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Blackhawks Continue Hot Start, Top Columbus

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Blackhawks continued their scorching start to the season by shutting out the visiting Blue Jackets, 1-0.  Corey Crawford made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career.  Andrew Shaw's fourth goal of the year provided the difference.  Chicago has gone a record 18 straight games to start the season without a loss in regulation and now sits at 15-0-and-3.  The 'Hawks are back at it tonight as they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Thunder Crush Bulls

(Oklahoma City, OK)  --  Kevin Durant had 19 points with 16 rebounds and six assists to power the Thunder to a 102-72 win over the visiting Bulls.  Luol Deng [[ loo-OLL  dang ]] had 13 points while Nate Robinson added 13 points and five assists for Chicago.  Joakim Noah netted eight points with nine boards for the Bulls, who have lost four out of six to fall to 32-and-24.  The Bulls return home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night.

Cubs Edge Giants

(Mesa, AZ)  --  Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer as the Cubs edged the Giants yesterday, 4-3.  Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-2 while Jeff Samardzija pitched two innings of one-run ball for the win.  The Cubs head to Glendale to take on the Dodgers this afternoon.

Cubs Lose Stewart, Vitters

(Mesa, AZ)  --  The Cubs will be without third basemen Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters for some time.  Both were diagnosed with mild strains of the left quad.  Manager Dale Sveum recently said the third base job was Stewart's to win.  Brent Lillibridge and prospect Junior Lake will likely see time at the hot corner for the time being.

White Sox, Dodgers Play To Tie

(Glendale, AZ)  --  The White Sox and Dodgers played to a 2-2 tie yesterday in Glendale.  Adam Dunn's two-run homer gave Chicago its only runs of the game.  Erik Johnson threw three innings while allowing one run and striking out two in the start.  The White Sox step outside Glendale today and head to Scottsdale to face the Giants.

Bears Officials Continue Work At Combine

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Bears coaches and front office staff remained at work during the NFL Combine from Indianapolis this weekend.  The team got a look at the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers yesterday.  Today defensive lineman and linebackers take the stage.  The event wraps up tomorrow.

Illini Fall At Michigan

(Ann Arbor, MI)  --  Brandon Paul had 10 points and four rebounds but Illinois lost at Michigan yesterday, 71-58.  D.J. Richardson and Tracy Abrams also scored 10 points for the Fighting Illini, who dropped to 20-and-9 with a 7-and-8 record in the Big Ten.  The Illini host Nebraska on Saturday.

Northwestern Falls At Purdue

(West Lafayette, IN)  --  Tre Demps had nine points as Northwestern was crushed by Purdue yesterday, 74-43.  Reggie Hearn added eight points and six boards for the 'Cats, who fell to 13-and-15 with a 4-and-11 Big Ten record.  The Wildcats host Ohio State on Thursday.

Notre Dame Pounces On Cincinnati

(South Bend, IN)  --  Jerian Grant had 13 points and was 9-of-9 from the free-throw line to push Notre Dame past Cincinnati, 62-41.  Tom Knight added 12 points and seven boards while Jack Cooley finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.  The Fighting Irish improved to 22-and-6 with a 10-and-5 Big East record.  The Irish are off until Saturday when they play at Marquette.

DePaul Crushed By UConn

(Rosemont, IL)  --  Cleveland Melvin had 20 points and 10 rebounds but DePaul was crushed by UConn on Saturday, 81-69.  Brandon Young added 13 points for the Demons, who dropped to 11-and-16 with a 2-and-12 record in the Big East.  The Blue Demons host Louisville on Wednesday.


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