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Warren escapes with victory over Glenbrook North

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Warren escapes with victory over Glenbrook North

By Bryan Bonato
YourSeason.com

Warren outscored visiting Glenbrook North 12-0 in the final 4 minutes, 38 seconds to defeat the Spartans 41-32 on Saturday.The Blue Devils (19-2) trailed 32-29, the result of scoring 10 total points on 4-of-20 shooting during the middle two quarters.But after Glenbrook Norths Andrew McAuliffe hit two free throws to put his team up 32-29, the proverbial lid went on the Spartans basket.They were 0-for-4 from the foul line and 0-for-4 from the field as Warren cranked up the defensive intensity to win going away in Chuck Ramseys final home game after 19 years as the Blue Devils coach. I was thinking about that (last home game) a little bit (after the game), but I also was trying to figure out what we did down the stretch, he said. We finished the game well ... 12-0 against a great team with great coaching. I was happy with that.Down 32-29, JoVaughn Gaines scored on a layup in transition, and Warren took the lead for good on two free throws by Nathan Boothe (11 points, 11 rebounds) with 2:53 left.Darius Paul hit a jumper with a 1:53 left, Paul converted a three-point play with 1:05 left, Jameris Smith hit two free throws with 41 seconds left and Boothe hit a free throw with 22 seconds left.It was our last game here and I didnt want to lose, said Paul (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists). They had the ball for like 80 percent of the game.At the end, we started looking up to the basket and looking for guys coming off screens.For Glenbrook North (17-6), McAuliffe scored eight points. It was his third game back after suffering a leg injury.We had the free throws and we missed the free throws, Spartans coach Dave Weber said. We did what we wanted to do. We drove and they fouled us. We missed two front ends (of one-and-ones) and then we missed two more free throws. That was a big turning point in the game.Though a non-conference game in the standings, this one mattered to Warrens seniors, according to Smith.Back in fifth grade, we went into double-overtime against them, the senior guard said. We were up by four. Adam Chick (now a starting guard for Glenbrook North) hit a three-pointer, JoVaughn was called for a foul, and they ended up winning the game. Ever since then, we havent liked them.We know all those guys. Its been a good rivalry. Theyre a team we want to beat. Our school has rivalries, but for the Class of 2012, this is our rivalry.Warren will play at Lake Zurich on Tuesday night. Glenbrook North has Maine East on Friday, and then will face Waukegan in the Central Suburban League Championship Game.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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NBC Sports Chicago

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. 

Week 9 is “Bubble Week” for many teams fighting to stay on the right side of the postseason bubble. Who moves on? Whose bubble will burst? Will Wauconda advance to the playoffs after finishing 2-7 last year? Or will Grant end their season on a winning note? Schaumburg and Fremd both stand at 4-4. The winner goes to the postseason. The winner stays home for November. Zion-Benton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. A win over Libertyville gets them there. But for the Wildcats, this ‘is’ their playoff game. Who wins in the North Suburban conference? We’ll send our cameras to one of the following:

Grant at Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

Libertyville at Zion-Benton, 7:30 p.m.

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We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

White Sox fans dreaming of Patrick Corbin: His free-agent destination might already be booked

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USA TODAY

White Sox fans dreaming of Patrick Corbin: His free-agent destination might already be booked

For the biggest dreamers among the White Sox faithful, here's how this offseason might be playing out.

Rick Hahn said the team will make some additions to the pitching staff. So for those dreamers, it's a rush to the top of the list of free-agent starting pitchers, right? Why not hook one of the biggest fish in the pond?

The top of that list looks like this: Clayton Kershaw (should he choose to opt out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and seek a new, more lucrative one), Dallas Keuchel and Patrick Corbin. Some might even have those last two names flipped, with Corbin, coming off an All-Star season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, second only to one of the best to ever throw a baseball.

The White Sox might not be capable of outbidding baseball's biggest spenders, and that's without even mentioning that they might simply not be looking to ink a hurler to a long-term contract. After all, that's what all those talented prospects are for, right? Assembling the rotation of the future? Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez are all already part of the 2019 staff. Michael Kopech, when he's done recovering from Tommy John surgery, will join them in 2020. And Dylan Cease was just named MLB Pipeline's minor league pitcher of the year. With all that in mind, any offseason additions to the rotation for 2019 might simply be one-year fill-ins.

But fans often like to dream big, and a lot of them have Corbin on their wish list.

That's not surprising when you look at his numbers. He threw 200 innings last season and struck out 246 batters while finishing with a 3.15 ERA, those last two numbers the best of his six-year big league career. He's 29 years old and a long-term deal would figure to have him in the starting rotation as the White Sox plan to shift from rebuilding mode to contention mode.

Just one problem: There's plenty of belief out there that Corbin's destination this winter has already been booked.

This has been a talking point for a while now, as the Yankees tried to bring Corbin to the Bronx via trade last offseason. They're expected to try to do so again, this time via free agency, as they've got a ton of money to spend. Corbin was quoted in the Nightengale story from April saying: "It would definitely be great to play there. I grew up a Yankee fan."

Sorry to burst your bubbles, White Sox fans. But don't blame me. Blame the Yankees, which seems to be becoming a frequent refrain. If Didi Gregorius' elbow injury means Manny Machado ends up in the Bronx this winter, too, White Sox fans might drop the Cubs as Public Enemy No. 1.

The White Sox have enough hurdles to clear in any pursuit of one of the game's top free agents: They have to compete with baseball's traditional big spenders, and they have to try and beat win-now pitches with a pitch of planned — though not yet arrived — long-term success. It's not like that hasn't been a winning battle before, though, as the rebuilding Cubs got Jon Lester to believe in their future and brought him in to help make their transition from rebuild to championship contention.

But throw in the hurdle of a history between a player and another team, and it makes it an even harder job.

The White Sox will be making some additions this offseason, though they might not be the ones fans are dreaming about. But not landing the winter's biggest fish doesn't mean the organization's biggest, most important dream of building a perennial contender on the South Side is going anywhere.