Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press:
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Kansas State University said Winter died in Manhattan.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky’s six-touchdown effort against Tampa Bay provided the first indication he could live up to the player the Bears thought he’d be when they drafted him second overall in 2017. Now he’s hoping to establish consistency beginning with Sunday’s game in Miami.
CHICAGO (AP) — With a core of promising young players, the Chicago Bulls believe they are setting themselves up to make a jump after going 27-55 and missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. They’re banking on Lauri Markkanen building on an impressive rookie season and Zach LaVine showing he really is a cornerstone piece. It wouldn’t hurt, either, if Jabari Parker stayed healthy after signing with his hometown team in the offseason. The season opener is Oct. 18 at Philadelphia.