Sports News for Saturday September 24, 2016

>>Arrieta Rolls, Cubs Shutout Cardinals

(Chicago, IL)  —  Jake Arrieta struck out 10 in seven frames as the Cubs shutout the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 from Wrigley Field in Chicago.  Arrieta improved to 18-and-7 after he allowed five hits and walked just one batter.  Anthony Rizzo collected three hits, and Ben Zobrist drove in a pair of runs as the Cubs won their 98th game.  Mike Leake gave up five runs on seven hits and walked three to fall to 9-and-11 on the season.


>>Indians Roll White Sox

(Cleveland, OH)  —  The Indians piled up four runs in the fifth and sixth innings as they rolled the White Sox, 10-4, in Cleveland.  Jose Ramirez finished 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, four RBIs, and three runs.  Mike Napoli was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs, and Coco Crisp drove in three runs on three hits.  Trevor Bauer pitched seven-and-two-thirds innings to pick up the win, moving to 12-and-8.  Cleveland’s magic number is three.  Miguel Gonzalez gave up eight hits and five runs to take the loss for the White Sox.  Avisail Garcia and Melky Cabrera each drilled two-run homers in defeat.


>>Brewers Turn Triple Play, Beat Reds

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Brewers defense recorded its second triple play of the season in a 5-4 win over the Reds at Miller Park.  With runners on first and second in the top of the first inning, Cincinnati’s Joey Votto ripped a line drive to Milwaukee’s Chris Carter, who stepped on first base for the second out.  Carter then threw to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who was covering second, for out number three.  Brewers pitcher Zach Davies has been on the mound for both of Milwaukee’s triple plays this season.  The first one came against the Miami Marlins on April 29th.  The Brewers have turned eight triple plays in team history.


>>Red Sox Edge Rays
(St. Petersburg, FL)  —  David Ortiz’s 37th home run of the season powered the Red Sox past the Rays, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.  Ortiz launched the two-run homer in the first inning.  Mookie Betts added a trio of hits for Boston, which won its ninth straight.  Drew Pomeranz earned the win, and Brad Ziegler picked up his fourth save since being acquired by the Red Sox.  Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer took the loss despite striking out seven over six innings.  Mikie Mahtook’s solo home run in the second inning kept the Rays from being shut out.


>>Bill Walton Statue Needs Home

(San Diego, CA)  —  A statue of NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton needs a home.  The group behind the twelve-hundred-pound, larger-than-life bronze statue is looking for a permanent home to honor the basketball great and San Diego native.  Bill Walton is known for his moves on the court, but he’s also a generous philanthropist and a goodwill ambassador for San Diego County.  Officials at Lindbergh Field say they will take the statue for three months next year, but that’s it.


>>Johnson Leads At TOUR Championship

(Atlanta, GA)  —  Dustin Johnson sits atop the leaderboard heading into Round Three at the PGA TOUR Championship in Atlanta.  Johnson shot a three-under-67 on Friday to maintain the lead.  Kevin Chappell is one stroke back in second place.  Jason Day withdrew from the tournament with a back injury.  Day, the world’s number-one player, also withdrew from the BMW Championship earlier this month.  Defending champion Jordan Spieth is tied for 11th at even par.  Round Three begins Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m.


The Fighting Illini have a bye week today and will return to action next week on the road against Nebraska. Illinois State will battle the Sycamores of Indiana State on the road today with kickoff at 2:00 p.m. Western Illinois will look to be another FCS team that takes down an FBS opponent, as the Leathernecks go on the road today to take on Northern Illinois at 2:30 p.m.

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