Word on the Street: Versteeg says no to D.C.

Word on the Street: Versteeg says no to D.C.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Versteeg won't visit White House

Openly celebrating your former team's victory over your current team probably isn't the best idea. At least, that's what former-Blackhawk Kris Versteeg appears to be thinking. According to the Toronto Sun, Versteeg has declined an invitation to reunite with his old Blackhawks teammates at the White House for a meet-and-greet with President Obama.

"It's pretty cool to get the chance to go the White House, but after thinking about it I just decided to take a pass and let those guys enjoy themselves," said Versteeg, who now plays for the Philadelphia Flyers. "I'm still buddies with (the Blackhawks), but I haven't been on that team for almost a year." (The Toronto Sun)

Celtics lead down to 1.5 games

Within the last week the Bulls have hop-scotched the Miami Heat for second place in the Eastern Conference and now have their sights set on the Boston Celtics, owners of the top spot in the East. After a Bulls victory over the Bobcats last night, the Celtics lost 108-103 to the Los Angeles Clippers. With the loss, their lead over the Bulls slipped to only a game and a half. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Airline, Prosecutor challenge NHL ruling on Pacioretty hit

The NHL is receiving criticism from all over the place in the wake of a nasty hit suffered by Montreal's Max Pacioretty in a game against the Boston Bruins. As a result of the violent hit by Boston's Zdeno Chara, Pacioretty was sent to the hospital with a fractured vertebra and severe concussion.

The NHL decided on Wednesday that they would not suspend Chara for the hit, prompting a Quebec prosecutor to ask police to investigate the hit.

Additionally, Air Canada has informed the NHL that it is considering withdrawing its sponsorship unless the league tightens it rules in an attempt to reduce serious injuries. (Press of Atlantic City)

Chicago State star earns recognition

Chicago State forward Carl Montgomery was named on Thursday to the first-team, all-Great West Conference team. Montgomery, a 6-foot-7 senior ranked third in the conference with 17 points per game and seven rebounds per game. His numbers in conference play were even better, averaging 20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Palatine man trains for marathon by eating...

... ONLY McDonald's. That's right, Joe D'Amico of Palatine plans to run the Los Angeles Marathon on March 20 after training for 30 days on a diet of McDonald's fast food alone.

"My wife told me I was crazy," D'Amico, 36, said. "But I love McDonald's and I love running, and this was a great way to combine the two."

He usually starts the day with a plate of hot cakes, an Egg McMuffin and an orange juice. He eats a grilled chicken sandwich for lunch, washed down with a large Coke, then enjoys a hamburger and fries for dinner, with cookies for desert. His only deviation from the McDonald's menu is a daily multivitamin, tap water, and an energy gel he takes while on the road. (suntimes.com)

Adam Eaton returns to White Sox lineup vs. Rays

Adam Eaton returns to White Sox lineup vs. Rays

Adam Eaton is back in the White Sox lineup in their contest against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night on CSN+.

Eaton will bat in the leadoff spot and play right field.

"It’s nice to be back in there and I’m excited," Eaton said prior to Tuesday night's game. "They played really well yesterday, so hopefully we can keep up that same intensity. As I’ve said, I’m excited to get back out there."

Manager Robin Ventura held Eaton out of the game on Monday night, saying that he still needed time to recuperate. But the White Sox outfielder is ready to go.

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Eaton left last week’s game against the Cleveland Indians after crashing into the wall while making a catch. He missed the next three games.

Eaton, who got the wind knocked out of him during the catch, took and passed concussion tests.

AP Illinois preps football rankings: Week 5

AP Illinois preps football rankings: Week 5

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 8A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Loyola (10) 5-0 100 1
2 Homewood-Flossmoor 5-0 88 2
3 Brother Rice 5-0 82 4
4 Palatine 5-0 53 5
5 Naperville Neuqua Valley 5-0 51 8
6 Lincoln-Way East 4-1 41 6
7 Edwardsville 5-0 36 7
8 Barrington 5-0 34 9
9 Oak Park-River Forest 5-0 18 10
10 Lyons 5-0 13 NR

Other receiving votes: Hinsdale Central 12, Glenbard West 8, Marist 6, Naperville North 4, St. Charles East 4

