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Kofi Cockburn helps Illinois upset No. 5 Michigan 71-62

Dec. 12, 2019 12:26 AM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn got Michigan coach Juwan Howard’s attention. The 7-foot Illinois freshman from Jamaica had 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help Illinois upset No. 5 Michigan 71-62 on Wednesday night. "He's very strong on the inside,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard...

LaVine scores 35 in three quarters, Bulls rout Hawks 136-102

Dec. 11, 2019 11:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine believes he needs to be a dependable fourth-quarter scorer for the Chicago Bulls to have success. Against Atlanta on Wednesday night, though, he was happy being a spectator. LaVine scored 35 points in three quarters, Lauri Markkanen added 22 and Chicago snapped a three-game...

Aaron Rodgers set for 24th clash against rival Bears

Dec. 11, 2019 6:48 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will face off for the 200th time on Sunday. It will be Aaron Rodgers' 24th matchup against his NFC North rival. With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 18-5 against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after the two-time MVP...

Mitchell Trubisky rides Bears' win streak into Pack rematch

Dec. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Confidence has placed Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears offense in a far better situation than at midseason. Or even the beginning of the season. They have to hope it's enough for them to compete with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field. If not the remainder of...

Chicago prosecutor to vacate 1,000 marijuana convictions

Dec. 11, 2019 5:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The top prosecutor in Illinois’ largest county on Wednesday filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level marijuana convictions, kicking off the process of clearing tens of thousands of convictions. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s motions are the first step...

Northwestern hires BC's Bajakian as offensive coordinator

Dec. 11, 2019 4:16 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern hired Boston College's Mike Bajakian as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Wednesday. Bajakian, who spent four seasons at quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, spent last year as OC and QBs coach for Boston College, which boasted the top...

Immigration attorneys urge caution with new marijuana law

Dec. 11, 2019 3:07 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois within weeks, but legal experts on Wednesday urged immigrants to exercise caution as marijuana use or cannabis-related jobs could mean repercussions including deportation. Illinois will allow adult recreational marijuana in January, but the...

Irony? Chicago salt truck slides on ice into Lake Michigan

Dec. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago Park District workers escaped without serious injury after the salt truck they were navigating along an icy lakefront bike path slid into Lake Michigan Wednesday morning. The pickup truck hit a slick spot and slipped backward into the water on Chicago's near North Side around...

Chicago police halt controversial merit promotion system

Dec. 11, 2019 11:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s interim police superintendent is discontinuing a so-called merit promotion system that rank-and-file cops have long complained rewards officers for who they know and not what skills they have to do the job. In a letter to the 13,400-member department obtained by the Chicago...

Childs carries Bradley past Division II-Maryville (MO) 91-58

Dec. 10, 2019 9:45 PM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Elijah Childs scored 16 points as Bradley rolled past Division II Maryville (MO) 91-58 on Tuesday night. Nate Kennell and Ja'Shon Henry added 15 points each for the Braves (7-3), who earned their sixth consecutive home victory. Koch Bar had five assists. The 91 points were a season best...