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Post 128 celebrates after capturing the District 23 Tournament Championship in Dieterich. Photo by Terry Phillips.


DECATUR - Salem Post 128 Junior Legion will open up State Baseball action in Forsyth near Decatur when they face the Danville Gold Speakers of Post 210 at 2pm today in the first round.  

A victory by Salem would have Post 128 return for a 6:30 game tomorrow night in the double elimination tournament, while a loss would have them playing at 1:30 tomorrow.  

The tournament will run through Sunday.  

Salem won the District 23 Tournament and finished runner-up to Alton at the 5th Division Tournament in Metropolis last weekend.  


     BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears rebuilt their defense.  
     They gave their offense a different look, too.  
     More than anything, they insisted they put themselves in a position to make a jump in the standings.  
     Considering they finished last in the NFC North last season, there's plenty of room for that.  
     The Bears showed up Wednesday for their second training camp under Pace and coach John Fox with a renewed hope after making big strides last season even if it didn't necessarily show up in the record.  
     They finished 6-10 after winning just five games the previous season. And if history is an indication, they can expect to improve in Year 2 under Fox.  
     The Carolina Panthers went from seven wins in 2002 to 11 with a trip to the Super Bowl the following season. The Denver Broncos went from eight wins in 2011 to 13 the following season.


     NEW YORK (AP) - Yadier Molina and pinch-hitter Kolten Wong each stroked an RBI double in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals ended Jeurys Familia's streak of 52 straight saves in rallying past the New York Mets 5-4 on Wednesday night. 
     Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer off Adam Wainwright to cap a three-run comeback in the seventh that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. But then Familia, who hadn't blown a regular-season save opportunity since July 30 last year, finally faltered. 
     Jedd Gyorko drew a one-out walk in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Randal Grichuk. Molina hit the next pitch to deep center field, and Grichuk scored standing up to tie it. 
     Molina was thrown out at third by Familia (2-2) on pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker's comebacker, but Hazelbaker stole second and scored when Wong lined a double just inside the left-field line. 
     Familia's franchise-record saves streak was the third-longest in major league history behind Tom Gordon (54) and Eric Gagne (84). 
     Jonathan Broxton (3-2) tossed a scoreless eighth and Seung Hwan Oh got three quick outs for his sixth save.


     CHICAGO (AP) - Javier Baez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer deep into Wrigley's Field's left bleachers in the seventh, Addison Russell added a grand slam in a five-run eighth and the Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox 8-1 Wednesday night. 
     Jason Hammel (10-5) allowed one run and five hits while striking out seven in seven innings. Hector Rondon pitched a perfect eighth, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in his Cubs debut. 
     Baez went deep on a full-count pitch against Anthony Ranaudo (1-1) to chase the right-hander in his White Sox debut. 
     Ranaudo didn't allow a hit until Kris Bryant's solo homer with one out in the sixth tie the score 1-1. Bryant's 26th homer matched his total last season when he was NL Rookie of the Year. 
     After Ben Zobrist's RBI double in the eighth, Russell followed two hitters later with his 12th homer to help the Cubs end a two-game slide and snap the White Sox's four-game winning streak.


     EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State's athletic department is establishing a scholarship fund to honor Mike Sadler, the former Spartans punter who died in a car accident Saturday in Wisconsin.  
     Sadler and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz died in a crash after attending a kicking camp in Wisconsin.  
     The Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Fund will enable a Michigan State football player to receive a scholarship each year in his honor.  
     Sadler was a four-year starter and four-time academic All-American at Michigan State. He finished his college career after the 2014 season.  
     Michigan State is holding an event to celebrate Sadler's life Sunday at Spartan Stadium. It is open to the public.





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