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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)

Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

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Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

After a rough outing against the Detroit Tigers on July 4 — his last before the All-Star break — White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez vowed to be a different pitcher going forward.

“At this point, after a really bad first half, there's not much I can say about that. Starting today, you're going to see a different pitcher going forward for the second half of the season,” Lopez said after his July 4 start through team interpreter Billy Russo. “What is done is done. There's nothing else that I can do to change what is done.

“I can do different things to get better and to be a better pitcher for the year and that's what I'm going to do.”

Two outings later, and Lopez is nearing the point where he can say “I told you so.”

Lopez has come out of the break firing on all cylinders after struggling to a 4-8 record and MLB-worst 6.34 ERA before the Midsummer Classic. Friday, he tossed seven innings of two-run ball, allowing just six hits and one walk compared to eight strikeouts. This follows his brilliant outing against the Athletics on Sunday in which he pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and one run — albeit unearned — with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Lopez exited Sunday’s game in line for a win before the White Sox bullpen slipped up. The offense allowed no such opportunity on Friday, tallying 16 hits en route to a 9-2 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s Lopez’s first win since June 9 against the Kansas City Royals and the White Sox first win after the break, snapping a seven-game skid.

Lopez has received a fair share of criticism this season for his struggles, but his recent success should not come as much of a surprise considering how he fared in 2018. The 25-year-old posted a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts, striking out 151 batters in 188 2/3 innings.

Lopez’s strikeout rate in 2019 is up compared to 2018 (8.19 K/9 in 2019 vs. 7.20 in 2018) and his walk rate is down (3.32 BB/9 in 2019 vs. 3.58 in 2018). The major difference is that opponents are hitting .284 against him this season compared to .234 in 2018, while also holding a .319 BABIP, up from .260 last season.

It may just be two starts, but Lopez is backing up his vow to pitch better. Between Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease and the returns of Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodón from Tommy John surgery in 2020, the White Sox future starting rotation is in good hands. Getting Lopez back to pitching how he did in 2018 will only take that group to the next level.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Dare we ask... are the Cubs back?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Dare we ask... are the Cubs back?

Rick Telander, Ben Finfer and Seth Gruen join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Cubs beat the Padres from their 6th win in their 7 games since the All-Star Break. Are they really this good or are they just feasting on sub-.500 teams?

7:00 - The White Sox have lost seven straight after the break. Should fans be furious with the slump or still optimistic about the future?

13:00 - The Bears report to Bourbonnais in 6 days. Will the 2019 season be a failure if they do not make it to the Super Bowl?

19:00 - Kap gives out his play of the night in the FanDuel Friday Faves.

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