Word on the Street: Harry Caray statue vandalized

Word on the Street: Harry Caray statue vandalized

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011
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Harry Caray statue defaced

The statue of legendary announcer Harry Caray outside of Wrigley Field was found defaced Sunday with white spray paint graffiti on the base. Nobody is quite sure when the graffiti first appeared nor what the vandal was aiming to say. The first word "Sox" is very readble, but another not-quite-intelligible word appears underneath.

Cubs officials said they learned about the vandalism just before 5:30 p.m. and the team responded by removing most of the white spray paint. (Chicago Tribune)
Sox-Yankees trade looming?

With Andy Pettitte's retirement announcement this week, the New York Yankees are suddenly searching for some starting pitching help. While guys like the Indians' Fausto Carmona are on the block, could the Yanks be more interested in what the White Sox have to offer?

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune believes it could very well be possible and even went so far as to indicate the Sox dealing John Danks in a massive, high-profile trade. (Chicago Tribune)

Singletary next in line as Bears coach?

Legendary Bears linebacker Mike Singletary, the captain of the 1985 Super Bowl-winning defense, may be back on the sidelines for his old team, but in a completely different capacity. After Singletary was relieved of his post as the San Francisco 49ers head coach earlier this season, the outspoken former player took a job as the linebackers coach with the Minnesota Vikings alongside Leslie Frazier, another former Bear from that 1985 squad.

However, Singletary said he feels weird coaching against the Bears in the same division and if a situation ever presented itself in Chicago, he wouldn't dismiss it. (Chicago Tribune)

Urlacher received same shot as Cutler

It has been reported recently that Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher received the same shot of Toradol as quarterback Jay Cutler did to play in the NFC Championship game. Urlacher was suffering from a sprained wrist and a few other minor injuries, but is still upset that people continue to question Cutler's injury or toughness.

Safety Chris Harris also reportedly took a shot to help alleviate pain from a hip injury. (ProFootballTalk.com)

Melo will only sign extension with Knicks

The Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes have created much buzz in the NBA this season, with reports of the superstar forward potentially being traded to such teams as the Bulls and the New Jersey Nets. But, it's the New York Knicks that really look to be in the best shape for the services of Melo, as Anthony's agent told teams he was only interested in signing a contract extension with the Knicks. (ProBasketballTalk.com)
Pistons deactivate with Rip Hamilton

The Detroit Pistons have done away with shooting guard Richard Hamilton, deactivating the former star. The move is not permanent, but with rumors circulating all season that Detroit was looking to trade Hamilton, it appears he may have played his last game in a Pistons uniform. (ProBasketballTalk.com)

Preview: Cubs-Nationals Monday on CSN

Preview: Cubs-Nationals Monday on CSN

The Cubs take on the Washington Nationals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 6 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Monday’s starting pitching matchup: Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.19 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (7-1, 2.96 ERA)

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Honda Road Ahead: Can Cubs slow down Nationals bats?

Honda Road Ahead: Can Cubs slow down Nationals bats?

CSN's David Kaplan and David DeJesus discuss the upcoming matchups in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Maybe a four-game series with the N.L. East-leading Washington Nationals will help the Cubs take off. 

It did last year. 

The Cubs swept the Nats early last season, boosting themselves into first place in the National League - a position they wouldn't relinquish. More than a sweep, though, a positive series is vital for a team that continues to hover around .500. 

To do so, Joe Maddon's pitchers must somehow slow the Nationals offense, which has managed to push across more runs than any team in the majors. 

After D.C., the Cubs are off to Cincy for a three-game set with the Reds. 

Watch David Kaplan and David DeJesus preview the upcoming matchups in the video above.