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Lammers Named Head Coach At Niagra U.

Photo courtesy Dubuque Fighting Saints

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque Fighting Saints Head Coach and General Manager, Jason Lammers, has been named the head coach of the Niagara University Purple Eagles. His tenure with the Purple Eagles will begin at the conclusion of the 2016–17 season with the Fighting Saints.

Lammers was hired as the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints on July 16, 2015, the third to hold that title since the franchise’s revival in 2010.

Niagara University competes in the Atlantic Hockey Conference.The Purple Eagles have made it to the NCAA Tournament four times, including berths in 2000, 2004, 2008, and most recently in 2013.

The Fighting Saints have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and await the winner of the Chicago-Youngstown series. The deciding game 5 of that series will be played tonight at Chicago.

Area Scoreboard (4/25)

High School Baseball

  • East Dubuque 10, Southwestern 0
  • Dakota 4, Galena 2
  • Platteville 9, Mineral Point 7
  • Prairie du Chien 3, Cuba City 0
  • Monroe 12, Darlington 9
  • Shullsburg/Benton 13, Potosi 1 (5 innings)
  • Fennimore 2, River Valley 1
  • River Ridge (Wis.) 5, Belmont 4

High School Softball

  • East Dubuque 10, Warren/Stockton 0
  • Scales Mound/River Ridge 5, Galena 1
  • Fennimore 15, Riverdale 1
  • Southwestern 11, Darlington 0
  • Belmont 14, River Ridge/Cassville 1
  • Cuba City 3, Boscobel 1
  • Benton/Shullsburg 6, Potosi 5

High School Girls Soccer

  • Cedar Rapids Prairie 4, Wahlert Catholic 0

High School Track and Field

  • At the first ever Dubuque County meet, formerly the City Meet last night at Dalzell Field, the Western Dubuque boys ran away with the team championship with 179 while Hempstead claimed the girls championship scoring 147.5.
  • The Galena/River Ridge/East Dubuque girls track team captured the team title at the 10 team Dittmar Classic at Milledgeville totaling 126, Milledgeville was 2nd with 119.

High School Girls Golf

  • Wahlert placed first while Hempstead was 3rd at the eight team West Delaware Invitational at Pin Oak in Manchester. The Golden Eagles carded 183 winning by seven strokes. Hempstead totaled 204.

Warriors finish off Blazers…Raptors, Hawks win…Birds, Rox are league leaders…Johnson triumphs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Stephen Curry delivered 37 points and nine assists as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Trail Blazers, 128-103 in Portland to complete a four-game sweep in the NBA first-round series. The Warriors tied a league playoff record for most points in a first quarter to take a 45-22 lead. Klay Thompson finished with 18 points and Kevin Durant had 10 in his first action since missing two games with a calf injury.

TORONTO (AP) – Norm Powell poured in a career playoff-high 25 points and the Toronto Raptors took a three-games-to-two lead with a 118-93 trouncing of the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Powell was 4-for-4 from 3-point range and 8 of 11 from the field overall. Kyle Lowry delivered 16 points and 10 assists for Toronto, which has won two straight since falling behind two games to one in the series.

ATLANTA (AP) – Dwight Howard had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 boards as the Hawks topped the visiting Wizards, 111-101 to knot that series at two games apiece. Paul Millsap had a team-high 19 points despite a sluggish start, and Kent Bazemore chipped in 16 points while collecting seven assists. Bradley Beal paced all scorers with 32 points, but Washington suffered its second straight loss after taking the first two games.

UNDATED (AP) – The Baltimore Orioles and Colorado Rockies have the best record in their respective leagues after winning on Monday. Adam Jones snapped a 3-3 deadlock with a two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Birds’ 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Washington had won seven straight before Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer in the seventh and the Rockies’ bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings to complete an 8-4 rout of the Nationals.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Jimmie Johnson has picked up his second consecutive Monster Energy Cup win by taking the rain-delayed race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday. Johnson grabbed the lead for good with 20 laps to go and finished 1.2 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer . Kevin Harvick, was third, followed by Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and pole-sitter Kyle Larson.

