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Word on the Street: Urlacher takes a shot at Goodell

Word on the Street: Urlacher takes a shot at Goodell

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
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Urlacher takes a shot at Goodell

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher kept the hits coming even though the final whistle blew on Chicago's 16-0 shutout of the Miami Dolphins Thursday night.

Urlacher, who set the franchise record for tackles in the Thursday night matchup, has not been reserved about his feelings towards the stiff fines and penalties that have been enforced this year on defensive hits, especially those involving the head of offensive players.

But Thursday, he took it a step further, calling NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a dictator.

"I don't like the rule, I don't think any defensive player likes it," Urlacher said. "It's not going to effect the way we play. We're still going to try to separate the ball from the player, that's what we do as defense. We've been taught that since we were kids, that's what we're going to try to keep doing.

"What can you do though? It's a dictatorship . . . If Goodell wants to fine you he's going to fine you, that's the way it goes and that's just the way it is." (USA Today)
Former Sox scout pleads not guilty to allegations

Jorge Oquendo Rivera, a former scout for the Chicago White Sox, pleaded not guilty to the charges that he took kickbacks from Latin American baseball prospects. David Wilder, the White Sox's former senior director of player personnel, and Victor Mateo, another former scout, were not at the arraignment, but the three are alleged to have pocketed about 400,000 over a span of more than three years. (Chicago Tribune)

Fukudome planning to stay in Chicago for a long time?

Kosuke Fukudome, the Cubs' highly-paid outfielder, just purchased a three-bedroom condo on Lake Shore Drive with his wife worth 1.44 million.

The 33-year-old former Japanese star is in the midst of a four-year, 48 million contract, having already served three of those years in the outfield of Wrigley Field. (Chicago Tribune)

NCAA Football Bowls to be filled with sub-.500 teams?

With just three short weeks left in the college football season, only 54 programs are bowl eligible. Another 39 remain in contention, but with another bowl game added to the slate this year (35 in all), 70 teams will need to qualify. If they don't, the NCAA may have to explore allowing sub-.500 teams to play.

Last season, there were only 71 bowl-eligible teams for 68 slots when the season came to a close. (Fox Sports)

Pickup football game to be played at Wrigley?

Not really, but pretty close. After the Friendly Confines was originally signed off as acceptable for the Illinois-Northwestern football game Saturday, the Big Ten announced Friday morning that the east end zone is too close to the right field wall and as such, all offensive plays, including extra points and overtime possessions will be directed at the end zone.

All kickoffs will be directed at the east end zone and after every change of possession, the ball will be repositioned for the offense to head toward the west end zone, according to CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney. (CSNChicago.com)

Rothschild inks three-year deal with Yankees

The Cubs didn't stop taking hits Friday as it was announced that pitching coach Larry Rothschild would not be coming back for 2011, as he originally reported, and would instead take his talents to the Big Apple and the Bronx Bombers.

Rothschild had already exercised his 2011 option last month and looked like he was going to be coming back for his 10th season with the Cubs, but things took a turn Friday when he was offered the position in New York. He stated family as the main reason for the change, as the Yankees train in Tampa in the spring and visit there several times a year as the Rays are in the same division. (CSNChicago.com)

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

Yu Darvish blew a 98 mph fastball by Yasiel Puig, pumped his fist emphatically twice and let out a primal yell as he walked off the mound while 37,260 fans at Wrigley Field backed him up with maybe the loudest "YUUUU!!!" chant of the season.

It was the final pitch he threw on the afternoon as he completely dismantled the Reds lineup in a 4-2 Cubs victory.

Since the All-Star Break, Darvish leads Major League Baseball in ERA — he hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and giving up only 4 hits and a walk. 

Oh yeah, and he finally picked up his first Wrigley Field win in a Cubs uniform...in his 28th start.

In both outings to start the second half, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and they're also the only two scoreless starts he has as a member of the Cubs (he gave up 0 earned run April 27 last year against the Brewers, but was charged with an unearned run).

The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break and will carry a 2.5-game lead in the division into action Friday when the San Diego Padres come into town.