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Word on the Street: Eagles' Samuel ruled out

Word on the Street: Eagles' Samuel ruled out

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
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Eagles rule CB Samuel out for Sunday vs. Bears

After insisting all week that Asante Samuel was "day-to-day" and no decision had been made on his availability for Sunday's game, the Philadelphia Eagles finally conceded the cornerback will not play.

The Eagles announced this morning that Samuel, who has a sprained MCL, will not make the trip to town with the team today. It's a big blow for the Eagles as Samuel leads the NFL in interceptions with seven.

Philadelphia will replace Samuel with Joselio Hanson. He's been the nickel back this season, and Hanson will slide inside in the sub package and Trevard Lindley will play left cornerback in those situations.

It's a good break for the Bears' passing game because Samuel is an instinctive cornerback who can take a receiver out of a game, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Yankees sign ex-Sox OF, now pitcher, Anderson

The Yankees have signed right-handed reliever Brian Anderson and left-handed reliever Andy Sisco to minor-league deals with invites to spring training, according to a Tweet from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Originally an outfielder, Anderson was drafted by the White Sox in the 1st round of the 2003 draft. He was traded to the Red Sox for Mark Kotsay in 2009. He was converted to a pitcher in 2010 with the Royals.

Andy Sisco, who was drafted by the Cubs in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft, had Tommy John surgery in 2008 and returned to the mound in 2010, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Broncos, McDaniels fined for filming 49ers

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels 50,000 each because the team's video operations director broke league rules by filming a San Francisco 49ers practice in London last month.

The NFL investigation determined that Steve Scarnecchia took the six-minute video of the walkthrough and presented it that day to McDaniels. The coach declined to view it.

But the NFL fined both the coach and team because the matter was not reported, as required by league policy, (Chicago Tribune).

Caldwell steps down as Vanderbilt football coach

Robbie Caldwell resigned as Vanderbilt's head football coach on Saturday, hours before the Commodores concluded their season against Wake Forest.

The school said Caldwell's resignation will be effective after Saturday night's season finale. Caldwell was assistant head coach and offensive line coach under Bobby Johnson before taking over in mid-July, when Johnson announced his unexpected retirement, (SI.com).

Bears fans being conned with fake tickets

The Eagles may be without one of their top corners on Sunday, but the Bears may be without some of their fans, as fake tickets have become a popular con near Soldier Field. The Chicago police have already arrested 14 people for defrauding the public with fake tickets so far this season, some of which have gone for 250 apiece. The tickets have come from EBay and Craigslist. (Examiner.com)

City auctioning off Blackhawks banners

As part of charitable efforts, the city of Chicago will be auctioning off 20 banners online starting the morning of Friday, Nov. 26. The banners are of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship and the 50th anniversary of The Second City that have hung on the street poles downtown.

Auctions will close at staggering times through Dec. 3 and money will go to the Sharing It Program, which provides job training, as well as hunger relief charities and to buy holiday gifts for needy children. (Chicago Tribune)

Cubs interested in Pena?

According to TheDiamondReport.com, the Cubs are interested in signing power-hitting first baseman Carlos Pena. The Washington Nationals are rumored to be very interested in signing the left-handed slugger, but they are awaiting a final decision from free agent 1B Adam Dunn, who spent last year with the Nationals.

If the Cubs signed Pena, it would provide them with instant offense and fill two voids for the team--a left-handed power hitter and a first baseman that provides an offensive spark. (TheDiamondReport.com)

Ex-Sox starter Garland signs with Los Angeles

Jon Garland, who pitched for the White Sox for several years earlier in his career, rejoins another former Chicagoan with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garland signed a one-year, 5 million contract and will join a rotation that already includes former Cub Ted Lilly. (Chicago Tribune)

Hawks sign defeseman Exelby

The Blackhawks inked defensman Garnet Exelby and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs on Friday. Exelby is the IceHogs' captain and was previously on a player tryout contract with the Blackhawks. (CSNChicago.com)

Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

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Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

MESA, Ariz. — “That’s last year, don’t want to talk about that.”

In other words, Addison Russell is so over 2017.

The Cubs shortstop went through a lot last year. He dealt with injuries that affected his foot and shoulder. He had a well-documented off-the-field issue involving an accusation of domestic abuse, which sparked an investigation by Major League Baseball. And then came the trade speculation.

The hot stove season rarely leaves any player completely out of online trade discussion. But after Theo Epstein admitted there was a possibility the Cubs could trade away one or more young position players to bolster the starting rotation, well, Russell’s name came up.

And he saw it.

“There was a lot of trade talk,” Russell said Saturday. “My initial thoughts were, I hope it doesn’t happen, but wherever I go, I’m going to try to bring what I bring to the table here. It’s a good thing that it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m happy being in a Cubs uniform, I want to be in a Cubs uniform, for sure. But there was some talk out there. If I got traded, then I got traded, but that’s not the case.”

No, it’s not, as the Cubs solved those pitching questions with free-agent spending, bringing in Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood to replace the departed Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. It means Russell, along with oft-discussed names like Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Javy Baez, are all still Cubs.

While the outside world might have expected one of those guys to be moved in some sort of blockbuster trade for Chris Archer or some other All-Star arm, the Cubs’ young core remains intact, another reason why they’re as much a favorite to win the World Series as any team out there.

“I’m really not surprised. The core is still here. Who would want to break that up? It’s a beautiful thing,” Russell said. “Javy and I in the middle. Schwarber, sometimes playing catcher but mainly outfield. And then (Kris Bryant) over there in the hot corner, and of course (Anthony) Rizzo at first. You’ve got a Gold Glover in right field (Jason Heyward). It’s really hard to break that up.

“When you do break that down on paper, we’ve got a lineup that could stack up with the best.”

This winter has been about moving on for Russell, who said he’s spent months working to strengthen his foot and shoulder after they limited him to 110 games last season, the fewest he played in his first three big league campaigns.

And so for Russell, the formula for returning to his 2016 levels of offensive aptitude isn’t a difficult one: stay on the field.

“Especially with the injuries, I definitely wanted to showcase some more of my talent last year than I displayed,” Russell said. “So going into this year, it’s mainly just keeping a good mental — just staying level headed. And also staying healthy and producing and being out there on the field.

“Next step for me, really just staying out there on the field. I really want to see what I can do as far as helping the team if I can stay healthy for a full season. I think if I just stay out there on the field, I’m going to produce.”

While the decrease in being on the field meant lower numbers from a “counting” standpoint — the drop from 21 homers in 2016 to 12 last year, the drop from 95 RBIs to 43 can in part be attributed to the lower number of games — certain rate stats looked different, too. His on-base percentage dropped from .321 in 2016 to .304 last year.

Russell also struggled during the postseason, picking up just six hits in 36 plate appearances in series against the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 13 times in 10 postseason games.

Of course, he wasn’t alone. That World Series hangover was team-wide throughout the first half of the season. And even though the Cubs scored 824 runs during the regular season, the second most in the National League and the fourth most in baseball, plenty of guys had their offensive struggles: Schwarber, Heyward and Ben Zobrist, to name a few.

“You can’t take anything for granted. So whenever you win a World Series or you do something good, you just have to live in the moment,” Russell said. “It was a tough season last year because we were coming off winning the World Series and the World Series hangover and all that. This year, we had a couple months off, a couple extra weeks off, and I think a lot of guys took advantage of that. I know I did. And now that we’re here in spring training, we’re going to get back at it.”

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball

Highlights

No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title