Marshall to Suh: 'What you did to Jay wasnt cool'


Marshall to Suh: 'What you did to Jay wasnt cool'

All the usual right things were said after Monday nights game, that Ndamukong Suhs sack that left Jay Cutler with bruised ribs was clean and part of the game.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was having none of it.

Suh tucked in Cutlers arm as he was driving the Bears quarterback into the turf, a move that increased the possibility of injury. Suh, as is his custom after his various actions on the edge, said he wasnt trying to injure Cutler, contrary to all appearances.

Marshall (@BMarshall) tweeted early Tuesday morning:

A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn't cool. Great players don't have to do that.

Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012

A Suh. Something I've learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character

Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012
No immediate tweet back from Suh.

Time waits for no Bearsor is the other way around?

At some point all of those stories about the aging Bears defense will be accurate. They just werent two years ago, werent last year and still arent.

Charles Tillman shackled All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who did not catch a pass until late in the third quarter and had three for the game (of the 11 thrown to him). Tillman was credited with seven solo tackles, two pass breakups (one in the end zone) and two forced fumbles.

Lance Briggs forced a fumble by ripping the ball out of a running backs hands to go with eight tackles. Julius Peppers had a sack, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and recovered the fumble that Briggs caused.

Brian Urlacher had seven tackles, one for loss, a pass broken up and recovered the goal-line fumble caused by defensive tackle Henry Melton.

People say theyre getting older and stuff like that, said guard Rob Sims. But theyre not that old, know what I mean? Brian Urlacher is still playing well. Those guys are together for a reason and it shows.

Sick bay

The Bears took the highlight hit when Cutler was knocked out for a time with sore ribs after that Suh sack but the Lions took the harder blows.

Nickel wide receiver Nate Burleson was lost for the season with a broken leg.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks go for season sweep vs. Stars tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks go for season sweep vs. Stars tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars tonight on CSN and streaming live on Coverage begins at 7 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. Patrick Sharp returns to Chicago.

For the first time this season, Sharp will lace up the skates in the building and city he spent 10 seasons and won three Stanley Cups. He missed the first three meetings of the year due to a concussion, but played in the fourth on Feb. 4 that turned out to be a 5-3 loss for Dallas. The former Blackhawks winger revealed last month that he's been dealing with an undisclosed injury for quite a while that has worsened over time, and will eventually need season-ending surgery, which will likely come when the Stars are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

2. Johnny Oduya faces former team.

Sharp won't be the only one facing his former club tonight. Oduya will face off against the Stars for the first time since being re-acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb. 28 from Dallas, where he spent the last year and a half after signing a two-year contract in the summer of 2015. He was a key part of the team's blue line that won their first division title since 2005-06 last year.

3. Jamie Benn scoring drought.

After scoring 12 goals in his previous 16 games, including three in two games to start March, Benn hasn't scored in six straight, his second-longest drought of the season; his first stretched to nine games from Oct. 20-Nov. 10. It's been a tough season in Dallas, and Benn only recently started looking like the player that finished last season ranked third with 41 goals and second with 89 points. But he's still one of the best players in the league, so don't think a down year makes him any less dangerous on the ice.  

4. Ryan Hartman with a hot stick.

Hartman had been quiet for a little bit, failing to find the back of the net in nine consecutive games. He's been lights out in the last three, where he registered a season-high six shots on goal and scored the game-winning overtime goal in Toronto, and scored two more in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vancouver. He's now up to 18 goals on the season, which ranks fifth among all rookies, and all but one have come at even strength. Two more would put him at 20 goals, and would make him the seventh Blackhawks player this season to reach that total.

5. Another successful night coming for the power play?

The Blackhawks took advantage of their six power-play opportunities on Tuesday against Vancouver by cashing in on two of those. They were only 1-for-13 (7.7 percent) in their previous seven games. They're welcoming a Stars team that ranks dead last in the penalty kill department with a 74.0 percentage, and the Blackhawks will look to build off last game's success and keep it rolling.

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Team USA captures first World Baseball Classic championship

Team USA captures first World Baseball Classic championship

For the first time in the history of the World Baseball Classic, the United States of America walked away champions.

Team USA bested Puerto Rico in blowout fashion on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, winning the championship game by an 8-0 score at Dodger Stadium.

White Sox relief pitchers David Robertson and Nate Jones were part of the championship-winning American roster. Robertson pitched in Wednesday's game, closing things out with a scoreless ninth inning.

Cubs infielder Javy Baez came up short as a member of the Puerto Rican team. Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Wednesday.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman dominated the Puerto Rican lineup, pitching six no-hit innings before surrendering the first hit in the seventh inning.

The Americans crossed home plate eight times on the night, getting a two-run home run from Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and two-run hits from Christian Yelich and Brandon Crawford. Andrew McCutchen also drove in two, and Kinsler and Nolan Arenado scored two runs apiece.

The Puerto Ricans mustered just three hits.

This was the first time the United States even advanced to the championship game in the four times the event has been staged. It's just the second top-four finish for the Americans. They finished fourth in 2009.