Tuesday, July 7
Blackhawks to hold training camp at Notre Dame for 3rd year
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will hold their training camp at the University of Notre Dame for the third year in a row.
The Stanley Cup-winning team said in a Monday news release that Blackhawks practices will be at the school's Compton Family Ice Arena from Sept. 18 to 20. The team's annual Training Camp Festival will be at Chicago's United Center on Sept. 21.
The $50 million ice arena opened on Notre Dame's campus in 2011 with two rinks. Capacity at the arena is 5,000.
Syracuse leads nation in men's basketball attendance again
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Syracuse is the attendance leader in men's basketball, edging Kentucky for the second straight year.
The NCAA said Monday that Syracuse averaged 23,854 fans per game last season, just ahead of Kentucky's 23,572. Louisville, at 21,386, was the only other school to draw better than 20,000 a game.
The Division I attendance total of more than 27.4 million was down slightly from a year ago but the ninth-highest in history. The NCAA Tournament attendance of 739,798 was the third-highest ever.
The Big Ten led the nation in average attendance for the 39th straight year. The Big Ten's average of 12,781 fans was well ahead of the Atlantic Coast Conference average of 11,368.
Total attendance in all three NCAA divisions was more than 32.5 million.
Lackey outduels Lester, leads Cardinals to 6-0 win over Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — John Lackey threw seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Monday night despite Jon Lester taking a no-hitter into the seventh.
Signed to a six-year, $155 million deal over the offseason, Lester (4-7) remained winless in nine straight starts since beating Pittsburgh on May 16. He allowed two hits and two unearned runs while striking out eight for Chicago.
Lester's bid for his second career no-hitter ended with one out in the seventh when Kris Bryant couldn't handle Jhonny Peralta's sharp grounder in back of third base.
The Chicago defense then let Lester down when Bryant's throw to second on a Jason Heyward grounder went into right field. That was followed by Yadier Molina's run-scoring sacrifice fly to right, and Kolten Wong's RBI single to left that put St. Louis ahead 2-0.
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Sale strikeout streak ends, pitches White Sox past Toronto
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale's bid for a record strikeout streak ended, but he pitched a six-hitter that led the Chicago White Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Monday night in the fastest major league game in almost four years.
Sale (7-4) had struck out at least 10 batters in eight straight starts, matching the major league mark set by Pedro Martinez in 1999.
The White Sox ace fanned six in a complete game, outpitching former mentor Mark Buehrle (9-5), who also went the distance.
There were no walks in a game that took only 1 hour, 54 minutes. It was the speediest big league game since Tampa Bay and Kansas City took 1:53 on Aug. 9, 2011, STATS said.
All of Chicago's runs were unearned. An error by shortstop Jose Reyes leading off the eighth helped the White Sox score three times and overcome a 2-1 deficit.
Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello hit solo home runs for Toronto.