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Word on the Street: Bears eyeing Boise State WR

Word on the Street: Bears eyeing Boise State WR

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Bears eyeing Boise State WR

The Bears will apparently be attempting to sure up their receiving corps in next month's NFL draft. According to an "NFL source," the Bears put Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis through a private workout on Tuesday. Pettis is 6'2" and weighs in at 209 lbs, making him bigger than any of the Bears' current wide receivers with the exception of Andy Fantuz.

Last season with the Broncos, Pettis caught 71 passes for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Yang found guilty

A jury has found Marni Yang guilty of the 2007 murder of the pregnant girlfriend of ex-Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle. After an 11-day trial, jurors deliberated for only four hours before returning the guilty verdict.

Of course I have regrets, the fact that Rhoni is not here and we do not have a 3-year-old daughter, Gayle said. At least I feel Rhoni and the baby are at peace. (Chicago Tribune)

Obama fills out bracket

It's that time of year again; March Madness. And at the White house, that means it's time for President Obama to fill out his brackets. This year, Obama picked all four one-seeds to advance to the final four. The rest of his bracket will be revealed wednesday.

In the women's tournament, Obama predicted Baylor, UConn, Stanford, and Tennessee to advance to the final four. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Soccer player beaten into breaking contract?

Nikola Nikezic, a Russian soccer player, claims that he was beaten into breaking his contract with his former team in the Russian Premier League. Nikezic, who played for Kuban Krasnodar, sent a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter detailing the alleged event. He says he was beaten by two armed men over a period of about 20 minutes in an attempt to make him terminate his contract with the club. A team spokesman called the claim "pure idiocy." (USA Today)

Gavin Floyd pitches simulated game

The Chicago White Sox enjoyed an off day on Tuesday; except for Gavin Floyd. Floyd threw an 83-pitch simulated game in front of Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, who said that Floyd had an "outstanding day." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

NHL cracking down on charging, boarding

The NHL, like other professional sports organizations, are looking to crack down on excessive contact in an attempt to prevent concussions. In the second day of meetings between league general managers, the league stated that it would be seeking stricter penalties for charging and boarding calls. However, they stopped short of completely banning all head shots. (NHL.com)

Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeks

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Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeks

Denzel Valentine’s troublesome left ankle is going to keep him on the sideline for at least the next two weeks. Fred Hoiberg said Saturday before the Bulls’ home opener against the Detroit Pistons that Valentine is suffering from a bone bruise in the ankle he sprained on the second day of training camp. Valentine will be evaluated in two weeks.

“It sucks because of all the work I put in this summer and being around the guys you want to be out there so bad,” he said. “Things happen for a reason, and now that we know what’s going on I at least have a time frame and be patient with it; it’s bad news but good news at the same time as it gives me time to get ready.”

Valentine had been practicing earlier in the week and appeared close to a return after spraining the ankle on Sept. 25. But the third year wing complained of discomfort in the ankle and missed practice on Friday. A scan of the left ankle revealed the bone bruise, and Hoiberg wouldn’t speculate on when exactly Valentine might return.

It’s the same ankle Valentine had surgery on in May 2017. Valentine also missed the last two weeks of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Valentine or the Bulls, who are in desparate need of help both in the backcourt and on the wing.

Though Valentine isn’t a true point guard, he averaged 3.2 assists per game off the bench last season. The Bulls could use that kind of production when Kris Dunn returns on Monday, as Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono haven’t exactly showed promise in the early going.

Instead, Valentine is on the mend and it’s unclear when he might return. Given he’s had surgery on the same ankle before, the Bulls will be cautious upon his return.

“I’m a fighter, I’m not going to quit; just deal with the hand dealt," Valentine said. "I can’t sit here and be negative, I just got to fight, stay mentally strong and this will be bittersweet when I come back and have a great year.”

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.

In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.

Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.

This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."

Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.