AP SOURCE SAYS CUBS TO INTERVIEW WEDGE: A person familiar with the situation says the Cubs plan to interview former Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge for their opening.
The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the search. It was not clear exactly when the interview will take place.
The Cubs are looking to replace Dale Sveum, who was 127-197 over two seasons.
Wedge went 213-273 in three years as Seattle's manager and announced at the end of the year that he would not return in 2014 because he considered the situation untenable.
Before that, he helped rebuild Cleveland into a contender. Wedge is 774-846 in 10 seasons.
He joins a list of candidates that includes A.J Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria and Dave Martinez.
AP SOURCE SAYS STEVERSON TO BE WHITE SOX HITTING COACH: A person familiar with the situation says Oakland Athletics minor league hitting coordinator Todd Steverson is set to become the batting coach for the White Sox.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced.
Steverson replaces Jeff Manto, who was fired after two seasons. He'll be working with a team that batted .249 and had its home run total drop from third in the majors at 211 a year ago to 19th this season at 148.
CARDS RIGHT AT HOME AS WORLD SERIES SCENE SHIFTS: Pitcher Joe Kelly says the St. Louis Cardinals feel extremely comfortable playing at home, and it shows in their record.
Kelly is set to start Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox on tonight at Busch Stadium. The teams are tied at 1.
The Cardinals went 54-27 at home during the regular season. They are 5-1 at Busch in the playoffs.
The Red Sox traveled to St. Louis on Friday, leaving Fenway Park behind and arriving in the town known for the Gateway Arch and toasted ravioli.
Jake Peavy starts Game 3 for Boston and David Ortiz is expected to play first base. Ortiz homered in each of the first two games as the designated hitter. The DH isn't used in National League parks.
BULLS END PERFECT PRESEASON: Derrick Rose scored 15 points, and the Bulls ended the preseason with a 94-89 win Friday over the Denver Nuggets.
Rose and the Bulls, who were without Joakim Noah (groin) and Kirk Hinrich (concussion), went 8-0 and completed their first perfect preseason of at least eight games since 1992.
IRISH BRACE FOR AIR FORCE'S OPTION OFFENSE: The name of Air Force's starting quarterback doesn't scare Notre Dame nearly as much as the offensive scheme.
The Falcons (1-6, 0-5 Mountain West) have yet to announce which backup QB will be under center when they try to end a six-game slide today against the Fighting Irish (5-2).
It could be Nate Romine, a fourth stringer when the season began who's rapidly moved up the depth chart due to injuries and an academic ineligibility. Or it possibly may be Karson Roberts — the backup to the backup out of fall camp — as he returns from a concussion he suffered two weeks ago against San Diego State.
No matter, the Irish are simply preparing for the structure of Air Force's hard-to-defend triple-option offense, not so much the starter.
HUSKIES READY TO SHOW OFF THEIR DEFENSE, TOO: No. 23 Northern Illinois and quarterback Jordan Lynch typically draw attention for their supercharged offense. After last week, the Huskies' defensive play is getting some notice, too.
NIU (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards last Saturday in a 38-17 victory at Central Michigan.
The Huskies held the Chippewas to just three points and 97 net yards in the second half. For the game, Central Michigan managed just 75 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Northern Illinois now hopes to shut down Eastern Michigan (1-6, 0-3) today and running back Bronson Hill, who ran 23 times for a career-high 258 yards and a touchdown last Saturday against Ohio.
RELENTLESS SPARTAN DEFENSE MEETS ILLINI ATTACK: Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has a word to describe Michigan State's defense. He says the Spartans are relentless.
Statistically, there's another way to describe them. They're No. 1.
The Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) have to the top-rated overall defense in the country.
Today in Champaign they'll meet one of the conference's better offensive teams. Illinois (3-3, 0-2) is scoring 35.3 points a game.
The rest of the game, though, will pit one of the conference's more limited offenses against one of its weakest defenses.
REELING WILDCATS SET TO FACE IOWA: Northwestern heads to Iowa this week hoping to keep its season from falling further apart.
The Wildcats, once dark horses for the Big Ten title, have lost three straight ahead of a two-game road trip that starts today against the Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten).
The Wildcats (4-3, 0-3) aren't counting on star running back Venric Mark to play and versatile quarterback Kain Colter is questionable with a sprained ankle. Northwestern has struggled mightily without those two, combining for just 23 points in losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Iowa has lost four of its last five to Northwestern.
HAMLIN WINS POLE AT MARTINSVILLE: Denny Hamlin won the pole position Friday for the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway.
Hamlin led the way as 18 drivers broke Jimmie Johnson's track qualifying record with a speed of 99.595 mph. Johnson, the points leader who set the mark in April, and Kyle Busch tied for second at 99.344 mph, with Johnson getting the second spot Sunday based on the owner points tiebreaker.
Matt Kenseth, a teammate of Hamlin and Busch who trails Johnson by just four points in the championship battle with four races left, will start fourth, meaning the five-time series champion and Hendrick Motorsports star will be surrounded by teammates from Joe Gibbs Racing at the green flag on Sunday.
The pole is the 17th of Hamlin's career and his career-best fifth this season.
VALPO CLASS ENROLLMENT IS TUESDAY: Enrollment for the next session of classes at Valparaiso High School will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the fieldhouse. Classes take place at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $42. The first session will begin Wednesday.
CROWN POINT JR. BULLDOGS SUPER BOWL GAMES TO BE BROADCAST: The Region Sports Network will video stream all Crown Point Jr. Bulldogs Super Bowl games from the Crown Point Sports Complex on crownpointsports.com. Live coverage begins at noon today.
Around the horn
Bill Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 87.