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Shaw a text master during the summer

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Shaw a text master during the summer

During his rookie season last year, it seemed as though every time Andrew Shaw was on camera, he was yapping at opponents.

And according to ChicagoBlackhawks.com, Shaw has spent plenty of time during his summer talking too, only this time it's to his teammates.

"I text them pretty much every week," Shaw said. "I try to talk to them whenever I can, but everyones pretty busy."

Shaw specifically referenced a text message he received from Brent Seabrook during the last game of the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils.

"Seabrook texted me and Nick Leddy when the final game was on in the playoffs, and he asked me, 'How are you feeling? This should be us. This will be us. Let this motivate you into driving for the Stanley Cup.'"

And Shaw has no doubts the Blackhawks have all the pieces to make a run a the 2013 Stanley Cup championship.

"We have a great team; I think we have the best top six and defensive core in the entire league. Were strong on the back end, and going into this year, if we stay positive and stay together as a team well do just fine."

To find out what else Shaw has been doing this summer, including which country music concerts he atteneded with front-row seats, click here.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before the boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

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Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.

One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:

Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.

The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.