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home : sports : college/pro April 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


AP Sports Writer

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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


AP Sports Writer 

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

Anyone who doubted them coming into the playoffs understands now.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AP Sportlight
Saturday, April 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chief Wahoo removal by Cleveland Indians not enough for logo foes

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Canadian police say fourteen dead after hockey bus crash

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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


AP Baseball Writer

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

Friday, April 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MLB: Stories to watch in 2018


AP Baseball Writer

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

MLB Preview: Chicago Cubs looking for fast start in 2018

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

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

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

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, March 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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

Sebastian Aho lifts Hurricanes over Blackhawks 3-2

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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

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

Loyola-Chicago downs ISU 65-49 for MVC title

Step aside, Northwestern. Take a seat, DePaul.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ledecka gets rare double Olympic gold on skis and board: US men win curling

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — On a snowboard and skis, Ester Ledecka is a history-making Olympic gold medalist.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Winnipeg Jet's Connor Hellebuyck makes 34 saves, Jets beat Blues 4-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck shut down the St. Louis Blues — again.

Hellebuyck made 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist in the Winnipeg Jets' 4-0 victory Friday night.

Hellebuyck has three shutouts in six career games against St. Louis.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

College corruption: FBI documents list range of payments to top players

(AP) — New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport's basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2nd Russian tests positive for doping at Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee's executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing ceremony.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Late free throws give 76ers 1-point win over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Simmons couldn't recall winning a game from the free throw line at any level before Thursday night.

Still, the rookie stepped to the line with the confidence of a veteran.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Olympics today: Russians get 1st gold, Germany tops Canada in hockey
Friday, February 23, 2018

Edwards gets 40, Purdue beats Illinois 93-86

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Carsen Edwards stepped up when No. 9 Purdue needed a huge performance.

Edwards scored a career-high 40 points and Dakota Mathias added 18 to help the Boilermakers outlast Illinois in a 93-86 victory on Thursday night.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The 'Garlic Girls': South Korean curlers have become a global sensation

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Forget Lindsey Vonn and Adam Rippon. The real rock stars of the Pyeongchang Olympics are a humble group of Korean curlers who have no idea they’ve become a global sensation.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Vonn takes bronze in final Olympic downhill
JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn knew that the bronze medal she earned Wednesday came in her final Olympic downhill, the signature event of her singular career. She knew that, but she didn't have an easy time processing it.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spartans top Illini 81-61, seal share of title
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges grabbed the Big Ten trophy, lifted it and flashed an ear-to-ear grin.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Black's career-high 28 pushes Illinois past Nebraska
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Close games have not gone well for Illinois this season. The Illini have lost nine games by single digits, including three losses in overtime and one at the buzzer against Nebraska on Jan. 15.
Monday, February 19, 2018

North Dakota's reservation runners building a dynasty
(AP) — The most common sights on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are oilfield trucks and long-distance runners, neither of which can be stopped by the brutal weather and both of which leave everything behind them in the dust.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

US skater Nathan Chen dazzles after poor short program
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Nathan Chen finally admitted the pressure of being the face of American figure skating got to him, winding him up so tight for his short program that it ended in what he described as a "disaster."
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Henrique scores as Anaheim Ducks knock off the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks are in the playoff hunt heading into the final part of the season despite a couple of injuries to key players throughout the year.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Olympics: Donato scores 2 as college kids power the US over Slovakia 2-1
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Donato watched Jordan Greenway's goal celebration in the first game at the Olympics and starting getting an itch. He wanted to feel that same rush.
Friday, February 16, 2018

US upbeat after loss to Slovenia as it prepares for Slovakia
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — There were smiles, laughs and enthusiastic goal celebrations. It seems the Americans have found their missing energy.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bowman makes most of big break with Daytona 500 pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — His nickname is Bowman the Showman, yet that did little in helping Alex Bowman to get Rick Hendrick to remember his name.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lowry leads Raptors to 7th win in row, 122-98 over Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors rolled into the All-Star break knowing the toughest part is yet to come. They'll take where they are at the moment — staring down at the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Shiffrin wins Olympic giant slalom gold for US
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The nervous energy accumulated for Mikaela Shiffrin while she waited, waited, waited for these Olympics — the ones that so many are expecting to be HER Olympics — to finally get started. First one race was postponed. Then another.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Indiana D delivers knockout punch against Illini
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — When Illinois tried to negate Juwan Morgan's offensive impact Wednesday, the Indiana forward found other ways to finish the job.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Golden Knights net 4 third-period to beat 'Hawks
LAS VEGAS (AP) — While the Chicago Blackhawks have struggled to play consistent hockey for a full 60 minutes, the Vegas Golden Knights counted on 20 good ones Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Nearly flawless, Shawn White wins USA's 100th winter gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White stared down the halfpipe before his final Olympic run and had no doubt what would happen next.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

USA dominating halfpipe, Kim gets gold, White in top spot
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a day for all ages at the Winter Olympics.

A few hours after 17-year-old Chloe Kim dominated the women's halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, 28-year-old Marcel Hirscher, a six-time overall World Cup champion, won the men's combined at the Pyeongchang Games.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LaVine steal, dunk leads Bulls to 105-101 win over Magic
CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine isn't shying away from tense moments. The high-flying guard delivered again, just in time to lift the Chicago Bulls to another tight victory.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

US women blank Russia 5-0, Canada up next
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set an Olympic record for the fastest back-to-back goals by a man or a woman, scoring 6 seconds apart in the second period as the United States shut out the Russians 5-0 on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Potter outplays Johnson, wins Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — For one day at Pebble Beach, Ted Potter Jr. was better than the best in the world.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) — The winter-long dance is over. Yu Darvish is joining the Chicago Cubs.

Darvish has agreed to a $126 million, six-year contract with Chicago, giving the Cubs one of the deepest rotations in baseball and taking one of the top players off the slow-moving free agent market.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Garner, Carr help Penn State beat Illinois 74-52

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Over the past several years, Penn State hasn't made a lot of noise in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions haven't had a winning record in conference play in nearly eight years and haven't made an NCAA tournament appearance since 2011.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Vladimir Tarasenko powers the St. Louis Blues past the Winnipeg Jets 5-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — One impressive burst was enough for the St. Louis Blues.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals, and the Blues used a big push in the second period to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Friday night.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chicago Cubs looking for 2nd title in 3 years

CHICAGO (AP) — The young core of the Chicago Cubs is learning with each long playoff run.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Court sides with IHSA in runner's case

CHICAGO (AP) — An appellate court in Chicago says the governing body of Illinois high school sports didn’t violate anti-discrimination laws by refusing to establish a division for disabled runners.  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Skater with area ties transitions to coaching

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Gracie Gold, who attended one year of high school at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois, has decided to transition into coaching, and will join the coaching staff at the Ice Den in Scottsdale.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Underdog US players trying to prove doubters wrong

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The "Miracle On Ice" was a Minnesota production.

If the U.S. pulls off another Olympic miracle, it would be a nationwide effort.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Garoppolo, 49ers connect, completing long-term record deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo could have waited and cashed in even more than he did after other quarterbacks re-set the market.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Shani Davis skips opening ceremony after losing coin toss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Speedskater Shani Davis was noticeably absent from the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics after losing a coin flip to carry the U.S. flag and lead American athletes into the stadium.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Charlotte Kalla wins 1st gold medal of Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Charlotte Kalla won the gold and Marit Bjoergen made Olympic history.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Happ scores 27, Wisconsin Badgers beat Illinois 78-69

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ethan Happ scored 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to lead Wisconsin to a series record 13th straight win over Illinois, 78-69 Thursday at the State Farm Center.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ohio St. pulls upset over No. 3 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop managed to end the nation's longest winning streak and shook up the Big Ten title race Wednesday night.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kings score 9 in 1st, rally to beat Bulls 104-98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two days after getting heated with his players didn't work, Sacramento coach Dave Joerger tried a softer, gentler approach and got the results he wanted.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Foles outduels Brady to give Eagles first Super Bowl
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Foles did his best Tom Brady impersonation, leading a late-game comeback to cap a season that began as a backup and ended as Super Bowl MVP.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Eagles have formula to upset Pats?
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The best formula for success against the New England Patriots is to keep Tom Brady on the sideline and harass him when he's on the field.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Super Bowl 52 might come down to Gronk or Ertz
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski gets to play in this year's Super Bowl after missing last year's game with a bad back. Zach Ertz gets the chance to match his wife, Julie , a soccer star who's already won a world championship.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

MLB agent suggests spring training boycott
NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent baseball agent said players are angered over the slow free-agent market and suggested they consider boycotting spring training.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Gaunce scores twice, Canucks beat Chicago Blackhawks 4-2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The big smile on Brendan Gaunce's face spoke volumes.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Rask's 32 saves leads Bruins over Blues
BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask was again up to the task for the Bruins.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Twenty-eight Russians have Olympic doping bans overturned
MOSCOW (AP) — Twenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee's policy on the country into turmoil.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Number 3 Purdue gets past Maryland for 18th consecutive win
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Isaac Haas provided the perfect remedy for No. 3 Purdue's ills on Wednesday night.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

D-backs finalize $8.25M, 2-year deal with former Cub Avila
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized an $8.25 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Alex Avila.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Blazers beat Bulls with McCollum's 50
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum had inspiration for his 50-point game: His 92-year-old great aunt was visiting Portland for the first time.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Forsberg, Hinostroza lead Blackhawks to 2-1 win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks turned away a big charge by the Nashville Predators down the stretch.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Nichols, Frazier lift Illinois over Rutgers 91-60
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — With one of Illinois' greatest players in attendance, Trent Frazier made sure to put on a show at the State Farm Center. He knocked down five 3-pointers in the first half, including a personal 9-0 run, as former Illini Deron Williams applauded from a courtside seat.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Number 24 Michigan Wolverines outlast Northwestern 58-47
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein made it clear where the credit should go after this victory.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pistons acquire Blake Griffin from Clippers in blockbuster deal
(AP) — The Detroit Pistons dramatically shook their struggling roster, acquiring five-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Federer wins 20th major; Wozniacki her 1st

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Once he'd become the first man to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the questions to Roger Federer shifted to another major milestone.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Michigan St AD retires; Dantonio defends himself in wake of Nassar

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University's athletic director retired two days after the university president resigned over the school's handling of sexual abuse allegations against its disgraced former sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lakers blow big lead, rally late for 108-103 win over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Coach Luke Walton is curious to see if the Los Angeles Lakers' recent success at home will travel during a five-game road trip.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

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