Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
Rose has sprained wrist, day-to day
Monday night's Bulls-Pacers game provided a few terrifying scenes for Bulls fans. Nothing to do with the score, though - the Bulls trampled the Pacers by a final score of 92-73. The scary scenes came courtesy of Derrick Rose, who twice found himself on the floor writhing in pain after going to the basket hard. After his second fall, cause by a collision with Indiana's Brandon Rush, Rose could be seen holding his wrist.
Rose had an X-ray after the game, which came back negative, and was diagnosed with a sprained wrist and bruised elbow. His status for Wednesday's game in Toronto is unknown; he is currently listed as "day-to-day" according to CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam.
I know tomorrow is probably going to be a bad day, especially resting and sleeping, Rose said. Its going to be tight. Everything is going to be tight on my body, but Ill get treatment, and weve got to play in a couple more days. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Obama, Kobe talk smack
Kobe Bryant and his LA Lakers visited Washington D.C. on Monday to do community service with President Barack Obama at the local Boys & Girls Club. While there, Obama reportedly gave Kobe a hard time about LA's recent 88-84 loss at the hand of the president's home-town Bulls.
"My Bulls are showing some signs of life," Obama told Bryant. "Derrick Rose may have your number."
"I said, 'If he calls that number, I'll be sure to pick up after the fifth ring,'" Bryant replied. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Prior inks deal with Yankees
Former Cubs draft pick and star pitcher Mark Prior has reportedly signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees. The deal includes a big-league camp invitation and could be worth as much as 750,000, plus another 750,000 in incentives.
The Yankees just recently lost out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, but a reunion with former Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild in the Bronx may help turn Prior's career around. However, the issue with Prior has never been talent, but health, as the former ace has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2006 now. He was 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA for the Cubs last year. (Chicago Tribune)
Hjalmarsson buys 1.32M home
Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson recently bought a 1.32 million four-bedroom town house in a gated development in River West. Hjalmarsson, a Swedish native, was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005 and joined the team in 2008. The home is 4,000 square feet, has 12 rooms, 3-12 baths, a fireplace, and a two-car garage. Other star athletes living in the same community include Dwayne Wade and Shawn Marion. (ChicagoBreakingBusiness)
Jackson holds clinic for military families
Most people spend the weekend before Thanksgiving shopping for the massive feast to come or maybe cleaning their house in anticipation of visitors. Not Edwin Jackson. The White Sox starter spent his pre-thanksgiving weekend holding a free on-field clinic for children of military families at Fort Benning. Jackson's father, Edwin Sr., served as a cook manager and ran the mess hall at the base between 1991 and 1996.
"Definitely this becomes a long day, but it's worth it," said Jackson after the Fort Benning program. "It's worth it all around with all of the people you touch." (MLB.com)
Cliff Lee signs with Philadelphia
This offseason's most prized free agent has finally found a home. On Monday evening reports broke that Cliff Lee reached a preliminary agreement on a five-year, 100 million contract. The Phillies offer, which Lee ultimately accepted, is far less lucrative than other contracts that are rumored to have been offered to him. According to a person familiar with the Yankees' negotiations, New York's initial offer was six years, 138 million. After Carl Crawford agreed to his massive seven-year, 142 million contract with Boston the Yankees' offer reportedly increased to 150 million. (Tribune News Services)