Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
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)