MetroSource News 03/12/2013
Chicago Sports

Rose Has Hamstring Pain, Delaying Return

(Sacramento, CA)  --  Bulls guard Derrick Rose is dealing with a new issue in his attempt to return from a torn ACL.  Rose told ESPN that his hamstrings have been "on fire" after recent workouts.  He added that he wouldn't return to the court until he gets past the issue.  Sources told ESPN late last week that Rose was hesitant to return because he's struggling to dunk off his surgically repaired left knee.  Though he's yet to appear in a game this year, Rose has been medically cleared to play.

Bulls Face Kings Tomorrow Night

(Sacramento, CA)  --  The Bulls continue their west coast swing tomorrow night in Sacramento.  It's the middle contest of a three-game set which saw Chicago lose to the Lakers in LA on Sunday.  The defeat dropped the Bulls to 35-and-28, slotting them fifth in the Eastern Conference.  Sacramento is last in the West with a 22-and-43 record.

Blackhawks Back In Action Thursday

(Columbus, OH)  --  The Blackhawks are enjoying a few days to regroup.  After starting the season with an NHL-record 24-game points streak, Chicago has dropped two in-a-row.  Despite the recent skid, the 'Hawks still hold a strong six-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks for the lead in the Western Conference.  The Blackhawks are back in action Thursday at Columbus.

Bears Dive Into Free Agency Period

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears will head into the NFL's free agency period today.  The new league year officially begins at 3:00 this afternoon and free agents can begin to sign contracts.  Chicago's most interesting storyline heading into this part of the offseason is the contract negotiations with linebacker Brian Urlacher [[ er-LACK-er ]].

Cubs Rally To Top D-Backs

(Scottsdale, AZ)  --  After Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs in less than five innings, but the Cubs rallied to beat the Diamondbacks 7-5.  Samardzija allowed two homers on the mound but hit one of his own, as did Welington Castillo.  Darwin Barney added a two-run double for Chicago, which moved to 7-and-10 this spring.  The Cubbies are off today before hosting the Rockies tomorrow in Mesa.

Cubs Re-Assign Six To Minors

(Mesa, AZ)  --  The Cubs optioned six players to the minors yesterday.  Pitchers Alberto Cabrera, Trey McNutt and Brooks Raley along with outfielder Logan Watkins were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.  Pitcher Robert Whitenack was assigned to Double-A Tennessee.  Pitcher Nick Struck was assigned to minor league camp.

White Sox Foil Rockies

(Glendale, AZ)  --  The White Sox got five-plus innings of one-run ball from Chris Sale in a 3-1 win over the Rockies yesterday.  Sale left after allowing a solo homer in the sixth inning.  Paul Konerko hit a solo shot of his own for Chicago, which is now 8-and-5 with three ties this spring.  The Sox are off today before hosting the Indians tomorrow.

White Sox Make Roster Moves

(Glendale, AZ)  --  The White Sox made ten roster moves yesterday, cutting their number of players in camp down to 45.  The Sox moved pitchers Simon Castro and Santos Rodriguez to Triple-A Charlotte.  Right-hander Nestor Molina was optioned to Double-A Birmingham.  Outfielders Keenyn Walker, Stefan Gartrell and Trayce Thompson, infielders Seth Loman and Marcus Semien and pitchers Erik Johnson and Scott Snodgress were all reassigned to minor-league camp.

DePaul Opens Big East Tournament Play

(New York, NY)  --  DePaul will start its Big East Tournament play tonight against Rutgers.  The Blue Demons are the 14th and final seed in the tournament while Rutgers is the 11th seed.  The winner will advance to play tomorrow against six-seed Notre Dame.  Tonight's game tips off at 8:00 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Notre Dame To Leave Big East For ACC Next Year

(Undated)  --  Notre Dame's basketball team will reportedly make the jump from the Big East to the ACC a year earlier than expected.  "Sports Illustrated" reports that the Fighting Irish will play in the ACC next season.  Big East presidents are expected to vote on the matter this morning in New York, prior to the start of the Big East Tournament.

Two Illinois Hoopsters Honored By Big Ten

(Undated)  --  A pair of Illinois basketball players are being honored by the Big Ten Conference.  Senior guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson were both named to the All-Big Ten Third Team yesterday.  Paul has averaged 16 points and four rebounds per game this season while Richardson is scoring nearly 13 points with four boards per contest.

Illinois, Northwestern Start Big Ten Tournament Thursday

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Big Ten Tournament gets underway at United Center this Thursday and Illinois and Northwestern will both be in action.  The eighth-seeded Illini will face Minnesota in the first game at 11:00 a.m.  With a win, Illinois would face top-seeded Indiana.  Northwestern plays in the final game of the night as the 11-seed against sixth-seeded Iowa.  The Wildcats would play Michigan State with a victory.

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