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Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press – WREX-TV

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a two-run double during Houston’s five-run seventh inning, and the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series. Kyle Tucker homered and drove in three runs as the Astros moved within one win of their fifth straight appearance in the AL Championship Series. Alex Bregman had two hits and scored twice, and Jose Altuve made a couple of big plays. Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Sunday night in Chicago.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks lost another young defenseman when the team announced Caleb Jones has a sprained left wrist. The 24-year-old Jones, the younger brother of Chicago defenseman Seth Jones, is expected to miss approximately six weeks. Caleb Jones was acquired in a July trade with Edmonton that moved Duncan Keith to the Oilers. The Blackhawks said Wednesday that defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk will be out for two to four weeks with a sprained right ankle. 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Big Ten officials want to make mental health a priority for its athletes. The topic was discussed this week at basketball media days. Michigan State forward Malik Hall thought COVID-19 impacted the Spartans on the court. Coach Tom Izzo was more concerned it was impacting other areas of players lives. Commissioner Kevin Warren is offering the Calm app free to all conference athletes. He says players have logged more than 650,000 sessions so far.

HOUSTON (AP) — MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat has apologized during an AL Division Series game between the Astros and White Sox after saying teams should try to “get a 40-acre field full of” players who look like Chicago infielder Yoán Moncada. Kaat, a former All-Star pitcher and longtime commentator for the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, made the remark in the first inning of Game 2 in response to a comment from broadcaster Buck Showalter. Kaat later said he “used a poor choice of words that resulted in an insensitive and hurtful remark.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Playing quarterback in the NFL is certainly no simple task, and this year’s class of newcomers is getting a crash course filled with sacks, interceptions and losses in how difficult it is to immediately succeed under center. Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence, the New York Jets’ Zach Wilson and New England’s Mac Jones have all started since Week 1. San Francisco’s Trey Lance, Chicago’s Justin Fields and Houston’s Davis Mills have all stepped in during the past few weeks. And they’ve all experienced varying degrees of struggles. No, they’re not in college anymore.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Wisconsin visits Illinois on Saturday after suffering consecutive losses for just the fifth time in seven seasons under coach Paul Chryst. The Badgers are off to their worst start since 1990 and are 5-8 over their last 13 games. Standing in the Badgers’ way is their former coach Bret Bielema and an Illinois squad that has also stumbled this season. Both teams are eager for a win before heading into the bulk of their Big Ten schedules.

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