Word on the Street: Bad news bears?

Word on the Street: Bad news bears?

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
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Bad news bears?

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and ex-fianc Kristin Cavallari might be on better terms than we thought. After Cavallari tweeted her fans to watch Dancing with the Stars, Cutler sent a message right back that read Good luck babe. Her response involved a smiley face.

I dont know about you, but I typically stay away from terms of endearment and smiley faces with an ex (@JayCutler6, @KristinCav)

Illinis Brown earns conference award

Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown showed just how much hes matured since last season. After recording just half a sack as a freshman, the sophomore earned Mondays Big Ten defensive player of the week award. Its the first time an Illini has won the award since December 2010. (ChicagoTribune)

Barkley isnt making friends in Miami

A lockout sure isnt enough to keep Charles Barkley from expressing his opinion of LeBron James. Last Friday, Barkley stated on an ESPN2 show that King James needs to lighten up and stop taking himself so seriously. Perhaps former NBA legends can share some words of wisdom? Well see if any offseason arguing comes of this (ProBasketballTalk)

Kane steps up his game

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane says hes ready to take his on-ice talents to another level. As he prepares for his fifth NHL season, the 22-year-old works to put himself at the very top of the league. (ChicagoTribune)

Bank of Kobe

Kobe Bryant has offered to loan money to NBA players as long as the lockout continues. Hes been very involved in meetings with the league and has stepped up to help those who make less money and dont have as much cushion room if the paychecks stop. Talk about good karma points! (ProBasketballTalk)

Judge says Richmond isnt going anywhere

Jereme Richmonds request to leave the state for basketball training has once again been denied by a Lake County judge. The former Illini was arrested Aug. 8 after threatening an ex-girlfriend and her family. In the meantime, Richmond will take online classes and train for a possible future with the NBA. (ChicagoTribune)

Gomez, Fiers lead Astros over White Sox

Gomez, Fiers lead Astros over White Sox

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer and Mike Fiers and three relievers combined for a shutout to help the surging Houston Astros to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

It was Houston's fourth straight victory and 11th in the last 12 games.

Fiers (6-3) scattered four hits over six innings. Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson didn't allow a hit in an inning each and Chris Devenski threw a scoreless ninth.

The Astros didn't have a baserunner until Miguel Gonzalez (1-4) plunked George Springer to start the fourth inning. He then walked Luis Valbuena before Jose Altuve grounded into a double play that left Springer at third.

Houston's first hit came next when Carlos Correa's strange infield popup dropped in front of shortstop Tim Anderson and allowed Springer to score and make it 1-0.

Gomez padded the lead when he sent one into the seats in left field with one out in the seventh to make it 3-0. Correa reached on an error by third baseman Tyler Saladino before Gomez's shot.

Gomez has started heating up after a tough start to the season that included a May when he hit just .136. He has hit four homers, five doubles and driven in 15 runs since June 5 to boost his average from .182 to .225.

Gonzalez yielded three hits and two runs in a season-high seven innings.

Houston first baseman A.J. Reed got his first major league hit with a single with two outs in the fifth inning. He was 0 for 16 since being called up on Saturday before the hit.

Valbuena added an RBI double in the eighth and Colby Rasmus had a run-scoring single in that inning to make it 5-0.

ALTUVE'S STREAK ENDS

Altuve went 0 for 4 without a walk to end a streak where he reached safely in a career-high 32 straight games. The streak was the longest by an Astro since Lance Berkman did it in 37 straight games from July 30-Sept. 8, 2004.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Matt Davidson had surgery on Friday after breaking his right foot rounding first base in his White Sox debut a day before. Davidson had a screw inserted to repair his foot and the White Sox don't know how long he'll be out. They recalled INF Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte before Friday's game to take his spot on the roster.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers, who was scratched from his last start on Tuesday with a blister on his right index finger, is doing better and is expected to make his next start on Monday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79) is scheduled to pitch for Chicago on Saturday. Sale, who leads the majors with 13 wins, has a four-game winning streak. Sale is 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA and 56 strikeouts in five career starts against Houston.

Astros: Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36) will start for Houston on Saturday. Fister allowed eight hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings of a loss to the Royals on Sunday to snap a seven-game winning streak.

 

Sky rally to beat Mystics in OT thriller

Sky rally to beat Mystics in OT thriller

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Elena Delle Donne had 28 points and 11 rebounds, Courtney Vandersloot hit a game-winner with 4.6 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Sky rallied to beat the Washington Mystics 86-84 on Friday night.

Delle Donne made a steal and went coast-to-coast to tie it at 84-all with 48.5 seconds left. After a Washington miss, Vandersloot dribbled down the clock and sank a pull-up jumper. Washington had a good look before the buzzer, but Stefanie Dolson's shot was blocked Erika de Souza.

Vandersloot finished with 14 points and five assists for Chicago (7-9), which is ranked No. 8 in the AP power poll. Delle Donne was 13 of 27 from the field for her fifth straight 20-plus scoring game. She also recorded her first double-double of the season.

Vandersloot drove the lane and fed it to Delle Donne for an open jumper to tie it at 77-all with 36.1 seconds left in regulation. Tayler Hill's runner in the lane was blocked by Imani Boyette and Delle Donne secured the rebound. Vandersloot found Boyette in the lane but her shot didn't fall and Washington didn't get off a shot before overtime.

Hill scored a career-high 25 points for fourth-ranked Washington (9-9). Kia Vaughn scored 14 of her 20 points in the first half for the Mystics, who tied a franchise record with their fourth overtime game of the season.

E'Twaun Moore signs four-year deal with Pelicans

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E'Twaun Moore signs four-year deal with Pelicans

E'Twaun Moore has agreed to a four-year deal worth $34 million with the New Orleans Pelicans, agent Mark Bartlestein told Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill.

Moore spent the last two seasons with the Bulls, putting together a career year last season in a reserve role. The 27-year-old shooting guard averaged 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 59 games, including 22 starts.

General manager Gar Forman said during the offseason the Bulls had interest in bringing back Moore, who's capable of playing both guard positions. But when free agency began Thursday night at 11:01 p.m., Moore's suitors came calling. It was reported that six teams, including New Orleans, were interested in the two-way guard.

In New Orleans he'll join a backcourt that is losing Eric Gordon to free agency and could lose both Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans the following year. The Pelicans drafted shooting guard Buddy Hield with the No. 6 pick in last month's NBA Draft.