Parker, USA go undefeated in FIBA prelims

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Parker, USA go undefeated in FIBA prelims

The Chicago kids have fared just fine in Lithuania, as Jabari Parker, Kendrick Nunn and Jahlil Okafor helped Team USA to a 5-0 record in the preliminary round at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The Americans crushed the competition in the opening round, winning by an average of 40.6 points. The team's closest game was its first, when they defeated Australia 89-67. Its largest winning margin occurred yesterday, when they defeated China 116-47.
Simeon's Jabari Parker, the top player in the 2013 class, averaged 13.7 points per game in three games, but sat out the team's final two games with a sore foot for precautionary reasons, as USA was already into the medal round.
Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor started a team-high four games and averaged 14.0 points on 57.7 percent shooting and 9.6 rebounds.
Simeon's Kendrick Nunn was seventh on the team in scoring, averaging 7.2 points per game. He shot just 1-of-7 from beyond the arc, but the team shot 37.9 percent as a team.
2013 Kansas commit Conner Frankamp led the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game.
Team USA will play Team Canada in the semifinals of the tournament on Friday. The Canadians went 3-2 in the preliminary round.
Should they win, the Americans would then play the winner of Australia (4-1) and Argentina (3-2) in the semifinals Saturday.
The championship will be held Sunday at 8:30 p.m. local time.

Bulls Road Ahead: Trying to get back to .500 yet again

Bulls Road Ahead: Trying to get back to .500 yet again

Mark Schanowski and Mark Strotman break down what the Bulls need to do to get back on track on this edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

A stellar win over the Grizzlies on Sunday has all but been forgotten, as the Bulls lost to the Mavericks on Tuesday. Now back under .500 for the fourth time this season, the Bulls will have to regroup as they prepare for a back-to-back against the Hawks and Kings.

See what else they had to say in this week's Bulls Road Ahead.

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

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Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.