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On CSN: UIC aims to slow down Valparaiso

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On CSN: UIC aims to slow down Valparaiso

Two teams heading in opposite directions match up in the Horizon League on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso travels to Chicago to face UIC at 3 p.m. on CSN.

The Crusaders (19-4, 9-1) are trying to hold on for the Horizon League's regular season title for the second consecutive season as they've been one of the strongest mid-major teams in the country. Junior forward Alec Peters (17.1 ppg) continues to excel as a well-rounded scorer and he's joined on the roster by a number of standouts from the Chicagoland area.

Valparaiso has plenty of players with Chicago roots as the roster includes Keith Carter (Proviso East), Darien Walker (Simeon), Lexus Williams (Marist) and Jubril Adekoya (Andrew).

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UIC (3-18, 1-9) is coming off of its first conference win under new coach Steve McClain as the Flames beat Cleveland State last weekend. Freshman Dikembe Dixson (17.6 ppg) continues to have a very productive inaugural campaign and UIC features a lot of young talent from the Chicagoland area.

Former local standouts on the UIC roster include Tai Odiase (Homewood-Flossmoor), Paris Burns (Curie), Gabe Snider (Whitney Young), Julian Torres (Bolingbrook), Dominique Matthews (St. Rita) and Lance Whitaker (Bartlett).

These two teams played on Jan. 2 with the Crusaders winning 75-47.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: