Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Bradley University has announced the appointment of Brian Wardle as its new basketball coach. Wardle led Wisconsin-Green Bay to the 2014 Horizon League regular-season championship and three straight postseason appearances in the five years he was at that school. Bradley Director of Athletics Chris Reynolds says Wardle has a track record of success and has a work ethic and personality that fit the Bradley Braves.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan each hit two-run homers, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo also connected and the Chicago Cubs beat the rival White Sox 6-3 Friday. Entering the day, the Cubs had hit 32 homers, second-most in the majors this spring. The home runs came off Jeff Samardzija, the White Sox's opening-day starter on April 6 at Kansas City. Cubs starter Jason Hammel pitched six innings allowing two runs and six hits.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says agent Scott Boras should steer clear of the Chicago Cubs' plan on how to handle rookie Kris Bryant. The 23-year-old Bryant has hit nine home runs this spring, most in the majors. He led the minor leagues with 43 homers last season. The Cubs seem to be leaning toward starting the third baseman in the minors, giving them an extra year until he's eligible for free agency. Boras brought up the "integrity" of baseball in lobbying for Bryant to begin the season in the majors.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have claimed pitcher Kyle Drabek off waivers from Toronto. Drabek spent most of 2014 at Triple-A Buffalo. He made two appearances with Toronto, working three scoreless innings.