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Blackhawks look to go up 2-0 on Kings

The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have taken similar paths toward the top, hitting big in the draft and making shrewd moves after rough stretches. They find themselves trying to knock each other out in the Western Conference finals for the second straight year. The Blackhawks prevailed last year on their way to the Stanley Cup, and they have the early lead this time after taking the opener, 3-1. They will try to go up 2-0 when the best-of-seven series resumes tonight ( 5, NBC Sports) in Chicago. The Blackhawks are trying to become the first team to repeat since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. – AP

MLB Notes: Marlins tough out at home

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t changed his opinion about spacious Marlins Park. He still considers it a pitcher’s park and dislikes the dimensions. His Miami Marlins teammates are trying mightily to change his mind.

Newsmakers

Signed The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Cassius Marsh, the first of their fourth-round picks in the NFL draft. Financial terms of Marsh’s deal were not released but he will receive a four-year contract. Marsh was taken with the 108th pick overall in the draft out of UCLA. Seattle also signed tight end Rashaun Allen and guard Nate Isles, who both took part in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp last week on a tryout. To clear roster spots, the Seahawks terminated the contract of tight end Travis Beckum and released cornerback Jimmy Legree. • The Golden State Warriors and Steve Kerr have completed the coaching contract agreed to last week. The sides finalized the five-year deal worth up to $25 million.

MLB Notes – White Sox’s Jose Abreu wins AL Player, Rookie of the Month

One month into the season, the Chicago White Sox are gradually earning their fans’ trust, if not their patronage, one Jose Abreu home run at a time. Abreu’s hitting tear has created a minor buzz in Chicago and beyond. On Monday he became the second player in baseball history to win his league’s overall and rookie player of the month honors in his first month in the majors, ESPN Chicago reported.

MLB notes: Cubs not interested in move to suburbs

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field. The Cubs won approval from Chicago’s City Council last July for a $500 million renovation that would include installation of a 5,700-square-foot video scoreboard at Wrigley, which turns 100 on April 23. The team also wants to erect a 650-square-foot sign in right field with a guarantee neighboring rooftop owners won’t slow construction with a lawsuit.

Wrigley Field celebrates 100 years

CHICAGO – It’s hard to think of Wrigley Field as anything but a place of heartbreak — a place where fans wait, season after season, for an elusive World Series title that never comes. Yet in the century without a championship, the ballpark has been in first time and time again in changing the way America watches baseball.

Ryno returns to Wrigley

CHICAGO – The celebration for Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary begins with a visit from an old friend. Ryne Sandberg brings his Philadelphia Phillies to Chicago to take on the Cubs on Friday in the first game of the season at the iconic ballpark. It’s Sandberg’s second trip to his old stomping grounds since he became Philadelphia’s manager last August.

Train derails, climbs escalator at Chicago airport

CHICAGO — An eight-car Chicago commuter train plowed across a platform and scaled an escalator at an underground station at one of the nation’s busiest airports early Monday, injuring 32 people on board, officials said.

Chicago brings enduring sound to Northern Quest

In the history of American rock music, two bands have remained titans of the genre when it comes to sales figures and longevity: the Beach Boys and Chicago. Both bands have toured and recorded in various incarnations throughout the years, but Chicago remains the most consistent and prolific in terms of output, having released more than 30 studio albums, live recordings, anthologies and box sets since the late ’60s.

Vandals lay waste to Cougars

LAS VEGAS – Chicago State was understaffed and thoroughly overmatched in its Western Athletic Conference tournament opener against top-seeded Idaho. Throw in a hot-shooting night for the conference champions and the Vandals’ 84-43 win Wednesday served as little more than an additional walkthrough. The Vandals will face New Mexico State on Friday in the tournament semifinals.

Jesus Montero helps Mariners beat White Sox split-squad 7-4

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jesus Montero had two singles and an RBI and Scott Baker continued to make a good impression in his bid for winning a rotation spot Thursday as the Seattle Mariners beat a Chicago White Sox split-squad 7-4. Montero’s second hit came in the seventh to cap the Mariners’ three-run, go-ahead rally. Baker allowed one earned run in his second spring start with hopes of making the rotation. He allowed three hits and no walks.

Connor Hill paces Idaho to 79-76 win over Chicago State

CHICAGO – Connor Hill paced Idaho with 27 points and hit two key free throws with seconds remaining to help Idaho edge Chicago State 79-76 on Thursday night. Idaho (13-17, 6-9 Western Athletic Conference) broke out to a 44-30 halftime lead over the Cougars after making seven 3-pointers in the half.

Hill paces Idaho to win over Chicago State

Connor Hill paced Idaho with 27 points and hit two key free throws with seconds remaining in helping Idaho edge Chicago State 79-76 on Thursday night.

Four corners: Idaho Vandals

COMING UP: Tonight at Chicago State, 5; Saturday at UMKC, 7:35 p.m. OUTLOOK: The story for Idaho early in the season was its homecourt woes. But it hasn’t won away from Moscow since Jan. 9 at Texas-Pan American and has the worst road record in the WAC (3-10 overall and 1-5 in conference games). After stumbling at Seattle U last week, the Vandals close out the regular season with a challenging Midwest road trip. Chicago State and Missouri-Kansas City have already bagged close wins in Moscow, and both are just ahead of UI in the league standings. If the Vandals finish seventh or better, they won’t have to play New Mexico State or Utah Valley in the opening round of next week’s WAC tournament in Las Vegas.

NFL notes: Browns name Pettine new coach

Mike Pettine knows he might not have been Cleveland’s first choice or even the Browns’ second pick. All that matters to the son of a high school coaching legend is that he’s the one they selected.

Church releasing sex abuse files on Chicago clergy

CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago will on Wednesday hand over thousands of pages documenting clergy sex abuse allegations to victims’ attorneys who have fought for years to hold the Catholic Church accountable for its handling of such claims.

Cubs have a mascot: He’s Clark

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs are introducing a mascot for the first time in the team’s long history. Drawings released by the Cubs on Monday show a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and a backward blue baseball cap. The mascot is named Clark; the team plays at Wrigley Field, located at Clark and Addison on Chicago’s North Side.

Redskins introduce Gruden

The face was different, the words familiar. Like Mike Shanahan and nearly every recent Washington Redskins coach, Jay Gruden is anxious to declare an end to franchise’s days of dysfunction. “I don’t know what happened last year,” Gruden said. “I know that interviewing with Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen and everybody here that the passion for excellence is there. All they want to do is win, and they’re going to provide me with every avenue to win.”

Cutler, Bears agree to seven-year deal

The Chicago Bears signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract Thursday, ending speculation that they might make a change at quarterback after five seasons. Cutler acknowledged that his Bears tenure has had its low points, but he clearly thrived under first-year coach Marc Trestman and has some of the best complements on offense he’s had since arriving in Chicago in 2009.

Rodgers returns, rescues Packers

CHICAGO – Aaron Rodgers is back leading the Green Bay Packers and that could be bad news for every other playoff team. He returned from a broken collarbone and is taking aim at a postseason run, even if it took one big pass to get there.