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Weber Fired as Illini Head Basketball Coach
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois fired coach Bruce Weber on Friday after three lackluster seasons and a 17-15 record this year that included an ugly 2-12 skid to close the season.
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Minnesota Rallies to get Past Northwestern 75-68
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Andre Hollins had a career-high 25 points and Austin Hollins finished with 12, leading 10th-seeded Minnesota to a 75-68 overtime win over Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday.
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Magic End Bulls' 8-game Win Streak
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 29 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 99-94 win over the Bulls on Thursday, snapping Chicago's eight-game winning streak.
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Berglund, Halak Lead Blues Past Ducks 3-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh straight win to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.
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'Bounty' Coordinator on Job with Rams
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams say defensive coordinator Gregg Williams continues to cooperate with the NFL in its investigation into the bounty system used by the New Orleans Saints.
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Carpenter Dealing with Neck Stiffness
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Carpenter said he has been dealing with neck stiffness for several days and missed his scheduled throw on Wednesday.
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Beckett Sharp in Red Sox's 9-3 Loss to Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Beckett pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, for the Boston Red Sox in a 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in St. Louis' 9-3 victory, allowing two hits.
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Blackhawks' Ben Smith to Have Surgery
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith will undergo season-ending surgery next week to repair a right hip tear and hernia.
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Toews Skates with Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated for the first time Thursday since he was injured nearly three weeks ago.
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Gatens Scores 20 as Iowa Knocks off Illinois 64-61
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Matt Gatens scored 20 points to help Iowa defeat Illinois 64-61 Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in what might have been the final game for Illini coach Bruce Weber.
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Nats Tie Cards
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Jordan Zimmermann struck out three in three scoreless innings Wednesday as the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals played to a 3-all tie.
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Samardzija Pitches 3 Sharp Innings as Cubs Beat K.C.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jeff Samardzija allowed one hit in three scoreless innings Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-4.
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Peavy Gives Up 3 Runs for White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jake Peavy was pleased with his performance after allowing three runs and four hits in a two-inning spring debut for the Chicago White Sox, a 10-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
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Rose's Late Jumper Powers Bulls Past Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Derrick Rose drilled a long jumper at the buzzer, powering the Chicago Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
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Western Michigan Beats NIU in MAC Tournament
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mike Douglas scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, leading Western Michigan to a 71-54 win over Northern Illinois in the second round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Wednesday night.
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Colts Announce They're Releasing Peyton Manning
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Colts owner Jim Irsay says the team is releasing quarterback Peyton Manning after a 14-year run that included one Super Bowl title and four MVP awards.
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Police Recover Paternoville Marker, Expect Charges
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State police say the ``Paternoville'' marker has been recovered, about a week after it was taken from outside the university's football stadium.
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Balanced Field Readies for Big Ten Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Perhaps the most unpredictable Big Ten tournament ever will begin Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Illinois Hopes to Salvage Pride at Big 10 Tourney
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois opens the Big Ten tournament Thursday against Iowa and has one more shot at salvaging something from a season gone wrong.
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S. Dakota St. in NCAA with OT Win Over W. Illinois
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Griffan Callahan hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 left in overtime and South Dakota State got stops the last two times Western Illinois had the ball to beat the Leathernecks 52-50 in the Summit League tournament championship game Tuesday night.
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Blues Whip Blackhawks 5-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak won his sixth straight start to match a career best and St. Louis' penalty killers ran their streak to 32 stops in a row, lifting the Blues to the top of the NHL with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
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Bulls' Hamilton Day to Day with Shoulder Injury
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls say veteran guard Richard Hamilton is day to day because of a bruised and mildly-sprained right shoulder.
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Bulls Blow Away Pacers in Second Half
CHICAGO (AP) -- Luol Deng scored 20 points, teaming with Derrick Rose in a decisive third-quarter rally that sent the Chicago Bulls to their seventh straight victory, 92-72 over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
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Bulls' Hamilton Leaves with Shoulder Injury
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago guard Richard Hamilton left the Bulls' game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night with a right shoulder injury. The team said his return was questionable.
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Northern Illinois Upsets Eastern Michigan 55-52
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Tony Nixon scored 14 points to help Northern Illinois upset Eastern Michigan 55-52 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament Monday night.
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Wolters, South Dakota St. Top Southern Utah 63-47
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Nate Wolters scored 31 points as South Dakota State whipped Southern Utah 63-47 in the semifinals of the Summit League tournament Monday night.
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Western Illinois Tips Oral Roberts 54-53
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Terell Parks' jumper with 26 seconds left boosted Western Illinois to a 54-53 upset of top-seeded Oral Roberts in the Summit League tournament semifinals Monday night.
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Green Heads up All-Big Ten Team
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) -- Michigan State's Draymond Green has been chosen as player of the year in the Big Ten. Green averaged 16.2 points and a league-best 10.5 rebounds as the Spartans shared the regular-season title with Michigan and Ohio State.
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AP Sources: Williams to Meet with Investigators
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two people familiar with the NFL's investigation of bounties paid to New Orleans players say former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will meet with league security officials Monday.
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Rose Scores 35 as Bulls Hold Off 76ers 96-91
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Derrick Rose tied a season high with 35 points, and Joakim Noah had 11 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to their sixth straight win, 96-91 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
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