Word on the Street: Payton fifth in NFL top 100

Word on the Street: Payton fifth in NFL top 100
November 5, 2010, 5:03 pm
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Payton ranked fifth on NFL top 100
Walter Payton and Dick Butkus cracked the Top 10 of the NFL's list of its100 greatest players.

They are among eight former Bears players to make the list, which was released Thursday night. See the full list here. (NFL.com)
Bulls' Johnson headed to Charlotte?
In his second NBA season, Chicago Bulls forward James Johnson has come out of the gate averaging 4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 12:41 minutes per game.

The word is that the 2009 first-round pick out of Wake Forest may be taking those numbers to the Charlotte Bobcats. Sources to the site have it that a possible trade involving Johnson "has emerged." (Yahoo! Sports)

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Mets clubhouse manager bet on baseball?

Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels is under investigation by the NYPD and the Queens District Attorney's office for allegedly betting on baseball and other sports as part of an organized gambling ring, providing inside information and tips for friends who also placed bets on games and for using his Mets accounts to cover gambling debts, according to law-enforcement sources close to the probe into the longtime Mets employee. (NY Daily News)
Cubs' Ramirez will return in 2011
As he confirmed in September, Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez declined to exercise his opt-out clause on Thursday meaning he'll return to the team in 2011. On Wednesday, Cubs GM Jim Hendry said he expected the move. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Cleveland tells LeBron what he should have done
The city of Cleveland has responded to LeBron James' Nike ad, showing that they are still bitter about his free agency decision.

Scheelhaase named Big Ten offensive player of the week

Nathan Scheelhaase was named Big Ten offensive player of the week and picked up the fourth freshman-of-the-week award of his eight-game career Monday.

The redshirt freshman quarterback from Kansas City had five career highs, including four touchdown passes and 118 rushing yards, in Illinois' 44-10 rout of Purdue. Scheelhaase, who completed 16 of 20 for 195 yards with no interceptions, also had career highs in completion percentage (80), total yards (313) and passing efficiency (227.9), the sixth-best single-game rating by an Illinois quarterback.

"He grew up today,'' said offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, who praised the strides Scheelhaase made in recognizing defensive schemes and audibling Illinois into favorable plays.

"I definitely felt that way, Scheelhaase said, echoing Petrino's comment. "With their blitzes and the things they did, I was able to get us into the right things. We changed a lot of protections, even on running plays.''

Scheelhaase completed passes to 11 different players.

"The game is slowing down for him,'' coach Ron Zook said. "I don't think it's anywhere near where it's going to be, but he really works at learning from his mistakes. The more he sees, the more he does, the more he learns, the more it's going to become a reaction." (Chicago Sun-Times)