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Two constants have guided the Quad-Cities River Bandits through the first half of the Midwest League season\u00a0\u2014 an ever-evolving roster and consistent pitching.

\"It doesn\u2019t matter who is out there, the results have been the same,\" said pitcher Parker Mushinski, one of nine players on the River Bandits roster who took the field for Quad-Cities on opening day.

The River Bandits open the second half of the season with a seven-day homestand at 6:30 p.m. today against Beloit. Quad-Cities looks to build on a 40-30 start, which was good enough to win the first-half title in the Western Division by one game over Peoria and Clinton.

\"There\u2019s no reason no matter who is on the mound that they can\u2019t continue to have the same type of success,\" pitcher Peter Solomon said. \"It\u2019s about believing in the system, trusting the coaches and then executing from one game to the next.\"

The results are easy to see.

The collective work of Quad-Cities pitchers dominates Midwest League pitching charts at the midseason break, leading the league in seven statistical categories starting with ownership of the strike zone.

River Bandits pitchers have struck out 714 batters through 70 games, 61 more strikeouts than the next-best effort in the league owned by Clinton and on pace to break the Midwest League record of 1,307 established last season by Fort Wayne.

There is value in the strikeout and in attempting to work the inner half of the zone, something that also leads to a few walks.

Opponents have drawn 280 of them this season, the second-most allowed by Midwest League pitchers and among the biggest areas for potential improvement in the second half.

Quad-Cities pitchers have also limited opponents to fewer hits (486), fewer runs (254) and fewer home runs (27) than any pitching staff in the league.

That has added up to a Midwest League-best collective earned run average of 2.94 and a share of the league lead with eight shutouts.

\"When you are holding people to around three runs per game, it gives you a pretty good chance to win a lot of baseball games,\" Quad-Cities manager Mickey Storey said.

\"We\u2019ve moved some guys up already, and I\u2019m sure there will be more, but the guys who have stepped in continue to get the job done. Pitching and defense have been the story of our season.\"

Four of the five River Bandits who took the field at Tuesday\u2019s Midwest League All-Star Game were pitchers, and three, All-Star starter Patrick Sandoval, Mushinski and Solomon, finished the first half with earned run averages below 3.00.

All three say there is some friendly internal competition within the pitching staff.

\"When one guy has a great outing, you want to follow it up with a good outing of your own,\" Sandoval said. \"It\u2019s not pressure. It\u2019s just wanting to do your part on the team.\"

Mushinski describes the group overseen by pitching coach Graham Johnson as \"pretty relaxed\" as they work from one outing to the next.

\"We all get along really well, and most of us are pretty relaxed,\" Mushinski said. \"There aren\u2019t a lot of over-the-top guys here. We trust our stuff and have good confidence in ourselves to go out and compete. It helps knowing that you have a defense to back you up.\"

Solomon believes the roots of the success can be found before the first pitch of any game is thrown.

He sees it as a byproduct of the philosophy of the Houston organization, one which puts a premium on the strikeout as part of a developmental approach designed to lead to efficiency as pitchers progress through the system.

\"We\u2019re given a good plan to work with, not only game-by-game, but overall, and everybody here sticks to the plan,\" Solomon said. \"We can see that it works. That makes buying into it an easy thing to do.\"

Mushinski sees teamwork as a factor as well.

\"We\u2019re here for each other, and I feel like that\u2019s a big part of it, too,\" he said. \"We like hanging around each other, working together, and at the end of the day it does make a difference. We know pitching and defense work well together with timely hits. It\u2019s a combination that has won us a lot of games.\"

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Losing a chance to secure a playoff berth by a tiebreaker, Clinton enters the second half of the Midwest League season with some work to do.

Manager Denny Hocking doesn\u2019t expect that to be an issue.

\"This is a special group, and they\u2019re a pretty motivated group,\" Hocking said. \"They\u2019re a group that has shown up every day ready to work, and that gives them a chance to achieve their goals.\"

That work begins tonight, when the second half opens at Ashford University Field with a 6:30 p.m. game against Kane County and the start of seven-game home stand.

The LumberKings let a three-game lead in the division slip away during the final week of the first half but maximized the strength of a solid pitching staff and an efficient offense while crafting a 39-31 record.

Clinton finished the half with a .240 team batting average, 14th in the 16-team league, but only three teams scored more than the 322 runs the LumberKings collected.

\"Our guys have played with a little chip on their shoulder all season, and I feel like that has helped us,\" Hocking said. \"We don\u2019t have a roster filled with a lot of high draft picks. It\u2019s pretty much a blue-collar group that feels like they have something to prove.\"

Hocking doesn\u2019t mind that at all.

\"It creates a good, competitive environment that we have used to our advantage,\" Hocking said.

The LumberKings enjoyed an unusually stable roster during the first half of the season.

In an era when roster turnover at the minor-league level has been accelerated in many organizations, Clinton had just one transaction involving a position player during the first half of the season.

Outfielder Griefer Andrade spent two weeks on the disabled list from May 22-June 5 and was replaced on the roster by an additional pitcher.

Hocking expects a little more movement during the second half, but believes the clubhouse connection will remain strong.

\"I think the tone has been set and at the core of this team is a group that wants to be successful,\" he said. \"They\u2019re pretty driven and that will always give us a chance.\"

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DJ Carton has not had much time to be a kid so far this summer.

He spent almost a week in Colorado Springs trying out for USA Basketball's U18 national squad. He was in Charlottesville, Virginia, for six days last week at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp.

It has been a chaotic stretch for the Bettendorf point guard.

\"It has gotten to the point where it is kind of a job, and I'm working to make basketball a job for me,\" Carton said Wednesday. \"I want to go to the NBA, and you've got to do things that people aren't doing.

\"Sure, it sucks not hanging out with your friends as much, but I'm trying to do this for my family and my community. I want to fulfill my dreams.\"

The 6-foot-2 rising senior also is deep into the college recruiting process.

Carton has official visits scheduled next week at Michigan and Indiana, schools listed among his top six released last month. Iowa, Marquette, Ohio State and Xavier also are finalists.

Just because Michigan and Indiana are his first officials, Carton said there is no frontrunner.

\"I feel like people think I already have my decision made, but I have no clue at this point,\" Carton said. \"That's why I'm doing this. I'm not just going on visits for fun.\"

Carton plans to visit the other four schools this summer or early in the fall. He's also started to gain interest from Kansas, Duke and North Carolina.

Kansas coach Bill Self, who coached the U18 team to a gold medal, talked with Carton during the tryout camp in Colorado Springs. He hasn't had any direct conversations with Duke or North Carolina.

\"My top six isn't a final six,\" Carton said. \"I'm still open with my recruiting.\"

Carton admitted if a blue blood offered, it would change his outlook.

\"They all kind of fit my style of play, and at the end of the day, they win and get guys to the NBA,\" Carton stated. \"I'm not going to commit, though, right away if they give me an offer. I'm going to go through the process, get to know them and see what really is the best fit for me and my family.\"

Because of that, a decision likely won't come until September or October. Carton is adamant a choice will be made before his high school basketball season commences in November.

\"I don't want to stress and worry about that during my senior season,\" he said. \"I really want to focus on the team, and I feel like we're on to something good here. We want to win a state championship.\"

Ranked 25th in the 2019 class by 247 Sports and 30th by Rivals, Carton will play with his Bulldogs this weekend at the 15th annual Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout in Rock Island.

Bettendorf has compiled a 6-2 record this summer without him. Carton practiced with the team for just the second time Wednesday.

\"Up to this point, it has been a blessing in disguise,\" Bettendorf coach Curtis Clark said. \"With him not being around, it has forced other guys to play outside their roles.\"

Carton believes the experiences of the last month will pay significant dividends in leading the Bulldogs this winter.

The southpaw made the first cut for the national team and was one of 18 players vying for 12 spots.

\"That was honestly a blessing to hear my name, a feeling I'll never forget,\" Carton said of surviving the first cut. \"Then getting cut, it was hard. You put so much work into it, 3- to 4-hour practices two times a day, and to not make it stings.

\"Still, the experience is something I'll never be able to have again.\"

Self had Carton serve more as a facilitator at the camp, which was more one-on-one drill work than up-and-down live scrimmaging.

\"I feel like I held my own and surprised some people,\" Carton said. \"I went in there as an underdog, not very well known being from Iowa. I made a name for myself and gave myself a label.\"

Carton performed well at the Top 100 camp, too. He played for a team coached by New Orleans point guard Rajon Rando.

More than skill development, the camp focused on areas off the court such as leadership skills and keeping your inner circle small.

\"We were in the gym or classroom from 7 in the morning until 10:30 at night so I didn't see any sunlight,\" Carton said. \"Still, the competition was really good.\"

Carton felt that competition has helped him evolve and he'll be a much improved player for the Bulldogs this winter after averaging a school-record 23.6 points per game last season.

\"I feel like my explosiveness and my mentality going to the rim is way different and more aggressive than last year,\" Carton said. \"In a way now, I try to dunk everything.

\"My game is on a different level than last year, but I've still got a lot of things to work on. I want to sharpen those areas and see how high I can get.\"

Clark has witnessed a transformation already in Carton.

\"DJ always has been a confident person, but looking through those names before he went to (Colorado Springs), it was the first time where his eyes got kind of big,\" Clark said. \"I said, 'DJ, you're on that list now.'

\"Going through that process and seeing him now, you see that change where he felt like he belonged.\"

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Elizabeth Park has been a versatile weapon for Bettendorf's girls soccer team the past three years.

Her ability to play all over the pitch has helped the Bulldogs earn a share of the Mississippi Athletic Conference title the past two seasons as well as a state tournament berth in 2017.

In that time, she's played all over the midfield along with wingback and centerback for Bettendorf.

\"Liz is really tough, physically, mentally, run through a brick wall for the team,\" Bettendorf head coach Todd Hornaday said. \"Tough on the ball, good distributor, good marker, physically strong in a tackle, she\u2019s very fast. One of those five-tool athletes they talk about in some of the other sports.\"

Park will take that versatility to the next level, committing to play for Valparaiso University in Indiana.

She committed back in April, making the decision soon after the Crusaders offered her a scholarship.

\"It felt like something fell off your shoulders,\" Park said. \"The recruiting process, I don't want to discourage anyone from pursuing it, but it was probably one of the most stressful things in my life, and it was really difficult and felt very hopeless at times, but now that it's over, I feel so amazing about it and it's such a relief.\"

Park had been receiving other Division I interest, including from Creighton, but she liked the Valparaiso vibe.

\"Valpo just had a very different feel,\" Park said. \"It was very homey, and it had everything I wanted in a school. The coaches were super welcoming and down to earth. I loved the environment, how everyone was having fun but still working hard.\"

John Marovich has been the head coach for the Crusaders since 2008 and enters the 2018 season with a 91-72-27 record. He holds Valpo's all-time record for victories and winning percentage (.550).

The Crusaders went 9-10-0 and 3-4 to finish tied for fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference in their first year since making the move from the Horizon League.

\"How much he's built up this program is amazing,\" Park said. \"He's super down to earth, he's here for you and he cares about you as a player, and he really enjoys just being a coach. It's a really cool thing to see that. You can tell he cares about every single one of his players.\"

Park has some familiarity with the MVC. Fellow Bulldog Alina Steffen is currently at Indiana State, and Northern Iowa also plays in the conference.

That helped in the decision.

\"I think it's cool that I'm part of a conference that UNI is in,\" Park said. \"So I'm not so disconnected from home, but I'm a little farther away from home.\"

Park doesn't know where she'll fit in exactly in the Crusaders' system. Once again, her versatility may be called upon.

But she's glad to have the decision over with. It allowed her to focus on her junior season as well as prepare for her final season with Bettendorf.

\"I remember when I saw the upperclassmen as a freshman, committed to all these colleges, I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I'm never going to get there,'\" Park said. \"But I worked my butt off and I'm committed. ... I really want to inspire my teammates to keep pushing themselves, and if they have a goal, they can do it.\"

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Shaddy Khalafallah and Lily Feldman had decorated high school tennis careers.

Khalafallah captured three Western Big Six singles titles, three sectional crowns and played in three Illinois state tournaments for Moline.

Feldman was a four-time Iowa state place winner in singles and steered Pleasant Valley to four consecutive top-four state team finishes.

The soon-to-be college players are at the forefront of this year's Quad-City Times All-Area boys and girls tennis teams.

Khalafallah will continue his career at Division I Marquette, which has been the Big East Conference runner-up the past three seasons. Feldman is headed to prestigious Skidmore College, a top 20 Division III program.

State placewinners Justin Sehlin (PV) and Jacob Panjwani (Bettendorf) are on the first team along with Bettendorf's third-place doubles team of Yash Singh and Jozef Porubcin.

PV, which won its fifth straight Mississippi Athletic Conference girls title in runaway fashion, has three players on the first team with Feldman, Roshni Penmatcha and Kayla Nutt.

Alleman also is well represented with state doubles quarterfinalists Lauren Hird and Noely Baumann along with Western Big Six singles champion Lily Schroeck.

Boys

First team

Singles

Shaddy Khalafallah, sr., Moline: The Marquette recruit won the Western Big Six championship and claimed the Bradley-Bourbonnais sectional title with a 6-0, 6-3 triumph in the final. Khalafallah reached the round of 16 at the Illinois 2A state tournament.

Joey Miller, sr., Alleman: A three-year state qualifier in Illinois, Miller was the Big Six and Class 1A sectional runner-up. He became the first Pioneer since 1994 to reach the second day of the state tournament. He'll continue his career at the University of Dubuque.

Jacob Panjwani, sr., Bettendorf: Headed to play tennis at Wheaton College, Panjwani was MAC runner-up at No. 1 singles, second at districts and placed sixth at the Class 2A state tournament. He finished the season with 18 singles victories.

Justin Sehlin, jr., Pleasant Valley: Undefeated during the regular season, Sehlin was the MAC champion at No. 1 singles, claimed a district crown and placed fourth at the Iowa Class 2A state tournament. It marked the sixth straight year PV had a player place at state in singles.

Andrew Shie, sr., Davenport Central: Injured in late April, Shie was the Blue Devils' top player and earned first team all-MAC accolades. He compiled a 9-1 singles mark, with his lone loss coming to state runner-up Rami Hemaiden of Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Nathan Wong, jr., Pleasant Valley: Conference champion at No. 2 singles and first team all-MAC, Wong teamed with Muneeb Nadeem to place second at districts and reach the state tournament. Wong was 16-2 in singles.

Doubles

Alleman (Jesse Dyer, so./Sean Gelski, jr.): Illinois Class 1A state qualifiers teamed to claim the Sterling sectional championship, including a three-set win in the finals over Geneseo's top team.

Bettendorf (Yash Singh, jr./Jozef Porubcin, so.): MAC champions at No. 1 doubles, the tandem teamed for a district championship and finished third at the 2A state tournament. They lost only twice on the season, including a marathon three-setter to Linn-Mar in the state semifinal.

Moline (Kacper Ryba, sr./Dylan Wiemers, so.): Duo claimed Big Six crown and compiled a 3-2 mark to reach the fourth round of consolation at the Illinois 2A state tournament. They were the 2A sectional champion at Bradley-Bourbonnais with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the final.

Honorable mention

Alleman: Dallas Foss, sr.; Andrew Foss, sr. Camanche: Dev Patel, sr.; Mason Holstein, jr. Davenport Central: Mike Miniter, so. Davenport North: Carter Josund, jr.; Spencer Wakeland, jr. Geneseo: Mick Haverland, sr.; Brandon Gallagher, sr.; Mason Miller, fr. Moline: Hunter Henning, sr.; Shiv Puri, sr. Pleasant Valley: Kiran Marla, so.; Muneeb Nadeem, jr.; Pratheek Botlaguduru, fr.

Girls

First team

Singles

Bryann Brophy, sr., Geneseo: After a stellar junior season at No. 2 singles, Brophy made the jump to the top spot in the Maple Leafs' lineup and placed third at the Northern Illinois Big 12 meet. She finished just outside the top four at sectionals.

Lily Feldman, sr., Pleasant Valley: Winner of more than 100 matches at PV, Feldman was a four-time state singles place winner in Iowa. Headed to Skidmore College in New York, she was the MAC champion at No. 1, a regional winner and placed third at 2A state tournament.

Kiersten Housenga, sr., Clinton: Compiled 11 wins at the No. 1 singles flight, was MAC runner-up to Feldman and the Clinton regional champion in 2A to qualify for the state tournament. She also was part of a No. 1 doubles team that finished second at MAC.

Kayla Nutt, so., Pleasant Valley: Earned conference title at No. 3 singles and concluded the season with a 13-3 singles mark (only one loss before the state dual team tournament). She won a regional doubles crown and placed seventh at state with Roshni Penmatcha.

Roshni Penmatcha, sr., Pleasant Valley: MAC champion at No. 2 singles and a three-year starter for the Spartans, Penmatcha was 17-2 and claimed a Class 2A regional doubles title with Nutt. They placed seventh at the state tournament.

Lily Schoeck, jr., Alleman: Placed in the top 24 at the Illinois Class 1A state tournament and propelled Pioneers to conference and sectional titles. The team's No. 1 player was Big Six singles champion, sectional winner and finished with 34-3 record.

Doubles

Alleman (Lauren Hird, jr./Noely Baumann, sr.): The Illinois Class 1A state qualifiers reached the quarterfinals and finished in the top 12 (7-12) to earn second second team all-state honors. Big Six doubles champions teamed for a 31-5 record.

Geneseo (Madi Miller, sr./Jane Thomas, sr.): Tandem was second at Northern Illinois Big 12 meet and runner-up at 1A sectional meet in Galesburg to qualify for state tournament. Won two matches at state tournament to reach second day of competition.

Moline (Monika Birski, fr./Lauren Myers, fr.): Illinois 2A state doubles qualifier placed third at sectionals. Birski was third at Big Six meet in singles and Myers was conference runner-up in doubles.

Honorable mention

Alleman: Brooke McKeown, so. Assumption: Sydney Johnson, sr.; Lauren Dilulio, jr.; Caroline Bush, jr. Camanche: Natalie Goble, jr.; Marly Bussa, sr. Clinton: Kaitlyn Green, sr.; Lacey Pickney, jr. Moline: Kate Schaechter, so. Muscatine: Ellie Cahill, sr.; Emma Maynard, sr. Pleasant Valley: Sophia Picchiotti, sr.; Aabha Joshi, so.; Amanda Drobot, so. United Township: Katlynn Hanson, jr.; Shikha Adhikari, sr.

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Every American kid knows about the Super Bowl and the World Series. But the World Cup may be less familiar \u2014 unless you play the so-called \u201cbeautiful game,\u201d or your family has roots in a soccer-obsessed country such as Brazil. The international tournament is becoming more popular in the United States, though it\u2019s been a cherished event for families around the globe since the 1930s. Governed by the F\u00e9d\u00e9ration Internationale de Football Association(FIFA), the World Cup takes place every four years with 32 countries competing during one very intense month of the summer. This year, the games are being played in various cities throughout Russia, including Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Olympics.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast in English on Fox and in Spanish on Telemundo from June 14 through July 15. Both channels are offering tons of coverage and extra goodies on their apps and websites. Whether soccer brings memories from your childhood or you\u2019re new to the drama, excitement, and international flavor of the games, these tips can help your whole family get in on the action.

STARTING OFF

Make it a family affair. Today\u2019s kids and adults spend so much time isolated on their own mobile devices, so take the opportunity to enjoy the international spectacle of this incredibly fast-paced game together. Make the World Cup an event worth gathering for: Set up the living room, make snacks, and decorate to support your team. Try these ideas to enhance the experience:

Visit the Fox World Cup hub for schedules, clips, and extras.

Check out the Telemundo site for fun World Cup quizzes and memes en espa\u00f1ol.

Bilingual and Spanish-speaking families: If you subscribe to Comcast\u2019s Xfinity X1 platform, take advantage of the wealth of features available in English and Spanish.

If you don\u2019t have cable, you can stream the games for free using a subscription service such as DirectTV or a VPN (virtual private network).

Talk about sportsmanship. Watching sports with your kids gives you the opportunity to discuss the range of behaviors you\u2019ll see during elite competitive sports. Highlight positive character strengths shown by the players such as teamwork, integrity, and humility. Also talk about fouling and other disrespectful play. Share your perspective and discuss appropriate competitive behavior.

Explore the teams\u2019 home countries. The World Cup introduces you to new countries and cultures and offers a fantastic opportunity to discover more about the world. Check out FIFA\u2019s Teams page to learn about each team, their countries, their rankings, and more. You can also delve into facts and figures about Russia as well as each host city\u2019s unique culture, history, and geography.

DIVING IN

Play soccer virtually. The 25th release of the widely popular FIFA video game includes a free Russia 2018 World Cup update that will let you dive further into the styles of the teams and players. Try more fun soccer games like Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 or Headmaster.

Try new dishes. The U.S. failed to qualify for the World Cup, so hold the hamburgers and hot dogs. Instead, try new fare from some of the top teams\u2019 home countries, such as Russia, Brazil, and Mexico.

Follow players who are good role models on social media. Like other celebrities, soccer stars actively connect with their fans over Twitter. Check out these notable pros: Brazil\u2019s Pel\u00e9\u2019, Spain\u2019s Andr\u00e9s Iniesta, and Mexico\u2019s Javier \u201cChicharrito\u201d Hern\u00e1ndez. Their positive messages encourage kids of all backgrounds to be proud of their heritage and native languages.

IN THE BIG LEAGUES

Make a family bracket challenge. Even if everyone in your family is rooting for the same team, a bracket challenge can be fun, and the prize can be a family outing \u2014 winner\u2019s choice. Print out a bracket form such as FIFA\u2019s or this one, and take the opportunity to practice simple math.

Collect stickers. A tradition that goes back to the \u201860s, collecting the stickers of all the players participating in the World Cup is something kids around the world enjoy. You can use the Panini sticker app (with in-app purchases) or buy an album and sticker packs on Amazon.

Try it in VR. Telemundo and Fox are adding virtual reality to their World Cup games coverage. Download the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and the Fox Sports VR app in the app store for a you-are-there experience.

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SILVIS \u2014 The first John Deere Classic field list was announced Tuesday and it appears as if the 48th annual PGA Tour event is off to a good start in making the 156-man field an interesting one.

Along with defending champ Bryson DeChambeau, also in the early field are former champs Ryan Moore (2016), Zach Johnson (2012), Steve Stricker (2011-10-09), Jonathan Byrd (2007), John Senden (2006), and Sean O\u2019Hair (2005).

They will be joined by such major champions as Davis Love III, Angel Cabrera, and Geoff Ogilvy as well as Brandt Snedeker, an eight-time PGA Tour winner and two-time Ryder Cup team member who finished T2 the last time he played at Deere Run in 2009.

More than 20 players who have won tournaments in the last two years are also among the early commitments. That groups includes Daniel Berger (a 54-hole leader at last week's U.S. Open and a 54-hole contender here last year), Wesley Bryan, Patton Kizzire, Andrew Landry, Kyle Stanley and Aaron Wise.

\u201cThere are a lot of exciting things to talk about,\u201d said Clair Peterson, JDC tournament director of the first field release.

Among those is adding an international flavor to the early field. Italy\u2019s Francesco Molinari and 19-year-old Chilean phenom Joaquin Niemann are among the pros to have the JDC on their schedules.

\u201cThat puts an interesting international slant to the field,\u201d Peterson said.

Molinari, who is ranked 15th in the world, is an interesting addition considering he plays more European events than PGA Tour events. His first appearance in the Quad-Cities means he will be skipping that week's Scottish Open.

Tournament officials also announced Tuesday that Dylan Meyer, Stricker\u2019s fellow Illinois alumnus, has been awarded a sponsor exemption, his second in as many years. Meyer and Stricker finished T20 Sunday at the U.S. Open in Meyer\u2019s professional debut.

Also receiving a sponsor exemption is Dru Davis, son of Davis Love III. Players can commit to the field until Friday, July 6.

