Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddy Piñeiro’s fourth field goal of the game for Chicago came from 22 yards with 10 seconds left, giving the Bears a 21-19 victory over Minnesota. The Vikings rested their regulars for the playoffs. Piñeiro finished the season with 11 straight made field goals, and the Bears went 8-8 to dodge what would have been a fifth losing record in six years. David Montgomery had 23 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown to cap a strong rookie season for the Bears. Mike Boone rushed 17 times for 148 yards and a score for the Vikings.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patrick Kane had the deciding goal in a shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Jonathan Toews also scored in the tiebreaker for Chicago and Gustav Nyquist tallied for Columbus. Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner finished with 31 saves. Dylan Strome and Eric Gustafsson scored in the third period for Chicago to force overtime. The Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo left the game with an apparent injury after allowing the first Chicago goal in the shootout. There was no work on the nature or seriousness of the injury.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As a defensive-minded coach trying to find his way in college football, California’s Justin Wilcox was naturally drawn to watching tapes of Lovie Smith’s teams at Illinois. When the two coaches got together a few weeks ago to promote the Redbox Bowl, Wilcox asked Smith a ton of questions. They’ve gone through similar seasons. Both the Golden Bears and Fighting Illini endured four-game losing streaks. Both dealt with starting quarterbacks who were in and out of the lineup because of injuries. And both had to rely on their defense to salvage their seasons. The coaches see Monday’s game at Levi’s Stadium as an opportunity to build momentum for next season.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 26 points and Illinois beat North Carolina A&T 95-64. The 7-foot freshman also grabbed nine rebounds, narrowly missing his seventh double-double in 13 games. Cockburn has more double-doubles this season than any other freshman in the country. He scored 23 points on two occasions earlier this season against Grand Canyon and Miami.

CHICAGO (AP) — Lexi Held scored 22 points, Chante Stonewall scored 13 of her 20 points in a turnaround second quarter and the No. 16 DePaul women rallied past Marquette 89-71. The Blue Demons (11-2) have won nine of their last 10, the sole loss to then-No. 2 UConn. DePaul came out of the opening quarter trailing Marquette 12-9, but blew ahead by outscoring the Golden Eagles (9-3) 56-41 over the second and third quarters. Stonewall was 5-for-6 shooting in her 13-point second quarter and had two steals and a blocked shot in the period. She tied the game at 14-14 with a 3-pointer from the left wing and followed that with a driving layup as DePaul never trailed again.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Malik Ellison scored 16 points and Hunter Marks hit a jumper with 1.4 seconds left and blocked the final shot attempt as Hartford beat Northwestern 67-66 on Sunday. Miroslav Stafl added 15 points and D.J. Mitchell had 10 for the Hawks’ third straight win. Miller Kopp led Northwestern with 24 points, including 17 after halftime.