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home : sports : college/pro December 18, 2017

Lions, Bears meet with coaches hoping to return for 4th year

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions need a lot to go their way to get a postseason spot for the second straight year and third time in Jim Caldwell's four seasons.

"If we don't handle our business, it doesn't matter," Lions receiver Golden Tate said.


Saturday, December 16, 2017


Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook said goodbye to a three-overtime thriller and trolled Joel Embiid with a smile and a wave.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Portis scores 27 as Bulls beat Bucks 115-109

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bobby Portis says it's fun playing with Nikola Mirotic, his Chicago Bulls teammate who suffered facial fractures when the two fought in October.

Despite their troubles earlier this season, they made for an impressive duo Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Roy scores two and Ducks down Blues three-one

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kevin Roy made the most of his two-hour banishment to the minors.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Kane and Schmaltz lead Blackhawks past Jets 5-1 for fourth in a row

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Corey Crawford thought it was the best game the Chicago Blackhawks have played all season. Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz agreed.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty dealt to Oakland A's

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty has been traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's home in Pleasanton, California, following his mother's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease.


Friday, December 15, 2017

He's back: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers preps to play Panthers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bulls beat Jazz 103-100 for 4th straight victory

CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic is smiling again. The shots are falling. All the weightlifting work he did in the summer is paying off. The Chicago Bulls are winning.

That infamous practice fight is beginning to fade into the background.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Marlins agree to deal all-star Ozuna to Cardinals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Illini rout Longwood 92-45 behind Jordan, Frazier

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — With leading Illinois scorer Leron Black out with an injury, coach Brad Underwood turned to Aaron Jordan on Wednesday night and the junior did not disappoint. In his first start of the year, Jordan poured in a career-high 22 points and snagged a team-high eight rebounds in Illinois' 92-45 victory over Longwood.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kane scores in OT as Blackhawks beat Panthers 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to eke out another victory despite another less-than-rousing performance.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Red Sox, Cubs on deck for baseball's next big deal?
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — No matter how much their fans imagined Giancarlo Stanton bashing balls over the Green Monster, the Boston Red Sox never came close to getting the NL MVP.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Brady intercepted twice, Dolphins beat Pats
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins wore their perfect season uniforms, and for at least one game in 2017, they looked the part.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top 25 this week: Villanova ready for burden of being No. 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright has seen his team deal with all the things that go along with being the nation's top-ranked school, from the extra attention to handling an upset loss.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mirotic, Portis lead way, Chicago Bulls blow out Celtics 108-85
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are starting to draw attention for their play together instead of their fight with each other.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mayfield is unconventional NFL prospect
NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield is in many ways the perfect college football player: Good enough to play at an elite level, but because he is not an ideal NFL prospect, he stuck around long enough to lead Oklahoma to three Big 12 championships and two playoff appearances.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Forsling's OT goal lifts Blackhawks over Sabres, 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Gustav Forsling certainly had an eventful night, and the 21-year-old Blackhawks defenseman capped it by giving Chicago a much-needed win.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stanton says no to Giants, Cards; Yanks a possibility
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton has ruled out the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis, too.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

76ers agree trade Jahil Okafor, 2nd-round pick to Brooklyn
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Buried on the bench in Philly, Jahlil Okafor has a chance to prove in Brooklyn he's not a bust.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Hope Solo announces candidacy for president of US Soccer
Hope Solo is running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Allen gets shutout, Schenn scores again as Blues beat Stars
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Allen finally closed out a shutout Thursday night.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Cubs agree to $38 M, 3-year deal with righty Chatwood
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs added to their rotation on Thursday, agreeing to a $38 million, three-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Goodell signs five-year contract extension
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oladipo's 27 points, late three helps Pacers rally past Bulls 98-96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The start was disappointing for the Indiana Pacers.

The finish was great.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Could regionality of CFP cause fans to tune out?
(AP) — Hardcore college football fans across the country undoubtedly will be tuned in for the College Football Playoff. But what about casual fans outside SEC, ACC and Big 12 country?
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wilson, Ovechkin lead Capitals past Blackhawks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom is usually the one setting up his Washington Capitals teammates.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Finke, Black edge Illinois past Austin Peay 64-57
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois dropped its home-opening conference game by a point to Maryland. It was a tough loss for a team still searching for its first Big Ten win.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Saulnier's late goal lifts Canada over Team USA
Winnipeg, Manitoba (AP) — Even after stopping 32 shots in a 2-0 shutout over the U.S. team on Tuesday night, Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse wasn't about to take all the credit.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Kremlin to analyze IOC ban before taking any steps
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin needs to analyze the International Olympic Committee's ruling to bar Russia and its sports officials from the upcoming Pyeongchang Games before making any decisions regarding the country's participation, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Schenn scores three goals, leads Blues over Canadiens 4-3
MONTREAL (AP) — Brayden Schenn knew that if the St. Louis Blues kept dominating games, their winless run would end sooner or later.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Best of the best: Mayfield, Jackson, Love are Heisman Trophy finalists
(AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield made Heisman Trophy history just by being selected as a finalist.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Steelers lose Shazier on their way to another win over Cincinnatti
CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Ryan Shazier stayed overnight in a hospital with a back injury while the rest of the Steelers headed home with yet another improbable comeback in hand, one that was so much like all the rest at Paul Brown Stadium.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wade, Love, James lead surging Cavaliers over Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James could sense the Cleveland Cavaliers were starting to click the last time they lost. But a streak like this? He wasn't about to say he saw that coming.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Army uniforms to honor 10th Mountain division Sat.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Army will be wearing a new uniform honoring one of its famed divisions when it plays Navy this weekend in its big rivalry game.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Gould kicks FG lifts Garoppolo, 49ers over Bears 15-14
CHICAGO (AP) — Robbie Gould pumped his right arm. He screamed at the Chicago sideline. Kicking the winning field goal sure made it a sweet return to Soldier Field.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Fowler beats Tiger at home and at the World Challenge
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Rickie Fowler isn't winning as much as he would like. He's still undefeated against Tiger Woods over the last month.
Monday, December 4, 2017

USC beats Stanford 31-28 for Pac-12 title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With the Pac-12 championship hanging in the balance, Southern California delivered a goal-line stand followed by a 99-yard drive that gave the Trojans their first conference title in nine years.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Northwestern Wildcats outlast Fighting Illini in overtime, 72-68

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Scottie Lindsey took a seat on the bench after going scoreless in Northwestern's previous game.

The Wildcats' second-leading scorer still managed to play 39 minutes and come through in the clutch.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Frantic coaching carousel continues in college FB

(AP) — College football news moved faster this week than Oregon's offense in Chip Kelly's hey-day with the Ducks, and the blur started with Kelly himself deciding to return to the Pac-12.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Taylorville native answers call of the octagon

DETROIT — Taylorville native Bobby Wombacher has the opportunity to call one of the biggest cards of the year for the UFC this Saturday, reffing one of the matches on the UFC 218 card. Wombacher isn’t sure of what match he will be doing but he said, “I’m grateful to be wherever (the fight) is. The fight really doesn’t matter to me. I treat all of the athletes the same.”


Friday, December 1, 2017

Janmark gets two, Stars beat Blackhawks in OT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mattias Janmark has good days and bad days in his return from an unusual knee injury.

This one was pretty nice.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Giants co-owner John Mara talks about benching Eli Manning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have been making mistakes all season. They might have made their biggest one in how they handled the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning after 13 seasons.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gibson rebounds from rough outing, leads Ducks past Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anaheim goalie John Gibson has been pulled from a hockey game before. So he knew exactly how to react after a rough outing: No panic, no worries.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Area athletes at the collegiate level: where are they now?
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Once an athlete leaves the area, there isn’t much available on what they are doing in college or how they are doing in their collegiate pursuits. Several athletes have moved on from the area to compete in college.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Booker scores 33 as Suns top Bulls 104-99
CHICAGO (AP) — For all the big shots he hit, Devin Booker was most proud of the one he blocked.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rinne's 37 saves help Preds beat 'Hawks 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg has scored on many different goalies, but Tuesday night was the first time he collected a goal against one with the same name on the back of his jersey.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crawford gets 20, Wake Forest hands Illinois first loss, 80-73
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Bryant Crawford led four players in double figures with 20 points as Wake Forest knocked Illinois from the ranks of the undefeated in an 80-73 win in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge Tuesday night.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on, beat Lakers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' third win in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0 came at a price.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Flacco protects ball, Ravens use takeaways to beat Texans
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco doesn't mind putting up mediocre numbers and looking rather ordinary, as long as he can keep doing it right into the NFL playoffs.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

James has 30 points to lead Cavs in 113-91 rout of 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeBron James showed the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers just how high the bar is to compete with the Eastern Conference's best.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DeBrincat helps Blackhawks pound Ducks 7-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex DeBrincat has terrific hands, good speed and the instincts of an elite scorer.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Carson Wentz tosses 3 touchdowns, Eagles beat Bears 31-3 for ninth straight
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another strong performance by Carson Wentz. Another dominant effort by the defense. Another lopsided win for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Jackson, defense lead No. 23 Northwestern past Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Northwestern defensive end Samdup Miller stretched out his hands to push the football into Illinois' end zone in the third quarter Saturday night, fellow defensive end Joe Gaziano danced wildly across the field, fists pumping.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Winless to unbeaten: No. 12 UCF beats USF to cap turnaround
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida has gone from winless to unbeaten in 729 days.

Less than two years after finishing 0-12, the 12th-ranked Knights completed the first unbeaten regular season in program history on Friday with a wild 49-42 victory over No. 19 South Florida.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

No. 7 Florida beats No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double OT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)  — Jalen Hudson couldn't wait to get back to Florida's locker room to celebrate with his teammates following a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

No. 1 Duke rallies to beat Texas 85-78 in overtime
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski calls Marvin Bagley III a treasure.

The freshman big man had a career-high 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime on Friday in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Pickett leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Miami spent the better part of 13 months putting together the nation's longest winning streak behind a series of comebacks that returned the swagger to "The U" in all of its "Turnover Chain" glory.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Finke, Jordan spark Illinois past NC Central 86-73
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — First year Illinois coach Brad Underwood spent the past week pushing junior forward Michael Finke to shoot the ball more often.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

No. 2 Arizona upset again at Battle 4 Atlantis, 66-60 by SMU
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — SMU attacked the glass and kept scoring off turnovers to offset a bad shooting performance. It was enough to hand No. 2 Arizona a second stunning loss to an unranked opponent in two nights.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Keenum-led Vikings beat Lions 30-23
DETROIT (AP) — Case Keenum stood in the pocket to take a hit, dipped his right shoulder to slip out of a sack and shuffled his feet in the pocket to give his receivers more time to get open.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Philip Rivers, Chargers thump fading Cowboys 28-6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Philip Rivers was more than comfortable on the Thanksgiving stage for the first time in his 14 NFL seasons.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Lakers rally from 19 to beat Bulls 103-94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers' first half resembled many miserable stretches of the past four seasons. Although the Chicago Bulls have plenty of their own problems, they outworked, outshot and outsmarted the Lakers while taking a 14-point lead.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tarasenko nets 2, gets in rare fight as Blues top Oilers 8-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko dropped his gloves and inspired his teammates.

On a night when he had two goals and two assists , Tarasenko got in a rare fight Tuesday during the St. Louis Blues' 8-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Irving's 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to maintain streak
DALLAS (AP) — Double-digit deficits are becoming just a minor annoyance to the Boston Celtics as they continue their winning ways.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ryan's two TDs help Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons did enough through three-and-a-half quarters that even the best comeback attempt by Russell Wilson fell short this time.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hall of Fame ballot newcomers: Jones, Thome, Vizquel
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Party time! Earnhart Jr. throws epic retirement party after finale
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. threw his own retirement party on pit road. Earnhardt popped out of his car, flashed a thumbs-up sign and chugged a Budweiser. Drenched in sweat and suds, he grabbed another cold one. It was easy enough to keep happy hour rolling since the beer cooler was stashed on the trunk of his Chevrolet.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Trubisky shows promise in another Bears loss; Lions win 27-24
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky made a couple of big plays with his arm and his feet. He got a chance to show off his progress and passed a couple of challenging tests.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Black, Nichols lead Illinois past Marshall 91-74
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nursing a late-game lead over Marshall that topped 20 points more than once, Illinois coach Brad Underwood took a timeout and unloaded on his team.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Danica Patrick to end racing career at next Indy

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

NFL reviewing allegation against Jameis Winston

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NFL is investigating an allegation that Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in 2016, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has denied the allegation on his social media accounts.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lions look to stay on a roll against Bears on Sunday

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Matthew Stafford is rolling along, and the Detroit Lions are starting to pick up wins.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two career highs push Illinois past DePaul

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Mark Smith shot 40 percent from the field and made just one of his five 3-point attempts.

But he still found a way to be effective - scoring a career-high 21 points - in Illinois' 82-73 victory over DePaul on Friday night in their first meeting in 60 years.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

College Football: Week twelve preview

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — Maybe a few upsets will liven up a weekend college football schedule that looks as if it will be full of blowouts.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Schenn scores twice, has assist to help Blues beat Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Being traded to the St. Louis Blues has worked out very well for Brayden Schenn thus far.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Big Ben throws 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans

WILL GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Scherzer, Kluber win Cy Young award by wide margins
(AP) — Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls 92-79 for 3rd straight win
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

WADA decision damages Russia's hopes for Winter Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency dealt a blow Thursday to Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Anisimov, 'Hawks beat Rangers 6-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Artem Anisimov did his usual dirty work. He went to the front of the net and waited for an opportunity.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Alabama to #1 in playoff rankings, then Clemson
(AP) — Alabama and Clemson are back on top of the College Football Playoff rankings, the ninth time over the last three seasons that the Crimson Tide and Tigers have held the first two spots in some order.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UCLA players return home facing discipline
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Papa John's apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests
(AP) — Papa John's apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Allen leads #1 Duke past #2 Michigan State
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about Marvin Bagley III and the rest of Duke's talented freshmen for a moment.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

James, Korver lead Cavs' charge in 4th to top Knicks 104-101
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dolphins need to find answers on defense to challenge in AFC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Despite an embarrassing performance on Monday night, the Miami Dolphins remain in playoff contention in the mediocre AFC.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Flames win wild contest, 7-4, over Blues
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Patience is starting to pay off for Mark Jankowski.

The rookie had two goals and an assist, Kris Versteeg scored the winner with 5:31 left and the Calgary Flames scored five times in the third period to beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Monday night.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lagow leads Indiana to first Big Ten win of season, 24-14
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Heading into Saturday's game, Indiana was 0-6 in the Big Ten. Losing that many conference games makes it hard to find something to play for late in the season, but the Hoosiers didn't have to look far.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Wood's hat trick helps Devils' rally to beat Blackhawks, 7-5
CHICAGO (AP) — After a slow start, the New Jersey Devils and Miles Wood blitzed their way back against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Black's career high powers Illinois past UT Martin 77-74
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — After a 47-point victory in his Illinois debut, coach Brad Underwood said that it was easy.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Packers can breathe a bit easier after defeating Bears 23-16
CHICAGO (AP) — The Green Bay Packers would love nothing more than to have Aaron Rodgers return this season and lead a deep playoff run.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Jones: Goodell objection not about Elliott
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his objection to a contract extension for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not because of star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lindsey scores 26 points as Northwestern beats Loyola (Md.)
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Being ranked in the preseason poll for the first time in school history may have had Bryant McIntosh and his Northwestern teammates uptight.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Solo says former FIFA pres. grabbed her
(AP) — Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Love's 3 TDs lead Stanford past No. 9 Washington 30-22
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — When Bryce Love aggravated his injured ankle in the first half and had to go to the sideline to get checked out, Stanford coach David Shaw wasn't sure how much he'd be able to get out of his star running back.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor
(AP) — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Yankees interview former Indians, Mariners manager
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Wedge promises a touchy-feely approach if hired as New York Yankees manager, rejecting the old-school method of publicly challenging players to motivate them.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Alstork, Jordan lead Illini past Jaguars 102-55
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Graduate transfer Mark Alstork struggled early for Illinois. He missed his first three shot attempts and didn't score from the field until there was 3:15 left in the first half.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Giroux, Voracek lead Flyers to 3-1 win over Blackhawks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Looking for a scoring boost, the Blackhawks reunited the top line that helped them win three of the last seven Stanley Cups. But it was the Flyers' No. 1 unit that ruled on this night.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Blues beat struggling Coyotes 3-2 in shootout
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Under pressure in a shootout, Carter Hutton looked like a poised veteran.
Friday, November 10, 2017

College football: Week 11 preview
(AP) — Time to start filling those slots for championship weekend.

Depending on how this weekend goes the matchup for Southeastern Conference championship could be set, along with half the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 title game pairings.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Final Four teams adding transfer depth
(AP) — A few of last year's Final Four teams have added transfers to help restock.

That's particularly apparent at Oregon.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues 'just in my head'
BOSTON (AP) — Lonzo Ball is in a shooting slump, and he thinks he knows where the problem is.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

A concise guide to the 2017-18 college basketball season
(AP) — North Carolina closed out the 2016-17 season by holding off upstart Gonzaga for its sixth national championship.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Foster to re-emerge as Illinois' top running back
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois broke a school record this season by starting 16 true freshmen. Kendrick Foster isn't one of them.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

No change atop CFP rankings; Miami poised to make move
(AP) — With three games matching teams in the selection committee's top 10, the College Football Playoff race could become a lot clearer on Saturday.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tarasenko, Schwartz score in 1:35 span, Blues beat Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The St. Louis Blues got back in the game against the New Jersey Devils with a lucky bounce, and then their talent took over.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DeRozan scores 24 points as Raptors beat Bulls 119-114
TORONTO (AP) — Bobby Portis gave the Chicago Bulls a boost in his first game back from suspension. Just not enough to top DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Day by day, dribble by dribble , Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard — like himself.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

O'Brien says Texans have discussed signing Kaepernick
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien says he and general manager Rick Smith have discussed signing Colin Kaepernick in the wake of last week's season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oklahoma, TX: Set up for tourney?
(AP) — Oklahoma went from the joy of a 2016 Final Four appearance to the misery of a 20-loss campaign last season.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lions snap 3-game skid, beat Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Eager to end a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Lions picked a tough place to make a stand — Lambeau Field in a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lindgren leads Canadiens to 2-0 victory over Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — Charlie Lindgren kept the Montreal Canadiens in the game until they finally solved Corey Crawford.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Harvick passes Truex for Texas win both clinch title shots
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The timing was perfect for Kevin Harvick's first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Texas. So was his winning pass.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Purdue aggressive defense stifles Illinois
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's aggressive defense registered nine tackles for loss, including five sacks, and the Boilermakers snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 29-10 victory against Illinois.
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Neuvirth makes 33 saves, Flyers blank Blues 2-0

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michal Neuvirth looked perfectly comfortable in the black cape with white fur along the collar.


Friday, November 3, 2017

College football week 10 preview: Bedlam at its best

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — The first College Football Playoff rankings are out and seven games matching ranked teams this weekend have the potential to make the second rankings look much different.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Texans' Watson out for season with ACL tear

KRISTIE RIEKEN

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Jets save season with stifling defense, strong running game

DENNIS WASZAK Jr.

AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson challenged the New York Jets' defense to hold the Buffalo Bills to 60 yards rushing. Steve McLendon thought 80 would be more realistic.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Crawford, Blackhawks blank Flyers 3-0
CHICAGO (AP) — While the Chicago Blackhawks work on their power play and coach Joel Quenneville searches for the right combinations for his lineup, at least they have Corey Crawford in goal.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Happy birthday: Heat top Bulls to end 3-game slide
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra seems to get the same birthday present from his team every year.

He is not complaining.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

UConn women a unanimous No. 1 in AP preseason hoops poll
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn is in a familiar spot to start the season — No. 1 in the poll.

The Huskies were a unanimous choice in the top spot of The Associated Press women's basketball preseason poll on Thursday. It's the 12th time in school history that UConn has been No. 1 in the preseason poll, matching Tennessee for the most all-time.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Astros win 1st World Series crown in Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From laughingstock to lift off.

George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Georgia, 'Bama, Notre Dame, Clemson 1st in CFP rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of games played during week two of the season had a major effect on the first College Football Playoff rankings.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dave Ryan finishes with most points in CDGA tourney
LEMONT, Ill. - Patrick Flavin is the 2017 Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) Player of the Year, while John Finnin earned the 2017 CDGA Senior Player of the Year distinction. Both players are first-time winners of the awards.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dodgers force World Series to Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases , taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tarasenko, Schwartz send Blues past Kings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Five days after his first child was born, St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left the rink with a special present for his daughter.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chiefs force 5 TOs, beat Broncos 29-19
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs proved Monday night they can play a little defense, too.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Saints beat Bears for 5th straight win
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees delivered accurate, aggressive throws downfield in tense moments, when conventional wisdom might have called for a more conservative play.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Bears-Saints clash showcases high picks Trubisky, Lattimore
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore have been on a midseason collision course for months now.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Darrell Wallace Jr. to drive for Richard Petty in 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. will become the first black full-time driver at NASCAR's top level since 1971 when he takes over Richard Petty's iconic ride next season.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Manfred: ball not to blame for all the HRs
HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't blame the baseball for all the long balls.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Canada beats USA 5-1 on pre-Olympic women's hockey tour
BOSTON (AP) — In a women's hockey rivalry that has seen medals turn from gold to silver in a matter of seconds, or a few inches, the United States and Canada just aren't sure what to make of the recent spate of blowouts.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Female student golf player denied trophy in boys' tournament
UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A female high school student who had the best score at a boys' golf tournament in Massachusetts has been denied the trophy because she's a girl.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

NFL expects Kaepernick invite to next players' meeting
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart says the league expects Colin Kaepernick to be invited to the next meeting between owners and players to discuss social justice initiatives.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nets overcome James' triple-double, beat Cavs 112-107
NEW YORK (AP) — With injuries on both sides, the point guard matchup came down to LeBron James against Spencer Dinwiddie.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blues' power play wakes up in 5-2 win over Flames
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen did not panic.

The St. Louis winger knew that his return to form was right around the corner.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

David Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use by players should be allowed, but the league says it won't allow it for recreational use.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Springer's HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties 1-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Springer screamed with joy as he circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Declaration of independents: Hill rises making Series start
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Out of the majors, Rich Hill never believed he was out of chances.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LeBron plays point, scores 34 as Cavaliers beat Chicago Bulls 119-112
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' lineups are changing daily. Their defense is a mess, their slow starts are puzzling and the starting point guard is hurt.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No sweat, Clayton Kershaw.

Changing jerseys to beat the 103-degree heat, the Dodgers ace with a checkered playoff history delivered a signature performance, pitching Los Angeles past the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Astros, Dodgers developed quite a rivalry as division foes
(AP) — Long before they made it to this year's World Series, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were plenty familiar with each other.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins 34-24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles keep losing key players and are still winning games thanks to No. 11.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Saints recover late defeat Rodger-less Packers 26-17
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The way that the New Orleans Saints won on the road on Sunday might serve as a valuable lesson in their quest to return to the playoffs.
Monday, October 23, 2017

McCrary, Smith lead Minnesota over Illinois 24-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Using just two different plays, Minnesota marched down the field midway through the fourth quarter against Illinois on Saturday. Kobe McCrary carried the ball six times. Rodney Smith ran five times during a grinding, 12-play drive.
Monday, October 23, 2017

AP Top 25: Notre Dame cracks top 10; Michigan drops out
AP — Notre Dame cracked the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 9, and Michigan fell out of the rankings for the first time in two years.
Monday, October 23, 2017

These aren't your 1988 Dodgers, not even close
(AP) — These aren't your 1988 Dodgers, not even close.

