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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)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”