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"The Shrug Game" airs tonight on CSN

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"The Shrug Game" airs tonight on CSN

Five things to watch for in Comcast SportsNet Chicago's Wednesday night "Bulls Classics" broadcast of the Bulls' 122-89 Game 1 1992 NBA Finals victory over the Portland Trailblazers on June 3, 1992 (airing at 7:30 p.m.):

1) This game will forever be known as the "Shrug Game," for Michael Jordan's sly shrug after hitting his sixth three-pointer of the contest. With his 6-for-10 shooting from deep and 35 first-half points en route to a game-high 39 on the evening, there wasn't much else to accomplish after the intermission, as he left Portland completely demoralized, setting the tone for what would eventually be the Bulls' second consecutive championship. Not that Jordan hadn't proved he could make outside jumpers by that point in his career, but given how dangerous he was attacking the basket, Trailblazers were at a loss as to how to stop him. However, it wasn't as if Jordan had a one-track mind that night, as he also finished with 11 assists, proving a willing passer when the defense heavily committed to him.

2) Scottie Pippen's versatility was in full bloom by this point in his career, something made evident by his near triple-double of 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. While he wasn't quite the scoring threat Jordan was -- as if any other player was -- Pippen had to be fully accounted for by opponents, lest he take over games, which he was fully capable of doing by then. Pippen not only expertly complemented Jordan's game and enabled him to rest defensively by guarding the other team's top perimeter scorer, he could also shoulder the offensive load himself when necessary. With the two top wing talents in the game on the same team, rivals were at the Bulls' mercy.

3) Chicago's bench was also coming into its own, as B.J. Armstrong (11 points and six assists) provided offensive firepower, forward Cliff Levingston and young center Scott Williams (12 points and nine rebounds) provided hustle and Bobby Hansen gave the team additional perimeter shooting. Backup big men Will Perdue and Stacey King, now the Bulls' television color analyst, added even more interior depth. Besides Armstrong, none of the reserves had an especially noteworthy individual NBA career, but as a unit, their skills were a perfect match to spell Chicago's starters.

4) Portland, which also lost to Detroit in the 1990 NBA Finals, was one of the better teams to never win a title during that era. Under Rick Adelman, the new coach of the Timberwolves, the Blazers had a deep and talented lineup, led by star shooting guard Clyde Drexler and steady floor general Terry Porter in the backcourt. They also had great size up front, with center Kevin Duckworth, underrated power forward Buck Williams and athletic small forward Jerome Kersey. Off the bench, the key players were perennial Sixth Man of the Year award candidate Cliff Robinson, blue-collar Mark Bryant and sharpshooter Danny Ainge, now the Celtics' top executive.

5) Drexler (16 points on 5-for-14 shooting) didn't have his best outing that particular evening, but the All-Star was regarded as one of the best players at his position in that era -- perhaps second to only Jordan -- something confirmed by his selection to the 1992 Dream Team. In fact, Drexler's all-around skills rivaled Jordan, as his size, athleticism, versatility and scoring ability put him in the upper echelon of players in the league. Some fans may remember Drexler as the reason Jordan ended up in the Bulls uniform in the first place. His presence in Portland -- along with that of veteran swingman Jim Paxson, the brother of Bulls guard John Paxson (both Paxsons currently work for the Bulls; John as the executive vice president and Jim, Cleveland's former general manager, as a scout) -- led the Blazers to select center Sam Bowie with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, one choice after Drexler's college teammate at the University of Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon went first to the Rockets.

Forget a Yolmer Sanchez return to White Sox, he reportedly has deal with Giants

Forget a Yolmer Sanchez return to White Sox, he reportedly has deal with Giants

The dream many fans had of Yolmer Sanchez returning to the South Side for the 2020 season might be over.

According to reports, Sanchez has a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Sanchez, who won an American League Gold Glove at second base last season with the White Sox, reportedly turned down a couple major league offers to compete for the everyday second baseman's job in San Francisco.

