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)

Sub-.500 Hawkeyes on four-game losing streak after home loss to Omaha

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Sub-.500 Hawkeyes on four-game losing streak after home loss to Omaha

Things are not going too well in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes saw their losing streak stretch to four games Saturday with an upsetting 98-89 home loss to Omaha.

Iowa has been a high-scoring team this season, entering the weekend with the Big Ten's No. 2 scoring offense at 85.6 points a game, but it's also been the league's worst defensive team, allowing an average of 85 points a game. And that's before the Mavericks nearly hit the century mark on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes were out-rebounded, including a big advantage for the Mavericks on the offensive boards, where they turned 19 offensive rebounds into 20 second-chance points. Omaha's bench outscored Iowa's bench, 37-9, and the Mavericks had a 40-26 scoring edge in the paint.

Trailing by six after allowing 53 first-half points, the Hawkeyes led for just 18 seconds over the game's final 21-plus minutes.

Peter Jok, the Big Ten's leading scorer, poured in 33 points in this one, though efficiency was not his strong suit, going 8-for-21 from the field. He added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Iowa's losing streak stands at four, the loss to Omaha linking with losses to Virginia, Memphis and Notre Dame. In the last three games, the Hawkeyes have surrendered an average of 96.7 points. In four of their five losses on the season — the heretofore unmentioned one coming against Seton Hall — opponents have scored at least 91 points.

The Hawkeyes' only wins this season have come against Kennesaw State, Savannah State and Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Iowa has five more non-conference games — including a date with ranked in-state rival Iowa State — prior to the start of Big Ten play at the end of the month.

Illini defense dominant in capping bounce-back week with win over VCU

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Illini defense dominant in capping bounce-back week with win over VCU

What a difference a week makes.

Last week was a nightmare for Illinois, with a home loss to Winthrop followed by back-to-back double-digit losses to West Virginia and Florida State in Brooklyn.

But things went much differently this week, with Tuesday's win over North Carolina State paired with a Saturday victory over VCU to make for a bounce-back stretch for a team that looked lost just a handful of days ago.

Saturday's win in Miami came in convincing fashion, Illinois victorious by a 64-46 score over a team that's been to six straight NCAA tournaments.

The Illinois defense held VCU to its lowest scoring output since 2005. The Illini held the Rams to just 30.2-percent shooting and 2-for-18 shooting from 3-point range.

The Illini fell behind early in this one but countered VCU's opening success with a 19-3 run that put them ahead by eight in the closing minutes of the first half. That run featured seven points from Leron Black and five from Maloclm Hill, the start of huge games for both guys. A Hill buzzer-beater at the half gave Illinois its biggest lead of the opening 20 minutes at 10.

VCU scored 11 straight points in the early stages of the second half to chop a 12-point Illinois lead all the way down to one. Things stayed close until a 10-3 run by the Illini — featuring eight points from Jalen Coleman-Lands — stretched the Illinois edge back out to double digits, an 11-point lead with about three minutes to go. After a pair of VCU free throws, Hill knocked down a 3-pointer with two and a half minutes left to seal the game, establishing a 12-point advantage the stretched to nearly 20 by the final horn.

Black finished the game with a career-high 18 points, coming close to a double-double with eight rebounds. Hill had 16 points and filled the stat sheet with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block. Coleman-Lands was an unusual oh-fer from 3-point range but still scored in double figures with 12 points. Tracy Abrams was a perfect 3-for-3 from deep, accounting for all nine of his points, and had six rebounds and four assists.

Illinois sits at 6-3 on the season, two games better than it was a week ago after back-to-back wins against name opponents. Four more non-conference games are on the docket — against IUPUI, Central Michigan, BYU and Missouri — before the start of Big Ten play at the end of the month.