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Word on the Street: Hawks sign prospect Olsen

Word on the Street: Hawks sign prospect Olsen

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011
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Blackhawks ink prospect

The Blackhawks signed defenseman Dylan Olsen to a three-year, two-way contract on Saturday.

Olsen was the No. 28 pick of the 2009 draft for the Blackhawks. Olsen is currently a sophomore at University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has 12 assists in 17 games this season.

Olsen is playing for Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championships. (CSNChicago.com)

Weis to be named Florida's offensive coordinator

Reports came out Saturday that former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

Someone, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been formally announced, says it will be made public Monday.

Weis is expected to stay with the Kansas City Chiefs throughout the AFC playoffs. (Chicago Tribune)

Vikings sign Juaquin Iglesias off Bears' practice squad

According to an NFL source, the Vikings have signed WR Juaquin Iglesias off of the Bears' practice squad and on to their 53-man roster.

Today was the final day for teams to make a move and Iglesias will be on the Vikings' roster for their season finale in Detroit.

Iglesias was the 99th overall draft pick for the Bears in 2009 and spent the entire season on the practice squad.

With the loss of Iglesias, the Bears have now lost their top two picks of '09 draft. Second round pick Jarron Gilbert was released in August. (Chicago Tribune)
Bulls players hate day games?

Bulls players have complained that they don't like day games, and proved it on New Year's Eve by shooting 39 percent against the New Jersey Nets.

"We didn't start playing hard, really, until the end, guard Derrick Rose said after the contest. Usually, you're taking naps right now or getting ready, putting your clothes on, heading to the game. That's why it's the NBA. It's going to be a challenge.

Kurt Thomas added, "I've never been a morning person and I know that, You've just got to find a way to get yourself up and ready to go. Definitely for myself, it's tough getting a little bit older, but you just find a way."

The Bulls still survived the game, due in large part to Carlos Boozer's double-double. (Daily Herald)

White Sox eyeing Soriano

The White Sox seem to have interest in reliever Rafael Soriano, but they might not have enough cash left to pursue him.

Soriano is looking for Mariano Rivera type money. (30MM)

After losing closer Bobby Jenks to the Red Sox, the White Sox will need to free up some more cash if they want to be considered a legit suitor for the top closer on the market. (mlbtraderumors.com)

Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

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Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

Since the Bears inserted Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback, they've had 12 drives end with a field goal — an average of two per game. Connor Barth hit nine of those dozen kicks, which had an average distance of 38.4 yards, but all three of Barth’s misses came from 45 yards or longer. 

Barth’s missed game-tying 46-yarder in the final seconds Sunday against the Detroit Lions was the last straw for someone who hadn’t been consistent in his one and a half years in Chicago. So enter Cairo Santos, who made 89 of 105 field goals (85 percent) from 2014-2017 with the Kansas City Chiefs. More importantly: Santos has made 73 percent of his career field goals from 40 or more yards; Barth made 52 percent of his kicks from the same distance with the Bears. 

(73 percent from long range isn’t bad, but it’s not great, either: Philadelphia Eagles kicker and Lyons Township High School alum Jake Elliott has made 88 percent of his 40-plus-yard kicks; Harrison Butker, who replaced Santos in Kansas City, has made 90 percent of his kicks from that distance. Both players are rookies who were drafted and cut prior to the season.)

Santos was released by the Chiefs in late September after a groin injury landed him on injured reserve (he played in three games prior to being released). The injury wasn’t expected to be season-ending, and Santos said he’s felt 100 percent for about two weeks before joining the Bears on Monday. 

“It was a long and difficult battle, but I was confident that it wasn’t going to be a serious injury, I just needed time,” Santos said. “I dealt with it in training camp, I was kicking really well, I was the only kicker in KC, and I didn’t have the appropriate time to heal. I tried to play the first three games and it got worse, so my main goal was to get 100 percent. I’ve been kicking for about a month now and finally the last week been able to come here and visit with the Bears. The muscle is in good shape to come and take a full load of a week’s practice and games, so thankful the opportunity worked out.”

For Santos, these next six weeks can be an audition for him to stick in Chicago next year. If the Bears can look optimistically at the improvements made by the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams with second-year top-drafted quarterbacks, they’ll need to figure out their kicking situation sooner rather than later. Bringing in Santos provides a good opportunity for that down the stretch. 

“He’s kicked in Kansas City, which is a similar climate,” special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers said. “Their field is similar to Soldier Field. He’s played in some big games, played in some important situations and he’s, by and large, been successful in those situations.”

Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

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Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

We may have seen the last of Derrick Rose on a basketball court. 

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard, who's currently recovering from ankle injury, is away from the Cavaliers organization and contemplating his future in basketball: 

The news may come as a shock considering Rose is still only 29 years old, but the Chicago native has experienced triumphant highs and depressing lows like few others in league history. Undoubtedly, that's taken a toll. 

From youngest MVP in league history to injury-prone backup, the former No. 1 pick of the Bulls has seen it all in his nine-year career. And just last season in New York, his passion for the game was called into question after missing a game without informing coaches, players or staff to attend to a family issue. 

He decided to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland last offseason -- a move that nobody could have predicted five years ago -- on a veteran's minimum contract, and averaged 14.3 points before, you guessed it, being forced to sit with injury. 

Fred Hoiberg, who coached Rose for one season in Chicago, weighed in before Friday's Bulls-Warriors game: 

If Rose ultimately decides to step away for good, eerie parallels can be drawn to Doug Collins' NBA stint. Collins didn't have quite the upside Rose had, but he was a three-time All-Star before foot and knee injuries cut his career short at, yes, also 29. 

It's another sad twist in the Derrick Rose Story. He may be the greatest 'What if' in NBA history.