Word on the Street: Bogans to start in opener

Word on the Street: Bogans to start in opener

Monday, Oct. 25, 2010CSNChicago.com

Bogans to start in opener

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau announced his starter's for Wednesday's regular-season opener in Oklahoma City and Keith Bogans will be the starting shooting guard to begin the season. Ronnie Brewer, who was expected to win the starting SG job, has been slowed by a sore hamstring and will begin the season coming off the bench.

"He's just been solid," Thibodeau said of Bogans. "He's a very good defensive player. He spreads the floor, can shoot the 3. He's a tough competitor. He's earned it." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Duncan, Big Mac coming back to StL

Pitching coach Dave Duncan and hitting coach Mark McGwire will return to the St. Louis Cardinals bench alongside Tony LaRussa for the 2011 season. The team announced Monday that McGwire had agreed to a one-year deal and Duncan to a deal of the two-year variety. Terms were not disclosed in regards to either deal. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Favre's record streak to end?

It looks like Vikings' QB Brett Favre's luck isn't getting any better. Still immersed in the embarrassing conversation regarding his alleged harrassment of Jenn Sterger, Favre's 2010 season was dealt another blow Sunday as he suffered yet another ankle injury during the Vikings' Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers.

This injury is likely the most serious threat to Favre's streak of 291 consecutive starts to date, but Vikings coach Brad Childress hasn't ruled Favre out of Sunday's game yet.

"Once he's functional, he can play,"Childress said. "As you know he's had ankle and heel problems for a long time so that walking boot makes him a little bit more comfortable and I wouldn't rule anything out in terms of the end of the week. Don't really have a time-frame work on it. (Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune)

Iverson to sign with Turkish team

Allen Iverson has agreed in principle to a two-year deal with Beskitas of the Turkish professional league. The incentive-laden contract is said to be worth about 4 million in total. Iverson, 35, plans to sign the contract this week and will likely report to Beskitas sometime during the week of Oct. 31. (Yahoo! Sports)

Bulls pick up options on Rose, Gibson, Johnson

As expected, the Bulls exercised team options Monday on Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and James Johnson. It was a foregone conclusion that the Bulls would pick up the options on Rose and Gibson, but there was some doubt as to the future of Johnson. After his strong preseason, though, the Bulls decided to pick up his option as well. All three players are now under contract through the 2011-2012 season. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Losing confidence in Singletary?

Former Chicago Bears great, and current San Francisco 49ers head coach,Mike Singletary may be falling out of favor with the 49ers ownership after a disappointing 1-6 start to the season. According to CSNBayArea.com, members of the team's "inner circle" expressed displeasure with the job Singletary has done as coach. When team president Jed York was directly asked about Singletary's job security, however, York replied "Mike's our coach." (CSNBayArea.com)

Kyle Baun healthy, ready for another chance with Blackhawks

Kyle Baun healthy, ready for another chance with Blackhawks

Kyle Baun couldn’t have asked for a better start to his second NHL season as he made the Blackhawks roster out of training camp.

It didn’t last long, however, as Baun was back with the Rockford IceHogs after two games with Chicago. As for that season in Rockford?

“That was a whole other story,” said Baun.

Indeed, Baun lost a good portion of his Rockford season when his right wrist was sliced twice by another player’s skate in mid-November. That, however, is all behind him. Now Baun hopes to replicate his 2015 camp performances and latch on with the big club longer.

Baun will play in his first preseason game this fall when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night. The 24-year-old skated is expected to start on a line with Tyler Motte and Tanner Kero, with whom he skated on Friday morning.

“I just want to simulate what I did last year, and it went well at the beginning,” Baun said. “I want to keep working hard, do what I did last year in the exhibition season and hopefully I can stick again.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Baun’s stint was short lived last fall; he was reassigned to Rockford on Oct. 16, and was looking to have a strong season there. Less than a month later, however, he suffered his right wrist injury that sidelined him for more than three months. Baun said he still wasn’t quite right even when he returned.

“I was trying to get back with the wrist and stuff, and I’m not sure it was 100 percent by the time I came back,” said Baun, who now wears Kevlar guards on his wrists. “So it was good to get a summer of training back in and get my legs under me.”

As for that wrist, Baun said it’s definitely “much better now.”

“The strength and dexterity is back,” he said. “It’s a small muscle, so to get the dexterity back was kind of tough.”

Baun is looking for another opportunity. Considering the opportunities for forwards this season, a good showing could lead to some more time in Chicago.

“I’m just trying to focus on my own game like last year. I think that worked for me, trying not to look too, too much into what everyone else is doing,” he said. “Consistency is the biggest thing here. They’re just looking for a guy who can come in, game in and game out, and improve.”

BRIEFLY

- Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Corey Crawford, who just wrapped up their World Cup of Hockey play on Thursday night, will probably get “three or four days off” before joining camp, assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. “They’ve been going for a long time,” Kitchen said. “We’ll give them some time off.”

- Coach Joel Quenneville flew to Pittsburgh with the team.

Three keys and prediction: Notre Dame - Syracuse

Three keys and prediction: Notre Dame - Syracuse

Here are three keys and a prediction for Saturday's Notre Dame-Syracuse game in New Jersey.

1. Make a play on Amba Etta-Tawo: Orange quarterback Eric Dungey targets Etta-Tawo, college football’s leading receiver through four weeks, an average of 13 times a game. Covering Etta-Tawo well is one thing, but that won’t necessarily mean Dungey will look elsewhere to throw the ball. Senior Cole Luke will probably get the first crack at guarding Etta-Tawo, and he’ll have to make a few plays on the ball (a tipped pass, an interception, etc.) to force Dungey out of his comfort zone. If Luke can’t do it, look for an underclassmen — Donte Vaughn, who picked off a pass against Duke, would have to lead that next group — to step in. Stopping Etta-Tawo would go a long way toward keeping the points down against Syracuse’s going-to-plaid offense. 

2. Meet “the standard” on offense. DeShone Kizer has been somewhere between very good and great this season, but it hasn’t been enough for Notre Dame to avoid any of their three losses. Syracuse’s defense is prone to allowing explosive plays and has struggled against the run, so triggering Josh Adams, Dexter Williams and/or Tarean Folston on the ground could allow Kizer to pick apart the Orange secondary as the game goes on. Most importantly, Kizer and his teammates need to avoid carelessly turning the ball over, as they did a few times against Michigan State and Syracuse. 

3. Effective play from the young guys. Kelly said one of the defensive changes we’ll see going forward is a lot more younger, talented players getting on the field in situations in which they weren’t equipped to in Brian VanGorder’s complex defense. Maybe that means defensive end Daelin Hayes using his elite pass rushing trait to pressure Dungey, or linebacker Asmar Bilal using his excellent speed trait to run with a crossing route and break up a pass. No matter how it happens, it has to happen — with that “it” being making defensive plays. Without sacks, TFLs, fumbles and/or interceptions, all that talk of Notre Dame having more “fun” this week will ring hollow on Saturday.

 

Prediction: Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 42. Adams and Williams both have big games on the ground and Kizer leads an offensive oscillating between explosive and efficient to, for the first time this year, enough points to overcome a shaky defensive performance.