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    Billy Williams: This is a time to celebrate Ernie Banks

    Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, left, and Ernie Banks attend the annual winter convention last year. Banks did not make it to this year’s gathering.

    Jan 24, 2015 8:48 PM

    Hall of Famer Billy Williams played as a teammate with Ernie Banks for parts of 13 seasons. Banks died Friday, but Williams said this is a time not to mourn but to celebrate the life of the man known as Mr. Cub.

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    Rozner: Thank you, Mr. Cub, for giving your all

    Ernie Banks posing in front of his newly unveiled statue in front of Wrigley Field in 2008. Banks died Friday at the age of 83.

    Jan 24, 2015 9:10 PM

    Barry Rozner: There was more to Mr. Cub than most people ever knew, and when I discovered that about Ernie Banks, I never thought of him the same way again.

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    Rozner: On paper, White Sox’ turnaround impressive

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, speaking during SoxFest this weekend, has done a stellar job this off-season of closing the gap in the AL Central.

    Jan 24, 2015 8:57 PM

    They don’t play the games on paper, but the White Sox appear to have closed the gap on Detroit while Kansas City has taken a step back, and the baseball world is understandably surprised that the Sox have spun an ocean liner in a bath tub.

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    Minnesota pushes past Illinois 79-71

    Illinois center Maverick Morgan (22) is trapped by Minnesota forward Maurice Walker (15) and guard Andre Hollins (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Jan 24, 2015 5:10 PM

    Andre Hollins helped Minnesota pull away with 17 of his 28 points in the second half, fueling a 79-71 victory Saturday over depleted Illinois. Hollins finished 10 for 15 from the field, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range, and had five assists for the Golden Gophers (13-8, 2-6 Big Ten).

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    Both Williams sisters into 4th round at Aussie Open

    Serena Williams of the U.S. makes a forehand return to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Jan 24, 2015 3:47 PM

    Serena Williams loves having Venus back to keep her company in the second week of a Grand Slam, and credits her older sister with giving her the motivation to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. The Williams siblings, with 25 Grand Slam titles between them, will have a couple of Madisons joining them, too. Madison Keys had a 6-4, 7-5 upset win over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday night, and Madison Brengle beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-2 in an all-U.S. third-round...

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    Ex-Cub Ted Lilly accused of fraud

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly. The former major league baseball player has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported Friday.

    Jan 24, 2015 1:57 PM

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud.The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported Friday that the charges stem from allegedly false insurance claims related to Lilly’s damaged recreational vehicle.

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