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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
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 Related

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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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Bunt, balk, wild pitches freeze Twins as Sox triumph

Bunt, balk, wild pitches freeze Twins as Sox triumph

CHICAGO | The fumbling, bumbling 99-loss White Sox of 2013 might have lost Wednesday’s game four times over last season.

April 02, 2014 6:54 pm Photos

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HAWKS NOTES: Hawks’ brass leads honors for writer Sassone

HAWKS NOTES: Hawks’ brass leads honors for writer Sassone

The Chicago hockey and sports-journalism communities turned out in big numbers to honor the late Tim Sassone, a Blackhawks beat writer rated one of the best hockey journalists in the country.

April 01, 2014 5:34 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Too bad baseball's move to replay was anything but instant

I like what baseball is doing on comprehensive video replay.

April 01, 2014 4:46 pm
De Aza homers twice for 5-3 Sox win in season debut

De Aza homers twice for 5-3 Sox win in season debut

CHICAGO |Well-touted White Sox newbies Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu did everything humanly possible to steal the show in 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the season opener Monday.

March 31, 2014 6:54 pm Photos

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Cycle turns to spring with fresh Sox faces, attitude

Cycle turns to spring with fresh Sox faces, attitude

CHICAGO | The American flag whipped above the heads of Pat Bishop and Bill Piekarczyk in a parking lot, signaling the start of new cycles.

March 31, 2014 6:48 pm Photos

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Sale surprised that Konerko chose to sit out Opening Day

Sale surprised that Konerko chose to sit out Opening Day

CHICAGO | Almost everyone in the White Sox family expected Paul Konerko to kick off his farewell tour today with a start amid the Opening Day pageantry at U.S. Cellular Field.

March 30, 2014 6:45 pm

Quenneville's interest quickly turns to new forward Carey

CHICAGO | Teuvo Teravainen got all the hype, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was just as curious Sunday about new college signee Matt Carey.

March 25, 2014 6:06 pm
Predators take another painful bite in blanking Hawks

Predators take another painful bite in blanking Hawks

CHICAGO | By necessity, the Teuvo Hype had to be put aside for a few hours Sunday night with the Blackhawks charged with keeping pace in the Central Division race.

March 23, 2014 9:00 pm
Kane out for three weeks following leg injury

Kane out for three weeks following leg injury

CHICAGO | Talk about the ultimate mixed-emotions victory for the Blackhawks.

March 19, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Could Hawks look to end regular season with flashy Finnish?

Could Hawks look to end regular season with flashy Finnish?

CHICAGO | Blackhawks brass likely spent an off-day Monday, in which no practice was held, debating whether to add top prospect Teuvo Teravainen to the roster for the stretch run.

March 17, 2014 6:47 pm
Hossa returns with fury in badly-needed Hawks win

Hossa returns with fury in badly-needed Hawks win

CHICAGO | The return of Marian Hossa helped the Blackhawks on Sunday night — as coach Joel Quenneville put his waffling champions under a microscope to demand better effort and concentration.

March 16, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Portage native helps concoct ‘catcher-cam’ in Sox TV segment

Portage native helps concoct ‘catcher-cam’ in Sox TV segment

So you think you can stand in at the box and hit a John Danks batting-practice fastball?

March 13, 2014 6:42 pm
BLACKHAWKS NOTES: Kane's skills hard to pass up, Handzus says

BLACKHAWKS NOTES: Kane's skills hard to pass up, Handzus says

The skill-set has been in plain sight for awhile. Patrick Kane’s such a great stickhandler with the hockey equivalent of point-guard moves that a classic playmaking center might not be the best fit on his line.

March 11, 2014 6:47 pm Photos

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Hawks turn to chemistry, experience instead of flashy deals

Hawks turn to chemistry, experience instead of flashy deals

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks are going with chemistry, camaraderie and core talent rather than a big splash in the trade market as their down-the-stretch strategy.

March 06, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Hossa out up to three weeks after Soldier Field hit

Hossa out up to three weeks after Soldier Field hit

The gala Soldier Field game Saturday night left behind one important Blackhawks casualty: Marian Hossa.

March 03, 2014 4:54 pm
Snow good – Hawks slicker than storm in icing Penguins

Snow good – Hawks slicker than storm in icing Penguins

CHICAGO | The snow swirling around Soldier Field in poetic circles amid 17-degree temperatures Saturday night gave off a classic Currier and Ives veneer.

March 01, 2014 10:00 pm Related
Hawks, Penguins give Soldier Field ice rave reviews

Hawks, Penguins give Soldier Field ice rave reviews

CHICAGO | To Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins players, the ice on the Soldier Field outdoor rink felt as good as Friday night it appeared, almost glistening to a white sheen under the stadium arc lights.

