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Word on the Street: Buehrle stands by Vick comments

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Word on the Street: Buehrle stands by Vick comments

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
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Buehrle stands by Vick comments

WhiteSox lefty Mark Buehrle has no problem standing behind what he saidabout Michael Vick last week, when he admitted "there were times wehope he gets hurt."

Today, Buehrle said the following:"No, I said it. Its an old story. Again, we are not bringing dramainside and past history stuff. So, I said it, meant it. Its over, andwell move on." (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)

Hawks close to acquiring Mark Stuart?

The Blackhawks may be close to acquiring defenseman Mark Stuart from Boston. According to the rumor, the Hawks would be sending the Bruins a draft pick in return for Stuart, whose departure would help the Boston clear salary space.

In 31 games so far this season, Stuart has a total of five points (one goal, four assists). (ProHockeyTalk)

Patrick Kane makes list of Top 5 U.S. born hockey players

On Sunday, February 20, the 2011 Hockey Day in America on NBC will be covering four hockey games spotlighting the growth of hockey in the United States.

They have compiled a list discussing the top five U.S. - born players that will appear in Sunday's contests. Blackhawks' winger Patrick Kane came into the list at the No. 2 spot.

The other four players that made the list were No. 1 Ryan Miller (Sabres), No. 3 Brian Rafalski (Red Wings), No. 4 Brandon Dubinsky (Rangers) and Jimmy Howard (Red Wings).
(ProHockeyTalk)

White Sox are a fat team

According to a study by the Wall Street Journal, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 White Sox take the top three spots in history for the heaviest teams. Citing players such as Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, the Sox averaged 219.4 pounds per player. With the addition of Adam Dunn for 2011, that number probably won't go down very much. (wsj.com)

NFL, NFLPA agree...

... to do nothing but talk for a week.

A league source (but not a league office source) says that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was disclosed in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

Thursday included two tiny steps forward for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done. (profootballtalk.com)

Tigers' Cabrera charged with DUI

Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida late Wednesday night for drunk driving. Cabrera's car was reportedly stopped alongside the road with his engine smoking when he was spotted by police. The arrest report states that Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, and even took a swig of scotch in front of an officer.

This is not Cabrera's first brush with controversy. In 2009, the night before his team lost the AL Central Division title to the twins, he got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking. (CNN)

White Sox decide to keep Sale in bullpen

After an offseason full of speculation about whether the White Sox would move Chris Sale into the rotation or keep him in the bullpen the drama is already over, as general manager Ken Williams announced that Sale will be used as a reliever.

Sale had a 1.93 ERA last season with 32 strikeouts in 23 innings. (HardballTalk.com)

Rodman owes 42K in back taxes

According to a report, former-Bull Dennis Rodman owes more than 42,000 in back taxes to the state of California. However, Rodman's business manager, Peggy King, is disputing the state's claim.

King says, "It's got to be incorrect" because Rodman recentlyreceived a refund check from the state "for 42,000 or 43,000." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Manumaleuna to have surgery

Bears tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Manumaleuna, who signed a five-year contract with the bears before the start of last season, underwent a similar surgery on his left knee before last year's NFL draft. Because the surgery is being done so early in the offseason, he is expected to be back to full strength in time for training camp. (National Football Post)

Barkley: Bulls could be best in the East

NBA-great Charles Barkley had some high praise for the Bulls on Wednesday, during a taping of "The Jay Leno Show." Barkley said that he thinks that, once Joakim Noah returns from injury, the Bulls could be better than both the Heat and Celtics - the two teams currently ahead of the Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

"The Chicago Bulls, if they get everybody healthy, might be the best team in the East," Barkley told Leno.(ChicagoBreakingSports)

Michael Jordan, No. 32?

Here's a fun, nonsensical little story; the mystery of the No. 32 Michael Jordan statue. The incorrectly-numbered statue appeared in the background of the Jimmy Kimmel show while he was shaving the head of pop star Justin Bieber.

So, where did the statue come from? In short; nobody knows, but apparently it's not the only one. And, in case you wondered, it costs 650. (Ball Don't LieYahoo! Sports)

Mitch Trubisky will officially start for the Bears' Week 7 matchup with the New Orleans Saints

Mitch Trubisky will officially start for the Bears' Week 7 matchup with the New Orleans Saints

We'd been circling this news all week, but now it's official: QB Mitch Trubisky will reportedly be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday.

Adam Schefter reported the news via Twitter late Saturday night:

Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.

The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.

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Bulls will sign player to 2-way contract, but NBA roster is set for now

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Bulls will sign player to 2-way contract, but NBA roster is set for now

The Bulls waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu Saturday, which is minor news since they were mostly camp bodies competing for possibly a two-way contract.

The bigger development is that the Bulls’ roster is basically set, pending the signing of one player to the second two-way contract still available. No Iman Shumpert. No Alfonzo McKinnie. And that’s just naming two hometown products recently linked to the Bulls via the rumor mill.

The Bulls still want to see what they have in Chandler Hutchison, who did some individual shooting Saturday but missed all training camp with a hamstring injury. Denzel Valentine, currently out of the rotation, is staying ready.

And Shaq Harrison, who missed all five preseason games with his own hamstring injury but now is fully practicing, remains a Jim Boylen favorite.

And that’s what the roster staying set for now is about as much as anything. The buy-in Boylen has received from players dating to voluntary September workouts and bonds that have formed could be disrupted by the waiving of someone like Harrison, whose contract isn’t fully guaranteed but his commitment is.

While the Bulls recognize proven wing depth is a question mark, they value Harrison’s toughness and defensive ability. If Hutchison or Harrison or Valentine---if he gets an opportunity---don’t produce, perhaps a move could be made at a later date.

But expect only the signing of a second player to a two-way contract to join Adam Mokoka for now.

“We’ve been talking about that,” Boylen said. “We’re working on that. We’ve got our list and have reached out to some people. We’re actively in process.”

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