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ICYMI: Addison Russell speaks to media; White Sox have serious free agency competition; Corey Crawford ready to return


ICYMI: Addison Russell speaks to media; White Sox have serious free agency competition; Corey Crawford ready to return

Addison Russell spoke to the media for first time since being suspended, the White Sox have serious competition for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado and Corey Crawford said he's ready to return. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:


Addison Russell spoke to the media for the first time since being suspended for domestic abuse. The entire press conference can be replayed in this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast.

Our Cubs beat reporters Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki were in the room for Russell's press conference. They provide their thoughts on Russell's comments on this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast.

What did Joe Maddon think about Russell's press conference?

Cole Hamels said that the current state of MLB's offseason market is "tough to see." New Cubs reliever Brad Brach said "it's definitely a weird process" in regards to the offseason market.

Hamels went through a similar journey as the young Cubs core while coming up with the Phillies. The veteran left-hander said the Cubs can use that knowledge to get back to the promised land.

Albert Almora Jr. knew he'd be asked about Manny Machado, so he showed up to Cubs spring training with a savvy plan.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss what the expect from David Bote and Victor Caratini in 2019.

White Sox

According to multiple reports Sunday, the Padres have offered Manny Machado at least, if not more than, $250 million. The news came a few hours after a report said talks between Bryce Harper and the Phillies are intensifying.

Michael Kopech offered high praise for fellow White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez. Meanwhile, Jimenez's dreams are coming true after he nearly quit baseball when he was 11 years old. 

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Jimenez discussed how he, Micker Adolfo and Luis Basabe talk everyday about winning a World Series.

In other White Sox prospect news, 2019 is an all-important year for Luis Robert.

Carlos Rodon's run-up to the 2019 season has been abnormal, and that's a good thing for him. Meanwhile, Daniel Palka has worked all offseason on his defense, but he still feels like the same stud as before. 

Tim Anderson may be just 25 years old, but he has quickly become one of the team's leaders. Also, the White Sox bullpen could be nasty this season following the additions of Alex Colomé and Kelvin Herrera.


Friday, Corey Crawford said that he is healthy and ready to play. Crawford has been out since Dec. 16 with a concussion.

Although his numbers don't look great, Cam Ward has been better in net than it may show on any stat sheet. 

Despite their recent successful stretch, Blackhawks are still trying to put together a full 60-minute effort.

Before the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets, Patrick Kane discussed the possibility of playing with Artemi Panarin again.


Is the clock ticking on Mitchell Trubisky?

Lauri Markkanen shined in Friday night's NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

ICYMI: Cubs, White Sox go in opposite directions to start the first half


ICYMI: Cubs, White Sox go in opposite directions to start the first half

The Cubs swept the Pirates to open the second half while the White Sox went the other direction, getting swept in Oakland. Here are some Chicago sports stories from the weekend that you may have missed.


The Cubs beat the Pirates on Friday and then crushed them with seven runs in the first inning on Saturday. Jon Lester even got in the act with a home run. The win locked up the team's first series win in over a month.

On Sunday, the Cubs finished off the sweep behind a quality start from Jose Quintana. After the sweep, the Cubs had a simple explanation for why the team played better over the weekend.

White Sox

Oakland remains a house of horrors for the White Sox. The Sox began the second half with a 5-1 loss at the A's on Friday. Ivan Nova took the loss and A.J. Reed debuted at DH.

The next day, Dylan Covey returned from the IL. Covey's start did not go well in a lopsided loss.

Oakland finished the sweep off with a walk-off win on Sunday, but Reynaldo Lopez didn't allow an earned run in six innings.


The Bulls wrapped up Summer League play on Saturday. Coby White showed some glimpses of his playmaking ability in the finale against the Magic.

ICYMI: White Sox trending in the right direction; Cubs confident best is yet to come; Bulls rookies shine in Summer League


ICYMI: White Sox trending in the right direction; Cubs confident best is yet to come; Bulls rookies shine in Summer League

Here are some of the Chicago sports stories you may have missed from the weekend. 

White Sox

The White Sox have had a truly amazing first half of the season when compared to last year's struggles. Whether or not their overall record ends up being closer to last season's, the progress that the White Sox have seen from their young talent is real.

They notched a win over the Cubs in the fourth game of the Crosstown Classic series on Sunday, tying the series at two games apiece. Despite some continued struggles against the Cubs from All-Star Lucas Giolito, the Sox have overall played well the past week.

As Rick Hahn has stated before, the White Sox win total isn't as important as clear-cut development among the core players. Fortunately for White Sox fans, winning games and focusing on player development have gone hand in hand these days. 


The Cubs have had an up-and-down season so far but still, sit in the driver's seat in the NL Central.

The North Siders were in the midst of a four-game losing streak before bouncing back with consecutive wins over the Pirates and White Sox. The Cubs' win over the White Sox on July 6 contained a great six-inning outing from Jon Lester but the team still had their fair share of avoidable mistakes. The Cubs dropped the fourth game of the Crosstown Classic series, but still received a solid offensive contribution from rookie Robel Garica, who has been an awesome story for the Cubs.

There is an overall sense of optimism in the clubhouse, as the team feels the best is yet to come.


Summer League is not a major indicator of long-term success but it does help us get an idea of how a rookie's game will translate to the NBA. And so far, the Bulls have gotten to see how effective Coby White and Daniel Gafford can be as a duo. Jim Boylen has been very pleased with the overall direction of the team and with good reason after a solid offseason.

White has shown off a variety of nice step-back shots and been a true asset in the pick-and-roll game. Gafford has been a monster around the basket, blocking shots and moving his feet well when defending in the pick-and-roll. There is legitimate excitement surrounding the Bulls.

Between the return of Denzel Valentine and Chandler Hutchison, the free agent additions and another expected leap from Zach Laine and Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls are poised for a (within reason) bounce-back season in a weakened Eastern Conference.