The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 8, 2008 · Page 308
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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008 2 Senior Day at Illinois today 3 UK_grtspast Ijayola 60-49 4 High school sports 9-10 dallyherald.com Sports SECTION Take notice Versatile Jason Bourgeois hoping to make White Sox' roster — Page 5 Women's Watch Basketball nms deep in the Quigley family — Page 2 ASSOCIATED PRESS Stan Mikita waves to the United Center crowd as fellow Blackhawks great Bobby Hull enjoys the festivities Friday night. High drama But Hawks unable to cap night with victory BY TIM SASSONE tiassone l @<lailylu'ral(l.com For the Blackhawks, the night nearly ended as dramatically as it started. But. an apparent tying goal by Rene Bourque with 32 seconds to play "was wiped out as the Hawks lost 3-^2 $ the San Jose Sharks at a sold-out United Center, ending their home winning streak at five. Referee Steve Kozari immediately ruled Bourque batted the puck into the net with Sharks 3, Hawks 2 glove, though it was still on his stick, a ruling that held up through a video review. "It was a.natural reaction; the puck came to me and it went off my glove," Bourque said. "I would say it's against the rules. I kind of moved my hands going toward the goal." Hawks coach Denis Savard grudgingly agreed that the call probably was correct. "But to me, your hands are attached to your stick," Savard said. "It's not like you batted it with your hand. Maybe it's something they should look at. If it hits your stick, it's good. It's a game of inches, I guess." The Hawks are hoping the loss only temporarily halts their playoff drive. They trail Nashville and the final playoff spot by 6 points after the Predators beat Calgary 2-1 Friday night in overtime. "We'll come to practice tomorrow and get back to work," Brent Seabrook said. "It's still in reach. We've got to keep battling and get some wins." Savard would still consider it a successful 3-win week if his team can knock off Edmonton on Sunday at die UC. "These kids know what's at stake," Savard said. "They'll come back." The Sharks showed why they're the fourth-best defensive team in the NHL by holding the Hawks to See HAWKS on PAGE 4 What a welcome for Mikita, Hull BY MIKE SPELLMAN mspeUnum@dailyliemUl.com Bill Bodnarchuk of Arlington Heights has lowered the roof of his mint-condition white 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible only twice in his life. The first was for the wedding of his daughter, Kelly Smith of Palatine. The second time came Friday night at the United Center, and once again Bodnarchuk's classic car was carrying some very precious cargo. Perched atop the backseat, wearing their familiar red sweaters, were legends Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull, who after years in exile were just minutes away from officially being welcomed back to the Blackhawks family by team chairman Rocky Wirtz and a raucous standing-room only crowd at the UC. As the car slowly purred underneath the stands toward the boards at the west end of the rink, a group of about 15 people — including three chefs in full white regalia — parted ways to let it through. While the pair waited for the OK to finally hit the ice, Mikita, in his No. 21 jersey, went over his speech one last time while Hull, in his familiar No. 9, watched the big screen See WELCOME on PAGE 4 ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick, who skated Friday night as a member of the San Jose Sharks, took part in the pregame festivities honoring Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. Bears believe in WR Lloyd Former Ulini gets one-year deal BY Bon LEGERF. rlrftTr@rtailylirraM.rnm Brandon Lloyd, who signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Friday, will provide the team's depleted wide receiver corps with depth and experience, but it remains to be seen if he can upgrade a mediocre unit. Lloyd was released by the Washington Redskins on Feb. 26 after catching 2 passes in nine games last season as he missed part of the season widi a fractured collarbone. In 2006, he caught just 23 passes. The Redskins gave up on the University of Illinois product two years after signing him as an unrestricted free agent to a deal diat included a $10 million signing bonus. The 6-foot, 200-pound Lloyd was originally a fourth- round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. In his best season with them in 2003, he caught 48 passes for 733 yards. Lloyd's connection with Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner—Turner was head coach at Illinois during Lloyd's time there — was instrumental in the 26-year-old signing a one-year deal to attempt a resuscitation of a career that appeared bright before taking a downturn in Washington. "I mink it just means a lot as far as the trust factor and coach Ron knowing the things ASSOCIATE!) I'RKSS Brandon Lloyd is reunited with offensive coordinator Ron Turner, who was Lloyd's coach at Illinois. that I'm able to do and believing in me," Lloyd said. "That gives me a lot of confidence, the comfort level that I have with coach Ron Turner. "It's big, just because the past two teams that I've been on, it