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Pressure off as Wilkins rises through White Sox system

Pressure off as Wilkins rises through White Sox system

CHICAGO | Where have you been, Andy Wilkins?

September 10, 2014 8:30 pm
Sox’s Steverson in different modes of teaching with Abreu, Garcia

Sox’s Steverson in different modes of teaching with Abreu, Garcia

CHICAGO | White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson has a potential embarrassment of riches on hand.

September 03, 2014 5:30 pm

CASTLE COLUMN: Chalk it off to the passing of a baseball era – but can JRW kids revive it?

CHICAGO | Somewhere on the sprawling South Side of this former Second City, the Jackie Robinson West Little League national champs must’ve had several secret workout venues.

September 03, 2014 5:30 pm

Departing Dunn earns praise as slugger Wilkins takes his place

CHICAGO | The praise for Adam Dunn far outranked the regrets for his failures Sunday as perhaps the biggest free-agent bust in White Sox history was traded to the Oakland Athletics for minor-league pitcher Nolan Sanburn.

August 31, 2014 4:00 pm

CASTLE COLUMN: Sox miss out on not bringing some of the kids close to home

CHICAGO | With a crying need to build a regional fan base, the White Sox are missing out on not bringing some of their kids closer to home and planting their flag at a nearby minor-league outpost.

August 27, 2014 5:30 pm
Bowman vows to keep Hawks’ traditional style even through needed tweaks

Bowman vows to keep Hawks’ traditional style even through needed tweaks

CHICAGO | Like any other team cherishing its talented core, the Blackhawks still will regularly make tweaks and freshen up a roster as part of the endless sports cycle.

June 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Kings end Blackhawks' defense of Stanley Cup

Kings end Blackhawks' defense of Stanley Cup

CHICAGO | The rest of June will be hauntingly quiet around the United Center.

June 01, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Handzus keeps Hawks alive for Game 6

Handzus keeps Hawks alive for Game 6

CHICAGO | Allay that sports-history page-turning to end the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship reign.

May 28, 2014 11:48 pm Photos

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Hawks have seen the enemy, and there's a good chance it’s themselves

Hawks have seen the enemy, and there's a good chance it’s themselves

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks’ toughest opponent might not be dressed in Los Angeles Kings’ black, but likely is found in red-sweatered images in the mirror.

May 27, 2014 5:29 pm
Kings shock Hawks, Crawford with late 5-goal barrage

Kings shock Hawks, Crawford with late 5-goal barrage

CHICAGO | Even a stingy goalie like the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford can have his letdowns.

May 21, 2014 11:00 pm Related
Shaw provides hope of return for Game 2 vs. Kings

Shaw provides hope of return for Game 2 vs. Kings

CHICAGO | The sight was comforting for the Blackhawks on Tuesday: long-absent winger Andrew Shaw engaging in the full team practice without any apparent difficulty.

May 20, 2014 6:00 pm
Crawford again bars the door as Hawks defeat Kings

Crawford again bars the door as Hawks defeat Kings

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks’ 2014 home playoff script is becoming frustrating for opponents, the latest being the Los Angeles Kings in the 3-1 victory Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

May 18, 2014 7:20 pm Photos

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Rested Hawks wary of Kings’ goalie, top line as conference finals start

Rested Hawks wary of Kings’ goalie, top line as conference finals start

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks are not looking past anyone as the puck drops for the Western Conference finals today.

May 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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WHITE SOX: Purdue QB days prepared Carroll for pitching career

CHICAGO | White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll picked the right sport in the end, despite a whole bunch of injury detours that pushed his big-league debut back until last Sunday at age 29.

May 04, 2014 8:30 pm
Bickell provides big payday for Hawks to go up 2-0 on Wild

Bickell provides big payday for Hawks to go up 2-0 on Wild

CHICAGO | Bryan Bickell’s $16 million contract is as good as gold in the postseason.

May 04, 2014 6:45 pm

Playing center both fun, hard work for Hawks’ Smith

CHICAGO | A job isn’t really worth it unless its occupant can enjoy it.

May 03, 2014 7:35 pm

3rd straight dip in 2nd may not turn out as well for Hawks

CHICAGO | The third straight time is not likely to be a charm today for the Blackhawks if it happens in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Wild.

May 03, 2014 7:20 pm
Blackhawks pull away for victory

Blackhawks pull away for victory

CHICAGO | Is this becoming a playoff staple?

