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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Briann January scored 19 points and Shavonte Zellous added 18 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 77-70 last night in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals. Indiana took a 60-48 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Sky stormed back with a 14-3 run to open the final period.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Holliday homered twice and drove in five as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 13-2 last night to earn a split of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for St. Louis, which won for just the third time in its past nine games. Chicago has won nine of 14.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener. Lunt threw three late touchdowns for Illinois. The second was a 15-yarder to running back Josh Ferguson that put Illinois up for good 21-17. Lunt connected with nine different receivers in Champaign.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Jared Goff threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns and California hung on to beat Northwestern 31-24 yesterday in the season-opener. The Golden Bears looked like they were on their way to an easy victory up 31-7 in the third quarter. Instead, they had to sweat this one out as Northwestern rallied. But Jalen Jefferson's interception slammed the door on a Wildcats comeback in Evanston.

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