Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — At long, long last, it's true -- the Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series. The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, 5-0, with Kyle Hendricks outpitching Clayton Kershaw in the win. Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early for the Cubs and Aroldis Chapman recorded the final out by getting Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play.

CHICAGO (AP) — Pitcher Jon Lester and second baseman Javier Baez shared the MVP honor for the championship series. Baez hit .318 and drove in five runs while Lester was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his two starts against the Dodgers. Lester says Cubs fans have done nothing but support the team from day one this season.

CHICAGO (AP) — Overjoyed Cubs fans are celebrating into the morning after the team clinched its first trip to the World Series since 1945 with last night's win. Many people were waving "W'' flags and taking selfies in front of the stadium. Next up for the Cubs are the Cleveland Indians, with Game One of the World Series on Tuesday, in Cleveland.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs could have Kyle Schwarber back for the World Series. Schwarber has been sidelined since an outfield collision in April tore a pair of ligaments in his left knee. The Cubs activated Schwarber from the disabled list Saturday and will first check him out in the Arizona Fall League.

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews and Artemi Panarin both scored in a shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over Toronto last night. Chicago had come back with two late goals to force the game to overtime. Rookie Tyler Motte also scored for the Blackhawks, connecting for a second straight game and Brian Campbell had three assists.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — David Perron scored three goals and had an assist for St. Louis as the Blues beat the Flames in Calgary last night, 6-4. Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen also scored for the Blues, while Jake Allen made 23 saves.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Illinois wasn't able to mount much offense in a 41-8 loss at third-ranked Michigan yesterday. Wilton Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns over three quarters of play. Jeff George Jr. was 4-of-15 for 95 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a fumble in his first start for Illinois.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern got an early lead and then rode it to a 24-14 win at home over Indiana. Clayton Thorson threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns as Northwestern got its third straight victory. Thorson became the first Northwestern QB since at least 2000 to throw three or more touchdown passes over three consecutive games.

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — North Dakota State rebounded from its first loss of the season by beating Western Illinois last night, 21-13. The Bison held the Leathernecks to 269 total yards on the night, intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble in the end zone. Sean McGuire was 19-for-27 on the night for 183 yards.

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Austin Simmons threw for two touchdowns as South Dakota beat Illinois State yesterday, 27-24. Jake Kolbe threw for 241 yards for the Redbirds in the loss.

DEKALF, Ill. (AP) — Anthony Maddie's five touchdowns led Northern Illinois to a 44-7 pasting of Buffalo yesterday. Maddie threw for 199 yards and he ran for 125 more. Kenny Golladay also had 96 yards receiving along with a touchdown.

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Isaac Harker threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns for Indiana State in a 22-14 win over Southern Illinois. The Salukis suffered their fourth straight loss. Matt DeSomer scored a pair of touchdowns.

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Connor Mitchell kicked six field goals as Murray State rallied to beat Eastern Illinois 40-38. KD Humphries threw for 299 yards and a score while Mareio McGraw rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown and Jesse Blackburn had 147 yards and a score receiving. The Racers improve to 2-5.