Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Friday, March 11, 2011
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Fukudome's family doing well after quake

Kosuke Fukudome and his teammates spent part of Friday morning watching news updates of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Fukudome said he was able to contact his brother and that his family was OK. Though he has not yet been able to talk to his parents, he said he believed they were fine as well.

Also, media assistant Hiro Aoyama and trainer Yoshi Nakazawa both said their families were okay. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Shani Davis wins gold
Chicago native Shani Davis won the gold medal in the men's 1,000-meter race at the speedskating single-distance world championships. Davis, who had lost in the 1,5000-meter on Thursday, nabbed his sixth world title by besting two Dutch skaters, Kjeld Nuis and Stefan Groothuis. (USA Today)

Fire sign Barouch, Videira

The Chicago Fire announced on Thursday that they signed forward Orr Barouch and midfielder Mike Videira. Barouch, a 19-year-old Israel native, previously played with Mexico. Videira, 25, spent the last two seasons with the New England Revolution. (Hot Time in Old Town Chicago Now)

Former-Bear Jim Keane does at 87

Former-Bears wider receiver Jim Keane died on Tuesday at the age of 87. Keane, who still holds the Bears' team record for catches in a game at 14, spent seven seasons with the bears before finishing his career with the Packers. In addition to holding the Bears single-game catch record, he is also still the only receiver in Bears history to lead the team in catches four seasons in a row. (ChicagoBears.com)

Canadiens' Pacioretty released from hospital

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, whose violent injury on the ice against the Boston Bruins earlier this week sent chills down the back of hockey fans across the country, has been released from the hospital. He will be allowed to continue his recovery from a severe concussion and fractured vertebra at home. (Montreal Gazette)

After World Cup of Hockey, Patrick Kane joins Blackhawks at training camp

After World Cup of Hockey, Patrick Kane joins Blackhawks at training camp

Patrick Kane’s break from the ice lasted less than a week, his time in Toronto serving as a good preseason primer, of sorts.

And with the season about two weeks away, Kane said he’s about where he needs to be.

Kane and Michal Kempny joined the Blackhawks on Tuesday, two of several players beginning to trickle in from their World Cup of Hockey stints. For Kane, the World Cup didn’t go nearly as long as expected – Team USA was ousted in the preliminary round. But now, the focus is on honing things before the season begins.

“I feel pretty good,” Kane said following the second group’s practice on Tuesday. “I feel like everything’s starting to come around right now for sure. I guess, starting to feel kind of like myself again on the ice, so to speak. It’s good to be back in the locker room here with all the guys and back in a Blackhawks uniform, too. It’s always fun coming back. Feels like home, for sure.”

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Kane will not play Wednesday, when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins in their preseason opener. How many preseason games he does get is uncertain; but considering Kane’s time in World Cup of Hockey, the Blackhawks aren’t concerned with him getting rusty.

“He’s going to probably want to do it sooner than later, but I think we can be patient because he’s already been playing games,” assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. “Usually the veteran players when you come into a normal camp, they want to play maybe two or three games to just get their timing. For him, he’s already played quite a few games. There’s no reason to get him in right away, so we’ll just kind of bring him along, especially this early into camp.”

Team USA had a dismal showing at World Cup of Hockey, losing all three games in the preliminary round. But Kane said he’s put that behind him.

“It was a situation, looking back on it now, where we lost to a good team in Europe – they’re in the championship now – and I think at that point there’s a lot of noise from the outside that maybe crept in to our locker room a little bit. We needed to beat Canada. You could say they probably outplayed us but we had chances I that game to keep ourselves in it and ended up losing that one and we were out. But you’re playing in the World Cup of Hockey, you’re playing for your country, it’s always an honor to play for the United States. I’ll always remember playing for my country and always want to do it if you get the opportunity.”

BRIEFLY

  • Duncan Keith skated with the second group on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will continue to monitor him. “He’ll probably want to get maybe a couple of [preseason] games just for his timing, especially for a defenseman, too. Just so he’ll able to get his gap control and things like that. I imagine he’ll want to try and get some games, but we’ll just see how his knee’s come along and how he responds,” Kitchen said. “We don’t want to put him in a situation before we have to because it only is preseason. We’ll just have to monitor that.”
  • Scott Darling is scheduled to play the entire game vs. the Penguins tomorrow.

Soldier Field reportedly a finalist to host 2017 MLS All-Star Game

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Soldier Field reportedly a finalist to host 2017 MLS All-Star Game

According to a report from Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago's Soldier Field may be in the running to host next year's MLS All-Star Game.

The report says the city and Major League Soccer are discussing Chicago hosting the All-Star Game, which includes a number of other events in the lead up to the game.

Toyota Park, which is located in suburban Bridgeview, hosted the All-Star Game in 2006 less than two months after the stadium opened. Soldier Field has never hosted the MLS All-Star Game.

The Chicago Fire played in Soldier Field from the team's expansion season in 1998 until Soldier Field renovations in 2002. The Fire moved back to the renovated Soldier Field midway through the 2003 season before heading to Toyota Park.

If Soldier Field hosts the All-Star Game, it would be the first non-MLS venue to host the game since 2010 when Houston's Reliant Stadium hosted the MLS All-Stars against Manchester United.

This year's All-Star Game was in San Jose's year-and-a-half old Avaya Stadium. Arsenal beat the MLS All-Stars 2-1.