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Blackhawks Down Caps On Opening Night

(Chicago, IL)  --  Johnny Oduya broke a 4-all tie with under seven minutes left in the third to send the Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the Capitals at United Center.  Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists while Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane and Brandon Bollig also scored for the 'Hawks.  The 'Hawks are back on the ice Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

'Hawks Raise Banner Prior To Opener

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Blackhawks raised their Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters last night at United Center prior to starting the season.  Former 'Hawk and Chicago native Eddie Olczyk [[ OLE-check ]] was the MC for last night's ceremony.  Chicago is looking to become the first team to repeat as champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

Bears Work Out Punters

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Bears punter Adam Podlesh could be feeling some heat.  The team reportedly brought in six punters yesterday for a private workout at Halas Hall.  Drew Butler, T.J. Conley, Chris Kluwe, Mat McBriar, Brian Moorman and Tress Way all worked out for Chicago.  Podlesh signed a five-year contract worth ten-million-dollars in 2011.

Bears Make Moves On Practice Squad

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are changing things up on the practice squad.  The team has signed safety Sean Cattouse to the practice squad while terminating the practice squad contract of running back Harvey Unga.  Cattouse is a Chicago native that came into the NFL last season with the Chargers.  Unga never played in a regular season game in four seasons.

Bears Gear Up For Saints

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  The Bears are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season.  Chicago gets back on the practice field today at Halas Hall to prepare for this week's home game against the New Orleans Saints.  The Bears are 3-and-1 on the season while the Saints come in at 4-and-0 following Monday night's victory over the Dolphins.

MJ: Bryant Could've Beaten Him 1-on-1

(Charlotte, NC)  --  Former Bulls great Michael Jordan says Kobe Bryant is the only player that probably could've beaten him 1-on-1 in his prime.  While promoting the new "NBA 2K14" video game, the now 50-year-old Jordan says Bryant could take him because he stole some of his moves.  "MJ" adds that he would've been able to handle LeBron James in a game.

Yankees To Offer Girardi New Deal

(Bronx, NY)  --  It looks like rumors that would bring Joe Girardi to Chicago to be the Cubs next manager are being put to bed.  The New York Yankees are expected to offer Girardi a new deal today.  Yanks general manager Brian Cashman had previously declined to say if he would grant Girardi permission to speak to the Cubs about their managerial vacancy.

Cubs Apologize For Memorabilia Dump

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Cubs are apologizing for an unfortunate gaffe.  The team began some postseason cleaning on Monday by setting up a dumpster near the players parking lot.  Among the items tossed were banners of Cubs players as well as a card signed by fans to honor Cubs great Ron Santo, who died of cancer in 2010.  The team says it was a mistake.

Illinois Prepares For Nebraska

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois will hit the road this week for its Big Ten opener against Nebraska.  The Fighting Illini went 3-and-1 in non-conference play, capped off by last week's 50-14 win over Miami of Ohio.  Saturday's game will kick off at 11:00 a.m. Central and air on ESPNU.

Northwestern Faces Showdown With Buckeyes

(Evanston, IL)  --  ESPN's "College Gameday" will invade Evanston this Saturday ahead of Northwestern's clash with Ohio State.  The Wildcats are 4-and-0 on the season and ranked 15th in the country while the Buckeyes sit third at 5-and-0.  Saturday's game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. Central and will air on ABC.

Notre Dame Faces Arizona State This Week

(South Bend, IN)  --  Notre Dame is getting set for a trip to Texas.  The Fighting Irish will face Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.  Notre Dame dipped to 3-and-2 following last week's 35-21 loss to Oklahoma.  The Sun Devils are 3-and-1 coming off a 62-41 pasting of USC.  Saturday's game kicks off at 6:30 Central on NBC.

Irish Monitoring Government Shutdown Effect

(Undated)  --  The future of a pair of Notre Dame football games is up in the air.  The recent U.S. government shutdown has put a hold on all intercollegiate athletics at the service academies.  The Fighting Irish are scheduled to play Air Force on October 26th and Navy on November 2nd.  Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick says there's not much the school can do.

Fire In Action Friday

(Bridgeview, IL)  --  The Fire are getting set for Friday's match against DC United.  Chicago will travel to RFK Stadium in the nation's capital for the contest, which will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.  The Fire are currently eighth in the East, but just two points out of a playoff spot.  DCU faces Real Salt Lake tonight in the U.S. Open Cup Final.

Illini's Starks Denied Hardship Waiver

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois basketball fans will have to wait to see Ahmad Starks on the floor.  The NCAA has denied Starks a hardship waiver for eligibility this season.  He will have one year of eligibility remaining in the 2014-15 season.  The transfer from Oregon State had requested the waiver after moving to be closer to his ailing grandmother.

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