Justin Turner was a 3-year-old then, wondering what all the fuss was about when watching Kirk Gibson's home run on TV at his grandmother's home in Southern California. Clayton Kershaw wasn't even walking yet, much less tinkering with the curve ball Vin Scully called Public Enemy No. 1 the first time he saw it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Matthews up for challenge as Packers rally without Rodgers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — In the visiting locker room after Green Bay lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Packers spoke of how they'd rally behind backup Brett Hundley in the absence of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Detroit coach supports anthem protest against Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bears rely on run game while bringing Trubisky along slowly
(AP) — The Chicago Bears are leaning heavily on their running game while bringing along rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky slowly.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cubs bounced in Game five against Dodgers

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. Going home without a trophy isn't really new.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Raiders eke out 31-30 win over Chiefs on Carr's late TD pass

JOSH DUBOW

AP Pro Football Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders scored two apparent game-winning touchdowns that didn't count. The Kansas City Chiefs forced incompletions on back-to-back plays that ended with 0:00 on the clock only to have the game extended by penalties.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Cs drop first 2 games after Hayward's injury
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to "come back stronger than ever." One player wrote his injured teammate's initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his Boston debut chanted his name.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS
NEW YORK (AP) — This time, it was Masahiro Tanaka who was untouchable on the mound.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz missed the final seven minutes of the first period after taking a big hit and going head-first into the boards. He shook it off in a big way for the St. Louis Blues.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cubs top Dodgers 3-2 to cut NLCS deficit to 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez sensed he was ready to bust out of his slump and give the Chicago Cubs the lift they needed.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dodgers close in on Series with 6-1 win over Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have a tough lineup, a talented pitching staff and a manager making all the right moves.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Both sides say protest talks productive, more to come
NEW YORK (AP) — When owners talk directly with players, it often has to do with contracts.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Elliott getting emergency hearing in NY
Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York as they try again to stop the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Woodyard's stop key, Titans beat Colts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Woodyard squatted and folded his arms as his Tennessee teammates bowed in front of the veteran linebacker near midfield in celebration, deserving every bit of the attention.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ten things to know this NBA season
(AP) — Happy New Year, NBA.

The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors' latest championship banner, and the march toward April will finally be underway.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Turner homers in 9th, Dodgers top Cubs 4-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner savored every last stride as he followed in Kirk Gibson's famous footsteps at Dodger Stadium.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Bears run all over defenseless Ravens in uplifting victory
BALTIMORE (AP) — There may come a time this season when the Chicago Bears will have to rely upon the passing of Mitchell Trubisky to win.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Flip out: Bowers' TD leap leads Cal past No. 8 Wash. St 37-3
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ross Bowers found a way to overshadow California's opportunistic defense that forced seven turnovers and had nine sacks.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dungey has 3 TD passes, Syracuse stuns No. 2 Clemson 27-24
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — As the celebration in the Syracuse locker room reverberated through the walls of the Carrier Dome, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney winced a little bit, dreams of a perfect season lost in a sea of orange.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cubs get to Scherzer, hold on to win gripping game 5
WASHINGTON (AP)  — The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes, even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to preserve a shrinking lead and a "Did that really happen?" four-run inning against Washington's Max Scherzer in a thriller of a Game 5.
Friday, October 13, 2017

US Cup absence may have dynamic effects
(AP) — The 2018 World Cup will be a unique test of soccer's appeal in the United States.

Will Americans still watch if their national team isn't there? Fox is certainly hoping so.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Indians blow 2-game lead, Yankees complete ALDS comeback
CLEVELAND (AP) — These young Yankees were unshaken, resilient and as tough as the city they represent.

The baby Bronx Bombers have grown up fast.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

LeBron aggravates ankle injury; opener vs. Celtics in doubt
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James won't play again this preseason, and there's a chance he'll miss Cleveland's hyped opener with Boston.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slam sends Nationals past Cubs, forces Game 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Stephen Strasburg gave Washington everything he had, and it was more than enough.

