>>Illinois Knocks Off Northwestern
(Champaign, IL) — Illinois completed a season sweep of Northwestern with a 66-50 win in Champaign. Malcolm Hill had 18 points for the Fighting Illini, who outscored the Wildcats 33-to-18 after intermission. Illinois is 16-and-12 overall and 6-and-9 in the Big Ten. The Illini play Sunday at Nebraska.
>>Toews Posts Hat Trick As Blackhawks Down Wild
(St. Paul, MN) — Jonathan Toews logged his fourth career hat trick to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over the Wild. Toews also had two assists for Chicago, which is five points behind Minnesota for first place in the Central. Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik also lit the lamp in the win. The ‘Hawks host the Coyotes tomorrow night.
Eisenhower picks up a 69-67 win over the MacArthur Generals last night in a game heard on Talk 101 FM! Coach Rodney Walkers Panthers notch their 7th win in a row, and their 20th win overall on the season. Also, Congratulations to Warrensburg Latham Coach Vic Binkley for picking up his 550th win of his career last night.
Millikin Men lose again, to North Park by an 86-71 score. The loss ends Millikin’s season at 3 and 22, and 1 and 15 in the conference.
>>Lakers Promote Magic; Fire Kupchak, Buss
(Los Angeles, CA) — Magic Johnson is running the show in Los Angeles. The Lakers named their former star president of basketball operations yesterday. Johnson wasted little time getting to work as the team reportedly traded leading scorer Lou Williams to the Rockets later in the day.
>>Report: MLB Changes Rules On Intentional Walks
(Undated) — Four-pitch intentional walks are being phased out of Major League Baseball. ESPN reports teams will now be permitted to signal for a free pass from the dugout as opposed to throwing four intentional balls. The change comes as MLB explores ways to speed up games.
>>A-Rod Is Officially Retired
(Tampa, FL) — Alex Rodriguez says there’s a “zero” percent chance he will play in the majors again. The 41-year-old Rodriguez announced yesterday that he is officially retired as a player. “A-Rod” is serving as a guest instructor for the Yankees during spring training.
>>Bears Shopping Cutler
(Lake Forest, IL) — Quarterback Jay Cutler is on the market. ESPN reports the Bears are actively seeking a trade partner for the signal-caller. The 33-year-old Cutler has spent the last eight seasons in Chicago. He appeared in only five games due to injuries last season.
>>Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey Valued At 500-K
(Houston, TX) — Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey is being valued at 500-thousand dollars. Brady noticed his jersey was missing after the Patriots’ 34-28 comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 earlier this month in Houston. The Houston Police Department lists the crime as a first-degree felony.
>>Engines Rev Up For Daytona 500
(Daytona, FL) — Things are beginning to rev up for the upcoming Daytona 500. The drivers will take center stage today during media day at Daytona International Speedway. Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Junior secured the front row positions in pole qualifying this past Sunday. Elliott captured the pole for the second straight year, while Earnhardt Junior missed the final 18 races of 2016 with a concussion. The rest of the field, including defending champ Denny Hamlin, will be set with the Can-Am Duels tomorrow night. The 59th annual Daytona 500 is Sunday from Dayton International Speedway.