Word on the Street: Deng to play in '12 Olympics?

Word on the Street: Deng to play in '12 Olympics?

Sunday, March 13, 2011
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Deng to play in 2012 London Olympics?

Luol Deng, a British citizen by way of Sudan, announced via Twitter Sunday that he will be playing for the host country in the 2012 Olympics. Deng tweeted: Got the great news we will be playing @London2012. Thanks for all your messages! Can't wait to play in London."

Derrick Rose will likely play for Team USA while Omer Asik could play for Turkey. Joakim Noah is an outside shot at playing for the French national team. (Chicago Tribune)

Soldier Field in Madden '12

Soldier Field has never appeared in the Madden NFL series, or any other NFL series. It's always been a generic venue under the name "Chicago Stadium," or "Chicago Field," because the Chicago Park District has never licensed the name for use.

Apparently they finally were offered acceptable terms.

Phil Frazier, a senior producer on Madden NFL, Tweeted that "it is very likely we'll have the real Soldier Field in the game this year!" Frazier said the team at EA Sports Tiburon must now build the field. Presumably, that would include an exterior shot of its iconic colonnade. (pastapadre.com)
Wade wins custody battle for sons

Chicago courts declared NBA superstar Dwyane Wade sole "care, custody and control" of his two sons Friday. He made the announcement Sunday after the Heat's practice. The custody battle was a long, heated process, but has resulted in good news for the Chicago native. (YahooSports)

ND, Illinois earn NCAA bids

Notre Dame didn't garner a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Irish did earn a No. 2 seed in the Southwest Region. They will face off against Akron, the Mid-American Conference champions.

Illinois, on the other hand, may have felt lucky to even get selected into the NCAA tournament, let alone grasp a No. 9 seed. The Illini had an up and down 2010-11 season, but will play UNLV Friday in Tulsa, Okla. (Chicago Tribune)

Cubs, White Sox react to tragic deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

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Cubs, White Sox react to tragic deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

The sports world woke up to some tragic news on Sunday morning.

Former major leaguer Andy Marte and Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura were both killed in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic within an hour of each other, according to multiple reports. A Royals representative confirmed the death of 25-year-old Ventura.

The Cubs and White Sox took to Twitter to give their condolences:

Ventura was a member of the Royals from 2013-16 and won a World Series title in 2015 with Ben Zobrist and Wade Davis, who the Cubs acquired this offseason for Jorge Soler. Ventura also played with White Sox pitcher James Shields in 2013-14.

Marte, 33, played a majority of his seven-year career with the Cleveland Indians. He was teammates with Todd Hollandsworth (Atlanta 2005), Kerry Wood (Cleveland 2009-10), and Miguel Montero (Arizona 2014).

Blackhawks updates: Why Joel Quenneville is starting Corey Crawford vs. Canucks

Blackhawks updates: Why Joel Quenneville is starting Corey Crawford vs. Canucks

Corey Crawford will start but Marcus Kruger won't play yet when the Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Scott Darling is coming off a 30-stop shutout in the Blackhawks' 1-0 victory over Boston on Friday night. Coach Joel Quenneville said there was some consideration given to start Darling in this one, too, but, "at the same time we want Crow playing as much as he can to get back to the great pace he had prior to being away."

"He hasn't been bad. But certainly that's what we're looking for him to get back to," Quenneville said on Crawford. "I like giving Darls some consideration. We'll see but [Darling] certainly enhanced his positioning."

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Meanwhile, Marcus Kruger skated with the Blackhawks for the first time since hurting his hand against the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 30. He took faceoffs on his own at the end of practice but was not among the line rushes. Quenneville said the Blackhawks will see how Kruger is for either Tuesday or Thursday but, "knowing we have that [All-Star] break, we'll see how he feels and what our options are."

Kruger said he felt, "pretty close."

"I tried to take it day by day and prepare to play," Kruger said. "Obviously not tonight, but the next game we will see." 

BLACKHAWKS VS. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
6:30 p.m.
TV: WGN
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks
Forward lines

Ryan Hartman-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Vinnie Hinostroza-Tanner Kero-Marian Hossa
Andrew Desjardins-Dennis Rasmussen-Nick Schmaltz

Defensive pairs
Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender
Corey Crawford

INJURIES/ILLNESS: Marcus Kruger (right arm).

Vancouver Canucks (via Canucks)
Forward lines

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Loui Eriksson
Sven Baertschi-Bo Horvat-Alex Burrows
Markus Granlund-Brandon Sutter-Jayson Megna
Brendan Gaunce-Michael Chaput-Jack Skille

Defensive Pairs
Alex Edler-Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa-Chris Tanev
Alex Biega-Nikita Tryamkin

Goaltender
Ryan Miller

INJURIES/ILLNESS: Anton Rodin (knee), Ben Hutton (hand), Jannik Hansen (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist), Philip Larsen (upper body), Derek Dorsett (back).