Latest Illinois sports


Predators force Game 6 beating Chicago 5-2 with 4 in 3rd

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the Nashville Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Thursday night.

A triple-overtime loss in Chicago early Wednesday pushed the Predators to the brink of elimination, and these teams appeared headed for the third overtime game of this series tied at 1-1 after two.

James Neal then got the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of the third to start a flurry of three goals in a span of less than 2 1/2 minutes and the Predators pulled to 3-2 in the series with Game 6 Saturday night in Chicago.

Forsberg finished his hat trick with an empty netter in the final minute. Colin Wilson also had a goal, and Neal had an assist.

Brad Richards had a goal and an assist, and Kris Versteeg also scored for Chicago.


Rose scores 34, Bulls hold off Bucks 113-106 in double OT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 34 points, Jimmy Butler added 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 in double overtime on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Jimmy Butler got the second overtime off to a rousing start, intercepting a backcourt pass from Giannis Antetokounmpo and racing in for a layup. It set the tone for an 8-0 run that gave Chicago a 109-101 lead with 2:44 left to finally shake the pesky Bucks.

Rose atoned for a missed free throw with 4 seconds left in regulation that left the game tied. He scored six points in the second overtime, including a layup off an offensive rebound with 2:15 left for a 10-point lead.

Milwaukee went scoreless for more than 6 minutes between the first and second overtimes.

Game 4 is Saturday at Milwaukee.


Royals beat White Sox 3-2 in 13 innings after brawl

CHICAGO (AP) — A benches-clearing fight led to five ejections several innings before Eric Hosmer hit the go-ahead double in the 13th to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

With two outs, Hosmer's hit off Chicago's Jake Petricka (0-1) brought in Jarrod Dyson. Wade Davis then pitched a scoreless 13th for his fourth save, giving Franklin Morales (2-0) the victory.

Kansas City won for the fourth time in five games in a game in which tempers flared.

Yordano Ventura snagged a grounder from Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton and they appeared to exchange words before Ventura threw to first to end the seventh inning. Eaton was restrained from Ventura.

Players from both dugouts and bullpens ran onto the field and punches were thrown during a fight that lasted a couple of minutes.


Polanco, Pirates rally for 5-4 win over Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco got three hits, including a go-ahead single in the seventh inning off Cubs reliever Phil Coke to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 win over Chicago on Thursday.

Josh Harrison doubled twice for the Pirates and Sean Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season. Pittsburgh rallied from a three-run deficit to manage a split of the four-game series.

Radhames Liz (1-1) picked up his first major league win since 2008 with two innings of shutout relief. Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his third save.

Chris Denorfia and Starlin Castro each had two hits for the Cubs. Rookie second baseman Addison Russell doubled in a run for the first RBI of his career.

Brian Schlitter (0-2) gave up a double to Harrison with one out in the seventh. Harrison scored on Polanco's single to left off Coke.


Wacha outdoes Scherzer as Cardinals beat Nationals 4-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Wacha got the best of Max Scherzer in a pitcher's duel, Matt Adams singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Thursday for their fourth straight series win.

Matt Carpenter had two hits and scored a run for the Cardinals, who have won seven of eight. St. Louis took two of three from the Nationals in a matchup of 2014 division champions and remained unbeaten in series play this year (4-0-1).

Wacha (3-0) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings while lowering his ERA to 1.33. The right-hander walked two and struck out six, including Jose Lobaton three times.

Scherzer (1-2) also went seven innings, giving up two runs and six hits. It was the first time in his four starts with Washington that the 2013 Cy Young winner surrendered more than one earned run.


Illinois lands Mike Thorne, transfer from Charlotte

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach John Groce says Mike Thorne Jr. will transfer to Illinois from Charlotte for the 2015-2016 season.

According to a Thursday news release from the University of Illinois, Thorne has signed a tender of financial aid and will enroll as a graduate student.

The 6-11 center started 30 of 32 games last season. He was third-leading scorer for the Charlotte 49ers, averaging 10.1 points, while shooting 53.4 percent from the field. He also ranked fifth in Conference USA in rebounding with an average of 7.3 boards.

Groce says Thorne is an experienced productive player with "tremendous work ethic."

Thorne is scheduled to graduate next month from Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in sociology.


Bears agree to 1-year deal with TE Pascoe

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have added a Bear.

The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with former New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons tight end Bear Pascoe on Thursday. The 6-foot-5 Pascoe has 40 receptions for 336 yards and two touchdowns in six seasons with the Giants (2009-13) and Falcons (2014).

Last season, Pascoe played in all 16 games for Atlanta.


Chicago's Jackie Robinson West to leave Little League

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Jackie Robinson West plans to leave the Little League organization for the Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken division.

The team was stripped of its national title in February after allegations arose that team officials falsified boundaries to add ineligible players to the roster. Jackie Robinson West officials hired an attorney to conduct an investigation.

Team spokesman Glenn Harston told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday that the decision to leave was "based on the disregard and disrespect" shown by the Little League organization. He says it didn't talk with team officials about redistricting plans after the cheating accusations emerged.

Harston says the Ruth-Ripken organization doesn't follow the same borders, but the team should be able to stay together.

A Little League spokesman didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.