AP Source: Ex Okla. State QB Lunt joining Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt is transferring to Illinois.
The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by Lunt to discuss the decision.
Lunt is from Rochester, Ill. He started five games last fall as a freshman but was sidelined by an injury. He was 81-131 for 1,108 yards and threw for six touchdowns.
The 6-4, 215-pound Lunt decided to leave the Cowboys after the season. Under NCAA transfer rules, Lunt will have to sit out this fall.
The Illini finished last season 2-10 with Nathan Scheelhaase (SHEEL'-hows) and Reilly O'Toole sharing the quarterback job. Scheelhaase will be a senior this fall while O'Toole will be a junior.
Rangers end 6-game skid with 8-7 win over A's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers snapped a 6-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
The Rangers totaled only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors.
Cruz's second homer was a two-run shot off Jesse Chavez (1-1) on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth inning to put Texas up 7-6. It came right after Pierzynski's RBI double.
Pierzynski also homered. Cruz added a double in the seventh to match a season high with four RBIs.
Oakland wiped out an early 3-0 deficit with a six-run fourth off rookie Nick Tepesch.
Neal Cotts (3-1) went 2 1-3 innings in relief. Joe Nathan allowed a run in the ninth before earning his 21st save.
Bruins beat Blackhawks 2-0, lead Cup finals 2-1
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins have beaten the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored in the second period and Tuukka Rask posted his third shutout of the playoffs by turning aside 28 shots Monday night, moving the Bruins within two wins of their second NHL championship in three years.
The Blackhawks suffered a key loss moments before the game when high-scoring forward Marian Hossa was scratched from the lineup after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.
Bryan Bickell nearly scored for Chicago, but his shot hit the right post with 42 seconds left.
Game 4 of the best-of-7 series is Wednesday night in Boston with the series shifting to Chicago on Saturday night.
Texas men's track coach Thornton retires
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas men's track coach Bubba Thornton is retiring after 18 years and 12 conference championships.
According to a statement from the school on Monday, Thornton and athletic director DeLoss Dodds mutually agreed to terminate the coach's contract effective Aug. 31. The Longhorns won this year's Big 12 indoor and outdoor championships and finished sixth at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Thornton's teams produced 26 individual NCAA champions. He also coached the U.S. track team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Texas is reorganizing the men's and women's programs under one coach.
Former women's coach Bev Kearney resigned in January after the revelation of an improper relationship with 1 of her athletes in 2002. In a federal complaint filed in March, Kearney also described years of friction between herself and Thornton.
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