SHARP, HAWKS BEAT CAROLINA IN SHOOTOUT: Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout, and the Blackhawks claimed the 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.
Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored 2:22 apart in the first period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who blew a 2-0 lead in the third before winning in the tiebreaker.
Corey Crawford finished with 32 saves, then stopped three Carolina shooters in the shootout.
After Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews came up empty, Sharp beat Cam Ward with a nifty forehand in the third round.
Crawford then stuffed Jeff Skinner to end it, making the Blackhawks the last of the Original Six to reach the 2,500-win mark.
CARDINALS HOMER TWICE TO BEAT DODGERS: Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson hit the first home runs of the NL championship series, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.
In a series starved for offense, the Cardinals scored as many runs as they did in the first three games combined, when the teams totaled nine runs.
Hitless in his previous 22 at-bats at Dodger Stadium, Holliday sent a two-run shot off Ricky Nolasco an estimated 426 feet into left field, capping a three-run third that gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
RED SOX HOLD OFF TIGERS: John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston's bullpen shut down Detroit's big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.
Mike Napoli homered in the seventh inning off Verlander, and Detroit's attempt at a rally fell short in the eighth when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder both struck out with runners at the corners.
Lackey allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight without a walk in a game that was delayed 17 minutes in the second inning because lights on the stadium towers went out.
Detroit trails the series despite three straight gems by its starters. Game 4 is tonight at Comerica Park.
BULLS' ROSE EXPECTED TO PLAY TONIGHT: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose appears ready to play for the home crowd.
Coach Tom Thibodeau says he expects the former MVP to suit up for today's preseason game against Detroit, his first appearance at the United Center since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2012 playoff opener.
Rose, who played preseason games at Indiana and against Memphis in St. Louis, missed last season with the injury. He sat out Saturday's game against Washington in Rio de Janeiro because of soreness.
Rose said Monday he could have played but management decided against it. He also said he's been thinking about playing at home "a lot, especially at night when I'm in bed."
Center Joakim Noah (groin) is expected to make his preseason debut.
RHINEHART TO BE INDUCTED INTO KALAMAZOO HALL ON FRIDAY: Dirk Rhinehart (Valparaiso) will be inducted into the Kalamazoo College Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday.
Rhinehart is fifth on Kalamazoo's all-time men's basketball career scoring list with 1,396 points. He was second in the nation in free-throw percentage (92.5) in 2001. He set the NCAA Division II record and school record for most consecutive free throws (84) in 2002. He's also the school's record-holder for career 3-pointers (210) and consecutive free throws made (47).
POBEREYKO BROTHERS RETURN FOR THE OILMEN: Matt and Danny Pobereyko (Bishop Noll) became the first brothers to play for the NWI Olimen last season, and they will return to the squad in 2014.
Both were Midwest Collegiate League All-Stars last season. Matt had a 2.25 ERA and had a league-record five saves, while Danny had a 5.02 ERA with 14 strikeouts.
FAUGHT NAMED IUN RISING REDHAWK FOR SEPTEMBER: Petra Faught (Morton) was voted the Indiana University Northwest Rising RedHawk for September. Faught is third on the team in kills (44), second in blocks (47) and has 65 digs.
VALPARAISO 14TH AT PAYNE STEWART MEMORIAL TOURNEY: Michelle Kleckner was 21st with a 232, helping Valparaiso place 14th (959) at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial tourney Tuesday. Oral Roberts won the team title with a 891.
SEVEN LOCALS COMPETE AT IGA HOOSIER JUNIOR: Seven local golfers completed at the Indiana Golf Association's Hoosier Junior Championship last weekend at Otter Creek Golf Club.
Tiffany Curtis (Crown Point) was the top area finisher, placing 20th in the girls division (172); Jennifer Gough (Valparaiso) was 21st (174), and Allie Onest (Lake Central) was 29th (209).
Matthew Specht (Munster) was 25th (155) in the boys division; Mike Lee (Crown Point) was 42nd (159); Jacob Spurgeon (Rensselaer) was 74th (170), and Kevin Cunningham (Crown Point) was 82nd (184).