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Maroons Hosting Sullivan

The Clinton Maroons will look to get themselves back on track this week when they host 0-7 Sullivan at Clinton High School in Central Illinois Conference football action.

 

The Maroons offense has sputtered since a fast 4-0 start, dropping three straight and finding the end zone only once in that span. Coach Chris Ridgeway says the start last week at Central A&M was not great for his team but felt his team played one their of better games defensive games in a 42-0 loss.

 

 

Ridgeway credits the coaching staff of Sullivan for getting their kids improved. He feels they look like a more organized group this year.

 

 

Game time tonight is 7 pm. Hear all the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

Other CIC action tonight...

 

Macon Meridian @ Central A&M

Warrensburg-Latham @ Decatur St. Teresa

Shelbyville @ Tuscola

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Monticello Travels to Prairie Central Tonight

The difference between a first round home playoff game and a road playoff game could be on the line tonight when the Monticello Sages travel to Prairie Central in Illini Prairie Conference football action.

 

Monticello rebounded from a loss at Unity with a big 59-7 win over Pontiac last week. Coach Cully Welter says it was nice to see his team continue to build on positive performances.

 

 

Coach Welter calls Prairie Central very solid and one of the better teams in the Illini Prairie Conference.

 

 

Prairie Central and Monticello both enter action 6-2 overall and third place in the Illini Prairie could be on the line tonight as well. IVC clinched the conference title in week 6. 

 

Game time tonight is 7 pm and can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

Illini Prairie Conference action tonight.....

 

Bloomington Central Catholic at IVC

Champaign St. Thomas More at Pontiac

Rantoul at Tolono Unity

Olympia at St. Joseph-Ogden

 

Apollo

 

Effingham at Mt. Zion

Mattoon at Lincoln

Taylorville at Charleston

 

Big Twelve

 

Champaign Centennial at Normal Community

Danville vs. Peoria Richwoods at Peoria Stadium

Normal West at Champaign Central

Peoria at Bloomington

Peoria Manual at Urbana

 

Central State Eight

 

Decatur MacArthur at Decatur Eisenhower

Normal U-High at Springfield 

Rochester at Springfield Lanphier (Sat.)

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin at Jacksonville

Springfield Southeast at Chatham-Glenwood

 

Heart of Illinois (Large)

 

El Paso-Gridley at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

Eureka at Fieldcrest

Dee-Mack at Tri-Valley

 

Heart of Illinois (Small)

 

Fisher at Ridgeview

Heyworth at LeRoy

 

Lincoln Prairie

 

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond at Argenta-Oreana

Cerro Gordo-Bement at Toledo-Cumberland

Decatur LSA at Villa Grove-Heritage

Blue Ridge at Arcola

Sangamon Valley at Oakland Tri-County

 

Mid-Illini

 

Limestone at Morton

Canton at Dunlap

East Peoria at Pekin

Metamora at Washington

 

Sangamo

 

Auburn at Petersburg PORTA

Maroa-Forsyth at Riverton

New Berlin at Pleasant Plains

North Mac at Athens

Williamsville at Pittsfield

 

Non-Conference high school football action tonight....

 

Mahomet-Seymour at Macomb

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Illinois State Takes on In-State Rival Western Illinois

The in-state road swing continues for No. 10 Illinois State (4-2, 1-1 MVFC), as the Redbirds head to Macomb to face Western Illinois (0-6, 0-2) at Hanson Field.

 

For the second time this season, the Illinois State defense racked up nine sacks against an opponent as the Redbird lived in the backfield in their win over Southern Illinois. The Redbirds recorded nine sacks and 12 TFLs in their victory in Carbondale.

 

James Robinson racked up 150 yards last week at Southern. 

 

Illinois State currently sits at No. 10 in the FCS Coaches Poll and at No. 11 the STATS FCS Top 25.

 

The Leathernecks fell to 0-6 on the season and 0-2 in league play, after dropping a 20-10 road contest last weekend at Indiana State. WIU held a 10-0 lead at halftime but gave up 20 unanswered points to the Sycamores in the second half to remain winless on the season.

 

Game time Saturday is 1 pm.

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Illinois Hosts Wisconsin

After Michigan pulled away from Illinois late in a 42-25 loss at home, Illinois turns their attention to another ranked opponent as the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers come to Champaign. 

