NFL Draft Begins

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL Draft begins tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  Chicago will have the 20th overall selection in the first round.  The Bears will pick 50th overall in Friday's second round and have three more choices on Saturday in rounds four through six.

Blackhawks Down Oilers

(Edmonton, Alberta)  --  Patrick Kane tallied a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks defeated the Oilers, 4-1.  Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews [[ TAYVZ ]] and Johnny Oduya [[ oh-DOO-yuh ]] also lit the lamp for the Hawks, who clinched the best record in the NHL.  Ray Emery stopped seven-of-eight shots before leaving with just over six minutes to go in the first period with a lower-body injury.  Corey Crawford stopped all 14 shots the rest of the way.  The Hawks close their home portion of the regular season Friday against Calgary.

Blackhawks Down Oilers To Clinch Presidents' Trophy

(Edmonton, Alberta)  --  The Chicago Blackhawks captured their first Presidents' Trophy in 22 years with a 4-1 victory over the Oilers in Edmonton on Wednesday.  The Hawks clinched the best record in the NHL for the first time since 1990-91 with 75 points.  Chicago is assured home-ice advantage through all four rounds of the playoffs.

Wolves, Blues Join Forces

(Undated)  --  The St. Louis Blues have teamed up with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League for the next three years.  The Wolves joined the AHL in 2001 and were partnered with the Atlanta Thrashers until they moved to become the new Winnipeg Jets.  The Wolves were affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks the last two seasons.

Bulls Host Nets In Game Three

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bulls host Game Three of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight against he Brooklyn Nets.  The Bulls pulled even through two games of the first-to-four wins series after a 90-82 win in Brooklyn on Monday.  Chicago also hosts Game Four on Saturday.

Reds Blank Cubs To Take Rubber Match

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Todd Frazier homered to back seven shutout innings from Mat Latos [[ LAY-tose ]] as the Reds blanked the Cubs, 1-0.  Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MARD-juh ]] fanned eight while allowing just one run in six frames, but fell to 1-and-4 with the loss.  Chicago has dropped five of its last six games.  The Cubs start a four-game series in Miami tonight.

White Sox Hold Off Tribe To Earn Split

(Chicago, IL)  --  Alex Rios slugged a two-run homer and five Chicago pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the White Sox edged the Indians, 3-2.  Jeff Keppinger singled in a run for the Sox, who built a 3-0 lead and hung on to split the weather-shortened two-game series.  Jose Quintana threw five innings of two-run ball for his second win.  Addison Reed worked the ninth for his sixth save.  The Sox welcome in the Rays for a four-game series beginning tonight.

MLB All-Star Ballot Out

(Undated)  --  The MLB All-Star Game ballot is out.  Fans can vote online only through July 4th.  In-stadium voting begins May 7th and runs to June 25th.  First baseman Paul Konerko, DH Adam Dunn and outfielder Alex Rios are among the White Sox on the ballot.  The game is July 16th at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.


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