Bollig trash talks Cubs in tweet

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Bollig trash talks Cubs in tweet

Blackhawks rookie Brandon Bollig quickly became a fan-favorite in Chicago for his willingness to drop the gloves and engage in fisticuffs on the ice. But Tuesday, he may have alienated a segment of his fans.

A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Bollig is a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. With his commitment to the Hawks over until next season, he is unwinding by attending Wrigley Field and made the following statement on twitter:

Headed to Wrigley tonight to watch my @Cardinals go yard on the little Cubbies. Almost feel bad for them. DefendingChamps Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) April 24, 2012

He followed that up with the following:

On that note, I wonder how long it takes all of you Chicagoans to stop following me as I tweet about the Cards. Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) April 24, 2012

Jimmy Butler named to NBA All-Defense 2nd team

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Jimmy Butler named to NBA All-Defense 2nd team

Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler has been named to the NBA All-Defense 2nd team. This marks the third consecutive year that Butler has been given 2nd team honors, which is decided based off of votes from sports writers and broadcasters.

Butler led the Bulls this season with 1.6 steals per contest to go along with averages of 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

The 26-year-old Butler averaged five more minutes per game than any of his Bulls teammates. He was the only Chicago player to receive any votes. 

Here is a complete list of the NBA All-Defense team selections:

2015-16 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio)
Draymond Green (Golden State)
DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers)
Avery Bradley (Boston)
Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers)

2015-16 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Paul Millsap (Atlanta)
Paul George (Indiana)
Hassan Whiteside (Miami)
Tony Allen (Memphis)
Jimmy Butler (Chicago)

EDGY: One Day camps are growing around Chicagoland area

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EDGY: One Day camps are growing around Chicagoland area

Now that the NCAA board of directors lifted a ban on college football satellite camps, prepare to see an increase of these organized activities pop up around Chicagoland this summer.

The satellite camps allow college coaches the chance to watch and evaluate prospects in various locations away from the traditional campus setting. FBS level schools such as Iowa State, Penn State, Western Michigan, Purdue and Missouri all plan on attending Chicagoland area camps this summer. 

In-state schools such as Illinois and Northern Illinois will hold camps at off-campus facilities, while several other FCS level in-state schools will venture away from their homebase in search of prospects.

Below is a list of off-campus satellite camps. More could be announced soon. Cost and camp details can be found at each school's athletics website.

University of Illinois

June 3 (5pm-8pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #1 - Gately Stadium (Chicago)

June 4 (9am-12:30pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #2 - Barrington High School (Barrington)

June 4 (5pm-8:30pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #3 - Lincoln-Way East High School (Frankfort)

Northern Illinois University

June 5 (2pm-6pm): Camp at Gately Stadium (Chicago)

Southern Illinois University

June 18 (1pm-4pm): Saluki Elite Camp at Lincoln-Way West (New Lenox)

Western Illinois University 

July 16 (1pm-4pm): Bolingbrook High School Prospect Camp (Bolingbrook)

North Central College

May 31 (4pm-8pm): Camp featuring coaches from Iowa State (Naperville)

June 8 (4pm-8pm): Camp featuring coaches from Western Michigan, Missouri and Purdue (Naperville)

Lake Park High School

June 8 (10am-1pm): Camp featuring coaches from Missouri, Minnesota, NIU and Northern Iowa (Roselle)

Lake Forest College

June 11 (2pm-5pm): Camp featuring coaches from WIU, SIU, ISU, Yale, Cornell and Saginaw Valley State (Willowbrook High School, Willowbrook, IL)

Wendell Phillips High School

July 11 (9am-12pm): Camp featuring McKendree University (Chicago)

Bears OTA's: Observations from the first all-team practices

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Bears OTA's: Observations from the first all-team practices

The sessions are not mandatory, meaning that Alshon Jeffery’s continued absence from Halas Hall is simply disappointing for the Bears and not yet quite in the realm of Martellus Bennett’s pointed stay-away’s last year.

But as the Bears continue through their allowed quota of organized team activities (OTA’s) this week and through mid-June minicamp, it is evident already that a handful of aspects are different in 2016 from one year ago at this time.

One is a sense of urgency, a practice-speed tempo surprising for this time of year but emblematic of changes within the roster and coaching staff from even the end of last season. Coaches were driving the intensity and competitions, if not technically permitted under collective-bargaining rules, were very much in evidence, unusual for a hot day in May.

The offense is under Dowell Loggains, promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator with the exit of Adam Gase to coach the Miami Dolphins. That is involving an element of re-orientation even within an are still grounded in the same philosophies. Position changes are afoot and even with veterans, there is a learning curve that coaches and players are fast-tracking.

“It’s become clear the last few days it’s a lot different when you’re lined up in the spring and there are trash cans across from you, and then when you’ve got these big, fast D-linemen across from you,” said Kyle Long, doing his own orientation back inside from right tackle to right guard. “There’s going to be a bit of a learning curve. We’ve got to gel. You talk to a lot of guys who have been on good teams before and they’ve said, ‘We didn’t really gel until the end of training camp,’ or ‘it took us until training camp.’ So there’s going to be some time to get some of the rust off from a technical standpoint, from a live football standpoint, but I think we’ll be all right.”

Besides Jeffery, linebacker Pernell McPhee was at Halas Hall but not practicing following offseason knee surgery. Defensive lineman Will Sutton was not practicing, but fellow D-lineman Ego Ferguson was practicing after an aggressive rehab program following season-ending knee surgery of his own.

Without Jeffery, Kevin White was No. 1 through the lines for individual reps, and a scramble is developing down the wideout depth chart with rookie speed blurs Daniel Braverman (seventh-round draft choice) and Kieren Duncan (tryout player who earned a roster look with repeated highlight plays in rookie minicamp) getting looks in a group that includes nickel receiver Eddie Royal, Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani and Marquess Wilson, all with NFL experience but few anywhere close to roster locks.

“The effect [of no Jeffery] is that someone else is getting an opportunity to get some reps and that’s a good thing,” Loggains said during rookie sessions. “We all wish Alshon was here. We’re in constant communication with him. He knows how we feel about the situation and him. But it is an opportunity for some of these different receivers that we like to get opportunities and we’ll find out more about them.”