So much for all those questions about heart and character.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Div. III school cuts player for kneeling during anthem
READING, Pa. (AP) — A backup quarterback for Division III Albright College in Pennsylvania has been cut for kneeling during the national anthem.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Goodell finally addresses the anthem issue; NFL now may change policy
(AP) — NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem, a guideline the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in large numbers after criticism from President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Keenum delivers with Bradford out to lift Vikings over Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings know they have an insurance policy if Sam Bradford's knee remains a problem.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pana's Lynch highlights Blackburn Basketball recruiting class
CARLINVILLE – The Blackburn College men’s basketball team will welcome twelve new recruits to campus this fall as the program looks to continue its upward momentum.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cubs rally past Nationals 2-1, lead NLDS 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after his go-ahead hit, Anthony Rizzo walked across the infield at frenzied Wrigley Field and shouted "Respect me! Respect me!"
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rodgers lifts Packers over Cowboys 35-31 in another thriller
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Rodgers had more magic in store for the Dallas Cowboys, who can't seem to find the mojo that carried them a year ago.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Blockbuster arrests not shocking to college hoops followers
PHOENIX (AP) — Top-level basketball recruits played in gyms across Las Vegas over the summer, their final shot to impress college coaches during a live-recruiting period.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Stanley, Iowa Hawkeyes roll past Illinois 45-16
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Once again, Iowa was letting a supposedly overmatched opponent hang around.
Monday, October 9, 2017

NBA preseason: Thunder's Big 3 lead way in 102-91 win over the Pelicans
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder's new Big Three looked ready to do big things in their first action together.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Packers, Rodgers visit Cowboys today
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has experience with what Dak Prescott is going through in his second year as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bears to unveil prized QB against banged-up Vikings
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are set to unveil their prized rookie quarterback. The Minnesota Vikings are staggering from yet another big hit.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

On Football: First-place Eagles, first-place Rams, first-place Bills. Who knew?

BARRY WILNER,

AP Pro Football Writer

(AP) — Chew on this: First-place Eagles. First-place Rams. First-place Bills.

Throw in the Redskins and — sit down for this one — the Jets, and maybe these teams are a lot better than prognosticated when the season kicked off.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

US vows to 'come out flying' in Cup qualifier

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Accustomed to qualifying for the World Cup with games to spare, United States players realize another slip could cause them to miss next year's tournament, a circumstance that has swelled angst among a growing fan base.

 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Patriots 'D shows signs of improvement in win

FRED GOODALL

AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It's one game.

But for New England's porous defense, holding off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 was a step in the right direction.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Blackhawks pound Penguins in opener

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Saad was a force on both ends of the ice. Patrick Kane made a couple of dazzling passes. Nick Schmaltz showed off his speed, and Ryan Hartman was everywhere.


Friday, October 6, 2017

A look at all sixteen potential World Series matchups
(AP) — There were eight teams with at least 91 victories this year, and those are the eight that are still in the running for the World Series title.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bradley's triple helps D-backs outslug Rockies

PHOENIX (AP) — Three bags, four times.

Spirited reliever Archie Bradley hit a stunning triple in the seventh inning, driving in two runs with one of four three-baggers by Arizona that sent the Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Big Ten: What to watch in week six
(AP) — Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blues down Penguins 5-4 in OT opener

WILL GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins insist they're well aware of the bumpy road ahead as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions chase history.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chicago Marathon Sunday
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say they’re constantly evaluating security before the city’s annual marathon, but no changes have been made following the deadly shooting in Las Vegas. 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cardinals overhaul coaching staff
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist and bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley will not return to the team's coaching staff next season.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bears LB Trevathan suspension reduced
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFL has reduced Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan's suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams from two games to one.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky ready to take QB starting role

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky thinks he can handle the pressure of his first NFL start Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

No 'Pouty Pants,' Cubs' Schwarber surges into playoffs
CHICAGO (AP) — Even at his worst moments this season, Kyle Schwarber did his best to stay upbeat for the Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Different feel for Cubs heading into playoffs

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — There are no billy goats this time. No more lovable losers, either.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Judge takes swing at MVP and ROY
NEW YORK (AP) — The jury is out on AL MVP. And when a verdict comes in later this fall, Yankee slugger Aaron Judge has a great chance to join a very small club.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Field goals send Chiefs over Redskins

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After Harrison Butker missed the first field-goal attempt of his NFL career, Chiefs coach Andy Reid walked over to the rookie and prepared to instill a little bit of confidence.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Playoff-bound Cubs lose 3-1 to Reds in finale

JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The cheering slowly increased as the crowd of 40,971 recognized the significance of the Chicago Cubs flag on the videoboard at Wrigley Field. The banner on top of the pole for the NL Central standings rippled in the breeze as the cheering turned into an appreciative roar.


