Curry, Thompson lead Warriors past Bulls 102-87
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, Klay Thompson scored 22 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors rallied from 16 down in the first half to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-87 on Thursday night.
With big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee sidelined with injuries, Golden State's streaky backcourt tandem found its shooting stroke after falling behind 34-18 in the second quarter. Curry finished 13-for-19 shooting, and Thompson shot 8 of 16 from the floor to give the Warriors' raucous fans a reason to cheer after losing five of their previous seven at home.
Taj Gibson had 26 points and 13 rebounds filling in for Carlos Boozer, and Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points as Chicago dropped to 2-3 on its road trip, which ends Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers.
BRADLEY-LOYOLA OF CHICAGO
Bradley tops Loyola of Chicago 63-54
CHICAGO (AP) — Walt Lemon Jr. scored 21 points, including 18 in the second half, as Bradley topped Loyola of Chicago 63-54 Thursday for its first road victory of the year and 1,600th win in program history.
Auston Barnes' basket with 4:09 left in the game gave Bradley (10-14, 5-6 Missouri Valley) a 51-48 lead, and Tyshon Pickett hit a big 3-pointer with 3:04 remaining to extend the lead to 54-48.
The Braves closed the game on a 9-4 run, hitting 7 of 10 free throws over the final 1:43 to pull away from Loyola (8-15, 3-8).
Bradley trailed 28-26 at half before Lemon scored the first four points after the break and recorded 10 second-half points less than 5 minutes into the period.
Pickett had 13 points and nine rebounds while Omari Grier added 11.
Milton Doyle had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Ramblers. Devon Turk added 13 points.
SIU-Edwardsville edges SE Missouri 93-88 in OT
EDWARDSVLLE, Ill. (AP) — Donivine Stewart scored nine points, dished out 11 assists and sank the final free throws that cemented SIU-Edwardsville's 91-88 overtime win over Southeast Missouri State on Thursday night.
Rozell Nunn scored 21 points and had eight rebound for SIU-Edwardsville (9-15, 5-5 Ohio Valley Conference), which shot 49 percent from the field, including 13 of 25 from 3-point range, in its fourth-straight home court win.
Keaton Jackson contributed 16 points, including the game-tying layup at the buzzer to force overtime. Kris Davis also scored 16 for the Cougars, while Christian Salecich had 14.
SE Missouri (12-12, 3-7) led by as many as eight midway through the second half on a three-point play by Jarekious Bradley that made it 53-45. But the Cougars shaved the gap and then outscored the Redhawks 14-9 in OT to take the win.
Tyler Stone led the Redhawks with a career-high 37 points in the loss.
Eastern Illinois rallies to beat UT-Martin 91-79
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Sherman Blanford scored a career-high 30 points Thursday, 23 in the second half, and Eastern Illinois rallied to beat UT-Martin 91-79, handing the Skyhawks their third-straight loss.
Dylan Chatman scored 17, Josh Piper and Alex Austin had 11 each, and Eastern Illinois (9-14, 6-5 Ohio Valley) avenged a Jan. 23, 84-77 loss to UT-Martin.
UT-Martin (7-18, 2-8) led 18-16 on a jumper by Terence Smith, then pulled ahead on a 10-1 run. Aaron Siler's trey made it a two-point game, but UT-Martin's Smith and Marshun Newell hit two 3-pointers apiece and the Skyhawks led 47-37 at halftime.
Blanford's jumper opened a 13-4 second-half run and the Panthers took a 59-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Piper, then pulled away on a 14-0 run and cruised. The Panthers shot 56.4 percent to the Skyhawks' 46.9 percent.
Myles Taylor led UT-Martin with 17, Smith had 14, Newell 12, and Dee Oldham 10.
No. 12 Creighton expects Big East foes' best shot
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No. 12 Creighton begins the second half of its Big East schedule on Friday night when struggling DePaul visits CenturyLink Center.
Bluejays coach Greg McDermott says he's couldn't have imagined the kind of season his team is having so far. Creighton is in first place in the Big East, has its highest national ranking of the season and is projected to be as high as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Bluejays also have the leading candidate for national player of the year in Doug McDermott.
Creighton (18-3, 8-1) shares the Big East lead with Villanova, which the Bluejays beat by 28 points on the road last month.
After hosting DePaul (10-13, 2-8), the Bluejays go to New York for a Sunday game against St. John's.
Islanders trade 2 to Blackhawks for 4th-round pick
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Chicago blackhawks have acquired forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders for a fourth-round pick in this June's NHL draft.
The Islanders made the deal Thursday night after losing for the sixth time in seven games.
The 29-year-old Bouchard was a disappointment with four goals and five assists in 28 games for the Islanders. On Dec. 10, he was sent to Bridgeport of the AHL where he had six goals and 11 assists. Bouchard signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Islanders last summer.
