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Word on the Street: Eagles' Samuel ruled out

Word on the Street: Eagles' Samuel ruled out

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
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Eagles rule CB Samuel out for Sunday vs. Bears

After insisting all week that Asante Samuel was "day-to-day" and no decision had been made on his availability for Sunday's game, the Philadelphia Eagles finally conceded the cornerback will not play.

The Eagles announced this morning that Samuel, who has a sprained MCL, will not make the trip to town with the team today. It's a big blow for the Eagles as Samuel leads the NFL in interceptions with seven.

Philadelphia will replace Samuel with Joselio Hanson. He's been the nickel back this season, and Hanson will slide inside in the sub package and Trevard Lindley will play left cornerback in those situations.

It's a good break for the Bears' passing game because Samuel is an instinctive cornerback who can take a receiver out of a game, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Yankees sign ex-Sox OF, now pitcher, Anderson

The Yankees have signed right-handed reliever Brian Anderson and left-handed reliever Andy Sisco to minor-league deals with invites to spring training, according to a Tweet from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Originally an outfielder, Anderson was drafted by the White Sox in the 1st round of the 2003 draft. He was traded to the Red Sox for Mark Kotsay in 2009. He was converted to a pitcher in 2010 with the Royals.

Andy Sisco, who was drafted by the Cubs in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft, had Tommy John surgery in 2008 and returned to the mound in 2010, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Broncos, McDaniels fined for filming 49ers

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels 50,000 each because the team's video operations director broke league rules by filming a San Francisco 49ers practice in London last month.

The NFL investigation determined that Steve Scarnecchia took the six-minute video of the walkthrough and presented it that day to McDaniels. The coach declined to view it.

But the NFL fined both the coach and team because the matter was not reported, as required by league policy, (Chicago Tribune).

Caldwell steps down as Vanderbilt football coach

Robbie Caldwell resigned as Vanderbilt's head football coach on Saturday, hours before the Commodores concluded their season against Wake Forest.

The school said Caldwell's resignation will be effective after Saturday night's season finale. Caldwell was assistant head coach and offensive line coach under Bobby Johnson before taking over in mid-July, when Johnson announced his unexpected retirement, (SI.com).

Bears fans being conned with fake tickets

The Eagles may be without one of their top corners on Sunday, but the Bears may be without some of their fans, as fake tickets have become a popular con near Soldier Field. The Chicago police have already arrested 14 people for defrauding the public with fake tickets so far this season, some of which have gone for 250 apiece. The tickets have come from EBay and Craigslist. (Examiner.com)

City auctioning off Blackhawks banners

As part of charitable efforts, the city of Chicago will be auctioning off 20 banners online starting the morning of Friday, Nov. 26. The banners are of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship and the 50th anniversary of The Second City that have hung on the street poles downtown.

Auctions will close at staggering times through Dec. 3 and money will go to the Sharing It Program, which provides job training, as well as hunger relief charities and to buy holiday gifts for needy children. (Chicago Tribune)

Cubs interested in Pena?

According to TheDiamondReport.com, the Cubs are interested in signing power-hitting first baseman Carlos Pena. The Washington Nationals are rumored to be very interested in signing the left-handed slugger, but they are awaiting a final decision from free agent 1B Adam Dunn, who spent last year with the Nationals.

If the Cubs signed Pena, it would provide them with instant offense and fill two voids for the team--a left-handed power hitter and a first baseman that provides an offensive spark. (TheDiamondReport.com)

Ex-Sox starter Garland signs with Los Angeles

Jon Garland, who pitched for the White Sox for several years earlier in his career, rejoins another former Chicagoan with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garland signed a one-year, 5 million contract and will join a rotation that already includes former Cub Ted Lilly. (Chicago Tribune)

Hawks sign defeseman Exelby

The Blackhawks inked defensman Garnet Exelby and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs on Friday. Exelby is the IceHogs' captain and was previously on a player tryout contract with the Blackhawks. (CSNChicago.com)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: A sprained MCL and Trubisky's performance. vs the Pats

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: A sprained MCL and Trubisky's performance. vs the Pats

David Haugh, Jordan Cornette, Shae Peppler join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- Mark Schanowski joins SportsTalk Live to discuss Kris Dunn’s sprained MCL, Fred Hoiberg’s tough luck and Zach LaVine postgame criticisms of the coaching. Plus they’ll discuss another 0-3 team- LeBron’s Lakers.

20:00 – The panel discusses Mitchell Trubisky’s performance vs. the Patriots. Jordan makes the case that the media is giving the former No. 2 pick a pass.

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Bulls bracing for a Kemba Walker onslaught

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Bulls bracing for a Kemba Walker onslaught

Through the opening week of the NBA season, Hornets' All-Star point guard Kemba Walker and former Bull Niko Mirotic share the league scoring lead, averaging 33 points per game.

Bulls' fans have seen these hot stretches from Niko before, and chances are he'll start moving down to the mid to high-teens before long. But Walker is a big-time scorer who's quietly emerged as one of the most consistently productive point guards in a league loaded with stars at that position. He's averaged over 20 points and 5 assists in each of the last three seasons, making the Eastern Conference All-Star team twice.

Last season, Walker lit up the Bulls for 47 points in an overtime loss at the United Center in November, making some of the most difficult shots you can imagine to keep his team in the game. He seems to be as this best when facing the Bulls and you can bet Fred Hoiberg and his staff will pull out all the stops to try to slow him down, especially with defensive ace Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks after suffering a sprained left MCL in his season debut on Monday.

The Hornets made some personnel changes since last season. The one-year experiment with Dwight Howard at center is over. Howard put up solid numbers for Charlotte a year ago, but didn't make much difference in the win-loss column, so he's moved on to Washington in his NBA odyssey. Cody Zeller is now the starting center, backed up by Bismack Biyombo and former Benet Academy and University of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky.

Charlotte tried to improve the athleticism on their roster by selecting Malik Monk and Miles Bridges in the first rounds of the last two drafts. Monk is getting more playing time this season, averaging 13.5 points in the Hornets' first four games. Bridges is averaging just under 16 minutes a game as a backup to starting forwards Marvin Williams and Nic Batum. Just like he did at Michigan State, Bridges is providing those highlight reel putback dunks, but it remains to be seen whether he'll develop a consistent enough outside shot to be a quality starter in the NBA.

The well-traveled Jeremy Lamb is now starting in the backcourt with Walker, and the Hornets brought in long-time Spurs' point guard Tony Parker to add some much needed experience and veteran savvy off the bench. Given the current state of the Eastern Conference (post-LeBron), it's not out of the question for this group to contend for one of the final playoff spots.

Here's what the Bulls need to do for a shot at their first win of the season. This also applies to the rematch in Charlotte on Friday.

1. CORRAL KEMBA. For whatever reason, seeing that Bulls' logo turns Walker into an almost unstoppable scoring machine. Walker is adept at working off his big men, either in straight pick and rolls or cutting through the post on give-and-go plays. He's one of the league's most creative scorers, and doesn't require much room to get his shot off. The Bulls' bigs will have to provide help on Walker whenever he comes off screens to keep him from taking over the game.

2. PUT THE BALL IN ZACH'S HANDS. Whether he's playing shooting guard or point guard, Zach LaVine needs to be the primary facilitator with Dunn sidelined. LaVine scored 34 points against Dallas Monday night on just 15 shots, which led to him questioning some of the offensive sets that were run in the 2nd half. LaVine told reporters on Tuesday that he smoothed things over with his head coach, explaining his comments were the result of the frustration he was feeling after a third-straight loss to open the season. Still, LaVine is on a major hot streak, joining Bulls' all-time greats Michael Jordan and Bob Love as the only players to start the year with three straight games scoring at least 30 points. The Bulls will need to ride that hot hand for as far as LaVine can carry them.

3. DEFEND THE 3-POINT LINE. You knew I would eventually get to this, right? Dallas made 15 of 47 3-point attempts on Monday after the Pistons knocked down 18 of 40 in a two-point win last Saturday. The Hornets have all kinds of capable 3-point shooters in Walker, Lamb, Monk, Batum and Williams (they're shooting .397 as a team on 3's), so guarding the arc will be crucial for the Bulls to have a chance at their first win.

Don’t forget you can catch Wednesday's game on NBC Sports Chicago and the new MyTeams by NBC sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 pm when Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Kelly Crull join me for Bulls Pregame Live from the United Center Atrium. Neil Funk and Stacey King have the play-by-play call at 7 pm, then stay tuned after the final buzzer for Bulls Postgame Live and the always entertaining Bulls Outsiders.