CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1 - Simeon
PrepsTalk: Jabari Parker surprises the masses, playing in the Wolveines' first game of the year. Parker, who has been nursing a foot injury, scored six points in a win over Milton (GA).

2 - Whitney Young
PrepsTalk: Jahlil Okafor had quite the 2012-13 debut Saturday night, scoring 34 points with nine rebounds as the Dolphins rolled past DeMatha (MD). LJ Peak scored 17 points.

3 - Morgan Park
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs pick up a huge win over Notre Dame, thanks to a 17-5 run in the fourth quarter. Kyle Davis scored 23 points in the victory.

4 - Hillcrest
PrepsTalk: Jovan Mooring scored 17 points in a victory over Reavis. The team will have Argo and Shepard this week. The Hawks will travel to Indianapolis later this month.

5 - North Chicago
PrepsTalk: JaVairius Amos-Mays scored a game-high 22 points as the Warhawks walloped Grant 92-47 on Friday. They have Antioch and Vernon Hills this week.

6 - Bolingbrook
PrepsTalk: Ben Moore tallied 23 points as the Raiders got past Lincoln-Way Central 57-49 Friday night. They will travel to Lockport on Tuesday, then host Sandburg Friday night.

7 - Benet
PrepsTalk: Huge win for the Redwings over Curie at the Cyrus McGinnis Jump Ball Showcase. Sean O'Mara scored 13 points in a marquee matchup against Cliff Alexander.

8 - Notre Dame
PrepsTalk: Justin Halloran led the Dons with 14 points against Morgan Park, but they could not overcome a late surge by the Mustangs. Another huge game awaits Friday against Marist.

9 - Proviso East
PrepsTalk: The Pirates have now lost two early season games, the latest a 84-46 trouncing at the hands of Lone Peak (Utah). Sterling Brown has sat out the last two games due to disciplinary reasons.

10 - St. Rita
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs are looking to bounce back after losing to St. Rita on their home floor Friday night, 42-38. Charles Matthews and company now face Gordon Tech on Friday.

11 - Seton
PrepsTalk: Mark Weems, Jr. scored 20 points against Gordon Tech Friday night as the Sting cruised to a 57-44 victory. Kamal Shasi added 15 points and seven rebounds.

12 - Homewood-Flossmoor
PrepsTalk: Rashaan Surles scored 14 points while Maurius Hill added 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Vikings get a huge win at Joliet West. They will host Lockport Friday night.

13 - Fenwick
PrepsTalk: Fenwick posted an impressive win over the weekend, taking down fellow village rival Oak Park 66-57. Luke Lattner scored 20 points. The Friars will face De La Salle on Tuesday.

14. Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: The Wildcats have stormed out of the gate with a 6-0 record, which includes Saturdays 59-46 win over rival Waubonsie Valley. Jared Brownridge was huge in the fourth quarter.

15 - Dundee-Crown
PrepsTalk: The Chargers bolt into the Top 20, thanks to a 49-40 win over St. Patrick. Brandon Rodriguez was a key player in a late 12-0 run that decided the game.

16 - Niles West
PrepsTalk: Keep an eye on the Wolves, who are off to a fine 5-0 start. They are coming off a 67-63 win over fellow Skokie foe Niles North. David McCoy had 18 points in the victory.

17 - Morton
PrepsTalk: Greg Carter and Waller Perez will be in the headlines a lot this year. They have led Morton to a 3-1 start, including a thrilling 63-62 victory over Larkin in Elgin.

18 - Warren
PrepsTalk: The Blue Devils have a new coach in Ryan Webber, who took over for Chuck Ramsey. Webber and company secured a fine victory over New Trier Saturday, 66-60.

19 - St. Charles East
PrepsTalk: Purdue recruit Kendall Stephens had 15 points against Larkin Thursday, but his Saints could not pull out the victory. East faces Geneva on Friday.

20 - West Aurora
PrepsTalk: West held Wheaton Warrenville South to zero field goals and forced 11 turnovers in the first half Friday night, en route to a 56-29 victory. Josh McAuley had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Looming and Lurking: St. Joseph, Curie, Bogan, Hyde Park, Glenbrook North, Schaumburg, Marist, Orr, Bloom, Providence-St. Mel, T.F. North, Larkin, De La Salle, Andrew, Oswego.

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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero drops truth bomb, throws Jake Arrieta under the bus after Nationals run wild

Cubs catcher Miguel Montero drops truth bomb, throws Jake Arrieta under the bus after Nationals run wild

WASHINGTON — Within 24 hours, the Cubs followed up maybe their best win of the season with one of their ugliest losses and a classic Miguel Montero rant. Next stop: The Trump White House.

Montero walked across the room late Tuesday night with towels across his waist and over his shoulders and didn’t even bother to change into his clothes before calling the reporters over to his locker after a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Montero dropped a truth bomb in the middle of the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park, calling out Jake Arrieta without directly mentioning his name and talking in the third person after Washington stole seven bases in four innings.

“It really sucks because the stolen bases go on me,” Montero said. “When you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time. It’s just like: ‘Yeah, OK, Miggy can’t throw nobody out.’ Yeah, but my pitchers don’t hold anybody on. It’s tough, because it doesn’t matter how much work I put in.

“If I don’t get a chance to throw, that’s the reason why they were running left and right today, because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It’s a shame that it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anybody out.”

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Now 0-for-31 in that department this season, Montero namedropped Jason Hammel — the ex-Cub now pitching for the Kansas City Royals — to show the de-emphasis on holding runners.

“We talk every year in spring training, but it’s frustrating, because it seems nobody really cares about it,” Montero said. “Like: ‘OK, yeah, I got to pitch. And if they run, they run, I don’t care.’

“Perfect example: We got Salvador Perez, the best throwing catcher in the game, and Jason Hammel’s got 10 stolen bases and only one caught stealing, so what does that tell you? They didn’t give him a chance.”

White Sox come back to beat Yankees on walk-off single by Jose Abreu

White Sox come back to beat Yankees on walk-off single by Jose Abreu

The White Sox offense put it together in just enough time on Tuesday night.

Jose Abreu’s bases-loaded single with two outs helped the White Sox rally from down two runs late for a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees in front of 18,023 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Abreu’s two-out single off Dellin Betances helped the White Sox avoid missing out on two bases-loaded opportunities in the final two innings.

It all came a little too late for Jose Quintana, who earned a no decision in spite of 6 1/3 scoreless innings. But given they had the winning run on board in a one-run loss on Monday and only scored once despite loading the bases with no outs in the eighth, the White Sox will take it.

Abreu, who struck out in the eighth with no outs after three straight walks, got ahead of Betances 2-1 in the count before he singled through the left side to score the tying and go-ahead runs.

Quintana earned the 63rd no decision of his career when the Yankees broke through in the eighth inning against Tommy Kahnle, who had a rare poor performance. Kahnle gave up a game-tying, two-out single to Aaron Judge and a two-run double to Gary Sanchez as the White Sox went from up a run to trailing 3-1.

The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth on all walks, but only scored once. Abreu struck out, Avisail Garcia flew out and Matt Davidson also whiffed to leave the bases loaded. The White Sox lone run came on a two-out walk by Todd Frazier.

The same offensive woes kept them from breaking out with Quintana on the hill. While they provided lavish run support in his previous two starts, the White Sox were back to their old ways with Quintana on Tuesday. They did give him a 1-0 lead when Abreu cued a two-out RBI double off Luis Severino.

But Severino was otherwise a machine as he struck out 12 batters and walked none. Severino struck out the side in the second and seventh innings and retired the last nine batters he faced.

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Still, Quintana didn’t need anything other than the early run. He continues to look more like himself as the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches, making his third straight good turn.

Quintana worked with a good curveball/fastball combo to keep the Yankees off-balance. The 2016 All-Star thrived in the few instances when he got into trouble.

He struck out Tyler Austin with two men in scoring position to end the fourth inning and erased a leadoff walk in the fifth with an Austin Romine double play. After Quintana surrendered a two-out double to Judge in the sixth inning, he got Sanchez to pop out to strand the tying run.

Quintana allowed two hits, walked four and struck out six in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Since he was hit hard by the Boston Red Sox on May 30, Quintana has been excellent, lowering his ERA from 5.30 to 4.37. In that span, Quintana has allowed 21 hits and six earned runs with 12 walks and 30 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.