Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Oscar Mercado’s spectacular running catch saved the game for the Cleveland Indians. It also might have saved their season. The rookie made a leaping, backhanded grab of Eloy Jiménez’s drive to center field with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, allowing the Indians to escape with an 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

CHICAGO (AP) — A year after new coach Matt Nagy took his Chicago Bears to Green Bay with new offense, it’s Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers operating a different offense under new coach Matt LaFleur at Soldier Field to begin the 100th NFL season. The Packers had dominated the division under Rodgers, but now it’s the Bears defending an NFC North title.

CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL staged its third national NFL Huddle for 100 event at Douglas Park, with beautifying areas of the park the main goal. Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended along with about 300 volunteers on the day before the league kicks off its 100th season with the Bears hosting the Packers. Also on hand for clean-up projects were former players John Randle and Orlando Pace, both Hall of Famers, Leonard Wheeler and Marty Moore, plus local dairy farmers.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals fans can now show their loyalty on Illinois license plates. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Tuesday that plates with the bird-on-the-bat Cardinals logo may now be ordered. White unveiled the red-and-blue-lettered plate last month at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The plates are available for order on the secretary of state’s web page. Fans may order a random number, personalized or vanity plate. Delivery takes about six weeks after the order is placed.