February 28, 2014 9:03 pm Photos

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BLACKHAWKS: Coach Q will ease Olympians back into routine

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks will have enough energy-draining tasks ahead, starting with Saturday's outdoor game against the Penguins at Soldier Field, and leading into a busy stretch run through the playoffs.

February 24, 2014 6:15 pm
Ulis' career-high 42 points leads Marian to win

Ulis' career-high 42 points leads Marian to win

 SKOKIE | This was postseason-quality entertainment in a preview package: big vs. small in a one-on-one duel in the fourth quarter.

February 22, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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NHL arrives to ready Soldier Field for Penguins-Blackhawks game

NHL arrives to ready Soldier Field for Penguins-Blackhawks game

CHICAGO | Outdoor rinks have come lights years in the more than half-century since Tony Esposito stopped pucks in sub-zero weather in his native Sault Sainte Marie, Ont.

February 18, 2014 6:23 pm Photos

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White Sox imports have chance to establish themselves in Glendale

White Sox imports have chance to establish themselves in Glendale

White Sox players old and new like the partial lineup makeover general manager Rick Hahn has crafted for its first on-field display in spring training starting Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

February 13, 2014 5:05 pm

Prospects’ tryouts, mind games with Castro Cubs’ camp focus

The Cubs won’t conduct a classic spring training, beginning today when pitchers and catchers report to spanking-new 15,000-seat Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz.

February 12, 2014 7:45 pm
Hockey intangibles top the list of Blackhawks amateur scouts

Hockey intangibles top the list of Blackhawks amateur scouts

Mark Kelley and his Blackhawks scouts who scour amateur hockey talent across North America may be the most unsung talent judges in all of Chicago pro sports.

February 03, 2014 9:26 pm Photos

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Disasterous season off the books as Sox grant Ventura contract extension

Disasterous season off the books as Sox grant Ventura contract extension

CHICAGO | Usually a manager’s job security is shaky, at best, after a 99-defeat season.

January 24, 2014 7:00 pm
West trip provides final in-person scouting of playoff foes

West trip provides final in-person scouting of playoff foes

CHICAGO | Getting out of their frigid, snow-swarmed home Tuesday night did not provide a climatic upgrade for the Blackhawks.

January 21, 2014 6:00 pm
BLACKHAWKS: Coach Toews? Quenneville says it's possible

BLACKHAWKS: Coach Toews? Quenneville says it's possible

CHICAGO | While discussing Jonathan Toews being named an alternate captain with Shea Weber on Team Canada, Joel Quenneville was asked about the Hawks’ captain’s seeming ultimate destiny in about 15 years: NHL head coach.

January 20, 2014 6:30 pm
Hawks sure they have their game back after besting Bruins

Hawks sure they have their game back after besting Bruins

CHICAGO | Winning a shootout Sunday for the first time since Nov. 29 was nice for both the Blackhawks’ momentum and the extra point.

January 19, 2014 4:30 pm
Hawks getting a wake-up call from Bruins

Hawks getting a wake-up call from Bruins

CHICAGO | Joel Quenneville will not go there.

January 18, 2014 4:45 pm
Cubs’ hot-stove lineup: New mascot and manager, beef sessions

Cubs’ hot-stove lineup: New mascot and manager, beef sessions

For an all-inclusive $60, you’ll be able to meet Clark, the new furry Cubs mascot whom all the fuss is about.

January 16, 2014 6:07 pm
BLACKHAWKS: Top award is all in the details for Hawks’ voice Wiedeman

BLACKHAWKS: Top award is all in the details for Hawks’ voice Wiedeman

CHICAGO | Like he was on the Academy Awards’ stage, John Wiedeman praised every one of his broadcast co-workers and the Blackhawks organization in his receipt of the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year Award late last week.

January 13, 2014 9:00 pm
Fluke ‘shortie’ goal does not derail Blackhawks

Fluke ‘shortie’ goal does not derail Blackhawks

CHICAGO | The Blackhawks finally got some relief and smiles Sunday night — at their own expense — in a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

January 12, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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‘Hands up’ has a different meaning for Mulder in startling comeback try

‘Hands up’ has a different meaning for Mulder in startling comeback try

While baseball is typically a game of inches, Mark Mulder has discovered it’s more like two feet, or the distance between his mid-section and his face.

January 12, 2014 6:30 pm
Thomas, Maddux make a ‘clean’ break for HOF vote

Thomas, Maddux make a ‘clean’ break for HOF vote

CHICAGO | The Hall of Fame got a welcome respite Wednesday from years of controversy over candidates tainted by performance-enhancing drugs.

January 08, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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