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Word on the Street: Probert, Duerson had same brain disease

Word on the Street: Probert, Duerson had same brain disease

Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
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Late Probert had same brain disease as Duerson

Former Blackhawks forward Bob Probert suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Probert died of heart failure last July. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have had a history of repetitive brain trauma including concussions.

This comes nearly two weeks after former Bears safety Dave Duerson committed suicide and asked that his brain be donated to the same facility. Duerson's family contacted Boston University to examine Duerson's brain for abnormalities related to CTE. (New York Times)

Scuffle in Cubs dugout

Dust was flying in the Cubs dugout after the first inning duringWednesday's game against Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs made three errorsin the inning, which in turn led to three unearned runs. Carlos Silvaappeared to be involved in the scuffle, coming into the dugout angrily. Apparentlysome words were exchanged and players scrambled to break up the incident.

Silva was removed from the game the next inning. Strength coach TimBuss walked Silva to the clubhouse after the top half of the third, butsaid that Siva was "not in the right frame of mind to talk." (CSNChicago.com)

Sox Pierzynski gets speeding before ST game

While making his way to the White Sox's spring training game against the Cinncinnati Reds in Goodyear, Ariz., A.J. Pierzynski was ticketed for speeding. The White Sox catcher's gray and black Sox road uniform eliminated any chance of getting out of the ticket.

Pierzynski was ticketed for going 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit.

His manager, Ozzie Guillen, apparently found the situation hilarious: Whit the uniform on thas funny arizona polices are awesome lol, Guillen tweeted. Please policeman be nice and send insurance card back to aj. 223 tickets in his live lol lol (CSNChicago.com)

Toews to host golf event

It seems Jonathan Toews will have to take his skills to the golf course. TSN is reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks captain was named official host of the Canadian Tour event in his hometown of Winnipeg.

"I'm really looking forward to expanding my role," Toews said in a statement. "It's an amazing Canadian Tour event with a very bright future."

The tournament will be July 14-17 at Pine Ridge Golf Club. (TSN)

Rose's summer text to Lebron

In a long feature story in this week's Sports Illustrated, the transformation of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose over the summer caught the organization off guard. He emerged as a leader, no longer willing to defer to his teammates.

But this development was best revealed in a text he sent to LeBron James while James was shopping his talents around the NBA. Rose sent the message as damage control because of the assumed ambivalence of James possibly joining the Bulls.

"I'm just hitting you up to kill all the rumors that I don't want to play with you," he wrote. "I'd like to play with you. I just want to win." (Sports Illustrated)

Ex-Bull Hinrich not a fan of guarding Rose

Despite missing Monday's game because of a calf injury, Kirk Hinrich will face his old team, the Chicago Bulls, tonight. But he knows what that will entail: a tough battle against Derrick Rose, who he is matched with.

"It's a nightmare," Hinrich said of trying to cover the MVP candidate. "With his strength and athleticism, it definitely has to be a team effort, that's for sure." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Lineup changes could be on the way for Bulls: 'It's still up in the air'

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Lineup changes could be on the way for Bulls: 'It's still up in the air'

It’s tough to call the position battle for the backup point guard spot on a Lottery-bound team important, but here we are two days into the Bulls’ season.

It won’t move the needle in NBA circles and Dwane Casey won’t be putting in additional time getting ready for Saturday’s game, but there appears to be potential for change in Fred Hoiberg’s rotation.

One day after an embarrassing display in a season-opening loss to the Sixers, Hoiberg said the Bulls have yet to make a decision on a potential lineup change for tomorrow’s affair against the Detroit Pistons. Kris Dunn, who missed Thursday’s game for the birth of his first child, was not at practice on Friday and may or may not be available for the home opener.

That could prompt changes after Cam Payne, inserted into the starting lineup, was largely ineffective, failing to score on 0 of 4 shooting in 21 minutes.

“We’re gonna see how practice goes today and then make that decision,” Hoiberg said. “It’s still up in the air on what we’re gonna do.”

The loss certainly can’t fall on just Payne, as the Bulls went lifeless after a 41-point first quarter that had them in the lead after 12 minutes. From there the Sixers outscored them by 29 in the second and third quarters, facing little resistance from a Bulls defense that doesn’t appear to have made much improvement from a year ago, Dunn or no Dunn.

Philadelphia shot 48 percent from the field, scored 20 fast-break points and 46 points in the paint, cruising to 102 points through three quarters before reserves finished things off. Even with Dunn the defensive prospects don’t look good, meaning Hoiberg might have to make changes to ignite the offense that scored just 35 points in those second and third quarters.

The Bulls could go a few different routes. Zach LaVine’s hot hand in the first quarter – 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting – saw the ball in his hands, and he even added two assists.

“It's a collective effort. You've got to have all five guys out there trying to play the right way and again, we found a recipe with Zach, especially in that first unit, where we let him bring the ball up the floor,” Hoiberg said. “We ran a couple actions where he was the facilitator and we put Cam in the corner. So a lot of that will be dictated by who has it going on a particular night and last night it happened to be Zach, so he was the one that was doing a lot of facilitating.”

Past a point guard-less lineup, the backups to Payne – Ryan Arcidiacono and Tyler Ulis – could also see extended minutes going forward.

Arcidiacono had 8 points and 8 assists in 28 minutes, though the majority of those stats came in garbage time. Still, he hit a pair of 3-pointers and didn’t turn the ball over, and five of his assists resulted in makes at the rim.

Ulis, acquired off waivers last week, could inject some life into the second unit.

“He’s ready. He’s done a good job in practice,” Hoiberg said. “We’ve gone through the system with him as far as what we expect and if there’s a point in the game where he can go out there and we feel he can help us, I’m confident that he’ll go out there and give us good effort.”

The point guard rotation isn’t the key to unlocking the Bulls as a lockdown defensive team, or no longer suffering the offensive dry spells that happened Thursday. But in a season that’s already showing signs of adversity, shaking up the lineup might be Hoiberg’s only chance.

The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

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The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

The Bears are back in Chicago and Tom Brady and the Patriots are in town! With a week of practice wrapping up today, here's what's been happening in the lead up to Sunday's Bears-Pats matchup: