MAC-BOWLING GREEN-N ILLINOIS
N. Illinois sneaks by Bowling Green 54-51 in OT
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Threloff split a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left in overtime for the games' final point as seventh-seeded Northern Illinois beat No. 10 seed Bowling Green 54-51 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Monday.
Jehvon Clarke's game-tying 3-point attempt was off the mark.
Clarke's trey to end regulation was Bowling Green's only field goal in the final 4 minutes of the second half. Aaric Armstead made the first of two free throws with 25 seconds left to set up Clarke's make.
Threloff had 13 points and nine rebounds for Northern Illinios. Armstead finished with 12 points and had four of Northern Illinois' 17 steals.
Clarke had 15 points for Bowling Green and Richaun Holmes and Cameron Black had 10 apiece. Holmes had 14 rebounds and Black added nine.
Northern Illinois plays No. 6 Eastern Michigan on Wednesday in the second round.
No. 23 DePaul women advance to title game, 100-90
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Jasmine Penny made 10 of 11 shots and finished with 26 points as No. 23 DePaul beat 5th-seeded Marquette 100-90 on Monday to advance to the title game of the Big East Conference tournament.
Top-seeded DePaul will face No. 2 seed St. Johns in the championship game on Tuesday.
DePaul jumped out to a 55-38 lead at halftime, with 16 points by Chanise Jenkins.
Katie Young's 3-pointer with 2:15 left cut Marquette's deficit to 89-80, the first time DePaul's second-half lead had dipped below double-digits. DePaul made 7 of 10 free throws in the final minute.
Jenkins had 23 and Megan Rogowski 21 for DePaul.
Marquette was led by Young with 25 points. Brooklyn Pumroy had 21 points and Katherine Plouffe had 19 and 17 rebounds.
Both teams shot 50 percent but Marquette had 17 turnovers and was 19 of 24 from the line to 26 of 40 for DePaul.
Sale pitches solidly, White Sox Beat Brewers 6-3
PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Sale breezed into the fifth inning with two-hit ball shortly after being chosen the White Sox's opening-day starter, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Monday.
Sale struck out three in 4 1-3 innings, allowing only a two-out single to Khris Davis in the first and a two-out single to Jean Segura in the third. The two-time All-Star allowed six earned runs in 2 2-3 innings in his previous Cactus League start against San Diego, but he was much sharper this time.
The White Sox took a 4-3 lead in the ninth when Jared Mitchell scored on a fielder's choice by Jeff Keppinger. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke challenged umpire Scott Barry's call at home plate but it was upheld by video replay. Andy Wilkins followed with a two-run single.
Roenicke has now challenged five calls this spring with all five being upheld by the umpires.
Jordan Danks snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run homer off Brewers reliever Johnny Hellweg in the seventh.
Cain is perfect for 5 innings but Cubs top Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched five perfect innings for the San Francisco Giants on Monday, but the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory.
The right-hander, who will be the Giants' No. 2 starter behind left-hander Madison Bumgarner during the regular season, threw 59 pitches and struck out seven.
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs' opening-day starter, also had an effective outing. He gave up two runs in four innings and struck out five.
Pablo Sandoval's two-run single in the fourth gave the Giants an early lead, but the Cubs scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. The decisive run scored on two infield errors as part of the same play.
Cabrera 2 homers leads Tigers over Cards 17-5
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers' 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cabrera a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made 17-0 on Steven Moya's two-run double in the eighth.
Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk.
St. Louis pitchers gave up double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.
BIG TEN HONORS-ILLINOIS
Illinois' Nunn named to Big Ten All-Freshman team
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Two Illinois basketball players earned Big Ten honors despite the team's struggles this season.
Freshman Kendrick Nunn was named Monday to the Big Ten All Freshman Team, and junior Rayvonte Rice is an honorable mention All-Big Ten choice.
Nunn was the Illini's third-leading scorer in conference play, averaging 8.6 points. Nunn shot 47.1 percent from the field, and was sixth in the league in 3-point shooting at 43.9 percent.
Joining Nunn on the All-Freshman team are Indiana's Noah Vonley, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, Michigan's Derrick Walton and Purdue's Kendall Stephens.
Rice was the only player in the Big Ten to lead his team in points, rebounds and steals during the season. He is averaging 15.7 points, ranking eighth in the league in scoring. He had a career-high 29 points against Indiana.
Cardinals introduce Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have introduced new Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, although it may take a while before he gets into a game.
Diaz went through a practice Monday before the Cardinals played Detroit.
Later this week, Diaz will return to Mexico to finalize his work visa. Until that issue is cleared, Diaz can work out with the big league club but can only play in games on the back fields.
The Cardinals signed the 23-year-old Diaz to a four-year contract over the weekend. During the offseason, the NL champions signed All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a free-agent deal for four years.
Bears cut RB Michael Bush
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have released seven-year veteran running back Michael Bush.
Chicago will save $2.85 million with the move, clearing $1.85 million in 2014 salary cap space. Mostly a backup in his career, Bush started 20 of 89 games in seven seasons with Oakland and Chicago, rushing for 3,250 yards with 29 touchdowns. He added 1,010 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 104 receptions.
As a second-stringer behind Matt Forte with the Bears, Bush had 177 rushing attempts for 608 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 13 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in 28 games, one of them a start.
A fourth-round selection by the Raiders in the 2007 draft out of Louisville, Bush sat out the 2007 season due to a leg injury.
AP Source: S Byrd drawing pre-free agency interest
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A person familiar with the discussions has told The Associated Press the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams have expressed interest in signing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd once the NFL's free agency period opens.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because talks have not been made public. The person revealed those three teams specifically as having contacted Byrd's representatives since the NFL allowed discussions with prospective free agents Saturday.
The signing period opens Tuesday.
Byrd is among the top defensive backs set to hit the market after a solid five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo chose not to apply its franchise tag and retain Byrd's rights for a second consecutive year.
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