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Monmoth College Takes Lead at MWC Men's Golf Championships
Monmouth College shaved 17 strokes off their team score from Day 1 of the Midwest Conference Men's Golf Championships and lead by 23 strokes with 18 holes to play at Aldeen Golf Course in Rockford.

Reds Edge Cardinals After Rain Delay
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jay Bruce had three hits and two RBIs, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Friday night after a 2 1/2 hour rain delay for their season-best fifth consecutive victory.

Cubs Hot Hitting Beats D-Backs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer and the Chicago Cubs connected for four in all while rallying to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5 Friday after getting pounded the previous day.

Jeter Leads Yankees Past White Sox
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning to give him four RBIs, helping the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Friday night.

Jazz Beat Nuggets to Clinch Series
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 20 rebounds, rookie Wesley Matthews scored 23 and made a key block, and Utah pulled away late in the fourth quarter and beat the Denver Nuggets 112-104 Friday night, winning the playoff series in six games.

Gasol's Tip-in K.O.s Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Pau Gasol tipped in a missed jumper by Kobe Bryant with a half-second left and the Los Angeles Lakers survived a late comeback effort by Oklahoma City and eliminated the Thunder 95-94 in Game 6 of the first-round playoff series Friday night.

Hawks Beat Bucks to Force Game Seven
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jamal Crawford broke out of a slump with 24 points, Joe Johnson added 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-69 Friday night to force a seventh game in the first-round series.

Monmouth College Coach Sander Earns 300th Win
Monmouth College baseball coach Roger Sander didn't know Chaz Baggio's grand slam against Robert Morris-Springfield this week assured the 17-year coaching veteran a milestone.

Local Sports Roundup -- 4/29/10
Galesburg plays longball to beat Peoria Richwoods, ROWVA on the verge of clinching LTC title, Monmouth-Roseville offense potent against Knoxville; United softball cruises past Annawan-Wethersfield, Abingdon wins, Galesburg splits twinbill with Quincy; CSC falls in slugfest; Knox and Monmouth College hold down top two spots in Midwest Conference Men's Golf Championship

Suns Defeat Blazers; Advance to Second Round
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Jason Richardson scored 28 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Phoenix Suns advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 99-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 Thursday night.

Spurs Finish Off #2 Seed Mavs in Game Six
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Spurs are moving on, and Dallas is done early again.

Sharks Beat Redwings in First Game of Second Round Series
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Pavelski picked up where he left off in the first round by scoring two goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the second-round Western Conference series.

San Diego's Chicken Top Mascot
NEW YORK (AP) -- Plucked from among all sports mascots, San Diego's Chicken still rules the roost.

Cards Hand Braves Ninth Straight Loss
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie David Freese homered, doubled and drove in six runs as the St. Louis Cardinals sent Atlanta to its ninth straight loss, beating the Braves 10-4 Thursday.

Diamondbacks Beat Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ian Kennedy pitched eight strong innings for his first victory in 2 years and Adam LaRoche drove in five runs with two homers and a double as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Chicago Cubs 13-5 on Thursday.

White Sox Take Advantage of Konerko HR's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Paul Konerko hit two home runs after the Chicago White Sox took advantage of a wild pitch, two errors and two walks to go ahead in a 7-5 victory Thursday over the Texas Rangers to avoid a three-game sweep.

Local Sports Roundup -- 4/28/10
Resurgent Knoxville baseball team wins again, Abingdon shuts down B-PC/A; Commandos softball team bounces back from Tuesday loss with win on Wednesday, Knoxville blanks Mercer County, ROWVA escapes Monmouth-Roseville; Knox and Monmouth College split non-conference baseball twinbills.

Cardinals Blank Slumping Braves for Fouth Straight Win
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie Jaime Garcia worked seven scoreless innings and David Freese had two hits and two RBIs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta 6-0 Wednesday night, handing the punchless Braves their eighth straight loss.

Atilano & Dunn Lead Nats Past Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Rookie Luis Atilano pitched six strong innings to win for the second time in two major league starts and Adam Dunn hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth on Wednesday, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Hamilton's Blast Helps Rangers Beat White Sox
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Josh Hamilton's two-run homer keyed a five-run first, Rich Harden pitched six innings despite more control problems, and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Wednesday night.

Bucks Late Run Surprises Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) -- With Andrew Bogut cheering from the bench while Brandon Jennings teamed with Kurt Thomas in a duo for the ages, the Milwaukee Bucks pulled within one win of an improbable first-round upset.

Anthony Gets Help as Nuggets Beat Jazz to Prevent Elimination
DENVER (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony got the help he was begging for, J.R. Smith found his long-range touch and the Denver Nuggets avoided elimination with a 116-102 victory over the Utah Jazz Wednesday night.

No Word on Bulls Coach Del Negro - Yet
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- At some point in the next few days, the Chicago Bulls figure to reveal coach Vinny Del Negro's job status. They just weren't making any announcements on Wednesday.

Canadiens Complete Stunning Comeback Against Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Led by Jaroslav Halak's spectacular, acrobatic goaltending, the Montreal Canadiens slowed Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals' high-powered offense to complete an unlikely comeback and eliminate the NHL's best regular-season team in the first round.

No Bluff, Big Buff Back at Forward for Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dustin Byfuglien is on the move again for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bears Trade S Payne to Rams
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ The Chicago Bears have traded safety Kevin Payne to the St. Louis Rams for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick.

Local Sports Roundup -- 4/27/10
Galesburg baseball team loses to Washington; no-hitters for ROWVA and Knoxville; Streaks softball team shuts down Richwoods, ROWVA and Princeville go extra innings in a game dominated by strong pitching, United wins without Bertelsen, Knoxville's Wilhite blanks Monmouth-Roseville; GHS boys tennis team wins third straight dual; Galesburg girls soccer team beaten in OT.

Former Iowa State Basketball Star Taking Over Program
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State and new coach Fred Hoiberg have agreed on a five-year contract with a base salary of $800,000.

Carpenter, Cardinals Hand Braves Seventh Straight Loss
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Chris Carpenter won on his 35th birthday and Yadier Molina had the go-ahead hit for the second straight game in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-4 victory over the sagging Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.

Hernandez Pitches Nationals Past Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Livan Hernandez pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on a chilly Tuesday night.

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