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Bears Sign DT Nate Collins
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears say they have signed defensive tackle Nate Collins to a one-year contract.
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Matheny Returns To Cards After Back Surgery
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny returned to the club Thursday after undergoing back surgery Monday in St. Louis.
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Paul Jumper Lifts Illinois Over Minnesota 51-49
CHICAGO (AP)--Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
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Kings Crush Bulls 121-79 For Easiest Win of Season
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)--Tyreke Evans had 26 points and seven assists in the Sacramento Kings' most lopsided victory of the season, a 121-79 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
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Cubs' Starlin Castro Returns from Hamstring Injury
MESA, Ariz. (AP)--Starlin Castro returned from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him since Feb. 27, getting a single and a walked Wednesday in the Chicago Cubs' 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Jimenez Pitches 5 Solid Innings for Indians
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)--Ubaldo Jimenez pitched five solid innings, settling into a good groove after allowing two runs in the second, and Cord Phelps hit his second homer of spring training to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
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Bears Release Davis. Terminate Spaeth's Contract
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)--The Chicago Bears have released tight end Kellen Davis.
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Blackhawks Assign Montador To AHL
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned defenseman Steve Montador to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and recalled forward Jimmy Hayes.
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Bulls' Rose Still Not Sure When He'll Return
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's still not sure if he'll play this season and the obstacles are more mental than physical at this point as he tries to return from knee surgery.
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TE Bennett Says He's A Bear
CHICAGO (AP) -- Free agent tight end Martellus Bennett says he is headed to the Chicago Bears and leaving the New York Giants.
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Groce Hopes For Hot Postseason Hand At Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- At Ohio, John Groce's teams had a way of turning it on in the post season.
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Mo. Golfer Survives Mid-Round Illinois Sinkhole
WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) -- When it comes to dealing with this divot, score one for golfer Mark Mihal.
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White Sox Over Mariners, Lose To Reds
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Dayan Viciedo went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, and a Chicago White Sox split squad beat the Seattle Mariners 11-7 on Sunday.
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Cubs 1B Rizzo Rejoins Team For A Day On WBC Break
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo rejoined the team for a one-day break during the World Baseball Classic.
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Howard Leads Lakers Over Bulls 90-81
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Kobe Bryant chipped in with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls 90-81 Sunday.
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Eaton, Hill Help Diamondbacks Beat White Sox
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Adam Eaton had four hits and Aaron Hill had three, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Chicago White Sox 11-9 Saturday.
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Western Illinois Beats South Dakota 54-53
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Ceola Clark III scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and second-seeded Western Illinois was able to hold off South Dakota in the first round of the Summit League tournament with a 54-53 win Saturday night.
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Wichita St. Tops Illinois St. 66-51 To Reach Final
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carl Hall scored 16 points, Malcolm Armstead added 15 and Wichita State advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final with a 66-51 victory over Illinois State on Saturday.
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Illinois State Knocks Off Northern Iowa 73-65
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tyler Brown had 28 points and nine rebounds as Illinois State knocked off Northern Iowa 73-65 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday night.
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Blackhawks' Record Streak Ends In 6-2 Loss
DENVER (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks' record for the best start in NHL history is over at 24 games after a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.
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Agent Says Bears' Melton Accepts Franchise Tender
CHICAGO (AP) -- Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton has accepted the Chicago Bears' $8.45 million tender after being hit with the franchise player tag.
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Local Sports 3/8/13
Here's a look at today's sports headlines.
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AP Source: Illinois Hires Ricker To Be Line Coach
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A person familiar with the move says Illinois has hired former Western Michigan assistant coach A.J. Ricker to fill the vacancy left by offensive line coach Jim Bridge's unexpected resignation.
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Konerko Hits 2 HRs, White Sox Beat Cubs
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Adam Dunn added a two-run shot as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 Thursday.
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Local Sports 3/7/13
Streaks play in Sectional game Thursday night.
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Blackhawks Win 11th Straight
CHICAGO (AP) -- Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left in regulation and the Chicago Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night to extend the best start in NHL history.
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Duncan, Spur Beat Bulls
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 101-83 on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams missing their starting All-Star point guards.
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Berkman Homers for Rangers Over Cubs
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Lance Berkman hit his first home run of spring training, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday.
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Cardinals Add Willie McGee to Staff
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former great Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues.
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Iowa to Review Job of Ferentz's Future Son-in-Law
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa is reviewing the employment of a football assistant who is also the future son-in-law of coach Kirk Ferentz.
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