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Parker, Simeon roll against Harlan


Parker, Simeon roll against Harlan

By Clyde Travis

Simeon coach Robert Smith played a game within a game.By doing so, his No. 1 Wolverines cruised to an 81-59 win over Red-South foe Harlan Friday night, capping a perfect conference record (20-1, 9-0).Smith challenged his teams work ethic and focus and waited to see how they would respond. He was not disappointedas the Wolverines, led by junior swingman Jabari Parker, erased any hopes for Harlan.Before the Falcons could blink they were down by 21 points in the first quarter and were held to one field goal of their own.Parker scored 10 of his game high 26 points in the first quarter and had 15 at half. Kendrick Nunn (15 points) scored three quick baskets in the second quarter as Simeon kept it going while building a 47-22 margin by halftime.The starters played until the first dead ball in the final quarter before the reserves took over.The Wolverines held a strong rebounding edge, outrebounding their opponents 41-24 and blocking 12 shots.Steve Taylor had 20 points and 12 boards and Parker also had nine boards.This was huge for us with so much attention been given to Bogan, said Smith. I wanted to make sure we maintained our focus and we did.Smith said the team showed him something and a healthy Jalani Neely has a lot to do with it.Reggie Norris and Jaylon Tate have been great and done everything we asked them to do, said Smith. But Jaleni is a senior been with the program four years and he just knows.Deonte Johnson led the Falcons with 19 points Torian Pearson followed up with 13.Assistant coach Cantrell Davis who is taking over for head coach Ervin Bryant, who is still recovering from by past surgery just four weeks ago said his team did not respond the the way he thought they would.We got intimidated right from the start, said Davis. They played the names on the shirt instead of who was in them.

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel took his teammates to task after Monday’s uninspiring 5-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours Monday morning after losing a hard-fought, extra innings, rain-delayed game vs. the Indians on Sunday, and Keuchel says the team let that carry over into Monday’s game.

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“I would’ve liked to see the team play better tonight,” Keuchel said. “We just came out flat, and I feel like we stayed flat the whole game.

“We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound, and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kinda going through the motions. So, we need to clean a lot of things up.

“If we wanna be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. When you have enough talent to potentially win every game it’s very frustrating when you have games like this and it just seems like we were out of it from the get go... Today was one of the first games I've seen subpar play from everybody."

While that is obviously not the assessment fans want to hear from one of the top free agents the White Sox brought in this season, it’s that leadership that the team coveted so much from Keuchel in the first place. Leading is easy during a hot streak, but it’s more important during losing skids. Keuchel seems to understand that’s what the White Sox need as they try to transition from rebuilding team to playoff contenders.

“There’s going to be a lot of learning curves for this team, just because of the process that this team has been under for the last two or three years, and this is one of them. We faced a challenge tonight and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and strap it up and play some White Sox baseball.”

Tuesday’s expected return of Tim Anderson, whose energy has been noticeably missing since he suffered a groin strain on July 31, should help the team regain that spark. As one of the Sox’ most consistent hitters he should also help the sluggish offense, which has only mustered 11 runs over the last six games.

“We have a great opportunity these next couple of games to get some wins and keep moving the wagons forward,” Keuchel said. “As frustrating as it is tonight, we could very well easily come out tomorrow and play like we’re supposed to and then win the series on Wednesday.”

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Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez made a big announcement on Monday: he and his wife, Irmarie, are expecting a second child. 

Báez revealed the news in an adorable social media post with the help of his 2-year-old son, Adrian.

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Congrats to the Báez family!

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