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  • Blackhawks game day Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Blackhawks game day

  • For J.B. Holmes, the elbow is connected to the brain Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    J.B. Holmes made another return from surgery at San Diego, this time with far less fanfare. Then again, tennis elbow doesn’t sound nearly as bad as brain surgery. What kept Holmes off the PGA Tour for the longest spell of his career was surgery on his left elbow. He had not played in nearly a year — a 78 to miss the cut in the Honda Classic last March — but is finally feeling as healthy as he has been in four years.

  • Bulls game day Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bulls game day scouting report

  •  Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer (13) knocks the ball away from Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Chicago.

    Gibson: Nobody’s on our bandwagon right now Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bulls have gone 4-10 against Western Conference opponents this season. So heading West for the six-game, ice show road trip seems like a daunting task. But these westerm trips have been unpredictable in the past for the Bulls.

  •  Former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman of Veritas Golf is the force behind the new center-shafted Cure, the RX1 model (bottom) and RX2 (top), which was named the Top New Product this week by The RX1 retails for $199. The RX2 goes for $269 at golf shops and at

    New putters steal the show in Orlando Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 61st PGA Merchandise Show was just like all the previous 60 such stagings with the latest and greatest products for golfers display at the Orange County Convention Center. This year, though, there seemed to be an abundance of unusual new putters. Golf columnist Len Ziehm has all the details on the new models to check out.

  •  While he spends much of his time evaluating talent, Ken Williams, the executive vice president of baseball operations for the White Sox, also has final say in key decisions with Sox GM Rick Hahn.

    Williams still in charge of the White Sox Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike North always knew Executive Vice President of baseball operations for the Chicago White Sox Kenny Williams was the man in charge, even when the Sox led us to believe GM Rick Hahn was the man making the decisions.

  •  Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) scores past Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday in Chicago.

    Bulls’ Butler battling through shooting slump Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jimmy Butler's shot showed signs of life in Monday's loss to Minnesota, but he's been stuck in a miserable shooting slump this month. How much of that can be attributed to the turf toe injury suffered earlier this season?

  • Blackhawks game day Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Blackhawks game day

  • Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks during the baseball team's SoxFest annual fan convention Friday in Chicago. Hahn says it's going to take some time to get some of the less experienced players ready, but “we want to see progress.”

    White Sox believe they're on right track Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    To contend in 2014, the White Sox would need all newly-arrived players to contribute in a big way, and it's just unfair to expect inexperienced talent like Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia and Matt Davidson to carry the team. The Sox have made major improvements, but finishing .500 would be a monumental achievement after last year's 99-loss season.

  • Mike North video: Tiger Woods Implodes Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Probably the second best golfer of all time imploded yesterday at Torrey Pines with 7 straight bogeys. Mike North says he will never break Jack Nicklaus’s record.

  •  The Jets’ Blake Wheeler shoots and scores past Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya and goalie Corey Crawford during Winnipeg’s 3-goal third period Sunday night.

    Blackhawks’ hangover no reason to panic Jan 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Blackhawks are struggling to find a reason to play right now, and it’s showing up in the standings with three straight defeats. Still, it’s no reason to panic and no one knows that better than Joel Quenneville.

  • Blackhawks’ Kane likes U.S. chances in Olympics Jan 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane is concerned about safety in Russia for the tournament — but not enough to keep his family away. “You hear different things about it, so obviously you’re going to think about it, but at the end of the day, what can we really do about it?” Kane said. “It’s not our job to worry about that stuff. If something happens, it’s completely out of our control."

  •  Bulls guard D.J. Augustin drives past the Bobcats’ Al Jefferson during the second half Saturday night. Augustin finished with 28 points.

    Augustin ‘keeps fighting’ for Bulls Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Point guard D.J. Augustin scored 28 points against the team that drafted him, leading the Bulls to an 89-87 victory at Charlotte on Saturday. It was Augustin's third game of at least 27 points in his last four.

  • Blackhawks game day Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Winnipeg Jets at Blackhawks scouting report

  • Sox’s Ventura says criticism ‘part of the job’ Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Robin Ventura realizes criticism is part of major-league baseball, so he shrugged off a SoxFest fan's suggestion he was lacking a "pulse" last season. General manager Rick Hahn had thoughts of his own.

  •  Tyler Flowers, celebrating a 3-run homer with Dayan Viciedo last season, remains one of the White Sox’ top two catchers along with Josh Phegley.

    White Sox give Flowers, Phegley a second look Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    While some White Sox fans still think A.J. Pierzynski should be in uniform, general manager Rick Hahn is building a younger core of players. Hahn is also giving Josh Phegely and Tyler Flowers another chance after both catchers struggled last season.

  •  The Bulls’ D.J. Augustin, right, looks to pass around Charlotte Bobcats’ Bismack Biyombo, left, during Saturday night’s game in Charlotte, N.C. The Bulls beat the Bobcats 89-87.

    Augustin’s 28 points lift Bulls over Bobcats 89-87 Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    D.J. Augustin scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls held off the Charlotte Bobcats 89-87 Saturday night to get back above .500. The former Bobcats point guard hit 4 of 5 shots from the field in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers, to help break open a tight game. The Bulls (22-21) have won 10 of their last 13 games.

  •  White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks during this weekend’s SoxFest.

    Hahn, Sox make big progress in little time Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    White Sox GM Rick Hahn continues the very difficult process of rebuilding the club on the fly at the major league level, while also attempting to put a team on the field that fans will pay to watch. It is tricky, but Hahn doesn’t have the luxury of blowing it up and starting over.

  •  Carlos Boozer (5), left, and D.J. Augustin (14) react after the Clippers’ Darren Collison was fouled in the second half of the Bulls’ loss on Friday at the United Center.

    Bulls get a reality check from Clippers Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Los Angeles Clippers scorched the nets from 3-point range and Blake Griffin scored 26 points in a 112-95 victory over the Bulls on Friday at the United Center. The Bulls trailed 41-26 after one quarter and never recovered.

  • Thibs supports Rose playing for Team USA Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau thinks Derrick Rose playing for Team USA could be a great idea. Meanwhile, Doc Rivers says the Bulls would be nuts to let Thibodeau leave and the Bulls' coach starts a rumor about his love life.

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