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Bears release veteran safety Rolle after the draft

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have parted ways with veteran safety Antrel Rolle.

Rolle said Sunday on Twitter that he appreciated the opportunity the Bears gave him and that he is "looking forward to what is next." The move comes after the Bears drafted two safeties — Deon Bush of Miami in the fourth round and William & Mary's DeAndre Houston-Carson in the sixth.

Rolle, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, appeared in just seven games for Chicago last season after signing a three-year deal. He had one pass breakup and no interceptions before being placed on injured reserve in December because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Rolle had 26 interceptions over 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants before joining the Bears.


After 'Mr. Irrelevant', comes UDFA talent acquisition for the NFL

CHICAGO (AP) — Gary Shipman was at his desk at noon Saturday, thumbing through depth charts and occasionally looking across the room at the wall-mounted TV trumpeting the start of the NFL draft's final day.

Shipman, who represents four college football players eligible to play in the NFL this season, didn't expect to hear any of their names called, even when teams are willing to take chances in the sixth or seventh round.

Shipman and his staff were busily studying NFL rosters, trying to find the right fit for their players, keeping tabs on how franchises are using picks and trying to sell teams on his list of undrafted free agents well before the 253rd and final selection was made in Chicago.

This is the draft TV viewers don't see, and it is still going on.

Players with multiple offers can decide where to try out based on signing bonuses, systems that fit their skills, coaches they may know, geography and, most importantly, where they have the best chance to make the final roster of 53 players or a 10-man practice squad. Others are just happy to get an invite to a rookie minicamp, and hope it leads to a chance to play.


Blues even series on Backes' OT game-winner, beat Stars 4-3

DALLAS (AP) — Blues captain David Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime and St. Louis beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in Game 2 on Sunday to get even in the second-round series.

St. Louis was on its second power play of overtime after Antoine Roussel was called for interference.

Vladimir Tarasenko took a slap shot that defenseman Alex Goligoski blocked. But the Blues kept charging and Backes scored on the rebound of Alexander Steen's shot.

The series matching the Western Conference's top two teams switches to St. Louis for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Antti Niemi had stopped 19 consecutive shots since relieving Kari Lehtonen after the first period until Backes scored.

Blues goalie Brian Elliott had 31 saves.


Sale stays unbeaten as White Sox beat Orioles 7-1 for split

BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale took a shutout into the sixth inning, Brett Lawrie homered for the third straight day and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Sunday for a split of the four-game series.

Jerry Sands had two RBIs for the White Sox, who took a control with a five-run fifth inning against Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3).

Off to the best start of his career, Sale (6-0) allowed one run, five hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander is the first White Sox pitcher to win his first six starts in a season since Jon Garland went 8-0 in 2005.

Sale did not have a perfect inning, and the four walks were only one less than he totaled in his first five starts. But the Orioles didn't get a runner to third base until after he left.


Lacrosse championships coming after team benchmarks met

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — High school state championships for lacrosse in Illinois are coming after benchmarks for the number of teams were met.

The decision to hold high school state championships in lacrosse in 2018 was announced by the Illinois High School Association's board of directors after meeting in Bloomington on April 19th.

The Daily Herald reports athletic directors had gone to the IHSA to promote lacrosse seven years ago. The IHSA set benchmarks in 2009 requiring for the creation of 65 boys teams and 40 girls teams in Illinois prior to the approval of lacrosse.

Numbers were reviewed each January, but only recently were the two thresholds met, with the IHSA reporting 83 boys teams and 59 girls teams have signed up at last count.