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Young holds on to upset unbeaten Simeon

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Young holds on to upset unbeaten Simeon

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
11:05 p.m.

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

Before the season began, all the talk was about the two city powers, Simeon and Young.

While Simeon lived up to all the advanced billing, Young faltered.

But all doubt has been removed as to whether the Dolphins are back as they earned a convincing 64-50 victory over the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Wolverines in the semifinals of the Public League playoffs on Wednesday night at DePaul.

No. 9 Young avenged a 60-39 loss just two weeks ago and clearly was not the same team.

Young held a 27-25 halftime lead on a three-pointer from the left corner by Gabriel Snyder as time expired.

The Dolphins opened it up in the third quarter and never looked back. They built a 42-29 lead while holding the Wolverines to 1-for-3 shooting from the floor.

Derrick Randolph led Young with 20 points, nine assists and five steals. Sam Thompson and Tommy Hamilton Jr. had 13 points apiece, and Snyder finished with 10 points.

Thompson also had eight rebounds and five blocks.

We are much more together now than we were two weeks ago when we played them, Randolph said. We knew what we had to do, and we followed the game plan.

Jabari Parker was the only Simeon player in double figures with 12 points. Steve Taylor had nine points.

Simeon coach Robert Smith said his team just didnt play well.

Im glad it happened now instead of later, Smith said. We have a chance to regroup and get back to what made us successful. We still had our chances, when you miss eight out of 28 free throws, you cant expect to win.

Young played without freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Paul White, who were not on the bench,

Simeon plays next on Saturday against No, 2 and unbeaten Benet in the City-Suburban Showdown at the UIC Pavilion.

Young plays Brooks, a winner over Curie in the first semifinal, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Public League final at Chicago State.

Thompson, who only had two points until 3:47 remaining in the third quarter, took over the game down the stretch and played like a man possessed.

I knew I had to step up my game," Thompson said. "I felt as though I was underachieving. It seems like a switch went off in me.

Randolph says he feels a lot better now than when he played Simeon the first time.

That was my first game back," Randolph said. "Today I played with a lot of confidence and the way I know I can play. This was just a great victory for our team. Everybody gave it 100 percent. Im very proud of this team. During my 10 day sabbatical we were in great hands and this team did not skip a beat. Said Young coach Tyrone Slaughter This was a great win but there is still more basketball to play.

White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

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White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

One Jimenez just isn't enough for the White Sox.

The White Sox signed the younger brother of top prospect Eloy Jimenez this weekend. Enoy Jimenez is a 17-year-old infielder, and the 21-year-old outfielder ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball was on hand for his brother's big moment.

Eloy figures to hit the big leagues early next season, though it will likely be a while longer before his teenage brother could do the same. Still, they're likely hoping for the chance to play together one day.

According to this pretty exhaustive list from MLB.com, four sets of brothers have played together on the White Sox: Homer and Ted Blankenship in the 1920s, Dick and Hank Allen in the 1970s, Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 2003 and 2004 and John and Jordan Danks in 2012.

Should we be getting ready for the fifth pair?

Report: People around baseball believe Joe Girardi is waiting for managerial job with Cubs or White Sox

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Report: People around baseball believe Joe Girardi is waiting for managerial job with Cubs or White Sox

Joe Girardi won't be the manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 2019, perhaps because he has hopes of landing a gig in Chicago.

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, Girardi was in the running for the Reds' managerial job (which went to former Cubs third-base coach David Bell this weekend) but pulled himself out, this after interviewing for but not getting the same position with the Texas Rangers. Heyman cites "industry speculation" that Girardi might want to remain a free agent so he can land the job of skipper in Chicago.

Heyman is of course not specific, listing a city with two major league teams, leaving this open for interpretation as either the Cubs or the White Sox.

Obviously Girardi has a history on the North Side. He had two stints there as a player, from 1989 to 1992 and again from 2000 to 2002. Joe Maddon has one year remaining on his contract, and Cubs president Theo Epstein said during his end-of-season press conference that the team has not had discussions with Maddon about an extension. After managing the New York Yankees to their most recent World Series championship in 2009, Girardi might again want a crack at managing a big-market contender.

But if Girardi is simply itching to get back to his home state — he was born in Peoria and graduated from Northwestern — perhaps he has the White Sox on his wish list, too. Rick Renteria has one year remaining on his current contract, as well, and should the rebuilding White Sox see all their young talent turn into the contender they've planned, the manager of such a team would be an attractive position to hold.

But just because folks believe Girardi wants to manage in Chicago doesn't mean there'd be mutual interest. Despite Epstein's comments that there have been no extension talks with Maddon, the president of baseball operations also backed his manager in that same press conference, refusing to blame Maddon for the team's "broken" offense down the stretch last month. And Rick Hahn and the rest of White Sox brass heap frequent praise on the job Renteria has done in his two years, describing him as an important part of player development and of establishing a culture hoped to spread throughout the organization.

Plus, it's worth mentioning that Girardi's decade-long tenure in the Bronx came to an end amid suggestion that he was unable to connect with his young players. It's unknown how much of a realistic concern that would be for any team thinking about hiring him. But the recently fired Chili Davis believed that very issue was part of the reason his time as the Cubs' hitting coach came to an end. And there are few teams out there younger than the White Sox.

Again, it's just speculation for now. But if for some reason one or both Chicago teams don't hand out new contracts to their current managers, perhaps Girardi would be interested in an opening on either side of town.