White Sox

Vikings' Allen: Hit on Bears' Louis 'was legal'

949033.png

Vikings' Allen: Hit on Bears' Louis 'was legal'

On the opening drive of the second half, Jay Cutler was intercepted by Antoine Winfield, who returned the pick 31 yards to the Chicago 40-yard line. Although the interception was only a minor setback for the Bears in their 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, an injury to guard Lance Louis on the return could end up being very costly.

Louis was hammered by Vikings defensive end Jared Allen on a block, left the game with a left knee injury and never returned.

I thought it was a legal hit, Allen said. Hes running to make a tackle, so I just went to block him.

Allen, who is widely considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL, was quick to point out there was no malice behind the hit.

I never intentionally try to hurt anybody," Allen said. I turned around, he was running trying to make a tackle and I threw myself into him to try to make a block just like were taught.

Someone on the Vikings coaching staff clued Allen in to the extent of the damage.

I think coach said he hurt his knee or something after that," Allen said. My condolences to him and his family. I never ever try to intentionally hurt anybody. Im just trying to make a block and spring our guy down the sidelines, the injury is unfortunate.

So does Allen expect to be receiving a call from the league for a possible fine?

Thats nothing I can deal with, Allen said. I cant worry about that.

The Vikings get a chance for revenge two weeks from now in Minnesota. Allen will likely be on the field for that game. As far as Louis, we will just have to wait and see how severe the injury Allen caused ends up being.

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

frank_thomas.jpg
AP

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.