Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Jerry Sloan to resign
Reportersknew something was off when after Wednesday night's loss to the Bulls,Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, who usually comes out to speak to thepress within 10 minutes, stayed in the locker room for 45 minutes in ameeting with Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor.
When Sloanfinally did emerge, he simply said that he had talked to O'Connor andthat they would provide more information on Thursday.
One day later, sources are now saying that Sloan and his assistant coach Phil Johnson is expected to resignat a news conference this afternoon. Sloan, who has coached the Jazzsince 1988, is currently the longest tenured coach in all ofprofessional sports. (KSL.com)
Rockets seeking Bulls' Asik
Could Omer Asik be leaving the Bulls? K.C. Johnson reports that the Houston Rockets are asking for the rookie center in their exploratory talks regarding shooting gaurd Courtney Lee.
The Bulls have scouted Lee extensively, as he is a favorite of the Bulls coaching staff. Management has given no indications it plans to trade Asik, who is valued by the Bulls staff. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Buehrle on Vick: "We hope he gets hurt"
Mark Buehrle created a stir on Wednesday when, in an interview with MLB.com regarding his charitable work with animals, he made some disparaging comments about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
"He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where my wife and I watched the game and I know it's bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys," said Buehrle in the interview.
Though the quote has since been removed from the article, the controversy is likely to remain. (USA Today)
NFL labor talks halted
NFL labor negotiations took a turn for the worst on Thursday when the second day of a two-day bargaining session was canceled. The cancellation was reportedly due to the fact that the two sides were too far apart, a decision the NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah was unhappy with.
"We wish we were negotiating today," Atallah said. "That's all I can say." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Fire release Umanzor
The Chicago Fire announced on Wednesday that they had released Salvadorian defender Deris Umanzor. Umanzor, 31, started only five games in his first season with the Fire in 2010, and appeared in only 10 overall.
"We want to thank Deris for his contributions to the Chicago Fire and wish him the best in the next step of his career," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. (Goal.com)