PAGE 2 SECTION 2 DAILYIIF.RAI.n SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 A" Second Glance Edwards ready to make good after week of controversy There are no distractions for Carl Edwards inside his race car. But that's the only place he's been at peace since NASCAR officials discovered the lid from the oil tank on his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was missing after his victory last Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That was the second straight victory for Edwards and it should have been a time to talk about being in first place in the Sprint Cup standings for the first time in his career and about the possibilities of making it three in a row in today's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Instead, he has spent most of the week answering questions about that missing lid, being docked 100 points and losing crew chief Bob Osborne to a six-week suspension. "I believe the last year or two I've been hardened a lot," said Edwards, who will start fourth today. "The only distraction is having to talk about it. I have a very simple job, and that's not to make any mistakes in that race car and go as fast as I can, so that's what I keep doing. I get my joy out of doing that job well. I know what happened and it really doesn't matter to me what other people say about it." — Associated Press Today's birthdays March 9 Jim Colbert (67), PGA Tour Bert Campaneris (66), MLB Terry Mulholland (45), MLB Brian Bosworth (43), NFL Louis Oliver (42), NFL MahmoudAbdul-Rauf(39), NBA Lou Benfatti (37), NFL Adonal Foyle (33), NBA Koyie Hill (29), Cubs ClayRapada(27),MLB Ahead of the game Sun. Mon. March 9 10 away Detroit 7:00 CSN,ESPN home Edmonton 2:00 lue. Wed. 11 12 home Utah 7:30 CSN+ away home Detroit Carolina 6:30 7:30 CSN CSN Thu. 13 AtSurpise AtMaryvale At Mesa Kansas City Milwaukee Oakland 3:05 3:05 3:05 9 CSN At Surprise At Mesa Texas Oakland 3:05 3:05 At Surprise At Tucson L.A. Angels Colorado 3:05 3:05 CSN home Hamilton 7:00 Cable TV AtPeoria At Tucson San Diego Seattle 3:05 3:05 CSN away Peoria 3:00 Cable TV home Philadelphia Noon All times are game times. Local schedules • HAWTHORNE THOROUGHBRED RACING (hawthorneracecourse.com or call 708-7803700. Live racing March 7-May 1 on Thursdays through Mondays, but dark on Sunday, March 23, and Thursday, May 1. Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie, Cicero. • CHICAGO STORM INDOOR SOCCER (www.chicagostorm.net) Major Indoor Soccer League. Home games at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Today, at Detroit, 3:35 p.m.; Saturday, at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.; March 22, home vs. Baltimore, 7 p.m. • CHICAGO SHAMROX INDOOR LACROSSE (www.chicagoshamrox.com) National Lacrosse League. Home games at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Friday, at Minnesota, 7 p.m.; March 16, NLL All-Star Game at Edmonton; March 22, at Rochester, 6:35 p.m. • CHICAGO SLAUGHTER INDOOR FOOTBALL (www.chicagoslaughter.com) Continental Indoor Football League. Home games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. March 21 , at Milwaukee Bonecrushers 7:30 p.m. • 17th Annual Chicagoland Auto Racing Memorabilia and Collectibles Show on March 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. Tickets $5 for adults; children age 12 and younger admitted free. Nearly 100 tables of auto racing memorabilia and collectibles including die cast cars, plastic models, trading cards, racing programs and yearbooks, along with vintage racing photos. Today on television Baseball Spring training: CUBS vs. Kansas City 3 p.m. WHITE SOX vs. San Diego 3 p.m. Basketball College men: DePaul at Pittsburgh 11 a.m. Florida at Kentucky 11 a.m. Michigan St. at Ohio St. 11 a.m. MVC tournament championship 1 p.m. Indiana at Penn St. 1 p.m. Purdue at Michigan 3 p.m. Oklahoma St. at Texas 3 p.m. West Coast tournament semifinal 8:30 p.m. West Coast tournament semifinal 10:30 p.m. College women: ACC tournament championship Noon C-USA tournament championship 2:30 p.m. Big Ten tournament championship 4:30 p.m. SEC tournament championship 6:30 p.m. NBA: San Antonio at Phoenix BULLS at Detroit Bowling PBA Tour: Go RVing Classic 11:30 a.m. Football Arena Football League: Philadelphia at RUSH Noon Golf European Tour: Malaysian Open, final round 8:30 a.m. (tape) PGA Tour: PODS Championship, final round 2 pm.. Champions Tour: Toshiba Classic, final round Channel 9 Comcast SportsNet Channel 23 Channel 2 Big Ten Network Channel 2 ESPN Channel 2 ESPN ESPN2 ESPN2 Comcast SportsNet ESPN2 ESPN2 ESPN2 2:30 p.m. Channel 7 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, ESPN ESPN ESPN2 Golf Channel Channel 5 Golf Channel Hockey NHL: Pittsburgh at Washington AHL: WOLVES at Peoria Motor sports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kobalt Tools 500 Wrestling Big Ten championships Today on radio Baseball CUBS vs. Kansas City Basketball DePaul at Pittsburgh NIU at Eastern Michigan MVC tournament championship BULLS at Detroit Hockey Edmonton at BLACKHAWKS Football Philadelphia at RUSH Motor sports NASCAR: Kobalt Tools 500 » 1 5:30 p.m. (tape) 11-.30 a.m. 3p.m. 12:30 p.m. 2p.m. 3p.m. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 7p.m. 2p.m. Noon 12:30 p.m. Channel 5 Comcast cable Channel 32 Big Ten Network WON 720-AM WSCR 6/0-AM WLBK 1360-AM WMVP1000-AM WMVP 1000-AM WSCR 670-AM WIND 560-AM WUSN 99.5-FM Our readers have their say... A few random thoughts about Bears, Blackhawks Lots of confidence in Angelo's plan That was a very good article regarding Jerry Angelo, for the cynical Chicago fans easily forget what has made the Bears successful in the past: Defense. Signing Lance Briggs was critical to reestablishing the strength of the club. With hopefully a healthy Brian Urlacher, Nate Vasher, Tommie Harris, and possibly Mike Brown, the Bears can return to the shutdown form of 2005 and 2006. The $42 million that would have been wasted on an overpaid and underutilized talent like Bernard Berrian can be spent to rebuild the O- line and maybe obtain a better possession wideout. When you have as many holes to fill as the Bears do on offense, you have to be patient and start at the core. Draft some lineman, a wideout, and a mid-round QB (who knows, maybe the Bears can actually scout a Derek Anderson or Tom Brady type talent for once in their history). Fill some holes through free agency, and once more pieces are in place. I think Angelo deserves credit for building and keeping a successful defense, and I'm optimistic he will have success in putting together a strong offensive unit in the near future. MikeSchless Buffalo Grove NHL most address late hits, illegal checks C'mon Gary Bettman and the NHL powers! Denis Savard and the Hawks organization should be fed up with the way the NHL is not handling late/illegal checks, especially against the elite players in the league. Pettinger's hit on Jonathan Toews was a blatant infraction and he should have been heavily fined and suspended. Bettman you want to have a more exciting and open type of game, but you and your staff sit on your hands and do nothing about those types of hits. Do what the NFL does and review every questionable hit and determine if further PAUL VALADF./email@example.com General manager Jerry Angelo is the center of attention as the Bears attempt to strengthen their roster through free agency and next month's NFL draft. action should take place — even if a penalty was initially called. By doing nothing you are encouraging teams to put "enforcers" on the roster to protect their players. MarkLind Algonquin Hawks should try to bring back Pat Foley If the Blackhawks want to continue their momentum for next season, president John McDonough should bring back Pat Foley for the TV games with Eddie Olczyk and leave John Wideman and Troy Murray to do radio. Dan Kelly on TV puts you to sleep with his play by play. JeffMarkarian Lake Zurich What's Bears' plan for offensive line? I really hope Jerry Angelo has a plan in place for improving the offensive line after securing some of the Bears own free agents. While, John Faneca (NY Jets) was the "big fish" that got away, I can understand not giving him "crazy money." The Bears were smart to save the money and now can use it for 1-2 athletic and mobile free- agent lineman. Hopefully, second-tier free agents can give the Bears either a starting guard or tackle and maybe both. If the Bears sign a free agent guard (Jacksonville's Maurice Williams, Indianapolis' Jake Scott, or Kansas City's John Welbourn), I would like to see a tackle chosen in the 1st round of the draft (USC Sam Baker, Boise State Ryan Clady, or Boston College's Gosder Cherilus). If a free agent tackle is signed (Washington's Jason Fabini, Seattle's Sean Locklear, or St. Louis' Brandon Gorin), Virginia's offensive guard Brendan Albert is the best interior lineman available to help the Bears right away, with USC's Chilo Rachel and Drew Radovich good later round selections. And, Albert is projected to be able to play tackle as well. Also, I would like to see the 6-year Terrance Metcalf project ended and his total salary of $829,680 and cap value of $1,486,346 contract used for a younger, stronger, and bigger backup at guard and center. Walter Brzeski Chicago Let's hear more about Rockford IceHogs In the Chicago area, why we do we only hear about the Wolves when the Blackhawks farm team has moved from Norfolk to Rockford? They were challenging them for first place not long ago. I would like to hear more about the IceHogs. Living in Antioch and being a Hawks fan, it would be just as easy to commute to Rockford and watch our farm team than a farm team from Atlanta. CurtHudec Antioch Party on at DePaul for March 17 NCAA bids If you're a DePaul women's basketball fan, you'll want to be at the DePaul Student Center on March 17. The DePaul athletic department is hosting a party in honor of the women's basketball team as it watches its NCAA Tournament fate unfold on the "Selection Monday" show, to be televised by ESPN. The Blue Demons (20-10) won Saturday's first-round Big East tournament game against Marquette 73-69, and although nothing is guaranteed, many believe 20 wins is enough to get them into the NCAA Tournament. Admission to the party is free and food will be served. The DePaul Student Center is at the corner of Sheffield and Belden on the site of old Alumni Hall. The party will be in Room 120. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Those interested should RSVP to (773) 325-7504. — Patricia Babcock McGraw IOC's Rogge optimistic about Beijing air quality IOC president Jacques Rogge is optimistic China can improve its notoriously bad air before the Beijing Olympics. Rogge told The Associated Press Saturday during an interview in Southern Shuneh, Jordan, that Beijing is making big strides in cutting pollution, an issue of concern for both the International Olympic Committee and athletes. "We will see that they have made major progress," Rogge said at the Fourth IOC World Conference on Women and Sport. He reiterated his stance that the IOC should not pressure China about human rights, and he praised the growing number of women who will compete in the Olympics. Rogge previously warned that some endurance events at the Olympics might be postponed if the air quality is poor, but he hoped much of the pollution will be cleaned up when the games start in August. On this date in... 1984 —Tim Witherspoon beat Greg Page in 12 rounds for the world heavyweight boxing title. 1993 —The Pittsburgh Penguins began their NHL-record 17-game winning streak. Sports in 60 seconds Roddick captures Dubai title: For once, Andy Roddick faced an opponent who could match him serve for serve. Though Feliciano Lopez managed more aces, he couldn't stop Roddick from winning his second ATP Tour tide in three weeks widi a 6-7 (8), 6-4,6-2 victory in the Dubai Tennis Championship final on Saturday at Dubai, United Arab Emirates "This is as well as I've played," said Roddick, who didn't drop his serve throughout die tournament. In his first appearance in Dubai, Roddick ousted second-ranked Rafael Nadal and third-ranked Novak Djokovic during the week to become the first American winner of the tournament. "I didn't really know what to expect," he said. "A big part of my decision (to attend) was to be able to get a shot at some of the top guys." Sellg ignores Bonds transcript: Commissioner Bud Selig has no plans to read any of Barry Bonds' grand jury testimony that was ordered released by a judge just over a week ago. "No, I don't think so," Selig said Saturday in Phoenix. "I think all the lawyers around me will but I don't think there's any reason for me at this time." Bonds, the unemployed home run king, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. Beckett hit with back spasms: Josh Beckett left Saturday's exhibition game without facing a batter when he was bothered by back spasms as he warmed up. The Boston Red Sox ace, preparing to face the Florida Marlins at Fort Myers, Fla., seemed to lose his footing on his last pitch and called catcher Jason Varitek to the mound. Beckett put his right hand on the lower middle part of his back and soon was joined by manager Terry Francona and infielders. The veteran right-hander, the only 20-game winner in the majors last season, walked to the dugout without an apparent limp. "We'll just have to wait and see how it feels tomorrow" was Beckett's only comment following Ltie game. Rivera's goal wins for Storm: Edgar Rivera's first Major Indoor Soccer League goal could not have come at a more important moment. On the brink of losing a fourth straight match, the Chicago Storm benefited from the rookie's goal with 18 seconds remaining as the Storm defeated La Raza de Monterrey 11-9 Saturday night at the Sears Centre Arena. The Storm (14-10) is one win away from clinching an MISL playoff berth after snapping a three-game losing streak The win also halted Monterrey's seven-game winning streak. Rush adds Ezekiel at fullback: To replace fullback Matt Kinsinger, who was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury in Monday's win over San Jose, die Chicago Rush signed FB/LB Liam Ezekiel to a one-year contract and added fullback Whitney Bell to its practice squad. Ezekiel (6-feet, 240 pounds) spent his 2007 rookie season with the Nashville Kats, leading the team with 82>/ 2 tackles while adding l'/a sacks, a forced fumble and 2 fumbles recovered. Bell (6-2,290) rejoins the Rush after originally being signed in November and released prior to the season. Kenseth holds off Harvick: It wasn't pretty, but Matt Kenseth was just happy to be in a NASCAR Nationwide Series Victory Circle after nearly a year. Kenseth passed Jeff Burton for the lead on lap 186 of Saturday's Nicorette 300, a race extended three laps beyond its scheduled 195 laps at Adanta Motor Speedway by a late caution flag. Kenseth, who admitted he didn't have the fastest car, managed to hold off Kevin Harvick by about three car-lengths in a green-white-checker Shootout, winning for the first time since April 14,2007, at Texas — a stretch of 18 races.
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