May 02, 2014 11:45 pm Photos

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Quenneville, Hawks give Wild plenty of respect

Quenneville, Hawks give Wild plenty of respect

CHICAGO | Waking up to the news Thursday the Blackhawks had drawn the Minnesota Wild as their Western Conference semifinals opponent, many pundits and Las Vegas oddsmakers set the defending Stanley Cup champs as prohibitive favorites.

May 01, 2014 7:00 pm
Tigers win again, but like what they see in Sox

Tigers win again, but like what they see in Sox

CHICAGO | It may be same ol’, same ol’ in a Detroit Tigers-White Sox game, but maybe the worm is turning a bit.

April 30, 2014 6:00 pm

Alomar, Martinez can talk (in Spanish) a good game as prime managerial prospects

CHICAGO | The same patience that Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Davey Martinez might have displayed at the plate near the end of the 20th century is the identical emotion they need when coveted managerial jobs are available.

April 30, 2014 5:30 pm
Flowers in more robust bloom as Tigers edge Sox

Flowers in more robust bloom as Tigers edge Sox

CHICAGO | There was a time last year when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers would never quibble about a line of just three extra-base blows out of 28 hits in 80 plate appearances.

April 29, 2014 10:50 pm
Honored Abreu preps for grind, Sale preps for return to White Sox

Honored Abreu preps for grind, Sale preps for return to White Sox

CHICAGO | Two players crucial to White Sox success this season looked at how they’ll best contribute the rest of the way from different angles Monday.

April 28, 2014 9:00 pm

Blackhawks pack up Blues and onto Round 2

CHICAGO | Gifted with a man advantage for six minutes in the second period Sunday and desperate to survive, the St. Louis Blues pounded, pounded and pounded the Blackhawks again.

April 27, 2014 6:30 pm
WHITE SOX: Ventura says Abreu’s style good influence on Viciedo

WHITE SOX: Ventura says Abreu’s style good influence on Viciedo

CHICAGO | The presence of Cubans Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez was a major factor in slugging sensation Jose Abreu’s decision to sign with the White Sox.

April 27, 2014 5:30 pm
Seabrook back as Hawks aim to play final note on Blues

Seabrook back as Hawks aim to play final note on Blues

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks don’t especially like game sevens.

April 26, 2014 5:45 pm
Abreu slams through the record books for Sox win

Abreu slams through the record books for Sox win

CHICAGO | Albert Pujols gave some sage advice to Jose Abreu in spring training about handling the power numbers in his first month in the majors.

April 25, 2014 11:50 pm
Kane strikes again, just in time, in OT

Kane strikes again, just in time, in OT

CHICAGO |When all else fails, let Patrick Kane win it for you.

April 23, 2014 11:59 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Winning atmosphere can sate the baseball soul

CHICAGO | Sometime in the early 2000s, I told colorful Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione he should tell his fans to knock off the whining and neurotic bleatings about being cursed, and ask them if they’d like to trade places with Cubs fans.

April 23, 2014 5:30 pm

Hawks need to rise up to match Blues’ aggressiveness

CHICAGO | Even though they won Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues 2-0 behind Corey Crawford’s stouthearted performance in goal, the Blackhawks realize they need to amp up their efforts tonight in an attempt to tie their Western Conference quarterfinals series.

April 22, 2014 6:30 pm
Kane, Toews on same line as Hawks get more forward-thinking

Kane, Toews on same line as Hawks get more forward-thinking

CHICAGO | This was the ultimate redemption game for Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

April 21, 2014 11:15 pm
WHITE SOX: Reinsdorf says Robinson’s race not a big deal in 1947 Brooklyn

WHITE SOX: Reinsdorf says Robinson’s race not a big deal in 1947 Brooklyn

CHICAGO | There was probably no color-blind corner of the United States in 1947, the year Jackie Robinson became baseball’s first African-American player in modern times.

April 20, 2014 9:00 pm
Blackhawks defenseman Seabrook suspended three games

Blackhawks defenseman Seabrook suspended three games

CHICAGO | Trailing the Western Conference quarterfinals series 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues, the Blackhawks learned Sunday they'll play three games without the skills of No. 2 defenseman Brent Seabrook.

April 20, 2014 4:45 pm
Ramirez finds success at No. 8 in more balanced Sox lineup

Ramirez finds success at No. 8 in more balanced Sox lineup

CHICAGO | Operating out of eighth place, Alexei Ramirez has been a more competitive leader.

