Word on the Street: Ozzie's fashion statement

Word on the Street: Ozzie's fashion statement

Friday, April 1, 2011
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Ozzie sporting a new look?

Ozzie Guillen showed up to the postgame press conference with a new wardrobe, a shirt that read "Ozzie mows Wrigley Field," complete with a photo of the White Sox manager mowing the lawn at the Cubs' home field. (CSNChicago.com)

Rodman in the Hall of Fame?

The Pistons honored Dennis Rodman by retiring his No. 10 Friday night, but a bigger honor awaits Monday.

A Pistons source confirms that the NBA will announce that Rodman is part of the 2011 class of Hall of Fame inductees.

Rodman didn't speak much on the topic of the Hall of Fame during a 20-minute press conference Friday evening, deflecting one question about it by saying he had a lot going on. But he did touch on several other topics and became very emotional at times. (mlive.com)Holliday to undergo appendectomy

The St. Louis Cardinals will have to play without another major contributor for a while this season. Just a day after hitting a solo home run in the season opener, Matt Holliday will undergo an appendectomy.

The outfielder went home after the 5-3 extra-inning loss to the Padres and began feeling pain.

General manager John Mozeliak said the club will not make any roster moves today, instead waiting to hear from doctors about how the surgery goes. (StlToday.com)

The best goal call in Fire history?

The Chicago Fire defeated the Colorado Rapids in the second round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying at Shea Stadium in Peoria on Wednesday. But it is the energetic and at times hysterical goal calls that have had fans talking.

Communications Manager Brendan Hannan made his play-by-play debut alongside Team Writer Jeff Crandall, and drew inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld. (Chicago-Fire.com)

More and more agree: Cam Newton is No. 1 pick

On NFL Network's late-night edition of "Total Access" Thursday, Albert Breer became the latest reporter to predict Cam Newton will be the No. 1 selection in April's draft.

"If you ask me today, Cam Newton goes to Carolina with (the) first pick, Breer wrote on Twitter just before the segment. Breer added on air, This kid has dealt with a lot of things. And hes been a leader throughout it. I spoke to a personnel man recently. He would be shocked if Cam Newton wasnt the No. 1 overall pick. (Newton) still remains strong there as the top quarterback in the draft. (ProFootballTalk)

Krause leaving Sox for Arizona job

The White Sox's struggling effort to maintain a presence in Latin America is facing yet another challenge. Director of White Sox international scouting Jerry Krause will leave the team to take a position with Arizona.

Krause held his position with the Sox for less than one year. He leaves to serve as special assistant to Jerry DiPoto, the Diamondbacks' executive vice president of scouting and player development.

Krause was the Bulls' former general manager and had spent 21 of his 37 years scouting baseball players. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Unlikely ex-Hawk garners Goal of the Night honors

The folks at ProHockeyTalk select the best save and goal every night during the NHL season, and last night, Ben Eager won the title of Best Goal of the Night.

No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke, Eager, the former Blackhawks enforcer is the legitimate Goal of the Night winner.

Currently on the San Jose Sharks, Eager showed that he could use his hands for more than just fighting, taking a nice pass and moving it to his backhand to score a beauty of a goal. (ProHockeyTalk)

Northwestern holds off Ohio State for fifth Big Ten win, first win in Columbus in 40 years

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Northwestern holds off Ohio State for fifth Big Ten win, first win in Columbus in 40 years

It's not something that's been said often over the decades, but Northwestern is one of the best teams in the Big Ten.

That's the story the standings tell, and with another week of the 2016-17 season in the books, the Wildcats sit at 5-2 in conference play, good for the second-best mark in the league.

That fifth conference win came Sunday afternoon with a 74-72 defeat of Ohio State. It was the first time Northwestern won in Columbus since 1977.

This is the first 5-2 start to Big Ten play for the Cats since 1968. So is this the first time ever the Cats get an invite to the NCAA tournament?

Of course that remains to be seen, but Chris Collins' squad sure seems to be setting itself up for inclusion in the field of 68. Sunday's win was just the latest to come away from Evanston, and in seven conference games, four of the team's five wins have come in road games, including three straight at Nebraska, Rutgers and Ohio State.

Northwestern had to find a way to win Sunday. A couple surges in the first half took the Cats from modest deficits to a lead that grew as big as eight. The halftime advantage was five, but that slipped away quickly as Northwestern shot poorly after halftime. Ice cold is a better descriptor, the Cats struggling to get their field-goal percentage above 30 percent over the final 20 minutes. It got there eventually, the team finishing shooting 32.3 percent in the second half, but it was the work from the free-throw line that made the win possible. Over the final 20 minutes, Northwestern was 14-for-16 from the charity stripe, including going 11-for-12 over the final minute and a half.

The key stretch came when a Scottie Lindsey 3-ball broke a 56-all tie with four and a half minutes to play. Ohio State countered with a bucket, but freshman point guard Isiah Brown turned in back-to-back scores of his own, the second a breakaway layup off a steal. That made it a five-point lead, and though the gap shrunk over the game's final three minutes, Northwestern's free-throw shooting allowed the Cats to hold that lead the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes shot themselves in the foot at the free-throw line. They were 12-for-23 on the game, and all but one of the attempts came in the second half, making for 10 missed free throws over the game's final 20 minutes. Northwestern committed a lot of fouls, but Ohio State couldn't capitalize, something that has to be quite painful for the Buckeyes, considering they had edges in other statistical categories. They shot 45.6 percent from the field compared to the Cats shooting 37.5 percent. Ohio State also had 16 second-chance points and 28 points in the paint. But Northwestern had 17 points off 13 Ohio State turnovers.

Lindsey finished with a game-high 21 points and has scored in double figures in every game this season. Bryant McIntosh had 17 points, and Vic Law had 10. Jae'Sean Tate scored 14 points for Ohio State, with JaQuan Lyle adding 13, Trevor Thompson scoring 11 and Cam Williams putting in 10.

The win was Northwestern's fourth straight and boosted its overall record to 16-4 to go along with the 5-2 mark in the conference. The Cats next play Nebraska on Thursday.

The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for Ohio State and dropped the Buckeyes' record to 12-8 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten. They next play Minnesota on Wednesday.

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger has been sidelined a little longer than the originally expected three weeks with his right hand injury. Not that any missed time is enjoyable.

"I wanted to get back there probably a few weeks ago but unfortunately I couldn't," said Kruger, who suffered his injury on Dec. 30 against the Carolina Hurricanes. "I tried to listen to the doctors and do everything I can instead to be ready when I get cleared. That's my mindset."

Kruger is close, but not quite there, as the Blackhawks prepared for Sunday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Kruger skated with his teammates for the first time since being injured but wasn't among the line rushes. The center took faceoffs on his own at the end of practice. Kruger pronounced himself, "pretty close," to returning. Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks will see how Kruger is over the next few days. The Blackhawks play again Tuesday and Thursday before heading into the All-Star break this weekend.

The Blackhawks have missed Kruger's versatility and especially his play on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks' kill has been fine through Kruger's absence but he nevertheless is a big part of it when he's healthy.

"We have a lot of options and when he's out everyone gets a more important role, whether starting or faceoffs. And we have a rotation of five guys who are in there most of the time. But he definitely absorbs the most responsibility when he's playing in that area," Quenneville said of Kruger. "So it's nice you get to try some other guys and you get deeper as you go along."

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One of the players who's emerged in Kruger's absence is Tanner Kero, who filled his third-line center void. Kero and linemates Vinnie Hinostroza and Marian Hossa clicked on the dads trip, coming up with big plays and points in the Blackhawks' victories over Colorado and Boston. As of now, Kero appears to have the hold on third-line center.

"I don't see too many things that would change his positioning because he really helped himself," Quenneville said.

Kruger said he's fine if that means returning to fourth-line center duties. Regardless, he'll help bolster the Blackhawks' forward lines. The last step is likely contact, which Kruger got a little of – outside of faceoffs – in Sunday's skate. Kruger's had to wait a little longer than expected on his injury but he's getting there.