National Scoreboard (4/25)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Baltimore 6 Tampa Bay 3
Final Minnesota 3 Texas 2
Final Chi White Sox 12 Kansas City 1
Final L.A. Angels 2 Toronto 1


NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final Chi Cubs 14 Pittsburgh 3
Final Milwaukee 11 Cincinnati 7
Final Colorado 8 Washington 4
Final Arizona 7 San Diego 6
Final San Francisco 2 L.A. Dodgers 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Toronto 118 Milwaukee 93 (Toronto leads 3-2)
Final Atlanta 111 Washington 101 (Series tied 2-2)
Final Golden State 128 Portland 103 (Golden State wins series 4-0)

Regional MLB Recaps (4/24)

    Leake pitches, hits Cardinals past Brewers, 6-4

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Mike Leake allowed two runs over six innings and drove in two runs to lead St. Louis to a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, the Cardinals’ sixth win in seven games.

Leake (3-1) gave up three hits and three walks while striking out six. He scored a run in the third inning and his two-run single capped a three-run fourth when St. Louis took a 4-2 lead.

The Cardinals took advantage of six walks by starter Jimmy Nelson (1-1) and an error by the Brewers for their first four runs. They made it 6-2 in the eighth on RBI singles by Fryer and pinch-hitter Matt Adams.

Manny Pina opened the ninth inning for Milwaukee with his first homer and Jonathan Villar added an RBI single.

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  Bronson Arroyo goes 6 innings, leads Reds over Cubs 7-5

CINCINNATI (AP) – At 40, Bronson Arroyo gave the best performance during his long comeback, pitching three-hit ball over six innings Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds salvaged a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Arroyo (2-2) allowed Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer – his third of the series – and struck out seven batters for the first time since May 13, 2014. The lanky right-hander has needed more than two years to recover from Tommy John surgery.

Raisesl Iglesias gave up a pair of runs in the ninth before finishing off the Reds’ 3-7 homestand.

Patrick Kivlehan’s bases-loaded double highlighted a four-run sixth inning off John Lackey (1-3) and decided a matchup of up-in-years starters. The 38-year-old Lackey and Arroyo have combined for 793 starts in the majors.

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                Cabrera, Holland lead White Sox to 6-2 win over Indians

CHICAGO (AP) – Melky Cabrera drove in a pair of runs, Derek Holland tossed six strong innings and the Chicago White Sox busted out of an offensive funk for a 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia each added run-scoring hits for Chicago, which had managed a total of six hits in the first two games of the series. The win snapped a three-game skid.

Francisco Lindor homered for Cleveland, which had its five-game winning streak end.

Holland (2-2) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out six in lowering his earned run average to 1.99. Holland is now 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA against Cleveland in his career.

Cavaliers sweep Pacers…Rockets, Celtics, Jazz win…Caps, Senators advance

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have completed a four-game sweep to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs. LeBron James nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining and finished with a team-high 33 points as the Cavs held on to top the Pacers, 106-102 at Indiana. Kyrie Irving had 28 points for the Cavaliers, who squandered a 96-83 lead in the fourth quarter and trailed 102-100 before James hit his only trey of the game.

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets are up 3-1 in their NBA first-round series after Nene scored 28 points on 12-for-12 shooting in a 113-109 win at Oklahoma City. Isaiah Thomas poured in 33 points and the Boston Celtics evened their series at two games apiece by downing the Bulls, 104-95. Utah and Los Angeles are also tied at two games apiece after Joe Johnson scored 28 points to lead a 105-98 triumph over the Clippers.

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoff by taking Game 6 in overtime. Marcus Johansson scored the tying and winning goals as the Caps downed the Maple Leafs, 2-1 in Toronto. The Senators pulled out a 3-2 win over Boston on Clarke MacArthur’s goal 6 1/2 minutes into the extra session.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Kevin Chappell finally has his first PGA Tour victory, doing it in his 180th career start. Chappell sank an 8-foot putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open by one stroke over Brooks Koepka at TPC San Antonio. Chappell closed with a 4-under 68 to finish 12 under for the tournament.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – NASCAR will try to run its Monster Energy Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway today after heavy rain caused a one-day postponement. Friday’s qualifying was washed out, causing the lineup to be settled on points. Pole-sitter Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott will start from the front row today, weather permitting.

National Scoreboard (4/24)

INTERLEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 2 N-Y Yankees 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Houston 6 Tampa Bay 4, 10 Innings
Final Boston 6 Baltimore 2
Final Detroit 13 Minnesota 4
Final Chi White Sox 6 Cleveland 2
Final Texas 5 Kansas City 2
Final Toronto 6 L.A. Angels 2
Final Seattle 11 Oakland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 5
Final Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 2
Final St. Louis 6 Milwaukee 4
Final Colorado 8 San Francisco 0
Final L.A. Dodgers 6 Arizona 2
Final Miami 7 San Diego 3
Final Washington 6 N-Y Mets 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Cleveland 106 Indiana 102 (Cleveland wins series 4-0)
Final Houston 113 Oklahoma City 109 (Houston leads 3-1)
Final Boston 104 Chicago 95 (Series tied 2-2)
Final Utah 105 L.A. Clippers 98 (Series tied 2-2)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final OT Ottawa 3 Boston 2 (Ottawa wins the series 4-2)
Final OT Washington 2 Toronto 1 (Washington wins series 4-2)

Local Scorecard

Men’s College Baseball

Clarke Univ. 5, MidAmerica Nazarene 3

Clarke Univ. 9, MidAmerica Nazarene 8

Loras 7, Central 6 (11 inn.)

Central 13, Loras 10

Women’s College Softball

Central 6,Loras 0

Central 5, Loras 0

Clarke Univ 3, William Penn 1

Clarke Univ 4, William Penn 2

Women’s Lacrosse

Carthage College 17, Univ. of Dubuque  7

Men’s Tennis

Loras 7, Simpson, 2

Central 6, Loras 3

NBA Playoffs

NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

 

Final    Toronto                87    Milwaukee          76

Final    Atlanta              116    Washington        98

Final  OT    Memphis              110    San  Antonio    108

Final    Golden  State    119    Portland          113

UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Clippers will have to continue their postseason schedule without forward Blake Griffin. The team says Griffin has been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe in the first half of Friday’s win at Utah

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PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Magnus Paajarvi scored at the 9:42 mark in overtime, giving the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over Minnesota on Saturday in Game 5 of their playoff series, eliminating the Wild. The Blues advanced to play Nashville in the second round. Jake Allen made 34 saves for the Blues, who led 2-0 and 3-1 before a furious rally by the Wild to try to keep their season alive forced the extra frame.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Aledmys Diaz hit a go-ahead pinch-homer in the seventh inning, Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 Saturday night.

CINCINNATI (AP) – Willson Contreras hit his first career grand slam and Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward added three-run shots on Saturday, powering the Chicago Cubs to a 12-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Elvis Andrus delivered an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Saturday night. It was the second time in three games that the Rangers scored in their final at-bat to beat Kansas City.

CHICAGO (AP) – Carlos Carrasco pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, helping the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox for the second straight night, 7-0 on Saturday. Chicago hasn’t scored in 23 innings, including during a three-hitter from Cleveland’s Corey Kluber in a 3-0 Indians win Friday night.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Maynor Figueroa scored his first goal of the season and Jesse Gonzalez earned his 10th career shutout and FC Dallas defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Saturday night. Dallas broke through in the 77th minute of the even match between teams that have now conceded just three goals apiece this season.

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) – Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman teamed to shoot a course-record 10-under par on Saturday to take the opening-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

New Head Coach of Avila University Steps In

Eric Hicks, who spent last season as the defensive line coach for the Eagles, has been tabbed as the new head coach of the Avila University Football program, the athletic department announced Friday. Hicks, an Erie, Pennsylvania native, will be the fifth head football coach in the program’s 17-year history. Hicks will replace Justin Berna, who resigned on April 17 to take the head coaching position at West Hills College in Coalinga, California. Prior to joining Avila, Hicks spent two seasons as the outside linebacker coach at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Baseball/Softball/Tennis/Hockey Scores

High School Boys Baseball
Prairie du Chien 12, Viroqua 8
Pecatonica 10-17, Highland 5-11

 

High School Girls Softball
McFarland 7, River Valley 2

 

High School Tennis
Wahlert 9, Senior 0

 

College Baseball
Peru State 16-4, Clarke 5-9
Central 4, Loras 1

 

College Softball
Clarke 11, St. Ambrose 3
Grand View 7-9, Mount Mercy 1-7

 

Hockey
A complete, 60-minute effort gave the Dubuque Fighting Saints the series victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Six different goal scorers paved the road ahead as the Saints eliminated the Jacks 3-1 in the series by winning Game 4 7-2. The Fighting Saints will either face top-seeded Chicago, or fourth-seeded Youngstown, in the second round.

Thunder, Celts, Clips win…Bulls lose Rondo…B’s stay alive…MadBum on DL…Larson has pole

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls lost last night before the Los Angeles Clippers won, leaving the three teams up two games to one in their NBA first-round series. Russell Westbrook recorded his second straight triple-double by delivering 32 points, 13 boards and 11 assists as Oklahoma City nipped Houston, 115-113. The Celtics got 18 points and eight rebounds from Al Horford in a 104-87 win at Chicago, and after Chris Paul scored 34 points to push the Clippers past Utah, 111-106.

UNDATED (AP) – The Bulls have announced that guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely after breaking his right thumb during Game 2 of the first-round series, which Chicago currently leads, 2-1. Surgery is not required, but the team says he is out indefinitely. And the Trail Blazers aren’t expected to have center Jusuf Nurkic in their lineup for Game 3 of their first-round series tonight against the visiting Warriors, but he has been upgraded to “doubtful” after missing nine games with a broken leg.

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins stayed alive in their Stanley Cup first-round series, while the Washington Capitals took a three-games-to-two lead over Toronto. Sean Kuraly scored the tying and winning goals as the Bruins outlasted the Senators, 3-2 in double-overtime at Ottawa. The Capitals beat the Maple Leafs, 2-1 on Justin Williams’ goal 64 seconds into OT.

DENVER (AP) – San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career following a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital. The left-hander suffered bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder in Thursday’s mishap. Giants manager Bruce Bochy rejoined the team after missing a two-game series at Kansas City following a heart procedure.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Kyle Larson will start on the pole on points for tomorrow’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway after rain washed out yesterday’s qualifying. Larson has dominated the Monster Energy circuit so far this year, winning once and posting five top-two finishes in just seven races. Chase Elliott joins Larson on the front row of Sunday’s race.

Squiers Retires Again, Molony New Head Coach at Beckman

Jim Squiers: Courtesy Dyersville Commercial

Iowa High School basketball Hall of Fame head coach Jim Squiers is stepping into retirement again and Dyersville Beckman has hired his replacement from within.
Squiers, who spent 42 years at Bellevue Marquette Catholic, is retiring a second time in four years after deciding not to return as Beckman head coach. After putting together a 33-and-14 mark the past two seasons, Squiers career record is now 686 wins 297 losses. He took eight teams to a state tournament while at Marquette Catholic from 1993 to 2006.
2008 Beckman grad and assistant coach Mike Molony has been elevated to the job of Blazers head coach. Molony served as an assistant the past two seasons on the bench of Squiers and prior to that was the sophomore head coach for three seasons. Molony’s basketball sideline background also includes serving as a student manager while at Iowa for coaches Todd Lickliter and then Fran McCaffery.

