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

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Chicago Bears face the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks Friday night in what amounts to a dress rehearsal for the NFL opener. The starters could play at least a half in the third preseason game. The Bears will try to get their run game started -- Matt Forte (FOR'-tay) has just seven carries for minus-7 yards in the first two games.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals look to move closer to the National League Central lead this weekend. Adam Wainwright pitches the opener of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are in last place in the NL East. The Cardinals trail Milwaukee by a game-and-a-half. The Brewers host Pittsburgh over the weekend.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Cubs' pitcher Jake Arrieta faces his former team Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The right-hander takes 6-4 record and a 2.61 earned run average into the game against the Baltimore Orioles.

CHICAGO (AP) - John Danks makes the start for the Chicago White Sox Friday night as they begin series against the New York Yankees. The lefthander is 2-2 with a 6.20 earned run average since July 1st. He's trying for his 10th victory of the season.

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