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Word on the Street: Want to buy Michael Jordan's car?

Word on the Street: Want to buy Michael Jordan's car?

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010
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Michael Jordan puts car up for sale

Despite just 962 miles on the odometer, basketball superstar Michael Jordan is selling his 2007 Mercedes McLaren SLR 722. But, it won't come cheap, folks. The car, which is priced at roughly 475,000 brand new, is being shopped for 430,000. (YahooSports.com)

Bulls cut roster to 13

The Chicago Bulls have waived Roger Powell, Kyle Weaver and John Lucas III in an effort to get the roster down to 13 players. (CSNBullsInsider via Twitter)

Huet wishes he was still with Hawks

Cristobal Huet, the backup goalie during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup Championship last season, was shipped to Switzerland during the summer as part of a cost-cutting program the Hawks launched to get under the salary cap prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. But, Huet isn't exactly refusing to look back at life in the NHL, admitting to ESPN.com that he'd rather be playing in the league. (ESPN.com)

Kerr believes Heat won't break Bulls' 72-win barrier

Former Bulls guard and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr doesn't believe the newly remodeled Miami Heat will surpass 72 wins in the upcoming regular season, despite their loaded talent.

"I just don't think that's a record that's going to be touched," Kerr said in a conference call. "Those were very unique circumstances with Michael Jordan coming back after his playoff failure after his return from baseball. He was so motivated and it seems like he won about 10 games on his own that year because he decided he didn't want us to lose. He had such an incredible edge." (Chicago Tribune)

Illinois ranks as No. 16 in preseason poll

According to USAToday's coaches' poll, Illinois is tied with Washington for 16th in the preseason rankings. The Illini join Michigan State, Ohio State, Purde and Wisconsin in the Top 25, with Minnesota and Northwestern also receiving votes. (Chicago Tribune)

MLB considering adding 7-day DL for concussions

As the NFL is cracking down in an effort to try to keep its players safe and sound, the MLB is reportedly following suit and looking into instituting a 7-day Disabled List for players with concussions. (Chicago Tribune)

Fire's C.J. Brown to retire

Defender C.J. Brown will follow Brian McBride's lead and retire at the end of the 2010 season. Brown, who spent every one of his 13 years in the league with the Chicago Fire, announced his decision Thursday. (CSNChicago.com)

Basket Slam: Wrigley's quirks come to Cubs' aid in walk-off win

Basket Slam: Wrigley's quirks come to Cubs' aid in walk-off win

The Wrigley Field basket has played a huge role in this week's Cubs-Reds series.

In Monday night's game, Cincinnati catcher Curt Casali hit a game-tying homer into the basket in the seventh inning of a game the Cubs went on to lose.

But the basket giveth and the basket also taketh away.

Tuesday night, it was Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs who were singing the praises of one of the strangest ballpark quirks in baseball.

Schwarber connected on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning off Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, hitting a fly ball through the impossibly-humid air and into the basket in left-centerfield for a 4-3 Cubs win.

"Whoever thought about that basket — whenever that occurred — tell them, 'thank you,'" Joe Maddon said. "Although it did work against us [Monday]. When it works for you, it's awesome."

Schwarber has stood under the left-field basket many times with his back against the wall, thinking he might be able to make a play on a high fly ball only to see it settle into the wickets and turn into a chance for a Bleacher Bum to show off their arm. 

But is he a huge fan of the basket now that it worked in his favor?

"I guess so," Schwarber laughed. "Yesterday, it cost us, but today, it helped us out. It's just the factor of Wrigley Field. Happy it worked out today."

It was Schwarber's first career walk off RBI of any kind.

It was the Cubs' fourth walk-off homer of the season, but their first since May 11 when Willson Contreras called "game" on the Milwaukee Brewers. 

The Cubs are now 4-1 since the All-Star Break and hold a 2.5-game lead in the division.

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease picked up a win in his first start, but his second did not go as well.

Cease pitched six innings Tuesday at the Royals and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out seven, but took the loss in an ugly game for the White Sox.

The game got off to an ominous start with Eloy Jimenez getting injured on the first batter Cease faced. The White Sox defense didn’t help Cease much either with three errors (Cease had one of those on an errant pickoff throw).

After giving up six runs in the first four innings, Cease settled down to retire the final eight batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts against just one walk and threw 67 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Cease struck out six in his first start and is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out six or more in each of his first two career appearances.

A deeper look at Cease’s numbers show his swing and miss stuff hasn’t quite caught on as expected so far. Cease got 13 swinging strikes in 101 pitches in his major league debut. He got 12 whiffs on 108 pitches on Tuesday. His slider did get five swinging strikes on 25 pitches against the Royals.

Fastball command remains a key part to Cease’s success. He only threw 26 out of 54 fastballs for strikes in his debut. Cease improved upon that with 31 strikes on 50 fastballs against the Royals.

Most of the Royals’ damage came against Cease’s fastball as well. Six of the Royals’ eight hits off Cease, including all three extra base hits, were off heaters. Cease also gave up four hits with two strikes.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Cease since he joined the White Sox, but he hasn’t hit the ground running in the majors just yet. Having 13 days between the first two starts of his career due to the all-star break and the White Sox giving him some extra rest also isn’t the ideal scenario for a young pitcher.

Cease’s ERA is now at 5.73, which isn’t going to set the world on fire. Still, there have been enough positives in his first two starts to see where reasonable improvement could lead to Cease becoming the pitcher the White Sox expect him to be.

 

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