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home : sports : college/pro May 28, 2017

Northwestern's Jackson carries heavy load
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Northwestern running back Justin Jackson (21) holds up the most valuable player trophy after the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in New York. Over the last three seasons, no Power Five team has relied on a running back as much as Northwestern has relied on Jackson, an old-school workhorse at a time of tailback-by-committee and early NFL draft entrants.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Northwestern running back Justin Jackson (21) holds up the most valuable player trophy after the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in New York. Over the last three seasons, no Power Five team has relied on a running back as much as Northwestern has relied on Jackson, an old-school workhorse at a time of tailback-by-committee and early NFL draft entrants.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Carrying the load for Northwestern is a seven-day-a-week job for Justin Jackson.
Saturday, May 27, 2017


Cubs stay classy in 'Anchorman' road trip spoof
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chicago Cubs kept it classy on their way to open a road trip at Dodger Stadium, with the World Series champions dressing as characters from the Will Ferrell comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
Saturday, May 27, 2017

7 ID'd for threats to NCAA ref after Kentucky loss
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seven people have been identified for threatening basketball referee John Higgins after an NCAA Tournament game in March. Information will be referred to authorities in their jurisdictions and to the FBI's Omaha field office, a Nebraska prosecutor said Friday.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beilein upbeat after Mich loses another to NBA
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — For a major program, Michigan is a somewhat unlikely candidate for this kind of NBA-induced attrition.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Laviolette, Sullivan meet in 1st all-US coaches Cup Final
Hockey history will be made for American coaches in the Stanley Cup Final.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

3 Illinois players facing burglary charges now off team
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has dismissed three players facing residential burglary and aggravated robbery charges.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bryant, Heyward, Zobrist homer, Cubs beat Giants 5-1
CHICAGO (AP) — It looks like the Chicago Cubs have got their groove back.
Friday, May 26, 2017

No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again
Here they go again.
Friday, May 26, 2017

NHL royalty vs. the rowdy neighbors in Stanley Cup Final
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins kept getting by even as their star players kept skating off the ice in pain. Even as the targets on their back as Stanley Cup champions kept getting bigger. Even as Columbus and Washington and Ottawa kept pushing and prodding, poking and pinching.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Ryu earns 1st career save in Dodgers' 7-3 win over Cardinals
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu made his first major league relief appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, tossing four scoreless innings to earn his first career save.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Game 7: history for Pens, Senators?
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lamb homers, D-backs complete sweep of White Sox 8-6
PHOENIX (AP) — First-year Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo oozes confidence in his team.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Woods feeling no pain, wants to compete again
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods said he had fusion surgery on his back because he could no longer tolerate the pain, and that he wants to get back on the PGA Tour.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Leake leads Cardinals to 6-1 win over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Leake isn't shocked to see his name atop the National League ERA leaderboard. The St. Louis Cardinals emerging ace gets why it's a surprise to others, though.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lester pitches 4-hitter as Cubs beat Cueto, Giants
CHICAGO (AP) — Once Jon Lester waited out the rain, it was mostly smooth sailing for the rest of the night.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Baseball's founding documents to be auctioned

ANDREW DALTON

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball's National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance

RAUL DOMINGUEZ

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Panik leads SF Giants to a 6-4 victory against the Cubs

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Panik felt a little better the past couple days in St. Louis. He felt a lot better after his performance Monday night.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tebow ends week-long slump with HR
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow may have found his hitting groove once more with the Columbia Fireflies.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Carpenter, Wainwright lead Cards past Giants 8-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright tried his best to keep up with Cardinals teammates Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha. The veteran right-hander simply came up short.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Cubs-Brewers: Bryant hits 2 HRs to back Arrieta
CHICAGO (AP) — Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Cubs' offense has rarely produced as consistently as expected. Kris Bryant, though, was never concerned.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Celtic pride: Bradley's last-second shot stuns Cavs 111-108
CLEVELAND (AP) — Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real.

Avery Bradley's 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions' 13-game postseason winning streak.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rain makes pole favs hard to find at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sebastien Bourdais took a deep breath Friday.

