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Chicago fans let Turner have it in Game 1

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Chicago fans let Turner have it in Game 1

When Evan Turner was a standout player at Ohio State, Chicagoans were proud to call him one of their own. The 6-foot-7 swingman played high school ball at St. Joseph in Westchester, Ill., and had a storied college career before the Philadelphia 76ers took him second overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.

But Turner's comments earlier in the week about how the Sixers were "dodging a bullet" in facing the Bulls over the Heat to start the playoffs have turned the Chicago faithful against him.

The 21,943 United Center fans let Turner have it when he entered the game midway through the first quarter and boos rained down from all stretches of the building every time the second-year player touched the ball.

"When you talk, they're gonna come after you," Sixers power forward Elton Brand said after the game. "The crowd came after him, the Bulls came after him."

Turner was involved in a bit of a fracas in the third quarter when he and Bulls foward Carlos Boozer bumped into each other. Players from both teams had some words for each other, including Turner and Derrick Rose, who have bad blood dating back to their high school days.

Rose, Brand and Rip Hamilton wound up with technicals and while Turner escaped unscathed, the incident only intensified the sellout crowd.

Turner, who estimated pregame that he had anywhere from 15-18 friends and family members in attendance Saturday, said the crowd didn't affect him and finished with 12 points, five assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes.

"They're not playing on the court," he said. "To tell you the truth, I only worry about my teammates and the opponent and the positive people like my family that are in the stands. I don't worry about the people not playing on the court. You can't worry about it."

All things considered, Sixers forward Thaddeus Young was proud of the way Turner took it all in stride.

"I think he handled himself real professionally," Young said. "He's just playing to play basketball and won't let anything get to him. He's not going to say anything crazy to the fans."

Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

In the second and final update before the first round of voting closes, the Cubs are still all over All-Star Game voting.

It’s basically status quo in the update. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez are still blowing away the field at their positions, with more than twice as many votes as the closest player.

Kris Bryant remains solidly in second at third base. Anthony Rizzo fell to third behind Freddie Freeman of the Braves, but he is still comfortably ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers for the top three spot that will advance him to MLB’s new Starters Election.

All three Cubs outfielders are set to advance as well. Albert Almora Jr. moved up from fifth to fourth and Jason Heyward moved up from seventh to fifth. Interestingly, Bryce Harper is the odd man out, for now, sitting 10th among NL outfielders.

That gives the Cubs seven players set to advance to the Starters Election. Voting for this round closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT. The Starters Election features the top three at each individual position and top nine among outfielders.

 

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James McCann leads charge for White Sox in running for starting spots in MLB All-Star Game

James McCann leads charge for White Sox in running for starting spots in MLB All-Star Game

Major League Baseball released a second voting update for All-Star Game starters and three White Sox players are still in the mix.

The top three spots at each position (and top nine in the outfield) are all that matter for now, with those players advancing to MLB’s new Starters Election. James McCann is the only member of the White Sox to sit in one of those spots for now.

McCann is second at catcher behind Gary Sanchez of the Yankees. He is nearly 800,000 votes behind the Yankees backstop.

Jose Abreu was in third in the last update at first base, but has fallen behind Carlos Santana of the Indians. Luke Volt, another Yankee, leads with C.J. Cron of the Twins in second. Santana is just under 43,000 votes ahead of Abreu.

Tim Anderson is still in fourth at shortstop. Jorge Polanco of the Twins and Carlos Correa of the Astros are comfortably in the top two spots. Gleyber Torres, yet another Yankee, is just over 45,000 votes ahead of Anderson for third.

There aren’t any other White Sox within striking distance of the top three. Yoan Moncada remains in eighth among third basemen.

Polls close Friday at 3 p.m. CT.

 

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