Word on the Street: Not in Rodman's job description

Word on the Street: Not in Rodman's job description

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
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Not in Rodmans job description

Dennis Rodman admitted he never had a conversation with either Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen while playing for the Bulls, keeping his on-court relationships, well, on the court. The players werent on bad terms; Rodman just chose to focus his energy solely on his job - to fit with the team and win.

The Bulls team that Rodman, Jordan, and Pippen played for was not known for having close relationships, but they sure did accomplish what any athlete at any level hopes and dreams about their entire lives. (ProBasketballTalk)

Locker room breakup

Since the 2007-2008 season, Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have had stalls next to each other in the locker room, but that is no longer the case. Today the duo was separated, moving Kane into a corner space for media purposes.

Toews claims the separation was mutual, but assured he would not be the one moving. Hopefully the two will not be too upset about their new long distance relationship. (Chicago Tribune)

Armstrong linked to banned doping doctor

Lance Armstrong has always denied doping allegations and tested negative in drug tests, but the seven-time Tour de France champion might not be telling the truth. The Associated Press claimed newspaper reports in Milan state that Armstrong had been paying a banned doping doctor through a Swiss front company.

Armstrong has admitted to knowing Michele Ferrari, the doctor in question. There is no information yet on when the payments were made. (TheAtlanticWire, Associated Press)

Quade expects a second chance

Despite a 68-87 record, Cubs manager Mike Quade says hes expecting to return for the 2012 season. However he has not discussed his future with owner Tom Ricketts. Although Quade is contracted through next season, there is a good chance a new general manager will want to bring his own manager in. (HardballTalk)

Byfugliens in trouble again

Former Blackhawks player Dustin Byfuglien was already in the spotlight after being arrested for his involvement in an alcohol-related boating accident on Aug. 31. The current Jets defenseman passed a breathalyzer test, but new reports show he may have been high on drugs.

Byfuglien refused a urine or blood test, which is an automatic offense. His current court date is set for Oct. 21, but may be deferred until after the season. (ProHockeyTalk)

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.