Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press:
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins face the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a matchup of first-place teams headed in opposite directions. The Dolphins are trying to patch up an injury-depleted offensive line and rebound from consecutive ugly losses. The Bears are well-rested after a bye and alone atop the NFC North for the first time since 2013.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Suter tied it with 23 seconds left in the third period and Jason Zucker scored in overtime, rallying the Minnesota Wild past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Zucker had two goals and an assist, including a breakaway backhander 3:25 into overtime.
CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis after one season. Chicago won 95 games in a franchise-record fourth straight playoff season, but its offense was inconsistent. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League in scoring but managed one run or zero in 39 regular-season games. They scored just two runs over 22 innings in losing the NL Central tiebreaker game against Milwaukee and the NL wild-card game to Colorado.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks made contact with an official during a shoving incident following a turnover against Tampa Bay. He is relieved to draw a $33,425 fine while avoiding a suspension.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has dismissed sophomore safety Bennett Williams from the football team. Williams was suspended the first three games of the season for a violation of team rules. He returned in Week 4 against Penn State before leaving with a hamstring injury.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Chicago dealt Iowa State a major blow a few years back when the Bulls hired coach Fred Hoiberg and brought him to the NBA. Cyclones fans might warm up to the Windy City again when they see the talent that Steve Prohm, Hoiberg’s successor, has brought in from the Midwest’s basketball hotbed. Wing players Talen Horton-Tucker and Zion Griffin and frontcourt George Conditt IV are expected to give the Cyclones a major boost after a down year.