Bye, Bola; Olanyian leaving SIU, historic night for Bryant: The Fan Headlines 6/28/16

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Saluki basketball has announced that fifth-year senior center Bola Olanyian has been granted a release from his scholarship. The 6-7 native of Nigeria started 50 of his 90 games at Southern, averaging around 8 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s Most Improved Team this past season. Olanyian was also the team leader in field goal percentage. Provided he can take care of his summer classes, Olanyian can transfer to another school and play right away. Olanyian is the first SIU player to leave this offseason. Barry Hinson lost five players after last season.

An historic night for Kris Bryant as the Cubs out-slugged the Reds 11-8 in Cincinnati. Bryant became the first player in Major League history to homer 3 times and hit a pair of doubles in the same game. And the Cubs and Jake Arrieta needed every one of them. Bryant drove in 5, Anthony Rizzo also went deep. Arrieta helped himself with a solo home run. He wins his 12th. Game 2 of the series tonight at 6:10.

The Cardinals lose ground as they dropped their series opener in Kansas City to the Royals, 6-2. The Cards jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Royals would tie it up off Adam Wainwright in the 1st, and get 4 more in the bottom of the 2nd. Danny Duffy struck out 8 over 8 innings to notch the win. Game 2 of the 4-game set is tonight at 7:15.

The White Sox begin a series at home tonight versus the last-place Twins at 7:10

The Southern Illinois Miners are back home tonight to begin a 3-game series with the Schaumburg Boomers at 7:05. The first-place Miners have won 6 in a row, and 17 of their last 20, holding a 5-game lead in the Western Division. Jason Guerette on the call beginning at 6:45 tonight on U.S. 97.7.

NBA: As expected, Pau Gasol has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Chicago Bulls, and has become a free agent. Gasol had a $7.7 million dollar option for next season. He averaged 16.5 points and 11 rebounds this past season, his second with the Bulls.

Miners sweep away Evansville, Cards smack 6 HR to sink Seattle: The Fan Headlines 6/27/16

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The Southern Illinois Miners swept away Evansville with a 5-3 win last night. Tied 3-3 in the 8th, the Miners took the lead on a pinch-hit 2-run double by Julius Gaines and held on for the victory. The Miners win their 6th in a row, 17 of their last 20, and stretch their Western Division lead to 5 games. They have the day off before welcoming the Schaumburg Boomers to town for a 3-game series beginning tomorrow night.

The St. Louis Cardinals salvaged a game in Seattle, smacking 6 home runs to beat the Mariners, 11-6. And they needed just about every one of them. Trailing 3-1, the Cardinals scored 4 in the 5th and 1 more in the 6th to take a 6-3 lead. The Mariners rallied to tie it. Then in the 7th, the Cards turned to the longball, with back-to-back homers from Jedd Gyorko and again from Tommy Pham. Pham would homer again in the 9th. Matt Carpenter also left the yard twice. Matt Holliday with the other tally.
The Cardinals are in Kansas City to begin a 4-game series tonight at 7:15.

The Chicago Cubs lost 3 out of 4 in Miami. The Marlins mowed down the Cubs 6-1 yesterday. Jose Fernandez struck out 13 Cubs over 7 innings. Jason Hammel took the loss. Despite a 1-6 week, the Cubs still have the best record in baseball, and a 9-game lead in the NL Central. They begin a series in Cincinnati tonight at 6:10.

The White Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-2. The Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in support of Chris Sale, who won his Major League-leading 13th game. Tim Anderson and and J.B. Shuck hit home runs for the Sox, who take 2 out of 3 in the series. The Twins come to US Cellular Field for a series beginning tomorrow night.

Miners smack 4 HR to sweep River City, Bulls draft Valentine: The Fan Headlines 6/24/16

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The Southern Illinois Miners completed a 2-game sweep at River City with a 10-7 win yesterday. The Miners smacked 4 home runs on the day, including back-to-back homers from Nolan Early and Steve Marino in the 9th to put the game out of reach. The Miners are now a season-high 11 games over .500. Second-place Evansville comes to Rent One Park for a weekend series beginning tonight at 7:05, pregame on the air at 6:45 on U.S. 97.7.

The Chicago Cubs have lost 4 in a row. They lose their series opener to the Marlins last night 4-2 in Miami. The Marlins snapped a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the 8th off Pedro Strop. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 6:10.

The White Sox couldn’t sweep the Red Sox in Boston, they blew an early 3-0 lead and lost 8-7 in 10 innings on Xander Bogaerts’ walkoff hit. The Sox return home to play the Blue Jays tonight at 7:10.

The Cardinals are in Seattle looking for their 4th win in a row. Jaime Garcia gets the start tonight at 9:10.

NBA Draft: The Chicago Bulls are replacing a Rose with a Valentine. After trading Derrick Rose to the Knicks on Wednesday, the Bulls drafted Michigan State star Denzel Valentine with the 14th overall pick. The Bulls also selected 6-8 German forward Paul Zipser with their second-round pick.
As expected, SIU’s Anthony Beane was undrafted, but still hopes to receive an NBA Summer League invite.

Cards sweep the Cubs, Miners mash River City, Bulls ship out Rose: The Fan Headlines 6/23/16

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It would have been unthinkable a month ago, as the St. Louis Cardinals had lost 4 out 6 games to the Cubs this season. But yesterday, the Cards knocked out Jake Arrieta and beat the Cubs 7-2 to complete a 3-game sweep of the NL Central leaders. Arrieta and Michael Wacha were engaged in a pitcher’s duel until the Cards scored twice in the 5th on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error. The Birds would tack on 5 more in the 6th, two of it courtesy of a home run from rookie Aledmys Diaz. Wacha picked up his 3rd win, Arrieta suffered just his 2nd loss. The Cubs’ division lead is down to 9 and a half games. They travel to Miami to play the Marlins tonight at 6:10, the Cardinals are off to Seattle to begin a weekend series tomorrow night.

The White Sox won their third straight over Boston, 8-6 at Fenway. Trailing 6-4, the Pale Hose struck back for 3 runs in the 8th on home runs from Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie. The Sox can pull off the 4-game sweep this afternoon at 12:35.

The Southern Illinois Miners banged out 16 hits and routed River City, 14-5 last night. The Miners led just 6-5 going into the 8th, and put it out of reach with an 8-run frame. Steve Marino had 3 hits, including a pair of homers and drove in 5. The Miners can wrap up the 2-game series later this morning, pregame on the air at 10:45 on US 97.7.

NBA: It’s the end of an era in Chicago, as the Bulls trade point guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks in exchange for center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant. The Bulls also sent guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to the Knicks. A Chicago native, Rose was drafted by the Bulls with the number one overall pick out of Memphis in 2008.

Hockey: a pair of postseason awards for the Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane picked up the Hart Trophy for league MVP, while Artemi Panarin won the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year. An award of a different kind for Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko: he won the fan vote to appear on the cover of EA Sports’ new NHL 17 video game next season.

Two in a row for the Cards over the Cubs, Dave Brown is the new head coach in Marion: The Fan Headlines 6/22/16

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For the second straight night, the St. Louis Cardinals used the longball and just enough relief pitching to beat the Cubs 4-3. Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday each homered, Adam Wainwright pitched into the 7th, but Trevor Rosenthal made it interesting again in the bottom of the 9th before picking up his 14th save.  It’s a tall order for a Cardinals sweep this afternoon as Jake Arrieta goes for the Cubs versus Michael Wacha at 1:20.

The Cubs continue to shuffle their roster. Reliever Clayton Richard was placed on the 15-day DL with a blister on his pitching hand, fellow reliever Andrew Warren was sent to triple-A Iowa to prepare him for a big league start after the All-Star Break. The Cubs called up lefty Gerardo Concepcion and right-hander Spencer Patton.

For the second straight night, the White Sox scored a 3-1 win over Boston. Chris Sale notched his major-league leading 12th victory, striking out 9 Red Sox. Tim Anderson led off the game with a home run, and Todd Frazier hit his 20th homer. Game 3 of the series is tonight at 6:10.

The Southern Illinois Miners are back in action after a 2-day break. They hold a half-game lead over Evansville in the Western Division. They begin a 2-game series at River City. We’re on the air at 6:15 on US 97.7.

Marion High School has a new head boys basketball coach. And he’s former Carterville head coach Dave Brown, he was replaced by former Marion head coach Shane Hawkins back in April. Brown led the Lions to a 21-11 record and a trip to the 2A sectionals in his only season in charge. The Wildcats were 10-17 last season under Hawkins.

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