Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball and the Chicago Cubs blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0. Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini each had two hits and an RBI in a game that was delayed 69 minutes by rain before the eighth.

CHICAGO (AP) — John Paxson remains convinced the Chicago Bulls are on the right path despite one of the worst records in franchise history. He also believes they have the coach they need in Jim Boylen. Chicago’s top basketball executive says he expects the team to compete for a playoff spot next season after going 22-60 this year. He says it is possible Boylen gets a contract extension, too.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been cleared to resume full basketball activities after missing the final two weeks of the season because of a heart problem. Markkanen left a game at Toronto on March 26 because of extreme fatigue and an accelerated heart rate. He plans to begin offseason training in his native Finland.

CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Sanderson, the right-hander who helped the Chicago Cubs make two playoff appearances and was a member of four postseason teams during a 19-year career, has died. He was 62. An official with Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, where Sanderson was a member, told The Associated Press the family confirmed the death to the club.