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Local Sports Wrapup - 9/5/09
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Blaine Gabbert threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in a stellar starting debut to lead rebuilding Missouri to a 37-9 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

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Monmouth's no-huddle offense didn't waste any time in a 39-20 win over Loras in the season opener for both teams.

The Scots took the opening kickoff 67 yards and capped the drive with a Kyle Tuor 20 yard field goal. After the Duhawks forced the Scots to punt on the next two possessions, Monmouth's quick-score offense got the ball on a short field and scored 2:55 later when Clay Bricker scooted into the end zone from 2 yards out.

Kyle Wantland hauled in an Alex Tanney pass for a TD to begin the second quarter and Tuor added another field goal for a 19-0 lead before the Duhawks scored on a 1 yard run with 5:03 left in the first half. The Scots' Nick Wright hauled in two TD receptions in the second half as the Scots opened the season with a win over Loras for the second straight year. Tanney finished the game with 341 passing yards and four TDs. Marcus Ruff led the defense with 10 tackles.

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Knox College lost its season opener at Eureka College 28-13. Knox was led by Brent Newman, who threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the loss.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

The Galesburg Silver Streaks Freshmen fell to Richwoods 20-12 to even their record at 1-1. The Streaks' Matt Kitch scored on a 22-yard run and Ryan Carl had an 18-yard TD reception from DeMario Walker. Their next game is Wednesday, 9/16, at home vs. Alleman.

COLLEGE SOCCER

Monmouth's defense stepped up in a 3-0 win over visiting Benedictine.

Benedictine was only able to get two shots on goal as Owen Robinson and Frank Bowman combined for the shutout.

The Scots' (1-1) Daniel Medina drove in the season's first goal on an assist from Pat Blazer and Danny Davis in the 18th minute for a 1-0 first half lead. Blazer picked up another point with an unassisted goal in the 60th minute and freshman Andrew Sheller notched his first collegiate goal in the 72nd minute to put the match away.

The Scots outshot the Eagles 20-4.

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

There were no trophies for the GHS boys or girls cross country teams, Saturday, at the annual Silver Streaks Invitational at Lake Storey.

Both teams finished fifth in the final team standings.

GHS freshman Stephanie Saey placed third overall in the varsity girls race. Dorothy Mangieri was 18th.

Luke Junk and Will Remmes led the GHS boys with 20th and 21st place finishes.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Galesburg High School's varsity girls swim team won six events and Moline won five Saturday at the Macomb Invitational.

By virtue of that extra win and few higher places, the Streaks topped the Maroons 387 to 335 in the battle for the first place trophy.

Eureka was a distant third in the seven-team meet, which did not include diving. The Streaks won two relays and had four different swimmers capture individual events.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Albert Pujols led off the 10th inning with his second career pinch-hit home run, and the St. Louis Cardinals withstood Ross Ohlendorf's dominating start to beat Pittsburgh 2-1.

Ohlendorf allowed only an unearned run over eight innings. He became the 40th major league pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches in an inning, but didn't figure in the decision.

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The Chicago Cubs beat the Mets 5-3.

Derrek Lee homered twice and drove in three runs in his lineup return. Aramis Ramirez also had a two-run homer for Chicago. Rich Harden struck out 10, all swinging.

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Gavin Floyd pitched the White Sox to a 5-1 victory over Boston.

Floyd retired his first 17 batters, gave up only three hits in eight innings and struck out a career-high 11.

NASCAR

Martin Truex Jr. won his first pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway, grabbing the inside spot for the Pep Boys Auto 500 with his lap of 184.149 miles per hour.

It is Truex's second pole of the season after qualifying first and finishing 11th at the Daytona 500. Kasey Kahne, who is 11th in the Sprint Cup standings, qualified second.

Kevin Harvick led most of the Nationwide race and then passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with two laps left to regain the lead and win the Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch finished second.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL - TOP 25 RESULTS

No. 1 Florida 62 Charleston Southern 3
No. 2 Texas 59 Louisiana-Monroe 20
No. 20 BYU 14 No. 3 OU 13
No. 4 USC 56 San Jose St. 3
No. 5 Alabama 34 No. 7 Virginia Tech 24
No. 6 Ohio St. 31 Navy 27
No. 9 Oklahoma St. 24 No. 13 Georgia 10
No. 9 Penn St. 31 Akron 7
No. 11 LSU 31 Washington 23
No. 12 California 52 Maryland 13
No. 15 Georgia Tech 37 Jacksonville State 17
No. 21 North Carolina 40 The Citadel 6
No. 22 Iowa 17 Northern Iowa 16
No. 23 Notre Dame 35 Nevada 0
No. 24 Nebraska 49 Florida Atlantic 3
No. 25 Kansas 49 Northern Colorado 3

TODAY'S SCHEDULE

MLB

The St. Louis Cardinals finish off their series in Pittsburgh versus the Pirates. You can hear that game live beginning at 12:02 on WGIL.

The Chicago Cubs look to win their series in the rubber game against the N.Y. Mets this afternoon.

The Chicago White Sox take on the Boston Red Sox also this afternoon.

NASCAR

Martin Truex Jr is on the Pole for the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Race Coverage begins on FM95 at 530.
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