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Word on the Street: Bears looking at CFL WR?

Word on the Street: Bears looking at CFL WR?

Monday, Jan. 3, 2011
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Bears expected to check out CFL receiver

Canadian Israel Idonije was a great fit for the Chicago Bears, and it looks like the Bears will look north for another addition to their team.

Brad Biggs reports that the Bears are looking to schedule a workout for Andy Fantuz. The Canadian native led the Canadian Football League in receiving this past season, and has worked out for five NFL teams already. The 6-4 wide receiver weighs in at 220 pounds and made 87 receptions for 1,380 yards last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Chicago Tribune)

Bulls defense becoming one of the NBA's best

Tom Thibodeau is known for his emphasis on a strong defense and the Bulls are a reflection of that.

The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports that the Bulls have climbed to second behind Miami in opponents' field-goal percentage at .428 and third in opponents' 3-point percentage behind Atlanta and Miami at .336.

Despite the development, Thibodeau said his team still has room to improve.

"We still need to clean up some things in terms of how we're challenging shots and containing the ball," Thibodeau said. (Chicago Tribune)

Are the Bears ready for playoff football?

The loss to the Green Bay Packers had no impact on the post season for the Chicago Bears, but CSNChicago.com's John Mullin says it was "exactly what the Bears needed: a swift shot to the chops."

Despite a strong effort by the defense (who held the ninth-ranked scoring offense to 10 points and eighth-ranked yardage generator to 284), he says the performance of Mike Martz, Jay Cutler, and the offensive line should dispel any notion that the Bears are ready for playoff football. (CSNChicago.com)
Vikings announce interim coach Frazier to stay

The Minnesota Vikings announced that they have reached an agreement with Leslie Frazier to be their next coach. After Brad Childress was fired, the Vikings went 3-3 under the direction of ex-Bear Frazier. Frazier has interviewed for seven coaching vacancies over the past three years. (Chicago Tribune)

Toews in the lineup against Kings

For a team that has suffered many injuries this season, this is good news.

CSNChicago.com's Tracey Myers reports that Jonathan Toews will be on the ice tonight when the Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings. The captain said this morning that hes not rushing back at all and has been happy with his healing since Tuesday.

Theresalways that side of things that you want to push it to get back as fastas you can but I can honestly say that I dont feel like theres anyrisk coming back tonight," Toews said. "It feels really good. I hit theice a couple times and I dont think I lost much. Hopefully Ill pickup where I left off. (CSNChicago.com)

Winter Classic ratings are in and...

The Washington Capitals' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the rain at Heinz Field got a bump in ratings despite being delayed from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Winter Classic's television ratings were up 10 percent from last year's overtime game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins at Fenway Park. Plus, the clash of stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin saw 4.5 million viewers, up from 3.7 million last season. (Chicago Tribune)

Ex-Sox Olivo heading to Seattle

Former White Sox catcher Miguel Olivo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Seattle Mariners worth 7 million. The deal, which brings Olivo to the Mariners for the second time in his career, also includs a club option for the 2013 season. Along with Olivo, the Mariners reportedly agreed to terms with former-Cardinal infielder Brendan Ryan. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

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ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming. 

Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts. 

Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it. 

Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.

So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control. 

White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful. 

Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

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Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, a team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.

Check out the entire podcast here: