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

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. Both teams face a short turnaround with Game 2 tomorrow afternoon.

CHICAGO (AP) - Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings to lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox last night. Lester allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter last night for his seventh career shutout as St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals' 8-0 victory. Wainwright allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to right in the ninth. He struck out eight and walked three.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox gave slumping slugger Jose Abreu a day off. Abreu is in a 1-for-25 rut. Manager Robin Ventura says the first baseman has "a lot going on" and that it's "the right time" to give him a break before the White Sox go on the road to Texas.

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