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JOHNSTON CITY — Macey Lentz bounced a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the first inning to drive in what were ultimately the only runs of the game as Carterville’s softball team edged Johnston City, 2-0, Friday evening in the championship game of the Class 2A Johnston C…

The IHSA State Track and Field Meets are officially underway, with the girls Class 1A prelims running Thursday and the 2A and 3A prelims running Friday. After the first round of cuts, there’s still a number of Southern Illinois athletes who will be vying for a state championship Saturday morning.

On Saturday, half of the remaining 1A and 2A high school baseball teams in the state of Illinois will take the field for the final time this season and the Benton and Goreville Sectionals will be the site of those games for the Class 1A and 2A teams of Southern Illinois.

For the first time in 32 years, the Southern Illinois University baseball team sits atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings at the end of the regular season. The Salukis clinched the No. 1 seed in next week's Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, and at least a share of their first MV…

Deshaun Watson’s week included meeting with NFL investigators and golf in the Bahamas with his new Browns teammates. Next week he’ll be back on the field, and under more public scrutiny. Some of the women who have accused Cleveland’s quarterback of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions have been interviewed by HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Per the network, “several” of the women will detail the alleged abuse. The show will air Tuesday. Watson has denied any wrongdoing. He’s facing civil lawsuits from 22 women, who allege he behaved inappropriately. The NFL is also investigating whether he violated its personal-conduct policy. He met with investigators in Houston this week.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with third-round pick Nicholas Petit-Frere. Petit-Frere, an offensive tackle, played 35 games, including 20 starts for Ohio State. The Titans have agreed to terms with six of their nine picks from the draft.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones doesn't show his emotions much. So it's understandable he didn't say much about the team's recent decision not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The 24-year-old who was the sixth player taken in the 2019 draft said it was just a business decision. He understands it, and he is preparing for his first season under new coach Brian Daboll. Jones has posted a 12-25 record since becoming the Giants starter.

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