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Are the Chicago Bulls in trouble? On Wednesday night the Bulls had a 10 point lead over the Atlanta Hawks with 3:01 left to play in the game. The Hawks had beaten the Bulls six times coming into that game, but with a double digit lead and just a little time left it looked as though the Bulls would snap that streak. The Bulls managed just 4 points in those final three minutes while the Hawks scored 19 points to pick up there 7th straight win over the Bulls 119-114.

After a tough loss Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler both torn into there teammates about the loss. Wade (33 points) and Butler (40 points) combined to score 73 of the Bulls 114 points in the game.  Wade and Butler both made some really derogatory comments about there teammates. These comments where met by a Rajon Rondo response on Instagram. Friday night was the first game that the Bulls where going to play since all of these comments where made. How would the team play?

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg decided that Wade and Butler would start the game on the bench for the comments they made after Wednesday’s game; so Paul Zipser and Doug McDermott where in the Bulls starting line up Friday. Rondo would also come off the bench in this game, but he’s been in that role since losing his starting spot back in December. It was reported that Wade, Butler and Rondo where all fined.

So the Miami Heat came into Chicago on a 5-game winning streak to face the Bulls Friday night and the Bulls didn’t respond well. Jimmy Butler may have had the worst game of his NBA career. Butler played 33 minutes going 1 of 13 from the field while splitting a pair of free throws. Butler scored just 3 points in the game. Wade was the Bulls leading scorer in the game playing 28 minutes and scoring 15 points. Wade shot 6 of 17 from the field in the game. Out of the three Rondo was the only one who had what would be considered an average night. Rondo scored 13 points while grabbing a team high 7 rebounds as well as handing out a team high 7 assists.

When it was all said and done Miami extended it’s winning streak to six games with a 100-88 victory. With the loss the Bulls fell to two games under .500 at 23-25, but are still holding onto the 8th and what would the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are off on Saturday before they host the 17-28 Philadelphia 76ers Sunday evening. Philadelphia is just 6-13 on the road this season, but they have won 7 of there last 10 games. Can the Bulls get there ship righted? or are they destined to slide down the Eastern Conference standings and fall out of a playoff spot?

We don’t talk a lot about tennis on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but the final at this mornings Australian Open featured Venus Williams vs. Serena Williams. Venus is a 7-time grand slam winner while Serena is was tied with Steffi Graf for the most major title in women’s tennis history at 23. In the end it was Serena who broke her tie with Graf by beating her sister 6-4, 6-4 to win the Australian Open.

This was Serena’s seventh Australian Open title and second in the past three tournaments in Melbourne. She also has seven titles at Wimbledon, six at the US Open and three at the French Open. Serena is now just one major championship behind the all-time leader Margaret Court. Court won 24 titles in the Open and amateur eras. Court won 13 majors before the dawn of the Open era in 1968. Court is from Australia and was in attendance for this match up between Venus and Serena.

The men’s final of the Australian Open will be played tomorrow live at 2:00 a.m. CST at Rod Laver Arena. The men’s final features the 9th seeded Rafael Nadal against 17th seeded Roger Federer.

It’s All-Star weekend in the NHL. The All-Star game itself will be played on Sunday with a schedule start time of 2:30 p.m. CST. The NHL is using the sane format as last season. It will be set up with two divisions playing a 20-minute, 3-on-3 game before the next two divisions play in another game, The two winners will meet to play for a $1 million prize in the final, another 20-minute, 3-on-3 game. Any tie games will be decided by a shootout.

Of course the NHL also has a Skills Challenge which is tonight starting at 6:00 p.m. CST. It will feature six challenges: The Skills Challenge Relay, the Four Line Challenge, shooting accuracy, fastest skater, hardest shot and a shootout. The Skills Competition will be broken down into the four All-Star rosters by division, and each of the 44 All-Stars will participate in at least one event. The winning division will get to select which game and division it will play first in Sunday’s All-Star game.

The All-Star Skills competition will be shown on the NBC Sports Network. While the All-Star game itself will be shown on NBC. This year the NHL All-Star festivities are being held at the Staples Center. The home of the Los Angeles Kings.

