Chicago State joins the WAC

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Chicago State joins the WAC

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago State is joining the Western Athletic Conference as an all-sports member.

The university and the WAC announced the move Wednesday. Chicago State will become a WAC member on July 1, and the Cougars will begin athletic competition in the conference beginning with the 2013-2014 season next fall.

Athletic Director Dan Schumacher says joining the WAC is important for Chicago State because coaches will no longer have to recruit and compete without the chance of an automatic qualifier to NCAA championships at the end of the season.

The Western Athletic Conference currently includes California State-Bakersfield, University of Idaho, Grand Canyon University, New Mexico State, Seattle University and Utah Valley University.

Chicago State plans to add men and women's soccer as part of the agreement to join the WAC.

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Hours before the first pitch was even thrown in Cubs-Giants Monday night, the managers of both teams fielded questions on the miraculous comeback that occurred the last time these two teams squared off.

But the Cubs offense couldn't complete another epic comeback against the San Francisco bullpen Monday, dropping a 6-4 contest in front of 36,204 fans at Wrigley Field.

Two hundred, twenty three days after the Cubs scored four runs in the ninth inning to eliminate the Giants in the National League Division Series, they put a four-spot on the board in the eighth inning.

But the Giants had built a six-run lead and called upon Hunter Strickland (who was on the mound for the final runs of that Game 4) to induce a rally-killing double play ball from Willson Contreras.

The Cubs had done nothing against Ty Blach for seven innings before Jason Heyward led off the eighth with a single. Javy Baez followed with a homer, pinch-hitter Ian Happ tripled and Ben Zobrist drilled another blast into the right-field bleachers.

Pinch-hitter Jon Jay then singled and after Kris Bryant flied out, Anthony Rizzo was plunked, putting two on and one out for Contreras.

Mark Melancon —  the big-money closer recently activated off the disabled list who was signed to help stabilize the back end of the Giants bullpen — pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the San Francisco victory.

John Lackey had a rough outing for the Cubs, allowing five runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in five innings. He also hit two batters and gave up two home runs — including a solo shot by Joe Panik to lead off the game.

White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada's trip to Chicago much ado about nothing

White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada's trip to Chicago much ado about nothing

PHOENIX -- Yoan Moncada’s routine checkup with team doctors drew some extra attention when baseball’s top prospect made it known he was in Chicago.

The White Sox Triple-A second baseman took a selfie and noted he was in Chicago, Illinois early Monday which sent some fans into a frenzy. General manager Rick Hahn said Monday that Moncada was only there to have his sore left thumb examined. Hahn said the thumb that landed Moncada on the seven-day disabled list last week has been determined to be fine.

“He’s been playing with it,” Hahn said. “It goes back a few weeks. It started getting a little more swollen and aggravated him a little more. He wanted to keep playing and didn’t want to go on the DL. But we decided to take a little time here, get it 100 percent, before he gets back out there.”

Moncada is hitting .331/.401/.504 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 157 plate appearances this season. He also has stolen 10 bases.