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RailCats fall on road to Winnipeg: Marcus Mooney and Randy Santiesteban each hit home runs Tuesday, but the RailCats lost 13-7 at Winnipeg. Santiesteban finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

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VU announces 2019 nonconference schedule: Valparaiso announced its 2019 nonconference schedule Wednesday. The Crusaders open the regular season on Nov. 5 at home against Toledo after a home exhibition game against Cedarville University on Oct. 19. Valparaiso will host four regular-season home games — against North Dakota on Nov. 17, Trinity Christian on Nov. 27 and Central Michigan on December 8 in addition to the opener vs. Toledo. The Crusaders will travel to Saint Louis on Nov. 9 and Arkansas (in Little Rock) on Dec. 21 as their two marquee road games.

Speed racing

Jessi Combs dies trying to break record: Jet-car speed racer Jessi Combs, known by fans as the "fastest woman on four wheels," has died in a crash in Oregon's Alvord Desert while trying to break a speed record, local authorities said Wednesday. Combs, 39, died Tuesday afternoon while racing in a dry lake bed in a desert in remote Harney County, sheriff's Lt. Brian Needham said in a statement. The cause is under investigation. Terry Madden, Combs' teammate on the North American Eagle racing team, said in an Instagram post Wednesday that he was heartbroken and added a video collage of photos and video clips of Combs with various team members. "She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know," Madden wrote. "Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!!" Combs was widely known in the niche sport of jet-car racing and was attempting to break the Women's Land Speed Record of 512 mph (823 kph) set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil when she died. Jet cars are race cars propelled by jet engines. She currently held the record as the fastest woman on four wheels — O'Neil piloted a three-wheeled vehicle — for a 398 mph performance in 2013 and had driven even faster in follow-up runs, but mechanical problems prevented those from making the record books. In an Instagram post on Sunday, Combs indicated that she hoped to break O'Neil's record in the Oregon desert. She wrote, "People say I'm crazy. I say, 'thank you.'" In a statement, Combs' family said her "most notable dream was being the fastest woman on Earth."

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