CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have cut shortstop Addison Russell. The 2016 All-Star is now a free agent one year after he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell was banned for 40 games last offseason after a series of allegations made by ex-wife Melisa Reidy. The 25-year-old returned to the Cubs in May and batted a career-low .237 with nine home runs. Russell made $4 million in 2019. He likely would have made around $5 million if offered a contract.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 28 points and made four free throws in the final 11 seconds, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a sloppy fourth quarter to hold off the Sacramento Kings 113-106. Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and seven rebounds, Wendell Carter added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Tomas Satoransky scored 14 points as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.
CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks assistant Marc Crawford will be away from the team while it reviews his conduct with another organization. The Blackhawks didn’t provide any details about what they are examining, but former NHL forward Sean Avery recently told the New York Post that Crawford kicked him after he was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty when he played for Crawford with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006-07 season.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Allen made 38 saves, Brayden Schenn scored his team-leading 14th goal and the St. Louis Blues beat the short-handed Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 for their fourth consecutive victory. Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Bozak and Mackenzie MacEachern also scored for St. Louis, which improved to 13-3-3 since star forward Vladimir Tarasenko was sidelined by a left shoulder injury that required surgery.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have 2018 Pro Bowl defensive end Akiem Hicks back at practice from an elbow injury, but he can’t begin playing again until Dec. 15 against Green Bay, and that could be too late to help the Bears if they’re unable to beat the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night at Soldier Field.
CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star catcher James McCann agreed to a $5.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. The 29-year-old was eligible for arbitration. McCann signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Chicago last December after Detroit didn’t offer him a contract for the 2019 season. McCann set career highs with a .273 batting average, 18 homers and 60 RBIs in his first year with the White Sox. He also was an All-Star selection for the first time.