Big third-quarter carries Pirates to win

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Big third-quarter carries Pirates to win

By Patrick Z. McGavin
YourSeason.com

Proviso East is a highlight reel waiting to unfold. Naturally, the Pirates match one of the most famous lines in movie history, Humphrey Bogarts sad reminder to Ingrid Bergman of their shared past in Casablanca: Well always have Paris.The Pirates have two.Senior guard Paris Burns scored 23 points and had six steals and junior Paris Lee scored nine points and recorded five steals as the No. 2 Pirates built a 23-point third-quarter lead before holding off a Morton rally for the 64-53 victory Friday night in Maywood.The former Pirate great who led Proviso East to the 1991 Class AA state championship, first-year coach Donnie Boyce won his 20th straight game. Morton coach Tony Martinucci has been coaching against the Pirates long enough to know you the team has a very slim margin of error.Theyre awesome, Martinucci said. That kid from Curie Burns just killed us. We missed a lot of free throws, and you just cant do that against a team that good.Junior forward Sterling Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds for the Pirates (20-0, 9-0 West Suburban Gold). Senior point guard Keith Carter contributed 10 points and five assists.Up 36-21 at the break, Proviso East built its largest advantage, 50-27, late in the third quarter. Behind 6-8 senior forward Rocco Belcaster, the Mustangs (9-11, 4-6) responded with a 12-0 run.Playing in his fifth game since returning from a hand injury he suffered just before Christmas, Belcaster scored 19 points and junior 6-4 forward Waller Perez added 17 points. Morton closed the deficit within seven points.I was very pleased with how the kids did to get back into the game, Martinucci said. We had two straight possessions where we made only one of two free throws at the line, and that killed us, he said.Senior forward David Chatman added eight points for the Mustangs.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. How will Blackhawks respond to worst loss of season?

The Blackhawks suffered their worst loss of the season on Saturday in a 7-0 rout at the hands of the Panthers. It was the first time they've lost by at least seven goals since 2011 when Edmonton beat them 9-2 and the first time they lost 7-0 since 2001 against San Jose; the Blackhawks lost to Washington 6-0 earlier this year. But by no means was Saturday their worst effort of the season. A questionable interference penalty by Marcus Kruger led to a two-man advantage, which Florida cashed in on with a goal and another shortly after, and it opened up the floodgates. Expect a big bounce-back against a hungry Lightning team.

2. Lightning fighting for playoff lives.

Every game is a must-win for the Lightning with eight games remaining on their schedule. They're three points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on the Bruins, who currently occupy that spot, but still have to jump the Islanders. The Lightning didn't do themselves any favors by losing three straight in regulation last week, but they've won two in a row and tonight will be the first of a four-game homestand for them.

3. Keep the puck off Nikita Kucherov's stick.

There isn't a hotter player in the NHL right now than Kucherov, who has seven goals and two assists in his last four games. He's had two hat tricks in the past month, and he ranks sixth in the league with 78 points and second in goals with 38. You know how lethal Artemi Panarin's slapshot is from the left faceoff circle? That's Kucherov, but on the right side.

4. Staying disciplined.

The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team in the league, but they acted out of character Saturday by racking up 30 penalty minutes. They were also slapped with a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties, which isn't something you normally see from Joel Quenneville's teams. Ryan Hartman, who along with Marcus Kruger was penalized for "yapping" at the officials, accepted responsibility for it after the game, and insisted it "won't happen again."

5. Special teams to play key factor?

On the flip side, the Lightning are the second-most penalized team, averaging just over 11 penalty minutes per game. Power plays will be key for the Blackhawks in an effort to keep Tampa Bay's collection of talented young goal scorers off the ice. The Lightning also boast a top-five power play unit with a 22 percent success rate. Both teams would be better served staying out of the box and making this a 5-on-5 battle.

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White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.