Area Scoreboard (4/21)

High School Baseball

  • West Carroll 7, Galena 6
  • East Dubuque 13, Pearl City 3
  • Darlington 3, Mineral Point 2
  • Fennimore 6, Cuba City 0

High School Softball

  • Pearl City 10, East Dubuque 0
  • Prairie du Chien 2, Platteville 1
  • Darlington 9, Riverdale 7
  • Southwestern 21, Mineral Point 15
  • Iowa Grant 7, Cuba City 5
  • Potosi 12, Monticello 11

High School Boys Soccer

  • Wahlert 5, Hempstead 0
  • Linn-Mar 3, Senior 0
  • Postville 7, Marquette Catholic, Bellevue 0

College Womens Lacrosse

  • Bennedictine 20, Clarke 10

College Mens Tennis

  • Loras 5, Dubuque 4

College Womens Tennis

  • Loras 9, Monmouth 0

Saints Can’t Close Out Lumberjacks

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Muskegon Lumberjacks, backs against the wall in a must-win situation, got the win they needed. Goaltender Adam Brizgala made 33 saves behind a solid defensive effort, as the Jacks topped the Dubuque Fighting Saints 3-0 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Saints continue to lead the series two games to one.

A win by the Saints in Game 4 tonight would send them to the second round for the seventh consecutive season.  A Muskegon victory and the series comes back to Dubuque on Monday night for a deciding 5th game.

Cavs storm past Pacers…Spurs fall, Bucks win…Pens, Preds advance…Sabres clean house

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have engineered the greatest halftime comeback in an NBA playoff game victory to take a three-games-to-one lead in the first round. The Cavs trailed by 25 at the break before holding the Pacers to 40 points in the second half of a 119-114 win at Indiana. LeBron James scored 13 of his game-high 41 points in the third quarter and finished with 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

UNDATED (AP) – The San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks own 2-1 leads in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Grizzlies avoided an 0-3 hole as Mike Conley scored 24 points and had eight assists a 105-94 victory against the visiting Spurs. Khris Middleton dropped in 20 points and All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 19 and eight boards in the Bucks’ 104-77 trouncing of Toronto.

UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bryan Rust scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury handled 49 shots as the Penguins ousted Columbus, 5-2 in Game 5. The Predators got a pair of goals from Roman Josi  in beating the Blackhawks, 4-1 and completing a surprising four-game sweep of the top seed in the Western Conference.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma ( amid questions over player accountability as the team missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for a sixth straight year. Owner Terry Pegula reached the decision after spending the past two days holding season-ending meetings with Murray, and some 10 days after Buffalo closed its season by finishing last in the Atlantic Division. Murray was at his post for three seasons, while Bylsma had a two-year run with the club.

UNDATED (AP) – Tiger Woods will go another year without playing in a major after undergoing a fourth back surgery yesterday to alleviate pain. The announcement on his website Thursday said typical recovery from a single-level fusion surgery is six months. He went 15 months without competition before making a brief return in December and January.

National Scoreboard (4/21)

INTERLEAGUE

Final Baltimore 2 Cincinnati 1, 10 Innings


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Boston 4 Toronto 1, 10 Innings
Final Cleveland 6 Minnesota 2
Final Tampa Bay 8 Detroit 1
Final Houston 2 L.A. Angels 1
Final Texas 1 Kansas City 0, 13 Innings
Final Oakland 9 Seattle 6


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Philadelphia 6 N-Y Mets 4
Final Washington 3 Atlanta 2
Final Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 5
Final San Diego 4 Arizona 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Cleveland 119 Indiana 114 (Cleveland leads series 3-0)
Final Milwaukee 104 Toronto 77 (Milwaukee leads series 2-1)
Final Memphis 105 San Antonio 94 (San Antonio leads series 2-1)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 2 (Pittsburgh wins series 4-1)
Final OT N-Y Rangers 3 Montreal 2 (N.Y. leads series 3-2)
Final Nashville 4 Chicago 1 (Nashville wins series 4-0)
Final OT Edmonton 4 San Jose 3 (Edmonton leads series 3-2)

Regional MLB Recaps (4/20)

Russell’s HR caps 4-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4

CHICAGO (AP) – Addison Russell hit a three-run homer off Neftali Feliz that capped a four-run ninth inning and lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 Wednesday.

