Illinois Sports 1/9/19

Illinois Sports 1/9/19

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press:

CHICAGO (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored a minute into overtime for his second goal of the game, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 for their third straight victory. Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored as the Predators improved to 3-0-1 on a six-game trip. Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 28 saves.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to send the Chicago Bulls to their fifth straight loss with a 124-112 victory. Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and eight rebounds but got into foul trouble and came up just short of his fifth straight game with 20 or more points.

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.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Vic Fangio is going to be the next head coach of the Denver Broncos. Fangio is the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator and has spent 32 years as an NFL assistant but has never been a head coach at any level. Fangio will replace Vance Joseph, who was fired last week.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Joe Weiskamp had 19 points, Luka Garza added 16 and Iowa beat Northwestern 73-63 despite playing without leading scorer Tyler Cook. Isaiah Moss had 12 points for the Hawkeyes (13-3, 2-3), who have won seven of eight.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. While last season there was a clear-cut No. 1 in A’ja Wilson, there is no consensus top pick this year. The top three picks remained the same from the first mock draft with Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr and Kalani Brown going 1-2-3.