Heading into the All-Star break it’s the Washington Capitals who have accumulated the most points with 70. The Minnesota Wild have picked up 69 points while the Columbus Blue Jackets have 68 points. Then there’s the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens with 65 points. Teams have played between 47 and 52 games coming into the All-Star break.

As far as individual statistics go Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is leading the NHL in points with 59. He is followed by a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins teammates as Sidney Crosby has 55 points and Evgeni Malkin has 54 points. Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks has 51 points while Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Brad Marchand of the Boston bruins are tied with 49 points. Crosby leads the NHL in goals with 28. Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings have 24 goals. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs have scored 23 goals. McDavid leads the league in assists with 42 while Kane and Nicholas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals have 34 assists. Malkin and Alexander Wennberg of the Columbus Blue Jackets each have 32 assists.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets leads all goaltenders in wins with 28. Devin Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild has 27 wins. Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers has 26 wins. Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks has 25 wins while Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals have 24 wins. Dubnyk is the Goals Against Leader at 1.88 followed by Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and Holtby at 1.96. Peter Budja of the Los Angeles Kings is at 2.06 and Bobrovsky is at 2.10. Dubnyk is also the leader in save percentage at .936. Howard is behind him at .934 followed by Holtby at .930 then it’s Bobrovsky at .929 with Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders rounding out the Top 5 at .928

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The NFL season officially opened Thursday night in New England as the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21. Now the game wasn’t as close as the score indicates as the Steelers added a touchdown with 3 seconds remaining in the game t get it to that 28-21 final score. Now I’m sure that all of the fantasy football players out there had their Patriots and Steelers in there line up as that would’ve paid off for them. Tom Brady was 25 for 32 for 288 yards and threw 4 touchdowns. Ben Rothlisberger was very good as well going 26 for 38 and 351 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. With Le’Von Bell suspended the Steelers turned to veteran DeAngelo Williams to run the football and he did well. Williams carried the football 21 times for 127 yards, but didn;t get the goal line carries as Will Johnson got the Steelers rushing touchdown. On the Patriots side it was journeyman Dion Lewis get the most carries in Week 1. Lewis rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries, but did get into the end zone. Lewis did factor a little bit in the New England passing game catching 4 passes for 51 yards while Williams only caught 1 pass for 5 yards for Pittsburgh. If a fantasy owner played either Williams or Lewis he got very good value out of them in Week 1 even without a touchdown from either running back. The receivers is where fantasy owners cashed in on this game. Antonio Brown led the Steelers in receptions with 9 for 133 yards and scored a touchdown. Heath miller added 8 catches out of the tight end position for 84 yards. If you happen to be in a very deep receiver league Darrius Heyward-Bay 4 catches for 58 yards and Markus Wheaton 3 catches for 55 yards would’ve picked up some points for you. It seemed as though New England picked up right where they left off last season. Julian Edelman led the team in receptions with 11 for 97 yards, but it was tight end Rob Gronkowski catching all the touchdown passes from Brady. Gronkowski caught 5 passes for 94 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. The other New England passing touchdown went to another tight end as well, but it was Scott Chandler who had just that 1 catch for 1 yard, but it went for a touchdown. It seems as every year someone thinks that Danny Amendola will finally have a break out season; especially since he’s been with New England. Amendola was targeted 3 times and he caught 2 of those passes for 24 yards. If your league scores defensive players Will Allen had 8 tackles to lead the Steelers and also had a sack. Rookie linebacker Bud Dupree had the Steelers other sack on the night, but added just 2 total tackles. Dont’a Hightower was the Patriots leading tackler with 8; he also had a sack. Jabaal Sheard and Malcolm Brown also picked up a sack apiece for the Patriots. There was only 1 interception in the game and New England’s Duron Harmon was the player who made that interception. It’s always difficult to get the right defensive players in your line up, but hopefully you had the right ones in this game and they put up some points for you.

I don’t think we’ve ever talked about tennis on the Sports Time Radio podcast and I don’t watch tennis except for a highlight here or there, but I have to tell you I was disappointed to hear that Serena Williams lost her semi-final match at the U.S. Open yesterday to Roberta Vinci. Williams won the first set of the match 6-2, but lost the next two sets 4-6 and 4-6. It was a gigantic upset by Vinci; who was unseeded coming into the U.S. Open. It was Williams’ first loss in a Grand Slam singles match this year and ended her bid for the first calendar-year Slam since 1988. Williams had won 26 straight matches in grand slam competition and 33 straight matches overall until Vinci defeated her. It was also the first time in her career that Vinci had taken so much as a set from Williams. Williams lost a three-set match for only the second time this year, her record now 18-2. Vinci will play Flavia Pennetta, another Italian, in Saturday’s final.. Earlier Friday, Pennetta defeated No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3.It’s the first time in the U.S. Open era that two Italian women will meet in a major final. Pennetta defeated Vinci 6-4, 6-1 in their most recent meeting in the 2013 US Open quarterfinals.

NASCAR’s regular season ends tonight at Richmond International Speedway with Joey Logano on the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400. Logano won the pole with an average speed of 126.470 just edging out Matt Kenseth; who had a qualifying speed of 126.357. Brad Keslowski; Logano’s Penske racing teammate will start 3rd with Kyle Busch starting 4th and David Ragan rounding out the Top 5. Ragan is the top qualifier who doesn’t have a win this season and if he wants to get himself into next weeks Chase he’ll have to find a way to turn that 5th starting spot into a trip to victory lane. Tony Stewart is the next highest qualifier who doesn’t have a win; Stewart starts 10th tonight. Dan the Man’s favorite driver Clint Bowyer is holding on to the 16th and final Chase spot going into tonight’s race, but if someone who doesn’t have a win finds a way to get one Bowyer could be knocked out of the Chase. Bowyer is however just 10 points behind the 15th place driver Paul Menard; so if either driver has a bad night and that outside driver gets  a win they could be knocked out of the Chase. The other 3 drivers without wins who are in the Chase right now are Jamie McMurray; who clinches a Chase spot just by starting tonight’s race; so he’s as good as in. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon are the other two drivers without wins that will qualify for the Chase unless something almost impossible happens to them. It will be interesting to see if someone outside of the Chase can get a win and find their way into it tonight, but none of those drivers have really shown they can jump up and get a win. Will find out tonight when they take the green flag at Richmond.

It’s the New York Yankees hosting the Toronto Blue Jays in a series that may end up deciding the American League East. Toronto took Game 1 yesterday 11-5. Toronto got to Yankees rookie pitcher Luis Severino right out of the gate scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning highlighted by a Josh Donaldson (38) and Justin Smoak (17) home runs. Severino didn’t last long pitching just 2 1/3rd inning giving up 6 runs on 8 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. David Price started the game for Toronto, but while he did get the win he only lasted 5 innings. Price gave up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7, but did throw 96 pitches over his 5 innings. LaTroy Hawkins relieved Price and gave up the other 3 runs (2 where earned) to the Yankees, but the Blue Jays still had a 9-5 lead at that point. Russell Martin (18 & 19) capped off the Blue Jays scoring with his second home run of the night; a 2-run shot to make the final score 11-5. The teams play a doubleheader today with Game 1 being Marco Estrada vs Michael Pineda on the mound. Game 2 feature the return of Marcus Stroman who’s missed the entire season to this point after tearing the ACL in his left leg during spring training. Ivan Nova is the Yankees listed starter for Game 2 of the twin-bill. Toronto takes a 2 1/2 game lead into the doubleheader tonight; so will they extend that lead, have the Yankees cut into or will we just get a split?

Some tough news for the Yankees as it was announced yesterday that 1st baseman Mark Teixeira will miss the remainder of the season as an MRI reveal a fracture in his leg. Teixeira was having a bounce back season for the Yankees. While his batting average was a little low at .255 he was supplying power for te Yankees with 31 home runs and he has driven in 79 runs. It looks like rookie Greg Bird will replace Teixeira in the Yankees line up. Is this the injury that hurts the Yankees the most?

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