EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Miles Bridges scored 19 points, Joshua Langford had 16 and No. 2 Michigan State beat Illinois 81-61, sealing a share of the Big Ten championship. The Spartans have won 11 straight can claim the conference title outright if they win at Wisconsin on Sunday. The Fighting Illini were coming off a win over Nebraska and looked like they were building momentum, competing well enough to trail the Spartans by just three points at halftime. Michigan State opened the second half with a 12-1 run.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears are parting with veteran guard Josh Sitton and linebacker Jerrell Freeman. Two people familiar with the situation say the Bears have decided to decline their option on Sitton for next season and release Freeman. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the moves.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Ben Zobrist is hoping to bounce back for the Chicago Cubs after hitting a career-low .232 last season. Now 36, the all-purpose player knows he won't get into as many games as he once did, but is still looking to contribute.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A Chicago Bears defensive back has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a bar fracas in northeast Iowa. Deiondre' Hall and Green Bay Packers defensive back Makinton Dorleant were arrested last March in Cedar Falls. Court records say Hall was sentenced to six months' probation. The records say Dorleant was given a year of probation at his sentencing last May on the same two charges. The Packers cut him in April after he failed a physical.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Trey Moses had 23 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Tahjai Teague was one rebound shy of a double-double and Ball State beat Northern Illinois 77-68. Ball State (19-9, 10-5 Mid-American Conference) got its seventh victory in its past eight to move within a game of West leader Toledo (11-4).
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