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Word on The Street: Dent finalist for Hall of Fame

Word on The Street: Dent finalist for Hall of Fame

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011
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Ex-Bears DE Dent finalist for Hall of Fame

Former Bears defensive end Richard Dent once again is among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Sunday.

Joining Dent are five first-year eligible players: Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Deion Sanders and Willie Roaf. The other finalists are Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed and Shannon Sharpe. Two senior nominees are Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.

NFL Films founder and president Ed Sabol also is a finalist as a contributor, (ChicagoBreakingSports). Sox give two pitchers minor league deals

The White Sox have reportedly agreed on minor league contracts with right-handers Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay, according to a major league source.

Kinney spent 2010 with the Cardinals' Triple-A club in Memphis, posting a 1.80 ERA in 60 innings. Lindsay, a native of Australia, reached Triple-A last season with the Rockies and has never pitched in the majors, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Sammy Sosa in the Hall?

Sammy Sosa will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013, but Chicago Sun-Times' Rick Morrissey says it means nothing. Morrissey said, "Unless the federal government, with the blessing of the American Medical Association, decides that performance-enhancing drugs are a good thing, Sosa and his once-merry friends never will see the inside of the Hall without buying tickets," (Chicago Sun-Times).

Tarik Cohen was NFL's best big-play RB in 2017

Tarik Cohen was NFL's best big-play RB in 2017

Tarik Cohen's rookie season with the Chicago Bears was an impressive blend of running, receiving and special teams play. He quickly became a household name. The combination of his diminutive frame and oversized personality made him a fan favorite, especially when he started gaining yards in chunks.

In fact, of all running backs with a minimum of 80 carries last season, Cohen had the highest percentage of runs that were 15 or more yards, according to Pro Football Focus.

Cohen will have a big role in new coach Matt Nagy's offense this season because of everything he offers a play-caller. He's a weapon as a receiver out of the backfield and can chew up yards on the ground like any traditional running back. He's a hold-your-breath talent who can turn a bad play into a touchdown in the blink of an eye.

Cohen had 370 rushing yards, 353 receiving yards and three offensive touchdowns in what can be described as a limited role last year. John Fox and Dowell Loggains didn't seem to ever figure out how to best use Cohen's skill set. That should be no issue for Nagy and Mark Helfrich, the team's new offensive coordinator, who both bring a creative offensive approach to Chicago.

Jordan Howard will be the starter and will do most of the heavy lifting. But Cohen is going to have a much bigger role than he had as a rookie, and that should result in more big plays and points on the board.

Roquan Smith helps shear a sheep at Bears community event

Roquan Smith helps shear a sheep at Bears community event

Roquan Smith has more sheared sheep than tackles on his stat sheet as a pro football player.

Smith and several other Bears rookies participated in a hands-on community event at Lambs Farm in Libertyville, Illinois on Monday where he assisted farm staff with the sheep's grooming. Smith said it was a first for him despite growing up around animals. 

"It's like on the norm for me though, playing linebacker you're in the trenches," Smith said of the experience.

"Shaving a sheep, I never really envisioned myself doing something like that," Smith said via ChicagoBears.com. "I was around animals [growing up], but it was more so cows and goats here and there and dogs and cats. I've petted a sheep before, but never actually flipped one and shaved one."

Bears rookies got up close and personal with more than just sheep.

Smith was selected with the eighth overall pick in April's draft and will assume a starting role opposite Danny Trevathan at inside linebacker this season. Here's to hoping he can wrangle opposing ball-carriers like a sheep waiting to be sheared.