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Stroman clutch, US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC
LOS ANGELES — The U.S team celebrates an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
 AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
LOS ANGELES — The U.S team celebrates an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
 AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top.

The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Cardinals pick Martinez for April 2 opener vs Cubs
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez to start their April 2 opener against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nikola Mirotic scores season-high 28, Bulls overwhelm Pistons 117-95
CHICAGO (AP) — Out of the rotation at times and with his contract set to expire, Nikola Mirotic understands what's at stake for him as the season winds down.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Taylor has 17, Central Florida beats Illinois 68-58
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — B.J. Taylor scored 17 points, Tacko Fall had a double-double and Central Florida held on to defeat Illinois 68-58 on Wednesday night to advance to the final four of the NIT.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

US edges Japan, advances to World Baseball Classic championship game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Gregerson's final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Former aides to testify against Penn St. ex-president
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors preparing to lay out their case against Penn State's former president in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal say two of his ex-top lieutenants could take the stand.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Late FTs lift UCF over Illinois State 63-62 in NIT
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — B.J. Taylor scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left, and Central Florida beat Illinois State 63-62 Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illini roll past Boise State in second round of NIT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Tracy Abrams scored 18 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Illinois pulled away midway through the second half to beat Boise State 71-56 on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Meet the new boss: Illinois hands reigns to Underwood
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A year ago, Brad Underwood's Stephen F. Austin squad lost to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament, and he took the job at Oklahoma State the next day.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Logano tells Busch 'honest mistake' led to incident at Vegas
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The first face-to-face meeting between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano since last week's post-race scuffle in Las Vegas is over.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fouling flubs mark first 2 days of NCAA Tournament
(AP) — Coaches across the country can use the first two days of the NCAA Tournament as examples when they're teaching the importance of knowing when and how to foul in late-game situations.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beal scores 24, Wizards hold off slumping Bulls112-107
WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing their first game without Dwyane Wade, the Chicago Bulls almost pulled off an improbable comeback against the Washington Wizards.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Puerto Rico beats US 6-5 to advance to WBC semis
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Puerto Rico is squeezing every bit of fun it can out of this World Baseball Classic.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bound to happen: 1 vs 16 matchup inches closer to an upset
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It's going to happen. Maybe not Friday, when Kansas and North Carolina take their turn at trying to avoid history. But if not then, well, some year soon.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Tarasenko scores twice to lead Blues past Sharks, 4-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — With points at a premium down the stretch of the NHL season, there's no time to lament over lost opportunities. So the St. Louis Blues shook off the disappointment of a loss in Anaheim to end the treacherous California trip with two wins in three games.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Panik's late goal lifts Blackhawks past Senators
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Chicago goaltender Scott Darling and Ottawa netminder Mike Condon had to put their friendship on hold Thursday night.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Bay Hill to be grand celebration of Palmer's legacy
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Arnold Palmer Invitational is more than just a tournament this year. It's an event.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Getzlaf, Rakell keep rolling, Ducks drop Blues 2-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks are finding their best form with the playoffs looming, and captain Ryan Getzlaf exemplifies the steady improvement on display.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

NCCA Tourney: Midwest Region kicks off with lots of quality shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Naz Mitrou-Long and Iowa State love to shoot from deep. Same for Marcus Marshall and Nevada. Led by Dakota Mathias, Purdue set a school record for 3-pointers this season. Ernie Duncan and Vermont, they're game, too.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wade sprains elbow, Grizzlies top Bulls 98-91
CHICAGO (AP) — After getting away lately from the tough defense that defines them, the Memphis Grizzlies have each other's backs again.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

