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Emery's work begins as season ends

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Emery's work begins as season ends

As the Bears' season came to a close following the Vikings' 37-34 win over the Packers, general manager Phil Emery's busiest part of the season had just begun.
With free agency and early preparation for the NFL Draft on the horizon of the Bears' offseason, Emery and his group of scouts and fellow front office personnel will attempt to address Chicago's weaknesses from 2012 and improve on them
"You're looking to see the guys that have that sudden dynamic athletic quality to change games, change momentum," Emery told Jeff Joniak on WBBM News Radio 780 before today's game, "and do it from their play and the type of person they are."
A season's worth of scouting collegiate athletes both live and on film, the Bears' scouts will soon meet with Emery to discuss their findings and where they believe a certain player can help the team.
"For me it's a very good period of time because it allows me to spend time with our scouts. It serves so many purposes; the December meeting for us in our system is extremely important," Emery said."It's a time that we pull all the information together and give each individual scout their opportunity to talk about the best players in their area at positions."
Emery and his staff will look for the best players through an array of tests to sort talent out, but the main factor will be comparing said players to current Bears.
"We work through the board, we work through each and every play at a certain grade level and above and how they can help the Bears," he said. "And the key part of our meeting and the way we structure it is every player is judged on one thing: Is he better or worse than the player that we have at his position, at the level that we grade the player?
"So is a starting corner better or worse than Charles Tillman? Is a starting defensive tackle better or worse than Henry Melton? So everyone is judged with that standard.And a scout has to stand up and have valid reasons based on his evaluation to make that decision, to talk through why that person is better or worse for the Bears. You always want to go into draft day feeling like you're drafting guys who make you better," he added.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with Frank Thomas

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with Frank Thomas

White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas came on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his past, baseball's present and the future of the White Sox. He talks about his first major league hit (a stand-up triple!), how fame affected him when he was a player, his appearance on David Letterman in the 1990s and more. 

Plus, what was wrong with the baseball this past season? Thomas has some ideas and tells Garfien how many home runs he would have hit with that baseball in his prime. He talks about working with Alex Rodriguez at FOX and what it was like whenever girlfriend Jennifer Lopez came to visit in the studio.

Thomas praises the White Sox rebuild and reveals an idea he presented to GM Rick Hahn about where all the top prospects should play this upcoming season. He describes what it was like going to Roy Halladay's funeral, if he sees the White Sox signing Manny Machado in 2019 and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.