Slaughter suspended; Young on probation


Slaughter suspended; Young on probation

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
1:32 p.m.By Michael O'Brien
Young coach Tyrone Slaughter has been suspended from all coachingactivities until Feb. 14, according to IHSA Executive Director MartyHickman. Young is also on probation until Jan. 1, 2012. Thepenalties are the result of the IHSA's investigation into Young's boysbasketball practice at Burr Ridge Middle School on Nov. 12, 2010. Slaughter is suspended from all team events, including contact with players and coaches.
Thiswas not an event that came together at a moments notice, Hickman saidin a statement. Youngs basketball program had ample time to seekclearance from its athletic administration, high school administrationor from the IHSA. Had they done so, they would have been notified thata practice of this nature violates the IHSA Recruiting Bylaws,specifically 3.071 and 3.073.
The practice was first revealed in the Sun-Times on Dec. 9.Slaughterconfirmedthat the practice happened, but didn't give a specific reason why.According to the IHSA media release, Young had a conflict at its campusgym on Nov. 12 and practiced at Burr Ridge Middle School on the way toa team event. "It's not against the rules," Slaughter said. "There is no rule against it. There is nothing."Burr Ridge Middle School Principal Julie Bartell said the practice was "an opportunity for our students."Thispractice violated the IHSA recruiting by-laws and would have done soeven if none of the attendees were basketball players, added Hickman.The fact Whitney Young traveled some 20 miles from its campus toconduct a practice, with an audience which was made up almostexclusively of middle school basketball players was especiallytroubling. A schools administration can market its programs, but ithas to be done in the overall context of the schools academic andextracurricular programs. This event was conducted by the coach andonly provided the attendees with the opportunity to learn about WhitneyYoungs boys basketball program.With that said, we did not find evidence that any particular players were recruited, as was previously alleged.
Hinsdale South filed an official complaint with the IHSA in December.

Morning Update: Cubs tie up World Series with Game 2 win; Bulls begin season against Celtics

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CLEVELAND - It doesn't take long for the 2016 Cubs to rebound.

Their American League-style lineup is just simply too talented to keep down for an extended period of time, especially with Kyle Schwarber now added back into the fold.

They Cubs hitters are so confident, they even left Progressive Field feeling good about themselves despite being shut out in Game 1 of the World Series.

The Cubs got on the board early Wednesday night, plating a run on the third batter of the game as Anthony Rizzo doubled home Kris Bryant.

"Take the momentum away. Take the crowd out of it," Bryant said. "It's nice to score first. Especially when you're the visiting team, to get out there and score within the first three batters is huge."

The early lead helped the lineup settle in and keep their foot on the gas for a 5-1 victory to take the series back to Wrigley Field tied one game apiece.

"Especially with a young lineup, I think when you see a few guys go up there and take some good quality at-bats, one happens after the other and the other guys seem to do the same thing," Ben Zobrist said. "It takes a lot of pressure off. When you see other guys having good, quality at-bats, you don't feel like you have to take pitches and you can be aggressive early on. 

"Oftentimes when you're aggressive in the zone is when you take the tough ones. We did a good job tonight laying off some good pitches. When they made mistakes in the zone, we really hit the ball hard. Even though we scored five runs, obviously we had a lot of baserunners on and we could've scored a lot more."

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Zobrist has a point.

The night after leaving nine runners on base and going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, the Cubs left 13 runners on base and tallied just three hits in 12 tries with runners in scoring position.

Between nine hits and eight walks, there were Cubs on base all game. Indians pitchers didn't retire Cubs hitters in order in an inning until the seventh.

The Cubs also forced the Indians to throw 196 pitches in nine innings and worked starter Trevor Bauer to 51 pitches through the first two frames.

"That was good for us," Bryant said. "We saw a lot of their bullpen, so we have a lot of information to learn from and hopefully use in the next game."

Anthony Rizzo summed up the lineup's mentality simply:

"Grind out at-bats, work the pitcher's pitch count up and get the next guy up," he said.

That "pass the baton" mentality is what drives this offense and after a brief lull in that regard in Los Angeles when they were shut out in back-to-back games in the NLCS, the Cubs leave Cleveland feeling pretty good.

"When we're able to [get pitch counts up], you can kinda feel it - our offense really feeds off of that," Zobrist said. "We believe that we're going to break through eventually."