Cubs at loss for words describing losing ways


Cubs at loss for words describing losing ways

By Jose Romero Contributor

PHOENIX Alfonso Soriano finished his brief comments to reporters after the Cubs lost 5-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, then sat at his locker in the visiting teams clubhouse just staring into space.

So did his Cubs teammate, Starlin Castro, on a black leather recliner a few feet away.

Losing their fourth straight game and being dominated in a three-game sweep by the Diamondbacks stung. And for Soriano, it was tiring.

When were winning, I never feel tired. But when were losing and get swept, mentally you get tired. My body is OK, but losing like were losing now is tough, Soriano said.

I dont like to lose, and the way were losing is not acceptable, he added.

Soriano wasnt calling out the Cubs pitchers. He in fact mentioned that theyre keeping games close. The biggest issue is not being able to get a big hit when one is needed, as was the case at different times in each of the three losses in Arizona.

Hes looking forward to a fresher start Monday when the Cubs are home against the New York Mets. And Soriano pledges to keep fighting.

We cannot give up, because its a long season. Almost three months and one week, he said. We have to keep working hard and bringing it every day to the ballpark.

The clubhouse was silent but for the sound of attendants getting the teams equipment ready to leave the ballpark. It was an indication of a team that no longer has much to say about the mounting losses.

Pitcher Matt Garza said the Cubs continue to show up and play despite having the worst record (24-48) in the majors.

Were not quitters. Were going to keep fighting and keep clawing, because thats all we can do, Garza said Sunday. Im getting ready for the next one. Every five days Ill be ready.

Blackhawks tie franchise record for shots on goal allowed in one period


Blackhawks tie franchise record for shots on goal allowed in one period

Well, things could be going better for the Blackhawks during Sunday's game against the Lightning.

In the second period Sunday, the Blackhawks surrendered 33 shots on goal, tying a franchise record for most in a single period. The previous instance occurred March 4, 1941 against the Boston Bruins, a game that the Blackhawks lost 3-2.

While the Blackhawks tied a franchise record for shots on goal allowed, they actually set an NHL record at the same time. The NHL did not begin recording shots on goal as an "official" statistic until the 1997-98 season.

Consequentially, Sunday's 33 shots on goal allowed in the second period is the "official" record, even though the Blackhawks accomplished the "feat" nearly 80 years ago. Confusing, huh? 

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, they also surrendered three goals and scored zero in addition to the plethora of shots on goal allowed. They recorded just six shots on goal in the second period themselves, trailing 4-1 by the time the third period started.

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots


NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.