Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks lose Game 1, fall to Blues in 3 OT ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — His face a bit bloodied, his shoulders a bit stooped, Jonathan Toews sat at his locker stall — he usually stands up, but hundred-minute hockey games take their toll — and tried to process and put in the past the Blackhawks’ 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues in Thursday night’s first-round opener. “Let this one sink in, and maybe we can be ticked off about it for a few moments here,” Toews said. “But then tonight and tomorrow, it’s time to move on and get ready for the next one.” The next one will be … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:33:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sale strong, but bullpen to blame in White Sox loss ]]> Lead story image

Chris Sale did what he could. But once again, the White Sox bullpen couldn’t get it done. David Ross drove in the go-ahead run with a double against Ronald Belisario in the ninth inning, and Jonathan Herrera bunted in another run against Scott Downs as the Boston Red Sox defeated the White Sox 3-1 at U.S. Cellular Field Thursday night. For a good while, Sale and Jon Lester engaged in a hitless duel of lefties. Lester had a perfect game going until Tyler Flowers singled with one out in the sixth, and Sale’s a no-hitter was broken up by Xander … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:14:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ There was a time — and not too long ago — Cubs were destination ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Alfonso Soriano spent much of his time in the Yankees’ clubhouse early Wednesday talking about his losing seasons with the Cubs and the trade to New York last summer that he thinks will give him a shot at reaching another World Series. A few hours later, Masahiro Tanaka spent much of his postgame media time at the other end of the Yankees’ clubhouse trying to sidestep questions about what he thought of the Cubs — whether he’s glad he didn’t take their $120 million to pitch at Wrigley Field and how much better it is to play … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:39:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ NIU’s Jordan Lynch excited about Bears’ workout ]]> Lead story image

It’s either fitting or a statement about the Bears’ passing game the last decade: As a boy, Jordan Lynch cheered for bruising running back Anthony Thomas. “He was fun to watch,” he said. While some in the NFL view Lynch as more “A-Train” than quarterback, the former Mount Carmel High School and Northern Illinois star has his chance Friday to prove he’s more of the latter. The third-place finisher in last season’s Heisman Trophy race will work out for the Bears — at quarterback — as part of their local pro day. “It’s the team you grew up watching,” he … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:03:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls will face Wizards in playoffs, Game 1 on Sunday ]]> Lead story image

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — So it’s the Washington Wizards. Who cares if the Bulls are going into the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs off a 91-86 overtime loss Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats? It’s the playoffs. It’s a No.  4 seed. It’s home-court advantage in the first round and a chance to face off against the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in Round 2. In some ways, it’s actually pretty remarkable. After losing star Derrick Rose on Nov. 22 after just 10 games, then trading Luol Deng in early January, this team was left for dead. Even after losing two of their … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:31:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks are confident to the core ]]> Lead story image

The biggest obstacle on the nine-week journey to hockey’s Stanley Cup is the fickle finger of fate. In no other sport do the fortunes of the best teams at the highest level so often hinge on a clink, a clank or a wayward bounce — to an almost unfair degree. It’s as if the puck is the shape of a football when the playoffs begin. Imagine if almost every baseball playoff game was determined by a bad-hop single. In all its glorious excitement and misery, that’s the Stanley Cup playoffs. “You [talk about] the hockey gods,’’ Patrick Sharp said on … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:08:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs shut out in doubleheader for first time since 1962 ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK – The iconic Cubs made a rare appearance in the Bronx against the storied Yankees, and earned a place in franchise history. They would have rather had a win – a run, even. Instead, they were shut out in both ends of a doubleheader for the first time in 52 years, losing 3-0 in the opener to the guy they spent their off-season pursuing, Masahiro Tanaka, and losing the nightcap 2-0 to Michael Pineda and three relievers. It was the first time the Cubs went scoreless for an entire doubleheader since the Cardinals beat them 4-0 and 8-0 … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Matt Lindstrom makes case for keeping closer job ]]> Lead story image