Sanchez was a fan favorite during his tenure with the White Sox, a positive clubhouse presence who earned a reputation as a fun-loving teammate through his various on-field antics, including repeated pranks involving the dugout's Gatorade bucket. He also proved himself to be one of the game's finest defensive infielders, a valuable skill even if his offensive production rarely lived up to the same standards. Last season, as the starting second baseman, Sanchez hit .252/.318/.321 with a pair of home runs and 43 RBIs.

Even after the White Sox non-tendered him earlier this offseason, team brass spoke positively of him, an indication that the door might not be closed on a reunion. But the White Sox infield is fast filling up with long-term pieces. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada had huge seasons on the left side in 2019, and Nick Madrigal, one of the top-rated prospects in baseball, is expected to reach the major leagues in the early portions of the 2020 season. Madrigal, the White Sox first-round draft pick in 2018, had an excellent offensive season in the minors last year and carries a similar defensive reputation as Sanchez. Whether Madrigal will make the Opening Day roster remains to be seen — it sounds unlikely — but he's expected to be the team's starting second baseman for the bulk of the 2020 campaign.

Given that crunch on the infield, Sanchez, even after his Gold Glove win, seemed destined for a reserve role had he returned to the South Side. Who knows if the White Sox were one of the teams that extended a major league contract offer to Sanchez, but there didn't seem to be room for him to have a starting job with this group. He can at least compete for such a role with the Giants.

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IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

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IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

Here are the boys prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Curie (3) 19-1 75 1
2. Collinsville (4) 21-0 74 2
3.  Harvey Thornton (1) 21-0 66 3
4.  Evanston Township 20-2 57 4
5. Chicago Heights (Bloom Twp.) 19-5 37 5
6. Homewood-Flossmoor 17-2 35 6
7. Lincoln Park 19-3 27 8
8. (tie) Whitney Young 13-7 27 7
9.  Loyola 20-2 16 10
10. Joliet West 19-3 14 9

Others receiving votes: Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) 5. Bolingbrook 2. Cary-Grove 2. Stevenson 1. O'Fallon 1. York 1. Class

3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Niles Notre Dame (8) 21-3 105 1
2. Bogon (3) 19-2 101 2
3. Depaul College Prep 18-2 86 3
4. Peoria Notre Dame 18-1 77 5
5. Kankakee 16-3 51 6
6. Morgan Park 14-8 44 4
7.  Oak Forest 18-1 38 8
8.  Galesburg 21-3 30 9
9. Lincoln

19-2

29 10

10. 

Rock Island  14-6

15

7


Others receiving votes: Morton 7. Hinsdale South 6. Fenwick 5. East St. Louis 5. Centralia 2. Lisle (Benet Academy) 2. Geneseo 1. Carbondale 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Orr (9) 13-6 108 T1
2.  Pickneyville (2) 21-2 94 T1
3. Nashville 20-4 90 7
4. Breese Mater Dei  17-5 50 4
5.  Corliss 12-8 44 3
6. Normal University 15-6 40 5
7. Rockridge 17-4 33 10
8. Tuscola 16-1 32 8
9. Sterling Newman 21-3 26 6
10. Elmhurst Timothy Christian 16-3 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Pleasant Plains 15. Crane 12. Bismarck-Henning 11. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) 6. Tremont 5. Bloomington Central Catholic 5. Kewanee 5. Murphysboro 5. Riverton 3. Dunbar 2. Fairfield 1. Pana 1.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Winchester-West Central (9) 21-0 99 1
2. Indian Creek (1) 20-0 68 5
3.  Moweaqua Central A&M 16-2 67 2
4.  Roanoke-Benson 20-1 61 3
5. Goreville 21-1 54 4
6. East Dubuque 19-2 53 6
7.  Payson Seymour 19-1 35 8
8. Effingham St. Anthony 17-3 30 9
9.  Quest Academy 15-4 23 7
10. Kewanee (Wethersfield) 14-5 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Calhoun 9. Woodlawn 8. Okawville 8. Athens 5. Leo 5. New Berlin 4. Aurora Christian 4. Elmwood 1.