A checking forward, Regin had two goals and five assists in 44 games for the Islanders. He joined the Islanders this year as a free agent after five seasons with Ottawa.
The defending Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks said Bouchard would report to their AHL affiliate in Rockford while Regin would join the NHL club.
Cubs, Barney agree to $2.3 million, 1-year deal
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $2.3 million, one-year contract with second baseman Darwin Barney, avoiding arbitration.
A Gold Glove winner in 2012, Barney committed just four errors with a .993 fielding percentage last season. But he also batted .208.
The agreement leaves pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the team's only remaining player in arbitration.
Chicago also announced Thursday that its home game against Washington scheduled for Sunday, June 29, has been moved up a day to ease potential congestion with the annual Pride Parade. The Cubs and Nationals will play a day-night doubleheader on June 28.
Cubs move game to avoid traffic from Pride Parade
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are rescheduling a game in late June to ease traffic in connection with the city's annual Pride Parade.
The parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, when the Cubs were set to play the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.
Cubs officials announced Thursday that the team will now play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, June 28, with start times of 12:05 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Cubs officials say Alderman Tom Tunney requested moving the date of the game in consideration of neighborhood traffic and congestion.
The city's annual Pride Parade is one of the largest in the nation. It's drawn more than 800,000 people in the past and snakes through several neighborhoods.
11 Illinoisans competing in Sochi Olympics
CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois is celebrating its Olympians.
Gov. Pat Quinn put out a news release Wednesday honoring athletes from Illinois who are competing in the Winter Olympics. The list of eleven athletes includes speed skaters, figure skaters, hockey players, a bobsledder and a member of the women's curling team.
The Olympics start Thursday in the Russian city of Sochi. The opening ceremony is Friday.
The state of Illinois has started a website featuring biographic information on Illinois athletes. It also includes information on where winter sports activities are available in Illinois.
Quinn also honored members of the Chicago Blackhawks who are playing Olympic hockey. Ten Chicago Blackhawks players are competing for five different countries. Blackhawks player Patrick Kane is on the U.S. team.
FIG-HIGHLAND PARK SKATER
Family follows Illinois figure skater to Olympics
(Information in the following story is from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com )
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — The parents and extended family of suburban Chicago figure skater Jason Brown are used to traveling as a pack to cheer him on at international competitions.
Following him to his first Olympics, though, is a whole new level of excitement.
The 19-year-old from Highland Park will skate in individual and team events in Sochi and be eligible for two medals.
Whether he wins, though, doesn't matter to his parents.
Father Steve Brown says "he's already won because he's going."
Also traveling to Russia are the skater's siblings, grandparents, aunts and other relatives.
Cousin Lisa Malvin says the family is "freaking out" and "pretty excited about it."
Steve Brown tells the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1fVAyDm ) it won't sink in until they're in the stands at the opening ceremony.
FIG-HIGHLAND PARK SKATER-SECURITY
Family of Ill. skater not worried about security
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Family members of a 19-year-old suburban Chicago figure skater who's competing in the Winter Olympics say they're not worried about security in Russia.
Steve Brown's son Jason Brown won the silver medal at the U.S. Men's Figure Skating Championships last month in Boston.
The elder Brown told The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1nWrfr4 ) he believes the games in Sochi (SOH'-chee) will be "very safe," despite warnings about terrorism threats.
Lisa Malvin, one of Jason Brown's cousins, says she's trying not to worry.
But Malvin says staying home isn't an option.
She says "if the athletes are safe, we'll be OK."
Andretti to enter Foust and Speed in GRC
CHICAGO (AP) — Andretti Autosport will team with Volkswagen AG to field two Global RallyCross entries this season for Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.
The Volkswagen Andretti RallyCross team was introduced Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.
The team will initially compete with modified Polo rally cars built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers. It will switch during the season to the all-wheel-drive GRC Beetle, which has 560 horsepower.
Tanner Foust is the 2011 and 2012 GRC champion and was runner-up last season. He'll drive the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle.
Speed will drive the 7UP entry. A former Formula One and NASCAR driver, Speed won a pair of GRC races last season.
Oshie's OT goal gives Blues 3-2 win over Bruins
ST. LOUIS (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored 3:29 into overtime, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Oshie jammed the puck in from the side of the net as the Blues, who scored a 3-2 shootout win Nov. 21 in Boston, swept the season series.
Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis, which blew a 2-0 lead in the third period.
Boston had won in its last three trips to St. Louis, and this was the first Blues' home win against the Bruins since Oct. 6, 2006, in a shootout. The last regulation win at home against Boston came on Dec. 18, 1999.
David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins.
Cardinals sign Pat Neshek to minor league deal
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Reliever Pat Neshek and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
The Cardinals announced the deal Thursday.
The right-hander was 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 45 appearances for Oakland last season.
In parts of seven seasons with Minnesota, San Diego and Oakland, Neshek is 16-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 226 games. He has 216 strikeouts in 214 1-3 innings.