Bears' 'O' gets more offseason help by signing Rachal

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Bears' 'O' gets more offseason help by signing Rachal

The march of players on offense to Halas Hall continued Wednesday with the Bears signing former San Francisco guard Chilo Rachal to a one-year contract.Rachal, 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, was a second-round pick for the 49ers out of USC in 2008, was a starter in 2009-10 before losing his No. 1 job. The signing was first reported by NFL Networks Ian Rappaport.The signing points in several possible directions for the Bears, who already have Lance Louis, Chris Spencer and Edwin Williams inside, and Chris Williams returning from a season-ending wrist injury. Rachals addition expands the option of Chris Williams returning to tackle, his more natural position and where the Bears are the thinnest on the offensive line.Rachal joins running back Michael Bush, quarterback Jason Campbell and wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Devin Thomas and Eric Weems on the list of additions to the offense, along with re-signings of tight end Kellen Davis and quarterback Josh McCown.That points to the Bears going stronger for defense in the draft.Rachals arrival injects serious competition with a guard group composed of players with histories at other positions. Spencer and Edwin Williams have been primarily centers, Chris Williams was a tackle and Lance Louis was a college tight end and tackle last year on an emergency basis.

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

The Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Marian Hossa to be the Blackhawks' nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The 38-year-old winger has bounced back in a huge way following a 2015-16 campaign where he had only 13 goals and 20 assists in 64 games. 

Hossa is tied for second on the team with 24 goals and ranks sixth on the club with 42 points in 66 contests this season. He ranks fourth among active players with 1,131 points, and recently surpassed Pat Verbeek to move into 35th all-time in goals scored with 523.

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Three finalists from the 30 NHL teams will be named at the end of the regular season.

Pit Martin (1969-70) and Bryan Berard (2003-04) are the only two players in Blackhawks history to win the honor.

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.