Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press:
CHICAGO (AP) — The owners of the Chicago Cubs have pulled out of plans to invest in a United Soccer League team after developers scrapped a planned 20,000-seat stadium. Sterling Bay, a real estate development company, announced last year the formation of a joint venture with Tom Ricketts to own the team. On Tuesday, Sterling Bay said it will exclude the stadium from its $6 billion, 54-acre Lincoln Yards project on Chicago’s North Side. A spokesman says the Ricketts family is disappointed by the decision.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Noah Thomas hit four 3-pointers and scored 24 points and Nick McGlynn pitched in with a double-double to propel Drake to an 82-70 victory over Southern Illinois. Thomas sank three 3-pointers and scored 13 in the first half as the Bulldogs (12-4, 1-2 Missouri Valley Conference) shot 59 percent from the floor _ including 8 of 16 from beyond the arc _ to take a 43-22 lead into intermission.
CHICAGO (AP) — Two-time All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera and the Chicago White Sox have finalized an $18 million, two-year contract. Herrera will earn $8.5 million in each of the next two years, and the White Sox have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout. Herrera was part of a dominant bullpen that helped Kansas City win back-to-back pennants and the 2015 World Series. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 2.82 ERA and 60 saves over eight seasons with the Royals and Washington.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Dante Thorpe scored 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting with five assists, Eugene German added 23 points and Northern Illinois broke away from Miami (Ohio) 83-70. German and Thorpe scored all 13 points as Northern Illinois stretched its lead with a 13-2 run over 4 1/2 minutes late in the game.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — K.J. Riley scored 15 points and made seven assists as Evansville defeated Loyola-Chicago 67-48, holding the Ramblers to 37-percent shooting and a single 3-point basket. Evansville, meanwhile, was shooting at a 53-percent clip, finishing at 27 of 51 from the floor with eight 3-pointers in 19 tries from behind the arc.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Suspended prep basketball star Maori Davenport and her parents have visited the Alabama Statehouse and several lawmakers have urged the Alabama High School Athletic Association to reinstate the player. Davenport addressed Alabama’s Republican and Democratic caucuses about her situation Tuesday. She is a senior at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama, and a Rutgers signee who was suspended for her final season by state high school officials after receiving $857.20 from USA Basketball.