Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press:
CHICAGO (AP) — Deandre Ayton might be going back to Arizona after all. The same can be true for Marvin Bagley III. Or maybe Luka Doncic gets to reunite with his past coach. The Phoenix Suns have a trio of fine candidates for the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
ATLANTA (AP) — Catcher Willson Contreras helped Chicago throw out two runners at home plate and another at third base before the Cubs rallied for two runs in the ninth, pulling off a stunning 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. After Ronald Acuna Jr. broke a 1-1 tie with a mammoth homer in the eighth, the Cubs bounced back to hand the Braves a loss that really stung _ especially after a couple of questionable calls went against the home team in a wild fifth inning. Ben Zobrist won it with a two-out single.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams scattered six hits in seven innings, Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the White Sox 7-0 night to send Chicago to its worst start since 1948. Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history. Williams struck out six and walked none in his longest outing of the season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have pushed back Carson Fulmer’s next turn in their rotation and plan to give Hector Santiago a spot start. Fulmer was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday at Pittsburgh, but instead will go Friday against Texas. Manager Rick Renteria says the team wanted to get Fulmer some extra time in between his starts.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Villanova will host Michigan in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Tournament final on Nov. 14 as part of the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Gavitt Tipoff Games are an early-season series matching Big East programs against Big Ten schools. Villanova beat Michigan 79-62 in the most recent NCAA championship game.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jay Monahan might have been overly ambitious when he said he hoped to have next year’s PGA Tour schedule ready to announce at The Players Championship. The commissioner is not in a big rush, and there remain a few moving parts, particularly between the U.S. Open and British Open.