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NCAA Recap: Lynch leads NIU over Akron

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NCAA Recap: Lynch leads NIU over Akron

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Jordan Lynch threw two touchdowns and rushed for two more as Northen Illinois routed Akron 37-7 Saturday in Mid-American Conference action.

Lynch finished with 223 yards on 20 of 33 passing and threw touchdown passes of nine and four yards.

Northern Illinois (7-1, 4-1) held a 13-7 lead before Lynch's 15-yard touchdown run gave the Huskies a 20-7 advantage at halftime.

Lynch, who finished with 131 yards on the ground, has rushed for 100-plus yards in each of the Huskies' last six games.

Northern Illinois has won 16 of its last 17 games. Its last loss was by one point to Iowa in the 2012 season opener.

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ISU falls short against Missouri State

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Kierra Harris and Ashton Glaser each ran for a touchdown, and the Missouri State defense recorded two safeties Saturday to shock Illinois State 24-17.

After Harris' 1-yard score, Nate Davis sacked Matt Brown, whose fumble bounced out of the ISU end zone to give the Bears (2-6, 2-3 Missouri Valley) a 9-0 lead. But Brown recovered to hit Tyrone Walker for TDs of 4 and 15 yards, and the Redbirds (6-2, 3-2) took a 14-9 lead into the fourth.

Austin Witmer's 20-yard field goal and Glaser's 2-yard run put Missouri State up 19-14. The Bears added two more points when Howard Scarborough tackled Darrelynn Dunn in the end zone, and another Witmer field goal made it 24-14.

Nick Aussieker's 47-yard field goal pulled ISU within seven with 10 seconds left, but the Redbirds couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick. ISU had been trying for its first 7-1 start since 1967.

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Southern picks up big road win over Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Southern Illinois took advantage of five Youngstown State turnovers to capture a comeback 38-21 victory on Saturday in a Missouri Valley Conference game.

Youngstown State (4-3, 1-3) led 21-10 late in the second quarter before the turnovers struck. Southern Illinois (5-3, 4-1) finished the game with 28 unanswered points to extend its winning streak to three games.

The Salukis' final two touchdowns came on a fumble recovered in the end zone by Tyler Williamson and a 100-yard interception return by Anthony Thompson on an errant pass by Kurt Hess.

Courtney Richmond recovered a blocked punt for a score, the third straight game the Salukis blocked a punt for a touchdown.

Southern Illinois' Kory Faulkner passed for two touchdowns.

The Penguins outrushed the Salukis 131 to 71 yards and accumulated 231 yards passing to Southern Illinois' 185 yards but lost three fumbles and were intercepted twice.

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Western Illinois falls big at home
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Each side scored from recovering fumbles in the end zone, but it was Indiana State that would win the game, beating Western Illinois 23-7 on Saturday night.

In the first half, the Sycamores got touchdowns from a 14-yard run by Richie Dyer and a 46-yard run by Shakir Bell. Defensive back Mark Sewall recovered the fumble in the end zone, and Tanner Fritschle added the extra point in the fourth quarter.

Mike Perish was 12 of 18 for 99 yards for Indiana State (6-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley).

Western Illinois (3-4, 1-3 Missouri Valley) was scoreless in the first half.

The only points for the Leathernecks came after David McDaniel recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter, followed with a kick by Pat Smith. Wil Lunt was 4 of 19 for 25 yards.

Indiana State had 16 first downs; Western Illinois had 5.

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Cubs officially hire Jim Hickey as pitching coach, fill other coaching vacancies

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Cubs officially hire Jim Hickey as pitching coach, fill other coaching vacancies

Joe Maddon's 2018 coaching staff came into focus Tuesday, with the Cubs officially announcing three moves.

The Cubs made Jim Hickey the team's pitching coach, making official what has been assumed for a while, that Maddon's former pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays would take over for Chris Bosio on the North Side.

Additionally, Brandon Hyde was moved from his role as the team's first base coach to become Maddon's bench coach, taking over for Dave Martinez, who is the new manager of the Washington Nationals.

And the Cubs announced that Will Venable will be the new first base coach after he was recently named a special assistant to president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

Hickey, a Chicago native, spent the past 11 seasons as the Rays' pitching coach, presiding over a litany of young arms during and after Maddon's tenure as the manager there, including James Shields, Matt Garza, David Price, Chris Archer and Alex Cobb. His relationship with Cobb could be of particular interest this offseason, as the free-agent pitcher could be a target for the Cubs' front office. Hickey was the pitching coach for a pair of World Series teams: the 2005 Houston Astros and the 2008 Rays.

Hyde has served as the Cubs' bench coach before, filling the role on Rick Renteria's staff in 2014. He spent the past three seasons as Maddon's first base coach, part of a staff that appeared in three straight National League Championship Series and won the 2016 World Series.

Venable spent nine seasons in the major leagues, wrapping up his playing career in 2016 after playing for the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition to these moves to lock in Maddon's coaching staff, the Cubs also announced the addition of Jim Benedict as a special assistant. Benedict was most recently the vice president of pitching development for the Miami Marlins and has also worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.

Potential top pick in 2018 NBA Draft Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss entire freshman season

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Potential top pick in 2018 NBA Draft Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss entire freshman season

The Bulls will be keeping a close eye on the best young talent the loaded 2018 NBA Draft will have to offer. But they likely won't be seeing much of Missouri's Michael Porter Jr.

The school announced Tuesday that their freshman forward, the top recruit in the country, will miss the remainder of his freshman season.

Porter played all of 100 minutes for the Tigers, amassing 2 pioints and 2 rebounds in the Tigers' win over Iowa State.

The injury isn't to say Porter won't declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, or that it will affect his stock at all. He's still considered a legitimate franchise player and certainly someone all teams drafting in the top 5 will have their eye on.

But there will be competition. Players like Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton and Mo Bamba make up what could be one of the best draft classes in recent memory.

For now the Bulls will have to wait until the spring or summer to see Porter Jr. work out, while doing due diligence on the rest of the class.