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CHICAGO (AP) - Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles' five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Thursday night and extend their lead in the NL West.

     The Dodgers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh but six of their eight hitters reached base against reliever Neil Ramirez with five hits and an error.

     Cubs rookie second baseman Logan Watkins couldn't handle Juan Uribe's hard-hit grounder with one out. That allowed the first run of the rally to score on a fielder's choice. Los Angeles scored all the runs in the inning against Ramirez, but only one was earned.

     The Dodgers moved 2 1-2 games ahead of idle San Francisco in the NL West race.

     Los Angeles overcame a shaky start by Zack Greinke, who allowed four runs in five innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tony Cruz singled in the winning run in the 13th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals moved closer to their second straight NL Central title with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

     The defending National League champions took two of three in a tight series that featured only 12 runs and another game that lasted 12 innings, and lead the division by 2 1/2 games with nine games to go. They begin their final home series of the year Friday night with the first of three against Cincinnati.

     Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett had an RBI apiece for the Brewers, who are five games back and 3 1/2 out for the second NL wild card. Jonathan Lucroy's 45th double tied the major league record for a catcher set by Ivan Rodriguez in 1996 and was his major league-leading 52nd overall.

     Cruz singled up the middle with one out for the third hit of the 13th against Jimmy Nelson and Matt Adam scored from second.


CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bulls have signed former Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore.

     The team didn't announce contract terms Thursday. Moore, 6-5 and 191 pounds, played in 79 games with the Magic last season, averaging 6.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He shot 43 percent from the field. He was with Orlando for two seasons and the Boston Celtics for one season. Boston drafted him in 2011 out of Purdue.

     Moore is from East Chicago, Indiana.


MARION - In boys golf, Centralia finished 3rd while Mt Vernon took 6th at the Marion Invitational held at Kokopelli in Marion.  Harrisburg and Massac County each finished with 301.  Centralia 315 followed by Mt Carmel 323 and Marion 333 to round out the top 5.  Centralia was led by the 73 from Jace Swartzlander, while Mt Vernon's top score came from Zach Williams who carded an 82.  The top individual round of the day was Ben Fowler from Harrisburg as he shot even par 71. 

    Breese Central got a 39 from Logan Kohrmann on their way to a 177-192 win over Red Bud at Bent Oak Golf Course in Breese. 

    Nashville scored a 162-177 win over Wesclin at Governors Run.  Kyle Spencer and Tyler Wall had 38s to lead the way for the Hornets.  


CENTRALIA - The KC Blue Angels volleyball team are down to just 8 healthy players  and fell to John A Logan at home in a 4-set GRAC contest.  KC is 7-7 overall and 1-3 in the GRAC.  KC will return home Saturday for a tri-match with Mineral Area and Lincoln College. 

    In prep volleyball, Centralia fell to Carbondale on the road in 3 sets to drop to 3-11 overall and 0-2 in the league. 

    Nashville was a straight set winner over Anna Jonesboro on the road.





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