reveal when Kromer was scheduled to arrive at camp in suburban Rochester, where the team completed its third day of practice on Sunday.

Kromer's suspension will begin Sept. 7, in the week leading up to the Bills' regular-season opener against Indianapolis. The suspension will run through Buffalo's game against Cincinnati on Oct. 18.

>>Dallas WR Bryant Involved in Heated Scuffle

Dez Bryant kept going after Dallas cornerback Tyler Patmon in a heated training camp skirmish that didn't end until quarterback Tony Romo finally stepped in and calmed his star receiver.

Bryant, who has a history of sideline antics that include screaming at coaches and teammates, threw something at Patmon and later appeared to take a swing at him after the two tangled during a play in 11-on-11 work late in the practice Sunday.

The incident started when Patmon jarred Bryant's helmet loose during a play and Bryant responded by yanking off Patmon's helmet. Patmon threw a punch and backed away, and Bryant came back with a wild left hook before teammates separated them. The Cowboys posted video of the exchange on their website.

Tight end Jason Witten was among those who couldn't get Bryant to walk away. Romo eventually came over and got Bryant to move to a different part of the sideline, while Patmon stood with players and other team personnel nearby.

Bryant, the biggest star in this camp because he recently signed a five-year, $70 million contract that ended his threat not to show up, said he and Patmon exchanged words for several plays before the skirmish that had several teammates trying to separate them.

When practice ended a few minutes later, coach Jason Garrett spoke briefly to Bryant, who then walked over to Patmon and hugged him while fans nearby cheered after earlier yelling at Bryant to calm down.

"I got a little bit overheated," Bryant said. "At the end of the day, that's something that you really need for a team, on a team. I'm just trying to win ballgames."

Big Ten Pushing For Tougher Scheduling

 width=Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016.

That's the same year that Big Ten teams go to a nine-game conference slate.

Commissioner Jim Delany touted a "1910" scheduling model Friday at Big Ten media days: one Power Five nonconference game, nine conference games, one conference championship game, zero games outside the Bowl Subdivision.

Delany said the scheduling guidelines are not a mandate but an agreement and that he believes it will make an impression on the playoff selection committee.

The Big Ten would become the only Power Five conference to play nine league games, eliminate FCS opponents and require a Power Five nonconference game.

Cubs Sweep Brewers; Cards Walk Off on Rockies; Sox Pounded

 width=>>Cubs Sweep Brewers

Kris Bryant left the game feeling a little woozy. Hector Rondon nearly squandered a three-run lead in the ninth inning. Joe Maddon got ejected.

The Chicago Cubs still departed Milwaukee on Sunday with a four-game sweep of the Brewers after an eventful 4-3 win.

The best part of all for the Cubs following their fifth straight win is they're at least 10 games over .500 at 57-47 for first time since end of 2008 season, according to STATS.

Spot-starter Clayton Richard (2-0) and the Cubs' bullpen limited the Brewers until the ninth, when Rondon allowed the first two runners to reach base with his team leading 4-1.

Ryan Braun scored on a groundout with one out, and Hernan Perez drove in another run with a two-out single. Rondon then got pinch-hitter Logan Schafer to line out sharply to center for his 16th save.

The Brewers have lost five straight and eight of their last nine games.

The surging Cubs had a better day against Kyle Lohse (5-13), though they got a scare when Bryant got hurt.

The All-Star rookie left in the fifth after sliding headfirst into second and appearing to get tagged on the helmet by shortstop Jean Segura.

Bryant's neck or upper back also appeared to bump into Segura's leg. Bryant, who reached on an RBI single, was running after a throw to the plate was cut off.

Maddon said Bryant was a little dizzy and was lifted as a precaution. Bryant had tests and was to be reevaluated on Monday in Pittsburgh, where the Cubs open an important three-game series against the Pirates.

 width=>>Newcomer Moss Lifts Cards Over Rockies

Brandon Moss felt as if he got a new baseball life after he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Moss recorded his first big hit with St. Louis, a pinch-hit game-ending single in the ninth inning, and Randal Grichuk had a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Moss' one-out hit to left off reliever Scott Oberg (2-2) drove in Jason Heyward, who doubled with one away.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal (2-2) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

The Cardinals have won nine of 12 and have a major league-best 40-16 mark at home. Colorado has lost four of five.

Moss is 2 for 11 with the Cardinals, but he hit the ball hard to the warning track three times in a 7-0 win on Friday.

He was acquired from Cleveland for minor league left-hander Rob Kaminsky.
Since the trade, Moss has been on cloud nine.

