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Illinois-Chicago stuns Northern Kentucky 73-43 on the road

Feb. 16, 2020 5:11 PM EST

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — Tarkus Ferguson scored 14 points and reserve Godwin Boahen added a double-double to propel Illinois-Chicago to a 73-43 romp over Northern Kentucky on Sunday. Ferguson buried 5 of 10 shots from the floor with two 3-pointers and added six rebounds for the Flames (13-15, 8-7...

The NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award is displayed during a news conference Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring Kobe

Feb. 16, 2020 4:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, inmate Chester Weger is interviewed at Pinckneyville Correctional Center in Pinckneyville, Ill. Illinois officials have granted parole to Weger, an 80-year-old inmate sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killings of three suburban Chicago women whose brutalized bodies were found in a cave at a state park. Weber is set to be released the week of Feb. 17, 2020. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Illinois man, 80, set for release in 1960 triple-killing

Feb. 16, 2020 1:27 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An 80-year-old man is set to be released from an Illinois prison this week, nearly six decades after he was sentenced to life for the killing of one of three suburban Chicago women whose brutalized bodies were found in a state park. Chester Weger was convicted in 1961 of killing of Lillian...

Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. heads to the basket during the NBA All-Star slam dunk contest in Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Jones Jr., Adebayo, Hield winners at epic All-Star Saturday

Feb. 15, 2020 11:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Gordon lost another epic dunk contest. And it was by a couple of inches — namely, the top of Tacko Fall’s head. Derrick Jones Jr. finally got his long-awaited dunk contest title as an exclamation point to an scintillating All-Star Saturday Night, both for him and the...

Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo celebrates after winning his heat in NBA basketball's All-Star skills challenge Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

The Latest: Miami's Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

Feb. 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams....

Loyola Chicago outlasts Northern Iowa 82-73 in overtime

Feb. 15, 2020 10:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Keith Clemons tossed in 25 points, Cameron Krutwig scored 21 and Loyola Chicago clamped down in overtime to beat Northern Iowa 82-73 on Saturday. Clemons sank 8 of 12 shots from the floor, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, for the Ramblers (18-9, 10-4 Missouri Valley Conference). Krutwig...

Former president Barack Obama talks during a panel with NBA players Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo and sports analyst Michael Wilbon in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Obama panel celebrates off-court work of NBA stars

Feb. 15, 2020 9:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is passionate about helping children in Greece and Africa. Kevin Love is trying to shine the brightest light he can on mental health by sharing his own struggles. Chris Paul is aiming to ensure that technology comes to schools where it hasn’t been affordable....

Ex-Wisconsin receiver surrenders, charged in double-homicide

Feb. 15, 2020 9:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former University of Wisconsin football player who is the brother of a standout in the 2011 Super Bowl surrendered to Chicago police on Saturday in connection with the deaths of two people who were found with gunshot wounds on a road in Janesville, Wisconsin. Marcus Randle El, 33, turned...

LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers, talks with the media during the NBA All-Star basketball game media day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Bryant casts shadow as NBA's best meet in All-Star Game

Feb. 15, 2020 7:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant always seemed to be in top form when he stepped onto the court for the NBA All-Star Game. The league's current best will try to match his effort when Team LeBron and Team Giannis meet on Sunday. The All-Star festivities returned to Chicago for the first time since 1988 when...

Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, speaks at the NBA All-Star basketball game media day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

All-Star notes: Africa unveils teams, LeBron brings students

Feb. 15, 2020 4:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League on Saturday announced the 12 teams that will compete in the inaugural season. The clubs, from a dozen African nations, are: Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers (Algeria), Petro de Luanda (Angola), Forces Armées et Police (Cameroon), Zamalek...