After an early race-day exit last weekend and an engine change Thursday night, he moved into position to contend for the Indianapolis 500 pole.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86
BOSTON (AP) — An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Buccaneers sign Fitzpatrick as Winston's backup
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as a veteran backup to Jameis Winston.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kyle Busch wins truck race at Charlotte Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his second straight NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night, leading 90 of 134 laps in a dominating run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ducks even Western finals at 2, beat Predators 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Lebron, Cavs have reeling Cs in must-win Game 2
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to against the Celtics in the Cavaliers' dominating win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Young breaks tie in 13th, Boston Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4
ST. LOUIS — Chris Young waited a long time for his opportunity Wednesday night and made the most of it.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cubs hold off sliding Reds for 7-5 win
CHICAGO — Long after Kyle Hendricks looked like Kyle Hendricks again and the Chicago Cubs got big hits from Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was still upset about the end of the game.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Betts, Bradley go deep to lift Red Sox over Cardinals 6-3
ST. LOUIS — Mookie Betts hasn't felt great about his performances lately, even if the results for the Boston Red Sox right fielder look just fine.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Schwarber, Rizzo HR, Cubs top Reds 9-5; Joe Maddon's 1,000th win
CHICAGO — Cubs manager Joe Maddon paired his 1,000th win with a glass of red wine made by Big Smooth wines out of Lodi, California.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators
PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan calls the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench "a man's argument."
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

San Antonio Spurs prepare for Game 2 vs Warriors with no Leonard, Parker
SAN FRANCISCO — If all hope seems lost for the San Antonio Spurs heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals without injured stars Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, they only need to look back a few days to see what's possible.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boston Celtics power past Washington Wizards in Game 7, 115-105
BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas said he didn't feel any pressure entering the first Game 7 of his career.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Derek Jeter's No 2 retired by Yankees; Monument Park plaque unveiled
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter held a microphone and spoke without notes to the crowd that filled sold-out Yankee Stadium. His No. 2, the last of the single digit pinstripes, had been retired and a plaque in his honor dedicated that will be placed in Monument Park alongside tributes to Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra and the rest of the team's greats.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Golden State Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard
OAKLAND, Calif.  — Stephen Curry started the rally in the third to get Golden State going, then Kevin Durant was determined to do his part in the fourth.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Molina homers twice as Cards beat Cubs
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter finally got the best of close friend Jake Arrieta.

But he isn't going to brag about it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Posey's homer in 17th leads Giants past Reds 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO — After catching for 269 pitches and watching his beleaguered bullpen escape jam after jam in extra innings, Buster Posey took matters into his own hands.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Two Central Illinois golfers join Lincoln Land Charity Championship
SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Charity Championship is delighted to announce that Jake Marriott, a Springfield native, and Dylan Meyer, a University of Illinois golf standout, have been awarded sponsor exemptions for the tournament.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Matt Szczur returns to Chicago with Padres
CHICAGO — Matt Szczur was caught off guard when he was cut by the Chicago Cubs. He also was relieved.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

A year after mom's death, Senzatela pitches on Mother's Day
DENVER — Every now and then, Colorado Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela can still hear his mom's voice when he's on the field.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bears release veteran wide receiver Eddie Royal
LAKE FOREST — The Chicago Bears released veteran receiver Eddie Royal on Thursday.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it
CHICAGO — Creighton forward Justin Patton has been fielding all kinds of questions at the NBA draft combine.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series
HOUSTON — San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Cozart's clutch hit helps Reds top Giants, 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO — The way the Cincinnati Reds are going, comeback wins are no longer surprising. They're becoming the norm.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Peter Laviolette too busy coaching Preds to ponder history
NASHVILLE — Peter Laviolette is not one to waste precious time reflecting on how he feels about taking his third different NHL team to the conference finals.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Polanco's HR for Pittsburgh thwarts Greinke no-hit bid, Arizona wins 2-1
PHOENIX — So many great outings for Zack Greinke yet he never has thrown a no-hitter.
Friday, May 12, 2017

German Marquez throws gem, Colorado Rockies beat Cubs 3-0
DENVER — German Marquez's fastball was dancing. His curve, almost untouchable. And after a diving catch by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth, well, Marquez's mind couldn't help but wonder.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Anaheim Ducks beat Oilers 2-1 in game 7 to reach West finals
ANAHEIM — Nick Ritchie is an NHL playoff newcomer. The 21-year-old power forward wasn't around for any of the Anaheim Ducks' agonizing Game 7 defeats over the past four seasons.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dexter Fowler again helps Cardinals rally to beat Miami Marlins, 7-5
MIAMI — Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean and Rogers Hornsby never had a trip with the Cardinals like the one they completed Wednesday night.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Martinez 4 RBIs, Cards beat Marlins for 4th straight

STEVEN WINE

AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Martinez pulled into second base and began gesturing to his dugout. He swung his clasped hands triumphantly from ear to ear, made a chest-high flapping motion with both hands and raised his arms to the sky, a pitcher celebrating his own slugging .


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Caps overwhelm Penguins to force Game 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Warriors oust Jazz, cruise to 8-0 in playoffs

KAREEM COPELAND

AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are four wins from their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals — and likely a third straight showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Preds reach 1st Western final in team history, ousting Blues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Let's play 2: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Hicks slid across home plate, hopped up and flexed his arms in jubilation. No Monday morning blues for Hicks and the New York Yankees.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Leon hits 2 homers, Sale fans 10 and Red Sox rout Twins 17-6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Sale was on the mound for Boston. Ervin Santana took his turn in Minnesota. This was supposed to be a stellar matchup of starting pitchers.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Pham's 2nd homer lifts Cards over Braves 6-4 in 14 innings
ATLANTA (AP) — After seeing the Braves leave runners in scoring position in the first three extra innings, Tommy Pham was sure the Cardinals would take advantage when their opportunity arrived.
Monday, May 8, 2017

Jaskin, Schwartz score, Blues beat Predators 2-1

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues needed a spark. Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Holland's strong start helps White Sox trounce Royals

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derek Holland hitched up the heavy, gaudy wrestling belt strapped around his waist and flashed the kind of smile any world champion would wear after having their arm raised in the ring.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Aguilar's 1st HR, in 100th AB, lifts Brewers over Cards 5-4

JOE HARRIS 

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jesus Aguilar doesn't need to worry about a Mother's Day present. It was sitting in a paper cup in his locker.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Boston College's Turner transfers to Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Forward A.J. Turner is transferring to Northwestern from Boston College.
Friday, May 5, 2017

Draymond Green shows range, leads Warriors past Jazz for 2-0 lead

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Now, the Golden State Warriors want Draymond Green to pack his 3-point shot for the altitude of Salt Lake City.


Friday, May 5, 2017

14 Big Ten football players poised to break out in the fall

ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall:


Friday, May 5, 2017

Josh McCown eyes NY Jets' starting QB gig, relishes role of mentor
NEW YORK — Josh McCown has every intention of being the New York Jets' starting quarterback this season.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nate Karns dazzles for Kansas City Royals in 6-1 win over White Sox
KANSAS CITY — Ned Yost was so consumed with trying to figure out who would replace Nate Karns out of the Royals' bullpen that he didn't even realize his starter had accomplished a rare feat until after the game.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Silfverberg scores in OT as Anaheim Ducks top Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 4
EDMONTON, Alberta — Ryan Getzlaf was a one-man wrecking crew at a big moment for the Anaheim Ducks.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Scully returns to Dodger Stadium for ring of honor induction
LOS ANGELES — Vin Scully returned to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, cracking jokes and telling stories as if he had never left.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Unstoppable: LeBron scores 39, Cavs rout Raptors in Game 2
CLEVELAND — Unstoppable. Untouchable. Undefeated.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Contreras, Szczur lead Cubs comeback over Phillies, 5-4
CHICAGO — Willson Contreras delivered in a big spot for the Chicago Cubs. With his bat and his legs.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Woman hit by stray bullet at Busch
ST. LOUIS — Police said Wednesday they were investigating after a woman attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game was grazed in the arm by a stray bullet that apparently originated outside Busch Stadium.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spurs rebound to beat Rockets 121-96, but lose Parker
SAN ANTONIO — In the midst of a resounding and redemptive victory, the Spurs' celebration came to an abrupt stop when Tony Parker was carried off the court with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Judge's 13th homer helps Yankees rally past Toronto Blue Jays 8-6
NEW YORK — Surrounded at his locker after another eye-turning performance, Aaron Judge thought for a few seconds when asked if he had ever been this hot at the plate.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Baez, Schwarber power the Cubs past Phillies
CHICAGO  — Kris Bryant saw the adjustments Javier Baez was working on before the game with his swing. Then, he saw the results.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Martinez, Cardinals beat Peralta, top Brewers 2-1
ST. LOUIS — Carlos Martinez waited longer than he expected before earning his first victory of the season.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New York Rangers regroup after tough loss, confident for Game 3
GREENBURGH, N.Y.  — Back home and with an extra day off following their tough double-overtime loss at Ottawa, the New York Rangers are a confident group as they prepare to face the Senators in Game 3.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rockets' 22 3-pointers dismantle San Antonio Spurs, 126-99 in Game 1
SAN ANTONIO — The Houston Rockets were willing to take whatever the Spurs gave them in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Joseph, Philadelphia Phillies strike early and rout Chicago Cubs 10-2
CHICAGO — No sooner did his manager talk about the urgency to produce than Tommy Joseph did just that.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Orioles OF Adam Jones claims racist taunts in Boston
BOSTON — Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was taunted with racial slurs at Fenway Park during Baltimore's game against the Boston Red Sox.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Shaw, Villar homer as Brewers beat Cardinals 7-5 in 10
ST. LOUIS — Travis Shaw sat out Milwaukee's previous game with a sore hand. He's feeling much better now.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Votto, Duvall lead sagging Cincinnati Reds over Cardinals 5-4

ST. LOUIS — Adam Duvall is not about to reveal his secret.

The slumping Cincinnati outfielder hit three doubles and a single Sunday, helping the Reds to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tebow's 1st triple highlights latest week in the minors
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow had his best pro baseball game this week, going 3 for 4 with his first-ever triple with the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets Class A affiliate.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bears to decline 2018 option on CB Kyle Fuller
LAKE FOREST — The Chicago Bears will decline their fifth-year option on cornerback Kyle Fuller for the 2018 season.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 win

BOSTON — Marco Hernandez's hustle paid off in a big way for the Boston Red Sox.

Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Holliday HR in 10th leads Yankees past Orioles 14-11
NEW YORK — Matt Holliday ended a thrilling duel of home run derby in the Bronx with one final thump.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bengals take chance on OK running back Joe Mixon in 2nd round
CINCINNATI — Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is headed to Cincinnati, which added to its reputation for taking chances on players with significant off-field issues.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chicago Bears take D-II TE Adam Shaheen
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears weren't through with controversy after Day 1 of the NFL draft.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Paul scores 29, Clippers beat Jazz 98-93 to force Game 7
SALT LAKE CITY  — Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul willed his team to victory with the season on the line.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Led by Wall and Beal, Washington Wizards moving on to face Celtics
ATLANTA — John Wall refused to give in.

Even as Dennis Schroder took off the other way, ahead of everyone for what looked like an uncontested layup, Wall managed to chase him down.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Michigan holds first practice in Italy, Buckeye fans nearby
ROME — After a week of touring Rome, shooting each other with paintballs, hanging out at the beach, snapping photos inside the Colosseum and seeing the pope, Michigan got back to work Thursday.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for Russian Grand Prix
SOCHI, Russia — Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, ending a run of 18 poles for Mercedes.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Underwood sets foundation at Illinois with Smith commitment
CHAMPAIGN — It didn't take long for Brad Underwood to set the foundation at Illinois.

Thirty-nine days to be exact.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bradley scores 23, Boston Celtics eliminate Bulls 105-83
CHICAGO — The Boston Celtics kept reminding each other not to let up as they closed in on a lopsided victory and a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bears trade up, take North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky with No. 2 pick
LAKE FOREST — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace made a stunning and bold move to trade up for the quarterback he wanted.
Friday, April 28, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals sweep doubleheader from Tornoto Blue Jays
 ST. LOUIS — It took a little while for the St. Louis Cardinals bats to get going during Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Starting with Bears, surprises galore on Day 1 of NFL draft
PHILADELPHIA  — Defense was supposed to dominate in the first round of the NFL draft.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Macon Speedway postpones weekend events
MACON — This weekend’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL and Macon Speedway in Macon, IL have been postponed.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Boston Celtics beat Chicago Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in playoff series
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense?
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pirates beat Cubs 6-5 as Ngoepe becomes first African born player in MLB
PITTSBURGH — Gift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

University of Illinois athletic department lost $6.2 mil. in 2016
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign athletic director said his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with both revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Edwardsville's Mark Smith chooses Illinois
EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville High School guard and 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball, Mark Smith, announced his intentions to attend the University of Illinois, on Wednesday, becoming the first Mr. Basketball to become a member of the Fighting Illini since 2010.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement
ALAMEDA — Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after agreeing on a two-year deal with the Raiders that paved the way for a trade to his hometown team in Oakland.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series
 ST. LOUIS  — One nifty little flip by Vernon Fiddler provided a big lift for the Nashville Predators on a rough night.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stringer tabbed NCAA D-III National Athlete of the Week
WHITEWATER, WI — Genevieve Stringer, a native of Pana, Ill., graduate of Central A and M High School and senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, was selected as the Division III National Field Athlete of the Week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after a record-setting performance in the discus throw at the Augustana (Ill.) Meet of Champions on Friday.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bormida powers Mohawks to win over Ramsey

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

RAMSEY — The Morrisonville Mohawk varsity baseball team traveled to Ramsey, on Tuesday, to take on the Rams in a contest that saw senior Mohawk Josh Bormida drive in five runs as part of a 12-4 win. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lady Raiders struggle in loss to Tuscola Warriors

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

MOWEAQUA — The bats were cold for the Central A&M Lady Raiders, on Monday, when they hosted the Tuscola Warriors in a Central Illinois Conference showdown. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pana Panther track sweeps home triangular meet

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

PANA — The Pana Panther boys and girls track teams hosted Rochester and Sullivan, on Tuesday, in a coed triangular meet. 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Coghlan's leap, Stroman's hit lift Toronto Blue Jays over Cardinals 6-5

ST. LOUIS — Toronto's Chris Coghlan called it instinct. It was more like a leap of faith.

Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring bound over St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in the Blue Jays' 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kyle Hendricks outduels Gerrit Cole, Cubs top Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0
PITTSBURGH — Kyle Hendricks spent the first weeks of 2017 trying to recapture the stuff he dealt so easily a year ago while posting the best ERA in the majors.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Arroyo goes 6 innings, leads Reds over Cubs 7-5

JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — With his high leg kick and below-the-radar breaking balls, Bronson Arroyo showed the Cubs a little old-style pitching. Who needs to throw 90 mph to beat the World Series champions?


Monday, April 24, 2017

Leake pitches, hits Cardinals past Brewers, 6-4

JIM HOEHN, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Leake overcame some uncharacteristic wildness on the mound and helped himself at the plate.

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Brewers hit three HRs to beat Cardinals 7-5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers just might have to start giving fans in the outfield seats batting helmets.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Nashville Predators beat Blackhawks 4-1 to complete sweep

STEVE MEGARGEE

AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped almost every shot he faced. Nashville's top line was outstanding, and Roman Josi and P.K. Subban keyed a solid defensive performance.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild got a break, and Charlie Coyle delivered.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fowler hits 1st 2 Cards HRs in 2-1 win, Redbirds sweep Pirates
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler feels his swing is getting closer to what he expects.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Russell's homer caps four-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4
CHICAGO (AP) — One mighty swing by Addison Russell finished off another comeback win for the Chicago Cubs.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chicago Bulls beat top-seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead
BOSTON (AP) — The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Predators beat Chicago 3-2, push Hawks to brink of elimination
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are at a point they've never been before in franchise history, and now they have a chance to keep their first-round series from going back to Chicago.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cardinals end 3-game losing skid, edge Pirates 2-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals lost the first two games Lance Lynn started this season and he didn't like it.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Frazier homers, Pirates beat Cubs 6-1 for three-game sweep
CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in a while, the Pittsbirgh Pirates enjoyed their visit to Wrigley Field.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Decked: Sloppy Cards off to worst start in nearly three decades
NEW YORK (AP)  — Yadier Molina reached for a ball in the dirt the other day at Yankee Stadium, the sort of pitch he usually smothers with ease using his chest protector and a square set of shoulders.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Schwartz's late goal gives Blues 2-1 win, 2-0 lead on Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With Jake Allen as steady as ever in the net and those big defensemen crowding the ice in front of him, the St. Louis Blues again stymied Minnesota's attack.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Leake, Piscotty lead St. Louis Cardinals past Washington Nationals, 6-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Going up against the 2016 NL Cy Young winner and facing the prospect of stumbling to their worst start in 20 years, the St. Louis Cardinals played their best game of the young season.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bulls clinch Eastern Conference playoff spot with 112-73 rout over Nets
CHICAGO (AP)  — Jimmy Butler is ready for the challenge of the postseason.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cubs raise banner, beat Dodgers 3-2 in home opener
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo sliced the ball into left field, and it was time to party — again.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Schwarber, Zobrist homer in Cubs' 7-4 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After scuffling offensively over the first four games, the Chicago Cubs will return home to raise the World Series championship banner suddenly potent at the plate.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Dartmouth, Princeton to play at Yankee
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — An Ivy League football matchup will take place at an iconic baseball stadium in 2019.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Knight scores in OT, US tops Canada for world title
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. women’s hockey players threw their sticks and gloves in the air and celebrated, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch with a 3-2 overtime win over Canada in the women’s world championship final Friday night.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

