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Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Even the bookies are having a problem making a favorite in the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are pick ’em at many sports books in Las Vegas, while

Quenneville returns to Chicago with Florida Panthers

CHICAGO (AP) —Joel Quenneville leads the Florida Panthers into Chicago on Tuesday to take on the streaking Blackhawks. It will be his first visit since his wildly successful run in the Windy City ended some 14 months

Antetokounmpo has triple-double as Bucks down Bulls 111-98

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double and scored his 10,000th career point as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 111-98 to sweep the four-game season series. Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10

Patrick Kane Reaches 1,000 Career Points

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 for their season-high fifth straight win. Kane became

Kane gets 1,000th point, Blackhawks beat Jets 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) – Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 for their season-high fifth straight win. Kane became

Bears hire new offensive coordinator

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy made several changes to his staff, hiring Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator and John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach. Dave Ragone, Brian Ginn, Chris Jackson and Shane Toub

Smith scores twice, Blackhawks beat Canadiens 4-1

MONTREAL (AP) – Zack Smith scored twice to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Alex DeBrincat and Drake Caggiula also scored for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford stopped 32 shots to improve to

LaVine powers Bulls past Wizards 115-106

CHICAGO (AP) – Zach LaVine had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the banged-up Chicago Bulls beat Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards 115-106. Chicago placed seven players in double figures in its second win

Toews scores in overtime, Blackhawks beat Senators 3-2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Jonathan Toews scored 42 seconds into overtime and assisted on Chicago’s two other goals, as the Blackhawks rallied to beat Ottawa Senators 3-2. A pair of goals by Dominik Kubalik tied the score

Bears say they will hold training camp at home

LAKE FOREST, IL (AP) – The Chicago Bears will hold their entire training camp at their headquarters rather than spend the first weeks in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The Bears announced they will remain at Halas Hall rather than

LSU claims college football title

(AP) — Clemson got off to a good start, but it was LSU that had a great finish as the top-ranked Tigers stormed back to win the NCAA national football championship last night. Leading the way was

White Sox announce new managers at Triple-A, Double-A

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox announced  they will have new managers at Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham next season as well as new hitting and pitching coordinators. Wes Helms is joining the system as the

Keuchel 2023 option can become guaranteed based on innings

CHICAGO (AP) — Left-hander Dallas Keuchel’s $20 million option for 2023 in his contract with the Chicago White Sox would become guaranteed if he pitches 320 regular-season innings in 2021-22 combined, including at least 160 in 2022.

Bears hire Juan Castillo as offensive line coach

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired Juan Castillo as offensive line coach, reuniting the 24-year NFL assistant with head coach Matt Nagy. Castillo last worked as Buffalo’s  offensive line coach and run game coordinator from

Bears finalize $58.4 million extension with S Jackson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears finalized a four-year contract extension with Eddie Jackson a day after his agency announced a $58.4 million deal that made him the NFL’s highest paid safety. The deal guarantees

Tatum scores 28, Celtics hold off Bulls 111-104

CHICAGO (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 28 points, Gordon Hayward added 24 and the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 111-104. The Celtics hung on for their eighth win in nine games after a 16-point lead dwindled

Bogdanovic scores 19, Jazz beat Bulls 102-98

CHICAGO (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points, and the surging Utah Jazz held off the Chicago Bulls 102-98. The Jazz went on a 24-4 run in the third quarter to grab a nine-point lead and came

Canucks erase deficit, rally past Blackhawks 7-5

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Adam Gaudette scored a third-period goal and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from a two-goal deficit, extending their winning streak to six games with a 7-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Bo Horvat

NHL defends official, hits Tortorella for post-game rant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An NHL official says an angry post-game rant by Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was “unprofessional along with unacceptable.” NHL director of operations Colin Campbell was taking issue with Tortorella’s furious criticism

Bears facing big issues after disappointing season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) —The Chicago Bears came into the season with Super Bowl hopes after winning the NFC North in coach Matt Nagy’s first year. They missed the playoffs at 8-8. General manager Ryan Pace and

Cockburn powers Illinois past North Carolina A&T 95-64

By TERRY TOWERY Associated Press Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 26 points and Illinois beat North Carolina A&T 95-64. The 7-foot freshman also grabbed nine rebounds, narrowly missing his seventh double-double in 13 games. Cockburn has more

Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets in shootout

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, OH – (AP) Patrick Kane had the deciding goal in a shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Jonathan Toews also scored in the tiebreaker for

California takes on Illinois in Redbox Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As a defensive-minded coach trying to find his way in college football, California’s Justin Wilcox was naturally drawn to watching tapes of Lovie Smith’s teams at Illinois. When the two coaches got