James has triple-double, Cavs beat Pistons
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James got his 52nd career triple-double Tuesday, and that doesn't even count perhaps his most notable assist of the night.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Warriors, Curry hold off Sixers 106-104 to snap three-game skid
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even after a series of misses from deep where he makes his money, Stephen Curry kept letting it fly from long range.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Illinois fires women's coach, sued for abuse 2 years ago
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Matt Bollant, who had one winning season in five years and was sued two years ago for allegedly abusing players, was fired as the Illinois women's basketball coach Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hill, Black carry Illini past Valpo 82-57 in NIT opener
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Malcolm Hill scored 25 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Jamall Walker picked up a win in his debut as the interim coach for Illinois, an 82-57 romp over short-handled Valparaiso in an opening game of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kane helps Blackhawks topple Canadiens 4-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford likes facing the Canadiens in Montreal.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Leonard returns with 31, Spurs top Hawks, tie for Number 1 seed
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs made mistakes, missed shots and looked lost at times offensively, yet Gregg Popovich was pleased.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blues bolster playoff push with 3-1 win over Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the playoff push transpires the way their game against the Los Angeles Kings did Monday night, the St. Louis Blues will be more than happy with the result.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Muirfield to admit women, back in British Open rotation
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the Scottish golf club to again host the British Open.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rondo provides spark, Bulls top Hornets 115-109
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg felt he needed to "shake things up" following a season-high, five-game losing streak that left his team on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Crawford, Kane and Panarin lead Blackhawks over Wild
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks handed over a fast start to Corey Crawford, and the All-Star goaltender carried them home.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Wildcats a fun story, but stop Cubs comparisons now
The comparisons with the Cubs need to stop now.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Kyle Busch-Joey Logano brawl brings buzz to NASCAR Cup
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The introduction of stage racing has so far provided the intended effect of spicing up the NASCAR Cup Series.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Don't tell your boss: How to stream March Madness tournament
NEW YORK (AP) — The 67-game March Madness basketball tournament begins Tuesday, with many games taking place during the day when you’re, ahem, supposed to be working.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Tears, double takes, and then Northwestern
There were tears in Syracuse, head-scratching about Duke and more than a few double takes at Wichita State.
Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Lady Raiders set sights on State track meet
MOWEAQUA — The Central A&M Lady Raider track and field team has become a consistent presence at the IHSA Girls State Track Meet the past several years, and head coach Todd Rork has his sights set on the big meet once again this season.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Edmundson scores with 20 seconds left, Blues top Ducks

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis defenseman Joel Edmundson doesn't score very often. When he does, it is usually an important one.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Illini taking a closer look at its QB depth this spring
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Trenard Davis has been moved around Illinois' roster for the past year. He has landed at quarterback for now.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tatar, Howard lead Red Wings past Blackhawks, 4-2
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings fans can wonder all they want about how their season might have turned out differently had Jimmy Howard remained healthy.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Harden, Rockets pull away from Bulls, 115-94
CHICAGO (AP) — Although the Houston Rockets put up big offensive numbers in the second and third quarters, their work on the defensive end dominated the discussion in the postgame locker room.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cutting Cutler: Bears dump QB

DAVE CAMPBELL

AP Pro Football Writer

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears have closed the book on Jay Cutler's era as their franchise quarterback, an unfulfilling eight-year story that featured only one postseason appearance.


Friday, March 10, 2017

After travel trouble, Big Blue beats Illini 75-55 in Big 10 tourney

HOWARD FENDRICH

AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The toughest part for some of Michigan's basketball players was simply getting back on an airplane.


Friday, March 10, 2017

A look at the Big Ten before semifinals Saturday
GAME OF THE WEEK: Regular-season champion Purdue will play its Big Ten Tournament opener on Friday against a very motivated opponent, be it Michigan or Illinois. 
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cubs Honored At Statehouse - Fans Line Up To Get A Glimpse Of Series Trophy
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spurs rally from 28 down to win; Leonard absent
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs demonstrated they are perfectly capable of rallying in the final quarter to win without Kawhi Leonard. They trailed by 28 points in the first quarter.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spurs rally from 28 down to win; Leonard absent
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs demonstrated they are perfectly capable of rallying in the final quarter to win without Kawhi Leonard. They trailed by 28 points in the first quarter.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Source: Cowboys to release QB Romo when NFL year begins
DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo's star-crossed career as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys will soon be over.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gibbs, Penske, Allison among NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Championship team owners Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske as well as the late Davey Allison are among five new nominees for the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bubble Watch: Tough day for Atlantic Coast bubble teams
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Boeheim usually says what's on his mind and it doesn't matter if the topic is his team's chances at making the NCAA Tournament's field of 68.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Big Ten Tournament schedule: Fighting Illini slated for Thursday tip
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Big Ten kicks off post-season play this afternoon at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. with the start of the Big Ten Tournament.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Trail Blazers overcome Westbrook's 58 to top OKC Thunder 126-121
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Portland countered NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook's onslaught with strength in numbers.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

