Word on the Street: Canadiens fan defends Turco

Word on the Street: Canadiens fan defends Turco

Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Canadiens fan defends Turco

The Canadian businessman who was thrust into the spotlight Tuesday night after he reportedly made an in-game bet with Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco is now coming out in support of the Hawks' net-minder. He says that Turco did not give him "wads" of cash as has been reported.

"I think it's gotten a little out of hand with people saying things online or the radio about me and what happened that just aren't true,'' said Robert Walter, the man with whom Turco made the bet. "When I called the radio station (Team 990) after the game from the car, I told them the story and said, 'Marty Turco gave me a wadded-up 5 bill,' and I think people heard that and thought he gave me 'wads,' or more than that.''

"To read anything into this is silly. Turco never lost focus during the game, we only talked during breaks and the only reason I made this public was to say pro sports need more guys like this.'' (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Dwight Howard out vs. Bulls

Dwight Howard picked up yet another technical foul on Wednesday night, giving him a league-high 18 on the season. The technical came after he was charged with a rare 10-second violation at the free throw line.

After the call, Howard tossed the ball away from the official out of frustration and was immediately called for the technical. After the NBA upheld the call, Howard will be forced to serve a one-game suspension when the Magic host the Bulls on Sunday. (ProBasketbalTalk.com)

Cards' La Russa lashes out at reports, quits presser

Tony La Russa wasn't very happy after the Cardinals' 3-1 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday and he took it out on some reporters during his postgame press conference.

La Russa ranted and raved at a reporter and then walked out. (HardballTalk.com)

LeBron's mother arrested

The mother of All-Star forward LeBron James was arrested early Thursday morning on a misdemeanor assault charge. According to police, Gloria James was arrested for assaulting a hotel parking attendant after the Heat's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

This is not her first brush with the law. In 2006 she was arrested on a drunken-driving charge in Ohio. (NBCMiami)

Pacers clinch 8th seed

The Indiana Pacers clinched the 8th seed in the East on Wednesday night with a victory over the Washington Wizards. This is significant for the Bulls because if they hold on to the top seed in the East, the Pacers would line up as their first-round opponents. (Yahoo! Sports)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Toews still out, Bulls pull out win over Spurs

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Toews still out, Bulls pull out win over Spurs

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Mark Grote (670 The Score) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio) join Kap on the panel. Jonathan Toews is still not back at practice. Is it time to panic?

Meanwhile, the Bulls beat the Spurs. And Rajon Rondo compliments the coaches? Is all well in Bulls-town?

Plus, Dexter Fowler is Cardinal. Should Cubs fans be angry?

And finally, is it good idea for Jordan Howard to get the ball less for the rest of the season?

Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below: 

Lucas Giolito striving to contribute to White Sox 'as soon as possible'

Lucas Giolito striving to contribute to White Sox 'as soon as possible'

At one point, it was looking like Lucas Giolito could be headed to the White Sox in exchange for Chris Sale.

But when Sale was dealt to the Boston Red Sox, Giolito's name was in the clear of rumors — until 29 hours later, when the Nationals' top prospect would be headed to Chicago in a different trade, which sent outfielder Adam Eaton to Washington.

“It’s kind of like the world we live in now. Social media is always out there and everything is on Twitter,” Giolito said in a conference call Friday. “I saw my name being mentioned on Twitter for Chris Sale. I know with the winter meetings all sorts of stuff being thrown around. I was just trying to focus on what I’m doing in this offseason which is lifting and all my workouts. Kind of just whatever happens, happens. 

“It’s funny that Sale ended up going to the Red Sox and something else happens that I’m going to the White Sox now with a couple teammates. It’s really interesting stuff but I’m super excited.”

The move for Rick Hahn & Co. to acquire Giolito was the second major trade to begin the White Sox rebuilding process. But Giolito didn't come alone.

In addition, the White Sox received Reynaldo Lopez — who Giolito has played with since 2014 — and the Nationals' 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning.

"I definitely think it’s amazing to be coming over to the White Sox with a bunch of young talent," Giolito said. "I think it’s a great opportunity for us to all develop and get better and hopefully put a really good team together in Chicago. Definitely excited to be coming over with a couple guys from my previous organization."

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Giolito went 6-5 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across three minor-league levels this past season. He admitted his mechanics weren't quite in sync and is looking to improve on that.

"Sometimes things get out of whack. I believe I let too much get out of whack last year," Giolito said. "So this year with my training program I have in this offseason — lifting and Pilates and everything — I’m just trying to make sure that I can stay as athletic as possible so I’m able to repeat the right delivery more often. Once I start playing catch and doing bullpens and everything these next few weeks, right before spring training, I’m going to make sure I put that all together so I can repeat my delivery as best as possible."

His struggles continued when he got to The Show.

In his major-league debut on June 28, Giolito held the New York Mets to just one hit over four scoreless innings before a rain delay cut his night short. That turned out to be his most effective outing of the season as he finished the year with an 0-1 record, 6.75 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in six games with the Nationals, four of them being starts.

"(My MLB debut) didn’t go as well as I would’ve liked it to go, obviously, as you look at the numbers and everything," he said, "but I feel that with the White Sox now (and) getting traded and everything, it’s kind of like a fresh opportunity and a new start to get up to the big leagues again and contribute and do everything I can to stay there as well."

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Despite his low numbers, the 22-year-old Giolito believes he's ready to play on the White Sox main roster as soon as next season.

"I’ve had some experience in the big leagues last year," Giolito said. "Especially last year, I took a lot positives away because I did experience such a good amount of failure in a lot of I’d say like hardship when I made it up and didn’t perform up to what I believe is my best capabilities.

"I’ve pitched a good amount of innings in the minor leagues and I’ve had a little experience in the big leagues so I’m just really looking forward to making it up in the big leagues with the White Sox and contributing as soon as possible."