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Word on the Street: Deng to play in '12 Olympics?

Word on the Street: Deng to play in '12 Olympics?

Sunday, March 13, 2011
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Deng to play in 2012 London Olympics?

Luol Deng, a British citizen by way of Sudan, announced via Twitter Sunday that he will be playing for the host country in the 2012 Olympics. Deng tweeted: Got the great news we will be playing @London2012. Thanks for all your messages! Can't wait to play in London."

Derrick Rose will likely play for Team USA while Omer Asik could play for Turkey. Joakim Noah is an outside shot at playing for the French national team. (Chicago Tribune)

Soldier Field in Madden '12

Soldier Field has never appeared in the Madden NFL series, or any other NFL series. It's always been a generic venue under the name "Chicago Stadium," or "Chicago Field," because the Chicago Park District has never licensed the name for use.

Apparently they finally were offered acceptable terms.

Phil Frazier, a senior producer on Madden NFL, Tweeted that "it is very likely we'll have the real Soldier Field in the game this year!" Frazier said the team at EA Sports Tiburon must now build the field. Presumably, that would include an exterior shot of its iconic colonnade. (pastapadre.com)
Wade wins custody battle for sons

Chicago courts declared NBA superstar Dwyane Wade sole "care, custody and control" of his two sons Friday. He made the announcement Sunday after the Heat's practice. The custody battle was a long, heated process, but has resulted in good news for the Chicago native. (YahooSports)

ND, Illinois earn NCAA bids

Notre Dame didn't garner a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Irish did earn a No. 2 seed in the Southwest Region. They will face off against Akron, the Mid-American Conference champions.

Illinois, on the other hand, may have felt lucky to even get selected into the NCAA tournament, let alone grasp a No. 9 seed. The Illini had an up and down 2010-11 season, but will play UNLV Friday in Tulsa, Okla. (Chicago Tribune)

Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones "unfit to play" first two days of Phase 3

Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones "unfit to play" first two days of Phase 3

Just like on Day 1 of the Oilers' Phase 3 training camp leading up to their play-in series against the Blackhawks, Edmonton defenseman Caleb Jones didn't participate in practice and was deemed "unfit to play" on Day 2 Tuesday.

Under the NHL's Return To Play protocol, teams will not be giving specifics on the status of players who are unavailable to skate.

Related: Corey Crawford misses Day1 of training camp, deemed "unfit" to play by Blackhawks

Jones, 23, has played in 60 games with the Oilers over the past two seasons. Mike Green, another Edmonton defenseman, opted out of the NHL's Return To Play program and will not participate in camp or the league's 24-team playoffs.

The Hawks will play the Oilers in a best-of-five qualifying round in Edmonton starting Aug. 1.

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NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

Many NBA players are big time gamers. 

Gordon Hayward is famously obsessed with “Starcraft.” Dwight Howard loves “Call of Duty” so much he appeared in a commercial for the franchise in 2011. Zach LaVine often streams “Call of Duty: Warzone” on his Twitch account. And, seriously, just look at Meyers Leonard’s bubble setup:

 

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Incidentally enough, it turns out the biggest request by players inside the Disney bubble so far is gaming-related. According to NBA writer Keith Smith, who was also 20 years an employee of Disney, the most popular request by players during their first week at the campus was gaming chairs. And it makes sense. No one wants to sit in a normal hotel room chair for four hours when gaming — that includes the top athletes in the world.

“I heard the big delivery in the last two days was gaming chairs, because they don’t want the hotel chairs,” Smith told Jason Goff on the latest episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast. “They’re asking for all sorts of stuff.”

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Also on the show, Smith discussed what life is like inside the bubble for players and team personnel — from extracurricular activities, to food, to security and more. Smith was the first national writer to speculate about Disney as an option for the league to restart its season in an article for Yahoo! Sports back in April, and has been all over the story since.

Smith also shared why he’s optimistic the league will be able to finish despite the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases recently in Florida.

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