CHICAGO (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. scored a career-high 37 points on 16-for-20 shooting, Robin Lopez added season-high 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 122-110. Lauri Markkanen added 21 points as Chicago ended a franchise-record 11-game home losing streak with their first win at the United Center since beating Orlando on Dec. 21.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Yu Darvish says he felt pressure after signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. Darvish went 1-3 with 4.95 ERA in eight starts last season, the last coming on May 20. He was sidelined by triceps and elbow injuries, and his season ended in August when an MRI showed a stress reaction in his arm after one inning of a rehab start.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group are launching a regional sports network in 2020 that will be the team’s exclusive TV home. The Cubs say the Marquee Sports Network will carry live game broadcasts and pregame and postgame coverage. Sinclair officials say negotiations are underway to get cable and satellite providers and streaming services to sign up for the network.
UNDATED (AP) — No. 24 Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan on Saturday for the top game of the weekend in the Big Ten. The young Terrapins are full of confidence after beating Purdue. The Wolverines are coming off a loss at Purdue. Forward Jalen Smith has established himself as Maryland’s go-to man when Bruno Fernando is off or in foul trouble. The 6-foot-10 Smith is coming off big games against Nebraska and Purdue. The No. 7 Maryland women visit No. 14 Iowa on Sunday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox opened spring training waiting for Manny Machado. Machado, among the offseason’s top free agents, still hasn’t agreed to a deal. Alonso spoke with the All-Star infielder on Tuesday. Chicago hasn’t had a winning season since 2012 and is coming off a 100-loss season. The White Sox have added Alonso, right-handers Ivan Nova, Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome, and outfielder Jon Jay.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Geo Baker and Montez Mathis each had 12 points, Eugene Omoruyi added 11 and Rutgers rallied in the second half for a 59-56 victory over Northwestern. Baker also had five rebounds and five assists as Rutgers (12-12, 5-9 in the Big Ten) snapped a three-game losing streak.