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April 12, 2013

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Cubs prospect banned for wielding bat

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs prospect Jorge Soler has been suspended five games for charging the visiting team's dugout during a Florida State League game with a bat.

Soler was suspended Thursday.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the organization supports Soler but condemns his actions Wednesday night. Epstein says the Cubs will work to help Soler "better channel his emotions on the field."

Playing for Class-A Daytona, Soler grabbed a bat from his dugout and approached the dugout of the Clearwater Threshers during the seventh inning. Epstein said he was told there was some back and forth with another player, which included comments about Soler's family. Soler was restrained before he reached the dugout.

The 21-year-old Cuban signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs last year and is in his first full professional season in the United States.

2 Illinois boys' basketball coaches on probation ST. LOUIS (AP) — The governing body of Illinois high school athletics put two boys' basketball coaches on probation and imposed other sanctions for what the group's chief called "an ugly and embarrassing incident" during the state championship game last month.

The Illinois High School Association's action Wednesday followed its investigation of events during and after Harrisburg's victory March 9 over South Holland Seton Academy in the Class 2A championship, marred by what the IHSA said was questionable conduct by a player and an obscene outburst by one coach.

Some of the questioned conduct followed the first-half ejection of Seton Academy's Mark Weems Jr. after he was whistled for his second technical foul, the last for making contact with an official.

In the tunnel during halftime, IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said, Weems' coach, Brandon Thomas, "delivered an obscenity-laced tirade in the presence of student-athletes," then initially refused to participate with Harrisburg coach Randy Smithpeters in an effort by tournament officials to quell the situation.

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