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Clinton Maroons defeat Meridian Hawks

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Meridian Hawks by a score of 28-26 on Friday night. The Maroons were led by the B-Roc Designs Player of the Game Ethan Boyer who was 7 of 16 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown. He was also 6 rushing for 67 yards and a touchdown. Zeke Hickman was 15 rushing for 98 yards and a touchdown. Adam Kroger had 4 receiving for 69 yards and a touchdown.

 

The Hawks were led by Drew Horelbrink who was 10 for 22 passing for 106 yards and 4 touchdowns. Grant Meisenhelter was 10 rushing for 119 yards and had 2 receiving for 29 yards and a touchdown.

 

With the win, the Maroons improve to 1-3 overall. The Hawks fall to 1-3 overall.

 

Tune in Friday, April 16, as the Maroons take on Sullivan. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.

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Clinton Hosts Meridian in High School Football Action

The Clinton Maroons will turn their attention this week to the Meridian Hawks in Central Illinois Conference football action tonight.

 

Through the halfway point of the abbreviated pandemic altered high school football season, the Maroons find themselves winless at 0-3. Coach Chris Ridgeway says while the results on the scoreboard on not what they'd hoped for, he's learning a lot about his team.

 

 

Meridian returns most of the team that beat the Maroons last season and Coach Ridgeway credits the Hawks for their athleticism and a disciplined group upfront. 

 

 

Game time tonight from Clinton High School is 7 pm. Hear the action on 92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

CIC action tonight:

 

Shelbyville vs. Decatur St. Teresa

Sullivan-Okaw Valley vs. Central A & M

Warrensburg-Latham vs. Tuscola

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Monticello Hosts Mattoon

The fourth-ranked Monticello Sages will host non-conference opponent Mattoon this week in non-conference high school football action Saturday afternoon from Monticello High School.

 

The Sages rolled past Rantoul 40-0 last week improving to 3-0 on the season. 

 

The Green Wave are 1-2 on the year following last week's 28-0 loss to Effingham. 

 

Hear Saturday's action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. Game time is 2 pm.

Illini Prairie Conference football action this week:

 

Illinois Valley Central vs. Prairie Central
Pontiac vs. Bloomington Central Catholic
St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Tolono Unity
Olympia vs. Rantoul

 

8-Man Football 

 

Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland vs. North Fulton
Decatur LSA vs. Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran
Blue Ridge vs. Champaign St. Thomas More (Sat.)

 

Apollo

 

Charleston vs. Mahomet-Seymour
Taylorville vs. Effingham 
Lincoln vs. Mt. Zion 

 

Central State Eight

 

Decatur Eisenhower vs. Jacksonville 
Decatur MacArthur vs. Chatham-Glenwood
Rochester vs. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin
Springfield vs. Springfield Southeast
Springfield Lanphier vs. Normal U-High at ISU Hancock Stadium

 

Heart of Illinois

 

El Paso-Gridley at Fieldcrest
Eureka vs. Tri-Valley
Ridgeview vs. Fisher
LeRoy vs. Heyworth 

 

Lincoln Prairie

 

Argenta-Oreana vs. Cerro Gordo-Bement
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond vs. Arcola
Sangamon Valley vs. Villa Grove-Heritage
Oakland Tri-County vs. Toledo-Cumberland

 

Mid-Illini

 

Limestone vs. Canton
Dunlap vs. East Peoria 
Morton vs. Metamora 
Pekin vs. Washington

 

Sangamo

 

Maroa-Forsyth vs. North Mac

 

Non-Conference high school football:

 

Danville Schlarman vs. Peoria Heights

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Central Illinois Outdoors This Weekend Highlights Wild Fishing Stories

Central Illinois Outdoors with Jared White has some wild tales from the water.

 

A massive catch on Clinton Lake and a visit from a Mt. Zion insurance agent that specializes in food plots for hunting. White also talks with the founder of a group that gets veterans into the outdoors.

 

 

Central Illinois Outdoors airs every:

 

Saturday at 10a on 870 WTIM - Taylorville

Sunday at 8a on 1520 WHOW - Clinton

Sunday at 8a on 106.5FM - Bloomington/Normal

Sunday at 8a on 96.5TheWinner-Taylorville

Monday podcast at the CIO website

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Monticello's Ben Cresap Makes Basketball First-Team All Illini Prairie

Monticello junior guard Ben Cresap was named to the Illini Prairie Conference's first-team all-conference team announced Friday morning.

 

Cresap helped the Sages to a 7-3 record and 5-3 mark in the conference averaging 15 points per game, 2.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds. 

 

Bloomington Central Catholic senior guard JT Welch, IVC senior guard Holt Geltmaker and Prairie Central senior guard Trey Bazzell were unanimous all-conference selections. St. Joseph-Ogden sophomore forward Ty Pence and IVC senior guard Mac Parmelee were also first team selections.

 

Monticello junior guard Dylan Ginalick highlighted the second-team along with BCC's Sam Tallen and Jadyn Ellison, IVC senior Kam Wollard, Champaign St. Thomas More junior Patrick Quarnstrom, Tolono Unity junior Blake Kimball, Prairie Central senior Rylie Vaughan and St. Joseph-Ogden junior Evan Ingram.

 

Monticello senior guard Jake Edmondson was joined on the third team all-conference list by Rantoul's Avontay Anderson, Pontiac sophomore Logan Barnett, Olympia senior Hunter Berges, St. Joe-Ogden junior Andrew Beyers, BCCs Drew Hinderer, STMs Averi Hughes and Dawson Magrini and Prairie Central senior Cooper Palmore.

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White Sox Blank Royals

As heard on WHOW, Lance Lynn pitched a five-hitter for the first complete game and shutout in the major leagues this season, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 on a rainy Thursday.

 

Yermin Mercedes kept up his scorching start with a 485-foot homer and Yoan Moncada went deep.

Lynn (1-0) struck out 11 and walked none in his second shutout in 238 career starts, his first since a five-hitter against the New York Yankees on May 27, 2014.

 

Moncada hit a two-run homer in the first, and Mercedes followed with a long shot to left-center against Brad Keller to make it 3-0.

 

The White Sox will try to win their 18th straight game against a left-handed starter and tie a major league record set by Atlanta from 2004-05 when they meet Mike Minor (1-0, 6.00) on Saturday.

 

Chicago's streak dates to a loss to Detroit on Sept. 28, 2019, when lefty Tyler Alexander started for the Tigers but did not figure in the decision. RHP Dylan Cease (0-0, 5.79 ERA) pitches Saturday for Chicago.

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Cubs Double Up Bucs

Craig Kimbrel used every bit of his once elite stuff while finishing off the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-2 win on Thursday to become the 12th pitcher in major league history with 350 career saves.

 

Kimbrel struck out Dustin Fowler and pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo with the bases loaded to end the eighth, then retired the Pirates in order for his first five-out save of his 12-year big league career.

 

Kimbrel's 22-pitch performance didn't exactly leave him gassed. The 32-year-old spent nearly an hour going through his usual postgame workout routine.

 

The Cubs broke out of an opening funk by pounding out 11 hits against Tyler Anderson (0-2) and four relievers. Javy Baez hit a go-ahead two-run shot for the Cubs in the sixth. Rizzo and Bryant also homered as Chicago raised its major league-worst team batting average from .143 to .157.

 

Jake Arrieta (2-0) survived a sometimes wobbly six innings to improve to 14-6 against the Pirates. Arrieta allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks and four strikeouts.

 

Zach Davies (1-0, 3.18 ERA) will go for his second victory over the Pirates in a week when the teams meet on Saturday.

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Cardinals Rally Late Past Brewers

Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning of his home debut with the Cardinals, lifting St. Louis over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Thursday as fans returned to Busch Stadium for the first time since 2019.

 

Arenado, a five-time All-Star acquired from Colorado on Feb. 1 after eight seasons with the Rockies, followed a walk to Austin Dean with the score 1-1. Arenado turned on a first-pitch 96.6 mph offering from Drew Rasmussen (0-1) and sent the ball 373 feet to left for his second homer this season.

 

Adam Wainwright allowed one run and five hits in five innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

 

Giovanny Gallegos (2-0) gave the Cardinals their third straight inning of hitless relief, following Ryan Helsley and Andrew Miller.

 

Alex Reyes finished the six-hitter for his third save, allowing a leadoff single to Omar Narvaez in the ninth and stranding him at third when Daniel Robertson hit a game-ending flyout.

 

Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes gave up one hit in six scoreless innings, struck out nine and walked none.

 

Paul Goldschmidt was held out of Thursday's game due to lower back tightness. The team said it was a precautionary measure.

 

Carlos Martinez (0-1, 7.20) will face RHP Adrian Houser (0-1, 3.60) in the second of the three-game series on Saturday. Martinez, who will be making his 125th career start, is 6-5 with a 2.23 ERA in 15 starts against the Brewers. Houser has allowed 11 runs in 17 1/3 innings against St. Louis.

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Stars Roll Blackhawks

Blake Comeau scored twice, Roope Hintz had a goal and three assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Thursday to end a two-game slide.

 

Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen also scored to help Dallas pull closer in the battle for the fourth place and the final playoff spot in the Central Division. The Stars (14-14-10) have 38 points, but have played just 38 games because a COVID-19 outbreak delayed their start this season.

 

Anton Khudobin made 38 saves for the game - and some tough ones in the first period when Chicago came out buzzing and took 16 shots.

 

Dominik Kubalik connected for the Blackhawks (18-18-5), who fell four points behind fourth-place Nashville as the Predators pounded Detroit. Chicago made a trade with Florida earlier Thursday to bolster its roster for a playoff push, but had to settle for a split in a two-game set with Dallas.

 

Kevin Lankinen blocked 29 shots. The Stars power play clicked on two of three chances.

 

The Blackhawks are at Columbus on Saturday for the first of a two-game set

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Bulls Topple Raptors

Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine each scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 122-113 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.

 

LaVine also had 15 assists, and Lauri Markkanen came off the bench to score 18 points, making eight of 10 shots.

 

Chris Boucher scored a career-high 38 points and had 19 rebounds for the Raptors. They have lost 15 of 18.

 

Pascal Siakam added 27 points and eight rebounds for Toronto.

 

LaVine and Vucevic combined for 15 points on an early 19-3 run that gave the Bulls their first 10-point lead.

 

Raptors forward DeAndre Bembry sat out a one-game suspension for his part in an altercation during the first quarter of Tuesday night's game against the Lakers. Fred VanVleet was also given a one-game suspension that will be served when he is eligible to return from the injured list. 

 

The Bulls are at Atlanta on Friday night.

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Mariners Double Up White Sox

As heard on WHOW, Kyle Seager slapped an opposite-field, bases-clearing double for the big blow in Seattle's seven-run sixth inning, and the Mariners avoided a sweep with an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

 

Seager had three hits, and his two-out liner down the left-field line cleared the bases as the Mariners posted their highest-scoring inning of the young season. But Seager got his chance at hitting in the inning because France refused to relent.

 

France fell behind 0-2, fouled off four two-strike pitches and walked on the 11th pitch of the at-bat from Chicago's Matt Foster to keep the inning alive for Seager.

 

Taylor Trammell, J.P. Crawford and Jose Marmolejos all had RBI singles in the inning, and Mitch Haniger added a sacrifice fly.

 

Almost all of that damage came off Foster who took over after Dallas Keuchel allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach. Foster (0-1) recorded just two outs, and allowed five hits and five earned runs before getting lifted.

 

Keuchel allowed three runs, struck out three and walked three in his second start of the season.

Seattle starter Justin Dunn allowed only one hit, but couldn't finish the fifth inning due to control problems. Dunn walked eight in 4 2/3 innings, including a bases loaded walk to Yasmani Grandal that ended his day. Andrew Vaughn greeted Will Vest (1-0) with a two-run single, and Danny Mendick added an RBI single an inning later.

 

But that was all the White Sox could manage. Chicago failed to score after loading the bases with no outs in the seventh as Luis Robert lined into a double play that ended the threat.

 

Chicago placed SS Tim Anderson on the 10-day injured list but are hopeful he'll be able to return from his hamstring injury early next week. Manager Tony La Russa held out hope Anderson would be available for Thursday's home opener but the team decided to be safe and hold him out longer. Anderson will be eligible to come off the injured list April 15.

 

Lance Lynn (0-0) will make his second start as the White Sox return home to face the Royals. Lynn allowed two unearned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first start against the Angels. Hear today's action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW at 2:30 pm.

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Brewers Rally Late to Beat Cubs

Lorenzo Cain hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday.

 

Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff had a no-hit bid going until Ian Happ led off the seventh with a clean single. It was scoreless until then - after that, the ball began to fly.

 

Cain, who had missed three games with an oblique strain, hit a solo homer leading off the eighth. Joc Pederson tied it with his first home run - and first hit - for the Cubs, a drive in the bottom half off reliever Devin Williams.

 

After automatic runner Daniel Robertson moved to third on a single by pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach in the 10th, Cain drove a 1-1 pitch from Brandon Workman (0-1) to the center-field batter's eye on a warm afternoon at Wrigley Field.

 

Cain, a two-time All-Star who turns 35 next week, played five games last season before opting out Aug. 1 because of coronavirus concerns.

 

Jason Heyward singled in automatic runner Kris Bryant in the Cubs 10th off J.P Feyereisen. After two walks loaded the bases, Brad Boxberger came on to retire Happ on a fly to short left for the final out and his first save.

 

Woodruff permitted just one hit, struck out eight and walked none in seven innings.

 

Josh Hader (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

 

Christian Yelich had three hits, including a double, and walked for Milwaukee.

 

The Cubs finished with only three hits after getting just one in a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday night.

 

Pederson was happy to get one of the them and have it be big. He's now 1 for 17 after signing a one-year deal with Chicago.

 

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks nearly matched Woodruff through six scoreless innings. The Cubs ace allowed four hits, while walking none and fanning six.

 

Hendricks rebounded from a shaky opening-day start when he allowed three runs in three innings.

Willson Contreras got a scheduled maintenance day off and Tony Wolters started behind the plate. Contreras pinch-hit and walked in the 10th. Contreras was hit by a pitch in the helmet on Monday and in the upper body in the ninth inning on Tuesday, but manager David Ross said the plunkings had nothing to do with resting the catcher.

 

Corbin Burnes (0-1, 1.42) takes the mound against St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright (0-1, 20.25) in the Cardinals' home opener on Thursday afternoon.

 

Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.50) comes off a strong first start in his return to Chicago to face the Pittsburgh's Tyler Anderson (0-1, 5.40) on Thursday in the Pirates' home opener.

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Cardinals Blank Marlins

Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and Dylan Carlson added a grand slam, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over Miami 7-0 Wednesday for a three-game sweep that dropped the Marlins to 1-5 for the first time since 2015.

 

Jack Flaherty (1-0) allowed one hit in six innings, a leadoff single by Corey Dickerson, who advanced on a walk before he was caught stealing. After another walk, Flaherty settled down. He allowed only two more runners, both on walks, and struck out six.

 

Genesis Cabrera and Jordan Hicks finished the three-hitter.

 

St. Louis allowed three runs against the Marlins after giving up 27 in the opening series.

 

Pablo Lopez (0-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings.

 

St. Louis had advanced just one runner to scoring position before the seventh.

 

Molina homered for a 2-0 lead in the seventh and drove in the go-ahead run in each game of the series. Matt Carpenter had drawn a out-two walk, ending a string of 10 batters retired by Lopez.

 

Carlson connected against Zach Pop in the ninth, homering for the second consecutive game. He has three hits this season, and all are home runs.

 

Miami went 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position in the series. Cardinals right fielder Justin Williams made the game's final out with a diving catch off Jon Berti's sinking line drive with Jesus Aguilar on second.

 

Paul Goldschmidt also had an RBI single for St. Louis.

 

Nolan Arenado singled in the fourth and has hit safely in his first six games as a Cardinal.

 

Kwang Hyun Kim (back stiffness) is expected to return with the team to St. Louis for the club's first homestand but there is no announced timetable to activate him from the injured list. Kwang pitched against minor leaguers Tuesday at the team's spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida.

 

Adam Wainwright (0-1, 20.25) will start the home opener against Milwaukee on Thursday. Wainwright allowed six runs and seven hits and was pulled after 2 2/3 innings at Cincinnati.

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Pacers Outlast Timberwolves

Aaron Holiday scored 22 points, brother Justin Holiday had 21 and the short-handed Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-137 on Wednesday night.

 

The Pacers were without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis and three other injured starters, and had lost nine of 10 home games.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns led NBA-worst Minnesota with 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Rookie Anthony Edwards had 27 points.

 

Aaron Holiday wrapped it up with two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining.

 

Justin Holiday hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter, when the Timberwolves rallied to make it a one-possession game. T.J. McConnell made a key 3-pointer for a 138-132 lead with 24.9 seconds remaining. He finished with 19 points.

 

Aaron Holiday scored 14 points in the second quarter, and the Pacers outscored the Timberwolves 42-25 in the period for a 21-point halftime lead. The Pacers had a season-high 77 points at the break.

 

Caris LeVert added 18 points for the Pacers. They shot 59% from the field.

 

The Pacers are at Orlando on Friday night.

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Blues Down Vegas

Jordan Binnington made a season-high 50 saves to help the St. Louis Blues snap a seven-game skid a 3-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko, Sammy Blais, and Jake Walman scored to help St. Louis end an 0-6-1 stretch. It also gave the Blues their first home victory since an overtime win Feb. 18 against San Jose.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves while losing his third straight start.

 

Tarasenko scored his third goal of the season 48 seconds into the contest to give St. Louis an early lead.

 

Blais scored 7:21 into the first when he roofed a feed from David Perron over Fleury's glove for his fourth goal of the season to make it 2-0. Blais had been a healthy scratch for St. Louis' previous three contests.

 

Walman scored his first NHL goal to add some insurance with 6:27 remaining in regulation to make it 3-0.

 

Nicoals Roy spoiled Binnington's bid for his ninth career shutout when he scored his second goal of the season with 4:16 to go.

 

Kyle Clifford and Ryan Reaves dropped the gloves midway through the first period. It was Clifford's team-leading fourth fight of the season.

 

The Blues host Minnesota on Friday night.

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The Masters Tees Off Today

The first-and second-round tee times are out for the 2021 Masters. As usual, Augusta National spread the wealth around proportionately with these threesomes. There will be intrigue off the first tee on the first of four long, wonderful spring days at the first major championship of 2021.

 

The Masters' return to April has been long-anticipated since the rescheduled event went on without a hitch last November. The 88-man field that will take on the course beginning Thursday is star-studded with nearly all of the best golfers in the world competing. That is obvious when looking at the groups as prepared by Augusta National for Round 1 action.

 

The first big-time group that will get going is Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland. Others that follow include really interesting mixing and matching of past champions, amateurs and current starts. Here are some of the ones that stand out from the pack.

 

Augusta National doesn't really do the mega-groups thing for the first two days, which is nice when you want to spread your attention on the entirety of the tournament. You get a nice amalgamation of so many different types of players at different stages of their careers and a manageable number of golfers (88) instead of trying to squeeze in 156 before the sunsets.

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Tiger Going 80-Pluse MPH When SUV Crashed

Tiger Woods was driving more than 80 mph — nearly twice the posted speed limit — on a downhill stretch of road when he lost control of an SUV and crashed in a wreck that seriously injured the golf superstar, authorities said Wednesday.

 

Sheriff Alex Villanueva blamed the Feb. 23 crash outside Los Angeles solely on excessive speed and Woods’ loss of control behind the wheel. The athlete will not face any citations for his third high-profile collision in 11 years.

 

Woods was driving 84 to 87 mph (135 to 140 kph) in an area with a speed limit of 45 mph (72 kph), Villanueva said. No one else was hurt, and no other vehicles were involved.

 

The stretch of road is known for wrecks and drivers who frequently hit high speeds. Due to the steepness of the terrain, a runaway truck escape lane is available just beyond where Woods crashed.

 

There was no evidence that the golfer tried to brake, and investigators believe Woods may have inadvertently stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal in a panic, said sheriff’s Capt. James Powers, who oversees the sheriff’s station closest to the crash site.

 

Woods was wearing a seat belt at the time, and the vehicle’s airbags deployed. He told deputies that he had not taken medication or consumed alcohol before the crash, sheriff’s officials said.

 

Detectives did not seek search warrants for Woods’ blood samples, which could have been screened for drugs or alcohol, or his cellphone. Authorities said there was no evidence of impairment or of distracted driving, so they did not have probable cause to get warrants. Investigators did search the SUV’s data recorder, known as a black box, which revealed the vehicle’s speed.

 

On Twitter, Woods thanked first responders, as well as the people who called 911.

 

Documents show that Woods told deputies he did not know how the crash occurred and did not remember driving. At the time of the wreck, Woods was recovering from a fifth back surgery, which took place two months earlier.

 

Woods, who is originally from the Los Angeles area, had been back home to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, when the crash happened.

 

He was driving an SUV loaned to him by the tournament when he struck a raised median in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles. The SUV crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree, striking it at 75 mph (120 kph).

 

Jonathan Cherney, an accident reconstruction expert and retired Irvine, California, police detective, said the sheriff did not explain a fundamental part of the case: Why was Woods driving so fast?

 

The 45-year-old athlete has never gone an entire year without playing, dating back to his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school. He had hoped to play this year in the Masters tournament, which begins Thursday.

 

In the days after the crash, the sheriff called it “purely an accident” and said there was no evidence of impairment.

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Bulls Topple Pacers

On Tuesday, Nikola Vucevic took advantage of Indiana's missing big men by posting 32 points and 17 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls overwhelm the short-handed Pacers 113-97.

 

Chicago has won two straight since snapping a six-game losing streak and moved within one game of the Pacers for the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference. Vucevic also had five assists while going 14 of 29 from the field. All-Star Zach LaVine added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

 

The combination was simply too much for Indiana, which started the game without two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hip), before losing Myles Turner in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.

 

Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 20 points and six rebounds. Edmond Sumner and Jeremy Lamb each scored 15 points as Indiana lost for the ninth time in 10 home games.

 

Chicago took control with a 15-3 run early in the second quarter, taking a 45-33 lead. It was never really close afterward. The Bulls led 62-49 at halftime. When the Pacers cut the deficit to 81-72 in the third quarter, Chicago answered with a 9-0 run, led by Vucevic and Indiana never got close again.

 

Doug McDermott scored 11 points for Indiana.

 

Indiana played just its fifth home game since the All-Star break Tuesday, a span of 32 days in which the Pacers also shared Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the four boys basketball state championship games. But given their home woes, they might have appreciated a little time on the road. The Pacers are 8-15 on their home court this season. And with 13 games remaining at Bankers Life, they'll need a strong finish to extend the NBA's longest active streak of consecutive winning seasons at home to 32.

 

The Pacers played most of the second half without four of their projected opening day starters. In addition to Brogdon, Sabonis and Turner, T.J. Warren, last season's top scorer, will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. Lamb played despite having a sprained right toe.

The Bulls visit Toronto in Tampa, Florida, for a makeup game on Thursday while the Pacers host Minnesota on Wednesday.

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Brewers Blank Cardinals

Freddy Peralta pitched five sharp innings, Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night to stop a three-game slide.

 

Peralta (1-0) struck out eight and walked four. Kris Bryant doubled in the fourth for Chicago's only hit of the game.

 

The 25-year-old Peralta was a spot starter for the Brewers the past two seasons. He has expanded his repertoire, adding a slider that was crisp against Chicago.

 

Shaw connected in the first against Adbert Alzolay (0-1), sending an opposite-field drive deep to left-center. Daniel Vogelbach walked with one out and Christian Yelich singled ahead of Shaw's first homer of the season.

 

Omar Narvaez added a solo drive in the fourth. He also went deep during the Brewers' 5-3 loss to the Cubs on Monday night.

 

Both benches emptied when Brewers reliever Brad Boxberger hit Willson Contreras with a pitch to lead off the Cubs' half of the ninth. Contreras, who was beaned in the helmet on Monday, started yelling and walking toward the mound, but was steered to first base by teammates.

 

The teams milled around briefly on the side of the diamond, but quickly returned to their dugouts.

Boxberger, who was just activated on Tuesday, then got Anthony Rizzo to ground into a double play. Bryant bounced to third to end the game.

 

After Peralta departed, Brent Suter worked three innings of near-perfect relief, allowing only a walk to pinch hitter Matt Duffy in the eighth.

 

Chicago had its best scoring chance in the fourth, when Bryant doubled and advanced to third on Yelich's error. But Peralta struck out Joc Pederson and Javier Baez, ending the inning.

 

Alzolay (0-1) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings. Chicago had won three in a row.

 

Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff (0-0, 6.75 ERA) faces Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 9.00 ERA) on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale. Woodruff and Hendricks are trying to rebound from rough opening-day starts.

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Blackhawks Double Up Stars

Kirby Dach, Dominik Kubilik and Alex DeBrincat scored, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Tuesday night.

 

The Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period, but goaltender Kevin Lankinen stopped Dallas' Roope Hintz in the slot with 93 seconds to play after goals by Andrew Cogliano and Radek Faksa closed the gap.

 

The victory stopped Chicago's two-game losing streak and extended Dallas' losing skid to two games, dropping them to sixth place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks remain in fourth place.

 

Chicago's Dach opened the scoring in the first period, about 11 minutes after his pass to set up an apparent goal by Kane was ruled offside. Dach accepted a pass from Kane and flipped a 15-foot wrist shot over goaltender Jake Oettinger's glove side at 12:05.

 

Dallas assistant coach John Stevens was in charge of the bench Tuesday night with head coach Rick Bowness still in Raleigh, North Carolina, awaiting NHL clearance after what the Stars termed a false positive for COVID-19 on Sunday morning.

 

The Stars and Blackhawks meet again Thursday night in Chicago.

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Molina's early double, Cardinals pitching stops Marlins 4-1

Yadier Molina hit a bases-loaded double during a three-run first inning, Daniel Ponce de Leon and the St. Louis bullpen protected the lead, and the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Monday night.

 

Molina drove in two runs with his 382nd double, moving past Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for eighth place on the career list among catchers.

 

Ponce de Leon (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out three, walked one and hit Starling Marte twice. He relied on fastballs to shut down Marlins hitters as only 10 of his 93 pitches were off-speed.

 

St. Louis got a perfect sixth from Jordan Hicks and two scoreless innings from Giovanni Gallegos. Alex Reyes closed it with a scoreless ninth for his first save.

 

Miami starter Trevor Rogers (0-1) walked four batters in the first, propelling St. Louis to its early advantage. Rogers allowed two hits, struck out six and didn't walk another batter after the first. He went four innings.

 

Tommy Edman led off the St. Louis fifth with a home run against John Curtiss.

 

The Marlins scored on Marte's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

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Contreras, Báez, Bote HRs lift Cubs over Brewers 5-3

Willson Contreras, Javier Baez and David Bote homered during a four-run fourth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Monday night.

 

Trevor Williams pitched perfectly until Omar Narvaez's leadoff single in the sixth. Narvaez added a three-run homer in the seventh.

 

Williams (1-0) was making his Cubs debut after five seasons with Pittsburgh. He pitched into the seventh, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks while striking out six.

 

Alec Mills, who no-hit Milwaukee as a starter last September, pitched the ninth for his first save.

 

Brett Anderson (0-1) allowed all of Chicago's homers, giving up four runs and four hits over five innings while striking out four.

 

Neither team had a baserunner until the bottom of the fourth, when Ian Happ drew a leadoff walk from Anderson. Contreras came up next and knocked him home with a drive that just cleared the center field fence. Baez later homered to right-center, and Bote followed with a blast to deep center.

 

The Brewers have 39 strikeouts, 10 hits and five runs in their last 27 innings.

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Mercedes gets 3 more hits, White Sox blank Mariners 6-0

Yermin Mercedes extended his early tear with three more hits, Carlos Rodon struck out nine and the Chicago White Sox held the Seattle Mariners to three hits in a 6-0 victory Monday night.

 

Yasmani Grandal hit his 150th homer, driving in three runs and scoring twice to help Chicago snap a two-game skid.

 

Rodon (1-0) allowed two hits over five innings in his first appearance of the season. Michael Kopech followed with five strikeouts over two innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and Jose Ruiz closed it out with two perfect innings.

 

Rodon wasn't totally sharp. He allowed a runner to reach third with an errant pickoff attempt, walked three consecutive batters in the fourth inning for Seattle's most significant scoring threat and hit two batters with pitches. But the outing showed promise.

 

Left-hander Justus Sheffield (0-1) allowed six runs - four earned - and eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five. He was stung by third baseman Kyle Seager's fourth-inning bobble of a potential double-play ball on a grounder by Grandal.

 

The White Sox scored three runs in the inning with RBIs from Andrew Vaughn and Billy Hamilton. They added two more in the fifth on Grandal's two-run single.

 

Remember WHOW is your home for White Sox Radio. Our next broadcast is tonight at 8:30 pm CT versus the Seattle Mariners.

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Martinez, Carrier lift Golden Knights to 6-1 win over Blues

Alec Martinez scored two goals and William Carrier added a goal and an assist, sparking the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

 

Tomas Nosek, Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Hague also scored for Vegas.

 

Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis.

 

Robin Lehner was in goal for the Golden Knights and made 31 saves.

 

The Golden Knights' scored the first two goals before St. Louis got one in the first period.

 

Nosek got Vegas going at 6:25 on a tip-in. Standing in front of the net, he redirected a shot from the point by Nick Holden for his first goal this season. Vegas made it 2-0 at 12:45, when Martinez snapped a wrist shot from inside the blue line.

 

St. Louis cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Bozak at 17:01. Zach Sanford skated behind the net and passed to Bozak in the slot and his wrist shot beat Lehner.

 

Vegas blew the game open with four goals in the second period.

 

The Golden Knights scored two goals 32 seconds apart and added another for three goals in 1:59 and a 5-1 advantage in the second period. Martinez scored on a one-timer at 7:08, followed by Carrier, who tipped in a shot at 7:40. Marchessault scored on a wrist shot at 9:07.

 

That goal chased rookie goalie Villie Husso, who faced 19 shots. Jordan Binnington came in for Husso, who started successive games for the first time with the Blues.

 

Binnington was touched for Vegas' final second-period goal at 13:00 when Hague scored on a wrist shot.

 

The game began a stretch in which the Blues will play eight of their next 10 games at home. St. Louis fell to 4-9-4 at home.

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Redbirds Take Four-Game Series at Southern Illinois; Win 14-11 in Series Finale

The Illinois State baseball team won three-of-four games to open Missouri Valley Conference play at Southern Illinois after winning the series finale, 14-11, on Sunday at Itchy Jones Stadium.

 

  ISU, which led by nine runs on two occasions, held off SIU as the Salukis scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th. 

 

Fourth-year senior Jack Butler was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Illinois State (11-15 overall, 3-1 MVC). Fourth-year junior Tyson Hays was 3-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored, and two stolen bases. 

 

JT Weber had two home runs and eight RBIs (the most by an opposing player since 2008) for Southern Illinois (20-6 overall, 4-4 MVC). 

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