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NBA Power Rankings: Memphis still league's best?

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NBA Power Rankings: Memphis still league's best?

By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 4 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at@BullsTalkCSNwith comments or criticisms.
Past rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3

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MarkComments1
Tony: Tony Parker is a man possessed right now.
Mark: Memphis has wins over Miami, Oklahoma City, New York and the Lakers.
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Tony: Wade has looked decidedly human this year.
Mark: Home games galore coming up, which means plenty of wins.
3
Tony: Balanced team holds 2nd-best point differential in NBA.
Mark: Southwest division race will be fun to watch (Memphis).
4
Tony: Have come back to Earth a bit lately.
Mark: How long can Jason Kidd keep this up?
5
Tony: Big Three is now Durant, Westbrook, Serge.
Mark: Kevin Martin struggling, but Durant really rolling now.
6
Tony: DeAndre Jordan: All-Star?
Mark: Went 1-3 on brutal road stretch (SAS, OKC, BRK, ATL).7
Tony: Just wait until they get Joe Johnson going.
Mark: Joe Johnson warming up.8
Tony: The ship has been righted, but now they need to get over .500 hump.
Mark: Antwan Jamison the biggest benefactor from D'Antoni?
9
Tony: Streaky team, but winners of four straight right now.
Mark: Just think if they had Bynum.
10
Tony: Holiday has been PHI's MVP, especially with Bynum out indefinitely.
Mark: Al Horford is healthy and better than ever.
11
Tony: Rank last in the league in rebounds per game.
Mark: Big Three continues to bail out inconsistent bench.
12
Tony: Jeff Teague is finally taking the next step.
Mark: Biggest roller coaster in the NBA moving up at the moment.
13
Tony: Looking more and more like a playoff team every day.
Mark: FreeJohnHenson, Skiles!
14
Tony: Relinquishing their hold on Central division.
Mark: Circus trip is over, six of next eight at home.
15
Tony: Three-game losing streak the low point of Thibs' tenure.
Mark: Won three straight before ugly loss at Sacramento.
16
Tony: Newcomers (Mayo, Collison) still carrying this team.
Mark: The NBA's most pleasant surprise in 2012.
17
Tony: Well-rounded squad, but nothing flashy.
Mark: 8-6 record while playing eight on the road.
18
Tony: Kemba has been a driving force in turning this team around.
Mark: Chandler Parsons, Patrick Patterson both look great.
19
Tony: Still no depth. That will eventually haunt them.
Mark: Lost three straight with Love back. Weird.
20
Tony: Lin (34.8 FG) needs to shoot the ball better.
Mark: 1-2 last week, all at home. Ouch.
21
Tony: Hibbert, George may be coming around.
Mark: That's the Paul George we saw in last year's playoffs.
22
Tony: Morris has burst into the starting lineup.
Mark: Markief Morris playing well in starting lineup.
23
Tony: Love is back, but they're still losing.
Mark: Meyers Leonard looked good in Aldridge's absence.
24
Tony: Remember when they started the season 2-0?
Mark: Jameer Nelson strong in return from injury.
25
Tony: Have won two of three against some very good teams.
Mark: 16-point win over Lakers deserves credit.
26
Tony: They'd be a lot better if Anthony Davis could stay on court.
Mark: Last three losses by 1 point, 1 point and in overtime.
27
Tony: Only Phoenix allows more points per game.
Mark: Anthony Davis (ankle) missing two weeks not good news.
28
Tony: Lowry is back, but Calderon was very good in his absence.
Mark: 3-3 since an 0-8 start.
29
Tony: Defense is way too inconsistent.
Mark: Dion Waiters thriving without Kyrie.
30
Tony: Don't worry, Bradley Beal thinks they'll still make the playoffs.
Mark: Getting ugly in D.C. Suck for Shabazz?

Potential first-ballot guy and Blackout Game hero Jim Thome headlines group of former White Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

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Potential first-ballot guy and Blackout Game hero Jim Thome headlines group of former White Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

White Sox fans have seen a couple of their team's all-time greats go into the Hall of Fame in recent years, with Frank Thomas inducted in 2014 and Tim Raines inducted earlier this year.

Seven former White Sox are on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, even if only a couple of them made a big impact on the South Side.

Jim Thome is on the ballot for the first time. While more famously a member of those great Cleveland Indians teams of the 1990s, Thome spent four seasons in a White Sox uniform, playing in 529 games and belting 134 of his 612 career home runs with the South Siders.

A Peoria native currently working as a member of the organization, Thome was a beloved part of four White Sox teams, including the last one to reach the postseason in 2008. He smacked a solo homer to drive in the lone run in the legendary Blackout Game, a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins that gave the White Sox the American League Central crown in the 163rd game of the 2008 regular season.

Thome ranks second in White Sox history in slugging percentage and OPS, trailing only Thomas in both categories. He's No. 7 on the franchise leaderboard in on-base percentage and No. 13 on the home run list.

Given that he ranks eighth on baseball's all-time home run list, Thome could very well be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Also on this year's ballot is Carlos Lee, a power-hitting outfielder who spent the first six seasons of his major league career with the White Sox. El Caballo hit 152 homers and drove in 552 runs in 880 games with the White Sox, finishing 18th in AL MVP voting in 2003 after he slashed .291/.331/.499 with 31 homers. His numbers were even better in 2004, his final season with the White Sox.

Lee ranks ninth on the team's all-time home run list and 11th on the franchise leaderboard in slugging percentage.

Lee did an awful lot of damage in six seasons with the Houston Astros, as well, and earned three All-Star nods in his post-Sox career.

Five others to play for the White Sox are on this year's ballot. Sammy Sosa, more noteworthy for what he did with the Cubs, spent parts of three seasons on the South Side. Omar Vizquel, another Indians great like Thome, played for the White Sox in 2010 and 2011. Andruw Jones, better known for his defensive highlights with the Atlanta Braves, played 107 games with the White Sox in 2010. Orlando Hudson played in 51 games for the White Sox in 2012. And Manny Ramirez, the legendary Indians and Red Sox slugger, played 24 games with the White Sox in 2010.

In order to qualify for election into the Hall of Fame, a player must appear on 75 of ballots submitted by voters.

After critical missed field goal, Bears waive Connor Barth and sign former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos

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After critical missed field goal, Bears waive Connor Barth and sign former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos

After Connor Barth's critical missed field-goal try in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, the Bears moved on to a new option at kicker.

The team announced Monday afternoon that it waived Barth and signed former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos.

Santos, a Tulane product who the Bears met with just last week, spent parts of the past four seasons with the Chiefs, including three games earlier this season. Santos has made 89 of his 105 field-goal attempts in his career and 125 of his 130 extra-point tries.

Santos was waived by the Chiefs earlier this season after being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. He was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals and a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points in the three games he played with the Chiefs earlier this season.

Barth's accuracy was a problem throughout his season and a half with the Bears, but perhaps no miss was bigger than what happened Sunday. After Mitch Trubisky drove the Bears into position for a game-tying field goal, Barth's 46-yard attempt with eight seconds left was far right, and the Bears lost the game 27-24.

In two seasons with the Bears, Barth missed 10 field-goal tries in 26 games. He was 11-for-16 so far in 2017 after going 18-for-23 in 2016.