Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Alexei Ramirez named to The Sporting News A.L. All-Star Team
White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was named the shortstop on The Sporting News American League All-Star Team. Ramirez hit .282 with 18 home runs, 70 RBI and 29 doubles in 156 games during the 2010 season. Ramirez led all AL shortstops in average, home runs, slugging percentage (.431) and total bases (252).
Ramirez is the third shortstop in White Sox history to be honored by The Sporting News, and the first since Luis Aparicio in 1970. He is the first White Sox player to receive this particular honor since Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye were named to the team in 2006. The All-Stars are voted on by a panel of 326 major-league players, 25 managers and 24 general managers. (chicago.whitesox.mlb.com)
Kopecky playing role on top line to perfection
Primarily on the Blackhawks' third or fourth line last season, Tomas Kopecky is playing his role on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa to perfection this season. Kopecky is currently No. 11 in the NHL in scoring (1 goal, 7 assists in 7 games) but his line has been nothing short of dominant, scoring 9 goals and 23 points heading into tonight's game vs. Vancouver.
"I know my job on that line," Kopecky told NHL.com. "I know what I'm supposed to do. I'm supposed to get pucks for them and give them the puck. They're world-class players. All I have to do is skate hard to the net. If we keep sticks on the ice, then good things are going to happen." (blackhawks.nhl.com)
Chicago's current head coachmanager rankings
Two current leading men have won a championship (Ozzie Guillen and Joel Quenneville), yet one tops this list while the other is dead last - behind both Mike Quade and Lovie Smith - who falls where and why? (sbnation.com)
Injured Notre Dame receiver Floyd insists he'll play
Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd missed practice again Wednesday but hopes pain in his ailing right hamstring will alleviate by Saturday and allow him to play against Navy.
"I'm saying right now that I'm going to play," Floyd said following practice. "I don't know how much I'm going to play. But we'll see." (chicagobreakingsports.com)
Redskins' linebacker expected to play Sunday vs. Bears
Washington linebacker Rocky McIntosh is expected to return to the Redskins starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Bears. The five-year veteran missed last Sunday's loss to Indianapolis after suffering a concussion one week earlier against Green Bay. Before last Sunday's game, McIntosh was leading the team in tackles. (washingtonpost.com)