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Toews skates for fourth straight day

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Toews skates for fourth straight day

Jonathan Toews went up and down the ice with skating and skills development coach Kevin Delaney on Friday afternoon. The Blackhawks captain went pretty hard at moments, then cooled down before heading off the ice for the day.

It was the fourth consecutive day Toews has skated. And while it again seems encouraging, theres still no true timeline for when hell return.

Well wait and see, coach Joel Quenneville said during Toews skate with Delaney. You get him on the ice consecutive days you have a little bit more hope. But its tough to target a date.

Meanwhile, defenseman Steve Montador (concussion) practiced with the Blackhawks on Friday. Montador has skated for quite a bit now outside of yesterday, which was a team day off and said today he feels as good as he has since he was injured. Montador would love to be back for a few of these regular-season games before the playoffs start.

Thats the best-case scenario for sure, he said. You can skate all you want and I felt great out there. But our game, especially at this time of year, is at a different pace. A couple more skates will help but I certainly want to get in some games before the end of the year.

Marcus Kruger, who left Wednesday nights game with an upper-body injury, also skated after Blackhawks practice today. Marian Hossa took the day off but is fine.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

Did Manny Machado’s value take a hit at all after he openly admitted hustling isn’t his “cup of tea”? Our Cubs team (David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki, Jeff Nelson) debate that, plus the potential fit of Machado or Bryce Harper for the 2019 Cubs and beyond.

[MORE: The most underrated storyline of the Cubs offseason]

The crew also runs down the top items on the Cubs’ offseason wish list – ranging from bullpen help to infield depth to a set leadoff hitter – in what may be the most impactful winter in Theo Epstein’s tenure in Chicago.

Listen to the podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

0:15- Introduction to the Bulls Outsiders

3:15- The process of casting the show

9:45- John Sabine's Improv background and comedy's connection to basketball

11:20- What the Outsiders hope to accomplish with the show

13:00- What's great about Bulls fans

14:20- Who is their favorite Bull of all time, outside of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

26:20- Bold on the court predcitions for the season

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