Briggs cracks list of 'Top 100' NFL players

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Briggs cracks list of 'Top 100' NFL players

Every Wednesday night throughout the offseason the NFL Network is counting down the Top 100 players of 2012. Currently, only one Bears player is on the list, Lance Briggs, who came in at No. 72. Briggs was ranked ahead of linebackers' Derrick Johnson (Chiefs), NaVorro Bowman (49ers), London Fletcher (Redskins) and D'Qwell Jackson (Browns).

Some notables from the NFC North that made the list:
No. 92: John Kuhn (FB), Green Bay Packers
No. 80: Jordy Nelson (WR), Green Bay Packers

With the rankings not even halfway complete, there's still a good chance you'll see other Bears players crack the Top 100:

---Statistics from 2012---

Brandon Marshall: 81 REC, 1,214 YDS and 6 TD
Jay Cutler: 2,319 YDS, 13 TD and a 85.7 QB rating

Matt Forte: 1,487 total yards, 4 TD and 4.9 YPC

Brian Urlacher: 102 tackles, 2 FR, 3 INT and 1 TD

Devin Hester: 28 punt returns, 2 TD; 33 kick returns, 1 TD

Do you think any of the current Bears are worthy of Top 100 status? If so, click here to vote. Which players do you see having a break-through season and jumping up the charts in the 2013 rankings? Let us know in the comment box below.

91 Days to Kickoff: Ridgewood

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91 Days to Kickoff: Ridgewood

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Ridgewood

Head coach: Don Gelsomino

Assistant coaches: Matt Walsh (DC/LB), Pat Rossi (OL), Vince Fanelli (DB), Miguel Villegas (RB), Ryan Patrick (DL), Paul Fekring (OL)

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-0 Metro Suburban Red), lost to Rochelle in Class 5A opening-round action.

[MORE: 92 Days to Kickoff - Plano]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Noble Pritzker

Sept. 1 – Maine East

Sept. 8 – @ Riverside Brookfield

Sept. 15 - Glenbard South

Sept. 22 - @ Elmwood Park

Sept. 29 – @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 6 - Aurora Central Catholic

Oct. 13 - @ Guerin Prep

Oct. 20 - Walther Christian

Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels win a third straight conference title and return to the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: Senior WR Marco Vitale, Senior OL/DL Jose Bodon

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to find a new quarterback to lead the passing attack with the graduation of Richie Zacharius.

EDGY's early take: The Rebels bring back a good core of starters from last season, including seven on defense. Look for Ridgewood to again be a factor in the Metro Suburban Conference and beyond this season.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are about to roll through Chicago's South Side.

At the tail end of the holiday weekend, Sale and Co. will return to the place he called home for seven years.

Sale was initially scheduled to start in the series opener Monday against longtime teammate Jose Quintana, but the Red Sox will now throw out David Price in his 2017 debut.

The 28-year-old Sale is slotted in for Tuesday night's outing.

Asked how emotional he'll be returning to Chicago, Sale brushed it off:

"I don't have time to think about that right now," he said. "Get ready for it like any other start. I've pitched there a lot so I should be alright."

Sale last pitched Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, picking up his fifth win of the season with 7.1 strong innings. It was also the first time Sale didn't strike out at least 10 batters in a start since his 2017 debut on April 5, going eight straight starts with double digit whiffs.

On the season, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.81 WHIP averaging a ridiculous 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Sale leads the league in games started, innings, strikeouts, WHIP and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).

The big southpaw appeared in 228 games for the White Sox — including 148 starts — posting a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.065 WHIP and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings.