Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Bosh backs Rose, backs off Asik
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh had some strong words for the Bulls' young center Omer Asik the last time the two teams played on Jan. 15. The Bulls won that game 99-96, but Bosh was forced to sit out the fourth quarter after rolling his ankle in a loose-ball scramble with Asik.
After the game, Bosh was critical of Asik. During Thursday morning's shootaround, however, Bosh backed off his criticism.
"I never watched the tape until about two weeks ago. After I watched the tape, I was like, 'Ok, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was.'"Bosh had even better things to say about Derrick Rose, calling him - not his teammate LeBron James - the league MVP.
"LeBron has won the last two," Bosh said. "He is my teammate. But Derrick has had a phenomenal season. Looking at their record and how improved they are as a team and how much improved he is as a player, I think it's close. But I think I would give it to Derrick if I were a voter." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Wainwright out for the season
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, who was reported yesterday to have suffered an elbow injury, will be out for the entire 2011 season. He will undergo Tommy John surgery, which has a usual recovery time of 12-18 months. His loss creates a significant hole in the Cardinals' rotation. (Hardball TalkNBC Sports)Ex-Bull Hinrich traded to AtlantaFormer-Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich is headed to Atlanta. Hinrich and teammate Hilton Armstrong were traded to Atlanta by the Wizards on Wednesday night in exchange for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Mo Evans, and a 2011 first-round draft pick.
Hinrich, 30, was a the Bulls' first-round pick in 2003 and is considered a tough, hard nosed player by many around the league. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)Anthony's debut highest rated Knicks game since JordanCarmelo Anthony's debut with the New York Knicks on Wednesday night was must-see TV. Wednesday's game was the highest rated regular-season game at Madison Square Garden since Michael Jordan's infamous "double nickel" game 16 years ago in which Jordan dropped 55 points on the Knicks.The Knicks say the game generated a 6.75 household rating, nearly doubling their previous high this season of 3.61 when the Celtics visited on Dec. 15 (The Canadian Press)
NFL, Union making 'some progress'According to the federal mediator overseeing talks between the NFL and the players' union, the two sides have made "some progress" over their seven consecutive days of face-to-face meetings. However, the mediator said that "very strong differences remain."
"Just continue talking, man -- that's what we're doing," Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday said as he got into a car. "I think ownership -- everybody -- needs to know that we're all committed to it and committed to getting something done." (ChicagoBreakingSports)Schaumburg Flyers evictedThe Schaumburg Flyers minor-league baseball team is being evicted from Alexian Field for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent and fees. This news leaves a major hole in their minor league schedule and begins to raise questions about fielding a new hometown team.The team has been ordered by a Cook County Circuit Judge to vacate the field by March 6, leaving the city of Schaumburg free to negotiate with other teams. (chicagotribune.com)
Canadiens acquire ex-Hawk SopelThe Montreal Canadiens acquired former-Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel and forward Nigel Dawes from the Thrashers for Ben Maxwell and a fourth-round pick. Sopel is expected to help bolster the Canadiens penalty kill and also adds size to a small blue line.
Sopel was one of the players that fell victim to the Blackhawks offseason purge to get their roster under salary cap after winning the Stanley Cup Championship. (Sporting News)Ryan denies using racial slur with DuersonFormer Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan denied accusations that he used a racial epithet with the late Dave Duerson. Duerson, in an interview last November, said that upon first meeting the former Bears coach, Ryan told him he would not be with the team long and used a racial slur.
Ryan's responded Thursday. "I never used that word," he said. "It's not in my vocabulary." (ChicagoBreakingSports)