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Indy vs. DC exhibition game to tip off Saturday

Indy vs. DC exhibition game to tip off Saturday

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011Posted: 1:05 p.m.

By AggreySam
CSNChicago.com BullsInsider Follow@CSNBullsInsider
CSNChicago.com will be in Indianapolis for Saturday's exhibition game between the Washington, D.C.-based Goodman League and the Indy Pro-Am. The game, called the "Ball For It All Classic," will be held at the University of Indianapolis' Nicoson Hall.

Organized by Indy Pro-Am founder Carlos Knox, the game will reportedly feature Indiana natives like Clippers guard Eric Gordon, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, Hawks guard Jeff Teague and Pacers players George Hill, Paul George and Lance Stephenson, among others, for the Indianapolis team.

The visitors will reportedly bring Wizards players John Wall and Andray Blatche, Washingtonians Michael Beasley of the Timberwolves and Jeff Green of the Celtics, as well as Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, Mavericks swingman Caron Butler and Chicagoan Will Bynum of the Pistons.

Two-time reigning NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant was scheduled to play, but will apparently miss the contest due to his role in an upcoming movie filming in Louisiana this weekend, though he confirmed via Twitter that he will attempt to participate in a Philadelphia exhibition game Sunday, joining LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and others in a contest against a group of Philadelphia-based NBA players.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Cubs Talk Podcast Ep. 237: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

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Cubs Talk Podcast Ep. 237: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

Luke Stuckmeyer and producer Eric Strobel welcome Frederic, aka the Cubs' unofficial Director of Morale. Fred takes us through the origins and growth of his fandom and social media persona (1:30), before discussing how Jake Arrieta's dominance announced the Cubs as contenders (7:30) and the now-ubiquitous hard hats in the bleachers (16:00). Finally, Fred and the guys talk about this year's team, including the lack of strikeout stuff on the pitching staff (22:30) and the unicorn that is Javy Baez (30:00). 

You can listen to the entire thing right here or in the embedded player below:

2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Dylan Cozens

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2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Dylan Cozens

From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.

Dylan Cozens

Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report from Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley:

"Dylan Cozens is a two-way centerman who plays fast and he plays inside."

Scouting report from NHL draft expert Adam Kimelman:

"Guys who can move the way he moves at that size are rare. And when you add in talent, the work ethic, the skill, the hands in tight, the shot, he's the complete package. ... To me, he is the second-best center in this draft after Jack Hughes."

Cozens describes his own game:

Strengths: "I’d say my strength is just my skating. That’s the biggest thing: being able to use my speed to create separation between other players and allowing time and space for myself and my teammates. I’d also say my shot. I’m more of a shoot-first guy but I can still make a play. I’d think those are the two biggest things: my speed and my shot.

Improvements: "I just want to be strong on my stick in going into battles and when I’m on the puck. I think that’s the biggest thing. That will come with strength when I get to the next level and as I get older. That’s the biggest thing: just having the mentality going into every battle that you’re going to win it and being as strong on your stick as you can be."

NHL player comparable: Jeff Carter

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks will have a pool of centers to choose from. Cozens has been one of the five candidates discussed as an option, and for good reason. He has all the tools to become an elite player in the NHL, which includes size, speed and skill. And perhaps a little bonus: He was very confident at the scouting combine that he could make the jump to the big leagues as soon as next season.

Cozens has often been compared to Carter, who has also played both center and wing in his career. The Blackhawks like when their forwards have some versatility and Cozens offers that. There aren't many flaws in Cozens' game, and his two-way prowess could make the Blackhawks' decision a difficult one.

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