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home : sports : college/pro May 25, 2018

Gordon leads Rockets over GS 98-94 to lead series 3-2
Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination.
Friday, May 25, 2018

NFL players, coaches grapple with new policy
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson one-hundred years later
President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.
Friday, May 25, 2018

In second start, Plutko pitches gem; Indians shutout Cubs 1-0
Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate.

Once that was over, everything fell into place.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Royals score three in the tenth inning to down Cardinals 5-2
Drew Butera doesn't get much playing time.

But the Kansas City Royals backup catcher made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters
Stand or stay out of sight.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

NBA wants 'integrity fee' from betting
The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2
LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ramirez hits 14th homer, Indians rout Cubs 10-1
Jose Ramirez hit his 14th homer and the Cleveland Indians routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sato back to defend Indy 500 victory with new team
The fans lined up one by one in the most orderly fashion, waiting for their chance to take a photograph or snag an autograph from the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Central Illinois native Bigelow competed in first Indianapolis 500 in 1911
The Indianapolis 500 has been a Memorial Day tradition since its first running in 1911, and today attracts some 250,000 spectators and a national television audience.  Though those numbers have declined since the infamous IRL-CART split in 1996, the race is still a premier event on the national sports calendar.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mikolas gets 1st shutout, Cardinals beat Royals
Miles Mikolas was pitching in Japan a year ago. Now he's one of the top pitchers in the majors.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics
LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Olympian sues US Swimming, claims failure to act
Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and failed to protect her while shielding him.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flaherty fans 13 for 1st MLB win, Cards beat Phillies
Even after such an impressive outing, Jack Flaherty just wanted to talk about his hitting.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Aaron Wise gets 1st tour win, shatters scoring record
Aaron Wise had to kick his mom out of his hotel room because she was too chatty during a four-hour rain delay before his best shot at a first PGA Tour victory.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Backed by HRs, Darvish beats Reds 6-1 for 1st win with Cubs
More than seven weeks into the season, Yu Darvish finally has his first win for the Chicago Cubs.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Return of Bump Day may boost Indy 500 qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske still bemoans the memories from the 1995 Indianapolis 500.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Special teams lift Lightning back in East final vs Caps


AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning stormed back in the Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals, thanks in part to a thriving power play and suddenly reliable penalty-killing unit.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Smith's third-period goal lifts Vegas over Jets, 3-2


Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights were a 500-to-1 long shot to win the Stanley Cup before the NHL season began in October. Their surprisingly successful inaugural season is still rolling along, and they're one win from a berth to the Stanley Cup final.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

USA Gymnastics VP Faehn out amid Nassar scandal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has parted ways with senior vice president Rhonda Faehn, who has come under fire recently from victims of a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison for abusing athletes.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Houston teams, players offer support after school shooting
HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets star Chris Paul is among many in the Houston sports world offering condolences to the families affected by an area school shooting that left 10 people dead.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Right-hander Velasquez helps Phillies down Cardinals 6-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vince Velasquez attributes his recent resurgence to something in his head, not his arm.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fowler, Carpenter get going in Cardinals' 7-5 win over Minnesota
Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter were expected to be key members of the St. Louis Cardinals this season, among the top three hitters in the batting order.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Acuna gets big hit as Braves score three in 8th to beat Cubs 4-1
Even the youngest player in the majors knows better than to be surprised by another extra-base hit from Ozzie Albies.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

NFL's Carolina Panthers sold to Tepper
The Carolina Panthers are off the market.

The Panthers announced Wednesday they have signed a "definitive agreement" to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cubs throw out 2 runners at home, rally to beat Braves 3-2
Willson Contreras threw one away, then made the tag at home plate to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the very first inning.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Celtics survive 42 points from LeBron, down Cavs 107-94
The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout. LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring. So did the Celtics.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Games tonight
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Albies and Bautista homer as Braves outslug the Cubs 6-5
Nobody expected 5-foot-9 Ozzie Albies to be among the major league home run leaders. Same with the Atlanta Braves’ rise to the top of the NL East.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Zobrist defies MLB again with spikes
Ben Zobrist was joined by Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek in wearing black spikes on Monday despite a warning from Major League Baseball that he was in violation of the sport’s uniform regulations.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A look at where legal sports betting is headed in the US
The Surpeme Court struck down a 26-year-old federal ban on sports betting on Monday, allowing states to decide whether they want to allow legal wagers on football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other games.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Richard fans 10, Wainwright struggles as Pads beat Cards 5-3
After a slow start to his season that included four straight losses, 34-year-old Clayton Richard is looking strong for the San Diego Padres.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers 108-83
The assignment for Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris in his first start this postseason was easy to explain but nearly impossible to execute.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Trial on tap in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia lawsuit
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in a New Jersey memorabilia dealer's lawsuit that accuses New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of conspiring with the team's equipment staff to sell bogus "game-used" helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Simpson completes a big win at Players
Starting with the largest Sunday lead ever at The Players Championship was harder than Webb Simpson imagined. Hearing one big roar after another from Tiger Woods playing four groups ahead of him didn't help. Through it all, Simpson managed his game and his nerves.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Pham homers as Cards top Padres 2-1
After three seasons in Japan, pitcher Miles Mikolas is making a strong first impression with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Yankees, Red Sox to play in London 2019
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Cubs stop five-game slide with 14-2 win over Marlins
The Chicago Cubs broke out of their offensive slump in a big way.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

James, Cavs sweep Raptors to make conference finals
Once the sweeping was done, LeBron James peeled off his jersey and headed toward the locker room. He stopped on the way to share a moment with his two sons, who held basketballs while patiently waiting to take some shots.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Twins rally late for a 5-3 victory over Shields
With the White Sox struggling, James Shields doesn't want to hear about moral victories or solid efforts.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Fowler's HR in 14th rallies Cardinals past Cubs
Dexter Fowler had a flair for the dramatics during his two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, from game-winning home runs early in his first year at Colorado to the leadoff blast in Game 7 of the World Series in 2016.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Pujols becomes 32nd player in the 3,000-hit club
SEATTLE (AP) — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit, reaching the mark with a broken-bat single Friday night against Seattle and becoming the 32nd player in major league history to join the exclusive club.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

College football legend Crisler was Illinois native

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — As a high school freshman in 1913, Fritz Crisler was a self-described “skinny kid” who “didn’t weigh more than 100 pounds.”  It was an inauspicious beginning for a man whose impact on college football is practically unmatched. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pujols gets 2,999th hit, Angels blast Orioles 12-3


AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angel Stadium crowd rose in breathless unison when Albert Pujols stepped up for his final try at his 3,000th career hit before the Los Angeles Angels left town on a five-game road trip.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Taylorville's Morgan has good season for Blackburn softball

Tom Emery

CARLINVILLE -- Junior utility player Mercedez Morgan of Taylorville enjoyed a solid season with the Blackburn College softball team this spring.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Falcons' Ryan signs 5-year, $150M deal


AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $100 million man.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat Sixers 108-103


AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — The youth movement is alive and thriving for the Boston Celtics.

Friday, May 4, 2018

James scores 43 as Cavaliers beat Raptors 128-110 in Game 2


Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store.

Friday, May 4, 2018

7th heaven: LeBron carries Cavaliers past Pacers
LeBron James wasn't ready to go home or to Philadelphia or Los Angeles. He's heading to Toronto, bringing a Cavaliers team that isn't done yet.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Chatwood, Cubs sweep Brewer series with 2-0 win
For four straight days, Tyler Chatwood, Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks put on a pitching clinic.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Bears draft Georgia LB with No. eight pick in draft
Roquan Smith mentioned Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. The Georgia standout hopes to add his name to the list of great Chicago linebackers.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Fowler, Pham lead Cards over Mets 4-3 in 13 innings
Dexter Fowler has hit in six different lineup slots in the last six games for the St. Louis Cardinals. In the series finale against the New York Mets, he was at the right spot at the right time.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96
Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927
As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Modest Nadal impressed by record Masters title
Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Arenado out at plate in game-ending replay reversal
Nolan Arenado broke for home the moment Brandon Morrow's bases-loaded pitch bounced to the backstop. Arenado wound up causing an unusual ending that left the Colorado Rockies with a painful loss.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Sutton competes, fundraises at Boston Marathon
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Wizards top Raptors 122-103 to get series to 2-1


AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — All of about 2 minutes into the game, Washington forward Markieff Morris and Toronto's OG Anunoby needed to be separated after a near-fight that drew in other players.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pacers erase 17-point deficit to take 2-1 series lead over Cavs


AP Sports Writer 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers kept insisting this team was different.

Anyone who doubted them coming into the playoffs understands now.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mets rally for 9 runs in 8th to stun Nationals
Six outs from getting swept at home by Washington, the New York Mets stunned their NL East rivals with a nine-run rally instead.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start
The Reds fired Bryan Price on Thursday after their 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Illinois youth tackle football ban dead for now
The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the measure aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma lacks the votes to pass this session.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wade turns back the clock in Game 2 win over 76ers
Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers' rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Durant, Thompson push Warriors to 2-0 lead on Spurs
Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile. The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP's absence far less daunting for the defending champions so far in these playoffs.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mengden goes 8 crisp innings in A's 8-1 win over White Sox
After more than two years of trying, Oakland pitcher Daniel Mengden finally got his first career win at the Coliseum.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Area girls help Millikin sweep Wheaton
Taylor Jordan of Moweaqua and Gracie Brookens of Blue Mound continued to help the Millikin Big Blue softball team this weekend as they remain undefeated at home after sweeping Wheaton on Friday, April 13.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

'People are still suffering': MLB back in storm-hit San Juan
Hiram Bithorn's statue is no longer standing. The stadium bearing his name is ready to bustle again.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Kodaira rallies to win 3-hole playoff at RBC Heritage
Early on, Satoshi Kodaira was thinking only of playing well enough Sunday to make it to next week's PGA Tour stop. Those worries are over for the 28-year-old from Japan, who rallied from six shots behind to win the RBC Heritage in a playoff and gain an invitation to join the tour as a regular.
Monday, April 16, 2018

3 of a kind: Vegas closes in on series sweep
James Neal has been scoring big goals in pressure-packed playoff hockey games since way before the Vegas Golden Knights were even a gleam in owner Bill Foley's eye.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Pitch framing under more scrutiny
The concept of pitch framing is not exactly new, but it certainly seems to be under a bit more scrutiny now. There was even a bench-clearing incident earlier this month when Arizona manager Torey Lovullo started arguing with the plate umpire about St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina's framing. Lovullo said he praised Molina while using a profanity. The two had a shouting match.
Monday, April 16, 2018

AP Sportlight
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Busch brothers will start on the front row at Bristol
Kyle and Kurt Busch haven't always seen eye-to-eye.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cards' 13-4 win extends Red's worst start since '55
Jose Martinez had a career night, and he wasn’t alone in a Cardinals offense that finally found its stride at the expense of the major leagues’ worst team.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Fighting Illini sign five more for Underwood's 2nd season
Illinois has signed five players to national letters of intent, including three guards and a 7-footer from Senegal.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennard, Moreland have career nights as Pistons rout Bulls
Eric Moreland got the most playing time of his career — and he delivered with peak production.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Albers hangs on for first save as Brewers top Cardinals 3-2
Following a pair of extra-inning games, the Milwaukee Brewers hoped to establish a decent margin in their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nova pitches hot Pirates past Cubs 8-5 in Wrigley opener
The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed opening day very much this year. All three of them.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lawsuit accuses three ex-Michigan St. basketball players of rape
A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school Monday alleging that three former men's basketball players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting what happened.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Crabbe's career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win, Bulls lose
The rebuilding Brooklyn Nets have finally started to click over the season's final month. Allen Crabbe is hoping it'll carry over to next season.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

James, Love lead Cavs past Knicks to Central title
LeBron James used to downplay winning division titles. Not this time. Not after what these Cleveland Cavaliers have been through this season. This one is worth appreciating.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Holland makes Cards debut, Brewers win in 10
Greg Holland's debut for the St. Louis Cardinals was a dud. Holland walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced home the go-ahead run Monday night that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Cardinals.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Avalanche head back to playoffs after 5-2 win over Blues Sunday
Gabriel Landeskog sat at his locker stall, his skates still laced and most of his gear still on. The only thing missing was his jersey, which was given to a lucky fan.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Kyle Busch wins at Texas
Kyle Busch's return to Victory Lane only 10 races after his last win just seemed to take much longer. There were all those runner-up finishes in between, one in particular.
Monday, April 9, 2018

No one laughing at No. 11 Patrick Reed now after Masters win
Patrick Reed got some laughs a few years back when he declared himself a top five player, with little on his resume to back it up. No one is laughing now.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Framed: Diamondbacks beat Cards 4-1 after benches clear
Torey Lovullo claimed his Arizona Diamondbacks were being framed. The manager set off a benches-clearing incident in his team's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Chief Wahoo removal by Cleveland Indians not enough for logo foes

CLEVELAND (AP) — Chief Wahoo's farewell from the field isn't nearly enough for the logo's detractors.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Canadian police say fourteen dead after hockey bus crash

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian police said early Saturday 14 people were killed and 14 people were injured after a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in Western Canada.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Truex, Harvick know how to get to front at tracks like Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick certainly know their way to the front at 1 1/2-mile tracks like the one at Texas Motor Speedway.

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Truex has won five of the last eight races on 1 1/2-mile tracks since the middle of last season.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

McGregor's UFC future in doubt in wake of felony charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Cocksure and uncouth, Conor McGregor was never afraid to defy authority.

He dressed in fur coats and swung chairs at news conferences, reaped the riches of his dalliance with boxing, and demanded his boss cut him an ownership stake in the MMA promotion that made him one of the sport's most notorious names.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lester, Cubs blank Brewers 8-0; Knebel going to DL


AP Baseball Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jon Lester's second start was a big improvement over his first outing.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Martinez cruises, Molina homers as Cards beat Brewers
Carlos Martinez stayed in control and felt stronger as the game wore on. After a dud of an outing on opening day, Martinez returned to the form that has made the St. Louis Cardinals' ace one of the top young right-handers in the game.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kershaw gives up 2 HRs, D-backs beat Dodgers
Daniel Descalso and David Peralta did something no two players had ever done before against Clayton Kershaw in the same game.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ohtani smacks homerun in first home at-bat, Angels beat Indians 13-2
Shohei Ohtani got his first major league home run and his first celebratory ice bath. There could be more on the way for the Japanese sensation.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Markkanen, Kilpatrick lead Bulls over Hornets, 120-114, for 3rd straight
Many believe it's in the Bulls' best interests to lose as many games as possible as the regular season winds down. The players don't.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

There's new old-look Tiger Woods at Augusta National
The power off the tee and the sharpness with his short game made him look like the Tiger Woods of old. The smile on his face and the company he kept Tuesday at the Masters — a practice round with Phil Mickelson — suggested someone entirely different.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Nick Saban, LeBron James fueding over TV show
Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Yelich, Braun go deep in 9th, Brewers beat Cards
Ryan Braun walked away in the eighth and walked off in the ninth. Braun and Christian Yelich hit consecutive homers off Dominic Leone with two outs in the ninth, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

An uncertain future looms for college hoops
For the past three weeks, it's been all about buzzer-beaters, bracket-busters and basketball — a much-needed reminder about just how beautiful this game can be.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Reds get parade, edge Cubs 1-0 on 2-hitter for their 1st win
Four days into the season, the Reds finally got their opening-day parade — and a win, too. The Cubs? Still trying to locate their offense.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mikolas wins in return; Cards beat Brewers
Miles Mikolas won in his first big league game after a three-year stint in Japan, but left his biggest impression at the plate. Hitting a home run to help spoil the Milwaukee Brewers' home opener sure was special for the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Never challenged, 'Nova wins another title
Somewhere between all those heart-stoppers and tearjerkers, all the upset-riddled brackets and things we'd never seen before, the best team in college basketball was hiding in plain sight.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Backstrom, Holtby lead surging Capitals past Blues
Braden Holtby made a strong case for more playing time. Holtby made 34 saves and Nicklas Backstrom started a three-goal second period as the surging Capitals beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 Monday night.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Despite 2-for-22 3rd, Bulls beat Magic to end seven-game losing streak
The only consolation the Chicago Bulls could take from their horrendous third quarter was that they still had another one left.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Varlamov strong before exiting as Avalanche blank Blackhawks 5-0
Semyon Varlamov stopped everything — including a hard-crashing Chicago player late in the third period.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

More than Mike: LeBron breaks Jordan's record as Cavs win
LeBron James accepted the game ball and raised it high over his head for everyone to see — the perfect pose.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Accountant-turned-goalie helps Blackhawks beat Jets 6-2
Scott Foster thought it was going to be just another night. Then the 36-year-old accountant signed a contract, put on his goaltender gear and waited in Chicago's locker room. Then he got into the game.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Happ homers on 1st pitch of season; Rizzo, Cubs beat Marlins 8-4
A large contingent of Chicago Cubs fans crashed opening day in Miami, and one pitch into the major league season, Ian Happ had them on their feet to celebrate while Marlins fans stewed.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Mets beat Cardinals 9-4 in Callaway's debut as manager
Mickey Callaway's first game as a manager with the Mets went exactly according to plan.
Friday, March 30, 2018

It's a catch: NFL owners approve new simplified catch language
Maybe it's too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

First winner of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race dies at seventy-five
Dick Wilmarth, a miner who won the first-ever Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and then walked away from the sport, has died. He was 75.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Michigan State official, Stremple, who oversaw Nassar faces charges
A Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sports doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the guise of treatment.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Exclusive Party: All 4 number-one seeds reach women's Final Four
The women's Final Four is set, and it's one exclusive party. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio, marking the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NFL committee weighing overdue changes to embattled catch rule
That's a catch. Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn't one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Redskins sign ex-Bears linebacker McPhee
The Washington Redskins have signed free-agent linebacker Pernell McPhee.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sharks beat Blackhawks 4-3 in SO for 8th straight
Despite squandering a late lead, the San Jose Sharks still managed to keep winning.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Illinois' Finke, Lucas decide to transfer
Illinois has lost two more players after Michael Finke and Te'Jon Lucas announced their plans to leave the program.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Forsberg in goal helps Blackhawks beat Islanders 3-1
The Chicago Blackhawks are in an uncertain and wholly unfamiliar place.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Newman leads Kansas past Duke for Final Four bid
Kansas is going back to the Final Four.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Bubba Watson wins Match Play for 2nd World Golf Championship
Bubba Watson was in high spirits for someone with such low expectations at the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Villanova returns to Final Four
With all of the underdogs and upsets that have upended the NCAA tournament, no one has managed to come close to Villanova.
Monday, March 26, 2018

MLB: Stories to watch in 2018


AP Baseball Writer

(AP) — Just the thought of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the same lineup sent fans into a frenzy. Come opening day, all of baseball will see which teams really have the muscle.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Curry returns, then injures left knee as Warriors beat Hawks 106-94

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence nursing an injured right ankle only to go down again. This time, it's his left knee.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Giants' Bumgarner breaks hand, needs surgery
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For the second consecutive season, the San Francisco Giants will be without injured ace Madison Bumgarner for a while.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blue bloods Kansas, 'Nova, Duke prevail, interrupt upsets

(AP) — We interrupt this March for underdogs with a reality check from some of college basketball’s blue bloods.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

MLB Preview: Chicago Cubs looking for fast start in 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs remember what it was like in 2016, and they remember what happened last year. They remember all the fun they had two years ago, and how tired they were at the end of last season.

The past two years could hold the key to how they perform in 2018.

Friday, March 23, 2018

MLB Preview: Resurgent Wainwright key for 2018 Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright believes he can still be the best pitcher in baseball, even at 36 years old and coming off an injury-riddled season that was the worst of his illustrious career.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Schwartz scores twice, Blues beat Bruins 2-1 in OT
aden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues waited most of the season for some late-game magic.
They finally found it.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

MacKinnon, Avalanche cruise past Blackhawks 5-1
It's lucky No. 13 for Nathan MacKinnon. Just one of several positive streaks for Colorado at the moment.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hardaway, Beasley lead Knicks past depleted Bulls, 110-92
The Knicks have won two straight games for the first time in almost two months, and they're not apologizing for the caliber of their competition.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Loyola returns home for Sweet 16 prep as talk of Chicago
These sure are sweet times for Loyola-Chicago.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Leagues, casinos lobby states for legal sports betting
With the Supreme Court poised to rule on a case that could end the federal ban on sports gambling, more than a third of U.S. states are considering legislation to get in on the action, and professional leagues and casino interests are lobbying against each other for the biggest cut of the winnings.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness
One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament:


Monday, March 19, 2018

Blues rally for 5-4 overtime win over Blackhawks
If the St. Louis Blues somehow find a way into the playoffs in their final 10 games, they definitely will remember this weekend.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Jets acquire No. 3 overall draft pick from Colts
The New York Jets shook up the NFL draft on Saturday by soaring three spots to No. 3 overall in a stunning swap with the Indianapolis Colts.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Overall Top-seed Virginia left to make sense of historic NCAA loss
The doors to the Virginia's locker room opened, the last protection for a group of players sitting in a state of shocked quiet after the most improbable of losses.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

