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Brewers Storm Back TO Beat Cardinals

Jett Bandy, Eric Thames and Travis Shaw each hit home runs to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Thursday night.
 
Bandy hit a two-run homer to left in the sixth and Thames put Milwaukee ahead with a two-run shot to center off Carlos Martinez (0-3) in the fifth. Shaw's three-run blast in the first made it 12 consecutive games that the Brewers have homered. They lead the majors with 32 home runs.
 
Shaw's fifth home run of the season traveled 458 feet and smacked off the facing of the third deck in right.
 
Martinez gave up a career-high five runs to the Brewers on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out seven.
 
Zach Davies (1-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five, but needed Thames' NL-leading eighth home run and seventh in the last eight games for his first win in four starts.
 
Jacob Barnes pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.
 
Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth and Kolten Wong, whose career-high seven triples led the Cardinals in 2016, hit his first of the season in the top of the second with the bases loaded.
 
Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run leading off the Cardinals' eighth.
 
Adam Wainwright (0-3, 7.24 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season. With a win, he passes Dizzy Dean (134) for sole possession of 6th place all-time in franchise history. He is 14-8 (2.16 ERA) in 28 career starts against the Brewers.
 
Wily Peralta (3-0, 2.65) makes his fourth start of the season and 17th overall against the Cardinals who have been tough on him. He is 0-7 with a 4.85 ERA in his last nine starts against St. Louis.

St. Joe-Ogden Blanks Monticello

Tori Witruck threw seven shut out innings and the St. Joseph-Ogden Lady Spartans beat Monticello 7-0 on Thursday afternoon in Okaw Valley girls softball action from St. Joe.
Witruck struck out six, walking two and permitted only three hits. She also hit a solo home run in the second inning drove in a run in the fifth with a sacrafice fly. She was 1-for-2.
 
Allie Place finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Katelyn Burch added an RBI and Logan Frerichs went 1-for-2 with a double.
 
Leslie Taylor, Delanie Hildebrandt, and Carly Wichus tallied the only three hits of the afternoon for the Lady Sages.
 
Taylor went six innings in the circle for Monticello, allowing seven runs on five hits, issued eight walks and struck out three.

Predators Sweep Blackhawks Out of First Round

Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday night to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference's top seed.
 
Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as Nashville completed the franchise's first playoff sweep. Led by Rinne and a terrific defensive performance by their lines and defensive pairings, the Predators limited the high-scoring Blackhawks to just three goals in 13 periods.
 
Nashville will face the winner of the St. Louis-Minnesota series in the second round. The Blues have a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5 on Saturday in Minnesota.

NFL Releases 2017 Schedule

The NFL announced its 2017 schedule on Thursday night, and the defending champion Patriots are scheduled to lead off festivities on Thursday, Sept. 7 against the Chiefs. A few days later, the Cowboys and Giants will meet in Dallas in the opener for both teams in what's becoming an annual Week 1 tradition. 
Other notable games in Week 1 include a heavyweight clash between likely NFC contenders in Green Bay, where the Packers will welcome the Seahawks, and the defending NFC champion Falcons hitting the road to face the Bears.
 
The first London game of the season is on tap for Week 3, with the Ravens taking on the Jaguars in what's becoming their second home.  The Saints and Dolphins will follow with another London game in Week 4, and then the Cardinals and Rams face in London in Week 7. The Vikings and Browns close out the London slate the following week.
 
Week 7 also brings a Super Bowl rematch between the Falcons and Patriots on Sunday Night Football in New England.
 
The Patriots head to Mexico City to face the Raiders in Week 11, with Oakland sacrifice one of a dwindling number of remaining home games for the city.
 
The Packers will be on Sunday Night Football in week 2 where they travel to Atlanta.
Chicago and Green Bay will clash on Thursday Night Football to kick off week 4 action. 
 
A matchup with the Cowboys awaits Green Bay in week 5 in Dallas.
 
The Packers return to prime time with a matchup on Monday Night Football hosting Detroit in Week 9. 
 
The Bears will host the Vikings on Monday Night Football to finish off week 5. The Bears host Green Bay Nov. 12 for a noon start time. 
 
The Bears draw a Saturday matchup at Detroit on Dec. 16 as a part of week 16. 
 
The Bears are on bye Week 9 while Green Bay gets their bye week 8. 

LeBron Leads Record Comeback for 3-0 Series Lead Over Indiana

LeBron James scored 41 points while padding his postseason resume with yet another triple-double, leading defending champion Cleveland back from a 25-point halftime deficit to a 119-114 victory over the Pacers on Thursday night.
He scored 28 in the second half and finished with 13 rebounds and 12 assists, moving past Kobe Bryant and into third on the NBA's playoff scoring list. Bryant had 5,640 points; James now has 5,669.
 
Paul George did everything he could to get Indiana back in the series. He scored 36 points, grabbed a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and finishing with nine assists, one short of his second postseason triple-double.
 
Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and seven assists. Lance Stephenson had 13 points.
 
Irving, Love, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye all scored 13 points.
 
Cleveland has won six straight over Indiana.
 
On Sunday, Indiana will try to stave off elimination when it hosts Cleveland for Game 4.

ISU Falls Short At Notre Dame

The Illinois State baseball team came up one run short in a midweek nonconference game at Notre Dame, falling to the Fighting Irish by a 7-6 count at Frank Eck Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Trailing by four runs after three innings, the Redbirds scratched out a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to get within a run of the hosts' lead. But Illinois State (10-25) was unable to score again over the final three innings.
 
The loss spoiled strong performances at the plate from John Rave (3-for-5), Zach Barnhart (2-for-4) and Owen Miller (2-for-5), and solid outings from a quintet of Redbird relievers, which held the Fighting Irish scoreless over the final five-plus innings.
 
Matt Walker, Michael Sebby, Jack Spicer, Nick Alvarado and Jack Bellinger kept Notre Dame (17-20) off the scoreboard over the final 5.1 innings.
 
The Redbirds return to action this weekend with a three-game series at Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley, beginning Friday. 

Clinton Outlasts Shelbyville in 12 Inning Marathon

The Clinton Maroons scored in the bottom of the 12th inning to win 1-0 in a 12 inning Central Illinois Conference marathon Wednesday afternoon at Clinton High School.
Parker West drove in the game winning RBI to break the scoreless tie and send Clinton to their sixth win of the season.
 
Travis Osgood pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, allowing four walks and striking out 11.
 
Keaton Thayer pitched the final four innings, allowing three hits, a walk and struck out four en rout to his second victory of the season.
 
Levi Nettles paced the Maroons offense, going 2-for-3 with a double. 
 
Peyton Howell went 3-for-5 for Shelbyville. 
 
Clinton is now 6-8 on the season and 3-4 in the CIC. 

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