No. 6 Hales uses overtime to get past Wolfpack


No. 6 Hales uses overtime to get past Wolfpack

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
10:59 p.m.
By Chris Pellizzari

St. Ignatius and Hales both entered Fridays Catholic League North showdown at Hales with conference championship hopes.

The Spartans outlasted St. Ignatius for a 67-64 overtime victory. Overtime was a microcosm of the entire game: nothing came easy and both teams had to dig deep.

Dominique Walls led No. 6 Hales (16-3, 7-1) with 16 points, including a rebound and dunk that got overtime started with a bang and gave the Spartans a 58-56 lead.

But before the Hales fans could get too excited, Wolfpack guard Truman Tiernan hit a mid-range jumper to tie the game at 58.

Walls had to step up without Eddie Alcantara (disciplinary reasons) and Aaric Armstead (sick). Walls got free off an inbound play, sliced down the lane and laid the ball with a finger roll to make it 60-58 with 2:25 remaining in overtime.

Then Walls stole a St. Ignatius pass and passed the ball to Aaron Armstead for a layup.

Aaron Armstead also was battling sickness, but you couldnt tell as he scored 15 points.

We knew we were the favorites, we had players out with sickness, Aaron Armstead said. We needed someone to step up, and thats what I tried to do.

St. Ignatius junior guard Brian Howard (17 points) hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds in regulation to send the game into overtime. With 54 seconds left in overtime and the Wolfpack (12-6, 5-2) trailing 63-60, Nnanna Egwu (18 points, nine rebounds) hit a mid-range jump shot.

After two Armstead free throws, Egwu grabbed a rebound off a Howard shot and laid it in to cut the Hales lead to 65-64 with 26 seconds left. But that was as close as the Wolfpack would get.

This win does a lot for our confidence, Hales coach Gary London said. We knew others had to step up today.

Jay Cutler is the most unsurprising 'breakout star' of 'Very Cavallari'


Jay Cutler is the most unsurprising 'breakout star' of 'Very Cavallari'

After producing one-liners as amusing as “I’m looking to do the exact opposite of work,” in his reality TV debut, Jay Cutler was at it again.

The former Bears quarterback had more gems to offer in the second episode of his wife’s reality show, “Very Cavallari.” Cutler’s general apathy towards, well, everything continued.

In one of the more unintentionally funny lines of the show, Kristin Cavallari, Cutler’s wife and the star of the show, said Cutler has no game. Keep the giggles to yourselves, Bears fans.

She wistfully talked about how much fun the couple used to have early in their relationship until Cutler cut her off and said “You decided to go to bed at 8:45 every night.”

“He can be a little s*** sometimes, but he makes me laugh,” Kristin Cavallari said of her husband on the show.

That line might be something Bears fans can relate to.

While the show has plenty of your standard reality show drama, Cutler’s scenes are a humorous change of pace. The way things are going, Cutler could be in for a bigger part. In the meantime, maybe Bears fans will skip around until Cutler appears on camera.

Who knew? Bears fans, Kristin. All Bears fans knew.

Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

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Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith won't be reporting to Bourbonnais with the rest of the team's rookie class Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence won't be considered a holdout until veterans are required to report on July 19.

Smith is among several top-10 picks without a contract but is the first who will grab headlines. Chicago's training camp starts earlier than most this year because of their participation in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4. The extra week of camp makes Smith's contract status less concerning, even if it spills into the first few practices.

Still, we aren't too far removed from Joey Bosa's lengthy contract dispute with the Los Angeles Chargers that centered around offset language and his signing bonus.

Generally speaking, teams want offset language in rookie contracts as protection in the event they decide to cut a player in his fourth season. If the contract doesn't include offset language, the player is entitled to all of the money in that fourth season from his original team while also eligible to sign elsewhere. Teams don't want to pay that money while the player wants the ability to double dip.

This is one of the few issues that can result in a holdout now that the rookie wage scale is in place. Smith, most likely, isn't arguing over dollars. Instead, it's about contract language, which can get dicey.

We'll know more about how far apart the Bears and Smith are on his contract come July 19, when this disagreement will officially become a holdout.