Matt Lindstrom’s first impression as the White Sox’ closer hasn’t been a good one, and he knows it. He hopes that manager Robin Ventura extends his leash and gives him more time to prove he’s up to handling the role. It appears as though Ventura will. Not to make excuses, but Lindstrom, a setup man for most of his career with save seasons of 15 and 23 with the Florida Marlins and Houston Astros, has battled to get his 34-year-old body right since spring training. He was sidelined by a left oblique strain but has had minor ­lower-body stiffness and … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:33:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks vs. Blues will be speed vs. brawn ]]> Lead story image

There’s really no way of knowing what to expect from this first-round playoff series between the Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks largely cruised through the second half of the season, waiting to flip the switch in the playoffs, and have been without one or both of their biggest stars for a month. The Blues dominated the league all season before falling off a cliff in the final two weeks. They’ve been decimated by injuries but expect just about everyone back for the series, likely at various levels of effectiveness. Momentum, health, home-ice advantage and playoff experience all … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:26:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ramirez scores on error in 9th; White Sox win 2-1 ]]> Lead story image

Alexei Ramirez scored from second base on shortstop Andrew Bogaerts’ throwing error, and the White Sox (8-6) defeated the Red Sox 2-1 for their second walk-off victory in as many games Tuesday night at frigid U.S. Cellular Field. Ramirez, who extended his hitting streak to 14 with a single in the ninth, went to second on a walk by Chris Capuano to Adam Eaton. Bogaerts fielded Marcus Semien’s grounder moving to his left but bounced a throw to Carp, who couldn’t catch it cleanly. Sox rookie right-hander Erik Johnson and Red Sox veteran Jake Peavy left the game in a … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:23:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rain postpones Cubs-Yankees game Tuesday ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK – Coming off their ninth consecutive series loss, dating to last year, maybe the Cubs could use Tuesday’s rainout more than most, especially coming off back-to-back losses against the rival Cardinals over the weekend. So no one was complaining when rain all day Tuesday and a worse forecast for Tuesday night forced the postponement of the opener of the quick two-game series against the New York Yankees before the teams even arrived at Yankee Stadium. Not until Wednesday, at least. That’s when the series will be played in its entirety as a split doubleheader, with game times of … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:05:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls are peaking at right time ]]> Lead story image

JOE COWLEY: The Bulls are well aware that they had no business even contemplating a spot in the Eastern Conference finals a few months ago. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:45:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls take it out on Magic ]]> Lead story image

Disappointment shouldn’t linger at this point in the season. And when your coach is Tom Thibodeau, it’s just about forbidden. After the Bulls fell short Sunday in New York in what center Joakim Noah called “the biggest game of the season,’’ you figured it was going to be a long night for the Magic. Thanks to 22 points from Mike Dunleavy, the Bulls (48-33) beat Orlando 108-95 at the United Center on Monday in the last home game of the regular season. Was there really any doubt there would be a bounce-back? With Thibodeau coaching every game like it’s a … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:24:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks will be in repeat mode if Toews, Kane are at their best ]]> Lead story image

The Blackhawks’ defense of the Stanley Cup got off to a positive start Monday, when the first two skaters for an optional workout stepped on the ice at Johnny’s ­IceHouse West. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. That automatically makes the Hawks stronger than they’ve been in two weeks as they prepare to face the Blues in the first round of the playoffs Thursday in St. Louis. Kane has missed the last 12 games with a sprained knee. Toews missed the last six games with an unidentified upper-body injury after taking a hit from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. While their return … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:25:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson inspires White Sox ]]> Lead story image

White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson knows what Jackie  Robinson meant to African Americans like him. But a look around any baseball clubhouse today reminds him about what Robinson meant to the game. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:43:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Cubs teammates are eager to say hi to Alfonso Soriano ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — A lot of these Cubs in New York for this two-game interleague series with the Yankees have never played in the Bronx, much less the new, sixth-year Yankee Stadium. But almost everywhere they look Tuesday and Wednesday, they will see reminders of what they might have been — and used to be. From the free-agent pitcher they committed an offseason to chasing, without getting him. To the manager the business-side ­execs claimed they could land, without getting him. To the outfielder who remains the highest-paid player on the Cubs’ books this year — the last big-money, star-power … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:23:47 -0500