• Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo watches after hitting a grand slam during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rizzo slam helps power Cubs past D-Backs 14-5

    CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in Chicago’s eight-run fifth inning, and rookie Addison Russell homered twice in a game for the first time in his career to power the Cubs and Jon Lester to a 14-5 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

  • Cubs’ Schwarber out 3-5 days with rib strain

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss three to five days because of a mild rib cage strain.

  • No. 21 Stanford, Northwestern look to show old winning form

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Along with their sterling academic reputations, No. 21 Stanford and Northwestern share at least one more thing in common: Both want to show they can play winning football again.

  • Indiana not taking Southern Illinois game lightly

    BLOOMIGNTON, Ind. (AP) — A common theme among Indiana players this week was that the Hoosiers are not taking Southern Illinois lightly.

  • Boaters enjoy a sunny afternoon on Nippersink Lake Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz threatens to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state's most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O' Lakes. The scenery normally draws tens of thousands of visitors for end-of-summer fun, but concerns mounted Thursday that the heavy police presence and fear of the fugitives could led would-be visitors to go elsewhere. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    Illinois residents expect quiet holiday weekend amid manhunt

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Residents and business owners in one of Illinois’ most popular recreational areas say a manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of an area police officer will bring a more quiet and somber Labor Day weekend than usual.

  • Aquatic foliage graces the shore of Nippersink Lake Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz threatens to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state's most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O' Lakes. The scenery normally draws tens of thousands of visitors for end-of-summer fun, but concerns mounted Thursday that the heavy police presence and fear of the fugitives could led would-be visitors to go elsewhere. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    Manhunt could bring subdued holiday in recreation area

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of an Illinois police officer threatened Thursday to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state’s most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O’ Lakes.

  • Chicago White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Shuck’s pinch-hit triple sends White Sox past Twins 6-4

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mired in a six-game losing streak, Jeff Samardzija tried to focus on each pitch, rather than dwell on past mistakes.

  • Northern Illinois offers shot at free tuition to fill stands

    DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University is offering students a chance at free tuition for spring semester if they attend all six home football games this season.

  • A man walks past homes, condominiums, and train tank cars with signs indicating  petroleum crude oil standing idle on the tracks in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Activists in Philadelphia question whether the city has adequately communicated its evacuation plans with residents who would have to leave quickly after an accident. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    AP survey: How cities are handling surge in oil trains

    Mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of crude have become a common sight in cities around the U.S., raising concern about the possibility of a catastrophic derailment near crowded neighborhoods or critical infrastructure.

  • University of Illinois interim head football coach Bill Cubit answers a question during a press conference at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., Monday Aug. 31, 2015 (Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT

    After turmoil cost its coach his job, Illinois ready to play

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Few if any teams have ever started a season quite like Illinois is about to.