No. 4 Gonzaga beats No. 19 Saint Mary's in WCC final
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few brought in veteran transfers and one of the best recruiting classes in school history this season, a group that's been called the best in his 18-year tenure as head coach.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tarasenko, Perron score as Blues top Wild 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mike Yeo smiled and admitted to feeling good about a win against his former team before he quickly brushed aside any special feelings about beating the Minnesota Wild.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Jackson's big second half lifts Pistons over Bulls
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — This season has been a struggle for Reggie Jackson, the point guard in whom the Detroit Pistons have invested so much.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bogut's broken leg leaves Cavaliers incomplete 
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Bogut went from being perhaps the final puzzle piece to another missing one for the Cavaliers.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Edwards leads No. 16 Purdue past Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — With a regular-season Big Ten championship already locked up, Purdue wanted to send a few more positive notes to the NCAA Selection Committee.
Monday, March 6, 2017

Bubble Watch: Illinois State starts a long week
Imagine waiting a week to hear whether or not you have done enough to earn the biggest of your dreams.
Monday, March 6, 2017

QBs hoping to answer questions at combine
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer has spent months getting in shape for the NFL's annual scouting combine.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

NFL Free agency 2017: A look at the crop
NEW YORK (AP) — Free agency is not the lifeblood of NFL teams. The draft remains the most significant means by which to build and fortify a franchise.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cavs hit record 25 3s, top Hawks 135-130
ATLANTA (AP) — On a record-breaking night when Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 81 points, it was fitting that the biggest shot belonged to Kyle Korver.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hellebuyck stops 29 shots, Jets beat Blues 3-0
WINNIPEG (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck knows his Winnipeg Jets don't have much room for error. So he made no mistakes on Friday night.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Adam Silver says NBA All-Star format will change for 2018
Change is coming to the defense-optional All-Star Game, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to hear ideas.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Blackhawks beat Islanders for 6th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Artemi Panarin and the Chicago Blackhawks had very little room to maneuver against the New York Islanders all the way to the very end.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

AP source: Jets releasing former Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall is on the move again — and the New York Jets' roster purge of big-name players with big salaries continues.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Bulls top Golden State in Warriors' 1st game without Durant
CHICAGO (AP) — Whether it's a superstar going down or dropping back-to-back games, losses are starting to add up for the Golden State Warriors.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Fighting Illini outlast Michigan State Spartans, 73-70
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Too many times, Illinois had fallen to pressure.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

MLB Spring Training Roundup
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kane has hat trick, Blackhawks beat Penguins 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks pushed aside the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jokic's triple-double surges Nuggets past Bulls, 125-107
CHICAGO (AP) — Although the Denver Nuggets were playing on the road, Nikola Jokic felt right at home Tuesday night in the United Center.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Millikin relay team earns All-Conference Honors
DECATUR — The Millikin men’s and women’s track and field team competed at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Indoor Track and Field Championships February 24-25 at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Illinois.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Top 25 this week: Duke hobbled entering final week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Little has gone smoothly or as expected for No. 17 Duke this season.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NFL teams get jump start on franchise tags

Le'Veon Bell, Chandler Jones, Melvin Ingram and Kawann Short didn't have to wait until Wednesday's deadline to get franchise tagged.

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Kansas rallies to beat Oklahoma 73-63 on Senior Night
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III walked toward the court with his son by his side, flanked by his father, who tried in vain to hold back to the tears before his son played his final game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NBA Capsules
Monday, February 27, 2017

Indians, Cubs tie 1-all in 1st matchup since World Series
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Cleveland Indians this spring. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Fowler joins friends in winning and extends youth movement
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Golf’s youngest and biggest stars keep winning.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Outlaw, Smoke and Gronk turned the Daytona 500 into party central.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Transgender boy two wins away from girls state wrestling title
CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — Mack Beggs could win a Texas state wrestling title on Saturday.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wade, Butler lead Chicago over Pheonix 128-121 in gripping overtime

CHICAGO (AP) — To Dwyane Wade, it felt like an otherworldly experience.

There he was showing some of his old explosiveness as he drove past Eric Bledsoe for a thunderous right-handed dunk over a rotating Alex Len, an emphatic exclamation mark on a wild overtime victory for the Chicago Bulls.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

NASCAR looking for strong Daytona 500 this afternoon
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The good news for NASCAR is that all signs indicate Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a legitimate shot to win the Daytona 500.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Grala wins NASCAR Truck opener after Crafton flips
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Kaz Grala won the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night, getting through a massive wreck on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kane's hat trick leads Blackhawks past Coyotes 6-3
CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks and their marquee players are starting to get in a groove.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Chicago Cubs closer Wade Davis reunited with manager Joe Maddon
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Wade Davis was a promising starting pitcher when he made his major league debut for Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays almost eight years ago. Then he was a reliever, and then a starter again and then a reliever.
Friday, February 24, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals' Jordan Schafer aims to be two-way utility player
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — On any given spring day, Jordan Schafer double-checks the schedule to confirm whether live batting practice means he needs to bring a bat or heat up his arm.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Gillon's 3 lifts Syracuse past No. 10 Duke 78-75
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — John Gillon had done it before, just not quite on such a grand stage.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bears add Azzanni, Staley, Swinton II to coaching staff
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears hired three assistants on Wednesday, bringing in Zach Azzanni as receivers coach, Brandon Staley as outside linebackers coach and Derius Swinton II as assistant special teams coach.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Toews gets hat trick for Blackhawks in 5-3 win over Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The relatively slow start to the season for Jonathan Toews has been buried by his recent surge.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Millikin Track Competes in Friday Night Special at EIU
CHARLESTON — The Millikin men’s and women’s track and field team competed in Eastern Illinois University’s Friday Night Special Meet on February 17 in Charleston, Illinois.  No team scores were kept for non-NCAA Division I teams.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Elliott nips Earnhardt to win 2nd Daytona 500 pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It's impossible to tell the history of NASCAR without mentioning Elliott and Earnhardt.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Johnson wins at Riviera, goes to No. 1 in world
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The only question about Dustin Johnson going to No. 1 in the world is: What took so long?
Monday, February 20, 2017

Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench.
Monday, February 20, 2017

How often have athletes snubbed the White House?
The routine is familiar. The president makes a few bad jokes. The championship-winning team presents the leader of the free world with a personalized jersey. Everyone smiles for the cameras.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Little big man: Isaiah Thomas a full-fledged All-Star
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaiah Thomas isn't even average.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Butler's last-second free-throws lifts Chicago to 104-103 victory over Celtics
CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Isaiah Thomas should have plenty to talk about when they see each other in New Orleans this weekend.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Tarasenko, Steen score late to lift St. Louis Blues past Canucks 4-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen has been hot since Mike Yeo took over as coach of the St. Louis Blues. His teammates have been even hotter.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Montero less disgruntled in return as Cubs backup
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Miguel Montero produced one of the biggest hits of the Chicago Cubs' championship run in the game that decided it all, and now he's preparing again for life as a backup catcher.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Carter Hutton helps Blues beat Red Wings 2-0
DETROIT (AP) — Carter Hutton is playing the best hockey of his NHL career, helping the St. Louis Blues surge under new coach Mike Yeo.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Russ and KD: Another weekend, another subplot
The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room to get dressed for a game, Kevin Durant will be there and donning the same uniform.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Seung-hwan Oh brings stability to back of Cardinals' bullpen
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Lyons recalls being impressed. Then he wasn't so sure. Then, well, pretty much everyone realized what the Cardinals had in Seung-hwan Oh.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Weekend sports in brief
Monday, February 13, 2017

MSG banning Oakley after arrest at Knicks game

NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the arena Friday, though said he was open to reconciling with the former Knicks forward.

