Daily Archive : Sunday March 9, 2014


    Director General of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Admiral Mohd Amdan Kurish, left, checks radar Sunday during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane off Tok Bali Beach in Kelantan, Malaysia. Military radar indicates the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back, Malaysia’s air force chief said Sunday as scores of ships and aircraft from across Asia resumed a hunt for the plane and its 239 passengers.

    Vietnam says it may have found missing jet’s door

    Vietnamese aircraft spotted what they suspected was one of the doors of a missing Boeing 777 on Sunday, while troubling questions emerged about how two passengers managed to board the ill-fated aircraft using stolen passports. Interpol confirmed it knew about the stolen passports but said no authorities checked its vast databases on stolen documents before the Boeing jetliner departed Saturday...


    Spring forward: Daylight saving time has arrived

    WASHINGTON — A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: daylight saving time has arrived.Most Americans pushed the clock forward by 60 minutes before heading to bed Saturday night, but daylight saving time officially started in the wee hours Sunday at 2 a.m. local time.

    Illinois' new medical marijuana law may not protect workers who use it. Legal experts say the legislation doesn't protect employees whose workplace has a zero-tolerance drug policy.

    Ill. medical marijuana law poses workplace dilemma

    Illinois residents who make use of the state's fledgling medical marijuana law may risk their jobs if their employers opt to maintain or adopt zero-tolerance drug policies. The law that took effect in January protects patients from arrest or prosecution for using marijuana, the Rockford Register Star reported. But employees might not have recourse if their employers fire them for violating...

    James Degorski

    Brown’s Chicken victim’s family unhappy as killer wins $451,000

    A federal jury has awarded nearly $500,000 to James Degorski, one of the two men convicted in the Brown’s Chicken massacre through a civil rights lawsuit filed against a former jailer. One Degorski's victim's family is not happy with the result. “I’d like to thank the prison guard for beating Degorski,” said Manny Castro, whose 16-year-old son, Michael Castro, was...

    STEVE LUNDY/slundy@dailyherald.com, 2009 Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz died Sunday afternoon after a seven-year battle with cancer.

    Wauconda police officer loses battle with cancer

    A Wauconda police officer died Sunday afternoon after a seven-year battle with cancer. Eric Schultz, 30, died while under sedation at a JourneyCare hospice center in Barrington, according to a post on the Eric Schultz Benefit Foundation Facebook group, which is operated by Eric’s wife, Crystal Schultz.

    Holly Demske and Mark Monitello of Naperville sample wines while attending the Naperville Winter Wine Festival at the Hotel Arista in Naperville. Monitello said that the event was “one of the best local ones (wine tastings) I have been to in a while.” The event was organized by Vin Chicago and inPLAY EVENTS with a portion of proceeds benefiting DuPage PADS.

    Naperville Winter Wine Festival benefits homeless

    Fans of high-end wines gathered Sunday in Naperville to enjoy a taste of the grape and, in the process, lend a helping hand to those far less fortunate. Organizers said the Naperville Winter Wine Festival, held at the Hotel Arista, was designed to complement the city’s long-running summer wine festival.

    Conner Torkillsen, 8, of Lake Villa has his hair cut by Trish Griffin while his dad, Dave, and brother, Matthew, get theirs sheared nearby during the “Taking It All Off for Cancer” event Sunday during a benefit for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at the Fox Lake Fire Department Bingo Hall.

    Taking it off the top to benefit cancer research

    Firefighters, police officers and other volunteers from Lake and McHenry counties took more than a little off the top Sunday for the “Taking it all off for Cancer Research” event at the Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department Bingo Hall in Ingleside. The volunteers raised thousands of dollars for childhood cancer research by having their heads shaved at the annual St. Baldrick’s...

    Justin Stech, an educator at the Naper Settlement Museum in Naperville, demonstrates how to tap a maple tree to gather sap to make it into maple syrup. Dozens visited the settlement Sunday for its annual Maple Sugaring Days.

    Warm up just in time for maple syrup in Naperville

    Maple Sugaring Days took place over the weekend at the Naper Settlement in Naperville, giving visitors a chance to see how maple syrup was made during the 19th century. Sunday's weather was just mild enough to get the sap flowing in the settlement's sugar maple trees.

    Antiques shoppers take their time to visit the 55 booths at the 57th Fox Valley Antiques Show on Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The show benefitted the Garfield Farm and Museum in St. Charles.

    Antiques dealers, collectors flock to Kane County show

    Rare antiques dealers from 15 states converged Sunday in St. Charles at the 57th Fox Valley Antiques Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds. The antiques came from around the world, but at least one piece was back near where is was first manufactured 105 years ago. A wooden child’s sled built in Aurora was displayed by dealers who made the trip from North Carolina.

    A new snowboard, autographed with well wishes from dozens of supporters, sits at a table full of donated goods being sold to raise money for a 17-year-old boy injured March 2 when he was caught in a machine at the Raging Buffalo Snow Park in Algonquin. The snowboard will be given to P.J. O’Donnell after the fundraiser.

    Snowboarders hit the slopes to help injured teen

    It’s finally beginning to feel like spring, but Sunday’s sunny skies and above-freezing temperatures didn’t keep snowboarders from across the area from heading to Raging Buffalo Snow Park in Algonquin to help out one of their own. Friends and supporters of P.J. O’Donnell, the 17-year-old Raging Buffalo employee seriously injured at the facility March 2, hit the slopes...

    Pedestrians disembark from a train at Union Station in Los Angeles. American ridership on public transit has reached its highest total since 1956.

    Americans riding public transit in record numbers

    Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming. Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise — the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.

    Sleepy Hollow police block the intersection of Hemlock Drive and Maple Lane as they investigate a fatal police shooting at the end of the Maple Lane cul-de-sac Sunday evening.

    Sleepy Hollow police fatally shoot man during domestic disturbance

    A man was shot and killed Sunday morning by two Sleepy Hollow police officers responding to a domestic disturbance that left two others injured. The man was shot after brandishing a knife and attempting to cut two officers outside a residence near Maple Lane and Hemlock Drive, police said. “Every indication from my perspective, it appears my officers followed proper procedures,”...

    Tammy Myers, who runs the American Civil War Wax Museum, stands beside shelves of heads of characters from the museum in Gettysburg, Pa. The museum is selling dozens of its historical figures, most made of vinyl, not wax, March 15.

    Gettysburg wax museum selling historical figures

    A life-sized animatronic Abe Lincoln is among the historical figures and tableau scenes from a Gettysburg wax museum set to hit the auction block just months after the town celebrated the 150th anniversary of his “Gettysburg Address.”

    College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder on Saturday announced that the performance hall at the college’s McAninch Arts Center has been renamed after Jim Belushi, right, and his late brother, John. Jim Belushi graduated from the college in 1974.

    College of DuPage renames performance hall after Belushi brothers

    The performance hall at the newly built McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage will be named after alumni John and Jim Belushi. The announcement was made by COD President Robert L. Breuder at a benefit Saturday night for the new arts center after a performance by Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy.

    Kristina Thakkar, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Mundelein’s Carl Sandburg Middle School, feverishly works a problem Sunday at the inaugural Mayor’s Cup Math Challenge in Mundelein.

    Big numbers turn out for math contest in Mundelein

    Dozens of Mundelein area students were hunkered over math tests Sunday afternoon and it’s not because they did anything wrong. “I’m here for the money,” explained 13-year-old Carl Schoenfield, an eighth-grader at Carl Sandburg Middle School. Area banks and businesses donated $4,000 in cash prizes for Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz’s inaugural Mayor’s Cup...

    Former Metropolitan Detention Center guard, Nancy Gonzalez, center, listens as her attorney, Anthony Rico, speaks to the media in July 2013. Gonzalez gained notoriety by conceiving a baby behind bars with a cop killer.