 

A perfect storm could be brewing for the Badgers as Illinois is allowing over 200 yards per game on the ground while the Badgers average 199 yards per game rushing. Wisconsin averages 42.5 points a game, eighth in the FBS, and quarterback Jack Coan has completed 103 of 135 passes with eight touchdowns and one interception.

 

Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor is averaging 137.5 rushing yards a game and also leads the FBS with 18 touchdowns — 14 rushing and four receiving. He goes up against a run defense best described as porous. The Illini gave up 346 yards rushing, including a 100-yarder against Nebraska, 332 to Minnesota and 295 to Michigan.

 

Illinois' offense will have to show up against a Wisconsin unit that allows only 173 yards per game. Brandon Peters' status for Saturday is still up in the air after he was held out of last week's game against Michigan. While Matt Robinson played valiantly, nearly leading Illinois to a late comeback, Illinois will face another stiff defense at Memorial Stadium.

 

Robinson was 16 of 25 for 192 yards and one touchdown last week against Michigan. He also ran for a score. 

 

Illinois has dropped four straight and Wisconsin hasn't played any of their opponents within a touchdown all year.

 

Game time is 11 am Saturday morning. It will be aired on the Big Ten Network.

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Packers Host Raiders Sunday

Allen Lazard caught his first pass from Aaron Rodgers on Monday night. He ended up catching three more, including one for a 35-yard touchdown in the Packers' win over Detroit and will try for an encore on Sunday when Green Bay (5-1) hosts the Oakland Raiders (3-2), a team the Packers have defeated seven straight times, going back to 1990.

 

The Raiders have been searching for a consistent pass rush ever since trading away Khalil Mack before last season. The rush is showing signs of progress. Oakland had four sacks in its last game against Chicago for its most since 2017. Benson Mayowa leads the team with 4 1/2 sacks, second-year defensive tackle Maurice Hurst had two against the Bears, and rookie Maxx Crosby got his first and has been disruptive the past two weeks.

 

Rookie Josh Jacobs is showing why the Raiders drafted him in the first round. His 430 yards rushing is the second most for a Raiders rookie through five games to Bo Jackson's 475 yards in 1987. He had 26 carries for 123 yards and two TDs against the Bears and has been a bigger factor in the passing game of late with five catches his past two games. The running game should get a boost this week with the expected return of right guard Gabe Jackson, who has been out since training camp with a knee injury.

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Eastern Illinois Travels to Tennessee-Martin

Eastern Illinois pushed No. 17 Jacksonville State last Saturday but fell short 28-20 against the Gamecocks. The Panthers turn their attention to The University of Tennessee-Martin this week in Martin, Tennessee. 

 

JSU intercepted one pass in the end zone and two others to end the first and second halves.  
EIU fell to 0-7 on the season, 0-3 in the OVC.

 

Isaiah Hill scored two touchdowns on Saturday against Jacksonville State as he hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 10-yard score. 

 

Game time Saturday is 2 pm and can be heard on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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Bears Host Saints

The Saints look to improve to 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as their starter in Brees' place when they visit Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

 

The Saints (5-1) are getting big contributions from their defense and special teams and enough from their offense even if they're not moving the ball the way they did a year ago. They're averaging 344.7 yards - down 34.5 yards per game from last season, when Brees made 15 starts. He's been sidelined since he tore a ligament in his right thumb during a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2.

 

Bridgewater has completed about 69 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He wasn't as effective last week at Jacksonville, after throwing for 314 yards and four touchdowns against Tampa Bay, but he hit Jared Cook for a tiebreaking 4-yard TD early in the fourth quarter against the Jaguars.

 

He will try to keep the Saints rolling against a team looking to bounce back. The Bears (3-2) are coming off a loss to Oakland in London two weeks ago in which their defense got pushed around a bit after dominating the first four games and their offense continued to struggle.

 

The Bears hope to get quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back after missing a game because of a left shoulder injury.

 

If he returns, he'll try to build on a promising showing against Washington in Week 3.

 

Trubisky threw three touchdowns in an easy win over the struggling Redskins after mediocre outings in a season-opening loss to Green Bay and a narrow victory at Denver. He was then injured on the opening drive against Minnesota on Sept. 29.

 

Veteran Chase Daniel figures to make his second straight start if Trubisky is unavailable.

 

With 18 sacks, New Orleans is tied with Green Bay and Tennessee for sixth in the NFL.

