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Word on the Street: Peavy relieved, disturbed

Word on the Street: Peavy relieved, disturbed

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Peavy disturbed by latest pain

After learning that he experienced only discomfort from scar tissue stemming from his surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle nine months ago, Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy felt an array of emotions.

"I guess it was good news, but personally disappointing for me," Peavy told reporters Wednesday in the visitor's clubhouse at Tropicana Field. "I felt I wasnt far away and was feeling so good. To feel something close to what I felt before I blew it out at the repair site (below the right shoulder) was a disturbing thing." (chicagosports.com)

Korver wants another shot at Barkley

The Bulls guard wants another chance after being caught off guard when asking TNT analyst Charles Barkley a question for their "Ask Charles" segment during Game 2.

I had to do it on the spot, Korver said Wednesday. That was the first thing that came to my mind. If I had more time to think about it, I was going to say: Ive heard you were a 6-foot-4 power forward. If thats the case, that makes you the same height as, like, Keith Bogans. So my question to you, Charles, is: If I saw you and Keith Bogans walking down the street, who would be taller?

Barkley was listed at 6-6 but said hes 6-4 . Thats about three inches shorter than Korver, who rarely ventures into the lane. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Blackhawks fans abuse Canucks executives?

A change to the seating arrangements in the United Center for the playoffs led to the Vancouver management contingent being seated right above some of the more rabid fans in the cheap seats, and not surprisingly once the Hawks got up in the game they became quite bellicose.

And they did so using the most foul language one might imagine.

By the time your agent arrived, fully four rows of people largely dressed in Blackhawk jerseys were turned around and hurling abuse largely directed at Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman, but everyone else seated in the box as well, including Stan Smyl and Lorne Henning.

We took it for a couple of periods before somebody got fed up and said, 'Why don't you shut up and go back to your mother's basement?' and of course that really got them going, said Gilman. It's pretty tiring hearing that over a long night. (theprovince.com)

Northwestern vs. Stanford

The Wildcats announced they will open a four-game football series with the Stanford Cardinal in 2019. The first game will be played in Evanston, then Northwestern travels to Palo Alto the following year. The two last met in 19994 when they played to a 41-41 tie. (washingtonpost.com)

NIU linebacker leaves hospital after being shot

Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler, who was shot in the upper back two weeks ago, was released from the hospital where he had been since April 6 to begin his recovery from the gunshot wound. His condition was serious or critical much of that time.

Any timetable for his return, if he can ever come back, remains unkown. Nobodys focusing on football with him right now, head coach Dave Doeren said. Two weeks ago, we didnt know if he was going to live. The big thing for him right now is not rushing him." (sportingnews.com)

Patrick Kane hits milestone, but Blackhawks get blown out by Islanders

Patrick Kane hits milestone, but Blackhawks get blown out by Islanders

Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.

After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.

"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."

The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.

On the offensive side of things, Patrick Kane hit a milestone.

The 29-year-old had two goals and an assist and recorded his 800th career point, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach 800 points.

The Blackhawks are now 22-18-6 on the season with 50 points and rank last in the Central Division, five points behind the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier when the Tampa Bay Lightning — the league-leader in points — come to town on Monday.

See what Quenneville and Kane had to say about Saturday's loss in the video above.

One MLB executive thinks Kyle Schwarber can emerge as Cubs' best hitter in 2018

One MLB executive thinks Kyle Schwarber can emerge as Cubs' best hitter in 2018

When the 2017 season ended, Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber looked in the mirror and didn't like what he saw.

He was stocky, slower than he wanted to be and he had just finished a very difficult season that saw him spend time back in the minor leagues at Triple-A after he struggled mightily through the first three months of the season.

Schwarber still put up solid power numbers despite his overall struggles. He slammed 30 home runs, putting him among the Top 15 hitters in the National League and among the Top 35 in all of baseball. But, Schwarber was honest with himself. He knew he could achieve so much more if he was in better shape and improved his mobility, his overall approach at the plate and his defense.

Schwarber was drafted by the Cubs out of Indiana University as a catcher. However, many scouts around baseball had serious doubts about his ability to catch at the big league level. The Cubs were in love with Schwarber the person and Schwarber the overall hitter and felt they would give him a chance to prove he could catch for them. If he couldn't, then they believed he could play left field adequately enough to keep his powerful bat in the lineup.

However, a serious knee injury early in the 2016 season knocked Schwarber out of action for six months and his return to the Cubs in time to assist in their World Series run raised expectations for a tremendous 2017 season. In fact, the expectations for Schwarber were wildly unrealistic when the team broke camp last spring. Manager Joe Maddon had Schwarber in the everyday lineup batting leadoff and playing left field.

But Schwarber's offseason after the World Series consisted of more rehab on his still-healing injured left knee. That kept him from working on his outfield play, his approach at the plate and his overall baseball training. 

Add in all of the opportunities and commitments that come with winning a World Series and it doesn't take much detective work to understand why Schwarber struggled so much when the 2017 season began. This offseason, though, has been radically different. A season-ending meeting with Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer led to a decision to take weight off of Schwarber's frame. It also included a decision to change his training program so that he improved his quickness, lateral movement and his overall baseball skills.

"I took two weeks off after the season ended and then I went to work," Schwarber said. "We put a plan together to take weight off and to improve my quickness. I have my meals delivered and I feel great. My baseball work combined with a lot of strength and conditioning has me in the best shape that I have ever been in."

Schwarber disagrees with the pundits who felt manager Maddon's decision to put him in the leadoff spot in the Cubs' loaded lineup contributed to his struggles.

"I have no problem hitting wherever Joe wants to put me," Schwarber said. "I didn't feel any more pressure because I was batting leadoff. I just needed to get back to training for a baseball season as opposed to rehabbing from my knee injury. I'm probably 20-25 pounds lighter and I'm ready to get back to Arizona with the boys and to get ready for the season."

Many around the game were shocked when the Cubs drafted Schwarber with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, but a rival executive who was not surprised by the pick believes that Schwarber can indeed return to the form that made him such a feared hitter during his rookie season as well as his excellent postseason resume.

"Everyone who doubted this kid may end up way off on their evaluation because he is a great hitter and now that he is almost two years removed from his knee injury," the executive said. "He knows what playing at the major-league level is all about I expect him to be a real force in the Cubs lineup.

"Theo and Jed do not want to trade this kid and they are going to give him every opportunity to succeed. I think he has a chance to be as good a hitter as they have in their order."

Watch the full 1-on-1 interview with Kyle Schwarber Sunday night on NBC Sports Chicago.