Word on the Street: Cubs miss out on Gonzalez

Word on the Street: Cubs miss out on Gonzalez

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010
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Cubs miss out on Gonzalez

A day after multiple reports linked the Cubs as one of the top teams chasing after All Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox are looking to be the victors of the sweepstakes for the slugger's services. On Saturday, the Padres agreed in principle to trade Gonzalez to Boston for a few high-caliber prospects. Gonzalez was reportedly in Beantown Saturday for a physical. The trade is not official yet, but sources indicate it could be complete by the time the winter meetings start on Monday. (Chicago Tribune)

Cardinals acquire Berkman

The St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs' most hated division rival, improved their lineup Saturday by signing free agent Lance Berkman to a one-year deal. The veteran has spent much of the past couple of years as a first basemandesignated hitter, but is returning to his initial position of outfield for St. Louis, as one of the game's best (Albert Pujols) plays 1B for the Cardinals.

Berkman will play left field next season and spell Pujols at first. He is a career .296 hitter with 327 home runs and 1,099 RBIs in 1,629 games. (USAToday)

Crawford back in the net for Blackhawks Sunday

After a one-game reprieve, goalie Corey Crawford is slated to head back into the starting lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks when they take on the Calgary Flames Sunday evening. Crawford is in the midst of a four-game winnings streak, but coach Joel Quenneville went with Marty Turco in the net Friday night, a game the Hawks lost 3-0. (CSNChicago.com)

Medical examiner investigates death at Soldier Field
Last Sunday, the Bears pulled off a big victory over the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles, but there was more than just celebration going on at Soldier Field. There was also mourning for 23-year-old Stuart Haverty, a Woodstock resident who fell to his death at the stadium during the game.

The Cook County medical examiner's office investigated the incident and ruled it to be accidental. Haverty also was found to have been killed after sustaining multiple injuries in the fall, according to the report. (New York Injury News)

Will Illinois football be left out to dry?
Following an uninspired 25-23 loss to Fresno State Friday night, the 6-6 University of Illinois football team may miss out on the Texas Bowl. Northwestern is 7-5, but Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune still feels the Illini are the better choice for the Dec. 29 bowl game. (Chicago Tribune)

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

Quick hits: Blackhawks start strong in win over Blues

Illini keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat with dominant win over Nebraska

White Sox: Happy with progress, Brett Lawrie tries to clear final hurdles

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Kurt Busch steals a monster of a win in Daytona 500

Michigan State gets big win to boost tourney hopes, while Wisconsin loses for fourth time in five games

 

 

 

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling found out at 8 o'clock this morning that he was starting for an ailing Corey Crawford. Considering he did this back in December for a few weeks, adjusting quick for one game was fine.

"It's kind of my job," Darling said.

And Darling, once again, did his job.

Darling stopped 30 of 32 shots and Patrick Kane scored his 24th goal of the season as the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night. The Blackhawks have won nine of their last 10 games. They're one point behind the Minnesota Wild, who made their splashy trade-deadline move in acquiring Martin Hanzal on Sunday. But the Blackhawks, thanks to veterans regaining their form, a top line finding its rhythm and youth consistently improving, are just rolling right along.

"We had a great start to the game. I thought Darls was excellent all night, great stretch there in the last 10 minutes where we fight through some tough shifts, particularly in the last couple of minutes in our end. But good win," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You look at the nice plays on the goals, it was kind of a comparable ending to the outdoor game: tied and about the same time they scored, we scored (tonight). Big two points for us."

Jonathan Toews scored his 16th of the season and Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Tanner Kero added an empty-net goal with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game.

The Blackhawks already knew they'd be without Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) for at least a day or two when they found out Crawford couldn't go this morning. As Quenneville said Darling was strong once again, denying the Blues all but twice (a 2-on-1 goal from Magnus Paajarvi and a power-play goal from Alex Pietrangelo).

Toews and Kane (power-play goal) staked the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead early before the Blues tied it in the second. But late in the third period Anisimov took the feed from Artemi Panarin to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

"I saw the puck all the way. It was easy to pick up," Anisimov said. "When you don't see the puck at the last moment and it comes, it's hard to receive and prepare for the next move. But I saw it all the way. Easy to prepare for the next move."

Speaking of next moves, do the Blackhawks make any more before the trade deadline. General manager Stan Bowman said on Friday, following the acquisition of Tomas Jurco, that he'll keep talking and listening but likes the group he has right now. If Bowman's made moves it's for what the Blackhawks have needed, not because of another team's trades. The Blackhawks like what they have right now. Winning nine of 10 and continuing to trend in the right direction, they should be careful not to disrupt what they've got going.

"I think we're, as we've said lately, trending the right way. We're playing solid. I think all four lines are contributing in every which way," Toews said. "I love our group right now. Everyone is getting better individually, contributing more and more and it's a lot of fun to see the way we're playing right now. We know that the ceiling is way higher and we can keep getting better too."