Word on the Street: Trio of Bears leading Pro Bowl ballots

Word on the Street: Trio of Bears leading Pro Bowl ballots

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
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Trio of Bears lead Pro Bowl ballots

Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester won the fan voting for their respective positions for the NFC team in the Pro Bowl.

Tom Brady was the leading vote-getter with 1.9 million votes, edging Michael Vick, who netted 1.5 million votes to lead the NFC.

The 43-man rosters will be announced Tuesday. The Pro Bowl game will be played Jan. 30 in Honolulu. (Chicago Tribune)

Illinois Lottery embarks on second annual Blackhawks ticket

The Illinois Lottery launched the second Chicago Blackhawks Cash scratch-off ticket, following up on the huge success the inaugural campaign brought last year, which was also fortunately accompanied by the Hawks' Stanley Cup Championship.

There are six different tickets, each with a separate Hawk on it, including Patrick Kane, Jonathan Towes, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith.

The tickets are 5 each and the prizes range from a Blackhawks jersey to up to 100,000 in cash. (Blackhawks.com)

Favre to Peppers: Beat the Packers

After Julius Peppers and his teammates annihilated Brett Favre's Vikings Monday night (including a sack from Corey Wootton knocking Favre out of the game), the veteran, record-setting QB had a simple message for Peppers: beat the Packers in a couple of weeks. (NBC Sports)

Jets' QB Sanchez has shoulder tear

Mark Sanchez, the second-year quarterback of the New York Jets, has a slight cartilage tear in his right shoulder, but is still fully expecting to play against the Bears on Sunday. Jets head coach, never one to shy away from the media, said he was "99 percent" sure Sanchez will start. (NY Daily News)

Chicago Sky announce '11 schedule

The Chicago Sky have released their 2011 schedule, which will open against the Indiana Fever on the road on June 4. The home opener at Allstate Arena will be June 10 against the Connecticut Sun.

The Sky also host the defending WNBA Champs, the Seattle Storm, in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 on July 19. (Chicago Tribune)

Driver in Adenhart death gets 51 years to life

Andrew Gallo, the man who was drunk driving in the accident that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart last year was sentenced to 51 years to life, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. In September, Gallo was convicted of three counts of murder, one count of fleeing the scene of a crash and one count of driving under the influence. (The Epoch Times)

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.