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Word on the Street: Thibodeau disliked Deng's T

Word on the Street: Thibodeau disliked Deng's T

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thibodeau not a fan of Deng's late foul

Luol Deng received loads of praise from teammates, media and fans over the weekend for the forth quarter technical foul he picked up for shoving Tyler Hansbrough. Just before, Hansbrough had committed a hard foul on Derrick Rose - just one of many Rose had suffered throughout the game. However, it appears head coach Tom Thibodeau was not one of those showering him with praise.

"What I don't want are fourth-quarter technicals; I can tell you that," Thibodeau said.

"This is the playoffs," Thibodeau said. "There are going to be fouls like that. This is ordinary. This is no big deal. Just play. That's what we have to do. All that other stuff is nonsense." (Chicago Tribune)

Bears' game abroad hinges on NFL labor deal

The NFL made an official announcement that the Chicago Bears will play in London when they meet Tampa Bay on Oct. 23 at Wembley Stadium. The game would mark the first time the Bears played in London since a preseason game in 1986.

But if the NFL's labor situation isn't resolved by Aug. 1, the game will be played on U.S. soil. Tampa will host the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
NBA fines coach 35,000

The NBA has charged Portland Trail Blazers' head coach Nate McMillian 35,000.

His offense? Griping.

McMillian was angry because the Dallas Mavericks took 29 free throws and his team took 13. Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki had 13 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, helping lead Dallas to an 89-81 victory. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Rose displacing Kobe?

Kobe Bryant is the unofficial Most Valuable Clutch Player in the NBA. But he's getting older according to NBC Sports' blog Trash Talk, that title will fall to Derrick Rose.

Michael Ventre is confident that Rose will be the clutch guy in the NBA. He attributes Rose's superior judgment over his peers, understanding of his strengths and weaknesses, and he has the calm and the vision to convert.

Ventre also mentioned that Rose has a better, more reliable outside shot than LeBron James. (NBC Sports)

Schlitter headed back to Cubs

Chicago native Brian Schlitter will report to the Cubs' complex in Mesa, Ariz. because of a technicality. The Commissioner's office deemed that the Maine South alum's elbow injury was a pre-existing condition when the New York Yankees claimed him off waivers for the Cubs last December, and voided the claim.

He was returned to the Cubs from Philadelphia, which claimed him after the Yankees waived him. After pitching in spring training for the Phillies, he was placed on the disabled list in March with a right elbow strain.

"We're glad to get him back," Jordan Hendry said. (Chicago Tribune)

Rick Adelman out as Houston coach

The Houston Rockets will be without a familiar face on the sidelines next season. According to the Houston Chronicle, Rick Adelman will not return as Rockets coach.

Adelman led the Rockets to their only playoff series win in 17 years and a franchise record 22-game winning streak. Adelman and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey failed to reach agreement on how they would continue to work together after consecutive seasons in which the Rockets failed to reach the playoffs.

"I've talked this over with my wife and we have a pretty good idea what we would do either way," Adelman said last week. "It's OK either way. There are definite things I want to know if I were to have the opportunity to come back." (Houston Chronicle)
Former Hawk Daze buys Hinsdale mansion

Here's a twist on recent news; a former Blackhawks player is actually buying a home in Chicagoland. Reversing a recent trend of former players selling their Chicago homes and moving from the area, Eric Daze recently paid 1.68 million for a new, six-bedroom, mansion in Hinsdale. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Notre Dame releases report on lift accident

Notre Dame has released a report on the scissor-lift accident that left one student dead last year. Declan Sullivan was recording a Notre Dame football practice on a scissor lift when high winds knocked over the lift, killing Sullivan. So, who was to blame? According to the report, it's not one person in particular. The report says that multiple factors led to the tragedy, including the height of the lift, the strength of the wind, and the staff members' lack of knowledge regarding the weather forecast. (Bleacher Report)

Bennett signs with new agent

Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett has signed with a new agent from the Chicago mega-firm Octagon according to a tweet from Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal. Bennett, 24, will be represented by Doug Hendrickson and C.J. Laboy as he enteres the final year of his contract.

In 2010 Bennett played in 14 games and made 46 receptions for 561 for the Bears. (Twitter.com)

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

Had this been the scripted outcome, it would've sounded a little too cheesy.

But in reality, it was a moment that got White Sox fandom as excited as the dude rounding the bases.

Eloy Jimenez, playing in his first game at Wrigley Field nearly two years after the Cubs traded him to the White Sox, smacked a game-winning homer off Pedro Strop in the ninth inning, breaking a 1-all tie and giving the South Siders a 3-1 victory in the first Crosstown game of the 2019 season.

Jimenez had been asked countless times about what it would be like to play in the park he long assumed would be the one where he played his big league games. And he expressed excitement, though committed to saying it would be like any other game.

It wasn't.

Jimenez had a disappointing outcome in his first at-bat of the evening, ending a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the first inning with a double play. He singled and walked in later plate appearances, but nothing was anywhere near as dramatic as his trip to the plate in the ninth. He hit Strop's pitch so hard it sounded like he broke his bat. The ball still ended up in the left-field bleachers.

One ninth-inning blast in June 2019 won't rip the rebuilding White Sox contention window open immediately, but what an image of rebuilding progress it was, with Jimenez, the middle-of-the-order centerpiece for the next decade, blasting a game-winner against the Crosstown-rival Cubs.

Jimenez's permanent smile was indeed present as he rounded the bases, made even bigger by his Tuesday night heroics. The White Sox are hoping they were the first of many.


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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders


Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders

Ozzie Guillén and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on a special Crosstown edition of Baseball Night in Chicago.

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