MacKinnon, Varlamov lead Avalanche past ST. Louis Blues 4-1
Nathan MacKinnon thought back to the Colorado Avalanche's struggles last season and couldn't help but chuckle.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Bulls hand Grizzlies 19th straight loss on Blakeney's free throws
The Memphis Grizzlies fought, rallied and were on the verge of snapping their losing streak, only to have an ill-advised foul lead to two successful free throws and another defeat.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Who needs 3s? Not Kentucky in a 78-73 win over Davidson
Friday, March 16, 2018

Connor scores twice, Jets beat Blackhawks
Kyle Connor hasn't looked ahead all season and he's not about to start doing it now.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Last-in Syracuse rallies for 60-56 win over Arizona State
The last team to make the NCAA Tournament gets to play at least one more. Credit Syracuse's fabulous freshman forward and its legendary zone defense for getting a cringe-worthy win.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Barbashev leads STL Blues to 4-2 win over Anaheim Ducks
The St. Louis Blues are less interested in identifying why they've suddenly turned things around than they are in simply extending their improved play.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin joins NHL's exclusive 600-goal club
Everyone around Alex Ovechkin had a hunch this was his night.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Oh, sister: Venus beats Serena 6-3, 6-4 at Indian Wells
One sister is rusty, just beginning a comeback after having a baby. The other is rejuvenated at 37, back in the world's top 10.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally
America’s gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament — nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books.
Monday, March 12, 2018

How much math do you need to win your March Madness pool?
Deciding which teams to pick in your NCAA basketball pool? Then you’re faced with a classic decision problem – and here, science can help.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Free agent Arrieta, Phillies reach 3-yr deal
The Philadelphia Phillies made their boldest move yet.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Kane's late power-play goal lifts Blackhawks past Bruins 3-1
One day after a flurry of Boston power-play goals doomed them, Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks tightened up and turned the tables on the Bruins.
Monday, March 12, 2018

USGA, R&A announce new rules for golf
Monday, March 12, 2018

LaVine, Portis lead Bulls past short-handed Hawks
A visit to the lowly Atlanta Hawks provided a confidence boost for the Chicago Bulls.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Griffin leads Pistons to 99-83 win over Bulls
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons knew they couldn't afford another loss on Friday if they wanted to have any chance of keeping in touch of a playoff spot.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

New motor doesn't end McLaren's woes in F1 preseason

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — New engine. Same dismal result.

McLaren, a proud Formula One team, hoped to put an end to three years of misery using Honda-made motors by ditching the Japanese engines and partnering with Renault.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

After Olympic win, Chloe Kim puts fame and fun in perspective
VAIL, Colo. (AP) — In between the dozens of media appearances that have suddenly become her new day job, Chloe Kim slipped away from the lunch table, disappeared into the restroom, pulled the gold medal out of her bag ... and just sat there and stared at it.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sebastian Aho lifts Hurricanes over Blackhawks 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes are more interested in the standings than the situation in the team's front office.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Boedker scores on power play in Sharks' 2-0 win over Blues
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mikkel Boedker knew the Sharks' power play has been fizzling lately. He wasn't about to miss another opportunity.
Friday, March 9, 2018

One-handed Northern Arizona basketball player spreading inspiration
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Omar Ndiaye strokes in long 3-pointers with a flick of his wrist alongside the rest of Northern Arizona’s players. Ndiaye has the same springy legs as his teammates, is just as quick off the dribble and has a wicked crossover.
Friday, March 9, 2018

2 at a time: C-USA tourney games on 2 courts simultaneously
Conference USA is playing tournament games two at a time, on opposite sides of a huge black curtain in the facility where the NFL's Dallas Cowboys practice.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chicago Bulls hang on down the stretch, beat Grizzlies 119-110
The Chicago Bulls envision Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn leading them to tight wins - someday in bigger spots than this.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

BYU's loss lets Big Ten bubble teams breathe easy - for now
No. 6 Gonzaga might have some new fans in Big Ten country.
A 74-54 win over BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game Tuesday night gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid to the NCAAs. Gonzaga would have made the NCAA Tournament regardless, so the Zags' victory opened one more precious at-large berth for other contenders.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cubs' Lester working on odd bounce throw to bases
Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester is trying a new approach when it comes to his biggest weakness.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Brown gets 21, Celtics pound Bulls without Irving
This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Loyola-Chicago downs ISU 65-49 for MVC title

Step aside, Northwestern. Take a seat, DePaul.