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Booker scores 27 points, Pheonix Suns roll past Chicago Bulls 115-97
PHOENIX (AP) — Chicago is the latest Eastern Conference team to fall to the Phoenix Suns, another ugly loss for the Bulls on the road.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Kane-Anisimov-Panarin line leads Chicago Blackhawks past Winnipeg Jets for big win
WINNIPEG (AP) — Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks finally beat the Winnipeg Jets.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tarasenko scores in OT, Yeo-led Blues beat Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko strode through the neutral zone, dipped around a Toronto forward, deked out another and fired a shot past Frederik Andersen for another victory for the surging St. Louis Blues.
Friday, February 10, 2017

MLB preview: Retooled Cardinals have sights set on postseason return
ST. LOUIS (AP) — It was one thing for many people to predict St. Louis would finish behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division before last season.
Friday, February 10, 2017

MLB preview: Chicago Cubs loaded, ready for World Series title defense
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant is back. Same for Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester, too. Even 1908 is back in the picture.
Friday, February 10, 2017

St. Louis basketball team loses game, then bus in New York
NEW YORK, AP — The Saint Louis University men's basketball team lost a game and then its bus while playing in New York.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Toews' goal in OT lifts Blackhawks over Minnesota Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sure, no game is a must-win this time of year. Still, the Chicago Blackhawks couldn't afford to slip much further behind the Minnesota Wild.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Durant, Thompson help Warriors bounce back, beat Bulls big, 123-92
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors got their pass-happy, 3-point swishing groove back.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fighting Illini upset skidding Northwestern 68-61
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — With little but in-state pride at stake for Illinois, the scales seem poised Tuesday to lean towards a Northwestern team that finds itself in striking distance of several program milestones.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wade gets 31, Bulls blow big lead but hold off Kings
SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) — Dwyane Wade knows he's lost some of his athleticism. But the Chicago Bulls' veteran guard hasn't lost the ability to make clutch shots.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

After thrilling Super Bowl, attention now turns to 2017 NFL offseason, draft
The New England Patriots have some more catching up to do.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Agostino helps St. Louis Blues beat Philadelphia Flyers 2-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The St. Louis Blues kicked off a big five-game trip with a solid performance in Philadelphia.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

24 records brokens in Pats stunning rally
HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots have long been reluctant to rank their victories. They've refused to label any given season, or title, sweeter than another.
Monday, February 6, 2017

NCAA agrees to pay $208 million settlement in antitrust case
The NCAA and 11 major athletic conferences announced Friday night they have agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by former college athletes who claimed the value of their scholarships was illegally capped.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Harden scores 42, rallies Rockets past Chicago 121-117 in OT
HOUSTON (AP) — With the game on the line, James Harden resorted to his step-back jumper on three key plays and drained two of them.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Falcons' young defense could be key against Patriots
ATLANTA (AP)  — The popular thinking is the Atlanta Falcons' only path to their first Super Bowl championship is to win a high-scoring game against New England.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Patriots locked in to proven approach entering SB 51
HOUSTON (AP) — Ten words have driven Patriots coach Bill Belichick since he arrived in New England 17 years ago. And they are 10 words that he leans on whenever he is queried about what's gone into making his team an annual threat to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Kane, Blackhawks beat Coyotes 4-3 to snap 3-game skid
GLENDALE, AZ — The first period was one of Chicago's best all season, but it gave way to a penalty-ridden second. Through it all, the Blackhawks found a cure for their ailing power play and stopped a three-game slide.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne traded from Sky to Mystics
(AP) — Elena Delle Donne is headed to Washington in one of the biggest trades in the WNBA's history.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

That was awkward: Goodell dodges on Raiders, parries on Pats
HOUSTON (AP) — Nothing produces awkward NFL moments quite like watching the commissioner parry all those thorny issues involving the league's oldest and newest troublemakers — the Raiders and Patriots.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cubs pick up right-hander Eddie Butler in deal with Colorado Rockies
DENVER (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have acquired Eddie Butler from the Colorado Rockies for James Farris in a swap of right-handed pitchers.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

