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Word on the Street: Pappa wins MLS Player of the Week

Word on the Street: Pappa wins MLS Player of the Week

Monday, Sept. 3, 2011

Pappa wins MLS Player of the Week

As the Fire stands only three points out of the playoffs, they need all the on-field power the team can bring. Marco Pappa delivered just that, awarding him his first Player of the Week award. Pappa came out ready to fight, producing a hat trick, including one goal that nominated him for an AT&T Goal of the Week award. (chicago-fire.com)

Forte: contract situation is a distraction

The Bears can attribute much of their 34-29 win over the Panthers on Sunday to Matt Forte, but the running back has more than just a single game on his mind. With only one year left on his contract, the Bears have not continued talks of an extension.

Forte mentioned an earlier assertion that the Bears don't consider him to be an elite running back. He currently averages more total yards per game than any other running back in the league and wants to be treated by his team as a valuable player. (ProFootballTalk)

Illini's Brown suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct

Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown has been suspended for Saturday's game at Indiana after his unsportsmanlike conduct against Northwestern. Cameras caught Brown kneeing Wildcats offensive lineman Patrick Ward in the groin.

The Big Ten has released a public statement that supports the suspension and Brown has since apologized for his action. He will most likely be replaced by linebacker Houston Bates this weekend. (CSNChicago)

Pierzynski to join World Series coverage

Fox has announced the addition of White Sox A.J. Pierzynski to be part of their World Series coverage. He'll be joining Chris Rose and Eric Karros to help host studio shows, shocking many fans since he was also voted 'least favorite player in all of baseball'. (HardballTalk)

NBA: All or nothing on Tuesday

The countdown begins to finalize the fate of the NBA season everyone so anxiously awaits for. Tuesday's meeting in New York is expected to attract around ten owners and multiple players. If things don't go well, you can say 'adios' to the rest of the preseason and expect the regular season to be postponed as well. (ProBasketballTalk)

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel took his teammates to task after Monday’s uninspiring 5-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours Monday morning after losing a hard-fought, extra innings, rain-delayed game vs. the Indians on Sunday, and Keuchel says the team let that carry over into Monday’s game.

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“I would’ve liked to see the team play better tonight,” Keuchel said. “We just came out flat, and I feel like we stayed flat the whole game.

“We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound, and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kinda going through the motions. So, we need to clean a lot of things up.

“If we wanna be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. When you have enough talent to potentially win every game it’s very frustrating when you have games like this and it just seems like we were out of it from the get go... Today was one of the first games I've seen subpar play from everybody."

While that is obviously not the assessment fans want to hear from one of the top free agents the White Sox brought in this season, it’s that leadership that the team coveted so much from Keuchel in the first place. Leading is easy during a hot streak, but it’s more important during losing skids. Keuchel seems to understand that’s what the White Sox need as they try to transition from rebuilding team to playoff contenders.

“There’s going to be a lot of learning curves for this team, just because of the process that this team has been under for the last two or three years, and this is one of them. We faced a challenge tonight and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and strap it up and play some White Sox baseball.”

Tuesday’s expected return of Tim Anderson, whose energy has been noticeably missing since he suffered a groin strain on July 31, should help the team regain that spark. As one of the Sox’ most consistent hitters he should also help the sluggish offense, which has only mustered 11 runs over the last six games.

“We have a great opportunity these next couple of games to get some wins and keep moving the wagons forward,” Keuchel said. “As frustrating as it is tonight, we could very well easily come out tomorrow and play like we’re supposed to and then win the series on Wednesday.”

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Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez made a big announcement on Monday: he and his wife, Irmarie, are expecting a second child. 

Báez revealed the news in an adorable social media post with the help of his 2-year-old son, Adrian.

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Congrats to the Báez family!

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