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>>Illini Downs Western Carolina

(Champaign, IL)  -- As heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM Brandon Paul scored 14 points as the 14th-ranked Illini defeated Western Carolina, 72-64.  Illinois improved to 9-and-0.  They take on Gonzaga on the road on Saturday.

>>Cards Offer Molina Job

(Nashville,TN)  --  The Cardinals are set to offer former major league catcher Bengie Molina their assistant hitting coach position.  Bengie is the brother Cards' catcher Yadier Molina.  If the sides
come to terms it will most likely be announced after the Winter Meetings.

>>Bears' Urlacher's Season Could Be Over Due To Hamstring Strain

(Chicago, IL)  --  Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will reportedly miss the next three games and possibly the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.  The "Chicago Tribune" reports Urlacher has a Grade Two hamstring
strain, but he hopes to be fully recovered for the playoffs.  Returning in Week
17 against Detroit is also a possibility, according to the report.  Urlacher
suffered the injury late in Sunday's 23-17 overtime loss to Seattle.

>>Indiana Outpaces Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  Paul George scored 34 points with nine rebounds to pace Indiana in an 80-76 win over the Bulls.  Nate Robinson led Chicago with 19 points off the bench.  Carlos Boozer had 14
points and 10 rebounds while Luol Deng [[ loo-OLL  dang ]] added 17 points and
seven boards.  Chicago fell to 8-and-8 with the defeat.

>>Cubs' Sveum Shares Hunting Accident Story

(Nashville, TN)  --  Cubs manager Dale Sveum [[ swame ]] shared a story on Tuesday about an offseason
hunting accident with Hall of Famer Robin Yount.  Sveum spoke at the Winter
Meetings in Nashville and told reporters he was accidentally hit in the ear with
shrapnel by Yount while the two were hunting quail in Arizona.  Sveum says he
was hit in the back of the right ear by the spray pattern from a six-shot and
one of the pellets was lodged in his ear.  The two were teammates with
the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1980s.  Sveum added that there was lots of blood
but he was not hurt.  He also joked that he called Yount former vice president
Dick Cheney, who also famously shot a friend during a hunting trip.

 
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