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Word on the Street: Another comeback for MJ?

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Word on the Street: Another comeback for MJ?

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
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Another MJ comeback on the horizon?

Yahoo sports is reporting that Jordan has been taking part in practice with his Charlotte Bobcats and - apparently - kicking a little butt while he's at it.

"He's Mike. He's been kicking our rear ends," Bobcats captain Gerald Wallace said Thursday."He still has it. He doesn't have his quickness, but he's a scorer, he's a shooter. The last thing to go is your jump shot, and he still has that."So, is there another comeback on the horizon for the 48-year-old Jordan? Probably not, considering he would, by rule, have to sell his majority share in the Bobcats to do so. But it's fun to dream. (Yahoo! Sports)Detroit to retire Rodman's No. 10
The Detroit Pistons announced on Friday that they will be retiring ex-Bull Dennis Rodman's No. 10 at a ceremony before their April 1 game against the Bulls. Rodman played seven years in Detroit and two years in San Antonio before joining the Bulls for their second three-peat. (The Detroit News)
Chuck Tanner dies at 81Former White Sox manager Chuck Tanner died at the age of 81 on Friday. Tanner also managed the A's, Braves and Pirates throughout his career - earning a world series title in 1979 with Pittsburgh. Tanner, always well liked by his players, is regarded as likely the most quintessential "player's manager." (Hardball Talk NBC Sports)Former Sox exec pleads guilty to kickbacksFormer high-ranking White Sox executive David Wilder pleaded guilty on Friday to federal fraud charges, admitting that he solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from Latin American baseball prospects.
"He apologizes to the White Sox and any others that he harmed," said Thomas Bienert Jr, Wilder's lawyer. (Chicago Tribune)Prosecutors to meet with BradleyFormer-Cub Milton Bradley is set to meet with Los Angeles prosecutors early next month in response to his Jan. 19 arrest on domestic violence allegations. Bradley's attorney, Harland Braun, released a statement claiming that Bradley would not be charged in connection with the allegations, however a spokesman for the LA City Attorney's office said that decision has not yet been made. (Chicago Breaking Sports)Taj Gibson, Steve Kerr in 'Shooting Stars'Former Bull Steve Kerr will join Taj Gibson and Catherine Kraayveld of the Chicago Sky in representing Team Chicago in the Haier Shooting Starts competition at NBA All-Star Weekend. Aside from Kerr, who was obviously a lights-out shooter in his playing days, the Chicago team is an odd bunch considering both Gibson and Kraayveld are inside players and not known as shooters. (Yahoo! Sports)Bears won't use franchise tagThe Bears announced on Friday that they would not use the franchise tag on any of their free agents this off season. The announcement is not surprising, considering general Manager Jerry Angelo's reluctance to use the tag in the past. There are 14 players ready to become unrestricted free agents this off season; however only four of them are starters. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Ahead of schedule from knee surgery, Brandon Davidson not worried about where he fits back in

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Ahead of schedule from knee surgery, Brandon Davidson not worried about where he fits back in

The Blackhawks got a pleasant surprise on Friday when Brandon Davidson joined the team for morning skate after having knee surgery on Nov. 27 to clean up his meniscus.

He was expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks. But just two weeks into his recovery, the 27-year-old defenseman returned to the ice and has skated in three of the past four days. He's way ahead of schedule and even Davidson is a little surprised by it.

"Sooner than expected, for sure," he said. "When I was told 6-8 weeks, that seemed like forever. But here I am two and a half weeks and I'm on the ice. I'm almost at full workouts. Still having trouble with range of motion, but very happy with how things are going."

The injury happened on Nov. 12 when the Blackhawks were in Carolina. Davidson took a hit that caused his knee to "blow up," which was initially believed to take only a few days to heal. But after the swelling didn't get any better, the Blackhawks felt a minor operation was necessary.

"Fairly easy quick fix," Davidson said. "No real damage, but something that we had to get under control."

Davidson is still at least a couple away weeks from returning to game action, but once he is cleared, there's no guarantee he'll have a spot waiting for him. The Blackhawks had nine defensemen on the ice during Friday's morning skate, showing just how crowded the blue line is.

"It’s great," coach Jeremy Colliton said of having Davidson back on the ice. "More guys healthy, more competition we have for ice and spots. It’s not like he’s ready to come back, but good to see him on the ice. " 

At some point in the near future, the Blackhawks will have to make some roster decisions — perhaps even before the league-wide holiday freeze starting on Dec. 19. But Davidson isn't worried about where he fits in. He can only control what he can control, and getting back to 100 percent is his No. 1 priority right now.

"You know what, I haven't thought a lot about it," Davidson said. "I can definitely see that the numbers are up on the back end, but I feel that when it's time for me to do my job, I can do that to the best of my abilities and I can play for my job."

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Bears vs. Packers, Week 15: How to watch, listen and stream

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Bears vs. Packers, Week 15: How to watch, listen and stream

The Bears have their shot at redemption with the Green Bay Packers coming to town on Sunday. Chicago should be plenty motivated to avenge their devastating Week 1 loss, especially with the two teams trending in opposite directions this season.

Here’s how you can tune in to the game:

Game Information

Green Bay Packers (5-7-1) at Chicago Bears (9-4)

12:00 pm. CT, Sunday, December 16

Soldier Field, Chicago

Television

NFL on FOX
Announcers: Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston

Stream
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Football Aftershow on NBC Sports Chicago

Radio

WBBM 780 (Chicago)

Satellite Radio

Bears feed: XM 227

Packers feed: XM 225

Coverage on NBC Sports Chicago

"The Warm Up” — 15 minutes prior to every Bears game this season, host Laurence Holmes, along with analysts Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte, will hold a special Facebook Live segment on NBC Sports Chicago’s official Facebook page — offering a game day preview featuring their expert commentary and predictions, plus - Bears fans will have also an opportunity to have their questions answered by submitting their game day inquiries via the “comments” section on the live stream.

“3rd Quarter Sidecast” — At the start of the third quarter of every Bears game this season, fans will also be able to interact with the Football Aftershow crew via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) as they watch and react to the first few series of the second half.

In addition, the “3rd Quarter Sidecast” will also feature more fan interaction as fans can post their thoughts and ask their questions to Briggs, Brown, and Forte.

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