Mike Smith


While the puck first dropped at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Team USA and Team Canada got in a final day of practice.


1: No Kane or Oduya – no problem if you work hard: The Blackhawks were without a top-four defenseman in Johnny Oduya in their last game against Anaheim’s No. 2 ranked offense.


After shutting out the league-leading Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night, the Blackhawks are playing their final game before the Olympic break against the Phoenix Coyotes.


With holiday tournaments now in full swing, high school basketball action is going on all over Illinois as teams prepare for conference season the stretch run to March Madness.


The race for conference titles is always entertaining and for the continuing coverage for our high school boys basketball preview we decided to go over 10 of the more intriguing conference races i