This Date In Baseball - April 9

1913 — Ebbets Field opened in Brooklyn and Philadelphia defeated the Dodgers 1-0 before a crowd of 10,000. The stadium, which cost $750,000 to build, was named after Charles Ebbets, the club’s principal owner.

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 9th, 2017: Sporting events to look for today

BASEBALL

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Speed bump: Radar readings up with MLB change to Statcast
NEW YORK (AP) — The scoreboard at Citi Field showed Jacob deGrom hitting 98 mph, and the ballpark buzzed with the Mets star back in top form.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

MLB says no violation in Molina stuck ball
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil knew the video of the ball getting stuck on Yadier Molina's chest protector would go viral.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hoffman, McGirt lead Masters heading into second round

PETE IACOBELLI

AP Sports Writer

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Charley Hoffman and William McGirt were the first to take advantage of Dustin Johnson's absence at the Masters.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Molina's Bizarre, sticky play helps Cubs top Cardinals 6-4

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the bizarre sight — a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector , in plain view of everybody except him.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Fans clamoring for Westbrook to complete historic triple-double run
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)  — Fans stood on their feet, screaming for Russell Westbrook to grab the one rebound needed to separate himself from Oscar Robertson and grab an NBA record that has stood for 55 years.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics 114-91 in East showdown
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Cavaliers sent a message to the Celtics in their final matchup during the regular season: They won't relinquish the Eastern Conference's top seed that easily.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Curry scores 42, Warriors clinch West, top record
PHOENIX (AP) — The NBA regular season belongs to the Golden State Warriors — again.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Back in MAC: Akron hires former Ohio, Illinois coach Groce
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Groce is headed back to the MAC.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Almora's catch aids Arrieta in Cubs 2-1 win at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. provided a big lift for the Chicago Cubs with a birthday present for his mom.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Johnson scores winner in OT as Avs beat 'Hawks
DENVER (AP) — The good news: The Chicago Blackhawks can afford a collapse like this. No harm done.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

AP source: Romo retiring, headed to broadcast booth
DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Missed call helps UNC in final minute of NCAA title game
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The official was right there standing over the play.

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks and Gonzaga's Silas Melson were on the floor trying to corral a rebound with 53 seconds left in the NCAA championship game with the Tar Heels up by one Monday night.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Williams passes Smith, joins elite coaching company
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams was simply not having it. No matter how many NCAA championships the North Carolina coach wins, no matter what the record book says, Williams will never see himself as measuring up to his former boss, longtime mentor and dear friend.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Poker buddies and road trippers, Few, Williams meet in final

By RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Few lifted the transition game he used for years at Gonzaga from Roy Williams’ playbook. When Few first started going on those Nike-sponsored vacations that coaches take during the offseason, it was the North Carolina coach and his wife who made the Fews feel welcome.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Tiger Woods decides to sit out another Masters
Tiger Woods won't play in the Masters for the third time in the last four years, announcing Friday night on his website that rehabilitation on his back didn't allow him enough time to prepare.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Colorado Avalanche down Blues in 2-1 shootout win
DENVER (AP) — On a night when the Colorado Avalanche got a rare victory, the St. Louis Blues also left as a big winner in the loss.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Panarin, Crawford lead Blackhawks past Columbus
CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford and Artemi Panarin helped the battle-tested Chicago Blackhawks win a matchup against another of the NHL's top teams.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

FIFA proposes 6-team playoff for 2026 World Cup
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 World Cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spieth returns to a green jacket and a bad memory
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The drive home from Augusta National was quiet, a rarity when Jordan Spieth is in the car.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Illinois cracks AP's top 15 all-time basketball programs
(AP) — The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college basketball since January 1949. Over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, a total of 200 schools have been ranked and 59 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Saint Louis was the first No. 1).
Friday, March 31, 2017

Cards GM says Molina deal "not done" but he's "optimistic"
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he's "hopeful" to have a new contract for Yadier Molina before opening day but said a deal was "not done" as of Thursday night.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Bulls top Cavs, James moves to 7th on scoring list
CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just might be at their lowest point since the King came home three years ago. Either way, they'll have to do better than this if they're going to be crowned again.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Tarasenko, Blues stay red-hot with win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues are knocking on the door for a postseason berth.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blackhawks overwhelm short-handed Penguins 5-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Kane darted behind the Pittsburgh Penguins net, seemingly intent on trying to bend a wraparound past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Final Four: Teams, players and matchups to watch
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Final Four is set, with one blue blood and three newbies headed to the desert to settle the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Martinez imitates Cabrera, Donaldson to make Cards
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jose Martinez had an epiphany while watching video of Miguel Cabrera and Josh Donaldson, and he's hit his way onto the St. Louis Cardinals' opening day roster.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff
Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gourde scores in OT, Lightning beat Blackhawks 5-4
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yanni Gourde's second career goal capped a tremendous comeback by the Tampa Bay Lightning against one of the NHL's elite teams.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Schwartz has 2, Blues beat Coyotes for 10th straight
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis wing Jaden Schwartz never panicked. He never displayed any frustration during a lengthy scoring funk.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

O'Brien has strong showing for Milikin Track
RENSSELAER, Ind. — The Millikin men’s and women’s track and field team opened its Outdoor season competing at the Edmonds Invite at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana on March 25.  Team scores were not kept.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas
PHOENIX (AP) — Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lee wins Kia by tying tournament record at 20-under par
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee took the lead into the final round of the Kia Classic two years ago and was overhauled by Cristie Kerr, who won with a tournament record of 20-under.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Final Four welcomes trio of 1st-time coaches
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frank Martin never got caught up in wins and losses, the highs and the lows, as he worked to build South Carolina into a contender for conference championships.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Chiozza hits 3 at OT buzzer, Gators beat Wisconsin

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — With 4 seconds left in overtime, Chris Chiozza took off with the ball, hoping to get to the hoop or find an open man. Instead, the Florida point guard stopped short right at the 3-point line and let fly with a shot that will go down in Gators' history.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cubs: Arrivals, departures, key contributors
(AP) — The Chicago Cubs are gearing up for a title defense to begin on April 3, when they open their season agaisnt rival St. Louis. This is how the roster shakes out for the upcoming season. 
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Career nights for Saric, Long push 76ers past Bulls

MATT SCHOCH

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — With many of his fellow high draftees sidelined, Dario Saric has turned into the leader for whatever is left of the Philadelphia 76ers.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bears ink QB Mark Sanchez to one-year deal
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Paajarvi's two goals put Blues past Canucks 4-1

DAVID SOLOMON

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Magnus Paajarvi has used a newfound wave of confidence to solidify his spot in the lineup and help the St. Louis Blues go on a strong run.


Friday, March 24, 2017

High-flying Kansas Jayhawks present question: Can they be stopped?

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter stopped short of calling Kansas invincible on Thursday night.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Kane, Crawford lift Blackhawks over Stars 3-2 in SO

MATT CARLSON

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks weren't at their best, but marquee players came through —again — to keep Western Conference-leading Chicago on a roll.


Friday, March 24, 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

Stroman clutch, US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC
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

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.
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