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Vancouver Tops St. Louis in Shootout

Thatcher Demko made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all six shots in a shootout to help the Canucks to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

 

Vancouver won its fourth in a row - its longest streak since winning four straight from March 25-31, 2018.

 

Josh Leivo scored the lone shootout goal, which came at the end of the sixth round.

 

Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland scored for the Canucks, who won for the first time on the road in three tries this season.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Robby Fabbri scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have dropped three straight.

 

Demko is replacing regular starter Jacob Markstrom, who has missed the last two games due to a family emergency.

 

The San Diego-born Demko stopped 26 shots in a 5-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday in his first start of the season.

 

He made a pair of impressive stops in the shootout, including pad saves on Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen.

 

Leivo lifted a shot over Jordan Binnington after the first 11 shooters came up empty.

 

Horvat jammed the puck in off a scramble in front of the net to tie the game at 3-3 with 7:55 left in the third period.

 

The Blues host Montreal on Saturday.

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Shake Up In Class 1A Football Rankings; Class 2A, 3A Unchanged

Class 1A of the IHSA Associated Press football rankings saw a shake up after a wild week of high school football.

 

Lena-Winslow received 11 first place votes to check in as the number team in 1A. After their drubbing of Clinton at home, Central A&M moves up to No. 2 from third last week. 

 

Annawan-Weathersfield, Morrison and Ottawa Marquette all jump a spot to come in 3-6 respectively. 

 

After their week 7 loss to top-ranked Lena-Winslow, Forreston drops from second to sixth. Aquin is ranked seven. Hope Academy jumps from 10 to 8, and received a first place vote in 1A. Camp Point Central moves to eight and Athens down to nine in 1A. 

 

It was an uneventful week in the Class 2A and 3A in the high school football rankings.

 

The entirety of the top 10 remained unchanged as Fieldcrest received seven first place votes, holding at no. 1 overall followed by Clifton Central, who received five first place votes and checks in at no. 2 followed by Maroa-Forsyth, who received one first place vote. GCMS and Decatur St. Teresa round out the top five. Knoxville, Newman Central Catholic, Bismarck-Henning, Auburn and West Carroll round out the top 10 in 2A.

 

In Class 3A, the top 10 all remained unchanged as well. Wilmington received nine first plates votes to hold steady at no. 1 overall, followed by Williamsville and their four first place votes. Byron, Beardstown, and Vandalia round out the top 5. Nashville, Fairfield, Pana, Princeton and Eureka round out the top 10.

 

The top five in 4A remained unchanged. IC Catholic checks in at No. 1 followed by Rochester, Coal City, Richmond-Burton and Stillman Valley round out the top 5. The only change in 4A was a swap at 9-10, Genoa-Kingston and Chicago St. Francis traded places this week. 

 

East St. Louis is the uninamous No. 1 team in 5A. Chatham-Glenwood holds their place atop the 6A rankings. Normal West dropped out of the top 10 despite a 35-6 win over Peoria Manual last Friday. Lemont enters the top 10.

 

Chicago Mt. Carmel is the top team in 7A. Normal Community enters the rankings this week after clinching the Big Twelve title this past week with a win over Danville. 

 

Lincon-Way East is the top team in 8A. 

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Former Cubs Manager, Joe Maddon, Named Angels Manager

Joe Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels’ manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career.

 

Maddon signed with the Angels as an undrafted catcher in 1975, and he spent the next 31 seasons working at almost every level of the organization as a player, coach and manager. He served as a big league assistant coach under five managers, and he had two stints as the Angels’ interim manager.

 

He was the Angels’ bench coach alongside manager Mike Scioscia during their championship season in 2002.

 

Maddon left to manage Tampa Bay in 2006 for nine mostly successful seasons, followed by a big-money move to Chicago to make history.

 

The three-time Manager of the Year left the Cubs by mutual consent last month after they missed the playoffs for the first time in his five-year tenure. He’ll still likely never have to buy a drink in Chicago again because of 2016, when he led the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.

 

Maddon replaces Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season when the Angels finished 72-90, their worst record since 1999. 

 

Maddon was expected to be a valued candidate for other managerial openings around the majors, but he was clearly eager for a reunion.

 

Maddon kept a home in Long Beach during his 14 seasons away from Anaheim, and he has fond feelings for the organization that gave him his start.