Chicago trailed 4-1 before Willson Contreras’ RBI single in the sixth Carlos Torres, and Russell’s run-scoring single cut the deficit to one run in the eighth.

Trying for his first four-out save this year, Feliz (0-2) struck out Javier Baez to strand a runner on third. But Jon Jay walked with one out in the ninth, took third on a single by pinch-hitter Miguel Montero and scored on Kris Bryant’s single.

Anthony Rizzo ground out, and Russell hit his second home run this season, a drive into the left-field bleachers.

Wade Davis (2-0) worked around a walk in the ninth to win in relief of Kyle Hendricks, who tied his career-high with four walks in five innings. Travis Shaw and Jett Bandy homered off Hendricks, who finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting last year.

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     Soxs Fall To Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) – Aaron Judge hit a long homer, Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 9-1 Wednesday night to wrap a superb homestand.

New York went 8-1 in its first stretch at Yankee Stadium this season, its most wins in a homestand since going 9-1 from July 17-26, 2009.

Judge followed Starlin Castro’s three-run shot in the fifth with his 448-foot drive for the Yankees’ first back-to-back homers of the season. Chase Headley and Aaron Hicks also went deep to give New York a season high four home runs.

Dylan Covey (0-1) got knocked around in his second major league start, allowing eight runs, 10 hits and three homers over five innings.

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Fowler hits 1st 2 Cards HRs in 2-1 win, sweeping Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Dexter Fowler hit his first two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals, who swept the Pirates on Wednesday with their third straight 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

Fowler had three of the Cardinals’ eight hits, hitting a third-inning drive into the right-field bullpen and a shot down the right-field line in the fifth, both off Gerrit Cole (1-2).

Josh Bell had tied the score with a fourth-inning homer to center against Michael Wacha (2-1), who had retired his first 10 batters.

St. Louis is 6-9, winning its opener and losing nine of 11 before the sweep.

Warriors, Rockets, Wizards win…Ducks complete sweep…Questions surround Hernandez death

UNDATED (AP) – The Golden State Warriors were without forward Kevin Durant because of a calf injury, but Stephen Curry carried the offense with 19 points as they ripped Portland, 110-81. The Oklahoma City Thunder wasted Russell Westbrook’s triple-double of 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds by allowing James Harden to score 35 points in the Rockets’ 115-111 victory at Houston. John Wall scored 32 points and Bradley Beal had 31 as Washington beat Atlanta, 109-101 to join the Rockets and Warriors with two-games-to-none leads in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith is questionable for Game 3 against Indiana Thursday because of a left hamstring injury. Smith didn’t play in the second half of Game 2 because Cleveland’s medical staff decided it was better for him to rest than risk making his injury worse. Smith says he hasn’t asked yet if he’ll play in Indianapolis as the Cavaliers try to take a 3-0 series lead.

UNDATED (AP) – The Anaheim Ducks have swept their way into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as Patrick Eaves and Nate Thompson scored 68 seconds apart in the first period of a 3-1 win at Calgary. Devan Dubnyk handled 28 shots as Minnesota beat St. Louis 2-0 to avoid a four-game sweep. T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson each scored twice as Washington beat Toronto, 5-4 to tie that series at two games apiece, and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots to help Ottawa earn a 1-0 win and a three-games-to-one series lead over Boston.

BOSTON (AP) – Authorities have offered few answers after former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and was found dead just five days after a jury acquitted him in a 2012 double-murder. A correction department spokesman said he was not aware of any suicide note, and officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal.

UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says former Yankees star Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have joined forces in their attempt to buy the Miami Marlins after having competing interests in pursuit of the team. Jeter ended his 20-year playing career in 2014 and has long talked about owning a team. Bush is the brother of former President George W. Bush, who was an owner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998.

