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Word on the Street: Ron Rivera to Carolina?

Word on the Street: Ron Rivera to Carolina?

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
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Ron Rivera to be named Panthers head coach?

Sporting News is reporting that the Carolina Panthers have hired former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera as their next head coach. Rivera was in Charlotte on Monday for a second interview, this time with the team's owner Jerry Richardson. The hiring is expected to be officially announced on Tuesday. Assuming the hiring is finalized, Rivera will be the first Latino head coach in the NFL since Tom Flores last coached the Seattle Seahawks in 1994.
"Rivera is a well-respected guy by all of us here in Chicago," Bears safety Chris Harris told the Charlotte Observer. "He's a guy who will demand respect. He's a great communicator. Wasn't a huge yeller, but he got the most out of all his players. "He's a confident guy, I think he'd handle it well." (SportingNews)
Sox finalize Ohman deal

The White Sox finalized a deal with ex-Cub reliever Will Ohman on Monday. The two-year contract, worth 4 million dollars, will bring the lefty reliever back to Chicago after spending the last three seasons bouncing around the Braves, Dodgers, Marlins, and Orioles organizations. In 2010 Ohman split his time between Baltimore and Florida, compiling a 3.21 ERA in 68 appearances. (SunHerald.com)
Former Cubs GM Green thanks fans for support

Former Cubs general manager Dallas Green thanked his baseball family for their support after the shooting death of his granddaughter in Tuscon Ariz. His granddaughter, nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, was killed in the same shooting that took the life of U.S. District Judge John Roll and critically injured US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Green said his family will get through it, but his granddaughter is gone and the family is "having a hard time with that." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Bears defense ready for Seahawks?

The last time the Chicago Bears faced the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field, it wasn't pretty. Chicago's defensive line failed to record a sack and the defense never forced a turnover. But you don't need to remind Julius Peppers about that.

"We didn't play up to our standards. That's something we're going to take a look at this week and try to get it fixed."

The Seahawks return to Chicago for Sunday's divisional playoff game following a 41-36 win over the Saints in an NFC Wild Card match-up. (Chicago Tribune)

Ramirez to the North Side

Max Ramirez has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. The catcher was passed on by the Cubs last week, but the team had an opening after the Garza deal and so they went back and wrapped him up. Ramirez has played in 45 major league games, with four home runs, 17 RBI and a .217 average. (Chicago Tribune)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.

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Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games

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Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games

If you haven't heard, Neil Funk is cutting 20 road games from his 2018-19 Bulls' play-by-play schedule.

Friday, the Bulls announced that Adam Amin, Andy Demetra and Kyle Draper will fill in for Funk for the first five of those games.

Amin, a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, will games on Oct. 22 against the Mavericks and Nov. 14 against the Celtics. He grew up in Addison, resides in Chicago and also does play-by-play for Bears preseason games.

Demetra is from Oak Brook and currently is the play-by-play broadcaster for Georgia Tech basketball and football. He will call games on Oct. 26 against the Hornets and Oct. 27 against the Hawks. He has previous play-by-play experience with the SEC Network, Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports South.

Draper will call the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against the Pelicans. He is the Celtics' pregame and postgame host for NBC Sports Boston and an occasional play-by-play annoucer and sideline reporter for the Celtics.

The Bulls said they will continue providing updates on substitute broadcasters as they are scheduled.