CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Within minutes of the buzzer at the University of Illinois’ basketball game Wednesday decorative banners in the State Farm Center started coming down. And nothing, except for construction work, will happen in the building for nine months.
ST. LOUIS (AP) –Northern Iowa’s Ben Jacobson has been named Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year for the third time in seven seasons.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw retired all six batters he faced in his spring debut, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 on Thursday.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Manager Joe Maddon made his spring debut with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, a 2-2 tie against Barry Zito and the Oakland Athletics.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong gave up a grand slam to Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs first pick of last June’s draft, but the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat a Chicago split-squad 8-6 on Thursday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split-squad on Thursday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Natalie Romeo hit seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points, both career highs, to lead seventh-seeded Nebraska to an 86-71 win over Illinois in the second round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Bradshaw made five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points and third-seeded Belmont overwhelmed sixth-seeded Eastern Illinois 97-64 in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Thursday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — E’Twaun Moore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-105 on Thursday night, ending Russell Westbrook’s triple-double streak at four.