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Beckman Unsure if QB Scheelhasse will Play at ASU
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- With Nathan Scheelhaase at the controls last Saturday, Illinois was cruising past Western Michigan 17-0. After he left with an ankle injury the defense had to save the Illini with a late touchdown of its own.

NIU Reassigns Dunbar to Focus on His Cancer Fight
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois has reassigned offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar so he can focus on his fight with cancer.

Urlacher Back Practicing, Shoots for Opener
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher returned to practice Monday for the first time since July 31, hoping to play in Sunday's season opener.

Packers DB's Still Face Uncertainty
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- While the coaching staff may have decided who'll play where, the players in the Green Bay Packers' still-in-flux secondary swear they don't know where they'll be lining up in Sunday's regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Bears Sign Okoye, Waive Price
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a one-year contract and waived DT Brian Price.

Strasburg Dominant, Nats Produce Late to Top Cards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits over six scoreless innings, striking out nine before being pulled Sunday as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3.

Tigers Beat White Sox, Pull Even Atop Division
DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander shut down Chicago after the first inning and Delmon Young hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth Sunday night to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox and a share of first place in the AL Central.

Rams Claim Ganaway, Heard Off Waivers
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams claimed rookie running back Terrance Ganaway and defensive tackle Kellen Heard off waivers to fill two open roster spots.

Hamlin Pulls Out 2nd Straight Win in Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Denny Hamlin won his second straight Sprint Cup race, holding off Jeff Gordon in a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

Single Lifts Giants to Win Over Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants closed out a successful road trip with a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Illini, Beckman Survive Broncos for Win
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- With quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Illinois and new coach Tim Beckman hang on for a 24-7 win Saturday over Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams.

Late TD Leads Iowa Over NIU
CHICAGO (AP) -- Damon Bullock ran for 150 yards and scored on a late 23-yard touchdown run to lead Iowa to an 18-17 victory over Northern Illinois in the season opener on Saturday.

Lincecum Helps Giants Beat Cubs Saturday
CHICAGO (AP) -- Justin Germano's shaky first inning put the Cubs behind right away and with San Francisco's Tim Lincecum pitching, it meant another loss for Chicago in this dismal season.

Tigers Beat White Sox
DETROIT (AP) -- Max Scherzer allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers pulled within a game of first place with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

Cardinals Snap Skid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- David Freese hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game skid with 10-9 win over the Washington Nationals.

Notre Dame Pounds Navy in Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) -- Notre Dame scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as the Fighting Irish routed Navy 50-10 in Saturday's season opener in Ireland.

Nats Roll Over Slumping Cardinals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gio Gonzalez earned his 17th win with his first career shutout and the Nationals handed Adam Wainwright his shortest start this season as Washington routed the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 on Friday night.

Season Not Over for Carpenter? Tosses Live BP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw two simulated innings of live batting practice on Friday six weeks after undergoing what was considered season-ending surgery to repair a nerve injury in his right shoulder.

Soriano Powers Cubs Past Giants
CHICAGO (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer that landed on Waveland Avenue and Anthony Rizzo added a solo shot, helping Chris Volstad and the Chicago Cubs beat the weary San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Friday.

Tigers Beat White Sox on 3-Run Double
DETROIT (AP) -- Delmon Young hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 7-4 Friday night, pulling within two games of the AL Central-leading White Sox.

Undrafted WR Kept on Packers Roster
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Undrafted rookie Jarrett Boykin survived the final round of cuts to become the sixth wide receiver on the Green Bay Packers' roster on Friday.

NFL Officials, Union Meet Again
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL and its on-field officials' union failed to reach an agreement when they met Saturday morning, making it more likely replacement officials will work the league's first week of regular-season games.

Bears Release QB Josh McCown
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have cut backup quarterback Josh McCown.

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