Marshall to Suh: 'What you did to Jay wasnt cool'


Marshall to Suh: 'What you did to Jay wasnt cool'

All the usual right things were said after Monday nights game, that Ndamukong Suhs sack that left Jay Cutler with bruised ribs was clean and part of the game.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was having none of it.

Suh tucked in Cutlers arm as he was driving the Bears quarterback into the turf, a move that increased the possibility of injury. Suh, as is his custom after his various actions on the edge, said he wasnt trying to injure Cutler, contrary to all appearances.

Marshall (@BMarshall) tweeted early Tuesday morning:

A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn't cool. Great players don't have to do that.

Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012

A Suh. Something I've learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character

Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012
No immediate tweet back from Suh.

Time waits for no Bearsor is the other way around?

At some point all of those stories about the aging Bears defense will be accurate. They just werent two years ago, werent last year and still arent.

Charles Tillman shackled All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who did not catch a pass until late in the third quarter and had three for the game (of the 11 thrown to him). Tillman was credited with seven solo tackles, two pass breakups (one in the end zone) and two forced fumbles.

Lance Briggs forced a fumble by ripping the ball out of a running backs hands to go with eight tackles. Julius Peppers had a sack, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and recovered the fumble that Briggs caused.

Brian Urlacher had seven tackles, one for loss, a pass broken up and recovered the goal-line fumble caused by defensive tackle Henry Melton.

People say theyre getting older and stuff like that, said guard Rob Sims. But theyre not that old, know what I mean? Brian Urlacher is still playing well. Those guys are together for a reason and it shows.

Sick bay

The Bears took the highlight hit when Cutler was knocked out for a time with sore ribs after that Suh sack but the Lions took the harder blows.

Nickel wide receiver Nate Burleson was lost for the season with a broken leg.

James Shields earns first victory as White Sox top Twins

James Shields earns first victory as White Sox top Twins

James Shields received his first standing ovation of the season at U.S. Cellular Field as he headed to the dugout on Wednesday night.

The White Sox starter settled in after another shaky start and his offense kicked it into high gear in an 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins in front of 18,571. Shields limited the Twins to a leadoff solo homer in the first inning and pitched into the seventh to earn his first win for the White Sox. Brett Lawrie, Tyler Saladino and Todd Frazier all homered for the White Sox, who have won six of their last nine and are 39-39. Nate Jones earned the save after Matt Purke and Dan Jennings combined to allow five runs in the ninth inning.

The scenario looked all too familiar for Shields as Eduardo Nunez opened the game with a solo home run on an 0-1 pitch to put the Twins ahead.

Shields, who had a 21.81 ERA in his first three starts with the White Sox, two of which resulted in him being booed off the mound by the home crowd, found even more trouble. He recorded pair of outs but walked Brian Dozier and he scooted to third on Trevor Plouffe’s single. But more in line with his last start in Boston, Shields took another big step forward and got out of trouble, stranding two. Two innings later, Shields worked around consecutive singles to start the third as he induced double play off Joe Mauer’s bat and Dozier’s bunt attempt resulted in a comebacker.

Adam Eaton assisted Shields in a big way in the fifth inning when he easily threw out Kurt Suzuki at home. Suzuki, who started the play on first, was forced home as Nunez nearly caught him speeding into third. But Shields stranded Nunez in scoring position as well as another runner in the sixth. He recorded two more outs before giving way after a Byron Buxton double.

As he exited, Shields was showered with applause from the appreciative crowd.

He allowed a run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking one.

One night after they couldn’t provide for Jose Quintana, the White Sox offense went overboard for Shields. Lawrie’s opposite-field solo homer with two outs in the second inning off Ricky Nolasco tied the game at 1. J.B. Shuck then singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Avisail Garcia.

The White Sox never looked back as Saladino’s solo shot in the fifth made it a 3-1 game. Frazier started a five-run sixth inning with a solo homer -- the team’s 13th consecutive solo homer. Saladino singled in a run with two outs to chase Nolasco and make it 5-1. Tim Anderson’s two-run single made it a blowout and Eaton singled him in to make it 8-1. Shuck added a sac fly in the seventh for the White Sox, who went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Denzel Valentine: Bulls' versatility will 'make us so dangerous'

Denzel Valentine: Bulls' versatility will 'make us so dangerous'

The Bulls are undergoing a "retooling" in their backcourt after dealing Derrick Rose to the Knicks, drafting Denzel Valentine and attempting to re-sign E'Twaun Moore in free agency.

That, combined with Jimmy Butler, the addition of Jerian Grant and an already versatile frontcourt will give Fred Hoiberg plenty of options that Valentine believes will make the Bulls "dangerous" in 2016-17.

"I think that's going to make us so dangerous this year, is we are versatile with our guards," He said on Wednesday night's White Sox broadcast. "And in those three positions I feel like we're going to be able to guard and do a lot of things offensively and throw a lot at you when we're coming down on offense. And the defensive end, too.

"I think we're going to have a really good team this year with all that we have, and I'm glad to be part of the building year, or whatever you want to call it."

On paper the Bulls will have more versatility than a year ago. Valentine is capable of playing either wing position and can handle the ball, though he doesn't project as a point guard. Butler can play and defend four positions, and Grant is capable of playing either guard spot. Bringing back E'Twaun Moore would benefit that versatility greatly, as he's capable of playing on or off the ball.

In the frontcourt, the Bulls will need to replace Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, neither of whom provided much versatility. Robin Lopez is entrenched at center, which will give the Bulls' stretch forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis more room to roam the perimeter.

Wherever Valentine plays, and however Hoiberg uses him in Year 1, the Michigan State rookie said he's ready to do what's asked of him from a franchise known for winning.

"My job is to just come in, do what I can do best and just work on my game and try to lead as best as I can," he said on SportsTalk Live (in the video above). "I'm not coming in to step on anybody's toes but I'm going to do what I can to lead and be a good teammate and try to win some games."

White Sox P Zach Putnam: 'It was definitely time to speak up' about injured elbow

White Sox P Zach Putnam: 'It was definitely time to speak up' about injured elbow

He’s evaluating his options and hopes for the best, but Zach Putnam knew it was time to speak up to the White Sox about his right elbow.  

The White Sox right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. His options are two types of surgery, including reconstructive elbow surgery, or to rehab the injury. Putnam said he’s constantly dealt with some general soreness in the same area in which he had bone spurs removed during an August 2013 surgery. But some of the pain Putnam -- who has a 2.30 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings this season -- recently has felt is beyond what he had previously experienced.

“My last two outings … I started having some pretty serious issues again that I couldn’t ignore,” Putnam said. “It’s one of those things were you’ve got to try to find the line between what you can work through and what’s typical reliever stuff and when to say something. I felt like in my opinion that it was definitely time to speak up.”

“I was having a hard time throwing strikes, losing some feeling in my fingers. It was starting to become an issue. Like I said, we are trying to address it non-surgically and hope for the best. Worst-case scenario, yeah probably end up having something done. But we are going to try to avoid that.”

Putnam has been working out, but hasn’t thrown a baseball. The current plan calls for resting his arm and letting the inflammation die down. But he could at least attempt to play catch again soon, perhaps this weekend when he accompanies the team to Houston.

“I’m just not doing baseball specific stuff,” Putnam said. “I’m not throwing right now. That may change in the next couple of days as we try to ramp it back up. We are not going to waste too much time down from throwing. It kind of defeats the purpose.”

“I’m going to continue to work on it every day and maybe start throwing for the first time over the weekend. Not totally sure. As I say, it’s day to day. Every day I come in, we try to evaluate. Meeting with team doctors every other day to try to figure out where we are at and what the next step is.”