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CHICAGO | Where have you been, Andy Wilkins?
CHICAGO | White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson has a potential embarrassment of riches on hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | The rest of June will be hauntingly quiet around the United Center.
CHICAGO | Allay that sports-history page-turning to end the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship reign.
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.
CHICAGO | Even a stingy goalie like the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford can have his letdowns.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks are not looking past anyone as the puck drops for the Western Conference finals today.
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.
CHICAGO | Bryan Bickell’s $16 million contract is as good as gold in the postseason.
CHICAGO | A job isn’t really worth it unless its occupant can enjoy it.
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.
CHICAGO | Is this becoming a playoff staple?
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.
CHICAGO | It may be same ol’, same ol’ in a Detroit Tigers-White Sox game, but maybe the worm is turning a bit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks don’t especially like game sevens.
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.
CHICAGO |When all else fails, let Patrick Kane win it for you.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | This was the ultimate redemption game for Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.
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.
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.
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.
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