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Notre Dame suspends Cierre Wood, Justin Utupo two games

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Notre Dame suspends Cierre Wood, Justin Utupo two games

Notre Dame has suspended running back Cierre Wood, NBC Sports' Keith Arnold first reported earlier Sunday afternoon. Coach Brian Kelly later announced Wood, along with defensive end Justin Utupo, will be suspended for the team's first two games of the 2012 season against Navy and Purdue.

Ourplayers are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure tomeet my expectations will result in consequences, Kelly said in a statement. Justin andCierre violated our team rules so Ive suspended them for the first two gamesof the season.

Wood led Notre Dame with 1,102 rushing yards in 2011, scoring nine touchdowns on 217 attempts. He was likely slated as the team's No. 1 running back heading into the 2012 season.

The Irish aren't without depth at running back, though, as George Atkinson III and Theo Riddick were expected to see increased roles this season. Atkinson III, a sophomore, saw limited time in 2011 while Riddick has been moved into a running backwide receiver hybrid role for the season.

Wood, a senior, is one of the last remaining players who were recruited by Charlie Weis' staff. He told CSNChicago.com last September that he considered transferring after a frustrating freshman season, but wanted to prove to the new regime that he was worthy of playing time.

"I was a little salty about it," Wood said. "I really didn't want to be here, because who really wants to if you're not playing.

"I never lost my love of the game, I just wanted to take my talents somewhere else."

But Wood stuck things out at Notre Dame, and was expected to be part of a three-headed running back monster this year -- especially important given the inexperience of starting quarterback Everett Golson.

"I've seen great growth in George Atkinson," coach Brian Kelly said earlier in fall camp. "We always look to George as somebody that maybe he's just a running back. Well, he's really evolved into somebody that can catch the football for us.

"We know about Theo, obviously with his stint at the wide receiver position, and Cierre has really made great strides over the past 10 days or so. They're all going to play, and it would not be a surprise if a couple of them are on the field at the same time."

Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez had four hits, including a pair of doubles to boost his batting average to .322 on the season. Seby Zavala hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in a pair of runs in the 7-2 loss. Spencer Adams got the start and allowed four runs but also struck out nine in just 4.2 innings of work.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had two doubles and Evan Skoug had two hits in a 3-2 win. Big leaguer Carlos Rodon made a rehab start and struck out six, allowing one run in five innings.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and Thyago Vieira threw a scoreless inning in an 8-4 loss.

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller has quickly become a fan favorite on social media. He has the confidence and swagger found in most top wide receivers and it comes through on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Miller was one of 40 players in attendance at the 2018 NFLPA Rookie Premiere where he not only learned about the business and marketing side of football, but also suited up in his Bears gameday uniform for the first time. Of course, he shared the moment on Twitter:

Panini America, a sports collectible company, snapped a picture of Miller with fellow rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (Falcons) and quarterback Mason Rudolph (Steelers):

Miller has become something of a standout for the Bears despite not playing a single snap. He's expected to have a big role in an offense that has several new pieces and roles that are up for grabs.

Miller will compete with former first-round pick Kevin White and free-agent addition Taylor Gabriel for reps opposite Allen Robinson. Miller has the necessary skill set to play as both an outside receiver and in the slot which should give him an even greater opportunity to be on the field quite a bit.

The Bears first three draft picks are all vying for starting jobs in 2018. Roquan Smith (first round) is a lock to start next to Danny Trevathan and James Daniels (second round) will start at guard. Miller should make it three-for-three in a draft class that could end up the best of Ryan Pace's tenure.