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HS Baseball: Clinton Edges Riverton

Jack Manning singled in what proved to be the winning run in the third inning to back seven complete innings from Brock Wilson Saturday as Clinton edged Riverton 2-1 in non-conference baseball action in Riverton Saturday.

 

Cole Fintress tripled in a run in the top of the second to answer a run-scoring inning from the Hawks and then Manning singled hom Mason Walker to give the Maroons sophomore the cushion he'd need to preserve the win.

Fintress doubled and tripled in a 2-for-3 effort from the plate Saturday. Ryne Pine was 3-for-3 while Mason Walker reached base three times finishing 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

 

Wilson struck out five in seven innings of one-run ball for Clinton. The sophomore allowed four hits, and three walks and struck out five.

 

Clinton moves to 12-3 overall. A big week awaits Clinton with Class 3A Rantoul Tuesday, then travels to Shelbyville Friday and travels to Tolono Saturday for a double dip with Unity and Coal City.

HS Baseball: Monticello Rallies Past Williamsville

Koyie Williams' grand slam highlighted a six-run second inning as Monticello answered a six-run frame from Williamsville and Eli Craft singled home the ultimate winning run as the Sages held off Williamsville for a 7-6 non-conference high school baseball win From Monticello Saturday morning.

 

Kyle Carter and Joe Catalano doubled in two runs apiece in the Bullets' six-run second inning. 

 

After Rai Colber singled home a run and Matt Swartz drew a bases-loaded walk, Williams tied the game with his fourth long ball of the year.

 

Craft singled home the eventual winning run in the fifth inning. 

 

Brody Billedo struck out seven in four scoreless innings of relief of Williams for Monticello.

 

A scheduled second game on the day eventually was a JV game for the Sages, keeping its undefeated season intact at 19-0 overall.

 

A showdown with undefeated Maroa-Forsyth awaits Monticello on Monday at the Wilkey Complex in Monticello. The matchups with Salt Fork and PBL late in the week.

 

Hear Monday's action against Maroa-Forsyt on WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

HS Baseball: Maroa-Forsyth Blanks Pontiac

Kaiden Maruer's four hits backed a strong performance from Mitch Williams as Maroa-Forsyth blanked Pontiac 10-0 in five innings Saturday in non-conference high school baseball action from Forsyth.

 

Maurer doubled and scored three runs. Andy Munjoy, Ace Giles, and Connor Kelly drove in a pair of runs for the Trojans. 

 

Zayn Giles, Ace Giles, and Williams added doubles for Maroa-Forsyth who improved to 13-0.

 

Williams struck out four in five innings of shut-out ball for the Trojans.

 

Maroa-Forsyth travels to Monticello on Monday for a showdown that could potentially have Region or Sectional seeding implications. 

 

Game time is 4:30 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

HS Baseball: Lincoln Edges Taylorville, Annawan-Weathersfield

Lincoln picked up a pair of victories Saturday in high school baseball action at Lincoln High School.

 

The Railsplitters started the day with a 3-2 win over Taylorville. 

 

Parker Graue went 6 2/3 innings of 2 run ball, allowing one earned run. Colby Glenn preserved the victory with a strikeout of the only batter he faced for Lincoln.

 

Graue struck out three, walked one and allowed four hits. Glenn, Trey Schilling, and Wes Tedrick drove in the runs for the Railsplitters who tallied runs early to earn the victory. 

 

Michael Lucas had the only extra-base hit for Lincoln.

 

In the second game, Lincoln used a five-run fourth inning to propel them past Annawan-Weathersfield 12-9.

 

Brayden Wurth finished 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs for the Railsplitters. Schilling was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. 

 

Lucas went 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to help Lincoln hold off the Titans. Lucas struck out two, walked two, and permitted two hits. 

 

With Saturday's two victories, Lincoln goes to 8-6 overall. They travel to Lanphier Tuesday for a Central State Eight matchup before more CS8 play with Normal U-High and Springfield Southeast, all on the road, next week.

HS Baseball: Lexington Rolls Mt. Pulaski

Jaxson Goodrich held down a high-powered Mt. Pulaski offense and Lexington took down the Hilltoppers 11-1 in non-conference high school baseball action from Lexington Saturday.

 

Preston Wiltz had two RBIs for the Minutemen. 

