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Word on the Street: Ex-Cub arrested in LA

Word on the Street: Ex-Cub arrested in LA

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011
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Ex-cub arrested in LA... again

Police report former Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested for investigation of felony battery on Tuesday in a San Fernando Valley home. He has posted bail and is due in court on Oct. 18.

Bradley has had multiple run-ins with the law and was arrested back in January for allegedly threatening a woman. The Dodgers traded him to Oakland after he threw a water bottle at fans and had an issue with a reporter. (ChicagoTribune)
Alomar interested in White Sox opening

Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. knows his name has come up in early speculation about the White Sox' managerial situation.Alomar says if his phone rings, he is willing to listen.

Although Alomar has never managed at any level, he did spend parts of five season with the White Sox and is widely respected around baseball. (MLB.com)

'You can put it on the board' for another four years

The White Sox announced that Hawk Harrelson is getting a four year extension to stay on as the team's play-by-play guy. He will continue to sit beside Steve Stone who joined as the color commentator in 2009. (HardballTalk)

Ozzie signs 10 million deal

Ozzie Guillen was introduced as the Marlins' new manager this afternoon after signing a four-year, 10 million deal. The move earned him a 25 raise and three additional guaranteed years in a managerial position. (HardballTalk)

Ex-Bears Tommie Harris signs with Chargers

Former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris has signed with the Chargers since being released by the Colts. Harris was let go by the Bears after the 2010 season and cut by Indianapolis after training camp. He is expected to add additional depth to the Chargers' banged-up defensive line. (ChicagoTribune)

Ontario police press charges on banana suspect

Various reports indicate the Ontario police have pressed charges on the man suspected of throwing a banana at Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds.

Chris Moorhouse has been charged with "engaging in a prohibited activity on a premise under the povinical Trespass to Property Act." His conviction could leave him responsible for a maximum fine of 2,000. (ProHockeyTalk)

NHL won't punish Wayne Simmonds

I think it's safe to say Simmonds has had an insane week. After dealing with the banana incident, Wayne was back in the spotlight after allegedly using a homophoic slur against Sean Avery.

After a lot of chirping between the two during the game, the NHL has decided to not suspend of fine Simmonds. (ProHockeyTalk)

With Leonard Floyd going on injured reserve, will the Bears have a pressing need at outside linebacker in 2018?

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With Leonard Floyd going on injured reserve, will the Bears have a pressing need at outside linebacker in 2018?

The Bears placed Leonard Floyd on injured reserve Thursday morning, ending the second-year outside linebacker’s season following a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The Bears haven’t revealed the full extent of Floyd’s injury, but coach John Fox did confirm this week the 2016 first-round pick didn’t tear his ACL. 

That’s potentially good news for Floyd’s recovery timetable, even if he won’t return in 2017. The Bears can probably hope to have Floyd back for, at the least, training camp next year, if not possibly OTAs in six months, thought that’s more speculative than concrete. 

Still, with Floyd on injured reserve, the Bears’ current outside linebacker depth chart consists of two veterans (Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho) and two practice squad signees (Isaiah Irving and Howard Jones). These final six games of the 2017 season could serve as auditions for all four players for roles on the 2018 Bears. 

If every team needs at least three good pass rushers, the Bears can count on Akiem Hicks and Floyd for 2018, provided Floyd comes back healthy. But who’s the third?

The Bears could save about $7.5 million in cap space if they release McPhee in 2018; if they were to cut ties with Willie Young, who’s on injured reserve right now as well, it would provide $4.5 million in cap relief. McPhee will be 29 in December, while Young will turn 33 next September. 

The Bears won’t necessarily need the cap relief next year, and could certainly decide to keep both players, who’ve shown they’re still productive when healthy. But even if both players are back, the Bears may need to add another outside linebacker via free agency of the draft — remember, the team could’ve began the season with Floyd, Young, McPhee, Acho and Lamarr Houston as their outside linebackers; an injury Houston suffered in the fourth preseason game ended his time in Chicago. 

Needs at wide receiver and cornerback are pressing, but outside linebacker may need to be in that same conversation. If the Bears have a top-10 pick for the fourth consecutive year, plus some cap space, they perhaps could have the ability to address all three needs in March and April. 

That may be looking a little too far into the future, though. The best-case for the Bears is McPhee finishes the season strong and Irving and/or Jones shows something in the opportunities they receive in these final six games (Jones, for what it’s worth, had five sacks as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015). But the worst-case — and perhaps the most realistic — is that the Bears go into the offseason needing to fill at least one pass-rushing spot. 

The fight for which national team Bastian Schweinsteiger's kid will play for is on

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The fight for which national team Bastian Schweinsteiger's kid will play for is on

Whenever a famous couple in the world of soccer has a child, there are always jokes about what national teams the kid could play for.

The latest such addition to the gossip columns is the announcement from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic that they are expecting a child.

Ivanovic, a former tennis pro who won the 2008 French Open champion, announced the news on Twitter with a sponsor-heavy photo.

Schweinsteiger, who played with the Fire this past season, also took to Twitter to share a photo and the news.

Schweinsteiger's future with the Fire remains unclear, but him and Ivanovic seemed to be happy living in Chicago, making various appearances at sporting events in the city. If he returns and the child is born in Chicago, does that mean we could one day see a Schweinsteiger repping the U.S. national team in 20-something years? Maybe the men's team won't be a national embarrassment by then, but then again, if it's a girl she'd be able to pick between the only multiple-time World Cup winning nations (U.S. and Germany).

Perhaps the child would take after Ivanovic and hit volleys with a racket instead of a foot, or maybe he or she will not take after the professional athlete parents.

In all seriousness, congratulations to both Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic.