Illinois is into the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament after upsetting 18th-ranked Iowa 68-66 in Indianapolis. Jalen Coleman-Lands had 17 points for the Fighting Illini, who blew an 11-point lead in the final minutes before pulling out the win. Illinois plays fourth-seeded Purdue today.
Yet another player could be leaving the Super Bowl champion Broncos. Running back C.J. Anderson has signed a four-year offer sheet with the Dolphins. Denver has five days to match the offer.
The Bears have re-signed cornerback and special-teams star Sherrick McManis to a two-year deal. McManis has spent the last four seasons in Chicago, racking up 55 special-teams tackles in 55 games. He made four starts last season.
Reliever Austin Gomber was touched for four runs in the seventh inning as the Cardinals lost to the Mets 7-2 in Port St. Lucie. Matt Adams homered for St. Louis, which got three-and-two-thirds shutout innings from starter Jaime Garcia. The Cards host the Braves in Jupiter today.
The Mariners shelled Jon Lester in a 10-8 win over the Cubs in Cactus League play yesterday. Lester allowed six runs, three of which were earned, and seven hits in just two innings. Chicago has lost seven straight exhibition games. The Cubs face the Reds today.
The White Sox split a pair of split-squad Cactus League games yesterday. Jerry Sands homered and plated four in an 8-2 win over the Rangers. Matt Davidson and Brett Lawrie went deep in a 9-2 loss to the Royals. The Sox meet the Padres today and play the Cubs tomorrow.
LeBron James’ Cavaliers got the best of Kobe Bryant’s Lakers, 120-108, in the final meeting between the two future Hall of Famers. James had 24 points, while the soon-to-be retiring Bryant scored 26 in defeat.
The Spurs ran their home winning streak to 40 games with a 109-101 victory over the Bulls. Kawhi Leonard canned 29 points as San Antonio improved to 55-and-10.
Notre Dame erased a 16-point second-half deficit and pulled out an 84-79 win over Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. The Irish will face top-seeded and regular-season champion North Carolina in the semifinals tonight.
The Blue Devils were one of a number of teams upset in college hoops yesterday. Eighteen-loss Illinois stunned 18th-ranked Iowa, 68-66. Nebraska thumped 25th-ranked Wisconsin, 70-58, and Vanderbilt’s NCAA Tournament hopes took a big blow with a 67-65 loss to Tennessee.
The Sprint Cup Series is in the desert for the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Qualifying takes places this evening, with the 312-lap, 312-mile race to follow Sunday afternoon. Kevin Harvick has won the race the last two years.