Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press:
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Coach Matt Nagy insisted Jordan Howard remains a big part of Chicago’s offense and the star running back was adamant he wasn’t frustrated despite a limited role in the most recent victory. “This is not going to be an offense where it’s just one person and it goes through one person,” Nagy said.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have placed backup linebacker Sam Acho on injured reserve because of a torn pectoral muscle and signed offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann. Coach Matt Nagy said last week that Acho will miss the remainder of the season.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — First-year coach Scott Frost and his players sense a breakthrough is coming for a winless Nebraska team approaching the midway point of the season. Frost says penalties and the inability to make important stops on defense are still hurting the Cornhuskers. But the offense is humming with quarterback Adrian Martinez averaging close to 300 yards per game in total offense. The Huskers play at Northwestern this Saturday.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox say outfielder Avisail Garcia has had surgery on his right knee. Limited to 93 games because of discomfort in the knee, Garcia went from batting .330 in a breakout All-Star season in 2017 to .236 this year.
UNDATED (AP) — The Purdue Boilermakers finally look like the team Jeff Brohm envisioned. They’re improving on defense. They’re making big plays on offense. And they’re chalking up wins after a slow, mistake-prone start to his second season in West Lafayette. Brohm has the Boilermakers back on track and ready to jump into the Big Ten’s West Division race. They visit Illinois this weekend.