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Word on the Street: Vikings waive WR Randy Moss

Word on the Street: Vikings waive WR Randy Moss

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010
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Vikings waive Randy Moss

The Minnesota Vikings have waived receiver Randy Moss.

Linebacker Ben Leber says coach Brad Childress informed the team that Moss had been let go during a team meeting Monday afternoon.

Moss had one catch for 8 yards in a loss to the Patriots, In Sunday nights postgame news conference, he expressed admiration for the Patriots and criticized Vikings coaching. (Associated Press)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tweets about Walter Payton

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Walter Payton, one of the all-time great players and men in NFL history

Walter is tops on my list because of how he played the game- he never wanted to let anyone down- but also for what he did off the field

We miss Walter very much but we can all carry on and make our contributions which would make him proud.

We honor Walter's contributions & those of the top current players w the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Local cyclist breaks Guinness record

George Hood set a Guinness World Record of 200 hours on a stationary bike Sunday night. The 52-year-old Aurora man has been riding a stationary bike since Oct. 23 to raise funds for the family of a former Hinsdale Central graduate, who was killed in Afghanistan in June.

Hood broke the record at about 10 p.m. on Sunday night. His latest goal is to set a new record of 222 hrs. and 22 minutes, which he hopes to hit around 8 p.m. Monday night. This is the third time Hood has broken the Guiness World Record on the stationary bike.

Click here to watch a live stream of Hood's record-breaking ride for a good cause.

Cubs settle on Listach as bench coach

Pat Listach is leaving the Washington Nationals major-league staff torejoin the Cubs as Mike Quades bench coach, an industry sourceconfirmed Monday.

Though Listach enjoyed a more decoratedplaying career he was the American Leagues Rookie of the Year in1992 his background is similar enough to Quades. Listach wasWashingtons third-base coach the past two years and previously spentnine seasons as a coach or manager in the Cubs system.

Listachmanaged at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa after playing sixseasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros. The 43-year-oldis well-regarded by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for his work atthose minor-league affiliates. (CSNChicago.com)

Campbell set for season debut vs. Rangers

Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell will make his season debut Monday against the New York Rangers.

Campbell returns one month to thedate after spraining the MCL in his right knee in a preseason gameagainst the Pittsburgh Penguins. (CSNChicago.com)

Bears sign local product to practice squad

The Bears signed former Homewood-Flossmoor star Freddie Barnes to their practice squad Monday afternoon. Barnes will take the place of punter Richmond McGee, who was waived from the practice squad.

Barnes signed with the Bears originally after going undrafted out of Bowling Green and saw little action with the team during preseason. He didn't make it through the final roster cuts in August.

Barnes should add depth to the WR core. At Bowling Green last season, Barnes had 155 receptions for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

2017 Bears position grades: Inside Linebacker

2017 Bears position grades: Inside Linebacker

2017 grade: B+

Level of need: Low

Decisions to be made on: Christian Jones (free agent), John Timu (free agent), Jonathan Anderson (free agent); Jerrell Freeman has reportedly been cut

Possible free agent targets: Demario Davis, Preston Brown, Anthony Hitchens, Avery Williamson, Navorro Bowman, Derrick Johnson

How the Bears rate Nick Kwiatkoski will be the key to figuring out what this unit will look like in 2018. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio thought Kwiatkoski finished last season strong, but strong enough to rely on him in 2018 as the starter next to Danny Trevathan?

The thing with the Bears’ inside linebackers, though: Trevathan makes whoever is playing next to him better. The problem is Trevathan hasn’t been able to stay on the field — he missed time in 2017 with a calf injury and a one-game suspension, and missed half of 2016 after rupturing his Achilles’. Trevathan hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2013, so durability is an issue for the soon-to-be 28-year-old.

So that leads to this question: Do the Bears need to find someone in free agency, regardless of how they value Kwiatkoski, who’s also missed time due to injuries in his first two years in the league?

Free agency could provide a few options. Demario Davis had a career high 97 tackles for the New York Jets last year and has never missed a game as a pro. Preston Brown had some decent production in Buffalo and also hasn’t missed a game since being drafted in 2014. Avery Williamson may not be a world-beater but has only missed one game in his four years in the NFL.

The Bears could also opt for someone who fits more of a rotational mold, like Dallas’ Anthony Hitchens, or try to lure a veteran linebacker like Navorro Bowman (who played for Vic Fangio in San Francisco) or Derrick Johnson (who Matt Nagy knows from his Kansas City days) to play next to Trevathan and/or Kwiatkoski.

The Bears could opt to keep the status quo and re-sign Christian Jones and John Timu for depth, and enter 2018 with Kwiatkoski and Trevathan as the team’s starters (Jerrell Freeman, who suffered a season-ending injury and then was hit with his second PED suspension in as many years, was cut on Tuesday). Signing a starting-caliber free agent isn’t out of the question, either, but there is a third option for the Bears if they appear to stand pat in free agency: Draft an inside linebacker in April. If that’s the route they go, Georgia’s Roquan Smith could be the guy. But again, those more pressing needs at other positions could mean the Bears don’t burn a first-round pick on an inside linebacker.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?