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Urlacher expects a Super Bowl, not knee problems

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Urlacher expects a Super Bowl, not knee problems

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- A baseball cap during OTAs and various times during the offseason was not the head-wear the Bears or Urlacher want to see the franchise middle linebacker in and that wont be happening too often during training camp.

Urlacher was recovering from a knee injury suffered in the season-ending win at Minnesota. Now hes healthy, by his and others statements, and clear about what he expects out of 2012:

I really think we can do it this year, Urlacher said in a predictable but still noteworthy bit of goal-setting. There was no subtle hedging, just a straightforward talent assessment from someone who has seen 12 previous Bears teams at this point of the season.

We always say it because its the right thing to say. But I mean, were stacked at every position. Anytime you add Brandon Marshall, Michael Bush, our defense is healthy again which is a big deal for us and then Jay Cutler being back healthy, it is a big deal.

The big deal indeed is defense is healthy because Urlacher was speaking about himself. His left knee was sprained on Jan. 1 and at 34, bodies dont always heal as well as or as fast as when theyre younger.

But the Bears have no reservations with Urlacher and neither does he.

Hes ready to go, coach Lovie Smith said. Were cautious with players when theyre not fit and full-speed ready to go, but once we get them out there, were never trying to take out any of our players in practice.

You have to know how to practice, first off, to try to avoid injuries. I feel like we can do that, and if injuries happen, they just kind of happen. Brian has missed a lot of time, and just like we talk about with Matt Forte, I know hes anxious to get back out there and were anxious to get him out there.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: