Daily Archive : Saturday April 27, 2013



    Berwyn couple killed in I-355 crash

    A Berwyn couple died in a two-vehicle crash about 3 p.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of I-355 near Bolingbrook. Illinois State Police identified the victims as Daniel J. Simone, 87, the driver of one of the vehicles, and his passenger, Dimple Simone, 91. Evan M. Collins, the driver of the other vehicle, was injured, according to a news release.


    Man nabbed with help from lottery ticket gets life

    A man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2005 double murder at a Chicago convenience store after police used lottery numbers he played to track him down.

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

    Breyer has shoulder surgery after bike accident

    Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says 74-year-old Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is expected to make a full recovery following the operation Saturday. Breyer injured his right shoulder in a fall Friday near the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

    This rendering shows the Route 14 overpass option for the proposed grade separation at the CN crossing in Barrington.

    Barrington searches for way to live with trains

    Even after a well-attended public input meeting on Thursday, Barrington officials have much weighing of opinion to do before a late autumn decision is made whether to pursue an overpass or underpass for Route 14 at the Canadian National railroad tracks near Lake Zurich Road. And even if the Illinois Department of Transportation approves an option and identifies funding sources for it, the...

    Actor Patrick Stewart, left, and Sunny Ozell attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Saturday at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington.

    Obama lampoons, entertains correspondents at annual dinner

    President Barack Obama used this year's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner to poke fun at himself and some of his political adversaries, asking if it was still possible to be brought down a peg after 4½ years as commander-in-chief.

    Mary Thom, a prominent New York City feminist, writer and former Ms. magazine editor.

    Ex-Ms. magazine editor Thom dies in motorcycle crash

    Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday. She was 68.


    Man injured when car crashes into vacant E. Dundee building

    A vehicle crashed through a chain-link fence and struck a building about 11:20 a.m. Saturday in East Dundee, authorities said. The single-car crash occurred in the now-vacant Taylor Rental Building on Route 25, north of Route 72, East Dundee Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Pompa said.

    A Bangladeshi civilian rescue volunteer climbs a section of a building Saturday that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Bangladesh building collapse death toll nears 350

    The building site was a hive of frenzied activity all day with soldiers, police and medical workers in lab coats working non-stop. Rescuers passed bottles of water and small cylinders of oxygen up a ladder leaning against the side of the building to be given to possible survivors inside.

    Associated Press A section of wreckage from a landing gear bearing a Boeing serial number. The gear was found wedged in between two New York City buildings not far from the World Trade Center construction site.

    New York officials search for human remains from 9/11

    On Saturday, yellow police tape blocked access to a metal door that leads to the hidden alley behind 51 Park Place. The chief medical examiner's spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove, said the area first will be tested as part of a standard health and safety evaluation for possible toxicity. She said sifting for human remains is to begin Tuesday morning.

    Thomas Chmura

    Monk charged with attempting to abduct 14-year-old Antioch girl

    A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin is charged with attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car in Antioch. Thomas J. Chmura appeared Saturday before a Lake County judge, who set his bail at $50,000. Police said the girl was followed by a silver station wagon. The driver, police said, told the girl, "Come on, you're so beautiful, let me drive you home."

    Construction continues in St. Charles including along Smith Road on the city’s far east side.

    Visitors may not have gotten best first impression of St. Charles

    A group of retailers from across the country and Europe were in St. Charles a few weeks ago, and it seemed the road construction hampered their movements, according to columnist Dave Heun.

    Runners start the second annual Human Race, a 5K run and 2-mile walk hosted by Giving DuPage on Saturday morning in Downers Grove. The race allows supporters of small, local nonprofits to fundraise for the charity of their choice.

    DuPage ‘Human Race’ grows in diversity

    More than a thousand people in Downers Grove on Saturday morning rallied for free yoga, promoted African culture and academics, worked to provide daytime activities for autistic high school graduates and supported two choirs and the historical preservation of Glen Ellyn. But to the untrained eye, all it appeared they were doing was running.

    Members of the Chicago Bears organization confer during the third round Friday of the NFL football draft.

    Bears go for linebacker, tackle on last draft day

    The third day of the NFL draft looked a lot like the first two for the Bears, who devoted their fourth- and fifth-round picks to more linebacker and offensive line help. The Bears selected linebacker Khaseem Greene of Rutgers in the fourth round, then, after trading down 10 spots in round five, took Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Jordan Mills.

    The “Master of Questions” Walt Kilmanas runs the show during the 16th annual Literacy Connection Trivia Bee Fundraiser Saturday at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

    Elgin trivia contest raises funds for The Literacy Connection

    The 16th annual trivia bee fundraiser for The Literacy Connection in Elgin was marked by plenty of serious competition and a nail-biting finale that included four rounds of tiebreaker questions to determine second and third place. The Bee Team won.

    Associated Press.April 10 Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division provide security while their comrades search a village in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

    NATO crash kills 4; Taliban begin spring offensive

    Insurgents have escalated attacks to gain power and influence ahead of next year's presidential election and the planned withdrawal of most U.S. and other foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. And U.S.-backed efforts to try to reconcile the Islamic militant movement with the Afghan government are gaining little traction.

    Ron Fraser, wearing black hat at left, Rebecca Roche and Jocelyn Lescarbeau hug Cheryl Fraser after they crossed the finish line Saturday of the Boston Marathon. The group, part of the New England Aquarium Marathon Team, were stopped at Mile 21 when the race was halted by the bombings on April 15. “It took us 12 days, 2 hours and 40 minutes - but we finished it,” said Ron Fraser. “And we’ll be back next year.”

    Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

    In early 2011, the Russian FSB internal security service intercepted a conversation between Tamerlan and his mother vaguely discussing jihad, according to U.S. officials.

    Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin.

    FBI: Miss. man arrested in suspicious letters case

    An ex-martial arts instructor made ricin and put the poison in letters to President Barack Obama and others, the FBI charged Saturday, days after dropping similar charges against an Elvis impersonator who insisted he had been framed. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of Dutschke's, then decided they...

    Twana Mosley

    Mother and son charged after shots fired in Elgin

    Twana Mosley of Elgin and her 14-year-old son were charged Friday with weapons offenses after the mother fired shots in the air outside her home, police said.

    Associated Press Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a scene from “Star Wars.”

    Navajo latest translation for ‘Star Wars’

    A team of five Navajo speakers spent 36 hours translating the script for "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," and now they're looking for fluent Navajo speakers to fill some two dozen roles.

    George Jones

    Notable deaths last week

    When it comes to country music, George Jones was The Voice. Other great singers have come and gone, but this fact remained inviolate until Jones passed away Friday at 81 in a Nashville hospital after a year of ill health.

    Jarvis James

    Arlington Heights man charged with home invasion

    Hoffman Estates police arrested one of four men whom they say forced their way into a residence earlier this month. Jarvis Robert James, of the 300 block of Lynn Court in Arlington Heights was charged with home invasion and armed robbery.

    This is an artist’s rendering of a planned permanent location for Busy Brains Children’s Museum in downtown Lake Villa. Opening day is not expected for at least 18 months.

    Busy Brains soon will stay in one spot

    After years on the road, the Busy Brains Children's Museum is in the process of securing a permanent home in downtown Lake Villa. An agreement has been reached to donate to the organization a long-vacant car dealership, but the building will need substantial work to be converted to a museum. "This has always been the goal from Day 1," said co-founder Alison Price.

    An Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off Saturday from Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia flies first Dreamliner since grounding

    A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya's capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January.

    U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris looks at a balloon-like craft Friday known as an aerostat that is attached to the back of his high speed vessel Swift docked in Key West, Florida.

    U.S. deploying drones in drug wars

    The aerostat, formally the Aerostar TIF-25K and made by a division of Raven Industries Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is filled with helium. It's an old technology, models of which have been used for decades, but it's packed with cameras and sensors that expand the ship's radar capability from about 5 miles to about 50 miles.

    A neighbor walks past the side of a charred single-story house Saturday after a fatal fire killed five, including four children, in Newnan, Ga.

    Mom, four kids killed in Georgia fire

    Newnan police Chief Buster Meadows said the older girl's mother was able to get her safely out of the burning house."The mother woke her up and told her to run," Meadows said. "There was someone outside who she ran to, and the mother went back after the others. Neither her nor the other four children made it out."

    Charles Amrich

    Island Lake police chief, law firm resign

    Island Lake Police Chief William McCorkle has submitted his resignation, a move that surprised few since Mayor-elect Charles Amrich made it clear McCorkle's days were numbered when he won a landslide election earlier this month. Attorneys from the village's law firm, which also raised Amrich's ire, announced it was stepping down in a resignation letter sent Thursday.

    A North Korean flag hangs inside the interior of Pyongyang’s Supreme Court. North Korea says it will soon deliver a verdict in the case of detained American Kenneth Bae it accuses of trying to overthrow the government, further complicating already fraught relations between Pyongyang and Washington.

    NKorea charges US man of plot to overthrow regime

    North Korea announced Saturday that an American detained for nearly six months is being tried in the Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could draw the death penalty if he is convicted.


    Cook Co. sheriff recovers illegal weapons in sweep

    Cook County Sheriff's deputies recovered weapons, marijuana and arrested dozens during a sweep of Chicago's southern suburbs.


    Chicago planting nearly 4,000 new trees

    Chicago is making a move to get a bit greener by planting trees.


    Ill. National Guard unit returning from Egypt

    A group of 45 Illinois Army National Guard soldiers will return home over the next few weeks after serving with a peacekeeping force in Egypt.


    Low-interest loan program may help flood victims

    Illinois residents suffering damage from recent flooding may be able to get low-interest loans for repairs.

    This is the entrance of the Devens Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Devens, Mass. The U.S. Marshals Service said Friday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, had been moved from a Boston hospital to the federal medical center at Devens, about 40 miles west of the city.

    Investigators push ahead in Boston bombing probe

    With the Boston marathon bombing suspect in a prison hospital, investigators are pushing forward both in the U.S. and abroad to piece together the myriad details of a plot that killed three people and injured more than 260.


    Man named in ricin mailing case goes into hiding

    A Mississippi man whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to the president and others has dropped out of sight in order to escape the news media spotlight, but is cooperating with authorities, a friend and his attorney said.

    This is a view of what the interior of the proposed National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates might look like.

    Proposed veterans museum in Hoffman Estates has money to buy land, president says

    The president of the proposed National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates said Friday he believes the group is close to having enough money to buy the 448 acres near the northwest corner of Beverly Road and I-90 where the museum will be built.

    Floodwaters from the Des Plaines River invade Old Grand Avenue in downtown Gurnee.

    The Suburban Floods of 2013 by the numbers

    The aerial photos, waterlogged basements and mini geysers in the middle of city streets left no doubt about the severity or scope of last week's storms and resulting floods. But numbers also are starting to roll in to illustrate what kind of toll the suburbs took, and in some cases, they're staggering.


    Elgin will look at Fourth of July options for 2014

    Elgin will likely participate once again in the Fourth of July fireworks show in Hoffman Estates, but will also start looking at possibly bringing back the fireworks to town next year.



    Saturday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls track scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls water polo matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s badminton scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls badminton meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys track scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys tennis scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys tennis matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys water polo meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys gymnastics scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys gymnastics meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Bears fourth-round pick Khaseem Greene switched from safety to linebacker midway through his career at Rutgers and was named the Big East defenisve player of the year in both seasons at his new position. The last time the Bears drafted a player who had played safety in college but then converted to linebacker it turned out pretty well for them -- that was Brian Urlacher in 2000.

    Could history repeat for Greene, Bears?

    Bears fourth-round pick Khaseem Greene switched from safety to linebacker midway through his career at Rutgers and was named the Big East defenisve player of the year in both seasons at his new position. The last time the Bears drafted a player who had played safety in college but then converted to linebacker it turned out pretty well for them -- that was Brian Urlacher in 2000.

    In each of his three seasons with the Cubs, starting pitcher Matt Garza has spent time on the disabled list.

    ‘Garza trade’ has frustrated Cubs, Rays

    The Cubs are one month into their third season since their blockbuster trade with Tampa Bay for pitcher Matt Garza. Even though this much time has passed, neither team has reaped many benefits from the deal.

    Chicago Cubs batter David DeJesus reacts after singling and driving one run in during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Cubs win third straight

    After doubling and scoring a run to lead-off the game, David DeJesus hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to help lift the Cubs to a 3-2 win over the struggling Miami Marlins on Saturday night. "I was able to get the fastball that I wanted and hit it up the middle and not try to do too much with it," DeJesus said. "After I hit it I yelled to the dugout like, 'Yeah!' We needed that little separation. ... Definitely a good win."


    Late rally lifts Cougars

    Kane County Cougars game report:


    Millazzo helps Carmel sweep Nazareth

    Brett Millazzo drove in the game-winning run in Carmel’s 3-1 win over Nazareth in the first game of a doubleheader, then he had 2 hits and 2 RBI in Carmel’s 8-6 win in the second game on an East Suburban Catholic Conference baseball sweep Saturday. Millazzo had 4 RBI on the day. In the first game, Dalton Wright was the winning pitcher. He gave up just 2 hits and 3 walks in going the distance. In the second game, Matt Ryan led the offense with 3 hits and 2RBI while pitcher Duncan Amrein got the win. He pitched 3 innings in relief.Wauconda 5, Vernon Hills 1: Luke Kenny had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs for Wauconda, which improves to 8-4 overall and a sparkling 6-0 in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division. Jeff Lindberg added 2 hits and was the winning pitcher. He had 4 strikeouts over seven innings. Meanwhile, Nate Sarich belted a double for the Bulldogs. For Vernon Hills, Tyler Feece and Matt Kahn had 2 hits apiece.Vernon Hills 9, Wheeling 2: Jordan Freibrun made his first varsity start and got the win for Vernon Hills. He helped his own cause by also getting 2 hits and 2 RBI. Tyler Feece and Tommy Earhart also added 2 hits apiece. Meanwhile, Ethan McGrew knocked in 2 runs for the Cougars.Grayslake Central 6, Jacobs 2: With a little bit of offense in just about every inning, Grayslake Central methodically put together a victory. The Rams, who are now 14-8 after going 4-1 this week, scored at least one run in five of seven innings and finished with a total of 10 hits. Kyle Balling had a triple, Jay Hoffman had a double and Jackson Truskowksi and Ryan Fontana each had a pair of singles. Truskowski also finished with 2 RBI. Justin Allen also added a double and a single for the winners. Junior Russell Lundius earned his second varsity win, tossing four shutout innings and striking out 5 batters.Lake Zurich 8, Rolling Meadows 3: A 5-run sixth inning by Lake Zurich broke up a 3-3 tie and paved the way to victory. The Bears have now won four games in a row. Both Joe Pizzalato and Tanner Kiser were key in the big inning and finished with 2 hits apiece. Kiser drove in 3 runs on the day. Lake Zurich is now 6-11 on the season.Grant 15, Prairie Ridge 14: In an slugfest, Grant had just a little more. The Bulldogs rolled up 14 hits to get the nonconference victory. Jordan Villarreal and Simeon Lucas each had 3 hits, including a double for Villarreal, while Ryan Noda slammed a 3-run homer. Brent Spohr also added 2 hits, including a double. Winning pitcher Jacob Trumpis moved to 3-2 on the season while Grant improved to 12-5 overall.Lakes sweeps Hoffman Estates: It was lucky 11 for Lakes in a doubleheader sweep of Hoffman Estates. The Eagles got a 15-5 victory in the first game by pounding out 11 hits. They won the second game 10-9, and again finished with 11 hits. In the first game, Kyle Vanderwall, Joe Sisk, Dan Jackson and Bill Morris all had 2 hits apiece for Lakes, which improves to 7-11 on the season. Both of Vanderwall’s hits were home runs. He rang up 7 RBI in the first game alone. Meanwhile, one of Jackson’s hits went for a triple. On the mound, Erick Kuhlmann got his first victory of the season. In the second game, Chase Slota, Joe Dahlke and Sisk each finished with 2 hits apiece. Both Slota and Dahlke each had a home run and a double. Pitcher Drake Larriuz got the victory.Stevenson 8, Buffalo Grove 2: Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Stevenson scored 4 runs in each of the next two innings to come away with the victory. Eric Naegele led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate while Mitchell Goll and Tony Heiser each had 2 hits. Both of Heiser’s hits were doubles, and he drove in 2 runs. Stevenson pitcher Eli Greenspon got the win. He went five innings and had 3 strikeouts.Elk Grove 6, Libertyville 2: Evan Skoug had a double for Libertyville, which managed just 4 hits and also had an error. Elk Grove had no errors on the day.

    St. Louis Blues’ Jaden Schwartz (9) slides the puck past Blackhawks goalie Carter Hutton (33) for his second goal of the game Saturday in St. Louis. The Blackhawks lost 3-1.

    Blues beat Blackhawks 3-1

    Brian Elliott made 22 saves and Jaden Schwartz had his first two-goal game as the St. Louis Blues earned home-ice advantage for the first-round of the playoffs by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Saturday night. The Blues won 12 of their last 15 games to capture fourth place in the Western Conference. Elliott and the Blues were helped by facing a Chicago lineup that was devoid of almost every regular.

    St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz scores past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Carter Hutton in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

    Hawks will open playoffs vs. Minnesota

    The Blackhawks had little to play for Saturday night at St. Louis, but that wasn't the case for the rest of the teams in the Western Conference. The Hawks will meet Minnesota in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after the Wild beat Colorado 3-1 in Denver. The best-of-seven series is expected to start on Wednesday at the United Center.

    The Bulls’ Nate Robinson, left, and Brooklyn’s C.J. Watson mix it up after fighting for the ball in the first half Saturday during Game 4 of the first-round playoff game against the Nets at the United Center. The Bulls won in triple overtime 142-134.

    Tactical mistake by Nets sparks Robinson, Bulls

    In retrospect, maybe flattening Nate Robinson, who originally went to the University of Washington on a football scholarship, early in the fourth quarter Saturday was the last thing the Nets should have done.

    Joakim Noah reacts to being fouled in the second overtime Saturday during Game 4 of the first round playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. The Bulls won in triple overtime 142-134.

    Bulls’ Noah says foot feels like ‘a miracle’

    Playing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Bulls center Joakim Noah logged 39 minutes in Saturday's triple-overtime thriller. He fouled out in the third overtime but didn't seem to get worn down at all. Noah scored 10 points in the overtimes and tied the game late in the fourth quarter by following in a Luol Deng 3-point miss with 23.9 seconds left. Noah finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.

    Alejandro De Arza strikes out with the bases loaded while Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Jake McGee walks to the dugout to end the seventh inning Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox in a world of hurt

    The White Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. They also lost another player to injury. Gavin Floyd came out of the game in the third inning with an elbow injury and is heading to the disabled list.

    Nate Robinson goes for the basket between Brooklyn’s C.J. Watson, left, and Brook Lopez, right, Saturday during Game 4 of the first-round playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. The Bulls won 142-134 in triple overtime.

    Robinson sparks some triple-OT excitement for Bulls

    The Bulls evoked memories of the 2009 three-OT game against Boston by delivering an exhausting 142-134 victory over Brooklyn on Saturday. The win sent the Bulls to a 3-1 lead in this first-round series, and they can close it out in Game 5 on Monday night at the Barclays Center.


    Dreschler goes deep for Grant

    Grant junior outfielder Brianna Dreschler got a hold off a Jenn Claussen fastball Saturday morning and belted it. Her tape-measure home run helped the Bulldogs defeat host Vernon Hills 6-1 in North Suburban Prairie Division action. "It had to be 30-40 feet over the fence," Grant coach Mike Dolezal said. "She just crushed one. It was a liner, too."


    Hayes throws no-hitter for top-ranked Naperville Central

    A roundup of Saturday's softball action around DuPage County.


    Sweep of state champs just grand for Benet

    Emily York has waited all year to break into the homer column. She did so Saturday, in grand style. And she had company. Benet's sophomore hit a go-ahead grand slam in Game 2 of a doubleheader with Marist — one of 6 homers the two teams slugged in the game — and the No. 3 Redwings went on to sweep the defending state champs in Lisle by scores of 6-2 and 18-13.


    Five-homer day powers Barrington into school record book

    Barrington's bats belted their way into school softball history on Saturday at the Fields of Dreams. While sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Libertyville 11-1 and 12-4, the Fillies slugged five more home runs and now have 33 for the season, breaking the former mark of 30 set by the 2007 team that finished second in the Class AA state tourney. Fittingly enough, it was senior third baseman Loren Krzysko's 3-run blast in the second inning of Game 1 that set the record. The Arkansas-bound Krzysko (3-for-3, 2 homers, triple, 5 RBI) is also the school's all-time homer run leader with 35.


    Mills knows all about Bears-Packers rivalry

    Jordan Mills, the Bears' fifth-round pick, has a cousin he's close to on the Packers, cornerback Tramon Williams. But the rookie offensive tackle said it won't end well for his relative if they run into each other on the field.

    Lake Park’s Zachary Schwarz anchors the 4 x 400 meter relay, during the first heat of the Glenbard West boys track invitational.

    New guy, old result for Lake Park

    Just what Lake Park needs. Another guy. On the biggest stage of his outdoor track season thus far, Lancers first-year hurdler Antonio Shenault won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the 34th annual Jim Arnold Invite at Glenbard West. Shenault, a starting cornerback for the Lancers football team last fall, sliced a half-second off his prior best to beat teammate Scott Filip in the 110s at 14.50 seconds and won the 300 by more than a second at 40.25. "Last year I was just a sprinter, so I thought I'd try new things and hurdling was the first thing I tried. It clearly worked," he said


    Hampshire wins own invite

    Hampshire wins own invite: Hampshire scored 38 points to nip IMSA (36) for the Hampshire invite title. Elgin was third with 32 points and Elgin Academy fourth with 23. Hampshire’s Elisha Hougland defeated Elgin’s Reza Khan for the singles title 6-3, 6-2 and Elgin Academy’s Michael Palmer took third place. In doubles, Hampshire’s Chad West/Jake Dahlberg took second and Elgin’s Chai brothers, Eric and Andy, were third.


    Prospect wins twice, takes third at Moline

    Prospect dropped its opening match of tournament play in Moline, in penalty kicks to Prairie School, on Friday. But the Knights rebounded with two decisive wins on Saturday to take third place in the tournament.


    Meadows takes second at Libertyville

    Rolling Meadows advanced to the championship match in the boys volleyball tournament hosted by Libertyville on Saturday before falling to Lincoln-Way East 25-16, 25-12.

    The White Sox’s Alejandro De Aza strikes out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox lost 10-4.

    Rays rout White Sox 10-4

    Matt Moore became the first Tampa Bay pitcher to win five games in April as the Rays snapped a two-game losing streak with a 10-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. The left-hander joined Boston's Clay Buchholz as the only five-game winners this month. He allowed just three hits, one earned run and matched a season-high nine strikeouts in six innings of work.


    Juskiewicz, Fortunato power Palatine victory

    Jarrod Juskiewicz homered twice and visiting Palatine scored twice in the sixth and seventh inning to pull out a 10-8 nonconference victory Saturday at St. Viator in a game that featured nine lead changes. Anthony Fortunato had the winning hit for Palatine, a 2-run blast in the seventh. He finished 3-for-5 with 3 RBI.


    Conant claims tournament title

    Mid-Suburban West boys water polo champion Conant added to its special season by winning its own invitational on Saturday.The Cougars topped St. Viator 5-0, Buffalo Grove 11-3, Northside Prep 11-6 and Neuqua Valley 12-2 for a perfect 4-0 run through the competition at the 10th annual Cougar Invite.Conant (23-3) hosts Hersey (13-14) in the Mid-Suburban League championship game at 6 p.m. Thursday.


    Rosary falls in semifinals of own tournament

    In a spring that's been highlighted by cold, damp weather, Rosary's girls soccer invitational took place Saturday on the warmest playing date of the season. That's great for people looking to work on a sun tan, not so good for players enduring a long day of running, tackling and shooting. The Royals advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated in their own tournament, which was eventually won by Plainfield South, 1-0 victors over Willows in the title game. In a tournament where the format is that all matches consist of 20-minute halves, Rosary (10-3-3) raced through its pool play. The Royals defeated Joliet West 3-0, tied Plainfield South 0-0 and defeated Joliet Catholic 1-0. A number of the Royals were then excused to prepare for the Marmion Academy Salute to Youth Dinner Dance.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    At Rosary: St. Edward (10-4-2) advanced to the semifinals at the Rosary tournament as the winner of the pool which played its games at IMSA. The Green Wave tied West Aurora 1-1, defeated IMSA 2-0 and defeated Willows 2-1.But in its semifinal with Plainfield South, St. Edward was unable to score while the Cougars’ Lexus Rose scored on a rebound from a Kailyn Hasik shot midway through the first half.“It was a good day,” St. Edward coach Tim Brieger said. “We just ran out of gas. We were a little short-handed in the Plainfield South game. We had one girl who had to leave and then Corey (Lepoudre) has had a groin injury and then she got stepped on.”With the deletions from the lineup, Brieger gave other players a chance to play.“We had some younger girls step up,” he said. “It’s a war of attrition. (The Cougars) were able to get the one goal. We said that the semifinals always end in shootouts or with one goal. You don’t get a lot of goals because the girls are all tired. It’s whoever gets that break.”Early in the match, Allison Kruk had a close-range shot go over the crossbar with the Green Wave’s best scoring chance.“Our pool play was real strong,” Brieger said. “There were a lot of good battles early in the morning. It’s a long, hard day. I’m very proud of the girls and pleased with their efforts.”Streamwood 6, Addison Trail 1: Kim Jimenez had 3 goals and Tawny Carroll added 2 to lead the Sabres (9-4-3) to a nonconference win. Sharice Ellenwood added a goal for Streamwood and Nathalie Guindon had 2 saves in goal.Cary-Grove 2, McHenry 1: Genna Sobieszcyk and Michelle Kalenda scored goals for Cary-Grove in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Caylie Jones had 3 saves for the Trojans (6-3-1, 1-1).South Elgin at PR: South Elgin beat Lakes 3-0 and lost to host Prairie Ridge 2-0 at the Prairie Ridge tournament. Savanah Uveges had 2 goals and Jan Salas added 1 against Lakes. Jourdan Vaulkner had 2 saves. Against PR, Vaulkner made 6 saves for the Storm. On Friday night, Uveges scored a goal and Vaulkner had 2 saves for South Elgin (6-6-2) in a 1-1 tie with Crystal Lake South.


    Neuqua Valley making a name for itself

    In the early part of the season, the Neuqua Valley boys volleyball team had the element of surprise working for it, but not any more.

    Gavin Floyd leaves the game with trainer Herm Schneider in the third inning after an injury against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game in Chicago on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

    Danks looks good enough to earn minor-league assignment

    Still trying to make it back from Aug. 6 shoulder surgery, John Danks got some good news Saturday. The left-handed starter is done with extended spring training and will begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week.


    Bartlett wins Rolling Meadows tournament

    Bartlett wins Rolling Meadows tournament: Bartlett won the Rolling Meadows tournament for the second straight year, beating Palatine 3-2 in the semifinals and Geneva 2-0 in the championship game. Against Palatine, Kayla Haberstich had a triple and all 3 RBI for the Hawks. Amy Johnson (2-0) was the winning pitcher, going 4 innings with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks and allowing 2 hits. In the title game, Holly Pagan pitched a complete game for Bartlett (15-6), striking out 5, walking 1 and allowing 5 hits. She also had the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning, driving in Haberstich who ha doubled. Sydney Johnson also had a double and an RBI for the Hawks.Streamwood 3rd at Romeoville: After losing to Hinsdale Central 13-2 in the semifinals, the Sabres came back to beat Rosary 7-5 and finish third at the Romeoville tournament. Holly Foret was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in the win over Rosary, while Melissa Malcolm (2-for-2), Alexis Ciengi (2-for-3, 3 RBI), Katelyn Hedger (2 RBI) and Jessica Daley (RBI) also contributed. Hedger was the winning pitcher, striking out 5. Natalie Filippio had 2 hits and Brittany Delao drove in a run against Hinsdale Central. Hedger took the loss for the Sabres (4-11).Dundee-Crown 4, Hampshire 3: Winning pitcher Amanda Eissler was 3-for-3 with a triple to lead the Chargers to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Mallory Shilf had a double and an RBI for D-C (3-7) and Cindy Collingbourne added an RBI. Eissler struck out 6 and allowed 6 hits. Jordan Hook was 2-for-2 and Jen Hurst 2-for-3 with a double for Hampshire. Haley Widmayer took the loss.Hampshire 12, Belvidere 6: Jordan Hook had a grand slam home run to lead the Whip-Purs (5-12) to a nonconference win. Jen Hurst was the winning pitcher for Hampshire.South Elgin 11, Antioch 1: Mallory Mecklenburg was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and Brittany Koss went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI to lead the Storm to a win at the Zion-Benton quad. Paige Allen (2-for-4), Alyssa Buddle (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Katie Koss (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Sam Helton (3 RBI) also had big games for South Elgin. Allen was the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and no walks.Zion-Benton 11, South Elgin 8: Paige Allen was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Demi Queen and Sam Helton each had 2 RBI for South Elgin in this loss at Zion. Victoria Watt also drove in a run for the Storm (12-6) and Alyssa Buddle had a double. Katie Koss was the losing pitcher.Jacobs splits with Sycamore: Sarah Murray and Courtney Cotugno were each 2-for-3 with doubles in Jacobs’ 9-4 win in Game 1 of this nonconference doubleheader. Kelsey Peters struck out 3, walked 1 and allowed 6 hits to earn the win. In Game 2, Payton Spirling had a double for Jacobs (9-7) in an 8-5 loss. Alyssa Lach was the losing pitcher.Huntley 15, Guilford 0: Brittany Koss (3B, 2 RBI, 4 RS) and Randi Peterson (4 RS) were each 3-for-3 for Huntley in this nonconference win. Megan Baczewski (2-for-3, 2B, 5 RBI) and Jessica Shields (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) also pitched in for the Red Raiders (12-5). Haley Spannraft (9-6) struck out 8, walked none and allowed no hits in the five-inning win.Westminster sweeps: Becca Fugiel threw a 4-hit shutout in a 15-0 win for the Warriors in Game 1 of this Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader. Ally Heishler had a double and 3 RBI for the winners and Clara Robson added a double. Fugiel was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Jackie Calabrese was 2-for-4 with an RBI. In Game 2, Fugiel went 3-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI as Westminster (7-5, 5-1) won 21-12. Rachel Rich was the winning pitcher.


    Geneva rallies to split with St. Charles East

    Two outs away from dropping both games of Saturday's doubleheader against St. Charles East, Geneva's baseball team picked a perfect time to snap a 13-inning scoreless drought. The Vikings (9-10, 6-8) rapped 6 consecutive singles before Ben Chally's sacrifice fly tied the score at 4-4, and designated hitter Jake Weede's line single to right drove in Bobby Hess with the go-ahead run as their 5-run, seventh-inning rally was enough to stun the Saints 5-4 and salvage a twin-bill split.


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    Jacobs 2, Cary-Grove 1: Jacobs starting pitcher Nick Ledinsky outdueled Cary-Grove starting pitcher Zach Marszal as the Golden Eagles gained a split of the 2-game Fox Valley Conference Valley Division series. Marszal (3-3) gave up 2 earned runs on 4 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 4 in 6 innings. Ledinsky (4-1) held the Trojans to 1 earned run in a complete-game 4-hitter. He struck out 5 and walked 4. Cary-Grove’s Daniel Vilardo singled in a run to draw the Trojans within 2-1 in the seventh inning, but Ledinsky induced a groundout with the tying run at second to end the game. Vilardo went 2-for-3 with a walk for Cary-Grove (13-5, 7-3). Ben Murray doubled and drove in a run and Joe Rizzuto singled and drove in a run for Jacobs (14-5, 6-3).McHenry 6, Crystal Lake South 5: Host McHenry completed a 2-game sweep of the defending league co-champs to forge a first-place tie with Huntley atop the FVC Valley standings. McHenry (15-6, 9-2) staked starting pitcher Devon Gehrke to a 6-1 lead, and he held on for the win, thanks to a flyball to right field with the tying run on third base. Tyler Parquette (2-1) took the loss. He allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2. Max Meitzler went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI for CL South (11-3, 8-3). St. Edward 7, Wheaton Academy 3: Trailing 2-1, St. Edward scored 3 runs in the sixth and 3 more in the seventh to prevail in this Suburban Christian crossover in West Chicago. Jacob Koehring singled, doubled and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in 3 runs. Jack Tierney and Tighe Koehring each doubled and drove in a run for St. Edward (11-5, 9-2)Westminster Christian splits: The Warriors split a Northeast Conference doubleheader in Elgin, losing the opener 12-4 and winning the second game 12-8 in eight innings. Clay DeHaan took the loss in Game 1. He allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, struck out 10 and walked 4. Tyler Mamrot and Brendan Ruffolo notched 2 hits apiece and Will Woodhouse doubled and drove in a pair. The Warriors snapped a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning of the nightcap with a 6-run rally. Sophomore Jarret Mueller drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the go-ahead run and sophomore Chase Woods followed with a 2-run single for Westminster (5-5, 5-1). Freshman reliever Justin Rasmussen pitched 2 innings for the win.St. Charles North sweeps Streamwood: The North Stars handled the visiting Sabres in Upstate Eight River play by scores of 3-1 and 11-1 in five innings. St. Charles North (5-10, 3-8) scored 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth to snap a 1-1 tie in the opener. Losing pitcher Matt Harding allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 4 hits, struck out 3 and walked 5. Zack Fick pitched a 4-hitter with 4 strikeouts for the North. In Game 2, Danny Moran went 2-for-3 with a double, but Streamwood (3-11, 3-13) was outhit 11-7 and committed 3 errors. Matt Kozma allowed 6 earned runs on 7 hits to take the loss.


    St. Charles East wins own tourney, runs streak to 15

    As Saints coach Kelly Horan said, winning five games in two days to claim their own St. Charles East tournament title for the second straight year took contributions from her entire roster. Fitting then how the Saints capped the tournament. Freshman Katie Kolb, recently nicknamed "Home Run City" by Horan and assistant coach Jared Gutesha, smacked a grand slam to erase a 3-0 deficit in a 5-3 win over Hoffman Estates. That gave St. Charles East a 5-0 record in the two-day tournament including three wins Saturday. And it pushed their overall mark to 18-3 with 15 straight wins.

    Nate Robinson fires up the crowd in the second overtime Saturday at the United Center. It was Robinson’s big fourth quarter that got the Bulls to overtime.

    Nothing small about Robinson’s effort for Bulls

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    Naperville Central picking up momentum

    The logjam at the top of the DuPage Valley Conference baseball standings may not reflect it, but Naperville Central's starting to assert itself. The Redhawks made it two straight over Glenbard North with Saturday's 8-1 victory in Carol Stream, erasing a two-game deficit and creating a three-way tie atop the DVC standings.


    Neuqua Valley 2nd at Red Ribbon

    Kevin Rafferty's Warriors might not have won Saturday's Red Ribbon Classic, but the Waubonsie Valley boys track coach was still beaming after the meet.

    St. Charles East’s George Spoerl, left, and teammate Matt McCarthy in first doubles match vs. Glenbard West’s Kenny Reick and Jack Kellenberger at West Aurora High School on Saturday, April 27.

    Marmion remains perfect

    John Tsang enjoyed his afternoon at his old stomping grounds on Saturday in Aurora. The West Aurora product could only enjoy the latest string of victories for his Marmion tennis team as the squad remained perfect on the season in winning the eight-team bracketed Blackhawks' boys tennis invitational. Marmion (10-0) blanked West Aurora in the opening match before narrowly escaping St. Charles East in the semifinals with a 3-2 victory.


    Elgin finishes third at Larkin Slugfest

    Elgin has never won the Larkin Slugfest softball tournament. On Saturday, the Maroons had a chance to play for the 20th annual tournament's championship at the Elgin Sports Complex but let it slip away in the final two innings of a 3-2 loss in eight innings to Joliet West in the semifinals. Elgin did come back to beat St. Edward 10-4 and claim third place, going 2-1 on the day after beating Mt. Assisi 10-8 in the opening round.


    Buffalo Grove snaps Fremd’s MSL streak

    Buffalo Grove had badminton singles winners at fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth and 10th singles on Saturday to win the Mid-Suburban League tournament it hosted Saturday, putting an end to a seven-year conference winning streak for Fremd.


    Hinsdale Central produces at Pitchford

    If you're looking for the early favorite to lift the state championship trophy next month, look no further than Hinsdale Central. The reigning tournament champs won all four flights at singles and doubles and captured a perfect 80 points to run away from the 32-team field at the prestigious Tom Pitchford 32 hosted by Hersey. Lake Forest (50) and Stevenson (44), both without key players in its lineup, finished second and third, while Deerfield and New Trier tied for fourth overall with 43 points. A strong showing on the second day of play helped Barrington earn 10th place after scoring 29 points over the weekend.

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    Matsumoto, Fremd run down another victory

    With her blazing speed, Fremd senior Mandi Matsumoto can circle the bases in a hurry. For the first time in her three-year varsity career, the slap-hitting Charleston Southern recruit circled them all after one swing of the bat.Matsumoto led of Saturday's Mid-Suburban League softball game with an electric inside-the-park home run to the right-center field gap and the Vikings went on to post a 16-2 decision at Wheeling.

    Amanda Alberts of Naperville Central,left, and Abbie Boswell of Naperville North bothe played during the Naperville Invitational Championship game Saturday at Naperville Central.

    Naperville North adds tournament title to résumé

    Sure, Naperville North won the Class 3A girls soccer championship last season, but it had never won the Naperville Invitational. Until Saturday. The Huskies (12-0-2) won the toughest regular-season tournament in Illinois with a 3-0 victory against cross-town rival and host HYPERLINK "http://www.athletics2000.com/NapervilleCentral/"Naperville Central.

    Grayslake North pitcher Alex Alvarez against Hampshire on Saturday.

    Gamer Gomski gets it done for gritty Grayslake North

    With a linebacker's chest and thighs, 5-foot-9 Adam Gomski is never going to win a foot race on a Grayslake North baseball team full of fast guys. Which doesn't mean the Knights slugger with the truck driver's handshake can't floor it when needed. Take Gomski's leg double in the second inning of Grayslake North's 10-7 win over visiting Hampshire in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division game Saturday morning. Take the senior's fourth-inning stolen base, which was 1 of 8 in as many attempts by the home team. "I don't steal much," said Gomski, a three-year varsity veteran who will play at Trinity International University in Deerfield next year. "We were talking in the dugout," Grayslake North coach Andy Strahan said. "Adam went to the mound to close out the game, and I was debating whether or not to use a courtesy runner (if he got on base in the sixth). (Someone said), Well, he did steal a base earlier today, Coach.'


    Carmel steps lively, nixes Nazareth

    Keeping his players' legs fresh through a run of tough games weighs on the mind of Carmel Catholic girls soccer coach John Halloran. The Corsairs are in a stretch where they'll play 12 games in a 15-day period as a consequence of earlier weather-related cancellations. Through it all, the main goal for Carmel remains going after an East Suburban Catholic Conference title. The Corsairs took another step closer to achieving just on Saturday, as a 3-0 victory over visiting Nazareth on Saturday will only help.

    Nate Robinson scored 34 points, and the Bulls wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation and beat the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series

    Robinson surge leads Bulls past Nets in triple OT

    Nate Robinson scored 34 points, and the Bulls wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation and beat the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. The Bulls were trailing 109-95 with less than 4 minutes to go in the fourth quarter when Robinson put the Bulls on his back and carried them to the wild victory.

    Elgin’s Nicholas Turner tries to put the tag on Larkin’s John Jowaski Saturday at Trout Park.

    Elgin takes city series from Larkin

    A theme emerged from the dramatic conclusion of the 3-game baseball series between Larkin and Elgin: it only takes one big inning. Larkin dominated Elgin for the first 13 innings of Saturday's doubleheader at Trout Park, but the Maroons mitigated five hours of frustration with a 6-run rally in their final at-bat of Game 2 to win 10-9, thereby splitting the twinbill and winning the series 2-1.

    Palatine’s Graham Brown finishes third in the 3,200-meter run at the Palatine Relays.

    Barrington gets ‘it’ done at Palatine

    Barrington got after it at the 81st annual Palatine Relays Saturday. The "it" in question was the shiny red and gold first-place team trophy that has eluded the Broncos since 2006. But with a rebuilt sprint corps led by sophomore Scotty Miller and a balanced distance group led by another sophomore, Konrad Eiring, the Broncos succeeded in getting "it." The Broncos totaled 122 points to down defending meet champion Fremd (112). The host Pirates finished third (89).

    Joakim Noah is greeted by fans as he comes off the court Saturday during game 4 of the first round playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. The Bulls won in triple overtime 142-134.

    Images: Bulls vs. Nets, Game Four
    Nate Robinson scored 34 points, and the Bulls wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation and beat the Brooklyn Nets 142-134 in triple overtime Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.


    Cary-Grove’s Stanley steps up

    With senior standout Lindsay Efflandt out with a facial injury, Lauren Stanley realizes she has to step up for the Cary-Grove softball team. Stanley, who struck out 11 with 1 walk, limited Crystal Lake South to 1 run on 4 hits in pitching the Trojans to a 2-1 win over the Gators in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Crystal Lake Saturday.

    Palatine’s Tess Wasowicz, right, hands off to Lorena Soriaba on the first leg of the distance medley at the Palatine Relays on Saturday. Palatine won the event in 12:31.48.

    Big meet? Palatine’s got it covered

    Palatine's girls track team seemed to cover it all on Saturday. The Pirates showed a balanced attack in cruising to the 81st Palatine Relay title with 117.5 points on a pleasant spring day. Barrington also hung tough in taking second with 95 points, followed by Peoria Richwoods (73 points), Huntley (66.5 points), and Fremd (57 points).


    South Elgin sweeps Bartlett

    Having lost 6 of its last 8 games and facing rival Bartlett, which had won 9 straight, South Elgin was looking for a confidence builder. The Storm got just that with 2-1 and 7-5 wins for a doubleheader sweep over the host Hawks in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division baseball action on Saturday. South Elgin won the series 2-1 after Bartlett earned a 4-2 victory on Thursday.


    Huntley puts up 10 against Dundee-Crown again

    After two days, 20 runs allowed and two losses, you don't have to tell Dundee-Crown's baseball team about the potent Huntley offense. On Friday the Chargers witnessed Huntley take a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning only for the Red Raiders to score 7 runs in a 10-0 win in six innings. Game 2 Saturday had a similar theme. Although Dundee-Crown fought hard for three innings, Friday's sixth became Saturday's fourth and fifth as Huntley crossed 3 runs in both, with Nick Cusumano capping the fifth with a 3-run blast to left to beat the Chargers 10-5 in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game in Carpentersville.


    Szczepanek leads Warren past Z-B

    Warren 7, Zion-Benton 0: Daria Szczepanek had 2 goals for Warren and teammate Abby Vrabel had 2 assists. Goalie Nicole Villarreal got the shutout as the Blue Devils moved to 4-7-2 on the season.


    Oberman leads the way for Libertyville

    Libertyville 16, Antioch 2: Tayler Oberman had a team-high 3 hits, including a double and triple, to lead Libertyville to the crossover victory. Andi Katz, Jamie Stevens and Madi Dembinski each added 2 hits for the Wildcats, who have won five of their last six games. Meanwhile, Haley Hoeksel’s 1 hit went for a home run and pitcher Haley Alban got the win. She gave up just 1 hit and allowed no walks over two innings.Wauconda 3, Lake Zurich 2: Lexie Redmann scored the winning run while Megan Grobelny drove in 2 runs as Wauconda improved to 13-5 on the season. Both Redmann and Grobleny had a double and Kayla Wedl was the winning pitcher. For Lake Zurich, which drops to 9-6, Maria Schroeder turned both of her hits into triples. McKenna Larson added 2 hits, including a double, for the Bears. Grayslake Central 21, Round Lake 0 (5): Shelby White, Caitlin Flary and Brittany Brown each finished with 3 hits for the Rams. White, Brown and Brandy Heraty doubled while White and Flary both drove in 4 runs apiece. Brown was also the winning pitcher. She gave up no walks and struck out 3 batters. For Round Lake, which had 10 errors, Ashley Wegner belted a double.


    Warren powers past Grant


    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charlie Arbogast)

    All-around team effort for Sox in win

    The White Sox had to reach into their bench Friday night, and Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie all came through with home runs to spark a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Judson softball makes it 35 wins

    Judson sweeps Bethel: Sarah Boyer threw a 3-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks to lead Judson to a 2-1 win in Game 1 against Bethel, then Brianna Tennyson scattered 7 hits with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks in a 4-2 win in Game 2 as the Eagles added to their school-record wins by sweeping the nonconference doubleheader to move to 35-15 for the season. In the opener, Shannon Nevins went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI for Judson and Amanda Hart was 2-for-3. In Game 2, Hart was 2-for-3 with a double, while Maddie Smith (2B, RBI), Deanna DeBoscherre (2B, RBI) and Bri Di Giola (RBI) also came through for Judson.


    A passenger sits in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.

    FAA: Air traffic system soon at full operation

    The FAA said Saturday that it has suspended all employee furloughs and that traffic facilities will begin returning to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours. The furloughs were fallout from the $85 billion in automatic-across-the-board spending cuts this spring. The bill, passed on Friday, allows the FAA to move as much as $253 million within its budget to areas that will allow it to prevent reduced operations and staffing.

    The control tower stands in the background Friday as a passenger lays on the pavement outside the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.

    Obama: Flight delay fix a ‘Band-Aid’

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced Saturday that it had suspended all employee furloughs and that air traffic facilities would begin returning to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours.The FAA's statement said the air traffic system would resume normal operations by Sunday evening.

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    The bill, the Marketplace Fairness Act, is expected to be approved by the Senate this week, but is likely to face a tougher time in the House.

    eBay taps consumers in sales tax battle

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    The computer network on the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship is vulnerable to hacking, according to findings by Navy cybersecurity specialists. The Freedom, the first of the new ships to be deployed, sailed to Singapore last month for eight months of testing of its manning and logistics operations.

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    BlackBerry diehards finally get a keyboard

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    The Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo.

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    After the financial crisis, many bankers disappeared from Japan's club scene. The void is being filled by a new group of bar patrons: information-technology workers. While financial firms have cut staff in Japan, technology companies have boosted hiring, and as bankers vacated offices at Roppongi Hills, companies including Google and Lenovo Group moved in.

    Twitter’s new music service lets artists feature just one song.

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    Review: BlackBerry Q10, the keyboard strikes back

    The BlackBerry has finally caught up to the world of touch-screen smartphones. It took time — six years, from the launch of the first iPhone — and it may be too late to save the company that makes it. But the BlackBerry deserves to be taken seriously again. Why? Because the new BlackBerry Q10 from Research In Motion Ltd. is a successful marriage of the modern touch-screen smartphone and the iconic BlackBerry keyboard.


    Chip shortage looms as Samsung courts rival

    Samsung Electronics Co. spent about $24 billion in the past two years beefing up the world's biggest maker of memory chips to meet demand. It wasn't enough. Surging sales of smartphones, including its own Galaxy range, has Samsung turning to its biggest rival to buy mobile dynamic random access memory chips.

    This screen grab shows a tweet from the compromised “60 Minutes” Twitter account. The Twitter accounts for two national CBS programs, as well as The Associated Press, have been compromised.

    Hack of AP twitter account exposes social media’s weaknesses

    Less than a month after social media received regulators' blessing to be a source for market- moving news, the hacking of the Associated Press's Twitter Inc. account is raising concerns over the trustworthiness of information spread via the microblogging site. Stocks tumbled about 1 percent this week after the Associated Press said a hacking attack caused it to send out an erroneous Twitter post about explosions at the White House.

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    By going on guided trips with accomplished hikers like Andrew Skurka, you can discover places most others can't, like Banner Peak in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Yosemite National Park in California.

    Hard-core hiking a backcountry adventure

    A few loose, fist-sized rocks tumbled by as we hiked down a steep mountain pass over unstable terrain, off trail deep in Yosemite's wilderness. Our guides were two of the world's most accomplished hikers, Andrew Skurka and Brian Robinson. We were far enough from help that Skurka had reminded everyone that a serious injury here would probably mean the most expensive helicopter ride we would ever have. This was fun.

    Yosemite Valley as seen from Tunnel View with three of Yosemite National Park's best-known natural attractions: The El Capitan summit on the left, the granite peak known as Half Dome in the distant center, and Bridalveil Fall on the right.

    Even urbanites can navigate popular Yosemite park

    We had been traveling for hours — six by plane from Philadelphia to San Francisco, then nearly four more in a car through city, suburbs, farmland and forest — when we finally glimpsed our reward. The vista of Yosemite Valley stunned me: a majestic waterfall, soaring granite, and a winding river flowing through an endless stretch of pine trees. I smiled, feeling oddly vindicated by its Brigadoon-like appearance.

