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Pacers hope moves will help them catch Bulls

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Pacers hope moves will help them catch Bulls

Steve Wojcik
CSNChicago.comWhile the Bulls seem to be subtracting pieces from a team that has won back-to-back Central division crowns, the club that has finished right behind them for two consecutive seasons is doing their best to close the gap.According to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells, sources confirmed the Pacers have agreed to send last year's starting point guard Darren Collison and defensive-stopper Dahntay Jones to Dallas in exchange for backup center Ian Mahinmi. Collison started 56 of his 60 games played last season, but went down with an injury late in the year. With Collison out, George Hill took over the starting role and never relinquished it. Hill is expected to sign a 40 million contract this week to remain the team's starting point guard for the near future. As for Mahinmi, Indiana hopes that he can provide some solid minutes off the bench, backing up All-Star center Roy Hibbert, who is also expected to receive a big payday sometime this week.And the Pacers aren't finished there. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Indiana is interested in acquiring Charlotte Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin to back up Hill. The Pacers have also reportedly shown interest in signing unrestricted free agent Gerald Green to provide some scoring punch off the bench.The question is, will any of these moves be enough for the Pacers to overtake the Bulls in the Central Division? With Derrick Rose likely to miss a good portion of the upcoming season, Luol Deng's questionable health status and the potential subtractions from the 'Bench Mob,' if the Pacers are going to strike, the time is now.

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.