 

Franklin Wade had the lone run driven in for Mt. Pulaski while Eric Cooper stole a base. Landon Smith, Tyler Cross, Wade, and Kolin Gibbs recorded hits for Mt. Pulaski.

 

It's the first loss of the season for Mt. Pulaski who drops to 12-1 overall. The Hilltoppers embark on a busy week starting with a home matchup against Riverton Monday, a home matchup with Heyworth Tuesday before hitting the road Thursday to travel to Illini Bluffs for a Tomahawk Conference game and then finishing the week out with Central State Conference opponents Springfield Southeast Friday and a double dip at Springfield Lanphier Saturday.

HS Baseball: Bradley-BourbOnnais Sweep Normal Community

Bradley-Bourbonnais swept Normal Community in a non-conference

showdown Saturday in Bourbonnais 8-6 and 8-5.

 

In the opener, the Ironmen jumped out to a 5-0 lead but the Boilermakers answered to score three runs in the third inning cutting it to a 5-3 deficit, and scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to finish the win.

 

No Boilermakers pitcher went more than three innings.

 

Anthony Gura finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in the opener. 

 

Lucas Drengwitz and Dexter Niekamp had RBIs for the Ironmen in the first game.

 

In the second game, the Boilermakers used six arms to hold off the Ironmen.

 

Ben Schweigert was 1-for-3 with an RBI double for Normal. Parker Michels, Drew Stevens, Alex Herren, and Connor Kearfott hit doubles for the Ironmen.

 

Normal suffered its first two losses of the season to go to 15-2 overall. They take on Normal West on Monday and Wednesday in Big 12 action. 

HS Baseball: Clinton Blanks Central A&M

Colton Walker had a big day at the plate to back five-plus innings from Jack Manning and Clinton blanked Central A&M 10-0 in six innings Friday afternoon from Millikin University in Central Illinois Conference baseball action.

 

Friday's matchup was moved from Clinton High School to Millikin after rain soaked central Illinois throughout the day Thursday and into Friday morning.

 

Walker tripled and drove in four runs finishing 2-for-4. Thanks to Raider's miscues in the field, the Maroons were limited to just four RBIs in the game. Walker scored twice, Brock Wilson was 1-for-4 with a double.

 

Manning struck out six in 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball. 

 

Clinton goes to 4-0 in the CIC and 11-3 overall. They travel to Riverton on Saturday.

HS Baseball: Fast Start Gets Normal Community By Champaign Centennial

Normal Community scored ten runs in the first two frames and never looked back as they rolled to a 12-5 win over Champaign Centennial in Big 12 baseball action in Champaign Friday afternoon.

 

Dexter Niekamp [knee-camp] drove in four runs, Ryan Thiele [tee-lee] tripled and drove in two while Owen Cavanaugh [ca-van-awe] doubled and drove in a pair for the Ironmen.

 

Normal took two from Centennial this week in Big 12 play. 

Kyle Beaty struck out six in four innings of one-run ball. Parker Michels permitted three unearned runs with four strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

 

Normal is 14-0 overall and improves to 4-0 in the Big 12. They travel to Bradley-Bourbonnais [burr-bon-A] on Saturday before a showdown with in-town rival Normal West on Monday and Wednesday next week.

HS Baseball: Champaign Central Outlasts Normal West

An eight-run third inning helped Champaign Central rally and then hold off Normal West Friday in Big 12 baseball action in Champaign.

 

The Maroons dropped eight runs in the third inning to overcome an 8-3 deficit and then held off a Wildcats run in the seventh inning for Central's second win of the week over Normal West.

 

Sam DesCarpentrie homered and drove in five runs for the Wildcats. Bradyn Whitehead finished 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Brady Hart doubled in a run for the Normal West as well.

 

The Wildcats have dropped two in a row after a four-game winning streak. 

They have showdowns with in-town rival Normal Community next week on Monday and Wednesday. 

HS Baseball: Fast Start Gets Normal Community By Champaign Centennial

Normal Community scored ten runs in the first two frames and never looked back as they rolled to a 12-5 win over Champaign Centennial in Big 12 baseball action in Champaign Friday afternoon.

 

Dexter Niekamp drove in four runs, Ryan Thiele tripled and drove in two while Owen Cavanaugh doubled and drove in a pair for the Ironmen.

 

Normal took two from Centennial this week in Big 12 play. 