\u201cWe're excited,\u201d said Peterson. \u201cThat doesn't mean that there may not be more names that comes our way in the next 19 days, but we're going to plant a stake in the ground and shout from the rooftops that we've got a great collection of players here that are going to put on a pretty entertaining event come July 9th.\u201d

Photos: Final Round of the John Deere Classic
Historic photos: John Deere Classic champions
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LANSING, Mich.\u00a0\u2014 A late addition to the West roster for the 54th Midwest League All-Star Game, Quad-Cities pitcher Carlos Sanabria collected more than memories Tuesday.

Although he retired the only two batters he faced, the River Bandits right hander was tagged with the loss as the East won a 3-2, 10-inning decision in front of a crowd of 9,396 at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Utilizing the new extra innings rule that minor-league teams are working with this season, Stuart Fairchild of Dayton opened the bottom of the 10th on second base.

Sanabria entered the game, got Moises Gomez of Bowling Green to pop out and struck out home run derby champon Ronaldo Hernandez of Bowling Green before leaving the game with Fairchild still on second.

Montrell Marshall of Dayton greeted Kane County reliever Brad Peacock by lining a two-out single to right to score Fairchild with the game-deciding run and by rule, Sanabria was credited with the unearned run and the loss.

Only one of the four Quad-Cities pitchers to see action in the game, Peter Solomon, did not give up a run.

Solomon worked the first two outs of the bottom of the seventh inning, giving up a leadoff single to Gomez before recording a lineout and a strikeout.

The East collected its other two runs off of River Bandits arms.

Patrick Sandoval started for the West team managed by Quad-Cities\u2019 Mickey Storey, giving up a leadoff double to Kevin Vicuna of Lansing that was followed by a run-scoring single by Taylor Walls of Bowling Green.

After a pair of fly-ball outs, Walls was caught stealing to end the first.

Parker Mushinski gave up the other run in the fifth, serving up a one-out home run Jared Walker of Great Lakes to give the East a 2-0 lead.

Coal Valley\u2019s Matt Brill, a Moline graduate who pitches for Kane County, gave up a two-out single to Vicuna in a scoreless East third inning.

Pitcher Collin Kober of Clinton recorded a strikeout while working a 1-2-3 sixth inning for the East, entering after the West had pulled within 2-1.

Peoria\u2019s Yariel Gonzalez scored twice as the West rallied, crossing home on a double by Burlington\u2019s Julio Garcia in the top of the sixth inning before tying the game on an RBI single by Alex Kirilloff of Cedar Rapids in the eighth.

Kirilloff\u2019s single came off of Tommy Romero, a Bowling Green pitcher who started the season with Clinton before being traded by the Mariners to the Rays. Romero gave up two singles and the tying run in one-third inning.

The only position players from Quad-Cities and Clinton to see action, the River Bandits\u2019 Bryan De La Cruz and the LumberKings\u2019 Ryan Costello, both went 0-for-2 at the plate.

De La Cruz struck out twice and Costello lined out in the seventh and struck out to open the top of the 10th inning.

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A teenage Curtis Clark remembers walking into the old Maquoketa High School gymnasium before 6 a.m. winter workouts and seeing his basketball coach asleep on the stage.

Bill Fleming was squeezing in a nap after pulling an all-nighter, either driving back from Kansas City watching his son play college basketball or breaking down film he received several hours earlier to get his team ready for that morning's practice.

Clark, usually the first player to arrive, was instructed to wake Fleming up.

\"Sleep was very much optional for him,\" said Clark, a standout for Fleming in the late 1990s and now the head coach at Bettendorf. \"Basketball was his livelihood.\"

Almost 20 years after ending his storied coaching career at Maquoketa, Fleming is facing the fiercest opponent of his life.

Fleming was diagnosed in the past couple of years with a lung disease. Specifically, it is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which scar tissue grows inside the lungs and lessens oxygen flow in the body.

In mid-May, doctors gave Fleming a couple months to live.

After hearing and digesting that bleak prognosis, Clark knew he needed to do something to recognize a community icon and the man he credits for getting him into the profession.

He organized a reunion.

On June 9, in the old gym where Fleming coached hundreds of games and thousands of practices for 33 years, more than 60 former players who were part of the \"Fleming fraternity\" and 200 people came from near and far to swap stories and wish him well.

Fleming had an oxygen tube under his nose and sat in a wheelchair as he soaked in the festivities and traded one-liners.

\"It was one of the coolest things, seeing 50-year-old men wipe tears from their eyes,\" said Rocky Lamar, Fleming's first point guard at Maquoketa and a highly successful NAIA coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. \"Watching guys come up to the podium and tell stories, cry, hug and laugh, it was very special.\"

Central DeWitt administrator George Pickup has known Fleming for nearly 50 years. A neighbor to Fleming growing up, Pickup had him as a middle school math teacher, played for him and later coached against him.

\"If you were a basketball player in the community, you wanted to play for coach Fleming and wear the Maquoketa uniform,\" Pickup said.

Fleming had plenty of detractors.

There were players who struggled to cope with the time demands in a program that was run more like a dictatorship than a partnership. Parents didn't care for his rants on the sideline or how he'd grab a kid by the shirt and give him a butt-chewing\u00a0\u2014 actions that wouldn't be tolerated today.

\"He wanted guys that absolutely loved basketball, and sometimes it was ugly, too much for mothers and fathers to see,\" Clark said. \"He yelled at you like Bobby Knight. He knew you had to have discipline and toughness in order to win, and he enforced that.

\"There were no negotiations with him. He was definitely the man in charge. Several times parents tried to get him fired, but he wouldn't budge on how he wanted to do things. He did it his way.\"

Clark said he almost quit basketball his freshman year because of the time constraints. The varsity team would practice from 6-8 a.m., attend school, watch film from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and then hold an evening practice for two hours after that.

It was a 14-hour day. Rinse and repeat.

\"You knew it would be tough,\" Pickup said.

It wasn't just during the season. During the summer months, he would drive around town to get his players into the gym.

\"He'd leave messages for kids and tell them to get their butts out of bed,\" Clark said. \"He just wouldn't allow you to miss. He'd drive to your house. Any excuse that you had, he had a solution for it.\"

There was another side to Fleming, the one that still has him so deeply connected to many of his former players and managers.

When Clark received his first basketball coaching job, a seventh-grade position in Maquoketa, Fleming wrote him a letter congratulating him. He did so again when Clark was appointed Bettendorf's coach.

When poverty-stricken kids in the community couldn't afford shoes, meals or the opportunity to play the game, Fleming was there to assist.

When one of his former players spent his senior year in prison, Fleming was there to visit.

\"The thing was, and what I've learned as coach and a principal, No. 15 on the roster was just as important as No. 1,\" Pickup said. \"You always thought if you practiced hard, you might jump up to No. 10 or 11. You wanted to do well by coach.\"

Fleming took six Maquoketa teams to the state tournament\u00a0\u2014 1976, '77, '78, '83, '84 and 87.

The Cardinals never won a state championship under his watch, but they finished second in '83, a five-point loss to Cedar Rapids Regis in the final.

He accumulated 500 wins at Maquoketa, coached 29 all-staters and was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame in 2006.

\"He watched more tape than anybody I know,\" Pickup said. \"He's the most organized person I've been around with his meticulous preparation in every detail.\"

Pickup was Central DeWitt's boys basketball coach from 1999-08. His first season with the Sabers happened to be Fleming's last at Maquoketa.

The teams split the two meetings during the season.

\"My mom and dad were my two biggest influences and then coach Fleming,\" Pickup said. \"He was the reason I fell in love with basketball.\"

As cantankerous and arrogant as Fleming was, he was preparing his players for more than a basketball game. He was prepping them for life.

Fleming has had more than 80 former players go into the coaching profession. One became a United States Navy SEAL. Another was a Green Beret.

\"He would coach you so hard to test you more than anything,\" Clark said. \"Everybody had a moment where he was really hard on you for one or two years. After that, he totally trusted you in everything you did.

\"His passion got misunderstood for what he really was. He knows he pushed too hard at times, but none of us are perfect. Everything he did, he was doing it for the right reasons.\"

Fleming returned to the game as an assistant college coach under Lamar at MidAmerica Nazarene. The program went to four NAIA Final Fours, including a national championship in 2007, during Fleming's time there.

\"The biggest compliment I can give is, the practices at MidAmerica are like they were at Maquoketa,\" Lamar said, \"and that was almost 50 years ago.

\"When he was with me here, I let him do what he wanted to do. He is such a great basketball mind. Literally up until his diagnosis, I'd still call him up and pick his brain on things.\"

Now, instead of dissecting film and game-planning against a premier scorer or team, Fleming is battling for his life.

\"When all this came out, I told him we've got to create a scouting report on this IPF disease and how we're going to beat it,\" Clark said. \"He's treating it like a challenge, and he was one of the best at preparation.\"

Before Fleming's players would step on the court, he often would tell them: \"I love ya.\"

\"It was a love-hate relationship,\" Lamar said, \"but there isn't anybody who wouldn't run through a wall for him.

\"He had a way to get the best out of you in all different avenues of life. I'd do anything for that man.\"

With his former players on the stage at the recent reunion, knowing it might be the last time they see him, one final postgame chat was held.

\"There were tears in people's eyes, but he said he's still going to fight this,\" Pickup said. \"He's a man of good faith and that's coming in handy right now.

\"We're praying for him and hopefully he can beat this.\"

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The John Deere Classic is all about giving. Last year, 521 local non-profit organizations used the local PGA Tour event to earn over $12 million for their coffers.

Nearly $1 million of that total came from the JDC's Bonus Fund and was money the tournament gave to charities from event proceeds, direct donations and the help of a $325,000 matching grant from the Deere Foundation that matches dollar-for-dollar and individual or business pledge.

The tournament does a number of special functions to make sure there is enough in the Bonus Fund to provide for that 10-percent boost to those groups taking part in the Birdies For Charity program that helps them raise money for themselves. JDC officials promise at least a five-percent check.

A new initiative to help fund that Bonus Pool has been added this year and is happening now with the 2018 Giving Week.

\u201cWe set aside this one week this year in order to make people a little bit better informed and make them more aware,\u201d said Clair Peterson, JDC tournament director. \u201cFrom a practical standpoint, it can potentially get more money in the fund which will translate into bigger bonus checks for every charity participating.\u201d

While Giving Week events started Monday with special events at Whitey's, Happy Joe's and John Deere, it builds to its crescendo on Thursday. That is when JDC board members will be serving as guest bartenders at Moline's Barrel House restaurant. That evening, 10-percent of sales will be donated back to the Bonus Fund.

Also, the Silvis Hy-Vee will be taking collections through Saturday.

To donate directly to the Bonus Fund, you can text the word BONUS to 91-999 from your cell phone or can give through the tournament website at johndeereclassic.com.

Said Peterson: \u201cDonations support the tournament and keep it healthy; it frees up capital for us to make the spectator experience better every year; and still allows us to do what we want to do for charity.\u201d

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A returning all-American on the Iowa wrestling team was treated early Tuesday at an Iowa City hospital after being shot in the knee.

Sam Stoll, a fifth-place finisher at 285 pounds at the NCAA Championships last season as a junior, was hit by what was described as an accidental discharge of a firearm according to Iowa City police.

The incident took place in an apartment on Valley Avenue, just over a block away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena in a neighborhood that includes the residences of a number of Hawkeye wrestlers who seek to live close to their training facilities.

But, Iowa City police were called at 4:37 a.m. Tuesday to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on a report of a gunshot victim who arrived at the facility seeking treatment.

According to a police report, a preliminary investigation revealed that several individuals were in a residence on Valley Avenue when an individual discharged a firearm, accidentally striking Stoll in the knee.

The report indicates Stoll is being treated for non-life threatening injuries and that the investigation is continuing.

Iowa athletics officials indicate they are also reviewing what transpired.

\u201cWe are aware of the situation involving Sam Stoll and are currently gathering additional information at this time,\u2019\u2019 athletic department officials said in a statement.

Stoll has underwent knee surgery during both his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Hawkeyes, but returned to the mat last season to finish the year with a 25-6 record.