For now, Loyola-Chicago is the king of Windy City basketball.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Expansion Los Angeles FC beats Seattle 1-0 in opener
SEATTLE (AP) — Diego Rossi scored in the 11th minute off a pass from Carlos Vela and expansion Los Angeles FC beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Sunday in the opener for both teams.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Family affair: Boston's Tate Matheny plays vs Cards and dad
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Matheny stumbled through an answer about the Cardinals' starting double-play combination and motioned toward the batting cage.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

FIFA panel adds video review to soccer laws ahead of WCup
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's rule-making panel approved adding video review to the laws of soccer on Saturday, clearing the way for its use at the World Cup in June.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Jazz beat Timberwolves 116-108 in game featuring 3 ejections
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a game peppered with heated emotions and hard fouls, Rudy Gobert turned in one his finest performances of the season.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Westbrook's 43 points lead Thunder past Suns, 124-116
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have been real pests against Oklahoma City the last couple of seasons, beating the Thunder three straight times.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Dodgers' Kershaw breezes through routine spring start
(AP) — Clayton Kershaw's second spring training outing went according to plan, save for one poor throw to first.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Last 2 Heisman winners face scrutiny over NFL futures
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson braced themselves for a long-anticipated flurry of questions at the NFL's annual scouting combine.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Outfielder Ian Happ preparing for key role with Cubs in 2018
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A year ago, Ian Happ was just looking for a spot on the Chicago Cubs' crowded roster. The touted prospect took balls in the outfield and soaked in the atmosphere of his first big league spring training camp.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Pavelski scores twice in Sharks' 7-2 win over slumping Blackhawks
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Like most players on contending teams, Joe Pavelski enjoys this time of the year. Somehow he rises to the occasion.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Bears hire Childress as a consultant
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears hired former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress as an offensive consultant and finalized new coach Matt Nagy's staff.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

LeBron first in NBA with 30,000 points 8,000 rebounds and assists
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had quite a February in a one-of-a-kind career.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Few solutions to fix college basketball
The cracked facade of NCAA hoops appears to be crumbling and while LeBron James, John Calipari and many agree that college basketball should be overhauled, there’s no consensus on how to repair the system.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Court: Nike logo of Jordan did not violate copyright
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn't violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hornets win 5th straight, top Bulls 118-103
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwight Howard returned from a first quarter injury to lead Charlotte over the Bulls.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AP source: NFL seeking $2M from Jerry Jones over legal spats
DALLAS (AP) — The NFL is exploring options to get more than $2 million in reimbursement for legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over his threat to derail Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension and support of running back Ezekiel Elliott's fight to avoid a six-game suspension, said a person with knowledge of the situation.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

US Open abandons 18 playoff, last of golf's majors to do so
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Open is changing to a two-hole aggregate playoff, the last of the four majors to do away with an 18-hole playoff.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cuban mum as Mavericks hire CEO amid workplace issues
DALLAS (AP) — Mark Cuban let his new CEO do most of the talking Monday when former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall was introduced to the public a week after a report that painted a picture of a hostile workplace for women in the Dallas Mavericks owner's franchise.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Crabbe scores 21, Nets top Bulls 104-87 to snap 8-game skid
NEW YORK (AP) — With a pair of familiar faces back in action Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets won for the first time all month.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Seung-Hwan Oh, Blue Jays finalize $2M, 1-year deal
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Free agent reliever Seung-Hwan Oh and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Clarke's tip-in helps Hokies stun No. 5 Duke, 64-63
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker's emotions changed in a heartbeat — not once, but twice.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Free agents to play against Japanese amateurs
Baseball free agents will play two exhibition games this week against a Japanese amateur team.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Rinne gets 300th win, Predators blank Blues 4-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne showed no signs of a letdown following his milestone 300th victory.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Anderson scores in 3rd as Blue Jackets beat Blackhawks 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets had to come from behind twice Saturday night to stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference wild-card race.
Monday, February 26, 2018

34 bench points leads Illinois past Rutgers 75-62
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — While the Illinois coaching staff knew who they could potentially play in the Big Ten Tournament so some advance scouting could be done, the players weren't.
Monday, February 26, 2018

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