Monday, Jan. 3, 2011
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)