Word on the Street: Buehrle stands by Vick comments

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Word on the Street: Buehrle stands by Vick comments

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
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Buehrle stands by Vick comments

WhiteSox lefty Mark Buehrle has no problem standing behind what he saidabout Michael Vick last week, when he admitted "there were times wehope he gets hurt."

Today, Buehrle said the following:"No, I said it. Its an old story. Again, we are not bringing dramainside and past history stuff. So, I said it, meant it. Its over, andwell move on." (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)

Hawks close to acquiring Mark Stuart?

The Blackhawks may be close to acquiring defenseman Mark Stuart from Boston. According to the rumor, the Hawks would be sending the Bruins a draft pick in return for Stuart, whose departure would help the Boston clear salary space.

In 31 games so far this season, Stuart has a total of five points (one goal, four assists). (ProHockeyTalk)

Patrick Kane makes list of Top 5 U.S. born hockey players

On Sunday, February 20, the 2011 Hockey Day in America on NBC will be covering four hockey games spotlighting the growth of hockey in the United States.

They have compiled a list discussing the top five U.S. - born players that will appear in Sunday's contests. Blackhawks' winger Patrick Kane came into the list at the No. 2 spot.

The other four players that made the list were No. 1 Ryan Miller (Sabres), No. 3 Brian Rafalski (Red Wings), No. 4 Brandon Dubinsky (Rangers) and Jimmy Howard (Red Wings).
(ProHockeyTalk)

White Sox are a fat team

According to a study by the Wall Street Journal, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 White Sox take the top three spots in history for the heaviest teams. Citing players such as Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, the Sox averaged 219.4 pounds per player. With the addition of Adam Dunn for 2011, that number probably won't go down very much. (wsj.com)

NFL, NFLPA agree...

... to do nothing but talk for a week.

A league source (but not a league office source) says that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was disclosed in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

Thursday included two tiny steps forward for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done. (profootballtalk.com)

Tigers' Cabrera charged with DUI

Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida late Wednesday night for drunk driving. Cabrera's car was reportedly stopped alongside the road with his engine smoking when he was spotted by police. The arrest report states that Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, and even took a swig of scotch in front of an officer.

This is not Cabrera's first brush with controversy. In 2009, the night before his team lost the AL Central Division title to the twins, he got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking. (CNN)

White Sox decide to keep Sale in bullpen

After an offseason full of speculation about whether the White Sox would move Chris Sale into the rotation or keep him in the bullpen the drama is already over, as general manager Ken Williams announced that Sale will be used as a reliever.

Sale had a 1.93 ERA last season with 32 strikeouts in 23 innings. (HardballTalk.com)

Rodman owes 42K in back taxes

According to a report, former-Bull Dennis Rodman owes more than 42,000 in back taxes to the state of California. However, Rodman's business manager, Peggy King, is disputing the state's claim.

King says, "It's got to be incorrect" because Rodman recentlyreceived a refund check from the state "for 42,000 or 43,000." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Manumaleuna to have surgery

Bears tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Manumaleuna, who signed a five-year contract with the bears before the start of last season, underwent a similar surgery on his left knee before last year's NFL draft. Because the surgery is being done so early in the offseason, he is expected to be back to full strength in time for training camp. (National Football Post)

Barkley: Bulls could be best in the East

NBA-great Charles Barkley had some high praise for the Bulls on Wednesday, during a taping of "The Jay Leno Show." Barkley said that he thinks that, once Joakim Noah returns from injury, the Bulls could be better than both the Heat and Celtics - the two teams currently ahead of the Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

"The Chicago Bulls, if they get everybody healthy, might be the best team in the East," Barkley told Leno.(ChicagoBreakingSports)

Michael Jordan, No. 32?

Here's a fun, nonsensical little story; the mystery of the No. 32 Michael Jordan statue. The incorrectly-numbered statue appeared in the background of the Jimmy Kimmel show while he was shaving the head of pop star Justin Bieber.

So, where did the statue come from? In short; nobody knows, but apparently it's not the only one. And, in case you wondered, it costs 650. (Ball Don't LieYahoo! Sports)

Mark Dantonio takes to Twitter to criticize stories on ex-Spartans QB Connor Cook

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Mark Dantonio takes to Twitter to criticize stories on ex-Spartans QB Connor Cook

Mark Dantonio surely wasn't happy about Connor Cook's unexpected fall in the NFL Draft. But the Michigan State head coach appears to be even less happy over explanations of why Cook's fall happened.

Dantonio took to Twitter in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to express his displeasure over a story in the Detroit News explaining why Cook plummeted down the draft boards of many teams. Though no specific title or writer was named, a story published Saturday titled "Personality issues caused Connor Cook's fall in draft" seems like the target of Dantonio's tweet.

