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The South Benders took a step in the right direction with 358 yards of offense and four sacks of Purdue QB Robert Marve during a 23--12 win in front of celeb fan Taylor Swift (right). And the real Irish football (read: soccer) team beat Armenia 1--0, a baby step toward its first Euro entry in 22 years.
As in Cuban import Aroldis Chapman, 22, who debuted for the Reds and set down nine batters on 34 pitches, the swiftest of which clocked in at 103.9 mph. Now he's getting his wheels up to speed, applying to change the MPH102 vanity plate on his Lamborghini.
Hoops has March Madness; the PGA Tour has Playoff Probability, with blink-and-you'll-miss-'em projections of FedEx Cup standings. On Monday at the Deutsche Bank, Brandt Snedeker (right) was 15th when he teed off on number 9; two bogeys later, he was 29th.
GONZALEZ: A BEAST
Through Sunday, third-year Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had an extra-base hit in 11 of his last 13 games, during which he hit .529 with six home runs and 16 RBIs, while Colorado narrowed its gap with the Padres in the NL West from 11 to 4½ games.