AP Source: Cubs agree to deal with Wright
CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Wesley Wright.
The person spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. The financial terms were not known.
Wright posted a 3.69 ERA in 70 games with Houston and Tampa Bay last season. He was not tendered a contract by the Rays.
USA Today first reported the deal.
Konerko stays with White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) - Veteran slugger Paul Konerko is returning to the Chicago White Sox.
The team announced Wednesday that the six-time American League All-Star agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, opting to play another season rather than retire or sign elsewhere.
The 37-year-old Konerko will receive $1.5 million in 2014 and $1 million in 2021 under the deal. He will also be paid $1 million annually in deferred money from 2014 to 2020 under the contract he signed in December 2010.
Acquired from Cincinnati in 1998, Konerko ranks second on the franchise list to Frank Thomas in homers and RBIs. He dealt with a back issue last season and batted .244 with just 12 homers and 54 RBIs.
Bulls recall Teague from Development League
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bulls have recalled backup guard Marquis Teague from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
The Bulls announced the move on Wednesday, a day after he was assigned to Iowa.
Teague has played in nine games for Chicago, averaging 1.2 points, 0.8 assists and 8.9 minutes.
Former NBA player gets 8 years in Illinois prison
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Former NBA player Keon Clark has received an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to two charges.
Edgar County Circuit Judge Matthew Sullivan signed off Wednesday on Clark's plea agreement with prosecutors. The 38-year-old Danville native was 23 when he became the 13th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. The News-Gazette in Champaign reports (http://bit.ly/1bIB1cv ) he tearfully said in court that he has to own up to his past.
Clark has been in the Vermilion County jail since Aug. 4. He faced weapon, drug and traffic-related charges. On Wednesday he pleaded guilty to weapons and driving under the influence charges in two separate cases.
Defense attorneys requested that the judge recommend Clark serve time at a state Department of Corrections drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility outside Chicago.
NC State beats Northwestern 69-48
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - T.J. Warren scored 22 points to help North Carolina State beat Northwestern 69-48 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Ralston Turner added 13 points for the Wolfpack (5-2), who led nearly all night and by as many as 23 points after halftime. N.C. State shot 46 percent to win its third straight overall, while the win against Northwestern (4-5) stopped a five-game losing streak in the annual interconference matchup.
Warren had 16 points by the break and flirted with his third straight 30-point outing before cooling off after halftime. But he got plenty of help, led by freshman Lennard Freeman posting season-highs with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Drew Crawford scored 17 to lead the Wildcats and first-year coach Chris Collins, who was making a return to the region after spending the past 13 years as an assistant to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in nearby Durham.
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W. Illinois stifles E. Illinois, wins 60-32
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Adam Link scored 12 points as Western Illinois beat Eastern Illinois 60-32 on Wednesday night, holding the Panthers to their lowest point total since 1948.
Eastern Illinois went 7-1/2 minutes without scoring a point in the first half. The Leathernecks (3-4) went on a 13-0 run during the drought, extending their lead to 25-9 with less than 5 minutes remaining in the half.
Western Illinois held the Panthers (3-5) to just 12-of-50 shooting from the field and 2 of 16 on 3-pointers. Michael Ochereobia had a career-high five blocks for the Leathernecks, who finished with 10 blocks.
Trailing 52-31, Eastern Illinois scored just one point in the final 7:48. The Panthers' leading scorer was Josh Piper with five points.
IUPUI holds on late, beats Bradley, 72-66
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Ian Chiles and Khufu Najee combined to score 39 points as Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis held off a late rally from Bradley to score a 72-66 win Wednesday night.
The Jaguars (2-7) held a 13-point lead at intermission, but saw it all-but evaporate in the second half. Bradley cut the lead to a field goal, 58-56 after Tyshon Pickett's layup with 2:42 left.
Najee converted a pair of free throws, then fed Justus Stanback for a dunk to extend the lead to six, 62-56. Chiles' three-point play with :42 left made it a 10-point lead.
Chiles finished with 20 points while Najee added 19. Donovan Gibbs added 13 points off the bench.
Omari Grier led the Braves (5-3) with 17 points while Walt Lemon, Jr. added 13 and Auston Barnes 11. Bradley converted just 21 of 67 field goal attempts in the game.
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Illinois State downs Chicago State 75-56
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Daishon Knight scored 15 points Wednesday night and Illinois State rallied in the second half to roll over Chicago State 75-56.
Reggie Lynch scored 14 points for Illinois State (4-4), Bobby Hunter added 12, including a perfect 4 for 4 from the free-throw line, and the Redbirds outshot Chicago State (3-5) 47.2 percent from the field to 30.9 percent.
Quinton Pippen scored a game-high 16 points and three 3-pointers for the Cougars, Nate Duhon scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds, and Matt Ross added 11 and hauled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
The lead traded hands four times in the first half, but Pippen sank two free throws to give Chicago State a 30-28 halftime lead and kicked off the second half with a quick 3-pointer. Illinois State took a 40-39 lead on a layup by Lynch at 15:18, then steadily pulled away, scoring 21 more points than the Cougars.
Balance lifts No. 17 Oklahoma by W. Illinois 97-80
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Aaryn Ellenberg scored 25 points and four teammates scored in double figures as No. 17 Oklahoma defeated Western Illinois 97-80 Wednesday night.
Starters Morgan Hook added 14 points, Nicole Griffin had 13 and Sharane Campbell 12 for the Sooners (6-2) and Nicole Kornet added 10 off the bench.
Ashley Luke scored 27 points, two shy of her career best, and grabbed six rebounds and six steals, for Western Illinois (4-5). Rebecca Henricson added 18.
The Sooners broke away from a 10-10 tie with a 12-0 run fueled by Hook's seven points. The Leathernecks kept the game under double figures until Ellenberg had a burst where she made a jump, assisted Shaya Kellogg's layup and then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 43-28 lead with 4:27 before the half. The lead never got below double figures after that and when Ellenberg hit a late 3 it was 51-34 at halftime.
SMU beats Illinois-Chicago 73-65
CHICAGO (AP) - Nic Moore scored 20 points and dished out seven assists to lead Southern Methodist University to a 73-65 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night.
Markus Kennedy added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs.
SMU (8-2), playing for the fourth time in six days, won its third straight game behind balanced scoring. Ten Mustangs scored in the first half, and 11 reached the scoring column overall.
Kelsey Barlow scored a game-high 31 points for UIC (3-5), despite the Flames not having played in a week. The senior poured in a career-high 38 last Wednesday in a 94-78 victory.
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