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A 'different' Chris Williams returns to tackle

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A 'different' Chris Williams returns to tackle

You know something is different, something...

Its not just that hes a tackle again. Its something else...

Aaaah, the mustache is gone.

Yep, shaved it off, Williams said, laughing.

Maybe its for speed, being back at right and left tackle rather than the guard hes played for the better parts of the last two seasons?

At guard you can go a couple more pounds, Williams said, but my weight hasnt changed officially.

His position has, however. As expected since the end of last season, Williams is back at tackle, the position for which he was drafted in 2008, and playing both right and left, alternating with JMarcus Webb in what is the No. 1 position battle of this offseason.

Gabe Carimi is not practicing yet on his surgically repaired knee but he is expected to slide back into his right-tackle spot when hes deemed ready.

Since Carimi was declared by then offensive line coach Mike Tice as the Bears best offensive lineman last year before he was injured, that leaves Webb and Williams competing for the critical post of left tackle.

Webb and Williams each took reps at both tackle spots on Wednesday, the second day of offseason team activities. But this is a long, long way from training camp and it is permissible hitting that truly determines who starts and who is the swing tackle.

Williams went down with a season-ending injury to his left wrist in game nine vs. the Detroit Lions. He is playing without a cast or brace, just a complete tape-up of the wrist, so now its just fun playing, being out here after missing the last half of the season, Williams said.

Im working technique, just trying to get ready for the swing of things. Football is football. O-line play is pretty much the same across the board, just a matter of who youre blocking. I like to think I can play anywhere so Im just working, just glad to be back with the team.

Are the White Sox about to sign Marcell Ozuna or not?

Are the White Sox about to sign Marcell Ozuna or not?

Depending on which report you choose to believe, the White Sox could be on the verge of filling the void in their outfield with one of the bigger names on this winter’s free-agent market.

Dominican reporter Frank Castillo tweeted Saturday that the White Sox will sign Marcell Ozuna, planning to announce the free-agent deal Monday.

Well, that was followed up by a report from The Score’s Bruce Levine, who said the White Sox are not about to sign Ozuna.

So there’s that.

The White Sox were connected to Ozuna earlier this offseason, as well as more recently, with MLB.com’s Jon Morosi writing last week that the team had interest in Japanese import Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, but were waiting to hear on the decisions of Ozuna and fellow free agent Nicholas Castellanos first.

Ozuna turned heads with his fantastic 2017 season for the Miami Marlins, when he slashed .312/.376/.548 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs. Since being dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals, Ozuna hit .263/.327/.452 with 52 homers and 177 RBIs in two seasons.

The White Sox have a pressing need in right field, making it little surprise that they’ve been tied to numerous options, including Ozuna, Castellanos and Joc Pederson. Ozuna, though, exclusively played left field in St. Louis. Were the White Sox to add him, would they insist he play right field? They’ve expressed little to no interest in moving Eloy Jimenez out of left field.

It’s rumor season, and there should be plenty more of them with the Winter Meetings starting Monday in San Diego. The White Sox are expected to continue the aggressive approach they’ve displayed already this winter with the signing of Yasmani Grandal and their reported high bid to Zack Wheeler, who took less money to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Blackhawks recall Dylan Sikura from Rockford

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Blackhawks recall Dylan Sikura from Rockford

The Blackhawks recalled forward Dylan Sikura from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday morning. In a corresponding move for financial reasons, Anton Wedin was reassigned to Rockford.

Sikura leads the IceHogs in goals (nine), points (16) and shots on goal (99) in 22 games this season. He was on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) prior to the call-up.

Sikura has appeared in 38 games across two seasons for the Blackhawks and is still searching for his first career NHL goal. He has 11 assists and 61 shots on goal over that span, averaging 11:34 of ice time.

Sunday's game against the Arizona Coyotes will be Sikura's first with the Blackhawks this season after starting the 2019-20 campaign in Rockford.

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