Monday, October 2, 2017

OJ Simpson freed; parole official says he'll live in Vegas

KEN RITTER and JUSTIN PRITCHARD

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials at a remote Nevada prison where O.J. Simpson was set free after nine years for armed robbery arranged the former football and Hollywood star’s dead-of-night departure to avoid public scrutiny.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Aaron Wilkerson pitches Brewers past Cardinals, 6-1

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers’ season is over, but they took some satisfaction from challenging the Cubs in the NL Central and staying in contention until the final weekend.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Top 25: Clemson pulls closer to 'Bama; USC down
(AP) — Alabama's big win over Mississippi didn't keep Clemson from cutting into its lead in The Associated Press college football poll.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Panthers not downplaying significance of win
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Some NFL teams might underplay what a win in Week 4 of the regular season could mean for their overall prospects. Not the Carolina Panthers.
Monday, October 2, 2017

As calendar flips to October, Major Leage Baseball postseason from A to Z
(AP) — All those home runs by Aaron Judge, all those wins by the Los Angeles Dodgers, nicely done. Except none of that matters now — a sinker that bounces to the backstop, a liner that hooks barely foul, the whole script flips.
Monday, October 2, 2017

Lee throws 3 TDs, Nebraska rolls past Illinois 28-6

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When Nebraska ended its nonconference schedule with a loss to Northern Illinois, it didn't just drop the Cornhuskers to 1-2. It also served as an early turning point in the season and cost athletic director Shawn Eichorst his job.

Life in the Big Ten has been much easier.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Packers overcome injuries, beat Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Two more key players hurt. A starting cornerback benched. The Green Bay Packers even had to weather a lightning storm delay.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Russell homers, Cubs beat Cardinals 5-1 to clinch NL Central

JOE HARRIS

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The last time the Cubs went to the postseason three straight years was in 1906-08. The World Series champions won the National Central for the second straight year with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Huskers, Illini looking for sharper QB play Friday night

ERIC OLSON

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — All eyes will be on the quarterbacks when Nebraska and Illinois meet on Friday night in Champaign, Illinois. It might not be pretty.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rick Pitino placed on leave
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rick Pitino couldn't survive another scandal, with interim Louisville president placing the coach and his boss on administrative leave amid a nationwide federal bribery investigation that has rocked college basketball.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trump says he's spoken with Jones
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has spoken to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones amid his extended attacks on NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cardinals deny Cubs from clinching
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Chicago Cubs went into Tuesday night's game against St. Louis with a chance to clinch the NL Central. The Cardinals did everything they could to keep that from happening.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cubs beat Cardinals to near NL Central clinch
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Say cheese!

Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs were all smiles after moving within a victory of another division title Monday night.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cowboys kneel, then pull past Arizona 28-17 behind Prescott
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dak Prescott kneeled with his teammates and team owner before the game, flipped head over heels for a touchdown in the first half and capped his night with a 37-yard TD pass that proved to be the winner.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cubs close on NL Central title, top Brewers 5-0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jose Quintana was acquired by the Chicago Cubs for big games, and he came through big against the Brewers.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Howard's 19-yard TD in OT leads Bears over Steelers
CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Howard pushed through the pain in his right shoulder to give the Bears the lift they needed.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Rodgers burns Bengals deep in OT, Packers win 27-24
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers burned another defense deep with a free play. The Cincinnati Bengals found their offense and a new way to lose.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Wade to AP: Weighing options after Bulls' buyout
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is about to become a free agent, and he's hoping that doesn't last for long.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Trump tells NBA's Curry visit is off
SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn’t want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don’t bother showing up.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

NFL Sunday: Time for Broncos to show what they've got in a road show
(AP) — It's time for the Broncos to leave the Mile High City and show what they've got in a road show.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trump to NLF owners: If players won't stand for the anthem, fire them
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump has some advice for National Football League owners: Fire players who kneel during the national anthem. He's also encouraging fans to walk out in protest.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Western's 'Leathernecks' legend to be memorialized
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The man behind the Fighting Leathernecks nickname at Western Illinois University will be memorialized in a campus statue.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fowler delivers again as Martinez, Cardinals beat the Reds 8-5
CINCINNATI (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals rinsed the bad taste of being swept by the Chicago Cubs the best way they could — sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Cubs rally in 9th, beat Brewers 5-3 in 10th to extend their lead
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The pressure was on and Javier Baez delivered for the Chicago Cubs.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Week 4 college football: Big 12 showdown; hot seat watch in SEC
(AP) — There is a sense of impending mayhem going into this weekend of college football.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Stanton hits 56th homer, Marlins sweep Mets
MIAMI (AP) — Home runs before small crowds in the eighth inning of lopsided games between also-rans count, too, which is fortunate for Giancarlo Stanton.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sale reaches 300 Ks, Red Sox clinch
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale was at his very best — right down to his momentous last pitch — in another meaningful victory for the Boston Red Sox.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Big Ten Week 4: What to watch
(AP) — Some things to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rays, Snell end Cubs' seven-game winning streak
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Their seven-game winning streak is over and the Chicago Cubs are still being challenged for the NL Central lead with 11 games left in the season.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cards get 3 homers, Power past Reds, 9-2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Matheny enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals' best all-around game in a while so much, he wouldn't mind seeing a replay.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cubs beat Rays 2-1, extend streak to 7
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Back at Tropicana Field, Joe Maddon got to show off his Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cowboys' Elliott accused of quitting; Garrett plans chat
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott was accused of quitting by Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson in Dallas' 42-17 loss to Denver.
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