    A floral headband is made with a green orchid, dragonfly pin, dangling beads, blue glittered leaves, silver accent ribbon, rhinestones and a braided silver and white headband.

    Anything goes in flowers for today's prom

    The elaborate invitation has been proffered and accepted, the limo rented and the outfits coordinated, so what's next when planning for prom? That traditional pop of spring, of course, in the corsage and boutonniere. Once a sweet surprise and often all white to go with any outfit, prom flowers have made the leap into the new millennium with glitzy embellishments, jewelry attachments and a world of creativity for the florists who design them.

    Tony Rock is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Weekend picks: Comedy runs in the Rock family

    Comedian Tony Rock may be the younger brother of Chris Rock, but find out how he's his own funny person when he performs at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase. Die-hard fans of comic books, sci-fi and more can mingle with their idols at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this weekend at McCormick Place. Stroll the streets of downtown Barrington and sample a variety of wines at the Spring Wine Walk.

    “Sleight of Hand” by Phillip Margolin

    'Sleight of Hand' will shock, mislead

    Private investigator Dana Cutler returns in "Sleight of Hand," Phillip Margolin's best book in years. Deception is prominent, and the villain is truly vile.

    The inaugural Kitten Bowl will be shown on the Hallmark Channel. The show is part of Hallmark’s Pet Project Initiative and will be done with partner American Humane Association.

    New Kitten Bowl will be the cat’s meow

    a Super Bowl matchup for the ages: cats vs. dogs. The Puppy Bowl, a fixture on Animal Planet during the Super Bowl for nearly a decade, will have new competition next year from the Kitten Bowl, the Hallmark Channel announced this month.

    Bradley Cooper stars in the drama “Silver Linings Playbook.”

    DVD previews: ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘The Guilt Trip’

    New movies coming out on DVD include "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Guilt Trip."

    This brick home close to downtown Barrington has been enlarged in recent years.

    Spacious Barrington home is near downtown

    This stunningly beautiful brick and cedar traditional home is located on a secluded acre lot close to downtown Barrington. Its open floor plan is highlighted by gorgeous hardwood flooring throughout and beautiful architectural details and finishes.

    Jake Milarch holds coastal redwood clones developed in the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive lab in Copemish, Mich. Milarch and other members of the nonprofit group hope to plant millions of redwood clones to reforest the planet and fight climate change.

    Group kicks off planting of ancient tree clones

    A team led by a nurseryman from northern Michigan and his sons has raced against time for two decades, snipping branches from some of the world's biggest and most durable trees with plans to produce clones that could restore ancient forests and help fight climate change.


    Gurgling is a possible drain-trap problem

    Q. Every time I use a sink or flush a toilet it takes forever for the water to drain and then there is a gurgling sound like the water is being sucked out of the drain. A neighbor who has done some remodeling work said I needed to have the drains cleaned by a plumber.


    Allure of financial gain blinds many to the obvious red flags

    A few weeks ago, I discovered that I was not getting all the emails sent to me by readers, which induced me to examine my spam file. I disabled the spam filter, and reconciled myself to the daily task of weeding out all the junk mail by sight.


    Association advised against ‘dummy’ security cameras

    Q. There have been some thefts from cars in the parking lot of our association. The board is considering installing dummy security cameras in the parking lot. Are there legal concerns with this approach?


    Parents must ponder many factors with deed decision

    Q. My husband and I are both in our 70s and we would like to know if it is a good idea to have the names of our four children put on the deed to our house. It is all paid for, and we want to stay in the house as long as we can.

    With attention to appropriate plant and variety choices, just about anything that can be done to dress up a larger space, can be done on a smaller scale with equal success.

    Designing a small garden to yield big results

    With attention to appropriate plant and variety choices, just about anything that can be done to dress up a larger space can be done on a smaller scale with equal success. Even the smallest spaces can be made to appear larger with a few design tricks that fool the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it actually is.

    The key to wood-fired oven’s design is the ratio between the area of the dome-shaped firebox and the height of the arched opening, said Bob Welling, division vice president of Springdale, Pa.-based I. Lampus Co.

    Pizza ovens rise as backyard features

    In 40 years of working at R.I. Lampus Co., Bob Welling has come up with some pretty good ideas for new cast-concrete products. In the time he has been trying out one of them, a wood-fired oven, he has gotten pretty good at making pizza, too.

    The cruise ship Majesty of the Seas heads out to sea in Miami Beach, Fla. Saving money on a cruise vacation requires timing and knowledge.

    8 tips for saving money on a cruise vacation

    Recent images of a cruise ship limping back to port after an engine malfunction didn't do the cruise industry any favors heading into the summer vacation season. And cringe-worthy accounts from passengers who had to make do without power or working toilets for five days may have turned some travelers off cruising for good. But for those undeterred by the mishap that befell the Carnival Triumph in February, nor that of several other headline-grabbing woes that afflicted some of Carnival Corp.'s other ships over the past year, this is a good time to save money on a cruise vacation, experts say.

    Amy Hull College of DuPage greenhouse supervisor and adjunct faculty member works with horticulture student Warren Kahtib, in the college’s greenhouse.

    Landscaping, gardening expertise is found at COD

    Homeowners with a growing concern of environmental issues, such as food production and yard waste, are heading back to school. Interest in topics like organic foods or sustainable landscaping are among the reasons people are taking horticulture classes, said Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper of the College of DuPage.

    Karen Wicker, Scrap 4 Art store manager, holds art work made of toilet paper rolls.

    Don’t toss it during spring cleaning, transform it

    If you cup your hand to your ear, you can almost hear the hallelujah chorus being sung by the winter-weary who are glad spring is here. And with the arrival of spring, you know what that means: It's time for spring cleaning. But hold on a minute. Before you start pitching things in the trash, rethink how items can be used again and given new life by re-purposing.



    Senators showed no backbone on guns
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I am outraged and sickened that our Senate has been bought and paid for by big money/gun special interests. There was absolutely no reason not to pass the background checks into law as 90 percent of Americans supported it.


    Guns needed to protect others, too
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: A girl screaming help woke me up. The screams were coming from the passageway between our house and the neighbor's. Living on Chicago's West Side it may as well have been called the Wild West.


    NRA defender of economic interests
    An Elgin letter to the editor: How ironic. Almost immediately after the NRA killed the legislation that would have required background checks for the sale of guns, a gunpowder explosion caused death and mayhem in Boston.


    Is Obama one of the ‘rich folk’ himself?
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Has this president ever made a speech or public statement where he hasn't called for "rich folks to pay their fair share." Since President Obama's emergence in politics this has been his central theme.


    Pro athletes are way overpaid
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Sports are part of everyday lives for most of the people in our country. We tend to play sports everyday, at every age and at basically every location. However, it is not necessary to pay athletes with an above-average wage.


    Treat all public pensions equally
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I'm not advocating for or against cutting some pension benefits, but unless the legislatures and taxpayers are willing to "pay up and shut up," there will have to be some cuts — like it or not. These cuts need to be across the board including all state, federal and municipal employees, and don't scapegoat the teachers and walk away.


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