National Scoreboard (4/20)

INTERLEAGUE

Final Seattle 10 Miami 5
Final Baltimore 2 Cincinnati 0
Final Kansas City 2 San Francisco 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Oakland 9 Texas 1
Final N-Y Yankees 9 Chi White Sox 1
Final Toronto 3 Boston 0
Final Tampa Bay 8 Detroit 7
Final Houston 5 L.A. Angels 1
PPD Cleveland at Minnesota

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
Final Chi Cubs 7 Milwaukee 4
Final N-Y Mets 5 Philadelphia 4
Final Washington 14 Atlanta 4
Final San Diego 1 Arizona 0
Final L.A. Dodgers 4 Colorado 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Washington 109 Atlanta 101 (Washington leads 2-0)
Final Houston 115 Oklahoma City 111 (Houston leads 2-0)
Final Golden State 110 Portland 81 (Golden State leads 2-0)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final Washington 5 Toronto 4 (Series tied 2-2)
Final Ottawa 1 Boston 0 (Ottawa leads 3-1)
Final Minnesota 2 St. Louis 0 (St. Louis leads 3-1)
Final Anaheim 3 Calgary 1 (Anaheim wins the series 4-0)

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. He was 27.
An official with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections says Hernandez was found hanged in his cell early this morning. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub.

Loras Selected For D3 Men’s Volleyball Championships in 2020

The NCAA has selected Loras College as the host for the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship, as announced by the national office on Tuesday.

On April 26-28, 2020, the last four teams remaining in the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship will converge upon Dubuque, Iowa and the Athletic & Wellness Center (AWC) to compete for a national title.

This announcement marks the third national championship that Loras has hosted in school history, having previously hosted the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in both 2004 and 2007.

Area Scoreboard (4/19)

High School Baseball

  • West Carroll 9, Galena 2
  • East Dubuque 7, Pearl City 4
  • Cuba City 8, Southwestern 6
  • Potosi 10, Cassville 0
  • Fennimore 10, Mineral Point 6
  • Shullsburg/Benton 9, River Ridge (Wis.) 2
  • Prairie du Chien 4, Lancaster 1
  • River Valley 9, Platteville 1
  • Darlington 14, Riverdale 2
  • Highland 14, Belmont 4

High School Softball

  • Pearl City 14, East Dubuque 5
  • Platteville 9, Lancaster 2
  • Potosi 7, Riverdale 2
  • Belmont 6, Highland 0
  • Benton/Shullsburg 3, River Ridge/Cassville 4

High School Boys Soccer

  • Cedar Falls 3, Senior 2

High School Girls Soccer

  • Waterloo West 1, Dubuque Wahlert 0
  • Cedar Falls 3, Senior 0

High School Track and Field

  • Hempstead won the Mustang Girls Invitational last night at Dalzell Field scoring 139.5 points. Senior finished 2nd with 123.5, Wahlert came in 5th with 97.5

College Baseball

  • #9 Clarke defeated #5 Central Methodist twice 17-4 and 6-5.

College Softball

  • Dubuque lost twice to #11 Coe 8-3 and 12-0
  • Clarke shutout Viterbo twice 11-0 and 8-0
  • Loras split a doubleheader at Simpson winning 6-1 then losing 3-1

Bulls, Raptors, Clippers win…Jackets stay alive, Rangers, Sharks get even…Bucs OF suspended

UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Bulls have taken a 2-0 lead in their NBA first-round series, while the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers evened their series at a game apiece. Jimmy Butler contributed 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Bulls thumped the top-seeded Celtics, 111-97 in Boston. Kyle Lowry scored 22 points in the Raptors’ 106-100 victory against the Bucks, and the Clippers rode Blake Griffin’s 24 points to a 99-91 decision over the Jazz.

UNDATED (AP) – Columbus has stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks avoided a 3-1 deficit. William Karlsson, Boone Jenner and Markus Nutivaara each had a goal and an assist as the Jackets downed the Penguins, 5-4 to avoid a four-game sweep. Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal as the Rangers topped Montreal, 2-1, and the Sharks got two goals apiece from Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture in a 7-0 blowout against Edmonton.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Miami Marlins came close to tossing a combined no-hitter before settling for a 5-0 shutout of the Mariners in Seattle. The Marlins were on the verge of the sixth no-hitter in franchise history when Seattle’s Mitch Haniger lined a one-out double into right-center field off Kyle Barraclough (BAR’-eh-clahw). Wei-Yin Chen worked seven innings of the combined one-hitter to help the Marlins earn their fourth consecutive win.

