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Word on the Street: NBA lockout ending soon?

Word on the Street: NBA lockout ending soon?

Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2011
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Will NBA owners, players agree soon?

It is said that both sides are are finally are starting to reason, but are still a ways away. NBA expert, Chris Sheridan says different. Sheridan says the players are asking for under 15 billion and the owners are offering 12 so they are closer to making a deal. However, that is still three billion dollars difference. David Stern, Bill Hunter and most NBA labor negotiators think both sides are nowhere close. (ProBasketballTalk)

Hold on Forte contract talk

Matt Forte's contract talk is put on hold until the end of the season. He was being offered 13-14 million. Forte is taking a risk because he's not guaranteed more money if he gets to free agency. It is also possible that the Bears could keep him next year. (ProFootballTalk)

Kelly looks to control emotions

No wonder coach Brian Kelly was so upset. That loss on Saturday dropped Notre Dame out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll. LSU is now No. 2 behind Oklahoma. Kelly has admitted that the loss to South Florida has been one of the most frustrating of his career. (ChicagoTribune)

LaHair or Pena?

Carlos Pena has turned down a trade with the Yankees. It seems as though Pena wants to resign with the Cubs. However, the question is do the Cubs want Pena back for 10 million next season or will Bryan Lahair (Pacific Coast League MVP) get a shot for just 350,000? The Cubs are reportedly heavily considering Pena. (HardballTalk)

Levy the Novelist

Former coach Marv Levy is releasing his first novel later this month, "Between The Lies." He has expressed his passion for football through his novel. Levy said the great thing about coaching and writing is waiting to see if the outcome is acceptable. The novel is about two teams, Los Angeles Leopards and Portland Pioneers meeting up in the Super Bowl. Although these are events from real life experiences the book is fiction.

Pera's soon to recover

Although Dan Persa is not putting a timetable on his recover he says he it is not far. He is helping out from the sidelines as an unofficial quarterbacks coach. Persa also said since Kain Colter did such a great job that it takes pressure off of him.

Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Rick Renteria called it "eerie."

Ten years to the day after Mark Buehrle delivered one of the most memorable moments in White Sox history with a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, there was another Perfecto Watch on the South Side.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith didn't reach "call your neighbors" territory, but he retired the first 17 batters he faced in order, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning Tuesday night against the White Sox.

"I'll be honest, it was a little eerie for us," Renteria said after the 5-1 loss. "I kept thinking, I wasn't here 10 years ago for that. And he was working that, and I was like, 'Hey, (pitching coach Don Cooper), I don't like what I'm seeing here.'"

Smith was excellent, striking out nine of those first 17 hitters he put down in order. On a night when White Sox fans were celebrating the anniversary of Buehrle's feat, this was not the type of celebration they had in mind.

"You start to see," White Sox shortstop Ryan Goins said. "Anybody says they don’t feel it, he can say he doesn’t feel it but everybody knows the perfect game is going on. ... But he did a god job keeping us off-balance today."

The White Sox broke up the Perfecto Watch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Adam Engel putting an end to Smith's stretch of five consecutive strikeouts with a walk. Leury Garcia followed that with a walk of his own, and Jon Jay put an end to the no-hit bid and the shutout with an RBI single.

Smith gave up a base hit to AJ Reed the following inning, but he finished his effort with one run and just four base runners allowed over seven innings. Smith's had himself a nice season for the last-place Marlins, his ERA down to 3.30 after Tuesday night's game.

The four base runners the White Sox got against Smith were the only ones they had on a silent night for the bats. A pair of Marlins relievers followed up Smith's work with two 1-2-3 innings. The White Sox struck out 10 times.

A decade later, Renteria might have been one of the few in the White Sox dugout putting the history together with what was happening on the field Tuesday night, but that didn't make Smith any less dominant on the anniversary of Buehrle's dominance.

"I don’t think we are thinking that far back," Goins said. "We are just trying to go up there and have good at-bats, honestly. He did a great job of not really leaving anything in the middle of the plate to hit, mixing his pitches up and throwing everything for a strike. And then throwing chase pitches when he needed to."

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Cubs Talk Podcast: A Whole Roster of Issues

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Cubs Talk Podcast: A Whole Roster of Issues

Tony Andracki, David Kaplan, and Kelly Crull dive into everything going on with the Cubs at the moment, including Addison Russell's struggles and the team's other personnel issues (1:10), whether some trade targets are realistic for the Cubs to acquire (7:30), the ultimate role for Robel Garcia (11:15), how the Cubs will structure the bullpen with Pedro Strop's struggles (14:30), and what the roster could look like after the trade deadline (18:30).

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: