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>>Bulls' Rose Takes Part In More Drills

(Deerfield, IL)  --  Bulls guard Derrick Rose took another step in his recovery from an ACL tear yesterday.  Rose participated in five-on-five drills for the first time since the injury.  He had been taking part in contact drills for weeks, but worked out in a full scrimmage during practice yesterday.

>>Bulls Start Second Half In New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA)  --  The Bulls open the second half of the season in New Orleans tonight against the Hornets.  Chicago entered the All-Star break having lost four out of five to dip to 30-and-22.  The Bulls sit fifth in the Eastern Conference, seven games back of the first-place Heat.  Tonight's game tips off at 7:00.

>>'Hawks Look To Stay Hot Against Canucks        

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Blackhawks look to stay on a roll tonight when they host the Vancouver Canucks at United Center.  Chicago is the only team left in the NHL without a regulation loss.  The 'Hawks sit at 12-0-and-3 on the season and have won two straight.  Chicago holds a two-point lead on second-place Anaheim.  The puck drops tonight at 7:30.

>>Cubs' Garza To Have MRI

(Mesa, AZ)  --  Cubs pitcher Matt Gaza will undergo an MRI to diagnose the severity of a lat injury he suffered in his first throwing session on Sunday.  Garza says he threw about 20 pitches before feeling "something" on his left side that he first thought to be a cramp.  Garza was 5-and-7 with a 3.91 ERA last season but missed the second half with an elbow injury.

>>Cubs Deal Campana To D-Backs

(Mesa, AZ)  --  The Cubs have sent outfielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of pitching prospects.  Campana hit .264 with five RBI and 30 stolen bases last season for Chicago.  He was designated for assignment earlier this month.  The Cubs receive 17-year-old right-handers Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal in the swap.

>>White Sox Start Spring Games Saturday

(Glendale, AZ)  --  The White Sox are counting down the days before beginning spring training games at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.  Chicago has a few more workouts before playing its spring training co-habitant, the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Sox and Dodgers will play Saturday and Sunday at Camelback Ranch with both game starting at 2:05 p.m. Central Time.

>>Notre Dame Drops Pittsburgh

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Jack Cooley had 13 points and nine rebounds to lift Notre Dame to a 51-42 win over 22nd-ranked Pittsburgh last night.  Jerian Grant added 13 points as well for the 25th-ranked Fighting Irish, who moved to 21-and-6 with a 9-and-5 Big East record.  The Irish are off until Sunday when they host Cincinnati.

>>Northwestern Hosts Wisconsin Tomorrow

(Evanston, IL)  --  Northwestern is home tomorrow to battle 17th-ranked Wisconsin.  The Wildcats fell to Illinois on Sunday and dropped to 4-and-9 in Big Ten play.  Northwestern is now 13-and-13 overall this year and will be looking to stop a three-game slide.  Tomorrow's game tips at 8:00.

>>DePaul At Georgetown Tomorrow

(Washington, DC)  --  DePaul hits the road to play at 11th-ranked Georgetown tomorrow night.  The Blue Demons picked up their second conference win of the year on Saturday against Rutgers.  The victory moved the Demons to 2-and-10 in Big East action with an 11-and-14 overall mark.  Tomorrow's game tips at 6:00.

>>Illinois Off Until Thursday

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois has a few more days before hitting the hardwood.  The Fighting Illini will host Penn State this Thursday night at Assembly Hall.  The Illini beat Northwestern on Sunday to move to 19-and-8 with a 6-and-7 record in Big Ten play.  Penn State is the only Big Ten squad without a conference win at 0-and-13.  The Nittany Lions are 8-and-17 overall.



Top-25 College Basketball

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Jerian  Grant scored  11 of his 13 points  in the second half, as No. 25 Notre

Dame  shook off  an incredibly slow start and dumped No. 22 Pittsburgh, 51-42,

at  Petersen Events Center. The Fighting Irish were coming off an embarrassing

17-point  loss at  Providence on Saturday and were facing a similar fate after

missing their first 12 field goal attempts against a formidable road opponent.

But Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 Big East) rallied from an early 16-point deficit and

shot 60 percent in the second half to earn its fifth straight win over Pitt.



Elsewhere in the Top-25:

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(12) Kansas State 71, West Virginia 61



National Hockey League

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An  unexpected  shootout  broke  out  between two  of  the  more  offensively-

challenged  clubs  as the  Colorado Avalanche held  on for a  6-5 win over the

Nashville  Predators at  Pepsi Center.  Matt  Duchene and  waiver claim  Aaron

Palushaj both registered a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who snapped

a nine-game losing streak to the Predators. Shea Weber was one of five players

to finish with a goal  and an assist for Nashville, which lost to Colorado for

the first time since Jan. 22, 2010. The Predators entered play last in the NHL

in goals per game (1.87), while Colorado was ranked 26th (2.31).



Elsewhere in the NHL:

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Ottawa Senators 2, New Jersey Devils 1 (SO)

Philadelphia Flyers 7, New York Islanders 0

Montreal Canadiens 3, Carolina Hurricanes 0

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Florida Panthers 0

Phoenix Coyotes 4, Calgary Flames 0

Anaheim Ducks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2



=== As of 9:35 a.m. (et) ===



=== NBA ===



Los  Angeles Lakers owner  Jerry Buss died Monday at the age of 80. The Lakers

said only that Buss died early Monday morning after a long illness, but it had

been  reported last week that Buss had been hospitalized because of cancer and

wasn't expected to live much longer. Buss purchased the Lakers, as well as the

NHL's  Kings  and the Forum, in  1979 from Jack  Kent Cooke for a reported $67

million.  The  Lakers  have  won  10  of  their  16  NBA  titles  under  Buss'

stewardship.



=== COLLEGE BASKETBALL ===



Brittney Griner scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half, as No. 1 Baylor

escaped  XL Center with  a 76-70 comeback win over No. 3 Connecticut in one of

the marquee matchups in women's college basketball this season. The Lady Bears

(25-1)  trailed by  11 early on, but  chipped away at the deficit and rode the

momentum  provided  by Griner, who  also grabbed  nine rebounds and became the

eighth player in NCAA Division I history to reach 3,000 career points.



=== BASEBALL ===



For  the  first time  since  the  process began  in  1974,  there will  be  no

arbitration  hearings  in Major League  Baseball. Baltimore and pitcher Darren

O'Day officially agreed to a deal on Monday. The Orioles right-hander had been

the last of 133 players that filed for arbitration to work out a new contract.

The  previous record low for arbitration hearings had been three, first set in

2005 and matched in 2009 and 2011.



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The  Pittsburgh  Pirates are reportedly set  to extend the contract of manager

Clint  Hurdle,  who is  entering the  final season  of his original three-year

deal.  According to  a Pittsburgh  newspaper, the  team will  likely make  the

announcement  later  this week,  possibly  Wednesday  when club  chairman  Bob

Nutting  is in  Bradenton for an event  at spring training. The paper said the

extension  will  take Hurdle  through the  2014 season with  a club option for

2015.  Hurdle was  hired in November 2010 after the Pirates suffered through a

57-105  season.  The team  has improved dramatically  under Hurdle, winning 72

games  in 2011 and  79 last year, although both seasons ended with late swoons

after the club had been in playoff contention through July.

 

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