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Word on the Street: 'World Peace' found in LA

Word on the Street: 'World Peace' found in LA

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
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Throw out those Artest jerseys

Thats right, Ron Artest has legally changed his name to Metta World Peace. The name change was supposed to happen a few weeks ago but got delayed because of traffic tickets. Hmm.

Anyways, World Peace hopes his new identity will inspire and bring youth together. Best of luck. (ProBasketballTalk)

Getting frisky

Airport security is no longer the only place pat-downs will be taking place. Football fans will undergo a more in-depth physical screening at all 32 stadiums starting this weekend. This change comes after a South Carolina man snuck a gun into a game last weekend and fired it into the crowd. (ChicagoTribune)

Doughtys contract drops daily

LA Kings training camp opened today without Drew Doughty on the roster, and the longer it takes him to sign, the less money hell be making during the season. Kings GM Dean Lombardi announced today the 21-year-old defenseman will be losing 25,000 each day he waits to sign. (ProHockeyTalk)

Judge denies QBs request

A Chicago high school quarterback has been denied by a Cook County judge to get back on the field. DaeShaun Hurley was barred from playing athletics by the Chicago Public League sports administration for transferring schools for football related reasons, which is never allowed.

Several Division 1 schools are looking at Hurley. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday for the quarterbacks appeal. (ChicagoTribune)

Another one bites the dust

A mild case of pneumonia looks like itll be enough to keep Twins Joe Mauer out for the rest of the season. The Twins sure havent been lucky in the illness department this season. (ChicagoTribune)

White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with Michael Kopech and his wife Vanessa Morgan at SoxFest about their relationship, Michael’s comeback from Tommy John surgery, his battles with mental health, removing himself from social media, handling fame, Morgan’s acting career and more.

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Jim Boylen standing firm at moment of reckoning in Bulls season

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Jim Boylen standing firm at moment of reckoning in Bulls season

It’s no secret that the Bulls’ season hangs in the balance. At 17-30, the team is at once three games out of a playoff spot and slated ninth in the current lottery standings. 

To hear head coach Jim Boylen and co. tell it, a playoff berth remains the more desirable of those two timelines. But according to Basketball Reference, the Bulls have the third most difficult remaining strength of schedule in the East. And worse, they’ll have to face the (immediate) future without Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and Daniel Gafford.

The loss of Markkanen — the most recent of that group to go down — has tipping point potential. In the Bulls’ first game without him, they mustered just 81 points at home against a swooning Sacramento Kings squad, shooting 8-for-37 from 3-point range in the process. The team’s need for secondary scoring outside of Zach LaVine glared

But, as Boylen has maintained all season, the Bulls are not going to change the way they play. They just need to play better.

“We gotta play faster, we gotta move the ball. I thought we had a couple possessions where the ball stuck. The ball can’t stick. We gotta move it, we gotta drive it,” Boylen said of the loss to the Kings before the Bulls’ Saturday night matchup with the Cavaliers in Cleveland. “I also think we missed some opportunities that we need to make.

“Our margin for error is not great. We have to make the plays we can make and make the shots we can make.”

For now, at least, the starting lineup won’t change (sorry #StartCoby crowd) — though Boylen said he’ll keep his rotation fluid. As for outside reinforcements being brought in?

“We have not talked about that. Doesn’t mean we won’t,” Boylen said when asked if the Bulls could actually pivot to ‘buying’ at the trade deadline, given their relative proximity to a playoff spot. “We’re in the middle of a really tough stretch of games, and a lot of games, so my focus has been on that.

“I love the guys we have,” he added. “And we’re gonna keep coaching and teaching the guys we have. I’ve got a good group, a coachable group.”

Absent from those adjectives was ‘interchangeable’ but that word has been ever-present in Boylen’s vocabulary through the ups and downs of this season. In his first full year at the helm, his primary goal remains clear.

“Because we’re establishing this system,” Boylen said when asked why, through thick and thin, the team’s playing style hasn’t changed, as it did last season after Boylen was hired. “Last year, we were tearing it down and then establishing it. Now we’re gonna keep establishing it.”

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