NEW YORK (AP) – Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has received an 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone. He will be eligible to return in mid-July. Marte is hitting .241 with two home runs and seven RBIs this season.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Gonzaga basketball star Nigel Williams-Goss has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft after leading the Bulldogs to their first appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Williams-Goss led the Zags in scoring at 16.8 points a game as the team went 37-2. The West Coast Conference player of the year will hire an agent, precluding his return to school.

Regional MLB Recaps (4/19)

Cubs rally to beat Milwaukee 9-7

CHICAGO (AP) – Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Jon Jay added run-scoring hits in a four-run sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied from five down in a 9-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Brewers slugger Eric Thames had two doubles and three hits but ended his franchise record-tying homer streak at five games. Wade Davis got his third save and the bullpen retired 15 of its final 16 batters as the Cubs snapped a four-game skid.

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        Soxs Snap Yankees Streak 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) – Miguel Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning to win a road start for the first time in two years, Leury Garcia and Avisail Garcia homered off Luis Severino, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Yankees 4-1 Tuesday night to stop New York’s eight-game winning streak. Gonzalez (2-0) allowed four hits – all infield singles – and one run in 8 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked one. He had been 0-7 in 19 road starts since a victory at Tampa Bay for Baltimore on July 25, 2015.

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Fowler, Leake lead Cardinals past Marte-less Pirates 2-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Dexter Fowler tripled and scored, Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Tuesday night after Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games for a banned substance earlier in the day. Seung Hwan Oh allowed three hits in the ninth but escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam for his second save. Leake (2-1) allowed seven hits and only struck out one, but he held the Pirates to a run over 6 1/3 innings. He has won nine of his last 11 decisions against the Pirates dating to Sept. 11, 2012.

National Scoreboard (4/19)

INTERLEAGUE

Final Cincinnati 9 Baltimore 3
Final San Francisco 2 Kansas City 1, 11 Innings
Final Miami 5 Seattle 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Chi White Sox 4 N-Y Yankees 1
Final Boston 8 Toronto 7
Final Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 1
Final L.A. Angels 5 Houston 2
Final Cleveland 11 Minnesota 4
Final Oakland 4 Texas 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Philadelphia 6 N-Y Mets 2, 10 Innings
Final Washington 3 Atlanta 1
Final Chi Cubs 9 Milwaukee 7
Final St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
Final Colorado 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
Final Arizona 11 San Diego 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Final Toronto 106 Milwaukee 100 (Series tied 1-1)
Final Chicago 111 Boston 97 (Chicago leads series 2-0)
Final L.A. Clippers 99 Utah 91 (Series tied 1-1)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final N-Y Rangers 2 Montreal 1 (Series tied 2-2)
Final Columbus 5 Pittsburgh 4 (Pittsburgh leads series 3-1)
Final San Jose 7 Edmonton 0 (Series tied 2-2)

Loras Grad Chris Jans New Head Coach At New Mexico State

Chris Jans: Photo courtesy New Mexico State Athletics

Just days after being promoted to Associate Head Coach at Wichita State, Loras College graduate Chris Jans has accepted an offer to become New Mexico State’s next head coach.

CBS Sports reports Jans agreed to a four-year contract that will average $275,000 a year plus incentives. The 48-year-old was previously the head coach at Bowling Green, where he went 21-12 in 2014-15 before being fired when a video of him acting inappropriately toward a woman in a bar was given to school officials.

Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall subsequently rehired Jans in an administrative role in 2015 and then promoted him earlier this month when Dubuque native Greg Heiar left for LSU.  Before Bowling Green, Jans was at Wichita State from 2007 to-2014 where in his final season as an assistant, he helped Wichita State set an NCAA record with a 35-0 start to the season.

Jans, a native of Fairbank, Iowa ,was a 1991 graduate of Loras and was a three year starter for the Duhawk basketball team from 1987-91.