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)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls welcome Cavaliers to town

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls welcome Cavaliers to town

In the latest installment of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, the panel previews the Bulls' matchup against the Cavaliers. 

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Mark Carman (WGN Radio), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Kendall Gill to break down the keys to a Bulls win. Later, Vincent Goodwill (CSNChicago.com) joins Luke to discuss the team's progress. 

Finally, LeBron James pays off his World Series bet and the entire media world is there to see it. 

Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below: 

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.