Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown, and Number 17 Northwestern beat Illinois 24-14 Saturday. Freshman Clayton Thorson threw for 146 yards and a score as Northwestern avenged last year's 47-33 home loss to Illinois. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Wildcats, putting them in position for a New Year's Day bowl game.

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Georges Niang scored 23 points and helped lead a decisive run during the second half of fourth-ranked Iowa State's 84-73 victory over Illinois Saturday in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic. Jaylon Tate's layup gave the Illini a 58-57 lead before Iowa State (5-0) went on an 18-4 run to take control in Florida.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marian Gaborik scored the tying goal with 5:55 left in the third period and got the game-winner 2:04 into overtime, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night. Chicago right wing Patrick Kane broke an NHL record for American-born players with a point in his 19th consecutive game, scoring on a power-play and assisting on Niklas Hjalmarsson's first goal of the season.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Scottie Upshall scored in the third period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 14th goal for the Blues, who were 3-3-2 over their last eight games.