April 17, 2014 12:45 am
More 9th-inning bullpen woes sink Sox

More 9th-inning bullpen woes sink Sox

CHICAGO | Even a one-hit Chris Sale performance over seven innings or an Adam Eaton vertical-leap catch at the center-field wall aren’t enough these days to lock up a win when the White Sox bullpen enters the picture.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Defense-first is Hawks formula for stopping reeling Blues

Defense-first is Hawks formula for stopping reeling Blues

CHICAGO | All the talk about the St. Louis Blues’ physicality, or chippiness toward the Blackhawks, or St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller regaining his mojo or the Blues’ overall late-season collapse means nothing if the Hawks don’t play up to coach Joel Quenneville’s defensive standard.

April 16, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Peavy decent in return before Sox win it in 9th

Peavy decent in return before Sox win it in 9th

CHICAGO | Jake Peavy’s return to U.S. Cellular Field to pitch to a draw against White Sox rookie Erik Johnson on Tuesday didn’t exactly get the turnstiles clicking.

April 15, 2014 11:45 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: WGN ‘Wrigley 100’ tribute also a station farewell?

CHICAGO | If you care a whit for baseball history and its images, you’ll have appointment viewing at 7 p.m. Sunday on WGN (Ch. 9) and pass up ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and all those hour-long dramas on the networks.

April 15, 2014 6:00 pm
Kane, Toews back to bolster Hawks in playoffs

Kane, Toews back to bolster Hawks in playoffs

CHICAGO | Good thing Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are well-rested and as healthy as possible after grueling regular seasons that ended a few weeks early for them due to injuries and enforced rest by Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

April 14, 2014 7:18 pm Photos

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WHITE SOX NOTEBOOK: Indians' Raburn first among equals as Sox killer

WHITE SOX NOTEBOOK: Indians' Raburn first among equals as Sox killer

CHICAGO | Baseball is full of Sox killers, and Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn is cut from that cloth.

April 13, 2014 9:00 pm

Sox fight rain, bullpen to win on Ramirez homer

CHICAGO | In 2013, the White Sox would have added gloomy result to gloomy environs after Matt Lindstrom blew a save in the ninth inning Sunday.

April 13, 2014 7:45 pm
Sox offense gives Sale third win in shortened outing

Sox offense gives Sale third win in shortened outing

CHICAGO | Chris Sale’s style is to go as long and as hard as possible, and not conserve his maximum velocity for a late-game situation like Detroit Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander commonly does.

April 11, 2014 11:10 pm Photos

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Abreu, Ramirez power Danks to first win

Abreu, Ramirez power Danks to first win

CHICAGO | John Danks is trying to go backward and forward at the same time.

April 10, 2014 10:10 pm
Kane’s recovery brightens Hawks outlook before comeback win

Kane’s recovery brightens Hawks outlook before comeback win

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks’ best news Wednesday did not come in their regular-season home finale, probably their most stunning comeback of the season in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

April 09, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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GEORGE CASTLE: PEDs, voting process will dog baseball HOF for years

Balancing out – and sometimes canceling out – goods news like former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas and Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux going into the Hall of Fame this summer are even more controversies that cloud sports’ most hallowed place of honor.

April 08, 2014 4:46 pm
No mind games as Hawks try to keep it simple in playoff prep

No mind games as Hawks try to keep it simple in playoff prep

CHICAGO | Psychologist/Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t overload his players with too much food for thought to change their games with the playoffs looming in a week.

April 08, 2014 4:45 pm
BLACKHAWKS NOTES: Teravainen lashed to bench as Quenneville chases points

BLACKHAWKS NOTES: Teravainen lashed to bench as Quenneville chases points

The price for inexperience combined with lack of aggression and fundamental play is a spot on Joel Quenneville’s bench.

April 07, 2014 7:55 pm
WHITE SOX: Flowers careful to do enough pre-game throwing warm-ups

WHITE SOX: Flowers careful to do enough pre-game throwing warm-ups

CHICAGO | Catchers join their pitchers warming up their arms before the game, but don’t get the publicity or focus.

April 06, 2014 5:30 pm
Blackhawks top division-leading Blues

Blackhawks top division-leading Blues

CHICAGO | In Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s system, youth is served when productive.

April 06, 2014 4:45 pm Photos

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Sox relievers can't hold on against Twins

Sox relievers can't hold on against Twins

CHICAGO | After just three games, White Sox manager Robin Ventura figured he has too small of a sample to worry about an entire bullpen that has given up nine runs in 10 1/3 innings so far.

April 03, 2014 6:22 pm Photos

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