 

That organization is experiencing hard times: The Angels have endured four straight losing seasons for the first time since the 1970s, and they still haven’t won a playoff game with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on their roster, making just one three-game postseason appearance after winning the AL West in 2014.

 

The Angels also were rocked this month by revelations about the role of a team employee in procuring opioids for pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his hotel room July 1.

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Monticello Boys, Girls Cross Country Ranked Second

Monticello's cross country programs have experienced a great deal of success in recent years and the latest ILXCTF.com rankings has both squads ranked second in Class 1A.

 

The girls jumped a spot in the latest rankings to second over Tolono Unity. 

 

The boys program moved up from fifth to second behind Olympia who moved up from second to first.

 

Dave Remmert leads both programs in Monticello.

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Nats Sweep Cardinals

The wild-card Washington Nationals got RBIs from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in the NLCS.

 

The last time the World Series came to the nation's capital, more than eight decades ago, the Washington Senators lost to the New York Giants in five games. Have to go even further back, to 1924, for the city's lone baseball championship, when the Senators defeated the Giants.

 

The Senators eventually left, and the town didn't have a major league team at all for more than three decades until the Montreal Expos - who were founded in 1969 and never made it to the World Series - moved to Washington in 2005.

 

Corbin, a left-handed pitcher signed with $140 million of the money that became available last offseason when Bryce Harper left town to join the Philadelphia Phillies, was not quite the equal of Washington's other starters in the series.

 

Still, he did become the first pitcher to strike out 10 batters in the first four innings of a postseason game and earned the win after allowing four runs in five innings.

 

Then Martinez turned to his NL-worst bullpen, such a problem for so much of this season.

 

After Tanner Rainey got three outs, and Doolittle got five, Hudson came in for his fourth save in four chances this postseason. It wasn't easy, though: After replacing Doolittle with two outs in the eighth, Hudson hit his first batter and walked his second, bringing pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter to the plate as the go-ahead run with the bases loaded.

 

Carpenter, a career .481 batter with the bases full, grounded out to second baseman Brian Dozier, a defensive replacement who briefly lost the ball before gathering it and throwing to first to end that inning.

 

Hudson finished things with a perfect ninth, getting Tommy Edman on a fly ball to center field to end it, and red fireworks went off around the stadium.

 

In the fifth, a juggled Cardinals lineup finally awoke, scoring three runs - one more than the team managed to produce in Games 1-3 combined - to get within 7-4.

 

With a man on second and the tying run in the on-deck circle, Corbin came through, striking out St. Louis' 3-4 hitters, Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna, with sliders.

 

The Nationals will play Games 1 and 2 of the World Series at the AL team's stadium because both the Astros (107) and Yankees (103) won more games than Washington's 93 in the regular season. Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5 will be at Nationals Park. Washington did not face either Houston or the Yankees in interleague play in 2019.

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Blues Visit White House

President Donald Trump honored the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, using the occasion to announce an envoy to Turkey, mention the economy and an agriculture deal with China and laugh off the possibility of impeachment.

 

For the Blues, it was more of a last chance to celebrate the first title in franchise history than a political statement. Like previous NHL champions, they decided to keep with the long-held tradition of visiting the president at the White House amid teams from the NBA and other leagues either declining or not receiving an invitation or being disinvited by Trump.

 

St. Louis has a heavy concentration of Canadians and just one American still on the roster from the group that beat the Boston Bruins in the Cup Final. Every returning player from the Cup champions took the tour, met with Trump and was present for the ceremony in the Rose Garden.

 

Alternate captain Alex Steen said quote - “No matter what we do, we do it as a group. I think that’s how we won. We’re a very tight-knit group.”

 

Trump veered off into talk about bringing soldiers home from overseas and the stock market and revealed Vice President Mike Pence was traveling to Turkey to try to reach a ceasefire deal. When he circled back to the Blues, he went through their improbable run from last place in the league to champions with nods to Steen, owner Tom Stillman, captain Alex Pietrangelo, goaltender Jordan Binnington, forward Jaden Schwartz — who he called “Jason” — and playoff MVP Ryan O’Reilly.

 

Trump even mentioned the Blues adopting Laura Branigan’s 1982 hit “Gloria” as their victory song, and the U.S. Marine Band played the team into the ceremony with that tune. Young fan Laila Anderson, who was the team’s inspiration while she fought a rare auto-immune disease, got her own mention.

