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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood speaks with guard Alan Griffin (0) after being called for a foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Griffin was ejected for the foul. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

No. 21 Illinois in first-place tie, faces Michigan next

Jan. 24, 2020 2:53 AM EST

What to watch in Big Ten basketball this weekend: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 21 Illinois at Michigan, Saturday. The Illini (14-5, 6-2) are tied for first place in the league after No. 11 Michigan State's loss at Indiana on Thursday night. That's a big deal for Illinois, which hasn't finished above .500 in conference...

Adewunmi, Williford lead SIU-Edwardsville past SEMO 84-65

Jan. 23, 2020 11:44 PM EST

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Mike Adewunmi and Tyresse Williford combined to score 45 points and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville broke a five-game losing streak Thursday night, defeating Southeast Missouri State 84-65. Adewunmi was 7-for-9 shooting, including 4-for-5 from distance, for a career-high 23 points...

Wallace leads Eastern Illinois past UT-Martin 95-83

Jan. 23, 2020 11:14 PM EST

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Josiah Wallace had 22 points as Eastern Illinois beat UT-Martin 95-83 on Thursday night. George Dixon added 20 points and nine rebounds for Eastern Illinois (10-9, 3-4 Ohio Valley Conference), which earned its sixth consecutive home victory. Mack Smith had 17 points and Shareef...

BKC--Western Illinois-Omaha

Jan. 23, 2020 11:07 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — KJ Robinson matched his season high with 24 points as Omaha won its eighth consecutive home game, narrowly beating Western Illinois 87-82 in overtime on Thursday night. Robinson had a chance to win it in regulation, but Zion Young blocked his layup attempt with 3 seconds left to force...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring and drawing a foul during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rematch! James, Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains again

Jan. 23, 2020 10:44 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — It’ll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will be the captains for the NBA All-Star Game, just as they were last season. They earned the captaincies by being the top overall...

Kaila Charles scores 20, No. 20 Maryland women beat Illinois

Jan. 23, 2020 10:20 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kaila Charles had 20 points and nine rebounds to help No. 20 Maryland beat Illinois 79-60 on Thursday night. Shakira Austin added 14 points and Sara Vujacic scored 11 for the Terrapins (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight. Vujacic was 3 of 6 from 3-point range. Maryland...

Bodies of three men found in central Illinois home

Jan. 23, 2020 9:52 PM EST

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Three men were found dead Thursday in a central Illinois home in what police say may be a triple homicide. Danville police say they responded to a report of subjects down inside the residence. There they found the bodies of three men ranging in age from 60 to 67 years old. Vermilion...

Ferguson propels Illinois-Chicago to 80-50 win over Oakland

Jan. 23, 2020 9:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Tarkus Ferguson totaled 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks as Illinois-Chicago routed Oakland 80-50 on Thursday night. Ferguson hit four 3-pointers for the Flames (9-12, 4-4), who shot 57% from distance (12 of 21). Godwin Boahen came off the bench to hit...

Seller of synthetic marijuana sentenced to 7 years in prison

Jan. 23, 2020 9:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a Chicago convenience store who sold illegal synthetic marijuana laced with rat poisoning was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison by a federal judge. Fouad Masoud pleaded guilty in September to drug conspiracy for selling the illegal substance, sometimes called K2,...

Chicago police end effort to predict gun offenders, victims

Jan. 23, 2020 6:25 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have ended a program that sought to predict people most likely to be victims or perpetrators of gun crime, according to a watchdog report released Thursday that warned the department of serious flaws in the approach. The police department implemented the method in 2012, using...