Word On The Street: Are the Bears Super Bowl Favorites?

Word On The Street: Are the Bears Super Bowl Favorites?

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Are the Bears Super Bowl favorites?

The Bleacher Report thinks so, and they've got ten reasons to support their prediction. Topping the list is the Chicago Bear's resiliency, attributing their toughness and the fact that they don't back down from a challenge and you can't rattle them. Among the other winning traits, the Bleacher Reporter cites Brian Urlacher, Mike Martz, and Devin Hester. (Bleacher Report)

White Sox are close to signing Ohman

The Chicago White Sox may acquire left-hander Will Ohman. The pitcher has not made a decision just yet, but he is reportedly close to making his choice. The Baltimore Sun reports that the White Sox are the front runners in this race. Despite drawing interest from the Orioles this winter, the O's are not one of the three AL finalists on top of Ohman's list. (MLBTradeRumors.com)

Thibs and Boozer on the rocks?

After being benched for the entire fourth quarter of Chicago's loss to the Nets on Wednesday, Carlos Boozer affirms there is no problem between him and coach Tom Thibodeau.

"It wasn't necessarily Carlos," Thibodeau said. "The second unit went in, they were playing well. They made up the 13 very quickly. I just decided to ride that group because they were playing well." (Yahoo Sports)

Rafael Soriano on the South Side?

The top reliever and one of the top free agents on the open market, Rafael Soriano's hefty price tag may keep him from being signed to the Chicago White Sox. MLB Trade Rumors reports that the White Sox aren't likely to sign the free agent unless his price drops. The south side franchise was reportedly looking at the reliever early in the month but they've since moved on. (MLBTradeRumors.com)

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'


Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."