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DePaul freshman tears ACL

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DePaul freshman tears ACL

DePaul freshman DeJuan Marrero announced on Twitter today he tore his ACL and will miss the entire season.

I want to apologize to my people back home. I tore my ACL last night in practice. I'm going to sit out this season and get a full recovery.

DeJuanMarrero (@DeJuanMarrero) October 25, 2012

I was really looking forward to this season and helping my team progress and win. I'm going to keep moving forward and think positive.

DeJuanMarrero (@DeJuanMarrero) October 25, 2012

Can't wait to root for my teammates and cheer them on as the season approaches! As always I am still proud to be at DePaul! Dpubb

DeJuanMarrero (@DeJuanMarrero) October 25, 2012

The Gary, Ind., native was expected to be part of the Blue Demons' rotation in 2012, giving depth on the wing and improving Oliver Purnell's groups rebounding numbers.

Marrero averaged 22.2 points and 15.4 rebounds his senior year at Thea Bowman High School and chose DePaul over Ball State, Dayton, Iowa, Missouri and Missouri State. He committed in August 2011.

The Blue Demons have six freshman and seven newcomers on this year's team, including freshmen Durrell McDonald and Jordan Price.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.