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Word on the Street: Sox claim Joaquin

Word on the Street: Sox claim Joaquin

Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
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Sox claim Joaquin
The White Sox claimed relief pitcher Waldis Joaquin off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Joaquin, 23, made only four appearances after making the Giants opening day roster in 2010, racking up a hefty 9.64 ERA. He spent the rest of the season in Triple-A Fresno, where he had a 1-2 record with a 4.93 ERA in 23 appearances.

Joaquin's fastball has been clocked at 97 mph. His addition brings the Sox's 40-man roster to 35. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Eagles CB Hobbs to miss game vs. Bears

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs will miss at least 1 week with a disc injury to his neck. Hobbs suffered the injury on Sunday night in the Eagles 27-17 win over the Giants. Hobbs was down on the field for 11 minutes after suffering the injury before coming off the field.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he did not know the severity of the injury, only that he would not be available to play next Sunday against the Bears. (Washington Post)
Gibson misses second straight practice

Bulls forward Taj Gibson missed his second straight practice on Monday, and said that he will visit a foot specialist. Gibson said he suffered a pinched nerve in his right foot warming up for practice.

"Ididn't turn my ankle or anything," Gibson said. "It was the nerve on the side of my foot. It was tingling. I'm just hoping it's nothing serious. We don't know about (Tuesday against the Lakers)." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Votto wins NL MVP

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was named the National League MVP on Monday. Led by Votto, the Reds made their first playoff appearance since 1995. That was also the last year that a Red, Barry Larkin, won an MVP award. Votto received 31 of 32 first place votes, nearly sweeping the voting. Pujols, who came in second in voting, received the other first place vote.

When I found out I won the N.L. M.V.P., I thought I must have snuck it in there, said Votto, I didnt think it would be so conclusive. (New York Times)

Tinoisamoa expected to return vs. Eagles

Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is expected to be back this Sunday when the Bears and Eagles square off at Soldier Field. Tinoisamoa missed last Thursday's game against Miami due to a knee injury. His return will send Nick Roach back to the bench. (Rotoworld)

SI ranks Bears No. 9

Sports Illustrated, who ranked the Bears 29th in their preseason rankings, ranked the team No. 9 in this week's power rankings. The Bears' Thursday night domination of the Miami Dolphins helped spring the Bears into the top 10, up five spots from last week's rankings. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Crawford comes up big for 250th win

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Crawford comes up big for 250th win

Corey Crawford captured a coveted goalie milestone with another solid performance in a 2-1 shootout victory for the Blackhawks on Friday in New Jersey. The Hawks (12-12-5) beat the Atlantic division-leading Bruins 4-3 in overtime in Boston with Robin Lehner in net on Thursday before playing the Devils, last in the Metropolitan, Friday with Crawford starting. 

"It's important to try to climb back up in the standings," Crawford said following the game. "We had a few tough games, it seems like it's been pretty streaky the first quarter of the season, but when we're playing well I think we're pretty tough to beat. We just got to try to find that game as much as possible. 

"But that was obviously a big win to start it and against one of the best teams in the league (the Bruins) and having a big lead too, going late into the third period, and then a team that's a little bit lower in the standings (the Devils), but you still have to come out hard and play, no games are easy. It was pretty competitive out there but it's nice to find a way to win." 

The two-time Stanley Cup champ saved 29 of 30 shots through overtime, including a Miles Wood breakaway with 11 seconds remaining in the second period and the game tied 1-1. He also stopped three of five New Jersey Devils shooters including Taylor Hall and 2019 No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes in the shootout. 

Crawford became the 59th goalie in NHL history to record 250 wins. The 34-year-old is one of 13 active NHL goalies and just the third Hawks netminder to reach the milestone.

Crawford is 250-149-52 in 464 games with the Blackhawks and has 26 shutouts. 

Four observations: Bulls falter down the stretch, lose season series to Warriors

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Four observations: Bulls falter down the stretch, lose season series to Warriors

The Bulls have been swept by the league-worst (by record) Golden State Warriors after losing 100-98 on their home floor, Friday night. Observations from a tough loss:

Flashes of Lauri the Leader

The Bulls phased in and out of funks on both sides of the court for most of the first half, yet led 51-50 at the break. Credit Lauri Markkanen in large part for that.

Every time the game appeared to be slipping, it was Markkanen who snapped the Bulls back to attention. Trailing by four early in the first quarter, he had two strong drives and finishes to draw the game even. Then, after the Warriors began the second on a 16-5 run, Markkanen scored eight straight Bulls points to draw the game level. That’s leadership.

He finished the first quarter having taken seven shots, and the first half 7-for-11 (3-for-5 from three) and with a game-high 17 points. His teammates were clearly looking for him, and he thrived cutting and popping off on screen-and-roll. 

The second half wasn’t as fruitful — he went almost two full quarters without scoring after a cutting dunk to knot the game at 41 midway through the second period. So has been his season. 

In the fourth, he stroked a critical catch-and-shoot three to tie the game at 97 with just under four minutes left. Then, he turned the ball over on a travel and bricked a forced and contested 3-pointer. 

Unusual Zach LaVine performance, and a stilted offense

LaVine didn’t get his first bucket until an and-one layup with 1:27 left in the second quarter. Then, he ripped off 21 in a seven-minute run spanning the end of that period and the beginning of the third. Then, he didn’t score again. 

His most meaningful attempts of the game were two bricked iso jumpers in the final minute, one with the game tied, one at the buzzer that would have one the game.

His six assists were a team-high, but that will be overshadowed by those late-game possessions and night-long inconsistency.

This was his first time in three games not eclipsing 10 free throw attempts. As a team, the Bulls attempted only five all night. The bench was up (Denzel Valentine, Coby White) and down (Luke Kornet, Ryan Arcidiacono). Wendell Carter and Tomas Satoransky combined for only 12 points on 12 attempts. That offensive passivity will be a storyline, as well.

The Bulls do the Warriors some favors, and the Warriors do just enough

The Bulls led the Warriors for most of this one — in the second half, Golden State didn’t lead until the 5:30 mark of the fourth. 

But they did just enough to win — out-rebounding the Bulls 39-37, outshooting them on 17 less field goal attempts and going to the foul line a whopping 17 more times. Draymond Green was a beast defensively, and the difference-maker in the game. The Bulls defense generated some sparkplug turnovers early in the game — and got 20, by the end — but the stretch run was littered with defensive fouls, fumbled balls and more traveling violations.

The Bulls did them some favors, late. Boylen rolled entirely with the starters down the stretch and the offense stagnated. Questions there will start and end with LaVine, who waved off a Carter screen on the final possession. After a run of great fourth-quarter execution, a 17-point period tonight is dour. 

Obligatory silver lining: Coby White delivered the full Coby White experience

There was a couple of fun Coby White mini-runs in this one that livened up the United Center. 

In the first quarter, White had eight points by way of two threes (one a near buzzer-beater to end the period) and a turbo-charged drive past Kevon Looney on a mismatch for a finger-roll finish.

He then opened the second with a miss on a contested step-back jumper and a(nother) failed poster-dunk attempt. He hasn’t punched one of those home yet, but Bulls fans seem to appreciate the gumption, regardless. Then, in the last two minutes of the third, he had two 3-pointers over the course of an 8-0 run to pull the Bulls ahead after a Warriors surge. The UC was buzzing.

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