AP Source: Cardinals, RH pitcher Martinez agree to $51 million extension
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals and right-hander Carlos Martinez have agreed to a $51 million, five-year contract extension that buys out his arbitration years and includes two team options, according a person direct knowledge of the deal.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Former Baylor Football Coach Briles drops libel suit against Baylor officials
WACO, Texas (AP) — Former Baylor football coach Art Briles has dropped the defamation lawsuit filed against four university officials he accused of making false statements against him, according to attorneys in the case.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Alabama could top team recruiting rankings once again
(AP) — Alabama is attempting to hold off Ohio State and top the team recruiting rankings once again as prospects across the country finalize their college decisions in a Signing Day featuring less suspense than usual.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New lawsuit against Baylor alleges 52 rapes in 4 years
WACO, Texas (AP) — A former Baylor University student who says she was raped by two football players filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the school that alleges there were dozens more assaults of women involving other players.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lately, Lindsey Vonn is crashing more than she's winning
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lately, Lindsey Vonn is crashing more than she's winning.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Top D (Patriots) usually beats top O (Falcons) in Super Bowl
(AP) — Joe Theismann knows how it feels to bring the NFL's most prolific offense into the Super Bowl and leave with a loss.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bulls' Rondo lashes out at Wade, Butler in Instagram rant
CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls guard Rajon Rondo criticized Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in an Instagram rant Thursday for questioning the team's desire.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Serena, Venus say all-Williams Aussie final is a win-win
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When a euphoric Venus Williams picked up the pace of her celebratory pirouette and the crowd responded with thunderous applause, Serena Williams waited quietly in the adjacent corridor for the buzz to subside.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Hawks end game on 19-4 run to beat Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — One huge run to end the game gave the Atlanta Hawks a gutsy win after it appeared they were headed toward a lackluster loss.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Finke scores 17 off bench as Illinois handles Iowa 76-64
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' John Groce has heard many differing opinions about what he should do with point guard Te'Jon Lucas. The ones screamed at him during the game weren't why he decided to start the freshman against Iowa, his impact and control of the offense paid off in Illinois' 76-64 win Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

NFL: Concussion protocol not followed by Miami in Moore case
MIAMI (AP) — The NFL's concussion protocol wasn't strictly followed when Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore was treated for a hit to the chin and mouth in a first-round playoff game, the league said Wednesday.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lillard, McColllum lead Trail Blazers over Lakers 105-98
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers' celebration of the 40th anniversary of their 1977 NBA championship ended appropriately — with a win.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Millikin Track has Strong Showing at Monmouth
MONMOUTH — The Millikin men’s and women’s Indoor Track and Field team had a strong showing at the Midwest Indoor Track Invite hosted by Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois on January 21.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Super Bowl 51: Brady v. Ryan
(AP) — A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Kickers for final 4 NFL playoff teams each have leg up
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Touchdowns are always nice, but clutch kickers are welcome security blankets for NFL offenses, especially in the playoffs.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Warriors get 6th straight win, 125-108 over Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors wanted to make sure the Houston Rockets wouldn't beat them from the 3-point line.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rick Hendrick rises from tobacco farmer to Hall of Famer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Hendrick, owner of the most successful organization in NASCAR, grew up on a Virginia tobacco farm knowing that wasn't the life he wanted.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Spurs C Gasol breaks finger during warmups, out indefinitely
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs center Pau Gasol is out indefinitely after breaking his left ring finger during pregame warmups Thursday night.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Curry, Durant, LeBron, Irving to start NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry won a tiebreaker to join Golden State teammate Kevin Durant in the lineup, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving also gave Cleveland two starters in the NBA All-Star Game.
Friday, January 20, 2017

NFC matchup expected to produce big offense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP)  — The high-scoring offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers appear poised to provide a memorable send-off for the Georgia Dome.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Warriors rout defending champion Cavaliers 126-91 in rematch
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Now, everybody can sit back for a few months and envision the possibility of another scintillating NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Packers-Falcons, Steelers-Patriots for Super Bowl berths
(AP) — Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Clutch Rodgers leads Packers past Cowboys 34-31
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Rodgers didn't need another Hail Mary this time.

