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Illinois Falls Short Against Miami

(Austin, TX)  --  Brandon Paul's 18 points were not enough for Illinois in last night's 63-59 loss to Miami in the NCAA Tournament.  Nnanna Eqwu added 12 points and 12 boards for the Fighting Illini, who end the season at 23-and-13.  The second-seeded Hurricanes move on to play Marquette in the Sweet 16.

Iowa State Crushes Notre Dame

(Dayton, OH)  --  Notre Dame bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in its first game on Friday.  The seventh-seeded Fighting Irish lost to tenth-seed Iowa State, 76-58 in the West Region.  Jack Cooley and Tom Knight scored 14 points apiece for the Irish, who finish their season 25-and-10.  Notre Dame was bounced from the Round of 64 for the second straight year.

Bears Ink D.J. Williams To Replace Departing Urlacher

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker D.J. Williams.  The former Denver Broncos standout agreed to a one-year deal with Chicago.  He is the likely replacement to 34-year-old Brian Urlacher, who was unable to come to an agreement on a contract with the Bears after spending his first 13 seasons in the Windy City.

Bears Ink LB James Anderson

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears have agreed to terms with another linebacker not named Brian Urlacher.  Chicago will sign James Anderson, who was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month.  The seven-year vet played in 12 games last year after playing 16 the previous three seasons.

Bears Sign Tom Zbikowski

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears have signed safety Tom Zbikowski [[ zib-eh-KOW-skee ]] to a one-year deal.  The former Notre Dame standout played his first four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before spending last year with the Indianapolis Colts.  The Arlington Heights native played at Buffalo Grove High School.

Bulls Take Out T-Wolves

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Nate Robinson had 22 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Bulls stopped the Timberwolves, 104-97.  Jimmy Butler added 20 points and nine boards for Chicago, which outrebounded the Wolves 52-32.  Chicago is now 38-and-31 on the year.  The Bulls try to beat the Heat on Wednesday night at home.

Blackhawks Battle Kings

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Blackhawks battle the LA Kings tonight at United Center.  Chicago fell at Anaheim last Wednesday to drop to 24-3-and-3 on the year.  The Kings come in after a 1-0 loss at home against the Canucks on Saturday.  LA is now 17-12-and-2 on the season.  Tonight's game starts at 7:00.

Cubs Clip Tribe

(Goodyear, AZ)  --  Chris Rusin threw five-and-a-third innings of two-hit ball as the Cubs edged the Indians, 4-3.  Alfonso Soriano and Steve Clevenger each drove in a run for Chicago, which is now 16-and-15 in spring play.  The Cubs meet the Giants today in Mesa.

Cubs' Baker Shut Down

(Mesa, AZ)  --  The Cubs are shutting down pitcher Scott Baker.  The right-hander won't pitch for another month after it was discovered that he has a muscle strain as he attempts a return from Tommy John surgery.  Manager Dale Sveum says Baker won't pitch until at least the end of April.

ChiSox Fall To Royals

(Glendale, AZ)  --  Alejandro De Aza hit a solo homer but the White Sox fell to the Royals yesterday, 8-2.  Erik Johnson allowed one unearned run in four innings in the start.  Chicago is now 11-and-12 in spring play.  The Sox host the Angels today in Glendale.

White Sox Game In September Stays Put

(Undated)  --  The White Sox and Baltimore Orioles will play as scheduled in early September.  The game scheduled for September 5th is now staying put after the NFL announced the Baltimore Ravens will go on the road to open their season.  The Super Bowl champs had been lobbying for a change in order to open the season at home.

Fire Fall Again, But Get First Goal

(Bridgeview, IL)  --  The Fire finally broke through with a goal, but it came in yesterday's 4-1 home loss to Chivas USA.  Patrick Nyarko evened the scoring in the 64th minute to tally Chicago's first goal of the season.  The Goats took over after that, scoring the next three.  The Fire host the New York Red Bulls on April 7th after a week off.


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