Word on the Street: Cubs reunite with Old Style

Word on the Street: Cubs reunite with Old Style

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
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Cubs keep Old Style at Wrigley

The Cubs and Pabst Brewing Co. announced in a two-year deal that Old Style and Old Style Light will remain at Wrigley Field. (@CubsInsider)

Konerko back in the Sox lineup

After an 0-for-12 slump, Paul Konerko will return to the White Sox starting lineup tonight against Minnesota. He is 12-for-38 against Twins pitcher, Carl Pavano, knocking Gordan Beckham out of the lineup. Omar Vizquel will play at second base. (ChicagoTribune)

KHL devastating plane crash

43 are confirmed dead after a plane carrying Russias KHL Lokomotiv hockey team crashed this morning. Among those lost are former Blackhawks players, Alexander Karpovtsev and Igor Korolev. Other former NHL players killed in the crash included Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Karlis Skrastins. (CSNChicago, ChicagoTribune)

Injury keeps Barber sidelined

Marion Barber remains sidelined for the Bears as he recovers from a calf injury. He suffered the injury on Aug. 27 and has not returned to the field since then. If necessary, Kahlil Bell will fill in as backup behind Matt Forte. (ChicagoTribune)

Lockout causes change in NBA 2K12

Rookies will not be included on NBA 2K12 thanks to the lockout. Licensing rights prohibit the new players from being included on the original game, but 15 of the sports legends are featured. (ProBasketballTalk)

Flyers confirm 2012 Winter Classic

A letter to Flyers season ticket holders confirms the team will host the Rangers for the 2012 Winter Classic on Jan. 2. The exact location has not been released yet. (ProHockeyTalk)

Arkansas lured away from SEC

The Big 12 reached out to Arkansas in an attempt to focus their interests on returning to a Southwestern conference and out of the SEC. Jeff Long, UAs athletic director, immediately confirmed the Razorbacks will not be going anywhere. (CollegeFootballTalk)

NBA Trade Deadline: Bulls deal Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott to Thunder

NBA Trade Deadline: Bulls deal Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott to Thunder

The Bulls turned into sellers ahead of the NBA's trade deadline.

According to CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill, the Bulls have traded Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne. The Vertical first reported the trade.

Both Gibson and McDermott had been on the trading block, as Goodwill reported last week.

Payne, 22, was drafted by the Thunder in the first round (14th overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft. In 20 games this season, Payne is averaging 5.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Lauvergne, 25, was acquired by the Thunder from the Denver Nuggets prior to the 2016-17 season. In three seasons, Lauvergne is averaging 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

The 31-year-old Morrow is averaging 5.8 points in 40 games this season.

Bulls GM Gar Forman and VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson will meet the media following today's 2 p.m. deadline.

Blackhawks look to keep rolling vs. Coyotes

Blackhawks look to keep rolling vs. Coyotes

The last time the Blackhawks faced the Arizona Coyotes was the first game the current top line of Nick Schmaltz, Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik were thrown together.

Yeah, the combination's worked out well. So has the Blackhawks' game in general, as they've won seven of eight including that Feb. 2 game. Now the Blackhawks will try to keep the momentum rolling with their lines and their game when they host the Coyotes Thursday night at the United Center.

The Blackhawks' current run of success started in the desert and part of that has been finding more consistent lines. Everything else has gradually improved off of that, from goal scoring to puck possession.

"I think it's puck possession, puck control, pace to the game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we were very inconsistent in that early and we were defending way more than we were accustomed to. You're vulnerable for penalties, you're vulnerable for quality scoring chances against and not generating enough. I think that's the progression in our game now, it seems like all four lines are having the puck and having some zone time and having some rush chances, zone chances and it seems like every line's contributing there, and that's the big difference."

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The Blackhawks' top line didn't have immediate chemistry but Quenneville kept them together and let them work on it. But as Toews said, it was about the group keeping the all-around game going, points or no points.

"Sometimes you just gotta work until things start clicking," Toews said. "Everyone seems to start paying attention when you start scoring goals, regardless of [the fact you're] doing things right. It's nice that we're scoring but we have to stick with what's making us a successful line at both ends of the rink right now."

Corey Crawford will start vs. the Coyotes. Niklas Hjalmarsson did not skate this morning but is expected to play. Quenneville said Michal Rozsival could draw into the lineup.

Broadcast information

Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN
Live stream: CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks lines

Nick Schmaltz -Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
Ryan Hartman-Tanner Kero-Vinnie Hinostroza

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Rozsival-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries 

None

Coyotes lines (via Arizona Republic)

Tobias Rieder-Martin Hanzal-Radim Vrbata
Brendan Perlini-Christian Dvorak-Shane Doan
Max Domi -Alex Burmistrov-Ryan White
Jamie McGinn-Jordan Martinook-Josh Jooris

Defensive pairs

Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Luke Schenn
Alex Goligoski-Anthony DeAngelo
Jakob Chychrun-Connor Murphy

Goaltender

Mike Smith

Injuries

Lawson Crouse (lower body), Brad Richardson (tibia)