He shared the Iowa team lead with 10 pins and received the Mike J. McGivern Award as the \u201cmost courageous\u2019\u2019 Hawkeye at the end of the season.

The Kasson, Minnesota, native has a 54-14 career record at Iowa. A two-time NCAA qualifier, Stoll earned all-American honors for the first time in his career during the 2017-18 season.

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Amon-ra St. Brown sits in the backseat, silently flipping through his iPhone and waiting for his turn to control the music. His father makes the rules, and if he's driving, which John Brown often is, then he's sure as heck going to torture the kid while he still can.

So, Foreigner's greatest hits it is.

As John directs the family's black SUV north from Anaheim to Los Angeles, he has no problem conjuring the falsetto required for \"Hot Blooded.\"

John has been thinking about this moment for weeks, what it would feel like. Now that it is here, he tries to keep the mood light.

\"USC!\" he says. \"Last one. ... Oh my God, this is crazy.\"

Move-in day for the Trojans' highly touted freshman class awaits at the end of this drive. The anticipation grows when word reaches Amon-ra, a five-star wide receiver out of Santa Ana Mater Dei High, that Julio Jones and Terrell Owens are working out at USC's practice field on this Friday morning in June. Hopefully, Amon-ra will get a chance to meet them and get some pointers.

\"How old is Julio?\" John inquires about the Atlanta Falcons star receiver.

Amon-ra Googles.

\"29,\" he says.

\"Antonio Brown?\"

\"29.\"

\"Dez Bryant?\"

\"29.\"

\"A.J. Green?\"

\"29.\"

John is on to something.

\"I didn't know those guys were close to 30,\" he says. \"They need a new wave of young wide receivers.\"

He has just the guys.

There's Equanimeous St. Brown, his first son, who left Notre Dame a year early this spring, only to be drafted later than expected - the sixth round - by the Green Bay Packers. There's Osiris St. Brown, his middle son, who just redshirted his first year at Stanford. And then there's Amon-ra.

Privately, John says Amon-ra \"could play in the NFL right now.\" But in the car, with him in earshot, John sings a different tune.

\"I'm going to request Coach (Clay) Helton put his butt at the bottom of the charts and see what he's made of,\" John says. \"Make him fight. Sharpen the knife.\"

During his sons' collective ascent in the recruiting rankings - the charts that matter most until they step on a college campus - it has been an all-too-natural reaction to compare John Brown to another Southern California father of three basketball players. \"The LaVar Ball of College Football\" is a label that stuck.

John gets it. Like LaVar, he wants fame for his boys. He wants them to stand out. That's why he added the \"St.\" to their surnames. That's why he named the first son Equanimeous - the name John always had been so boring to him. And that's why he named Osiris and Amon-ra after Egyptian gods.

The LaVar Ball comparison makes for a catchy headline, but John Brown is his own phenomenon. Before LaVar could have imagined being the world's most notorious basketball dad, John was busy working his way out of Compton and onto the global stage as a bodybuilder. In the 1980s, a Jheri-curled John sculpted himself into a two-time \"Mr. Universe\" and three-time \"Mr. World.\"

He didn't need to move his sons to Lithuania to make them worldly. He married Miriam, a native of Germany, and raised them in a bilingual household in which both parents demanded A-plusses.

\"They are where they are because of John and his dedication to them,\" Miriam says.

This is John's first time doing what may end up being the hardest part of the job: saying good-bye after 18 years. Miriam took Equanimeous to South Bend, Ind., and Osiris to Palo Alto for their move-in days. Each time, John stayed back with Amon-ra, muting his emotions into the daily grind of their push toward greatness.

Now, it is Amon-ra's time. With the car barreling up Interstate 110, he has taken control of the music. He settles on Jason Derulo's \"Colors.\" Amon-ra comes alive, singing and grooving to the pop beat. Like his dad, he can hit all the notes.

John doesn't like the music. But he likes that he can listen to his son sing, if only for a little longer.

\"I'm going to go home,\" John says, \"and he's not going to be there.\"

___

John Brown stands in the kitchen of the family's Anaheim, Calif., townhome on an afternoon in May, drawing three circles of increasing size on a sheet of white paper. There are a few weeks left until move-in day, and he's in the middle of a sermon Amon-ra knows very well.

\"I can teach anybody to do anything and be the best in the world,\" John tells a visitor, \"because I know what the work looks like.\"

He points at the smallest circle.

\"Does it look like that?\" he asks, moving to the middle circle. \"Or does it look like that? You may think, 'Oh, we worked hard,' but you don't know.\"

John operates in the biggest circle, and Amon-ra, more so than his older brothers, best illustrates the results. He's been in the program the longest just by proximity. He started lifting weights earlier, bench pressing 135 pounds routinely by 8 years old.

He attended seven-on-seven workouts when he was in sixth grade. By the time Amon-ra was a coveted prospect, terrorizing defensive backs all over Orange County, he had been watching the recruiting process unfold with his brothers for three years.

\"He's serious about everything,\" John says.

Ask Amon-ra what his goals are for his first year with the Trojans. With an unblinking, straight stare he will tell you, \"I want to win the Heisman. All three years.\"

He is serious.

\"He never played with toys,\" Miriam says. \"Never. No cars, no Legos, no action figures, nothing. He didn't even watch TV. Today, he doesn't watch TV unless it's sports. He goes to the movies, and he falls asleep.\"

John can take only so much credit with Amon-ra. The young man's tendency toward obsession was innate. Now, it's the 18-year-old who looks more like Mr. Universe - a tightly-bundled powder keg built for high performance.

On this afternoon, John is performing his primary role as Amon-ra's personal chef. He prepares their standard meal: spaghetti with ground beef, tomato sauce and ketchup. To drink, a Kool-Aid fruit punch from a packet. To supplement, a blended peanut butter smoothie with John's personal protein mix he is now packaging and actively marketing as Cane Protein.

Under John's watch, the St. Brown boys eat red meat at each meal of the day. They chug sugar to best absorb the protein. Back in the day, this is what turned their dad into a superhero. To John, there is no such thing as \"lean and mean.\" For three years, he fattened up Equanimeous during his brief time at home only to see him lose all the weight and more after a few weeks back in South Bend.

John is critical of the weight-training methods at college programs. He believes power lifting techniques have set players up for muscle imbalance and a higher likelihood of injury. It killed him to see Equanimeous need shoulder surgery at Notre Dame. It is killing him to see Osiris battle a lingering foot injury at Stanford. How will they take care of Amon-ra at USC?

Amon-ra has heard his dad go down this road so many times. He finishes his lunch and goes upstairs to take a nap.

\"It doesn't stop,\" Amon-ra says. \"It's normal for me. If I had a different dad, it would be kind of weird, but this is all I know.\"

Says John, \"Every kid needs one person to be brutally honest with them. Every bodybuilder has a person they go to and say, 'Take a look at me.' I'm that guy for them. I told them when they were little, 'You're going to read a lot of stuff when you get older about how great you are. You can't believe all that. I'm the guy to tell you if you're good or not. Always come to me. I'll be honest.' \"

Did John ever go too far? Sure, he says.

He pulls out a wooden paddle. He says each son probably met this fate three to four times. When they did, he'd make them sign and date it for posterity. Oct. 27, 2009, apparently, was not one of the family's better days.

\"It broke my heart to paddle them,\" he says. \"And I'd always act like I was mad. I was never mad. I knew I would never hit them with my hands. That's for love. I didn't want to reach for my son and he would jump.\"

In John's memories, the boys are climbing all over him, competing for position on his knees. They are rushing to him when he arrives at the practice field, making the other parents jealous of the bond they share. He is going to their school to surprise them, taking them out of class because it's a beautiful day for some paintball or laser tag.

He can get lost in these visions, especially now.

\"When we're driving to USC, that's going to be the moment when it hits reality,\" John says. \"What helps is he's not far away. I can go over there. It's like oxygen. If I see him, it's like a breath of fresh air. Equanimeous was here yesterday. When he's sleeping, I'll just open the door and look at him, see him there, and ... ahhh, yes.\"

Upstairs, Amon-ra is asleep. Miriam is out. The house is quiet aside from the constant hum of the refrigerator.

\"When you come home and it's like this,\" John says, \"it's freaking horrible!\"

___

The big day has arrived, and John has breakfast ready on the table.

Recently, he has been posting more often on his Instagram (@caneprotein), giving his followers tips on what to eat and how to train. He moves around the dining area, filming.

\"Seven o'clock in the morning, here's what we're about to eat,\" he says. \"Spaghetti. And then we're going to make the protein. That's how we do it.\"

John's muscles have gradually deflated over the last three decades, but his ego remains juiced. Several of John's posts feature pictures of him with his sons and the caption \"Lavar Ball ain't got nothing on me.\"

Before Amon-ra can prove his dad right, John has to get him to school. As they stuff Amon-ra's belongings into the back of the SUV, they're running a half-hour late.

Fittingly, the ride goes right through the place where this journey began.

\"See right there,\" John says, pointing toward Compton College to the north of Highway 91. \"That's where I started lifting weights.\"

John was playing football at Dominguez High when a man saw him and told him he could be a bodybuilder. The Dominguez team was losing a lot of games. John wanted to win.

He had two parents at home, plus six siblings, but \"I raised myself,\" he says. \"My siblings were not like me. I'm the exception, not the rule. I had a gift. I was just different.\"

John remembers becoming Mr. Universe the first time and being told by a promoter the next year, \"Everybody hates you.\"

\"It's part of the program,\" John says. \"I expect that. After you win, they're coming after you. Amon-ra, they're coming after you. You got to go harder now.\"

John says the coaches and players at USC are not ready for Amon-ra. He delivers a prophecy.

\"Big things are about to happen,\" John says. \"I got a feeling about it. Electric. USC had it going with Reggie Bush. We're back to the heyday.\"

Four years ago, neither John nor his boys could have imagined being Trojans. Not after what they did to Equanimeous. The oldest son was once a quiet commitment to USC, but, John says, Steve Sarkisian's staff later told him to go in a different direction.

Amon-ra did not like USC after that. Helton's staff mended the relationship, but if Equanimeous had decided to return to Notre Dame for his senior year this fall, Amon-ra would be playing for the Fighting Irish.

\"We haven't won anything really since Pete Carroll,\" Amon-ra says. \"That's the goal, to bring a national championship back home to USC.\"

Now, USC is \"we,\" and John is part of the Trojans family.

When they make it to the players' dorms at USC Village, Helton is there to greet them, giving hugs and handing Amon-ra his backpack and cap for orientation.

John doesn't impress easily, but he is blown away by the accommodations. He is genuinely wide-eyed.

\"It's beautiful,\" he says. \"Everything is right here.\"

The rest of the morning moves fast. John and Miriam get Amon-ra into his apartment, where he will share a room with a high school teammate and close friend, quarterback JT Daniels. There's little time for unpacking before Amon-ra and John are ushered onto the back of a golf cart headed for the USC practice field, where Jones and Owens are waiting for the young Trojans.

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Four days have passed since John came home.

\"It's depressing,\" he says. \"It feels like something is wrong, like somebody got hurt, or when you get bad news ...

\"I can't reach out and touch him. I can't talk to him. I can't smell him. I can't put my eyes on him. And you realize, you can't do nothing. And it's almost like your universe has been rocked completely off tilt.\"

John has been driving aimlessly to pass the time. He went to a movie. He calls friends who have had their kids leave and asks for advice.

It helped when Amon-ra came home over the weekend for his girlfriend's high school graduation. John saw him in his bed and jumped on him. It helped when John drove up to USC to watch a players-run practice.

\"I realized I'm going to have to make a lot of food runs,\" John says. \"I'll just make food and take it in Tupperware to him. I know what he needs.\"

To this point, John and Amon-ra haven't discussed boundaries. It's early.

\"I'm pretty good at letting them grow up and giving them space,\" John says. \"When their friends come over, I know to leave the room. I'm looking forward to just leaving him alone.

\"Even if I brought him food, I wouldn't stay long. I don't want his friends to think he needs his daddy. You've got to know when to back off. It's just part of being a father.\"

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