Maybe just call it a "Half Mary."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Federer returns with a win, joins Murray in 2nd round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer returned from a six-month layoff to beat fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer just before midnight on day one of the Australian Open, agreeing it felt a bit like coming home.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Steelers hold off Chiefs on Boswell's 6 field goals, 18-16
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Boswell's pinpoint right leg and Le'Veon Bell's two dancing feet.
Monday, January 16, 2017

Harrison, Peppers give surging teams ageless presence
(AP) — The oldest defensive starter in the NFL is also among its earliest risers.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

MLB agreements: Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton all get big-money deals
NEW YORK  — Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Departing players, new coaches mean new identity for Ohio St.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Since Ohio State's drubbing by eventual national champion Clemson in the College Football Playoff, coach Urban Meyer has hired new offensive coordinators who have to figure out how to score touchdowns without the Buckeyes' best all-around offensive player and top wide receiver from 2016.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Arrieta skipping White House trip, cites family reasons
CHICAGO — When the World Series champion Chicago Cubs visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, star pitcher Jake Arrieta won't be with them.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Steelers-Chiefs game moved to primetime Sunday because of ice storm
KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and Chiefs on Sunday has been moved from an early afternoon kickoff to primetime because of an ice storm due to hit the Kansas City area this weekend.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Assumption's Stringer returns to Whitewater team
WHITEWATER, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's track and field team looks to continue a rich tradition of success and compete for a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship during the 2017 season, which begins this Saturday with the Karl Schlender Invitational at Kachel Fieldhouse in the Williams Center.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

A look back at other Dallas-GB playoff matches
GREEN BAY,  Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will renew a storied, though intermittent, rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL divisional round playoff game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this Sunday (3:40, FOX).
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Packers rule WR Nelson out for Sunday
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the Green Bay Packers' divisional round playoff game on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys because of injured ribs.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Playoff history for Packers and Cowboys dates back decades
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers go way back, as in the 1967 NFL championship game played in such frigid conditions at Lambeau Field that it is known in league annals as the “Ice Bowl.”
Friday, January 13, 2017

Thomas scores 38, Celtics pull away to beat Wizards 117-108
BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas was good for three quarters and nearly unstoppable in the fourth.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

360-degree replays at Super Bowl a taste of what's next
BOSTON (AP) — Have you ever wanted to know what Tom Brady sees as he stares down a pass rush, scans the field for an open receiver ... or brushes his teeth in the morning?
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Westbrook's 18th triple-double leads Thunder past Grizzlies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook made fewer than a third of his shots and still dominated the Memphis Grizzlies.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Down goes Baylor: Top-ranked Bears lose to No. 10 WVU 89-68
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Baylor's euphoria over its ascent to the No. 1 ranking lasted just one day.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What to watch in '17: Clemson rebuild; Kelly's crossroads
Alabama will be great in 2017. That’s a given.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Weekend Sports In Brief
Monday, January 9, 2017

Grizzlies rally from 24 down to stun Warriors 128-119 in OT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rarely did Stephen Curry, coach Steve Kerr and the rest of those 73-win Warriors have to stop and re-evaluate things last season. Until they lost the NBA championship to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, of course.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Tide-Tigers II: The matchups that will decide national title
(AP) — Every defensive meeting at Clemson this week might as well have started with coordinator Brent Venables passing around a photo of Alabama's O.J. Howard with the caption "Know where 88 is at all times."
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers nearing deal for Hawks' Korver
CLEVELAND — Kyle Korver could soon be hoisting shots for the NBA champions.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Huskers top Iowa in 2OT, off to best league start since '76
LINCOLN, Neb. — Glynn Watson Jr. scored a career-high 34 points, Tai Webster made the go-ahead free throw in the last minute of the second overtime, and Nebraska held off Iowa 93-90 on Thursday night.
Friday, January 6, 2017

No. 20 Purdue holds off Ohio State rally to win 76-75
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State fought back furiously from a 10-point deficit in the second half against No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night, but a desperate rally came up just short.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Coffey, Mason lead Minnesota over Northwestern 70-66
EVANSTON, Ill. — Unable to beat a Big Ten team away from home last season, Minnesota now has impressive back-to-back road wins.
Friday, January 6, 2017

LeBron can't do it alone as Butler, Bulls down Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James was reminded what it's like to be Cleveland's only star.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

No. 18 Butler ends top-ranked Villanova's 20-game win streak
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler coach Chris Holtmann had the perfect plan to take down No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

AP Source: Broncos get OK to interview 3 NFL assistants
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver GM John Elway has been granted permission to interview three assistants currently in the playoffs for his vacant head coaching position, according to a person with knowledge of the Broncos' plans.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Alabama OC Kiffin leaving before national title game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Lane Kiffin isn't sticking around to run Alabama's offense in the national championship game, bringing an end to a successful but sometimes tense three-year pairing with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak officially steps down
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Eighteen years after Gary Kubiak tried to talk John Elway out of retiring, the roles were reversed.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

James scores 26 as short-handed Cavaliers beat Pelicans
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 26 points and the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a 90-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wisconsin wins Cotton Bowl 24-16, only Western Michigan loss
ARLINGTON, Texas — Troy Fumagalli had highlight catches for Wisconsin even before the big tight end's leaping 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and his 26-yard gain on third down that effectively wrapped up the Cotton Bowl victory.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Appleby shines, No. 20 Florida beats Iowa in Outback Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. — No. 20 Florida dominated the Outback with stingy defense and a persistent offense that did its job, too.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

USC hits FG at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. — Matt Boermeester kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and No. 9 Southern California rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a spectacular 52-49 victory over No. 5 Penn State on Monday night in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Illinois survives Ohio State
CHAMAPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Malcolm Hill was placed into a familiar position at the end of Illinois' 75-70 win over Ohio State on Sunday night.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Chargers fire coach Mike McCoy after second last-place finish
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers fired Mike McCoy following a second straight last-place finish in the AFC West and a third straight season out of the playoffs.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Peach Bowl was a typical day for 'Bama's high-scoring D
ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Anderson no longer holds the unhappy distinction as probably the best Alabama defender without a touchdown.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Rodgers caps brilliant run, Packers beat Lions for NFC North
DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers danced all over the Ford Field turf, avoiding sacks, keeping plays alive and eventually lifting Green Bay to the NFC North title.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Ertz accounts for 3 TDs, K-State tops Texas A&M 33-28
HOUSTON — Kansas State was unbeatable against teams from Texas in the regular season, and that didn't change on Wednesday night in the Texas Bowl.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Williams leads Utah past Indiana 26-24 in Foster Farms Bowl
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Whenever it seems Joe Williams won't be available to Utah, he comes back and delivers.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Maryland never trails in Big Ten opening rout of Illinois
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland coach Mark Turgeon didn't expect to be part of a 25-point game in Tuesday's Big Ten opener against Illinois. Neither did Illini coach John Groce.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lions eye high-stakes finale vs Packers after loss to Dallas
ARLINGTON, Texas — Matthew Stafford moved on quickly from another loss to his hometown team.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mirotic, Wade lead Bulls over Pacers 90-85
CHICAGO — Less than two weeks after falling out of the rotation for a couple of games, Nikola Mirotic is playing again and proving his worth to the Chicago Bulls.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pistons rout Cavaliers 106-90 while James rests
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LeBron James took the night off, and that was exactly the break the Detroit Pistons needed.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wild Week 16: the good, the bad, the ugly
(AP) — There’s only one way to describe a weekend in which the three worst teams in the NFL all win.
Monday, December 26, 2016

Resilient Steelers stirring memories with AFC North title
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t want to get ahead of himself. The stakes, after all, were far different. Still, the similarities were kind of striking.
Monday, December 26, 2016

Playoffs: The entire AFC field is set
(AP) — Pittsburgh won the AFC North in spectacular fashion Sunday, scoring the winning touchdown with 9 seconds remaining to beat archrival Baltimore 31-27.
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