Daily Archive : Tuesday April 1, 2014


    Andrew Tipton, a Save a Life Tour program manager, explains to Harper student Dan Serranol how to use a drunken driving simulator at the Palatine campus.

    Harper College students get lessons on drunk, distracted driving

    High-tech simulators parked inside Harper College's Student Center raised the alarm on risky driving Wednesday. The Save a Life Tour delivered the hands-on lesson. "It's a great way to bring awareness to campus," student Eugenia Kanakaris said.

    Yuki Hirayama

    Local residents, businesses help Vernon Hills family after deadly crash

    Business associates and even those who didn't know the Hirayamas of Vernon Hills stood ready to help Tuesday in the aftermath of a crash in Arizona that killed three members of the family. Tomohiro Hirayama, his wife, Sachiyo, and their son, Yuki, died in the accident, while 9-year-old Rinka Hirayama survived. “We're heartbroken this young girl will go forward without her family,”...

    People embrace on the upper floor of an apartment building located a few blocks from the coast where they gathered to avoid a possible tsunami after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday.

    Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes off northern Chile

    A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night, causing landslides and setting off a small tsunami that forced an evacuation of coastal areas. In the city of Arica, the mayor reported some minor injuries and said some homes made of adobe were destroyed. The quake shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz.


    Sex offender arrested in Mundelein

    A registered sex offender was arrested Monday after he was spotted near a Mundelein school, authorities said.


    Geneva thinking about home-rule issue again

    Geneva aldermen are starting to think again about whether the city should seek home rule authority. The city council Monday agreed to review a 2006 report on the matter since only four of the current aldermen were on the council eight years ago.


    Elgin can decide whether to replace Moeller

    It’s official — the Elgin City Council has a choice about whether to appoint someone to the seat vacated by new state Rep. Anna Moeller. Elgin Corporation Counsel William Cogley sent a memo to council members Tuesday saying that, under state law, appointments shall be made within 60 days, but that’s not mandatory. Any appointment would require a simple majority of five...

    Task force Co-Chairs George Ranney, left, and IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, along with former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, want transit reforms.

    Metra chair weighs in on task force proposal

    He likes the ethics smackdown but usually outspoken Metra Chairman Martin Oberman is reserving judgment on a plan to merge CTA, Metra and Pace. A state task force has released new details on a history of patronage at Metra.

    Health workers teach people Monday about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection, in Conakry, Guinea.

    Worst Ebola outbreak in seven years fuels concern

    GENEVA — The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in seven years climbed to 83 in Guinea as the aid organization Doctors Without Borders said the disease’s geographical spread marks the flare-up as unprecedented.


    Suburban teens named Golden Apple Scholars

    Dozens of suburban students have been named Golden Apple Scholars, the organization announced Tuesday. The state program offers tuition assistance to students who plan to become teachers and study at any of 52 Illinois universities.

    From left, Kyle Boness, 9, Cecilia Frievalt, 9, Children’s Librarian Sue Ernest and Delaney Schild, 9, use a hair dryer to blow toilet paper of the roll during an April Fools’ Day version of Cool Science at Grayslake Public Library Tuesday. The experiment demonstrated Bernoulli’s Principal. The paper flies off the roll because the pressure beneath the paper is higher than on top.

    Tricks on April Fool’s Day

    It’s probably not very easy to fool a kid these days, but folks at the Grayslake Area Public Library tried their best during their Cool Science program Tuesday.

    For President Barack Obama, the health care enrollment surge that occurred before Monday’s sign-up deadline marks an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout that raised questions about his competence.

    Health care sign-ups surge — will they save Dems?

    Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall. "The debate over repealing this law is over," he declared.


    No one hurt in Schaumburg fire

    A fire caused about $10,000 damage to a business in Schaumburg on Tuesday.

    Marmarie Kostelny, left, and D.J. Tegeler, right, are separated by 7 votes in the race for a Kane County Circuit Court judge seat.

    7-vote cliffhanger in Kane Co. judge race

    A Geneva defense attorney held a 7-vote lead Tuesday after all absentee and other votes were counted in a race for the Republican nomination for a Circuit Judge's seat in Kane County. D.J. Tegeler tallied 6,220 votes to 6,213 for Associate Judge Marmarie Kostelny, who has five days from April 8, when the results are canvassed, to ask for an exploratory recount. The winner will represent the GOP...

    A group of Illinois business leaders wants higher gas taxes to pay for fixing roads and bridges.

    Higher gas prices to pay for roads?

    Repairing Illinois roads and keeping them in good shape for future generations could come at a higher cost at the gas pump under a proposal by a group of business leaders. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition wants to raise the price at the pump by 4 cents for motor fuel and by 7 cents for diesel fuel.

    Elijah Bearsheart, left, holds his daughter, Keanala, 1, as he sits with his family, Kehala Diserly, Kiari Diserly, 3, and Yamni Pederson, 5, as they listen to testimony during the Indian Child Welfare Act summit in Rapid City, S.D., in May 2013.

    Study’s low marks on youth well-being stir states

    A new report on child well-being, measured by state and race, has turned an unflattering spotlight on some places not used to being at the bottom of such lists, including Wisconsin, with a worst-in-the-nation ranking for its black children, and South Dakota, with abysmal results for its American Indian youth.

    Matt Murphy

    State Senate OKs committee to woo Big Ten

    Two suburban Republicans’ plans to try to get another Illinois university into Big Ten Conference was approved by the Illinois Senate Tuesday. State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, wants to create a committee to look at the possibility of how the state could market an existing state university to the Big Ten as a candidate for expansion.

    McAuley Schoolhouse in West Chicago has been named one the state’s 10 most endangered historic places by the group Landmarks Illinois.

    Historic West Chicago schoolhouse makes statewide endangered list

    A vacant schoolhouse in West Chicago that was the last functioning one-room school in Illinois until its closure more than two decades ago has been named one the state’s 10 most endangered historic places by a preservationist group called Landmarks Illinois. “The McAuley Schoolhouse is a beloved property, but it’s also incredibly significant,” the group's leader said.


    Elgin man charged in two crimes

    An Elgin man is facing charges in separate crimes, police said Tuesday.


    Woman gets 28-year prison sentence for murder

    A Kankakee woman has received a 28-year prison sentence for stabbing to death a former friend.


    Teen accused of bringing gun to elementary school

    A judge has ordered a 15-year-old Chicago boy held in lieu of $50,000 for bringing a gun into a South Side elementary school.


    Tips wanted in vandalism case

    The Naperville Crime Stoppers group is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a supect in recent vandalism case.


    Chicago among many cities in pension straits

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for fixing part of the nation’s worst municipal pension crisis is now in the hands of state lawmakers — and it’s likely just the first of many from cities across the state seeking legislative help for their employee retirement funds.

    Bill Johnston

    District 116 health clinic clears hurdle, construction not far off

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials have approved a lease with a Lake County agency so a health clinic may open at the high school for the 2014-15 academic season.

    Carol Sente

    Illinois House OKs concussion prevention training for coaches

    A suburban Democrat’s push to create an online certification to teach high school sports coaches about concussions was approved by the Illinois House Tuesday.State Rep. Carol Sente, a Vernon Hills Democrat, said she wants to reduce the risks of concussions and hits that might not cause concussions but can cause brain damage if suffered repeatedly.

    The Chicago Executive Airport plans to hire a search firm to help find a new executive director, the airport board’s chairman said this week. The new director will replace former manager Dennis Rouleau, who worked 24 years at the airport.

    Chicago Executive Airport seeks new director

    The Chicago Executive Airport will hire a search firm to help find a new executive director, the chairman of the airport’s board said this week. The help of specialists is necessary to hire someone with the qualities needed to fill a position at this high level, said Robert A. McKenzie, adding that while there is no timetable for a director he hopes “to move it along quickly.”


    Schaumburg man faces drug charges

    Hoffman Estates police charged a Schaumburg parolee with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after a witness identified him as a man who placed a bag containing drugs near a Poplar Creek Forest Preserve dumpster last week. A Cook County judge on Tuesday set bail att $250,000 for Jermaine Cooper, 32.

    Hanover Park officials are reviewing regulations for the sale of medical marijuana.

    Hanover Park weighs medical marijuana restrictions

    Hanover Park offficials are crafting rules for medical marijuana dispensaries as a village moratorium on the sale and production of the drug winds down. "I think the best choice for the community is to put it away from families and homes," Mayor Rodney Craig said. "Let's put it where it belongs: in an industrial park."


    Stevenson student honored:

    Stevenson High School junior Kevin Cheng was named a semifinalist in the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Awards competition, school officials announced Tuesday.


    ‘An Evening of Jazz:’

    The Mundelein High School jazz bands, under the direction of Jerald Shelato and Andrew Sturgeon, will present “An Evening of Jazz” on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the main gym.


    Lincolnshire electronics:

    The village of Lincolnshire hosts an electronics recycling event at the public works facility, 205 Schelter Road, on Saturday, April 5, 7 a.m. to noon.


    Madigan’s voting rights amendment advances

    A proposal by Illinois’ powerful House Speaker to thwart future voter suppression efforts advanced in the legislature on Tuesday, a move that contrasts starkly with recent electoral restrictions put in place by surrounding swing states where Republicans have legislative control.


    Antioch Arbor Day events:
    Village of Antioch hosts the Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26. This year’s project will focus on the Gages Brothers Park and Hiram Buttrick Sawmill, 770 Cunningham, from 9 a.m. to noon.


    State officials announce homebuyer assistance

    Illinois will offer more help to first-time homebuyers under a program announced Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn. However, the effort — which Quinn’s administration billed as “new” and “major” — came under criticism from Republicans who claimed the Chicago Democrat was simply rehashing an old idea as Illinois faces other major financial hurdles along...


    Job fair seeks 150 for Warrenville entertainment center

    Main Event Entertainment, which is opening a bowling-anchored family entertainment site on Diehl Road in Warrenville, is holding an April 8 a job fair to fill 150 positions.


    Naperville sewer repairs

    Storm sewer repair work near 4th Avenue and Loomis Street in Naperville began this week and is expected to close 4th from Ellsworth Avenue to Loomis beginning Wednesday, April 2.


    Congressional art contest accepting entries

    Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s office announced Tuesday. High school students who reside or attend school in the 8th Congressional District may participate.

    Matthew Quigley

    2 men to be resentenced for four Aurora murders

    Two men will receive new sentencing hearings because of a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling that leaves it up to the judge’s discretion on whether a life sentence is warranted for defendants who committed multiple murders as juveniles. Matthew Quigley, 28, of Aurora, was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for murders he committed in October 2002 and November 2002. Michael Luciano, 41,...

    Kirk Dillard

    Dillard says RTA chair job a possibility

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican and runner up two weeks ago in the primary for governor, says he’s been asked about being chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, a post he would consider taking.

    Paul Blackburn, right, puts an arm around a bemused Yasiel Balaguert as they wait to have their picture taken during Media Day for the Kane County Cougars Tuesday in Geneva.

    Cougars begin second season with Cubs affiliation

    Chilly. Windy. Generally un-springlike. Must be time for baseball in the suburbs. The Kane County Cougars met the media and had a light workout Tuesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The season starts for the Cougars on the road Thursday against the Quad City Bandits. The home opener is 6:30 p.m. April 8 against the Fort Wayne TinCaps.


    Wheaton’s Fun Run in Color will close streets

    There will be road closures this Saturday in Wheaton to accommodate the route of the Wheaton Park District’s Fun Run in Color. Police officers will be on hand to direct traffic. The roads will remain closed from about 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Huntley Park District officials are back to the drawing board on future expansion plans after voters last month rejected a roughly $18 million request for an indoor, artificial turf facility.

    Huntley parks officials return to drawing board on expansion

    Huntley Park District officials will be taking a fresh look at future expansion plans after voters soundly rejected the district’s roughly $18 million request to build an indoor, artificial turf facility. With not enough money to go it alone on such an expansion, officials have dropped the idea altogether, for now, Executive Director Thom Palmer said. “Without funding, it...

    Bartlett resident Sharon Wells was only 45 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

    Bartlett resident, 45, battling colon cancer, raising awareness

    Sharon Wells, a health conscious, physically active mother of two with no family history of colorectal cancer, never thought she'd have to worry about getting this disease. Wells, of Bartlett, had successful surgery last August, and wants to give back by educating people about the risks of colorectal cancer through a “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K walk/race to be held in Elgin on Aug. 2,...


    Driver in Palatine crash identified

    Illinois State Police on Tuesday identified a 36-year-old Chicago man as the driver in a single-vehicle crash in Palatine early Sunday that sent him and a passenger to a hospital. Leon Shields was charged with driving under the influence and ticketed for speeding and improper lane use after the crash, which occurred about 1:36 a.m. Sunday on northbound Route 53 near the Rand Road exit, state...


    Arlington Heights man faces aggravated assault charge

    An Arlington Heights man has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in public and criminal damage to property in connection with a dispute over damage to a bicycle, police said.


    District 59’s young scientists set to compete

    The fifth annual Science Bowl competition held by Elk Grove Township School District 59 is scheduled for Friday, officials said.


    U-46 seeks nominations to fill board vacancy

    Elgin Area School District U-46 school board is seeking nominations to fill a vacancy on the board with the recent resignation of trustee Frank Napolitano. Whoever is appointed to the seat will serve until the next election in April 2015.

    Lucas Mowers of Hampshire, a snowplow driver for Kane County, is shown with his wing-plow truck at the county highway headquarters off Empire Road. “It’s different every time,” he says of his west-central Kane County route.

    Spring spells relief for Kane County snowplow driver

    Did you drive safely on Kane County roads this winter? You can thank Lucas Mowers for his diligent work as a snowplow driver. “Christmas is on a day that doesn’t snow,” Mowers said. “I know what I signed up for. They know I’m taking care of my business."


    Group proposes higher gas tax to improve roads

    A transportation group is proposing a plan to change the way Illinois pays for road construction, including an increase in gas taxes. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition unveiled the proposal Tuesday in Springfield.

    In this July 10, 2012 file photo, the iconic University of Illinois statue Alma Mater, created in 1929 by artist Lorado Taft, in Urbana..

    U of I's Alma Mater will soon head back to campus

    The University of Illinois' Alma Mater sculpture will return to campus next week after a year and a half away. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the 85-year-old sculpture will begin its trip home from Chicago early on the morning of April 9 and be back in place on the corner of Wright and Green streets later that day.


    Libertyville bank hosts electronics recycling, shredding events

    Libertyville Bank & Trust hosts community shredding and electronics recycling events over three weekends in April and May at six of their community bank locations.

    Guests attend a previous Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business and Community Showcase (formerly Expo). This year’s event will be Saturday, April 5.

    Lake Zurich Area Chamber to host showcase

    The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 22nd Annual Business & Community Showcase Saturday, April 5.

    Quentin Road Christian School students display pizzas promoting their 30th annual Pizza Blast to be held Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, in Lake Zurich.

    Quentin Road Christian School to host its 30th Pizza Blast

    Some sell cookies and popcorn; others sell magazines. But students at the Quentin Road Christian School would rather roll in the dough for their fundraiser — literally.

    Many birders claim the Blackburnian as their favorite warbler, a species Roger Tory Peterson nicknamed “firethroat.” As with most wood-warblers, the male is far more colorful than the female.

    Birders like Elsen’s Hill for spotting migrating warblers

    Spring migration is a wonderous time for birders as species that live in other parts can be spotted passing through our area between their summer and winter homes. One family to watch for is the wood-warblers, our Jeff Reiter says.

    Camp Algonquin, 1889 Cary-Algonquin road, unincorporated McHenry County: The 116-acre camp was closed in 2011 and is one of four camps built during the “Fresh Air in the Country” movement started during the late 1800s.

    W. Chicago school, McHenry camp among Illinois' 10 most endangered

    A West Chicago schoolhouse and a former “fresh air” camp in McHenry County are among 10 locations Landmarks Illinois included in its list of the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois.


    District 214 launches Twitter contest among schools

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 is pitting its six high schools and three alternative programs against one another in a Twitter tournament. The two-week contest is part of an effort to engage students, staff, alumni and the community with the district's social media accounts and gain more followers.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a snow thrower, two chainsaws, and an electric hedge trimmer between 5 p.m. March 19 and 8 a.m. March 20 out of a maintenance storage shed at 600 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Value was estimated at $2,860.


    U-46 middle school reading program won't change next year

    Elgin Area School District U-46 won't be changing the reading program at the district's eight middle schools next school year, officials said Monday night. “The intention was never to eliminate reading,” Melanie Meidel. U-46 assistant superintendent of human resources, said. “The intention was trying to bring it into every classroom.”

    Workers search for articles and belongings at the scene of the deadly March 22 mudslide, Monday in Oso, Wash.

    More mudslide victims found as state seeks new aid

    Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration.


    New Indiana law aims to cut outdated red tape

    House Republicans are trumpeting a bill they say will cut red tape in state government and improve Indiana’s business climate. Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville says the language in Indiana’s state code has nearly doubled in size since 1976. He said Monday the new law ends outdated measures going back as far as the 1960s.


    Wisconsin Senate to consider drone bill
    The Wisconsin Senate is set to vote on a bill restricting drones. The bipartisan measure would outlaw deploying a drone capable of making video or audio recordings in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. It also would require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence except in emergency situations and make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a...


    Man, 28, charged with UIC shower assault

    Authorities say a 28-year-old man is facing charges for assaulting a University of Illinois at Chicago student in a dorm shower. UIC spokesman Bill Burton says Tavares Humphries is charged with attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary and battery of a police officer for Monday morning’s attack.


    Illinois man arrested for 7th time for no driver’s license

    A southern Illinois man is accused of driving with a revoked license for a seventh time since 1987. The (Alton) Telegraph reports that Madison County prosecutors charged 52-year-old Jeffrey A. Martin of Granite City with the felony traffic offense on Monday.


    Illinois motorcycle advocates kick of safety campaign

    As temperatures warm up, motorcycle advocates are urging riders to be safe when they hit the road this spring and summer. The Illinois Department of Transportation and other motorcycle advocates are kicking off their “Gear Up - Ride Smart” campaign.


    Ceremony planned for anniversary of Lincoln death

    A ceremony is planned for April 12 at President Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield to mark the 149th anniversary of his assassination. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the 9:45 a.m. ceremony will include a processional to the tomb.


    Illinois bill would let drivers ‘sign and go’ for speeding
    Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets. The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin.

    Applicants line outside the SEIU-UHW office during a health care enrollment event, Monday in Commerce, Calif.

    Deadline brings high interest for health insurance

    A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on a plan to inject carbon dioxide beneath southern Illinois.

    EPA seeks public input on Illinois carbon-capture plan

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on a plan to inject carbon dioxide beneath southern Illinois. FutureGen Industrial Alliance wants to capture carbon dioxide from a coal-burning power plant in the Morgan County village of Meredosia, then inject it into underground wells near Jacksonville, about 20 miles to the east.

    The lawsuit contends HSBC, Bank of America and their subsidiaries hurt black and Latino neighborhoods by targeting minority homebuyers for subprime loans.

    Cook County sues banks for predatory lending

    Cook County officials have filed a lawsuit contending two major banks helped cause the Chicago area’s foreclosure crisis by marketing predatory loans to black and Latino borrowers.

    Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia connects with the ball during the White Sox home opener against the Minnesota twins Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Dawn Patrol: $5 million bond in Aurora murder; Crash victim identified

    Ex held on $5 million bond in Aurora murder. Schaumburg crash victim identified. Hultgren unveils proposed heroin solutions. Craft beer fests heading to Aurora and Wheaton. Cubs lose opener on 10th-inning HR. White Sox wipe last year away.


    Naperville to vote tonight on raising city electricity rate

    A proposal that would raise electric rates in Naperville 6 percent starting May 1 and 7 percent starting May 1, 2015, is set for a vote during tonight’s city council meeting.


    Mill Creek pool being given to park district

    Shodeen Inc. plans to give the Mill Creek Swim Club to the Geneva Park District, park district officials announced Monday. The club is in the large Mill Creek subdivision Shodeen built.

    The “Age Well DuPage: Renew, Recharge, Reinvent” event for adults 50 and older is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at College of DuPage.

    Event to show how to prepare for retirement

    An event this weekend in DuPage County is hoping to give anyone looking toward retirement the tools they need to get the most out of their golden years.

    Anna Moeller

    Elgin Council to hear about options regarding vacancy

    Elgin City Council members have different opinions regarding whether to fill the seat left vacant by Anna Moeller's resignation to take state office. She resigned her council seat in a letter received Monday morning by the remaining eight city council members, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said.

    Denise Rodd

    Des Plaines alderman favors ending insurance for elected officials

    A Des Plaines alderman wants to end city government’s longtime practice of making health insurance benefits available to elected officials, many of whom are against the proposed policy change. Third Ward Alderman Denise Rodd is the only member of the eight-person city council to decline participation in the city’s health insurance plan, which is the same one offered to all full-time...


