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CHICAGO | Operating out of eighth place, Alexei Ramirez has been a more competitive leader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | Baseball is full of Sox killers, and Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn is cut from that cloth.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | John Danks is trying to go backward and forward at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
The price for inexperience combined with lack of aggression and fundamental play is a spot on Joel Quenneville’s bench.
CHICAGO | Catchers join their pitchers warming up their arms before the game, but don’t get the publicity or focus.
CHICAGO | In Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s system, youth is served when productive.
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.
CHICAGO | The fumbling, bumbling 99-loss White Sox of 2013 might have lost Wednesday’s game four times over last season.
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.
I like what baseball is doing on comprehensive video replay.
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.
CHICAGO | The American flag whipped above the heads of Pat Bishop and Bill Piekarczyk in a parking lot, signaling the start of new cycles.
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.
CHICAGO | Teuvo Teravainen got all the hype, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was just as curious Sunday about new college signee Matt Carey.
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.
CHICAGO | Talk about the ultimate mixed-emotions victory for the Blackhawks.
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.
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.
So you think you can stand in at the box and hit a John Danks batting-practice fastball?
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.
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.
The gala Soldier Field game Saturday night left behind one important Blackhawks casualty: Marian Hossa.
CHICAGO | The snow swirling around Soldier Field in poetic circles amid 17-degree temperatures Saturday night gave off a classic Currier and Ives veneer.
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.
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.
SKOKIE | This was postseason-quality entertainment in a preview package: big vs. small in a one-on-one duel in the fourth quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | Usually a manager’s job security is shaky, at best, after a 99-defeat season.
CHICAGO | Getting out of their frigid, snow-swarmed home Tuesday night did not provide a climatic upgrade for the Blackhawks.
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.
CHICAGO | Winning a shootout Sunday for the first time since Nov. 29 was nice for both the Blackhawks’ momentum and the extra point.
CHICAGO | Joel Quenneville will not go there.
For an all-inclusive $60, you’ll be able to meet Clark, the new furry Cubs mascot whom all the fuss is about.
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.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks finally got some relief and smiles Sunday night — at their own expense — in a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
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.
CHICAGO | The Hall of Fame got a welcome respite Wednesday from years of controversy over candidates tainted by performance-enhancing drugs.
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