Class 7A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 East St. Louis (9) 5-0 90 1
2 Bradley-Bourbonnais 4-1 83 5
3 Fenwick 4-1 67 4
4 Chicago Mt. Carmel 3-2 55 2
5 St. Charles North 4-1 49 9
6 Batavia 4-1 44 3
7 Normal Community 4-1 40 8
T-8 Lincoln-Way West 4-1 37 7
T-8 Benet 4-1 37 NR
10 Rolling Meadows 5-0 14 NR

Other receiving votes: St. Patrick 10, St. Rita 10, Machesney Park Harlem 5, Lake Zurich 4, Schaumburg 2, Libertyville 1, Hononegah 1, Highland Park 1

Class 6A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Sacred Heart Griffin (Spr.) (7) 5-0 96 1
2 Prairie Ridge (3) 5-0 93 2
3 Cary-Grove 4-1 77 3
4 Lemont 5-0 64 4
5 Rockford Boylan 5-0 54 5
6 Danville 5-0 42 6
7 Rockford Auburn 4-1 34 7
8 St. Laurence 4-1 32 9
9 DeKalb 4-1 20 8
10 Quincy 4-1 14 10

Other receiving votes: De La Salle 10, Crete-Monee 9, Bloomington 2, Montini 1, Oak Lawn Richards 1, Rock Island 1

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 Peoria Central (11) 5-0 119 1
2 Sterling (1) 5-0 109 2
3 Peoria Notre Dame 4-1 88 5
4 Rochelle 4-1 69 8
5 Eisenhower 5-0 66 7
6 Metamora 4-1 51 3
7 Morris 4-1 49 9
8 Centralia 4-1 42 4
9 Woodstock North 4-1 18 6
T-10 Washington 3-2 12 NR
T-10 Highland 4-1 12 NR

Other receiving votes: Rich Central 5, Triad 5, Vernon Hills 5, Woodstock Marian 4, Cahokia 3, Thornridge 3

Class 4A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Althoff Catholic (11) 5-0 130 1
2 Rochester (2) 5-0 124 2
3 Phillips 4-1 112 3
4 Johnsburg (1) 5-0 104 5
5 Columbia 5-0 76 6
6 Genoa-Kingston 5-0 65 8
7 Aurora Central Catholic 5-0 49 10
8 Geneseo 4-1 46 4
9 Marengo 4-1 30 9
10 Mt. Zion 4-1 13 NR

Other receiving votes: Canton 6, St. Edward 4, Taylorville 4, Richmond-Burton 4, Wheaton Academy 1, Plano 1, Rockford Lutheran 1

Class 3A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 IC Catholic (13) 5-0 130 1
2 Wilmington 5-0 116 2
3 Monticello 5-0 97 3
4 Byron 5-0 80 4
5 Newton 5-0 70 5
6 North-Mac 5-0 68 6
7 Herscher 5-0 50 7
8 Pana 5-0 39 8
9 Breese Central 5-0 28 9
10 Elmwood-Brimfield 5-0 16 10

Other receiving votes: Bloomington Central Catholic 12, Mt. Carmel 6, Williamsville 2, Westville 1

Class 2A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Downs Tri-Valley (11) 5-0 119 1
2 Deer Creek-Mackinaw (1) 5-0 103 2
3 Sterling Newman 5-0 97 3
4 Mendon Unity 5-0 81 4
5 Eastland-Pearl City 5-0 71 5
6 Maroa-Forsyth 4-1 53 6
7 Fulton 4-1 41 7
8 Hamilton West Hancock 5-0 37 9
9 Orion 4-2 27 8
10 Red Bud 5-0 19 10

Other receiving votes: Wethersfield 7, El Paso-Gridley 4, St. Bede 1

Class 1A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Decatur St. Teresa (11) 5-0 119 1
2 Ottawa Marquette 5-0 97 2
3 Tuscola 5-0 94 3
4 Forreston (1) 5-0 93 4
5 Stockton 5-0 68 5
6 Athens 5-0 57 6
7 Lena-Winslow 4-1 52 8
8 Argenta-Oreana 5-0 28 T-9
9 Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 4-1 22 T-9
10 Aquin 5-0 19 NR

Other receiving votes: Decatur Lutheran (LSA) 6, Bureau Valley 4, Milledgeville 1