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It was the young, upstart Washington Wizards that were supposed to wilt late in games, when the spotlight shines the brightest. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:14:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Minor-league call-up Leesman chased early in White Sox loss ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run homer in a five-run third against minor-league callup Charlie Leesman, and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the visiting White Sox Tuesday. Justin Verlander kept the Sox — baseball’s highest scoring team with 5.45 runs per game going in — to two runs on eight hits over eight innings. The Sox bullpen held the Tigers to two runs and the offense made a game of it in the ninth inning against left-hander Phil Coke after Paul Konerko drove in a run … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:30:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Olt making case to stay at 3B as Cubs hammer D-Backs ]]> Lead story image

Mike Olt isn’t going to suddenly turn the Cubs into a playoff team. But three weeks into the season, he’s going to get his chance to be their starting third baseman. And whether he can claim a building-block place in their big-picture rebuilding plans may finally be up to the former first-round draft pick acquired from Texas in the Matt Garza trade last July. After Olt hit his fourth home run – a three-run shot in the fifth, into the right-field wind – to help beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he plans to scrap the … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:20:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crawford shuts out Blues as Blackhawks take Game 3 ]]> Lead story image

Corey Crawford made a statement to his teammates and his coach Sunday by calling himself out after allowing goals late in Games 1 and 2, then losing in overtime. He made a bigger one on Monday by bouncing back with a 2-0 shutout of St. Louis in Game 3, making 34 saves and keeping the relentless Blues off the scoreboard in an excruciating third period. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:28:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joakim Noah calls NBA defensive player honor a ‘team award’ ]]> Lead story image

Bulls center Joakim Noah walks to the beat of his own drum, so, of course, he accepted the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in his own unique style Monday. Noah took time to make fun of the statue and its “weird-looking defensive stance,’’ asked if he actually gets to keep the car that comes with the award and dedicated the honor to his mentor, Tyrone Green, who died last week. He was his usual humble self, calling it a team award, first and foremost. “All the work ethic, it all comes from you,’’ Noah said to his … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:41:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Danks strong in 3-1 White Sox win ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT – John Danks pitched out of trouble and worked into the seventh inning, holding the Tigers to one run, and the visiting White Sox broke through against Anibal Sanchez with three runs in the seventh for a 3-1 victory against the Detroit Tigers Monday. After the Sox (10-10) gave Danks (2-0, 2.84 ERA) the lead, Ronald Belisario pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief and Matt Lindstrom gave up a double and a walk in the ninth but pitched out of his own jam for his second save. After getting one hit against Sanchez through the first six innings, … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:23:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chris Sale headed to 15-day DL ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT —Any time Chris Sale spends extended time in the trainer’s room, the White Sox hold their collective breath. The news they got Monday night wasn’t good, but it could have been worse. The Sox, who had said before the game that he would miss his next start, decided to place Sale on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor mass muscle in his left arm after Sale underwent an MRI during Monday’s 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. The MRI showed that the ligament is “excellent,” Hahn said. “We figured we are much better off having him miss a … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:23:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ McKay insists he ‘kept up my end of the bargain’ under Dale Sveum ]]>

Three regular-season weeks into the Cubs’ first managerial change under Theo Epstein, and the only thing that’s changed is some faces in the clubhouse and voices on the field staff. Same inability to score runs, same ninth-inning pitching woes, even the same win-loss record and last-place standing through 17 games. So why was it again that the Cubs changed the manager and most of the coaching staff two years into a rebuilding process in which they said the staff wouldn’t be judged on winning and losing? Dave McKay still doesn’t know and isn’t trying to figure it out. But the … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:54:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears wouldn’t mind drafting a QB that Marc Trestman can groom ]]> Lead story image

Leading up to the NFL draft, which begins May 8, the Sun-Times will take a position-by-position look at the Bears’ needs and which players might be available to fill them. Jay Cutler has his lucrative long-term deal, and Jordan Palmer has the confidence of coach Marc Trestman. But the Bears always have been open to adding a young quarterback. It has been up for consideration for some time and likely will be during the draft in May. “The next step in this — we got Jordan in place — is to bring in one other quarterback, whoever that player is, … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:23:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls fall short when it matters in Game 1 ]]> Lead story image

The Bulls never thought their first-round playoff series was supposed to be about the Washington Wizards. In their minds, they controlled their own destiny the same way they had since it seemed as though the bottom would fall out on the season when Luol Deng was traded. They would dictate the edge and intensity. ‘‘We know what we’re capable of, so we can only worry about the Chicago Bulls,’’ swingman Jimmy Butler said hours before Game 1. Well, they might want to start worrying about the Wizards. Thanks to 24 points from Nene and a 45-39 rebounding edge, the Wizards … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:11:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks back into hole after Seabrook suspension ]]> Lead story image

The Blackhawks famously thrive on adversity in the playoffs — it’s not a coincidence that they played their best hockey of the postseason in in the second half of Game 2 against the Blues on Saturday immediately after they played their absolute worst in the first half. That’s what they do. They Hawks are rarely better than when the hole is just deep enough that it appears they can’t dig themselves out. They responded magnificently last year when they were down 3-1 in games to the Red Wings in the second round. And they were at their methodical, disciplined best … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:50:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox snap 4-game losing streak with 16-2 pounding ]]> Lead story image

ARLINGTON, Texas — There was an ominous feeling surrounding the White Sox on Easter Sunday morning. They had lost four in a row, were hitting a tough part of their schedule head on and injuries were beginning to stack up — the latest to their rambunctious leadoff man Adam Eaton, who’s taking a seat with a minor hamstring strain. Inside the clubhouse, though, players — many laughing through a video of Chris Farley’s best moments on ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ before the game — seemed unfazed. “You just deal with it,’’ said manager Robin Ventura, who has seen Avisail Garcia, Gordon … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:06:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reds teach Cubs lesson in situational hitting ]]> Lead story image

Cubs fans got to see all the things a team needs to do to win Sunday at Wrigley Field. It wasn’t surprising that it came from the Reds. But in a season spiraling downward, it had to have been nice to watch a team play some situational baseball, even if it was a fourth-place team. Heck, grabbing hold of fourth-place even seems too far a climb for these Cubs. In dropping the rubber match of the series 8-2, the Cubs watched the Reds score all but one of their runs with two outs. The Reds hit .400 with runners in … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:02:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks down 2-0 in series after costly OT loss ]]> Lead story image

The post-whistle skirmishes grew larger and more vicious. The hits were harder and more dangerous. The conversations between captains Jonathan Toews and David Backes and referee Brad Meier grew longer and more animated. Gradually, the game was unraveling. Suddenly, the Blackhawks’ season might be, too. ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:36:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Underdog Wizards aren’t intimidated by Bulls ]]> Lead story image

It’s a nice badge to carry into the playoffs: The team no one wants to play. It even has a tinge of intimidation to it, that is, if the Bulls were actually facing a team that was susceptible to intimidation. But they aren’t. The Washington Wizards have little to lose, especially when all they’ve been hearing is they’re destined for elimination by next week. “Why would they pick us?’’ Wizards center Marcin Gortat told the Washington Post on Friday when asked about all the predictions from the so-called experts favoring the Bulls. “First of all, Chicago is an experienced team. … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:09:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox drop fourth in row with 6-3 loss to Rangers ]]> Lead story image

ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 2 starter Jose Quintana gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings, putting the White Sox in a four-run hole, and the Texas Rangers held on for a 6-3 victory Saturday. Dayan Viciedo’s two-run single in the eighth cut the Rangers’ lead to 5-3, but Alexei Ramirez hit into an inning-ending double play, halting his club-record hitting streak to start a season at 17. Kevin Kouzmanoff led off the Rangers’ eighth with a home run against Jake Petricka, sealing the Sox’ fourth consecutive defeat. Jose Abreu came out of a 1-for-25 slump with two … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:50:13 -0500