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home : sports : college/pro November 21, 2018

No. 20 Northwestern looks to avoid letdown vs. Illinois
The Fighting Illini football team will make the short trip north to take on the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday afternoon.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Blues have no timeline for hiring coach after Yeo's exit
The Blues will be casting a wide net in their coaching search.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lipscomb stuns No. 18 TCU for 1st win over Top 25 team
Kenny Cooper turned a steal into a breakaway layup that put Lipscomb ahead only seconds after halftime at No. 18 TCU.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Rams edge Chiefs 54-51
Even before the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter, well before the 1,001st yard of combined offense was tallied, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams already knew this was a classic.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gonzaga holds off Illinois 84-78 in Maui
Rui Hachimura scored 23 points, Zach Norvell Jr. added 15 and No. 3 Gonzaga held off Illinois 84-78 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bears beat Vikings 25-20, tighten grip on NFC North
No doubt about it now, the Bears really are serious about winning the NFC North.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Roethlisberger leads Steelers to comeback win over Jags
Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Betts and Yelich win MLB MVP Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

On hot seat? Packers' McCarthy focuses on getting road win
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike McCarthy knows his job is on the line.
The Green Bay Packers' 13th-year head coach acknowledged he is aware that the team's 4-5-1 record has led to questions about his future.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Petersen, Kings defeat Blackhawks 2-1 in shootout
CHICAGO (AP) — Cal Petersen returned to Chicago for a memorable first NHL start.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wilson, Seahawks rally past GB
SEATTLE (AP) — After a shaky beginning, Russell Wilson got hot in the fourth quarter, Bobby Wagner and Seattle's defense stymied Aaron Rodgers and the Seahawks stayed in the middle of the NFC playoff race.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Iowa looks to exploit porous Illini defense
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois offense can run, but its porous defense can't hide. And Iowa knows it.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Bears, Vikings meet in primetime showdown for NFC North lead
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky understands how high the stakes are.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL
After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Michigan routs Villanova in title rematch
Charles Matthews set the tone with a slam and celebrated by flexing to the crowd.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Blackhawks end 8-game skid, beat Blues 1-0
Jeremy Colliton got his first win as an NHL coach when Corey Crawford made 28 saves to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 1-0 on Wednesday night, stopping an eight-game losing streak
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Freshman Akinjo leads Georgetown past Illinois
Freshman James Akinjo had 19 points, including a key 3-point play, and seven assists, Jamorko Pickett blocked a shot in the closing seconds and Georgetown beat Illinois 88-80 on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan hold steady in CFP
The College Football Playoff rankings held steady at the top, with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan an unchanged first four from last week.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Steelers' Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018
Le'Veon Bell's patience on the football field sets him apart.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to LA due to field
The NFL moved the Rams' Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Barnes scores 23, leads Mavericks past Bulls 103-98
The Dallas Mavericks didn't need a big contribution from Luka Doncic to beat the Chicago Bulls. Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea took care of that.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hurricanes beat Blackhawks 3-2 in OT
The Carolina Hurricanes grew accustomed over the years to seeing Cam Ward in goal and winning games. Both those things happened again Monday night — but this one was different.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bears supporting Parkey after tough day
This time, the Chicago Bears were good enough to overcome a tough day for Cody Parkey.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Trubisky throws 3 TDs, Bears beat Lions
Mitchell Trubisky locked in right from the start, whether he was firing downfield or making the right read underneath the defense.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Molina, Realmuto homers lead MLB All-Stars over Japan
Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run homer, and J.T. Realmuto also went deep to lead the MLB All-Stars over Japan 7-3 on Sunday for their first win of the six-game exhibition series after a pair of defeats.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Jones helps Packers run away for 31-12 win over Dolphins
For a change, it was the Packers in a runaway.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Massinburg scores 43, Buffalo stuns No. 13 WVU 99-94 in OT
Maybe that big upset in the NCAA Tournament was only the beginning for Buffalo.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rookie WR on rise for Pack
Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling turned to Twitter to give a tutorial about how to pronounce his first name.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Bears get Khalil Mack back for Lions
Khalil Mack will save some secrets for the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Chad Johnson makes 33 saves, Blues beat Sharks 4-0
St. Louis Blues goalie Chad Johnson swears he wasn't in a special zone or mindset. The San Jose Sharks might disagree.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wallace aiming to blaze NASCAR trails
Bubba Wallace does not care about the way things used to be done in NASCAR, and he is not interested in how veterans believe he is supposed to drive.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Jordan scores 19 as Illinois rolls over Evansville 99-60
Aaron Jordan scored 19 points and Ayo Dosunmu added 18 as Illinois beat Evansville 99-60 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Mack, Robinson just about ready to return to Bears
Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they're just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears' past two games because of injuries.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Canes hold on to beat Blackhawks 4-3, spoil Colliton's debut
Jeremy Colliton's NHL coaching debut got off to a shaky start before the Chicago Blackhawks began skating with confidence and made it respectable.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Illinois, Nebraska believe they are moving in the right direction
Even though Illinois and Nebraska have just three Big Ten wins between them, both enter their game Saturday believing they're on the verge of breakthroughs.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Davis, Pelicans end 6-game skid, beat Bulls
Anthony Davis made a 3-pointer, pulled up to hit a 10-foot jumper and threw down a two-handed reverse alley-oop jam in the span of about two minutes late in the first quarter.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mitchell Trubisky, Bears' offense maintaining focus
Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears' offense refuse to become mired in mistakes or popular assessments.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

White Sox extend Renteria's contract past 2019
The rebuilding Chicago White Sox have extended manager Rick Renteria's contract.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

New Orleans signs ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to join the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Nebraska like a 'homecoming' for Illini's AJ Bush
AJ Bush finally will get to play a game at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

O'Reilly hat trick leads St. Louis over Carolina 4-1
Ryan O'Reilly saw all the hats flying on the ice and had to think for a moment about what to do.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

College basketball: Duke, Kentucky highlight opening night look around
RJ Barrett scored 33 points and Zion Williamson added 28 in their first college games, leading No. 4 Duke over No. 2 Kentucky 118-84 on Tuesday night in the season-opening Champions Classic.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blackhawks fire 3-time Stanley Cup winner Quenneville
The Blackhawks have fired three-time Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

LaVine gets career-high 41 in double OT win
Zach LaVine decided to take the game into his own hands and finally put an end to this double-overtime affair.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2018 Gold Glove Winners
Gold Glove winners for the 2018 MLB season were announced Monday.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hoosiers fans eager to see Langford's long-awaited debut
Indiana Hoosiers fans spent years envisioning Romeo Langford wearing a crimson-and-cream uniform and those familiar candy-striped warmup pants.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

With division games, Bears get measuring stick
The Chicago Bears are about to find out just where they stand.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Late eagle carries DeChambeau to Vegas win
Bryson DeChambeau saw signs of greatness last season on the PGA Tour when he won three times against the strongest fields this side of the majors.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Chicago Bears rout turnover-prone Buffalo Bills 41-9
Linebacker Khalil Mack broke into a wide grin when it was pointed out the Chicago Bears defense didn't need him for a second straight week.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Indy racing's 'quiet pioneer,' dies at 83
(AP) — Mari Hulman George, the "quiet pioneer" of auto racing who ordered drivers to start their engines and was instrumental in the expansion of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Saturday. She was 83.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Busch vying for 2nd Cup title amid uncertain future
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kurt Busch knows he took his first and only NASCAR Cup Series championship for granted.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Texas pole; all four Stewart Haas cars in top seven
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Clint Bowyer went more than 200 mph like polesitter Ryan Blaney during NASCAR Cup qualifying at Texas.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Kershaw gets $93M; Harper, Machado atop market
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington outfielder Bryce Harper and Boston closer Craig Kimbrel were among just seven free agents who received $17.9 million qualifying offers from their former clubs Friday, when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed to a $93 million, three-year contract rather than test the market.
Monday, November 5, 2018

College basketball: Top teams counting on transfers
(AP) — Acquiring a high-profile transfer isn't necessarily a prerequisite for every Final Four contender, but a look at the rosters of AP Top 25 teams sure makes it seem that way.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to TX
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Trubisky excelling under Nagy as Bears set to play Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bears coach Matt Nagy need not worry about any R-rated remarks that might have been picked up by the microphone he wore in a win over the New York Jets last week.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Biles wins 4th all-around at worlds
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Simone Biles attempted to smile but her eyes betrayed her. She was angry, paying little attention to the gold medal around her neck, the one that made history.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Mullens has sterling debut in 49ers 34-3 win over Raiders
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Mullens got several hundred congratulatory text messages, a phone call from Brett Favre and his Twitter account verified.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Sundqvist's 2 rare goals send Blues past Golden Knights 5-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Oskar Sundqvist was concerned about more than just hockey after he sustained serious facial injuries on an illegal hit by Tom Wilson in a preseason game against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 30.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Canucks beat Blackhawks 4-2
Before the Canucks started their season, coach Travis Green said he wanted his team to "score by committee."
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Millsap gives Nuggets OT win over Bulls
Paul Millsap knows nobody is perfect in the NBA. The key to being a good team is finding ways to win when not everything is clicking.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

NFL deadline trades
The NFL's lone undefeated team has just made an already dominant defensive front even deeper.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Illini D coordinator Hardy Nickerson resigns
Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson abruptly resigned Monday, citing personal "health-related circumstances beyond my control."
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Thompson hits NBA record 14 3s as Warriors top Bulls 149-124
Klay Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry's NBA record with 14 3-pointers and finished with 52 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 149-124 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Red Sox top Dodgers for World Series title
Chris Sale's final pitch for this Boston juggernaut triggered a celebration on the Dodger Stadium infield, among thousands of fans who made their way to California — and even outside Fenway Park back home.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Illinois basketball is rebuilding
Illinois is counting on a youth movement built around two four-star recruits and the health of highly touted sophomore guard Da'Monte Williams to resurrect a program that last year managed just four Big Ten wins.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Losses have Bears in more familiar spot
The Chicago Bears were riding high, staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Chase Elliott eyeing NASCAR championship
Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to stop losing races before he could find his way to victory lane.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

No. 23 Utah, Moss roll over UCLA 41-10
Zack Moss and Utah rushed their way to another big Pac-12 win
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Blue Jackets rally from down 2, rout Blues
Blues coach Mike Yeo expects fingers to be pointed after St. Louis' latest crushing defeat.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Dodgers go cold in Boston, then fall behind 2-0 to Red Sox
The San Gabriel Mountains shimmering in the distance will be a welcome sight for the Los Angeles Dodgers after two chilly, failed nights at Fenway Park.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

LaVine lifts Bulls past Hornets on late free throws
After missing one potential winning shot in the final seconds, Zach LaVine was determined to give himself another opportunity.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Red Sox beat Dodgers 8-4 at Fenway in World Series opener
The Fenway Funhouse proved too tricky, too cold and just too much for the beach boys.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kane scores, Saad's 2 goals lead Blackhawks past Ducks 3-1
Brandon Saad threw his arms in the air and yelled as the crowd roared.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

NBA look around: James, Lakers remain winless
Patty Mills hit a go-ahead jumper with 6.8 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs kept the Los Angeles Lakers winless with LeBron James, rallying from a six-point deficit in the final minute of overtime for a wild 143-142 victory Monday night.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bears now searching for answers
Losing consecutive games for the first time exposed several flaws with the Chicago Bears.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Trouba scores in OT, Jets beat Blues
The Winnipeg Jets didn't get down about a two-goal deficit Monday night.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Brady throws 3 TDs, Patriots beat Bears 38-31
Tom Brady held his breath as he watched the final play unfold from the sideline.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Ingram, Rondo, Paul suspended
Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul of the Rockets were suspended without pay Sunday for an on-court fight, with Paul taking the heaviest financial hit.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Simmons triple-double leads 76ers past Bulls 127-108
Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 Philadelphia 76ers fans exhort him to shoot each time he touched the ball, a roaring confidence boost for a No. 1 pick closer to a bust than brilliance.
Friday, October 19, 2018

No. 23 Wisconsin hosts Illinois Sat.
Illinois (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 23 Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1),11:00 a.m. CT (FS1).
Friday, October 19, 2018

Hinostroza, Coyotes beat Blackhawks
The handful of former Chicago Blackhawks who play for the Arizona Coyotes were excited to see Corey Crawford back on the ice after an extended absence.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Iapoce new Cubs hitting coach
The Chicago Cubs are turning to a familiar face to help with their inconsistent offense.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gallagher scores late goal, Canadiens edge Blues 3-2
The Montreal Canadiens are leaving teams behind — and trying not to get too far ahead of themselves.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Belichick: Don't compare Bears' Mack to LT just yet
No matter how dominant Chicago Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to make one thing clear.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kershaw dominant, Dodgers beat Brewers 5-2, lead NLCS 3-2
Clayton Kershaw put his previous flop behind him and pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers forward — one victory from a return trip to the World Series.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Midterms! Who's hot so far in college football, CFP forecast
The midpoint of another season has arrived and the burning question is — yet again — can anybody beat Alabama?
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Curry, Durant, Warriors drop OKC in festive opener
Stephen Curry is coming off an injury-plagued season and a summer he thought might be among his best yet.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Longtime EIU coach Spoo dies at eighty
Former Eastern Illinois coach Bob Spoo, whose players included future NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo, has died at age 80.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Almirola advances in NASCAR playoffs with win
Tony Stewart hired Aric Almirola because he believed the journeyman would win races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola came close time and again this year but fell short.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Price, Red Sox bounce back, tie ALCS 1-1
David Price went home a winner in a postseason start for the first time in his career.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Sanders kicks FG as Dolphins rally past Bears 31-28 in OT
Kicker Jason Sanders turned teammate Kenyan Drake's fumble into a footnote.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Ex-lawmaker Mary Bono hired as USA Gymnastics interim CEO
USA Gymnastics has hired former Congresswoman Mary Bono as interim president and chief executive officer.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus: 17-year split
There will not be an eighth NASCAR title for Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Butler absent amid trade-demand drama
Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Dolphins' injured line tasked with Mack
Last week, the Miami Dolphins resorted to eight-man pass protection, so desperate were they to slow an onslaught against quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Illinois, Purdue on Sat. has meaning
Only a few weeks ago, mentioning a possible bowl bid in the same sentence as Illinois might have earned more than a few chuckles.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Wisconsin-Michigan tops Big Ten watch list
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bitter finish: Indians' first-round exit leaves sour taste in Cleveland
For the third year in a row, the unmistakable aroma of champagne wafted into the hallway outside the visitor's clubhouse following the final game at Progressive Field.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Red Sox hold off Yanks in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS
Eduardo Nunez charged Gleyber Torres' four-hopper toward third base and whipped the ball across the diamond . Steve Pearce stretched, falling on his chest for a sprawling catch. The umpire signaled: "Out!"
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brees breaks NFL record for yards passing
Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing — and he did it with a certain panache and precision that made the 39-year-old quarterback look far from finished.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Yanks routed by Red Sox 16-1, trail ALDS 2-1
Their ace got booed off the mound, loudly. Their manager let things get out of hand. And their backup catcher wound up pitching.

"It was an embarrassing day today," New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians
As his teammates sprayed each other with champagne and beer in Houston's buzzing clubhouse, ace Justin Verlander stayed clear of the fray and foam while enjoying a cigar.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NFL this week: Eagles, Vikings stage NFC championship rematch
(AP) — When last they met, the Eagles and Vikings were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Red Sox, Yankees ready to rumble again in playoffs
Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball's most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bears take week off just as they gain momentum
The way Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton figured it, no one wants to stop when he's having fun.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Colorado Rockies top Chicago Cubs 2-1 in 13 innings in epic wild-card game
Tony Wolters waited and waited as the NL wild-card game went deep into Tuesday night. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bears' 'D' gets help from 'O' in 48-10 romp over Bucs
For most of the season, it's been a solo act for Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears' defense.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Bears, Buccaneers meet in matchup of unexpected leaders
The Chicago Bears are staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cubs beat Pirates 3-0, open 1-game NL Central lead
Jon Lester felt he wasn't as sharp as usual, though the Cubs and their ace left-hander came through in the clutch.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Goff has 465 yards, 5 TDs, propels Rams past Vikings, 38-31
Jared Goff hit Cooper Kupp in stride with a 70-yard touchdown pass that was just as gloriously wide-open as Rams coach Sean McVay had predicted when they drew it up this week.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Refurbished, loaded St. Louis Blues hoping it's their year
One talented Russian winger. Deep lines and pairings. Years of playoff heartache.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Yelich, Brewers dent Cards' playoff chances with 12-4 win
Milwaukee's last NL MVP thinks he is about to get some company.

Led by Christian Yelich's silky smooth game, the Brewers are closing in on the playoffs.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bryant hurt, Cubs lose to Pirates 6-0, again miss clinch
The Chicago Cubs lost again, and this one was particularly painful.

