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CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians are continuing their offseason makeover, trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Alex Call. The deal comes on the heels of Cleveland trading slugger Edwin Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz and re-acquiring first baseman Carlos Santana in a three-team trade. The Indians are still considering a deal involving pitchers Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer. Alonso hit 23 homers in his first season with the Indians in 2018.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kris Dunn had 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the San Antonio Spurs 98-93. The rally snapped Chicago's three-game skid and ended San Antonio's four-game winning streak.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Trent Frazier scored 25 points to lead Illinois past East Tennessee State 73-55. Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored 15 points and Kipper Nichols added 14 for Illinois (4-7).
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) - Nick Perkins had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 14 Buffalo beat Southern Illinois 73-65 to improve to 10-0. CJ Massinburg scored 14 points, Davonta Jordan had 11 and the Bulls continued their best start since 1930-31, when they finished 15-0. They have won 17 consecutive home games dating to last season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Camron Justice dropped four 3-pointers, scored 20 points with seven assists and IUPUI stifled Western Illinois over the final six minutes in an 82-68 win. Justice, a transfer from Vanderbilt, continues to make an impact for IUPUI (8-3), scoring 20 points or better five of the last six games. Western Illinois held a 62-61 lead after a 9-1 run late in the game. The lead lasted just 24 seconds before Grant Weatherford and Evan Hall hit back-to-back buckets and the Jaguars closed on a 21-6 run.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Rade Kukobat completed a 3-point play off a dunk in the final minute to give Eastern Illinois just enough cushion to hold off Bradley 73-66 on Thursday night for its third straight win. Bradley had closed to 64-62 following two Darrell Brown free throws with 1:03 left before Kukobat slammed home the dunk.
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