Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Derrick Rose plays his first regular-season game in 18 months Tuesday night as the Chicago Bulls open the NBA season in Miami, where the Heat will get their championship rings and raise their title banner. The teams last met in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinals, which Rose watched from the bench as he recovered from a knee injury.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are in need of an offensive turnaround if they're going to rally from a 3-2 deficit in the World Series. They're batting just .218 and averaging two-and-a-half runs per game. The Series resumes Wednesday night in Boston, with rookie Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) on the mound in Game 6 for St. Louis. He's 4-0 with a 1.00 earned run average in the postseason.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have another light workout Tuesday and a day off Wednesday before beginning preparations for Monday night's game in Green Bay. Cornerback Charles Tillman didn't practice Monday but coach Marc Trestman is hopeful he'll be available to face the Packers. Tillman missed much of the game against Washington due to a knee injury. The Bears' defense is near the bottom of the NFL rankings.

UNDATED (AP) — Eastern Illinois remains near the top of the Football Championship Subdivision rankings in two national polls. The 7-1 Panthers are ranked second in both the FCS Coaches poll and the Sports Network poll for the second consecutive week. They host Tennessee Tech on Saturday.