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Word on the Street: Boozer believes he's an All-Star

Word on the Street: Boozer believes he's an All-Star

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2011
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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)

Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Marlon Byrd discusses his suspensions for PED use and Ozzie Guillen offers a solution to the PED problem

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Marlon Byrd discusses his suspensions for PED use and Ozzie Guillen offers a solution to the PED problem

Ozzie Guillen explains why he thinks Manny Machado is a better fit for the Cubs than the White Sox. Plus, Guillen and Marlon Byrd react to 19-year-old Juan Soto hitting a homer in his first at-bat with the Nationals.

Later in the show the guys debate who had the better rants in front of the media: Guillen or Byrd?

Finally, Byrd opens up about his PED suspensions, relates to the guys caught using PEDs now and Guillen offers up a solution to rid baseball of PEDs entirely.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Ozzie Guillen offers his solution to PED use in baseball

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Ozzie Guillen offers his solution to PED use in baseball

Ozzie Guillen is not one to shy away from having a strong opinion about something.

On NBC Sports Chicago’s Baseball Night in Chicago show on Tuesday, Guillen gave his view on how Major League Baseball can stop the usage of performance-enhancing drugs.

“Major League Baseball, you want to cut this thing down?” Guillen said on the show. “You cancel the contract to this kid. Then you’re going to see that. You get caught one time, you’re banned from baseball, then you’re going to stop with that. Because if you’re going to make $200 million and lose $11 million? I’m going to do it.”

Guillen is going off the idea that a player who used PEDs to get a big contract only loses part of it when he eventually gets caught and suspended. Canceling the rest of a contract takes away some of the financial incentive to use PEDs.

“If you get caught when you are young and you try to survive in the game, well, I don’t agree with them, but you can survive in this game that way,” Guillen said. “You know how hard it is right now. How Major League Baseball is on the top of this thing, day in and day out. They’re not going to play around with this thing.”

Marlon Byrd, who was twice suspended for PED use, was also on the show and talked about his PED suspensions.