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Here is the latest sports news: Bulls beat Nets. Bears prep for Packers. Blackhawks take on Avs.
>>Bulls Blast Nets
(Brooklyn, NY) -- Taj Gibson led a balanced attack with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Bulls blasted the Nets 95-78 at the Barclays Center. Jimmy Butler added 15 points and five boards for Chicago, which has won two straight. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 14 points and six caroms in the win. The Bulls take on the Mavericks Saturday.
>>Bears Prep For Packers
(Lake Forest, IL) -- The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers meet at Soldier Field on Sunday with the NFC North Division title on the line. The winner of the game grabs the division championship and a berth into the postseason. Chicago comes in at 8-and-7 while the Packers are 7-7-and-1 this season.
>>Blackhawks Battle Avalanche
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Blackhawks welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the United Center tomorrow night. The Blackhawks are 26-7-and-6 following Monday's 5-2 win over New Jersey. The Avs are 23-10-and-3 overall. Colorado defeated Chicago 5-1 in the first of five meetings this season.
>>Blues, Blackhawks Alumni Play For Tornado Victims
(Peoria, IL) -- Former Blues and Blackhawks players will rekindle their rivalry to help Illinois tornado victims. The Blues and Blackhawks Alumni will meet in an exhibition game being called "Skate Strong" at the Peoria Civic Center on January 15th. Proceeds from the 10-dollar tickets and a postgame auction of players' jerseys will benefit the Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund.
>>Huskies Face Aggies In San Diego
(San Diego, CA) -- The Northern Illinois Huskies battle the Utah State Aggies in the Poinsettia Bowl tonight in San Diego. Kick is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. local time at Qualcomm Stadium on ESPN. Northern Illinois just missed its second straight BCS bowl after losing in the MAC title game. The Huskies are 12-and-1 while the Aggies are 8-and-5.
>>Illini Face UIC
(Chicago, IL) -- The Fighting Illini and UIC Flames are on the floor Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the Big Ten Network from the United Center. Illinois is 10-and-2 following a one-point win over rival Missouri on Saturday. The Flames are 5-and-8 so far following a 74-61 setback to Colorado State on Monday.
>>Wildcats Host Demons
(Evanston, IL) -- The Northwestern Wildcats welcome in the DePaul Blue Demons to Welsh-Ryan Arena tomorrow night. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The Wildcats and Blue Demons are both 7-and-5 on the season. Northwestern is coming off a win over Brown while DePaul lost to Illinois State last time out.
>>Notre Dame Hosts Canisius
(South Bend, IN) -- The Notre Dame Fighting Irish host Canisius on Sunday at Purcell Pavilion. The Irish lost a heartbreaker to Ohio State last time out to slip to 8-and-4. They gave up an eight-point lead with under a minute to play in the 64-61 setback to the Buckeyes. The Griffins are also 8-and-4.
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