Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered and drove in three runs on four hits for Minnesota in his second game back from a wrist injury, yet another powerful performance at the plate by the 39-year-old designated hitter for the Twins in a 14-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Max Kepler hit a two-run homer to stay one ahead of Cruz for the team lead, starting pitcher Michael Pineda stayed strong for seven innings, and the Twins raised their lead on Cleveland in the AL Central race to three games.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched six innings for his first win in two months, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Anthony Rizzo homered twice and Nicholas Castellanos also went deep as Chicago earned its third straight victory.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Veteran guard Kyle Long removed a teammate’s helmet and began using it as a weapon last week in practice, and after apologizing to his teammates Long also apologized to Bears fans and media members for his behavior. Bears coach Matt Nagy said the incident is in the past. Long was not allowed to accompany the Bears on their trip last week to play the New York Giants. Any further punishment is not being disclosed by the team.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have activated reliever Steve Cishek from the 10-day injured list. The 33-year-old Cishek was sidelined by left hip inflammation.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Former Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has been named the starter for the season opener Aug. 31 at home against Akron. Peters, a graduate transfer, is a former Mr. Football in Indiana who played 10 games with four starts at Michigan, passing for 680 yards and four touchdowns. He beat out freshman Isaiah Williams, sophomore Matt Robinson and redshirt freshman Coran Taylor for the starting job.

ATLANTA (AP) — Diamond DeShields led five Chicago starters in double figures with 17 points, helping the Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 87-83. Courtney Vandersloot went 1 of 2 from the line with 17.9 seconds left to give Chicago an 85-83 lead.