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Word on the Street: NBA reviewing Pacers' fouls

Word on the Street: NBA reviewing Pacers' fouls

Friday, April 22, 2011
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NBA upgrades Foster's fouls to flagrant

Jeff Foster's foul on Derrick Rose with 5 minutes, 59 seconds left in the third quarter and Foster's foul on Luol Deng with 1:59 remaining were both reviewed by the NBA's discipline chief Stu Jackson.

And the result?

The NBA league office upgraded the two personal fouls by the Indiana Pacers forward to flagrant-one fouls. Foster will not be suspended for Saturday's Game 4.

Two flagrant-one fouls during a game are grounds for automatic ejection. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Ozzie worried about being fired?

Not a chance. Ozzie Guillen told reporters that he's not worried about being fired despite the slow start, and he said it in typically amusing Ozzie fashion:

"I come to work, put a smile on my face, talk to you guys and do my managers job and go home and cry. In front of you guys, Im fine, Im cool. I got a lot of money. I got a lot of work. If Im not managing the White Sox, I will manage somewhere else. Maybe Mexico, Japan. I know I will manage in Venezuela. I can do a lot of great stuff in baseball."

He also noted that he'd be just fine with being fired.

"Ive been fired and released before. If I get fired, I can at least enjoy my 2 million or something that Im going to get next year. Ill do like Manny Ramirez. Ill go to Spain for the bullfights and come back for the World Series. I dont worry about it." (Pro Hardball Talk)

NFL could cancel Weeks 2 and 4

In another interesting piece of information about the newly released NFL schedule, there are no divisional games in either Week Two or Week Four of the regular season.

That means is that if Week Two and Week Four were completely scrapped, the NFL could still keep every divisional game, and still make sure every team got an equal number of home and road games.

This once again showing that the league office planned the 2011 season with the possibility of canceling some early games in mind. (Pro Football Talk)

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

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Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.

One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:

Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.

The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.