 

Stillman, who presented Trump with a No. 45 Blues jersey called it a “light-hearted, fun kind of celebration.” He echoed Steen’s sentiments about why the entire team showed up — a departure from when goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Brett Connolly skipped the 2018 champion Washington Capitals’ visit in March in support of teammate Devante Smith-Pelly.

 

 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; Pence’s wife, Karen; and Republican Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley of Missouri were among those in attendance for the half-hour ceremony.

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Spieth To Return This Weekend, Looking To Get Back to Dominant Form

Jordan Spieth returns from his longest break during a calendar year hopeful that a fresh start will end his longest drought.

 

Spieth hasn’t won since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale, a span of 54 tournaments worldwide. He last played in August at the BMW Championship, where he failed to advance to the Tour Championship for the second straight year.

 

Spieth is at the CJ Cup in South Korea and plans to stay in Asia another week for the PGA Tour’s first event in Japan.

 

Spieth said he has spent time at home in Dallas working on his tee-to-green game. He is coming off one of his best years with the putter — and there have been some good ones — and believes once he gets the rest of his game in order, he’ll have more chances.

 

He had only four top-10 finishes last year, often hurting himself with poor final rounds. The closest he finished to the winner was four shots behind in The Northern Trust, the first FedEx Cup playoff event.

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Jaguars Send CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

The Los Angeles Rams acquired Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars on Tuesday night, ending the star cornerback’s tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville with a trade to the defending NFC champions.

 

Jacksonville got first-round picks from the Rams in 2020 and 2021, along with a fourth-round pick in 2021.

 

Ramsey is one of the NFL’s elite defensive backs, earning two Pro Bowl selections and one first-team All-Pro nod in three seasons with Jaguars. The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft has nine career interceptions along with innumerable conflicts with his coaches, the front office and the Jags’ opponents.

 

One month after he requested a trade, Ramsey is off to the West Coast to join Aaron Donald on the Rams’ defense.

 

Ramsey has missed the Jaguars’ last three games with an apparent back injury, but he returned to practice last week. He’ll probably need to play immediately with the Rams (3-3), who are without both of their usual starting cornerbacks as they head to Atlanta this weekend.

 

The defending NFC champions traded cornerback Marcus Peters to Baltimore earlier in the day, getting depth linebacker Kenny Young for a two-time Pro Bowl selection who will be a free agent next year. Los Angeles also put cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve Monday after he missed last weekend’s loss to San Francisco with a rib injury.

 

Ramsey had never missed a start in his professional career before his current injury, but that was about the only certainty around the Tennessee native who once committed to USC, only to end up at Florida State.

 

Ramsey will join two prominent ex-Jaguars in Los Angeles, all three of whom were top-5 draft picks by Jacksonville.

 

Pass rusher Dante Fowler re-signed with the Rams after he was traded from Jacksonville at last season’s deadline, while quarterback Blake Bortles is Jared Goff’s backup after five years with the Jags.

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Nebraska, Illinois To Open 2021 Season in Ireland

Nebraska will play Illinois in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2021 season, the second game in a five-game series of college football games on the Emerald Isle.

 

Athletic directors Bill Moos of Nebraska and Josh Whitman of Illinois announced the game Monday. It’s set for Aug. 28 at 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium. Illinois is the designated home team.

 

Navy and Notre Dame will meet in Dublin next season.

 

The game in Dublin will be Nebraska’s first outside of the United States since the Huskers beat Kansas State in the 1992 Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo.

 

The teams will travel to Dublin the week of the game to practice, tour the city and acclimate to the time difference.

 

Nebraska also announced the completion of its 2021 non-conference schedule. The Huskers will play Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 13. That was the original date for the Nebraska-Illinois game.

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Nats Roll Past St. Louis, Go Up 3-0

Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals' struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS by beating St. Louis 8-1 Monday night.

 

The Cardinals, quite simply, can't score in this NLCS: They have a grand total of two runs and 11 hits through three games. Washington's three starters have a combined ERA - no calculator necessary for this one - of 0.00.

 

The Nationals, who found themselves at 19-31 in late May, have won 15 of their past 17 games, stretching back to the last week of the regular season.

 

The Nationals roughed up Jack Flaherty for four runs, all in the third inning; he hadn't allowed that many in a game since July 2, a span of 18 appearances.

 

Seven of Washington's eight runs came with two outs, and there were contributions from up and down the lineup: Victor Robles homered in his return from a hamstring injury, and Rendon heard ''MVP!'' chants after a slick defensive play and an RBI double.

 

Now it's Patrick Corbin's chance to see if he can match his rotation-mates. The $140 million lefty will start for the Nationals in Game 4 on Tuesday night, when they can close out a sweep at home.

 

Rookie right-hander Dakota Hudson will be on the mound for the Cardinals.

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Packers Rally Past Lions

Mason Crosby nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired and jumped into the crowd with a boost from long snapper Hunter Bradley after he finished off a rally for the Green Bay Packers, who benefited from some questionable officiating to edge the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night.

 

Aaron Rodgers, in his second straight game without top target Davante Adams, completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 35-yard throw to Allen Lazard for the second-year pro's first career score.

 

Rodgers linked up with Jamaal Williams for the other TD. Williams finished with 104 yards on 14 carries and four catches for 32 yards for Green Bay (5-1), which captured its first win in five tries against its NFC North rival.

 

The Packers, who are off to their first 3-0 start in the NFC North since 2012, might not have pulled it off if not for two fourth-quarter penalties for illegal hands to the face against Detroit's Trey Flowers, both of them on third down. The first set up Lazard's touchdown, and the second allowed Green Bay to run the clock down to 2 seconds before Crosby's game-winner. In both cases, replays showed Flowers' hands on the neck or shoulder - not the face - of a Packers lineman.

 

Matt Prater was good from 26, 22, 41, 51 and 54 yards for the Lions (2-2-1), who fell to 0-2 under Matt Patricia on Monday night. Detroit lost its last Monday night game to the Jets 48-17 last year.

Kenny Golladay had 121 yards on five catches for Detroit.

 

Matthew Stafford finished 18 of 32 for 265 yards and was sacked three times.

 

Kerryon Johnson scored the lone touchdown for the Lions from 1 yard out in the first quarter.

Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith each had a sack for Green Bay. Preston Smith and Kyler Fackrell combined for the other.

 

Rodgers was sacked once by Damon Harrison Sr. and threw an interception that bounced off the facemask of an open Derrius Shepherd near the goal line. James Coleman snagged the ball returned it 55 yards, setting up Prater's last field goal that made it 22-13.

 

WR Geronimo Allison was carted off the field following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Tracy Walker on the first play of the third quarter. He did not return. Allison was being evaluated for a chest injury and a concussion.

 

The Packers host the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 20.

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Blackhawks Down Oilers

Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots, Patrick Kane and Alexander Nylander scored, and the Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Monday night. Brandon Saad added an empty-netter with 32.7 seconds left to seal the win for Chicago, which went 0-2-1 in its first three games.

 

Crawford lost a bid for his 26th career shutout when James Neal scored his NHL-leading eighth goal on a power-play with 2:11 remaining.

 

Crawford came through with big saves, and thwarted Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl - who entered as the NHL's top two scorers - on several prime chances. McDavid, who has 12 points, was kept off the scoresheet for the first time this season. Draisaitl earned an assist on Neal's goal.

 

Mike Smith finished with 32 saves for Edmonton, which had opened the season with five wins.

 

The Blackhawks host Columbus on Friday night.

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Islanders Rally Past Blues in Overtime

Defenseman Devon Toews scored at 1:13 of overtime to complete a stunning late-game comeback by the Islanders as they downed the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Monday. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had knotted the contest with late third-period goals before Toews netted the winner.

 

The Blues seemed to have the game well in hand in the closing minutes before Nelson put the home team on the board with his third goal of the season at 14:29 of the third. Barzal then tied the game at 19:33 off a scramble in front with Islanders netminder Thomas Greiss pulled for an extra attacker. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who kept the puck in the zone, had the lone assist.

 

That set the stage for Toews' goal - his second of the season - on which Barzal and Nelson had the assists. That sent what had been a mostly silent crowd of 10,355 at Nassau Coliseum into a frenzy as the defending champion Blues skated off toward their locker room. Griess made 21 saves for the win.

Goals from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko had given the Blues a 2-0 lead.

 

The Blues were coming off a 6-3 loss at Montreal on Saturday. They finished their four-game road trip at 2-1-1.

 

Forward Oliver Wahlstrom made his NHL debut for the Islanders. The 19-year-old right-wing was picked 11th overall in the 2018 draft. He played for Boston College last year before joining AHL Bridgeport in the season. Wahlstrom skated on a line with Derick Brassard and Josh Bailey.

The Blues host Vancouver on Thursday night.

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Ryan Blaney Wins at Postponed Talladega

Ryan Blaney beat Ryan Newman in a door-to-door race to the finish line to win Monday and advance to the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs.

 

Blaney’s first win of the season came as he was in danger of getting eliminated from title contention. The playoff field will be trimmed from 12 drivers to eight next weekend at Kansas. Blaney had little margin for error after he had mechanical issues at Dover last weekend and finished 35th.

 

Blaney joins Kyle Larson in the round of eight, with six spots still available.

 

Blaney was the leader on a restart with two laps remaining and had a huge push from fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola to gain space on the field. Then Newman came charging along on the outside line with help from Denny Hamlin and he easily zipped past Blaney.

 

But the Ford train remained committed and Blaney got another push from Almirola to pull alongside Newman. The two raced door-to-door to the finish line, with Blaney winning by a nose. The 0.0070-second margin of victory was the sixth-closest in the history of Talladega, which celebrated its 50th anniversary all weekend.

 

The win capped a remarkable weekend for the Penske organization, which on Saturday claimed the IMSA overall sports car championship with Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, and then in Australia won the Bathurst 1000 with Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard.

 

Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott and William Byron are all below the cutline, as is Kansas native Clint Bowyer, who could be eliminated at his home track.

 

The race was stopped with seven laps remaining after an accident at the front of the field.

 

Stenhouse and Kyle Busch were side-drafting for the lead when Busch suddenly spun to the right, directly into title contender Brad Keselowski. The chain reaction caused Brendan Gaughan’s car to flip over the car of Kurt Busch and land on its wheels.

 

Keselowski’s car was destroyed, but he got it rolling down pit road for the sole purpose of passing Gaughan and Martin Truex Jr. in the running order, gaining two more points that very well could be needed next week when the playoff field is cut.

 

The elimination race of the third round of the playoffs is Sunday at Kansas Speedway. Elliott is the defending race winner, and Keselowski won the spring race.

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Little Room For Error in Final Stretch for Clinton

The Clinton Maroons enter week 8 action 4-3 overall and might just need to win-out to make the postseason.

 

Last year's 5-4 mark was not enough to get a spot in the playoffs and it is, even more, a possibility this year with a forfeit win among their total.

 

The Maroons are struggling offensively right now, their latest showing a 42-6 loss at Central A&M Friday night. They've scored a mere two touchdowns in three weeks. 


Weeks 5-7 was going to be a gauntlet as Tuscola, Decatur St. Teresa and Central A&M were all ranked in the top 10 of their respective classes starting the season.

 

The Maroons were hoping to steal a win, maybe two, instead, they seemed punchless at best against the top-tier of the Central Illinois Conference and hit the final two weeks in essentially must-win territory. 

 

Injuries have plagued the Maroons in the toughest stretch of their season, but in sports, it is rare you get a clean bill of health from start to finish. 

 

The struggling Maroons get a chance to right things in week 8 when they welcome winless Sullivan to town. Off a 56-6 loss to Decatur St. Teresa Friday, the Redskins are allowing 40 points per game to their opponents.

 

Looking ahead is not an option for this team right now, but if the Maroons can take care of business, they will face a huge matchup against Warrensburg-Latham in week 9 on the road.

 

Five wins are likely not going to be enough to punch a ticket to the 3A playoffs, however, the Maroons can take a step in the right direction Friday night and begin to - as they say - play their best football at the right time. 

 

Hear Friday night's action on 92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, at Amazon Alexa and at the WHOW mobile app. 

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Monticello Looking to Solidify Playoff Resume

The Monticello Sages are to their goal of five wins to qualify for the playoffs and defend their Class 3A state title but now they want more.

 

Monticello dominated Pontiac 59-7 in a rout Friday night in Illini Prairie Conference action to get them to five wins and qualifying for a playoff spot. Monticello will face a pair of quality opponents to finish out the season. The Sages travel to Prairie Central Friday and then host St. Joseph-Ogden in week 9 to finish out the year. 

 

Prairie Central and Monticello will enter week 8 action 5-2 overall in what will essentially be the third-place game for the Illini Prairie Conference. The Hawks dominated Olympia 48-7 Friday night.

