5:17 AM EST, Thu January 29, 2015

Frustration follows Blackhawks' 4-3 loss to Kings

LOS ANGELES—Corey Crawford’s broken stick that was discarded in a corner outside the Blackhawks’ dressing room told the story.
Northwest Herald 3 hours ago

Toffoli, Muzzin score late, LA Kings rally past Chicago 4-3

LOS ANGELES – Jake Muzzin scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:37 to play, Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings roared back in the final minutes to snap their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Level of frustration heightened after Blackhawks blow late lead

LOS ANGELES -- The third period was moving along flawlessly for the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. They scored the go-ahead goal in the opening minutes of the third, then battened down the hatches in front of goalie Corey Crawford. But in what seemed like the blink of an eye, the lead was gone and soon any chance at earning a point or two followed. The Los Angeles Kings scored two goals in the contest’s final seven minutes to send the Blackhawks away with a 4-3 loss at Staples Center, something that’s become all too familiar against the Kings during the past year.

Rapid Reaction: Kings 4, Blackhawks 3

LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks gave up two goals in the final seven minutes and lost to the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Wednesday night at Staples Center in the first game coming out of the All-Star break. How it happened: The Kings won a faceoff in the Chicago zone and the puck made it to defenseman Jake Muzzin, who rang his slap shot off the left post and behind goalie Corey Crawford with 3:37 left in the game. Tyler Toffoli had scored about 2 1/2 minutes earlier for the Kings to tie the score.
Chicago Tribune 9 hours ago

Even in bronze, Ernie Banks connects with the people

Before the sun came up Wednesday, Chicagoans came to Daley Plaza to stare at the 7-foot bronze statue of Ernie Banks and smile wistfully about a time gone past.

Even in bronze, Ernie Banks connects with the people

Before the sun came up Wednesday, Chicagoans came to Daley Plaza to stare at the 7-foot bronze statue of Ernie Banks and smile wistfully about a time gone past.

Bulls glimpse the Joakim Noah they require

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Tuesday's shootaround came to an end and Bulls head trainer Jeff Tanaka wrapped big ice packs around Joakim Noah's knees, the All-Star center sat in a folding chair on the edge of the University of San Francisco's gym and launched into a familiar refrain regarding the knee and ankle injuries that have caused problems for him all season. "I feel like I'm 100 percent," Noah said. "I feel good health-wise." It was easy to be skeptical of this answer given that Noah said the same thing several times already this season.

New look all around for Gordon Beckham

CHICAGO – After a breakup that officially lasted just 26 games, the Chicago White Sox and Gordon Beckham were reunited under the premise that this time it will be different. Take Beckham’s role, for starters. While the White Sox would still like to see Carlos Sanchez or Micah Johnson win the second base job in spring training and make it his own for an extended run, there still stands a chance that Beckham makes an eye-popping run this spring to the starting lineup.

Paliotta's development has Hawks excited for future

Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon is careful in how he explains that senior defenseman Mike Paliotta became the most improved player he’s ever coached. Sneddon is aware being given the title of most improved player isn’t always flattering. To start off with, Paliotta was a big-time recruit for Sneddon and the Catamounts. Before Paliotta arrived to campus in 2011, he had already been a third-round draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks and was a product of the U.
Chicago Tribune 14 hours ago

Gordon Beckham returns to the White Sox

Versatile infielder Gordon Beckham is rejoining the White Sox, who apparently are parting ways with outfielder Dayan Viciedo.

Gordon Beckham returns to the White Sox

Versatile infielder Gordon Beckham is rejoining the White Sox, who apparently are parting ways with outfielder Dayan Viciedo.

Cubs farm ranked best by ESPN

CHICAGO -- Despite several prospects finally reaching the major leagues last season, the Chicago Cubs still have the top-ranked farm system in baseball, according to ESPN.com’s prospect guru Keith Law. Law released his yearly preseason team rankings and the Cubs are No.1 thanks to the “strongest collection of top-shelf hitting prospects I can remember since I started working in baseball,” Law writes. Led by Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler, Law indicates the Cubs have at least one hitting prospect at every position on the diamond, save catcher, as he doesn’t believe 2014...

Banks statue joins Picasso as fans pay respects

At a July 7, 1967 city council meeting, Ald. John J. Hoellen (47th ward) sponsored a proposal to deport the unfinished Picasso statue to France and replace it with an Ernie Banks statue. Nearly 48 years later, they both shared a spot in the Loop. On Wednesday morning, a Banks statue welcomed visitors in the shadow of the Picasso state outside the Richard J. Daley Center. Banks, the beloved “Mr. Cub,” died at the age of 83 on Friday.
K.c. Johnson / Chicago Tribune 18 hours ago

3-pointers: Breaking down Bulls' victory over the Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Bulls improved to 30-17 with Tuesday's overtime road victory over the Warriors. Here are three observations:

3-pointers: Breaking down Bulls' victory over the Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Bulls improved to 30-17 with Tuesday's overtime road victory over the Warriors. Here are three observations:

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