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CHICAGO (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat Chicago 87-77 in the Bulls' home opener. Aldridge scored 12 points in a 22-13 run that gave San Antonio a 63-51 third-quarter lead.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Lance Bouma scored on a rebound with 4:24 left in the third period, Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks kept Arizona winless with a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes. The Coyotes have been playing better lately, but their only point is an overtime loss to Vegas the second game of the season.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chris Bosio is out as the Chicago Cubs' pitching coach after six seasons. A person familiar with the situation says the team says the team will not pick up his contract option for next season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced and confirmed a report by USA Today. Bosio's dismissal comes after the Cubs we're eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kobe McCrary ran for 153 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Rodney Smith added 103 yards rushing for Minnesota as the Gophers beat Illinois 24-17 victory. Linebacker Jon Celestin returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth to provide the winning margin for Minnesota (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten).
EVENSTON, Ill. (AP) - Quarterback Clayton Thorson scored on a 1-yard run and Northwestern rallied from a sluggish first half for a 17-10 overtime victory over Iowa. Thorson's score was set up by a 23-yard reception by running back Justin Jackson, who broke three tackles on the play to give the Wildcats (4-3, 2-2 in the Big Ten) a first down at the 1-yard line.
CHICAGO (AP) - Suspended Bulls forward Bobby Portis offered an apology to injured teammate Niko Mirotic on Saturday in his first public comments since punching Mirotic in the face in practice on Tuesday. The fight cost the Bulls their top two power forwards. Mirotic suffered two fractured bones and a concussion and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks. Portis was suspended eight games. Portis said before Chicago's home opener against the Spurs that he has reached out to Mirotic but has not received a response.
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