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Blackhawks defensemen getting share of points

CHICAGO – Forget Patrick Kane’s flashy moves and Jonathan Toews’ steady play. Same for the rest of the talented forwards on the Chicago Blackhawks. Instead, check out the players who line up right behind the team’s biggest stars. Chicago’s athletic defensemen play a prominent role in the NHL’s most potent offense.

Bulls use big third quarter to rout Nets 95-78

NEW YORK – Taj Gibson enjoyed coming home for the holidays. Gibson, a Brooklyn native, scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15 to help the Chicago Bulls rout the Nets 95-78 on Wednesday.

Newsmakers

Scheduled After trying to repeatedly heal his surgically repaired left knee by having it drained of fluid, Metta World Peace said that he will undergo Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy on Jan. 6. The New York Knicks forward would not rule out playing before the procedure and also said that there is a possibility he could return almost immediately after the procedure. But he also faces the possibility that he could miss an extended period of time. • San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will undergo right knee surgery next week, sidelining the rookie star for more than a month. General manager Doug Wilson said the team will know more about how much time Hertl will miss following the surgery. Hertl was hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown last Thursday. Hertl leads all rookies with 15 goals and 25 points this season. Out Houston guard James Harden sat out a second straight game for the Rockets with a sprained left ankle. Harden leads the team in scoring with 23.9 points a game. The Rockets were also without guard Patrick Beverley, who has a right hand injury, and center Omer Asik, who has missed the last nine games after suffering a right thigh bruise.

Bryant cried after leaving

Dez Bryant made the rounds Monday trying to explain why he left the field early in Dallas’ crushing loss to Green Bay on Monday night. The emotional receiver just couldn’t watch the Packers take a knee three times for a 37-36 victory after the Cowboys led 26-3 at halftime. He was afraid he was going to cry in front of the cameras, so he said he took the tears to the locker room.

Bears turn up heat

CHICAGO – Neither the brutal cold nor the league’s worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears. McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night at Soldier Field.

Searching baseball for her father’s voice

She’s the little blond girl in the pictures, cradled in the strong arms of her father at Wrigley Field. She’s not much bigger in another picture, holding a doll in one hand and looking shyly at the camera. Behind her is her father’s tombstone, decorated by a bouquet of fresh flowers she and her mother had just placed there.

Packers lose game, Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Chicago Bears have a better insurance policy than Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Josh McCown, playing in place of the injured Jay Cutler, threw for two touchdowns Monday night as the Bears won 27-20 and ended a six-game skid to their NFC North rivals. The loss snapped Green Bay’s four-game winning streak, but the far larger concern is the health of Rodgers, who hurt his left (non-throwing) shoulder when he was sacked on the first series by the Bears’ Shea McClellin.

Broncos coach Fox faces heart surgery

Denver Broncos coach John Fox needs heart surgery and will miss several weeks, team spokesman Patrick Smyth confirmed late Saturday. Fox will undergo aortic valve replacement surgery early this week at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C.

Cuban defector Abreu join White Sox on 6-year deal

Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced and was pending a physical. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Abreu could play first base or serve as the designated hitter. The 26-year-old batted .360 (9 for 25) with three home runs and nine RBIs at the World Baseball Classic last spring, and he defected over the summer. Abreu joins a team that went 63-99 after finishing second in the A.L. Central. The White Sox believe they can turn things around quickly because of their pitching, but defense and hitting were huge problems for them this past season. – Associated Press

Bears stop skid, beat winless Giants 27-21

CHICAGO – Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall were simply too much to handle. So was Tim Jennings. Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Marshall, and Jennings had two of the Chicago Bears’ three interceptions against Eli Manning in a 27-21 victory over the winless New York Giants on Thursday night.

White Sox, Cubs combine for record number of losses

Entering the last Saturday of the season, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs had combined for 192 losses – reaching a record level for the city. Both teams will finish in last place in the same season for the first time since 1948, when they were a combined 115-191, the previous benchmark for Chicago futility. Things didn’t get much better in ’49, either, with the teams improving only to a combined 124-184. The Cubs and White Sox combined for a .389 winning percentage in ’48 and ’49, one level down from the hell that has been the .400 combined winning percentage this year (entering Saturday). –Chicago Tribune

Ryno back at Wrigley

Ryne Sandberg grinned the whole time. On a hot, sweaty day in Chicago, the Hall of Famer looked nice and cool. Back at Wrigley Field for the first time as a MLB manager, this was exactly where he wanted to be.

Shock advance as Dodd-Masters scores twice on late INTs

The Spokane Shock didn’t play their best football Thursday night but they did when the game was on the line. Spokane scored on all of its second-half possessions and Ruschard Dodd-Masters returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the final two minutes and change, leading the Shock to a hard-earned 69-47 victory over Chicago in front of 6,916 at the Arena in the first round of the AFL National Conference playoffs.

Shock host road-savvy Rush in opener

The Chicago Rush probably faced more adversity than any other team in the Arena Football League, but they’re still standing.

Brazil tops Spain for Confederations Cup title

Soccer: Fred scored two goals, Neymar added another and host Brazil defeated world champion Spain 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup on Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, a five-time world champion, beat the reigning world and European champion and ended Spain’s 29-game, three-year winning streak in competitive matches.

Blackhawks beat Bruins in OT, even series

Brent Seabrook’s slap shot beat Tuukka Rask with 9:51 gone in overtime and the Blackhawks beat the Bruins 6-5 on Wednesday night to send the Stanley Cup Final back to Chicago tied at two games apiece.

Bruins get own OT win

CHICAGO – These Boston Bruins are one resilient bunch. Daniel Paille scored at 13:48 in overtime and the Bruins shrugged off a sluggish start to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Saturday night and even the Stanley Cup finals at a game apiece.