Dantonio followed up with another Tuesday-morning tweet aimed at the Detroit Free Press. Again, no specific story or writer was mentioned by the coach, but one can assume that a Sunday story titled "Connor Cook could not satisfy NFL teams' questions about leadership" might be the one. It in itself was a follow up to an earlier story by the same writer titled "Connor Cook leaves some teams uneasy in NFL draft."

After a head-scratching fall, Cook was eventually selected in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders, who used the No. 100 pick on a quarterback who at one point looked like one of this draft's top prospects at the position. While Cook's 2015 season with the Spartans wasn't statistically sensational, he still established himself as perhaps the Big Ten's best quarterback and still led his team to a Big Ten championship and an appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Cook finished his career at Michigan State, during which he was a three-year starter, with a 35-5 record, something Dantonio pointed out in those tweets.

So what was the big deal? Well, according to that Detroit News story, Cook earned the skepticism of NFL teams with his personality.

The fact that Cook was not elected a team captain back in the fall has been talked to death and probably way overblown considering the Spartans were a senior-laden group with a lot of high-caliber choices for that honor. Center Jack Allen was elected the offensive captain, and in another draft stunner, he wasn't selected at all last weekend.

But the Detroit News story went further, attributing NFL personnel who described Cook as "arrogant" with "an overall attitude issue."

That first Detroit Free Press story quoted one NFL coach saying, "There’s something about him that you just don’t trust him," and another saying, "There’s just something put-offish about him."

You can see why Dantonio would be upset.

But it seems the writers shouldn't be the one drawing Dantonio's ire. While everyone always gets upset when quotes are attributed to anonymous people, that seems to be a more common thing in stories about the NFL Draft than in stories about government corruption. NFL personnel obviously had issues with Cook, whether those were justified or not. If they didn't, Cook would've been selected much earlier. The reporters are reporting on those issues.

So maybe instead of attacking the stories, Dantonio should be going after the NFL front offices that deemed his 35-5 quarterback undraftable.

Northwestern to pay $1.2 million for 2017 non-conference game vs. Nevada

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Northwestern to pay $1.2 million for 2017 non-conference game vs. Nevada

Usually, people spend a lot of money to travel to Nevada and partake in its various entertainment options.

Northwestern is spending a lot of money to bring Nevada to Evanston.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday that Northwestern will pay Nevada a whopping $1.2 million to travel to play a non-conference football game in Evanston in 2017.

Big-conference schools paying out large sums of money to play host to small-conference schools is nothing new and downright commonplace. The school from the larger conference, the Big Ten in this case, gets a relatively easier opponent in hopes of securing a non-conference win. The school from the smaller conference, in this case the Mountain West, gets a big payday that is vital to keeping its program competitive and funding things throughout the athletics department.

It's generally a win-win, though this kind of situation also sets up the big-conference school for potential embarrassment. Should the small-conference school score an upset, well then the loss comes with a million-dollar price tag. Big Ten fans will surely remember Michigan's folly with Appalachian State, and that's not the only time such a thing has occurred.

So now it's Northwestern's turn to shell out the cash for a date with Nevada. The Wolf Pack have posted a 7-6 record in four of the last five seasons, with a 4-8 finish thrown in there, too. The two schools met twice previously in 2006 and 2007, splitting that home-and-home series.

Northwestern's non-conference schedule for the 2017 season is now complete, with this Nevada game accompanying a road game against Duke and a home game against Western Illinois.

Big Ten vs. Big East: Matchups announced for Gavitt Tipoff Games

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Big Ten vs. Big East: Matchups announced for Gavitt Tipoff Games

Last season saw the inaugural edition of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, a non-conference event pitting Big Ten teams against Big East teams.

Well, Year 2 of the event is coming up this fall, and the matchups were announced Tuesday, featuring a total of eight teams from last season's NCAA tournament field.

The highlight is without a doubt Purdue clashing with Villanova, the reigning national champion following its unforgettable win in last month's national title game.

But there are plenty of other noteworthy games, including a rematch of last season's tremendous Maryland-Georgetown bout, Wisconsin visiting Creighton, Iowa playing host to Seton Hall and Ohio State welcoming Providence to Columbus.

Here's the full schedule.

— Villanova at Purdue (Monday, Nov. 14)
— Maryland at Georgetown (Tuesday, Nov. 15)
— Wisconsin at Creighton (Tuesday Nov. 15)
— Northwestern at Butler (Wednesday, Nov. 16)
— Seton Hall at Iowa (Thursday, Nov. 17)
— Providence at Ohio State (Thursday, Nov. 17)
— Rutgers at DePaul (Thursday, Nov. 17)
— St. John's at Minnesota (Friday, Nov. 18)