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Word on the Street: Blackhawks have a set roster

Word on the Street: Blackhawks have a set roster

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
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Blackhawks' roster is set

Chicago Blackhawks' roster for the start of the regular season is at 23. Brandon Saad has been signed to a three year entry level contract. It turns out Patrick Sharp will be able to play in the opener after his recovery from his emergency appendectomy surgery. Dave Bolland and Ben Smith could also play. (CSN Chicago)

Deng's face on British pound

Bulls Luol Deng's face has been placed on a five pound complementary currency in Brixton, England. Deng got the pleasure of being on a British pound because he grew up in Brixton and that is one of the ways they celebrate famous people from their area. He played for the Brixton Topcats as a teenager and he said that marked the beginning of his career. (ProBasketball Talk) NBA's first arguments scheduled for Nov. 2

Back in August the NBA owners sued the players union. The players union filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. There will be an oral argument to dismiss on the motion on Nov. 2. Note that Nov. 2 is the say after the NBA regular season is supposed to start.(ProBasketball Talk)

Mirotic is excited for potential Bulls position

Nikola Mirotic was the first round pick in this year's NBA draft. Mirotic said the only reason why he stayed in the draft this year was because of the chance to be drafted by the Bulls. His buyout was a rough 2 million Euros. Mirotic said he wants to eventually play in the NBA. (CSN Chicago)

Tinoisamoa is working out Wednesday

Former Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa had major knee construction after the 2010 season,which is a total of three surgeries on his right knee. Tinoisamoa is supposed to workout with the Bears on Wednesday. The Bears need more depth with linebackers. Right now they have five on a 53-man roster. Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs have been in favor of Tinoisamoa in the past. (Chicago Tribune)

Brenly, potential for Cubs managing job?

The Cubs haven't officially dismissed Mike Quade and aren't actively looking for a new manager but Cubs TV color analyst Bob Brenly said, "I guess my attitude is I'm not hiding, they know where to find me. If they feel that I'm the guy for the job I would love to interview . . ." Brenly says he has no insight on Cubs' search for manager or general manager. (Chicago Tribune)

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

Yu Darvish blew a 98 mph fastball by Yasiel Puig, pumped his fist emphatically twice and let out a primal yell as he walked off the mound while 37,260 fans at Wrigley Field backed him up with maybe the loudest "YUUUU!!!" chant of the season.

It was the final pitch he threw on the afternoon as he completely dismantled the Reds lineup in a 4-2 Cubs victory.

Since the All-Star Break, Darvish leads Major League Baseball in ERA — he hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and giving up only 4 hits and a walk. 

Oh yeah, and he finally picked up his first Wrigley Field win in a Cubs uniform...in his 28th start.

In both outings to start the second half, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and they're also the only two scoreless starts he has as a member of the Cubs (he gave up 0 earned run April 27 last year against the Brewers, but was charged with an unearned run).

The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break and will carry a 2.5-game lead in the division into action Friday when the San Diego Padres come into town.