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Pacers hope moves will help them catch Bulls

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Pacers hope moves will help them catch Bulls

Steve Wojcik
CSNChicago.comWhile the Bulls seem to be subtracting pieces from a team that has won back-to-back Central division crowns, the club that has finished right behind them for two consecutive seasons is doing their best to close the gap.According to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells, sources confirmed the Pacers have agreed to send last year's starting point guard Darren Collison and defensive-stopper Dahntay Jones to Dallas in exchange for backup center Ian Mahinmi. Collison started 56 of his 60 games played last season, but went down with an injury late in the year. With Collison out, George Hill took over the starting role and never relinquished it. Hill is expected to sign a 40 million contract this week to remain the team's starting point guard for the near future. As for Mahinmi, Indiana hopes that he can provide some solid minutes off the bench, backing up All-Star center Roy Hibbert, who is also expected to receive a big payday sometime this week.And the Pacers aren't finished there. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Indiana is interested in acquiring Charlotte Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin to back up Hill. The Pacers have also reportedly shown interest in signing unrestricted free agent Gerald Green to provide some scoring punch off the bench.The question is, will any of these moves be enough for the Pacers to overtake the Bulls in the Central Division? With Derrick Rose likely to miss a good portion of the upcoming season, Luol Deng's questionable health status and the potential subtractions from the 'Bench Mob,' if the Pacers are going to strike, the time is now.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.


DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES

(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.

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