Paul Konerko suffered a small cut and swelling above his left eye after being hit in the face by a pitch from Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija in the third inning Friday. While Konerko's teammates painted a positive picture about his health after the game, the White Sox first baseman was taken for further medical examination.
The Chicago Tribune's White Sox reporter Mark Gonzales tweeted that the tests came back clean:
Konerko update: All preliminary tests came back clean and showed no problems. Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) May 19, 2012will be re-evaluated before Saturday night's game. Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) May 19, 2012
NFL players aren't the only ones who are choosing to opt out of the 2020 football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. College players are too, including top prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.
First, it was Caleb Farley, the talented Virginia Tech cornerback who's projected to be a first-round pick. Now, it's Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who has a chance to be the first pass-catcher selected in next April's draft.
Bateman finished the 2019 season with 60 catches for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns and was slated to be QB Tanner Morgan's top target in a year that he would've challenged LSU's Ja'marr Chase to be the most coveted wide receiver in the country.
Bateman's decision to opt out of the season shouldn't hurt his draft stock all that much. He doesn't have a significant injury history and with more time to train for the NFL Combine and his pro day (assuming he has one), he should test exceptionally well at an estimated 6'2 and 210 pounds.
In Game 2 of the best-of-five series between the Blackhawks and Oilers, the good guys took a step back and lost 6-3. Host Pat Boyle is joined by Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd as they discuss the loss, the play of the Hawks, and what needs to change for the Blackhawks to win Game 3.
(1:00) - Connor McDavid had a great comeback game
(7:52) - Breaking down the play of Olli Määttä
(12:00) - Missed opportunities to score for the Hawks
(16:46) - Adjustments for the Hawks
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