Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs took their fifth win over their last 6 with a 7-2 win in Pittsburgh last night over the Pirates. Jason Hammel improved his record to 4-0, giving up two runs over five-plus innings. The Cubs' 18-6 record is the best so far in the majors.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainright pitched 6 innings and slammed a three-run homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies last night, 10-3. The Cardinals hit 5 home runs in the win as St. Lous ended a losing skid at four games.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox open a series this evening, hosting the Boston Red Sox. The White Sox will start left-hander Jose Quintana while Boston will send knuckleballer Steven Wright to the mound for the series opener. Chicago beat Baltimore 7-1 on Sunday.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is beginning the process of picking a new mascot, 9 years after dropping Chief Illiniwek under pressure from the NCAA. Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson told the Academic Senate yesterday she'll form a committee. The News-Gazette reports that panel will set a timeline and process to come up with a new mascot.

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin has been named a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the NHL's top rookie. The 24-year-old Panarin led all rookies this season with 30 goals and 47 assists in 80 games. The award will be handed out in Las Vegas on June 22.