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After watching Brian Kelly try and fake that Southern accent last night, I'm going to need every Chicago coach to blend in and talk like a Bill Swerski Super Fan.
Starting with Tony La Russa.
Will Dick Allen or Minnie Minoso get into the Hall of Fame this weekend?
When it comes to best players not in the Hall of Fame, White Sox legends Dick Allen and Minnie Minoso are at the top of the list. Both men could finally get in on Sunday when Cooperstown's "Golden Days Era Committee" releases the results of its voting. David Brown took a look at why the answer for both men should be "yes."
One man's quest to keep the Chicago Cardinals alive
Last fall, I wrote about Joe Ziemba and his efforts to keep teaching people about the NFL's Chicago Cardinals, who left the city in 1959. With the Arizona Cardinals in town this weekend, it seems like a good time to resurface it for new readers. You can read it here.
Hawks 4, Capitals 3 (SO)
Bulls 119, Knicks 115
Rutgers at Illinois (6, ESPN2)
Kent State vs. NIU, MAC championship (11 am, ESPN)
Loyola at DePaul (3, FS1)
Bulls at Nets (6:30, NBCSCH)
Hawks at Rangers (7, NBCSCH+)
Cardinals at Bears (Noon, Fox)
Northwestern at Maryland (11, BTN)
News and results
Bulls: Big 3 takes win at the Garden
DeMar DeRozan had 34 points while Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic both scored 27 in a 119-115 road win over the Knicks. The Bulls coughed up an 18-point halftime lead, but DeRozan once again stood tall in the final quarter, scoring 18 points in the fourth. The Bulls hold a 2-1 season edge over the Knicks, but don't play them again for another 116 days, which is a shame.
Next: The Bulls are in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
Hawks: Late comeback nabs rare win in Washington
It's hard to believe given their dynasty run, but the Hawks hadn't won in Washington since January 10, 2006. That changed on Thursday night when Seth Jones tied the game in the third period and the Hawks won the shootout (with help from the Caps hitting two posts). The Hawks have gone 7-3 during Derek King's first 10 games, though that mark has been helped by a perfect 4-0 record in the random world of overtime games.
Next: The Hawks are at the Garden to play the Rangers on Saturday.
Bears: Justin Fields remains limited
We didn't get the Lamar Jackson-Justin Fields showdown a few weeks ago and now the Fields-Kyler Murray matchup is in severe doubt. While it looks like the Cardinals QB is set to make his return at Soldier Field, Fields might need some more rest for his cracked ribs before getting back onto the field.
1. Loyola and DePaul are playing for the first time since 2012 this weekend. Jeff Agrest takes a look at the unique "Red Line Rivalry." Sun-Times
2. Jed Hoyer on the Cubs' needing to change free agency plans after seeing the early spending spree. Bleacher Nation
3. "And he said, ‘I don’t want anybody saying anything to the media when I get in there. Because when my ass gets in there, I’m going to go apes—’" The Cardinals' Denny Green documentary is a perfect way to spend 18 minutes. YouTube
4. Making sense of the three big trades that saw the Red Stars send six players — including Julie Ertz and Sarah Gorden — elsewhere. Hot Time In Old Town
5. A guide to where famous people are buried in Chicago. Chicago Mag
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