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CHICAGO (AP) - A person with direct knowledge of the discussions says the Chicago Cubs are having active talks with free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish. The 31-year-old Darvish is one of the top remaining players in a slow-moving market this winter. He finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them reach the World Series.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, Anthony Davis scored 34 points, and the All-Star pair led a 17-point New Orleans comeback in the final five minutes of regulation before the Pelicans pulled out a 132-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls in double overtime. Cousins scored seven points in the second overtime on a 3-pointer, a turnaround jumper and two free throws with 8.2 seconds left.
CHICAGO (AP) - Andrei Vasilevskiy made 40 saves in his NHL-best seventh shutout and Chris Kunitz scored a short-handed goal in the second period, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Yanni Gourde also scored as Tampa Bay stopped a season-high three-game slide and leapfrogged idle Vegas for the best record in the NHL.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks have activated center Artem Anisimov from injured reserve. Anisimov missed 10 straight games with an upper-body injury. The 29-year-old Anisimov has 13 goals, including six game-winners, and five assists in 36 games this season.
CHICAGO (AP) - Left-hander Brian Duensing and Chicago have finalized a $7 million, two-year contract for the reliever to remain with the Cubs. Duensing gets $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons and his 2019 salary can escalate by up to $1.25 million based on pitching appearances this year. He went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 games last season.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Sean Lloyd Jr., scored 15 points with six rebounds and three steals and Kavion Pippen had a double-double and Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa 64-53. Klint Carlson made a jumper with 16:10 left to shave Northern Iowa's deficit to 30-27 before an 11-5 Salukis run extended their lead to nine.
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