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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have released tight end Dion Sims. Signed by Chicago in 2017 after spending his first four years with Miami, Sims caught 17 passes for 189 yards over 22 games the past two years.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Rick Byrd won his 800th career game as Belmont rolled past Eastern Illinois 99-58. Byrd joined Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams, West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis as active Division I coaches with 800 career victories.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dan Kinchen scored 19 points and drained a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds on the clock and SIU-Edwardsville broke a four-game losing streak, defeating Tennessee State 85-84 after losing a 17-point lead. Brandon Jackson scored 22 points and Cameron Williams 12 for SIU-Edwardsville. The Cougars led by double digits just seven minutes in and were up by 17 three times in the first half. Tennessee State shot 60 percent in the second half as the Tigers steadily whittled away the lead.

OREM, Utah (AP) - Jake Toolson had 25 points as Utah Valley rolled past Chicago State 103-71. Toolson shot 6 for 9 from deep. Richard Harward had 19 points and 16 rebounds for Utah Valley. Conner Toolson added 13 points. Isaiah White had 11 points for the home team. It was the first time this season Utah Valley scored more than 100 points.

(AP) - It's finally here _ the first of two meetings between Michigan State and Michigan, the in-state rivals that have looked like the class of the Big Ten for much of this season. While Purdue has joined the Spartans and Wolverines in the title race, the two Michigan State-Michigan games could obviously have a big impact on who finishes first. The Wolverines host the Spartans on Sunday.

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