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Gould gets 'help' on 41-yard game-winner

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Gould gets 'help' on 41-yard game-winner

Eric Weems does not long snap, hold for or kick field goals. Hes not on the field when Robbie Gould goes out for those.

But the veteran returner played what may have been a key figure in Goulds 41-yard kick through a squirrely Soldier Field wind (or is that redundant?) that provided the winning points in the Bears 23-22 win to move to 6-1.

Early in the fourth quarter, Gould missed a try from 32 yards at a time when the Bears were in serious need of any kind of momentum builder after going scoreless for what amounted to virtually three quarters.

It was a stunning miss considering that Gould had his 72 of 77 kicks (93.9 percent) inside 40 yards for his career. When Gould got to the sideline, Weems noticed something about him.

We were on the side and he seemed to have his head down and thought he might be pouting or just down, Weems said. So after he missed that one, I went over to him and said, Youve got to believe. By you missing this, all that means is you just set your self up to make the game-winner. So keep your head up.

Kickers are very often solitary individuals during games and dont have or want a lot of interaction that might disturb mental preparation or concentration. Weems support was welcome and taken in the spirit it was given, however.

Eric Weems came up to me and said, Youre going to get the game-winner, Gould said. Sure enough, I got a game-winner.

I definitely knew it was good when I hit it. It was one of those kicks that came off my foot pure. The guys just did an awesome job fighting back the whole game and it would have been a bummer if Id missed that one, especially after missing the one earlier.

It was the tenth game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime of Goulds career (including postseason) and the first since September 27, 2010 versus Green Bay (19-yarder with 3:59 left in 20-17 victory). Gould is now 13-of-15 (.867) on the season in field goal attempts.

During his career in the regular and postseason, Gould is 53-for-65 (.815) in field goal attempts in the fourth quarter and overtime.

I thought the one he missed was going good, said punterholder Adam Podlesh.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

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Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.

The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."

His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.

During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.

The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.

The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.

Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack.