Chuck's Daily Check In 1.23.18

January 23, 2018

FINAL: New Orleans 132 Bulls 128- Double OT. (Bulls 18-29, 7-17 on the road) LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: Grant and Lopez each with 22. NOLA: Cousins: 44. LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Markkanen: 17. NOLA: Cousins: 24. LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Grant: 13. NOLA: Cousins: 10. CCI STAT OF THE NIGHT: 44-24-10. DeMarcus Cousins was absolutely phenomenal. First player to put up those numbers since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. Yea, he was that good….

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Bulls fall to Pelicans in double OT, 132-128

January 23, 2018

The Bulls Monday suffered a catastrophic collapse in regulation, surrendering an 18-point lead in the last seven minutes and then losing 132-128 to the New Orleans Pelicans in double overtime. It became an ending filled with extraordinary, exciting and enervating events as DeMarcus Cousins eventually proved too much with 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists. After the Pelicans came all the way back and took a 114-112 lead at…

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Burger third among top third-base prospects

January 23, 2018

CHICAGO — It wasn’t until Jake Burger’s sophomore year of high school in Missouri when he decided to crack down and focus on baseball over hockey. The White Sox, who selected Burger with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, are glad he selected the diamond over the ice. Burger is ranked as the No. 10 third base prospect in the game per the newest list released by MLB…

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Source: Cubs ink Gimenez to Minors deal

January 22, 2018

CHICAGO — The Cubs may have found a backup catcher in Chris Gimenez. A source confirmed reports that the Cubs have signed Gimenez, 35, to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league Spring Training camp. The right-handed hitter played in 74 games last season with the Twins, batting .220 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 16 RBIs. CHICAGO — The Cubs may have found a backup…

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Russell full-steam ahead with '18 goals in mind

January 22, 2018

CHICAGO — Addison Russell will celebrate his 24th birthday on Tuesday, and the Cubs’ shortstop has big plans for the upcoming year. “My individual goals are to remain healthy the whole season. Maybe an All-Star Game would be nice,” Russell said in an interview with the Cubs’ social media crew. “Staying healthy. I think everything else will handle itself.” CHICAGO — Addison Russell will celebrate his 24th birthday on Tuesday,…

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Kopech, Jimenez among White Sox NRIs

January 22, 2018

CHICAGO — The 22 players invited by the White Sox to Spring Training, announced by the club on Monday, reads like a prospect showcase for the South Siders. Sixteen players within the organization received non-roster invites. When coupled with the players already on the 40-man roster, nine of the White Sox Top 10 prospects will take part in big league camp at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. CHICAGO — The…

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Keys to the Game: Bulls at Pelicans (01.22.18)

January 22, 2018

Tonight the Chicago Bulls visit the Big Easy to take on Windy City favorite son Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in the second of two scheduled get-togethers. In the first contest played at the United Center on November 4th, both teams saw their first overtime action of the year, with the Pels ultimately prevailing, 96-90. New Orleans’ dynamic All-Star duo of Davis (27 points, 16 rebounds) and DeMarcus…

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Duensing, Cubs complete two-year deal

January 22, 2018

The Cubs and Brian Duensing have reunited, with the left-handed reliever signing a two-year deal on Monday. The agreement, originally reported on last week, is worth $7 million, according to multiple reports. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that Duensing “had deals for significantly more money elsewhere but liked the Cubs experience so much he wanted to return.” The Cubs and Brian Duensing have reunited, with the left-handed reliever signing…

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Chuck's Daily Check In 1.22.18

January 22, 2018

GAME NIGHT FROM NEW ORLEANS: Bulls (18-28, 7-16 on the road) at New Orleans (24-21, 12-9 at home). TV: NBC Sports Chicago: Neil Funk, Stacey King. Tip-off at 7PM CT.RADIO: WLS 890 AM: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, Steve Kashul. LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: Mirotic: 17 ppg. Pelicans: Davis: 26 ppg.LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Markkanen: 7. Pelicans: Davis: 12.LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Dunn: 6. Pelicans: Rondo: 7. LAST MEETING: November 4, 2017 in Chicago:…

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Blackhawks Should Focus Beyond This Season

January 22, 2018

This was originally going to be a piece about how the Chicago Blackhawks could make the playoffs. But after a 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night, I no longer have any faith that can happen. I guess anything’s possible, but it’s not very likely. Instead, it might be time to focus on the bigger picture. How can the Hawks use the rest of the season to…

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