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home : sports : college/pro April 28, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals sweep doubleheader from Tornoto Blue Jays
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk-off grand slam to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in 11 innings in the first baseball game of a doubleheader Thursday, April 27, 2017, in St. Louis.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk-off grand slam to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in 11 innings in the first baseball game of a doubleheader Thursday, April 27, 2017, in St. Louis.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
 ST. LOUIS — It took a little while for the St. Louis Cardinals bats to get going during Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Friday, April 28, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bormida powers Mohawks to win over Ramsey

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

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


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lady Raiders struggle in loss to Tuscola Warriors

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

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


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pana Panther track sweeps home triangular meet

John LeVault

Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

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

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

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

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

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

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

JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer

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


Monday, April 24, 2017

Leake pitches, hits Cardinals past Brewers, 6-4

JIM HOEHN, Associated Press

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

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

Nashville Predators beat Blackhawks 4-1 to complete sweep

STEVE MEGARGEE

AP Sports Writer

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


Friday, April 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Date In Baseball - April 9

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

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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

BASEBALL

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

Boston at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

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

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

Hoffman, McGirt lead Masters heading into second round

PETE IACOBELLI

AP Sports Writer

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


Friday, April 7, 2017

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

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

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


Friday, April 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

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

By RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Sports Writer

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


Monday, April 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chiozza hits 3 at OT buzzer, Gators beat Wisconsin

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Sports Writer

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


Saturday, March 25, 2017

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

Career nights for Saric, Long push 76ers past Bulls

MATT SCHOCH

Associated Press

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


Saturday, March 25, 2017

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

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

DAVID SOLOMON

Associated Press

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


Friday, March 24, 2017

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

DAVE SKRETTA

AP Sports Writer

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


Friday, March 24, 2017

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

MATT CARLSON

Associated Press

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


Friday, March 24, 2017

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

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

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

Stroman clutch, US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edmundson scores with 20 seconds left, Blues top Ducks

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

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


Saturday, March 11, 2017

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

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

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

Cutting Cutler: Bears dump QB

DAVE CAMPBELL

AP Pro Football Writer

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


Friday, March 10, 2017

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

HOWARD FENDRICH

AP Sports Writer

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


Friday, March 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Gibbs, Penske, Allison among NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees

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

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MLB Spring Training Roundup
Thursday, March 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

NFL teams get jump start on franchise tags

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

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

NBA Capsules
Monday, February 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, February 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend sports in brief
Monday, February 13, 2017

MSG banning Oakley after arrest at Knicks game

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

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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