Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Stars are among the baseball players impacted by the changed free-agent market. A higher percentage of free agents waited to sign until after spring training was under way. The average salary has stagnated at about $4.1 million for three straight seasons. Players say a lack of competition for free agents has hurt competition on the field, leading to an attendance drop. Management says there always have been rebuilding teams.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have claimed first baseman A.J. Reed off waivers from the Houston Astros and have assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte. Reed has a .153 career average over 48 games for Houston from 2016-18. He had spent this season at Triple-A Round Rock and was designated for assignment by the Astros on July 2. The White Sox also transferred right-hander Ryan Burr to the 60-day injured list. He has been sidelined since late May and had Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow June 25.

UNDATED (AP) — Women’s soccer engages the U.S. every four years, then disappears for most fans like a comet leaving the solar system. In the wake of the Americans’ record-setting fourth World Cup title, the hard part remains: the weekly work of boosting the National Women’s Soccer League, where average attendance remains at a minor league level. More fans, sponsors and television viewers are sought to make the league sustainable.

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a woman was hospitalized after accidentally falling about 40 feet from an upper level at Chicago’s Soldier Field while attending a men’s soccer tournament. Chicago police say in a statement that the 23-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition following the fall Sunday night during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Police spokeswoman Ana Pacheco tells the Chicago Tribune that the woman wasn’t badly hurt and “was very lucky.” The U.S. was outplayed by Mexico.