Simeon gets a scare; escapes with victory


Simeon gets a scare; escapes with victory

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
10:47 p.m.
By Michael O'Brien

Before the season began, Simeon coach Robert Smith said his team had a chance to be better than the Derrick Rose and Tim Flowers-led Simeon squads that won back-to-back state titles.

Even with those lofty expectations, Smith didn't imagine the Wolverines would be able to make it through the tough Red-South conference unscathed, but that's exactly what happened on Thursday as top-ranked Simeon defeated Bogan 69-60.

"I thought we would slip up here or there," Smith said. "The conference was really tough this year. I didn't think we would make it through undefeated."

Bogan did its best to throw the Wolverines, starting the game over an hour early. As soon as Simeon arrived at the school the varsity team had to play. Bogan usually has the sophomores play before the varsity.

"I'm not going to say they did it on purpose," Smith said. "But this is the first time in the six years I've been coming here that the varsity played first."

Bogan led 28-23 at the half, as Simeon star Jabari Parker shot just 2-for-11 from the field. Parker came alive in the third quarter, scoring seven of his game-high 17 points. Simeon closed the third quarter with a 8-2 run to take the lead for good.

Sophomore Kendrick Nunn (10 points) drained two three-pointers during the run.

"It's an experienced team," Smith said. "Stuff doesn't bother them. We don't panic. We don't get rattled."

Darien Walker scored 13 points and Steve Walker added 10 for the Wolverines (18-0, 9-0) who clinched the Red-South title with the victory.

Ronnell Buckner and DeVaughn Johnson each scored 16 for the No. 21 Bengals (17-6, 8-1) and Stanley Malcom added 13 points.

"The kids talk about going undefeated," Smith said. "We are taking it game by game. But the kids goal is to be national champions. You can't do that if you lose."

Simeon is currently ranked fourth in the nation by USA Today.

Michael Jordan voices concern, donates $2 million to police, African-American groups

Michael Jordan voices concern, donates $2 million to police, African-American groups

Michael Jordan has decided to speak out on the country's growing racial and social unrest.

The NBA legend released a statement Monday voicing his concern about the shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers. In the statement, Jordan announced his donation of $1 million each to two organizations involved in efforts to bring police officers and African-Americans together.

"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”

As someone who has been known for — and criticized for — keeping a low profile when it comes to social and political advocacy, this is a big public milestone for Jordan.

You can read Jordan's full statement to The Undefeated here.

Pat Fitzgerald tweets apology to Lovie Smith for 'fumbling' welcome


Pat Fitzgerald tweets apology to Lovie Smith for 'fumbling' welcome

It was an honest mistake, but one that started a small social media brushfire.

Northwestern head coach was the first coach to speak Monday at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, and he started by welcoming new head coaches Chris Ash, DJ Durkin and Tracy Claeys to the Big Ten "coaches fraternity." Ash and Durkin were Big Ten assistants and are now working their first years at Rutgers and Maryland, respectively, while Claeys is in his first full season as the head man at Minnesota after taking over midseason for Jerry Kill last year.

But one name was noticeably absent from Fitzgerald's welcome list: first-year Illinois head coach Lovie Smith.

Social media lit up with speculation of a rivalry-fueled snub, but everybody settle down, this was hardly intentional. And Fitzgerald corrected his mistake via Twitter right after his press conference concluded.

Smith's arrival at Illinois brings plenty of attention, the former Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach bringing his NFL resume to Champaign. It also adds more intrigue to the annual battle for the Land of Lincoln Trophy. Fitzgerald's Wildcats and Smith's Illini meet in the annual fight for "the hat" on Nov. 26 in Evanston.

Dan Hayes discusses Chris Sale incident on The Dan Patrick Show

Dan Hayes discusses Chris Sale incident on The Dan Patrick Show

CSN's White Sox Insider Dan Hayes joined The Dan Patrick Show on Monday to weigh in on the recent Chris Sale incident and what it means for the White Sox and Sale going forward as the Aug. 1 trade deadline approaches. 

The White Sox announced Sunday that Chris Sale is suspended for five days after reportedly being so furious over having to wear the team's 1976 throwback uniforms on Saturday that he cut them up so they couldn't be worn. Sale was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home by the White Sox.

Hayes called the incident "a little bit of a crazy story," saying that the way it all played out "went in an entirely different direction than everybody thought it would." While he didn't have many details regarding what actually took place in the White Sox clubhouse on Saturday, Hayes did say he heard "scissors were not the culprit."  

When asked if this impacts the likelihood of Sale being traded, Hayes was quick to say "I don't see it happening now. It's possible this offseason but right now they want a major league player back amongst the package and it's going to be hard for a team like the Rangers or the Red Sox to give you the star player back during a pennant chase."

However, Hayes didn't completely dismiss the idea of a trade taking place before the Aug. 1 deadline, saying "anything can happen, teams are motivated right now."

Hear what else Hayes had to say about Sale and the White Sox in the video above.