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Word on the Street: Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Word on the Street: Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010
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Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Andre Iguodala, a guard for the 76ers, reportedly told Philadelphia team management that if the team does not begin to consistently put some wins on the board, he will ask for a trade, according to ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-6, 207-pound guard won the World Championship with Team USA over the summer and doesn't want to waste another season losing in Philly. Iguodala may come to the Windy City because his agent, Rob Pelinka, also represents Carlos Boozer and may try to follow in the footsteps of CAA, the agency that brought LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all together in Miami.

The ESPN article speculated that Iguodala for forward Luol Deng would make the most sense, but if the Sixers were to part with their star guard, that would indicate a sign of starting fresh and thus wouldn't want to take on Deng's long-term, expensive contract.

Iguodala, a 26-year-old native of Springfield, Ill., has averaged at least 17.1 points per game the past four seasons while approaching 5 assists per contest. He also set a carer high with 6.5 rebounds per game last year and is on a hot streak to begin 2010-11 with averages of 18.5 points, 7.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest. (ESPN.com)

Diamondbacks to pursue Konerko

Reports surfaced on Saturday that the Arizona Diamondbacks would pursue White Sox free agent first baseman Paul Konerko and make him a priority this offseason. Konerko went to high school in Scottsdale, Ariz., and spends his offseason in the area. (MLB Trade Rumors)

Rasmus headed to Sox?

A day after an alleged trade of manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins was nixed, the White Sox are reportedly interested in St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus. The Sox have been clamoring for a left-handed run producer for quite some time and Rasmus would fit right in. He spent a majority of last season as the No. 5 hitter for the Cardinals, racking up a .276 batting average with 23 homers, 66 RBIs and 85 runs.

The 24-year-old is also a very talented defender and his acquisition could mean a move of Alex Rios to right field. Though it is just speculation at this point, the Cardinals might ask for Chicago right fielder Carlos Quentin in exchange for Rasmus. (Chicago Tribune)

Favre expects to start Sunday

Brett Favre, the embattled Minnesota Vikings quarterback, is saying he expects to be in the starting lineup Sunday to continue his streak of 291 straight games started. Favre has been dealing with a plethora of injuries this year, including a fractured ankle suffered this past Sunday against Green Bay.

Minnesota head coach Brad Childress said he will most likely wait until just before the start of the game to make his final decision on whether Favre will start or not. (ESPN.com)

Girardi inks deal with New York

Though the Cubs decided they would go the way of Mike Quade as manager a couple weeks ago, their pursuit of Joe Girardi can not conceivably take off again until after the 2013 season. The former Cubs catcher and skipper of the Yankees for the past three years signed a new contract with his team that is worth roughly 9 million. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Bochy could have been a Cub

Bruce Bochy, the current manager of the San Francisco Giants, was allegedly the fallback option for Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for the successor to Dusty Baker as Cubs skipper had Lou Piniella not taken the deal. According to Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times, Piniella originally wanted to manage the New York Yankees and if that occurred, it would have been Bochy--not Joe Girardi-- as the Cubs manager.

Bochy has managed his Giants to the World Series and is currently just two wins away from a championship. Piniella, on the other hand, announced his retirement earlier this summer and enjoyed three-plus seasons of disappointment in Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Notre Dame honors fallen student

Prior to Saturday's Notre Dame-Tulsa matchup, a moment of silence was observed and a prayer was offered in memory of Declan Sullivan, the student who died Wednesday.

Sullivan, the 20-year-old videographer for the ND football team, was in a 50-foot tower when disastrous winds knocked the tower over and he perished in the fall. The winds reportedly gusted up to 51 mph at the time of the accident. (ESPN.com)

Giants knocking out QBs with authority

Jay Cutler knows the pass rush of the New York Giants all too well. After suffering nine sacks in the first half of the Bears' Week 4 Sunday night matchup with the Giants, Cutler was knocked out for the rest of the game and the subsequent week's game with a concussion. The Giants later knocked backup Todd Collins out of the game with another vicious hit.

Now, after taking out Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo Monday night, the Giants have officially knocked out five different quarterbacks in seven games thus far in the 2010 NFL season. Carolina's Matt Moore and Detroit's Shaun Hill round out the list of the battered and bruised QBs. (Boston Herald)

Four takeaways: Brandon Saad breaks out in strong bounce-back performance by Blackhawks

Four takeaways: Brandon Saad breaks out in strong bounce-back performance by Blackhawks

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on Tuesday:

1. Brandon Saad's breakout game

After turning in one of his best efforts of the season on Sunday against Tampa Bay, the Blackhawks rewarded Saad with a promotion to the top-six again. And he took advantage of that opportunity.

In the first period alone, Saad recorded four shots on goal, scored his first of the season on the power play, drew a penalty and had a takeaway in 7:42 of ice time, which led all forwards. He finished with nine shot attempts (a season-high seven on goal) and 18:56 of ice time.

On his power-play goal, Saad battled for position in front of the net, called for the puck and scored on his second effort. He did all the right things and got rewarded, including on the empty-netter that sealed the victory.

"I've had some chances, especially as of late," Saad said. "But it's definitely nice for them to get in and get a win on top of that."

Said coach Joel Quenneville: "He was excellent tonight. ... I thought he had great speed all over the ice, had the puck way more. We’re happy for him. Big factor in the win."

2. Erik Gustafsson's slap-pass becoming a thing

For the second time this season, Gustafsson contributed to a game-winning goal that involved a fake shot and slap-pass from the point. Patrick Kane was the recipient of the cross-ice pass and buried home the one-timer from the right faceoff circle

"I can’t score by myself, so it’s better to pass it," Gustafsson joked. "No, I know Kaner is out there. He’s always getting open when someone else has the puck so it’s easy to find him and there was one guy in front of me so I wanted to pass it."

3. Blackhawks cut down on high-danger chances

On Sunday against Tampa Bay, the Blackhawks allowed 25 high-danger chances at even strength. It put them at the very bottom of the league for most on average per game, ironically falling below Anaheim.

Through two periods on Tuesday, the Blackhawks allowed zero and only five at 5-on-5 for the entire game. Certainly a 180 from two nights ago, and an area they will continue to build upon.

"We just took away those quality chances," said Corey Crawford, who made 24 saves and picked up his first win at home since Dec. 17, 2017. "I don't think they really had too many where they had time in front of the net to really think about where they wanted to shoot and our guys were on the right away in the middle of the ice and that'll give you a great chance to win a hockey game."

4. Special teams battle

There were a total of 20 penalty minutes (10 for Anaheim, 10 for Chicago), which meant lots of power play opportunities and not as much even-strength time.

The Blackhawks had four of them in the first period, and converted on the second try when Saad scored his first of the season. The penalty killed went 4-for-4, allowing a combined eight combined shots on goal but limiting the quality chances.

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

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Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.