 

Kyle Beaty struck out six in four innings of one-run ball. Parker Michels permitted three unearned runs with four strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

 

Normal is 14-0 overall and improves to 4-0 in the Big 12. They travel to Bradley-Bourbonnais on Saturday before a showdown with in-town rival Normal West on Monday and Wednesday next week.

HS Baseball: Clinton Blanks Central A&M

Colton Walker had a big day at the plate to back five-plus innings from Jack Manning and Clinton blanked Central A&M 10-0 in six innings Friday afternoon from Millikin University in Central Illinois Conference baseball action.

 

Friday's matchup was moved from Clinton High School to Millikin after rain soaked central Illinois throughout the day Thursday and into Friday morning.

 

Walker tripled and drove in four runs finishing 2-for-4. Thanks to Raiders' miscues in the field, the Maroons were limited to just four RBIs on the game. Walker scored twice, Brock Wilson was 1-for-4 with a double.

 

Manning struck out six in 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball. 

 

Clinton goes to 4-0 in the CIC and 11-3 overall. They travel to Riverton on Saturday.

HS Baseball: Champaign Central Outlasts Normal West

An eight run third inning helped Champaign Central rally and then hold off Normal West Friday in Big 12 baseball action in Champaign.

 

The Maroons dropped eight runs in the third inning to overcome an 8-3 deficit and then held off a Wildcats run in the seventh inning for Central's second win of the week over Normal West.

 

Sam DesCarpentrie homered and drove in five runs for the Wildcats. Bradyn Whitehead finished 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Brady Hart doubled in a run for the Normal West as well.

 

The Wildcats have dropped two in a row after a four-game winning streak. 

 

They have showdowns with in-town rival Normal Community next week on Monday and Wednesday. 

HS Baseball: Monticello Topples Tolono Unity

Koyie Williams hit a home run and drove in three, backing a stellar outing from Ike Young as Monticello picked up a statement six inning, run-rule win over rival Tolono Unity 11-1, Illini Prairie Conference baseball action in Tolono Thursday.

 

Young struck out nine in six innings. The junior allowed a run on four hits and permitted a walk. He went 1-for-3 with a double and scored twice at the plate. 

 

Williams paced another solid day for Monticello's offense. He was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Matt Swartz finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs while Colton Vance, Luke Teschke, Jacob Long, Dylan Brown, and Raiden Colbert drove in runs for the Sages.

 

Trey Hoggard doubled in the only run for the Rockets.

 

Monticello goes to 18-0 overall and 4-0 in the Illini Prairie. They host Williamsville and PBL Saturday.

HS Baseball: Maroa-Forsyth Outslugs New Berlin

Maroa-Forsyth outslugged New Berlin 20-10 Thursday in Sangamo Conference baseball from Forsyth.

 

After the teams played to a 6-6 through the first two innings, the Trojans outscored the Pretzels 14-4 the rest of the way, putting the game away with a seven-run fifth inning and five-run sixth inning.

 

Andy Munjoy went deep finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored to pace the Trojans. Connor Kelly went 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Kaiden Maurer was a home run short of the cycle for the Trojans finishing 3-for-5 on a double and triple with two RBIs and two runs scored.

 

Tate Brandenburg, Ian Reid, Miles Leach, Ace Giles, and Zayn Giles all hit doubles for Maroa-Forsyth. Ace Giles and Reid had two RBIs apiece.

 

The Trojans go to 12-0 overall and 2-0 in the Sangamo Conference. They host Pontiac Saturday. 

HS Baseball: Mt. Pulaski Beats Midwest Central

Mt. Pulaski scored six runs in the fifth inning to separate and beat Midwest Central 10-2 in Tomahawk Conference baseball Thursday in Mt. Pulaski.

 

Luke Martin hit a two-run double in the frame to highlight the big inning. Landon Smith got the Hilltoppers started with a two-run triple as part of a three-run third inning.

 

Martin finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs while Tyler Cross and Smith finished with two RBIs apiece. Eric Cooper added a double finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

 

Chance Payne struck out nine and allowed two unearned runs in six innings. He permitted two hits and issued five walks. 

 

The Hilltoppers go to 12-0 overall and 1-0 in the Tomahawk. Mt. Pulaski travels to Lexington for a Saturday morning matchup.

HS Baseball: Lincoln Doubles Up Champaign Central

A four run third inning was all the offense Wyatt Mammen needed, as the senior went the distance and helped Lincoln take down Champaign Central 4-2 Thursday in non-conference high school baseball action in Lincoln.

 

Mammen struck out nine and allowed two runs, one was earned, on four hits and walked one.

 

Michael Lucas, Griffin Shaw, and Drew Haynes drove in runs in the four-run frame. 

 

Colby Glenn and Brayden Wurth doubled each finishing 2-for-3 for the Railsplitters.

 

Lincoln is 6-6 overall and will host Taylorville and Annawan-Weathersfield on Saturday.

Bulls Roll Lowly Pistons

DeMar DeRozan scored 39 points and the Chicago Bulls sent the Detroit Pistons to their franchise-record 67th loss of the season, 127-105 on Thursday night.

 

Detroit (13-67) broke the franchise mark set by the 1979-80 team.

 

Chicago (38-42) wrapped up home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference play-in game against Atlanta.

 

Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Coby White had 18 points.

 

Jalen Duren had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit, and Marcus Sasser scored 20 points. The Pistons have lost six straight and 14 of 15. They played without Cade Cunningham because of knee management.

 

Chicago led by nine going into the third quarter and slowly pulled away. DeRozan's 3-pointer made it 90-70 with 3:27 left in the third, and Bulls led 99-80 at period's end.

 

The Pistons, who allowed 34 points off turnovers, never threatened in the fourth.

 

The Bulls led 64-55 at halftime, with DeRozan and Vucevic each scoring 17 points.

 

The Bulls are at Washington on Friday night.

NASCAR Off to Texas

Williams Byron held onto the lead during a two-lap dash to the finish and led a 1-2-3 finish for Hendrick Motorsports at Martinsville, the first for a team in the track’s storied history. Now the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway. 

 

The victory was Byron’s third in eight races. Kyle Larson finished second and Chase Elliott was third on the 40th anniversary of the team’s first win. 

 

Larson also took over the points lead by 14 over former leader Martin Truex. 

 

Despite his three victories, Byron is fourth in points, 48 behind Larson. 

 

There were 13 lead changes among eight drivers. The victory was the 29th for Hendrick on the 0.526-mile oval, the most for any organization at any track.

 

Byron won at Texas last fall.

 

Practice and qualifying is at 9:30 am Saturday morning. Race time is 2:30 on Sunday afternoon.

 

Aric Almirola grabbed the lead by going three-wide on the outside in a two-lap overtime dash to the finish and won at Martinsville in the XFinity Series. 

 

The XFinity Series joins the top series in Texas this weekend. 

 

Almirola led six times for 148 laps in his fifth career victory in the series. He also won $100,000 as the top finisher among four drivers eligible for the Dash for Cash. 

 

Chandler Smith finished third and expanded his points lead to 35 over Austin Hill. Smith is the only driver to have finished in the top 10 in all seven races. 

 

Carson Kvapil finished fourth in his series debut. 

 

The race featured 15 lead changes, eight different leaders, and 11 cautions.

 

Practice and qualifying is at 5 pm this evening and race time is at 12:30 pm on Saturday.

 

Christian Eckes rallied from 19th and outran pole-winner Ty Majeski at Martinsville. The Craftsman Truck Series picks back up this week in Texas. 

 

Eckes led the first 104 laps then regained the lead on the 172nd of 200 laps. The victory was the second for Eckes this season. He also won on another short track at Bristol. 

 

Majeski assumed the points lead by seven over Corey Heim and Tyler Ankrum.

 

Practice and qualifying is at 3 pm this afternoon and race time is 7:30 pm tonight.

DeChambeau Leads After Day 1 at Masters

Bryson DeChambeau was plenty good in a relentless wind, taking a one-shot lead over Scottie Scheffler in the rain-delayed opening round. Scheffler hasn’t changed at all. The world’s No. 1 player was practically flawless from tee to green.

 

The first round could not be completed because of a 2 1/2-hour delay from overnight rain that drenched Augusta National, leaving the greens softer than they have been all week. The test came from a steady 20 mph wind, with gusts twice that strong.

 

Among those still on the course was Tiger Woods, who was 1-under par through 13 holes when it was too dark to continue. He next faces 23 holes Friday, an endurance test for his battered legs, as he tries to set the Masters record by making his 24th consecutive cut.

 

Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark, one of 17 newcomers to the Masters, was at 5 under with three holes to play. Max Homa was at 4 under through 13 holes.

 

DeChambeau put on a clinic of power and putting, always a good recipe at Augusta National.

 

He ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, including a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th when his risky shot under a pine tree cleared the water fronting the green and left him 40 feet away.

 

Scheffler began as the 4-1 favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the shortest odds since Tiger Woods nearly two decades ago. And then the No. 1 player in the world — who came into the Masters off two wins and a runner-up finish — played as expected.

 

It was his ninth bogey-free round of the year.

 

Defending champion Jon Rahm never got any momentum and bogeys on his last two holes sent him to a 73, leaving him eight shots behind.

 

Rory McIlroy at least didn’t shoot himself out of the tournament after one round. In his 10th bid for the final leg of the career Grand Slam, he saved par with a chip from behind the 18th green for a 71, the first time he has opened the Masters with a round under par since 2018.

 

The first round was to resume at 7:50 a.m., and with a good forecast for the rest of the week, the Masters should be back on schedule by the weekend.

ISU Downs Western Illinois Wednesday

Illinois State baseball topped Western Illinois 7-4 at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium in Macomb. 

 

Junior Carter Monke got the midweek start, going 4.1 innings with six strikeouts for the Redbirds (18-12).

 

Sophomore Daniel Pacella had three hits and an RBI as the Redbirds pounded 10 hits against the Leathernecks (6-22).

 

Freshman Matthew Donnison recorded 3.0 innings of scoreless relief.

 

Illinois State is scheduled to travel for a weekend series in Evansville from April 12-14 against the Purple Aces. 

Guardians Outlast White Sox

In a game heard in progress on WHOW, Bo Naylor and Josh Naylor delivered RBI hits in the 10th inning - after the brothers connected for home runs earlier - as the Cleveland Guardians rallied for a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

 

Josh Naylor tied it with an RBI double before turning it over to his brother - on National Siblings Day.

 

With the bases loaded, Bo Naylor, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning - just moments after his brother connected for one - dropped his single into right field off former Guardians reliever Bryan Shaw (0-1) as Cleveland came back after trailing 5-0.

 

The White Sox fell to 2-10 amid a rash of major injuries.

 

Gavin Sheets hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs for Chicago.

 

 

Before the game, the White Sox learned they'll be without third baseman Yoán Moncada for at least three months, and maybe the rest of this season. He sustained a severe leg injury while running to first base Tuesday.

 

The injury was another blow to Chicago's lineup, which has lost its 2-3-4 hitters - Moncada, outfielder Luis Robert Jr. (hip flexor) and slugger Eloy Jimenez - to injuries during its first road trip.

 

The White Sox open a three-game series Friday with Cincinnati. Reds LHP Andrew Abbott (0-1, 3.48 ERA) starts the opener against RHP Chris Flexen (0-2, 5.91).

Phillies Down Cardinals

J.T. Realmuto had two hits and scored two runs and Aaron Nola pitched six innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

 

Brandon Marsh and Nick Castellanos each drove in a run in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.

 

The Phillies won the series to close a six-game road trip and even their record to 6-6. The Cardinals fell to 6-7.

 

The game began in a light rain as it was not raining hard enough for a delay. The grounds crew worked on the field after each side had batted.

 

Jeff Hoffman, the fifth Philadelphia pitcher, earned his first save in three opportunities by pitching the ninth.

 

Reliever Andre Pallante (0-1) faced four batters in the sixth and retired none to take the loss.

 

Starter Lance Lynn pitched five innings, allowing just one hit and two unearned runs on 94 pitches. He struck out six and walked four.

 

Rookie catcher Iván Herrera hit his third home run of the season to lead off the second. He hit a 3-2 changeup 432 feet to left field. Brendan Donovan hit an 0-2 curveball into the right field seats with one out in the third.

 

The Cardinals added a run in the eighth on a run-scoring single by Nolan Arenado off Seranthony Domínguez.

 

Cardinals CF Dylan Carlson (sprained left AC joint) is still not cleared to resume baseball activities. Carlson still has pain and little range of motion in his shoulder.

 

Cardinals LHP Steven Matz (1-0, 1.74) faces Arizona RHP Brandon Pfaadt (1-0, 5.06) in Phoenix. Matz enters the game with a 13-inning scoreless streak against Arizona going back to June 2, 2019. Pfaadt gave up five runs and eight hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Atlanta in his previous start.

Padres Clobber Cubs

Dylan Cease pitched six strong innings and Jurickson Profar had a go-ahead double and a two-run homer among his three hits for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Chicago Cubs 10-2 on Wednesday to take two of three in the series.

 

Jake Cronenworth also homered to back Cease (1-1), who pitched for the Chicago White Sox for five seasons before being traded to the Padres during spring training. Cease improved to 3-2 against the Cubs. He allowed just two hits and no earned runs while striking out seven and walking two. Chicago had only three hits.

 

Cease's only big mistake was allowing Michael Busch's tying, two-run homer with two outs in the fourth, his second. It came one batter after shortstop Ha-Seong Kim committed a fielding error on Christopher Morel's grounder.

 

Cubs LHP Jordan Wicks (0-1, 4.15 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Seattle, which will counter with RHP Bryce Miller (1-1, 3.00).

Blues Roll Blackhawks

Jordan Kyrou scored twice, Robert Thomas had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night.

 

Zack Bolduc had a goal and an assist, Torey Krug also scored and Brayden Schenn had two assists for St. Louis. Joel Hofer made 18 saves as the Blues improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 home games against the Blackhawks.

 

St. Louis preserved its slim playoff hopes. With Vegas losing to Edmonton, the Blues pulled to within three points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blues have three games left, while the Golden Knights have four.

 

Philipp Kurashev and Landon Slaggert scored for the Blackhawks. Petr Mrazek was pulled after giving up three goals on three shots over the first 4:37. Arvid Soderblom came on and finished with 21 saves.

 

The Blues ambushed the Blackhawks with four goals in a 4:55 span early in the first period, scoring on their first four shots of the game.

 

Kyrou started the outburst with two straight goals just 42 seconds apart. Kyrou has a four-game point streak and has 15 points in his last 10 games (eight goals, seven assists).

Kyrou’s first came at 2:04 on a breakaway off an outlet pass from Nick Leddy. Hofer got his second career NHL point with the secondary assist on the play.

Kyrou struck again at 2:46, with Pavel Buchnevich getting an assist on the play for his 400th career point.

 

Krug made it 3-0 at 4:37, ending Mrazek’s night.

 

Bolduc greeted Soderblum with his fourth of the season at 6:59. The goal gave the Blues a 4-0 lead before either Blackhawks goalie could record a save.

 

St. Louis outshot Chicago 9-1 in the first period.

 

Kurashev got the Blackhawks on the board at 8:40 of the second, giving him points in four of his last five games.

 

Thomas scored his 25th of the season midway through the third to give the Blues a 5-1 lead.

 

Slaggert scored his first career goal with 3:09 left.

 

Krug left the game after the second period with an undisclosed injury. Bannister did not have an update after the game.

 

The Blackhawks host Nashville on Friday night.

 

The Blues host Carolina on Friday night.

The Masters Will Be Delayed One Hour Because of Weather Thursday

The start of the Masters has been delayed by at least one hour because of bad weather.

 

The first round was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. local time on Thursday, with Erik van Rooyen and Jake Knapp going out in the first group.

 

Storms, heavy rain and strong winds were forecast for Thursday.

 

Scottie Scheffler, the 2022 champion and world’s No. 1 player, is the 4-1 favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Rory McIlroy is 10-1 to end a decadelong majors drought. John Rahm is 11-1 to become the fourth player to repeat as champion. Xander Schauffele is 14-1 and 2021 champion Hideki Matsuyama and reigning PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka are 20-1. Tiger Woods is 150-1.

 

Rahm persevered last year to become the fourth Spaniard to win the Masters. He shared the first-round lead with Koepka and Viktor Hovland, then stayed in contention during a second round twice suspended because of approaching thunderstorms and halted when three towering pines fell near the 17th tee.

 

Torrential rain caused play Saturday to be suspended, too, and Rahm resumed Sunday four strokes off Koepka’s lead. But he halved the deficit by the end of the third round, and Rahm’s final-round 69 put him four shots clear of the fading Koepka and fan favorite Phil Mickelson, whose closing 65 at the age of 52 made him the oldest player to finish in the top five.

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