    NYC guard-inmate sex scandal triggers jail review

    Jail guard Nancy Gonzalez gained notoriety by conceiving a baby behind bars with a cop killer. But her story of sexual misconduct at a federal lockup in Brooklyn doesn’t end there. Gonzalez claims she had sex with at least eight co-workers, including two supervisors, while on duty at the Metropolitan Detention Center in less than two years. She also admitted having sex with a second inmate.


    Aurora cop goes above and beyond

    Aurora Police Officer Doug Rashkow was named the department's Employee of the Month in January. What he did behind the scenes was quite remarkable, columnist Harry Hitzeman says.

    Robson Souto, right, of Brazil, stops to kiss Laura Cabral, a Wellesley College student from Chicago, during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., during last year’s race, April 15, 2013.

    Police seek security balance for Boston Marathon

    The ladies of Wellesley College will still be allowed to plant kisses on passing runners and crowds will still flock to the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon. But a year after deadly twin explosions turned the race’s festive final dash into a scene of devastation, police and organizers of the world’s oldest annual marathon find themselves balancing security with its...

    Eighteen-month-old Serena Ruggio of Palos Heights hugs Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Lakeshore Public Television booth Sunday during the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo & Fun Fair at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Bright Start College Savings sponsored the 12th annual event that featured 100 vendors, amusement rides, video games and family-friendly entertainment.

    Kids find a fun time at the ChicagoLand Kids Expo

    Everywhere at the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo & Fun Fair, laughing children wore paper crowns, plastic foremen’s caps and foam antlers as they went from one fun activity to the next Sunday inside the Schaumburg Convention Center. Bright Start College Savings sponsored the 12th annual children’s event that featured 100 vendors, amusement rides, video games and hands-on activities.

    William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, seen here in 2004, was one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers.” He died Sunday at the age of 90.

    ‘Band of Brothers’ vet Guarnere dies at 90

    William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 90

    Afghanistan’s influential Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country’s civil war, died Sunday.

    Afghan VP, ex-Northern alliance commander, dies

    Afghanistan’s influential Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country’s civil war, died Sunday. He was 57. Fahim was an ethnic Tajik who was the top deputy of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Northern Alliance commander who was killed in an...

    They were together until almost the end. “Your mom is by my bed,” Ron McCurdy told his daughter Lori McCurdy Janicke, in the days after his wife Mary Lou's death. “She wants me to come with her”

    Married nearly 63 years, Carol Stream couple die days apart

    They started dating as teenagers. They stayed together when he served in the Navy. They worked together at Wheaton College. Together, they experienced tragedies and triumphs. They moved into a nursing home together. And, after nearly 63 years of marriage, Ron and Mary Lou McCurdy shared death together.


    Roskam to talk at synagogue on Israeli relations

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam will be speaking at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 at Hilltop Road, from 8 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 17, on the current state of the Israel-U.S. Alliance.

    Timoteo “Tim” Vasquez served as a marine in World War II.

    Hanover Park recognizes WWII veteran

    Hanover Park officials and a state lawmaker have saluted a World War II veteran. "We're so lucky in Hanover Park to have you as a resident," state Rep. Fred Crespo told Timoteo "Tim" Vasquez during an informal ceremony.


    Self-defense program:

    The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, 281 Peterson Road, Libertyville, hosts a free self-defense class on Saturday, March 15.


    Trustees talk image:

    Mundelein’s village board will meet Monday in a committee-of-the-whole session to discuss the village’s ongoing branding effort.


    Columbia College courts vets:

    Columbia College of Missouri has announced it will waive application fees for veteran students starting with the March session, which begins March 17.


    Open Arms Mission seeks donations:

    Open Arms Mission Food Pantry is seeking donations to cover the cost of Easter dinner for low-income families.

    People hold a Ukrainian flag Thursday during a rally against the breakup of the country in Simferopol, Crimea. As separatists in Crimea kept up pressure for unification with Moscow, Ukraine on Sunday solemnly commemorated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its greatest poet, with the prime minister vowing not to give up “a single centimeter” of Ukrainian territory.

    Putin defends separatist drive in Crimea as legal

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international law, but Ukraine’s prime minister vowed not to relinquish “a single centimeter” of his country’s territory. Over the weekend, the Kremlin beefed up its military presence in Crimea, a part of Ukraine since 1954, and pro-Russia...

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was a rising star revered by both his superiors as well as those he commanded on the battlefield. Now he stands accused of sexual assault.

    U.S. general’s accuser was ambitious soldier too

    The Army captain who has accused Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair of sexually assaulting her during their three-year relationship was an ambitious soldier with plans to make the military her career, much like the boss she loved and admired. Stirred by the 9/11 attacks to leave college and join the military, she signed up with the Army, learned the in-demand language of Arabic and showed a laser...


    Fire causes $150,000 damage to St. Charles home

    An early morning fire Sunday in the kitchen of a St. Charles home caused an estimated $150,000 in damage, but residents were able to escape unharmed, authorities said. The St. Charles Fire Department responded at 4:33 a.m. to the fire at 1723 Howard St. and were successful in stopping its spread before it extended to the rest of the house.


    Indiana defends new tourism slogan as good branding

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials are defending the state’s new tourism slogan from critics who say it’s too folksy and could hurt efforts to market Indianapolis as a vibrant destination.The Indiana Office of Tourism Development unveiled the slogan “Honest to Goodness Indiana” in February.


    Travelers flee winter blues, help Rockford airport

    ROCKFORD — Winter-weary residents of northern Illinois escaping to sunny locations to the south have helped boost passenger numbers at Rockford’s airport.January traffic figures at Chicago Rockford International Airport rose 8.6 percent over the same month in 2013.


    Illinois halts plan to require ATV permits

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials have put a hold on plans to require permits for most all-terrain vehicles.The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the Illinois Department of Natural Resources won’t require off-highway vehicle owners to buy the permits until further notice.


    Illinois offers grants to boost school security

    SPRINGFIELD — Public schools, colleges and universities in Illinois have a few more days to apply for state grants to help pay for security improvements.Under the program, schools can get financial help for things such as installing reinforced doors, locks and shatter-proof glass.The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding schools that the deadline to apply is March 14.


    Cardinal George undergoes latest cancer treatment

    Cardinal Francis George says he feels a “little bit lightheaded” and a little unsteady on his feet but otherwise OK after his first treatment in a new round of chemotherapy.The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 77-year-old leader of the Chicago archdiocese underwent his latest cancer treatment Wednesday that focused on one of his kidneys.


    Texas student on band trip found miles away

    INDIANAPOLIS — A 15-year-old boy from Texas has been reunited with his mother after going missing for about 36 hours while on a band trip at Butler University.Indianapolis Police Officer Kendale Adams said in a release Saturday that a passer-by saw Stephen Colbert of Wiley, Texas, at a Steak n’ Shake in Mooresville and called police.


    Wisconsin restricts lead tackle on northern lakes

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is getting set to restrict lead tackles on three northern lakes.Anglers won’t be allowed to use any lead-containing items smaller than an inch on lakes Escanaba, Pallette and Nebish in Vilas County beginning April 1.


    6 injured in shooting at party in Chicago

    Six people have been injured in a shooting at a party on Chicago’s West Side.Chicago Police Officer Michael Sullivan in the News Affairs office said two men argued during a party early Sunday in the Austin neighborhood. One man left, returned with a gun and fired into the residence.Sullivan said five males and one woman were injured.

    An elderly Indian suffering from leprosy sunbathes outside a temple at a leper colony in New Delhi, India. Although India has made great strides against leprosy over the years, the stigma of the disease is as intractable as ever, hindering efforts to eliminate the disease entirely. Worldwide the number of new leprosy patients has dropped from around 10 million in 1991 to around 230,000 last year. Of these, 58 percent were to be found in India, according to the World Health Organization.

    Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India

    At first, Ashok Yadav ignored the patches of pink skin on his arm. But when pale sores erupted on his body and he lost sensation in his fingertips, a doctor issued the devastating diagnosis: Yadav had leprosy. “What followed was like a nightmare,” said Yadav, who has lived in Kasturba Gram, a leper colony outside New Delhi, since his diagnosis 30 years ago.


    30-40 hurt as stage falls in California

    A stage at a Southern California high school collapsed during a student event and 30-40 people were rushed to hospitals with mainly minor injuries, authorities said. Police, firefighters and medics responded to a call shortly before 11 p.m. PST Saturday after the stage gave way at Servite High School, according to the Anaheim Fire Department.

    Police detain a participant Saturday in the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. Amherst police said early Sunday that 73 people had been arrested after authorities spent most of the day Saturday attempting to disperse several large gathering around the UMass campus for the party traditionally held the Saturday before spring break. The partying carried through Saturday evening into early Sunday, and Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said in a statement that police were busy with numerous reports of fights, noise and highly intoxicated individuals.

    73 arrested at Massachusetts pre-St. Pat’s blowout

    A pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual “Blarney Blowout.” There were more than 70 arrests and four officers were injured in the clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans and...

    Civilians inspect the site of a massive bomb attack Sunday in Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad. A suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint in southern Iraq on Sunday, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. Iraq has seen a spike in violence since last April, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country’s sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2008. The U.N. says 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400 people were killed in January and February of this year.

    Suicide car bomb, attacks kill at least 42 in Iraq

    A suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint Sunday in southern Iraq, the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed 42 people, officials said. The violence, which comes a few weeks before scheduled elections, is the latest by insurgents bent on destabilizing the country.

    Chinese relatives of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane leave a hotel room Sunday in Beijing. More than a day and a half has passed since the Boeing 777 jet disappeared from radar contact in the first hour of a six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to China’s capital. From France to Australia and China, families and friends are enduring an agonizing wait for news about flight MH370.

    Behind jet’s passenger list is rich human tapestry

    Numbered 1 to 227, the passenger manifest for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is an outwardly unremarkable document. But behind the columns of capitalized names, nationalities and ages are 227 unique stories, part of a rich human tapestry that assembles every time a flight departs.

    Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

    GOP primary for governor: Echoes of 2010 with twist

    Three of the four Republican candidates for the March 18 primary for governor point to their actions in 2010 as why they're the party's best option to regain control of the top elected post in Illinois, and the other candidate has waged a war against the political establishment. They all want a shot at a likely brutal, expensive summer and fall campaign to occupy the governor's mansion.

    George Nellessen

    Trial to begin for Arlington Heights man charged in dad's murder

    George Nellessen worried when his son, Matthew, was arrested for drug possession, then burglary. But in 2011, the father's worries about the teenager turned to fear. That's what prosecutors will likely tell jurors as Matthew Nellessen goes on trial on charges that he duct-taped his father to a chair, beat him and stabbed him to death in their Arlington Heights home.

    Morgan Buckley, left, and Camille Carso, both 16-year-old Hersey High School students who live in Arlington Heights, speak with Candice Cunningham, superintendent of operations for the North Suburban Special Recreation Association, during the Teen Job Fair Saturday at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

    Teen Job Fair held at Arlington Hts. library

    The Arlington Heights Youth Commission teamed up with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for the village’s second annual Teen Job Fair Saturday. Twenty businesses were present, with tables arranged around the walls of an upstairs meeting room.


    Patrick Kane gets stopped on a breakaway by Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth, but it was Kane who opened the scoring early in the first period Sunday night.

    Kane feels right at home in Blackhawks’ victory

    Four goals in 22 games. That’s what Patrick Kane brought into Sunday’s clash with the Sabres in his hometown of Buffalo. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was hoping some home cooking would get Kane back on track, and it did as Kane scored the first goal in the 2-1 win at First Niagra Center.


    Donaldson homers for A’s in 2-2 tie with White Sox

    White Sox 2, Athletics 2:In Phoenix, Josh Donaldson hit his first home run of the spring and the Oakland Athletics tied the White Sox 2-2 in a game stopped after nine innings Sunday. Dan Straily and three Oakland relievers held the Sox to 3 hits.White Sox starter Erik Johnson, who pitched 3 innings in his first start against Cleveland on Tuesday, threw 4 on Sunday. He gave up 4 hits and a run and struck out five.“I felt pretty good,” he said. “I worked ahead a little more this time around. I got double plays, which helped me out, kept my pitch count down. Overall it was a good outing.”Daniel Webb worked his first inning in relief for the White Sox. Webb, who is competing for a spot in the bullpen, missed a week for family reasons.White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana reported no additional pain a day after taking a Gerardo Parra line drive off his left shin. Quintana hopes to make his next scheduled spring start Thursday.Jeff Keppinger, recovering from a sore shoulder, was the White Sox’ DH on Sunday. Manager Robin Ventura said he wants Keppinger to get at-bats before he returns to the infield later this week.

    Nebraska’s Terran Petteway (5) shoots over Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (10) in the second half in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday.

    Cornhuskers stay red-hot, upend 9th-ranked Badgers

    Tim Miles is tired of hearing about the old Nebraska program that made a habit of bumbling and stumbling its way through the past two decades. His players must be tired of it, too. Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece, and the host Cornhuskers beat No. 9 Wisconsin 77-68 on Sunday night to strengthen the school’s chance for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.


    Nate Collins, Jordan Palmer staying with Bears

    The Bears on Sunday night kept two of their veteran players from hitting the open market when free agency begins Tuesday at 3 p.m., by agreeing to terms with defensive tackle Nate Collins and quarterback Jordan Palmer.

    Prospect senior guard Bobby Frasco, left, with Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley and Knights varsity coach John Camardella. Frasco committed to Buffalo over the weekend.

    Prospect’s Frasco commits to Hurley, Buffalo

    Bobby Frasco, a three-year standout varsity boys basketball player at Prospect, has accepted a full-ride scholarship to Buffalo. There he’ll play for legendary former Duke point guard Bobby Hurley.


    Wolves complete weekend road sweep

    The Chicago Wolves won for the second time in as many nights to complete both the weekend and the season sweeps of the Abbotsford Heat with a 4-1 victory Sunday night at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre.

    Chicago Black Hawks center Andrew Shaw (65) celebrates with center Jonathan Toews (19) after Toews scored the game-winning goal during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday.

    Toews lifts Blackhawks to 2-1 win over Sabres

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jonathan Toews scored the go-ahead goal 1:34 into the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a two-game road skid with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.Patrick Kane celebrated his trip home to Buffalo by also scoring in helping the Blackhawks beat the Sabres for a fifth consecutive time. Cory Crawford made 20 saves in making his 12 straight start.By improving to 3-3 since the end of the Olympic break, Chicago (38-13-14) avoided its longest road losing streak since a six-game drought from Feb. 2-14, 2012.Drew Stafford scored for the league-worst Sabres (19-37-8), who had a three-game home winning streak snapped.With the game tied at 1 and the Sabres mounting a threat in Chicago end to open the third period, Toews answered by capping a 3-on-2 rush the other way. Andrew Shaw crossed Buffalo’s blue line and found Brandon Saad breaking up the right wing. Saad drew goalie Jhonas Enroth his way before steering a pass through the crease to Toews, who then snapped it in the open side.It was Toews’ 25th goal of the season and sixth in four games.The goal came a little over a minute after Blackhawks goalie Cory Crawford got his right pad out to turn aside Cody Hodgson’s hard shot from the top of the right circle.Kane was making only his fourth appearance in Buffalo, and was the last Chicago player off the ice following pregame warmups and got a big cheer after flipping a puck into a large crowd of Blackhawks-jersey wearing fans in the stands at the team’s bench.Kane opened the scoring by capping a great individual effort 3:12 in. Chasing down Patrick Sharp’s pass at the Sabres’ blue line, Kane blew around defender Christian Ehrhoff. Driving into the middle, Kane used defenseman Chad Ruhwedel as a screen by snapping a shot through his legs and over Enroth’s left shoulder.The goal was Kane’s first in six games, a slump that coincided with the death of his beloved grandfather, Donald Kane, who lived next door to Kane’s home in south Buffalo.The Sabres tied 5:59 later, when Stafford capped a nifty three-way passing play. Tyler Ennis started it by finding trailing forward Cory Conacher driving up the left wing. Conacher drew Crawford from out of the net and slipped a pass into the crease where Stafford jammed it in after his first chance was blocked by Brent Seabrook.Kane nearly made it 2-1 with 8 minutes left in the second period, when he got in alone behind the Sabres defense only to have his backhander stopped by Enroth. The chance came during a 40-second stretch during which Enroth kicked out his left pad to stop Michal Handzus’ shot that was deflected in front, and hugged the left post to foil Patrick Sharp’s one-time from the lower right circle.Enroth finished with 29 saves.Crawford wasn’t nearly as busy, but still made several quality saves, including punching out his blocker to turn away Conacher’s shot from the slot midway through the second period.Then came a marvelous glove save with 5:32 remaining, when Brian Flynn got in alone up the left side and snapped a shot aimed at the far side.The Sabres had a goal disallowed 5:23 into the first period, when Ennis scored but was penalized for hooking Crawford, while the goalie was handling a loose puck in the slot. The officials did miss a call seconds earlier, when Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson was tripped in the corner by defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.

    Detroit Lions owner and chairman William Clay Ford Sr. passed away in his home at the age of 88.

    Lions owner William Clay Ford recalled as family man

    DETROIT — William Clay Ford was born into a fortune and spent much of his life staying away from fame as he steered the family business and owned an NFL franchise. The man reverently referred to as Mr. Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owner of the Detroit Lions, died Sunday. He was 88.Ford Motor Co. said in a statement that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe. He worked for the company bearing his name for more than half of its 100-year history. He bought a business of his own, the Lions, a half-century ago.Despite ample opportunity to boost his ego in either role, Ford chose to carry himself in a quiet way publicly.“My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community,” William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and Lions vice chairman, said in a statement. “He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”To the masses in the Motor City, Ford was simply the owner of the Lions who struggled to achieve success on the field despite showing his passion for winning by spending money on free agents, coaches, executives and facilities.Privately, relatively few people got to know a humble and humorous guy with great stories to tell. Funeral services will be private, fittingly for a man who didn’t let the public get to know him.“I wish people knew the Mr. Ford that I knew,” former Lions general manager Matt Millen said Sunday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “He was a very, very fascinating guy who played golf with President (Dwight) Eisenhower, ran with the Rat Pack, talked to President (John) Kennedy on the phone. As a kid who grew up sitting at the foot of a grandpa who invented everything, talking to him was a history lesson and I absolutely loved it every time.”Ford’s first full season leading the Lions was in 1964, seven years after the franchise won the NFL title. The lone playoff victory he enjoyed was in 1992. The Lions are the only team to go 0-16 in a season, hitting rock bottom in 2008 after he finally fired Millen, a Super Bowl-winning linebacker and TV analyst he hired to lead the franchise without any front-office experience.After an 11-year drought, the Lions improved enough to make the playoffs in 2011 only to lose a combined 21 games over the next two seasons.From Ford’s first season as team owner to his last, the Lions won 310 games, lost 441 and tied 13. His .441 winning percentage with the Lions was the NFL’s worst among teams that existed in 1964, according to STATS LLC.“I hate that we couldn’t bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit for him,” said former defensive end Robert Porcher, who played on the Barry Sanders-led team that won the franchise’s only playoff game since 1957. “After I retired, I invited him and his wife to meet me at my restaurant. I didn’t think he would come, but he did. He talked about his passion for the team and how much he hated that we weren’t winning. Mr. Ford said to me what I think people wished he would’ve said publicly.”

    Patrick Reed and his wife, Justine, kiss The Gene Sarazen trophy after Reed won the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Sunday.

    Patrick Reed on a roll, wins a Cadillac Championship

    Patrick Reed felt he belongs among the best in the world. He beat them all Sunday in the Cadillac Championship. Dressed in a red shirt that he always wears in the final round — with Tiger Woods in the group ahead of him — Reed made back-to-back birdies early on the front nine to build a big lead and showed off a great short game when the pressure was building on the new Blue Monster at Doral.

    Miami’s Michael Beasley goes up for a shot during the fourth quarter Sunday, but Bulls center Joakim Noah has other ideas. Noah finished with 5 blocks.

    Noah provides just the right imbalance for Bulls

    As a conglomerate of Bulls' players from the past, Joakim Noah imbalances the court in favor of his team. He did it again Sunday to help the Bulls beat the Miami Heat.


    Bulls’ Gibson fights through the flu

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson endured a tough weekend after coming down with stomach flu before Friday's game against Memphis. He still managed to make some key plays in Sunday's overtime win over Miami.

    The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler played combative defense for all 48 minutes he was on the floor Sunday, holding the Heat’s LeBron James to just 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting.

    Butler, Bulls refuse to lose at home to Heat

    Joakim Noah had a monster game as the Bulls beat Miami 95-88 in overtime on Sunday afternoon. But a strong case could be made for Jimmy Butler as the game's MVP, for posting some nice numbers while accomplishing a defensive milestone against LeBron James.

    Brad Keselowski holds up the Kobalt 400 trophy after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Las Vegas. Keselowski overtook Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap when Earnhardt ran out of fuel.

    Keselowski edges Junior on last lap in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — Brad Keselowski surged ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory Sunday in the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.When Earnhardt’s Chevy slowed in the final miles, Keselowski roared past in his Penske Ford for the first weekend sweep in his career. He followed up Saturday’s Nationwide Series victory with his first Vegas Cup win.Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, also virtually assured himself of a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after missing it entirely last season, a thought was already on his mind immediately after the finish.“Locked in the Chase early,” Keselowski said. “I don’t have to hear all that crap about not being in the Chase.”Earnhardt was just a few ounces of fuel shy of earning his second victory in three races to start the season. The Daytona 500 champion also finished second last week at Phoenix before improving the best start to a season in his NASCAR career.“We weren’t supposed to make it,” Earnhardt said. “We were trying to save as much as we can and make it work, but we knew we were short. We wouldn’t have finished second if we didn’t have that strategy.”Paul Menard finished third in front of Keselowski’s teammate, pole-sitter Joey Logano. Carl Edwards was fifth, and Jimmie Johnson came in sixth.The Las Vegas race is the first of 11 on 1.5-mile tracks, and NASCAR spent much of the offseason working on ways to improve the racing on these tracks with a new aerodynamics package and other improvements. The changes resulted in 23 drivers breaking the track speed record during qualifying, but the racing wasn’t particularly thrilling until that final lap.Keselowski and Earnhardt are the only two drivers to finish in the top five in each of the season’s first three races, and they dueled down the stretch after Earnhardt passed him for the lead on a restart with 42 laps to go. Earnhardt had gone to the pits on the 211th lap and attempted to stick it out, while Keselowski had pitted several laps later.Earnhardt praised NASCAR’s new Chase setup, which allowed him to take a fuel gamble in Vegas after winning already this season. Additional wins are worth bonus points in the Chase, while a second-place finish doesn’t help his position much — hence the motivation to go for broke on an empty tank.Keselowski was in fine form after his third-place finish in Phoenix last week without crew chief Paul Wolfe, who had returned home for his child’s birth. Keselowski also finished third at Daytona.

    Joakim Noah reacts after being fouled by Miami Heat’s Greg Oden during the first half in Chicago Sunday.

