Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks held off a furious Toronto comeback to beat the Maple Leafs 5-4. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, and Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored as Chicago jumped out to a 5-0 lead before holding on for the win. Corey Crawford stopped 17 of 18 shots through two periods before leaving the game due to illness. Colin Delia had 26 saves _ all in the third.

NEW YORK (AP) — Shamorie Ponds scored 18 points, had seven assists and led a second-half surge as St. John’s gave their NCAA hopes a boost with a much-needed 82-74 victory against DePaul in the first round of the Big East Tournament. The seventh-seeded Red Storm (21-11) will face seconded-seeded Marquette in the third game of the quadruple header at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a strained right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow surgery. Strop, a 33-year-old right-hander, felt a hamstring issue on his last pitch on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, his second appearance of spring training. An MRI on Monday revealed a mild strain. The Cubs said Strop is able to play catch but will not participate in game-related drills during the next week.

CHICAGO (AP) — Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored 26 points, Trent Frazier added 21, including the go-ahead 3-pointer late, and Illinois rallied for a 74-69 overtime victory against Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Andres Feliz had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds as Illinois (12-20) won for just the second time in seven games.

CHICAGO (AP) — James Palmer Jr. tied a career high with 34 points, and Nebraska beat Rutgers 68-61 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Palmer matched a personal best set against Ohio State last season and scored 27 in the second half to carry Nebraska.