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Castro leads Cubs in rain-shortened affair

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Castro leads Cubs in rain-shortened affair

CHICAGO -- Starlin Castro homered and the Chicago Cubs batted around in a four-run seventh inning to beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 in a rain-shortened game Wednesday night.Heavy rain began falling with Miami batting in the top of the eighth and the teams never returned to the field. The game was called after a 1-hour, 17-minute delay.Castro hit his eighth home run of the season off Marlins starter Josh Johnson (5-7) leading off the fourth. Jeff Baker highlighted a seventh-inning rally with a two-run, pinch-hit double with the bases loaded.James Russell (3-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the victory in relief of Jeff Samardzija, who struck out nine in five innings.Jose Reyes homered for Miami and Emilio Bonifacio had three hits, falling a homer shy of the cycle.

Report: Former Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery identified as victim in early morning drowning

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Report: Former Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery identified as victim in early morning drowning

Some sad news is being reported out of Hamilton, Ontario.

Former Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery was identified as the victim in an early morning drowning at the Hamilton Harbour, according to photojournalist Andrew Collins. 

"They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in," Insp. Marty Schulenberg told the Hamilton Spectator before Emery was reportedly identified. "We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results."

Emery played in the NHL for 10 seasons, two of which came with the Blackhawks from 2011-13.

On April 2013, Emery and Corey Crawford won the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goaltender who allows the fewest goals in the season.

Emery finished the 2012-13 Stanley Cup-winning campaign with a 17-1 record, 1.94 GAA, and .922 save percentage.

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Chicago Ag Science

Head coach: Shawn Finnin

Assistant coaches: Craig Dovich Vince Patterson KJ Jones Richard Price

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-1 CPL Chicago Great Lakes Conference). Chicago Ag made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Rochelle in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lindblom

Aug. 31 vs Hubbard

Sept 7 vs King

Sept. 14 @ Harlan

Sept. 21 @ Julian

Sept. 28 vs Marshall

Oct. 4 vs Goode

Oct. 13 @ Urban Prep Englewood

Oct. 19 vs Orr

[MORE: 41 Days to Kickoff - Bogan]

Biggest storyline: Can the Cyclones keep winning in a new conference (CPL Illini Windy City) starting this year?

Names to watch this season: TE Tony Stafford and OL Kam Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Cyclones will need to replace 8 starters on defense lost to graduation.

EDGY's Early Take: The Cyclones had a historic season in 2017 making the IHSA state playoff field for the first time in school history. With the recent success comes a "move up" to the Illini division this fall. Look for Ag Science to rely on an experienced offense (seven starters) including four returning starters on the Cyclones offensive line from a year ago.