hasn't been the smoothest ride in the world. So to really have somebody in my corner who really believes in me and has known me since I was 17 years old and really knows the foundation of what kind of person I am, it means a lot, especially the times that I'm in right now." There has been plenty of criticism of Lloyd in the past — including his hands, work ediic and attitude — but he is See BEARS on PAGE 3 Celtics 116, Bulls 93 Bulls run foul of t Rivers' Celtics BY MIKE MCGRAW mmcgnna@dailylifmU.com BOSTON — Celtics coach Doc Rivers believes his team could meet the Bulls several more times before the end of April. "I think they're going to make the playoffs," Rivers said prior to playing the Bulls at TD Ban- knorth Garden. "They could be our first-round opponent." Now, there's a matchup NBA nation is not clamoring to see, especially after Friday's foul-infested 116-93 Boston blowout that thankfully didn't take place on a school night. "I think they're playing really good basketball," Rivers continued. "You can see their confidence is growing. Just because they don't have a good record, I still think they're a quality basketball team." Of course, Rivers said all that before the Bulls crumbled under Boston's defensive pressure in the first quarter, then began fouling as if America's independence relied on it. The Bulls (25-37) deserved to get blown out of this game, but the Celtics' march to the foul line in the second quarter was astonishing. The home team shot 16 free throws in the final 3:24 of the first half on their way to a whopping 30 free-throw attempts before halftime. By the time this marathon was over, the two teams tossed up a combined 81 free throws (43 by the Celtics), while the Bulls shot a season-low 31.8 percent from the field. "The Celtics are a very good defensive team, as they showed tonight," Bulls coach Jim Boylan said. "One of the things you need to do against See BULLS on PAGE 6 "We know people prefer to keep the name on the building. I prefer to keep the name on the building. If we can make it work to do that, that would be great. But we're not going to leave resources that will go into the payroll and go into our restoration plans on the table to appease people who say, 'I don't think you should do it.'" Cubs chairman Crane Kenney on selling the naming rights to Wrigley Held Kenney: Naming rights only part of big picture BY BRUCE MILES bmiles@dailylierald. com MESA, Ariz. — Cubs chairman Crane Kenney visited HoHoKam Park on Friday and gave a bullish state of the state interview. "I think the team has never been in better shape," Kenney said. For years, Kenney had been the parent Tribune Co. liaison to the Cubs. With the Trib having been sold to billionaire Sam ZeU, things are different. Kenney noted that Zell has slashed Trib Co. red tape, making decision- making easier and allowing fpr such %ings *s the re-signing of pitcher Carlos Zambrano ana the resoading of j Wrigley Field last year, But what's been making headlines is Zell's quest to sell naming rights to Wrigley Field. Kenney noted that naming rights are indeed in play, but he urged the beat writers covering the team to look at the whole picture. "Leaving aside all the newspapers being sold with headlines about Wrigley Field's going to be destroyed, . and Sam's public enemy No. 1, if you just look at the club on the field, we have a record payroll for us," Kenney said. "We'll be in the top four or five in baseball total. We (signed) our first Japanese player (Kosuke Fukudome}." Kenney touched on these areas specifically: • The sale of the Cubs should happen by the end of this calendar year, with perhaps a half-dozen bidders in the running. »The Cubs hope to have a framework agreement ready by Opening Day for the sale of Wrigley Field to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. The Cubs would lease the park from the ISFA for 30 years. i A major renovation of Wrigley •fcield could require the team to play one season or part of one season at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. HOK Sports, builder of several ballparks, is currently looking into several renovation plans for Wrigley. »The Cubs' player payroll will be "north of $120 million this year." * After one year in mothballs, the blue game jerseys will be back this year, but Kenney promised the club wouldn't "overdo" it. * The Cubs would like more than the 30 home night games they have now, with Kenney noting the major- league average being 54. However, he noted there is room for compromise "between 30 and 54." * The Cubs are moving toward adding' Spanish-language radio broadcasts. • The Cubs' Class A Peoria club may play one game at Wrigley this year. Of course, what has many people hot and bothered is the thought that Wrigley Field may bear a new name. "There are a lot of very, very positive things that are coming along with Sam," Kenney said, "What he's made a lot of noise about and what's causing people to jump off bridges is when he says, 'What about naming rights for the building?' I told him, 'Listen, we're exploring it. We're going to talk to a number of people.' "Since I mentioned it at the (Cubs) t* *» See CUBS on PAGE 5

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