Word on the Street: Teahen leaves spring training

Word on the Street: Teahen leaves spring training

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Teahen leaves spring training for family emergency

Chicago White Sox third baseman Mark Teahen abruptly left training camp to because of a family emergency. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he didn't want Teahen to be distracted by the health issue involving a family member.

Guillen also said that family comes first, and that he hopes Teahen will return to camp in a few days. (Associated Press)Desmond Clark's Florida property seized by policePolice recently seized Desmond Clark's property in Lakeland, Florida. According to the police, known drug dealers and prostitutes were regular guests at the rental home owned by the NFL tight end.

Police contacted Clark and his landlord brother, Ralph Wilson, and they agreed that it was a problem and that the police must act. Clark will regain his right to rent the house out again next year. (Bay News 9)

The talk for Rose for MVP gets hotter

The crowd chanted "MVP! MVP! MVP!" after Derrick Rose hit a jumper late in the game to put the Bulls up by five over the Miami Heat. The match-up of arguably the top two MVP candidates took center stage: Lebron James vs. Derrick Rose.

According to Jonah Puls, after last night's performance, MVP is exactly the right word for Rose. (PippenAin'

Jerry Jones takes responsibility for Super Bowl mess

He may have been out of the spotlight since the Super Bowl fiasco ended, but he's speaking up now. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he's sorry that Dallas was panned as a Super Bowl host.

"I do, along with the NFL, take responsibility for the seating issue," Jones said. "I'm disappointed, but I understand thata criticism. It makes me want to get it right." (Pro Football Talk)

Anthony Miller is hyped about Nick Foles' knowledge of Bears' offense

Anthony Miller is hyped about Nick Foles' knowledge of Bears' offense

One of the main reasons the Bears targeted Nick Foles in an offseason that was overflowing with quality quarterbacks to challenge Mitch Trubisky for Chicago's starting job is his familiarity with Matt Nagy's offense. The Bears knew what they were getting when they traded a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars for the former Super Bowl MVP, and in the current COVID-19 reality, that knowledge of who Foles is as a quarterback is more valuable than the team could've ever imagined.

So is Foles' comfort with the playbook. 

Unlike traditional offseasons when players have a chance to acclimate themselves with their new city, teammates, coaching staff, and offensive system, the novel coronavirus has thrust the Bears' quarterback competition into a shotgun four-week run that Foles is oddly equipped to handle. He's already made a positive early impression on wide receiver Anthony Miller.

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“You can definitely tell that Nick has been playing this game for a long time, and he knows this offense very well," Miller said Friday during a Zoom call with reporters. "He’s very detailed in practice, you can catch him in the back of an offensive play going through his progressions and he’s not even in, so that’s just the type of player he is, and I can’t wait to see him live action to see what he really can do.”

It feels like the Trubisky vs. Foles showdown has been underway since March, but the reality is it's just getting started. Padded practices begin next week and will give Chicago's coaches and players their first real opportunity to evaluate which quarterback gives the team the best chance to win.

According to Miller, the starting gig is up for grabs.

“This is going to be an interesting competition to see and the best man is going to get the job.”


Cubs' Javier Báez flashes arm strength, throws out Brewers' Manny Piña

Cubs' Javier Báez flashes arm strength, throws out Brewers' Manny Piña

There's no such thing as growing tired of watching Cubs shortstop Javier Báez work his magic defensively.

For his latest trick, El Mago threw out Brewers catcher Manny Piña on a ground ball from shallow left field. As in, he was a good 10 feet from the edge of the infield dirt. Check it out:

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Cubs 2020 first-round pick Ed Howard broke down the play as it happened during an interview with MLB Network.

"He just has fun with it, man. He's so smooth, he makes it look so easy," Howard said. "That's just Javy doing what Javy does, right there, honestly. You can't teach that, you just gotta do it."

We all know Báez has an absolute cannon for an arm. We've seen it time and time again. And yet, for as easy as he makes these throws look, each time we're left with our jaws dropped.