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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

Eloy Jimenez looks set to make his White Sox return this week, Javier Báez exited Sunday's game with a minor injury and is it time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft? Here's what you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

White Sox

All indications point towards Eloy Jimenez returning to the White Sox this week, as the rookie outfielder was not in Triple-A Charlotte's lineup on Sunday. Jimenez's return comes just in time, as the White Sox play two of the best teams in baseball this week.

Manny Banuelos went on the injured list last week, though his stay on the shelf might be brief. Who starts in Banuelos' place on Monday is still uncertain.

The White Sox aren't getting what they expected from Ivan Nova so far, but Lucas Giolito has been tremendous. Giolito spun another good start on Saturday; what's behind his resurgence?

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss James McCann's breakout season.

Cubs

Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals with a right heel contusion, though he could be back in the lineup on Monday.

Jon Lester's hot streak came to an end on Saturday, though the bigger story from the game is the Cubs questioning if Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle's delivery is legal.

The Cubs put on a home run derby vs. the Nationals on Friday. The team also used the same 1-5 hitters all weekend; here's why the group is worth sticking with for the foreseeable future.

Former Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano made his return to the mound over the weekend with the independent Chicago Dogs.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and NBC Sports Chicago producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen breakdown Monday's matchup between Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Mark Schanowski wonders if it's time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft.

Mark Strotman breaks down potential options for the Bulls at No. 7 in Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver and Duke's Cam Reddish.

In the latest Blackhawks mailbag, Charlie Roumeliotis discusses Blackhawks trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20.

NBC Sports Chicago to present 'Race In America: A Candid Conversation'

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NBC Sports Chicago to present 'Race In America: A Candid Conversation'

Chicago, IL (June 11, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago has announced it will deliver a new half-hour special presentation entitled Race in America: A Candid Conversation airing this Sunday evening, June 14 at 7:00 PM CT.  Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s Laurence Holmes and featuring a panel of some of Chicago’s most-admired pro athletes including Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, Bulls power forward Thaddeus Young and former Bears linebacker Sam Acho, Race in America: A Candid Conversation will provide viewers with personal reactions on the death of George Floyd, commentary on the current state of race relations in the nation, along with deep discussion on the societal requirements needed for change moving forward.  NOTES: Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream Race in America: A Candid Conversation online at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive; NBC Sports Chicago will also re-air the special Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30 PM.

“Our community is hurting right now and we have reached a critical point in our city and nation’s history,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.  “As a network, we feel strongly that in order to make change happen, we need to have an increased frequency of candid, open discussions on race relations, but more importantly, we need to simply listen to one another more.  The athletes showcased on this program entertain us in competition, but they are also experiencing this moment in time as black men.  As an African-American myself, I appreciate their willingness to talk openly on this important subject and I encourage the entire Chicago community to tune in to not only watch, but to listen as well.”

Please note the following highlighted quotes from NBC Sports Chicago’s special presentation Race in America: A Candid Conversation, premiering Sunday, June 14 at 7:00 PM CT:

Allen Robinson
“It doesn’t need a situation like George Floyd for other people of different demographics to say, ‘Well, let’s hear their thoughts about this, let’s hear their thoughts about that.’ I would, and I think that we would appreciate it, and that’s what we want. We want our voices to be heard, we’re people just like everyone else. We have built this country just like everyone else. We want our voice to be heard just like everyone else.”

Thaddeus Young
“We as African-Americans, we have to be able to speak up, and stand up, and have to keep doing it with precision, and the ultimate goal at hand is to create some kind of change, and that’s what we have to keep in our mindset, change. If we don’t keep that in our mindset, and we start to follow these smoke screens, it takes away from the true power that we have in our hands and the true power that we can use to create the change.”

Jason Heyward
“I think it’s okay to live in a spot where we’re angry, but I think it’s necessary as well. I think we need to have that chip on our shoulder and we got to use that as motivation to get this right, to keep pushing for it to be right. It’s not about a clean slate, no one’s got a clean slate. We’re just saying we don’t get treated fairly…we don’t get treated equally.”

Sam Acho
“There’s a large group of people that are just ignorant, and those people need to be educated. They need to understand that, ‘Hey, these biases do exist, I need to do something about them.’ Then you need to empathize with people, no matter how much money you make, no matter what socioeconomic class you’re in, they need to understand that people who have hatred and anger in their hearts toward African-Americans, racists, people who also are ignorant, they don’t care about how much money you make, they just see your skin and they judge you, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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Anthony Pettis, Anderson Silva open to a UFC super fight

Anthony Pettis, Anderson Silva open to a UFC super fight

UFC Fight Island might just get a super fight!

Former UFC lightweight champion and Milwaukee native Anthony Pettis challenged former long-time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to a fight.

And it seems like everyone is in agreement.

"Let's do it," Silva replied on Instagram.

The UFC is one of the only sports actually happening right now, and despite that they're struggling with some stars demanding more pay. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has aired his grievances publicly, Conor McGregor has retired, for a third time, after being offered to fill-in on short notice and Jorge Masvidal has also took to Twitter to complain.

But with logistical hurdles shaping fights, a super fight between Silva and Pettis would certainly be intriguing, if not a crazy mismatch.

Pettis has fought as low as featherweight (145 pounds) while Silva has fought at light heavyweight (205 pounds) and won.

Pettis has fought at welterweight before, and his last two wins came against Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson, a former welterweight title contender.

But Silva could be a whole different challenge.

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