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Word on the Street: Walker to return to Sox?

Word on the Street: Walker to return to Sox?

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
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Walker to return to Sox?

Greg Walker, the hitting coach for the White Sox since 2003, is strongly leaning toward returning to the club for the 2011 season. His contract expires after the '11 season and with players like Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski in doubt about their return, Walker may have been on the outs as well.

Things still aren't for sure, but Walker sounds pretty sure.

"There is still a lot of winter left, but I always anticipate I'm coming back," he said Friday. "Right now, I anticipate coming back." (MLB.com)

Harry Caray statue damaged

The big Harry Caray statue that sits outside Wrigley Field was damaged during the week of Oct. 25 when a vehicle involved in the construction going on at the ballpark accidentally nicked the statue and created a long Y-shaped crack. (CSNChicago.com)

Bears look to be on track to stay in Bourbonnais

When the Bears broke camp from Olivet Nazarane University in Bourbonnais in August, the only thing was certain was that they would be back in 2011. Now, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the team may be close to signing a two-year deal that would pit the team at ONU through the 2013 season. (Chicago Tribune)

Six Hawks on ballot for All-Star game

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks have an NHL-high six players on the All-Star ballots that were released Friday. Jonathan Toews leads the way, with teammates Brian Campbell, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith joining the fun. Voting starts Nov. 15. (NHL.com)

Harvin looks in line to play Sunday

Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin practiced Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. The speedy, play-making receiver and return man previously missed Wednesday's and Thursday's practices with migraines, something he struggled with in preseason and training camp. Sidney Rice, another dynamic Minnesota receiver, may also suit up, but an announcement has not been officially made on his status for Sunday. (Yahoo! Sports)
Sox prospect tearing up Arizona Fall League

White Sox prospect Eduardo Escobar currently leads the Arizona Fall League with 55 total bases and is tied for the league lead with 31 hits and four triples. The 21-year-old shortstop has six games on the schedule, but hit .348 in the first 22 games of the season. (Chicago Tribune)

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball

Highlights

Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. One big reunion.

The Blackhawks will square off with the Blue Jackets for the first time since Oct. 7, which was the second game of the season. In that game, they won 5-1 led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, each of whom scored a goal and added an assist.

Of course, that was the first game since the offseason trade that sent Artemi Panarin to Columbus and Saad back to Chicago, along with Anton Forsberg. Artem Anisimov, of course, was part of the original deal that sent Saad to Columbus in 2015, so there are a lot of emotional ties between the two teams.

Forsberg didn't get a chance to face the Blue Jackets in the first meeting, but there's a chance he will this time with it being the second of a back-to-back and Jean-Francois Berube getting the start in Friday's 3-1 win over San Jose.

2. Panarin and Kane bromance.

The emotions of a difficult break-up have probably died down by now, but Panarin and Kane gave us this moment at center ice during pregame warmups in their first game against each other and it hit Chicago right in the feels:

Panarin has spent enough time apart from Kane for people to realize how big of a star he is in his own right, leading the Blue Jackets in all three scoring categories: goals (17), assists (32) and points (49).

He hasn't gone more than three games this season without recording a point, and is looking to extend his point streak to four games, which would tie a season high.

3. Struggling Blue Jackets special teams.

The Blue Jackets got off to a great start but are barely clinging onto a wild card spot going into Saturday's game, and a big reason for that slide is their lack of success on special teams. Usually one can pick up the slack for the other, but they've been brutal in both departments.

The Blue Jackets are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past five games and are ranked 31st overall, converting on only 14.1 percent of their opportunities. They also have own the 27th-ranked penalty kill with a 76.3 percent success rate.

So if there's an area the Blackhawks can exploit, it's that. But, you know, still be mindful of that Russian winger's one-timer from the faceoff circle.