Slugger Kris Bryant exited with a bruised left wrist, Mike Montgomery got hit hard over four-plus innings and the Cubs stumbled to a 6-0 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Brewers beat Cards for 3-game WC lead
A chuckling Eric Thames said it felt so good he almost ripped third base out of the ground and hoisted it above his head.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1
Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Bucs 30-27
It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bears rally for 16-14 victory over winless Cardinals
Another opportunistic day by the Chicago defense has the Bears at 2-1 and alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since late in the 2013 season.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Bears look to move to 2-1 vs punchless Cards
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Now the 2018 Chicago Bears will find out how they handle success.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sanders, McSorley lead No. 10 Penn State over Illinois 63-24
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Miles Sanders burst through the hole, bounced off a defender trying to grab his ankles and sped up the right side for the go-ahead touchdown.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

College football week four preview
(AP) — For the second straight year, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher will meet in a mentor-mentee matchup.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Number ten Penn State opens conference play at Illinois Sat.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — No. 10 Penn State brings its high-powered offense to Illinois on Friday night, heavily favored against a young Illini team that is off to an encouraging start.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Won, won and won! Browns beat Jets for first win since 2016
CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns won.
Baker Mayfield showed them how.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bears D looks to turn sacks into turnovers
In just a few weeks, linebacker Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears defense feel they've established an identity.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Illinois RB Mike Epstein poised for breakout season
First-year offensive coordinator Rod Smith's up-tempo, spread offense has created some big opportunities for Illinois, which has contributed to a solid 2-1 record going into Friday's conference opener at home against No. 10 Penn State.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Baez, Murphy go deep as Cubs romp past Diamondbacks
Two nights in a row, Anthony Rizzo has made a major impact on Chicago Cubs wins with efforts that don't stand out in the boxscore.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Homer parade: Cardinals beat Braves 11-6
Miles Mikolas has been unbeatable this season when the St. Louis Cardinals score him a couple of runs.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hendricks, Cubs beat Diamondbacks 5-1
Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17
Khalil Mack once again put on the sort of havoc-wreaking show the Chicago Bears envisioned when they traded for the superstar pass rusher.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cubs lose to Reds 2-1, NL Central lead stays at 2 1/2 games
The run-deficient Chicago Cubs were in a deficit from the start.

Scott Schebler homered on the first pitch of the game and the Cincinnati Reds went on to beat the NL Central leaders 2-1 Sunday.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Wainwright blanks Dodgers over 6 innings, Cardinals win 5-0
Adam Wainwright had something to prove.

Wainwright pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his first win in five months, Marcell Ozuna homered and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged the finale of a four-game series with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cousins' comeback falls short, Vikings and Packers tie at 29
A tie felt odd to Kirk Cousins.

On one hand, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help rally his team from a 20-7 deficit against the Green Bay Packers.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Bears try to rebound against Seattle
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears came into the season believing they were ready to start returning the favor after taking their lumps in recent years.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Machado drives in 3 runs, Dodgers top Cardinals 9-7
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Dodgers got some help from a former Cardinal before their pivotal series against St. Louis.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Baez's bunt single lifts Cubs past Nationals in 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs got nearly everything they wanted out of their day trip to Washington to face the Nationals, and Javier Baez was in the middle of nearly all of it.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Quintana pitches Cubs past Brewers for 2-game lead
Jose Quintana dazzled all night long.

The Chicago Cubs had the right guy on the mound for a big game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Adams, US soccer get win over Mexico
Tyler Adams showed he might be able to help when the rebuilding U.S. soccer team resumes competitive matches next June. So did Antonee Robinson and goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Keselowski pumps life into NASCAR playoffs
A snoozer of a NASCAR season got a huge jolt of energy right before the playoffs with back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rodgers returns from injury, Packers beat Bears 24-23
Aaron Rodgers heard the applause after walking out of the stadium tunnel and back on to the field.
Monday, September 10, 2018

Rams finally get Donald, Suh together on tantalizing D
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald makes a joke during a break in practice, and Ndamukong Suh chuckles. Pretty soon, the entire Los Angeles Rams' defensive line is cracking up.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bears vague on Khalil Mack's playing time against Packers
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Although Matt Nagy has yet to coach a game for the Chicago Bears, he is proving as adept as a veteran coach at keeping trade secrets.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Packers, Bears meet for 197th time in Sunday's opener
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears renew the NFL’s most played rivalry when they meet for the 197th time to open the 2018 season on Sunday night at Lambeau Field (7:20, NBC).
Saturday, September 8, 2018

College football preview: what you should watch in week two
(AP) — A couple of early conference games are the only ones matching ranked teams in week two of the college football season.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Fighting Illini to host Western Illinois, eager to find footing
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois, looking to find its footing after a surprisingly tough comeback win against Kent State to open the season, in theory gets another tune-up game at home Saturday against Western Illinois.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Bote helps Cubs come back to beat Nationals 6-4 in 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — With so much attention focused on Daniel Murphy's return to Washington for the first time since he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, it was his in-game replacement — David Bote — who once again tormented the Nationals.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Cubs hold off Brewers 6-4, boost lead to 4 games
Daniel Murphy sees no panic in his new Chicago Cubs teammates.

