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Bulls will face Wizards in playoffs, Game 1 on Sunday

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 …


Blackhawks are confident to the core


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 — …

Cubs shut out in doubleheader for first time since 1962


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 …

Matt Lindstrom makes case for keeping closer job


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 …

Blackhawks vs. Blues will be speed vs. brawn


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 …

Ramirez scores on error in 9th; White Sox win 2-1


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 …

Rain postpones Cubs-Yankees game Tuesday


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 …

Bulls are peaking at right time


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.

Bulls take it out on Magic


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 …

Blackhawks will be in repeat mode if Toews, Kane are at their best


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 …

Jackie Robinson inspires White Sox


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.

Former Cubs teammates are eager to say hi to Alfonso Soriano


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 …

‘The Mechanic’ all tuned up


AUGUSTA, Ga. — He likes a good cigar as much as he does a fine bottle of wine, though his days of actually smoking on the course are over. In a tournament where a lot of players look the same, Miguel Angel Jimenez can’t be …

Saturday’s result: Predators 7, Blackhawks 5


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brandon Bollig played in his 82nd game of the season Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, a remarkable achievement for a guy who had played just 43 games over the previous two seasons, and had been pigeonholed as a one-dimensional fighter. He has …

Saturday’s result: Indians 12, Sox 6


The White Sox have shown they can hit. But that offense can’t always overcome bad starting pitching and an unreliable bullpen. Saturday proved that. Felipe Paulino had his second straight tough outing, allowing six runs and six hits and three walks along with three homers …

Saturday’s result: Cards 10, Cubs 4


ST. LOUIS – No closer controversy in this game. Not the way the rival Cardinals knocked around Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva early in a 10-4 rout of the Cubs Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Villanueva lasted five batters into the fourth, without recording an out …