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ICYMI: Blackhawks extend winning-streak; Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker return to United Center; new Manny Machado rumors

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ICYMI: Blackhawks extend winning-streak; Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker return to United Center; new Manny Machado rumors

The Blackhawks won their seventh-straight game, Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker returned to the United Center with the Wizards and new Manny Machado rumors surfaced. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Blackhawks

Behind a dominant performance from the second line, the Blackhawks extended their winning streak to seven games on Sunday. Now that they're back in the playoff picture, what exactly is the team's ceiling for the 2018-19 season?

Corey Crawford returned to Blackhawks practice on Saturday for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Dec. 16. The team is not putting a timeline on his return, though it is a positive step nonetheless.

Friday, Chris Kamka broke down the numbers from the Blackhawks' winning-streak, while Pat Boyle, Patrick Sharp and Adam Burish discussed the team's chances at making the playoffs on the latest Hawks Talk Podcast.

Former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling is taking a leave of absence from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bulls

The returns of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker to Chicago did not take long. After the Bulls traded the duo to the Wizards on Wednesday ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline, Portis and Parker matched up against their old team on Saturday.

Parker looked like the player many thought he might be with the Bulls on Saturday, while the emotional night ended in success for Portis. Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine discussed life without Portis and Parker and their returns to the United Center on the latest Bulls Outsiders Podcast.

Friday, Portis shined in his Wizards debut, as did the Bulls in Otto Porter's team debut. Lauri Markkanen slapped the sophomore slump across the face, leading the Bulls to a 125-106 win over the Nets.

Check out Mark Schanowski's latest NBA Draft Big Board following the Bulls' acquisition of Porter.

The Bulls said they'll continue evaluating Kris Dunn. If more of the same keeps happening, it's clear they will need an upgrade at the position.

MLB

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, neither Manny Machado or Bryce Harper wants to sign before the other player. Also, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf prefers to "chase the market rather than set it."  

The Yankees reportedly offered Machado a seven or eight-year contract worth $220 million.

MLB is unlikely to add a designated hitter to the National League until at least 2022. Doug Glanville looks ahead to baseball's future with a universal DH.

MLB is reportedly considering the Cubs and Cardinals as two teams for its matchup in London in 2020. 

While the Cubs do not have one of the top farm systems in baseball, they are excited over their next wave of prospects.

Yu Darvish said that he wants to "do something special for Chicago and the Cubs"

Other

As the 2018 NFL season fades away, the Bears' 2019 schedule is still forming based on changes around the NFL.

The Packers hired Dick Butkus' nephew as an assistant coach. Also, the Bears might have helped the Patriots take down the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

ICYMI: Addison Russell speaks to media; White Sox have serious free agency competition; Corey Crawford ready to return

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ICYMI: Addison Russell speaks to media; White Sox have serious free agency competition; Corey Crawford ready to return

Addison Russell spoke to the media for first time since being suspended, the White Sox have serious competition for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado and Corey Crawford said he's ready to return. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Cubs

Addison Russell spoke to the media for the first time since being suspended for domestic abuse. The entire press conference can be replayed in this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast.

Our Cubs beat reporters Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki were in the room for Russell's press conference. They provide their thoughts on Russell's comments on this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast.

What did Joe Maddon think about Russell's press conference?

Cole Hamels said that the current state of MLB's offseason market is "tough to see." New Cubs reliever Brad Brach said "it's definitely a weird process" in regards to the offseason market.

Hamels went through a similar journey as the young Cubs core while coming up with the Phillies. The veteran left-hander said the Cubs can use that knowledge to get back to the promised land.

Albert Almora Jr. knew he'd be asked about Manny Machado, so he showed up to Cubs spring training with a savvy plan.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss what the expect from David Bote and Victor Caratini in 2019.

White Sox

According to multiple reports Sunday, the Padres have offered Manny Machado at least, if not more than, $250 million. The news came a few hours after a report said talks between Bryce Harper and the Phillies are intensifying.