Heyward kick-started the winning rally with a first-pitch double.

St. Louis jumped to a 2-0 lead on Grichuk's home run off Colorado starter Yohan Flande in the fifth. It was

Grichuk's 12th homer of the season and fifth since the All-Star break.

Colorado tied it in the sixth on singles by DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado and a run-scoring double by Ben Paulsen. Arenado then came home on a wild pitch by reliever Steve Cishek.

Colorado went 2-5 on a seven-game road, three of the losses came in the final inning.

Flande gave up two runs on four hits over five innings.

St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia allowed just one run and two hits in five-plus innings. He left with a 2-0 lead but was not pleased with his four walks.

The Cardinals have won 17 of their last 21 at home against Colorado.

 width=>>Yankees Route Samardzija, Sox

From Jacoby Ellsbury all the way down to Stephen Drew at the bottom of the lineup, the New York Yankees bashed their way to a winning road trip.

Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered against Jeff Samardzija, and the Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Sunday.

Drew added three hits and four RBIs, helping the AL East-leading Yankees close out a 6-4 trip to Minnesota, Texas and Chicago - matching a season long. Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius and Drew - the bottom three hitters in the order - combined for seven hits, six RBIs and eight runs scored.

New York also got a lift from Ivan Nova (4-3), who pitched six innings of five-hit ball in his third consecutive victory. Nova's previous start on Monday at Texas was cut short by arm fatigue, a condition he contributed to his comeback from Tommy John surgery in April 2014.

Chicago was coming off an 8-2 victory on Saturday night and averaged seven runs in its previous 10 games, but Nova allowed just one run on Melky Cabrera's RBI single in the sixth.

Samardzija (8-6) was tagged for nine runs, matching a season high, and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. Samardzija, who is eligible for free agency after the season, also walked two and hit two batters in his first start since the White Sox decided to keep the right-hander at Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Ellsbury drove Samardzija's second pitch of the game over the wall in center for his first leadoff homer of the season and No. 12 for his career. He also had a sacrifice fly in New York's five-run fourth inning and a run-scoring groundout in the seventh.

Teixeira led off the fifth with his 29th homer, a 415-foot drive to right on a 3-1 pitch. The slugger connected from both sides of the plate in New York's 13-6 victory in the series opener on Friday night and had five homers in the last four games of the road trip.

A two-out walk for Gregorius sent Samardzija to the dugout, and Drew greeted Scott Carroll with a two-run double. Drew also had a two-run triple against Carroll in the seventh.

Alexei Ramirez and Geovany Soto homered for Chicago, and Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first.

MLB Scoreboard


Arizona 1
Houston 4

San Francisco 1
Texas 2

LA Angels 3 Final/10
LA Dodgers 5

American League

Kansas City 2
Toronto 5

Detroit 6
Baltimore 1

Tampa Bay 4
Boston 3

Seattle 4 Final/11
Minnesota 1

Cleveland 1 Final/10
Oakland 2

National League

Pittsburgh 3
Cincinnati 0

San Diego 2 Final
Miami 5

Atlanta 6
Philadelphia 2

Washington 2
NY Mets 5

DeWitt County Sheriff's Weekend Report

Jail Population: 23

Paper Services: 2

Warrants:  0

Ricky Nelson, 49, Clinton was Arrested and Charged with Driving Under Influence of Alcohol. Nelson was issued Citations for Driving Under Influence of Alcohol and Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places. Nelson posted the necessary bond and was released.

Christopher Thompson, 44, Lincoln was issued Citations for Speeding 75 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone and Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Thompson was issued a Notice to Appear and was releasedl

Adam Schmitt, 47, Champaign was issued a Citation for Speeding 72 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Schmitt was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Jeremy Sheetinger, 34, Louisville, KY was issued a Citation for Speeding 74 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Sheetinger was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Noe Hernandez-Garcia, 31, Concord, NC was issued a Citation for Speeding 86 MPH in a 70 MPH Zone. Hernandez-Garcia was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Loyd Peterson, 45, Argenta was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Peterson was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Michael Turner, 32, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Turner was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Madeline Burch, 19, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 77 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Burch was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Sheila Wayne, 45, Wapella was issued a Citation for Speeding 72 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Wayne was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Sylvester Woodson, 32, Bloomington was issued a Citation for Speeding 80 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Woodson was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Aaron Russell, 23, Decatur was issued a Citation for Speeding 78 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Russell was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Jordan Barr, 20, Clinton was issued a Citation for No Valid Registration. Barr was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.





DeWitt County Sheriff's Report for July 30

Jail Population: 32

Paper Services: 2

Warrants: 1

Phillip Dyer, 47, Clinton was Arrested on a DeWitt County Warrant charging him with Failure to Appear on Possession Controlled Substance. Dyer posted the necessary bond and was released.

Trevor Jones, 22, Clinton was issued a Citation for Speeding 86 MPH in a 65 MPH Zone. Jones was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Karen Haile, 37, Paxton was issued a Citation for Speeding 78 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Haile was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Staci McIntyre, 24, Peoria was issued Citations for Failure to Reduce speed/ Accident and Disobeying Traffic Control Device. McIntyre was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Vlora Osmani, 23, Peoria was issued Citations for Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Speeding 76 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Osmani was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Jessica Shull, 26, Beason was issued Citations for Speeding 77 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone and Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Shull was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

Jeff Anderson, 50, Bloomingdale was issued a Citation for Speeding 73 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone. Anderson was issued a Promise to Comply and was released.

Jane Wright, 60, Wapella was issued a Citation for Operating Uninsured Vehicle. Wright was issued a Notice to Appear and was released.

University of Illinois Report Indicates Allegegations of Wrong Doing Unfounded

A Chicago law firm hired by the University of Illinois to investigate allegations of poor treatment made by former women's basketball players has concluded those charges are unfounded.

The university said Monday that the firm's report recommends some changes, such as a code of conduct for coaches.

Seven former players sued the university, coach Matt Bollant, athletic director Mike Thomas and others on July 1. They alleged Bollant and some other coaches used race to divide the team and drive players out.

An attorney for the players didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit followed complaints from three of those players' parents that led the university to ask for the investigation.

The university also commissioned an outside, ongoing investigation of complaints made by a former football player.

>>Ex-Players' Attorney Says Report Doesn't Suprise Him

The attorney for a group of former Illini women's basketball players says he's not surprised a university-funded report showed his clients' accusations of mistreatment were unfounded.

Attorney Terry Ekl says that's why he and his clients didn't wait for the report findings before filing their lawsuit against the school. The University of Illinois paid a Chicago law firm to do the investigation, which was released Monday.

Seven former players sued the university, coach Matt Bollant, athletic director Mike Thomas and others on July 1. They alleged Bollant and some other coaches used race to divide the team and drive players out.

Some current players and their parents have disputed the claims made in the lawsuit.

Clinton City Council Hears Suggestion on Apple and Pork Costs

 width=The annual Apple and Pork Festival is beginning to rack up the costs for the City of Clinton.

The past several years, the City has had to pay for the costs of clean up and garbage haul away at the annual festival along Center Street and onto the square. According to City Administrator Tim Followell (right), that cost is beginning to add up.

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With the 2015 Apple and Pork Festival less than two months away, Followell says it is too late to make a change on the vendors for this year, but he says the staff at City Hall is considering a change for next year, giving everyone plenty of notice.

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According to Followell, the City would like to propose changes in their very outdated ordinance to shift the cost away from the City and the taxpayers, and put it on some of the vendors.

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Followell indicates they hopo to have an ordinance adopted at the next meeting this month. He also says the costs are going to have to be determined by the number of vendors that are at the festival because the costs each year are usually the same.

Also at the Monday night Clinton City Council meeting...

>>The Council put on file a contract for Dr. John Warner Hospital interim CEO, Paul Skowron.

>>The Council also put on file a DJWH buget amendment.

Rain Could Return Next Week

Humidity will subside and cooler temperatures are expected next week. That's according to state climotologist, Jim Angel.

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Congressman Davis Says Iran Deal Will Cost Our Kids

After 20 months of negotiations the President reached a deal with Iran over nuclear weapons this month. Now an important 60 days is underway.

That’s the amount of time that Congress has to review the deal. For Congressman Rodney Davis, a Taylorville Republican, he’s seen enough. Davis says that what the President and his team negotiated and agreed too will ultimately cost the United States years down the road.

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Davis says that if the Iran deal moves forward without changes or alterations then future governments will be impacted the way another arms deal has worked out.

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Davis says that the deal is all about the President’s legacy.

Bradley University Presidential Search Down To 4 Candidates

Bradley University trustees say they have four finalists who they will interview to be the private Peoria school's next president.

According to reports, university spokeswoman Renee Charles says the board of trustees hopes to name a new president by September. But Charles calls that a "quite aggressive" timeline and it's possible there won't be a new president until the second half of the fall semester.

The head of the presidential search committee says the names were culled from a short list of 14 candidates.

The new president would replace Joanne Glasser, who retired in May. Interim President Stan Liberty has been overseeing the school.

University officials didn't identify the finalists.

New exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

A New Exhibit At The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Explores A Lesser Known Part Of Lincoln’s Legacy…His Role In The Jewish Community.

The Exhibit…”With Firmness In The Right: Lincoln And The Jews” Depicts A Man Who Called Many Jewish People His Friends And Colleagues…And Who Worked For Their Acceptance In America Says The Museum’s Daniel Stowell.

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The Exhibit Depicts Several Other Examples Of Lincoln’s Compassion And Inclusion Through Rare Photos, Documents And Stories. It Runs August Third Through November 15th At The Presidential Museum In Springfield. For More Information About The Museum Visit The Website.

Legislation Creating Amber Alert System For Adults on Governor's Desk

The Amber Alert system has been successful in helping police with cases of missing children. Now Illinois lawmakers hope Governor Rauner agrees to bring a similar system to the state who help missing adults.

State Representative Avery Bourne (Republican-Litchfield) is among the sponsors.

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Lawmakers say the dementia problem is growing and more and more frequently the children of dementia victims have moved to new areas to seek employment.
The Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association estimates more than 200,000 Illinois residents have Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and they estimate about a third of them will wander off at some point.

Number of people visiting Illinois last year increased by 3.5%

The Number Of Tourists Visiting Illinois Increased By Three And A Half Percent Last Year.

More Than 109 Million People Visited Illinois In 2014…The Fourth Year In A Row Tourism Has Grown Here. That’s Generated Nearly Three Billion Dollars In Sales Taxes And Thousands Of Jobs. Illinois Office Of Tourism Director Cory Jobe Says They Want To Keep That Momentum Going.

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Jobe Says They Will Continue To Promote Illinois Tourism With A New Leisure And Travel Magazine That Will Go Out Twice A Year, Along With An Online Edition That Is Updated Every Month. Jobe Says They Will Also Launch A “made In Illinois” Marketing Campaign Promoting Artists, Craftsmen And Entrepreneurs.

Illinois Courtrooms Facing Shortage of Court Reporters

Illinois courts are facing a shortage of court reporters, with the average age of people in the profession rising and fewer young people taking it on as a career.

Tammy Bumgarner is the director court reporting services for the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Reports indicate, she says about 75 percent of the office's staff of 600 workers will be eligible to retire in the next five to 15 years. Bumgarner says there are 42 court reporter vacancies across Illinois with an immediate need to fill 20 of those positions.

A majority of Illinois courts have introduced electronic recording devices as a means of addressing the court reporter shortage.

McLean County recently approved a $90,000 bid to place the audio systems in six courtrooms.

Illinois lawmakers evade pressure to buckle on budget

Illinois has entered its second month without a state budget, and there's no indication that summer's dog days will present any new opportunities for a breakthrough between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats.

Senators face a tricky vote when they return to the Capitol on Tuesday - whether to reject a pay increase for themselves and violate the state Constitution, as the House already has done.

Lawmakers were unable to gather the votes necessary to override a gubernatorial veto of the budget adopted in May and continue to rail against Rauner's demands for pro-business structural reforms even as they appear to be buckling to his pressure to reject the automatic pay raise.

House Speaker Michael Madigan characterizes the weekly meetings in Springfield as a "continuous session."

A New State Law Creates a Pilot Program to Keep Students Busy on Snow Days

A New State Law Creates A Pilot Program To Keep Students Busy On Snow Days.

Under The Law…Three School Districts Will Be Chosen To Participate In The Program, Where Students Will Continue Their Lessons At Home Instead Of Watching Tv All Day When School Is Cancelled Because Of Weather. Kids Would Have To Put In At Least Five Hours Of E-Learning During Each Snow Day. The Idea Was Supported By Representative Kathleen Willis Of Northlake.

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The Pilot Program Will Last Three Years And Results Analyzed.

The Law Kind Of Sucks The Fun Out Of Snow Days…But Aims To Make Sure Kids Continue Their Learning Even When School Is Cancelled Due To Weather Says Bill Sponsor, Representative Mike Fortner Of West Chicago.

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Just Three School Districts Will Be Chosen To Participate In The Pilot Program And Will Last Three Years.

Normal Cornbelters Fall to Rockford Aviators

The Normal Cornbelters fell to the Rockford Aviators by a score of 10-4 on Saturday night.

Tune in tomorrow afternoon, August 2, as the Cornbelters take on the Rockford Aviators. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.


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