Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
Ron Rivera to be named Panthers head coach?
Sporting News is reporting that the Carolina Panthers have hired former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera as their next head coach. Rivera was in Charlotte on Monday for a second interview, this time with the team's owner Jerry Richardson. The hiring is expected to be officially announced on Tuesday. Assuming the hiring is finalized, Rivera will be the first Latino head coach in the NFL since Tom Flores last coached the Seattle Seahawks in 1994.
"Rivera is a well-respected guy by all of us here in Chicago," Bears safety Chris Harris told the Charlotte Observer. "He's a guy who will demand respect. He's a great communicator. Wasn't a huge yeller, but he got the most out of all his players. "He's a confident guy, I think he'd handle it well." (SportingNews)
Sox finalize Ohman deal
The White Sox finalized a deal with ex-Cub reliever Will Ohman on Monday. The two-year contract, worth 4 million dollars, will bring the lefty reliever back to Chicago after spending the last three seasons bouncing around the Braves, Dodgers, Marlins, and Orioles organizations. In 2010 Ohman split his time between Baltimore and Florida, compiling a 3.21 ERA in 68 appearances. (SunHerald.com)
Former Cubs GM Green thanks fans for support
Former Cubs general manager Dallas Green thanked his baseball family for their support after the shooting death of his granddaughter in Tuscon Ariz. His granddaughter, nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, was killed in the same shooting that took the life of U.S. District Judge John Roll and critically injured US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Green said his family will get through it, but his granddaughter is gone and the family is "having a hard time with that." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Bears defense ready for Seahawks?
The last time the Chicago Bears faced the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field, it wasn't pretty. Chicago's defensive line failed to record a sack and the defense never forced a turnover. But you don't need to remind Julius Peppers about that.
"We didn't play up to our standards. That's something we're going to take a look at this week and try to get it fixed."
The Seahawks return to Chicago for Sunday's divisional playoff game following a 41-36 win over the Saints in an NFC Wild Card match-up. (Chicago Tribune)
Ramirez to the North Side
Max Ramirez has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. The catcher was passed on by the Cubs last week, but the team had an opening after the Garza deal and so they went back and wrapped him up. Ramirez has played in 45 major league games, with four home runs, 17 RBI and a .217 average. (Chicago Tribune)