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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)

Cubs' David Ross' plan for weekend off: watch baseball, hang out with his dog

Cubs' David Ross' plan for weekend off: watch baseball, hang out with his dog

The Cubs have a few unforeseen days off from playing after several new Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19 this week. 

With this weekend’s series in St. Louis postponed, the Cubs returned to Chicago, where they’ll remain until heading to Cleveland on Tuesday morning. They have a light workout scheduled for pitchers on Saturday and a simulated game scheduled on Sunday.

What will Cubs manager David Ross be doing otherwise with no games scheduled, though?

“Me personally, it’s just sitting on my couch with my dog and watching baseball and highlights and catching a game,” Ross said Saturday.

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Cleveland is coincidentally in town this weekend, facing the White Sox on the South Side. Ross has the opportunity to get an early look at the Indians ahead of their two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday. They're playing on Sunday Night Baseball this week in place of the Cubs and Cardinals.

“We’ll definitely have baseball on, try to get a nice meal delivered and just hang out with myself. I’m pretty awesome by myself,” Ross said with a smile.

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Jonathan Toews ready to be Captain Clutch for Blackhawks' postseason run

Jonathan Toews ready to be Captain Clutch for Blackhawks' postseason run

The big things, the little things... Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was doing them all in the Hawks' 3-1 series upset of the Western Conference's No. 5 seeded Oilers in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Toews, 32, finished the best-of-five qualifying round series with seven points (four goals, three assists) a plus/minus rating of plus-2, a faceoff percentage of 55.34 and was on the ice for five goals for and two against in 5-on-5 play vs. Edmonton.

His game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining in Game 3 to make it 4-3, which deflected off his shin pad from a Connor Murphy shot, tied Toews with Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Patrick Kane for most postseason game winners (11) in Hawks' history.

"Technically we just made the playoffs now, so the real fun begins," Toews said after Friday's Game 4. "We worked pretty hard in this series to beat a good team and we're gonna have to dig deep to keep getting better and better (against) the next one. It's fun, like I said, even though there's no fans in the building. Guys want to win. Nice to get that series win. I think everyone's feeling good."

After Friday's Game 4 win, the Blackhawks improved to 17-5 in elimination games since 2010. In those games, Toews has 29 points with 11 goals and 18 assists. Patrick Kane also has 29 points in those elimination contests with 14 goals and 15 assists. 

The stats speak volumes of the captain's start to the postseason, but the way he played to record them say a lot more regarding the level Toews is performing at.

The three-time Stanley Cup champion center parking in front of the Oilers' net was a familiar sight during the series. After more than a decade of taking abuse in front of the crease, Toews is still willing to pay the price for his team. 

Related: More hard-earned goals and a killer PK advance Blackhawks to Round One

It wasn't just his two two-goal games, dominating on the dot and a strong defensive game throughout the series that was impressive, it was the determination that led to it.

There was a retro postseason intensity to his game, on display for the Hawks' younger players to observe the kind of edge successful playoff hockey often requires.

There was pulling up the bootstraps, packing the lunch pail and going to work on the boards, battling to get the puck to create chances, like when he won a battle down low to get rookie Dominik Kubalik the puck for the series-clinching goal at 8:30 of the third period in Game 4.

"Jonny’s been around a long time and he’s got a pretty immaculate track record in the playoffs," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said after Game 4. "To me, his biggest attribute that he has is his compete level. He wins a 50/50 battle on the winning goal, just finds a way to come up with the puck, and that’s the winner. He came up big for us throughout the series in those types of situations. Great player."

Related: How the Blackhawks upset the Oilers in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers

It's no wonder the Blackhawks' younger players were so effective in the series. When they see veteran Hawks like their captain, several years their senior, doing the right things with purpose, they have no excuse not to.

"Thought he was great," Hawks goalie Corey Crawford said after Friday's game. "He was obviously one of our best players, not just offensively but he had a big block in the third there when they were pressuring. I mean when a leader's doing that I think that just follows throughout the lineup. Obviously he's won some Cups and knows how to play in these games, not much of a difference now. He was great."

Led by their captain, the Blackhawks did a lot right in the play-in series. They'll have momentum heading into Round One, albeit against a better team in the Colorado Avalanche or Vegas Golden Knights, but Toews' team has bought in.

If he continues to play at the level he opened the postseason at, anything is possible for him and his Hawks. Stranger things have happened in 2020.

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