Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2011
Boozer believes he's an 'All-Star'
Averaging 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds is a solid performance for a Bulls team that is a half-game behind the Heat for the Eastern Conference's second-best record. But because of injuries and 18 missed games, Carlos Boozer may not be named to the All-Star reserves. He believes that he is All-Star ready.
"I feel like I am deserving of an All-Star appearance. If not, I'm not going tobe disappointed," Boozer said. "If I am there, I will be extremely happy. I'll tell you that." (Chicago Tribune)
Sweet Lou headed to San Francisco
After leaving the grind of managing the Cubs to take care of his family, Lou Piniella will be joining the Giants front office as an advisor to general manager Brian Sabaen.
CSNChicago.com's Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney reports that it "was widely assumed that whenever Piniella decided to take a consulting job, it would be with the Yankees, because of his close ties to the Steinbrenner family."
Piniella will be another set of eyes for the defending World Series champions. (CSNChicago.com)
Lovie earns one Coach of the Year vote
Bears head coach Lovie Smith earned one vote for The Associated Press 2010 Coach of the Year Award issued Wednesday to Patriots' field general Bill Belichick. Kansas City's Todd Haley came in second with 4.5 votes while Atlanta's Mike Smith, Philadelphia's Andy Reid and St. Louis' Steve Spagnuolo also received one vote. Belichick garnered 30 votes. (Chicago Tribune)
ND coach Kelly happy with his 23 signees
After logging 15,000 miles and spending more than two days in the air, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says the time he spent to bring together this year's recruiting class was worth it.
"I can tell you the plan for this class came together very nicely for us," Kelly said.
Rivals.com agrees with Kelly's assessment, ranking this year's recruiting class as the ninth best in the country. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
ISU recruits eight local talent
Illinois State football coach Brock Spack announced the Redbirds' 16-man recruiting class featuring eight from Illinois. Spack signed three offensive linemen, tight ends and defensive backs, a pair of defensive linemen and wide receivers and a quarterback, linebacker and running back.
Five top Chicago area programs are represented in the Redbirds' 2011 signing class, including Wheaton Warrenville South, Mount Carmel and Lincoln Way East. (Chicago Breaking Sports)