>>Cubs Down Giants
(Scottsdale, AZ) — Ian Happ hit a homer off Madison Bumgarner in the Cubs’ 12-10 Cactus League win against the Giants in Scottsdale. Kyle Schwarber had two hits and stole two bases. Chicago continues its exhibition slate this afternoon versus the Mariners in Mesa. Tyler Chatwood is going to start today for the Cubbies.
>>White Sox Sink Reds
(Glendale, AZ) — Yoan Moncada had one hit, a walk and a run scored as the White Sox beat the Reds 8-5 in Cactus League play from Glendale. Matt Davidson hit a three-run shot and finished with four RBI. Chicago takes on the A’s this afternoon at Camelback Ranch.
>>Cardinals, Mikolas Humbled Early By Astros
(Jupiter, FL) — The Cardinals fell behind 6-0 in the second inning and never recovered in a 7-3 loss to the Astros at Roger Dean Stadium. Starter Miles Mikolas was tagged for seven hits and six runs in an inning and two-thirds. Tommy Pham and Yadier Molina hit home runs in a three-run fourth for St. Louis. The Cardinals visit the Twins today in Fort Myers.
>>Bulls At Nets
(Brooklyn, NY) — The Bulls try to end a three-game losing streak tonight when they’re at the Nets. Chicago is coming off an 18-point loss to the T’wolves on Saturday. Minnesota didn’t have former Bull Jimmy Butler due to a knee injury. The Bulls are 20-and-39. Brooklyn is 19-and-41.
>>Blues Blanked By Preds
(Nashville, TN) — The Blues couldn’t convert any of 27 shots on net in a 4-0 loss to the Predators in Nashville. They went 0-for-5 on the power play as Preds goalie Pekka Rinne [[ RIH-nay ]] kept them in check. The Blues have been shut out two straight and have lost six in-a-row overall. With 72 points, they’re one out of a wild card spot. They’re at Minnesota tomorrow.
>>Blackhawks Off Until Thursday
(San Jose, CA) — The Blackhawks get to rest up as they don’t return to the ice until Thursday. Chicago faces the Sharks at the SAP Center to continue a stretch of four consecutive road games. They started the stretch with a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Blackhawks are in last in the Central Division with 62 points.
>>Illinois Tops Rutgers
(Piscataway, NJ) — Michael Finke scored 19 points as Illinois ended the regular season with a 75-62 win to Rutgers in Piscataway. The Fighting Illini are 14-and-17 and 4-and-14 in the Big Ten. Up next for Illinois is the Big Ten Tournament. They’re the 13th-seed and play 12th-seeded Iowa on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The winner plays fifth-seeded Michigan on Thursday.
>>College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — Elsewhere around college hoops, Northwestern finished the regular season with a 77-70 loss at Iowa. The Wildcats go into the Big Ten tourney losers of six straight. They play Penn State in the second round on Thursday. DePaul beat Marquette, 70-62. Notre Dame downed Wake Forest, 76-71. Chicago State lost to UT Rio Grande Valley, 83-75. Eastern Illinois took care of SIU-Edwardsville, 68-56. Eastern Michigan dominated Northern Illinois, 82-53. Wright State bounced UIC, 88-81. Denver hammered Western Illinois, 89-52.
>>Missouri Valley Conference Roundup
(Undated) — Over in the Missouri Valley Conference, Loyola-Chicago beat Illinois State, 68-61. Evansville destroyed Southern Illinois, 75-44. Indiana State clipped Bradley, 66-64. The MVC Tournament begins on Thursday with the first round.
>>NFL Scouting Combine Opens Tomorrow
(Indianapolis, IN) — The annual NFL Scouting Combine is returning to Indianapolis. The Combine opens up tomorrow at Lucas Oil Stadium. Executives from every team in the league will arrive in Indy to scout the top NFL prospects in person. The 2018 NFL Draft starts on April 26th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
>>Harvick Wins At Atlanta
(Hampton, GA) — Kevin Harvick held off Brad Keselowski to win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer finished third, followed by Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR heads to Las Vegas this Sunday.