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Class 2A Boys Baseball

At Peoria (Dozer Park) STATE THIRD PLACE

Tuscola 9, Herscher 0 F

class 3a At Ottawa (Twp.) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Coal City 7, Joliet (Catholic Academy) 3 F

Class 2A Girls Softball

At East Peoria (EastSide Centre) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Taylor Ridge (Rockridge) 5, Beecher 2 F

indiana Class 1A girls softball semi-state in Frankfort

Frontier 9, Tri 0

Pioneer 3, Fremont 1

semi-state championship

Pioneer 6, Frontier 3

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class 2a Regional Semifinals at wabash

Lafayette Central Catholic 10, Lewis Cass 1

class 2a Regional Championships at wabash

Lafayette Central Catholic 3, Frankton 1


ST. LOUIS -- Michael Wacha lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning when pinch-hitter Colin Moran led off with a single, leaving to a huge ovation and pitching the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday. This was the second time Wacha had a no-hit try broken up in the ninth. As a rookie in 2013, he was one out away from a no-hitter when Washington's Ryan Zimmerman got an infield single. Wacha (7-1) came close to pitching the fourth no-hitter in the major leagues this season. He struck out eight and walked two. Moran fouled off the first three pitches before the Pirates rookie lined a clean single well over the head of second baseman Kolten Wong into right field. That was all for Wacha, and the 26-year-old righty was pulled after 111 pitches. Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam on the eighth pitch of the game from Nick Kingham (2-2).


NEW YORK -- Jon Lester dominated for seven innings and Javier Baez stole home to break a scoreless tie as the Chicago Cubs blanked the Mets 2-0, completing a four-game sweep and winning for the seventh time in eight games. New York has lost four in a row and nine of 11, scoring six runs in this series. Baez and Willson Contreras led off the seventh with back-to-back singles, putting runners at the corners. Steven Matz (2-4) was unaware that Baez was breaking for the plate, stepping off and throwing to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in an attempt to pick off Contreras. Gonzalez threw home but it was too late to get Baez. Lester (6-2) allowed two hits. Brian Duensing got his first save.


CHICAGO -- Daniel Palka and Adam Engel hit back-to-back homers in a three-run sixth inning, and Chicago beat Milwaukee 6-1. The NL Central-leading Brewers dropped two of three against the team with the second-worst record in the majors. They are also 4-14 in their past 18 games against Chicago. Chris Volstad (1-3) got the win. Brent Suter (5-4) took the loss.






OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry hit an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead. Kevin Durant found his steady stroke to score 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists while also handling a load of the defensive assignment against LeBron James. Klay Thompson added 20 points playing on a tender left leg to put the defending champions two victories from a repeat title they have talked about since the season began last fall. James followed up his 51-point performance in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a far tamer finals sequel minus the utter craziness of a drama-packed opener three days prior. Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.


game four of the stanley cup finals is tonight as the Vegas Golden Knights' storybook inaugural season is teetering on the brink. Trailing 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Golden Knights must find a way to solve the Washington Capitals' defense in Game 4 tonight at Capital One Arena.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Jake Arrieta is demanding the Philadelphia Phillies shift their strategy. Do it right now, too. The Phillies ace criticized his team’s defensive shifting following a 6-1 loss Sunday that completed a three-game sweep for the San Francisco Giants. Arrieta homered for Philadelphia’s only run of the series and pitched well until a stretch in the sixth inning when he allowed five straight hits, capped by Andrew McCutchen’s three-run homer. Three of those hits came on ground balls, including one weak grounder to rookie shortstop Scott Kingery and another single hit through the right side by Joe Panik against a shifted infield. Arrieta’s frustration boiled over after the game. The 32-year-old righty unloaded on an organization that gave him a $75 million, three-year contract, taking aim at the Phillies for not keeping up with a booming baseball trend. ”We’re the worst in the league with shifts, so we need to change that,” Arrieta said.


GRAND CHUTE, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says he needs surgery on his nose after getting hit in the face with a line drive during a charity softball game. Matthews was pitching during Saturday's game when offensive lineman Lucas Patrick hit the ball directly into Matthews' face, knocking him to the ground. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that Matthews got up, covered his face with his glove, then walked to the dugout. He did not return to the game. Matthews tweeted later that he busted his nose and would have surgery after the swelling subsides. He thanked fans for their well-wishes and expressed gratitude that his injury wasn't more serious.


Lost in the shuffle in a season where Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have turned the Cup Series into a two-driver show, Martin Truex Jr. came to Pocono and gave the field a reminder that he's still a driver to beat in the championship race.  Truex  stayed out on pivotal caution late in the race to take the lead, then pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway and thrust himself into title contention. kyle Larson was second, followed by kyle Busch and kevin Harvick. Brad Keselowski was fifth. Busch won the Xfinity Series race Saturday to help Toyota sweep the weekend. But Pocono belonged to Truex and he won his 17th career Cup race. more on today's monday morning race refresher.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay prevailed at Belle Isle on Sunday, taking over the lead when teammate Alexander Rossi slid off the track at a turn with about seven laps to go. It was Hunter-Reay's 17th career IndyCar victory but his first since Pocono in 2015. Rossi, the pole winner, was struggling to hold off Hunter-Reay before the mishap at a right turn on lap 64 of 70. From there, it was smooth sailing for Hunter-Reay on the 2.35-mile street course. He finished more than 11 seconds ahead of second-place Will Power. Ed Jones finished third, followed by Scott Dixon. Rossi fell to 12th and dropped out of the series points lead. Rossi and Hunter-Reay both drive for Andretti Autosport.

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