    Bulls take Heat to OT, shut ’em down for 95-88 win

    Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday after Jimmy Butler blocked LeBron James at the end of regulation. Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, but with James struggling again, the Heat dropped their third straight to match their longest losing streak of the season.

    Wichita State’s Chadrack Lufile cuts the net after Wichita’s victory over Indiana State in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference men’s tournament Sunday in St. Louis.

    Wichita State makes it 34-0, wins Valley tourney

    ST. LOUIS — Wichita State’s still perfect. And proudly awaiting a No. 1 seed.After the nation’s only unbeaten made another put-away run in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game, guard Fred VanVleet fired back at doubters who cast aspersions on a schedule ranked 113th in the nation.“You can debate what you want to debate. Facts are facts, truth is truth,” VanVleet, the conference player of the year, said after the second-ranked Shockers beat Indiana State 83-69 on Sunday to go to 34-0. “We’re not into debating how good or great we are or how bad somebody else.“That’s for barber shop talk and coffee table arguments. We’re not into that stuff. If they feel that way, it’s on them. And nobody that’s arguing about it is on the selection committee.”Players wore championship T-shirts that proclaimed Wichita State the winner on the front but on the back had a bracket with Indiana State winning.“They’ll get us the right ones eventually,” guard Ron Baker said. Over the last two days of the tournament, coach Gregg Marshall predicted a return trip to St. Louis, for the second and third rounds of the Midwest Regional.“We know the routine, we know the hotel. There won’t be any ooh, aah moments,” Marshall said. “It will be just business as usual.”VanVleet scored 22 points including several key baskets late and the Shockers got their typical strong ensemble effort. “Every one of them’s a handful,” Indiana State guard Jake Odum said. “We were right there but they’re unbeaten for a reason. They stayed composed, they hit tough shots, they earned it.”Tekele Cotton added 20 points — with four 3-pointers — and Baker had 14 points for the Shockers (34-0), who got tested in the second half before putting the title game out of reach with a 13-0 run capped by two 3-pointers from VanVleet that put them up by 18 points with 5:38 to go.“I didn’t have enough timeouts to stop the runs, but that’s what they do,” Indiana State coach Greg Lansing said. “That’s why they’re undefeated. That’s why they’re hoisting the trophy.”Wichita State matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season by UNLV in 1990-91 with its third straight convincing tournament win after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. The Shockers won their first conference tournament since 1987.“We’re not flawless,” Marshall said. “Our record is flawless. We’ve got great players. They’ve taken us on an unbelievable ride to this point.”Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State (23-10), which has one of the closer calls against Wichita State with a seven-point loss at home in early February. Arop totaled 12 points the first two tourney games.“Hopefully we’ll get into the NIT,” Odum said. “We’ll see if we can make a splash there.”The Shockers had runs of 17-0 and 24-0 while beating Missouri State by 25 points in the semifinals.Wichita State’s last nine victories have all been by double digits. The Shockers have won 12 of 14 in the Indiana State series.“They do not have weaknesses,” Lansing said. “If anybody could see one, I’d like to hear it.”VanVleet scored 13 points in the final 6 minutes and was named to the all-tournament team along Cleanthony Early and Cotton, who was voted the tourney MVP. Odum also made the team along with Evansville’s D.J. Balentine, who scored 61 points in two games.

    Aliy Zirkle drives her dog team across the portage from Kaltag to Unalakleet. Zirkle was the first musher to reach the Bering Sea in Unalakleet during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday.

    Zirkle maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod race

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Aliy Zirkle was holding on to the lead Sunday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, leaving a checkpoint on Alaska’s wind-scoured western coast almost an hour ahead of her closest rival.The 44-year-old musher from Two Rivers, Alaska, left the Norton Sound village of Shaktoolik with 11 dogs at 7:12 a.m. Sunday for the 50-mile run to the next checkpoint at Koyuk. She was followed at 8 a.m. by four-time champion Jeff King and his 12-dog team.Zirkle has come in second place in the last two years in the nearly 1,000-mile race to Nome, 221 miles west of Shaktoolik. She is seeking to become only the third woman to win the race, and the first woman to win since the late Susan Butcher in 1990.Other front runners who left Shaktoolik Sunday were four-time champion Martin Buser, in third place, followed by veterans Sonny Lindner and Aaron Burmeister. Sixth out of Shaktoolik was 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey, who clocked out of the checkpoint at 10:28 a.m., followed 26 minutes later by his father, defending champion Mitch Seavey.The racers, who have five more checkpoints after Koyuk and before Nome, are expected to begin arriving in Nome by Tuesday. While the front-runners were gunning up the Bering Sea coast, volunteers and Nome city crews were busily preparing the old gold rush town for the coming onslaught of dog teams and spectators. Dog lots were being readied and volunteers at the town’s mini convention center were folding souvenir T-shirts to be sold. Early Sunday morning, the famed burled arch marking the finish line was moved by bulldozer from a city parking lot to its yearly spot on Front Street.Temperatures in Nome hovered slightly above zero Sunday, which brought clear skies and brilliant sunshine. Snowfall has been light this winter in the frontier town of nearly 3,700, so the city has been stockpiling snow, which was being trucked to Front Street for the final stretch to the finish line.The race began March 2 in Willow with 69 teams. As of late Sunday morning, 16 mushers had scratched, leaving 53 teams on the trail, which was marked by long stretches of bare and rocky ground that made for an icy, treacherous trail in the early part of the race.Zirkle on Saturday was the first musher to reach the coast community of Unalakleet, but she thought she was running second behind Buser, learning only later that he was resting at a cabin. Thinking she was running second, she wasn’t all hyped up thinking she was first, she said before taking off from the Unalakleet Saturday night.“I made the run really mellow,” she said in a video posted on the Iditarod website.King, who last won in 2006, left Unalakleet 69 minutes later, saying he and his dogs were feeling great. King, 58, has been battling a stiff back, shoulders and arms all winter, but was feeling “loose as a cucumber now,” he said in an Iditarod video.“Man, my aches and pains go way when I rattle down the trail,” he said. “I swear it.”The first to reach Nome receives $50,000 and a new truck. The 29 teams after that win cash prizes decreasing on a sliding scale. All other teams finishing the race receive $1,049.


    Cardinals sign Cuban free agent to contract

    JUPITER, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cuban free agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz to a major league contract and he’ll report to spring training on Monday.The Cardinals were among a number of teams, including the Yankees, who held private workouts for the right-handed hitting Diaz and the deal is believed to be for $15-20 million for four years.The team planned a news conference for Monday.“We have been following Aledmys for quite some time,” general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “His signing marks a significant benchmark for the Cardinals in the international arena and we are excited to have reached this agreement.”The deal came a day after St. Louis signed third baseman and leadoff man Matt Carpenter to a six-year, $52 million contract. During the offseason, the Cardinals committed $53 million over four years to sign free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, so they could face a position logjam in the near future.The 23-year-old Diaz batted .315 with 12 home runs and 11 steals in 270 at-bats in 2012 for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara, Cuba’s highest professional league, which has produced Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman.The Cardinals anticipate the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Diaz will start the year at the high minor league level.Diaz has represented Cuba in several international tournaments, including the 2010 World University Championship games in Tokyo, Japan, and lives in Mexico City.

    United States’ Calvin Smith, Kyle Clemons, Kind Butler III and David Verburg, from left, celebrate after winning the gold and setting a new indoor world record in the men’s 4x400m relay final during the Athletics Indoor World Championships in Sopot, Poland.

