Sports Minute: Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

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

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have cut their roster to 31 players with opening night less than a week away. Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny (zuh-STRIZ'-nee) and infielder Ian Happ are among five players optioned to the minors. The Cubs begin the season Sunday in St. Louis.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals allowed two runs over five innings Monday in his final start of spring training. Martinez finished spring training with a 1.38 earned run average. He's scheduled to start the season opener Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Fire's newest international player will be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday. German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (SHWYN'-sty-gur) has appeared in three World Cups -- winning in 2014 -- and four European Championships for his country. He's played for Manchester United in England since 2015.

CHICAGO (AP) - College hockey decides its national champion next week in Chicago. Harvard plays Minnesota-Duluth and Denver faces Notre Dame in the semifinal games at the United Center on April 6. The winners face off for the title on April 8. This is the first time Chicago has hosted the Frozen Four.

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