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CHICAGO (AP) – Kahleah Copper scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half and Chicago used a dominant defensive effort to achieve a record-breaking Phoenix Mercury 86-50 rout, pulling Sky away from an inaugural WNBA title win of the franchise. Chicago will look to close out the best of five series on Sunday. Sky dominated on both sides, limiting Brittney Griner to just four points in the first half on 1 in 8 shooting after scoring 29 in Mercury’s overtime win on Wednesday. Chicago also pulled Diana Taurasi out of the game, retaining her five points on 1 in 10 shot. Griner finished with 16 points as their two nights ended early in the fourth quarter as Sky held onto the lead in the twenties.

NEWARK, NJ (AP) – Jack Hughes scored his second goal of the game less than a minute into overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 after losing a two-goal lead at the end of the match. Dominik Kubalik and Kirby Dach forced overtime, scoring in the last 3:53 of regulation with the Blackhawks’ net empty. Dougie Hamilton scored on his first shot as Devil and Andreas Johnsson gave his team a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Jonathan Bernier stopped 24 shots for New Jersey. Alex DeBrincat also scored for Chicago and Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have hired Carter Hawkins as general manager, tapping into the Cleveland front office in an effort to bolster their own player development system. Hawkins, 37, spent 14 seasons with Cleveland, the last five as an assistant general manager. He also oversaw the team’s player development department. The Cubs plan to officially introduce Hawkins as the franchise’s 16th general manager next week.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears have placed running back Damien Williams on the reserve / COVID-19 list, questioning his status for their game against the Green Bay Packers. The Bears are already missing their first runner with David Montgomery on the injured list due to a sprained knee. Williams is second on the team with 137 yards and two touchdowns. He ran 64 yards last week, helping the Bears win in Las Vegas.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bears have a chance to take a share of the NFC North lead when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. It is an opportunity that would have been difficult to envisage a few weeks ago. The Bears hit a low point with a 26-6 loss to Cleveland. They only managed 47 yards for one of the lowest totals in NFL history. They bounced back by beating the Detroit Lions and the Las Vegas Raiders. But victories against the Packers have been few and far between. Green Bay have won 19 of the last 22 playoff games. And the Packers are 21-5 against the Bears in games Rodgers has started.

NO DATE (AP) – Rutgers appear to be rebounding after three straight losses to teams currently ranked in the top 10 when he visited the Northwest on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights were burned for big plays last week when they lost 31-13 to Michigan State, which then climbed three spots to No.8. Just like Northwestern in a 56-7 in Nebraska two years ago. weeks. Schiano sees the perennial winner Northwestern as a role model for Rutgers. He says Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald has done an incredible job.

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