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Word on the Street: Are you the next Cubs announcer?

Word on the Street: Are you the next Cubs announcer?

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011CSNChicago.com

Are you the next Cubs announcer?

The Cubs announced a contest giving fans a chance to become their next public address announcer at Wrigley Field. The current PA announcer Paul Friedman is leaving the organization to "pursue a new job opportunity" that would keep him from working day games at Wrigley.

Fans can submit their audio or video applications to http:cubs.careerbuilder.com. Finalists will be selected by March 14, and the winner will be selected March 25. (NBC Sports)

DePaul's Melvin to miss remainder of season

Head coach Oliver Purnell announced that Cleveland Melvin will miss the rest of the 2010-2011 season with a left thumb sprain. The DePaul freshman injured his thumb on Feb. 23 during a game against St. John's and missed Saturday's game against USF.

Melvin is a candidate for the Big East Rookie of the Year and leads the Blue Demons and all Big East freshmen with 14.3 points per game this season. DePaul hosts Rutgers in the final home game of the regular season Wednesday night at Allstate Arena. (DePaulBlueDemons.com)

Another Rookie of the Week honor for DePaul

Brandon Young picked up the slack in the absence of injured DePaul standout Cleveland Melvin on Saturday, racking up 23 points against USF. He was rewarded Monday with his second Big East Rookie of the Week honor this season. Together, Young and Melvin have earned the honor six times in 15 weeks during the 2010-2011 season.

Young was 10-of-17 shooting from the field against the Bulls on Saturday. It was his third game with 20 or more points. He also registered a conference-scoring high with the 23 points. (DePaulBlueDemons.com)

White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with Michael Kopech and his wife Vanessa Morgan at SoxFest about their relationship, Michael’s comeback from Tommy John surgery, his battles with mental health, removing himself from social media, handling fame, Morgan’s acting career and more.

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Jim Boylen standing firm at moment of reckoning in Bulls season

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Jim Boylen standing firm at moment of reckoning in Bulls season

It’s no secret that the Bulls’ season hangs in the balance. At 17-30, the team is at once three games out of a playoff spot and slated ninth in the current lottery standings. 

To hear head coach Jim Boylen and co. tell it, a playoff berth remains the more desirable of those two timelines. But according to Basketball Reference, the Bulls have the third most difficult remaining strength of schedule in the East. And worse, they’ll have to face the (immediate) future without Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and Daniel Gafford.

The loss of Markkanen — the most recent of that group to go down — has tipping point potential. In the Bulls’ first game without him, they mustered just 81 points at home against a swooning Sacramento Kings squad, shooting 8-for-37 from 3-point range in the process. The team’s need for secondary scoring outside of Zach LaVine glared

But, as Boylen has maintained all season, the Bulls are not going to change the way they play. They just need to play better.

“We gotta play faster, we gotta move the ball. I thought we had a couple possessions where the ball stuck. The ball can’t stick. We gotta move it, we gotta drive it,” Boylen said of the loss to the Kings before the Bulls’ Saturday night matchup with the Cavaliers in Cleveland. “I also think we missed some opportunities that we need to make.

“Our margin for error is not great. We have to make the plays we can make and make the shots we can make.”

For now, at least, the starting lineup won’t change (sorry #StartCoby crowd) — though Boylen said he’ll keep his rotation fluid. As for outside reinforcements being brought in?

“We have not talked about that. Doesn’t mean we won’t,” Boylen said when asked if the Bulls could actually pivot to ‘buying’ at the trade deadline, given their relative proximity to a playoff spot. “We’re in the middle of a really tough stretch of games, and a lot of games, so my focus has been on that.

“I love the guys we have,” he added. “And we’re gonna keep coaching and teaching the guys we have. I’ve got a good group, a coachable group.”

Absent from those adjectives was ‘interchangeable’ but that word has been ever-present in Boylen’s vocabulary through the ups and downs of this season. In his first full year at the helm, his primary goal remains clear.

“Because we’re establishing this system,” Boylen said when asked why, through thick and thin, the team’s playing style hasn’t changed, as it did last season after Boylen was hired. “Last year, we were tearing it down and then establishing it. Now we’re gonna keep establishing it.”

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