Word on the Street: Pippen wants Rodman in HOF

Word on the Street: Pippen wants Rodman in HOF

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011
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Pippen wants to see Rodman in Hall of Fame

Bulls great Scottie Pippen, who went into the Hall of Fame last year, said he hopes former teammate Dennis Rodman joins him. Rodman is on the nomination list for the first time this year and led the league in rebounding for seven straight seasons. He was also named to the All-Defensive team eight times.

We all watched Dennis career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player, Pippen said. I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer.

Finalists for the Hall of Fame are announced during the NBA All-Star weekend. (nba.com)

T.O. picks Seahawks over Bears

Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens believes the Seahawks will win in Chicago on Sunday.

"Of course they can," Owens said on "The T.Ocho Show" on Versus. "They just won. They have all the confidence and all the momentum on their side."Owens also picks the Green Bay Packers to beat the Atlanta Falcons, setting up an NFC championship at Qwest Field. (seattleepi.com)Brewer won't replace Bogans anytime soonRonnie Brewer appears to finally be healthy and has the numbers to back that up, but don't expect him to enter the Bulls' starting lineup in the near future."I like the way it's worked with Ronnie coming off the bench. And Keith has done a good job guarding some primary scorers." Tom Thibodeau said.
He did, however, offer some light at the end of the tunnel by remarking "We'll see how the season unfolds." (sbnation.com)Starks almost a Bear?Current Green Bay Packers running back James Starks was extremely close to being a Chicago Bear as general manager Jerry Angelo confirmed. Angelo said the Bears even called Starks to tell him they were drafting him in the sixth round.Instead, Angelo changed his mind and picked Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour. (profootballtalk.com)Dave Wannstedt coaching in the NFL again?Former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt, recently fired as the coach at Pitt, appears to have numerous opportunities to roam an NFL sideline once again.Wannstedt is expected to talk with Chargers coach Norv Turner about taking over for Ron Rivera, who is now the head coach in Carolina. Rivera is also interested in talking to Wannstedt about becoming his defensive coordinator. The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills have also expressed interest. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Preview: Cubs wrap up series with Pirates on CSN

Preview: Cubs wrap up series with Pirates on CSN

The Cubs wrap up their three-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage from the North Side starts at 7 p.m., and be sure to stick around following the final out for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: Jason Hammel (13-7, 3.21 ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (3-3, 3.02 ERA)

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Preview: Chris Sale, White Sox close out series with Tigers on CSN

Preview: Chris Sale, White Sox close out series with Tigers on CSN

The White Sox close out their series against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Chris Sale (15-7, 3.14 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.33 ERA)

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White Sox bullpen falters in loss to Tigers

White Sox bullpen falters in loss to Tigers

DETROIT — The 2016 White Sox expected an improved offense when they addressed two of last season’s biggest needs with trades for Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie.

While scoring is up a hair over the 2015 club, it hasn’t nearly been enough.

As they have for much of the season, the White Sox jumped out to an early three-run lead on Tuesday night but failed to put their opponents away. Their dormancy allowed the Detroit Tigers to rally back to send the White Sox to an 8-4 loss in front of 27,121 at Comerica Park. Frazier homered early before Detroit scored eight runs between the fifth and seventh innings. The Tigers look to complete a three-game sweep of the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon on CSN.

“That’s kind of been the story of our year,” leadoff man Adam Eaton said. “With runners in scoring position we haven’t been able to drive in and get the big hit. When we do that we win. When we get it done we win and when we don’t it bites us.”

The White Sox thought they added serious bite to an offense that finished at or near the bottom of the American League in 2015 in most of the major categories. Frazier was acquired in a three-team deal from the Cincinnati Reds and Lawrie came over from Oakland for two-minor leaguers. On top of the acquisitions of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche a year earlier, Frazier and Lawrie were expected to bolster positions in which the White Sox finished last in OPS in the majors last season.

To an extent, the plan has worked. The White Sox entered Tuesday having increased their scoring average to 4.07 runs per game, up from 3.84. But even with that improvement, the White Sox started play 13th among 15 AL clubs in runs scored and 63 runs below the league average.

They also were 13th in home runs (131), slugging percentage (.402) and OPS (.717).

Part of their struggles can be attributed to injuries — Lawrie has been out since July 22 and Austin Jackson has been gone since early June. The unexpected retirement of LaRoche also left the White Sox short on left-handed power in the middle of the lineup and forced Cabrera from the second spot to fifth to provide balance. And some can be attributed to down years by several key veterans, including the performance with runners in scoring position by Jose Abreu and Frazier.

But even the White Sox thought they’d be a better run-scoring team than they have proven through 131 games.

“I think we did,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You lose Rochie at the beginning of the year, and that changed the left-handed dynamic of what our lineup would have been like. But you still expect guys to hit a little better and score more runs than we’ve done. We haven’t held up our end of the bargain.”

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Their end of the bargain left the White Sox vulnerable on Tuesday. Frazier’s two-run homer and an RBI groundout by Eaton in the second inning had the White Sox in command. But Daniel Norris struck out Tim Anderson to strand a runner at third.

Then in the fourth, Norris got Tyler Saladino to fly out to shallow right, which prevented the runner on third from tagging. After Eaton walked, Norris got Anderson to ground into a fielder’s choice.

Even though Norris’ pitch count was sky high, the White Sox failed to knock him out of the game. That allowed the Tigers to rally back against Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Albers and Jacob Turner.

“They seem to add on,” Ventura said. “They don’t stop adding on that extra run. A guy on third with less than two outs, they’re able to get it in. That’s been an Achilles heel for us.”

It’s also been a source of frustration, Eaton said. The White Sox look around the room and feel like they have a talented group, especially now with Justin Morneau solidifying the middle. But once again, that group didn’t keep their foot on the pedal and paid the price.

“They just continue to plug away,” Eaton said. “Their offense is good enough to come back from any deficit. Hats off to them, but we’ve got to keep adding on. We got on Norris early and got his pitch count up, but we’ve got to keep knocking on the door. We didn’t keep on it enough and knock him out real early.

“Top to bottom I think we have a pretty good lineup. It is frustrating when you don’t get that big hit and vice versa for the big pitch.”