Sharp, Saad each net 2 as Blackhawks top Stars 6-2
DALLAS (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored twice, extending his domination of the Dallas Stars, and the Chicago Blackhawks cruised to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night.
Brandon Saad also scored two goals for Chicago, which has won three of the four games between the teams. One victory was in a shootout.
Sharp has four goals and four assists against the Stars this season. In his last eight games versus Dallas, he has eight goals and seven assists.
Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks. Defenseman Michael Kostka returned after missing 24 games because of a foot injury to score Chicago's first goal.
The Central Division-leading Blackhawks (22-6-5) reached six goals for the fifth time this season, and second in a row. They defeated Florida 6-2 on Sunday.
Henson helps Bucks rally past Bulls, 78-74
CHICAGO (AP) - John Henson had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday night in a matchup of injury-riddled teams trying to break out of a slump.
Brandon Knight added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. O.J. Mayo was just 2 for 12 from the field, but had seven assists and made a couple of big plays in the fourth quarter.
Chicago used only eight players after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh. Carlos Boozer was the only starter in the lineup from the season opener at Miami.
Mike Dunleavy scored 18 of his 24 points in the second quarter, but the Bulls struggled on offense in the latter part of their fourth loss in five games. Boozer finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
BEARS-BACK IN IT
Josh McCown has kept Bears in playoff race
CHICAGO (AP) - Quarterback Josh McCown gave the Chicago Bears a fighting chance and it might be up to Jay Cutler to complete the job.
A week after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears beat Dallas to climb back into a first-place tie with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North, although the Lions own the tiebreaker.
And it's been the play of McCown that has made it possible for the Bears (7-6) to overcome a struggling defense.
Coach Marc Trestman said there is no decision to make if Cutler's ankle sprain is healed, and that he'll start against Cleveland if healthy.
And even though McCown is third in the NFL in passer rating, he accepts the fact he'll be moving back to the sideline if it's deemed Cutler can play.
Bulls missing 4 starters for game against Bucks
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bulls are missing four starters for their game against the Milwaukee Bucks after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh.
Coach Tom Thibodeau did not mention Noah's injury during his pregame availability, but the Bulls announced the injury a short time later.
Noah is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds. He started each of Chicago's first 18 games.
Luol Deng (left calf tightness) and Jimmy Butler (sprained right big toe) already had been ruled out for Tuesday night's game. Derrick Rose is likely out for the season after right knee surgery, making Carlos Boozer the only starter against Milwaukee who also started on opening night at Miami.
ANGELS-DIAMONDBACKS-WHITE SOX TRADE
Trumbo to D-backs in 3-team trade
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels have traded slugging outfielder-first baseman Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Chicago White Sox.
Pitcher Hector Santiago moved from the White Sox to the Angels, outfielder Adam Eaton from Diamondbacks to Chicago, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona to Los Angeles.
Arizona also will receive player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs in Tuesday's deal made at the winter meetings.
Balanced Illinois defeats Dartmouth 72-65
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer that helped put Illinois up by double digits late, as the Illini held off Dartmouth in a 72-65 win on Tuesday night.
Jon Ekey, Nnanna Egwu and Joseph Bertrand added 11 points each and freshman Malcolm Hill chipped in 10 in a balanced attack by the Illini.
Illinois (9-1) was outrebounded by Dartmouth (3-4), 33-27, but the Illini offset that deficit by shooting 52 percent from the field.
Dartmouth was led by 17 points from both Gabas Maldunas and Connor Boehm and 14 from Eli Harrison. Boehm and Maldunas also grabbed nine rebounds each.
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