Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks’ Seabrook suspended three games for hit on Backes ]]> Lead story image

The suspension is a big blow for the Blackhawks, who are down 2-0 heading into Game 3 on Monday night. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series. ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:25:23 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26956797-761/blackhawks-seabrook-suspended-three-games-for-hit-on-backes.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26956797-761/blackhawks-seabrook-suspended-three-games-for-hit-on-backes.html <![CDATA[ Underdog Wizards aren’t intimidated by Bulls ]]> Lead story image

It’s a nice badge to carry into the playoffs: The team no one wants to play. It even has a tinge of intimidation to it, that is, if the Bulls were actually facing a team that was susceptible to intimidation. But they aren’t. The Washington Wizards have little to lose, especially when all they’ve been hearing is they’re destined for elimination by next week. “Why would they pick us?’’ Wizards center Marcin Gortat told the Washington Post on Friday when asked about all the predictions from the so-called experts favoring the Bulls. “First of all, Chicago is an experienced team. … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:22:44 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26941550-579/underdog-wizards-arent-intimidated-by-bulls.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26941550-579/underdog-wizards-arent-intimidated-by-bulls.html <![CDATA[ Underdog Wizards aren’t intimidated by Bulls ]]> Lead story image

It’s a nice badge to carry into the playoffs: The team no one wants to play. It even has a tinge of intimidation to it, that is, if the Bulls were actually facing a team that was susceptible to intimidation. But they aren’t. The Washington Wizards have little to lose, especially when all they’ve been hearing is they’re destined for elimination by next week. “Why would they pick us?’’ Wizards center Marcin Gortat told the Washington Post on Friday when asked about all the predictions from the so-called experts favoring the Bulls. “First of all, Chicago is an experienced team. … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:22:44 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26941550-579/underdog-wizards-arent-intimidated-by-bulls.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26941550-579/underdog-wizards-arent-intimidated-by-bulls.html <![CDATA[ White Sox drop fourth in row with 6-3 loss to Rangers ]]> Lead story image

ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 2 starter Jose Quintana gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings, putting the White Sox in a four-run hole, and the Texas Rangers held on for a 6-3 victory Saturday. Dayan Viciedo’s two-run single in the eighth cut the Rangers’ lead to 5-3, but Alexei Ramirez hit into an inning-ending double play, halting his club-record hitting streak to start a season at 17. Kevin Kouzmanoff led off the Rangers’ eighth with a home run against Jake Petricka, sealing the Sox’ fourth consecutive defeat. Jose Abreu came out of a 1-for-25 slump with two … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:50:13 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26948257-574/white-sox-drop-fourth-in-row-with-6-3-loss-to-rangers.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26948257-574/white-sox-drop-fourth-in-row-with-6-3-loss-to-rangers.html <![CDATA[ Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76 ]]> Lead story image

TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26955082-419/boxer-rubin-hurricane-carter-dies-at-76.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26955082-419/boxer-rubin-hurricane-carter-dies-at-76.html <![CDATA[ Rick Renteria’s talk pays dividends in Cubs’ victory ]]> Lead story image

Asked whether he had a meeting with his team after an uninspired loss to the Reds on Friday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria half-denied, half-sidestepped the question. By players’ accounts Saturday, it was more of a one-way conversation. Meetings generally are participatory. This one was a lesson on intensity, focus and approach. “When Ricky talks and shows emotion, it means something,” Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney said after the Cubs’ 8-4 victory over the Reds on Saturday at Wrigley Field. “He doesn’t do it very often and we know he’s got our back and is on our side, so when he … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:35:32 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26944217-573/rick-renterias-talk-pays-dividends-in-cubs-victory.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26944217-573/rick-renterias-talk-pays-dividends-in-cubs-victory.html <![CDATA[ Even after free agency, Bears should seek draft help on defense ]]> Lead story image

Bears general manager Phil Emery spent a lot of time and millions of dollars during free agency to address a defense that was historically awful last season. Now the Bears need to add some young blood to the mix. With the draft moved back to May 8-10 this year, there’s some extra time for Emery and Co. to move players around on their draft board. But the Bears’ needs — even after their impressive haul in free agency — remain clear. Defense comes first. 1. Safety Major Wright and Chris Conte didn’t benefit from the all injuries in front of … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:37:57 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26913684-606/even-after-free-agency-bears-should-seek-draft-help-on-defense.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26913684-606/even-after-free-agency-bears-should-seek-draft-help-on-defense.html <![CDATA[ New meal rule is coincidence only to NCAA ]]> Lead story image

May I borrow a line from John Lennon? I read the news today — oh, boy! Actually, I listened to the radio. There was NCAA president Mark Emmert, saying the recent landmark decision by the NCAA stating that revenue-producing athlete-workers on scholarship may eat a meal — and not just a snack — provided by the university when they’re hungry was a process three years in the making. Emmert called the old rule ‘‘stupid.’’ Then he said the new one had nothing to do with UConn men’s basketball star Shabazz Napier saying there were times during his years at the … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:37:43 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26913662-452/new-meal-rule-is-coincidence-only-to-ncaa.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26913662-452/new-meal-rule-is-coincidence-only-to-ncaa.html <![CDATA[ Joel Quenneville’s colt, Midnight Hawk, nosed out in Illinois Derby ]]> Lead story image

Odds-on favorite Midnight Hawk was run down in a sizzling stretch duel by Dynamic Impact, who won the Grade III $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose in a photo finish Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Ridden by Miguel Mena and sent off at 9-1 odds, Dynamic Impact covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.07 on a fast track from Post 1. Irish You Well, a maiden, finished third. The 57th running of the Illinois Derby featured a field of eight 3-year-olds. “Nobody chased the favorite, so I had to go and put some pressure on him,” Mena said. Midnight Hawk, the 2-5 … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:35:54 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26942691-419/joel-quennevilles-colt-midnight-hawk-nosed-out-in-illinois-derby.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26942691-419/joel-quennevilles-colt-midnight-hawk-nosed-out-in-illinois-derby.html