    Emanuel backs bill to expunge juvenile arrests

    Chicago’s mayor is throwing his support behind legislation that would automatically expunge certain juvenile arrest records.


    Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the second inning during the White Sox home opener against the Minnesota twins Monday at US Cellular Field.

    No rush to judgment on White Sox’ Abreu

    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu got off to a great start in his first major-league game, going 2-for-4 with 1 RBI on Monday. But general manager Rick Hahn said it is way too early to make any kind of judgment on the newcomer.


    Pollock breaks out for 3 hits, D-Backs beat Giants

    A.J. Pollock broke out of an 0-for-13 start to the season with three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday night.


    Rangers topple Canucks 3-1

    Martin St. Louis scored his first goal with the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves Tuesday and New York defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1.


    Miller, Ramirez lead Mariners past LA Angels 8-3

    Brad Miller hit two homers, Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 Tuesday night for their second win of the season.


    Marleau’s goal lifts Sharks past Oilers 5-4

    Patrick Marleau scored his 32nd goal of the season with 7:29 left in the third period to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.


    Lillard leads Blazers to 124-112 win over Lakers

    Damian Lillard scored 34 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-112 Tuesday night.

    Defensive end Jared Allen “adds experience, production and leadership” to the Bears’ defense, says GM Phil Emery.

    With draft still ahead, Bears’ defense already much improved

    After a disastrous defensive performance in 2013, Bears general manager Phil Emery had a major rebuilding task on his hands on that side of the ball, and he's laid the groundwork for a sturdier unit with many of the 28 players he's signed since late last year.


    Vernon Hills opens with victory

    Boys volleyballVernon Hills d. Prospect: Lem Turner slammed 11 kills and posted 6 blocks, as the Cougars opened the season with a 26-24, 25-18 win over Prospect.Mike Heinz added 7 kills for Vernon Hills, while Jared Bennet set 18 of 19 with 12 assists. The Cougars’ other contributors included Dylan DeBoer (4 kills, 2 blocks), Cory Levin (8 assists), Tyler Small (3 blocks) and Max Spiglanin (9 digs, 2 kills, 3 blocks).“This was a nice first match for us,” Vernon Hills coach Chris Curry said. “We blocked pretty well and stayed very aggressive in a conservative offense. Lem Turner was very active in the middle, and both Mike Heinz and Dylan DeBoer made great decisions on the outside.”


    Wolves fall 1-0 in shootout

    Patrick Cehlin’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout lifted Milwaukee to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Wolves in an Amtrak Rivalry classic on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena.


    Bulls’ Noah forever a Gator

    Maybe this goes without saying, but Joakim Noah is happy that his former school. Florida, is headed back to the Final Four. After Monday's win over Boston, Noah also gave extreme praise to teammate Taj Gibson.


    UConn and Notre Dame headline women’s Final Four

    UConn and Notre Dame have been on a collision course all season for an unprecedented national championship game. Now the two unbeaten teams are each one victory away from making that happen. The Huskies will face Stanford while the Irish play Maryland on Sunday in the Final Four in Nashville. Both games are rematches of early season contests.


    Maryland reaches Final Four, tops Louisville 76-73

    Yes, Maryland is headed back to the Final Four for the first time since they won it all back in 2006 after the Terrapins held off Louisville 76-73 Tuesday night at the buzzer in the Cardinals’ home arena.


    Behind Ogwumike, Stanford returns to Final Four

    Chiney Ogwumike is carrying her team to Music City and one last Final Four she planned for all along, going for 20 points and 10 rebounds as second-seeded Stanford beat North Carolina 74-65 on Tuesday night in the regional final on the Cardinal’s home floor.


    Maple Leafs snap slide, beat Flames 3-2

    After beating the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Tuesday night, the mood for the Toronto Maple Leafs was much more relief than happiness. The result snapped an eight-game losing streak and kept the Leafs’ slim playoff hopes alive.


    Beltre sends Rangers past Phillies 3-2 in 9th

    Adrian Beltre singled home Shin-Soo Choo with the game winner in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers saved a run on a successful replay challenge in a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.


    Persistence pays as Fremd tops Carmel

    Fremd’s softball team rallied back from three deficits in Mundelein on Tuesday to win its season opener 10-7 over Carmel. Trailing 7-5, the Vikings scored 5 runs in the top of the seventh to notch the win for senior pitcher Joanna Josten, who struck 10. Lauren Vanhavermaet (home run), Abbi Iuorio (2-for-4, RBI), Julie Josten (2-for-4, 2 runs), Tracy Welninski (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Molly Muhs (2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBI) led the offense for Fremd.


    Curry leads Warriors past Mavericks 122-120

    Stephen Curry made a tiebreaking jumper in the final second of overtime, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a 122-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.


    Indians, A’s game postponed due to rain

    The game between the A’s and Cleveland Indians was postponed because of rain Tuesday night. It was the first rainout in Oakland since May 5, 1998.


    Wedl, Wauconda roll in home openers

    After opening the season indoors in Rosemont last week and beating Hampshire decisively twice, Wauconda’s softball team had its home opener Tuesday. The Bulldogs won decisively again. This time, Kayla Wedl struck out 11 batters and helped her own cause with a home run, as Wauconda beat Palatine 9-2 to improve to 3-0.


    Guryn’s gem paces Grayslake Central

    Justin Guryn fanned 10 batters over four innings, and his Grayslake Central baseball teammates gave him plenty of run support, as the Rams defeated host Antioch 9-0 Tuesday for their third win in a row.


    Softball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Elk grove 8, Niles N0rth 6Niles North 000 105 0 —6-12-1Elk Grove 020 303 0 —8-11-22B: NiN: Loy, Dwyer, Benjamin; EG: Masnica 2.HR: NiN: Donado; EG: M.Sloan.WP: Eul; LP: Dwyer.*Fremd 10, carmel 7Fremd 010 400 5 —10-12-1Carmel 103 012 0 — 7-11-52B: Frm; Muhs; HR: Car: Beehan 2, Bartz, Abel, Koesser, Frm: VanHavermaet. WP: Jo.Josten; LP: Dicara.*Jacobs 7, Barrington 3 (9 Inn.)Barrington 000 120 000 -3-5-0Jacobs 000 002 104 -7-9-12B: Bar: Katis; Jcbs: O’Toole. 3B: Bar: Krzyko. HR: Jcbs: Lach, Borg 2. WP: Peters; LP: Dolezal.*Maine West 7, Buffalo grove 6 (9)Maine West 002 0004 01 —7-16-0Buffalo Grove 200 013 00 —6-14-02B: MW: Herling, Ross, Liwag; BG: Camardo, Carnes, Conley.WP: G.Feldkamp; LP: Steady.*Niles West 7, Wheeling 6Wheeling 200 004 0 —6-7-4Niles West 000 000 0 —7-7-1WP: Genes; LP: Quagliano.*st. viator 8, marian central 0St. Viaitor 001 025 0 —8-12-0Marion Central 000 000 0 —0- 3-12B: StV: VanValkenburg, Hogan 2. WP: Harris; LP: Glesey.*wauconda 9, palatine 2Palatine 100 000 1 —2-4-3Wauconda 000 216 X —9-15-12B: Pal: Udoni, Griffin; Wauc: Heck, Motley, McCarthy.HR: Wauc: Heck, Wedl.WP: Wedl; LP: Boisvert.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 11, VERNON HILLS 0 (5 INN.)Vernon Hills 000 00 —0-1-7Grayslake Central 506 0X —11-9-2HR: GC: Brew, Curtis WP: Brown; LP: Stern.*FREMD 10, CARMEL 7Fremd 010 400 7 —10-12-1Carmel 103 012 0 —7-11-52B: Frm; Muhs. HR: Carm: Beehan 2, Bartz, Abel, Koesser; Frm: VanHavermaet. WP: Jo. Josten; LP: Dicara.*Hampshire 12, Belvidere 6.*Elgin 4, Addison Trail 0Addison Trail 000 000 0 -0-2-1Elgin 000 031 x -4-8-02B: E — Eckholm WP: Perryman; LP: Bumgartner.*Jacobs 7, Barrington 3 (9 Inn.)Barrington 000 120 000 -3-5-1Jacobs 000 002 104 -7-9-13B: B — KrzsykoHR: J — Lach, Borg (2)WP: Peters; LP: Dolezal.*Larkin 12, Westminster Christian 2 (5 Inn.)Westminster 100 01 -2Larkin 400 25 -52B: L — HansenWP: Hansen; LP: Fugiel.*Addison Trail 11, Glenbard East 1Elgin 4, Addison Trail 0*Benet 4, York 1York 100 000 0 —1-5-1Benet 012 001 X —4-10-2LP: Bandy (0-1).*Montini 4, Lake Park 0Lake Park 000 000 0 —0-4-4Montini 000 400 X —4-7-12B: M: Lentine. 3B: Barrett WP: Trojnar; LP: Baumpart.*Downers Grove North 2, Nazareth 03B: DGN: Ryndak (2). WP: Ryndak. *West Chicago 5, Glenbard North 4West Chicago 101 001 2 —5-6-3Glenbard North 100 102 0 —4-5-32B: GN: Campos. 3B: GN: Benz. WP: Forman; LP: Dopart.*Fenton 12, North Grand 0Fenton 115 41 —12-14-0North Grqand 000 00 —0-2-23B: F: Fritz. NG: Saez. HR: F: Gonzalez. WP: Geraci (2-0); LP: Jerach.*


    Girls soccer: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Barrington 5, Rolling Meadows 0Rolling Meadows 0 0 —0Barrington 4 1 —5Scoring — Barr: Sezczesny 3, Niro, Ackermann*schaumburg 8, wheeling 1Wheeling 0 1 —1Schaumburg 2 6 —8Wheeling — Valeria.Schaumburg — Kim (Kowal), Tyler (Waterloo), Reinhart, Kowal (PK), Reyes (Tidaback), Reyes (Waterloo), Kowal (Reinhart).Goalkeepers — Whl: Valencia (10 saves); SchL Ardagh (1 save).*willows Acad. 3, christian liberty acad. 0Willows Acad. 0 3 —3CLA 0 0 —0Willows — Snitzer (Pascall), Prince (UA), own goal.Goalkeepers — Wil: Hunt; CLA: Swiderek*Lake Park invitationalbuffalo Grove 6, cary-grove 0Buffalo Grove 3 3 —6Cary-Grove 0 0 —0Buffalo Grove — Busse (C.Zickert), Busse (Kowalski), Ingham (K.Zickert), K.Zickert (Kovach), Busse (K.Zickert).Goalkeepers — BG: O’Connor; CG: Jones.*CARMEL 1, WARREN 0Carmel 1 0 —1Warren 0 0 —0Goalkeepers — Warr: Carrano (3 saves).*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 4, JACOBS 0Grayslake Central 3 1 —4Jacobs 0 0 —0Grayslake Central — Werfel 2, Boban, Garbett.Goalkeepers — GC: Effa (4 saves); Jac: Foster (8 saves).*GRAYSLAKE north 1, grant 0Grayslake North 0 1 —1Grant 0 0 —0Grayslake North — Olson (Detweiler).Goalkeepers — GN: Rice (6 saves).*St. Charles East 8, Streamwood 1Streamwood 1 0 —1St. Charles East 4 4 —8Scoring — STR — Blanco (Carroll)Goalkeepers — STR — Guidon (12 saves)*South Elgin 1, Bartlett 0Bartlett 0 0 —0South Elgin 0 1 —1Scoring — SE — Uveges (Ignatev)Goalkeepers — B — Lozada (17 saves); SE — SE - Vaulkner (4 saves).*Grayslake Central 4, Jacobs 0GL Central 3 1 —4Jacobs 0 0 —0Scoring — GLC — Werfel, Boban, Werfel, GarbettGoalkeepers — GLC — Effa (4 saves); J — Foster (8 saves).*Metea Valley3, West Chicago 0West Chicago 0 0 —0Metea Valley 1 2 —3Scoring — MV: Kentgen (Kennedy); Sandberg (Erickson-Russo); Hernandez (Proszowski). Goalkeepers — WC: Navejas (4). MV: Johnson (4).


    Girls water polo: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*wheeling 15, vernon hills 5Veernon Hills — Levy 3, Wood 2Goalkeepers — VH: Udesky (11 blocks).JV — Wheeling 11, Vernon Hills 5.


    Boys volleyball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*barrington d. st. viator 28-26, 25-27, 25-23Attack: Bar: Castagna 8 kills, Wright 7 kills, Glader 7 kills;Serving: Wright 4 aces;Setting: Bar: Ricchetti 20 assists, Soifer 11 assists: Digs: Bar: Nenn 13, Wright 9;Blocks: Bar: Carroll 3, Ricchetti 3.*VERNON HILLS DEF. PROSPECT 26-24, 25-18Serving — VH: DeBoer 9-11 (2 aces), Heinz 11-11 (1 ace), Spiglanin 6-8 (1 ace); Attacking — VH: Turner 12-15 (11 kills), Heinz 17-19 (7 kills), DeBoer 12-12 (4 kills), Spiglanin 9-12 (2 kills); Setting — VH: Bennet 18-19 (12 assists), Levin 12-24 (8 assists); Digs — VH: Spiglanin 9, Heinz 6, Weinberg 4, DeBoer 3, Levin 3, Bennet 3; Blocks — VH: Turner 6, Small 3, Spiglanin 3, DeBoer 2, Bennet 1.*South Elgin d. Larkin 25-18, 25-15South Elgin - Nate Marotta (8 kills, 5 digs), Chris Gibadlo (17 assists, 2 digs, 1 block), Dan Gibadlo (4 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs).Geneva d. Bartlett 21-25, 25-22, 25-23. *West Chicago d. Elgin 25-23, 25-19West Chicago — Bruce (8 kills, 3 blocks); Benes (5 kills); Rodriguez (4 kills, 2 aces); Gotsch (11 assists); Quiroz (9 assists); Finion (2 blocks); Flores (5 digs).*Neuqua Valley d. Streamwood 25-13, 22-25, 25-20Neuqua Valley — Neace (22 kills); McKissick (8 kills, 10 blocks); Lauth (34 assists).*


    Boys track: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*At Round LakeLAKE FOREST 116, ROUND LAKE 303,200 relay: Round Lake 4:18.40; 400 relay: Lake Forest 44.10; 3,200: Lake Forest 10:56.50; 110 high hurdles: Lake Forest 15.7; 100: Lake Forest 12.3; 800: Lake Forest 2:08.40; 800 relay: Lake Forest 1:46.30; 400: Lake Forest 54.7; 300 int. hurdles: Lake Forest 43.8; 1,600: Lake Forest 4:54.90; 200: Lake Forest 23.9; 1,600 relay: Lake Forest 3:55; long jump: Lake Forest 20-9; high jump: Lake Forest 5-6; triple jump: Lake Forest 40-1; shot put: Greenhill (RL) 40-4; discus: Lake Forest 122-10; pole vault: Lake Forest.*LIBERTYVILLE 70, VERNON HILLS 683,200 relay: Vernon Hills 8:32.6; 400 relay: Libertyville 45.5; 3200: Carlson (VH) 10:29.5; 110 high hurdles: Maldonado (Lib) 17.7; 100: Clark (VH) 11.2; 800: B. Mohrdieck (VH) 2:04.0; 800 relay: Vernon Hills 1:41.1; 400: Quinn (Lib) 54.2; 300 int. hurdles: Roberts (Lib) 42.4; 1600: Whitney (VH) 4:35.5; 200: Clark (VH) 23.5; 1600 relay: Libertyville 3:43.1; long jump: Wilson (Lib) 19-8.25; triple jump: Wilson (Lib) 41-7; high jump: Agnew (VH) 6-0; shot put: Barbian (Lib) 45-2; discus: Girgis (Lib) 122-0; pole vault: Jaskowski (VH) 8-0.*


    Girls badminton: Monday’s scoreboard
    Monday’s results*Buffalo Grove 15, Barrington 0Singles — No.1: Schwartz (BG) d. Guarneri 21-8, 21-5; No.2: Kolenchery (BG) d. Gross 21-12, 21-11; No.3: Jambrone (BG) d. Vannatta 21-6, 21-10; No.4: Sommers (BG) d. Qian 21-6, 21-10; No.5: Appelt (BG) d. Su 21-16, 21-12; No.6: Berns (BG) d. Yang 21-5, 21-1; No.7: Fortman (BG) d. Kline 21-1, 21-4; No.8: Mayer (BG) d. Burns 21-11, 19-21, 21-13; No.9: McClennan (BG) d. Papolimitrov 21-13, 21-15; No.10. Peterson (BG) d. Owens 21-10, 21-7.Doubles — No.1: Berns/Fortman (BG) d. Qian/Vannatta 21-7, 21-9; No.2: Sommers/Jamborne (Fremd) d. Guameri/Gross 21-9, 21-1; No.3: Kolenchery/Schwartz (BG) d. Sue/Kline 21-5, 21-9; No.4: Mayer/Appelt (BG) d. Burns/Yang 21-12, 21-6; No.5: McLellan/Petersen (BG) d. Owens/Papdimidriov 21-19, 21-8.*Fremd 9, Hersey 6Singles — No.1: Wu (Frm) d. Pisano 21-8, 21-11; No.2: Salt (Hers) d. Dollo 21-18, 21-15; No.3: Choi (Frm) d. Jalowiec 21-19, 22-20; No.4: Norling (Hers) d. Zhang 14-21, 21-16, 21-14; No.5: Parng (Frm) d. Yang 21-13, 21-18, 21-18; No.6: Shah (Frm) d Schutz 21-16, 21-18; No.7: Mbi (Frm) d. Bowkley 21-14, 21-10; No.8: Steinweg (Hers) d. Battlua 21-18, 22-24, 21-19; No.9: Lee (Hers) d. Peong 18-21, 21-11, 21-5; No.10. Lee (Hers) d. Choi 21-13, 21-11.Doubles — No.1: Choi/Parng (Frm) d Yang/Salt 21-17, 23-21; No.2: Zhang/Shah (Frm) d. Jalowiec/.Noring 24-22, 21-18; No.3: Wu/Dolln (Frm) d. Pisano/Shulz 21-8, 21-16; No.4: Schulz/Bowkley (Hers) d. Mbi/Bahula 22-20, 22-20; No.5: Choi/Peng (Frm) d. S. Lee/D. Lee 21-17, 21-16.*Prospect 13, Hoffman Estates 2Singles — No.1: Menich (Pros) d. Lim 21-7, 21-9; No.2: Walsh (Pros) d. Fatima 21-13, 21-6; No.3: Hirch (Pros) d. Patel 21-2, 21-9; No.4: Venturelli (Pros) d. Paya 21-12, 21-5; No.5: Caporusso (Pros) d. Haryani 21-12, 21-8; No.6: Kim (HE) d. Scarccia 21-10, 21-11; No.7: Dolsen-Grogh (Pros) d. Wrek 21-9, 21-7; No.8: Dawson (Pros) d. Ham 21-11, 21-9 ; No.9: Saiki (Pros) d. Patel 23-25, 21-12, 21-12; No.10. Wilson (Pros) d. Arce 21-17, 21-12.Doubles — No.1: Walsh/Caporusso (Pros) d. Lim/Fatima 21-8, 21-9; No.2: HirchVenturelli (Pros) d. Paya/Haryani 21-6, 21-10; No.3: Kim/Wirek (HE) d. Menich/Scaccia 21-16, 21-19; No.4: Dolsen-Groc/Dawson (Pros) d. Arce/Patel 21-9, 21-9; No.5: Saiki/Wilson (Pros) d. Patel/Ham 21-10, 19-21, 21-8.*Rolling Meadows 8, Palatine 7Singles — No.1: d. Palmer (Pal) d. Cantieri 21-16, 21-16; No.2: Diep (Pal) d. Sukhbaatar 21-19, 21-12; No.3: Gudivada (Pal) d. gallagher 21-17, 21-17; No.4: Mrstik (RM) d. Hank 21-18, 22-20; No.5: Poduch (RM) d. Aguije 21-15, 22-20; No.6: Chon (Pal) d. Shah 21-18, 21-14; No.7: Jimmenez (Pal) d. Hemm 11-21, 22-20, 21-12 ; No.8: Bucolt (RM) d. Stevenson 21-12, 21-12; No.9: Roldan (RM) d. Oszczapiroska 21-6, 21-16; No.10. Manint (Pal) d. Song 20-22, 21-12, 21-19.Doubles — No.1: Cantieri/Sukhbaatar (RM) d. Hank/Gubivada 23-21, 25-23; No.2: Gallagher/Poduch (RM) d. Chon/Hquije 21-16, 21-15; No.3: ; No.4: Mrstik/Shah (RM) d. Diep/Jimmenez 21-15, 21-17; No.5: Roldan/Song (RM) d. Stevenson/Oszcapurnska 21-19, 21-19 .*Elk Grove 14, Conant 1*Fenton d. TF North 25-21, 25-20*STEVENSON 16, EVANSTON 2Singles — No. 1: Joyer (Evan) d. To 21-10, 21-14; No. 2: Chen (Stev) d. Felvey 21-19, 21-12; No. 3: Schroeder (Stev) d. Stover 21-16, 10-21, 21-10; No. 4: Gruger (Evan) d. Lui 19-21, 21-5, 21-14; No. 5: Onishchen (Stev) d. Briena 21-14, 21-14; No. 6: Ling (Stev) d. Conover 17-21, 21-14, 21-11; No. 7: Xia (Stev) d. Swartout 21-17, 21-17; No. 8: So (Stev) d. Avery 21-16, 21-6; No. 9: Hu (Stev) d. Meenan 21-12, 21-12; No. 10. Wang (Stev) d. Sood 21-19, 11-21, 21-14; No. 11: Liu (Stev) d. Julie 18-21, 21-10, 21-7; No. 12: Econow (Stev) d. Molica 16-21, 21-17, 21-15.


    Boys tennis: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Crystal Lake South 7, Woodstock 0Singles - No. 1: Thome (CLS) d. Ring 6-1. 6-1; No. 2: Randolph (CLS) d. Redemske 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Sardjev (CLS) d. Lara 6-3, 6-4.Doubles - No. 1: Devlin/Baietto (CLS) d. Cross/Ratkovic 6-1, 6-3; No. 2: Pacini/Squiers (CLS) d. Sutter/Flichbach 6-2, 7-5; No. 3: Dobek/Bochat (CLS) d. Gonzales/Nerland 7-6, 6-0; No. 4: Dziedzic/Harris (CLS) d. Richter/Carsello 6-2 6-3.*Grayslake North 5, Huntley 2Singles - No. 1: M. Kizhakkadthu (GLN) d. Smith 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: J. Kizhakkadthu (GLN) d. Simons 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Freeman (GLN) d. Zornow 6-2, 6-1.Doubles - No. 1: Grabner/Frederick (H) d. Z. Harmon/D. Harmon 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Rice/Wonsil (GLN) d. Michel/Andre 6-4, 2-6, 7-5; No. 3: Kottmer/Geary (GLN) d. Hagn/Ved 6-3, 6-2; No. 4: Downs/Navarro (H) d. Sinclair/Gackle 6-3, 6-3.*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Prospect 12, Buffalo Grove 5Buffalo Grove 0 3 0 2 — 5Prospect 1 3 4 4 —12Buffalo Grove — Lotzer 3, Haussele 2Prospect — I. Ginnado, Gabriel, Schober 3, Morikado, Mauer 4, N. Ginnado 2*Hersey 19, Elk Grove 6 Hersey: Buffa 4, Vladimirov 4, Carroll 4.


    Baseball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*elk grove 13, york 6Elk Grove 000 940 0 —13-10-2York 100 032 0 — 6- 7-22B: EG: Wary; York: Ryan. 3B: Spencer. WP: Hudgin; LP: Miner.*fremd 5, glenbard north 1Fremd 000 002 3 —5-6-0Glenbard North 001 000 0 —1-5-12B: Frm: Bohn. GbdN: Barrett, Greenberg, Murray.WP: Pinderski; LP: Orzo.*hersey 4, evanston 4Evanston 102 001 00 —4-6-1Hersey 002 200 00 —4-5-22B: Hers: Reichel, Zouras. 3B: Evn: Fenn. Pitchers: Evn: Allen; Hers: Zouras.*hoffman estates 16, maine east 4Hoffman Estates 401 137 —16-14-0Maine East 100 003 — 4- 6-42B: HE: Bloom, Mugerditchian, Demmon, Conway, Willis 2; ME: Heine, Schnobrich, Parker. HR: HE: Bloom.WP: Demmon.*Huntley 6, Barrington 5Huntley 300 120 0 -6-10-2Barrington 203 000 0 -5-7-22B: Bar: Petersen; Hunt: Kiriakopolous. 3B: Hunt: Altergott. HR: Bar: Powell.WP: Martin (1-0); LP: Delavrentis; SV: Ciskowski (1).*Notre Dame 5, Palatine 3Niles Notre Dame 320 000 0 —5-10-1Palatine 200 001 0 —3- 3-2WP: Rimac; LP: Trembley.*Schaumburg 4, Bartlett 0Bartlett 000 000 0 —0-1-3Schaumburg 031 000 0 —4-2-1WP: Schwind; LP: VanDyke.*wheeling 7, Lake Forest AcadEMy 4Wheeling 003 020 2 —7-9-1Lake Forest Acad. 020 001 1 —4-4-12B: Whl: Jordan, Spillane, Alimissis, Cooney; LFAc: Seifert. 3B: Whl: Spillane. WP: Cooney.*st. Viator 13, Highland Park 3St. Viator 600 450 0 —13-10-0Highland Park 100 300 0 — 3- 8-32B: StV: Meyer, Napoleon. HP: Hochstadt 2.WP: Burny; LP: Elias.*CARMEL 4, WARREN 4 (TIE)Carmel 030 000 1 —4-6-2Warren 001 300 0 —4-8-22B: Car: Johnson, Coughlin; War: Dinter 2, Cuevas, W. Gordon.HR: Car: Kristan.*CRYSTAL LAKE CENTRAL 11, WAUCONDA 8CL Central 200 261 0 —11-10-3Wauconda 330 200 0 —8-10-72B: CLC: Gleason; Wauc: Grobelny.3B: Wauc: Lovelle.WP: Larkins; LP: Peterson.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 9, ANTIOCH 0Grayslake Central 301 302 0 —9-14-3Antioch 000 000 0 —0-3-22B: GC: Dooley, Landers, Burba; Ant: Harvey, Prather.WP: Guryn; LP: Stender. *ROUND LAKE 6, ALDEN-HEBRON 4Alden-Hebron 000 030 1 —4-4-1Round Lake 060 000 x —6-5-22B: RL: Garcia. 3B: RL: Newman.WP: Newman; LP: Nelson.*GRANT 9, JOHNSBURG 1Johnsburg 001 000 0 —1-6-1Grant 330 102 X —9-6-03B: Grt: Noda.HR: Grt: Noda 2, Lucas 2.WP: Lewis.*VERNON HILLS 11, ZION-BENTON 0 (5 INN.)2B: VH: Freibrun.3B: VH: Goehrke.WP: Newman; LP: Halton.*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 1, WAUKEGAN 0Waukegan 000 000 0 —0-2-1Grayslake North 000 000 1 —1-6-02B: GN: Alvarez, Ruback; Wauk: Melendez. WP: McHugh; LP: Casanova.*GLENBROOK SOUTH 10, STEVENSON 0Glenbrook South 134 101 0 —10-9-0Stevenson 000 000 0 —0-0-2WP: McCarthy.*Prairie Ridge 10, Lakes 1*WHEELING 7, LAKE FOREST ACADEMYWheeling 003 020 2 —7-9-1Lake Forest Acad. 020 001 1 —4-4-12B: Whl: Jordan, Spillane, Alimissis, Cooney; LFA: Seifert. 3B: Whl: Spillane. WP: Cooney.ST. VIATOR 13, HIGHLAND PARK 3St. Viator 600 450 0 —13-10-0Highland Park 100 300 0 — 3- 8-32B: StV: Meyer, Napoleon. HP: Hochstadt 2.WP: Burny; LP: Elias.Luther North 8, Westminster Christian 5*Schaumburg 4, Bartlett 0Bartlett 000 000 0 -0-1-4Schaumburg 031 000 x -4-3-2WP: Schwind; LP: VanDyke.*Burlington Central 6, Franklin Simpson 5Burlington Central 220 000 2 -6-8-5Franklin Simpson 031 100 0 -5-5-22B: BC — Lee (2)3B: BC — GerkeWP: Jerger.*Crystal Lake South 2, Rockford Guilford 1Guilford 100 000 0 -1-2-2CL South 001 000 1 -2-6-02B: G — ContradyWP: Smith; LP: Weyburg.*Hampshire 5, Streamwood 3Hampshire 200 030 0 -5-7-3Streamwood 102 000 0 -3-3-2


    St. Viator rolls past Highland Park

    Jack Napoleon drove in 4 runs and Kevin Monson 3 as St. Viator erupted for 6 runs in the first inning on the way to a 13-3 victory over Highland Park in nonconference play Tuesday.


    Bailey has goal, assist as Isles top Panthers 4-2

    Josh Bailey had a goal and assist, and the New York Islanders kept up their strong finish with a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.


    Jeter’s last season begins with 6-2 loss to Astros

    Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes homered off CC Sabathia to help the Houston Astros roll to a 6-2 win Tuesday night in the first game of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour with the New York Yankees.


    Puig hits 410-foot homer in LA’s 3-2 win vs Padres

    Yasiel Puig hit a 410-foot drive for a two-run homer and Zack Greinke won his season debut, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.


    Ennis, Leino lead Sabres to 3-2 win over Devils

    Tyler Ennis scored twice in the third period and again in the shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.


    Avalanche top Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT

    Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, including a power-play goal at 4:27 of overtime to help the Colorado Avalanche extend their winning streak to four with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.


    Eovaldi helps Marlins beat Rockies 4-3

    Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings and Miami Marlins made the most of five hits to beat the Colorado Rockies for the second night in a row, 4-3.


    Hurricanes dominate Penguins 4-1

    The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading to the playoffs for an eighth straight year. The Penguins let a chance to clinch their second straight division crown slip away in a 4-1 loss to Carolina on Tuesday night that left Pittsburgh just 8-8-2 since returning from the Olympic break.


    Hutchison, Lind key Jays’ 4-2 win over Rays

    Drew Hutchison won his first start in almost two years, Adam Lind homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.


    Johnson breaks tie, Lightning top Canadiens 3-1

    Tyler Johnson scored the go-ahead goal on a short-handed breakaway late in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.


    Nets end 14-game skid vs Rockets, clinch playoffs

    The Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff berth by beating the Houston Rockets for the first time in eight years, getting 32 points from Joe Johnson in a 105-96 victory on Tuesday night.


    Uveges’ goal lifts South Elgin over Bartlett

    It would have been a hard April Fool’s joke to swallow for South Elgin if one of its 31 shots didn’t go in during a 1-0 Upstate Eight Valley girls soccer win over rival Bartlett at Millennium Field Tuesday. After all, the Storm’s defense didn’t allow much to get to goalie Jordan Vaulkner and South Elgin outshout the Hawks by 27. But Bartlett’s best antics behind goalkeeper Amanda Lozada’s 17 saves brought South Elgin to the brink and as Storm coach Tiffany Disher said it for her team, “if (Bartlett) were to break away and just get one, it would be a sad story for us.”


    Stars rout Capitals 5-0 to maintain playoff push

    The Stars’ 5-0 win over the Capitals on Tuesday night was a victory of confidence over embarrassment. Dallas has won five of six, outscoring opponents 16-5 over their last three games.


    Freeman, Heyward power Braves past Brewers 5-2

    Freddie Freeman hit a pair of solo home runs and Jason Heyward added a two-run shot to back a solid outing by Alex Wood and power the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.


    Miller, Blues blank Flyers 1-0 in shootout

    Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots and T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a shootout in the St. Louis Blues’ 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.


    Maine West is hitting, and it’s starting to spread

    Trailing 6-2 to start the top of the seventh against Buffalo Grove, Maine West strung together five consecutive hits to start the inning, tying the game at 6-6 and then went on to pull out a dramatic nine-inning 7-6 triumph over the defending Mid-Suburban East champs.

    Warren’s Chris Mathieu, left, dives back to first, beating the tag by Carmel’s Andrew Wienke on Tuesday at Warren.

    Kristan’s clout key for Carmel

    That was just plain cold. Colder than the unseasonably cool weather Warren’s baseball team encountered on its spring-break trip downstate last week. In their home opener Tuesday, the Blue Devils got chilled by a game-tying solo homer by Carmel Catholic’s Ian Kristan in the seventh inning. When Warren failed to plate a run in its half of the seventh, the nonconference game was called due to darkness. Which meant the 2½-hour contest ended in a 4-4 tie. “It hurts more than a loss,” Blue Devils junior outfielder Chris Mathieu said.


    Metea Valley blanks West Chicago

    Metea Valley received three goals from three players and won Tuesday night’s Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division opener 3-0 over West Chicago in Aurora.

    Jacobs’ Bailey Adams sends the ball upfield as Grayslake Central’s Erin Boban defends Tuesday in Algonquin.

    Grayslake Central nails down shutout of Jacobs

    Grayslake Central girls soccer coach Bethany Russ got to see something new from her team Tuesday. The Rams used a good team effort to score three goals in a 5-minute span in the first half and went on to a 4-0 victory over Jacobs in Algonquin.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 6, Franklin-Simpson (Kent.) 5: Dan Gerke’s one-out triple in the top of the seventh scored Michael Lee with the tying run, and sophomore Jonathan Murphy’s infield single scored Gerke with what proved to be the game-winning run in a contest played at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Starting pitcher Jacob Schutta got a no-decision after allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits in 5 innings. Kevin Jerger pitched a scoreless sixth inning to earn the win and Parker Boron earned the save despite allowing a hit and a walk in the seventh for Central (3-0), which overcame 5 errors. Lee doubled twice and drove in 3 runs to lead the Rockets.Nazareth 7, St. Edward 2: Jake LaFrenz went 2-for-3 at the plate but his record on the mound slipped to 0-2 in this nonconference loss to the Roadrunners. LaFrenz allowed 6 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, struck out 9 and walked 3 in 4⅓ innings for St. Edward (0-4). Luther North 8, Westminster Christian 5: Three pitchers allowed eight earned runs on 12 hits and as the Warriors were beaten by Northeastern Conference rival Luther North. Tyler Mamrot hit a solo home run and Brendan Ruffolo and Luke Weston each doubled for Westminster Christian (1-4, 0-1).Skyline (Texas) 13, Elgin Academy 1: The Hilltoppers’ only 2 hits came off the bats of Alex Wiedemann and Yemeni Shen in this nonconference loss in Orlando. Three pitchers for Elgin Academy got little help from a defense that committed 7 errors.Huntley 6, Barrington 5: The Red Raiders scored once in the fourth inning and twice in the fifth to overcome a 5-3 deficit in this nonconference win. Senior Tommy Kiriakopolous — who committed to play baseball at Augustana this week — went 3-for-3 with a double and RBI, Brandon Altergott was 2-for-4 with a triple, RBI and run, Matt Sullivan had 2 hits and 2 RBI for Huntley (2-1-1). Winning pitcher Mason Martin (1-0) allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, struck out 3 and walked 2 in 4 innings, and Jake Ciskowski earned the save by holding the Broncos scoreless on 1 hit in 1⅓ innings. Brad Powell homered and drove in 2 runs for Barrington, while junior pitcher Anthony DeLaurentis absorbed the loss.Crystal Lake South 2, Rockford Guilford 1: Paul Wille’s two-out, walk-off single to left field scored courtesy runner Collin Chubb from second base. Chubb, who stole second base, was running for Josh Smith, who led off the seventh with an infield hit. Michael Danca was the winning pitcher. He struck out 4 and walked 3 in 4 innings of relief. Starting pitcher Josh Smith held Guilford to 1 hit in 3 innings, struck out 2 and walked 1. The Gators (3-0) played errorless defense and outhit Guilford 6-2.Schaumburg 4, Bartlett 0: Hurlers Bradley Schwind (3⅓ IP, 1 H, 7 K, 2 BB) and Jack Bellinger (3⅔ IP, 6 K, 1 BB) threw a combined 1-hitter and the Saxons scored 4 unearned runs on 4 Bartlett errors to prevail in nonconference action. Alex Curtis (2⅔ IP, 0 H, 2 K, 2 BB) and Doug VanDyke (3⅓ IP, 3 H, 5 K, 6 BB) split time on the mound and Mike Wick had the only hit for Bartlett (0-1).Hampshire 5, Streamwood 3: Dillon Kuhn pitched a 3-hitter, striking out 3 without a walk in 7 innings of this nonconference matchup. Leadoff man Michael Kruse went 3-for-3 with a double and scored twice, Brandon Bowen went 2-for-3 with a double and Trey Schramm doubled and scored for the Whip-Purs (1-1). Eric Hamlin went 1-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored and Chad Caminitti doubled for Streamwood (1-2).College baseball


    Borg’s walk off grand slam lifts Jacobs over Barrington

    Pardon Emily Borg if she wanted to admire her mammoth game-winning grand slam home run. Borg’s slam off Barrington’s Keenan Dolezal with one out in the ninth inning gave Jacobs an exhilarating 7-3 win over the stunned Fillies in nonconference softball action in Algonquin Tuesday afternoon.

    A kill attempt by St. Viator’s Ryan Schiller, left, is blocked at the net by Barrington’s Colin Castagna, middle, and Connor Wright during Tuesday’s boys volleyball game in Arlington Heights.

    Barrington takes St. Viator’s best shot

    Opening-match jitters? Not Tuesday night at Cahill Gymnasium in Arlington Heights. In a game that had more of a postseason feel than an early season contest featuring two of the area’s better teams, Barrington and St. Viator duked it out like a couple of heavyweights. The host Lions extended the perennial state contender Broncos to three grueling games before Barrington finally scored a 28-26, 25-27, 23-25 victory in Arlington Heights.


    West Chicago surprises Glenbard North

    After being pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s softball game, West Chicago senior team captain Jillian Staten came up huge for the Wildcats with the game-winning single in the seventh to beat Glenbard North 5-4 in Carol Stream.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Lake Park 2, Prospect 0: Rhett Rapshus pitched a no-hitter with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks for the Lancers (1-1), who scored once in the third inning and once in the fifth.Waubonsie Valley 8, Lake Park 1: Tyler Hasper pitched into the seventh for the Warriors, who improved to 2-0. Luke Marzano had 2 RBI while Ben Vietri, Ryan Jones and Zack Bennema had 2 hits apiece. Gunnar Barlund went 2-for-3 for Lake Park (1-1). Naperville Central 4, Oswego 1:Bobby McMillen’s first-inning solo home run helped pave the way for the Redhawks (3-0). Kevin Clifford drove in 2 runs. Brett Kirk and Jack Wooldridge combined on a 3-hitter. Glenbard West 1, Butler, Ky. 0: Luke Domask’s two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh provided the Hilltoppers (2-0) with the walk-off win in Louisville. Winning pitcher Dennis Rudolph needed only 69 pitches to finish the game. Domask and Grant Greeno each had 2 hits.West Chicago 9, Addison Trail 6:Jon Michiels and Peyton Seidler drove in 2 runs apiece for the Wildcats (2-1), who pulled away in a 6-run fourth inning. Grant Hosticka went 2-for-3 for West Chicago. Montini 5, Benton 3: Austin Kline doubled, homered and drove in 3 runs on 3 hits for the victorious Broncos (2-0). Rhett Wojkovich also had 3 hits while Jake Pestel went 2-for-4. Sean Frontzak pitched into the sixth inning to earn the win. Lisle 12, Rauner 10: The Lions (3-2) broke out to an 11-1 lead but had to hold off a late rally from Rauner. Cliff Krause went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Griffin Huba also had 2 hits while Eric Puccini picked up the win. Wheaton Academy 4, Maple Grove, Minn. 3: The Warriors (1-0) scored twice in the top of the seventh to pull out the victory in Florida. Luke Kram drove in 2 runs while Kram, Luis Romos and Brett Albaugh had 2 hits apiece. Ryan Beck and Brandon Valente combined on the mound for Wheaton Academy.Wheaton North 9, Central Hardin, Ky. 5: The Falcons (2-0) broke out to an 8-0 second-inning lead to win in Kentucky. Zach Colangelo went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. Winning pitcher Andrew Slivinski and Charles Robin combined on a 5-hitter. Batavia 6, Willowbrook 1: The Warriors (1-1) were within 2-1 until Batavia pulled away with a 4-run bottom of the fifth. Tyler Zunkel, Mike Rothmund, Tucker Newling and A.J. Nolen each had a hit for Willowbrook. St. Francis 5, Fluvanna County, Va. 4:The Spartans (2-1) held on after taking a 5-0 lead to the bottom of the seventh. Jake Radel and Will Purdom had 2 hits apiece. Matt Kelly picked up the win. Bullitt East, Ky. 4, St. Francis 3: The Spartans (2-1) fell in Florida despite starting pitcher Ryan Hodgett allowing only 2 hits in 5 innings. Jason Sullivan went 2-for-3.Fremd 5, Glenbard North 1:The Panthers (3-1) led 1-0 until Fremd scored twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh inning. Nolan Jasinski went 2-for-3 and drove in Glenbard North’s lone run with a third-inning single.North Bullitt, Ky. 5, Glenbard South 0:Will Cornwell had 2 of the Raiders’ 4 hits in Glenbard South’s (1-1) loss in South Carolina.Elk Grove 13, York 6:Nolan Spencer went 2-for-3 with a triple for the Dukes (0-3).Houston, Tenn. 9, Neuqua Valley 2:The score in Memphis was knotted at 2-2 until Houston scored 7 runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Josh Piotrowski and Alex DiFranco drove in runs for Neuqua Valley (0-2).


