MESA, Ariz. (AP) - The Chicago Cubs kick off their spring training Cactus League games Thursday afternoon when they face a split squad from the Arizona Diamondbacks. New Cubs manager Rick Renteria will get a first look at his team in game action with pitcher Jeff Samardzija expected to start.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks face the New York Rangers Thursday night with several players returning to league action after playing for various countries in the Olympics. The Blackhawks are battling for first place in the Central Division with St. Louis.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Northwestern women's basketball tips off Thursday night against No. 21 Michigan State. Also Thursday evening, No. 16 Nebraska is set to play Illinois in Lincoln.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - The No. 20 Iowa Hawkeyes are set to take on the Hoosiers in Bloomington on Thursday night. The game was rescheduled after the match was scrapped last week when a piece of metal fell at Assembly Hall.
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