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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chicago and Washington face off for conference battle
Washington Wizards (30-41, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (20-52, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

NFL: New rules likely are coming, but no rush to change replay
In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lopez helps Bulls end losing streak, beating the Suns 116-101
Robin Lopez used his veteran guile to gain an advantage over the Phoenix Suns’ young big men, and had major success at the expense of his former team.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A look inside the numbers to try to narrow down the bracket
At this time of year, everyone’s in search of a system — some way of simplifying the brackets and making it a little easier to pick one champion out of all those contenders.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Goldschmidt, Miller give the Cardinals hope heading into 2019
John Mozeliak watched how the St. Louis Cardinals were galvanized following a managerial change midway through last season, then made a spirited run toward the playoffs that came up just short.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Big Ten has 8 teams in NCAA, 11 leagues with multiple teams
The Big Ten Conference has doubled its presence in the NCAA Tournament a year after its fewest picks in a decade.
Monday, March 18, 2019

NCAA March Madness men's bracket announced
Selection Sunday happened last night and the NCAA men’s tournament bracket was announced, including the first four games and who was the top-seed in each division.
Monday, March 18, 2019

5 games in, here's what we know about Alliance football
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season?
Saturday, March 16, 2019

NCAA finds 'severe' recruiting violations at Georgia Tech
The NCAA has informed Georgia Tech it has found major recruiting violations committed by former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

MLB players, owners to start labor talks early
Major League Baseball and its players agreed to an unprecedented early start to contract bargaining, a move sparked by union anger that raised the possibility of a return to work stoppages that marred the sport in the late 20th century.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Central Michigan advances past Kent
Larry Austin Jr. scored 23 points and Central Michigan pulled away midway through the second half and hung on for an 89-81 win over Kent State on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament, setting up a matchup against No. 18 Buffalo.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Baer scores 17 points as Iowa beats Illinois 83-62
Nicholas Baer got hot from outside. Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook hooked up for a memorable slam, and Joe Wieskamp contributed a couple of nice plays.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Barcelona against haste of bigger Club World Cup
The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament.
Friday, March 15, 2019

West Virginia beats No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 in Big 12
Two down, two to go.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Illinois rallies late to beat Northwestern 74-69 in OT
Despite having his big night cut short, Giorgi Bezhanishvili had a good feeling as he watched overtime after fouling out late in regulation.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gonzaga, Virginia, UNC atop new AP poll
Gonzaga and Virginia have become the clear choices for AP Top 25 voters.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Baylor stays as unanimous No. 1 in poll
Baylor maintained its spot as the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reaves' career-high leads Penn State over Illinois
Penn State guard Josh Reaves has never gotten as many hugs or pats on the back as he did on Sunday.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Rangers tab lefty Minor as their opening day starter vs Cubs
Mike Minor has been tabbed the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers, who last year gave the left-hander the opportunity to start again.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Bradley rallies, beats Northern Iowa for MVC title
A huge rally by Bradley resulted in quite a reward — its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Babe Ruth's last surviving daughter dies at age 102
Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced.
Monday, March 11, 2019

AP source: Raiders acquire WR Antonio Brown from Steelers
The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Williams, Duggan weigh in on US soccer discrimination suit
While Serena Williams admittedly doesn't follow soccer, the U.S. women's national team caught her attention with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Blackhawks rally for 5-4 shootout win over Sabres
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane passed Steve Larmer and picked up another win against his hometown team.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Manfred says Harper can't recruit Trout for now
Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering violation when he lobbied for Mike Trout, who isn't a free agent for two more seasons, to join the Phillies.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

MLB 2019: College draft picks on rapid rise to the big leagues
Joey Bart already looks like a big league hitter in his first major league camp, especially when the San Francisco Giants catcher sends a misguided pitch soaring over the centerfield fence.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

LaVine scores 39 points, hits go-ahead layup in 108-107 win over 76ers
Otto Porter Jr. was already in "midstride" taking a drug test when the Chicago Bulls got the word.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for HGH
Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will sit out the first 80 games of the season after testing positive for Human Growth Hormone, a second suspension for the knuckleballer who missed 15 games last year for violating baseball's domestic violence policy.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Illinois seeks revenge on Indiana
Illinois seeks revenge on Indiana after dropping the first matchup in Bloomington. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 3, when the Hoosiers outshot Illinois from the field 47.9 percent to 43.1 percent and hit 18 more foul shots on their way to a 73-65 victory.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Real Madrid's European reign ends with shock loss to Ajax
Kings of Europe no more. Real Madrid's Champions League reign is over.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tuesday Sports in Brief
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, keeping the six-time All-Star off the field for the entire 2019 season.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Illinois St. faces Evansville in tourney
No. 10 seed Evansville (11-20, 5-13) vs. No. 7 seed Illinois State (16-15, 9-9)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Big Ten Commissioner 71-year-old Jim Delany will step down in June 2020
Jim Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while steadfastly protecting the league's relationship with the Rose Bowl.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sharks score three in third period to beat the Blackhawks 5-2
A home game against a tired team is just the kind of opportunity the San Jose Sharks can't afford to squander if they want to catch first-place Calgary.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dodgers lefty ace Clayton Kershaw could miss opening day start
Clayton Kershaw might not be on the mound when the two-time NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers start the season.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Gonzaga and Virginia remain 1 and 2 in week of changes for AP Top 25
Gonzaga remained at No. 1 after extending the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games. Virginia stayed at No. 2 after winning both its games last week.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Oh how things have changed: College recruiters looking for 'agile' big men
Coaches used to walk into a gym, see a big guy dominating the paint and want to recruit him right away. Get a talented big man who could play with his back to the basket and the program would be set offensively and defensively for the next few years.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Montez Sweat set big-man record for 40-yard dash
The defensive linemen hailed as the gems of the draft class didn't disappoint during their on-field testing Sunday, and nobody performed better than Montez Sweat.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Keith Mitchell gets first PGA Tour victory
Keith Mitchell's first and until now only win as a professional was three years ago, on something called the G Pro Tour.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Americans defend title at Las Vegas Sevens tournament
Ben Pinkleman scored two tries as the United States beat Samoa 27-0 on Sunday to defend its Las Vegas Sevens title and move clear atop the standings in the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Jones covets Lesnar fight, but plans future at light heavy
Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn't been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any lengthy stretch in the past seven years.
Monday, March 4, 2019

NCAA proposes replay tweak to targeting, 2-pt OT shootouts
The NCAA football rules committee announced several proposed changes Friday, including replay officials more leeway to overturn targeting penalties and requiring games reaching a fifth overtime to be decided by alternating 2-point conversion tries.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Markkanen, LaVine help Bulls outlast Hawks 168-161 in 4 OTs
The Chicago Bulls are playing their best basketball of the season at a time many might have thought the focus would be shifting to the NBA draft lottery.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Witten giving it another shot, rejoining Cowboys after year as broadcaster
Jason Witten said the hardest thing about deciding to retire nine months ago was leaving football without winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Major league coaching staffs look for ways to get the most out of millennials
In the aftermath of Chicago’s collapse last season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon went looking for a deeper understanding of the players who dominate the major leagues these days.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Detroit Mercy's Davis breaks Curry's freshman 3-pt. record
Antoine Davis dribbled slowly past midcourt, went toward the right sideline and created space from the defender with a jab step to the right before putting the ball between his legs to his left and stepping back for a 30-foot shot.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Bryce is right: Harper, Phils agree to record $330M deal
Bryce Harper is kind of a big deal in Philly.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Langford scores 22 as the Hoosiers beat 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers
Romeo Langford gave Indiana the boost its been looking for for nearly two months.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

With Antetokounmpo sidelined, Bucks beat Bulls 117-106
Giannis Antetokounmpo spent most of the game standing on the sideline and cheering just about every play, big and small.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Illinois faces tough test in Indiana Wed. against No. 14 Purdue
No. 14 Purdue presents a tough challenge for Illinois. Illinois has won two of its eight games against ranked teams this season. Purdue has moved up to No. 14 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Indiana and Nebraska last week.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dramatics: Hearn's jumper gives US 84-83 win over Argentina
Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Slowly, baseball rolls out pitch clock in spring training
Baseball is on the clock.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Built Ford Tough: Keselowski shakes off flu to win Atlanta
Brad Keselowski had his hands full with a new car and a new rules package — enough to make for a trying race — before a stomach virus nearly flattened him.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Martin Trainer wins Puerto Rico Open for 1st PGA Tour title
Martin Trainer won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 at windy Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for a three-stroke victory over four players.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Stevens scores 25 to lead Penn State past Illinois 83-76
Lamar Stevens scored 25 points and Mike Watkins got his 26th career double-double as Penn State beat Illinois 83-76 on Saturday.
Monday, February 25, 2019

AP source: Chicago Bears release embattled kicker Cody Parkey
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed kicker Cody Parkey to a four-year contract in March hoping he would give them the consistency they have lacked ever since they let Robbie Gould go.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Santana, Sox agree to minor league deal
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have added another option to their competition for an opening in their rotation, agreeing to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on Friday.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

At last, spring training games underway in Florida, Arizona
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players through next season
ZURICH (AP) — Chelsea was banned by FIFA on Friday from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering youngsters.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Poole has 22 points, No. 7 Michigan beats Minnesota 69-60
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If there's a weakness for these Michigan Wolverines to be worried about, it's lurking behind the 3-point line.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Rain, rain, go away! 1st MLB spring training game washed out
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The spring training season started with a splash. Just not the kind fans hoped for.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Padres announce Manny Machado's $300 million, 10-year deal
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres are getting closer to getting Manny Machado in uniform and on the field.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Two area athletes among Millikin softball lineup
DECATUR — A strong core of returning players coupled with a talented group of newcomers has the 2109 Millikin softball team ready to compete for the top of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The Big Blue posted 22 wins last season after winning the conference in 2017.
Friday, February 22, 2019

SIUE and Eastern both looking to end loosing streaks
Tennessee State looks to extend Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s conference losing streak to five games. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s last OVC win came against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 88-82 on Feb. 2. Tennessee State lost 84-65 on the road to Jacksonville State in its most recent game.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Griffin enjoying resurgence a year after trade to Pistons
Blake Griffin doesn’t need to jump over any cars to be a hit in the Motor City.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails
Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

No. 5 Kentucky ends No. 1 Tennessee's winning streak
No. 5 Kentucky got the strong start it sought against No. 1 Tennessee and for a moment was blowing out the Volunteers.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Wisconsin looks to extend streak vs Illinois
Wisconsin looks for its 13th straight win in the head-to-head series over Illinois. In its last 12 wins against the Fighting Illini, Wisconsin has won by an average of 15 points. Illinois' last win in the series came on March 12, 2010, a 58-54 victory.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Hamlin cruises to Daytona 500 victory
Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164
LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Kuzma wins MVP, US tops World in Rising Stars 161-144
When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Boston's Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what's become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Winless on the road no more: Illinois tops Ohio State 63-56
Illinois is winless on the road no more.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Adam Wainwright says he is healthy after injury-wrecked season
Adam Wainwright stood in front of his customary corner locker following the St. Louis Cardinals' first workout and said he was healthy.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Yu Darvish felt pressure after big contract with the Chicago Cubs
Yu Darvish felt pressure after signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Olympic volunteers: Chance of a lifetime, or financial exploitation?
Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Blues beat Coyotes 4-0 to stretch winning streak to 8 games
Jordan Binnington matched a franchise rookie record with his seventh straight victory, Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and the St. Louis Blues stretched their longest winning streak in 18 years to eight games with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Friday, February 15, 2019

One state for now is moving to limit contact in high school football
The executive committee of the organization that governs New Jersey high school athletes has approved a proposal to drastically reduce contact in football before and during the season.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Porter scores career-high 37 points, Bulls beat Grizzlies 122-110
Otto Porter Jr. is no longer taking a back seat when it comes to scoring.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Theo Epstein says Joe Ricketts' emails don't reflect Chicago Cubs' values
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein criticized emails from the patriarch of the family that owns the team and said Addison Russell won't play for Chicago again unless he meets the team's high expectations while completing his domestic violence suspension.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Golf notes: Golf Channel building a college schedule; Woods names assistants
Golf Channel is interested in live programming from Monday to Wednesday, and the answer might be found in college tournaments. It is adding another prestigious event this year, and more could be on the way.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ohio State looks to sweep Illinois in action Thursday
Ohio State goes for the season sweep over Illinois after winning the previous matchup in Chicago. The teams last faced each other on Dec. 5, when the Buckeyes shot 47.1 percent from the field while limiting Illinois's shooters to just 32.8 percent on the way to a 10-point victory.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mickelson, at his best, finishes off a fifth win at Pebble Beach
Phil Mickelson is closing in on three decades on the PGA Tour and a half-century on Earth, and he still feels his best golf is good enough.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Blackhawks in the mix for a playoff spot in congested Western Conference
Somewhere along the way, while Patrick Kane was piling up points and the special teams were rounding into form, the talk around the Chicago Blackhawks shifted from draft positioning to the wild-card standings.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Illinois beats Rutgers 99-94 in OT
Freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored a career-high 35 points — 29 of them coming in the second half — to lead Illinois to a 99-94 overtime win over Rutgers on Saturday.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Think Spring: Cubs look to improvements, Cards look to new players
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs took a long, hard look at themselves over the winter.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Markkanen leads Bulls to 125-106 rout of Nets
NEW YORK (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. had a strong debut for the Chicago Bulls — even without a practice or walkthrough with his new teammates.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ovechkin passes Fedorov in scoring
With an assist on Tuesday night, Alex Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov as the top-scoring Russian player in NHL history.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Illinois' defense spurs 79-74 win over No. 9 Michigan State
Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo's ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tennessee remains at No. 1, top 4 unchanged in AP Top 25
Tennessee had a couple of shaky moments after earning its first No. 1 ranking in 11 years. The Volunteers are sure rolling now.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Illinois defends home court, hands Nebraska its fifth straight loss
Pundits love to say defense wins basketball games, and Illinois coach Brad Underwood agreed wholeheartedly on Saturday as the Illini handed Nebraska its fifth straight defeat 71-64.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever
That super shootout everyone expected turned into a defensive standoff. The New England Patriots showed they can win that type of championship game, too.
Monday, February 4, 2019

A deluge of drones fly over Super Bowl stadium, despite ban
The sky above the stadium that will host Sunday's Super Bowl is being "inundated" with an alarming number of drones, raising the specter of injuries to tourists or others — or a possible collision with aircraft, the FBI said Friday.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Patriots have habit of Super Bowl trips, Rams are newcomers
Hey, have you guys been here before?
Saturday, February 2, 2019

No. 3 Louisville women beat No. 2 UConn Huskies 78-69
Asia Durr's first basket was just a matter of time and the right look. When it came from long range, two more soon followed to spark No. 3 Louisville past No. 2 UConn.
Friday, February 1, 2019

NCAA bans Mizzou from postseason after academic misconduct
The NCAA banned Missouri's football, baseball and softball programs from the postseason for a year and placed the entire athletic department on probation Thursday after a two-year investigation revealed academic misconduct involving a former tutor.
Friday, February 1, 2019

After further judicial review, no do-over of Rams-Saints game
A courtroom quest by two New Orleans Saints ticketholders for a full or partial do-over of this year's NFC championship game because of a blown "no-call" by game officials was rejected Thursday by a federal judge.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Lots of questions for Roger Goodell, but not a lot of answers
Faced with a blitz of officiating questions and queries about the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, Colin Kaepernick's football unemployment, and the cancellation of a news conference for a Super Bowl halftime show that has drawn hefty criticism, Roger Goodell scrambled.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Conor Daly part of Andretti lineup for Indy 500
Conor Daly has been chasing sponsorship money all across the country in a nonstop effort to continue his racing career. He's willing to drive anything, but the Indianapolis 500 is the priority.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

NFL players, past and present, perform in gospel choir
Retired Dallas Cowboys safety Dextor Clinkscale gets a chance each year to re-experience the camaraderie of playing in the NFL when the Super Bowl Gospel Choir convenes to perform in the city hosting the league's marquee game.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Balanced attack leads Golden Gophers to 86-75 win over Illini
The last time Minnesota played Illinois, the Gophers suffered a loss that could have derailed their season. On Wednesday night, they showed the Illini just how well they've responded.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fernando helps Maryland past Northwestern 70-52
In the wake of two straight lopsided defeats, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was so upset he couldn't eat.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Russell scores 30, Nets beat Bulls, 9th straight at home
D'Angelo Russell credits Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson for giving him an extra push this season.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Simpson's triple-double lifts Michigan over Ohio State
Kaleb Wesson was alone behind the defense, with a chance for an easy dunk or layup.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

MVP Yelich, Brewers looking to build on season
Christian Yelich was a late arrival to the Milwaukee Brewers' annual winter fan festival. Considering the reason, his tardiness was more than understandable.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

US beats Panama 3-0 in Gregg Berhalter's debut as coach
Gregg Berhalter ushered in a new era for the U.S. men's national team with an attacking style and a new captain.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dosunmu, Illinois beat No. 13 Maryland at MSG
Illinois' players and coaches jogged through a mob of outstretched hands on their way off the Madison Square Garden court, basking in the smiles and shouts of congratulations.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Young scorers lead the way as NHL All-Star weekend arrives
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — It is only fitting that Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon are serving as captains for this weekend's NHL All-Star game.
Friday, January 25, 2019

James, and Antetokounmpo are picked as All-Star captains
(AP) — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Toews, Kane score in shootout to lift Blackhawks over Isles
The signature stars came through again for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sanford, Bozak return to power Blues past Ducks
Zach Sanford and Tyler Bozak scored goals in their first games back from injured reserve, and the St. Louis Blues headed into the All-Star break with a 5-1 victory over the stumbling Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Collins scores 35 points as the Hawks beat the Bulls 121-101
John Collins was on the move for the Atlanta Hawks, all night long. He cut along the baseline for layups and dunks. He stepped out for 3-pointers.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Reuvers scores 22 points to lead Wisconsin past Illinois 72-60
With All-American Ethan Happ on the bench with foul trouble, Nate Reuvers stepped up, scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Wisconsin past Illinois 72-60 on Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Rivera 1st unanimous HOF pick; Doc, Edgar, Mussina also in
This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open
Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Bulls
Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Finally: Bulls snap 10-game losing streak
Somebody was bound to break a long skid Monday — Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls seized the opportunity.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wieskamp scoes 24, No. 23 Iowa routs Illinois 95 to 71
Midway through the second half, an Iowa fan won a half-court challenge with a swish at the buzzer.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Blown call and Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal send LA Rams to the Super Bowl
A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Patriots make third straight trip to the Super Bowl with 37-31 win over Chiefs
It's the dead of winter, meaning the weather in New England can be brutal. And that the Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Underdog Patriots face top seed KC. Yes, you read that right
It may have been hard to hear him over the noise of the New England fans celebrating an eighth straight trip to the AFC title game, but Tom Brady is feeling disrespected.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches
One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

UCLA, USC meet amid rocky seasons for crosstown rivals
A fired coach. A transfer. Suspensions. Injuries. UCLA and Southern California have experienced it all barely halfway through the season.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia
Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she's hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out a yell.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets to 135-105 route of Chicago Bulls
The pledge from Jamal Murray: More effort. The promise from Nikola Jokic: More aggressiveness.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Golf: Dustin Rose makes his 2019 debut with No. 1 ranking
The timing couldn't be better for Justin Rose, or for the Desert Classic.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Illinois snaps a five-game skid and routs Minnesota 95-68
Giorgi Bezhanishvili found a unique way to relay the importance of Illinois' performance Wednesday night against Minnesota.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Irving's 27 points and 18 assists lead Celtics past the Raptors
Kyrie Irving said he regretted criticizing his younger teammates, then he made a call to a former teammate he also owed an apology.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ball scores 19 as the Lakers hand the Bulls their eighth straight loss
Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers were angry after the NBA's worst team broke a long losing streak on their home floor. They weren't about to let the league's second-worst team do the same thing on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Warriors use NBA-record 1st quarter to rout Nuggets
Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors weren't trying to send any sort of message or make any kind of statement against a team they were chasing in the Western Conference.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Filppula lifts Islanders past Blues 2-1
Even when they aren't playing great, the New York Islanders are managing to keep winning.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

76ers score 83 in 1st half, roll over Timberwolves
Jimmy Butler's final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New Jersey Devils tally 8 beating Chicago
The New Jersey Devils' highest-scoring game of the season came on a night the Chicago Blackhawks may have played one of their worst games.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Blues beat Capitals for first three-game win streak of season
Three's a relief for the St. Louis Blues.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Saints rally past Eagles, will host NFC title game
When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Messi scores record 400th goal
That's 400 and counting.
Monday, January 14, 2019

On bad hip, Murray out in 1st round of Aussie Open
If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother — quite a gutsy goodbye, the type of never-give-in performance he's famous for.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28
Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who believe the Patriots are nearing the end of their run of unprecedented playoff success.
Monday, January 14, 2019

NHL tests puck, player tracking in regular-season
LAS VEGAS (AP) — On one screen live video was showing how many feet per second Erik Karlsson was skating. On another was a video-game-like visualization of the game on the ice below between Vegas and San Jose. Nearby screens flashed prop bets — where the next goal would be scored from? would Max Pacioretty skate 3 miles tonight? — as odds were updated by the second.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Betts, deGrom and Davis get big-money one-year deals and avoid arbitration
NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Four Alabama players skipping final season to enter the NFL draft
ALABAMA (AP) — Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fernando and Cowan rally Maryland past No. 22 Indiana 78-75
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland gave up the game's first nine points, trailed by 14 with 13 minutes elapsed and faced a double-digit deficit early in the second half.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Tearful Murray: Australian Open could be the last for the emotional Murray
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he's only committing to the Australian Open.
Friday, January 11, 2019

New Wizards telecast opens door to sports betting through television
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new, gambling-focused telecast of Washington Wizards games is just the appetizer to what the team and its TV partner hope will be a more substantial main course: giving fans the ability to place bets in real time while watching games at home.
Friday, January 11, 2019

#2 Michigan beats Illini 79-69 to improve to 16 and 0
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Zavier Simpson scored 16 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 15 and No. 2 Michigan beat Illinois 79-69 on Thursday night to improve to 16-0.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Temple hands No. 17 Houston 1st loss of season
Ernest Aflakpui drives his Temple teammates crazy in practice by constantly taking charges.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

McCollum scores 24 points, Trail Blazers beat Bulls 124-112
The Trail Blazers are taking advantage where the schedule allows.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Big Ten basketball preview
A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten:
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Forsberg's second goal lifts Predators over Blackhawks, four-three in overtime
Filip Forsberg scored a minute into overtime for his second goal of the game, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

With Cook out, freshman Weiskamp leads Iowa over Northwestern 73-63
With leading scorer Tyler Cook out of the lineup, someone had to step up for Iowa to fill the void.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Packers confirm hiring new coach
Matt LaFleur has been named head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Tuesday night, confirming multiple reports from a day earlier.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A&M jumps on ALAH
Central A&M used a 10-point advantage in the first quarter and turned it into an 18-point lead at the half and eventually a 29-point win for the Raiders on the night with a 71-42 final score.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Orange Crush: Clemson topples number 1 'Bama for national title
Dabo Swinney kissed the championship trophy and proclaimed this Clemson team the greatest of all time.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Nick Foles leads Eagles to 16-15 upset of Bears at home
The Philadelphia Eagles needed help to get into the playoffs, and Chicago provided it.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Rivers versus Brady in divisional round of NFL playoffs
He gets another shot next weekend.
Monday, January 7, 2019

AP All-Pro team has Kansas City accent
From a breakthrough quarterback to a unanimous choice. From two brothers to four rookies for the first time — two from the same club, no less. The Associated Press 2018 All-Pro Team has something for everyone.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

QB Fields confirms transfer to Ohio State from Georgia
Quarterback Justin Fields confirmed Friday night he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as Georgia's backup.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Chambers suspended for shoving player
Penn State has suspended basketball coach Patrick Chambers for one game for shoving a player during a timeout Thursday night in a loss at No. 2 Michigan
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Tulowitzki to play shortstop for Yanks until Didi returns
The Yankees view Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

UConn's 126-game win streak ends
Geno Auriemma knew that top-ranked UConn couldn't keep winning every regular-season game it played, even though the Huskies had won 126 in a row.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Harden rallies in OT, edges Warriors
A defender on either side of him, James Harden let it fly one last time for an improbable game-winner in the waning seconds of overtime before falling backward and hitting the floor.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Lawson's double-double, No. 5 Kansas holds off Oklahoma
The mantra at Kansas is "faces change, expectations don't."
Friday, January 4, 2019

Langford scores 28, No. 21 Indiana defeats Illinois 73-65
Indiana appeared to be in trouble against Illinois in its return from an 11-day layoff.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Golder's half-court shot lifts Valparaiso over ISU
Markus Golder put up a leaping, one-handed shot from half court , the ball snapping through the net at the buzzer as Valparaiso completed a wild last-minute comeback to defeat Illinois State 58-56 in a Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ovechkin skipping NHL All-Star Game
Alex Ovechkin will skip the NHL's All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest and serve an automatic one-game suspension.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ward scores 21, No. 8 Michigan State tops Northwestern 81-55
Nick Ward was so dominant in the first half he didn't have to score after halftime to help No. 8 Michigan State stay undefeated in Big Ten play.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Smith hits late layup, Maryland beats No. 24 Nebraska 74-72
Nebraska's final attempt to score had gone awry, and as the buzzer sounded, Maryland's players rushed to the middle of the court to celebrate the team's most significant victory of the season.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ohio State tops Wash. in Meyer's Rose Bowl finale
Urban Meyer says he decided to end his remarkable coaching career at Ohio State partly because of the stress inherent in this high-intensity job.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Iowa rallies past Mississippi State in Outback Bowl
The Iowa Hawkeyes lost a yard on the last play of the Outback Bowl, pushing their final rushing total to minus 15 yards, and didn't mind a bit.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Nadal withdraws from Brisbane to focus on Open
Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Brisbane International on Wednesday to focus on being ready for the Australian Open, which will be his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him to retire from the U.S. Open semifinals in September.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bruins beat Blackhawks in Winter Classic
David Pastrnak delivered once again. Patrice Bergeron showed off his all-around game, and Tuukka Rask made a couple of big stops.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ehlinger's 3 TDs lead Texas past Georgia 28-21 in Sugar Bowl
Bevo's pregame strategy was to run right at the Bulldogs.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Mayweather promises entertainment in Japan
TOKYO (AP) — Floyd Mayweather is promising entertainment when he fights Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in three rounds of exhibition boxing on New Year's Eve, but not necessarily a knockout.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Rose returns to Chicago, leads T-Wolves over Bulls 119-94
Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — For much of his seven seasons with the Bulls, Derrick Rose was a favorite son of Chicago. He was native born and virtually universally beloved.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

DETROIT (AP) — Mohamed Ibrahim took full advantage of holes his teammates created to burst through the line or get to the outside.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Knicks in Christmas debut
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was so eager to make a rim-rocking Christmas debut that he overshot the basket on his first attempt, a dunk from one side that ended with the ball all the way in the opposite corner.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Blackburn Grad played on Rose Bowl team a century ago
Joseph Foley was Member of Great Lakes Training Team in Wartime
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Athletics bring back righty Fiers on 2-year, $14M deal
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Free agent right-hander Mike Fiers agreed to a two-year contract worth more than $14 million to stay with the Oakland Athletics, who were determined to find an experienced starter this offseason to help lead a young rotation.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Barring ties, NFC playoff picture clear, AFC muddled
AP — Barring ties in Week 17 — and there are some wild scenarios should certain games end in draws Sunday — the road to the playoffs is quite straight in the NFC. The path to a first-round bye in the AFC has a bunch of curves in it.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Lakers lose LeBron to groin injury, rout Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James prides himself in his durability, being available night after night, game after grueling game.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Bears clinch No. 3 seed with 14-9 win over 49ers
With a dominant defense behind him, Mitchell Trubisky knows the Chicago Bears' offense doesn't have to do too much to keep winning.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Missouri ends losing streak to Illinois, wins 79-63
Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is from Illinois, and he has stocked his roster with five scholarship players from his home state. They will enjoy their trips home for Christmas a little more after the Tigers beat Illinois 79-63 Saturday night.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Rodgers leads Packers to wild 44-38 overtime win over Jets
Aaron Rodgers refused to sit this one out, even with the playoffs out of the question. And he willed the Green Bay Packers from setting some dubious franchise history.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Collin Delia makes 35 saves, Blackhawks beat Avs 2-1
Collin Delia's first start against Colorado was forgettable. He made his second one against the Avalanche memorable.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Cards reach $25M deal with Miller
When healthy, Andrew Miller has been one of baseball's top relievers. The St. Louis Cardinals are banking on a return to form.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Former Miami WR Jeff Thomas transferring to Illinois
Former Miami wide receiver Jeff Thomas is headed to Illinois.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Bears' Kyle Long returns to practice from foot injury
Guard Kyle Long felt whole again Friday after returning to practice with the Chicago Bears for the first time since late October.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

LeBron James gets triple-double, Lakers top Pelicans 112-104
LeBron James got plenty of attention this week for his comments about Anthony Davis, prompting allegations of tampering and ramping up speculation about the two superstars playing together for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Markkanen scores thirty-two points as Bulls beat Magic 90-80
Whether it was driving inside for a poster-worthy dunk or burying 3-pointers, Lauri Markkanen did exactly what the Chicago Bulls needed him to do.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

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