CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs begin spring training with largely the same group of players who blew a five-game lead in the NL Central last September and lost to Colorado in 13 innings in the NL Wild Card Game. Chicago’s biggest move might have been the one it didn’t make. Manager Joe Maddon did not receive a contract extension, sending him into the final year of his current deal with an uncertain future. What comes next most likely will be up to the core of baseball’s winningest team since 2015.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say they remain committed to keeping coach Jim Boylen beyond this season despite their poor record. Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson says the Bulls “absolutely” plan to retain him.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored 3:21 into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 for their season-high sixth straight win. Alex DeBrincat scored twice before Toews ended it with his 24th goal to cap a flashy individual effort. Chicago’s captain skated in from the blue line, slipped past Christopher Tanev with a quick move and snapped a shot past goalie Jacob Markstrom.
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Darnell Cowart and Ja Morant each scored 23 points as Murray State rallied to beat Eastern Illinois 86-75. Trailing 71-64 with nine minutes left, the Racers (18-4, 9-2 Ohio Valley Conference) ended the game on a 22-4 run. Morant scored on an emphatic one-handed windmill dunk with 36 seconds left.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Stephanie Jones scored 16 points, reserve Sara Vujacic made all four of her shots during the decisive first half and No. 10 Maryland rolled past Northwestern 72-57 for its sixth straight victory. The Terrapins gained sole possession of first place in the Big Ten, a half-game ahead of Rutgers.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Terry Taylor scored 22 points with four 3-pointers and Austin Peay dispatched SIU-Edwardsville 80-45. The Governors raced to a 33-5 lead as Taylor scored 18 of their points with nine coming from beyond the 3-point arc.