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  • Burlington Central’s Kathleen Ratzek, Kayla Ross and Alison Colby hoist the Class 3A fourth-place state trophy at Redbird Arena on Saturday.

    Burlington Central already looking forward to Redbird returnMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    There’s no time like the present to start thinking about next year. That’s how the Burlington Central girls basketball team felt Saturday after falling 64-40 to Quincy Notre Dame in the third place game of the Class 3A state tournament at Redbird Arena. And the goal for next year has already been established. “Our goal this year was to go downstate,” said Rockets’ coach Mark Smith. “Next year it’s to win state. Hopefully we have that opportunity.”

  • Colin Williams of Elk Grove Village competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the boys swimming state meet prelims last weekend at Evanston Township High School.

    Piekarski, Barson, Williams share MSL swimming honorsMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Mid-Suburban League’s swimmers of the year have been announced — and two of them will have another crack at the same award next year. Rolling Meadows junior Jake Barson and Elk Grove junior Colin Williams were named as co-representatives for the Mid-Suburban East, while Barrington senior Sebastian Piekarski was chosen in the Mid-Suburban West.

  • Indiana State slips past SIUC 62-59Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Khristian Smith tipped in a missed Justin Gant jumper with 14 seconds remaining to give No. 2 seed Indiana State a 62-59 win over sixth-seeded Southern Illinois in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Saturday. Desmar Jackson had a look at a 3-point jumper with 3 seconds left but missed as Gant had his hands in Jackson’s face. Indiana State won the right to face No. 2 Wichita State in the tournament championship game Sunday. Undefeated Wichita State, now 33-0, routed Missouri State 67-42 in the other semifinal game.

  • Montini’s players celebrate their Class 3A state triumph with the first-place trophy after beating Joliet Catholic in the championship game in Normal on Saturday.

    Montini’s back on topMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Montini’s girls basketball team picked the perfect time to play the near-perfect game. Firing on all cylinders for virtually the entire 32 minutes, the Broncos erased last year’s bad memories here Saturday with a 57-44 win over Joliet Catholic Academy in the Class 3A championship game at Redbird Arena.

  • Three Harper wrestlers earn All-American finishesMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Harper’s wrestling team finished 16th in the NJCAA tournament in Spokane, Wash., last weekend as three competitors — Jacob Bellis, Blake Santi (Lake Park) and Greg Jacquez (West Aurora) — earned All-American honors.

  • Bowie leads N. Illinois past Ball St. 70-56Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Darrell Bowie scored 17 points and Northern Illinois had a 37-13 advantage in bench scoring to pull away from Ball State 70-56 on Saturday. Aaron Armstead led the charge off the bench with 11 points and his brother Aaric and J.J. Cravatta had nine each for the Huskies (14-16, 8-10 Mid-American Conference).

  • Klaus to lead Harper men’s soccer programMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Harper College athletic director Doug Spiwak has named Dan Klaus as Hawks men’s soccer coach. Klaus, a former Hawks player, currently directs the girls soccer program at Elk Grove in the spring.

  • Chicago Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz (19) is greeted at the dugout after his two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in a spring training exhibition baseball game Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Goodyear, Ariz.

    Nate Schierholtz’s homer powers Cubs past Reds 9-0Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and made a diving catch for the Chicago Cubs in their 9-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Schierholtz’s drive off Alfredo Simon followed a walk to Donnie Murphy in the first inning. Schierholtz also singled and scored in the third. Ryan Kalish singled and scored twice for the Cubs.

  • Grayslake North’s Brittney Thibeaux (20) drives on Grayslake Central’s Morgan Dahlstrom during action this season. Thibeaux’s basketball future is at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    Drive to succeed extends Thibeaux’s basketball journeyMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The car ride, which placed her not far from the Dakotas, took nine hours. It’s doubtful the sunroof was cracked open on the trip. “It was a rough one, because the weather was bad,” Grayslake North senior Brittney Thibeaux said of her recent drive to Moorhead, Minn. “There was snowfall. It was just terrible. You couldn’t see anything, driving. It was just bad.” The drive home was sunny, figuratively speaking. Minnesota State University Moorhead offered Thibeaux a full-ride basketball scholarship.

