MetroSource News 03/08/2013
Chicago Sports

White Sox Agree To Five-Year Deal With Sale

(Glendale, AZ)  --  The White Sox are locking up left-hander Chris Sale long-term.  The team has agreed to a five-year, 32.5-million-dollar contract with the 23-year-old starter.  The deal includes club options for 2018 and 2019, with a one-million-dollar buyout each year.  Sale earned an American League All-Star nod in his first season as a starter in 2012.  He finished the year 17-and-8 with a 3.05 ERA.  Sale is 21-and-11 with a 2.89 ERA in three big league seasons with Chicago.

Sox Sink Cubs

(Mesa, AZ)  --  The White Sox scored five times in the sixth inning to power past the Cubs 8-3 in Mesa.  Adam Dunn smacked a two-run homer and Paul Konerko had a solo shot in the decisive frame.  Konerko also had a solo blast in the fourth for the Sox.  Christian Villanueva lifted a two-run jack in defeat.  Jose Quintana earned the win after tossing three-and-two-thirds-innings of one-run ball.  Carlos Villanueva gave up two runs over four frames for the setback.  The Sox host the Padres today, while the Cubs are in Goodyear tonight facing the Reds.

NHLPA Approves Realignment Plan

(New York, NY)  --  The NHL Players' Association is signing off on the league's realignment plan.  The NHL plans to go from six to four divisions next season.  The top three teams in each division will qualify for the postseason, with four other wild cards making up the 16-team playoff field.  The realignment plan is still subject to approval by the NHL Board of Governors.  If approved, realignment will make travel more efficient as well as restore multiple matchups with some traditional rivals.

Blackhawks Battle Avalanche

(Denver, CO)  --  The Chicago Blackhawks put their 11-game winning streak on the line against the Colorado Avalanche tonight.  The 'Hawks clipped the Avs 3-2 in the Windy City on Wednesday to improve to 21-0-and-3 on the season.  Colorado comes in at 8-10-and-4 overall.  The Blackhawks host the Oilers on Sunday before starting a four-game road swing in Columbus on Thursday.

Bulls Face Utah

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bulls tip-off with the Utah Jazz tonight at the United Center.  The Bulls have lost two straight to drop to 34-and-27 overall.  The Bulls defeated the Jazz 93-89 on February 8th.  Utah is 32-and-29 on the season.  Chicago begins a three-game California road trip on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wildcats Fall To Penn State

(Evanston, IL)  --  Alex Marcotullio tallied a game-high 22 points as the Wildcats fell to Penn State, 66-59.  Reggie Hearn chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds for Northwestern, which drops to 13-and-17 and 4-and-13 in the Big Ten.  The Wildcats end the regular season on Sunday at Michigan State.

DePaul Plays Pitt

(Rosemont, IL)  --  The DePaul Blue Demons conclude the regular season tomorrow afternoon at Allstate Arena against the Pittsburgh Panthers.  The Blue Demons have lost five in-a-row to dip to 11-and-19 and 2-and-15 in the Big East.  Pitt is 23-and-7 overall with an 11-and-6 conference mark.

Irish At Cardinals

(Louisville, KY)  --  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish end the regular season on the road at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Irish are 23-and-7 and 11-and-6 in the Big East.  The Cardinals are 25-and-5 and 13-and-4 in conference play.  Notre Dame topped Louisville 104-101 in five overtimes during their February 9th meeting.

Illinois Ends Season At Ohio State

(Columbus, OH)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini end the regular season in Columbus against Ohio State on Sunday.  The Illini defeated OSU 74-55 in early January.  Illinois is 21-and-10 and 8-and-9 in the Big Ten following two losses in its last three games.  The Buckeyes come in at 22-and-7 and 12-and-5 in the Big Ten.

Ex-Bear Zorich Accused Of Tax Evasion

(Chicago, IL)  --  Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Chris Zorich is facing tax evasion charges.  Federal prosecutors say Zorich refused to pay taxes from 2006 to 2009, despite having gross income of over a million dollars.  Most of the money allegedly came from Zorich's job with the University of Notre Dame, personal appearance fees and deferred payments from the Chicago Bears.  Zorich is expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges.  He played five years for the Bears, then one year for the Washington Redskins before retiring.  Zorich was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2007.

Fire Host New England

(Bridgeview, IL)  --  The Chicago Fire welcome in the New England Revolution to Toyota Park tomorrow night.  The Fire fell 4-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend to open the MLS regular season.  This is the MLS opener for the Revolution.

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