The next 10 (Nos. 50-41) on NFL Networks Top 100 NFL players for 2012 will be unveiled Wednesday starting at 7 p.m., and the buzz is that a new Bear will be among the latest group, meaning rated in the top 50.
Brandon Marshall stood at No. 61 going into last season as a Miami Dolphin and best guess is that Marshall will have moved up a grouping at least.
The rankings, always entertaining, are pretty well done by a panel of selectors, although Donovan McNabb was on the list going into last season (No. 100) and Matt Forte wasnt. And Forte will be a surprise member this year given that he wasnt considered Top-100 material last year. He missed the better part of five games but did make the Pro Bowl.
The only other Bear figured to be ranked at this point is Devin Hester as a returner, after a No. 32 slotting last year.
The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.
Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.
He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.
Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.
Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.
The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.
Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.
The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.