Word on the Street: Bosh backs Rose, backs off Asik

Word on the Street: Bosh backs Rose, backs off Asik

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
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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)

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger has been sidelined a little longer than the originally expected three weeks with his right hand injury. Not that any missed time is enjoyable.

"I wanted to get back there probably a few weeks ago but unfortunately I couldn't," said Kruger, who suffered his injury on Dec. 30 against the Carolina Hurricanes. "I tried to listen to the doctors and do everything I can instead to be ready when I get cleared. That's my mindset."

Kruger is close, but not quite there, as the Blackhawks prepared for Sunday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Kruger skated with his teammates for the first time since being injured but wasn't among the line rushes. The center took faceoffs on his own at the end of practice. Kruger pronounced himself, "pretty close," to returning. Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks will see how Kruger is over the next few days. The Blackhawks play again Tuesday and Thursday before heading into the All-Star break this weekend.

The Blackhawks have missed Kruger's versatility and especially his play on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks' kill has been fine through Kruger's absence but he nevertheless is a big part of it when he's healthy.

"We have a lot of options and when he's out everyone gets a more important role, whether starting or faceoffs. And we have a rotation of five guys who are in there most of the time. But he definitely absorbs the most responsibility when he's playing in that area," Quenneville said of Kruger. "So it's nice you get to try some other guys and you get deeper as you go along."

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One of the players who's emerged in Kruger's absence is Tanner Kero, who filled his third-line center void. Kero and linemates Vinnie Hinostroza and Marian Hossa clicked on the dads trip, coming up with big plays and points in the Blackhawks' victories over Colorado and Boston. As of now, Kero appears to have the hold on third-line center.

"I don't see too many things that would change his positioning because he really helped himself," Quenneville said.

Kruger said he's fine if that means returning to fourth-line center duties. Regardless, he'll help bolster the Blackhawks' forward lines. The last step is likely contact, which Kruger got a little of – outside of faceoffs – in Sunday's skate. Kruger's had to wait a little longer than expected on his injury but he's getting there.

Cubs, White Sox react to tragic deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

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Cubs, White Sox react to tragic deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

The sports world woke up to some tragic news on Sunday morning.

Former major leaguer Andy Marte and Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura were both killed in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic within an hour of each other, according to multiple reports. A Royals representative confirmed the death of 25-year-old Ventura.

The Cubs and White Sox took to Twitter to give their condolences:

Ventura was a member of the Royals from 2013-16 and won a World Series title in 2015 with Ben Zobrist and Wade Davis, who the Cubs acquired this offseason for Jorge Soler. Ventura also played with White Sox pitcher James Shields in 2013-14.

Marte, 33, played a majority of his seven-year career with the Cleveland Indians. He was teammates with Todd Hollandsworth (Atlanta 2005), Kerry Wood (Cleveland 2009-10), and Miguel Montero (Arizona 2014).