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Duckworth fasting for immigration legislation

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 16:36

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she'd fast today in support of immigration legislation in Washington.

Activists have been fasting the last two months in support of an immigration approved by the U.S. Senate earlier this year, but the House hasn't voted on it and seems unlikely to this year.

Still, Democrats in the suburbs have tried to put the issue front and center. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky similarly fasted for a day last month and was arrested at an immigration rally in October.

White Sox sign RHP Felipe Paulino

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:48

Already deep in pitching - and still short on hitting - the White Sox added another arm Monday during the first day of baseball's winter meetings in Orlando.
The Sox signed right-hander Felipe Paulino to a one-year, $1.75-million contract, which includes a $4 million club option for 2015. Under terms of the agreement, Paulino gets $1.5 million nest season. On the option, the White Sox also hold a $250,000 buyout.
The 30-year-old Paulino was impressive in 2012 before having right elbow surgery. In 7 starts with Kansas City, Paulino was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. On July 3 of '12, he had ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery.

Blagojevich arrest, five years later

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 10:20

Today is the five year anniversary of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich being arrested in dawn hours at his home.

Everyone knows what happened after that, of course. This video - of his speech before the Illinois Senate just before he was voted out of office (I call it Blagojevich's Last Stand) - sums the whole thing up. For me, it was the most memorable part of the whole thing because it sums him up so well: Bombastic, confrontational and ultimately unsuccessful.

Crawford exits with an injury

Posted by TimS on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 19:57

The Blackhawks lost goaltender Corey Crawford in the first period Sunday with an apparent right leg injury.

Crawford went down at 13:45 of the first period kicking away a shot by Florida's Marcel Goc from in the slot. Antti Raanta came on in relief.

Crawford couldn't get up and had to be helped to the dressing room.

Crawford was making his 27th appearence in the Hawks' 32nd game.

Shaw ready to get back at it

Posted by TimS on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 12:59

Andrew Shaw was itching to get back in the Blackhawks' lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury.

Shaw will play Sunday night when the Hawks host Florida at the United Center.

"I'm pretty excited and have tons of energy," Shaw said following Sunday’s morning skate. "I felt great on the ice."

Shaw was hurt late in the Dallas game last Tuesday when he was crunched into the end boards behind the net by defenseman Brenden Dillon.

"It was just aggravating pain throughout my body," Shaw said.

The Hawks had lost three games in a row and could use Shaw's energy.

"I think we need to get out there and create our own energy and just feed off one another," Shaw said. "Go out there and compete and work for each other."

Deng out against Detroit

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 14:05

UPDATE: Luol Deng will not play vs. the Pistons. Taj Gibson is expected to start.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters at shootaround that forward Luol Deng is a game-time decision with a calf injury. The Bulls host Detroit on Saturday at the United Center.

Thibodeau initially did not mention Deng's injury, then Joakim Noah told reporters Deng might not play because of an Achilles injury.

Deng has been rolling lately. In the last five games, he averaging 27.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shooting 53.2 percent from the field.

If Deng can't play, the Bulls would presumably start Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell at the wing spots. Jimmy Butler is still not ready to return from a turf toe injury.

Beach era over before it even started

Posted by TimS on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:58

As it turned out, there wasn't much to the Kyle Beach era with the Blackhawks.

Beach, the 11th pick in the 2008 draft, was traded to the New York Rangers on Friday without ever having played a game in Chicago.

Beach was sent to the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Beach was passed up on the organizational depth chart by other young forwards.

"We had a lot of young kids that got opportunities," Quenneville said. "When I look back over the course of time six years ago, it looked like he was almost on the team. I think organizationally there have been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here, but I guess you've got to earn it. Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing."

Beach era over before it even started

Posted by TimS on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:58

As it turned out, there wasn't much to the Kyle Beach era with the Blackhawks.

Beach, the 11th pick in the 2008 draft, was traded to the New York Rangers on Friday without ever having played a game in Chicago.

Beach was sent to the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Beach was passed up on the organizational depth chart by other young forwards.

"We had a lot of young kids that got opportunities," Quenneville said. "When I look back over the course of time six years ago, it looked like he was almost on the team. I think organizationally there have been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here, but I guess you've got to earn it. Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing."

Kane named NHL's first star of November

Posted by TimS on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 16:43

Patrick Kane was rewarded Tuesday for his big November by being named the NHL's first star of the month.

Kane ranked second among skaters with 9 goals, including 4 game-winners, and 19 points, helping the Blackhawks win 12 of 15 games. Kane had at least 1 point in 13 of 15 games, including six multi-point efforts, and posted a career-long, 12-game points streak from Nov. 3-27.

Kane was a big factor in the 6-1 circus road trip.

"It's a pretty cool honor," he said. "It probably speaks more for what the team has been doing lately and sometimes when your team is playing well you're going to have some personal achievements along the way. I know some other guys had great months so hats off to them, too.

How do Bulls compare to other bad-luck NBA squads?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 13:24

The Bulls have lost former MVP Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury. It's tough to take, but plenty of other NBA teams have endured some rotten luck. Some bounced back, other didn't. Here's a list of bad luck NBA teams of the past 30 years:

1984 Portland Trail Blazers
Bad luck: Chose injury-prone Sam Bowie instead of Michael Jordan in ’84 draft.
Outcome: Reached Finals in ’90 and ’92, but no titles.

1984-85 New York Knicks
Bad luck: After averaging 32.9 points, Bernard King played in just 6 games over the next two seasons because of knee injuries.
Outcome: Won the first draft lottery and selected Patrick Ewing.

1984-85 Indiana Pacers