Word on the Street: Pacers' O'Brien canned

Word on the Street: Pacers' O'Brien canned

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
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Pacers' O'Brien canned

Indiana Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien was fired early Sunday afternoon, just hours after his team lost 110-89 to the Bulls at the United Center Saturday night. O'Brien was ejected in the fourth quarter of that game.

The veteran coach had spent the previous three-and-a-half years with the Pacers and posted a record of 121-169. Assistant Frank Vogel will step in as the team's interm head coach until a full-time replacement is found. (Indy Star)

Jordan to be voted into High School Hall of Fame

Michael Jordan, the all-time great Bulls player, will be voted into the Hall of Fame at his old school, Laney High School, where his career first started. The induction ceremony will be on Feb. 4, but no word yet on whether Jordan will attend or not. (Chicago Tribune)

Roenick has more strong words for Cutler

Jeremy Roenick had choice words for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after the NFC Championship game, taking to his Twitter account. But today on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Comcast SportsNet, Roenick weighed in with his opinion without being confined to a mere 140 characters.

"It would take way more than it took Cutler to get out of that game. It really disappointed me..." Roenick said.

The former Blackhawks center called in to the show to talk about the NHL All-Star Game and Cutler's performance on Sunday. (CSNChicago.com)
Rose to debut two sets of kicks in All-Star Game

Derrick Rose will be showing off more than just his talent at the NBA All-Star Game. He'll be putting his yellow adidas adiZero Rose signature shoe on display in the first half, then debuting the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5, his second version of his signature shoe, in the second.

The adiZero Rose 1.5 is lighter and more supportive than its predecessor. Plus, the shoe's three-paneled SPRINTSKIN zones represent each of Derrick's brothers who helped support him through his journey to the NBA.

The adiZero Rose 1.5 will be available at Foot Locker for 100 in mid-February. (Dime Magazine)
FBI on hand to find missing Cup clinching puck

Despite a 50,000 reward that is being offered by Grant DePorter and Harry Caray's Restaurant, the puck with which Patrick Kane scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal is still missing. DePorter received a puck from a seller in Philadelphia who claimed it was the Cup winner.

But with the help of the FBI, the puck was deemed an impostor. Using high-def, unedited footage from NBC New York, the Chicago offices of the FBI were able to zoom in on the puck and prove that is was not the actual one used in the game.

The FBI staff reportedly donated their time to solve the mystery. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lysacek ranked among Business Week's 'Power 100'

Naperville native and Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek earned a place in Business Week magazine's "2011 Power 100." The list ranks America's sports figures based on achievements on and off the field.

He took the No. 82 after being un-ranked a year ago. According to the magazine, Lysacek earns around 2.5 million a year.

The magazine's No. 1 athlete for 2011 is Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning, who replaced Tiger Woods.

Derrick Rose dropped from last year's position as No. 83 to just barely making the cut this year at No. 99. (BusinessWeek)

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."