The Cubs needed a win Wednesday night to avert a three-game sweep by division rival Milwaukee, and Murphy played a big role with three hits and a solo home run in Chicago's 6-4 victory against the Brewers.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Cards beat Nats behind Molina grand slam, 4 other homers
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt changed his lineup after arriving at Nationals Park, dropping catcher Yadier Molina from second to sixth.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Milwaukee routs Chicago 11-1 to trim NL Central deficit to three games
Wade Miley's baffling off-speed stuff was just part of a frustrating night for the Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

LeBron says on Kaepernick deal: I stand with Nike
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said he stands with Nike, a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Knee injury ends Illini's Dudek's season for 3rd time
Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury sustained against Kent State on Saturday, the third major knee injury of the senior's career.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Harper's HR, sac fly pushes Nats over Cards 4-3
After Bryce Harper swung into action, the St. Louis Cardinals were the ones who didn't feel so good.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Federer stunned by 55th-ranked Millman in US Open 4th Round
Roger Federer served poorly. He volleyed poorly. Closed out sets poorly, too. And now he's gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his illustrious career.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Brewers beat Cubs 4-3 in ninth inning after Yelich beats throw
Christian Yelich beat out a throw at first to narrowly avoid a double play that allowed the winning run to score in the ninth.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cubs add stolen-base specialist Gore to roster
It's September, so it's time for Terrance Gore.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Gruden explains decision to trade Mack
Jon Gruden didn't mince words.

"It wasn't my goal to trade Khalil when we got here," Gruden said Sunday. "One of the reasons I'm here is because of him. Unfortunately, we had a standoff with a contract, and we could not come to terms. The Bears made us an offer of two first-round draft choices and here we are today."

Monday, September 3, 2018

No. 25 LSU off and running with win over No. 8 Miami
Nick Brossette and Joe Burrow waited a long time for their chance to be impact players. They helped No. 25 LSU make a strong opening statement.
Monday, September 3, 2018

Northwestern extends streak with victory at Purdue
Jeremy Larkin proved he could be Northwestern's workhorse Thursday night.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Pujols likely out for season after left knee surgery
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols is likely to miss the rest of his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery on his left knee.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

LaMarre, Lopez team up on Yankees; White Sox win
The Yankees' pursuit of the Boston Red Sox got stalled by Ryan LaMarre and Reynaldo Lopez.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Opening week: What to watch week 1 in the Big Ten
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

NFC North Preview: Vikes-Pack rivalry fierce as ever
Will the Minnesota Vikings pick up where they left off, following their surge to the NFC championship game last season?
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Lester helps Cubs beat Mets for sixth straight
Jon Lester got it done with his arm, his glove, and his bat Monday night.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Illini name senior AJ Bush starting quarterback
Senior transfer AJ Bush was named starting quarterback for Illinois on Monday, beating out last year's starter and a promising true freshman.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hawaii defeats South Korea to win Little League title
It only took one pitch for Mana Lau Kong to deliver Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Hendricks shuts down Reds, Cubs win 9-0 for sweep
After dealing with ups and downs this season, Kyle Hendricks feels like he's in a groove.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Carpenter ties doubles record in win over Rockies
Matt Carpenter led off the game with a double to right.

It was the start of a double feature — a big day for him and another big series win for the Cardinals.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Martinez sets MLS single-season scoring record, Atlanta wins
ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martinez broke the MLS season goal record with his 28th, giving Atlanta United the lead in the 74th minute in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City on Friday night.
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Why some college scandals don't draw NCAA penalties
(AP) — The question often comes up when a serious scandal hits college sports: Where is the NCAA? Why isn't the governing body of major college sports, you know, governing?
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach, Klages, charged in Nassar case
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former head coach of Michigan State's gymnastics team was charged Thursday with lying to an investigator when she denied that witnesses told her years ago about being sexually assaulted by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Bears thinking of using rookie linebacker Smith in preseason finale
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith could be the exception to an unwritten NFL preseason rule.
Friday, August 24, 2018













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