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Konerko has mild concussion, could be placed on DL

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Konerko has mild concussion, could be placed on DL

White Sox captain Paul Konerko missed Wednesdays game with a mild concussion and could potentially land on the seven-day disabled list.

The first baseman wasnt in the clubhouse before or after Wednesdays game. Konerko was hit in the right temple inadvertently by the elbow of Kansas Citys Jarrod Dyson in the seventh inning of Tuesdays loss.

Prior to the game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Konerko was out of the lineup with general soreness, but said he was available to play if needed.

Afterward, Ventura said Konerko had a mild concussion and needs further evaluation on Thursday. Ventura didnt dismiss the possibility for Konerko to go on the seven-day DL. Major League Baseball established the seven-day DL stint for concussions before the start of the 2011 season.

There have been some serious things with concussions, Ventura said. I dont know if its (that bad), but he does have a mild one so it was more of a precaution to keep him out. No way could he have played tonight.

Konerko is hitting .316 with 18 homers and 54 RBIs in 101 games this season. Both he and outfielder Alex Rios were absent for a 2-1 loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

It stinks for Paulie, catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. Hopefully he'll be better fast. As soon as it gets in the head area you dont want to mess with it. Hopefully he'll come in Friday, say he's feeling better and will be ready to go.

The White Sox are off on Thursday, which will give Konerko an extra day of rest. Konerko was not spotted in the dugout during the game. Ventura said Konerko was in the White Sox clubhouse during the game.

Giving two days to anybody is beneficial so hopefully its not too serious, first baseman Adam Dunn said.

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

He’s back.

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 23, 2017 when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes, coach Joel Quenneville confirmed after morning skate on Thursday morning.

"It’s exciting," Quenneville said. "I’m sure he’s looking forward to it and we’re all excited about it as well. It’ll be a fun situation for the guys, seeing him back in the net as well. So we’re looking for everyone to be excited about tonight’s game."

The two-time Stanley Cup champion was medically cleared to practice from his concussion on Oct. 1, but the Blackhawks wanted to give Crawford as much time as he needed to get his conditioning and puck-tracking skills up to game speed before putting him into game action.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. It was a pretty long process. ... Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

To make room for Crawford on the 23-man roster, the Blackhawks will assign forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Brandon Saad, who wore a white healthy scratch jersey all week at practice, will take his spot in the lineup.

For now, the Blackhawks will hang on to Anton Forsberg and carry three goaltenders as insurance as they get ready to start a seven-games-in-11-days stretch.

Crawford was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season. The Blackhawks were 17-30-8 without him and finished last in the Central Division.

The amount of money you'll need to get into Bears-Patriots will make your head hurt

The amount of money you'll need to get into Bears-Patriots will make your head hurt

It costs a lot of money to see the GOAT, apparently. 

According to TickPick, a secondary-market ticket site, the get-in price for Sunday's Bears-Patriots matchup is currently sitting at a nice, plump $356. 

That price is, according to this article in the Chicago Sun-Times, more expensive than a ticket to No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 16 North Carolina State ($161) and No. 5 LSU vs. No. 22 Mississippi State (39$??) combined. It's also over 100 percent (116, to be precise) higher than the Bears' following game against the New York Jets. 

This is on top of what is, according to CNBC, already the most expensive gameday experience in the NFL. Soldier's average beer costs $9.50, coming in as the 2nd-most expensive cup of Bud Light Foam, behind only San Fransisco. 

Honestly though, it's not even that cold yet. Who needs heat/electricity when you can have nosebleed seats and *one* beer instead!