WILD HAND BLACKHAWKS FIRST LOSS: Matt Cullen scored 90 seconds into the game and again in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday, handing the Blackhawks their first loss in seven games this season.
Cullen's snap shot in the third round slipped between Corey Crawford's legs, and Patrick Sharp then hit the crossbar for Chicago. The Blackhawks and San Jose were the only teams to start 6-0 this year. The Wild improved to 4-1 at home.
Goals by Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews early in the first period prompted the Wild to pull goalie Josh Harding for Niklas Backstrom.
Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Wild, and Backstrom stopped all 28 shots he saw.
BULLS BEAT BUCKS ON THE ROAD: Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter, leading Chicago past Milwaukee.
Jimmy Butler, a second-year pro from Marquette, had 18 points and five rebounds in a return to the arena where he played college basketball.
Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and seven rebounds.
Chicago broke open the game midway through the second quarter, using a 20-4 run to take a 49-30 lead. The run included a long 3-point shot by Robinson, who capped the rally with a driving layup and made the ensuing free throw.
Robinson, who also had a breakaway dunk during the run, shot 7 for 9 from the floor during the quarter to help Chicago take a 55-37 lead at the half.
RODMAN WRITES BOOK FOR CHILDREN: Even Dennis Rodman laughs at the idea.
"Kind of funny, huh?" he said.
It's true, though. One of basketball's most outrageous personalities has written a book for kids.
The Hall of Famer's book, "Dennis The Wild Bull," came out Wednesday and fans will immediately recognize Rodman's influence. The large red bull on the cover has flowing red hair, two nose rings, a tattoo and red stubble under his chin.
"They'll see me, literally see me. They'll say, 'Wow, this is just like him,'" Rodman said in a phone interview.
And he deals with the same issues.
Rodman, known as much for his wacky looks and lifestyle off the court as his considerable success on it, said the purpose of the book is simple.
"More than anything, I just want little kids today just to understand, ain't no matter what you do in life, be different, rich or poor man, guess what, it's OK to be who you are pretty much and you'll be accepted," Rodman said.
Rodman already wrote books about his personal life — the wild nights as a player, relationships with Madonna and Carmen Electra, and everything that allowed him to be famous long after he finished winning five championships with Detroit and Chicago.
IRISH LOSE VALPO'S MARTIN: Guard Scott Martin is out indefinitely due to ongoing issues with his left knee, it was announced prior to Wednesday night's game with Villanova. He had started all 18 games he played this season.
The Valparaiso grad is averaging 7.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. He is shooting 46.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Martin has deposited 31 treys this season after making 30 all of last season. He was 6-for-7 (.857) from three-point range against Seton Hall in the Big East opener.
SOUTH SUBURBAN'S HARRIS HONORED: E.C. Central grad Michael Harris earned Region IV-A Player-of-the-Week honors for the fifth time this season.
In three wins last week, Harris combined for 60 points, 30 rebounds, nine steals and 14 assists.
In the latest NJCAA Division II poll, South Suburban (20-2) is ranked No. 6 in the country.
CRIMSON WAVE EARN HOME WIN: Karina Robinson's 25 points led Calumet College to a 68-56 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday.
Dominique Edwards added 19 points for the Crimson Wave (9-15, 6-11 CCAC), while Jennifer Walton chipped in 13 points.
PURDUE-CAL BLOWS PAST TRINITY INTERNATIONAL: The Purdue University Calumet women's basketball team rolled to its fourth consecutive win, defeating Trinity International 102-48 on Wednesday.
The Peregrines (16-7, 14-4) shot 47.8 percent from the field. Tierra Turner led with 19 points and three steals. Kami Graber added 15 points and five assists.
Around the horn
Valpo Americans Little League sign-ups will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 9 at Valpo Americans Park. Players aged 4 to 18 as of May 1 are eligible. For details, call Rob Zborowski at (219) 531-1114 after 6 p.m., or go to www.valpoamericansbaseball.org.