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Boozer named player of the week

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Boozer named player of the week

DEERFIELD, ILL.Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer was named Eastern Conference player of the week, the league announced Monday.

Last week Boozer averaged 23 points, which was fourth in the East, as well as a league-leading 14.8 rebounds.

He had his best scoring night in a Bulls uniform with a 36-point outing in the teams overtime win Wednesday in Toronto and a season-high in rebounds, 20, in Fridays overtime win in Boston.

Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant, the three-time league reigning scoring champion, was named the Western Conference player of the week.

Durant scored a career-high 52 points, the best single-game effort in the NBA this season, in the Thunders win Thursday over Dallas.

Gibson to address fans on holiday

Bulls reserve Taj Gibson will address United Center fans at Mondays game against the Lakers, which takes place on the Martin Luther King holiday.

Of course its going to be special. Its Martin Luther King Day, I get to talk and not only that, we get to play the Lakers on national television, said Gibson, who noted that he didnt know exactly what he would say yet, when asked after the teams morning shootaround at the United Center. I just remember all the sacrifices King endured for a lot of people across this country. Not a day goes by when you dont think about all the struggles that him and all the people before us went through. Tonight is real special. This whole day is real special.

Former Bulls guard named Suns interim head coach

Lindsey Hunter, who last played for the Bulls in the 2009-10 season, was named Phoenixs interim head coach Sunday, following the Suns mutually parting ways with Alvin Gentry last week.

Hunter, who won championships with the Lakers and Pistons during his 17-year playing career, was promoted from his role as player development coordinator.

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we'll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time. 
 

Carlos Rodon's first rehab start went well, White Sox set date for next one

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Carlos Rodon's first rehab start went well, White Sox set date for next one

Carlos Rodon's return to the South Side is coming soon.

The top-five draft pick recovering from last fall's shoulder surgery made his first rehab start Saturday with Class A Kannapolis and threw well. Rodon allowed just one run on three hits in his five innings of work, striking out six and walking none.

The White Sox announced Sunday that Rodon's second rehab start will come Thursday with Triple-A Charlotte.

As for the exact date Rodon returns to the big league roster, it's unknown at this point. General manager Rick Hahn said that Rodon will make multiple rehab starts. One might look to the pitcher's recovery from a spring injury last year as a guide. Rodon made four rehab starts in June before debuting with the White Sox on June 28.

This recovery is different, of course. Rodon is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on May 28.