Insults of Conte, Jennings 'just Steve Smith being Steve Smith'

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Insults of Conte, Jennings 'just Steve Smith being Steve Smith'

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith lit up the Bears for 118 receiving yards on seven catches basically about the norm for Smith vs. the Bears over his four career games against them.

Afterwards he told CSNChicago.com that Conte wasnt at my level and that he has been kicking Jennings ass.

Jennings wasnt showing any signs of tender spots, especially the only place it mattered.

I was surprised he didnt to a lot of talking during the game, more after the game, after the loss, Jennings said, although Smith appeared to be yapping at Conte on multiple occasions. Thats just the guy that he is. You cant say too much about it

Just that we won and they lost, again.

The smile said it all. Smith may be doing anatomical damage to Jennings but the Panthers have lost three of the four Bears games with him and he didnt get into the end zone on Sunday. Smith has yet to score in 2012.

And while Smith may hold a decibel edge, his team is 1-6 whereas Contes and Jennings is 6-1.

Thats just Steve Smith being Steve Smith, Jennings said.

Not taking anything from Steve hes a great All-Pro receiver, a tough guy to defend all game, I can tell you that because theyre going to go to him each and every pass play, 15 or 20 times if they get a chance.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton needed to target Smith on 16 passes for the wideout to get those seven catches. Smith had one highlight catch for 47 yards against tight coverage but nothing else longer than 18 yards and just two of those.

You just want to kind of limit his playmaking ability after he catches the ball, Jennings said. Hes going to catch a few balls but youre going to have to be there when he catches it. With this style of defense we have to minimize big plays.

It wasnt like we mand him up the whole game. We gave him different looks because we know hes going to find the holes in the defense and catch the ball. We wanted to minimize the big play and keep him out of the end zone, and we were able to do that.

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Less than 14 hours after being taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Trevor van Riemsdyk is already on the move.

The Golden Knights have traded the 25-year-old defenseman to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will reunite with former Blackhawks teammates Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen. Carolina also receives a 2018 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2017 second-rounder.

Vegas general manager George McPhee made it known that he was going to draft "a lot" of defensemen Wednesday night, and he did just that with van Riemsdyk being one of 13 blue liners selected. Because of that, it makes players like van Riemsdyk expendable, giving McPhee the opportunity to collect assets by trading some of them and using the returns on other parts of the roster.

Van Riemsdyk joins an up-and-coming Hurricanes team that has a young, promising defensive corps featuring 25-year-old future All-Star Justin Faulk, 20-year-old Noah Hanifin, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2015, and 23-year-old Jaccob Slavin, who has emerged into of their best defensemen.

Van Riemsdyk has one year left on a deal that carries a $825,000 cap hit, and is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

MIAMI - The Cubs are preparing for a major shakeup that would send struggling World Series hero Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list.

Stuck in a 36-35 pattern but still only 1.5 games out of first place, the Cubs are expected to add outfielder Mark Zagunis and reliever Dylan Floro from Iowa before Thursday night's game at Marlins Park.

Schwarber will try to regain his confidence on a Triple-A level he almost skipped while skyrocketing through the farm system as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft. While still showing flashes of the power (12 homers) that made him a Wrigleyville favorite, his .171 batting average ranked last among qualified big-league hitters this season.

Unable to grip a bat, Heyward has been waiting for a nasty cut on his left hand to heal after trying to make a diving catch on Sunday in PNC Park's foul territory.

For a banged-up Cubs team, Heyward would join a World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) and a Cy Young Award finalist (Kyle Hendricks) on the disabled list.