Word on the Street: Meriweather is fined by the NFL

Word on the Street: Meriweather is fined by the NFL

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

Meriweather is fined 20,000

Bears safety Brandon Meriweather has been fined againby the NFL, this time for 20,000. Meriweather was fined for ahelmet-to-helmet hit on Sunday against the Panthers. The last time hewas fined was during his career with the Patriots for 50,000; whichwas reduced to 40,000. That fine was also for a helmet-to-helmet hit.(ProFootball Talk)

The NBA full season could be saved

David Stern said if there isn't a deal between the NBA owners and players by Monday then the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled. That is a tight schedule since there will be no meetings until Sunday. The owners want to do a 5050 revenue split, the players are asking for no less than 52. Each side is going to have to give a little more to make the deal happen.(ProBasketball Talk)

Guillen keeps most Marlins' staff

Bench coach Joey Cora went with former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to Marlins', meaning former Marlins' bench coach Brandon Hyde lost his job to Cora. And first base coach Perry Hill won't be coming back due to knee injury. However, the hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire are going to stay for the 2012 season along with many others.(Hardball Talk)
Bolland and Smith will miss Blackhawks opener

Friday is the first game of the regular season for the Blackhawks and Dave Bolland and Ben Smith will not be able to attend the game. Bolland with an upper-body injury is hoping to play in the home opener against the Stars on Saturday. Blackhawks will play seven defensemen Friday night against the Stars.(CSN Chicago)

TCU offered to be apart of Big 12

Texas Christian University has been offered a spot with Big 12. The Big 12 lost Nebraska and Colorado over the summer and will lose Texas A&M to SEC next year. The Rose Bowl champions have already agreed to leave Mountain West Conference after this season for the Big East. The Big East may lose Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC.(Chicago Tribune)

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

Brian Hedger (nhl.com), Teddy Greenstein (Chicago Tribune) and Rich Campbell (Chicago Tribune) join Chuck Garfien on the panel.

The Bears reluctantly go back to Jay Cutler as the starter. Meanwhile, can the Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

The guys give their predictions for the Bulls season, Hedger dissects the Blackhawks penalty kill problems and Teddy explains why Michigan will win the Big Ten.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below:

Could Cubs start Kyle Schwarber in World Series game at Wrigley Field?

Could Cubs start Kyle Schwarber in World Series game at Wrigley Field?

CLEVELAND — “No, not right now,” Kyle Schwarber said without hesitation when asked if playing the outfield would be a possibility. The Cubs had just lost their first World Series game in 71 years, with Schwarber showing a minimal amount of rust for someone who hadn’t seen big-league action in more than six months.

Hitting with a brace wrapped around his surgically repaired left knee, Schwarber blasted a double off Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and split his matchups against nasty lefty reliever Andrew Miller (walk/strikeout) during Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Schwarber keeps smashing all expectations, returning from a gruesome outfield collision that was supposed to keep him sidelined until winter ball — and then a return to the 2017 Opening Day lineup if everything went smoothly.

Manager Joe Maddon promised reporters that they would be surprised by how well Schwarber runs now. Schwarber estimated that video from his Arizona Fall League tune-up represented “about 50 percent” of what he could actually do.

So when the World Series shifts on Friday to Wrigley Field — where the designated hitter will no longer be an option — could the Cubs start Schwarber in the outfield?

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“I have no idea,” Maddon said before Wednesday’s Game 2. “I just want to keep an open mind. But I could keep as open of a mind as I possibly can — it’s up to the doctors to say what he can and cannot do. I would imagine that him playing and coming in today feeling normal is a positive.

“(With) his play tonight — and then we have a day off tomorrow — we can probably reevaluate. I have no proprietary information regarding what a doctor really thinks about this.

“So if it’s brought up to us, and the doc thinks he can ... but I’ve not even asked that question yet to the doctor. We were just trying to get one thing done at a time.”

The Cubs will at least have Schwarber looming as a dangerous pinch-hitter who generated five home runs and a 1.308 OPS during last year’s playoffs. Everything from that clutch performance to his middle-linebacker build to his show-choir video from high school endeared him to Cubs fans.

Just showing Schwarber’s face on the Wrigley Field video board would get a reaction during a random game in the regular season, when he essentially acted like a cheerleader in the dugout. Now imagine him walking up to home plate in the World Series.

“The fans are going to go berserk,” Maddon said. “Our fans really appreciate how hard he worked to get back for this moment. Not everybody would have done that. That’s a tough injury to come back from — really tough — and to accelerate his recovery as much as he (did) speaks to him and the training staff. And I think our fans will appreciate that.”