 

St. Joseph-Ogden lost Friday to Illinois Valley Central, who in week six, clinched the Illini Prairie Conference regular-season title. 

 

Despite a loss on the road to Tolono Unity in week six, the Sages took a huge step forward and continued that improvement in their win Friday night. 

 

Just about every week has been a test for the Sages this season, and their latest is Friday night in Fairbury against Prairie Central. Game time is 7 pm and can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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LSU Jumps To No. 2 in AP Rankings

LSU moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 29th time and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before the rivals meet in Tuscaloosa.

 

The Tigers jumped from No. 5, past No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Ohio State, after beating Florida in a matchup of unbeaten teams Saturday night. LSU received 12 first-place votes Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank while Alabama received 30 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide host the Tigers on Nov. 9.

 

Clemson received 11 first-place votes Sunday and Ohio State had nine. Oklahoma was No. 5 and Wisconsin became the first new team to crack the top six after Georgia suffered the biggest upset of the season so far. The Bulldogs dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 after losing at home to South Carolina in double overtime.

 

Georgia is the highest-ranked team to lose to an unranked team this season. The Bulldogs had been steady at No. 3 since the preseason. They were among a season-high eight ranked teams to lose this weekend, including four to unranked teams.

 

Penn State moved up to No. 7. Florida’s loss at LSU cost the ninth-ranked Gators two spots. Notre Dame was No. 8, two spots ahead of Georgia, which won a close game at home against the Irish last month.

Texas slipped four spots to No. 15, the highest ranked team with two losses. The Longhorns lost to Oklahoma on Saturday and fell to LSU early in the season. Both losses were to current top-five teams, each by seven points.

 

The new Coaches Poll was released Sunday morning, and to the surprise of nobody, LSU moved up following its 42-28 win over Florida. Also moving up this week was Wisconsin, which is now flirting with the top five after a 38-0 dismantling of Michigan State. The Tigers climbed over Ohio State and Oklahoma to reach No. 3. They replace Georgia, which fell from No. 3 to No. 10 after an upset loss to South Carolina 20-17 in double-overtime.

 

Overall, the SEC and Big Ten are still dominating the top of the polls. The two conferences now account for seven of the top 10 spots.

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Strasburg Gets Call For Nats, Up 2-0 on Cardinals As Series Shifts to Washington

Up 2-0 on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series after near no-hitters from Aníbal Sánchez and Max Scherzer, the Nationals turn to historically strong playoff pitcher Stephen Strasburg in Game 3 Monday with the chance to take a stranglehold.

 

Washington starting pitchers are averaging more than 6 1/3 innings in the Division Series and League Championship series, a startling reliance on Strasburg, Scherzer, Sánchez and projected Game 4 starter Patrick Corbin. That has lessened the load of a bullpen that had the next-to-highest ERA in the major leagues behind Baltimore during the regular season.

 

Strasburg takes a 1.32 career postseason ERA to the mound for the first Championship Series game in the nation’s capital. The big right-hander, making the organization’s much-criticized 2012 Strasburg Shutdown look better over time, is 2-0 in the playoffs this fall.

 

St. Louis batters swung and missed at 11 pitches in the opener and 21 in Game 2. The Cardinals look perplexed at the plate not long after putting up 10 runs in the first inning of their Division Series clincher against Atlanta. St. Louis totaled one run and four hits — just one for extra bases— in the first two games against Washington and is batting .070.

 

Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win 88% of the time in MLB history. The first step toward bucking those odds for St. Louis is sending 23-year-old ace Jack Flaherty to the mound in Game 3, and there’s no shortage of belief in what he can do in what should be a raucous atmosphere.

 

>>Corea's HR Lifts 'Stros Past Yankees

 

Carlos Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday night, tying the AL Championship Series at one game apiece.

 

Correa, who earlier lined an RBI double and made a sensational play at shortstop, connected for an opposite-field shot to right off J.A. Happ.

 

Aaron Judge put the Yankees on top 2-1 with a two-run shot off Verlander in the fourth. It was his first homer this postseason and the eighth in his playoff career.

 

George Springer tied it in the fifth with his franchise-record 12th career postseason home run. The 2017 World Series MVP homered on the first pitch after reliever Adam Ottavino entered.

 

Game 3 is Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Gerrit Cole, who is 18-0 in his last 24 starts and led the majors in strikeouts, starts for the Astros against Luis Severino.

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