Rose hopes to be safe at home

Chicago resident Sen. Barack Obama is the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee.

The Cubs and the White Sox are leading their divisions and in the midst of a three-game interleague series.

David Diaz grew up in the shadows of Wrigley Field and will defend his lightweight boxing title tonight at Mandalay Bay.

The relish on the hot dog for the Windy City came Thursday when native son Derrick Rose was picked No. 1 in the NBA Draft by the Bulls, who had a 1.7 percent chance of getting the first selection in last month’s draft lottery.

The 19-year-old Rose, who led Memphis to the national championship game as a college freshman, was a legend at Chicago’s Simeon High and on Murray Park’s outdoor court.

“Getting out of Murray Park, or at least getting out of what was pressing in against the park, was the accomplishment, said some of the people who live in the neighborhood,” Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune wrote of the area infested with drugs and gang violence where Rose honed his game.

“So the notion that Rose suddenly will do an abrupt about-face and succumb to the temptations that have been around him all his life seems unlikely. Given the way he was raised and protected, the toughest part might be over.”

• TOUGH COUTURE — Randy Couture is one of the meanest men in the history of mixed martial arts fighting.

But it doesn’t look as if the multi-time Ultimate Fighting Championship champion is the toughest one in the Couture household.

That title goes to his wife, Kim.

Losing her professional debut in MMA competition on June 20 at the Thomas & Mack Center is secondary to her accomplishment of completing three five-minute rounds after suffering a broken nose and split jaw at the start of the first round.

Replays at YouTube.com seemed to show opponent Kim Rose skipped a traditional glove tap with Couture at the center of the octagon to land an unexpected right that caused the bad breaks.

Rose claimed the unanimous decision, but the bloodied Couture walked out of the cage with head high, though the left side of her jaw was drooping.

“My husband is not going to throw in the towel, and I would have killed him if he would have,” Couture told Michael David Smith at AOL.com/fanhouse.

She said as soon as her jaw heals she wants a rematch with Rose.

• MAD DARTERS — Another dangerous sport comes to town next week when more than 200 of the world’s top darts players compete at Mandalay Bay in the $250,000 Las Vegas Desert Classic VII.

If you don’t believe darts can be dangerous, then you’ve never put a couple in your pocket and sat down.

Or tried to cheat at the board when your back was turned on an opponent.

Or slipped on spilled beer.

Top contenders in the Classic include Canada world champion John Part, 13-time world champion Phil Taylor and The Netherlands’ Raymond van Barneveld, who won last year’s event.

Further proof that darts can be dangerous: Players love being paired with fellow dart flinger David Fatum, a paramedic and firefighter from Arizona.

COMPILED BY JEFF WOLF REVIEW-JOURNAL

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