Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Bobby Portis understands playing time won't come easy with the Chicago Bulls' already loaded in the frontcourt. Portis says he is prepared to do whatever it takes to play his way into a rotation that includes Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL'), Joakim Noah (JOH'-keem NOH'-ah), Taj (tazh) Gibson and Nikola Mirotic (NEE'-koh-luh MEER'-uh-tich).

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say guard Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rik) has exercised his player option and will return next season. Hinrich has played in 833 regular-season games and averaged 11.4 points, five assists, three rebounds and 1.15 steals per game. He also has played in 65 playoff games.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman David Rundblad on a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season. Rundblad had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games with the Blackhawks last season along with a career-best plus-17 rating. He saw time in five playoff games as the Blackhawks relied primarily on four defensemen to win the Stanley Cup championship.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals have dealt with the opposition. Matheny wants them to focus on keeping the franchise with the majors' best record rolling by grinding out at-bats, grinding out innings, briefly savoring results and moving on. The Cardinals open a series against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.