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Chicago United Hoops Classic to honor Van Lier

Chicago United Hoops Classic to honor Van Lier

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Posted: 9:13 a.m.

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The Chicago United Hoops Classic, where South Side High School All-Stars face West Side High School All-Stars, will be held at the Sullivan Athletic Center at DePaul University on Saturday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m.

The event was established to honor late Bulls' legend (and CSN analyst) Norm Van Lier and proceeds from the event will benefit the Norm Van Lier Scholarship Fund and the Purpose Over Pain organization.

Tickets are 15 for adults and 7 for students. To purchase tickets, call (773) 473-4790 or click here.

The game will also be streamed live on the Chicago United Hoops Classic website.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Answering your burning Cubs questions

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Answering your burning Cubs questions

Is Joe Maddon the NL Manager of the Year? Is Javy Báez the NL MVP? Who makes the postseason roster out of David Bote, Tommy La Stella, Ian Happ and Terrance Gore? Will Dillon Maples carve out a role in the October bullpen?

Our Cubs crew (David Kaplan, Tony Andracki and Jeff Nelson) address these topics and more in the latest Cubs Talk Podcast with only 10 days remaining in the regular season.

Listen to the full podcast episode here or via the embedded player below:

Matt Forte makes musical debut with "In My Nikes"

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Matt Forte makes musical debut with "In My Nikes"

The latest (former) athlete turned artist is none other than our very own Matt Forte!

In a video released on Thursday, Forte raps over the beat from "Dem Frachize Boyz" song "White Tee". The Forte version is aptly named "In My Nikes". And according to Forte, it is his first music video: 

The video is filled with shots of Forte looking cool in his Nike gear, spliced up with occasional highlights of him from his Bears' career.

But make no mistake, the song is not simply about Forte being more stylish than everyone else. He also takes time in the song to talk about a few of the ways that he uses Nike to help others. Forte raps "High school in need or a youth league team, just holla at ya boy and you might get 'em free/underpriveledged kid may be homeless in the street, I'ma make sure you got some shoes on your feet."

This song and video were produced without the knowledge or endorsement of Nike. 

It is not yet known if Forte has more music in the works, but he certainly seemed comfortable in "In My Nikes".