    Glenbard East handles Addison Trail

    With Tommy Mogavero and his Glenbard East baseball teammates playing their seventh game over four consecutive days Tuesday, focus was at a premium. “You just take it one game at a time. You can’t really think about what you’re going to do after,” Mogavero said. “You just have to make sure the energy you have, you use it for the game.” When it mattered most against Addison Trail, Mogavero was prepared. His 2-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning was the game-winning hit in the Rams’ 8-4 victory at the Plunkett Sports Complex in Elmhurst.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire 12, Belvidere 6: Haley Widmayer went 3-for-4 and was the winning pitcher as the Whip-Purs (3-2) won their third straight in their first game outdoors. Freshman Peyton DeChant had a home run for Hampshire and Aly Snider added a 2-run triple.Larkin 12, Westminster Christian 2: Sarah Hansen was the winning pitcher and went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI at the plate as the Royals won this season opener for both teams. Rachel Martinez added a 2-for-3 day for Larkin. Rachel Fugiel was the losing pitcher.Elgin 4, Addison Trail 0: Jennah Perryman threw a 2-hitter with 12 strikeouts and 3 walks as the Maroons (1-2) notched their first win of the season. Melanie Berg was 2-for-2 for Elgin, while Anna Eckholm (2B, RBI) and Nora Stanley (RBI) also contributed.


    Willows Academy breaks away in 2nd half vs. Christian Liberty

    After a first half filled with near misses, Willows Academy (3-1-1) found the back of the net three times in a 3-0 victory Tuesday afternoon at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.


    Pitching for Paulino ‘a blessing’

    Nearly two years after having Tommy John surgery, new White Sox starting pitcher Felipe Paulino is looking forward to getting back on the mound and facing the Minesota Twins Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, 6:30 p.m. WednesdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: Atlanta has gone 7-20 since Feb. 4 but is still clinging to the final playoff spot in the East, 2 games up in the loss column on New York. The Hawks (32-41) snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia 103-95 on Monday. SG Kyle Korver returned from six games off with a back injury. His streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer ended at 127 on March 5 against Portland. PF Paul Millsap is the top scorer at 17.9 ppg, followed by PG Jeff Teague with 16.2. The Bulls are 3-0 against the Hawks this season.Next: Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center, 7 p.m. Friday — Mike McGraw

    Forward Paul George and the Indiana Pacers have fallen on hard times of late, dropping to the second seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time this season.

    Shooting for Pacers might be Bulls’ best bet

    A week ago, there was legitimate debate about which playoff seed might work out best for the Bulls. Now the answer seems clear: The first round will be a challenge, but whatever spot offers the possibility of matching them up against slumping Indiana in the second round looks favorable.

    Ron Coomer, the new color analyst for Cubs radio broadcasts.

    Best of both worlds in Cubs booth for Coomer

    Believe it or not, the broadcasting bug bit Ron Coomer just as early as the baseball bug bit. Coomer, a Chicago native, has begun his new job as the Cubs' color analyst in the radio booth. Coomer says he fondly remembers listening to Jack Brickhouse on Cubs telecasts while growing up.

    If captains such as the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews aren’t defended, the NHL isn’t the NHL anymore.

    No defense for not defending Hawks’ Toews

    Not debatable: Of course the Blackhawks should have retaliated against the Penguins for the hit on Jonathan Toews. If captains aren't defended, the NHL isn't the NHL anymore.


    Montini blanks Lake Park

    Tuesday afternoon’s 4-0 Montini softball victory over Lake Park first looked like one of those games where the team wins 1-0 on one play or one hit. The Broncos, though, found their groove in the fourth inning of the contest held indoors at The Rosemont Dome, scoring all four of their runs on five hits. Montini had just one hit during the first three innings and just one hit after its big inning.

    Tim Prendergast

    Prendergast steps down at South Elgin

    Tim Prendergast never really envisioned himself coaching girls basketball. “I never paid much attention to the girls game,” he says. But when Jason Schaal decided to focus on being South Elgin’s head softball coach, Prendergast decided to accept the challenge of building the Storm’s fledgling girls basketball program. Now, seven years later, Prendergast has decided to step down from the head coaching position of what has become one of the most competitive and respected programs in the area.

    Benet Academy’s Chris Makowski lays out to make the catch against Downers Grove North during baseball action in Downers Grove.

    Boyle the difference for Benet

    As much as baseball coaches love to talk about taking care of the basics, sometimes victory requires the extraordinary. That’s exactly what Benet’s Joe Boyle provided on Tuesday. The senior third baseman did something you don’t see every day. He launched a fifth-inning inside-the-park grand slam that tied the game and flipped momentum back in the Redwings’ favor. Boyle finished with 3 hits and 7 RBI while lifting visiting Benet to a 15-7 victory over Downers Grove North.

    Saints’ pitcher Michael Boehmer, delivers a pitch during West Aurora at St. Charles East baseball Tuesday.

    Barry preserves St. Charles East’s opening-day win

    Eduardo Terrazas never stood a chance. The West Aurora junior was attempting to score from second base in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday afternoon in St. Charles. With St. Charles East clinging to a one-run lead, Brannon Barry fielded a single from medium depth in center field. The Saints’ senior fired a strike toward home plate. The ball one-hopped perfectly into Adam Rojas’ mitt. The St. Charles East catcher applied the room-service tag, and Mick Vyzral induced a routine grounder moments later to preserve the Saints’ 3-2 victory.

    Northwestern quarterback Matt Alviti hands off to wide receiver Miles Shuler, right, as the football team participates in an NCAA college spring football practice Tuesday in Evanston. After spring break, Northwestern resumed spring football practices with a huge issue that could change the college sports landscape hanging over their heads. A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that the team can bargain with the school as employees.

    Union question looms as Northwestern practices

    Northwestern running back Venric Mark says he is not sure all his teammates who signed union cards in January realized the ramifications. Mark says some players signed, some did not. He wonders if those who did “knew what they were or if they thought it was going to turn out the way it did.”

    Associated Press In this March 9, 2014 file photo, Tiger Woods grimaces after teeing off on the 12th hole during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.

    Woods has back surgery, will miss the Masters

    Tiger Woods chose surgery to heal his ailing back over a quest for another green jacket, announcing Tuesday that he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career. “It’s a week that’s very special to me,” Woods said. “It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”

    Wisconsin ‘s Traevon Jackson celebrates in front of Arizona’s Nick Johnson (13) as time runs out in overtime of a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game, Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin is now prepping for its Final Four game.

    Wisconsin tightens D in NCAA run

    Changing defense was one less thing the Badgers (30-7) had to worry about during an already memorable season that has Wisconsin facing Kentucky (28-10) in the Final Four on Saturday. Like any good coach still in the hunt, Bo Ryan will just as easily point to things to improve. The new rules emphasis, though, probably wasn’t on high on the list. “We haven’t been a ‘handsy’ team in the past, so we just need to keep working on our positioning and our footwork,” Ryan said in December.

    AT&T stadium, host of the 2014 NCAA Final Four, is seen from Globe Life Park Monday in Arlington, Texas. The final four teams have one thing in common: shutdown defenses.

    Final Four filled with good defensive teams

    After the all increases in scoring and shooting percentages and offensive flow, the season has come down to a Final Four of teams held together by one common thread: shutdown defenses.

    While there was plenty of excitement in Pittsburgh for the start of the season, Mike North can't get excited about the prospects for Chicago's two MLB clubs.

    What promise does Chicago’s baseball season hold?

    As Mike North looks ahead to the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox season, he doesn’t see a very promising finish for either team.

    Benet’s Loretta Elder heads the ball against Glenbard West during girls soccer action in Glen Ellyn.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring volleyball, softball, gymnastics and soccer.


    This combination of undated family photos shows, from left, Amber Marie Rose, Natasha Weigel and Amy Rademaker. All three were killed in deadly car crashes involving GM’s Cobalt during 2005-2006.

    GM traffic deaths are tied to a 57-cent part

    The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors’ new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect. At a hearing on Capitol Hill before a House subcommittee, GM’s Mary Barra acknowledged under often testy questioning that the company took too long to act. She promised changes at GM that would prevent such a lapse from happening again.

    U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, as consumer and technology shares pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to an all-time high, after an increase in a manufacturing index boosted optimism the economy withstood severe winter weather.

    S&P 500 at record high on manufacturing pickup

    New signs of life in the U.S. manufacturing sector helped push the stock market to a record high Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 13.18 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 1,885.52. That’s above its previous record of 1,878.04, set on March 7. The gains were broad, with eight out of the ten sectors in the S&P 500 rising.

    Americans cut back on soda at an accelerated pace last year, extending a slow retreat from the category that began nearly a decade ago.

    Soda sales in U.S. decline at faster pace

    Americans cut back on soda at an accelerated pace last year, extending a slow retreat from the category that began nearly a decade ago. U.S. sales volume of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent in 2013, according to a report released Monday by Beverage Digest, an industry tracker. That represents a steeper drop than the 1.2 percent decline in 2012.


    GrubHub sees more money coming from IPO this week

    Online food delivery company GrubHub lifted its estimate for how much its IPO will raise, signaling demand from investors. The Chicago-based company on Tuesday predicted that its initial public offering would generate as much as $202.1 million, up from its estimate of $177.9 million in March and $100 million in February.

    Julie Lagacy, vice president, Finance Services Division of Caterpillar, testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before the Senate Permanent subcommittee on Investigations hearing: “Caterpillar’s Offshore Tax Strategy.”

    Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy

    Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award. Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat.

    A Mercedes-Benz vehicle sits inside a car-carrier before being hauled away for distribution from the company’s Vehicle Processing Center in Baltimore. After sales slumped in January and February because of the brutal weather, automakers hope a rebound in March will get them back on track to sell more than 16 million cars in the U.S. this year.

    U.S. auto sales expected to rise 2 percent in March

    U.S. auto sales went out like a lion. Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend. Toyota dealers had their two best sales weekends of the year at the end of the month, the company said.

    A pre-release version of Windows 8.1 on a tablet in Los Angeles. A new, yet-unnamed Windows update is expected this spring, just months after the Windows 8.1 update came out.

    Windows 8 updates expected at Microsoft conference

    Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers’ complaints and other feedback. Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls.

    Associated Press A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 rests on a chair as he waits for a news briefing by the Airlines’ officials at a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China.

    Malaysian credibility in jet hunt challenged again

    It may mean little to investigators that the last words air traffic controllers heard from the lost jetliner were “Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero,” rather than “All right, good night.” But to Malaysian officials whose credibility has been questioned almost from the beginning, it means a great deal.

    A line of emergency vehicles line a roadway in sight of the Williams Northwest Pipeline plant in the distance, Monday.

    Blast rocks Washington gas plant; 5 workers hurt

    A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

    On Monday, New York-based dating service okcupid.com replaced its usual home page for users logging in with Frefox. “Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience. "

    Dating site protests anti-gay-marriage contributor

    The appointment of a new CEO by the company that makes the Firefox Web browser has prompted board members to quit, a Twitter frenzy and a push back from a leading dating website because he supported California's former gay marriage ban.

    Associated Press The Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ began to operate on Mondayin Las Vegas. The 550-foot-tall attraction is the highest observation wheel in the world and features 28 cabins that can accommodate up to 40 people each.

    Riders wowed by view from big Vegas Ferris wheel

    Tourists began taking in the view Monday from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown mountains in the distance. Van Kim, an airline call center employee from Phoenix, declared the experience “unanimously awesome.”

    Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams, left, and Marty St. George, SVP of Marketing and Commercial at JetBlue hand out Boston Lager cans on the inaugural JetBlue flight from Boston to New York.

    Craft beer reaches for the skies on U.S. airlines

    Attention passengers, craft beer has reached 35,000 feet. As the airline industry works to improve its food and beverage options, a new trend has emerged — airlines adding craft beers to their in-flight offerings. The assumption is that as more drinkers switch from mass market beers to specialty brews, they’ll be happier if they don’t have to give up the good stuff when they’re in the air.

    Maple syrup producer Donnie Richards with sap lines on a maple tree and his wireless radio unit box containing sensors that monitor pressure on sap lines in Milton, Vt.

    Syrup-makers go high-tech with wireless monitoring

    Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks.The tubes that draw sap from trees straight to sugar houses often get pulled down or bent by falling limbs or chewed by critters.


    Billionaire Koch’s win in fake wine case reduced by judge

    Billionaire William Koch’s $12 million damages award in a lawsuit accusing a fellow wine collector of selling counterfeit Bordeaux was reduced by a U.S. judge to a little less than $1 million.

    Chief Executive and Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Tony Tyler, right, talks to Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman during the IATA Ops Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday.

    Airlines call for more security, passenger checks

    The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 highlights the need for security improvements both in tracking aircraft and screening passengers before they board planes, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday.

    5th Avenue Sushi may soon open in a vacant space next to Harvest Fresh Market at Arlington Plaza in Arlington Heights.

    New sushi restaurant planned for Arlington Heights

    Another sushi restaurant may soon be coming to Arlington Heights. Plans for 5th Avenue Sushi, 138 E. Rand Road, received unanimous approval from Arlington Heights’ plan commission last week and the restaurant’s owners will appear before the village board for possible final approval on April 7.

    A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion’s co-pilot and Squadron Leader Brett McKenzie controls the pane while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Monday.

    Objects seen in jet search are fishing equipment

    A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane was just fishing equipment and not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, officials said Monday, in the latest disappointment in the three-week hunt that Australia’s prime minister said will continue indefinitely.

Life & Entertainment

    Chef Lee Wolen is the featured chef for WINGS Taste Takes Flight fundraiser.

    Spreading the word about Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

    Here's a food holiday a lot of people probably celebrate without even knowing it: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Food Editor Deborah Pankey tells you when it is and gives other tasty nuggets of PB&J trivia.

    High school senior Melissa Cherry knows it's never too early, or too late, to pickup healthy eating habits. Her tater tots are infused with flaxseeds to boost their nutritional profile.

    Cook of the Week: Kaneland senior shares healthy teen-friendly recipes

    Cook of the Week Melissa Cherry has made it her passion to make healthier versions of favorite foods — from stuffed peppers to macaroni and cheese — that still satisfy. “Eating healthy can be intimidating because you'll think I'll only be able to have a smoothie for breakfast, eat a salad for lunch and have a piece of broccoli for dinner. People think it's restrictive,” she said.


    Stuffed Bell Pepper
    Stuffed Bell Peppers: Melissa Cherry mixed quinoa, chicken, zucchini and cranberries for a healthy filling for stuffed pepper.


    Exclusion from fiancee’s social group feels like slap in the face

    His fiancee's friends, who he has tried to get to know, has excluded him from an outing. While the omission stings, he wants to know how he should react. Carolyn Hax says don't jump to any conclusions.


    Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies
    Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies: Melissa Cherry of Elburn adds mashed bananas and chocolate protein powder to her chocholate chip cookies

    Cook of the Week Melissa Cherry, a senior at Kaneland High School, adds flaxseed to tater tots to make them more healthful.

    Flaxseed Tater Tots
    Cook of the Week Melissa Cherry, a senior at Kaneland High School, adds flaxseed to tater tots to make them more healthful.

    A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.

    Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol

    There’s fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams. The results seem to support recent guidelines that call for every child to have a cholesterol test between 9 and 11 — the ages of the 13,000 youths in this study.

    David Seekins, of Hoffman Estates, is a cameraman on dozens of TV shows, movies and commercials.

    Hoffman Estates cameraman focuses on Hollywood

    David Seekins’ job as a Hollywood cameraman comes with rewards — including hobnobbing with celebrities. But the job also requires long hours and intense attention to detail. “You have a margin of inches. If you’re just a couple inches off, it can ruin the whole shot,” said Seekins, 39, a Hoffman Estates native.

    Richard Stone, center, and Tyler Owens stand near a tree where a Native American girl and her father both committed suicide in Sacaton, Ariz.

    Childhoods lost: Native Americans struggle with youth suicides

    There is growing alarm at the sheer number of young Native Americans taking their own lives — more than three times the national average, and up to 10 times on some reservations. “We’re not really open to conversation about suicide,” teenager Tyler Owens said. “It’s kind of like a private matter, a sensitive topic. If a suicide happens, you’re there for the family. Then after that, it’s kind of just, like, left alone.”

    Ali Ahmad, left and Amado Carsky spar in capoeira class; capoeira is accompanied by drums and singing, true to its Brazilian origins.

    Discovering martial arts: Find your inner warrior

    A well-run dojo will be incredibly welcoming to beginners and typically filled with trainees of different sexes, ages, sizes and fitness levels. You’ll also find plenty of fun, whether your aim is to learn to spar in tae kwon do, parry with your hands and feet in capoiera, master the turning techniques of aikido or learn the fine points of grappling in Brazilian jujitsu.

    NBC has signed Pharrell Williams as a coach for the upcoming seventh season of its musical competition series “The Voice.”

    Pharrell Williams named as coach on ‘The Voice’

    NBC has signed singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams as a coach for the upcoming seventh season of its musical competition series “The Voice.”

    Alternative rock band Blue October will play in Libertyville next week.

    Music notes: Blue October, Against Me! stopping in the suburbs

    Punk rockers Against Me! and alternative band Blue October will makes stops in Palatine and Libertyville, respectively, during the coming week. Former Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, meanwhile, will bring her new band, the Julie Ruin, to Chicago.


    Night life events: Rack House celebrates Cubs home opener

    Celebrate the Cubs’ home opener with specials at Rack House in Arlington Heights; Woodstock honors Orson Welles with a pub crawl; Dave & Buster’s opens in Vernon Hills.

    Pruning hybrid tea roses vigorously now will promote lots of beautiful flowers.

    For healthy plants, start pruning now

    Our green thumbs are itching, but it’s too early to dig. What’s an eager gardener to do before the soil warms? Grab your pruners. Don’t be afraid.


    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the Daily Herald editorial board on Friday.

    Editorial: A useful debate that can’t be renewed
    A Daily Herald editorial says Illinois' current financial circumstances no longer allow reasoned debate about whether to finance schools from income taxes rather than property taxes.


    The Ukraine: Back to the future

    Columnist Donna Brazile: Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be doing his best to see that the world moves back into the future. He is a man of contradictory beliefs, saying he seeks no revival of the Soviet Union, and yet he draws upon the ghost of an empire as a model for the Russia of the future.


    Lighten up on the first lady

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama.


    Firefighters deserve a certain future
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: It is the heroic actions of firefighters in these recent scenarios that stretch the imagination of why anyone would perform these duties, while at the same time politicians are making great strides to take away their financial future.


    Chavez deserves our nation’s recognition
    A Glenview letter to the editor: March 31 marked the birthday of Mexican-American social justice advocate Cesar Chavez. He peacefully and wholeheartedly fought on behalf of farm workers, migrants, the poor and the disenfranchised.


    Screening lesson for men of a certain age
    Screening lesson for men of a certain ageWhen I was told I had cancer, I didn’t let the shock last long. I almost immediately put my mind to work on how I was going to beat this thing. And I have beaten it with the help of family, prayer and putting my full faith in the wisdom and skill of two total strangers — my doctors. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.Dr. Eli Michaels of Northwest Suburban Urology Associates at Alexian Brothers Medical Center gave me my diagnosis, but also gave me hope. Everything from the biopsy to the breaking of the bad news was done professionally and with compassion.Dr. Brian Moran at Chicago Prostate Center is a surgical genius, not to mention a pretty nice guy. Four months after my diagnosis and surgery, the cancer has been brought under control. Thanks for your great work and thank you for genuinely caring for me as a patient, Dr. Moran.I also want to thank Dr. Stephen Behnke of the Alexian Brothers Medical Group for ordering the PSA test that found my cancer. I encourage every man in my age group — I am 62 — to get screened for prostate cancer. I did, and I think it saved my life.John ZimmermanCarol Stream


    2-year-old needs your help
    A McHenry County letter to the editor: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association has been doing just that since 1986. Right here in McHenry County a group of caring and committed volunteers are working hard to give hope to the Gillespie family.


    Bad polling, money influenced primary
    A Hinsdale letter to the editor: As one who came within two votes per precinct of the GOP nomination for governor, I read “Another lesson in the problems of political polling” carefully. I agree with Opinions Editor Jim Slusher’s question “whether the polls did more harm than good.” When the dust settled, Bruce Rauner’s margin was about one-tenth of some predictions.


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