  • Patrick Reed shows his ball after making birdie on the 11th hole during the third round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Doral, Fla.

    Reed builds 2-shot lead at Doral; Tiger in the mixMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Patrick Reed turned his game around in four holes Saturday and wound up with a 3-under 69 in much tamer conditions at Doral, giving him a two-shot lead at the Cadillac Championship going into a final round that will prominently feature Tiger Woods for the first time this year.

  • Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez jumps over Arizona Diamondbacks’ Andy Marte to complete a double play in the fourth inning during an exhibition baseball game in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014.

    Sox lose 6-4; Quintana hit in shin by line driveMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana was hit in the shin by a line drive Saturday and removed from Chicago’s 6-4 loss to an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad after just two batters.The left-hander gave up a leadoff single to A.J. Pollock, then Gerardo Parra lined one off Quintana’s left leg. The White Sox said Quintana was diagnosed with a bruised shin and is day to day.

  • Montini’s Lea Kerstein (center) celebrates with the rest of her team after she made a last second three point shot at the end of the second quarter against Joliet Catholic Academy’s in the Class 3A championship game in Normal on Saturday.

    Images:Class 3A State Championship Girls BasketballMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Images of the IHSA Class 3A girls basketball title game at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Saturday.

  • Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early (11) celebrates a basket against Missouri State during a game in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference men’s tournament Saturday in St. Louis.

    No. 2 Wichita St. goes to 33-0, routs Missouri St.Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cleanthony Early scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and a pair of dunks, and No. 2 Wichita State improved to 33-0 with little resistance in a 67-42 rout of Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals Saturday. Tekele Cotton also made three 3-pointers for the top-seeded Shockers (33-0), who matched the start by Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979 before they lost to Michigan State and Magic Johnson in the NCAA title game. Wichita State will be heavily favored against Indiana State or Southern Illinois to make it 34 in a row, which would match the NCAA-record start by UNLV in 1990-91.

  • Burlington Central's girls basketball team hoists the Class 3A fourth-place trophy Saturday at Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Despite loss, Burlington Central satisfied with state tripMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Burlington Central's girls basketball team had one of its toughest challenges of the season Saturday. And Quincy Notre Dame made it even tougher. The Raiders, who came into the Class 3A state finals having won three-straight state championships — two in Class 2A and last year in 3A — blitzed the Rockets with a pressure defense that helped create 19 first-half turnovers as they cruised to a 64-40 win in the Class 3A third place game at Redbird Arena.

  • New York Mets' David Wright grounds into a double play during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Cardinals, 3B Carpenter agree to $52M, 6-year dealMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Matt Carpenter called agreeing to a new $52 million, six-year deal with St. Louis a no-brainer. The Cardinals are hoping their third baseman sticks even longer than that. “He’s the type of player you’d like to think could finish his career as a Cardinal,” St. Louis chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt said Saturday.

  • Chesson Hadley of the U.S. chips from the rough of the 13th hole during the third round of the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Chesson Hadley leads Puerto Rico OpenMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chesson Hadley took the third-round lead Saturday in the Puerto Rico Open, shooting a 5-under 67 in windy conditions at Trump International. Making his 13th PGA Tour start, the 26-year-old Hadley had four birdies in an early five-hole stretch and also birdied the par-4 14th in wind gusting to 25 mph.

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  • Oscar Pistorius, puts his hand to his face while listening to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday.

    Pistorius kept gun with him at all times, murder trial hearsMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Paralympian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius kept a gun next to his bed and carried one with him whenever he could, a former girlfriend testified at his murder trial. Pistorius fired his weapon through an open car sunroof after an incident in which a policeman handled his firearm, Samantha Taylor said today in the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.

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