Michael Kopech offered high praise for fellow White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez. Meanwhile, Jimenez's dreams are coming true after he nearly quit baseball when he was 11 years old. 

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Jimenez discussed how he, Micker Adolfo and Luis Basabe talk everyday about winning a World Series.

In other White Sox prospect news, 2019 is an all-important year for Luis Robert.

Carlos Rodon's run-up to the 2019 season has been abnormal, and that's a good thing for him. Meanwhile, Daniel Palka has worked all offseason on his defense, but he still feels like the same stud as before. 

Tim Anderson may be just 25 years old, but he has quickly become one of the team's leaders. Also, the White Sox bullpen could be nasty this season following the additions of Alex Colomé and Kelvin Herrera.

Blackhawks

Friday, Corey Crawford said that he is healthy and ready to play. Crawford has been out since Dec. 16 with a concussion.

Although his numbers don't look great, Cam Ward has been better in net than it may show on any stat sheet. 

Despite their recent successful stretch, Blackhawks are still trying to put together a full 60-minute effort.

Before the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets, Patrick Kane discussed the possibility of playing with Artemi Panarin again.

Other

Is the clock ticking on Mitchell Trubisky?

Lauri Markkanen shined in Friday night's NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

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NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2019) -- NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Wrestling State Championships on Friday, February 15 & Saturday, February 16 from the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, IA.  

Iowa wrestling fans can look forward to EIGHT HOURS of live, action-packed individual championships coverage this weekend beginning with the Class 3A Semifinals on Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 PM CT, followed by Friday night primetime coverage of the Class 1A & 2A Semifinals (7:30-10:00 PM CT), all of which leads up to four-straight live hours of the highly-anticipated Class 1A/2A/3A Finals on Saturday night starting at 6:00 PM CT.  NOTE: Saturday’s coverage will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area.

In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Wrestling State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be made available LIVE to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive.  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the NBCSportsChicago.com live stream.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.  

IMPORTANT: In addition to multiple cable and telco providers throughout the state of Iowa, NBC Sports Chicago is also available throughout the entire state on satellite via DIRECTV (ch. 665, 665-1 for NBC Sports Chicago+) and DISH (ch. 429, and varied DISH channel locations for NBC Sports Chicago+ games).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  Viewers who currently do not receive NBC Sports Chicago as part of their channel offerings are urged to contact their provider and ask that NBC Sports Chicago be added to their service.  For a complete schedule, cable/satellite channel locations, live streaming information, and additional details about NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com/IOWA.       

Calling the action for NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships features Iowa/National Wrestling Hall of Famer Mark Ironside handling play-by-play, along with veteran Iowa sports radio & TV broadcaster Bob Selby providing expert analysis.  Ironside captured two NCAA titles and four Big Ten titles for the University of Iowa, and was also a four-time All-American for the Hawkeyes, who was coached by the legendary Dan Gable during his stellar collegiate run.  In 1998, Ironside won the Dan Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, as the nation’s top collegiate wrestler.  

Among this year’s roster of numerous standout athletes participating in the IHSSA wrestling championships features three juniors going for their third state title: Cullan Schriever of Mason City (3A, 120 lbs.), Adam Allard of West Sioux (1A, 120 lbs.), along with Cael Happel of Lisbon (1A, 132 lbs.).  In addition, three seniors will also be going for their third state title: Aden Reeves of Albia (2A, 126 lbs.; Iowa State recruit), Julien Broderson of Davenport Assumption (2A, 195 lbs.; Iowa State recruit), and John Henrich of Akron-Westfield (1A, 160 lbs.; Nebraska recruit).

PROGRAMMING NOTE:  NBC Sports Chicago will carry and provide live stream coverage of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, featuring eight playoff semifinal match-ups (airing March 6-7), along with live coverage of the Class 1A-4A state title games (airing March 8).  Full details on coverage specifics to be announced soon. 

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