    U.S. track relay team sets indoor world record

    SOPOT, Poland — Perhaps people know Calvin Smith Jr, and even then likely because his father was a famous runner a generation back. And David Verburg ran on the 4x400 world outdoor gold medal team last year. But Kyle Clemons? Kind Butler III? Like so many on this U.S. team at the world indoor championships which was low on glamor yet deep in talent, they produced beyond expectations on Sunday and now have a 4x400 indoor world record to show for it. When everyone expected the three-day event to peter out without a world record, suddenly this quartet made a name for each and every one on the team.“These are moments you really have to cherish,” Butler said. “We are never going to be here again.” The four sprinters got the baton around in a time of 3 minutes, 2.13 seconds, slashing .70 off the 15-year-old indoor mark set by another U.S. relay team at the 1999 world indoors. The U.S. beat Britain into silver and Jamaica took bronze. “The combination of these guys is amazing. They brought it out of me,” said Clemons, who already took bronze in the individual 400. The record gave the U.S. team eight gold and 12 medals overall, more than double the total of runner-up Russia, which had three gold and five overall. The U.S. team won 10 gold and 18 overall two years ago, but that was such an outsize record performance that no one thought it would be possible again. Yet, when it came to gold, the Americans came pretty close with a slew of little-known names. “We never lose runners, lose people. We just keep reloading,” said Clemons of the U.S. athletics program. The first U.S. gold Sunday came in the women’s 800, where Chanelle Price did all the frontrunning and refused to fade over the final two laps, as she disregarded the massive cheers of the home crowd that was pushing for Angelika Cichocka. Then the 4x400 women’s team led from start to finish to easily win the relay ahead of Jamaica and Britain. And in the wide-open 60 hurdles, Omo Osaghae dipped at the line to beat two Frenchmen in a world leading 7.45. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde was .01 back and Garfield Darien a further .01 second in a tight finish.It was the perfect setup for the concluding relay record. In Sunday’s top individual race, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce kept the 60 meter title in Jamaica with the fastest run by anyone in four years. The double Olympic 100 champion finish in 6.98 seconds, beating Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast by .03 seconds. Tianna Bartoletta of the United States took bronze. Veronica Campbell-Brown was the double defending champion but still too rusty to be at her best as she was only cleared at the last moment to compete at the championships after a doping scandal had sidelined her since last summer. The result proved Jamaica’s sprint credentials again, but overall the day and the championships again belonged to the United States. No one was as overwhelming as Genzebe Dibaba on the last day. The Ethiopian breezed to a gold medal in the 3,000 meters, failing to add a third world record in a season but clinching a long-distance title after the 1,500 two years ago. Dibaba knew from the start she was in a league all her own, and when she took charge at the halfway point only a few could match her pace. With a kick for home with two laps to go, Dibaba immediately created a yawning gap, leaving silver to defending champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya and bronze to Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain. Dibaba had already set world records in the 1,500 and 3,000 and a world best over 2 miles this winter but decided against a double in Sopot because it would be too draining.“It’s been a great year for me,” said the younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, the triple Olympic and five-time world long-distance champion.

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, dives to stop a shot by Detroit Red Wings’ Riley Sheahan (15) during the third period Sunday in New York. The Rangers won the game 3-0.

    Rangers top Red Wings 3-0 in Lundqvist’s 300th win

    NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist is caught up in a numbers game he is quite happy about. With each win, the Swedish goalie is rewriting the New York Rangers’ record book. Lundqvist earned his 300th NHL victory and 49th career shutout in the Rangers’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.With his 30-save performance, he shut out the Red Wings for the second time this season and helped New York complete a three-game season sweep of its Original Six rival. Lundqvist is one win shy of tying Mike Richter’s franchise record. He caught Rangers great Ed Giacomin for the club mark in shutouts.“It’s a great feeling to be up there with those guys,” Lundqvist said after his fourth shutout this season. “This organization has been around for so long, so to be up there with them, it’s very special, and I am proud just thinking about it.“It’s a lot of fun when you think about it, and I started thinking about it after two periods — why not go for the doughnut in this game and reach 300 wins? It was a good challenge for me.”Chris Kreider helped him achieve it by scoring twice in the third — the first goal coming just 14 seconds in.“He’s the best goalie in the world, best around the league, and we’re lucky enough to have him on our team,” Kreider said. “It’s kind of his style to get a shutout for his 300th win.”Lundqvist (24-20-4) was serenaded by the crowd with chants of “Hen-rik, Hen-rik” in the game’s final minute. He has won two straight, after allowing a total of 13 goals in three losses (0-2-1) following the Olympic break, and given up just two goals in the process.He got back to his winning ways Friday at Carolina, which is also the site of the Rangers’ next game Tuesday.“He’s been the face of the franchise and will continue to be,” forward Brad Richards said. “He’s only been in the league eight or nine years, and it seems like 30 or 40 wins each year.”Brian Boyle made it 1-0 in the first period for the Rangers, who moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division — one point ahead of Philadelphia. New York is three points ahead of Detroit, which is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1990.Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh both assisted on each of Kreider’s goals. Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost three of four (1-2-1).“Can’t win games if you don’t score,” Howard said. “They played their game really well.”Kreider provided all the insurance Lundqvist needed for his milestone win. He made it 2-0 by deflecting in McDonagh’s shot from the left point and pushed the lead to three goals at 12:12, beating Howard with a shot as he drove down the left wing for his 16th.The Rangers went ahead early when defenseman John Moore wound up for a shot inside the blue line that was blocked by Detroit forward Daniel Alfredsson. The puck deflected into the slot to Boyle, who spun and sent a drive that beat Howard at 5:14 for his fifth goal.It was New York’s first traditional 5-on-5 goal in three games. Both Rangers tallies in Wednesday’s loss to Toronto were short-handed goals by defenseman McDonagh. In Friday’s victory at Carolina, McDonagh scored another short-handed goal, Stepan connected on a power play, Rick Nash scored during 4-on-4 play, and Carl Hagelin sealed the win with an empty-netter. Lundqvist was sharp throughout. He even shook off being covered by the net, which was tipped over onto him from behind when Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader checked Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman into the back of the cage late in the second.


    Crawford lifts Northwestern over Purdue 74-65

    Northwestern had a message to send before the start of the Big Ten Tournament this week. “People pretty much left us for dead and rightfully so,” Coach Chris Collins said after Sunday’s 74-65 win over Purdue. “We haven’t played well. Our goal was to come in here and to let everyone know that we’re not done and we’re not going to stop fighting to the finish and we did that.”

    The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after scoring during the first half against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

    Can Bulls really recruit Carmelo?

    While highly entertaining, the Carmelo Anthony conversation is at best a reach unless Bulls management is willing to move some players it considers part of the core. Bulls execs don't tend to move their guys under far less crucial circumstances than these, so unless there's a change in philosophy, it seems unlikely the Bulls would be able to create space for a $20 million salary.


    Sommesi leading the way for AWF Renegades

    In the third period of a game last October against Homewood-Flossmoor, Greg Sommesi of the co-op AWF Renegades ripped a slapshot from the blue line that was tipped in over the goalie’s glove into the upper corner of the net. It was quite a memorable moment for Sommesi, capping a convincing 10-1 win. It was, you see, Sommesi from Sommesi on the score sheet, as Greg’s shot was deflected in by his younger brother, Anthony, a junior in his first season on the varsity. And this is their first season ever as teammates. Greg, 17, a senior at Addison Trail in his third season on the varsity club, plays right defense, alongside senior Patrick Gorniak (Addison Trail), and is the team’s captain. He had 13 goals, 5 assists in 14 regular-season Illinois Suburban Division games.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Miami Heat at the United Center, noon SundayTV: ABCRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: Miami has gone 1-5 at the United Center since 2010, the dawn of the Power Trio and Tom Thibodeau eras. The Heat (43-16) is coming off losses at Houston and San Antonio but beat the Bulls in Miami 93-79 two weeks ago. The Heat lost 107-87 at the UC on Dec. 5. LeBron James ranks third in the league at 27.2 ppg and fourth in field-goal percentage at .577. He was expected to be in Cleveland on Saturday night for the Zydrunas Ilgauskas jersey retirement. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.1 points, with Chris Bosh at 16.8.Next: San Antonio Spurs at the United Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday — Mike McGraw


    Workers quit when they are confident they can find better work. They cling to a job, whatever job, when opportunities are scarce. Quits therefore capture a broader picture of labor-market tightness than can be measured directly by figures like the unemployment rate.

    How much recovery does the U.S. have left?

    How much slack is left in the U.S. economy? How much of our resources are sitting around, factories idled and workers unemployed, almost five years after the recession? The answer is surprisingly unclear — but it couldn’t matter more.

    A poster alerting customers that the digital currency Bitcoin is accepted as payment sits behind the counter inside a cafe in London. Bitcoin attracted media attention last week when Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, once the biggest exchange for the digital currency, filed for bankruptcy protection after coins valued at more than $500 million went missing.

    Bitcoin enthusiasm weathers chaotic week

    Future generations of Bitcoin billionaires may someday look back on 2014 with knowing smiles. Here was a year when thefts spread, exchanges collapsed, rates gyrated like a teenager’s moods. And yet the buying of bitcoins showed no signs of abating. The past week was particularly extreme.

    Despite fiscal deadlock in Washington that pushed the U.S. to the brink of default, a major debt crisis in Europe, slowing growth in China and innumerable crises from Syria to Ukraine, stocks have kept moving higher. On Monday, the bull run enters its sixth year.

    Despite obstacles, the bull market turns 5

    Happy 5th birthday, bull market. The current bull run is not the longest, or strongest in history, but it has survived a near default by the U.S. government, a debt crisis in Europe, and a war in Syria. Despite all the obstacles thrown in its way, this bull market is now the fourth-longest since 1945, according to S&P Capital IQ. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up 178 percent in the five years since it bottomed out on March 9, 2009.

    A massive data breach at Target Corp. that exposed tens of millions of credit card numbers has focused attention on a patchwork of state consumer notification laws and renewed a push for a single national standard.

    No consensus on how to notify data breach victims

    The data breach at Target Corp. that exposed millions of credit card numbers has focused attention on the patchwork of state consumer notification laws and renewed a push for a single national standard. Most states have laws that require retailers to disclose data breaches, but the laws vary wildly.

    Travelers take note: The economics of earning free airline flights are changing. Delta Air Lines Inc. said starting Jan. 1, it will reward passengers for the amount they spend on tickets, not the number of miles they fly. The change to Delta’s SkyMiles program will be great for people who buy expensive tickets in first-class, but bad for vacationers who shop for the cheapest fare.

    For some fliers, mileage programs come up short

    Travelers take note: The economics of earning free airline flights are changing. Delta Air Lines Inc. said starting Jan. 1, it will reward passengers for the amount they spend on tickets, not the number of miles they fly. The change to Delta’s SkyMiles program will be great for people who buy expensive tickets in first-class, but bad for vacationers who shop for the cheapest fare.


    Work Advice: Older worker feels a chill; younger worker may be creating one

    Reader 1: It has become painfully clear over the past year that I am being excluded from activities for which I once would have been eagerly sought out as a leader. My husband says to talk to HR in case this is subtle age discrimination.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chicago’s credit rating has been cut to three levels above junk.

    Chicago’s debt cut one step by Moody’s as it prepares bond sale

    Chicago had the credit rating on $8.3 billion of general-obligation and sales-tax debt cut one level to Baa1 by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited “massive” pension liabilities.

    Reducing interest payments by transferring a balance from one card to another is a quick way to lower monthly finance charges. But taking advantage of such a promotion, even one offering a zero interest rate on balance transfers, doesn’t always pay off. That’s especially true for cardholders who have a tendency to carry a balance.

    Transferring a credit card balance: Wise move?

    Offers from credit card companies to temporarily skirt interest charges can be enticing. Reducing interest payments by transferring a balance from one card to another is a quick way to lower monthly finance charges. But taking advantage of such a promotion, even one offering a zero interest rate on balance transfers, doesn’t always pay off.

    Maris Angolia, president of Karin’s Florist, stands with two of Karin’s Florist’s delivery vehicles, a 2006 Scion xB, front, and a 2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, behind, outside Karin’s Florist, in Vienna, Va.

    Old vans are dying, so small businesses are buying

    Small businesses pushed commercial van sales up 40 percet last year. The spending is coming for two reasons: Aging vans are simply wearing out. Plus business confidence is growing. A January survey taken for Wells Fargo found that optimism among small-business owners hit the highest level in five years.


    LL Bean has record year, plans $100M in spending

    Coming off record profits and four years of revenue growth, L.L. Bean is ready to make the biggest single-year capital investment in the retailer’s 102-year history, the company’s CEO said.

    Mike Ramsay, CEO of Qplay, gives a demonstration of Qplay on a tablet device in San Francisco.

    TiVo founders try to reprogram Internet video

    The founders of DVR pioneer TiVo are shifting their focus from broadcast TV to broadband Internet as they introduce a new device designed to make it easier for people to find and manage video. The sequel gets underway with the release of the Qplay, a box that sorts and streams video clips compiled from all over the Internet.


    Career coach: Office bullying can be subtle

    Sad to say, but bullying does not just exist in the schoolyard. It is alive and well in the workplace. We probably all know what the obvious signs of bullying look like, but there are many subtle forms that may not easily be detected but still cause emotional damage.

    Cerberus Capital Management LP's $9 billion deal to merge Safeway Inc. with Albertsons is a bet that a larger supermarket chain can better fend off an attack on the grocery business by big-box stores and online retailers. Safeway, the No. 2 grocery-store operator in the U.S., agreed last to be acquired by Cerberus's Albertsons for about $40 a share.

    Safeway's $9 billion deal is bet chain can ward off new foes

    Cerberus Capital Management LP's $9 billion deal to merge Safeway Inc. with Albertsons is a bet that a larger supermarket chain can better fend off an attack on the grocery business by big-box stores and online retailers. Safeway, the No. 2 grocery-store operator in the U.S., agreed last to be acquired by Cerberus's Albertsons for about $40 a share.

    Research firm Gartner says 94 percent of smartphones sales last year were either iPhones or Android devices. Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices made up another 5 percent combined.

    Review: Lots of innovations beyond iOS and Android

    When it comes to smartphones, consumers have an array of choices from Apple to... well, Android. But what about the remaining 1 percent? They are the wannabes such as Firefox and Sailfish — and many of them are introducing innovative advancements in features and functions.

    Laura Benson, who owns Jeanne Beatrice, a company that sells handmade baskets, poses with some of her basket creations in her home-based business in Edina, Minn. Benson was happy when her bank gave her an increase in her small business credit line. “They just gave me the $7,000 without my asking,” she said, with the increase coming a year after she got the $25,000 credit line for her business.

    Bank loans to small business on the rise

    The logjam in lending to small businesses is showing signs of clearing. Nearly five years after the recession ended, bankers are lending more and businesses say it’s easier to get loans. Banks are courting company owners and giving them easier terms. Still, caution remains.

    In this photo made on Saturday, March 1, 2014, Ray Elli, right, talks about how area people reacted when they received a certificate for free pizza from the local shop at Bobtown Pizza in Bobtown, Pa.

    Chevron pizza ‘scandal’ isn’t one in small town

    Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker. Comedy Central’s satirical “The Colbert Report” skewered it. But the 750 or so residents of the hamlet of Bobtown? Not one has signed an online petition demanding an apology for the pizza offer.

    Municipal bonds are getting another chance. Money is flowing once again into muni-bond mutual funds, a turnaround from last year’s exodus. So far, investors have been rewarded for renewing their interest, but managers caution that several challenges remain.

    Can the calm last in the municipal bond market?

    Municipal bonds are getting another chance. Money is flowing once again into muni-bond mutual funds, a turnaround from last year’s exodus. So far, investors have been rewarded for renewing their interest, but managers caution that several challenges remain.


    MasterCard, Visa team up with merchants on security

    Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., the two biggest payment networks, created a working group with banks and merchants to accelerate the adoption of EMV chip technology to thwart fraud.


    Car guys can still drive minivans

    When our children were little and we were carting them and their friends all over the Northwest suburbs, the need for a minivan was apparent. I was not a minivan kind of guy, I reasoned.

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    Excursion boats take visitors to Ship Island, 11 miles off the mainland, for a day at the beach and tours of Fort Massachusetts.

    Mississippi's resilient coastal playground boasts more than casinos

    Stretching 62 miles along the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi's coast has long been a vacation spot, one that has repeatedly bounced back from catastrophe. Casinos make it the "Vegas of the South," but there is plenty to do for those who don't want to spend their days at the slot machines.

    Eva Green stars in the blockbuster “300: Rise of an Empire,” which brought in $45.1 million at the box office.

    ‘300’ sequel rules box office with $45.1M debut

    The shirtless warriors of the “300” sequel “Rise of an Empire” ravaged the post-Oscars box-office weekend with a domestic debut of $45.1 million but an even bigger international haul of $87.8 million. Seven years after the original “300” became an unlikely, ultra-stylish, blood-soaked sensation, Warner Bros.’ 3-D follow-up showed considerable might at the box office. While “300: Rise of an Empire” didn’t come close the North American debut of Zack Snyder’s 2007 original ($70.9 million and without the benefit of 3-D ticket prices), it performed like a blockbuster overseas.

    Sienna Guillory, left, as Moore, and Johnny Sequoyah as Bo, in the pilot of the new NBC television series, “Believe.” Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the “Star Trek” movies) are executive producers of “Believe,” a drama about a child whose supernatural powers put her and the world at risk.

    ‘Gravity’ director Alfonso Cuaron turns to TV

    Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron was looking for an anti-”Gravity” follow up to his blockbuster space film, and he found it with a rare excursion into television. Cuaron and sci-fi auteur J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the “Star Trek” movies) are executive producers of “Believe,” a drama about a child whose supernatural powers put her and the world at risk. The premise came to him while he waited during “the endless process of special effects” on “Gravity,” Cuaron said at a media event.

    Although slow to establish, the gas plant is there for the long haul and does not require dividing.

    Calling all green thumbs to Flower & Garden Show

    Daily Herald columnist and author Jan Riggenbach will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. Riggenbach's topic is "Big Ideas for Smaller Gardens."

    Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn designed this Mulholland Drive house in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles using a style of decorating referred to as “updated traditional,” which is known for putting youthful, updated spins on classic floral patterns through a fresh use of color and clean, simple lines. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Sarah Dorio)

    Upsized, updated florals blooming in today’s decor

    After years of simple solids and geometric prints, the lowly flower is making a comeback in decor. Floral patterns have been blooming all over fashion runways in recent months, and they are slowly finding their way back into the world of home decorating, too.

    With new elements available on the market today, we can make a simple cabinet function like the fireplace of yore.

    A cozy home is a necessity during an endless winter

    There appears to be enough cold weather packed into this year to keep us pondering about how to be cozier in our homes, large or small. Thoughts naturally go toward fireplaces as the traditional symbol of residential warmth.

    Well-known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the host of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which is a remake/update of the landmark series that aired on PBS in 1980. It begins at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox.

    ‘Cosmos’: A fond return to the vastness of space

    When astronomer Carl Sagan’s landmark PBS series “Cosmos” first aired in the fall of 1980, the Voyager 1 spacecraft was flying past Saturn and its moons, sending back astonishing images of worlds never seen up close. “Cosmos” is back Sunday night (airing on Fox and then repeating on Monday nights on the National Geographic Channel). It’s a 13-episode remake/update hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a worthy heir to Sagan’s legacy. This new “Cosmos” arrives just when we seem to need it most.

    “The Bootlegger” is the latest Isaac Bell adventure from Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.

    ‘Bootlegger’ is latest in Cussler detective series

    Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency finds himself in charge in “The Bootlegger,” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, the latest in the adventure series. It’s 1921, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. Joseph Van Dorn and some of his men are aboard a ship that’s chasing a rumrunning vessel. Bullets start to fly, and Van Dorn is critically injured. Bell must save the detective agency.

    The 1980s-inspired musical “Rock of Ages” returns to Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre from Tuesday through Sunday, March 11-16.

    Chicago tour stop, '80s music take former St. Charles resident back in time

    Former St. Charles resident Paul Wiley never really saw himself as a musical theater-type guy. Through much of the past decade, Wiley could be found performing at Windy City rock venues like Metro or Double Door in bands like Egostatic, Jupiter Blue and Royal. But that changed when Wiley, 41, was hired in January as a guitarist for the national tour of the hit 2009 Broadway jukebox musical “Rock of Ages,” which returns to Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre starting Tuesday, March 11.

    The people of Arcadia, Mo., are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear on ABC's “Resurrection,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

    Haven't we seen 'Resurrection' before? Sort of

    “Resurrection,” a solid yet initially disturbing new drama premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC, is about a small Midwestern town where people who died and were buried years ago (and, most important, were grieved) begin showing up again. Not as rotted-out zombies but just as they were on the day they died. Waitaminnit. You feel as if you've heard about this before, don't you?


    Seeing chronic pain can help children learn empathy

    My mother had one surgery when I was 4 and another when I was 7. She slept a lot, too — but that was also when I learned to read. She had me sit on her bed and read to her, and she would help me sound out words.


    Tenants are caught in middle of owner’s foreclosure

    Q. My husband and I have been renting the house we live in for the past 3½ years. This week, the owner told us he has not been making his mortgage payments and he is being foreclosed on.


    Ice in a microwave not normal

    Q. The interior of my microwave has ice droplets in it right now because of the below-zero temperatures in northern Illinois. I’ve included a photo. The stove hood (below the microwave) is vented to the exterior of the home. Does the ice pose a danger to the microwave?

    The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club displays a wide variety of Lego model buildings and a running Lego train set at the Lego Show at the Geneva History Center.

    Sunday picks: All aboard for the Lego Train Club show

    The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club displays a variety of model buildings and a running Lego train set at the Lego Show at the Geneva History Center. If you love comedian Charlie Murphy from TV's “Chappelle's Show,” then don't miss his set this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.



    Editorial: Let’s put positive ideas On the Table
    A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the negativity of so much of our public discourse -- and rejoices in the positive approach of the On the Table conversations that will be taking place throughout the area on May 12. The events are being promoted by the Chicago Community Trust, and the Daily Herald will be hosting several of them.


    Daily Miracle: Outlet malls and aging theaters

    Outlet mall status reports from Aurora, Gurnee and Huntley; DuPage courthouse ministries, perils of lead paint in Aurora and Elgin; saving downtown theaters in Wheaton and elsewhere -- all of these are stellar examples of how our beat reporters contribute to the daily quest for a Page 1 "centerpiece," says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.


    Pay attention to Venezuela

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When people are brave enough to stand up for freedom against repressive governments intent on maintaining their grip on power, the process is usually messy — and often bloody. In Venezuela, for the last few weeks, blood has stained the streets of Caracas and other major cities.


    Endorsement missed commissioner’s work
    A Cicero letter to the editor: In your latest round of endorsements ahead of the March 18 Democratic primary, the Herald falsely alleged that Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Frank Avila has ignored the threat of pharmaceutical and chemical contamination of our wastewater.


    Who’s the one hijacking the primary now?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Turn on your TV or radio and you’re sure to hear Bruce Rauner campaign for Illinois governor on the Republican ticket. Mr. Rauner tells us not to allow Gov. Pat Quinn and his cronies hijack the Republican primary.


    GOP tycoons lacking a winning strategy
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: According to columnist Gene Lyons (March 2), the false claims about the Affordable Care Act that Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers are spreading is really about rallying the Republican base against Democrats in upcoming elections.


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